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August 2010



JR’s Sports Bar & Grill features Battle of the Bands

Fondue Fest Returns for its Tastiest Year Yet!

Upcoming events in Downtown Fond du Lac


offers fashionable purses and accessories for limited time each month Dorothy Bliskey | Special to The Reporter

Lillian’s, located at 171 S. Main St., Fond du Lac, features a party-like atmosphere, with freshly-brewed coffee and sounds of Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra typically setting the stage for shoppers. The Reporter photos by Patrick Flood

Lillian’s of Fond du Lac, 171 S. Main St., has become a popular monthly gathering spot for women and girls in hot pursuit of trendy yet reasonably priced purses and accessories. The downtown shop opened four years ago, just a year after Lillian’s was founded in Minnesota by two women. It is among 36 franchises located across the country. Wallets, scarves, jewelry and other accessories complement the handbag hot spot. A new addition to the Fond du Lac Lillian’s this month is a boutique clothing line called Moon Goon. An interesting concept is the fact that all of the Lillian’s Shoppes are open only four to eight days a month. Lillian’s of Fond du Lac opens four days per month on the second weekend from Thursday through Sunday, year-round. “The idea behind this unique retail concept,” explained Tracy Mathweg, who along with her husband Tony owns the local franchise, “is to offer a moderate quantity of the trendiest women’s accessories and seasonal fashions at ridiculously affordable prices — for a limited amount of time.” The concept drives customer curiosity and interest. “They have to come in each month to see what’s new,” Mathweg said. Each Lillians receives about 50 percent new inventory each month. If an item doesn’t sell on the main retail floor within three months, it gets marked down and placed in a bargain area, according to Mathweg. “This model keeps the inventory moving out the door, so there is plenty of room for new, incoming

items each month,” Mathweg said. A party-like atmosphere with freshly brewed coffee and sounds of Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra often sets the stage for shoppers at Lillian’s. “For customers, we truly offer a fun and engaging shopping experience,” Mathweg said. The ringing of a bell occurs to signal occasions like a woman entering Lillian’s for the first time or someone winning merchandise due to a filled Moon Goon punch card.” “We cater to ladies of all ages, from teenagers and college students to working women and hip seniors,” Mathweg said. “Because we offer a wide selection of merchandise, we see just about every age group represented at any given time.” “Our walls are dripping in hundreds of fashionable handbags, stylish wallets and sunglasses, statement jewelry and trendy seasonal fashions at reasonable prices,” said Mathweg, adding that the price point is key. “There are so many women who say they haven’t come in before because they thought we carried expensive designer handbags,” Mathweg said. “They are delighted to get numerous handbags and accessories at Lillian’s for the price of one designer handbag. Let’fs face it, women like to change their minds, and Lillian’s makes it affordable for women to change their look and style.” Lillian’s is open the second weekend of each month. This month the shop is open Thursday, Aug. 12, to Sunday, Aug. 15. Next month, Lillian’s opens from Thursday, Sept. 9, to Sunday, Sept. 12. Store hours on those dates are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.

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Battle of the Bands brings

to JR’s Sports Bar & Grill Dorothy Bliskey | Special to The Reporter The Battle of the Bands competition runs from mid-August to Sept. 10. Bands will begin performing at JR’s at 10 p.m. on Fridays. Local radio stations are helping to promote the event.

While burgers, nachos and mojitos are menu highlights at JR’s Sports Bar and Grill, 65 N. Main St., the establishment is shaking it up a bit this month with a Battle of the Bands competition. A month-long “battle” will focus on judging one or two area bands on Friday nights, with the winning band being the featured group at Downtown Fond du Lac’s annual Fondue Fest on Sept. 11. Celebrity judges, along with JR’s’ patrons, will decide the winner. Criteria for judging includes sound clarity, stage presence, originality, likeability and audience interaction.

“I personally am excited to get the bands and JR’s noticed,” Kamholz said. “It is a fantastic facility — a class act, and I’m very excited to be a part of it.” Rachel Wise brought 18 years experience working in the food industry with her when she and her husband Jasen moved to Fond du Lac from Minnesota two years ago so he could accept the role as head hockey coach at Marian University. Local sports teams such as those at Marian are spotlighted on special wall-hung bulletin boards. Although JR’s is a sports bar with televisions galore for watching the games, it is also a family restaurant and gathering spot for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, class reunions and more.

“The winning band also gets a cash prize, one that is constantly being added to by sponsors,” said Larry Kamholz, a marketing and public relations consultant for JR’s who is directing the Battle of the Bands event. “Bands across the nation are struggling financially,” Kamholz said. “The cash prize will help with their promotions, equipment and the ability to take their band to another level.”

JR’s, a former bowling alley that underwent a transformation to become a sports bar, eatery and meeting place, is huge inside. The new owners have divided it into smaller spaces for various types of gatherings and activities. Seated dining at the front has received a lowered ceiling, a fireplace and partial walls around booths to give a cozy, quieter dining atmosphere. On the opposite end, comfortable leather living room-type furniture surrounds a fireplace area for cozy, relaxed gatherings. Popular menu items include nine varieties of burgers and seven different kinds of JR’s signature nachos in which freshly made tortilla chips are loaded with goodies. Customers might choose a Jack Daniels burger or Crabstation Nachos. The owners like their downtown location. “We enjoy the feeling of being a part of a larger group,” Rachel Wise said, noting her husband serves on the board of the Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership. “It’s a feeling of community. We also take pride in working with other surrounding businesses.” While there are some who might jump to conclusions and think JR’s is just another downtown bar, Wise suggests they stop by for a personal visit, a burger or their Friday night fish fry.

