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Just Minutes Away From Devil’s Lake State Park... It’s Like Camping In Your Own Backyard! TM

Smokey Hollow Campground

Baraboo Hills Campground

(608) 635-4806

(608) 356-8505

W9935 McGowan Rd., Lodi, WI 53555

Whether you are looking for a weekend filled with activities or the quiet relaxation of a secluded campground, Smokey Hollow is the place for you and your family! www.smokeyhollowcampground.com

E10545 Terrytown Rd., Baraboo, WI 53913

We invite you to make Baraboo Hills Campground your home away from home while you visit all the excitement of the Wisconsin Dells, natural beauty of Devil’s Lake State Park, or fun of the Circus World Museum. www.baraboohillscampground.com

Merry Mac’s Campground E12995 Halweg Rd., Merrimac, WI 53561

(608) 493-2367

Welcome to one of the BEST campgrounds in Wisconsin! Merry Mac’s Campground is a family friendly campground nestled between the South shore of Devil’s Lake and Lake Wisconsin. www.merrymacscampground.com

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Columbia County Wisconsin Welcomes You! COMMUNITIES

CHAMBERS

City of Columbus 920-623-5900 www.cityofcolumbuswi.com

Cambria-Friesland 920-348-6090 www.cambriafrieslandchamber.com

City of Lodi 608-592-3247 www.ci.lodi.wi.gov City of Portage 608-742-2176 www.portagewi.gov City of Wisconsin Dells 608-254-2012 www.citywd.org Village of Arlington 608-635-2474 www.arlingtonwi.com Village of Cambria 920-348-5443 www.cambriawisconsin.com Village of Doylestown 920-992-3610 Village of Fall River 920-484-3525 www.fallriverwi.com Village of Friesland 920-348-5156 Village of Pardeeville 608-429-3121 www.villageofpardeeville.net Village of Poynette 608-635-2122 www.poynette-wi-gov

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Columbus 920-623-3699 www.columbuswichamber.com Fall River 920-484-6257 www.fallriverwichamber.com Lodi & Lake Wisconsin 608-592-4412 www.lodilakewisconsin.org Pardeeville Area Business Association 608-429-3596 www.pardeeville.biz Portage 608-742-6242 or 800-474-2525 www.portagewi.com Poynette 608-635-2425 www.poynette-wi.gov Randolph 920-326-4769 www.randolphwi.net Wisconsin Dells 800-223-3557 www.wisdells.com

LOCAL CONTACTS Columbia County Offices 608-742-2191 www.co.columbia.wi.us

Village of Randolph 920-326-4600 www.randolphwis.com

Columbia County Economic Development Corporation 608-742-6161 www.ccedc.com

Village of Rio 920-992-5454 www.riowi.us

Lodi Area Opportunity & Development Corporation (L.O.D.I.) 608-592-4038

Village of Wyocena 608-429-2349 www.villageofwyocena.com

UW Extension - Columbia County 608-742-9680 www.uwex.edu/ces/cty/columbia

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.... ............... BIKE LOOP MAP . . . . . . . . . . 17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. BARN QUILT MAP . . . . . . . . . 22 . . . . . . ........ AMISH TOURS MAP

On the Road .... ....................

18-19 Scenic Byway 60 . . . . . . 52 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clubs . . . . . Transportation/Curling 29 25. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....... Calendar of Events . . . . 62 . . . . . .................... Hwy 151. . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Dining & Entertainment . . . . . 35 .................... Golfing . . . . . . . . . . . . . ......5 . . . . . ............... Antiques and Galleries. . . . . . 35 . . . . . . . . . ........... Camping & Lodging . . . . . 48-49 . . . . . . . . . . . . ts . . . . . . . Produce & Farm Marke . . . . . 63 .................... Outdoor Recreation . . . . . . . . 58 . ................... Horicon Marsh . . . . . . . ......7 . . . . . ............... Columbia County Fair. . . . . . . 14 . . . . . . . . ............ Ice Age Trail . . . . . . . . . . . 23-24 . . . . . . . . . . . ......... Nature Areas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...... Bike-n-Camp . . . . . . . . . 50-51 47, ................... Rustic Roads . . . . . . . . .

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15-16, 20 Lodi and Lake Wiscon . . 60-61 . ................... Sauk County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 . . . . ................ Wisconsin Dells . . . . . . . . . . . 54 . . . . . . . ............. Rio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-13 . . . . . . . . . . . ......... Fall River. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...... Columbus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 .................... Randolph . . . . . . . . . . . . ......6 . . . ................. Cambria Friesland . . . . . . . . . 57 . . . . . . . ............. Green Lake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 . . . . . . . . . . .......... Pardeeville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....... Marquette County . . . . . . 36-46 .................... Portage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 . . . ................. Wyocena . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 . . . . . . .............. Poynette . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 . . . . . . . . . ........... Arlington . . . . . . . . . . . .

2014 COLUMBIA COUNTY VISITOR’S BUREAU BOARD OF DIRECTORS PRESIDENT: Bob O’Brion VICE-PRESIDENT: Bob Becker SECOND VICE PRESIDENT: Mike Griffith EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Nancy Elsing SECRETARY/TREASURER: Carmen Griffith DIRECTOR: Annette Currie DIRECTOR: Terry Milfred

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Antiques & Galleries Antiques Mall of Portage

Lilac Furniture Gallery

128 W. Cook St., Portage (608) 742-2400 www.antiquesmallofportage.com

W1996 Barry Rd., Dalton (608) 617-2662 www.lilacfurnituregallery.com

Antique Mall of Wisconsin Dells 720 Oak St., Wisconsin Dells (608) 254-2422 www.wisconsinantiquedealers.com

The Mercantile 117 W. Cook St, Downtown Portage (608) 745-5768

Antique Shops

My Gang Antique Mall

141 W. James St., Columbus (920) 623-2669

14 W. Munroe St., Wisconsin Dells (608) 253-2029

Arts Antiques Collectibles E10445 Xanadu Rd., Wisconsin Dells (608) 254-7229

Oak St. Antique Mall

Artistic Expressions

725 Oak St., Wisconsin Dells (608) 254-4200

531 Broadway Wisconsin Dells (608) 235-8380

Pardeeville Antique Mall 103 Industrial Dr., Pardeeville (608) 429-9393 Open daily 10-5

Big Chicken 134 East Mullett Street, Portage (608) 745-1300

Seward’s Folly

Carousel Antiques 132 East James St., Columbus (920) 623-5309

100 East Seward St., Poynette (608) 635-4785

Columbus Antiques Mall & Christopher Columbus Museum

Studio 3 Lysenko

“Wisconsin’s Largest Antique Mall” 239 Whitney St., Columbus (920) 623-1992 Open Daily 8am - 4pm www.columbusantiquemall.com

Cottage House Primitives 120 S. Main, Lodi (608) 592-7474 Folk Art & Antiques, 18th Century Furniture, Historic Textiles.

133 Water St., Lodi www.studio3lysenko.com

Sunfall on Main 139 S. Main Street, Lodi (608) 592-4586 Antiques, Art and Garden. Eclectic mix of antiques, local art, garden seeds and plants, garden decor with an outside shed and courtyard.

Days Gone By Antique Mall

Three Bats In The Belfry

729 Oak St., Wisconsin Dells (608) 254-6788 www.days-gone-by.com

203 Portage St., Lodi (608) 592-3342 Antiques, Garden Decor and much more. Located in historic church.

Drury Gallery 301 E. Cook St., Portage (608) 742-5655 www.portagecenterforthearts.com

Hand Blown Glass 34 Broadway Wisconsin Dells (608) 254-7054 www.handblownglass-gifts.com.

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West James Gallery 122 West James St., Columbus (920) 623-5325

Wisconsin Dells Antique Mall S2279 Timothy Lane, Wisconsin Dells (608) 356-7600 www.wisconsindellsantiquemall.com

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CAMBRIA FRIESLAND CAMBRIA EVENTS FOR 2014 1ST MONDAY each month @ 6:30 p.m. – Cambria Village Board meeting 1ST & 4TH WEDNESDAY each month 6:15 p.m. – Cambria Kiwanis meeting in Cambria Community Room 1ST & 3RD MONDAY each month @ 7:00 p.m. – Fire Training Meeting at the Cambria Fire Station EACH WEDNESDAY 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Family Game Night @ Cambria Jane Morgan Library 4TH MONDAY each month @ 7:00 p.m. - EMS Training meeting at the Cambria Fire Station 4TH THURSDAY @ 1:30 p.m. Historical Society meets at the Cambria Jane Morgan Library THURSDAY READERS CLUB at Cambria Jane Morgan Memorial Library - 7:00 pm 3rd Thursday each month STORYTIME at the Cambria Jane Morgan Memorial Library @ 10:00 a.m. 2nd Wednesday each month MARCH 8 Welsh Prairie 4-H Livewires Shamrock Shuffle 5K Run/Walk - www.wp/4H.org - Cambria Fire Station MARCH 22 Cambria Fire Station - Chili Supper/Euchre/Silent Auction/Gun Raffle/Open House and EMS Bake Sale APRIL 12 10:00 a.m. – Kiwanis Egg Hunt in Cambria Tarrant Park (C-F School in case of bad weather) APRIL 1, AUG. 12 & NOV. 4 Elections - Cambria Community Room - 115 West Edgewater Street MAY 172nd Annual Cambria Car Show in Cambria Tarrant Park on East Edgewater Street sponsored by the Cambria Park Committee.

cambriafrieslandchamber.com

To register contact Russ Winchell at 920-348-5058.

MAY 22 & 23 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. pool registration at Cambria Pool in Tarrant Park EVERY TUESDAY JUNE – OCTOBER Farmers Market at Cambria Tarrant Park on East Edgewater Street. No vendor fee. JUNE 4 - JUNE 8 Park Committee June Ball Tournament at Cambria Tarrant Park JUNE 5 Cambria Pool opens JUNE 7 Cambria Village Wide Garage Sales. To be on the map call the Joelle DeBoer or the Village Office at 920-348-5443 no later than May 31st. JUNE 9 Summer Library program begins (ends on August 8th) JUNE 11, 18 , 25 Library & Kiwanis Summer Activities in Tarrant Park @ noon (school if bad weather) JUNE 19 - 22 Booster Club Co-Ed Softball Tournament at Cambria Tarrant Park JULY 9, 16, 23 Library & Kiwanis Summer Activities in Tarrant Park @ noon (school if bad weather) JULY 12 Cambria Kiwanis Pea & Bean Sale in Tarrant Park from 8:30 a.m. - noon. JULY 30 – AUGUST 3 Park Days Ball Tournament at Cambria Tarrant Park AUGUST 1 Park Days Fiesta Night at Cambria Tarrant Park AUGUST 2 Park Days Parade @ 10:00 a.m. followed by festivities in Cambria Tarrant Park AUGUST 9 Cambria Kiwanis Corn & Bean Sale in Tarrant Park from 8:00 a.m. - noon AUGUST 23 Dump Poker Run - all proceeds go to charity OCTOBER 2 - 5 Cambria Park Committee Fall Ball Tournament OCTOBER 4 Cambria Cultural Extravaganza OCTOBER 17 - 18 & 24 - 25 Cambria EMS & Fire Haunted House from 7 pm - 10 pm OCTOBER 18 Cambria Jane Morgan Library MYSTERY DINNER at Fire Station Community Center OCTOBER 25 Cambria EMS & Fire Halloween Dance at Fire Station Community Center 6 pm - 9 pm OCTOBER 31 Cambria Trick-or-Treat hours 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. NOVEMBER 8 Craft Fair at C-F School at 410 East Edgewater Street. Vendors contact Joelle DeBoer 920-348-6587 NOVEMBER 10 - DECEMBER 12 Cambria Jane Morgan Memorial Library Silent Auction DECEMBER 13 Santa Visit at Cambria Community Room from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

The Friesland Band - Old Fashioned Concerts & Pie Socials Every Tuesday starting June 10 - August 19 at 7:30pm

For more information on any of these events you can call the Cambria Village Office at 920-348-5443 106 W. Edgewater Street • Cambria • 920-348-6090 • 1-800-636-6090 www.prideoriginals.com ideoriginals.com

cabinets & countertops bedroom sets • entertainment centers • dining sets • computer stations

Providing Insurance for Your Auto, Home, Farm, Business and Life With Acuity, Auto-Owners, Hastings Mutual, Dairyland, Pekin and Progressive

(920) 326-5245

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Custom Built Cabinets & Furniture

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153 Stark Street, Randolph, Wisconsin 53956 info@deyoungins.com

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Columbia County Fair

JULY 23-27, 2014 163 RD YEAR OF FUN!

WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014

4:30 P.M. 5:00 P.M. 7:00 P.M.

Portage Methodist Church Chicken BBQ Carnival Opens Grand Stand Event Moto Cross

THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2014

7:00 P.M.

Grand Stand Event Tractor Pull

FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2014

4:30 P.M. 7:00 P.M.

Columbia County Pork Partners BBQ Grand Stand Event Johnny Counterfit and The Time Travelers Band

SATURDAY, JULY 26, 2014

1:00 P.M. 3:00 P.M. 4:00 P.M. 7:00 P.M.

Buyers Buffet Auction Columbia County Farm Bureau Steak Fry Grand Stand Event Demo Derby

SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2014

8:00-11:00 A.M. 3:00 P.M.

FFA Breakfast Grand Stand Event Catch A Pig

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JOHNNY COUNTERFIT

AND THE TIME TRAVELERS BAND

FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2014 AT 7:00 P.M.

RAIN OR SHINE $12 Grandstand • $15 Infield (bring your own chair) CALL 608-697-6907 OR 608-617-9201

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Columbus175 Years and Going Strong Columbus is built along the Crawfish River and nestled among gently rolling hills, woodlands and prime agriculture land. Columbus is located in the southeast corner of Columbia County and presents an almost perfect portrait of the 19th century. More than 200 historically significant homes and buildings in Columbus are on the National Historic Registry. You will find that Columbus strives to preserve and promote its proud heritage. Columbus as it is now offers an impressive array of community assets; an Amtrak station that serves 17,000 passengers annually, a low-depth aquatic center for families to enjoy, two golf courses, the Christopher Columbus Museum, the largest antique mall in Wisconsin which attracts 120,000 people annually and other quality antique and specialty shops.

COLUMBUS

Columbus is located on five major highway corridors, Highways 151, 16, 60, 73, and 89.

In other words, we’re an easy destination to get to and enjoy!

Celebrate Columbus and all that it has to offer... • Historic, Yet Forward Thinking • Transportation Center where 5 State Highways Converge • Amtrak Station – a Hub for the Empire Builder Line • A Fertile Downtown

• The Horse & Carriage Capitol of Wisconsin

CELEBRA ★ T H TIN E

• Nationally Recognized Schools

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• A Place to Play: Modern Aquatic Center, 2 Golf Courses and Gorgeous Parks

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Englewood

Preferred

Local Foods.

Outstanding Outstanding Agent. Agent. Outstanding Outstanding Results. Results

• Englewood Grass-Fed Beef • Pasture Raised Chicken & Pork • Cage Free Eggs • Gluten Free Food • Fresh Local & Organic Produce

I ROSE C A R T

2200 W. James St., Columbus (located inside Columbus West Travel Center between BP & Arby’s)

920-623-0099

Tue - Fri Noon - 6pm; Sat. 10am - 4pm

Enter everyday 8:00 am - 4 pm. 78,000 sq. ft., 222 dealers, 444 booths, 3rd floor furniture, lounge. Christopher Columbus Museum, “World Class Exhibit.” 2000 quality souvenirs in 80 displays. Tour buses are always welcome.

239 Whitney St., Columbus

(920) 623-1992

www.columbusantiquemall.com

JULY 2 - 6 • free ENTERTAINMENT • free admission • carnival • food JULY 4 TH Parade at noon Live Music Entertainers FIREWORKS!

Columbus Fireman’s Park

Each office independently owned and operated.

WWW.COLUMBUS4THOFJULY.NET

JULY CELEBRATION

ABR, Broker, CRS

920.210.2121

Cell: Email: tracirose@remax.net

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“Wisconsin’s Largest Antique Mall”

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Know Your Farmer... Know Your Food!

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Columbus, WI

Professional service Compassionate people Exceptional experience Our Emergency Department is staffed by Madison Emergency Physicians, board certified in Emergency Medicine. ured the highest level of care Board certified means you are assured in the emergency department, including specialized care for cardiac and stroke emergencies, advanced airway management and pediatric emergencies.

An Affiliate of SSM/St. Mary’s Hospital 1515 Park Avenue, Columbus, WI 53925 920-623-2200 • 800-549-7511 columbuscommunityhospital.org

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Columbus 2014 Celebration Calendar

MAY 10 Redbud Day

Includes Columbus City Wide Garage Sales, store promotions, brat fry. Sponsored by Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce.

JUNE 14 – 15 Columbus Horse & Carriage Festival

The civil war re-enactments will be setting up on Saturday morning and throughout the day. Calvary maneuvers on Saturday afternoon and Sunday MAY 10 morning. Governor Lewis from ColumBadger Antique bus will be there, President Lincoln, Auto Club Car Show and General Grant. There will be talks at Countryside Ford. and discussions through out the day on JUNE 6 175th Columbus Saturday as well as civil war artifacts Birthday Party on display. A dinner and civil war ball 5 pm - 10pm. Live music, food, craft Saturday evening. Come see the beer, art and craft vendors, croquet tour- beautiful dresses. nament, bags tournaments. All events JULY 1-6 Columbus held at the columbus Park Pavilion in Fireman’s Park on Park Ave., Columbus. July 4th Celebration Fireman’s Park in Columbus.

Super 8 - Columbus irlpool Indoor Pool & Wh

• Complimentary Continental Breakfast includes hot waffles, sausage MEETING ROOM links, biscuits with gravy • Business Meetin : gs and/or cheese omelets • Reunions • Whirlpool Rooms • Birthday Parties • Anniversaries • Mini-Fridge & Microwave • High Speed Wireless Internet

Minutes from the Amtrak Station and Area Attractions.

219 Industrial Dr., Columbus • 920-623-8800

www.super8.com

Free admission & entertainment and of course fun for all ages. July 1st will kick off the celebration with a free family movie in the park, beginning at dusk. Activities during the celebration include music, food, refreshments, carnival rides, games and a tractor pull. On July 4th enjoy the area’s largest parade beginning at noon. You will find many family activities in Fireman’s Park including music in the Entertainment Garden, the carnival and the day ends with a HUGE fireworks display at dusk. Don’t miss this annual celebration. For more information about the entertainment and the celebration please go to www.columbus4thofjuly.net

JULY 4 Columbus Firecracker 5 Run/Walk Begins at the Columbus High School. Sponsored by the Columbus Chamber of Commerce. 920.623.3699 info@columbuswichamber.com

AUGUST 3 Columbus Arts & Ales Festival at the

SEPTEMBER 27 Columbus ‘Odd’toberfest

Held at Columbus Fireman’s Park Pavilion. Begins in the afternoon and ends at 10pm. ‘Odd’toberfest is an Oktoberfest themed fundraising event hosted by the Odd Fellows (Tri-County Lodge). It features live polka music, German food and beverages and kids’ activities. The decorations and costumes will make you think you are in Munich, you will not be out of place wearing your own lederhosen or dirndl! More detailed information on the event or sponsorships can be obtained by contacting 920-6232285 or wioddfellows40@yahoo.com.

