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’m sitting with pen in hand, snuggled in my recliner. The lights of our Christmas tree twinkle with colors of red and green. Their soft glow gives our family room an aura of warmth and comfort. The scent of cinnamon and spice wafts throughout the room … Mmm … smells wonderful. As I gaze at the tree trimmed with shiny red and green balls and beads, my thoughts drift back to Christmases past. Bits and pieces of memories come into focus and fade out again. I can’t help but smile and chuckle aloud at some of them. I remember the days when our St. Paul’s Sunday school program was on Christmas Eve. We could hardly wait to come home, eat and open up presents. One year, our Sunday school gave us a glow-in-the-dark cross. At night, I’d pull the covers over my head and watch it glow. Then there was the year Santa came to our house and my niece’s son, Jacob, was

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A tape recorder for Christmas was a truly special gift By RUBY B. MADSEN Hutchinson

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hen Art Benjamin, the youngest of us four children, was 4 years old, we were all excited about Christmas at 108 Grove. Art eagerly awaited Santa who brought not only stocking gifts, but also our Christmas tree a little earlier. Santa needed helpers.

After Art was in bed, we all got busy setting up the Christmas tree behind the pocket doors in the front room. Our older brother, John, had obtained a new popular device, a tape recorder. He set it up. When Art awoke the next morning, he came down the front stairs. The pocket doors were open. The Christmas tree was there in shining splendor. In his high childish voice the tape caught Art's exclamation,"Santa Claus was here!" for posterity!

n the late 1940s my dad bought a live tom turkey. “Tom” got to run around the horse barn for a few days before he met his “Waterloo.” When Mom saw the live turkey, she said, there was no way four people (Dad, Mom, brother Don and me) could eat that big turkey. So Mom and Dad decided to invite Mom’s family, the McConnells, over for Thanksgiving dinner. The number of guests would be few compared to later Thanksgiving dinners with the McConnells. At the first Thanksgiving dinner, there was our family, a married sister with three children, a married brother with one child and four brothers not married who lived with my grandma. Everyone thought it was so much fun that they decided to continue this “new" tradition. It continued at another aunt and uncle's home where they made the turkey, dressing, vegetable and mashed potatoes and gravy. The rest of the families brought the salads, rolls and butter and the pies for

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Cooking and baking come naturally to Lorna Shanahan, 92, of Glencoe. Her recipe for German Sweet Dough took grand-prize honors in this year’s Hutchinson Leader Recipe Contest.

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Honoring Christ’s Some family gatherings stand out birth, family time are holiday’s focus Continued from page 1A

about 4 years old. His eyes opened wide when Santa came downstairs dressed in red and carrying a sack with gifts in it. When he solemnly asked Santa where his reindeer were, Santa replied, “they’re parked on the roof.” Everyone laughed but Jacob believed him. I can’t help but laugh when I think of the Christmas we blazed a trail through drifts of snow to spend Christmas with my sister and family. We had an old 1954 Chevrolet PU with chains on the tires, affectionately named “the Old Bender.” We bucked snowdrifts to get there. No one else was on the road, but we made it and had the best time. And how can I forget the year we numbered the gifts for our kids one, two and three and made them guess which one were theirs. Talk about playing a trick on them. That kept

them from sneaking peeks at what the presents contained. Yet as I’m reminiscing, there are a number of Christmas gatherings that stand out more than others. I close my eyes and see three wonderful, gentlemen sitting at the dining room table at my sister’s home. They’re silhouetted against a backdrop of sparking snow. A cold winter sun filters its light through a window behind them. One sits with his arms crossed, nodding in agreement to the conversation passing between them. Another laughs heartily at something we’re not hearing. The third rests an arm on the table, oblivious to the rest of us playing board games and nibbling on candy and cookies. His attention stays with his companions … old, dear friends and fellow “Grandpas:” Grandpa Hilmer Hagstrom, Emil Nicolai and Wesley Kirgiss. Those are

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the three that come to my mind. My memories of Christmases with them are more vivid that any others. Maybe it’s because they have passed on and are no longer with us to share their wisdom and stories, we can’t get those wonderful days back again. Maybe it’s because they embodied all that we hold dear in our lives. They each had a strong abiding faith and gave each of us unconditional love just like our Savior gives us. Ah yes, memories. Some fade away, others stay fresh and leave lasting imprints. Either way, no one can take them away from me. I’m sure each Christmas season, I’ll sit in my recliner, quietly rocking and gaze at our tree as the lights twinkle their magic … special memories will filter through my thoughts and I’ll chuckle … and wipe away a tear …

Outdoor fun with other kids dessert. We not only ate a big dinner but there was also a supper following an afternoon of card playing, visiting and moms changing diapers on the little ones. Supper had to be early though, because most everyone had to go home to milk the cows and do other chores. The Thanksgiving days I remember most vividly were at two of my uncles. Uncle Arnold lived in the country in a big old house on top of a hill. It seemed there was always plenty of snow. So after dinner and the need to get us kids out of the house, we went sledding down that long driveway. Only problem was at the end of the driveway was the main gravel road! We somehow always managed to stop in time. Another year at the same uncle’s farm, we stayed inside and went

upstairs to play a made-up game with marbles. There was a hole in the floor to let heat up from the cook stove below the hole (there were no upstairs heaters in those days). And there was no cover on the hole. Yup, you guessed it. A marble somehow went down the open gap and into the coffee pot sitting on the stove, which for some reason did not have the cover on it! Needless to say up came the uncle and “words” were spoken and it was not coming from us kids’ lips! At Uncle Ervin's farm the tables were set for the many guests in many rooms except probably the bathroom IF you had an indoor bathroom! The food was HOT and ready to be served when the aunts realized that the one family was not there yet and they were bringing the pies. No choice we had to wait and by the time they final-

ly got there the food was not very hot. This also cut down on us kids’ playing time! The last Thanksgiving dinner was in 1965, because in 1966, I was to have the dinner at my dad’s farm place. I decided to get married instead and invited all the family, which had grown to many more by then with more uncles married and more children and grandchildren to my wedding dinner, which did not include turkey. After marriage, I had Thanksgiving dinner with my in-laws and when my daughter married, my husband and our son and his family go there for Thanksgiving dinner. And this year, for the first time in 45 years, my brother, Don, who lives in California, will be joining us at Kyla’s farm near Gaylord.

