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to the chippewa valley! Life’s a Journey... And All Who Wander... Are Not Lost!

This issue of Hidden Treasures is one of the staff's favorites. It’s all about road trips, wanderings, discoveries and so much more! Places to eat, shops to visit and beauties to behold. Nature figures prominently as well as introductions to new faces and laughter together. We have put together a number of fall destinations. Not far to get to, nor expensive, but what they may do to your life... is unlimited! Take time... to make time... as the song says and hit the road. Oh, and if a rose happens to cross your path... take time to smell it!

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Chippewa Valley Orchards............................................................ 4-8 Calendar of Events............................................................................................ 9-17 Eau Claire Map..............................................................................18 Eau Claire | Downtown .................................................................................19-29 Cancer Concerns.................................................................................................... 28 Area Farmer's Markets....................................................................29 Cleghorn...........................................................................................29 Eau Claire | Here & There...............................................................................30-32 Trinity Equestrian Center................................................................32 Altoona................................................................................................................33-35 Fall Creek............................................................................................................36-37 Golf Directory.............................................................................37 Augusta...............................................................................................................38-40 Scenic Hwy 10: Osseo | Foster | Eleva | Strum | Mondovi..................41-43 Schultz's Country Barn & Pumpkin Patch......................................43 The Little One Room School House..........................................................44-45 Warren's Cranberry Festival............................................................................... 46 Hixton..................................................................................................................46-47 Chippewa Falls Map....................................................................48 Chippewa Falls ................................................................................................49-53 Stone Lake's Cranberry Festival........................................................................ 54 Yellowstone Trail: Cadott | Stanley | Thorp | Owen | Withee............55-61 Menomonie Map...........................................................................62 Menomonie.......................................................................................................63-67 Red Cedar State Trail Map........................................................67 Colfax • Elk Mound..........................................................................................68-69 Pleasant Valley Tree Farms..............................................................69 Durand................................................................................................................70-71 Elmwood ................................................................................................................. 72 The Great River Road: Alma | Fountain City | Pepin.............................73-79

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eau claire • eau claire • eau claire • eau claire • eau claire The Chippewa Valley Orchards... Good soil. Good climate. Good growers.

These three ingredients are needed to produce some of the finest apples in the Chippewa Valley. We have been blessed with all of these fine orchards and Hidden Treasures encourages you to visit each and every one. The sights, smells and tastes will become a "harvest-time tradition."

White Oak Farms White Oak Farms is one of the newer orchards on A medium, r aw, the southside of Eau Claire. Featured are your favor2 1/2" apple contains ite apples - Honeycrisp, Connell Reds and Red Cortapproximat lands. The pleasant ely © Upland Photography 75 calories drive through the rolling hills of Eau 2 pounds Claire leads to an apples) = -8 (6 absolutely beautiful a 9 inch pie majestic overlook of the farm and a quaint retail shop. A favorite tradition 1 pound (3 apples) = for many is to enapproximat joy a harvest walk ely 1 1/2 cups through the orchard and bring a picnic lunch. White applesauce Oak Farms is open on the weekends and they invite you to stop out and start a new tradition this fall.

Class Apple... Truly A "Class Act!" Class Apple... a small, friendly and family owned "Pick Your Own Orchard" has been an area success story for two decades. Choose from eight popular apple varieties (that you enjoyably pick yourself) plus... don't forget to shop the big selection of gourmet preserves, fruit spreads, jellies, sauces and butters! CLASS APPLE also supplies Apple Wood Chips that add a wonderful taste to whatever you grill! Pose with Johnny Appleseed or Too Slim the Iron Orchard Hand and just plain enjoy the day and the view at what truly is a Class Apple act!

Family Friendly

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Pick Your Own Apples (Eight Varieties)

Gourmet Jams Apple Wood Chips September & October Open Sat & Sun • Noon to Five Weekdays: Call To Arrange A Time

5198 Sunset View Drive

Three Miles South Of Eau Claire (Follow Signs From F & B) W2369 Maple Rd • Eau Claire • Call 715-834-0998 For Harvest Details

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eau claire • eau claire • eau claire • eau claire • eau claire 10,000 APPLE TREES & ACRES OF GOOD CLEAN FARM FUN AT

Ferguson’s Orchards

(Previously Eau In April of 2011 Tom and Deb Ferguson, owners of Ferguson’s Orchards based in Galesville, Wisconsin, decided to expand and purchased the former Eau Claire Orchards. The Lee Minton family established Eau Claire Orchards in 1982 and operated the wholesale and retail operation for many years. The Fergusons are continuing Lee Minton’s vision of a place for families and people of all ages to experience fun on the farm.

Claire Orchards) At Ferguson's Orchards in Eau Claire the family fun begins with picking your own apples, and pumpkins too! (There are also pre-picked for the less adventurous.) The kids will have a blast at Farmer Tom’s Barnyard with weekend wagon rides, corn maze, teepees, rope swing, straw bale pyramid, photo cut-outs and more!

Tom and Deb’s son, Andy, is currently managing the retail store. Joe, their youngest son, is an active duty United States Marine who will play an active role in the family business after his safe return to Wisconsin. Their daughter, Jill, is married and lives in California but helps provide artwork for the business.

Visit the Country Store where you'll find jellies, honey, gifts, caramel apples and more. This is truly a "bring your camera and say apple" opportunity! Put Ferguson's Orchards at the top of your list for harvesttime fun!

Visit us at our other locations...

N17543 Grover Lane, Galesville, WI 54630 • 608-539-4239 35878 Highway 61, Lake City, MN 55041 • 651-345-4516 • NEW Owners • NEW Play Area • NEWLY Remodeled Sales Barn

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• Many NEW Apple Varieties • NEW Sustainable Growing Methods

TruEarth Certified Grower (Previously Eau Claire Orchards)

6470 Balsam Rd • Eau Claire, WI Hwy 93 South of Eau Claire, West on Cty Rd II (Deerfield Rd) 2 Miles to Entrance

715-830-9370 Open august 27 thru october 30 new hours: Fri, Sat & Sun 10am to 6pm

• Very Friendly & Fun Environment Visit The

Slightly Scary Haunted House (Opening in Mid-September)

A Not-Too-Scary Adventure For All Ages!

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chippewa falls • chippewa falls • chippewa falls • chippewa falls Steeped In Harvest-Time Good Taste!

A Beautiful Setting That Features Wonderful Apples and Harvest Memories For All!

JOHN McILQUHAM ORCHARD has been providing the Chippewa Valley with timeless orchard favorites for three generations. They have 17 varieties of apples, including Honeycrisp and Zestar. (Pick your own and ready picked apples are available.) There's also a FREE corn maze, wagon rides and a patio and picnic area too! Picnic baskets are welcome!

Niblett's Apple Shed One of the oldest, but newest apple orchards in Chippewa Falls is the Niblett’s Apple Shed. (In 2008 the Niblett family purchased this orchard from the White family.) Niblett's Apple Shed features a great selection of apples, juicy pears and an orchard that just beckons you to walk through it. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the day while picking your own apples. The hills of this orchard seem to put a quiet benediction of peace and natural beauty on all that there is to enjoy. The Nibletts look forward to visiting with you and helping you pick the right apples for your family.

Autumn Harvest Winery was opened in 2005 by John and Marykay McIlquham. Located just eight miles to the east of Chippewa Falls, they offer complimentary wine tasting daily featuring fruit wines, grape wines and apple wines using apples from their orchard. In 2011, four wines won medals at the Wisconsin State Fair! Visitors can sample gourmet foods and indulge in farm fresh apples harvested daily from the orchard. Peruse their gift shop, then enjoy a glass or bottle of wine on the patio while taking in views of the beautiful orchard and picturesque countryside.


The 6th Annual Fall Festival on September 10th and 11th will feature live music both days beginning at noon, concessions, door prizes and $1 from every bottle of wine sold will go to Heyde Center for the Arts. Visit their webpage for more event information. Be sure to stop out and enjoy a Chippewa Valley tradition this fall!

Apple Shed

"Friendliest Orchard in the Valley" Opening for the Season... Sat, Aug 27 10am to 6pm Daily

19 Varieties of Apples Available Throughout the Season (Ready Picked or Pick Your Own)

Call Ahead for Large Orders

John McIIquham Orchard

Delicious Salsas • Flavored Syrups Specialty Dressings • Fall Produce New This Year... Pumpkin Patch

Pick Your Own and Ready Picked Apples FREE Corn Maze for the Kids

Crafts by Local Artists

Fresh Apple Pie (Weekends Only)

FREE Wine Tasting, Gourmet Food Samples Gift Shop & Picnic Area

18027 Cty Hwy OO Chippewa Falls

(Located at the John McIlquham Orchard)

Hwy 53 Bypass to Cty Hwy "OO" (Lake Hallie Exit) Go East About Four Miles... Follow Signs


Corner of Co Hwy J and Co Hwy K 8 Miles East of Chippewa Falls

Fall Hours: Open 7 Days a Week 9am to 6pm thru October 31


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chippewa falls • chippewa falls • chippewa falls • chippewa falls Schaefer's Orchard Run Certified Organic!

Schaefer's Orchard Run Certified Organic Apples

This Is One Sweet Spot! Ron and Joan Schaefer's orchard offers ready-picked or pick your own apples that are certified free of toxic chemical residue and organically grown! The Schaefers know their apples and ask you to "taste the difference!" Give 'em a call or stop out!

Bushel & A Peck Orchard Almost A Century Of Good Taste! And they mean it. This is an orchard that cherishes its almost 100 year past while growing for the future! There are now nearly 6,000 trees producing over 30 varieties of apples. Plus there are raspberries, an in-store bakery producing a wonderful variety of taste-tempting apple delights and much, much more! Pumpkins, squash and gourds arrive in September... and the only thing missing is you! Pack up the family and tool on over to the Bushel & A Peck orchard… you'll be glad you did!

Organically Grown Ready Picked & Pick Your Own Apples

1726 Cty Hwy K Chippewa Falls

8 Miles East of Chippewa Falls

715-723-8865 Open Thursday thru Sunday Noon to 5pm Labor Day - Halloween

hixton • hixton • hixton • hixton • hixton Cain's Orchard A welcoming place! Beginning in 1976 and never looking back… Kevin and Diane Cain created an orchard that offers twenty acres of apples with over twenty apple varieties, along with a gift retail shop and many other delights! But that's not all! If you like blueberries, be sure to stop back during the summer months. (UPick on Saturdays only). They have over 20,000 high bush cultivated blueberry plants which are four to ten feet tall. That means most of the berries are located between your knees and shoulders... easy pickin's! See pages 46 and 47 for more information on Cain’s and other fun stuff to do in Hixton including antique shops and a great restaurant!

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Pies • Caramel Apples Turnovers • Cookies Pumpkins • Squash Ornamental Gourds Delicious Fall Raspberries Mid-August thru Frost

Local Artist Crafts & Furniture Apple Related Gifts & Utensils

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C A L E N D A R Sculpture Tour - Held in downtown Eau Claire. Walk along South Barstow Street and view all 27 larger-than-life sculptures created by national and international artists. Simply amazing!

ONGOING Unnecessary Farce - Playing at Fanny Hill Dinner Theatre, Eau Claire. Call for reservations Handmade History: Quilting in Dunn County - Exhibit at the Rassbach Heritage Museum, Menomonie Pick Your Own Raspberries Held at Charlotte's Berry Farm, Eau Claire. Call for hours! Annual Members' Exhibit: Horse and Harvest - On display at Wings Over Alma Nature and Art Center, Alma

September 2 First Fridays - Held in downtown Eau Claire. Participating businesses are open late with specials, art openings, promotions and more! September 2-5 Labor Day and Weekend... Open with vigor and doin' our thing - Held at The Bullfrog Fish Farm, south of Menomonie. Pondside fishin' all four days. See

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Family Fun For Everyone Held at Ferguson's Orchards, Eau Claire. (Open weekends only.) Apples, hayrides, corn maze and more!

September 9•10•11 Just six miles south of Eau Claire off Hwy 93, east on Cty Road HH

Softball & Bean Bag Tournaments • Crafters & Farmers Market • Live Music Hay Wagon Rides • Grand Parade • Kids Games • Pie & Ice Cream Social Firemen Demonstrations • Pancake Breakfast • Classic Car Show Antique Tractor Show • WISport Bicycle Race • Live Auction & Much More! • 715-271-2341

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C A L E N D A R September 3 Wine and Music by the Campfire - Held at Munson Bridge Winery, Withee, 6pm to 10pm. Bring your bag chairs and enjoy music by Jazz Orgy from Green Bay. Clear Jazz sounds under the stars! Second Annual Grape Stomp Held at Danzinger Vineyards, Alma, 12pm to 5pm. I Love Lucy Look-A-Like Contest, tours and more! September 3-5 Elmer's Auto and Toy Museum Open in Fountain City, 9am to 5pm. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy bluegrass music by Cedar Valley at 1pm on Sunday. Visit Farm Fest on Saturday or Sunday for good food, music and fun SEPTEMBER 4 Live Music: Walter & Carolyn Craft - Held at The Bullfrog Fish Farm, south of Menomonie. Enjoy Pondside Fishin' and Hobo Chefin' Shore Lunch. See

Corn Maze and Kids' Fun at Ferguson's in Eau Claire Ski Sprite's Haunted House in Eau Claire Pumpkin Fest at Fanny Hill in Eau Claire Schultz’s Country Barn and Pumpkin Patch in Eleva Corn Maze at Klinger's Farm Market in Chippewa Falls Corn Maze at Autumn Harvest Winery in Chippewa Falls The Daal House in Chippewa Falls The Village of Terror in Chippewa Falls Thorp Pumpkin Festival in Thorp Pleasant Valley Tree Farms in Elk Mound Corn Maze at Govin's Meats & Berries in Menomonie Geraets' Corn Maze in Elmwood You can find all of these great fall favorites throughout the pages of CV Hidden Treasures... always bringing you the Best happenings in the Valley!

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Alma Music and Arts Festival Held at Alma Beach, one mile North of downtown,11am to 7pm. Live music all day, art booths, food vendors and more! ($5 admission, children free under 12 years of age) September 4-5 Ski Sprites Two Day Labor Day Extravaganza - Held at Lake Altoona County Park. Ski shows, live music, lighted boat parade, fireworks, raffles, concessions and more! September 5

entertainment at


in Stanley See Page 56

September 9-11 Cleghorn Harvest Fest - Held in Cleghorn. Crafters, farmer's market, car show, live music, parade, kids' games, hay wagon rides, antique tractor show, charcoal chicken and so much more! See page 9 September 10 Bus Day Trip to the Quilt Expo in Madison - Call The Calico Shoppe in downtown Eau Claire to register. No driving, no parking, no hassle! Doo Da Day - Held at Danzinger Vineyards, Alma, 4pm to 8pm. Easy listening jazz, blues, rock and country. Bring a picnic supper! Cemetery Walk - Held at Trinity Cemetery, Fall Creek, 1pm to 4pm. Many interesting programs for everyone! September 10-11 Horse Show - Held at Eau Claire Bit and Spur Showgrounds, Eau Claire, 8:30am

Enjoy Live Music with NO Cover Charge at the

James Sheeley House in Chippewa Falls! Sept 7........................Team Trivia Sept 9..................... John Nielsen Sept 13... Open Mic W/Jeff White


Sept 14......................Team Trivia

SEPTEMBER 7 Culver’s Cruise Night - Held at Culver’s, Menomonie, 5pm to 8pm. Classic cars and more!

Sept 21......................Team Trivia

SEPTEMBER 7 & 21 Comedy Club - Held at Fanny Hill, Eau Claire, 8pm. Very casual and fun event! September 8 8th Annual Great Community Cook Out - Held in downtown Menomonie, 4pm to 9pm

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Sept 17............. Jason Chambers Sept 28......................Team Trivia Call or check website for future dates.