NOVEMBER 28 Columbus Christmas Parade starting at 6:30 p.m. Lighted entries make their way through the downtown with Santa lighting the official city tree. Sponsored by Holiday Festival Committee and the Columbus Downtown Development Corp. 920.623.5325.

Hydro Street Brewery in downtown DECEMBER 6 Columbus Columbus. Home brewers competition, Breakfast with Santa bands, vendors, Bean Bag Tournament. At the Columbus Country Club. Call Hydro Street Brewery for more info Sponsored by the Chamber of 920.350.0252. Commerce. 920.623.5918.

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Old RRock Great Food! Fun Country Bar!

HAPPY HOUR |

Mon-Thur 4-6pm

Serving Lunch Daily 11am-3pm

Excellence. Delivered.

Evening Special

Now accepting new patients (920) 350-0235

Monday ........................Pizza N’ Wings

Walk-in Care, Primary Care & Pediatrics We accept most major insurance plans.

After 5pm Tuesday............ South of the Border Wednesday .............. Wings N’ Shrimp Thursday...............Little Steak Night Friday....................................... Fish Fry

1580 West James Street • Columbus, WI 53925 (920) 350-0235 • www.bdch.com

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W11070, Hwy 16/60, Columbus

920.623.9910 | Near Astico Park Corner of Hwy 16/60 and Hwy T

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175 Years ears and Going Strong

Columbus Area

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK!

One-of-a-Kind Treasures

SHARROW’S

Chamber of Commerce WISCONSIN

www.columbuswichamber.com

Shop, Tour & Discover Columbus

DOWNTOWN Cards & Gifts

• Unique Gifts • Cookbooks • Cooking Accessories • Jewelry • Seasonal Decor • Yankee Candles • Hallmark Cards

Coffee Shop!

Free Gift Wrapping • Personal Service

100 S. Ludington, Columbus • 920-623-2701

152 W. James St. • Downtown Columbus

We offer 45 different brews and rotate 12 on tap.

Steak • Seafood • Bar 920-623-3113

W2164 Hwy 60, Columbus,WI

Open Thursday - Monday BAR Open at 4:00 Serving 4:30 til 9:00

Featuring: • Historic Architecture • Antique Shops

• Specialty Shops • Artisans • Food & Spirits • Services • Carriage Showroom

• Filming site of “Public Enemies “ starring Johnny Depp with memorabilia at 128 West James Street Columbus Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) Keeping Downtown the Heart of Our Community 920.623.5325 Like us on Facebook at Visit Downtown Columbus

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Friday Night Fish Fry Saturday Night Supper Club Live music on weekends Hours: Mon-Wed 11am to at least 10pm • Thur & Fri 11am to at least 11:30pm Sat 9am to at least 11:30pm • Sun 9am to at least 10pm 152 W James St, Columbus WI • 920-350-0252 • hydrostreetbrew.com

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FALL RIVER VILLAGE OF

www.fallriverwi.com | www.fallriverwichamber.com

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elcome to Fall River, Wisconsin located in the southeast corner of Columbia County. Our flourishing community offers a myriad of recreational opportunities from fishing, snowmobiling, parks, tennis courts, baseball diamonds and basketball courts. In Lazy Lake, fisherman will find carp, largemouth bass, blue gill, crappie, bullhead and northern pike. Our parks are the perfect place for your event with shelters for rent and recreational facilities for use. Join us for “ Concert in the Park” the first weekend of June featuring the Fall River High School Pep Band, a local favorite.

Pictured at left: Indoor Pool Open to the public!

The Fall River School is highly rated compared to surrounding area schools with low student to teacher ratios. The Fall River School boasts a community recreational department with an indoor pool accessible to the public and opportunities for youth sports.

Pictured below: Farmer’s Market Saturdays 8am - 12pm (Rain of Shine) Savanna Oaks

The Savanna Oaks Community Center hosts numerous activities through the year to include a summer concert, farmer’s market and Sorghum fest. Fall River’s Chamber of Commerce sponsors a haunted house every fall. The “Chamber of Horrors” has won the Visitor Choice - Favorite award in the South West region for the past three years. Fall River is a diamond in the ruff community that offers an exceptional quality of life in a slower paced environment. We not only invite you to visit, but we also invite you to stay.

FALL RIVER

FALL RIVER Chamber of Commerce for for more information infor about Fall River

P.O. Box 6, Fall River, WI 53932 email @ FallRiverWiChamber@gmail.com

or visit us at

www.fallriverwichamber.com

2014 Calendar of Events April 5

Fall River Fire Dept. Bingo & Meat Raffle Held at the Fall River Fire Station Starting at 7:00 pm

May 17

Savanna Oaks Community Farmer’s Market Every Saturday 8:00 am -12:00 pm (Rain or Shine) Located on Hwy. 16 & Savanna Rd., across from the Village of Fall River Different events and activities planned each week. Vendors are always welcome, call 920-484-6257 or visit www.savannaoakscenter.com

June 2

Concert in the Park Featuring the Fall River High School Pep Band. Brats & HOMEMADE pies will be served. Concert starts at 6:00 pm at the Fall River Village Park.

June 6 & 7

Village Garage Sale & Brat FryBrat Fry starts at 10:00 am and is located in center of Fall River at The Furniture Service Station. www.fallriverwichamber.com

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July 17-20

“Beaner” Memorial Tournament Men’s and Co-ed Softball at Brayton Park in Fall River

September 2

Sorghum Fest Savanna Oaks Watch Sorghum processed from field to jar. Pancake breakfast featuring “Potato” and Buttermilk Pancakes starts at 7:30 am. Large Market with 28 vendors, children’s activities, food and much more. Live music. Free parking and free admission. www.savannaoakscenter.com

Oct. 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 Nov 1 Chamber of Horrors Award winning Haunted House- Voted last 3 years Winner of Visitor’s Choice award- Favorite in SW Region of Wisconsin. Located on Heppe Rd., Fall River, WI Opens at 7:00 pm. www.fallriverhauntedhouse.com

November 8

Fall River Fire Dept. Bingo & Meat Raffle Held at the Fall River Fire Station Starting at 7:00 pm

November 23

Holiday Fair at Savanna Oaks Featuring many crafters and holiday vendors. Event will run from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. Vendors are welcome. www.savannaoakscenter.com

December 6

Breakfast with Santa Event held at Columbus Country Club from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.

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Pictured at left: Chamber of Horrors Award winning haunted house Open weekends in October.

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Ice Age Trail Snaking through 30 counties, the Ice Age Trail marks the southernmost edge of glaciers from the last Ice Age.

12,000 to 18,000 years ago, monstrous ice sheets, over two miles thick at their point of origin, stretched from northern Canada to cover much of Wisconsin and North America. Mounds of glacial material were deposited at the forward edge of the glacier, forming the terminal moraine. The Ice Age Trail is part of the National Park Service National Scenic Trail System. The Trail loosely follows the terminus of the glaciers from the last ice age. It traverses the state starting at Potawatomi State Park in Door County, runs southeast through the Kettle Moraines to Janesville, turns north going west of Madison, through Devil's Lake State Park, north to Langlade County, and then meanders west through northern forests to Interstate State Park on the St Croix National Scenic Riverway. Currently, about 600 miles out of a total of about 1100 planned miles are completed statewide. The Lodi Valley Chapter volunteers construct and maintain trails, lead hikes and field trips, educate, and assist in land stewardship. Chapter activities include full moon hikes, periodic trail improvement days, National Trails Day activities, and special interest hikes. Chapter Coordinator: Bill Beers 608-592-2031 For more information, please visit www.iceagetrail.org

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Lake Wisconsin What Makes Lodi and Lake Wisconsin so Special? The Lodi and Lake Wisconsin area features restaurants, shopping, and year round outdoor fun - all in a small town feel. All of the activities take a back stage to our beautiful 10,000 acre lakeLake Wisconsin. This well kept secret, offers boating, fishing, skiing, tubing and swimming fun! The Legend of Susie the Duck In 1948, a country mallard made Lodi her home. She settled in the downtown area and laid her eggs in a large masonry basket full of beautiful flowers. When her eggs hatched, she drew quite a bit of attention as locals and visitors came to observe her brood. Lodi’s then police chief and his granddaughter also came to see the small fuzzy baby ducklings and their mother. The chief asked his granddaughter what she thought the mother duck’s name should be? She replied “Susie”. Susie has faithfully returned to her flower basket for years, raising many ducklings and much media attention. Through the years, many “Susies” have nested the flower basket. Each year Lodi hosts an annual “Susie the Duck Day” celebrating the famous fowl who nests in the heart of Lodi. Lodi Ag Fair Lodi is one of three cities in the state of Wisconsin to have its own fair. This free fair, which has been running for 148 years, begins on the first Thursday of July and runs through Sunday. Exhibits include livestock judging, school artwork, baking contests, and local organization display booths. There are carnival rides and games. Attractions include tractor pulls and the hugely popular demolition derby. There is also a live music beer garden.

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Susie Day - August 2014 Our annual community-wide event. Head on down to Goeres and Haberman parks for food, beer, live music, a parade, kids games and so much more. Find out more about Susie Day here. Brew-B-Que - September 2014 Backyard BBQ turns into a block party. Chicken and BBQ dinners offered, salsa and chilli tasting, kids games, beanbag tournament, 50/50 raffle just to name a few of the events happening at our fall event. Find out more about Brew-B-Que here. Wine Walk As you stroll through downtown you’ll have a chance to shop, meet store owners and sample different wines and appetizers at various shops. It is a very relaxing evening out. Christmas By the Creek Be our guests at Lodi’s Holiday Open House. Holiday music and fresh evergreen decorations will welcome you to Lodi. Visit all of the warm and inviting shops. Enjoy free horse drawn wagon rides around downtown, decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus, have Breakfast with Santa or just stop for refreshments or lunch at our restaurants in and around Lodi! Catch the festive Holiday spirit in Lodi. Harmony Grove Beer and Brat Fest Check out the festival on their facebook page.

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Barn Quilts

Coming Soon to a Barn Near You! You’re travelling along the road in Columbia County when all at once something bright catches your eye. You slow down and are treated to the sight of a colorful quilt square on the side of a barn. You’ve just found a Columbia County Barn Quilt! Columbia County boasts a strong agricultural heritage. A new initiative --- Barn Quilts of Columbia County --- is celebrating that heritage through colorful barn quilts. This project, which is a partnership between Columbia County Association for Home and Community Education (HCE) and Columbia County UW-Extension, is engaging people of all ages from across the county. While traditional cloth quilts are usually made by assembling many different quilt squares, barn quilts are typically just one quilt square. Each barn “quilt” is actually an 8’ X 8’ quilt square pattern painted on plywood and mounted on the side of a barn or other farm structure. A committee works with people interested in having a barn quilt to help them identify a quilt square design,

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decide on a location that will work best for viewing from the road (to respect the privacy of the property owner), and assist in creating and installing the quilt. The design of each barn quilt reflects the uniqueness of the person or family who hosts it on their property. Barn quilts might reflect the cultural or ethnic heritage of the person/family or have some other historical link. Sometimes the barn quilt design is chosen to represent a current aspect of the homestead. The map shown here gives the locations of the barn quilts that are currently on display across the county. You can also go to the UW-Extension website --- http:// columbia.uwex.edu/ --- to access an interactive map with additional information about each barn quilt. On this website you will also find information about how to put a barn quilt on your farm structure, how to sponsor a barn quilt, or how to get involved as a barn quilt volunteer. Columbia County Barn Quilts are one more great reason to get out and about in Columbia County!

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From the Empire Prairie to the Mighty Mississippi, Wisconsin’s 100-mile Scenic Byway 60 follows the graceful curves of the Lower Wisconsin River. This patch of our planet sparkles, by sunny day or starry night, with the wild beauty of nature left to its own devices for thousands and thousands of years. And nowhere so apt is Heraclitus’s adage that you can’t step into the same river twice. In constant flux, the “river of a thousand isles” continuously sculpts its sandbars, shifts its channels, varies its flows, and repaints its colors, according to the whims of the weather gods. Here golden bluffs crop out of emerald hills and valleys that roll into rushing streams to the lively river. These waters beckon fishermen, canoeists, kayakers, and boaters. Here birdwatchers and botanists can go bananas while, chances are, an eagle is watching them.

As transcendent as the ancient driftless area landscape itself is the history encoded in its formations. Hundreds of effigy mound earthworks, still alive to the touch, stand today as spiritual gifts and messages from those who occupied this land in the deep past. The more recent settlements on the Byway route from Lodi to Prairie du Chien have tried to compliment rather than conflict with the pristine qualities of driftless nature. Each has its own enticing history and contemporary flavor. They offer a rich range of camping, lodging, dining, outdoor and indoor recreation, archeological pursuits, and other learning options. They welcome both the seriously energetic and those who seek serious relaxation. They invite families to experience together this special place, the magic of which has inspired a local goal: No child left inside.

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Lodi Chamber of Commerce 102 N. Main • Lodi, WI 53555 www.lodiwisconsin.com • (608) 592-4412

Sauk Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce 421 Water St. Suite 105 Prairie du Sac, WI 53578 www.saukprairie.com • (608) 643-4168

Spring Green Chamber of Commerce 259 E. Jefferson St Spring Green, WI 53588 (608) 588-2054 • www.springgreen.com

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Lodi

Lodi, meaning peaceful valley, is located in the heart of scenic south central Wisconsin in Columbia County. The city is situated in a beautiful valley among gently rolling hills near the Wisconsin River. Spring Creek meanders through the city including the Main Street Area. From Lake Wisconsin to Gibraltar Rock, the natural landscape surrounding Lodi affords breathtaking views to the hiker, cyclist, or motor tourist.

The area’s most unique gift shop! 203 PORTAGE STREET (Hwy 60), LODI

608.592.3342 AN ECLECTIC MIX OF HOME DÈCOR, JEWELRY, GARDEN ART, WOMEN’S APPAREL & ACCESSORIES AND SO MUCH MORE. GIFTS FOR ANY OCCASION.

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The wrought iron arch above Spring Creek says it all: Home of Susie the Duck. One of the most common inquiries heard in Lodi concerns the history of Susie, a country mallard who settled in downtown Lodi in 1948. She laid her eggs in a masonry flower basket at the bridge where guests could observe her brood. The duck captured the imagination of the Lodi Police chief,

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whose granddaughter named the special duck “Susie”. Soon, word of her faithful return to the flower basket to hatch two clutches of eggs each year gained national media attention. The city fathers decided to seize the spotlight and host the first “Susie the Duck Festival”. That tradition of recognizing Susie and her feathered friends continues to this day. While touring Lodi be sure to stop on Main Street to visit local merchants and an area farmer’s market. Next, visit Lodi’s quaint shops and businesses that carry everything visitors and residents could want: unique shops and restaurants, a grass airstrip, and full-service banking. The City also offers a ninehole public golf course. You can spend the day seeing the sights, visiting attractions, enjoying Lake Wisconsin,

exploring the inexhaustible natural wonders of the area, or visiting with the interesting people and return to Lodi’s peaceful hotels, motels, bed-and-breakfasts, or campgrounds to relax and reflect on the day’s activities. City residents enjoy several beautiful city parks and a free public pool in Goeres park. Lodi is a city that preserves a peaceful, quality lifestyle and takes pride in all that it has to offer. If you’re a first-time visitor, be sure to take a ride across the Wisconsin River aboard the Colsac III, Wisconsin’s only free auto ferry. The ferry, which crosses the Wisconsin River at Merrimac, is Wisconsin’s only free ferry. It shuttles WIS 113 traffic between Okee on the east bank and Merrimac on the west. The ferry is open for service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, normally from April 15 through November 30.

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Thirsty Moose! Tiki Bar • Boat Dock Volley Ball • Horseshoes Live Music On Beautiful lake Wisconsin N3135 County Rd V 608-635-4311

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Pardeeville BOAT RENTAL BY THE HOUR OR DAY

Kayaks, Canoes, Pedal Boats and Row Boats. $20 anytime --- 3 hours, All Day only $30.00 Pontoon Boats All Day $195 plus tax, Weekday Special: 4 hrs --- $99 Weekend Pricing: 4 hrs --- $115, 6hrs --- $150 New Floating Dock --- Slip Rentals 214 North Main --- Pardeeville,WI --- 608-429-4640 Website: pardeevillewatersports.com --- Email: cove321@msn.com

SAJ’s on Main Pardeeville, a village of 2085 people, founded by John Pardee in the mid 1800s is located 35 miles north of Madison, on Highway 22. Many of Pardeeville's assets include Chandler Park, which is surrounded by beautiful Park Lake, the Angie Williams Cox Library, and the Columbia County Historical Museum. Pardeeville Antique Mall is also a point of interest. Enjoy our Watermelon Festival at Chandler Park the first Saturday after Labor Day. Free admission. Pardeeville is surrounded by many campgrounds, farm markets and a large Amish Settlement to the north, that offers many places for the visitor to shop. For the sports enthusiast, there is water skiing, fishing and swimming on Park Lake; snowmobiling, cross country skiing and curling in the winter. Pardeeville has a very good school system, and eight churches in the village and surrounding area. For all four seasons, Pardeeville is a great place to live or visit. Pardeeville Village Hall 608-429-3121.

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Monday Night is Senior Specials! Thursday Night is “Fifty Cent” Wing Night and Free Pool! Friday Night is Fantastic Fish Fry! Saturday night is Fabulous Prime Rib Dinner!

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Hours Mon - Sat: 11 am to close; Sunday 8 am to close Now serving Sunday breakfast 8 am to close Carry-outs

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Swimming Pool with Sandy Beach Sand Volleyball Court Video Gameroom Fishing in Duck Creek Large Shady Campsites Weekend Activities “Du Duck Inn Grill & Bar” (full liquor bar & grill)

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Amish Tours Miller Cabinet

Farmers Repair Shop

Mast Buggy Shop

Kingston Millwork

Otto’s Produce & Greenhouse

Shady Lane Furniture

Mishler’s Country Store Pleasant View Bakery Jr. Miller Chair Shop

Tri-County Produce Auction S&S Lumber

Maple Lane Woodshop

Sunrise Cabinet Doors & Furniture

Hershberger Sawmill Countryside Welding & Repair

Grandriver

Hill Top Repair

Greenhouse Grandma’s Candy Store

Woodside Harness Shop /Lakeside Fabrics & Supplies

A&E Foods All About Quilting

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Mast Bent & Dent

CVS Windows

Lilac Wood Shop

Shady Lane Variety

Schmucker Sewing Shop

Weaver Cabinets Miller's GreenHaus

Katies Carpet Shop & Hand Woven Rugs

Miller Small Engine

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Hillside Hardware

Sandhill Cabinets

Townline Greenhouse and Produce

Salemville Cheese Factory

Weaver Harness Shop

Salemville Green House

Maple Grove Cabinets

Chair Shop

Yoder Millwork

County Line Shop

D&L Metal Buildings

Pride Originals

Oven Fresh Bakery Miller Cabinet Shop

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Nature Areas Columbus Wetland Public Hunting Grounds 248-acre property - find it by taking Lewis Street from Columbus, which turns into old Hwy 73. The grounds are just north of Hwy 151 bridge on west side of the road. The property consists of approximately 175 acres of wetland, 60 acres of upland and 20 wooded acres.

