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COVER STORY Extreme Entertaining Cause for a party.



By Debi Neville

12 Women in Leadership

10 JoAnn Stormer President, Rochester Area Foundation.

By Tracy Will

33 Remodelers Corner A family cooks up a dream kitchen that is unpredictable and unique.

by Penny Marshall


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Herstory 47

19 Easy Holiday Entertaining Five great ideas for stress-free, inexpensive events.

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Anna Stoehr:113 Years of Herstory Still strong, sharp and stunning. By Debi Neville

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For the Hostess with the Mostest A gift giving guide.

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36 Signature Sauces Easy, tasty and versatile sauces that make the meal marvelous.

By Margo Stich


The Place for Everyone to Call Home Celebrating Rochester’s new neighborhood-based family and youth center By Trish Amundson

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51 Springing into Action The impact of Title IX on women’s high school gymnastics in Rochester.



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56 Wellness Retreats Caring for the personal spirit to appreciate the holiday spirit.

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54 More Than Just Great Dancing International affiliation gets Rochester’s feet moving.

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62 A Day of Holiday Cheer Christmas on Historic Broadway in Spring Valley.

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70 Shake, Shake, Shake One woman’s journey beyond the comfort zone.

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holidays conjure images of family and friends, good cheer and gatherings and of T hecourse food. With a welcoming spirit guests are invited into your home and you enter

graciously into another’s home. In this issue we offer simple and inexpensive entertaining ideas (page 19) to get you in the mood. Much inspiration has come to me from our cover woman Sharon Tuntland (page 12). She is a local woman who has opened her home many times and shared her talent to benefit so many in Rochester, a community she dearly loves. If you are heading off to a party, our staff has personally selected some of our favorite hostess gifts to give and receive (page 22). With all of the excitement of the holidays it is easy to become drained and overwhelmed. Our Healthy Living story on Wellness Retreats (page 56) is just the ticket to rejuvenation. Treat yourself or a deserving loved one, it’s well worth it. We go beyond a pedicure or massage to offer ideas on daylong or weekend getaways right here in Rochester, plus a few tips to design your own. Speaking of welcomes, after being away from my childhood stomping ground for over 14 years, I have been kindly welcomed Little back into the community, back to Minnesota (I am definitely a Mariah Minnesota girl). I have met an amazing array of people who have whole-heartedly embraced me and my son. I’ve reconnected with those who once were so dear to me, but had lost touch over time and to the happenings of life. To be able to give my son the opportunities I had growing up, being surrounded by family, friends and all the beauty that is Minnesota, and to know he is nurtured in such a diverse environment, is invaluable. Rochester and the surrounding communities are so full of life, such vibrancy in all the daily happenings. Good things are happening here and I am proud to be part of this amazing community. As the incoming editor of RochesterWomen magazine I hope to continue to bring you all the great features you as readers have come to love. Stories that inspire and make you think; ideas that are uniquely southeastern Minnesota; and of course, all the wonderful women that make all of this possible like the amazing Anna on page 47. Thank you for this opportunity to be a part of it all,

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n the know in the know in the know in the know in the know in the know in the know 10TH ANNUAL “THE NUTCRACKER” PRESENTED BY ROCHESTER DANCE COMPANY Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Dec. 15 at 2 p.m., Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall Rochester Dance Company brings the holiday classic “The Nutcracker” to life with more than 40 dancers and guest artists. Timeless music, costumes and sets are sure to enchant all ages. Tickets are available in advance at Mayo Civic box office or at the door the day of the show. Group sales available; for more information call 507-328-2127 or visit

HONORS CHOIRS ENTERTAIN AT ASSISI HEIGHTS Sat., Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m., Assisi Heights Honors Choirs of SE Minnesota will host its annual benefit, “Harvest to Holiday” at Assisi Heights. The evening includes food, desserts, wine tasting, a silent auction and finishes with a concert given in Lourdes Chapel by the singers of Chorale and Concert Choirs. Visit to reserve tickets (adults $20 and $30; students/youth $12). All proceeds benefit programming of the 2013-14 Honors Choirs season.


Sat., Nov. 23, 6:30 p.m., Stewartville High School Support the SE Minnesota National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) with an evening of beautiful vocal accuracy. The SE Minnesota A Cappella Festival includes area high school groups performing at 6:30 p.m. followed by a free-will offering, fundraising concert by college and professional choirs to benefit NAMI (starts at 7:30 p.m.). Tickets are $5 for adults; students are free. For more information visit

RENEW WOMEN’S RETREAT Nov. 15–17, Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch, Stewartville Plan to join this weekend getaway where you can renew your spirit, connect with other vibrant women and take a journey to rediscover your true self. For more information contact LuAnn Buechler at 507-951-1468 or visit

WAGNER AND LISZT: AN UNEASY FRIENDSHIP Sat., Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m., Christ United Methodist Church Rochester soprano Carla Thelen Hanson and pianist Daniel Rieppel perform the music of Wagner and Liszt. Admission is free. Contact or Joan Smith at 507-287-9765 for more information. 8

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Thurs., Nov. 28, 6–10:30 a.m., Soldiers Field Park 6–7:30 a.m., check in and registration 8 a.m., Lil Turkey Trot—Kids Run 8:30 a.m., 5k Gobble Wobble 8:35 a.m., 2–mile walk Join this fun, free event and get the family moving on Thanksgiving morning. Sponsored by Rochester Moms on the Run, proceeds benefit the Salvation Army of Rochester. Registration is free. For registration and donation information visit

CHRISTMAS AT HISTORIC MAYOWOOD Nov. 1 – Dec. 7, Mayowood Mansion See the beautiful Mayowood Mansion dressed in its holiday finest. This Christmas tour proves to be a community favorite year after year with rooms decked out by local volunteer designers. For more information and tour times call the History Center of Olmsted County at 507-282-9447 or visit

“THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS PAST: A CHRISTMAS CAROL” Dec. 6–21, Words Players Theatre, Rochester Enjoy an unforgettable, entertaining rendition of Dickens’ beloved tale presented by the Word Players Theatre. Audience participation, audio and video clips and appearances by community leaders bring the story to life. Sontes restaurant and Four Da ughters Vineyard and Winery will be offering a Christmas Feast to theatre goers Friday and Saturday nights, respectively, where you can mingle with Word Players cast members. For more information call 507-216-6431, visit or email box

SNOW DROP TEA HOSTED BY ALLEGRO SCHOOL OF DANCE AND MUSIC Sun., Nov. 24, The Plummer House 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m. tea times A delightful family tradition hosted by Allegro School of Dance and Music. This tea time filled with sweets, stories and company dancers will delight. Consider bringing a toy to donate to the Toys for Tots program. Seating is limited and reservations are required. $15 per person. Visit for more details.

CONGRATULATIONS! Jan Vetter, RochesterWomen magazine’s 2010 Extraordinary RochesterWomen Award Volunteer Winner has received the 2013 Maude Finch Award. United Way of Olmsted County Women’s Leadership Council recognizes community members who demonstrate outstanding efforts to better the community through leadership, service and volunteer work. For over two decades, Vetter has worked as a community leader with a number of area programs helping families, children and adults. RochesterWomen magazine would like to congratulate Jan Vetter on receiving this prestigious award.



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JoAnn Stormer President, Rochester Area Foundation BY TRACY WILL • PHOTOGRAPHY BY FAGAN STUDIOS HOMETOWN: Rockford, Ill. AGE: 57 FAMILY: Husband, Steve; daughter, Kara EARLY DAYS: I grew up in Rockford and moved to Madison, Wis., to attend Edgewood College. That’s where I met my husband, Steve, who was a lifelong Madison resident. A DIFFERENCE: I’ve worked in nonprofits all my life. I’ve been in marketing and communications, served as a volunteer director and been an executive director for a variety of nonprofits. I want to be involved in organizations that make a difference in people’s lives. The changes aren’t always immediate. Sometimes you’re fortunate to see a difference right away because of the work you do. More often it takes time and dedication. To eventually see that change is a powerful thing. MOST UNIQUE JOB? For several years I worked in a women’s monastery as the director of communi cat i ons and development.

