Arts

Fresh Ice

Greg Hagen has enjoyed taking photos as a creative outlet for a long time, but he recently began to delve deeper into the hobby. “Two years ago, I took a community-ed course on photography, and that pushed me forward quite a bit,” he says.

Some people just have that musical bug in them—that desire to sing and dance. For many kids, that can be satisfied in school and church choirs. But most schools don’t start their choirs until fourth or fifth grade, so where do the younger kids go for musical inspiration?

December is holiday concert season for the music programs at our local high schools. Mark these dates on your calendar and come out to hear talented youth perform.

Woodbury High School

There seems to be no better fit for the new managing director at the Merrill Community Arts Center (MCAC) than local resident and longtime volunteer Meg May. A former kindergarten teacher of Spanish at St. Ambrose of Woodbury Catholic School, May assumed her new position this past summer.

Local artist and muralist Amy Sachse is developing her name as a go-to artist for custom work on everything from restaurant walls to wedding gifts.

With more than 60,000 books from almost every genre, The Book Corner provides customers with books and audiobooks that they cannot find at larger bookstores.

Studies have shown that an introduction to music education during early childhood can boost social, cognitive and mental abilities throughout a child’s developmental years. Lucky for members of the Woodbury community, we have two wonderful music studios right in our own backyard.

Most of us can vaguely remember the first time we picked up an instrument as a child—whether for school or for lessons our parents dragged us to. But for the Menken Brothers Jazz Trio—twins Harry and Charley, and younger brother Billy—they can’t remember a time when they didn’t play music.

Back in 1980, a Woodbury high school teacher named Joan Leedahl partnered with the city of Woodbury as part of a classroom project.

Author Scott McNally and illustrator Robyn McNaull, had no intention to collaborate on their first children’s book, Hoot Hoot Goodnight. McNally works in sales at 3M by day and McNaull teaches preschool for Woodbury Preschool Programs on Steepleview.

Set in 19th century Sweden and written entirely in three-quarter waltz time, Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music follows a romantic love triangle involving three couples, each paired with the wrong person.

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