Team Trivia ay Every Wednesd FOR MORE INFO See page 49

Gateway to The Lower Chippewa River • Durand, Wisconsin Enjoy the spectacular fall colors on the Chippewa River State Trail! Durand is the trailhead for this scenic pathway... bike or stroll along the beautiful Chippewa River. Make Durand your weekend destination for dining, golfing, shopping, boating, canoeing and fishing or camping in Tarrant Park. Be sure to visit the... Veterans Memorial on the River Walk Tiffany Bottoms Wildlife Refuge Old Courthouse Museum Round Hill

An All Day Affair You Will Not Want To Miss! 11th Annual

DURAND DAZZLE HOLIDAY EVENTS Saturday, November 26 Theme “Christmas Memories” Craft • Used Book/DVD • Bake Sale Christmas Tour of Homes FREE Carriage Rides FREE Exotic Animal Display

See Pages 70 & 71

For More Information... Durand Improvement Group (DIG)

Santa's "Dear" Park & More Illuminated Dazzle Holiday Parade 6:30pm down Main Street Tree Lighting Ceremony after Parade with a visit from Santa & Mrs Claus

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C A L E N D A R September 10-11 6th Annual Fall Festival & Benefit - Held at Autumn Harvest Winery & John McIlquham Orchard. A charity event held rain or shine featuring live music both days, concessions, free wine tasting, door prizes and family activities Laura Ingalls Wilder Days Held at Village Park, Pepin. Demonstrations of traditional crafts, art and craft market, food sales, pioneer games, fiddle contest, activities, guided bus tours and more. Grand Parade Sunday at 2pm. See page 9 Flea Market - Held next to the Hixton Antique Mall, Hixton, 8am. Antiques and collectibles!

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Sammy's 5th Quarter in Eau claire

39th Annual

Warrens Cranberry Festival Cranfest Marsh Tours & Cranberry Video Friday & Saturday Art & Craft Show 850 Booths! Antique & Flea Market 350 Booths All 3 Days

2011•Sept 23-25

Farmers Market 100 Booths All 3 Days

2012•Sept 28-30

Food Booths 80 Booths Including The Famous Cranberry Cream Puffs!

Gigantic Parade Sunday at Noon

7am Each Day 40th Annual

Free Admission to the Festival!


9PM •$2 cover

(Comedy Night $5)

september 10 Rada-Dada 17 The Cruisers 24 The Thundermen

october 1 Comedy Night (Rio) 7 TBA 14 Dixie & The Dreamers 21 40 Fingers 28 TBA

november 4 TBA 5 Comedy Night 11 The Thundermen 18 The Twerps 25 40 Fingers

Team Trivia • tuesdays

Bands Subject to Change For More Info See Page 30

Located 8 miles Northwest of Tomah Take I-94 West to the Warrens Exit #135 Handicap Parking with Legal Sticker or License • Festival Parking $5

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sept 10 - Oct 31 Noah's Arc Corn Maze - Held at Schultz's Country Barn and Pumpkin Patch, Eleva. Acres of fun for everyone! September 11 Fall Birding By Mini Train through the Tiffany Bottoms - Sponsored by Wings Over Alma. Reservations required mid-sept - Oct 30 Corn Maze on the Weekends Held at Klinger's Farm Market, Chippewa Falls. Pumpkin games and treats too! SEPTEMBER 16-18 Oktoberfest - Held at Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, Chippewa Falls. A full weekend of German fun September 17 International Fall Festival Held in downtown Eau Claire, 10am to 6pm. World-class entertainment, ethnic food stands, international arts and crafts bazaar and farmer's market. Parade of Nations at 3pm. See page 11 Rubber Duck Roundup to benefit the Children’s Museum - Held on the Eau Claire river, downtown Eau Claire. (After the International Fall Festival parade) Wine and Music by the Campfire - Held at Munson Bridge Winery, Withee, 6pm to 10pm. Bring your bag chairs and enjoy music by Ain’t Got Jack September 17-18 Country Store Open House Held at Pleasant Valley Tree Farms, Elk Mound, 10am to 6pm daily. Lots of great new items, refreshments, gourmet food samples and special sales! Quilt Show: From Scraps to Treasures - Held at the Schlegelmilch-McDaniel House, downtown Eau Claire. Presented by the Clear Water Quilt Guild Elmer's Auto and Toy Museum Open in Fountain City, 9am to 5pm. SENIOR CITIZEN WEEKEND. You're special... free refreshments for you!

C A L E N D A R Sept 17 - oct 30 Get Lost in the Corn Maze Held at Govin’s Meats & Berries, Menomonie (Friday thru Sunday). Pig and duck races, hay jump, pony hops, pumpkin patch, corn box and farm animals SEPTEMBER 18 Live Music: Billy Krause and Chuck Roll - Held at The Bullfrog Fish Farm, south of Menomonie. Enjoy Pondside Fishin' and Hobo Chefin' Shore Lunch. See Heritage Speaker Series Held at the Rassbach Heritage Museum, Menomonie, 1:30pm. Landmarks in Wisconsin Aviation History Nature Talk: Black Bears in the Coulees - Held at Wings Over Alma Nature and Art Center, Alma A Night of Reliving History Held in downtown Alma, 3pm to 9pm. Enjoy an evening stroll, vintage and antique car show, dance contest, silent auction and lots of great food. Special 1949 newsreel viewing at the Big River Theater! September 23-25 Warrens Cranberry Festival Held in Warrens. Three miles of booths featuring an art/craft show, flea/antique market and farm market. Plus, cranberry bog tours (Fri-Sat only) and a gigantic parade Sunday at noon! See page 12 Sept 23 - Oct 1 Falling Leaves Shop Hop Held in Northwestern WI. Nine shops and great prizes! Call The Calico Shoppe in downtown Eau Claire for more information

September 24 Back Road Tour of Western Wisconsin's Historic Mills - Sponsored by the Buffalo County Historical Society, Alma SEPT 24 - OCT 30 Celebrate the Harvest Festival - Held at Pleasant Valley Tree Farms, Elk Mound. The place to come for family fun! Corn maze, play area, pedal toy track, Spooky Ridge Trail, pumpkins, country store and more! Petting zoo and hayrides on the weekends only... see page 69 for dates.

Shorter Route - More Talented Artists!


Self Guided Tour

Falling Leaves 8th Annual

SEPTEMBER 25 Live Music: Nick Foytik Northwood’s Blues and Rock Held at The Bullfrog Fish Farm, south of Menomonie. Enjoy Pondside Fishin' and Hobo Chefin' Shore Lunch... the last one of the season! See sept 30 - Oct 1 4th Annual AQS Quilt Show Bus Trip to Des Moines, IA - Call The Calico Shoppe in downtown Eau Claire to register SEPT 30 - OCT 29 Village of Terror - Held at Renaissance Park, Chippewa Falls. Fridays and Saturdays, 5pm to 11pm

October 1 & 2, 2011 Saturday: 9am to 6pm Sunday: 10am to 5pm A backroads tour of art studios hidden among the farms and woods near Augusta, Fairchild, Fall Creek, and Osseo, Wisconsin

Meet The Artists

September 24 Breast Cancer Event - Held at Munson Bridge Winery, Withee. Check website for details

ONGOING "All Fall Down" to the Bullfrog Fish Farm... just follow the Yellow Fish Road! - Held at The Bullfrog Fish Farm, south of Menomonie. See

Booya Day - Held in Cadott. Free Booya soup, arts and crafts dealers and entertainment.

Unnecessary Farce - Playing at Fanny Hill Dinner Theatre, Eau Claire. Call for reservations

Dinner's On ~ A Culinary Experience Cooking Class Schedule On Page 31

42 Artists / 12 New Artists 19 Stops / 14 Studios Artwork For Sale

or 715-286-2464 Leaf Art by Ron W. La Blanc

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C A L E N D A R ONGOING Family Fun For Everyone Held at Ferguson's Orchards, Eau Claire. (Open weekends only.) Apples, hayrides, corn maze and more!

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About 95 Miles from Eau Claire... Just follow 53N to Hwy 70 and go East. Parking: Cars $5 • Buses $75 • Handicapped Accessible • Free Shuttle Bus

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Sculpture Tour - Held in downtown Eau Claire. Walk along South Barstow Street and view all 27 larger-than-life sculptures created by national and international artists. Simply amazing! Annual Members Exhibit: Horse and Harvest - On display at Wings Over Alma Nature and Art Center, Alma Geraet's Corn Maze - Held in Elmwood. Open Sundays in October, 1pm to 5pm THRU OCTOBER 29 Village of Terror - Held at Renaissance Park, Chippewa Falls. Friday and Saturdays, 5pm to 11pm thru OCTOBER 30 Celebrate the Harvest Festival - Held at Pleasant Valley Tree Farms, Elk Mound. The place to come for family fun! Corn maze, play area, pedal toy track, Spooky Ridge Trail, pumpkins, country store and more! Petting zoo and hayrides on the weekends only... see page 69 for dates Get Lost in the Corn Maze Held at Govin’s Meats & Berries, Menomonie (Friday thru Sunday). Pig and duck races, hay jump, pony hops, pumpkin patch, corn box and farm animals

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October 1 Stone Lake's Cranberry Festival: 2011 Cranharvest Held in Stone Lake. Cranberry breakfast, baking contest, marsh tours, street entertainment,parade at 2pm and much more! Thorp Pumpkin Festival Held on Washington Street (Hwy 73), Thorp, 9am to 4pm. Family fun for everyone! Wine Tasting and Music Night! - Held at Tuft's Mansion, Neillsville, 7pm to 10pm. Call Munson Bridge Winery in Withee for details Harvest Festival - Held at the Eau Claire Farmer's Market, front entrance of Oakwood Mall, Eau Claire, 8am to 1pm. Harvest basket give-a-way! october 1-2 Falling Leaves Art Studio Tour A FREE self-guided tour of art studios on the scenic back roads of Fall Creek, Augusta, Fairchild and Osseo. Learn how the artists create, enjoy the quaint Amish countryside and fall colors See pages 13 & 39 Elmer's Auto and Toy Museum - Open in Fountain City, 9am to 5pm. Come and see the unbelievable collections of cars, cycles, dolls, toys, pedal tractors and pedal cars and pedal airplanes! October 2 Eau Claire Noon Lion's Fall Family Fun Fest - Held at Trinity Equestrian Center, Eau Claire

Meadowview Farm Barn Sale Antiques & Vintage Finds

October 8 & 9, 2011

See Page 40

Saturday 9 to 5 (From 2 to 5 - 20% OFF) Sunday 12 to 5 (30% OFF All Day)

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C A L E N D A R OCTOBER 4 Paint the Town Pink - Held in downtown Chippewa Falls. Cooking demos, live music, specials, sales, pink drinks, pink hair, pink clothing and shoes! Refreshments and drawings! Portion of proceeds to the American Cancer Society OCTOBER 5 Culver’s Cruise Night - Held at Culver’s, Menomonie, 5pm to 8pm. Classic cars and more! OCTOBER 5 & 19 Comedy Club - Held at Fanny Hill, Eau Claire, 8pm. Very casual and fun event! october 7 First Fridays - Held in downtown Eau Claire. Participating businesses are open late with specials, art openings, promotions and more! October 7-9 Fresh Art Fall Tour - Held in Pepin, Pierce and Dunn counties OCTOBER 8 Beer-tasting and Live Music - Held at Foster Cheese Haus, Osseo, 2pm to 4pm. Sample local and regional beers, get a free FCH pint glass and listen to the funky, bluesy, swinging sounds of AcoustiHoo. See page 42 5th Annual Harvest Fest - Held at Munson Bridge Winery, Withee. Wine, crafts, demonstrations, pumpkins and more! Helicopter Rides (weather permitting) - Held at Govin’s Meats & Berries, Menomonie. ($40 per person) October 8-9 Elmer's Auto and Toy Museum - Open in Fountain City, 9am to 5pm. Best time to enjoy the beauty of the autumn colors seen high above the Mississippi River Valley! Quilting by the River Quilt Show - Held at Alma American Legion Hall. Enjoy a demonstra-

tion of free-hand quilting on an historic Singer machine at Wings Over Alma Autumn Sale - Held at Meadowview Farm Barn, Augusta. Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 12pm to 5pm. One of the Chippewa Valley's TRUE Hidden Treasures! See pages 14 & 40! OCTOBER 10

Columbus Day october 14-15, 21-23 & 28-31 Ski Sprite's Haunted House Held at Eau Claire Expo Center. Scary and interactive! Remember to bring food items to donate to Feed My People! OCTOBER 15 Fall Art & Craft Sale - Held at Elk Mound High School and Mound View Elementary, Elk Mound, 9am to 3pm October 15-16 Elmer's Auto and Toy Museum Open in Fountain City, 9am to 5pm. Last weekend of the season. Thank you for a great year and we'll see you in 2012! 7th Annual Amazing Grace Antique Show and Apple Pie Sale - Held at the Econolodge Conference Center, Menomonie. 1000s of antiques and collectibles, homemade apple pies and silent auction october 16 Heritage Speaker Series Held at the Rassbach Heritage Museum, Menomonie, 1:30pm. From the Pages of the Dunn County News Nature Talk: Watching Swans on the Upper Mississippi River - Held at Wings Over Alma Nature and Art Center, Alma October 21-22 & 28-29 Special Haunted Corn Maze Held at Govin’s Meats & Berries, Menomonie, 7pm to 10pm. Proceeds go to the Menomonie Theatre Guild!

Eau Claire's Premiere Halloween Attraction!

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haunted house Oct 14-15 • 21-23 • 28-31 Eau Claire County Expo Center

Hwy 93 & Lorch Ave (Across From Action City)

Admission $7 or $6 With A Donated Food Item For Feed My People

Scary & Interactive! Sponsored By Ski Sprites Water Ski Show Team

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C A L E N D A R october 21-23 ALL NEW Fall Retreat Held at Best Western Trail Lodge, Eau Claire. Call The Calico Shoppe in downtown Eau Claire to register October 22 Women Rock Women's Retreat - Held at the Ramada Convention Center, downtown Eau Claire. Benefits the American Cancer Society Kids "Trick-or-Treat" thru the Fantasy Trail (Ages 1-10) and back by popular demand... the "Man of Forty Voices" Held at Schultz's Country Barn and Pumpkin Patch, Eleva October 27 Witches Night Out - Held throughout Menomonie, 3pm to 8pm. Great food, great shopping and great times! (Ladies Night Out) See page 15

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October 28 Downtown Trick or Treating Held in downtown Eau Claire, 3pm to 5pm

Veteran's Day November 12 4th Annual Upscale Market and Boutique - Held at Porter Place, downtown Eau Claire. Fine things: arts, jewelry, crafts, accessories and more

October 29 Fall-o-ween - Held in downtown Menomonie. Costume parade, music, food and more! OCTOBER 30 FFA Alumni Farm Toy and Craft Show - Held at Stanley-Boyd High School, 9am to 3pm OCTOBER 31


Downtown Trick or Treating Held in downtown Chippewa Falls, 3pm to 5pm

ONGOING Sculpture Tour - Held in downtown Eau Claire. Walk along South Barstow Street and view all 27 larger-than-life sculptures created by national and international artists. Simply amazing! Surprise Sassy Savings - Offered at La dee dah, Menomonie, thru November and December. Check their Facebook page or request to be on their mailing list at for postings of events and sales!

november 12-13 "Retreat on Wheels" Bus Trip - Call The Calico Shoppe in downtown Eau Claire to register. Two days of fun at seven great quilt shops! Holiday Food & Wine Festival Held on the Great River Road. Visit for more info

Thru November 15 Annual Members Exhibit: Horse and Harvest - On display at Wings Over Alma Nature and Art Center, Alma NOVEMBER 2 & 16 Comedy Club - Held at Fanny Hill, Eau Claire, 8pm. Very casual and fun event!

Saturday, November 12 • 9am to 4pm Juried Application Deadline: October 10th ARTISANS WANTED! Call 715.831.1633 For Details

Upscale Means Nicer... Antiques • Vintage Shabby Chic • Fine Art Jewelry • Furniture Pictures, Etc. Shoppers will receive VIP treatment, enjoy refreshments, networking and a few surprises!

november 4 First Fridays - Held in downtown Eau Claire. Participating businesses are open late with specials, art openings, promotions and more! Nov 4 - Jan 15 A Very RUDYful Christmas Playing at Fanny Hill Dinner Theatre, Eau Claire. Call for reservations November 5 Holiday Open House - Held at Eau Galle Cheese Factory, Durand. Kick off the holiday season with special savings, refreshments and door prizes!


