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Play! out of the Barn: The Clemency of Tito's Tennis Club
Sep
21
3:00 PM15:00

Play! out of the Barn: The Clemency of Tito's Tennis Club

Play! out of the Barn: The Clemency of Tito’s Tennis Club
A Picnic Operetta By Mixed Precipitation

A new adaptation of Mozart’s opera, La Clemenza di Tito, with high stakes sports drama, natural disasters, and ‘80s new wave music! Celebrating its 11th season, Mixed Precipitation brings an edible opera adventure to parks, farms, and gardens throughout MN in August and September.

In this adaptation of Mozart’s opera, a rag-tag group of players is resurrecting a defunct tennis club. But backstabbing, bitterness, and a murderous revenge plot threaten their rise to the top of Rome’s championship match. Will they find redemption before Mount Vesuvius covers them in ash? When can cheaters be forgiven? All is presented with the Picnic Operetta’s trademark style of playfulness, satire, and hope. Classic arias and duets from Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito soar across the garden alongside new wave and synth-pop hits by Devo, Berlin, Yaz, and Pat Benatar. Our operatic athletes will serve the audience some fresh edible bites as well.

»» www.mixedprecipitation.org/

Suggested admission $15. Call 507.352.4255 to reserve tickets.

Performance photos by Clare Nieto

Mixed Precipitation

Mission: Mixed Precipitation is a performance company that creates unexpected theatrical experiences through unique partnerships and festive events that inspire social engagement.

Activities: Since 2009, Mixed Precipitation has annually produced the Picnic Operetta, reimagining classic opera for outdoor performance. The Picnic Operetta brings together classical music, food production, and storytelling into a celebration of harvest and local food assets. Additional projects include the annual Olympic quadrangle spectacular Tonya and Nancy: The Opera (2010, 2014, and 2018) and music education programming with Adventures in Cardboard.

Programming History: In 2019 Mixed Precipitation will mount its 11th annual Picnic Operetta, continuing the success of unique outdoor performances in the metro and throughout Minnesota.

“It’s the most magical afternoon I’ve had since childhood. The birds, butterflies, 
slight breeze, delicious morsels of food, communal atmosphere, and of course the fantastic performance by your company had me charmed beyond my expectations.” 
– Audience Member at the J.D. Rivers’ Children’s Garden, North Minneapolis

“The live performance art of the operetta is refreshing and the fact that it incorporates the garden’s harvest further integrates all the garden’s assets for community-building, education, expression, and celebration of people and culture.” 
– Kristen Saylor, Executive Director of Gardening Matters

“The show was brilliant! Not at all easy to pull off so major an undertaking and you folks did it magnificently. We loved the food nibbles too. You absolutely maximized on all the different features — the outdoors, the environment, the food, the sense of community, but most importantly on the sheer talent. Amazing singing talent.”
– Dr. Andrew Cohen, Center for Advanced Research, University of Minnesota


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ONION FEST: Puppetry Performance: The Adventures of Juan Bobo
Aug
23
7:30 PM19:30

ONION FEST: Puppetry Performance: The Adventures of Juan Bobo

ONION FEST: The Adventures of Juan Bobo by Open Eye Figure Theatre

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Come to our 11th Annual Onion Fest, celebrating a multi-layered society through a multi-layered vegetable. Enjoy onion-based pizzas and specialties to make your eyes water while TaikoArts Midwest Japanese drummers, Ensō Daiko offer loud, energetic performance combining music, dance, culture, and pure athleticism. Top off the evening with The Adventures of Juan Bobo,  a Driveway Tour puppetry performance by Open Eye Figure Theatre.

The world is upside down in The Adventures of Juan Bobo and he is going to do something to turn it right side up! Inspired by Puerto Rican folk stories, the show combines puppetry, music, Spanish and English in a delightful tale of riddles, silly devils, a missing pig and a village in need of a hero.

All ages are welcome & encouraged.

