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table of contents

relax 13 Inn a Patchwork of History, Elegance 14 The Trail Heads North of the Border 15 Prepare To Be Pampered at the Goldmoor Inn


The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel

savor 21 Solar Brewed Beer At The Grumpy Troll 22 Minhas Craft Brewery, Monroe 24 Brewing Up Success 26 Decatur Dairy Opens New Store 28 Am I Blue? Roelli Artisan Cheese 29 Shullsburg Creamery: 78 Years of Excellence 30 Botham Vineyards & Winery 32 Famous Fossil Wines Win Acclaim 33 Fisher King Winery 37 The Peaceful Countryside Awaits Your Arrival 38 Hailey’s Winery Welcomes New Co-Owner 39 Have a Stompin’ Good Time 42 Primrose Winery Carries Rich Tradition 43 The Silver Moon Shines in June


Area Restaurants Feature Farm-toTable Dining

browse 44 Farmers Markets Bring Rural Goodness to the Urban Table 46 Summer is the Time for Strawberries 51 Davis Beekeeper Finds the Sweet Joy of Life 55 Find Your Own Treasure


Standards High at Galena Canning Company

explore 57 On The Trail 66 Paddle, Bike or Scoot!


The Apple River Fort Preserves History

experience 69 Timber Lake Playhouse Brings Heat to Summer 73 Grab Your ‘Passport to the Past’ 74 Get Away from it all in the Heart of Rockford 75 The Sinsinawa Mound Center 76 Oregon Trail Days Festival 77 Taking Dinner and a Movie to the Next Level 78 The Legend of Wilhelm Tell 75th Anniversary Festival


A Cheese Lover’s Paradise: Green County




Andrea Barthel Denise Buss Sarah Hutmacher Andrea Schemel

Mike Cowan Sales Manager

815.232.0177 Dutch Bamberg 815.232.0134 Leah Dixon 815.232.0171 Colleen Groves 815.232.0191 Jennie Cowan 815.275.0388

Cover photo: Summer Fields in Green County, WI, courtesy of Billy Schmidt. The Trail is a product of The Journal-Standard, a Gatehouse Media newspaper, located at 27 South State Avenue, Freeport, Illinois.

Discover the Trail Welcome to the 2012 summer edition of The Trail magazine, a guide for travelers who want to learn a little more about our corner of the world. The map on page 8 provides a rough outline of the area from which our stories are derived. The Trail covers some of the most beautiful parts of northwest Illinois and southeast Wisconsin. The Trail can be a place to unwind, reconnect with nature and relish being a part of the heritage of what was once considered America’s “western frontier.” During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries early settlers came from France, Ireland, Germany, Great Britain, and other European countries lured by tales of our great natural resources. Many came by way of Canada, others traveled up the Mississippi and still others migrated from eastern states. These pages are filled with glimpses of how early

inhabitants were responsible for creating a thriving local economy blessed with some of the best farmland and waterways in the country. They built bustling cities, quaint farm communities and they certainly knew how to have fun in their spare time. Come with us as we get away from it all. Relax at a charming bed and breakfast or first class resort. Explore the mighty Mississippi River, scenic hills, valleys and streams along the trail. Savor the natural wonders of Wisconsin and Illinois cuisine and its artisan beverages. Browse the shops, boutiques and markets that dot the landscape on trails in every direction. Experience the major town festivals held throughout the summer, visit local summer stock theaters or take a memorable museum tour. Enjoy yourself and meet some of the great people who call the Trail their home.

© Gatehouse Media and The Journal-Standard 2012

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calendar of events May 25-27 MAYFEST Live music, arts & crafts, car show, wine & beer garden, kid’s activities, bike ride & more! Campbell Center lawn, Mt. Carroll 800.244.9594 June 7-10 OLD SETTLERS DAYS Carnival, beer tent, music entertainment, fireworks. Rockton

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June 8-10 CANOE FESTIVAL Canoe race on the Pecatonica River, dance, fireworks, arts & crafts fair, carnival, parade. Darlington, WI June 8-10 POLKA FEST Free music and dancing under the tent. New Glarus, WI June 7-10 TOUR OF GALENA Bike race weekend features three races: time trial, road race & downtown criterium Do one or all! 815.656.4871

June 15-17 BALLOON RALLY Flights, evening glows, entertainment, Green County Fairgrounds, Monroe WI 608.313.4868 June 15-17 GALENA BALLOON RACE Three races, night glow, car show, live music, family activities. Eagle Ridge Resort, Galena 800.892.2269 June 22-24 HEIDI FEST Entertainment, music, arts & crafts fair, Taste of New Glarus. New Glarus, WI June 23 TOP OF ILLINOIS WINE FESTIVAL Taste & enjoy wines from Northern Illinois wineries. Depot Park, Galena 815.591.9706 July 3-8 PETUNIA FESTIVAL Parade, entertainment, carnivals, family fun, Taste trail, craft & collectible show, flea market. Dixon

July 10-15 STEPHENSON COUNTY FAIR Food, carnival, tractor pulls, 4-H & commercial exhibits, entertainment, demolition derby & more. Freeport July 11-15 LAFAYETTE COUNTY FAIR Midway thrills, 4-H & FFA exhibits, grandstand shows, tractor pull, demolition derby, food & more. Darlington July 18-22 GREEN COUNTY FAIR 4-H Fair, tractor pull, demo derby, carnival, cheese auction, concessions, grandstand entertainment. July 21-22 OREGON TRAIL DAYS Native American encampment, Wild West show, outdoor eatery & saloon, canoe rally, food, music, artisan vendors. Oregon July 28 AMISH QUILT & CONSIGNMENT AUCTION Quilts, quilt tops, hand-crafted items, hose & farm equipment. Amish Schoolhouse (junction of Hwy 104 & Atkinson Rd) Albany, WI 608.897.8500 August 1-5 OGLE COUNTY FAIR Entertainment, food, music, 4-H & commercial displays, rodeos, animals. Oregon August 2-5 JO DAVIESS COUNTY FAIR Free grandstand shows, carnival, exhibits. Warren Aug 5 SWISS VOLKSFEST Celebration of Swiss Independence Day with music, yodeling, alphorns & more. New Glarus, WI swisstown. com August 7-11 CARROLL COUNTY FAIR Carnival, entertainment, 4-H & commercial exhibits, demolition derby. Milledgeville

August 12-14 COVERED BRIDGE DAYS & WILDFLOWER FESTIVAL Art festival, ball tournaments, thresheree, horse show, car show, tractor pulls, vendors, historical & wildflower tours, food & more. Brodhead, WI

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August 14-19 WINNEBAGO COUNTY FAIR Entertainment, food, carnival, 4-H & commercial exhibits, rodeo, semi & tractor pulls, demolition derby. Pecatonica August 15-19 WHITESIDE COUNTY FAIR Entertainment, carnival, 4-H & commercial exhibits, demolition derby. Morrison August 18-19 PEC JAMM MUSIC FESTIVAL Free local country & polka music festival, arts & crafts fair. Blanchardville, WI 608.523.4835 August 31-September 2 WILHELM TELL FESTIVAL Annual Wilhelm Tell pageant, art in the park. New Glarus, WI September 7-8 LENA LION’S FALL FESTIVAL Carnival, food, entertainment, parade Saturday at noon, BBQ, car & motorcycle raffles. Downtown Lena 815.369.4611 September 16 FALL FESTIVAL Hay rides, pumpkin races on the river, bon fires, music, presentations, food, and much more. September 22 GALENA OKTOBERFEST Riverfront festival, wiener-dog races, polka lessons, hammerschlagen, pumpkin-decorating and beanbag tournament. September 28-30 OKTOBERFEST Live music, local food & beverages. New Glarus, WI September 29 AUTUMNFEST Entertainment, arts & crafts, food, kid’s activities, chili contest, sidewalk sales. Brodhead, WI

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advertiser index ACTIVITIES

Deininger’s Restaurant ................. 63

Coughlin’s Christmas Store .......... 45

Amelia’s Galena Ghost Tours ....... 30

Durty Gurts .................................... 23

Cub Hollow Antiques .....................47

Blackhawk Waterway Convention & Visitors Bureau ...77

Edelweiss Chalet Country Club ... 62

Dreams Boutique ........................... 32

Fieldstone Inn ................................ 25

Esther’s European Imports........... 63

Frank O’Dowd’s...............................79

Fever River Outfitters.................... 69

Higher Grounds Coffee ....................6

Frank Jewelers ..................................2

Mrs. Mike’s Potato Chips ...............19

JoAnne’s Dress Shop ..................... 34

Buck’s Toy Train Barn ................... 68

New Glarus Hotel Restaurant ...... 62

Luecke’s Diamond Center ............. 35

Carroll County Tourism ................12

One Eleven Main ............................21

Luecke’s Antique Mall ................... 35

Darlington Chamber of Commerce ............................... 48

Otto’s Place ......................................75

Lynch Gifts ..................................... 63

Freeport Downtown Development Foundation ...................................27

Puempel’s Olde Tavern ...................61

Marilyn’s.......................................... 49

Sportsman’s Bar & Grill ................ 60

Nancy’s Ladies Apparel ................. 36

Freeport Park District ......................3

The Cove Bar & Grill ..................... 23

Olson’s Christmas House ...............31

Goetz Theatre & Sky-Vu Drive-In .......................... 35

Turner Hall-Monroe...................... 35

Olson’s Flowers ...............................31

Union Dairy Ice Cream Parlor ..... 24

Piggly Wiggly, Brodhead............... 52

Green County Tourism .................. 40

Water Street Place ......................... 45

Pinnow Pharmacy ......................... 52

Main Street Monroe ...................... 34

Wheel In ..........................................47

Risken-Lee Shops .......................... 44

National Historic Cheesemaking Center ..................18

Vinny Vannuchi’s ............................79

Sequel’s Fine Interior Consignments.............................. 34

Brodhead Chamber of Commerce ............................... 52 Brodhead Covered Bridge Days & Wildflower Festival ................. 52

Oregon Trail Days Festival ............ 71 Prairieland Art Tour ...................... 29 Shullsburg CDC ..............................47 Stephenson County Antique Engine ............................ 68 Whiteside County Barn Tour ........72 Wilhelm Tell Fest ........................... 60 CHEESE STORES Alp & Dell Cheese Store .................18 Decatur Dairy................................. 50 Maple Leaf Cheese, Juda .............. 52 Maple Leaf Cheese & Chocolate .. 62 Roelli Cheese .................................. 46 Swiss Colony Outlet Center .......... 36 CUISINE Baumgartner’s ................................ 36 Bistro 101 .........................................31 Cannova’s Pizza .................................7 Chocolate Temptations .................. 17 Culver’s, New Glarus ..................... 59

GOLF COURSES Park Hills Golf Course .....................3 LODGING AmericInn of Monroe .................... 11 Chalet Landhaus Hotel ................. 62 Country Inn & Suites of Freeport ................................... 80 Goldmoor Inn ...................................4 Ludlow Mansion ............................. 15 Memory Lane Crafting Retreat ... 64 Risken-Lee Holiday House........... 44 Super 8, Monroe ............................. 11 Trailview Cabins............................. 49 White Pines Inn ..............................57 RETAIL SHOPS Angela’s Attic .................................. 64 Blue Orchid .................................... 28 Bramble Patch .................................61

Sisters .............................................. 49 Something Special ..........................67 Sugar River Shoppe ........................61 The Green Door Home Decor & Gifts ................... 36 Wild Birds Unlimited .....................16 Wooden Wardrobe..........................67 SERVICE BUSINESSES Bank of Brodhead .......................... 52 Mike’s Engine Works ..................... 49 State Bank, Freeport ......................10 SPIRITS Famous Fossil Winery ....................19 Fisher King Winery ........................31 Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery ...................................... 22 Massbach Ridge Winery ............... 24 New Glarus Primrose Winery ...... 60

Brenda’s Blumenladen .................. 63 Chateau Floral................................ 49



The Irish

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re there any among us who might need a little getaway? The Trail area can offer small town Midwest charm at lovely bed and breakfasts or close enough (but not too close) to lodging near city lights. Illinois and Wisconsin bed and breakfast operators take pride in offering incomparable hospitality as guests are welcomed into homes with intriguing histories and delicious country breakfasts. The hotels, motels and resorts along the Trail are equipped to provide all the amenities found in much larger cities. The difference is the care and friendly attitude of the staff that work to make your stay as pleasant and comfortable as possible. For a romantic getaway sure to deliver memories that will last a lifetime, make plans to discover destination points such as Galena, Freeport, New Glarus or Mount Horeb. Relax watching the sun go down over the Mississippi or wake up to roosters crowing and vast fields of corn or Brown Swiss cattle grazing on prairie grasses. Leave the computer in the car and breathe the fresh, clean air sweeping down from nearby hills. It’s time for that kind of getaway.


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By Tony Carton


xperience the true feel of the Emerald Isle through warm hospitality, wellappointed guest rooms, art, music, dance, food and drink. Live life and, if for only a day, become Irish while relaxing at The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel in Galena, Illinois. Whether you need a romantic retreat or just a restful getaway, when you visit The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel, you’ll immediately discover the property’s unique character.

On Galena’s doorstep “The Irish Cottage is a 75room boutique hotel with an authentic Irish pub,” said its General Manager John Mazor. “Its founders, Jack Coulter and his cousin Basil Conroy, are two Irish immigrants who wanted to replicate a small rural community in Ireland.” Mazor said that together, the two cousins personally oversaw the planning and construction of the Irish Cottage to ensure the utmost authenticity, and as a result, The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel is a tribute to Irish craftsmanship. The sights, sounds and smells of the

Motherland envelope you the moment you enter the front door. The lobby, W.B. Yeats Library and Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub & Grill décor feature rich oaks and mahoganies, stained glass and exquisite tile, all which were handcrafted in Ireland and painstakingly reassembled in Galena. Each of the 75 uniquely appointed guest rooms is individually themed after a county in Ireland and feature watercolor prints by Master Irish Artist Róisín O’Shea. All rooms include one king bed or two queen beds. Mazor said The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel offers inclusive Galena getaway packages including their Eat, Drink and Be Merry getaway offering overnight accommodations, two breakfasts and two dinners at one low rate or try the Snuggle up Midweek with its overnight accommodations, two breakfasts and a dinner for the perfect midweek getaway in Galena. Whichever accommodation you choose, you can count on a staff that is dedicated to creating an atmosphere of genuine warmth and hospitality.

Experience the true feel of the Emerald Isle while relaxing at The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel in Galena



h Cottage Boutique Hotel One hundred thousand welcomes Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub & Grill Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub & Grill is Galena’s premier live entertainment venue. The beating heart of The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel, the Pub’s energetic atmosphere is filled with the sounds of Celtic song, laughter, and the clickety-clack of Irish dancers. The Pub’s rich ornate interior, designed and handcrafted in Ireland, embraces an earlier time. The expanded pub menu includes classic favorites and dishes with traditional ingredients approached in new ways. Frank O’Dowd’s culinary artists are dedicated to making your meal memorable and have created Perfect Pairings, food


Environmentally Friendly.

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Guests can relax in the spacious indoor pool and spa, and enjoy direct access to the Cheese Country and Badger State Trails adjacent to the hotel. • Wireless high-speed & phone internet access • In-room microwave, refrigerator & coffee maker • Complimentary family breakfast • Business Center fax, and copy service • Guest laundry, lobby with fireplace, meeting room • AmericInn Sound Guard® construction

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• Complimentary Superstart® Breakfast • Indoor pool and spa • Business Center fax/copy service • Conference center for up to 60 • Fitness Center • King Executive, Fireplace, Whirlpool and Extended Stay Suites • In-Room microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer & ironing board • High-speed internet access, voice mail • Cable with new 32” flat screen TVs • Large vehicle parking, secure bicycle storage • Direct access to nearby restaurants, Cheese Country, and Badger State Trails

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Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub & Grill is pleased to announce a newly expanded, 16-line draught beer system that is not only environmentally responsible, but also serves up cold, refreshing, great tasting beer.

and wine matches impeccably balanced for an enjoyable tasting experience. Mazor said Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub has booked an exciting line-up of entertainment for 2012. Showcasing dynamic entertainers, the Frank O’Dowd’s stage welcomes talented musicians on Friday and Saturday nights year round, with additional dates scheduled near holidays throughout 2012. Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub & Grill located in The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel is well-known for its great live entertainment, mouth-watering entrees and selection of Donegal Draft Delights. However, more and more guests are recognizing the Pub for its expansive collection of nearly 50 whiskeys, scotches and bourbons from around the globe. Visit and click on Pub and Entertainment to view the complete 2012 schedule and selections included in their world-class whiskey program.