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November 18-19 Holidaze Arts Festival - Held at the Ramada Convention Center, downtown Eau Claire. Quality hand-crafted gifts, art and home accessories. Live holiday music! See back cover and page 23 NOVEMBER 19 Deer Hunters Widows Open House - Held at Eau Galle Cheese Factory, Durand. Free gift for attending! Enjoy refreshments, wine tasting and door prizes! Craft Show - Held at Grapevine Senior Center, Colfax. Nice variety of handmade items, lefse and more!

Please call ahead before you venture out. Dates and times are subject to change!

C A L E N D A R NOVember 19-20 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! Open House - Held at Blue Butterfly Antiques, Colfax. Tons of Christmas antiques, great "old" gifts for the holidays and refreshments Christmas Open House - Held at Schultz's Country Barn, Eleva. Enjoy food samples and register for gift baskets. We're all decked out for Christmas! NOV 19 - DEC 23 Choose and Cut - Held at Pleasant Valley Tree Farms, Elk Mound, 9am to 7pm november 20 Heritage Speaker Series Held at the Rassbach Heritage Museum, Menomonie, 1:30pm. Wisconsin Vietnam War Stories Part II NOVEMBER 24

THANKSGIVING Thanksgiving Day Grand Buffet - Held at Fanny Hill Restaurant, Eau Claire, 10am to 2pm Nov 24 - Dec 18 Holiday Fun - Held at Santa's Tree Farm, Altoona. Cut your own and pre-cut Christmas trees, take a family walk through The Enchanted Pines (bring food donations to enter), shop at The Workshop for wreaths, garlands and gifts!

NOVEMBER 25 Santa Arrives at the M&I parking lot, Chippewa Falls, 10am. Visit with Santa at the Rutledge Charity Building on Bridge Street until 3pm NOVEMBER 25-27 Open House - Held at Santa’s Tree Farm, Altoona, 9am to 5pm. Shop early for super fresh greenery and gifts. Enjoy refreshments and treats

Start A Hometown Caroling Night In Your Town or Neighborhood! Get Your Starter Kit Today! Call or Email Lori at CV Hidden Treasures.

Nov 25 thru Jan 1 Christmas Village - Held in Irvine Park, Chippewa Falls. Opens Thanksgiving Day from 5pm to 7pm for walk through only. Open daily after that until New Year’s Day NOVEMBER 26 Durand Dazzle Holiday Events Held in downtown Durand. An all day affair you will not want to miss! Illuminated Parade at 6:30pm... BeDazzled! See page 11 Girls Night OUT! - Held at Munson Bridge Winery, Withee. SAVE this date ladies!!!! More details to come! Order your Smokin’ Good Farm Box and Holiday Gift Packs From The Bullfrog Fish Farm, south of Menomonie. See Watch for the Holiday/Winter issue of Chippewa Valley's Hidden Treasures in November

Spreading The Cheer... One Carol At A Time On The Monday Before Christmas! \

December 19, 2011

Open House November 25 -27 • 9am to 5pm Shop early for super fresh greenery and gifts. Enjoy refreshments and treats! See Page 35

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Eau Claire Wisconsin


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Join us DOWNTOWN as we celebrate the Chippewa Valley's cultural heritage! The 2011 International Fall Festival will be held Saturday, September 17th. The festival provides an opportunity for the community to learn about the people and cultures that make up west central Wisconsin.

ALL THE FUN BEGINS AT 10AM! Purchase beautiful crafts and look over exotic apparel all day. Savor foods from around the globe! The Sons of Norway will feature lefse and sandbakkels! Asian Express will dish up egg rolls and chicken fried rice! There will also be Indian and Jamaican inspired dishes as well as American classics! Throughout the day you'll enjoy wonderful international entertainment on Xcel Energy's World Stage. And don't miss the highlight of the festival, the RCU Parade of Nations at 3pm on Barstow Street! The Blugold Marching Band will perform after the parade! Families will have to stop at the Family Fun Zone for a pony ride and to visit the animals at the petting zoo! WE'RE BRINGING THE WORLD DOWNTOWN!




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Start Your Holiday Shopping Experience At

Holidaze Arts Festival In Downtown Eau Claire!

Holidaze Arts Festival is kicking off the holiday shopping season at the Ramada Convention Center on Friday, November 18th from 3pm to 9pm and Saturday, November 19th from 9am to 4pm. This is the 23rd year this event will celebrate the phenomenal works of talented regional artists! Shoppers are able to explore and purchase artists' handmade creations... all in one convenient location with plenty of FREE downtown parking. This will be a great chance for you to pick out that one-of-a-kind gift for your family or friends while helping sustain our creative community. (Get there early. Items do sell out fast!!!) While you're downtown take time to discover the fabulous restaurants and locally owned specialty shops!

Sculpture Tour Eau Claire south barstoW street in downtown Eau Claire is alive with 27 larger-than-liFe sculPtures by national and international artists. Some are bronze, some are marble, some are steel and all are AMAZing! This event brings an artistic touch to the renaissance of our downtown community! Take a stroll today!

Artists! Booth spaces are filling fast! Apply today! or call 715-832-6942. Look for more information on The Season Opener, Stroll the Streets and Christmastime in the City in the winter issue of Chippewa Valley's Hidden Treasures!

National & International Artists Two Story ART Gallery

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Clear Water Quilter’s Guild Biennial Show:

From scraps to treasures HAPPENINGS AT PORTER PLACE


The Chippewa Valley Museum is hosting the biennial quilt show presented by the Clear Water Quilter’s Guild on September 17th and 18th at the historic Schlegelmilch House on the corner of Lake and Farwell Streets in downtown Eau Claire. View beautiful quilts on display throughout the house from 9am to 4pm on Saturday and 10am to 3pm on Sunday. The show, “From Scraps to Treasures,” will feature more than 100 quilted pieces including traditional, contemporary, and art quilts, as well as wearable art and special exhibits. The guild will also hold a raffle during the show. On hand to appraise quilts for guests will be Jean Carlton, an American Quilter’s Society certified appraiser. Appointments are encouraged and can be arranged by calling Linda at 715-832-7863 or Kathy at 715-839-7267. The fee is $45 per item appraised. Bring your grandmother’s quilt or your own latest creation for an appraisal!

pErSOnAL dEvELOpMEnt classes Women's bible study toy box success teams Journey With insights Discovery live intentionally! Journaling women's networking night MEEt pEOpLE. hAvE Fun! Bring your project and snack to share (not required). Refreshments provided.

Pre-registration required. Call Bobbi Jo Toy at Porter Place for fall schedules.

Admission to the quilt show is $2 per person, with a portion of the proceeds going to the creation of charity quilts made by members of the Clear Water Guild. For more information, contact Kathy Brunstad at kbrunstad@ or 715-839-7267.

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914 porter Ave • downtown Eau Claire to schedule your event call 715.831.1633

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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.

That’s Adorable! •A Children’s Boutique• New & Gently Used Upscale Children's Consignments

Sized Infant - 14 Mon thru Fri • 10am to 5pm Sat • 9am to 1pm

Storytime • 10:30 Daily! 129 N Barstow St • Eau Claire Across From The Post Office


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!

Christmastime in the City Mark your calendars for Christmastime in the City in Downtown Eau Claire! Join us for lunch with Santa, horse-drawn wagon rides, and the annual tree lighting ceremony on Saturday, December 3rd.

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All the holiday fun will center in the Four Corners parking lot next the Ramada Convention Center. Also enjoy holiday music, a warming fire and many other activities!


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


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

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CVM’s Civil War Community Day Have your own adventures in history at the Chippewa Valley Museum's community-wide gathering, commemorating the 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE START OF THE CIVIL WAR. Join us for a full day of activities on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH from 11am to 4pm. This sesquicentennial event will include hands-on learning opportunities for the entire family, including special presentations geared especially for kids. Participate in live bald eagle education programs, watch living history performances, compete in a CIVIL WAR THEMED HISTORY BEE contest for prizes and more! Learn about the general living conditions for Civil War soldiers with COMPANY C OF THE 8TH WISCONSIN, VOLUNTEER INFANTRY REENACTORS! This group will host interactive displays, along with an authentic encampment showing the tents, uniforms, food and equipment used by Union soldiers. Partner with Genealogical Research Society of Eau Claire members to conduct ON-LINE SEARCHES FOR YOUR CIVIL WAR ANCESTORS. Researchers will be on duty to assist you with using US Census records and other valuable internet resources and take home hand-outs will be provided. Also visit the Society’s information table to find helpful literature, guides and other books about genealogy, along with local authors' works about the Civil War. The Chippewa Valley Museum is located in Eau Claire’s beautiful Carson Park. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 5-17 and free for Museum members and children 4 and under.


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Just a stroll across the bridge from downtown!

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Henna is a plant extract which allows the wearer to express their individuality with a "tattoo" that only last one to three weeks. Henna has been used for thousands of years in India, Africa and the Middle East; both medicinally WEST GRAND AVENUE and spiritually. You'll also find us at International eau claire is a town of neighFall Festival on September 17th!

borhoods, and one of the best is the collection of truly “neighborly” shops found on West grand Avenue! if you're looking for excellent food, exquisite jewelry, the latest in fashion, wonderful gifts and much more... this 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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CANCer CONCerNS Essential Oils and Awareness Increase Breast Health Instead of depending on others for our breast health, what if we learn benefits of certain essential oils and use a gentle lymphatic breast massage to stimulate and move the lymph to clear out toxins? Certain therapeutic essential oils may help to balance, detoxify, stimulate and nurture the breast. Lymph in the breast area may be restricted because of wearing a bra that is too tight, not fitted properly or has an underwire. The lymphatic system has no pump. Gentle loving lymphatic self-massage while applying quality essential oils may help to eliminate tenderness and pain, soften breast tissue, stimulate the immune system and improve lymphatic circulation. The shape and diversity of breasts make each woman unique and naturally loving. Big or small, young or old, there’s always time to love our girls every day. Learn simple techniques and make healthy lifestyle changes to always have happy and healthy girls. Motivated by her sister’s struggle with breast cancer and a request from a clinical thermographer, Joyce Sobotta researched, created and owns Healthy Girls Breast Oil Business. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and certifications in Holistic Aromatherapy and Reflexology. She passionately educates women in self breast care.


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Just a short drive down Highway 93 is the friendly town of Cleghorn. And their Harvest Fest is a real winner! Always the weekend after Labor Day, Cleghorn rolls out their carpet of fun and entertainment! This Friday, Saturday and Sunday September 9th, 10th and 11th includes a parade, car show, hay wagon rides, crafters galore, antique tractor show, pie and ice cream social, softball and bean bag tournaments and so much more. It's a town full of fun... and the only thing missing is you! So join in and

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Here and There In Eau Claire Spooks, Ghoulies and Ghosts, Oh My...

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Adorn the Grounds at Fanny Hill!

during the month of October. And then there's the pumpkins: carved and painted pumpkins of every size and shape! Add to that dinner and show in their theater or their fantastic Sunday Champagne Brunch, and you have the perfect way to celebrate fall and have a HOOOOWWWLING good time! Don’t forget to bring your cameras as the beautiful grounds are the perfect canvas for family photos.

New Location... Front Entrance of Mall Fresh Vegetables • Fruits • Herbs • Honey • Eggs Bakery • Flowers • Berries • Domestic Meats Campfire Wood • Squash • Pumpkins Corn Shocks • Gourds • Apples saturday, october 1

Harvest Festival (Harvest Basket Give-A-Way)

LOTS OF CONVENIENT PARKING! Elderly & Disabled Carside Service!

OPEN: June 11 to October 29 Tuesday and Saturday: 8am to 1pm


Pick Your Own

fall raspberries! You don’t have to drive very far to enjoy this local favorite! Picking your own berries is a healthy way to start off the fall season in the Chippewa Valley. At Charlotte's Berry Farm you’ll find acres of berries nestled in the gently rolling hills. Enjoy picking from their fresh crop of delicious raspberries. Before you head out, enjoy a stroll through LaVern’s beautiful flower garden. See page 18 for more information.

It’s A Family Tradition! Your Old Photos Or Interesting Stories For Next Year's Spring Issue Of CV Hidden Treasures!

Every family has its spicy little secrets. We spread ours all over town!

Come On Over!

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try our broasteD chicken

Live Music See Page 12

2823 London Rd • Eau Claire

715-831-1300 Sammy's 5th quarter

(Located in Back of Sammy’s Pizza)


Ski Sprites Haunted House Open For NINE Nights of Scary Fun in October!

The Ski Sprites Haunted House is the premier haunted venue in Eau Claire... hosted the by the Ski Sprites Water Ski Team. The event is open nine nights every October. Hundreds of hours of work and creativity go into building and decorating the scary venue... with new thrills and scares every year. Old standbys that never fail to instill fear come back in new places... and the haunting is bone-chilling. It's a great place for the middle school crowd and up to get their Halloween scares.

Hone Your Cooking Skills! Our cooking events might be just what you've been searching for. Together we can hone those culinary skills or just get together with some friends and/or family and have some fun. Dinner's On ~ A Culinary Experience classes are held at Huntsinger's Red Brick Farmhouse in Eau Claire. Schedule a "repeat" class on a date that works for you!

Seasonal Produce: Fabulous Fall Fare August 25 or September 13

Autumn Vegetarian

September 15, 20 or 27

Sauces II

October 13 or 18

Can You Fondue? October 25 or 27

Winter One-Pot Wonders November 10 or 15

Holiday Appetizers & Sweet Treats December 6, 13 or 15

to 11pm 5......... 6pm Oct 14 & 1 to 11pm 2......... 6pm Oct 21 & 2 to 9pm m p .........6 .. .. .. .. .. 3 2 Oct to 11pm 9......... 6pm 2 & 8 2 ct O m to 9pm 1...........6p Oct 30 & 3

Admission is $1 off with a can of food for Feed My People... every year the Ski Sprites donate over a ton (literally!) of food to the food bank. This year they would like to donate a "Boatload of Food" again and bring their total donation over the 1 ton mark. Tickets are available at the door and are sold for $7 each. Remember to bring your donation and save $1.

We're Located At The Eau Claire County Expo Center 5530 Fairview Dr • Eau Claire

I-94 to Hwy 93 South • 1 Block to Fairview Drive Left (West) 1/2 Mile to Fairgounds Gate

See page 15 for more information!

Here and There In Eau Claire

Find the complete list of classes at Each class is an individual class repeated on different dates. Classes are NOT a “series.” TO REGISTER: email or call today... or 715-579-9496.

Simplify Your Life!

D nner’s On LLC A Culinary Experience

• Customized Menus • Specialized Events • Individualized Service • Grocery Shopping • Corporate Lunches • Cooking Classes • Holiday Parties • Dinner Parties • Healthy Eating Consults Gift Certificates Available

Personal Chef Laurel Robertson Serving the Chippewa Valley

Host Your Personal Or Corporate Holiday Event With Us!

715-579-9496 Cooking Classes Held At

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Operation Has WE CARE Touched Your World?

Operation We CaRe is Trinity's Veterans program offering equine assisted Therapy at no cost to returning and recovering veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other combat related issues. This program is at no cost to qualified military individuals and their families. Please call Toni at 715828-6784 or visit for registration information or more details. Thank you for all you do and have sacrificed for all of us.


We And Our Horses Can Help! Decrease Sensory Over-Stimulation Expand Comfort Zone Build Trust & Self-Confidence Set Healthy Boundaries Teach & Practice The Skill Of Asking For Help Improve & Expand Problem Solving Strategies Encourage Clear, Consistent Communication Improve Self-Care & Personal Hygiene Connecting With Emotions Teach To Utilize Available Resources

geT INVOLVeD! Your donations can help a local vet!

