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Editor’sCOLUMN Hello, Northwoods summer

Well, here it is already – lots of sunshine, days of play and stay, and incredible opportunities for memorable family vacations and getaways in the Northwoods. We have a short checklist here of things to do this July, but turn the pages for a longer list tailored just for you, whether you like the wet-n-wild rides down a whitewater river, serene trail hiking on one of the many trails through state and national forests, zip lining through the woods or shopping for antiques and unique gifts.

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You’ll find campfires and ghosts stories are a staple here, just as are the many restaurants offering burgers and Friday night fish frys but also chefs’ tantalizing creations. Scattered throughout the Northwoods are wineries and craft breweries of which a case can be made for a multi-day excursion of discovery and certainly a case or two to take home to savor later with family and friends.

There are ATV and mountain bike trails throughout the area, many leading through deep forests and along former railroad beds where once powerful locomotives worked their way north.

Your list of fun things to do could get long, so be sure to plan return trips to experience the land they call Up North!

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DINING GUIDE....................................................................................................... 7-9 LODGING GUIDE...............................................................................................10-11 Golf Special.......................................................................................................72-75 Published By: 5 Star Marketing & Distribution 409 Southpark Drive • P.O. Box 10 • Tomahawk, WI 54487 715-453-4511 • E-mail: info@5starupnorth.com Owner/Publisher Al Hanley alh@5starupnorth.com Editor Dean Acheson DeanAcheson@yahoo.com

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Counties Covered in this Issue NORTHWOODS REGION Florence County................................. page 12 Forest County...................................... page 14 Iron County.......................................... page 18 Langlade County............................... page 21 Lincoln County................................... page 23 Marinette County.............................. page 28 Oconto County................................... page 31 Oneida County................................... page 32 Price County........................................ page 54 Shawano Country.............................. Page 57 Vilas County......................................... page 60

NORTHWEST REGION Ashland/Bayfield............................... page 76 Barron County.................................... page 78 Burnett County................................... page 80 Polk County......................................... page 82 Sawyer County................................... page 83 Washburn County............................. page 94

U.P. REGION Western U.P. Michigan..................... page 97 Iron County, Michigan.......... Page 101-103

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Dining Guide Up North

Butternut

Timber Breeze Resort N16243 Lake Shore Dr, Butternut, WI 715-762-3001 timberbreeze.com Cocktails on the deck with view of Butternut Lake, or order from the menu.

Cable

Lakeside Restaurant 21540 County Hwy M, Cable, WI 715-794-2561 lakewoodsresort.com Rustic Northwoods décor; serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Otter Bay Resort 46595 Otter Bay Rd, Cable, WI 715-798-3336 otterbayresort.net Serving burgers, sandwiches, salads, wraps and appetizers.

Crandon

Tricia’s Treasures & Bistro 109 N Lake Ave, Crandon, WI 715-478-1161 triciastreasuresandbistro.com Coffee and specialty drinks, Panini sandwiches, soups, salads, wraps

Crivitz

Parks Cheese & Chocolate 915 N US Highway 141, Crivitz, WI 715-854-3170 facebook.com/parkscheesecandyshop Homemade fudge and chocolates, old time candy, cheese curds and more.

Pelkin’s Smokey Meat Market 600 S US Highway 141, Crivitz, WI 715-854-3681 facebook.com/pelkinssmokeymeatmarket The area’s best “smokey meats,” spices and related products. Wild game processing.

Eagle River Inn 5260 Hwy 70 W, Eagle River, WI 715-479-2000 eagleriver-inn.com Restaurant and lounge, with banquet and meeting room facilities.

Pine Acres Resort N10184 Parkway Rd, Crivitz, WI 715-757-3894 pineacresresortinc.com Sandwiches and pizza, daily specials and weekend breakfast.

Barb’s Cafe 633 Central Ave, Florence, WI 715-528-4219 facebook.com/barbs-café Breakfast and lunch restaurant with home cooked meals.

Rene’s Dining Room W11590 County Road X, Crivitz, WI 715-757-3411 poppsresort.com Fine dining, homemade soups, salad bar and cocktails, banquet hall.

DANBURY

Rosenthal’s Resort 30925 Namekagon Rd, Danbury, WI 715-259-3363 rosenthalsresort.com We have a wide variety of delicious food on our menu, as well as daily specials.

Eagle River

Eagle Lanes & Lounge 534 W Pine St, Eagle River, WI 715-479-4555 eaglelanesandlounge.com Serving appetizers, burgers. sandwich baskets, pizzas.

FLORENCE

Gleason

Prairie Pines Country Store N5448 State Road 17, Gleason, WI 715-873-4840 Fresh baked bread, deli meats, cheeses, bulk food for canning.

Goodman

Stoney Ridge Inn Restaurant 15224 US Hwy 8, Goodman, WI 715-336-2308 facebook.com/StoneyRidgeInn Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Daily specials and scratch made soups.

Hayward

Harbor View Restaurant 9630 Treeland Rd, Hayward, WI 715-462-3874 treelandresorts.com Homemade pizza, delicious sandwiches, fresh burgers, oversized salads.

Pat’s Landing Bar & Grill 7476 N Pat’s Landing Rd, Hayward, WI 715-945-2511 patslandingresort.com Air conditioned bar and grill on the waters edge. Eat in or carry out. Scheer’s Lumberjack Shows 15642 County Hwy B, Hayward, WI 715-634-6923 scheerslumberjackshow.com Enjoy lunch and dinner at The River Deck. Serving beer, wine, liquor.

Hazelhurst

Hazelhurst Pub 6617 Hwy 51 Hazelhurst, WI 715-356-9400 Tasty burgers, sandwiches, pizza, craft beers, Bloody Mary’s.

Keshena

Menominee Casino Resort N277 Hwy 47 / 55, Keshena, WI 800-343-7778 menomineecasinoresort.com Forest Island Restaurant serves full breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Manitowish Waters

White Oak Grill 13029 Deer Park Rd, Manitowish Waters, WI 877-937-3664 chippewaretreat.com Culinary art experiences with food and wine.


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MARENISCO

Earla’s 318 Fair Ave, Marenisco, MI 906-787-2220 facebook.com/earlascominghome Sunday buffet, Italian night specials, and more! Hoop N’ Holler Tavern 115 Hoop N’ Holler Rd, Marenisco, MI 906-575-5555 facebook.com/hoopnholler On beautiful Lake Gogebic. Great lunches and dinners. The Milltowner Bar & Grill 255 Fair Ave, Marenisco, MI 906-787-2020 themilltowner.com Nightly specials, dinners, appetizers, drink specials.

Mercer

TJ’s Butcher Block & Market 8762 Hwy 51 N, Minocqua, WI 715-356-5258 tjsbutchermeats.com Prime choice meats, seafood, homemade sausage and jerky. T. Murtaugh’s Pub 500 Oneida St Minocqua, WI 715-356-7712 murtaughspub.com Traditional Irish pub. Daily drink specials, delicious sandwiches.

Mountain, MI

Mulligans Sports Bar & Grill 16707 State Highway 32, Mountain, WI 715-276-3125 mulligansmountain.com American tavern fare & Bloody Marys, TVs for sports fan, patio.

Phillips

Gateway Lodge 4695 Popko Circle W, Mercer, WI 715-476-7878 thegatewaylodge.com From fish frys and burgers to steaks and lobsters. Full bar and restaurant.

Homespun Coffee & Crafts 164 N Lake Ave, Phillips, WI 715-339-6050 homespuncoffeephillips.com Wide variety of gourmet drinks; serving breakfast, extended lunch.

The Pines Restaurant 4126 N Popko Cir Mercer, WI 715-476-2933 thepinesmercer.com Hearty meals and cold brews, best German food in northern WI.

Last Wilderness Cafe 8279 Main St, Presque Isle, WI 715-686-2193 lastwildernesscafe.com Family restaurant serving breakfast and lunch.

Minocqua

Dan’s Minocqua Fudge 521 Oneida St, Minocqua, WI 715-356-2662 dansminocquafudge.com Old-fashioned candy store with amazing fudge selections. Mama’s Supper Club 10486 Hwy 70 W, Minocqua, WI 715-356-5070 Mamassupperclub.com Finest Italian and American cuisine, fine wines; on Curtis Lake. Paul Bunyan’s Cook Shanty 8653 Hwy 51 N Minocqua, WI 715-356-6270 • paulbunyans.com Serving breakfast, lunch & dinner in historical Northwoods restaurant. Polecat & Lace 427 Oneida St, Minocqua, WI 715-356-3335 polecatandlace.com Casual dining with full bar and grill, serving lunch and dinner. The Boathouse, 305 W Park Ave Minocqua, WI 715-358-3999 facebook.com/MinocquaBoathouse Fine dining and superb cocktails; live piano music, outdoor deck seating. The Vine 203 Front St, Minocqua, WI 715-614-5920 thevineminocqua.com Minocqua’s premier wine & beer lounge; free WiFi.

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Rhinelander

Bucketheads Sports Bar & Grill 46 N Brown St, Rhinelander, WI 715-369-5333 Good selection of beers and full bar; sandwiches, pizza, fish fry. CT’s Deli 17 N Brown St, Rhinelander, WI 715-369-8988 cheftomsdeli.com Hot sandwiches, Italian deli meats, artisan cheeses, craft beers, wine and liquor. The Woodpecker Bar & Grill 6776 Co Hwy K, Rhinelander, WI 715-282-5353 facebook.com/woodpeckerbargrill Family friendly atmosphere; beer garden; daily specials. The Brick 16 N Brown St, Rhinelander, WI 715-369-2100 thebrickrhinelander.com Inventive dishes, attentive service and stylish atmosphere w’ classic bar. Three Coins Restaurant 4060 South Shore Dr, Rhinelander, WI 715-369-1500 holidayacres.com Award-winning restaurant with creative, top quality fare.

SPRINGSTEAD

Birches Resort 1727 N Boot Lake Rd, Springstead, WI 715-583-4500 birchesresort.com Pizza, full liquor bar, 4 large tv’s, pool table, video games.


Springstead Lake Lodge 1065 N Springstead Rd, Springstead 715-583-4403 facebook.com/springstead-lake-lodge Great views of Springstead Lake. Serving lunch, dinner and drinks.

Tipler

Whitetail Inn 5836 State Hwy 139, Tipler, WI 715-674-2184 facebook.com/TheWhitetailInnTipler/ Sports bar, Friday fish fries, next to ATV trail.

Tomahawk

Billy Bob’s Sports Bar & Grill N12025 Co Rd L, Tomahawk, WI 715-453-4984 billybobssportsbarandgrill.com Unique dining experience; nightly specials; six 55-inch plasma TVs. Edgewater Country Club N10369 Echo Valley Rd, Tomahawk, WI 715-453-3320 edgewatercc.com Great sandwiches on homemade bread, cold drinks. Banquet facility and catering. Inshalla Country Club N11060 Clear Lake Rd, Tomahawk, WI 715-453-3130 inshallacc.com All your favorite beers and wines; burgers, sandwiches and salads; banquet facilities. The Happy Snapper 315 S Tomahawk Ave Tomahawk, WI 715-453-8686 thehappysnapper.weebly.com All your favorite drinks, food including Friday fish fry. Nelson’s County Market 662 N 4th St, Tomahawk, WI 715-453-2174 nelsonscountymarket.com One-stop shopping: groceries, postage, banking, floral, liquor, deli, bakery.

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The Spirit Cove Tavern W7788 E Bilby Rd, Tomahawk, WI 715-453-2230 facebook.com/The SpiritCove/ Hand tossed pizza with homemade dough, fresh made burgers, bar overlooking the Spirit Flowage. Tomahawk Family Restaurant 1020 N 4th St, Tomahawk, WI 715-453-4504 Good variety on breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. Friendly staff. Twin Bay Resort 2173 County Road L, Tomahawk, WI 715-453-2679 twinbayresort.net Home-made pizza, appetizers, sandwiches, wraps, gyros, soups and salads.

Turtle Lake

St Croix Casino 777 Hwy 8/63, Turtle Lake, WI 1-800-846-8946 turtlelake.stcroixcasino.com Elegant a la carte dining, buffet, concession stand, bar.

Wakefield

Randall Bakery 505 Sunday Lake St Wakefield, MI 906-224-5401 facebook.com/Randall-Bakery-Wakefield-Mi-the-best-YOOPER-bakery Best fresh & frozen pasties, glazed donuts, potato rolls, & coffee.

N12025 County Hwy. L | Tomahawk, WI | 715-453-4984

6 Large Plasma TVs! OPEN DAILY AT 11 AM Homemade Sandwiches, Burgers, Wraps, Salads & Chicago Style Pizza

H APPY Half Price Drinks: H OUR Rail & Tap Beer Mon-Fri, 2-5 pm

SUNDAY All-U-Can-Eat

BREAKFAST BUFFET 9:00 AM $9.99 Adults to NOON $5.99 10 & Under

ATM & FREE Wifi Outside Seating Available!

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Baby Back Ribs & Smoked Chicken Beginning May 25th-Labor Day Starting at 5pm Outside Seating available!

Friday Fish Fry All Day Long! Saturday Night Prime Rib Special

Slow roasted Prime rib with baked potato & fresh vegetable.

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Lodging GUIDE Athelstane

Thornton’s Rafting Resort & Campground W12882 Parkway Rd, Athelstane, WI 715-757-3311 thorntonsresort.com Cabin options for different size groups, and individual and group campsites.

Bessemer

Big Powderhorn Lodging Association N11360 Powderhorn Rd, Bessemer, MI 800-222-3131 bpla.com Vacation rentals of different sizes, styles in Ironwood & Bessemer, MI.

BERGLAND

The Timbers Resort 34275 Hwy M 28, Bergland, MI 906-575-3542 thetimbersresort.com A year round resort, we offer 11 completely furnished cabins.

Butternut

Otter Bay Resort 46595 Otter Bay Rd, Cable, WI 715-798-3336 otterbayresort.net We have four rustic cabins and motel lodging. Timber Breeze Resort N16243 Lake Shore Dr, Butternut, WI 715-762-3001 timberbreeze.com On Butternut Lake. 5 newly built housekeeping cabins; 4-unit lodge.

Hi-Pines CAMPGROUND EAGLE RIVER

Cable

Lakewoods Resort 21540 County Hwy M, Cable, WI 715-794-2561 lakewoodsresort.com On Lake Namakagon. Lodge rooms, condominiums, golf villas, lake homes.

Crivitz

Pine Acres Resort N10184 Parkway Rd Crivitz, WI 715-757-3894 pineacresresortinc.com Deluxe vacation homes, modern housekeeping cottages and motel units.

715-479-9124 • www.HiPines.net

Popp’s Resort W11581 County Road X, Crivitz, WI 715-757-3511 poppsresort.com Motel suites, lakeview cottages, deluxe lakeshore homes, RV & mobile home park.

DANBURY

Rosenthal’s Resort 30925 Namekagon Rd, Danbury, WI 715-259-3363 rosenthalsresort.com 7 cabins, 56 seasonal campsites, heated, outdoor swimming pool, pavilion, and playground area.

Eagle River

Eagle River Inn & Resort 5260 Hwy 70 W, Eagle River, WI 715-479-2000 eagleriver-inn.com 1-3-bedroom hotel suites, 3-bedroom condo. Hi-Pines Campground 1919 US Hwy 45 N, Eagle River, WI 715-479-9124 • hipines.net Cabin rentals, camp sites either rustic, or with water/electric/sewer.

Elcho

Twin Oaks Resort N10870 Circle Dr, Elcho, WI 715-275-3917 Cabin rentals, daily or weekly. On ATV and snowmobile trails.

FLORENCE

Nicolet Lodge 3981 Hwy 70 E, Florence, WI 715-528-5996 nicoletlodge.com Features 11 Units - 9 with kitchenettes. Right next to the ATV and snowmobile trail.

