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Thu
26
Feb

Patsy Cline tribute photos

Karen Wickham visited the senior center to perform songs as Patsy Cline on Feb. 20. A full house attended the tribute concert to see Wickham, who often moved through the audience to pass out cowboy hats and sing directly to them. 

Thu
26
Feb

SHS drama students think summer


Photo submitted. Hermia (Thu McKenzie), Puck (Keaton Read and (Emalyn Bauer) and Lysander (Jack Greenwood) recently rehearse during a Stoughton High School student production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

If you’re tired of winter, check out Stoughton High School Performing Arts’ presentation of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” 

Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, and Saturday, Feb. 28, and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, March 1, at the high school auditorium. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door.

Filled with dancing fairies, four lovers and a troupe of actors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream has something for everyone. Add 1940s gangsters, swing dancing, misapplied love potion, mistaken identities, jazz singers, and a hilarious play-within-a play, and you have a perfect recipe for a great night. 

Mon
23
Feb

Festival choir gearing up for April concert

The Stoughton Festival Choir will soon begin preparing for its annual spring concert. Starting this week, rehearsals will run from 4- 5:30 p.m. on Sundays at Covenant Lutheran Church (1525 N. Van Buren St.) The concert will be held at Covenant Lutheran at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 19.

Director Beth Gardner has chosen a wide variety of sacred music for the program. Selections will include Lloyd Larson’s majestic “May Jesus Christ Be Praised” (accompanied by organ and brass), Mary McDonald’s rousing “Rise Up and See the King,” Mark Hayes’ gospel-rock setting of “This Little Light of Mine” (with jazz combo), and Tom Paulson’s lovely arrangement of the traditional spiritual “Music in the Air.”

All interested choral singers are invited to join the Stoughton Festival Choir; no auditions are required. Each participant is asked to contribute $15 toward the cost of music. For more information, call Gardner at 873-9426.

Thu
19
Feb

Peter Pan, Jr. photos

Fox Prairie Elementary students perform “Peter Pan, Jr.” Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the Stoughton Opera House.

Thu
19
Feb

The Buzz About Pollinators

Some people may view bees as pesky, but pollinators are vital to our ecosystem and they need our help.

Local ecology expert Regina Hirsch, Ph.D., will be talking about native pollinators and how important they are to gardening and our landscape. 

Sustainable Stoughton’s Green Thursday program will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at the EMS Community Room, 516 S. Fourth St. 

Pollinators play an integral part in keeping our landscape beautiful and our kitchens stocked with vegetables and fruits. 

Tue
17
Feb

A thousand words


Photo by Scott De Laruelle. Michael Hecht, assistant director of leisure services at Skaalen Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, will present an art display on World War II at the center on Thursday. Hecht is well-traveled in taking a variety of his exhibits on the road, to museums, schools and care centers around the area.

Whether it’s here in his new home in Stoughton or back in his native New York City, Michael Hecht knows how art and history can open doors and minds.

The talented assistant director of leisure services at Skaalen Nursing and Rehabilitation Center will present an exhibit on World War II during a one-day showing at the center Feb. 19. From prestigious art galleries and museums to modest day centers of retirement homes, Hecht takes his show with him and enjoys being able to use his considerable crafts to connect with people.

“Families will say, ‘Thanks for exercising my parent from the neck up,’” Hecht said. “I bring the certain knowledge I have of art and history and of my readings; I tie things to literature.”

Tue
17
Feb

February shows: Folk, bluegrass and classic country coming to Stoughton

Lots of good music is coming to the Stoughton Opera House in the second half of February, including Madison’s own Lou and Peter Berryman on Valentine’s Day, singer-songwriters John Gorka and Cheryl Wheeler on Saturday, Feb. 21, Greensky Bluegrass on Thursday, Feb. 26, and the inimitable Marty Stuart appears Saturday, Feb. 28.

The Berrymans have been performing their quirky brand of acoustic music – on guitar and accordion – since the mid 1960s. Expect humor, oddness and fun from the duo who take themselves not too seriously.

Sun
15
Feb

Hansons named royalty for 2015 Syttende Mai


Photo by Scott Girard. Dan and Jodi Hanson wave to the crowd at the Norse Afternoon of Fun Feb. 8 after being announced as the 2015 Syttende Mai King and Queen.

Dan and Jodi Hanson will serve as this year’s Syttende Mai royalty during the annual heritage festival in May.

Dan and Jodi met in the summer of 1984 and were married in September 1987 at First Lutheran Church. Both are graduates of Stoughton High School, Dan graduating in 1980 and Jodi in 1984. Dan was born and raised in Stoughton while Jodi moved to Stoughton from Madison with her family when she was 6. 

Dan graduated from Ripon College in 1984 and took a job with Radio Shack where he managed company-owned retail stores in the Madison and Janesville areas for 13 years. In 1997, Dan left Radio Shack corporate and he and Jodi opened their own Radio Shack franchise in Stoughton. They also became the local USCellular agent and DishNetwork dealer. Over the next few years, they opened an additional location in Evansville and a USCellular-only store in Oregon.

Fri
13
Feb

People Brothers Band returns with award-winning music


Photo submitted. The People Brothers Band returns to the Stoughton Opera House on Friday with a funky mix of soul and rhythm and blues.

One of the state’s top soul/rhythm and blues bands returns to the Opera House Friday.

Based in Madison, The People Brothers Band first played the historic Opera House stage in 2013. Since then, the eight-piece band has recorded and released a new album, “Middle of the In Between.” The album features 15 tracks, most written by one of the group’s two main songwriters and excellent singers – Bobby Gronna and Teresa Marie Scrivens.

The band walked away with two awards in the 2013 Madison Area Music Awards – Best Blues Album (for the band’s live album, released in 2012) and Best Blues Song (for the track “Looky Here Mister”). The group was also named R&B/Soul Artist of the Year 2014 in the annual Wisconsin Area Music Industry awards.

Thu
12
Feb

2015 Norse Afternoon of Fun photos

The Stoughton High School Norwegian Dancers held their annual Norse Afternoon of Fun Sunday, showing off dance moves and raising money for an upcoming trip to Norway. The event included more than 30 raffle items, a silent auction, the introduction of the 2015 Syttende Mai King and Queen and plenty of performances.

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