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Time to rethink the standard bar sink

Treat this as a focal point of your food and beverage staging area.

Q: Dear Ed: I’m planning an extensive kitchen remodel. I want a kitchen island with a bar sink and plan to include this feature with our new kitchen. What bar sink features can you suggest to help me find my perfect island sink? — Mary, Wisconsin

A: With kitchen island sinks, I can tell you that the good old fashioned bar sink has basically evolved into a staging area for food and beverages rather than an actual work station.

With this in mind, I suggest you think of your island sink as a focal point in your kitchen, and you take advantage of new bar sink design features.

Three categories to explore are:

Material choices. Cast iron and acrylic are now popular material choices, as well as stainless steel.
Shapes and mounting. Under-mount bar sinks with rounded shapes can make a dramatic visual statement.
Finally, faucets and accessories. High-end faucets and custom cutting boards also help keep a new island sink on the cutting edge of the latest design trends.

Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande hosts TV and Internet shows. Visit www.eddelgrande.com or write eadelg@cs.com. Always consult local contractors and codes.

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Blissfully bling-free weddings

It’s more fun going to weddings these days.

Sure, it was always supposed to be fun, but the big, lavish, formal weddings that were once requisite, often seemed tedious for a lot of the guests.

Everyone attending was dressed in their Sunday-most-uncomfortable-best clothes and shoes, sitting through the long church service pondering on whether their feet had grown fatter or their shoes had shrunk.

Then there was a needlessly long break until the meal and music started, leaving people wandering aimlessly or deciding whether to dash out to a McDonalds to get something to hold them over.

The dinners could often be a marathon of long, gushing speeches about the bride and groom by everyone in the wedding party, parents and random aunts and uncles who were already liquored up enough to grab the mic. There were often “wedding favors” on the tables for guests to take home. Some froufrou knickknack people weren’t sure what they’d do with.

Then, only after the heavy meal was finally served and finished, could people begin to relax and visit with some music playing.

A lot of the weddings today are a more relaxed, less formal and more pleasant affair for everyone involved.

Not to mention cheaper. Pared-down food service, a DJ and fewer lavish flowers and decor can save the couple and their parents serious cash.

We all hear news stories of the average cost of a wedding now closing in on $36,000. That’s never been the case for most Minnesotans who have always been pained by extravagant spending. Now with slimmed down weddings, most Minnesota nuptials are coming in at $10,000 to $15,000.

(If your beloved wants to blow a stack of money on your wedding and you don’t, here’s a piece of information you can throw at them. According to TheKnot.com‘s survey and a university survey, couples who spend more than $20,000 on their wedding were nearly four times more likely to eventually get divorced than those who spent less.)

The latest wedding trend includes going rustic. Mason jars holding wild grasses, mismatched dinnerware and old planks placed over wooden barrels are common.

It not only saves a ton of money but feels very comfortable, especially for those of us who always believed a cattle watering tank and an old wood chicken cage make perfectly fine furniture.

We went to my niece’s wedding recently. It was at a quaint barn outside of Blakeley, with the ceremony held outside in a cleared space amid a canopy of trees on the side of a bluff.

It was idyllic. Katie was lovely, Jeff at ease. Steve Kosberg, the semi-retired pastor from Hosanna, did the honors. He’s a master of officiating who has done hopeful, spiritual, humorous ceremonies for the many couples he has married, including me and my wife Rose.

The party immediately followed in the barn, with guests enjoying a line of hors d’oeuvre, drinks and a DJ.

It was just right.

Tim Krohn can be contacted at tkrohn@mankatofreepress.com or 344-6383.

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SDC presenting National Crafts & Cowboy Festival through Oct. 28

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Nakotah LaRance, Native American Hoop Dancer, will perform at the National Crafts Cowboy Festival now going at Silver Dollar City.

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There are 125 visiting craftsmen at Silver Dollar City during this year’s National Crafts Cowboy Festival. The festival, already in progress, will go through Saturday, Oct. 28.




