Page 1

Courier Hub The


Inside See a full schedule of events Page 3 Preview the Tour of Homes

Thursday, November 29, 2018 • Vol. 137, No. 19 • Stoughton, WI • www.connectstoughton.com • $1.25

Pages 4-5



Stoughton Center for the Arts presents

December 1st, 1:30 & 7:30 p.m. Stoughton High School Auditorium TICKETS:

Adults $14, Students/Seniors $8 Available at the door and online: https://stoughtonartsholiday.brownpapertickets.com


Courier Hub


November 29, 2018

Victorian Holiday


A New Christmas Carol Stoughton Center for the Arts debuts original show

AMBER LEVENHAGEN Unified Newspaper Group

A Victorian Holiday tradition has a new look this year. Stoughton Center for the Arts (formerly Stoughton Center for the Performing Arts) will perform a new show this year, written by someone close to the center. “Almost A Christmas Carol” picks up where “A Christmas Carol” leaves off, director and center owner Natalie Norlin told the Hub. The center traditionally has performed either a “Nutcracker” performance or “A Christmas Carol” on alternating years. “Our students kind of get their own idea that Christmas might mean more to some, and they wanted to explore what the holiday means to others,” Norlin explained. “From there, it sort of skips all over the place; we really jumped outside of the box.” The show is performed twice, at 1:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Stoughton High School, 600 Lincoln Ave. The cast comprises 50 students from the Stoughton, Oregon and McFarland area, ranging in age from 6 to 18. All of the performers are students at the center. “We wanted to showcase that there is so much artistic talent in the Stoughton community,” Norlin said. “it really blows me away, so we’re focusing on showcasing that,” The performance highlights the center’s various dance, music and art classes, she said. Both the name change and the new performance were to help highlight the other aspects of the Stoughton Center

Thomas M Fendrick Financial Advisor

1609 Hwy 51/138 Ste 102 Stoughton, WI 53589 608-873-8502

www.edwardjones.com MKT-5894I-A


of the Arts outside of the theater department. “We have a variety of different dances, not only ballet but we have a fun jazz piece (and) a hula piece,” Norlin said. “We have a piece that we are really excited about, where we have two of our more advanced dancers dancing live to a vocalist. We also have a group that will be singing songs throughout the show.” Norlin’s husband, Jeremy

Kumbier, wrote the production. He joins Henry Verden, Mary-Carel Verden and Norlin as the directors. Kumbier is also affiliated with the Stoughton Village Players. Tickets for “Almost a Christmas Carol” are $14, or $8 for students and senior citizens, and can be purchased by visiting stoughtonartsholiday.brownpaper tickets.com or at the door before each performance.

If You Go What: “Almost A Christmas Carol” performance When: 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 Where: Stoughton High School auditorium, 600 Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $14, $8 for students and seniors Info: stoughtoncenterarts.com

Stoughton Center for the Arts growing beyond a dance studio ‌AMBER LEVENHAGEN Unified Newspaper Group

The new name of the Stoughton Center for the Arts came after Natalie Norlin’s purchase of the business on Jan. 1, 2018. Norlin has been employed at the center (formerly named Stoughton Center for the Performing Arts) in various capacities since the mid1990s. She said she has been working to create a more inclusive environment for the other arts. “We’re building the visual arts department, and sometime in the future I’ll look at adding other classes, but I’m making sure our

drama and music departments receive a good amount of energy,” Norlin said. “I think in the past, the community has seen us as a dance studio, so I’m really focused on also expanding and causing the music and drama department to grow.” Because a visual arts program was added, the name change came “basically for legal reasons,” she explained. “I couldn’t be the Center for the Performing Arts anymore, but in adding that program and my hope to add others as well, the expanded educational aspect led to my decision to change the name,” she said. She said she hopes to include

photography and writing classes in the future. Norlin is a member of the Stoughton Arts Council and has worked with numerous other artists to help implement these changes at the theater, including DeeDee Bouzek, a theater instructor at Stoughton High School. “There are a lot of new, wonderful changes going on around here, and I’m working closely with creating wonderful relationships with all of the other artists to help strengthen the arts in our community,” she said. As her husband, Jeremy Kumbier, wrote the Victorian Holiday performance, he took the opportunity

to showcase other artists outside of the dance department. For example, a student will play the piano on stage during one of the songs, something Norlin said the center “family” is excited about. “(Kumbier) is a huge advocate for the arts, he’s been in a lot of community theater productions, and he loves music and writing music,” Norlin said. “It was neat to watch him dive into this new little niche, a new area of the arts that he had not done yet, and he had a great time.” Fo r i n f o r m a t i o n a b o u t t h e Stoughton Center for the Arts, visit stoughtoncenterarts.com.