FORGING CONNECTIONS: For 13-plus years I was part of an organization called Leadership Wisconsin. Participants from government, nonprofit organizations and businesses were involved in a two-year fellowship to increase their leadership abilities and make connections across the state. Part of the program included spending time in other countries. We made a point to try to connect one-on-one with the people we met. Taking the time to meet people and really talk with them and learn from them is eye-opening in a way that simply reading about or hearing about other countries and cultures can’t match. When you truly connect with people, it makes a difference. HOW LONG IN ROCHESTER? We moved to Rochester in February 2012 when I started working at Rochester Area Foundation. THE APPEAL OF RAF: The last four organizations I was involved in were all statewide. To make a difference at a local level through Rochester Area Foundation really appealed to me, as did the chance to have a more direct impact in one community. I was also impressed with the things that are happening in Rochester and was excited to be part of that. MAKING IT MATTER: People have a tendency to think we are about wealthy people giving money to a foundation. People aren’t giving to us; they are giving through us. This is a community foundation, supporting community initiatives in many different arenas. We want to help facilitate people giving to organizations that matter to them. One of our goals is to help teach and encourage people how to be philanthropic in a way that fits their interests. We have lots of different tools to help them get there. LOOKING FORWARD: It’s exciting to me to think about ways we can help grow philanthropy in this community for the long term. The heart of what we do at Rochester Area Foundation is to enable community organizations that are doing valuable work to be able to sustain themselves in the long run. GETTING TO KNOW ROCHESTER: I enjoy being out in the community. There are so many things going on in this city. Thursdays on First is a favorite; the music is especially fun. GUARDING THE SLOPES: My husband and I are both members of the Cascade Mountain Ski Patrol in Wisconsin. I have been doing that for 20 years. It’s fun, but it can be challenging, too. I have seen everything from the silly, crazy stuff people do all the way to life-threatening situations. DOWNTIME: Along with skiing, we like to boat and fish. We often fish from our kayaks, and I find that very peaceful. It’s nice to do something so different from our busy day-to-day work. Tracy Will is a freelance writer who lives and works in Rochester.


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he calls it “entertaining for a cause,” but that seems too simplistic when looking at the long list of impressive events Sharon Tuntland has held at her home or organized as a community event. Her name is synonymous with fundraising. Her private parties are legendary. Her energy seems endless. The Tuntlands had always liked entertaining in the more conventional sense, but in the last 15 years or so, they have gone way outside the norm. “Because we have been blessed in so many ways, we feel it’s important to give back,” says Sharon. Many organizations have benefited from the creative endeavors of Sharon and her husband, Al. Sharon enjoys hosting themed parties at their personal residence and diverse public locations. Some are elegant: masked balls and Mozart. Others are laid back and casual: pool parties and potlucks. Sharon sorted their entertaining into five categories.

1. CHARITABLE DOINGS Many philanthropic endeavors have benefited young people. “I have worked with children my whole life. As the oldest on a family farm, I grew up taking care of three younger siblings. I taught Sunday School, 12

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majored in education and taught for seven years,” Sharon says. “When our children were in school, I seemed to be the mother hen for the neighborhood brood,” Sharon recalls. “I first became involved in charitable event planning as a Hoover PTA volunteer. I enjoyed the camaraderie of working with a team of people. It seemed an easy step to broaden my involvement to include the youth of Rochester.” Fourteen years ago, Sharon hosted a house party with guest speaker Robbie Calloway, senior Vice President of Boys and Girls Club of America (B&GCR). The express purpose was to introduce its programs and services to community leaders with the goal to start a club in Rochester. Another evening found 80 friends in her recreation room playing Beanie Baby Bingo for the B&GCR. Recently she hosted Youth Art Showcase in the intimate lobby of the Rochester Civic Theatre. Highlighting framed photography and club member stage performances, the evening’s guest attendance benefited the B&GCR. The event she is most proud of getting off the ground is the Chair Affair. The 2014 Chair Affair will be held on February 22.

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“I served as co-chair of the first event in 2003. I continued for 10 years. It was exciting to watch attendance grow from 250 to 550 and revenue for the B&GCR increase from $40,000 to $250,000,” she recalls. Sharon organized The Big Party Downtown using two floors at The Shops at University Square. Food, drink, a live band and casino games benefited the youth mentoring organization. “I also believe the arts add substantially to the quality of life. An active arts community helps us all come together as we enjoy music, theatre, dance or visual arts.” She hosted two Mozart House Parties promoting attendance at the Rochester Symphony Orchestra’s Mozart concerts. Held on two levels of her home, live vocal and instrumental performances of Mozart music filled one level, while German and Viennese appetizers and desserts filled the other. Maestro Jere Lantz entertained the crowd with engaging comments about the life and music of Mozart. Other ideas produced the Autumn Gala, Roaring ’20s, Mardi Gras and Great Gatsby parties which have benefited the orchestra as well.

2. SHOWING YOUR APPRECIATION Sharon excels at creating themed appreciation receptions. Major donors to Minnesota Public Radio were treated to a special performance by Ahn Trio, three sisters who are based out of New York. For the History Center of Olmsted County, a holiday party said thank you with a giant tree, good food and fellowship. There was the

“Our most famous guest speaker was Bob Dole. That was exciting!” — Sharon Tuntland

Candlelight and Cake Reception for B&GCR donors. Receptions have been held throughout the community in the Riverside Building, the Plummer House, Historic Third Street, the Gilded Star and Hamilton Music. Sharon looks around town, matches the event to a location and comes up with a theme. “Sometimes I have a theme and then find somewhere that would work.”

3. POOLSIDE POLITICS A backyard pool at the Tuntlands often played host to a variety of parties including fundraising receptions for US Congress, State Senate and gubernatorial candidates. “Our most famous guest speaker was Bob Dole. That was exciting. exciting!” says Sharon. “The receptions ranged from 20 in our family room to 250 gathered around the pool. People enjoy parties poolside. It’s not as formal as other locations.”

4. BIRTHDAY BASHES There’s nothing like a birthday for her husband, children or family to get Sharon’s creative juices flowing. “When our kids were little, we had a birthday bike ride party where we biked the Douglas Trail. Another time we trucked the tricycles to Silver Lake, decorated them and rode around the lake before playing in the park,” Sharon reminisces. “We had a Tom and Jerry cartoon party, a yellow brick road party, a Sesame Street pool party at the Country Club and countless sleepovers.” Her husband fondly remembers past parties given in his honor. For his 40th, it was a Plummer House party with guests from his past. His 50th was a Mississippi River theme with boating at a cabin, and at 60 he found a flock of pink flamingos on the lawn. “When he turned 70, I gave three parties. Surprise guests spent a weekend, we had a reunion of past employees and ended with a catered backyard dinner for 90 guests. When Mom turned 90, we had a Bingo party with individualized Bingo cards that pertained to her life.” November/December 2013


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5. FUN TIMES ARE HERE TO STAY When her kids were small, Sharon changed their play room into a fort, school, library, circus, forest or hospital when friends came over. The game night parties began when the kids played high school sports, Sharon recalls. They would watch videos of the game, sing karaoke and “the pool got a good workout too.” “I enjoyed the block parties we had on Telemark Lane. One year we organized a boulevard tree planting project. Not all parties are big. We like small gatherings in our media room when there is a special event such as the Super Bowl, election night or New Year’s Eve. Friends gather to watch the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.” How does she do it? “Ask for help; you’ll find people are very generous. Committees, speakers, performers, servers and co-hosts enjoy doing something different and unique to raise money for worthwhile causes,” Sharon advises. Catering is a necessity for big groups: “My favorite is a light buffet with an assortment of appetizers. For medium size parties, I work with others and we share food preparation.” For smaller groups Al likes to grill. Sharon specializes in a few simple menus that don’t take much thought. Think outside the proverbial box for fun things to do, she says. The key to all Sharon does is that she loves it—the ideas, the meetings, the work: “If my event planning can raise funds to help Rochester become a stronger community, I am honored to do so.” Debi Neville is a freelance writer who likes to entertain and admires those who give her ideas.


From Sharon 1. Consider guest list; people make the party. 2. Select the venue: home or away. 3. Decide on entertainment, activities, etc. 4. Set a budget and choose a menu. 5. Use nametags if people don’t know each other. 6. Avoid stress by planning ahead. 7. Entertaining at home? Good excuse to spiff up outdoor and inside. 8. Family gatherings? Encourage others to cook a meal and clean up.

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There’s no better way to give and receive than to make a gift that helps others at this time of year. As we wrap up another year, we think of others. We are reminded that it is “better to give than to receive.” These remaining weeks of 2013 give you a final opportunity to give to others in this tax year. When you give a gift to a qualified nonprofit organization, like OMC Regional Foundation, you receive a tax deduction. But your gift also goes a long way toward helping others. This holiday season, take a moment and consider the gifts you would like to make— then make them happen. Call OMC Regional Foundation at 507.292.7200 if we can be of help as you plan your giving.


