Last month my wife Judy and I were able to visit Mark and Kris at the Forest Lake Country Store. We enjoyed a nice breakfast while we did some catching up on the latest things going on in the Land O Lakes area of Wisconsin.
I’m anxious to return and will in May. And again in June. And probably again in the Fall.
But what makes the time pass is the sharing of Mark’s monthly newsletter. I enjoy hearing about what’s going on up north. And from some of the emails that I’ve received from readers, sure looks like they enjoy it too.
Pour yourself a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy this months newsletter from the Forest Lake Country Store.
We will start our seasonal closure at the end of the day on Saturday April 5th and reopen on Wednesday April 30th. Spring cleaning is at the top of the “to do” list, then a little R & R with the family!
Winter continues to thrive in Vilas County. Night time temps at minus ten or even minus 20 almost seem normal this year. Global warming??? No way, try wood fired warming! Stacks of firewood have disappeared from behind most garages and sheds. Everybody knows the going rate of LP gas. Talk of frozen pipes or septic lines is no longer surprising! Deer trails are three feet deep in the snow. The lakes continue to be layered with over 30 inches of ice and another 30 – 40 inches of snow, slop, and crust. Whenst you receive lemons, maketh thee lemonade!! Where is our lemonade? When all this melts (If??) we should see a very positive impact for the drought stricken lakes. We will not recuperate all of the loss from 7 years of dryness, but there should be a very positive increase in water levels! Cross your fingers!
Business is predictably slow. Many locals have packed up and leave for March and/or April. Not many seasonal people will leave their homes to come see more winter. We use this slowness to plot and plan our summer strategies and to rest our winter weary bones!
Events in the Store
March 28th Shakeology Open House 6 PM – 7:30 PM A different, healthy meal replacement. Our daughter Stephanie has had tremendous success as a coach for Beachbody and Shakeology. This is an alternative approach to helping you receive the vitamins and proteins you need on a daily basis in a single shake. She will be sampling many of her favorite shakes and offering tips for a healthy lifestyle. There will be wine and cheese available as well. There is no cost for the event, but she would like an RSVP to help prepare sufficient quantities of Shakeology and the alternate beverages and snacks. Email her at email@example.com Or call her at (618) 303-6620 to reserve your spot!
She is also leading a no charge “Fit Club” exercise class at the Land O’ Lakes Town Hall on Mondays at 4:30 PM and Wednesdays at 5 PM. Contact her for more information on this opportunity as well.
April 23rd 6PM Wine Tasting with Trinchero Family Estates
We will be joined by Chad Patrick from Trinchero Family Estates (TFE) and Nina Martin, everybody’s favorite wine rep. While this notice is being typed, Nina is in Napa touring many wineries of the fine Trinchero portfolio. We will taste many of the gems she finds on her trip!
We will start at 6 PM and present the wines for approximately an hour and a half. Cost is just $9 per person and included all the wines and light appetizers to cleanse your palate between wines. Call the store or stop by to pay for your spot soon! Remember we close on April 5th! Get on the list now!
May 13th Sommelier Kim Fisher presenting the fine wines of Badger 5:30 PM
Kim Fisher and Nina Martin will be here presenting some outstanding wine opportunities from Badger Liquor and Wine, our largest distributor. Kim has incredible knowledge of wines from around the world and an exemplary style for presenting these in a very informative and understanding manner.
The list has not been completed, but we will expect to see 6 to 7 wines that normally retail from $15 - $40 per bottle. Each wine will be paired with a small food or appetizer item to accentuate the wines flavor profile. While this is not a meal, size portion, there will be several small courses! Cost is $20 per person. Reservations are required for this special event. As a special purchase incentive, if you mix and match any 12 bottles of wine from this event, you will receive two Reidell crystal wine glasses! Call or stop at the store to purchase your seats SOON. Seating is limited to just 24 people!
Events around Land O’ Lakes
April 5th Phelps WI Maple Syrup Fest 8 AM to 4 PM
Suffering from cabin fever this winter? Break the winter blues by joining us in beautiful Phelps, WI for our 3rd Annual Maple Syrup Fest!
