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Cover Story BELLA VOCE beautiful voice BELLA FIORE beautiful flower BELLETTES Young women find their gifts and inner beauty through song and blessing others.
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Chloe Bowman Chair, March of Dimes Signature Chefs Gala.
7 From the Editor
By Tracy Will
Diwali Festival of Lights Annual celebration in Rochester. Homegrown for the Holidays Celebrating local food producers and artisans at the Feast! Local Foods Marketplace.
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Local Author Harriet Hodgson Releases two new books. By Catherine H. Armstrong
Rochester-Area Authors 4th annual celebration. Wrap It Up Holiday gift guide.
Quarry Hill Nature Art Show and Sale Bringing together nature and art. By Alison Rentschler
Let’s Get Personal 25
It Never Hurts to Talk to a Lawyer Find the right lawyer to represent you. By Marlene Petersen
Recycled Creations Beaded silverware and serving pieces. By Melissa Eggler
The Male Perspective (The Real) Santa Claus Life, love and relationships. By Pam Whitfield
Interpreting Your Dreams What your dreams are telling you. 38
Women & Wine Shop local wineries for unique holiday gifts. By Nicole L. Czarnomski
Hot Chef Justin Schoville Meet our town’s hottest and best chefs. Holiday Parties Made Easy With a little help from our friends.
Remodelers Corner All White Kitchen Bright and airy with classic style. By Bob Freund
By Dawn Sanborn
Merry in Moderation Decorating for the holidays with linens to libations. By Sue Whitney
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Celebrating a New Home and New Hope Center City’s Gage East Apartments and the Empowerment Center. By Cindy Mennenga
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Christmas in Decorah Winneshiek County, Iowa By Amanda Wingren
Our Area’s Own Christmas teas. By Debi Neville
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People Say The darndest things. By Pam Whitfield
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From Work To Wine
For many of us the holiday season means more to do but lots more fun too! RochesterWomen magazine is excited to bring you our first holiday beauty and fashion guide (pages 19-22). We partnered with Katie (Makeup) Kirckof and Urban Sanctuary to get our models looking fabulous. Our models found functional and stylish fashions at numerous area retail stores. And then we took them to one of Rochester’s newest hot spots—Kutzky Market and Forager Brewing Company—to show off their wears. You, too, can go from work to wine easily with a little help from area businesses. Dawn Sanborn suggests a smorgasbord of restaurants (page 32) who offer catering or so you don’t have to mess with food preparation, serving and clean-up but can enjoy yourself and be more present with your family and friends while entertaining. Sue Whitney provides some splendid holiday decorating ideas (page 35). And Melissa Eggler shows us how to make beaded flatware for serving or giving as gifts (page 37). As always, many holiday celebrations and festivals take place this season. The season begins with the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Gala on Thursday, November 5 (see page 12). Diwali Festival will be held at Century High School on November 21. “What is Diwali?” you ask. See our Diwali Festival of ights article (page 11). Allegro School of Dance & Music presents "Believe! The Polar Express" on Friday, November 27 and Saturday, November 28. The Feast (page 41) will be held on Friday and Saturday, December 4 and 5 as well as Christmas in Decorah, Iowa (page 55). Lastly, but most visibly (on our cover), read about Shelly Winemiller and Bella Voce young women’s choirs (page 15). Bella Voce concerts are also the weekend of December 4-6. Whatever you do this holiday season, know that you are not alone. We are here, in Rochester, together. We gather, mix and mingle. Take care of yourself this holiday season; get out and enjoy the celebrations.
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Mayowood Mansion Christmas tours are Tuesdays through Sundays, except Thanksgiving. Tour times are Sunday through Thursday at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays there are additional tours at 4, 6, and 7:15 p.m. Tours before 5 p.m. will begin at the History Center with a refreshments and a short video after which attendees will drive to the house. The 6 and 7:15 pm tours will begin directly at Mayowood. Adults $15, 12 years and under $10. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the History Center of Olmsted County at 507-282-9447. Call early because tours fill up quickly.
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WIT, WISDOM & WINE Sat., January 16, 6-10 p.m., Rochester Public Library
The annual Wit, Wisdom & Wine fundraising event, sponsored by the Rochester Public Library Foundation, is a fun-filled evening with delicious hors d’oeuvres, delightful speakers and a silent auction. Early bird registration is $75 through December 31, 2015 ($85 after January 1). For more information and to register, visit rochesterpubliclibrary.org/ supporting/foundation/WitWine or call 507-328-2387.
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CHRISTMAS ON THE HILL, AN UMBRIAN CELEBRATION Sat., December 5, 6:30-10 p.m., Assisi Heights, Rochester
Begin your Advent journey at Assisi Heights, the home of the Sisters of Saint Francis. Party in the Parlors…music, festive surroundings, and Christmas Carol sing-a-long. Pray in the Chapel…prayer service led by Lourdes High School Fine Arts Department. Enjoy heavenly treats… gourmet dessert bar with sparkling wines and waters. Proceeds from this event have generously provided funds to support the ministries of the Sisters of Saint Francis. $50 per person, preregistration required by November 23. Register online at rochesterfranciscan.org or call507-282-7441andaskforBarb DeCramer email@example.com or Lynnette Stadtherr.
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The Spring Valley Community Center will deck its halls and invite guests to step back and enjoy the season. In the morning, walk/run the Frozen Feet 4K. The holiday bake sale benefiting ALA begins at 1 p.m. “Christmas in New England,” a free play put on by Brave Community Theatre will be at 1 and 3 p.m. A free soup supper will be served 4-6 p.m., with Santa on hand to hear children’s wishes. The popular Root River Revelers men’s choir will perform at 4:30 p.m., and a unique light parade is at 6 p.m. For more information contact bravecommunitytheatre@ bravecommunitytheatre.org springvalleychamberofcommerce.com/ christmas-on-historic-broad.html
Choose from handmade, recycled and one-of-a-kind creations at the fourth annual Handcrafted Bazaar. Over 30 local artisans come together to create a unique shopping experience with crafting demonstrations, including Melissa Eggler who has a regular “Recycled Creations” column in RochesterWomen magazine. For more information visit uurochmn.org.
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‘Tis that time of year to reflect on the values of the Christmas season. Stroll through the beautifully decorated parlors of Assisi Heights, while pondering the message in a quiet and reflective manner as you listen to the songs of the season. Gwen Buckingham, a connoisseur and collector of historic Christmas movies from the good old days, will give you a tour of Hollywood’s best and ageless films while accentuating the values of the season. Finally, relax with family or friends telling your own stories of Christmases past, while enjoying a cup of Christmas tea and a variety of sweet desserts. $32 per person, preregistration required by December 10. Space is limited. Register online at rochesterfranciscan.org For more information, call Angie Grimm at 507-280-2195 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Diwali Festival of Lights ANNUAL CELEBRATION IN ROCHESTER
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HILDREN AROUND THE WORLD ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE EXCITEMENT ASSOCIATED WITH CHRISTMAS—AN OCCASION THAT HAS BEEN CELEBRATED THROUGH GENERATIONS AND IS VALUED FOR ITS RELIGIOUS AND CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE. SIMILARLY, IN INDIA PEOPLE AWAIT THE GRAND CELEBRATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH DEEPAVALI, ALSO KNOWN AS DIWALI. DIWALI USUALLY IS CELEBRATED DURING OCTOBER OR NOVEMBER. THE EXACT DAY CHANGES EVERY YEAR DEPENDING ON THE HINDU LUNAR CALENDAR. THIS YEAR, DIWALI IS ON NOVEMBER 11.
Diwali is one of the most sacred, joy-filled and colorful festivals in India. In Sanskrit “Deepavali” means row of lamps (deep or diya). This festival is a Hindu celebration that is shared among other religions including Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Similar to the explosion of festivities seen at Christmas, there is an explosion of activities during Diwali that brings families and friends together, putting aside differences to remember an iconic event during the history of Hindu culture. Of all celebrations, Diwali, or the festival of lights, is undoubtedly the most well known and celebrated in India.
SIGNIFICANCE OF DIWALI Diwali commemorates the return of Lord Rama along with Sita and Lakshman from a 14-year exile. In exuberant celebration of the return of Rama, the people of Ayodhya illuminated the kingdom with earthen diyas (oil lamps) and fireworks. In Jainism, Diwali has an added significance where Lord Mahavira attained the eternal bliss of nirvana. In Sikhism, Sikh Guru Hargobind, who was held by the Mughal Emperor, was released on Diwali. There are other parallels that are related to Diwali with the essential message that throughout life we are all faced with grueling challenges, but by maintaining faith in ourselves and in our God we can overcome the challenges. Diwali is a day where we can all celebrate the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance.
ON DIWALI NIGHT For a few days before Diwali, residences, business and temples are thoroughly cleaned and painted. People decorate their houses with flowers and rangoli/kolam—a folk art of patterns drawn on floor or courtyard using materials such as colored sand or petals. On Diwali night, people light earthen, lampsand candles in their courtyard. Everyone wears new clothing, and buildings are decorated with lights that sparkle throughout the night. The entire city looks bright and is filled with rows of colorful lights. Most homes and businesses worship Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. People offer prayers and wish health, wealth and prosperity for everyone. The diyas are
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lit so that Goddess Lakshmi can find their house easily and shower blessings upon them. People meet their friends and family and exchange gifts, greetings and sweets on this day and enjoy the fireworks.
