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Helping animals can change their world and yours INSIDE YOUR FAMILY BY LEE BORKOWSKI


ur cover story in this issue of Your Family magazine is about animal rescues and the important work they do. The topic brought back several memories of my childhood, a reminder of how much of an impact we can have on animals and they can have on us. One particular interaction really cemented my love for animals and wanting to help them. When I was about 6, I took weekly horseback riding lessons. I’d ride the bus from school to the stable, which was owned by a local veterinarian, to meet with my trainer. One day, as I was preparing to saddle my horse, the vet walked up and said he had a job for me. He held what looked like a huge

baby bottle filled with milk in his hand. I was curious, so I followed him to a small box stall. Inside was a baby fawn. It had been hit by a mower and lost a leg. Doc had fixed her up, and I got to feed her. They say you won’t change the world by saving an animal, but you will change that animal’s world. Doc certainly changed that fawn’s world, and mine, too. When I was a few years older, I rescued a pure black kitten and claimed him as my own. I named him Ralph because when he meowed it sounded more like “mrrrRalph.” Ralph was a tomcat and left home often for days or weeks at a time. He would come home beaten up, and I would nurse him back to health just as Doc had done for the fawn. I was changing Ralph’s world. There was one particular stretch of time

when during which Ralph had been gone over two months. He was much older then, and I was certain that he had died. It happened to be around the same time my dad was succumbing to cancer. The day Dad died, my grandma picked me up from school to bring me home. When we arrived, Ralph was sitting outside the back door. He didn’t leave my side for weeks. Life’s tough when you’re a teenager. It’s tougher yet when your dad dies. Family and friends were all there to offer their support. But the one that listened the best and helped me through was Ralph. My rescue cat rescued me. l Lee Borkowski is the general manager of Unified Newspaper Group, which publishes Your Family magazine.

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Dane County Humane Society public relations coordinator Marissa DeGroot holds a furry feline at the group’s main shelter in Madison. The society is the county’s designated holding facility, taking in and finding homes for thousands of stray, lost or injured animals each year, wild and domesticated. It’s also one of a wide variety of rescue operations and shelters in the Dane County area, most of which provide foster and volunteer opportunities in addition to adoption. Whether you’re looking to adopt a new pet or just hang out with the animals, they are great places to take the family and learn a little more about nature.


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Five of the

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When the weather turns hot and you need an escape from the day-to-day grind, nothing beats a day at the beach. And while the nearest ocean is a thousand miles away, we’re lucky to live in a land of abundant lakes. Each local beach has its own character, and we’ve taken the time to highlight a few choice options when it’s time to head out and cool off. by Alexander Cramer Photos Submitted

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Lake Kegonsa State Park Stewart Lake County Park Where is it? 2405 Door Creek Road, Stoughton How do I get there? From Madison, take the beltline east past Interstate 90 then turn right on Highway AB. When the road ends, turn left on County Hwy. MN, then, after half a mile, turn right on Door Creek Road. The park is on the right about two-and-a-half miles down the road. Located on the northeast shore of Lake Kegonsa and close to nearby Stoughton, Lake Kegonsa State Park features miles of hiking trails, campsites to spend the night, a sandy beach and even a dedicated place for dogs to go swimming. A Ho-chunk word meaning “Lake of Many Fishes,” the park has a boat launch and fishing pier for anglers. There are also two reservable shelters, five picnic areas with built-in grills when hunger sets in and horseshoes and volleyball courts nearby. The park’s nearly 350 acres offer ample opportunity for a stroll through green, tree-lined trails if you want a break from swimming. The Wetland Boardwalk trail, though only a tenth of a mile long, is a memorable way to see wildlife from a boardwalk in relative seclusion right by the beach. Like all state parks, there is an entrance fee: $8 for vehicles with Wisconsin license plates, or $28 for an annual pass valid at all state parks. 6 YOUR FAMILY SUMMER 2018

Where is it? 3101 County Hwy. JG, Mount Horeb How do I get there? From downtown Mount Horeb, take County Hwy. JG north from Main Street. Dane County’s first county park has a history that precedes even its name. According to the Friends of Stewart Park, farmers first dammed Moen Creek in 1885 to create a swimming hole in the steep valley just north of Mount Horeb that’s now called Stewart Lake County Park. The site has been improved many times since FDR’s Civilian Conservation Corps redesigned the dam in 1939, including a major upgrade in the mid-2000s after the lake had become clogged with silt and runoff. Beach-goers are the beneficiaries, with a clean grass lawn sloping into a sandy beach welcoming them toward the cool, clear water. The lake was restocked with fish in 2016, and though you’ll hear no gas motors on the water, anglers practice their craft from the shore and water alike. The land slopes gradually away from the beach. Even 50 feet out, adults might be in water only up to their knees, making this an ideal place for kids to splash around.

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Ripley Park Where is it? N4310 Park Road, Cambridge. How do I get there? Take the beltline east from Madison all the way into Cambridge, and then take a right to stay on U.S. Hwy. 12. After about a mile, take a left on Park Road, and the entrance will be on the right. Lake Ripley boasts a family-friendly beach with enough room for everyone to stretch out. The 18-acre park on the lake’s western shore has two tennis courts, a basketball court, a playground and a nine-hole disc golf course. In 1940, a fisherman pulled the biggest largemouth bass ever caught in Wisconsin out of Lake Ripley, weighing in at 11 pounds, 3 ounces. There are two boat launches and people take their fishing boats out, but the park generally doesn’t get busy enough to seem loud or crowded. The sand is clean and well-maintained, and the gentle slope into the water lets kids wade in for quite a distance before it gets deep. The park has three shelters available to rent, including a new one that has a kitchenette with a refrigerator and freezer and plenty of outlets. There’s even an automatic pump to blow up inflatable beach toys. The park costs $2 per day, or $1 for kids under 12. Season passes are available for $20.


Courtesy Samantha Haas The Festge Park overlook at Salmo Pond.

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B.B. Clarke Beach Park Where is it? 835 Spaight St., Madison How do I get there? From eastbound John Nolen Drive, take a slight right at the main intersection onto the beginning of Williamson Street and then the first legal right onto Livingston Street. Left at the stop sign onto Jenifer Street and an immediate slight right onto Spaight, and you’re there. Seemingly within a stone’s throw of the Capitol, B.B. Clarke has some of Madison’s best swimming and great views. The grassy knoll on the Capitol side of the shelter is a bit steep and can get crowded, but if you head to the side of the shelter away from the Capitol you’ll find enough grass for a quiet spot for an afternoon of beaching. There’s a shallow area for kids right in front of the lifeguard, and then a partitioned area for more serious swimmers. Out beyond the next partition rests Madison’s only city-provided diving float. After proving your stuff to the lifeguard on duty – two laps across the swimming area and back – you can venture out to the diving board. The seagulls who seem to own the float quickly scatter as humans approach, leaving only their choicest deposits behind as a reminder. Getting your balance on the board can be tricky, but the oohs and aahs from the crowd after a backflip – successful or not – make it worth it. Plus, if the current’s right, your toes can pick up a pleasantly warm exhaust stream from the MG&E plant as you float and watch divers with the Capitol in the background.

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Salmo Pond County Park

Where is it? 4809 Scherbel Road, Black Earth How do I get there? Take U.S. Hwy. 14 west through Cross Plains. About a mile-and-a-half after you’ve left the village, take a left on Scherbel Road. Though Salmo Pond is small, at three acres, it’s peaceful and not often crowded. The water is clear, and the beach is sandy. The pond is an old quarry fed by Black Earth Creek. It’s stocked every year with trout and panfish and has three fishing piers that are nice to stroll to even if you’re not an angler. The real joy of Salmo Pond is the fact that it lies just across U.S. 14 from Festge County Park, which has a scenic outlook that shows off amazing views of the Driftless Area. Hike around the park’s 155 acres and cool off in Salmo Pond across the street, or maybe wrap up your picnic at the pond and head for the lookout point for a memorable sunset. l



Time for our own royal wedding MY BLOOD TYPE IS COFFEE BY RHONDA MOSSNER


t’s only fitting that my youngest son is getting married the same month as Prince Harry. He and my son have a lot in common. They are both redheads, smart, good looking and are second heir in line to their respective family fortunes. Like Harry, my son Mark drives a nice car and occasionally gets driven to and from events by others. Like Prince Harry, he also is marrying a wonderful woman. My future daughter-in-law is not a Hollywood star, but a star that shines among Hospice clients giving care and counsel. I always felt that Princess Diana and I had many qualities in common, not unlike our sons. We were both employed as nannies for a time before we were each whisked away from our common lives to marry our respective princes. She, of course, married Prince Charles, and I married Prince Charming. My prince didn’t carry me away in a glass carriage from the church like Princess Diana’s prince did, but drove us off in an AMC Pacer. It’s kind of the same thing. I was able to wave at those lining the sidewalk without any problems. I even had a ring like hers, although not an engagement ring given to me by my prince. I bought my look-alike version of her ring at a discount store. It even came with a matching necklace. Mine had an adjustable band and was light as a feather on my finger. I was so proud. Other girls gushed over its beauty until one day when I took it off and left it on the dashboard of my car. It melted. I then lost the necklace somewhere. I am guessing Princess Diana took better care of her jewelry than I did. When the time came for my own engagement, my prince bought me a diamond that could stand up to the heat of an Iowa summer.


