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The region's top accordion players are getting together again this year to present Accordion-O-Rama at Crossings at Carnegie in Zumbrota. They'll take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16. "The players are all accordion heavyweights," Crossings officials said: "Daddy Squeeze" Dan Newton of the Café Accordion Orchestra, Larry Malmberg of the Viking Accordion Band and the Minnesota Orchestra, Patrick Harison from the Loose Marbles Street Band and the Baby Soda Jazz Band, and freelance accordionist Mark Stillman.
Auditions are scheduled Tuesday, Jan. 13, for the Lake Pepin Art & Design Center's first production, the musical comedy "Little Shop of Horrors." Tryouts will be at 6:30 p.m. at the center, Second and Main streets, Pepin. All seven parts are singing roles, executive director Andrea Myklebust said. The cast will include three men and four women. Those who audition for acting roles will be asked to read for the part and also to perform a one-minute musical selection they have prepared.
Walter H. Field, 87, of Lake City, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, at Lake City Hospital Mayo Health Center in Lake City. Walter was born June 24, 1921, in Lake City, Minnesota, to James and Rosa Anne (Meyer) Field. He graduated from Red Wing High School in 1939. Walter married Elizabeth (Liz) McRae on Oct. 19, 1945, at the Island Bible Chapel. They farmed in the Red Wing area for a short time until moving to Diamond Bluff in 1947. Walter worked for the Red Wing Shoe Co. for 32 years until retiring Jan. 1, 1984.
Two talented upper Midwestern writers with ethnic interests headline today's book report. The first is by University of Wiscosnin-Superior poet and fiction writer Anthony Bukoski. It's a collection of short stories, Bukoski's fifth book, entitled "North of the Port" (Southern Methodist University Press, $22.50). Bukoski, who grew up in Superior, sets most of his stories on the port city's east end, a Polish ghetto in the throes of change.
Ernestine Marie Poloson, age 85, of Red Wing died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, at Saint Mary's Hospital in Rochester. She was born on March 3, 1923, in Helena, Mont., to Dan and Mae Deschamps Poloson. She spent her early years at their Wolf Creek home, where, from infancy, she accompanied her mother on horseback and by wagon traveling over steep terrain to sheep camps. In 1929, Marie's parents bought their own ranch near Lonepine, where she attended school. Her greatest love was horses; she spent as much time as she could with them and became an excellent horsewoman.
Nordis Urness, 90, of Zumbrota, Minn. passed away on Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, at St. Brigid's at Hi-Park in Red Wing, Minn. Funeral services will be held at Friday, Dec. 19, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Lands Lutheran Church, Zumbrota with Pastor David Krinke officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
From the creator of the international hit "Late Night Catechism" comes a new show for the holidays, "Sister's Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi's Gold." The comedy will be staged at 7 p.m. Dec. 23 at the Sheldon Theatre. "She's back with a new lesson plan for her students," Sheldon spokesmen warn.
Continental Ballet Company and Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra will combine efforts again this year to stage the classic "Nutcracker Ballet" at 7 p.m. Dec. 20 and 2 p.m. Dec.
PEPIN -- Three holiday films, two for children and one for the adult set, will be shown Dec. 20 at the Lake Pepin Art & Design Center, located at Second and Main streets. A free matinee for kids and families is set for 4 p.m. Films will be "The Red Balloon" and "White Mane," both G-rated classics from French filmmaker Albert Lamorisse. Screen time for the double feature is 72 minutes. "The Red Balloon" is a deceptively simple, nearly wordless tale about a young boy who discovers a stray balloon that seems to have a mind of its own.
Morris Day and The Time, described as "masters of cool," will present a concert of funk music at 8 p.m. Dec. 20 at Treasure Island Resort & Casino. Created by Prince, the group is best known for a mix of danceable funk-rock music and the flamboyant personality of lead singer Morris Day. Day went to school with Prince and was in his first band, Grand Central. The popularity of Morris Day and The Time grew when Day was cast in the feature film "Purple Rain" as antagonist to Prince.