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 Eau Claire Noon Lion's

FALL FAMILY FUN FEST Hay Rides • Horse Rides Pumpkin Decorating Contest Famous Bug Hunt & More! Watch our Website For Details

Live Simply. Love Generously. Care Deeply. Speak Kindly. Leave the Rest to God. Other Trinity Programs Available: Boarding • Training • Lessons • Horse Camps Equine Therapies & More!


S5300 State Road 37 • Eau Claire, WI 54701 Just 4 Miles South of Eau Claire on Highway 37

715-835-4530 • Trinity Equestrian Center Kids Kamp, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

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Ski Sprites Labor Day Two Day Extravaganza SEPTEMBER 4 & 5

SEptEMBEr 4 & 5

ski sPrites labor Day twO dAy EXtrAvAgAnZAA Lake Altoona County Park Watch For

St. MAry’S FALL FEStivAL 1812 Lynn Ave • Altoona nOvEMBEr 25-27

OpEn hOuSE At SAntA’S trEE FArM Let us help you decorate your home with fresh greenery. Wreaths, garlands, kissing balls and more! Enjoy refreshments and door prizes.

BiKE • wALK • JOg

Discover the Lake Road Trail in Altoona!

For more info...

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 5:30pm 7:30pm 8:45pm 9pm

Ski Sprites Alumni Ski Show Live Music Lighted Boat Parade (Want to enter? Call Colleen at 715-559-0309) Fireworks sponsored by Mega Foods and Mega Holiday

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 Noon Sand Castle Contest (Open to the first twenty teams, register on site for only $10. Prizes will be given!) 1pm Greased watermelon Contest (Relay teams of 4 will sign up on site and participate in our newest event!) 2pm 2011 Ski Sprites water Ski Show Raffle tickets available both days... drawings held every 1/2 hour... concessions available. Admission and parking are free. there will be a shuttle both days from River Prairie Drive to the park, sponsored by Cody Limousines.

Find out more at

Altoona City hall • 715-839-6092

Directions to Altoona Beach... take uS HwY 53 north, exit at River Prairie Drive (exit #89) and turn right (east), turn right at yield sign onto 10th Street west, turn left onto Lake Road, then left onto Park Road and left again onto Beach Road to the park entrance. watch for signs. Fall Into Fun 2011 | Chippewa Valley's Hidden Treasures | Altoona | 33

Bats In Wisconsin The Only Flying Mammal Submitted by Wings Over Alma

Did you know that bats are the only flying mammal? Bats are essential to the health of our natural world, they help control pests and are vital pollinators and seed-dispensers for countless plants. MOSQUITO CATCHERS Hollywood may have given bats a bad name, but the zigzag path of a bat against the night sky can mean only one thing, thousands of mosquitoes are about to meet their maker, thus lessening the chance of outbreaks of malaria in other animals including humans. A single little brown bat can catch and eat 600 mosquitoes in just one hour. FLAPPING WINGS Bats are the only mammal that can take to the sky on flapping wings. Wingspans range from over 5 feet in the fox bat to 6 inches in the hog-nosed bat. Many species of bat are found worldwide in tropical and temperate climates. SEEING BY LISTENING In its nightly search for food, a bat’s secret weapon is echolocation. Focusing on a tasty morsel, a clicking sound is emitted through its mouth or nose. The time it takes for the sound to return to the bat’s highly receptive ears reveals the size and location of the object.

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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.

Open House

Santa’s has been locally owned and operated right here in the Chippewa Valley since 1984. You can find just about any type of Christmas tree at Santa's ~ from Fraser Fir, Balsam Fir and Spruce to Scotch Pine and White Pine. Always fresh, never painted, in sizes ranging from three to twenty feet tall!

November 25-27 Shop early for Christmas greenery and gifts. Enjoy refreshments, door prizes and more!

Back again this Year

Santa's is your family-friendly tree farm with lots of trees and lots of extras! Come and visit...

A collection of trees only Charlie Brown would love!

Take a relaxing stroll through the giant pines and stop in at Santa's castle. Take the Christmas quiz and become an honorary elf ~ don’t forget your camera! (Please bring canned food donations to enter.)

Browse for gifts and holiday extras at the workshop. Inside you’ll find... • wreaths of all sizes • old fashioned kissing balls • simple swags • wild spruce tips • brass sleigh bell door hangers • pure beeswax candles • unique ornaments and more! Take a moment to look at the collection of Christmas antiques... it’s sure to bring back memories. Warm up with a cup of FREE cocoa and register for door prizes. Whether you’re looking for a fresh tree, wreath, that special gift or just a fun-filled day... you’re sure to find the right stuff at Santa’s Tree Farm!

400 Sunday Dr • Altoona, WI Only 1/2 mile East of Altoona on KB, Turn South at Certified Plumbing

715-835-0611 Thursday thru Sunday • Nov 24 to Dec 18 9am to 5pm or by Appointment

Bring this coupon for

$2 OFF Any Tree At

Santa's Tree Farm

Cut Your Own Fraser Fir • Spruce • White & Scotch Pine Pre-Cut Balsam • White & Scotch Pine EXPIRES dECEMBER 18, 2011

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Fall Creek Historical Museum Built in historic randall park on highway 12, the museum houses many items relating to the history of Fall Creek... including the old jail which dates from before 1906. a smaller building features old time kitchen and wash house artifacts. MEngE hOuSE iS nOw OpEn! Tours available By appointment


Historic ciVil War WalK Plan on attending the civil war cemetery walk on saturday, september, 10th from 1pm to 4pm. Meet at Trinity Cemetery on Cty Trk K in Fall Creek. There will be many interesting programs for everyone. Members of the Fall Creek Historical Museum will be portraying the three Civil War veterans that are buried there and the Prescott Guards Volunteer Infantry from Hudson will provide a reenactment from the Civil War. Learn how to clean monuments, plus enjoy free refreshments. There is no charge, but donations are appreciated.

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Big Falls is located on the Eau Claire River just north of Fall Creek. It's a favorite swimming (at your own risk), fishing and picnicking spot for both young and old. The water cascades over granite rock providing a peaceful but exciting place for you to enjoy a warm sunshiny & USED day! RememberNEW to bring money for parking. RECURVES & LONG BOWS



DON ASH • 715-877-2598


Preserve Your Harvest - With Help From Weavers! By Crystal Schmidt

Pectin - so much more quantity for the price than buying it in those little packets - I won’t even consider buying my pectin anywhere else. And they have several different varieties depending on your style of canning. Equipment - yes, you can even get your standard canning jars here. The real treasure is being able to buy canning lids in whatever quantity you need… whether you need just a few or a hundred. Weaver's - people drive from hours away to visit, and its right here in the middle of our very own Chippewa Valley! It is known as a "bulk food" store, but don’t be fooled by this... they have many different size packages, and everything is available in an economical size. Fall is harvest time, and whether you make just a few pints of freezer jam or have a basement stockpile of homemade canned goods - you will love what Weaver’s has to offer.

Pickling spice: good quality, good price! Meat seasoning: want to make your own sausage and jerky? Pre-made salsa and marinara sauce packets: just add to your own homegrown tomatoes. And don’t forget the cinnamon for your homemade cinnamon applesauce! Want a neat idea? Try “Raspberry Dried Apples”thaw frozen raspberries (available at Weaver’s) smash and strain the juice, add vanilla and almond extract, then “paint” the juice onto thin apple slices and dry in your food dehydrator. Healthy and unbelievably tasty!

Pumpkins • Indian Corn • Winged & Warted Fancy Gourds • Fall Squash • Straw Bales

Hardy Fall Mums... Huge Selection Golf Directory

take a step back in time!

Altoona Hillcrest Golf & County Club (private).................... 715-832-2929 Chippewa Falls Lake Wissota Golf Course ..................................... 715-382-4780 Ojibwa Golf & Bowl................................................ 715-723-8823 Timber Terrace Golf Course................................... 715-726-1500 Lake Hallie Golf Course......................................... 715-861-5442 Cadott Whispering Pines Golf Course............................... 715-289-4653 Colfax Whitetail Golf Course............................................. 715-962-3888 Durand Rolling Greens Golf Course.................................... 715-627-8139 Eau Claire Eau Claire Golf & Country Club (private)................ 715-836-8423 Hickory Hills Golf Course...................................... 715-878-4543 Mill Run Golf Course.............................................. 715-858-7960 Pine Meadow Golf Club......................................... 715-832-6011 Princeton Valley Golf Course................................. 715-834-3334 Wild Ridge Golf Course.......................................... 715-834-1766 Menomonie Chippewa Valley Golf Club..................................... 715-235-9808 Menomonie Golf & Country Club.......................... 715-235-3595 Pinewood Golf Course........................................... 715-235-2900 osseo Osseo Golf & Recreation Center............................ 715-597-3215

Bulk Foods galore!

Exotic & Traditional Spices • Pastas Whole Grains • Dried Fruits & Nuts • Pie Fillings WI Cheeses • Pennsylvania Dutch Meats Frozen Fruits, Vegetables & Home Raised Chickens Frozen Doughs • Regular & Organic Milk Regular & Sugar-Free Candies • Coffee Homemade Soaps • Rada Cutlery • Housewares Organic Fair Trade Coffee Beans... and much more!

1 Mile East of Fall Creek or 8 Miles West of Augusta on Highway 12


Mon-Fri 8:30am-6pm • Sat 8:30am-5pm • Closed Sundays

Now Available...

Wonder Mills

grain mills

Electric or Hand Crank

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augusta © Rozan henning


Only a 20 minute drive from Eau Claire, east on Highway 12, you’ll 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 boat, fish, hunt and camp. Augusta is also home to the only cheese factory in Eau Claire county, Gingerbread Jersey Cheese. You can actually see all-natural cheese being made and tours are available. Discover the Stage Coach bicycle route, a scenic route that travels between Augusta and Fairchild through Amish country with many visible Amish schoolhouses and sawmills along the way. It follows along a lightly traveled road and is perfect for a family bicycle outing, available year round and no pass is required. OOmS AND pUbLIC reStr rmAtION VISItOr INFO Hall Augusta City et. re on Lincoln St ) 12 (Highway

The Dells Mill The dells Mill operated as a flour and feed mill for over 100 years. The water from Bridge Creek was the only source of power ever used. In 1894, the mill was purchased by the Clark family and has remained in their possession to this day, having passed through four generations. In 1968 dells Mill was converted into a museum. The mill is open every day between May 1st and October 31st from 10am to 5pm. Call Gus at 715286-2714 Take Highway 12 east toward Augusta, turn north on County Road V.

SIDETRIP 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’ll 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







Hay Creek Bent & Dent

bAkED GOODS Only Fri & Sat

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You are invited to join in the Eighth Annual Celebration of the Arts

Falling Leaves

Art Studio Tour October 1 & 2, 2011

Sat: 9am to 6pm • Sun: 10am to 5pm

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 & Carriage Museum. Rozan is a self-taught artist whose inspiration in painting turn-of-the-century farm scenes comes from what her grandmother and others have told her about life on the farm in the early 1900s. Rozan’s country gallery is on the family's working dairy farm and she encourages anyone who wants to come and visit to please call ahead so she can be there to greet you.

Hope To SEE You At The...

Falling Leaves Art Studio Tour

© Solstice Photography

Tour the scenic back roads of Fall Creek, Augusta, Osseo, and Fairchild and visit the artists in their studios. Let them share the love and passion of their work with you and learn how they create. You should be able to enjoy the tour in one day - all the towns are only about ten miles apart. Artwork is for sale at each studio and snacks and beverages will be served at most. Enjoy the quaint Amish countryside, the fall colors and watch for the large orange leaf shaped signs to and Falling Leaves at each studio. Art Studio Tour is FREE to the public

Please keep in mind that most of these studios are working studios. They may be a little messy and challenging to find, but that’s what makes it fun! (See page 13.)

Don't Waste A MOOO-MENT Getting There! Henning Art Gallery (#11) will have tour specials along with signed and numbered prints, greeting cards and original paintings. Call for a map of the tour or go to page 13 for more info.

Rod & Jo’s

Hungrtyer ’s Hun afe C

Try Our Friday Fish Fry Cod or Walleye Baked, Grilled or Deep Fried

Daily Specials

Downtown Augusta • 715-286-5742

Mon 6-6 • Tues 6 -2:30 • Wed & Thur 6-2 • Fri 6-7 • Sat 6-6 • Sun 6-2

Rozan Henning E 21001 Henning Rd • Augusta WI 54722 715-286-2464

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Meadowview Farm in Augusta A True Hidden Treasure! By Lori Schmidt

Five years ago Kari and Dave Stroede decided to go on an Easter weekend drive. They were heading to Winter, Wisconsin and ended up taking a little side trip through Augusta. There they stumbled upon a beautiful double brick house, built in 1857, and fell in love with it. They knew it needed a little TLC, but by Tuesday they owned it. A year later they moved in. Both Kari and Dave have a passion and love of collecting, finding and displaying antiques. They thought it might be fun to maybe sell some of them, so sell they do. They have a booth at the Hixton Schoolhouse Antique Mall. Sometimes you can catch them there on the weekends, but they also cleaned up the turn-of-the-century Finnish dairy barn on their property in Augusta. Today they host Barn Sales twice a year... always the second weekend of May and the second weekend of October. On October 8th and 9th you can join them at their Second Annual Autumn Barn Sale where you will discover antiques and vintage finds. Dave will probably greet you as you drive up and Kari, along with her three friends from Madison (AKA the Barn Cats), will help you out and spread good cheer. There’s bushel baskets on straw bales to stash your finds in while you shop and wheelbarrows to help you get your treasures to the car. If you check out their blog at you can learn about the secret code and save 10% off your purchase. It's lots of whimsical fun mixed with lots of neat items on a beautiful hobby farm in the country. You may run across the "herd of cats" or bump into the goats that live downstairs or just stand and enjoy the view that goes on for miles. Take a ride to Meadowview Farm in Augusta and discover life on a 1857 farm in Wisconsin. For more information, see page 15.

A Message From Kari... Write It In Your Heart:

"Dream With Your Eyes Open" (Tracy Porter)

Nine Years • 36 Seasons • And Over 1/2 Million Copies!

Chippewa Valley’s Hidden Treasures is celebrating its nine Year Anniversary and would like to thank our many advertisers, contributors, family and friends. Without you this publication would not be possible! Lori Schmidt & Charlie Schaaf

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Scenic Hwy 10

Plans Are Under Way For The

First Annual

Kandy Kane Holiday Fair! Saturday, December 10 Valley Supper Club • Mondovi

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. An added treat is a visit to foster. Go ahead! New places. New sites. New shopping experiences. And, most importantly, new friends! Go for it!

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

From 9am to 3pm you'll be able to do some specialty shopping for the holidays in a festive atmosphere! Of course, there will be a delicious lunch along with many homemade desserts just waiting for you. Don't forget to enter the raffle benefiting the Humane Society. Are you interested in being vendor? Call Cindy today at 715-214-4690 for an application.

Please Call Before You Venture Out To Any Of Our Hidden Treasures Destinations! Dates And Times Are Subject To Change.

E a e BL zz ILA e Pi ecak A s AV Bak W NO ke & e Chee Something For Everyone. Ta mad me o Not your ordinary store! H We feature 30+ crafters and artists. They make everything from soaps to coffee. If you’re looking for that special gift, we have it!

NEW FALL ITEMS! Open Basket Potpourri • Candles Fragrance Oils • Tart Warmers Soaps • Greeting Cards Pet Pillows • Dog Treats Baby Gifts • Primitive Wood Items Coffees • Hot Chocolate • Cappuccino Stop in, and you’ll be surprised at what you’ll find. New items added often to our clearance corner! Also... taking orders for cheesecake!

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

Country Cottage Crafts 107 N Eau Claire St • Mondovi, WI • 715-214-4690 Open Mon thru Wed 8-9 • Thur 8-4:30 • Fri 8-9 Sat 8-1 • Closed Sun • Or By Appointment

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osseo•foster•strum•eleva•mondovi •osseo•foster•strum•eleva•mondovi Foster Cheese Haus Beer-Tasting & Live Music Saturday, October 8th • 2pm to 4pm

Sample local and regional beers, get a free Foster Cheese Haus Pint glass, and listen to the funky, bluesy, swinging sounds of AcoustiHoo featuring Sue Orfeld on sax, Olaf Lind on Violin, Lucas Fischer on guitar and Josh Gallagher on keyboards.

