~ contributing writer Judy Krohn (2/3/2020)
It’s been awhile since we’ve let our fans and followers know what we’ve been up to in the last couple of years. Learning new songs, practicing new arrangements, freshening up some of our “archived” selections, welcoming new members and exploring new venues for performances pretty much sums up our activities. In 2019, our operative word was FLEXIBILITY! We had to cancel or re-schedule several rehearsals during the winter months due to inclement weather (Mother Nature seemed to have developed a particular fondness for creating driving hazards on Tuesday nights! ). Plus, we had two members of our group slip on ice and break their wrists—one being our Musical Director and Accompanist Dave!
All that being said, we managed to ﬁnd a little window of good luck and good weather and get ourselves to a concert at the Broadway Theatre in Wabasha, MN. We had a real “Love Fest” of a time, singing many of our favorite songs about being in (or out) of Love! Next up on our calendar last year was to be our annual performance at the Stockholm Art Fair. Wouldn’t you know it—a rainy forecast caused the organizers to cancel the musical portion of the event; eventually, the entire fair was cancelled due to stormy weather. In 45 years, this fair has been rained ON many times, but this was the ﬁrst time it had ever been rained OUT! The entire Stockholm community was rather dumbfounded and grief-stricken at this turn of events— in 2020 it will, no doubt, be TWICE as anticipated and welcome. Mother Nature ﬁnally gave us a beautiful August evening for an outdoor concert at one of our favorite venues, a charming city park “Under the Bridge” in Wabasha. We’ll be hoping She will be kind to us again this August for our encore engagement there.
We raised the rafters of our little church, St. Sophia’s, with our pre-Halloween concert there in the fall. We had a rousing good time with some of our seasonal tunes, including “Monster Mash”, “Ghostbusters” “Spooky”, and “Love Potion #9”. Even the church basement was transformed by a plethora of seasonal decorations and food offerings. We always “pass the plate” at this concert and give the funds to the church for letting us use the space for our practices—and our audience is very generous each time we ask. Good fortune smiled on us once more with nice weather for our ﬁnal show of the year—our Holiday Concert at the Widespot Performing Arts Center in Stockholm. We always have fun trying out our own interpretations of familiar (and not so familiar) holiday tunes, and handing out door prizes to some lucky audience members. Health or work changes have led to a couple of members stepping away from the group during the last couple of years, but we have added Kathleen, Julie, Debra, Kate & Sue to the mix, and we are thrilled to have these new voices, talents, ideas and energy in our midst. We are really looking forward to a Fabulously Hot Flashy New Year ahead!! Come see us soon.
~ contributing writer Judy Krohn (2/3/2020)
Hello, Hot Flash Fans!
We can hardly believe that it’s July already and we’re halfway through our 2015 concert season!
We began our year by singing for one of our fan’s retirement party in January. We had some pretty stiff competition for our audience, as the Green BayPackers were participating in a televised play-off game in the room next door. But we managed to get some folks onto the dance floor anyway!
April found us at the lovely Villa Maria Retreat Center in Old Frontenac, Minnesota, when we performed for a QEST Conference of health practitioners. What a fun bunch--they were on the dance floor throughout the concert, and we were almost afraid they wouldn’t let us stop singing and playing!! It was just the kind of audience every performer dreams of.
Last Fall, when we were putting together our Hometown Holiday Concert for the WideSpot Performing Arts Center in Stockholm, WI, we got the notion to add the Andrews Sisters’ 1946 hit tune, “Christmas Island” to our set list. Well, we couldn’t very well do a song like that without including some ukulele accompaniment now, could we? So, several of our members purchased ukuleles for themselves, and within a few weeks, had learned their parts to play for our concert. Of course, we had to add some leis and hula moves to the mix!
As a result, we now look for new songs that might sound good with ukulele accompaniment, and have added the Herman’s Hermits’ tune, “I’m Into Something Good” to our expanding repertoire. We also were inspired to take a group trip to Lacrosse this Spring to attend a concert given by The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain--an astonishing and inspiring group.
Check them out here:
In June, we were lucky to perform under a big tent as part of the Red Wing Lions’ Club “Ribs & Bibs” fundraiser. Dark clouds and torrential, wind-driven rain really energized our singing and horn playing--we had to be louder than the storm! Luckily, no one and no equipment got wet, and the weather cleared just when it was time for us to enjoy a delicious, finger-lickin’ barbecued rib dinner! A big thank-you goes out to all the folks who braved the weather to come hear us in Red Wing.
