OWLs Posting for February 2015

In spite of cold and snow the OWLs had a very enjoyable January. Our outing to the Johnsmith concert at the Pump House preceded by dinner at the Waterford provided much warmth, laughter and good music during our Friday Night Out. Our potluck with speaker Rob Wessler presenting his experiences in China was fun and informative.

In February our theme will be history and heritage. Our first event is our potluck which will be on Ash Wednesday, February 18 at noon in the narthex. As we have done in the past we will provide lunch to Lenten worshipers after the morning service. Please bring some extra food to share. For our program we will once again turn to ourselves and have an opportunity to get to know each other better through our stories. Our theme is history and heritage. We all come from different backgrounds and national heritages. Please come prepared to tell a little about yourself and your family heritage. Each person will have about five minutes to share memories, show family artifacts or simply tell a story about their youth or ancestors. If you know some of your family genealogy and would like to share, that is fine too. As always, you can sit and listen if you prefer not to share.

In keeping with the history and heritage theme we will visit the Winona County Historical Society for our February outing. We can explore three floors of permanent exhibits; we will find carriages, wagons, horse-drawn fire equipment and sleighs filling their “Main Street.” Open to view are Bailey and Bailey Dry Goods, a blacksmith shop, pharmacy, dentist and the robbery-proof Security State Bank from the days of Bonnie and Clyde. We will also be treated to a special exhibit: New Land, New Life: Norwegian Immigration to Minnesota, 1825-1925. The St. Paul Sons of Norway Synnove Nordkap lodge has researched and developed this 20-panel exhibit highlighting the history of Norwegian immigration to Minnesota. Winona’s chapter of the Sons of Norway is sponsoring this interesting look into the lives and traditions of 19th and early 20th century Norwegian immigrants. Artifacts from the Winona County Historical Society’s collection and family treasures are on display along with stories of Winona County’s Norwegian immigrants. We will be given a brief overview of the museum followed by time to leisurely observe the exhibits. The museum is handicap accessible Following our visit we will have a delicious lunch at a local establishment before returning home. Cost of the museum is $5.00. Lunch is on your own. We will leave the church at 9:00 AM on Thursday, February 26th and return before 3 PM.

Save the date: We plan to attend the Houston Minnesota Owls Festival on Saturday, March 7th.

The OWLs are a group at First that welcomes anyone, First Lutheran members or not, who are 55+. For information or to ask questions, contact Brian Narveson.