OK...now that I am the chief cook, chauffeur, maid, and bottle washer I find that I have been getting a little bored doing the 'same ole, same old' for making meals. Most days I prefer simple easy meals without extra/exotic ingredients. Plus, let's be honest, I need to be able to adjust recipes because of likes/dislikes, lactose intolerance and allergies...no one in this house likes the same thing--so it seems.
I receive daily emails with recipe suggestions from Recipe of the Day from Taste of Home and Betty Crocker websites. Both have a daily suggestion or two from their free subscription services, can be easily signed up for and cancelled, and have a huge back log of choices. These have been helpful! Hope it makes your menu planning a little more interesting!
The 17th annual beer tasting and competition will take place on March 14th after our membership meeting, and it's time to get prepared. The meeting is only a mile away from our house at the St. Anthony Village library, so we'll start at 3pm instead of the usual 5pm. Pro tip: if you don't get to meetings often, here's your chance!
This is also a St. Patrick's Day party, so get your green on if you like. Please bring a dish to share for the potluck dinner. We'll start the food about 3:45pm, so folks get time to arrive and get organized.
You do not have to compete in the tasting to attend, of course, and can simply enjoy visiting, relaxing, and some fun and games. However, if you are competing, make sure you're there by the time the tasting starts at 4pm! If you wish to enter the tasting, you should bring 4-6 bottles of your entry. All types of beer, hard cider, malt beverage, near beer, maltini, non-alcoholic beer or malternative are welcome. You can even enter a soda if you'd like to, as you never know what will win. Keep in mind that the Bad Beer Board is also up for grabs.
Everyone is invited - don't be shy! If you need the address, email me at or come to the meeting. Slainte!
See the 23rd Century on the 23rd! Star Trek: Picard, a CBS All Access streaming show, premiers this week!
Patrick Stewart is going where no Starfleet captain has gone before: into his very own series, decades after wrapping up his original Star Trek run. He'll have a furry companion, old crew mates along for the ride and plenty of new characters to contend with.
It's the 8th Star Trek series and we're going to enjoy the premier together! Please join us at the Town Hall Brewery in the back room at 5:30pm and we'll have time to order and eat before the show. This will be our third premier in this location (1430 Washington Avenue South) and they've been wonderful to us each time, and the food is great! Check out the menu at townhallbrewery.com. Please sign up on the signup sheet so we can plan for seating and feel free to bring the club's friends along.
Once again the USS Nokomis general meeting for September will be followed by bowling(as much as you want! it's covered!) at St. Francis Bowling Center, 426 Osceola Ave S, St. Paul MN. 55102.
First we have our meeting and make sure we've paid our membership dues for September 2019 to August 2020. Second we take a break and do yoga. Third we bowl. Fourth we eat, at a restaurant, because that is a thing we do after meetings! Just kidding, we don't do yoga! The September meeting is for going over the recommended activities for the next year, getting more ideas and reviewing the fun things we've done in the past year.
The bowling is for fun and our first 2019-2020 activity. After our meeting is over the lanes are turned on and you can bowl until 4 pm or your arms give out! Whichever comes first! You may bring your own ball and kit or use the bowling centers supplies. All members are welcome and we always welcome members of other science fiction groups. If you are not a Nokomis member (or + 1) please email the to give us an estimate on numbers to expect.
Thanks for Signing up to Celebrate One of Humanity’s Greatest Endeavors
Fifty years ago, humankind took a giant leap, setting foot on an extraterrestrial body for the first time. Join us in celebrating the anniversary of that achievement at the Moon Party, hosted by Phill Goldman & Lynne Tauer at their home in the northern suburbs. The proceeds of this club fund-raiser, in place of this year’s Garden Party, benefit the club’s general fund.
The anniversary, July 20th, falls on a Saturday this year. We'll start at 6:00PM and go until "whenever."
Weather permitting, we will have The Tauer Family’s killer telescope and a spotting scope set up in the back yard for viewing the moon and heavens beyond. On the big screen in the house we will show “The Right Stuff,” “From The Earth To The Moon,” and/or other productions about the space program’s ambitious undertakings to break barriers to the Apollo 11 moon landing. There may be more – we’re working on it. You will have to come and find out.
