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The Sandbar Storytelling Festival, in partnership with the Winona County History Center, is sharing stories that have shaped Winona in a three-part series of “Business and Immigrant Stories of Winona.” Each storytelling event — free and open to the public — will begin at 7 p.m. at the Winona…

Join us at Merrick State Park’s Nature Center at 7 p.m. on June 18 for the music of Jen Zemke. A chemistry professor by day, Jen has been playing publicly as a “hobby” (her word) for over 20 years. We call that more than a hobby!

After already raising $222,000 for the children of Ukraine through three very successful online auctions, the International Owl Center in Houston, Minn., has planned for the next auction to take place June 22-26.

Pieces of Winona’s charming history have made their way into Jen Telger’s best-selling and much-praised debut novel, “What Heals the Heart.” Though the story, characters, and town are fictional, readers may recognize several of Winona’s most-loved landmarks via their doppelgangers in the sma…

Whatever you’re celebrating, the June 19 Jazz Jam from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Island City Brewing is the place to be. This month’s Jazz Jam fundraiser recipient is the River Arts Alliance (RAA). This vital area nonprofit supports and celebrates regional arts and culture by organizing education…

Over 25 artists, professionals to finger painters, ages 8 to 88, are showcased in “Shakespeare Inspired.” The art show opens on June 17, with a reception 4-6 p.m. at the Winona County History Center. Their work consists of stained glass, pottery, paintings, jewelry, fiber art, poetry, photog…

Winona native and author Maria (Kujawa) Klingsheim will be at Paperback and Pieces in Winona on June 11, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with a short program at both 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

The Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) in Winona will be opening a new exhibition titled, “Impressions of Water: Prints by Clara Ueland 1997-2022,” on May 27, featuring intaglio prints by artist Clara Ueland.

Douglas James of Greater Chicago’s “Soundtracks of a Generation” will bring Bob Vasilou and Jessica Hornsten of Rolling Numbers to help showcase “Gale Stars,” who have performed at the Old Main Cultural Center in Galesville, on Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11. Doug will serve as show hos…

Teen Press returned to Riverway this year after taking a brief hiatus due to COVID-19. Riverway Teen Press is a journalism group of 9th-12th graders who interview important people to hear their stories. This is the sixth year of Teen Press, and our area of focus was the Mid West Music Fest. …

The Winona Arts Center, 228 East Fifth Street in Winona, is pleased to offer a concert by the Winona Fiddlers on June 5 at 2 p.m.

The Winona Arts Center, 228 East Fifth Street in Winona, is pleased to offer a very special evening with Mike Munson (slide guitar, country blues performer), Mike Gangloff (Black Twig Players, Pelt), and Adam Kiesling (Corpse Reviver, Pert Near Sandstone) on June 2, 2022 at 7 p.m.

The Winona Arts Center is pleased to offer a tile-making workshop on May 28, 2022, from 1-3 pm. with Richard Spiller, a local potter from Wisconsin. The technique is called “sgraffito (in Italian, meaning “to scratch”) and is a technique produced by applying a drawing to hard red clay potter…

The Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) announced it received a major gift of sustaining support from the Winona Foundation on May 12. The Winona Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization funded and administered by the family and heirs of the Laird Norton Co., which began operations in W…

The Winona Arts Center is pleased to offer a tile-making workshop on May 28, 2022, from 1-3 pm. with Richard Spiller, a local potter from Wisconsin. The technique is called “sgraffito (in Italian, meaning “to scratch”) and is a technique produced by applying a drawing to hard red clay potter…

“Tuned Up,” featuring Jimmy Simpson and Julie Malesytcki with voice and guitar, will perform a concert on the front lawn at Old Main on Sunday, May 22, from 2-4 p.m. Concerts on the lawn at Old Main are growing in popularity. Old Main’s “Gale Star” committee is glad to feature regional music…

An upcoming exhibit, “Salvaged Medium: Collaborative Reclaimed Art by Riverway Students and Jamie Harper,” explores consumption of resources and intends to make viewers think about the things they use, what those things are made of, and what happens to those objects when discarded. All the p…

The Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) is about to launch its 2022 summer season with almost 100 company members from all over the country arriving in Winona this week. Preparing for so many arrivals takes a lot of coordinated effort, and the festival relies annually on the dedicated an…

