November was brutal even by Minnesota standards - cold and snowy. Ol' Ma Nature seems to have made a mistake and flipped her months - tore the wrong sheet from her calendar. We had a warm snap a few days ago which erased all the clean white snow and left us living in a sepiatone world. This is a shot I took last weekend as we left the Commonweal Theatre and were about to take the hard left turn and go up Church Hill to home.
The village is tucked into a sharp bend in the Root River which leaves it surrounded by the river and high bluffs. The Christmas tree at the end of the main drag is a little deceptive. It's a tall power pole on the high bluff all strung with cables of lights. I think it must belong to Orval Amdahl. If so, someone must give him a little help because he is about 95 years old. The following has nothing to do with Christmas, but its a nice little video of Orval.
Lorna is working for a couple of weeks so last Wednesday I slipped alone over to the 'Boro to listen to Kevin Kling, a story teller and one of Minnesota's true gems. His stories make Garrison Keillor seem like a rank amateur - in my own storytelling opinion. The program was Kevin telling stories bracketed by the musicians singing and playing Kevin's poems set to music.
I was not exactly alone; I was dining with a couple of friends at the Old Village Hall before the show. Kevin and the musicians came in to eat. One of my friends comes out of a theatre background and knows Kling from the old days, the days before the accident broke him to pieces. So after the hugs, laughs and backslapping, I got a chance to meet Kevin and the musicians - always a treat. This video has very little to do with the show we saw, but it gives the feel of Kevin.
This morning I bought the last two tickets to the Lanesboro Holiday Community Sing-a-long at the St. Mane. Cut that one a little close. Lanesboro has two Theatres, The Commonweal is slick and professional, - the St. Mane is small, intimate and the productions, at their best, have a homemade feel to them. If "homemade" wears a little thin for you, just skip ahead to 2:30 or 7:00 minutes. Sweet.