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n late November, at 4:30 a.m. it feels like I’m standing in the middle of a January freeze. As I sheepishly stare at my boots, I take another glance at my outfit: No fewer than three layers of two or three t-shirts with a heavy jacket and sleepdeprived nerves. If I were squatting in an eastern South Dakota slough, I’d swear I was hunting for a mallard. Instead, I’m loitering with 200 Brandon other shoppers in front of a ShopKo Van Westen store in my home- COPY EDITOR town of Sioux Falls, S.D., with my father. Undoubtedly, many of my friends and their dads were preparing for another day of pheasant or duck hunting. On this day, I’m pursuing a much craftier prey: An electric blanket for my brother. Soccer moms and grandmothers are noticeably agitated when they look at their watches. The clock ticked closer to shopping Armageddon. At 4:59 a.m., the front of the line began to cram around the entry way as the sales associates tried their hardest against the current. After listening to my parents’ harrowing Black Friday stories of years past, I’m not completely sure what I’ll witness. Before I can fully prepare for the impending insanity, the levy broke. So began another manic morning of Black Friday shopping for the Van Westen men.

The process begins For years, I woke up every Thanksgiving to the sound of my mom already in the kitchen, preparing the usual spread — turkey, mashed potatoes, scalloped corn and dressing. By the time noon struck, my grandparents, uncle and aunt had arrived at

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my parents’ home. As soon as possible, we gathered around the table to play witness to another feast. Sometime after the pies were dispatched and coffee was served, our collective mind went toward the glossy store circulars (no doubt conveniently located within this edition of the Holiday Extra). Advertisements were poured over, looking for potential Christmas gifts. From my viewpoint, it carried the same nuance as planning an invasion of mainland Europe. The weight of the responsibility to find the best deals was bore

What’s hot this year? Michael Brim, webmaster of www.bfads.net, says electronics are hot items for Black Friday shoppers this year. “The biggest drivers for Black Friday are consumer electronics,” Brim said. “Laptops, HDTVs, digital cameras, MP3 players (especially Apple products), video game consoles and Blu-ray players. This stays pretty constant throughout the years. Black Friday is when a lot of people purchase big household electronic items.” Among popular consumer electronics,

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laptops and HDTVs stand out against the rest, as demand stays constant throughout the years. With high demand, the savings on these items is usually the highest. “Because the demand is always there, retailers always push laptops and HDTVs,” Brim said. “In particular, retailers push the inexpensive models/brands because that is where the biggest draw is. For every $100 jump in price, an exponential amount of people become no longer interested in the item.” Although TVs and laptops garnish attention across the years, this year’s hottest item is e-Readers and tablet

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The battle One year, my mom idly mentioned a nice bracelet she’d spotted in the Yonkers advert. My dad’s ears perked up, and he knew what had to be done. Mission critical was to obtain that diamond jewelry, at all costs. As soon as we arrived at the scene, we knew we were outmatched. The crowd was hostile and agitated by the sight of empty sales counters. If I weren’t mistaken, the offensive line for the Minnesota Vikings had shown up to buy the same exact bracelet. It appeared the store had sold its last piece of cheap jewelry for the day. With our deflated resolve, we started for the door, until my father had a moment of divine inspiration. You see, the tables were covered in suspiciously long table cloths. One peek underneath the veil revealed the old man’s treasure: A plentiful stash of the cherished bracelet. If only it would’ve been so easy. It took one gasp from another shopper to alert the mob of the secret prize. Luckily for me, I had remained on the sidelines during the frenzy. My father almost ended

up on the floor as the crowd pushed him into a display of socks on wheels. As he fell, it seemed he would take out the whole footwear department. He didn’t regain his balance until the last possible moment. Noticeably flustered, he took control of his destiny and managed to pry one bracelet out of the situation. Luckily for us, he had jumped out of the tiger’s mouth and landed straight next to an open cash register.

Start of Christmas By 9 or 10 a.m., my father and I usually made it back from the day’s shopping adventure. Gifts were hidden in their usual places and a hearty nap is in order. For many years, my father (jokingly referred to as “Clark Griswold,” of “Christmas Vacation” fame) would load us kids and mom into the family truckster, a 1991 Ford Windstar, and head to Arby’s for lunch. … Don’t ask me of the significance that Arby’s played into the holiday season, it was one of those random family traditions that persisted. To this day, a beef and cheddar sandwich and curly fries conjures images of sugar plums and Frosty the Snowman, at least for me. After a hearty serving of meaty sandwiches, we always traveled through the countryside in search of the family Christmas tree. Our compass always led us to the same familiar tree farm, where lengthy arguments were held over which type of pine tree to cut down. All the parts don’t come together, until that fateful Christmas morning when the whole family comes together to have a fun time. At that point, the troubles of Christmas shopping melt away and

Tips to survive the day  Plan ahead. Nothing is worse on Black Friday than not having a clear idea as to what you’re shopping for. Entering the frenzy to do some window shopping is not advised. Use the circulars within this newspaper to create a plan. My personal secret is to bring them along on your shopping excursion — it’s much easier to find what you’re looking for. Sticking to the list also reduces the risk of impulse buying.  Wake up early. Most of the actual deals expire before noon and off the shelves before 10 a.m., if not earlier. It’s not my favorite part of Black Friday, but waking up at 3 a.m. may be required to snag the items you want.  Dress appropriately. I’m not a meteorologist, but I can guarantee it will be cold on Nov. 25. Dress in removable layers to prepare for cold outdoors and potentially warm store interiors. Fashion chic isn’t always priority when in the hunt for good deals, so take comfort over pride.  Hate the crowds? Be sure to check your local retailers for a much less hectic environment and more unique gifts during both Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, a national initiative in its second year to promote local businesses.

