Monthly Archives: October 2015

October 2015 Newsletter

A Note from our President –

Wow, these chilly nights mean summer’s really winding down. Get out and take advantage of these last warmer days before it really feels like Fall. I’m not ready for summer to end. Come along with us and enjoy our Minnesota autumn, along with all the “colorful” and fun activities we have planned.

Coffee Break—meet us at Panera for baked goods, coffee and conversation

Explorers #1—Come along for a drive to Northfield and the Red Barn Farm

Explorers #2—Visit the Faribault Woolen Mill and Owatonna Children’s Museum

Books & Booze—The Outliers at Pittsburgh Blue

See you there!         Sally Ebnet


COFFEE BREAK: *Tuesday, October 13th, 10:00AM—Panera Bread

3345 Hazelton Road   (952)835-7825

Please come join us for coffee or tea and something yummy to eat.

EXPLORERS #1: Thursday, October 15th, 9:30 Departure—Faribault Woolen Mill Company and      Owatonna Children’s Museum   

1500 NW 2nd Ave./ 540 West Hills Circle

Let’s venture south and enjoy the fall trees and pumpkins while we take two tours through historical times. The Faribault Woolen Mills is celebrating 150 years this year. Founded in 1865, the year Lincoln died and the Civil War ended, Faribault woolens are renown for their comfort and quality—a living testament to American craftsmanship. We will have a guided tour through the mill.

10,635 orphaned, abandoned or abused children were sent to this Minnesota State Public School for Dependent and Neglected Children from 1886 to1945. For some, it was a circle of hell; for others a safe haven. As the only known Orphanage Museum in the nation, it was founded to “remember the children”. We will have a guided tour of the museum, visit a restored boy’s cottage and view a 1930’s video. The orphanage would appreciate a donation of a minimum of $7 per person. A carpool will leave Edina at 9:30 AM

EXPLORERS #2:  Wednesday, October 21st, 12:00 PM Departure–­Red Barn Farm

10063 110th Street E., Northfield, MN. 55057 507­664­0304

Red Barn Farm is in a rural, laid back setting that harkens to a simpler time and way of life. Pizza Night is every Wednesday, May­October beginning at 4:00 PM.  The brick oven cooked pizzas are made with home-made dough, which is vegan friendly.  Chemical free gardens are utilized for the toppings (onions, squash, spinach, eggplant, tomatoes, basil).  Bring your own beverages (beer and wine are ok) appetizers to share, paper plates, cups, plastic utensils, napkins, stadium chair or a blanket.  We will be eating picnic style outside on the grounds. There is a general store on site where canned and baked goods, appetizers and beverages can be purchased. Prior to our visit to the Red Barn Farm, we will spend the afternoon strolling through the shops in downtown Northfield, stopping for a coffee or latte in one of the coffee shops and just enjoying the fall colorson our trip down to Northfield.  A car pool will leave Edina at 12:00 PM.

BOOKS & BOOZE: Tuesday, October 27th, 3:45 PM— Pittsburg Blue, Outliers: The Story of Success

Galleria, 3220 70th Street   952-567-2700

Every neighborhood has a “good bar” says Pittsburgh Blue! Life is better when you have a watering hole to call your own—somewhere you can drop in without dressing up, unwind after work, or meet up with friends. We used to have a place like that back in the day. And now we do again. Fantastic $4, $5 and $6 mini treats await you including “the wimpy burger”. Drinks are $5-$7.

“Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of “outliers”–the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?” Even if you have not read the book – just come.

READING AHEAD: December Date TBD—The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

On a remote Australian island, after World War I, a light keeper and his barren wife welcome the miraculous arrival of a child that delivers profound love but also the seeds of destruction.