Getting crafty for a cause

Norwegian Heritage Center • Tues-Sat 9:30-4:30pm • livsreise.org • Free Admission • 277 W. Main St. • 608.873.7567 • Like us on Facebook • adno=36881

We support Victorian Holidays.

Photo by Emily Erdahl

Paige Heimsoth plays the piano during a rehearsal.

Second Chance Animal Advocates hosts annual art, bake sale SCOTT DE LARUELLE Unified Newspaper Group

For those looking for some food and artwork, the Community Building will be the place to be this weekend. The Second Chance Animal Advocates arts, crafts and bake sale will be the featured attraction at 320 North St. (next to River Bluff Middle School) on both days – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If You Go What: Second Chance Animal Advocates arts, crafts and bake sale When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 Where: Community Building, 320 North St. (next to River Bluff Middle School) Info: 205-6636 Saturday, Dec. 1, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. Kari Aagerup of Second Chance Animal Advocates said around 30 crafters and artists will be selling items, along with the group’s fourth annual bake sale and a “killer lunch to go with it,”

including pulled pork, cole slaw, hot dogs, hot coffee and cider, soda and chips. She said all profits from the bake sale and lunch go to helping local animals in need. For information, call 2056636.


November 29, 2018

Kicking it off AMBER LEVENHAGEN Unified Newspaper Group

The opening gala, which officially marks the beginning of the annual weekend full of holiday festivities, will be held from 6-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Cress Funeral Home. The funeral home at 206 W. Prospect St. will transform into a winter wonderland, filled with holiday trees and decorations, to kick off the Victorian Holiday celebration. Donations ($5 suggested) benefit the Stoughton, Oregon and McFarland American Cancer Society Relay for Life. The organization has been the beneficiary of the opening gala celebration for more than 10 years, said organizer Amy Ketterer, a volunteer with ACS. The event will feature a basket and paddle auction, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar for wine and beer.

If You Go What: Victorian Holiday Opening Gala When: 6:30-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 Where: 206 W. Prospect St. Info: amy.ketterer@gmail. com Second Swing Around will return this year, sharing its vintage 1940s-style swing music. While the event starts the weekend full of family-friendly activities, the event is geared toward adults. For information, contact Ketterer at amy.ketterer@ gmail.com.

Victorian Holiday


Winter Artisan Market returns for third year at Chorus Public House KIMBERLY WETHAL

Club setting up Santa’s workshop on the mezzanine one floor above. Directly outside, Lawrence said, the Stoughton Community Farmers MarWhat: Chorus Public House Winter ket will offer horse carriage rides Artisan Market from noon to 3 p.m., with tickets for When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, $5 a person or $20 for a family. Dec. 1 “We slowed down the amount of Where: 154 W. Main St. artisans we’re going to take to be able to collaborate with the KiwanInfo: Search “2018 Victorian Holiis,” she said. “We think it’s a more day” on Facebook centralized location and it’ll be easier for families to come (downtown) … Farmers Market is teaming up with and staying downtown longer.” another community organization. Email reporter Kimberly Wethal at The market will be held on the first kimberly.wethal@wcinet.com and floor of the Chorus Public House, follow her on Twitter @kimberwith the Kiwanis Club of Stoughton ly_wethal.​ and the Stoughton High School Key

If You Go

Unified Newspaper Group

Victorian Holiday attendees who are looking to cross a few items off their holiday gift list don’t need to look further than the Winter Artisan Market. Held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Chorus Public House, 154 W. Main St., the volunteer-run market will offer artisan crafts, homemade fudges and baked goods and work from a metalsmith, organizer Sylvia Lawrence told the Hub. There will be a few less artisans on hand this year, Lawrence said, because Stoughton Community

Contact Amber Levenhagen at amber.levenhagen@ wcinet.com.

