An evening in black and white planned at Linden Hill

‘Better With Age’ wine and beer tasting fundraiser benefits the community 

By Tina SnellStaff Writer

The seventh annual “Better With Age” wine and beer tasting fundraiser will be held on the Linden Hill grounds in Little Falls Thursday, June 27. The event benefits Horizon Health whose programs serve all of Morrison County and the surrounding communities.

It also benefits the Friends of Linden Hill, a group dedicated to the preservation of the Weyerhaeuser and Musser homes on the Mississippi River for the enjoyment of all.

The gala event begins at 5:30 p.m. with wine and beer tasting. West Side Liquor’s sommelier Jeff Anderson (a trained wine specialist) will be conducting wine classes in the Musser home’s music room. The wine and beer tasting is provided by West Side Liquors and D and D Beer Company of Little Falls and Third Street Brewhouse of Cold Spring.

Members of the “Better With Age” fundraising committee include (from left): Becky Weyer, Vicki Villebro, Tammy Jopp, Marilyn Gulden, Jen Laser, Linda Burggraff, Noonie Bolden, Sarah Fyten and Susan Paulson. Not pictured is Bonnie Bienek.

Members of the “Better With Age” fundraising committee include (from left): Becky Weyer, Vicki Villebro, Tammy Jopp, Marilyn Gulden, Jen Laser, Linda Burggraff, Noonie Bolden, Sarah Fyten and Susan Paulson. Not pictured is Bonnie Bienek.

At 7:30 p.m., dinner will be served. An entree of thinly sliced baron of beef will be accompanied by salad, potatoes and a dessert platter.

Beginning at 8 p.m., the Ramana Quintet will play, offering both dinner and dancing music.

Wine and beer will be available to purchase during dinner.

“Large paper wish lanterns may be purchased for $5 each and at 9:30 p.m., they will be lit. After making a wish, we will watch them rise and float away,” said “Better With Age” committee member Vicki Villebro.

“Better With Age” program includes both a silent auction and a live auction. Tickets for sporting events worth up to $500, wrist bands from Nickelodeon at the Mall of America in Bloomington and reflexology sessions from Solely for Better Health, owned by Aleta Wickstrom, will be some of the items on the silent auction.

Items donated to the live auction include dinner and an overnight stay at Linden Hill for up to 10 people; a biking package for four; a plane ride over Morrison County; a golfing package; a grilling package and a one-of-a kind green quartz pendant set in both white and yellow gold.

Continuing this year is the Wine Pull, a proven crowd pleaser. For $20, guests may purchase a bottle of wine, the name, type and vintage unknown.

“The buyer won’t know until the end of the evening if they purchased a $100 bottle of wine or a $10 bottle,” said Villebro.

New this year will be the opportunity to have a free digital picture taken of a guest and their family and/or friends at the event.

Everyone may tour both the Musser and Weyerhaeuser mansions and each ticket holder will receive a wine glass and charm.

As in past years, the “Better With Age” hosts and hostesses would love to see everyone dressed in black, white or black and white, but formal dress is not mandatory.

Tickets for the event are $30 in advance or $35 at the gate. The tickets are available at Ambiance@53, Lin Furniture, Linden Hill, Pine Country Bank and West Side Liquor in Little Falls; from Horizon Health in Pierz; or from any Linden Hill board member.

Sponsors of the event are Bank of the West, Pine Country Bank, West Side Liquor, Christianson Group, Will Steinke; D and D Beer Company, Third Street Brewery, Lakes Printing and Emblom Brenny Funeral Home.

For more information, contact Linden Hill at (320) 616-5580 or Horizon Health at (320) 468-6451.

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