Halloween Fun Facts! By Charlie Schaaf

If you have ever “BOBBED” for apples, you know it is fun, challenging and definitely... ALL WET! Bobbing for apples goes back to the days of the Romans. They had a goddess of the harvest called Pomona. She was cheerful and loving right to the “core”! Apples were her favorite and, during Roman festivals, bobbing for apples was sure to wet a toga or two. Now, the Romans were on the move and when they took over much Celtic territory their own festivals blended with Samhain. Hence, the Halloween apple bobbing was here to stay. And if you are wondering where dressing in costumes and wearing masks came in, wonder no longer. The people attending the Celtic Samhain celebration were often afraid that their souls would be snatched out and carried off on the wings of a bat. So, to confuse the soul snatcher, you could wear a mask or a dark hood or just a burlap sack over your head! The custom stuck and lead to the millions of drugstore and discount costumes we see today.

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ELEVA... or... "Waiting for the GREAT PUMPKIN!" By Charlie Schaaf

Well, actually it was really Charlie Brown and his little friends who were waiting for the you-know-what! But, it could easily have been schultz's countrY barn & PumPkin Patch in Eleva that good ol' Charlie was talking about! And, this harvest season you need to pack up the whole family and take the beautifully hilly drive to charming Eleva and visit the 1914 vintage Schultz's Country Barn. It will become a family tradition and well it should! The marvelous old barn and grounds are filled with pumpkins, squash, Indian corn, shocks and country gifts and creations. Plus, sample yummy ice cream, homemade dip mixes, cheese curds, pure maple syrup and much, much, more in their country store. And, don't be surprised if you meet "Alphie" the donkey or "Peanut" the horse! Add to this wonderful animal mix many, many friendly goats, chickens and roosters galore and you have an animal encounter to be remembered!

But... what would a harvest barnyard experience be without a "trail through the corn?" And is this just a wandering path through the stalks? Not!! The Schultz's Country Barn maze is the noah's arc maze that covers over six acres with twists and turns that are created with the help of GPS technology. Enjoy trivia related questions along the way... it's for both young and old! All in all, Schultz's Country Barn is a real must see! But don't miss the rest of Eleva. Great little shops, great food, great people and great times! And... less than a 20 minute drive from Eau Claire. See you in the Pumpkin Patch! 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!" Hoo boy, it’s a beaut! Check it out and get all the details. You'll be glad you did!

October 22 • Kids "Trick-or-Treat" through the Fantasy Corn Trail and the "Man of Forty Voices" November 19 & 20 • Christmas Open House ~ December 10 • Visit with Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus December 19 • Hometown Caroling ~ December 24 • Christmas Eve in the Hay Barn CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR ALL THE DETAILS!

Schultz’s Country Barn, LLC & Pumpkin Patch Farm Setting~A Place to Bring the Family Home Décor • Primitives • Handmade Creations One-Of-A-Kind Painted & Antique Furniture • Ice Cream & More!


50996 N Main St • Eleva • 715-287-4684 GIFT SHOP OPEN:


Tues-Fri 11am to 5:30pm Sat 10am to 4:30pm


Closed Dec 24 thru Jan 13 Jan thru Mar Open Fri & Sat

10am to 5:30pm Tuesday thru Sunday


Open Sept 10 thru Oct 31

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The Little One Room


An American Icon! By Charlie Schaaf "It's a lazy late summer day, warm but not too hot. The air is full of sound as the bees buzz and the flies fly. Birds are everywhere and beginning to bunch together on a handy telephone line. Wild flowers paint their dainty blossoms across the fields and just visible in the background is a quaint little one room schoolhouse. Empty now but for the faint echoes of several generations of children..."

1911 • Hazel Harper, Teacher

Pretty, isn't it? A picture something like this graces the calendars of many an insurance agent or barbershop or even funeral parlor. The little schoolhouse in the picture is usually painted a warm and reassuring red. But is this typical picture hanging on Bert's Barbershop wall the way it really was? Not exactly.

biles, most kids walked to school. It could easily be several miles away. You were a lucky little kid if you had shoes and really lucky if your Pa would let you ride "ol' Dobbin." And you would be any age from 6 or 7 right up to 14 or 15.

There are indeed one room schoolhouses. They have been around for several centuries. They came about because before the days of planes, trains and automo-

For you see, all the local kids had to go to the little one room schoolhouse regardless of age. You could easily find first graders mingling with sixth graders.

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1918 • Burton School Bus Wagon

Learning was primarily by repetition and rote. Everyone got his or her turn to read, do sums and use the blackboard. There would be music and history but the "Three Rs" were king! Now if, in this world of texting, blackberries, tweeting and facebook, jpegs and the rest, you DON'T know what the "Three Rs" are... you just haven't been watching enough Little House on the Prairie! The little one room schoolhouse dotted the nation. Some are still in use or were up until fairly recently. Most of us over 50 may well have gone to one. They had a huge impact on our culture and were one of society’s great equalizers! Imagine several dozen children, many of whom know little English and ranging from 6 to 16 all mingling, learning, laughing and growing together. Our literature and entertainment world is still full of these little schoolhouses. Many have been preserved and are definitely worth a visit! And if you listen very close (and turn off all your gizmos!) you can hear the faint laughing and talking and counting and singing that made us what we are. Oh and by the way... almost NO little one room schoolhouses were painted RED! Red fades... they were and are virtually all WHITE! But don't tell the guys at the calendar shop!

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Schoolhouse Rocks! Now if you have memories of the little one room schoolhouse, you can pack your brood off to find one. They are out there! Eau Claire has a fine one in Carson Park, while Chippewa Falls boasts of one in Irvine Pank and the Russell D. Rassbach Museum in Menomonie also has a fine example. Many others are now homes and gathering places... but see what you can find!

Shady Glen School Hixton Area

Submitted by The Village Peddler of Hixton Antiques

You would have had one teacher who may have been only 15 or 16 herself! The teacher would have gotten to school about an hour before the kids. She would have laid out the lessons and rang the bell. School was normally from 9 'til 4, with several recesses and a lunch hour.

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Warrens Cranberry Festival A Great Place For A Family Fall Color Weekend!

Discover the colors of fall at the 39th Annual Warrens Cranberry Festival Friday, September 23th thru Sunday, September 25th, located just off I-94, Warrens exit, and one hour south of Eau Claire. The small village of 350 people swells to over 100,000 shoppers searching for that unique find among the 850 art and craft booths from twenty-six states! The flea/antique market area is a fun stop for the men to pick up new fishing lures, hunting knives and scopes for the fall hunting season. The Farm Market has a huge selection of all the traditional fall veggies along with a fabulous selection of fresh cranberries, juices, salsas, jams and jellies! They even have a largest vegetable contest and a scarecrow contest along with a contest for the largest cranberry and pumpkin! Check out the photography, quilts, flowers, food demos and the cranberry recipe contest over in the school gym.


A must do favorite is the Cranberry Bog Tours on Friday and Saturday along with a visit to the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center. You may indulge your way through the 98 ethnic food vendors starting out with "Joannies" homemade dinner plate sized cinnamon roll or pancakes with cranberry syrup... but don’t forget to leave room for "Marshfield’s Sweet Adeline’s" Cranberry Cream Puffs! For more information see page 12, check out the website at www. or call 608-3784200 for your schedule of events flyer and contest rules.

Remember to stop in Hixton on your way to the Festival! Cranberries are Good for your health! Studies demonstrate cranberry juice helps protect urinary tract health. The National Kidney Foundation recommends one 8 ounce glass of cranberry juice each day to maintain good kidney health. Cranberry juice also contains antioxidants and other compounds, which may help prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer. 46 | Hixton | Chippewa Valley's Hidden Treasures | Fall Into Fun 2011

Flea Markets

TWO LEFT... Sept 10&11 • Oct 8&9 Open at 8am • Next to Hixton Antique Mall Free Parking • Antiques • Collectibles

Millers Auction Co.

check website at

Apples • Apples • Apples Pick Your Own and Pre-Picked

Call Cain's Orchard for Details!


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Say "HI" to Hixton! By Charlie Schaaf

Just down the road is a real hidden treasure: the friendly and inviting town of Hixton! Located at the crossroads of I-94 and Highway 95 this western Wisconsin town should not be missed. It has something for almost everyone but if you are into "antiques and collectibles" you are doubly in luck. There are four wonderful shops. Each store is unique and plum-full of antiques just waiting to be discovered. Several of the stores are located in historic Hixton buildings and the over-all antique affect is almost staggering, but that’s not all! Nature has blessed Hixton with beautiful rolling countryside, fine hunting opportunities and excellent trout streams (four of 'em) plus motorcycle and atv trails and the exciting CMJ Raceway is only a short five miles away! But, lest you think this is all... you would be amiss in not adding a visit to Cain's Orchard! Cain's Orchard has been growing and nurturing over 20 acres of 20 varieties of the choicest apples around! They also have taken cultivating high bush blueberries to new heights... and have u-pick blueberries (in summer), enough to tempt anyone. Plus, they have a wonderful gift/retail shop, great picnic facilities and much, much more! One visit and you will be hooked! So, if you are after antiques or pails or bushels of wonderful Wisconsin apples you know where to go... Hixton.


•HIXTON• Millers Antiques & Auction Co Specializing in Stoneware, Advertising, Primitives and the Unusual Always Accepting Antique And Collectible Consignments For Our Monthly Auctions! N8779 Hwy 95 East • Hixton • One Block North of I-94 Cell 715-299-2543 • Store 715-963-1100

Fall Hours: Open 7 Days A Week • 10am to 5pm

The Village Peddler of Hixton ANTIQUES Plus More We Buy One Item Or Entire Estates

124 E Main St • Hixton • 715-963-2202 Open Seven Days A Week Monday thru Saturday 10am to 5pm Sunday 12 Noon to 5pm

Go Ahead... Say "HI!" And... Tell 'Em Hidden Treasures Sent You!

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Does this Sound Familiar? my curfew was the street lights. my mom called my name, not my cell. I played outside with friends, not online. If I didn’t eat what my mom cooked, then I didn’t eat. Sanitizer didn’t exist, but you COULD get your mouth washed out with soap. I rode a bike without a helmet, getting dirty was OK and neighbors gave a darn as much as your parents did! Share this with a friend if you drank water from a garden hose and survived. 48 | Chippewa Falls Map | Chippewa Valley's Hidden Treasures | Fall Into Fun 2011

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

chippewadowfalls ntown! get into your

downtown farmers market

JunE thru MID-oCToBER Thursdays • noon to 5:30PM _________________________________

paint the town pink TuESDAY, oCToBER 4 Cooking Demos • Live Music • Specials Sales • Refreshments • Drawings PInK Drinks • PInK Hair • PInK Clothing & Shoes! EVERYTHInG PInK!

THE JAMES SHEELEY HOUSE RESTAURANT T-Bone Tuesday Walleye Wednesday Thirsty Thursday

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce All You Can Eat • $8.95 • Thursdays

Fish & Whiskey Friday Sirloin Saturday Only $12.95! 236 W River St • Chippewa Falls


Dining: Tues-Sat 5-10 & Sun 11-5


“The Daal House”

A Haunted Event Coming In October

Join Paranormal Investigators & tour "THE DAAL HouSE"

The Chippewa Valley Paranormal Investigators have been called in to investigate the phenomena surrounding the former Daal Residence. Several generations have inhabited the house and tragedy has befallen them all. The family's misfortune has left an indelible mark on the property, and now cvpi invites the public to experience this haunted location for yourselves.

downtown trick or treating

for more Information

Portion Of Proceeds Go To The American Cancer Society


haunted happenings Monday, october 31 • 3PM to 5PM _________________________________

santas arrival FRIDAY, noVEMBER 25 • 10AM M&I PARKInG LoT

horse drawn wagon rides Tour The Lighted Christmas Village & Festive Downtown Chippewa Falls! Advance Tickets Required... Call For Details!

brOUGHt tO YOU bY Chippewa Valley paranormal Investigators Chippewa Falls main Street, Inc eevy Ivy Over Floral & Vicki’s Frame Shop bubba’s pC Garage

bridge to wonderland parade Theme: Christmas Village at Irvine Park SATuRDAY, DECEMBER 3 6PM • DoWnToWn

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 514 North Bridge Street Chippewa Falls, WI 54729 715-723-7858

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Area History Center


The past comes alive at the Area History Center and Museum, located in the former Notre Dame Convent, which was built in 1883. You’ll enjoy many rooms on three levels filled with treasures from the Chippewa Valley. The Area History Center is the home to both the Historical and Genealogy Societies. Stop in for a visit on Tuesdays from 9am to 4pm, you’ll be glad you did!

Irvine Park is a favorite destination in Chippewa Falls. This beautiful park includes picnic sites, a zoo, duck pond, and picturesque drives along and above Duncan Creek. There are playgrounds for the kids, and a waterslide and pool just across the street. The delights change with the seasons but the season is always FUN! The park is open from 7am until dark year round and there is no charge for admission.

123 Allen St • Chippewa Falls • 715-723-4399

Old Abe Trail

From Chippewa Falls, take Bridge Street North to Hwy 124. Go left on Bridgewater Avenue. The park is on the right.

It's a gardener's paradise!

Rose & Lily Garden

Corner of Jefferson and Bridgewater. Over 500 roses, teas, floribunda, grandifloras, miniatures and climbers! Check it out!

Lake Wissota State Park in Chippewa Falls and Brunet Island State Park in Cornell are connected by a wonderful 19.5 mile paved trail. Start your venture in Chippewa Falls on 97th Avenue (the junction of Hwy S and Hwy O) or in Cornell at the Mill Yard Park (Hwy 64/178 and Park Rd). Passes are required for all persons 16 years or older biking, in-line skating and horseback riding. For more information call the Chippewa Area Visitor Center at 888-723-0024.

Bike • Hike • In-line Skate • Horseback Ride

Historic Walking Tour

Oktoberfest • SEPTEMBER 16-18

Downtown Chippewa Falls For a brochure stop in at the Main Street Office at 514 North Bridge Street

Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds A Full Weekend Of German Fun!

5th Annual Down Syndrome Awareness Walk Sunday, September 25 • Irvine Park • Chippewa Falls Registration 11am • Walk at Noon Followed by Lunch and Entertainment

Nestled in the woods on beautiful Lake Wissota, Pleasant View Bed & Breakfast offers a peaceful getaway, while still being close to an array of activities such as Wissota State Park, Leinenkugel’s Brewery and the Old Abe Bike Trail.

Inkeepers Missy & Adam Machotka Welcome You! You’ll be treated to a sumptuous breakfast made with fresh, seasonal ingredients... prepared from scratch, especially for you, by Missy Machotka, Honorable Mention winner at the 2008 WBBA Cook-off.


16649 96th Ave • Chippewa Falls, WI

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Wandering Down The SODA Aisle... Or… How The Humble Little “Root Beers” Of The Past Became The Giant POPS Of Today!

Almost each soft drink brand has its very own tale to tell but in the interest of space (and thirst) here are some bubbly highlights!

By Charlie Schaaf

Now, absolutely right off the bat, we need to admit that this Hidden Treasures look at pop will not change your life, nor clean the oceans or even reduce the national debt. Wish it were so, but no. This is just a quick look at the world wide phenomena of the humble soda. Before we plunge into colas, root beers, fruit crushes and lemony-lime slushy things, we must admit that there have been cool and refreshing drinks made with fruits and berries and even honey for centuries and centuries. Lemonades have graced our pallets and puckered our lips probably since biblical days but the drinks were purely on the local level and there was no soft drink industry until about 1700. The first soft drink to quench a throat in the colonial days was root beer. This cool brown drink went down darn easily and left a sweet “froshy” mustache to boot! Again, each recipe was different but almost all contained sugar, roots, sassafras and other tasty oils. Root Beer was the generic name and became the rage for many years until mass produced for widespread public sale in 1876 by The HIRES Rootbeer Company. But what about all the rest?

