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As a top traded commodity in the world, sometimes we take for granted the history, delicate processes and labor involved in creating that morning Cup o’ Joe. From its Ethiopian discovery in the 1400s, the creation of the coffee percolator in 1865, the coffee-house boom of the 1920s, and the emergence of Starbucks in 1971, coffee has had a robust history. There are two common varieties of beans, ARABICA and ROBUSTA, each unique in growing location, caffeine content and use. Arabica beans account for over 70% of the coffee grown around the world. These beans are grown in subtropical environments at higher altitudes in Brazil, Columbia, Ethiopia, Central America, Mexico, India and East Africa. They have a flat, elongated shape, and contain only half the caffeine of Robusta beans, but are generally known as the higher quality bean. These are the types of beans most coffee shops are using. Robusta beans are grown at lower altitudes and with little rainfall in Central and West Africa, Vietnam, Brazil and Indonesia. They have a more rounded shape than Arabica beans, and are used in traditional Italian espresso to produce a more full-bodied taste. Beans from different countries or regions can be distinguished based on differences in aroma, flavor, body and acidity. In countries like Brazil that produce both Arabica and Robusta beans you may notice brews with “nutty” aromas, low acidity and sweet chocolate or caramel undertones. Many Columbian and Kenyan coffees will have a brighter, more acidic flavor with citrus or floral undertones. Indonesian coffees can vary by region, producing full-bodied brews with high or low acidity with earthy aromas. There is nothing better than a really delicious cup of coffee to warm you up on a brisk, winter day. Have fun exploring the different tastes and blends at the locally owned shops in the Chippewa Valley! 2 | Coffee Break | | Welcome to Winter 2013

COLFAX Brewed Awakenings (Page 71) 603 Main St .....................................715-521-9671

EAU CLAIRE Acoustic Cafe 505 S Barstow St..............................715-832-9090 Caffe Tempo 315 E Madison St ............................ 715-833-7449 The Coffee Grounds 3460 Mall Dr ....................................715-834-1733 Five & Two Cafe (Page 29) Inside Down to Earth Garden Center 6025 Arndt Lane ..............................715-833-1234 Smiling Moose Deli 329 Riverfront Terrace......................715-838-9999 The Goat Coffee House 408 Water St ....................................715-831-4491 The Living Room 2006 Cameron St .............................715-831-0245

ELEVA Family Farms Market (Page 3) 50684 N Main St ..............................715-287-3332

CHIPPEWA FALLS 4:30 AM Coffee Shop 608 N Bridge St ...............................715-720-6165 Bake and Brew 17255 Cty Hwy X .............................715-720-2360 Lucy's Deli 117 N Bridge St ...............................715-720-9800

MENOMONIE Acoustic Cafe 102 W Main St .................................715-235-1115 Apothecary Cafe 1414 9th St E ...................................715-231-2233 Legacy Chocolates (Page 67) 632 S Broadway St ..........................715-231-2580 The Raw Deal 603 S Broadway St ..........................715-231-3255

To The Chippewa Valley! It’s that special time of the year again! Lori and the Hidden Treasures gang wish you and yours the best holiday season ever! In this issue you’ll discover lots of winter fun in the Chippewa Valley... from holiday parades, tree farms and specialty shopping to Christmas caroling, New Year's Eve parties and "Polar Plunging." Welcome To Winter 2013-2014 is filled with many holiday traditions, a little history, outdoor adventures, creating new memories, and most importantly, taking time out to enjoy the beauty of each and every day. Bundle up, tuck this guide in your pocket, venture out and... put cabin fever behind you!

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Welcome to Winter 2013 | | Welcome to the Chippewa Valley | 3 Publisher/Designer Lori Schmidt Special Features Editor Charlie Schaaf Contributing Writers Crystal Schmidt • Amanda Schmidt Judy Gilles Assistants to the Publisher John Schmidt • Shelly Olson © Copyright 2013•2014 Chippewa Valley’s Hidden Treasures. All rights reserved. This publication may not be reproduced, stored in retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means - electronic, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without prior written permission of the publisher. We have tried our best to bring you the most current and accurate information in Chippewa Valley’s Hidden Treasures. However, Evergreen Graphics assumes no liability for the accuracy of the information or representations/delivery of services contained herein.

Address Any Correspondence To: Evergreen Graphics Attn: Lori Schmidt 400 Sunday Drive Altoona WI 54720 Phone: 715-835-0611 Fax: 715-830-9232 Email: Web:

welcome to winter TABLE OF CONTENTS

Coffee Break.......................................................................................................................... 2

Calendar of Events......................................................................................... 4-16 Pleasant Valley Tree Farms..............................................................5 Hometown Caroling................................................................................ 13 & 32 Trinity Equestrian Center............................................................. 17 Eau Claire Map........................................................................... 18 Eau Claire | Downtown ..............................................................................19-27 Winter Parades.................................................................................................... 28 Eau Claire | Here & There............................................................................28-31 Down to Earth Garden Center, Country Cafe & Store................. 29 Hwy 12: Altoona...........................................................................................33-35 Winter Bird Feeding........................................................................................... 34 Santa's Tree Farm.......................................................................... 35 A Christmas Story............................................................................................... 36 Hwy 12: Fall Creek........................................................................................37-39 Hwy 12: Augusta..........................................................................................40-42 Hey! Let Go Of My Belgian Waffle................................................................. 42 Scenic Hwy 10: Osseo | Strum | Eleva | Mondovi..............................43-47 Walking In Our Winter Wonderland............................................................. 46 It's Snow Much Fun......................................................................................48-49 Chippewa Falls Map................................................................. 50 Chippewa Falls .............................................................................................51-55 Bloomer................................................................................................................. 55 Yellowstone Trail: Cadott | Stanley | Thorp | Owen-Withee...........56-63 The Big Trip.....................................................................................................57-58 Ice Skating............................................................................................................. 62 Menomonie Map........................................................................ 64 Menomonie....................................................................................................65-69 Antiques & collectibles Checklist..................................... 66 Red Cedar State Trail Map..................................................... 68 You're In The Neighborhood: Colfax & Elk Mound..........................70-71 Durand.............................................................................................................72-75 The Silence Of the Ice....................................................................................... 74 The Great River Road: Nelson | Alma | Fountain City......................76-78 4 | Calendar of Events | | Welcome to Winter 2013



Christmas Open House Nov 29-30 & Dec 1, 7-8

Living Nativity 11am to 3pm

November 23 thru December 22

You’re Invited To Come To The Farm To Cut Your Own CHRISTMAS TREE FREE Hayrides to the Field Saws Provided

Or Select From FRESH PRE­CUT TREES! Balsam Fir • Fraser Fir • White Pine • Spruce

FREE Shaking & Baling

Visit Our Country Store

You'll Discover the Glorious Colors & Gifts of Christmas Here!

Fresh Evergreen Wreaths, Garlands & Swags!

Great Gift Idea... Wreaths Shipped UPS Anywhere in the Continental United States! Enjoy FREE Popcorn, Hot Cider or Hot Chocolate & Create a Country Christmas Memory at

Nov 29-30 & Dec 1, 7-8

North Pole Ranch with Santa & Mrs. Claus 10am to 3pm

(All If Weather Permits) Ask About Our

Answer Tree Stands

Easy Set-Up in Seconds No Screws or Wires Free Drilling for Each Tree

Pleasant Valley Tree Farms N7240 - 810th St • Elk Mound 715-879-5179 Fall Harvest thru Nov 22: Open Wed thru Sun: 10am to 6pm

November 23 thru December22 Open Seven Days A Week: 9am to 7pm (Closed Thanksgiving Day) Welcome to Winter 2013 | | Pleasant Valley Tree Farms | 5

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ONGOING Sculpture Tour - Held in downtown Eau Claire. Enjoy a brisk, winter walk downtown Local Live Music - Held at Fanny Hill, Eau Claire. Every Wednesday and Sunday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Check website for artists Order your Smokin' Good Farm Box and Holiday Gift Packs - From The Bullfrog Fish Farm, south of Menomonie and west of Eau Claire. See Surprise Sassy Savings - Offered at La dee dah, Menomonie. Check their Facebook page or request to be on their mailing list at for postings of events and sales! Alma Tundra Swan Watch Viewing from Alma area venues. Call Wings Over Alma for more information!

be Christmas without a visit from our pal Rudy! Call for reservations November 16 6th Annual Upscale Market and Boutique - Held at Porter Place, downtown Eau Claire. Fine things: arts, jewelry, crafts, accessories. See page 4 november 16, 21, 23 & 30 "Spruce" Up Your Porch Pot Class - Held at Down To Earth Garden Center, Eau Claire. Learn how to create unique containers for the Christmas season. Call to reserve your spot today! november 17 Heritage Speaker Series Held at the Rassbach Heritage Museum, Menomonie. "A Natural History of the Lower Chippewa River" November 21-23 Deer Hunter's Widows Open House - Held at Eau Galle Cheese Factory, Durand. Enjoy refreshments, wine tasting and door prizes! Free gift for attending on Saturday!

WOA Art Exhibition: Moods of Wisconsin - Held at Wings Over Alma, Alma

Holiday Open House - Held at Sparrows by the Creek Boutique, Cadott. We’re ready for the holidays... are you? Get $10 off on your $50 purchase of regular priced merchandise! See coupon on page 56

november 7-10 & 14-17 Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild presents "The Diary of Anne Frank" - Held at The Grand Theatre, downtown Eau Claire

Fall Clearance Sale - Held at Mary Janes Consignment & More, Stanley. Check out our new unique and trendy shop! See coupon on page 59

november 14 Holiday Fairy Garden Class Held at Down To Earth Garden Center, Eau Claire. Create a special Fairy Garden for the holidays! Call to reserve your spot today!

November 22-23 Holidaze Arts Festival - Held at the Convention Center, downtown Eau Claire. Quality hand-crafted gifts, art and home accessories. Live holiday music!

November 14-17 Second Anniversary Celebration - Held at Picket Fence Antiques, Chippewa Falls. Special sales up to 75% off, refreshments and much more! nov 15 thru jan 12 "Carol of a Christmas" Held at Fanny Hill Dinner Theater, Eau Claire. It wouldn't 6 | Calendar of Events | | Welcome to Winter 2013

The Holiday Season Opener Held in downtown Eau Claire. Holiday shopping, open houses, special events,refreshments, prizes and fun! The Guys Gone Hunting Sale - Held at The Calico Shoppe, downtown Eau Claire. Demos throughout the day, 20% off all Christmas fabrics and 25% off all patterns!

November 22-23 Open House - Held at Silver and Stones Gallery, Eau Claire. Food samples, drawing, great gifts ideas and so much more! November 22-24 19th Annual Deer Widow’s Weekend - Held at Molly’s Mercantile, Eau Claire. Fun filled weekend, store wide sale, extended hours and refreshments served in our heated tent! Nov 22 thru Dec 20 6th Annual Hometown for the Holidays - Held in Thorp. Shopping, parade, lighting contest and much more. Visit or See page 9 nov 22 thru Jan 31 Holiday Trees and Toys Exhibit - Held at the at the Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, Menomonie NOVEMBER 23 Craft Show - Held at Grapevine Senior Center, Colfax. Nice variety of handmade items, lefse and more! Hunter Widow's Weekend Vendor Fair and Music by Doo Da Day - Held at Danzinger Vineyards, Alma NOVember 23-24 Christmas Open House - Held at Pleasant Valley Tree Farms, Elk Mound. Discover the glorious colors and gifts of Christmas, beautiful fresh evergreen wreaths and more!

NOVember 23-24 Bargain Hunters Weekend Held at Down To Earth Garden Center, Eau Claire. Enjoy special product previews, free hors d’oeuvres and samples, great specials on Christmas items and much more! Christmas Open House - Held at Schultz's Country Barn, Eleva, 8am to 6pm. Enjoy food samples and register for gift baskets. We're all decked out for Christmas! Holiday Open House Held at Colfax Arts & Antique, The Blue Butterfly and Lynn’s Brewed Awakenings, Colfax. Tons of Christmas antiques, great “old” gifts for the holidays, wine and beer tasting and refreshments Holiday Open House - Held at Lefse Time, Fountain City. Samples, door prizes and fun! Uf da! Bring in a canned food item and get a free gift! NOV 23 thru DEC 22 Choose and Cut - Held at Pleasant Valley Tree Farms, Elk Mound, 9am to 7pm daily. Beautiful trees, wreaths, family fun and much more! NOVEMBER 28

THANKSGIVING Nov 28 thru Jan 1 Christmas Village - Held in Irvine Park, Chippewa Falls. Opens Thanksgiving Day from 5pm to 6:30pm for walk through only. Open daily after that until New Year’s Day

13th Annual


Saturday, November 30 Used Book, CD & Video Sale • Bake Sale Carriage Rides • Viewing Zoo Christmas Card Contest Community Center Vendors All Day • Ambulance Services Chili Feed All Day Specials From Local Businesses

Santa's "Dear" Park & Much More

\ Open House November 29 • 9am to Dusk Shop early for super fresh greenery and gifts. Enjoy refreshments and treats! See Page 35

Illuminated Parade: 6pm

Parade Theme: Christmas Through A Child’s Eyes

Celebration Ceremony After Parade With A Visit From Santa & Mrs Claus

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November 29 27th Annual Old-Fashioned Christmas in Osseo. Enjoy the lighted parade "Unwrap The Magic Of Christmas" at 7pm. Visit with Santa from 5pm to 6pm and after the parade at Norske Nook Coffee House See page 7 Santa Arrives at the BMO Harris Bank parking lot, Chippewa Falls, 10am. Visit with Santa at the Rutledge Charity Building on Bridge Street until 3pm Black Friday 10-2 Sale - Held at Down To Earth Garden Center, Eau Claire. 25% off everything in the store from 10am to 2pm, cafĂŠ specials and more! Open House - Held at Santa's Tree Farm, Altoona. Shop early for fresh greenery and gifts. Enjoy refreshments and treats! November 29-30 Durand Dazzle Daze Sale Held at St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, Durand. Call for details

NOV 30 - DEC 1 Turkey Bowl 2013 - Held at Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center, Eau Claire

Nov 29 - Dec 1 Holiday Fun - Held at Santa's Tree Farm, Altoona. Cut your own Christmas tree, take a family walk through The Enchanted Pines, shop at The Workshop for wreaths, garlands and gifts! NOV 29-30 & Dec 1, 7-8 Living Nativity - Held at Pleasant Valley Tree Farm, Elk Mound, 11am to 3pm. (Weather permitting) North Pole Ranch - Held at Pleasant Valley Tree Farm, Elk Mound, 10am to 3pm. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus in their warm toasty North Pole home. (Weather permitting) Nov 29 thru Dec 21 Jingle Jams - Held at the Volume One Gallery, downtown Eau Claire. Local bands every Friday and Saturday. FREE! November 30 2nd Annual "Run For The Lights" 5K Run/Walk - Held at Irvine Park, Chippewa Falls

November 30 13th Annual Durand Dazzle Day Holiday Events and Illuminated Parade - Held in downtown Durand. Family fun, bake sale, carriage rides, viewing zoo, contests and more! See page 7 & 73 Dazzle Day Specials - Held at Wolf's Ladies Fashions & Footwear, Durand. In-Store specials and refreshments all day! Christmas Open House - Held at Down To Earth Garden Center, Eau Claire. Free hot apple cider and cookies, plus great specials on all Christmas items! Bring your best shopping partners and get some serious shopping done!

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Nov 30 thru Dec 21 Santa's House - Held at the Rutledge Charity Building, Chippewa Falls. Saturdays, 11pm to 3pm

ongoing "A Carol of a Christmas" - Held at Fanny Hill Dinner Theater, Eau Claire. It wouldn't be Christmas without a visit from our pal Rudy! Call for reservations Local Live Music - Held at Fanny Hill, Eau Claire. Every Wednesday and Sunday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Check website for artists

November 22 thru December 20 ongoing Picture Time! - Held at Down To Earth Garden Center, Eau Claire. Bring in the whole family. We have a lovely back drop set up in the greenhouse for you to use FREE of charge. We'll even take your picture Christmas Village - Held in Irvine Park, Chippewa Falls. Walk or drive through the park. Open daily 7am to 9:30pm. Over 60,000 lights and lots of illuminated displays! Horse Drawn Wagon Rides - Held in downtown Chippewa Falls. Call Main Street at 715-723-7858 for info Surprise Sassy Savings - Offered at La dee dah, Menomonie. Check their Facebook page or request to be on their mailing list at for postings of events and sales! Order your Smokin’ Good Farm Box and Holiday Gift Packs - From The Bullfrog Fish Farm, south of Menomonie. See Holiday Trees and Toys Exhibit - Held at the at the Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, Menomonie Alma Tundra Swan Watch Viewing from Alma area venues. Call Wings Over Alma for more information! WOA Winter Eagles on Ice Viewing - Held at Wings Over Alma. An excellent time of year to see the majestic birds! WOA Art Exhibition: Moods of Wisconsin - Held at Wings Over Alma, Alma Thru December 20 6th Annual Hometown for the Holidays - Held in Thorp. Shopping, parade, lighting contest and much more. Visit or Facebook/cityofthorp Thru December 21 Jingle Jams - Held at the Volume One Gallery, downtown Eau Claire. Local bands every Friday and Saturday. FREE!

