Northwoods News

Northwoods News

I'm counting the days for my return to the Northwoods.  Next week, my daughter Lisa and I are heading north for a week of muskie fishing and more.  The weather has been relatively mild up there lately and Indian Summer should be with us next week, at least I hope so.  We'll see if the bass are biting, maybe the walleye or crappies.  No matter what, we'll have some fun.

On the agenda is stopping in to see our friends Mark and Kris at the Forest Lake Country Store.  Here's their latest newsletter.

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

October 2013 News from the Northwoods

Fall color is still going strong. The season started slowly. Small patches of color would appear almost magically. Talking to Gail Mallick outside church one day she stated it perfectly. It is like fireworks. You look and see nothing, a second later there was a burst of color. For a couple weeks we have been treated to these giant Optical BOOMS! There was some loss of color in recent rains, but there are still a lot of green leaves that need to change offering hopes for a many more days of color!

This time of year is a little idyllic. The frantic pace of summer is over, the roads are less crowded, giant landing nets in trailered boats tells us musky anglers are searching for a trophy. Passing bicyclists are still enjoying their rides but with a little heavier clothing. The small of wood smoke wafts thru the air on evening walks.

If you have not made it up to enjoy the fall color it should easily hold out ‘til this weekend.

New in the Store
One of our favorite items is Chipless Wonder cookies. Recently we added Oatmeal Raisin cookies from the same company. These are another great option to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Fall beers continue to arrive, and unfortunately sell real fast! If you like Octoberfest beers stop in and see what we have available. Each week the selection is a little bit different.

Events in the Store
October 17th Simioni Imports Wine Tasting 5:30 PM with Bob Simeone
Last spring we hosted Bob and Danny Simeone for a small tasting of their fine wines. It was an outstanding educational and tasting opportunity for some truly unique wines.

Bob has merged his rigorous business travel schedule with his passion for all things wine and food and become an importer for wines. In his travels around the world Bob enjoyed wines from small boutique Italian wineries that were not available in the USA. By working with these small wineries, Bob has assembled a portfolio of very unique wines. All small production and all very low sulfites. In spring we tried about eight wines, this fall we will explore different wines from the Simioni portfolio.

Reservations are required for the event. Cost is $20 per person and includes all wines and palate cleansers at each table. You can stop at the store to make your reservation or call the store with your credit card number to reserve your spot. The last tasting sold out in three days. Do not dawdle making your reservation for this tasting.

November 7th A Night of Pinot Noir 6PM – 8PM with Nina Martin
We will return to an open house format wine tasting, and focus the evening on Pinot Noir. You will see this great wine presented from California, Oregon, Italy and more. This delicate wine is becoming one of our best selling varietals and for a good reason; they are delicious!
This is an open house tasting rather than a classroom style tasting. Cost is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. This cost will cover tastes of 6 different Pinot Noirs! Stop by the store to sign up or plan to arrive on the night of the event.
November 14th Wine 101 Class 5:30 PM

This class is designed to educate novice wine drinkers. The materials cover a year in a vineyard, grape varietals, aad a review of how wine is made. This is followed by a tasting of wines from the major varietals; Whites are Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Savignion Blanc, and Chardonnay. The Reds are Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel.

Class is limited to 24 attendees and the cost is just $12 per person. Reservations are required to hold your seat. Stop at the store or call with your credit card number to reserve your spot!

News from the Northwoods
Starting to think about Christmas shopping for any youngsters on your list? An author, that is a summer resident in Land O’ Lakes, is releasing a series of Children’s books. The author and illustrator is Mary Uihlein. These books are a treat for youngsters from 3 years old to 93 years old. She has a blog at . Mary’s books can be viewed on line at and purchased on line here! They are available as Ebooks or regular printed books shipped to your house. This is a great Christmas gift for any youngster in your life.

