Entertainment in a Topsy-Turvy World

By Julie Buchwald Haley

I’ve been thinking a lot about writer Anne Frank in these days of Covid-19 and stay-at-home orders. Her life in those concealed rooms was so much more extreme than ours today, the threat so much more evil, and still, there are frightening similarities. Yet, she found joy in her life and writing. She expressed herself, continued to learn, temporarily escaped from reality, was entertained and dreamt. “When I write I can shake off all my cares. My sorrow disappears, my spirits are revived!”

In 2020, many of us learned to pivot on a dime, reinvent ourselves at least a little, and most assuredly, redefine our lives. Here at The Entertainment Guide, it’s been no different. We saw our first online-only issues, lower circulation, last-minute rescheduling and cancellations of shows, and far fewer events to cover. As with most small businesses, we’ve pivoted, reinvented, struggled and survived.

We’ve also been redefining what ‘entertainment’ means for our publication, our staff and our readers. Entertainment is as personal and unique as we are. Many of us enjoy live performances, music and local art exhibits. The Guide has been highlighting these types of entertainment for more than fifteen years, evolving from Northfield Entertainment Guide to The Entertainment Guide along the way to cover an even broader region from New Prague to Zumbrota, Lakeville to Faribault. Many of us enjoy reading, while others like movies, painting, dancing, or walking in the woods. Others spend their downtime building model trains, feeding the birds, photographing life, knitting, sewing or working on cars. Still, others enjoy cooking, baking, volunteering, biking, canoing, decorating, woodworking, even cleaning.

So, it seems fitting that The Entertainment Guide redefines itself in 2021. This January issue includes some of our EG Staff Picks (see below) on what’s engaging us when we aren’t at our desks and a few articles to get us started by local folks you might recognize who share what’s entertaining them these days, including miniatures and composing music.

Moving forward into 2021, we’re also looking for YOU to help us – tell us what entertains and engages you by emailing us at content@entertainmentguidemn.com. Tell us what it is, how you got interested in it, how and why it’s entertaining, perhaps include a good way for others to get started, even add a picture or two. As time and space allow, we may print them in future issues. So get writing!

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

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