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Fourth of July root beer float social 

   The Zephyr Theatre will hold its third annual Fourth of July celebration with free root beer floats, ice cream, and building tours, on Thursday, July 4, from noon to 4 p.m. Community members are also invited to bring chairs and watch the riverside fireworks at 10 p.m. near The Zephyr site.

Yard sale 

   Also on the Fourth of July, The Zephyr will kick off a three-day yard sale, with proceeds going towards fundraising for its renovation and addition of a 330-seat auditorium. The yard sale will be held Thursday, July 4, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, July 5, from 8 a.m. to noon; and Saturday, July 6, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

   “We are selling everything from professional kitchen supplies, toys including Thomas the Tank Engine and Harry Potter items, collectibles, cut glassware, antiques, and much more,” said

Zephyr Development Coordinator Jessica Thienes.

Fourth of July parking

   Parking for the fireworks and other community activities on July 4 is available for $10 at The

Zephyr Theatre’s south lot. (Parking is free for those attending The Zephyr’s root beer float social and yard sale).

   For the following events, tickets are available at stillwaterzephyrtheatre.org or at the door. For information, call 651-342-1542. Unless noted, all events are at The Zephyr Theatre, 601

Main St. N., Stillwater.


  Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” will be staged at Pioneer Park, 515 2nd St. N. in Stillwater, Saturday and Sunday, July 6 and 7. All shows are at 7:30 p.m. This slapstick play tells the story of two sets of identical twin brothers accidentally separated at birth.

Mistaken identities ensue, leading to wrongful beatings, a near-seduction, and false accusations of infidelity, theft, and madness. Tickets are $18 to $45.

   “A Streetcar Named Desire” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company. This show will run three weekends, July 19-Aug. 4. Friday shows are at 7:30 p.m., Saturday shows are at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday shows are at 2:30 p.m. Two Thursday shows will be held on July 25 and Aug. 1, at 7:30 p.m. This classic drama by Tennessee Williams centers around a heartbroken southern belle who seeks refuge with her sister and brother-in-law in a New Orleans tenement. The play is being directed for The Zephyr by Peter Moore, an acclaimed director and actor with numerous credits from the Guthrie Theater, as well as many other venues. Tickets are $18 to $45.


 “Billy & Elton: The Hits,” a tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John, will be performed at The Zephyr Theatre by internationally renowned pianist and vocalist Phil Thompson on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 3 and 7 p.m. Thompson will be joined by Scott Dorff on saxophone and Jake Hegna on bass. Tickets are $25.

   International guitarist Claude Bourbon returns to The Zephyr Theatre performing medieval and Spanish blues Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25.

Literary arts

   “When Writing Meets Art,” a literary reading, will be held on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m. The reading will feature 2019 Minnesota Book Award winners Shannon Gibney, author of Dream Country, young adult literature; and Susan Bartlett Foote, author of The Crusade for Forgotten Souls, Minnesota nonfiction. Complimentary appetizers and a cash bar will be available. A donation of $10 is suggested to benefit The Zephyr Theatre. The reading series is held on the third Sundays of January, May and September, at 2 p.m. The series was founded by writer and editor Elissa Cottle. To be considered for a future reading, send a sample of creative writing to


Volunteers wanted

   The Zephyr Theatre welcomes volunteers for a wide range of tasks to help with performances, events, and other operations. For more information about becoming involved with The Zephyr Theatre’s community of volunteers, send an email to volunteer@stillwaterzephyrtheatre.org.

Theatre rental

   The Zephyr Theatre is available for site rental by outside organizations who wish to present performances and events. To make an appointment, or for more information, contact Carol Hall at carol@stillwaterzephyrtheatre.org.


   The Zephyr currently produces arts performances on two small stages on site. The theatre is seeking donations to add an auditorium on the north end, and to renovate the existing building, including establishing a public bakery in the south end. The Zephyr Theatre is a nonprofit and donations are tax-deductible. For more information visit stillwaterzephyrtheatre.org or call 651-342-1542.

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