Suggested admission: $5–$10. Call 507.352.4255 to reserve tickets.

About Open Eye

Open Eye Figure Theatre creates original image-driven theater, animating the inanimate on an intimate scale, and builds community by advancing adventurous, artist-driven programming.

Open Eye is nationally recognized for bringing a visual feast of evocative figure theater to the stage. The company’s whimsical yet profound work surprises and delights whether experienced in the company’s historic jewel box theater in Minneapolis or in neighborhoods throughout the Twin Cities with the Driveway Tour. From experimental object works to puppet shows in backyards to community pageants to miniature spectacles, Open Eye consistently creates a unique, contagious exchange between artists and audiences.

Open Eye is led by directors Michael Sommers and Susan Haas. Sommers is recognized as one of the country’s most versatile and ingenious theatre artists. Haas is the visionary behind the Driveway Tour, Toy Theatre After Dark, It's Women's Work, and the showcase of artists on stage.

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
16
7:30 PM19:30

Dance! in the Barn: The Lanesboro Barn Dance at DreamAcres

Dance! in the Barn: The Lanesboro Barn Dance at DreamAcres — an Old Time Barn Dance For All with Bob Bovee & Co.

Photo by Bill Patterson

Photo by Bill Patterson

Join us for a Barn Dance called by Ann Carter with Bob Bovee on Guitar John Lane on fiddle.

Bob Bovee is a Nebraska native whose family sang and played the old-time songs. Many of the western and railroad songs he does were learned from his grandmother and uncle. He plays banjo and autoharp, sings and yodels, and can drive a dance band with his guitar and harmonica. Bob is well known and loved for his dry and witty stage humor. He has published numerous articles and reviews for The Old-Time Herald and Inside Bluegrass and been an instructor for a course called "The History of Country Music" for the Honors Division at the University of Minnesota. Bob is also the Artistic Director for the Bluff Country Gathering and the organizing force for the Lanesboro Barn Dance.

Ann Carter walked into her first old-time community dance as a college student in 1992, and has never looked back. Since then she has become a dance caller, clogger, musician, and all-around enthusiast for old time music & dance — which she sees as the one of the world's most joyful endeavors. As a caller, Ann is known for her clear teaching style, her positive enthusiam, and her ability to make it a fun & successful experience for everyone — new and experienced.

As a youngster, John Lane studied with Missouri fiddle masters at the Bethel Fiddle Camp. This experience instilled a love of playing for dancing that has followed him ever since. These days he can be heard fiddling with bands like Ginstrings and Pert Near Sandstone, but he returns to playing for dancing whenever possible.

Suggested admission: $8 per person or $20 per family of 3 or more. Call 507.352.4255 for questions.

Lanesboro Barn Dance


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Play! In the Barn: Juracan: The Jíbaro and his Three Sons
Jul
27
2:00 PM14:00

Play! In the Barn: Juracan: The Jíbaro and his Three Sons

Play! In the Barn: Juracan: The Jíbaro and his Three Sons

Solo performance by Ricardo Vázquez

The Jíbaro and his Three Sons traces the history of Puerto Rico, its people, and the many visitors that have claimed the island as their own. This action-packed 60min solo show is a bilingual, family-friendly adventure with music, mask, and audience participation. The history of the island from the Taíno kingdoms to the vulture capitalist aiming to turn Old San Juan into a future crypto-utopia for bitcoin billionaires is presented using pieces of debris left over from Hurricane María as the costumes, props, and locations.

