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The art of positive thinking INSIDE YOUR FAMILY BY LEE BORKOWSKI
few years ago, I attended a piano recital in support of a young friend who was a second year student. It was a beautiful, warm spring day, one of the first of the year, and I would much rather have been outside gardening. There were easily 35 piano and voice songs to be performed. My young friend was far down the list. It was evident I would be there a long time. I listened patiently to the first few students and then I noticed the young girl seated in the row in front of me. She had turned her program into a score sheet by drawing a line down the far side of the
sheet to create two columns. She had labelled the columns “LIKE IT” and “LOVE IT.” At the conclusion of each song she made a selection. I thought about the vast contrast between her column labels and what I might choose. She had a choice – and was choosing to see the good. I was relaying this to a friend of mine who managed a performing arts facility. I told her that I thought my labels would have been “TOLERATE IT” and “CAN’T STAND IT.” She laughed and said that she attends at least 20 dance, voice and piano recitals each spring as part of her job. Toward the end of the season she said her
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columns would likely be labeled “SHOOT ME” and “SHOOT ME NOW.” I’ve thought of that young girl many times over the years and I’m sure she would be surprised to hear that her simple gesture made an impact in anyone’s life; least of all that of a complete stranger sitting behind her on a warm, spring day. I’ve chosen to add her tactic to my methods when dealing with everyday challenges. If my options are all positive, the results are automatically a win.
Between Lori and that young girl, I’m glad life has brought me examples to remind me of the importance of positivity. However, I’ve often wondered how I would handle a life-changing challenge. Would I be able to choose the right labels? Our cover story is about such a woman whose approach to her challenge has simply been to really, really live! As Lori Schneider said in our cover story recounting her climbs of the world’s tallest mountains after a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, “I told myself if I was strong enough to climb a mountain that I was strong enough to face the fact that I had been given this diagnosis. That it was time for me to not be afraid and not be embarrassed and not be ashamed at that diagnosis.” That strength is something I aspire to. Between Lori and that young girl, I’m glad life has brought me examples to remind me of the importance of positivity, whether it’s at a small music show or when facing some of life’s biggest challenges. l Lee Borkowski is the general manager of Unified Newspaper Group, which publishes Your Family magazine.
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Sipping in the sunshine Five area beer gardens
Photos and story by Amber Levenhagen Whether you prefer stouts, sours, pale ales or porters, the best way to enjoy a beer is with some friends in the sunshine. Wisconsin is known for its craft beers, and many breweries and bars are jumping on the trend of introducing beer gardens to draw more people, some with lawn games or live entertainment. Capital Brewery, New Glarus Brewing Company, Hop Garden, Biergarten Olbrich Park and Wisconsin Brewing Company are all within an hour’s drive of Madison and offer a comfortable place to enjoy their beers, and while some of these breweries are well known for their flagship brews, you might not have yet made a trip out to check out the digs. With the exception of Biergarten Olbrich Park (which couldn’t be passed up because of the remarkable view of Madison), all of the patios feature beers from the brewery they’re outside. So while looking for something to do this summer, whether with friends, family or your dog, these five area breweries and beer gardens offer comfortable patios with sights and sounds that can be enjoyed throughout the next few, warm months.
Biergarten Olbrich Park
3527 Atwood Ave., Madison 4-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 3-10 p.m. Friday; Saturday, Sunday and holidays noon to 10 p.m. olbrichbiergarten.com
While there are plenty of places to sit and enjoy a beer in Madison, few offer such a view as Biergarten Olbrich Park. The garden, which has lawn games and dozens of picnic tables for large groups or solo visitors, offers a view of Lake Monona and the downtown skyline featuring the state Capitol. The Biergarten at Olbrich Park opened in 2017, in an agreement with the City of Madison as a way to attract more visitors to Olbrich Park. The garden is open every day of the 6 YOUR FAMILY SUMMER 2019
week, with some holiday exceptions. The rotating tap list includes exclusively Wisconsin beers, such as from One Barrel, Karben4, Mobcraft, Tyranena and Port Huron. It also has a light food menu, including pretzels, cheese curds and bratwursts, as well as a hummus and veggies spread for those who prefer to avoid eating animal products. For something more, food trucks are on site Wednesdays through September, and sometimes the garden features tap takeovers, when a select brewery will have multiple beers on tap. There are games for children and adults alike around the garden, along with picnic tables for larger groups or to be shared by smaller ones. The gardenhosts special events, such as benefits for different organizations. There are also special deals offered to customers of Rutabaga Paddlesports and B-Cycle users. Outside alcohol is not allowed, but guests are welcome to picnic and order food delivery. Except for service animals, dogs are not allowed at the garden.
7734 Terrace Ave., Middleton 4-9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 3-9 p.m. Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday capitalbrewery.com
If walking around downtown Middleton, a nice spot to stop for a break to enjoy a snack and some beer would be under the canopy at Capital Brewery. Capital Brewery was founded in 1984 and it opened its beer patio in 2016
at its brewing location. Capital specializes in traditional German lagers and has a rotating tap list depending on what’s in season. A “beer of the month” is featured on a schedule, and some of it’s tried-and-true beers, such as its flagship Wisconsin Amber, are available year-round. The patio sometimes hosts live music performances, ranging from jazz to folk and country to Americana. Food vendors are sometimes on site, and the brewery allows food carry-in to the garden. Carry in liquids are not allowed. Leashed dogs are allowed every day with the exception of Fridays, due to the high volume of customers. It also offers organized tours of both the brewery and the garden throughout most weekends. Tickets are $7 per person, which includes a 45 minute comprehensive tour, one free pint or four samples of beer and a commemorative pint glass. While University Avenue is under construction for the next few months, the brewery advises guests to plan extra travel time through the summer.
6818 Canal St., Paoli 4-8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; thehopgarden.net
While walking around the square in Paoli, checking out the shops and art galleries, you might hear some music floating through the air. Chances are it’s coming from the Hop Garden. Located on the back side of the Old Mill, Hop Garden features live music performances Thursdays through Sundays, through October, as weather permits. Hop Garden also occasionally offers special events, such as yoga, art fairs and benefits. In addition to the brewery and tap room, Hop Garden also operates a hop yard, just south of Belleville, where it grows hops for breweries located throughout the midwest. Some of its most well-known beers include Nuggetopia, an American IPA; Sunset Imperial Amber, an imperial red ale; and Black Hops IPA, a cascadian dark ale. There are some patio tables and chairs, but on busy nights, such as performance nights, it’s recommended that guests bring their own lawn chairs. It’s closed Mondays and Tuesdays and open until 8 p.m. on performance nights. Most events occur in the morning and early afternoon, which is also when the brewery is busiest.
New Glarus Brewing Company
2400 State Hwy. 69, New Glarus 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday newglarusbrewing.com
New Glarus Brewing Company has two locations, and its Hilltop Brewery offers stunning views of the surrounding New Glarus area. Mostly known for its Spotted Cow, an American Cream Ale, it also offers other year-round beers regularly at the brewery. There are some summer seasonal, such as Strawberry Rhubarb, and the taps rotate depending on what’s fresh and available. The patio, which is mostly gravel and rocks and not especially handicapped accessible, is lined with picnic tables and trellises. There patio also connects to a few walking trails that surround it. The brewery sometimes holds special release events, and recently changed its policy to not allow outside beers in the garden. The brewery offers tours and books out far in advance, but guests are also able to take self-guided tours throughout the location.
Wisconsin Brewing Company
1079 Wisconsin Way, Verona 3-9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 3-10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; noon to 7 p.m. Sunday wisconsinbrewingcompany.com
Wisconsin Brewing Company opened in August 2013 and regularly hosts events and music performances at its outdoor bar. Live music is performed weekly throughout the summer, and there are also special events such as yoga, fundraisers, 80s dance parties, exercise classes (yes, with beer) and sometimes guests can paddle a canoe around the pond that’s just off the brewery patio. The music performances range from rock to country and blues to dueling pianos. Miller and Sons regularly offers brats and hot dogs, with proceeds benefiting area organizations. There’s plenty of seating around the garden, and some chairs are positioned to overlook the pond and surrounding green space. Picnics, delivery and carry-in food are allowed, but outside alcohol is not. The brewery is also dog friendly, besides during music performances due to the large crowds. Most popular are its Chocolate Lab porter, Badger Club amber ale, and Yankee American Pale Ale. It also offers a rotating seasonal selection, as well as its limited “In & Out Series.” Wisconsin Brewing Company offers free tours on the weekends, when it’s busiest. l
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Watching your weight isn’t as simple as counting calories TO YOUR HEALTH BY KARA HOERR
ome things I hear from clients more often than others. The obsession around calories happens to be one of those. Maybe you can relate to one of these statements: “I had extra calories at the end of the day, so I indulged with a big bowl of ice cream.” “I’m saving my calories this week since I’m celebrating this weekend.” “I could have five pieces for only 150 calories!” I hear variations of these statements all the time. In a culture where calories have reigned supreme for so long, it’s no wonder we think of calorie counting as the best way to manage our weight. It’s the one thing that makes sense to most people. If you eat less than the number of calories your body uses in a day, you’ll lose weight. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it just doesn’t work that way. It’s oversimplified for something as complex as the human body. The Calories In, Calories Out Diet (yep, it’s a real thing!) is based on the idea that it doesn’t matter what you eat, as long as you’re under your calorie needs. The calories from an orange are equivalent to the calories in a candy bar. Mathematically, it works out. There are 3,500 calories in a pound. If you eat 500 calories less than your calorie needs
per day, you’ll be on your way to a one pound weight loss per week. The problem is, our bodies don’t use calories all the same way. A salad topped with veggies, avocado, and sunflower seeds might in fact be the same number of calories as a bottle of soda and bag of chips. But the fiber and healthy fats from the salad helps you feel satisfied sooner, while the sugar and salt in the soda and chips will leave you craving even more sugar and calories. We’ll also never be completely accurate on determining how many calories we actually consume in a day, and our bodies aren’t machines. Our calorie needs vary day to day based on how much sleep we get, our activity level and whether we’re fighting off an illness. By only looking at calories, we’re zeroing in on just one piece of the puzzle. We need to zoom out to realize that we eat food, not numbers or individual nutrients. Most importantly, when we spend so much time analyzing how many calories we’ve eaten in a day, we’re not learning how to eat on our own based on what our body needs or wants. We’re out of touch with our internal hunger cues on whether we’re actually hungry in the evening, or if we’re just going to have ice cream because it says we can on paper. The good news is there are other, more sustainable ways to help manage
your weight while still enjoying all the foods you love. Start by focusing on the quality of the food rather than the quantity. By simply choosing more whole foods that contain fiber, protein, and nutrients we need, you’ll naturally eat fewer calories by eating foods that keep you fuller longer. Instead of logging your calories, track your hunger instead. Before and after you eat something, identify how hungry you are. You might realize you’re just reaching for something because you’re bored or because the food is there. By doing this, you’ll enjoy the food much more when you’re truly hungry. Knowing you have to log what you eat also helps you think twice about mindlessly eating that snack in the break room. If we mindfully eat that one piece of candy and savor it, perhaps we won’t even feel like we need all five pieces (regardless of how many calories it is!). Rather than eating food simply because you can, eat because you need it for nourishment and enjoyment. l Kara Hoerr, MS, RDN, CD, is a registered dietitian nutritionist and owner of Kara Hoerr Nutrition. Contact her at karahoerrnutrition.com. This information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.