DIWALI IN ROCHESTER Due to the importance and significance of the festival, Indians who have crossed the seven seas to live on different continents ensure that Diwali celebrations take place with the same zeal and enthusiasm as if they were still residing in their mother land. Every year in Rochester, the Hindu Samaj Temple of Minnesota, Inc. (histemplemn.org) organizes Diwali celebrations where everyone, Hindu, non-Hindu, young and old are welcome to participate in numerous activities or just enjoy the social interactions. The Indian community in Rochester uses various social networking sites to provide updates of the program. The Hindu Samaj Temple in Rochester is celebrating Diwali on November 21 at the Century High School auditorium. Tickets can be purchased from the local Indian grocery store or at the beginning of the event at the venue. Children and adults showcase their talent by participating in Indian dances and songs, ethnic fashion shows, skits and cultural activities. Delicious Indian food is served, and everyone enjoys this festival as more than the religious significance: The feeling of goodness and joy envelops everyone on this day of Diwali. Shweta is an MBA student of Saint Mary’s University. RWmagazine.com November/December 2015
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CHAIR, MARCH OF DIMES SIGNATURE CHEFS GALA BY TRACY WILL HOMETOWN: Rochester, Minnesota AGE: 29 FAMILY: Husband, Adam; children Penny, 2, and Oliver, 3 ROCHESTER NATIVE: This is my hometown. I’ve lived here all my life. I met my husband, Adam, and got involved in his family business, Bowman Tool and Machining, where I worked as a project manager. But then I decided to spend more time at home to be with our children when we started a family. AN ESTABLISHED FAVORITE: I started going to Signature Chefs about seven years ago when I met my husband. That’s how I was introduced to [the gala] and to the March of Dimes. It’s always been one of our favorite events of the year, something we really look forward to. It’s a good excuse to dress up and eat lots of wonderful food, all to support a terrific cause. FOR THE HEALTH OF THE BABIES: The money from this event goes to the March of Dimes to support education, like getting information to mothers in the hospital, as well as financial support for families who have babies with medical problems. It also 12
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funds a great deal of research for women and families. Overall, Signature Chefs benefits the March of Dime's mission to help babies get a good start on a healthy life. CHANGE OF PACE: Being part of the manufacturing industry before this, it’s a nice change to get involved in the March of Dimes as a volunteer for something that’s nonprofit. Last year, I was on the committee and loved it. This year I was ready to do a little more, so I stepped up to being the chair. We’re looking forward to a very exciting event. FOODIE HEAVEN: We bring together some of the area’s best chefs. They provide small portions of an appetizer, entree and dessert. It’s unique because you get to sample and enjoy a wide variety of food. It’s not one person serving you one meal; you have a dozen chefs serving you the best of the best that they make. It’s an excellent culinary experience for anyone like me who really loves food. STAR POWER: We have a number of new features, and we’re hoping people who haven’t come to Signature Chefs Gala before will join us to check them out. New this year, we’ll have a whiskey flight
bar, as well as a mini-live auction. Our biggest addition, though, is celebrity chef Daniel Green who’s coming to us from Minneapolis. He’s hosting the event, as well as making a signature dessert and serving as a judge for the competition. HEADING OUT: When we’re not working or volunteering, our family really enjoys being active. We share a small farm with our extended family just north of Rochester that’s about 240 acres, with a pond and a picnic area. We have a great time together out there. We often head to Lake City, too, where we go boating. We spend as much time outdoors as we possibly can. PRIDE IN COMMUNITY: I love Rochester and southeastern Minnesota because we’re in close proximity to a metro area; however, we have a really nice, close-knit, clean, safe community here. Those things are hard to come by all in one package. We are blessed to have this type of unique place to live.
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CHORAL ORGANIZATION IN ROCHESTER HAS BEEN HELPING GIRLS AND YOUNG WOMEN IN SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA FIND THEIR VOICE, COURAGE AND SENSE OF BELONGING THROUGH THE POWER OF SONG. SING OUT LOUD AND ITS 130 MEMBERS IN BELLA VOCE YOUNG WOMEN’S CHOIR, BELLA FIORE AND THE BELLETTES HAVE IMPACTED THE COMMUNITY, NATION AND WORLD THROUGH THE GIFT OF MUSIC. FOUNDED IN 2007 BY SHELLY WINEMILLER, SING OUT LOUD
IS ON A MISSION TO INSPIRE YOUNG WOMEN TO IDENTIFY THEIR GIFTS, REACH THEIR HIGHEST POTENTIAL AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD AROUND THEM. “Young girls have so many doubts of their inherent worth and beauty,” says Winemiller. “An all-women’s choir creates a unique safety net to come together to express those fears and be validated.” She explains, “Music is a catalyst. The voice is one of a kind. No one else has your voice, only you. Once you embrace and nurture it, incredible beauty and potential begin to develop. This is the bigger work of the organization through song, support and community.” RWmagazine.com November/December 2015
Bella Voce singer Emma Archbold hugging one of the many children at the orphanage visited in Slovakia. Each singer brought each child small gifts and spent the day together following a benefit concert for the orphanage.
Above: Bella Voce on tour 2015 singing around the fountain where the Sound of Music was filmed, celebrating it's 50th year of being produced. Left: Shelly Winemiller.
EXCEPTIONAL CHORAL TRAINING AND PERFORMANCE ARTISTRY Bella Voce, which means “beautiful voice,” is for singers in grades 9-12 and draws girls from nine different cities representing 15 area high schools and home schools. Bella Fiore, or “beautiful flower,” was founded in the fall of 2012 for girls entering grades 6-8. The newest and youngest choir in the troupe is the Bellettes, which consists of singers in grades 1-5. With a foundation rooted in the discipline and techniques of healthy singing and exceptional performance artistry, focus is on the highest quality choral experience and everything that music has to offer. Emphasis is placed on weaving together music that relates to world awareness, travel and fellowship. Selections range from classical and spiritual to contemporary, composers from Serbia to America, and languages including Hebrew, Serbian, English and German. Auditions are held in the spring and fall each year. Rehearsals take place for two and half hours once a week, September through May. The organization emphasizes accountability and leadership, with expectations that the girls will practice music on their own and have a commitment to attend sectionals that are student-led.
THE BELLA FAMILY Winemiller earned a bachelor’s degree in music therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She completed graduate studies at Adler Graduate School of Psychology and is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She founded and is a therapist at Wellspring Family Therapy Center in Rochester.
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The Sing Out Loud organization is an extended family affair. Shelly’s husband, Mark Winemiller, M.D., helps behind the scenes with everything from administration to technical assistance to music arranging and percussion needs. Their daughter, Julia, was in the organization prior to going to college and sons, Samuel and Isaac, help accompany the various choirs with a wide range of instruments. The extended Sing Out Loud family includes: Bella Voce accompanist Laurie Priniski, Bella Fiore director Stephanie Nolting, Bella Fiore accompanist Teresa Kramer and Cindy Pauley, Sing Out Loud operations administrator.
GROWING YOUNG WOMEN INTO LEADERS THROUGH OUTREACH Just as foundational as good vocal technique, giving back to the community is of upmost importance. “Giving back solidifies each girl’s own inherent worth and beauty and helps to emphasize that gifts are meant to be shared with the world. In a culture of fast reward and always expecting and getting the next new thing, it is important to instill the value of giving of your time and talent to others,” says Winemiller. The Voice to Voice program pairs singers with nonprofit organizations, teaching creative musical expression along with sharing the gift of song. The program was developed by Winemiller’s daughter, Julia, while she was participating in Bella Voce. Voice to Voice has worked locally with the Ronald McDonald House and has led music groups with the Minnesota Children’s Museum in Rochester. Julia has brought the program with her to college and is currently working with student volunteers at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and St. Louis Public Schools.
Left: Bella's final performance in Budapest, Hungary sharing a joint concert with a local choir. Below: Outreach with Bella Fiore 2014 at Assisi Heights.
SHARING MUSIC LOCALLY, NATIONALLY AND AROUND THE GLOBE Bella Voce has traveled regionally in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois. In 2009 the group went to Austria, Czech Republic and Slovakia, and in 2012, they traveled to Italy. This past summer, 52 Bella Voce singers, chaperones, and musicians went on a 10-day tour through Europe that spanned seven cities in three countries. Bella Voce sang at three promoted public concerts at magnificent churches, performed at a recital at the Melk Abbey and participated in a school exchange at the Kodály Institute. The choir also toured several palaces, cruised on the Danube River (while singing “Blue Danube”) and experienced the region’s culture with local guides. In 2012, Bella Voce was one of 13 choirs invited to sing at National American Choral Directors Association in front of choral directors from around the world. For the last two years, Bella Voce has been selected to participate in Minnesota Public Radio’s “Taste of the Holidays” broadcast and compilation CD. This is an honor usually offered to professional groups and adult ensembles.
BELLA VOCE MAKES A DIFFERENCE TO ALL WHO HEAR THE MUSIC Bella Voce not only makes a difference in the lives of the girls who join the organization, but also strives to bless others. The organization lifts spirits through their annual concerts, singing at area churches and nursing homes, participation in choral festivals and outreach to patients at Mayo Clinic and the greater community, as well as orphanages and hospitals around the world. Bella Voce has touched thousands of hearts through their gift of music.
A unique and very memorable highlight of their recent European tour was spending time with staff and members of an orphanage and foster home in Bratislava, Slovakia. “We went on the trip with the declaration that we were going to be ambassadors of peace,” comments Grace Dokken, 16. “By spending time with the children in the orphanage and singing with them, I fully understood the meaning of the trip. The trip was about loving on one another through song and offering our time. I was able to show the children I met how much of a treasure they are. I am overwhelmingly grateful and thankful to have had the experience.” It’s not unusual after each performance or concert for the organization to receive letters of gratitude or to hear from individuals who share how much the performance meant to them. Winemiller recalls meeting a woman who attended a Bella Voce Christmas concert shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. The woman said that she closed her eyes during the concert and felt as if she was hearing the sound of angels and through the clarity of the voices and spirit-filled sound, she knew in her darkest hours of fear she that she would be all right. “To really touch someone like that is amazing. Through music, and the collective gifts of the girls, we are able to bless others. My heart is overwhelmed with gratitude on how Bella helps girls grow and blesses all who come to hear us sing,” comments Winemiller.
HEAR BELLA SING THIS CHRISTMAS Treat yourself to hearing the girls’ voices this holiday season. “A Bella Christmas—Let there Be Peace on Earth!” concerts will be on Friday, December 4 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Saturday, December 5 at Saint Marys Chapel-Mayo Clinic and Sunday, December 6 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Tickets can be purchased at singoutloud.org. Laurie Archbold is the owner of Encore Public Relations and co-owner of Red Couch Stories. Her daughter Emma has been a member of the Bellettes, Bella Fiore and currently sings with Bella Voce. RWmagazine.com November/December 2015
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“I had a great time getting my hair and makeup done. The staff at Urban Sanctuary were very knowledgeable and fun. I learned several makeup tips that I can easily incorporate into my daily makeup routine. Even with my short hair, they were able to really change my look. I was really happy with how it turned out,” comments Beth. “The girls thought it was really fun having their hair done. They did a great job matching the girls’ hairstyles with their personalities,” Beth adds. Katie Makeup Kirckof is a makeup artist and assistant manager at Urban Sanctuary. She used Aveda hydrating moisturizer and dual mineral foundation on Mette and Beth. She put smoky, shimmering eye shadow and liquid eyeliner in dashes across the lids and small-to-medium-length individual (about five to six) false eyelashes on Mette and Beth. Beth had never worn artificial eyelashes before and found, surprisingly, “They are comfortable and feel good.” Cosmetologist Kara Olson styled both Mette’s and Beth’s hair. She gave Mette a blowout hairstyle. “It is a very good day-to-nighttime hairstyle,” explains Kara. “It gives a lot of volume and movement.” Kara styled Beth’s hair with different-sized round brushes for volume and texture. “This look is a classic, long-lasting style,” she comments. Both of the women can pull pieces of hair forward or pin pieces back to easily change their looks. Katie Makeup Kirckof is a certified makeup artist and certified airbrush makeup artist through TEMPTU. Katie travels across the nation to receive training in cosmetics. She specializes in bridal makeup and mature skin makeup applications. For more information about Katie visit katiemakeupkirckof.com. Urban Sanctuary is an Aveda concept salon located at 114 First Avenue SW in Rochester.