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Easy Holiday Entertaining Five great ideas for stress-free, inexpensive events BY C.G. WORRELL


ith kids’ school programs, office parties and meals with the in-laws, who has time at the holidays to host a party? You will with these money and time-saving strategies from hostesses across Rochester.

• Don’t overdo appetizers—otherwise the meal effort is a waste. • Blend elegance and simplicity with an upscale cheese course accompanied by sliced fruit and water crackers. Don’t know what cheese to pick? Try a mild & tangy trio: Stilton Blue—Brie—Tickler Cheddar. Or head over to ZZest or the new People’s Co-op. Both offer professional help, gourmet selections and beautiful serving options.

Three easy, delicious menus: • Homemade Bolognese served with pasta and tossed salad • Marinated pork tenderloin, orzo pasta and grilled vegetable kebobs • Grilled flank steak, basmati rice and steamed broccoli Impromptu entertaining­—tested crowd pleasers: • A sian dumplings with ginger-soy sauce, just warm and serve (found at Sam’s Club) • 1/3-pound Angus burgers: juicy and ready to grill Trouble-free dessert: • A trio of Talenti™ gelato with berries (available at most grocery stores) November/December 2013



• Candles and votives lighten any occasion. • Gather winter greenery from your yard: holly, evergreen, pine cones and boxwood (sprigs of these can also be purchased from a local florist). • Rochester thrift stores and dollar stores offer fabulous serving pieces and table decorations at rock bottom prices: platters, vases, cutlery, wine glasses and seasonal decor.

Buy in bulk: • 1.5 liter bottles of wine offer a substantial price break. • Buying 12 mixed bottles of liquor or a case of wine will land you a 10-20% discount at most stores. • Purchase a case of Pellegrino™ Italian sparkling water (available at grocery stores) for non-drinkers. F or larger parties, stretch your liquor budget by remembering the three F’s­—Fun, Frugal and Fresh: • Greet guests with glasses of Sangria laced with fruit slices. • Mix Diet 7-Up™ with boxed wine. Serve over ice. • Offer non-alcoholic and rum-spiked versions of the same punch for non-drinkers and those who wish to imbibe.

•Holiday kitsch: The online Kraft Corner Store offers Jell-O© molds in all kinds of fun shapes, including holiday molds ($3-6, includes shipping and handling).

COUNTDOWN: CHECKLIST FOR SUCCESS 5 PARTY Organize your music playlist weeks before the party: W ­ hether your tastes lean toward jazz, classical or Swedish death metal, have 3-4 hours of music already lined up.

Wine strategy for gourmet dinners: Offer three grades of wine. Serve the finest with appetizers, then transition to less expensive ones throughout the evening as the palate becomes less discerning.

TRY A THEME: BOOST AND FUN 3 DRAMA WITHOUT ADDING COST Select a dress code to inspire your guests’ creativity: • Black & White with a Splash of Color • Disco Party • Retro-Fashion (’20s, ’60s, ’80s…) Wine and hors d’oeuvres for 8-12 people: • Cost of guest admission: an appetizer to share. • Hostess offers five to six varieties of wine that vary in price from $8-$30. • Wrap bottles in brown paper bags before serving. Label A, B, C…, etc. • Have guests score each wine using sheets available online. • Compare flavor notes and complexity. Mardi Gras party (anytime between Jan 6 and Mar 4, 2014): • Dress code: Carnival masks, beads and feathers • Menu: Red beans & rice (with Andouille sausage from Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe) served with French bread • Spirits: Beer and/or hurricanes • Dessert: King Cake or pralines


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Plan your menu and list party supplies seven days in advance: • Pick up non-perishables throughout the week. • Grocery shop two days ahead. This allows you time to marinate and/or cook items in advance. Clean your house the day before Hang decorations and set up tables/chairs the night before Party day: • Set up your bar in a location that doesn’t interrupt traffic. • Stock with glasses, drinks and ice and place beer in a cooler. • Guests can refill their beverages, leaving you free to mingle.

C.G. Worrell is a transplanted Southern belle who learned to set a table in kindergarten and wishes to thank area hostesses Neeraj Kumar, Carrie Boes, Yan Klein, Kerry Todd, Julia Rush, Laura Toddie and Rich & Louise Simons for their input.

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eptember marked the long-awaited opening of the new neighborhood-based family and youth center: The Place. The 55,000-square-foot facility is the incredible outcome of collaboration between the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester (B&GCR) and Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R). A nine-year vision, the new center is now home to both organizations where they simultaneously carry out programs for youth and families, help kids and ensure positive beginnings. November/December 2013


DESIGNED FOR WHAT THEY DO Created with optimal conditions for learning and safety, The Place features flexible spaces, kid-friendly amenities and cutting-edge technology. When you step inside the brightly colored atrium, the happiness of children is evident and enthusiasm is contagious. “The beauty of this project is that our two organizations have been working together to create a facility that is designed for the program work that we each do with children and youth in our community,” says Patrick Gannon, executive director, Child Care Resource & Referral. “It is the first time either of our organizations has had space that is specifically designed for what we do.” “Next year, 246 children will be served at The Place,” adds Kristine Stensland, community relations director, CCR&R. “An additional 84 children will receive home-based Head Start services, for a total of 330 children in our community receiving services directly.”

DREAMING TOGETHER In 2005, a facility-needs committee began researching the shared needs, resources and potential partnership of the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester and Child Care Resource & Referral. The two organizations envisioned moving to one place, as joint owners providing care for children from “cradle to college.” Together, the programs would use the facility for up to 13 hours a day—with Head Start using it from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and B&GCR utilizing after school and evening hours. Housing both programs in

one building would allow each to meet the growing needs of families through expansion, while cutting expenses for space, staff and other resources. After much discussion and a feasibility study, the two groups explored potential locations. They learned that many program families lived near the existing Boys & Girls Club on Rochester’s East Center Street, so it became the site for the new collaborative facility. The new project received financial support from several sources, including the community. Community Finance (a supporting organization of the Rochester Area Foundation) provided financial assistance and expertise in housing development, construction and more. Fundraising began in 2009 and ultimately raised $7.1 million (of the $8 million needed) with ground breaking in November 2012.

EMPOWERING ENVIRONMENT “We previously functioned in 14,000 square feet,” says Jodi Millerbernd, executive director, Boys & Girls Club of Rochester. “We now have a facility that we would not be able to support without the partnership of Head Start. We serve 1,300 youth annually and about 150 per day. We are expecting our membership to grow and our average daily attendance to double.”

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“The space is amazing—and full of light and bright colors. I’m very excited to see all the new technology in the classroom and also happy to know that the children will be getting home-grown fresh meals. Head Start has made a world of difference for my children.”

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Now, with a facility three times as large, kids have room to explore. In the B&GCR Kids’ Zone, youth are drawn to the action of activities geared toward ages 8–11. The space includes bold aqua, yellow and red décor with cloud-like ceiling features and zebra-print upholstery. The Discovery Zone incorporates lots of natural light and inspires 6- and 7-year-olds to get involved. The nearby Teen Center, with brightly colored walls, a pool table and outdoor patio for 12- to 18-year olds, is a casual environment where kids can be themselves. Comfortable seating and game-room entertainment help create the ultimate, age-appropriate hangout in each space. A performing arts room, with amenities such as a ballet bar and piano keyboard, shapes character development. A highlight of the center is a new, regulation-size gymnasium, complete with hardwood flooring and scoreboards for basketball, volleyball and other recreational activities. The Place allows B&GCR to provide expanded activities and support for youth and “allows kids to be kids in a safe environment,” says Millerbernd.

FIT FOR LEARNING “The Place allowed us to bring three different center operations together to provide Head Start and Early Head Start in one site,” explains Sandy Simar, Head Start director, Child Care Resource & Referral. The new facility, which features 10 new classrooms for Head Start, was an important factor in gaining endorsement for the Early Head Start program in 2010. All details were carefully planned, right down to wall and floor colors, and include protective technology, innovative sliding doors, large restrooms and accordion-style room dividers. Warm cream and gold tones enhance the hallways, while Head Start classrooms feature cool blue hues.

The academic success room facilitates homework and school project activities with the assistance of academic impact mentors. Staff members excel in discovering the talents of kids and helping them develop their skills.

