October News from the Northwoods

October News from the Northwoods

I'm anxious to head for the Northwoods.  In just another week I'll be on the road with my daughter Lisa and a couple of her friends for a week of muskie, smallmouth and walleye fishing.    We'll do some touring while we're up there, taking in all the colors, checking out one of the cranberry bogs and taking a ride over to the Conserve School for a tour.  I've been there before and Lisa is anxious to see it.

Mark from the Forest Lake Country Story sent over his latest newsletter and I'd like to share it with you.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do every month.

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October 2012 News from the Northwoods

The north woods are as beautiful as it gets, any time of the year.  Each turn in the road gives you goose bumps.  Giant splashes of red, yellow, maroon, gold and russet.  You wake up in the morning and the view is spectacular.  With any luck it will last another week!  

Our shorter winter hours allow us to get out and enjoy at least some of the spectacular fall show!  Cool nights and days in the high 60’s and maybe 70’s make for a very enjoyable fall.  A walk will put you into a visual vertigo.  Which tree is prettier?  Which patch of ferns has the best color?  Stop a second and your nose picks up the comfortable waft of someone with a wood fire burning, taking the edge off a cool evening.

Fall changes more than the leaves!  The whitetail bucks have the summer velvet polished off their antlers.  They are getting close to their month of amore.  Adult loons are long gone and the seasons young are drifting around the lakes, moaning their lonesome calls, waiting for Mother Nature to call them south.  Reports of big muskies are starting to come in with some frequency.  The musky are chowing down, and building a layer of fat to make it thru the long winter and early spring spawning.

Recently we were visited by friends from our old home area, Port Washington.  Later we were visited by a brother and a nephew.  It is one of life’s pleasures to share a meal and memories with old friends and family.

Last we regret the delay is sending the October letter.  Our computer needed some attention with more skills than we possess.  A week at one of the technology doctors in Eagle River and we are up and running again.

New in the Store

In the soda cooler look for Blueberry soda from Sprecher.  We have a huge selection of Sprecher beer and soda and the Blueberry soda is a welcome addition to your choices.  

Here are a couple items that are not brand new, but finally back in inventory after a lengthy absence.  Jules Destrooper Almond Thins and Butter Crisp cookies.  Do you remember the white cartons with bright blue printing?  We finally have them back in stock.  You will also fine the Tates Chipless Wonder cookies  The supply on these dried up almost two years ago, but we finally found a way to get these back on our shelves!

In the beer cooler look for our fall seasonal beers and Octoberfest beers.  We have Pumpking beer from Southern Tier, and Cranberry Special Ale from Sand Creek.  We also have a great selection of Octoberfest beers from Sprecher, Sand Creek, Southern Tier, Sam Adams, Leinenkugels, Becks, Hacker Pschorr, New Glarus, New Belgium, and more.  These do not last long.  Come in and mix a six pack to try them all!  

In hard liquor we have ventured out and added several new items.  Not new to the world, but new on our shelf.  Look for Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Avion Tequila, McCallan 12 year single malt scotch, Famous Grouse Blended Scotch and Bombay Sapphire Gin.

Events in the Store

October 10th Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Night  5:30 PM
This is short notice and one of the best wine tastings we have ever put together.  A single night of all Cabernet Sauvignon wines.  Wines from Stags Leap Wine Cellars, Napa Cellars, Folie a Deaux. Medalla Real, and more.  7 different Cab’s, cheese and fruit to cleanse your palate between wines.  Cost is just $10 per person.  Paid reservations are required to hold a seat.  Stop at the store or call with a credit card number to hold your seat.  This is limited to just 24 people!

November 15th A night of Sprecher Beers 5:30 PM
Krista Fornear, a regional Sprecher marketing specialist will be at the store to discuss all the new beers and offer tastes of many Sprecher products.  Sprecher makes some of the best European influenced beers in North America.  These events sell out fast!  Seats are just 6 bucks per person and limited to 30 people.  Paid reservations are required to hold your seat.  Stop in or call with your credit card number to reserve your spot!

News from the Northwoods

If you ever stopped at the Black Oak bar you will remember Kevin Konnow.  He pretty much ran the place for years.  Kevin has ventured off to start his own business.  Called Brew’s Pub, this is located in the old Rusty Nail building.  About the only thing that is the same as the Rusty Nail are the address and the roof.  Kevin, and an army of family, friends and contractors, pretty much gutted the place and have turned it into a bright airy sports bar.  Lots of light colored woodwork, many big screen TV’s and a friendly staff to greet you and make your stay enjoyable.  Stop in and see what Kevin has done to create another fun place to visit in Land O’ Lakes!

Events in the North Woods

October 6th  Cranberry Fest in Eagle River
The town is FILLED with craft vendors, food vendors and exciting demonstrations.  This is the pinnacle of fall fun in the north woods.  Come and see the festivities first hand.  

Saturday October 6th  Book Signing at the Gateway Hotel
There will be a book signing of the book "From Chicago North Into Peril" Land O' Lakes Wisconsin by W. Dennis Minet at the Gateway Lodge on Saturday October 6 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Mr. Minet is one of the survivors of the private airplane accident that occurred in Land O' Lakes area in 1959.