About Ricardo

Award-winning actor/writer/director/producer Ricardo Vázquez performs on stage (the Guthrie Theater, Children's Theatre Company, Ten Thousand Things, Mixed Blood Theater, The History Theater, Atlantic Theater Company (NYC), New York Theatre Workshop (NYC), Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (NYC), Alabama Shakespeare Festival, HERE Center for the Arts (NYC), Mass MoCA (MA); on television (ABC’s In an Instant season 1 & 2, EVINE network guest host for over 4 years, and M@dabout TV! season 1 & 2); in feature films (Nina of the Woods, Divine Sparks, The Public Domain, Death to Prom, and Farmer of the Year) and his solo performances Juracán: The Jíbaro and His Three Sons and Escúchame. Ricardo is also a co-founder of Other Tiger Productions, which has a mission to reinterpret the form of theater to reach other audiences and tell other stories. Recent Other Tiger Productions include My Journey, My Music with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

After graduating from The University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program, Ricardo became involved with education/engagement programming for low-income schools and non-traditional audiences in Montgomery AL, New York City and the Twin Cities. Ricardo has also been a guest teaching artist with the Guthrie Theatre/University of Minnesota, Augsburg College, History Theater, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Z Puppets Rosenschnoz, Teatro del Pueblo, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, and Ten Thousand Things.  He was awarded the 2012-2013 Jerome Many Voices Fellowship, 2013 Emerging Artist IVEY Award, and the 2018 Artists Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

www.Ricardo-Vazquez.com 

All ages are welcome & encouraged.

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


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Play! In the Barn: Juracan: The Jíbaro and his Three Sons
Jul
26
8:00 PM20:00

Play! In the Barn: Juracan: The Jíbaro and his Three Sons

Play! In the Barn: Juracan: The Jíbaro and his Three Sons

Solo performance by Ricardo Vázquez

The Jíbaro and his Three Sons traces the history of Puerto Rico, its people, and the many visitors that have claimed the island as their own. This action-packed 60min solo show is a bilingual, family-friendly adventure with music, mask, and audience participation. The history of the island from the Taíno kingdoms to the vulture capitalist aiming to turn Old San Juan into a future crypto-utopia for bitcoin billionaires is presented using pieces of debris left over from Hurricane María as the costumes, props, and locations.

About Ricardo

Award-winning actor/writer/director/producer Ricardo Vázquez performs on stage (the Guthrie Theater, Children's Theatre Company, Ten Thousand Things, Mixed Blood Theater, The History Theater, Atlantic Theater Company (NYC), New York Theatre Workshop (NYC), Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (NYC), Alabama Shakespeare Festival, HERE Center for the Arts (NYC), Mass MoCA (MA); on television (ABC’s In an Instant season 1 & 2, EVINE network guest host for over 4 years, and M@dabout TV! season 1 & 2); in feature films (Nina of the Woods, Divine Sparks, The Public Domain, Death to Prom, and Farmer of the Year) and his solo performances Juracán: The Jíbaro and His Three Sons and Escúchame. Ricardo is also a co-founder of Other Tiger Productions, which has a mission to reinterpret the form of theater to reach other audiences and tell other stories. Recent Other Tiger Productions include My Journey, My Music with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

After graduating from The University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program, Ricardo became involved with education/engagement programming for low-income schools and non-traditional audiences in Montgomery AL, New York City and the Twin Cities. Ricardo has also been a guest teaching artist with the Guthrie Theatre/University of Minnesota, Augsburg College, History Theater, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Z Puppets Rosenschnoz, Teatro del Pueblo, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, and Ten Thousand Things.  He was awarded the 2012-2013 Jerome Many Voices Fellowship, 2013 Emerging Artist IVEY Award, and the 2018 Artists Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

www.Ricardo-Vazquez.com 

All ages are welcome & encouraged.

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


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Forge Camp for Arts & Agriculture Performance
Jun
28
8:00 PM20:00

Forge Camp for Arts & Agriculture Performance

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Performances by Forge Camp for Arts & Agriculture Performance

The students of Forge Camp for Arts and Agriculture will be presenting the performance they have made during camp

Open donation. Open to the public.


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Jun
21
7:00 PM19:00

SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: Dance! in the Barn: The Lanesboro Barn Dance at DreamAcres

SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: Dance! in the Barn: The Lanesboro Barn Dance at DreamAcres — an Old Time Barn Dance For All with Bob Bovee & Co.