Schedule of events Thursday, Nov. 29 • 4:30 p.m., Love Light 2018 Celebration, Stoughton Hospital, 900 Ridge St., 873-6611 • 6-9 p.m., Friends of the Library book sale, library, 8736281

Friday, Nov. 30 • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friends of the Library book sale, library, 873-6281 • 5:30 p.m., Holiday light show, Stoughton Rotary Park, Sixth and Jefferson Streets, stoughtonwi.com • 6:30-10 p.m., Victorian Holiday gala and fundraiser (suggested $5 donation for the American Cancer Society), 206 W. Prospect St., amy.ketterer@gmail.com

Saturday, Dec. 1 • 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Cookie Walk, United Methodist Church, 525 Lincoln Ave., 873-3273 • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friends of the LIbrary book sale, library, 873-6281 • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Second Chance Animal Advocates bake sale, Community Building, 320 N. Forrest St., 205-6636 • 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Livsreise holiday tree and steamer trunk display, 227 W. Main St., 873-7567 • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Winter Artisan Market, Chorus Public House, 154 W. Main St., choruspublichouse.com/info • 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Madrigal Singers Caroling, Arts District downtown, stoughtonwi.com • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Stoughton Village Players holiday open house, 255 E. Main St., stoughtonwi.com • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Santa workshop with Stoughton Kiwanis and SHS Key Club, Chorus Public House, 154 W. Main St., stoughtonwi.com • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., All Through The House adult beverage tasting, 160 E. Main St., shopthehouse.com • Noon to 3 p.m., Horse-drawn carriage rides ($5 per person, $20 per family), West Main Street at South Division Street, stoughtonwi.com • 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., “Almost a Christmas Carol” performance, Stoughton High School auditorium, 600 Lincoln Ave., stoughtoncenterarts.com • 5:30 p.m., Holiday fire truck parade of lights and party, 401 E. Main St., stoughtonwi.com • 5:30 p.m., Holiday light show, Stoughton Rotary Park, Sixth and Jefferson Streets, stoughtonwi.com • 7:30 p.m., Stoughton Opera House presents Suzy Bogguss Swingin’ Little Christmas (tickets $30), 381 E. Main St., 877-4400

File photo by Amber Levenhagen

The Chorus Public House held their winter artisan market for the second time last year, which featured a special performance by traditional Irish singer Andreas Transo.

Wishing You and Yours A Blessed Holiday Season!

• 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Second Chance Animal Advocates bake sale, Community Building, 320 N. Forrest St., 205-6636 • 2 p.m., Holiday read aloud (music by My Trio), library, 873-6281 • 3-7 p.m., Victorian Holiday Tour of Homes ($25 advance, $30 at the door), amy.ketterer@gmail.com • 5:30 p.m., Holiday light show, Stoughton Rotary Park, Sixth and Jefferson Streets, stoughtonwi.com

F AMILY O WNED & O PERATED S INCE 1869 206 W Prospect Ave 873-9244 www.cressfuneralservice.com


Sunday, Dec. 2


November 29, 2018

Victorian Holiday


Tour of Homes benefits local Relay for Life AMBER LEVENHAGEN Unified Newspaper Group

The Tour of Homes returns to Victorian Holiday Sunday. The event raises funds for the American Cancer Society and will be held from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at four homes around Stoughton. Tickets in advance are $25 and can

be found at McGlynn Pharmacy, 100 E. Main St. They can also be purchased at the door of any home on the tour the day of, but are an extra $5. Before the tour became a fundraiser for ACS, it was run by the hospital and then R Olde House Society, organizer and ACS volunteer Amy Ketterer said. Ketterer also organizes the opening gala, held Friday night at Cress Funeral Home. Now, all money collected during the

event will go directly to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Stoughton, Oregon and McFarland. Three miles separate the homes, or 10 minutes driving, so be prepared to walk, or pack up in the car to avoid potentially cold weather. Read the descriptions of each of the four homes on this year’s tour, submitted by the hosts, below.

