It's time for the annual Grand Meander! Red Balloon Bookshop is so excited to mark the occasion with all sorts of fun celebrations:
From 12:00pm - 1:30pm, discuss delicious Swedish American treats with Patrice Johnson, author of Land of 10,000 Plates and Jul: Swedish American Holiday Traditions! Test out some tasty free samples and purchase signed copies to make for the perfect holiday present.
At 2:30pm, storyteller Angela has declared that she will never read books again if she can't do a special storytime reading of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! And what perfect timing, too, because rumor has it that Red Balloon's neighbor, Salut Bar Americain, will be hosting a very special guest who's traveled all the way from the North Pole just for Grand Meander! That's right, at 3:00pm Santa himself will be at Salut! Make an afternoon of it by stopping by both stores for these Santa extravaganzas.
A beloved tradition, Grand Meander combines the charm of historic Grand Avenue and the cozy communal spirit of the holidays.
Patrice Johnson is a self-described Nordic Food Geek and meatball historian. Her weekly food and culture column appears in her hometown newspaper, and she is a cooking instructor with American Swedish Institute, Vesterheim Museum, Nordic Ware, and other venues around the region. She appears regularly on local TV, radio, and podcasts.