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Twin Cities Literary Scavenger Hunt

Posted byMary Poggione on 30 Jul 2009 | Tagged as: MHS press, Travel

php0H5B6oFrom October through December of this year, Coffee House Press, Milkweed Press, Graywolf Press, and the Loft Literary Center are hosting an event called Around the Literary Twin Cities in (Almost) Eighty Days.

Every week, they will release a literary trivia question; the answers will be presented by a local literary venue. The Grand Prize include tickets to Talking Volumes, membership to the Loft Literary Center, and every book published by each of the three participating presses in 2009. That’s a lotta books.

But that is not until October. Right now, however, the group is asking for potential triva questions to be used in the contest. Submit your ideas here.

Daytrip-it: Visit a Local Winery

Posted byMary Poggione on 24 Jul 2009 | Tagged as: Awards, Cooking, MHS press, Travel

phpjihahRTake eating local to the next level. Visit a regional winery today.

With the development of hardier, cold-weather grapes spearheaded by the University of Minnesota, wineries across Minnesota have been thriving.

Here are a few ideas for your weekend pleasure. Also, just so you know, in Minnesota you can buy wine from the wineries on Sundays.

Alexis Bailly Vineyard: Hastings, MN; open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11-5:30. Recommended wine: Voyageur.

Cannon River Winery: Cannon Falls, MN; open Monday through Thursday 11-7, Friday and Saturday 11-9, and Sundays 12-6. Recommended wine: St. Pepin.

Morgan Creek Vineyards: New Ulm, MN; Friday and Saturday 12-9, Sundays 12-5. Recommended wine: Puck’s Pride.

Winehaven Winery: Chisago City, MN; Thursday through Saturday 10-5, Sundays 12-5. Recommended wine: Marchel Foch.

Many more wineries and recommendations can be found in the MHS Press book Wineries of Wisconsin and Minnesota by Patricia Monaghan. You can also find more information at the Minnesota Grape Growers Association site.

Go Fly a Kite for Lake Superior

Posted byMary Poggione on 17 Jul 2009 | Tagged as: Book Excerpt, Nature/Enviroment, Travel

KitesGet out and celebrate Lake Superior Day this weekend! Lake Superior Day is officially on Sunday, but there are events all around the great lake the entire weekend as noted by the Lake Superior Binational Forum and the Minnesota Environmental Partnership (pdf). You can also show your appreciation of the lake and of conservation efforts for the lake by grabbing your familiy and friends and flying a kite on the lake this weekend.

Shining Big Sea WaterIf you are interested in learning more about Lake Superior, check out these MHS Press books: Lake Superior’s Historic North Shore: A Guided Tour, Shipwrecks Along Lake Superior’s North Shore, or Shining Big Sea Water: The Story of Lake Superior.

Excerpt from Norman K. Risjord’s Shining Big Sea Water

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