The Good Person of Szechwan
Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

The Good Person of Szechwan

The Good Person of Szechwan
by Ten Thousand Things Theater and Dreamery Rural Arts Initiative

Directed by Michelle Hensley

7:00–8:30pm

Wykoff Community Hall

FREE! All are welcome!
Light refreshments provided! Come one come all!

Best for ages 14 and up.

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A tale, told with music and humor, of a poor woman who receives a bag of gold from the gods and is torn in two as she tries to help all her struggling friends but take care of herself at the same time.

Featuring Christina Baldwin, Sun Mee Chomet, Joy Dolo, Tyson Forbes, Elise Langer,
Harry Waters Jr, Karen Wiese-Thompson and Max Wojtanowicz.

www.tenthousandthings.org

This event is made possible in part by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board
through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the State Arts and
Cultural Heritage Fund with money from the vote of the people on November 4, 2008
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MISSION

Ten Thousand Things brings lively, intelligent, professional theater to people with little access to the wealth of the arts - who in turn help our artists and traditional audiences re-imagine what theater can be.

VISION

Ten Thousand Things will continue to be a significant force in the American theater, inspiring its audiences and the field with its unique model of high quality, low cost, accessible theater and transformative outreach. We aim to brighten the future of theater through our successes in Minnesota and across the country because we know that theater is richer when everyone is in the audience.

VALUES

Audiences of ALL life experiences and backgrounds
Artistic excellence in all we do
Investment in artists as our greatest asset
Honesty, depth and imagination in our work and our relationships
Diversity at all levels - in our performances, our audiences, our staff and our leadership
Bold universal stories - full of hard questions, complicated and hopeful - that speak to the human experience and help us to discover all that we share in common
A working environment that offers trust, room for creativity and equal participation, and that fosters laughter, play and joy

OUR PERFORMANCE MODEL

At our performances, audiences experience theater in its most vital, elemental form. We don't use a stage; rather, we perform on the floor inside a circle of chairs, with the lights on so everyone can see each other, with minimal sets and live music. The result is a performance that engages the imagination of our audiences. Through this dynamic exchange, artists and audience breathe new life into theater together reminding us that theater is essential to all of our lives. We do not preach easy answers to life's difficulties and seek to transcend the perceptions of class, race, education and life experience that often divide us.


Artistic Director Artist Core
Production History
Awards


“TEN THOUSAND THINGS IS ABOUT WHAT MATTERS MOST: KINDNESS TO OTHERS, PARTICULARLY THE MARGINALIZED, AND INSPIRING ART.” — DONOR
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Jun
1
5:00 PM17:00

Pizza on the Farm

Pizza on the Farm | Rain or shine!
5:00 - 8:00pm or as far as the dough stretches

Music on the Farm: Tom Schramm & The LPs
6:00 – 8:00pm

Relax and listen to live music from Tom Schramm & The LPs while you enjoy your pizza on the farm.

DreamAcres is open to visitors every Friday, June – September, 2018.

During pizza service, all are welcome to come and enjoy pizzas from the wood-fired oven while watching the bluffs glow in the sunset. All pizzas are vegetarian and are made from scratch using seasonal ingredients grown on the farm! Because we are a working farm, we ask that visitors exercise respect for buildings, implements and crops as you keep track of your children.   

Please bring your own beverages and place settings. No dogs please.

$15 -$25 per pizza.

Please refer to our calendar often for updates and announcements about pizza nights.

Learn more about DreamAcres made-from-scratch pizzas here.

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Jun
1
6:00 PM18:00

Music on the Farm: Tom Schramm & the LPs

Tom Schramm & the LP's will play music during pizza service
starting at 6:00 pm.

 

Experience Lanesboro’s own “easy listening” band while you enjoy your pizza at the farm. "This fun group, from the hills of Southeastern Minnesota Bluffcountry, plays a mix 70’s easy listening, vintage country, a few originals and songs to sing along with. The lead singer, transplanted from Arizona, has been likened to a cross between Neil Young and John Denver, and with a banjo, upright bass, and strong harmonies, this group is a mishmash of folk, rock, country and bluegrass." — Tom Schramm & the LP's Facebook page

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Jun
8
5:00 PM17:00

Pizza on the Farm

Pizza on the Farm | Rain or shine!
5:00 - 8:00pm or as far as the dough stretches

Music on the Farm: MJ & Jake
6:00 – 8:00pm

Relax and listen to live music from MJ & Jake while you enjoy your pizza on the farm.

DreamAcres is open to visitors every Friday, June – September, 2018.

During pizza service, all are welcome to come and enjoy pizzas from the wood-fired oven while watching the bluffs glow in the sunset. All pizzas are vegetarian and are made from scratch using seasonal ingredients grown on the farm! Because we are a working farm, we ask that visitors exercise respect for buildings, implements and crops as you keep track of your children.   

Please bring your own beverages and place settings. No dogs please.

$15 -$25 per pizza.

Please refer to our calendar often for updates and announcements about pizza nights.

Learn more about DreamAcres made-from-scratch pizzas here.

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Jun
15
5:00 PM17:00

Pizza on the Farm

Pizza on the Farm | Rain or shine!
5:00 - 8:00pm or as far as the dough stretches

DreamAcres is open to visitors every Friday, June – September, 2018.

During pizza service, all are welcome to come and enjoy pizzas from the wood-fired oven while watching the bluffs glow in the sunset. All pizzas are vegetarian and are made from scratch using seasonal ingredients grown on the farm! Because we are a working farm, we ask that visitors exercise respect for buildings, implements and crops as you keep track of your children.   

Please bring your own beverages and place settings. No dogs please.

$15 -$25 per pizza.

Please refer to our calendar often for updates and announcements about pizza nights.

Learn more about DreamAcres made-from-scratch pizzas here.

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Jun
22
5:00 PM17:00

Pizza on the Farm

Pizza on the Farm | Rain or shine!
5:00 - 8:00pm or as far as the dough stretches

DreamAcres is open to visitors every Friday, June – September, 2018.

During pizza service, all are welcome to come and enjoy pizzas from the wood-fired oven while watching the bluffs glow in the sunset. All pizzas are vegetarian and are made from scratch using seasonal ingredients grown on the farm! Because we are a working farm, we ask that visitors exercise respect for buildings, implements and crops as you keep track of your children.   

Please bring your own beverages and place settings. No dogs please.

$15 -$25 per pizza.

Please refer to our calendar often for updates and announcements about pizza nights.

Learn more about DreamAcres made-from-scratch pizzas here.

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Jun
29
5:00 PM17:00

Pizza on the Farm

Pizza on the Farm | Rain or shine!
5:00 - 8:00pm or as far as the dough stretches

DreamAcres is open to visitors every Friday, June – September, 2018.

During pizza service, all are welcome to come and enjoy pizzas from the wood-fired oven while watching the bluffs glow in the sunset. All pizzas are vegetarian and are made from scratch using seasonal ingredients grown on the farm! Because we are a working farm, we ask that visitors exercise respect for buildings, implements and crops as you keep track of your children.   

Please bring your own beverages and place settings. No dogs please.

$15 -$25 per pizza.

Please refer to our calendar often for updates and announcements about pizza nights.

Learn more about DreamAcres made-from-scratch pizzas here.

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Jun
29
8:00 PM20:00

Music on the Farm: Vidar Skrede

Vidar Skrede (from Haugesund, Norway) is a freelance Nordic folk musician on guitar, harding fiddle, fiddle and Greek bouzouki. He has a background in the traditional music from Rogaland (South West of Norway), and has a master degree in Nordic folk music at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm.

Vidar is known from bands like Vidar Skrede DYNAMO BAND (with Pilvi Järvelä and Jani Kivelä from Tsuumi Sound System), Geitungen (Olav Christer Rossebø from Bergen Mandolin Band and Earlybird Stringband – and Håvard Ims), The Secret Carpet Club (with Emma Johansson from Eter, Seaquins – and Carl Nyqvist), AAMOS (with Kevin Henderson from Fiddlers’ Bid, Boys of the Lough, SessionA9, The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc – and Mark Laurenson). He has also performed with artists like Vegar Vårdal, Patrik Andersson, Frode Haltli, Stian Carstensen (from Farmers Market), Kristian Bugge (from Baltic Crossing), Niklas Roswall (from Ranarim), Zar (DK), Bodega (UK), Sver (NO), Liz Carrol (USA) and Bruce Molsky (USA).

Vidar has appeared on national television in Norway and Iceland, and has been heard on radio across the Nordic countries and throughout the USA, which includes two live radio concerts at NRK P2 in legendary “Studio 19”.

