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Holiday Happenings                                    November 21, 2019

By Amy Walter

With a fresh dusting of snow this morning I couldn’t help but smile on my way to work as I passed by the snow covered trees in all their beauty. I definitely took my time and even stopped to get a few pictures. I knew once it started to look more like Christmas my heart much like the Grinch’s would grow three sizes. Even from now until the end of November we have so many holiday events coming up that will be sure to get you in the Christmas spirit for the next month, this year I’m hoping to get to as many as I can!

The first one for you to check out is A Farmhouse Christmas Shopping Night happening in Stone Lake at 16807W 4th St S, it’s this Saturday November 23 from 3pm-8pm. They will have home décor, arrangements, stocking stuffers, homemade gifts, holiday treats, handspun yarns, Christmas Trees, and dog treats. If you’re an early shopper stop by and see what you can find or if you are one of those people who puts their tree up a month early stop in and get yourself a tree.

The next event for you to check out is A “Lure” of Lights which runs from Friday, November 29th to Saturday, December 21st which is right in the City of Hayward on Main Street. On Friday night all the stores will turn their lights on lighting up beautiful Main Street. They also have a smores pit and kids games from 5pm-7pm.  I’ve already seen people working so hard on their lights and decorations in preparation for the big day; it’s so cool to see the community come together for this. Once it’s finished its absolutely gorgeous and you can just see the hard work that went into it. I’ve never been able to make it to the first day of the Lure of lights because of work but I’m hoping this is my year.

On Saturday, November 30th in Winter from 9am-3pm there will be a Homespun Holidays Arts & Crafts Show which is held at the Winter School on Main Street. The event will feature food and refreshments served by Winter’s very own high school band, arts, crafts and plenty of homemade treasures. They even offer babysitting so if you’re looking to get some shopping done without your children seeing this would be perfect for you. Once you’re done shopping they have make & take Christmas ornaments, I grew up making handmade ornaments and it is an experience I am extremely grateful for and will never forget! If all of this isn’t already enough of a reason to stop there is also a cookie walk at the Winter First Presbyterian Church right across the street. It sounds like I may be unavailable all day November 30th; I’ll be in Winter.

This year I’m making it my goal to get out and explore what the county has to offer, these all seem like a great place to start. Hopefully I’ll see you there! Make sure to stop back and see what other upcoming holiday events we have in December!

WINTER IS COMING!!          November 14th, 2019

By: Amy Walter

I think I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that it’s not sweater weather anymore. I was holding out on wearing a jacket as long as I could so that I didn’t have to face the reality of winter being here. Don’t get me wrong, one of my favorite things to do is watch the snow fly while curled up in a blanket drinking tea and watching Hallmark movies, nothing gets me in the Christmas spirit more than that. It’s just the shock of walking out into the freezing temperatures that makes me want to quickly retreat back into my warm home.

If Hallmark isn’t your thing we have a few coffee shops that you can sit Coffee Shopand watch the snow fall while you dream of warmer weather. We have two great coffee shops in the City of Hayward, Hayward Coffee Company on Main Street and Backroads Coffee on Dakota Ave. If you’re looking for a place to stop for a good lunch and a something warm while you window shop check out Hayward Coffee Company. If you’re looking for a quiet, homey atmosphere to catch up with a friend or get some work done check out Backroads. Neither one will disappoint. If its wine that warms you up Hayward has a few places for you to check out, Out of the Woods Winery on Main Street and Tamarack Farms Winery on County Hwy B, both good choices.

If you are one of those people that has been dreaming of winter since springtime this parts for you. To the fisherman out there it doesn’t appear you have to wait much longer, in fact I’ve already had friends out ice fishing! You won’t catch me out there until I know the ice can hold at least a truck, but I usually just go for the food anyway. If you’re a snowmobiler you’ll have to wait a little longer but I can’t imagine your season is too far off. While I’m not much on snowmobiling I think I would enjoy a nice slow ride on a snowy night to watch the beautiful snowfall, and since snowmobiling is one of Hayward’s main attractions in the winter I should probably give the trails a chance. Maybe that will be my next adventure.

Usually I start to change my bad winter attitude when the snow is starting to stick and people are putting their Christmas lights up. Living in a snow globe makes it hard to argue with the fact that it’s the most wonderful time of year. If you’re like me and need something to get you into the winter/Christmas spirit make sure you check out Hayward’s “A Lure of Lights” starting November 29. Main Street is lit with Christmas lights making the drive up Main Street gorgeous; I always make sure that’s the route I take to work.

So even though I do my fair share of complaining about the cold weather and the snow I can’t complain about how beautiful it is living here. It’s definitely a sight to see if you haven’t been here. Who knows maybe you’ll catch me out on the lake or the snowmobile trails.

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