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Finding inspiration in continued learning INSIDE YOUR FAMILY BY LEE BORKOWSKI


he cover story of this issue of Your Family follows the lives of “nontraditional” students – people who believe in learning well after most people stop going to school, whether it’s for a second career, to help their families or simply because they find joy in learning. It got me thinking about a person I see each year who has proven to be an inspiration. Throughout my career, I’ve had the opportunity to attend many Association of Free Community Paper conferences. Each year folks from across the country meet to renew friendships, share ideas, learn new concepts and solve problems. I’ve learned a lot at these meetings, but not always where and when I would have anticipated. As you would expect, these conferences are geared towards professionals who not only attend to enrich their careers, but also desire to expand the success of their industry. One

would assume that all who attend are currently employed with no immediate plans of changing that status. Gladys Van Drie, however, is not even close to fitting that demographic.

“Growing old can be a wonderful adventure if you remember that the key word is Growing!” Gladys is an industry icon. She attends every conference with enthusiasm and drive, is a friend of young and old alike and sees each person she meets as a resource from which to learn. But what sets her apart – and why what I’ve learned from Gladys has affected my overall attitude – is simple. She has been

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retired for over 25 years. At just over 80, you might expect that she would want to slow down. The opposite is true. Gladys makes it a point to attend as many lecture sessions as she can while at conference. She sits near the front of the room, pen in hand, listening intently and jotting down things that catch her interest. After one particular lecture, she joined me at the front to ask the facilitator a question. But he turned the tables and asked her one instead. The lecturer wanted to know why she had attended his class – and, more importantly, why she was attending the lectures at all. She didn’t skip a beat and in answer simply handed him a business card. On the back she had hand written this thought: “Growing old can be a wonderful adventure if you remember that the key word is Growing!” In this simple sentence, Gladys shared a popular philosophy shared by many adults today. It is one that consists of a lifetime of learning, of searching for knowledge, of intently listening to opinions and of understanding that knowledge is the key to an endless world of possibilities. Consequently, education doesn’t end with a diploma; it begins with one. This philosophy is exhibited by the large numbers of adults returning to colleges, extension classes and technical schools. Their dreams are realized class by class and the example they set is invaluable. They are telling the world that age is not a deterrent – it is an asset. Thanks to Gladys, I will be growing old one adventure at a time all the while remembering that “growing” is the key word. l Lee Borkowski is the general manager of Unified Newspaper Group, which publishes Your Family magazine.


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Through the grapevine 5 Madison area wineries to explore Story by Scott De Laruelle Photos submitted

Wisconsin might be famous for its beer brewing heritage, but a growing crop of area wineries is showing that folks around here can make a good wine, too. And for those who are fond of the grape, there are plenty of places in easy driving distance to acquaint your taste buds and drink in the sights, offering everything from vineyard tours and sampling tables to hitting golf balls and playing bingo.

Northleaf Winery 232 S. Janesville St., Milton 580-0575 northleafwinery.com

Fisher King Winery 1105 Laser St., Verona (608) 497-1056 Fisherkingwinery.com

If only John Alexander could see his old wheat warehouse today. Alexander, a Scottish immigrant, moved to Milton with his family to farm, and in 1844, he built a warehouse there for he and his neighbors to store their crops. It changed hands throughout the years, serving machine shops, garages and even as a warehouse for apples before closing in 1991. Three years later, it was taken over by the Milton Historical Society and sat vacant until 2007, when restoration began on its newest business, Northleaf Winery, which opened in 2009. The winery makes around 30 wines, featuring grapes both from Wisconsin and around the world, with “oldworld classics to new-world favorites.” Visitors can step back into Alexander’s time in the 1850 Tasting Room, which is kept well-stocked and filled with wine, camaraderie and good fun. Wine tastings are offered daily, with a variety of sampling levels, starting at $5, with wine pairings with a variety of chocolates and cheeses. Northleaf features wine glass painting parties, wine stopper or charm-making parties for $15 and chances to wrap your own gift basket or make custom labels. The winery also hosts tours, live music and private parties on a large outdoor deck.

According to Arthurian legend, the “Fisher King” was tasked with keeping safe and secret the ancient relic, the “Holy Grail.” While the grail may still be elusive, the Fisher King Winery is easy to find in Verona. And its fermentation cellars have a few things to fill a grail or two, as well as plenty of things to see, do and taste there for visitors. Winemaker Alwyn Fitzgerald turned his passion into his livelihood in 2011 when he established the winery in Mount Horeb, later moving to Verona in 2016. And at his Fisher King Winery, it’s all about local Wisconsin roots – even if it’s difficult to keep some of those roots alive during cold winters. The winery’s mission is to “source fine grapes able to withstand Wisconsin’s cold weather patterns and then ferment them on-site into complex, hand-crafted vintages packed with unique flavor profiles.” With those hearty grapes, Fisher King offers an everchanging list of handcrafted wines, from sweet whites to dry, complex reds. It’s all available in a comfortable tasting room, where for $7, guests can sample five wines while nibbling an artisan cheese and watching the winemaking process. The winery also hosts a variety of special events, such as free weekly music, paint night and plant night, community tasting events and private gatherings.



Rock N Wool Winery W17817 Drake Road, Poynette 635-4339 Rocknwoolwinery.com For something more off the beaten path, off in the rolling hills northeast of Madison, the Rock N Wool Winery in Poynette is a family winery with a determination to produce the best wines that Wisconsin grapes have to offer. It’s quite a rustic scene, as well – where hay and tractors were once stored in an 107-year-old barn, now there’s a winemaking area and store; a former 40 acres of sheep pasture now has become a blossoming vineyard. The land has slowly evolved from rugged sheep pasture to vineyard since David and Peggy Lapacek purchased it in 1989 and followed the suggestion of their son, Shaun, that they try growing grapes. It’s been a growing change ever since.

Wollersheim Winery and Distillery 7876 Hwy. 188, Sauk City (608) 643-6515 Wollersheim.com Just outside of Prairie du Sac, perched atop a scenic bluff overlooking the Wisconsin River where Hungarian nobleman Agoston Haraszthy first planted grapes in the 1840s, lies Wollersheim Winery and Distillery. The National Historic Site, featuring some limestone buildings built by Haraszthy’s successor, Peter Kehl, is home to 30 acres of grapes. Kehl’s great-grandson sold the land in 1972 to Robert and JoAnn Wollersheim so they could restore it into a working wintery, and they replanted the hills. Now operated by their daughter, Julie, and her husband, 13th-generation French winemaker

Wisconsin might be famous for its beer brewing heritage, but a growing crop of area wineries is showing that folks around here can make a good wine, too. Rock N Wool Winery opened in 2013, and today, winemaker/owner Shaun Lapacek is proud to say they sell only from grapes grown in the state, with free tastings from their ample selection of wines, from dry to sweet, including a recently released, award-winning Raspberry fruit wine. “We have worked from the ground up by planting our vines and producing our wines with the goal of “hands on” quality.” And it’s not all wine and grapes, either – for a little entertainment, Rock N Wool also offers “Caustic Bingo” and “Wine and Wedges,” a chance for people to chip golf balls as they enjoy the fare.

Philippe Coquard, who joined the staff in 1984, the winery has long had a reputation for its variety of award-winning wines, including its most popular, the triple gold-awarded Prairie Fume. But there are plenty of other choices for the palate, such as Dry Riesling and Domaine Reserve. Visitors can participate in daily tours and tastings or enjoy a glass of wine or cocktail in the outdoor spaces or inside the historical Sugarloaf Room. Wollersheim Winery and Distillery is open year-round and hosts a variety of special events, including October’s Ice Wine Release and A Vintage Christmas.

Botham Vineyards and Winery 8180 Langberry Road Barneveld, WI (888) 478-9463 bothamvineyards.com Located amid the rolling hills and valleys of the Iowa County uplands and surrounded by 900 acres of Nature Conservancy land, Botham Vineyards grows and produces regionally distinctive wines. One of Wisconsin’s original vine-tobottle wineries, Botham Vineyards and Winery was founded in 1989 by Peter Botham, who remains its president, owner and winemaker. The winery features 11 varieties, available for tastings offered daily during regular hours (Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Private tastings that include pairings with a selection of artisan Wisconsin cheeses or cheeses and local, handcrafted chocolates are also available by appointment, as are tours for groups of 15 or more. Visitors are welcome to enjoy a bottle or glass of wine with a cheese board or snacks from the tasting room, or to pack a picnic to enjoy on the large outdoor terrace, in the Backbarn Lounge or the cozy and inviting Comfy Lounge. The facility is available for private events from bridal and baby showers to family reunions, corporate functions and weddings. Botham also hosts many public events throughout the March-to-December season, including live music, vintage release parties, the annual Vintage Celebration each August, showcasing vintage and rare sports cars, race cars and touring sedans of every make and model, and the Uncorked 5K each fall. l FALL 2018 YOUR FAMILY 7



reflect and connect Terra Simpla blends permaculture and life coaching Story and photos by Bill Livick


t the end of a long, tree-lined driveway a few miles south of Stoughton sits a small, one-story house nestled amid five acres of woodland gardens and orchards. It’s where Laura and Robert Roeven established Terra Simpla, a “place to come and reflect and spend time in nature” that has been “evolving” since they purchased the property in 2014. The Roevenses rent the space for business meetings and retreats, which can be done privately or facilitated by Laura, a certified life coach. Along with retreats, she offers services as a life coach at Terra Simpla, while Robert focuses on the land and the produce he grows as a permaculture design specialist. The couple has been married for 22 years and has lived in Stoughton for 19 years, where they’ve homeschooled and raised three children – 13, 18 and 19 years old. They met in the mid-1990s as students at the University of Minnesota. A native of the Netherlands, Robert came to the United States in 1994 to study there, and the couple moved to Stoughton in 1999, when he took a job in Madison as a scientist. They decided to settle in Stoughton because they liked small towns and it was closer to Laura’s family and her hometown of Roscoe, Ill. The couple offers workshops and classes at Terra Simpla, many free of charge. Laura held a free class in June, “Living Your Values,” and offers another called “Gateways of Grief,” which she conducts once a week through August. 8 YOUR FAMILY FALL 2018

Robert, a molecular biologist before he shifted to permaculture, is scheduled to teach a weekend course in September called “Exploring Permaculture.” “It’s about growing food in a more holistic and sustainable way,” he said. The couple talked for a decade about their dreams and desire to live more sustainably and in harmony with nature before founding Terra Simpla. The business is “dedicated to teaching people how to reconnect with the soil and soul,” according to its website. “The land is our classroom” to teach about “health and wholeness.” “We applied the permaculture ethics to our own life,” Robert said. That means taking time to observe and reflect on their lives and their connections to the natural world. He asserted the activities that happen at Terra Simpla – retreats, life coaching and permaculture – “may not be apparently connected, but they are.” “One idea behind permaculture is observing deeply; it happens gradually, slowly, getting deeper,” Robert explained. “This place creates the time and space to be able to do that.” The couple said the ideas behind Terra Simpla and even establishing the business itself evolved over a decade of discussion. “Ten years ago, I couldn’t tell you this was our dream,” Robert said. “We got brave and realized it’s not going to fall from the sky,” Laura added. “You have to try. We couldn’t not do it.”