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We’ll leave the light on for you MY BLOOD TYPE IS COFFEE BY RHONDA MOSSNER
y husband and I have decided to do something a little different this year for our summer vacation. We will be serving as volunteer lightkeepers. Yes, lightkeepers. As in, we will be living in a real lighthouse along Lake Michigan for a whole week giving tours and history lessons to interested travelers. This will be a whole new subject matter for the summer vacation report. You might wonder just how a seemingly normal couple of Wisconsinites ends up with this on their bucket list. We actually came by this opportunity by taking photographs of all the 90 covered bridges in Indiana. It’s true. For three years we spent most of our short holidays from work like Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends and drove to a designated quadrant of the state and started taking pictures and documenting all of the structures. I say structures, because I am including retired bridges now residing on private properties and city parks in our count. When a bridge becomes too costly to repair, many times a nonprofit or private citizen will adopt the bridge and have it moved. In rural areas, there are many such stories. During our travels, we discovered there is more to the story of an old bridge than how many buggies or cars have crossed. Stories range from stagecoach robberies to marriage proposals. My favorites are the ones that a deeper story connection. I remember one about a woman who haunts one bridge and supposedly she has been seen waving to passersby as they cross over or is seen walking down the road near the location. Let the record show we never encountered such paranormal activity at any of the sites. I can tell you right now with all certainty that our upcoming lighthouse adventure would not be happening had that been the case.
When we moved to Wisconsin, my husband, the shutterbug, thought lighthouses would be a great subject and would keep us busy for a few years. Naturally, like the covered bridges, each lighthouse tells a story. Most of these tantalizing tales carry a saga of old lighthouse keepers wandering the grounds, knocking on walls in the night or keeping watch up in the tower in the wee hours. So when we were asked about being interested in becoming volunteer lightkeepers, of course we had to find out more about it. One thing we learned was the title of volunteer does mean you don’t get paid, but you get to pay the related lighthouse association for the privilege of being a tour guide for a week. There are some lighthouses that are free to experience, such as those in remote areas of the Apostle Islands, where you might see one or two kayakers during your stay. We’d thought we should stick with the flush toilets and modern facilities this time around. We are more your city-slicker type of keepers. Oh, and I guess we will be buying the regulation polo shirts to go as our uniform, too, but hey, what’s a little donation to keep the place painted and looking spiffy for all to enjoy? The funds go to pay for the paint, cleaning supplies and lawn care tools we’ll be using during the week to take care of the grounds. I found this especially interesting. No matter that we gladly pay our home owner’s association service to do it for our own property. We can’t wait to sweat it out along the lake cutting and trimming and giving the lighthouse a good whitewashing. Sure, sign us up! Seriously, it’s a lengthy application process, and we thrilled to have been approved for the opportunity. Both of us love to talk to people and look forward to meeting families from all over the world. Our lighthouse is unique in that the
lightkeeper’s cottage is built around the tower. That means it’s in the middle of the house, so that will be handy. My husband will be hoofing it up and down the 32 steps of the tower while I sip on my coffee and manage the gift shop downstairs. We have been told to expect around 5,000 visitors during our week, so I’m not sure where that painting chore will come in. Let us hope that since we will be toward the end of the season, that project will be checked off already. In case you are wondering, I have researched our assigned lighthouse location and have found no indications of haunting episodes. However, you can be sure that at the first sign of something going bump in the night, I’ll grab my keys and sprint to the car while my husband gets comfortable with his camera and video app on his cell phone just waiting for action. Have a great summer, everyone! l In addition to her blog, TheDanglingThread.blogspot.com, Rhonda Mossner is a professional speaker, quilter and chef.
No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies (My grandmother gave me this recipe many years ago. I used to make these all the time with my kids!) 3 cup uncooked 2 cups sugar oatmeal (instant ½ cup milk works the best) ½ cup butter 1 tsp. vanilla extract 3 T. cocoa ½ cup peanut butter Stovetop Directions: Bring the sugar, milk, butter and cocoa to a boil for 1 minute over med high heat. Quickly add remaining ingredients to mixture and stir until well combined. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper. When set, store in refrigerator in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Makes about 20 cookies SUMMER 2019 YOUR FAMILY 9
The sacred and profane on the Great River Road Da
. . . p i y Tr The site features a half-dozen shrines made from materials ranging from colored stones to seashells to petrified wood. There’s even a collection of spherical gearshift knobs that longtime site manager Arlene Schultz said were sent by Henry Ford.
Rural art, history and beer make for a great summer getaway Story by Alexander Cramer Photos by Nicholas Gallagher
or most of the morning there were only two colors, the blue of the endless sky and the green of the rolling fields that rolled higher and higher as we made our way toward the Mississippi River. The sun seemed as excited as we were to be out for a drive on one of the first unmistakably spring days of the year. Our goal was the Dickeyville Grotto, but the journey itself was motivating enough after a winter’s worth of gray. It was my first trip to the Grotto and I didn’t know quite what to expect. Pictures made it look like something you might find in a fish tank, and I didn’t know what it was doing in the middle of Dickeyville, a western Wisconsin village home to just over 1,000 residents. We never really came to a conclusion about whether the Grotto is beautiful or not, or out of place or not. That didn’t seem to be the point. The questions it raised about the
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priest behind the art and the role of art in our lives were interesting enough to think about without having to arrive at answers. And the beautiful scenery and history on display in small towns nearby made for a perfect backdrop for those conversations. One thing we were pretty sure of: We were glad we went.
The Grotto isn’t hard to find once you’ve found Dickeyville. It’s about 80 miles west of Madison, a dozen miles northeast of Dubuque, and there’s only one turn once you get off U.S. Hwy. 151. When we arrived, our tour guide was seated on a bench outside, enjoying the sun. Arlene Schultz had grown up in the area and managed the grotto for years. Both her parents worked to build it in one way or another, and she said she considers it almost a part of her family.
She said most of the people who lived in Dickeyville helped the Rev. Matthias Wernerus build the Grotto in the 1920s, from schoolkids who would wash stones to men who would help place the heavy
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What: Dickeyville Grotto Where: 255-377 Great River Road, Dickeyville, Wis. When: Tours are available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week from June 8 to Aug. 31. The gift shop is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week from April 1 to Oct. 31. Cost: There isn’t a specific fee, but “donations are greatly appreciated.”
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segments. Wernerus asked parishioners for gifts of remembrance to be included in the shrine, Schultz said, and she pointed out decorative plates and family heirlooms that are a part of the decorations. He would often work over the winter and unveil his creations in springtime. Though she finds it beautiful now, when she was a kid, she went to school next door and would play around it all the time. She saw it so much it sort of receded into the background, she said. Now, she’s come to appreciate it more. The more I look at it, the more I’m coming to appreciate it, too. But the thing is strange. It appears a bit bulbous and strangely textured, like a fort carved out of a coral reef. There are sea shells and brightly colored glass and stone affixed to mortar, and the whole thing takes on a different appearance the closer you get. “We don’t know how he got it all,” Schultz said with a smile. “He must’ve known someone by a seashore.” Besides the main shrine, which houses the Grotto of the Blessed Virgin, the site features about a halfdozen other shrines, a gift shop and gardens with handrails decorated in the same distinctive style. It appears slapdash, sort of like a collage, but the more you look at it, the more the symbolism and care become apparent. “As many times as I go through this place, I still see something new,” Schultz said. Schultz said Wernerus built from ideas in his head. He didn’t bother with blueprints; if he didn’t like what he built one day, he’d tear it down the next. When he died in 1931, Schultz said, he still had plans for work left undone. “Some people think it’s ugly and some can’t stop raving about it,” Schultz said, after I asked about some circular decorations that turned out to be from a truckload of gearshift knobs purportedly sent by Henry Ford. It’s unclear how he knew something was just right, finished. I guess it was a matter of faith.
The brewery and the artist Needing some time to wrap our heads around the Grotto, our
group of three headed toward the Mississippi River, which is about four miles away as the crow flies, with plenty of spots along the way to get out and take a walk. We were on our way to the Potosi Brewery, which is about a dozen miles away and best accessed via Indian Creek Road and River Lane, a route that runs along the river through the verdant, hilly farmland the driftless area is known for. This diversion passes both the Grant River and Potosi recreation areas, which are good for a stroll and a lookout, unless they happen to be flooded. Even so, the view was impressive. The Great River Road runs through 10 states along the Mississippi with official stops along the way, one of which is the brewery. Digesting the folk art we’d just seen, and looking forward to digesting lunch, we stepped into an artist’s shop across from the brewery. As we looked around, we met the artist himself, who was waiting in the parking lot while someone test-drove his car.
Tyler David started by pressing crayons into the wood turning on his dad’s lathe when he was 12 years old. These coat racks are waiting outside while their clear coats dry.
Tyler David’s creations were hanging up drying outside the woodshop where he works with his dad, Gary. He told us he started turning wood on a lathe when he was 12, and his distinctive style got its start when he would press his crayons into the wood as a kid. Continued on page 12
Seen from afar, the stonework at the Grotto can look like a jumble. But when you get close up, the details start to emerge. Longtime site manager Arlene Schultz said she sees something new almost every time she gives a tour.
Stumbling across the Dickeyville Grotto in western Wisconsin might prompt some head scratching, but a University of WisconsinMadison history professor who specializes in early modern Christianity said she’s seen similar works in Bavaria and heard about them in Italy. Lee Palmer Wandel described grottos as a “materialization of the Christian call to separate from the world, which has engendered, among other things, hermits and monasticism.” The ones she’s seen that look like the one in Dickeyville, she said, all have been “pious construction of a sacred site.” It would appear, then, that the Rev. Matthias Wernerus’ creation fits in a longstanding tradition of Christian art, if not so obviously in the Village of Dickeyville. It’s one of a handful of similar grottos around the midwest, many of them referred to as folk art or vernacular art. One of Wernerus’ classmates from seminary in Germany went on to create the West Bend Grotto in Iowa, which, while larger, shares many characteristics with the Dickeyville site. There isn’t proof the pair collaborated, our tour guide and former Dickeyville Grotto manager Arlene Schultz said. Other sites in Wisconsin include artwork in Hollandale, Rudolph and Cataract, according to the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures. SUMMER 2019 YOUR FAMILY 11
THE SACRED AND PROFANE
Continued from page 11 That’s the thing about folk art – it’s made without bowing to the conventions of the art world, which allows artists the freedom to innovate. It leads to unorthodox results that can, in the case of the Grotto, carry a lot of meaning for those who create and encounter it. Tyler’s work has decidedly less to do with religion, though. An undergraduate majoring in business, he estimated he’s made about 5,000 pieces – things like candleholders – and he’s traded in the crayons for oil pastel sticks. His work sells in 10 regional galleries, he said.
We headed across the street for lunch – the pulled brisket sandwich with bleu cheese instead of cheddar goes mighty well with a Cave Ale – and then we poked around the museum. Potosi Brewing is home to the National Brewery Museum which showcases old brewery paraphernalia like beer steins and cans, as well as brewing equipment. It even lets you peek into the cave that gives Cave Ale its name. Folks started brewing beer there in 1852, and there’s a viewing window in the floor that shows off the
clear spring water they use in the beer to this day.
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The Potosi Brewery first opened its doors in 1852 and now is the home to the National Brewery Museum. It’s an official stop on the Great River Road and the food (and beer) are worth making the trip.