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John Sievers is an English professor at Rochester Community and Technical College. Beth and John grew up in Davenport, Iowa, where they met in junior high school. John is also a musician with several bands in Rochester including the D’Sievers.
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WE ARE GRATEFUL for everyone who contributed to our first annual holiday beauty/fashion photo shoot. We appreciate the time our models took to look for clothes and pose for the photos. Makeup and hair for this photo shoot was done at Urban Sanctuary (see previous page). Thank you to all of the retailers who prepared the outfits and lent them to us. We encourage our readers to shop for some new winter and holiday clothing locally and try the new Kutzky Market and Forager Brewery.
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IT NEVER HURTS TO TALK TO A LAWYER FIND THE RIGHT LAWYER TO REPRESENT YOU Jill Frieders, family law attorney, O'Brien & Wolf, L.L.P.
ONTRARY TO MANY STEREOTYPES, NOT ALL ATTORNEYS SPEND THEIR DAYS ARGUING IN COURT. BUT WHAT DO THEY REALLY DO? AND WHEN YOU NEED ONE, HOW DO YOU PICK THE RIGHT ONE? WE SAT DOWN WITH SEVERAL LAWYERS IN TOWN TO GET THE ANSWERS.
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PRACTICING LAW After attending three years of law school and passing the bar exam, lawyers tend to practice law in one of two categories: those who go to court (litigators) and those who do not (transactional attorneys). They typically work for the government, in a private law firm or business or for nonprofit organizations. Unlike their glamorous television counterparts, most litigators spend the bulk of their time in offices and conference rooms gathering and preparing evidence and witnesses, doing legal research and counseling clients. Transactional attorneys also counsel clients, in addition to a myriad of tasks such as drafting contracts, wills, articles of incorporation and business plans, registering trademarks and patents and assisting families with various issues, including adoption. A common misconception is that any lawyer can represent you in any kind of case. In actuality, most lawyers focus on specific areas of law rather than practicing everything from bankruptcy to workers’ compensation. “General practitioners are more common in smaller towns. In larger towns like
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Rochester, it’s more common to have specified areas of law,” says Melissa Saunders, who does estate planning at Dunlap & Seeger in Rochester. “A lot of our practice focuses on small businesses. We do business law, commercial real estate, estate planning and litigation. We also handle family law, bankruptcy and personal injury.”
THE RIGHT ATTORNEY With nearly 200 lawyers in Rochester, searching for the right one can feel overwhelming. Start by matching your needs with the lawyer’s area of practice. If you need a will, search for firms who do estate planning. Findlaw.com lists Rochester attorneys by subject and includes links to firm websites so you can learn about the firm and read attorney profiles. “Ask professional people you may know for recommendations—your banker, realtor, accountant, insurance agent,” advises Saunders. “We come in contact with these individuals on a regular basis; they tend to know what we do.” No matter whom you choose, make sure she or he is someone with whom you can communicate, even if it means interviewing more than one attorney. “If you sit down with a lawyer and you are not comfortable—no matter how experienced the attorney is—it might not be the right person for you,” advises Jill Frieders, family law attorney at O'Brien & Wolf, L.L.P, law offices.
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BY MARLENE PETERSEN Kari Stonelake-Hopkins, estate planning, Dunlap & Seeger.
Ask if the lawyer charges for an initial consultation. Some do and some don’t. Organize and bring relevant documents as well as written questions. This makes face-to-face time more efficient (and less expensive since most attorneys bill by the hour). At the consult, confirm the fee structure and hourly rates for everyone working on your case, which can include newer attorneys and paralegals. Many firms use retainer agreements—a one- or two-page document that lists billing information, the nature of the representation and the duties of lawyer and client—to spell out these details, including required monetary deposits. “Nothing needs to be mysterious about a relationship with an attorney; making sure everything is clear is helpful to the attorney as well as the client,” says Kari StonelakeHopkins, estate planning attorney at Dunlap & Seeger. Throughout the representation, expect your attorney to keep you informed about what’s going on and to return phone calls and emails in a timely (not instantaneous) manner, and if you go to trial or mediation, expect to be guided through it, advises Frieders. A good attorney is not a miracle worker, but she or he can often help in ways you might not even anticipate, including saving you time, money and headaches. Marlene Petersen is a Rochesterbased writer who would like to thank Dunlap & Seeger and O’Brien & Wolf for their insights.
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Celebrating a New Home and New Hope CENTER CITY HOUSING TRANSFORMING GAGE EAST INTO APARTMENTS AND EMPOWERMENT CENTER BY CINDY MENNENGA
OME IS WHERE WE HOLD OUR FONDEST MEMORIES. HOME IS MOM, LOVE AND A COCOON OF SAFETY AND ACCEPTANCE. AS CHILDREN, THE MAJORITY OF US KNEW WHERE WE WERE GOING TO SLEEP AT NIGHT AND NEVER HAD TO WONDER IF WE WOULD HAVE ENOUGH FOOD TO KEEP OUR STOMACHS SATISFIED OR IF WE WOULD BE WARM ENOUGH DURING THE WINTER. WE WERE ABLE TO BE KIDS: WE GOT TO PLAY WITH OUR FRIENDS, GO TO SCHOOL AND GROW INTO EDUCATED, WELL-ROUNDED ADULTS.
Growing up, most of us were shielded from the harsher realities of life; however, not all kids are afforded that safety net. It may come as a surprise to learn that even in Rochester, Minnesota—a city blessed with a low unemployment rate, high quality of life and exceedingly high education and income levels—there is a homelessness issue affecting youth and adults of all ages. Rochester has an underserved homeless population existing largely under the radar. Studies indicate that there are an estimated 200-300 homeless families and an additional 60-100 homeless youth living in the community. This is an issue that makes people understandably uncomfortable. Have you ever averted your eyes when you pulled up to a stop sign and saw someone holding a sign that says, “Homeless—Please Help” or “Will Work for Food?” The reality is that given the right (or wrong) set of circumstances, the person holding the sign could be each and every one of us. It’s hard to know what to do when you see someone who is homeless. 26
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CENTER CITY AND THE EMPOWERMENT CENTER In an effort to meet the increasing need to provide housing for homeless people in our community, Duluth-based developer Center City Housing Corp. was invited to consider building a permanent supportive housing complex in Rochester. A deal came together and construction has begun on the 55-unit Gage East Apartments, which includes 30 units for families with children and 25 units designated for youth 16-21 years old. Nancy Cashman, Center City supportive housing development director, says, “Center City is excited to be part of the solution to a problem that has been identified.” Gage East Apartments is being built on the campus of the former Gage Elementary School in northwest Rochester. The school building will be repurposed into the Empowerment Center, which will be a collaboration of several agencies housed on-site. The Empowerment Center’s services will be available to residents of Gage East Apartments, as well as anyone in the community who can benefit from them. The guiding principle of Center City, in both the new permanent supportive housing complex and the Empowerment Center, is to continually ask, “How will this impact the kids?” With that question always in mind, the services provided on-site will support children and strengthen families by offering child-rearing guidance to parents. Other services include job training, educational opportunities and attending to mental health/chemical health needs.
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FROM HOMELESS TO HOPEFUL Randi Ruhanen has lived in Center City’s permanent supportive housing unit in Duluth , Minnesota, since April 2010. She says that the best thing about her experience with Center City has been “stability and people to keep me accountable.” She adds, “There’s no telling where my life would have gone,” if not for Center City. Ruhanen indicates that she has benefited from the childcare program, parenting class and the “Spirit of Mothering” program, which includes dinner and childcare. As part of this program, participants enjoy fellowship, share parenting challenges and discuss techniques to handle those issues. Homelessness, drug and alcohol addiction, emotional and physical abuse, domestic violence, lack of a structured environment, food scarcity, learning disabilities and a variety of other issues disrupt lives and put pressure on support services. If the cycle can be interrupted, we can effect change and help families and youth who have otherwise fallen through the cracks of our over-burdened system. By putting more resources into early-childhood development and families, we can help to improve lives, restore hope and, in the process, reduce future pressure on strained social services programs.
Center City has begun fundraising efforts to transform the Gage Elementary School building into the Empowerment Center. The budget for the campus is $14.5 million. Center City has raised $12 million so far and has a one-time need for an additional $2.5 million. The funds will be raised via donations from residents and businesses in the Rochester area. The money has been earmarked to replace the roof, HVAC system and windows and build a commercial kitchen. Corey Jordan, development director for Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge, agrees that programs like permanent supportive housing and the services offered through the Empowerment Center are definitely needed. He says, “If issues had been addressed earlier, they probably wouldn’t be in the situation they are in now.” Karen Edmonds of Project Legacy in Rochester concurs that Center City’s project is needed and adds, “It’s hard to address addictions when kids are still on the street.” Everyone needs consistency, love and acceptance in their lives. Getting people off the street and into a structured, safe and loving community is the cornerstone to building a stable and productive life. The services offered by the Empowerment Center will allow participants to begin rebuilding their lives on a solid foundation. Cindy Mennenga, owner of Straight Talk Wellness, is a health coach and freelance writer based in Rochester.
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SHOP LOCAL WINERIES FOR UNIQUE HOLIDAY GIFTS BY NICOLE L. CZARNOMSKI
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E’VE COMPILED A SHOPPING GUIDE FOR THOSE OF US WHO LIKE TO SHOP LOCALLY AND APPRECIATE WINE. WE VISITED SEVERAL WINERIES IN SOUTHEASTERN MINNESOTA AND FOUND A COLLECTION OF GIFTS RANGING FROM QUIRKY TO CLASSY. WE EVEN DISCOVERED A FEW GIFT IDEAS FOR NON-WINE DRINKERS.
