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November 2019 Calendar!

November! It’s the segue from Fall into Winter this month (in our opinions, anyway), but that doesn’t stop the fun! Start your planning with this handy-dandy November 2019 calendar (you can download the pdf here).  Have a blast! XO, Inspire(d)

LOOKING FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT EVENTS ON THE CALENDARS?
Check out these great November 2019 activities! In chronological order, each event’s number coincides with its number on the calendar!

18. November 2: Support Lanesboro Arts  at the Fall Gala! Delicious dinner, great company, all for supporting the arts! Lanesboro Community Center, 6pm www.lanesboroarts.org

19. November 16: Absolute Science Big Bang Bubbles Show at Decorah Public Library. Mind-blowing bubble magic leaves all ages feeling like a kid again! Families are invited to come see ordinary bubbles go to the realm of extreme! 11am.  www.decorah.lib.ia.us

20. November 24: Tattoo Talk – “The Future of Tattoos,” Carson Bruns, Prof. of Chemistry, Univ./Col., Boulder. 7:00pm at Luther College, with After Party at Vesterheim. www.vesterheim.org

21. November 28 – December 25: Holiday Lights. 5 pm – 9 pm at Pulpit Rock Campground in Decorah for Northeast Iowa’s largest drive-through holiday lights display. Free will donations benefit Helping Services for Youth & Families.
HelpingServices.org/holidaylights

September 2019 Calendar!

September! Isn’t fall the best? There are always so many fun things to do! Start your planning with this handy-dandy September 2019 calendar (you can download the pdf here).  Have a great fall! XO, Inspire(d)

LOOKING FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT EVENTS ON THE CALENDARS?
Check out these great September 2019 activities! In chronological order, each event’s number coincides with its number on the calendar!

1. September 14: Join the Porter House Museum for their annual fundraiser – held at the Lingonberry, 218 W Water St., Decorah,  4-6pm. Come enjoy great company while supporting one of the region’s most unique museums! www.porterhousemuseum.org

2. September 14: Are you brave enough to see all the creepy, crawly insects at the Insect Zoo? Families welcome for a fun and interactive display, Decorah Public Library, 11am-1pm. www.decorah.lib.ia.us

3. September 15: Bike (or Bus!) the Barns for FairShare CSA Coalition. Farm tours, local food, craft libations, live music. Tour begins at Columbus, WI Fireman’s Park. (608) 226-0300, bikethebarns@csacoalition.org, www.csacoalition.org/bike-the-barns/

4. September 19: Tattoo Talk – “Tattooing in the Ancient World,” Lars Krutak, Tattoo Anthropologist. 7:00 pm at Luther College, After Party at Vesterheim. www.vesterheim.org

5. September 19-22: Norman Borlaug Harvest Festival! Tour the Borlaug Farm, Quilt Auction, Cruise to Cresco, 5K, Steak Cook-Off, and end with the Northeast Iowa Food Packaging Event! www.crescochamber.com

6. September 21: Get your boots dirty at SidieFest Community Trail Building Day! Vernon Trails’ trail crew will guide crews on various singletrack projects throughout Sidie Hollow. Fun. Community. Dirt. Trails. Revelry. info: www.bluedogcycles.com 

7. September  22: Eat It, Cancer! American Society of Cancer progressive dinner sponsored by PIVO Brewery, Pulpit Rock Brewery, Toppling Goliath Brewery, & Rubaiyat Restaurant. www.CrowdRise.com/Eat-It-Cancer

8. September 28-29: Iowa Barn Foundation 19th Annual Fall Barn Tour! Tour the countryside across Iowa to view some of Iowa’s most incredible structures. iowabarnfoundation.org

Read the Winter 2017-18 Inspire(d) Online!

Here’s what’s happening in the Winter 2017-2018 Inspire(d):

Learn to be Koselig This Winter! Stay cozy tips • Norwegian Best Cake recipe • local author interviews • Driftless outdoor fun • Justin Trails • EARL mass transit • & more!

Read the whole thing online here!

A note from Aryn:

My goal with this Inspire(d) is that you feel like you’re sitting down for a cup of coffee with a good friend.

There’s fun conversation, tasty food, and warm fuzzy feelings. In other words, it’s totally koselig.

We said that phrase a lot over the last month here at Inspire(d) HQ. “Oh, there’s a fire in the wood stove! Koselig!” “Smell that cake baking? It’s so koselig!” “Yes, you should light another candle. It will make it even more koselig!”

Koselig (“koos-uh-lee”) is a Norwegian word that loosely translates to cozy. It’s a bit more than that, though, and Sara Friedl Putnam explains it for us, with help from the folks at Vesterheim Museum (they’ve got a koselig exhibit this winter!). Basically, cultivating a koselig lifestyle means seizing any moment that gives you a warm fuzzy feeling – even if you’re heading outside! The koselig fun begins on page 14, and it for sure doesn’t end there. We’ve got an infographic (pg. 23) filled with ideas for getting koselig, so you THRIVE this winter (instead of just survive). We also test drove a recipe for what Norwegian’s call the World’s Best Cake (verden’s beste kake). It was fun to bake…and eat (pg. 26)!

Speaking of cake, make sure to put CAKE BREAK at Vesterheim on your calendar: 3:30 every Wednesday from December-mid April. Yep.

Oh, and again, speaking of cake (yes!), the recipe for that chocolate cake on the cover can be found right here. It’s our go-to birthday cake.

All right. Moving on from cake (fine). Next up: Books! More specifically, local books. We caught up with three folks entrenched in that scene for some fun Q&As: Wisconsin author Kathleen Ernst; Decorah’s own Keith Lesmeister; and Steve Semken, founder of Iowa-based Ice Cube Press. The interviews start on page 32 – check them out, then consider checking out their books for great winter reading.

Next, grab a glue stick because it’s time to make a smiling sun bookmark (pg. 47) to brighten these dark winter days (tutorial here!).

As mentioned, koselig doesn’t mean you just stay inside…you’ve got to get out for fresh air, exercise, and fun, too! Remember: There’s no bad weather, just bad gear! We put together a list of outdoor activities to get you motivated and out the door (pg. 48).

Our Sum of Your Business follows that thought. Justin Trails Resort near Sparta, Wisconsin, loves winter fun. They’ve got snowshoeing, cross country skiing, a sweet snow tube hill, and even rentals for skijoring! Donna Justin took time out of her busy schedule to share some of what she’s learned in the three decades she and her husband have run Justin Trails Resort (pg. 51).

Are bad roads/ your iced up car windows / snowed in driveway keeping you from getting out? Well, you’re in luck! Kristine Jepsen learns – and teaches us – how to ride EARL Public Transit here in Northeast Iowa. Spoiler alert: It’s super easy, and they take you right where you want to go (pg. 56).

We also chatted with recycling guru Terry Buenzow over at Winneshiek County Recycling to get the 411 on what’s recyclable, what’s not, and what we should do with those broken twinkly lights and holiday extras (pg. 64).

And finally, we’ve got yet another great probituary interview – Barb Welgos – to wrap things up (promise that’s not a holiday pun).

Read the whole thing online here!

Keep it koselig this winter, friends. It’s time to thrive! Here’s to an amazing 2018. Let’s do this.

Looking forward,

Aryn Henning Nichols