Thursday, October 16, 2014

McCullough, Crozier to participate in history event

“Farming the Ridge: Yesterday and Today” will be presented at the Winona County History Center, 160 Johnson St., on Tuesday, Oct. 28. There will be a reception at 7 p.m., and the performance will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The material for this event is taken from interviews conducted by poet Ken McCullough with farmers and their families who live and work on the Garvin Heights Ridge. McCullough will read the pieces spoken by men, and Lynn Nankivil, playwright, will read the pieces spoken by women. They will be accompanied by violinist Betsy Neil and pianist Mark McGuire.

The program will begin with a song titled “Valediction,” sung by soprano Teri Tenseth Market and tenor Leslie Hittner. The lyrics were written by McCullough, and the music by Tim Takach, a Minneapolis composer.

“Early Settlement of the Ridge,” a presentation by Dr. William Crozier, emeritus professor of History at Saint Mary’s, will follow the performance.

The program is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Southeast Minnesota Arts Council and the Winona County Historical Society.