Terra Simpla, LLC 845 State Road 138, Stoughton, WI 53589 608.492.2060 info@terrasimpla.com Owners: Laura and Robert Roeven

Laura Roeven facilitates retreats and also does personal life coaching at Terra Simpla, saying, “It’s a co-creative relationship in both life coaching and leading a retreat, and I get the joy and gift of being able to watch it unfold.”

‘Connection with the land’

The term permaculture was coined in 1978, and while it’s a multifaceted concept, it has to do with natural farming and gardening ideas that can be practiced self-sufficiently on a small scale. “It’s about working with nature and not against it,” Robert said. He came to the philosophy as a result of a long interest in gardening and growing food. He said he “stumbled upon permaculture” while researching more about small-scale agriculture, liked it and took a few classes. “I think it’s an important thing to teach people because it shows a connection with the land and that there are ways to grow food in a small space, like a backyard, in a way that doesn’t have to be intimidating,” Robert said. “I like helping people makes smart choices about where and what combinations of things you plant that will make your life easier.” Part of his interest stems from the fact that he was born and raised in the Netherlands, one of the world’s most densely populated and agriculturally productive countries. Along with some 50 varieties of fruit and nut trees at Terra Simpla, which are interspersed among gardens and walking paths that follow the contour of the land, the Roevens have 17 chickens that provide eggs and meat and naturally fertilize the land. Robert, who received his permaculture design certificate in 2015, said the couple’s work at Terra Simpla “feels like it was meant to be.”

Laura and Robert discussed their desire to live more sustainably for about a decade before buying five acres in 2014 and founding Terra Simpla.

The value of reflecting

Laura Roeven spent the early part of her career homeschooling her kids and began leading retreats through the St. Ann’s Church MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) group years ago. “I ran a once-a-month enrichment night for the MOPS group for many years,” she said. The experience showed her “the value of stepping away and taking time to reflect on your life and the important things in it.” It was a lesson she wanted to share with others, particularly mothers with young children. But it was Robert who convinced her to enroll in a life coaching program through University of Wisconsin-Extension. “He said, ‘You always wanted to be a life coach – why not get certified?’” she recalled. Laura said Robert’s advice, along with her own thoughts as she watched her parents age, persuaded her to pursue her dream, and she became certified as a life coach in May. Facilitating a retreat and serving as a personal life coach requires many of the same skills she said – being “able to mirror what people are feeling or saying” and being curious in a helpful, nonjudgmental way. “The vision I held for Terra Simpla was providing opportunity and space and experience for wholeness,” she recalled. “We all have those moments when an emotion might well up, and a good life coach will be curious in that moment and ask a little more. That often unlocks why we think and do as we do, and then we’re able to change a pattern in thinking or behavior.” l

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art adventure Story and Photos by Amber Levenhagen


fter living in Madison for just over two years, I’m surprised it has taken me this long to take some time out and explore the city’s creative side. On a warm day in July, my fiance and I decided to take the day to ourselves and see what the artists of Madison have to offer. We found an open air art studio, a few free art museums, several exhibits and enough open mic nights to wrap up the evening with a bit of lighthearted laughter. 10 YOUR FAMILY FALL 2018

While the two of us, both in our mid-20s, were able to have a wonderful time with all of the activities we choose, the beautiful thing about art is there isn’t a certain demographic who can enjoy it. Throughout our day, we encountered people of all ages, each learning and appreciating the activities in their own way. While some might be best suited for adults, there are activities readily available for the whole family.


The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art looms over State Street, and with summer staples like the Art Fair on the Square, it’s hard to miss. An important thing to realize, however – and one thing I had unfortunately overlooked – is that a team of dedicated curators has a rotating list of exhibits that vary throughout the year. A trip in the winter isn’t the same as a trip in the summer.

FAMILYFUN When we visited, we were able to experience the “Far Out” exhibit, featuring trippy art pieces inspired by the 1960s. “The Sixties was a decade of radical experimentation that witnessed an incredible cultural and artistic revolution,” the gallery description stated. “While the social and political turmoil of the decade prompted artists to create politicized works of art, artists were also in the process of rejecting their own art historical precedents and developing a counterculture of their very own.” This was demonstrated with pieces harkening the turmoil surrounding the Vietnam War, civil rights movement and pop culture icons from that time period. Some of the profiled artists include portraits by Larry Clark and lithographs by Calvin Burnett. The exhibit is only available until early September, but a gallery opening Aug. 17 will have a bit more shelf time. William J. Obrien: Reliquary, will open with a ticketed event. The exhibit will be open, for free, like the rest of the exhibits, until Nov. 11. The Chicago-based, “multidisciplinary” artist features

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mmoca.org The Chazen Museum of Art overlooks the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

drawing, painting, sculpture and ceramics, textured with patterned felt, colored pencil drawings and “chaotic” designs.

Chazen Museum of Art

We then walked further down State Street, into the heart of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, tucked away from my realization, to the Chazen Museum of Art. As neither my fiance or I are from Madison, nor did we attend the university, this museum was new to us, but might not be to those who have explored downtown or are more familiar with the city. We took a self-guided tour and were surprised by how much fit into the beautifully decorated space.

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localmadisoncomedy.com madisoncomedy.com There was a tour group running during the time we visited, so find comfort in knowing you can learn a little bit more about each piece or take your own path, at your own pace. The galleries we visited are open until early September, but a gallery opening early August, “Life, Love and Marriage in Renaissance Italy” will be on display through Nov. 4. Continued on page 10

Pico Escondido, by Michael McMillen, created in 1986. The Chazen Museum of Art has a rotating series of exhibits. FALL 2018 YOUR FAMILY 11



Continued from page 11 The exhibition is organized by the Museo Stibbert and Contemporanea Progetti in Florence, Italy. It displays Italian wedding chests, known as cassoni, and as we plan our wedding, we joked about returning to the museum to get ideas for our own celebration. The chests shine light on social and practical functions for the objects, which date back to the 14-16th centuries. The exhibit also includes paintings, architectural decorations and fabrics.

Do it yourself

Feeling inspired after looking at the works of talented artists from the last several decades, we decided to try our hand at making our own art pieces. Not that we could ever come close to the talent of the artists showcased at the museums, but we headed over to the west side of Madison to a strip mall that hosts Studio You Paint it Pottery, a quaint little shop that offers patrons the opportunity to select a piece of pottery to be decorated with a variety of colors – nearly 50 in total. We selected an egg-shaped container – I figured I’d put some jewelry in it – and got to work. The shop has a wide variety of objects to paint in a variety of different sizes. The cost is determined by the size of an object – a container the size of my hand was $18, and that included materials, paint and a kiln finish that made it shiny. Other options include plates, bowls, mugs, cookie jars and other trinkets to decorate a coffee table or a desk. It felt a little silly, sitting there with my nearly 30-year-old partner, surrounded by groups of parents with young children, but eventually a group of elderly women came in and got to work on some sunflower plates. This studio truly has something for everyone. It had a relaxed atmosphere, and the friendly staff was on hand to help answer questions about the types of paint, how many layers to add to make it just the right color I wanted and how to not get the paintbrush wet in order to switch to a different color (the paint the studio uses is nontoxic and best with as little water contact as possible). The experience took about an hourand-a-half, and we were left pleasantly 12 YOUR FAMILY FALL 2018

Comedians will often root themselves in Madison while on their way to bigger cities to help establish credibility and a solid portfolio. The Comedy Club, 202 State St., is a popular stop for touring comedians.

surprised at how enjoyable it was. It takes about a week’s turnaround to get the finished piece returned to its owner. The studio has flexible hours, so those wishing to come in before or after normal business hours can reach out at least 24 hours in advance to talk about options.

Comic relief

Believe it or not, Madison is known as a comedic gem of the Midwest. It’s hard to compare to Chicago, host of Second City, but comedians will often root themselves in Madison while on their way to bigger cities to help establish credibility and a solid portfolio. The Comedy Club on State Street hosts popular comedians, both local and touring, and that’s what we decided to do to cap off our Madison day off. But I was surprised to discover there are dozens of venues around the city that offer underground and open mic comedy nights to offer audiences a chance to dive off the beaten path and give new comedians a chance to stretch their legs in a new

city. These shows aren’t for the faint of heart – not suitable for children – but after washing the paint off the elbows of your small kids, perhaps consider taking a break with your partner or some friends to see what some local comedians have to offer. Some of the events will have a cover charge, so be sure to check ahead. The Argus hosts underground open mic nights every Monday and is Madison’s longest-running comedy open mic event. Black Lotus Cafe offers Comedy in the Vault every Tuesday evening and offers a special $2 mystery micro brew during the show. The Comedy Club is considered one of the best open mics in the country and hosts time slots on a regular basis, specifically Wednesday nights. About 20 or 25 comedians are given three minutes each to showcase their talents. For a Thursday fix, visit The Rigby Pub and Grill for Revolver Open Mic. Held in the basement, the atmosphere is a bit more intimate and every show features a different theme, making it different each time around. l


Why fad diets fade out



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he first time I heard of the ketogenic diet, I was a dietetic intern rotating with a pediatric inpatient dietitian who was researching about it herself in order to help a child suffering from epilepsy. This patient had had no relief from any other medication or procedure. The ketogenic diet was, essentially, the medical team’s last resort for trying to eliminate his seizures – the original intent for the diet. I felt awful for this poor boy; I couldn’t imagine having to go on such a strict diet for medical reasons. And I never thought someone would actually choose to go on such a restrictive eating plan. Famous last words. Over five years later and that’s exactly what has happened. Somehow the ketogenic diet – also referred to as the keto diet – has become a mainstream weight loss diet. Rarely does a day go by where I don’t hear a customer talk or ask about it. Chances are, even if you don’t know what it is, you’ve probably heard of the diet. While the keto diet has been around for centuries for medicinal reasons, I don’t expect it to stick around for long as a selfsubscribed weight loss diet. But first, let me explain what this diet actually is. Even those who are on the ketogenic diet might not even truly understand why it seems to be working for them. Like us on Facebook Free Admission

The ketogenic diet is a very lowcarbohydrate, high-fat eating plan. Different from other low-carb diets, this one focuses on high fat and moderate protein intake while others have focused on high protein. By having very low carbohydrates on the keto diet (typically 20-50 grams per day; equivalent to two slices of bread or one cup of beans), our bodies become deprived of glucose – our main fuel source for our cells. Our brains prefer glucose for fuel and in a steady amount – about 120 grams daily. Once our stored supply of glucose from the liver and muscle is completely depleted (about three days), the body has to resort to an alternative source known as ketones, which are a product of stored fat. When ketones start accumulating in the blood, you’re in “ketosis.” And it’s true, individuals have seen results. The high-fat content of the diet has shown to be satiating and can decrease appetite-stimulating hormones, such as insulin. In the short-term, it has been shown to accelerate weight loss. However, long-term, it hasn’t proven to be any better than a more traditional method of losing weight. You might be wondering what’s not to lose (besides the weight, that is). Why not give this fad diet a try? Well, most importantly, it can be dangerous. If too many ketones are produced, blood levels can reach a harmful level, known as ketoacidosis – a toxic level of acid in the blood. I think the most evident downfall, though, is the diet’s tight parameters. It’s hard to maintain ketosis. There’s no such thing as a “cheat” day. Eat too many carbs? Your body uses the glucose and you’re no longer in ketosis.

