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Presentation with Pride...

November, 2012
In This Issue
You Can't Avoid Them
Things to Plan This Season
The History of Stuffing
Season Cocktails
Local Happenings
Small Business Saturday

10th Annual Toy Party and Silent Auction

Take the Tour and Taste the Wine

Garden Lights Holiday Nights

Larry, Carols and Mo

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2012 will be one for the books.  This is a great country with great complexities.  There is no way I would say that it didn't matter who won the election because the direction of the country is dependent on so much.  So many, though, are SO GLAD it's over!

With so much disagreement and stress the past few months, arguing with your family and friends, sharing and commenting on social media posts, watching the news, interviews and shows, bearing advertisements on the television and the radio, it's no wonder the ice of patience is thin.  And then there's the exit polls, opinions, commentary and speculation.

Am I sharing political views?  Absolutely not!  The reason I'm mentioning any of this is I want you to join me in expressing Thanks.  We should all be thankful that we reside in the greatest country in the world; thankful that we had the opportunity to exercise our right to vote and make a difference; thankful that we can freely voice an opinion. 

Times may be tough for many of us, very difficult for some.  But we can be thankful for another breath; thankful for people that matter in our worlds; thankful for the ability to think, plan and possibly dream. 

As the holidays approach, some may have difficulties seeing the greatness of their lives.  Some reflect on loved ones lost or a rough year.  Reach out!  Share, encourage and support!  Everyone has something they should be thankful for.  Let's all help each other see and appreciate what that is!


Here They Come!     

It's that time of the year, again... already!  The holidays are back.  And here comes the family!  The regulars, the newly added members, the adored and those that, well, raise the blood pressure.

The nation has just gone through an extremely stressful time.  This was one of the most difficult elections in decades.  Whether your candidate won or lost, the race is over.  Everyone thought they'd get the chance to breath a sigh of relief!  But you turn your head, and look.  There they are.  Holidays!  And with holidays come... family!!  How will you make it?  By having fun...
Things to Plan This Season
Last month, we referenced Social Season.  Well, here we are, smack dab in the middle of it!  Corporate functions, fundraisers, planning and scheduling meetings, awards banquets and more started back in early September.  There are countless holiday events, concerts, dinners, parties and activities still to come. 

Well, as a planner, I can tell you the easiest way to avoid stress is to have, yes I'm gonna say it...  Have a plan.  It certainly contributes to the flawless events I coordinate.  What?  I plan events to flow... effortlessly.  But a detailed plan will work in everyday circumstances.

The first thing you need to do is get a calendar in front of you.  Whether it's online, in a book or on the wall you'll need a great calendar.  Why? 
Did You Know...
Stuffed Turkey
The History of Stuffing / Pete Desrochers /
Did you ever wonder who came up with the bright idea of stuffing a bird when baking it in the oven?  I can't say that I had.  Each year, folks shop for the ingredients that make up their secret family recipes and get to filling the cavity of their holiday bird.

Stuffing, also called dressing, can be made from breads, vegetables, egg and spices.  Great stuffing adds nuts, fruits and other meats like sausage or oysters. 

The earliest known mention of stuffing can be found in the Roman Apicius '"De Re Coquinaria" cookbook.  Historians argue that because of the language of this book, many of the recipes referenced the wide variety of stuffing used ...
Thanksgiving Cocktails
The Cranberry-Spice Cocktail is a great way to welcome guests to your holiday dinner.  There are a few 'interesting' ingredients, but it cerainly will compliment your function and give your guests something to talk about and enjoy. 

  • 1 orange wedge
  • 13 cranberries (yes, 13)  
  • Three 1-inch pieces crystallized ginger- 2 minced and 1 whole  
  • 2 ounces Aperol
  • 1 ounce Lillet Blanc
  • Ice
  • 4 ounces hard cider
  • 4 dashes Cranberry-Anise Bitters or Peychaud's bitters  


  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the orange wedge with 10 of the cranberries and the minced ginger.  
  2. Add the Aperol, Lillet Blanc, bitters and ice.  
  3. Shake well.  
  4. Double-strain the drink into an ice-filled Collins glass and top off with the hard cider.  
  5. Garnish with the 3 remaining cranberries and the slice of ginger skewered on a toothpick.  

*Cocktail recipe provided by    

Karla Kreitner
Senior Event Planner
Kardon Events