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!

4-H Activity Day

Several Rutland 4-H-ers headed to Lisbon for the Southeast Activity Day sponsored by the Ransom-Sargent County Extension/4H program to get a start on their entries for this year’s county fair. Despite the weather, many students and the instructors made it to Lisbon and worked wholeheartedly all day on their crafts. My sons were able to take carpentry, wood burning and wood art classes and the girls worked on window decorations and other projects. In addition to those projects, other classes offered included cake decorating, scrapbooking, ceramics and it appears to have been another successful event. Now that the kids have gotten started on their fair projects, they are eager to do more.

Woolly Women

Rutland received some more free press in the March/April issue of The Country Register which is devoted to fiber arts and specifically wool.  Jan Brash of Rutland, formerly a Romney sheep breeder, is now a member of the “Wooly Women” group which meets monthly.  They continue to participate in many local events to demonstrate and sell their home made wool products.  Additional information on their group and on Romney and Lincoln sheep breeds can be found through the Dakota Prairie Wool website.

Rolling, Rolling, Rolling

Well, the Rutland residents have been busy these past few weeks rolling out lefse for Uffda Day.  This year 5,131 lefse were made with the vast majority for sale in packages of three and about 1,000 of those lefse will be available as part of the scalloped potato and ham dinner on Sunday, October 3, 2010.  Up next, the crew will be making krumkake and sandbakkels and then the rosettes — all of which will also be for sale in the American Legion building (now the Rutland Fitness Center). 

A new part of the Uffda Day celebration will be the 8 a.m. 5K walk/run heading south of Rutland and then back to town.  Registration forms are available online or at several area locations.   Crafters will be selling their wares starting at 10 a.m.; food booths will begin selling at 11 a.m., including the dinner in the Hall; and the parade will commence at 1 p.m.  Following the parade, there will be a fireman tug-o-war (about 2 p.m.) and children’s games and activities starting shortly thereafter. 

So, don’t forget to head to Rutland on Sunday, October 3, for an enjoyable afternoon.  The forecast for the week is sunny and, as The Rooster Crows states, the sun always shines on Rutland (even when it rains!).

Uffda Day 2010

Uffda Day will be Sunday, October 3, 2010.

Scalloped Potatoes with Ham and other Scandinavian food will be served at City Hall from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Demonstrations and Sale of Ethnic Foods begin at 11:00 a.m.  Krumkake, rosettes, fattigman, lefse, rice pudding (in the Senior Hall), abelskivers, rommegrot, Uffda tacos and brats will again be available.  Food booths will be near City Hall and the Fire Hall.  Lefse, rosettes, T-shirts and Rutland Cookbooks will also be available for purchase.

Pioneer Demonstrations are noon to 4:00 p.m.  Local artisans will demonstrate hardanger, wool spinning, quilting, embroidery and rope making.  There will also be demonstrations (and samples) of ice cream making.

Parade at 1 p.m.

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Sewing Class

runaround_bag.jpgA “Run Around Bag” (sewing) class will be held Wednesday, September 24, starting at 10:00 a.m.  Arlene Stilley will teach the session held at the Rutland General Store.  Cost is $10.00 plus supplies.  A minimum of five students will be needed otherwise the class will be cancelled (class size will be limited).

Quilting classes may be held again this year.  A quilt class information sign-up sheet is at the material cutting counter in the Rutland General Store.  Sign up if you are interested!