Local author and adventurer, Phil Peterson, will celebrate the sailing adventures of Dennis and Cam Raedeke when he hosts a special book launch party and presentation on Saturday, June 15th at Festival Theatre. Festivities begin at 6:00 p.m.
Fifty years and a world of travel are chronicled in the book “Around the World and then Some” which tells the Raedeke’s love story with sailing and how they crafted a life that allowed them to manage the family business (Wild Mountain & Taylors Falls Paddle Boats) and pursue their passion for sailing. A social hour begins at 6:00 p.m. with the presentation starting at 7:00 p.m., including music by Dan Chouinard, whose first job was as a musician over thirty years ago aboard the Taylors Falls Queen during the summer paddleboat season.
Peterson, Chouinard, and the Raedeke’s all see this event as a fantastic way to raise money for the purchase of a grand piano for Festival Theatre. Over the years, Festival has always had to rent pianos for when professional pianists perform, such as Chouinard, Butch Thompson, and others. The full price of the $15 ticket will go to the piano fund.
Peterson’s book covers the human interest aspects of this story, which began shortly after the Raedeke’s married in the fall of 1960. However, the book also shares the technical and nautical tales that will engage those who sail or have an “armchair” interest in sailing. Fascinating photos and descriptions abound of encountering and overcoming challenges. When Phil Peterson presents on June 15th at Festival Theatre, it will be a travelogue, complete with projected images, narration, and musical interludes by Dan Chouinard.
Tickets are $15 and can be reserved here, or purchased at the box office.