1798 The name “soda water” appeared. In 1835 it was available bottled. In 1851 “Ginger Ale” burst upon the scene in Ireland while softdrinks began to be called “pop” by 1861. 1885 saw Charles Aderton creating Dr. Pepper in Waco, Texas while Coca-Cola was invented in 1886 in Georgia. But what's a bottle of pop without a top? A fizzle! And human ingenuity was ready for the challenge! The crown bottle cap appeared in 1892 with a patent appearing in 1899 to “blow glass” into the classic pop bottle shape. And by 1920 the US Census Bureau reported over 5000 bottlers bottling. 7-Up popped on the scene in 1929 while flavors, colors and additives like caffeine found their way into the drinks. The "fabulous fifties" saw the crushable aluminum can arrive as calories took a hike. Alcoa Aluminum invented the pull-ring can top and 1963 saw Schlitz Brewing put the “POP TOP” on the market. (Margaritaville would never be the same!) Today one can almost be dazzled by the variety. But whether you call it a soda, pop, soft drink or root beer, it’s all pretty darn easy to swallow!

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.

New Nam e! Same Owners!

Save 50% to 70% Over Buying New

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

Formerly Just Kiss It Good Buy 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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Seeking The Perfect Pumpkin? Looking For A Little Fall Fun? By Renee Wurzer Klinger's Farm Market may be just the place. Bring home your harvest from a huge selection of pumpkins, gourds, colored corn and squash. Or, simply enjoy four wonderful acres of corn maze, with bonus games like pumpkin bowling, beanbag toss and pumpkin checkers, plus free popcorn. New this year is the straw maze in the kids' playground which is designed for the younger ones! Bring boots if it's muddy and sunscreen if it's dry! Soft drinks or hot cocoa are available for purchase - depending on the weather. Admission is only $1 for both kids and adults. The maze is open Friday-Saturday-Sunday from midSeptember through October. Klinger's Farm Market is open daily 8am to 7pm April thru October, then 8am to 5pm November thru March.

Homegrown Goodness! Fresh Vegetables & Fruit Homegrown Potatoes Pumpkins • Gourds • Squash Apples & More! Garden Art • Fall Decorations Garden Mums & Asters

Corn Maze on the Weekends Homegrown Sunflower Seeds Bird Seed & Deer Corn

Klinger’s Farm Market

Hawkins' Hollow If you ever had the chance to meet Sara Hawkins, you met a genuine sweetheart who lived with passion. Of course her family came first, followed closely by educating people about farm life and having fun! Eleven years ago, together with her mother-in-law Sharon, and help from her family, friends and neighbors, Sara created Hawkins' Hollow… A Place for Family Fun! Ask any kid, or anyone, who visited Hawkins' Hollow about their experience and you will hear how Sara succeeded in this creative adventure. Hawkins' Hollow will not be open this fall… Sara died unexpectedly on June 2, 2011. In her honor I am stuffing a scarecrow (another favorite of Sara’s!) and I encourage you to do the same. Just one way of saying “Thank You Sara” for all the harvest fun memories that you spread across the Chippewa Valley!

Six Miles North of Chippewa Falls on Hwy 124, Then 1/2 Mile West (Watch for Signs)

Open 9am to 7pm Daily thru Oct 9am to 5pm Daily Nov thru Mar


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Looking for a quick drive? Enjoy the friendly people, varied sites and natural beauty of the Village of Lake Hallie. Nestled between Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls, Lake Hallie features dining opportunities, fairs, car shows, shopping adventures and a jewel of a lake.

DISCOVER LAKE HALLIE TODAY! Fun Events at Green Oasis Gardens SEPTEMBER 17 & 24 • JEWELRY CLASSES 10am to noon ($20 - must pre-register) OCTOBER 22 • PUMPKIN CARVING Free ALL DAY event for the family. Food, pumpkins, family fun and more!

October Nights Are Full Of Fearsome Fun! Particularly so when you pay a trip to the Village oF terror. Now this sPooktaculor Village is located on the site of the marvelous Chippewa Valley Renaissance Faire, but the fairies have flown, the armor tucked away and the pickle-seller gone elsewhere... at least ‘til next year! But you can’t keep a good VILLAGE down! The VILLAGE has a whole new cast of characters! Most of them guaranteed to do their very best to scare the “hearth” out of you. You’ll find vampires, witches, crazy doctors with a zest for cutlery, evil clowns and enough zombies to satisfy your need for spooky and scary experiences. The VILLAGE scared over 10,000 visitors last year and should be even a more frightful success this year!

NOVEMBER 19 • LADIES PAMPERING DAY Free ALL DAY Event with vendors, snacks, beverages, virtual makeovers and more pampering. While the men are away, the ladies will play! NOVEMBER 25 • BLACK FRIDAY VEGAS STYLE Come try your luck and see what deals you win for the day!

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You Won’t Want To Miss The Chills And Thrills! The Village oF terror is open for your pleasure FridaY and saturdaY nights from september 30th to october 29th! (discount tickets are available at Gordy’s County Market.) Or... find out the whole scary business at And as Beetlejuice would say; “It’s sPookY Fun by day! And scarY Fun at night!” No bones about it! See you at the Village oF terror!

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SiDetrip stone lake's CranberrY festival... a northwest Wisconsin family favorite! By Charlie Schaaf For 33 years the friendly town of Stone Lake has hosted a festival about that most wondrous of marsh growers: the cranberrY! Now this festival has all the wonderful cranberry touches you would expect like a cranberry pancake breakfast, delicious cranberry treats and baked goods, marsh tours, crafters from all over, the marvelously restored railway station that houses the historical museum and much, much more. But there is more to this festival than meets the cranberry! this is a festival with a "heart!" This festival not only provides the visitor with an unforgettable family experience, but proceeds go to a huge range of youth projects, programs and very worthy nonprofit organizations. You really do make a difference when you attend! It's a great festival and a great day out! Put the 2011 stone lake cranberry Festival on your list of october events, and if you get a chance... thank the good folks in Stone Lake for caring. See you in Stone Lake! (See page 14)

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


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

alpacas... What’s not to love? By Bernard A. Schwetz, DVM, PhD Find Our Beautiful Yarn & Products During The Falling Leaves Art Studio Tour

September 2 4 Booya Day Celebration

(Beaver Lanes & Pizzeria in Augusta) See Page 13

Alpacas, diminutive members of the Camelid family along with camels and llamas, originated from Peru and Bolivia and are growing in popularity in the United States. Alpacas are right in line with today's "green" movement as they are grazing animals that are easy on pastures - they don’t pull plants out by the roots - and easy on the soil with their small size and soft, padded feet.

Cadott Area Historical Society Come Browse or Take A Tour!

North of the Intersection of Hwys 27 & 29 Open Mondays 9am to 4pm (Except Holidays) 9 Foot Butter Churn • Scrapbooks • Family Histories Old Farming Equipment • 1935 Ford Fire Truck

Cadott Chamber of Commerce 715-289-3338

There are 22 natural colors of alpaca fleece - from white and fawn and many gorgeous shades of brown, to maroon, rose, silver, grey and black - so there is no need for dyes to make beautiful yarn. People raise alpacas as a profitable business and as a wonderful lifestyle. Our farm breeds and raises animals to sell and produces the luxury alpaca fiber used in the alpaca fashion industry. There is a shop on the farm to sell our yarn and beautiful, handmade products from our yarn. Come and visit the shop and the alpacas that grow the fiber for beautiful yarn and yarn products.


27484 Cty Hwy X, Cadott, WI • 1.5 Miles East of Cadott 715-313-3174 •

Please call ahead to arrange a farm tour.

Graphic Design Logos • Brochures • Newsletters • Posters Business Cards • Postcards • Invitations Promotional Products T-Shirts • Pens • Coffee Mugs • Aprons Magnets • Key Chains • Water Bottles

Lori Schmidt • 715-835-0611

(Publisher of CV Hidden Treasures)

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Follow the Yellowstone Trail LaGrander's COLBY LONGHORN Cheese Is #1

Cadott • Boyd • Stanley • Thorp • Withee • Owen • Curtiss


HWY 29 Stanley Farmer's Market Next to the Stanley Depot in Soo Park (Broadway & First)

Saturdays • 8am to 2pm (June 11 thru September 17)

For Vendor Information, Call Jeanne at 715-644-0244


Sundays in September 1pm to 4pm Or by Appointment 228 Church Street 715-644-5880 715-644-5492 Group Tours Welcome

WOW! What a statement and it’s true! In April this almost legendary cheesemaker in Stanley had its Colby Longhorn cheese receive the top point rating in the United States Championship Cheese Contest 2011. And 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 Hillside Dairy today, and be sure to congratulate them on their latest cheese achievement! LaGrander's can be found at W11299 Brock Road in Stanley... and don’t forget the curds!

October 30

10th Annual Stanley-Boyd FFA Alumni Farm Toy & Craft Show

Live Elk And Deer In Chapman Park!

By Charlie Schaaf

Stanley-Boyd High School 9am to 3pm

• S av e t h e D at e s •

entertainment at dimi's September 8 • 8:30pm Comedians, Dinner & A Show 715-644-5758

October 1 • 9pm to 1am Lee Walker & His Country Music Showcase 7 Piece Amazing Country Band!

October 8 & 29 • 8:30pm Comedians, Dinner & A Show

Eau Claire • Chippewa Falls • Menomonie • Altoona Fall Creek • Augusta • Osseo • Eleva • Strum • Hixton Colfax • Elk Mound • Durand • Nelson • Alma • Ella Arkansaw • Downsville... And More Towns Along the Way!

We Deliver

November 5 • 9pm to 1am Lee Walker & His Country Music Showcase December 10 • 9pm to 1am Last Open Road Fabulous Blues & Rock & Roll

Every thursday night is date night at dimi's. Buy one entree and receive half off the second entree.

There will be acoustic music once or twice a month for date night starting this fall!

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Since 1960

LaGrander’s Hillside Dairy W11299 Broek Rd • Stanley, WI


Mon thru Fri 8am to 5pm Sat ‘til Noon Located six miles off Highway 29, southeast of Stanley off Cty Rd N/NN and Fernwall Ave

Award Winning Cheeses!

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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.

Cadott • Boyd • Stanley • Thorp • Withee • Owen • Curtiss


HWY 29 Thorp Farmer's Market Yellowstone Trail Park Wednesdays • Noon to 5pm • thru late sept

Thorp Pumpkin Fest Saturday, October 1 9am to 4pm

Bring the entire family for a day filled with entertainment and fun. Check out the 130+ vendor booths featuring crafts, food and fall produce. Enjoy children's entertainment along with various contests. Thorp's Pumpkin Fest has something for everyone... including a few hundred pumpkins!!! Find All the Details At...

Would you like to order and adopt a wonderful hand-crafted-with-love monkey friend? 715-669-5371

They make wonderful gifts! Now Accepting Orders for

Custom Sock Monkeys for Christmas 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

WANTED Your Old Photos Or Interesting Stories For Next Year's Spring Issue Of

Call Lori at 715-835-0611 or email

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Follow the Yellowstone Trail

Fun Facts About The Loveable Pumpkin By Charlie Schaaf

Now we all know that the pumpkin is a huge part of Halloween. Its big, orange, loveable personality just shouts out “CARVE ME!” And carve we do! Millions of pumpkins end up carved, mashed, de-seeded, and turned into pies, bars and even breads. The seeds get washed, salted, oven baked and eaten by kids of all ages. Wow. Our orange friend is really a fruit. It is a member of the gourd family and has the squash, gherkins, cukes and melon as relatives. The whole darn family is good eatin’... but there’s nothing like the pumpkin! In size and presence alone the pumpkin is king of the patch. (Try and carve a pickle!) Some of the very biggest can weigh over 1650 pounds! The pumpkin comes from North America and has been grown and harvested for at least 5000 years. It was unknown to Europeans until about 1580 when the early French explorer, Jacques Cartier, discovered them. He dubbed them “Gros Melons!” and eventually this was translated into English and they were called “Pompions.” Pompions became pumpkins and became known by most Colonial children as the “Punkin!” And for the last 200 years or so...the big, orange and easily carved member of the gourd family has become a worldwide symbol for Halloween. Witches, black cats, bats and ghosts are there too, but that smiley old JackO-Lantern pumpkin is where it’s at! BOO!

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September Surprises A Look At September Days That Shook The World! By Charlie Schaaf OK. Our loyal Hidden Treasures readers like lists and quizzes and stuff like that. Our writers do too. Not a lot of thinking needed! But that being the case, our staff took a look at September... and indeed, September events have shaken the world. Let's look. September 1, 1939 Poland invaded and World War II starts (but not in the US! That is December 7, 1941 - two years later!) September 40, 1781 Los Angeles was founded and California's been "dreamin" ever since!

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Cadott • Boyd • Stanley • Thorp • Owen • Withee • Curtiss

HWY 29 Owen Farmer's Market Saturdays • 8am to Noon (May 28 thru October 1)

On the lawn of the Old School Gym on CTH X (Third St) in the Downtown Area Munson Bridge Winery

Wine and Music By The Campfire 6pm to 10pm

September 3 Jazz Orgy from Green Bay September 17 Ain’t Got Jack September 24 Breast Cancer Event Check website for details

September 6, 1620 The Mayflower, with 102 Pilgrims on board, sails for America. September 9, 1776 The Continental Congress changed the name of our newly independent country from "United Colonies" to the "United States of America." Has a better ring to it! September 11, 2001 Terrorism, heroism and memories a nation, and the world, cannot forget. September 12, 1990 East and West Germany re-united.

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Old Woodland Hotel built on Main Street by the Owen Lumber Company in the early 1900s! check it out! Owen-Withee Chamber of Commerce 715-229-2697

DJ’s Metal Art Custom CNC Metal Design & Cutting

September 19, 1893 Women given "The Vote" in New Zealand. The first nation to do so! September 29, 1972 My son, Geoff, was born and diapers took on a new meaning!

September Surprises

downtown owen

602 E Mill St • Withee • 715-229-2969

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• Signs • Letters • Numbers • Logos • Shapes • Industrial Parts • Metal Yard Art • Vehicles • Home Decor • And More

a backyard paradise Rustic Garden Metal Works is a small family business run by Carol and Dick Rode and their daughter Sandy Sjoman. Carol focuses on the designing of metal art while Dick and Sandy do the welding. The business is run from their home, but you might also discover them at a local craft show. Their backyard is truly a showroom of beautiful metal art with many different styles of flowers, bugs, birds and animals. Catalogs are available to browse through and if you have something specific in mind, you can create an idea together.

The Munson Bridge Winery... A Clark County Winery That Is A True Hidden Treasure! By Charlie Schaaf

Now just a bit down the road from Withee, Wisconsin is a gem of a family owned winery! The farm and house date from 1914 and are still going and "growing" strong! The Winery is home to a wonderful variety of fruit wines. These tasteful offerings include Elderberry Wine, Boysenberry, Crabapple, Cranberry and many more. All are made with the finest and freshest locally grown fruit and produced with loving care. But fine wine is only the beginning. The Munson Bridge Winery is located in a veritable nature paradise that includes lovely lawns, grounds and a pond to enjoy. You can sip a glass of wine while taking it all in. There are many exciting seasonal events, music and tastings... plus their own oils and vinegars and yummy local cheeses too. Pay a visit to this uniquely beautiful family winery in Wisconsin's heartland. You'll be treated like a guest and leave feeling like a friend!

The Munson Bridge Winery... See You There!

great gift ideas!

Customize A Gift Basket For The Holidays!

From Withee: Go 1 mile north from the four-way stop signs, turn east on Bruckschlager Rd and follow it. The road will curve back to the north and over train tacks. Turn east on Pine Rd (the first road) and go 1/2 mile. First place on left. From Owen: Take Hwy D north 2 miles, take a left turn (west) onto Pine Rd and go 1 mile. Second place on right. There are signs... just follow them.

