Crofut Winery Grape Stomp

While watching Jordan’s local Heimatfest Parade Saturday morning from Nicolin Mansion’s front porch, I turn to our innsitter, Cindy Nevins, and make an offer: you clean the room that’s checking in this afternoon while I finish my computer work and we’ll go on a Nicolin Mansion Fieldtrip to Crofut Winery for the annual Grape Stomp. Deal! So we…

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Summer Celebration – Art, Bikes, Kites and Pork

A small town in summer packed with fun! That was this Saturday in Jordan, Minnesota. The summer celebration featured not one, not two, but four great events – the Jordan Art Festival, the Jordan Valley Bike Tour, Minnesota Kite Society Fly, and Jaycee’s Pork in the Park. Plus Sunday after second day of the art…

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Geneva’s Daughter Occasional Sale

One of Jordan’s fabulous occasional sales is run by Geneva’s Daughter, Cindy Nevins. Located in the downtown Historic Hub of Jordan, once Frank Nicolin’s Opera House, the Hub is also home to Carasim Coffee Shop and Antiques, and Thrift Shop. Cindy is fantastic seamstress and master of Repurpose, Recycle, Reuse! And her sales offer you the chance to…

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Matilda in the Mirror

Jordan is home to some incredible artistic talent. And Mara at 225 Water Street has got to be one of our greatest treasures. She is a photographer, graphic artist, and mosaic tile artist and author (and more…). I first sought her out when she moved to Jordan because of her graphic artist abilities – to turn my historic…

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Soapmaking to Innkeeping

We fell in love with Bed and Breakfasts while honeymooning on Mackinac Island. We fell in love with our mansion while antiquing in Jordan. But it was soap that led us to this chapter in our life at this time in our life. So I’m doing my day gig as a software engineer, but looking…

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Local Attraction: Maureen Carlson’s Center for Creative Arts

The Scott County Art Crawl was yesterday, October 9th, which included the studio of one of our local downtown artists, Maureen Carlson.

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Jordan Art Festival 2010

This past weekend, June 26th and 27th, was the 7th Annual Jordan Art Festival. It was great to see our town all dressed up, bustling with artists and visitors! Each year I look for a few treasures to add to our mansion, and I found some great ones. From 225 Water Street’s Flea Market I found 2…

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3rd Place in Recycled Art Contest!

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…

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Life Slowly Starts to Choke

Poet Laureate Billy Collins observed: “All babies are born with a knowledge of poetry, because the lub-dub of the mother’s heart is in iambic meter. Then life slowly starts to choke the poetry out of us.” I just recently learned of the “stunt” performed at L’Enfant Plaza in Washington D.C. on January 12, 2007 by…

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Think What You Say

A poem submitted from one of the many young talents at the inn. What do you think? I will do what I must I will do what I say to think that I will not have to pay but if I have to pay I will say – the land of the life I will…

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