See maple syrup being created by taking a bus or driving tour through several local sugar bushes. Join us at the school and fill your belly at the Maple Cafe, browse dozens of vendor’s handcrafted items at our Craft show, try to get bragging rights by entering your own syrup in our Maple Syrup Judging contest, win some awesome items in our Silent Auctions and Raffle drawings, and learn how to tap a tree. We’ll even entertain your kids with the Northwood’s Children's Museum’s educational display and games for the kids including maple taffy on the snow. There will also be a presentation by Alice in Dairyland before the syrup judging results. Don’t forget to get your Maple Syrup Fest “Got Sap?” Hooded Sweatshirts, T-shirts and Buttons, as well as all the homemade pure Phelps maple syrup you can buy.
The event will be centered at the Phelps School at 4451 Old School Rd, and will be held from 8 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, April 5th.
For more information, find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PhelpsMapleSyrupFest or contact the Phelps Chamber of Commerce at http://www.phelpswi.us or (715) 545- 3800.
April 11th St. Albert’s Fish Fry Land O’ Lakes 5 PM – 7 PM
This is an annual affair that raising funds for local causes. This year the funds are for the Dan & Debbie Kauzlaric family. Nearly 3 years ago, at the age of 51, Dan was diagnosed with colon cancer. Surgery was followed by chemo. At the time it was believe that they had it all. Recently the cancer showed up in a lung - the cancerous area was removed. Since then it has travelled to multiple organs. Due to the illness Dan could not work and has lost his insurance. Their medical bills are mounting as well as other expenses. All profits from this fish fry and raffles will be given to the family to pay bills.
The bucket raffle is becoming quite a unique list of opportunities. Many north woods crafters are showing their handiwork with these donated items for the bucket raffle.
If you would like to help at the fish fry, extra hands are never turned down. We need help with the cooking, buffet line, bussing tables, and then extra hands at clean up at evenings end. Shifts are short, usually two hours or less. If you are interested, contact the Church office at 715 547 3558 for more information.
This appeal was made in last month’s newsletter and several donations have already been received. St. Albert’s appreciates your support. If you cannot make it to the Fish Fry but would like to make a tax deductable donation, you can send it to:
St. Albert’s Parish
4355 County Road B
Land O’ Lakes WI 54540
Attn: Kauzlaric Family Fund Raiser
Land O’ Lakes Library Events
EASTER EGG HUNT EVENT Saturday, April 19th at 10:00 a.m.
Land O' Lakes Library and Parks and Recreation department are co-sponsoring our Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the LOL Elementary School. The Egg hunt will begin at 10:30 a.m. There will be games and activities and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny. All are welcome to attend.
April 17th at 1:00 p.m Movie Afternoon at the Library
We are showing: “The Book Thief” While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, aJewish refugee is being sheltered by her adoptive parents. No cost for the movie, coffee and popcorn.
Also, please remember the Friends of the Land O’ Lakes Public Library when you are doing spring cleaning! The July Used Book sale is the largest fundraiser for the Friends each year. They collect books and media all year! If you have any lightly used books, DVD’s or VHS tapes they are always welcome at the Library. Your tax deductable donation helps the Friends keep the Land O’ Lakes Public Library a favorite community spot in town!
Land O’ Lakes Artisans (LOLA) and Artistree Events
If you haven't seen the "What will kids imagine next?" 5th Annual Art Exhibit, you still have a few days to see the colorful imaginings of our local children. The last day for viewing the children's art is Saturday, March 22. The Center is open Wed. - Sat. 10 - 4.
The LOLA Center will be closed all of April. We will be taking some time to remove our spring snow, (LOLA may just use an artist heat gun to get rid of it!), we will be scheduling summer classes, cleaning the art room and preparing for a new season full of events and creative offerings! We will re-open seven days a week May 1.
May 5 Beginning Rug Hooking Workshop 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Adults: $75.00 Held @ LOLA Center for the Arts All materials provided, including lunch!