6th Annual

Thru December 21 Santa's House - Held at the Rutledge Charity Building, Chippewa Falls. Saturdays, 11pm to 3pm


thru DECember 22 Choose and Cut - Held at Pleasant Valley Tree Farms, Elk Mound, 9am to 7pm daily. Beautiful trees, wreaths, family fun and much more! December 1-15 Holiday Sale - Held at Town & Country Antiques, Menomonie. 20% OFF storewide! December 1, 7-8 Living Nativity - Held at Pleasant Valley Tree Farm, Elk Mound, 11am to 3pm. (Weather permitting)

THORP, WISCONSIN Extended Shopping Hours Pictures with Santa • Live Carolers Holiday Light Displays & More!

join us thursday, December 5 For Our 5th Annual Christmas Parade at 6:30pm

North Pole Ranch - Held at Pleasant Valley Tree Farm, Elk Mound, 10am to 3pm. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus in their warm toasty North Pole home. (Weather permitting) December 1, 8, 15 & 22 Brunch with Santa - Held at Fanny Hill Restaurant, Eau Claire. Call for details! December 3-4 & 17-18 Shillelagh Lads Christmas Show - Held at Houligans, downtown Eau Claire. Irish Christmas carols and a three course dinner. Call today for reservations!

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December 4 Alma Christmas House Walk Held in Alma. Get your tickets at Wings Over Alma and be prepared to enjoy the beauty of the season! December 5 5th Annual Christmas Parade - Held in downtown Thorp, 6:30pm. Bundle up and experience the magic of the season! Visit or

entertainment at Sammy's Pub

(The 5th Quarter)

in Eau claire See Page 30

Submitted by Sarah Curtis and John Curtis from Eclectica on Grand and River Trader Antiques in historic Downtown Eau Claire. Welcome to Winter 2013 | | Calendar of Events | 9

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holiday open house 11am to 4pm

st. Nick

Arrives At 11:30am!

one Day only

10% oFF

Entire store December 7, 2013

Model Train Classics, LLC

306 S Barstow St • Downtown Eau Claire • 715-838-8858

Please CALL AHEAD Before You Venture Out. Dates And Times Are Subject To Change! Sometimes You Need To DIAL 1 First!

December 5 "Spruce" Up Your Porch Pot Class - Held at Down To Earth Garden Center, Eau Claire. Learn how to create unique containers for the Christmas season. Call for info! December 5-8 &12-15 Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild presents "Winter Wonderettes" Held at The Grand Theatre, downtown Eau Claire December 6 First Fridays - Held in downtown Eau Claire. Participating businesses will remain open later with special events First Fridays Event - Held at Tangled Up In Hue, downtown Eau Claire. Kevin Syzmanski Artist Reception, 6pm to 9pm. Enjoy live music, live glassblowing and meet the artist! Music by Doo Da Day - Held at Danzinger Vineyards, Alma. Easy listening jazz, blues, rock and country!

Dec 6-8 & Dec 13-15 Holiday Fun - Held at Santa's Tree Farm, Altoona. Cut your own Christmas tree, take a family walk through The Enchanted Pines (bring food donations to enter), shop at The Workshop for wreaths, garlands and gifts! December 7 Christmastime in the City Held in downtown Eau Claire. Horse-drawn wagon rides, live reindeer, lunch with Santa, holiday shopping, cookie decorating and more! Holiday Open House Held at Model Trains Classics, downtown Eau Claire. Make it a "Thomas" Christmas! St. Nick arrives at 11:30am. 4th Annual Small Town Christmas Lighted Holiday Parade - Held in Mondovi, 6:30pm. Holiday Open Houses at local businesses during the day... and Santa too!

Saturday, December 7th

Visit Santa’s Reindeer Lunch with Santa Cookie Decorating Free Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides EC Memorial Madrigal Singers and more Downtown Eau Claire Inc.

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You Are Invited To The 19th Annual

December 7 19th Annual Folk Art Show and Sale - Held in Fall Creek. Discover the talent of Kristi Schumacher. Local author, painter, woodcarver and more!

December 7 Bridge To Wonderland Parade - Held in downtown Chippewa Falls, 6pm. Illuminated floats and all the magic of the holidays! See page 51 & 53 Ladies in the Greenhouse Country Christmas - Held at Down To Earth Garden Center, Eau Claire, 10am to 4pm. Free hors d'oeuvre samples and drink specials in the café, local artist and vendor market in the greenhouse, live demos and much more to get you in the Christmas spirit!

Fall Creek Community Christmas Fair - Held at the Fall Creek Fire House, 9am to 1pm. Homemade gift items, ethnic and Christmas baked goods and much more. Morning coffee and lunch available Holiday Craft Fair and Business Expo - Held at CochraneFountain City School, 9am to 4pm. Over 130 booths! Pancake breakfast, free pictures with Santa, live entertainment, lunch, door prizes and more! Holiday Festival - Held at the Stanley Public Library, 1pm to 4pm. Visit with Santa, face painting and more December 8 Christmas Open House - Held at the Cook-Rutledge Mansion,

Folk Art Show and Sale Saturday, December 7, 2013 9am to 4pm

Santa Carvings • Tart Faeries • Nature Photography • Books Fine Art Prints: Santa, Snowmen, Horses, Etc. Yard Art • Note Cards • Ornaments

At The Home Of Woodcarver Artist... Kristi Schumacher 6901 Schumacher Rd • Fall Creek, WI • 715-835-2366 For More Info See Page 38

Fall creek community

christmas Fair Saturday, december 7, 2013 • 9am to 1pm Fall creek Fire house East end of town on Hwy 12 Coffee & Sweets: 9am • Lunch: 10:30am to 1pm Door Prize Drawings • Quilt Drawing sale Items: Baked goods, crafts, Books and More! For Information: 715-877-2489 or 715-877-2307

Celebrate the Holiday Season at the

Cook-Rutledge Mansion Christmas Open House December 8, 2013 1pm to 5pm

Free-will donations accepted

One Hour Guided Tours December 14-15 & 21-22 2pm Adults $5 • 18 & Under $1

thursday, deceMBer 12 downtown MenoMonie enjoy Visiting with santa, horse-drawn wagon rides and sipping hot chocolate from 4pm to 6pm. parade starts at 6:30pM. Private tours and events may be booked at any time by calling the Mansion!

dazzling fireworks display over Lake Menomin following the parade!

505 W Grand Ave • Chippewa Falls • 715-723-7181

presented By Main street of MenoMonie

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Last Blast Santa Craft & Vendor Sale Saturday, December 14 9am to 4pm at TWO Locations, Only One Block Apart, In Menomonie, WI

Econolodge Conference Center

Freen Admissio

1815 N Broadway Street

Shops off Broadway Mall 1501 N Broadway Street

pictures with santa 10am to 3pm

Holiday Sale Featuring Over 75 Booths! Many one of a kind hand-made items, holiday candies and baked goods along with many homebased businesses. A perfect sale for a one-of-a-kind holiday gift or to find something for that hard to buy for person on your list! Food and bake sale proceeds going to the The Neighbors of Dunn County

Chippewa Falls,1pm to 5pm. Tour the decorated mansion, enjoy holiday music along with refreshments. See page 11 18th Annual Holiday Harp Concert - Held at the Chippewa Valley Museum, Eau Claire. Enjoy festive holiday music! december 11 Gator's Christmas Concert - Held at Fanny Hill Dinner Theater, Eau Claire. Call for details! December 12 WinterDaze: Holiday Parade and Fireworks - Held in downtown Menomonie. Visit with Santa, enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides and hot chocolate from 4pm to 6pm. Parade at 6:30pm, fireworks to follow. Winter family fun! See page 11 Paint The Town Christmas Held in downtown Chippewa Falls, 4pm to 7pm. Shop for the holidays, gift wrapping, snacks, wine tasting and holiday fun!!! December 12 & 14 Decorate Your Own Wreath Class - Held at Down To Earth Garden Center, Eau Claire. (We think outside the traditional red bow!) Call to reserve your spot today! December 13-15 Holiday Fun - Held at Santa's Tree Farm, Altoona. Cut your own Christmas tree, take a family walk through The Enchanted Pines (bring food donations to enter), shop at The Workshop for wreaths, garlands and gifts! December 14 Visit with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus - Held at Schultz's Country Barn, Eleva, 10am to 2pm. Enjoy games and treats for children, pictures taken on request and more. Call or check web for times Last Blast Santa Craft & Vendor Sale - Held at Econolodge Conference Center and the Shops off Broadway Mall, Menomonie, 9am to 4pm. Over 75 booths with local crafts and vendors. Bake sale and food booth proceeds going to the The Neighbors of Dunn County

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December 14 Holiday Fairy Garden Tea Party in the Greenhouse - Held at Down To Earth Garden Center, Eau Claire. A very special party for mothers and daughters. Pre-registration is required Walk Through/Caroling Night Held at Irvine Park, Chippewa Falls, 5pm to 6:30pm Sister Productions “Holiday Mixed Bag” Show! - Held at Fountain City Auditorium. Sponsored by Lefse Time December 14-15 & 21-22 Guided Christmas Tours - Held at the Cook-Rutledge Mansion, Chippewa Falls, 2pm. See page 11 December 14-22 A Winter's Day Open House - Held at Henning Art Gallery, Sleigh and Carriage Museum, Augusta, 11am to 7pm daily (Sunday 4pm to 7pm). Specials on everything! See page 41 December 15 2nd Annual Clearwater Winter Parade – Held on Water Street, Eau Claire, 5pm. Family Fun Celebration – Held at Hobbs Ice Center, Eau Claire, 6pm to 8pm. Games, activities, skating, s'mores, bonfires, fireworks and much more! December 16 Hometown Caroling - Meet at Hot Spot Cafe, Augusta, 6pm. Join Carol and spread the cheer throughout town! See page 40 December 16, 17 & 23 Dinner with Santa - Held at Fanny Hill Restaurant, Eau Claire. Call for details! December 17 5th Annual Hometown Caroling - Held throughout the Chippewa Valley, 6pm. All ages welcome, no talent required... just a warm heart! Bundle up and help spread musical cheer one carol at a time! See pages 13 & 32 December 20 Music by Doo Da Day - Held at Danzinger Vineyards, Alma

2013 gathering sPots

You're Invited to JOIn US in Our Fifth Annual

altoona Altoona City Park (Corner of 10th & Lynn ) Lori at 715-835-0611

chiPPeWa Falls micon Cinemas (Chippewa mall Dr) Anita at 715-271-6098

DoWntoWn eau claire Wilson Park (South Farwell St) bobbi Jo at 715-829-8852

DoWntoWn eau claire

tuesday, December 17, 2013 (Monday, December 16th in Augusta)

Meet at 6pm ALL AGES WELCOmE!

historic randall Park (Corner of 3rd & broadway) Sarah at 715-834-7811

no Talent required... Just A Warm heart!


bundle up in Festive hats, mittens and Scarves

barn Again Lodge (S 683 Lovely rd) Mel at 715-279-0553

DuranD memorial Park band Shell (2nd Ave East) morgan at 715-279-2676

Carry Lanterns, Candle or Flashlights

spreading the Cheer... one Carol at a time! WEAThEr PErmITTInG... Watch for updates at

blooMer hardee's (19th Ave) Dawn at 715-829-7038

LADySmITh rusk County Courthouse (311 E miner Ave by the LEC) Linda at 715-322-4510

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be monday, Decem fe Ca ot Sp hot - hwy 12) St n ol nc Li t (Eas 6-5013 Carol at 715-28

brOuGhT TO yOu by:

SPECIAL THANKS TO: Micon Cinemas • Porter Place • Eclectica On Grand • River Trader Antiques DIG • Barn Again Lodge • Hot Spot Cafe • Bloomer Hardees

start HometoWn Caroling In your Town... See Page 32 For All The Details... And Join us In December! Welcome to Winter 2013 | | Hometown Caroling | 13

December 21 Christmas Is For Kids - Held at Stanley Theatre, Stanley. Free movie (11:30am and 2:30pm) and visit with Santa

dermen With ThtheeT'5h0su,n'60s & '70s Music of

December 31, 2013 • 8pm to 1am At the Great Hall in Christ Church Cathedral 510 S Farwell St • Downtown Eau Claire

December 24 Christmas Eve in the Hay Barn - Held at Schultz's Country Barn, Eleva, 9pm. Live nativity church service. Refreshments following December 25

Refreshments • Hors d'oeuvres • Party Favors

Advance Tickets $20 • 100 Person Limit Proceeds go to Feed My People Food Bank

For more info call John at 715-836-7379

Advance tickets at River Trader Antiques and Eclectica on Grand (106 and 110 West Grand Ave) and Christ Church Cathedral (Corner of Farwell and Lake) in downtown Eau Claire

(See Pages 26 & 27)

Christmas Buffet - Held at Fanny Hill Restaurant, Eau Claire. Call for details! december 26-27 After Christmas Sale - Held at St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, Durand. Call for details! See page 75 december 26-28 Customer Appreciation Days Held at Sparrows by the Creek Boutique, Cadott. Specials, refreshments and more! december 28 End of the Season Blowout Event - Held at Lefse Time, Fountain City. Everything goes on sale!!! December 31 New Year’s Eve Gala - Held at Fanny Hill Restaurant and Dinner Theatre, Eau Claire. Dining available and dinner theatre early show (7pm) and late show (10pm). Call for details New Year's Eve Dance with The Thundermen - Held at the Great Hall in Christ Church Cathedral, downtown Eau Claire, 8pm to 1am. Food, drinks,party favors and good times! Advance tickets on sale and proceeds go to Feed My People Food Bank RCU's New Year's Eve Party Held at the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center. Fun for the whole family! End of the Year Celebration and Music by Doo Da Day - Held at Danzinger Vineyards, Alma

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ongoing Sculpture Tour - Held in downtown Eau Claire. Enjoy a brisk, winter walk downtown Local Live Music - Held at Fanny Hill, Eau Claire. Every Wednesday and Sunday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Check website for artists WOA Winter Eagles on Ice Viewing - Held at Wings Over Alma. An excellent time of year to see the majestic birds! Holiday Trees and Toys Exhibit - Held at the at the Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, Menomonie january 1

Happy New Year! thru jan 12 "Carol of a Christmas" Held at Fanny Hill Dinner Theater, Eau Claire. It wouldn't be Christmas without a visit from our pal Rudy! Call for reservations January 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 Winter After Hours - Held at Boyd Park, Eau Claire, 6pm to 8pm (Thursday nights). Ice skating, snowshoeing, winter kubb, fire pit, warming house, music and more. Cheap, chilly fun! January 3 First Fridays - Held in downtown Eau Claire. Participating businesses will remain open later with special events First Fridays Event - Held at Tangled Up In Hue, downtown Eau Claire. Terry Tollers Artist Reception, 6pm to 9pm. Enjoy live music, live glassblowing and meet the artist! January 8 thru april 8 WOA Winter Art Exhibition: Winter Solace - Held at Wings Over Alma, Alma

15th Anniversary E au C l a i r e Polar Plunge

January 9-12 & 16-19 Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild presents "Steel Magnolias" Held at The Grand Theatre, downtown Eau Claire January 10 Artists Reception - Held at the Volume One Gallery, downtown Eau Claire. The Shafers: Barbara Studies of Danie and Ander's Painterly Works January 10-12 15th Annual Ragtime Festival Held at the First Congregational Church, Eau Claire. A weekend filled with concerts, symposia, silent films, vintage dress and display, dixieland band and so much more January 18 ECISC Family Fest - Held at the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center. Entertainment, vendors and lots of great fun for kids! WOA Fundraiser: Eagles on Ice - Held at Wings Over Alma, Alma, Noon to 4pm January 18-19 Free Fishing Weekend - Held in Wisconsin. See for more information January 19 Heritage Speaker Series Held at the Rassbach Heritage Museum, Menomonie. "Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce - Celebrating 75 Years" jan 23 thru March 2 "Elvis: The Essence of the King" - Held at Fanny Hill Dinner Theater, Eau Claire. George Thomas will be back as Elvis! Call for reservations january 25 Candlelight Ski Night & Snowshoe - Held at Lake Wissota State Park, 5pm to 8pm. Cross country ski a one or two mile trail through a winter wonderland illuminated by glowing candles! Call 715-382-4574 for more information Speed Rope Jump Contest Held in Bloomer... America's "swingingest" town! Over 240 jumpers try to break the record!