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SDC presenting National Crafts Cowboy Festival through Oct. 28


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BRANSON, Mo. — Silver Dollar City features authentic, 1880s-style craftsmanship while celebrating the legacy and prestige of the Great American Cowboy during The National Crafts Cowboy Festival, running Wednesday, Sept. 13 to Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Branson, Missouri theme park.

More than 120 visiting craftsmen, including Best of Missouri Hands juried artists, will gather at the city during the festival joining Silver Dollar City’s 100 traditional craftsmen. Visiting craftsmen demonstrate leather working, copper color art, stone art, fiddle making, basket weaving, gourd painting and jewelry making.

The popular Wild West Show returns, featuring trick riders, eight-time World Champion Native American Hoop Dancer Nakotah LaRance, performing canines and a new marksmanship demonstration by sharpshooting champion Kala Howard, who fires at targets while riding horseback. The Wild West Show, hosted by trick roper and bullwhip artist A.J. Silver, runs through Sunday, Oct. 15.

Featured Western music acts include Western Music Association seven-time Female Performer of the Year Belinda Gail, three-time Group of the Year Miss Devon and the Outlaw, Entertainer of the Year and two-time Female Performer of the Year Kristyn Harris, plus The Malpass Brothers and The Home Rangers. The Western Barn Dance returns, giving all guests a chance to dance to a live band.

Watercolor artist and Gunsmoke star Buck Taylor shows off his and other artists’ work in Buck Taylor’s Cowboy Emporium, a cowboy art-lover’s dream, located in the Silver Dollar City Frisco Barn. Guests can enjoy cowboy-inspired crafts like saddle making, leather crafting, Native American jewelry making, antler art, moccasin crafting and turkey feather painting.

Authentic Chuck Wagon Chef Kent Rollins returns with his famous Food Network-featured cowboy cuisine, with daily demonstrations of how to cook up authentic, chuck wagon meals. Also in the Red Gold Courtyard, wild mustang trainer Fred Woehl, of the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse Burro Program Advisory Board, tames and trains rescued wild mustangs throughout October.

Harvest-time demonstrations include a mule-powered sorghum press, and food offerings include Harvest Skillets with vegetables and smoked ham, bacon-wrapped smoked turkey legs, slow-smoked prime rib and apple dumplings with homemade cinnamon ice cream.

Silver Dollar City is open Wednesdays through Sundays, Sept. 13-Oct. 28, for The National Crafts Cowboy Festival.

For more information, call (800) 831-4FUN (4386) or www.silverdollarcity.com.

The National Crafts Cowboy Festival is presented by Humana.

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A design ‘caper’ with copper

I was very excited about pairing copper handles with the soft tones of my painted cabinets, which are Pavilion Grey by Farrow and Ball. They looked stunning. But what about the fridge and the sink? And oh, yes, also the stove. Most are in stainless steel. When you start adding up the different appliances and fixtures in a kitchen that are metal, there are several. So, do you try to match them? There are copper sinks on the market that are a feature in themselves. Here I wanted the handles and the inside of the lights to offer a glimpse of glamour, and felt a copper sink or taps would be too overwhelming.

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A design ‘caper’ with copper

I was very excited about pairing copper handles with the soft tones of my painted cabinets, which are Pavilion Grey by Farrow and Ball. They looked stunning. But what about the fridge and the sink? And oh, yes, also the stove. Most are in stainless steel. When you start adding up the different appliances and fixtures in a kitchen that are metal, there are several. So, do you try to match them? There are copper sinks on the market that are a feature in themselves. Here I wanted the handles and the inside of the lights to offer a glimpse of glamour, and felt a copper sink or taps would be too overwhelming.

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A design ‘caper’ with copper

I was very excited about pairing copper handles with the soft tones of my painted cabinets, which are Pavilion Grey by Farrow and Ball. They looked stunning. But what about the fridge and the sink? And oh, yes, also the stove. Most are in stainless steel. When you start adding up the different appliances and fixtures in a kitchen that are metal, there are several. So, do you try to match them? There are copper sinks on the market that are a feature in themselves. Here I wanted the handles and the inside of the lights to offer a glimpse of glamour, and felt a copper sink or taps would be too overwhelming.

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Bevin takes too-narrow view on value of humanities

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