“It was deliberately designed for security and shared programming,” explains Gannon, who points out that the floor plan allows for lineof-sight views and greater awareness of the children. “The theory in the classroom is that the kids are the color,” he adds, noting each room is now becoming individualized with learning props and decor. Named after trees—fir, aspen, oak and more—each classroom promotes the growth and well-being of children and is easily identified. Windows are strategically placed to let in natural light and minimize distractions. Smart boards in every classroom help bring lessons to life.

ACHIEVING GREATER EFFICIENCIES The center allows for efficiencies in operations, as well as continuity of care for the children. Well-defined routes provide easy access to bus transportation and outdoor open spaces, as well as the playground, man-made hill and a tricycle path. Previously a child would have to change centers and teachers if his or her family moved. November/December 2013


The pool table and recreational space in the new Teen Center create a relaxed hangout for teens.

Now, children who relocate with their families will just ride a different bus to provide a continuity of teachers and peers. A full commercial kitchen allows for preparation of approximately 170,000 meals and snacks a year, such as homemade pancakes, which are made from scratch using fresh ingredients. Meals are delivered to the classrooms and served family-style. “It is exciting to be able to prepare and serve nutritious meals that will come primarily from locally grown and raised food,” says Simar. “The best part of the project so far has been walking through the facility and seeing the great work that happens when decisions are made with the mission in mind,” says Stensland. “Every decision affecting The Place was made in ‘the best interest of children and families.’ Collaboration between two distinct organizations with two boards, two budgets and two cultures isn’t an easy endeavor, but it produces powerful results.” Trish Amundson is a Rochester-area freelance writer.

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Two young Head Start students enjoying their new classroom.

The Community Room at The Place is used for a variety of activities including meal services.

ONE ROOF, TWO ORGANIZATIONS BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF ROCHESTER Boys & Girls Club of Rochester (B&GCR) was founded in 2000 in accordance with its mission “to empower all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring community members.” Directly addressing the physical, social and cognitive development and health needs of youth, B&GCR provides multifaceted programs in core areas of impact: academic success, good character and citizenship, and health and life skills. CHILD CARE RESOURCE & REFERRAL Founded in 1972, Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) works to “ensure positive beginnings for all young children and their families.” The umbrella organization provides support services for child care professionals and centralizes programs and services, such as Head Start (a federal program for 3- to 5-year-olds) and Early Head Start (for pregnant women and newborns to 3-year-olds). It is devoted to serving young children and families from diverse backgrounds and all income levels.

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with dark stain to replace the original oak), granite countertops (replacing laminate), all new appliances and a look that’s unpredictable and unique. The Simaris knew what they wanted functionally and had a vision of what they wanted aesthetically. Having worked with Karen Blissenbach, member of American Society of Interior Designers, design principal at Design Studio B in the past, they decided she would be the best contractor for their project. “Working with someone with a design background was significant,” Kelly explains. “Karen brought a lot of great ideas, she listened and understood that the look we wanted was as important as how we function. Things were very timely. I got everything I wanted out of the remodel (and the list was quite long).” In order to open the expanse, the adjacent laundry room was replumbed resulting in extra space so the kitchen wall could be moved. A larger window was installed in the kitchen. A frosted, paned glass sliding laundry room door now sheds more light on the appealing re-do. Kelly chose an extra-thick granite with no pattern for the countertops and continued it onto the backsplash and window sill. It gives the look Kelly wanted, and the additional height makes cooking more comfortable. One of Kelly’s favorite parts of the remodel is her non-traditional bake center where a decorative toe kick differentiates the stylish piece of furniture from the predictable look of cabinets. Extra long and wide drawers provide ample room for baking supplies and custom-designed folding doors conceal small appliances while preserving usable counter space. Drawers throughout the kitchen are appreciably oversized and accommodating. For example, table

leaves stow away nicely in a pantry drawer. Kelly wanted to incorporate some natural stone in her new kitchen and was able to do so by adding a column between the bake center and the pantry. The look was carried out by refacing the fireplace in the adjacent family room with the same stone. The bar not only holds libations but also one’s interest and eye with the striking contrast of gold glass tiles and dark wood. The drop station shows as another piece of chic furniture while serving many storage and everyday needs, including concealed space with outlets for charging of electronic devices. “The Simaris put a lot of thought and detail into what they wanted to accomplish” said Karen. “They were going for a simple, elegant and discerning look and aesthetically it all came together.” And Kelly agrees: “I didn’t know I could love a room this much!” Penny Marshall is a Rochester freelance writer. November/December 2013




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Easy, tasty and versatile sauces that make the meal marvelous BY MARGO STICH • PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAWN SANBORN PHOTOGRAPHY


auces can make an amazing difference on the plate and on the palate. Visually they offer color and texture. The flavors

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Cranberry Orange Sauce Instead of opening a can of gelled cranberry sauce, try Mariah’s easy homemade recipe. 1 pound fresh cranberries, rinsed 1 1/2 cups fresh orange juice Zest of one orange 2 (2-inch each) cinnamon sticks sugar to taste (Mariah doesn’t use any, preferring it tart; Margo suggests 1/3 cup) Combine all ingredients in a medium sauce pan and simmer, stirring occasionally to preferred consistency. Add additional small amounts of orange juice if necessary. (Mariah prefers a chunky sauce and cooks until berries begin to pop.) Remove cinnamon sticks when complete.  Serve warm or refrigerate. Mariah loves the sauce served over vanilla bean ice cream.

Sherry Cherry Sauce Reprinted with permission from “Gourmet Wine Cooking the Easy Way” published by the Wine Appreciation Guild, 1981, 1 (1-lb.) can pitted dark sweet or Morello cherries 1/4 cup California medium sherry* 1 cup orange juice 2 Tbsp. lemon juice 1 tsp. dry mustard 1 Tbsp. finely chopped green onion 1 Tbsp. cornstarch 1 tsp. sugar 1/2 tsp. grated orange peel Drain the cherries. In a saucepan combine the sherry, juices, mustard, green onion, cornstarch and sugar. Place over medium heat and cook, stirring constantly until sauce boils and thickens. Stir in pitted cherries and orange peel; heat a few minutes longer. Serve hot with roast duck, ham or pork. Makes about 2 cups.*Substitution: additional orange juice or cherry juice. November/December 2013


Cumberland Sauce

Rochester reader Ann Jost recalls how wonderful this sauce is on roast beef. The recipe came from her mother-in-law who, she reflects, was “one of the best cooks I’ve ever known.” Serve with a white and wild rice mixture. 4 Tbsp. butter (do not substitute), divided 2 Tbsp. shortening 1 beef bouillon cube 1 (10 ¾-oz.) can beef consomme 1 1/3 cups red wine, divided* 3 Tbsp. flour 3 Tbsp. cornstarch 1/2 tsp. salt (optional) 1/2 tsp. black pepper 1 cup water 2 tsp. sugar 1/3 cup tomato juice 1 tsp. red wine vinegar 1 tsp. browning sauce (such as Maggi or Kitchen Bouquet)

In a large heavy saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons butter and shortening together. In a small bowl, combine bouillon cube, consomme, 1 cup wine, flour, cornstarch, salt and pepper; stir to blend well. Pour mixture slowly into hot shortening, stirring constantly. When thick and bubbly, add water, sugar, tomato juice, 1/3 cup wine, vinegar and browning sauce, blend well. Rinse another saucepan with cold water, then pour sauce into wet pan. Place over low heat. Cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Whisk in 2 tablespoons butter, then adjust seasonings to taste. Makes about 4 cups. *substitution: 1 (10 3/4-oz) can beef consumme plus tomato juice to measure 1 1/3 cups. Variations: Add finely minced parsley, sliced mushrooms sautéed in butter, capers, herbs or anchovy paste as desired.

Raisin Beer Sauce

A light red wine, assertive white wine or beer goes well with raisin-sauced ham. Not a fan of beer/wine? Substitute apple juice/cider. Adjust the spices to your personal tastes. 3 Tbsp. firmly packed brown sugar 1 Tbsp. cornstarch 1/8 tsp. each cinnamon, cloves and salt 1 cup beer* 1/2 to 2/3 cups seedless raisins 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice 2 tsp. butter Mix brown sugar, cornstarch, spices and salt in a saucepan. Stir in beer and raisins. Bring the beer to boiling, stirring constantly. Cook until thick and clear, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in lemon juice and butter until blended. Serve hot with ham slices or sweeten with a bit more brown sugar and serve over pound cake or gingerbread. Makes about 1 1/2 cups. *substitution: apple cider


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ach year I watch my four apple trees with limbs burdened by heavy fruit as I scratch my head in dismay, “How can I keep these from going to waste?” In my dire state I decided to delve into the fine art of creating hard apple cider. I discovered it’s a simple, cheap process (costing less than $10) with a delicious end product!

