Fall Color Blast today at Lee and Rose Warner Nature Center

Fall Color Blast today at Lee and Rose Warner Nature Center

Perhaps you have not heard of the Lee and Rose Warner Nature Center?  It is a bit of a hidden gem.  Located on the edge of the twin cities, near Marine on St. Croix.  Directions can be found here. It has 600 acres of undeveloped woodland, marsh, lake, bog and grasslands.  There is also a  Trailside Museum, which is a huge part of what the Lee and Rose Nature Center has to offer.  Still curious about this hidden gem? Head to the Fall Color Blast today at Lee and Rose Warner Nature Center and check it out.  The event takes place today October 4th, 1-5pm.

Fall Color Blast today at Lee and Rose Warner Nature Center

Sunday, October 4, 1–5 p.m.
Celebrate the fall colors of Warner by hiking our trails and paddling our lakes with friends and family! Experience unique Warner programs such as visiting our bee yard/apiary with open hive demonstrations, attend a live bird banding demonstration and see raptors up close. This event is designed for all ages! Suggested donation of $10 per vehicle. No registration required.

Afton Apple Orchard Apple Fest

Afton Apple Orchard Apple Fest

Looks like it is a great weekend to head to the Afton Apple Orchard Apple Fest.  It takes place this weekend October 3rd-4th, as well as the following two weekends, Oct 10-11th and October 17th-18th. Located near the town of Hastings you can find directions here. There is a small admission for the Apple Fest, $4.00 for ages 5 and up and $3.00 for ages 4 and under.  *Note the admission does not cover any fruit you pick, that is separate.

Afton Apple Orchard Apple Fest

Join us this weekend for Apple Fest #1! In addition to our usual activities – hayrides, playground, petting farm, Straw Mountain, Retread Hill and Johnny Combine, we also have magician Kevin Hall, music, face painting and cider pressing demonstrations! Our HUGE Jump Pad and Cow Train rides are $2/person.

Join us this weekend for Apple Fest #1! In addition to our usual activities – hayrides, playground, petting farm, Straw Mountain, Retread Hill and Johnny Combine, we also have magician Kevin Hall, music, face painting 

Wagners Harvest Fest Tomorrow October 3rd.


If your looking for something to do tomorrow, one option would be Wagners Harvest Fest Tomorrow October 3rd.  They have a location in Bloomington as well as Minneapolis.  Hours for the event will be from 10am-4pm.  Fun for the whole family.

Wagners Harvest Fest Tomorrow October 3rd.

Fun for the Whole Family!!

Face Painting

Story Telling

Fall Photo Spot

Buy any size pumpkin and paint it for free 

Scarecrow making- bring old clothes to use




Living History Event: Apfelfest!

The Landing WagonFall is filled with a lot of great activities.  One of the reasons I enjoy fall is because the apples on trees are finally ready! This weekend you can enjoy learning about “apfels” (German for “apple”) at the Living History Event: Apfelfest! It takes place at The Landing, located in Shakopee. It will happening both Saturday and Sunday (Oct 3rd and 4th). Hours on Sat are 10am-5pm and Sun is from noon- 5pm. There is a small admission for the event: $8 ages 18-64 $5 ages 2-17 and 65+Children under 2 are free.

Living History Event Apfelfest

The past comes alive with costumed interpreters and interactive demonstrations throughout the park. Discover how early Minnesota pioneers established winter-hardy “apfels” (German for “apple”) and turned them into a major horticultural crop. Discover German immigrant history and recipes. Watch as apples are cooked, dried, canned, jellied and cidered. Horse-drawn trolleys provide transportation through the site. Gift shop and food concessions available. Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Mischief Toy Store Opens Tomorrow

Mischief Toy Store Opens Tomorrow

There is a new store that will quietly open along Como Ave in St. Paul tomorrow, October 1st.  There will be no grand opening… yet. Dan Marshall, one of the owners says there may be one later on, in the upcoming weeks. For now, just know that Mischief Toy Store Opens Tomorrow.  Watch the Facebook and Website for upcoming hours and updates.  I have two 11 year olds so I am excited to see what this store is all about. Mischief is owned and operated by the same couple that previously owned and operated Peapods Natural Toys & Baby Care, which closed earlier this summer.  This new store is supposed to be geared a little more towards older kids, the older group that in my opinion, most people think is a little harder to buy for than infants.  I know a lot of my daughters friends seem to be into electronics and gadgets. Thankfully our two girls still enjoy making odd experiments, and creating interesting art projects. I am thinking there will be a lot of great things at this new store, for our holiday and b-day lists. Mischief Toy Store Opens Tomorrow

Opening October 1st!

