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New Wine group returns from faraway travels, gives thanks

Members of New Wine perform "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" at an outdoor performance in Moab, Utah, as part of their tour in June. Sandy Rengo/Special to the Pine Journal

Ten days, nine churches, seven states, and an immeasurable impact on each community we passed. New Wine recently returned from our 10-day tour.

New Wine is a faith-based group made up of local high school teenagers that focuses on spreading Christian messages through words and song.

New Wine performs a musical each spring — this year "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" was performed — at Zion Lutheran Church for a weekend. Then we travel to local area churches to perform before we take a trip across the country during our summer break.

Our journey this year began right here in Cloquet on June 10. Our destination — Moab, Utah. The path laid out in front of us took the LSC Coach bus through Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and South Dakota before re-entering good ol' Minnesota June 19.

The cross-country bus trip meant more than 50 people were all snug and cozy for 6.5 hours each day as we drove. We spent roughly 240 hours together over 10 days: hiking, rafting, swimming, sightseeing, acting, playing and more.

The relationships built between cast members, adult chaperones and local community members on trips like these last a lifetime.

We loved performing for you this season! And if you didn't get a chance to see the production, we would love to see you next spring. Thank you for the support this year, and we can't wait to perform live for you again.