When the day of Princess Diana’s wedding rolled around, I was up at 3 a.m. and ready to celebrate. I wore a tiara, ring and necklace for the occasion. My mother and I baked a small wedding cake the day before and ate it for breakfast and sipped on sparkling apple cider as we sat glued to our TV set. We gasped as our bride gracefully stepped out of her fairytale horsedrawn carriage. Nothing prepared us for the 20-plus feet of bridal train they unraveled behind her out on the church steps. We were star-struck and breathless at the beauty of it all. We passed the tissues back and forth as we cried watching her walk ever so carefully with her father up that long aisle of bliss to meet her prince at the altar. Now, many years later, it is time for a wedding in our family. I can assure you there are no glass horse-drawn carriages, thousands lining the streets or national holidays declared. But to us, it’s a big deal. Three big deals to be exact. A wedding shower, a wedding ceremony and a wedding reception, all located in different states a few weeks apart. If Princess Diana were still with us, I wonder how she would be feeling about this royal affair. I bet she would

have overwhelmingly approved of Meghan Markle. As long as the couple is happy and are committed to each other that’s what you go on. Like me, her thoughts may have been full of memories and happy times spent with her son over the years. It’s all bittersweet, but a happy time nonetheless. It’s true when they say I’m not losing a son but gaining a daughter, and I like that idea. It’s a new way of thinking for me to realize I will now have someone to shop, bake and maybe get a manicure with when they come to visit. My sons weren’t ever to keen on those ideas. Instead of a recipe this time around, I’ll leave you with a photo of our newest happy couple, Mark and Jenna. No big fancy titles like Prince and Princess, but to us they will always seem like royalty. Let us hope Prince Harry and Princess Meghan also find their joy and bliss in their lives together. l In addition to her blog, TheDanglingThread.blogspot.com, Rhonda Mossner is a professional speaker, quilter and chef. She is known as The Quilter Cook and travels throughout the area sharing her quilts, stories and recipes.


Feed your stomach, not your feelings TO YOUR HEALTH BY KARA HOERR

Physical hunger will come on gradually, and you can typically postpone eating for a while. On the other hand, emotional hunger comes on suddenly, feels urgent and gives you specific cravings, such as pizza, ice cream or chocolate. While an apple might not sound appealing when you’re emotionally hungry, an apple or any other food usually can satisfy your physical hunger. So when you’re thinking about eating, ask yourself the simple question, “Am I hungry enough for an apple?” As you finish eating, you’re more likely to stop eating once you’ve satisfied your physical hunger. Emotional hunger likely would leave you eating more than you normally would, with an uncomfortably full feeling afterwards. Once you’ve identified the difference between these two types of hunger, it’s easier to find alternative ways to handle the emotion. Learning to deal with our feelings without food is a new skill that – like anything new – takes time and practice. Start by making a list of alterative things you could do to subdue your emotions when you get a craving for your favorite comfort food. This might look like taking a walk, calling a friend, doing something productive around the house, such as cleaning or organizing, squeezing a stress ball or taking a few deep breaths at your office desk. Doing something to take your mind off whatever is causing the emotion will help distract you and reduce the food cravings. In case you get a sudden and strong urge to eat something that can’t be resisted, try to have on hand some healthier, comfort foods. For crunch, this could be nuts or a piece of fruit. For something sweet, try trail mix with dark chocolate chips. And to avoid mindlessly working your way through an entire bag of potato chips, prepare smaller portions of

comfort foods to have at the ready. Most importantly, as you eat, being mindful of what you’re eating will help you be more aware of why you’re eating in the first place. This will help keep you from overeating and having the posteating guilt. Emotions are going to happen, but it’s how we manage them that will help us become more emotionally and physically healthy. l Kara Hoerr, MS, RD, CD, is the registered dietitian at the Fitchburg Hy-Vee. This information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice. TM

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our already busy week just got busier when you found out your boss assigned you to give a company-wide presentation… tomorrow. The next thing you know, you’ve eaten half a bag of M&Ms. You have a long drive ahead of you and you’ve already played through all your podcasts and listened to your favorite playlists. A stop at a gas station for some chips and candy will surely make the time go by faster. Your child just used your favorite lipstick to decorate your freshly painted walls. This day deserves a good helping of that ice cream in the freezer. We’ve all been there before. Whether we’re stressed, bored, upset or even happy, our emotions can determine our food choices. Often, when these emotions hit, we’re not grabbing for the carrots or apple, either. Using food as a source of comfort – otherwise known as emotional eating – may seem harmless and, well, comforting. But when food becomes the main strategy for trying to manage our emotions, we’re missing the mark and forming an unhealthy relationship with food while we’re at it. In fact, the majority of our overeating is actually caused by emotions. When we emotionally eat, we’re eating for reasons other than physical hunger. It’s important to remember that no matter how hard we try to satisfy our emotional hunger with food, food is only capable of satisfying our physical hunger. When we try to fix our emotions with food, the food choices are typically poor, the portion size often too large, and – because food can’t get rid of the initial emotion – we’re left with the same emotion on top of a sense of guilt or frustration for eating more than we wanted to in the first place. That’s not a winning combination. The first step in combating emotional eating is recognizing it.



A tale of

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Minneapolis, Saint Paul offer destinations for variety of interests Story and photos by Scott Girard


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Photo by Emmy Nowaczyk The Lake of the Isles is a perfect setting during a summer trip to Minneapolis, for a walk with the family or a significant other or a spot for a quick run if you’re looking for exercise.

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A sampling of the summer festivals offered in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, according to Explore Minnesota: June 16: Rock the Garden music festival, Minneapolis June 16-17: Stone Arch Bridge Festival, Minneapolis June 21-23: Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Saint Paul July 20-21: Lowertown Blues and Funk Festival, Saint Paul July 28-29: Loring Park Art Festival, Minneapolis Aug. 23-Sept. 3: Minnesota State Fair, Saint Paul


wo cities are better than one. That’s especially true when those cities are neighbors, only about a four-hour drive from Madison and offer plenty of options to fill whatever type of weekend trip you’re looking to have – with a significant other, a solo trip to visit a friend or with the whole family. Minneapolis and Saint Paul (the “Twin Cities”), with their combined population of more than 700,000, feature museums, outdoor art and natural features, historic buildings, sports venues and a seemingly endless supply of cool breweries and restaurants. I first visited the area (not including the Mall of America as a child) almost a decade ago, when my best friend began college there. He’s since settled in with his wife in the area, and other friends up there have offered plenty of reasons for me to visit more than a few times – each one a different experience. The cities have hundreds of neighborhoods between them, with everything from college-style housing and bars to quieter areas featuring cobblestone roads that make it feel like you’re in a small town. If you’ve got kids to bring with you, there is, of course, the Mall of America to offer stimuli for hours. And when you need to get away from that, you can find one of the dozen beautiful lakes – some with views of the downtown skyline and others that’ll make you feel miles away from a major metropolis. Given that it’s the Midwest, the

weather is similar to what we’re used to here in Wisconsin – meaning summer is the best time to visit, with its music festivals, outdoor art, baseball games and more offering ideal ways to soak up the sun while we can. On my most recent trip – visiting that friend and his wife with my girlfriend – I spent it almost entirely in Minneapolis, and it featured a good mix of food, breweries and the outdoors on the first beautiful weekend of the spring. It was just a week after they got 15-plus inches of snow. Lucky us.

Eats and treats

The highlight of my most recent trip was surely the food, which ranged from an upscale pizza joint to a bowling-alley brunch. When my girlfriend and I arrived in Minneapolis, we met up with a few friends of ours at a place called Burch Steak and Pizza Bar. While it offers steak and pizza, there’s also plenty else on the menu to satisfy multiple tastes. I enjoyed a pizza with delicious Italian sausage and my friends shared some amazing dumplings and a burger that went down quickly. After taking a quick detour to a bar to let our stomachs settle, we moved on to dessert with ice cream from Sebastian Joe’s right up the street. The 34-year-old ice cream shop has two locations in Minneapolis offering classic flavors like vanilla alongside creative concoctions like “Nicollet Avenue Pothole,” a mashup of chocolate,

caramel, Heath Bar chunks and fudge. The next morning, my girlfriend, myself and two of our friends went to a bowling alley a block from their apartment for brunch. The Bryant-Lake Bowl and Theater – which shows movies in the evening – offered a significant change in atmosphere from the previous night, but it felt like a small-town diner with tables close to each other and the traditional breakfast fare on the menu. That night – after some snacks throughout the day – we enjoyed a late-night menu at the Hasty Tasty, which offered creative cocktails to go with our salads, mac and cheese and burgers. And cheese curds that were almost as good as any you’d find in Wisconsin. Our final morning there, we ventured to a coffee shop called “Toast” that offers, as you might have guessed, toast with option to load it up, from peanut butter and cinnamon sugar to avocado and eggs. Continued on page 12

The Twin Cities offer hundreds of great places to eat, including some with a fun vibe like this bowling alley-restaurant combination. SUMMER 2018 YOUR FAMILY 11



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Family time

While my most recent visit to the Twin Cities would be best for a “parents’ weekend away,” there’s plenty of offerings up there for the whole family. If you enjoy sports, whatever season you visit, both the Minnesota Twins and Vikings have relatively new stadiums that could be worth a visit – even if it’s just to cheer against them. There is also the Minnesota Children’s Museum, located in St. Paul, that offers hands-on activities for kids and educational exhibits on state habitats, as well as a rooftop park. The city’s variety of museums, from a model railroad museum to the history center next to the state Capitol building, offer good ways to keep the interest of your child, whatever their favorite hobby or latest focus. In addition to the outdoor park and lake areas that could also offer a great way to spend time if the weather cooperates, the northeast side of the city features the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, next to Como Park and Como Town, which offers amusement park-style rides. 12 YOUR FAMILY SUMMER 2018

Sisyphus Brewing, just down the street from the sculpture garden, allows dogs and has plenty of games on hand for an entire afternoon of entertainment.


