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I have ancestors who came to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the seventeenth century, so I'm always on the lookout for books, movies or plays about that fabled place. My interest lies in artistic recreations of a time long past, creations like Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter," Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," and movies like "Plymouth Adventure," where to my dismay I learned that Governor William Bradford's wife almost had an affair with the Mayflower's captain.
Inspirational speaker Tasha Schuh of Ellsworth will be addressing the St. Croix Valley Girls 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, at Citizens State Bank, 375 Stageline Road, Hudson. She will speak about how her life went from budding actress to struggling quadriplegic with just one step. Her story After showcasing her talent as the lead in the Ellsworth High School's production of Grease, Tasha began to dream of a career in the theater.
NEW RICHMOND -- The Old Gem Theater is presenting the World War II play, "I Never Saw Another Butterfly" at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 and Friday, March 1, 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3. During World War II, the Gestapo used Terezín, as a ghetto for concentrating European Jews. Fifteen thousand children under the age of fifteen passed through the Terezin but fewer than 100 survived. "I Never Saw Another Butterfly" is based on poems and pictures that were created by the children of Terezin.
On Sunday, Feb. 17, at 3 p.m., the Trio St. Croix will present a free concert at Abbott Concert Hall, in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building on the campus of UW-River Falls. The trio is comprised of Giselle Hillyer, violin; Roger McVey, piano; and Sally Dorer, cello. The program will feature music by Ludwig van Beethoven, as well as "Café Music" by the American composer Paul Schoenfield. For more information about the trio, please visit Trio St. Croix
"October 27, 1940, Sunday -- Went to chapel all day as usual. Our big meeting next Sunday. Gwilym Rees will be preaching. "October 29, 1940, Tuesday -- Went to school. My feet fit easier into the shoes than they did yesterday, as I have corn remove on and I hope they will succeed. I am going to take them off Thursday night probably. Did a lot of homework. "November 3, 1940, Sunday -- Big meeting today. G. Rees gave three beautiful sermons.
The Wyman Series at UW-River Falls will present Carnaval Brasileiro (Brazilian Carnival) at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14, in the University Center's Falcon's Nest. The event is free and open to the public. It will feature Brazilian music, food, dancing, and art, with performance by the ten-piece band, "Beira Mar Brasil," complete with horn section and hand percussion. Drumming Workshop Prior to the performance, a drumming workshop will be offered at 3 p.m. in the University Center's ballroom.
Among the many who volunteered at the Annual American Legion and Shrine Gun Show in New Richmond this past weekend were Rod Rommel, left, and Bob Kastens, right, who were busy selling tickets for a gun raffle. The three-day show was well attended.
The UWRF Physics Department begins its spring season of free, public observatory viewings and astronomy talks on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Objects to be seen in the telescopes include planets, globular clusters, open clusters, nebulae, galaxies, moons, and double stars. The first stargazing (waxing crescent moon) session on Feb. 12, will include Physics Professor Eileen Korenic presenting "The Comets Are Coming!" at 8 p.m. in Room 271, Centennial Science Hall. The discussion precedes the 8:30 p.m.
Kiap-TU-Wish chapter member and Hudson resident Kent Johnson was recently awarded the Wisconsin Trout Unlimited "Jeffrey Carlson Volunteer Award" at the WITU state council banquet.