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Eat too much protein? Your body uses the amino acids to make glucose. These restrictions can make travel, dining out and social events challenging, if not impossible. You have few acceptable foods and a long laundry list of restricted foods. It can be hard to remain satisfied. At first glance, the diet might just seem like an easy way to eliminate all the processed and refined carbs that all of us need to limit, anyway. But by cutting out nearly all carbohydrates, you’re actually also missing out on all the other nutrients found in carbohydrate-rich foods, too. Your fiber intake will likely become deficient, along with other nutrients found in whole grains, like the B vitamins, magnesium, and zinc. With very little fruit allowed, you’ll find yourself lacking in antioxidants and essential vitamins and minerals. Plant-based proteins like legumes and beans are also out, which have been shown to help prevent diseases. I would encourage us to limit the processed and refined carbs we eat, but that doesn’t mean we have to also remove the beneficial beans, legumes and fruit from our diets, too. In another year or two, the ketogenic diet will be out and another diet will be in. None of them stick around, simply for the fact that nobody can continue with such a strict regimen for long. It’s better to focus on small changes over a long period of time. For example, if you find yourself eating too many refined carbohydrates such as crackers, chips or sweets, switch to a healthier alternative, such as a whole grain crackers, kale chips or a smoothie. While there isn’t a lot of long-term research yet on fad diets like the ketogenic diet, there’s plenty of evidence that a balanced diet rich in whole grains, fruits and vegetables, lean protein sources from meat, fish, beans, nuts and seeds and healthy fats leads to a healthy quality of life. I don’t know about you, but I’ll stick with the evidence and listen to what my body is telling me. 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. FALL 2018 YOUR FAMILY 13

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Buddy up Many schools will give out classroom assignments a few days before the first day of school. Parents can investigate who is in their child’s homeroom and initiate contact with the parents of one or more of those students. Collectively, parents can make a buddy plan for students to arrive to school together and enter the classroom as a team. Coordinate clothing colors or have students wear another unifying symbol. This may allay fears and make the first day of school more fun. School selfie Students can craft ‘school selfies’ on a piece of paper using a smartphone image template. This selfie illustration will give the class key facts about each student and present an interesting, creative and enjoyable way for students to get to know one another. Student word search Word searches are entertaining and educational tools that can be put to use in the classroom. Parents or teachers can create word searches featuring the first names of all the students in the class. Children often enjoy searching for their own names, and then they can help others, opening up lines of communication.

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Word searches also can be customized for any subject. Therefore, if student names aren’t desired, the theme can be classroom items or school terms. Personal introductions Students may worry about teachers mispronouncing their names or using a full name instead of a nickname. Rather than a traditional roll call, teachers can encourage students to introduce themselves to classmates, using their preferential name and including a brief synopsis of their interests and what makes them unique. Teachers also can initiate other ice-breakers by giving students a sheet with various questions, which students then have to complete by asking around among the other students. For example, ‘Who has a pet fish?’ or ‘Find someone who has blue eyes.’ The first day of school can be difficult for some children. Fun activities and some extra effort from parents and teachers can make the return to the classroom less stressful.


Parents and educators can sometimes underestimate children’s anxiety over the dawn of a new school year. Many students feel nervous when wondering if their teachers will be nice or if they will make new friends. These worries may be compounded by the return to routine and the end of an enjoyable period of rest and relaxation. In 2015, CNN polled campers at a summer day camp outside New York City. The campers were elementary school students who were asked about what they were most nervous about for the return to school. Homework, tests, competition, greater expectations, grades, and making new friends topped the list of fears. To help students transition to the classroom with fewer worries, teachers and parents may want to initiate ice breakers and other stress-reducing interactions. Here are some ideas.


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Valeria Martinez laughs while answering emails. Martinez is the community and programs liaison for Madym. She interned with the organization while pursuing her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. She was hired last August.


he number of K-12 schools offering coding or programming is on the rise, going from 25 percent in 2015 to 40 percent in 2016, according to a Google/Gallup poll. But that’s still not nearly enough to Winnie Karanja. The founder of Maydm, which by encourages young students, particularly girls and minorities, to pursue careers in technology, pointed out to to Your Family magazine that the growth rate of jobs in that industry will be more than 37 percent over the next four years. Maydm, run by three women in the Madison area, is working to address that gap by connecting those students with computer science skills to help them learn and explore the industry. 16 YOUR FAMILY FALL 2018

Maydm, run by three women in the Madison area, is working to address that gap by connecting those students with computer science skills to help them learn and explore the industry. Maydm, run by three women in the Madison area, is working to address that gap by connecting those students with computer science skills to help them learn and explore the industry. Maydm, a play on the words “made by them,” was established three years ago by Karanja, now executive director. “It started from my experience as a woman and person of color,” she said. “When I moved back to Madison, I really saw the need for a lot of students to have access and explore the tech industry because a lot of students are consuming, but we haven’t provided them with

enough tools to be a producer.” Karanja holds a master of science in development studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science with an undergraduate degree in education with international politics. Her team now also consists of Valeria Martinez, programs and community liaison, and Victoria Olubiyi, programs associate. The group offers semester-long programs, with some in the summer, that give K-12 students an opportunity to learn program languages, web and game development, virtual reality and website building. They also offer mentorship programs where students are able to visit local tech companies and work with hands-on projects while learning about the variety of careers in the technology field. These programs are connected with the Madison Metropolitan School District, with the hopes of reaching more of Dane County in the near future through after school programs and summer workshops. Some of the schools that have already been incorporated to these programs include Mendota Community School,

Shorewood Elementary School and various middle schools throughout Madison, McFarland and Middleton. The organization started from a conversation Karanja had with a Madison principal about STEM -- science, technology, engineering and math -- who said they wanted their students to learn about coding. Karanja overcame several roadblocks to get Maydm to where it is now. One of those, she said, was scheduling. Because most of the school district’s planning is done before the start of the semester, she said it was challenging to work several months ahead while trying to establish the organization and get on the path to success. “This was something I learned as I did it, learning essentially by trial and error,” Karanja explained about the birth of Maydm. “So in that first year we were trying to figure out how to make this all work.”


Addressing a need

Karanja said, based on her own research, the technical workforce in the United States is comprised with 24 percent of women, and in two years, that is expected to drop to 22 percent. Latinx and African Americans represent 2 percent of the technical workforce, she said. “So as a black woman, those statistics are representative of the spaces that I was in, so there’s clearly very much an underrepresentation of women and people of color in this industry,” she said. “Nationally, there will be 1.2 million jobs in two years that will be understaffed.” When reflecting on her experiences in the technology industry, she mentioned the need for diversity in the workplace to help stimulate ideas and create wellrounded products. “There’s jobs out there, and also the United States is becoming a majorityminority country, so essentially to have product that is the most successful you need to have diverse experiences and individuals at the table creating product,” she said.

How to fix it

Karanja said that her team’s goal is to help students learn about the reality of the field through exposure and hands-on immersion. The semester-long programs focus on developing technical skills and mentorship with people who work in the industry and are able to answer questions about what it means to be an engineer. “It goes beyond sitting in a space and

From left, Valeria Martinez and Winnie Karanja work from Maydm’s office on Mifflin Street. The two are among the three employees with Maydm — an organization that connects Dane County youth with resources to help engage them with the STEM industry. Karanja is the founder and executive director and Martinez is the community and programs liaison.

being lectured to,” she said. “It’s learning and seeing what it really looks like to be a project developer, that’s how our programs are set up.” One of the standards for the programs is to include at least 40 percent who identify as female and 60 percent are students of color. Last year, the program included 55 percent female and 74 percent students of color. While addressing gaps in gender and race, Maydm also recognizes socioeconomic disparities. The programs are fee-based, but Maydm uses a proxy of free- or reduced-lunch qualification to offer scholarships to students who wouldn’t otherwise have the ability to participate. For parents or guardians signing up for a class on the website, there’s a place to note if you might require a scholarship. While some of the money comes from program services, the rest comes from grants and individual donors. “We are not able to meet everybody’s needs,” Karanja said. “During the year we partner with schools that have goals that are aligned with ours, because we want to reach students that we know would not have this opportunity otherwise.” l

What is Maydm? Maydm is an organization that works with students in Dane County through interactive project-based programming to demystify technology and programming while instilling confidence to become the next innovators. Maydm partners with the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, Edgewood College and 100state. While executive director Winnie Karanja said her team appreciates those partners, Maydm is looking for more opportunities to connect students with the technology industry. If interested in becoming a mentor, a donor or to simply learn more about the organization, visit maydm.org.

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Adult students take many paths to continuing their education Story by Scott Girard Photos submitted


ayla Behrendt wasn’t used to putting herself first, especially after having her first child six years ago. But last year, the 28-year-old Madison resident decided to sacrifice some family time to re-enroll in school. Now, pursuing her dental assisting degree from Madison College, Behrendt said it will be worth the trade-off in the long run. “I put my goals and my dreams on the back burner when I started a family,” Behrendt said. “It eats you up inside when you start to put yourself first, because then you feel selfish. “But … when I’m done with school and in my field, I’m going to be at a job that I can have good time with my family, I can plan things because now I can financially take them to go do something fun.” Behrendt is among the more than 8,000 students 24 and older who return to school every year at Madison College. The University of Wisconsin-Madison has about 1,000 such students every year, too. They’re part of a nationwide trend of growth in students 25 or older pursuing postsecondary education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. The group grew by 13 percent from 2005 to 2015. They enroll for myriad reasons, like seeking a better life for their families, pursuing a different occupation or finding financial security. While the latter is commonly considered an outcome of higher education, pursuing it can create some risk in the short term, said Madison College adviser Jamesetta Fousek.


Kayla Behrendt says one of the biggest challenges about going back to school is spending less time with her family, but she’s hopeful that when she graduates and starts in her new field, she’ll be in a better place to support them. “I’m going to be at a job that I can have good time with my family, I can plan things because now I can financially take them to go do something fun,” Behrendt says.