Photo by Bill Patterson

Photo by Bill Patterson

Swing your partner through the longest night of the year during our Solstice Dance Party Celebration. A Fun family-friendly event! Whole Hog Musical Review (Chatfield) provides old time music during pizza service followed by a Solstice Celebration & Barn Dance Party called by Julie Young with Bob Bovee on Guitar and Smack Young Walser on fiddle.

Bob Bovee is a Nebraska native whose family sang and played the old-time songs. Many of the western and railroad songs he does were learned from his grandmother and uncle. He plays banjo and autoharp, sings and yodels, and can drive a dance band with his guitar and harmonica. Bob is well known and loved for his dry and witty stage humor. He has published numerous articles and reviews for The Old-Time Herald and Inside Bluegrass and been an instructor for a course called "The History of Country Music" for the Honors Division at the University of Minnesota. Bob is also the Artistic Director for the Bluff Country Gathering and the organizing force for the Lanesboro Barn Dance.

Julie Young loves traditional square dancing! In her formative years, as soon as she got her license, Julie remembers driving to downtown Minneapolis and standing on the sidewalk listening through the door to the Monday Night Square Dance at the Union Bar. (She was too young to actually go in!)  Since those days Julie has spent time in West Virginia, North Carolina, Turtle Mountain on the North Dakota/Canada border, and of course her native Minnesota learning how to “call”.  She is known for clear, accessible teaching and an authentic repertoire of dances. Besides the obvious joy it embodies, Julie loves the way dancing to live music connects people to each other, to cultural traditions, and to being human.

 Smack Young Walser grew up in a musical family — his dad sings Sea Chanties and his mom is a Clogger. Before the age of two he had devoured (literally, eaten!) the liner notes to a Bob Bovee and Gail Heil CD. Smack was reared in the bosom of the Twin Cities old-time music scene, and recently has traveled to southern Appalachia as well as to rural Indiana and Iowa to learn directly from master traditional fiddlers there. Smack has well and truly “drunk the Kool-aid” of old-time music, and he mixes discipline with passion — he regularly practices 4 hours each day! Smack’s fiddling is made for dancing and he is proud now to have the opportunity to play with his earliest mentor, Bob Bovee.


Suggested admission: $8 per person or $20 per family of 3 or more. Call 507.352.4255 for questions.

Lanesboro Barn Dance


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Jun
21
5:00 PM17:00

SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: Music at the Farm: Whole Hog Revue

SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: Music at the Farm: Whole Hog Revue

Swing your partner through the longest night of the year during our Solstice Dance Party Celebration. A Fun family-friendly event!

Whole Hog Musical Review (Chatfield) provides old time music during pizza service followed by a Solstice Celebration & Barn Dance Party with Bob Bovee and Co. (Spring Grove).

Suggested admission: $8 per person or $20 per family of 3 or more. Call 507.352.4255 for questions.

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Music in the Barn: Vidar Skrede
Jun
14
8:00 PM20:00

Music in the Barn: Vidar Skrede

Music in the Barn: Vidar Skrede

Vidar Skrede will perform Nordic folk music in the DreamAcres barn.

Photos by: Erika Skogg – www.erikaskogg.com

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.

More about Vidar Skrede at: www.vidarskrede.com

Suggested ticket price $10.


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Music! in the Barn: RavensFire
Jun
7
8:00 PM20:00

Music! in the Barn: RavensFire

RavensFire will be performing a folk music concert from 8:00 – 10:00pm. 

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The RavensFire Band is well known around the area for their energetic performances, beautiful vocal harmonies, and skilled instrumentals while playing and singing their unique collection of lively traditional Irish, Folk, World, Americana and original music. They are very talented, funny and friendly musicians who show that they truly love to perform.

