St. Michael, MN
GARRISON KEILLOR and some friends from Prairie Home Poetry, Stories, and Classic Duets Featuring: Prudence Johnson Bob Douglas and Adam Granger Dan Chouinard, music director JULY 4, 2021, 4:00 PM SUMMERFIELD AMPHITHEATER 4300 O’Day Ave. NE, St. Michael, MN 55376 $42/$15 Outside concert FAQs In 2021 we are going bigger, better, bolder, and in the […]
GARRISON KEILLOR and some friends from Prairie Home Poetry, Stories, and Classic Duets Featuring: Prudence Johnson Bob Douglas and Adam Granger Dan Chouinard, music director July 2, 2021, 7:30 PM BIG TOP CHAUTAUQUA, BAYFIELD, WI Reserved $60/$52/$42 The Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua is a 900-seat music venue and performing arts center, located near […]
Stillwater, MN 6-30
GARRISON KEILLOR and some friends from Prairie Home Poetry, Stories, and Classic Duets Featuring: Prudence Johnson Bob Douglas and Adam Granger Dan Chouinard, music director June 30, 2021, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM THE AVALON, STILLWATER, MN St. Croix Boat & Packet Co., 525 Main Street South, Stillwater, MN 55082 DINNER, CRUISE, AND SHOW […]
Just Added: Stillwater, MN 6-29
GARRISON KEILLOR and some friends from Prairie Home Poetry, Stories, and Classic Duets Featuring: Prudence Johnson Bob Douglas and Adam Granger Dan Chouinard, music director JUST ADDED June 29, 2021, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM THE AVALON, STILLWATER, MN St. Croix Boat & Packet Co., 525 Main Street South, Stillwater, MN 55082 DINNER, CRUISE, […]
by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Nothing is so beautiful as Spring—
When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;
Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring
The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing;
The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush
The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush
With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.
What is all this juice and all this joy?
A strain of the earth’s sweet being in the beginning
In Eden garden.—Have, get, before it cloy,
Before it cloud, Christ, lord, and sour with sinning,
Innocent mind and Mayday in girl and boy,
Most, O maid’s child, thy choice and worthy the winning.
“Spring” by Gerard Manley Hopkins. Public domain. (buy now)
Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made.
It’s the birthday of Johannes Brahms, born in Hamburg, Germany (1833). He was one of the few composers whose work was recognized while he was still alive.
And it’s the birthday of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, born seven years later in Votkinsk, Russia (1840). He wrote symphonies, operas, and three great ballets: Swan Lake (1876), The Nutcracker (1892), and The Sleeping Beauty (1889). Tchaikovsky was gay, which was officially illegal in Russia at the time. Under pressure he married a young woman and was miserable. He had a mental breakdown, attempted suicide, and left the country. He said, “I sit down to work each morning at 9 a.m., and the muse has learnt to be on time.”
When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.
The poem, “Warning,” was printed in anthologies and on T-shirts, magnets, and greeting cards. It was voted as Britain’s favorite post-war poem, beating out Dylan Thomas’s “Do Not Go Gentle Into that Good Night.” And it led to the creation of the Red Hat Society, groups of women over the age of 50 who get together for tea parties, wearing purple clothes and red hats. The groups spread quickly, and today there are more than 40,000 chapters.
On this day in 1847, the American Medical Association was founded in Philadelphia. It was started by a small group of physicians who realized that medicine might work better if doctors talked to each other and shared their practices.
It’s the birthday of Eva Perón, born María Eva Duarte in Los Toldos, Argentina (1919). She grew up extremely poor and left home at age 15 for Buenos Aires, where she worked as a model and then became one of Argentina’s most popular radio actresses. At a party in 1944, she met Juan Perón, who was the Secretary of Labor and Social Welfare. They were married the next year and Eva became a powerful figure in the new administration. She worked for labor rights, she championed health care and women’s suffrage, and she was so glamorous and gracious that she became an international celebrity. She died in 1952, at age 33, of cervical cancer.
But in 1976 she had her second life in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical Evita which was made into a film starring Madonna in 1996.
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