Currently, we are practicing for our upcoming performance at the 42nd Annual Stockholm Art Fair on July 18. This is our first time performing for this event, and we were really thrilled to be invited. The fair draws thousands to the charming Stockholm, Wisconsin Village Park on Lake Pepin each year and we’re looking forward to being the closing act for the day’s musical entertainment. We’ll perform from 4:00 p.m.- 5:00 or so, and hope to have a couple of new songs added to the set list for that concert as well. We hope to see many of your friendly faces in the crowd (there’s a covered stage for us and a tent-covered seating area for you--just in case....)
Next month, we’re heading downriver to perform in Wabasha, Minnesota, as part of their “Music Under the Bridge” summer concert series on Friday evening, August 7, at 7:00 p.m. The city has a beautiful park under the Mississippi River Bridge with great acoustics. We had such a great time playing there last year. There will be some food vendors in the park and there are a few picnic tables; or, you can bring a picnic and your own lawn chairs and then settle in for a fun evening with us.
We’ll be playing for a private fundraiser in Red Wing in November, and we’re really looking forward to re-visiting the site of one of our first performance invitations--the Hobgoblin Music Loft.
Then, we’ll wrap up our 2015 performance schedule with another “Hometown Holidays” Concert in Stockholm on December 5. This concert generally sells out, so put it on your calendar and contact the WideSpot Performing Arts
for information and tickets.
Thanks for being one of our fabulous fans--we hope to see you at one of our upcoming performances this year!
The Hot Flashes had a busy and exciting 2013! We sure appreciate you, our fans, for attending our shows and supporting our group!
We finished out the year with our annual holiday show on Saturday, December 7th at the WideSpot Performing Arts Center in Stockholm, Wisconsin.
We kicked it up a notch with more debuts, ... Sally, Joanne, & Judy on Sax, Kristin on Trombone, and Cher on bass guitar...and some new tunes too; Saturday In the Park, Rag Mop, Blues Brothers rendition of Flip Flop and Fly, and Sweet Home Chicago, complete with shades. The crowd joined in for the Christmas sing-a-longs and a few others! A great time was had by all!
Thanks to St. Sophia's
Sunday, April 13,
St. Sophia’s Church,
N3036 Anker Lane, Stockholm, WI
(off County J & Moravian Rd.)
Refreshments will be served after the performance in the church basement.
Pepin County Fair, Arkansaw, WI, Saturday, July 26 8:00 PM
Music Under the Bridge, Wabasha, MN, Friday, August 22, 7:00 PM
We'll keep you posted with any new dates!
We had a little time off around the holidays, and used this time to learn lyrics, practice instruments, and watch videos at home.
We're now back in full swing, practicing weekly, and eagerly learning some exciting new songs!
Ribs & Bibs Lions Club event
The Hot Flashes have been busy with their summer concert series!
In June we performed in Red Wing for the Ribs & Bibs Lions Club Fundraiser. This was a well-attended event at Colville Park for a good cause.
Pepin County Fair Arkansaw, WI
Most of July was quite a heat wave, but as we got closer to our next concert, it cooled down enough for a beautiful Saturday in the park!
The Stockholm Art Fair was in full swing that day and that same evening we performed at the Pepin County Fair in Arkansaw, Wisconsin. What a blast and what a huge crowd! We saw many familiar faces and some new ones too! Thanks to all who attended!
Part of our Horn section warming up
Our 3rd summer concert was Hudson Concert in the Park, in Hudson, Wisconsin, on August 13th.
We enjoyed perfect weather and a wonderful crowd.... and what a beautiful park!
UPCOMING!!! Music in the Park, Pepin, Wisconsin is our 4th (and last) concert for the summer. It was scheduled for August 21, but due to the possibility of rain it is rescheduled for
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
at 7 PM.
We look forward to performing in familiar surroundings with all our friends and fans! Hope to see you there!
and stay tuned for more updates!
Our Summer Season is here and to kick things off right, we'll be in Red Wing, Minnesota for a fun filled day of food and music.
The Annual Ribs & Bibs Lions’ Club Fundraiser is a perfect summer event you can take the whole family to. Proceeds go to community programs that the Lions’ Club sponsors.
When: Sunday, June 23, 2013
Where: Colville Park, 480 Nymphara Ln,
Red Wing, Minnesota. (E. 7th St & Hwy 61)
Time: It starts at 11:00, with BBQ’d Ribs and all the fixins’, ($15) being served throughout the day. Ice cream and beverages are also available at the concession stand. You don't need to purchase the rib dinner to hear the music, but remember this is a fundraiser for a worthy cause.
And then there is MUSIC !!
11:30 am - 1:30 pm - ‘Flipside’, playing 50s, 60s, classic rock & blues. They’ll get the place rockin’!