If You Go What: Tour of Homes When: 3-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 Where: 315 N. Division St., 608 Kvalheim St., 516 S. Page St., 504 Jackson St. Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door Info: amy.ketterer@gmail.com

608 Kvalheim St. Michael and Kimberly Currie Season’s greetings! We are excited to invite you to tour our home as a part of this annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. Kegonsa Builders built our house for us in 1993. Construction was completed just in time for our young family to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas in our new location 25 years ago! The first thing Michael says when he tours any home or apartment is, “The Christmas tree would look great right here.” You will find at least one Christmas tree (even if it is small one) in each room of our house. Growing up, my mother always decorated our front window for holidays. We have continued that tradition as we decorate for St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving and most of all Christmas!

At under 1,900 square feet, decorating at our home isn’t about grand scale, it is about simple touches that anyone can do to help make family and friends feel welcomed and cozy. Opening the storage boxes at holidays is like connecting with old friends, as each item evokes memories of years past. This event has personal significance to us this year. Michael has just finished 8 weeks of radiation treatment. We know first-hand the impacts that cancer can have on families, and we are honored that we can participate in this event. If we all contribute just a little bit of our talents, time and resources, we can find a cure. We are honored and humbled to participate in the Stoughton’s 2018 Victorian Holiday Tour of Homes.

Photos by Amber Levenhagen

315 North Division Luke Stoughton Pioneer Home The war touched young to old not only physically, but emotionally and financially. The Pioneer Home is one of the Stoughton Historical Society’s three museums and is only open for special events. Research for this reenactment was gathered from residents, Hub newspapers and the museum collections. We are pleased to be part of the Victorian Holiday and look forward to sharing this important part of American History.

We wish all a very happy holiday season!

3097 Sunnyside St., Stoughton

(608) 205-9300

New Winter Hours:


Plan your special holiday gathering with us or simply take some time away from the holiday hustle to enjoy an evening out.

Open Wed.-Sat. at 11a.m. Sun. 9a.m.-2p.m. Closed Mon. and Tues. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New year’s Day. Open New Year’s Eve:11am


Stoughton Hairstyling would like to thank all of you for making the past 15 years possible. We look forward to a wonderful 2019!

Send it in!

May you and yours have a Very, Merry Christmas! Karla, Amy & Kathy

Stoughton Hairstyling 248 W. Main St, Stoughton

877-CUTS (2887)


This is the third year the Luke Stoughton Pioneer Home will be part of the American Cancer Society Holiday Tour of Homes. The home will re-create a WWII Christmas from the start of America’s engagement in December of 1941 until Germany’s surrender in May 1945 and the Japanese surrender in September 1945. The effects of the world’s most destructive war will be recreated on a more personal level through short skits.

We like to send reporters to shoot photos, but we can’t be everywhere during Victorian Holiday weekend. And we know you all have cameras. So if you have a photo of an event you think the community might be interested in, send it to us and we’ll use it if we can. Please include contact information, what’s happening in the photo and the names of people pictured. You can submit it on our website at ConnectStoughton.com or email to communityreporter@ wcinet.com.


November 29, 2018


Victorian Holiday

516 S. Page St. Joni and Dayna Verstegen Join us at 516 S. Page Street for the American Cancer Society Holiday Tour of Homes! This is the first public showing since the Stoughton House Bed & Breakfast closed in 2016. Come see how we have transformed our

home into a celebration of our favorite holiday, Christmas. The fun begins outside with hundreds of lights and holiday animation. During your tour of nearly 5,000 square feet indoors, you will see and hear how the

house has changed since town founder Luke Stoughton completed construction in 1856. Druggist O.N. Falk added a music room and parlor, and more recent owners created a remarkable master bath and dressing room.

See the original custom floor in the billiard room and listen to a holiday story in the library. Spend some time in our miniature Village of Christmas Past and stop by the Candy Shoppe for a treat!

D o e s t h e h o u s e h ave a ny ghosts? Where was the butler’s room? Answers, as well as more stories on Dec. 2! We look forward to seeing you then in support of this great cause!

504 Jackson St. Brian and Karron Conger

We are happy to support the American Cancer Society Relay for Life as hosts for the Victorian Holiday Tour of Homes. This historic home lies in Stoughton’s Northwest Historic District and was constructed in 1892 by William and Elizabeth Dallmeyer. The Dallmeyers were natives of Pennsylvania and Ohio. They were married in Madison in 1891 and came to Stoughton shortly thereafter. William was a tobacco dealer and hotel owner. Later owners converted the property to a two-family house, but it has again been restored to a single-family home. With its hipped roof and incised brackets at the eaves as well as a spindled porch, the Dallmeyer House shows elements of both the Italianate and Queen Anne styles.