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EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: •Juicer or apple press •2 glass carboys/ fermentation tanks •Food-grade sanitizer •Food-grade rubber hose •Vapor lock •Rubber stopper to fit your jug •Funnel •Large stock pot INGREDIENTS: •20-30 pounds fresh apples OR 1 gallon fresh cider from a local orchard •5 gram/.0176 oz. package Champagne yeast (from a homebrew market or online) •1 cup each brown and white sugar (sugars are optional)

1 Sanitize the carboy/fermentation tank following the sanitizing directions on package.

2 3 Pasteurize the homemade cider to kill any bacteria or wild yeast that might

Juice apples with the apple press or juicer to create a gallon of cider.

contaminate your brew by cooking the cider in a big stockpot over medium heat for 45 minutes, stirring regularly. Do not boil! Skip this step if you are using purchased cider that has already been pasteurized.

4 Add the optional white and brown sugar here if you’d like. This raises alcohol content and creates a slightly sweeter cider but is not necessary.

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Within a day or two you should see the vapor lock start to bubble, releasing carbon dioxide, a by-product of the fermentation process. Congratulations, your soft cider is on its way to becoming a delicious, inebriating elixir of the gods!


Store the mix undisturbed in a dark area at 60-70º for 1-2 weeks. Once bubbling has slowed to about one bubble per minute, your first fermentation cycle is complete.

10 “Rack” your cider to remove the fermented cider, apple sediment and yeast

from the bottom of your tank by taking a rubber hose and siphoning liquid from the top into another sanitary carboy, then re-cork it with the vapor lock still on.

11 Finish fermenting (1-2 weeks) in a dark, relatively climate-controlled place. This 5 Cool cider to room temperature, then improves flavor and makes the cider less pour into the sanitized carboy leaving a few inches of room at the top.


Per gallon of cider, mix ¼ of the packet of Champagne yeast in warm water (following instructions on package) and add to cider in carboy. Agitate slightly to mix.


Attach the vapor lock (fill it up to the appropriate line with water) to the rubber stopper and insert into carboy.

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Seasons of the Vine

Margo Stich, food editor


Hosting a Wine Tasting Party

A theme, some hors d’oeuvres, plenty of stemware and lots of friends


osting a wine tasting party can be both fun and educational. Such a gathering can be focused in numerous ways: by varietal; white/red wines; dry/sweet wines; domestic regional wines (CA, Pacific Northwest, local and others) or country specific (France, Italy, Argentina, etc.). Plan on two ounces of each wine per person. This means each bottle will serve 8–10 guests. Offering up to six to eight different wines is reasonable, depending on the format of your event and whether guests are likely to drink or “taste and spit,” which is a common practice among professionals faced with dozens of wines to consider. Certain wines will show better if decanted an hour or so before guests arrive. Doing so allows the aroma and flavor to come out, particularly with reds, and helps separate off

collected sediment in an aged wine. Serve lighter wines first, then move on to more fullbodied wines. Just for fun, consider staging a blind tasting. Consider asking your favorite wine merchant to code individual brown bagged wines so that even you, the host, are unaware of the identity of each bottle.

RECOMMENDED SUPPLIES Supply two glasses per guest, particularly if offering both white and red wines. Set out containers for dumping so your guests don’t feel obligated to finish a wine they don’t care for. Keep your food fairly simple since the focus is on the wine. Rustic breads and plain crackers make great palate cleansers. While cheese often appears at tasting events, be aware that no specific cheese works with all wines. Suggest a rating system or let individuals

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use their own personal method as they make notes on the wines. Encourage your guests to observe the color, viscosity and aroma of each wine before tasting. Thereafter, take a small sip then swirl it in your mouth before swallowing. As wines are tasted, compare notes and discuss findings.

STORING LEFTOVER WINES Consider investing in a reusable hand-held pump and rubber stopper system to preserve wine. This pump removes the oxygen from the bottle thus warding off oxidation. Alternative methods include having a can of inert gas that displaces the oxygen, transferring leftover wine to smaller bottles or filling them to the top then closing tightly. Store lighter reds, whites or sparkling wines in the fridge. Red wines can be kept at room temperature.

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Laurie Bennett from Rochester won a grape stomp competition round on Saturday, September 7, 2013, at the annual Saint Croix Vineyards Grape Stomp Festival.

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first met Anna Stoehr when she was only 111. What’s so memorable about her isn’t just that she’s the oldest living Minnesotan, or that she celebrated her 113th birthday in October, or that until April of this year—when she moved into an assisted living community—she was the oldest documented person living independently in the world, but rather that she remembers so much. She is living history. I waited until she finished her daily exercise class to chat with her. She shared some thoughts and observations about what it was like having been born when William McKinley was president, growing up at the beginning of the 20th century, and the incredible changes she has seen regarding women in over a century of living.

Oldest living Minnesotan, Anna Stoehr advises, “Stay busy and enjoy each day.” November/December 2013


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(Above) Having recently moved to an assisted living community from the farm where she lived for 67 years, Anna says, “I’m getting used to living here.” (At left) She looked down at her hands when speaking of the hard life of a farmer’s wife.

Anna was married to Ernest Stoehr at the age of 27.

Proud of education

Anna’s face lights up when she tells me she attended school during a time when education was not available to many, particularly females. “I went to country school, first through eighth when I received a diploma. I am very proud of that. Now everyone is expected to go to high school and then college,” she says. “I’m not sure so much schooling is always needed; only if you want to, I think.” After Anna graduated, she continued to live at home, with much of her time spent helping families who needed someone for a week due to illness or after a baby was born. “I can’t believe women have a baby and the hospital sends them home after just one day,” she remarks on modern practice. “If they have other children at home, what do they do? How do they get rest? Some may have help, but I don’t think it’s a good idea to chase them home so fast.”

Dating and marriage

She wasn’t looking for a husband when a neighbor introduced her to Ernest Stoehr, her future husband. “We knew each other four or five years.”

I asked Anna what they did on dates and she tipped her head back and laughed. You could see the memories return by the faraway look in her eyes. “Oh, we got together on Sundays after church, had picnics and played ball. We had parties at each other’s houses,” she says and is quick to add, “but our parents were always there.” In Anna’s opinion, women now have a lot of pressure to find a job, meet the right man and marry. “I was 27. I don’t know if there’s a perfect age, but that was right for us. We took on a lot of responsibility,” she says referring to raising five children–two boys and three girls (three of whom are still living), along with 14 grandchildren and “too many great grands to count.”

About survival not success

Anna and Ernest bought a farm in 1936. “We had a lot of work to do, sun up to sun down. Had a garden and milked cows, had chickens, canned everything. That’s how we fed the family.” Now, Anna says, it’s buy, buy, buy: “It’s all about success. For us, it was a matter of survival.”

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I asked if she had advice for today’s women. Anna nodded yes. Foremost, Anna believes children need more of their mother’s attention. At meal time, everyone should gather around the table and “children shouldn’t get up until the meal is finished.” Women need to appreciate the vote, Anna says. “I voted in 1928 and have only missed one election.” “And, I am disgusted by the lack of privacy. Everything is so public, that’s not right. Even I get too much attention just for being old.” She might be referring to recent events. Anna was Grand Marshall during Plainview Corn Cob Days. She also threw out the ball at a Twins game, and her birthday party last year was attended by over 200. “That’s about enough for me.” Her final advice to young and old, women and men: “Trust in God, that’s the only reason I have lived so long. There’s no secret except that.” Debi Neville is a freelance writer whose greatest joy is “meeting people as inspirational as Anna.” November/December 2013


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The impact of Title IX on women’s high school gymnastics in Rochester BY PAT GARRY


egulated sports have perpetually been a fundamental component of the high school experience for boys. For many girls, however, large-scale participation only happened after the passage of Title IX, which launched a reformation that vaulted some girls from the sidelines to the gymnastic mats.