Galena Day Spa

Spa is a tranquil, full-service boutique spa devoted to offering exceptional services and topof-the-line products in a calm and comfortable environment. During each and every appointment, their therapists are devoted and focused on their guests. Not only will you soothe your body, mind and spirit, but you’ll experience an unparalleled level of service that will leave you feeling relaxed and pampered. Galena Day Spa is familyowned and operated with hands-on proprietors. They personally selected each and every therapist and are proud to offer the services of some of the best massage therapists, estheticians and nail techs in the Galena area.

Galena meetings and motor coach groups The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel in Galena, makes meeting planning effortless. Their professional staff will ensure that every need is met and any expectation is exceeded. For years, guests arriving by motor coach have enjoyed Galena’s many attractions. The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel offers special group rates, entertainment options, customized itineraries, luncheon and pub menu plans and much more. Whether your event is large or small, let The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel’s staff of professionals provide the comfort level you deserve. For more information, contact the folks at The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel by calling (866) 284-7474 or visit The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel on the web at www.theirishcottageboutique

Located within The Irish Cottage, the new Galena Day The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel is a tribute to Irish craftsmanship. The sights, sounds and smells of the Motherland envelope you the moment you enter the front door.


Inn a Patchwork of History, Elegance

By Pat Schneiderman


eed a good night’s rest in a comfortable surrounding and want to experience a piece of history as well? Then perhaps a renovated inn 1840s renovated inn will be the perfect spot for you to getaway and relax a little. Located in Oregon, Ill., the Patchwork Inn is a mix of casual elegance from the past with the sophistication of today. The front portion of the Inn is original to its 1835 build, which was constructed of brick. The original owner, William Moore, first opened a grocery store at the building, and then later the first hotel for the city. Local history documents Abraham Lincoln visiting for lunch and lodging, so you might just be climbing the same staircase, or sleeping in the same bedroom, as this great American president once did. Innkeepers Bill and Stephanie Nelson manage the inn, which is owned by Patchwork Vision, LLC in partnership with the Illinois Renewable Energy Association. The couple is committed to the community of Oregon, its

The Patchwork Inn welcomes visitors to their green environment


history and surrounding attrac- linens and towels. Their cleaning products are all ecotions. There are numerous friendly and they use no or options for entertainment, low VOC paints and finishes. like hiking and biking paths, Even the patio furniture comes paddling a canoe on the from recycled milk jugs, and Rock River, picnicking in surrounding state parks, golfing tablecloths in the dining room are made from recycled water at area courses, and perusing a bottles. It takes 23 bottles to wide variety of specialty shops. make one There are tablecloth numerous and four other bottles attracfor one tions napkin. nearby, But who’s like counting? Ronald They are. Reagan’s Their boyhood policy home and at the the John Patchwork Deere Antique furniture abounds at the Inn Inn is historic site. True to the innkeeper’s efforts all about reducing, reusing to promote local businesses and and recycling. Common areas contain recycling bins for guests products, Bill and Stephanie to help pitch in and recycle. buy local product whenever All bathrooms have a lowpossible, and shop and support flow massaging showerhead local businesses as well. installed. The owners also The innkeepers are also partner with Clean the World involved in a green initiative to recycle their bar soaps and that includes using organic bottled amenities so those less cottons and bamboo for their

fortunate can benefit from the practice of good personal hygiene. There are 10 guest rooms featured, with beautifully restored and functional antique furnishings from the 1800s to early 1900s, handmade quilts, private baths, and all of today’s modern amenities as well. Additionally, every room has their own climate control. The lower level of the Inn has room for meetings or social gatherings as well. Each stay includes a delicious breakfast made by your innkeepers who double as the morning chefs. They proudly proclaim that “everything is made from scratch, and no one leaves hungry.” You can enjoy your breakfast and the newspaper in the parlor or on the unique front porch of the Inn where time steps back to a less hurried and gentler age. You can check out the Inn at, take a virtual tour of rooms and common areas, and contact them for more information.



The Trail Heads North of the Border Find Solace at Sutherland House Bed and Breakfast

Sutherland House Bed & Breakfast awaits you in Brodhead, Wisconsin

By Pat Schneiderman


erhaps your next destination for fun is just north of the border in beautiful Green County, Wis., where numerous attractions entice visitors every year. At the end of your fun-filled day, you will need a relaxing place to read, visit with friends by a fire, play cards or do a puzzle. You will want to consider The Sutherland House Bed & Breakfast located in Brodhead, Wis., for just that kind of atmosphere. At the edge of the city at the time, the home was built in 1912 by Mr. and Mrs. Grau,


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who lived there until 1940. The original barn that housed their horse and buggy is still on the east side of the house. Dr. Melvin Stuessy and his wife, Helen, then purchased the property and raised three children in the home. Dr. Stuessy was well known as a family practitioner and well liked within the community. Ironically, he delivered the baby girl that would be today’s owner of the home – Nancy Sutherland. The Stuessys did some extensive remodeling of the home, including additions to the living room, kitchen and a bedroom in the 1958-60


timeframe. Current owners, Gary and Nancy Sutherland, have lived on site for the past 14 years, and clearly love what they do. The B&B has four guest bedrooms and three baths on the second floor. Large rooms range from twin to king size beds, depending on your needs. There are daybeds, chairs and closets to make you feel right at home while you’re visiting Brodhead and the surrounding area. Country quilts adorn the setting and bright large windows allow for a comfortable stay. One room has a bay window with a window seat for reading and just relaxing with the view.

Common areas include a spacious living room where you can enjoy the fire or even tickle the keys of a piano if you’re musically inclined. A covered breezeway, or the front porch, is also a popular spot to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee and a book. A short walk away, in Downtown Brodhead, you will find restaurants, specialty shops, furniture, an art gallery and more. Area attractions include the Sugar River State Bike Trail, Jaycee Covered Bridge Replica, golf course, cheese factories, Historical Society Depot Museum and an Amish community. In addition, you can camp, canoe, fish, dance, bowl, swim, ride horses or go-kart, and many more fun activities. Gary and Nancy will graciously store your bikes if you’re planning to tackle the Sugar River State Bike Trail at some time. This year Covered Bridge Days is August 10-12. This fun event bridges yesterday with tomorrow, including something for everyone. There is a fun run, a tractor show and pull, pony rides, a flea market, sidewalk sales, a Model A and classic car display, historical tours, a jazz fest, dance, food and beer gardens and more. Book your reservations early! Perhaps you want to plan an extended stay because there are additional attractions within a short drive such as the historical New Glarus, the House on the Rock in Dodgeville and the Tallman House and Rotary Gardens in Janesville just to mention a few. Again your hosts will help you plan your stay with all their knowledge of the area. A full breakfast is always served at a set time and previous guests have said there is an “abundance of food.” Your stay will be clean and quaint, and definitely relaxing. So why not skip the chain hotels and make your next stay at the Sutherland House in Brodhead, located at the corner of 6th street and East 2nd Avenue in Brodhead, Wis. You can contact the Innkeepers at innkeeper@ or call (608) 897-4481 for reservations.

relax By Mike Cowan


he Goldmoor Inn and Dining, located high atop the Mississippi River bluffs just south of Galena, Illinois, has take the getaway experience to new levels. Climb out of your comfy four-poster bed in the morning, sip a cup of steaming hot coffee from your personal kitchen gallery, check out the activity on the river, buzz the kitchen and order a sumptuous gourmet breakfast served directly to your room. This is only the beginning of a thoroughly enjoyable respite where you can unwind and enjoy being catered to by a gracious, experienced staff. Building strong guest relations is one of the primary objectives of innkeepers Patricia and Tom Smith and the Goldmoor staff. “We know that people can eat and sleep just about anywhere,” Patricia said. “But our friendly, caring staff that serves you with a smile, makes for a very pleasant stay.”

Prepare To Be Pampered at the Goldmoor Inn


Accommodations are provided to fit individual preferences. Choose one of the luxuriously appointed cottages perched on a bluff overlooking the mighty Mississippi, relax in

your spacious whirlpool, sip a glass of champagne and watch the sun go down over the river. Or, register for one of the elegant log cabins nestled close by the woods for an intimate

atmosphere and a romantic fireplace for cuddling. The Grand Lodge with its Old World décor, offers thirteen spacious suites and rooms individually furnished and decorated.

We would like to invite you to The Ludlow Mansion Bed & Breakfast to experience the historic charm of one of Monroe’s foremost landmarks. Rehearsal Dinners • Appetizer & Cocktail Parties • Bridal Showers & Private Functions 6 Rooms with Private Baths • 3 Whirlpool Suites We’re conveniently located one block from

Badger State Bike Trail. 1421 Mansion Drive, Monroe Wisconsin 608-325-5500 •

relax The idyllic setting is perfect for business retreats, team-building, reunions, anniversaries, or group events for any occasion. The Goldmoor is busy planning a fun-filled spring and summer event schedule. Watch the sun go down over the Mississippi and party under the stars in the outdoor covered pavilion. Upcoming events include live entertainment, wine tastings and themed barbecues on the first Fridays of each month after Memorial Day during the summer. Gourmet culinary classes and lots of merriment are served up every Monday at 2 p.m. by the Goldmoor chefs who will guide aspiring cooks in expanding their talents around the kitchen. Choose classes in Italian, Mexican, Indian, or French cuisine. “Foodies” can also request seating (by reservation) right in the kitchen to watch tot action as the staff works to prepare your meal just the way

you like it. “Our guests can complete their getaway with an in-room massage from licensed and certified massage therapists, or couples may enjoy a sideby-side massage in our spa,” Patricia said. “In the evening, guests gather in our main dining room for a great meal and a wonderful view of the river. Our wine cellar’s diversity truly compliments our chef ’s creative, seasonal cuisine.” Wine connoisseurs will appreciate choices from Patricia’s Private Reserve. The Goldmoor Inn is just minutes from Galena with its full array of shops, tours, gala events, wineries, restaurants, hiking, biking, canoeing, or just taking in the breathtaking scenery of the area. For more information, visits, or call 800-255-3925.

Bring the Joy of Nature Into Your Life

WILD BIRDS UNLIMITED NATURE SHOP Open daily at 206 S. Main Street, Galena, IL 815-777-2883


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ne of the hottest trends for “foodies” these days is interest in finding food products and beverages that are made in small batches which avoid the processing and preservatives found in packaged goods marketed for large supermarkets. Here in America’s heartland, many Wisconsin and Illinois farms, cheesemakers, breweries, wineries and restaurants have embraced the idea of delivering fresh, natural products to reduce the links in the chain from producer to the table. In this section of The Trail we invite readers to savor such delicacies as squeaky-fresh award winning Wisconsin cheese curds – now in a variety of flavors. Or sip a glass of hand-crafted artisan wine from vineyards nestled in the rolling Illinois and Wisconsin valleys. Take a tour of world-class craft breweries and popular brewpubs springing up all over the map. You will find several restaurants that have partnered with area growers which produce a variety of seasonal vegetables and meat products along with local vineyards, cheese factories and farmers markets. These fine restaurants have created sumptuous menus that feature local flavor cuisine. Come hungry.

farm-to-table dining By Jae Hezlep


rowing in popularity all across the country is the concept of farm-to-table dining. Since 2004, 28 farms in Illinois, four farms in Indiana, 12 farms in Michigan and 16 Wisconsin farms have received grants. A farm-to-table restaurant is a restaurant where the ingredients are sourced as locally as possible, meaning they tend to be very fresh. They have been through a minimal series of middlemen, if any, and literally gone directly from the farm to the table. The farm-to-table restaurant trend is part of a larger movement to eat as locally

as possible, taking advantage of seasonally available fruits and vegetables, and focusing on the environmental and cultural impacts of farming. Restaurants that use fresh, locally grown produce and other food products on their menus can take produce from the garden to their guests’ table in a matter of hours. This farmto-table experience is a great market for local farmers to sell their produce, and thus, earn money so that they can keep farming. But it’s more than just about sustaining the farm; sustainable restaurants help local economies and cause less pollution as produce is

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Specializing in exquisite handmade artisan chocolates 1004 17th Avenue, Monroe WI • 608.328.2462 Tuesday-Friday 8:30-5:30 • Saturday 8:30-4:30 Closed Monday & Sundays

Isn’t it nice that one place remains the same?



• Free Samples • Bargain Bin

Cheese Store 657 2nd Street, Monroe WI 53566 (Near Hwy 11/81 and AmericInn)

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• Over 125 specialty cheeses, plus wine and beer for sale let us suggest the perfect pairing!

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& Imobersteg Farmstead Cheese Factory See a wheel of Swiss Cheese made right before your eyes each year on the second Saturday in June

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Step back in time more than 100 years to experience a historic onekettle farmstead cheese factory that produced Brick, Swiss, and Limburger using milk from the 40 cow herd of the Imobersteg Farm. The factory and original equipment sat untouched from 1917 until 2010, when it was relocated here to Monroe. 18 the summer2012


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savor transported only a short distance. It’s also a greener dining experience because the food is organic (grown without artificial pesticides) and sustainable (food supplies that don’t infringe on fragile ecosystems.) What’s more is, for consumers, the sustainable restaurants also provide a fresher, tastier eating experience with seasonal foods and superior flavors. Restaurants in northwestern Illinois and southern Wisconsin that use farm-fresh ingredients include: The Dining Room at 209 Main in Monticello, Wis.; Bella Food and Spirits at 110 West Market Street in Mount Carroll, Ill.; and two restaurants in Galena, Ill.: Otto’s Place Cafe & Lounge at 100 Bouthillier Street and One Eleven Main at 111 Main Street.

The Dining Room The Dining Room owners are couple David “Wave” Kasprzak

and Jane Sybers who opened their restaurant in September of 1996. The couple worked in Madison restaurants for any years and earned longtime associations with such Madison favorites as Quivey’s Grove, Deb and Lola’s, and L’Etoile, one of the first farm-to-table restaurants in the region. The Dining Room is a fine-dining restaurant that specializes in a menu influenced by locally produced foods, as well as Wave’s love for ethnic cuisines, such as Asian, Southwestern, and Mexican. The menu changes seasonally and always features a carefully thought out vegetarian entrée. “Some of the suppliers we use periodically throughout the year are Ruegsegger Farms for asparagus and strawberries; we sometimes use Hawks Hill Elk Farm, just outside Monticello,” said Wave. “Other products we buy are New Glarus beer, locally baked organic sourdough bread from Kamm’s Farm Bakery, locally raised pheasants, and

tently received an Award of eggs.” Excellence from Cheeses, for their after Wine Spectator Magazine for dinner cheese course, come more than a decade. from Wisconsin, and they use The Dining Room is open some produce from a handful Wednesday through Saturday of various growers. Wave for dinner. For hours, menus, explained, “A lot of the time, I and other details, visit will get a call from any number of growers asking if I want tomatoes or squash or whatever For reservations, call 608-938-2200. they might have available. Morel mushrooms, whenever I can get them, are always a priority.” Jane’s area of expertise is running the front end of the restaurant, including hospitality, service, and the bar. “Although we have other alcohol, most everyone drinks wine here,” added Jane. Each season wines are paired with the foods, and there are 130 wines on their Wine and PHOTO BY MIKE COWAN Spirits list, with some David “Wave” Kasprzak and Jane 750 bottles stored in the cellar. The Dining Sybers, owners of The Dining Room Room has consis-

