Arts & Culture

Founded in 1997, Ashland Productions had dreams of starting out as a dinner theater.

This spring, Bailey Nurseries is unveiling its trademarked Virtual Violet Lilac.

Stepping out in front of a live audience can be intimidating—but not for 14-year-old Woodbury resident Mario Esteb. “I like how it’s live and there is an audience,” Mario says. “It goes differently every time you do it.”

Woodbury’s mayor since 2011, Mary Giuliani Stephens, has announced that she is running for governor of Minnesota on the Republican ticket.

As an avid soccer player, pageants were never on Isabel “Izzy” Peters’ radar. But one day during her sophomore year at East Ridge High School, the lifelong Woodbury resident received an invitation to compete in the Miss Minnesota Teen USA pageant.

Spring break means something a little different to lifelong Woodbury resident Lisa Montpetit Brabbit. Every May, she takes vacation from her busy job to work in her garden.

One of Cole’s most popular bits is an annual “Preposterous Statement Tournament” ranking the most hyperbolic pronouncements made by sportscasters and athletes during the previous year.

The Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce has a new leader at the helm, having hired Laurie Staiger as chamber president last fall.

Although Fulmek is well-known in Hudson, Wisconsin, as “The Santa Painter”—painting a series on Hudson’s longtime Santa and prints of her work are sold every year at the holidays—it’s actually her love of horses which kicked off her art career and truly remains her passion today.

The glow of stage lights warms excited faces and a sense of purpose settles in bones. With each line spoken crisp and clear, with each note hit and with each costume change, performers are transported to another time and place.

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