The first snow of the season was November 13th when we got 6.7 inches in Jordan. That first snow of the season is always a bit magical. The colors of fall erased from the landscape are beautifully repainted with a new palette of glimmering white. The sounds muffled by the thick blanket usher in a new sense of peace. And just like that, a new season is born.
The Scott County Art Crawl was yesterday, October 9th, which included the studio of one of our local downtown artists, Maureen Carlson. Other stops along the art crawl in Jordan were Jessica Barnd Bauer, oil paintings, and eight artists at Crofut Winery – Linda Reckard, button pendants; Rose-Marie F. James, fused art glass; R. Michael Leek, ink, pencil, acrylic; Ashley Davidson, copper sculpture; Lowell Pajati, copper sculpture; Mary Pearson, digital photography; Theresa Beissel, watercolor; and Steven Showalter, functional & woodfired pottery.
Since Maureen’s studio is just a couple blocks from the inn, I decided to stop in and pay a visit during the art crawl. Maureen is a nationally recognized polymer clay artist expressing her creativity through a series of whimsical Wee Folk characters. As a matter of fact, at the Nicolin Mansion we blessed each new guest room with one of Maureen’s fairies after renovations were completed. Maureen is also an author, instructor, and story teller. Her Storyclay Telling sessions bring out your imagination as you participate in the creation of a one-of-a-kind character. Also a leading organizer of the annual Jordan Art Festival, Maureen has found many outlets to express her creativity.
Visit Maureen at her studio when you come to town. Her studio is located in a charming, historic building on Water Street beside Sand Creek.
Studio Hours: Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
102 Water Street
It’s 1961. One of the wealthiest oil men in the country has invited every one who is any one to his home for a birthday celebration. In attendance are Rita Hayworth, Bob Marley, Fred Astaire, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, to name a few. All friends who want something from their wealthy acquaintance.
But before the celebrations begin, one of the guests has murdered their host. With the evidence and guest clues provided, the murderer must be discovered.
Though we can reveal that “Best Costume” was awarded to Judy Garland, we can not reveal the murderer.
Actually “Rita Hayworth’s” birthday was celebrated, and she invited all her guests to participate in an afternoon of sluething at the Nicolin Mansion. Murder Mystery Events at the Nicolin Mansion can be arranged by calling 952-492-6441 or visiting www.nicolinmansion.com.
The locals turned out in great numbers for the Annual Heimatfest Day Parade in downtown Jordan this morning, September 11th, both as spectators and participants. The parade was LONG this year, at least an hour, with a full array of marchers: Veterans, politicians, merchants, clubs, schools, scouts, princesses – you name it, we had it. The parade ushers in a full day of events at Lagoon Park – food, games, music, Miss Jordan coronation and the grand finale fireworks over Mill Pond. Small Town U.S.A. at it’s finest!
The rain kept the number down to about one-third of the usual entries, yet about 100 classic collector cars were on display and cruised past the Nicolin Mansion’s front porch on Friday evening, September 10th. Classic colors, models, fins, fuzzy dice, engines… but no ’64 1/2 red convertible Mustang this year.
It seems everyone is talking and thinking about the economy these days. The days of spending on a whim and putting off thinking about it until tomorrow are a thing of the past, and probably for the best. Getting back to the basics of what really matters in life has become a priority to many of us.
It is important to Kevin and I too as innkeepers at the Nicolin Mansion. Our guests come here for many reasons – to celebrate, to reconnect, to relax, to… These moments in life are important to us as a couple. We know they are important to our guests as well.
So we wanted to make it just a little easier to continue to celebrate those important moments in your life by offering new lower rates here at the Nicolin Mansion. A little slower pace… a moment to catch your breath… Life in Jordan slows a bit this time of year too. The waterfall takes on a new beauty as the frozen water slowly flows over crystal rocks. A stroll along to the historic district decorated for the holidays, and often decorated by Mother Nature with a quiet snowfall, lets you drift back thinking of what Jordan might have been like when it was a young settlement with residents and entrepreneurs creating their dream. A cup of cocoa or spiced wine by the fire in the parlor or in your room is sure to warm your spirit.
The crystals have been returned to the Arbor we purchased at the 2007 Jordan Art Festival!