Sat, February 22 Half Moon Beach • Eau Claire • U.S. Log Rolling Winter Championship (1pm) • Toss Your Boss (2:30pm) • Early Check In (1:30 to 4:30pm)

Sun, February 23

ongoing Local Live Music - Held at Fanny Hill, Eau Claire. Every Wednesday and Sunday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Check website for artists "Elvis: The Essence of the King" - Held at Fanny Hill Dinner Theater, Eau Claire. George Thomas will be back as Elvis! Call for reservations WOA Winter Art Exhibition: Winter Solace - Held at Wings Over Alma, Alma WOA Winter Eagles on Ice Viewing - Held at Wings Over Alma, Alma. An excellent time of year to see the majestic birds! February TBA 4th Annual Thorp Snow Raiders Snowmobile Drag Races - Held at the Silver Dollar south of Thorp. february 1 Fiber Arts Festival - Held at the Chippewa Valley Museum, Eau Claire. Weaving, rug hooking and braiding, spinning, knitting, embroidery, felting, quilting, mixed media and much more! February 6, 13, 20 & 27 Winter After Hours - Held at Boyd Park, Eau Claire, 6pm to 8pm (Thursday nights). Ice skating, snowshoeing, winter kubb, fire pit, warming house, music and more. Cheap, chilly fun! february 7 Eau Claire Humane Association's "Better In Show" - Held at the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center. Raffles, talent shows and fun for the whole family! February 7-9 & 14-15 Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild presents "Love, Loss and What I Wore" - Held at The Grand Theatre, downtown Eau Claire

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February 8 Menomonie Polar Plunge - Held at Elk Point Resort, Menomonie, Noon to 2pm. Plunging, Toss Your Boss, concessions, raffle and more. See page 15 february 14

Valentine's Day

February 23 Colfax FFA Alumni Farm/ Toy Craft Show - Held at Colfax High School February 27 - March 2 RV Show - Held at the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center. Get ready for summer!

Valentines Day Dinner and Show - Held at Fanny Hill Restaurant and Dinner Theatre, Eau Claire. Call for details! february 14-15 Valentine’s Day Sale - Held at St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, Durand. Call for details! February 16 Heritage Speaker Series Held at the Rassbach Heritage Museum, Menomonie. "Looking at Eastern Dunn and Western Eau Claire County History" february 17

Presidents' Day February 21-23 Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association's Home & Garden Show - Held at Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center. Exhibits and much more! February 22-23 Eau Claire Polar Plunge - Held at Half Moon Beach, Eau Claire, Saturday: U.S. Log Rolling Winter Championship, Toss Your Boss and Early Check-Ins. Sunday: Plunging, concessions, raffle and more. See page 15

march 7 March/April Gallery Show Reception - Held at the Volume One Gallery, downtown Eau Claire

March 14-16 Leader Telegram Sports Show - Held at the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center. RVs, boats, fishing, hunting and more

March 7-8 Augusta Quilt Show - Held at the Augusta Area Senior Center. Quilts on display, variety of vendors and free demos. Lunch offered both days including homemade goodies

March TBA Great Alma Fishing Float Opens for the 2014 season! Located below Lock & Dam #4 on the Mississippi River, Alma

March 7-9 Gun Show - Held at the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center. Buy, sell or trade! March 9 ongoing Local Live Music - Held at Fanny Hill, Eau Claire. Every Wednesday and Sunday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Check website for artists WOA Winter Art Exhibition: Winter Solace - Held at Wings Over Alma, Alma Thru Mid-March WOA Winter Eagles on Ice Viewing - Held at Wings Over Alma. An excellent time of year to see the majestic birds! March 4-5 Farm Show - Held at the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center. Find agricultural products and get your questions answered!

Daylight Saving Time Begins march 13-15 Winter Clearance Sale - Held at Mary Janes Consignment & More, Stanley. Check out our new unique and trendy shop! march 13 thru April 13 "Lombardi" - Held at Fanny Hill Dinner Theater, Eau Claire. Call for reservations

March 15 St Patricks Day Sale - Held at St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, Durand. Call for details! Thorp Area Chamber of Commerce's 3rd (Semi-)Annual Community Expo - Held at Thorp High School Gym, 10am to 2pm Annual Firemen's Ball - Held at Cindy's Banquet Hall, Thorp March 30 Thorp FFA Alumni Toy Show Held at Thorp High School. Bring the family! Call Glen Schraufnagel at 715-669-5401 for information


March 6-9 &13-16 Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild presents "The Foreigner" - Held at The Grand Theatre, downtown Eau Claire

S A V E T H E D AT E Village of Colfax Sesquicentennial Celebrating 150 Years

July 17-20, 2014 Proclamations • Local Musicians Historical Displays • Open Houses & Tours Parade • Contests • Games • Food Street Dance (The Dweebs) A Day Of Prayer + Much More! •

Your Old Photos Or Interesting Stories For The Spring Issue Of CV Hidden Treasures!

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It's a great shopping weekend with events happening from one side of Downtown Eau Claire to the other. Stop in at the Holidaze Arts Festival on Friday and Saturday. Holidaze has been celebrating regional artists and handmade works of art for 25 years! This will be a great chance for you to pick out that one-of-a-kind gift for your family and friends and enjoy entertainment from strolling performers. Find them at the Convention Center in the heart of downtown. If you're not a hunter, you can try out another 'opener!' The Holiday Season opener in downtown Eau Claire also runs both Friday and Saturday. While your family members are out hunting for deer, make your own plan to hunt for bargains! Continue your shopping venture and enjoy holiday open houses, refreshments and prizes. Enjoy the magic of the holiday season beginning in downtown Eau Claire!




the holiday SEASON OPENER

Family Fun Continues At

Christmastime in the City SEE PAGE 21!

Shillelagh Lads Christmas Shows At Houligans! Start your Christmas season off with the Shillelagh Lads singing Irish Christmas carols and enjoying a three course dinner!


Price: $39.99/person includes three course dinner, show, tax and gratuity.

TUeSDAY, DeCember 3 WeDNeSDAY, DeCember 4 TUeSDAY, DeCember 17 WeDNeSDAY, DeCember 18 Space is limited! Call today to make your reservations! 715-835-6621

Upscale Dining In A Casual Pub Atmosphere Featuring Premium Steak And The Area’s Freshest Seafood

415 S Barstow St Downtown Eau Claire


Tues thru Sat Open at 4:00pm

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Sculpture Tour


Start Your Holiday Shopping Experience At The Holidaze Arts Festival In Downtown Eau Claire! Friday, November 22 • 3pm to 9pm Saturday, November 23 • 9am to 4pm

There are 29 larger-than-life sculptures dotting downtown Eau Claire. Take a stroll on Water Street, North Barstow Street, Phoenix Park and on the campus of the Mayo Clinic Health System! Grab a ballot and vote on your favorite!

This is the 25th anniversary for Holidaze Arts festival (originally Sinterklaus Market). Holidaze coincides with the opening of gun deer hunting in Wisconsin. Our customers are usually itching to shop for the holidays and Holidaze is a great place to start. With thousands of original works from talented regional artists you’ll be able to pick out gifts for your friends and loved ones while making purchases that are made in the USA! (Get there early items sell out fast!) Holidaze is located at the Eau Claire Convention Center in downtown Eau Claire. If you haven’t been downtown lately you’ll be surprised by Barstow and Graham’s newly constructed two-way streets. The Convention Center is located on Farwell and Gibson Street and there is FREE ramp parking as well as free parking in many of the city lots located within two blocks of the Convention Center. Admission is $3 for adults and FREE for kids under 12. (A portion of the proceeds from the festival will be donated to the Community Table and Feed My People food bank.) Hope to see you there!

November 22-23 The Guys Gone Hunting Sale At The Calico Shoppe

25TH ANNIVERSARY! Support American Artists At...

The Chippewa Valley’s Premier Quilt Shop With Over 3500 Bolts Of Quality Fabric. Plus Patterns, Books And Classes! Visit Our Website For All That Is New! 214 S Barstow St • Downtown Eau Claire 715-834-9990 Mon-Fri: 10-5 • Thurs 'til 8 • Sat: 10-4

Make A Quilt, Make A Memory

NOv 22-23

The Guys Gone Hunting Sale Demos Throughout The Day

The largest selection of American Indian Jewelry and Arts in the area!

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Christmastime in the City In Historic Downtown Eau Claire! by Salina Heller

Come celebrate the holiday season with us in Downtown Eau Claire! Begin the afternoon by having lunch with Santa Claus. Then the whole family can visit Santa's real live reindeer and go for a horsedrawn wagon ride! Cozy up to the campfire and sip some hot cocoa as you listen to holiday carols. The exciting culmination of all the fun comes as we light the 25-foot downtown Christmas tree! It all happens from 12pm to 5pm on Saturday, December 7th, in the parking lot across from the Children’s Museum on South Barstow Street. You'll want to spend the rest of the day shopping and eating downtown! The friendly merchants will have special sales and other surprises as they greet you at the door. Get into the holiday spirit! Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday in historic downtown Eau Claire! Bundle up, bring your camera and make your shopping lists!

We'll see you at Christmastime in the City!

first frida ys Parti cipating busine sses in Downtown Ea u Claire will remain op en later with special events including art, music, prom otions, sales and lots of fun!

first frida ys S EVENT FIRST FRIDAY In Hue Tangled Up 6pm to 9pm

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Small Business Saturday Is November 30 Winter Farmer's Market LE Phillips Senior Center 2nd Saturday Of The Month Starts November 9th

this Holiday season... shop tHe puRple petunia! • Ladies Apparel JuST In..."oh My gauze" 2014 Collection! COmInG SOOn... "city girl" • unique Jewelry

216 S barstow St Downtown Eau Claire

715-834-8400 mon-Fri: 10-5 • Thurs 'til 8 • Sat: 10-4

• Large Selection of Scarves • Fun Accessories • Seasonal Decor

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TIe DYe IS bACK... and it's more fun than ever!!! The Fun Dye Factory is now open in downtown Eau Claire and is both a retail store and a workshop. You can purchase all your favorites including T's, tank tops, hats, scarves, baby attire and so much more, or you can tie dye your own at their workshop stations. They have a heat press to add names, numbers, logos... and a bling station to add a little sparkle. You can purchase from one of their many items to work on or you can bring your own! They also offer a variety of party and event packages. How about a gathering for a birthday party, maybe a girls night out or even a wedding shower? They will add fun, color and pizzazz to any event!!! Just give them a call or stop in today and let the fun without the mess begin! It's a Chippewa Valley original!!!

Winter After Hours

JANUARY thru FEBRUARY Thursdays • 6pm to 8pm • Boyd Park • Eau Claire Learn more at


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volume one Gallery Inside The Local Store

music Performances Book Readings • Casual Meetings Film Screenings + much more For a current list of events go to...

Nov 29 thru DeC 21


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Art • Jewelry • Candles + more

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Open mic on Thursday Nights

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Christ Church Cathedral 9am to Noon 510 S Farwell St • Eau Claire Get your holiday baking done the easy way! A wide variety of Christmas cookies and other holiday goodies will be on sale.

EAU CLAIRE'S ANTIQUE EMPORIUM Preserving the Past and Enriching the Future! By Charlie Schaaf The Chippewa River Valley is rich in antique and curiosity shops. It seems that every little town has one or more. And that has to be a good thing! But one, located in downtown Eau Claire, stands above the rest... literally! Since 1981 the fine folks at Eau Claire's ANTIQUE EMPORIUM have been doing their level best to fill three floors with everything from antique furniture to Victorian statuary, great art and prints, glassware and hundreds and hundreds of very desirable and collectible antiques. Many of these pieces are from the area and the whole shop is much like a museum. You feel like you have taken a leap back in time and you almost have! The wonderful building that houses the ANTIQUE EMPORIUM has a romantic past itself! It's a National Register of Historic Sites landmark that was originally built in 1897 as the Masonic Temple on the top two floors. Over the years the main level has been three furniture stores, a restaurant and now a repository of the past. Located at the corner of Main and South Barstow, it has witnessed everything from turn of the century parades, to WWI "War Bond Drives." The building has a presence of its own and seems to beckon you in. Go ahead. Step into the ANTIQUE EMPORIUM and leave the hum-drum modern world behind.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Sites!

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Silver • Gold New & Used Jewelry Coins • Guns


EMPORIUM Area’s Largest Shop Since 1981

Sporting & Collector Knives

715-832-0075 403 S Barstow St Downtown Eau Claire

SEP thru MAR: Tue-Fri 9:30-5:30 • Sat 9:30-5 APR thru AUG: Mon-Fri 9:30 to 5:30

306 Main St • eau claire • 715-832-2494 Monday thru Saturday 10am to 5pm

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Model Train Classics, LLC... Where Model and Toy Trains Rule! Model Train Classics, LLC... located at 306 South Barstow is truly a place for the child in all of us! It is an old fashioned kind of shop where model trains are bought, sold, fixed and... run! And we do mean run! There are operating train layouts alive with the magical sounds of trains. But it is not just a shop selling new trains. Model Train Classics, LLC is also a mini-museum simply crammed with significant examples of historic toy trains. You'll find Marx, Lionel, Hornby, Hafner and many more! Many up to 100 years old! The downtown location is a real plus... and the shop is a favorite family destination! This winter, gather up the kids, maybe some friends and visit the "TRAIN SHOP" and feel your imaginations soar!

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When was the last time you walked inside a wigwam? When was the last time you heard the Rhythm Playboys? Or an Amish hymn? When was the last time you had an ice cream soda?

Northwest Wisconsin’s premier model railway shop and toy train museum invites you to rediscover the magic of Lionel, marx & American Flyer plus new & pre-owned ho, o, N, and G scale trains from around the world!

Model Train Classics, LLC 306 S Barstow Street • Eau Claire, WI 54701


834-7871 •

Tues thru Fri 12pm to 5:30pm Sat 10:30am to 5pm


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W i n t e r PA r A d e o n W At e r s t r e e t A n d fA M i ly f U n C e l e B r At i o n At H o B B s

Every year we create a most unique and charming event at Porter Place in beautiful downtown Eau Claire. The wares we sell are just as fun, unique, stylish, beautiful, eclectic, artsy, fashionable and intriguing as the people who sell them. We hope you will stop by to shop and meet the fabulous people who work hard to make this quaint one day event a memorable one for you! (See page 4) For more information on Porter Place and how you, too, can use it for your meeting or open house please contact Bobbi Jo Toy at 715-831-1633.



Charming & Cozy Meeting Space FOR RENT A PLACE FOr... Workshops • meetings book Clubs • Crafters ribbon Cuttings Day retreats Open houses art exhibits marketplace & more

914 Porter Ave Downtown Eau Claire To Schedule your Event Call 715.831.1633

Bundle up, grab the kids and head on down to the Second Annual Clearwater Winter Parade and Family Fun Celebration on Sunday, December 15th. The winter parade begins at 5pm on Water Street and winds up at Hobbs Ice Center on Menomonie Street. At Hobbs there will be both indoor and outdoor activities from 6pm to 8pm. There will be ice skating, concessions, games, raffles, music, bon fire, ice sculptures, a float competition and fireworks! It will truly be a celebration of the beauty of the winter season! Save the date and we’ll see you there! Do you want to get involved or support this community event? Call the Eau Claire Parks and Recreation Department at 715-839-5032 for more information or visit

mErry muLCh 2014 ChrISTmAS TrEE rECyCLInG Carson Park Parking Lot Only • Eau Claire, WI • Dec 26 thru Jan 11 Christmas trees are easily recycled at little cost and can be reused by county residents for a positive environmental effect (mulch for new trees, beneath backyard play equipment, gardens, etc.) This material will be available Spring 2014. For more information call the City Forestry Department at 715-839-5039.

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Looking for something special to do on New Year's Eve? You can experience an evening of fun and dancing to the music of The Thundermen at the Great Hall in the beautiful and historic Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Eau Claire. Enjoy classic rock n' roll music of the '50s, '60s and '70s, along with party favors. refreshments, hors d'oeuvres... and all for only $20. This event is being planned by John Curtis from River Trader Antiques in downtown Eau Claire's West Grand Avenue District. "It's worth the $20 just to hear The Thundermen play "Cab Driver" by the Mills Brothers! (It's a pre-rock 'n roll song.)"

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Advance tickets are available at River Trader Antiques, Eclectica on Grand and at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Eau Claire. Only 100 tickets will be sold and proceeds will be donated to Feed My People Food Bank. Last year they were able to purchase 1800 meals for this good cause. For more information call John at 715-836-7379 to reserve your tickets today! (See page 14.)

Did you know that the dance hall at Christ Church Cathedral was originally a gymnasium built around 1911. It's known to be one of the finest dance halls in Eau Claire. Hope to see you there!


Just a stroll across the bridge from downtown!

WEST GRAND AVENUE Eau Claire is a town of neighborhoods, and one of the best is the collection

121 Maple St Eau Claire 715-834-8872

West Grand Avenue! If you're looking for excellent food, exquisite jewelry, wonderful gifts and much more... this

West of Downtown across the Madison St bridge Open 10 to 5:30 Fri & Sat Mon-Thur by appointment day or evening

is the place. And don’t forget about the Grand Little Theatre... it’s home to the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild.

