Summer dreaming and thinking ahead


samsung 305 samsung 352 samsung 124 samsung 299 samsung 305 samsung 306 samsung 316 samsung 319 samsung 320 samsung 337 samsung 341samsung 299samsung 320samsung 359We had a great summer, here are some highlights of the Albert Lea Rendezvous.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I complained bitterly of the cold that first week in October.  Oh if only it were so warm now!

Our fun was outstanding

Our friends Supreme

Our food

was

oh so wonderful

 

 

 

Looking Forward to next years

 

 

Events are us!

Fort Sisseton Time Is Nearly Here


FortPrt4For us, the Chuck wagon Cook Off at Fort Sisseton is our true harbinger of Spring.  We delight in the event, in seeing friends we seldom see,friends in camping once more, and even in the hot,

At the fort
At the fort

hard joy of cooking for a crowd!  This June, head on out ya’ll.  It will be spring in South Dakota!!wagon

Our Friend Lonesome Ron


ronWe have a musical friend called Lonesome Ron.  He is the kind of fella that is always there if needed.  The kind of friend that we don’t often see, and when we do, he is just all Ron once again.  He remembers every-ones birthday (even my daughter’s!)  and sends a musical greeting of his own device.

He is kind, tall, and good.  We very much like Ron!

Ron is talented, he yodels, he sings cowboy songs, jazz, rock. he plays a bass, a guitar, a mandolin, and more than likely many more instruments.

Well all, Our Lonesome Ron has released his first CD and his having a release party this weekend.  I wish we could go, but we are at a family event that night.  But y’all  if you are in the Mankato area on March 28th, stop in, your time will be well spent!!!ron cd release

Another Spring, another June Cook Off at Fort Sisseton


We love the Fort Sisseton Historical Festival.  We love the beautiful countryside, the wonderfully restored fort, patrick wagonthe June weather.    Every spring we head just a little west for days of revisiting old friends, the Swanson’s, the Patrick’s, the McCaffre’s, and more.  The festival has lots to offer, art, militaryatfortmountain men, soldiers cowboys, wagons, , campfires, and fun.

 

Ready to judge
Ready to judge

Right about now we dust off our cook books, start practicing our biscuits and inventory our supplies.  Maybe this year y’all can come out and join us for a good time!wateratfort

Change


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Change is in the air, a positive resolution to counteract the cold!  We are once more changing our website.  (I rearrange furniture all of the time as well)  Stay posted for more changes, and take a peek at what has been done today.

Deer Hunting


Our JT has an annual hunting expedition down to Windom with his old buddy Wally. Every year he gears up, sorts through his blaze orange clothing, prepares his weapon, oils his boots, and sets off.

He always gets a deer, usually early Saturday morning. I think for him, the hunting is a combination of putting food on the table and being with like minds. Men who can get down and grubby, take naps, drink beer, talk about manly things. They have a week of fried potatoes and bacon, steaks, smoked meats, and bad movies on Wally’s ancient VCR. A week of bonding and becoming hunters, ancient providers.

This is a week that must always be!

Deer-Camp

Lost Creek Chuckwagons


 

Painting at Fort Sissaton Cook Off
Painting at Fort Sissaton Cook Off

Our Lost Creek wagon was originally built in the 1900’s; about the time Webber was being recreated as International Harvester. It spent many years as a hearty farm wagon in Iowa, hauling grain, and proving it’s sturdy worth until it was purchased by a collector and relegated to sitting quietly in a barn, collecting dust and a minimum amount of dry rot, until that day that John “JT” Hallson sighted it at an auction in Waverly Iowa. At that time, he went into partnership with Robert “Boomer” Beck, a gentleman who had previously cooked with John on the original Lost Creek Mandt wagon. The two of them immediately set to work, tearing the new wagon down to its basic framing. Over the winter and summer they worked, hammering, sawing, measuring, analyzing and painstakingly rebuilding it to the wonderful work of wagon art sitting in front of you today. Boomer has recreated much of the iron work in his Robbinsdale blacksmith shop; JT has done much of the woodworking. They completed this massive and exacting job at John’s barn in rural Minnesota. The work on the Webber continues to this day, always tweaking, always improving. The Webber, (Mountain Man) has given our team the opportunity to garner a number ofready to cook first places on the wagon trail.