Vidar has released CD’s like “Geitungen – Bra Kast” (Grappa 2005 – awarded at the Norwegian Folk Music Awards), “Geitungen – Langt Ute” (Grappa 2010 – nominated at the Norwegian Folk Music Awards), “The Secret Carpet Club – Village” (Nordic Stomp 2011), “AAMOS – Caravan” (Nordic Stomp 2011) and “Vidar Skrede DYNAMO BAND – Happy Monkey” (Nordic Stomp 2013 – nominated at Emma Gaala – the Finnish grammy awards).

Vidar is a leading musician on the Nordic folk music scene and a popular tune writer – his compositions are played and recorded by bands like Fiddlers’ Bid and Blazing Fiddles besides with his own projects.

More about Vidar

Suggested ticket price $10.

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Jul
6
5:00 PM17:00

Pizza on the Farm

Pizza on the Farm | Rain or shine!
5:00 - 8:00pm or as far as the dough stretches

DreamAcres is open to visitors every Friday, June – September, 2018.

During pizza service, all are welcome to come and enjoy pizzas from the wood-fired oven while watching the bluffs glow in the sunset. All pizzas are vegetarian and are made from scratch using seasonal ingredients grown on the farm! Because we are a working farm, we ask that visitors exercise respect for buildings, implements and crops as you keep track of your children.   

Please bring your own beverages and place settings. No dogs please.

$15 -$25 per pizza.

Please refer to our calendar often for updates and announcements about pizza nights.

Learn more about DreamAcres made-from-scratch pizzas here.

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Jul
13
5:00 PM17:00

Pizza on the Farm

Pizza on the Farm | Rain or shine!
5:00 - 8:00pm or as far as the dough stretches

DreamAcres is open to visitors every Friday, June – September, 2018.

During pizza service, all are welcome to come and enjoy pizzas from the wood-fired oven while watching the bluffs glow in the sunset. All pizzas are vegetarian and are made from scratch using seasonal ingredients grown on the farm! Because we are a working farm, we ask that visitors exercise respect for buildings, implements and crops as you keep track of your children.   

Please bring your own beverages and place settings. No dogs please.

$15 -$25 per pizza.

Please refer to our calendar often for updates and announcements about pizza nights.

Learn more about DreamAcres made-from-scratch pizzas here.

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Jul
20
5:00 PM17:00

Pizza on the Farm

Pizza on the Farm | Rain or shine!
5:00 - 8:00pm or as far as the dough stretches

DreamAcres is open to visitors every Friday, June – September, 2018.

During pizza service, all are welcome to come and enjoy pizzas from the wood-fired oven while watching the bluffs glow in the sunset. All pizzas are vegetarian and are made from scratch using seasonal ingredients grown on the farm! Because we are a working farm, we ask that visitors exercise respect for buildings, implements and crops as you keep track of your children.   

Please bring your own beverages and place settings. No dogs please.

$15 -$25 per pizza.

Please refer to our calendar often for updates and announcements about pizza nights.

Learn more about DreamAcres made-from-scratch pizzas here.

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Jul
27
5:00 PM17:00

Pizza on the Farm

Pizza on the Farm | Rain or shine!
5:00 - 8:00pm or as far as the dough stretches

DreamAcres is open to visitors every Friday, June – September, 2018.

During pizza service, all are welcome to come and enjoy pizzas from the wood-fired oven while watching the bluffs glow in the sunset. All pizzas are vegetarian and are made from scratch using seasonal ingredients grown on the farm! Because we are a working farm, we ask that visitors exercise respect for buildings, implements and crops as you keep track of your children.   

Please bring your own beverages and place settings. No dogs please.

$15 -$25 per pizza.

Please refer to our calendar often for updates and announcements about pizza nights.

Learn more about DreamAcres made-from-scratch pizzas here.

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Aug
3
3:00 PM15:00

OPEN REHEARSAL Play! In The Barn: Dr. Deep: Life Sucks, But I'm Cool With It

OPEN REHEARSAL
Dr. Deep: Life Sucks, But I'm Cool With It
An all new lecture on happiness and Ultimate Liberation Philosophy
3:00 - 4:30 pm

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Dr. Deep is the founder of Ultimate Liberation Philosophy, a metaphysical study focusing on the relationship of the individual to their existence. This new lecture on happiness is the second in a series that examines the intersection of science, spirituality and nonsense.

» www.dreamlandarts.com

Free will donation for open rehearsal. Call 507.352.4255 for questions.

Dr. Deep’s first lecture, titled “Shake Your Noggin Like a Bobblehead,” premiered at Dreamland Arts in 2015 and was presented during Illusion Theater’s Fresh Ink series and at the Minnesota Fringe Festival (Star Tribune’s 10 Best Shows of the Fringe). Additional performances were help at Mixed Blood Theater, 2001 A Space, DreamAcres Farm and IHT Yoga.

Best of the Fringe (2015) – Star Tribune

“Rarely has such absolute drivel been delivered with such sly panache.” Read the full review in the Star Tribune by Lisa Brock

“If laughter truly is the best medicine, Dr. Deep might just prove a therapeutic treatment for humor-deprived psyches.” Read the full City Pages A List article by Brad Richason

*Dr. Deep is a fictional character. “Life Sucks, But I’m Cool With It” is a satirical one man play written and performed by theater artist Zaraawar Mistry, with recorded music by Greg Herriges.
  Photo: Margie O’Loughlin

Photo: Margie O’Loughlin

Dreamland Arts is a family-owned business, owned and operated by theater artists Zaraawar Mistry and Leslye Orr. The theater opened in September 2006. Zaraawar and Leslye’s house is attached to the theater building through an underground passage in the basement. The business was named after a dilapidated movie theater in Secunderabad, India.

Mission & History
Leslye Orr Bio
Zaraawar Mistry Bio
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Aug
3
5:00 PM17:00

Pizza on the Farm

Pizza on the Farm | Rain or shine!
5:00 - 8:00pm or as far as the dough stretches

DreamAcres is open to visitors every Friday, June – September, 2018.

During pizza service, all are welcome to come and enjoy pizzas from the wood-fired oven while watching the bluffs glow in the sunset. All pizzas are vegetarian and are made from scratch using seasonal ingredients grown on the farm! Because we are a working farm, we ask that visitors exercise respect for buildings, implements and crops as you keep track of your children.   

Please bring your own beverages and place settings. No dogs please.

$15 -$25 per pizza.

Please refer to our calendar often for updates and announcements about pizza nights.

Learn more about DreamAcres made-from-scratch pizzas here.

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Aug
3
8:30 PM20:30

Play! In The Barn: Dr. Deep: Life Sucks, But I'm Cool With It

Play! In The Barn:
Dr. Deep: Life Sucks, But I'm Cool With It
An all new lecture on happiness and Ultimate Liberation Philosophy
8:30 - 10:00 pm

Dr-Deep-1.png

Dr. Deep is the founder of Ultimate Liberation Philosophy, a metaphysical study focusing on the relationship of the individual to their existence. This new lecture on happiness is the second in a series that examines the intersection of science, spirituality and nonsense.

» www.dreamlandarts.com

Suggested admission: $15. Call 507.352.4255 to reserve tickets.

Dr. Deep’s first lecture, titled “Shake Your Noggin Like a Bobblehead,” premiered at Dreamland Arts in 2015 and was presented during Illusion Theater’s Fresh Ink series and at the Minnesota Fringe Festival (Star Tribune’s 10 Best Shows of the Fringe). Additional performances were help at Mixed Blood Theater, 2001 A Space, DreamAcres Farm and IHT Yoga.

Best of the Fringe (2015) – Star Tribune

“Rarely has such absolute drivel been delivered with such sly panache.” Read the full review in the Star Tribune by Lisa Brock

“If laughter truly is the best medicine, Dr. Deep might just prove a therapeutic treatment for humor-deprived psyches.” Read the full City Pages A List article by Brad Richason

*Dr. Deep is a fictional character. “Life Sucks, But I’m Cool With It” is a satirical one man play written and performed by theater artist Zaraawar Mistry, with recorded music by Greg Herriges.
  Photo: Margie O’Loughlin

Photo: Margie O’Loughlin

Dreamland Arts is a family-owned business, owned and operated by theater artists Zaraawar Mistry and Leslye Orr. The theater opened in September 2006. Zaraawar and Leslye’s house is attached to the theater building through an underground passage in the basement. The business was named after a dilapidated movie theater in Secunderabad, India.

Mission & History
Leslye Orr Bio
Zaraawar Mistry Bio
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Aug
10
5:00 PM17:00

Pizza on the Farm

Pizza on the Farm | Rain or shine!
5:00 - 8:00pm or as far as the dough stretches

DreamAcres is open to visitors every Friday, June – September, 2018.

During pizza service, all are welcome to come and enjoy pizzas from the wood-fired oven while watching the bluffs glow in the sunset. All pizzas are vegetarian and are made from scratch using seasonal ingredients grown on the farm! Because we are a working farm, we ask that visitors exercise respect for buildings, implements and crops as you keep track of your children.   

