Barn dance in Wells benefits women in crisis

Published 7:45 pm Sunday, October 22, 2017

The Five Sisters Project in Wells will host a barn dance Saturday at JR’s Barn near Waldorf, according to a press release.

The new women’s ministry was birthed by Tracy Muhlenbeck one year ago.

“While government agencies are able to offer necessary temporary change of environment or circumstances, we at the Five Sisters believe that there is more available through a relationship with Jesus that the government can ever offer,” she said.

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The event will raise funds needed to provide emergency shelter and services to area women in crisis. Like other agencies, Five Sisters also offers resources and referral to professional counseling and therapy services.

At the same time, it meets physical needs like housing, furniture, household supplies and clothing. Five Sisters also mentors community volunteers who partner with the ministry to reach women in crisis. Muhlenbeck invites anyone who wants to help women be healed and strong again to support the Five Sisters at the barn dance Saturday.

The big barn doors at 21573 45th St. near Waldorf will open at 6 p.m. The suggested donation is $10 per person or $30 per families with three or more. People will be able to dance all night and might win a prize for best-dressed dancer.

Attendees are welcome to sit and enjoy free popcorn if they decide not to dance, and free dance lessons for two step and line dancing will be available throughout the night. Specialty coffees and hot chocolate prepared by The Bean in Wells will be for sale with proceeds going to Five Sisters. Attendees can also enjoy a pulled pork supper for $5. The pork is prepared by Joel Sonnek from Country Butcher, who helps many nonprofit groups with fundraisers. Along with a hefty sandwich, there will be Mrs. Gerry’s potato salad, chips, a homemade chocolate chip cookie and pop or water.

The newly renovated barn will offer a chance to step back in time to experience the magic that neighbors and friends felt more than a century ago, according to the press release. Renae Groskreutz and her husband, Joel, brought their big red barn into the 21st century with lighting and modern amenities, but kept the stately, simple beauty of a barn that once held livestock and hay.

Wayne and the Boys, featured at the Minnesota State Fair, will play 6 to 10 p.m. He is one of many professionals that donated their talent to make the first barn dance a success. The Groskreutz Family also donated the use of JR’s Barn for the event. Food has been donated by businesses and individuals. Over 50 volunteers will be decorate, greet guests, serve supper and make popcorn. Lists have been made and double checked. Now all that is needed are people who want to dance and also make a difference in the life of someone they may never meet.