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Fall is my favorite time of year. I’m a fan of most types of weather, but the crisp outdoor air and scent from the fall foliage stir up a fantastic nostalgia for me. Maybe this nostalgia comes from growing up in the Coulee Region and raising my kids here. This is the time of apple picking, checking out the local pumpkin patches, and of course, our beloved Oktoberfest. This issue shares more reasons to love this time of year. New 2Do La Crosse contributing writer, Michael Scott, swears that fall is the best time of year to go kayak camping. Check out his experiences on page 18. Fall fundraising events are getting warmed up. One of my favorites, The Great Pumpkin Chase 5K, benefits WisCorps (Wisconsin Conservation Corps). WisCorps provides so much for our community that we can’t pass up this fantastic event! Grab your autumn gear, tuck a 2Do La Crosse in your bag, and get out there to “Discover Your City!” -Michelle Jerome

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Kids love dirt. It ’s a fact of nature, and for good reason: kids who play outside are happier and healthier, as study after study (as well as common sense) concludes. The benefits of simply playing outside are one thing, but taking it one step farther—getting kids in the garden—is even better, and there’s a new organization in La Crosse to help kids do just that. Grow Your Brain, a nonprofit started last summer, has big dreams: to cultivate a

community where children’s health and wellness are the priority. Through gardening, Grow Your Brain creates experiences for children that promote healthy food choices, encourage physical activity, and strengthen their connection to nature and the community. “We are lucky to live in an area ripe with fresh fruit and vegetables grown locally, explains Katie Berkedal, board member and grant writer for Grow Your Brain.

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Kids “Although we are surrounded by a bounty of healthy food options here, many our children still suffer from obesity, diabetes, insufficient time outdoors, and other issues associated with poor diet and inactivity.” Through hands-on lessons, taste testing, and visits to a local farm, Grow Your Brain works to reverse that trend. They have worked with local school children and volunteers to install raised garden beds at State Road School and Hamilton/SOTA I where kids can “plan a garden, plant, water, weed, harvest, and finally eat the fruit of their work during school lunch,” reports Berkedal. Peas, beans, and tomatoes grown by the children themselves have upgraded the typical school cafeteria to a bona fide gourmet experience. Grow Your Brain’s long-term goal is to expand to other schools in the area. The organization teams up with Deep Roots Community Farm to get kids even more involved in the gardening experience by providing them with trips to this beautiful local farm. Interestingly, Deep Roots’ grant-funded research has found that children who plant, weed, and harvest kale are more likely to want to eat this oncefeared, dark green super-food, and this willingness to consume fresh fruits and vegetables can have obvious health benefits. But there’s more to it than that. Ana Skemp, owner of Deep Roots Community

Farm observes: “we feel strongly that there is something very special and significant that happens when children spend time in a garden or on the farm. The experience is very soothing and grounding to them, and they leave the garden calm and happy, looking forward to the next time. In today ’s fast-paced world, there is simply not enough free time for children, especially free time outside.  Garden experiences also awaken children’s curiosity about science and the natural world.”    Of course, every organization needs funding, and Grow Your Brain will be throwing one heck of a fundraiser at the idyllic farm. On September 14, the Fall Festival



on the Farm will be an experience not to be missed. “Autumn on the farm is a beautiful time, and we thought an old fashioned outdoor festival would be very enjoyable for attendees,” explains Skemp. “It felt natural that the farm be the setting for a fundraiser to further Grow Your Brain’s mission of connecting children with gardens and the source of their food. We’ll enjoy local food and drink, live music, and fun activities all while taking in the farm’s peaceful rural setting.” Pogy ’s will cater a locally raised, smoked, pulled-pork sandwich dinner that will “be sure to fill even the hungriest of bellies,” says Berkedal. There will also be a vegetarian dinner option, a beer

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and wine tasting, yoga, cooking demonstrations, and a silent auction. Silent auction items include a weekend getaway at a lakeside cabin and a professional teeth whitening. Kids activities will include a bug identification walk led by an entomologist from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, face painting, garden art, and much more! Funds raised from the festival will “go towards garden education at State Road and Hamilton/SOTA I schools in La Crosse and farm experience programming,” explains Jamie O’Neill, Project Director for Grow Your Brain. “During farm programming, children engage in the real daily work of the farm. Next week, for example, the children will plant lettuce and spinach, weed tomatoes, harvest garlic, and cut flowers for a wedding. Programming also allows for ample time for the children to simply explore and enjoy our rural setting—watch a bee pollinate a sunflower, sit with a favorite chicken, or rest in the shade of an apple tree.”  The Fall Festival on the Farm will take place on Saturday, September 14 from 4:00-8:00pm at Deep Roots Community Farm located at W4406 County Road YY, just outside of La Crosse. Tickets are available online at Can’t make it, but wish you could? You can also donate tickets, or even sponsor the event through the website as well!

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The Great Pumpkin Chase Benefits WisCorps By Wendy Allen

For a small-ish city, La Crosse has its fair share of high quality, well-organized races that benefit not a CEO’s pocketbook, but our own local schools, festivals, and non-profit organizations. A 5K is the perfect place to start—not too long, not too short, and one can walk it and still be done in an hour.