RavensFire has played dozens of local venues and festivals through the years,  including the main stages at festivals in Milwaukee, St. Paul, Emmetsburg, La Crosse, Wausau, and Rochester. The busy calendar has included performances at concerts, festivals, theater productions, public and private events.

Audiences everywhere clap furiously along with the  RavensFire band’s version of the popular old song Whisky in the Jar, and chime in proudly on the original patriotic piece, Hurrah for the Heroes. Their CD features both of these songs and many more. A frequent comment from our enthusiastic fans is “You guys look like you’re having fun!” We are having fun, and whether it’s late night at a crowded pub or on a sunny afternoon at a festival, we invite everyone to come close and get caught up in the Fire!

Music, Fun and Friendship is what RavensFire is all about!

Larry and Melissa Schmidt have been professional musicians ever since they met. Their love of music has kept them happily singing and playing together and recording in Nashville, Las Vegas and Dublin, Ireland. They have toured several times in Ireland, sharing their music with delighted audiences all along the way.

Larry’s guitar playing is strong and spirited, building the foundation for Melissa’s quick, light mandolin and sweet lilting whistle tunes.

Judy Havelick shines with a sturdy beat on the bodhran. With all three voices blending in beautiful harmony, the RavensFire band sings new life to the familiar old Irish tunes.

Melissa’s many original songs have won awards and blend skillfully into the wonderful RavensFire collection of traditional Irish favorites. Some songs will raise a shout of laughter, others will bring a tear to your eye. The lively instrumental reels, jigs, polkas and waltzes will go straight to your feet, and no matter what your age, you can be sure there will be no dull moments listening, singing, tapping and dancing along with the magic music of RavensFire.

www.theravensfireband.com

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Music! On the Farm: Tom Schramm & the LPs
May
31
6:00 PM18:00

Music! On the Farm: Tom Schramm & the LPs

Music! On the Farm: Tom Schramm & The LPs

Performing music during pizza service from 6:00 – 8:00pm. 

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Led by Tom Schramm and his Neil-Young-sounding vocals and rhythm guitar, this four piece Americana band puts on a fun show with their delightful harmonies, a splash of blue grass, and entertaining stories.  Supported by Beth Anderson on the upright bass, Dave Anderson on the banjo and vocals, and Barb Schramm on backup vocals and light percussion on her Samsonite, you’ll hear familiar songs to sing along to, several originals, and share a laugh or two.  If the atmosphere is right, you might get to play a tambourine, too!

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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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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
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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Music on the Farm: Rich Show
Jul
27
5:00 PM17:00

Music on the Farm: Rich Show

Music! On the Farm: Rich Show

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

Show has been heralded as South Dakota's all-time greatest rock & roll songwriter, with a catalog dating back over four decades. Nearing his 60th birthday, Show re-recorded songs from throughout his career, including music originally released with legendary Sioux Falls bands No Direction, Flag With Hank and Violet. 

"Few of us have a record of our life, of our purpose, our art. That’s probably because we aren’t willing to look at it. Not really. We don’t turn our lives over and over like a spectacular jewel; examine it from all directions, in different light and circumstance. We don’t go back again, and again, and try to explain it to ourselves. Most of us just don’t think about it that hard. Rich Show does. Music has no answers and songwriters aren’t prophets or shamans. But good songs are stories, reflecting the writer’s vision, translated into melody and rhythm. Guitar, bass, drums. The classic rock n’ roll formula endures as a classic American art form. Rich took these tools of music, the craft of storytelling and turned his memories into jewels. He took his observations of life in a small Midwestern city and honed them until they shined. He got up every day and went to work, and raised kids, and struggled with himself. All the while, for all the years, he examined his life, turned it over, tried to figure it out and then interpret it for us … There has never been a record like this for a South Dakota artist, and there likely never will be again. Rich has the history of the city, the dedication to the craft of storytelling, of setting it to music, colored by the people and culture of where he lives. What we hear in this record is the progress of a life of wonder, and hope, but grounded in the absolute reality of life. Because real life gives us very little, unless you’re willing to turn it over and over and find the hidden gems between the edges.” 