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savor They only have limited local beer and wine offerings at this time: a beer from Two Brothers Brewery in Warrenville, Ill., and a Chocolate Port from Galena, Winery. “We are looking to add more local beer and wine options this year,” added Dan. “Most of our wines are produced by small family wineries from all over the world.” Otto’s Place is open daily except on Tuesday when they are closed all day. Besides offering PHOTO PROVIDED Ryan Boughton has been breakfast and lunch, Chef at One Eleven Main they are open for dinner Street since 2007 on Friday and Saturday. restaurant tries to serve only For menus, exact hours freshwater fish, that doesn’t of operation, availability travel far. Several farms are for private functions, visit used for produce including or call Tri-State Market in East (815) 776-0240. Dubuque and Two Onion Farm in Belmont, Wisconsin. Trusted One Eleven Main Street Earth Farm from Mineral Point is another partner and One Chef Ryan Boughton was Eleven Main also plants an acre hired by One Eleven Main garden with Cory Rittebusch of Street owner Jack Coulter in Badger Hill Farms and Prairie 2007. Formerly of Denver, Ryan’s past experience had been Works with specifically chosen seed. in kitchens where the farm-toOwner, Jack Coulter, and table approach was a constant. Ryan fine tune the menu a “It’s an undeniable truth,” he couple times a year and leave explained, “the best food you certain things vague in the can serve starts with the best descriptions to take advantage raw ingredients. That means of what’s available. From May having relationships with to September, there’s a Chef ’s growers and producers. We are Menu Series that focuses on a very fortunate to live where we local offering with a theme such do in the Driftless area where we consider a tri-state approach as Foraging, Regional American to local cooking. Since Galena is Barbecue, or Fall Harvest. so centrally located, These menus are prix fixe and available Friday through we work with great Sunday. farms in Iowa, In addition to farm partners, Wisconsin, and in One Eleven Main highlights our own Jo Daviess products from food purveyors County.” One Eleven Main housed in Galena such as Galena Garlic Company, uses Tom Arnold’s Chocolat’, Kaladi’s, and the Farm in Elizabeth Galena Canning Company. The for pork – whole hogs the restaurant restaurant, open daily for lunch and dinner, also has a glutenbutchers in-house free menu. For hours, specific -- and chickens. menus, and other details, Organic beef sides visit the website at www. are purchased or call PHOTO PROVIDED from Rich Lange (815) 777-8030. in Platteville. With exception of shrimp and salmon, the

for a number of years. Last year when the restaurant across the street from the Train Depot in Galena became available, they left their corporate jobs and took the plunge as entrepreneurs. John takes care of hospitality and the front end. Dan, an experienced gourmet chef, PHOTO PROVIDED BY THE MIRROR-DEMOCRAT does the cooking. Otto’s Place offers Troy Tucker behind the bar of his Mount Carroll restaurant, Bella Food and Spirits food options with an ever-changing menu that features healthy home cooking, organic Bella Food and Spirits and vegetarian foods, and Troy and Shaina Tucker when, possible, local products. opened Bella Food and Spirits Dan grew up on a farm, and last July in a building erected in they always had a garden, milk, 1866. The tin ceiling is original and fresh meat whenever they and the inside décor is custom wanted it. He also grew up with built. home-baked goods, products Troy is the chef and has years superior to grocery store of prior experience in Rockford options. Part of the philosophy at The Clock Tower Inn, Brio, of Otto’s Place is to educate and most recently, The Irish the clientele about great local Rose. products and home-made The philosophy at Bella is foods. fresh food. “We take pride in “The Galena area is full of the fact that none of our food many local food producers. is frozen or fried,” explained Troy. “This is why we work with Some of the local products we use are Gray’s sodas from a limited menu that is always Janesville, cheese from Roelli changing with the seasons. Cheese in Shullsburg, and Our cuisine is known as mixed pork from Arnold’s Farm in fusion.” Elizabeth,” said Dan. Their Bella Food and Spirits is produce is from Murphy’s open for lunch and dinner Gardens in Galena and Wednesday through Saturday Tri-State Market in East and on Sunday for lunch. In Dubuque, Illinois. addition to a varied menu, wines, and a full-bar service, a wide selection of bottled beers is available. On Sundays, Bloody Mary condiments are featured, self-service. There’s a back patio and a beer garden is planned. For more information, call (815) 244-0022 or find them on Bellafoodandspirits.

Otto’s Place Cafe Otto’s Place Cafe and Lounge focuses primarily on breakfast and lunch. Co-owners, John Slimp and Dan Wentz, have been living in Galena part-time


Dining room in Otto’s Place

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Solar Brewed Beer At The Grumpy Troll By P.J. Francis


ou don’t have to be grumpy to visit The Grumpy Troll Brewery, Restaurant and Pizzeria in downtown Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. Many firsttime visitors to The Grumpy Troll became aware of its existence by word of mouth. Word of the good food and beer and the pleasant ambiance has traveled far and fast. “We get a lot of people from Madison,” said Annette Slocum, who along with her husband Jack, are owners of The Grumpy Troll which they acquired in March. “We also get a lot of people from Iowa and Illinois. If people are going to Madison, this is where they stop over. Our location is great.” Many people visit Mount Horeb to see the 17 trolls located about the town. There are also 17 trolls hidden in The Grumpy Troll. “Children enjoy finding them,” Annette said. The distinctive brick building that is now the Grumpy Troll Brewery, Restaurant and Pizzeria dates back to 1916 when it was built by the Mount Horeb Creamery and Cheese Company. Many of the local farmers hauled milk to the facility. After being idle for a number of years, an extensive renovation was carried out and the Mount Horeb Pub and Brewery opened for business. After further remodeling, The Grumpy Troll opened in 2000.

A unique feature of this establishment is the solar panels that have been installed on the roof. And who wouldn’t want to sell back electricity to the utility company? But the owners’ reasons for the solar panels go beyond just the eventual savings on the electric bill. They also are supporting an alternative, totally clean energy system to help reduce dependence on foreign oil. This also enables The Grumpy Troll to market “solar brewed” beer. The spacious downstairs area features The Grumpy Troll Brew Pub, a family restaurant with a full lunch and dinner menu, a gluten-free menu as well as a kids menu. Lunch and dinner specials also are offered. The brewery can be observed at the rear. Master Brewer Mark Knoebl has produced many award-winning beers. Mark is a graduate of America’s oldest brewing school, the Siebel Institute of Technology, and has more than 20 years of experience brewing beers. “We have 12 beers and we bottle many of them,” Annette said. “Right now we are corroborating with a lot of different breweries to make a special beer. All the breweries in the area got together and created it and it is going to be called ‘Common Thread’.” The second floor is home to the Grumpy Troll Pizzeria featuring gourmet pizza baked with “Treber” grain dough crust, the same grain used to produce the hand-crafted beers. “I want to market the

pizza more because we have a really good pizza product,” remarked Annette. The pizzeria has a full bar with 12 beers on tap. There are quite interesting names for the ales and lagers offered, such as Captain Fred, Trailside Wheat, Hey Now Brown Cow, Bourbon Barrel Stout and Spetsnaz Stout, the latter of which was the 2010 World Beer Cup Bronze Medal winner. Both the Brew Pub and the Pizzeria have big-screen televisions and the Pizzeria has shuffleboard, English-style steel-tipped darts and for the kids, video games! The entire

facility is non-smoking and handicap accessible. There is a selection of shirts, hats, pint glasses, ceramic steins and 64 ounce growlers for sale. So, grumpy or not, all are welcome at The Grumpy Troll Brewery, Restaurant and Pizzeria located at 105 South 2nd Street, Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.thegrumpytroll. com, or call 608.437.2739.

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Minhas Craft Brewery, Monroe By P.J. Francis


ee a lifetime collection of brewing memorabilia from around the world at Minhas Craft Brewery The Herb and Helen Heydock World Beer Memorabilia Museum is considered to be the best of its type in North America. It is located at the Minhas Craft Brewery, Monroe, Wisconsin. “It is a really nice collection,” said Minhas President Gary Olson. “It occupies three rooms and is free to the public.” Valued at over $1 million, the collection includes lithographs and prints from the mid-1800 era to the 1950s and ‘60s. What exactly is a craft brewery? “Being a craft brewery means we can do smaller batch-


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es at a time than a big brewery,” explained Gary Olson. “We are more basically hands on than a big brewery. It’s not all automated. You see an actual brew person standing in front of the brew kettle monitoring and physically adding the hops. We can keep

an eye on the progress of the brew and make adjustments if necessary.” Minhas Craft Brewery is building a small brewery in Calgary, Canada. “A portion of the beer we make here does get shipped to Canada and were looking at doing some specialty brews up there on a smaller scale,” Gary explained. “We ship to Calgary, Alberta and we also ship to Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario. Of course, a large amount of our production goes to the United States. Minhas has three components. “There is our own business, there is a Canadian business and there is what we call contract brewing,” Gary continued. Contract brewing is when Minhas makes a beer for another company. They make beer for Dixie Beer whose brewery was badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina. They also make beer for chain stores such as Trader Joes. “People ask if we ship coast to coast and our answer is that we do,” Gary said. “We just started exporting to Guam, the Virgin Islands and Norway – but most of our products go to the United States and Canada. Minhas makes a chocolate dark stout. “It is not real super strong alcohol wise and that’s the only stout that we make,” Gary said. “We sell that in a 22 ounce bottle.” The company also makes a range of sodas including Blumers Root Beer, Blumers Cream Soda, Blumers Black Cherry Soda, Blumers Orange Cream and Blumers Blueberry Cream Minhas Craft Brewery has the distinction of being the oldest brewery in the American Midwest, and the second oldest in the United States. Established in 1845 it is located in exactly the same place it began. “It was established before Wisconsin was a state,” Gary pointed out. At that time it satisfied the requirements of the miners who settled in the area. As the population increased most towns had a brewery. Without adequate transporta-

tion and refrigeration they had to be close to the consumer. As well as their craft beers Minhas produces less expensive beers so they can sell products at a good affordable price. They are package in sixes up to a 36 pack. “We can produce them efficiently and we pass along our savings to the consumer,” Gary explained. “With our craft category and our economy beer we have both ends of the scale.” Brewers like to experiment and Minhas is no exception. The current fashion trend is flavored beer or shandy. Gary likes to remind people they give tours seven days a week. “We like to do it; it’s fun for the people that come to the tour and its fun for us to show the place off,” he said with obvious enthusiasm. “It’s pretty unique in that it is old and at the same time we are trying to modernize where that is appropriate. We want to maintain the charm of the place but make it more efficient and modern. We are in a constant state of expansion since 2006.” The tour takes about an hour including welcome video, walking tour and tasting. Larger groups are welcome. They ask that you give advance notice so they can have adequate staff on hand to ensure a great visit. Call 1-800-BEER-205. There is a $10 charge for all guests 13 and older. In addition to the tour and sampling, the price includes a gift pack of several Minhas products to take home along with the commemorative tasting glassware. Guests 12 and under are free and must be accompanied by a paid adult. Tours times: Monday 11 a.m. Tuesday-Thursday 1 p.m. Friday-Sunday 1 & 3 p.m. The museum is open to the public and free of charge during business hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday Noon to 4 p.m. Minhas Craft Brewery 1208 14th Avenue Monroe, WI 53566 1-800-BEER-205



Brewing Up Success New Glarus Brewing Company

By Mike Cowan


ake a group of friends or family to visit or tour the New Glarus Brewing Company, and even before you leave, you’re planning when to come back. It’s that much of a destination point for travelers around the country and even those from foreign countries. A crown jewel in the village of New Glarus, Wisconsin, New Glarus Brewing Company is successfully riding the wave of national craft brewing popularity. According to the Wisconsin

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Brewers Guild, there are more than 50 small breweries and brewpubs in the state employing more than 1,000 people. Those numbers continue to grow and New Glarus Brewery is no exception. Founder and co-owner, Deb Carey, together with her husband, Dan, a Diploma Master Brewer, are once again in expansion mode. Sales are reported to be up 20 percent this year and Deb said she needs more room for beer and tourists. “People can come in seven days a week throughout the year to see the beer being made up close - a rare opportunity these days,” Deb said. “Last year we produced over 100,000 barrels of beer and we expect to make 125,000 barrels in 2012.” To accomplish that measure of growth, New Glarus Brewing Co. is investing in a $6 million project to include a 17,000 square-foot warehouse and doubling the size of the hilltop brewery visitor center. What makes New Glarus Brewing Co. such a mecca for beer lovers? Deb Carey has a ready answer, “We’re not interested in being big. We’re interested in making the best beer in the world.” Even though New Glarus beers are sold only in Wisconsin, the brewery has wasted no time in taking home many coveted national awards since its founding in 1993, including being named best midsized brewery at the 2006 Great

Brewmaster Dan Carey fills the first glass of New Glarus beer to kick off last year’s Oktoberfest PHOTO BY SUE MOEN

American Beer Festival. The national Brewers Association recently listed New Glarus Brewing number 19 among the top 50 U.S. Craft Breweries and number 28 in the overall rankings of the top 50 U.S. breweries that includes such brands as Anheuser-Busch, Miller/Coors and Pabst Brewing Co. Connoisseurs enjoy the quality and taste of handcrafted New Glarus beers that are playfully named, such as Spotted Cow, Moon Man, Two Women, Fat Squirrel or two fruity gems, Wisconsin Belgian Red (made with over a pound of Door County cherries in every bottle) and Raspberry Tart - a Wisconsin Framboise ale with a jewel-like sparkle. Dan and Deb Carey may be on the road to success as entrepreneurs, but they are “people persons” at heart. “It takes a team to build a brewery,” Deb explains. “Our focus is to take care of our people who work here every day. I think it’s important for America to remember that it’s manufacturing and small business that is the backbone of this country. We’re excited to be part of it.” For more information, visit, or call (608) 527-5850.

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Decatur Dairy Opens New Store

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teve Stettler, president of the Decatur Swiss Cheese Cooperative and Decatur Dairy in Brodhead, Wisconsin, takes his craft so seriously that when he studied Havarti he actually traveled to Europe to learn directly from cheesemakers using the Old World methods that have been passed down through generations. He also spent time in Denmark attending a Danish cheesemaking school. Steve was previously certified as a Master Wisconsin Cheesemaker for Brick, Farmers, Havarti and, in the past year, for his original specialty Swiss. A Decatur Dairy specialty is Swiss-lace cheese called Stettler Swiss and a Colby-Swiss marbled cheese – great for snacking or a delicious cheese-melt sandwich. The Wisconsin Master


Cheesemaker program is the most ambitious and rigorous advanced training program in the country and the only recognized Master program outside of Europe. The Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research administers the program and the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board represents it. Certification requires a total of ten years of licensed experience in an approved cheese plant plus three years of extensive classes and testing for each category of cheesemaking to be certified. Steve and his wife, Glennette, are justly proud of a series of expansions at the Decatur Dairy plant that they founded in 2000. The latest addition is the opening of a new cheese store with an entire showcase dedicated to their specialty cheese curds in fun flavors like

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Buffalo Wing, Peppercorn Ranch, Wasabi, Garlic and Herb, Mesquite Barbecue and more! Visitors can enjoy a factory fresh grilled cheese sandwich or an ice cream cone while you shop the store. While you shop, look for the Decatur champion cheeses that have recently won first place in Havarti and first place in Para Fundir (White Muenster) at the World Cheese Contest in Madison, Wisconsin. John M. of Streamwood, Illinois, recently commented, “I have a standing order from my wife that whenever I get to the Brodhead area, I have to stop here for cheese. My favorite

thing since I was a kid was the cheese curds, especially if they have just been made! Prices are good as is the quality of the cheese.” The cheese store is open from 9 to 5, Monday through Friday at W1668 County F in Brodhead, Wisconsin. For more information, visit, or call 608-897-8661.

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Am I Blue?