(in front of River Bluff Middle School)

• 140 Unique Varieties of Cheese • Cheese Gift Boxes - Always Enjoyed, Never Returned • Artisan Cheese Trays to Complete Any Holiday Party/Occasion • Fresh, “Squeaky” Curds Every Thursday • Fresh Lefse

Ship Early For Christmas Delivery


Hours: M-F 10am-5pm, Sat 9am-4pm, Open Sundays in December

Lunch also available: Pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, hot beverage. All proceeds go to animals in need!

Happy Holidays & A Prosperus New Year from:


Saturday, Dec. 1 • 9-4 pm Sunday, Dec. 2 • 9-2 pm

We ship anywhere. Stop in or call today!

(608) 873-1777 Order online at cheesers.com

Make sure to use your benefits and flex dollars before the end of the year.

at Community Building Gym 320 North St.

Wisconsin Style!

183 E. Main St., Downtown Stoughton

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Victorian Holidays Bake Sale

The Ultimate Holiday Gift…

Former owners Dwayne and Patricia Murphy restored the exterior to its historic appearance. Since purchasing the home in 2016, the Congers have focused on refreshing the interior and landscaping, including wallpaper removal and wood floor refinishing throughout the home, kitchen and bathroom updates, and a variety of landscaping projects. Their favorite home project to date has been the recent addition of a nursery, expected to be put into use this February. The Congers moved from Madison to Stoughton, drawn to the community by its historic homes, attractive and lively downtown and riverfront, walkable and bike-friendly neighborhoods and trails, as well as its strong sense of civic and community pride.

Dr. Brady Haferman

PROGRESSIVE family eyecare

608-873-2020 105 Kingslynn Rd., Stoughton www.progressivefamilyeyecarewi.com



Victorian Holiday

November 29, 2018


A peek behind the scenes Stoughton Village Players’ open house is Saturday SCOTT DE LARUELLE Unified Newspaper Group

For those who haven’t had a chance to check out the Stoughton Village Players, Saturday is a chance to get to see a little of what goes on behind the scenes on a theatrical production. Once again for Victorian Holiday, the Players will host an open house, including informal tours and caroling by The Madrigal Singers. Dan Prueher of SVP

said visitors can learn all about the historic landmark Stoughton Village Players Theater and “how we put together our productions.” Some light snacks will be available. The group, founded in 1972 and recently selected by Madison Magazine readers as the “Best in the ‘Burbs” theater group, is one of the few community theater groups to own its own historic theater, he said. It’s “always” looking for new members to assist with three

or four productions a year, and to help maintain the building, he added. “The tour will show people our backstage, light booth and other areas while talking about how we go about selecting and producing our shows,” Prueher wrote in an email to the Hub. For information, visit stoughtonvillageplayers.org. Email Unified Newspaper Group reporter Scott De Laruelle at scott.delaruelle@wcinet.com.

If You Go What: Stoughton Village Players Theater open house When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 Where: 255 E. Main St., Stoughton Info: 205-8480 or visit stoughtonvillageplayers. org

Photo submitted

Country music artist Suzy Bogguss will visit the Opera House for a “Swingin’ little Christmas” Saturday, Dec. 1.

SOH brings a ‘swingin’ little Christmas’ Country artist Suzy Bogguss visits for Victorian Holiday

If You Go

ALEXANDER CRAMER Unified Newspaper Group

Tickets are almost sold out for the Stoughton Opera House’s Dec. 1 show, Suzy Bogguss: A Swingin’ Little Christmas, which will feature Christmas tunes from a country singer famous for her voice. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and tickets cost $30. Suzy Bogguss hit it big with her 1989 album “Somewhere Between,” and two years later had a platinum album in “Aces.” S h e ’s h a d m u l t i p l e top-10 singles and won awards for her music from the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association, according to a press release, and in 2014 released a

File photo by Scott De Laruelle

Dan Preuher of the Stoughton Village Players serves as unofficial SVP tour guide as he shows people the theater’s backstage. Here, he shows Sakari Wenc, 12, of Stoughton, the hole for a puppeteer’s hand used during a production of “Little Shop of Horrors.”