“They do need to sacrifice quite a deal to be in these seats,” Fousek said. These “nontraditional students” often find other challenges, too, not the least of which is standing out on campus, especially at a place like UW-Madison, where most of its 31,710 undergraduates follow the more “traditional” timeline of attending college right after high school. “In most of their classes, they almost never see anyone that is

They’re part of a nationwide trend of growth in students 25 or older pursuing postsecondary education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. remotely close to their age,” said Moira Kelley, a senior counselor in UW-Madison’s division of continuing studies. “I don’t know how they do it on a campus like this.” That’s how Josephine Lorya, a Sudanese refugee who has lived most of her life in the U.S., felt as a 27-yearold sitting at the end of a table for her last final of her undergraduate career – eight months pregnant and just two days before giving birth to her second child. “I kind of felt out of place,” Lorya recalled, “but I just knew what my mission was. I didn’t really care what other people thought.” Lorya, a graduate of the UW-Madison Odyssey Project for adults facing economic challenges, went on to receive her master’s degree in social work while pregnant with her fourth child a year ago. She’s hoping her hard work and the support of her children and husband will pay off as her kids grow up and make decisions about their own futures – especially her 12-year-old daughter, who has seen her work from the first day of undergrad. “You just never give up in life,” Lorya said. “Education is something that nobody can ever take away from you.” Continued on page 20


Odyssey program helps people get back on their feet For the last 15 years, a UW-Madison program has helped more than 400 low-income adults “get a jumpstart at earning college degrees they never thought possible,” according to its Emily Auerbach, center, leads the Odyssey Project at UW-Madison, which website. helps adults facing financial challenges begin getting back to school. The Odyssey Project, led by project director and founder Emily Auerbach, helps create an opportunity for people who had given up on or been forced to avoid pursuing higher education. “In all the things I’ve done in the 30 years I’ve been on the UW-Madison campus, the Odyssey Project is the thing I’m most passionate about,” Auerbach said. “When we open the door, it’s just amazing to watch the transformation that can happen.” The program allows 30 students each year to earn six credits in English literature, helping them begin or restart their pursuit of higher education – for free. “They can’t believe it (is free),” Auerbach said. “They usually are looking for the catch. What I say is the catch is hard work.” That was certainly true for Josephine Lorya, who went through the program and eventually graduated from UW-Madison with a master’s degree in social work. “I’m like, ‘What? They don’t do that in America, there’s nothing free,’” she recalled. “There’s always a catch.” Lorya had her first child at 19, and found school “just so hard to reach.” But while braiding hair at a salon years later, she talked to a woman about going back to school, and the woman recommended the Odyssey Project. Since its inception, the program has expanded to help its students with other barriers to their education, especially finding childcare. The adult group meets weekly on Wednesday nights, and the project added “Odyssey Junior” in 2015, which provides enrichment for kids up to age 18, Auerbach said. “We are trying early on to (get students to) think of themselves as collegebound,” she said. They also continue to provide support to program graduates through “Onward Odyssey,” which offers help with planning classes, navigating funding resources and ongoing child care. “It’s not as if once they get through our program everything is fixed,” Auerbach said. She also continues to provide moral support, attending eventual graduation ceremonies for former students and sometimes even helping them find work – like she did for Lorya when the student had to quit her full-time job, but still had a family to support. She said the time is worth it when she sees the students “seize hold of an opportunity and make something of it.” “For a lot of students, they say that it’s the first time that they feel smart, that they feel a sense of belonging to a whole community of people that are trying to go forward to their dreams,” Auerbach said.


Continuing education for its own sake


Some programs offer no degree, but provide an school of professional and CONTINUING EDUCATION opportunity for returning NON-CREDIT CLASS SCHEDULE students to develop skills FALL 2018 within their field or for a hobby. Wellness Counseling Series Madison College offers Food Truck: more than 400 noncredit Start Up courses as part of its Meditation: Getting Started Continuing Education program. The courses cover topics like web design skills, languages, accounting, Keep Learning. woodworking and guitar. Gwen Jones, the director of marketing for the Division of Continuing Education, said the courses each year are developed based on feedback from the people they hope will take them. “One of the things that we do, we listen,” Jones said. The school sends an outreach survey with the fall class schedule, asking questions about when the person’s employment status, what type of learning they’re interested in and which class times would be convenient. “With noncredit, we have to meet them where they are,” Jones said. “We cannot say, ‘OK, we’re putting this class on at 10 o’clock in the morning and we expect you to be there.’” Jones said the school generally has two types of students: those “still in the workforce” seeking professional development in their field, and those looking for enrichment – often retirees. “This is an opportunity for some of our older folks in the community to take advantage of our classes,” she said. “Stuff that they may have never had time for when they were in the workforce.” Once classes are set, Jones explained the instructor search can vary from just asking someone they know who has experience in the area to doctoral students at UWMadison in that subject, the latter especially for languages. “When our classes are more, I guess, academic, we’re looking for instructors definitely with the credentials to teach the class,” she said. “Some of our classes, we are looking for maybe a skilled hobbyist.” The school mailed more than 326,000 copies of its fall course guide out earlier this month to every household in the area. Classes start at varying times throughout the semester, and more information can be found at madisoncollege.edu/continuing-education. Jones hopes to see people sign up for whatever classes they might be interested in – especially a few of the new offerings like meditation, food-truck management or genealogy – and find a way to take time out to build on an old interest or establish a new one. “That’s really what it’s all about: What can I do for me?” she said. Page 4

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Finding resources

Each of the public postsecondary institutions in Madison has set up systems to specifically help returning students find their way through the different challenges they face. At UW-Madison, the support starts for some before they’re even enrolled. That’s how both Lorya and Keena Atkinson – who graduated at age 28 – began their work toward a degree in the Odyssey Project. That program, aimed at adults facing “economic barriers,” began in 2003 and offers 30 adults per year a chance to get a “foot in the door” with six English credits from UW-Madison, explained program director Emily Auerbach. And the program continues to provide support even after students graduate and move on to their own education – whether it’s childcare, motivation, funding for books or helping to navigate the challenges of enrolling in college. “Odyssey project really helped me navigate all the barriers,” Lorya said. By the time they enroll, there are also other resources to help students. For Behrendt at Madison College, those systems – including the student center she was initially hesitant to use because of her age and the assistance of advisers – helped her overcome early doubts that had her thinking “maybe this is just not meant to be.” That was especially true in chemistry class, a subject she hadn’t needed for her earlier associate’s degree in legal studies. But after a semester of struggling and thinking “all the time” about dropping out and eventually not passing the class, Behrendt returned to retake the class with a different professor, found a tutor in the student center and passed the class. Fousek said that while tutoring like that can be a major help for many students, there’s other work necessary to help students even get onto campus and into a field they’re interested in. “It’s really hard to navigate the system,” she said. “It sometimes is kind of overwhelming.”

Standing out

As she planned for her first day back in school, Behrendt was anticipating a challenge. “I’m like, ‘I’m gonna be the oldest person in this classroom,’” she recalled thinking. While she found that not to be true at Madison College, which has 39.7 percent of its more than 21,000 degree-pursuing students 24 and older, that assumption is more accurate among undergraduates at UW-Madison. Atkinson, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, knew she’d be in “huge classes” when she started. “In most of my classes I was the only black person in my classes, I was the oldest person in my classes,” she recalled. Lorya turned to her professors for support, especially in the sociology department. “Just because I don’t look like the other students and I’m not a traditional student … it doesn’t make them any better than I am,” she said she eventually realized. The now-parent-of-four also found a community within one of her language classes. “I felt like, ‘Oh wow,’ the students who took Swahili I felt like I had something in common with them,” she said. Finding commonalities helped Hanna Hubiankova adjust

to being one of the only students over 24-years-old in her classes in both the art and music departments at UW-Madison. After being initially “surprised that anybody asked” how old she was, she eventually accepted it, joked with those who asked and brushed the stress of the question aside. “Who cares how old I am?” she said she now thinks. “I don’t have to care because I’m pursuing my dream and I’m on the right path.”


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It can be all too easy to put that dream on hold, though, when children are involved. That’s what Atkinson found after having her first child at age 16 while in foster care, living with the abusive father of her child and eventually ending up homeless after losing her job. When an alumnus of the Odyssey Project “really encouraged me to apply for the program,” she was skeptical – mostly of herself. “I was homeless, I had a 3-year-old, I didn’t have a job,” she recalled. “I didn’t think I really had much to offer the world at that point.” After eventually giving in and applying to Odyssey, a year later she was approaching graduation from the program and realized, “I don’t want to not go to school.” That led her to cosmetology college, which she graduated from in 2011. She then went back to Madison College for initial credits and transferred to UW-Madison in 2013 as a 25-year-old to pursue her degree in psychology. Simply navigating online homework became a new barrier for her, as she didn’t have internet. That meant biking to the Truax campus to use the computer lab with her son until she received a scholarship that helped pay for her internet and a printer. When she was pregnant with her second child, she noticed the differences in priorities and resopnsibilities with her peers around her, but it didn’t slow her motivation. “I’m pregnant, walking up Bascom, riding my bike to school still,” she recalled. “I was never like ‘I’m not gonna finish.’” And she said it’s been worth all the effort. “I would do it 10 times again,” she said. “I don’t have any regrets about the experience. I’m so thankful that I had the opportunity to go to school again. It’s had such an effect on my children and my parenting.” Continued on page 22

Keena Atkinson, center, poses with her two sons at her graduation from UW-Madison with a degree in psychology after initially making it through UW’s Odyssey Project, which helps adults facing financial challenges.

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Getting the call

The first step in going back to school is being admitted. For students who haven’t attended in years, that can be a challenge, from navigating available majors and finding old transcripts to making sure any old credits transfer to their new school. That can make the good news especially exciting. “UW-Madison called me and told me on the phone, ‘We’re excited to offer you admission,’” Keena Atkinson recalled. “I was so excited, I was crying when they told me that. I wasn’t confident that I was gonna get accepted, but I did.” Atkinson, now 30, transferred to UW-Madison at age 25 after one-and-a-half years at Madison College and was first rejected. That made her question the idea of transferring, but a counselor at Madison College encouraged her, she said, and she decided to give it a second go. Lorya also began her late college journey at Madison College, where she fulfilled her liberal arts credits at a much lower cost than it would have been at UW-Madison. She knocked those credits out in three semesters before becoming pregnant with her second son – and continued with her transfer anyway. Once accepted, though, the work is far from over, as it can get complicated with how credits transfer and what that means for how many credits they need to take. “There are not very many of them coming in as new freshman,” UW-Madison’s Moira Kelley said. “What transfers and what doesn’t? Sometimes that can be a little bit of a struggle.” 22 YOUR FAMILY FALL 2018

Behrendt said it can be hard whens she gets home late – she works full-time as a parking attendant – and still has schoolwork to do instead of spending time with her two children. “My oldest would sit up and try to wait his longest to see me,” she said, smiling. “I hope when (my six-year-old) sees me so joyful about school … I think it helps him (care about learning).” Lorya, who now has four children – three of whom were born while she attended UW-Madison – also thinks there’s a message her hard work sends to her children, especially her 12-year-old daughter who already gets straight A’s. “School is like her thing,” Lorya said. “I’ve always told her you can’t give up in life. When they see me staying up late doing my homework, they just try to make me smile.” l