We will provide the core meal (picnic fare) that may include moon-themed novelties. You are invited to bring your favorite side dish for potluck-style sharing, but that is completely optional. (Moon-themed creations get brownie points!)
Please bring a lawn chair and, because it’s a summer evening in Minnesota, don't forget your preferred bug spray.
Registration was open through the end of Saturday, July 13. and is now closed. For other questions? Contact Lynne at
This year’s anniversary picnic will be held West Bush Lake Park in Bloomington. You may remember this as the site of the last year's rainy picnic and the 2016 All-Ships Picnic, a nice grove tucked in the trees. The picnic area has close and easy access to Horseshoe Courts, Sand Volleyball, Fishing docs on the lake, and playground for the younglings. Even more importantly, the site has drinking fountains and a permanent restroom right there. The street address is 9401 W. Bush Lake Rd, Bloomington MN. Be sure to punch in Shelter 1 for your GPS - we're at the north entrance, then up the hill.
We'll have a quick monthly meeting, then on to the picnicking!
We have plenty of room, so invite anyone from the fan community or families that you meet. The anniversary picnic will again be a potluck, so please bring something to grill and something to share. It will also be a BYOB event. We’ll be providing plates, napkins, cups, and utensils (of the paper and plastic variety).
Look elsewhere in the newsletter for the return of the Time Warp Peep Toss!
Also, feel free to bring along your toys as long as you don’t mind them getting lost in the weeds or the lake.
The Lake Campout is August 17-19, 2 nights. The address is 331 Paulsen Lake lane, Osceola, WI 54020. If you go through Stillwater you will be treated to the new bridge which is quite impressive. There are no known construction issues or detours that we know of at this time. For directions click this link (you must be logged in.)
Since attendance has decreased from the 40 or so in years past, we will forgo the expense of a porta potty. However, we will still have cheap abrasive toilet paper in the guest bathroom.
We have ample room inside for those wimps (including Karen and Mark) wishing to setup cots etc. in the basement. Although some beds are already spoken for, there are a few still open. These are singles. Couches and cots available also. Let us know if you need to reserve a spot. There is a bathroom downstairs.
You may arrive at anytime after 1:00 on Friday. Most of you know the dogs. McKenzie still requires a written statement of your intentions, but she has agreed to pass on the certified copy of birth certificates, hall passes, and police records this year. Maggie pretty much just wants nonstop petting. They absolutely hate running as it kicks in some sort of chase instinct. Maggie is the black dog. McKenzie is the black/white dog. Although they’ve been good for the most part, we’ll likely keep them on leashes just in case one of them develops an attitude with a larger group. If it’s not too hot, all are invited to accompany us on a morning walk although McKenzie has slowed down considerably. Maggie is still 11 going on 5. We have new nicknames for them. Maggie is now known as stinkwad. McKenzie is now “her royal smelliness”. I will wash them before the weekend; but, they have been experts at taking approximately 1 minute to “reload”.
Mark will provide omelets along with your choice of witty, politically incorrect, inappropriate, or generally disgusting remarks at no charge on Sunday Morning. There should be a pancake station also. Breakfast is chef’s choice on Saturday morning which is code for whatever Mark feels like doing.
You can sign up to bring items for Saturday/Sunday breakfast or general supplies. Phill is going to get a version online. We appreciate the donations, but don’t feel obligated. The important piece is to know what essential items are missing so we can fill in the blanks. (for example, we don’t really want to run out of essentials such as tp or beer, or chips, or beer, or cookies, or beer) If you sign up for something and can’t attend, please let us know prior to the campout or arrange for another person to bring the item. If you don’t know what to bring, call Karen at 715-248-3818 (or 612-867-0143 Mark’s cell - better choice). Email . Keep the 715-248-3818 number handy for emergencies as cell phone service can be spotty.
Although we now have garbage pickup at the lake, we appreciate any help in taking trash and/or recyclables when you leave. It can become a rather large pile. Everything is double bagged. Thanks. Everyone has been super about this in the past.
GRILL, ICE, ETC.