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Lorna Shanahan of Glencoe is the grand-prize winner of the Hutchinson Leader Recipe Contest

By KAY JOHNSON Staff Writer

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ooking and baking come naturally to Lorna Shanahan, 92, of Glencoe. Her recipe for German Sweet Dough took grand-prize honors in this year’s Hutchinson Leader Recipe Contest. “I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “I never win anything.” Her grand-prize recipe comes through the family. “My son-in-law’s grandma from Germany makes it at Christmas and it is always good for breakfast,” Shanahan wrote on her recipe submission. “Every time I make it, it turned out good,” she said. “I use it for prune kolaches, sweet rolls and coffee cake.” Winning the contest wasn’t what she expected. She entered just for fun. Her hope was to win a subscription to the Hutchinson Leader. Instead she won two tickets for dinner and a show at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres in Chanhassen. As much as she likes the German Sweet Dough recipe, her real passion is cookies. “I like every kind of cookie,” Shanahan said. “My favorites are Molasses Crinkles and Sugar.” At Christmas time, she was known for making up bags of decorated cookies for her grandchildren. She stopped doing it when the greatgrandchildren arrived.

Home life and hobbies Shanahan was born and raised in Sumter, the fifth child in a family of eight children. Her parents farmed. “My mom made two batches of cookies every Friday,” she said. “Two or three cakes every Saturday, and eight to 10 loaves of bread during the week and on the weekend. It took a lot to feed a big family.” A funny story Shanahan remembered took place after bread baking.

Grand prize winner: German Sweet Dough 1 cup milk 1 cup water 1 package of dry yeast 1 stick butter (I used Blue Bonnet margarine) 1 egg, 2 egg yolks 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup sugar 5 to 6 cups flour for a soft dough Heat milk and water until a little warm. Add dry yeast, let cool. Add sugar and salt slow. Beat egg and yolks separate, then add to milk and water. And then add flour, mix by hand, then turn on floured board, knead till soft dough. Put in greased bowl, let rise, then knead down again and let rise again, then put in pans. Makes three coffee cakes or two pans cinnamon or caramel rolls. Brush with butter. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon over top. Bake 325 or 350 degrees until golden brown. Serves 6 to 8 — Lorna Shanahan, Glencoe

Her mom went to slice a fresh loaf when she discovered the center was missing. Her younger children had cut the loaf in half and pulled the hot center out and stuck the two ends together hoping she wouldn’t notice. Shanahan laughed at the memory. Although she helped in the house, Shanahan preferred to work outside. She took her turn baking cookies if she wasn’t making hay. Shanahan also earned extra money — about $1.50 per week — helping the neighbors at threshing time or when someone had a baby. “I was driving the car when I was 12 years old,” she said.

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LORNA SHANAHAN OF GLENCOE found the recipe for German Sweet Bread courtesy of her son-in-law’s mother from Germany. Although she likes to use the bread for pastries, her favorite thing to bake are cookies.

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Category: Salads and side dishes First place: Italian Herb Focaccia Submitted by Marilyn Schreiner “Tastes wonderful with cream soups, especially tomato,” Schreiner wrote on her submission. “Also goes well with spaghetti, lasagna, manicotti and other Italian dishes.”

3 1/4 cup flour 1 envelope rapid rise yeast 1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cup very warm water (120130 degrees) 2 tablespoons + 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning any other herbs as desired

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In a large bowl mix flour, undissolved yeast, sugar and salt. Add water and 2 tablespoon olive oil, stirring until well mixed. Spread dough into greased 9x13 baking pan. Cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 30 minutes. Use wooden spoon handle to poke multiple holes in dough. Brush with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Sprinkle with garlic powder, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning and any other herbs. Cover and let rise 15 minutes. Bake 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool slightly and cut into slices. Serve warm. Also great toasted the next day.

Category: Main Dishes First place: Pastichio (Greek Lasagna) Submitted by Donna Richards “We were living in Rochester and took a liking to a great American diner near the Mayo Clinic,” Richards wrote in her submission. “So I learned some Greek recipes. This is very filling.” 2 jars chunky pasta sauce 1 pound ground beef or lamb Bechamel Sauce 2 cups hot milk

3 tablespoons flour 1/4 cup butter 1 pound pasta cooked (lasagna noodles) 2 cups parmesan cheese

have stayed at many B & Bs around the country, but never have we been served anything quite this decadent for breakfast. It was absolutely delicious and to take it one step further, there was a bowl of freshly whipped cream on the table to add if desired.”

Brown and drain meat. Add 2 jars chunky pasta sauce. Cook and drain pasta. Butter 9x13 pan. Alternately layer 1/3 of pasta and meat sauces and 1/3 of parmesan cheese. Prepare bechamel sauce. Melt butter in pan, whisk in flour, gradually add hot milk, whisking until smooth and thick. Salt and pepper and pour over Pastichio in pan. Make sure sauce penetrates to bottom of pan. Poke with a fork if necessary. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes. Cool slightly and cut into squares and serve.

3/4 cup toasted pecans 1/2 loaf of a 1-pound loaf of cinnamon raisin bread, cubed 6 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate 2 cups light cream or half-and-half, divided 6 eggs 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup coffee liqueur 1 teaspoon real vanilla 1/2 teaspoon, freshly, finely ground black pepper powdered sugar and mint leaf for garnish

Category: Desserts/Cookies/Candies First place: Chocolate Bread Pudding with Raspberry Cabernet Sauce Submitted by Jeannine Borgendale “On a trip to Savannah, Ga., we stayed at a bed-and-breakfast,” Borgendale wrote in her submission. “We

Instructions: Toast pecans. Cut enough bread to equal 6 cups cut into 1/2 inch cubes. Place bread cubes in a 9x5 loaf pan sprayed with cooking spray. Combine chocolate and cream in double boiler until melted. Combine remaining cup of cream, eggs, sugar, liqueur, vanilla and pepper in a

blender. Blend on high for 1 minute. Reduce to low speed and slowly add melted chocolate mixture. Pour over bread crumbs and sprinkle with toasted pecans. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight. Place pan (still covered in foil) in a water bath and bake at 325 degrees oven for 75-90 minutes or until bread feels slightly firm to touch. Serve on dessert plates in a pool of Raspberry Cabernet Sauce. Garnish with dusting of powdered sugar and mint leaf. Raspberry Cabernet Sauce 1 12-ounce container of fresh frozen raspberries, thawed 1 cup sugar 1 750 ml of Cabernet Sauvignon wine 2 grinds of fresh black pepper Instructions: Combine above ingredients in a large skillet. Boil over high heat until reduced to 2 cups. Put in blender and cool slightly. Cover blender and blend on high speed until pureed. Pour through a fine sieve to remove seeds. Refrigerate until ready to use.

