Do you know Anne Halliwell? If you don't, I hope you get a chance to meet her. She's a wonderful human being and an incredible baker.
You may recognize her as the editor of 507, the Post Bulletin's "What to do" guide. Before the coronavirus pandemic reached our area, 507 was published every Thursday as a free weekly tabloid insert. Inside, you'd find album reviews of local musicians, features about local artists, a full calendar of local arts and entertainment events, and more. (Did I mention "local"?)
Well, when Gov. Walz started issuing stay-at-home orders and other guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, many of the venues we worked with closed, and the events we enjoyed writing about were being canceled left and right. It was tough, but we adapted quickly, just as our local musicians, artists and makers have adapted.
Even without a printed 507, Anne has kept the brand and its mission going, keeping us informed and entertained on our website and the 507 Facebook page. While working from home to help reduce our risk of contracting or spreading the coronavirus, we've brought you fun features on Trivia Mafia going online, Zoom music lessons, and even songs about COVID written by local musicians.
You may not have realized it, but I've also been publishing stories that originated in 507 in the Saturday Life section. (Remember the couple who got married online?!)
We'll keep delivering quality content through those means, but we thought it was time to give the 507 brand more of a presence in the Life section. We do, after all, work closely together, so it seemed natural to make it a more official partnership (awww, Anne!).
Starting this weekend, we added a new "507 in Life" page to the Saturday Life section. It's a full page completely devoted to 507 content, including a calendar (yes, events are still happening!) and an artist feature, where we share artists' bios and a sampling of their work. I think we could all use a little more art in our lives right now, don't you?
With new(ish) features, that means — you guessed it — we want to hear from you!
If you're an artist who'd like to see your work in our weekend paper, feel free to send a few JPGs of your art and a short artist's bio to Anne at email@example.com. Not sure how to write a bio? That's OK. Reach out anyway, and we can help you with that.
As more and more of our favorite restaurants, bars and breweries, music and theater venues, and other places reopen, we anticipate more outdoor events (bring a mask!) and live music played on patios and curbsides. If you have an event to add, check out our online calendar at postbulletin.com/calendar. Again, if you're having trouble with it, email Anne. She'll help you out.
"Life" as I know it continues to change, and we're excited to bring a little more 507 into yours!
Meredith Williams is the features editor and night editor for the Post Bulletin. She shares her “life as she knows it” inside and outside the newsroom in this column. Readers can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.