Norway’s Syttende Mai, Constitution Day

May 17 is Norway’s Syttende Mai, Constitution Day, to celebrate Norway’s independence from Sweden. It is a national holiday where everyone wears bunads and waves Norwegian flags in parades across the nation. Many Sons of Norway groups in the U.S. also celebrate with special foods and activities. I’m hoping to find a lutefisk dinner this […]

Cold Spring Historical Society and Library Event

Cold Spring Historical Society and Library Event

On March 8, 2023, I presented a program at Cold Spring, Minnesota, sponsored by the Cold Spring Library and Historical Society. My topic? The Rocky Mountain Locust Plagues of the 1870s. I stumbled upon this most interesting chapter of history while researching ABERCROMBIE TRAIL and POMME DE TERRE. It felt natural to continue this series […]

Writer’s Retreat with Candace Simar

Candace Simar Writing Retreat

About a dozen writer friends and I spent a delightful three days at the Baymont Inn in Baxter, MN. We accomplished our objective of encouraging each other and breaking up the winter doldrums. Represented were mystery writers, historical novelists, non-fiction writers, travel writers, journalists, poets, and children’s book writers. We each brought 3-5 pages to […]

Opening Day at Fort Abercrombie Historical Site

Grassy Hill with Forest Below

I’m invited to Fort Abercrombie’s opening day for their 2023 season. It’s always fun with Civil War reenactors drilling and firing the cannon. Fort historians offer golf-cart tours for a small fee. The museum is filled with artifacts of the six-week siege in 1862. The history comes alive. Opening day is an excellent time to […]

Fort Abercrombie Historical Site Books

American Flag

Fort Abercrombie is one of my happy places. The historical site is a North Dakota treasure with its rich history and natural beauty. My great grandfather drove the stage to the fort in the 1860’s, and inspired the Abercrombie Trail Series. It’s hard to believe the peaceful spot was once a battlefield between the U.S. […]

Pencil to Paper 2023: Write Your Way Through Winter

Pencil to Paper 2023

Pencil to Paper: Write Your Way Through Winter! With award winning author Candace Simar  We are excited to offer our third annual Pencil to Paper, a four week writing series. Give yourself the gift of writing with this casual, fun and supportive group. Advance your writing skills and connect with other writers.   Thursdays, Noon […]

Pencil to Paper: Write Your Way Through the Winter Doldrums 2022!

Pencil to Paper: Write Your Way Through the Winter Doldrums 2022! With award winning author Candace Simar. After a successful 2021 Pencil to Paper, we are excited to again offer an 8 week series to move you forward in your writing, improve your writing skills and connect with a group of other writers. PLUS extras, […]

My latest Short Stories and the Grasshopper Plague of Minnesota

Today I gave a zoom presentation for the Friends of the Brainerd Library about the two new anthologies in which I have stories. I read from GRASSHOPPERS FOR SUPPER in Why Cows Need Cowboys and mentioned the Grasshopper Chapel in Cold Spring. I thought to post the photos plus the book cover of Harvest of […]

National Anthology Book Signing

Author Candace Simar Included in National Anthology Book Signing December 14 at Cattales Books Award-winning Pequot Lakes author celebrates her story, “Berserker on the Prairie,” included in Five Star Cengage’s anthology titled “The Spoilt Quilt and Other Frontier Stories,” edited by Hazel Rumney. The book includes other stories by Sandra Dallas, Larry D. Sweazy, Matthew […]

Author Candace Simar Visits Fort Abercrombie

Candace Simar and The Soukup Twins at Fort Abercrombie

On Sunday, August 12, Fort Abercrombie helped me celebrate the release of my new book, Escape to Fort Abercrombie. Publicist and Agent, Krista Soukup from Blue Cottage Agency did a great job in promoting the event and taking photographs. Leah and Rebekah Soukup dressed up like Laura Ingalls and acted as greeters. Former classmates Perry […]

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