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Salt-and-pepper shaker collecting one of winner’s hobbies With marriage, Shanahan moved to the Glencoe area, where she continued to help farm as well as manage the house and her growing family of three daughters. From there, she moved to town — Glencoe. It was about that time that she took up quilting, a 50-year hobby she continues to this day. At the moment, she has quilt blocks arranged on her bed for a project she is working on.

For many years, she was part of the quilting group at First Lutheran Church in Glencoe. She quit last year because she didn’t think her stitches were good enough anymore. “For myself, I can do it,” she said, “but my hand cramps up.” Another hobby that Shanahan enjoys is collecting salt-and-pepper shakers. She estimated she has about 400 pairs on display in her apartment. “When I was a kid, my oldest sister

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puzzles. “I’m crazy about it,” she said. She took to it more than 10 years ago when she quit smoking. Rather than have a cigarette with her morning coffee, she reaches for her word search puzzle book. Shanahan also continues to sew. With the holidays just around the corner, she is working on holiday fabric doilies. They resemble tree skirts, but much smaller. She also is making

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hristmas lights have come a long way since Christmas trees were decorated with burning candles and strings of popcorn that had the potential to turn deadly if a dry tree ignited. Today, some homes are decorated inside and out with a kaleidoscope of colors from energy-efficient LED lights, backed by music, both controlled by computer. The evolution of Christmas lights from candles to today’s hi-tech creations can be traced back to the late 1870s and early 1880s when one of America’s best-known inventors perfected the electric light bulb. Initially, some trace the marriage of Christmas trees to lights to the 17th century. Of course, lights in those days consisted of candles attached to the trees, which any fire chief will tell you is not a marriage made in safety heaven. To limit the fire risk, trees were cut just days before Christmas to prevent them from drying out before the big day. Families often would keep buckets of water and sand near the tree and kept a watchful eye on it at all times. Still, there were numerous tragic fires every Christmas season.

Edison to the rescue By the early 1900s, insurance companies began refusing to cover damages caused by Christmas tree fires.

Electric lights were becoming more accessible by then, thanks to Thomas Edison’s development of the electric bulb. In 1880, Edison promoted his invention by stringing “Christmas lights” all around his Menlo Park laboratory so commuters on the passing railroad could see them. Two years later, Edward H. Johnson, an inventor and vice president of Edison’s company, strung 80 red, white and blue light bulbs on his rotating Christmas tree as another advertising venture. Initially, electric Christmas lights did not catch on with the masses. Electric systems were few and far between. Hutchinson’s first locally owned electric plant began operations in time for Christmas 1900 serving just 80 patrons and capable of powering only 1,200 light bulbs of all types. Early Christmas lights also were expensive, costing about $12 that year, or the equivalent of $300 today. Additionally, those bulbs were large and produced hot enough temperatures to be dangerous. But they were safer than candles. Various companies got into the business of making Christmas lights and started making the bulbs smaller. By 1925, inventor Albert Sadacca, who was said as a youth to have seen a home burn to the ground because of Christmas tree candles, formed NOMA Electric Co. It was the largest manufacturer of Christmas lights into the 1960s. NOMA, which folded in

1968, brought us the safety fuses still used in most decorative lights today.

The old standards Until the past 15 years or so, Christmas lighting was dominated by one of two types of incandescent lights — the C7, a light typically used indoors with a bulb about the size of your thumb, and the C9, an outdoor light slightly larger than a C7. When Dave Kramer, owner of Ace Hardware in downtown Hutchinson, got into the hardware business almost 30 years ago, those two styles were prevalent in Christmas light displays. “They are still available, but we sell very few, mostly as replacements for strings that give out or as replacement bulbs,” Kramer said. The C7 and C9 bulbs began losing market share first to incandescent mini-lights in the 1970s and 1980s. The little bulbs were usually wired in series, which meant if one bulb

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Make memories this holiday season by attending the following special events with friends and family:  Happy Thanksgiving. “An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.” — Irv Kupcinet, American newspaper columnist.  Black Friday, Nov. 25: Let the shopping begin. Check shopping start times at your favorite stores because some are opening at midnight this year. For more information, see the night owl and earlybird deals in today’s Hutchinson Leader Holiday Extra! For shopping strategies, read Brandon Van Weston’s story on page 3A.  Friday, Nov. 25: Welcome Santa Claus from noon to 5 p.m., at the Hutchinson Mall, 1060 State Highway 15 S. Meet Santa from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 26-27. The Boy Scouts will sponsor photographs with Santa; 320-587-5956.  Friday, Nov. 25: “Making Spirits Bright” is the title of this year’s holiday exhibit at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska. It will open today and show through Sunday, Jan. 1. For a schedule of holiday events, visit the arboretum’s website at www.arboretum.umn. edu, or call 952-443-1400.  Friday, Nov. 25: Open Mic Night at 7 p.m., at the Hutchinson Center for the Arts, 28 Main St. N. Relax after a frenzied day of early bird shopping. There’s no charge to attend and the public is welcome; 320-587-7278.  Friday, Nov. 25: Tonic Sol-fa Holiday Show at 7:30 p.m., at the Dassel Cokato Performing Arts Center, 4852 Reardon Ave. S.W., Cokato. Tickets are for reserved seats and cost $25 for adults, $10 for youth. For ticket availability, call 320-286-4120.  Friday through Sunday, Nov. 25-27: Arts, Crafts and Gifts Show at the Hutchinson Mall, 1060 State Highway 15 S. Hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m.