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm (to start with!)
2290 Como Avenue

St. Paul, MN 55108

A toy store for all ages, encouraging kids and grownups to unplug and make a little mischief.  Featuring a diverse selection of games, art supplies, pop culture and anime gifts, outdoor adventure gear, jewelry, and kinetic toys.

29th Annual Big Island Rendezvous in Albert Lea

29th Annual Big Island Rendezvous in Albert Lea

Coming up this weekend is the 29th Annual Big Island Rendezvous in Albert Lea.  It takes place this weekend Oct 3-4th. Hours on Saturday are 9am-7pm and Sunday 9am-4pm. Experience the fur trade period in the Voyageur encampment, Native American Tipi tours, the Scottish Clann Tartan, New Ulm Battery, and many Early American crafts such as woodworking, blacksmiths, and candle making and much more.  You can find ticket and admission information here.  This is a large event and you can find the parking and directions information on the website.  If you want to plan out your time, check out the music schedule for both days.

29th Annual Big Island Rendezvous in Albert Lea

What are some of the activities during the Big Island Rendezvous?


The festival hosts different performance areas with music and dance continuously throughout both days. The entrance stage has a sound system adjacent to the food court area. The musicians minstrel around the grounds to give a more intimate performance to smaller audiences under the trees. Celtic, Bluegrass, Gaelic, old time country, gospel and Cajun music are some of the type of performances presented.

Arts & Crafts:

Properly attired re-enactors display and sell their wares. Artisans from 8 states attend including craftspersons and crafts such as blacksmithing, candle making, weaving and spinning, silver smithing, copper working, woodworking, clothing makers, painters, stoneware and porcelain pottery, scrimshaw, gunsmithing, birch bark canoes and furniture building. All types of colonial period trades and products are sold and various skills of the artists are demonstrated each day.

Period Encampments:

Over 300 tents and campfires created 12 acres of atmosphere in which to shop and listen to the entertainment. Over 1,200 living history re-enactors carry on their day-to-day lifestyles, as it would have been done over 200 years ago in the New World. No modernisms are allowed on site so you see no vehicles or modern plastic tents. You literally step back in time into a wilderness of history.

Food & Beverage:

Various community groups and individuals offer a huge selection of specialty foods. You will find food here that you would not find at home, such as the most popular kettle korn and fresh baked bread (baked on site), fry bread, homemade root beer, Stuffed baked potato with pork, cheese, onion and sour cream toppings, Pork Chop on a stick, Indian Tacos, beef, and funnel cakes. There is also wild rice soup, and smoked turkey legs, and the favorite pork chop on a stick.

Childrens’ Atmosphere:

All types of activities and excitement are there for the children to enjoy. There are theatre, games, drills, and ceremonies, voyageur camps, and tipi tours. There is more than enough for the entire family to participate in each day.


Fresh Thyme Farmers Market Grand Opening – Bloomington MN

Disclosure CompensationFresh Thyme Bloomington MN

With our strong history of farming in the state, I think we Minnesotans have a strong affinity for fresh foods. My grandparents were all farmers and my dad always had a 1/2 acre garden, so I grew up being used to lots of fresh food being readily available. Now that a lot of us have moved away from farming roots, it can be harder to find great fresh, healthy, delicious foods. So, it’s pretty exciting that Fresh Thyme Farmers Market is officially opening their newest location in Bloomington!

This week they are celebrating that opening at 7 a.m. Wednesday, September 30, where the first 250 shoppers will receive a free reusable shopping bag filled with $50 worth of healthy, delicious groceries!!  Throughout the event there will be giveaways, free samples and more family fun.

The celebration will kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6:45 a.m. along with $2500 community partners checks presented to both the Bloomington Fine Arts Council and Bridging. A Boar’s Head hot dog cart will raise funds for Good in the Hood throughout the weekend.

Fresh Thyme Grand Opening

Additional activities include:

Wednesday, Sept. 30

7 a.m. Doors open/grocery giveaway to first 250 shoppers. Line up early to reserve your spot!

