Tag: Minnesota museums

Putting the Epic in Epicenter

Let’s face it, Winona is kind of the epicenter of everything that’s good about the Midwest. Sound like puffery? Not a bit. And let me tell you why… I had this epiphany during a conversation with a smart guy I

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The Winona Factor

So Winona had an exciting run in the spotlight for the last couple of months – its dazzling scenery splashed across six million television sets a couple of times a week while music played and its virtues were extolled in

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Thanks for the memories~

When you live in a town for long enough, everywhere you go conjures up a memory, and when enough of those are good memories, then you just fall in love with a place over and over again. It’s kind of

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Life on the fringe…

This town is so cool. Everybody has Fridays, right? Yeah, big deal. Winona takes that whole Friday thing to a new level with its Fringe Fridays, occasional cut-loose-and-get-around-town days that spring up to fill art galleries and coffee houses and

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Winona loves its history…

It’s beginning to look a lot like spring out there, and you know what that means… You’re right. I’m totally lying. It doesn’t look like spring at all, in fact it still looks a lot like December, which means we

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A Picasso dream come true~

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the Minnesota Marine Art Museum… it’s a stunning building filled with jaw-droppingly impressive art and friendly folks who will show you around and hey, it’s freezing outside, so what better way to

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Why people move to Winona…

I came to Winona from the Twin Cities almost exactly 16 years ago, and at the time I was a little, um, concerned that a town of 30,000ish couldn’t possibly be as interesting or have as much to offer as

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The legacy of Winona

I love it when people have good ideas. I extra love it when those good ideas become something real and wonderful. We in Winona love our river, our bluffs and our arts – they are like the heartbeat of this

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Rock on, Tourism

Sixty five million dollars. That, friends, is a big chunk of change. It’s also how much tourists spent in Winona County in one year, and to those people I just want to say, on behalf of the 2,100 people you

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A big ‘wow’ at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum

I went to a shindig at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum yesterday, enticed by curator Jon Swanson with the promise, “We’re going to blow people away with what we’re unveiling.” Now I wouldn’t exactly call myself jaded, but frankly I

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