Please bring your own beverages and place settings. No dogs please.

$15 -$25 per pizza.

Please refer to our calendar often for updates and announcements about pizza nights.

Learn more about DreamAcres made-from-scratch pizzas here.

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Aug
17
5:00 PM17:00

Pizza on the Farm

Pizza on the Farm | Rain or shine!
5:00 - 8:00pm or as far as the dough stretches

DreamAcres is open to visitors every Friday, June – September, 2018.

During pizza service, all are welcome to come and enjoy pizzas from the wood-fired oven while watching the bluffs glow in the sunset. All pizzas are vegetarian and are made from scratch using seasonal ingredients grown on the farm! Because we are a working farm, we ask that visitors exercise respect for buildings, implements and crops as you keep track of your children.   

Please bring your own beverages and place settings. No dogs please.

$15 -$25 per pizza.

Please refer to our calendar often for updates and announcements about pizza nights.

Learn more about DreamAcres made-from-scratch pizzas here.

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OPEN REHEARSAL: ONION FEST: SenZalma by Contempo Physical Dance
Aug
24
3:00 PM15:00

OPEN REHEARSAL: ONION FEST: SenZalma by Contempo Physical Dance

OPEN REHEARSAL
ONION FEST: SenZalma by Contempo Physical Dance

Onion Fest is DreamAcres' annual harvest festival celebrating the stories of a multi-layered society through a multi-layered vegetable. Come on down to the farm to enjoy multi-layered cuisine and multi-layered entertainment.

SenZalma is “transcendent” with bounding leaps, sounds of water, drums and capoeira rhythms and painterly images of the starry sea. This full-length work explores the universal human struggle toward freedom from an Afro-Brazilian perspective. Inspired by the poem,
O Navio Negreiro (The Slave Ship) by renowned Brazilian author Castro Alves, SenZalma is a combination of the words “senzala” (slave quarters) and “alma” (soul). The work is both a lamentation and a celebration of the human spirit.

“Wrongs cannot be undone, but survival is about transcendence, and this work achieves it.” – Caroline Palmer, Star Tribune

Free will donation for open rehearsal. Call 507.352.4255 for questions.

Conceptually, SenZalma is inspired by the poem O Navio Negreiro (The Slave Ship) by 19th Century Brazilian abolitionist and poet Antonio de Castro Alves. The title SenZalma is a powerful play on words: Senzalas were large living quarters built for African slaves in Brazil, whom Portuguese rulers believed had no souls. Alma is the word for soul. It juxtaposess enz, meaning certainly, and senza, without.

Artistically, SenZalma is built on Silva dos Santos’ dynamic movement fusion of Afro/Brazilian dance, capoeira, and contemporary dance, blending forms and cultures to create a distinctive new aesthetic.

ABOUT CONTEMPO PHYSICAL DANCE

Founded in 2011 by Marciano Silva dos Santos and Jenny Pennaz, CONTEMPO PHYSICAL DANCE is recognized for their dynamic contemporary Afro-Brazilian dance fusion. Contempo’s mission is to create a vibrant new dance form that ignites intersections of contemporary dance and traditional movement forms of the African diaspora, and to perform work that challenges human physicality while it invigorates audiences. We translate this mission into groundbreaking new movement approaches, innovative choreographic design, and stunning performances.

Contempo Phyiscal Dance is recognized for our fusion of Afro/Brazilian and contemporary dance, richly layered with the grace of ballet and the intense physicality of capoeira. We create work that speaks to cultural dynamics of the Afro/Brazilian Diaspora, and our aesthetic is unique in Minnesota and in the region.

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ONION FEST: Pizza on the Farm — Onion Influenced Edibles
Aug
24
5:00 PM17:00

ONION FEST: Pizza on the Farm — Onion Influenced Edibles

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ONION FEST: Pizza on the Farm — Onion-Influenced Edibles | Rain or shine!
5:00 - 8:00 pm or as far as the dough stretches

Music on the Farm: Maritza

Relax and listen to live music from Maritza while you enjoy your onion-based delicacies. Continue the celebration with the dance performance, SenZalma afterward.

Onion Fest is DreamAcres' annual harvest festival celebrating the stories of a multi-layered society through a multi-layered vegetable. Come on down to the farm to enjoy multi-layered cuisine and multi-layered entertainment.

DreamAcres is open to visitors for Pizza service every Friday, June – September, 2018. 
Please refer to our calendar often for updates on when we'll be serving pizzas at the farm.

During pizza service, all are welcome to come and enjoy pizzas from the wood-fired oven while watching the bluffs glow in the sunset. All pizzas are vegetarian and are made from scratch using seasonal ingredients grown on the farm! Because we are a working farm, we ask that visitors exercise respect for buildings, implements and crops as you keep track of your children.   

Please bring your own beverages and place settings. No dogs please.

$15 -$25 per pizza.

Learn more about DreamAcres made-from-scratch pizzas here.


Music on the Farm: TBD

Relax and listen to live music on the farm while you enjoy your onion-based delicacies.

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Aug
24
5:00 PM17:00

ONION FEST: Music on the Farm: Maritza

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Maritza will perform music during pizza service
starting at 5:00 pm.

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Maritza's repertoire includes evocatively beautiful melodies forged in the passionate history of Europe and Russia, lively Jewish wedding dance horas and frailachs, Gypsy (Romany) music, and twisting rhythmic line dance tunes from Bulgaria, Romania, Macedonia and Greece.

Named for a river in Bulgaria, Maritza was born during a jam session among Pine Wilson and friends in 1998 in Decorah, Iowa. Pine’s love for Eastern European music and folk dance was the impetus for the band to take shape. Thanks to the enthusiastic and fun-filled tune ideas of many musicians over the years, Maritza keeps the beat going!

» www.maritzatunes.wordpress.com

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ONION FEST: Performance: SenZalma by Contempo Physical Dance
Aug
24
8:30 PM20:30

ONION FEST: Performance: SenZalma by Contempo Physical Dance

ONION FEST: Performance: SenZalma by Contempo Physical Dance

Onion Fest is DreamAcres' annual harvest festival celebrating the stories of a multi-layered society through a multi-layered vegetable. Come on down to the farm to enjoy multi-layered cuisine and multi-layered entertainment.

SenZalma is “transcendent” with bounding leaps, sounds of water, drums and capoeira rhythms and painterly images of the starry sea. This full-length work explores the universal human struggle toward freedom from an Afro-Brazilian perspective. Inspired by the poem,
O Navio Negreiro (The Slave Ship) by renowned Brazilian author Castro Alves, SenZalma is a combination of the words “senzala” (slave quarters) and “alma” (soul). The work is both a lamentation and a celebration of the human spirit.

“Wrongs cannot be undone, but survival is about transcendence, and this work achieves it.” – Caroline Palmer, Star Tribune

Suggested admission: $15. Call 507.352.4255 to reserve tickets.

Conceptually, SenZalma is inspired by the poem O Navio Negreiro (The Slave Ship) by 19th Century Brazilian abolitionist and poet Antonio de Castro Alves. The title SenZalma is a powerful play on words: Senzalas were large living quarters built for African slaves in Brazil, whom Portuguese rulers believed had no souls. Alma is the word for soul. It juxtaposess enz, meaning certainly, and senza, without.

Artistically, SenZalma is built on Silva dos Santos’ dynamic movement fusion of Afro/Brazilian dance, capoeira, and contemporary dance, blending forms and cultures to create a distinctive new aesthetic.

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ONION FEST: FREE Workshop on the Farm by Contempo Physical Dance
Aug
25
10:00 AM10:00

ONION FEST: FREE Workshop on the Farm by Contempo Physical Dance

ONION FEST: FREE Workshop on the Farm by Contempo Physical Dance

Onion Fest is DreamAcres' annual harvest festival celebrating the stories of a multi-layered society through a multi-layered vegetable. Come on down to the farm to enjoy multi-layered cuisine and multi-layered entertainment.

To conclude Onion Fest, Contempo Physical Dance will lead a dance Workshop on the Farm. Free and open to the public!

ABOUT CONTEMPO PHYSICAL DANCE

Founded in 2011 by Marciano Silva dos Santos and Jenny Pennaz, CONTEMPO PHYSICAL DANCE is recognized for their dynamic contemporary Afro-Brazilian dance fusion. Contempo’s mission is to create a vibrant new dance form that ignites intersections of contemporary dance and traditional movement forms of the African diaspora, and to perform work that challenges human physicality while it invigorates audiences. We translate this mission into groundbreaking new movement approaches, innovative choreographic design, and stunning performances.

Contempo Phyiscal Dance is recognized for our fusion of Afro/Brazilian and contemporary dance, richly layered with the grace of ballet and the intense physicality of capoeira. We create work that speaks to cultural dynamics of the Afro/Brazilian Diaspora, and our aesthetic is unique in Minnesota and in the region.