SHOPPING BETWEEN THE WINES We started our tour at Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery located in Spring Valley. Vicky Vogt, co-owner, says, “We’re changing up the [merchandise] all the time. There’s always something different in our shop.” They have wine bottle travel bags, cocktail napkins and kitchen towels. They carry unique wine racks, constructed with rustic looking bearings, wrenches and other iron parts that Vogt’s husband, Gary, creates. These unique wine racks are $145 each. One of our selections from Four Daughters is a small, wooden sign with the saying “Cheer Up, Wine A Little,” and it’s only $4. Another gift item is a wine bottle ornament. The ornament coils around and rests on top of the bottle, reminiscent of a grapevine bursting with grapes. It’s priced at $18. There’s something for everyone in this gift shop and at every price point. 28
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FROM CLASSY TO SASSY Post Town Winery is located on the west side of Rochester on the Highway 14 frontage road. Their gift selection is sprinkled throughout the tasting room and the new special event room. If you’re looking for unique jewelry, there are sterling silver wine glass earrings and necklaces in a variety of crystal colors for $15. For your glam friends there’s a pink rhinestone wine bottle opener for $12 and coasters with sassy wine sayings. There are also prints and framed original photography by the Post Town Winery’s wine chemist, Kate Bierle. Cannon River Winery, located in Cannon Falls, has gifts situated throughout the building. We encourage you to meander around the facility to see what they have to offer. They have wine glasses with their logo, insulated jute totes for $20 and gift bags with sayings. Our selection from Cannon River Winery is a decorative plate reminiscent of old-world, wine-themed art and a
silver-colored display unit. It’s perfect for serving cheese and crackers or sitting on a shelf. If you’re in the Winona area, check out Garvin Heights Vineyard. Linda Seppanen, co-owner of the winery says, “There are certain things people know I always have. The items are economical and functional. I keep wine openers on-hand. I carry the ones with a foil cutter, Teflon-coated spiral and hinged arm to get the cork out.” The prices range from $4.95 to $16.95. Seppanen says they have wine glasses for various holidays or events. They are featuring holiday wine glasses sold separately or in sets. The wine glasses are $12.50 each or a set of six for $60. We’re also highlighting a quirky, ceramic, high-heel shoe that functions as a wine bottle holder for $26.99. There are jewelry, purse hangers, aprons and locally made wooden stoppers too.
Gifts from wineries were photographed at Cambria Gallery in Rochester. Cambria Gallery is available to host private events in their beautiful showroom. For more information please contact Jessica Markley at Jessica.Markley@CambriaUSA.com or call 507-206-2323.
GIFTS FOR TEA DRINKERS The next stop on our tour is Salem Glen Vineyard and Winery in Rochester. If your holiday shopping list includes a gift for a tea drinker or wine lover, Salem Glen is the place to shop. They have a wall of tea displayed as well as ceramic Tea Forte™ steeping cups with infusers in a variety of patterns. We love the Lotus Steeping Cup with Infuser that sells for $13. The gift box of Tea Forte Single Steeps® pre-portioned loose leaf teas Lotus collection includes Darjeeling Quince (organic black tea), Mountain Oolong (organic oolong tea), Lemon Lavender (organic herbal tea), Orange Jasmine (organic green tea) and Vanilla Pear (organic white tea). The vast tea selection also has a three tin Tea Forte sampler. It features Hazelnut Truffle, Sweet Orange Spice and Bombay Chai black teas for $13.50. The wine bottle and wine glass wall hangers on display at Salem Glen are created by John Tapager. Or, if you prefer, there is a standing (non-wall hanging) holder. There is a variety of locally made garden accessories, hand-stitched towels and a gorgeous wooden wine box available at Salem Glen.
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Each winery has a vast selection of gifts. We highlighted several items to get you started, but we agree that the best shopping requires both wine tasting and time to browse.
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MEET OUR TOWN’S HOTTEST AND BEST CHEFS Justin Schoville is the general manager of Zzest Cafe & Bar and the hot (meaning talented) chef of this issue.
FIRE IN HIS CULINARY DESIRE Justin Schoville started his culinary career as a dishwasher at a small breakfast restaurant in his hometown of Dodgeville, Wisconsin, but that didn’t last long. He did a short stint at a local bar and grill, then packed his bags and boarded a plane to New Zealand for a 32-day backpacking trip. “There was just something about New Zealand that started a fire in my culinary desire that has yet to burn out,” he says. In September 2006, Justin moved to Rochester and opened Sontes as their executive chef. After a few years, he decided it was time to try something new, so he began working at Zzest. “I have been here ever since [I left Sontes]. I have left a couple of times to work in Chicago and California, but the atmosphere and family camaraderie [at Zzest] has always brought me back.”
INSPIRATION AND ADVICE Justin finds his inspiration for food by reading a lot to keep his mind open: cookbooks, food history and gastronomy science books. “Sometimes a good long walk will help me to pair products and ideas together,” he explains.
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HOT \HÄT\ (SLANG) PERFORMING WITH GREAT SKILL AND DARING For the beginner in the kitchen or in business, Justin suggests, “Season properly. Salt and pepper go a long way.” Also, “Stay focused, take notes, have a great attitude and have a sense of urgency.” Justin loves to cook homemade pasta from scratch at home. “I have a nice-size workbench at home that I like to roll out fresh pasta by hand the old way.” He pairs his pasta with his favorite wine—Willamette Valley pinot noir.
FOOD TRENDS AND GADGETS “The trend that is going to grow in my opinion is going to be South American cuisine,” explains Justin. “We saw a rise in Spain, the Nordic region, Singapore and Tokyo. I am also seeing a lot of movement out of South America.” We will have to watch for these trends on the Zzest menu. Surprisingly, the dehydrator is Justin’s favorite kitchen gadget. “We use the dehydrator to dry out veggies and grind them down for spices or to coat proteins with [dried black garlic powder that we use on the
lamb loin]. The dehydrator allows us to use the powders or chips for our popcorn as well, like the roasted chicken popcorn, Fruit Loop, and chili cheese with basil.” That’s a great holiday gift idea for any cook or foodie.
ZZEST CAFE & BAR ON 2015 OPEN TABLE LIST Zzest is on Open Table’s 2015 list of the 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America. Justin definitely had a part in it. There were eight Minnesota restaurants, seven from the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and one from Rochester: Zzest Cafe & Bar. With the new restaurant layout and “revival of the house pasta program,” Zzest is the restaurant to try. With its award-winning, intensely beautiful and flavorful food (with just the right amount of salt and pepper) and Justin at the helm, we think you will agree. Zzest is located at 1190 16th Street SW #600, Rochester and is open Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. They will open Sunday and Monday for private parties and special events. For more information visit zzest.com.
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GO GREEK OR MEXICAN OPA! OPA!!
What’s a party without a little Greek fun? Starting at just $9.99 per person, buffet style, Opa! Opa!! restaurant will give you a simple and beautiful offering of food at your event. Let Opa! Opa!! cater your next gathering or event. Eat well…eat GREEK! Ya’su! Items available include Greek kabobs, gyros, Greek salad, pastitsio (Greek lasagna), chicken lemonati, village steak salad and falafel. For dessert, order skorthalia and spanakopitas. Opa! Opa!! is located at 1106 15th Avenue SE, Rochester. For catering call 507-202-2486 and make sure to ask for Eddy. OpaOpaRochester.com
El Carambas can take care of all your catering requirements and make your holiday party a fiesta! Options include a taco or fajita bar, quesadillas, enchiladas, chimichangas, burritos and many other Mexican delights. From only $9.99 per person, buffet-style
catering includes napkins, forks and plates. El Carambas is located at 1503 12th Street SE, Rochester. For catering call 507-202-2486, 507-281-3104 or 507-282-4603. Ask for Eddy or Luis. elcarambas.com
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS If you are in the mood to serve Italian to really make your guests feel at home for the holidays, go with some of the best Italian (voted best for 16 years straight) in Rochester. Victoria’s catering menu includes such items as their award-winning salads, Mechi’s chicken (fresh chicken sauteed with mushrooms, fresh garlic and green peas, in marinara sauce with a touch of cream sauce, topped with grated mozzarella cheese and served over a bed of pasta), lasagna and some other fine dishes. Victoria’s has many menu items to choose from and pricing available for all budgets.
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HE HOLIDAYS CAN END UP BEING A TIME OF STRESS AND BURDEN, TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH SPIRITUAL TRADITIONS, WORK GATHERINGS, FRIENDS’ PARTIES AND GIFT GIVING. IF YOU ARE HOSTING THIS YEAR, MAKE IT EASY. WE HAVE MANY CATERERS IN TOWN THAT WILL DO THE HARD PART FOR YOU. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS GET DRESSED UP AND CLEAN THE HOUSE. (YOU CAN HIRE A PROFESSIONAL FOR THAT TOO). INSTEAD OF PLANNING RECIPES, I GATHERED CATERERS’ MENUS AND INFORMATION TO MAKE YOUR HOLIDAY PARTY PLANS GO SMOOTHLY AND WITHOUT THE STRESS. IF YOU LOVE A PARTY BUT DON’T LIKE THE PLANNING AND COOKING (AND CLEANING) THAT GO WITH IT, CHECK OUT THESE OPTIONS.
Victoria’s is located at 7 1st Ave SW, Rochester. For catering call 507-280-6232 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. victoriasmn.com
VICTORIA’S DISHES THAT WILL REALLY IMPRESS YOUR GUESTS LOBSTER AND SHRIMP FLORENTINE
Lobster tail (4-5oz.) and jumbo gulf shrimp delicately drizzled in a butter, garlic and lemon sauce, served over a bed of spinach fettuccine.
CHICKEN MARCO POLO
Fresh chicken sauteed in a butter and wine sauce with artichoke hearts and mushrooms, topped with mozzarella cheese and served over a bed of pasta.
Provini veal, lightly breaded and deep-fried, baked in fresh tomato sauce, topped with mozzarella cheese and served over a bed of pasta.
PENNE ALL ARRABBIATA
Fresh garlic, Kalamata olives, pepperocini and capers sauteed in virgin olive oil and a touch of marinara sauce, topped with melted mozzarella cheese and served over a bed of penne pasta. Spicy.
INSALATA DI GENOVEVA
Grilled chicken breast, red onions, gorgonzola cheese, pecans and sun-dried cherries served over a bed of field greens with a raspberry walnut dressing.