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r Parade! e int w A y f enjo Charlie Schaa By

It's Magical Here! Eau Claire, WI The magic of the holiday season can be found at Fanny Hill! The natural beauty of the surroundings, especially when blanketed by freshly fallen snow, combined with their incredible holiday decorations makes Fanny Hill a wintertime "must-see!" Start out with an entertaining evening at Fanny Hill Dinner Theatre. "A Carol of Christmas" runs through January 12th... and a spectacular 2014 lineup follows. You can experience a simple night out with a delicious dinner, and there is also room for small office and family gatherings to large company parties. Chef Dave Fischer will create a dinner to remember!

Here it is. Hundreds of family parade viewers lined up along many area town streets. They are bundled up against the weather and their cheeks may well be "rosy." The excitement is mounting and then the parade starts! Now festive parades have always played a part in the magic of Christmas (remember the Macy's Parade in Miracle on 34th Street), but our little part of the world has a wonderful assortment to pick from! Most end up featuring Santa in one happy form or another. Most of the parades are at night and all so very worth going to! Check out the calendar of events in this issue of Hidden Treasures and plan to join the fun! And here we go... hope to see you at the parades!

You'll make many memories with the kids at their Brunch and Dinner with Santa. They also have an incredible Christmas Buffet and New Year's Eve Gala which you can enjoy overlooking the beautiful Chippewa River. All winter long you can hear local, live music on Wednesdays and Sundays. For more information see page 4.

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A Down To Earth



Our store brings the old and blends it with the new. You will find rustic antiques mixed with the most unique selection of treasures. We offer a wide variety of gifts, gift/food baskets, jewelry, household products and so much more! Our garden center is filled with Christmas greenery along with a great selection of birdhouses, seeds, books, décor and anything you might want to buy for the bird lover in your family. Perhaps a Down to Earth gift card would be the perfect gift this holiday season!

Five and Two Cafe

Visit our cafe all Winter long to enjoy great food and fellowship! We are serving up fresh sandwiches, grilled panini's, cracker crust pizzas and more! Grab a cup of coffee to go, it is some of the best in town! Or how about one of our Abdallah chocolates? They are amazing! Stop in to see for yourself, the Five and Two Café is the best kept secret in town!


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Learn more on our website or give us a call today!

GARDEN CENTER STORE & COUNTRY CAFÉ 6025 Arndt Lane • Eau Claire WI 715-833-1234 Mon thru Fri 8am to 6pm Sat 8am to 5pm • Sun 10am to 4pm Watch for our Cadott location to open again in Spring of 2014!

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Here & There In Eau Claire live entertainment at Sammy's 5th Quarter in Eau claire November 15 Rada Dada 23 BlueStar Juniper 27 Chris Hinges 29 The Thundermen

Take the Polar Plunge & "Feel the Warmth!"

December 6 TBA 13 TBA 20 40 Fingers 23 Chris Hinges 27 The Thundermen

More Dates TBA... Call For 2014 Schedule!

Team Trivia on tuesdays

It’s A Family Tradition! Every family has its spicy little secrets. We spread ours all over town!

Come On Over! try our broasteD chicken

Sat, February 8 Menomonie Polar Plunge & Toss Your Boss

2823 London Rd • Eau Claire

715-831-1300 Sammy's pub 5th quarter

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Shopping For A Little Gift? Find the perfect accessory for any outfit, or something new for your primitive decor!

The 2014 Special Olympics POLAR PLUNGE will be held Sat, February 22 again both in Eau Claire Eau Claire and Menomonie. The Polar u.s. log rolling Plunge is for everyone! With winter competition & two ways to participate even Toss Your Boss those who prefer to keep their feet on dry land can support Sun, February 23 Eau Claire Special Olympics Wisconsin Polar Plunge and be a part of all the fun! Event participants can See Page 15 register to take the Plunge or sign up as "Too Chicken to Plunge". "Chickens" can still raise donations and join a team. They will even get their own t-shirt proclaiming "I Was Too Chicken to Plunge". The fun begins at the Menomonie Polar Plunge with raffles, a costume contest, concessions on the ice and DJ entertainment. Don’t forget to pre-register for “Toss Your Boss”... which happens during the regular plunge! The Eau Claire Polar Plunge offers two days of fun starting on Saturday with the U.S. Log Rolling Winter Championship and a "Toss Your Boss" party. There will be a DJ, raffles and more... but remember, you need to sign up in advance. The excitement continues on Sunday with plunging on Half Moon Beach.

Nice Variety of Handmade, One Of A Kind Wooden Bowls • Jewelry • Ceramic Plates • Penny Rugs Stitched Pictures • Toothbrush Rag Rugs

go to Patty • 715-695-2957 30 | Eau Claire | | Welcome to Winter 2013

All this plunging and shivering is for a cause and Special Olympics is a good one at that! And February 2014 is just around the corner so register at and get ready to take the you-know-what... Brrrrrr.

See you on the beach!

Special Olympics Wisconsin • 715-833-0833

One Of A Kind Home Decor And Gifts At Silver & Stones Gallery

Your Store For...

• Home Decor • Fashion Accessories • Perfect Gifts • Unique Jewelry

Silver and Stones is a very interesting shop filled with home accents, fashions and jewelry... and all with a little touch of southwestern flair. They have some of the most unique wall art, glass art, pottery and vases along with purses, scarves and sweaters. It's a great place to pick up a wedding, anniversary or even a house warming gift! Join them for their Open House on November 22nd and 23rd... there will be food samples, great gift ideas, a drawing and so much more. Hope to see you there!

Here & There In Eau Claire Deer Widow’s weekend at molly's!

Including Kameleon Jewelry

open house November 22 & 23

Bring This Ad For 15% OFF Your Purchase Open Mon thru Sat 10 to 6

Limit: One coupon per customer on nov 22 & 23, 2013

3006 London Rd • Eau Claire, WI • 715.839.8197

Molly’s Mercantile

Glamin’ Up the Holidays! Wreaths • Garlands • Candles Santas • Snowmen • Gourmet Foods Scarves • Jewelry & Lots More!

19th Annual

Deer Widow’s weekend November 22-24 Fri 10-Midnight! Sat 10-6 • Sun 12-4

The girls at Molly's Mercantile have been busy preparing for their fun-filled weekend which starts November 22nd. They always have an interesting theme... last year was "Cruisin' Into Christmas" and this year they are the "Glamin’ Up The Holidays." You'll find them all dressed up and having a good time. Everything will be on sale in the store and outside they have a heated tent where you can sit down and enjoy lots of samples including cider, coffee, dips and more. Be sure to stop in and join the party and discover this warm and inviting mercantile filled with holiday cheer!

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Chippewa Valley's Hidden Treasures Kicks Off Our Fifth Annual

And Asks You To Join! By Charlie Schaaf ok. Here's the deal. Christmas is Christmas. Santa. Trees. Presents. Wrapping stuff. Sugar plums dancing and Rudolph prancing. We all know that. We also know that it is one very special day that commemorates one very special birth! 'Nuff said.

But... What Is Missing From This Wondrous And Magical Mix? Well, all of us at Hidden Treasures put our collective heads together and discovered that it is the joy of community Christmas caroling that has somehow slipped into the Christmas shadows. Now we know that those marvelous noels are still sung in church and occasionally at tree lightings and such but are NOT

Local Gatherings Listed On Page 13

being heard on the streets of most of America... and that is a shame! And here is the Hidden Treasures cure! On TUESDAY, December 17th starting at 6pm "Everywhere" in the Hidden Treasures readership area... we are asking you to bundle up, bring a candle, lantern or flashlight, venture forth into your neighborhood... and lift your voices in song! (Augusta is on Monday)

What Is Simpler Than That? Just contact your friends and relatives or even co-workers NOW and tell 'em that you want to meet with them over coffee or cocoa and plan your "Christmas Caroling" event! Now how fun is that!! Hidden

Hometown Caroling

Treasures has even developed a HOMETOWN CAROLING starter kit that is available for the asking. Simply burst onto the street scene on the Tuesday before Christmas at 6pm and send your carols out for everyone to enjoy! You... all of you... will feel better and mayhaps Christmas will be too. Take a few pictures of your caroling group and send them to us. We hope that Christmas 2013 will find carolers in all the towns and villages around the Chippewa Valley! This year our area, next year... statewide and by 2016... maybe the world?!! We can only hope!


A Return To A Very Special Part Of Our Christmas Celebration!

Tuesday, December 17th • Meet at 6pm (Monday, December 16th in Augusta) And change the world one Christmas Carol at a time!

For more info call Lori at 715-835-0611 or email

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For many years the Altoona Lions' Club has been decorating ALTOOnA CITy PArk for the holidays. Bring the whole family, walk through and enjoy.


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NORTHSIDE SERVICE Professional Automobile Repairs

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Altoona City hall • 715-839-6092

804 Bartlett Ave Altoona, WI 54720 Welcome to Winter 2013 | | Highway 12 • Altoona | 33

Winter Bird Feeding By Erin LaFaive

© Kristi Schumacher, Fall Creek

Feeding birds during the winter through bird feeders has many benefits to both birds and humans. For those whose outdoor activity is limited, bird feeding is an opportunity to interact with nature. From an indoor environment, one can use binoculars and bird identification books to learn which birds frequent their feeding space. This is a good activity for children as well. They learn about bird habits, hone their identification skills by noticing different attributes of the bird – color, size, calls, etc. and participate in a calming activity.

Winter bird feeding is also helpful to the birds during harsh winters when food is scarce. We must keep in mind that bird feeding is a little more than simply adding seed to a container. Here are a few tips to ensure birds frequent your bird feeder. Keep the feeder clean by removing moldy seed and bird droppings. Contaminated feeders can transmit disease and harm local bird populations.

Food Preferences Blue jay Whole peanut kernels, large striped sunflower seeds Brown-headed cowbird White proso millet, other millets, canary seeds Cardinal Oil-type sunflower seeds, large striped sunflower seeds, safflower seeds Chickadee Oil-type sunflower seeds, large striped sunflower seeds, safflower seeds Dark-eyed junco Red and white proso millet, canary seeds, fine cracked corn Evening grosbeak Oil-type sunflower seeds, large striped sunflower seeds Goldfinch Thistle seed, hulled sunflower seeds, oil-type sunflower seeds Grackle Hulled sunflower seeds, cracked corn House finch Oil-type sunflower seeds, large sunflower seeds, millets, thistle seed

Place feeder near an area that can be seen from the house and close enough to access the feeder throughout the winter.

House sparrow White proso millet, most small needs

Place feeders 3 feet from windows to avoid birds accidentally hitting the window.

Mourning dove Oil-type sunflower seeds, white and red proso millet

Feeders should be near cover such as shrubs or trees to provide a safe place to hide if they feel threatened.

Song sparrow White proso millet, red proso millet

Feeders are more attractive to the birds if a water source is nearby.

Starling Peanut hearts and hulled oats, table scraps

For more info: Eau Claire County UW-Extension • 715-839-4712 227 First Street West, Altoona, WI 54720 •

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Christmas Trees

Shop early for Christ mas greenery and gifts. Enjoy refreshments, door prizes and mor e!

Cut Your Own Frasier Fir Some are perfect & some are on the wild side!

Charlie Brown Trees Too!

The Workshop

Antique Christmas Display Wreaths • Kissing Balls Wild Spruce Tips • Swags Brass Sleigh Bell Door Hangers Pure Beeswax Candles Free Hot Chocolate + More

The Enchanted Pines

A place for families to have fun! Walk through the giant pines, take the Christmas quiz and enjoy!

John & Lori Schmidt

400 Sunday Dr • Altoona, WI • 715-835-0611 Only 1/2 mile East of Altoona on KB, Turn South at Certified Plumbing es If you need branch for decorating... please feel free to up call earlier and set an appointment!

OPEN THREE WEEKENDS Fri, Sat & Sun • 9am to Dusk Nov 29-Dec 1 • Dec 6-8 • Dec 13-15

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A Christmas Story Thirty Years and Counting, Or Be Careful...


Christmas is such an awesome holiday; it just seems to bring out the best in us! As it should. But, Hollywood (always on the look for a sure thing) has added a richness that is hard to match. Pause a moment and think about the good Santa vibes from The Miracle On 34th Street, the overdue redemption of that miser-of-misers Scrooge, and the sweet shyness of little Cindy Lou Who... when she confronts that old green meanie the Grinch. Then there is Rudolph with his nose aglow, and the Polar Express steaming through the not-so-silent Christmas night. Wonderful memories and visions that will truly dance in your head forever! But one film has been growing in homespun popularity since its release in 1983 and now sits securely near the top of the Christmas present heap. Yep. It's humorist Jean Shephard's A CHRISTMAS STORY!

This classic, set sometime in the 1940s tells the wonderful tale of hero Ralphie and his on-going quest to get his reluctant parents to get him a Red Rider BB Gun. The movie is filled with humor and laughs as we enjoy and bond with the simply cool cast of characters, including Darren McGavin (Dad) and Malinda Dillion (Mom.) Now, unless you have been on a chicken ranch in Ulan Bator or contemplating your navel in a suite in Devil's Island, you probably know the plot better that you know the United States Constitution! Here are just a few highlights. There are goofy neighbors with abnoxious dogs, fellow school kids with their sights set on creaming Ralphie, a scary pink bunny pajama suit, Chinese waiters crooning "deck the hars with bawrs of hawry" and the absolutely lethal triple-dog-dare! Almost more than a kid can bear. And of course, there is the leg lamp... it's a major award! The humor is non-stop. The cast superb, and if you don't identify with the whole business, you deserve a little coal in your stocking! A Christmas Story came out thirty years ago. It started a bit slow in the theaters, but burst onto the TV screen in the '90s and has inspired 24 hour TV marathons, TV viewing parties and even a "stick-your-tongue-you-know-wherecontest" in Canada somewhere. There is a viewer loyalty that even Ebenezer would appreciate. So, this year (THE BIG 30!) tip your fuzzy winter hat to Ralphie and his bunch and say thanks for the laughter! I triple-dog-dare you!

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Fall Creek Village hall • 715-877-2177

Chicken Chaser's... we've been going there for over 32 years! It's a nice, laid-back bar and grill with awesome food at good prices. They offer lunch and dinner and have a full menu on the weekends. On Fridays they have a delicious fish fry and prime rib sandwich. We especially love their fried chicken dinner with all the sides. They do have some of the best coleslaw and potato salad around! In fact, sometimes we stop in just to pick up some sides to go! The cheese curds, ribs and burgers are always a big hit too. Tuesday is "P-Nut Day!" Where else can you have a cold drink, eat your weight in peanuts and throw the shells on the floor? Only in Fall Creek at Chicken Chaser's! Don't forget to check out the wall behind the bar, where you'll find some signs with the day's special offerings, things like pickled herring, bacon, hot dogs and the always unique head cheese. Did you know Chicken Chaser's can also help cater your next party? Order up some chicken wings, ribs, salads and more! Chicken Chaser's is such a unique place, located in an 1880s historic building, that was originally built as the Fall Creek Hotel. It has a quaint feeling of yesteryear... we call it Mahogony Ridge. Stop in today and enjoy a wonderful meal, cold drink and a warm hello.

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155 E Lincoln Ave (Hwy 12) • Fall Creek, WI • 715-877-9911 • Open Tue thru Sun • Closed Mon Welcome to Winter 2013 | | Highway 12 • Fall Creek | 37

Folk Art Show and Sale At The Schumacher Farm!

Fall Creek Community Christmas Fair

By Lori Schmidt Kristi Schumacher will be hosting her 19th Annual Folk Art Show and Sale on Saturday, December 7th at her home in Fall Creek. There you will find everything from her published children's books, whimsical wood carvings, fine art prints and paintings, note cards, yard art and nature photography... mostly inspired from the outdoors and sometimes while looking out her front window.

The Fall Creek Community Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday, December 7th, from 9am to 1pm in the Fall Creek Fire House at the east end of town on Highway 12 (turn south on Plum Street at Julie's Beauty Studio). The event is sponsored by the ladies of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, but many churches, community organizations and individuals also offer items for sale. This is a great opportunity to do some Christmas shopping, eat some good food and have fun, too!

And then there's the tart faeries! They're back by popular demand! They're so silly and fun, made of vintage tin molds and wood... you just gotta see them and take one home. Definitely a conversation piece! And speaking of collectibles.... every year Kristi offers a new Santa print along with her limited edition Santa N wood carvings. All of her art is priced very reasonable! A visit to the farm should be on your list this December 7th.. and be sure to peak out the front window and be inspired! (See page 11)

The St. Paul's ladies provide morning coffee and noon lunch - including a taco bar, barbequed beef, chili dogs, scalloped potatoes, bars and homemade pie. Many organizations will be selling delicious homemade cookies and breads, including ethnic Christmas bakings, such as lefse, sandbakkels and krumkake. The Wallers will again be selling their tasty all-natural honey. Gingerbread Jersey of Augusta will have a table with locally produced, award-winning cheeses and fruit preserves. Other items to be found at the fair will be Christmas crafts, one-of-a-kind jewelry, hand knit and embroidered items, woven rag rugs, kitchen supplies and much more. In addition, there will be door prizes and a drawing for a hand-made quilt. For more information, call 715-877-2489 or 715-877-2307.

