I’ll admit it. Once the streamers from New Year’s Eve are swept away and the champagne flutes washed, the upcoming months of winter can be tough, especially if you aren’t involved in the many outdoor activities around here such as ice fishing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, or mountain biking (“fat bikes” are making this a popular past time). Crosslake offers the usual activities in which to participate this month: Poker on Mondays at Moonlite Bay, Meat Raffles on Tuesdays at the American Legion, Wednesdays at Moonlite Bay, Thursdays in Fifty Lakes, and Friday at the Legion (that’s FOUR opportunities to win food!), Trivia on Fridays at Moonlite Bay, Brunch and Bingo on Saturday at Manhattan Beach Lodge and bingo at the Legion on Saturdays as well. We also have a movie theater in Jenkins, and you can catch a live hockey game in Breezy Point. The Brainerd Jaycees will host their annual ice fishing contest on January 22nd on the Gull Chain of Lakes.
You undoubtedly have some New Year’s resolutions in mind. Here are a couple of challenges in case you decide to let the year play out, come what may. Pick a favorite charity and donate, either a certain amount of money, or your time, or both. There is so much you can do, from working with Habitat for Humanity, to volunteering to do Meals on Wheels, to working with youth in schools or other programs. Another challenge I’d like to give you goes all the way back to my own mother who schooled me on the necessity of “mad money.” It’s cash on hand that you stash away somewhere – not a lot, just enough to dash off for some unplanned adventure or hand to the nice person who helped you shovel your sidewalk or delivered a package. If you haven’t started a mad money cache yet, 2022 is your year.
We at WhitefishChain.com wish you the happiest of New Years! We hope that the year ahead will bring HEALTH, HAPPINESS, and PEACE. We hope that none of your flights get cancelled, or events postponed, or businesses shut down. We hope for an uplifting headline here and there, for more time with precious family and friends, and that spring comes early. Hang on, because the Crosslake Winterfest is on deck for the first weekend in February, a short five weeks from now.