October 13th Harvest Fest in Boulder Junction
Join us for a day of family fun and celebrate the season with food and games. Harvest Fest in Boulder Junction is set for Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Bring the kids and take a hayride through town while stopping at local businesses to test your skills at a games. Adults can enjoy the fun too, collect receipts from your purchases and bring them to “ Shop the Haystack” for a chance to win prizes and gift certificates. Games and treats can be found in many of the stores, be sure to pick up a map to show you where to find the fun. Join “Granny Autumn” as she leads the kids down the bike trail for a costume parade. There will be treats on the street too – purchase a home baked treat at the North Lakeland 4th Grade Class Harvest Bake Sale, bite into a fresh hand-dipped caramel apple, enjoy a bowl of chili or a hot dog served by the Boulder Junction Lioness. Pick up some fall décor at our Farmer's Market. Find your treasure at the Boulder Junction Historical Society Rummage Sale and visit the Historical Museum while you’re there. See you in Boulder Junction on Saturday, October 13, 2012! For more information visit www.boulderjct.org or call 1-800-GO-MUSKY.

October 20th and October 27th  Haunted House  Boulder Junction
Take a scary step back in time and take in the sights and sounds of Haunted Boulder Junction! Explore a haunted house on Saturday, October 20 and Saturday, October 27 from 7pm to 10pm. Held inside the Community Center on Hwy M, experience the fear of an old time saloon, doctor's autopsy room, barber shop, hotel room, butcher shop and general store. Haunted wagon rides and concessions available. Cost for the Haunted House is just $5.00 per person. All ages are welcome.

Boulder Junction’s In-Town Trick or Treat will take place at participating businesses on Saturday, October 27 from 3pm to 5pm. Traditional Trick or Treat, at participating Boulder Junction area residents, will take place on Halloween night, Wednesday, October 31, from 5pm to 7pm. Happy Spooking!

Land O’ Lakes Artisans /Artistree Events

Still room for those interested in Needle Felting. Introduction to Needle Felting class on Thursday, October 11 with Judy Kingsbury. Learn to embellish your plain ol' hats and mittens and turn them into works of art! You will see how it’s done and create a cute felted bird to take home! Call Wendy to sign up!

Reminder that Watercolor Wednesdays will start Oct. 17.
Bring in those fall photos and work on some new paintings! The create space is yours for the day.   10:00 - 3:00 in the LOLA Art Room. Free.

Saturday, October 20 is our third DVD Lecture.
This lecture will focus on The Louvre from 11:30 to 1:00.. If you haven't attended one of these lectures before, you are in for a treat! Plus!....a fine little lunch provided by the wonderful cooks at LOLA! Call Wendy to register for this free event. Held at the Land O' Lakes Library Community Room.

Wednesday, October 31 is Halloween!
LOLA is at the Land O' Lakes Library for the Boo Bash, the town Halloween party. Stop in anytime between 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. while trick-or-treating and enjoy snacks, games, coffee and a place to relax for cold and tired kids and parents. LOLA will be there with pumpkins for kids to decorate.........were calling them "junkins"! Create scary or funny faces on your pumpkin with recycled materials and fun "junk"! This free event is for all ages. See you there..........boo!

LOLA is lining up November Classes & Events too. Here are some of them:
Saturday, November 3 Watercolor Greeting Cards  10:00 - 1:00 Adults: $30 Kids 12+: $15
Sheila Swanlund will teach students to make creative greeting cards. Perfect for the holidays. Each student will learn watercolor techniques and receive 10 cards to paint on. No experience necessary. All materials supplied.  Registration Deadline: October 27

Thursday, November 8 Pastel Class: Rendering your home or cabin in pastel.
10:00 - 1:00 Adults: $35
Artist Sheila Swanlund is back again. Using soft textured pastel and a photo of your home or cabin, you will create a colorful realistic or funky painting! Beginners are welcome.  Most materials supplied, call for additional supply list.  Registration Deadline: November 1

Thursday, November 15 LOLA presents poet Emily K. Bright. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
"Giving Thanks"  An afternoon of original poetry and old favorites.  Bright's poetry has been published nationally and internationally in literary journals and anthologies, including the North American Review and Beloved on the Earth: 150 Poems of Grief and Gratitude. She has also published a poetry chapbook, Glances Back, (Pudding House Press 2007) and taught creative writing and literature at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire before moving to the north woods to focus on writing. She lives in Eagle River with her husband, Matthew Krusack, and their baby Abigail.  Meed Emily and join LOLA for this free event, as we usher in the season with poems that remind us about giving thanks. Light refreshments will be served.

Also coming to LOLA:

Spoon Carving on Tuesday, November 13
Broom Tying on Wednesday, November 14
These classes will be taught by artistic duo: Dan Roesinger and Saga Erickson of Hurley, Wisconsin.
Details to follow soon!  All classes and events are held at the LOLA Center for the Arts at 4262 County Road B, downtown Land O' Lakes, unless otherwise noted.  As usual, give Wendy a call for more information and to register for classes.   715-547-3950

People around Land O’ Lakes

October 2nd is a shared birthday for Karen Hartmann and Mike Keintz
October 7th  Lora Haynes and Ivan Iancevich share their birthday
October 9th Joanne Gelling celebrates her birthday
October 11  Debbie Piels celebrates her birthday
October 15th is Dianne Schindelholz’s birthday
October 16th Bonnie and Bill Heinig celebrate their anniversary
October 17th Roy Knoth celebrates his birthday
October 18  Mimi and Tom Allman’s share their anniversary
October 20th is Ursula Charaf’s birthday
October 22nd  Scott Harden enjoys another birthday
October 23rd  Shirley Battin celebrates her birthday
October 24th is Kate Ferguson’s birthday
October 26th is Sandy Garbarek’s birthday and Barb and Harry Nehring enjoy their anniversary.
October 29th is a shared birthday for Mary Thomas and DeDe Blackbourn

We thank everyone for the friendship bestowed on us at the Country Store.  We continue with our trek in building a community of people that appreciate the north woods, food, wine and drink.  Thanks for making us a part of your life in Land O’ Lakes.

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
Friday and Saturday 8 AM – 8 PM
Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 8 AM – 2 PM
Closed on Tuesdays

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