The cities feature a few dozen breweries, many of which feel similar to the microbrewery scene in Madison with taprooms, board games and other features designed to allow a whole day hopping around or settling in at one location. On our trip, we made it to two: LynLake Brewing and Sisyphus Brewing. LynLake was crowded but not too full for us to get seats late on a Friday night and offered a mix of its four flagship beers and some seasonals that change by the week. It also offers a “cask” beer, which is poured into the glass at “cellar temperature.” I was told that highlights the flavor and armoa of the beer. The next day, we spent a few hours at Sisyphus playing Apples to Apples and slowly sipping on beers like the Blueberry Blonde Ale, The Banana Boss and the Safe Lady PB Stout. The taproom offers giant pretzels for purchase, but it also allows you to bring in food from outside or order delivery – which we did with some pizza to tide us over until mealtime. It features shuffleboard, allows dogs (only a couple barking fights broke out) and has a large shelf full of different board games to grab and play with a group. While we spent too much time at both of those places to make it anywhere else, the city’s public transportation offers a pretty convenient way to tour as many as you want – our friend recalled her sister’s bachelorette party that was spent going from brewery to brewery on the light rail’s Green Line.


s e i t i C n i Tw As winter turned to spring earlier this year, people began rediscovering the outdoor attractions around Minneapolis like the sculpture garden next to the Walker Art Center.

Walking around

We had to fill the time between all of that eating and drinking, too, and the areas we visited did not disappoint. The highlight of the weekend was our visit to the outdoor sculpture museum – just down the street from Sisyphus – featuring works like a giant spoon with a cherry and a blue chicken. Families, couples and tourists walked along the paths and posed for photos in front of some of the artwork, with the city’s skyline in the background. It was all just a pedestrian bridge walk across the interstate from Loring Pond and Greenway, a beautiful park that offers a chance to walk around the water and get up close with some wildlife. The Walker Art Museum, a contemporary art space that neighbors the outdoor sculpture park, was on our agenda for the day, but by the time we got done admiring

the sculptures and walking around the pond, we decided to move to the brewery instead. We also spent time walking around the neighborhood our friends lived in, and it’s easy to be impressed by the different architecture styles and historic homes that are all throughout the city. If you walk to the right spots, you can also get a great view of the Lake of the Isles – one of my friend’s favorite places to go for a run. Unsurprisingly, the metro area offers too many opportunities for fun to fit into a single weekend. We didn’t even make it into Saint Paul on our most recent trip. It’s all worth going back for. From the beautiful state Capitol Building and its neighboring history center to the nearby stunning Cathedral of Saint Paul, the Twin Cities have provided plenty of memories over the past decade – I already can’t wait to go back. l

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moving is the surprising evolution of “T-Camp” from a troubled young boy into someone who shares Abby’s gift of compassion. Brady offers such a vivid sense of place in Upper Peninsula Michigan that she sends you to a map, wondering where Camp Spirit really is. And her characters step off the page and right into your heart. The title, “Save the Craft Cabin,” comes from the efforts by Abby and her friends to raise the money to renovate and create a memorial museum honoring Scott, one of Abby’s favorite counselors in the first book in the series, “Camp Expert.” Scott, who had convinced Abby to discover and enjoy her new experiences as a beginning camper, was later tragically killed in a car accident. It would be easy for this series to seem maudlin or preachy, but Brady does none of that. She isn’t afraid to tackle issues such as counselor love triangles or the challenges of growing up. She also shows how heroic counselors help change children into caring, responsible adults. The series would make a great gift from every mother to her daughter, starting with book one. A sequel, “Camp Wedding,’’ is soon to follow. Brady’s Website is jeniferbrady.com. She also has a Facebook page dedicated to her books and camp life in general at: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJeniferBrady / l Michael Tidemann writes from Estherville, Iowa. His author page is amazon.com/author/michaeltidemann. SUMMER 2018 YOUR FAMILY 17


Home is

where the heart is Dane County Humane Society public relations coordinator Marissa DeGroot plays with one of the cats at the shelter.

Shelters help humans and pets alike find old friends, make new ones by Scott De Laruelle Photos by Jeremy Jones


ou never know what’s going to hop, fly, trot or slither through the door at an animal shelter. For pets and wild animals that are lost, injured, given up or confiscated, they’re a place to find new homes. For families, they’re not only a great way to find and adopt a new furry (or scaly) friend, but to connect with animals, and even get involved in the groups that help them. There is a wide variety of rescue operations and shelters in the Dane County area, most of which provide foster and volunteer opportunities in addition to adoption. The largest and most well-known, Dane County Humane Society, features a livestock barn and wildlife center for rehabilitating animals back into the wild. Its work is complemented by that of many smaller shelters and rescue operations in the area that fill niches and needs.


Some provide specialized services, such as Underdog Pet Rescue of Wisconsin, which features veterinary care and spaying and neutering. Others, like Angel’s Wish, match up animals with prospective owners through fostering. And a few, such as the MacKenzie Environmental Education Center in Poynette or Critter Corner in Madison, give people a chance to see and sometimes interact with rescued animals up close. Dane County Humane Society public relations coordinator Marissa DeGroot said the society regularly partners with area shelters and rescue groups “to best meet the needs of animals in our community.” “Each organization provides unique services and works in a unique capacity to help animals in need,” she said. “In terms of capacity, it is difficult to say what would happen without the services of other area rescues and shelters.”

For instance, while the society routinely takes in dogs from other shelters for adoption because their demand is so high, it sends the Madison Cat Project felines for its rural adoption program “who might not otherwise be adoptable due to behavior or other issues,” said Madison Cat Project director Colin Steinke. “We serve a specific population of animals and people with that program,” he said. The shelters are also a place to meet animal rescuers like Roxie Stillman, who’s dedicated her life to caring for animals and has amassed a collection of creatures great and small on her “Critters Corral” property in Madison and allows visitors to come check them out for free. “People stop in and you see the look on their faces and the smiles,” she said. “How can you charge people for that? “I can’t charge for smiles.”

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More than 3,000 animals were adopted out of the Dane County Humane Society last year – everything from traditional companion animals (pets) to exotic species and farm animals. Officially designated as the county’s holding center for stray animals, domesticated and wild, the independent, private nonprofit group is a large and growing operation, with a staff of around 85 and around 900 volunteers. The latest arrivals looking for new homes last month were an 11-pound iguana and two mini horses, DeGroot told Your Family. And that’s nothing new. “We’ve had some interesting animals over the years,” she said. “Being the holding facility for the county means any time an animal is found or seized, they come in to us and we have to create a way to care for them.” As an “open admission” shelter, the society takes in any animal regardless of age, health status or temperament. It is also an “adoption guarantee” shelter, DeGroot said, which means any animals coming in “that are either healthy or treatable they get to stay with us as long as they need to until we find them the right home.”

Dane County Humane Society staff member Michelle Kuyoth fills up a food dish while a curious guinea pig checks out life outside the cage at the society’s main shelter in Madison.

Whether it’s connecting pets with families or rehabilitating wildlife, the society’s main goal is “to be reaching out to our community and kids teaching them not only how amazing animals can be, but learning passion for all animals,” DeGroot said. “A lot of people know us for adoption of critters, but there’s a lot going on here at the shelter,” she said. “We have a lot of really great activities for families. You see these kids interact with the animals, and they’re not just learning to

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Making the connection

For Critters Corral founder Stillman, it was a tough childhood lesson that spurred her into a lifelong mission to care for animals. And as it turns out, for people, too. It happened when her family had to sell her treasured pony, Diamond, to pay for an older sister’s prom dress. She still remembers the name of the doctor who bought it. “That was 56 years ago,” she said. “I was crying my eyes out, but at least I knew it would get taken care of. My sister got a prom dress, and I got something in the back of my mind that said, ‘I will always help animals and always love them; I will never be without them.’” For 40 years, she’s sheltered and cared for animals on her land, on Buckeye Road. It’s an informal “zoo” of sorts, open to the public “24/7” she said (just call her and let her know you’re coming). These days, she’s got “at least” 100 animals on the property, including dogs, cats, donkeys, ponies, mules, mini horses, goats, sheep and a llama. The Corral isn’t nonprofit, so Stillman rarely takes in animals; she usually buys them to get them out of “bad environments.” In some cases, they’re in poor physical condition that requires considerable nursing back to health. And while the shelter serves as a place for animals to recover their strength, she said it’s also a place where people can do that, too. Stillman said in recent months, a man who overcame an addiction started coming there with his children. Continued on page 20 SUMMER 2018 YOUR FAMILY 19


HOME IS WHERE Continued from page 19

Photos courtesy Dane Co. Humane Society

Buddy the iguana is just one one of the many colorful critters available for adoption at Dane County Humane Society.

This tabby kitten is one of many cute animals waiting to be adopted at the Dane County Humane Society shelter.

This little Pomeranian is recovering from an injured paw at the Dane County Humane Society shelter.

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Area animal shelters and rescues can be great ways for people of all ages to connect with animals - and other humans – as volunteers. Dane County Humane Society has more than 900 active volunteers, Marissa DeGroot said, doing everything from administrative or special events work to direct care with the animals. “A lot of people are either ‘maxed out’ on animals at their house or just don’t have the ability to adopt, but there are still a lot of great ways they can still get involved,” she said. For families who want to get even more involved, many area shelters offer opportunities to serve as foster homes for animals before they are adopted. Steinke said it’s a great way for families to get involved with groups like theirs. “We’re always looking for people who want to give cats in our care some extra love, time and patience as many of the cats we need foster homes for are shy or fearful of people to start with,” he said. “Fostering is the easiest way to do that.” 20 YOUR FAMILY SUMMER 2018

What to do

If people find an injured or orphaned wild animal, they can bring it to an animal shelter, but DeGroot said it’s best to call first and get some information from the experts. She said said the warming weather has brought an abundance of baby animals to the shelter; in particular birds, squirrels, chipmunks and rabbits. “We’ll help walk you through if help is really needed,” she said. “These baby animals in particular maybe look like they’ve been orphaned, but a lot of times, parents are keeping their distance to keep them more safe. With wild animals, there could be a lot of situations going on, and we want to make sure everyone stays safe before they step in.”