Roelli Artisan Cheese By P.J. Francis


hris Roelli (pronounced “rah-ly”) of Roelli Artisan Cheese Company, Shullsburg, Wis., grew up learning the art of cheesemaking. “I started as a young man working alongside my dad,” Chris said, “I left for a while, but I gravitated back to what I knew. It’s good to get away and see how good you have it right where you’re at.” Roelli Cheese has a family tradition of making handcrafted specialty cheese for nearly 100 years. Adolph Roelli came to Lafayette County from Switzerland in the 1920s. From that time, four genera-

tions of the Roelli family have been in the cheese business at this location, building on Adolph’s commitment to quality, service, and customer satisfaction. This long-standing commitment continues to be the cornerstone of their business. Roelli’s reputation over the years has been built on award-winning cheddar cheese and curds. “In the past few years, we have become widely known for an excellent cheddarized blue cheese,” Chris explained, “We produce two of these cheeses – the aged ‘Dunbarton Blue’ brand which many are familiar with, and

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our newest cheese called ‘Red Rock’, a younger Americanstyle Cheddar with a blue vein running through it and a wonderful robust, earthy taste.” Specialty products require special sales procedures. “Our cheese is available at upscale retail specialty cheese shops where the cheese is cut to order,” Chris said. “You’re not going to find it at the local grocery store where it would be pre-packaged and put on the shelf for sale. High-volume supermarkets are not how we prefer to offer our products. We market to shops where they cut it fresh off the block. We appreciate that these stores have personnel that can tell the Roelli story, sample and taste the cheese, and interact with customers to learn more about their preferences.” Dunbarton Blue has become extremely popular in the Chicago area, and is

currently distributed widely in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Dallas and along the east coast. In Wisconsin, of course, cheese (along with beer) is king. “Fresh cheese served at the factory stores is what draws people to the state,” Chris pointed out. “But our store in Shullsburg also serves as a country grocery store for local neighbors, serving ice cream cones, beverages and much more. It’s a local gathering place.” Located at the intersection of Wisconsin routes 11 and 29, the Roelli Cheese Haus is a mecca for tourists throughout the summer and fall. The public viewing area is a great place to sample varieties of cheese for a real taste of Wisconsin. The little country cheese shop has been thriving since the early ‘70s. For more information, visit

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Chris Roelli cranks out some tasty cheese curds



Shullsburg Creamery: 78 Years of Excellence By Mike Cowan


estled in the rolling hills of southwest Wisconsin, the picturesque village of Shullsburg has many ties to the early history of our country. Shullsburg was founded in 1827 by Jesse Shull, an agent for the John Jacob Astor Fur Trading Company, looking for investments in the valuable lead mines that were prevalent in the area. Many of the miners were Cornish and Irish immigrants that had been aware of lead mines worked by Native Americans long before the lands south of the Wisconsin River were ceded to the United States. Mining for lead and zinc would impact the local community’s economy for over a century until finally closing down in the mid-1970s. Even today, Shullsburg High School sports teams are known as “The Miners.” Shullsburg is proud of its mining museum and the beautifully restored buildings along the downtown Water Street corridor that is home to quaint shops, excellent restaurants and the renowned Shullsburg Creamery Cheese Store. The creamery has had a storied history since its founder, Anton “Tony” Pederson, established a business in 1934 churning butter and bottling milk. Spurred by the need for great volumes of cheese during World War II, Shullsburg Creamery


expanded and soon became one of the first cheese companies in Wisconsin to actively market its products to retailers under the Shullsburg Creamery label. For many years, the factory cheese store on Water Street has been a “must stop” for travelers from all over the country who recognize that Shullsburg is the place to find the best cheese in the country. When you enter the front door of the retail store you are greeted by a friendly, knowledgeable staff ready to offer suggestions on choices of the fine cheeses showcased throughout the shop. Visitors will find that the store carries one of the largest selections of high quality Wisconsin cheeses in the Midwest. Traditionally, the biggest sellers are the Cheddars, Swiss and Colby Jack. Guests will also enjoy the cheese store’s gift shop, featuring local memorabilia sure to thrill Wisconsin “cheesehead” fans. For more information, visit, or call 800-533-9594.

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Botham Vineyards & Winery


By P.J. Francis


ust south of Barneveld, Wisconsin, is a gem of a winery called Botham Vineyards & Winery owned and managed by Peter and Sarah Botham. The business was founded by Peter in 1989. A Wisconsin native, Peter learned grape growing and winemaking at a vineyard and winery in northern Maryland. “Really good wine is made in


the vineyards,” Sarah emphasized. “You can’t make good wine with inferior fruit. We grow all of our red grapes and we buy the juice for our white wine from the Finger Lakes area of New York. The latitude of the vineyards where our white grapes are grown is the same as that in Barneveld but the climate is just a little warmer. That means that the grapes we use to make our white wines will grow and

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thrive there. The topography is also similar.” Sarah continued, “Peter has handled every single bottle of wine that has left this winery, every one. He does all of the quality checks at the end of the bottling line before the bottles goes into a box either for sale here or for delivery to our distributors. Great care goes into the production of our wines.” In 1993, Botham Vineyards & Winery produced 2,500 gallons in four different wines in its first vintage. In contrast, the 2011 vintage was just shy of 30,000 gallons in 10 wines. Tasting Room hours at Botham Vineyards & Winery are 10 am to 5 pm Wednesday through Sunday, through December 24. The terrace and Back Barn Lounge are open for picnicking and events through the end of October. Tours, guided by Peter Botham, are offered by appointment for groups of 15 or more. It is suggested that visitors call at least two weeks in advance to schedule a tour.” We are firm believers in the vine-to-bottle winemaking process,” Sarah said. “We grow our wines here and what we don’t grow we produce here. Wine should convey a sense of place. For us, that place is here in the beautiful Uplands of Wisconsin’s Iowa County.” It is not surprising then, that Botham Wines have earned more than 300 medals in national and international competitions over the past 17 years. What may be surprising is the Bothams combine their passion for wine with classic

cars by hosting the Vintage Celebration. Held annually on the second Sunday in August, the event attracts some of the Midwest’s finest rare and vintage sports cars, race cars and touring sedans for a friendly competition against the lush background of the vineyard at the peak of the growing season. Live music on the terrace, outdoor wine service and picnic food round out the day. “Peter and I are avid vintage car and racing enthusiasts,” said Sarah, whose family has a rich motoring heritage. “My parents were founding shareholders of Road America, [one of the world’s fastest permanent road racing tracks in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin]. This year’s Vintage Celebration will be held August 12 from 10:30 to 5. The featured marquee is Cadillac. To register a pre-1993 vehicle in the show, visit the entry information page at The event typically draws 150 to 170 competition entrants and 2,000 to 3,000 spectators. Of course, many of those spectators arrive in some unique and interesting vehicles. Besides the Vintage Celebration, the winery hosts other events such as wine tastings or sample select artisan Wisconsin cheeses and gourmet foods from the tasting room. Admission is free and there are tours, new vintage releases and more. A trip to Botham Vineyards & Winery is sure to create a great experience and great memory. For more information, visit, or call 888-478-9463.

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Famous Fossil Wines Win Acclaim By Pat Schneiderman


en and Pam Rosmann, owners of the Famous Fossil Winery, recently received medals from the 2012 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. To be in the company of Gallo, Bogle, J. Lohr, Chateau Ste. Michelle and other prestigious wineries is a great honor. “We are creating wines made from Frontenac and LaCrescent that can compete against California, Washington and New York wines. It’s really an exciting time to be making wine in the Midwest.” said Ken. Silver medals were given for Over the Moon, a sparkling white wine, and for Fossil Rock Red, a red wine. Their blackberry wine won a bronze medal. The competition was judged by a diverse and highly skilled group of 60 national and international judges from Argentina, Australia, Chile, France, Italy and the United States. The competition drew over 3,200 wines from all 50 states and 22 countries. In addition to their awards, the summer months bring many plans to the winery. To show visitors some of the grapes they use in the winery, four of the growers have agreed to open their vineyards for people to visit on June 16. Locations and maps are available at the winery, and then after your visits you can

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stop back at Famous Fossil for a tasting of the wines. Time for the event is 1-4 p.m. On Saturday, June 30, you can get in on the fun of barrel races through an obstacle course at the winery. Races start at 3 p.m. with sign-up one hour before their start. Races will end at 5 p.m. Entry fee is $5 for singles and $10 for pairs. Wine barrels are heavy and require a certain amount of strength and coordination to handle; therefore, Famous Fossil will reserve the right to allow interested parties to race. Food will be available all day, while it lasts. Barrel races will occur each Saturday throughout July so don’t miss the fun! In addition to the races, Famous Fossil is hosting their first annual tour on August 18, which will showcase foods grown and processed in Stephenson County. Stop in for local foods at Famous Fossil Winery. Tickets are available at the Stephenson County Convention & Visitors Center, Stephenson County Farm Bureau, and the winery. For more information about this winery, please visit or call at (815) 563-4665. Famous Fossil will be heralding a Wine of the Month during the summer and you are always invited to just stop in and enjoy a tasting! Cheers!

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Fisher King Winery PHOTO BY P.J. FRANCIS


or centuries, the legend of the Fisher King has been woven within the ancient Celtic and Welsh stories of the Holy Grail. Writers have attempted to show that the legend of the Holy Grail is a seasonal myth illustrating the earth’s awakening from winter into the new life and vitality of spring. It is in this spirit that buds spring from their shoots, begin to thrive over the summer, and prepare for an eventual bountiful fall harvest. Fisher King Winery, Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, is the fruition of a revolutionary vision by owner Alwyn Fitzgerald. Alwyn explains, “Our mission is to recognize the reality of climate change and the shifting tastes of wine enthusiasts around the world and locally as well. We are providing a quality wine experience for discerning wine customers through the fermentation, bottling and sales of our own premium artisan wines.” Public interest in purchasing locally-produced agricultural, food and beverage products have grown exponentially in recent years since Fisher King Winery was founded in 2006. All Fisher King wines are handcrafted primarily from the new generation of cold-hearty, locally grown, hybrid grapes.” “We opened our doors for business here in Mt. Horeb for the very first time on September 2 of this past year,” said Alwyn

Fitzgerald who, despite his Irish name, is of German descent. “So far business has been very good,” Alwyn reports, “Mount Horeb is a destination community. We are surrounded by many interesting Wisconsin activities that people come to visit in all seasons. We look forward to welcoming warm weather visitors to the winery.” A solid background in engineering and biotech marketing, prior to opening Fisher King Winery, has proven to be beneficial to the new venture. “Although the marketing side is important, our wine quality is absolutely paramount,” Alwyn said. “Opening Fisher King Winery was a natural progression for me. My European parents always had wine at the dinner table and since that time I’ve been making wine for most of my life.” Fisher King wine products are created in small batches, using labor intensive handmethods to both harvest and process the grapes, which are taken primarily from local and regional growers. Painstaking attention to detail, and a commitment to encourage the very best characteristics of each varietal, have resulted in exceptional artisan wine releases. “I would like to see the state industry grow and the number of Wisconsin vineyards in crease,” he said. “This past fall we brought in close to 14 tons of grapes through our doors -- all of it from Wisconsin vineyards,

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and we would like to obtain even more. We crush and press the fruit in the fall to begin curing in the tanks over the winter.” Bottling of the finished wine from last year’s harvest began about a month ago. The winery’s overall mission is to make very delectable, well-crafted wine primarily from locally grown grapes. “We appreciate the fact that there are also some very good non-grape wines coming out of Wisconsin these days,” Alwyn said. “Whether wine is made from grapes, apples or other fruit, Wisconsin is becoming recognized for its award-winning wines and high quality wineries. We’re happy to be a part of that movement.” Local music artists are featured at Fisher King Winery

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The Peaceful Countryside Awaits Your Arrival


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ocated just off of Stagecoach Trail about six miles, between the Galena Territory and the City of Galena, is Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery. If you want to relax in a luscious scenic countryside setting for the afternoon, be sure to stop in, enjoy a glass of wine, homemade Sangria or even a wine slushie. Their wraparound porch and sunny deck are perfect for meeting up with your friends and sharing some time. The winery offers narrated vineyard tours where you can learn about the experimental vineyard, tour the cellars, barrel and bottling rooms and meet their winemaker. Don’t miss the opportunity to see first-hand how their grapes and fruit juices become their award

winning wine. The winery is open daily. Throughout the summer on June 2, July 14, August 4 and Sept. 8, Galena Cellars is offering “Paint & Pour at the Vineyard” with local artist Sandra Principe. You will have the opportunity to create a painting of a wine still life, as you will learn to easily create a glass, grapes and bottles that look real with the help of Sandra. Spa Days at the Vineyard are another great attraction for the summer. June 9 and 23, July 7 and 21, August 4 and 18 and Sept. 15 and 29 are times where you can escape to the vineyard and relax as Studio One Spa & Salon will be providing spa treatments (by appointment). Of course you can enjoy a glass of wine while you are being pampered! A new event for the winery


this year will be Grillin’ Grapeside held on July 6 & 27 and August 3 & 31. Menu items will include “Vineyard Red” burgers, herb-roasted chicken sandwiches, “Galena Beer” brats, veggie kabobs, and much more. Items range from $8-12 per dinner. Galena Cellars has partnered with Fever River Outfitters for a fun day to rent a bike or scooter and ride 12 miles of gorgeous countryside to the Galena Cellars’ Vineyard. The route is hilly so be prepared to

work those muscles or rent a scooter to do the work for you! Awaiting you will be a wine tasting and shuttle transportation back to downtown Galena. Cost is $45 per person/bike, $70 per person for scooter. Make sure you stop by and raise a glass or two! For more information visit: htm. or www.feverriver



Hailey’s Winery Welcomes New Co-Owner By Pat Schneiderman


long with the third anniversary of Hailey’s Winery in April, the business is also welcoming a new co-owner, Ginger Baerenwald. Baerenwald joined Cheryl Hailey as a business partner and co-owner after Jim Hailey passed away in 2011. Together they look forward to an exciting future for Hailey’s Winery. Hailey’s Winery specializes in handcrafted wines from grape varieties native to Illinois such as Chambourcin, Seyval and Chardonel, as well as some seasonal fruits. Hailey’s is a fully functioning winery with all wines produced and bottled on the premises. Girls Night White is a semi-sweet fruity white blend that has notes of sweet pear and a smooth finish that definitely needs to be taste tested. Equally as delicious, Rocking Chair Red, a semi-sweet light, smooth, red blend that exhibits black cherry and currant flavors. The complete 2012 Wine List can be reviewed at Hailey’s Winery hosts local musical talent for “uncorked”


music nights where we’re told folks can often be seen dancing in the tasting room! There is no cover for the music nights and dates and music details can be found at their website, as well as on Check out the Forest City Ramblers on Saturday, June 9 from 7- 9 p.m. at the winery. They play a combination of Bluegrass, Country and Folk Rock music that can be enjoyed while tasting your favorite wine. Again, there is no cover charge. The tasting room is available for rental purposes and provides a lovely setting for private events, so if you have a birthday, a shower or another event coming up, give them a call. Cheese and sausage plates are available at the winery, and if a light meal is desired, Three Sisters Café is close for delivery. Gift items and goodies are available and include local cheeses, handmade chocolates from Oregon’s Conover Coffees & Chocolates, Cheryl’s homemade Italian Sweet Bread and other fun wine-related gifts. Hailey’s is located at 114 S. Franklin Street in Byron, Illinois.

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By Pat Schneiderman


ocated in the glacierforgotten hills near Elizabeth, Ill., just a short drive off US 20 down a beautiful scenic road, you will find Massbach Winery. The Harmston Family started the winery in 2003 and have 18 acres of grapevines growing in nearby fields for wine production at their winery. At the top of a small hill stands a building that houses the wine tasting room. You can stop in and for a minimal fee, taste five different wines of your choosing. If you’re interested in a tour, all you need to do is ask. The staff would be happy to show you around. The wine list can be fully investigated at, but there are a number of


semi-sweet, sweet, dry and fruity wines to choose from. The staff will be happy to tell you what to pair specific wines with, or any other questions you may have. There is even a Daffodil wine which is a sweet white wine with a slight peach flavor, and don’t forget to try one of the family favorites – the St. Pepin which is a semi-sweet white. Summertime always adds some extra events for the winery and this year is no exception. Starting May 19, Wine In Bloom celebrates the new growth in the vineyard with tours, outdoor tasting and live music provided by Backroads Trio at 1 p.m. This has become an annual event and we suggest you join them to see the vines in their bright green splendor! Bring your family and friends

the next weekend, May 26, to enjoy live music on the wine patio. Mike Kelly will be providing jazzy favorites that we’re sure you’ll enjoy along with a glass of wine. Event starts at 1 p.m. August 18 is another date you will want to mark on your calendar as Massbach celebrates the Pre-Harvest Festival, where the grapes are in their full glory and ready to be picked to complete their destiny as Massbach Ridge wine. You can go out to the vineyard, taste the grapes and enjoy live

entertainment on the patio. Finally, the traditional Massbach Stomp will be held on September 29 - you can get your feet dirty while stomping grapes! The family-fun event runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. as grape lovers of all ages try their hands – or their feet – at stomping grapes! The winery is located at 8837 S. Massbach Road, south of Elizabeth, IL. You can buy their wines at many stores throughout the county and further. Check for their retail outlets on their website.



Primrose Winery CARRIES RICH TRADITION By Mike Cowan


isconsin can trace its wine history back to the early 1800s as German immigrants settled the territory and brought their winemaking skills with them. The harsher Wisconsin winters were a challenge for many, but those who persevered began producing classic Reislings, as well as wines made from hardy native grape stock. German immigrants also used their Old World winemaking skills to produce Wisconsin’s wonderful fruit wines. Today, the New Glarus Primrose Winery carries on the rich tradition of artisan winemaking in the Badger State. Bob and Peg Borucki, owners of New Glarus Primrose Winery, have been making and selling wine produced from Wisconsin grown grapes and fruit for over 20 years. “We’re making wines that we have enjoyed and our customers have appreciated over the years,” Bob said. “We produce a variety of great dry and semi-dry red and white wines, along with sweet and semi-sweet dessert and table wines.” Fruit wines are often considered after-dinner or dessert wines because of their pleasant sweetness. But their delicate flavors go well with a wide range of food, including meats (especially wild game), salads, and pastas. A lightbodied apple wine, such as their Wedding Wine, combines Wisconsin-grown

Concord grapes with a French hybrid grape to give a popular semi-sweet table wine. Other Primrose Winery favorites include a Holiday Wine, made with fresh cranberries, and a seasonal Summer Wine that provides a refreshing combination of fresh cherry juice and semi-sweet white wine. Summer Wine, with its full cherry flavor, makes a perfect summer evening aperitif.