— Excerpted from Patrick Lalley's liner notes to "That Was The Future, This Is The Past"

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Flourish Youth Performances
Jul
21
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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Music on the Farm: Vidar Skrede
Jun
29
6:00 PM18:00

Music on the Farm: Vidar Skrede

Vidar Skrede and Patrik Ahlberg will perform during pizza service from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. If there is rain, they will play in the barn at 8:00 PM.

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Vidar Skrede and Patrik Ahlberg join their Scandinavian fiddle forces together in this Norwegian-Swedish folk music duo. The variety of strings includes fiddles, Hardanger fiddle, 5 string fiddle, and even some guitars. The mix of tunes is composed by both their original and traditional Nordic fiddle tunes.

This is what music sounds like between two Scandinavian transplants in the Midwest coming together to share their fiddle tunes.

More about Patrik Ahlberg at: www.patrikahlberg.com

More about Vidar Skrede at: www.vidarskrede.com

Suggested ticket price $10.

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Jun
22
7:30 PM19:30

SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: Dance! in the Barn: Old Time Barn Dance with Bob Bovee & Co.

SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: Dance! in the Barn: Old Time Barn Dance For All with Bob Bovee & Co.

Swing your partner through the longest night of the year during our Solstice Dance Party Celebration. A Fun family-friendly event!

Whole Hog Musical Review (Chatfield) provides old time music during pizza service followed by a Solstice Celebration & Barn Dance Party with Bob Bovee and Betsy Neil, fiddle; Pop Wagner, caller.


Suggested admission: $8 per person or $20 per family of 3 or more. Call 507.352.4255 for questions.

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Jun
22
6:00 PM18:00

SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: Music! in the Barn: Whole Hog Revue

SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: Music! in the Barn: Whole Hog Revue

Swing your partner through the longest night of the year during our Solstice Dance Party Celebration. A Fun family-friendly event!

Whole Hog Musical Review (Chatfield) provides old time music during pizza service followed by a Solstice Celebration & Barn Dance Party with Bob Bovee and Co. (Spring Grove).

Suggested admission: $8 per person or $20 per family of 3 or more. Call 507.352.4255 for questions.

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Jun
8
6:00 PM18:00

Music on the Farm: MJ & Jake

MJ & Jake will play music during pizza service
starting at 6:00 pm.

MJ Bach was raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis. With influences from John Prine to Ben Gibbard, she has always been inspired by storytellers. When she got a Taylor guitar for he 16th birthday, she started writing songs and performing in the youth group band at church.  While attending college at St Ben’s, MJ challenged herself to play original songs on stage at least once a month. After college, she spent a summer as an intern at Dreamacres Farm, pulling weeds, playing music, and making pizzas. Since then, she has lived and worked every corner of Minnesota as a botanist and outdoor educator, writing songs that tell the stories of small towns and the people who live there. When MJ settled in the St Cloud area to teach middle school science, she bumped into Jake at an Open mic night.

Jake Hagedorn (aka Jake Braking) picked up the guitar at 13 years old having already impressed many with his singing voice. Largely self-taught in his teen years, Jake went on to study at Gustavus Adolphus College until moving to the St Cloud area in 2001. In demand as a vocalist & guitarist, he maintains a busy performance schedule in the Americana group Broken Fiddle, modern rock band Dirty Mercury & now performing with MJ. You might know him from Beatles tribute The Revolution 5. Jake also enjoys theatre and plays bass in various orchestra pits. Somehow he finds time to work as a postal carrier on top of all this!

MJ & Jake have an undeniable chemistry that guarantees to charm & entertain! Combining their respective songwriting prowess with a knack for interpreting both modern & classic male-female duets, they will keep you enthralled. Grab your sweetie and make it a date night!

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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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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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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
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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