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Thomasina Petrus Sings for her Superb Candy

Jazz singer, Thomasina Petrus and her band at Everwood Farm, a musical retreat and performance center in Glenwood Center, Wisconsin.

I'm not sure which is more alluring: An evening listening to Thomasina Petrus sing jazz, blues and R&B in a renovated barn in a rural farm setting or the opportunity to purchase a bag of her cashew brittle. 

Petrus, who is well known in the arts community in the Twin Cities—she hosted and sang at the Charlie Awards a few years ago—also has a cottage food business going. We profiled her in May of 2018,https://www.foodservicenews.net/May-2018/Thomasina-Petrus-evokes-Lady-Day-and-grandmas-brittle/ on how she started her business and incorporates it into her busy life.

The setting for her concert was part of the Everwood Farmstead Foundation's artist nights in rural Wisconsin. The foundation hosts artist nights four times in the summer, along with workshops. In addition, artists are given grants to further their work and offered a quiet, creative place to create a week at a time.

The foundation was started by Bill Underwood and Chris Everett, thus the name Everwood. What was especially captivating is that the show provided historical perspective along with songs, as Petrus channeled Billy Holiday and other musical greats, while telling what the music scene was like for these jazz and blues legends.

While there isn't a strong food connection here—guests are encouraged to bring their own picnic dinners to enjoy on the grounds before the shows—there was complimentary sweet tea and homemade chocolate chip cookies.As we discovered on our trek to the farm from the Twin Cities, there aren't a lot of restaurant choices once you leave Hudson. The dive bar we found won't lure us back for a second visit. But if a search on Open Table doesn't provide choices, we may take the founders up on their suggestion to pack a picnic and "eat out" with our own home-cooked meal.  


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