Finding ‘Fido’

Animal shelters aren’t always about making new human-animal connections; sometimes, they’re about about reuniting old friendships. Last year alone, the Dane County Humane Society helped more than 750 lost pets find their way home. As the designated holding facility for stray animals in Dane County (the shelter has a contract with county government), the main shelter is a busy place. Last year, around 5,000 companion animals (pets) were brought in, for a variety of reasons. Staff do their best to find owners, though animals without identification and are considered stray, and after four days are legally under the society’s care, and can be adopted out.

Need to improve your aquarium game? There are plenty of reptiles waiting to be adopted at the Dane County Humane Society shelter, like this colorful turtle.

Kids’ camp opportunities

Camp Pawprint is a series of week-long day camps for children ages 7-13 through the Dane County Humane Society. Campers experience animal interactions, humane education lessons, service projects, group games, animal crafts and presentations from local animal experts. “Animal Allies” focuses on animals traditionally kept as pets and how to care for them, as well as different ways to help animals. Through animal interactions, campers will learn how animal shelters help animals in need, and how to be safe around animals they meet. “Wild Things” focuses on exotic pets to wild animals from Wisconsin and around the world. Campers will learn about wild animals from guest speakers and how they can help animals in their own backyards. They will also interact with and learn about exotic animal species that can be kept as pets. For more information, contact ateducation@giveshelter.org or call 838-0413 ext. 115.


Area animal shelters/rescues Angel’s Wish 161 Horizon Dr #106, Verona 848-4174 Angelswish.org

This volunteer nonprofit group has helped area families find the “perfect feline match” for more than 5,000 animals in past 10 years. All of its animals live in foster homes while awaiting adoption. In 2016, Angel’s Wish took in 658 cats (and five dogs) from more than a dozen counties in Wisconsin and other states, adopting out 627 cats (and 4 dogs). People can help homeless cats as an adopter, foster home, volunteer or donor.

Madison Cat Project 627 Post Road, Madison Info@madisoncatproject.org madisoncatproject.org

Madison Cat Project (formerly Dane County Friends of Ferals) has worked since 2001 with area shelters and rescues to offer adoption for feral and undersocialized cats, as well as cats who may not thrive in a typical shelter, according to their website. The project is a “no kill” shelter offering adoption programs for both inside and “barn” cats, with a network of foster homes for cats to recover from injuries or socialize. Since 2007, adoption numbers have increased by 250 percent – last year, the project found homes for 672 cats. Hundreds are spayed and neutered each year, as the group offers a spay/neuter clinic.

Heartland Farm Sanctuary 11713 Mid Town Road, Verona 920-328-8280 heartlandfarmsanctuary.org

Opened in 2010, Heartland Farm Sanctuary is a rehabilitation shelter for neglected farm animals like pigs, goats and chickens that are surrendered to the sanctuary after being neglected or abandoned. Some are from area shelters, such as the Dane County Humane Society, Waukesha Humane Society, and Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission. This sounds typical for a rescue shelter, but Heartland goes one step further and works to connect at-risk youth with the rescued animals to “come together to heal, grow and have fun,” according to its website. Groups are able to tour the shelter and spend time with the animals at day camps, specifically for kids ages 8-13, including personal interaction with the animals,

CATS AND DOGS Underdog Pet Rescue of Wisconsin 231 S. Fair Oaks Avenue info@underdogpetrescue.org Rescue: 224-0018 Vet clinic: 268-7060 Underdogpetrescue.org

Underdog Pet Rescue takes in about 100 animals (mainly dogs and cats) each month from “high-kill” shelters, according to their website. Staff screen animals to make sure they are “family friendly” and healthy. Animals live in volunteer foster homes throughout the Madison area while the clinic features them on their website for adoption. The facility also has a vet clinic that’s also open to the public, offering “lower cost services to allow community members get their animals what they need to be healthy and comfortable,” according to their website.

Shelter From the Storm Animal Rescue Sftsrescue.org

Shelter from the Storm is a Madison-based non-profit, all-breed dog and cat rescue whose mission is to reduce the euthanasia rate of healthy and adoptable animals and improve the lives of companion animals. The organization was formed in 2005 in response to the “overwhelming amount of animals being euthanized in area shelters,” according to the group’s website. They helped the Humane Society of the United States during Hurricane Katrina by transporting over 100 animals to safety in Wisconsin, where they were eventually placed in “forever homes.” Many animals are placed into a foster home, where they “begin basic training, receive socialization, and learn what it’s like to live in a home,” according to the group’s website. In 2008, the group opened a clinic, with surgeries six days a week and more than 12,000 dogs and cats spayed and neutered every year.

Country Animal Haven 1755 Williams Drive, Stoughton 212-8729 facebook.com/ CountryAnimalHaven

Dogs to adopt are in such demand, the Humane Society often brings animals in from other shelters.

OTHER ANIMALS barn chores and team-building activities. Heartland also has a “Farm on Wheels” that visits businesses and organizations in the Dane County area, including the Central Wisconsin Center, Madison Children’s Museum, Oregon Senior Center and several assisted living facilities. For information about programs, volunteering or donating, visit heartlandfarmsanctuary.org.

MacKenzie Environmental Education Center W7303 Cty. Highway CS, Poynette 635-8105 dnr.wi.gov/education/mackenzie

Wild animals native to Wisconsin that are injured or orphaned can be viewed in a natural outdoors habitat just 25 miles north of Madison at the MacKenzie Environmental Center in Poynette. Located on 400 acres, the center also

Founded in 2000, Country Animal Haven is a non-profit, no-kill animal rescue and shelter located on eight acres of land just north of Stoughton. It is the only alternative, cagefree no-kill shelter and sanctuary in the area, according to its website. features interpretive trails, exhibits, museums and programming for school and youth groups. The center is open daily from dawn to dusk from May through October; wildlife exhibits are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Critters Corral 6910 E Buckeye Rd, Madison 333-1855 facebook.com/thecritterscorral

Owner Roxie Stillman has been caring for a variety of critters for 40 years, and welcomes visitors to come and see the ever-changing menagerie free of charge, just give her a call. The corral serves as a permanent home to most animals, but is also a foster home for rescued animals Stillman finds eventual homes for. From dogs and cats to donkeys, ponies, mules, mini horses, goats, sheep and calves, there are always plenty of animals to check out at the Critter Corral. Continued on page 29 SUMMER 2018 YOUR FAMILY 21


Wright at home

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Richland Center birthplace the center of attention by Scott De Laruelle

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Photo by Teal Tizzy Photography The A.D. German Warehouse in Richland Center is the only warehouse Frank Lloyd Wright ever designed. Left unfinished in 1921, its interior has been modified throughout the years. Since 1974, it has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Wisconsin. 22 YOUR FAMILY SUMMER 2018



or fans of Frank Lloyd Wright, designing the perfect plan to immerse yourself in his iconic style is as easy as a scenic 60-mile spring drive west of Madison to his hometown of Richland Center. The quaint county seat of around 5,000 will be the place to be June 2 when it hosts for the first time a tour of homes and buildings designed by the legendary architect and his proteges. Just down the road, Spring Green will also host a similar event that day. Wright, considered perhaps the greatest American architect, is famous for his “Prairie Style,” examples of which can be seen across the country. In particular, it’s prevalent around this part of the state, including his “Taliesin” home in Spring Green, and Monona Terrace in Madison. To help share Wright’s architecture with the public, the nonprofit “Wright in Wisconsin” was created through the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Wisconsin Department of Tourism, and for the past 11 years has sponsored “Wright and Like” tours of private homes and public buildings designed by Wright and colleagues. Milwaukee, Racine, Madison, Delavan Lake, Wausau and Spring Green have hosted past events, generally drawing a crowd of around 1,000, according to the group. The tour through Richland Center will feature around nine sites, most prominently the A.D. German Warehouse, designed around 1920 by Wright himself for grocery wholesaler Albert Dell German. It’s the only building designed by Wright himself on the tour. Conveniently on the way to (or from) Richland Center, the Wright and Like tour also visits Spring Green on June 2, with tours of various businesses and homes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information on the tour, call 287-0339 or visit wrightinwisconsin.org.

A.D. German Warehouse

Legend has it, the A.D. German project was possibly payback for money owed, according to the Wright in Wisconsin website. The four-floor, 4,000-square-foot structure described by some as an avante-garde Mayan Temple dominates the corner of Church and Haseltine. It was created during Wright’s “organic” or “natural” design phase that included the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo and Midway Gardens in Chicago and is the only commercial structure from this era that still exists. “Completely out of place in a little place like Richland Center,” said Lon Arbegust, president of the A.D. German Warehouse Conservancy. “It’s totally unique – a Mayan influence with the concrete freise at the top of the building.” Wright used concrete slabs for the floors, supported by concrete columns that grow smaller in size proceeding upward to the fourth floor. The only warehouse Wright ever designed, the building rests on a pad of cork for stability and shock absorption, and was actually left unfinished in 1921 and its interior has been modified throughout the years. Since 1974, it has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Wisconsin. Argebust said the tour will offer a rare chance to see the insides of the building, rather than just the outside. The first two floors are open for public or private tours, with plans to “completely rehabilitate the building into a business incubator and destination place for events,” he said. Continued interest in the tours shows the influence of Wright, nearly 60 years after his death, Argebust said. “He’s a creative genius, and his fame and following hasn’t dissipated at all,” he said. “In fact, I think it’s probably grown throughout the years.”

“He’s a creative genius, and his fame and following hasn’t dissipated at all. In fact, I think it’s probably grown throughout the years.”

About Frank Lloyd Wright Wright was born in Richland County in 1867; his mother a teacher, his father a preacher and musician. After studying civil engineering at UW-Madison, he left for work as an architect in Chicago, where he would apprentice under the famous architect Louis Sullivan. Later founding his own firm, Wright soon developed his “Prairie School” style on a variety of homes and commercial buildings - a more simple, natural style or “organic architecture.” In all, he designed more than 1,100 buildings; nearly a third of which came after he turned 80. Right up until his death in 1959 at the age of 91, he was designing iconic, novel buildings - everything from the Guggenheim Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in New York City to the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. Even after his death, his work has remained, both in preserved buildings and new ones - in 1997, Wright’s Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center was completed, nearly 60 years after he delivered his designs.