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recently spoke to a high school tutor who assists high school students – typically juniors – in preparing for the ACT exam. It became evident that she deals with many students who are wondering what score they need to get accepted. Many students fear that they will not receive an acceptance letter, and this fear is very real for many kids. UW-Madison does not report to the College Board what their students’ midrange ACT scores are, only that this score is important. So it’s good for parents to be prepared to deal with this sort of anxiety when planning to send their kids to college. Years ago I learned an insight that we should always keep in mind: Fear is a powerful motivator; yet it is a very poor adviser. If our student is operating out of fear, something has gone wrong. As parents, we need to see what the root of this anxiety is and ease the tension. First, keep in mind there are many good colleges for your student. Focus not so much on getting in (the aspect of college access), but on college success – defined as attending the most appropriate school, graduating in a reasonable amount of time at the best value and ultimately doing something meaningful related to what was studied. This more differentiated view of attending college can be very helpful in keeping the proper perspective for your student; this perspective is fundamental when preparing for college correctly. Then, reconsider why your student is so stressed out. If the university is asking academically more than the student normally achieves, perhaps it is simply not a good fit. For example, one can earn a degree in marketing from both UW-Madison and UW-Oshkosh. Both are good schools. The academic rigor of attending Madison is, on a whole, more

A+ demanding. Marketing might be an excellent major for this student, but one school likely will be a better fit than the other. We do well to keep in mind that a student might like a college for a wide range of reasons. Getting accepted into an appropriate school is the goal – not

necessarily into his or her top choice. l Robert DeCock, certified College Planning Specialist, founded the Parents Planning 4 College, LLC (Formally Quest College Program) in Middleton. For information, visit parentsplanning4college.com.




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Dane Co. CASAs provide constancy amid disruption Story by Alexander Cramer Photos submitted


he green folder that lay open on the table contained dozens of forms and typewritten reports attempting to distill a teen’s life into a case in the system. It was an abuse case, the first one Ben Marshall reviewed as a volunteer with Dane County court appointed special advocates, or CASA. He took notes and went home to sleep on whether to accept it. When he agreed, it began a months-long relationship of visits and report-writing with the goal of unifying the “kiddo” with parents – biological or otherwise – as quickly as possible to minimize disruption and trauma in the child’s life. “Kiddo” is the term Marshall said he prefers, rather than something legalistic

CASA of Dane County volunteer Ben Marshall has advocated for kids in the court system since 2017.

like “client.” In a process that involves so many

players – attorneys for both sides, a judge (or judges), social workers, case managers, and the child’s family, members of which may have been abusive – CASAs aim to be the glue that connects the pieces in a complicated child welfare system, as one volunteer put it. Dane County CASA is assigned a case on judge’s orders, often at the request of a social worker. The organization then finds a volunteer advocate to work with the child or group of siblings involved. Once a CASA is on the case, the first step is to try to get to know the child and their family by visiting them in their home, often with the case’s social worker or case manager. If there’s good rapport, the CASA continues visiting at

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least weekly until the case is settled. If moving in with an aunt means the child can’t go to a favorite after-school program, a CASA can bring that up in reports. If he or she has lost weight or appears not to be thriving in their environment, CASAs report that, as well. “The purpose of the visits is to spend time with the child and understand their perspective, their wants, their needs, and in the reports and if you’re in courts, advocate for that,” Marshall said.


From case to CASA

CASAs only become involved in serious cases after a judge has decided an initial investigation warrants further action, like removing the child from the home. “The removal step is a very cautious step,” CASA of Dane County program director Meaghan Henry said. “If they’ve been removed, something substantial has happened: an injury, signs of obvious neglect.” Henry estimated there are about 300 CASA-eligible kids each year in Dane County, though she said exact numbers are hard to pin down, as not every case goes past the initial assessment to

From left, development director Bryan Davis, CASA volunteer Anna and program director Meaghan Henry at the Stand Up and Sing for Kids fundraiser in May.

concerns warrant removing the child from his or her home. “We’re very much aware of removing kids being damaging to kids,” Henry said. “No matter how carefully you do it, it’s never a good thing to remove a kid from a home.” Once a child has been removed, a judge must review a social worker’s “initial assessment” within 48 hours. If the case is substantiated, it becomes an “ongoing” case, and that’s

“Say it’s stepdad or dad that’s the cause of concern; if he leaves, the kids can stay with mom,” Henry said. CASAs work to develop trusting relationships with kids who might be going through the most traumatic period of their lives. Despite the challenging circumstances, Marshall said his time as a volunteer has been rewarding. “I find it enlightening,” he said. “We’re part of a system that’s always

In 2016, CASA worked with 96 kids. In 2017, that grew to 115. A group of CASA volunteers is sworn in after completing their training, which takes about 30 hours.

become an ongoing investigation. “Dane County, based on resources, is probably only going to open a case if there’s a real safety concern,” Henry said, and those are the cases CASA works on. In 2016, CASA worked with 96 kids. In 2017, that grew to 115. Henry estimated the program’s capacity at around 150 children per year. The cases come to the attention of the county through mandated reporters like teachers or doctors who are obligated to call the authorities if they think abuse or neglect is occuring. That is sometimes enough to open a case, especially if it corroborates other reports. Depending on the circumstances, an investigating social worker will determine whether safety

when CASA gets involved. The CASA and case coordinator then visit the child’s home to make introductions and define what everybody’s role is. “The tangible outcome of the first meeting is to get going on a regular meeting schedule, certain times and days of the week,” Marshall said. “Being able to make a positive impact requires making a strong positive relationship.” Sometimes the child might remain in the home along with a safety plan, even if the ongoing social worker decides opening a case is necessary.

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The Geiger Counter raises humor to a new level The Geiger Counter By Matt Geiger Henschel HAUS Publishing, Inc. ISBN 978-159598496-8 It isn’t very often a newspaper columnist has me howling out loud. But Matt Geiger does just that in his collection, “The Geiger Counter.” The book is a collection of Geiger’s columns that originally appeared, in somewhat different form, in the Middleton Times-Tribune, the News-Sickle-Arrow, the Mount Horeb Mail, and other News Publishing, Co. Wisconsin-based publications. As someone who writes a weekly humorous newspaper column myself, I immediately recognized – and appreciated – how great Geiger’s humor really is. I heard myself saying, more than once, “Did he really write that?” Geiger doesn’t just push the envelope. He folds it into a paper airplane and sails it into the next county. No subject seems off limits to Geiger, even his darling daughter Hadley, to whom the book is dedicated. In “My Baby Eats Dog Food,” Geiger writes: “But we always have to scurry away from the computer when we suddenly realize our daughter – born so pure, such a short time ago – is in the other room, gnawing on a pellet of corn gluten meal and chicken by-products. On the plus side, she’s getting a whopping dose of glucosamine in case she develops hip dysplasia when she reaches the ripe 26 YOUR FAMILY FALL 2018

old age of 10 or 11. “People without kids sometimes tell me their dogs are like their children. To them, I will now respond: ‘Well, my child is a lot like my dog.’” I think Geiger might have to worry a little more about when his daughter turns 16 and the book falls into the hands of her friends. Ouch. The collection also offers moments of pathos, such as the story, “The Old Lady Who Lived in a Chicken Coop.” Geiger warmly recalls watching Red Sox games with an elderly woman, and when she died, he received her handwritten box scores. “At the very bottom of the page was a note, written in a serene hand. It was the spot where she always jotted down the most important thing about each game. It was three words: ‘Watched with Matthew.’” Or how about the story, “Fixing Things,” recalling when he worked in a hardware store. “Most of our products were marketed toward people who wanted to kill rodents, weeds or their next-door neighbors.” Nothing is immune from Geiger’s humor, even cheese and Scandinavians. If you like to laugh – and I mean a big belly laugh – this book is for you. l Michael Tidemann writes from Estherville, Iowa. His author page is amazon.com/author/michaeltidemann.

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Roasted Wild Alaskan Black Cod with Kambu Dashi, Kale and Sage

Serves 4 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons kosher salt 5 dried porcini mushrooms 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced 2 cloves garlic, smashed 2 inches peeled fresh ginger, thinly sliced 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced 2 bay leaves 3 pounds fish bones and scraps 4 sheets dry kombu or 1 pound fresh Pacific kelp 1/2 cup dry white wine 4 6-ounce Wild Alaskan Black Cod fillets 2 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallots 1 leek, roughly chopped 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 cup stemmed, thinly sliced kale 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage In a spice or coffee grinder, grind 1 tablespoon of the salt and the porcini mushrooms together until very fine (roughly 1 minute); then sift the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve. Cover and set aside. Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, ginger, celery, bay leaves, and 1 teaspoon salt and cook until the vegetables are fragrant and sweating, about 5 minutes. Add the fish bones and scraps, kombu and wine and simmer for 10 minutes. Add 3 quarts water and simmer slowly over medium heat for 1-1/4 hours, skimming off any impurities, gray matter and excess ingredients that float to the surface of the broth. Strain the broth through a fine-mesh strainer, discard the solids and simmer the broth again for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and keep warm. Preheat the oven to 185o. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Place the cod fillets on the pan and season liberally with the porcini salt. Place the pan in the oven for 38 minutes. While the fish is baking, place a sauté pan over medium heat and add the butter, shallots, leek and remaining 1 teaspoon salt. Sauté until tender but not browned. If the vegetables start to brown, add a couple of tablespoons of the broth. When the leek is tender, add the kale and sage, and sauté until the kale is soft. Divide the kale among 4 serving bowls. Using a spatula, place the black cod on the kale, pour the broth on and around the fish, and serve.

Kale, Potato and Chorizo Pizza

Serves 4 Stir-Together Flatbread and Pizza Dough (see below) All-purpose flour, for sprinkling 8 kale leaves Olive oil, for brushing and drizzling 8 ounces cooked and crumbled chorizo, Portuguese or other spicy sausage 4 potatoes, cooked and sliced thinly 1/2 cup chopped green onion (about 6 green onions, white and light green parts) Coarse black pepper Divide the dough into four equal parts and press or roll each piece into an 8-inch circle. Sprinkle flour on two large baking sheets and place two rounds of dough on each sheet. Prepare a hot fire on one side of your grill for indirect cooking. Oil a perforated grill rack and place over direct heat. Brush the kale with olive oil. Grill leaves for 1 minute on each side, or until slightly charred and softened. Quickly trim off the bottom of the stalk and strip the leaves from the stems. Finely chop the leaves and set aside. To grill directly on the grill grate, brush one side of each pizza with olive oil and place, oiled side down, on the direct heat side. Grill for 1-2 minutes, or until you see the dough starting to bubble. Brush the top side with olive oil and flip each pizza, using tongs, onto a baking sheet. Quickly brush with more olive oil, then spoon on a fourth of the sliced potato and grilled kale. Sprinkle with sausage and green onion. Drizzle with olive oil and season with pepper. Using a grill spatula, place each pizza on the indirect side of the fire. Cover and grill for 4-5 minutes until the kale has slightly wilted and the topping is hot. Serve hot.