Hampden Wetland Public Hunting Grounds 229 acre property - find it by taking Highway 60, six miles west from Columbus to Highway A, then south on A four miles to Arnold Road. The Department began acquiring land for this public hunting ground in 1966. Much of the property is marshy potholes with lowland timber.

Dekorra Wetland Public Hunting Grounds 226 acre property - find it eight miles northwest of Poynette off of Highway V just west of Interstate 90/94. The property consists of approximately 15 acres of wetland, 46 acres of upland and 165 wooded acres.

Hinkson Creek Fishery Area Hinkson Creek drains a small watershed (9 square miles) as it flows a distance of 6 miles to its junction with Rowan Creek, a tributary to the Wisconsin River. An abundance of springs throughout the stream course maintain water temperatures capable of supporting a high quality brook trout fishery. Thirty-nine mammal species including muskrat, raccoon, red fox, mink, white-tailed deer, fox and gray squirrels and cottontail rabbits. Beaver are known to inhabit the stream. The presence of 153 bird species has been documented in the area which includes the common waterfowl species, ring-necked pheasants, woodcocks and ruffed grouse. It is likely such endangered species as the bald eagle and osprey, along with the threatened red-shouldered hawk and loggerhead shrike, pass through the area.

Duck Creek Wetland Public Hunting Grounds 159 acre - find it four miles east of Wyocena on Highway G, on south side of G, section 21 town of Springvale. The property consists of approximately 100 acres of upland and 60 acres of marsh/stream. French Creek Wildlife Area Cty. Hwy. F, north of Portage, this two-county area includes 3,152 acres of open marsh wetlands, upland grass fields, lowland timber, shrub type wetlands and warm water stream habitats suitable for ducks and geese, deer, squirrel, rabbit, pheasant, fur-bearing animals, sand hill cranes, herons, egrets, shorebirds and songbirds. Two man-made dikes create flowages for waterfowl and furbearing animal habitat. Some warm water fishing occurs in the flowages. Gilbraltar Rock - Lodi Rising 200 feet above the surrounding landscape, Gibraltar Rock is a flattopped butte, an outlier of the Magnesian escarpment. With a thin Platteville-Galena dolomite cap over St. Peter sandstone, the butte offers panoramic views of the Wisconsin River Valley and Lake Wisconsin. Goose Pond Sanctuary W7468 Prairie Lane, Arlington, 643 acres, waterfowl refuge and largest tall grass prairie restoration in Wisconsin Grassy Lake Wildlife Area 695 acre property - find it three miles southeast of Rio on Highway 16. Take Erdman Road or Fischer Road off from Highway 16. The property consists of approximately 380 acres of wetland, 210 acres of upland and 105 wooded acres including open water and shrub/cattail marsh wetlands, hardwood timber and grassland habitats suitable for waterfowl, squirrel, rabbit, grouse, pheasant, fur-bearing animals, sand hill cranes, herons, egrets, shorebirds, and songbirds.

MacKenzie Environmental Center Cty. Hwy CS/Q, Poynette, operated by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, features native prairie, hiking trails, a native animal park with bison herd, museum and interpretive center. Mud Lake Wildlife Area 2,283 acre property - find it south of Rio 1 mile on Hwy. C, then west on Drake Road 1 mile. The property consists of approximately 1450 acres of wetland, 590 acres of upland, and 220 acres of wooded habitat. You will find a hardwood forest, grassland fields, cropland and shrub wetlands, suitable for waterfowl, deer, pheasant, grouse, turkey, squirrel, rabbit, sandhill cranes, fur-bearing animals, herons, shorebirds, and songbirds. Two man-made dikes enhance water levels of the large wetlands to improve waterfowl habitat. Paradise Marsh Wildlife Area 1,588 acre property - find it by going south of Randolph one mile on Highway 73 to Highway G. Go west on G three miles to the

Jennings Creek Wildlife Area 530 acre property - find it by heading north out of Rio on Hwy. SS 2 miles to Jennings Road, then east on Jennings less than 2 miles to Ludwig Road, then continue to Jennings Creek. The area includes cold water stream frontage, shrub wetlands hardwood forest, and conifer timberland suitable for deer, grouse, turkey, squirrel, rabbit, sandhill cranes, fur-bearing animals, songbirds and trout. Lake Wisconsin Cty- Hwy. CS, Poynette More than just a wide spot in the Wisconsin River, Lake Wisconsin is 9,000 acres of unlimited water activities, including sailing, swimming, boating, water-skiing, and canoeing. Fish taken here include sturgeon, panfish, walleye, bass, northern and lunker muskies. Accessible from a number of boatlandings, resorts and campgrounds, Lake Wisconsin is Central Wisconsin’s natural water fun center. Lodi Marsh Wildlife Area Cty. Hwy. Y, south of Lodi, 1,044 acres in Columbia and Dane counties combined, including cold water stream frontage, shrub wetlands hardwood forest, cropland and grassland fields suitable for deer, grouse, turkey, squirrel, rabbit, pheasant, fur-bearing animals, sandhill cranes, songbirds and trout.

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Nature Trails wildlife area. The property consists of approximately 1,270 acres of wetland, 260 acres of grasslands and 60 acres of wooded habitat. You will find warm water stream frontage with extensive cattail and shrub marsh wetlands, hardwood timber, grassland fields and cropland. Habitat is suitable for deer, squirrel, rabbit, pheasant, fur-bearing animals, sandhill cranes, herons and songbirds. Park Lake, Pardeeville 330 acre lake - maximum depth of 27 feet. Visitors have access to the lake from public boat landings. Fish include Musky, Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike and Walleye. Peter Helland Wildlife Area 3,543 acre property - find it six miles east of Pardeeville on County Road P. The property consists of approximately 2,700 acres of wetland, 500 acres of grassland, 240 acres of wooded habitat and some shrub and agricultural lands. Pine Island Wildlife Area 5,499-acre property - located along the

Wisconsin River southwest of Portage. The property consists of approximately 1,200 acres of wetland habitats, 1000 acres of grasslands, 1500 acres of oak/savanna habitats and 1,900 acres of wooded habitat. Includes cattail and shrub marshes, lowland hardwood, grassland fields, cropland, river islands and native prairie habitats suitable for deer, pheasant, squirrel, rabbit, turkey, grouse, ducks, geese, fur-bearing animals, sandhill cranes, herons and songbirds. Spring Lake, Pardeeville 27 acre lake - maximum depth of 32 feet. Visitors have access to the lake from a public boat landing. Fish include Panfish, Largemouth Bass and Northern Pike. Springville Wildlife Area Cty. Hwys. P and SS between Pardeeville and Cambria, 2,841 acres with warm water stream frontage, extensive ditched wetlands, cattail/ shrub marsh, grassland fields, pheasant, rabbits, ducks, geese, fur-bearing animals, sandhill cranes, herons and songbirds. Swan Lake Wildlife Area 2,466 acre property - one mile east of Portage off of Highway P in Columbia County. The property consists of approximately 2,000 acres of wetlands, 100 acres of grassland and 366 acres of wooded habitat. The Fox River flows through the Swan Lake Wildlife Area in a northwesterly direction from Swan Lake on the east. Extensive cattail marshes, lowland aspen woodland, shrub wetlands, grassland, and a 1.5 mile dike for water level control, suitable for deer, pheasant, rabbits, ducks, fur-bearing animals, sandhill cranes, herons, shorebirds and songbirds.

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Hinkson Creek Fishery Near Cty. Hwy. J northwest of Poynette, 160 acres of shrub and wetland along the Hinkson Creek trout stream with brown and brook trout, deer, squirrel, grouse, fur-bearing animals, sandhill cranes and songbirds. Rocky Run Creek Fishery Located southwest of Wyocena between State Hwy. 22 and U.S. 51, 750 acres of cold water stream frontage, shrub wetlands, upland hardwood forest, grassland fields and some cropland. The stream provides a fishery for brown trout. Habitat is suitable for deer, grouse, turkey, squirrel, rabbit, sandhill cranes, fur-bearing animals, songbirds and limited waterfowl use. Rowan Creek Fishery From Cty. Hwys. J and CS west of Poynette, along Rowan Creek., 650 acres of cold water stream frontage, shrub wetland and lowland hardwood habitat suitable for deer, grouse,

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squirrel, rabbit, sandhill cranes, fur-bearing animals, songbirds and limited waterfowl use. Wisconsin River Wisconsin Dells to Portage Running approximately 19 miles from Wisconsin Dells to Portage, the Wisconsin River is a great place to float, boat, canoe, sail or swim. Accessible from numerous public and private boat landings and launching ramps along the way, during low water periods, the river has many sand bars to lounge on and shallows to wade in. Under these conditions, canoes and small boats that can be dragged over sandbars are recommended. Fishing enthusiasts will find sturgeon, bass, panfish, northern, walleye, muskie and more in these waters.

SANCTUARY SITES IN COLUMBIA COUNTY

Goose Pond Sanctuary in Columbia County In the Town of Leeds, there are several prairies (Sue Ames, Hopkins Road, and Ankenbrandt) that are part of the larger Goose Pond Sanctuary. Erstad Prairie, next to Schoeneberg’s Marsh, is also in the town. All are open to the public. Hopkins Road Prairie A 40-acre tallgrass prairie restoration with 1.5 miles of mowed hiking trails. Off-road parking area is on Hopkins Rd. east of Goose Pond. Sue Ames Prairie Hike west from Hopkins Road Prairie parking area down the quarter-mile access lane to the trailhead. Two miles of mowed trail inside and around the edge extend through tall grass prairie on rolling terrain that provides good views to the west. Ankenbrandt Prairie Visitors can walk north on the mowed old farm lane from Kampen Road to Highways 51 and 60. This large, productive restoration features over 50 plant species on 80 acres. Park in mowed area at southwest corner of the prairie just west of Hopkins Road. Erstad Prairie A 60-acre sanctuary, with 18 acres of wetlands and 42 acres of uplands, has a hiking trail to an overview of a small wetland frequented by migrating waterfowl and marsh birds. Hike north to see the expansive 700 acres of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Waterfowl Production Area at Schoeneberg’s Marsh, a premier prairie wetland with nesting Yellow-headed Blackbirds and Black Terns. The entire parcel is open during the fall for hunting.

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Community Events WEEKLY EVENTS APRIL

Tues., April 1 – Wed., April 30, Portage Poetry & Photos in the Foyer at Portage Center for the Arts Monthly competitions and exhibit of “Jump, Jive, & Wail” Open Wed-Fri 1-6, Sat 10-3. Contact - Portage Center for the Arts, 301 E Cook Street, Portage, 608-742-5655 www.portagecenterforthearts.com Tues., April 1 – Mon., June 30, Portage The Artwork of David Anthony Hummer at Tivoli Portage Center for the Arts is delighted to partner with Tivoli at Divine Savior Healthcare in bringing original art to the community at large. Tivoli is located at 2805 Hunters Trail, behind the hospital off Highway 51 North. Contact - Portage Center for the Arts, 301 East Cook Street, Portage, 608-742-5655, www.portagecenterforthearts.com Friday, April 4 – Sat., April 26, Portage Drury Gallery Artwork Featuring the Work of Portage and Other Area High School Students. Opening Reception on Friday, April 4 from 4-6pm. PCA is open Wed-Fri 1-6, Sat 10-3. Contact - Portage Center for the Arts, 301 East Cook Street, Portage, 608-742-5655 www.portagecenterforthearts.com Saturday, April 5, Poynette Maple Syrup Festival 8 am - 2 pm Hosted by the Friends of MacKenzie Center and the WI DNR. Come visit and learn how to take maple sap and make maple syrup. Demonstrations on how Native Americans and Pioneers made maple sugar and syrup. Tour the Center on a horse drawn wagon ride, enjoy a pancake breakfast with PURE maple syrup ($7), or top some homemade ice cream with the season’s sweet treat. The MacKenzie Environmental Education Center is located just 2 miles east of Poynette on County Road CS & Q, W7303 County Road CS, Poynette. Contact - 608-635-8105, http://dnr.wi.gov/education/mackenzie/ Saturday, April 5, Fall River Fall River Fire Dept. Bingo & Meat Raffle Held at the Fall River Fire Station Starting at 7:00pm Saturday, April 5, Portage Wine and Microbrew Tasting at the Portage Elks Lodge #675 Portage Elks Lodge #675, 201 W. Conant Street, Portage 5 pm – 8 pm Learn about and taste local wines and microbrews, including Fawn Creek, Port Huron, and Wisconsin Brewing Company. $15 with a donation to either the Portage Food Pantry or the Columbia County Humane Society. $20 if you forget a donation. Nibblers from Mike’s Meatery. Contact – Rosie, 608-697-3829 Saturday, April 12, Portage Easter Egg Hunt 10 am – 12 Noon

Pierce’s Market Place Bring the kids for fun activities with the Easter Bunny. Contact - 608-742-2386, www.piercesmarkets.com Saturday, April 12, Cambria Easter Egg Hunt 10 am Pierce’s Market Place Kiwanis Egg Hunt in Cambria Tarrant Park (CambriaFriesland School in case of bad weather) Contact – Cambria Village Office, 920-348-5443 Saturday, April 12, Portage Indoor Triathalon at the VFW Begins at 12 Noon Open to the public. Compete in Three events: Pool, Darts, and Bean Bag Toss. Two person teams $10.00(per person) entry fee, 100% payout (1st place also receives a $50.00 Portage Green Gift Certificate). Contact Dave DuVall 608-617-0162 Saturday, April 12, Portage Hats off to Spring Join Downtown Portage Inc. and show off your unique style by donning your best hat and strolling Downtown Portage as you enjoy sales and specials throughout the stores and businesses. Contact – Sherry, 608-617-5409, for more information www.facebook.com/ downtownportageinc?fref=ts

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TUESDAY JUNE 10 – TUESDAY AUGUST 19 Friesland Band Concerts and Pie Social

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7:30 pm Every Tuesday evening, Friesland Shelter in Downtown Friesland on Cty Hwy EF, just north of Hwy 33 Contact - Marcia J Dykstra, 920-348-5156

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6:30 pm – 8:30 pm The Columbia County Visitor’s Bureau invites you to their outdoor concert series which is held at the Portage VFW, 215 W. Collins Street, Portage (behind Walgreens) – inside if inclement weather. Grab your chair or blanket, a carry-out from a local restaurant or bring a picnic with you. Desserts will be served by a local non-profit. Come join us for a different group each week all summer long. Contact – Carmen Griffith, 608-697-6907, carmen@travelcolumbiacounty.net, www.travelcolumbiacounty.net

EVERY THURSDAY JUNE 12 – AUGUST 14 Pardeeville Band Concerts and Pie Social

7 pm Every Thursday evening the Dual County Band concerts are held on the lawn of the Angie Williams Cox Library in downtown Pardeeville. Bring your own chair and enjoy music, pie and ice cream.

Saturday, April 19, Poynette Easter Egg Hunt The Easter Egg Hunt please plan to attend by 10:45 am as the hunt begins promptly at 11 am – this event is free and for kids ages 0 – 7 years of age. Pauquette Park Main Street Poynette Contact – Luke Walz, 608-635-7588 – sponsored by the Poynette Area Chamber of Commerce Friday, April 25, Portage Portage Wine Walk 6 pm – 9 pm Join us for a Wine Walk in Downtown Portage. Spend time with your friends enjoying great wine inside various businesses and walking from place to place to shop. Enjoy a night out in our downtown! Advance ticket sales will start March 25th. Tickets will be sold by cash or check at the Chamber of Commerce Office. (104 West Cook Street) Tickets to the Wine Walk are $25 each. Admission includes one wine glass per person, tasting map and wristband. Participants must be 21 or over and ID is required. Contact - Portage Area Chamber of Commerce, 608-742-6242, www.portagewi.com

Saturday, April 26, Portage MadHatters 7:30 pm The University of Wisconsin MadHatters are the premier men’s a cappella group, crooning the songs of decades past to the Top 40 present. $15 adults, $5 students, reserved seating or at the door Contact - Portage Center for the Arts, 301 East Cook Street, Portage, 608-742-5655, www.portagecenterforthearts.com Saturday, April 26, Columbus Arbor Day Event Sponsored by City of Columbus 920-623-5900

MAY

Thurs., May 1 - Sat., May 31, Portage Photos and Poetry in the Foyer – theme of Winners Showcase Entries are due on the 1st of each month and will be on display the entire month. Voting is still $1.00 per vote; with voting for photos and poetry separate; a winner in each category. Open Wed-Fri 1-6, Sat 10-3. Contact - Portage Center for the Arts, 301 East Cook Street, Portage, 608-7425655, www.portagecenterforthearts.com

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EVERY WEDNESDAY MAY 28 – SEPTEMBER 3 Pardeeville Cruise Inn - Pardeeville 5:30 pm – 8 pm One night a month where they do a road cruise to different towns. All cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome. Contact Garry Millard, 608-6177719, for more information – www.facebook.com/ pardeevillecruiseinn EVERY TUESDAY JUNE - AUGUST Tuesday is Cruiseday! - Lodi 6 pm – 9 pm Car show and live music every Tuesday at All Stop Travel Plaza, Hwy 60 at I-90/94, Lodi Free admission to participants and spectators. Cool cars and hot food!

