11/29/2019 4:02:00 PM 30th Royal Lady is embodiment of caring
You have seen her out in the yard working in the garden, on your walks around town and at Taylors Falls community events year-round. Friday night (tomorrow) Royal Lady Carol Schumann will be leading the lighting festival parade.
When the 2019 Taylors Falls Royal Lady Carol Schumann was growing up in Windom MN with her multiple brothers; she says there were always lots of people around the family table. As the only girl she took on the hostess role: which meant having baked goods on hand and embodying the philosophy of sharing what the family had with others.
She’s still sharing.
That’s one of the reasons Carol was selected to wear the red velvet cape of the Royal Lady and lead the Taylors Falls Lighting Festival Parade this Friday night. She’ll be recognized and thanked formally by the community as part of the Nov.29, 30 and Dec.1 Lighting Festival
The Santa Parade is Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. on mainstreet.
Carol is one of those behind-the-scenes people, part of the community fabric. You will find her involved in sumptuous luncheons for local volunteers, or providing a meal to pass at a town potluck, and cookies for a special event.
This year there will be a first-ever Tea for past Royal Ladies, which was Carol’s idea. The tea is open to the public, but especially former Royal Ladies (title started in 1989) There is no program, you are free to come and go. The Tea is being held Sunday, Dec 1 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Baptist Church on West Street. Special berry cider, treats and more await.
Barb Young, Lighting Festival organizer along with new coordinator Gerry Aanonsen, were on hand for this interview announcing the Royal Lady of the Lighting Festival. Said Young, “That is the sweet thing about Carol. When we told her she was chosen to be Royal Lady-- she immediately asked how can I add to the festival, is there a way to keep honoring former Royal Ladies.”
Carol and her husband Baptist Church Pastor Kevin Schumann, came to town in 1995 to lead the congregation at the small church across the street from the elementary school. In the early 2000’s, Carol explains Taylors Falls went through some upheaval with incidents of vandalism and disturbing criminal activity, mostly in the neighborhood around the school and baptist Church for some reason. The Schumann front picture window was hit with an M80 in 2003.
The civic response actually helped Carol towards reinventinging her professional life. She’d been working in a pharmacy; but after everybody came together for starting the Neighborhood Watch Group and hearing from law enforcement and social workers about some of the factors drawing people to act out, she decided to return to school for a career in public health.
She got a Masters from Hazelden School of Addiction Studies, became a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and has been with Chisago County for 10 years. She has 26 clients who she assists with meds, securing counseling, keeping appointments, connecting with programs and services.
To relax she has her music.
Carol plays piano for the church, and also sings with the community Vespers Choir during the holiday season.
The theme of this year’s Lighting Festival is “a century of caring” as a nod to the centennial year of the St. Croix Falls and Taylors Falls combined culture of healthcare.
St Croix Regional Medical Center sprung from a two-city effort connecting talents and resources to get a hospital in 1919.
Carol personifies caring. She walks the walk with the people she touches in her workday in mental health and her passion bolstering spiritual connection in her church, plus her active participation in town events like National Night Out make her an obvious lady worthy of the Royal Lady honor.