New Glarus Primrose Wines can be tasted at their convenient location in the heart of downtown New Glarus – “Swisstown USA”. Enjoy a glass of crisp German Fridolin white, made from Elvira grapes, an excellent after-dinner or dessert wine. If it’s time to

relax, ask Bob for a sample of his famous late spring local rhubarb white wine. The winery also specializes in personalized wine labels for any occasion and shipping can be arranged to any point in the continental U.S. Visit www.newglarusprimrose for more information.

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The Silver Moon Shines in June


By Pat Schneiderman


lthough the Silver Moon Winery is a relatively new operation, started about eight years ago, Kathi and Ron Enzenbachers have already learned a lot about the winery business. Not everything has gone as they had planned, but they love the adventure they started. They planted over 6,000 vines on 20 acres and have experienced gains and losses in the vineyard. Due to the normally severe Illinois winters, some acres have been replanted with sturdier grape types. Other types, such as Frontenac and Foch, are maturing with time. Much has been learned along the way. Currently, a Traminette, Chardonel and Cayuga/Vidal Blanc blend called Moonlight White and Chardonnay are

their white wines. Their blush is called Twilight and is a Traminette/Frontenac Illinois blend. Their red wines are called Red Velvet, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Cabernet. More wine information is on their website at www.silvermoonwineryinc. com. A different “New Moon Tasting” is offered each month. They have a pairing of four wine tastes with specialty bites of complementary foods. Also featured is their Red Velvet Cheddar cheese that is made with their Red Velvet wine. Additionally, they offer Lime Rock Swiss cheese, which is also produced locally, along with other gourmet cheese plates. Their tasting room takes a unique twist in that it also features an exclusive selection of imported extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars. This year Silver Moon Winery



will be hosting a number of fun events for you to experience and enjoy. Details and costs for these events can be found on their website closer to the actual date of the event. Be sure to put these on your calendar and stop in to see Kathi and Ron soon. June 9 is the date set for a Grill N’Chill, July 28 will be the

Wine on Wheels Vineyard Party and August 18 is their Back to School Bash – which is really a celebration for parents. Silver Moon Winery is located at 213305 Zier Road in Lanark, IL, or call (815) 493-6888 for more information. Wine lovers will undoubtedly enjoy this wine country escape in Illinois.





ne of life’s pleasures is to get off the beaten path and discover hidden treasures that may not be advertised or marketed in the manner of big box stores, commercial centers or even on the internet. The Trail during the summer is a cornucopia of agricultural delights, specialty shops and boutiques, craft shops and outdoor shows, antiques, farm stands and gifts to take home for friends and family. Check local maps or your GPS as you travel the Trail. Take the county roads not only for the beautiful scenery, but to find your way through countryside turns and winding roads that lead to little towns and villages with shops that welcome visitors to browse and explore. You’ll find juicy fresh berries and honey, canned jams, jellies, sauces, bake sales, and bushels of the freshest vegetables you can buy. Larger towns like Freeport, Galena, and Monroe have a surprising number of high quality specialty shops at equally surprising affordable prices. Stroll the sidewalks of friendly cities and towns such as Lena, Stockton, Elizabeth, Savanna and Mount Carroll in Illinois or Darlington, Shullsburg, Brodhead, New Glarus and Mount Horeb in Wisconsin. Browse to your heart’s delight!

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farmers market draws urban locavores like clover fields draw bees, and who can blame them. The freshest produce, locally produced dairy and meats, plants and seedlings,

fine craftwork, baked goods, and even tunes that will set folks humming and heading back home with new friends and some of the best eatin’ anywhere. “We put our market together last minute with zero budget and no contacts,” said East

browse Dubuque Farmers Market cofounder Chad Breitsprecker. “It’s going surprisingly well and that’s probably why it’s still going.” He said they started two years ago and worked their way through parking and visibility issues to eventually land in the Van’s Liquor Store parking lot and they’ve never looked back. “You know, Jeff at Van’s has always been very supportive and we really appreciate it,” Breitsprecker said. “We needed a place for our own residents and the tourists heading to Galena to see us and stop. The lot works very well.” He said they are expecting eight vendors this season and as always, his favorite remains Fincel’s sweet corn. “I love seeing sweet corn,” Breitsprecker said. “We have a small group that shows up year in and year out and Frank Fencel is one of our mainstays. We applaud Frank for coming in every year and we are looking forward to all the good things he brings.”

The East Dubuque market will open this season on May 12 and run through mid-October on Wednesdays from 4-6pm. Galena Farmers Market manager, Merla Carl, said the market there will open May 12 in Market Square and she expects close to a dozen vendors. “We get quite a bit of produce, baked goods and plants,” Carl said. “We’re not allowed to sell crafts and people look for those. We still draw a lot of people and folks seem to like our produce.” She said she expects to see a lot of lettuce, onions, asparagus and some rhubarb when the season starts. “We get a lot of regular townspeople, but not many tourists because they are usually traveling and don’t want to carry food,” Carl said. “We just

have these regular customers that come every week. They just like good fresh food.” Carl said she enjoys meeting folks and hearing what they talk about. “Conversations cover just about every topic,” she said. “We really have a great group of people and market day is always fun.” The Elizabeth, IL, Farmers Market will be celebrating its tenth year of operation when it opens May 4, 2012. “We have five main people that started the market and those five people are still part of the market, so I have to say we have strong vendors,” said Elizabeth market manager Sara Sullivan. “Just for example, Glenn Albrecht will turn 95 this year and he was 85 when he first started coming to the market.” She said they are fortunate to have a solid foundation in

members like Albrecht and they always welcome new vendors. “We are always looking for new growers and producers, Sullivan said. “We’ve managed to stay focused on produce and that’s probably another reason we’ve been successful for so many years.” This year the Elizabeth market will feature more than two dozen vendors. “People are so excited about the market and it’s a great place to meet and talk to people,” Sullivan said. “It really brings the community together.” She said the town supports the market and their location in St Paul’s Lutheran Church parking lot, right on Highway 20, draws folks in too. “I’m always excited to get started again,” she said. “It’s always fun to see the people again after the winter and they’re real happy to see us too.” There are Farmers Markets throughout the Tri-State area and each has unique folks presenting their specialties. Take time to visit one soon.

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olklore is packed with stories and uses for the strawberry. Legends say if a couple shares a double strawberry they will soon find themselves in love. The French regard strawberries as an aphrodisiac of the highest quality and carry the belief so far as to offer a traditional French newlywed snack consisting of a soup made from thinned sour cream, strawberries, borage, and powdered sugar. In parts of Bavaria, rural folks still tie small baskets of strawberries to the horns of their cattle as an offering to the elves because it is thought the elves, who are very fond of strawberries, will favor the herd with healthy calves and

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browse of folic acid, potassium and fiber. Best of all, this delicious berry is fat-free and low in calories, about 55 calories to a cup of berries. Results of a recent national survey showed strawberry lovers to be “health conscious, fun loving, intelligent and happy, while non-strawberry lovers were found to be boring, stuffy, picky eaters who avoid eating healthy foods.” The homegrown strawberry crop in northern Illinois comes in June, but whether the fruity treats from the garden or the market, a bowl of fresh strawberries is always a welcome sight. Three types of strawberries are grown here in Illinois. There is the June or spring bearing, the ever bearing and the day neutral varieties.

The fruits of the ever bearing and day neutral are usually a bit smaller than the spring varieties, but there is no truth to the rumor that small berries are juicier or better tasting than their larger counterparts. The fact is the flavor of a strawberry is influenced by the weather, the particular variety and the stage of ripeness when harvested.

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Jerry Tice operates Jerry’s Berry farm at 2507 North Rock City Road, Ridott, IL. Jerry started his commercial berry farm in 1983 and now has a little over two acres in production. He first got interested in growing strawberries when he was a teenager in FFA in Kentucky and he has been growing them ever since.

Jerry’s Berries is strictly a U-Pick operation and Jerry says he expects his crop to be ready around the tenth of June. Jerry’s Berry Farm runs a berry hotline in June and anyone interested in picking his or her own strawberries should check the recording to arrange a date and time and to be sure the crop is ready to be picked. The Jerry’s Berry Farm hotline can be reached at: (815) 449-2660. Containers are available and if you need help there is always a field guide present. Once you get your hands on Jerry’s berries you’ll want to try his favorite way of enjoying the fruits of your labor, a fresh Strawberry Milkshake. Jerry says he never measures so he puts a bunch of ice cream in the blender with a little milk and 4

to 6 big berries. He adds a dash of vanilla and then hits the button to mix and chop it all, but not enough to liquefy the shake. Jerry says nothing tastes as good as fresh strawberries, so enjoy. Get your berry on! Even the most amateur gardener can raise a few strawberry plants in very limited space with success. Ever bearing and day neutral varieties can be grown in terraced beds, barrels or pyramids. Strawberry plants also make good groundcover and edging foliage. There are strawberry Festivals throughout the area that offer the opportunity to eat spectacular creations made from that most special of berries, the strawberry.

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Davis Beekeeper Finds the Sweet Joy of Life At the height of the season, there will be thousands of busy bees tending the hive.

By Tony Carton


ees can be a joy in the yard simply for their buzzing presence and, on hot days, for the distinct smell of honey wafting through the air within just a few feet of the hive. Phillip Raines got the urge to keep bees a few years back, and today he is an accomplished beekeeper with hundreds of hives yielding thousands of pounds of honey and dozens of hive related products. “We’re running about three hundred hives now and if everything goes well this spring, we’ll be a bit more than that,” said Raines.

Raines Honey Farm is selling honey throughout the tri-state area. “We are selling to health food stores, local groceries, we do the Pec Thing twice a year and we are donating bees to the Discovery Center this year to display in their observation hive,” Raines said. “That’s a new exhibit and we put bees in for folks to watch.” He said they’ve always maintained a honey stand in front of the house, located at 16566 Best Rd, Davis, IL. They welcome folks to come out and get their supply fresh from the farm. Raines carries a full line of bee related products including whipped or creamed

Phillip and daughter Samantha inspect one of the family’s 300 colonies at Raines Honey Farm.



honey, handmade pure beeswax candles, natural skin care products, soaps and assorted gift boxes. “We make our own spun honey in small batches,” Raines said. “The texture has a thicker consistency than liquid honey and it’s great on crackers, bagels, toast or sandwiches.” Pure beeswax candles have a delightful sweet fragrance. They burn longer, cleaner and burn brighter than other wax candles. “We create our candles one at a time with our own beeswax and an all cotton wick,” Raines said. “Beeswax candles have been highly prized since ancient times. Honey bees have long been regarded as models of industry and purity and make their wax from the nectar of flowers.” Raines said their skin products are handcrafted from scratch with their own honey and beeswax. “Our Moisturizing Lip Balm is made by us in small batches with our beeswax, aloe or mango butter, olive oil, grape seed oil, jojoba oil, pomegranate oil, vitamin E oil, and if it’s our spearmint flavor, we use only spearmint essential oil,” he said. Organic flavors include peach, other flavors: root beer, berry, oh fudge, grape, peach and melon. Raines said their soap is handcrafted in small batches with moisturizing oils, using the cold process method. “All the good stuff is left in and it’s good for the skin,” he said. “We recommend it for use as a shampoo too.” Speaking of good stuff,

Raines has nothing but good to say about the health benefits of honey. “Science has begun to accept honey as a very effective medicine,” he said. “Honey can be used without any side effects for many kinds of diseases.” Visit the Raines Honey Farm website for a list of ailments ranging from heart diseases to bladder infections to common colds to fatigue and the bee related remedies recommended for treatment. “The Greek physician Hippocrates thought honey cleaned, softened, and healed sores,” Raines said. “Honey has been found to protect wounds and sores from infection while soothing the area with its antiinflammatory properties. With scientific proof now supporting the theory, honey-dressings for wounds are more widely available and are undergoing further trials in hospitals of several countries, including Great Britain, the United States, and South Africa.” He also said local pure honey is a well-known folk remedy for hay fever. “The pollens in local honey are supposed to immunize you against those in the surrounding air,” Raines said. “Our honey is pure and natural. Its sweet and flowery flavor comes from local flowers, mostly clover. We never cook, pressure filter or add anything to our honey and we do not use chemicals in our beehives.” Learn more about bees, honey and products from the hive by visiting www.raines or stop by the farm at 16566 Best Rd, Davis, IL, and pick up a jar.


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• Street Dance, 8:30 pm-12:30 am (Downtown) • Garden Club Display, 8 am-6 pm (Downtown) • Softball Tournament (Legion Park)

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At the Pinnow Pharmacy Covered Bridge Gift Department we have the gifts, collectibles and home accents that you are looking for! Hallmark • Webkinz • Willow Tree Village • WoodWick Candles Swan Creek Candles Assorted Home Decor Women’s Accessories ...and much more!

• Fun Run/Walk, 8 am (Sugar River Trail) Wildflower Art Festival, 9 am-4 pm (Veterans Park) • Garden Club Display, 9 am-4 pm (Downtown) • Sidewalk Sales, Vendors & Music, 9 am-4 pm (Downtown) • Model A Antique Car Display, 10 am-4 pm (Downtown) • Historic Museum Open, 9 am-4 pm (Downtown) • EMS Rummage Sale, 9 am-4 pm (Downtown) • Historic Wagon Tours, 10 m-3 pm • Music (Downtown) • “Embrace the Race” Boat Rides (Water Tower area) • Horse Show, 8 am-5 pm (South End) • Saw Mill Demo, 9 am-5 pm (South End) • Blacksmith Demo, 9 am-4 pm (South End) • Vintage Snowmobile Display, 9 am-5 pm (South End) • Tractor Show, Thresheree, 9 am (South End) • Vendors, Crafts & Food, 9 am (South End) • Children’s Toy Tractor Pull, 10 am (South End) • Antique Tractor Pull, 1 pm (South End) • Garden Tractor Pull, 1 pm (South End) • Antique Tractor Drive, 4 pm (South End) Nature Discovery I (grades 1-5), 10:30-11:30 am Nature Discovery II (grades 1-5), 1-2 pm Cyber Science (grades 6+), 1-2 pm • Softball Tournament (Legion Park) • Jaycee’s Sand Volleyball Tournament (Jaycee Park)

SUNDAY, AUGUST 12 • Old-Fashioned Church Service, 9-10 am (Veterans Park) • Concert in the Park, 6:30 pm (Veterans Park) • “Embrace the Race” Boat Rides (Water Tower area) • Classic Car & Motorcycle Show, 9 am-3 pm (South End) • Vintage Snowmobile Display, 9 am-5 pm (South End) • Saw Mill Demo, 9 am-5 pm (South End) • Blacksmith Demo, 9 am-4 pm (South End) • Vendors, Crafts & Food, 9 am (South End) • Tractor Show, Thresheree (South End) • Horse Show, 10 am-3 pm (South End) • Parade, Noon (starts at E 3rd Ave & 19th St) • Antique Tractor Pull, 1 pm (South End) • Garden Tractor Pull, 1 pm (South End) • Burn Outs, 1 pm Slide Show Plant Walk at UCC Church, 2-3:15 pm (wagon leaves tractor pull area at 2)

• Softball Tournament

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Standards High at Galena Canning Company Evo takes a minute between batches to talk about the quality and freshness that go into every bottle of his jams and jellies.

