We want to let you know about two events we planned to honor our dear friend and colleague Neen Rock: a Zoom gathering on the evening of Sunday, February 21, and a candlelight walk (or drive) at Peninsula State Park in the evening of Wednesday, February 24.
Your friends at Northern Sky
Zoom Gathering to Honor Neen Rock:
Sunday, February 21, 7 p.m. CST
On Sunday, February 21, we gathered on Zoom to share thoughts and stories about Neen. Neen’s friend Dan Klarer facilitated the evening. We encouraged anyone to share a story or reflection about Neen. Watch the recording on YouTube with the link below.
Candlelight Walk (or Drive) at Peninsula State Park:
Wednesday, February 24 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
On Wednesday, February 24, we hosted a candlelight walk at Peninsula State Park. From 5:30-8:30 p.m., we invited you to park in the Nicolet Bay parking lot, and from there to walk a path to and through the Northern Sky amphitheater. The path, about two-thirds of a mile long, was lit with luminaries, and Northern Sky staff and volunteers were on hand to greet people and distribute a small takeaway token in honor of Neen. We asked people to wear masks, practice social distancing, and sign up in advance for time slots. Time slot assignments helped to ensure that we are complying with the DNR’s 50-person limit on gatherings.
For all for whom driving is more comfortable, we invited you instead to drive into and through the Nicolet Bay parking lot from 5:00-5:30 p.m. Northern Sky staff and volunteers offered greetings and a small takeaway token in Neen’s honor.
Event Photos by Len Villano
Gifts in Memory of Neen
We also wanted to let you know that after much consideration, as well as dialogue with Neen’s partner Brian and the Rock family, we have decided to name the new Northern Sky costume shop after Neen. It seems only right that that room, which will forever bear the stamp of Neen’s unparalleled diligence and creativity, should have her name on it.
In her obituary, Neen’s family suggested that memorial donations go to Northern Sky. Any such gifts will be directed toward renovation of the Park’s dressing rooms and tech booth. Those spaces are also indelibly tied to Neen, and she was instrumental in creating the plans for their improvements. You can make a gift in Neen’s memory by clicking the button below and when asked how to direct your gift, choose “wherever my money is needed most.” Please write Neen’s name in the “Dedicate Your Donation” section where the form prompts you to choose in whose memory you’d like to make your gift.