The annual Great Pumpkin Chase is one of our most unique 5K run/ walk races. Held entirely off-road, it treks through a Hixon Forest decked out in her finest fall colors. Next to Charlie Brown’s pumpkin patch, it ’s got to be the next best place to search for the Great Pumpkin.

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But who’s behind the Chase? Some flashy, for-profit, traveling race crew that will put on an expensive event and then take our money out of the community for good? Not here. The Great Pumpkin Chase is put on by La Crosse’s own Wisconsin Conservation Corps, or WisCorps ( Executive Director Matt Brantner moved here from Vermont, where he worked for a comparable organization called the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps. That experience planted the seed of a dream to start a non-profit which would provide similar services to a new area of the country, and he already had Wisconsin in mind. Though Madison was an obvious location, Brantner couldn’t imagine basing a conservation corps in the city. “La Crosse had the natural resources right out our back door,” he says, and the city has sure benefitted. Teaming up with Willie Bittner, a trail builder by trade and now operations director, crews have revather than staying in hotels, crews camp out near their project sites, saving time, money, and fuel, as well as instilling independence and leadership skills. “Some are high school dropouts who need to attach to something positive,” says Brantner. “Some are college graduates who are looking for a resume 16


boost to get into the Fish & Wildlife or National Parks Services. They ’re all here for different reasons, but they ’re working side by side on the same crew, learning how to get along, learning from each other.” Patrick Exe started with WisCorps as a crew member in 2010 and is today a second-year crew leader. “I got experience and education hand-inhand. It ’s been an awesome journey, and it ’s gone perfectly with college, too.” After his first year with WisCorps, he decided to go into the outdoor leadership field. Exe says WisCorps is about more than doing projects. “If the youth understand why we make sure camp is picked up or why this is a more sustainable way to build trails, then they ’ll take those things with them and teach their friends and family when they go camping or hiking on their own.” He says only a couple weeks into the season, kids who didn’t know how to slice a vegetable or do their own laundry are cooking for the camp. “You can see they ’re confident and beginning to become a leader.” So how does the Great Pumpkin Chase fit in? “Well, what ’s the best way to show off your work and teach people about what you do?” asks Brantner. “Run a 5k race on the very trails that you built and maintain and improve.” WisCorps relies

Be Active on grants and project matches to do their work and pay their crews, so the Great Pumpkin Chase is both a fundraising event and an important awareness-builder for the organization. Dave Ronsman joined WisCorps as an AmeriCorps member in 2009 as a recruiter, trainer and odds-andends-man as the new non-profit was getting off the ground. He’s familiar with the trails as a runner and cross-country skier and says, “It ’s just exciting to run through the woods. To have a race where I know where the proceeds go and to know you’re creating future trails from the money that ’s raised— that ’s neat. It ’s really about getting people outside on the trails, enjoying nature, making it accessible to them.”

The Pumpkin Chase is just a small way for the La Crosse community to get involved, and knowing it keeps our money right here at home, supporting a greater mission to preserve our natural resources and give our young people important life skills is a wonderful, feel-good bonus. Run local!

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Kayaking the Refuge

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I am an avid paddler. I have spent several hours in a canoe, but most of my miles have been logged from the cockpit of a sea kayak. I have kayaked in the Pacific Northwest and Mexico and explored the rocky coast of New England and the bayous of Louisiana. I have paddled the mangroves of the Florida Keys and the fjords of Norway. Yet when you ask me where the most desired place to bring blade

to water is, the answer leaps from my throat—the Upper Mississippi Wildlife Refuge. Every year I see more and more paddlers out enjoying the Mississippi River and its backwaters. The secret is slowly leaking out. We are sitting smack dab in the middle of a paddler ’s paradise: 261 river miles bordered by steep wooded bluffs that rise 100 to 600 miles above the river valley. I have found

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Be Active adventure out there. I have found kinship with family and friends. But mostly, I have found beauty and peace. The refuge was designed as a safe haven for birds and wildlife, but it works its magic on human beings as well. I try to enjoy a paddle during every season. Yes, even winter. Conditions have been known to close that opportunity, however. The quiet of the refuge in winter is profound and it sticks with you. In spring, the glory of the refuge bursts open with the arrival of millions of migratory birds. Ducks, geese, songbirds, shore birds, raptors, and herons fill the sky. The procession is unforgettable. Summer brings the recreational

boaters and the hard-working tows. On the weekends, sand island camping areas fill up with revelers and a new kind of wildlife watching can be enjoyed. Many are extremely friendly and gregarious, and most, regrettably not all, practice leaving no trace. With the arrival of fall, the paddling season reaches its peak. The boat traffic declines, as well as the likelihood of hot and humid temperatures. The wooded bluffs erupt forth in vibrant shades of red and orange. The cool evenings enhance the campfire and wood smoke as the multitude of stars shine overhead. It ’s not recreation that happens out there; it ’s a spiritual retreat. Lately, the river has provided a

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new kind of refuge for me. It now serves as a refuge from the screens and electronics that seem to possess my children. By paddling them out to a sand island, other than a radio or I-Pad for musical accompaniment, technology is shunned and hardly missed. Out there, they swim, explore, build fires, play cards, read, and fish. They talk with my wife and me more. It ’s a time of reconnection and communion. We dub our favorite camping areas as, “Scott Spots”, and they are fondly recalled when viewed from Highway 61. I am not the first to muse on the magic of this area. Mark Twain said in an interview in 1886, “Along the Upper Mississippi, every hour



brings something new. There are crowds of odd islands, bluffs, prairies, hills, woods and villages— everything one could desire to amuse the children. Few people every think of going there, however.” They are coming, Mr. Twain. They are coming, and they will be forever changed by the spectacle of it. Michael Scott is a storyteller and outdoor enthusiast. He and his family can be seen paddling and biking the Driftless Region.