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The Wright Building Conservancy national convention will be held Oct. 10-14 in Madison. For information, visit wrightinwisconsin.org. SUMMER 2018 YOUR FAMILY 23


With knowledge, arthritis can be managed SENIOR LIVING BY STEPHEN RUDOLPH


an, the wife of one of my business partners, has enjoyed quilting for more than 25 years. She would get together two times each month with her quilting group. They often have group sewing and quilting classes where they teach new quilters how to sew or quilt (sewing layers of fabric together to create thicker material). They never sold their quilts; rather they gave them to such organizations as hospice or the U.S. military. She recently told me she has rheumatoid arthritis in her hands and fingers. “I have to be careful and pace myself when sewing or quilting, and often times my arthritis gets in my way,” she said. Over time, she’s realized that others in the quilting community have similar problems. “While it might sound silly to any non-quilters, quilting and sewing can actually be rather hard on your body at times, especially if you are crafting

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Grilled Chicken & Onion Skewers

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Green Beans 1½ pounds slender green beans 2 teaspoons olive oil Lemon Verbena Pesto 1 cup fresh lemon verbena leaves (substitute fresh lemon balm leaves) 2 garlic cloves ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese ¼ cup pine nuts or English walnuts ½ cup olive oil Fine kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste Prepare a hot fire in your grill. Toss the beans with olive oil and place in a perforated grill basket or wok set on a baking sheet. For the Lemon Verbena Pesto, combine the lemon verbena, garlic, cheese, and nuts in a food processor and pulse to puree. Slowly add the olive oil with the processor running until the mixture thickens and emulsifies, about 1 minute. Season to taste with salt and pepper. The pesto will keep in the refrigerator for 7 to 10 days, or it may be frozen for up to 3 months. Place the grill wok or basket directly over the fire and stir-grill, tossing the beans with wooden paddles or grill spatulas until crisp-tender, about 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer the grilled beans to a large bowl and toss with about ¼ cup of the Lemon Verbena Pesto or to taste.

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Makes 10 to 12 skewers

Basting Sauce (optional) ½ cup soy sauce ¼ cup mirin 2 tablespoons sugar ½ pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, excess fat removed and cut into bite-size pieces 1 yellow onion, cut into 2-inch wedges, and/or baby leeks, white part only, cut into 1-inch lengths 1 tablespoon canola or other neutral oil Salt (optional) Place 10-12 bamboo skewers in water to cover at least 30 minutes before grilling. Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill, or preheat a gas grill to medium-high. If using the basting sauce, in a small saucepan, combine the soy sauce, mirin and sugar over medium-low heat and cook, stirring, until the sugar has completely dissolved and the liquid just begins to turn syrupy, 5 to 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside in a small bowl. Drain the skewers. Thread the chicken pieces alternately with the onion pieces onto the skewers, using about three pieces of chicken and two pieces of onion for each skewer. As each skewer is ready, place on a plate. Brush the chicken and onion pieces lightly on all sides with the oil. The grilling goes quickly, so set up your workstation next to the grill before you begin: the plate holding the skewers, the bowl of sauce and a basting brush and/ or the salt, and tongs for turning the skewers. If using the basting sauce, either dip each skewer in the sauce or brush the sauce on the skewers and then place directly over the heat. Grill the skewers, turning 3 or 4 times and basting with additional sauce, until the chicken is cooked through and the onions are scorched around the edges, about 5 minutes total. If the sauce appears to be burning at any point, move the skewers to a cooler part of the grill, or reduce the heat if using a gas grill. If using salt instead of the basting sauce, place the skewers directly over the heat and grill, turning 3 or 4 times, until cooked through, about 5 minutes total. Sprinkle both sides of each skewer with salt and remove from the grill. Serve the skewers piping hot.

Cookies and Cream Donuts

Crab Salad-Stuffed Tomatoes

Makes 6 donuts

1½ teaspoons distilled white vinegar 1 cup gluten-free flour ¼ cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder ½ teaspoon baking soda Pinch of salt ½ cup granulated sugar ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce 2 teaspoons coconut oil, melted 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 12 vegan crunchy chocolate cookies, crushed 1 12-ounce jar Dollop Gourmet Madagascar Vanilla vegan frosting Milk Preheat the oven to 350o. Spray a donut pan with nonstick cooking spray. Pour the vinegar into a ½ cup measure. Add enough milk to come to the brim. Let sit until slightly thickened, 5 to 10 minutes. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. In a large bowl, mix together the sugar, applesauce, coconut oil, and vanilla. Slowly add the flour mixture and mix until smooth. Add the almond milk mixture and continue mixing for 1 minute more. Add half of the crushed cookies and mix until just combined. Scoop the batter into the prepared donut pan, filling three-quarters of the way full. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool before frosting. Microwave the uncovered frosting jar for 5-second intervals, stirring in between, until soft. Gently frost the top of each donut. Sprinkle the remaining crushed cookies over the donuts.

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Serves 2

⁄3 cup orzo


2 large tomatoes 1 cup crabmeat, picked over for pieces of shell

⁄3 cup chopped black or green olives 2 tablespoons crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar


⁄8 teaspoon salt ⁄8 teaspoon black pepper

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Cook orzo according to package directions, omitting salt if desired. Drain and rinse under cold water; drain again. Meanwhile, cut thin slice off tops of tomatoes; reserve tops. Using spoon, carefully scoop out seeds and pulp; reserve for another use. Gently toss together crabmeat, olives, feta, dill, vinegar, salt and pepper in medium bowl. Spoon crabmeat mixture evenly into tomato shells and cover with reserved tomato tops. Cook’s note: Scoop the seeds and pulp from the tomatoes into a storage container. Cover and freeze up to 4 months and toss them into a soup or stew.

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HOME IS WHERE Continued from page 20 At first he would just sit in his truck as his children played, but gradually he started coming out to interact with the animals, and recently he decided to try riding one of the ponies. Now, when they visit, they ride the horses around for “hours at a time,” she said. “His kids like the animals, when so many kids seem to have lost their connection to animals, and he has found a place where he finds peace,” she said. “You see him with the pony for a few

hours, talking to everybody, and he’s so happy. “And that’s what I want to see happen.”

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Courtesy Dane Co. Humane Society Miniature horses are among the variety of farm animals taken in at the Humane Society shelter.

looking for a few good mousers. “We are the only Madison area rescue with a Barn Cat Program to my knowledge,” said director Colin Steinke. For animals that need a bit more room, smaller-scale shelters like Critter Corral and Heartland Farm Sanctuary in Verona offer places to roam for farm animals. To handle their recent increase in farm animals, Dane County Humane Society recently added a large livestock barn, allowing care for animals right on the property rather than constantly looking for foster homes. “We’ll get chickens, pigs, goats, horses,” DeGroot said. “Now, adopters can come here and meet them.” One of her favorite stories is last year when they picked up 14-year old miniature horse named Oreo who was getting picked on by full-size horses at another shelter. Soon, he was adopted by a woman with a hobby farm looking for a buddy for her old Mustang who “lost his horse buddy of 17 years.” “They’re doing great; they are inseparable now,” she said. “A full-sized horse and Oreo.” And it gets even wilder. The Humane Society also has a Wildlife Center, where staff rehabilitate ill or orphaned wild animals with the goal of releasing them back where they were found. “We want to keep the wild animals wild, and minimize the amount they see people,” DeGroot said. “We take a lot of precautions when they’re feeding baby raptors; they’re using puppets of a bird to see them so they don’t get used to people feeding them.” Last year, the center received nearly 4,100 wild animals; an increase of around 1,000 from the year before, which DeGroot said shows a growing need in area communities. “We are increasingly living side-byside with wild animals, and we’re going to have more interactions with them and the potential for a lot more animals to get injured because of human activity,” she said. l SUMMER 2018 YOUR FAMILY 29

Riding high FAMILYFUN

Horseriders Campground a get-away for equestrians Story and photos by Bill Livick


he weather cooperated with sunny skies and warm temperatures for the Southern Kettle Moraine Horse Trail Association’s annual campground cleanup the last Saturday of April. About 40 club members volunteered to prepare the grounds and 56 campsites at Horseriders Campground for another season by clearing brush, cleaning out fire pits and installing new horse corrals. The campground, on Little Prairie Road a mile south of the Village of Palmyra, exists solely for equestrian campers, who stampede to the park from April through October to take advantage of the campground’s access to more than 53 miles of horse trail in the Kettle Moraine State ForestSouthern Unit. The campground is busiest May through June and September through October, when mosquitos aren’t so intense. It features 29 sites with electrical hookups, a shower facility with flush toilets and also horse wash and manure stations. Other features include a pavilion with electricity, a campground kiosk, a Little Free Library, and mounting blocks and hitching posts. And the horse trail association is in the process of installing new corrals at eight sites in the campground. The last weekend of April marked the opening of the campground for the 2018 season.

First outing

Jake and Kelsey Jungblough of Loganville brought seven friends – and their horses – along for their first outing of the year. “We get here two or three times a year to camp and ride the trails,”


fort while they ride,” she said. “I’ll meet them at the bar for lunch.”

Trail Association support

Jake Jungblough and his horse are ready to embark on a four-hour ride through the Kettle Moraine State Forest.

