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Beat cabin fever at Grace Lutheran Church supper: Fundraiser set for this Saturday, proceeds to benefit local charities

Cabin Fever Supper planning committee member Sonia Anderson visited with one of her former students, Beverly Hilde, during last year's event. (Submitted photo)1 / 10
Among former Grace Lutheran Church members who stopped in for last year's Cabin Fever Supper were Isle and Alice Vangerud of Fargo. Current church members Lilian Nybo and clarice Anderson were on hand to welcome them back to the church. (Submitted photo)2 / 10
Manning the dishwasher for last year's Cabin Fever Supper were Shane and Kim Renner. (Submitted photo)3 / 10
The dessert table was a popular stop at last year's Cabin Fever Supper, and is sure to be for this year's event on Saturday, Feb. 18 as well. (Submitted photo)4 / 10
Kathy Coyle (right) visited with Jim and Gerry Langemo about their mutual interest in sponsoring Haitian children during last year's Cabin Fever Supper. (Submitted photo)5 / 10
Many attendees at last year's Cabin Fever Supper stayed to enjoy a cup of coffee and a visit with friends after they had finished their meal. (Submitted photo)6 / 10
Dishing up the meal at the 2016 Cabin Fever Supper were Tom Lormis, Laurie Bowers and Kathryn Erickson. "Which dessert should I have" was a popular question among attendees. (Submitted photo)7 / 10
Though the Grace Lutheran Church Women have spearheaded the planning for the Cabin Fever Supper, last year's event actually involved volunteers of both genders, and all ages. This year's supper is set for Saturday, Feb. 18. (Submitted photo) 8 / 10
Kathy Lormis, Lois Flatau and Hailey Erickson helped cut up the many delicious desserts that were served during the 2016 Cabin Fever Supper. (Submitted photo)9 / 10
Offering "service with a smile" at last year's Cabin Fever Supper were (from left) Tom Lormis, Laurie Bowers and Kathryn Erickson. Helping out in the background were Lloyd Kiihn, Kevin Erickson and Jim Zick. (Submitted photo)10 / 10

It may have started as a joke, but the women of Grace Lutheran Church have turned their winter supper into a Detroit Lakes tradition that spans more than a decade.

When Ruby Kiihn, then president of the Grace Lutheran Church Women, first proposed that the group host a Cabin Fever Supper back in 2007, it was done with tongue firmly planted in cheek. "I said it as a joke," Kiihn recalled. "But the others all thought it was a good idea."

After all, when it's bitterly cold outside and people are stuck indoors, good food and good friends can be the perfect solution to the winter condition known as "cabin fever."

The event proved to be so successful that it became an annual tradition that flourished for half a decade, with the last one taking place in 2011.

Five years later, in 2016, the group decided to revive it, and it once again proved to be so popular that the Grace Lutheran women will be hosting another Cabin Fever Supper this Saturday, Feb. 18 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Though the church women have spearheaded the planning for the event, it will actually involve volunteers of both genders, and all ages.

"It's one of our biggest fundraisers," says event organizer Bertha Anderson, noting that the proceeds will be donated to organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club, Becker County Food Pantry, Hospice of the Red River Valley, Lakes Crisis & Resource Center, and the Becker County Caregivers. The dinner itself will include homemade lefse, meatballs and gravy, mashed potatoes, corn, coleslaw, bread, pickles and beverages, as well as "a variety of delicious desserts," she said.

"We've made lots of lefse," Anderson added, noting that church members make all of the lefse by hand. "We got that all done over a couple of Saturdays." "There will also be takeout orders available if people want to just come pick up some food and go home," she said. Tickets, which are available in advance at the church office or at the door on Saturday, can be purchased at a cost of $10 for adults and $5 for kids age 4-10; those age 3 and under eat for free. "It's a good time to come out of hibernation," Anderson joked, "and enjoy some good food and fellowship with friends."

For more information, or to purchase tickets, please call 218-847-4568 or stop in at the church office, 213 Roosevelt Ave., during regular office hours (8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday).

Also coming up

The Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary will be hosting its Polar-rific Spaghetti Dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16 at the M State cafeteria. Tickets are on sale now; Adults are $10, Ages 5-12 are $7 and ages 4 and under are free. For more information call Mark Berg at 218-849-4337 or any DL Rotarian.

Spanky's Stone Hearth will be hosting Goldschmidt Vineyards for their annual Spring Wine Pairing Dinner this Thursday, Feb. 16. Social hour & appetizers start at 6 p.m., followed by a five-course dinner starting at 7 p.m. This will be a private event and seating is limited. Cost is $100 per person. Call 218-334-3555 to reserve your spot, or email Lake Eunice Evangelical Free Church is hosting its monthly men's supper at 7 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 17. Call 218-439-3255 or 234-0151 with questions.

The Frazee Knights of Columbus, Sacred Heart Council 12581, is hosting a pancake breakfast to raise fund for the Parish of Sacred Heart Church Stain Glass Window restoration project this Sunday, Feb. 19. The fundraiser will be in the basement of Sacred Heart Church in Frazee with breakfast starting at 9 a.m. and running through 11 a.m. It will be a freewill offering event.

The Best Western Premier Lodge on Lake Detroit (1200 East Shore Drive, Detroit Lakes) will be hosting a Winter Wine Pairing Dinner on Sunday, Feb. 19 from 5 to 7 p.m., as part of Polar Fest 2017. Cost is $30 per person; reservations required at least 72 hours in advance. Call 218-847-8439 or email to reserve your spot.

Trinity Lutheran Church (1401 Madison Ave., Detroit Lakes) will be hosting a meatball dinner and silent auction on Sunday, Feb. 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the silent auction ending at 12:30 p.m. Area residents can enjoy a dinner of homemade meatballs, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, coleslaw, rolls, dessert and beverages at a cost of $9 for adults and $4.50 for youth ages 4-10 (children age 3 and under eat for free). Proceeds benefit Trinity's Children, Youth & Family Ministry. Call the church's main office at 218-847-7211 for more information.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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