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The Great River Guys (01/22/2014)
Romantic news for Winona

Lee: Hey, Doug, this week we have some wonderfully romantic news for Winona.

Doug: Youíre 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 donít want to make it sound like the Festival is dating the Museum.

Doug: Well actually, we have decided that two is better than one ó at least on Valentineís Day.

Lee: So is MMAM going to be GRSFís 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 ďFor The Love of the Arts.Ē

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. TurnerÖ. or the sailors who created amazing seashell valentines. Now, thatís love!

Doug: Andy, thanks for stopping by.

Lee: Readers, this is Andy Maus, executive director of MMAM.

Doug: And the co-host for the Valentineís Benefit party to support both of our organizations.

Lee: Co-host? You mean our valentine! Yes, itís 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 valentineís gift opportunities.

Lee: And who says money canít buy you love? At our silent auction there are going to be deals and steals sure to win your sweetheartís affection.

Doug: Plus, renowned artist Julia Crozier has agreed to auction off her painting ďGet Carried Away,Ē which was the inspiration for the Season 11 Shakespeare Festival poster. It is a unique opportunity to own one of our regionís most talented artistís 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 museumís 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: Itís like Casablanca all over again, Andy.

Andy: True, Doug and Lee ó for Shakespeare and the Museum itís the continuation of a beautiful friendship!

Andy, Lee, and Doug: Get your tickets now, For the Love of the Arts!



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