Connecting People With Nature Beaver Creek Reserve is an interpretive center in Fall Creek dedicated to connecting people with nature. The Reserve provides programs, activities and experiences to help people of all ages explore, discover, learn and share the magic and mysteries of the natural world in the Chippewa Valley. The 360 acre reserve is operated by Eau Claire County and encompasses three unique facilities: the EC County Youth Camp, Wise Nature Center and Hobbs Observatory. For more information call 715-877-2212 or visit 38 | Fall Creek • Highway 12 | | Welcome to Winter 2013

Š Kristi Schumacher, Fall Creek

Weaver's... Your Holiday Baking & Gift Giving Headquarters! By Crystal Schmidt

When most people think of Christmas time they think of Weaver's - AND YOU SHOULD TOO! Weaver's is your holiday baking and gift giving headquarters. Of course they have every different type of flour and sugar you could ever imagine. nuts of all kinds, even the harder to find ones like pine nuts and macadamia nuts. Fruits? Whatever kind you want - they have candied, dried, frozen and fresh. Think about jazzing up those boring sugar cookies this year - they have the absolute largest and most diverse sprinkle assortment you have ever seen, guaranteed! If you can bake with it, Weaver's has it. And like I always say: If Weaver’s doesn’t have it, they don’t make it!

Shop Where Your Friends Shop!

SHOPPING FOR THE HARD-TO-BUY PERSON? We’ve all know at least one. Consider a homemade gift basket. Here are two of my favorites: mOvie night baSKet - pick out a classic movie and pair it with snacks from Weaver's - try one or two different varieties of popcorn, a bag each of chocolate covered raisins, gummy bears, and peanuts. Weaver’s also has some unique and really yummy popcorn flavoring. health FirSt baSKet - whole wheat pretzels, vitamin-packed walnuts and almonds, dried fruits, an assortment of teas, whole wheat fruit bars, and Weaver's homemade peanut or almond butter. They also have fabulous (and healthy) apple and pumpkin "butters." ly r's real Weave ave does h for ing someth ne! ever yo

FOR THE HOLIDAYS... Fancy, Practical & Economical Gift Ideas at Weaver's Soup & Cookie Mix Jars • Milk Bottle Mixes • Locally Hand-Crafted Reed Baskets of All Shapes & Sizes

Looking for that unique gift to give this holiday season?

SLEIGH BELLS from Santa’s Tree Farm in Altoona...

THEY ARE SPECIAL! The strap is made of SHOW HARNESS LEATHER and sports seven heavy sleigh bells that are SOLID BRASS as are the ring and harness spots. The ring slips over your DOOR KNOB. The combination of different size bells gives a jingle even SANTA himself would smile about!! Destined to be a FAMILY HEIRLOOM! See page 35 for more information.


BULK FOODS GALORE! Exotic & Traditional Spices • Pastas Whole Grains • Dried Fruits & Nuts • Pie Fillings Wisconsin Cheeses • Pennsylvania Dutch Meats Frozen Fruits & Vegetables • Frozen Doughs Baking Supplies • Snacks • Soup Mixes Regular & Organic Milk • Coffee & Coffee Beans Regular & Sugar-Free Candies Homemade Soaps • Rada Cutlery • Housewares Electric or Hand Crank Grain Mills

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BY LORI SCHMIDT Take a little ride just east of Augusta and discover the sweet little Amish “bent and dent” grocery store tucked away in the valley. You never know what you’ll find each time you visit! Of course... canned goods that have dents, but there's close-out items and more. the priceS are great! Last time we were there we brought home a huge box full of groceries including a jar of Mario Batali spaghetti sauce for $1.25. (It actually retails for $8.59). What a savings and what a delicious meal! It’s fun to scope the shelves for high-end and organic products... from fire-roasted tomatoes to delicious dark chocolates. An added bonus is FreSh baKed amiSh gOOdS on Fridays and Saturdays. Cookies, angel food cakes, pies, hand-cut noodles, breads... just waiting for you to enjoy. While you are there, peek out back and venture over to the WOOd ShOp where you’ll find some of the most beautiful hand crafted tables, bedrooms sets and chairs.

Hay Creek Bent & Dent Salvage Groceries & Amish Bakery E22680 Cty RR • Augusta, WI






Only a 20 minute drive from Eau Claire, east on highway 12, you’ll r e l l arT Ga heNNING find the small charming community of Augusta. It’s home to the Amish, great shops, home-style restaurants, the henning Art Gallery and Sleigh & Carriage museum and the Dells mill Water Powered museum. Discover Coon Fork Park, harstad Park and Lake Eau Claire Park... all nestled near Augusta where you’ll enjoy plenty of opportunity to ice fish, snowshoe and cross country ski.


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131 S Stone St • Augusta, WI One Block From The Wood Shed


Open Five Days A Week

Tucked Away in Augusta... A Wee Place Of Distinctive Art! Nestled in its own valley just two miles north of Augusta, you’ll find the Henning Art Gallery, Sleigh and Carriage Museum. The gallery mainly displays draft horse artwork... original paintings and limited edition prints by Rozan Henning. All are displayed among nine different antique sleighs and cutters plus three buggies.

Augusta Quilt Show 2014 March 7 & 8 • Augusta Area Senior Center 601 Main Street • 715-286-2953 Quilts on Display • Variety of Vendors • Free Demos Lunch Offered Both Days Including Homemade Goodies

The Augusta American Legion Auxiliary Post 291 has been Christmas caroling for two years. Each and everyone who has been caroling has had so much fun! It is wonderful to see people sing along with us and tap their toes. Not only do the people who we are singing to have big smiles on their faces, but so do we! It is a wonderful thing to do and I wouldn’t miss it! Join us for Hometown Caroling on Monday, December 16th in Augusta. Call Carol at 715-286-5013 for more information.

You Are Invited To

Rozan has been drawing since she was five, began to paint oils in high school and switched to acrylics in the mid-70s. Many of her ideas for paintings come from what her grandmother and others have told her about life on the farm in the early 1900s, of the hardships and rewards. She tries to pass this feeling on through her work. Sometimes it takes months, even years, to get a painting started, to fit the idea in mind. Although well known for her horse drawn sleigh art, she also offers art featuring flowers and children which is displayed in the Victorian Room. From this room you can look through a pair of French doors and peek into her corner studio and see what new painting is being worked on.

"A Winter's Day" Open House Dec 14 thru Dec 22 Daily 11-7 • Sunday 4-7 Original Paintings • Prints • Cards • Gifts

E21001 Henning Rd • Augusta WI Two miles north of Augusta on County G

specials on everything! 715-286-2464 Also Exhibiting... Solstice Photography

Rozan’s country gallery is on a working dairy farm and she encourages anyone who wants to come and visit, PLEASE call ahead so she can be there to greet you. Welcome to Winter 2013 | | Highway 12 • Augusta | 41


Now, you are probably thinking that the "saying" above is a bit corn-fused! And you would be right. It is intended to direct you to the Kellogg EGGO® Waffle (and a fine little waffle it is!) but to me and thousands of other "Wafflephiles" the true king of the waffle world is the Belgian Waffle! You can identify a Belgian Waffle by the much larger size, deeper grid pattern and distinctive shape. The texture is light, the batter yummy and the outside harder than the standard little North American variety. In fact, the deep grid pattern simply cries out to be stuffed with everything from strawberries to chocolate chips and peanut butter! And of course, the finishing touch is a dollop of real whipped cream and sprinkles of powdered sugar. Heaven! (None of this popping in the toaster and picking up off the floor routine.) The Belgian Waffle is indeed a culinary treat from Belgium, where locally it is called something different. And, if you were perusing a menu in a street cafe in Liege you would see a "Brussels Waffle" or maybe a "Liege Waffle" or even the fascinatingly named "Stroopwaffle," but no Belgian Waffle. We tend to treat it as a breakfast food item but in Europe it is often an evening dessert served with fine chocolate sauce, fresh fruits and even ice cream! Try it. It sounds delicious! This wonderful waffle debuted in the 1962 Seattle Exposition and became a tasty surprise! Belgian wafflemakers were the rage and many made an appreciated (and a bit heavy and bulky) Christmas gift. The waffles showed up at the 1964 New York World's Fair and again were a hit. But perhaps we Americans do not have the correct touch for such fare. (My mom tried valiantly but mostly the batter just clung to the sides of the griddle. The griddle ended up being spray painted and hung up on the wall in a artsy collage of failed cooking items. Oh well... she made great brownies!) So, next time you have a waffle craving, try the Belgian variety. You will be glad you did! And don't forget the powdered sugar. Oui Oui!

Craft Breads, Pastry & Cakes

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Time To Place Your Holidays Orders! Polish Paczki • German Stollen Swedish Yule Kaka Rosettes • Famous Fruitcakes Cut-out & Spritz Cookies Cakes • Cupcakes • Desserts Buns & Breads for Parties

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Wed, Thur & Sat 7am to 2pm • Now Open Every Friday 7am to 6pm 42 | Augusta • Highway 12 | | Welcome to Winter 2013

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Scenic Hwy 10 just south of Eau Claire is a whole line of friendly and interesting towns. You'll discover osseo, then picturesque struM and ELEVA, next comes mOnDOVI and, just a bit further, DurAnD. These are all busy Wisconsin towns with much to offer. The Scandinavian heritage is strong and don't be surprised if you see a "Norwegian" flag or two! Make it a day of discovery along Highway 10. Go ahead! New places. New sites. New shopping experiences. And, most importantly, new friends! GO FOr IT!

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BY CHARlIe SCHAAF A great way to "lIGHT uP" your family’s holiday season is to take the short drive to osseo, Wisconsin on Friday, November 29th and take in the 27th edition of this magical evening! visit with Santa before the parade from 5pm to 6pm and then enjoy this great evening parade at 7pm as it travels thru downtown. Parade units, marchers and holiday floats are ablaze with holiday lights. The wonder continues in downtown osseo at the Norske Nook Coffee House. Santa is there and it's fun for the whole family. All in all... osseo's HolIDAY PARADe oF lIGHTS deserves to make its way onto your list of holiday favorites. DoN'T MISS IT! (See page 7)

Adjacent to beautiful Lake Arbutus in Hatfield, Wisconsin

Thunderbird Village Lodge, Cabins & Cottage Direct access to both ATV and Snowmobile Trails in Clark and Jackson Counties

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We offer great group getaways with 3, 5 and 10 bedrooms including full kitchens and game rooms. Fantastic hunting, fishing and winter recreation area. Only 4 miles to the Bruce Mound Ski Area!

For more info call 608-989-2275 or e-mail Welcome to Winter 2013 | | Osseo • Strum • Eleva • Mondovi: Highway 10 | 43

Home of the Eleva Broiler Festival and overflowing with the warmth and charm that the holiday season brings! Spend an afternoon in Eleva and discover good food, good shopping and that small town hospitality you’ve been looking for!

Enjoy A Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride Go Christmas Caroling Cut Your Own Christmas Tree Take A Meal To An Elderly Neighbor Build A Gingerbread House Volunteer At A Local Food Pantry Watch "A Christmas Story" Take A Walk Downtown Seek Out The Christmas Lights Build A Giant Snowman


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Family Farms Market Family Farms Market is a wonderful destination for the holidays! It's a cozy market filled with lots of holiday cheer. Unique gifts! You'll discover things you just don't find in department stores including the very latest in Christmas decorations. GOURMET FOODS! They carry a nice selection of award-winning meat, cheese and wine from local and regional vendors. Delicious food! Warm up by their beautiful fireplace with a scrumptious meal including soups, sandwiches, salads, pizza, fish and so much more. This winter, enjoy the scenic country drive to Eleva and experience Family Farms Market!

Bundle Up For A Winter Parade Shop For An Elderly Person Bake Some Christmas Cookies Design and Create Your Gifts Visit With Santa

see page 3

Attend A Church Bazaar Read "The Night Before Christmas" Make Some Lefse Donate To The Salvation Army Go To A Christmas Concert Make Your Own Porch Pot

Eau Claire • Chippewa Falls • Menomonie • Altoona Fall Creek • Augusta • Osseo • Eleva • Strum • Mondovi Foster • Hixton • Elk Mound • Colfax • Cadott • Stanley Thorp • Owen • Withee • Downsville • Durand Nelson • Alma • Fountain City • Pepin • Stockholm ...And Many More Towns Along The Way!

Shop At An Art Faire Warm Up With Hot Chocolate Visit A Nursing Home

We Deliver

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"Home for the Holidays"... With The Schultz Family Country Barn In Eleva! By Charlie Schaaf

Christmas is about memories. Good and loving memories. The family around the table. Christmas wrappings everywhere. Socks hung and waiting... and, well you know the rest! But for many of us, an important memory is a Christmas time visit to the family farm with all the animals, hay bales, smells from grandma's baking and so much more. And now you can recreate this holiday memory by paying a visit to Schultz's Country Barn in Eleva.

The Schultz Family Has A True Gem Here... with everything from the wonderful red barn to a unique gift shop full of holiday cheer. They hold a Christmas Open House on November 23rd and 24th and the farm is filled with seasonal greenery, fresh cut trees, wreathes and porch pots. Mr. and Mrs. Claus pay a visit on December 14th. There will be treats and Christmas fun

for children including games provided FREE by "Beef River Valley PaceSetter's 4-H Club! Pictures opportunities are available and don't forget to visit with the lovable and friendly animals!

Talk About Memories In The Waiting... And Just For You! Christmas Eve brings a candlelight service, carols, cider and the special poignancy of a "Living Nativity." All this will stay in your heart and become a real Christmas treasure to wrap your future Christmases around. Oh, and if you really love "country living" than what would be better than "gettin’ hitched" in the Schultz's Country Barn loft! An authentic loft that is perfect for anniversaries, weddings, children's birthday parties and just plain "hoe downs!" Get all the details on their website, check them out on Facebook or give Carlene a call at 715-287-4684.

Schultz’s Country Barn, LLC Farm Setting • A Place to Bring the Family

A Mixture Of Old & New YEAR 'ROUND GIFT SHOP November 23-24 • 8am to 6pm CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE December 14 • 10am to 2pm VISIT WITH MR. & MRS. SANTA CLAUS December 24 • 9pm


50996 N Main St • Eleva • 715-287-4684 Open Tuesday thru Saturday 10am to 5pm

CD’s available at these local locations:

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We Will Be Closed Dec 24-31 Jan & Feb by Chance or Appointment Ask About Our Loft Rental! BACK IN FALL... Pumpkins • Squash Schultz’s STOP Corn Shocks • Indian Corn • Gourds • Hay Bales

Pumpkin Patch

Fall & Halloween Art • Wagon Rides • Corn Maze

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Walking in Our Winter Wonderland By Yvette Viets Flaten

To be sure, winter is a time for family gatherings, celebrations, and lots of indoor activities around the kitchen table, but we shouldn't overlook the vast opportunities to learn about science and our natural world that are just outside our winter windows! Here are some great wintertime activities to excite the imagination on a cold winter's night.

Snow Flakes

Nothing fascinates a child (or an adult!) more than the idea that no two snowflakes are identical, and it's easy to see this first hand. Take a piece of black velvet material or black paper and chill it, either outside or in your freezer. Have it ready for the next snowfall. Once snow begins, take the black background outside and let the snow settle on it. A magnifying glass will help you discover just how different each of the six-sided snow crystals are.

Catch a Snowflake for Keeps

To capture a snowflake, chill a piece of glass (an old picture frame works well) and a can of aerosol hairspray outside or in your freezer and wait for a snowy day. Outside, spray the glass with hairspray and let the snowflakes settle onto the glass. Then bring the glass inside and let it warm to room temperature for approximately 15 minutes. The hairspray will retain the impression of the snow as it melts and evaporates and you will have

your own unique record. You may also use "Crystal Clear," a liquid plastic, to encapsulate your snowflakes. And they last for years!

Snow Gauge

Cut off the top half of a 2-liter soda bottle and mark off inches or centimeters on the outside with a permanent marker. Set this outside when it snows and you will know first hand what the amount of the snowfall was at your house. Take the bottle inside and let the snow melt. Now you can compare the amount of snow to the amount of water you have. How does it relate?

The Really Big Show

Wisconsin lies halfway between the Equator and the North Pole, on the 45th parallel, so we’re far enough north to get an occasional show of Aurora Borealis - or the Northern Lights. For a fantastic overview of the science of this light show, go to spaceweather/index.html then click on auroras. Then watch for the best light show of the universe! Also, for a fabulous site that covers all things weather: go to (NOAA stands for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). From hurricanes to snowstorms, from photos to forecasts, you'll see first hand where your local weatherman gets all his facts!

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Sock Monkeys By S. A. Olson

We are sassy sock monkeys - look and see! This is how we become to be. Our creator lovingly stitches and stuffs, Then fills us with even more soft fluff! We have lots of charisma, and a long tail We vow to love you without fail. Whenever you are blue, We promise to comfort you.

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Would you like to order and adopt a wonderful hand-crafted-with-love monkey friend?

They make wonderful gifts! Now Accepting Orders for

Custom Sock Monkeys for Christmas and Valentine's Delivery!!!