Jake said, taking a break from helping friends prepare for a four-hour ride through the forest. He and his group came with horse trailers, a big RV camper and tents to spend the weekend. Jungblough and his party planned to ride about eight miles from outside Palmyra to Eagle, where they would have lunch before remounting for the trip back to the campground. When Your Family came upon the group preparing to hit the trails, Jungblough was helping his friend and first-time rider Jason Proud get set up on a horse. Proud’s wife, Morgan, watched and said she wasn’t riding with the group because she’s “slightly terrified” of horses. “I came to camp and hold down the

The Kettle Moraine State ForestSouthern Unit extends about 30 miles between the Village of Dousman and the City of Whitewater. The Horseriders Campground, established in the mid-1960s, is located midway between the two communities and run by the state Department of Natural Resources. It’s supported by the Horse Trail Association, which formed in 2002 to improve the trails and the campground. It has about 100 households as members. The club holds an annual fundraiser each September, and that paid to bring electricity to the campground shelter and 29 campsites, build the campground kiosk and Little Free Library and provide mounting blocks and hitching posts. The association also helped fund the shower building, constructed in 2011-12. Its latest project involves purchasing and installing the horse corrals. “A lot of people came out today to help because of the corrals,” said Bob Michaels, trail coordinator for the Horse Trail Association. “People are really excited about them.” “The corrals are a big thing,” agreed trail association president Tara LeRoy, adding that Horseriders Campground is “one of the premier horse campgrounds in the state.” She said the club has been working to secure funding for the corrals “for a long time.” LeRoy became involved with the Horse Trail Association three years ago, she said, not long after returning to Wisconsin from Idaho, where she

Horseriders Campground


Campsites: 56

Established: mid-1960s Location: W830 Little Prairie Road -Palmyra, in Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit Open dates: April-October (it’s busiest May through June and September through October) Information: 262-594-6200 lived for a decade. “I got into endurance riding in Idaho,” she said, “and they do a lot of endurance riding here. That was one of the reasons I got involved.” The Upper Midwest Endurance and Competitive Rides Association hosts three or four rides a year that start at the campground. LeRoy grew up outside the hamlet of Rome, about 15 miles north of Palmyra in Jefferson County, and “knew all these trails” in the state forest from years of riding during her youth. She said reconnecting with the trails and old friends was another reason to join the Horse Trails Association. “I joined the club to meet more people after coming back to Wisconsin,” she said. “It’s been fun to reconnect and meet new people.” l

Jake Jungblough, on the ground, gives first-time rider Jason Proud some advice as he prepares to leave the Horseriders Campground and hit the trails.

ACL Injury Prevention for the High School Athlete

Participation in ACL injury prevention programs has demonstrated a reduction in the rate of ACL injury by 75-80% on average

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Taylor Borgrud, Former Collegiate Athlete & Stoughton Hospital Physical Therapist, works with high school students to decrease their risk of injury. A pre and post test of functional strength and movement patterns will demonstrate the improvement in your athlete’s conditioning! For additional program details and to register, please go to stoughtonhospital.com and click on “Classes & Events.”

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The Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest is located about 50 miles southeast of Madison and about 40 miles southwest of Milwaukee. The forest is 30 miles in length, extending from the village of Dousman to near the city of Whitewater. The Southern Kettle Moraine Horse Trail Association was established in 2002 and has about 100 member households.

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SUMMER 2018 CALENDAR June 1-10 Isthmus Jazz Festival, various Madison venues: Includes swing, orchestra, big band from stu-dents to professional bands and solo performers, isthmusjazzfestival.com June 1-3 Festa Italia, McKee Farms Park, Fitchburg: Italian food and culture, live entertainment, bocce tournament, spaghetti-eating contest, iwcmadison.com Hometown Days, Verona: Festival celebrates community’s nickname, Hometown USA, with a carnival, parade, music, food, free activities for kids, fireworks, veronahometowndays.com June 2 Cars on State, State Street, Madison: Classic cars on display up and down Madison’s most fa-mous street, carsonstate.com Friends of the Grandstand Truck & Tractor Pull, Sauk County Fairgrounds, Baraboo, saukcount-yfair.com Summer kick off on the square, Monroe: Games, farmers market, pony rides, live music, main-streetmonroe.org Iowa County Dairy Breakfast, Miller Time Farms, Avoca: Live entertainment and kids’ activities, thedairydifference.com Yellow Brick Road 5K run/walk, Oconomowoc, oconomowoc.org Healthy Hoedown barn dances, Folklore Village, Dodgeville: traditional music and dance workshops, folklorevillage.org Cows on the Concourse, Madison: Cow petting areas, grilled cheese, kids’ activities, cowsontheconcourse.org Wright and Like Tour, Spring Green and Richland Center: Tours of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed and inspired buildings, wrightinwisconsin.org Children’s Community Fest, Old School House, Mount Horeb: Live entertainment, food, kids’ activities, ccsmounthoreb.com June 2-3 State parks open house and “Free Fishing weekend,” statewide, dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks Green County Picker’s Flea & Antique Market, Green County Fairgrounds, Monroe: Over 140 vendors and growing, greencountryfair.net Burgers and Brew, Capital Brewery, Middleton: REAP fundraiser with local chefs, brewers, reapfoodgroup.org June 3 Zoo Crew Day, Oschner Park, Baraboo: Petting Zoo, Animal Demonstrations, games, music, face painting, food, arts and crafts fair, chamber.baraboo.com Rob’s Sugar River Ramble, Mount Horeb: Bike to Sugar River, paddle to Paoli, then get rides back to beer tasting and entertainment, fundraiser, usrwa.org/ramble June 7-10 PrideFest, Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee: Largest gay/lesbian, bisexual and transgender festival, pridefest.com Summer Frolic, Mount Horeb: Craft beer tent, food, entertainment, fireworks, parade, carnival, lumberjack competition, dog show, tournaments, Norsk Run, trollway.com June 8-9 Roger Bright Polka Festival, downtown New Glarus: Polka plus beer, bacon and cheese, swis-stown.com June 8-10 Bowhunter’s rendezvous, MacKenzie Environmental Education Center, Poynette: archery, out-door skills, dnr.wi.us Roger Bright Polka Festival, downtown New Glarus: Polka plus beer, bacon and cheese, swis-stown.com 32 YOUR FAMILY SUMMER 2018

June 9 Taste of the Arts Fair, Sheehan Park, Sun Prairie: sunprairiechamber.com Sauk County Dairy Breakfast on the Farm, Brian Bender Family Farm, S4065 State Hwy 136, Reedsburg: Educational and historical displays on the grounds. Petting zoo. Live music, travel-wisconsin.com Midwest Log Rolling Championships, Vilas Beach, Madison: The best log rollers and boom run-ners in the world compete, madisonlogrolling.com Old time cheese making, National Historic Cheesemaking Center, Monroe, nationalhistoric-cheesemakingcenter.org Dane County Breakfast on the Farm, Blue Star Dairy, Middleton: Music, kids’ activities, educa-tion, face painting, wagon rides, danecountydairy.com Community Wings, Sauk City: wing-tasting competition, bags tournament, music, kids area, woodbbqcommunitywings.com June 9-10 WIAA Boys team tennis state tournament, Nielsen Tennis Stadium, Madison, wiaawi.org Marquette Waterfront Festival, Yahara Place Park, Madison: several bands, run, food, kids’ ac-tivities, marquette-neighborhood.org June 10 Ironman 70.3 Wisconsin, Madison: Test of endurance starts and ends downtown, ironman.com Circus of Chefs, Circus World, Baraboo: Sample food from various restaurants, live music, auc-tion, circusworld. wisconsinhistory.org June 15-16 Balloon and Blues Festival, Monroe: Hot-air balloons, music, car show, food, beer, monroeballoonrally.com June 15-17 Lakefront Festival of Arts, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee: Takes place inside and outside museum, lfoa.mam.org June 16 Janesville Rotary Annual Pie Ride: a bicycling event featuring 20k, 50k, 100k and 100 mile routes through Southern Wisconsin,janesvillecvb.com/events Juneteenth Day, Penn Park, Madison: A celebration of freedom for African-American communi-ties, madison365.com Paddle and portage canoe race, James Madison Park: Starts on Lake Mendota and finishes on Lake Monona, with a post-race party in Olbrich Park, paddleandportage.com Strawberry Fest, Colonial Club, Sun Prairie, colonialclub. org Waterslide-athon, Wisconsin Dells: Benefits Ronald McDonald House, wisdells.com Garden Tour, Mineral Point: shakeragalley.com Horribly Hilly Hundreds, Blue Mounds: Grueling bike ride results in 10,000-foot eleva-tion gain in Driftless Area, horriblyhilly.com North Fondy Fest, Fond du Lac: Music, crafts, model train display, games, fdl.com Taste of Wisconsin, Beaver Dam: Craft beer and cheese tasting of Wisconsin-made products only, tasteofwisconsin.net Loop the Lake Celebration, around Lake Monona: Ride your bike to celebrate clean lakes, clean-lakesalliance. com June 16-17 Horse and Carriage Festival, Columbus: Driving show with multiple breeds and carriage types, as well as barbeque and pies, popcorn and burgers, columbuscarriagefestival.org

