The Old Parsonage Newsletter – August 2015

The Old Parsonage at Rutland ND will be open Fri. 14, from 4-7, Sat. 15, from 10-4 and Sun 16, from 12-4.
We don’t care if it’s hot anymore as we have air conditioning at the Old Parsonage now.  It sure feels good this time of the year!   Mary Ann and I are busy changing things around again.  We sure like to do that!   It’s fun to have it different a few times a year so we know what we have.
My Grandma had a large loom that sat in an alcove on the south end of the house.  When she wove rugs she could see us outside in 3 directions.  Not that we got into anything!  The rail road was close to the house so she watched out for us. Once in awhile the conductor would throw us a candy bar.  We had to share it or Grandma would let us know about it! She taught me how to weave and that was great fun.  She did lots of rugs and sold a lot of them.  She never wasted any time.  She took care of the cows and chickens and did 3 meals and 2 lunches every day, but managed to quilt or sew whenever she could.
RICE MUSH by Mary Ann Thornberg
½ cup rice ½ tsp salt
1 cup water ½ cup sugar
3 cups milk
In heavy pan, cook rice and water until water is absorbed. Add milk, salt and sugar. Cook over low heat for about an hour. Stir occasionally.  Serve with milk and cinnamon.
Hope to see you the second weekend in August!  Or you can call me any time and I will open.   Kathy

The Old Parsonage

This Thursday, Rutland’s newest venture — The Old Parsonage, LLC —  has a ‘soft opening’ from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Kathleen Brakke, Sue Anderson, and MaryAnn Thornberg, have been busy for several months sprucing up the old Baptist Church parsonage at 217 -1st Street. Remodeling inside and out has been extensive and the project is truly an outstanding asset to the community. A new porch, roofing and siding has rejuvenated the building for its new purpose.  The store features home decor, unique gifts, furniture, repurposed treasures, antiques & collectibles.  If you know the quality of materials that the three entrepreneurs create, you know there will be an abundance of unique and creative items to choose from.

Starting tomorrow, The Old Parsonage will be open the second weekend of each month with hours Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Noon to 3:00 p.m. and other times by appointment.   Come and explore the new store and then venture over to the Rutland General Store for a light snack, coffee or dinner.

The Parsonage is also seeking photographs of individuals who were married in the old Baptist Parsonage so please let Kathleen or Susan know if you have a photo to contribute. Feel free to leave a comment and they will get your information!