TRADITIONAL HOLIDAY COMFORT FOOD If you want to serve a traditional holiday dinner, try the Canadian Honker, named after Rochester’s beloved Canada geese. The Canadian Honker has been a staple in the catering and restaurant business since 1984, has options for parties of 25 or more and, of course, includes delivery, set-up, tear down and paper products. Here is only one holiday favorite menu that you and the staff at
Canadian Honker can help you create. There are endless possibilities. • • • • • •
Chef Mike’s meatloaf Seven layered salad Parmesan garlic mashed potatoes Green bean almondine Famous Bunnies coconut cake Accompaniments include fresh baked rolls, coffee or punch
The Canadian Honker also offers a la carte lasagna pans, half-sheet cake, bars and cookies, salads (fresh fruit, Italian pasta, coleslaw, macaroni), baked beans and garlic toast, along with buffet options, including soup and salad buffet. For catering, call 507-258-4633. The Canadian Honker is located at 2112 2nd Street SW, Suite 100, Rochester. canadianhonker.com Dawn Sanborn loves the holidays and cooking for her family, but after having tasted these caterer’s entrees she just might change her mind this year. RWmagazine.com November/December 2015
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DECORATING FOR THE HOLIDAYS WITH LINENS TO LIBATIONS BY SUE WHITNEY
HE HOLIDAYS ARE ALMOST UPON US, AND I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT FOR ME, I LIKE TO KEEP THINGS SIMPLE, STRESS-FREE AND EFFICIENT. I SAY IT’S ABOUT TIME THE ENTERTAINER GETS TO ENJOY THE FESTIVITIES, RATHER THAN WIPE SWEAT FROM HER BROW FROM START TO FINISH.
Imagine a dinner setting on a gentle, snowy winter evening. If all were right in your world, what would you see? Do you envision glitz, glam, bling, flashing lights and bedazzle? Or do you find that image a bit disturbing? Although festive decor has its place, I’d like to introduce an approach to your winter wonderland holiday table that’s more refined. Not so much Griswold’ Christmas vacation but more in the direction of old-fashioned good taste. This plan of attack will save precious energy and won’t blind your guests as they sit at the table.
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ON YOUR MARK, GET SET Soft, unexpected colors and subdued place settings are two good examples of the art of merry in moderation. My first rule of thumb is to utilize what you already have on-hand before hitting the marketplace to purchase extravagances. One strategy is to employ a clever combination of everyday dishes and collections you may already own. Or, you might even consider raiding the cupboards of your close friends to complete the look. I did! Dolled-up thrift store finds as chargers, white everyday ditties, vintage brown and white transfer ware and sought-after green Depression glass combine to create a lovely look.
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LINENS AND SIDE DISHES There’s just nothing better than luscious linens of the vintage variety during the holidays. Save your paper napkins for picnics. A simple white tablecloth paired with classic white napkins is a natural choice. There are so many things bottlenecking your brain during December so avoid overthinking while setting your table. Napkins can be presented in many different ways: simple rolls to simple folds. I chose the fold. This Christmas tree napkin may seem difficult and time consuming, but in in reality it’s as easy as one, two, three. To finish the tree, dress it with a vintage stir stick, a button and a stem from nature. The Depression glass sherbet dishes, crocheted ornaments and outdated electrical pieces are removed from the plates once your guests are seated and employed as personal centerpieces.
CENTER STAGE In keeping with the rest of the tabletop, I designed a centerpiece with understated elegance. What is intriguing are the unlikely bedfellows in the combination. A “Thoroughly Modern Millie” candleholder is co-mingled with a well-worn primitive and tarnished duo, along with timeless glassware. The trio needs a bit of embellishment to make it pop. What could be better than fresh-picked components from Mother Nature? Take a quick jaunt through the woods and you will find most of what’s essential. Fresh greens, pinecones and other organic gatherings of your choice blended with fruit from the grocery store produce aisle will just about have you covered. If you like, throw in some fresh cuts from your local florist. This approach to holiday arrangements saves money, which is always a welcome surprise around the holidays. RWmagazine.com November/December 2015
LIBATION STATION Last, but certainly not least, I’d like to offer up a holiday brew, JUNKMARKET Style. As you have come to expect from me, this merry mixture is less than traditional. Let the beverage begin with American Born Moonshine, original flavor. The first step is to infuse your moonshine by mixing one bottle with one cup dried cranberries, orange peels and lemon peels. In a glass container, infuse for at least 24 hours, but not more than one week. When your moonshine is ready, combine 2 cups infused moonshine, 2 cups cranberry juice, 1 cup lemonade concentrate, 1/2 cup Grand Marnier and juice of one fresh lemon. Join all the good stuff together in a pitcher, blend thoroughly, shake it up over ice, strain and garnish with fresh cranberries and orange sections. Before pouring you may want to rim your vintage stemware with sugar. This libation shall be now and forever known as the JUNKMARKET “Not-so-Cosmo!” Enjoy, and I wish all of you a joyous holiday season. Sue Whitney is a best-selling author, “Better Homes & Gardens” editor, nationally renowned public speaker, founder and owner of JUNKMARKET Style and the nation’s leading expert in the vintage re-design industry. To learn more about Sue visit junkmarketstyle.com.
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Unique beaded flatware is a wonderful party favor or hostess gift during the holidays; it adds a bit of whimsy to your holiday dinner or cocktail party. They are very easy to make, look classy and will be a cherished memory of the holiday season. The recipient will feel like a queen as she dines with these beauties. They’re even dishwasher safe! You can usually find sets of flatware and serving utensils at thrift stores. I found a large set of mismatched ones at our local Goodwill, which was perfect, as I’m planning on giving them to different people. No matched set needed.
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f latware such as a fork, spoon, large slotted spoon or cheese knife. A f lat handle (verses a round handle) is helpful to hold on the beads. Make sure to polish them well before starting the project. ^^ Assorted glass beads found in your own stash, Hobby Lobby or Michaels. P lastic beads do not work well for this project. ^^ 20-22 gauge crafting wire ^^ Needle-nose pliers or hemostat
GETTING STARTED Begin by snipping off a length of crafting wire that is about 30-40 inches long. Use your needle-nose pliers or hemostat to twist the end of your wire into a spiral design. This gives you something to hold on to as you start to wrap and string your beads. Start at the base of the utensil (near the top of the fork with tines or spoon bowl) and place the spiral shape under your thumb to secure. While holding it down, wrap the wire around the handle three to four times, keeping the wire tight and very close to itself with each wrap. Choose your beads according to your decorating palette or the recipient’s favorite colors. String on a few beads (how many depends on the size of bead you choose). The width of the utensil may only allow one or two beads. It may be easiest to keep the beads on the top part of the handle, and then wrap the wire around the back, keeping the wire close and pulled tight. Repeat this process until you are almost to the end of the handle, leaving space to be able to wrap the wire four to five more times, and include another spiral design to finish. You may have to snip off a bit of the wire if you have too much.
GIVING AS GIFTS Use your unique utensils as personal place markers for your guests at a holiday cocktail party, or pair them with a lovely basket of wine and cheese as a hostess gift. Don’t forget the children, either. These can be customized for the young ones in your life by using metal alphabet beads to spell out their name within the beads you use. This is a great way to make them feel special at the kids’ table during your family gathering. Melissa Eggler resides in Rochester and is a stay-at-home mom and artist. Her Facebook group entitled “Don’t Judge A Book” Recycled Creations has over 500 fans. RWmagazine.com November/December 2015
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visitor to Becky and John Sperling’s kitchen might not spot their refrigerator at first glance. Locating the dishwasher certainly will take a short search. And finding the microwave will involve pulling out drawers. The appliances in the Sperling kitchen all are within easy reach, but they don’t call attention to themselves. Instead they are understated, amid a landscape of white cabinetry and light gray countertops, waiting to be called into service. Hidden behind white wood panels, some act as brushed-nickel accents in the bright white scene.
ALWAYS LOVED THE WHITE KITCHEN It’s all white by design, of course. “I always loved the traditional, beautiful white kitchen that had glass and marble,” says Becky, who has lived with her husband Dr. John Sperling and two children in their southwest Rochester home for the past 15 years. 38
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FROM BACKSPLASH TO NEW APPLIANCES AND COUNTERTOPS Design aside, the new kitchen is still the family center for meals and chores. The Sperlings replaced all their appliances. They included a double oven—a convection model and a standard oven—stacked together, the gas range top—which replaced an electric model, a French door refrigerator with bottom freezer, a below-counter dishwasher with white face panel and a microwave oven set in a drawer in the kitchen island. The center island and other counters all received quartz countertops and a double kitchen sink, made of composite material. They have proved to be “very forgiving” in actual use, Becky says. When the renovation began, “It was a very basic, stock 90s kitchen,” Becky says. The remodeling was accomplished from June through early September of 2014. Shortly after the work was completed, their kitchen was featured on the annual Rochester Area Builders Remodelers Tour. Bob Freund is a Rochester-based freelance writer.
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PAM: When did Santa first fall in love? SANTA: There have been moments of puppy love or infatuation, but that was before I met my present Mrs. Claus. I believe in love at first sight, at least with Mrs. Claus. PAM: How did Santa meet Mrs. Claus? How did you know that she was the one? SANTA: I met Mrs. Claus in Barnes & Noble in the children’s section. We were both looking for the same children’s book, “The Nutcracker.” She saw it first, and there was only one copy, so I said she could have it. That struck up our conversation, and I knew then and there that we had chemistry. She is the lady whom I choose not to live without. PAM: Does Mrs. Claus ever get jealous of the reindeer? SANTA: Mrs. Claus doesn’t get jealous of the reindeer. The issue is when the reindeer sneak into the kitchen to get a fresh cookie or two and then dash out. But Mrs. Claus knows who they are by the hoof prints. Plus, it’s really hard to train a reindeer to run a mop or a Swiffer. PAM: Do you take her on sleigh rides? SANTA: I do take her on sleigh rides in the off season. We plan rides together. Sometimes we take the 11th reindeer out for a ride—our warm-weather reindeer. His
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SANTA: Santa is just as busy as the elves at the North Pole. We all work 26 hours a day, and since the workshop is at the top of the world, we can take advantage of the polar rotation, time shift, date line, longitude and telepresence. This helps me work longer hours and still have the energy to do a good job. But I have to remember that being really busy, as in too busy, puts one into the situation of being what the letters b-u-s-y stand for: being under Satan’s yoke.
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SANTA: Miscommunication usually means that Santa was only listening with his ears and not with my eyes. I need to listen with both ears and with both eyes. I do the same thing when there is a child on my lap. I’m within a few inches of the child’s face. All my attention and my hearing is for the child, and I think the child knows they’re at the center of the universe. I’m here to provide the most magical experience I can.
SANTA: You never take the relationship for granted. You must always keep focused on what is best for the relationship for both individuals. With Mrs. Claus, if I put her as number one in my life, then any problems and issues I have myself will be greatly diminished. It’s the same when I’m dealing with the elves. I try to be heart-centered and treat everyone with sincerity and respect.