Onion Fest is DreamAcres' annual harvest festival celebrating the stories of a multi-layered society through a multi-layered vegetable. Come on down to the farm to enjoy multi-layered cuisine and multi-layered entertainment.

View Event →
Music on the Farm: Barbaro
Aug
31
5:00 PM17:00

Music on the Farm: Barbaro

Music! On the Farm: Barbaro

Barbaro will be performing music during pizza service from 5:00 – 7:00pm. 

Barbaro is a progressive bluegrass band playing music for films about cooking. Spicy instrumentals, savory harmonies, and to-the-point songwriting creates a dynamic and captivating set for audiences of all ages and musical tastes. Barbaro began crafting it's sound in the fall 2016 and has been evolving ever since. With an EP coming out in early 2018, and a full length album already in the works, the band's tone is getting juicy and it's originality is reaching medium-rare. 

Barbaro brings together some of Minnesota's lightly seasoned, only getting older musicians for a delectable bluegrass feast. Kyle Shelstad began his journey in Montana starting the band the "Kitchen Dwellers." Isaac Sammis comes from the Winona music scene having played banjo with "Tin Can Gin." Max Graham is undoubtably the kindest mandolin player in the Twin Cities area, leading multiple bands including everyone's favorite "Kind Country." Fiddler Rachel Calvert started playing bluegrass with the "Common Ground Company" and continues to collaborate with a number of exciting musical adventures. Chris Anderson has meandered the world of music from Classical to Klezmer and now is departing on his first voyage into the world of bluegrass.

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Aug
31
5:00 PM17:00

Pizza on the Farm

Pizza on the Farm | Rain or shine!
5:00 - 8:00pm or as far as the dough stretches

 

Music on the Farm: Barbaro
5:00 – 7:00pm

Relax and listen to live music from Barbaro while you enjoy your pizza on the farm.

DreamAcres is open to visitors every Friday, June – September, 2018.

During pizza service, all are welcome to come and enjoy pizzas from the wood-fired oven while watching the bluffs glow in the sunset. All pizzas are vegetarian and are made from scratch using seasonal ingredients grown on the farm! Because we are a working farm, we ask that visitors exercise respect for buildings, implements and crops as you keep track of your children.   

Please bring your own beverages and place settings. No dogs please.

$15 -$25 per pizza.

Please refer to our calendar often for updates and announcements about pizza nights.

Learn more about DreamAcres made-from-scratch pizzas here.

View Event →
Sep
7
5:00 PM17:00

Pizza on the Farm

Pizza on the Farm | Rain or shine!
5:00 - 8:00pm or as far as the dough stretches

DreamAcres is open to visitors every Friday, June – September, 2018.

During pizza service, all are welcome to come and enjoy pizzas from the wood-fired oven while watching the bluffs glow in the sunset. All pizzas are vegetarian and are made from scratch using seasonal ingredients grown on the farm! Because we are a working farm, we ask that visitors exercise respect for buildings, implements and crops as you keep track of your children.   

Please bring your own beverages and place settings. No dogs please.

$15 -$25 per pizza.

Please refer to our calendar often for updates and announcements about pizza nights.

Learn more about DreamAcres made-from-scratch pizzas here.

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Sep
14
5:00 PM17:00

Pizza on the Farm

Pizza on the Farm | Rain or shine!
5:00 – 8:00pm or as far as the dough stretches

Music on the Farm: Root River Jam
5:00 – 7:00pm

Relax and listen to live music from Root River Jam while you enjoy your pizza on the farm.

DreamAcres is open to visitors every Friday, June – September, 2018.

During pizza service, all are welcome to come and enjoy pizzas from the wood-fired oven while watching the bluffs glow in the sunset. All pizzas are vegetarian and are made from scratch using seasonal ingredients grown on the farm! Because we are a working farm, we ask that visitors exercise respect for buildings, implements and crops as you keep track of your children.   

Please bring your own beverages and place settings. No dogs please.

$15 -$25 per pizza.

Please refer to our calendar often for updates and announcements about pizza nights.

Learn more about DreamAcres made-from-scratch pizzas here.

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Music on the Farm: Root River Jam
Sep
14
5:00 PM17:00

Music on the Farm: Root River Jam

Music! On the Farm: Root River Jam

Root River Jam will be performing music during pizza service from 5:00 – 7:00pm. 

Root River Jam is a cross genre "Americana" group based in southeast MN. Their original music includes styles from folk, country, rock, blues, celtic, and jazz.

Singer / guitarist Dave Wilson melds his life experiences into song. Growing up the son of a veterinarian on a farm near Preston, MN. He helped out on many farms throughout the region. His mother taught Dave and his siblings to play piano. And sing melody and harmony. He started writing music during his middle school years.

Listeners instantly connect with the expressive melodies, improvisation, and interaction. Recalling the "jams" of the past! Renewing the dreams of the future! 

Root River Jam released their debut album in March, 2017. After a wildly successful release party in Rochester, MN. They have bee traveling to new destinations promoting their music. 2017 proved to be a breakout year and one of transition. While still playing their favorites places, they are seeking to play more shows and events.  2018 will brings some new music and new horizons. They hope to see you at a show!

 

 
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Sep
21
5:00 PM17:00

Pizza on the Farm

Pizza on the Farm | Rain or shine!
5:00 - 8:00pm or as far as the dough stretches

DreamAcres is open to visitors every Friday, June – September, 2018.

During pizza service, all are welcome to come and enjoy pizzas from the wood-fired oven while watching the bluffs glow in the sunset. All pizzas are vegetarian and are made from scratch using seasonal ingredients grown on the farm! Because we are a working farm, we ask that visitors exercise respect for buildings, implements and crops as you keep track of your children.   

Please bring your own beverages and place settings. No dogs please.

$15 -$25 per pizza.

Please refer to our calendar often for updates and announcements about pizza nights.

Learn more about DreamAcres made-from-scratch pizzas here.

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Play! Out of the Barn: Dr. Falstaff and the Working Wives of Lake County: A Picnic Operetta by Mixed Precipitation
Sep
22
3:00 PM15:00

Play! Out of the Barn: Dr. Falstaff and the Working Wives of Lake County: A Picnic Operetta by Mixed Precipitation

Dr. Falstaff and the Working Wives of Lake County: A Picnic Operetta by Mixed Precipitation
3:00 - 5:00 pm

A new adaptation of Otto Nicolai’s German opera, The Merry Wives of Windsor, with a bit of Minnesota history and the music of Bruce Springsteen!

Celebrating its 10th season, the company brings an edible opera adventure to parks, farms and gardens throughout Minnesota in August and September

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On the shores of Lake Superior, the company town is in trouble. The taconite plant has gone bust and jobs are leaving town fast. Meanwhile, the sleazy Doctor Falstaff has washed up on shore. He’s looking to sell a boat, eat some herring, and seduce some married women. Luckily, a trio of tough working gals has teamed up to chase the rat out of town. These working wives (a nurse, a park ranger, and a librarian) show the men in town who’s the Boss.

Scotty Reynolds, a native of Silver Bay, Minnesota, adapted this story following his research on Minnesota’s ecological and economic history and the landmark legal battle, United States vs. Reserve Mining.

“Our show places the silly characters of Shakespeare’s comedy alongside contemporary questions about industry, job creation, and the environmental impact of capitalism,” Reynolds says. “Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor takes place in a hunting village outside of London. Our version takes place on the North Shore of Lake Superior in a historic fishing community and mining town. Contaminated drinking water and a depleted fish population led to a decade of legal battles with fisherman, environmentalists and the mining industry. Bruce Springsteen’s classic anthems of working life and songs of love are perfect for the struggles of the time. We’ll look at the conflict of environmentalism and job creation with humor and dignity. ”

This one-of-a-kind show is directed by Kym Longhi, written by Scotty Reynolds, with music director Gary Ruschman.

Cast

Baritone Nick Miller sings the leading role of Dr. Falstaff, having previously sung the role of Leporello in our production of Donald Giovanni in Cornlandia in 2016. Picnic Operetta alumni Naomi Karstad (Mrs. Ford) Anna Hashizume (Mrs. Page) play the “working wives” pursued by Dr. Falstaff. Baritone Alex Adams-Leytes plays the jealous Mr. Ford, following previous appearances with companies in German, Austria, and Italy. In the United States he’s performed with St. Petersburg Opera Company, Gulfshore Opera, and the Pacific Opera Project.

Ensemble members this year include Phinehas Bynum, Joni Griffith, Leif Hove, Maya Alvira, Alia Jeraj, Jacob Miller, Akiko Ostlund, Nora Ricky, and Jesse Pollack-Foote. Musicians include Gary Ruschman, Drew Kellum, and Luke Hunter.

