MARILYN HAGERTY: Beer, bacon and the Hog-erty AwardDear Shirley, I am getting ready to help judge the inaugural “Hog-erty Award” contest Saturday at the Alerus Center.
By: Marilyn Hagerty, Grand Forks Herald
The golden leaves are floating down. The apples on my tree are ready for picking. And all is well in Grand Forks.
Do you ever go to the Symphony in Tucson? Here in Grand Forks, the Symphony is kicking off its season that starts Saturday with an event tonight at the Canad Inns’ ‘l Bistro. Tim Fain, violinist in the “Black Swan” movie, will be there to play and mingle with guests. And Alexander Platt, the Symphony conductor, will be on hand to greet people.
Since there is a Russian theme this season, food will feature hearty Russian fare.
I am getting ready to help judge the inaugural “Hog-erty Award” contest Saturday at the Alerus Center.
You see, Shirley, the sponsors asked if I would be offended by the Hog-erty designation. I told them I have been called much worse than that.
This should be very interesting. The beer and bacon tasting runs from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday. And the awards ceremony is set for 8 p.m. After that, there’s a concert by “4onthefloor.”
People around Grand Forks are very creative this fall. They have a play called, “Escanaba in Da Moonlight” going on now at the Fire Hall Theatre. And it is a riot. I laughed all the way through the portrayal of a wild weekend visit to a hunting shack in Michigan.
Director Nicole Quam should be very proud of the cast. They put on an amazing show of energy on stage. There’s still time for people to see it this weekend on Friday or Saturday evenings as well as a matinee on Sunday.
This is the week of Hostfest in Minot. It’s a big draw for people with Norwegian background and all the rest who enjoy the food and tradition of Scandinavians.
And, yah, we have lots of them around here Shirley. Cindy Dahl has arranged a busload of 57 who are going out bright and early Friday to enjoy the day.
They’ll sing along the way and stop for coffee in Rugby, N.D.
I didn’t know what a Spudhog was until I read the Hostfest menus. That’s a baked potato stuffed with a smoked brat, Shirley. And any good Norwegian knows about lutefisk, another food feature. They even have Danish pastries out there.
Hope all is well with you in Arizona. It won’t be long until your winter visitors start streaming in.
Love from your sister Marilyn watching the pumpkins pile up around Grand Forks.
P.S. Kids these days really amaze me. I met a little girl, Lucy Halverson, 8, who goes to Kelly Elementary School. She had saved up $38 from selling lemonade, lollipops and potatoes this summer. She wanted to give it to the Northlands Rescue Mission. And her little sister, Stella, had more than $10 she was giving to Feed My Starving Children.
Reach Marilyn Hagerty at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (701) 772-1055.