Cannon Falls usually has its best color at about October 15th. But a little known thing is some of the trees that people like best are the early ones. Below is a perfect example and it will be in full color probably the first week of October. The sugar maples and the like come early. Yes it will be against a back drop of green but I think that only heightens the color of the ones that have already turned.
We have plenty of good rooms open in and around this time of year. Schedule for the end of October and the hill side surrounding Cannon Falls with be bursting with color and the in room fireplaces will be quite inviting after a walk along the Cannon River.
The Cannon River Winery is having Tank Tasting on March 9th. I did this last year, and it is a fun event. I also did the harvest in the fall which is something everyone should try and do once in their life. Nothing like cutting a bursting cluster of grapes off the vine that is soon to be turned into wine. I am now curious to try that very wine so see you on the 9th.
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Cannon River Winery is excited to invite our past Harvest Crew members back for Tank Tasting!
Saturday, March 9th
Cannon River Winery
Pat from the Cannon Falls Chamber of Commerce wrote:
“A total of 240 students from 18 high schools in Minnesota and Wisconsin are competing in the 38th annual Welch Village/Hastings H.S. Invitational Alpine Ski Meet on today, Friday, January, 18, 2013 at Welch Village. The conditions should be ideal for racing with our natural and manufactured snow base of two to six feet on the racing slopes, with very mild temps for this time of year. The racers are excited for the event which takes place on Lookout and Bakkelyka.
The invitational race has seen many U.S. Olympian competitors such as Cindy Nelson, Kristina Koznick and Tasha Nelson. It is a forerunner of the sectional and state championship races held in Minnesota in early February, and often foretells the top finishers in later races.”
Welch Village Ski resort is open for business. Combine that with a B&B getaway weekend for fun winter getaway. We are 15 minutes away from the slopes. Look forward to a huge breakfast that we offer and then hit the slopes for a day of skiing then back to the Quill and Quilt for a hot tub soak before going out to dinner. There is not a better way to beat the winter then at its own game.
Fall is definitely here, beautiful warm fall days with just a hint of chill in the morning. I am a huge fan of the fall colors right now. The maples and some of the early turning trees have already burst into color against the backdrop of green provided by the later turners. This creates bursts of color in the green hillsides. I enjoy the contrast. The early sumac has already turned created these lower dashes of red. This is the early birds fall color watching.
The leaves will still be good up until November as the oaks, elms and the later turners are still to come. The oaks provide some of the prettier color in my mind as you can get firey reds and burnt oranges with the then more somber backdrops as you have less green around them.
Time to make your reservation asap! The B&B is filling up and you would hate to miss walk along the Cannon River and picking out your favorite vista.
I was sitting out on the back deck a couple weeks ago (coincidentally with a guest who works for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources) and we noticed these fluttering things hanging around the flowers that looked like hummingbirds. But, they were a little different than a hummingbird. I snapped a few photos but they flutter around and are hard to catch with my smart phone camera.
They seem to like some little white flowers we had at the time, but also other flowers. They are almost exactly the same size as a hummingbird, curious critters.
It turns out they are technically a “White-lined sphinx moth” (Hyles lineata), a species of hawk moth. The caterpillars feed on morning glory plants, elm, apple, 4 o’clocks, and several less well known plants. The moths pollinate just like hummingbirds and defend their nectar sources. They are interesting moths indeed.
A few days before the torrential rains of last week showed up and washed out part of Welch (which is why the Cannon Valley Trail is only open to Welch at the moment), I stopped on the bike and snapped a couple photos of this dedication and a shot of the Welch Station. The dedication has the map of the trail but also some very cool pottery style art. If you zoom in you can see quite a bit of detail went into this. The names of the people and organizations that have donated significantly to the trail are also listed toward the top on the left end. If you have never biked the Cannon Valley Trail, I highly recommend it, it is a really nice trail.
Once the trail gets back to normal operations, they will resume the events they have started to do in the early afternoon on Saturdays. The day I was there they had cantina music and fresh cut watermelon.
I expect this kind of thing will be going again by next weekend.
Cannon Falls is a small town with no live theater, and performances of
any kind are somewhat rare. So when the Cannon Falls High School does
their spring drama it adds a nice touch of culture in the only real
auditorium in the city (located at the high school).
This year the students are putting on a production of “Our Town,” by
Thornton Wilder. The play is set in a tiny New Hampshire town known as
Grover’s Corners in the early 20th Century. This is a charming,
evocative and touching story. And the drama program at Cannon Falls is
actually pretty good, the students do a nice job of staging and
performing by high school standards. In short, this is $8 well spent if
you enjoy live theater.
There will be 4 performances of Our Town this May, Saturday the 12th,
Friday the 18th & Saturday the 19th all at 7:00 p.m. – plus Sunday the
13th at 2:00 p.m. All performances will be at the Cannon Falls High
School Auditorium (820 East Minnesota Street). Tickets are $8 for adults
and may be purchased at the door.
President Obama visited Cannon Falls today on the beginning of his tour through the Midwest. He came in at about noon and gave a speech at the local park in a town meeting style and then went through downtown on his way out. He stopped at the Old Market Deli and had some lunch before leaving. A big congrats to Gary and crew over there as they do an amazing job and it was nice to see them rewarded in such a nice way.
The local and national press were all over Cannon Falls. Fox news had done some footage in the Cannon River Winery which aired this morning. I saw some live coverage of the event on CNN and it really made the Cannon River look amazing as a backdrop for his speech. Overall it was fantastic for Cannon Falls and the town responded in kind with cheering his bus as it rolled through downtown.
I personally was surprised at how emotional I felt upon seeing him. He is the President and thus commands our great country. It was a great day to be an American in Cannon Falls.
One of the places in Cannon Falls that tends to get overlooked, but is truly unique and worthy of a stop is Lisa Dolezal’s Frog Creek Pottery. The studio and retail store is located just west of Cannon Falls and is open essentially every day, just follow the sign off MN Hwy-19 for Frog Creek Pottery… One reason I want to highlight Frog Creek right now is because their annual Harvest Festival is coming up the weekend of September 17-18. At this festival you can enjoy a delightful autumn day in the country… And, discover a cornucopia of clever ideas for Fall decorating or some early holiday shopping…This festival features some of the area’s finest artisans and growers. It starts at 10am and ends at 5pm on Saturday and 3pm on Sunday.You can stroll around the pond and enjoy pottery (of course), hand blown glass, metal work, painting, photography, massage, pumpkins, scare crows, corn stalks, squash, gourds, mums, apples, honey, bees wax candles, handmade soap, bird houses, bird feeders, yard art, handmade hats, clothing, jewelry, and (truly) much more! — Keep in mind that Frog Creek does more than just this one festival. Lisa offers a range of classes, does some demonstrations, and there are interesting group tours available. You can see all they offer at http://www.frogcreek.com I highly recommend paying them a visit next time you are near Cannon Falls!