Together with families, friends, and neighbors, young and old, Norway House’s annual signature Holiday tradition Gingerbread Wonderland returns to the Galleri in all of its cinnamon coziness. You’ll recognize familiar buildings and landmarks from the Twin Cities and beyond, created by friends and neighbors—everyone from your favorite local bakeries and cake wizards, to families and first-time gingerbread baking enthusiasts. All are encouraged to enter their dream cookie creation, regardless of their baking level! So get your friends together to bake, laugh, frost, and celebrate the warmth of the Holiday season—and the oven!
John Munger is a former attorney, he has a masters degree in teaching, he is an experienced non-profit executive, he has created dozens of successful partnerships, and he is a proven entrepreneur. In 2002, after R.T. Rybak came into office and called for a focus on “silent sports,” John started the Loppet Foundation, the City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival, and the outdoor-oriented programming that forms the core of the non-profit organization. He left his law practice in 2005 in order to lead the organization as its first executive director. The Foundation now hosts numerous major annual events, with over 17,000 participants per year. It has hosted national and international events and has led the effort to revitalize Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis. The organization recently completed a $5 Million+ capital campaign and opened its new Trailhead facility. More than 12,000 youth, including more than 10,000 from North Minneapolis, have learned to ski, mountain bike, paddle and generally enjoy the outdoors through Loppet programming. The Foundation receives support from a wide array of corporate and philanthropic partners and is now a $5 million annual operation, with 1,900 members, over 1,000 volunteers, and some thirty full-time and seventy part-time staff members.
A little over a year ago, Betty Jean Kauffman of Mountain Lake, MN, was a retired teacher looking for an at-home hobby income. Her dear little shelter cat SweetPea led her to the unexpected discovery of the unique and lovely Norwegian Forest Cat. Three adults and 12 kittens later, her website has brought her customers from MN, WI, WY, CO, MO, MI, KY, and Hong Kong. Betty will share how the Norwegian Forest Cat is tied deeply to Scandinavian folklore, art, and history back to the days of the Vikings.