Please have the necessary ice, coolers, food, beverages etc. It’s helpful if you bring your own utensils, needed cookware, bug spray, etc. We will supply several coolers filled with beer and water for use by all. We don’t do pop. Bring what you need in that department. There is a refrigerator/freezer in the garage for the use of all. There will be a table available for general goodies for the group. Veggies are certainly welcome, but we’d rather feel guilty about what we eat on this weekend. Still, anyone bringing kale chips will be subject to severe penalties. Every year we are honored with something left behind and unclaimed. Sometimes it’s something we really like. I have several good knives due to someone’s courtesy or forgetfulness. Again, feel motivated to up the ante! We have been suggesting someone leave a Rolex now for several years. Last time we suggested Swarovski crystals or $100 bills (new design only)? Since you are all smart and no one has fallen for that option, let’s go for broke this year and suggest a genuine Picasso. Original Rembrandt’s also accepted. And, of course, always feel free to forget dove chocolates.
The waterline remains high but has been up and down depending on the weather. The wildflower restoration is really blooming at the moment but may be drab by mid August. We may have added a new spinner or two since you were last here.
We will have several large tubes and other water toys available. The float is out. Bring a suit if you are so inclined. There are two paddle boats, (one with a sun cover), and a beat up canoe. The water has been quite comfortable and clean although by mid August dog days may be setting in. The most important aspect is to relax and have an enjoyable weekend.
Friday Night Fish Fry
We are planning on going to Friendly’s Bar and Grill in Star Prairie at 7:00 on Friday. Many of you have been there before. If not, it’s a small local bar with cheap tap beer including Wisconsin’s claim to fame, spotted cow. It’s located on the main drag. They have a fish fry (even frog legs although they’ve been having trouble finding a source) which is usually good along with fine burgers, general bar food, and probably even a vegetarian offering. We will likely make reservations for 15-20. However, it’s really nice to have a more accurate count. It is Mark’s treat, so take this opportunity to watch the moths fly out of his wallet.
As this will be the last lake overnighter due to Karen’s health issues, we hope to see you in August.
Mark and Karen
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The ideal location has food, drink, and a big TV for us to see the show all the better, and we've found the place. We'll meet at 6:30PM at the Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery. You might remember that location as the first stop on our 2017 Journey to Babble.
The main dining room has 35 seats, the side room another 20 or so. The first 35 to sign up get to sit in the main dining room, so don't delay!! Please don't arrive early in the hopes of scoring a location in the dining room, we don't have the room until 6:30.
Journey to Babble 3 - The Search for Snacks was our latest trip through the Twin Towns looking for good food and fun. In the past the trip has been from brewery to brewery, but this time I planned a more varied trip. We started after the May 13th meeting in Mounds View and made three stops.
First was Town Hall Brewpub in Minneapolis right near Seven Corners. This place has both outdoor and indoor seating; the staff went all out to get us our table for 20 inside and take good care of us. The beers were house-made and tasty, and the food menu will certainly send us back there. Both our server and the chef were great people, welcoming and friendly, and I dropped a note of thanks to the managers. I got back a personal note from one of the co-founders who was grateful for the positive feedback, and confirmed the menu is here to stay, at least for the season.
Second was Tattersall Distillery, our very first non-brewery stop on our Journeys. They distill their own liquors and aperitifs, all tasty and all very old-school classic. The place was hoppin' busy on a nice day like we had. I don't know about you but I could have stayed for another round.
Finally was Can Can Wonderland - a mix of drinks, ice cream, artist-designed mini golf, and a lot of classic treasures like 30-40 year old pinball machines and everything from Gramma's living room. Hard to describe, but a nice long evening of food and fun.
The folks I've talked to afterwards liked the variety and the locations. The Nokomis will certainly do this again on the next year's calendar. I'm not the only one who can plan these things either - if you have ideas for a 3-4 stop tour of food, drink, and fun then please get it on the calendar! We can even do more than one each year.
You might notice we have SOME photos of Nokomis folks, and some of these are stock shots from the various locations' web sites. Send any photos you'd like to share to Phill and we'll get them into the photo gallery. Click the photos to enlarge or start the slide show.