Stir-Together Flatbread and Pizza Dough

Makes 1-pound dough for 4 individual pizzas or flatbreads 2 cups all-purpose flour 1-1/4 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons instant or bread-machine yeast 1 cup lukewarm water 1 teaspoon honey 1 tablespoon olive oil In a medium bowl, stir the flour, salt and yeast together. Combine the water, honey and olive oil and stir into the flour mixture. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature (72o) until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before rolling out.


Peach Bruschetta with Blue Cheese Serves 4

4 slices bread 2 peaches Extra-virgin olive oil for brushing 1/4-pound blue cheese, gorgonzola or Blue Castello cheese Preheat the broiler. Arrange the bread slices on a rimmed baking sheet, slip under the broiler and toast, turning once, until golden brown on both sides. This should take only a few minutes. While the bread is toasting, halve the peaches lengthwise, pit them and then peel each half. Cut each half lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices, keeping the shape of each half intact. When the bread is ready, remove from the broiler and brush each slice on both sides with olive oil. Spread one-fourth of the cheese on each slice of warm bread, place a sliced peach half on top, and serve.

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Grilled Diver Scallops and Fall Vegetable Shish Kebabs with Hazelnut Brown Butter Makes 4 servings

12 large fresh diver scallops 4 fennel bulbs, trimmed, cored, and diced into 1-1/2-inch cubes 4 large parsnips, peeled and diced into 1-1/2-inch cubes 1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced into 1-1/2-inch cubes 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 12-ounce can beer 8 skewers (if using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 1 hour before grilling) 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter 1 tablespoon finely chopped toasted hazelnuts Remove the scallops from the refrigerator to come up to room temperature. Prepare a medium fire in a gas or charcoal grill. If using charcoal, arrange the coals in a thin layer to evenly control the heat. Combine the fennel, parsnips and butternut squash in a large bowl and toss with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Transfer the vegetables to a cast-iron skillet (or another grill-safe pan), season with salt and pepper, and place the pan on the grill. Cook, with the lid closed, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are a light golden brown, about 25 minutes. Remove the skillet from the grill and deglaze with 1/4 cup of the beer. Remove the vegetables from the skillet and let cool for 5 minutes. Reserve any drippings in the skillet for later. Using two skewers for each kebab, alternately thread the scallops, fennel, parsnips, and butternut squash onto the skewers. You should use three scallops on each set of skewers. Using two skewers for each kebab will prevent the ingredients from spinning on the grill. Season the kebabs with salt and pepper and lightly coat with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Grill the kebabs, turning once, until you’ve reached the desired level of doneness for the scallops, about 5 minutes per side for medium. Set aside and tent with foil while making the sauce. Return the skillet to the grill; add the butter, hazelnuts and remaining 1-1/4 cups beer to the vegetable drippings. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the butter is melted and lightly browned. Transfer the kebabs to a serving plate, pour the brown butter sauce over the scallops and serve immediately.


No escaping this trend Left, Escape in Time manager Alexandra Endres gives directions to Marilyn Chohaney Longsdorf’s group, who are about to experience the “Alien Autopsy” room at Escape in Time.

Escape rooms have been spiking in popularity for past five years Story and photos by Kimberly Wethal


hat started as a video game concept 10 years ago has thrill-seekers agreeing to being locked in a room with only one way out. Escape rooms are part of a trend that has grown over the last decade. The first one started in Japan, but they have really started to be noticed in the last five years, explained Alexandra Endres, manager for Escape in Time, 6527 Normandy Lane, Madison. “People do ask, ‘Do you think this is just a phase? Do you think people will have fun for a while and then kind of get over it?’” she said. “Absolutely not. All we’ve seen is growth.” Escape rooms are a growing market, increasing in number from 22 businesses in 2014 to over 2,000 just three years later, according to a story in USA Today in April. Endres’ business is seeing that same growth that the industry is seeing as a whole, she said, noting that the owners of Escape in Time are in the process of expanding their “immersive” escape rooms from the four they have at their Madison location to 10.

They hire professional themepark builders to design their escape rooms, she said, and they use a mix of soundtracks, scents and motion sensors to transform their escape rooms into reality. Right now, their rooms’ themes consist of a water landing, where passengers who have been stowaways in the cargo hold of a plane have to find a way to escape, an “Area 51” alien autopsy, a pirate-themed captain’s cove and their PG-13 room Eat or Be Eaten, where they don’t skimp on the gory details in a room that looks like it’s “straight out of Saw,” Endres said. “So opposed to coming into a room and it having a few objects in it, we want you to feel like you are walking into a completely different atmosphere,” she said. “From the second you walk through the door … immediately you’re thrown off, you’re in a different world.” Helping the industry of escape rooms grow is their immersion into another well-established industry – Halloween – where curators and owners of escape rooms are finding

a place at trade shows that revolve around the holiday. The industry of escape rooms has seen its technology become more advanced as well, she said, making the experience more life-like. Endres said the thing that keeps bringing people through the doors is the interactions they get to have with one another while solving the escape rooms’ puzzles and riddles. “It’s a teamwork-type of entertainment,” she said. “You’re not just going to the movies, it’s actually a physical process … when they walk in, they’re really just looking for something fun and different, something to break away from their everyday life.” Verona residents David Lonsdorf and Marilyn Chohaney Lonsdorf brought their grandchildren, who live in Lancaster, Pa., to the Escape in Time in mid-July where they see a few aliens in the room – but not much else, since this was their first experience with an escape room. “We’re going to rely on the young kids,” she said. l FALL 2018 YOUR FAMILY 29


Increasing trend of loneliness can be dangerous SENIOR LIVING BY STEPHEN RUDOLPH


y wife’s uncle George is 81, and his wife has dementia. He cares for her round the clock, even though she barely recognizes him. Just a year ago, George and his wife were spending their winters in Orange Beach, Ala., and they entertained guests at their homes throughout the year. They traveled extensively over the past few years, but their traveling days are now over. He can’t take her on any trips because she has a tendency to wander off. His social circle already had shrunken considerably in the past few years because friends, significant others and family members have moved away, passed away or became limited

in their mobility, vision or hearing. And now, he can’t visit friends and their friends no longer come over because his wife does not know them anymore. His one social is their weekly church attendance and the visits with fellow parishioners. He also gets some respite once each week, when one of their children come to their home to care for their mom, so he can go to a movie, have a dinner out or just plain get out of the house. “This is what I signed up for” when he got married, he said. But George is socially isolated – and lonely. Feelings of loneliness might seem normal, but long-term loneliness can

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have a serious effect on our health and well-being, Julianne Holt-Lunstad, professor of psychology at Brigham Young University, told the American Psychological Association. “Being connected to others socially is widely considered a fundamental human need -- crucial to both wellbeing and survival,” she said in a statement for a story on the APA website. “Extreme examples show infants in custodial care who lack human contact fail to thrive and often die, and indeed, social isolation or solitary confinement has been used as a form of punishment. “Yet an increasing portion of the U.S. population now experiences isolation regularly.” Loneliness can affect anyone. And most people feel lonely at one time or another in their lives. Although no one group has a corner on loneliness, research into loneliness has focused on elders. And with good reason. Approximately 42.6 million adults over age 45 in the United States are estimated to be suffering from chronic loneliness, according to AARP’s Loneliness Study. Some of the results of the research are startling. Among other problems, researchers have found an increase in blood pressure, a weakened immune system and increased inflammation, which may result in a higher risk of disease or infection. Social Isolation can result in increased depression and negative cognitive effects in older adults, as well as poor sleep and an increased risk of death. Holt-Lunstad and her research, “Social Relationships and Mortality Risk,” noted that the quality and quantity of individuals’ social relationships is linked not only to mental health but also to both morbidity and mortality. A 2017 story on Vox.com analyzed some of these studies.

FAMILYHEALTH Steve Cole, a genetics researcher at UCLA told Vox that when he first started to study loneliness, he doubted that it had any significant bearing on the health of elders. But he became

historical societies, sporting activities (bowling, pickle ball); luncheon clubs; “lifelong learning” opportunities from local colleges or universities; participation in locally organized

“Social isolation is far and away the strongest social risk factor out there.” outings. Humans and especially elders have a fundamental need for socialization and

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convinced it’s a silent epidemic. “Social isolation is far and away the strongest social risk factor out there,” he told Vox. “The level of toxicity from loneliness is stunning.” It’s a larger risk factor for disease than “other things we spend more time worrying about;” things like anxiety and depression, he said. “Loneliness increases with age. And an aging wave of baby boomers means a wave of loneliness is coming for America. There is a huge hidden epidemic of loneliness and disenfranchisement from the human race.” To reduce isolation and improve emotional health among elders in our society, social interaction has to be a priority. Many communities have services and programs so older adults can engage with others and take up new activities and hobbies (gardening, board games, exercise, painting, and volunteerism). Some may involve spending time with young children or teens. Older people do not necessarily want to spend their time exclusively with other older people. There are many activities in which they can join with people of other ages. When researching what your community offers, reach out to municipal community groups such as your senior center, local Area Agency on Aging, and your church, temple or mosque. They often offer weekly or monthly activities and get-togethers. If you are experiencing loneliness or are advocating for someone who is, I would strongly recommend your first point of contact be the local senior center. In Wisconsin, we are fortunate to have the finest senior center organizations throughout the state. The senior centers offer a plethora of activities and other opportunities for elders to interact. Other suggestions for elder social intercourse include: adult education classes like painting and creative writing; joining a book club, local

inclusion. Without it, they can suffer from high levels of stress, depression, illness and even death. Prevention needs to start early by understanding the serious and widespread problem of social isolation. l