Hayward

Musky Run Resort 12503 N Town Hall Rd, Hayward, WI 715-462-3445 Peaceful resort on Spider Lake Chain of Lakes. Pat’s Landing 7476 N Pat’s Landing Rd, Hayward, WI 715-945-2511 patslandingresort.com Located on beautiful Chief Lake; heated swimming pool, playground.


Riverside Motel / Mallards Landing 10429 State Road 27, Hayward, WI 715-634-2661 riversidemotelhayward.com Standard rooms, king efficiency, waterfront rooms, studio apartment. Treeland Resorts 9630 Treeland Rd, Hayward, WI 715-462-3874 treelandresorts.com 28 vacation homes and 10 deluxe motel suites.

Hiles

Little Pine Motel 9245 Hwy 32, Hiles, WI 715-649-3431 littlepinemotel.com Large, studio-sized rooms with kitchenettes. On ATV & snowmobile trails.

Keshena

Menominee Casino Resort N277 Hwy 47 / 55, Keshena, WI 800-343-7778 menomineecasinoresort.com 103 beautifully designed rooms and suites; smoke free.

Manitowish Waters

Chippewa Retreat Resort 13029 Deer Park Rd, Manitowish Waters, WI 877-937-3664 chippewaretreat.com Luxury accommodations in Lakeside, Lakeview and “Treetop” villas.

Mercer

Gateway Lodge 4695 Popko Circle W, Mercer, WI 715-476-7878 thegatewaylodge.com Modern and newly remodeled cabins. 1-4 bedrooms.

Minocqua

Northwoods Inn & Suites 8730 Highway 51 Minocqua, WI 715-356-9541 northwoodsinnsuites.com Rustic Northwoods feel with modern amenities. Ample parking. The Pointe Resort & Club 8257 Hwy 51 S, Minocqua, WI 715-356-7799 pointe-resort.com One bedroom condos (5 rooms) and two bedroom condos (8 rooms).

AFFORDABLE ADVERTISING TO FIT ANY BUDGET Call today to reserve your space in our Lodging Guide, 715-453-4511

Rhinelander

Holiday Acres Resort 4060 South Shore Dr, Rhinelander, WI 715-369-1500 • holidayacres.com Vacation homes, guest rooms, 1-4 bedroom cottages on Lake Thompson.

Shawano

Fawn Lake Campground & RV Park W6158 Lake Dr, Shawano, WI 715-526-5775 facebook.com/fawnlakecampground Wooded season or overnight campsites and cabin rentals on Fawn Lake.

SPRINGSTEAD-

Birches Resort 1727 N Boot Lake Rd, Springstead, WI 715-583-4500 birchesresort.com 12 housekeeping cottages on beautiful Boot Lake. Springstead Lake Lodge 1065 N Springstead Rd, Springstead, WI 715-583-4403 facebook.com/springstead-lake-lodge Newly remodeled 2 bedroom cabin. Sandy beach, private pier.

Three Lakes

Whispering Pines Resort 7955 Knotty Pine Ln, Three Lakes, WI 715-546-2124 1- and 3-bedroom cottages located on Round Lake.

Tomahawk

Rodeway Inn & Suites 1738 Comfort Dr, Tomahawk, WI 715-453-8900 Free breakfast & WiFi; indoor pool; pet friendly. Twin Bay Resort 2173 County Road L, Tomahawk, WI 715-453-2679 • twinbayresort.net All season resort with 5 cabins on Lake Nokomis.

Turtle Lake

St Croix Casino 777 Hwy 8/63,Turtle Lake, WI 1-800-846-8946 turtlelake.stcroixcasino.com 153 standard rooms & 8 suites; near the casino

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July 8 Florence – Kids Hooked on Fishing: 8:30am to 1pm, Lake Emily Park. July 15 Florence -- Badwater Bass Tourney: Vagabond Park. July 16 Spread Eagle – Art Show: The Chuckwagon. July 28-30 Florence – UP Volunteer Firefighters Tournament: Aug. 6 Aurora – Aurora Mud Runs: George Weber Memorial Park.

Cheer on the firefighters at U.P. Volunteer Firefighters Tournament

FLORENCE -- Mark your calendars July 28-30 for the 123rd annual Upper Peninsula Volunteer Firefighters Tournament, hosted this year by the Florence Fire Department in Florence.

Friday – 7pm, dress parade, U.S. Highway 2, downtown; 8pm, street dance, fire hall (under the tent) with music by “Next Myle” and 10pm, “Shirttail” Parade, U.S. Highway 2, downtown.

Each year, the event is rotated among the 25 different U.P. communities and Florence County. Florence last hosted the tournament in 2009. This year’s theme is: “Answering the call yesterday, today and tomorrow.”

Saturday – 9am, races, Lake Avenue; 8pm, firefighters’ ball, at the fire hall (under the tent) with music by “Boogie and The Yoyoz”; 10pm, presentation of race and parade trophies.

The 3-day event includes three parades, races, a firefighters’ ball, a street dance and music held at the Florence Fire Hall and Community Center. There will be concessions, including food and drink. There is a raffle also with over $10,000 in prizes.

Sunday – 11am, commercial parade, U.S. Highway 2, downtown. Raffle drawing and overall awards presentation after the parade.

Spectators are welcomed to come and watch the fun, and applaud the firefighters as they compete for points in the parades and races. The Florence Fire Department itself is marking its 100th anniversary this year. The department will unveil its refurbished 1918 Ford Model T fire truck on Sunday, July 9 at 2pm, at Encore On Central, downtown Florence. The Florence County Historical Society will give a presentation on the history of the Florence FD at that time. The 1918 truck will be at the U.P. tournament as well. Among the U.P. tournament’s highlights (all times CST):

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Get the most out of your waterfront with American Dock

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FLORENCE – Summer is in full swing, and if your dock or swim raft has seen better days (or decades!) now might be the time to visit American Dock Mfg. in Florence for a look at their extensive line of quality built docks, boat lifts and swim rafts. The long-time Wisconsin manufacturer offers various designs and options for residential properties, including portable docks, floating docks, and rolling docks. Their knowledgeable staff will assist you in selecting the type of dock best suited for your waterfront property. You can select accessories such as benches and ladders or different decking material.

Add to the fun on the water with a swim raft, with 8x8-foot and 8x12-foot options. Ladder accessories are also available. For more information, call 715-528-5454 (toll free 800-5285454) or visit americandock.com. They are located at 4032 U.S. Highway 2 in Florence. They also have dealers in Wisconsin and Michigan (See website for listings for a dealer close to you.)

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Keep your boat or pontoon clean and safe with an aluminum boat lift. American Dock has vertical and cantilever style boat lifts. Various accessories such as canopy, lift roller wheel kit and electric drives will complete the look and usefulness.


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Calendar

Northwoods REGION

July 7-9 Wabeno – Steam Up Days: July 8 Wabeno – Craft Show: July 15 Crandon – Lions Club Summerfest: 10am-5pm, City Beach. July 22 Crandon – Big House Legionnaire Mud Challenge: Crandon Raceway: July 28-29 Armstrong Creek – Polish Heritage Days: July 29 Crandon – Kentuck Day Festival: Crafts, food, 5K run/walk, car show. Aug. 2 Rhinelander – Redikulus Dae: Aug. 5 Lake Lucerne – Lake Lucerne Family Fun Day & Auction: Aug. 5 Wabeno – Art & Music Fest: 11am to 10pm. Aug. 5 Jennings – Stovewood Daze: Mecikalski Stovewood Building.

The Lumberjack Steam Train

LAONA -- Start making your plans! The Lumberjack Steam Train -- a 1916 Vulcan -- is starting its 101st year of work hauling passengers to the Camp 5 Museum Complex in Laona. Passengers ride on the vintage passenger cars or in a caboose that will harken them back to a time when travel was by train. The train runs Monday through Saturday, with no runs on Sunday. The train makes a trip every hour, with the last run at 2pm. The last run of the summer will be Aug. 19. At the Camp 5 Logging Museum visitors can view the old-time logging techniques that helped build a nation. This includes an authentic vintage blacksmith shop that will be working. A trip on the Green Treasure Forest Tour takes you through a working, managed forest. The Cracker Barrel Gift Store has unique gifts and books, as well as delicious fudge and candies. The Petting Zoo is a favorite of the kids. All of this fun and learning builds appetites, and the

open-air Choo Choo Hut restaurant will satisfy your appetite. The corn maze has been planted, so if you visit later in the summer you can find your way through the maze, or you can photograph the maze from your drone, if you bring it. Each year, the Cowboys visit. These men and women are wearing vintage clothing from different walks of life from over a hundred years ago, and they will be riding beautiful horses with vintage gear and guns. They will be robbing the Lumberjack Steam Train on every run, so hide your jewelry! Watch for the Cowboys on July 15 this summer and Sept. 30 during Fall Festival. Fall Festival begins on Sept. 2, and runs on Sept. 9, 16, 23, and 30. The autumn colors look great from the window of a vintage passenger car! To find out more about the Lumberjack Steam Train, go to lumberjacksteamtrain.com. They await your visit, and assure you it will be fun!

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LUMBERJACK STEAM TRAIN to The Historic Logging Camp! 2017 Season

June 20 - August 19

Mon - Sat • Closed Sunday Open Rain or Shine Train Times: 11am, Noon, 1 & 2 pm

2017 Special Events

Cowboy Reenactment: July 15 & Sept. 30 Fall Season: Sept 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 Haunted Slaughter House: Sept 16, 23 & 30 • Logging Museum • Blacksmith Shop • Forest Tour • Country Store & More!

5068 U.S. Hwy. 8 & 32 | Laona, WI | (715) 674-3414 On the National Register of Historic Places

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Community welcomes visitors to Polish Heritage Days

ARMSTRONG CREEK -- Armstrong Creek will be celebrating its 27th annual Polish Heritage Days, July 28-29 this year.

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Friday night polkas are back! Enjoy dancing to The Cynor Brothers Polka Band from 7-11pm. Polish food and beverages will be available for sale.

Rhythms of Pulaski from 1-6pm. If your feet are still willing, you can dance the night away to The New Generation Polka Band of Pulaski, from 6-11pm. Throughout the day the park will bustle with activities, including games for the kids, craft booths, car show and petting zoo. The smell of Polish foods will fill the air, making it irresistible for you to sample the foods, which will include pierogi, polska kielbasa, kraut, Golabki, Kluski z Kapusta and bakery.

Saturday is the highlight to the weekend. The day starts off at 11am with a Polish mass at the St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church. Visitors will see ornate Polish costumes and hear beautiful Polish hymns while attending the mass. After the mass, a parade proceeds from the church to the town park where one can enjoy an afternoon of fun.

registration at 7:30am.

Polka music will fill the park all day, starting off with everyone’s favorite concertina showman, Chad Pryzybylski and the Polka

If you want to enjoy the countryside of Armstrong Creek on foot, there will be a 4K run/ walk on Sunday, July 30 with

Polish Heritage Days is sponsored by Citizens for Armstrong Creek, Inc. There are admission fees to the events and park. Proceeds go to the betterment of the community.

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Majestic bald eagles are common sights COUNTYWIDE – The majestic bald eagles have returned to the Northwoods and with more than 30 nesting pairs in Forest County, it’s not hard to spot one. Among the recommended places to see one is south of Mole Lake on Hwy. 55, as well as the Peshtigo and Clear lake areas. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ statewide aerial surveys in the spring of 2016 confirmed 1,504 occupied eagle nests, 39 more nests than the previous year and compared to 108 in 1973.

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That’s welcome news as back in 1963 there were only 417 nesting pairs in the entire lower 48 states. The effects of DDT, habitat destruction and human intervention had reduced the numbers. Today, there are about 10,000 nesting pairs in the lower 48 states. The bald eagle was officially removed from the protection of the federal Species Act in 2007, but remains protected under the federal Bald and Golden Eagle Act of 1940 and other laws. Forest County had 32 occupied bald eagle territories in 2016, up by 4 since 2007. The county also had 6 osprey nesting territories in 2016, compared to 17 in 2007. Eagles and ospreys often compete for the same nesting and feeding areas. On public properties all nests are fully protected from disturbances and habitat is managed to promote large, super canopy white pines. Private landowners also work with the DNR staff to protect eagle nests from disturbance. Eagles reach sexual maturity when they are 4-5 years old, which is also when their head and tail feathers turn white. Eagle pairs return to the same nest each spring, and after repairs and expansion of the nest, the female in late March or early April will lay two eggs. Both parents take turns incubating the eggs, which hatch about 40 days later. Major predators of chicks are great horned owls, ravens, raccoons and severe weather. It’s important to stay far away from nesting pairs as the adults might abandon young if disturbed during early nesting. Use spotting scopes and binoculars for detailed looks. Boaters can often see eagles perched on a bare snag or in a tall, dominant tree that overlooks a feeding area.

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Calendar

Northwoods REGION

July 4 Mercer – Run for a Vet: 8am, MECCA Trail. 5.1mile run and 1.1-mile run/walk. July 15 Mercer – Lioness Formal Car Wash: July 29 Mercer – Mardi Gras: 6-11pm, The Pines beer garden. Mercer Education Foundation benefit. Aug. 1 Mercer – Street Dance: Downtown. Aug. 2 Mercer – Loon Day Art/Craft Show: Downtown. Aug. 3-6 Saxon – Iron County Fair: Aug. 5 Mercer – Turtle River Duck Race:

Mercer welcomes you to Loon Day MERCER – The professionals are out on the lake, but the imitators are darn good. We’re talking about loons – the Northwoods’ beloved waterfowl that inhabit so many lakes Up North – and the humans who try to mimic their calls during the annual Loon Day in Mercer. You can catch the loon-calling competition, and maybe try out yourself, during the 2017 Loon Day celebration on Wednesday, Aug. 2 in downtown Mercer. Festival hours are 9am to 4pm.

And what’s a festival without arts and crafts vendors and loads of delicious food – both of which will be in ample supply during Loon Day. The sponsor, Mercer Area Chamber of Commerce, expects over 250 art and craft exhibitors. In addition, there will be sidewalk sales, bake sales, a flea market and raffles. The popular Lakeland Barbershop Chorus will entertain the crowd beginning at 11am in front of the Heart of the North. Then at 12:30pm, youngsters and adults will take to the stage with mic in hand to give their best rendition of a loon call as they compete for top honors in the “World Famous Loon Calling Contest.” A street dance with live music will held in front of the Heart of the North the night before, from 7-11pm Tuesday.

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MERCER – After Loon Day festivities end, don’t stray too far from Mercer, as the Mercer Lions’ seventh annual Turtle River Duck Race will be Saturday, Aug. 5 with headquarters and race finish at Rugger’s Landing, 5643 Hwy. 51, Mercer. Festivities start at 11am with the duck race start at 1pm. Hundreds of little yellow rubber ducks (each numbered and corresponding to tickets sold) will be dumped upstream with the first seven crossing the finish line rewarding their “owners” cash prizes, and consolation prizes for the slowest four. In addition to the duck race, there will be food, kid games starting at 2pm, duck piñatas busting for the kids, dunk tank (practice your pitching), raffles, paddle games, refreshments at the Tiki Bar and live music at 1pm. After the ducks come in stick around for the boat swamp.

Tickets are $5 for one duck or buy a flock of 5 for $20. First prize $1,000, 2nd $500, 3rd $200, 4th $150, 5th-7th $50 each. The last four ducks wagging their tails across the finish line are worth $50 each. Contact Lion Bob Downing at 715-583-4578 for more information or tickets. Contact Rugger at Rugger’s Landing for the boat swamp at 715-476-2530. Rugger’s Landing (at the entrance to Pike Lake) is on Hwy. 51, about two miles north of Mercer.