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm, The Hot Flashes, a couple of fun-filled sets of a wide variety of songs from the 1930s to present. (We've got a couple new tunes, and Yes, Ritz too).
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm old time standards and swing music with ‘The Keynotes’.
We’re looking forward to performing for our neighbors on the river!
Stay tuned for posts about upcoming events and be sure to check out our schedule here:
It’s past the middle of April and we're still (impatiently) waiting for Spring to arrive, which we've been saying for over a month now. However, we’re not lacking for things to do here in our neighborhood.
Our annual Spring Fever concert March 17 at St. Sophia’s Church was a great success! The church was filled with an enthusiastic crowd and exceeded our expectations. We performed many of our favorite standards, plus we debuted 3 new songs; Minnie the Moocher, Fever, and Midnight Hour, and included our most recent hit, Puttin’ on the Ritz with hats and gloves.
The Hot Flashes provided snacks and refreshments in the basement of the church after the concert which is a tradition we always look forward to. We'd like to thank everyone who attended and the helpers that made this a great event!
In April some of the group took part in the melodrama at the Widespot Performing Arts Center, ‘Love Rides the Rails’ as the ‘Paradise Girls’. They performed two songs; Tavern in the Town and Ta Ra Ra Boom De Eh, complete with dance moves, costumes, and Dave accompanying on piano. Thanks to Director Pam Larson for inviting us to perform!
The play was sold out all 3 nights and judging by the crowd, all had a great time.
Coming up this summer, the Hot Flashes will be performing at the Pepin County Fair in Arkansaw, Wisconsin on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 8:00 PM.
On Tuesday, August 13,
the group will be performing at
‘Hudson Concert in the Park’,
Hudson, Wisconsin, from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in the Band Shell.
We’ll update new events as they emerge and share any worthy news now and then!
Stay tuned ~
The Hot Flashes “Spring Fever Concert”
We know winter's worn out its welcome and you're tired of the slipping, sliding, shoveling, and sanding, so we've got one heck of a way to shake off those Wintertime Blues! Come and celebrate the end of ol' man winter with the Hot Flashes at their “Spring Fever Concert,” 7 pm, Sunday, March 17, at St. Sophia’s Church in rural Stockholm.
This delightfully entertaining musical group is celebrating 5 years of singing together with new music, new instruments, and even a few new members. These “seasoned” ladies of the Hot Flashes bring together a wide variety of musical backgrounds and talents, and never fail to thoroughly wow their devoted fans.
With the enthusiastic musical accompaniment of Director Dave Zahn, the Hot Flashes will share a variety of song selections dating from the early 1930’s up into the 21stt century. They'll do some of their fans' old favorites - “Don’t Say Nuthin’ Bad About My Baby” and “Sentimental Journey” - and as always some brand new numbers including “Minnie the Moocher” and “Midnight Hour.” And just in case you missed the premiere of “Puttin’ on the Ritz” at this year's holiday concert, the Hot Flashes will put on their top hats and gloves once again.
The Flashes rehearse almost weekly at St. Sophia’s Church and as a thank you for the ongoing mission and maintenance of St. Sophia’s, which provides its facilities at no charge to the Hot Flashes for rehearsals and also to other community gatherings, a free-will donation to the church will be collected.
So put on your toe-tapping shoes and help the Hot Flashes welcome spring’s warmth and sunshine back to our chilly neighborhood. And be sure to stick around after the show because these multi-talented ladies are providing refreshments for the crowd!
Directions to the church: From Hwy 35 in Stockholm, go up County Rd J about 4 miles. At Moravian Rd, take a right.
2012 was quite a busy year for us with concerts, rehearsals, and learning quite a few new songs.
We kicked off the year in April with a private concert at the Villa Maria Academy in Frontenac, MN.
In June we performed a fund raising concert at St. Sophia’s Church (where we practice every week) for the use of this great space. After the concert we shared food and conversation in the church basement.
In August was our annual ‘Music in the Park’ in Pepin. This is a free outdoor concert held on a Wednesday evening. Watch for us again this year!
In September we performed at ‘Art on the Kinne’, a popular outdoor art fair held in River Falls, WI.
Also in September we sang at a fund raiser for The Great River Road Revival at the Widespot in Stockholm, WI.
Kelli Tatum at the Widespot
We finished the season with our Annual Hot Flash Holiday Event at The Widespot Performing Arts Center in December. This is the weekend of our local Hometown Holidays which is celebrated in Pepin, Stockholm, and Maiden Rock. Christmas sing-a-longs, some bluesy Christmas songs, some favorites of ours, and even some choreography!...THANKS to Kelli Tatum for her creativity and time!
Stay tuned for more updates, pictures, and news!