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3 Ways to Warm Up Your Spirit in Decorah this December
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3 Ways to Warm Up Your Spirit in Decorah this December

With the abrupt onset of winter and recent sub-zero temperatures comes the growing desire to hunker down inside for warmth. As Iowans, we may be hearty, but here we find ourselves, once again, at the beginning of our annual hibernation. This December, Decorah is offering some amazing events to get you out of the house, and to warm up your spirit! 

Winneshiek Farmer’s Market – Winter Market

Whether you are looking for seasonal veggies (yes, there are still some to be harvested!), locally raised meats, eggs, homemade soaps, candles, or knitted everything – add the Winter Market to your calendar as a must stop shopping locale.  Join us Saturday, December 17th, from 8:30-11:30 am at the Danan Lansing Building (Winneshiek County Fairgrounds), for our final Winter Market of 2016.  Impress your families with local ingredients in their favorite dishes, and consider gifting a locally made treat!  Or just come for great music, a warm cup of coffee, and great conversation with your community.  

Skål! Taste of Traditions

Warm up your spirit by sampling some Scandinavian spirits!  Take a journey through Scandinavia by sampling delicious food and spirits, learn about holiday traditions from Norway, and you learn how to properly skål like a Viking.  You will walk away with a recipe to brew your own Scandinavian beer, tips on how to infuse aquavit with herbs and spices, and all the know-how to create a perfect pairing with your meal! Be sure to register with the Vesterheim first, as space is limited.  Only at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American MuseumSaturday, December 17th, 4:30-7:30 pm (ages 21 +)

Burning Bright Community Benefit Concert

This nearly 20-year-old Decorah tradition is right around the corner. Members of the Decorah community gather together to share the gift of music to raise money for those in need in our community and beyond. Music for Healing, this year’s program theme will donate the proceeds to the Community Food Pantry at First Lutheran Church (Decorah, Iowa); Heart River Bridges of Hope (Mandan, North Dakota); the Magdeline Residence and Thistle Project (Nashville, Tennessee); and Partners in Health (Haiti). Directed by Kathy Reed, this year’s Burning Bright concert will feature a 28-voice adult chorus, two youth choruses, the famous “Wall of Fiddles,” and instrumental music by John Goodin, Erik Sessions, Dames Rocket, a brass trio, and others. Get your tickets today at the Oneota Community Co-op.  Saturday, December 17th, 5:00-7:30 pm    

Beat those winter blues before they get a chance to creep in, and nourish your spirit, too!


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