Picnic Operetta returns! Here's the performance schedule and details

The 2010 Picnic Operetta: Tales of Hoffman

The 2010 Picnic Operetta: Tales of Hoffman

The third annual Picnic Operetta is gearing up for the 2011 season with its Midsummer Swing benefit on August 8, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Wise Acre Eatery.

The event will include music, food, and drink to toast the opening of another season of presenting opera in urban gardens. Chef Nick Schneider will assemble a locavore nosh table and the Hummingbirds ukulele quartet and Operetta singers will provide a sample of music from this year's forthcoming Picnic Operetta, Alcina's Island. Suggested donation is $25.

The menu includes a selection of vegetable crudite, pickled vegetables and crostini, the famous Spoon River chicken and duck liver pâté, baba ghanoush, pork rillettes, grilled Mediterranean vegetable platters, chickpea pesto salad, and seasonal antipasti that will be featured in Alcina's Island.

This year's Operetta will feature the classical music of Handel and country classics Dave Dudley, Kitty Welles, Tammy Wynette and George Jones accompanying a swashbuckling adventure. The Operetta is also recruiting volunteers to help harvest veggies, and prepare food with chef Schneider. To get involved, email volunteer coordinator, Scottie Hall at [email protected]

Here's the performance schedule if you'd like to attend:


All performances at 4 p.m. unless noted Space is limited. RSVPs strongly encouraged on the new online reservation system on the Picnic Operetta's website.

Saturday, Aug. 20: Opening Day

Eat Street Community Garden 2416 First Avenue South, Minneapolis Sunday, Aug. 21

Eat Street Community Garden, 2416 First Avenue South, Minneapolis **ASL interpreted performance Saturday, Aug. 27

Eleanor Graham Community Garden, Union Park 1335 Ashland Avenue, St. Paul Sunday, Aug. 28

JD Rivers Children's Garden, Theodore Wirth Park Glenwood and North Washburn Avenue, Minneapolis Saturday, Sept. 3

The Women's Environmental Institute at Amador Hill 15715 River Road, North Branch Sunday, Sept. 4

Greater Frogtown CDC Community Garden 1533 North Dale Street, St. Paul Friday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m.

Dodge Nature Center Community Garden 365 West Marie Avenue, West St. Paul Saturday, Sept. 10

Skidmore Community Garden 1085 East Fourth Street, St. Paul Sunday, Sept. 11

Jardin Parasio/Paradise Community Garden, Powderhorn Park 3405 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis **ASL Interpreted Performance Friday, Sept. 16 at 

North First Street and North Third Avenue, Minneapolis Outside Local D'Lish for PARKing Day 2011 Saturday, Sept. 17

Swede Hollow Park East Beaumont Street and Payne Avenue, St. Paul Sunday, Sept. 18

IOC Communty Garden 1512 Woodhill Road, Burnsville Saturday, Sept. 24

Bronx Park Community Garden 2500 Georgia Avenue at Cedar Lake Bike Trail, St. Louis Park **Audio Described Performance Sunday, Sept. 25

CornerCopia Student Organic Farm U of M St. Paul Campus West Dudley Avenue and Lindig Street, St. Paul Saturday, October 1

Nicollet Island Farm Nicollet Street and Maple Place, Minneapolis