GETTING THE FUNDAMENTALS “In 1970, I was still in college and gymnastics opportunities for girls were very limited,” recalls Garry Addington, former Rochester School District athletic director of the pre-Title IX days. “There was a program called GRA (Girls Recreation Association) that provided some recreational activities but nothing interscholastically competitive.” Since then, gymnastics in Rochester has had many different associations: private organizations like J.E.T.S. ( Junior Elite Training School, founded in 2004) which offers lessons for all ages and competition teams for girls and boys ages 6–16, public high school


In 1976, the Mayo High School girls’ gymnastics team qualified for the first of three consecutive trips to the state tournament—a feat that has never been duplicated by another Rochester team. Source: Post, Aug. 15, 2012, “Title IX: List of Rochester Firsts.”

teams at Century, Mayo and John Marshall and community education programs. Amy Stites, assistant gymnastics coach for the Rochester high school program believes Title IX has been prominent in keeping the sport alive here: “There were many years when we didn’t have enough qualified and/or interested coaches. Other years we didn’t have a high number of athletes like other sports. It would have been very easy and justifiable to cut gymnastics, but the law protected our program, and for that, I am grateful.” Stites also credits the infinite support of athletic directors and coaches as instrumental in growing the program. Century High School Athletic Director Mark Kuisle clearly sees the influence Title IX has had on the school district’s gymnastics program: “It’s directly reflected by our program participation, as numbers continue to be on the upswing.”

RISING TO A NEW LEVEL In the past 25 years, the three area high school teams have had to move from various high school locations, to Willow Creek Middle School, to off-site gymnastics facilities, to their current home at Gage East Elementary. There, all three schools practice together and currently share the same coaching team: Head Coach Maria Wilkes and Assistant Coach Amy Stites. They also host and travel to meets together. They remain three separate teams, however, because each school competes separately and is scored individually. Tiffany Hansen, a senior at Century High School, has been in November/December 2013



In 2010–2011, there were 19,719 women competing in US high school gymnastics. In 1972, only 294,015 women participated in all US high school sports of any kind. Sources: and womens-gymnastics-scholarships/.

Mayo High School gymnast. Photo courtesy of Maria Wilkes.

gymnastics for 12 years and started competing with Century’s team in eighth grade. “I started at J.E.T.S., and I’m proud to be the captain and in my fourth year on the Century High School team,” says Tiffany, who loves the sport because it builds confidence and allows her to set and accomplish goals. Her favorite apparatus is the balance beam, which demands balance, flexibility, tumbling and poise: “It’s the true test of a gymnast. If you don’t fall off the beam you’ve won.” Coach Wilkes credits the influx of Title IX legislation with the increased number of girls participating in high school gymnastics, which has increased the talent. She believes that the training the kids are receiving during their early years, through clubs like J.E.T.S., is definitely preparing them for high-level competition by the time they reach high school. “The skills required to be a competitive varsitylevel gymnast have increased significantly every year, and the girls are constantly proving it, physically and emotionally,” says Wilkes. The high school gymnastics season gets underway in the middle of November with meets against Faribault, Winona, Owatonna, Austin, Mankato East and Mankato West and culminates with a state competition in mid-to-late February.

Photo courtesy of Dawn Sanborn Photography.

Pat Garry is a Rochester freelance writer and retired educator.

NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: In our September/October issue we celebrated the 40th anniversary of Title IX—landmark federal legislation that mandated gender equity in education—and took a look at its impact on women’s athletics. In our next few issues, we will explore the evolution of specific sports, like gymnastics and hockey, and see what they are doing for Rochester’s high school female athletes today. Tiffany Hansen is a senior at Century High School. 52

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anet Johnson has always prided herself on inspiring excellence in the arts. The success of Allegro School of Dance and Music as it approaches its 25th anniversary offers testament to her ability to both build on a solid foundation and adapt to changing times. “We’re transforming lives through music and movement,” says Janet, who founded Janet Johnson the popular Rochester studio in 1989 and now boasts about 20 employees and over 400 students. “We have a quality faculty and a team-based, grassroots effort to acknowledge and grow along with our students. We care about each individual and are passionate about what we do.” Allegro’s programs and features have evolved over the years to keep pace with demand and changing technology. In a nod to the growing use of social media and nontraditional forms of communication with clients, the studio recently added a so-called smart television to its lobby area. The TV provides informational updates for parents but also can tune into YouTube performances to showcase students. “We’re keeping up with technology while not losing the personal touch,” Janet says. 54

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In another forward-thinking move, Allegro recently was accepted into More Than Just Great Dancing, an international affiliation program. It is the only dance studio in the Rochester area to do so. The program aligns the studio with a higher standard of dance instruction and management principles, according to Janet. More Than Just Great Dancing is a national community of dance studio owners whose approach places the customer at the center of the dance studio world. It also equips affiliated studios with skills and opportunities to enhance leadership and staff development, improve programming and hone management practices. The affiliation also encourages industry innovation and community participation. “It allows us to draw from that pool for ideas that better the studio—things that are good for the students and families, things that make strong business statements and that touch the community beyond the dance studio.” The affiliation follows on the heels of Allegro’s recent alignment with Leap ‘N Learn, an internationally renowned early childhood program for students ages 3 to 12 that takes a solid ballet foundation and engages young imaginations to create a positive and fun-filled environment. The studio is also a designated Angelina Ballerina Dance Academy, which caters to the youngest dance crowd.

For Janet, these affiliations are integral, not only to a thriving business but to offer the best service possible to customers. “I understand the value of affiliating with like-minded, integrity-based, educational organizations,” Janet says. “This is the side of the business that people never see: The planning, the staff enrichment, curriculum meetings, faculty educational reimbursement program, department development. All that excites and challenges me as a business person and is neatly hidden in spring dance concerts, music recitals, parent observation weeks and the day-to-day joy of dance and music classes.” “What we have at Allegro are interested, excited, invested parents who love to see their children grow and move forward,” Janet says. “The situations in the Lifetime show ‘Dance Moms’ are over-exaggerated, and it’s not anything like that at our studio.” Ongoing community involvement, such as special needs programming for both kids and adults, and open auditions are some of the elements the studio will continue to embrace. Janet hopes to keep Allegro School of Dance and Music growing and evolving with experimental performance styles and positive approaches to a multi-faceted dance program for students of all ages. Jennifer M. Gangloff is a Rochester area freelance writer.


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e revel in the joy of the holidays; we plan for celebrations with friends and families; we hustle to deliver gifts in time for our gatherings. However, there are ways to appreciate the season by taking a breather from the holiday rush. Local centers such as Hermitage Farm Center for Healing of rural Rochester and Assisi Heights, home of the Sisters of Saint Francis, offer opportunities to refresh both body and spirit. Both offer multiple visits or a single day of guided reflection.

WHERE SCIENCE MEETS THE SPIRIT Hermitage Farm soothes the spirit by working through the body. Located just north of Rochester’s city limits, the complex draws from a broad group of wellness therapies, including some from other parts of the world. Founder Lisa Van Getson, a family nurse practitioner who treats cardiac surgery patients, describes them as “healing modalities.” They benefit the body in various ways but also work to revitalize the spirit. “Hermitage Farm really is about helping people create peace,” she says. “What can we do to rebalance the mind-body-spirit [of clients]?” Van Getson blends a Master’s degree in theology and spirituality with more than three decades in of experience of Western medicine. The connection between body and spirit motivated her to open Hermitage Farm four years ago: “Every time I drive into this driveway, I see peace and balance.” 56

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As a retreat, Hermitage Farm specializes in complementary medicine and other healing arts from more than 25 affiliated practitioners. Clients will find modalities such as therapeutic massage and aromatherapy, along with less-recognized techniques including Reiki (which translates to “universal life force energy” in Japanese); Feldenkrais (which adjusts posture and movement); and shamanic healing and energy medicine, (which addresses energy flows in the body). Clients can make individual appointments with Hermitage Farm’s practitioners in each field. Hermitage Farm also offers wellness retreats on what Van Getson calls “Spiritual Spa Days.” They are half-day retreats in which clients experience several healing arts and share a brunch. The next Spiritual Spa Day is scheduled on November 16. A person also might de-stress this fall by beginning with a holistic health coach. The coach helps the client look at wellness patterns and change behaviors for a healthier lifestyle over four to six sessions. Hermitage Farm also offers some regular, open activities before the holiday season ends. They include a monthly drumming circle—centered on a 42-inch-wide drum—and a public opportunity to visit Hermitage Farm on November 9 for its annual Healing Arts and Crafts Fair.


The tranquil grounds at Hermitage Farms offer plenty of room for a walking meditation, joining a drumming circle or just listening to nature.