EVERY WEDNESDAY EVENING

Texas Hold ‘em 6 pm – 10 pm Portage VFW, 215 W. Collins Street, Portage 100% Payout $20 buy in every Wednesday night open to the public EVERY OTHER SUNDAY EVENING BEGINNING APRIL 6TH Bingo 4 pm – 8 pm Portage VFW, 215 W. Collins Street, Portage Open to the public

Fri., May 2 – Sat., May 31, Portage Drury Gallery Artwork Designing for the Theatre: Craft of the Art by Patrick Strain, Open Wed-Fri 1-6, Sat 10-3. Contact - Portage Center for the Arts, 301 East Cook Street, Portage, 608-742-5655 www.portagecenterforthearts.com Friday, May 2, Lodi Lodi’s First Friday Art Walk 5 pm – 9 pm Downtown Lodi Shops are open late and some offer food, music or poetry along with special art showings. Artists are often on hand to discuss their work or may be demonstrating some of their techniques. Contact – Deb Fallon, sunfallonmain@ gmail.com, for more information - www.facebook.com/pages/Lodi-ArtWalk/435965899843475?ref=hl Saturday, May 3, Pardeeville Pardeeville Student Council Cancer Run-Walk 8 am – 10 am Registration with the 5K run beginning at 10 am Pardeeville High School, 120 S. Oak Street, Pardeeville Silent auction with numerous gift baskets. Contact – Chris Lynch, 608-697-9611, for

more information – www.PHSRunWalk.com Sunday, May 4, Portage Gale Singers Spring Concert The Gale Singers Spring Concert at 4:00 pm at the Zona Gale Theatre at the Portage Center for the Arts, 301 E. Cook Street, Portage, 608-742-5655, www.portagecenterforthearts.com Saturday, May 10, Portage Decorate a Cake for Mom Pierce’s Market Place 2915 New Pinery Road, Portage Get creative and decorate a cake for Mother’s Day! Contact – 608-742-2386, www.piercesmarkets.com Saturday, May 10, Lodi Lodi Optimist Mother’s Day Weekend Run 8 am – 12 Noon Come join the fun at the Lodi High School, 1100 Sauk Street for Activate Lodi half marathon, 10K, 5K and ¾ kids fun run. Contact - Activate Lodi/Lodi CREW, 608592-1076, www.lodimothersdayrun.com Saturday, May 10, Randolph City Wide Rummage 8 am -3 pm www.randolphwi.net

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Community Events Saturday, May 10, Portage Portage Police Department Bike Rodeo 8 am – 11 am Columbia County Fairgrounds Come join the Portage Police Department in partnership with Portage Kiwanis Club to register your bicycle with the Portage Police Department, ride the obstacle course, get a free helmet and a chance to win a new bike! Contact – Penny Kiefer, 608742-2174, for more information - www. portagewi.gov Saturday, May 10, Columbus Redbud Days Celebration, Library book sale and City wide garage sales and Badger Antique Auto Club Car Show at Countryside Ford Brat stand and many other activities planned. Columbus Chamber of Commerce Fri., May 16 – Sun., May 18, Portage St. Mary’s Best Fest 2014 Save this date for a weekend of fun, food, music, carnival rides and so much more. St. Mary’s School and Church grounds. contact – 608-742-6998, www. stmaryotic.com Saturday, May 17, Cambria 2nd Annual Cambria Car Show Cambria Tarrant Park on East Edgewater Street sponsored by the Cambria Park Committee. To register contact Russ Winchell, 920-348-5058. Saturday, May 17, Portage Pierce’s Market Place - Humane Society Adoptathon Help us support the Columbia County Humane Society. Purchase Pre-Made Gift Bags at Pierce’s Marketplace or Pledge Cash at the Register. All pledge proceeds and gift bag items are donated directly to the Columbia County Humane Society! Come out and visit with all the animals... and perhaps find your perfect match!! Also, animal care services offered for your pets!!! Contact - Pierce’s Market Place, 2915 New Pinery Road, Portage, 608-7422386, www.piercesmarkets.com Saturday, May 17, Fall River Reverse Raffle Held at Savanna Oaks Community Center, Hwy. 16 and Savanna Road 6 pm-Cocktails - 7 pm -Hors d’oevre Buffet - 8 pm – Raffle For more information - www.savannaoakscenter.com Thurs., May 22 – Sat. May 24, Pardeeville City Wide Rummage & Garage Sales for more information www.villageofpardeeville.net Fri., May 23 - Sat., May 24, Portage Portage Kiwanis Memorial Brat Sale 9 am – 5 pm Wal-Mart parking lot, 2950 New Pinery Road, Portage Please help the Portage Kiwanis Club with their fundraiser to support children’s projects. Contact – Penny Kiefer, 608-742-7650

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Monday, May 26, Pardeeville Pardeeville Memorial Day Program at the American Legion Park Monday, May 26, Wyocena Wyocena Memorial Day Commemoration and Parade 8:15 am and 12 pm Wyocena Community Center (Village Hall), 165 E Dodge St, Wyocena Memorial Day program at 8:15 am Parade from Village Hall to Wyocena Cemetery following program. Community potluck celebration and Friends of Library book sale and fundraiser at noon. Contact - Wyocena Village Clerk, 608-429-2349, for more information villageofwyocena.com Monday, May 26, Portage Portage Memorial Day Parade and Tribute 10:30 pm Memorial Day parade at 10:30 and tribute at Blue Star Park. Cookout at the Portage VFW, 215 W. Collins Street, after the program at Blue Star Park. Contact Jeremy Duffy, jeremy.duffy1@gmail.com Saturday, May 31, Portage Leinies Fest 2 pm Portage VFW, 215 W. Collins Street, Portage Music, Food, Raffles, door prizes and the Leinies Challenge. Non-Sanctioned, Non-Olympic events for the Couch Potato Competitor & the Arm Chair Athlete. Test your athletic skills against your peers Speed, strength and endurance are not required. Contact the Portage VFW, 608-742-5350 Saturday, May 31, Portage Wau-Bun Dramatic Readings Part 1: May 31, 2014 Part 2: June 14, 2014 Historic Indian Agency House, 1490 Agency House Road, Portage, WI. Watch (and hear) history come to life, via the talents of local thespians and the writings of the Indian Agency’s first mistress of the house, Juliette Kinzie. Two separate performances will cover a range of topics--from Juliette’s reflections on frontier life, to her Native American friends of the Portage, and the policies of Westward expansion. FREE and made possible by support from the Great Circle Foundation. Event times TBA. Check www.agencyhouse.org for updates. Contact – Historic Indian Agency House Director Destinee Udelhoven, 608-742 -6362 Sat., May 31 - Sun., June 1, Portage Canal Days Downtown Portage Inc. is proud to host the Canal Days at Market Square and the Canal in Portage. Enjoy a piece of Portage’s history with the 26th annual celebration of Canal Days! There will be reenactments, food, music, and fun for the whole family. Contact – Sherry Douglas, 608-617-5409, for more information - www.facebook.com/ downtownportageinc?fref=ts

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Monday, June 2, Fall River Fall River Concert in the Park 6 pm Fall River Village Park Sponsored by the Village of Fall River fea-

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turing the Fall River High School Pep Band under the direction of Mr. Alex Rambo. Brats & HOME MADE pies will be served. Wed., June 4 – Sun., June 8, Cambria Ball Tournament at Cambria Tarrant Park Contact – Nick, 920-763-7245 Fri., June 6 & Sat., June 7, Fall River Village Garage Sale & Brat Fry Brat Fry starts at 10 am and is located in center of Fall River at The Furniture Service Station. Event sponsored by Fall River Chamber. For more information www.fallriverwichamber.com Fri., June 6 & Sat., June 7, Portage Art That Blooms Exhibit! Opening reception Friday with a poetry reading at 6:30 pm. This is a wonderful free event and is open to the public featuring original artwork by area artists, along with fresh floral arrangements and poetry inspired by each individual work of art. All this comes together for a two day, multi-sensory event the first weekend in June! Contact - Portage Center for the Arts, 301 E. Cook Street, Portage, 608-742-5655, www.portagecenterforthearts.com Friday, June 6, Columbus 175th Columbus Birthday Party 5-10pm Live music, food, craft beer, art & craft vendors, croquet tournament, bags tournaments. All events held at the Columbus Park Paviion in Fireman’s Park./Park Ave. Columbus. Friday, June 6, Lodi Lodi’s First Friday Art Walk 5 pm – 9 pm Downtown Lodi Shops are open late and some offer food, music or poetry along with special art showings. Artists are often on hand to discuss their work or may be demonstrating some of their techniques. Contact – Deb Fallon, sunfallonmain@ gmail.com, for more information - www.facebook.com/pages/Lodi-ArtWalk/435965899843475?ref=hl Saturday, June 7, Cambria Cambria Village Wide Garage Sales Contact – Cambria Village Office, 920-348-5443 Saturday, June 7, Portage Downtown Portage Walking Tour 10 am Spend the morning learning about Historic Downtown Portage. The guided tour starts at 10AM the Portage Area Chamber of Commerce office. Contact - Portage Area Chamber of Commerce, 608-742-6242, www.portagewi.com Thurs., June 12 – Sat., June 14, Portage Portage Citywide Garage Sales List of garage sales at www.portagewi.com or call The Portage Area Chamber of Commerce 608-742-6242

Fri., June 13 & Sat., June 14, Portage Portage City Flea Market 7 am – 3 pm Come to the Portage City Flea Market featuring Crafts, Produce, Antiques, Collectibles and so much more. Being held this year with the Portage Citywide Garage Sales. This event is an indoor/outdoor so we’ll be there rain or shine! Held at Columbia County Fairgrounds. Contact - Parks and Recreation, 608-742-2178, www.portagewi.gov Friday, June 13, Fall River Chamber of Commerce Yard Judging Contest Lawns & flower gardens will be judged for beauty & uniqueness. Winners will be given gift cards from local businesses Sat., June 14 & Sun., June 15, Columbus Columbus Carriage Classic Festival Horse and Carriage competition at Columbus Firemen’s Park all weekend, horse related items for sale in pavilion, horse and carriage parade. See website for times of competition and parade. For more information - www.columbuscarriagefestival.org Saturday, June 14, Portage Flag Day Luncheon & Program 1:30 am – 2 pm Historic Indian Agency House, 1490 Agency House Road, Portage, WI . Help us celebrate! A Wisconsin Dames’ site tradition of patriotism and fellowship. 11:30am social hour, catered luncheon at noon, followed by program—this year featuring a sneak peak (via a complete dress rehearsal!) of local production, Wau-Bun Dramatic Readings, based on Juliette Kinzie’s memoirs of the same name. Reservation fee required. For more information – www.agencyhouse.org Contact – Historic Indian Agency House Director Destinee Udelhoven, 608-742-6362 Saturday, June 14, Portage Annual Portage FFA Alumni Truck & Tractor Pull 6:30 pm – 10 pm Annual FFA Alumni Truck & Tractor Pull at Veterans Memorial Field in Portage. 608-742-8545 Saturday, June 14, Pardeeville Moto Static Cruise Inn & Music Festival 8 am-4 pm Chandler Park Cars, music, food, train rides, tractor pulls for the kids, and pontoon rides. Free admission for the general public! For more information - www.motostatic.com Contact – Dick Depies, 608-697-0347, email info@moto-static.com Thurs., June 19 – Sun., June 22, Cambria Booster Club Co-Ed Softball Tournament Cambria Tarrant Park Contact – Nick, 920-763-7245 Saturday, June 21, Portage Relay for Life Fundraiser at the Portage VFW Begins at 12 Noon Food, music, raffles, and Bean bag Tournament - open to the public. Contact the Portage VFW 608-742-5350

Saturday, June 21 & Sunday, June 22, Wisconsin River Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Paddle 2014 Join others on a canoe voyage this summer! Wisconsin River: Veterans Park in Prairie du Sac to Ferry Bluff (9 mi.), Camp at Sky High Resort in Portage - Newport Park in Lake Delton to Pine Island (13 mi.) Tour the Leopold Center. For more information www.wisconsinpaddlers.org Saturday, June 21, Portage Appraisal Event at Museum at the Portage Experienced antique and fine art appraiser Mark Moran will conduct appraisals. Forty items will be appraised and individuals can make arrangements for private appraisals while Moran is in Portage. 608-742-6682 Tuesday, June 24, Portage “Uncovering Wisconsin’s Past,” 5th Annual Summer Speaker Series, Installment 1 of 4 6:30 pm Historic Indian Agency House, 1490 Agency House Road, Portage, WI A closer look at the “non-traditional” research—such as archeology, oral histories, and other non-book sources— that has shaped our understanding of Wisconsin history. Join us for an evening of edification and entertainment. Refreshments provided for lecture guests. A visitor favorite! FREE. Speaker TBA. Check www. agencyhouse.org for updated information. Contact – Historic Indian Agency House Director Destinee Udelhoven, 608-7426362 Sat., June 28, Friesland Friesland Fire Department Annual Chicken BBQ 5 pm – 8 pm serving at the Shelter Downtown Barbeque chicken with all the fixin’s Contact - Marcia J Dykstra, 920-3485156 or Carl VanderGalien, 920-348-5574 Saturday, June 28, Portage Concert in the Park Join us for some great summer music at the Portage Concert in the Park Independence Day Celebration. Bring your lawn chair to Pauquette Park (corner of Hwy 33 and Pierce Street) and spend an evening listening to the great music of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Enjoy a cold treat of Culver’s Custard and Pepsi products during the performance. Performance begins at 6:30pm with fireworks over the Wisconsin River at 9:30pm. Contact - Portage Area Chamber of Commerce, 608-742-6242, www.portagewi.com Sunday, June 29, Fall River Columbus/Fall River Sno-Blazer’s Pancake Breakfast Serving from 8 am to 11 am Held at Silver Springs Campgrounds, Ludwig Road, Rio, WI

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Community Events For more information - www.poynettegardenassociation.com/2014_garden_tour. html Contact – Curtis Niglis, 608-635-2627 or Rose Leckwee, 608-635-2195 or email poynettegarden@gmail.com Tuesday, July 1 - Sunday, July 6, Columbus July 4th Celebration Free admission & entertainment of course fun for all ages. July 1st will kick off the celebration with a free family movie in the park, beginning at dusk. During the remainder of the celebration you will find many activities including music, food, refreshments, carnival rides, games and a tractor pull. On July 4th enjoy the area’s largest parade beginning at noon. You will find many family activities in Fireman’s Park including music in the Entertainment Garden, the carnival continues, and the day ends with a HUGE fireworks display at dusk. Don’t miss the annual celebration. For more information about the entertainment and the celebration please go to www.columbus4thofjuly.net Thursday, July 3, Pardeeville Pardeeville 4th of July Committee Concert 7:30 pm – 11 pm Chandler Park The Pardeeville 4th of July Committee will be sponsoring the band – Road Trip at beautiful Chandler Park in Pardeeville Friday, July 4, Friesland Fireworks Christian concert 6:30-8 pm, Friesland Band Concert 8:15 pm, Fireworks at dusk, Friesland Reformed Church Sunday School serving food beginning at 4 pm Friday, July 4, Columbus Firecracker 5 Run/Walk Begins at the Columbus High School Sponsored by the Columbus Chamber of Commerce (920) 623-3699 or info@columbuswichamber.com Friday, July 4, Pardeeville Pardeeville Area Business Association Scholarship Breakfast 7 am – 10 am Village parking lot across from Kwik Trip in Downtown Pardeeville Come see Bob Williams BIG FRY PAN featuring the All American Omelet – you do not want to miss it. Friday, July 4, Pardeeville Parade and Fireworks 12 Noon – Parade Dusk – Fireworks Pardeeville will be having a 4th of July Parade starting at Noon in Downtown Pardeeville and Fireworks at Dusk in beautiful Chandler Park. COME AND ENJOY A FUN FILLED WEEKEND IN PARDEEVILLE! Friday, July 4, Lodi Lodi’s First Friday Art Walk 5 pm – 9 pm Downtown Lodi Shops are open late and some offer food, music or poetry along with special art showings. Artists are often on hand to discuss their work or may be demonstrating some of their techniques. Contact – Deb Fallon, sunfallonmain@ gmail.com, for more information - www.facebook.com/pages/Lodi-Art-

Walk/435965899843475?ref=hl Saturday, July 5, Portage Downtown Portage Walking Tour 10 am Spend the morning learning about Historic Downtown Portage. The guided tour starts at 10AM the Portage Area Chamber of Commerce office. Contact - Portage Area Chamber of Commerce, 608-742-6242, www.portagewi.com Friday, July 6, Pardeeville Pardeeville Triathlon at beautiful Chandler Park. Transition open at 6:45am and race starts at 8:00am. Thursday July 10 - Sunday July 13, Lodi Lodi Agriculture Fair Music, Raffles, Food, Softball, Demolition Derby, Tractor/Truck pull, exhibits, horse pull, carnival rides….the Lodi Ag Fair offers something for everyone! The Lodi Agriculture Fair has been a summer event in Lodi for over 147 years. Admission is free and open to everyone! For more information - www.lodiagfair. com Fri., July 11 – Sun., July 13, Portage Trek WORS Cup & Midwest Regional Mountain Bike Championship Friday - 2 pm to 9 pm Saturday 8 am to 6 pm Sunday - 8 am to 4 pm – FREE ADMISSION Cascade Mountain, W10441 Cascade Mountain Road, Portage Join us for a fun weekend for the Wisconsin off road series and WIN Cycling, a Trek WORS Cup is Midwest premier mountain bike race of the year. America’s top Pro men and women race on a challenging course. The Midwest Regional Championship features amateur racers of all ages and ability levels and is open to anyone wanting to test their skill. Meet the Pro’s, check out their gear, take in the industry expo full of displays, enjoy contests and special events. Contact – Don Echberg, 715-498-9677, email webmaster@ wors.org, for more information - wors@ wors.org Fri., July 11 –Sun., July 13, Portage Garden Tractor Daze Columbia County Fairgrounds Featuring a Garden Tractor show with farm tractors, antique farm garden equipment, pedal pull for adults and kids, indoor flea market and farm toy show with an outside garden tractor swap meet. Contact - Bret Esse, 608-297-7400 Saturday, July 12, Cambria Cambria Kiwanis Pea & Bean Sale Cambria Tarrant Park from 8:30 am – 12 Noon Sunday, July 12, Pardeeville Pardeeville Triathlon Transition opens at 6:45 am, race starts at 8 am. Beautiful Chandler Park in Pardeeville The Pardeeville Triathlon - the third race in the Wisconsin Tri Series- provides a gently rolling bike course and a swim along the shore of Park Lake. The spectator-friendly 5K course weaves through the town of

Pardeeville after a loop around the park. Races: 1/4 mile swim, 15 mile bike, 5K run. For more information - www. racedayeventsllc.com/content/pardeevilletriathlon Thurs., July 17 - Sun., July 20, Fall River “Beaner” Memorial Tournament Men’s and Co-ed Softball at Brayton Park in Fall River Sponsored by the Fall River District Fire Dept. and the Brian Errthum family Fri., July 18 – Sat., July 19, Portage American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Portage Opening Ceremony Friday - 6 pm - Luminaria Ceremony (candlelight vigil) - 9 pm Closing Ceremony Saturday - 9 am at the Portage High School Track Relay For Life is a community event to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and empower individuals to fight back against a disease that takes too much from too many. The Community is welcome to enjoy music, food, fun, entertainment and activities. Contact - Kristi Grothman, 608-697-5532, www.relayforlife.org/portagewi Saturday, July 19, Town of Dekorra 10th Annual Midsummer’s Night in Dekorra Fireworks Celebration Beginning at 12 Noon Join with your friends and family to celebrate summer at the 10th Annual Midsummer’s Night in Dekorra Fireworks Celebration. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the activities. Special activities for our 10th anniversary include a Car & Tractor show, climbing wall, inflatables, kids games, DJ by Bucky Country 95.9. Food, ice cream, soda, and beer are available at the Lake Wisconsin Lions Club concession tent. Festivities start at 12 noon with spectacular fireworks at dusk. The biggest little fireworks show in the area is located between Lake Wisconsin and Poynette at the corner of Hall and McMillan road (W8901 Hall Rd. Poynette, WI). Rain date is Sunday July 20th. Contact - Mark Niebuhr – email Markn955@yahoo.com, for more information www.facebook.com/ groups/232262870130229 Wed., July 23 – Sun., July 27, Portage Columbia County Fair Games, Carnival, Food, Fun for all. Free Parking/Free Admissions/Paid Grandstand. For more information - www.columbiacofair.com Wed., July 23 – Sun., July 27, Portage Portage Kiwanis “BINGO AT THE FAIR” 5:00 pm each night and noon on Sunday Columbia County Fairgrounds 60 games played and ONLY 25¢ a card Contact – Ken Ebneter, 608-742-3560 Fri., July 25 – Sun., July 27, Pardeeville 4th Annual Greater Duck Creek Open Duck Creek Campground, W6560 County Road G, Pardeeville This event is our Charity Event for Multiple

