February 2019 Calendar!

February 2019! We love the month of love! There’s lots of fun to be had – start your planning with this handy-dandy February 2019 calendar (you can download the pdf here). Get out there and rock the rest of this winter! XO, Inspire(d)

Check out these great February 2019 activities! In chronological order, each event’s number coincides with its number on the calendar!

12. February 6-10: The Frozen River Film Festival engages, educates, and activates our community to become involved in the world through the art of documentary filmmaking. www.frff.org

13. February 9: The Magic of Isaiah “Rocket Into Reading!” – Decorah Public Library: 11:00 am – a family show with lots of audience participation, clean family comedy, magic, and illusions www.decorah.lib.ia.us

14. February 9: Pushing Chain returns to Chatfield’s Chosen Bean stage. Folky-tonk roots music up-close and personal. Limited seating, $20 advance or at the door. 7:30pm performance. www.chatfieldarts.org

15. February 9: Ride your snowmobile to Driftrunner’s Warming Bin near Granger, IA for Charlie’s Chili Feed. Soup available to warm you up. Facebook “Driftrunners Snowmobile Club” for details.

16. February 14: Trempealeau Hotel is back! Serving Thursday through Sunday, music most Thursdays and Saturdays.  Make a reservation for you and your special someone! Sustainable, regional & international menu, including vegetarian delights.  608-534-6898 www.trempealeauhotel.com


17. March 7-9: 10th OFF-X! 10 Years of the Oneota Film Festival, hosted by Luther College. Become a member today and www.oneotafilmfestival.org

Read Inspire(d) Winter 2018-19 Online!

Inspire(d) Winter 2018-19

The Winter 2018-19 Inspire(d) is all about walking your talk! Here’s what you’ll find:

Female Mayors in the Driftless Region • Mentoring in Northeast Iowa, Burning Bright • Getting in the Spirit – RockFilter Distillery, La Crosse Distilling Co., Harmony Spirits • Sum of Your Biz: David Wadsworth • Snowbird on the Cheap • & More!

A note from Aryn:

Those feet on the cover? They’re mine and Roxie’s, and looking at that picture gives me a sense of pride, excitement, and – I’m finding as I get older – a sense of urgency. I know, I know: I’m only 37! But time keeps on ticking away, and I want to be sure we’ve a.) lived this life well and b.) taken care of this world so our daughter can live her life well, too.

I think about it every day – are we doing enough? What will things be like for Roxie in 10, 20, 30 years? The urgency of it all starts to seep in. But I take a deep breath, and do what I can do. I try to walk our talk within our community by emulating the ideas we write about in this magazine.

Others walk their talks in their own, awesome ways, like Driftless women who have recently pulled a seat up to the political table as mayors. Maggie Sonnek interviewed four such women – some are the first female mayors in the history of their towns. This comes as we celebrate a record number of women elected to congress in November 2018. It’s (beyond) time, and it’s exciting. I applaud and support these women, and I’m happy they’re providing these great examples of female leaders for Roxie.

In a different  – but equally important – role, there are mentors in Northeast Iowa who are directly supporting young people through Helping Services Youth Mentoring. 2018 marked the program’s 20-year anniversary of fostering positive friendships and experiences in the area, and January is National Mentoring Month. I interviewed Mentoring Coordinator Kathy Schwartzhoff, as well as local mentor Paul Bauhs and his mentee, Jake, about the ripple of good impacts that has come from the program (and how you can join in too).

Decorah’s popular winter solstice concert, Burning Bright, has been bringing light in the darkness and giving back to the community… also for two decades! Choir member Kristine Jepsen chats with founding members and directors as they reflect on years past and prepare for this season’s performance.

Along with the work (and joy) of walking our talk, there also has to be time for fun. This day – and every day – is one to be lived well. Winter can be a tough time for remembering that, so we put together some ideas to help you get out – of the doldrums, and out the door, too. Winter challenges, ideas for “Snowbirding on the Cheap,” and more. Plus, don’t miss Sara Walter’s feature on the rise in craft distilling in the Driftless – read about RockFilter Distillery, La Crosse Distilling Co., and Harmony Spirits, then grab your designated driver and head out to explore this new and rising industry in our region. Special shout-out to my good friend and photographer, Jen Opheim, for road tripping with me to Spring Grove – see her beautiful photographs of RockFilter starting on page 44.

Other days, you might want to stay in. We’ve got you covered! Maybe as you make your house extra koselig (remember? If you don’t, check page 32) you can read about David Wadsworth and Wadsworth Construction in this issue’s Sum of Your Business. Making houses cozy and well put together is what he’s all about.

All of us here at Inspire(d) hope you have a great end of 2018, and that you look to 2019 as a year filled with possibilities. You can do anything! Let’s do this!

Happy New Year! Thank you for reading – and being – Inspire(d)!

Looking forward,

Aryn Henning Nichols

Read the Winter 2018-19 Inspire(d) online here!

January 2019 Calendar!

January 2019! Happy New Year! Let’s start this year off right! Get planning with this handy-dandy January 2019 calendar (you can download the pdf here). Here’s to a great year! XO, Inspire(d)

Check out these great January 2019 activities! In chronological order, each event’s number coincides with its number on the calendar!

6. January 1: Trempealeau Hotel Organic Music Cooperative Open Jam 2pm – late, join artists young and old, experienced and just getting it together. Bring an instrument and hang out before the January break! Trempealeauhotel.com

7. January 12: Chosen Bean Concerts welcome Dennis Warner to Chatfield. Live acoustic music up-close and personal. Limited seating, $20 advance or at the door. 7:30pm performance. www.chatfieldarts.org

8. January 17: New Minowa Players presents A Year With Frog and Toad, a delightful family-friendly musical. January 17-20 and 25-26. More details at newminowaplayers.org.

9. January 24-27: 48th Annual Driftrunner’s Snowfest! Cresco, IA Fairgrounds. Trail Rides, Raffle, Lonesome Road Band Saturday Night. Facebook “Driftrunners Snowmobile Club” for details.

10. January 26: Rick Brammer’s Absolute Science – Decorah Public Library: 11:00 am- a fun and educational program that encourages children of all ages to be engaged in the world of science www.decorah.lib.ia.us

11. January 27: Winneshiek Wedding Market 12 pm-4 pm Hotel Winneshiek and Opera House Free Admission, Sample and experience the area’s best wedding products. Details at www.hotelwinn.com