JT hails out of Dassel Minnesota, and has competed in chuck wagon events around the countrytd for many years. Our new Webber Wagon, “Mountain Man “is JT’s second wagon, Our first is a Mandt, (Pretty Little Lady) rebuilt by JT with the same dedication given to the Webber. JT, a member of long standing in the Old West Society of Minnesota, spends time when not on the chuck wagon cook off trail working in his leather workshop creating pristine cowboy leather, (www.lostcreekbags.com) serving as technical advisor and supplying period correct Old West clothing and accouterments to various independent films, working with his partner, Tilly with the Mountain Man teaching school children at educational events about the history of trail drives, and totally enjoying his country life in Dassel, Minnesota.
Boomer is from Robbinsdale, Minnesota and has worked with JT for many years. He is also an old timer in the Old Westboomer Society of Minnesota. When not creating fabulous apple pies at the cook-offs, Boomer hammers out works of art in his blacksmithing shop, builds musical instruments, and enjoys his summer months zooming about the country on his Harley. Boomer is a true Renaissance man, always creating, always learning.

Tpunktillyhe crew is rounded out with JT’s partner, Tilly Evan Jones, who wishes in her heart they would always cook onpretty lady her favorite wagon the Pretty Little Lady, but still loves the Mountain Man. When not cooking Tilly indulges in her love of nature and growing things, working in not only her gardens, but as a professional gardener for others, indulging her hippy side with palm readings at expo’s private parties, and business events, performing happy marriage ceremonies, and writing for her on- line journal (www.tillyevanjones.com).
057The team is completed by Hanna Rose, who has brought her particular kindness and gentle spirit to the rascally group. Rose, along with her husband, Just Dave, fire monkey and raconteur extraordinaire;rosejustdave have traveled with Lost Creek for a good while. Rose is a fantastic cook; helping herself to a number of first places since she began, a seamstress of divine clothing and quilted wonders, and just plain nice. We love having her on our team!!

Enjoy your visit, coffees on!!

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The Ely Blueberry Festival


This July 29th we from Lost Creek Bags will be heading back up to Ely for our second annual vending experience at the Ely Blueberry Festival.

Last year for the first time we took our bags up for what was essentially a reunion, not for us, but for our product.  In 2007 JT bought the then Carlson Bags business from Whitey Carlson’s sister.  Whitey ran his business for years from the Ely area.  He passed away too early in his life, leaving behind friends and admirers all over the country.

After spending a few years perfecting his version of Whitey’s wonderful bags, JT decided to take the show on the road, with the bags, and his own special brand of leather work.
So, last year, the summer of 2010 up we went for the time of our lives.  Ely is a great destination, beautiful countryside, glorious views, and incredible people.

And the Ely Blueberry Festival absorbs all of this wonder into a packed full of fun weekend in Whiteside Park.  The town swells with over 40, 000 visitors, ready for good clean fun and a fabulous shopping foray with the 300 vendors of hand crafted wares, ranging from soap to literally nuts, crafty furniture, art, books, music, copper goods, home wares, and well of course, Lost Creek Bags.

Started in 1980 this event is known world wide and brings visitors from all over.  We spoke to people from Japan, Germany, France, Canada, England, and from nearly every state of our own USA.

The Ely Blueberry Festival runs from Friday July 29th to Sunday afternoon of July 31.

It is an event to not be missed.

Hope to see you there!

31st Annual Blueberry Art Festival

When:   Friday, Jul 29, 2011

Where:  Whiteside Park , Ely Minnesota

Description: July 29-31, 2011

 Friday, Noon to 7 pm

 Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm

Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm

No Charge

300 Exhibitors of Original Art, Handcrafted Items, Ethnic Foods.

 Stage Shows: Friday, July 29 – Chromatones at 1 pm and 3 pm

 Saturday, July 30 – Conga Se Menne at 11 am and 1:30 pm

Sunday, July 31 – Barich Brothers at 11 am and 1:30 pm

Pets are not allowed in the City Park.