I finally succeeded in checking the Crossings at Carnegie out, drawn by the Prudence
Johnson show. They have an amazing line-up of musicians – especially
for such a small place and town. It is kind of like our area’s Cedar
Cultural Center. From Cannon Falls, Zumbrota is an easy 20-mile drive
straight down Hwy-52 so there are just two stoplights between here and
The Crossings at Carnegie. However, very unlike the CCC, The Crossings
stage is set right in the middle of the gallery / gift shop, which
provides plenty of artistic visual stimuli. For example, there is an
exhibit right now called “Silverwhere”, which is, well, silverware
sculpture. And, right behind Dean McGraw (played Guitar with Prudence
and arranged some of the songs), there was a life size (blue) heron made
from silverware. As far as the show, Dean and Prudence were accompanied
by Michelle Kinney on cello, and the trio played almost exclusively
traditional folk music from the 16th to the 19th century – much of which
I would consider to be from “the path less traveled” – and quite
entertaining. Prudence’s angelic vocals combined with Dean’s excellent
picking and Michelle’s cello integrated beautifully, the light
amplification was probably not truly necessary. The C@C (as I have
come to call it) has a small but decent selection of wine and beer, as
well as some fresh baked goods. It is a small place, so no matter where
you sit you will be able to count the freckles on the face of the
musicians, and there is no reserved seating. You will be slightly more
comfortable if you bring a chair pillow as the seating is just folding
chairs. Most of their shows are either Friday or Saturday and usually
start around 8pm. You can also bring a portable water bottle and
repeatedly fill it with LaCrosse water. However, they don’t sell or
allow bottled water.

Crossings Gallery and Gift Shop
320 East Avenue
Zumbrota, MN 55992