Assisi Heights offers a “Day of Solitude” each month for those who want to retreat and listen to their inner voices. Each begins with a brief reflection on a theme, such as “Gratitude” in November’s session. In December, with Christmas just days away, the theme is “A Visit with Mary.” While Assisi Heights is the motherhouse for the Sisters of Saint Francis, an order of Catholic nuns, people of all beliefs can benefit, says Sister Marlys Jax, program director for Assisi Heights Spirituality Center. Its Day of Solitude retreats are largely self-directed. “The important thing is that you follow your own spirit, wherever it may lead,” says Sister Jax. Assisi Heights provides the main ingredients for a retreat—a place away from the routine and quiet surroundings suitable for reflection. “Solitude is the vehicle” for refreshing the spirit. It brings you to “being alone with yourself and your God, whoever your God is,” says Sister Jax.

High on a hill overlooking Rochester, Assisi Heights (left) welcomes visitors to its splendid courtyard. Its spacious Spirituality Center (above) offers a variety of programs from music to yoga. 58

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Each Day of Solitude participant can choose to wander on outdoor trails, attend a Mass and visit other places on Assisi Heights’ grounds. He or she might reflect in the gardens at Canticle Park or follow the circular stone pathways of the labyrinth, patterned after the medieval labyrinth embedded in the floor of the Chartres Cathedral in France. Participants may take their journeys by themselves or they might seek the help of spiritual guides, who also are available at Assisi Heights. It also is not unusual for retreat participants to arrange visits to Assisi Heights as their own schedules permit. Some come regularly and bring their own aids for reflection. An upcoming opportunity is a weekend retreat November 15–16 called “In the Footsteps of Francis and Clare, Virtual Pilgrimage: A Guided Experience.” Participants will meditate on writings by Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi that are at the core of Franciscan spirituality. For a distant getaway, the Franciscan community also operates the Holy Spirit Retreat Center near Janesville, 67 miles west of Rochester. The center opens its doors to individuals seeking solitude or spiritual direction. They stay in two modern cabins while on retreat.


No time or money to attend a retreat? Try hosting one of your own. We asked Michelle Jamieson, a Rochester instructor in mindfulness and meditation, for tips. “You may hold your retreat at home if you have a room in your house that brings you joy or is peaceful,” she says and recommends searching for a more serene setting if your household is bustling and loud. Here are hints from Jamieson about creating your own retreat.

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DESIGNING A RETREAT Ask a few questions first: • What makes me feel alive? • What do I like to do that I rarely make time for? • What “lifts me up” when I’m feeling depleted? •What foods, clothes or activities comfort me? Use your answers to plan your retreat.

TIPS FOR TAKING YOUR RETREAT • Turn off the cell phone and computer. This time is to focus on you, and you don’t want outside distractions to interrupt. • Tear up the schedule. That’s why you’re retreating! Reach into your activities list and enjoy one as long as you like. Listen to your body. Exercise if you’d like; rest if you’d like. •B  reathe. Concentrate on your breathing while you eat or drink, walk or read. It can help you relax, sharpen your focus and make you feel more present in the moment. • Slow down and cultivate stillness. We live in a fast-paced culture. It can be uncomfortable to be alone without your cell phone or email, but tolerate those feelings and observe how you relate to them. Once you get used to them, you’ll emerge recharged and revitalized for the holidays ahead. Bob Freund is a freelance writer from Rochester. 60

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et Spring Valley put you in the holiday spirit! A parade of lights, supper with Santa, carolers, a bake sale and a house tour will have you humming “Jingle Bells” before you know it at Spring Valley’s annual Christmas on Historic Broadway. It began in 2006. Rita Hartert had heard of other communities having light parades and thought it would be something to add to the razzle dazzle of holiday celebrations. “I was a board member of Brave Community Theatre, so I asked if they would give support to the event,” explains Hartert, who says they eagerly agreed. “I needed more help, so I went to the Chamber of Commerce and told them what I had in mind…the parade and supper with Santa.” So it began. Over time, more people and organizations became involved and it became an experience for the whole community where everyone is welcome.

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The downtown community center is bustling with activities. During the event, the Brave Community Theatre performs a family-friendly play in the afternoon. Admission is free. Beginning at noon, stock up on cakes and cookies and specialty delectables at a community bake sale benefiting amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The Spring Valley Historical Society also offers an afternoon Christmas tea and runs tours of community houses decked in holiday garb.

Christmas on Historic Broadway takes place on December 14 from noon to 6:30 p.m. and includes a variety of activities throughout the day. The community center hosts several events: “The Recycled Christmas” play at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. and Supper With Santa from 4–6 p.m. (including the Revelers Serenade at 4 p.m.) and The Parade of Lights will begin at 6 p.m. In case of bad weather, the events will take place Dec. 15. Contact Rita Hartert at 507-346-7407 for more information.


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One of the highlights of the holiday event is Supper With Santa, a free supper offering a choice of chili, soup or macaroni and cheese. It is open to everyone in the community. “Families come and people of all ages get together for a communal supper,” says Hartert. “Children have an opportunity to visit with Santa, and they don’t have to stand in long lines. It’s very homey and community minded.” The Root River Revelers—a well-known men’s group—will entertain diners with carols during the event. Children get candy canes to take home.

“Families come and people of all ages get together for a communal supper. Children have an opportunity to visit with Santa, and they don’t have to stand in long lines. It’s very homey and community minded.”

PARADE OF LIGHTS The parade of lights, which has been part of the event every year since it started, tops off the day. “It’s hard to tell how many people watch the parade. People are lined up for blocks,” explains Hartert. The parade includes over 30 units, brightly decorated with holiday lights. Many business owners, the fire department, ambulance service, honor guard, National Honor Society, veterans and others get involved. Kingsland High School marching band joins the parade and plays Christmas carols. Spectators are encouraged to bundle up to watch the parade but can warm their hands at fire pits on street corners and buy hot chocolate or s’mores from vendors.

A historic Spring Valley fire truck is all lit up and showing off in the Parade of Lights.


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NOVEMBER November 1–December 7 Mayowood Christmas Tours, reservations, times vary, 282-9447, November 2 Rochester Downtown Winter’s Farmer Market, Olmsted County Fairgrounds, Bldg 41, 9 am– noon, check website for winter dates, 273-8232, November 2 MedCity Mafia Roller Derby, Mayo Civic Center, 6 pm–9 pm, 328-2222, November 3 Children’s Choral Music Festival, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4 pm, November 7 March of Dimes Signature Chef’s Auction, Rochester International Event Center, 6 pm, come celebrate March of Dimes’ 75th Anniversary; indulge in food and wine from the best chefs in the Rochester Area, live and silent auctions, limited tickets, sponsorships available, contact June Howard at 990-8624

November 10 Festival of Music—A Miller Organ, Hymn Festival, First Presbyterian Church, 4 pm–6pm, 282-1618, November 13 Civic Live: Americana Showcase, Rochester Civic Theatre, 7:30 pm, live music featuring Adam Levy, Chastity Brown, Caroline Smith, Brandon Sampson, 282-8481, November 14 “Give to the Max Day,” discover, support and engage with the charities in Minnesota that are right for you! November 15–17 Renew Women’s Retreat, A Weekend For You! Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch, 951-1468, November 16 “A Live and Love Affair” Gala, The Kahler Grand Hotel, Heritage Hall Ballroom, 5:30 pm–12:30 am, benefits Seasons Hospice, food, music, silent and live auction; tickets available now, 285-1930, November 16 Rochester Community Band Concert, Hill Theatre, University Center Rochester, a fall concert in honor of Veterans Day, 7 pm, 285-9915,

November 8–9 Hearts at Home Conference, Mayo Civic Center, times vary, 309-828-MOMS, Hearts-at

November 16 Harvest to Holiday: Annual Fall Benefit, Assisi Heights, 6:30 pm, wine tasting, silent auction, hors d’ oeuvres, desserts, featuring Concert Choir and Choral,

November 9 Civic Live: Jazz Jam, Rochester Civic Theatre, 8 pm–11 pm, live jazz and open mic hosted by the D’Sievers, free admission, 282-8481,

November 20 AAUW Dinner & Program, Doubletree Hotel, 5:30 pm, Growing Old Isn’t For Sissies—guest speaker Gayle Kvenvold, contact Maryette Braithwaite for dinner and reservations at 282-6753