Singers performance canceled

What: Suzy Bogguss: A Swingin’ Little Christmas Where: Stoughton Opera House, 381 E. Main St. When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 Cost: $30 Info: stoughtonopera house.com M e r l e H a g g a r d t r i bu t e album called “Lucky.” The Illinois-native played the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium on Nov. 3 and will bring her “pristine and evocative” vocals to Stoughton’s historic theater for a Christmas show during Victorian Holiday weekend. For information, visit stoughtonoperahouse.com. Contact Alexander Cramer at alexander.cramer@ wcinet.com.​

File photo by Amber Levenhagen

The Stoughton High School Madrigal Singers perform at the Stoughton Village Players Theater during last year’s Victorian Holiday celebration.

Holiday Givings



AMBER LEVENHAGEN Unified Newspaper Group

y d n re


◆ Custom Design/Full Service Jewelry/Repair.

◆ Paying Top Dollar for Your

◆ Watch Batteries ONLY 3.99 139 E. Main Street, Downtown Stoughton Tues-Wed: 10-5:30pm, Thurs: 10-6pm, Fri: 10-5pm, Sat: 10-2pm, Sun: Closed 608.873.3529 ◆ shopds.net

Shop Saint Vinny’s Holiday Shop in Stoughton


ns apply). (some exclusio /18 /22 12 es pir Ex s. See store for detail

Unwanted Gold, Silver & Coins


Bring in this ad and F receive 40% OF! on one item

shopsaintvinnys.com • facebook.com/Vinnys-Stoughton

The Stoughton High School Madrigal Singers will be down one performance this weekend. The singers had been scheduled to perform at the library on Thursday, Nov. 29, but the show was canceled, according to the Stoughton Public Library website, due to a scheduling conflict. The singers will still showcase their talents during a caroling trip down Main Street on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Madrigal Singers are an extracurricular ensemble of high school students in grades 10-12. Auditions for the group typically are held in the spring for the following school year. For information about the ensemble, visit stoughton. k12.wi.us and search “Madrigal Singers.” Contact Amber Levenhagen at amber.levenhagen@ wcinet.com.


November 29, 2018

Victorian Holiday

Fire trucks light up the night


Get into the holiday spirit(s) All Through the House hosting ‘OldFashioned’ tasting SCOTT DE LARUELLE Unified Newspaper Group

File photo by Amber Levenhagen

Fire trucks from Stoughton and surrounding communities, decorated in holiday lights and some playing music, driving down Main Street in celebration of the annual Festively Illuminated Fire Truck Parade in 2016.

Annual parade, party return Dec. 1 ALEXANDER CRAMER Unified Newspaper Group

If You Go

As night falls on Victorian HolWhat: Festively Illuminated Fire iday Saturday, local fire departTruck Parade ments will use their own lights to When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 bring holiday cheer to downtown Where: Begins at Hoel Avenue, Stoughton with the annual parade continues down Main Street and post-parade party at the firehouse. Info: stoughtonwi.com Starting at 5:30 p.m., the trucks from Stoughton Fire and a handful Deputy fire chief Mark Miller of other neighboring communities will start their procession along said “anytime after around 6 p.m.” Main Street from Hoel Avenue would be a good time to come to on the city’s west side to the Fire the party. “It’s going to be really busy,” Department, 401 E. Main St.

Miller added. The party at the fire station will feature visits with Santa, cookies and apple cider, plus face painting and Christmas music from the City Band, Miller said. “Bring the wife and kids down,” he advised, saying the annual event was always a good time. “Oh jeepers, it’s probably been going 20 years,” he told the Hub, adding there was something of a local circuit where neighboring agencies come to each other’s parades. The department will block off Jefferson Street behind the station,

Miller said, and trucks from other area services will light up the night. In the past these have included Cottage Grove, Sun Prairie, Edgerton, Brooklyn and Evansville. Stoughton also travels to neighboring communities like Mount Horeb and Cottage Grove for their holiday celebrations. The party will go until 8 or 8:30 p.m., Miller estimated. For information, visit stoughtonwi.com or call the fire station at 873-7218. Contact Alexander Cramer at alexander.cramer@wcinet.com.​

Livsreise brings the holidays home KIMBERLY WETHAL Unified Newspaper Group

Landen Odegaard poses with Santa during last year’s Santa’s Workshop.