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Sclerosis. We have an 18 hole “portable” miniature golf course throughout our campground. Mini Golf, food specials, silent auction all throughout the day. All proceeds to benefit the Wisconsin Chapter of the MS Association.Contact - Judy Buchta at Duck Creek Campground, 608-429-2425, email duckcrcg@ frontier.com, for more information -www. duckcreekcampground.com Saturday, July 26, Poynette Poynette Street Dance 4 pm – 12 Midnight Frontier Bar, 100 North Main Street in Downtown Poynette Come join in the fun at the Poynette Street Dance in Downtown Poynette with band, Fifth Gear playing Contact – Frontier Bar, 608-635-4189 Sunday, July 27, Fall River Columbus/Fall River Sno-Blazer’s Pancake Breakfast Serving from 8 am – 11 am Held at Silver Springs Campgrounds, Ludwig Rd. Rio, WI Tuesday, July 29, Portage “Uncovering Wisconsin’s Past,” 5th Annual Summer Speaker Series, Installment 2 of 4 6:30 pm Historic Indian Agency House, 1490 Agency House Road, Portage, WI A closer look at the “non-traditional” research—such as archeology, oral histories, and other non-book sources— that has shaped our understanding of Wisconsin history. Join us for an evening of edification and entertainment. Refreshments provided for lecture guests. A visitor favorite! FREE. Speaker TBA. Check www. agencyhouse.org for updated information. Contact – Historic Indian Agency House Director Destinee Udelhoven, 608-7426362 Wed., July 30 – Sun., August 3, Cambria Park Days Ball Tournament Cambria Tarrant Park Contact – Nick, 920-763-7245

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Friday, Aug. 1 – Sunday, Aug. 3, Arlington Arlington Firemen’s Festival Firemen’s Park in Arlington Join the Arlington Fire Department at Firemen’s Park in Arlington for Truck and Tractor pulls, softball, volleyball, parade at noon Sunday, refreshments. Contact - Bill Bell, 608-635-4717, for more information - www.arlingtonfiredept. com Fri., August 1 & Sat., August 2, Portage “Hands-On History” Children’s Workshop: Ho-Chunk Clans 9 am – 11 am both days Historic Indian Agency House, 1490 Agency House Road, Portage, WI Through interactive tours, discussion and crafts, children ages 7 to 12 will learn about the traditional Ho-Chunk clan system, a unique and lifelong source of identity and efficient method of labor distribution. Two sessions offered; registration fee required. ($10 per child, refundable upon class completion due to program grant assistance.) Contact - Director Destinee Udelhoven,

608-742-6362, for more information – www.agencyhouse.org Friday, Aug. 1 & Sat., Aug. 2, Cambria Park Days Fiesta Night and Parade Friday night is Fiesta Night at Cambria Tarrant Park with a Parade at 10 am on Saturday followed by festivities in Cambria Tarrant Park. Friday, August 1, Lodi Lodi’s First Friday Art Walk 5 pm – 9 pm Downtown Lodi Shops are open late and some offer food, music or poetry along with special art showings. Artists are often on hand to discuss their work or may be demonstrating some of their techniques. Contact – Deb Fallon, sunfallonmain@ gmail.com, for more information - www.facebook.com/pages/Lodi-ArtWalk/435965899843475?ref=hl Saturday, August 2, Portage Downtown Portage Walking Tour 10 am Spend the morning learning about Historic Downtown Portage. The guided tour starts at 10AM the Portage Area Chamber of Commerce office. Contact - Portage Area Chamber of Commerce, 608-742-6242, www.portagewi.com Saturday, August 2, Portage Portage Area Triad Pork Roast 10 am - 2 pm Wal-Mart, 2950 New Pinery Road, Portage Join the Triad S.A.L.T Council (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) in partnership with Divine Saviors Healthcare for pulled pork sandwiches served to your liking. Funds are used to host educational events for Seniors to reduce crimes committed against them. Contact name – Penny Kiefer, 608-742-2174, for more information - www.portagewi.gov Sunday, August 3, Columbus Arts and Ales 10 am – 9 pm Dickason Boulevard in front of City Hall and the Columbus Senior Center. Family friendly free event with music, arts and craft vendors, Craft Beer tent, other scheduled activities include a kid’s activity tent, home brewer’s competition, beanbag tournament and poker tournament. Contact – Hydro Street Brewing Company, 920-350-0252, for more information – www.hydrostreetbrew.com Wednesday, August 6, Fall River Savanna Oaks Salad Luncheon A delicious variety of hot casseroles, cold salads, Dinner rolls, muffins and desserts will be served. For tickets and additional information call: Savanna Oaks Community Center, 920-484-6257, carryouts will be available. Savanna Oaks is located on the corner of Hwy. 16 and Savanna Rd., across from the Village of Fall River. www.savannaoakscenter.com Saturday, August 9, Cambria Cambria Kiwanis Pea & Bean Sale Cambria Tarrant Park from 8:30 am – 12 Noon

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Community Events Saturday, August 9, Rio 15th Annual Quilt Show Rio Middle/High School, 411 Church Street, Rio 9 am – 4 pm The Rio Quilt Guild is hosting a quilt show to raise money for our public library. Quilt display, vendors, educational sessions, luncheon available, quilt raffle, silent auction, and sewing “trash to treasure” tables. Contact – Rio Community Library – Kit Schmidt, 920-992-3206, for more information -https://sites.google.com/site/ rioquiltguild/ Saturday, August 9, Portage 3rd Annual Portage Kiwanis Club “Ride To Read” Bike Ride Registration is between 6 am & 10 am The third Annual “Ride to Read” bike ride is for cyclists of all ages and abilities with both leisurely and challenging routes on low traffic, scenic, paved roads highlighting idyllic Columbia County. Riders can choose from four routes with distances of 15, 30, 45, and 62 miles. Provisioned rest stops with toilet facilities and SAG support are provided. This is a literacy fund raiser for children. 2500 books have been distributed free to children in the past two years. Contact – Klay Vehring, 608-7428841, for more information – www.kiwanisridetoread.com Saturday, August 9, Lodi 31st Annual Susie the Duck Days This is a wonderful family day that starts off at 8 a.m. with the Lodi Library run and continues at noon with the Lodi Rotary Parade. Immediately after the parade we launch Duck Derby dropping 3,000 rubber ducks into Spring Creek where they begin their journey traversing waterfalls, rapids on their way to the finish line. The afternoon continues in Lodi’s two beautiful parks with Goeres Park an adventure land for children with games galore. Relax with a bite to eat at “Taste of Lodi-Lake Wisconsin” providing a wonderful assortment of tasty treats while you enjoy Live Music in our beer garden. Admission is Free! For more information - Chamber office: 608-592-4412, www.lodilakewisconsin.org Saturday, August 9, Pardeeville Sidewalk Sales 9 am – 3 pm Come check out the DEALS at the Sidewalk Sales in Downtown Pardeeville Contact – Kathy Cook, 608-429-2700 Thursday, August 14, Lodi Fitz’s Corn Boil 5 pm - 10 pm Fitz’s Restaurant, W11602 County Road V, Lodi Fitz’s on beautiful Lake Wisconsin will host its annual Corn Boil fundraiser for Lodi Area Non-profits. This great outdoor event has it all, music, raffles, auction and fun for the whole family. For more information www.fitzrestaurantlakewisconson.com or call 608-592-3302 Saturday, August 16, Portage Music Fest at Lawton Field 6 pm-11 pm Columbia County Fairgrounds Music Festival held at Lawton Field to support the Greater Portage Youth Education Foundation. Tickets are $10

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and food and beverage will be available at the event. Contact - Tom Pinion at 608-393-9945 Saturday, August 16, Portage Silver Lake Triathlon The Silver Lake Triathlon is a beginnerfriendly event. The race starts at beautiful Silver Lake and continues in the gently rolling countryside of Portage. Each participant will receive a t-shirt, goodie bag, and food. Contact - Myrna at 608742-4888, www.silverlaketriathlon.com Saturday, August 16, Portage Zona Gale Celebrates Friendship Village Celebrations throughout Portage remembering the life of Zona Gale. Pie and ice cream social at the Women’s Civic League Clubhouse, 506 West Edgewater, Portage. Contact - Jeff Grothman, 608-742-2228 Fri., Aug. 22 – Sat., Aug. 23, Portage Taste of Portage Market Fair Come enjoy family fun at this event in downtown Portage, now celebrating 23 years! There will be great food, live music on 2 different stages, kid’s activities; an art and craft show along with a car show. Downtown Portage along Hwy 33 and in the Market Square Parking Lot located at the corner of Hwy 33 and Adams Street. Friday evening Aug 22nd and Saturday Aug 23rd. Contact - Portage Area Chamber of Commerce, 608-742-6242, www.portagewi.com Saturday, August 23, Cambria The Dump’s Annual Run All proceeds go to charity Contact – 920-348-5733 http://thedumpbar.com, https://www.facebook.com/ thedumpcambria Tuesday, August 26, Portage “Uncovering Wisconsin’s Past,” 5th Annual Summer Speaker Series, Installment 3 of 4 6:30 pm Historic Indian Agency House, 1490 Agency House Road, Portage, WI A closer look at the “non-traditional” research—such as archeology, oral histories, and other non-book sources— that has shaped our understanding of Wisconsin history. Join us for an evening of edification and entertainment. Refreshments provided for lecture guests. A visitor favorite! FREE. Speaker TBA. Check www. agencyhouse.org for updated information. Contact – Historic Indian Agency House Director Destinee Udelhoven, 608-7426362 Saturday, August 30, Pardeeville 11th Annual Pardeeville Community Car & Truck Show, Inc. and 10th Annual Antique Classic Tractor Show 8 am – 4 pm Chandler Park in Pardeeville Music by Wisconsin Hot Rod Radio, Food stands, homemade pies, Popcorn, Ice Cream Parlor, Corn on the Cob, Silent Auction, Tee shirts sells, Come See Awesome!! One of kind antique tractors (all colors) Alcohol-Free Event fun for the whole family, No Carry-INS Please, Spectators Admission Free, and Free will

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Monday, September 1, Randolph Randolph Community Corn Carnival 3C’s Car Show at the Middle School Back Lot, FFA Breakfast-6:30am, Randolph High School, 110 Meadowood Drive, Parade-10 am, Free corn & entertainment in Randolph Park following the parade. Parade contact-Roger Steinhorst, 920-326-5665, www.facebook.com/ randolphffaalumni.communitycorncarnival, 3C’s Car Show Contact 920-326-3653, gordnloui@centurytel.net Friday, September 5, Lodi Lodi’s First Friday Art Walk 5 pm – 9 pm Downtown Lodi Shops are open late and some offer food, music or poetry along with special art showings. Artists are often on hand to discuss their work or may be demonstrating some of their techniques. Contact – Deb Fallon, sunfallonmain@ gmail.com, for more information - www.facebook.com/pages/Lodi-ArtWalk/435965899843475?ref=hl Saturday, September 6, Pardeeville Pardeeville Watermelon Festival 10 am to 4 pm – FREE Chandler Park in Pardeeville U.S. Speed-Eating and Seed-Spitting Championships, Inc. - Family-friendly festival featuring free sliced watermelon, kid’s games, entertainment, craft vendors and watermelon contests Contact - Todd Hepler, 608-697-6198, for more information www.pardeevillewatermelonfestival.com Saturday, September 6, Portage Portage Family Skate Park Marathon Join the Portage Family Skate Park Committee for their 2nd Annual Skateboard Marathon to raise funds for the Portage Family Skate Park. The ride is just under 10 miles and runs through the southern side of downtown Portage then a round trip of the scenic levee trail then ends at Riverside Park for a bring your own picnic. Bicycles, roller skates, and roller blades are welcome as well. Helmets are required and other safety equipment is encouraged. Cost to register $20, if you pre-register your fee includes a t-shirt. For more information - http://portageskatepark.org/2013/12/31/2nd-annualportage-family-skate-park-marathon/ Sunday, September 7, Portage Portage FFA Alumni Chicken BBQ BBQ Chicken Dinner Served at the Portage High School starting at 11am. For more information - 608-742-8545 Saturday, September 13, Portage “Tavern Times”: 6th Annual Living History Encampment 9 am – 5 pm Historic Indian Agency House, 1490

Agency House Road, Portage, WI Observe and interact with a host of characters in historic costume and character in an authentic historic setting. For this, our sixth annual installment, travel back in time to the 19th century Wisconsin frontier, when our Winnebago Indian Agency briefly served as a boarding house and tavern. Special tours and historic demonstrations offered throughout the day. FREE. Contact - Director Destinee Udelhoven, 608-742-6362, www.agencyhouse.org Friday, September 19 & Saturday, September 20, Portage Native American Flute-Making Workshop 10 am – 4 pm Historic Indian Agency House, 1490 Agency House Road, Portage, WI 2-day adult workshop led by instructor William Quackenbush, enrolled Deer Clan member of the Ho-Chunk Nation who currently serves as the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer. Learn the history of the Native American courting flute, then make your own flute and practice playing it. Reduced participation fee of $75 per person (offset by grant funding) covers instruction and all flute-making supplies; min. 12/max. 15. Register by August 22. Contact - Director Destinee Udelhoven, 608-742-6362, www.agencyhouse.org Saturday, September 20, Portage Kids Day at Culver’s in Portage 10 am – 1 pm Health, Safety & Environmental Awareness Day - Proceeds from the event will benefit the Portage Skate Park Project. Spinal, dental and eye screenings. Tours of a fire truck, ambulance, school bus and police car. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Portage Food Pantry and you will be entered to win a prize. For more information - www.blauchiropractic.com Saturday, September 20, Fall River Sorghum Fest Sorghum Fest 2014 at the Savanna Oaks Community Center located on Hwy. 16 & 100 Savanna Road across from the Village of Fall River. See sorghum processed from field to jar. Feel the heat as the iron is forged by the old time Blacksmith. Giant Inflatables for the kids. Face Painting, Games and Make/Take projects. Also free goodie bags to each child. Outdoor farm, flea fabulous finds market. “All U Can Eat” Pancake Breakfast featuring potato & buttermilk pancakes, sausage, applesauce and beverage. Live music and many bucket raffle prized. Jars of sorghum available for purchase and free sorghum recipes. Great Family Fun. Come Early & Spend the Day. For more information 920-623-5319 or 920-484-6257, www. savannaoakscenter.com Tuesday, September 23, Portage POW/MIA Recognition Day Program 6 pm Portage VFW, 215 W. Collins Street, Portage Friday, September 26, Portage

3rd Annual VFW Post 1707 Golf Outing 9 am Portage Country Club - $50.00 entry fee (per person) includes 18 holes of golf (w/ cart), lunch, and door prizes Open to the public. Contact Jeremy Duffy, jeremy.duffy1@gmail.com Saturday, September 27, Columbus ‘Odd’toberfest Festival in the Columbus Firemen’s Park pavilion to celebrate Octoberfest with food, refreshments, music and lots of fun. Contact - Steve Roberts, 920-623-5511 Saturday, September 27, Lodi National Alpaca Farm Days 10:30 am – 4 pm Lodi Alpacas at Whistling Valley Farm, N1792 Ryan Road, Lodi Meet, greet and treat the alpacas, many new cria (babies) this year, learn about fiber and raising alpacas, and shop for alpaca products. FREE TO THE PUBLIC. Contact - Jan Clingman or Jim Hellenbrand, 608-576-8607 or 608-513-8020, www.lodialpacas.com Saturday, September 27, Lodi Brew-B-Que Downtown Block 10 am – 5 pm Downtown Lodi Don’t miss one of the chamber’s biggest events of the year! Join us for the annual Lodi & Lake Wisconsin Brew-B-Que in downtown Lodi. This great event takes a Backyard BBQ and turns it into a Hugh Block Party as we close Main Street for the day and offer great food, a Kids Zone, live music and craft beer.A whole day of family fun and Admission is free! For more information www.lodilakewisconsin.org or call Chamber Office: 608-592-4412 Tuesday, Sept. 30, Portage “Uncovering Wisconsin’s Past,” 5th Annual Summer Speaker Series, Installment 4 of 4 6:30 pm Historic Indian Agency House, 1490 Agency House Road, Portage, WI A closer look at the “non-traditional” research—such as archeology, oral histories, and other non-book sources— that has shaped our understanding of Wisconsin history. Join us for an evening of edification and entertainment. Refreshments provided for lecture guests. A visitor favorite! FREE. Speaker TBA. Check www. agencyhouse.org for updated information. Contact – Historic Indian Agency House Director Destinee Udelhoven, 608-7426362

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Thursday, October 2 – Sunday, October 5, Cambria Cambria Park Committee Fall Ball Tournament Contact – Nick, 920-763-7245 Friday, October 3, Lodi Lodi’s First Friday Art Walk 5 pm – 9 pm Downtown Lodi Shops are open late and some offer food, music or poetry along with special art showings. Artists are often on hand to discuss their work or may be demonstrating some of their techniques.

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Community Events Contact – Deb Fallon, sunfallonmain@ gmail.com, for more information - www.facebook.com/pages/Lodi-ArtWalk/435965899843475?ref=hl Saturday, October 4, Columbus Columbus Senior Center Fall Fest Food, refreshments, booths and more at the Columbus Senior Center, Dickason Blvd, Columbus 920-623-5918 Sunday, October 5, Columbus Columbus Fire Department Pancake Breakfast All you can eat pancakes and all that goes with a delicious breakfast. Sponsored by the members of the Columbus Fire Department Service Organization. 920623-5914 October 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 November 1, Fall River Chamber of Horrors Award winning Haunted House- Voted last 3 years Winner Of Visitor’s Choice award- Favorite in SW Region of Wisconsin. Haunted House is on Heppe Road, Fall River, WI - Open 7 pm with last tickets sold at 10 pm -sponsored by Fall River Chamber of Commerce. For more information www.fallriverhauntedhouse.com Saturday, October 11, Portage Portage FFA Alumni Harvest Breakfast Join us at Veteran’s Memorial Field for a delicious harvest breakfast sponsored by the Portage FFA Alumni. For more information - 608-742-8545 October 17 & 18 and October 24 & 25, Cambria Cambria EMS & Fire Haunted House 7 pm – 10 pm Saturday, October 18, Portage “Harvest Gathering” End-of-Season Celebration & Fundraiser 4 pm – 7 pm Historic Indian Agency House, 1490 Agency House Road, Portage, WIHelp us celebrate our 82nd year of sharing Wisconsin’s history with the world! Enjoy live musical entertainment, craft beer, cider and goodies and check out our featured Silent Auction packages and General Store. All proceeds benefit continued museum operations and educational programming. $15 general admission/$12 members. Reservations appreciated, but not required. Contact - Director Destinee Udelhoven, 608-742-6362, www.agencyhouse.org Friday, October 24, Portage Fine Vine Wine Walk 6 pm – 9 pm Downtown Portage Enjoy a fun evening out in Downtown Portage. Stop by numerous locations to sample delicious red and white wines. Maps and wine glasses can be picked up at 205 Vino located at 205 DeWitt Street. Contact - Tricia Pionke, 608-566-5730 for more information - www.facebook.com/ downtownportageinc?fref=ts

Saturday, October 25, Portage Halloween at the Portage Theatre Portage Theatres is planning a great Halloween themed event for the kids. All you have to do is bring a non-perishable food item for the Food Pantry to participate. There will be a costume contest and sidewalk parade leaving from St. Mary parking lot (next to the Theatre along Conant St.). Following Parade - free movie with non-perishable food item donation. Kids will receive a goodie bag at the Costume Contest to take with during the parade and prizes for the contest will be awarded after the parade at the Theatre. For more information - 608-742-6678, www.portagetheatres.com

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Saturday, November 1, Rio Bonnet Prairie Lutheran Church Annual Lutefisk Dinner Bonnet Prairie Lutheran Church, N3694 Old F Road, Rio Call the church starting in October for more information 920-992-3200 Saturday, November 8, Pardeeville Pardeeville Annual Holiday on the Lakes 9 am – 2 pm Downtown Pardeeville Local businesses have great sales for the Christmas Season. Come and check it out, something for everyone. Saturday, Nov. 8, Fall River Fall River Fire Dept. Bingo & Meat Raffle Held at the Fall River Fire Station Starting at 7 pm Saturday, November 8, Leeds 9th Annual Leeds Holiday Craft Sale 9 am – 3 pm Leeds Town Hall, N1485 Pribbenow Drive, Arlington Local crafters will offer jewelry, personal care items, woodcrafts, handbags, candles, doll clothes, soaps, cards, painted ornaments, center pieces and more. The Rio Go-Getters 4-H Club will offer holiday wreaths. Lunches will be available. There is no admission charge. Interested vendors can contact nwumc@hotmail. com for information. Saturday, Nov. 8, Portage Harvest Dinner at Portage Presbyterian Church 4:30 pm – 7 pm Turkey and all the trimmings, including homemade pie. Carry-outs available Portage Presbyterian Church, 120 W Pleasant Street Saturday, Nov. 8, Cambria Craft Fair Cambria-Friesland School, 410 E. Edgewater Street, Cambria Contact – Joelle DeBoer, 920-348-6587 Saturday, Nov. 8, Pardeeville Pardeeville Annual Holiday on the Lakes from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Local businesses have great sales for the Christmas Season. Come and check it out, something for everyone!