Sunday; 320-587-5956.  Friday through Sunday, Nov. 25-27: The 20th annual Holidazzle Parade will feature lighted floats, music and costumed characters. It opens for the season at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25 (Thanksgiving Weekend through Sunday). The approximately 30-minute parade runs from 12th Street to Fourth Street on the Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis. There’s no charge to watch this holiday spectacle. The parade also can be seen Thursdays through Sundays, Dec. 14, Dec. 8-11, and Dec. 15-18. For more information, visit online at www.holidazzle.com.  Saturday, Nov. 26: Glencoe is changing its Holly Days celebration this year. It will begin with the lighted parade at 6 p.m. tonight. The parade route follows Greeley Avenue from 10th to 18th streets. The first medallion hunt clue will be released at the parade. Additional clues will be posted at 3 p.m. on Fridays through December or until the medallion is found. Look for clues on the Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce website at www.glencoemn.org. Check the website for additional Holly Days events, or call 320-864-3650.  Sunday, Nov. 27: The grand reveal of the Trees of Lights will take place at 5 p.m., at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care parking lot, 705 18th St. E. This year’s display is dressed in more than 67,000 lights. Meet Santa’s reindeer and enjoy refreshments of cookies and hot chocolate. The show will run every night from 5 to 10 p.m. through Sunday, Jan. 1. Tune your radio to the station posted and enjoy!  Monday, Nov. 28: Get creative with gingerbread for the Hutchinson Center for the Arts Holiday Gingerbread Competition. Create a one-of-a-kind gingerbread masterpiece — a house, a castle, a train station, a barn or any other architectural structure — and enter the contest. Entry forms must be submitted by Monday, Nov. 28, and gingerbread houses are to be delivered to the arts center on Wednesday, Nov. 30 or Thursday, Dec. 1.

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“FOREVER PLAID” is just one of many productions the Hutchinson Theatre Company has staged through the years. To commemorate the company’s 10th anniversary, its throwing a party. “Celebrating a Decade of Theatre: an Elegant Affair” will be Friday, Dec. 2, at the Crow River Golf Club in Hutchinson. Tickets are $50. Buy them at the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce, Hutchinson Center for the Arts and Clay Coyote.

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“HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS” IS THE TITLE OF VOCALIST PATTY KARK’S CONCERT at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. Joining Kark as special guest will be pianist and vocalist Jim Anderson. Admission is free, but a free-will offering will be collected. For more information, call the church office at 320-587-3031. String Orchestra. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday followed by the concert at 8 p.m.; dinner is served at 5 p.m. Sunday, with the concert at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 for dinner and $15 for the concert. To order tickets, call 952446-4234.  Friday and Sunday, Dec. 2, 4: Crow River Singers will conduct

“Songs of Christmas” Friday, December 2 • 7:00 pm Church of St. Anastasia - 460 Lake St. SW, Hutchinson Sunday, December 4 • 2:00 pm Peace Lutheran Church - 400 Franklin St. SW, Hutchinson $7.00 per person/children under 12 free Brian Brosz, Director • Naomi Shadis, Pianist

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two holiday concerts, “Songs of Christmas,” featuring traditional holiday music under the direction of Brian Brosz with pianist Naomi Shadis: at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at St. Anastasia Catholic Church, 460 Lake St. S.W., and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Peace Lutheran Church, 400 Franklin St. S.W., both in Hutchinson. Admission is $7 per

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Events target all ages and interests  Sunday, Dec. 4: Word of Life Church, 950 School Road S.W., Hutchinson, will stage its annual children’s Christmas play at 6 p.m. The play is called “The Great Christmas Giveaway — The Gift Goes On!” Following the play, refreshments will be served. There is no charge to attend and the public is welcome. For more information, call the church office at 320-587-9443.  Monday, Dec. 5: Babes Giving Back Holiday Fundraising Dinner, “Awaken Your Holiday Spirit,” at Zellas restaurant in downtown Hutchinson. Social hour at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. This event features live holiday music by area performers. Seating is limited. Tickets are $50 a person. This event will benefit local charities. For ticket availability, call Zellas at 320-587-WINE or the Village Shop at 320-587-2727.  Friday, Dec. 9: Popular Midwest bluegrass group Monroe Crossing is returning to Hutchinson. See the group perform its annual holiday show at 7 p.m., at Peace Lutheran Church, 400 Franklin St. S.W., Hutchinson. For tickets, call the church office at 320-587-3031.  Friday and Saturday, Dec. 910: Women’s Candlelight Dinner at Shalom Baptist Church, 1215 Roberts Road S.W., Hutchinson. Women are feted with a candlelight dinner, music, seasonal scents and holiday decorated tables at this annual event. Men and youth of the church serve this event with valet parking, coat check and table service. This year’s featured speaker is Debbie Griffith, who promotes the best self-help book ever written — the Bible. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, and at 5:30 p.m. Satur-

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MEET SANTA AT THE HUTCHINSON MALL. He will arrive for the season at noon on Friday, Nov. 25. For more information, call Amy Forcier, mall manager, at 320-587-5956. day. Table viewing is 30 minutes before dinner. Tickets: $15. Buy tickets at the church office. For more information, call 320-5872668.  Friday through Sunday, Dec. 9-11: Is it true? All you want for Christmas is your two front teeth? You’ll have to take it up with Santa. Visit with him from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, and from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at the Hutchinson Mall, 1060 State Highway 15 S. Photographs by the Boy Scouts; 320-587-5956.  Saturday, Dec. 10: Too busy for holiday baking? It’s Peace Lutheran Church’s annual Christmas

Cookie Sale. Bring your own containers. Doors open 9 a.m. at the Peace Center, 400 Franklin St. S.W., Hutchinson; 320-587-3031.  Saturday, Dec. 10: Main Street Christmas from 1 to 4 p.m., at Library Square in downtown Hutchinson. Enjoy refreshments, visits with Santa Claus and Clip Clop Trolley rides. There is no charge to attend and the public is welcome.  Saturday, Dec. 10: Holiday Open House from 2 to 4 p.m., at Ecumen Pines, 1015 Century Ave. S.W., Hutchinson. Enjoy live music from the bell choir, a tour of resident apartments decorated for the