Rustic Garden Metal Works 715-897-3476

W5270 Pine Rd • Withee, WI May 1 thru Sept 30 Mon thru Sat 10am to 6pm Oct 1 thru April 30 Mon thru Sat 10am to 5pm Closed Sundays

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It's The Best of Both Worlds... Print and Online You can still pick up your copy of CV Hidden Treasures at over 800 locations throughout the Chippewa Valley... but now you can get the latest edition online at

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Hospital.................................... F-10 Tourist Information..................... G-6 Downtown................................ G-6 Wakanda Park ............................B-7 Lions Club Game Park................B-7 Dunn County Rec Park.............. G-8 Red Cedar State Trail................. G-3 Clock Tower Plaza..................... G-6 Mabel Tainter Theater................ G-6 Heritage Museum.......................B-7 Stout Technology Park.............. G-10 Junction Mall..............................A-4

Experience fall In

menomonie Bike or Walk the Red Cedar State Trail Enjoy Fine Restaurants and Cozy Accommodations Check out the New Exhibits at the Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum Shop in One-of-a-Kind Stores Hike and Birdwatch at Hoffman Hills Take in a Performance at the Mabel Tainter Theater

amazeing fun at Govin's Meats & Berries Enjoy an exciting walk through their eight acre corn maze... and this year the design helps the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital! You can either stop by in the daylight or bring a flashlight and try it out in the evening... it's aMAZEing! The all new MINUTE TO WIN IT competition will run each Saturday from September 24th thru October 22nd and the winning teams will compete on October 29th. Your entry fee is a $50 donation to St. Jude for a 4 person team (2 males and 2 females). Each weekend they will have different types of teams: Sept 24 Media Oct 1 Businesses Oct 8 Families & Friends Oct 15 Schools, university, frats & sororities Oct 22 Scouts, church groups & any other type of organization Oct 29 Winners of each weekend compete They also have a pumpkin patch, pumpkin cannon, hay rides, farm animals, pig races, duck races, pony races and a hay jump... whew! And if that's not enough, on October 8th they plan to offer helicopter rides ($40 per person) if the weather perNEW THIS YEAR... mits. There is something to do for all ages! So load Haunted Maze up the family and head out October 21-22 towards Menomonie and October 28-29 Govin's Meats & Berries. 7pm to 10pm They're open weekends Additional charge of $5 for haunted September 17th thru Ocnights and all proceeds go to the Menomonie Theatre Guild. tober 30th. For more inIf you don't like haunted mazes formation see page 12, go we also have a maze that is NOT haunted. to or call 715-231-2377.

See ya in the corn... or the pumpkins... or the hay - well, you get the idea!

Take Some Time… Make Some Memorable Moments in Menomonie… You Won’t Be Disappointed! For More Information Contact Chamber of Commerce Greater Menomonie Area 715-235-9087 or 1-800-283-1862

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Your Shop For That "Something Special From Wisconsin!"

Folk Art Emporium 222 Main St • Menomonie • 715-231-2112 Across the street from the Mabel Tainter Theater

Mon thru Fri 10 to 6 • Sat 10 to 5 • Thur 'til 9 • Closed Sunday

Specializing in fine craft gifts and materials for fiber arts. Classes are also offered in the fiber arts and other skills such as wood-carving, birch bark basketry and rug hooking.


Folk Art Emporium! Use your hands to keep your brain sharp! Scientists know that learning new, fine-motor skills is one of the best ways to stay smart well into your 'elder years' and the Folk Art Emporium is just the place to go. We teach the "old" arts: KNITTING, CROCHET, LACE-MAKING, FINE HAND SEWING, FRENCH KNITTING, TATTING, QUILTING, PIECEWORK AND APPLIQUE', DECORATIVE PAINTING, DOLL MAKING, SPINNING, WEAVING and many other subjects. Imaging sleeping on pillowcases that you have sewn and made the lace edging yourself! Wear garments that are unique, drink from wine glasses painted by you or decorate your home with the 'gentle arts'. All skills are taught either in private one-on-one classes or as "parties" for groups of two to ten. Our teachers are friendly, skilled and patient! When you learn how to make beauty with your own hands, you become linked to your an© D'Angelo Photography Studio cestors in a way that does not depend upon external media. You may simply be curious about how something has been made and want to take a 'taste' to find out; or you may discover that you truly enjoy this new/old art and become a skilled practitioner. Spinning the yarn that you knit into a sweater that keeps you warm is a priceless adventure. In addition to the artists who consign fine crafts and gifts in our GIFT SHOP, you will find: Laurie Klinkhammer of CELESTIAL QUILTING - computer guided custom quilting; Tracy Taylor with her PAINT CAFE' and Jenny Elliott, teaching FIBER ARTS and doing CUSTOM SEWING. Think of us when you need a unique gift item or something special made just for you! Contact us at 715-231-2112 or www. 64 | Menomonie | Chippewa Valley's Hidden Treasures | Fall Into Fun 2011

Witches Night Out Thursday, October 27 • Downtown Menomonie

Shop, socialize and snack during Witches Night Out on Thursday, October 27th in downtown Menomonie from 3pm to 8pm. View the latest women’s fashions - urban, vintage and gently worn. Make and take a piece of jewelry. Explore salons for chic styles. Examine second hand treasures. Search for that perfect gift. Leaf through books of all kinds. Save lots and lots of money at all the sales. Shop until you drop. Taste, sample, munch, nibble and consume fine food. View a late night movie. Register at all 30 participating businesses to win over a $1,000 in prizes. See page 15 for more information.

farmer's market thru october Locally Grown and Produced Foods • Arts & Crafts Dunn County Recreation Park Wednesdays 11am to 6pm • Saturdays 8am to 2pm

Mabel Tainter center for the Arts Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts is a fully functional 118 year old Victorian era theater with a year round performing arts season featuring nationally recognized artists. Selfguided tours are available... call for details.

205 Main St • Menomonie

715-235-0001 new!

Gently Used Books

Art • Biography • History Cookbooks • Classics • Sports Mind/Brain • Politics • Religion Crafts • Ecology • Economics

717 3rd Street East Menomonie, WI 54751


Email: Open Tues - Sat: 10am - 4pm

Hardback & Paperback Fiction & Science Fiction Classroom Materials To Improve Students’ Thinking and Achievement.

Grace Episcopal Church Hosts 7th Annual

Pie Social, Antique Show & Silent Auction! This year, the 7th Annual Amazing Grace Antique Show and Apple Pie Sale will take place October 15th and 16th at the Econolodge Conference Center, located just off Interstate 94 and Highway 25 in north Menomonie. The 3000 square foot state-of-theart facility will be filled with antiques and collectibles including glassware, pottery, weather vanes, furniture, silver, jewelry and primitives.

Do The Planet A Favor...

Buy Vintage

Town & Country Antiques

244 Main St • Menomonie • 715-231-3222 Across from the Post Office Mon-Fri 10 to 5 • Sat 10 to 4 • Sun 11 to 4 Email:

In addition to the antiques, a silent auction will be held. Silent auction bids for a variety of items, including Green Bay Packer tickets, restaurant and hotel certificates and treasured collectibles, will be accepted over the two day event. The show would not be complete without the famous homemade apple pies and crisps that have been part of the Grace Church tradition. This year, delicious bbq sandwiches and beverages will again be featured at the concessions faire. Tickets for the Amazing Grace Antique Show and Apple Pie Sale are available at the door for $2.50. The center will be open 9am to 6pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday. The event is sponsored by Grace Episcopal Church in Menomonie, Wisconsin. (See page 15)

Surprise Sassy Savings in November & December at la dee dah!

Check out La dee dah's Facebook page or request to be on their mailing list at for postings of events and sales!

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

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What Can You Do In

Enjoy a day at the Museum

Play a game of Disc Golf • Launch a Boat

Tucked inside Wakanda Park is the RUSSELL J. RASSBACH HERITAGE MUSEUM. What a collection! What a museum! Regionally acclaimed, this museum traces the history of Dunn County in exhibits that will inform and entertain!

Wakanda Park? Check out the Indian Mounds Jump on the Playground • Enjoy a Picnic

Visit the Heritage Museum Be sure to check out the

Lions' Club Game Park & Nature Trail

20-30 Minute Self-Educating Walk Wonderful Plant Life • Live Deer, Elk and Ducks

909 Pine Ave, Menomonie • 715-235-5050

Hoffman Hills state recreation area This day-use area is located ten miles northeast of Menomonie. Hoffman Hills offers 706 acres of preserved and restored wooded hills, wetlands and prairie, traversed with hiking and cross-country ski trails. A sixty foot high observation tower crowns one of the highest points in Dunn County, offering spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, especially during autumn. There are three picnic areas within the park and nature trails wind throughout. Enjoy excellent bird watching, walk through a 15acre tall grass prairie restoration, or view wildlife along the one mile wetland trail accessible to users with disabilities.

Heritage Speaker Series sunday • September 18 Landmarks in Wisconsin Aviation History sunday • October 16 From the Pages of the Dunn County News sunday • November 20 Wisconsin Vietnam War Stories Part II Rassbach Heritage Museum is located in Menomonie's Wakanda Park. (From I-94 take exit 41 south on State Highway 25; turn left on Pine Avenue to Wakanda Park.) Admission is charged. For more information contact 804.232.8685 or visit online at

Walk for Paws Lions' Club Pavilion • Wakanda Park Saturday, September 10

Registration at 9am Gather pledges for yourself, a beloved pet or even a shelter pet, and march in the Pet Parade Face Painting • Micro Chipping • Dog Kissing Contest Refreshments • Dunk Tank • Information Booths • 715-232-9790

The hills are well known for over eight miles of challenging cross-country ski trails, groomed for both stride and skate ski styles. Sledding and snowshoe areas are also available for winter visitors. There's an outdoor group camp for organized youth groups.

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Located just outside of Menomonie, off Hwy 12 East. Park Hours: 7am to 9pm.

September 7 October 5

Entrance gate closes automatically, visitors must exit before 9pm! Dogs and horses are not allowed. For reservations and questions, contact the park office at 921 Brickyard Rd, Menomonie, WI 54751 or call 715-232-1242.

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Culver’s Cruise Night

First Wednesday of the Month from 5pm to 8pm

1330 Stout Rd Menomonie 715-233-0330

The Bullfrog Fish Farm is a good place to be…


Pondside Fishing • Hoots & Happenings Farm Retail Sales & More...

One of Menomonie's Hidden Treasures!

Devil's Punchbowl Hobo Shorelunches - Sat & Sun & Occasional Live Music Thru Sept 25th Have Influence at The Bullfrog’s Family Beer & Beverage Garden

Located on rustic Hwy 89 just southwest of Menomonie.

Open Year ‘Round Friday thru Sunday... Noon to 6pm (Closed Saturday, September 10th... Fish Farmer's Daughter to be Wed!)

For more info, contact the Chamber of Commerce

South of Menomonie off Co. Rd. Y - Between Hwy. 25 & Co. Rd. C

Info @ 715-664-8775 or

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 western Wisconsin 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. History: The Red Cedar State Trail originates at the site of the rail freight depot located in Menomonie. The “Lumber Era,” during the 1800s, was responsible for the establishment of the Red Cedar Junction Line which serviced the Knapp, Stout & Co., the largest lumber producing company in the world at that time. During the next 100 years, the line was operated by various railroad companies. When abandoned in 1973, the Red Cedar Junction Line was acquired by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources which currently operates and maintains the trail. Depot Visitor Information Center: The original railroad freight depot in Menomonie houses an interpretive center with various nature and historical displays and programs. Trail passes and t-shirts can be purchased here. The friendly staff can answer questions and tell you about other Trail Segments area attractions and services.

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

Trail Passes: Wisconsin Statutes require bicyclists and skiers age 16 and older to purchase a trail pass. Please use self-registration boxes if no attendant is available.

Accessibility: The Red Cedar Trail, Depot and rest areas are all accessible to people with disabilities.

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colfax • elk mound 2,000 Square Feet Of Antiques & Collectibles! A Little Bit Of Everything!


April 1 thru December 31 Fri•Sat•Sun• Mon 11am to 5pm Or By Appointmen t

709 University Ave (Hwy 40) • Colfax, WI • 715-505-3344

Fall Harvest Festival Pleasant Valley Tree Farms invites you to the Fall Harvest Festival which begins on September 24th and runs through October 30th. You’re sure to enjoy all the fun-filled family activities! Marvel as the pumpkins fly for hundreds of feet from the great orange Jack-O-Launcher or hit the target with our Crazy Corn Cannon! Then venture through a haunted forest walk and, if you survive, try your luck at getting in and out of the Land of No Return Corn Maze. Discover your favorite nursery rhyme characters in the Magical Woodland Maze. Pumpkin bowling and other fun and fabulous games await you.

Save The Dates NOVEMBER 19

Craft Show at Grapevine Senior Center • Colfax Nice variety of handmade items, lefse and more! NOVember 19-20

Open House at Blue Butterfly Antiques • Colfax Tons of Christmas antiques, great "old" gifts for the holidays and refreshments

Finish your day with a quick ride over to the super-duper 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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Spend some time at the always popular petting zoo where many creatures await a gentle hand. Still have some energy left? Stop and play on the straw stacks and forts, pedal a tractor or bounce in a brightly colored castle. Don’t forget to take a trip down the giant 80 foot Spooktacular Slide. Enjoy a relaxing hayride tour of the tree farm with a stop afterward to refuel at the Chuckwagon Food Stand with many delicious treats!

Celebrate The Fall Harvest At Pleasant Valley Tree Farms!

Petting Zoo Weekends Only

September 24th thru October 23rd

Weekends Only September 24th thru October 30th 80' Giant Spooktacular Slide Crazy Corn Cannon • Corn Slinger Jack-O-Launcher • Hayrides (Additional Fee For Corn Slinger, Corn Cannon & Slide)

September 24th thru October 30th Activities Available 7 Days A Week!

(Admission: $7 Per Person • 23 Months and Under Free)

Chuck Wagon Food Stand

Hotdogs • Brats • Nachos • Chips Caramel Apples • Cookies Apple Cider • Soda • Coffee

Woodland Play Area and Kids' Games

(Includes Mini-Golf, Pumpkin Bowling & Many More)

Bounce Houses • Gemstone Mining • Straw Tunnels Land of No Return Corn Maze • Red Pine Ranch Play Area Spooky Ridge Trail • Magical Woodland Maze Fort Fraser Pedal Toy Track

Watch as the Giant Jack-O-Launcher Shoots a Pumpkin Hundreds of Feet in the Air... Great Fun For All!

Pumpkins • Squash • Fall Produce • Locally Grown Apples Country Store Open House Saturday & Sunday September 17th & 18th

Pleasant Valley Tree Farms

Lots of Great New Items Refreshments & Gourmet Food Samples

N7240-810th St • Elk Mound

20% OFF


Fall Florals • Candles CDs & Tapes Through September 23rd

Open 7 Days A Week 10am to 6pm

Shop Our Sales Area 25% to 70% OFF!

Watch for Extended Hours in November and December

Create A Country Christmas Memory!

Join us in November to select the perfect Christmas tree, choose unique gifts and enjoy great family fun! Fall Into Fun 2011 | Chippewa Valley's Hidden Treasures | Pleasant Valley Tree Farms | 69

History • Nature • A Day Out On The Town’s All in Durand Nestled between the shimmering Chippewa River, natural woodlands and surrounding limestone bluffs lies the rural farming community of Durand. Enjoy the spectacular fall colors on the Chippewa River State Trail! Durand is the trailhead for this scenic pathway... bike or stroll along the beautiful Chippewa River. (The trail is paved from downtown Durand all the way to Phoenix Park in Eau Claire and also accessible from the Red Cedar State Trail.)

Durand Invites You To Discover Our Natural Beauty! Cycle • Hike • Paddle Boat • Fish • Bird Watch

Make Durand your weekend destination for dining, golfing, shopping, boating, canoeing and fishing. Local outfitters can assist you with everything from bait to canoe rentals. Visit the Veterans Memorial on the River Walk, or venture to the Tiffany Bottoms Wildlife Refuge. A visit to the historical Old Courthouse Museum and Round Hill will complete your day. Don't forget about camping sites available at Tarrant Park!

