Support Breast Cancer Patients in the Brainerd Lakes Area!

Support Breast Cancer Patients in the Brainerd Lakes Area!
7th Annual Pink Tie Party – October 13

 Pink Tie Party in Brainerd

Join us to celebrate the 7th Annual Pink Tie Party to support Breast Cancer patients in the Brainerd Lakes Area from 6:00-9:00 pm on Thursday, October 13 at The Woods Event Center (formerly Timbermist), 19624 County Road 3, Brainerd. The Pink Tie Party will feature hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, dessert samples, silent auction and raffle.


The Pink Tie Party presented by Consolidated Telecommunications Company (CTC) offers a special occasion to socialize with the members of your community while supporting an important cause. All proceeds benefit breast cancer patients through the St. Joseph’s Foundation at the Essentia Health Cancer Center and The Pink Ribbon Cupboard. Last year the Pink Tie Party raised over $12,000 and we hope to surpass that amount at this year’s event.


The funds are used to support patients who are undergoing active treatment for breast cancer through continued improvements in care and non-medical assistance. The Pink Ribbon Cupboard serves breast cancer patients living in our communities who are currently in treatment regardless of their healthcare provider.  Below are some examples of how funds have been distributed to support patients:

  • Gas cards
  • Wigs for breast cancer patients
  • Rent payment to lessen the stress on a family
  • Mortgage payment to prevent home foreclosure
  • Payment of auto insurance to keep this transportation resource available to the family
  • Payment of utilities to keep the lights on
  • Grocery gift cards for help with family grocery expenses


“It’s one way that as a community, we can collaborate to extend our outreach to improve the life of cancer survivors and their families in the Brainerd Lakes Area,” said Marian Foehrenbacher, Cancer Center manager at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center. “Having resources for helping to treat the entire patient, not just physically, spiritually, and emotionally through compassionate care by Essentia Health staff, but practically by helping to meet the needs patients have beyond the disease.”


David Jeremiason, Director of St. Joseph’s Foundation, comments, “We are so excited and appreciative to CTC, The Woods Event Center, GLS Promotions, Cash Wise Liquor, Range Printing,  and all the individuals and businesses that are supporting this event. We hope both men and women will attend and help us raise money to support breast cancer patients and their families through The Pink Ribbon Cupboard. All money raised will stay local—to help the men and women in the community undergoing breast cancer treatment.”


Come and join in on the excitement of this event! The first 200 advanced tickets will receive a great swag bag filled with goodies at the event. Tickets may be purchased through Kristin Larsen of Spectrum Reach, David Jeremiason of Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Foundation, Kathy Buxton or Sue Beck of The Pink Ribbon Cupboard, Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center Gift Shop, Cash Wise Liquor and The Woods Restaurant. Tickets are $25 per person in advance, $30 per person at the door.


Please come and show your support for this great cause within your community!


The Pink Tie Party will be held Thursday, October 13 at The Woods Event Center, located at 19624 County Road 3 in Brainerd, MN from 6-9 p.m.

Tickets may be acquired through:

Kristin Larsen, Spectrum Reach —218-259-5771

Kathy Buxton, Pink Ribbon Cupboard – 218-829-6205

Sue Beck, Pink Ribbon Cupboard – 218-829-7254

David Jeremiason, St. Joseph’s Foundation – 218-828-7362

Essentia Health – St. Joseph’s Medical Center Gift Shop

Cash Wise Liquor

The Woods Restaurant


5 Things You Need to Know B4 the Weekend in #Brainerd: September 23-25th

Junk Bonanza!!! (September 22-24th) in Minneapolis/Shakopee area



Founded in 2006, Ki Nassauer’s Junk Bonanza has expanded to a multi-city show with a wealth of treasures & fun awaiting eager junkers.



Junk Bonanza

Ticket and Activity info HERE.


If you’d like to keep your junking a little closer to home, check out Lucille’s Vintques Barn Sale on Spetember 23-24th



Shop owners…if you are looking for amazing checkout counters or display cabinets…shop Lucille’s Blow Open the Barn Doors sale on Friday & Saturday 9-5pm! Awesome prices on these beauties💕 See sale details HERE.


Frugal Farmhouse Sip and Sign at The Shante on September 24th

Please join them for a fun 2 part workshop where attendees will how to make a reversible holiday sign or tray while sipping your favorite coffee!

Sip and Sign at The Shante

Heres the scoop: On Sept 24th, we will create the fall sign that says “gather.” You get to decide if you would like to make it a serving tray or hanging sign for your wall or front door! Next, if you want to create the reverse side, come on Nov 19th and make it for an additional $20. That’s 2 signs for $75! Can’t make it to both? No biggie! Pick the sign and date that fits your schedule and you can make either the “gather” or “joy” for $55.

These signs are adorable and sure to impress all your guests!  Space is limited to 8 so reserver your spot ASAP HERE.