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The Old School Variety Show By Steve Hansen

What do you get when you combine an historic brothel with a bored story teller? Therapy, apparently. “I should be telling these stories to a therapist but I tell them to a room full of strangers,” said Michael Scott, creator and host of the Old School Variety Show. Free-form Style Keeps It Fun The Variety Show, true to its name, features music, storytelling, and myriad other forms of 24


entertainment. On a given night, you might see a puppeteer, a solo musician, a storyteller or two, and a band. Past entertainers include magicians, a mentalist, and an escape artist who freed himself from a straitjacket. How does Michael make all this all work together? By letting the artists do their thing. “ The structure is really loose. We don’t rehearse at all. I never ask the actors what they ’re going to do.

Arts I just tell them ‘Do what you love to do.’” Michael is not only the host and creator of the Show, but also enjoys performing, as well as the free-form nature of the show. “When I was doing plays, I enjoyed opening night and the cast party afterwards. This is opening night and the cast party at the same time.” A Great Listening Audience Fayme Rochelle and the Waxwings have performed at the Variety Show seven or eight times, she estimated. Why do they keep going back? “We love it so much! Everyone who is there is intently listening,” Fayme said. In addition, the audience shows “a real appreciation for all kinds of art.”

Begun From Boredom Michael started the show in 2007 after an evening out with friends. After looking for some after-dinner entertainment, and finding that live music started at 10 p.m. or later, the group of friends said, “We’ve got nothing to do,” and gave up for the evening. Michael, however, kept thinking of the possibilities. He was active in the Storytelling Guild, but realized that they always drew the same audience. “I wanted to have a show that featured storytelling, but not have storytelling in the title, so people would show up,” he said. Michael told musician Mike Caucutt, another frequent

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performer at the Variety Show, about the idea. His idea borrowed from entertainment of times long past, with men in their dinner jackets and ladies in their dinner dresses. Someone would recite a poem, the children might play the violin, someone else would play the piano, and someone would tell a story. But where to hold such an event? The Grand Hotel Ballroom, above the Pearl Street Ice Cream Parlor, was an obvious choice. A former brothel in La Crosse’s bustling lumber and river-port days, the Ballroom was the right size and had the right feel, fostering the theme of after-dinner entertainment. Except for a few shows at the Pump House, the Variety Show has remained at the Ballroom. The most recent show featured the youngest performer yet, Teyah Mallory, age 12. As with the “afterdinner entertainment ” theme of times past, Mike says he’ll continue having children perform. “I joke that children would be part of the performance and then would be put to bed before your uncle had too much to drink and started telling bad jokes,” he said. “I’ll be playing the part of the uncle.” This fall they return to the Ballroom with monthly productions starting in September.




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Want to volunteer with children? Need to find a place to volunteer within a few miles of your home? The new Great Rivers United Way (GRUW) Get Connected web site lets you pick and choose when and how you volunteer, all with the click of a button. Getting to Know Great River United Way “ The new site brings us to the twenty-first century,” says Jason

Larsen, GRUW Community Impact Coordinator. After you register and log in, you not only browse numerous volunteer opportunities, but you can also “track volunteer hours, set up a personal page with a photo, sign up to help with events like disaster relief,” and more, reports Larsen. The site means volunteers can pinpoint their interests and connect with specific nonprofit agencies, including receiving

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2 Volunteer email updates about events and opportunities. Great Rivers United Way serves a five county area: La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau, Vernon, and Houston (MN) in areas of health, income, and education. In 2012, over two million dollars was raised and distributed to 73 area programs. Agencies like Coulee Council on Addictions, the Parenting Place, and WAFER Food Pantry all receive funding from GRUW, but those organizations also depend on volunteers to provide maximum services. The Voice of Experience Jon Trapp has been volunteering with GRUW for over fifteen years, starting when he became a campaign volunteer in order to “make a connection to local businesses.” He believes so firmly in GRUW that he took a position on the Board of Directors, including as its chair. Trapp is amazed at the “variety within the member agencies,” specifically the diverse work they do, and finds it rewarding not only to learn about them, but about our community as well. “ Volunteering is a natural extension of giving back,” he points out. “It ’s a great way to meet people who are interested in giving back.” Vicki Gress has been a GRUW volunteer for eight years, including as Fund Distributions Chair. She says “volunteering has always been a part of my life” and appreciates GRUW because she can “learn about



the programs that are out there.” Because GRUW partners with so many agencies, says Gress, you “get a bigger picture of what the need is.” More specifically, volunteers can be put in touch with agencies with which they may not yet be familiar. “Agencies are always very appreciative of volunteers,” Gress states. It ’s as Close as a Click Using the Get Connected web site is simple. Click on the “Agencies” tab to learn more about what that organization does and the ways volunteers can assist. The “Needs” tab allows volunteers to search by zip code or special interests. Choose the “Events” tab and you’ll be directed to one-time

