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Tickle Your Taste Buds co-chairs Willma Hanson and Linda Leitheiser are two of the Grace Lutheran Church members who have been working to create homemade items to be sold at this year’s event. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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Folks at Grace Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes are wiggling their fingers, getting them all warmed up and ready for the Tickle Your Taste Buds event.

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The name may sound new, but the event itself is 11 years old, as it was once simply called the fall bazaar and bake sale.

Tickle Your Taste Buds, which runs Saturday, Nov. 23, will not only have a big spread of different kinds of homemade baked goods and crafts for sale, but will be set up in a fun style that will give shoppers the impression that they’re hopping from store to store.

“We hope that the setting will be a little different than what people have seen, with the little ‘shops’ and little ‘streets’ in between them and posters on the walls will be like signs,” said one of Tickle Your Taste Bud’s co-chair’s, Willma Hanson, who says people are excited about the creativity behind the event.

There will be “shops” of all kinds set up, including cookies, donuts, pies, candies, baked goods, hand-knit clothes for the American Doll and Barbie, wood-carving, rosemaling and lefse-making.

“They’ll be set up right there for a demonstration on making lefse,” said Hanson, “and we’ll also have some sandbakkels, rosettes and krumkake.”

Hanson and fellow co-chair Linda Leitheiser have been preparing for the event for months now, as they spent part of the summer picking berries and “preserving.”

“We’ll have baskets made up with homemade jams and jellies and also some caramel syrup,” said Leitheiser, smiling excitedly.  “You won’t believe how good that is.”

Always a popular staple at the event, kneophla soup will be served up, as well as sold by the pint or quart jars to take out.

Caramel and cinnamon rolls and coffee will be served from 8 to 11 a.m. for a cost of $2.50, before the $6 lunch special starts up, which includes soup, sandwich, a bar and a beverage.

Shoppers and diners can also get the chance to win a patchwork quilt that Hanson herself made, which will be given away for a raffle.  Tickets are $1 each.

A next-to-new shop will also be set up for the bargain shoppers.

“We’ll have some colored glassware dishes, some heavy, crystal-cut glassware and some other really neat items,” said Hanson.

Money raised from the event will go towards Grace Lutheran Missions and Ministries, which supports local charities.

Tickle Your Taste Buds goes from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Holy Rosary pie sale

People over at Holy Rosary in Detroit Lakes are also preparing for one of their biggest, tastiest fundraisers.

The 31st annual Holy Rosary pie sale is already happening, as school and church staff is currently taking orders for pumpkin and apple pies.

This is a tradition that has not changed much over the years and remains just as popular today as it ever was.

“Last year we sold 1,625 pies,” said Mary Ann Nelmark, who has been helping coordinate the event for several years.

Nelmark says between now and Tuesday, Nov. 19, pre-orders will be taken (by calling 844-1680) before countless volunteers from Holy Rosary Church, its school and the community will begin whipping up the dough.

“That Wednesday, Central Market is kind enough to let us go into their big, industrial kitchen,” said Nelmark, “and that’s when we start making 37 five-gallon buckets worth of dough for the crusts.”

Bright and early Thursday morning, volunteers, including some of the older students at Holy Rosary, begin assembling the pies.

Apple pies will be immediately frozen and ready for buyers to just pop them in the oven when they want, while the pumpkin pies will actually be baked at the church.

“It’s really a fun day because you get some of these older ladies in there who really know what they’re doing,” said Nelmark, “and to see them working with the younger people, teaching them the proper techniques on crimping and rolling and measuring and how much of the spices to use — it’s just so neat to see the different generations working together.”

Volunteers will get nearly a full day of pie making in before opening up the doors for pick up, starting Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m. for apple pies only.

Over the next two days, parishioners and volunteers will be manning the gymnasium for what typically turns out to be a constant stream of pie pick-ups.

Friday they will stay open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and again Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nelmark says while they have run out of pies in the past, she believes they’re planning enough to be able to fill everybody’s orders, as well as whipping up an additional 40 for the Holy Rosary Thanksgiving Dinner.

“Sometimes we do have to put people on a waiting list, but we’re usually able to call everybody back with some pies,” said Nelmark, who says proceeds from the pie sale go towards the school’s general education fund.

Pies are $8 each.

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