A limited amount of orders will be taken, so call now to ensure order placement! Monkeys can be dressed however you would like! To place your order or purchase already completed monkeys, call 715-279-4933 or email the monkey artist at

December 7, 2013 Downtown Mondovi • 6:30pm Holiday Open Houses at local businesses during the day... and Santa too!

..................................................... 6th Annual Buffalo County Humane Association

"Have A Heart" Fundraiser saturday, February 1, 2014

Roger Marten Community Center • Mondovi • 10am to 4pm

Any Questions Call Cindy at 715-926-6325

..................................................... Ice Fishing Contest Watch for it in February • Mirror Lake

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outdoor skating

Eau Claire

Eau Claire

Carson Park Southwest side of Eau Claire off Menomonie St L L Phillips Park 5 miles east of Eau Claire: Hwy 53 to Birch St, east to Hwy QQ, 5 miles to park entrance on the right Lowes Creek South of Eau Claire on South Lowes Creek Rd, then 1.5 miles to park entrance on left

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Lake Wissota Park 5 miles northeast of Chippewa Falls on Hwy O Ice Age Trail 7 miles east of New Auburn on County Hwy M or 1.9 miles east of State Hwy 40 on M

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Roosevelt 900 block of Folsom St

Hobbs Municipal Ice Center 915 Menomonie St, Eau Claire 715.839.5040

chippewa Falls Marshall Park Bridgewater Ave

Hobbs Altoona Sports Center 2300 Spooner Ave, Altoona 715.839.5188


Chippewa Falls Ice Arena 1st Ave, Chippewa Falls

Dunn County Fairgrounds Park Circle Wakanda School

Dunn County Ice Arena 620 17th St SE, Menomonie 715.235.9958


Thorp Ice Skating Rink 715.669.5509

Beaver Creek Reserve Hwy 12 east of Eau Claire to Fall Creek, left on County K, 4 miles to Reserve


downhill skiing & tubing




Christie Mountain 715.868.7800

Red Cedar Trail West side of Menomonie on Hwy 29


Hoffman Hills 10 miles northeast of Menomonie

Badlands Sno-Park Recreation 715.386.1856

Trollhaugen Ski Resort 715.294.4055


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Red Cedar State Trail Trail Miles: 11...........715.232.1242

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horse-drawn sleigh rides

Coon Fork County Park Trail Miles: 3..............715.839.4783

eau claire

Carson Park Trail Miles: 1..............715.839.5032

Chippewa River State Trail Trail Miles: 30...........888.936.7463 Lake Wissota State Park Trail Miles: 7.5..........715.382.4574

City Wells Area Trail Miles: 3..............715.839.5032

Irvine Park Trail Miles: 3..............715.723.0051

Fairfax Park Trail Miles: 2..............715.839.5032

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L L Phillips County Park Trail Miles: 3..............715.839.4783 Lowes Creek County Park Trail Miles: 5..............715.839.4783 Tower Ridge Recreation Area Trail Miles: 15...........715.839.4783

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Eau Claire County Trail Length: 161 miles Trail Map: Eau Claire County Parks & Forest 227 First St W Altoona, WI 54720 715.839.4783

014 Januar y 25, 2 UCP SnowBiz ally Snowmobile R r at Brackett Ba 2-1782 UCP • 715-83

Old Abe State Trail Trail Miles: 14...........715.726.7880

Hoffman Hills Trail Miles: 9..............715.232.1242


Cabin Ridge Rides 715.723.9537

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Hickory Ridge Ski Trail Trail Miles: 16...........715.726.7880

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Chippewa County Trail Length: 298 miles Trail Map: Forest & Parks Department 711 N Bridge St Chippewa Falls, WI 54729 715.726.7880

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Old Abe State Trail Length: 20 miles 711 N Bridge St Chippewa Falls, WI 54729 715.726.7880

Dunn County Trail Length: 280 miles Trail Map: Snowmobile Coordinator N7476 537th St Menomonie, WI 54751 715.664.7669

Lake Wissota State Park Length: 5 miles 18127 Cty Hwy O Chippewa Falls, WI 54729 715.382.4574 Toll Free: 888.947.2527

Chippewa River State Trail Length: 30 miles 921 Brickyard Rd Menomonie, WI 54751 715.232.1242 Toll Free: 888.523.3866

Buffalo County See page 78

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Please CaLL Before You Venture out To any of our Hidden Treasures Destinations! Dates and Times are Subject To Change. and Remember.. Sometimes You need To DiaL 1 First! 50 | Chippewa Falls Map | | Welcome to Winter 2013

St. Joseph’s Hospital................... B-11 Tourist Information ........................E-7 Downtown ........................................E-7 Irvine Park ........................................B-5 Lake Wissota .................................H-11 Heyde Center for the Arts .......... F-8 Area History Center ....................... F-8 Cook-Rutledge Mansion ............. F-6 Northridge Center ........................ G-9

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Shop For The H olidays! • Gift W rapping Snacks • Wine Tasting • Holid ay Fun! Pick Up Your Walking Tour Brochure & The Eating, Retail & Pub Guide Brochure At Any Downtown Store!

FoR MoRe iNFoRMaTioN: 514 North Bridge Street Chippewa Falls, Wi 54729 715-723-7858

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The Cook-Rutledge Mansion is an historic treasure in Chippewa Falls. Located on the West Hill, it was built in the 1870s and owned by Edward Rutledge, and later, Judge Dayton Cook and his family. Today it is open to the public with summer tours, and its lavish woodwork, wall coverings, and period furnishings bring admiration from all who visit. It is a lovely setting for a wedding or special party inside, and also outside with its Victorian flower garden. Celebrate the holiday season by attending the Cook-Rutledge Mansion chriStmaS Open hOuSe on Sunday, December 8th, from 1pm to 5pm. There will be holiday music, a traditional homemade dessert and refreshments will be served. Attention to all of the details makes this a festive party that you will not want to miss! (Open House is free, but we do welcome donations.) Or come for a guided chriStmaS tOur at 2pm on December 14th and 15th or 21st and 22nd.(Tours cost $5 for adults and $1 for children.) The Mansion is available year-round, including Christmas time, for weddings and small parties. The Mansion is funded by donations from private individuals and businesses. Your tax-free donation helps in the mission to restore and maintain the Mansion and to educate the public about its place in the history of the Chippewa Valley.

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Lots of fun stuff will be happening at picket Fence antiques in Chippewa Falls. On November 14th thru 17th, Picket Fence Antiques will be celebrating their second anniversary under new management. Marge, along with 14 other dealers will offer sales up to 75% off! Enjoy refreshments, conversation and a chance to shop local while the guys are away hunting! Hope to see you there!

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For Info Call An ita at 715-2716098 For Details.. Se e Pages 13 & 32

Locally Owned & Operated!

They love the holidays and Christmas is one of their favorites! The store will be filled with lots of one-of-akind antique and vintage Christmas decorations, toys and ornaments. If you're on your way to the Christmas Village in Irvine Park, stop in for some free hot cocoa and popcorn!

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Visit for all the latest movies. Sign up to be a mOvIe member and earn rewards! Save your points and earn a free night at the movies, popcorn and drinks.

Buy & Sell Antiques, Books & Estates Free Appraisals On Wednesdays 501 High St/Hwy 124 • Chippewa Falls, WI 715-720-7877 Mon, Wed thru Sat: 10am to 5pm • Closed Tue • Sun: 11am to 4pm


Plan a mOvIe parTy for your next family or company event. Check out our party facilities with a wide range of options for you and your guests! FyI... Wednesday is SeNIOr cITIZeN Day with discounted tickets and popcorn!

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magical holiday happenings in downtown chippewa falls! Step back in time and discover an old fashioned Christmas feeling in historic downtown Chippewa Falls. Traditional Christmas decorations enhance the streets and storefront windows glow with holiday cheer. Start your Christmas shopping on the day after Thanksgiving... Friday, November 29th. Bring the kids and stop at the BMO Harris Bank parking lot to welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus at 10am. Kids can take home a special ornament made by the residents of Chippewa Manor Nursing Home. Visit with Santa on November 29th, starting at 11am. He'll also be at the Rutledge Charity Building, 404 North Bridge Street, each Saturday until December 21st from 11am to 3pm. Remember to bring your camera!

Twelve Days of Christmas." Thousands of people brave the weather to attend this annual lighted holiday parade on Bridge Street. Hope to see you at 6pm! The holidays wouldn't be complete without taking a horse-drawn wagon ride from downtown Chippewa Falls to the Irvine Park Christmas Village. Advance tickets go on sale the day after Thanksgiving at Gordy's County Market. (Get there early because they go fast... downtown location only.)

november 30th is small business saturday!!!

Join us on November 12th and we'll Paint the Town Christmas! Shop for the holidays with all the "extras"... gift wrapping, snacks, wine tasting and lots of holiday fun! Visit all of your favorite stores for sales and specials... and remember to register for prizes.

Saturday, December 7th has all the magic of the holiday season with the 24th Annual Bridge to Wonderland Parade. This year's theme is "The

So much to do and enjoy in downtown Chippewa Falls... hope to see you there! For more information please contact Chippewa Falls Main Street at 715-723-7858.

We Sell It For You, You Buy It Like New! Welcome to the new way to buy and sell home furnishings! Gently Kissed Treasures offers a beautiful selection of pieces from private homes and businesses. Affordable, high quality furniture items and accessories - items you won’t find anywhere else, for a fraction of what they would cost new.

Save 50% to 70% Over Buying New

Gently Kissed Treasures La-Tee Da Fragrance Lamps Now Available!

Bring Us Your Gently Used Furniture And Decorative Accessories And We’ll Turn Them Into Cash For You! 11 East Central St • Chippewa Falls, WI Call 715-738-1230 or 715-271-3047

Tues thru Fri: 9:30 to 5:30 • Sat: 9:30 to 3:00 • Closed Sun & Mon

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Holiday Dazzle at Irvine Park Take a drive to Chippewa Falls and experience the wonder of the Christmas Village in Irvine Park! The Village provides a dazzling 60,000 lights and an impressive display of Victorian era scenes, historical building replicas, the nativity, a tribute to our military personnel, Santa's reindeer and sleigh, characters from the Nutcracker Suite and more! This year, and the years beyond, promise to be full of exciting new displays, expanded lighting and the opening of additional areas of Irvine Park. The Christmas Village will tentativley open on November 28th (Thanksgiving Day) at 5pm. From 5pm to 6:30pm the park is open for walk-through only and from 6:30pm to 9:30pm they're open for both traffic and walking. Village hours will be 7am to 9:30pm daily until New Year’s Day, but they are open until Midnight on Christmas Eve.

Stop back on November 30th for the second annual "Run for the Lights 5K Run/Walk" and on December 14th for "Walk Through/Caroling Night". For winter enthusiasts, Irvine Park has miles and miles of cross-country ski trails. Wildlife is in abundance here. During warmer seasons, visitors can see animals native to the Wisconsin habitat, including geese, ducks, bear, deer and all kinds of indigenous birds. The Irvine Park Museum houses antique machinery, farm implements and a 1936 fire truck, among other items. Music lovers will want to visit the bandstand, designed in the 19th century romantic tradition. The Irvine Park Pavilion, built in 1908, offers an interesting and historic place for family reunions and wedding receptions. The log cabin and Sunny Valley schoolhouse give us a glimpse of daily life over 100 years ago.

Whatever The Season, There’s Something For Everyone! Contact 715-723-0051 for more information.

Irvine Park is located on Bridgewater Avenue, off Highway 124, in the heart of Chippewa Falls.

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After you submit your email, you will receive an email from us. You will need to respond to verify that you want to be added to our email listing.

The Chippewa County Historical Society has expanded the days the Area History Center is open to the public. The museum is now open the fourth Saturday of each month, except for June, July, August and December. Tour a 50-room museum and/or research genealogy and local history in the extensive library. The Chippewa County Historical and Genealogical Societies are located at 123 Allen Street in Chippewa Falls. Open Tuesdays from 9am to 4pm with tours at 10am and 2pm, the last Saturday of each month from 9am to 1pm or by appointment. For more information call 715-723-4399.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING Chippewa County has over 29 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails. From traditional to skate skiing, beginner to advanced they have a trail for you.

Chippewa Falls Lake Wissota State Park River Road Ski Trail Irvine Park & Zoo

Bloomer A Jump Ahead of The Rest! By Charlie Schaaf

Tucked in the Chippewa Valley, just a few picturesque miles north of Chippewa Falls, you'll find one "sweet" town... Bloomer. Great food; yummy pies, breads and pastries; entertainment choices galore; a joyful look at life; and events like the jump roping contest... put Bloomer a jump ahead of the rest. In the 1960s, the folks in Bloomer started developing and promoting the awesome sport of jump roping. Now, I am definitely jump rope challenged and never got the hang of it, but many, many people in Bloomer did. After a few years of very spirited jumping about, Bloomer proudly became the "Jump Rope Capital of the World!" Today, the contest continues each January. With feet almost impossible to see, the jump ropers compete. It is quite a sight!!!

Cornell Brunet Island State Park

New Auburn Hickory Ridge Ski Trail

Learn more at or call 1-866-723-0334

Lake Wissota State Park The park is located on the north shore of Lake Wissota and only six miles east of Chippewa Falls. The park is open year 'round and offers a variety of activities: swimming, boating, fishing, skiing (cross-country) and canoeing. Facilities include: campsites, playground, trails, picnic area, boat landing, firewood, showers, electrical, shelter, flush toilets and dump station. (18127 Cty Hwy O • Chippewa Falls)

A Few Bloomer Events November 22: Early Bird Sales November 29: Light Up The Park December 15: Home Lighting Contest December 17: Hometown Caroling January 25: Speed Jump Rope Contest

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Bloomer Chamber of Commerce & Visitor's Center 1421 Main St • Bloomer WI 54724 • 715-568-3339 Welcome to Winter 2013 | | Chippewa Falls | 55

Follow the Yellowstone Trail Cadott • Boyd • Stanley • Thorp • Owen • Withee • Curtiss


Veterans' Tribute Flags on display 24 hours a day! At the Intersection of Hwys 27 & 29

At Sparrows the Creek Boutique november 21-23 Holiday Open House December 26-28 Customer Appreciation Days

The YELLOWSTONE TRAIL is a truly awesome "Historic National Automobile Route" that originated in 1912, before routes were numbered, and allowed thousands of Americans to hop in the ol' tin lizzie and travel from PLYMOUTH ROCK (Massachusetts) to PUGET SOUND (Washington.) It would become a major tourist gateway to the west and particularly the popular YELLOWSTONE PARK that the route would be named for! The trail happens to go through seven unique Wisconsin towns that are filled with delightful boutiques, delicious little cheese shops, beautiful churches, fun thrift stores, relaxing parks, maple syrup producers and seasonal garden shops. The seven towns on the trail (that now follows County X) are Cadott, Boyd, Stanley, Thorp, Owen, Withee and Curtiss. So, c'mon and hit the Trail. And even if you don't make it to YELLOWSTONE think of the journey!

(Thoughts by Charlie Schaaf)

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Choose A Ride, A Picnic Or A Meal In The Cabin... You’ll Love Our Woods!

Horse-Drawn Carriage, Wagon & Sleigh Rides Gas Light Log Cabins For Catered Parties Wedding Chapel • Group Tours • Gift Shop Picnics & Bonfires 4271 220th Street • Cadott, Wisconsin 54727

Gifts ~ Apparel ~ Accessories 339 N Main St • Cadott, WI 54727 • 715-289-4600

Wed 10-7 • Thur & Fri 10-5 • Sat 9-1

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For Reservations:715-723-9537

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TRIP By Judy Gilles Cabin Ridge Rides • Cadott, wi

Even though the economy was starting to pick up in the 1950s, for many families there still was not an abundance of extra cash. We were farmers, and not only was money an issue, but who would do the chores while we were gone? It was hard to get away and vacations were not on my family's list of regular things to do. My father started raising mink in the 1940s. Ladies were starting to buy mink coats again, so it was the opportune time to get into the business at a low price. Mink pelts (skins) were being prepared for sale in December. The dried pelts were packed to be mailed to auction houses in New York and Minneapolis. Dad liked to hand deliver a large portion of his pelts to Minneapolis and stay for the auction. Today we think nothing of dashing up to the Mall of America to look for a pair of shoes, but in the fifties this was a major trip which took advance planning. Arrangements had to be made for someone to milk the cows and feed the mink. Dad listened to all the weather forecasts to try to ensure a safe trip. We attended a small country school with 17 students. A trip to Minneapolis was considered such a great experience we had no trouble being excused for the day. We anticipated this magical trip all year! We would be up before four o'clock to be on the road by four thirty in the morning. This would ensure Dad's arrival at the auction house by eight o'clock. The biggest obstacle of the trip was the Knapp Hill; if there was bad weather it could be impossible to get up. I remember a few times where we held our breath as we climbed up the hill. Once over, it was smooth sailing to the Twin Cities and we would always stop at a small diner along Highway 12 for breakfast.