Food

Mixed Precipitation blends sweet and savory bites into the storytelling to celebrate the harvest. Chef Kyual Cribben, formerly of Tilia Mpls, 112 Eatery, and Burch Steakhouse, crafts a tasting menu adapted to the story, inviting the audience to taste the edible beauty of the Minnesota harvest.

» www.mixedprecipitation.org

Suggested ticket price $15. Call 507.352.4255 to reserve tickets.

MIXED PRECIPITATION

Mixed Precipitation is a performance company exploring text, space and form with festive theatrical events that inspire social engagement.

The PICNIC OPERETTA
Each summer we present our signature event, the picnic operetta, a lively theater experience touring to community gardens and other green spaces throughout the Twin Cities metro. A five-course tasting menu of locally grown, performance-inspired delicacies is served during the show. We bring together classical music, horticulture, food, and storytelling into a celebration of the urban eco-system.

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Sep
28
5:00 PM17:00

Pizza on the Farm — Last pizza night of the season!

LAST PIZZA NIGHT OF THE SEASON!

Thank you for joining us for Pizza on the Farm this year! Please check back next season to find out when we will be serving pizzas at the farm.
 

Pizza on the Farm | Rain or shine!
5:00 - 8:00pm or as far as the dough stretches

DreamAcres is open to visitors every Friday, June – September, 2018.

During pizza service, all are welcome to come and enjoy pizzas from the wood-fired oven while watching the bluffs glow in the sunset. All pizzas are vegetarian and are made from scratch using seasonal ingredients grown on the farm! Because we are a working farm, we ask that visitors exercise respect for buildings, implements and crops as you keep track of your children.   

Please bring your own beverages and place settings. No dogs please.

$15 -$25 per pizza.

Please refer to our calendar often for updates and announcements about pizza nights.

Learn more about DreamAcres made-from-scratch pizzas here.

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Sep
16
3:00 PM15:00

Play! out of the Barn: Philemon & Baucis – Planet in Peril: A Picnic Operetta

Philemon & Baucis – Planet in Peril: A Picnic Operetta by Mixed Precipitation
3:00 - 4:30 pm

Photos by Jaffa Aharonov

Fun for all ages, enjoy this mix of theater, food, and music on the farm!

A new adaptation of Haydn’s rarely performed 1773 marionette opera, featuring the music of Queen!

Returning from space exploration in a far off galaxy, space cadets Jupiter and Mercury return to earth to find humanity decimated by plague. Surviving citizens are cold, suspicious, and hooked on banality. Our gods-in-disguise prowl about town looking for someplace to unveil their gender-bending extravaganza. No one will give these gods a chance but the down-trodden tavern of Philemon and Baucis.

This production explores fear, displacement, and hospitality to strangers from another world. We celebrate the natural human yearning to heal the planet — while gazing into the great beyond. This space-age, romantic adventure features the beloved melodies of Haydn’s The Creation and the defiant rock n’ roll of Queen! That means German opera and oratorio with the music of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon.

This one-of-a-kind show is written and directed by Elizabeth Windnagel and Scotty Reynolds with music director Gary Ruschman.

» www.mixedprecipitation.org

Suggested ticket price $10. Call 507.352.4255 to reserve tickets.

Mixed Precipitation is a performance company exploring text, space and form with festive theatrical events that inspire social engagement. The Picnic Operetta is a lively theater experience touring to community gardens and other green spaces. A five-course tasting menu of locally grown, performance-inspired delicacies is served during each show bringing together classical music, horticulture, food, and storytelling into a celebration of ecosystems.
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Sep
15
5:00 PM17:00

Pizza on the Farm — Last pizza night of the season!

LAST PIZZA NIGHT OF THE SEASON!

Thank you for joining us for Pizza on the Farm this year! Please check back next season to find out when we will be serving pizzas at the farm.

Pizza on the Farm | Rain or shine!
5:00 – 8:00pm or as far as the dough stretches

DreamAcres is open to visitors on select Fridays throughout the season. This season we will be offering pizza service on the following Fridays:

June 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7
August 4, 11, 25
Sept 1, 8, 15

During pizza service, all are welcome to come and enjoy pizzas from the wood-fired oven while watching the bluffs glow in the sunset. All pizzas are vegetarian and are made from scratch using seasonal ingredients grown on the farm! Because we are a working farm, we ask that visitors exercise respect for buildings, implements and crops as you keep track of your children.   

Please bring your own beverages and place settings. No dogs please.

$15 – $25 per pizza.

Learn more about DreamAcres made-from-scratch pizzas here.

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Sep
8
5:00 PM17:00

Pizza on the Farm

Pizza on the Farm | Rain or shine!
5:00 - 8:00pm or as far as the dough stretches

DreamAcres is open to visitors on select Fridays throughout the season. This season we will be offering pizza service on the following Fridays:

June 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7
August 4, 11, 25
Sept 1, 8, 15, 29

Please refer to our calendar often to find out when we will be serving pizzas at the farm.

During pizza service, all are welcome to come and enjoy pizzas from the wood-fired oven while watching the bluffs glow in the sunset. All pizzas are vegetarian and are made from scratch using seasonal ingredients grown on the farm! Because we are a working farm, we ask that visitors exercise respect for buildings, implements and crops as you keep track of your children.   

Please bring your own beverages and place settings. No dogs please.

$15 -$25 per pizza.

Learn more about DreamAcres made-from-scratch pizzas here.

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Sep
1
5:00 PM17:00

Pizza on the Farm

Pizza on the Farm | Rain or shine!
5:00 - 8:00pm or as far as the dough stretches

DreamAcres is open to visitors on select Fridays throughout the season. This season we will be offering pizza service on the following Fridays:

June 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7
August 4, 11, 25
Sept 1, 8, 15, 29

Please refer to our calendar often to find out when we will be serving pizzas at the farm.

During pizza service, all are welcome to come and enjoy pizzas from the wood-fired oven while watching the bluffs glow in the sunset. All pizzas are vegetarian and are made from scratch using seasonal ingredients grown on the farm! Because we are a working farm, we ask that visitors exercise respect for buildings, implements and crops as you keep track of your children.   

Please bring your own beverages and place settings. No dogs please.

$15 -$25 per pizza.

Learn more about DreamAcres made-from-scratch pizzas here.

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Aug
25
8:30 PM20:30

ONION FEST: Play! in the Barn: VANG by Mary Swander

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ONION FEST: Performance: VANG: A Drama About Recent Immigrant Farmers by Mary Swander
8:30pm – 10:00pm

Poet Laureate of Iowa Mary Swander, Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Dennis Chamberlin, and Kennedy Center award-winner Matt Foss collaborated to create a drama called Vang (meaning “garden” or “farm” in Hmong). Swander and Chamberlin documented recent Iowa immigrant farmers. Swander wound their words together to form a verbatim play that captures the immigrants’ journeys to the U.S. Hmong, Mexican, Sudanese, and Dutch immigrants all speak of their struggles, survival skills, and their intense desire to return to the land. Chamberlin took stunning photos of the immigrants in their greenhouses, farms, and dairy barns.

For any sensitive soul, it is not possible to be a witness to this play and not to be changed by it, not be moved by the gut-wrenching experiences of these recent refugees and immigrants. We applaud their ability to survive the horrific and find solace in their farms and gardens. — Dr. Judith A. Conlin, Executive Director of Iowa International Center

A Hmong family who fled Communist bullets and wild tigers through the jungle of Laos and across the Mekong River to the refugee camp in Thailand. A Sudanese man who was thrown into prison in Ethiopia for helping the Lost Boys and was left gasping for air through a crack under the door. A Mexican woman who taught herself English by looking up the meaning of the profane words that were hurled at her at her first job in a meat packing plant. A Dutch boy, dressed as a cowboy, who put the flag of the Netherlands through the paper shredder and declared, “I am an American.” These are some of the characters brought to life in Vang, a drama about recent immigrant farmers.

The immigrant farmers in this production came from four continents, speaking over six different languages, with multiple experiences of the world. In their own ways, they adjusted to life in America. Some of these immigrants came to the U.S. as refugees from war-torn parts of the world. Others came fleeing poverty in their homelands. Still others came with money, invited to join agri-business ventures. Many of these immigrants landed in the U.S. and took the only jobs they could find—in meatpacking plants and auto repair shops. But all of these immigrants had grown up on farms and wanted to once again assume the livelihood that they had known in the past, the work that had formed the foundation of their cultural roots.

The public often thinks of farmers as white males of European ancestry living in isolated rural areas. And the public often thinks of immigrants as those who have slipped into the United States to take advantage of assistance programs. Vang blows both of those stereotypes and opens discussion about how farming is done in the United States and how immigrants have become part of the larger agricultural picture.