There’s a reason Potosi had a brewery in the middle of the 19th century, and in large part it’s thanks to the lead miners who would belly up to its bar after digging out the neighboring hillsides in search of “Grey Gold. The Badger Huts Site includes the archaeological remains of a miners’ encampment and sits about a mile from the brewery up Main Street – also known as the Great River Road. There’s a parking lot across the street from the entrance, just west of Saint Thomas Catholic Church. It’s a perfect place to get a walk in after a heavy lunch. The trail winds up a hill and past information boxes tacked to trees that explain some of the site’s archaeological significance. It dates back to the 1830s and is maintained by the Potosi Historical Society. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the site includes several stone foundations of huts used by early lead miners. It was those miners burrowing into hills that gave Wisconsin its “Badger State” nickname. The remnants come up knee-high with a depression in the middle and a visibly cut-out doorway. They’re small and round and don’t seem a particularly comfortable place to live compared to, say, a cabin. But compared to a tent or something less permanent, it’s easy to imagine looking forward to coming home after a long day carving into the hillside. Full of Vitamin D, history, pulled brisket and a renewed sense of respect for the work done by early miners – and artists - we piled back into the car for the drive east, the sun at our backs. l
Preparing kids for realities of college means leading with purpose PLANNING FOR COLLEGE BY ROBERT DECOCK
nderstanding the magnitude of the college years for our children can hardly be overstated. Most parents are able to make it clear to their children that they are expected to go to college. Even most high schools are able to get that point across – be it to an apprenticeship program, a technical college, or a traditional fouryear college. At this point, many children find themselves with the task of picking a college without getting connected with a deeper purpose. The motivating factor appears to be more the “chance to get away from home” or “I’m going to go where my friends are going.” It is good to set the expectation that our children go to college, but for them to be successful, there needs to be a buy-in at a deeper level. They need to understand that college is a bridge to a promising career. It’s up to us as parents to make sure we get this buy-in from our children. Making that happen takes two important
It’s up to us as parents to make sure we get this buy-in from our children. Making that happen takes two important components: A story of success and one of failure. components: A story of success and one of failure. First, find a few examples where the college experience didn’t lead to an exciting career. Most families have one or the other member who is stuck in a career path that doesn’t bring much value or personal happiness.
Second, point out other individuals who have gotten off to a great start because of their post-high school education. For example, I immediately think of two nephews in the Twin Cities who have found themselves in appropriate career fields and actually love talking about their work; one is a teacher and the other is a programmer. Ultimately, the center principle to great college preparation begins by leading with purpose. When our children begin to sense that college is a time to build the foundation to launch their careers, this is the point that they will become engaged and committed to a college preparation process. This helps create the ownership we as parents desire from our children in the college preparation years. 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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Don’t shrug off the importance of life jackets WATER SAFETY By Karen Kittleson Clay
Photo submitted Wearing a life jacket is important no matter the size of the boat or the length of the trip.
It was a beautiful day, the fish were biting and 3-year-old Andy was playing on the bridge with his red firetruck when our family’s lives changed forever. Andy’s dad – my brother Mike – and grandpa Rodney, were at his side, fishing in the trout stream below, when Andy’s truck rolled off the side of the bridge and he went with it. Rodney, my father, knew how to swim well. He had helped me start my swim school business, SwimWest School of Instruction Inc., and believed in my mission, A World Without Drowning. But even he could not save himself that day
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An amazing organization called Friends of the Lower Wisconsin Riverway (FLOW) works with the DNR on a program called Kids Don’t Float. The Kids Don’t Float program provides free life jackets for kids and adults to use, so the right size can be fitted to the user. This is important because children are the most likely people on boats to have improperly fitted life jackets and are the ones who need them most. There now are 45 Kids Don’t Float stations around the state, as part of a national water safety program.
when his instincts to save his grandson took over. That morning, Mike and Rodney remembered the fishing poles, bait, bucket and snacks, but they forgot the most important thing, life jackets. And they made a crucial mistake when they both immediately jumped in to rescue him. After many attempts to find his little body, Rodney managed to bring Andy to the surface and treaded water until he could get Andy out safely. Mike found a submerged tree limb with his foot to balance on, took Andy and tried to get our dad to swim to the ledge of the bridge. But with the 46-degree spring water and heavy weight of his clothes and boots, it was too late. Mike could only watch and yell for help as he held his terrified son safely his arms while his father drowned. Tragedies like these are preventable, and knowledge is your most powerful tool. That starts with the importance of life jackets – for everyone, but especially kids. Children should always wear a lifejacket when in or around cold water, especially if they are unable to swim. Anyone on a boat, even strong swimmers, should wear life jackets, as well. If your boat capsizes, you are in real danger, quickly, and the biggest danger whenever you’re out in a boat is
hypothermia. Wearing your lifejacket is also being a good role model. You should do that no matter the size of the boat or the distance you will be traveling. As my father unfortunately learned, you should never enter the water to save a struggling victim. It’s better to find something to assist the victim out of the dangerous situation, such as a fishing pole, noodle, long stick or anything you can find nearby to reach out to them. If you jump in to assist a victim you are also endangering yourself. Reach or throw – don’t go. After my father’s drowning, I made water safety my No. 1 focus in our learnto-swim program. We dedicate a full lesson to water safety four times a year and have a Water Safety Day in May at our Deming location. I am trying to find purpose in his death, to teach others that drownings can happen quickly and can be prevented with proper planning. My goal is to teach families how to prevent, recognize and respond in an emergency. Please take the time to talk to your family about water safety and remember your lifejackets as boating and fishing season starts. l Karen Kittelson Clay is the CEO of SwimWest and a member of the Safe Kids Coalition board representing water safety. SUMMER 2019 YOUR FAMILY 17
OVER OBSTACLES Janesville native has found strength facing her multiple sclerosis by Mackenzie Krumme Photos submitted
Lori Schnieder scales Mount Everest in 2009.
The evening before the summit, the hike starts in the dark of night. You are moving in total silence, and the only thing you can hear is the labored breathing and the sound of your footsteps crunching, one at a time. “You’d take a step, then stop for six or seven breaths,” explains Janesville native Lori Schneider, who achieved the feat a decade ago. “Then take another step.” The oxygen levels are 65 percent lower than sea level near the top of Mount Everest. Acclimatization is the most important and most dangerous aspect of climbing the tallest mountain
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in the world, according to Schneider. By the next morning of her hike, after 10 straight hours of this slow ascent, the sun began to peek out from behind the clouds and the sky changed from darkness to pink and orange hues. On May 23, 2009 at 8:39 a.m., with the help of a dedicated Nepalese climber, Schneider became the first person in the world living with multiple sclerosis to conquer the 29,029-foot climb. By this time Schneider had touched the tallest mountain on every other continent. She also had been living with multiple sclerosis for 10 years. Rather than preventing her from living out her dreams, the
neurodegenerative disease, which affects 1 million Americans, mostly women, pushed Schneider to do amazing things. After she climbed all seven summits, she become a global advocate for MS and Parkinson’s and started an organization to empower others with debilitating diseases such as those two. That journey, much like the Everest summit took one slow step at a time. When Schneider learned at age 43 she had MS, which would affect her brain, spinal cord and optic nerves, she already had planned on climbing the tallest mountain in South America with her father, Neal, a seasoned climber. The lesions on Schneider’s brain were
FAMILYLIFE appearing rapidly, and she wanted to do physical things while she still had her strength. For the next year, she told few about her diagnosis. She even hid it from the mountain climbing guides who were there to ensure her safety, because she was worried they would turn her away and allow the disease to determine what she could and couldn’t do. But Schneider persevered. On the day she stood on top of that mountain, overlooking South America, after years worth of training and a year worth of hiding, she found her inner strength. “I told myself if I was strong enough to climb a mountain that I was strong enough to face the fact that I had been given this diagnosis,” said Schneider. “That it was time for me to not be afraid and not be embarrassed and not be ashamed at that diagnosis.” That inner strength propelled her to move forward despite increased muscle weakness, fatigue and partial vision loss over the next several years. From
That inner strength propelled her to move forward despite increased muscle weakness, fatigue and partial vision loss over the next several years. that climb in 2000, ten months from her diagnosis, she climbed Mount Elbrus in 2002. Denali in 2006. She gained momentum in 2008 and completed both Mt. Kosciuszko in Australia and Vinson Massif in Antarctica. Then, in 2009, the World MS headquarters asked Schneider to carry a flag to the top of the globe to represent the first World MS Day. “With every step that got so difficult, especially toward the end, I thought about all the people with MS who have such difficulty even walking across the room or up stairs, said Schneider. “Because I felt like I was doing this climb for all of us with MS.” After that achievement, Schneider wanted others to feel as empowered as she did. She started Empowerment Through Adventure, an organization where other people with diagnosis can experience adventures and not be defined by their diagnoses. More than 100 people have participated in adventures all over the Continued on page 20
Everest climb tough even for the most fit
On Mount Everest, the last 3,000 feet is called the “death zone.” The air is at its thinnest there, and the weather conditions above 26,000 feet, from the last camp to the summit, are erratic and brutal. Each breath draws less and less oxygen to the lungs and bloodstream. According to Nepal’s government website, nearly 300 people have died trying to summit the tallest mountain on earth and 200 of their bodies remain there. Standing at the top of the world is a physical punishment not many can withhold. Lori Schneider, a Janesville native and the first person in the world with multiple sclerosis to make it to the top of Everest, told Your Family she trained for more than a year to be able to do it. And she had already reached the summits of the highest mountain on the other six continents. During that year, she counted her protein intake and ate a diet free of sugar, alcohol and caffeine. She would run dragging a sled full of bricks and truck tires behind her. “I know when I start these climbs that I’m generally not the strongest, and most cases because I’m a woman, that alone makes me one of the weaker ones,” Schneider said. “So I know my greatest strength is my determination.” The conditions on Everest are like nowhere else. There is 65 percent less oxygen on the summit than there is on sea level. People die from not acclimatizing in the right way. “Try to hike up a mountain and breathe through a straw, it’s kind of like that,”said Gordon Janow, director of programs at Alpine Ascents, the company that guided Schneider through her Mt. Everest summit. “I don’t think there is anything that trains you for that type of altitude and you never know how you are going to react on any given day.” Schneider knows the dangers of the mountains. Once on the summit of Mt. Aconcagua with her father, a woman died in the tent next to her from altitude sickness. “She had to be carried down in a body bag,” Schneider said. When most climbers set out to summit Mount Everest, Nepalese guides are hired to show them the way. They set up tents for the climbers in the safest spots, they have a keen eye for weather and living at high altitudes, they are already acclimatized to the low oxygen levels. Some guides trek to the top of world annually. They are the real unsung heroes of the mountains, Schneider said. “Without their help, the majority of climbers would never have a chance at summiting,” said Schneider. Janow said it’s difficult for anyone to stay healthy for two months in the mountains. “Adding something like MS that affects your muscles; that’s incredible,” he said. SUMMER 2019 YOUR FAMILY 19
CLIMBING OVER OBSTACLES
Continued from page 19 globe, such as climbing to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro and two helicopter rides over the Bugaboo mountain range in the Canadian Rockies. Schneider, now 63, lives in Bayfield and continues to advocate for others with debilitating diseases. She has worked with organizations like The World Health Organization, National MS Society and Multiple Sclerosis International Federation to raise awareness about the disease.
needed to prove she had control over her physical life. A year after her diagnosis, standing on Mt. Aconcagua, everything changed. She recalls feeling she had moved forward in life. “It started my life on a different path,” she said. “It started me on a life in believing in possibilities, instead of just the impossibilities.”