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Homegrown for the Holidays CELEBRATING LOCAL FOOD PRODUCERS AND ARTISANS AT “FEAST! LOCAL FOODS MARKETPLACE” BY MARLENE PETERSEN
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CALLING ALL FOODIES The two-day event, known as “Feast!,” is a festival of food, featuring a unique combination of public marketplace and private tradeshow. On Friday, December 4, exhibitors and buyers in the food industry will gather for a peer-to-peer networking forum in the morning, followed by an exclusive tradeshow in the afternoon. On Saturday, December 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mayo Civic Center transforms into a family-oriented marketplace—the largest of its kind in our area. All ages can sample delicious products from farms and businesses in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin, including Photography provided by “Feast!” Local Food Network
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SHOWCASING SCRUMPTIOUSNESS “Feast!” debuted last year in Rochester with over 100 different artisan exhibitors. Cindy Hale, who runs Clover Valley Farms in Duluth with her husband, Jeff Hall, attended last year and will be returning this year with an array of products, including gourmet vinegars. “We had a lot of conversations at this show,” says Hale, “and we weren’t always sure if someone was a buyer, but they take samples back and eventually something can happen.” And it did. The connections Hale made at “Feast!” raised public awareness about her products and created new wholesale accounts. According to event coordinators, this year’s event promises to be even bigger and more varied. “We will select 140 farmers and food makers to showcase their products at this year’s show; we anticipate over
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REVITALIZING COMMUNITIES The idea for “Feast!” began when two organizations—Renewing the Countryside, a 13-year-old nonprofit in Minneapolis that advocates for a just, sustainable and vibrant countryside and Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation of Owatonna, a 28-year-old nonprofit which seeks to revitalize rural economies—realized the potential such an event could have for connecting local growers and producers with consumers.
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“A lot of people don’t realize they’re caregivers,” Hodgson says. She explains that the role includes those who do weekly grocery shopping, drive to and from doctor appointments or even just stop in occasionally to clean the house or mow the lawn. All are considered caregivers. Hodgson has worn many caregiving hats: first as a mother to her own children, then as the guardian of her twin grandchildren at the deaths of their parents and now as caregiver to her husband. Because of her experiences, all of Hodgson’s books are short by design. She explains that those who provide care to others often are limited on time. Her books are designed with short passages and chapters, allowing the reader to begin and end quickly. Hodgson even dedicates a chapter to the care receiver and acknowledges her husband as the inspiration for some of her writing. “He’s had many physical challenges, and I admired his courage,” Hodgson says.
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“The Family Caregiver’s Guide,” first in the series, is a go-to guide for care providers. It is written to assist in understanding some of the major issues that caregivers may experience and that most people don’t consider when taking on the role of care provider. “Caregiving is a very demanding role, and there are lots of details that hit you all at the same time,” Hodgson explains. In the guide, Hodgson introduces some of the concerns that caretakers might encounter, such as the different sizes of hospital beds and the necessity of having crutches and canes properly fit for the user.
POPULATION OF CAREGIVERS According to Hodgson’s research, 65.7 million Americans (an estimated 20 percent of the adult population) served as caregivers for an ill or disabled family member last year.
“Affirmations for Family Caregivers,” second in the series, is a brief one hundred pages of the author’s original quotes for meditation. She explains that the brevity is designed to give the reader a quick and upbeat reminder to help lift their spirits and move forward with a positive attitude. “A Journal for Family Caregivers,” third in the series, is set to release on March 12, 2016 and will differ from other, more traditional journals. In her extensive research, Hodgson found that most journals begin with a question, which suggests a lengthy or thought-provoking answer is needed. She decided to deviate from this norm to eliminate lengthy reading and writing sessions for the reader, thus freeing up more time. “I decided to start [by providing a] sentence about caregiving and having the reader finish the sentence,” says Hodgson. At the end is an action step intended to give the caregiver a plan for moving forward. The intent is to give the caregiver a helpful prompt that can be completed in only moments, yet gives them something to ponder throughout the day. “The Family Caregiver’s Guide” and “Affirmations for Family Caregivers” are available at major bookstores, online and in e-book format. Both would make a thoughtful holiday gift for someone currently in a caretaking role. For more information about Hodgson and her books, visit harriethodgson.com.
Catherine H. Armstrong is a 1992 graduate of the University of Oklahoma. Her first novel, “The Edge of Nowhere,” will release on January 19, 2016 under the pen name C.H. Armstrong. For more information, visit charmstrongbooks.com. RWmagazine.com November/December 2015
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Author: Harriet Hodgson Author book signing and reading from The Family Caregiver’s Guide and Affirmations for Family Caregivers.
“We saw an untapped need in our community and set out to fill it. Since then, it’s developed into a wonderful exposure opportunity for local authors, and we’re happy to offer it once again this year.”
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Author: C.H. Armstrong Author book signing and reading from The Edge of Nowhere.
A special presentation by local author Mike Kalmbach will take place one hour before the event in Rochester Public Library’s Conference Room C. Kalmbach will discuss the Rochester Writing Group and the local writing community.
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This year’s lineup includes authors of more than a dozen authors, including Mayo Clinic doctor and award-winning author Edward Creagan, whose book “How Not to be My Patient” is receiving rave reviews.
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Author Bio: Catherine H. Armstrong is a 1992 Graduate of the University of Oklahoma. Her first novel, “The Edge of Nowhere,” will release on January 19, 2016 under the pen name C.H. Armstrong. For more information, visit charmstrongbooks.com. The Rochester Public Library (RPL) will once again host the Annual Celebration of Rochester-Area Authors on November 21 from 2-4 p.m. in the RPL Auditorium. Now in its fourth year, this family-friendly event was developed to draw awareness to the writing talent in Rochester and the surrounding communities. “Southeastern Minnesota is home to many wonderful authors,” says Friends of the Rochester Public Library board member Kay Aune, who spearheaded the first celebration in 2011. “We saw an untapped need in our community and set out to fill it. Since then, it’s developed into a wonderful exposure opportunity for local authors, and we’re happy to offer it once again this year.” In past years, this event has featured several well-known authors including P.S. Duffy, Amanda Hocking, Mary Janice Davidson, Catherine Friend and Steve Bein. This year’s lineup includes more than a dozen authors, including Mayo Clinic doctor and award-winning author Edward Creagan, whose book “How Not to be My Patient” is receiving rave reviews. In addition to the traditional meet and greet, a special presentation by local author Mike Kalmbach will take place one hour before the event in RPL’s Conference Room C. Kalmbach leads the Rochester Writing Group and will discuss how to get involved in the writing community.
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1 Interpreting Your Dreams
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WHAT YOUR DREAMS ARE TELLING YOU BY CAROLE CRAVATH
REAMS ARE A MIRROR FOR US. THEY REFLECT BACK TO US OUR THOUGHTS, ATTITUDES AND FEELINGS. THEY SHOW US SPECIFIC BEHAVIORS AND IDEAS ABOUT OURSELVES AND OUR LIVES THAT NEED OUR AWARENESS AND CONSIDERATION.
THE BRAIN SPEAKS TO US IN DREAMS Dreams can reveal to us how to resolve problems, relate to specific people, give us new directions and show us things we weren’t aware of. They also give us creative ideas, intuitive information and solutions we hadn’t thought of. They can be prophetic and give us truths from our soul. To understand dreams, we need to learn the language of the right brain, which is our vehicle for dreams. The right brain speaks to us in images and symbols, feelings, intuitive knowing and allegories (double meanings, puns, pictures, metaphors and parallels).
SYMBOLIC MEANINGS OF DREAMS Most dreams apply to our inner or outer personal lives. The symbolic meanings of scenarios, characters, landscapes and actions are messages from our inner self to help us. Symbolic interpretation can be translated into valuable insights, instruction and breakthroughs. Our dream symbols have a universal interpretation as well an individual one that applies only to us. Focus on what the car, storm, spoon, elevator, rug or scenario means to you. To decode the symbols of the creative mind and understand the dream, we must realize that it is not confined to logical sequences or literal meanings. All parts of the dream are symbolic for things that are going on in our unconscious or our lives.
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WHAT YOUR INNER SELF IS TELLING YOU Pictures, images and scenarios in a dream represent the abstract connotation of a concept or image. Usually our dreams speak to us about the most pressing current issue we are dealing with. Your inner self is telling you that it’s important to deal with it now; that’s why it has created this dream. If you are being chased in a dream, you aren’t in actual danger but possibly are “running away” from a problem, fear or situation in your life that you need to face. What is it? Going through a doorway in waking life means entering a room or leaving it, but in a dream, it means a new door is opening for you, a new project or relationship is coming. A desert in the dream-state is not a physical place. It means you are going in a barren, fruitless direction in relation to a person, project, job, attitude or decision in your life. You are driving in your car and can’t slam on the brakes when you need to. You wake up in a cold sweat. The dream likely means that you must slow down in some area of your life or need to be clearer about a decision before proceeding. People in dreams may be familiar or unknown. If you know them, it probably pertains to that relationship. If unknown, focus on the qualities of that dream figure because they reflect you and the personal qualities and behaviors your inner self wants you to pay attention to.
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To begin interpreting a dream, do the following: 1. Write down all the major aspects of the dream; a house, people, a party going on, an argument, being trapped, singing—whatever happened in your dream. Every part of your dream is a symbolic (not literal) message. 2. How did you feel in the dream? What emotions were prominent? This is a big clue that can illuminate the overall meaning.
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3. Note the people in the dream and make a list of their qualities, behaviors and words. How are they like you? 4. What do you think the various elements of the dream mean? You can dialogue with each part of the dream and ask it why it has appeared. 5. Intuitively, what do you feel the dream means? Record your dreams, give a meaning to each symbol (component of the dream) and intuit the overall meaning. Practice daily and you will be surprised how easy it is to understand your dreams. Carole Cravath (B.A.) has 30 years of experience in the fields of counseling and teaching. She has taught dream interpretation workshops for 15 years. Call her at 507-287-0884 for a consultation. She also teaches The Perceptive Awareness Technique workshops, which link the intuitive and conceptual minds for rapid control of higher awareness in three days. Visit perceptiveawareness.com and tiptopwebsite.com/carolecravath.
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IN DECORAH WINNESHIEK COUNTY, IOWA BY AMANDA WINGREN
Photos of Vesterheim’s Norwegian Christmas submitted by Becky Idstrom.
F YOU’RE LOOKING FOR FRESH, FESTIVE SPIRIT THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON, LOOK NO FURTHER THAN DECORAH, IOWA. SETTLED PEACEFULLY IN SNOWY BLUFFS, IT IS WORTH AN HOUR DRIVE TO EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS IN DECORAH.