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events like back-to-school supplies or blood drives. Just want to browse volunteer opportunities and not receive email updates? That ’s fine, too. Using the GRUW web site is easy, fast, and a superb way to stay connected to the programs you care the most about. The site provides links to all kinds of agencies, not just those affiliated with GRUW. All nonprofit agencies and organizations are encouraged to register with Get Connected. Eventually GRUW hopes to act as a clearinghouse for volunteer spots throughout the Coulee Region. So, hurry and make your way to this outstanding web site (www. where you can find the perfect way to help out in your community. Whether you want to spend a morning every week distributing food packages, an afternoon a month stuffing envelopes, or an occasional few hours helping with various needs, GRUW will make sure you’re connected in exactly the way you want to be. Heidi Griminger Blanke, whose first volunteer job was as a candystriper in the late 1960s, thanks the thousands of volunteers in the Coulee Region for so generously giving their time.

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Volunteer Opportunities American Red Cross - Scenic Bluffs Chapter: American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Volunteers can support blood drives, train to respond to disasters, teach lifesaving First Aid/CPR classes, support our Armed Forces, assist at special events and more! 2927 Losey Blvd S, La Crosse, WI;; 877-618-6628 ext. 5822; /wi/ la-crosse Children’s Museum of La Crosse: Lend a Hand! Volunteers are an important part of the Children’s Museum team. If you are enthusiastic, reliable and fond of children, check into our current volunteer opportunities. Possible fun includes special event help, face painting, crafts and games, and much more! (608) 784-2652 x226;; Crossfire Youth Center: Crossfire seeks to transform the lives of local teens by providing safe and fun activities. Crossfire is always seeking volunteers who have a heart to serve. Volunteer opportunities include assisting in weight lifting, archery, outdoor activities, and our Friday night party alternative. 608-784-6565; amanda@; Coulee Region Humane Society: Volunteers provide care for the animals, making sure they are clean and have fresh food and water and a little one on one time. Inquire about age requirements. Because of the time involved in training, we ask that volunteers make a minimum three month commitment. Duties available include: Cleaning, dog kennel and cat kennel assistants, housekeeping and laundry, and grounds maintenance. (608) 781-4014; Coulee Wildlife Rehabilitation Center: Volunteer opportunities are limited to cleaning or to experienced wild animal handlers. (608) 483-2610 Couleecap, Inc.: Couleecap helps people in need with housing, food, transportation, and more. Volunteering is a great way to become involved with Couleecap. We often need volunteers in our food pantries and to serve on our Board of Directors or County Planning Committees. 201 Melby St., Westby, WI (Serving Crawford, La Crosse, Monroe, and Vernon counties);; EcoPark: The EcoPark’s mission is to empower individuals and communities to experience and explore healthy, vibrant, safe, and sustainable lifestyles. We depend on a team of dedicated volunteers to help with a variety of tasks including leading school groups, welcoming visitors, Gift Shop clerk, caring for the aquarium animals, helping with clerical duties, helping with special events and many other



fun tasks. You can make an important and lasting contribution to our mission by sharing your time and talents. (608) 784-0303; Great Rivers United Way: Great Rivers United Way Volunteer Center hosts an array of volunteer opportunities. Give an hour. Give a Saturday. Give your best. We all have special talents. Things we can do to help. And when we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all. There are hundreds of volunteer options available every day. Give the gift of you. Volunteer. (608) 796-1400; jlarsen@gruw. org; /volunteer-2 Grow Your Brain: There are many opportunities to volunteer with Grow Your Brain! From garden work to working with children to fun tasks like painting the shed, there’s something for many!; Hillview Urban Agriculture Center: The mission of Hillview is to create a healthy community through a local, sustainable, and accessible food system. We have volunteer opportunities in the following programs: Market Baskets, vermicomposting, various gardening tasks, hoop house construction, fundraising, grant writing, and marketing. (608) 786-0338;; The Hunger Task Force of La Crosse: The Hunger Task Force works to alleviate hunger in the Coulee Region through two programs: The Food Recovery Program and The Kane Street Community Garden. Tasks and info: Food Recovery Programdriving for deliveries, sorting, truck loading and unloading, clerical, special event duties. (608) 793-1002; Kane St. Community Garden- preparing and planting, weeding, harvesting. (608) 386-3319;; Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture:  We are dedicated to teaching people how to live more sustainably through the use of Permaculture principles and design. Critical thinking skills and hands-on practice are core to our offerings. We have volunteer opportunities in the following areas: food forest maintenance, composting, various gardening tasks, various natural building construction projects, stone work, fundraising, grant writing, videography, and marketing. (608) 6873332; with VOLUNTEER in the subject; La Crescent Animal Rescue: We are committed to being a no-kill shelter, which means we are always looking for both foster and permanent homes for the animals left in our care. At our facility, volunteer tasks available include cat and/or dog care, cleaning, clerical, and animal transportation. Must be 16 years of age. 523 S Chestnut St, La Crescent, MN. (507) 895-2066;