Hours for food service at JR’s are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, stop in at JR’s at 65 N. Main St., Fond du Lac, or call 920-921-5640.

The site of JR’s on North Main Street was formerly a bowling alley. The building underwent a transformation to become a sports bar, eatery and meeting place. The Reporter photos by Patrick Flood

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August 2010



Fondue Fest

Returns for its Tastiest Year Yet! Now in its fourth year, Downtown Fond du Lac’s Fondue Fest will feature live entertainment on three music stages, a free Kids Zone, arts and crafts vendors, food and beverage vendors, and of course … fondue! The free community festival will take place on Saturday, September 11, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival’s centerpiece – delicious fondue – will be prepared by culinary arts students from Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac. What can you expect to dip into to? Cheese and chocolate! Delicious cheese fondue will be paired with artisan breads, while your sweet tooth will be satisfied by chocolate fondue paired with cookies and brownies. Be sure to check out the 1,000-pound stainless steel Guiness World Record Fondue Set. This is the pot’s last public appearance, so make sure to check it out. Three live-music stages will entertain attendees all day. The South Stage, presented by MAG and The Nielsen Co., will feature Kevin Fayte Rock & Roll Trio from 10 a.m. to noon, Hot Pursuit from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Copper Box from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Windhover Center Stage, presented by Jackson Kahl Insurance, features Four G Jazz from 10 a.m. to noon, Lighthouse Big Band from 12:30 pm. to 2:30 p.m. and Disciples of Dixieland Jazz wrapping up the day from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The North Stage will highlight many unique community performers, including students from Champion Martial Arts, ballroom dance demonstrations from Shut Up and Dance, belly dancers, and KFIZ’s annual Quick Fire Cooking Challenge. Also, JR’s Sports Bar & Grill will host a “Battle of the Bands” competition from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; come cheer for your favorite. In addition to fondue and live entertainment, the event is overflowing with family fun. The popular Kids Zone, presented by The Garden, will keep all ages busy with a golfing green, bounce houses, a bungee run, an obstacle course, a ballthrow challenge and make-and-take craft projects provided by the Fond du Lac Public Library, Family Resource Center and the Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac. The free Main to Marian: Agnesian HealthCare’s Family Fun Bicycle Ride starts at 8:30 a.m. from the library parking lot. Main Street will be closed to traffic and chock-full with more than 100 unique art and craft exhibitors, Farmers Market vendors, food and beverages vendors, a classic car show fundraiser for Juvenile Diabetes, an in-store basket tour, fashion shows, a poetry reading by Wisconsin Poet Laureate Marilyn Taylor and, in honor of all our veterans, a 9/11 tribute. Parking at the festival is easy – a free shuttle will run from the large MAG parking lot at Macy and Johnson streets to various convenient stops throughout the festival boundaries, with pickup stops every half hour. The shuttle will run all day. The Fondue Fest is downtown Fond du Lac’s biggest event. Presenting sponsors are Jackson Kahl Insurance, Windhover Center for the Arts, The Nielsen Co., The Garden, MAG and Waste Management. The World Record Fondue Set is presented by Brenner.

Fondue Fest is a program of the Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership. For more information, visit or call the partnership at (920) 921-9500. The Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership aims to establish a diverse, prosperous and healthy district that is the social, commercial and cultural heart of our community.



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Tuesday, August 17

Friday, August 20

Wednesday, August 25

Paws to Read 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. FDL Public Library. Children ages 6 – 12 can read 1-1 for a 15 minute period of time with a certified dog/handler team.

Birthday Bash 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac. Come and celebrate our 2nd Birthday! Activities will begin inside the Museum at 9 a.m. and the FREE Street Carnival will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Day Trips Around the World (Spain) 9 a.m. to noon. Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac. Experience the Spanish culture through hands-on projects and play time.

Songs Around the Campfire 11:30 a.m. Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac. Enjoy the summer while singing around the campfire.

Farmers Market 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Hamilton Park, Corner of Division St. & Sophia St.

Saturday, August 21

Teen Program: Hunger Games 1 to 2:30 p.m. FDL Public Library. Enjoy trivia, challenges, food, prizes. Open to all 6th – 12th graders.

Pop Right in Book Club 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. FDL Public Library. Kids ages 9 – 12 are invited to join a fun discussion about recently read books and new additions to the library collection.

Wednesday, August 18 Day Trips Around the World (France) 9 a.m. to noon. Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac Experience the French culture through hands-on projects and play time. Farmers Market 2 to 6 p.m. Hamilton Park, Corner of Division St. & Sophia St. First Steps to Kindergarten 10 to 11 a.m. FDL Public Library. Children entering kindergarten and their parents are invited to celebrate this important step in their child’s life.

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Farmers Market 6:30 a.m. to noon. City-County Government Building, Western Ave. & Linden St. Paws To Read 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. FDL Public Library. Children ages 6 – 12 can read 1-1 for a 15 minute period of time with a certified dog/handler team.

Tuesday, August 24

Paws to Read 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. FDL Public Library. Children ages 6 – 12 can read 1-1 for a 15 minute period of time with a certified dog/handler team.

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Saturday, Sept. 11 Fondue Fest 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Main Street, Downtown Fond du Lac. Free, family street festival with live music, kids fundue zone, arts and craft vendors, food, and fondue.

Wednesday, Sept. 15 Farmers Market 2 to 6 p.m. Hamilton Park, Corner of Division St. & Sophia St.

Saturday, Sept. 18 Farmers Market 6:30 a.m. to noon, City-County Government Building. Western Ave. & Linden St.


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