Friday, November 21, Lodi Wine Walk and Shop Welcome to Lodi Wine Walk & Shop! This is your chance to wander through our beautiful downtown and sample a wonderful selection of wine while you visiting all our shops. Be sure to continue your shopping the following day with Christmas by the Creek! Sponsored by: Lodi and Lake Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce For more information www.lodilakewisconsin.org or call Chamber Office: 608-592-4412 November 21-23, Columbus Columbus Holiday Open House Downtown stores filled with holiday cheer, sales and one-of-a-kind gifts. Saturday, November 22, Lodi Christmas by the Creek Kick off your holiday shopping with the unique shops in Lodi. Browse our warm and inviting shops all decked out with the signs and aromas of the holidays season. Have breakfast with Santa or enjoy the Craft Fair, Children’s cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus and horse drawn hay rides! Sponsored by: Lodi and Lake Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce For more information www.lodilakewisconsin.org or call Chamber Office: 608-592-4412 Sunday, November 23, Fall River Holiday Fair at Savanna Oaks Featuring many Crafters & Holiday vendors Event will run from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM Vendors are welcome visit the website: www.savannaoakscenter.com Friday, November 28, Portage Santa Fly-In at the Portage Airport Come help us welcome Santa as he arrives at the Portage Airport at 10 am. Contact - Portage Area Chamber of Commerce, 608-742-6242, www.portagewi.com Friday, November 28, Columbus Columbus Holiday Parade Sponsored by Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Columbus Downtown Development Corporation and City of Columbus. Parade begins at 6:30 pm with many lighted floats, parade entries and Santa. Tree lighting ceremony follows at decorated tree on library lawn. 920-623-3699 Friday, November 28, Portage Chili Dump at Holiday Parade 5 pm – 8 pm Purchase a bowl of Chili at Commerce Plaza during the Presbyterian Church Chili Dump. Sponsored by the Portage Presbyterian Church. Friday, November 28, Portage Holiday Lighted Parade and Tree Lighting 6 pm Downtown Portage Kick off the season with these fun Portage traditions! The parade will wind its way downtown, and end up with Santa lighting the gigantic holiday tree in Commerce Plaza. There will be hot beverages and treats on the streets to keep you warm.

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Contact – Sherry Douglas, 608-617-5409, for more information - www.facebook. com/downtownportageinc?fref=ts Friday, November 28 & Saturday, November 29, Portage Portage Theatres Free Kid’s Movie Come to Portage Theatres for a Free Kid’s Movie with a non-perishable food item donation. Help us fill the Portage Food Pantry. Movie and Showtimes TBA For more information www.portagetheatres.com Saturday, November 29, Randolph Randolph Chamber Holiday Bazaar 9 am-3 pm Randolph High School, 110 Meadowood Drive Contact -Tom Cornford, 920-382-6567, www.randolphwi.net Saturday, November 29, Portage Santa’s Real Live Reindeer 11 am – 2 pm Commerce Plaza in Downtown Portage Come see who pulls Santa’s sleigh for real! Contact – Sherry Douglas, 608-617-5409, for more information - www.facebook. com/downtownportageinc?fref=ts Saturday, November 29, Portage Small Business Saturday 9 am – 5 pm Downtown Portage Keep local businesses open by shopping and enjoying the food, beverages, and services provided by your neighbors! Contact – Sherry Douglas, 608-617-5409, for more information - www.facebook. com/downtownportageinc?fref=ts

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Saturday, December 6, Portage Holiday Open House at Pierce’s Market Place in Portage 11 am – 2 pm Check out the Holiday Deli and Bakery Items with sample assortment of food and deli trays, sample holiday baked goods from our scratch bakery and sample other holiday favorites including eggnog, hot cider, coffee, cheese and popcorn. For more information www.piercesmarkets.com Sunday, December 7, Portage Gale Singers Holiday Concert Gale Singers Community Choir is proud to present their annual Holiday Concert. This wonderful concert will be presented at the Portage Center for the Arts 301 E. Cook Street, Portage, WI 53901. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information – Portage Center for the Arts at 608-742-5655, www.portagecenterforthearts.com Saturday, December 13, Portage Historic Living Windows 6 pm – 8 pm Downtown Portage Enjoy this historical celebration of Portage by strolling the streets and viewing numerous vignettes of times past. There will be hot beverages and treats on the streets to keep you warm and toasty! Contact – Rita Briant, 608-742-5900, for more information - www.facebook.com/ downtownportageinc?fref=ts Saturday, December 13, Randolph Santa’s Workshop 1 pm – 3 pm Randolph Village Hall, 248 W Stroud Street Visit with Santa, games, treats & make your own Crafts & Cards For more information - www.randolphwi. net

Wednesday, December 3, Portage “Kiddie Christmas” 4 pm – 7 pm Historic Indian Agency House, 1490 Agency House Road, Portage, WI Apple cider and treats, old fashioned ornament-making and crafts, with Santa Claus himself scheduled to stop by. $1 suggested donation per child, on a firstcome, first-serve basis. Contact - Director Destinee Udelhoven, 608-742-6362, www.agencyhouse.org

Saturday, December 13, Portage Breakfast with Santa at Culver’s in Portage Join us for Breakfast with Santa at Culver’s in Portage. There is no fee for breakfast, but we ask that you bring a non-perishable food item for the local food pantry. Breakfast seating is at 8am and then again at 9am. Contact - Portage Area Chamber of Commerce, 608-742-6242, www.portagewi.com

Saturday, December 6, Columbus 8am-Noon Breakfast with Santa at Columbus Country Club Call Columbus Chamber of Commerce for details, 920-623-3699

Saturday, December 13, Cambria Santa Visit Cambria Community Room 10 am – 11:30 am

Saturday, Dec. 6, Portage Cookie Walk 9 am – 12 Noon Purchase a cookie box filled with a map and specials at the Chamber office and then collect a cookie at various participating businesses throughout Portage. Contact - Portage Area Chamber of Commerce, 608-742-6242, www.portagewi.com

Thursday, December 25, Portage Christmas Day Dinner 12 Noon – 1:30 pm Join us for a Free Christmas Day Dinner. Will be serving turkey breast & gravy, ham, mashed potatoes, vegetables, cranberries, rolls, dessert and a beverage. Contact - Portage Presbyterian Church, 120 W. Pleasant Street, Portage, 608-742-6006

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Arlington Poynette Wyocena Take a drive to Poynette, WI this summer. We are located two miles east of exit 115 of I90-94 at the Lake Wisconsin, Poynette interchange on CTH CS. Poynette offers great out-door recreation. Come fish Rowen Creek, one of Wisconsin’s Class 1 trout streams or walk along it to take the nature trail from Old Settlers Park to experience the natural beauty. Poynette’s Historical Society host displays from 1850 to the present. Our Scottish roots are displayed in a curling exhibit which includes our local Olympic champion. Also come join the Poynette Curling Club located at 216 E Hudson.

August 1-3, 2014 Arlington Firemen’s Festival The Village of Arlington is a small rural community nestled in the center of some of the most prime farm land in the state. Arlington is an attractive well-kept community, which borders such major road arteries as State Highways 22, 51 and 60 and Interstate Highways 90 & 94. These major highways along with the close proximity to the Dane County Airport makes Arlington accessible to all.

See our Poynette Library construction expansion project underway in 2014, Euchre Tuesdays at 2pm, Cribbage Thursdays at 2pm, coffee and conversation on Friday mornings, Nature Niche Tuesday June 17, and join us for Chemistry Close Encounters of the Chemical Kind Thursday, July 31, 2014, visit their website for many more 2014 activities at www.poynettelibrary.com. Downtown Pauquette Park offers Farmers Market on Saturdays May through September 8am-Noon, also at Pauquette Park you can see many baseball games with a Fast Pitch Tournament June 20-22. In July a Street dance on Main Street with live musical bands, food, and lots of entertainment, Watch Dekorra Mid-Summer Nights Fireworks July 19, in the Town of Dekorra off Bilkie Road and Hall Road. This is a huge event with a day-long of entertainment for all ages.

The Village of Wyocena is the 7th smallest community among those in Columbia County. The village park, Dickason-Toppe, is located off Hwy 22 by the Wyocena Community Center. Various youth activities along with a church softball league use the Dickason-Toppe Park in the summer time. The Community Center has a nutrition site, library, village offices and a gym that is used during the winter months for walking, youth basketball and wrestling along with a class for hunter safety. The Community Center also has rooms to rent for parties or for a large event the gym.

The Village of Arlington is a growing The Village of Wyocena has the Columbia community of 823 residents located just Enjoy our free new Splash Pad at Valley View County nursing home facilities that were twenty miles north of downtown Madison in Park, located at 300 Park Street, and also join us just updated in 2012 and the Columbia southern Columbia County. Arlington enjoys for free movies in the park, located right next to County Hwy department is also located on an atmosphere of “small-town” charm as well the Splash Pad. the south side of the Village. as access to the best of an urban lifestyle. A Watch our website calendar for more details at Wyona Lake is a 93 acre lake located in the Village President and a four member Village www.poynette-wi.gov. north central portion of the Village that Board govern the Village. Arlington provides offers fishing at several access a wide range of quality municipal points. The village had the lake services, including public utilities HE AC ENZIE ENTER restocked with various fish in (water and sewer), public works, 2012. The Columbia County 2 miles east of Poynette on Co Rd CS & Q – 608-635-8105 parks, and general government Park is located just outside of services. Arlington residents VISIT THE NATIVE WILDLIFE IN THE the village on Hwy G going east today enjoy a quality of life that WILDLIFE HABITAT AREA and on Hwy G going west of the is second to none in Columbia CLIMB THE FIRE TOWER village there is the Duck Creek County. The location of Arlington H IKE SELF-GUIDED NATURE TRAILS campground. next to all major highways and L EARN OUTDOOR SKILLS its Rail Systems makes it a prime While Wyocena is a small PARTICIPATE IN ENVIRONMENTAL location for business. The quality of community we have a number EDUCATION FIELD TRIPS life in this rural community and its of lots available for new homes. Hours of Operation Find us on the web at: Grounds and trails: Open daily, Dawn to Dusk Midwest workforce lends itself to a Wyocena is located just off Hwy 16 dnr.wi.gov Wildlife Habitat Area: November – April: Open Monday through Friday 8am-4pm search “MacKenzie” First full weekend of May through last full weekend of October: Open daily 8am – 4pm successful business atmosphere. and Hwy 22.

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How it Works: 1. Use the mileage chart on the bike-n-camp website to determine how far you want to ride and choose the campgrounds you would like to stay at.

5. Pack your gear each day so it is ready to be transported to the next bike-n-camp campground.

2. Make the reservations at each campground and arrange for gear transportation. Each day the next campground you are staying at will transport your gear from the previous nights stay to the next campground while you enjoy your ride. Costs for gear transport may vary depending on your group size, the distance, and the number of trips required to transport your gear and the individual campground transportation rates. They will transport only gear such as tents, sleeping bags, pillows, sleeping pads, backpacks, duffle bags, coolers, cooking gear, small portable camp stoves (no large gas grills), folding camp chairs, and tool bags. No camping trailers or utility trailers. Travel light! No pet transport.

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6. Bike. 8. Go to step 5, repeat and have fun. Participating campgrounds are located in central Wisconsin. All campgrounds are members of WACO the Wisconsin Association of Campground Owners.

Serving the following counties: Adams, Columbia, Dane, Marquette, Portage, Sauk and Waushara.

3. Plan your route based on the recommended bike routes using the state and county bike maps on the bike-n-camp website. 4. Arrange a time for your gear to be picked up with the next campground on your trip.

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and get ready for a challenging route for the avid bicyclist. With this ride you will encounter many challenging hills but rewarded with some great scenic views, not to mention the up close tour of the windmills in the county.

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Columbia County Bike Challenge:

Biking Events • Rio Trek 100 - 2nd Saturday in June • Pardeeville Sprint Triathlon - 1st weekend in July Kiwanis Ride to Read Fundraiser in Portage - 2nd weekend in August • Portage Silver Lake Triathlon - 3rd weekend in August • Lodi Duck-a-thon Triathlon - Fall season

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Dining & Entertainment The Levee Restaurant THE BEST BREAKFAST IN TOWN! On the South Side of Portage Near the scenic Levee Trail

201 Dix St., Columbus www.culvers.com

N6794 US Hwy 51, Portage

608-742-2772

SAJ’ss on Main Sports Bar and Grill

Monday Night is Senior Specials! Thursday Night is “Fifty Cent” Wing Night! Friday Night is Fantastic Fish Fry! Saturday Night is Fabulous Prime Rib Dinner! Sunday Morning Breakfast 8am-Noon Other Nightly Specials……………

Breakfast Lunch • Dinner

Friday Fish Fry Monday Senior Menu

Open 7 Days a Week (608)592-3302

W11602 Hwy. V Lodi, WI 53555

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Steak • Seafood • Bar W2164 Hwy 60, Columbus, WI 920-623-3113

• Gourmet Sandwiches, Wraps, and Paninis • Fresh Deli Meats and Cheeses • In-House Smoked Meats • Specialty Meats and Seafood 2219 W. Wisconsin St., Portage, WI. 742-3372 • mikesmeatery.com

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147 N. Main St., Pardeeville, WI 608-429-3868 • Open 10am - 2:30am

929 E. Wisconsin St. Portage • 608-742-3413

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Serving Lunch & Dinner Specials Daily

2733 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI 53901 www.culvers.com

• Friday Night Fish Fry • Full Service Bar • Check out our Salad Bar • Sunday Breakfast Buffet 2503 W. Wisconsin St. • Portage, WI

608-742-8208

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Camping & Lodging Little Bluff

Campgrounds

920-992-5157 N4003 Traut Rd., Rio

152 W. James St. • Downtown Columbus 920-350-0252

SAVANNA OAKS Community Center

“We’ll Make You & Your Guests Feel Right at Home” Corner of Hwy. 16 & Savanna Rd. Fall River, WI 53932

920-484-6257 www.savannaoakscenter.com

For reservations call: 608-429-2425 or E-mail: duckcrcg@palacenet.net or Write: W6560 County G, Pardeeville, WI 53954

One mile West of Hwy 22 at Wyocena on County Hwy G

Golf Courses

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Golf Outings ❢ Weddings ❢ Business Meetings ❢ Golf Memberships ❢ Marina ❢ Friday Fish Fry ❢ Holiday Brunches ❢

Silver Springs Campsites (920) 992-3537 N5048 Ludwig Rd., Rio www.silverspringscamp.com

608-742-8330

3000 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI • I-90/94 Exit Hwy 78 to Hwy 51N

WILDERNESS CAMPGROUND “Where Lifelong Memories Are Made”

N1499 State Hwy 22 Montello, WI 53949 Phone: 608.297.2002 Heated Pool Swimming Beach Weekend Entertainment Giant Lake Toys WildernessCampground.com

L AKE W ISCONSIN C OUNTRY C LUB N1076 Golf Rd. Prairie du Sac, WI 53578 608-643-4554 restaurant • 608-643-2405 golf shop www.lakewisconsincc.com | chrisp@lakewisconsincc.com

Family Campground

Site Rentals • 1 Cabin Rental Call for Reservations

800.582.0393 N5830 Cty. Hwy SS, Rio

WiFi Available • Credit Cards Accepted

www.willowmillcampsite.com

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Super 8 Motel - Portage

Columbus

(920) 623-8800 219 Industrial Dr. Columbus, WI 53925

• Indoor Pool/Whirlpool • Free Continental Breakfast Includes Hot Food! • Pets Allowed • Guest Laundry • Free Satellite TV, Encore, ESPN • High Speed Wireless Internet • Free local phone calls • RV/Truck Parking with outside outlets

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OUR TEAM… WORKING FOR YOU GENERAL SURGERY

Dr. Eric R. Anderson 608-745-5176

Dr. Matthew Lynch 608-745-5176

Dr. Doug Arnold 608-745-6420

Dr. Jim Foskett 608-745-6420

Dr. Joshua Pogorelec 608-745-5176

Dr. Frank Walter 608-745-6420

PODIATRIC SURGERY

PULMONOLOGY

Dr. Stephen Murphy 608-745-4598

Dr. Clint Bonebrake 608-745-6320

Ryan Holeon, PA-C 608-745-6420

Divine Savior Healthcare is proud to offer an excellent team of quality physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners for you to choose from. Whether you are just starting a family, or working hard to maintain your active lifestyle, our clinic medical team is excited to become your health care partner. They are accepting patients and look forward to meeting you.

ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY

FAMILY MEDICINE

Jeanne Rush, PA-C 608-745-6420

Dr. Brenda Blohm 608-745-4598

Divine Savior Healthcare accepts all major insurances including Unity, Dean, Alliance & Physicians Plus.

FAMILY MEDICINE

Dr. Jill Pogorelec Christi Barden, APNP Caitlin Boettner, PA-C Bridget Hoffman, APNP 608-589-5333 608-745-4598 608-745-4598 608-745-4598

Lindsay Schehr, APNP 608-745-4598

FAMILY MEDICINE

PHYSICAL MEDICINE

PEDIATRICS

Kelly Toijala, PA-C 608-745-4598

Dr. Kenneth Oh 608-742-4127

Dr. Angela O’Connor 608-745-4598

OB / GYN

Dr. Erik Schulte 608-745-5158

James Swan, APNP Darcy Steinhorst, PA-C 608-429-2185 608-745-4598

FAMILY MEDICINE WITH OB

Dr. Susan Kreckman Dr. Thaddeus Whiting 608-745-4598 608-745-4598

Divine Savior Healthcare Portage Clinic 2817 New Pinery Road, Portage • 608-745-4598

Visit the Medical Staff page at dshealthcare.com to learn more about each of our providers.