Here is something from our daughter Stephanie. We are so proud of her efforts to get healthy and look great. We are getting to the time of year that can make us all a little sedentary, then making New Year’s resolutions to cure it. Here is her take on health and fitness:
Growing up, it seemed I could eat whatever I wanted and not put on any weight. Later in high school and then my college years it seemed to all catch up and then after two pregnancies, I realize I had to do something big in order to get back in shape and get healthy.

In years past, I had tried all sorts of diets, diet pills, the It Works wraps, even starving myself. After still feeling lousy for a couple years, I realized that the only thing that was going to change me was good ol' fashioned healthy diet and exercise!

I was only a short ways into my journey when I was presented with the opportunity to have my own business, and knew this was something I wanted to do. Not only would I be helping other people get to where I was at, I would be helping myself stay motivated and continue on my own journey as well! The most important thing was I wanted to set a good example for my own kids.

I started my own company in health/fitness with the company that makes P90x, Turbo Fire, and Insanity, etc. Many of you may have heard of those programs, if not I am here to explain them to you. I personally love their products and wanted to really get as healthy as I can while helping others. Everything is home based and no gym is required. Once you pick your program and commit to doing it and drinking your Shakeology (a completely natural, uber healthy, fabulous meal replacement smoothie) The programs I have chosen, along with Shakeology daily, have given me more energy than I thought was possible and has helped me remove and now keep off 55 lbs of pregnancy weight!

I will be here to coach you along the entire way. Some of my challengers have entered their before and after pictures to win all sorts of awesome prizes, but the most important part is you are on your way to a fit and healthy future! Please feel free to follow me on Facebook to learn more information visit or email me at

I look forward to helping you achieve your goals and helping improve your health and I am already excited to see some of your own "after" pictures!

Events in the North Woods
October 12th Boulder Junction Harvest Fest
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 12, 2013 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 various 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 Farmers’ 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 12, 2013! For more information visit or call 1-800-GO-MUSKY.

Land O’ Lakes Library News
The library movie for October will be “Anna Karenina” on Friday Oct. 11th at 1:00 pm Set in late-19th-century Russia high-society, the aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky.
The Library has three events in cooperation with LOLA’s 100 days of ART in October.
Tuesday, Oct. 15 DVD Art History Lectures with Shirley Battin 10:00 am to noon.
Thursday, Oct. 17 Movie: “Lust for Life” Kirk Douglas as Vincent Van Gogh 1 – 2:30 pm.
Tuesday, Oct 22 Movie: “ The Life and Death of Vincent Van Gogh with Shirley Battin 1- 2:45 pm.

Land O’ Lakes Artisans /Artistree Events
Gear up for the Holiday Season with artful gifts made with your own hands!  These classes will help your creative gift giving or give you an opportunity to learn a new craft that will keep you busy in the cold months to come!

On Tuesday, October 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 3;30 p.m., meet Mercer artist Virginia Kemplin and learn about the ancient Japanese decorative art of making Temari Balls. This class is based on intricate embroidery using colorful threads. Originally these spheres were used to entertain children, now they are considered decorative ornaments and miniature works of art. Kits for two ornaments will be utilized.

Thursday, October 10 from 10:00a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Watersmeet, Michigan artist, Mary Sethness will teach Beginning Needlepoint. You will learn the best of the traditional stitches to create a very usable leather key ring or luggage tag. Perfect for gift giving!

Friday, October 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 4;00 p.m., LOLA welcomes back artist Dan Roesinger to teach traditional wood carving. Students will make a Finnish rustic drinking bowl called a Kuksa. Similar to spoon carving, this class will use only the simplest of tools.

Saturday, October 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., artists Dan Roesinger and Saga Erickson will teach traditional broom tying. Students will tie a simple traditional flat corn broom on a handle of their choice. Pretty enough to hang on the wall and admire, but tough enough for years of use. Dan and Saga specialize in traditional crafts and do 18th & 19th century historical interpretation of these skills at shows and fairs. They come from Hurley, Wisconsin and operate Stark Raven Studios.