2 Volunteer La Crosse Area Family YMCA: Volunteering for the Y opens a window of career opportunities. Imagine being a part of one of the most respected human services organizations in the world, where your work positively influences the lives of others, apply your experience, knowledge, creativity and energy, and build your resume while discovering new talents. Opportunities include special events, Youth Sports coaching, Miracle League Baseball Buddies, Teen Center, and much more. (608) 782-9622; Y-North: 400 Mason St., Onalaska; Y-La Crosse: 1140 Main St., La Crosse; Outdoor Recreation Alliance (ORA): The Outdoor Recreation Alliance seeks to optimize world-class outdoor recreational opportunities. Volunteers are needed for various activities, including trail work. WAFER Food Pantry: WAFER food pantry serves the low-income, food insecure population throughout La Crosse and Houston Counties. In addition to volunteer opportunities during food distribution hours, WAFER offers a monthly Food Fair (usually held the 4th Saturday of the month) and Senior Share, a food package delivery program. Volunteer opportunities are available for any age and can include food packing and stocking, unloading trucks, helping during the food fair, delivery, and much more. 403 Causeway Blvd, La Crosse; 608-782-6003; waferfoodpantry@; Wisconsin Conservation Corps: WisCorps engages youth and young adults in direct conservation projects on public lands across the state. Volunteer opportunities include trail maintenance, tree planting, event assistance, and more! (608) 7822494;; YWCA of the Coulee Region: There are many different ways to get involved and volunteer with the YWCA. The YWCA believes everyone has something to contribute and receive from participation within the YWCA community, currently we are looking for volunteers to help with special events, support our adaptive swimming and gardening programs as well as coordinate activities for the women in our housing programs. 608.781.2783 ext.228;; Please let these organizations know that you saw them in 2Do La Crosse! They like to know how the word spreads. Thanks! To include a Volunteer Listing in 2Do La Crosse for your organization, email:

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Treat Yourself to Some Halloween Fun By Leah Call

On October 26, have a good time for a great cause at the third annual Boo Bash Halloween Party, which benefits the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse. This year you can also enjoy a great local brew at the Bash’s new venue, the Pearl Street Brewery on La Crosse’s north side. Take the Boowery Tour through three floors of horror, enjoy


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fabulous food, and dance to live music by T.U.G.G. Put on your best costume for a chance to win cash in the costume contest. There will be multiple categories with a $100 cash prize awarded for each category. “We are overly thrilled about the new location. This is going to enhance the scary Halloween décor,” says Boo Bash planner Ellen Sendelbach, owner of Onalaskabased Designing Events, LLC. Traditionally Pearl Street Brewery throws a Halloween party of its own to kick off the release of its Dankenstein beer. All Boo Bash attendees will receive a free bottle of the seasonal brew. When Sendelbach approached Pearl Street Brewery Sales and Marketing Administrator Tami Plourde about combining their parties, Plourde welcomed the opportunity. “We decided to join forces and mutually work toward the same goals,” she says. “ This is a really good opportunity for us to help and give back … and throw a big party, which we like

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to do as well!” Organizers expect just thata big party. In the past each event drew about 200 people. “So what we are hoping is that the combined event will mean a much larger crowd,” says Sendelbach. Affordable ticket prices$20/per person and $30/coupleshould also bring in more people to the adults-only party. Pearl Street will offer family-friendly Boowery Tours from October 27-31 for additional fundraising opportunities. “We will donate the proceeds from the Boowery tours to the Boys and Girls Clubs through our Sprouts for Kids foundation,” says Plourde, who notes that the tour is appropriate

for kids of all ages, but they must be accompanied by a parent. In past years, the Boo Bash raised between $5,000 and $8,000 dollars for the Boys and Girls Clubs. Sendelbach hopes total proceeds from this year ’s party and the tours will exceed that amount. Sendelbach sees the Bash as an opportunity to have some scary fun and learn about the Boys and Girls Clubs of La Crosse. “I don’t think many people realize all that the Boys and Girls Clubs do for our community. Sure, they have ball teams and all those great things, but they are also a safe place for kids to go after school. And we have some kids in our community 213 Main St. Onalaska

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La Crosse Public Library:Dark Tour By Michael Scott

La Crosse, Wisconsin - Sin City. At least it might have adopted that moniker from around 1850 to 1915. Our little town on the banks of the Mississippi has a sordid past and the La Crosse Public Library ’s Dark Tour is prepared to confess. The Dark Tour is a walking presentation through our historic downtown, uncovering the “dark” and seedy underbelly of our community. Murder, greed, lust, and vice of every variety will be explored on October 15th and 16th at 6:30 and 8:00pm. A tour of this kind was first considered as entertainment for visiting attendees of last year ’s Wisconsin Library Association Conference. But due to tight schedules, the idea was tabled. Library Director, Kelly KriegSigman, knowing the appeal of such a tour, didnʼt want to leave it on the table for long. The award-winning Archives Department at the Main Library, under the direction of Senior Archivist, Anita Doering, went digging for the most scandalous of stories. Yours truly was asked to develop the script. The result is a blushing, educational evening of fun for a cool, autumn evening. When steamboats chugged up and 38


