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‘There are limited things to do in Fargo during the winter.’ At least, that is the sentiment that Bobbi Jo and Todd Cody are trying to disprove. On March 10, they will be hosting a new affair, Red Silobration Retreat. To learn more, we met with Bobbi Jo to discuss the details of the upcoming event.
About Bobbi Jo Cody
Originally from Lisbon, N.D., Bobbi Jo Cody owns The Red Silo, located on Broadway in Downtown Fargo with her husband, Todd Cody. This local entrepreneur likes to keep busy because by day, she is also an elementary school teacher at Fargo Public Schools.
Retreat Preview: March 10
Q. When and where is the event going to take place?
A. The date of the Red Silobration Retreat is Saturday, March 10. The doors will open at 8:30 a.m. and close at 2:30 p.m. for this daylong event. It will take place at the Fargo Civic Center. You may visit silobration.theredsilo.com for information on free weekend parking in Downtown Fargo.
Q. What can you tell us about the event?
A. I want to give folks the opportunity to get pepped up for spring after the long winter. My vision is to provide guests with a day filled with self-compassion, wellness, and lots of laughter. We will have shopping, a fashion show and delicious food included in the ticket price, along with keynote Rebecca Undem, an inspirational speaker and author of the book “How Mommy Got Her Groove Back.”
The daylong event will include demonstrations by Megan Lewis, of Milk Made Cheese Platters, Thunder Coffee will show us how to do a better brew at home and Deb Moen of To the Core will ask for volunteers from the crowd to share the art of wellness drumming. Lacy Guck, a local singer-songwriter will entertain with live music during lunch. AJ Robert and Charmed Boutique will give us a sneak peek of their spring lines with a fashion show. Many vendors will be available for home décor, wellness, gardening, clothing and much more to shop for!
Much too often we say we need a day out with friends, but time rarely allows this to happen. This is the perfect opportunity to put yourself and friends first. Our guests will be sure to enjoy all these activities while sipping on a coffee or cocktail.
Q. When did you first come up with the idea for the event?
A. Honestly, it was over my winter break from teaching. I had a few days off and when things get quiet, my creative juices start to flow. I wanted to host a positive event that would make others feel good. I told myself, ‘I’m going to do this. It’s going to be great.’ Then it just took off. Some people might call me crazy, but here we are.
Q. Why the Fargo Civic Center?
A. What attracted me to the Fargo Civic Center was that it’s close to our store. I love Downtown Fargo, and there aren’t a lot of options for venues for an event this size. We’ll have about 750 tickets for sale. We didn’t want anything too big, but not too small either. We want to make sure everybody has a good experience and can move around, park and get through lines quickly.
Q. How much are tickets?
A. We have a VIP seating area, which will be on the floor level at tables. VIP tickets are $68 and include a meal, book, and swag bag with some fun goodies in it. We also have general admission tickets which is stadium seating around the Civic Center. General Admission tickets are $48 and include a meal. Tickets are available by calling the Fargo Civic Center at 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting ticketmaster.com. You can also purchase your tickets at the Civic Auditorium office between noon and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.
Q. Is there a ticket that allows you to just come in and walk the floor?
A. No, but each of the event vendors involved is going to have a ticket available to win. You can see the list of vendors on our website silobration.theredsilo.com. Follow the vendors on their social media spaces for your chance to win a ticket.
Q. How did you go about Rebecca Undem as your speaker?
A. Rebecca was highly recommended by several friends. She offers her fans online group coaching, a blog and of course, her book. I gave her a call and she was excited to learn about our retreat. I felt her enthusiasm and knew she was the perfect fit. She is actually living in the town I was born in, which was also a sign. We grew up in the same kind of small town/farming communities. We are so grateful to have her joining us.
Q. What have you been doing to prepare for the event?
A. I’ve been fortunate to have had many vendor experiences myself. I have gotten to be friends with people who are in Pride of Dakota, members of the Red River Market and the local art community. It has just been a matter of lots of calling and emails. It has been wonderful to reconnect with many friends that I haven’t talked to in a while.
Q. I’ve been trying to figure out how you managed to put all of this together on top of being an elementary school teacher. How is that even possible?
A. There’s a lot of calls between four and five o’clock and on the weekend. We get emails back and forth whenever we can. I enjoy organizing and planning, so it’s been fun. It just feels like I’ve been blessed. I haven’t had any bumps in the road, knock on wood.
The Red Silo
12 Broadway N Fargo
March 10 from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.