Forest Lake Country Store June News

Forest Lake Country Store June News

I'm counting the days.  Mid June I'm  heading north and I cannot wait.  Reading the Monthly newsletter that comes from the Forest Lake Country Store give me my short fix for the Northwoods.  I have to tell you though, there's nothing better than stopping in for a #16, some hot coffee and maybe one of the home made fried cakes to top it off.

Forest Lake Country Store June News
Great food and a whole lot more,,,

Rain.  Finally.  After extremely high fire warnings, and one near miss with a dangerous fire that ate up 80 acres of Land O’ Lakes and a couple non-inhabited buildings (but no loss of homes or bones) it is nice to have rain!  Special thanks to the Land O’ Lakes Fire Department Volunteers as well as several other communities, the County and the DNR.  The woods and the lakes will enjoy the bath they have received, let’s hope for more, lot’s more over the next few weeks.

The north wood’s is in full bloom.  New growth is evident everywhere you look.  This is the time of year that all spruce and balsam trees have a light green tinge against the darker green of the older limbs.  In the morning there are a couple mallard drakes that fly between Wood Lake, Merrill Lake and Forest Lake.  Two drakes alone sharing their subdued harrumph of contentment tells us that their mates are probably sitting on eggs on a well disguised nest on a shoreline.  We look forward to the first spotted fawns, with the wobble knee gait they have early in their life.  Just before dark, take a few minutes to just slow down, listen to the birds of the evening or the peepers in the low area just over there.  The nighttime silence is always preceded by an orchestrated song on nature!

Fishing has been excellent.  If you are up for Memorial Day you need to fish more like it is the first of July.  Everything on the lakes is almost a month ahead of a more normal year.  Crappie spawn is about over and there’s reports of big bluegills cruising the shoreline looking for love.  The smallmouth bass are up on their beds making them an easy target.  Largemouth bass will be right behind them.

We look forward to seeing all the families that vacation n Land O’ Lakes over Memorial Day weekend.  Check out all of the new items we have added to our shelves.  If you have a large group and want to be assured of having fresh donuts in the morning a call to the store the day before helps us make enough morning sweets for everyone.  With a call we will make your donuts and set them aside until you pick them up!

Last we have some news on the passing of Vi Becker.  Vi was an institution in the north woods.  Many remember Vi as the smiling face at the Wonegan Club (now called the Bear Trap Inn).  Vi was also the town supervisor in Land O’ Lakes for many years.  The first woman to hold a town supervisor position in the entire state of Wisconsin.  The town is enriched by her legacy, and the family she has left behind, to carry on her name.  Gods speed Vi!

New in the Store

The specialty grain shelves continue to swell with new items.  If you want to try a new side dish to impress your family and friends, look at these unique products.

We have worked hard to expand the craft brew category at the Forest Lake Country Store.  We continue to stock every available beer from both Sprecher and Leinenkugels.  We have beer choices from Sierra Nevada, Sand Creek, Milwaukee Brewing, Lakefront Brewing, New Glarus, Bells, Tyranena, New Belgium and more.  Now we have added choices from Lagunitas, Founders, Ommegang, Southern Tier and more.

Forest Lake Country Store garments are here!  We have new colors in the popular track jacket and fleece lined hoodies.  We also have a new one size fits most night shirt with a dramatic look on the front.  Check out the Wine Shirts.  Black shirts with half sleeves and rhinestone studded logos for your favorite past time, enjoying wine!

This week we are introducing a program on specialty meats.  These are restaurant quality meats, cut, trimmed and packed individually.  Each piece is individually cryovak packed.  Any bone-in meats have a special bone guard wrapped around the meat that prevents bones from breaking the sealed package.  There is a minimum of fat on the meats, making your price per pound great.  Just open the package and cook!  All meats will be market priced every Monday morning and orders need to be placed by Tuesday noon.  Meats will arrive in the store Thursday afternoon.  Most cuts of meat are packed in 10# cases.  We have this week’s price list attached to the newsletter.  If you are interested in any item let us know with a return email by noon Tuesday.

Events in the Store
June 16th Taste of Italy Wine Tasting benefit for Land O’ Lakes Artisans (LOLA)  4PM – 7 PM
Italian wines from the Palm Bay Imports portfolio will be presented at this tasting.  Appetizers and light snacks will be available.  LOLA offers a unique future for the town of Land O’ Lakes.  All proceeds of this event are given to LOLA to help them achieve their dream of providing art and art education to the north woods!
23rd 10 MA – 4 PM Cabin Show at the store
We are assembling many artisans and service providers that are of interest to anyone who owns a cabin or a home in the north woods.  We have furniture makers, artists, Wi-Fi providers, and service people that will have things of interest for making your cabin life better.
This is a no charge showcase of products and services at the Forest Lake Country Store.  Stop in to see what is new in the northwoods.