down the river and lumber was king, La Crosse was home to many rough and unruly characters. Saloons dotted the landscape. Along what is now Front and Pearl Streets, numerous brothels operated to satisfy the carnal desires of young and impetuous river men. We can only speculate to the actual number due to the surreptitiousness of these businesses, but we do know that business was booming. In 1913, Ori Sorenson ran for mayor and during his campaign he claimed to have a list of 40 to 50 brothels operating within the city limits. Perhaps a vote for him meant solidarity to clean up the town or it meant he would give you a copy of the list? We can only speculate. Either way, he won the election handsomely. The murder that led to one of the most talked about trials in La Crosse history will also be presented. It was a random and brutal stabbing. The accused was the son of a prominent and respected member of the community, and the trial would become a sensation. The prosecutions opening statement lasted for nearly seven hours. The town was riveted and the verdict would rock the populace. Kelly Krieg-Sigman was excited

Do Local to see this project develop and is hopeful it could be adapted to inform and entertain the numerous visitors and conference attendees that come to La Crosse every year. History and stories build community. For further validation of the Dark Tourʼs gravity, you need only to read the mantra that hangs in Krieg-Sigmanʼs office, “Bad libraries build collections. Good libraries build services. Great libraries build communities.” We have a great library. Our great library is prepared to explore our darker purpose and they hope you will come along for the ride. Again,

the Dark Tour will be presented on October 15th and 16th at 6:30 and 8:00pm. The event is free and you need only to call the Archives Department at the Main Library to register at (608) 789-7100. Michael Scott is a storyteller and local history enthusiast. He also works in a brothel. His Old School Variety Show takes place at The Grand Hotel Ballroom, 207 Pearl Street, a once notorious bawdy house.

A stop on the Dark Tour: Pearl Street, the once “Infamous Red Light District ”



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DOWNTOWN Historic Downtown Day Saturday, October 12th Enjoy this fun festival that marks the rebirth and celebrates the history of downtown La Crosse! Free and fun for the whole family!

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n Basic Nutritional & Herbal Therapies: Laurie Stiers MSN, FNP-BC; CH, presents varied programs on herbology, teas, tinctures, gardening, health, and more. Herbs All Around 1033 Caledonia St.; (608) 780-2255;

n Cameron Park Farmers Market: Description: A wide variety of vendors offer fresh, local produce, meat, dairy, eggs, baked goods, honey, maple syrup, other food, crafts and more. Music entertainment most Friday evenings from 5:15 - 7:15 and free yoga classes every other market day starting in June.; Farmers Market Every Friday-May 3rd to Oct 25th; 4-8 pm; *Starting Nov 2nd, the Market will be at the EcoPark; 789 Myrick Park Dr. Cameron Park Market Association; Cameron Park on King St., downtown La Crosse; (608) 433-6708;

n Chinese Language Class: Learn Chinese in a fun, relaxed setting for free!; 11:00-11:45am; 2nd and 4th Saturdays/month; Dim Sum Tea Shop 221 Pearl St.; (608) 738-1221 n Dublin Square Irish Pub & Eatery: Come dine and have fun‌Irish style! Check out our $1 off appetizer coupon in 2Do La Crosse! 103 N 3rd St., La Crosse; (608) 519-2509;

n EcoPark Ongoing FREE Offerings; 789 Myrick Park Dr., La Crosse (608) 784-0303; Turtle Talk with Matt; every Wed 10a-12:30p Matt, EcoPark resident expert on amphibians and reptiles.

n Elements Yoga Studio: Various classes available including Unnata Aerial Yoga. Check our schedule online or come to the studio for more information. 9550 US Highway 16 Frontage Road, Onalaska. 608.799.5599 www.theelementsyogastudio. com.

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n Fayze’s Evenings Out: Tuesday - Half Price Tap Beer Night - Get all your favorite tap beers at half price every Tuesday at Fayze’s, 3:30pm to close. Thursday - Date Night - Treat your sweetheart to a night downtown, and enjoy half price bottles of wine every Thursday at Fayze’s, 3:30pm to close.; (608) 784-9548;

n Hidden Trails Corn Maze: Our corn maze has become a tradition of fun! W4704 Hwy 16, West Salem. (608) 786-2489

n Kickstand Wednesday: Ride your bicycle to Rudy ’s! Show the current Facebook post special on any mobile device and receive a FREE Root Beer with your food order! 1004 La Crosse St, La Crosse; (608) 782-2200;

n La Crosse Queen Cruises: The La Crosse Queen is a modern-day replica of the grand river boats that plied the Mississippi River in the late 19th Century. Cruising out of Riverside Park, she is one of the few authentic Mississippi River paddlewheel river boats still in operation in the United States today. Cruise this hometown favorite for a sightseeing, cocktail or dinner cruise today! Check the schedule on the back of this issue of 2Do La Crosse! Riverside Park (west on State Street); (608) 784-2893;

n Lunch Hour Yoga: Spend your lunch hour nourishing your body and your soul. You will stop in at Cafe D’Vine and put in your lunch order then head on back for a 40 minute Yoga class. On the way out your food will be all set to go and you can head back to the office or on with the rest of your day! All of this for just $10.00! Space in the lunch hour class will be limited so please call the morning of to register and make sure room is available. 9550 US Highway 16 Frontage Road, Onalaska. 608.799.5599 or 608.779.0411 n Outdoor Connection: Rent outdoor gear from the UW-L Recreational Eagle Center! Open to the public and offers a wide variety of equipment for adventures big and small. Summer hours are 10 a.m.–6 pm Mondays-Saturdays. 1601 Badger St , La Crosse. 608-785-8680 n Pearl Street Brewery: New events every month including live music every Friday from 6 to 9! 1401 St Andrew St, La Crosse. (608) 784-4832

n Pettibone Lagoon Rentals: Did you know that the City of La Crosse Parks and Recreation Department has outdoor equipment rentals? Rent canoes, kayaks,



