Getting Ready for Season 12


Great River Shakespeare Festival invites the Friends of Will to join them in celebrating William Shakespeare’s 451st birthday and the summer campaign kick-off on Thursday, April 23 from 11:30 am until 1:00 pm at The Bookshelf/Blue Heron in downtown Winona.

While Great River Shakespeare Festival celebrates Shakespeare all year long, they’re especially excited to celebrate his 451st birthday! Join GRSF friends and fans at The Bookshelf/Blue Heron on Thursday, July 23 for cake, celebratory remarks, and general revelry from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. If you missed the Spring Preview, this is your chance to hear about cast lists and the latest information on the upcoming season.

Front of House
Friends of Will are invited to sign up for Front of House volunteer slots starting early May.

Friends of Will will again provide meals for the GRSF Company during Tech  Week.  Some positions are filled, but we need additional volunteers to:
1. help serve midday (10 am – 12N)or evening (4 pm – 6 pm) June 14-23, 2015 (excluding Mondays & Thursdays)
2. prepare food during the week
3. prepare and freeze soup, cookies, bars ahead of time

If you can help, please contact: or 507-454-3895

If you are not a Friend of Will or have not volunteered as a FOW since 2012 please complete the FOW registration form.

FOW Behind the Scenes

Many Friends of Will have been helping The Great River Festival throughout the past several months and are busy with pre-season support.
~ Transportation and Early Housing teams  provided assistance during the March spring Preview.  They will be cheerfully helping again when Company members arrive early May.
~Will Quilt team members are completing the 5th annual Callithump Raffle Quilt Raffle highlighting costume shop fabrics.  This year’s quilt is once again inspired by the Season poster design.
~ FOW assisted at the GRSF/Minnesota Marine Art Museum Valentine’s Day  Bash at the Marine Art Museum and helped with a GRSF Development mailing.


FOW Ray Felton, Naomi Thye, Jennifer Georgieff, Lou Gillou and Linda Wilfahrt helped with a development mailing in April.

Friends of Will Steering Committee
Mary Alice Anderson and Terry Hawkings, Co-Chairs.
Blandine Berthelot, Dee Cipov, Jean Hayes, Tom Hoffmann, Tracy Morgan, Rev. Jim Nelson, Judy Rusert, Marsha Yancy

Friends of Will are encouraged to visit this page throughout the spring  for updates and to watch for information via email from team leaders.

Bookmark the Permanent Link for the FOW Newsletter


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