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Duck tickets are available from Lion members and at local businesses. Lions will be selling tickets at Snow’s Family Market on most weekends through July 29. The last two days to buy tickets will be Loon Day on Aug. 2 and on race day until 12:30pm at Rugger’s Landing (if there are any left).


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July 1 Elcho – Chicken BBQ: 11am to 4pm, Jack Lamar Pavilion. July 15 Deerbrook – Splash-n-Dash Race: Veterans Memorial Park. July 26-30 Antigo – Langlade County Fair: Aug. 12 Antigo – Antigo Tater Trot: City Park. Aug. 11-13 Northwoods Grill Masters Challenge: fairgrounds.

COUNTYWIDE – From primitive camping to motor home lifestyle, experience the true outdoors under the stars in Langlade County. Nothing beats sitting around a crackling campfire, smelling the wonderful aroma of wood smoke, chatting with family and friends, watching beautiful sunsets over pristine waters, laughing with the magical calls of loons and gazing at a diamond studded field of stars in the night sky. There are more than two dozen public parks in Langlade County – including several that offer camping with a full range of amenities. Many of the parks offer grills, shelters, drinking water, toilets, volleyball courts and softball fields, etc. There are private campgrounds and resorts that offer similar amenities as the public parks and campgrounds.

lic campgrounds: the county-owned Veteran’s Memorial Park (48 individual campsites with electrical hook-ups) on beautiful spring-fed Jack Lake; Forest Lake, Ada Lake and Boulder Lake campgrounds in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, or Lake Park RV Park, located within the city limits of Antigo. The RV Park has 13 padded RV sites and can accommodate RVs up to 45 feet in length. Tent use is also allowed there. Or, go well off the beaten path into the Chequamegon-Nicolet or Langlade County forests for remote and rustic camping experiences. The maximum stay is 14 days in the national forest. Check for off-road vehicle and possible fire restrictions. For more information about public and private camping opportunities, contact the Antigo-Langlade County Chamber of Commerce at (888) LANGLADE or visit antigochamber.com.

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Don’t miss the Langlade County Fair ANTIGO – The Langlade County Fair on July 26-30 promises to be fun for all ages. This 5-day event features live music, shows, midway rides and games, animal sales & judging, sprint car racing, demo derby and tractor pulls. There is no gate fee, but a small fee gets you inside the fairgrounds to park your vehicle. Bring your family and enjoy a day of quality time together. View more than 5,000 4-H exhibits, sit a spell and watch one of the many animal shows, enjoy entertainment on the two free stages

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and take in strolling entertainers on the midway. Contests for kids on Sunday are the frog jumping, veggie races, and pedal tractor pulls. Grandstand entertainment features IRA Outlaw sprint car races Friday, a demo derby Saturday and tractor pull Sunday. There are two buildings full of vendors showcasing their services and products along with plenty of food and drinks to enjoy. A&P Carnival has over 30 rides for young and older. Visit langladecountyfair.com for a schedule of events and activities.

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LincolnCOUNTY VFW Post 2687 welcomes all to Tomahawk Veteran Fall Ride

By Commander Gerald Dvorak

Wurl-Feind-Ingman VFW Post 2687, Tomahawk (Part 2 of a series about the 2017 Tomahawk Veteran Fall Ride events in Historical Downtown Tomahawk. The overall celebration, set for Sept. 14-17, is known as the Tomahawk Fall Ride for MDA.) Why is the Wurl-FeindIngman Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2687 making all this happen? Well, this is a great opportunity to honor our great American heroes who generously gave of themselves and sacrificed their loved ones for service to our country. We find it only appropriate, Tomahawk being the generous giving community it is, that we step up to the mark to repay it by bringing in increased numbers of motorcycle riders to help the economy as a whole. The increase puts us back on the map as “The place to go for a wonderful “Fall Ride.” The dollars spent in Tomahawk’s businesses help the economy of our small community of 3,397 residents. We are a small town with a big heart. We love the visitors we get. You likely already know that, as many of you will be guests in private homes. There will be street dance bands again on both ends of Wisconsin Avenue. Hank and Patty at the Rodeo on the east end welcome you with Rising Phoenix & Bad Downs, and Johnny Wad & Hyde will shout at you from the west end. Come join the downtown festivities. There will be 10 non-profit vendors with lots of homemade food. These will be located on 2nd and 3rd Streets to the

north off Wisconsin Ave. These organizations are there to keep bellies from rumblin’. This year will be the 36th year of the Fall Ride. We even have a VFW member who originated the Tomahawk Fall Ride. I am sure it would not take much persuading to get Bob to tell the story. Together, let’s keep the bikes rumblin’! We are proud to have again representatives from the Never Forgotten Honor Flight and the Wounded Warrior In Action Foundation. And surely you will not forget to support the Tomahawk VFW by imbibing at our beer tents known as “Rosies” and “The Swamp.” You guessed it — our theme remains “MASH”! We may even add a “Bunker.” Make sure your trivia pencil is sharpened!

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July 8 Merrill – Antique & Pro Class Tractor Pulls: Festival Grounds. July 14 Merrill – Movie in the Park: Normal Park. Movie starts at dusk. July 26-30 Merrill – Lincoln County Fair: Festival Grounds. July 29 Tomahawk – Timber Shrine Benefit Water Ski Show: 8pm, Kwahamot Bay Aug. 2-5 Tomahawk – Antique Boat & Motor Show: SARA Park. Aug. 4-5 Tomahawk – Sidewalk Sales & Craft Sales: WI Avenue & North 4th Street.

Not to be forgotten — the famous Thunder Parade on Friday evening, Sept. 15. Line-up will start at 4pm at the school complex, parade units pull out at 5pm and after a country ride, arrive downtown Tomahawk at 6pm. After that we fill the streets with celebrants and their bikes. Don’t forget the MDA festivities going on during the day at SARA Park at the west end of Somo Avenue. It, too, is a great cause and helps individuals with muscular dystrophy. The Tomahawk Veterans Fall Ride is on the VFW facebook at www.facebook.com/VFW.TOMAHAWK/. You can also donate to support the yearly Tomahawk Veterans Fall Ride by going to continuetogive.com/tomahawkveteransfallride. You will also find a “donate” button on our facebook page. Come and enjoy the weekend with veterans serving veterans!

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‘Music on the River’ concert series is free to the public

TOMAHAWK -- Tomahawk’s Music on the River will offer free concerts at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Tomahawk this summer. Weekly concerts will be Wednesday nights from 6-8pm. Concert attendees are invited to come by car, foot or boat and bring lawn chairs, picnic suppers and coolers. SARA Park’s indoor arena will be used in the event of rain. The schedule and artist lineup for the remainder of the season is as follows: July 5: Hip Pocket - Local favorite returns with their 10-member band playing classic rock, R&B, contemporary big band and so much more. 2016 WAMI nomination. July 12: Johnny and the MoTones - Bringing the best in blues R&B with soul, this Wausau group will have you entertained from the first note through the last. July 19: The Jerry Schmitt Band - Nashville recording artist Jerry Schmitt and his band will blend modern and traditional country music with a rockabilly influence. July 26: Hand Picked Bluegrass - Tomahawk’s own 4-piece bluegrass band, playing traditional to today’s progressive foot stomping sound. Aug. 2: Whiskey Belles - All female traditional country and Americana trio based out of Milwaukee. Hank Williams passion, Carter family harmonies, with a little Hee Haw mixed in for good measure.

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Historic ‘Log Church’ plans centennial open house

TRIOPLI – If you’ve gone past the “Log Church” in Tripoli, and wondered what it looks inside, you have an excellent opportunity on Saturday, Aug. 19, when the church holds an open house from 10am to 4pm to celebrate its centennial. At the beginning of the 20th Century, a number of Christian women began efforts to construct a church in the Tripoli area, with the result of some 15 people becoming charter members of the Tripoli congregation. One member, H.H. Stolle, who owned a sawmill and lumber company, donated the land and full logs for its construction. Other talented loggers pitched into construct the log church. The first service was held there in 1917.

The bell from the tower was preserved; stored away; an object of theft one night; recovered and placed on the west side of the church. It rings yet today to signal start of services. Throughout the years, many denominations including Congregational and Lutheran have called the Log Church home. At present, it is non-denominational.

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Church sponsored activities, which continue the tradition of outreach and fellowship to the immediate community, are a spaghetti dinner in the spring, summer festival with music, fall bake sale just before deer gun season and a Christmas dinner. The church is located at W11225 Hwy. 8. Visit tripolilogchurch.com for more details and photos. (Information for the above was supplied by Bill Young, Harshaw.)

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A bell tower initially graced the top of the church – furthering Eastman Kodak’s coffers as many stopped to take pictures of the beautiful structure. But it was removed sometime later when it was determined the roof members were not strong enough to support it.

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Water ski shows are a summer treat

TOMAHAWK – The Kwahamot Water Ski Show performs free water ski shows every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from Memorial Day to Labor Day (no shows July 22 and Aug. 5) at Kwahamot Bay of the Wisconsin River across the street from the Bridge Motel on North 4th Street.

Currently the shows are at 8pm until Aug. 8 when they are at

7:30pm for the rest of the season. The talented skiers perform a variety of acts, including jumping and barefooting. The concession stand offers beverages and snacks to ward off the hunger pangs. Admission is free but they do accept donations. (Trivia tidbit: Kwahamot is Tomahawk spelled backwards.)

Lincoln County Fair to welcome thousands

MERRILL – A wide array of grandstand entertainment and fun awaits visitors to the 2017 Lincoln County Fair set WednesdaySunday, July 26-30 at the festival grounds in Merrill. Admission to the fair is free, with some 30,000 people stopping by on an average five-day run. The midway features lots of your favorite carnival rides, games and food. The hard work and loving care of the past year are featured

in the 4-H and adult exhibits, ranging from flower arrangements to woodworking, along with cattle, sheep, poultry and other animals judging. There will be educational and commercial displays galore The grandstand entertainment kicks off Wednesday of fair week with the 4-H horse show at 5pm, with free admission. The Rice Bull Riding Company brings its “bull and barrels” performances to the arena at 7pm on Thursday and Friday nights. The LCFA Demo Derby will start the crush’n’ action at 6pm Saturday. Then on Sunday, at 6pm, the All Star Monster Trucks will give you pause if you ever double park on their turf! Playing in the entertainment tent will be Broken Arrow on Wednesday, Branded with Geoff Landon on Thursday and Friday, and The Playlist on Saturday.

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July 7-9 Marinette – Logging and Heritage Fest: Stephenson Island. July 29-30 Marinette – Brown Trout Derby: 4:30am to 7pm. Aug. 5 Pembine – Community Picnic: 11am, Pembine Town Park. Aug. 12 Amberg – Duck Race & Brat Fry: 11am, Mosquito Park. Aug. 12 Silver Cliff – Auxiliary Picnic: 11am to 5pm, Silver Cliff Park. Water fights, food, games, raffles, parade at 10am.

Explore Marinette County by ATV/UTV

Sprawling Marinette County – known for its breathtaking 14 major waterfalls – is also home to a network of wide, well-groomed, awardwinning ATV/UTV trails that offers over 300 miles of riding pleasure. And, Marinette County’s forests total 230,000 acres, giving everyone room to roam.

The majority of the county’s year-round ATV/UTV trails are located in the northern half of the county. Trails run from Lake Hilbert in the far northwestern corner of the county east to the Michigan border and south to the Peshtigo River State Forest. Trailhead locations: Three park-n-ride locations serve the north end of the trail system: in the Town of Dunbar via Hwy. 8, north of Pembine via Hwy. 141 and Barlow Lake Road, and in Athelstane on Eagle River Road via County A. There are numerous park-n-ride locations in the southern portions

of the county as well. Two popular locations are west of Crivitz: County W and Bushman Road and County W and Parkway Road. McClintock County Park, in the Town of Silver Cliff, offers both a park-n-ride location as well as an ATV accessible campground. McClintock Park on the west side of the trail system is a good place to start. Located just off Parkway Road (Cty I), this 320-acre county park offers parking, 10 rustic campsites, a picnic area and three bridges over the Peshtigo River. The falls are a series of cascades under the bridges that connect smaller islands within the park. Stately pines frame hardwoods that are particularly colorful in autumn. ATVs are not permitted in the day use areas, however a parking lot for ATVs is available across the road from the day use area. Riders camping at the park can access hundreds of miles of ATV trails in Marinette and Florence counties. ATV riders who enjoy primitive camping can also take advantage of the county’s policy of allowing camping anywhere along the trail system in the county forest for up to two weeks at a time. For more information, contact Marinette County Parks at 715-732-7530. With the seven-mile trail addition near McClintock and 38 miles near Pembine, the Homestead Trail offers breathtaking vistas, sharp curves, steep hills and over nearly 300 miles of ATV excitement. The west side trails are a stacked pair of large loops, one to the north and one to the south. The common trail – the one that splits the two loops – is known locally at the “Bunny Run.” These are large loops, so as you play keep an eye on the gas gauge. There are no fuel stops in the southern loop; the northern loop offers gas stations in both Goodman and Dunbar. In this neck of the woods, it’s a good idea to carry extra fuel with you. North of Hwy. 8, a third, smaller loop tracks north into Florence County as it circles the Dunbar State Natural Area back to Dunbar. The final leg of your Marinette County adventure trails east from Dunbar on a series of forest roads through Pembine, all the way to the Menominee River and the Michigan border. For more information, including lodging and attractions, contact Marinette County Tourism, (715) 735-6681 or visit therealnorth.com.

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Pine Acres Resort offers unique vacation experience

CRIVITZ -- Pine Acres Resort is a family run vacation destination, offering visitors a variety of waterfront lodging options. The wilderness setting of abundant forest areas, water and wildlife creates endless opportunities for memorable family recreation. Pine Acres Resort is located on the scenic 1,700-acre High Falls Flowage, part of the Peshtigo River State Forest. Enjoy the 32 miles of wild shores, islands, bays and backwaters. Hike the wooded trails in search of wildlife such as deer, wild turkey, grouse, squirrels and chipmunks in their natural surroundings.

Lodging options includes 5 cabins, 2 vacation homes, 4 overlook

The Lodge includes a bar with various games and a dining room with a wood fireplace for those chilly nights. There are daily specials and weekend breakfast. Facilities are available for group sessions and meetings. The resort’s large activity field offers softball, basketball, volleyball, badminton, horseshoes and plenty of space for other activities. Nearby beaches provide ideal swimming areas to be enjoyed by the entire family. When winter comes calling, return for their five miles of groomed XC ski trails (they have equipment to rent). Also, the 100-mile Iron Snowshoe Snowmobile Trail comes right to their door with connecting access to 250 more miles on the Nicolet Trails and state corridor trails.

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High Falls Flowage is known for walleye, bass, musky, northern pike and many varieties of panfish. The resort’s 72-slip marina on the Woods Creek outlet has direct access to High Falls Flowage with all that it has to offer in boating and fishing adventures. They have fishing boats, canoes, paddleboat, and pontoon rentals, fishing guide service, and boat cruises available accommodating up to 12 people.

condos and 6 motel units, located in a wooded setting. Vacation and retirement home sites are also available.

For more information, call 715-757-3894 or 715-757-3359 or visit pineacresresortinc.com.

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MARINETTE – The seventh annual Marinette Logging and Heritage Fest begins Friday, July 7 and ends Sunday, July 9 – packing lots of fun activities and food into those three days.

The Menominee Nation Dancers and Moose Lodge fish boil will be Friday afternoon at Red Arrow Park. The Lego Batman movie will play at 9pm that evening at Stephenson Island. Admission is free. Among the highlights Saturday will be the 5K run/walk at 8am, Great Lakes Timber Show at noon and 3pm and 6pm. The Cougars will play at 7pm and fireworks show is planned at dusk.