Schneider said she is one of the lucky ones, because her disease is stable and today she experiences few symptoms. But she still remembers waking up in her Colorado home in January 1999 with her right leg, right arm and right side of her face completely numb. It was if someone had drawn a line from the tip of her head to the bottom of her toes. Over the next three months, she was tested for stroke, Lyme disease, lupus, brain cancer and MS while more and more lesions were appearing on her brain. When she was diagnosed, she only knew one other person with MS, and that person had quickly progressed to being in a wheelchair. Schneider, who was in the middle of training to climb Mt. Aconcagua with her father, thought she would be destined for the same fate. So she ran away. “I left my teaching career of 22 years, I left my home and friends and husband and community,” said Schneider. “That diagnosis was life-altering for me.” Schneider left Colorado permanently and ran back to the safety and comfort
Lori Schneider poses with her dad, Neal, during one of the Bugaboo Mountains helicopter trips. She calles Neal, himself a seasoned climber at aga 86, one of her biggest supporters and her best friend.
of her family in Janesville. Fearing she would soon lose all mobility, Schneider still wanted to finish the planned climb with her father in South America. She told her dad she
More and more, she began to share her story and opened up about her illness. After leaving Colorado, she sold her house and lived off savings, eventually taking out loans for the climbs. Over the next eight years, she climbed four mountains, published a coffee-table book about her climb in Antarctica and started to wonder how she could help others feel inspired. Then, in 2008, she started Empowerment Through Adventure (ETA), an organization that takes people with debilitating diseases mountain climbing and on other adventures. More than 100 people have participated in the program, either as a hiker, support hiker or a guide. Schneider organizes the adventures. Providing participants with information, checklists and places to stay. She works with professional guides, photographers and mountaineers to ensure the safety of everyone on the trip. In 2012, Schneider published a book about this experience, titled “More Than a Mountain: Our Leap of Faith.” An excerpt written by photographer Jeff Rennicke described it as “stories of fear and pain, of the courage to dig
About MS Multiple sclerosis is a neurodegenerative disease that affects roughly 1 million americans in the United States, according to the National MS Society. The cause is still unknown. As the body attacks the myelin, or the protective coating around the central nervous systems nerve fibers, the brain has difficulty communicating with the rest of the body. This causes common symptoms such as debilitating muscle fatigue, problems with balance and optic neuritis, or temporary loss of vision. Epidemiologists have found it is a combination of genetic and environmental factors. For instance, women are two-thirds more likely to get MS
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than men. The farther you live from the equator, the more likely you are to develop the disease, unless you are an Inuit, Yakutes, Hutterites, Hungarian Romani, Norwegian Lapps or of native Australian or New Zealander descent, in which case the disease is virtually unheard of, according to the National MS Society. Thirty two percent of people with MS report using some device, like a wheel chair or a cane to help them walk. However, with some people, symptoms go into remission. The average age of onset is 34, however, misdiagnosis is common because there is no specific test for the disease.. Rather, doctors identify MS by ruling out other diseases with common symptoms according to Mayo Clinic.
deep into that well of strength that lies within us all, and the willingness to try and try again, even in the face of insurmountable odds.” Schneider also published one other book about her journey through MS and through the mountains. She participated in a global health panel in Geneva Switzerland about the importance of self-care and how to strengthen selfcare initiatives around the world. In 2013 she produced a TEDx Talk. “We all have many obstacles, and mine so happens to be called MS,” she said in the TEDx Talk. “Yours might be called high blood pressure, or diabetes, or weight issues, or cancer, relationship, financial. … We’ve all got our mountains, and we have to approach them one step at a time.” She has since received emails from people all over the world thanking her for raising awareness about MS. But the most memorable letters, she said, are from MS supporters saying, “thank you for giving them hope and courage to step back into their own life again.”
A new stage
These days, her life is more relaxed. She still organizes reunions for people who have been on past adventures, including a recurring helicopter hiking trip over the Bugaboo Mountains in Canada -- one is planned for this summer. She still accepts speaking engagements for large conferences. But the Bayfield resident prefers less intense, more enjoyable forms of exercise, like hiking and walking with her three dogs, and she enjoys finding quiet spots near Lake Superior to reflect and meditate. With her disease stable, she balances alternative therapies and traditional medicines in order to treat her entire body, mind and spirit. She feels lucky, she said. Lori and her father still have a close relationship. She calls home three times a week and drives to Janesville to visit every month. He attended the Empowerment Through Adventure Bugaboo helicopter ride twice. He is 86 and still walks three miles every day. This spring, Schneider is finding her inner strength again one year after the death of her longtime partner, Jim. This summer she is trekking from Vienna, Austria to the Czech Republic. And just like when she was first diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and when she summited the highest mountain in the world, she is taking life one-step at a time. l
A group of 14 people poses for a photo atop Mount Kilimanjaro in 2011. The group was from Empowerment Through Adventure, an organization to inspire people with life altering diagnoses.
They took a leap of faith
In 2011, a group of 14 hikers started at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro the tallest mountain in Africa. Ten had multiple sclerosis and four had Parkinson’s disease. They, along with 14 support climbers and local guides take six days to get to near the summit, 25,000 feet above sea level. The hikers were part of an organization called Empowerment Through Adventure that takes people with life-altering diseases on adventures. Adventures include a hiking, via helicopter, the Bugaboo mountain range in Canada and the Leap Of Faith: Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. Lori Schneider, who started the organization in 2008, said she felt empowerment when she climbed mountains and she wanted to pass that feeling along to others. “The empowerment was just a way to remind people that they are more than their disease might suggest and (encourage others to) take your own personal power back after you’ve been diagnosed with an illness,” she said. Each person with a diagnosis is paired with a person who does not have a diagnosis as a support climber. They don’t always make it to the top, but by the time they return, the experience has changed them. Kristy Banaszak, attempted the climb in 2011 at the age of 49, six years after being diagnosed with MS. The Wisconsin resident had always wanted to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, and she remembers receiving a lot of support from her family and friends but also some skepticism. She said her brother-in-law asked whether she thought it was a good idea for “a bunch of dizzy-people” to go mountain climbing. But her mother, who was her biggest supporter, secretly packed handwritten notes from dear family members for Banaszak to read every day. She had to stop 600 feet from the top because of high-altitude pulmonary edema, making it difficult to breathe. But she no longer felt identified by her disease. “I believe that whole experience helped change me and make me who I am today,” Banaszak said. “I encourage other people with MS to not be afraid to try things.” Suz Thomson, a marathon runner and friend of Schneider, agreed to be a support climber on the same 2011 climb. She said climbers and support climbers are in contact months before the adventure takes place to learn as much as they can about each other and develop a trusting relationship. She helped her hiking partner out with things like seeing in the dark, medication reminders and simply being a close friend. Thomson said that the relationship, however, is really about supporting each other. “We bonded with our guides and each other,” Thomson said. “I still get goosebumps when I talk about it.” And she came off that mountain with a different outlook on life, too. “You realize that people’s challenges are challenges – but it is the choice we make and how we go through that challenge,” she said. “And these people are just amazing and make all of us want to be better.”
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Backyard game can be traced back thousands of years to Vikings Story by Kimberly Wethal Photos by Amber Levenhagen
egend has it that kubb, a backyard game with Scandinavian roots, used to be played by vikings with the heads and femur bones of their conquered enemies. Today, the game is significantly less gory, as it’s played with wooden blocks and batons, Todd Fossum, co-founder of the Stoughton Kubb Club, said. “Nobody knows exactly when it was invented, but it’s been over a thousand
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Steve McDiarmid throws a baton during a Kubb tournament in Stoughton.
years,” he said. “Vikings used to play the game as they were traveling around, conquering the world … in likelihood it was probably just Vikings that were out around the campfire and decided to throw some wood chunks around at other wood chunks.” Fossum, whose ancestors were of Scandinavian descent, got into the game more than seven years ago, as he was researching different kinds of
Scandinavian games to play for his city’s annual Norwegian heritage festival, Syttende Mai. Years later, he’s got a kubb playing field set up in his backyard, and said he’ll shovel his backyard so that he can play year-round. Kubb is played nationally and throughout the world, Fossum said, with the national championships being held in Eau Claire and the world
competition held in Sweden. His Stoughton-based club hosts its own invitational each year in summer. Kubb is a game played by two teams, up to six people on each, where the goal is to knock over “kubb” pieces on the opposing team’s side of the field with batons faster than the other team so that a team can also knock over the “king” piece in the middle of the field. Similar to eight-ball pool, Fossum said, the “king” needs to stay in place until the end of the game, or the team that knocks it out of play loses the game. Fossum said the batons need to be thrown in such a way that they stay vertical the entire time. “It adds a little bit more skill to it,” he said. The game can be played on most surfaces – although a harder surface like asphalt or concrete is less than ideal to keep the kubb pieces and the batons in good shape – and is accessible for most people of any age or ability, Fossum said. “It’s a great game – it’s something that you can play in your backyard, and anyone can play with you,” he said. “It’s just a social event – you throw the baton with one hand, you’re got your favorite beverage in the other hand.” l
J.M. Spakman tosess a baton. Spakman and his teammates participated in a Kubb tournament in Stoughton in July 2018.
“Nobody knows exactly when it was invented, but it’s been over a thousand years.” Todd Fossum
Paris Nelson, of team Anarkubb, launches a baton.
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Adaptive dance program promotes inclusivity by Amber Levington Photos submitted
Photo submitted. The adaptive dance program offered by Magnum Opus is held at GiGi’s Playhouse in Madison. Students start at the same level and work at their own pace, participating in different dances and games that help teach balance and self esteem.
bigail Henninger knows firsthand how much dance can affect a person. She started a program this winter through the nonprofit Madison ballet company she founded, Magnum Opus, to make it easier for people with disabilities to learn to dance. The five-week adaptive dance program is geared toward those with Down syndrome. Its instructors incorporate lessons for people with autism spectrum disorders. Henninger, who dances in Magnum 24 YOUR FAMILY SUMMER 2019
Opus programs and is a dance instructor, is certified in adaptive dance. One of the reasons she wanted to be certified, she said, is because her sister has Down’s, and Henninger she saw the positive impact dance had on her. “I saw her struggle in certain areas, and I saw her get into dance and how she absolutely fell in love with it; it kept her moving and developing mobility in general” she said. “I realized with Magnum Opus that I have this opportunity to do the same for others.” Henninger connected with GiGi’s
Playhouse, a national Down syndrome achievement center on the east side of Madison that provides free educational, therapeutic-based and educational programs. GiGi’s hosts the program, which is for people 16 and older. The next series will be held this winter, and registration information can be found on the Magnum Opus website, magnumopus. org. “This is just a starting point because it’s new for Magnum Opus and new for GiGi’s,” she said. “The class was packed
to capacity, so it’s obviously a need for the community, with there being so much interest.”
Magnum Opus features dancers from around the country who have relocated to the Madison area to work with the company while also instructing at forprofit studios in the area. The company tries to help the community through free performances and volunteer work. Its instructors sometimes volunteer at area food pantries and other community support organizations, such as Second Harvest Food Bank. The nonprofit connection with GiGi’s Playhouse was a natural fit, because they “have a real understanding of our mission and how we want to help the community,” Henninger said. Henninger reached out to GiGi’s Playhouse when she realized she had the potential to provide others with the opportunities her sister had. GiGi’s jumped on the idea immediately, she said, and they crafted the program together. She said it’s restricted to adults because they need stimulating programs like these more. “I’ve seen that a lot of times, when people get older and older, especially those with different abilities, there’s less and less to stimulate their brains and keep them feeling like they have a purpose in this world,” she said.