The entire play runs an hour and has two actors, male and female, who take on the parts of all 8 immigrants. The play calls for a spare stage with simple movement and props. Dennis Chamberlin’s photos of the immigrants are projected on the walls of the theatre and bring both artistic grace and reality to the performance.


Dennis Chamberlin:

Photojournalist, and Pulitzer Prize winner, Dennis Chamberlin’s photos have appeared in such prestigious places as The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, TheEconomist, and Newsweek. Chamberlin is an associate professor in the Greenlee School of Journalism at Iowa State University. He holds an M.F.A. in photography from Indiana University. He lived much of his adult life in Poland.

Matt Foss:

Matt Foss studied theatre at Roosevelt University in Chicago and in Moscow. He received his Ph.D. from Wayne State University in 2013. Currently, he is an assistant professor at the University of Idaho. He has won five Kennedy Center Awards for productions.

Mary Swander:

Mary Swander is the Poet Laureate of the State of Iowa. She has published over thirteen books of poetry and non-fiction, in addition to plays, radio and television scripts and magazine articles. She has
appeared in such places as The New York Times Magazine, National Public Radio, The New Yorker, and Poetry Magazine. Swander’s plays Driving the Body Back and Farmscape have toured the U.S. Swander is a Professor of English and Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University. She holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and Ireland.

Onion Fest is DreamAcres' annual harvest festival celebrating the stories of a multi-layered society through a multi-layered vegetable. Come on down to the farm to enjoy multi-layered cuisine and multi-layered entertainment.

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Aug
25
6:00 PM18:00

ONION FEST: Music on the Farm: Maritza

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Maritza will perform music during pizza service
starting at 6:00 pm.

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Maritza's repertoire includes evocatively beautiful melodies forged in the passionate history of Europe and Russia, lively Jewish wedding dance horas and frailachs, Gypsy (Romany) music, and twisting rhythmic line dance tunes from Bulgaria, Romania, Macedonia and Greece.

Named for a river in Bulgaria, Maritza was born during a jam session among Pine Wilson and friends in 1998 in Decorah, Iowa. Pine’s love for Eastern European music and folk dance was the impetus for the band to take shape. Thanks to the enthusiastic and fun-filled tune ideas of many musicians over the years, Maritza keeps the beat going!

» www.maritzatunes.wordpress.com

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Aug
25
5:00 PM17:00

ONION FEST: Pizza on the Farm

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Pizza on the Farm | Rain or shine!
5:00 - 8:00 pm or as far as the dough stretches

Music on the Farm: Maritza

Relax and listen to live music from Maritza while you enjoy your onion-based delicacies.

Onion Fest is DreamAcres' annual harvest festival celebrating the stories of a multi-layered society through a multi-layered vegetable. Come on down to the farm to enjoy multi-layered cuisine and multi-layered entertainment.

 

DreamAcres is open to visitors on select Fridays throughout the season. This season we will be offering pizza service on the following Fridays:

June 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7
August 4, 11, 25
Sept 1, 8, 15, 29

Please refer to our calendar often to find out when we will be serving pizzas at the farm.

During pizza service, all are welcome to come and enjoy pizzas from the wood-fired oven while watching the bluffs glow in the sunset. All pizzas are vegetarian and are made from scratch using seasonal ingredients grown on the farm! Because we are a working farm, we ask that visitors exercise respect for buildings, implements and crops as you keep track of your children.   

Please bring your own beverages and place settings. No dogs please.

$15 -$25 per pizza.

Learn more about DreamAcres made-from-scratch pizzas here.

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Aug
11
8:30 PM20:30

Play! in the Barn: Sisters of the Quill & Skillet

Play! in the Barn: Sisters of the Quill & Skillet
A One-woman play by Jane Curry (Minneapolis)
8:30pm – 10:00pm

Suggested ticket price $15. Call 507.352.4255 to reserve tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door at least one hour before the show.

As her deadline rapidly approaches, newspaper columnist Weezie Alton just can't seem to find the inspiration for her latest offering of "Weezie's Whimsies." So she does what any other self-respecting writer would do. She procrastinates. In the process she channels her inner Erma Bombeck in a monologue about advice given to women over time on sex, dating, marriage, and housekeeping.


Jane Curry is an author, storyteller, performer, and recovering academic with a knack for provoking both thought and laughter with her one-woman shows. Since 1983, she has traveled with her various personae to forty-eight states, Israel and Japan. Last summer she brought her "Samantha" character to Dreamacres and returns this year with "Samantha's" great-granddaughter.

Written and performed with a sense of history and humor, the four shows described below address themes of women's history and gender equity. They have been featured for a variety of audiences and venues: performing arts stages, conferences, banquets, fundraisers, teacher in-service workshops, Artists/Lecture/Lyceum/Convocation Series, student assemblies, government agencies, corporations, college and university programming, community groups, festivals, and celebrations.
 

Jane Curry's One-Woman Shows:

Nice Girls Don't Sweat 
Sammy Kay Knight, English teacher and veteran of the All American Red Heads professional basketball team, tells stories about women's experiences with athletics over time. With a sense of history and humor, Sammy Kay's verbal meanderings engage the enduring themes of physical capacities, propriety, and femininity.

Miz Wizard's Science Secrets
Join Barbara Knight, aka Miz Wizard, as she tells stories about women's contributions to science, engineering, invention, and math... about revolutionary research and media portrayals... about obstacles faced and overcome by women whose passion is discovery.

Samantha 'Rastles' the Woman Question 
Features farm wife and rustic philosopher Samantha Smith Allen as she "rastles" with questions concerning history's treatment of women, rights denied by the church, women's powerlessness before the law, social status, role assumptions, and more.  Samantha challenges the status quo and plants herself squarely on the side of sensible women's rights.

Sisters of the Quill and Skillet 
As her deadline rapidly approaches, newspaper columnist Weezie Alton just can't seem to find the inspiration for her latest offering of "Weezie's Whimsies." So she does what any other self-respecting writer would do. She procrastinates.


More information can be found at: www.janecurry.com  and www.mnartists.org

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Aug
11
5:00 PM17:00

Pizza on the Farm

Pizza on the Farm | Rain or shine!
5:00 - 8:00pm or as far as the dough stretches

Pizza service will be followed by: Play! in the Barn: Sisters of the Quill & Skillet. A One-woman play by Jane Curry (Minneapolis) at 8:30pm.

Suggested ticket price $15. Call 507.352.4255 to reserve tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door at least one hour before the show.


DreamAcres is open to visitors on select Fridays throughout the season. This season we will be offering pizza service on the following Fridays:

June 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7
August 4, 11, 25
Sept 1, 8, 15, 29

Please refer to our calendar often to find out when we will be serving pizzas at the farm.

During pizza service, all are welcome to come and enjoy pizzas from the wood-fired oven while watching the bluffs glow in the sunset. All pizzas are vegetarian and are made from scratch using seasonal ingredients grown on the farm! Because we are a working farm, we ask that visitors exercise respect for buildings, implements and crops as you keep track of your children.   

Please bring your own beverages and place settings. No dogs please.

$15 -$25 per pizza.

Learn more about DreamAcres made-from-scratch pizzas here.

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Aug
11
3:00 PM15:00

Play! in the Barn: Sisters of the Quill & Skillet (Open Rehearsal)

Play! in the Barn: Sisters of the Quill & Skillet (Open Rehearsal)
A One-woman play by Jane Curry (Minneapolis)
3:00pm

An open rehearsal of Sisters of the Quill & Skillet for those who want to experience edgy theatre in the daylight hours.

As her deadline rapidly approaches, newspaper columnist Weezie Alton just can't seem to find the inspiration for her latest offering of "Weezie's Whimsies." So she does what any other self-respecting writer would do. She procrastinates. In the process she channels her inner Erma Bombeck in a monologue about advice given to women over time on sex, dating, marriage, and housekeeping.

Jane Curry is an author, storyteller, performer, and recovering academic with a knack for provoking both thought and laughter with her one-woman shows. Since 1983, she has traveled with her various personae to forty-eight states, Israel and Japan.  Last summer she brought her "Samantha" character to Dreamacres and returns this year with
"Samantha's" great-granddaughter.

Written and performed with a sense of history and humor, the four shows described below address themes of women's history and gender equity. They have been featured for a variety of audiences and venues: performing arts stages, conferences, banquets, fundraisers, teacher in-service workshops, Artists/Lecture/Lyceum/Convocation Series, student assemblies, government agencies, corporations, college and university programming, community groups, festivals, and celebrations.
 

Jane Curry's One-Woman Shows:

Nice Girls Don't Sweat 
Sammy Kay Knight, English teacher and veteran of the All American Red Heads professional basketball team, tells stories about women's experiences with athletics over time. With a sense of history and humor, Sammy Kay's verbal meanderings engage the enduring themes of physical capacities, propriety, and femininity.

