Spooky Cemetery Trees

Trees in a cemetery normally provide a calming and peaceful effect for visitors and passersby. But around Halloween, they take on a spookier air—casting eerie shadows, swaying and creaking in the wind, and providing plenty of fuel for the imagination as the sun sets.

Being a bit of a chicken, the whole idea of going into a cemetery on Halloween gives me the creepers. Especially if there are any remotely spooky-looking trees around. So here’s a few places you won’t find me tomorrow night.

Photo Credit: Tracy O (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)], via Flickr

Photo Credit: Tracy O (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)], via Flickr

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Photo Credit: Katherine Owens (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Photo Credit: Katherine Owens (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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And the foggy path for the win!

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If you’re a little braver than me—or if you’re looking for a good scare—head on into the nearest well-treed cemetery. We’d love to see your pics on Instagram. Tag us @arbordayfoundation.

Oktoberfest: Raise Your Stein at Arbor Day Farm

Like many other Midwesterners, I have some strong German roots. Do I own a pair of lederhosen? No. But I grew up eating sausage with sauerkraut, helping my grandma make apfel kuchen, and learning German words here and there. And I also happen to love Oktoberfest.

Really, though, who doesn’t? A traditional celebration of beer…complete with tasty food. Yes, please!

Oktoberfest1This Sunday (October 11), we’ll be hosting Oktoberfest in the historic barns at Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City. It’s your opportunity to taste some authentic German foods courtesy of Chef Thomas, dance to polka music from the Jim Bochnicek Trio, and play horseshoes and other yard games.

As for the beer, there will be plenty of local, domestic, and international options on hand:

  • Lucky Bucket Oktoberfest
  • Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen
  • Woodchuck Hard Cider Amber
  • Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat
  • Blue Moon Caramel Apple Spiced Ale
  • Samuel Adams Octoberfest
  • Ploughshare Wohlleben Oktoberfest
  • Warsteiner Pilsner
  • Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen

Oktoberfest2The festival will run 2:00–7:00 p.m. on October 11. There’s a $5 cover charge (waived for Otoe County residents), and food and beer tickets will be available for purchase onsite.

So grab your alpine hat and head on over. Prost!

Lied Lodge & Conference Center: A Fresh Face

Lied Lodge & Conference CenterAfter more than two decades of inspiring guests from around the world and sharing with them a passion for trees, conservation, and environmental stewardship, Lied Lodge & Conference Center was due for an update. Thanks to a shared vision with our long-time partners at Wyndham Vacation Ownership, we began a $9 million renovation project last year.

No corner was left unturned. Guest rooms, hallways, conference rooms, The Timber Dining Room, the lobby, the spa . . . it was all remodeled with granite, custom tile, and all-new, specially designed furniture and carpet. Even the Olympic-sized pool got a fresh coat of paint!

Lied Lodge Guest RoomOur friends at Wyndham Vacation Ownership asked their construction partners to join them in generously donating time, material, and professional services to help us refurbish Lied Lodge from top to bottom. They also introduced us to Elements Hospitality, a long-time Wyndham partner that coordinated this massive undertaking.

It was a labor of love for all involved, and we can’t wait for you to experience it for yourself! Check out the photo gallery to see the complete renovation.