December 2017! There’s no snow, but there are lots of fun things to do this December! Happy holidays! Start your planning now with this handy-dandy December 2017 calendar (and you can download the pdf here). Enjoy! XO, Inspire(d)
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Check out these great December 2017 activities! In chronological order, each event’s number coincides with its number on the calendar!
1. Through December 25: Helping Services for Youth and Families presents Holiday Lights – drive through display open every night (‘til Dec. 25) 5-9 pm, entry by donation, Decorah Camp Ground. www.helpingservices.org
2. December 2: Allamakee Wood-Fired Pottery’s Annual Holiday Pottery Sale. 10 am-4 pm Saturday, 2856 Blair Rd, New Albin www.allamakeewoodfiredpottery.com (for directions)
3. December 9: Family-fueled comedy, brilliantly-written drama, fresh interpretations of classic Christmas tunes. At Christmas with Mick Sterling and Friends, Potter Auditorium, Chatfield, MN. $22 in advance. 7:30pm. www.chatfieldarts.org
4. December 15: The Stories We Tell: Illustrations by Lauren Bonney Opening Reception at 7-9pm, ArtHaus, Decorah www.laurenbonney.com
5. December 16: Enjoy Winter on the Farm at Seed Savers Exchange – take a sleigh ride, enjoy free cookies and cocoa, and shop for holiday gifts. 11am-3pm, seedsavers.org
6. December 19: Preschoolers, come with your caregiver to Barnetimen (Children’s Hour) at Vesterheim, 10-11 am! Explore the museum, make art, eat a snack, have fun. FREE! vesterheim.org
Summer School is Cool!
The words “summer” and “classes” don’t often work together to bring that magical vacation feel, but what if we told you there are classes all summer long that are fun and life-skill worthy? From breakfast in a “Victorian kitchen” to freestyle painting for tots, photography… even chain saw skills – classes are cool! Forestville Historical Site outside of Preston, Minnesota, as well as Villa Louis in Prairie du Chien, offer unique historical peeks into the past like bread baking, preserving, and “behind the scenes” tours. Vesterheim Museum in Decorah offers incredible classes (year-round!) from food to folk art, and even wood and metalworking. Our region is also rich in visual arts for young and young-at-heart as ArtHaus in Decorah, the Guttenberg Creativity Center, and the McGregor/Marquette Center for the Arts (to name a few) crank up the summer schedule with options for all ages – even some classes for the whole family! Another incredible network is our regional food cooperatives. The Oneota Food Co-op in Decorah, along with People’s Food Co-op in La Crosse and Rochester, Bluff Country Co-op in Winona, and Viroqua Food Co-op all offer great opportunities to dive into demonstrations, hands-on cooking classes, and pretty much anything healthy food- related. And what would summer in the Driftless be without a nod to the outdoors? If you missed our special on regional Nature Centers in the Spring issue, check it out online (iloveinspired.com) for lots of fun adventures. Places like Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center near Lanesboro and the Kickapoo Valley Reserve near Viroqua are offering up awesome arrays of skills classes and outdoor opportunities – yep, even chain saw skills! So get out there and make this summer your school of life – these are the days we’ve been waiting for!
(Nordic Fest: 50 Years Strong, book cover design by Deb Paulson)
“I had no idea what I was getting myself into by committing to this book,” admits Dawn Svenson Holland, author of “Nordic Fest: 50 Years Strong.” “It’s been more time-consuming than I ever expected, but it has also been more rewarding – it’s felt like a labor of love.”
As Decorah prepares to celebrate the 50th Annual Nordic Fest July 28-30, 2016, Dawn Svenson Holland, daughter of longtime Fest historian Gary Svenson, credits her father’s work preserving history in researching the book. “I could not have completed this project without the clipping books my father put together,” she says. “And I do believe that had he been alive, he would have written this book.”
The project has been a passion for Dawn Svenson Holland and a small creative team including graphic designer Deb Paulson, and publisher Erik Anundsen. The process and research leading up to it has also been archived on a blog at: http://nordicfest50.blogspot.com/
The 300-plus-page coffee-table book will support the permanent placement of the Nordic Fest archives at Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah. The book includes 22 chapters of Fest history, as well as a section for recording personal memories. It also includes a DVD with archival footage of the first Nordic Fest and a promotional video made for the 25th Nordic Fest.
Presale orders may be placed online at www.nordicfest.com, or in person with cash or check at the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce, 507 West Water Street. The presale cost for each book is $50, with a limit of five books per person. The cost increases to $65 per book at Nordic Fest.
2016 Nordic Fest Button Logo by Lauren Bonney.