and wife Kathy moved from Virginia, Minnesota back to Tim's hometown of Barrett, Minnesota in 1979. The annual summer celebration in Barrett (pop 350) is an event called the Old Settler's Reunion on the 24th of June. As a way to add a little something different to the activities that summer, Tim along with other Ray family members and the Barrett school's English teacher, decided to produce "Spoon River Anthology", doing it as a dinner theatre production at the Barrett Lakeside Pavilion. Tim helped design the graveyard set, build the portable stage and rig the lights and sound for the show. The production was a success and the community demanded more plays. Tim helped the new theatre group become incorporated as a non-profit organization and served on the first board of directors. It was his suggestion to name the community theatre "The Grant County Prairie Wind Players".
In 1981, PWP did its first summer theatre production in Roosevelt Hall, an historic but vacant WPA building. Tim spearheaded volunteers to renovate and repair the old gal for another dinner theatre production. Again Tim did all the tech. In 1982, his uncle Roger DeClercq (also a Fliehr Award winner) from St. Louis Park was directing "The King and I", PWP's first musical. He cast Tim as the King of Siam, even though Tim had never acted, danced or sang on stage before.
Prairie Wind Players Community Theatre celebrated its 30th year in the summer of 2009. During those three decades, Tim has directed, designed lights and sound and designed and built untold numbers of sets. He has put hundreds of hours into keeping Rosevelt hall's lights and sound equipment in great condition as well as working on building related improvements. In addition to acting, singing, dancing, directing and designing, he has served on the Board of Directors as a member, as president and as chair of numerous committees. He has advocated for youth involvement in theatre and board leadership, always looking to produce the works of local playwrights.
Tim retired in 2009 from the U of M Morris as its theatre technician where he taught a new generation of students to love theatre.
The Grant County Prairie Wind Players continues to thrive in Barrett, due in great part to Tim's diligence, dedication and determination to bring new people of all ages into the world of community theatre.