Miz Wizard's Science Secrets
Join Barbara Knight, aka Miz Wizard, as she tells stories about women's contributions to science, engineering, invention, and math... about revolutionary research and media portrayals... about obstacles faced and overcome by women whose passion is discovery.

Samantha 'Rastles' the Woman Question 
Features farm wife and rustic philosopher Samantha Smith Allen as she "rastles" with questions concerning history's treatment of women, rights denied by the church, women's powerlessness before the law, social status, role assumptions, and more.  Samantha challenges the status quo and plants herself squarely on the side of sensible women's rights.

Sisters of the Quill and Skillet 
As her deadline rapidly approaches, newspaper columnist Weezie Alton just can't seem to find the inspiration for her latest offering of "Weezie's Whimsies." So she does what any other self-respecting writer would do. She procrastinates.

More information can be found at: www.janecurry.com  and www.mnartists.org

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Aug
4
8:00 PM20:00

Music on the Farm: Brass Messengers

Music on the Farm: Brass Messengers (Minneapolis / St. Paul)
A sprawling fun factory of ten musicians
8:00pm - 9:30pm

Suggested ticket price $10. 

Brass Messengers photos by Jim Clifford

"The Brass Messengers are a Minneapolis street band playing mostly original music inspired by global sources. The BMs formed from the annual rubble of of the Heart of the Beast Mayday Parade and Ceremony in Minneapolis. The musical origins were found in the music of Africa, the Carribean and Balkans, but now the BMs play whatever works, throwing in a country song to the crying drinkers, a high speed polka or two for the midwest dancers, running in circles with the little ones, activating gatherings of our activist kin or a bit of Black Sabbath for the metal crowd.   But mostly, it is an original music that rises from the heart of the band that can only be described as a homegrown Minneapolis street music sound.

The Messengers play stages large and small, events from parties to bars, large theaters to street parades and funerals.  The Mess have been a part of the HONK community for nine years running, attending more than ten HONK festivals in Sommerville, Seattle and Austin, TX." — The Brass Messengers website

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Aug
4
5:00 PM17:00

Pizza on the Farm

Pizza on the Farm | Rain or shine!
5:00 - 8:00pm or as far as the dough stretches

DreamAcres is open to visitors on select Fridays throughout the season. This season we will be offering pizza service on the following Fridays:

June 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7
August 4, 11, 25
Sept 1, 8, 15, 29

Please refer to our calendar often to find out when we will be serving pizzas at the farm.

During pizza service, all are welcome to come and enjoy pizzas from the wood-fired oven while watching the bluffs glow in the sunset. All pizzas are vegetarian and are made from scratch using seasonal ingredients grown on the farm! Because we are a working farm, we ask that visitors exercise respect for buildings, implements and crops as you keep track of your children.   

Please bring your own beverages and place settings. No dogs please.

$15 -$25 per pizza.

Learn more about DreamAcres made-from-scratch pizzas here.

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Jul
28
8:00 PM20:00

Music on the Farm: Vidar Skrede & Sara Pajunen

Using violin, harding fiddle, guitar and voice, The Newlands Co-op (Vidar Skrede and Sara Pajunen) play acoustic music from Norway and Finland brought to these new lands by one immigrant or another.

Vidar Skrede has a background in the traditional music from Rogaland (southwestern Norway) and holds a masters degree in Nordic folk music from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. Sara Pajunen has been described as an 'amazingly versatile musician who now counts among the most ambitious and notable practitioners of Finnish folk music outside Finland.' She grew up in Finnish-American northern Minnesota and received classical music degrees in both the United States and Finland.

Now Vidar and Sara live just a seven-hour drive apart and join forces in the Newlands Co-op to bring traditional tunes to new audiences and players. 

MORE ABOUT Sara.  More about Vidar

 

Suggested ticket price $10.

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Jul
22
3:00 PM15:00

Flourish Youth Performances

Performances by Flourish Summer Camp Youth.

Flourish Summer Camp is a performing arts program for youth ages 11-15. The camp consists of a group of artists that mentor young people in the disciplines of theatre, puppetry, dance, music and voice for one week in the context of a farm. The goal of the program is to establish an intimate working climate that allows each participant to voice their unique ideas.

FREE and open to the public

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Jul
21
8:00 PM20:00

Flourish Youth Performances

Performances by Flourish Summer Camp Youth.

Flourish Summer Camp is a performing arts program for youth ages 11-15. The camp consists of a group of artists that mentor young people in the disciplines of theatre, puppetry, dance, music and voice for one week in the context of a farm. The goal of the program is to establish an intimate working climate that allows each participant to voice their unique ideas.

FREE and open to the public

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Jul
15
to Jul 22

Flourish Summer Camp

Flourish Summer Camp is a performing arts program for youth ages 11-15. The camp consists of a group of artists that mentor young people in the disciplines of theatre, puppetry, dance, music and voice for one week in the context of a farm. The goal of the program is to establish an intimate working climate that allows each participant to voice their unique ideas.

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Jul
7
8:30 PM20:30

Play! in the Barn: Leaves of Grass — Illuminated

Play! in the Barn: Leaves of Grass — Illuminated
A One-man performance by Patrick Scully (Minneapolis)
8:30pm – 10:00pm

Suggested ticket price $15. Call 507.352.4255 to reserve tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door at least one hour before the show.

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Critics praised the Minneapolis premiere in July 2014: “Scully creates an onstage world that Whitman would have appreciated... Without this daring poet’s soaring words and his willingness to take risks in a hostile era, we may never know what it means to ‘sing the body electric.’ Scully is the perfect caretaker for Whitman’s legacy.” — StarTribune

Patrick Scully was born to play Walt Whitman... For a decade Scully has been gestating Whitman’s poetry and life and has now crafted a luminous performance art piece... the piece’s genius is Scully’s illumination of Whitman texts and his life ... It is a truly great American work of theatrical art.” — Lavender

Leaves of Grass - Illuminated (select scenes) from Patrick E. Scully on Vimeo.

Combining theater, dance and solo performance, this show is about history, art, and literature — presenting aspects of Walt Whitman’s life and work that are fascinating for our time, in which discussions of male/male relations have moved into every section of the newspaper. “Kevin Kortan makes an appearance as Whitman’s lover Peter Doyle and in one of the work’s more poignant moments they discuss the poet’s refusal to use the pronoun “he” (instead using “she”) in his writing to describe their passionate relationship.” — StarTribune

It’s about dance. In Scully’s words: Whitman’s language is so body-based, so physical, it begs you to press your body up against his words. “Scully, 60, said [this] show is about paying it forward, sharing what he’s learned from dancing with such legends as Remy Charlip. Scully performed in Charlip’s “10 Men” at the Brooklyn Music Academy. “So I get to pass that dream — of what positive relationships between men might be like — forward in this show, by passing on what I got from Remy,” (MN Public Radio) “The movement itself is based in contact improvisation, which emphasizes the intuitive give and take of dancing with another person. Scully’s company members take great care to support and inspire one another.” — StarTribune


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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More information can be found at: www.patrickscully.org

 

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Jul
7
5:00 PM17:00

Pizza on the Farm

Pizza on the Farm | Rain or shine!
5:00 - 8:00pm or as far as the dough stretches

Pizza service is followed by: Play! in the Barn: Whitman. A One-man performance by Patrick Scully (Minneapolis) at 8:30pm. 

Suggested ticket price $15. Call 507.352.4255 to reserve tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door at least one hour before the show.


DreamAcres is open to visitors on select Fridays throughout the season. This season we will be offering pizza service on the following Fridays:

June 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7
August 4, 11, 25
Sept 1, 8, 15, 29

Please refer to our calendar often to find out when we will be serving pizzas at the farm.

During pizza service, all are welcome to come and enjoy pizzas from the wood-fired oven while watching the bluffs glow in the sunset. All pizzas are vegetarian and are made from scratch using seasonal ingredients grown on the farm! Because we are a working farm, we ask that visitors exercise respect for buildings, implements and crops as you keep track of your children.   

Please bring your own beverages and place settings. No dogs please.

$15 -$25 per pizza.

Learn more about DreamAcres made-from-scratch pizzas here.

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Jul
7
3:00 PM15:00

Play! in the Barn: Leaves of Grass Illuminated (Open Rehearsal)

Play! in the Barn: Leaves of Grass — Illuminated (Open Rehearsal)
A One-man performance by Patrick Scully (Minneapolis)
3:00pm

An open rehearsal of Leaves of Grass for those who want to experience edgy theatre in the daylight hours.