Dad would drop us off on Nicollet Avenue in downtown Minneapolis and head for the auction house. I never attended the auction and at the time I didn't care because the stores on Nicollet held all the excitement. I know we must have looked like country bumpkins walking around the amazingly decorated streets and stores with our mouths wide open. There were wonders everywhere. I can still see those decorations! The major department stores usually had animated Christmas decorations in the windows and each year the displays were different. Our all time favorite was the year Dayton's did the Twelve Days of Christmas in animated life size figures. Each of the twelve windows were a wonder to us. Of course we had our list of must do's. In Dayton's we had to ride the child size train through the Christmas Wonderland. It took several trips through to make sure we saw all the animated animals. Powers Dry Goods had a monorail attached to the ceiling that went all around the store. We could look down on the shoppers and see the store decorations. At one point the monorail would slide into a second floor space, which was decorated in winter scenes. That monorail was the neatest thing we had ever seen! Continued On Page 58

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Lunch was our big splurge. Mother would take us to the Sky Room on the 5th floor of Dayton's. We would ask for a table by the window to get the best view. We had to be on our best manners in what we considered a very fancy restaurant and no matter what we ordered it tasted wonderful. The trip was not complete without going to the top of the Foshay Tower. Built in 1926 it was the first skyscraper in Minnesota with 32 floors. It was the highest building in Minneapolis until 1971. For 10¢ the elevator would whisk us to the observation deck. Walking around the deck was so exciting! Naturally we had to have our photo taken with Santa Claus. He would be sitting in his huge chair surrounded by an elaborate Christmas setting. The 5x7 black and white photo was the perfect souvenir of the trip.

November 21-23 Fall Clearance Sale Mary Jane's Consignments December 7 Holiday Festival Stanley Public Library Visit with Santa, face painting and more! 1pm to 4pm December 21 Christmas Is For Kids Stanley Theatre Free movie and visit with Santa 11:30am and 2:30pm


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At 5pm it was time to meet my father at a small stand-alone railroad car diner just off Nicollet. We would have supper there before we started home and it seems we always had the best soup. The cars did not have seat belts, which meant my cousin David and I could sit on our knees to look out the back window. We would look out the window until we could no longer see the night city lights. We knew it would be another year before another big trip.

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Something old... with something new Bring the kids to the Holiday Festival at the Stanley Public Library on December 7th! Enjoy a visit with Santa, face painting and more. The excitement continues on Saturday, December 21st at Stanley's Christmas Is For Kids event. There's a free movie, Santa and more! Don't miss it! Do you like to fish? The Otter Lake Booster Club's Annual Fishing Contest is on Saturday, February 8th. Hope to see you there!

LaGrander's Monterey Jack & COLBY Are Winners! By Charlie Schaaf WOW! What a statement and it’s true! In 2013, this almost legendary cheesemaker in Stanley won First Runner Up for Monterey Jack at the United States Championship Cheese Contest. And in 2011 they won First Place for their Colby Longhorn. Since 1960 LaGrander's has been producing and selling some of the best cheese around. Their Hillside Dairy has definitely "raised the bar" when it comes to taste and quality, while their cheese curds just keep on winning new friends. LaGrander's has an awesome store on site and three generations of true cheese makers will be there to make you feel welcome. Plan a trip to LaGrander's today, and be sure to congratulate them on their latest cheese achievement! LaGrander's can be found just a few miles south of Stanley... and don’t forget the curds!


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6th Annual Hometown for the Holidays

February TBA 4th Annual Thorp Snow Raiders Snowmobile Drag Races

Nov 22 - Dec 20 6th Annual Hometown for the Holidays Shopping, parade, lighting contest and more December 5 5th Annual Christmas Parade Downtown Thorp 6:30pm

March 15 Thorp Area Chamber of Commerce's 3rd (Semi-) Annual Community Expo Thorp High School Gym 10am to 2pm March 15 Annual Firemen's Ball Cindy's Banquet Hall March 30 Thorp FFA Alumni Toy Show Thorp High School Call Glen Schraufnagel at 715-669-5401 for info

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Start your holiday shopping on Friday, November 22nd in Thorp, during their annual Hometown for the Holidays celebration. Throughout the next thirty days there will be lots of holiday cheer including extended shopping hours, holiday lights, pictures with Santa, carolers and more! On Thursday, December 5th you're invited to attend the Christmas Parade... where you'll be sure to enjoy the magic of the season! The parade starts at 6:30pm at the Legion Hall and goes to Yellowstone Park. There will be floats, horses, walking units and of course... candy throwing! The fun continues at the tree lighting in the park... you'll be treated to hot chocolate, carolers and a live ice carving demonstration. Plans are also underway for a chile cookoff contest. Hope to see you there!

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Thorp Skating Rink The Big Mooooo-ve!!! Hockey Rink • Warming House

Skate or play hockey under the lights and to the music piped over the loudspeakers. If you're cold or tired, in the warming house you'll find a warm fire and a friend or employee to help you tie your skates and maybe even sharpen them. If you ask nicely, you might be able to borrow a hockey puck or get some help cooking your potatoes over the fire! Or just relax, grab a beverage from the pop machine, join a card game or watch something on the television set. It's old-fashioned, family-friendly fun!

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Come and visit Holland's Family Cheese at their new location just off Highway 29 in Thorp beginning in January! View the 300 herd milking operations from two levels - ground level or from above in the special viewing area! While at the creamery, you can shop in their larger retail store where you can purchase specialty cheeses and local products. Observe what's going on in the ageing and cheese making rooms, too! Soon to come, you'll also be able to enjoy coffee, sandwiches and goodies indoors or on the covered deck. Take a little drive to Thorp - check them out, enjoy some award winning Wisconsin cheese and learn about the dairy industry! Marieke® Gouda Mature, Aged 6-9 Months 2013 Grand Champion of the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest!

Follow Bolts of Fun Quilt Shop on Facebook for all the latest happenings, quilt shows and inspirational photos!

Sewing Notions • Civil War Fabric • Amy Butler • Splash Moda Fabrics • 1930s Reproduction Fabrics • Kaffe Fassett Asian Prints • Art Gallery • New Arrivals Each Week!

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Ice Skating... From An Animals

Shinbone To Exquisite Figure Skating! By Charlie Schaaf

There are so many things that are exciting and fun about the wonder of winter! From snowmen making to downhill skiing and bobsled racing to snow-angel tracing. Winter is what you make of it... and for many, a huge part of winter is the sheer enjoyment of ice skating! But how did all this beautiful swooping and deft gliding on ice begin? Well, like so many things in life, we simply do not know how skating began. We do know that the first skates were made from large animal shinbones that were polished and smoothed and then laced to the feet of early man. Not a true skate, since they had no blade, they did allow our ancestors to glide about. Gliding must have been a hit because there are “gliders” from as long as 3000 years ago. Wooden poles were probably used until they got the hang of gliding. These early shinbone gliders could also be used on gentle snow covered hills and probably had a role in the birth of skiing.

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Shinbone gliding continued until about 700 years ago, when those crafty and inventive Dutch created wooden skates with leather straps AND edged metal blades. Now they could park those shinbones in the shed and practice their moves on all the frozen canals. A new sport had been born! “Skating” spread rapidly. In fact it became very popular in England and King Charles II actually asked the Wilson Metal Co. to make him several pairs of skates. Skating became the rage! Wilson blades are still the world standard. Queen Victoria and her husband snagged a pair and the London crowds loved it. In 1848 all steel “clampons” became available. Two blade skates arrived in 1865 and the average skater could now jump and spin! Participation in the Winter Olympics was soon to follow and added much to our winter delight. From animal shinbones to the triple-spin, ice skating is here to stay. Enjoy it this winter!

Follow the Yellowstone Trail And After Christmas...

What Then? By Charlie Schaaf

Almost everybody knows the carol about the "Twelve Days of Christmas." All those wonderful verses about "golden rings" and "pipers piping" and "swans a-swimming" and so on and so on... but many of us may not know exactly what the TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS really are. The twelve days of Christmas begin (naturally enough) with Christmas Day and go through January 6th. January 6th is called Epiphany and is celebrated in many lands as the "Feast of the Three Wisemen." There will be special points awarded if you know their names. (Answer: CASPAR, MELCHIOR and BALTHAZAR.) It is also known as "TWELFTH NIGHT" and has a whole array of traditions of its own. Most have to do with bringing "close" to the Christmas season. For instance in Naples and other Italian cities, bagpipers come down from the surrounding hills playing carols and other gay tunes. They go from house to house and are frequently asked in. While in Sweden the adults and children join hands and sing and dance around the Christmas tree which is taken down the next day. Poland has its own native carols called "kolendy" and they too are sung round the tree. Austria, not to be outdone, has bell-ringers going from house to house with the left over Christmas cookies being given to them as payment for their musical services. Twelfth Night is also a time for (traditionally) the officers in the British Army to actually serve the enlisted men (I know - been there, seen that) and is pretty generally another cause for celebration! My own recollection of Epiphany was that my mother would solemnly announce (about January 2nd or 3rd, maybe?) that "the tree must come down on Epiphany. ... or else!" I never found out what the "or else" was. I think it just meant a million needles in the carpet! Oh well, down it came and out on the snow. Christmas had come and gone. Were we any better people because of it? I think so. In fact I know so! Make this your best Christmas and holiday season ever! Love more. Smile lots and give true "thanks" for the "Magic of Christmas!"

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check out the russell J. rassbach heritage museum hike or Snowshoe at hoffman hills

enjoy fine restaurants experience the Sights and Sounds of the WinterDaze parade take in a performance at the mabel tainter center for the arts Shop for the holidays in festive one-of-a-kind Stores take Some time… make Some memorable moments in menomonie… you Won’t be Disappointed! maIN STreeT OF meNOmONIe 715-235-2666 chamber OF cOmmerce GreaTer meNOmONIe area 715-235-9087 or 1-800-283-1862

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WinterDaZe paraDe Round up your family, friends and co-workers and come to downtown Menomonie for Winterdaze, the annual holiday evening celebration on thurSday, deCemBer 12th. Visit with Santa Claus, enjoy horsedrawn wagon rides and warm up with hot chocolate at the Clock Tower Plaza from 4pm to 6pm. The exciting WinterDaze parade starts at 6:30pm and fireworks over Lake Menomin are immediately following the parade. Bundle up and be sure to enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season. For more information contact Main Street of Menomonie at 715-235-2666.


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Thursday, November 28

3rd Annual Turkey Trot Starting at Mainstreet Health+Fitness

All donations go to Stepping Stones of Dunn County!

Small Business Saturday Is November 30 Order your Smokin’ Good Farm Box and Holiday Gift Packs from The Bullfrog Fish Farm! for more information See Page 68

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Then stop over to the Last Blast Santa, Craft and Vendor Sale in Menomonie on December 14th! It's a holiday sale featuring over 75 booths featuring everything from doll clothing, scrubs, jewelry and pillow friends to soaps, quilts and wooden treasures. Food items are plentiful and include handmade candies, Krumbkaga, sauces and spices. There are many vendors including Tuppeware, Stampin Up, Origami Owl, Wildtree and so many more. Plus, there will be pictures with Santa, so be sure to bring the kids! Best of all... all of the proceeds from the food and bake sale will be donated to the Neighbors of Dunn County. Rebecca, the main organizer, holds the center dear to her heart. Her Grampa was a resident there and he was very well taken care of. During his stay she learned of a special fund called the Sunshine Fund which is used to purchase gifts for the residents as well as helping them with their unmet needs. "Grampa's Girl" and all her elves were able to donate $300 from last year's sale. If you need a gift or maybe even something special for yourself, check out the Last Blast Santa, Craft and Vendor Sale in Menomonie! (See page 12 for all the details.)

P.S...There's also a sister sale that is held in early spring... "Shopping For A Cure" with the proceeds going to Relay For Life!


Holiday Trees & Toys Exhibit November 22 thru January 31

The Dunn County Historical Society opens the annual Trees & Toys exhibit at the Rassbach Heritage Museum on Friday, November 22nd. Trees will be decorated by local school classes and civic organizations from Dunn County. The decorated trees will be exhibited along with antique toys through the holiday season. The exhibit will feature toys from John and Marilyn Hoyt’s private antique collection that were generously donated to the Dunn County Historical Society.

311 E Main St • Menomonie • 715-231-5253 Mon thru Thur 10am to 6pm Fri 10am to 5pm • Sat 10am to 4pm

Heritage Speaker Series

Rassbach Heritage Museum • 1:30pm November 17, 2013

A Natural History of the Lower Chippewa River Presented by Dr. Doug Falkner, UW-Eau Claire Geography Professor

January 19, 2014

Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce Celebrating 75 Years

Presented by Michelle Dingwall, CEO of the Greater Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce

February 16, 2014

Looking at Eastern Dunn and Western Eau Claire County History Presented by Gordon Petschow

The Rassbach Heritage Museum is located in Wakanda Park in Menomonie. From I-94 take exit 41 south on State Highway 25; turn left on Pine Avenue to Wakanda Park. The museum is open Wednesday thru Sunday, Noon to 4pm. For more information call 715-232-8685 or visit Welcome to Winter 2013 | | Menomonie | 67

The Bullfrog's Eat My Fish Farm...

Dedicated to the genius of "Bullfrog Fresh" RAINBOW TROUT, Smokin' GOOD FISH and More!

A MUST SEE! One of Menomonie's Hidden Treasures!

Devil's Punchbowl For the Holiday & Sporting Season...

Delicious Hickory Smoked Fillets… Famous Smoked Spread & Pickled Pink…

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Located on rustic Hwy 89 just southwest of Menomonie. Spectacular in Winter! For more info, contact the Chamber of Commerce

Red Cedar State Trail • Four Seasons of Fun! Be among the thousands of hikers, cross-country skiers, bicyclists and joggers who have enjoyed the striking beauty and peaceful solitude of the Red Cedar State Trail. The trail is nestled in the heart of Red Cedar Valley and provides four seasons full of scenic river beauty and rural Wisconsin farmland. Experience the trail as it passes through wooded sandstone bluffs, prairies and wetlands for over 14 miles along the Red Cedar River. Photo Courtesy Jim Janowak

Trail Segments

Menomonie to Irvington: 2.7 miles Irvington to Downsville: 4.3 miles Downsville to Dunnville: 4.2 miles Dunnville to Durand: 6 miles

One annual attraction well worth seeing is the ice wall approximately one and a half miles down the Red Cedar State Trail. Accessible only by cross country skis, the wall with its aquamarine and blue iridescence, is formed from underground springs seeping to the surface and freezing under Mother Nature's cold touch. The ice wall is illuminated for the annual Candlelight Ski to be held in January. 68 | Menomonie | | Welcome to Winter 2013

A Wintertime Jewel

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Spirits Wine • Beer Great Selection of Wines From All Over The World! Sign up for email alerts for our wine tastings!

Build Your Own 6-Pack The largest in the area! There's always something new arriving at Junction Liquor... stop in and check it out!

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state recreation area Hoffman Hills State Recreation Area is a wintertime paradise located right in the heart of the Chippewa Valley, minutes, not hours, from our major communities. The initial recreation area was acquired by the Department of Natural Resources in 1980, from a donation by Richard and Marian Hoffman, who felt the beauty of the area should be preserved, to be enjoyed by everyone. Since then, it has had been continually improved and expanded over the years to serve outdoors enthusiasts all year round. Visitors can hike its many trails to admire Wisconsin’s wild flowers in spring, observe birds and wildlife in summer and pick abundant berries and mushrooms in autumn. It’s in winter, however, that Hoffman Hills really sparkles. The current 707 acres offer visitors nearly nine miles of cross-country ski trails that are groomed for both skateskiing and stride-skiing styles, in various skill degrees. There is a sledding area, popular with the young and the young-at-heart. The western third of the reserve is open for snowshoers to hone their skills in pristine country. A sixty-foot observation tower, located off one of the northern trails, offers dramatic views of the surrounding countryside. In short, Hoffman Hills is the perfect wintertime escape from the loud holiday hustle, an exceptional place to connect with nature at a meaningful time and a right place to work off those extra pounds. Don’t overlook this local gem! Hoffman Hills is located ten miles northwest of Menomonie. From I-94 or State Highway 29, exit north toward Colfax, on State Highway 40 and follow the signs. For additional information check out the Wisconsin DNR website or call the DNR office in Menomonie at 715-232-1242 Yvette Viets Flaten, Eau Claire, is a poet, historian and free-lance contributor.

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You're In The Neighborhood! Country Christmas Memories Begin at Pleasant Valley! By Charlie Schaaf

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So What Really Is Christmas? I think we know. It is a season of love, caring, new beginnings... spiced with the wonderful story of the Nativity and added to every year by our own pleasant Christmas memories. And this year, add to your own Christmas memories by celebrating the season with a journey to PLEASANT VALLEY TREE FARMS in rural Elk Mound. Create a Country Christmas Memory at Pleasant Valley! Nestled in rolling hills, this tree farm has it all! Fresh cut trees or cut your own... plus... FREE shaking and baling. Discover a wonderful country store. Enjoy free popcorn, hot cider and hot chocolate... plus a Christmas Open House, Santa and Mrs. Claus, a Living Nativity and many more seasonal holiday happenings! Bring the kids and let them have fun while you simply marvel at the hundreds of trees that seem to cloak the surrounding hills. It is a memory worth adding to YOUR best Christmas ever! PLEASANT VALLEY TREE FARMS. Give them a ring at 715-879-5179, see their ad on page 5 or find them at

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Finish your day with a quick ride over to the superduper lookout tower located in Elk Mound. What a view! And what a tower! Built in the '30s this tower looms over the Chippewa River Valley and looks truly like a "castle" from the past. Take in the view... today! (Thoughts by Charlie Schaaf.)