Most activities will take place on Stephenson Island, so you may want to catch the shuttle at Jack’s Fresh Market, Menominee. It runs from 11am to 11pm Saturday and from 11am to 6pm Sunday. Activities on the weekend include food and craft vendors, music and other entertainment, inflatable bouncers and free ice cream for kids. There will also be genealogy information and Wisconsin Trappers display.

Sunday brings the car and bike show from noon to 4pm, the parade at noon, and the beard growing contest judging at 2:30pm. Outlaw’d will play from 2-5pm. You’re encouraged to bring lawn chairs, especially for the fireworks show. For more details, go to marinetteloggingandheritagefestival.com.

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July 1 Oconto – Oconto Harbor Waterfest: 2-11pm, Breakwater Park. Live music, food, vendors, boat parade, fireworks. July 1 Oconto – Kids Fishing Tournament: Birch Hill Resort. 715276-6195. Sponsored by Great Lakes Bass Anglers. July 14-16 Lakewood – Mardi Gras: Food, music, softball tournament, carnival, parade. Aug. 11-12 Oconto – AIM OCONTO – The City of Oconto will host its annual “Oconto Harbor Waterfest” on Satur- Fishing Tournament: Breakwater day, July 1. It all starts at 2pm with live music, food and refreshments. Park.

Don’t miss the Oconto Harbor ‘Waterfest’

A fireworks display will take place at 10pm at the Oconto Breakwater Park & Harbor. Boaters can anchor on the Oconto River or by the mouth of the bay for a perfect view. Roughly 50 docks are available at the harbor to tie up to as well. Other activities going on in Oconto include the Oconto Youth Softball Tournament (June 30-July 2) at Holtwood Sporting Complex and the “Kid’s ‘N Kites” event at the Oconto Airport from 11am to 4pm Saturday, July 1.

Lakewood Mardi Gras promises food, fun, music

LAKEWOOD – All eyes will be on Lakewood during their 63rd annual Mardi Gras on Friday, July 14 through Sunday, July 16. The event will be staged at Lakewood Memorial Park, 17258 North Road. The organizers have promised a full weekend of fun, food, and music for the entire family. There will be a softball tournament, carnival rides by Spectrum Carnival, food, parade and much more. The pig roast includes pork, baby reds, corn on the cob, potato salad and baked beans. On Friday enjoy live music from 7-11pm featuring A-Town Unplugged, a versatile acoustic band. Saturday night brings Nashvegas from 7-11pm. Nashvegas is a country band based in the Fox Cities, covering mainly modern country/rock music. On Sunday Greg Tallier, local DJ, spins the tunes from 1-5pm. The Mardi Gras parade will kick off at noon on Sunday. The parade route is from the Lakewood Cemetery ending at the Mardi Gras grounds.

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The featured bands are Nashville Pipeline (selection of popular country covers) and Bad Habitz Bad (a talented youth rock band heavily influenced by 80s rock music).


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Timber Ridge Golf Club offers a perfect ‘Northwoods experience’

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July 1 Minocqua – Muggy Buggy 5K & Extreme Mud Run: Minocqua Winter Park. July 8 Minocqua – Island Art Walk: 9am to 3pm, art show, music, brat fry. Torpy Park. July 13-16 Rhinelander – Hodag Country Festival: National bands, food, merchandise vendors. July 15 Minocqua – Bear Cupboard Run: Bearskin Trail and Torpy Park. July 15 Rhinelander – WEMS Rock ‘N Root Mtn. Bike Ride: July 14-15 Minocqua – Gem & Mineral Show: high school. July 29 Minocqua – AquaRama Revival Run: Torpy Park. July 29 Minocqua – LdF Lions Brewfest: Torpy Park. July 29 Minocqua – Aquarama Revival Run: Torpy Park. Aug. 3 Minocqua – After Loon Delight Craft Show: 9am to 4pm, Torpy Park. Aug. 3-6 Rhinelander – Oneida County Fair: Pioneer Park.

MINOCQUA – Timber Ridge Golf Club is a premier golf destination in northern Wisconsin where golfers can enjoy a picturesque view on every hole, while challenging their game on perfectly carved fairways and undulating greens. Once a private club, the well-groomed course is now open to the public and has many challenging fairways. You might spot the occasional white-tailed deer or even wild turkey, as well as bald eagles soaring the thermals above! This par 72, Championship layout has five separate tee boxes per hole, guaranteed to thrill both casual and skilled golfers alike. Most out-of-area golfers enjoy Timber Ridge when they are ready to escape from the hustle and bustle of life! Timber Ridge has a “stay & play” option with select resorts where you can get discounted golf billed through the resort. Timber Ridge offers a full swing driving range as well as a chipping and putting green and handheld GPS to help golfers improve on all areas of their game.

Private lessons, group lessons and special instructional clinics for ladies and seniors are part of their regular instructional calendar. Stop by the golf shop to sign up or to arrange for a private lesson with their PGA Class “A” Golf Professional Jerry Collins. They also host events, whether it’s a group of 12 or a large charity event, with various event packages or one tailored to your specific needs. Tee times are available. To book outings and group events call (888) GO–RIDGE or 715-356-9502 or e-mail jcollins@timberridgegolfclub.com.

Amenities Timber Ridge Golf Club has plenty of amenities, such as a fully stocked pro shop and an attached bar and restaurant, as well as a snack shop. The experienced staff can help with your tee time, merchandise inquiries, course conditions and even current weather reports. The pro shop’s clothing lines for men and women include Antigua, Adidas, Ashworth, Ahead, Under Armour, Horn Legend and Monterey Club. You will find styles reflective of the varied climatic conditions of the Wisconsin Northwoods. The shop is stocked with the latest Taylormade, Ping and Titleist golf equipment. Their golf professional will take the time necessary to answer questions on the latest advancements in golf technology and club repairs to help service all of your golf equipment needs. Experience Chef Rene’s carefully prepared lunches and dinners at Timber Ridge. Open daily from 11am to 10pm. For reservations (excluding Friday fish fry) call 715-356-7070.

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Aquarama Revival runners to tackle Bearskin State Trail

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MINOCQUA -- The second annual Aquarama Revival Run, held in memory of Mike Ross, will be Saturday, July 29 in Minocqua. The Lakeland Ladies Lions Club of Minocqua is hosting it. Proceeds will benefit the local Hospice House and area volunteer fire departments. Register at tandhtiming.com or at the American Legion hall 6-8pm, July 28, or day of the race at the American Legion or Torpy Park, 7-8:30am. The untimed children’s one-mile fun run begins at 8:30am, and the timed 5K walk/run begins at 9am.

Upon completion of the run, fun run participants will receive a prize and can explore the fire trucks and talk to representatives from local fire departments. Adults will receive awards based on age group finishing with complimentary snacks and beverages to follow. For fees and more information, check out their Facebook page or contact race director Erika Petersen at erika@stoneycreekgardens. com.

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The 5K route takes runners down on a loop course alongside beautiful Lake Minocqua and the Wisconsin Bearskin State Trail. The kids fun run will take place down-and-back style also on the Bearskin Trail. Kids will love the excitement to see one of the local fire trucks at the halfway point. They will also get to run with members of volunteer fireman in their turnout gear.


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Find the freshest produce at these farmer’s markets

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MINOCQUA – If you’re looking for fresh produce and other agriculture products, or maybe even a birdhouse, you’ll find everything at the two farmer’s markets on two different days in Minocqua.

These producers-only farmers markets feature homegrown, handmade and vendor-created from locally owned operations within the local region. The wide selection of goods include chicken, pork, beef, eggs, greens, cheese, baked goods, flower baskets, bedding plants, honey, syrup, jam, canned goods, soaps and lotions, birdhouses and more.

The Monday farmer’s market is open from 3-6pm at Torpy Park, downtown Minocqua. For more information about the market visit minocquafarmersmarket.com or follow on Facebook.

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The Friday farmer’s market is open from 8am to 1pm each Friday until Oct. 13 at the Minocqua Park Complex on Hwy. 70 West, two miles west of the Hwy. 51/Hwy. 70 West intersection.


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Discover all that glitters at Gem & Mineral Show

MINOCQUA – The Lakeland Gem Club will host is 49th annual Gem & Mineral Show July 14 & 15 at the Lakeland Union High School, Minocqua. Admission to the show is free. Hours are 10am to 6pm Friday and 9am to 5pm Saturday. The show theme is “Rock your world with blue.” Available for purchase will be gemstones, fossils, beads, minerals, fossils, and jewelry, along with speakers, silent auctions, door prizes and demonstrations. Select a geode and the attendant will break it to reveal what’s inside! The Northwoods Wildlife Center will promote wildlife education with birds of prey. There will be food and refreshments for sale. The Lakeland Gem Club meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm at the United Methodist Church of the Pines, Chicago & Chippewa Avenue, Minocqua.

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Snowshoe Baseball is unique fun

LAKE TOMAHAWK – The popular and zany “Snowshoe Baseball” is played weekly throughout the summer at Lake Tomahawk. It’s an event you don’t want to miss; nor will you forget it!

To understand the game, you need to forget “field of dreams.” This is the forest of the Northwoods where real ballplayers bat, pitch, run and field while wearing wooden snowshoes. The league includes the hometown Snow Hawks and several out-of-town teams. Regular season games are played every Monday evening from about mid-June through late August at Snowshoe Park, downtown Lake Tomahawk. The bleachers fill quickly and the popular July 4th game draws upward of 2,000 fans. The July 4th game will again feature the Chicago All-Star team. The finale is the July 28th game and is billed as an Over-35 All Stars benefit game.

This unique sport has been played here for 55 years. The zaniness started back in 1961 when the late Ray Sloan challenged other town baseball teams to leave their cleats in the dugout and put on snowshoes as an added tourism attraction during the summer.

Members play on a field heavily layered with wood shavings and chips. It doesn’t take long to find out why the thick carpet is needed: players frequently lose their balance and take a header as they race the bases or field a fly ball. Admission is free, but they do pass the “butterfly net” for donations to cover the cost of snowshoes and other equipment as well as donations to charitable projects. Located just one block west of Hwy. 47 in downtown Lake Tomahawk. 2017 Schedule Mon July 3 - Zimmy’s All-Stars Mon July 4 - Chicago All-Stars Mon July 10 - Dazzle’s Demons Mon July 17 - WPS Local #420 Mon July 24 - Smiley’s Mon July 31 - Coaching All Stars Mon Aug 7 - Town Pump Mon Aug 14 - D&R Bombers Mon Aug 21 - Lizzy T’s Mon Aug 28 - Shamrock

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Games start at 7:30pm with the concession stand opening at 5:30pm, so you have plenty of time to fill up with hot dogs, brats, hamburgers, delicious homemade pies (by the slice or whole) and beverages and not miss a moment of action packed fun. Popcorn is also sold. Announcers do the seventh inning rendition of “Take me out to the Ballgame.”

Despite the “baseball” name, the game is played with a large 16inch softball. Make no mistake about it, players hit the softball just as hard in the traditional game, throw just as fast and accurate, and run just…well, let’s just say you’ll have to see it to believe it.


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JENNINGS – Make Pelican Lake a destination station for the family this summer. In addition to public swimming beaches at Monico and Summit Lake – perfect for a hot summer day – there’s the unique Mecikalski Stovewood Building and Museum east of Pelican Lake that’s a must stop. The building on this National Register of Historical Sites was constructed with an unusual method of folk architecture. Built at the turn of the century, it is the only known commercial example using the stovewood building method in the United States. John Mecikalski, who emigrated from Prussia with his parents in the mid 1870s, built it. Stovewood architecture is characterized by short-cut logs, which are stacked and joined by mortar or clay. Finished walls resemble a stacked woodpile. The Mecikalski complex is unusual for its large size and commercial usage – most of the 60 or so stovewood structures constructed in Wisconsin were barns and outbuildings. Displayed inside the fully restored complex are many turn-ofthe-century exhibits associated with the building’s varied history, including a General Store, pool hall and saloon, farmer’s co-op, cheese factory and blacksmith shop. If you are in the area on Saturday, Aug. 5, stop by for their Stovewood Daze celebration with a day full of activities, all dating to the early settlement of the Northwoods. Activities will run from 10am to 4pm. They will have an old-fashioned pig roast, other food, beer and soda. In addition, there will be a display of antique cars, tractors and engines, live music, bake sale and museum tours. Located five miles east of Pelican Lake at the corner of County Highway B & Z. Open mid June 10 through Sept. 3, Saturdays & Sundays, 1-4 p.m. Call 715-369-9142 for more information.

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Explore the Pioneer Park Historic Complex

RHINELANDER – When you visit the shops and eateries in Historic Downtown Rhinelander, be sure to take in the Rhinelander Logging Museum Complex in nearby Pioneer Park.

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There, you will find the Rhinelander School Museum, Logging Museum, a Soo Line Depot, Civilian Conservation Corps Museum, model railroad display and an outdoor display. The exhibits, artifacts and other memorabilia tell a fascinating story about the lumbering and railroad era of the late 1800s and early 1900s. It’s a colorful period in our history when lumberjacks felled the massive white pines that covered the Northwoods and sent the logs to the sawmills. You’ll see an authentic recreation of an 1870’s lumberjack camp,

a wide variety of lumberjack equipment and an outstanding collection of items and artifacts from Rhinelander’s past. On the museum grounds are early logging equipment, including Thunder Lake’s No. 5 narrow gauge locomotive, railroad president Jack Mylrea’s private car and other equipment of that era. There also you’ll see for yourself the original famed, fearsome and sometimes infamous, “Hodag” creature sitting in a cage. Learn the story behind the creature, the hoax, and how it became a mascot of Rhinelander! Open Tuesday-Sunday Memorial Day to Labor Day and Saturdays after Labor Day through September. Admission is free, with donations accepted.

Island Art Walk will be in downtown Minocqua

MINOCQUA – The Lakeland Area Kiwanis Club’s Island Art Walk in downtown Minocqua will take place Saturday, July 8, from 9am to 3pm. This event at Torpy Park will have many fine artists and crafters with booth displays, selling and for some demonstrating, their unique art and craft items. These items include paintings, drawings, stained glass, sculpture, jewelry, decorative painting, carving, basketry, textiles, woodworking, pottery and much more. This year’s walk will again take place between the Torpy Park show and the Campanile Center for the Arts where they will have activities and a display. Parkside Gallery is an art stop along the way on Front Street and for a bit of Minocqua history take a moment and explore the Minocqua Museum. This fun walk between the events makes for an enjoyable day in the downtown atmosphere of the “Island City.” The show will be judged with ribbons and prizes awarded by the Lakeland Kiwanis Club. Live music of Gregg Thomas, a wellknown local musician, will fill the air. The Kiwanis Club will be selling brats. All proceeds from this fundraiser will support children’s activities in the local area.

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Holiday Acres Recreation Park is your place for family fun

MINOCQUA – Holiday Acres Recreation Park has welcomed and entertained Northwoods visitors and local residents for nearly five decades and the fun today is just as exciting as it was when this Minocqua facility first opened. Up for a spin around the go-kart track? Holiday Acres boasts three tracks, including the original Super Track. Each track has different features where the Mario Andretti set – young and old -- can zoom around hairpin curves, carve a path up the hills and zip across bridges. When it’s time to relax there are a couple outstanding choices.

First, take a 45-minue guided ride on gentle horses and ponies through the scenic woods that surround Holiday Acres. Rides leave on the hour daily. The little cowpokes will be talking about ride on their favorite pony for weeks afterwards! Reservations are suggested (715-356-4400). Or challenge your family and friends to a round of golf on the miniature golf course. There’s also a game room for the video fans and a snack bar with ice cream on the menu! Holiday Acres is located on U.S. Highway 51 just south of the Island of Minocqua. Open daily at 9am May-October.

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“Brat Cookout” 11 am - 2 pm W/ all the trimmings! Check out the specials inside also!