News from the Northwoods

June 1 Land O’ Lakes Post Office All DayT Thank You for Cathy Grady

Friday, June 1 will be Grady Appreciation Day in Land O’ Lakes.  Stop in at the Land O’ Lakes Post Office on Friday June 1, between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Enjoy a piece of cake and cup of coffee or punch while we celebrate with retiring Postmaster Cathy Grady.  This is our chance to congratulate and thank her for years of dedicated service to the Land O’ Lakes postal patrons.  Cathy will be missed.

June 3  CAR WASH and BRAT COOKOUT  11:30 – 1:30
Ely Memorial UCC Church Hwy. B, Land O Lakes
Donations will benefit Ely Outreach and Mission projects

June 2 and 3 are Wisconsin Free Fishing Days.  No license required to fish Wisconsin waters.  Fill the cabin with family and friends and try the local lakes.
June 9 and 10 are the Free Fishing Days in Michigan.  Hit the north end of the Cisco Chain or Lac Vieux Desert or any other lakes in the UP without buying a license.

Events in the North Woods
June 23rd is the Summer Solstice Art in the Yard at the Fir Tree Cottage
From 10 AM to 4 PM the art Gypsies of the north woods will be exhibiting their wares.  Check out this annual event.
From the Stacks of the Land O’ Lakes Library
From the stacks of the Land O' Lakes Library
Join us for our children’s programs on Wednesdays.  All June programs will be held at the library.  Summer program brochures are available the library.  All children’s programs are listed on our web site:
Wednesday, June 13th, 10 am
Bart from the Northwoods Wildlife Center will be here to teach us about “The Wonders of Rocks and Minerals.”  Some even glow in the dark!  Everyone will crack open a geode to take home.  Sponsored by Conserve School.

Wednesday, June 20th, 10 AM
Does everything sleep at night?  While you are draining away, the forest is busy with animal activity.  Join us as the North Lakeland Discovery Center presents Critters of the Night.

Wednesday, June 27th, 10:00 AM
What’s zany and purple, juggles beanbag chairs and spins plates?  It’s Truly Remarkable Loon, of course.  Just like the loons on your lake only no feathers…  Or swimming…  OK, nothing like any loon you’ve ever seen before.

Every Monday at 10:30 AM June 11 through August 20 we will be sponsoring Movie Mondays for kids.  Bring your own snacks and drinks and enjoy a G or PG rated movie on our big screen.  Supervision will be provided, but a caretaker (over age 14) must remain on the library promises.

Adult Library programs
Tuesday, June 5 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
There will be in an AARP safe driving class in the community room.

Friday, June 8th at 1:00 PM
Movie Afternoon at the Library
We are showing the book based movie “Hugo”.  Fun for the whole family.

Tuesday, June12 @ 6:00 PM
Bill Jamerson and his Dollar-A-Day Boys!  Program.
It is a musical tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Michigan based author Bill Jamerson will present a music and storytelling program about the Civilian Conservation Corps.  Jamerson’s program includes stories about the CCC, reading excerpts from his book and performing original songs with his guitar.  His presentation is as entertaining as it is informative; as honest as it is fun!  The program will be held on the outside lawn and the public is invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on.  In the case of cool or wet weather the program will be moved inside.

Wednesday, June 20th at 1:00 p.m.
An antiques and collectibles appraisal event.  Featuring author and antiques
expert Mark F. Moran
Formerly the senior editor of Antiques and Collectibles Books for Krause Publications in Iola, Wis., Mark has also been a contributing editor for Antique Trader magazine. He has served as editor of Antique Review East magazine; as producer of Atlantique City, an antique show held in Atlantic City, N.J.; and as editorial director of F+W Media's Antiques Group.
He has also been a guest expert on the PBS series Antiques Roadshow.
Our antiques and collectibles appraisal event will be limited to 40 objects.  The cost per object is $15.00.  Sign up and payment are required for an item reservation spot.  If you have antiques or collectables you would like to have evaluated as part of the show, please contact the library at 715-547-6006 for a full list of acceptable items.  Everyone is invited to view this entertaining and educational program.

Land O’ Lakes Artisans /Artistree Events

Saturday, June 9  11:00AM – 1:00PM  Lunch with the Impressionists II

Shirley Battin will facilitate the DVD Art History Lecture: Seurat, Renoir, & Monet  at the Land O’ Lakes Public Library, Downtown Land O’ Lakes.  Discussion and a light Parisian style lunch will follow the lecture.  Register for this free event by calling 715-547-3950 by June 2.