June 17 Bluegrass Festival, Schumacher Farm Park, Waunakee: Music, food and beverages on site, free wagon rides from the parking lot to festival grounds, schumacherfarmpark.org Pop’s Knoll Father’s Day Picnic, Donald County Park, Mount Vernon: Music, entertainment, donaldpark.org Father’s Day Antique Car and Truck Show, Fond du Lac, fdl.com June 18-19 Badger Booster Days, Monroe: Fundraising golf tournament, dinner and entertainment, mon-roebadgerdays. org June 19 Animal Feeding Day, Devil’s Lake State Park: Watch the animals have lunch, dnr.wi.gov June 21 Make Music Madison, various outdoor venues, Madison: A day of free music celebrating the summer solstice, makemusicmadison.org Strawberry Fest at Farmers Market, Agora, Fitchburg: music, strawberry-themed offerings, fitchburgchamber. com June 21-24 Oregon Summer Fest, Oregon: Carnival, rides, live music, food and the annual parade, oregon-wisummerfest.com June 22-24 Shopiere Days, Sweet Allyn Park, Beloit: annual event celebrates Independence Day, carnival, live music, truck and tractor pulls, vendor’s market, softball, food and beer tents, fireworks, ja-nesvillecvb.com June 22 Downtown Baraboo Brew-Ha Ha, Bekah Kates, Baraboo: downtownbaraboo.com June 22-23 Heidi Festival, New Glarus: Festival oriented around classic play about a Swiss girl, performanc-es, food, craft fair, travelwisconsin.com June 23 Shake the Lake fireworks festival, downtown Madison: Fireworks over Lake Monona following a music festival, roller derby, bike polo, etc., shakethelake.org Dance to the Big Bands, Devil’s Lake State Park, dnr. wi.gov Stuck on the Rocks: Rope rescue program, Devil’s Lake State Park, dnr.wi.gov Strawberry Fest, Beloit: family event with breakfast, lunch, strawberry desserts, music, games, raf-fle, janesvillecvb.com June 23-24 Arts and crafts fair, Spring Green: More than 200 artists, all original, plus entertainment, spring-greenartfair.com June 24 Drum and Bugle Corps show and Parade of Bands, Oregon, oregonwi.com June 27-Aug. 1 Concerts on the Square, Capitol Square, Madison: live music and food vendors every Wednes-day night, wcoconcerts.org June 30 Playing with Shakespeare program, Devil’s Lake State Park: dnr.wi.gov/Calendar/Events/Parks/ Animal Feeding Day, Devil’s Lake State Park, dnr.wi.gov Flags of Freedom Parade and Field Show, Main Street, Sun Prairie, spbb.org July 3-4 DeForest Fourth of July Celebration, Firemen’s Park, DeForest, deforestarea.com Monona Community Festival, Monona: mononafestival.com

July 4 Fireworks in Brooklyn, Maple Bluff, Shorewood Hills, Monroe, Baraboo, Wisconsin Dells, Sauk City, Brodhead, Fort Atkinson Celebration in Monroe, City band concert, volleyball, slowpitch and soccer tournaments, horse-drawn wagon rides, Twining Park, Monroe, travelwisconsin.com Independence Day on the Rock, Traxler Park, Janesville: beer tent, helicopter rides, fireworks, janesvillecvb.com Fourth of July music festival, Monticello: washingtonreformation.com Mineral Point Celebrates the Fourth: parade, run, music, fireworks, mineralpoint.com Witwen Fourth of July Parade, Sauk City: witwenpc.com Pops on the Rock Festival, Beloit: concert and fireworks, visitbeloit.com July 4-8 Stoughton Fair, Mandt Park: Displays, petting zoo, carnival, contests, fireworks, stoughton-fair.com July 5-7 Beaver Dam Lake Days, Beaver Dam: community festival with music, fireworks, water ski show, refreshments and carnival rides, beaverdamlakedays.com July 6-7 Fire on the River, Prairie du Sac: Music, food, free balloon rides, fireworks, art festival, mural creation, kids’ games, saukprairie.com July 6-8 Homecoming, Monticello: Music, fish boil, carnival, tug-ofwar, fireworks, parade, green-county.org July 7 Festival of Speed, bike race and mini-festival, Agora, Fitchburg, fitchburgfestivalofspeed.com Art in the Park, Lodi: historicdowntownlodi.com July 7-8 Farmers Appreciation Days, Dodgeville: parade, pig- and cow-calling contests, petting zoo, kids’ activities, dodgeville.com July 8 Drums on Parade, Middleton: Wisconsin’s longest running drum corps show (62nd year) features drum and bugle corps, drumsonparade.com July 9-15 Sauk County Fair, Sauk County Fairgrounds, Baraboo, saukcountyfair.com July 10-15 Lodi Agricultural Fair: Music, food, demolition derby, tractor/truck pull, exhibits, horse pull, carni-val rides, lodiagfair.com July 11-15 Jefferson County Fair, Jefferson: jcfairpark.com July 12-15 La Fete de Marquette, McPike Park, Madison: Four days of free music, dancing, food and crafts vendors, www. wil-mar.org July 13 Universe in the Park, Devil’s Lake State Park: Join astronomers from the UW-Madison Astron-omy Program for an evening of exploring the universe, dnr.wi.gov July 13-14 Olbrich Home Garden Tour, Madison: Arbor Hills and Nakoma neighborhoods, olbrich.org July 14 Bagpipes at the Glen, Durward’s Glen Retreat Center, Baraboo, durwardsglen.org Blues, Brews and Food Truck festival, New Glarus Village Park, swisstown.com Cambridge EMS Cannonball Run 5K and 10K, Cambridge: cambridgeems.org Mid-American Competing Band Directors Association finals, Whitewater: macdba.com


SUMMER 2018 CALENDAR SUMMER 2018 CALENDAR July 14-15 Art Fair Off the Square, off Capitol Square, Madison: artcraftwis.org July 15 Ride for Kids, Lake Geneva: Scenic motorcycle ride to benefit Pediatric Brain Tumor Founda-tion, rideforkids.org Jul 15-21 Flavors of Wisconsin bicycle tour, Fitchburg; Moderately challenging route takes riders through scenic vistas, sampling craft cheese and beer, bed and breakfasts, aroundwisbike.comJuly 16 Green County Dairy Days, Monticello: Cattle show, Food, tractor pull, greencountyagchest.com Monroe City Band Concert, Monroe: performing since 1949, cityofmonroe.org July 18-22 Green County Fair, Monroe: Carnival, rodeo, tractor pull, music, demolition derby, greencounty-fair.net July 19 Kids Fest at the Farmers Market, Fitchburg: Food, face painting, music, fitchburgchamber.com July 19-22 Dane County Fair, Alliant Energy Center, Madison: more than 1,200 Dane County youth partici-pate in the fourth largest county fair in the state. Lots of carnival rides, food and entertainment, danecountyfair.com July 20 Relay for Life, Mount Horeb: Raising money for cancer research through overnight relay, relay-forlife.org/ mthorebwi Stoughton-McFarland-Oregon Relay for Life, Stoughton High School Collins Field: Overnight activities honoring cancer victims and survivors, relayforlife.org/ stoughton-mcfarland-oregonwi July 20-22 Hickory Knoll Combined Driving Event, Fitchburg: horse driving competition, fitchburgcham-ber.com July 21 Opera in the Park, Garner Park, Madison: free concert, madisonopera.org Sixth Annual Baraboo Big Top Parade & Circus Celebration, Big Top parade and more, down-townbaraboo.com Fur trade encampment, Devil’s Lake State Park, dnr.wi.gov Bike for Boys and Girls Club, McKee Farms Park, Fitchburg, bike4bgc.com Hope Fest 2018, Rotary Park, Jefferson: tomorrowshope. org Arts Festival, Lake Mills: lakemillsartsfestival.com July 21-22 Art fair, Mount Horeb: Food, paint trolls, explore downtown, Norwegian lunch and Kaffe Stue, trollway.com American Girl benefit sale, Middleton: Attracts 7,000 shoppers each year, madisonchildrensmu-seum.org July 23-29 EAA Air Venture Fly-in, one of the largest air shows in the world, EAA, Oshkosh, eaa.org July 24-29 Rock County 4H Fair, Janesville: carnival midway, live music in the grandstand, animal exhibi-tions and more, rockcounty4hfair.com July 26-29 WaunaFest, Waunakee: food, music, sports, family events, waunafest.org July 27-28 Prairie Dog Blues Festival, Prairie du Chien, Saint Feriole Island, prairiedogblues.com

July 28 Kids Triathlon at Ottawa Lake, Kettle Moraine, Southern Unit: dnr.wi.gov/Calendar/Events/Parks/ Disability Pride Festival, Tenney Park, Madison: Children’s activites, adaptive bike demonstra-tions, wheelchair sports, disabilitypridemadison.org July 28-29 Atwood Summerfest, Atwood Avenue, Madison: Live music, food, kid-friendly games and lots of vendors, atwoodfest.org Midwest Fire Fest, Cambridge: Demonstrations, fire performers, music: midwestfirefest.com Aug. 1-5 Reebok Crossfit Games, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, games.crossfit.com Aug. 3 Street Dance downtown Beloit: sidewalk sale, farmers’ market, concessions, visitbeloit.com Aug. 3-5 Soil Sisters, Farming and culinary experiences around Green County, soil-sisters.wixsite.com/soilsisters Aug. 4 Cranes of the World Festival, International Crane Foundation, Baraboo: Guided nature walks, live animal shows, savingcranes.org Book’n It Run, Sun Prairie Rotary and Library foundation, Sheehan Park, Sun Prairie: book-nitrun.com Car and bike show: cars, tuners, custom trucks, classics, and hot rods at Traxler Park, ja-nesvillecvb.com/events Fire Fest, New Glarus: Fire department anniversary with inflatable rides, music, raffles, fire truck rides, swisstown.com Mud volleyball tournament, Argyle: Food and showers on site, argylewi.org National Mustard Day, Mustard Museum, Middleton: Games, free hot dogs, mustard tasting, vis-iting celebrities, live music, cook-off, mustardmuseum.com Aug. 4 Firefest, New Glarus: Firetruck rides, water fights, inflatables, music, food, newglarusfd.com Outdoor Skills Day, Horicon Marsh Education Center: dnr. wi.gov/Calendar/Events/Parks/ Aug. 5 Swiss Volksfest, New Glarus: Celebrating Swiss independence with yodeling, folk music, flag throwing, alphorn playing, music, swisstown.com Alphornman Triathlon and AlphornKids Splash ‘N Dash, New Glarus Village Park, newgla-rusalphornman.com Aug. 7 National Night Out, Oregon, Verona, Middleton, Fitchburg, Waunakee, Monona, Madison, McFarland, Westport, Janesville Aug. 10 Pack ‘N the Park, McKee Farms Park, Fitchburg: Carnival games, inflatables, kids’ movie, priz-es, food, fitchburgchamber.com Aug. 11 Great Taste of the Midwest, Madison: Over 100 brewpubs and microbreweries, greattaste.org Kids Triathlon, Jaycee Park, Oregon: Ages 5-17, oregonkidstri.com Tour de Cheese, bike ride fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Monroe Middle School, travel-wisconsin.com Stargazing at Donald Park, Mount Vernon: See the Perseid meteor shower, donaldpark.org S’mores and Perseids, Devil’s Lake State Park: watch the Perseid meteor shower at the park, dnr.wi.gov