By Tony Carton


Chef Evo carefully handles a couple bottles of his hot sauce in the Galena Canning Company store located at 106 South Main St, Galena, IL.

t’s all about choices at the Galena Canning Company where the standards are high, the flavors divine and the product names are wild; Ghost Dust Pure Jolokia, Kiss my Bhut, Mad Dog .357 PURE Ghost, Enforphyin Rush Beyond, Wanza’s Wicked Temptation, Mad Dog 44 Magnum. So what’s a person to do? “The first time I met my neighbor, Chef Evo, I was standing in my yard,” said Galena Canning Company store manager Sue Hermann. “He ran up to me and asked if I liked spice. I said sure and he stuck a spoon in my mouth. I thought my head would come off. I like spice, but that was fire, pure fire.” She said she knew he had latched onto a great idea and so she went to work for him. Evo Puidak is no stranger to convincing folks about flavor and the advantages of using fresh ingredients in his products. Prior to coming to Galena, Evo was a private chef to the Chairman of the Board and Board of Directors of the United States Federal Reserve


Banks. He has served United States Presidents, as well as visiting state and foreign officials. “I’m from an Estonian background and my mom made everything fresh, so I was always used to having fresh and not the store bought stuff,” Evo said during one of his rare breaks between cooking up batches in his downtown Galena kitchen. “We came to Galena originally to do a bed and breakfast. We wanted to start a family. My wife and I needed to get away.” He said he started out producing small batches of jam and jelly, in the kitchen at the B&B, to serve with their fresh baked breads, muffins and things because he didn’t want to serve store bought products. “Then this sort of light went off and we realized that we were in this great little town, why not have an old fashioned cannery here, just like grandma used to do,” he said. They started slow. He owned a couple bars and restaurants in Chicago, but kept coming out to Galena on the weekends getting local products and canning. He went to the local health department and learned what


browse he needed to do and just kept everything alive. “I always saw the light at the end of the tunnel and for thirteen years I sold our products wholesale to one of the retail stores here in Galena,” Evo said. “I kept coming out on weekends and promoting it and demonstrating it until about 8 years ago a building came up for sale. We took it and it became our original store. At that time I was making about sixty different items and carrying about two thousand different hot sauces. It was quite the little emporium.” He said that through it all, he never knew what to expect. “It was a huge leap of faith,” Evo said. “I asked my wife to tell me what she thought because I told her we had to put everything we have into this business. We knew it was either going to go or there would be nothing left. She said let’s go ahead, I know you and you don’t fail. So we did and the first month we were open we did triple what I expected and the next month we did triple again. It just kept

growing. We were running out of stuff because we couldn’t make it fast enough.” They got a bigger cooker, but kept things small; only producing a lot of small batches to contain the flavor and not overcook the fruits. Word traveled and before long Galena Canning Company appeared on the Food Network, The Wall Street Journal, the Sun Times, and the Chicago Tribune; travel magazines from all over the country; Oprah; and Good Morning America. “Everybody was trying to figure out what magic I’m doing, but it’s not magic,” said Evo. “What I’m doing is bringing back yesteryear where grandma made things, and that was the whole idea.” Evo and the canning company opened a new store a year and a half ago right across the street from the original shop and went from about three thousand square feet to over ten thousand square feet. “We’ve added a couple hundred new products and we deal with local suppliers for

our ingredients,” Evo said. “We carry some fabulous wild game sauces and deal with a local pheasant grower. We search out the things that nobody else has.” He said one of their key strategies is that at any given time there are over three hundred samples out for the tasting. “I remember when I was a little kid my dad used to take me down to the old German butcher shops and cheese shops where you would go in and there were always little samples of everything,” Evo recalled. “It entices you to buy, but also, what a great feeling when you’re coming to this beautiful historic town and you come into our store and you can try everything so you know what you are getting.” Never one to rest on his laurels, Evo and the crew are getting ready to start on the next leg of the Galena Canning Company journey with a restaurant that will encompass a lot of the products they make, plus a lot of local produce that is available through area farmers markets.

Chef Evo shows off a freshly canned jar of sauce in his Galena Canning Company kitchen.


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He said he got the idea from an earlier visit to Epcot Center where they grow produce hydroponically downstairs and have a restaurant upstairs with a menu showing what is coming fresh from the gardens that day. “What I’m looking to do is go to the farmers markets and local farms to get local produce and post where it’s from and when I got it and here it is on the menu,” he said. “We want to give folks a taste of the country.” Evo said it’s all about being happy “I tell my son that I want him to be as happy as I am when he gets up every day to do what he loves doing, because that is the key to life,” said Evo. “If you love what you do you will become successful. You just have to believe in what you are doing.” Stop and visit the folks at Galena Canning Company at 106 South Main Street, Galena, IL 61036 or visit them on the web at www.galena




Find Your Own

Treasure By Tony Carton


f you’re looking for a little drive down a great two-lane road, take Route 84 south to just outside Fulton, Ill., and you will find the Great River Road Antiques barn. If you go on the weekends, there is also a flea market. Over 80 dealers convene to the area to set up, polish and display their wares. The indoor area is extensive with two floors of booths winding in aisles back and forth, enough to keep you busy looking for that treasure for a good long while. There is just about everything at this spot that you might be looking for in antiques. Dealers rent booths by the month and are allowed to display their collectibles in their own unique way. There is everything from unique, collectible furniture, clothing of today and long ago, dishes, books, toys, period items such as wartime uniforms and guns, table and bed linens, custom jewelry, bar memorabilia, coins (under glass), Native American items, collections, pictures, catchy signs and a ton of glassware and household items. There is even a couple of old gas pumps to remember back when. From April through October, the outside dealers are busy during the weekends on the five acres of land directly next to the barn. There are another fifty dealers that take part in this flea market area. Typical to most flea markets, there is everything under the sun to choose from, including outdoor yard items and fun collectibles like football and baseball cards, metal signs, more glassware,

old postcards, prints and much, much more. It takes some lengthy walking to browse through it all, so be sure to wear your walking shoes! Great River Road Antiques is open daily every day of the year, except Thanksgiving and Christmas, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free to the public. Whether you’re looking for a memory of something your grandmother had or looking to increase a collection, you’re sure to enjoy yourself browsing through the treasures. Get out and join in on the fun!

Aisles of treasures await


Great River Road Antiques, Fulton, Illinois, is open year round



Take It or Leave It

Rosemary takes a moment to show off some furniture pieces

By Pat Schneiderman


hop owner Rosemary Forcade said she has “two kinds of clients, those who bring and those who take.” Her consignment shop, Sequels, is committed to bringing together buyers and sellers of quality pre-owned furniture and home accessories. For almost 100 years, Forcade’s family has owned the building at 1024 17th Avenue on the square in Monroe, Wis. Her great-grandparents, grandparents and parents actually had a tavern at the site, which at the time was more of a social gathering place. Then in the ‘80s, her mother lived through a devastating experience with a fire next door that almost brought their building down. Fortunately, her mom wanted the building to stand and put substantial monies into restoring the family treasure. Today, after moving away to live in North Carolina for a number of years, Forcade has returned to her roots and now she houses the high-end


consignment shop in the space, which is jam-packed full of wonderful pieces. The shop is committed to offering gently used, moderate to high-end furniture and decorative pieces that are in “next to new” condition. After living in the south where Forcade said these types of shops are “big,” she was familiar with the concept and thought maybe it would be popular in Wisconsin as well. She had a friend whose mother was moving into a retirement home and another friend’s mother who passed away, so between the two individuals, Forcade had enough to start her shop. The shop accepts furniture, such as couches, chairs, tables, buffet, dressers and armoires, framed artwork and mirrors, decorative dishes, pottery, table décor, candlesticks, baskets, silk plants, decorative pillows, lamps, bookcases, wall shelves, area rugs, outdoor furniture and seasonal decorations at specific times, and a limited amount of collectibles. If you

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are considering “cleaning house,” down-sizing or selling something, you will need to contact Rosemary before bringing it into her store. Contracts for consignments run for only 90 days so there is always something new coming into the store. Forcade has storage places for items that won’t currently fit into her store, and even accepts a waiting list to bring items in at a later date. She accepts outdoor furniture and Christmas seasonal decorations only at specified times of the year. One of Forcade’s disappointing thoughts is that many young people do not love antiques these days. “Young people want a sleek look – no muss, no fuss,” Forcade said. “However,

the upside of this portion of the buyers is that they are very receptive to high-end, contemporary furniture.” Therefore, Forcade gladly accepts “like new” modern pieces as well, and she says they sell very fast. As the shops expands to the outdoor porch and patio area in the next few weeks, perhaps you will want to make a trip to enjoy the wicker, iron and plants that will be in abundance. Forcade said, “Stuff will soon be sitting everywhere” outside. Not all of us are knowledgeable about what is valuable and what is not, but Forcade knows and will gladly talk to you about an item. She loves furniture and decorating, and it’s easily seen when you first step into her shop.


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he Trail is an outdoor lover’s paradise. Get ready for adventure exploring hidden valleys or crossing the mighty Mississippi River, paddling a canoe or kayak along many peaceful streams and fast-flowing rivers, bike and hike on miles of scenic and rugged trails in northwest Illinois and southeast Wisconsin. When was the last time you explored an authentic early nineteenth century frontier fort? Bring the family to see a lively reenactment of pioneers (circa 1832) struggling to defend the fort against forces of Chief Black Hawk at the Apple River Fort in Elizabeth, Illinois. According to Wikipedia, “The Black Hawk War gave young Abraham Lincoln his brief military service. Other notable American participants included Winfield Scott, Zachary Taylor and Jefferson Davis.” The western portion of the Trail’s geographic region is known as “The Driftless Area.” This designation covers parts of northeast Iowa, northwest Illinois and southeast Wisconsin. It derives its name from being spared the leveling of ancient glaciers, in turn producing an amazing mix of bluffs along the Mississippi, spectacular caves, abandoned mines and scenery that is the best in the upper Midwest.

On The

Trail By Tony Carton


n this favorite Trail trip, we’ll be traveling to the Cassville, Wisconsin area and on to nearby Balltown, Iowa (by ferry) to visit some of the most scenic Mississippi River areas and some great historic sites as well. Our first stop is Cassville -- a true outdoor paradise that offers lush valleys, towering overlooks and wildlife -- all in a serene, almost ethereal setting. PHOTOS BY TONY CARTON



Check out the caboose at Stonefield’s train station

Stonefield State Historic Site The Stonefield State Historic Site is located on 2,000 acres of land two miles north of Cassville. The land was once Governor Nelson Dewey’s family agricultural estate. The land is divided by lengthy stretches of stonewalls and there are a number of Gothic Revival buildings. Several original outbuildings remain. In 1936, the estate became an important part of the Nelson Dewey State Park. The site now houses the Wisconsin State Agricultural Museum, Stonefield Village, a re-creation of a farmstead based on a plan developed by the USDA in 1900, and the Governor Nelson Dewey Home Site. Stonefield is owned and operated by the Wisconsin Historical Society and its comprehensive collections include wonderful examples of 19th century farm life and machinery. In the village, you can visit 30 stores and social centers from days gone by. There is a covered bridge, a train station, a number of shops, churches, schools, a firehouse and a jail. It is a re-creation of Wisconsin village life so necessary at the time to provide the early farm family


with goods, services and social activities. Stonefield Village is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 26 – Oct 2. There is a fee. You can call for current event information at (608) 725-5210 or visit www.stonefield.

Nelson Dewey State Park The Nelson Dewey State Park has a number of nature trails totaling roughly 3 miles in distance. The opportunities to observe nature, the views of the river and its scenic bluffs are unequaled. There are picnic sites with tables and grills, shelters, water and clean restrooms. The Mound Point Trail offers wonderful views of the Mississippi River as it passes near Indian Mounds. There are benches along the way so visitors can observe wildlife and birds soaring along the Mississippi Flyway. The park also offers fine camping with both wooded and over-look campsites available. There are sand beaches at the park but none are designated as swimming areas, and there are no lifeguards. Enjoy boating, biking, hiking, camping or just relax and experience the natural setting.

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Visit 30 stores in Stonefield Village

The Cassville Ferry The Cassville Ferry is the only way to cross the Mississippi in this neck of the woods. Take a step back in time, drive your vehicle onto the boat and be ready for a totally unique experience. The ferry can hold 9 or 10 cars on a trip and you will travel about a mile. The pilot and deckhands are very knowledgeable about local attractions and the history of the area. Strike up a conversation. The Cassville Ferry runs between the Turkey River Boat Landing near CY9 (Iowa’s Great River Road) and Cassville’s downtown Riverside Park from 9 to 9 daily from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. The last trip from Cassville leaves at 8:20 p.m. and from Iowa at 8:40 p.m. There is a 24-hour car ferry information line at 608-725-5180. Fees are under $15, cash only; hikers and bikers are able to cross too. You can purchase round-trip tickets or season passes. There is no better way for a quick, on-the-move view of the Mississippi bluffs and tree-lined hills that make this a memorable trip. When you leave the ferry in Iowa, head south on CY9; Continue

south, but keep an eye on the road. The views become more spectacular while the road curves and winds a lot. There are many turnoffs and shoulders for scenic views, use them and be safe. Next stop: Balltown, Iowa on the Great River Road!

Breitbach’s Country Dining, Balltown, Iowa By now you’re ready for lunch or dinner and the place to go is the popular, historic Breitbach’s Country Dining restaurant in Balltown, Iowa. In 1852, President Millard Fillmore issued a federal liquor permit for a food and drinking establishment in Balltown, Iowa. When the business opened, one of the employees was Jacob Breitbach. Jacob purchased the tavern in 1891 and today his great-great-greatgreat-grandson, Mike Breitbach and his wife, Cindy, operate Breitbach’s Country Dining in Balltown. It is the oldest continuous operating restaurant and bar in the state. The setting is rural Iowa and the atmosphere is family, but there is an upper Midwest charm that makes the tavern suitable for any dining occasion. Kerosene lamps hang from the ceiling, antiques abound, and


Cross the Mississippi on the Cassville Ferry

quits adorn the walls, but it’s the old fashioned down-home cooking that keeps guests coming back. Breitbach’s fried pork tenderloin sandwich is known far and wide – lightly battered, tender, flavorful and delicious. Guests love the bountiful weekend buffet and the home-baked pies alone are worth the price of the meal. In 2007, on Christmas Eve,

the restaurant completely burned down following an explosion in the basement (thankfully, no one injured). In less than six months, the iconic building was rebuilt by the local community that rallied round the Breitbach family. Incredibly, ten months to the day in 2008, the restaurant was once again destroyed by fire. It took the Breitbach family over two months to decide

Stonefield Village takes you back in time to an easier life

whether to rebuild, but once again the community responded and Breitbach Country Dining reopened on August 1, 2009. Join the fun and perhaps even

shake hands with Mike and Cindy Breitbach! Visit www.breitbachscountry for current hours or call 563-552-2220.

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New Glarus, Wisconsin ~ Labor Day Weekend ~

You’ll love our Summer, Rhubarb & Wedding wines!

• Wine Sampling - Take home your favorite! • Ask about our customized wine labels • Stop in and enjoy wine by the glass • Taste our “Chocolate Cherry” • Buses and Groups welcome 500 First Street New Glarus, WI 53574 608.527.5053

75th Year of Wilhelm Tell Join us for the celebration, share the excitement of our annual reunion!

Our Special 75th Events Are: Friday, August 31, 2012 • Children’s Laternenzug (Lantern Parade) downtown

Saturday, September 2, 2012 • Late morning parade downtown

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• 2:30 pm Wilhelm Tell Pageant (English) • Swiss camping at the Tell Grounds • Yodel concert at Fest Tent downtown

Bar & Grill Families Welcome! Extensive Menu Daily Specials • Carry-outs Homebaked Bread Homemade Pizza

over 1 lb cheese on a 14” pizza

Locally raised Choice Certified Black Angus beef 7 oz Ground Chuck Burgers

Sunday, September 2, 2012 • 11:30 am - Wilhelm Tell Pageant (English) • 2:30 pm - Wilhelm Tell Pageant (German) special finale presentation of the German performance

• Yodel Showcase at Fest Tent • Street Dance downtown following Yodel Showcase

• Art in the Park at Village Park 9 am-4 pm • Friends of the New Glarus Library Book Sale at Library 8 am - 5 pm

Plans are underway for events in the

Always a home-baked cookie for dessert with pizza, baskets and sandwiches

Fest Tent throughout the weekend...movies,

Grill open daily until 1 am Friday & Saturday until 1:30 am

Check our website for schedule updates!

book signings, other entertainment, etc...

Custom pool cues for sale - over 300 on hand!

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Free-spirited, fun and affordable

Sugar River Shoppe 108 5th Ave, New Glarus WI 608.527.4290 •

Celebrate Spring... Polish Pottery Style! Handmade & Hand-Painted Polish Pottery direct from Poland. Thousands of items in stock now!