Calendar tandem kayaks, paddle boats, paddle boards, fishing poles, and golf discs! Hours of operation: Tues &Thur - 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Sat 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Pettibone Day Camp Shelter. Contact Adam Young at (608) 789-7533; / parks

n Pottery Classes: Learn pottery basics or discover new skills. “Wheel Deals” available! Children & adult classes, Paint Your Own, Jewelry & Glass Fusing, and more! Generous Earth Pottery, 321 Main St. La Crosse; (608) 782-3904;

n Pumpkin Patch at Rainbow Ridge: Weekends in October. 11am-5pm. $5 per person. Hay wagon rides, crafts, farm animals, gift shop, and more! N5732 Hauser Rd., Onalaska. (608) 783-8181.

n Sol Yoga: For yoga enthusiasts of all levels seeking a friendly, social and noncompetitive atmosphere and personalized attention to help you advance in your yoga journey. New yoga students receive 3 classes for $12! Schedule available online. Body & Sol, 9376 Hwy 16, Onalaska. (608) 781-2639 (BODY)

n Studio 16 Fitness Classes: Check our schedule online or come to the studio for more information. 9550 US Highway 16 Frontage Road, Onalaska. 608.779.0411

n Tai Chi Chuan and Wing Chun Kung Fu Class: Learn This Chinese form of exercise utilizing slow and deliberate movement. NO CHARGE; 2:00p.m.-4:00p.m.; Every Sunday; to be held at Riverside Park at the fountain, East Veterans Memorial Drive; (Note: On bad weather days 12:00-2:00p.m meet at Dim Sum Tea Shop, 221 Pearl St.)

n Tea Tasting Party: Learn about teas while sampling a variety. Dumplings and egg tarts included with take-home loose tea sample.; 1st Tuesdays/month-6pm ($6 pre-pay, $8 at door) AND 3rd Saturdays/month ($8 pre-pay, $10 at door); Dim Sum Tea Shop 221 Pearl St.; (608) 738-1221

n YMCA Kids Marathon presented by Bronston Chiropractic: Train with local celebrities as you work your way to eating well, moving more and spending time with family. Kids run a full marathon over the course of 8 weeks through weekly training meetings and physical activities they can do on their own or with their family. The final mile is run on the Maple Leaf Walk Run Course. $20.00 Saturdays at 9am from Aug 10-Sept 28. Various locations throughout La Crosse & Onalaska. 608-782-9622 – click on events tab.

n Yoga with Tammy Z: Yoga is for everybody! We offer a variety of classes for every level of experience. First class is FREE! Contact us for schedules. 432 Cass St., La Crosse; (608) 386-1217



Upcoming Events & Activities

Sep 14 n Fall Festival on the Farm: 4-8pm. Benefitting Grow Your Brain. Tickets include local, organic pulled pork sandwiches, refreshments, children’s activities, live music, cooking demo, and more!

n 14th Annual Discover the Silent City Cemetery Tours! Learn fascinating tidbits of Civil War history as you tour the cemetery and MEET the characters that helped to shape La Crosse, Wisconsin (and no, they did not actually rise from the grave, we have wonderful period-dressed re-enactors to portray their stories). Tours take place at Oak Grove Cemetery (1407 La Crosse St.), start at 11am and go out every 15 minutes with the last tour starting at 2pm. Adults: $8, LCHS Members $7, Students with ID: $4, Under 12 (with paid adult admission): Free

Sep 21 n Seed Saving Workshop: Grant Olson, Education Coordinator from Seed Savers Exchange, will be here to teach the best practices for saving the seeds you have checked out from our Seed Library! Mark the date now! You don’t have to be part of the Seed Library growers to attend this workshop. All gardeners are welcome to come and learn great techniques for saving seeds. FREE. 10:30 am – Noon. Main Library, La Crosse.

n Old School Variety Show: 8pm. One of the best shows in town! Intimate setting, great laughs, unique entertainment. Great date night, too! Featuring Muddy Flats & the Hepcats and Jaybone Bell. Tickets available at People’s Food Co-op and McCaffery ’s coffee shop. $15. Adult beverages available. Showcased at The Historic Grand Hotel Ballroom, 207 Pearl Street, La Crosse. Like us on Facebook to get updates on 2013-2014 shows!