Waking the mind
The classes are 45 minutes long and allow participants to work at their own pace. “When I was taught, they always said to start in chairs, and the reason is to make sure everyone is on the same playing field and starting off on the same level,” Henninger said. “If someone has a problem with their knees or a hard time standing, we’re all starting off the same way.” Students start in chairs and play a brain game to warm up both physically and mentally, to “really wake up the body and the mind,” she said. From there, the class does a variety of exercises – balancing, partnering work and working with props. Some games are played, too. One of Henninger’s favorite is called the puppet master. The teacher moves a scarf in a way that engages participants visually, and participants follow however the scarf is moving.
Photo by Kat’s Photography. Abigail Henninger, center, is the founder of Magnum Opus and helped create its adaptive dance program, designed for students who have Down syndrome.
They take turns being the leader, which also helps develop leadership skills, Henninger said. “It is so much more than just dance,” she said. “This is really about wanting to change and impact someone’s life as a whole.”
Accessibility and inclusivity
Down syndrome is the most common chromosomal disorder, with more than 6,000 babies born with it every year in the United States, according to the CDC. The relationship between the disorder and dance are relatively underresearched, according to a 2016 story in the The Journal of Dance Education, but it said some of the benefits reported include improved health, increase in self esteem and an opportunity for social interaction. “For children with Down’s Syndrome, movement-based therapy is beneficial,” the study said. “Benefits range from strengthening mind-body connection to the improvement of development, health and cognitive skills.” It said a problem with that relationship is in part due to a lack of programs for people with Down’s. Henninger said that shows how much it’s needed. “I’m hoping that people recognize that and the need for something like this.” Henninger said. Henninger earned her certification in Adaptive Dance studying at Boston Ballet, one of the most prestigious ballet companies in the Northeast. There, she learned how to make a class work for
people with a variety of challenges, including Down’s, autism and multiple sclerosis. “It’s a pretty rigorous program where people came and taught classes from all over, whether they were children’s therapists as well as dancers or occupational therapists, and were trying to give different ideas for the best way to put these programs together,” she said. “Children came and talked about how (adaptive dance programs) changed their lives.”
Planning a performance
Henninger said that once the class gets off the ground, she plans to create a show for the students to participate in at the end of the next series. It would be a culmination of all of the lessons learned throughout the program, and the students would dance with the regular instructors for the final performance. She plans to hold that at the Bartell Theater. Henninger said the company is looking for ways to expand the program and open it up to more students, as registration is limited and spots filled quickly. She also wants to include younger children in future programs. She said she hopes people can finally recognize that everyone has special needs and everyone is different. “I’m honestly over the moon excited, I really can’t even put it into words,” Henninger said. “I am unbelievably excited, I just know that this is truly only the beginning, it’s just the first step, and I really know how needed this is.” l
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Raw Zucchini Salad
Brandied Baked Ham with Mustard Butter
Pecan Praline Cookie Triangles
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Brandied Baked Ham with Mustard Butter
Raw Zucchini Salad
For the ham: 1½ cups packed dark brown sugar ¼ cup brandy 2 Tbsp. grainy mustard 1 5lb. bone-in, half ham, fully cooked 1½ tsp. whole cloves In a small saucepan, stir to combine the brown sugar, brandy and mustard. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat and, stirring constantly, cook until the glaze is thick and syrupy, about 3 minutes. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days or use immediately. Preheat the oven to 325o. Line a shallow roasting pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil and place a wire rack on top. Score the fat on top of the ham by making diagonal cuts in a diamond pattern. Insert the cloves into the intersections of each diamond. Place the ham on the rack. Insert a meat thermometerand make sure it doesn’t touch the bone. Bake the ham for about 1 hour, or until the thermometer registers 125o. Remove the ham and brush on the brandy glaze. Return the ham to the oven and cook for 20 to 30 minutes more, or until the thermometer registers 135o. Let it stand for 15 minutes. (The meat temperature will rise to 140o).
1 medium zucchini, shredded or sliced paper-thin 6 cherry tomatoes, halved 3 Tbsp. olive oil Juice of 1 lemon Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste 3 to 4 basil leaves, thinly sliced 2 Tbsp. freshly grated low-fat Parmesan cheese Layer the zucchini slices on two plates in even layers. Top with the tomatoes. Drizzle with the olive oil and lemon juice. Season to taste. Top with the basil and sprinkle with cheese before serving.
(Serves 16 to 20; makes about 2 cups mustard butter)
For the mustard butter: 2 cups butter, softened ¼ cup grated sweet onion ¼ cup Dijon or Creole mustard In a medium bowl, stir to combine the butter, sweet onion and mustard. Scrape it into a serving bowl. Cut the ham into thin slices and build your sandwiches (or serve slices on their own on a platter). Offer with accompanied bowl of mustard butter.
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Pecan Praline Cookie Triangles Yields 64
Crust 2½ cups all-purpose flour 3 ⁄4 cups powdered sugar 1 tsp. baking soda 3 ⁄4 cups butter or margarine, melted Filling 3 cups pecan halves, divided 2 cups packed brown sugar 3 eggs 4 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted 2 tsp. vanilla extract ¼ tsp. salt Powdered sugar, optional Preheat oven to 350o. For crust, combine flour, powdered sugar and baking soda in a batter bowl. Add butter; mix until crumbly. Lightly press crumb mixture over bottom of bar pan; roll lightly. Bake 15 minutes; remove from oven to a cooling rack. Meanwhile, for filling, reserve 1 cup of the pecans for garnish; chop remaining pecans. Combine chopped pecans, brown sugar, eggs, butter, vanilla and salt; mix well. Pour filling over warm crust, spreading to edges of pan. Arrange remaining pecan halves over filling. Bake 17 to 19 minutes, or until filling is set in center. Remove from oven; cool completely. Sprinkle with additional powdered sugar, if desired. Cut into 32 squares using a utility knife; cut each square in half diagonally.
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Seafood Newboogie Serves 6
2 cups water 1 Tbsp. seafood base 1 ⁄3 cup butter 2 ⁄3 cup flour 2 cups heavy whipping cream 4 egg yolks, beaten 1½ tsp. Old Bay seasoning 1 tsp. dry mustard 1 tsp. salt ½ tsp. nutmeg ½ tsp. Hungarian paprika 1 ⁄8 tsp. cayenne 1 cup chopped cooked lobster 1 cup chopped cooked shrimp 1 cup chopped scallops, sauteed in butter 1 cup lump crab meat 1 ⁄3 cup cream sherry 6 cups cooked rice 3 ⁄4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese Paprika to taste 6 slices garlic toast Mix water and seafood base in a small bowl; set aside. Heat butter in a saucepan until melted. Stir in flour. Cook over low heat for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly; do not brown. Add seafood base mixture gradually, stirring constantly. Stir in whipping cream, egg yolks, Old Bay seasoning, dry mustard, salt, nutmeg, ½ tsp. paprika and cayenne. Bring to a simmer over low heat, stirring constantly. Stir in lobster, shrimp, scallops and crab meat. Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently; remove from heat. Stir in sherry. Preheat the broiler. Spread the rice over the bottoms of six individual au gratin dishes. Spoon the seafood mixture over the rice. Sprinkle with the cheese. Broil until light golden brown and bubbly. Sprinkle with paprika to taste. Serve immediately with garlic toast. May substitute a mixture of 1 cup seafood stock and 1 cup liebfraumilch for 2 cups seafood stock.
Wisconsin s k o Bo by MICHAEL TIDEMANN
Read On... and On and ON
When Death Becomes Life an amazing read When Death Becomes Life: Notes from a Transplant Surgeon by Joshua D. Mezrich, MD c.2019, Harper $27.99 / $34.99 Canada 371 pages
lat as a dinner plate. That was the surprise on last night’s commute home: a flat tire. An inconvenience, a hassle and an expense, but that’s the beauty of a disposable economy. If something goes bad, we just replace it. In the new book “When Death Becomes Life” by Joshua D. Mezrich, MD, that’s easier said than done. Joshua Mezrich is among the few who can be truly awed by his job on a daily basis. As an associate professor of surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, he literally holds life and death in his hands every time he steps into the OR because, for much of his career, Mezrich has performed organ transplants on extremely ill patients. Early in his medical journey, Mezrich was focused on pediatrics. He rotated through various medical branches and at one point, he worked with a transplant harvest team, which entailed shaving skin from recently-deceased donors to buy time for burn victims. He loved to joke around and had barely learned a thing about surgery in general, until a superior called him on his lack of knowledge. That led to a falling-inlove with the field of organ transplant, specifically that of the liver and heart.
Doctors experimented with organ transplants in the 1950s and 1960s, but not until relatively recently, in the 1980s and with the invention of immunosuppressant drugs, has it became as common as it is today. And yet, as Mezrich tells in personal anecdotes that weave in and out of the history of organ donation and transplantation, there’s nothing common about it. “We have many victories,” he says, “but the losses are the ones we never forget. They torture us, but also keep us striving to do better.” It’s a sobering thought, and one that author Joshua D. Mezrich says haunts each of his transplant patients: in many cases, someone must die in order for someone to live. That fact never wavers in “When Death Becomes Life.” And yet, this is book is not always serious. Mezrich’s tone perfectly fits the jokester persona that he says he has. Moments of humor nicely balance the pages and pages of thriller-like action, as he and his colleagues fly crossstate to receive organs and save the lives of people who are hours from death. Those stories will pound that heart you have, as you’re introduced to heroes who gave their lives in research, and heroes who gave their lives to strangers in need. Be aware that there are real (and unexplained) medical terms in here, but they shouldn’t be a problem. You’ll be too busy being amazed at “When Death Becomes Life” to notice, and flat-out loving it. l Michael Tidemann writes from Estherville, Iowa. His author page is amazon.com/author/michaeltidemann. SUMMER 2019 YOUR FAMILY 29
Strokes are the stalkers of the elderly SENIOR LIVING BY STEPHEN RUDOLPH
y brother’s wife, Karin 75, died just last September after she had two strokes in quick succession. Karin was relatively healthy at the time. Her only medical intervention in the past three years had been a heart ablation. She drank moderately, was not overweight and did not smoke. The first stroke was while she was at home. She was alert and talking lucidly when the paramedics placed her in the ambulance. The second came while she was in route to the hospital, while she was in the ambulance under the care of two paramedics. She never regained consciousness and passed away one week later. The physicians who treated her were unable to shed light on why she suffered a stroke, as she had no risk factors. Nonetheless, because there are growing numbers of elderly adults at risk for stroke, it is increasingly important to identify health risk factors to help reduce your risk of stroke. Stroke is a leading cause of death
and disability in the United States and throughout the world, according a report from the University of Iowa Hospitals, with about 300,000 deaths per year from direct or indirect causes out of about 750,000 total strokes. “Stroke is also a leading cause of long-term disability, and many people fear stroke not because it might lead to death but the attendant loss of independence,” the report states. “Stroke is second to dementia as a reason for long-term institutionalized care, and the effects of stroke can potentiate the effects of other diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.” There are two types of stroke, according to StrokeAssociation.org and both result in the elimination or reduction in the flow of blood to the brain or causes bleeding in the brain. In 80 percent of strokes, a blood vessel that takes blood to the brain gets plugged. Fatty deposits in arteries break off and travel to the brain or poor blood flow forms a blood clot. These are ischemic strokes. Some of these are transient ischemic
attacks (TIA) which are often times called a “mini stroke.” This is due to a temporary blockage. It doesn’t cause permanent brain damage, but it raises the odds of having a full-scale stroke. A hemorrhagic stroke is less common but can be more serious. This is when a blood vessel in the brain balloons and bursts or leaks. Uncontrolled high blood pressure and taking too much blood thinner medicine can lead to hemorrhagic stroke. In a study conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) the important risk factors for stroke among elders were hypertension (64%), diabetes mellitus (29%), smoking (29%), heart disease (23%), obesity/ exercise (17%) and high levels of cholesterol in the blood (15%). Some risk factor conditions of stroke can be treated. Other risk factors can’t be changed, like family, race or age. The main risk factors for stroke, according to stroke specialist, Neha Pathak MD, are high blood pressure, smoking, heart disease, diabetes, being overweight, being older and genetic
What is a stroke?
