October 2018 Southwest Metro Magazine

In the October issue we're bringing you some sibling harmonies with the Carver Creek bluegrass band.

The leaves are falling, the air is crisp and the pumpkins have arrived. Boo! It’s October.  My thoughts and memories tug at my childhood heartstrings and beckon me to host a spooktacular Halloween gathering, complete with a haunted house and the scariest bites and beverages.


Halloween can be so much more than one night of trick-or-treating and pumpkin carving. It can be a showing of Hocus Pocus or It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. It can be teeming with ghoulish drinks made with dry ice, and it can even be served up–dare we say it–for breakfast!


For a truly terrific haunt this Halloween, look no further than your own backyard. From new twists on trick-or-treating to carving the perfect jack-o’-lantern, there’s something fun for all of the ghosts in your life.


It’s a steep climb to the Harkin Store from the road nestled along the Minnesota River below. But, the folksy melodies echoing from high above compel feet to bound up the stairs.


Kendall King was born in 2005 with a heart defect that required four open heart surgeries in the first four years of her life. Each surgery was successful but, as time passed, other issues stood between Kendall and a healthy future.


Envision being immersed in European elegance, surrounded by an immense estate and picturesque grounds overlooking a lake.


Reach for Resources, a nonprofit organization, offers support and services to individuals dealing with mental illness and disabilities and is assisting those in Chanhassen, Chaska and other communities.


“Winter in Minnesota [causes] a significant part of the deterioration of chimneys … The biggest problem comes from the water penetration that gets in to the chimney system." —Joseph Robarge


It’s not too late to think about planting new shrubs and trees, so don’t swap out your gardening spade for the snow shovel just yet.


For kids, especially in college, I can’t help but recommend WhatsApp, a lightweight messaging service that sends texts through the internet rather than phone lines.


It seems much attention is focused on the U.S.’s southern border.  Yet our “other” border, with Canada,  is the world’s longest international border and the one with which Minnesotans are much more familiar.


“Trick or treat, give me something good to eat.” This simple rhyme is repeated by costumed children every Halloween as a method to receive a sugary treat.


Vampire Punch
Makes 8 drinks, 6 oz. each
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup Campari
1/2 cup gin
1/2 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
3 cups club soda, chilled
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1 orange, thinly sliced


It’s late. A full moon hangs in the sky, and you’re making your way back from yet another night of trick-or–treating. Before you can think about how you’re going to devour the pounds of candy in your pillowcase, you hear it.