Divine Savior Healthcare Pardeeville Clinic 102 Gillette Street, Pardeeville • 608-429-2185

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Andrea Langan, APNP 608-429-2185

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Divine Savior Healthcare Crossroads Clinic N4390 Crossroads Clinic Road, Oxford • 608-589-5333

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WHERE ALL GOOD THINGS COME TOGETHER

DOWNTOWN HAS IT ALL

Bead Shop • Antique Shops • Sew n Vac shop • Jewelry Shops • World War II Museum • Alteration shop • Accountants • Tuxedo Shop Popcorn and Ice cream shop • Restaurants • Realtors • Insurance Brokers • Title Co. • Public Library • Ladies Accessories • Fraternal Orgs Pottery Shop • Hunting & Fishing Sports Shop • Drug Store • Women's Clothing (missy-petites-plus sizes) • Furniture store • Gift Shops Organic Food Store • Floral Shop • Banks • Seven-Screen Theater WI only Canal with Restored canal lock system • Barbers • Beauty Salons Law Firms • Dentists • Optometrist • Photo Studio • Auto repair shops Filling stations • Music instructors • Video production Co. • Gift & Artisan Niche Shops Co-op • Pawn Shop • Investment Firms • Archery range • Hiking/biking Trails • Walking Tour • Historic Water Front & Historic Retail District on National Register • Children’s Toy Shop Coin Shop • Eye Glass Clinic • Auto Parts • Embroidery Shop Re-sale Shops • Spas • Pubs • Clock Shop • Tourist rest area WI river observation point • Fish & boat-2 access ramps to WI river • Home Health Care • Chamber of Commerce ATMs • Sports Pub • Billiards Hall

DOWNTOWN PORTAGE Just 30 minutes north of Madison & 15 minutes from Wisconsin Dells


Downtown Portage Portage Downtown Walking Tours First Saturday of the month. June - August Leaving Chamber of Commerce office at 10am

WHERE CREATIVITY BEGINS Janome Sewing Machines & Sergers • Simplicity Vacuums Fabric • Notions • Books/Patterns • Classes Repair For Most Makes/Models

Formal Wear Rentals by

ALTERATIONS FOR MEN & WOMEN FOR ALL OCCASIONS! 118 E. Cook, Portage • 608-566-1663 STORE HOURS: Tues. - Sat. 8:30-5, Closed Sun. & Mon.

Tailoring andTuxes

210 W. Wisconsin • 742-3257

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Open 7 days a Week.

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128 W. Cook St.

Downtown Portage (608)742-2400

3 Lev Levels & Over 9000 sq. ft. to Browse

Something for everyone!

www.antiquesmallofportage.com

140 E. Cook St. Portage, WI • 742-3545

Award Winning Mall!

Hunting & Fishing Headquarters!

✔Archery

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✔Ammunition

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D.W. Sports Center 125 W. Cook, Portage • 742-7745

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Downtown Portage Farmer’s Markets Every Thursday May - October Noon - 6pm

Several Classes

Now Available Stop in for a class schedule! • Make your own jewelry for special occasions or gifts • We offer excellent Children’s Birthday Parties 210 W. Cook St., Portage, WI

608-742-5900 • Open Daily! • www.prairieflowerbeads.com 1000’s of beads in different colors, sizes & styles!

Need a Special Present? For That Special Occasion? Handcrafted Wooden Bowls, Ice Cream Scoops, Pizza Cutters, Pepper Grinders, And More!

Bowls By The Woodchuck @The Mercantile

745-5768

117 W. Cook • Portage

June 13 & 14 Veteran’s Memorial Field 7am-3pm

“Giggles” Toys & Books

offering Educational toys that teach. Classic Wooden toys & soft cuddly toys to snuggle up to. Books ready to take your child on a wonderful Adventure!

Stop in today! Located inside the Mercantile - Downtown Portage

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By: By: Carol Carol Shogren Shogren An An ever ever changing changing collection collection of of beautiful, beautiful, original original jewelry jewelry and and accessories accessories handmade handmade by by local local artist artist Carol Carol Shogren. Shogren. She She specializes specializes in in Swarovski Swarovski crystals, crystals, gemstones, gemstones, glass, glass, recycled recycled materials, materials, pearls pearls and and anything anything else else she she can can get get her her hands hands on! on!

Your destination for local art, jewelry, WI products & toys 117 W. Cook St., Downtown Portage

Mon.- Fri. 10am – 5pm Sat. 9am – 3pm

608-745-5768 See us on Facebook! www.facebook.com/portmercantile

Mon Mon -- Fri, Fri, 10AM 10AM -- 55 PM PM •• Sat Sat 10 10 AM AM -- 33 PM PM

117 W. Cook Street • Downtown Portage

AMPERS&ND fun gifts for all occasions candles • picture frames • tea • coffee Lusa Organic products • purses • pajamas hot chocolate • wine themed gifts the only place to buy the “Wiscowsin” cow merchandise 117 W. COOK STREET HISTORIC DOWNTOWN PORTAGE

Gifts for ALL OCCASIONS!

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Portage Tracy Kapp Owner / Pet Groomer

Precious Paws Boa

3013 Cty Hwy CX • Portage, WI

www.ppawsbg.com

608-697-5712 rding & Grooming, LLC Dog Boarding

N415 3rd Avenue Dog & Cat Grooming

608.742.7141 • 800.542.7141 www.hillautomotive.com

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lumber. M-F 7-7, Sat. 7-5, Sun 9-5 • www.portage

Camping? Forget Something? We have a great selection of inexpensive, gently used items in a clean environment.

Shop Vinny’s, you’ll be glad you did! Pots/Pans • Dishes • toasters & small aPPliances • Blankets Pillows • PuDgy-Pie makers & more!

St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store 1311 W. Wisconsin St., Portage • 742-5513 Hours: Mon - Thurs 9-5, Fri 9-8, Sat 9-5

CUTS | COLOR | PERMS | WAX

2936 New Pinery Rd. • Portage • 608-745-1212 Mon.-Fri. 9am-8pm; Sat. 9am-5pm; Sun 10am-3pm

Dine-in, Carry-out and Delivery!

608-566-1750 2905 New Pinery Rd. Portage,WI S-Th 11-9; F-Sat 11-10

All-You-Can-Eat Chicken, Pizza, & Salad Bar

$1.00 OFF

Buffet Served M-Th 11-2 & 4:30-8; F-Sun 11-8

any Full Buffet with the purchase of soda (limit 4 per coupon)

Best Selection of Fine Wines in the Area. Great Selection of Craft Beers. • • • •

Gourmet Sandwiches, Wraps, and Paninis Fresh Deli Meats and Cheeses In-House Smoked Meats Specialty Meats and Seafood

2219 W. Wisconsin St., Portage, WI. • 742-3372 • mikesmeatery.com

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Everything you need for your next party or get-together. “Serving the area for over 34 years”

Daley’s Beverage Mart 1623 New Pinery Rd., Portage 742-4651

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Portage Concerts at the Portage Sponsored by the Columbia County Visitor’s Bureau

Every Wednesday 6:30pm at the VFW Hall located behind Walgreens June through August

ATTENTION CAMPERS & RV OWNERS!

Conveniently located off of I-39-Exit 92 B. 2727 New Pinery Rd. • Portage

Walsh’s

Friday Night Fish Fry • Full Service Bar Check out our Salad Bar • Sunday Breakfast Buffet

608-745-1410

2503 W. Wisconsin St. • Portage, WI • 608-742-8208

HARDWARE, RENTAL & SPORTSLAND

Kids Ski Free! at Cascade Mountain

That's right! Kids 12 and under can ski free at Cascade Mountain when accompanied by a paid adult.Visit our website for more great deals, like mini-vacation packages, overnight water park stays and group rates.

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Daily Lunch & Dinner Specials

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WELCOME TO COLUMBIA COUNTY WISCONSIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

The Purpose of the Columbia County Economic Development Corporation is to foster and encourage activities in the county that result in constructive economic development and/or result in an improved quality of life.

For more information contact: Nancy R. Elsing, Executive Director Carmen Griffith, Assistant Director 1800 Kutzke Rd. Suite 102, Portage WI 53901 1-608-742-6161 www.ccedc.com

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Portage

Authentic Mexican Cuisine

2653 New Pinery Rd, Portage 608-745-6776

Pizza

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Portage: 401 E. Wisconsin St. • 608-742-8829 Baraboo: 422 Pine St. • 608-356-9500 Sauk City: 805 Phillips Blvd • 608-643-4343 www.travelcolumbiacounty.net ✦ www.travelwiscnow.com

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Portage

Arts & Culture

Unique Cultural Experiences

Towing & Recovery Services: Heavy Duty Towing & Recovery Light Duty Towing & Recovery Road Side Assistance Available Out of State Towing Ice/Water Recovery Winchouts Accidents Door Unlocks

The Portage Center for the Arts is dedicated to the cultural growth and enhancement of those living in Portage and the surrounding area, by providing a community venue for the arts. The center hosts a variety of theatrical events and art exhibits including the Performing Arts Series, the Zona Gale Young People’s Theatre and the Gale Singers. Additionally, the Drury Gallery hosts free monthly art exhibits from September through May, showcasing local and nationally recognized artists. The Portage Community Theatre Group is a group of community members dedicated to bringing theatrical performances to our community. Theatrical projects take place at many times throughout the year while helping to enhance the quality of life of residents. This group is working to make sure that everyone is sure to be touched by the performing arts. The Portage Community School District also supports the arts by offering theatrical and musical performances.

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Launch your career here.

Fuel/Gas Delivery Tire Changes Load Transfers Secured Lot RV Tows & Repairs Shop Repairs

Apply now! madisoncollege.edu Find your career, right here. Madison College – Portage Campus 330 W. Collins St., Portage, WI 53901

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Blystones Towing & Repair 24 Hour Towing

1201 W. State Hwy 33, Portage

608-742-4228

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Historical Portage The Portage Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to Historic Portage. Portage is a wonderful place to grow your business, raise your family or just visit. The area offers small town charm with residential neighborhoods and growing commercial and industrial business sites, next to the beautiful Wisconsin and Fox Rivers. Our strong historical heritage offers an excellent environment in which to live and work. We are certainly eager to share this rich history with all who pass through. The historical distinction of Portage lies in its unique geographical location between the Fox and Wisconsin Rivers. Here, the two rivers, one flowing north to the St. Lawrence, the other south to the Mississippi, are separated by a narrow neck of land over which, for two centuries, adventurers and settlers traveling the waterway had to portage their canoes and heavy packs from one stream to another. The settlement, which grew here because of the resulting traffic, was first known as “Wau-wau-onah,” Winnebago for “carry on the shoulder.” During the French occupation, it was simply “le portage” (from porter: to carry). This was eventually Anglicized to Portage. Today, Portage boasts many outdoor recreational resources, wonderful homes, excellent schools and well established industries that provide solid employment opportunities. Both residents and visitors can relax and unwind in one of Portage’s many parks, take in the area’s beautiful scenery along the rivers or visit any of our seven historic attractions. Our historic downtown contributes to the history coming alive in Portage. You will find a variety of quaint niche stores, restaurants and specialty shops

all located next to our beautiful Portage Canal and levee walking path. Complimenting the downtown are many other dining establishments, specialty stores, entertainment venues and a variety of larger national retail chains located in the community. You are sure to find some entertainment options by taking in a movie at our seven-screen Theatre or stopping in for an art show or play production at our Portage Center for the Arts. Keeping yourself active will be easy by taking in a game of golf at one of our local courses or during the winter months you can take part in curling at our local club or skiing at Cascade Mountain. Whether you are interested in visiting our community or you are looking to relocate and make Portage your home, we hope you explore and discover all that we have to offer.

Museum at the Portage Former home of Author/Playwright

ZONA GALE

Permanent & Seasonal Exhibits Open April, May, September & October Thursday - Saturday 1pm - 4pm June, July & August Tuesday - Saturday 1pm - 4pm

Free Admission 804 MacFarlane, Portage • (608) 742-6682 • www.portagemuseum.org

HISTORIC INDIAN AGENCY Y HOUSE O SE at Ft. Winnebago

NEWLY RESTORED 1832 Fort Winnebago Indian Agency. Experience its story: Newlyweds Agent Kinzie and wife Juliette travel to the frontier and witness firsthand the settlement of the American Westand its devastating effects on the Native population. Next to Ice Age Trail and historic Portage Canal.

1.2 mile Nature Trail

(608)742-6362, agencyhouse.org

Located 1/2 mile East of Portage on Highway 33.

Open daily May 15 – Oct. 15. 10am-4pm Guided Tours Available.

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Portage

Shopping & Dining THE AMERICAN LEGION STATE HEADQUARTERS MUSEUM AND LEARNING CENTER

When it comes to shopping, Portage is the place to find what you need. You will find a variety of local and national department stores, supermarkets, antiques, furniture, hardware, florists and lumber yards. The historic downtown district serves as a charming backdrop for today’s shoppers. While along Highways 51 and 16, complimenting the downtown are many other dining establishments, specialty stores, entertainment venues and a variety of larger national retail chains located in the community. You will also find a variety of personal and professional services, including hair salons, accountants, attorneys, insurance companies and others. The downtown Farmers Market draws in shoppers every Thursday afternoon from May through October. Located at Commerce Plaza, the market is filled with homegrown produce, fresh flowers and plants, baked goods and handcrafted items. The Portage Area is home to a wide variety of restaurants that are sure to please any appetite. You will find quaint cafes, bakeries, buzzing bar and grills, casual family restaurants, fine dining and fast-food diners dotting the map of the Portage area. The menu selection is just as eclectic, as restaurants serve up everything from American classics and rich homestyle cooking to prime steaks, fresh seafood, sub sandwiches and sweet treats.

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The mission of The American Legion, Department of Wisconsin is to provide service to veterans, their families and their communities. This mission is accomplished through our many programs:  Department Service Office  Troop & Family Support  Camp American Legion  Children & Youth Activities  Badger Boys State  Legion Baseball These are just a few of the programs offered. The American Legion is a non-profit veteran’s service organization and your contributions are tax-deductible. The Headquarters and Museum are open to the public. Come visit us at: 2930 American Legion Drive PO Box 388, Portage, WI 53901 (Located between Wal-Mart and Goodwill)

Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Phone: (608)745-1090 Website: www.wilegion.org www.travelcolumbiacounty.net ✦ www.travelwiscnow.com


c i t s u R ads o R Governor Walker proclaimed September 30 – October 6 as Rustic Roads Week in Wisconsin. This first such state proclamation celebrates the 40 year anniversary of Wisconsin’s Rustic Roads program. Currently, there are 114 designated Rustic Roads spanning more than 663 miles through 59 counties. “We encourage people to explore Wisconsin Rustic Roads, no matter what the season,” said Wisconsin DOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb. “We are proud of the program’s 40 year history and pleased to see Rustic Roads in the statewide spotlight this year.” The Wisconsin Legislature established the Rustic Roads program in 1973 to help citizens and local units of government preserve what remains of Wisconsin’s scenic, lightly traveled country roads. Unique brown and yellow signs mark the routes of all officially-designated Rustic Roads. These routes provide bikers, hikers, and motorists an opportunity to leisurely travel through some of Wisconsin’s scenic countryside. For motorcyclists, Wisconsin offers a special Rustic Roads award program. See Columbia County Rustic Roads on Pages 50 & 51

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Produce & Farm Products Amberson’s Acres

N4107 Hwy 146, Fall River Open mid-July for blueberries & late August for raspberries. (920) 484-3904

Bahr’s Produce Stand W4821 State Rd 16, Rio Seasonal produce Open Daily 8 am – 7 pm, July 15 – Oct. 31

Burr Oak Gardens, LLC

W5511 County Road B, Rio (920) 992-3643 CSA vegetable farm tyler@burroakgardens.com www.burroakgardens.com

Circle J Southdowns N1747 Harvey Dr, Rio (920) 253-5473 Grass-fed, grain-finished lamb Delivery available in Madison area; pickup at farm or Sassy Cow circlejsouthdowns@hughes.net

Country Bumpkin Farm Market

E9745 County Road P, Wisconsin Dells Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, vegetables & more, U-Pick/We Pick www.countrybumpkinent.com Open Daily 10 am - 6 pm, April – Oct (608) 254-2311 or (cell) (608) 432-2100

Creek Bed Farm LLC

N2760 Mountford Rd, Poynette Dry-aged Holstein, antibiotic and hormone-free, all natural beef: Whole, ½, or ¼ Also Deforest, Portage & Sun Prairie farmer’s markets. www.creekbedfarm.com Open Mon-Sat, 8 am – 8 pm (608) 635-2667

Cross Family Pork

Mark & Cara Cross W5523 Co Rd EE, Pardeeville (608) 429-4012 or 772-4013 Buy half or whole hog Processed locally Call for availability

Emerald Meadows Farm

W1547 Hwy K, Columbus Organic vegetables, raspberries, and flowers May – Nov Call for availability (920) 948-8216

Englewood Grass-fed Beef

Grass-fed, grass finished, no hormones or antibiotics; W1414 Co Rd Z, Fall River, WI 53932; (920) 382-4469; englewoodgrassfed beef@gmail.com

Ezra Petershiem Chicken

W3298 Co Rd P, Cambria Frozen, vacuumpacked 4# chickens All natural, free range $1.95/lb. Write for pick-up information

Flyte Family Farms Culver’s parking lot on Hwy 51N, and Mike’s Meatery, Hwy 16W, Portage Seasonal produce: sweet corn, melons, tomatoes, squash, pumpkins & more www.flytefamilyfarm.com Daily 10 am – 6 pm June 1 – Oct 31 (715) 228-2304

Fountain Prairie Farms

W1901 Hwy 16, Fall River Highland Beef John & Dorothy Priske

www.fountainprairie.com (866) 883-4775

Greek Acres

Grass-fed lamb, goat, & Highland beef N6491 Co Rd B, Cambria (920) 348-6089 info@greekacresfarm.com www.greekacresfarm.com

Hidden Valley Mushroom Farm

S270 Birchwood Rd, Wisconsin Dells Button, crimini, oyster, portobello, & shitake varieties; certified organic Available year-round mrytylka@aol.com (608) 253-6804

Jenkins Family Farms Organic beef; organic vegetables N9220 Fenske Rd, Dalton (608) 279-2879 jenkbefrm@gmail.com

Karen & Mike’s Wisconsin Grown Garlic

Lapacek’s Orchard

N1959 Kroncke Rd, Poynette 36 types of apples, cider, honey, squash, plums, pumpkins, caramel apples, raspberries & more Family-friendly activities Mon-Sat 9 am – 6 pm, Sun 10 am – 6 pm Aug 15 - Thanksgiving (608) 635-4780 www.lapacekorchard.com

Larson Rabbitry

W12342 Hurckman Rd, Columbus (920) 344-2499 peter@larsonrabbitry.com

Luna Circle Farms CSA

20 weekly deliveries of organic produce www.lunacirclefarm.net N2765 Severson Rd, Rio (608) 852-3559 email: lunacirclefarm@yahoo.com

Nehmer’s Greenhouse

On-line sales only www.wegrowgarlic.com

W11785 Ninabuck Rd, Columbus Seasonal produce Daily 10 am – 7 pm, Apr 30 -Oct 31 (920) 623-3356

Ken’s Produce

Paine Family Farm

Stand at BP station, Pardeeville Sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers and seasonal produce Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm Mid-July to Mid-Sept.