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain is blocked or bursts. Without blood and the oxygen it carries, part of the brain starts to die. The part of the body controlled by the damaged area of the brain can’t work properly. Brain damage can begin within minutes. That’s why it’s so important to know the symptoms of stroke and to act fast. Quick treatment can help limit damage to the brain and increase the chance of a full recovery. What are the symptoms? Symptoms of a stroke happen quickly. A stroke may cause: • Sudden numbness, tingling, weakness, or loss of movement in your face, arm, or leg, especially on only one side of your body. • Sudden vision changes. • Sudden trouble speaking. • Sudden confusion or trouble understanding simple statements. • Sudden problems with walking or balance. • A sudden, severe headache that is different from past headaches. 30 YOUR FAMILY SUMMER 2019
What should you do? If you have any of these symptoms, call 911 or other emergency services right away. FAST is a simple way to remember the main symptoms of stroke. Recognizing these symptoms helps you know when to call for medical help. FAST stands for: • Face drooping. • Arm weakness. • Speech difficulty. • Time to call 911. Source: The University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics
FAMILYHEALTH According to The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), the most effective means available for reducing stroke involves risk factor modification. That can include effective management of hypertension, cessation of cigarette smoking for those who smoke and maintaining a healthy diet and active physical lifestyle. This is an important discussion to have with your physician. I encourage you to do so. Fortunately for us in the greater Madison area, the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics has been
recognized by the Joint Commission as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. UW Hospital and Clinics also has been designated as one of the top 100 stroke hospitals in America by an independent national health care assessment organization. l Stephen Rudolph is a consultant for Comfort Keepers of South Central Wisconsin, a home care agency that provides skilled nursing and personal care services for aging adults, those with disabilities and others needing assistance.
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factors. High blood pressure (hypertension) is the No. 1 cause of strokes. If this is typically 140/90 or higher, there is cause for concern. Smoking or chewing tobacco increases the odds of a stroke. Nicotine makes the blood pressure go up. Cigarette smoke causes a fatty buildup in the main neck artery, thickens the blood and makes it more likely to clot. Heart disease includes defective heart valves as well as atrial fibrillation, or irregular heartbeat, which causes a quarter of all strokes among the elderly. People who have diabetes often have high blood pressure and are more likely to be overweight. Both raise the chance of a stroke. Diabetes damages the blood vessels making a stroke more likely. When blood sugar levels are high, the injury to the brain is greater. The chances of a stroke go up for those who are overweight. The odds can be offset by exercising every day. Blood-thinning drugs are among the medications that can make a stroke more likely. They are typically given to prevent blood clots. Studies have linked hormone therapy, used for menopause symptoms like hot flashes, with a higher risk of strokes, as well as low-dose estrogen in birth control pills. While anyone can have a stroke, even babies in the womb, the chances generally go up with age. They double every decade after age 55. Strokes can run in families. Relatives may share a tendency to get high blood pressure or diabetes. Women are slightly less likely to have a stroke than men of the same age. But women have strokes at a later age, which make them less likely to recover and more likely to die as a result. Strokes affect African-Americans and nonwhite Hispanic Americans more often than any other racial group. Sicklecell disease, a genetic condition that can narrow arteries and interrupt blood flow is more common in these groups and in people whose families came from the Mediterranean, the Middle East or Asia. Symptoms of a stroke include numbness, vision changes, difficulty speaking, confusion, problems with balance and severe headaches. If you ever experience those symptoms, even if they are not due to stroke, they warrant early treatment. People tend to become aware of the problems upon awakening from a nap or sleep, but a stroke can happen anywhere and at any time.
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SUMMER 2019 CALENDAR May 30-July 14 “That’s What I Call Rock and Roll,” Fireside Theatre, Fort Atkinson, firesidetheatre.com May 31-June 1 Yellow Brick Road 5K run/walk, Oconomowoc, oconomowoc.org WIAA State High School Track Meet, UW- La Crosse Veterans Memorial Stadium, wiaawi.org May 30-June 2 Hometown Days, Verona: Festival celebrates community’s nickname, Hometown USA, with a carnival, parade, music, food, free activities for kids, fireworks, veronahometowndays.com May 31-June 2 Pokemon Regional Competition, Monona Terrace, Madison, topcutevents.com Spring Art Tour, Mount Horeb area: Demonstrations at a variety of locations, springarttour.com Festa Italia: Live music, Italian food, cultural exhibits, sporting events, McKee Farms Park, Fitchburg, iwcmadison.com June 1 Cars on State, State Street, Madison: Classic cars on display up and down Madison’s most famous street, carsonstate.com Cows on the Concourse, Madison: Cow petting areas, grilled cheese, kids’ activities, cowsontheconcourse.org Friends of the Grandstand Truck & Tractor Pull, Sauk County Fairgrounds, Baraboo: saukcountyfair.com Dragon Art Fair, Market Street, DeForest: Arts and crafts from dozens of area artisans. Dragonartsgroup.org 15th annual Children’s Community Fest, Mount Horeb: Kids’ activities, live entertainment benefits Children’s Community School, ccsmounthoreb.com/fest/ Tour of Fairy Homes, Mineral Point: shakeragalley.com Burgers and Brew, Capital Brewery, Middleton: REAP fundraiser with local chefs, brewers, reapfoodgroup.org Iowa County Dairy Breakfast, Iowa County Fairgrounds, Mineral Point: Live entertainment and kids’ activities, facebook.com/iowacountydairypromotion June 1-2 Green County Picker’s Flea & Antique Market, Green County Fairgrounds, Monroe: Over 140 vendors and growing, greencountryfair.net Wisconsin’s Free Fun Weekend: Free fishing, free admission to state parks and trails and free ATV riding on public trails, dnr.wi.gov June 2 Ride the Drive, John Nolen Drive, Madison: The street is closed for biking with fun activities along the route, cityofmadison.com Zoo Crew Day, Oschner Park, Baraboo: Petting Zoo, Animal Demonstrations, games, music, face painting, food, arts and crafts fair, chamber.baraboo.com Rob’s Sugar River Ramble, Mount Horeb: Bike, canoe to Paoli, return by bus for drinks and food, uppersugar.org/ramble/ June 6-8 Corvette Adventures, Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells: driving event featuring road tours leading to wineries, breweries, cheese factories and restaurants, wiscdells.com June 6-9 PrideFest, Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee: Largest gay/lesbian, bisexual and transgender festival, pridefest.com Summer Frolic, Mount Horeb: Music, entertainment, food, rides, fireworks, mthorebsummerfrolic.com Cinder City Days, Altoona, rides, parade, good, drinks, music, cindercitydays.com June 7 Cars on the Square, Historic Courthouse Square, Monroe: Classic cars on display, prizes, food, travelwisconsin.com June 7-8 Roger Bright Polka Festival, New Glarus: Polka bands from Wisconsin and the Midwest in the big tent downtown, plus Beer, Bacon and Cheese, swisstown.com WIAA Boys team tennis state tournament, Nielsen Tennis Stadium, Madison, wiaawi.org Artspire, Pump House Regional Arts Center, La Crosse: Community arts celebration, artspire.thepumphouse.org
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June 7-9 Walleye Weekend, Fond du Lac: Live music, children’s entertainment, sports and national walleye tournament, fdlfest.com Chamber music festival, Mineral Point: College ensembles each perform a full program, artsmp.org June 8 Women’s archery clinic, MacKenzie Environmental Education Center, Poynette: dnr.wi.us Taste of the Arts Fair, Sheehan Park, Sun Prairie: sunprairiechamber.com Sauk County Dairy Breakfast, Prairie du Sac: Education, historical displays, entertainment dairydaysofsummer.com Summer kick off on the square, Monroe: Games, farmers market, pony rides, live music, mainstreetmonroe.org Beer, Bacon and Cheese, New Glarus: Craft brewers, cheese artisans, cured meats, music, swisstown.com SummerPalooza, Madison Children’s Museum: Free admission, performances, community parade, madisonchildrensmuseum.org Dane County Breakfast on the Farm, Klondike Farms, Brooklyn: Music, kids’ activities, education, face painting, wagon rides, danecountydairy.com Old time cheese making, National Historic Cheesemaking Center, Monroe, travelwisconsin.com Susan G. Komen South Central Wisconsin Race for the Cure, Alliant Energy Center’s Willow Island: 5K run/walk and 1.25-mile fun course, komenwisconsin.org Wright and Like Tour, Spring Green: Guided interior tours of private homes and public buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright and his contemporaries, wrightinwisconsin.org June 8-9 Marquette Waterfront Festival, Yahara Place Park, Madison: Two music stages, local food vendors and kids games, marquette-neighborhood.org June 9 Mounds Dog Fest, Sun Prairie, moundspet.com Ironman 70.3 Wisconsin, Madison and surrounding c ommunities, ironman.com June 13 Madison Night Market, downtown Madison: Explore shops, live music and food carts, madisonnightmarket.com June 13-15 Blue Ox Music Festival, Eau Claire, upper Midwest’s biggest acoustic/bluegrass music festival, blueoxmusicfestival.com June 14-15 Balloon and Blues Festival, Monroe: Hot-air balloons, music, car show, food, beer, monroeballoonrally.com June 13-16 Prairie Villa Rendezvous, Prairie Du Chien, largest buckskinners and fur trade reenactment in Midwest, travelwisconsin.com or 608-326-8555 June 14-16 Flea market, Prairie Du Chien, hundreds of vendors, travelwisconsin.com June 15 Juneteenth Day, Penn Park, Madison: A celebration of freedom for African-American communities, kujimcsd.org Paddle and portage canoe race, James Madison Park: Starts on Lake Mendota and finishes on Lake Monona, with a post-race party in Olbrich Park, paddleandportage.com North Fondy Fest, Fond du Lac: Music, crafts, model train display, games, fdl.com 31st Annual Strawberry Fest, Colonial Club, Sun Prairie, colonialclub.org Taste of Wisconsin, Beaver Dam: Craft beer and cheese tasting of Wisconsin-made products only, tasteofwisconsin.net Bluegrass Festival, Schumacher Farm Park, Waunakee: Music, food and beverages on site, free wagon rides from the parking lot to festival grounds, schumacherfarmpark.org Janesville Rotary Annual Pie Ride: a bicycling event featuring 20k, 50k, 100k and 100 mile routes through Southern Wisconsin,janesvillecvb.com/events Tomah Kite Fest, Tomah JV soccer fields: see a sky full of kites, explorelacrosse.com Horribly Hilly Hundreds, Blue Mounds: Grueling bike ride results in 10,000-foot elevation gain in Driftless Area, horriblyhilly.com
