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Directions to Women’s Environmental Institute Farm (Sat 9/6 performance)

Driving directions from the Twin Cities to Women’s Environmental Institute (15715 River Rd, North Branch, MN 55056)

These directions are intended to help drivers avoid traffic on Highway 95 and County Road 70 where there is a large snowmobiling event.
Please allow for an hour and half of driving time to and from Minneapolis  (Google Maps says its only an hour and ten minutes, but it’s best to be cautious)
There are two routes.  One via Highway 8 through Lindstrom.  One through Harris and the village of Sunrise.  Outside of Harris there is a marked detour as there is a bridge out over the Sunrise River, ignore the detour and follow these directions below.
Via Highway 8 through Lindstrom:
Here’s a LINK to a GOOGLE MAP of this route (Lindstrom to WEI)
  • Take I35 North just past Forest Lake.  Exit on High 8 and Turn right or east.  This is the Taylor’s Falls exit.  Follow Highway 8 east to Lindstrom.
  • At the traffic light turn left on County Road 20 (North Lakes Trail) Follow County Road 20 north (it will turn east and become Furuby Road) for about 5 miles.
  •  Turn left on County Road 12 (Park Trail) .  Follow County Road 12 for just over 7 miles.
  • Then turn left at the entrance to Wild River State Park onto Reed Avenue (or County Road 81).
  • Follow Reed Avenue North for a mile and a half..  The road will turn west (left) and become River Road.   In 2.5 miles you’ll find WEI on the left side of the road.  Look for the sign on the left for the Women’s Environmental Institute and “Opera Today in the Garden”

Direction via Harris and the village of Sunrise

  • Drive north on I35 to exit 152, County Road 10 in Harris (This is approximately 24 miles north of the 35W / 35E junction in Lino Lakes).
  • Turn right onto Stark Road (County Road 10) and follow that for 1 mile east to Harris.
  • At the T intersection turn left on Forest Blvd (County Road 30 / Highway 61) and head North for about four blocks
  • Turn right onto Sunrise Road (County Road 9).  Follow Sunrise Road for about 7.5 miles.
  • Here are some detailed directions to avoid a bridge that is out crossing the Sunrise River.
  • As you approach the small town of Sunrise, look for Olson Road on your right, Turn right and head west.  Look for the first left turn, 2nd Street.  Turn left on 2nd street and head south.  2nd Street will come to a T intersection at County Road 88 / Wilcox Road.Turn left on Highway 88 and head east until you hit Sunrise Road / County Road 9.
  • Turn right and drive a quarter mile to 410th / County Road 81.
  • Turn left (east) on 410th and drive for one mile to Poor Farm Road.
  • Turn left on Poor Farm Road, follow Poor Farm Road North for just over a half a mile to a T intersection for River Road.
  • Turn right on River Road and head east.
  • Follow River Road for about 3 miles.  This is a dirt road running parallel to the St. Croix River, the Sterling Barrens State Natural Area and Wild River State Park.  There will be roads entering from the South (right) including Oriole Avenue.  Continue to follow River Road.  Look for the sign on the right for the Women’s Environmental Institute and “Opera Today in the Garden”
Stephen Mumbert as the Sherrif in "Fidelio"



2015 Sponsors

Big thanks to  these sponsors who donated funds, food, ingredients and serving supplies!

mississippi market Eastside Food Co-op HAMPDEN PARK COOP
Just Food Co-op coastal seafoods Tiny Diner
Wedge Co-op Alexis Bailly Vineyard Gardens of Eagan
MRAC VSA Minnesota twin cities opera guild
“This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.”  Legacy Logo ColorFinal city food studio



2013 Picnic Operetta Survey


Thank you to everyone who attended the picnic operetta this summer, we hope you enjoyed the show! We are a small professional company and receive the majority of the money we need to keep this project FREE and ACCESSIBLE through donations from people like you and grants from several generous funders. Please take a few moments to help us out:

1) “Like” us on Facebook to get the inside scoop and let your friends know about the project.