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Oneida COUNTY EXPERIENCE WILDWOOD

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Interactive Giraffe Feeding Encounter

During this unforgettable experience, you can get up close and personal with one of the largest and certainly the tallest mammals in the world. When the giraffe leans down to nibble out of your hand or steal a kiss, be sure to snap a few pictures and check out the size and beauty of their heads, with their large expressive eyes crowned by long eyelashes, and long thin lips. For a fee, you’ll receive a serving of tasty giraffe treats for an experience you won’t forget.

Animal Encounter / Nursery

Wildwood offers the largest interactive petting zoo in Wisconsin. Guests love the animal encounters where they are greeted by a host of animals including kangaroo, aoudad, woodchuck, armadillo, ferret, chinchilla, skunk, opossum, degus, sugar glider, hedgehog, and many more. Guests can touch a tortoise, love a goat, feel a porcupine, cuddle a bunny, pet a skunk, or hug a pot-bellied pig.

Interactive Parakeet Encounter

“The Parakeet Budgie Encounter”. Visit our walk through aviary and experience up close and personal the beauty of over 500 parakeets flying around, landing on you. Visitors may buy a “bird feed stick” and have parakeets eating right out of your hand.

“NEW” Safari Tram Ride

Jump on the tram and enjoy a guided tour learning about a variety of amazing animals including: Eland, Wildebeest, Beisa Oryx, Addax, Kudu, Nyala, Gazelle and Nilgai, Scimitar horned Oryx and more!

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Zoo of the Northwoods Animal Feeding/Bear Juice/ Trout Feeding/Koi Feeding

2nd Largest Zoo in Wisconsin!

Feeding the animals at Wildwood Wildlife Park is a thrill for any age. Guests love feeding the bears “Bear Juice”. Guests also enjoy hand feeding “critter food” to the deer, sheep, aoudad, pigs, and goats. Also check out the “NEW” Flamingo Cove, Dino Dig, Aviary area and interactive educational center!

Daily programs are held at the amphitheater where visitors learn about various mammals, birds, primates, and reptiles. We firmly believe that a little knowledge can go a long way in cultivating respect and love for animals.

Daily programs are held at the amphitheater where visitors learn about various mammals, birds, primates, and reptiles. We firmly believe that a little knowledge can go a long way in cultivating respect and love for animals. That's why we work hard to provide a variety of educational programs and learning experiences at the zoo!

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Primate & Reptile Center

Primate & Reptile Center

Featuring North American, Desert & Rainforest Exhibits. Learn about these creepy, crawly critters while visiting our reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods.

Check out the Lemurs and Gibbons and hear them vocalize while the sloth’s siesta all day long.

Also check out the primates and come nose to nose to a lemur and hear them vocalize while the sloth’s siesta all day long.

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Amphitheater Programs Amphitheater Programs

• Hundreds of mammals, birds, reptiles & primates • Baby animal encounters • Easily walked landscaped trails • Otter colony with pools & slides • Beaver pond • Budgie Buddies Parakeet Encounter • Nature boardwalk • Exotic bird displays • Koi pond • Trout pond Safari • Musky pond • Wildlife programs Tram Ride “Explore & Learn”

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• Feed Bears “Bear Juice” Giraffe Feeding Encounter • Whitetail Deer Encounter • Tamarin & Marmoset Hut • Wild Den Gift Shop • Hungry Bear Hut & Jambo Hut • Safari Train & Paddle Boats • Giraffe Serengeti • Dino Dig • Flamingo Cove Dino Dig • Educational Center • Living History Center • Safari Tram Ride

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World-class athletes perform in Scheer’s Lumberjack Shows WOODRUFF -- Ever wondered what makes a lumberjack a World Champion? Some of it may be inherent talent but mostly it’s training, training, training. For the past 33 years, Fred Scheer’s Lumberjack Shows have provided an excellent training venue for dozens of athletes to develop their lumberjack skills. For many, their goal is to compete in the Lumberjack World Championships held annually in Hayward. Prior to being accepted as a performer in his show, Fred requires potential lumberjacks to meet certain athletic qualifications. Once hired the aspiring lumberjacks are trained in the various events, then finally allowed to perform in front of live audiences. Training the aspiring lumberjacks has always been a key activity for Fred Scheer, who says: “I really enjoy seeing these young

people reach a skill level that allows them to compete.” Spectators, young and old, often remark to the lumberjacks that having a role in Fred Scheer’s Lumberjack Shows must be a really cool summer job. According to show manager Darby Hand, who will start his sixth season with the show this summer, “It’s not just a summer job, you have to stay in shape during the off season or you won’t meet Fred’s expectations in June when the show opens. You really don’t want to disappoint Fred.” The team of Scheers Lumberjacks for 2017 includes five young men with a passion for athletics and competition. Often, Fred’s star performers compete in the LWC, as did Darby Hand in 2016.

Speed and balance are keys to success in the boom run, and Caleb certainly has both. The boom run and nine other events are featured in an Scheer’s Lumberjack Show, which combines humor and athletic competition in a family friendly show. Scheer’s 2017 Lumberjack Show lineup, from left: Brody Fischer, Darby Hand, Ian Okamoto, Christian Graves and Buck Radlinger. Contributed photo

The boom run is an exciting event featured in the Scheer’s Lumberjack Show. Contributed photo

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What is the boom run? A series of seven logs is chained together and stretched between two docks, across a span of water. At the sound of the timer, competitors race across the log bridge, reach the opposite dock, circle a barrel and then run back across the same logs. The logs are loosely secured to each other and swing and roll as the racer attempts to run across without falling into the water.


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Come experience the revitalization of Historic Downtown Rhinelander RHINELANDER – The last phase of Rhinelander’s downtown construction is almost complete and the final “streetscape” work in progress will not only beautify the new streets and sidewalks, but will pave the way for new businesses and visitors. Come visit and discover new upscale restaurants, a new deli and bakery, specialty retail shops, tattoo parlors… with over 200 businesses, there is sure to be something for everyone. A vibrant nightlife with entertainment venues featuring music and opportunities to gather year-round.

The events and festivals

The Downtown is host to events throughout the year that encourage family and friends to gather. The Taste of Chocolate held in February challenges the saying “you can never have too much chocolate”! In March, the downtown becomes Irish with the St. Patty’s Day parade and the seven-day day Pub Crawl. The Second Saturday in June brings together three different enthusiasts … the car show brings out classic and antique car enthusiasts from near and far. The same day hosts the Art Fair on the Courthouse Lawn. New this year is the “Bikes and Burgers” showcasing antique motorcycles on the streets of downtown, a burger cook-off between the restaurants, and live music on the street

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The streets are filled with candy-seeking costumed families the Saturday before Halloween as Downtown businesses hand out treats to the masses. The holiday season kick off is the Holiday Open House held the weekend of opening deer hunting. New holiday lights will fill the downtown with Christmas spirit.

The arts and museums

You can spend an hour or more looking at the unique architecture and the arts found in the downtown. The Oneida County Courthouse with its spectacular dome is on the National Register of Historical Places. View art displays at ArtStart, a downtown destination arts and cultural center (former Federal Building). The Rhinelander Logging Museum (within the Pioneer Park Historical Complex) is an authentic logging camp. The Rhinelander Historical Society operates a museum at 9 S. Pelham Street. It’s a time capsule of the city’s past.

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The Fourth of July parade makes this locale a star spangled sight. Bargain hunters descend on the downtown for the Redikulus Dae affair in August. The downtown is also a hop, skip and jump from Pioneer Park where the Oneida County Fair is held the first weekend in August.

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Rhinelander concert series is in full swing

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RHINELANDER – This year marks the 35th year of summer music performances in Rhinelander. Concerts on the Riverwalk is in full swing, and every Wednesday at 7pm a different musical group will entertain at the band shell next to Trig’s in downtown Rhinelander. Upcoming concerts will be The Wildcats, performing old and new country music July 5; the Rhinelander community band July 12; Unemployed Eleven big band July 19; Tess and Chris playing old-time fiddle and bluegrass July 26; the popular Paco Fralick and Friends Aug. 2; and the final series performance by the community band Aug. 9. The concerts are free with good-will donations accepted. Some benches are available, but listeners are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and drinks and snacks to accompany the free popcorn. In case of bad weather, concerts will be held across the parking lot at the senior center (Department on Aging).

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RHINELANDER – The music and camping at Hodag Country Festival are legendary with national stars on the main stage for four days along with other regional acts that will make this a weeklong celebration of your favorite music. Thousands of country music fans will pack the natural amphitheater, lured by the likes of The Oak Ridge Boys and Neal McCoy, both of whom will be returning for the 2017 festival. Dates of the 40th anniversary Hodag Country Festival are Thursday, July 13 through Sunday, July 16. The announced line-up is as follows: • July 13 – Frankie Ballard, The Leroy Van Dyke Country Gold Tour, and Marty’s Party.

• July 15 – Little Big Town (2017’s ACMA Vocal Group of the Year winner), Randy Houser, LOCASH, Steve Moakler, and Smithfield. • July 16 – Neal McCoy, David Nail, Collin Raye, RaeLynn, and William Michael Morgan.

Amenities at the festival grounds include a Jumbo-Tron screen, food and merchandize vendors (including official HCF tees) modern flush toilets, primitive camping sites (some electric) and showers. For ticket and camping information and latest updates, visit hodag.com or call 800-762-3803 or 715-369-1300.

Happy Hodag!

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• July 14 – Billy Currington, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Brandy Clark.

Plus, there will be a band playing in the pavilion every day starting Saturday, July 8 and a karaoke contest on Thursday, July 13. Each year, bands also vie for the title “Wisconsin State Country Band Champion.”


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July 8 Fifield – Lawn Mower Races: Fifield racetrack. Time trials at noon; races at 1pm. July 8 Fifield – Fifield Picnic: Morvich Park. July 8 Phillips – Phillips Chain of Lakes Tri: July 15 Phillips – Antique & Tractor Expo: July 29 Ogema -- German Settlement Picnic & Open House: July 29 Butternut – Pioneer Days: Aug. 3 – Fifield – Pike Lake Fun Day: Pike Lake Fire Hall grounds. Aug. 3-6 Park Falls – Flambeau Rama:

Flambeau Rama has all the family fun you want PARK FALLS – The 65th annual four-day festival known as Flambeau Rama returns Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 3-6 to Park Falls with free live music by regional bands each day, a food court and carnival rides.

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The Park Falls Chamber of Commerce is the event sponsor. The event will be held at the Festival Grounds, 310 5th Street N. The sidewalk sales and retail promotions run Thursday through Saturday. Kids can try out their skills at the casting contest beginning at 10am Thursday, sponsored by St. Croix Rod. Also Thursday is the chalk-drawing contest from 11:30am to noon.

Events Friday include the sawdust dig, book sale at the library, face painting, Family Fun Day games and frog jumping contest at the Fireman’s stand. Saturday’s activities include the expanded arts & crafts fair, Northwoods Classic Car Show (next to Flambeau Hospital), 39th annual Evergreen 5K Road Run/Walk and kids’ “Chase the Eagle” fun run, basketball tournament, beanbag toss, and pageant. Don’t miss the big parade at noon on Sunday, the free swing dance lessons and dance contest at 3pm. Among the musical acts will be The Dweebs on the main stage Thursday from 7-11pm. Road Trip takes over Friday from 9pm until 1am, and on Saturday will be Boogie & The Yo Yo’Z from 9pm to 1am.

Northwoods Classic Car Show Held in conjunction with Flambeau Rama will be the Northwoods Classic Car Show on Saturday, 9am to 3pm, at Tourist Park. The Northwoods Classic Car Club hosts this event. Enjoy all the unique cars on display in this beautiful park setting with 50s & 60s music playing in the background. The Fifield Lions will have a food booth from 8am to 2:30pm. There will be dash plaques to the first 75 entries, trophies for top cars in 22 classes including station wagon and special interest; 1st, 2nd & 3rd places, Best of Show award, and cash prizes awarded during the show.

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Find yesterday’s tractors, today’s fun at expo PHILLIPS – Games for kids, antique machinery and square dances are among the fun activities waiting for you at the eighth annual Antique & Tractor Expo the weekend of July 15-16 at the Price County Fairgrounds in Phillips.

give-away for ages 5-14, and a chance to make jump ropes. There’s a guess the mystery item contest, square dancing with caller Gary Edinger, raffle, silent auction (includes a major item), bake sale, food and beverages, 50/50 raffle, crafts and vendor tables.

Sponsored by the Price County Antique Association, the event will be open from 9am to 5pm both days.

The Orange Blossom Special will offer free rides for kids, plus other activities including JDJ Funny Farm Petting Zoo, a bike

And what’s a tractor expo without a tractor parade? There’s one near the end of each day. Sunday brings the antique car show from 9am-2pm. Entry fee for those bringing their vehicle to display is $5.

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In addition to the antique tractors, equipment and other items, there will be demonstrations of a wood processor, blacksmith shop, shingle mill and others. Musical entertainment will be from 11am to 3pm both days.


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Timber Breeze Resort -- for your next vacation

PARK FALLS – Summer is upon us and Timber Breeze Resort on beautiful Butternut Lake near Park Falls is a welcome retreat to beat the city heat and enjoy the Northwoods beauty in a serene and natural setting.

Flambeau Flowage.

New owners Tanya and Eddie Krause invite you to experience their yearround resort for a family vacation loaded with fun. For reservations, call 715-762-3001 or visit timberbreeze.com.

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The resort is located on Butternut Lake, a 1,006-acre Class A muskie lake, which offers anglers the best year-round fishing in the area for all the popular species. Dip a paddle in either the North or South Fork of the Flambeau Flowage. A short ways you can have a Boundary Waters experience on the famed Turtle-

now rent pontoon boats.

Timber Breeze offers many activities for its guests including, a level sandy beach for swimming, children’s playground, a private boat launch, as well as snowmobile and ATV trails that adjoin the property. There are kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding and swimming opportunities from the property or on nearby water bodies. They also

Timber Breeze features five newly built, fully furnished housekeeping cabins. A four-unit lodge is also available. All accommodations boast delightful views of Butternut Lake. The lodge units are air-conditioned while lake breezes cool the cabins. There’s also a sports bar/restaurant on the grounds for meals and your favorite beverages.

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Barn quilts ‘blanket’ Shawano County

COUNTYWIDE – Quilts on barns? Century-old barns across Shawano County – “Barn Quilt Capital of Wisconsin’ -- are drawing attention and rave reviews – for an unexpected artistic touch on their exteriors. More than 300 and other farm buildings sport hand-painted quilt blocks thanks to a project started in 2010.

Most of the barn quilts are located along rural roads, making for a leisurely drive. Clusters can be found around Shawano and Bonduel and generally are north and south of Highway 29 as it traverses Shawano County. But they can be found in almost every corner of the county. In western Shawano County, the Gresham Area Advancement Association has also placed stylized murals (some being quilt patterns) on businesses, garages and sheds in the city.

A copy of the “The Barn Quilts of Shawano County Wisconsin” by Jim Leuenberger is available at the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center in Shawano, which also has maps and listings of the barn quilts.

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The Shawano Country Barn Quilt Committee painted many of the 8x8foot quilt blocks, while 4-H cubs, local businesses, service clubs and farmers themselves painted others. The “quilts” are actually painted 4x8 sheets of ¾-inch plywood. Once painted, the two pieces are mounted together to form an 8x8 foot block.