Spark the Christmas feeling early with a visit to the Holiday Lights, Magical Nights at Pulpit Rock Campground November 25-29, December 3-6 and December 10-26 from 5-9 p.m. Freewill donations from this drive-through light display support Helping Services for Northeast Iowa. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Santa Claus and experience the cheerful music of Santa’s Village. The Holiday Art Fair at ArtHaus (508 West Water Street) and ArtHaus Studio (516 West Water Street) is held Friday, December 4 from 4-7 p.m., Saturday, December 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, December 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fair and studio offer a chance to get all your holiday shopping done locally. Browse handcrafted jewelry, pottery, baskets, fiber work and much more. Take a break from shopping to eat and drink at one of many fine restaurants in downtown Decorah. Enjoy the lighted holiday parade as it weaves through downtown on Friday, December 4 at 6 p.m.
CHRISTMAS AT LUTHER The 34th Annual Christmas at Luther is held December 4-6. The concert includes performances by six choirs, symphony orchestra, handbell ensemble and organ, with roughly 600 student musicians participating in the concert. “This year’s theme is ‘Savior of the Nations Come,’” says Eric Ellingsen, production manager for Christmas at Luther. “There’s a special international flare to it, and we’ll be featuring Christmas from different countries and cultures around the world.” The dynamic nature of Christmas at Luther makes it an event you don’t want to miss, as the choir moves in and around the congregation. The candlelit finale adds a spirit of the divine to the evening, and the decorative garlands and lights add to the festivity. “It is a very grandiose event on campus,” says Ellingsen. “It’s the kick-off to the Christmas season for lots of families.” While tickets are initially available by invitation only to alumni and parents of students at Luther, remaining tickets will be available to the general public starting November 3. Christmas at Luther is held in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. For concert times and ticket sales visit luther.edu/christmas-at-luther.
NORWEGIAN CHRISTMAS AT VESTERHEIM The festivities continue with a Norwegian Christmas at Vesterheim Museum in Decorah on December 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This festival of Scandinavian holiday traditions is great for the whole family, with
art, music, stories and, of course, delicious Scandinavian Christmas treats. The festive atmosphere is highlighted with appearances by “Julenisse,” the Christmas elf, who brings treats to visitors, and with “Julebukker,” the costumed folk who maintain the tradition of scaring away evil spirits. “It’s a really colorful, lively weekend,” says Becky Idstrom, editorial assistant at Vesterheim. “Every year is slightly different, and there’s always lots of people in town.” The day is illuminated by “Jultrefest,” where young and old join hands to sing Christmas songs as they circle around the tree and hear about Christmas in Norway. Artists demonstrate their traditional crafts of woodworking, fiber arts and rosemaling, while hands-on crafts allow children to try their hand at making straw ornaments, woven paper-heart baskets and other traditional crafts. Warm up from the cold with hot cider and Scandinavian-style s’mores, made of “pepparkakor” cookies and Norwegian chocolate, or try more a la carte delicacies at the “Kaffistova” (coffee shop), such as traditional soups, “varme pølse,” and lefse, or a variety of deserts such as “rømmegrøt,” “julekake” and “sandbakkels.” “Everybody is welcome, and you don’t need Scandinavian heritage to come,” says Idstrom. “It’s a fun event to learn about different cultures. Bring the whole family!” For more information and an updated schedule of the weekend’s activities, see vesterheim.org. Amanda Wingren is a freelance writer. RWmagazine.com November/December 2015
Оuarry Hill Nature Art Show and Sale BRINGING TOGETHER NATURE AND ART
HE QUARRY HILL NATURE ART SHOW AND SALE IS A GREAT PLACE TO VIEW ART WITH A NATURE THEME. MAYBE YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A DASH OF COLOR TO ADD TO YOUR HOME OR A HANDMADE GIFT.
BENEFITS QUARRY HILL AND SUPPORTS LOCAL ARTISTS The 12th Annual Quarry Hill Nature Art Show and Sale will be held December 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and December 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Quarry Hill Nature Center, 701 Silver Creek Road NE, Rochester, Minnesota. Ten percent of the show’s sales are donated to Friends of Quarry Hill to support Quarry Hill’s nature education programs. All of the artists in the show are local artists. “I’m a firm believer in buying local. We love to support our local artists,” says Jacque Bonsi, stained glass creations and birdhouse gourds artist. 56
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“[The show] supports local artists and Quarry Hill,” explains Sandy Hokanson, bird illustrator.
to visit with us, learn our craft and see demonstrations. It’s just fun,” describes Bonsi.
NATURE AND ART COMBINED
NEW ARTISTS AND EXPLORING QUARRY HILL
A wide variety of art will be on display at the sale, including pottery, photography, metal sculpture, collages, stained glass creations, wood art, bird illustrations and jewelry. Stop and enjoy the wood-burning fireplace, walk around, see the art on display and talk to the artists who created it. “One thing that keeps me coming back and one reason I do the show is it’s a very comfortable and enjoyable environment,” says David Munz, hand-formed and wheel-thrown stoneware pottery artist. “Nature is the biggest artwork there is,” describes Hokanson. “A lot of artists in the show have been inspired by nature. For me, [you have] this great combination…nature and art, and it brings joy.” “It’s time to get back to a great appreciation and knowledge of nature. At the show, not only can you appreciate nature, but you can experience the art. This is your chance
“This year is special because we have new artists,” says Bonsi. Of the ten artists in this year’s show, five are participating for the first time. Artists urge people to come out for Quarry Hill Nature Art Show. “Come for an hour and get away and see what local artists have to offer,” suggests Hokanson. “People who come to Quarry Hill, come to enjoy it,” says Munz. While at Quarry Hill, if you feel like exploring nature, you can take a hike or go cross-country skiing on the trails. Check out some of the other events and programs for all ages held throughout the year at Quarry Hill by visiting their website at qhnc.org. Alison Rentschler is a writer and editor living in Rochester, Minnesota.
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Our Area’s Own CHRISTMAS TEAS AND DECORATED HOMES
BY DEBI NEVILLE
A house decorated for Christmas on the Zumbrota Historical Society Christmas Tour of Homes. Submitted by Stacy Epps.
IF YOU HAVEN’T BEEN THERE, GO! IF YOU HAVE BEEN THERE, GO AGAIN!
Reservations are required. Please call the History Center of Olmsted County at 507-282-9447 or visit olmstedhistory.com.
This year, the Mayowood Mansion Christmas tours will be held from WELCOME TO OUR HOME November 7 to December 13, giving Come to Zumbrota on Saturday, you ample opportunity to see this December 5 and tour two historic historic Rochester site like you have homes and two newer homes, each never seen it before. decorated for the holidays. Tour The completely renovated mansion hours are 12:30 to 4 p.m. The 16th opens areas which have not been annual tour benefits the Zumbrota available to the public previously. The Rooms at Mayowood Mansion are decorated by numerous Area Historical Society. For the list of entrance on the back offers handicap community members and groups. Photo taken by Fred Ziecina. homes, visit zumbrotahistoricalsociety. accessibility and a unique view of the org or call 507-732-7333. gardens and restored summer gazebo. “We want people to appreciate historic homes and enjoy them The interior boasts new drapery, upholstery, furniture and a gallery decorated for the holidays, but we think it is important to feature newer of Dr. Mayo’s personal pictures. homes as well,” says Shirley Hoyme, a tour committee member. “It gives “Christmas tours show the house at its very best,” assures Roxi people ideas they can adapt to their own home, regardless of its age.” Ziecina, interim director of the History Center of Olmsted County. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the History Center and “We have each decorator take on an individual room, and their at each of the homes on December 5. Guests are invited to stop at creativity is amazing.” the History Center located at 55 East Third Street after the tour for A nod to the past is emphasized with decorating taking on a free admission and treats. The feature display will be historic linens historical flair. Entries, hallways, kitchens, bedrooms and living areas representing over a century and a half of home fashions. The Center will be festooned in finery. The exterior will be inspiring as well. is also proud to display a drum used at Lincoln’s inauguration and Tours are offered Tuesday through Sunday (except Thanksgiving) funeral and many other items of interest. at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tours on Fridays and United Redeemer Lutheran will offer a luncheon and bake sale. Saturdays are at the same times plus additional tours are given at 4 p.m., Local businesses will be dressed for the holidays and offer specials. 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Adults are $15, 12 years and under are $10. 58
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HOLIDAY LUNCH, TEA, TOUR AND A MOVIE The Spring Valley Historical Society invites you to enjoy a tasty lunch and tour of a fully decorated historic home on December 5 and 6 at 12:30 p.m. Located at 102 North Washington Avenue in Spring Valley, the Mlinar home has been in the family for five generations, and, “We are still here,” says Julie Mlinar with a smile. Built in 1888, the three-story Victorian home will be decorated from top to bottom for the holidays. Guests come for lunch, then tour the home, including a short movie in the unique “E State Theatre.” Created from authentic seats, posters and other early movie memorabilia, the home theater is a testament and tribute to the family’s ownership of various theaters in the area.
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Bring your appetite; lunch in the formal dining room includes chicken salad croissant with a choice of homemade soup, dessert and tea or coffee. The cost is $10 per person, and seating is limited to 25 each day. Other times can be arranged for groups from December 1-6. For reservations and questions, email wilderinspringvalley@hotmail. com, call 507-346-7659 or call the Mlinar home at 507-346-7726. Visit svhistoricalsociety.org for more information.
