Nov/Dec
2015

Our Area’s Own Christmas Teas and Decorated Homes

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Written by By Debi Neville

If You Haven’t Been There, Go! If You Have Been There, Go Again!

This year, the Mayowood Mansion Christmas tours will be held from November 7 to December 13, giving you ample opportunity to see this historic Rochester site like you have never seen it before.

The completely renovated mansion opens areas which have not been available to the public previously. The entrance on the back offers handicap accessibility and a unique view of the gardens and restored summer gazebo. The interior boasts new drapery, upholstery, furniture and a gallery of Dr. Mayo’s personal pictures.

 

Sep/Oct
2015

Southeast Minnesota Ghost Hunters: Searching for the paranormal with Dr. Nancy Horvath

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Written by By Amy Hahn, Photography by Fagan Studios

For Dr. Nancy “Hawk” Horvath, professional ghost hunting “is all about the evidence, more than the experience.” Horvath explains that while paranormal experiences—such as seeing a shut door opening for no reason in a supposedly haunted building—are fun, the focus for her and her Paranormal After Hours Investigations team is documenting the evidence. And it is this that makes it all worthwhile. “You never know what you’re going to catch!” Horvath says.

Starting with a location’s history

Before obtaining evidence, Horvath says her team does “lots of research to create a contextual analysis,” learning about the site’s history, past events, previous residents and the time period they lived, belief systems and customs. 

The team also looks for “trigger” objects. “A trigger object is anything relatable or has a connection to those who lived in the building,” says Horvath. These objects can improve communication with ghosts. Paranormal After Hours Investigations brings cat treats for the ghost cat at Mantorville’s Historic Opera House and a baby doll for Ellen,

 

Sep/Oct
2015

Our Area's Own: Haunted Houses

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Written by By Debi Neville

History Whispering

Considered one of the “most haunted” properties in Southeast Minnesota, Mrs. B’s Bed and Breakfast in Lanesboro has a litany of tales to tell. Current owners, Trish Capua and Matthew Vedder, heard about the ghosts when purchasing the property a short time ago but have their own personal encounters to relate.

“We hear and see things daily. Lights go on and off with no explanation; footsteps are heard throughout the hotel. They never bother. I just ask that they let me sleep,” says Trish with a chuckle. 

Some suspect it may be Buffalo Bill or Doc Powell from the Wild West show which was once in town. Others see a child bouncing a ball. Laughter and singing have been heard coming from…nowhere. In the main lobby and dining room, staff and guests have heard sobbing, crying and unhappy sighs.

 

 

FALL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS OCTOBER 10-11

The 49th Annual Red Wing Fall Festival of the Arts will be held in historic downtown Red Wing, where artist booths, food vendors and various musical acts enliven the streets for the weekend. It is a very popular event, and typically over 10,000 people pass through Red Wing for the festival. Artists come from all over the upper-Midwest to show their artwork.

The fine art festival features 100 artists and their wares. “It’s a beautiful time to come to Red Wing,” says Dan Guida, executive director of the Red Wing Arts Association. “It’s a really spectacular weekend.” 

The juried show includes woodwork, fiber and fabric, watercolor, glasswork and metalwork, in a wide variety of sculptures, paintings, jewelry, pottery and apparel. The bright colors and mixed media of the artists’ work are truly inspirational, and visitors will find it hard to leave with empty hands.

 

 

Jul/Aug
2015

A Glimpse of Decorah: Winneshiek County, Iowa

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Written by By Amanda Wingren

The green, rolling farmland and gorgeous limestone bluffs of northern Iowa is a peaceful setting for the artistic, busy, hard-working populace that lives here. Settled in the heartland, just an hour-and-a-half drive south of Rochester, Winneshiek County vibrates with progressive, down-to-earth values and a strong Norwegian heritage. Jump at the chance to take road trip down to Decorah, Iowa.

 

Jul/Aug
2015

Winona’s Own: Something Old Is New Again

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Written by By Debi Neville

It isn’t just about preserving the past; it is making it relevant in today’s world. By finding new use for historic structures, we guarantee their survival.

 

May/Jun
2015

Women of the Mist, Boundary Waters Transformational Trek

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Written by By LuAnn Buechler

Our trek began at Seagull Outfitters at the end of the Gunflint Trail in Grand Marias, Minnesota. Our adventure team consisted of my sister Lori, friend and colleague Beverly, family friend Catherine and me. With the most outdoor experience, Lori was our guide. It had been many years since Catherine or I had enjoyed the beauty of the wilderness, and Beverly had never done anything like this before. Although she had fears, Bev decided to “feel the fear” and do it anyway. Her two primary concerns were toilet paper and bears.  

 

GIRLS DAY OUT IN LANESBORO

Grab your girlfriends and make your way to Girls Day Out, a fun shopping event held on Saturday, May 2 in scenic Lanesboro. Lanesboro’s unique downtown businesses cater to the event, offering sales, book signings, featured artist demonstrations, craft classes, sidewalk fashion shows and samples from local restaurants. 

 

Sep/Oct
2013

Women Wanderers

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Written by Danielle Allen

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The Benefits of and Tips For Traveling Alone

Traveling alone can be an incredibly liberating experience, especially for women. Many women focus their lives on taking care of others and meeting the community’s needs and forget the freeing feeling of an independent excursion.

As a solo-traveler, you have total control and flexibility over your trip, allowing the journey to take you wherever you want to go. Prefer to sleep in late? There’s no one demanding an early start. Want to stop and check out that kooky local museum? The day is yours!

 

Jul/Aug
2013

Art and Ambience

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Written by K.L. Snyder

art-and-ambienceTouring a Trio of Area Art Fairs


SERENDIPITY IN VILLAGE PARK:

THE 40TH ANNUAL STOCKHOLM ART FAIR

On Saturday, July 20, the charming community of Stockholm, Wis., (located less than an hour from Rochester) will celebrate its 40th Annual Art Fair amongst the tranquil breezes of Lake Pepin.

 

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