Downtown Lanesboro is decorated for Christmas. We might get some snow soon to get us in the holiday spirit. Snow or no snow, there are fun reasons to visit Lanesboro in December.
The Commonweal Theatre presents – “The Christmas Carol” The Commonweal’s unique adaptation of Dickens’ holiday classic returns. A miserly, covetous old sinner is given one last chance at redemption through the visit of three Christmas spirits. Will he see the error of his ways in time to save his soul?
St. Mane Theatre EVENTS:
Saturday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m.
“Have Yourself a Halfway Decent Christmas” with Butch Thompson & Stephanie Ann Stephens, soprano This concert will feature sacred and profane songs — like “Lest the Winter Come Too Soon” and “A Simple Wish: To Be Rich, Famous & Powerful” and “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep”. Sing-alongs, too, like “Deck the Halls” and “Winter Wonderland”.
Widely known for his 12-year stint as house pianist on public radio’s A Prairie Home Companion, where the Butch Thompson Trio was the house band, Butch Thompson continues on the show as a frequent guest. Stephanie Ann Stephens is a native of Omaha, NE and currently resides in Pepin, WI. She studied and performed in New York for many years, and for the past 17 years she has been an Artist in Resident with the Red Wing Elementary Public School system while continuing to perform concert and cabaret programs.
Tickets are $12 / $10 LAC member, available in advance at Lanesboro Arts Center, 507-467-2446, or at the door. The St. Mane Theatre, at 206 Parkway Ave N., is handicapped accessible.
Friday, Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m.
The Annual Holiday Sing-Along with Dan Chouinard & Friends
A sing-along treat for all with our favorite sing-along leader, Dan Chouinard. Dan will host the evening, with his fantastic piano and accordion playing, and his gentle spirit and genuine appreciation for sharing stories with the audience. He will bring along special guest Beth Gilleland, actor, playwright, and longtime company member of Dudley Riggs Brave New Workshop (Minneapolis). The evening will also feature local talent including the Bethlehem Boyz, the Rutabaga Brothers, the Rhubarb Sisters, Accordionation (duo of Barb Keith & Bill Swanson), the Lanesboro High School Carolers, Walter Bradley & Tom Schramm, and our favorite whistler Carla Noack. Come share your holiday spirit with Dan and everyone!
Tickets: Free-will donations (suggested minimum donation $10), in support of the St. Mane Theatre. Advance purchase recommended; available at LAC 507-467-2446, and at the door as available.
Can you smell the bread baking? Guests who stay at the Hillcrest Hide-Away B&B awaken to a basket of just-baked bread delivered to their room. Call us at 800 697-9902 to make a reservation.