Elim Rehab & Nursing Home of Watertown is organizing a trip to the Redlin Arts Center, a trip that will take participants from Watertown, Minn., to Watertown, S.D.
The one-day motor coach trip, set for Thursday, Aug. 15, will take riders along Highway 212, making various stops along the way to the Redlin Art Center, which houses more than 150 original Terry Redlin oil paintings. Redlin is popular for his highly-collected outdoor and wildlife-themed paintings.
The trip will depart from Watertown-Mayer High School at 7 a.m. and will head directly to the Redlin Center. The tour of the art museum will include lunch on the balcony.
After the Redlin Art Center, the trip will proceed to the Goss Opera House in downtown Watertown, which has been renovated to include the opera house, a museum, and shops and restaurants on the main level.
Other stops and tours planned include a coffee bean factory and the Mellette House, which was the first territorial house in the Dakota Territory. Other stops on the way home are planned to include a confectionery and a winery. Games and other fun activities, as well as snacks, are also planned to pass the time on the bus.
Tickets for the event, which has an estimated return time of 8 p.m., are $60 per person, and includes all the different tours and the lunch at the Redlin Art Center. Proceeds will go to the Elim Home, and specifically for the purchase of new furniture for the day room, which can be used by residents when they have guests.
Seating is limited to 50 spots. Call 952-955-26-91 to reserve your spot.
Here is a closer look at three of the tours that will be part of the trip.
Redlin Art Center: The first stop on the tour will give visitors a chance to view over 150 of Terry Redlin’s original oil paintings showcased in an award-winning gallery. Lunch will be served on-site and guests will have the opportunity to shop in the gift shop, as well as view videos in the amphitheater about the artist’s life.
Goss Opera House: Built in 1888, the opera house has been located in the heart of Watertown for over 120 years. Following extensive restoration work it has been brought back to life, providing entertainment options to the community with dining, art galleries and opera house tours.
Mellette House: The third stop on the tour, this house once was called “home” by the Dakota Territory’s first governor, Arthur Calvin Mellette. Mellette House is renowned not only because of its spectacular architecture, but because of the remarkable family that built it and occupied it for the first 10 years of its existence. It was built in 1885 and has all of its original furniture, dishes, clothing and pictures.
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