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2014: A Dreamy New Year Workshop Hosted by Toni McLellan

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2014: A Dreamy New Year Workshop Hosted by Toni McLellan

Dreamy New Year 2014 Vision Board Workshop

We are absolutely PUMPED about 2014 after participating in the Dreamy New Year Workshop hosted by Toni McLellan Coaching.  It was a really fun exercise and it was perfect timing because it is a NEW YEAR, and we are eager to make this year even MO BETTA' than the last. Toni started off the workshop with a brief intro about herself and sharing her tried and true methods for setting goals. Then, she turned the tables on the group to share more about themselves. We went around in a circle, spilling our dreams and aspirations, as well as our personal struggles. It was inspiring and comforting to hear everyone share openly to complete strangers. At the end of the sharing, Toni brought us over to the tables filled with vision board goodies. She brought everything from magazines, scissors, decorating materials and glue.

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We each grabbed a blank board and began to clip pictures or text that we wanted to paste to our vision boards. Toni encouraged us to choose a word and a color to start.

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After a little while, we posed for a picture with our visions for our fresh New Year. Excited to see it unfold. :)

Completed Vision Boards

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It was a Picture Perfect Holiday Boutique

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It was a Picture Perfect Holiday Boutique

Picture Perfect Holiday Boutique Event

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. It was SO COLD outside, but we got to get up close and personal with BlueCopper Photography for the Picture Perfect Holiday Photo & Gift Boutique. The owner, Stephanie (shown below flashing the PEACE sign--Woodstock, eh?), set-up her photo studio in the Back Room at Mixin Mingle.

BlueCopper Photography

One-by-one, families entered the back room for their appointment to claim an UNBELIEVABLE deal on 5 digital photos for $25. Not a bad idea to convert the space into a photo studio, huh? Yes, those little cuties are twins.

BlueCopper Photo Shoot

Many people also found great gifts in the shopping boutique organized by Michelle Rentschler with GirlzJust WannaHave FunEvents. If you haven't met Michelle yet, we want you to get to know her a little better. She hosts one-day-only retail shopping events that are open-to-the public approximately once a month at Mixin Mingle. These events feature local and independent representatives who offer products from well-known and newer brands, crafts from local makers, and products/services from area businesses. Her next endeavor will be held on the same night as Girls Night Out in Woodstock, IL (formerly called Ladies Night in Woodstock) on Thursday Dec. 5, 2013 from 5-10pm. All are welcome to attend, admission is FREE, and so is the fun. This is the one night a year where gobs of lovely women completely take over the Woodstock Square and enjoy fabulous deals from local businesses. Check out the Downtown Woodstock Collaboration community page on Facebook for this and many other great events in Woodstock.

We hope to see you there!

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A Place to Shine Songwriters Mingle with a Big Friday Night Crowd

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A Place to Shine Songwriters Mingle with a Big Friday Night Crowd

A Place to Shine Music Showcase

Songwriters Friday night saw the fall season's first really chilly evening on the Woodstock Square, but a crowd of music lovers were cozy and warm with us at Mixin Mingle where A Place to Shine Music presented their first Songwriters' Showcase.

Half a dozen really talented songwriters from surrounding communities performed their songs and had the house clapping and foot tapping for a couple of hours, while the wind whipped outside. The audience sang along or just enjoyed the performers, and some new friendships were forged as the music heated up and people relaxed and mingled. The tantalizing smell and taste of Jaci's Cookies helped set the mood and really enhanced the complimentary coffee and tea served by Mixin Mingle.

Singer Steve Sebby of Crystal Lake

Alison Joy and Partner Daniel, of Elgin

Songwriters' showcase is hosted and presented by Cassandra Vohs-Demann, owner of A Place to Shine Music on Dean St. in Woodstock. A professional musician, vocalist, teacher, and songwriter, this woman of many talents believes artists should have a place to perform, and audiences should be able to enjoy live music affordably and locally. (Left, Steve Sebby of Crystal Lake)

If you missed last night's showcase, mark your calendar for the third Friday of each month and join us at 7:30 on November 15. We guarantee you'll have a great time, even if it's snowing. These performers enjoyed tuning up before the show. (from the left, Tim Merkel, Will Kruger, Sandie Gronert Kindschy)

Hey! If you aren't keeping up with our events calendar, you are missing terrific opportunities to get out and have a great time! (Last photo, Alison Joy and partner Daniel Bieri, of Elgin. They're known as Rune. Not pictured, Serena Isabelli)

Thanks to Tammy's Pizza in Spring Grove for sponsoring Songwriters' Spotlight.

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Mother's Day Brunch Buffet

The day was Sunday, May 12, 2013: family & friends gathered on the square to celebrate a Mother's Day Brunch Buffet catered by Now We're Cookin of Woodstock, IL. This was the first event of its kind at our space and we couldn't have been happier with the turnout. The menu and set-up was fabulous, and we were even serenaded by local musician Andrew Sedlak. A pop-up style food event coupled with entertainment is just one type of event we could have ever hoped to have imagined here. Here's to many more to come! Brunch4

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Open Jam Night

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Open Jam Night

Open Jam

It's Sunday evening, the weather is good, the music is playing. Woodstock, IL has some talented musicians who come together for impromptu open jams. The hard part is finding a neutral location to set-up and just jam with friends for a few hours. This is one of the reasons we opened Mixin Mingle - so that groups could have a place to do their thing, their way. So far, so good. Welcome!!! :)

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