Amery Hospital & Clinic sponsors The Remember Project

9/17/2015

In September, the St. Croix Valley Foundation (SCVF) will launch The Remember Project, a special program that will tour fifteen communities in the lower St. Croix Valley through the fall and early winter. This pilot program is intended to stimulate a regional conversation around dementia and the most well-known form of memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease.

“Our ultimate goal,” said Jane Stevenson, SCVF President, “is to assist community leaders who wish to see a dramatic increase in dementia-friendly environments up and down the St. Croix Valley. In doing so, individuals and families coping with severe memory loss will have greater awareness about options for dealing with the significant challenges of dementia.”

The project takes a unique approach to building awareness, sharing information, and inviting authentic community conversations. Over the course of the fall, communities will host three events - each event starting with a different short play. Audience members will watch a play and participate in a facilitated conversation. The idea stems from a book of three one-act plays titled The MemoryCare Plays (compiled and edited by Dr. Margaret A. Noel) and from the recognition that the arts are a powerful tool for inviting deep and meaningful conversation.

Dr. Noel states, “The MemoryCare Plays... are beautifully crafted and poignantly portray different aspects of the challenges posed by progressive memory disorders. These plays,” she goes on to say, “are rich with resources to educate a community; they provide authentic snapshots of how dementia uniquely affects individuals, and powerful testimony to its impact on our most intimate relationships.”

A professional cast, under the direction of Minneapolis-based director Matt Sciple, began their rehearsal process in early August. Tour manager Kristin Detailleur will work closely with SCVF Grants & Programs Officer, Angie Pilgrim to ensure a smooth delivery of over 30 performances during a 20-week period.

“We’re extremely excited about this project,” said Pilgrim, “which has been in the planning and fundraising mode for the last fifteen months. We’re grateful for the leadership provided by Judy Freund and Danette Olsen who have worked hard to conceive of the program concept and share their professional expertise to make this ambitious project possible.”

Other committee members include, Gary Kelsey, Ann Johnson, Nancy Abrahamson, and Dan Zabel. The company of actors are from the greater Twin Cities and the St. Croix Valley: Denise Baker, Heider Fellner, Charles Numerich, Michael Venske, and Andrew Wheeler.

“The Remember Project is for you,” said Angie Pilgrim, “for your family and your community. We believe that, together, our St. Croix Valley communities will address the isolation and fear associated with dementia through this very unique experience using theater and conversation to learn and make decisions about the future.”

Fifteen communities in the St. Croix Valley have been selected to participate in this initiative: Amery, Baldwin, Hastings and Prescott, Hudson, Lindstrom, Marine on St. Croix, New Richmond, Osceola, River Falls, Stillwater and communities in Northern Polk and Burnett Counties (Balsam Lake, Frederic, Grantsburg, St. Croix Falls and Webster).

This SCVF initiative has philanthropic support from The Helen Daniels Bader Fund of Bader Philanthropies, Inc., Hugh J. Andersen Foundation, Christian Community Homes and Services Foundation, James H. & Judith A. Freund Fund of the Hudson Community Foundation, an affiliate of the SCVF for their support of The Remember Project in the St. Croix Valley.

In addition, the Remember Project has local sponsorships from the following organizations and businesses: Amery Hospital & Clinic, Baldwin Area Medical Center, Adoray Home Health and Hospice, Baldwin Care Center, Allina Health, Regina Hospital, Christian Community Homes and Services, Hudson Hospital Foundation, Marine Community Library, Christ Lutheran Church, Scandia-Marine Lions, The Deerfield, First National Community Bank, St. Croix Regional Medical Center, Northwest Alliance Community Foundation, ADRC of Northwest Wisconsin, Osceola Medical Center, The Lutheran Home Campus, River Falls Area Hospital, Lakeview Health Foundation, Stillwater Medical Group, Lakeview Hospital, Sand Creek Group, Alzheimer’s Association, and ADRC of St. Croix County.

Current roster of performances are as follows:


AMERY  


Play 1 – Steering into the Skid
Date: Sunday, September 27
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: St. Joseph Parish 

Play 2 – Riding the Waves
Date: Tuesday, October 27
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: St. Joseph Parish

Play 3 – In the Garden
Tuesday, November 10
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: St. Joseph Parish


Baldwin


Play 1 – Steering into the Skid
Date: Thursday, October 15
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Zion Lutheran

Play 2 – Riding the Waves
Date: Weds, October 28 
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Presbyterian Church 

Play 3 – In the Garden
Date: Weds, November 4
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Trinity Lutheran


Grantsburg


Play 2 – Riding the Waves
Date: Tuesday, October 6
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Burnett Medical Center

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