526 First Street, New Glarus WI 608-558-8366

New Glarus’ Finest Cheese and Chocolate Shop Finest 100 Cheese Specialties from Green County & Around the World Fine Wines & Sausages • Old Fashioned Bulk Candy Unique Flavors of Homemade Fudge • Homemade Waffle Cones

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A beautiful setting in New Glarus, WI, for any special occasion Wedding Receptions • Rehearsal Parties • Reunions • Group Events • Private Parties Capacity for 250+ people

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Whirlpool Suites available • Wireless Internet Service • Indoor Pool, Sauna, Hot Tub, Steam & Fitness Rooms Conference & Meeting Rooms • On the Sugar River State Bike Trail • Alpine Restaurant • Special Group Rates

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Enjoy a Taste of Switzerland in New Glarus, Wisconsin! • Authentic Swiss specialties served daily for lunch & dinner • Dine & Dance every Friday & Saturday evening to the music of a popular band! • Enjoy Ticino Pizzeria below the Hotel Balcony, open daily at 4 pm • Right in the heart of downtown 100 6th Ave, New Glarus WI • 800.727.9477 608.527.5244 •

Bus & Group Tours Welcome!

Deininger’s Restaurant & Bistro Bar

~ A warm & inviting atmosphere ~ Veranda dining available during summer months

Traditional European Country Style Cuisine 119 Fifth Ave, New Glarus WI • 608.527.2012 Serving Dinner Thursday through Sunday beginning at 4:30 pm Sat Lunch - Summer only - 11:30-2:00 • Sun Brunch/Lunch 11:30-2:00

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arriving in June! • Swiss Cow Bells • Victorinox Knives • Cuckoo Clocks • Fondue Supplies • European Jewelry • European Linens • Raclette Grills • Folk Wear

Department 56 • Heritage Lace Seiko Clocks • Jewelry Peggy Karr Glass • Jim Shore 600 1st Street, New Glarus WI 608.527.5106 Open Daily 10 am-5 pm

...Plus much more! Stop by our new store or visit our online catalog at

523 1st St, Anderson Mall, New Glarus WI • 608.527.2417


The Apple River Fort Preserves History

Soldiers and townsfolk gather near the entrance to the Apple River Fort to socialize and conduct commerce.

Memory Lane

Crafting Retreat

A Girls Getaway Laugh, Relax, Make Memories! • Fully-equipped kitchen & work tables - Great for small groups, organizations, reunions, clubs or classes! • Self-serve overnight accomodations for 9 guests Call 815-494-3020 for reservations! 10006 N. Rote Rd, Orangeville IL


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A 30,000 square foot historic factory lovingly converted into large rooms of antiques & collectibles. Just some of our items include: Fenton Glass Depression Glass World War II Memorabilia Home Decor One of a Kind Items Primitives and much more...

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he Apple River Fort was the site of an important battle during the Black Hawk War. It was the only fort attacked by Black Hawk during the turbulent summer of 1832. On June 24, 1832, the settlers of the fort turned back an attack by some 200 Sauk and Fox warriors led by Black Hawk. The war lasted only sixteen weeks, ended the threat of Indian attacks in the area and opened the region to further settlement. Many notable men participated in the Black Hawk War including a young Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, and General Winfield Scott. Abraham Lincoln and his militia company arrived at the fort a day after the battle. Today, the fort has been reconstructed and is open for self-guided tours. (Living History from May-October) Special events throughout the year highlight many aspects of life in Jo Daviess County in 1832. Exhibits at the Interpretive Center, on the trail, and at the fort tell the story of the Sauk and Fox, the early settlers and the conflict that became known as the Black Hawk War.

The Black Hawk War The settlers in the mining area were panic stricken. Many left Galena by steamboat. At the Apple River Settlement, the miners quickly built a fort around existing cabins. They did not have long to wait. On June 24, Black Hawk and some 200 warriors attacked the Apple River Fort. Inside, the men kept up a steady stream of fire, aided by the women, who molded musket balls and loaded weapons. The battle raged for about 45 minutes. Then Black Hawk, thinking the Fort heavily armed, abandoned the battle and raided nearby cabins for supplies as he and his warriors departed. The next day, at the Second Battle of Kellogg’s Grove, the arrival of U.S. Army troops forced Black Hawk to flee north to Wisconsin. Finding his band hungry and disheartened, Black Hawk decided to lead

his followers west across Wisconsin and back into Iowa. Pursued by the Army and the militia, Black Hawk’s band struggled on to the Mississippi at the mouth of the Bad Axe River. The Black Hawk War ended on August 2, when the Indians were caught between the steamboat Warrior and the Army troops. Of the 1,200 who had started out with Black Hawk, only about 150 survived. Black Hawk escaped, but was later captured. The Apple River Fort, hastily erected that May, survived its first and only attack that June Sunday. It was torn down some 15 years later, in 1847, its lumber used to build a barn. In the spring of 1995, the Apple River Fort Historic Foundation set out to relocate the Apple River Fort. Local lore said the Fort was located on a hillside not far from Main Street Elizabeth. Uncertain, the Foundation hired an archeologist, whose initial inspection of the site turned up a variety of artifacts from the 1830s. Excavations revealed not only musket balls, a small cellar and a trash pit, but also the fort’s footprint, a 50x70 foot area which was somewhat smaller than originally speculated.

interpret the Black Hawk War era at the site.

Apple River Fort Interpretive Center Located a short walk from the fort, the Interpretive Center and Museum Shop relates the story of the Black Hawk War and the Apple River Fort. A series of illustrated panels tells the story of the Sauk and Fox, the early miners, and the conflict between the two cultures that led to the Black Hawk War. Other exhibits at the two-story Interpretive Center include a 15-minute video of the Black Hawk War and archaeology exhibits telling how the fort was located and displaying some of the artifacts uncovered at the site. Exhibits along the trail to the fort explore the role of Abraham Lincoln and other notables in the Black Hawk War, the building of the fort, and the June 24, 1832, attack by Black Hawk and his warriors. Because of its rich archaeological remains and historical significance, the Apple River Fort site is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the official federal list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant in American history.

Visit the Apple River Fort located at 311 E. Myrtle St., Elizabeth, Illinois. Open March-October, Wed-Sun 9-5 pm, NovemberFebruary, Wed-Sun 9-4 pm, call 815-858-2028 for special event dates and times.

A youngster tries his hand with a musket during a lull in the activities at the Apple River Fort.

Rebuilding the fort Reconstruction began in 1996, with volunteers using the same tools and materials used by the original settlers. Logs were stripped and shingles split by hand. A two to three foot trench was dug to connect the two cabins and the surrounding palisade wall was erected using 14 to 15 foot logs. Constructing a second story that projected some two feet over the building’s lower story created the blockhouse. At the two corners opposite the building, firing stands were built and supplied with hand-hewn ladders. Most recently, an original 1830’s miner’s log cabin was moved to its new home at the Apple River Fort State Historic Site in Jo Daviess County. According to the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, it will be used to help

One of the families that sought refuge in the fort during the Black Hawk War prepares a meal.



Paddle, Bike or Scoot! The Pecatonica River

By Tony Carton


hether it’s a day trip, just a couple hours on the water, a bike trek or scooter ride through the rolling hills of northwest Illinois or southwest Wisconsin, Fever River Outfitters is the place to turn in Galena for getting out on the water, on the trail, or over the road. “We are a small town outfitter offering big time adventures in the tri-state area,” said Fever River Outfitters owner Deb Malone. “We’re happy to share our knowledge of the best places to hike, bike, paddle, snowshoe, cross-country ski and even scooter, within the tri-state region.” “Fever River Outfitters is a complete outfitter,” Malone said. “We’ll be your personal consultant when purchasing your next new or used canoe, kayak, car rack, recreational trailer, or specialized outdoor gear. Fever River lets you ‘test the best’ boat before buying, and provides you with just about everything you need for a vacation in the great outdoors.” If racing is your passion, check out the products Fever River Outfitters provides for triathletes, adventure racers and any multi-sport athletes. With equipment including wet suits for rental or sale, bikes and bike parts, footwear and more Fever River Outfitters provides the practical gear that makes your race times faster.


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Learn to canoe or kayak in Freeport The Freeport Park District will be offering “quick start” instruction to learn the art of canoeing or kayaking this summer at the Krape Park dock area. Instructions are designed to introduce the participant to sufficient skill and knowledge so they can enjoy the sport of tandem canoe on flat water. Learn launching and landing the canoe, basic strokes and maneuvers, evaluating the paddling environment, safety and rescue. Canoe classes will be held from June 16 – June 30, from 9 to noon, with registration by June 8. Quick start kayak classes are also offered at the Krape Park dock area by “Paddle and Trail” magazine’s certified instructors who will introduce students to the basics required for paddling and maneuvering a kayak on still waters. In addition, learn proper attire for safe paddling, basic strokes and simple rescues. Students can also advance to the Introduction to Kayaking course to acquire greater skills. Kayak classes will be held from 5:30 -7:30 p.m., June 14 (registration by June 7) and July 12 (registration by July 5) For more details, visit www. or call 815-235-6114 A great place to apply your canoe or kayak skills is on the Galena River. “A popular trip runs about two hours and

starts at a private landing in the rural outskirts of Galena, meanders through a lush rural scene shaded by greenery and the wingspan of blue herons that frequent the route,” Malone said. “As you near town, you’ll cross under the gorgeous footbridges which connect the beauty of Grants Park on the east side, to the steeples and clock towers of the west. Five miles down from the start, and just south of the Highway 20 Bridge, is the Galena Boat Landing. Here is the perfect place to land, stretch your legs and perhaps picnic on the grass.” Malone said still another option would be to discover all the beauty and charm Galena has to offer with the freedom, fun and excitement of a scooter.

With complimentary area maps, pickup and drop off, easy parking, storage space for shopping and picnic accessories, nothing says summer fun like a scooter rental from Fever River Outfitters. “We also offer scooter jaunts to Galena Cellars vineyards,” she said. “Imagine scootering on gorgeous remote country roads to the Galena Cellars Vineyard. Ride with our small group, take a vineyard tour, taste some wine, and kick back on the wicker furnished veranda. After you’ve indulged in the essence of the lush green countryside we’ll drive you back to town.” Advanced reservations required. For details and event dates, visit www.feverriver or call 815.776.9425

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hen was the last time you experienced life at an authentic early nineteenth century frontier fort? Bring the family to see a lively reenactment of pioneers struggling to defend the fort against forces of Chief Blackhawk at the Apple River Fort in Elizabeth, Illinois. Or, get up close and personal with “early settlers” from Switzerland as they went about their daily lives at the Swiss Historical Village in New Glarus. These are but a few of the many ways to experience the varied ethnic heritage proudly displayed in the Trail area. Fun-filled town and country festivals and events begin shortly after Memorial Day and continue into October. Readers can mark calendars on virtually every summer weekend to attend attractions such as Green County Cheese Days, New Glarus Oktoberfest, Galena Country Fair and Art Festival, Oregon Trail Days and much more. Summer stock theaters are sprinkled around the Trail for playgoers. Open air concerts and live performances are presented in Freeport’s Krape Park bandshell, compliments of the Freeport Park District. Green County, Wisconsin has recently organized a new tour of museums that trace the local history of cheesemaking or a barn museum filled with operating vintage toy trains - a must-see for all ages.

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Timber Lake Playhouse Brings Heat to Summer by Jae Hezlep


f you’re talking about summer stock theater, then you must make a trip to Mt. Carroll, Ill., to take in a play at the oldest continuously operating professional summer theatre in Illinois – Timber Lake Playhouse. They are a non-profit summer theatre company, which provides cultural opportunities for developing artists and a showcase of quality theatre for the residents of northwest Illinois and eastern Iowa. Timber Lake Playhouse also holds theatre workshops for children (Magic Owls), for teens, troops and organizations. Starting in June, running from June 7-17, “Guys & Dolls” will be featured. Set in 1950 in New York City, characters include a save-a-soul missionary, a high rolling gambler who tries to woo her, a nightclub performer and her fiancé of 14 years. All make for a fun musical comedy you will enjoy. Running from June 21-30, is another musical comedy, “Working.” The comedy is about everyday lives of “common” men and women that tell a compelling and moving story. It highlights the everyday worker – the teacher, the waitress, a mill worker and a mason, along with a trucker and a firefighter. It evolves into an uplifting look at the

American profile. Next on the schedule is “Footloose,” running from July 5-15. This is one of the most explosive movie musicals wherein a young man and his mother move from the city to a small farming town and find that some of the local edicts are in force in an effort to maintain control on the younger population, including a ban on dancing. Sit back and enjoy the Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score and several new songs written for the stage version. The laughter keeps coming as “Boeing Boeing,” which runs July 19-28. The storyline evolves around Bernard who is a successful architect that ends up juggling three flight attendant fiancées. He tracks their airlines’ timetables, and with the reluctant help of his housekeeper, Bertha, they reset the menus and bedroom decor depending on the arrivals and departures. Unfortunately for Bernard, a new, faster Boeing jet is introduced, and weather delays occur, both of which change the timetable making if

more and more difficult for Bernard to keep the women separate. You’re sure laugh at the antics of his efforts! Then running from August 2-12 is “Cabaret.” The storyline is about artists living in Berlin between the wars as the Nazis were beginning to take power, but life was still beautiful. “Cabaret” is an entertaining and thrilling experience full of showstoppers that have become classics including the title song, “Money” and “Maybe This Time.” Whatever you choose to attend, be sure to call ahead for


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Monroe’s Historic Downtown Square is filled with Cheese Days fun Brianna Ditzenberger, 2012 Green County Cheese Days Ambassador


By Brianna Ditzenberger, 2012 Green County Cheese Days Ambassador

Cheese Days in Monroe


reen County, Wisconsin is known as a “cheese lover’s paradise” -- home to thirteen cheese factories, making it easy to see where the term “paradise” comes into play. Over 53 varieties of taste-bud tickling cheese are crafted by the county’s innovative cheesemakers. A total of 10 Master Cheesemakers use top quality milk produced by 45,000 dairy


cows that call this county home. That is something to celebrate!

Green County Cheese Days is a three-day celebration of the county’s historic cheesemaking past and its bright future, as well as the Swiss heritage of those that settled in the area, making it an out-of-this-world celebration rooted in Old World tradition. The first “Cheese Day” festival was held in 1914 after a group of local businessmen attended

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a Sauerkraut festival in Illinois. The festival sparked their interest in starting their own local event and upon returning to Monroe, they came together and planned the first one-day festival in just nine days! Little did they know, they had started something that would become a running and time-honored tradition for nearly a century. Now a three-day celebration, Cheese Days still has the same passion and pride for the county’s heritage and cheese industry as it did in the beginning. Every other year, on even years, the festival is held in downtown Monroe, Wisconsin during the third weekend in September. It draws hoards of visitors from near and far, and even internationally, to kick up their heels with a polka or two, try their hand at yodeling and eat their way through the mouth-watering varieties of cheese and Swiss cuisine

offered. Willkommen to Cheese Days 2012: A Celebration for Everyone Anyone on a quest seeking the best food fest in the Midwest should plan now and be sure to mark “Green County Cheese Days” on their calendar for September 14-16. Join the festivities this year as Monroe and Green County serve as your hosts for Green County Cheese Days, held on Monroe’s Historic Courthouse Square, exactly where the first festival was celebrated nearly 100 years ago. The weekend is a jam-packed, fun-filled time – all you need to do is follow the “cheesy brick road” to Monroe! During a trip to Cheese Days there is much to do and even more to see. The festival kicks off on Friday evening, September 14, with an opening celebration including a procession of flags, Swiss bells and alphorns, Cheese Days royalty


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and a performance by the Monroe Swiss Singers. Cheese Days is sure to please everyone in the family with events, activities, parades and more. Looking for the best of Green County cheeses? Many nearby cheese plants offer retail outlets, and cheese is also available for purchase in the big downtown square tent.

Other returning crowdpleasers include the cow milking contest, old time cheesemaking demonstration, arts and crafts fair, vintage tractor show and retail tent with commemorative Cheese Days merchandise. Enjoy live music and dancing all weekend long, watch Sunday’s Swiss Colony Cheese

The Cheese Tent is a popular stop during the festival

Days parade, and receive a healthy dose of Swiss heritage. Cool down with brews around the Square including favorites from Green County’s Minhas Craft Brewery and New Glarus Brewing Company. Be sure to stop and take in Cheese Days history at the “Heart of Cheese Days” exhibit sponsored by Monroe Swiss Singers at

Turner Hall. Learn about Swiss traditions like “scherenschnitte” (scissor paper cuts), “Bauernmalerei” (decorative painting) and chip carving. On Saturday young and old alike will marvel as Sarah the Cheese Lady crafts and carves a sculpture out of a huge block of cheddar cheese. Stop and learn some interesting facts


experience about cheese and taste some samples as she carves. This exhibit is sponsored by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, and the finished sculpture will be displayed at the Cheesemaker and Royalty Ball that evening. Another new aspect of the Cheese Days celebration is “Wedgie”, the Cheese Days mascot. Keep your eyes peeled for Wedgie throughout the festival and be sure to take your picture with him – a perfect family memory for the Cheese Days page of your memory scrapbook! For more information on

Cheese Days and schedule of events, visit or call 800-307-7208. Follow event happenings on Facebook: www.facebook. com/cheesedays?ref=ts. Watch videos on Youtube: DaysFestival or follow us on Twitter (@CheeseDays). To keep up with Brianna’s ambassador travels, follow my blog at http://followthecheesy I look forward to welcoming you to Cheese Days in September!