Photo submitted

Santa comes to Stoughton

ALEXANDER CRAMER Unified Newspaper Group

The Stoughton Kiwanis Club and the Stoughton High School Key Club are teaming up once again to host Santa’s Workshop during Victorian Holiday weekend. This year, the event will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. It’s moving from its traditional home in the Community Building by River Bluff MIddle School to the Chorus Public House, 154 W. Main St. Free to attend, the event is

If You Go What: Santa’s Workshop When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 Where: Chorus Public House, 154 W. Main St. Info: 608-669-2501 geared toward children, with an agenda that includes a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, live music, face painting, coloring and several different crafts.

Kids can also make ornaments and decorate cookies with frosting and sprinkles, which are donated by Fosdal Home Bakery. Santa will pose for pictures with kids and organizers will develop the pictures and mail them to families the next week. Organizers note that all children are required to be chaperoned by an adult. For information, search “Stoughton Kiwanis Club” on Facebook or call Kiwanis community service committee chairperson Stacey Wright at 669-2501.

While its holiday events are not specifically related to Victorian Holiday, Livsreise will be in the holiday spirit by the time the weekend rolls around. Marg Listug, manager of Livsreise, told the Hub in an email that Livsreise’s Norwegian Christmas trees will be up before Victorian Holiday, as well as its immigrant trunks exhibit featuring antiques from the 19th and early 20th centuries. “All are specific to Norwegian immigrants to Wisconsin,” she said. “They will be filled with clothes and household belongings that would have appropriate to the period of time that the trunk pertains to.” Instead of inviting a speaker in on Saturday, Dec. 1 during the Victorian Holiday weekend, Listug said, the museum will instead offer a onetime showing of the 1948 movie “I Remember Mama” on Friday, Dec. 7. “We have found that with so much going on in Stoughton the weekend of Victorian Holidays attendance is often low if we have a speaker event that Saturday,” she said. The movie will run from 1-2:30 p.m. and is free to attend. Email reporter Kimberly Wethal at kimberly.wethal@wcinet.com and follow her on Twitter @kimberly_wethal.​

On a weekend that generally sees some cold temperatures, sometimes an old-fashioned holiday celebration can use – well, an old fashioned. And for those of age who don’t mind sampling some belly-warming adult beverages, All Though the House could be a popular place around the noon hour Saturday. The store, which has hosted beer and other tastings in recent years, is this year featuring old fashioneds “in the bottle” from Yahara Bay Distillery in Madison, owned by Stoughton residents Catherine and Nick Quint. “Yeah, it’ll help you stay warm,” said Kim Walter, general manager of All Through the House. “It’s a Wisconsin signature drink.” The store on 160 E. Main St., which sells seasonal gifts, kitchen and housewares, will feature three versions of Yahara Bay’s old fashioneds to sample – bourbon, brandy and rye. Walter said they were happy to work with the distillery on the event. “It doesn’t hurt that they live right here in Stoughton, so it’s fun to be able to promote them,” she told the Hub. For old fashioned aficionados, Walter warned that for the sampling, it’s bring-your-own produce, depending how you like your drink. “It doesn’t come with fruit – no orange slices or cherries,” she said. “But you can add your own.” Email Unified Newspaper Group reporter Scott De Laruelle at scott.delaruelle@wcinet.com.

If You Go What: Yahara Bay Distillery Old-Fashioned tasting When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 Where: All Through the House, 160 E. Main St., Stoughton Info: 877-9403 or visit shopthehouse.com

On the Web To find out more about Yahara Bay Distillery, visit:


8 Victorian Holiday - November 29, 2018

Wishing you a blessed holiday season filled with joy, love and much peace.

We Take Care of Your Family by Taking Care of Your Family’s Car

(608) 873-8800

Hours: M-F 7:00am-6:00pm; Sat. Closed

1324 Hwy. 51-138, Stoughton • conantauto.com Friend us on Facebook • Home of the 3 year, 100,000 mile warranty


Profile for Woodward Community Media

2018 Stoughton Victorian Holiday  

2018 Stoughton Victorian Holiday

2018 Stoughton Victorian Holiday  

2018 Stoughton Victorian Holiday