By Starrla Cray
WINSTED A special concert in Winsted Saturday, Nov. 18 will be dedicated to local resident Dorothy Holmers.
“Dorothy was chosen because of her passion for music and involvement in local choirs for over 50 years,” Winsted Arts Council Board Member Mary Wiemiller noted. “The theme of the concert will reflect Dorothy’s total commitment to social justice issues, civil rights, poverty, and more.”
The Winsted Arts Council’s “Bringing It All Back Home” concert has been a hit every year since it started. All performers either grew up in Winsted, live in Winsted now, or have a special connection to the community.
The Nov. 18 concert will focus on understanding the events that shaped music through the decades, and how music reflects culture.
One of the seven performers is Dorothy’s son, Joe Holmers of Minneapolis. He’s looking forward to singing pieces that are meaningful to his mother and to the night’s theme.
Joe has sung with the Minnesota Opera Chorus in the past, and has been involved with community theatre musicals.
“Over the years, I’ve probably done 40 or 50 productions,” he said.
Joe sings in the choir at Ascension Catholic Church in North Minneapolis, which is where Dorothy attended church as a child and still visits often. Dorothy said the church used to put on musicals that “were as good as Broadway.”
Dorothy grew up in a musical household, and the Cassidy family (her maiden name) was well known in the North Minneapolis area.
“Mom played the piano and we’d sing; that’s what we did for entertainment,” she recalled.
Dorothy especially enjoys Irish music, as well as classical and the “old standards.” Country music isn’t at the top of her list, but she still loves volunteering at Winstock.
“I haven’t missed a year, ever,” she said.
Multiple times per week, Dorothy volunteers at Sharing and Caring Hands in Minneapolis, which helps people in need with food, emergency shelter, housing, clothes, medical needs, financial services, and more.
Although Dorothy volunteers regularly in the Twin Cities, she also enjoys being active close to home. She and her husband first got to know the Winsted community in the 1960s, after building a cabin in the area. They grew to like Winsted so much that they made it their permanent home.
Dorothy was in the Winsted Community Choir for many years, and has been in the Holy Trinity Catholic Church choir for about 50 years. She also helps with other things at church, such as funeral lunches.
“Dorothy has set the bar pretty high instead of talking about what to do, she goes and does it,” Wiemiller commented.
The Winsted Arts Council’s “Bringing It All Back Home” concert is set for Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Blue Note Ballroom in Winsted.
Doors open at 6 p.m., and music starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person, and there will be a cash bar and silent auction.
• Joe Holmers
• Kim Pickar
• Maureen Cassidy
• Benny Weinbeck
• Chris and Lynn Fast
• George Schulenberg
• Mark Ochu, with a mini music lecture the last half of the evening