‘Pocketful of Sunshine’ billed as ladies’ night

SIBLEY, Iowa -- There's a strong chance of mixed precipitation on Monday, but area women shouldn't fear -- there's a "Pocketful of Sunshine" scheduled in Round Lake.

SIBLEY, Iowa - There’s a strong chance of mixed precipitation on Monday, but area women shouldn’t fear - there’s a “Pocketful of Sunshine” scheduled in Round Lake.

Billed as a ladies’ night and coordinated between three entities, “Pocketful of Sunshine” is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at Round Lake Vineyards and Winery. The event will feature food and drink, self-creation of beauty products, shopping opportunities and more. It’s the latest in a series of workshops that have offered women in the area opportunities to spend time together, have fun and perhaps even learn something new.


“It all started as ‘Let’s try something different, something new” and it’s turned into something else,” said Shalynn Anderson, who co-owns The Beach House in Sibley with her husband, Nick. “I started these workshops to have something fun to do without having to drive to Sioux Falls or Sioux City or another bigger town. There’s so much talent among small-business owners here, why don’t we utilize what we have in order to grow?”


Anderson worked part-time last winter at The Daily Apple of Worthington and with its owner, Amanda Walljasper-Tate. That led to the two of them teaming up to host their first workshop, which highlighted a variety of essential oils.

“One of the reasons I reached out to Amanda last year is we kind of think the same - we want to empower business owners to step out of their comfort zone and into a classroom setting,” Anderson said. “We’re also partnering on this workshop. ... This is the second time Amanda and I have partnered together on what she does at the Daily Apple.”

Anderson’s other workshops have focused on letter stamping, string art and cooking. There have also been kids’ workshops, which she said have been both popular and well-received. Monday’s event will feature multiple stations for attendees featuring distinct types of personal care products, as well as food provided by she and her husband’s catering business.

“There will be essential oils do-it-yourself lip gloss, do-it-yourself body scrub and succulent herb care,” Anderson listed. “That will all be included, along with dinner.”


Pre-registration is preferred for each of Anderson’s workshops, though last-minute registrations can be accepted if room for the event remains. Payment for “Pocketful of Sunshine” may be made at the Daily Apple or done via a PayPal link at

Anderson also encourages people interested in this and other workshops to follow The Beach House - which is also a member of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce - on Facebook, or request membership in the closed Facebook group Beach House Adventures.

In the meantime, Anderson looks forward to a fun-filled Monday evening that should provide at least some degree of distraction from another cold winter’s night.

“It’s the middle of January in northwest Iowa and southwest Minnesota, and we all need to be reminded of all things spring,” Anderson said. “Hence, the title.”  

Ryan McGaughey arrived in Worthington in April 2001 as sports editor of The Daily Globe, and first joined Forum Communications Co. upon his hiring as a sports reporter at The Dickinson (North Dakota) Press in November 1998. McGaughey became news editor in Worthington in November 2002 and editor in August 2006.
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