Terri, Terri, quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
With bleeding hearts and origami,
And tulip bulbs all in a row…
We’ve selected Minnesota Food Share for our Charity of the Month. Each March they hold the largest food and fund drive in the state of Minnesota, and during that month the donations stay in our local community. Our local church, Hope Lutheran, is supporting this campaign, and so we wanted to add our support.
Here’s some comments from Hope’s March Newsletter:
What is the March Campaign?
This is the largest food and fund drive in the state of Minnesota. It is sponsored by Minnesota Food Share and accounts for more than half the food distributed through food shelves each year. March is the month that Minnesota Food Share and others provide lots of media coverage to bring attention to the problem of hunger in our state. We also become eligible for extra dollars that we can earn for our local food shelf.
Does the Jordan Area Food Shelf benefit?
Yes – 100% of all donations – food and money – given during March will stay in Jordan.
What can you do?
Any idea you have. Everything you need is on the mnfoodshare.org website or contact Deb at the Jordan Area Food Shelf at 952-201-8372.
Thanks for you help to fight hunger!
With the inspiration of “any idea you have” we decided to make this our Charity of the Month. Hope you agree that it is a good cause.
As entrepreneurs, we love to support other entrepreneurs. Our previous neighbor has followed this dream, and started her own business as a Sterling Silver Jewelry Consultant. In fact, this isn’t the first time we’ve followed dreams together – as we sold our house in Prior Lake prior to coming to Jordan, our real estate agent moved our “For Sale” sign from our front lawn to Vickie’s front lawn. Vickie has a vibrant, electrifying personality which suits her well to her new venture. As friends and fellow entrepreneurs, we are opening our home and business to introduce Vickie and her exquisite line of sterling silver jewelry during an Open House.
All our welcome to come and view this handcrafted jewelry in a relaxed atmosphere – no pressure, no presentations. We will be serving light refreshments.
RSVPs are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 summer has flown by – I’ve been remiss at keeping up with this blog, so I’ll be spending the next few days catching up on some of the summer’s highlights.
During the Jordan Art Festival, the Recycled Art Contest III was sponsored by 225 Water Street and The Vinery Floral, and I submitted an entry, and won third place! Thursday night is craft night for me and our innsitter – we take turns working on each others project that we have been wanting to finish. One of our latest projects has been transforming old windows from the mansion’s third floor into pieces of art. I have collected Jordan postcards, mostly from eBay, and they were scanned and resized to fit into the various sized window panes. We’ve been working on three windows, and the one entered in the Recycled Art Contest featured Jordan’s mud baths – Mudbaden and Jordan Sulpher Springs. We printed the scanned postcards as reversed images onto clear label paper, and were mounted to the back of the window. The clear paper allows light to shine through from the back giving a great visual effect to the images. Stop by the inn – we have three of these windows hanging in the front entry: “The Panes of Mud” window, a window of Jordan’s historic structures, and a window of Jordan street scenes.
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.
Last year a Robin built a nest in the rafters of our Kitchen porch. We never did get any pictures – I had grand visions of setting up a wireless webcam to watch them, but never did. We left the nest untouched through the winter in hopes there would be new occupants this spring. And we were blessed with a new family of House Finches.
We have seen the mama House Finch come to feed the babies, and start allowing us watch from the sidelines without flying away. Tonight we got out the camera and were able to capture some images of the babies! I’m not sure if there are 2 or 3 babies – most of the pictures show 2, but at one point one flew off, so maybe there are 3.
We hope you enjoy this new blog site soon to be full of the musings of an innkeeper!
History about the Nicolin Mansion and Jordan, a renovation or decorating project, the latest recipe discovered or past ones tried-and-true, a recent backyard bird sighting, or whats blooming in the garden.
Join us on our new adventure and watch what unfolds…
Kevin & Terri Knox, Innkeepers
221 Broadway Street South
Jordan, Minnesota 55352
Toll Free: 800-683-3360