Friday, June 15 10:00AM-3:00PM  Beginning Pastels/Pastel Painting

Adults: $30.00  Kids 12+: $15.00

Artist Sheila Swanlund, Three Lakes, WI, will teach this basic beginner class at the LOLA Center for the Arts in Land O Lakes.  No drawing experience is necessary.

Fee is $30 for Adults and $15 for Kids age 12 and older.  Registration/payment deadline is June 8. Saturday, June 16  Take a Trip to Italy at the Forest Lake Country Store!!  4:00PM to 7:00PM

Italian Wine Tasting and Appetizers, Silent Auction and Raffles, FUNd Raiser to benefit the LOLA Building Fund,

Tickets:  $25   Available at Forest Lake Country Store, Artistree, Buzz on B, and from LOLA Board Members

Go Fish!!
Make Papier Mache Fish for Yourself or the Fourth of July Parade!
Great fun for Adults and Kids!
Two sessions are offered by instructors Wendy Powalisz and Karen Lenhart.
Each week’s session includes two class days:
On Monday, make Fish—On Thursday, Paint Fish
Adults:  $20 Kids 8+:  $10

Go Fish Session I: Monday June 18 and Thursday June 21
Registration/payment deadline is June 11

Go Fish II—Monday, June 25 and Thursday, June 28
Registration/payment deadline is June 18.

And coming June 25

Two Three Week Sessions – Ending August 3
Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Show Choir & Musical Theater!
Held at the Land O’ Lakes Elementary School
CALL 715-547-3950 or go to for more information.
For details about any of the events or classes, stop in the Artistree Gallery in Land O Lakes, visit the LOLA website, or call Wendy at 715-547-3950.

Recurring Events in the North Woods
Boulder Junction Free Fishing Seminars Every Sunday Evening 7 PM

Local guides will give up their secrets for fishing the local lakes.  Held at the Boulder Community Center, stop the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce office for the list of speakers.

Land O’ Lakes Family Bingo starts on Wednesday June 20th until August 15th.  This is family style Bingo.  Starts at 7 PM, in the basement of St. Albert’s Church.  Refreshments are available

Land O’ Lakes Farmers Market.  First session is June 21st and is held every Thursday from 9 AM – 12 PM until August 30th.

Land O’ Lakes Flea Market NEW EVENT Starting May 24th, 8:30 AM to 3 PM  every Thursday in the parking area between the For-Get-Me-Not Floral Shop and the Artistree Gallery. Wander thru the booths and look for you next great treasure.  Do you want to clean out a corner of your garage, get a booth for a week or the full season.  Call Kristi Hehn for more information at 715 547 3340.

Boulder Junction Music on Main Street  Every Thursday evening From July 5th to August 12th.  The outdoor forum is a great venue for an evening shared with friends and great music.  Check for the list of talent.

People around Land O’ Lakes

June 1 is Ken Brown’s birthday
June 2 is Ralph Tuttles birthday and also Barb and Ken Brown’s anniversary
June 7 Silas Beattie enjoys his birthday
June 8th Meridith Bawden celebrates her birthday
June 10th Rita and Mark Bawden celebrate their 40th anniversary.
June 11 is busy.  Phyliss Rasmussen, Dianne Schindelholz and Maggie Delong celebrate their birthdays.
June 14 Olivia turns Sweet 16, and never been kissed!
June 16 Cindy Geib and Sandy Seymour share a birth date.
June 17 Mark’s mom Jean Gostisha and Sudy Wattson share their birthday.  It is also Father’s Day!
June 18th is Steve Heinrich’s birthday
June 21st Bob Wills and Jim Achuff share their birthdays.
June 22nd Shelley Peterson has her birthday.  Stop at the Dairy Maid and wish her well!
June 23rd  Dan Adams celebrates his birthday.
June 24th is Bud Schlack’s Birthday.
June 25th Jody Beurgey celebrates her birthday
June 26th Sue Marcus, Dick Melhop and our grand-daughter Riley Grace celebrate a shared birthday!

Wow, we are a little windy on this newsletter.  Thanks for taking the time to read the news of the north woods.  We look forward to seeing you over the holiday weekend.

Best regards,

Kris and Mark Gostisha and girls

Forest Lake Country Store
6256 County Road B, Land O’ Lakes WI 54540
715 547 8222

Store Hours
Extended hours starting June 1, 2012
Monday thru Saturday 7 AM – 8 PM
Sunday 7 AM – 2 PM

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