September 24-25th, 2016 Gilby’s Nursery & Orchard Apple Fest! (Aitkin, MN)

Gilby's Apple Fest

Gilby’s 2nd Annual Apple Fest will be so much fun! Here are some of the confirmed booths that you will see on weekend one:

Good Spirits all natural beauty products
Prairie Bay grill & catering
Penny’s pony rides & petting zoo
Wilma’s produce & jams
Simons carmel bearnaise
Daniel’s chainsaw art
Bev’s custom designed jewelry
Hurd steel art & hand sewn products
Cindy’s face painting
Pampered Chef
Lady-Bug-Lady hand embroidered towels
Precious Metals Custom works with precious metals & stones
Rita’s landscape art
Countryside metal art & wood crafts
Glass from the Past custom glass art
Krys’s hand crafted rugs
Reinocraft embroidery & woodworking

Gilby’s Nursery & Orchard is the best orchard in Central MN, between McGregor and Aitkin MN. Apple Fest is 10-6. Free admission and parking. Get Directions HERE



Westgate MallStay Active! Get Involved! Have Fun! (September 24th)

Join the Westgate Mall along with local businesses and organizations to find fun ways to fill your Fall and Winter with fun activities for family time, a fun night out with friends or to keep yourself busy! Go here for more details Westgate MallStay Active! Get Involved! Have Fun!


Is your business interested in being a vendor? Contact or 320.493.5756


Canning for a New Generation: Bold, Fresh Flavors for the Modern Pantry

cannin for a new generation

To some people, canning may look like an old-fashioned activity. It has gone out of fashion for quite a while, until the soaring food prices and ‘back to nature’ attitude of people changed all this. Nowadays, more and more people choose to (and enjoy) making their own jams, chutneys etc. If you have a large garden brimming with fruit and vegetables, canning is a fantastic way of having delicious jams all year round. If you don’t have enough fruit in your backyard, then buying fresh fruit from your local farmers markets is a great alternative.

Canning for a New Generation: Bold, Fresh Flavors for the Modern Pantry’ is a lovely recipe book by Liana Krissoff. The book is divided into seasons and season-appropriate recipes. The recipes cover more traditional products, such as Classic Peach Jam, Grapefruit Marmalade, Kosher Dill Pickles and Pickled Beets. However, you’ll find other more different and ‘exotic’ recipes, like the Creole-Spiced Pickled Okra, Pear, Clementine and Pecan Preserve to Quince and Plum Jelly or Middle Eastern Pickled Turnips. If you are a bit adventurous, you’ll love the more than 150 different recipes this book has to offer. The recipes also include pickled, dried and frozen food ideas. And in case you are a complete canning novice, the book covers canning techniques and information to get you started.


I would certainly recommend this absolutely mouth-watering canning book for the modern man or woman. In addition, you’ll never run out of gift ideas anymore, as I am sure everybody would love to receive a home-made preserve, made from local food. Grab your copy of this cool book here and get started on discovering the joys and benefits of canning for your family.

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A Few Things You Need to Know B4 the Weekend in #Brainerd

Someone told me that there are only 13 (ish) Sunday’s left until Christmas.

I’m not sure what she said after that because I vapor locked with fear as soon as I heard that.

BUT, one brilliant solution caught my eye this week and I simply have to share. Local mama and photographer, Kourtney Backowski, came up with a freakin’ awesome idea involving custom Santa Bags for kids. Here are her thoughts;

Christmas will be here before we know it! Get a jump on Christmas and save yourself the head ache of wrapping Santa presents by stuffing this adorable, personalized bag with Santa’s gifts!

Custom Santa Bags in Brainerd

I love this because:

  • It totally beats wrapping everything individually
  • Stressing that I using “different” wrapping paper so I don’t get busted
  • It creates a cool keepsake that can be reused or cherished forever.

Plus they are adorable and reasonable as heck!


  • Approximately 24 in by 20 inches (king-sized pillow sized)
  • $22 each with first name personalization!
  • 50% deposit due prior to customization.

Here’s Jake and Sara’s (don’t tell them!)


These little dandies have been a HIT on Facebook so I advise you to get your order in ASAP. Kourtney requires 50% of th $22 each price take upfront.

Contact Kourtney via 

via email at

or call her at (218) 851 5567

3rd Annual FALL FEST-All Day Event September 17-18, 2016
�Pig Races at 5pm ☆FREE☆
�Outside Bar
�Live Band
�Street Dance
�Food booth
Beer pong, bean bags, pool tournament, 4wheeler fun run, and much more. Details and times HERE.

September 22, 2016September 24, 2016 is Crosslake Days!
Crosslake Days
Thousands flock to Crosslake each September to enjoy Crosslake Days. The celebration offers something for all ages including a classic and custom car, motorcycle and tractor show, arts & crafts fair, chili cook-off, kid’s activities, live music and much more. Join us and enjoy this fall festival while taking in the natural beauty of Crosslake, splashed in the glorious autumn colors. Crosslake is the place to be September 22-24, 2016. Event details and times HERE.

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