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Colfax City Hall • 715-962-3311

Hidden Treasures doesn't normally resort to true editorials, but in this season of gifting and giving it just seemed the thing to do. Electronic toys. Ranging from XYZ Boxes to phones that take pictures and hand held devices everywhere. You are part of the action and roar down the LeMans straight-away or single-handedly decapitate a swarm of zombies. The goal seems to be to instant action with a large helping of unreality reality. It all costs a bunch and sure is popular. History will at some stage judge both us and these games... I guess. But now that is off my chest, lets look at some oldies but goodies and not an Ipod or stylus in sight! Fun, challenging and oh so real when you step on one with your bare foot! Back and forth... up and down... the best ones always seemed to have a pink ball! You remember it! Colored keys, a wooden gong thing, musical fun and no batteries! Down the stairs, after the cat and always fun. The name says it all! Slap on a fun nose, Prince Charlie ears and goofy lips. The combinations are endless and so was mom's potato supply! And... don't forget Silly Putty, Playdough, da Hula Hoop, Dominoes and so many more. They are still out there and most will still fit in a Christmas stocking. Pick up one or two and see what happens. You might just be surprised!

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The Old Courthouse Museum was the Pepin County Courthouse built in 1874 and it's the only wooden courthouse left standing in Wisconsin. The museum is located downtown on Washington Square and open by appointment throughout the winter months. For tour and research reservations call: 715-672-5423 or 715-672-5709. The beautiful Chippewa River provides endless options for enjoyment. Wildlife and nature tourism are key elements of the Durand area... but don't forget about fishing, boating, canoeing and kayaking! Local outfitters can assist you with everything from bait to canoe rentals. The Chippewa River State Trail is paved from downtown Durand all the way to Phoenix Park in Eau Claire. (The Chippewa River State Trail is also accessible from the Red Cedar State Trail.)


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Holiday Gift Boxes

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WE SHIP anywhere!

715-283-4211 • Mon thru Sat 9am to 5:30pm • Sun 11am to 4:30pm


Join Us For DURAND DAZZLE DAY... November 30th, 2013 ALL DAY FAMILY FUN IN DOWNTOWN DURAND Starting at 9am! Durand Masonic Community Center 9am to 5pm Family Fun • Vendors • Bake Sale Used Book-CD & DVD/Video Sale Chili Feed to Benefit EMS (11am to 5pm) Christmas Card & Christmas Tree Decorating Contest

.................................................. Memorial Park

Free Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides (2:30pm to 5:30pm) Free Exotic Animal Viewing Zoo (3pm to 5pm)

.................................................. Local Businesses With Great Dazzle Day Specials

Dazzle Decorations Award for Business Windows

Durand Dazzle Day Grande Parade

Downtown Main Street • 6pm Theme: Christmas thru a Child's Eyes

Join Us After The Parade At The Durand Masonic Community Center for After Glow Entertainment & Parade Awards. Santa & Mrs. Claus Will Have A "Special" Treat For The Kids!

Santa's "Dear" Farm in Tarrant Park

Donated lighted deer in honor or memory of someone "dear" on display throughout the holiday season

.................................................. Sponsored by Durand Improvement Group

Come For The Day & Enjoy The Festivities! Add Dazzle To Your Holidays. See You In Durand! Family Owned & Operated Since 1904

Keep It Simple & Support Local Explore The Chippewa Valley

WOLF’S Ladies Fashions & Footwear 201 W Main St • Durand 715-672-8661 Regular Hours: Mon thru Fri 9am to 5pm Sat 9am to 1pm • Closed Sunday Holiday Hours: Thanksgiving to Christmas Mon thru Fri 9am to 5pm • Sat 9am to 3pm

Stop by Dazzle Day, Saturday, Nov 30th, for awesome in store bargains and refreshments served all day!

Where you can find STYLE ~ from your HEAD to your TOES! Welcome to Winter 2013 | | Durand | 73

The Silence Of The Ice By Charlie Schaaf

To a timid little boy of eight, the first glimpse of the frozen whiteness of Portage Lake was overwhelming. We had been visiting the lake for several summers and the swimming, fishing, boating and early attempts at water skiing were times of wonder never to be forgotten. Laughter, crackling lake side fires and the haunted cries of the loons filled these precious vacation days. But this was a northern winter.The resort cabins were quiet now, and beaches, docks and rowboats were buried under the forgiving snow. Silence was everywhere, but not as quiet as the boy first thought... there was the ice talking. Now "Ollie" who owned the resort, was walking with the boy and his Dad out to the only fish house on the lake. The fish house was a substantial affair. It had a plywood floor, one little window, a sloping roof and a tiny cast iron wood stove. Every winter it was erected in about the same spot, allowing resort visitors a chance to ice fish in style. The boy fell in love with it, for you see he didn't really care about the actual ice fishing as much as everything else that went with it.

ball to the next election to what color lure would be best for today's fishing. Nobody talked down to the boy and he felt that he belonged. And then at about 9am we were off. As we trudged through the sparkling snow the ice started to "talk" as Ollie called it. It could be a quiet rumble or a sharp crack that made you want to jump. And once you heard the ice talking... you heard more winter sounds. An occasional birds' cry or even a lone snowmobile that crossed the lake ahead of us. The snow was clean and fluffy and flakes danced across the sky. And then we were at the fish house. Kindling was lit, bait put on the hooks and the lines were put in the water. Slipped quietly in, because Ollie told us that all our sounds could be magnified if we were not careful. We were. Our voices lowered and our intent focused on the fishing. Later in the day, we emerged from the fish house. The fading sunlight dazzled. The stringer of fish, instantly deep frozen outside, was respectable... and we were pleased. My dad held my hand. The silence of the ice returned.

Here's A Few Of Our Favorite Spots... Half Moon Lake • Eau Claire Lake Wissota • Chippewa Falls Lake Menomonin • Menomonie Altoona Lake • Altoona Fall Creek Pond • Fall Creek Lake Eau Claire • Augusta Tainter Lake • Near Colfax Lake Martha • Osseo Crystal Lake • Strum Mirror Lake • Mondovi Otter Lake • Stanley Chippewa River • Durand Mississippi Backwaters Along The Great River Road

First, there were donuts in the mornIce Fishing Is A ing. Then the bundling, double-socking and hunt for dry mittens. Next was the Wonderful Experience! gathering of the little ice-fishing rods, bait, lures and maybe even a couple of Try it. Dress warm and if you have kids, Hershey bars. And all around him was at least once during the day, hold their adult talk about everything from base- hand. They will love you for it.

Free Fishing Weekend

Jan 18 & 19, 2014 For More Info .. .

Don’t be left out of

Chippewa Valley's Hidden Treasures Signs of Spring 2014

This special historical keepsake issue will hit the streets in March. Advertising Deadline • Friday, February 7, 2014 Call Lori at 715-835-0611 or email today!

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Tiffany Wildlife Area

St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store A Great Place To Shop... And Feel Really Good About It!

Ten thousand years ago, rushing waters from the melting Wisconsin Glaciers created the fertile Chippewa River Valley and the delta that now makes up the State of Wisconsin's Tiffany Wildlife Area. It's 13,000 acres include one of the largest stands of bottomland hardwood forests in the state and offers excellent whitetail deer and waterfowl hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, semi-wilderness canoeing, hiking (no marked trails), cross-country skiing and camping (by permit only). The Tiffany Wildlife area is located in Buffalo and Pepin counties, along the Chippewa River, between Nelson and Durand. It’s west of Highway 25 and mostly north of Highway 35. For more information, visit

By Charlie Schaaf

Round Hill

This newly opened shop joins a world-wide tradition of shops that directly benefit the homeless and needy. They are based on the teachings and life of French Saint Vincent De Paul who advocated direct action to counter this world wide problem. And direct action it is! When you donate your goods or shop at the thrift store you are helping move the good Saints vision and dream a few steps further. Plus, if you are like me, I love shopping thrift stores and this is one that is just plain “fun!” This holiday season give yourself (and others... of course) the true feel-good gift of giving by shopping at this thrift Store in Durand.

Glassware • Furniture Toys • Clothing Tools & Hardware Purses & Accessories & MUCH More!

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Round Hill is located on the Chippewa River and is a natural destination for those seeking beauty, peace and sacred space. Visitors are welcome to this walk-in site. For more information contact St. Mary's Assumption Parish at 715-672-5640.

Stop in for a Great Taste of Wisconsin!

Monday Night Hamburger Steak Pork Chops Tuesday Night Fettuccini Alfredo 8 oz Sirloin Steak

Delicious Home-Made Food Daily Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Specials Warm Up With Our Soups & Chili!

DNR Registration for Turkey, Deer and Bear....6am to 9pm 318 W Main St Durand, WI

Join Us for

packer games!

7 Blocks South of Bridge

Bucket Specials

5 Beers for $9

825 E. Prospect St., Durand • 715-672-8975 Tuesday thru Friday 10-5 • Saturday 10-4


Open at Every Day

Complimentary Food At Halftime


Family Owned for 35 Years! All Major Credit Cards Accepted ATM • Handicapped Accessible

Wednesday Night Beef Tender Tips Broasted Chicken Wings Thursday Night Beef Liver, Bacon & Onions Broasted Chicken NEW: All You Can Eat BBQ Ribs!!!

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Served 11am to 9:30pm Friday Broasted Cod Fish Fry Saturday Jumbo Shrimp Rib Eye Steak Broasted Walleye Sunday Broasted Chicken

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By Charlie Schaaf Hidden Treasures has been around for over a decade now, but that mightiest of rivers, the Mississippi, has been streaming along for many thousands of years. It has been one of the most important waterways for centuries and the hand of man has been brushed by it every day and in every way! Wonderful towns and villages sprung up and still beckon us to enjoy that special "life along the river." Whether it is soaring eagles, magical sunsets, quaint gift shops or even brooding bluffs above, you will find much to touch your soul. The bluffs, the bridges, the birds, the laughter and so very much more all await your discovery. Savor all the towns and villages. Meet the people. And drink in this rare and majestic land of beauty truly touched by the hand of God.


Fun Times At Danzinger Vineyards

10 November 9st Wine ve ar H ay id ol H al & Food Festiv org winetrail.


November 23 Hunter Widow's Weekend Vendor Fair Music by Doo Da Day December 6 & 20 Music by Doo Da Day December 31 Music by Doo Da Day End Of Year Celebration Check website for times!

Open 10am to 5pm Daily thru December (Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas)

Re-Opening in Spring 2014

Sun, Dec 1 • Alma LIGHTS IN O UR LIVES Community Ch ristmas Tree Lighting and Ca roling

Junction Highways 25 and 35


When you get to The Great River Road (Hwy 35) turn left and you are on your way to Nelson. Be sure to stop and have some delicious barbeque at the Nelson General Store and continue on your journey to Alma and Fountain City!

Looking For Something To Do In alma? Visit Buena Vista Park! On a clear day you can view the Minnesota bluffs and farmland up to 30 miles away. Watch the barges traveling up the river and locking through Lock & Dam #4. Find the Ten Steep Staircases! (Look for the street names that connect Main Street with Second Street.) Ask the merchants about the Secret Gardens! The Alma Cemetery is worth a little visit too! And then there’s the Alma Fishing Float. Do you love to fish in deep water? A shuttle boat will take you over to the float just below Lock and Dam #4. Open again next spring!

Danzinger Vineyards

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ALMA email: 608-685-3303


a wintery winner for sure! WINGS OVER ALMA offers a 50 foot viewing platform overlooking the Upper Mississippi River and Refuge. The views from inside the center with scopes and binoculars is a favorite activity as the Mississippi River Flyway brings hundreds of migrating birds past the center’s view. Inside the center local and regional artists display their work in rotating exhibits. Special art demonstrations are held throughout the year. During the winter months, dozens of eagles can be viewed feeding in the open water below Lock and Dam #4. You’ll find local and regional visitor information along with a gift shop, popcorn and coffee.

Climb atop the Viewing Platform... for the best seat in the house! You’ll be able to see Lock and Dam No. 4 and all its happenings.

Did you know why EAGLE VIEWING in the winter is at its best in Alma? It's Simple! First, there are no leaves on the trees so you can see their nests. Be sure to watch along the roads and riverside while you’re driving over to Alma. Second, the open water below Lock and Dam #4 draws eagles to this area. About 400 feet from the locks you'll find ice with large cracks (which you can see from the viewing deck at Wings Over Alma) where the eagles land, hang out and wait for fish. It's the perfect resting place with good food! One winter day a bird counter at Wings Over Alma counted 54 EAGLES! This is a very common sight and you can see from 50 to 200 eagles daily from the Wings Over Alma viewing deck from mid-December through February. Check out our website at for more information. Most of the eagles you will see do live in the area. How many can you count when you visit Wings over Alma this winter?

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January 18 Eagles On Ice Winter Fundra iser & Chili Feed Nature Talk

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608-687-7481 City of Fountain City

Holiday Craft Fair & Business Expo Saturday, December 7 • 9am to 4pm Cochrane-Fountain City School

This is the largest show of it's kind in the area! Come shop 130 booths of the best quality vendors around. There's a pancake breakfast, free pictures with Santa and live entertainment. Enjoy a quick snack at the concession stand or indulge in their expanded lunch menu. Admission is free and don't forget to grab your free ticket at a chance to win a door prize as you enter! For more information visit or go to and click on PTO on the far left side.

It's Lefse Time

In Fountain City, Wisconsin! By Charlie Schaaf

"Lefse Time" is your headquarters for all things Lefse... from freshfrom-the-griddle to do-it-yourself kits! This unique shop in historic Fountain City is not just the source for the best in lefse, but is also a site devoted to preserving and celebrating the Scandinavian heritage! You'll find cookware, books, games and mugs along with cookies and candies too. There's even lefse classes! But that's not all. Lefse Time also has a nice selection of a "little bit of everything" including hand-crafted soaps, candles, seasonal decor and jewelry. Lefse Time is YOUR TIME and not to be missed. Discover their lefse, savor the great shop and celebrate this corner of Scandinavia right there in Fountain City.

Sister Productions "Holiday Mixed Bag" Saturday, December 14 • 7pm Fountain City Auditorium

Sister is servin’ up “A Holiday Mixed Bag” and it’s coming to you live in December! This show is packed with all the best of the season featuring holiday favorites including The Little Drummer Boy, a rockin’ version of the English carol I Wonder as I Wander and even poetry like Be an Elf for Yourself! This show is just like Santa himself... it really delivers! Sister will inspire you through this performance and launch you into a brand new year. Just like Santa’s bag... there is something for everyone! Tickets are available at Lefse Time Gift Shop

Buffalo County Snowmobile Association • 608-685-2410

The Great River State Trail


Enjoy 24 miles of the most beautiful scenery in the midwest, along the Mississippi River, on the Great River State Trail. This trail travels through prairies and backwaters of the upper Mississippi River valley. Built on an abandoned Chicago-Northwestern railroad line, the trail has a Clean Rooms • Affordable Rates • Free WiFi finely crushed limestone surface suitable for walking and bicycling for much of the year and snowmobiling, crossWe're Located On Scenic Highway 35, We heat & Only 20 Minutes From Alma And cool with Geo- country skiing and snowshoeing in winter.

Fountain City Motel 10 Minutes From Winona.

Call Today... 608-687-3111



watch for us Next Spring...

Elmer's Auto and Toy Museum

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hometoWn caroling... See pageS 13 & 32 Photo Courtesy of Cabin Ridge

If You Want Your Name On It... We Can Get It! Call For A Quote Today! proMotIonaL proDUCtS

Pens • Buttons • Shopping Bags Flashlights • Magnets • Lanyards Calendars • Key Chains • T-Shirts Flash Drives & So Much More

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Logos • Brochures • Newsletters • Posters Business Cards • Postcards • Invitations Lori Schmidt • Altoona, WI • 715-835-0611 • Publisher of Welcome to Winter 2013 | | 79

photo Credit: maureen Steltz

photo Credit: maureen Steltz

treeS+WreatHS+giFtS+HoLiday Fun SEE PAGE 35 For More Information About Holiday Fun At The Farm!

Christmas Trees Cut Your Own Frasier Fir

The Workshop

Antique Christmas Display Wreaths • Kissing Balls Sleigh Bells • Beeswax Candles Novelties • And More

The Enchanted Pines

A Place For Families to Have Fun!

John & Lori Schmidt • 400 Sunday Drive • Altoona, WI • 715-835-0611 •

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