La Follette Day, Argyle: Tours of Bob La Follette’s boyhood home, food, drink, music, historicargyle.org Loop the Lake Celebration, around Lake Monona: Ride your bike to celebrate clean lakes, cleanlakesalliance.com June 15-16 Horse and Carriage Festival, Columbus: Driving show with multiple breeds and carriage types, as well as barbeque and pies, popcorn and burgers, columbuscarriagefestival.org June 15-June 23 Green County Dairy Days, Browntown: Cattle show, Food, tractor pull, greencountyagchest.com June 16 Father’s Day Antique Car and Truck Show, Fond du Lac, fdl.com Father’s Day Chicken BBQ, Blanchardville: Ecumenical church service, music, softball tournament, blanchardville.com Pop’s Knoll Father’s Day Picnic, Donald County Park, Mount Vernon: Music, entertainment, donaldpark.org June 17 Concerts at McKee, McKee Farms Park, Fitchburg: facebook.com/ConcertsatMcKee June 17-18 Badger Booster Days, Monroe: Fundraising golf tournament, dinner and entertainment, monroebadgerdays.org June 20 Strawberry Fest at the Farmers Market, Fitchburg: Live music, themed offerings, fitchburgmarket.wordpress.com June 20-23 Summer Fest, Oregon: Fireworks, music, carnival, food, car show, parade, run/walk, tournaments, summerfest.oregonwi.com June 21 Make Music Madison, various outdoor venues, Madison: A day of free music celebrating the summer solstice, makemusicmadison.org Downtown Baraboo Brew-Ha Ha, Bekah Kates, Baraboo: downtownbaraboo.com Make Music Platteville, Platteville, celebrate the solstice by making music, platteville.org June 21-22 Music Fights Back, Prairie Du Chien, music festival/fundraiser for iPods for children with cancer, musicfightsback.com Northwoods Blues Festival, Chippewa riverfront: National and regional lineup, northwoodsbluesfest.com June 21-23 Lakefront Festival of Arts, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee: Takes place inside and outside museum, lfoa.mam.org Shopiere Days, Sweet Allyn Park, Beloit: annual event celebrates Independence Day, carnival, live music, truck and tractor pulls, vendor’s market, softball, food and beer tents, fireworks, janesvillecvb.com 30th annual Energy Fair, Renew the Earth Institute, Custer: Learn about sustainability, workshops, music, speakers, campfire, theenergyfair.org June 22 Midwest Log Rolling Championships, Wingra Park, Madison: The best log rollers and boom runners in the world compete, madisonlogrolling.com Stuck on the Rocks: Rope rescue program, Devil’s Lake State Park: dnr.wi.gov Big Blue Dragon Boat Festival, Copeland Park, La Crosse, boat race supporting Center for Breast Care and Boys and Girls Clubs, explorelacrosse.com Juneteenth Day Celebration, La Crosse; Celebration of the end of slavery, travelwisconsin.com Strawberry Fest, Beloit: family event with breakfast, lunch, strawberry desserts, music, games, raffle, janesvillecvb.com Drums on Parade, Middleton: Wisconsin’s longest running drum corps show (62nd year) features drum and bugle corps, dci.org Midsummer fest, Coon Valley, highlighting Norwegian culture by celebrating the longest day of the year, norskedalen.org Healthy Hoedown barn dances, Folklore Village, Dodgeville: traditional music and dance workshops, folklorevillage.org
June 22-23 Waterslide-athon, Wisconsin Dells: Benefits Ronald McDonald House, wisdells.com Celebrate Onalaska, Onalaska Omni Center/Van Riper Park, all-American festival, celebrateonalaska.com Heidi Festival, New Glarus: Drama performances, craft fair, mini expo, swisstown.com Lake Menomin WaterX: Two days of water racing, food, live music on the beach, vendors, lakemenominwaterx.com June 23 Circus of Chefs, Circus World, Baraboo: Sample food from various restaurants, live music, auction, circusworld. wisconsinhistory.org Drum and Bugle Corps show and Parade of Bands, Oregon, shadowdbc.org June 26-July 31 Concerts on the Square, Capitol Square, Madison: live music and food vendors every Wednesday night, wcoconcerts.org June 27 Universe in the Park, Devil’s Lake State Park: Join astronomers from the UW-Madison Astronomy Program for an evening of exploring the universe, dnr.wi.gov June 27-29 Wisconsin State Button Show, Madison: wsbs.org June 28-30 Heidi Festival, New Glarus: Festival oriented around classic play about a Swiss girl, performances, food, craft fair, travelwisconsin.com June 29 Blues, Brews and Food Truck Fest, New Glarus: Live music, beer, swisstown.com Flags of Freedom Parade and Field Show, Main Street, Sun Prairie: spbb.org Insane Inflatable 5K, Alliant Energy Center, Madison: a 5K on an inflatable course, insaneinflatable5k.com Shake the Lake fireworks festival, downtown Madison: Fireworks over Lake Monona following a music festival, roller derby, bike polo, etc., shakethelake.org June 29-30 Arts and crafts fair, Spring Green: More than 200 artists, all original, plus entertainment, springgreenartfair.com July 3-4 DeForest Fourth of July Celebration, Firemen’s Park, DeForest: deforestarea.com Monona Community Festival, Monona: mononafestival.com July 3-6 Riverfest, La Crosse Riverside Park; Largest fireworks display in the Coulee Region, riverfestlacrosse.com July 3-7 Stoughton Fair, Mandt Park: Displays, petting zoo, carnival, contests, fireworks, stoughtonfair.com July 4 Fireworks in Brooklyn, Maple Bluff, Shorewood Hills, Monroe, Baraboo, Wisconsin Dells, Sauk City, Brodhead, Fort Atkinson, Platteville Heritage Day, Mining and Rollo Jamison museums, Platteville: Demonstrations, special displays, live music, period-themed children’s games, food; mining.jamison.museum/ Celebration in Monroe, City band concert, volleyball, slowpitch and soccer tournaments, horse-drawn wagon rides, Twining Park, Monroe, travelwisconsin.com Independence Day on the Rock, Traxler Park, Janesville: beer tent, helicopter rides, fireworks, janesvillecvb.com Pops on the Rock Festival, Beloit: concert and fireworks, visitbeloit.com Mineral Point Celebrates the Fourth: parade, run, music, fireworks, mineralpoint.com Witwen Fourth of July Parade, Sauk City: travelwisconsin.com Fourth of July music festival, Monticello: washingtonreformation.com July 5-6 Fire on the River, Prairie du Sac: Music, food, free balloon rides, fireworks, art festival, mural creation, kids’ games, saukprairie.com July 6 Art in the Park, Lodi, travelwisconsin.com July 8-14 Sauk County Fair, Sauk County Fairgrounds, Baraboo: saukcountyfair.com
SUMMER 2019 CALENDAR July 10-14 Jefferson County Fair, Jefferson: jcfairpark.com Northern Wisconsin State Fair, Chippewa Falls: More than a mile-long midway, crafts, livestock, food, nwsfa.com July 11-13 Beaver Dam Lake Days, Beaver Dam: community festival with music, fireworks, water ski show, refreshments and carnival rides, beaverdamlakedays.com July 11-14 Lodi Agricultural Fair, Lodi: Music, food, demolition derby, tractor/truck pull, exhibits, horse pull, carnival rides, lodiagfair.com La Fete de Marquette, McPike Park, Madison: Four days of free music, dancing, food and crafts vendors, www.wil-mar.org Homecoming, Monticello: Music, fish boil, carnival, tug-of-war, fireworks, parade, greencounty.org July 12-13 Olbrich Home Garden Tour, Stoughton: First time the tour visits a suburb, olbrich.org July 12-14, US National Kubb Championship, Eau Claire Soccer Park: All ages and skill levels invited, usakubb.org July 13 Bagpipes at the Glen, Durward’s Glen Retreat Center, Baraboo; durwardsglen.org Fitchburg Festival of Speed, bike race and mini-festival, Agora, Fitchburg, fitchburgfestivalofspeed.com Cambridge EMS Cannonball Run 5K and 10K, Cambridge: cambridgeems.org July 13-14 Art Fair On the Square, Capitol Square, Madison: mmoca.org Art Fair Off the Square, off Capitol Square, Madison: artcraftwis.org Farmers Appreciation Days, Dodgeville: parade, pig- and cow-calling contests, petting zoo, kids’ activities, farmersappreciationday.com July 14-20 Flavors of Wisconsin bicycle tour, Fitchburg; Moderately challenging route takes riders through scenic vistas, sampling craft cheese and beer, bed and breakfasts, aroundwisbike.com July 17 Monroe City Band Concert, Monroe: performing since 1949, cityofmonroe.org July 17-21 Green County Fair, Monroe: Carnival, rodeo, tractor pull, music, demolition derby, greencountyfair.net July 18 Kids Fest at the Farmers Market, Fitchburg: Food, face painting, music, fitchburgmarket.wordpress.com July 18-21 Dane County Fair, Alliant Energy Center, Madison: more than 1,200 Dane County youth participate in the fourth largest county fair in the state. Carnival rides, food and entertainment, danecountyfair.com July 19 Stoughton-McFarland-Oregon Relay for Life, Stoughton High School Collins Field: Overnight activities honoring cancer victims and survivors, relayforlife.org/stoughton-mcfarland-oregonwi July 19-20 Storytelling Festival, Pump House Regional Arts Center, La Crosse: Wisconsin’s only storytelling festival, lacrossestoryfest.com July 20 Hope Fest 2018, Rotary Park, Jefferson: tomorrowshope.org Opera in the Park, Garner Park, Madison: free concert, madisonopera.org Seventh Annual Baraboo Big Top Parade & Circus Celebration, Baraboo: Big Top parade and more, downtownbaraboo.com Fur trade encampment, Devil’s Lake State Park, dnr.wi.gov Southwest Music Festival, Second Street, Platteville: live music and games, platteville.com Arts Festival, Lake Mills, lakemillsartsfestival.com
July 20-21 Art fair, Mount Horeb: Food, paint trolls, explore downtown, Norwegian lunch and Kaffe Stue, trollway.com American Girl benefit sale, Middleton: Attracts 7,000 shoppers each year, madisonchildrensmuseum.org July 20-28 Hometown Festival Week, Platteville: Car show, berry festival, arts and crafts fair; platteville.com July 22-28 EAA Air Venture Fly-in, one of the largest air shows in the world, EAA, Oshkosh: eaa.org July 23-28 Rock County 4-H Fair, Janesville: carnival midway, live music in the grandstand, animal exhibitions and more, rockcounty4hfair.com July 24-28 Dunn County Fair, County Fairgrounds: Tractor pull, races, 4-H events, demolition derby, dunncountyfair.org July 25 Packers training camp begins, Green Bay: packers.com July 25-28 WaunaFest, Waunakee: food, music, sports, family events, waunafest.org July 26 Relay for Life, Mount Horeb: Raising money for cancer research through overnight relay, relayforlife.org/mthorebwi July 26-27 Prairie Dog Blues Festival, Prairie du Chien, Saint Feriole Island, prairiedogblues.com July 27 Disability Pride Festival, Tenney Park, Madison: Children’s activities, adaptive bike demonstrations, wheelchair sports, disabilitypridemadison.org Shakespeare in the Park, Devil’s Lake State Park: friendsofdevilslake.org Universe in the Park, Devil’s Lake State Park: Join astronomers from the UW-Madison Astronomy Program for an evening of exploring the universe, dnr.wi.gov July 27-28 Atwood Summerfest, Atwood Avenue, Madison: Live music, food, kid-friendly games and lots of vendors, atwoodfest.org Ren in the Glen, Glenwood City: Renaissance fair with knights in combat, food and drink, fairies and minstrels, renintheglen.com Midwest Fire Fest, Cambridge: Demonstrations, fire performers, music: midwestfirefest.com July 31-Aug. 4 Reebok Crossfit Games, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, games.crossfit.com Aug. 2 Street Dance downtown Beloit: sidewalk sale, farmers’ market, concessions, visitbeloit.com Aug. 2-4 Soil Sisters, Farming and culinary experiences around Green County, soilsisters.wixsite.com/soilsisters Aug. 3 Mad City Vegan Fest, Madison College Truax Campus, Madison: Vegan food and information on animals, the environment and health, madisonveganfest.org Bike for Boys and Girls Club, McKee Farms Park, Fitchburg: bike4bgc.com National Mustard Day, Mustard Museum, Middleton: Games, free hot dogs, mustard tasting, visiting celebrities, live music, cook-off, mustardmuseum.com Mud volleyball tournament, Argyle: Food and showers on site, argylewi.org Aug. 3-4 Fire Fest, New Glarus: Fire department anniversary with inflatable rides, music, raffles, fire truck rides, swisstown.com Aug. 4 Swiss Volksfest, New Glarus: Celebrating Swiss independence with yodeling, folk music, flag throwing, alphorn playing, music, swisstown.com Alphornman Triathlon and AlphornKids Splash ‘N Dash, New Glarus Village Park, newglarusalphornman.com
