Romantic news for Winona
Lee: Hey, Doug, this week we have some wonderfully romantic news for Winona.
Doug: You’re right, Lee. Two of your favorite arts organizations, the Great River Shakespeare Festival and the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, already good friends, are partnering...
Lee: Careful Doug; we don’t want to make it sound like the Festival is dating the Museum.
Doug: Well actually, we have decided that two is better than one — at least on Valentine’s Day.
Lee: So is MMAM going to be GRSF’s valentine?
Doug: Together we are going to host one of the most romantic parties Winona has ever seen!
Lee: Come kick up your heels, give your sweetheart a live sonnet or love poem, and celebrate it all “For The Love of the Arts.”
Doug: Sounds like a wonderful event.
Lee: Shakespeare knew a thing or two about romance; just ask Romeo or Juliet
Andy: Or the English Romantics like J.M.W. Turner…. or the sailors who created amazing seashell valentines. Now, that’s love!
Doug: Andy, thanks for stopping by.
Lee: Readers, this is Andy Maus, executive director of MMAM.
Doug: And the co-host for the Valentine’s Benefit party to support both of our organizations.
Lee: Co-host? You mean our valentine! Yes, it’s time to fall in love all over again!
Doug: If you are not careful there is going to be talk all over town.
Lee: Well there should be! We are going to give Winona a night to remember and, we hope, a new wonderful annual tradition.
Doug: Andy, tell everyone what to expect.
Andy: Poetry, theater, visual art, and an outdoor luminary walk along the river to set the mood right.
Lee: And what wonderful entertainment will be on hand?
Andy: Live music from Mike Munson, Ray Dretske Jazz Group, and The Old Fashioneds!
Doug: And I hear the Boat House is preparing some wonderfully delectable tastes and treats.
Andy: Yes and specialty winter cocktails at our cash bar. Plus one-of-a-kind valentine’s gift opportunities.
Lee: And who says money can’t buy you love? At our silent auction there are going to be deals and steals sure to win your sweetheart’s affection.
Doug: Plus, renowned artist Julia Crozier has agreed to auction off her painting “Get Carried Away,” which was the inspiration for the Season 11 Shakespeare Festival poster. It is a unique opportunity to own one of our region’s most talented artist’s latest works.
Lee: A romantic stroll by the river along a luminary walk,
Andy: dancing to great music, scrumptious food and cocktails to warm your heart,
Doug: Shakespeare love scenes tucked into each gallery performed by some of our finest local WSU students who have been workshopping with us,
Andy: and a chance to see all of the museum’s exhibits including their latest shows.
Lee: This is going to be a night to remember; so how do we get tickets?
Andy: Call or stop in at either MMAM or GRSF to get yours. They are also available online at mmam.org/shop.
Lee: So find a special someone and ask him or her to be your valentine or come solo, and join us!
Doug: Yes, we are happy to be your valentine for the night! For the Love of the Arts, Friday Feb. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Andy: A benefit bash for both GRSF and MMAM. What better way to help two of your favorite arts organizations and to create some magic memories for you and your special someone?
Lee: It’s like Casablanca all over again, Andy.
Andy: True, Doug and Lee — for Shakespeare and the Museum it’s the continuation of a beautiful friendship!
Andy, Lee, and Doug: Get your tickets now, For the Love of the Arts!