December 6: the Hot Club

Tonight: Papa John Kolstad and the Hot Club of East Lake
Time: 9:00 pm

Blimey! That was a bit of chill this morning, wasn’t it? But we’ve got just what you need to warm up and enjoy your late autumn / early winter days: pub food and pints!


This evening we’ve got one of our favorite acts: Papa John Kolstad and the Hot Club of East Lake! These cats can lay down the tunes. Beautiful energy. They really are a class act and perfect for a Saturday evening. Music starts about 9:00 pm.

See you tonight!

Birsds & Beers, December 11

Sharon Stiteler, who many of you know as the Birdchick, has announced that the next Birds & Beers gathering will be held at Merlins on Thursday, December 11, at 6:00 pm. Birds & Beers is an informal gathering of birders of all ages. If you’re a hardcore lister or a casual backyard birder or someone who just wants to know what this whole birding thing is about, then you’re invited.

Join ‘em and join us!

Knit Night, December 12

It seems a curious sight, but it’s an absolute blast. Knitters from the Twin Cities gather here at Merlins every month to trade stories, further their skills, and, all in all, take down a few pints. We love ‘em dearly.

For those interested in learning more or perhaps joining them, they’ll be here Friday, December 12 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. In the meantime, check out It’s a wonderful resource for knitting and a well-done website. Look for the Crafty in Minnesota participants. Another site you might explore is, where you can find a good number of Minnesotans posting their handmade work for sale.

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