Stacy Bengs has been a photojournalist at the Red Wing Republican Eagle since 2010. She holds a bachelors degree in journalism and art from the University of Minnesota.
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UW-RIVER FALLS -- The University Theatre at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls presents “The White Snake” Feb. 25-27 and March 3-5. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. in the Blanche Davis Theatre of the Kleinpell Fine Arts building on campus. “The White Snake,” by Tony Award-winning Mary Zimmerman, is a lively reimagining of an ancient Chinese legend.
Five years ago regional fiber farmers had an ongoing issue. “They enjoyed raising the fiber animals but the markets and knowing how to market were challenging,” said Jean Mueller. She went on to say some of the farmers were even throwing away their wool because it just didn’t pay enough to cover the cost of shearing.
Taking a drive along Wisconsin’s Great River Road and adjoining rural byways in the fall is a must for any autumn color enthusiast. Now add in access to the handful of curiously charming art studios along the way and you have an out-right must-do road trip.
Although we are celebrating the beginning of a new year, the Sheldon Theatre sits smack dab at the middle of its calendar. January marks the second half of the local theater’s performing arts schedule — an especially significant season in the Sheldon’s history as Executive Director Sean Dowse will retire after more than two decades in charge of the local jewel box. “We’ve made a lot of people happy,” says Dowse of this season’s first half, adding it’s been a good year overall in ticket sales. Between the Grammy-award winning musicians Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers to the seasonal-fav
The story could be straight out of a holiday children’s book. A village resident sits, looking out his window, wondering how he can make evening walks with his two dogs more enjoyable in the dark days of winter. With some help from the community and lighting know-how, the charming village was transformed into a sparkling winter wonderland, outlined with lights. The real story is set in Stockholm, Wis., where architect John Myklebust has hung thousands of Christmas lights. “I was right down in the retail area of Stockholm during winter last year,” he explained.
Their art is among most recognizable in the area: Think funky, retro and whimsical -- dogs in cars and roosters driving go carts. The creators of the eye-catching, humor-evoking pieces are Wisconsin-based husband and wife artisan duo painter Bruce Dunlap and clay potter Linda Day Dunlap. Tucked back in the coulee region of Pepin County, their house is the work and play space. They live there, create art and feed their eight chickens. Day bought the estate on Pottery Lane in 1988 from, believe it or not - a woman with pottery studio.
BAY CITY, Wis. -- Old-fashioned hardware stores filled with nameless doodads and perplexing gadgets are of dwindling generation. The few remaining establishments scattered throughout towns and rural communities often serve as a common place to gather, socialize and, of course, talk tools. Bay City Hardware fits the model. But perhaps what makes this place unique is not what you buy, but who you buy it from -- store clerk Judy Albarado. The nearly 73-year-old remains a staple to the store and small-town community.