Kohn’s Kountry Market

N1803 Kohn Road, Lodi Farm Stand on Hwy. 60 Asparagus, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and seasonal produce Daily 10am-7pm April - November (608) 592-3570

N893 Kranz Rd, Columbus Grass-fed beef, variety of cuts Call Bill & Laura Paine to visit (920) 623-4407 www.painefamilyfarm.com email: grassfedbeef@ painefamilyfarm.com

Pease’s Produce

179 S. Washington, Wyocena Seasonal produce Daily 9 am – 6 pm, July 15 – Oct 31

Plahnt Farm

538 N. Main Street, Fall River Seasonal produce and herbs Call for availability

Columbia County Annex | 120 W Conant Street, Box 567 | Portage, WI 53901-0567 608-742-9680 • www.uwex.edu/ces/cty/columbia/index.html

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Produce & Farm Products Columbia County Local Food Producers Preuss Farm Market

W8222 Hwy JV, Poynette Produce, sweet corn, tomatoes, and pumpkins Mon – Sat 11 am – 6 pm, July - Oct (608) 635-8505

Price’s Strawberries and Produce

N7556 Hwy 44, Pardeeville Strawberries, asparagus, seasonal veggies, cut flowers; call for availability (608) 429-2750

Priske’s Asparagus Farm W5639 Hwy 16, Rio Great Asparagus! Daily 9 am – 6 pm, May – June (920) 992-3330

Rainbow Hill Farm

Grass-fed/grass finished beef: cuts or, 20# sampler box Pastured pork: whole, ½ cuts, 20# sampler box, eggs N4754 Co Rd V, Poynette (608) 279-1886 rainbowhillfarm@ centurytel.net

S & S Wildflowers/ Produce

Sassy Cow Creamery W4192 Bristol Rd, Columbus rBGH-free milk, organic or traditional milk, ice cream, butter, other local products (608) 445-2010 www.sassycowcreamery.com

Schroeder Fresh Produce

retail, wholesale, and farm to school; W5234 King Rd, Rio WI 53960; (608) 697-3787; www.shroederfreshproduce.com

Smith Farm Market Hwy 22/33 near Pardeeville Variety of vegetables

Sweet Wisconsin Honey Farm Call or purchase at Lodi, Portage and Poynette Farmer’s markets (608) 635-3876

Tangerine

201 DeWitt St, Portage Drop-off point for Luna Circle CSA Mon - Fri 9 am – 6 pm, Sat 9 am– 2 pm Closed Thursday and Sunday (608) 742-1043

Portage Farmers’ Market:

• Thursdays, 12 - 6 pm (May - October) • Commerce Plaza, corner of 33 & 16 • For more information contact Chris at 697-4707

Lodi Valley Farmers’ Market:

• Fridays, 2 - 6 pm • 902 N. Main St., next to Koltes Hardware • For more info email lodifarmmkt@merr.com

Poynette Area Farmers’ Market:

• Saturdays, 8 - 11 am • Pauquette Park, South Main St, near City Hall

Fall River Area Farm & Flea Market • Saturdays, 8 am – 12:30 pm • Savannah Oaks, at the corner of Hwy. 16 and Savannah Rd.

Columbus Farmers’ Markets Two Locations

• Sundays, 9 am – 1 pm (June-October) • Julie’s Java House, 419 N Ludington, next to Amtrak • Downtown Columbus • Sponsored by Columbus Downtown Development Corporation • Wednesdays, 3 – 6 pm (June-October)

Tomsraspberries

Seasonal produce, daily 9 am – 6 pm W4401 Hwy 33, Pardeeville (608) 429-1398

W13702 Hwy 60 Prairie du Sac, WI 53578 (608) 370-2024 tomsawyer300@yahoo.com You Pick raspberries

Salemville Cheese Cooperative

Treinen Farm

W4481 County Road GG, Cambria Manufactures Bleu & Gorgonzola cheese; other cheeses and butter in store (920) 394-3433

Farmer's Markets

W12420 Hwy 60, Lodi Fall produce, pumpkin patch and corn maze (608) 592-3481

Young Earth Farm

Certified organic produce CSA shares (on-farm pickup) W11544 Co Rd CF, Randolph (920) 326-5724 farmer@youngearthfarm.com

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Cambria Farmers’ Market

• Tuesdays, 4 – 7 pm • Tarrant Park, East Edgewater Street (Hwy P) • Contact Barb (920) 348-5592 or JoElle (920) 348-6587 joelledeboer@hotmail.com

Wisconsin Dells Farmer's Market • Sundays, 9 am – 1 pm (June-October) • W15344 Waubeek Rd, WI Dells • Contact Sarah Lloyd (920) 210-7335 or sarah_lloyd@centurytel.net

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Rustic Roads

Columbia County

Rustic Road 49

Levee Road travels through the Aldo Leopold reserve along the Wisconsin River. Motorists, bikers and hikers can see prairie grasses, wildlife, trees and march along the river’s south shore. Location: Sauk and Columbia counties. Levee Road, beginning at County T in Sauk County east to WIS 33 in Columbia County. Length: 9.8 miles Surface: Paved

Columbia County

Rustic Road 69

R-69 travels along the historic Portage Canal. On one side of the road, wetland habitat harbers Sandhill cranes, Great Blue Herons and many other birds. The road leads to the historic Indian Agency house. Built in 1832, the house is open to the public. The northeast end of the road connects with the Marquette Trail where you can see the remnants of the Old Fort Winnebago Locks. The locks and canal joined the Fox and Wisconsin Rivers, making travel by water possible from Green Bay to the Gulf of Mexico. Location: Columbia County. Old Agency House Road, from East Albert Street to the north end near the Old Indian Agency House. Length: .75 miles Surface: Paved

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Rustic Roads

Columbia County

Rustic Road 110 Rustic Road 110

Location: Columbia County. Portions of O’Connor, Van Ness and Chrisl WIS 60 and WIS 113. Length: 5.9 miles

Surface: Paved

R110 meanders through prime agricultural land interspersed with ponds and R110 meanders through prime agricultural land interspersed with ponds small lakes, marshland and rolling hillsmarshland covered and in trees. Wildlife abounds through rolling hills covered in trees. Wildlife abounds through th the route. Outstanding fall foliage make R110 a verymake good tour route. Outstanding fall foliage R110 a very good tour route.

Location: Columbia County. Portions of O’Connor, Van Ness and Chrislaw roads between WIS 60 and WIS 113. Length: 5.9 miles Surface: Paved Rustic Road 104 Location: Marquette and Columbia Counties. 14th O and County CM.

Columbia County

Length: 2.8 miles

Rustic Road 104

Surface: Paved

This road passes over hills and valleys closely borde large cottonwood trees. Picturesque, century-old fa The French Creek Wildlife Area and John Muir State remnant prairie patches and abundant wildlife along

This road passes over hills and valleys closely bordered by mixed hardwood forests and large cottonwood trees. Picturesque, century-old farms can be seen from several locations. The French Creek Wildlife Area and John Muir State Natural Area are nearby. There are remnant prairie patches and abundant wildlife along R-104. Location: Marquette and Columbia Counties. 14th Road and Barry Avenue between County O and County CM. Length: 2.8 miles Surface: Paved www.travelcolumbiacounty.net ✦ www.travelwiscnow.com

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Location: Columbia County. Portions of O’Connor, WIS 60 and WIS 113. Length: 5.9 miles

Surface: Paved


Curling Arlington Curling Club 207 Pierce St., P.O. Box 224 Arlington, WI 53911 (608) 635-4013 www.arlingtoncurling.com

Lodi Curling Club 704 Fair St., Lodi, WI 53555 (608) 592-7372 www.lodicurling.org

Pardeeville Curling Club 203 Second St., P.O. Box 442 Pardeeville, WI 53954 (608) 429-2000 www.pardeevillecurlingclub.com

Portage Curling Club 107 Albert St., Portage, WI 53901 (608) 742-3237 www.portagecurling.com

Poynette Curling Club 216 East Hudson St Poynette, WI 53955 (608) 635-7100 www.poynettecurlingclub.com

Transportation Amtrak Stations 359 N. Ludington St., Columbus (920) 623-3831 400 W. Oneida St., Portage (608) 742-1744 100 La Crosse St., Wisconsin Dells (608) 254-7706

Portage Municipal Airport 1011 Silver Lake Dr. (608) 742-3300

Greyhound Bus Travel Mart Inc. 611 Frontage Rd. Wisconsin Dells (608) 254-5077

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RandolphWI www.randolphwi.net

Welcome to Randolph, a traditional, small town community located about an hour north of Madison, bound by two counties, Dodge and Columbia and within 5 miles of fishing and recreational lakes, which include Beaver Dam Lake and Fox Lake. The village has a strong agricultural economic support from the many farmers in the area. It is proud of that heritage.

www.feilssupperclub.com Wed-Thurs 5pm-9pm Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm Sun 10:30am-2pm and 4pm-9pm Closed Mon. & Tues.

Feil’s SupperClub Hwy. 73 (2 miles S. of Randolph) • 920.326.5544 Markesan

920-398-2358

Randolph

920-326-4131

Waupun

920-324-2200 See us for all your banking needs. Large enough to serve you, small enough to know you...

www.markesanstatebank.com Member Federal Reserve

Heaven Scent

BED & BREAKFAST

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425 GROVE STREET

920.763.2170

Private 2 person Jacuzzi Free WiFi Keurig Coffee Pot Big Screen TV with Blu-ray/DVD player

RANDOLPH, WISCONSIN

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Rio

Camper Country USA

The Village of Rio is a small, friendly community in the heart of Wisconsin farm country, near the Wisconsin River. Located just inside the unglaciated area of the state, the region is rich in wood and lake areas which provide many opportunities for outdoor activities.

• Family Campground • Site Rentals • One Cabin Rental • Large Heated Pool • Convenient Store • Planned Activities • Game Room & Activity Center • 2 Playgrounds • Horseshoe Pits • Boat Rental • Fishing from Shore Only

N5830 Cty. Hwy SS • Rio, WI 53960

May 1 - Oct. 1 • Call for Reservations • 800.582.0393 WiFi Available • Credit Cards Accepted

www.willowmillcampsite.com

RIO – CAMPING

SILVER SPRINGS CAMPSITES INC.

Phone 920-992-3537

N5048 Ludwig Rd., Rio, WI 53960

• Heated Pool • Sandy Beach • 10 Acre Lake • Fishing • Boat Rentals • Water Toys • Basketball Court & Volleyball Court • Horseshoe Pits • Rec Hall • Playground •Activities Most Weekends • Modern Restrooms • Coin Showers • Laundry Rooms • Office/Store/Grill • 8 Cabins • 300 Campsites • Overnight Camping • Seasonal Rentals • Large Group Areas • Wifi • ATM • Hiking Trails

Camp 5 Nights Pay For 4! Reservations Suggested We accept VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER

www.silverspringscamp.com email: fun4u@sscamprio.com

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Wisconsin Dells

Dells Attractions (in Columbia County) Chalet Lanes

740 Elm Street, Wisconsin Dells (608) 254-8727

Dells 4D Fx Theatre

119 Broadway St., Downtown Wisconsin Dells • (608) 254-2184

Dells Boat Tours

11 Broadway St., Wisconsin Dells (608) 254-6555

H.H. Bennett Studio & History Center 215 Broadway, Wisconsin Dells (608) 253-3523

Ripleys Believe It Or Not

119 Broadway St., Wisconsin Dells (608) 254 - 2184

Wizard Quest

105 Broadway St., Wisconsin Dells (608) 254-2184

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WISCONSIN DOLLS

Gentlemen’s Club

wisconsindolls.com

Completely “au naturel” • Full bar Hwy 13, one mile north of Downtown Dells • Buses Welcome

8 Games of Bowling, 4 Shoe Rentals 1 Large Pizza, 1 Topping 1 Pitcher Soda

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“Where The Good Times Roll”

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Green Lake

Green Lake offers simple pleasures when it’s time to relax, play hard and rejuvenate. It’s spectacular natural surroundings can be enjoyed while biking, hiking, fishing, boating, camping or many other favorite outdoor activities. The area offers unique lodging and dining experiences, outstanding live music along with affordable award winning golf courses. BEER

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Horicon Marsh Bike Route/Auto Tour Key Overlook Sites

HORICON MARSH BIKE ROUTE / AUTO TOUR

Key Overlook Sites

- Bud Cook Hiking Area - Federal Refuge Office/ Visitor Center - Rockvale Overlook - DNR Horicon Marsh Education Center - Palmatory Overlook - Dodge County Ledge Park - Marsh Haven Nature Center (tower)

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Located just outside Westfield, visitors will find Prairie Nursery. Since 1972, the nursery has grown from an experiment in wildflower propagation, to a retail and wholesale source respected nationwide for hundreds of species of native plants and seed.

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Westfield has many unique stores and shops. From picking up great deals at the Brakebush Outlet Store, to shopping for Amish crafts. Westfield has it all! Home to a prosperous Amish community, Montello displays the traditional goods and wares of these proud people in more than two dozen old-world stores that pepper the shopping district. While downtown, visit the Granite Park Waterfall and historic buildings. BisonRidge Ranch is situated near the shores of Buffalo Lake. According to Ho-Chunk tribal legend, over 150 years ago the last buffalo seen alive in Central Wisconsin was run into Buffalo Lake and drown. Today at BisonRidge Ranch, nearly 300 bison roam the land near this historic lake. O'Malley & Foss Greenhouse. Make sure to visit one of the most popular greenhouses, and an annual pilgrimage for thousands who want to see the largest selection of annual and perennial flowers in Wisconsin. Wildlife Memories Gallery on 11th Road located in Harrisville is home to Alanna and Jim Thays. Alanna’s depiction of a wolf against a full moon became the design of Wisconsin’s first endangered species automobile license plate. Jim photographs and carves wild birds and ducks. www.wildlifememoriesgallery.com

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“A MUST SEE FOR CENTRAL WISCONSIN” Largest Flower/Tree/Shrub Selection in the Area! Over 3000 Hanging Baskets

N3290 Hwy 22 • 2 Miles South of Montello

(608) 297-2266 • www.omalleyfoss.com

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“Where Lifelong Memories Are Made” T N149939State Hwy 22 • Montello, WI 53949 49 Phone: 608.297.2002 Jumping Pillow, Heated Pool, Swimming Beach, Planned Activities, Volleyball and Basketball, Baseball Diamond, Playgrounds, Giant Lake Toys, Clean Shower/Restroom Facilities, Arcade/Pavilion, Weekend Entertainment, Friday Night Fish Fry, Snack Bar, Small Convenience Store and Much More....

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Sauk County

Sauk County enjoys one of the most beautiful locations in all of Wisconsin. The

county is crowned by the Baraboo Bluffs, designated as a “National Natural

TOUR THE HISTORIC

Landmark” by the U.S. Department of Interior. Sauk County has three state parks, Devil’s Lake, Mirror Lake and Natural Bridge and is bordered by Lake Wisconsin and the Wisconsin River. People come from all over the nation to camp, hike, fish, boat, ski and golf in Sauk County. And then….. some people are lucky to live here year-round. Devil’s Lake State Park is located in Baraboo,

Wisconsin and situated along the Ice Age Trail and is visited by more than 1.2 million people per year! With spectacular views from 500 foot cliffs, miles of hiking trails, swimming areas including 2 large sandy beaches, hundreds of campsites, mountain bike trails, cross country ski trails, great climbs and so much more, it’s no wonder why Devil’s Lake is Wisconsin’s premiere natural vacation destination!

“America’s Prettiest Playhouse”

136 4TH AVE • ON THE SQUARE • DOWNTOWN BARABOO

May 15th-Sept 15th Open daily 10AM-4PM Sept 16th-May 14th By appointment only $10 Adults • Children 5-11 $5 • 4 & under free

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Live Events • Summer Movies Historic Theatre Tours

Daily at 1:30pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day (Some weekends subject to change... call to confirm)

608.356.8864 • info@alringling.com For current schedules, visit www.alringling.com

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Leopold Center and Leopold Shack & Farm

D how Aldo Leopold shaped conservation thinking and practices.

$10 OFF REG PRICE $30 PURCHASE

April 14-October 2014: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Saturdays, 10am-4pm

Located at S3949 County BD (Business 12) Just 2 Miles South of Ho-Chunk Casino, Baraboo, WI

Visit our website for directions and a calendar of events!

www.PapaBearsNorthwoods.com 866-235-9371 • 608-355-9488

www.aldoleopold.org 608.355.0279

L about sustainability in our green visitor center and the surrounding landscape. E your own connection to the natural world through tours, special events, workshops, and conferences. Present this ad for 1 free tour admission!

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Baraboo

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Wisconsin Dells

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707 14th St (608) 356-1400

530 Wis Dells Pkwy S (608) 254-5959

1306 Broadway (608) 253-8070

HOSPITAL A Member of SSM Health Care

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W2140 Krause Rd., Columbus (920) 623-4393 Friday Night Racing

BEAVER DAM

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“Jewel Box” by Louis Sullivan 159 W. James St., Columbus (920) 623-4000

Museum, Fall River

Local History Savanna Oaks Cultural Center in Fall River (608) 742-6682

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Outdoor Recreation BIKING

BIKE LOOP MAP see pages 32 & 33 Columbia County invites you to explore our diverse roadways! Choose between straight, winding, hilly, rustic or a combination of these conditions, for an enjoyable bicycling experience.

HUNTING Columbia County offers excellent hunting opportunities! Whether hunting with a gun, bow, or a camera, there are plenty of opportunities to capture white-tail deer, wild turkeys, water fowl, and small game.

FISHING The bountiful waterways in the county feature fish ranging from River Sturgeon to Bluegill and Crappie. Whether you prefer lakes, streams, or rivers, Columbia County can meet your fishing needs.

WINTER SPORTS Columbia County is home to a large variety of winter sporting activities. Come explore the possibilities of winter fun! • Snowmobiling is available on miles of well marked, groomed snowmobile trails. • Come check out the skiing at Cascade Mountain! • For the hardy - don’t forget ice fishing on the many lakes in the area. Arlington Prairie Drifters www.prairiedrifters.com

Camper County Snow Riders Rio Area

Columbus Fall River Sno-Blazers

www.orgsites.com/wi/snoblazers

The Moonlighters Snowmobile Club www.moonlighterssnowmobileclub.com

New Haven Sno-Streakers

Wisconsin Dells Area

Randolph Trail Busters Randolph Area

www.orgsites.com/wi/ccasc The quality snowmobiling trails of Columbia County are the result of the hard work and dedication of members of the area’s many snowmobile clubs.

Rocky Run Riders

www.orgsites.com/wi/rockyrunriders

Sno-Hoppers

Doyleston Area

Winnebago Ridge Runners

www.winnebagoridgerunners.com.

For a snowmobile report for Columbia County please call 608-227-7433

Yellow Thunder Snowmobile Club

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in Portage!

in Portage. o d to is e r e ll th rming arts Experience a fo r e p r u o t a up close Catch a show at one of our r u to d e id u g ea ast at our to center or tak a e s o p o r P . ractions historical att ht ball at our ig e e th k in s r ro new wine ba liard hall. il b w e n y s s cla Rivers, hike in s n o c is W x and ki Cascade s r o Paddle the Fo , il a r T e tional Ice Ag in winter. s il a along the Na tr r u o e d snowmobil Mountain an e adventure! g ta r o P n w o of your Be the STAR ME! It’s SHOWTI

Plan a trip to Portage this summer!

www.portagewi.com 800-474-2525


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