Getting in the holiday spirit

Lark will be closed on Thanksgiving Day so we can enjoy time with family. It’s a nice opportunity to catch a breath before the holiday season begins in full swing.

But it’s already beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Lark. This week, we had Heidi Rossiter from Mod Bloom in to help us decorate our window. I felt a little guilty listening to Christmas music and putting up lights before carving the turkey, but it looks beautiful.

Last year, we stood across the street at the city tree lighting in Lower Courthouse Park and looked at our dark building with our logo papered in the window. In a year’s time, we thought, we’ll be serving hot cocoa and have twinkling lights in our window. And here we are … we will start serving a variety of classic holiday cocktails starting on Jolly Jingle weekend, which is the first weekend of December.

We will also host our first Holiday Cocktail Class, which received such a positive reception that we’ve added two more sessions on the following Saturday afternoons – December 9 and 16. I can’t wait to have a Tom & Jerry at our bar. It won’t be anything like the ones at my Uncle Clarence’s farm while I was growing up (he used grain alcohol!?!)

I’m really looking forward to the Repeal Day Dinner on December 5, which will feature stories of bootlegging, speakeasies and Prohibition in Rock County by the Executive Director of the Rock County Historical Society (RCHS), Mike Reuter. Part of the proceeds will benefit RCHS and it gives people a chance to dress up like gangsters and flappers and party like it’s 1933.

Speaking of partying, we will be open on Sunday for New Year’s Eve. We plan on doing two seatings that night with a five-course dinner. We are still working out details but should be announcing something later this week.

I hope you’re getting in the holiday spirit, too. Here’s a couple good recipes for Hot Buttered Rum to get you started.  If that doesn’t work, come down to Lark and we’ll work on it together.