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holidays plus refreshments. The annual memorial service will be at 3 p.m. This event is free and the public is welcome. For more information, call Kristal Ehrke at 320234-0873.  Sunday, Dec. 11: Holiday Open House from 2 to 4 p.m., at Ecumen Oaks, 945 Century Ave. S.W., Hutchinson. Enjoy live music from the bell choir, a tour of resident apartments decorated for the holidays plus refreshments. The annual memorial service will be at 3 p.m. This event is free and the public is welcome. For more information, call Kristal Ehrke at 320-234-0873.  Friday through Sunday, Dec. 16-18: Was it really Santa Claus kissing Mommy under the mistletoe? Talk to Santa from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, and from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Photographs by the Boy Scouts; 320-587-5956.  Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1718: GSL Panther Association holiday production of “Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical,” will take place at the Glencoe City Center, 1107 11th St. E. The comedy will be staged with dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, and with dessert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18. The show also can be seen with dinner at 6

p.m. Friday, Dec. 23; with dessert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29; with dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30; and with dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31. Tickets are $25 for dessert and show, and $45 for dinner and show. To order tickets, call 320-8645586.  Sunday, Dec. 18: Hutchinson Figure Skating Association and Hutchinson Parks, Recreation and Community Education present “Holiday on Ice,” at 4 p.m., at Burich Arena, East Rink, 950 Harrington St. S.W., Hutchinson. Students in levels tots to freestyle 3 will perform to holiday music.  Monday, Dec. 19: Christmas Potluck and Live White Elephant Auction at 5 p.m., at the McLeod County Historical Museum, 380 School Road N.W., Hutchinson. A silent auction also is part of the festivities with items on display from Dec. 12-19. For more information, call the museum at 320-5872109.  Monday, Dec. 19: Hutchinson High School Holiday Band and Choir Concert, 7 p.m. at the high school auditorium, 1200 Roberts Road S.W. There is no charge to attend and the public is welcome; 320587-2151.

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BLUEGRASS BAND MONROE CROSSING is returning to Hutchinson in support of the group’s new CD, “Heartache and Stone.” See them in concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. For tickets, call the church office at 320587-3031.  Friday, Dec. 23: GSL Panther Association holiday production of “Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical,” will take place at the Glencoe City Center, 1107 11th St. E. The comedy will be staged as a dinner show at 6 p.m. For tickets, call 320-864-5586.  Friday, Dec. 23: Last call for Santa Claus from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Hutchinson Mall, 1060 State Highway 15 S.; 320-587-5956.  Friday, Dec. 28: Open Mic Night at the Hutchinson Arts Cen-

ter, 28 Main St. N. The public is welcome and there is no charge to attend; 320-587-7278.  Saturday, Dec. 24: Lastminute gift ideas: “To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.” — Oren Arnold, author.  Saturday, Dec. 24: Looking for a Christmas Eve worship service? See the Faith page in the print edi-

tion of the Hutchinson Leader for Sunday, Dec. 18.  Sunday, Dec. 25: Merry Christmas. “I heard the bells on Christmas Day; their old familiar carols play, and wild and sweet the word repeat of peace on earth, good-will to men!” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet, 1807-1882.  Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 29-31: GSL Panther Association holiday production of “Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical,” will take place at the

Glencoe City Center, 1107 11th St. E. The comedy will be staged with dessert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29; with dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30; and with dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31. For tickets, call 320864-5586.  Sunday, Jan. 1: “Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” — Opray Winfrey, talk show host and philanthropist.

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Bring your pet on the road squeakers. Stuff a used plastic water bottle inside and the toy provides instant crinkly chewing fun. ($13 and up, specialty stores).

Cognitive play Products that appeal to an animal’s intuitive side, engaging them and encouraging natural activity, also are trendy. “Foraging toys are hot,” says Levine. They give owners a chance to do other things while their pet is occupied, she says. Shaw suggests the treat-dispensing Busy Buddy Kibble Nibble by Premier Pet (two sizes, $10 to $20, specialty stores). This activity ball stimulates pups mentally and physically by making them work for their food. Levine is a fan of the Physipet, a line of exercise and entertainment products for cats and dogs. The toys react to the pet, pulling back when the pet pulls, incorporating exercise with play and reducing boredom and separation anxiety, says company founder and inventor Jude Waddy ($70 and up, physipet.com). Interactive games from the Swedish company Nina Ottosson are designed

to stimulate a dog’s brain and reinforce people-friendly behavior. “Puzzle toys provide the mental stimulation many dogs lack in their everyday life,” says owner Nina Ottosson. Fill the new treat Maze and a pet will happily work away to “solve” the puzzle and get the treat. There are versions for cats and dogs (starting at $15, specialty stores.) Self-grooming products that keep cats happy and entertained are on the rise. The Worldwise Smartykat Brushup self-grooming post was voted one of the Top 10 products at the 2011 Global Pet Expo by veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker of TV’s “Good Morning America” fame. Hundreds of flexible silicone bristles provide a feelgood massage while pulling away loose fur ($20, specialty stores.)

Chewers “If you have a chewer, it’s integral that you find the type of toy that can withstand that kind of abuse,” says Shaw. Don’t skimp on cheap toys that can easily tear apart. Instead, buy a heavy-duty toy that can endure tough

teeth. California animal trainer and pet expert Diana L. Guerrero recommends the Kong Co.’s super-duty hollow rubber toys. The Kong Extreme toy, used by police and drug enforcement and specially made for aggressive chewers, can be filled with treats to help reduce boredom (available in five sizes, $5 and up, specialty stores). Brightly colored twists, flyers, hurleys and hucks from West Paw Design are made of Zogoflex, a durable, pliable material that’s easy for a pet to pick up and won’t hurt teeth ($9 to $17, specialty stores). Other toys for chew-happy canines: bones and tugs made of tightly twisted cotton threads, which clean teeth while the pup chews and plush toys for dogs who like to “mother” a toy. Nylabone hard nylon dog chews in a range of shapes and flavors last longer than rawhide bones and promote tooth health. A bacon-flavored DuraChew comes in the shape of a hollow stick ($12, specialty stores).