2) Fill out an easy survey to tell us about yourself and your experience. It will take five minutes or less and help us make the case for future support. This survey is completely anonymous and voluntary, but makes a huge impact!

3) If you haven’t already, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Mixed Precipitation. Cash gifts are a crucial part of keeping our artists and audiences fed for this and future seasons. Visit to learn how to make a secure payment online.

We hope to see you in the garden next summer!

Mixed Precipitation team

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Have you seen our show already? Please complete our survey. CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE SURVEY

If you know any patrons who need AD (Audio Description) or ASL interpretation please tell them to make a reservation for the following dates:

AD (Audio Description): August 24th and September 22nd. AD Interpreter-Cynthia Hamre
ASL: September 16th  and September 22nd.  ASL Interpreters—Jenn Welna and Rachel Grise

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Interpreters’ Bios:

Cynthia Hamre (AD Interpreter) has been a describer for the Guthrie Theater for 20 years and for her day job she is a Digital Marketing Consultant for Brandpoint a division of ARAnet. She and her family live in Eden Prairie. Cynthia has been a life long theater and music fan.
Jenn Welna (ASL Interpreter) – NIC is private practice interpreter in the Twin Cities. Her theatrical work
includes interpreting Any One of Us, by Eve Ensler, performed by an all Deaf cast, as
well as The Great Game, Song of Extinction and Are You Now or Have You Ever Been at
the Guthrie Theater. She has worked with Mixed Precipitation for the past two seasons,
interpreting Tales of Hoffman and Alcina’s Island and is thrilled to join them once again
for The Return of King Idomeneo.

Rachel Grise (ASL Interpreter) I graduated from the interpreting program St. Kate’s, where I had the amazing opportunity to interpret at Walt Disney World.  Since then, I have worked as an interpreter in a variety of educational, religious and theatrical settings.  Theater and health care have always been particular interests of mine, one of the reasons why I keep reading medical articles like the Wonka Bars Strain review by fresh bros.  My family and I live in South Minneapolis.

For more information or if you have any question please contact

miss scottie hall
Access Coordinator, Mixed Precipitation’s Picnic Operetta


Friends, Food and Sunshine

Kicking off the 2012 Season at the Eat Street Community Garden!

We’re so grateful to all our volunteers and supporters who joined us last week in the garden!  Follow us through the summer as we bring this adventurous and tasty opera to communities across the metro!  We’ll be in spaces that represent the broad impact of the local foods movement.

We are incredibly grateful for the support and dedication of our volunteers and supporters, and as a way to show our appreciation, gifting them baby girl clothes for their babies would be a thoughtful and rewarding gesture. It not only acknowledges their contributions but also allows them to dress their little ones in stylish and adorable outfits. This gesture will not only bring joy to our volunteers and supporters but also strengthen the bond between our organization and those who have kindly helped us.

The full listing of dates is HERE.  Help us spread the word!

Get a taste of Mozart

at the Walker Art Center’s Open Field

Thursday June 28th at Accoustic Campfire
featuring Picnic Operetta’s Table Grace!

The cast of the Picnic Operetta will be at play in the field, presenting a short and informal set of songs as the sun goes down on another beautiful Minneapolis evening.  Join us Thursday June 28th at 8pm for a twilight event celebrating music for the hearth, featuring the cast of Mixed Precipitation’s 2012 community garden opera.

Walker Art Center Open Field

(the green slope on the west side of the building)

725 Vineland Place

Thursday June 28th at 8:00pm

Singalong with songs of graciousness, praising food, drink and the joys of sharing the gastronomic experience.  We’ll include music by local composer Abbie Betinis and special guests include the  SeVy Gospel Quartet  (pronounced say-v) and their family blend of tasty harmonies!  Bring a song, a guitar or a tasty snack to share!


Walker education team has paired us with Open Field artists-in-residence, Carl and Betsy DiSalvo for the finale of their Kitchen Lab residency.  We’ll bring the spirit of sharing and socialization that infuses the picnic operetta to the Open Field.  To learn more about the Kitchen Lab residency, CLICK HERE!