July 8 Keshena – St. Michael’s Parish Festival: 9am to 4pm. Food, games, yard sale. July 15 Tilleda – Soggy Bottom 5K Run/Walk: shawanopathways.org. 715-787-3751. July 15 Shiocton – Navarino Days: Noon to 9pm. Navarino Athletic Field. Live music, auction, baseball game, bike givea-way. July 20-22 Pulaski – Pulaski Polka Days: 9am to 9pm, Polka Days grounds and Zielinski’s Ballroom. July 29 Embarrass – Fun Daze Celebration: 9a, to 4pm. Embarrass Park. Parade at 11am. Volleyball, music, craft and flea market. July 30 Shawano – Arts & Craft Fair:


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July 1 Manitowish Waters -- Just Tri It! Triathlon: 8:30am, Discovery Center. 715-543-2085. July 7-9 Lac du Flambeau – Bear River Pow Wow: July 11 Phelps – Picnic in the Park: Wavering Park with chicken and rib barbeque, live music and kids activities. July 15 St. Germain – Car & Craft Show: Community Park. Kids carnival, food. July 15 Eagle River – Artarama Riverwalk Art Show & Sale: July 19 Phelps – Steak in the Park: Wavering Park with steak fry and live music. PhelpsLOLLionsClub.org. July 20-23 Manitowish Waters – Manito Art League Show: July 22 Manitowish Waters – Spend the Day in Manitowish Waters: Featuring Taste of Manitowish Waters. July 27-30 Manitowish Waters – Midsummer Bluegrass Music Festival: Cozy Cove Tavern & Restaurant. Aug. 3-5 Presque Isle – Oktoberfest: Retreat Bar. Aug. 4-5 St. Germain – Pig in the Pines: Bacon, BBQ & Bands: Community Park. Aug. 5 Arbor Vitae – Fireman’s Picnic: Fireman’s Park. Music, food, fireworks. Aug. 5 Phelps – Fireman’s Picnic & Pig Roast: Picnic & pig roast, kids activities, live music and fireworks at Wavering Park.

Popular Midsummer Bluegrass Music Festival returns

MANITOWISH WATERS – Set among the towering pine trees and lake-dotted landscape in Manitowish Waters comes some of the sweetest bluegrass music you will ever hear. The 28th annual Midsummer Bluegrass Music Festival on ThursdaySunday, July 27-30 will feature music by artists and bands from all over the nation.

Hosted by the Cozy Cove Tavern & Restaurant, this year’s outdoor event (Wisconsin’s longest running bluegrass festival) features three headline bands/artists: Bryon Berline, the Bryon Berline Band, and the Bluegrass Martins. While there will be expansive opportunity for bluegrass aficionados to enjoy traditional acoustic bluegrass, festival goers also will hear lively, innovative tunes from a number of genres including folk, blues, Texas Swing, rock, roots, Americana, acoustic jazz, Cajun and Celtic. With a wide variety of bands you’ll definitely find some new favorites! The line-up for Thursday, Friday and Saturday (other acts will be added) includes Yooper Bluegrass, Hand-Picked Bluegrass, Bluegrass Martins, The Byron Berline Band, and Sparrow Tree

Bluegrass. Sunday’s lineup brings back The Byron Berline Band and Bluegrass Martins. Byron Berline is a three-time national fiddle champion. He also played with legendary Bill Monroe, known as the “father of bluegrass” and The Bluegrass Boys. Berline also played with onetime bluegrass super band “California” and is a charter member of The Flying Burrito Brothers. The Bluegrass Martins were honored as the “emerging bluegrass artists of the year.” In addition to the performers, there will be the Bluegrass Institute of the Northwoods-sponsored “Bluegrass in the Schools” workshops and a question and answer workshop featuring Byron Berline, both held inside the 1930s vintage Cozy Cove. Daily and weekend, family special and all access pass (includes camping on-site) are among your ticket options. RV or trailer camping is also available; all campsites are rustic. Cozy Cove is located at 32 N. U.S. Highway 51. Bring a blanket or lawn chair for the musical performances. Make it a full week of fun by staying at one of the local lodging facilities. A serene natural Northwoods beauty frames the township of Manitowish Waters. Just across the street is a paved hike/ bike path leading to the downtown and elsewhere. So, bring your bike and walking shoes for an excursion in between sets. For more information, contact bluegrass festival founder and Cozy Cove owner Jerry Florian at 715-543-2166, jerry@CozyGrass.com. Visit MidSummerBluegrass.com to see the full schedule and detailed ticket information.

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PRESQUE ISLE – Thanks to the Nature Conservancy, present and future generations of nature enthusiasts can enjoy a 2,332-acre preserve in northern Wisconsin. Known as the Catherine Wolter Wilderness Area, the preserve allows only low-impact recreation such as hiking, bird watching and photography. In the winter, crosscountry skiing and snowshoeing are additional recreation options. The Nature Conservancy bought the property from Catherine Wolter in 2000. She and her late husband Fred Wolter had owned the land for nearly 60 years. The 15 wild lakes and ponds at the preserve — with names like Upper and Lower Aimer, Knife, Battine, Bug, and Canteen — host a rich diversity of fish and other aquatic species. Carry-in access for non-motorized boat and canoe use is allowed in the preserve. Catch and release fishing with artificial lures only is allowed on three lakes: Lower Aimer, Knife and Bug.

From Boulder Junction, travel north on County Road M for 5 miles to the intersection of County B. Take a left (northwest) on County B and travel approximately 7 miles, turn right (northeast) on East Bay Road. Travel roughly one half mile to find the trailhead located on the east side of East Bay Road. There is a small parking area (10-15 cars) at the trailhead.

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The public may use the preserve only from sunrise to sunset. Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash from April 1 to July 31 to protect ground-nesting birds. Fall hunting for grouse and deer is allowed.


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Odonata Art Gallery showcases fine art, pottery

MERCER – Located a mile south of Mercer on U.S. Highway 51, Odonata Art Gallery is well worth your drive.

that bursts with little stars and bears a “wow” factor. He’s modest about his skill in developing it (“lucky beginner,” he says), but it’s a glaze that’s become very popular with buyers. It evokes the night sky ablaze with the northern lights, he adds.

Owners Mitchell and Laureen Myers have brought their varied talents to bear on the art world – showcasing their own work and those of over 80 talented artists from across the country. (With each having a background in science, they named their gallery after the order of dragonflies and damselflies.)

Laureen’s pottery takes considerable amount of time to produce. The vases with birds, flowers, fish and people are also quite popular.

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Those acquainted with their work know Mitch’s exceptional outdoor photographs (wildlife and landscape) that convey the spirit of the Northwoods and his talent turning burls into beautiful vessels and bowls, and Laureen’s background as a watercolor painter. And while Laureen has pursued pottery for a couple of years, it’s also has become a passion of Mitch’s. She does sculptural pottery: vases, plates and trays, while Mitch focuses on wheel thrown functional pottery: bowls, coffee cups, canister pieces, etc. The stoneware is strong, durable and beautiful. Mitch uses four different types of glazes, including the unique blue glaze – “Odonata blue” – that he personally developed,

The art trail doesn’t stop there of course. Most of the artists they represent, including many making pottery, are exclusive to Odonata. You’ll also find jewelry, paintings, prints, carvings, ironwork, hand blown and fused glass, plus custom framing. The inventory changes on a regular basis, so even if you visited before, be sure to make another stop. For more information, call 715-476-2910 or e-mail odonataart.mm@gmail.com. “You will see stuff that you won’t see in other stores in northern Wisconsin,” Mitch says. “We don’t look like any other store. We have walked our own way.”

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PHELPS – The Phelps Chamber of Commerce invites you to explore the hiking trails in and around Phelps. Among them are these: Phelps Trail: Located off of Highway E and Sugar Maple Road, the Phelps Hiking Trail is an easy nature hike suitable for all ages. This 1-mile trail is perfect for enjoying the relaxing scenery and sounds of nature. Beaver Creek Trail: Located off of Indian Road near the Vista Lake Trails, experience the rejuvenating powers of a backcountry trail with a 2-mile hike through forested lands. Spectacle Lake – Kentuck Lake Trail: Connecting two campgrounds, this 2.5-mile nature trail takes you through a colorful deciduous forest to an aromatic coniferous forest with pine and spruce trees towering above. With a lake at both ends, this makes for a perfect day-hike.

Rail Trail: Check out this 7.6-mile stretch of trail that runs along the railroad grade between Phelps and Conover. With some wetland areas, this is another great hiking trail for bird watching.

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Blackjack Springs Trail: This 4-mile hiking trail is one of the best in Vilas County for wildlife observation and bird watching, so be sure to bring along those binoculars. An offset of the Vista Lake Trails, this is a good choice for a backpacking adventure.


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Boulder Junction fishing experts offer free fishing seminars

BOULDER JUNCTION -- Boulder Junction fishing guides are ready to share some of their best fishing secrets at the free fishing seminars at various locations in Boulder Junction this season. All seminars begin at 7pm and are free to the public. No reservations are necessary. Sunday, July 2: Summer Fishing in the Northwoods by Bob’s Manitowish Guide Service at Boulder Bear Motor Lodge, 5437 Park Street.

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Sunday, July 9: Round table and answer session by four guides from Bob’s Manitowish Guide Service/Erv Keller Guide Service, Marty Clauson Fishing Adventures and Errington’s Guide Service at Big Bear Hideaway, 10482 Main Street. Sunday, July 16: How the Weather Affects Fishing by Bob’s Manitowish Guide Service at the Boulder Junction Community Center, Hwy. M.

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Sunday, July 30: Roll Trolling for Musky by Musky Capital Guide Service at the Boulder Junction Community Center, Hwy M. Sunday, Aug. 6: Musky Fly Fishing by Bill Sherer’s Northern Adventure Fly Fishing at the Boulder Junction Community Center, Hwy. M. Sunday, Aug. 20: Fall Walleye & Bass Fishing by Bob’s Manitowish Guide Service at Boulder Junction Motor Lodge, 10432 Main Street. Sunday, Aug. 27: Fall Musky Fishing by Erv Keller’s Guide Service & Errington’s Guide Service at Acorn Lodge, 10370 Main Street.

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‘Pig in the Pines’ brings bacon, BBQ and bands

ST. GERMAIN -- Mark your calendar for the St. Germain Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual “Pig in the Pines” festival where you can chow down on great tasting BBQ and bacon and enjoy live music all day and all night long. It’s festival seating so bring your lawn chair or blanket. And a hearty appetite! The 2017 event will be Friday, Aug. 4 and Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Community Park in St. Germain. Hours are from 11:30am to 10pm both nights. They have four BBQ vendors coming from Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois and Florida -- where BBQ cooking is consider an art! Feast on everything pig including pulled pork sandwiches, BBQ, succulent ribs, pork kabobs, bacon wrapped appetizers and gourmet ham sandwiches. There will be other great eats to enjoy, too. This is a family styled event with activities from noon to 8pm for all ages, including the Great Lakes climbing wall, shoot-nshower, bounce house & shooting gallery. There will be a free gift for the first 250 paid attendees each day. Friday brings the 5K Bacon Dash & Bacon Bash trail run/walk with the race start set for 6pm. Register online at st-Germain. com. All Bacon Dashers will be handed a savory piece of crispy bacon as they cross the finish line. The headline bands will be ABBA Salute, 6:30-10pm Friday, Hyde from 5-8pm Saturday followed by Jack Russell’s Great White from 8:30-10pm Saturday. Also playing Friday is Magnum from 11:30am to 2:30pm and Country Wide Rocks from 3-6pm. Musicians entertaining Saturday afternoon will be Spotlight Polka Band from 11:30am to 2pm and Lincoln Boys from 2:30-5pm. For more information, visit piginthepines.com or call 715-4772205.

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Manitowish Waters wants you to enjoy summer with art, food & ski shows

MANITOWISH WATERS – One of northern Wisconsin’s most popular and high regarded celebration of the arts will take place in Manitowish Waters when the Manito Art League holds its annual Fine Art Show Thursday-Sunday, July 20-23.

Skeeters have free shows every Wednesday and Saturday at 7pm during the summer. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.

The event will be held at the Manitowish Waters Community Center. Hours are 9am to 6pm the first three days, then 9am to 2pm Sunday. There is free admission with all art available for purchase. There will be a silent auction and People’s Choice voting.

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Then the MW Chamber of Commerce mixes it up with their annual “Spend the Day in Manitowish Waters” on Saturday, July 22, featuring its renowned “Taste of Manitowish Waters.” Sample a variety of delicious food prepared and served by local restaurants, live music by Bret & Frisk and beverages. The event will be from 11am to 2pm in the Lions Pavilion at the Community Center. Shoppers haven’t been forgotten that day, as participating merchants will tempt them with sidewalk sales from 9am to 5pm.

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hat separates golf courses in the Northwoods from those found elsewhere? Here, as in the metro areas, you will find the same carefully manicured greens, plush fairways, attentive staff and knowledgeable pros, along with clubhouses featuring your favorite drinks and food and fullservice pro shops when it’s time for a new club. But how about a pair of majestic eagles flying overhead or the wandering white-tailed buck to test your concentration! The incredible fresh air that is sifted by the towering red and white pine trees. The lack of urban noise and stress. The short wait to get onto the course. Affordable rates and reasonable meal prices. We have those all in abundance in the Northwoods.

that have surged in popularity in recent years) and a spirited discussion about your, and especially your partners’, recently finished round of golf. If you have young children or teens along, set them loose on the always-fun mini-golf courses and disc courses in the area. It’s where the kids can usually outplay dad and mom. And, when it’s time to close the eyelids – we have lots of comfortable lodging choices – you will dream of that hole-in-one you will hit tomorrow!

Golfers lured to the Northwoods have a choice of any number of golf courses, both 9 and 18 holes, so while you may have a favorite one or two, there are plenty of other nearby courses to test your game. Courses are friendly to beginners and women, while remaining challenging to those with low handicaps. Some courses date back decades with historic clubhouses, while others have been created or expanded in recent years. Now’s the time to reserve a tee time with your golfing buddies and hit the course! Men’s, women’s, senior and couples leagues are available. Later, it’s time to kick back and relax with the 19th-hole experience. The clubhouse is where you will also find great food, favorite drinks (including microbrews

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July 1 Madeline Island – Pedal, Paddle, Plod & Plunge Quadrathon: Joni’s Beach. July 8 Seeley – Namekagon Art & Music Festival: July 14-16 Ashland – Bay Days Festival: July 15 Cable – CAMBA Ride: Self-guided tours on CAMBA single-track. July 21 Washburn – Board Across the Bay: July 22-23 Iron River – Lions Blueberry Festival: July 28 Washburn – Brownstone Summerfest: July 29 Bayfield – Point to La Pointe Swim: 7:20am race start.

Lost Creek Falls and a bonus waterfall

CORNUCOPIA – Anytime is a great time to discover the hidden gems of Bayfield County, in particular one near the charming community of Cornucopia. That gem is Lost Creek Falls, a very scenic waterfall located in the forest just southwest of Cornucopia.

trailhead. Park off the side and begin your hike east on the trail, which is also used by ATVers.

The falls consists of an 8-foot plunge over a sandstone ledge with a few feet of cascades above and below the plunge. You can walk behind the falls, which is not common for waterfalls around Lake Superior. There is a 3-foot cascade a short distance downstream of the main waterfall.

Continue to follow the trail around a couple of curves, up the moderate hill and look for a footpath on the right a few hundred yards past the second bridge. Follow the path down to the falls. You can walk behind the falls or let the water cascade over you – perfect on a warm day.

From Cornucopia head west on Hwy. 13 for about a mile. Turn left (south) onto Klemik Road, which is a dirt road. Go 3/4 of a mile and look for a yellow, gated trail on the left, which is the

We hiked it a few years back. It’s a relatively easy hike, but an extended one of two miles or so. It’s about a 30-minute hike, depending on your speed and stamina. The first of two bridges you will encounter is over Lost Creek #2. From there, it’s a steep trail descent to the second bridge, over Lost Creek #1. (At the time of our hike, neither bridge/creek was signed.)