Liz Pearse will present a voice and piano concert at Old Main Saturday, May 14, at 7 p.m. to celebrate her birthday. Following is a concert description from the Fanfare Magazine: "For the past five years, soprano Liz Pearse has celebrated her birthday by performing a concert of vocal music f…

Old Main in Galesville is establishing a tradition of remembering Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg’s strong influence on classical music with a concert close to the “Syttende Mai” holiday.This yearThe Druzhba Ensemble will present the concert, "Syttende Mai:  A Scandinavian Smörgasbord" of mu…

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Winona presents the 2022 Stan Pollock Lecture, Michael Kleber Diggs’ “This American Moment: Art as a Pathway to Empathy and Understanding,” on May 15, at 10 a.m. at Guild Hall of the Wesley United Church located at 114 West Broadway in Winona.

On Saturday, May 14, the Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) will offer its popular arts access program, Seasonal Saturday. Seasonal Saturdays are fun-filled, inviting days offering $1 admission, free transportation, a themed art activity, artist-led programming, live music in the galleries, …

The Bluff Country Gathering takes place in Lanesboro, May 19-22. Workshops for fully registered participants take place on May 20-21. A concert on Friday, May 20, and a barn dance on Saturday, May 21, are open to the public at the Lanesboro Community Center at 8 p.m. each night. Master tradi…

The Winona Arts Center is pleased to announce openings in the May 14, 2022, watercolor class with Faye Schoen. The class will run from 1-4 p.m. and will offer a step by step approach and will include a very loose, free-flowing style that is fun and easy to learn. The class fee is $40 which i…

In just one year, H3O Jazz Trio and Island City Brewing have helped support local nonprofits with over $11,500 in total donations through the generosity of their Jazz Jam patrons. In April, the Jazz Jam donated $1,000 to the Winona Friendship Center, with many friends and family of retiring …

Paperbacks and Pieces bookstore is excited to welcome Dr. David Marshall on Saturday, May 7. Dr. Marshall will be presenting his newest book: “Seeking a New Theology: Some Hints on What Science Might Enlighten in Theology.” Dr. Marshall will be at the store from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. signing and…

Who was Nadia Boulanger? Why did thousands of musicians flock to France to study with “the most influential teacher since Socrates?" Find out as Lanesboro Arts presents "NADIA," on Saturday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre in downtown Lanesboro. Masks are required for this event. 

“Everyone loves a good ‘hero story,’ but what makes someone a hero?” Director Joanna Heram of One Way Theatre’s upcoming show, “Ordinary Heroes,” explains this is the question the show explores through its two musical numbers and four powerful stories. Over 30 local youth make up the cast an…

The Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) in Winona will be hosting the exhibition “Sonja Peterson: What the Trade Winds Brought” from May 6 to September 11, 2022. There will be an opening reception at MMAM to celebrate the artist and her work on Friday, May 6, from 5-7 p.m.

Mid West Music Fest (MWMF) is coming back to the river next week for the 13th annual Winona festival this weekend on April 29 and 30, 2022. The festival, previously held virtually in 2020 and at a smaller scale in 2021, is returning to its roots as a multi-venue, multi-stage, multi-genre fes…

Fabric of Winona project murals for the Winona County History Center will be celebrated on May 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the History Center’s parking lot just off the Fourth Street side of the building. We will unveil the murals and celebrate with a few remarks, cookies and lemonade and coloring she…

On April 19, 2022, the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) awarded 37arts programming grants for a total of $244,820 in funding to applicants throughout Southeast Minnesota. This included 23 Legacy grants for $184,850, four Programming Grants for $18,425, ei…

Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) announces casting for the 2022 season as it returns home to the Winona State University Performing Arts Center in Winona. “We’ve assembled an incredible acting company from across the country to bring audiences an engaging, thought-provoking and energe…

The Habitat ReStore in Winona is thrilled to host its first annual Earth Day Art Show. This show is open to the public, and all are welcome to attend. The Earth Day Art Show exhibit will be on display in the ReStore from Wednesday, April 20, through Saturday, April 23, during normal business hours.

The Winona Senior High School (WSHS) Theatre Group is hard at work getting ready to present the play “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” based on the book by C.S. Lewis and dramatized by Joseph Robinette.

What do “The Pink Panther,” “M*A*S*H,” “Mission Impossible,” and “The Flintstones” all have in common? Yes, they were all great movies or TV shows, but it was their jazz-inspired theme songs and soundtracks that set them apart. On Sunday, April 24, at 3 p.m. in Page Theater get ready to trav…