Posts Tagged: fall fun

Read the Fall 2019 Inspire(d) Online!

The Fall 2019 Inspire(d) celebrates our 2019 Community Builders! Inside, you’ll find:

Community Builders – Luke Zahm, Emily Kurash Casey, Julie Shockey Trytten, Amanda Ninneman, Debra Lash – Driftless Mill History, Mid-Wisco Roadtrip, 12 Ways to Show Up for Your Community, Apple Orchards, & More!

A note from Aryn:

12 years! It seems impossible that much time has passed, yet here we are 12 years in on Inspire(d) Magazine, and 12 years in on our mission to make the world a better place, one community at a time.

In fact, it’s through communities that this mission has the best chance to succeed. Building communities is one of the most important things we can do on this planet, whether it’s through a book club or civil leadership or neighborhood networks or… you name it.

To celebrate that, and our 12-year birthday, we’re once again highlighting awesome Community Builders this fall. Congratulations – and a huge thank you – to the 2019 Inspire(d) Community Builders: Luke Zahm (Viroqua, WI), Emily Kurash Casey (Winona, MN), Julie Shockey Trytten (Decorah, IA), Amanda Ninneman (Caledonia, MN), and Debra Lash (La Crosse, WI). We love telling stories of folks out there walking their talks, and these people are doing just that. Check them out starting on page 34.

Anniversaries and birthdays often make us think about what’s important in our lives, what we’ve learned over the past year, and what we want to accomplish in the years ahead. The biggest, most obvious truth that comes to the top of our list every year is that people are what matter, and all people matter. I recently read an article that said, “It’s not self care we need, it’s community care,” and I realized this is the phrase I was missing. Community care! We need to Show Up for each other, in big and small ways, because often when we most need help, self care isn’t a possibility. I put together an infographic with 12 Ways to Care for Your Community – hopefully it inspires you to do some (intentional) acts of kindness in your neck of the woods!

Like every fall, there is A LOT a lot of fun to be had around here. Like heading out to apple orchards! Read about how Al Peake of Peake Orchards got his start 40 years ago in this issue’s Sum of Your Business, and see our list of apple orchards in the region – there are way more than we knew! Will you check one (or three?!) out this fall?!

Speaking of places you can check out, consider putting mills on your list! Benji Nichols explores these historic buildings dotting riverbanks in the area, and the grains they once processed (or might still today).

And in that spirit of getting out and enjoying every last lovely day, we put together a fun Mid-Wisco Road Trip for this issue. Check out what Benji and I did on our adventure from Viroqua to Richland Center to Spring Green and beyond, starting on page 56.

Thank you so much for reading Inspire(d) Magazine all these years, and for being part of this amazing community. You guys are the best. Here’s to creating a bright future together!

Looking forward,

Aryn Henning Nichols

P.S. Please let us know if you’ve got a Community Builder you’d like to nominate for the Fall 2020 Inspire(d) – email me at aryn@iloveinspired.com.

P.P.S. Are you interested in writing for Inspire(d)? Shoot me an email! I’m on the lookout for experienced writers in the Driftless (extra bonus if you live in a place we don’t cover that often – we’d love to keep expanding our coverage).

Click here to read the Fall 2019 Inspire(d) online!

Festive Fall Fun!

Looking for some fall fun? Here are just a few events we’re hoping to join in on right here in the Driftless Region! See you there?

Live on Water St. – Sept 9, 3-8 pm

Water Street Music Series is presenting an afternoon of awesomeness at “Live on Water Street” and we’re excited for a little hometown fun in Decorah! The festivities will take place in front of the Oneota Community Food Co-op, where they’ll be serving up tasty food and Pulpit Rock and Toppling Goliath will be selling local brews for the (21+) masses. And, of course, there will be great live music, with sets by John Goodin & Erik Sessions, Cedar Rapid’s DICKIE (Dick Prall), and headliners, Farewell Milwaukee. Make sure to bring your favorite lawn chair / blanket / dancing shoes! Inspire(d) is happy to help sponsor this event –  see you there! Check Live on Water Street on Facebook for details.

Root River Trail Towns Taste of the Trail Series – Sept 9, 16, 23

School is in, and schedules are filling up – but it’s not too late to enjoy an afternoon on the Root River Trail system of SE Minnesota. In fact, this may be the most beautiful time of the year to enjoy a ride through the trees and bluffs. For three Saturdays in September (9, 16, 23), you can visit different sections of the trail and enjoy a “Taste of the Trail”. Stops will include samples of foods and beverages, along with activities like wagon rides, outdoor programs, music, and more! Visit www.rootrivertrail.org to see which towns are featured each day – and tell them Inspire(d) sent you!