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nowadays,” says Levine. She stresses the importance of pet restraint while driving. “Just like texting and driving, a loose pet in the vehicle can be dangerous,” she says. Kurgo makes a variety of pet-carrying products. A Skybox Booster seat for puppies and small dogs up to 30 pounds lifts them up to provide them with a window view ($60, specialty stores); the Kurgo Auto Zip-Line tethers a dog safely, with a harness attached to a zip-line that runs between any two fixed points in the vehicle and allows a dog to walk back and forth, sit and stand ($38, specialty stores). Car carriers are especially important for cats, who

often are not fond of travel. Levine suggests that animal lovers bring water for their pets during trips. Pawgua makes a portable, BPA-free plastic dog bowl for thirsty, out-andabout pups ($15, specialty stores). The bowl keeps water cool and the top twists off. The best gift for a pet is simple and free: Stop, drop and play. “The best thing is for you to interact with your pets,” says Shaw. “It helps them hang on to their cognitive skills and reinforces that connection owners are seeking when they get pets in the first place.” (c) CTW Features

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Taste the Season everywhere — including, with any luck at all, a kitchen near you. With a beer-making kit, beer fans can outmicro the microbrewers. A Mr. Beer home brew kit includes a two-gallon fermenting container in the shape of an beer barrel, eight plastic bottles, caps and labels, and the ingredients that will produce two gallons of beer in 14 days. Throw in a six-pack of your favorite local brew to get the brewing party started. Find a store using the locator link at mrbeer.com. ($49.95, specialty and liquor stores). Give ‘em a pop and they’ll be happy. Kids decorate their own holiday treats with a do-it-yourself lollipop kit from Kencraft Candy. The pops, decorations and icing are edible. ($9.95, gift shops). Booger. Vomit. Earwax. Earthworm. Chances are, there’s a Harry Potter fan in your life who will fall on the floor laughing, more than once, as he offers you a taste from the Jelly Belly box of Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans.

CTW Features Has anyone ever made a truly grand entrance empty-handed? ‘Tis the season to arrive at the homes of friends and family with a smile on your face and a small gift for the hosts. And there’s no better offering than a little “somethin’-somethin’.” Gifts of food and drink needn’t be costly. A little sweet, a little gourmet treat — the newer and more uncommon, the better — is the perfect holiday calling card. Present it festively wrapped and beribboned and you’re sure to be welcomed back next time. Here are some ideas: Indulge your favorite locavore with a mushroom kit from Back to the Roots. Anyone with a taste for risotto al funghi and a windowsill can grow 1.5 pounds of oyster mushrooms in just 10 days, right from the box ($19.95/ grocery and specialty stores). Local craft brews are popping up

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l WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2011 l HUTCHINSON LEADER

TAKE 10: The Year's Best Children's Books

TAKE 10: Chart-busting albums

Book ‘em and hook ‘em

Old-school vinyl spins again

In this age of digital technology and toy gadgetry, children may be keener to flip on the TV or shuffle their MP3 player than crack open a book. This holiday season, try reigniting their imagination with the gift of words. Here are some of 2011's award-winning and honored books for young readers. — Lindsey Romain 1. "Moon Over Manifest" by Clare Vanderpool (Delacorte Press, $16.99) Newbery Medal 2. "Turtle In Paradise" by Jennifer L. Holm (Random House, $16.99) Newbery Honor 3. "Heart of a Samurai" by Margi Preus (Amulet Books, $15.95) Newbery Honor 4. "Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night" by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen (Houghton Mifflin, $16.99) Newbery Honor 5. "One Crazy Summer" by Rita Williams-Garcia (Amistad, $8.92) Newbery Honor 6. "A Sick Day for Amos McGee" by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook

The music business is hurting, but LP vinyl records are back from the near-dead. Vinyl has captivated a new generation of music enthusiasts. For the third consecutive year, vinyl record sales increased, selling 2.8 million units, the most since 1991, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Introduce the music lover of the family to a whole new way of listening with one of 2010's topselling vinyl titles. — Lindsey Romain

“A SICK DAY FOR AMOS MCGEE,” by Philip C. Stead and “Heart of a Samurai,” by Margi Preus

Press, $16.99) Caldecott Medal 7. "Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave" by Laban Carrick, illustrated by Bryan Collier (Little, Brown and Company, $11.95) Caldecott Honor 8. "Interrupting Chicken" written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein (Candlewick Press, $16.99) Caldecott Honor

9. "Ship Breaker" by Paolo Bacigalupi (Little, Brown and Company, $17.99) Michael L. Printz Medal 10. "Please Ignore Vera Dietz" by A.S. King (Knopf, $16.99) Michael L. Printz Honor (c) CTW Features

1. "Abbey Road," The Beatles (Apple Records, 1969) $18.99 2. "The Suburbs," Arcade Fire (Merge Records, 2010) $25.98, tworecord set 3. "Brothers," The Black Keys (Nonesuch Records, 2010) $26.98 , two-record set 4. "Contra," Vampire Weekend (XL Recordings, 2010) $14.99 5. "Thriller," Michael Jackson (Epic Records, 1982) $14.99

“THE SUBURBS,” by Arcade Fire 6. "High Violet," The National (4AD, 2010) $19.99 7. "Teen Dream," Beach House (Sub Pop, 2010) $18 8. "Valleys of Neptune," The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Legacy Recordings, 2010) $24.98 9. "The Dark Side of the Moon," Pink Floyd (Harvest Records/Capitol Records, 1973) $18.99 10. "xx" The xx (Young Turks, 2009) $18.99 (c) CTW Features

TAKE 10: Top DVDs for the Cable-Free

Catching up with cable: Watch the best TV has to offer (TNT/Warner Home Video) $39.98, DVD 3. True Blood, Season Three (HBO Home Video) $59.99, DVD/$79.98 Blu-ray 4. Dexter, Season Five (Showtime Entertainment) $39.99, DVD and Bluray 5. The Walking Dead, Season One (AMC/Lionsgate) $39.99, DVD/$49.99, Blu-ray 6. Entourage, Season Seven (HBO Home Video) $39.98,

