Tag: Mario Kart

22
Jun

Author Fest & Backyard Drive-Ins or The Most Epic Weekend EVER

What do an author festival, an outdoor screening of The Sandlot, and big screen video games have in common? My weekend! It may have been the most epic weekend in the history of weekends, and I still can’t believe everything was so perfect.

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Walking up to the beautiful Beagle & Wolf Books and Bindery

Let’s begin with the Beagle & Wolf Author Festival 2015! I arrived in Park Rapids, and seeing the bookshop for the first time was like stepping into a fairy tale. A cute little brick bookstore surrounded by an independent (and delicious) coffee shop and a bakery. Then you step inside: Beagle & Wolf is eclectic, fun, and full of personality. I fell in love!

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Karen Babine, author of Water and What We Know, reading from her book!

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I talked a lot with Gordon W. Fredrickson and Nancy A Fredrickson, authors of farm life books & poetry!

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Fellow YA author Margi Preus (Enchanted Lake) and Sue Doeden (Homemade with Honey). Awesome literary ladies!

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Getting together with fellow authors is a BLAST!

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My table was right next to Lin Enger, and I grabbed a copy of his latest novel, The High Divide

The wonderful people who work there did everything to make me feel welcome and comfortable–and gave me a table right in the front of the store! I was surrounded by 11 other authors, and soon began making new friends with my fellow literary enthusiasts. We traded books back and forth, talked about writing, and signed each other’s books. I was in author HEAVEN! I met SO many cool people that day–including William Kent Krueger!

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William Kent Krueger! One of the nicest guys I’ve met!

This was as close as I thought I was going to get to him, but then he came up to my table right before his book reading and introduced himself to me! He said he kept seeing people walk around with copies of Seven Stones and had to meet the author. I was speechless, but tried to play it off all cool like I’d met tons of famous people and was completely unfazed. Ha. It was AWESOME!

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I got to chat with author Tom Isbell and grab his YA novel, The Prey!

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Cozy book nook

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I just couldn’t take enough pictures!

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Some of the wonderful staff behind it all!

I can’t thank Beagle & Wolf enough! If you haven’t been there, GO! And while you’re there, snag a copy of Seven Stones. 🙂

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Birthdays done right: Backyard Movie & Retro Video Games!

Then, there was the party. I don’t even know what to say except it was quite possibly the best birthday party of all time. For a week, we planned a surprise party for our good friend, Stefania. All of the Bemidji crew chipped in and helped to make this not only a birthday party, but THE birthday party.

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Bonfire fun while we wait to surprise the birthday girl!

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That’s what I call a party face

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PERFECT weather for the perfect party!

At one point, I asked, “What do you guys think of doing our own drive-in? Does anyone have a projector?” Friends brought over not only a projector, but a screen, a speaker system, and an N-64 with multiple remotes and Mario Kart. Add in a bonfire, and you have one freakin’ epic night.

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SURPRISE! Nothing says Happy Birthday like sweet potato brownies!

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Setting up the projector screen!

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SUCCESS! Thank you screen crew!

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Mario Kart!

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Oh, it is ON!

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What would the first day of summer be without The Sandlot?

Happy, happy birthday, friend! Thanks to ALL our friends who came to the party and helped make the night truly fantastic. It was such a fun way to spend a day with people we love playing games, eating food, and celebrating! And yes, we are DEFINITELY doing this again!

 

What an AWESOME weekend! This one is going in the books as one of the best ever.

Happy Monday, everyone!

What movie would you want to watch on the big screen?