Aug. 11-12 Art in the Park, Lake Geneva: 34th annual event, lakegenevawi.com Aug. 11-13 Field Days, Black Earth: Reliving pre-harvest celebration with music, family-oriented activities, blackearth.org Aug. 12 Kids Triathlon, Jaycee Park, Oregon: Ages 5-17, oregonkidstri.com Susie the Duck Day, Veterans Memorial Park, Lodi: parade, run, “Duck Derby,” kids’ adventure Vintage celebration, Botham Vineyards, Barneveld: Car show, bothamvineyards.com Aug. 11-12 Art in the Park, Lake Geneva: 34th annual event, lakegenevawi.com Aug. 15-19 Venetian Festival, Lake Geneva: carnival, craft fair, water ski show, music, local cuisine and lighted boat parade followed by a fireworks display, lakegenevaJaycees.org Aug. 16 Summer Fest at the Farmers Market, Fitchburg: Pig roast, live music, fitchburgchamber.com Aug. 16-18 Warbirds and Classics Over the Midwest, Fond du Lac: Nationally recognized RC pilots flying, midwestwarbirds. com Aug. 16-19 Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival, Angell Park, sunprairiechamber.com Aug. 17-19 Badger Steam and Gas annual show, Baraboo: Semis from all over, road trip, music, camping on site, badgersteamandgas.com Aug. 18 Madison Mini-Marathon, Memorial Union: madisonminimarathon.com Agora Art Fair, Fitchburg: More than 100 artists showcase work, agoraartfair.com Gandy Dancer music festival, Mazomanie: Bluegrass, folk and other roots music, gandydancer-festival.org Spring Green car show: springgreen.com Coffee Break, Stoughton: Stoughton’s claim as originator of the coffee break celebrated with car show, arts and crafts, entertainment, food, stoughtonwi.com Tri4Schools kids’ triathlon, Middleton: tri4schools.com Beloit Dirty Dash, Beloit: youth run/walk and obstacle course, visitbeloit.com Aug. 18-19 Try some archery, Devil’s Lake State Park, dnr.wi.gov Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts and Light Up the Lake, Oconomowoc: juried art fair, music, food, boat parade, fireworks, art activities, oconomowocarts.org Aug. 19 Duck Dash, Vilas Beach, Madison: Paddle a canoe, kayak, or paddle board across Lake Wingra, then return with 3K or 10K, wingraboats.com Taste of Fond du Lac, Lakeside Park, Fond du Lac: Food, beverages, music and entertainment, fdlfest.com Aug. 23-26 Orton Park Festival, Madison: Eclectic music and food designed to spread culture and support local neighborhood, marquette-neighborhood.org Aug. 24 Cars on the Square, Monroe: Classic cars on display, prizes, food, mainstreetmonroe.org

Aug. 25 Rhythm on the River, Fort Atkinson: music, dancing, food, fortchamber.com Aug. 24-26 Good Neighbor Festival, Firemen’s Park, Middleton: Carnival, arts and crafts fair, parade, live entertainment, food, goodneighborfestival.com Aug. 31 - Sept. 1 Wilhelm Tell Festival New Glarus: Celebrating Swiss independence story with theater, art fair, lantern parade, camping, entertainment, swisstown.com State Cow Chip Throw, Prairie du Sac: 40th annual festival has flying cow pies, music, parade, craft fair, wiscowchip.com Aug. 31 - Sept. 2 Brooklyn Labor Day Truck and Tractor Pull, Legion Park, Brooklyn, face-book.com/Brooklynlaborday Aug. 31-Sept. 4 Iowa County Fair, Mineral Point: iowacountyfair.org Sept. 7-9 Sustainability Festival, Dodgeville: Focus on environmental practices, including food preservation, classic hand tools, music and dance workshops, folklorevillage.org Sept. 8 Mad City Vegan Fest, Madison College Truax Campus, Madison: Vegan food and information on animals, the environment and health, madisonveganfest.org Thirsty Troll Brew Fest, Mount Horeb: Unlimited sampling of more than 100 microbrews, live music, food: thirstytrollbrewfest.com Sept. 9 Ironman Wisconsin, Madison: Test of endurance starts and ends downtown, ironman.com Heritage Festival, Schumacher Farm Park, Waunakee: Learn how things were done in the “old days” with domestic chores and demonstrations, wagon rides, music, kids’ activities, schumach-erfarmpark.org Family Fest, New Glarus: Free hot dogs, brats, drawings, family activities, climbing wall, car show, petting zoo, kids games, live music, rides, newglarusfamilyfest.com Sept. 10 Mounds Dog Fest, Sun Prairie: moundspet.com Sept. 14-16 (TBD) Minhas Oktoberfest, Monroe: Live bands, local brews, distillery tours, minhasoktoberfest.com Wo Zha Wa Days Fall Fest, Wisconsin Dells, wisdells.com Green County Cheese Days, Courthouse Square, Monroe: cheesedays.com Sept. 15 Festival of the Mounds, Mounds View Park, Blue Mounds: Area festival includes food, music, games, craft show, raffle, beer tent, parade, trollway.com Sept. 15-17 Wauktoberfest, Waunakee: wauk-toberfest.com Sept. 16 Dogtoberfest, Capital Brewery, Middleton: giveshelter.org Sept. 22 Fall Nationals Tractor and Truck Pull, Monroe: Tractor and truck pull, food stands, live music at fairgrounds, greencountyfallnationals.com Sept. 29 Smoke in the Valley, Spring Green: Ribs, chicken, appetizer contests, samples, plus beer and wine samples, music, prizes, springgreen.com Sept. 28-30 Oktoberfest, New Glarus: swisstown.com Cornish Festival, Mineral Point: Music, dance, pub night, kids’ activities, cornishfest.com

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B usiness S potlight

Cleaning out your closet Dump your clothes and reload at Upshift Swap Shop Story and photo by Anthony Iozzo


Lindsay Leno’s Upshift Swap Shop lets customers bring in a bag of clothes and leave with another bag for $20.

he sunlight peeked into the doorway and onto colorful clothing on display through the quaint Upshift Swap Shop. Some wine and water await guests at the door so people can peruse in a laidback atmosphere, and people stop by to exchange bags of clothing to revitalize their wardrobe. Started in 2013, Upshift has been giving shoppers an uncommon experience in the Madison-area. The store is the only swap shop in Madison, and at the moment, it has women’s clothing, sizes 0-30. In the swap shop, customers buy items differently from how they do in most resale shops. Normally, customers bring in a bag of items from their closet, dump it out and fill it back up with items from the store – numbers or types do not matter – and pay $20. Customers can also bring in an empty bag if they prefer, and it still costs $20 to fill it.

Owner Lindsay Leno, a former fashion designer, said she noticed a lot of clothing waste in the industry and was hoping to eliminate it. She also disliked being behind a computer for most of the day and wanted to deal with customers. Opening a swap shop seemed like the perfect way to solve both problems, she said. “What I hear from the customers,

from their personal experience, is that they want to clean up their closets and get rid of more than what they are bringing home, which is why we can sustain the business model that we do,” Leno said. “Women are bringing in two bags full of stuff and leaving with a bag-and-a-half, and they feel good about that.” Leno has had minor goals to make sure the store is sustainable, and there have been many challenges to deal with throughout her time on Johnson Street. When the store opened, road construction made it difficult to rely on walk-in traffic or customers willing to deal with the difficult parking situation. Leno and her husband also needed to fund the store by themselves, as banks would not offer a loan for an unproven business model. After making it two years, Leno started to see the model work, and now, on the cusp of being open for five years, she is looking at expanding within Madison and beyond. l

YF: How did you come up with the plan to open the store? Leno: In 2009, when I became an LLC, and until we opened up at this location, I perfected the idea from doing private parties one day a week. YF: How did you choose the location and how long do you plan on being here? Leno: We happened to be coming from the Concerts on the Square on our bikes, and I stopped and locked it up and found this perfect-sized building. I contacted (the owner) and walked through, and the owner said, ‘I hate to tell you this, but road construction is coming through this summer.’ … He said, ‘I cannot keep tenants in here. If you get through the first year, I will lock you into that rate for the rest of your time here.’

I told my husband, ‘We have savings, and we are going to white-knuckle through our first year.’ We did, and (the owner has honored it). We have seen a lot of turnover in the neighborhood in that it is growing and thriving. So we are really lucky, and we will be here as long as we can sustain the business. YF: What are some of the challenges you have had? Leno: They say if businesses can make it to the two-year mark, you have a good percentage of making it to the five-year mark. And if you can make it to the fiveyear mark, you are pretty much a legit business so we are about six months away from that. It has been a tough go of it. There are some months where we are like, ‘Yes, we hit our sales,’ and there

are some months that we are way under. Some months make up for other months and obviously, we are still here and I do believe we are going to make it to the five-year mark because our busiest months are from March until Black Friday. YF: What are your plans for franchising and expanding? Leno: We have a couple of people who are interested in opening up locations in Milwaukee and the Twin Cities. One of the people works here and already has a building picked out in the Twin Cities. As far as expanding in Madison, we hope to find a larger location to move this because we have enough inventory. We want to put men’s clothing in here, and we want a location for maternity and kids.

Name: Upshift Swap Shop Owner: Lindsay Leno Address: 836 E. Johnson St., Madison Website: upshiftswapshop.com Phone: 628-9525

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