Shirlee Callender chosen to bring ‘goodwill’ to St. Paul Winter Carnival


Shirlee Callender and granddaugther Karlee Callender (Photo by Darrin Johnson)

The St. Paul Winter Carnival kicked off Jan. 26, carrying on its 130-plus years tradition of celebrating the history of St. Paul through winter fun and educational events and experiences.

With the goal of bringing “wisdom and goodwill” to the St. Paul Winter Carnival festivities, Shirlee Callender was selected as 2017 Queen of the Northlands Jan. 20, at the Senior Royalty Alumni Association’s (SRAA) coronation in St. Paul. The SRAA is the parent organization and sponsor of each year’s St. Paul Winter Carnival Senior Royalty Court.

2017 Queen of the Northlands Shirlee Callender with King Winter the 79th Don Weinberger at the King Boreas’ Grand Day Parade on Jan. 28 Photo courtesy of Facebook/Kara Martin/Shirlee Callender

As Queen of the Northlands, Callender’s duties include coordinating her court of four (King Winter the 79th Don Weinberger, Prime Minister Dan Monson, and Lady-in-Waiting Cindy Thrasher) to attend local functions, nursing homes, senior centers, selected schools and community festivals such as Rondo Days and Grand Old Days, to name a few.

For more on Ms. Callender and other notable elders making a difference in the community, don’t miss MSR’s annual Black History Month special edition on newsstands next week.