Aug. 6 Book’n It Run, Sun Prairie Rotary and Library foundation, Sheehan Park, Sun Prairie: booknitrun.com Aug. 6 National Night Out, Oregon, Verona, Middleton, Fitchburg, Waunakee, Monona, Madison, McFarland, Westport, Janesville Aug. 9 Pack ‘N the Park, McKee Farms Park, Fitchburg: Carnival games, inflatables, kids’ movie, prizes, fitchburgchamber.com Aug. 10 Susie the Duck Day, Veterans Memorial Park, Lodi: Parade, run, “Duck Derby,” kids’ adventure Art in the Park, Lake Geneva: 34th annual event, lakegenevawi.com Great Taste of the Midwest, Madison: Over 100 brewpubs and microbreweries, greattaste.org Kids Triathlon, Jaycee Park, Oregon: Ages 5-17, oregonkidstri.com Tour de Cheese, bike ride fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Monroe Middle School, travelwisconsin.com Stargazing at Donald Park, Mount Vernon: See the Perseid meteor shower, donaldpark.org Aug. 10-11 Field Days, Black Earth: Reliving pre-harvest celebration with music, family-oriented activities, blackearth.org Aug. 11 S’mores and Perseids, Devil’s Lake State Park: watch the Perseid meteor shower at the park, dnr.wi.gov Car, truck and bike show, Janesville: cars, tuners, custom trucks, classics, and hot rods at Elks Lodge, janesvillecvb.com/events Aug. 14-18 Venetian Festival, Lake Geneva: carnival, craft fair, water ski show, music, local cuisine and lighted boat parade followed by a fireworks display, lakegenevaJaycees.org Aug. 15 Summer Fest at the Farmers Market, Fitchburg: Pig roast, live music, fitchburgmarket.wordpress.com Aug. 15-17 Warbirds and Classics Over the Midwest, Fond du Lac: Nationally recognized RC pilots flying, midwestwarbirds.com Aug. 15-18 Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival, Angell Park, Sun Prairie: sunprairiechamber.com Aug. 16-18 Badger Steam and Gas annual show, Baraboo: Semis from all over, road trip, music, camping on site, badgersteamandgas.com Coulee Con, La Crosse Center: Gaming convention for all kinds of games and gamers, tabletop.events/conventions/coulee-con-2019 Eau Claire Big Rig Truck Show, Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, Chippewa: 10th anniversary, vehicles of all kinds, food, beer, demolition derby, eauclairebigrigtruckshow.com Aug. 17 Coffee Break, Stoughton: Stoughton’s claim as originator of the coffee break celebrated with car show, arts and crafts, entertainment, food, stoughtonwi.com Madison Mini-Marathon, Memorial Union: madisonminimarathon.com Agora Art Fair, Fitchburg: More than 100 artists showcase work, agoraartfair.com Tri4Schools kids’ triathlon, Middleton: tri4schools.com Gandy Dancer music festival, Mazomanie: Bluegrass, folk and other roots music, gandydancerfestival.org Spring Green car show, springgreen.com Aug. 17-18 Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts and Light Up the Lake, Oconomowoc: juried art fair, music, food, boat parade, fireworks, art activities, oconomowocarts.org Aug. 18 Duck Dash, Vilas Beach, Madison: Paddle a canoe, kayak, or paddle board across Lake Wingra, then return with 3K or 10K, wingraboats.com Aug. 22-25 Orton Park Festival, Madison: Eclectic music and food designed to spread culture and support local neighborhood, marquette-neighborhood.org
Aug. 23-25 Good Neighbor Festival, Firemen’s Park, Middleton: Carnival, arts and crafts fair, parade, live entertainment, food, goodneighborfestival.com Aug. 24 Rhythm on the River, Fort Atkinson: music, dancing, food, fortchamber.com Beloit Dirty Dash, Beloit: youth run/walk and obstacle course, visitbeloit.com Aug. 30-31 State Cow Chip Throw, Prairie du Sac: 40th annual festival has flying cow pies, music, parade, craft fair, wiscowchip.com Aug. 30 - Sept. 1 Brooklyn Labor Day Truck and Tractor Pull, Legion Park, Brooklyn, facebook.com/Brooklynlaborday Wilhelm Tell Festival New Glarus: Celebrating Swiss independence story with theater, art fair, lantern parade, camping, entertainment, swisstown.com Aug. 30 - Sept. 2 Bicycle Festival, Riverside Park, La Crosse: 9th annual Labor Day weekend biking festival with rides for all skill levels, travelwisconsin.com Iowa County Fair, Mineral Point: iowacountyfair.org Sept. 6-8 Dairy Days, Legion Park, Platteville: Parade, tractor pulls, live music, arts and crafts fair, food and beer, plattevilledairydays.com Historic reenactments, Mound View Park, Platteville: Period blacksmiths, woodworkers and colonial men and women show Life as it was like in the early 1800s, platteville.com Sept. 7-8 Wisconsin Game Fest, Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, Chippewa: Midwest’s largest outdoor show, shooting competitions, falconry, petting zoo, food and beer, wigamefest.com Sept. 8 Ironman Wisconsin, Madison: Test of endurance starts and ends downtown, ironman.com Heritage Festival, Schumacher Farm Park, Waunakee: Learn how things were done in the “old days” with domestic chores and demonstrations, wagon rides, music, kids’ activities, schumacherfarmpark.org Sept. 12-13 Wo Zha Wa Days Fall Fest, Wisconsin Dells, wisdells.com Sept. 13-15 Wauktoberfest, Waunakee: Live music, inflatables, pumpkin decorating, storytellers, beer taste, frau carry, dachshund dash, limburger cheese-eating contest, free movies and games, wauktoberfest.com Sept. 14 Thirsty Troll Brew Fest, Mount Horeb: Unlimited sampling of more than 100 microbrews, live music, food: thirstytrollbrewfest.com Sept. 14-15 Minhas Oktoberfest, Monroe: Live bands, local brews, distillery tours, minhasoktoberfest.com Sept. 15 Dogtoberfest, Capital Brewery, Middleton: Humane Society fundraiser with music, food, giveshelter.org Sept. 18-20 Green County Cheese Days, Oldest food festival in the midwest, more than 100,000 attendees, Courthouse Square, Monroe, cheesedays.com Sept. 21 Fall Nationals Tractor and Truck Pull, Monroe: Tractor and truck pull, food stands, live music at fairgrounds, greencountyfallnationals.com Sept. 26-29 Oktoberfest, New Glarus: Music, games, rides, food, tractor-drawn wagon rides, historical displays and events, swisstown.com Sept. 27-28 Cornish Festival, Mineral Point: Music, dance, pub night, kids’ activities, cornishfest.com Sept. 28 Smoke in the Valley, Spring Green: Ribs, chicken, appetizer contests, samples, plus beer and wine samples, music, prizes, springgreen.com
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Living history Civil War reenactor Tom Trimble shares his passion for the past Story by Scott De Laruelle Photo submitted
blood-curdling “Rebel yell” rose out of the damp, early morning fog as the two dozen men in blue stood by their six-gun artillery battery on a hill outside Boscobel, waiting intently for order to fire at the onrushing gray mob. When they did, unleashing a thick cloud of black smoke into the mist, Tom Trimble squinted out from his gun position into the obscured field in front of him, waiting for the enemy to rush in at any moment. But as the breeze cleared to show the mock carnage wrought by the cannon blasts, the scene struck him unlike anything else he’s done as a Civil War reenactor. “All the Confederates were down,” he said. “And it was a profound moment. It’s hard not to talk about it and get emotionally affected.” Trimble, a DeForest resident, is
Find out more Contact Trimble and colleague Lyle Laufenberg at email@example.com On the web 6th Wis. Light Artillery 6thwislight.blogspot.com 2nd Wis. Volunteer Infantry secondwi.com a retired educator with ancestors who fought on both sides of the war, including Confederate general Isaac Trimble, who led a division at Gettysburg, and great-great grandfather David Trimble, who fought for the Union side, along with his four brothers. The war, which lasted four years (1861-65), spawned a dedicated group
Civil War educator and reenactor Tom Trimble is shown here in action with the guns of the 6th Wis. Light Artillery.
of reenactors like Trimble, who grew up in a well-traveled military family and started participating in Civil War reenactment groups after moving to Wisconsin from New Mexico in 1978. In recent years, he’s given dozens to demonstrations and presentations to students in the Oregon School District, something he called “more than just a hobby, but a way of explaining or expressing the concerns of the people” on a subject that can be challenging to talk about with students. “Kids cannot possibly understand the horror and terror of combat and the effect it has on the soldiers, but they can relate to how that would affect their children and mothers and sisters and brothers and grandparents on the homefront,” he said. “In that sense, what we talk about is very approachable.” l
Q&A with Tom Trimble YF: What first got you interested in history? Trimble: When I was a kid in Missouri, my dad kind of got bored on the weekends, so we’d pile in the car and usually end up at some historical place like a fort or park. One year we went to Gettysburg. Later, it was two places I lived – North Africa, which had a very strong Roman influence, and I spent a number of years in England, which has a very rich history. YF: How did that evolve into reenacting and teaching “living history”? Trimble: I wasn’t just interested in reading about it. As a kid, you visualize and imagine, and that turns into play – how things would have been, or what a battle would feel like. What was life like for these people? I started in reenactment doing (famed gunfighter Wild Bill) Hickock for a number 34 YOUR FAMILY SUMMER 2019
of years, and through that got into the Confederate infantry group and later the Union artillery group. YF: What do you like most about sharing your knowledge of history in this way? Trimble: When I was a kid, I read a lot of history, but I didn’t know anybody who actually did it. We’re like living historians when we talk to school groups; we’re wearing the uniform, and we have invested a fair amount of time, effort and money to be at an event where we share our knowledge and experience and our feelings. It’s about creating enough of an image, or a feel so people can take away a better understanding of what it was like. It’s a visual thing, a tactile thing, it’s not just reading it out of a book. We try to make it real for people.
YF: Why is it important for young people to learn more about the Civil War? Trimble: I always tell the kids, we’re not about glorifying war, and that’s something, unfortunately, I think a lot of (people) don’t get. We’re talking about a certain period of time in our country’s history, and that is a fact, whether people like it or not, the Civil War took place. The Union had drummer boys – these were kids, right in the thick of battle. The wars we fought in the past, including the Civil War, were fought over important ideas, and those ideas and values gave people courage that they believed in them so strongly, people were willing to lay down their lives. If we’re forgetting that history, we’re forgetting who we are and where we came from.
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