Critics praised the Minneapolis premiere in July 2014: “Scully creates an onstage world that Whitman would have appreciated... Without this daring poet’s soaring words and his willingness to take risks in a hostile era, we may never know what it means to ‘sing the body electric.’ Scully is the perfect caretaker for Whitman’s legacy.” — StarTribune

Patrick Scully was born to play Walt Whitman... For a decade Scully has been gestating Whitman’s poetry and life and has now crafted a luminous performance art piece... the piece’s genius is Scully’s illumination of Whitman texts and his life ... It is a truly great American work of theatrical art.” — Lavender

Leaves of Grass - Illuminated (select scenes) from Patrick E. Scully on Vimeo.

Combining theater, dance and solo performance, this show is about history, art, and literature — presenting aspects of Walt Whitman’s life and work that are fascinating for our time, in which discussions of male/male relations have moved into every section of the newspaper. “Kevin Kortan makes an appearance as Whitman’s lover Peter Doyle and in one of the work’s more poignant moments they discuss the poet’s refusal to use the pronoun “he” (instead using “she”) in his writing to describe their passionate relationship.” — StarTribune

It’s about dance. In Scully’s words: Whitman’s language is so body-based, so physical, it begs you to press your body up against his words. “Scully, 60, said [this] show is about paying it forward, sharing what he’s learned from dancing with such legends as Remy Charlip. Scully performed in Charlip’s “10 Men” at the Brooklyn Music Academy. “So I get to pass that dream — of what positive relationships between men might be like — forward in this show, by passing on what I got from Remy,” (MN Public Radio) “The movement itself is based in contact improvisation, which emphasizes the intuitive give and take of dancing with another person. Scully’s company members take great care to support and inspire one another.” — StarTribune

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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More information can be found at: www.patrickscully.org

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Jun
30
5:00 PM17:00

Pizza on the Farm

Pizza on the Farm | Rain or shine!
5:00 - 8:00pm or as far as the dough stretches

DreamAcres is open to visitors on select Fridays throughout the season. This season we will be offering pizza service on the following Fridays:

June 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7
August 4, 11, 25
Sept 1, 8, 15, 29

Please refer to our calendar often to find out when we will be serving pizzas at the farm.

During pizza service, all are welcome to come and enjoy pizzas from the wood-fired oven while watching the bluffs glow in the sunset. All pizzas are vegetarian and are made from scratch using seasonal ingredients grown on the farm! Because we are a working farm, we ask that visitors exercise respect for buildings, implements and crops as you keep track of your children.   

Please bring your own beverages and place settings. No dogs please.

$15 -$25 per pizza.

Learn more about DreamAcres made-from-scratch pizzas here.

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Jun
23
8:30 PM20:30

Play! in the Barn: Nocturne by Ragamala Dance Company

Play! in the Barn: Nocturne by Ragamala Dance Company
8:30pm – 10:00pm

Suggested ticket price $15. Call 507.352.4255 to reserve tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door at least one hour before the show.

Photos by Ed Bock

Nocturne is the first major work to be conceived/choreographed by long-time Ragamala soloist Ashwini Ramaswamy. Inspired by the natural, emotional, and spiritual migrations that occur after nightfall, Nocturne summons the different facets of the night — the natural world of flora and fauna, the emotional world of anticipation and longing, and the heightened spiritual potency of pre-dawn. 

"as "Nocturne" gives us a glimpse into a secretive world, the work also confirms that confident inhabitants rule it. For one hour we are transported into an exquisite dream state, one that exists deep in the heart of night." — Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Nocturne transports audiences into a suspended realm where transcendent Bharatanatyam dance served as the vehicle for heart-filling enchantment" — Big Dance Town's 10 Best Dance Memories of 2016


Under the direction of Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy, Ragamala Dance Company's work explores the dynamic tension between the ancestral and the personal. As choreographers and performers, Ranee and Aparna create dance landscapes that dwell in opposition — secular and spiritual life, inner and outer worlds, human and natural concerns, rhythm and stillness — to find the transcendence that lies in between. As mother and daughter, each brings her generational experience to the work — the rich traditions, deep philosophical roots, and ancestral wisdom of India meeting and merging with their hybridic perspective as Indian-American artists. 

For the past 30 years, Ranee and Aparna have worked together in an intergenerational creative partnership. Together they have created their own specific sub-genre that combines a contemporary Western aesthetic with an Indian ethos.  

Now in its 24th season, Ragamala has been hailed by The New York Times as "soulful, imaginative and rhythmically contagious," "[Ragamala] showed how Indian forms can provide some of the most transcendent experiences that dance has to offer." The company’s work has been commissioned by the Walker Art Center, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, the Krannert Center for Performing Arts at the University of Illinois, the Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), and Opening Nights Performing Arts at Florida State University, and has been developed in residence at the Magee Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) and during an NPN residency at The Yard. The company has been recognized with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Dance Project, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Japan Foundation/New York, Minnesota State Arts Board, USArtists International, New Music/USA, MAP Fund, American Composers Forum, and 2008 and 2016 Joyce Awards from the Joyce Foundation.
 
The company has toured extensively, highlighted by The Joyce Theater, the American Dance Festival, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Music Center of Los Angeles, Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, International Festival of Arts & Ideas, University Musical Society at the University of Michigan, Just Festival (Edinburgh, U.K.), Bali Arts Festival (Indonesia), Sri Krishna Gana Sabha (Chennai, India), and National Centre for Performing Arts (Mumbai, India).

Ranee is a 2014 recipient of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. Among her many honors are 14 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Choreography and Interdisciplinary Art, a Bush Fellowship for Choreography, a 2011 McKnight Distinguished Artist Award, and a 2012 United States Artists Fellowship. Ranee currently serves on the National Council on the Arts, appointed by President Obama.

Aparna’s choreography and performance have been described as “thrillingly three-dimensional” and “rapturous and profound” (The New York Times) and she was selected as one of Dance Magazine’s "25 to Watch" for 2010. Her awards include a 2016 Joyce Award from the Joyce Foundation, a 2016 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award,three McKnight Artist Fellowships for Dance and Choreography, a Bush Fellowship for Choreography, an Arts and Religion grant funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, choreographic and travel support from the Jerome Foundation and Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Lakshmi Vishwanathan Endowment Prize from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha (Chennai, India). Her solo work, presented with live music, has toured the U.S. and India with support from the National Dance Project and USArtists International, most recently at Narada Gana Sabha in Chennai and the National Centre for Performing Arts in Mumbai. Aparna is an empaneled artist with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (of the Government of India). She serves on the Board of Trustees of Dance/USA.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. 
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Jun
23
5:00 PM17:00

Pizza on the Farm

Pizza on the Farm | Rain or shine!
5:00 - 8:00pm or as far as the dough stretches

Pizza service will be followed by: Play! in the Barn: Nocturne by Ragamala Dance Company at 8:30pm. Suggested ticket price $15. Call 507.352.4255 to reserve tickets.


DreamAcres is open to visitors on select Fridays throughout the season. This season we will be offering pizza service on the following Fridays:

June 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7
August 4, 11, 25
Sept 1, 8, 15, 29

Please refer to our calendar often to find out when we will be serving pizzas at the farm.

During pizza service, all are welcome to come and enjoy pizzas from the wood-fired oven while watching the bluffs glow in the sunset. All pizzas are vegetarian and are made from scratch using seasonal ingredients grown on the farm! Because we are a working farm, we ask that visitors exercise respect for buildings, implements and crops as you keep track of your children.   

Please bring your own beverages and place settings. No dogs please.

$15 -$25 per pizza.

Learn more about DreamAcres made-from-scratch pizzas here.

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Jun
16
5:00 PM17:00

Music on the Farm: Whole Hog Musical Review

Whole Hog Musical Review (Chatfield) provides old time music during pizza service between 5:00 – 7:30 PM followed by a Solstice Celebration & Barn Dance Party with Bob Bovee and Co. (Spring Grove) at 8:00 pm

Bob Bovee and Co. play old time barn dance music with family-friendly dance caller.
Barn Dance: $8 per person or $20 per family of 3 or more

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Jun
16
5:00 PM17:00

Pizza on the Farm

Pizza on the Farm | Rain or shine!
5:00 - 8:00pm or as far as the dough stretches

Whole Hog Musical Review will play music during pizza service starting at 5:00 pm.

DreamAcres is open to visitors on select Fridays throughout the season. This season we will be offering pizza service on the following Fridays:

June 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7
August 4, 11, 25
Sept 1, 8, 15, 29

Please refer to our calendar often to find out when we will be serving pizzas at the farm.

During pizza service, all are welcome to come and enjoy pizzas from the wood-fired oven while watching the bluffs glow in the sunset. All pizzas are vegetarian and are made from scratch using seasonal ingredients grown on the farm! Because we are a working farm, we ask that visitors exercise respect for buildings, implements and crops as you keep track of your children.   

Please bring your own beverages and place settings. No dogs please.

$15 -$25 per pizza.

Learn more about DreamAcres made-from-scratch pizzas here.

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