Shakespeare at the plummer house of the arts

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SHAKESPEARE AT THE PLUMMER HOUSE OF THE ARTS

On Wednesday evening, July 18, 2012, the Friends of Mayowood Residence & Historic Sites will
host a festive evening of great theater with actors and staff from the Great River Shakespeare Festival
of Winona. The event will feature a live performance excerpted from the Great River Shakespeare
Festival’s ninth season.

Guests will enjoy a buffet dinner and cash bar by the Canadian Honker, as well as the opportunity
to mingle with Festival actors and staff. The historic and beautiful Plummer House, and its grounds,
will be open for all to explore. Guests also will be among the first to view the Friends of Mayowood
Residence & Historic Sites’ second purchase of original Plummer family furnishings, given to the
City of Rochester for display at the Plummer House a few weeks ago.

Tickets are $45 in advance, and additional donations are welcome. All proceeds from this event will
support the purchase and conservation of original furnishings for the Plummer House.

Tickets for this event are limited, and advance reservations are required. Please call Goldie
Michael at (507) 289-1955.

To celebrate the summer season and a recent acquisition of Plummer family furnishings with a performance by the Great River
Purpose:

Program:

Live performance of a twenty-minute excerpt from the Great River Shakespeare
Festival’s ninth season. Self-guided tours of the historic Plummer home and
recent acquisitions of family furnishings, as well as information on the Great
River Shakespeare Festival and plans for additional purchases of family artifacts
and restoration projects at the Plummer House. Buffet dinner and cash bar by the
Canadian Honker.

Cost:

$45 in advance. Proceeds benefit acquisition and restoration of original Plummer
House furnishings from the Gertrude Plummer Kelley estate.

Reservations and information: Goldie Michael (507) 289-1955

Background

The Friends of Mayowood Residence & Historic Sites is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation
dedicated to supporting the preservation and enjoyment of Mayowood and other historic sites.
Founded in 1981, this organization has funded the re-acquisition of family artifacts to furnish
Mayowood and the Plummer House. As well, the organization has played a role in restoring
Mayowood’s grounds, and continues to support ongoing maintenance and restoration projects at
Mayowood, the Plummer House and other historic sites. It offers periodic community programs and
events to promote awareness of local history and to support historic preservation. Membership is
open to the public, with payment of annual dues beginning at $25.

The Great River Shakespeare Festival is a non-profit, professional Equity theatre company in
Winona, Minnesota, dedicated to dynamic productions of Shakespeare’s plays, extensive education
and community outreach programs, and comprehensive theatre training. The Festival employs about
100 theater professionals, provides training opportunities for interns and apprentices, and draws more
than 10,000 attendees to Winona each summer. In addition to its theatrical productions, it offers
education workshops, concerts, conversations and special events. Founded in 2004, the Great River
Shakespeare Festival is now in its ninth season.

The Plummer House of the Arts is a 49-room Medieval Revival home constructed for Dr. Henry S.
Plummer and Daisy Berkman Plummer between 1917 and 1924. As a founding partner of the Mayo
Clinic and developer of many of the Clinic’s early innovations, Henry Plummer was closely tied to
the development of the Mayo Clinic during his thirty-five year career there. Daisy, a niece of Dr. Will
and Charlie Mayo, was the Clinic’s first laboratory technician. After marriage, she devoted herself to
her home and children, Gertrude and Robert, and worked tirelessly to support local charities, cultural
institutions, and the appreciation of music. For almost fifty years, the house was home to Plummer
children and grandchildren, as well as a focal point of Rochester’s cultural and intellectual life. Daisy
Plummer bequeathed her residence to the Rochester community for the public’s continued enjoyment
and enrichment – creating a unique, and popular, event venue and tourist attraction maintained by the
Rochester Park and Recreation Department since 1976.

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