Takkefest – Sept 23, 3-8 pm

Vesterheim Museum is ‘takin’ to the streets’ with a Takke- i.e. “thank you” -fest this fall! Ok, so actually, they’re taking it to the Open Air Division of Vesterheim, but we’re sure it will be a blast! Scandinavian foods and treats (Nordic Waffles are coming back!!!), beverages and dancing are all on the docket. Hop in and do a schottische, or settle in to do a craft, pioneer activity, or mini folk art class! The street party starts with Nordic Dancers, then the Foot-Notes, and finished up after SE Minnesota band Root River Jam. So, as they’ve been saying at Vesterheim, “let’s loosen up our bunads and kick up our heels” for a little harvest party fun! We’ll be the ones throwing bean bags with one hand and eating lefse with the other…! Find details at www.vesterheim.org

 Viroqua Harvest Parade – Oct 14, 2 pm

On the second Saturday of October each year, the Western Wisconsin town of Viroqua comes alive with giant puppets and festively costumed characters parading down Main Street: It’s the Harvest Parade, a one-of-a-kind event from the heart of the Driftless. Happening since 2010, the event’s mission is to build community, foster connections in the arts, and provide artistic opportunities to youths and adults. Entries are more-or-less Harvest themed, people powered, and utilize as many re-used materials as possible. After the parade, enjoy the Harvest Celebration with music, food, and more entertainment. Check Facebook page for details.

Inspire(d) 10th Anniversary Party – Oct 21, 1-4 pm

Did we mention we’re celebrating our 10th year in business? (Ha, a few times, right?) We’re pretty excited to celebrate and thank you all for helping us get here. We’re throwing a party – well actually, a benefit party for some friends of ours who are opening a really neat preschool just north of Decorah: Little Farmers. So it’ll be a farm party! Come out to help us celebrate and enjoy music from Viroqua’s Stanton West, pumpkins and gourds, fall treats, and family fun while checking out the new school, chickens, bunnies, and more! It’s free to attend, but we hope you’ll help us raise some funds for the soon-to-be non-profit preschool. 2902 US Hwy 52 (just south of Nob Hill).
Like us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on super awesome party details!

Save the Date: FEAST – Dec 2, 10 am – 4 pm

Meet the folks who grow and create what you eat, at the fourth annual FEAST! local food fest at the Mayo Civic Center, Rochester. Savor and shop with more than 100 of the region’s best food artisans, and enjoy cooking demos and activities for kids. It’s a great chance to purchase your favorite local foods right from the food-makers, either to stock up or to share. Samples are free, but bring cash to purchase items to take home. Vendor applications are still being accepted. To learn more about Feast! visit local-feast.org, check them out on Facebook, or follow @Local_Feast on Twitter.

September 2015 Calendar

September! Get a head start on your fun-planning with this handy-dandy September 2015 calendar (and you can download the pdf here). Enjoy!
XO,
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LOOKING FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT EVENTS ON THE CALENDARS?
Check out these great fall activities!  In chronological order, each event’s number coincides with its number on the calendar!

1. September 4: Celtic folk rock with Lehto & Wright presented by ArtHaus, 7pm. $12 adults / $10 students. Sponsored by Country Inn by Carlson. Tickets on sale now! arthausdecorah.org

2. September 5: Water Street Music Series: Absolute Hoot. WSMS kicks off their fourth season with Absolute Hoot, 7 pm, Co-op Parking Lot. Free! Bring a blanket/lawn chair. www.wsmsdecorah.org

3. September 12: Norse Fall Community Day Picnic! Join us for U-2 BBQ, “GO NORSE!” t-shirts for kids (sponsored by Bank of the West), family passes for the Luther vs. St. Olaf Football Game! Register: www.luther.edu/alumni/events

4. September 16: Wednesday Wine Down 4pm-8pm Paint & Sip this night! Visit www.FaceBook.com/TheRusticCorner for tickets. Get Uncorked at The Rustic Corner in Charles City!

5. September 17-20: Norman Borlaug Harvest Fest in Cresco Iowa! Inspire Day, Quilt Auction, Cruise to Cresco, 5K Run/Walk, Meals From the Heartland Packaging event, Food, Music, Games, & FUN!  www.howard-county.com

6. September 19: United Way Used Book Sale Good Shepherd Lutheran Iowa Avenue, Decorah. 8AM – 12PM Saturday. Access pre-sale through free-will donation Friday evening. Supports books for pre-schools!

7. September 19: RIDE THE RIDGES bicycle tour – Winona, MN. Four routes along Southeastern Minnesota’s most scenic valleys and towering bluffs overlooking the Mississippi. www.ridetheridges.info

8. September 24: Taste the Local Harvest at the Oneota Co-op – meet local producers, sample local products: 4:30-6:30 pm. Free. www.oneotacoop.com

9. September 25: Reefuel Yoga studio presents a meditation workshop with author, theologian, and yoga teacher Deborah Adele to discuss her book: The Yamas & Niyamas. For more info: www.reefuel.biz/workshops

10. September 26: Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation invites you to a seed harvest on scenic prairie! 9/26, 9a-12p @ Heritage Valley. No experience needed – More info: mrunkel@inhf.org 515-288-1846 www.inhf.org/volunteer

11. September 26: Run the Trout Run Trail! Decorah Rotary Club Loop de Loop 5k-10k Run-Walk, and Half-Marathon. Start time: 8:00 A.M. Registration information available at: www.decorahrotary.org.

12. September 27: TASC Big Pumpkin Contest, 2213 Mt. Olivet Road NW, Waukon Weigh off, meal, fun! For more information about the event, contact TASC at 563-568-4060.