The Children’s Choir entertains onlookers

Live entertainment takes you back to your Old World heritage

Dairy Queens from Albany, Blanchardville, Monroe and Monticello gather at Cheese Days


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Grab Your ‘Passport to the Past’ By Pat Schneiderman


o you think you have a good idea, but haven’t done anything about it yet? Well, Donna Douglas is one of those people who have. She volunteers at the National Historic Cheesemaking Center in Monroe, Wis., is on the Tourism Committee, and works as a Cheese Days Coordinator as well. Through her busy schedule, and while talking with area museums and volunteers within the Monroe historical sites, she realized that common knowledge of area museums throughout Green County was understated. In a group meeting, she suggested a Museum Bus Tour where volunteers and other interested parties would start out early in the morning and travel to see and familiarize themselves about each other’s

historical sites. They have recently formed an alliance of the county museums that will more effectively serve the public with an increased knowledge of the area. The idea is clearly a service to the volunteers who talk with the public on a daily basis about the area and all there is to visit and see. All the museums are interested in the idea and want to be involved with the plan. The date is set, May 21, for the bus tour that will start the beginning of what they are calling a “Passport to the Past.” Although this first trip is via bus, once they have the ‘passport’ established, visitors to the area will travel on their own. The idea is to create a card with all the county museums on it and each one visited by an individual would get a stamp. At the end of visiting all the museums and having your

Inside the National Historic Cheesemaking Museum

card completely filled, your card would be entered into a drawing, which will be held at the end of the year. The bus tour will be starting at the Monroe historical courthouse on the square in Monroe, moving on to the National Historic Cheesemaking Museum, the Browntown Museum, a popular attraction known as the Toy Train Barn, on to the New Glarus Historical Village -- which houses various shops in 16 buildings, then on to Monticello, Albany and Brodhead, and returning back to Monroe by late afternoon. Although the first trip was originally targeted to


the volunteers, Donna says anyone interested from the general public should contact her at the National Historic Cheesemaking Museum at (608) 325-4636. The bus costs $10 and you can either bring your own lunch or buy one of the box lunches they will have available for $8.75. The group will be stopping for lunch at the gardens in Monticello. It promises to be an interesting day of sightseeing and fun. Today’s current gas prices will undoubtedly encourage people to stay closer to home and perhaps even do more tracing of their roots. What started out as just an idea is actually going to help volunteers, and can turn into a great program for all the Green County historical sites and visitors. Way to use your thinking cap Donna!

Guests enjoy the miniature villages at the Toy Train Barn An old printing press can be seen at the Swiss Historical Village



Get Away From it All in the Heart of Rockford PHOTOS PROVIDED

By P.J. Francis


ave you ever wanted to get away from it all at least for a short while? Perhaps take a step back in time when life was a bit slower-paced. That opportunity exists at Midway Village Museum in Rockford, Ill. This delightful place offers many ways to explore local heritage. In addition to the Victorian-era village, Midway Village also has a 52,700 sq. ft Museum Center that houses seven exhibition galleries, collections storage, classrooms, workrooms, administrative offices, library, audio-visual room, and a Museum Store. The Museum Center is handicap accessible. The indoor Industrial Gallery features artifacts that were manufactured in Rockford over the years. As well as producing many items for everyday use, Rockford companies supplied items to the space program, military service and automotive industry. Among the many state-ofthe-art exhibits is one on the Nelson Sock Monkey. Did you know that funny, stuffed grey, white and red monkey made out of socks originated in Rockford? The exhibit highlights the industrial, legal, and creative history of the Nelson red-heel sock and the sock monkey.


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In 2005, the first “Sock Monkey Madness Festival” was held here. Baseball fans, do you remember the movie “A League of their Own”? There’s a great exhibit about the Rockford Peaches, the team Tom Hanks’ character coached in the movie. The Aviation Gallery features information and artifacts from pioneering Rockford aviators such as Bert Hassel. The actual Stinson Detroiter airplane Hassel was forced to land on a Greenland glacier in his attempt to fly from Rockford to Sweden is on display. You may opt for the one-hour tour of Midway Village Museum’s 27 historic buildings. While some of the buildings are recreations of actual structures, others are completely original and were moved to Midway from their original locations. The general store is packed with goods that would have been available in the 18901910 time periods that the village represents. The bank was moved from the village of Holcomb, Illinois. In the Gazette newspaper office you can see the movable type and printing machines once used to produce daily newspapers. The hardware store is a

treasure house of historic tools, implements and household items. You may even find a blacksmith honing his craft at the

forge on the corner. The fire station is filled with 19th century firefighting equipment. The police station and jail are replicas but the cells and fittings are real. Going through the examination room, pharmacy and upstairs ward of the hospital show how much medicine has advanced over the past century. There are a number of original dwelling houses, one of which is open for the tour. There is a rare grey barn from 1850 that stands in all its original glory. Another barn from 1905 is outfitted for events.

The Old Stone School was once a place of learning for countless children. And our kids today can share that experience as they sit in the old desks (remember the inkwells?) and imagine how school was different

back then. The kids will love the Dollhouse Museum packed with an amazing collection of miniature buildings created by Edna May Taylor. When the official tour is finished, feel free to stroll about the walk path and heritage gardens and perhaps sit for a while in the gazebo and enjoy the quiet ambiance. It is difficult to believe all of this history and solitude is located in the heart of a busy city. At Midway Village Museum it is easy to get away from it all. For more information and calendar of events, visit, or call (815) 397-9112.


The Sinsinawa Mound Center by Jae Hezlep, Tony Carton and Mike Cowan


he original inhabitants of southwest Wisconsin’s Sinsinawa Mound were Native Americans who called it Manitoumie, meaning “Land where the spirit dwells.” In 1832, during the Black Hawk War, George Wallace Jones built a stone fort there for protection during the conflict. In 1844, a Dominican priest, Fr. Samuel Mazzuchelli (pronounced “mah-zoo-kelly”), bought the property and in 1846 the cornerstone was laid for what would become, 150 years later, The Sinsinawa Mound Center, operated by the order of Sinsinawa Dominican sisters. For history buffs, on the lower level of the main building, are self-guided tours that tell the story about the founding and growth of The Sinsinawa Mound. A second tour traces the life of Fr. Mazzuchelli, beginning with his birth in Milan, Italy, to his journey into the American frontier and his work among Native Americans, settlers and miners arriving to work in the area lead mines. The exhibit chronicles his accomplishments as a religious leader, educator and builder of churches throughout the Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa tri-state region. Tourists can visit many of the churches still standing to this day. For example, in Galena, listed are: St. Michael Church, Galena Courthouse and St. Rose Academy. In Wisconsin, the towns of Cuba City, Shullsburg, New Diggings, Green Bay, Potosi and Prairie du Chien, can claim churches built by Fr. Mazzuchelli, along with Benton where he ended his

work as pastor of the beautiful St. Patrick Church.Together, some 500 sisters and associates of the Sinsinawa Dominicans minister to the sick, the poor and the oppressed throughout the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America. The Mound is their home and the public is invited to visit the scenic and tranquil site located on 450 acres in Grant County, Wisconsin. For visitors, the Mound offers retreats, conferences, and workshops as well as opportunities for private and directed retreats, relaxation, rest, and renewal in a comfortable rural setting. Get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. You’re invited to a place where the atmosphere is ideal for thinking, creating, planning, and playing. The Mound Guest Services staff, in the tradition of Dominican hospitality, is committed to serving the needs of all who come to the Mound to study, pray, work, or visit. Amenities include a 750-seat air-conditioned auditorium, meeting rooms and lounges to accommodate up to 400. A visit to the Mound would not be complete without taking home some of the mouthwatering baked goods from the Sinsinawa Bakery. The bakery is home to the famous Dominican cinnamon bread and caramel rolls, along with delicious pies, crescent rolls and the new wild rice artisan bread, eightgrain and zucchini breads. Oh, and don’t forget the new ‘Sin-A-Mound’ – a one pound cinnamon roll to die for! Today, close to 70,000 baked goods are sold to friends and guests each year. To order online, or for information and directions, visit or call 608-748-4411.

Parishoners gather in one of Mazzuchelli’s churches




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ipis, canoes, and cowboys too, oh my! These are just a few of the genuine western attractions you can see and experience at the Oregon Trail Days Festival on July 21-22, in Oregon, Ill. In its third year, the festival has proven to be a fun, family event with many exceptional and exciting activities. A celebration of Oregon’s Native American and Western heritage is showcased with a cowboy arena chock full of wild-west shows, cowboys, gun slingers and horses. New this year is Bob Hamm, the seven-time national gun-slinger champion. The giant Native American Dance Ring will be filled with authentic performers in beautifully adorned regalia and drumming that can be heard throughout the park. Entertainment is provided by Chicago’s Black Hawk Performance Group. The Trail Days schedule is all new and sure to delight people of all ages and backgrounds. One of the highlights is a spectacular assembly of


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Native American tipis. It is said to be the largest gathering of tipis east of the Mississippi River. Families are able to have an experience of a lifetime by camping overnight in one – the larger tipis can sleep an entire scout troop! Reservations can be made on the festival website. Nearly 25 of the tipis have been painted by local artists and are on display throughout town during the rest of the year. This popular tourist attraction is known as “The Trail of Painted Tipis.’ The festival will begin with a Native American blessing ceremony at the Black Hawk Statue on Saturday at 9:30 a.m., followed by tours of the inside of the historic giant statue. Many a legend has been told about people climbing up inside and looking out through the statue’s eyes. This is a rare opportunity for people to explore because, other than this festival, the inside of the statue has never been open to the public. There is a small charge and all proceeds from the tours go toward the statue’s restoration.

A Native American dance group performs at last year’s festival

Oregon hosts the largest gathering of tipis east of the Mississippi PHOTOS PROVIDED

Additional activities on Saturday include horse drawn covered wagon rides, a raptor show and children’s crafts. Vendors display their western and Native American jewelry, art, hides, and clothing. Food vendors also cater to the theme, and will be serving an array of delicious foods including Indian fry bread, buffalo burgers and even buffalo chips. Saturday evening downtown Oregon comes alive at The Outdoor Eatery and Saloon. This bigger than life beer garden offers great music by country bands including a tribute to Tim McGraw and a

local favorite, Jamie Campbell and the Redneck Romeos. Sunday events are held at Oregon Park East on the banks of the Rock River. Events include the Lions Club Breakfast in the Park, Canoe Rally, 8 K Run-A-Muck, Historic Chana School Tours, Family Games, Ice Cream Social, Trail Days Tug-of-War, Oregon Trails Treasure Hunt and Sportsman’s Swap Meet. For additional information about race registrations, Tipi camping reservations, parking, and schedules for Oregon Trail Days activities visit

Taking Dinner and a Movie to the Next Level by Pat Schneiderman


he Fireside in Ft. Atkinson, Wis., has been a popular dining spot for over 45 years, and the addition of theater productions began over 30 years ago. True to their reputation, they are again offering some great summer theater for your enjoyment and entertainment. All shows include dining as well as a great evening of theater, so choose your favorite – or attend all of them – but don’t miss this great opportunity for an enjoyable experience. From May 10 thru July 1, the musical “Legally Blonde” will be presented at the Fireside, which is the first professional theatre in the area to produce the hit Broadway musical. The musical was one of the most popular movies of the last decade and tells a tale of Elle Wood, a sorority sister and beauty queen who ends up practicing law in a comical script. A determined young woman, she rises above everyone’s expectations to ultimately triumph over the naysayers in a

he becomes Peter, the “Rock”, and begins his journey with Jesus, the “Rabbi”, from the Sea of Galilee all the way to the cross and the Miracle of the Ages. The creative team, of Gary Richardson and Danny Hamilton, has combined masterful storytelling and explosive percussion to ensure a truly inspirational musical experience. Starting on August 23, the winner of ten Tony Awards, “Hello Dolly”, will be presented featuring gorgeous period costumes, high-stepping dances, delightful twists and turns, and of course, America’s favorite matchmaker. The story is full of good intentions, clever schemes and hilarious mishaps along with some of Broadway’s best-loved songs such as “Before the Parade Passes By,”, “Ribbons Down My Back,” and the


unforgettable “Hello Dolly.” You can enjoy any of these productions at the following times: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday matinees, THE ROCK & THE RABBI arrive at 10:30 a.m.; Thursday evening, arrive at 5:15 p.m.; show that is filled with music, Saturday evening, arrive at dancing and laughs. 4:45 p.m.; and Sunday midday, Back by popular demand arrive at 2:30 p.m. There are is “The Rock & The Rabbi” group rates and season ticket running from July 12 thru pricing available by calling August 19. The original (800) 477-9505 or go to contemporary music sets for the stage for Simon who is a prices and more information. simple fisherman. Watch as


The Legend of Wilhelm Tell 75th Anniversary Festival

By P.J. Francis Swiss legend has it that in the early 14th century, Wilhelm Tell, of Burglen, Switzerland, was an expert shot with the crossbow. A ruthless sheriff named Hermann Gessler was appointed town overlord in the canton of Uri, demanding that all citizens bow before his hat that he hung on a pole in the town square. Tell refused to bow down, was arrested, and his cruel punishment was twofold: either his execution or he could redeem himself by shooting an apple off the head of his son, Walter, in a single attempt. Tell saved his own life and that of his son when he split the apple and thus began his years of struggle for Swiss independence from Austrian rule. Wilhelm Tell is a central figure in Swiss patriotism to this day. This year marks the 75th anniversary of The Wilhelm Tell Festival in New Glarus, Wis. Each year, residents have faithfully presented the entire Wilhelm Tell play complete with authentic Swiss costumes, the sound of alphorns and, of course, the famous scene featuring marksman Wilhelm Tell and his son. The lively play will be performed in English at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 1, and at 11:30 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 2. A special ethnic Grand Finale will then be presented in German at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Matt Streiff has been intimately involved with the Wilhelm Tell Festival in New


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Glarus all of his life. He has played one part or another in the play since he was a child. “My dad, Dean, was in the original performance; my grandpa was as well.” Matt explained. “My dad was the hunter. He played the role of the hunter for close to 60 years. At one point there was an opening for a young herdsman’s boy so I got that role for a while. Then after I grew too tall, I played one of the adults. A few years later, I played the head of one of the original

Swiss cantons and stayed in that role for probably 25 years.” “There are still a couple of the original cast members,” he said. “They’ve changed the roles over the years. My dad, for example, has been involved since the original performance. Other people around town had different parts back in 1938 and they’re still around and contributing.” The performance has evolved and changed over the years -long enough to tell the story, but short enough to hold the audience’s attention.

The play draws its charm from a pastoral setting in a picturesque valley just east of New Glarus. “We will have beer and food, and spend a real nice afternoon,” Matt said. “There are many live animals in the performance – cows, horses, goats and an occasional Saint Bernard or two. Playgoers can enjoy a special Swiss camping event on Saturday evening. The camp host will cook supper for everyone over the fire. Bring your own tent and camping equipment, pick out your spot and spend the evening there. It’s really pretty neat.” To mark the 75th anniversary of the Wilhelm Tell Festival, a special parade will be held which will focus on the history. Past performers will return and tell about all their years participating. On Saturday night, the local yodeling club will perform. Of course, there will be Swiss folk music accompanied by alphorns and Swiss button accordions -- performed by residents with a delightful Swiss-German accent. Tickets can be obtained online as well as event day admission. Early booking is recommended for a weekend stay at one of the Swiss chalet style hotels in town. While in New Glarus, visitors should take time during their weekend schedule to visit two wonderful museums in New Glarus: The Swiss Historical Village Museum, operated by the New Glarus Historical Society, and The Chalet of the Golden Fleece Museum. For more information, visit or call (800) 527-6838.

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Trail - Summer 2012  
Trail - Summer 2012  

Trail Magazine by The Journal-Standard for Summer 2012.