‘Fifty Nifty States’ theme of September Over the Back Fence


PHOTO COURTESY OF KARA MALONEY Peggy Hanson jokes about corn in a “Fun With Food” sketch at the August Over the Back Fence show.

“Fifty Nifty States is the theme of the next Over the Back Fence Community Variety Show presented by Lanesboro Arts on Friday, Sept. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre in Lanesboro. Songs like "I’ve Been Everywhere," "Georgia on my Mind" and "Aloha ‘Oe” will each be part of a place-based evening that also includes jokes, stories and sing-alongs.

September’s show features musical guest Eggen & Hippen from Decorah. Singer Kristen Eggen’s golden voice captures audiences with its depth and tells the story of pianist Ben Hippen’s compositions — soulful songs that leave listeners pondering love, loss, climate change, pirates and more. The duo is an indie act that draws inspiration for their original songs from a wide array of music genres including soul, pop, jazz, blues and punk.

Host Damon Prestemon continues to propel the 25th season forward with his rapid-fire wit and keen improvisational instincts that keep the show fresh and fun. Music educator Regina Noel-Downing of Decorah will serve as this month’s musical director, accompanying the all-volunteer cast on keyboard throughout the show.

Doors open for seating at 7 p.m. with Joshua Vorvick, a singer-songwriter also from Decorah, providing pre-show musical entertainment beginning at 7:10 p.m.

Over the Back Fence Community Variety Show is produced by Lanesboro Arts and is staged at the St. Mane Theatre on the second Friday of the month, during the months of March through November. Upcoming shows include “Twins” on Oct. 11 and “Blue” on Nov. 8.

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased online at www.lanesboroarts.org, in person at the Lanesboro Arts Gallery (103 Parkway Ave. N.), or at the door at the St. Mane Theatre — as available — beginning at 6:30 p.m. the evening of the show. The St. Mane Theatre is located at 206 Parkway Ave. N. in Lanesboro.

Each show is also broadcast on Winona State University's KQAL 89.5FM on the Wednesday five days after the show at 6 p.m. (also available for streaming at www.KQAL.org). Additionally, Over the Back Fence is published as a podcast on the iOS Podcasts app and many other podcast services.