Monthly Archives: September 2012

Oktoberfests Galore!

If you ask me, there’s no better time to be in the Northwest than right now. Period. End of story.

But, since I need to have a better post than that, here’s a story for you :).

This weekend there’s two very fun Oktoberfests.

Daanen’s Deli hosts an awesome family event, with games, music and of course great food and beer. The kids can play, there’s free admission and brats like you wouldn’t believe. Like the photo says, it’s from noon to 7 p.m. tomorrow. We bought an awesome mug there last year. We don’t bring it out very often, but when we do I feel like an official beer drinker, no rookie here.

The downtown Oktoberfest kicks off tonight at 4:30 and tomorrow at 12:30. You can purchase your tickets at the Plaza Shops on Sherman for $15. They do sell out though so buy tickets early! There’s over 20 beers to sample this year.

There’s live music, German food and beer sampling at the shops, Splash, All Things Irish, Christmas at the Lake, Tiffany Blue, Angel Gallery, the Velvet Hanger, and at the large tent on 2nd. This year they’re also including a family area at the Sherman Park with activities, food and drinks for the kiddos. There will be face painting, a bouncy castle (does that have to be just for kids?) and performances from the kids at Sorensen. This year’s music will feature the Sammy Eubanks Band, Oom Pas & Mas and the Rhythm Dawgs (a personal fav).

Last year was my first time at both events and I can tell you from personal experience that they both rock. It will be a big beer-drinkin’ weekend for me! Hope to see you all there!

Kristin & Blake much to say about Kristin and Blake. They are a wonderful couple. I’m lucky because I know them so well, they’re personal friends and Kristin and I went to WSU together. Both of them have such kind hearts and I say this jokingly, but it’s true… they’re disgustingly adorable together. They are finish-each-other’s-sentences, give-hugs-and-kisses, “I-will-support-you-no-matter-what,” adorable.  
A big, “Thanks!” goes out to them for letting me practice my photography skills on them. They’re such good sports and I hope I get to work with them again in the future. In the meantime, take a peek at their save the date pics and if you like them, please refer your friends my way! I’m hoping I can do some freelancing and earn some moolah to purchase some more gear. Enjoy!

Just a little teaser…

So here’s a little teaser from my very first photo shoot! 

One of my best friends is getting married and needed some extra pics for her save-the-dates. I have a full post in the works. Can’t wait to share the rest!

And the countdown to Autumn is on…

I love the fall. There are so many things that I love about it, especially in northern Idaho. I love the leaves changing color, the cool, crisp nights, the haunted houses, and trick-or-treating. I love it all! Not to mention my birthday is at the end of October, that helps. I thought I would celebrate on oncoming season by posting a few of my favorite things about my favorite season…
1. The Apple Festival at Greenbluff – 
There is nothing better than fresh fruit and veggies straight from the farm. Every year we venture up to Greenbluff and pick our own pumpkins, apples and of course we stock up on pumpkin doughnuts. Yum! The Apple Festival is September 22 through October 28 this year. This event really deserves its own post and will certainly get it!
2. Pumpkin Carving – 
I love carving pumpkins. Every year we try to do something new and different. Last year we made our own designs and did our school logos. I’m still trying to decide what to do for this year… 
3. Punkin Chunkin’ –
So this is kind of part of the Apple Festival, but it’s so cool I decided it was worthy of its own note. Apparently Punkin Chunkin’ is becoming quite the trend nation-wide, but I first discovered it up at Greenbluff. The Knapp’s farm is home to this special treat, and it’s actually one of my favorite farms to visit. The owner of this farm has a lot of great stuff for the kids like ponies, goats, chickens, corn maze, and Punkin Chunkin’. Watch him launch pumpkins hundreds of feet into the air as he tries to hit a target in a nearby field. Great fun for all! 
4. Oktoberfest – 

There are two good Oktoberfests in Coeur d’Alene plus a few that I haven’t been to yet. Daanen’s Deli has a great Oktoberfest at the end of September. Great beer, brats and family activities. The Downtown Association also puts on a great Oktoverfest. With the purchase of a mug and sampling tickets, you can walk from store to store downtown and sample a huge variety of beers. This year’s event is September 28 and 29. I will be at both so I hope to see you all there!