Greeting you as you enter the courtyard garden, the crystals send rainbow lights dancing through the gardens. When we first brought the arbor into the courtyard, we didn’t have it anchored down. Strong wind blowing through the courtyard would knock down the arbor and crystals would be lost in the plants. I recovered as many as I could, they were said to come from an antique chandelier from New York, but I’ve had to add several new crystals found on eBay. It’s so beautiful having it restored to it’s former grandeur.
And speaking of the Art Festival – the 6th Annual Jordan Art Festival is coming up this weekend, June 20 & 21. Both Saturday and Sunday there will be Artist Demonstrations in oil painting, watercolor, wheel-thrown pottery and more. The Ambrose Freedman Log Cabin will be open for tours by Myrna Pekarna, and then stop over at Pekarna’s Meat Market next door for some of the best ribs, sausages, and blue cheese you’ll ever find! Across the street Maureen Carlson, our Jordan resident polymer clay artist, will be presenting her Storyclay (TM) Telling at 1:00 each day. And don’t miss the Recycled Art Contest III entries and winners on display in the courtyard at 225 Water Street. Past contest entries have been extremely creative, so be sure to check it out!
The Jordan Art Festival is just one part of the 2009 Jordan Summer Celebration. In Lagoon Park check out “Pork In The Park” sponsored by the Jordan Jaycees. There will be food vendors – featuring pork sandwiches – plus craft vendors and performers in the bandshell. And on Saturday morning, the 6th Annual Jordan Valley Bike Tour featuring 12, 20, 35 and 60 mile rides leaves from the Mini Met Stadium.
Those who hang around Jordan for any time are sure to be inspired to glue shiny objects to other things by Jordan’s resident mosaic tile artist, Mara Wallach. Before I even knew what I was doing, I decided to tile the face of our antique fireplace mantle with VanGogh glass tiles.
I have said many times over the years of renovating this building, it’s better that I don’t know what I’m doing before I take on a project, otherwise I may never have done it. Well, that fireplace was one of those! Mara came to my rescue during that project, and gave me, and our innsitter Cindy, a quick lesson in mosaic tiling, pointing out this was not the beginner’s project – but graciously rescued me with instructions the eve of Christmas Eve!
After that I of course took her class, and created the welcome frame for our Guest Kitchen – a bit of a backwards introduction.
Now I’m hooked. I next tiled the buffet table for our front porch, with Fleur-de-Lis pattern and red glass tiles. I’ve was inspired for this is the focal point of scones, cinnamon rolls and coffee during the Jordan parades marching in front of our porch on Memorial Day and Heimatfest – and so it has served.
I’ve come to realize my engineering background keeps me more formal than abstract in my designs, but in the art world there is room for it all.
So on to the project for Girl’s Night Out. In my past life in California, I painted porcelain pieces. I had an Ivy and Cherub theme going (not breaking from my formal “must-have-a-theme” mentality), and painted a clock and a vase – both of which had been broken by my cats from my past life in Prior Lake. So, I’ve moved on from the ivy theme – loved the pieces – but were repaired yet broken beyond display. The perfect mosaic tile medium. So during a very rainy garage sale day, I proceeded to break the clock, the vase, and several complimentary vases and plates. Ready for a new piece!
Sacrificing the wood destined for a tabletop of shells and sand collected from our spring break trips down south, I glued the foundation pieces of the California clocks and vases and let the girls have at it! It was great fun. Some were enthusiastic and were gluing naturals, others a bit intimidated but I think were set free with the gluing process. It’s addicting! It all wasn’t finished that night, but over the next couple of days I glued in a frenzy as I’ve never done on a project – it was complete within a week! All that is left is finding clock hands big enough to do the 2-foot clock justice (eBay here I come). The clock is already hanging on the back porch in the courtyard, patiently awaiting her tell-time handles. What do you think???
I wish I photographed the separate pieces before the clock project. But for my next project – my long awaited reclamation of the bird bath – I did capture where I started. It’s the project of the month now!
Watch for updates, and the history behind the pieces getting glued. For me, I guess, it just all has to have some meaning, and these pieces have some for me.
Till next time… your innkeeper, Terri
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