Don't let those who've cut the cable miss out on their favorite shows. Holiday downtime is perfect for catching up on some of cables' most popular and critically acclaimed shows. Here are a few of last season's biggest titles, available on DVD and Blu-ray. — Lindsey Romain 1. Mad Men, Season Four (AMC/Lionsgate) $49.99, DVD and Blu-ray 2. Rizzoli and Isles, Season One

DVD/$49.99 Blu-ray 7. Nurse Jackie, Season Two (Showtime Entertainment) $39.98, DVD and Blu-ray 8. Louie, Season One (FX Network) $39.99, DVD and Blu-ray 9. Weeds, Season Six (Showtime Entertainment) $39.98, DVD and Bluray 10. Breaking Bad, Season Three (AMC/Lionsgate) $39.99, DVD (c) CTW Features

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l WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2011 l Holiday Extra! l 5B

CHRISTMAS

Coloring

Kids ages 12 and under: Color and decorate this picture and win a prize! There will be two winners in each group: Ages 5 and under, ages 6–9 and ages 10–12.

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Return this entire page to the Hutchinson Leader, 36 Washington Ave. W., Hutchinson. All entries must be returned by Thurs., Dec. 8, at 5:00 p.m. A random drawing of all entries will Contest entry name ________________________________________________________ Age ______________ determine the winners. Grab your markers, glitter and glue and happy coloring! Winners will be Address ________________________________________________________________________________ notified by phone. Have fun! Employees of the Hutchinson Leader and their immediate families are not eligible to win.

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Ready to go

retro? Old stuff is cool again, and gifting old stuff is even cooler By LINDSEY ROMAIN CTW Features

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etro style is in, and kids can’t get enough of it, from cutting-edge clothing and accessories that recall the classics to thrift-shop home goods straight from grandma’s attic. A quest for individuality in a homogenized world is behind the vintage juggernaut, say trend watchers. So is a treacherous economy. “I think the resurgence started with kids rummaging through thrift stores,” says Bonnie VanKeersblick of Blue Flower Vintage, an online shop run through Etsy that specializes in vintage items. “Old movies help fuel the trend, and then the economic downturn and people wanting to be green justified it.” Stephanie Press, who runs the online store Hold Vintage, says the same. “I believe there is a desire to escape from mass manufacturing to things that are unique,” she says. “The fashion industry has caught on to this and

are making efforts to include vintage in their styling and editorials.” Whether you’re shopping for a curious teen or a nostalgic grown-up, having an eye for the old this season will come in handy. Retro-themed products make for great gifts and fun shopping.

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For him Thank Don Draper from AMC’s popular series “Mad Men” for the resurgence in dapper formal wear for men. Draper’s crisp suits and affinity for good whiskey ignited craving for both. Men looking for fashion inspiration will enjoy “Icons of Men’s Style” by Josh Sims (Laurence King Publishers, 2011), a guide to iconic menswear. The British fashion writer chronicles prominent garments of the past and the men who made them notable, including stars like Gregory Peck and classic characters like James Bond. Another way to bring a retro edge to men’s formalwear is with pocket squares. “[Pocket squares] are understated but stylish and not too far out of a

guy’s comfort zone,” says Press. “You can go utilitarian with cotton or bold and bright in silk.” Club Room, a Macy’s clothing brand, sells pocket squares in everything from paisley to polka dot, and in colors like red, blue and black ($15, Macy’s). No man who carries a smart phone needs a watch — but many of them want one anyway. The Timex Digital watch ($40, department and specialty stores), boasts an INDIGLO nightlight feature and digital number display, but a shiny stainless steel expansion band and water-resistance gives it contemporary utility.

For her Classic style for women is about finding the perfect statement piece. Think bold jewelry or anything with an Art Deco edge. “I love the idea of a great retro-print scarf,” says Press. “Not only can you wear it in a myriad of ways, but they are being used in interior design as framed art or for custom pillows.” Look for scarf designs with blocky shapes and heavy colors with a sharp contrast (like black, lime green and red) to achieve a polished Art Deco look. Vintage glass, tableware and cook-

ware have great legs in the gift-giving world. VanKeersblick, a lifelong fan of vintage style, showcases a 1950s line of striped and lotus-patterned bowls designed by Grete Prytz Kittelsen for the Cathrineholm factory in Norway. Fresh contemporary takes on Scandinavian tableware abound, from Marimekko’s bright classics to the retro retakes from Sagaform, created by a platoon of young Swedish designers. Typewriters have seized the imagi-

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Continued from page 6B

Older technology is finding a niche against newer devices nation of the Facebook generation. Search local antique stores and thrift shops for antique brands and restored classics. Women with a penchant for the sound of keystroke may enjoy a 1950s Royal portable typewriter in bright pink ($595, mytypewriter.com) or typewriter-inspired jewelry like a key bracelet ($85) or custom key earrings ($58).

For teens Young people questing for fresh, individual style have led the way in refining the vintage aesthetic. To please a 20-something, though, a vintage gift must possess retro flair along with techno geewhizery. Old-fashioned vinyl records are on

a tear. A turntable would be a great gift for a young music fan fascinated by the crackling sounds of a spinning record. Crosley Radio, a classic brand dating to the earliest days of radio, offers a variety of models, including the Memory Master II ($400, department and specialty stores). This turntable, in black or paprika, plays vinyl, CDs and cassettes, has an AM/FM radio and a USB feature compatible with PCs and Macs for ripping and editing audio content. Retro-style headphones also appeal to young music fans who appreciate both 1970s design and contemporary high fidelity. Eskuché’s Control, an on-ear style headphone, comes in basic black, shrimp, salmon and gold

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($60, specialty stores). Teens also may enjoy capturing the moment on old-fashioned film with a Lomo LC-A, a cheap camera first designed in the Soviet era. Lomography U.S.A. rocketed to fame with this imperfect old camera (now produced in China) that produces unexpected distortions, such as light leaks and saturated colors that give photos a classic, artistic look. The Diana F+ is an update on a cheap 1960s camera known for delivering dreamy exposures ($89, lomography.com). (c) CTW Features

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