On a Saturday evening……………

There are many choices of activities…..usually we opt for being home! Last night was not the “norm”…..DH and I headed an hour and a half North to the little town of Zumbrota, MN, for a poet/artist collaboration event at the “Crossings” art center located just off the main street.Zumbrota- Crossings 001

Now, I have to quickly acknowledge that this was put on my calendar late last winter when my wonderful “bloggy” friend, Audrey (Minnesota Prairie Roots), posted that she had been one of the poets chosen (out of a very large number of submissions!) to read her poem “Lilacs” and an artist would present a suitable visual to couple with it. You may read her “announcement” post here. The really neat thing about this was that I had not actually met her “in real life” so I was beyond excited for this eve to come!!!!

She had ‘warned’ me of the possible number of people who would be attending this and the serious lack of floor space in the building and she was not exaggerating!!! Cozy it was but super fun!! This is one awesome venue and it’s amazing how such a small town would have such an active, broad-based arts center!!! We were impressed!!! The art and poetry exhibit was in the above building………interior photos……………………………………………..Zumbrota- Crossings 004

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May I add that the above photos were taken about 10 minutes before you could no longer even see any floor space……..it was wall-to-wall people and spilling out on to the front stairs and sidewalk! There were 26 poems and equal amount of art pieces (multiply that by 2 people for each participant {52} plus other very interested attendees {us, for example}).

Here is a link to Audrey’s poem: here and this was the accompanying art…………………….Zumbrota- Crossings 011

Zumbrota- Crossings 014Sorry, Audrey, the quality in a darkened theater with a “point and shoot” camera is not the best!  The State Theatre was just down the block from Crossings and that was our destination to hear the poets read their poems while the art piece was projected on the large screen. The artist would first give his/her thoughts on how the poem inspired the art and then the reading. The time really went by so quickly!!!!!

And, I will finish with the photo “documentation” of our meet-up……………………..Zumbrota- Crossings 006

Many things were special about the evening but this one will have a very special spot in my memory. Her DH came along as well (great to meet you, also, Randy!!!), so the guys had opportunity to visit over a glass of wine! Well done, dear “bloggy friend”!!!!!! And hugs……………………….         FYI: To read Audrey’s “take” on the evening, please, go here.


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A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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10 Responses to On a Saturday evening……………

  1. Thread crazy says:

    So glad you were able to hear Audrey’s poem and share the evening with all of us…love the poem and yes, the picture too is gorgeous. Sounds like a fun time was had by all.

  2. witchylin says:

    How lovely to meet a blogging friend in real life. The poem is evocative and the picture fits it perfectly. What a lovely way to spend an evening.

  3. LB says:

    Oh how fun!! You met a blogger friend, you heard some wonderful poetry, enjoyed some local art, and I believe I read something about wine, too. Pretty perfect!

  4. Jackie says:

    Isn’t Audrey all you’d thought she would be, it’s so fun to meet friends in person. Glad you had this fun opportunity 🙂

  5. Oh, Doreen, Randy and I loved meeting you and DH. This, too, was a highlight of the evening, to finally meet you in person. You are every bit as wonderful and fun as I expected. Thanks for coming to support me. That meant a lot. I’m glad you enjoyed the evening.

    As far the theatre photo, really no hope for any good pix in that dark venue. I deleted mine.

    I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day. Many hugs.

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