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FALL 2018 CALENDAR Aug. 31- Sept. 2 Brooklyn Labor Day truck and tractor pull, Brooklyn: Three days of festivities at Legion Park, oregonwi.com Wilhelm Tell Festival, New Glarus: Celebrating Swiss independence story with theater, art fair, lantern parade, camping, entertainment, wilhelmtellfestival.org State Cow Chip Throw, Prairie du Sac: flying cow pies, music, parade, craft fair, wiscowchip.com Aug. 31- Sept. 3 Rock River Thresheree, Edgerton: Parade of Power, rides on the Cannonball Train, steam engines, flea market, food and refreshments, thresheree.com Sept. 1 Brooklyn Arts and Crafts fair, Local crafters and businesses, Brooklyn Elementary School, travelwisconsin.com Sept. 1-2 Taste of Madison, Capitol Square: More than 80 local restaurants will sell food priced between $1 and $5, plus 26 beverage stands and four entertainment stages, tasteofmadison.com Sept. 1-3 Labor Fest, Janesville: Teen mud volleyball, rock climbing walls, petting zoo, puppet show, co-ed volleyball, live music, beer garden, craft fair and bike show, laborfest.org Sept. 2 Rock Aqua Jays waterski show, Janesville, janesvillecvb.com Sept. 3 Labor Day parade, Janesville: 1-3 p.m., janesvillecvb.com Beatlefest, Spring Green: 14 regional groups play Beatles music, with special menu, local beers, trivia contests, springgreengeneralstore.com Sept. 6-8 Quilt Expo, Alliant Energy Center, Madison: Pro and amateur quilters can learn and draw inspiration from quilting masters, wiquiltexpo.com Sept. 6-Oct. 28 “Grease,” Fireside Dinner Theatre, Fort Atkinson, firesidetheatre.com Sept. 7 Live on King Street, Madison: Free music just off Capitol Square, liveonkingstreet.com Sept. 7-8 Festival on the Rock, Beloit: Rides, live music, arts and crafts, kids entertainment, horseshoe tournament, food vendors, bingo, games, raffles, visitbeloit.com Sept. 7-9 Sheep and Wool Festival, Jefferson: Fiber arts classes, sheep and dog demonstrations and workshops, lambing barn, wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival.com Sept. 7-8 Volksfest German Ethnic Festival, Waupun: Traditional German food and beverages, live music and dancing, waupunvolksfest.com Volksfest German Ethnic Festival, Waupun: Traditional German food and beverages, live music and dancing, waupunvolksfest.com Sept. 7-9 Sustainability Festival, Dodgeville: Focus on environmental practices, including food preservation, classic hand tools, music and dance workshops, folklorevillage.org Sept. 8 Thirsty Troll Brew Fest, Mount Horeb: Unlimited sampling of more than 100 microbrews, live music, food: thirstytrollbrewfest.com Wiener and Kraut Day, Waterloo: Food, music, games, waterloowichamber.com Yahara Riverfest, DeForest: 5K Trail Tromp, rubber duck race, pumpkin painting, wine and beer tasting, bonfire, yaharariverfest.com Pepper Festival, Beaver Dam: Eating contests, kids activities, music, food, bdpepperfestival.com Fall Festival, Oconomowoc: Music, games, food and festivities, downtownoconomowoc.org IronKids Triathlon, Madison: Interactive weekend focuses on ages 6-15, fitness, fun, safety, ironkids.com


Sept. 8-9 Green County “Pickers” Flea and Antique Market, Monroe: Nearly 150 vendors at fairgrounds, greencounty.org Sacred Hearts Fall Festival, Sun Prairie: Food and musical entertainment, sacred-heart-online.org Green County “Pickers” Flea and Antique Market, Monroe: Nearly 150 vendors at fairgrounds, greencounty.org Thunder Bridge Fly Wheelers Antique Tractor and Old Engines Power Show, Argyle: Hit and miss engines, corn shelling, antique vehicles, flea market, co.lafayette.wi.gov Sept. 9 Heritage Fest, Celebrate the rural harvest history - demonstration of antique machinery, crafts. Schumacher Farms, Waunakee, schumacherfarmpark.org Heritage Festival, Beloit: Historical demonstrations, car show, horse drawn wagon rides, kids activities, visitbeloit.com Free Fest and car show, New Glarus: Car show, petting zoo, kids games, live music, rides, newglarusfamilyfest.com Ironman Wisconsin Triathlon, downtown Madison and surrounding areas: Cheer on more than 2,000 athletes as they swim, bike and run, ironmanwisconsin.com Puptoberfest, Wisconsin Brewing Company, Verona: dog-friendly event features pet classes, dog games, kids activities, music, food, raffle, veronawi.com Sept. 13-15 Madison World Music Festival, Madison: Music from around the globe, union.wisc.edu Sept. 14-16 Gemuetlichkeit Days, Jefferson: Food, fellowship, parade and music, gdays.org Oregon Soccer Fall Fury Tournament, Oregon, oregonsc.com McFarland Family Festival, McFarland: Parade, carnival, music, car show, mini-triathlon, mcfarlandfamilyfestival.org Wo Zha Wa Days Fall Fest, Wisconsin Dells, wisdells.com Wauktoberfest, Waunakee: Live music, inflatables, pumpkin decorating, storytellers, beer tasting, frau carry, dachshund dash, limburger cheese-eating contest, movies and games, wauktoberfest.com Sept. 15 Taste of Cross Plains and Hill Valley car show: Samples of food plus kids’ boat regatta, fly fishing, guided hike, bike tour, crossplainschamber.net Sept. 15-16 St. Ann Fall Festival, St. Ann Church, Stoughton: Crafts, games, auction, rides, food and beverages and 5K run/walk, stannparish.4lpi.com Willy Street Fair, Madison: Six music stages, street performances, foods and drinks from across the globe, arts and crafts, parade, raffle, kids’ stage, cwd.org Mineral Point car show: mineralpoint.com Sept. 16 Folk ’n’ blues festival, Beloit College, visitbeloit.com Walk for Wishes, Fitchburg: 5K walk, music, prizes, photos, food, walkforwishes.com Beloit Autorama Car Show and Swap Meet, Beloit: More than 1,200 cars on display, beloitautorama.com Dogtoberfest, Capital Brewery, Middleton: Dog-friendly fundraiser for Dane County Humane Society features music, food, visitmiddleton.com

Sept. 20 Fall Fest at Farmers Market, Fitchburg: Carriage rides, live music, fitchburgchamber.com Craft Beer, Cheese and Chocolate Pairing, East Side Club, Monona: monona.com Sept. 21-23 Wind Power Championships, Fond du Lac: A regatta with attendance from all over the Midwest Sept. 22 Fall Fest, Mukwonago: Shopping, vendors, petting zoo, live music, chili cook off, mukwonagochamber.com Fall National Tractor Pull, Monroe: Tractor and truck pull, food stands, live music at fairgrounds, greencountyfallnationals.com Isthmus OktoBEERfest, Madison: 45 Wisconsin-focused brewers at a German-style fest, isthmusoktobeerfest.com Oktoberfest, Madison: Food and drinks, live music and activities and games for kids, essen-haus.com Black Women’s Wellness Day, Alliant Energy Center, Madison: Speakers, workshops and prizes celebrate black women’s wellness, blackwomenswellnessday.org Brew-B-Que, Lodi: Block party with barbecue, chili and salsa contests, music, beanbag tournament, raffles, kids activities, lodilakewisconsin.org Sept. 22-Oct. 28 (weekends) Autumn Adventures, Fort Atkinson: Animals, antique tractors, puppet show, slides, swings, corn maze and pumpkins, busybarnsfarm.com Sept. 28-30 Oktoberfest, New Glarus: Music, games, rides, food, tractor-drawn wagon rides, historical displays and events, swisstown.com Cranberry Festival, Warrens: About 10,000 take part in world’s largest, with food, shopping, education, tours, parade, cranfest.com Madison Classics Fall Car Show and Swap Meet, Jefferson: One of the largest car shows in the Midwest, madisonclassics.com Cornish Festival, Mineral Point: Music, dance, pub night, kids’ activities, cornishfest.com Printmaking retreat, Mineral Point: Workshops on woodcutting, screen printing, etc., shakeragalley.com Sept. 29 Run From the Cops, Watertown: Donuts and 10K, 5K and kids 1K run supports victims of domestic violence, watertownrunfromthecops.com Smoke in the Valley, Spring Green: Ribs, chicken, appetizer contests, samples, plus beer and wine samples, music, prizes, springgreen.com Lorine Niedecker Wisconsin Poetry Festival, Fort Atkinson: Workshops, speakers, open poetry readings, round tables, landmark tours, lorineniedecker.org Fall harvest festival, Janesville: live music, local food vendors and local crafters and small businesses in both indoor and outdoor booths, janesvillecvb.com Quivey’s Grove beer fest, Fitchburg: Live music, more than 100 beers to sample, food, games, travelwisconsin.com Swiss Church Kilby Supper, New Glarus: Family-style meal in the tradition of welcoming church members back from their summer of farming, swisschurch.org Sept. 30 Henry Vilas “Zoo Run Run,” Madison: 13th annual run features a 5K and 10K run, with proceeds going to cover zoo costs, vilaszoo.org Oct. 2-6 World Dairy Expo, Madison, worlddairyexpo.com Oct. 5 Gallery Night, Madison: Receptions, tours and demonstrations at museums, galleries and businesses throughout the city, mmoca.org Verona Fall Fest: Music, beer tent, games, crafts, petting zoo, pumpkin chucking, bobbing for apples, outdoor movie, hayrides, veronawi.com Fall Festival, Albany: Food, games, vendors, arts, crafts, albany-chamber.org Oct. 6 Paint the Town Yellow, Janesville: 5K run/walk for suicide awareness and prevention, kids activities, raffles, janesvillecvb.com S`mores Fun Trail Run, Baraboo: The first trail run through Mirror Lake State Park, friendsofmirrorlake.org Autumnfest, Brodhead: Chili contest, hay rides, food, vendors, brodheadchamber.org


FALL 2018 CALENDAR Oct. 6-7 Oktoberfest, Lake Geneva: Music, arts and crafts, kids activities, shopping, visitlakegeneva.com Heritage Fest, Mount Horeb: Farmers market, buggy rides, Pumpkins on Parade, crafts, heritage demonstrations, trollway.com Oct. 7 New Glarus Car Show: Antique and classic cars in downtown New Glarus, travelwisconsin.com Swiss Historical Village Harvest Fest, New Glarus: Live music, civil war reenactors, 19th century crafts, swisstown.com Fall Festival of Color, Lake Mills: Outdoor fall festival with arts and crafts, produce, kid events and food vendors, lakemills.org Oct. 11-14 Wisconsin Science Festival, Madison: Interactive exhibits, workshops and lectures appealing to curious scientists of any age, wisconsinsciencefest.org Wisconsin Book Festival, Madison: Readings, lectures, book discussions, writing workshops, live interviews, children’s events, wisconsinbookfestival.org Oct. 12-14 Just Between Friends Sale, Alliant Energy Center, Madison: Buy gently used clothing items for less-than-retail prices, danecounty.jbfsale.com Mid-Continent Railway Autumn Color Weekend, North Freedom: Train tours, midcontinent.org Oct. 13 Fall Fair on the Square, Baraboo: Arts and crafts, farmers market, food court, kids’ entertainment, music, downtownbaraboo.com Durward’s Glen Fall Festival, Baraboo: Guided tractor tours, flea market, vendors and food, durwardsglen.org Civil War and Governor Hoard Day, Fort Atkinson: Reenatctors, panel discussions, hoardmuseum.org Oak Bank’s Great Pumpkin Give-Away, Fitchburg: Free pumpkins, music, prizes, kids activities, horse and carriage rides, benefit for local charity, oakbankonline.com Fall Festival in the River Valley, Spring Green: Music, chili cook-off, beer tasting, horse-drawn wagon rides, pumpkin painting, kids games, springgreen.com Oct. 13-14 Dells on Tap Weekend, Wisconsin Dells: An entire weekend devoted to craft beer. Sample seasonal microbrews at Dells On Tap and the Dells Craft Beer Walk, wiscdells.com Oct. 19-20 UW-Madison homecoming weekend, Madison: Barge races, trivia night, parades, uwalumni.com Oct. 19-21 Warriors and Wizards Festival, Jefferson: Quidditch tournament, movies, demonstrations, pub crawl, harrypotterfestivalusa.com Fall Art Tour, Baraboo area: Meet 45 artists and watch them work in self-guided tour through Baraboo, Spring Green, Dodgeville, Mineral Point, fallarttour.com Oct. 20-21 Mid-Continent Railway Pumpkin Special, North Freedom: Climb aboard a special train for a trip to a pumpkin patch to bring one back, midcontinent.org Haunted Hustle, Middleton: All-day race expo features bonfire, music, half-marathon, 10K, kids race, hauntedhustlemadison.com Oct. 21 Native American Artifact Show, Monticello: Badger State Archaeological Society show started in 1983, monticello-wi.com Oct. 24-28 World Clydesdale Show, Alliant Energy Center, Madison: This once-every-three-years event includes championship competition, Budweiser Clydesdales, worldclydesdaleshow.com Oct. 28 Swedish Dance and Music Weekend, Dodgeville: Workshop, meals, dances, folklorevillage.org

