scarves2copyMy former coworker Vera was the first to show me that scarves weren’t just a utilitarian neck warmer on a snowy day. They were fashion. An older woman with a youthful figure and bright coral lips, she embodied ‘80s fashion chic. She was always in style, pairing exotically patterned shawl scarves with sweater dresses, and narrow band scarves with square-shouldered suit jackets.



From the Editor - Nov/Dec 2011

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Written by Ellington Miller

11nov-editorDuring the holidays, we are all involved in productions in one way or another. It might be acting in a heartwarming holiday play, singing the Hallelujah Chorus, helping kids learn their lines for school or church programs or driving young dancers to Nutcracker performances. Even our kitchens become stages for baking, cooking and hosting; we seem to be in production in every area of life. My holiday performing is mostly musical. In November and December, I have 17 scheduled rehearsals or concerts. It seems everyone wants live music, and I have a history of saying yes to everything. I will be playing my horn for church services, Yulefest, Festival of Trees, quintet concerts and maybe even the Civic Theatre’s production of White Christmas. What can I say … the spirit of giving makes me do it. That same spirit has inspired a relatively new theatre company, Words Players, to undertake a production of gigantic proportions: “The Spirit of Christmas Past: A Christmas Carol.” More of an experience than a play, this holiday performance includes a Dickens market, trolley rides to and from the Mayowood Stone Barn venue after dinner at The Restaurant, the “streets of London” and more than 70 cast members. Behind the scenes, a group of talented women are managing the budget, costumes, market and technical details, all so Tiny Tim can take center stage and recite his famous line, “God bless us, every one.”


0002From “Fine Wine in Food” by Patricia Ballard, published by the Wine Appreciation Guild,, 800-231-9463


0004Shrimp is an ideal entrée for the grill (broil during Minnesota winter months). It marinades in just 30 minutes; cooks in under five minutes.


0011This outstanding dish was created by Tony Pester, chef at Pescara.
It serves 2 as an appetizer.


0003Reprinted with permission from “Winemaker Cooks.” See review p. 58.



Poetry by Michelle Fimon

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Written by Michelle Fimon

Dew Point

Sky awakens along side hardened ribbon
as travelers pass one another
unaware of stories sewn a few feet away.
Heavy quilts of green line the view
on a highway that stretches from sleep.
Miles and miles of grasses, patchwork fields,
woven with browns of all hues,
chestnut to that nearing charcoal
– the darkest earth of all.


0006I was in the back corner of my hometown Kmart when I experienced that moment that every child eventually does—the moment I first realized my teacher didn’t live in her classroom.

    There she was, my beloved fourth grade teacher, and she was wearing—gasp— jeans! With a purse slung over her shoulder and a couple of kids tagging alongside the cart, she smiled as if it was the most normal thing in the world to bump into each other near the Blue Light Special.



Celebrate Autumn in Northfield

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Written by Amy Acheson

0018Just an hour northwest of Rochester, you’ll discover a diverse arts and cultural scene in the lively town of Northfield. Brimming with creativity, the artists’ town celebrates fall with an abundance of events.

    The 50th Annual Riverfront Fine Arts and Crafts Festival Sept.10–11 showcases artists’ wares as part of the Defeat of Jesse James Days (DJJD). This five-day, family-friendly event stirs up a quite a commotion with its annual bank raid reenactment the weekend after Labor Day, paying tribute to Northfield’s heroic past, while the Northfield Arts Guild Theater’s presentation of Jesse Jane’s Jamboree 5 offers a playful rendition of the Old West.


0009When the landscape glows gold, orange, russet and red, Mississippi River Valley communities celebrate—and invite guests—to festivities accenting art, autumn, music and indie films.

Meet you at Goatback Road

Fresh Art Fall Tour 2011, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., October 7–9, will feature 17 studios and galleries scattered round Wisconsin’s Chippewa Valley and Lake Pepin region. The artists represent a range of media: pastels, oils, pottery, stained glass, jewelry and more.


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