All classes have a fee and deadlines for payment and registration are one week prior to class. Most materials will be provided, some classes have a small supply list which will be given upon registration. Classes will be held at the LOLA Center for the Arts in the Sandra Hardy Brown Memorial Classroom, located at 4262 County Road B, downtown Land O' Lakes, Wisconsin. Please call to register at 715-547-3950.

Land O' Lakes Area Artisans, Inc./LOLA is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit arts organization dedicated to promoting the arts, area artists, providing arts education to adults and children and offering cultural events for community enrichment. For more information about LOLA, please visit

100 Days of Art update
The weather may be changing but the creativity level up north has not! The Land O' Lakes Area Artisans (LOLA) is continuing with its 100 Days of Art program.  October is the last month of artful events. This initiative that started in May, covered a wide range of art done by community members and visiting artists. Photography, classic cars and boats, art lectures, special art classes, folk dancing, fiber arts exhibits, folk art, music and garden tours were just some of the offerings. So many people with hidden talents were coaxed out to share what they do with the public.

Events for October include artist Tim Geary's original paintings. Tim is a well known portrait painter and caricature artist. His paintings will be on view at Meyer Insurance in Land O' Lakes on Friday, October 4.

Shakespearian scholar, Professor David Hay will speak on "Shakespeare for Any Town USA" on Saturday, October 5 at the LOLA Center for the Arts from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Learn why the famous bard is still relevant today, relevant for any one in any town. Professor Hay will also share some selected readings.

Learn the traditional art of German Star Paper Folding from Sandy Wait. Sandy has been making these traditional ornaments for her family for years. See how it's done on October 11 at the LOL Chamber of Commerce, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Be sure to check out local artists open studios during the Northwoods Art Tour, which runs from October 11 through the 13. Visit their website at

Another set of DVD Art History Lectures will be offered at the LOL Library on October 15 from 10:00 to noon, with artist Shirley Battin facilitating.

Two movie offerings at the LOL Library also feature another famous artist, "Lust for Life" and "The Life and Death of Vincent Van Gogh" will be shown on October 17 and 22nd respectively.

100 Days of Art will end with a party to thank all participants on Thursday, October 31 at the LOLA Center for the arts from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Food, Music, Treats for Kids and the drawing for LOLA's action raffle that was on-going this summer. The final drawing for the Hobie Kayak, Fugi Mountain Bike and Canon Camera will take place during the 100 Days of Art - Done! Party! This event is Free and open to the public.

For more information on all events, please call the LOLA Center for the Arts at 715-547-3950 or visit The LOLA Board of Directors wish to thank all those who participated in this program and to the artists for sharing their talent and showing area visitors Land O’ Lakes creativity!

People around Land O’ Lakes
October 1st is Sue Gauerke’s and Jo Mayeau’ s birthday
October 2nd is a shared birthday for Karen Hartmann and Mike Keintz
October 4th is Tony Gaetano’s birthday
October 7th is a shared birthday for Lora Haynes and Ivan Iancevich
October 9th Joanne Gelling celebrates her birthday
October 10th is Barb Grubel’s birthday
October 11 is Debbie Piel’s 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 is Mimi and Tom Allman’s anniversary
October 20th is Ursula Charaf’s birthday
October 22nd is Scott Harden’s birthday
October 23rd Shirley Battin celebrates her birthday
October 24th Kate Ferguson celebrates another birthday
October 26th is Sandy Garbarek’s birthday and Barb and Harry Nehring celebrate their anniversary.
October 29th is a shared birthday for Mary Thomas and DeDe Blackbourn

As always, we enjoy the tine that you spend at the Forest Lake Country Store and look forward to your next visit.

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
We will be closed on October 16th to attend the Sysco Food show. Look for new ideas on future menu’s from our educational trip to this show.



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