Bonus waterfall: Siskiwit Falls is located a quarter-mile east of Cornucopia off County Road C on Siskiwit Falls Road.

Namekagon Art and Music Festival includes poetry jam SEELEY – The Namekagon Art & Music Festival will be Saturday, July 8, from 10am to 5pm on the Mooselips Festival Grounds in Seeley, Hwy. 63 and County Rd. OO. Admission is free. The Cable Hayward Area Arts Council sponsors the juried event, held since 1999. Many fine artisans will be offering their wares, including paintings, photography, sculptures, woodworking, jewelry, soaps, pottery and metal “whirlygigs.” There will also be a tent with local authors selling their books. There is a new covered stage for the musicians and art vendors. A highlight of the day will be the poetry jam hosted by Kristine Lendved. Poets of all ages get a chance to compete in their age group for special prizes and to read their poem on the main stage. There will be live music all day starting at 10am with the mellow tunes of Jon Adler and Sonofmel, followed in the afternoon by two other well known local groups. The Seeley Lions will be selling food and beverages. CHARAC will have kids’ art tent with free art projects, as well as wine glass painting and t-shirt tie dyeing for a fee.

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Take a break and head indoors for fun learning CABLE & DRUMMOND – Let’s face it. Sometimes the legs aren’t up for 10 miles of mountain biking, or it’s raining cats and greyhounds, or there’s too much face-time being planted in front of the iPad. That’s when a trip to a local museum can broaden your experience and lead to some fun family time.

culture. Continue the story by learning about the expansion of the railroads, the logging era, European immigrants, and the area tourism. Special events include the youth history program, quilt shows, Native American art and cultural events. Phone: 715-7985070

Here’s a look at some options for that in Cable and Drummond:

Forest Lodge Library -- This historical hand-hewed log library is located next to the Cable Natural History Museum and was built in 1925. In 2002, the library was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This full service public library offers Internet access, an excellent children’s section and Wisconsin and Native American sections. Children’s programs are held during the summer. Phone: 715-798-3189

Cable Natural History Museum -- A must for every visitor is the Cable Natural History Museum, with wildlife displays, including birds of prey, songbirds, mammals and insects. The museum has a summer lecture and field trip series. Many special workshops and outdoor programs offer natural history and science education for all ages. Phone: 715-798-3890

Drummond Public Library & Historical Museum -- The modern building housing the library and museum is designed after the original Rust Owen Company Store. The library provides Internet access, current and best selling children and adult materials and a very large collection of popular videos. A reading program is held each summer for children. The museum depicts the history of Drummond, a company town. The collection features historic photographs and artifacts from the logging camps and mill operations, giving insight into the lives of area pioneer families. It also includes a wildlife collection featuring birds and animals indigenous to the area. The Museum is available for private tours. Phone: 715-739-6290 (Library) Phone: 715-739-6500 (Museum)

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Cable & Namakagon Historical Museum -- The museum was built around 1905 and initially used as a potato warehouse. Later the building was used as a warehouse by the lumber company, an apartment, office building and as an ice cream parlor before it was donated to the Cable/Namakagon Area Historical Society and turned into a museum. Begin your journey by learning more about the Anishinaabe people and their


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July 7-9 Turtle Lake – Turtle Lake Fair: Village Park. July 14-16 Birchwood – Bluegill Festival: 5K run, parade, street dance, kids games, horseshoe tournament. July 19-23 Rice Lake – Barron County Fair: Fairgrounds. Aug. 19 Turtle Lake – Moon Lake Threshing Bee: 7am to 5pm. Threshing, flea market, miniature stream train, and more.

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RICE LAKE – The Pipestone Quarry Trail is a fairly new mountain bike trail that you can enjoy exploring. It’s located in the famed Blue Hills several miles east of Rice Lake. The trail is part of the Chippewa Off Road Bike Association’s (CORBA) expanding trail system located in multiple counties that welcomes gear-grinders.

Existing trails include over 3.5 miles of single track built from old logging roads through northern hardwood forest, up and down over exposed ledgerock and more. There are also about four miles of double track over logging roads. Future trails of a more technical nature will built using natural features in the area, including gravity feeds and large rock formations. There are no fees to use the system, but you should become an active member to support this new system, or funnel some loose

Lincolns or Hamiltons their way. (See chippewaoffroad.org for more information. The Pipestone trailhead address is 1951 27 1/2 St., Rice Lake. From U.S. 53 take exit 143 for Hwy. 48 toward Rice Lake. Travel 1.2 miles east on Hwy. 48 and turn right on N. Main Street. Go south on N. Main Street 0.8 mile and turn left on E. Sawyer street (County Road C). Continue 7.6 miles until just past a sharp left turn on a steep hill, then turn right on the gravel road which is 27 1/2 Street. Entrance is in 0.5 miles, either park at the gate, or if the gate is open you can park at the trailhead. Remember your biking checklist: map, route and expected return time, tool and patch kit, maybe binoculars and camera, water, high energy snacks, helmet and rain gear.

Barron County Fair offers grandstand entertainment RICE LAKE – Other than the Independence Day celebrations, perhaps no other event epitomizes small town America than county fairs. Youth compete for ribbons and awards with livestock showings and crafts, the Midway hums with excitement and color, and the grandstand entertainment packs them in with demolition derbys and the like. Which is why you shouldn’t miss the Barron County Fair, set for July 19-23 at the Rice Lake fairgrounds, 101 Short St., Rice Lake. The kids will have a blast at the fair, with events tailored just for them, such as the kiddie pedal tractor pull, “Little Britches” dairy show and junior scavenger hunt. There are stage shows, “dress a goat” contest, harness races, raffles, “Fairest of the Fair’ coronation and a “cops & robbers” 5K. Saturday night features the “truck and tractor pull extravaganza.” Another grandstand draw is Sunday evening’s “gigantic demolition derby.”

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July 15-23 Danbury – Fur Trade Rendezvous: Demonstrations, reenactments, food. July 21-23 Grantsburg – World Championship Snowmobile Watercross: July 22 Siren – Gandy Dancer Trail 5K Run/Walk: July 22 Siren – Gandy Dancer Flyin/Drive-in: Burnett Co. Airport. Aug. 3-6 Siren – Siren Summerfest: Aug. 11-12 Webster – Gandy Dancer Days: 5k run, car sow, craft fair, games.

Catch the exciting snowmobile watercross championships GRANTSBURG – It’s going to be a wet-n-wild weekend July 21-23 in Grantsburg when the International Watercross Association (IWA) brings its 41st annual World Championship Snowmobile Watercross event to town. Get a front row seat for all the action, which will be held at Memory Lake Park and hosted by the Grantsburg Hockey Association. The gravity-defying racers from the United States and Canada will compete in seven classes: Pro Open, Pro Stock, Semi Pro Open, Semi Pro Stock, Mod Drags, 800 Drags and 600 Drags. Top racers from the two countries will compete Friday, Saturday and Sunday on open water in ovals and drags for world champion titles and the large cash purse. There will also be vintage and women’s racing. There is plenty of spectator room, plus camping facilities, displays, food and beverage vendors, kids play area, free street danc-

es with live music and other activities. It all begins Friday with IWA-sanctioned racing starting at noon, rolling into the evening with the first street dance (Diesel Drive). Racing continues Saturday at 9:30am. On Saturday evening, there will be entertainment on the water before the street dance (Jonah & The Whales) and the “Best Fireworks Around” spectacular at dusk. Racing resumes at 9:30am Sunday with the championships races held at 5pm. If you’re bold enough to try racing a snowmobile across open water, contact the IWA. More information, including camping registration, is available at: grantsburgwatercross.com. Memory Lake is located in downtown Grantsburg: Hwy. 70 to stop light, go left until the “T” and then left again.

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DANBURY – Step back in time at the annual Great Folle Avoine Fur Trade Rendezvous Saturday, July 15 through Sunday, July 23 and learn about the fascinating lifestyle of early explorers, trappers and traders in the wilderness that someday would become Wisconsin.

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Brought to you by the Burnett County Historical Society, Rendezvous hours are 10am to 4pm daily. There’s a wild rice pancake breakfast on Sunday, July 23 from 8am to 12:30pm. When the fur traders packed their canoes with precious furs and began the arduous journey north after the long cold winter at Forts Folle Avoine, their destination was Grand Portage. There, for a few weeks before preparing for the return trip, they could relax as they took part in the much-anticipated Rendezvous celebration. Today, in an authentic re-creation at Forts Folle Avoine Historic Park dozens of fur trade camps with a variety of characters fill Sayer’s Field and Trader’s Row. As was true 200 years ago, goods are “traded,” stories told, and fun times enjoyed by rendezvous campers, traders and visitors.

The Historical Park is a living history site with two fur trade posts, North West Company and the XY Company reconstructed on the actual site known to be active from 1802-05, along with an authentic Ojibwe Indian Village. More information about the park is available at theforts.org or call 715-866-8890.

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There will be demonstrations of period skills including black powder shooting, archery and tomahawk throwing. Tasty food prepared in the fur-trade era manner is a treat. Trader goods include period clothing, furnishings, camp gear, trade silver, animal skins, jewelry and a fascinating variety of other utilitarian and decorative items.


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July 4 Amery – Wapo-Bertrapo 5K Fun Run: Stower Seven Lakes Trail. July 6-9 Centuria – Memory Days: July 7-9 Turtle Lake – Inter-County Fair: Also, grand parade. July 15 Balsam Lake – Bass Classic Fishing Tournament: July 21-23 Luck – Lucky Days Festival: July 27-30 St. Croix Falls – Polk County Fair:

Canoeing the St. Croix River at Interstate Park. --Dean S. Acheson photo

‘Pothole Trail’ brings you close to nature’s wonders

ST. CROIX FALLS – Mother Nature had long-range plans for Interstate State Park – creating dozens of potholes in basalt bedrock in an area known today as The Dalles of the St. Croix River gorge. Some 10,000 years ago rushing meltwater created abrasive whirlpools of sand and gravel that scoured saucer-shaped and cylindrical depressions into the hard rock surfaces of terraces carved by the Glacial St. Croix River.

Among the potholes of various sizes and shapes is one nearly a perfect pothole – four and half feet wide and 18 feet deep. The Minnesota side of Interstate Park contains more than 80 of these glacial potholes, the largest concentration in the world. There are a dozen hiking trails of various lengths in the park, including our favorite: The Pothole Trail. It is a 0.4-mile loop with gravel surface, stone stairs, uneven terrain and an observation deck with benches. It affords visitors great views of the glacial potholes as well as awesome high elevation views of the St. Croix River gorge and a cliff formation known as the “Old Man of the Dalles.”

Sliverbrook Trail We also hiked the 1.2-lineral mile Silverbrook Trail a couple years ago. It takes you through a variety of habitats to a remote area of the park rich in local history. The trail follows part of the original road from St. Croix Falls to Osceola. You’ll pass by an abandoned copper mine to the grounds of Silverbrook Mansion and to the 18-foot Silverbrook Falls. If it’s hot outside, be aware one small bottle of water for the roundtrip hike isn’t adequate, as we learned! Also, the end point to the falls could be better signed. We took a chance and veered right and found the waterfalls. The park is open year-round and is very popular for summer camping, trail hiking and rock climbing. The river is dotted with canoes and kayaks, and even paddle-driven excursion boats. Daily or annual permits required.

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Plan your next fishing trip to Winter area

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July 13-16 Hayward – Honor the Earth Pow Wow: July 15 Draper – Wheelin’ Warriors Minnow Races: Rum Shack. July 20-22 Hayward – Lumberjack World Championships: July 22 Hayward – Birkie Lumberjack Run/Walk: Fresh Water Hall of Fame. Lumberjackrun.com or 715634-5025. July 28-29 Hayward – Pickleball Classic Tournament: Treeland Resorts & Motel. July 28-29 Hayward – Hayward Piecemakers Quilt Show: Wesleyan Church. Aug. 5 Hayward – Moose Lake Festival: Noon to 6pm, Louie’s Landing Restaurant.

WINTER –You will find fishing is top notch in the Winter area. Stocking programs through the Winter Lakes Alliance, the county and the Department of Natural Resources ensure that fisherman will have good catches for future generations. This makes for great fishing any day for musky, bass, walleye, and panfish and a great challenge to the many fishing tournaments held in the area.

The following is a list of some of the larger lakes and rivers where you can launch your boat or fish from shore and try your luck and test your angling skills: Lake Winter – 677 acres – Muskie, walleye, bass, panfish Barber Lake, 238, Muskie, northern pike, walleye, panfish Barker Lake, 238, muskie, bass, walleye, panfish Black Dam, 128, muskie, walleye, northern pike, panfish, trout Black Lake, 129, bass and panfish Blisdell Lake, 356, muskie, walleye, panfish, bass, sturgeon Bluegill Lake, 26, panfish (clear, sandy bottom lake) Conners Lake, 429, muskie, walleye, panfish, trout (clear, sandy bottom, deep with excellent boat launch) Fishtrap Lake, 216, muskie, northern pike, bass, panfish Hunter Lake, 126, muskie, northern pike, bass, panfish, sturgeon Lake Loretta, 126, muskie, panfish Moose Lake, 1,670, muskie, pike, bass, panfish Radisson Flowage, 255, muskie, pike, bass, panfish, trout Perch Lake, 129, muskie, northern pike, bass, panfish Windfall Lake, 102, muskie, northern pike, bass, panfish Chippewa Flowage, great muskie lake and one of the best boat landings at Winter Dam

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HAYWARD – The Hayward Piecemakers annual quilt show will be Friday and Saturday, July 28-29 at the Hayward Wesleyan Church. Hours are 10am to 4pm with a daily admission fee.

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day sewing machine repair and tune-ups (appointments required, 715-661-3575). Dig grandma’s prized quilt out of the trunk, as there will be quilt appraisals by AQS certified quilt appraiser and author Carol Butzke.

In addition, there will be demos every half hour, mini-classes, scissor and knife sharpening on Saturday and same

Raffles include a cutting table, six large quiltthemed baskets (3 drawn daily) and a raffle quilt. The door prize is a new sewing machine. Lunch will be available with proceeds going to the Sawyer County Humane Society. The church is located at 10655 Nyman Avenue, on Highway 77, west of Hayward.

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There will be 250,000 square feet of quilt show with hundreds of quilts displayed (including vintage quilt display), special exhibits, vendors, along with viewer’s choice ballots on Friday and ribbons awarded on Saturday. “Quilts of Valor” presentation will be on Saturday.


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Drift along with the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers There are no garbage cans along the river way. Individuals are responsible for removing their own trash. Littering is against the law and fines are possible.

If you decide to enjoy tubing you should wear a bathing suit or quick drying shorts and shirt. Old sneakers, aqua socks, or river sandals will protect your feet from rocks. A towel and dry change of clothes packed in a plastic bag come in handy at the journey’s end and you can put your wet suit in the bag. Protect yourself from the sun with a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Many tubers leave the river with a severe case of sunburn. Bring along food and water, too. Don’t forget your sense of adventure as you travel at the pace of nature for the day.

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HAYWARD -- It’s summertime – hazy and lazy days – tailor made for tubing on the St. Croix or Namekagon rivers, which together offer 252 miles of clean water gliding past a lush green landscape. Located in the protected St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, the two rivers provide scenic views along with sightings of eagles and deer.

Help keep the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers a beautiful place to visit by following these rules: No glass beverage containers are allowed on the river. Glass and bare feet don’t mix.

Do not jump into the river from bridges, cliffs or trees. Drowning and injury have occurred. For your safety this activity is not allowed on the riverway.

Tubing is becoming a popular past time for river fun and relaxation, but it is not without danger. Though it appears as if anyone can do it, tubing is recommended only for people who are able to swim. It takes no special skill to drift on a tube on the river’s current; however, your personal safety and that of children should be taken into account. Many outfitters along the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway rent tubes as well as canoes and kayaks. Contact them for rates, locations served and reservations.