Enjoy A Day Out On The Town! Shop • Dine • Live Music Explore Our History!

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Round Hill

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.

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Eau Galle Cheese Factory Cheese • Gifts • Collectibles • Year ‘Round Christmas

City of Durand 715-672-8770

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N6765 St Hwy 25 • Durand, WI • 715-283-4211 Wisconsin's Finest Cheese - Factory Direct to YOU!

Open 7 Days A Week Mon thru Sat 9am to 5:30pm • Sun 11am to 4:30pm

Family Owned & Operated Since 1904

WOLF’S Ladies Fashions & Footwear 201 W Main St • Durand 715-672-8661 Monday thru Friday 9am to 5pm Saturday 9am to 3pm • Sunday Closed

Where you can find STYLE ~ from your HEAD to your TOES!

THE Old Courthouse Museum The Old Courthouse Museum was the Pepin County Courthouse built in 1874. It’s the only wooden courthouse left standing in Wisconsin. The museum is located downtown on Washington Square and is open through October 8th... Saturdays from 1pm to 4pm... or anytime year-round by appointment. For tour and research reservations call: 715-672-5423 or 715-672-5709.

Tiffany Wildlife Area 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. Its 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



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Including the Mississippi, Buffalo, Chippewa, Eau Galle and the Rush River Valleys and traveling through parts of Buffalo, Pepin, Dunn and Pierce Counties. For more information, contact the Pepin County Resource Office in Durand at 715-672-5709 or Toll Free at 1-888-672-5709. Email Fall Into Fun 2011 | Chippewa Valley's Hidden Treasures | Durand | 71

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ELMWOOD TRULY A FAMILY AFFAIR! By Charlie Schaaf Four years ago an Elmwood, Wisconsin family decided to turn their backyard cornfield into a fun and family friendly corn maze. Mother and kids worked their corn maze magic and their "corn maze For kids" was born! The first year's theme was corny critters which was followed by an alien encounter. munster lane, ghost alley and Pirates found their way into the maze, adding even more family charm. Now their fourth season is off and running and the Geraets family does it again! This year's theme is the circus and you can count on finding an escaped animal or two along the way! The maze is really a very unique way to bring area families together, expose them to a great day in the country and take in the charms of the lovely Elmwood area. And... the maze is FREE, although donations are gratefully appreciated! Hayrides and a daily circus act will add to the excitement! The Geraets' Corn Maze is only open on sundaYs in october from 1pm to 5pm. Costumes are encouraged and you can all get into the act! Add this great family outing to your Halloween schedule. Bring the camera and we'll see you at the maze! w432 cty rd PP near elmwood • 715-495-0251 From DUranD: West on Hwy 25 to Cty Rd D through Eau Galle to P to PP to W432. From menomonie: To Downsville to 72 to Elmwood to P to PP and to W432. From ellsWorth: To 72 to Elmwood to P to PP and to W432. Watch for signs. See you in October!

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Trick or Treat! Money or Eats!! By Charlie Schaaf Taking the Halloween disguised “urchins” from door to door and watching the ritual of plopping just the right amount of candy into the kiddies’ bags is certainly one of the true Halloween treats! I did it. My kids did it. Their kids are doing it. It is enough to make any dentist smile! But how did it start? By the 8th century the Celtic Autumnal festival of “Samhain” had evolved into the Christian Commemoration of All Hallows Eve, followed by All Hallows day. And you guessed it… these important religious days were plopped right over Samhain (Halloween!) One of the customs of Samhain was going door-to-door and collecting food to be given to the “druids” or Celtic priests. But that was all over and by the 8th century, on All Hallows Eve, peasants would go door-to-door and ask for “soul cakes.” Little square confections that had currants and nuts in them. And the deal was that the more “soul cakes” collected, the more prayers to be said the next day for the souls of the dead. Now this custom came and went along with the general evolution of Halloween and it is impossible to say just when door-to-door trick-or-treating resurfaced. However, we do know that more than 700,000 Irish came to America between 1845 and 1850 and brought many of their Halloween customs with them. And the bag stuffing is definitely here to stay!


The GREAT RIVER ROAD A HIDDEN TREASURES By Charlie Schaaf Hidden Treasures has been around for close to 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 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.


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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. Hope to see you soon!

now thru November 15th

Groceries • Clothing & More!

Annual Members Exhibit: Horse and Harvest

Locally Produced Flour, Coffee & Dairy Products Children’s Toys & Books • Old Fashioned Cards Jewelry • Funky Shoes • Sweaters Alpaca & Vicuna Woven Scarves • Binoculars Metal & Wood Alma Signs • DVD Rentals

Extremely Nice Prices! 100 N Main St • Downtown Alma Fall Hours: Open Daily 10am to 7pm

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DiscoVer The GreaT riVer roaD NOW OPEN Every Day • 10am to 5pm

Second Annual Grape Stomp At Danzinger's Winery In Alma! By Charlie Schaaf Now here's the deal. If you are 45 or older you probably know that the 1951 to 1957 TV sitcom "I Love Lucy!" is among the funniest shows on the tube. You have probably seen many (if not all) of these incredibly funny episodes. They are still broadcast out in the great waste land of cable tv... and well they should be!

Danzinger Vineyards

S2015 Grapeview Ln • Alma (one mile on County road e)


Wine Tastings • Event Hall • Scenic View & More

a night of Reliving history in alma Sunday, September 18 • 3pm to 9pm

Enjoy an evening stroll through downtown Alma. Drool over the vintage and antique car show. View a 1949 newsreel of Alma at the Big River Theater. Participate in the 1949 dance and costume contests. And lots of great food! For more information contact Wings Over Alma or the Alma General Store. hope to see you there!

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.

ALMA email: 608-685-3303

Lucille Ball was a true comedic genius, and her accomplished cast equally wonderful. "I Love Lucy" continually finds Lucy (Lucille Ball) in situations that are barely believable, if not for her talents. We probably all have our favorites, but for me one stands out! YEP. "Lucy's Italian Movie Episode" is the official name, but for millions of fans (then and now) it is simply known... or known simply... as "Lucy's Grape Stomp!" Lucy is visiting an Italian winery, and is mistaken for a local peasant woman worker. Before she can blink she is up to her ankles in a giant vat full of grapes! Lucy becomes the heroine and the grapes the enemy. Stomping away Lucy's face turns color and the laughs pile up! A true smash hit from one of the "GREATS." Now if you love this classic episode like I do... you will want to take the short drive to danzinger's winery in alma on september 3rd. You can then amuse yourself (or perhaps the in-laws) by dressing up as LUCY and having a turn at danzinger's very own Grape Stomp! There will be lots of grape smashing fun, an I Love Lucy Look-A-Like contest, plus picture opportunities galore! No competition. Just a fun chance to pretend you're Lucy or perhaps pay your own very special tribute to that "crazy red-head" who made so many of us smile for so very many years. danzinger's is the place and September 3rd is the date! Just $10 for the stomp, t-shirt and picture. See you at the stomp... and thanks Lucy! LOVE YA...


Alma Beach • One Mile North of Downtown • Admission Charged

Live Music • Art Booths • Food Vendors & More Storytelling by Kenny Salwey & Live Eagle Presentation!

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GET YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING DONE EARLY! SALES UP TO 75% OFF MID-OCT. THRU NOV. FALL 2011 HOURS: Sept - Oct: Wed - Sat, 11-5pm. Sundays by chance. Saturdays in Nov: 11-4pm.

The Alma Area Museum

The Alma Area Museum, located at 505 South Second Street, will be open Thursday thru Sunday from 1pm to 4pm this fall. The museum is housed in the former Buffalo County Training School which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as is much of the downtown area!

Summer Dew

Gail Pommerening from Art & Soul won the label contest at Danzinger's this year. Her beautiful goldfinch art is featured on a special edition wine and portions of the wine sales go to Wings Over Alma. Limited edition giclee prints of "Summer Dew" are also available. Call Art & Soul for more information!

Save The Dates September 11 Fall Birding By Mini Train through the Tiffany Bottoms. Reservations required September 18 Nature Talk: Black Bears in the Coulees September 24 Back Road Tour of Western Wisconsin's Historic Mills

October 8-9 Quilting by the River Quilt Show Alma American Legion Hall

Castlerock Museum NOW OPEN

402 South 2nd Street • Alma, WI

Directly across from the Courthouse Fridays & Saturdays • 1pm to 4pm

Demonstration of free-hand quilting on an historic Singer machine at Wings Over Alma October 16 Nature Talk: Watching Swans on the Upper Mississippi River

Call Wings Over Alma For More Info Buena Vista Park spectacular View!

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.

Secret Gardens are located all along Main Street in Alma. One of CV Hidden Treasure's favorites is behind Fire & Ice... be sure to check it out!


Ten Steep Staircases Great Exercise!

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DISCOVER THE GREAT RIVER ROAD Discover The Hawks View Great River Road Wine Trail

Cottages & Lodges ~ dreamers welcome ~

Local Wine With A View!

Save the Date

Holiday Food & Wine Festival November 12 - 13, 2011 Cannon River Winery • Cannon Falls, MN Falconer Vineyards Winery • Red Wing, MN Valley Vineyard • Prescott, WI Vino in the Valley • Maiden Rock, WI Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery • Stockholm

Our nine distinctive cottages, lodges and suites are crafted high up onto steep wooded bluffs, with hawk’s eye views of the Mississippi River and Old Fountain City, Wisconsin.

Danzinger Vineyards • Alma, WI Seven Hawks Vineyards • Fountain City, WI Heights Vineyards • Winona, MN Vernon Vineyards • Viroqua, WI Eagles Landing Winery • Marquette, IA

651-293-0803 or 866-293-0803

September 2-4 Old Time Farm Fest • Schmitt Family Farms • Hwy 95

Fountain City, WI

September 10 1st Annual Outdoor and Recreation Show Cochrane-Fountain City Schools

"A Rockin And A Rollin" In

fountain city By Charlie Schaaf

Fountain City is a charming and busy historic town a bit further down the road from Alma. It is the home to many lovely sites but the real "sight to behold" will really rock you! It's called the ROCK IN THE HOUSE! And it surely is! On April 24 of 1995 a huge (55 ton) boulder rolled down from the cliffs above and plowed into a two bedroom home. It came to rest, pun intended, in what used to be a cozy master bedroom and here it still is today! Luckily no one was hurt in the making of this attraction!

During your stay visit our tasting room and wine shop located at 17 North Street. All of our wines are made from 100% locally grown grapes.

The ROCK IN THE HOUSE is quite the attraction and brings rock-hounds from throughout the world. It just is not every day that you can see and touch a 55 ton rock in a bedroom. It does make you think... and is well worth the trip.

ROCK IN THE HOUSE 440 North Shore Dr • Fountain City

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Unbelievable! By Lori Schmidt That describes my venture over to Fountain City where I discovered Elmer's Auto and Toy Museum on top of Eagle Bluff... the highest point on the Mississippi River. Elmer and Bernadette have five buildings and a house chock full of well, you name it... everything from classic cars to toy pedal cars to a carnival carousel. What started out as a private collection has been generously offered to the public for the past twenty years! Start your journey in the house where you'll find a collection of antique dolls dating back to the 1800s. In the living room is a full size 1929 Model A Phaeton in pristine condition, yep right in the living room! Venture along to one of three buildings filled with over 100 full size, beautiful antique, classic and muscle cars from Models As and Studebakers to Corvettes, Mustangs and even a Rolls Royce. The walls are lined with the world's largest display of pedal cars... over 700 of them! Nestled in between you'll find motorcycles and scooters and bicycles and high wheeled bikes and riding toys! amazing! Discover the treasures in the barn... it's filled with antique toys ranging from pedal airplanes and tractors to sleds, trucks and vintage go carts. There's even an old tool collection. Your next stop, Elmer's favorite building filled with toys, toys and more toys... thousands of them. From cast iron, pressed steel and Japanese tin to wind-up and battery operated. Their last count was at well over 35,000 collectible toys!

Fountain City Motel Clean Rooms • Affordable Rates • Free WiFi We're Located On Scenic Highway 35, Only 20 Minutes From Alma And 10 Minutes From Winona.

Call Today... 608-687-3111


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Fountain City Historical Museum Prairie Moon Museum & Rock Garden Fishing • Hunting • Boating • Bike Trails Merrick State Park • And More!

Fountain City Farmers Market Thru Sept 29 • Thursdays • 3pm to 7pm Fountain City Municipal Park

Farmers will be selling a variety of products, including a wide range of homegrown vegetables, flowers, plants, fresh baked goods, preserves, eggs, meat and artisan crafts. For vendor information contact John Sagan at 608-687-8170.

Grab your family and friends, pack a lunch and plan to spend the day at Elmer's on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River. A day trip well worth your time! Elmer's is about an hour and fifteen minutes from Eau Claire. If you're heading out of Alma, it's only about a 20 minutes south on the Great River Road. See you there!


City of Fountain City • 608-687-7481

100 Antique, Classic & Muscle Cars Motorcycles • Scooters • Bicycles • Wagons • Go Carts

The Largest Collection in the World! MUSEUM 700 Pedal Cars... Pedal Airplanes & Tractors • Antique Dolls & Tools

1000s of Toys Dating Back to the 1800s High Wheel Bikes • Riding Toys • And So Much More!

Admission: Adults $8 • Seniors (+65) $7 • Children (6-12) $4 • Under 6 Free

2011 Schedule Open Weekends 9am to 5pm May 7-8, 28-30 June 18-19 July 2-4, 16-17, 30-31 Aug 6-7, 20-21 Sept 3-5, 17-18 Oct 1-2, 8-9, 15-16 Groups and tour buses

W903 Elmers Rd • Fountain City, WI • 608-687-7221 welcome on other dates...

must call in advance!

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Picturesque PEPIN and the LITTLE HOUSE in the BIG WOODS! By Charlie Schaaf

Historic PEPIN, Wisconsin gets ready to celebrate the life and times of its most famous resident on September 10th and 11th of 2011. And who may you ask is this "most famous resident?" Well, in typical HIDDEN TREASURES style, we will answer this question with another question: "Who wrote the LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE books?" and if this doesn't tell you who PEPIN is getting excited about, then it's time to go watch paint dry. Historic PEPIN is a unique and charming river town sprawled along the Wisconsin side of the mighty Mississippi River's LAKE PEPIN. It is famed as a steamboat docking point and is packed with Laura Ingalls Wilder memorabilia and associations. PEPIN is only a few miles from Durand (featured in this issue) and only about an enjoyable hour from Eau Claire. And if you are like millions of Laura Ingalls Wilder fans you won't want to miss a trip to Pepin during LAURA INGALLS WILDER DAYS on September 9th and 10th.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Days September 10-11 See Page 9

Laura's ties with Pepin go way back. Actually about as far back as you can go. She was born here in 1867. The location was a small log cabin just a few miles from town. This little cabin was the setting for her first book: THE LITTLE HOUSE IN THE BIG WOODS. This charming and very warm-hearted tale was written in 1932 and soon joined by eight more books. These became known as "The Little House series" and brought Laura Ingalls Wilder worldwide fame. The books continue in print and a long-running TV show didn't hurt a bit either. Pepin is proud to be the starting point for such a wonderful literary output and is rolling out the red carpet.


Saturday features a 5k-10k walk-run, a petting zoo, an old time square dance, fiddle contest and much much more. Sunday brings a community worship service, pancake breakfast, costume promenade and GRAND PARADE at 2pm. Plus don't miss the PEPIN DEPOT MUSEUM, LAURA INGALLS WILDER MUSEUM, horse pulled wagon rides and much morel And after all these great family events you'll want to hop into the car (or buggy?) and take a very picturesque seven mile ride on County CC to pay a visit to the Laura Inglalls Wilder BIRTHSITE. There a recreated log cabin, out house and pump take you back to those pioneer days Laura wrote about. Laura's family moved around plenty. She has associations with Walnut Grove, Minnesota, Burr Oaks, Iowa and DeSmet, South Dakota, but it all began in PEPIN. A "good beginning" wouldn't you say!?!

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