Oct. 27 Halloween costume parade and party, Beloit: Children show off their costumes in a parade down Grand Avenue, visitbeloit.com Oregon Firefighter/EMS Craft Fair, Oregon Middle School, oregonareafireems.org Great Halloween Hunt, Fitchburg: Scavengar hunt, balloon twisting, crafts, games, magic show and a movie, travelwisconsin.com Good Neighbor Day at International Crane Foundation, Baraboo: Benefits Baraboo Food Pantry, savingcranes.org Pumpkin Palooza, Watertown: Zombie fun run, petting zoo, movie, crafts, pumpkin and scarecrow contests, storytime, trick-or-treat, watertownchamber.com Oct. 27-28 Trick or Treat With the Big Cats, Rock Springs: 29 lions, tigers and leopards featured, along with trick-or-treating, Halloween decorations and spooky music, wisconsinbigcats.org Nov. 1-4 Driftless Film Festival, Mineral Point Opera House: driftlessfilmfest.org Nov. 3 Tyranena Beer Run, Lake Mills: Charity run featuring routes near Rock Lake, live music, tyranena.com Nov. 4 Wisconsin Dog Fair, Alliant Energy Center, Madison: Learn about and see a number of dog breeds, badgerkennelclub.com Nov. 8-11 Gamehole Con, Alliant Energy Center, Madison: Tabletop gaming convention featuring multiple game genres, gameholecon.com Nov. 10 Malt and Hops Fest, Milton, visitmilton.com Holiday arts and crafts fair, Mazomanie: Includes food and music, wisconsinheightscraffair.weebly.com Nov. 11 Madison Marathon, Madison: A full and half-marathon, madisonmarathon.org Nov. 11-12 Holiday open house, Lake Geneva: Shopping, holiday lights, window display competition, caroling, visitlakegeneva.com Nov. 17 Christmas Light Parade, Baraboo: downtownbaraboo.com Nov. 17-18 Art and Gift Fair, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison: Arts and crafts from around the country, local treats and performances, mmoca.org Madison Women’s Expo. Alliant Energy Center, Madison: Shop, taste, play and mingle, madisonwomensexpo.com Madison Gem and Mineral Show and Sale, Alliant Energy Center, Madison: More than a dozen vendors present a variety of gems and minerals, madisonrockclub.org One of a Kind Rubber Stamp and Scrapbook Show, Alliant Energy Center, Madison: A marketplace and classes, stampscrapmadison.com Nov. 22 Berbee Derby Thanksgiving Day run, Fitchburg: 5K and 10K run/walk, berbeederby.com Madison Turkey Trot 5K, Alliant Energy Center, Madison: A 5K Thanksgiving Day run, wisconsinruns.com/madisonturkeytrot Nov. 23 Holiday Tree Lighting and Fire Truck Parade, Main Street, Sun Prairie, downtownsunprairie.com Nov. 23-25 Holiday light show, Janesville: a winter wonderland of 425,000 twinkling lights and family-friendly fun, janesvillecvb.com German Christmas Market, Oconomowoc: Outdoor vendors, live bands, authentic German cuisine, beer garden and kids activities, germanchristmasmarket.org Nov. 24 Holiday Parade of Lights, Watertown: Parade, Santa, watertownchamber.com

Nov. 24-25; Dec. 1-2 Santa Express, North Freedom: Santa will pay a visit during a train ride, Midcontinent.org Nov 29-Dec 2 Victorian Holiday Weekend, Stoughton: Holiday concerts, carriage rides, parades, shopping, events for the kids, performance of the Nutcracker Suite, arts and crafts fair, stoughtonwi.com Nov. 30 Christmas Parade of Lights, Whitewater: Lighted holiday parade, cookie decorating, whitewaterchamber.com Lighted Christmas Parade, Monroe: Arrival of Santa, mainstreetmonroe.org Holiday Light Parade and tree lighting, Sauk City: Homemade and professional floats, choir, bands, dancers, saukprairieriverway.com Nov. 30 - Dec. 2 Janesville’s Jolly Jingle, downtown Janesville: tree lighting, theater, holiday market, ice show, reindeer, jjanesvillecvb.com Wizard World Comic Con, Alliant Energy Center, Madison: Celebrating a range of pop culture, wizardworld.com/comiccon/madison Madison Symphony Christmas, Overture Center: Classic holiday music performances, madisonsymphony.org Cambridge Classic Christmas: Holiday lights display with Santa lighting the tree, hayrides, kids’ activities, fat tire bike ride. Dec. 1 Parade of Lights, Jefferson: Holiday floats, marching bands, caroling and refreshments, jeffersonchamberwi.com Midnight Magic, Mukwonago: Gingerbread house decorating contest, pictures with Santa, shopping, Christmas parade, mukwonagochamber.org Holiday Tree Lighting, New Glarus: Kinderchoir caroling, alphorns, hot chocolate, swisstown.com Dec. 1-31 Holiday Express, Madison: Model train sets zip through miniature landscapes lined with hundreds of poinsettias at Olbrich Gardens, olbrich.org Dec. 6 Get Festive with the Agora, Fitchburg: Free carriage rides, music, appetizers, luminary lighting, caroling, Santa, laser tag, agorafitchburg.com Dec. 7 Holidazzle, Beloit: celebration featuring artists and craftspeople in thirty-plus locations, live music, Santa visits, children’s events and holiday treats, trolley rides,visitbeloit.com Holiday Wine Walk, Waunakee: Horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, photo booth, food carts and more than a dozen stops, waunakeechamber.com Dec. 7-8 Very Merry Holiday Fair, Baraboo: Crafts, books, food, theverymerryholidayfair.com Fire and Ice Festival, Brodhead Square: Lighted parade, ice sculptures, photos with Santa, car giveaway, cityofbrodheadwi.us Dec. 8 Lunch with Santa, New Glarus: Photos with the Big Guy, crafts, a movie, lunch, swisstown.com Dec. 8-10 Madrigal dinner, Stoughton: Stoughton High School Madrigal Singers provide entertainment during a multi-course dinner in a medieval atmosphere, stoughton.k12.wi.us Dec. 9 Children’s Holiday Party, Fitchburg: Visit with Santa, face painting, crafts, carriage rides and s’mores, travelwisconsin.com Dec. 28-Jan. 1 Festival of Christmas and Midwinter Traditions, Folklore Village, Dodgeville: Learn international dances, singing, take part in games, crafts, blacksmithing

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Finding the perfect pumpkin At Ken and Paul Anderson’s pumpkin farm in Cottage Grove, people can pick their own pumpkins and choose their own adventures, from a trip through the haunted room, a hiking trail and a wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch.

Pleasant Patch offers fall family fun Story by Scott De Laruelle photo submitted


here’s nothing quite like fall in Wisconsin – the smells of harvest in the air, and the colorful hues of fading autumn leaves falling to the ground. And at Ken and Paula Anderson’s pumpkin patch in Cottage Grove, you might also find some spooky sights along the way. For the past 29 years, the Andersons have turned their fondness for growing pumpkins from a retirement hobby into one of the area’s most beloved fall fixtures. Located on 2131 Koshkonong Road, Anderson’s Pleasant Patch Pumpkins is truly a family affair, with the Andersons’ sons, Brian, Todd and Jeff and their wives helping operate the farm, along with some help from the third generation of Andersons – Evan, Austin, Jacob, Cooper, Fisher and Mason. The pumpkin patch operates to help

Name: Anderson’s Pleasant Patch Pumpkins Owners: Ken and Paula Anderson Address: 2313 Koshkonong Road, Cottage Grove Website: pleasantpatchpumpkins.com Phone: (608) 219-0860 or (608) 873-9117 with families’ busy schedule, and is open for self-service from Sept. 22 until Oct. 31. People can drive in, pick out the items they’d like and leave a payment in the overhead door. Starting Saturday, Sept, 29, the

pumpkin patch also offers free wagon rides out through a covered bridge to the field to pick their own pumpkins on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the end of October. But beware – there might be some ghouls and goblins along the way. Also available at no cost are a haunted room and mile-long hiking trail, for folks looking for a few scares or to get some fresh country air. The patch also sells a wide range of fall decorations, including pumpkins of all sizes, gourds, squash, corn stalks, straw bales, ornamental corn, and a variety of crafts including dried flowers. The patch is also open during the week by appointment for schools, daycares, churches, and similar groups. “Our mission is to provide families with an enjoyable country experience,” Ken Anderson said. l

Q&A with Ken Anderson YF: How long have you been running the farm? How did it start? Ken: This is our 29th year. Over the years, we always kind of enjoying growing pumpkins, and we lived in McFarland and had a chance to buy this land and thought we would do this as a retirement hobby. And it’s kind of grown from there. YF: What have you learned about growing pumpkins over the years? Ken: We’ve picked up a few things, and every other year, there’s a pumpkin conference in Springfield, Ill., we’ve been 34 YOUR FAMILY FALL 2018

going to, and we pick some up some tips on fertilizer, weed control, marketing. We just kind of learn as we go. YF: What do you do during the offseason? Ken: We’re retired, and there isn’t a whole lot of off-season, because when the season is over, I start soil testing, you’re looking for seeds for next year, and then right away in the spring, you’re planting again. The season is basically April to November, and it’s fairly intensive, because we’re growing the and cleaning

up afterwards and preparing for another year. But most of the time in the offseason, we just relax a little bit. YF: What is your favorite part about running the farm? Ken: After all these years, we look forward to families coming in, some almost every year. Some people will say, ‘This is our 20th year here,’ or, ‘We first came here when our daughter was 1, now she’s 18.’ They keep coming back and we look forward to seeing them coming back.

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