Artists from the Black Oak Lake Rug Hookers will lead this workshop. Students will learn basic beginning techniques to create their own designs in wool. An emphasis on personal design with a rug hooking artist will be provided. This course will continue with free, optional follow-up/learning sessions held on the next three Mondays in May. Deadline for payment and registration: April 21
May 17 Cooking Class: Company's Coming! Freeze Now, Bake Later Entrees 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Adults: $35.00 Held @ LOLA Center for the Arts
LOLA's dynamic duo is back! Sandy Hall & Lynn Richie will be in the LOLA kitchen cooking up easy meals to feed your hungry visitors. Learn from these pros how to get ahead of the game. Get the recipes, learn the best foods to freeze and of course sample some of these tasty meals. A little prep now means more time for you to enjoy your friends and families. Deadline for payment and registration: May 10. Space is limited, sign up early!
Line Dancing is Back! Every Tuesday Starting May 20 - October 14
Held @ St. Albert's Catholic Church Basement Downtown Land O' Lakes
Basic Beginner: 9:45 am - 10:45 am $4.00
Basic Improver: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm $4.00
Both classes: $6.00
Gloria Andersen will be back to teach this fun type of dancing that anyone can do. Line Dancing benefits both mental and physical aspects of exercise, improving memory skill, mobility and endurance. But most importantly, it's just plain fun! No registration needed.
Watercolor Wednesday is continuing for May! Every Wednesday May 7 - May 26 10 - 4 pm
Free, Held @ LOLA Center for the Arts. No registration needed.
Back by popular demand, this group is open to water media painters. Bring your supplies, a work in progress or start something new. Get help with the tricky and sticky bits, learn a new trick or two, meet new friends and paint, paint, paint!
A safe and encouraging environment to share your work and learn from each other.
Questions on these events or anything relative to LOLA of Artistree Gallery?
Call 715.547.3950 for more information and to register for classes.
Food Pantry News
The winter keeps ramping up down and we are still in full swing at the Food Pantry...
This month our Wish List includes paper products such as toilet paper, paper towel and kleenex.
Cash donations can also be made anytime to the Headwaters Food Pantry. Your $1 contribution buys 5 pounds of meat through Feeding America. With so little, we can do so much! Hunger doesn't have a season.
Cash Donations can be sent to:
Headwaters Food Pantry PO Box 561 Land O’ Lakes, WI 54540
The Volunteers at the Headwaters Food Pantry and all the clients we serve say thanks to you for your generosity. The food Pantry is open the first and third Wednesday of every month from 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Stop in for a tour of the facility and see your benevolence at work!!!
People around Land O’ Lakes
April 3rd is Ken Wiedemeier’s birthday
April 5th is Becka Sloans birthday.
Aprils 6th is a shared birthday for Sandy Pauly and Joanne Spinner
April 9th Beth Kennedy celebrates her birthday
April 10th Helen Hayhurst and Mark Collins share a birthday
April 11th is Dan Zanes birthday
April 12th is Will Buergey, Wayne Diestler and Jeff Pytlarz share their birthday
April 15th is a shared birthday for Charlene Bukowiecki , Nancy Barber and Jim Floriano
April 17th is another shared birthday for Lee Sensiba and Joe Simons
April 19 Bret Miller celebrates another birthday.
April 20 is Martha McKinnon and Darlene Lavris’s birthday
April 22nd is a triple header birthday for Jane Cascaranno, D’Arcy Arpke, and Dave Gunderson
April 23rd Frisk Miller celebrates her birthday
April 24th is George Schellgell’s birthday
April 25th is Debra Hart’s birthday
April 26th our oldest daughter Nicole celebrates her birthday
April 27th Bob Cascaranno celebrates his birthday and Kris’s Dad Stanley Koss has his birthday.
April 28th is Karen Koskellins birthday
April 30th is Brian Neblock’s birthday
Thanks, again and as always, for the time you take to read our newsletter. We enjoy sharing all the goings on in our little corner of heaven. We will continue to strive to our tag line. Great food and a whole lot more,,,
Kris and Mark Gostisha and girls
Forest Lake Country Store
6256 County Road B Land O’ Lakes WI 54540
715 547 8222