Special Events

FLOTSAM! River Circus Benefit at the Winona Arts Center

Featuring Jason Webley, Doctor Bob, and special guests

Friday / June 16, 2023 / Doors Open 6:00pm / Showtime 7:00pm

Tickets are $10 and are available at Chapter Two Books and No Name Bar.

Come spend an evening with folk-punk accordion troubadour Jason Webley and local guests in support of “FLOTSAM!”, a floating river circus that will be traveling down the Mississippi River this summer giving free performances for crowds on the shore.  

Jason Webley is a multi-instrumentalist artist, presenting folk, experimental, and alternative music, largely driven by the accordion. He is on tour promoting the upcoming river excursion, The Flotsam River Circus, which sails in August. Joining the event will be Doctor Bob's Puppets' presentation of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream puppet show.

Promo photo for Flotsam river circus.
Photo of Jason Webley in a boat.

Accordion troubadour Jason Webley began his music career in 1998 howling on street corners and at music festivals in Seattle. He quickly developed a loyal cult following and became known for his compelling stage presence, whimsical stories and interactive stage productions. Armed with his squeezebox, beat-up parlor guitar, and porkpie hat, Webley has performed in over forty countries. He’s shared the stage with The Avett Brothers, The Dresden Dolls, and Neil Gaiman, and has worked extensively with friends such as composer/bassist Jherek Bischoff and Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. Webley has released five albums on his own Eleven Records label, as well as numerous collaborations, including the 2010 album “Evelyn Evelyn” with Dresden Dolls singer, Amanda Palmer.

Poster for Estro-Jam sessions.

Estro-Jam Sessions at the Winona Arts Center

2nd and 4th Sundays / 4:00pm-6:00pm

Starting April 23, 2023

Women of all ages are invited to join in the Estro-Jam sessions on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from 4 pm to 6 pm in the gallery of the Winona Arts Center. Bring your instrument and gather with other musicians for some spontaneous musical collaboration. For more information, contact Kristen Young at [email protected].

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeast Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Storytelling Circle Sponsored by Sandbar Storytelling Festival

Sandbar Storytelling Festival brings back a storytelling circle to the Winona area!

The Sandbar Storytelling Circle sessions, led by Terry Visger, an educator and professional storyteller, will be held at the following places and dates:

Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 10 am 

Curiosi-Tea House, 901 West 5th Street, Winona

Saturdays at 10 am, May 6 and 20, June 3 and 17, and July 1, 15 and 29 

Winona Arts Center, 228 East 5th Street, Winona

These are 90-minute sessions and the fee is $80 for all eight sessions. 

For more information about the festival and other events, go to sandbarstorytellingfestival.org.

Logo of the Sandbar Storytelling Festival.