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Live music by King Wilkie’s Dream

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Face painting with TAG

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Boar’s Head hot dog cart

5-7 p.m. Meet and greet with Miss Minnesota Rachel Latuff

Saturday, Oct. 3

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Live music by King Wilkie’s Dream

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Boar’s Head hot dog cart

12-2 p.m. Animal sculptures by TAG


Vendor demos, entertainment and giveaways

The Bloomington Fresh Thyme, located at 2100 W. 80 1/2 Street, will mark the first Fresh Thyme to open in Minnesota. It will be led by Store Director Greg Beckers, a native Minnesotan who has lived and worked in the Twin Cities area for over 30 years.


Fresh Thyme

About Fresh Thyme

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market is a full-service specialty retailer focusing on value-priced fresh, healthy, natural and organic offerings. It boasts an extensive produce department with organic and local fruits and vegetables, a natural meat department, healthy deli foods to go, bakery goods, 400 bulk food bins, dairy and frozen, and health supplement products. Fresh Thyme is scheduled to open 60 stores by 2019. Learn more at freshthyme.com. Keep in touch by liking us at facebook.com/freshthymefarmersmarkets and following us at twitter.com/freshthymefm.

Fall Colors Fine Art & Music Festival in Stillwater

Fall Colors Fine Art & Music Festival in Stillwater

Coming up this weekend is the 31st Annual Fall Colors Fine Art and Music Festival held in Stillwater.  It takes place Oct 3, 2015: 10 am – 5 pm (Sat) Oct 4, 2015: 10 am – 4 pm (Sun).  The event includes over 60 fine artists and is held along the banks of the St. Croix River. There will also be live music taking place both days. Fall Colors Fine Art & Music Festival in Stillwater

Juried Fine Art Festival featuring handcrafted works of art from the Upper Midwest’s most talented artisans. With one-of-a-kind art, every item sold is unique, original and handmade by a local artist. Enjoy live music and food vendors along the banks of the scenic St. Croix River downtown Stillwater.

Music for both days includes:

Saturday     noon – 2:00 pm     Les Izmoore

Grooving pop vocal driven good times. Tasty, melodic and accessible!

Saturday    3:00 – 5:00 pm     Lars Carlson’s Mighty Tin Bins Band

A sonic jambalaya of blue-eyed soul, acoustic blues and swampy roots rank!

Sunday     11:00 – 1:00 pm     Bruce Jackson and the Moondogs

Blend of jazz, soul, reggae, ethnic (world) music with the master Bruce Jackson at the helm!

Sunday     2:00-4:00 pm        The Jeff Carver Trio

Expressive, melodic and artfully executed sounds from this trumpet, keys and bass trio!



National Alpaca Days this Weekend

National Alpaca Days this weekend

Our family always enjoys the Alpacas when we see them at the fair or special events.  We have also toured a couple of the local Alpaca farms in the past years.  The National Alpaca Days takes place this weekend September 26th and 27th.  There are actually quite a few farms participating all over MN, although some of them are small, and don’t have websites. If you know of one close by and happen to know the name of it you could look it up here to see if it is participating.  A few that I found information about include: Red Gate Alpaca Farm near Dundas, or there is one near Becker called Hollyhock Farm Alpacas, and one near Buffalo called Casweck Alpacas.   There are more around the state, so again check out the main website for the Alpaca owners Association for one in your area. For many of these farms it is the only time the public is allowed to get up close to the Alpacas.  A great way to learn about what it is like to own one.

 National Alpaca Days this weekend

Fall Fun at Pinehaven Farm

Fall Fun at Pinehaven Farm

With the warm temps coming back, it would be a great weekend to get out and enjoy Fall Fun at Pinehaven Farm. You may have seen it right along I-35. You can find directions here.  The hours, admission, and special event information can be found here.   For the older and braver crowd Pinehaven farm also has a haunted hayride, and more information on that can be found hereFall Fun at Pinehaven Farm

  • NEW: 5-acre Corn Maze
  • Jumbo Jumper Jumping Pillow
  • Pineducky Derby Duck Races
  • Pumpkin Cannon
  • Mini Train Ride for Kids
  • Giant Slide
  • Weekend Concessions
  • Pumpkin Eating Dragon Show  (weekends only)
  • Get lost in our Fun Mazes
  • Becky’s Sweets & Treats Shop
  • Trolley Hay Ride to the Pumpkin Patch
  • Expanded Children’s Play Area
  • Many Photo Opportunities
  • Locally Grown SweeTango Apples available for purchase