Sep 24 n Footsteps of La Crosse Historic Walking Tour – Sacred Spaces Bus Tour: Includes twenty-three sites. Tour the downtown area and traditional historic neighborhoods including churches and chapels which were built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Led by architectural historian, Eric Wheeler. Limited to 45 participants. Call Archives at 608-789-7136 to reserve a space. Donations welcome. Cosponsored by the Washburn Foundation and the Friends of the La Crosse Public Library. Free. 4:15-5:45 pm. Depart from and end at the Main Library, 800 Main Street, La Crosse.

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Calendar n Film Freaks Series – Cult Classics – Dr. Strangelove – 1964: 6:30-8:30 pm. A collection of theme-based film screenings followed by a guided short discussion. Come to one or all. Popcorn is provided. An insane general starts a process to nuclear holocaust that a war room of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. Main Library. Free.

Sep 26 n Crack The Geode Code! (Grades K-2): Have you ever touched a geode? Now you can! Get up close and personal with these awesome crystallized rocks and learn about them too. Geodes courtesy of the UW Madison Geology Museum. 4-4:30 pm at the South Library. 6:30-7 pm at the Main Library. Free.

Sep 27 n Oktoberfest: Sep 27-Oct 5. Join us for the 53rd annual Oktoberfest USA! We’re “Celebrating Generations” this year! Check our full schedule of 2013 events online!

Oct 5 n Big Muddy Run: Get dirty in a 5K or 1 mile fun run to benefit the Children’s Museum of La Crosse! In Myrick Park. 10:45 am start. (608) 784-2652. www.

October 12 n Historic Downtown Day: Enjoy this fun festival that marks the rebirth and celebrates the history of downtown La Crosse! Discover historical tours, food, musical entertainment, trolley and carriage rides. Activities are free and fun for the whole family! Downtown Mainstreet, Inc.; (608) 784-0440;

Oct 13 n Upper Living Tour: Tour downtown residential units, apartments, lofts and condos. See what all the buzz is all about- living downtown next to stores, museums, restaurants, coffee shops and Riverside Park! Downtown Mainstreet, Inc.; (608) 784-0440;

Oct 15 & 16 n Dark Tour: 6:30 and 8:00pm. This walking presentation through our historic downtown will uncover the “dark” and seedy underbelly of La Crosse’s past. Murder, greed, and lust!.Free. Register by calling the La Crosse Public Library ’s Archives desk. (608) 789-7100.

Oct 19 n Enchanted Forest 2013: 10am – 2 pm; A non-scary trick-or-treat hike where magical characters come to life. Hans Mayer will perform. Tickets available at the EcoPark beginning Oct 1. Cost: Children $7; Adults $3. EcoPark; 789 Myrick Park Drive, La Crosse, WI; 6008-784-0303;;

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n Field of Screams: 5pm-8pm. Kids coat drive, prizes, costume fun, trick or treating, haunted maze, magic show, inflatables, and MORE! FREE! Presented by City of La Crosse Parks & Recreation, Gundersen Health System, and YEA. Held at the Copeland Oktoberfest Grounds.

Oct 26 n The Great Pumpkin Chase: Benefitting WisCorps! This 100% off-road 5K run/ walk is held entirely in Hixon Forest! Refreshments, LIVE music, costume contest, and more! Register today!; (608) 782-2494.

n Enchanted Forest 2013: 10am – 2 pm; A non-scary trick-or-treat hike where magical characters come to life. Hans Mayer will perform. Tickets available at the EcoPark beginning Oct 1. Cost: Children $7; Adults $3. EcoPark; 789 Myrick Park Drive, La Crosse, WI; 6008-784-0303;;

n Downtown Trick or Treating: 11 am - 3 pm Bring the family downtown, dressup in your favorite costume and enjoy tricks, treats and tons of Halloween fun! Downtown Mainstreet, Inc.; (608) 784-0440; The Boo Bash: This grown-up Halloween event will benefit kids at the Boys and Girsl Club of Greater La Crosse! Costume contest! Live music by TUGG! Featuring Pearl Street Brewery ’s “Dankenstein”. Ticket includes music, food, and one beer. $20. At Pearl Street Brewery, 1401 St. Andrew St., La Crosse.

Oct 28 n Pearl Street “Boowery ” Family Tours: Oct 28-31. These tours will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Greater La Crosse! $5/person; $15/family. 1401 St. Andrew St., La Crosse.

Nov 9 & 10 n Tiny Tim Gala Benefit & Jingle Bell Brunch: Elegant dinner and auction benefiting local charities November 9th; family-oriented Sunday holiday brunch and photos with Santa November 10th, Waterfront Cargill Room, downtown La Crosse; reservations required by calling 608-392-4208; visit

Nov 19 n EcoMind: Thoreau the Naturalist, Richard Frost: 7 pm; FREE Thoreau’s careful observations of natural events, along with Aldo Leopold’s, are being used today to document climate change. Thoreau was truly a man for the ages. This presentation will be an account of Thoreau’s life and a stroll through the book Walden, with many quotes and readings. It will also touch on Thoreau’s famous essay “Civil Disobedience,” which influenced Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. EcoPark; 789 Myrick Park Drive; La Crosse WI; 608-784-0303;; www.

Nov 23 n UW-La Crosse Turkey Trot 5K: We’ve been trottin’ for eighteen years! It ’s time you join the fun of this annual fundraiser! 9am.



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