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TUESDAYS Terra Loco Tuesday 5ks, Terra Loco $ 5 Dollar-”themed” 5K’s take place on most Tuesday evenings. All proceeds go to the local charity of choice for that week. Runs begin at 6 pm, 289-5626, runterraloco.com
OCTOBER 1 – DECEMBER 31 4 Seasons in Rochester, Parkside Gallery at Charter House, HeeJune Shin solo exhibition with 28 paintings of Rochester and area, 507-281-9442, heejuneshin.com
NOVEMBER NOVEMBER 1 Nature Program and Hike- Nuts about Squirrels, Quarry Hill Nature Center, hike or outdoor activity with a specialty nature topic presentation, 1:30-2:30 pm, 281-6114, qhnc.org
NOVEMBER 5 March of Dimes Signature Chef’s Auction, Rochester International Event Center, supports the fight against premature birth, 5:30 pm, 990-8624, signaturechefs. marchofdimes.org
NOVEMBER 5 – 7 Uncorked JUNKMARKET Style, Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery, Thurs., 5 – 8 pm, Fri. 11 am – 8 pm, Sat. 9 am – 6 pm, an arts and vintage holiday driven shopping, $5 to $20, 507-456-5151, junkmarketstyleevents.com
NOVEMBER 6-8 2015 Polka Party, Kahler Grand Hotel, exciting annual celebration including food, fun, dance, and 13 polka bands, times vary, 280-6200, kahler.com
NOVEMBER 7 River: The Music of Carole King, Joni Mitchell & Carly Simon, State Theatre, Zumbrota, 7:30 pm, 732-7616, crossingsatcarnegie.com
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NOVEMBER 7 Riverside Concerts Presents Rosanne Cash, Mayo Civic Center, Grammy winning daughter of Johnny Cash will perform, 7:30 pm, 328-2200, mayociviccenter.com
NOVEMBER 7-8 Choral Arts Ensemble: Music for the City of Healing, Lourdes Chapel, Assisi Heights, encouragement, healing, and comfort for significant illness will be examined through music, Sat. 7:30 pm, Sun. 4 pm, 252-8427, choralartsensemble.org
NOVEMBER 8 Bird Banding Program: Talkin’ Turkey, Quarry Hill Nature Center, experience the beauty of birds by trapping, banding, and releasing the birds, 1:30-2:30 pm, 328-3950, qhnc.org
NOVEMBER 11 Women on Wednesdays, Rochester Civic Theatre, thoughtful discussion featuring the topics of intimacy and illness, 5-7 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org
NOVEMBER 12 Give to the Max Day, support Minnesota charities of your choice on this day of selfless giving, givemn.org
NOVEMBER 13 – 15 Renew Women’s Retreat, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, Lanesboro, support, guidance, and skills, designed to assist you in creating the vibrant, meaningful, joyful life you deserve, renewwomensretreat.com
NOVEMBER 13-14, 19-21, 27-28, DECEMBER 3-5 Dashing Through The Snow, Rochester Repertory Theatre, a holiday romp for the family about antics that arise during Christmas, 8 pm, 289-1737, rochesterrep.org
NOVEMBER 14 Introduction to Gourd Art, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, Create works of art with gourds such as bowls, masks, and more, 1-4 pm, 280-2195, rochesterfranciscan.org
NOVEMBER 14 10th Annual A Live & Love Affair Gala, Rochester International Event Center, silent auction and exceptional cuisine benefitting Seasons Hospice, 5:30 pm-12:30 am, 285-1930, seasonshospice.org
NOVEMBER 14 Tundra Swan Trip, RCTC Heintz Center, Travel down the Mississippi to see thousands of Tundra Swans and waterfowl, 8 am-2 pm, 289-5662, zumbrovalleyaudubon.org
NOVEMBER 14-15 Holiday Harvest Wine & Food Festival, along the Mississippi river, enjoy featured wines and ciders paired with holiday foods, 10 am-5 pm, greatriverroadwinetrail.org
NOVEMBER 16 The Journey of Gratitude, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, learn how to appreciate life’s miracles through gratitude, 6:30-8:30 pm, 280-2195, rochesterfranciscan.org
NOVEMBER 18 Americana Showcase Presents: Dead Man Winter, Rochester Civic Theatre, celebrating the Midwest’s rich musical heritage, 7:30 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org
NOVEMBER 18 Dr. James Orbinski Lecture, Kahler Grand Hotel, a lecture from Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Orbinski, humanitarian practitioner/advocate, 6:30 pm, 284-5266, kahler.com
NOVEMBER 19-20 Harmonies Fall Concert, Zumbro Lutheran Church, hear a wide variety of music represented in this choral event, 7 pm, 288-2649, zumbrolutheran.org
NOVEMBER 20 Lyra Baroque Orchestra: Morning, Noon, and Night, Christ United Methodist Church, Marc Destrubé will lead a full orchestra in Hayden’s first delightful symphonies, 7:30 pm, 651-321-2214, lyrabaroque.org
Jazz Jam, Rochester Civic Theatre, Bring your instrument or voice to perform with a live rhythm section, 5:30-8:30 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org
Glad Tidings, Bethel Lutheran Church, featuring all four Honors Choirs ensembles and cherished Christmas selections, 4 pm, 252-0505, honorschoirs.org
30th Annual Festival of Trees, Mayo Civic Center, help Hiawatha Homes to support those affected by a disability, Wed-Sat. 11 am-7 pm; Sun. 11 am-4 pm, 226-0701, hiawathahomes.org
Choral Arts Ensemble: Christmas at Assisi, Lourdes Chapel, Assisi Heights, annual celebration featuring the Honors Concert Choir and guitarist Jeffrey Van, Fri-Sat: 7:30 pm; Sun: 4 pm, 252-8427, choralartsensemble.org
NOVEMBER 28 Small Business Saturday, Peace Plaza Downtown, shop local to show your support of small businesses everywhere, 9 am-1 pm, 216-9882, downtownrochestermn.com
DECEMBER DECEMBER 1 Wreath Making, Quarry Hill Nature Center, Join us to make your own evergreen wreath complete with a bow, 6-8 pm, 328-3950, qhnc.org
DECEMBER 1 Read Between the Wine, Post Town Winery, book signing and readings from The Family Caregiver’s Guide and Affirmations for Family Caregivers written by local author Harriet Hodgson, 7 pm, 252-0599, firstname.lastname@example.org, posttownwinery.com
DECEMBER 4-20 It’s a Wonderful Life, Rochester Civic Theatre, a holiday-themed dramatization celebrating faith, hard work, love, and family, Fri-Sat: 7 pm; Sun: 2 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org
DECEMBER 4 Chris Young: I’m Comin’ Over Tour, Mayo Civic Center Arena, performance by Chris Young with special guests Eric Paslay and Clare Dunn, 7:30 pm, 328-2222, mayociviccenter.com
DECEMBER 5 SE MN Celiac Support Group Annual Holiday Cookie Exchange, Baldwin Building, sample treats and take some home for the holidays, 10 am, 391-1674
DECEMBER 5 Rochester Concert Band & Choir’s Yulefest, Mayo Civic Center, Rochester’s annual holiday celebration including a wind ensemble and concert choir performance, 7:30 pm, 328-2200, rochestermn.gov
DECEMBER 5 WindWorks with Horacio Nuguid, Christ United Methodist Church, The Rochester Chamber Music Society will host the female group, WindWorks, 7:30 pm, 287-9765, rochesterchambermusic.org
DECEMBER 12-13 Rochester Dance Company Presents The Nutcracker, Mayo Civic Center, The Rochester Dance Company will perform the famous dance, The Nutcracker, times vary, 722-1036, rochesterdancecompany.org
DECEMBER 12 Santas on the Run 5K, River Center-A Child’s Kingdom, fun run/ walk to get in the holiday spirit with prizes, 8 am, rochestertrackclub.com
DECEMBER 16 Americana Showcase Presents: Six Mile Grove, American Scarecrows, Rochester Civic Theatre, a vibrant community gathering to celebrate the Midwest’s musical heritage, 7:30 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org
DECEMBER 19-20 Sounds of the Season, Lourdes High School, sing along with the orchestra and chorale to cherished holiday music, Sat: 7:30 pm; Sun: 2 pm, 286-8742, rochestersymphony.org
JANUARY JANUARY 8 Pick-up Rochester Women January/February 2016 issue or read online at RWmagazine.com
JANUARY 9 Wedding Extravaganza/ SEMinnesota’s Bridal Expo, Mayo Civic Center, $10, 876-0199, weddingxtravaganza.com
JANUARY 19 Read Between the Wine, Post Town Winery Time, release of and reading from The Edge of Nowhere by local author C.H. Armstrong, 7 pm, 252-0599, email@example.com, posttownwinery.com
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on the lighter side
PEOPLE SAY THE DARNDEST THINGS BY PAM WHITFIELD
I was pleasantly surprised by how well Delta accommodated disabled passengers. And the flight from Rochester to Atlanta was filled with Southerners—the real Deep South kind. “Awww, darling, just look at you,” and “Bless yore little heart,” followed me all the way to my seat—in the bulkhead row. Several men fought for the privilege of taking my crutches up front to the steward.
AT MY PARENTS’ HOUSE The first few days at my parents’ house, I crutched my way around the neighborhood in 95 degree heat, learning how to “walk at 50 percent weight-bearing” in an ugly black plastic boot. I kept my eyes glued to the pavement, not trusting my footing. My sister dressed me in a neon yellow reflective vest. She was right: I would never see a car coming. 62
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But after a few days of practice, I found that I could crutch and look up at the same time. Women waved at me; men nodded respectfully or raised hands from the steering wheel. A gentleman backing out of his driveway called out, “I just want to know one thing: Who won?” “The surgeon,” I told him. “He made a lot of money off this leg.” A leggy woman in her 60s stopped to tell me, “I walked up and down this road like you’re doing—but with a walker. You just keep it up, honey.” The next morning, a lady stopped in her station wagon. “I’ve been watching you go up and down this hill all week, darling,” she told me. “If you need a rest, you just stop at my house. 2730. Remember that.” She didn’t even tell me the name of her street—that’s how well she knew my route. Sure enough, I found 2730 around the next corner, with a cute little red rocking chair sitting on the front stoop.
THE COUP D'ETAT But the coup de etat was the scooter man, who only exercised after dark. The first time he lapped me on my route, I put his age at 14. Who else would be out here in a reflective vest and head-lamp, whizzing by every five minutes but a teenager too young to have his license? Finally, he pulled up alongside me and hopped off his scooter. “What happened to you?” he asked. I looked into his concerned
face and saw a man well over 70. So I told him. It turns out that he scoots every night because the doctor wants him to strengthen his right leg muscles. Bob knew my parents. He knew that my sister walked her yellow lab in the evenings. He wanted to talk about the Mayo Clinic, who sent him a monthly newsletter, and the Cleveland Clinic, who did his sister’s heart valves. He made me wish that I were ready for a scooter.
I SHOULD QUIT KICKING PEOPLE I felt loved during my time of disability in North Carolina. But lest you think that I believe— erroneously—that Southerners are perfect, people did say some ridiculous things to me too. We went to the beach and stayed in a high-rise. A drunk man in the crowded elevator was warned by his wife not to hit my leg. “I oughter hit it,” he said, “so she’ll remember why it’s broken.” The following day, in the same elevator, another comedian said to me, “You ought to quit kicking people.” “I really should quit,” I told him. “But people keep saying the darndest things!” Pam Whitfield is a teacher, writer, horse show judge and spoken word artist. In 2011, she won the Minnesota professor of the year award from Carnegie Foundation.
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Y ANKLE REQUIRED MAJOR SURGERY LAST SPRING. I LAY ON MY SOFA IN A CAST FOR SIX WEEKS. AS SOON AS THE CAST CAME OFF AND THE DOCTOR SAID THE WORD “REHAB,” I GATHERED UP MY KIDS AND FLEW TO THE CAROLINAS TO VISIT MY KIN. AT THAT POINT, I JUST NEEDED SOME GOOD OLE SOUTHERN LOVIN’ UP.
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