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November 22 Lyra Baroque Orchestra, Petit Musique de Nuit, First Presbyterian Church, 7:30 pm,

November 9–10 Holiday Harvest Wine and Food Festival, The Great River Road Wine Trail invites you to spend the weekend visiting 10 exquisite wineries along the Mississippi River, advanced tickets available at

November 26–December 1 Hiawatha Homes Foundation Festival of Trees— A Celebration of Giving! Mayo Civic Center, Exhibit Hall, benefits Hiawatha Homes, Inc., whose mission is to provide community support for people with disabilities, times vary,


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November 26–December 22 Winter Wonderettes, Rochester Civic Theatre, times vary, the ‘60s holiday sequel to the smash off-Broadway hit, tickets on sale now, 282-8481,

December 11 Civic Live: The New Standards, Rochester Civic Theatre, 7:30 pm, The New Standards brings their popular holiday concert to Rochester for the first time, 282-8481,

November 28 Mayor's International Thanksgiving Celebration, Congregational Church, Reservations Required,

December 12 Sip N Shop Soiree, Canadian Honker Events at Ramada, 5:30 pm–8:30 pm, sip, shop, sample, socialize, 208-9132,


December 13–15 Christmas at Assisi, Choral Arts Ensemble concert, Lourdes Chapel, Assisi Heights, times vary, 252-8427,

December 1 Civic Live: The Steele Family’s Holiday Show, Rochester Civic Theatre, 7:30 pm, an evening of soul-drenched Gospel greatness, 282-8481, December 3 Memories of the Heart Memorial Service, Christ United Methodist Church, 7 pm–9:30 pm, join in honoring, remembering and celebrating loved ones who have died, reading of names and reception. To add a name call 285-1930, December 4 Civic Live: Alison Scott Holiday Show, Rochester Civic Theatre, 7:30 pm, 282-8481, December 5 Shaun Johnson—Big Band Experience, Mayo Civic Center, 7:30 pm, enjoy a performance that blends Sinatra and Bublé with the spirit of the season, proceeds benefit Wishes & More, 328-2220, December 7 SE MN Celiac Support Group—Annual Cookie Exchange, Baldwin Bldg. (2nd St SW & 4th Ave), 10 am, bring four dozen of your favorite treats, containers and recipes to be included in the next newsletter, 282-8584 December 7 Yulefest, Rochester Concert Band & Choir, Mayo Civic Center, Presentation Hall, 7:30 pm, enjoy this community ensemble in Rochester’s annual holiday celebration entitled “The Bells of Christmas”, tickets available at December 7–8 Nature Art Show, Quarry Hill Nature Center, times vary, 328-3950, December 8 Lanesboro Christmas Inn Tour, 2pm–6 pm, tour eight bed and breakfasts & inns charmingly decorated for the holiday season, tickets are limited and available at December 8 Glad tidings! Honors Choirs Holiday Festival, Bethel Lutheran Church, 4 pm,

December 14 Bear Creek Services 3rd Annual “Cookie Classic”, Bear Creek Office (3108 Highway 52 N), 9 am–1 pm, a fun-filled morning selecting from hundreds of goodies, pictures with Santa and more, bake sale to benefit individuals with developmental disabilities, individual volunteers or groups interested in donating baked goods call 288-7195, December 14–15 Rochester Dance Company presents “ The Nutcracker,” Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall, times vary, 328-2222, December 18 Civic Live: Americana Showcase: Trashy Little Xmas Show, Rochester Civic Theatre, 7:30 pm, 282-8481, December 21 Hometown Holiday Show, Zumbrota’s State Theatre, community-wide variety show and sing-along starring Dan Chouinard and others, 7:30 pm, for reservations call 732-7616, December 23 Lorie Line “Born in Bethlehem”, Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall, 7:30 pm, 328-2220,

JANUARY Pick up RochesterWomen January/February 2014 issue beginning January 3, 2014! January 4 Wedding Extravaganza, Mayo Civic Center, 9 am–3 pm, 21st Annual Southeastern Minnesota Bridal Show includes fabulous prizes, fashion show, complimentary gift bags and more, 876-2187, January 18 13th Annual Wit, Wisdom, & Wine, Rochester Public Library, proceeds support the mission and vision of the Rochester Public Library Foundation, 328-2300, November/December 2013


on the lighter side


Zumba class at Empowered Wellness

One woman’s journey beyond the comfort zone BY OLIVE MARTINI • PHOTOGRAPHY BY MIKE HARDWICK PHOTOGRAPHY


hanksgiving turkey. Hanukkah honey puffs. Christmas cookies. When it comes to holiday feasting, I embrace the multicultural approach, which is why I usually roll into January five pounds heavier. Losing weight always tops my list of New Year’s resolutions. Last winter, when I lamented about holiday flab, my friend Maria invited me to join her Zumba class. Maria is Latina. She listens to Marc Anthony, dances salsa like Shakira and looks…caliente. Maybe Zumba could make me sexy, too. So I pulled on exercise clothes and drove to class. As soon as I entered the mirrored studio, I knew I’d committed a fashion faux pas. The Zumba divas—including Maria—stood up front, wearing dance shoes, camisoles and salsa pants with fanny tassels. My baggy yellow T-shirt and glaring white sneakers summed it up perfectly: Zumba Virgin. I lingered in the back row, hoping to avoid being noticed. Maria scanned the crowded room and spotted me. She waved for me to come up front. I shook my head. No way! The perky exercise instructor fastened a belly-dancing wrap around her hips. The wrap’s gold coins jingled as she faced the class and asked, “Anyone new to Zumba today?” Maria boldly pointed to me, “She is.” I wanted to kick her. “Excellent,” said the instructor. “Come up front, so you can follow my feet and 70

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hand signals.” I joined Maria and forced myself to face the mirror. Great. I look like Big Bird. Maria didn’t seem to care; she grinned like a proud parent. The other Zumba divas just looked at themselves in the mirror. The teacher smiled. “Let’s get started.” With the press of a button, a Latin rhythm—Bap-Bap-Bap-BAP!—split the air, and we were off. Like a fast-paced version of Simon Says, I tried to follow the choreography demonstrated by the bouncy, jangling instructor. When the class moved to the right, I inevitably stumbled left. When they swiveled clockwise, I turned counterclockwise. The first ten minutes of Zumba were pure hell. And then the booty-shaking commenced. Fanny tassels bounced all over the room. I jiggled along in self-conscious horror as my spandex pants inched up in all the wrong places. I can’t believe I’m shaking my assets in public. I should have worn a sports bra! Maria winked at me. “Hang in there. You’re doing a great job.” As we swayed and shimmied, I noticed other ladies in T-shirts floundering behind me, but they were laughing and having a good time. Maybe I was taking this too seriously. I took a deep breath and smiled. Thirty minutes into the class, we transitioned into a sensual belly dancing

routine. I saw a man’s face plastered against the glass door. His eyes widened. I couldn’t help but snicker. Yeah, buddy, I’d like to see YOU try this. By the end of the belly dancing number, I realized I was actually enjoying myself. I threw more curve into my next salsa swing. Wow! That looked halfway decent. I did it again. Pow! The divas’ arms flew up and so did mine. Before I knew it, the hour-long class was over. I toweled sweat from my brow. “Maria, this didn’t feel like exercise, it was more like...night clubbing,” I told my friend. “Zumba totally beats jogging on the treadmill.” Her eyes twinkled. “So you’ll come again?” “Yeah,” I glanced at my feet, “but I’m losing the hideous white sneakers.” I invested in dance shoes and kept going to Zumba. I shed pounds along with my prudish self-consciousness. By March, I had shaken away my holiday flab—just in time for Easter ham and bunny cakes. Nine months later, I still haven’t invested in fanny tassels, but I can laugh and shake alongside the best of them. So as we head into a new year, I challenge you to venture outside your comfort zone—wherever that might lead. The rewards are waiting for you. Olive lives in Rochester and wishes you a festive holiday season.

We’re building to better serve the healthcare needs of women.


Wo me n ’s He a l t h Pavilion


In response to the growing healthcare needs of women in Southeastern Minnesota, Olmsted Medical Center is building for the future. The Women’s Health Pavilion is an 80,000-square-foot facility that will be located immediately to the west of OMC’s current hospital in Rochester. The facility will double the hospital’s size and will open to patients in late 2014. Watch for news of our opening! Women’s Health Pavilion entrance (rendering courtesy HGA)

N Existing Olmsted Medical Center Hospital NEW Building Addition

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