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SawyerCOUNTY Kids’ Matinees Kids cross-cut saw with the lumberjacks and get a free souvenir.

World class athletes compete in 10 different lumberjack events.

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Scheer’s Lumberjack Village Opening Mid-May Serving 24 flavors of Wisconsin’s own Cedar Crest® ice cream. Eclectic Menu – Fresh Ingredients Fabulous Food – Wine/Beer/Liquor

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10 AM – 10 PM Daily Buy a Village Pass and save $2.00 per person on the show and mini-golf combined.

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The canoe joust is one of the events in the lumberjack shows that keeps the crowd laughing. -- Contributed photo

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HAYWARD -- If you don’t have the opportunity to attend the Lumberjack World Championships (LWC) in Hayward on July 20, 21 or 22 you can see the same display of lumberjack sports by attending a Fred Scheer’s Lumberjack Show.

Founders of the show, Rob and Fred Scheer both claim world championship titles: Rob, a three-time world champion in the 90-foot pole climb; Fred, a four-time world champion in the men’s log roll and two-time champion in the men’s boom run. Fred’s son Cassidy was raised in the Lumberjack Bowl where both the LWC and Fred Scheer’s Lumberjack Shows are held. Part of Fred Scheer’s Lumberjack Shows for 14 years, Cassidy holds three pole climbing world championships and a men’s boom run world championship. According to Cassidy, “When you perform an event two times a day, five days a week all summer long as part of a lumberjack show, you get a lot of practice in front of a crowd. You can get really good if you put in extra time working on your personal technique.” Dustin Beckwith, Sean Duffy, (yes Congressman Sean Duffy) Roger Burger, Brian Linville and Charlie Fenton are just a few more Lumberjack World Champions who learned their skills as performers in Fred Scheer’s Lumberjack Shows.

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The LWC in Hayward isn’t the only world-class lumberjack event in which Fred Scheer’s Lumberjack Show performers have competed. As part of Fred Scheer’s Stihl Pro Team, Cassidy Scheer and Dustin Beckwith captured gold and bronze medals in the Superjack event at the 2005 ESPN Great Outdoor Games competition.

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Fred Scheer is quick to point out that the lumberjack athletes deserve all the credit for their achievements. “I just teach them the skill, they practice and develop their own techniques -- it’s really fun to watch them take off.”

Groups of 20 or more people receive 10% discount by making advance reservations. Phone 715-634-6923 Tickets go on sale at the ticket booth 45 minutes prior to show time.

Scheers Lumberjack Shows is a great family adventure. Lumberjacks invite kids from the audience onstage during matinee intermissions to crosscut saw with the lumberjacks. -- Contributed photo

Pre-buy tickets for any show at the Lumberjack Village Namekagon Cone or Mini-Golf.

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In fact, you may see some of the same lumberjacks that compete in the world championships. Since its onset, Scheer’s Lumberjack Shows has been a training ground for many athletes who became world champions.

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WINTER - Located just north of the community of Winter, the family-favorite Black Lake Recreation Area is in the center of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The campgrounds is near the elk release area so a sighting of this magnificent animal could be a bonus to your visit here.

Visit scenic Black Lake Recreation Area

open with full services from May 1 through late October on a first-come, first-serve basis. Remember, out-ofarea firewood is prohibited in an effort to slow down the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer. Firewood is available at or near the campground.

It offers 26 drive-in camping sites (accommodates RVs up to 45 feet) and three walk-in tent camping sites. Most of the campsites face the lake. There is also a picnic area, grassy swimming beach and two boat ramps on the 129-acre Black Lake. The principal fish species in Black Lake are muskie, largemouth bass, northern pike and panfish. The size of the lake lends itself to kayaking and canoeing. During off-peak, reservations are not taken. The campground is

The four-mile Black Lake Interpretive Trail starts in the campground and takes you around the lake for a scenic and challenging hike. Following the trail is like taking a walk through time to the old logging days of the Northwoods. To reach the recreation area, travel east from Hayward on Hwy. B for 23 miles to the intersection of Hwy. B, Hwy. W and Barker Lake Road. Turn left (north) and drive 7.7 miles on Barker Lake Road and Forest Road 172 to Forest Road 173. Turn left (north) and drive 0.4 miles to the paved campground road.

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HAYWARD – The 58th annual Lumberjack World Championships in Hayward on July 2022 will showcase over 21 events competing for world records in events ranging from men’s and women’s logrolling, to chopping, to the exciting pole climb.

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More than 100 competitors will vie for more than $50,000 in prize money, making this one of the largest paybacks for lumberjack competition in the world. It’s being held in the Lumberjack Bowl, once a giant holding pond for logs of Weyerhaeuser’s North Wisconsin Lumber Company.

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July 1 Shell Lake – Fine Art Festival: Memorial Park. July 6-8 Spooner – Heart of the North Rodeo: July 7 Shell Lake -- Music at the Shed: 7pm, Them Coulee Boys, The Potters Shed. July 14 Shell Lake – Music at the Shed: 7pm, LASKA, The Potters Shed. July 14-15 Birchwood – Bluegill Festival: 5K run, parade, street dance, contest, kids games. July 15 Shell Lake – Music at the Shed: 7pm, Greg Gilbertson, The Potters Shed. July 21 Shell Lake – Music at the Shed: 7pm, The High 48s, The Potters Shed. July 27-30 Spooner – Washburn County Fair: Fairgrounds. July 28 Shell Lake – Music at the Shed: 7pm, Gentlemen’s AntiTemperance League, The Potters Shed. July 29 Shell Lake – Music at the Shed: 7pm, Dames, The Potters Shed. Aug. 4 Shell Lake – Music at the Shed: 7pm, Communist Daughter, The Potters Shed.

Make it Spooner for Jack Pine Savage Days County fair also on tap

SPOONER – Come for the excitement. Come for the fun. Come for the mud! That’s your call for the annual Jack Pine Savage Days in Spooner set for Aug. 4-6 and offering a summer weekend of family fun, but especially the craziness of the Savage Dash 5K Mud Run. Other events include live music, carnival, arts and crafts fair on both Friday and Saturday. Friday also includes the Kids Dash Mud Run, Crazy Days sidewalk sales and a book sale. Saturday brings the sport tournaments, farmers market, health fair, car show, outdoor show, and more. Sunday features a pancake breakfast. The sixth annual 5K Mud Run (for ages 13 and older) will be Saturday, Aug. 5 with the first wave off at 1pm, followed by additional waves every 10 minutes. There will be 30 racers per wave, all scrambling over/through obstacles for the best time. Race start will be the Spooner Railroad Park on Front Street if you want to watch the action.

mud/obstacle course for ages 2-12. For a full schedule, call 715-635-2168 or visit jackpinesavagedays.com. Mud Run registration info and other details are available at saveagedash.com.

Washburn County Fair Come to the Washburn County Fair on July 27-30 in Spooner to experience a small town county fair that sure to please the entire family. Check out the carnival rides and games, taste some delicious food from the 4-H food stand and other vendors, listen to live music at one of the band performances, cheer on the kids at the kiddie tractor pull and mutton busting events, pet the baby animals in the barn, watch the horses speed around the barrels on gymkhana night and much more. For more information, call 715-635-8746 or visit washburncountyfair.com.

The Kids Dash Mud Run on Friday at 4:45pm is a mile-long

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SHELL LAKE – The annual Fine Art Festival will be Saturday, July 1 in Memorial Park in Shell Lake. Hours are 10am to 2pm. The event attracts a number of local and regional artists showcasing quality works. At this juried event, patrons will find an outstanding selection of fine art and craft to browse and purchase as they walk among the artisan displays. From the simple elegance of a wooden clip-

board to functional pottery to artwork to decorate walls The Art Festival is in a beautiful setting amongst the trees in the park by the shelter house. It’s by the lake so you can enjoy the sailing regatta also taking place that day. The park is on Highway 63 at the foot of Main Street. There is plenty of free parking adjacent to the park. Admission is free.

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BIRCHWOOD – Birchwood is the Bluegill Capital of Wisconsin, and your place for fun from Friday to Sunday, July 14-16 during their 54th annual Birchwood Bluegill Festival, sponsored by the local Lions club and its many volunteer helpers.

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This is the quintessential hometown celebration with a fishing contest (begins Wednesday), horseshoe tournaments, 3-day softball tournament, Bluegill Festival queen contest, craft vendors, medallion hunt, children’s games, live music, and the big parade. The Historic Morey House & Log Cabin will be open for tours Saturday and Sunday.

Running and walking shoes will hit the pavement during the eighth annual 5K walk/ run, which sets off at 8:30am Saturday. Preceding the run is the kids half-mile fun run at 8:15am. Bands will be playing from 9pm to 1am both Friday and Saturday nights on Main Street. The grand parade kicks off at 1pm Sunday.

Birchwood prides itself on being a quaint village surrounded by deep forests and many lakes. So it’s no wonder that Birchwood is also famed for its fishing including the popular bluegill, which it has honored with a 13-foot statue on the edge of town. Ouncefor-ounce, the bluegill is one of the hardest fighting fish around, especially on light tackle.

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July 7-9 Crystal Falls – Bass Festival: July 14-15 Iron River – Upper Peninsula Pro Rodeo: Iron River Fairgrounds. Aug. 4-6 Crystal Falls – Humongous Fungus Fest: Aug. 10-13 Iron River – Iron Co. Fair: Iron River Fairgrounds.

CRYSTAL FALLS – The Crystal Falls Lions Club invites you to their 53rd annual Bass Festival in Crystal Falls, starting Thursday, July 6 and going through Sunday, July 9. Most events are on the weekend, and most held in Runkle Lake Park.

music, baby contest (children 3 and under) at noon, horseshoe tournament also at noon, kids games and races, awarding of the many prizes at 3pm for the fishing tournament and the drawing of the big 50/50 raffle at 5pm.

In addition to the Lions’ overall sponsorship, other groups are sponsoring individual events.

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The festival starts Thursday evening with bingo at the Nylund Building. There will be prizes, cash prizes and concessions. Doors open at 5:30pm. On Friday, take in the 12th annual Boxing Invitational, beginning at 7pm, at the Nylund Building. The action features amateurs from Michigan and Wisconsin. Concessions will be available. Events heat up Saturday with the Bass Festival parade at 10am on Superior Avenue. It’s followed by canoe races at 11:30am down the Paint River. The Lions’ well-received chicken barbeque dinner starts at noon at Runkle Park. There will be live music that afternoon beginning at 2pm. There’s also the start of the two-day fishing tournament. The legendary ethnic softball game begins at 7:30pm at the ball field.

You’re invited to put on your running or walking shoes and take part in the “Run Your Bass Off” on Sunday, July 9. The Crystal Lake Business Association sponsors the run/walk. Choose from a 10K, Half Bass (5K) or 2-mile walk through some residential and commercial area. The scenic course is somewhat hilly, but what would you expect from a town built on a hill! The races/walk start at 9am from Runkle Lake Park. For more information and to register, visit RunYourBassOff.com. The Business Association invites you back for their Summer Fest on Saturday, July 22. Plan for a day of good music, unique crafts, cool antiques and yummy summer food. The fun takes places on the Harbour House Museum grounds and on a portion of Crystal Avenue.

Don’t worry about making Sunday breakfast, as a full pancake breakfast will be served at the VFW Hall on Superior Avenue from 7am to noon. Sunday morning also brings the foot races (see below). Other Sunday activities include the community picnic with food, concessions and refreshments, continuation of the volleyball tournament, live

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WAKEFIELD – Up in Wakefield, just across the Wisconsin/ Michigan border, one can find a statue of a Chippewa Indian, Nee-Gaw-Nee-Gaw-Bow, carved by notable American artist Peter “Wolf” Toth.

ground and hiking trails. Pet restrictions, partial handicap access. Open mid-May to first of October.

Created from a single piece of pine donated by the Ottawa National Forest, Nee-Gaw-Nee-Gaw-Bow was the 59th Indian statue of Toth’s “Trail of the Whispering Giants.” He spent the years 1971-88 carving different Indian sculptures with at least one in each of the 50 states and a couple of Canada providences. (There’s a Toth Indian statue at Hayward’s Carnegie Library.) His creations (now, at least 76) have earned him a listing in Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

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Nee-gaw-nee-gaw-bow means “Leading Man” in Chippewa. The statue head with a feathered headdress and a pendant around his neck was placed on a circular base. It’s easily accessible by the public as it sits on a pier over Sunday Lake and next to the Wakefield Visitor’s Center.

Sunday Lake Campground Pack a picnic lunch and make a day out of it with a visit to the Eddy Park/Sunday Lake Campground, which has 90 sites: 79 with water and electric, 11 with no hook-ups; cabins, showers, toilets, tables, fire rings and wood. There is also a pavilion, lake swimming, boating, canoeing, kayaking, ramp, dock, play-

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IRONWOOD – Every year in July, Ironwood is the host to Festival Ironwood, located on the grounds of the Old Depot Museum in downtown Ironwood. Billed as a mid-summer celebration, Festival Ironwood features a variety of fun activities and entertainment This year’s Festival Ironwood – the 25th annual -- will be Wednesday-Saturday, July 19-22 at the Ironwood Historic Depot Park. There will be food, music, craft show, health fair, car show, games, world’s largest duck pick, dancing, refreshments and fun for all. There will also be a “walk, run & roll” 5 miler and 2 miler on Saturday, July 22 beginning at 8:30am at the Old Depot Park. Details were not yet available on the events in time for this issue of Action. For a complete schedule as the event nears, visit ironwoodchamber.org.

Art shows The Range Art Association will hold the Master’s Art Show and the 62nd annual Art Show concurrently at the historic Ironwood Memorial Building on Friday-Sunday, July 21-23. The show is open from 10am to 5pm the first two days and 10am to 5pm Sunday. There’s also a raffle drawing.

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IRON RIVER, MI – The 50th annual Upper Peninsula Championship Rodeo will be Friday and Saturday, July 14-15 in Iron River, MI. PRCA rodeo performances are set for 7pm Friday and again 2pm and 7pm Saturday The bucking broncs and bulls will be doing their darnest to send cowboys into orbit during the rodeo. Skilled cowgirls will guide their lightning-fast horses through the barrel-racing course. There’s also tie-down roping and steer wrestling. Downtown Iron River will be the hub of shopping fun during the Market Days celebration Friday. Other activities include queen

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and princess horsemanship at the rodeo arena, book and bake sales, family fun events and pre-performance entertainment by Pink Ribbon Rebels and Cowgirl Sweethearts (trick riders). Saturday brings the Windsor Rodeo Run, which kicks off at 8am, and the Wild West Parade at 10am through the downtown. There’s also the antique tractor show at the VFW Post, along with pre-performance entertainment again. The crowning of the 2017 Miss U.P. Rodeo and U/P. Rodeo Princess will take place at the rodeo arena. A concert by Next Myle follows the 7pm rodeo performance.

Humongous Fungus Fest will soon sprout fun, food CRYSTAL FALLS – Mark your calendar for the 26th annual Humongous Fungus Fest in Crystal Falls, Aug. 4-6. It’s a fun weekend of food and frolics. It takes place at locations all over the city and at Runkle Lake Park. There will be a giant pizza (with mushrooms!), softball tournament, citywide rummage sales, street dance, games, a Mr. FunGi men’s beauty contest and much more during this annual celebration named after the “Humungous Fungus” – perhaps the

world’s largest, oldest and continuous living organism. Humungous Fungus is the popular name for the giant mushroom growing over 37 acres beneath an Iron County forest near the Wisconsin border. The estimated 100-ton Armillaria Bulbosa species is almost entirely underground, except for tiny offshoots that poke through the forest duff in the fall. The fungus produces edible button mushrooms commonly called “honey mushroom.”

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