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When unexpected places meet unexpected styles INSIDE YOUR FAMILY BY JIM FEROLIE


ur cover story in this issue of Your Family is called “Art in Unexpected Places,” and certainly, there are many places we don’t expect to be surrounded by art. But the place I discovered it the other day was as unexpected as it gets. My wife and I had made plans to see a concert by one of our favorite regional acts downtown, and we headed there a couple hours early to make sure we got the seats we wanted. We were so early, in fact, that the box office wasn’t open, so we needed a place to hang out. This was made more urgent by the fact it was obnoxiously cold and she needed to go

to the bathroom. So we decided not to be picky and went directly across the street, to a bar we’d never heard of with obscured windows. It had an unusual vibe as we walked in, sort of a dark, goth-like nightclub atmosphere, but playing old country music and showing sports on several TVs. We didn’t put much thought into it, especially since we saw a pool table (always a bonus!). She headed to the ladies’ room while I ordered a beer from the young, strapping man behind the bar with a cowboy hat on. I had a minute to wait and began to look around. That’s when I realized I was a little

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out of place. Adorning the walls was a variety of art – most of it of a sensual variety and almost all of it featuring large, muscle-bound men. Looking further, I saw several more cowboy hats, risque, erotic posters for upcoming events like pool and darts tournaments and large television screens in the middle with rotating slides, all of it sensual and some of it quite graphic. Some might argue this was not art, and certainly it wouldn’t be for everyone, but when I think back to the art history classes I was exposed to in college, I recall plenty of sensual paintings and sculptures of halfnaked or fully naked people. The fact is, art from the consumer’s perspective is about creating atmosphere and feeling. As my wife and I shrugged our shoulders and settled into a few games of billiards while we waited for the show to start, we realized this was just another place and the people there – most of them clearly more “regulars” than us – didn’t care why we were there. They were just hanging out surrounded by images they liked and that made them feel like they belonged. That brings me back to what I really enjoyed as we put together this cover story, the recognition that while my traditional view of art when I was a kid was something that you saw at a museum or gallery or studied in school, it really always has been all around us. It wasn’t until the last century that mass-produced decor became so ubiquitous that truly unique art seemed inaccessible, or at the very least, uncommon. So it’s great to see we are beginning to come full circle, where the odd, unusual or uncommon is in vogue, and local institutions and business are finding ways to bring it back to us and give people more opportunity for self-expression. Jim Ferolie is the editor of Your Family magazine.


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5 clubs around Madison where you can try curling Story by Scott Girard

Photos submitted Every four years, the Winter Olympic Games allow people around the country to take a special interest in sports they rarely, if ever, have given a second thought to. Whether it’s biathlon, figure skating or skeleton, it’s easy to pick out a team to root for because they’re from the United States or from an unlikely country – like the iconic 1988 Jamaican bobsled team. Last year, a team representing the United States gave new and longtime curling fans plenty to cheer about – as well as a reason to stay up overnight – as they battled for and eventually won a gold medal against the team from Sweden. It was easily the best finish for a U.S. team in the sport, and it sparked plenty of interest back home, particularly in Dane County. One of the gold medalists, Matt Hamilton, is from McFarland, and his sister competed for the women’s team. McFarland is also home to the Madison Curling Club, one of five in the area that sometimes allow for public participation, but are always running leagues with dedicated curlers. Here is information about each of those clubs and what gives each its own character.

Blackhawk Curling Club

1400 Craig Ave., Janesville blackhawkcurling@gmail.com | blackhawkcurling.com

Janesville’s Blackhawk Curling Club sits adjacent to the Rock County Fairgrounds. The more than 50-year-old club has a “long tradition of being hospitable and friendly,” member Catherine Idzerda wrote in an email. The club’s groupings are “more flexible” than many, she added, dividing up skill levels so every team can be competitive with others and creating “much less pressure for newcomers.” The club holds its open houses in the fall and early winter, though there are also opportunities through the casual Saturday league, which offers “pick-up games,” according to the club’s website. Those interested must be members, but do not have to sign up in advance. Idzerda said while people often compare the sport to shuffleboard, she considers it “more like chess on ice.” “You have the strategy of the overall game, but then you have to be able to think of a plan B in the seconds between the time the stone leaves a person’s hand and the moment it arrives in the house,” she explained. The club’s building features a kitchen and social space, with a viewing area into the three sheets of ice for curling. 6 YOUR FAMILY SPRING 2019

Poynette Curling Club

216 E. Hudson St., Poynette 635-7100 | poynettecurlingclub.com

Curling in the Poynette area is almost as old as the state of Wisconsin. The Poynette Curling Club was established in 1875, according to its website, and has continued the tradition that is celebrated at the Poynette Area Historical Museum with some of the early wooden and iron blocks used for the sport. Today, the club uses the same stones found in all curling competitions. Open leagues play on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, and Monday and Tuesday night men’s leagues and a Tuesday women’s day league play throughout the winter. In the spring and fall, it offers all open leagues. The youth league began in January and runs through March, and includes instructional opportunities. The website boasts it is “commonly referred to as Wisconsin’s Finest Ice,” and the club hosts a bonspiel tournament each year – this year’s men’s edition was Feb. 22-24. PCC also focuses on building community through the sport on its website. “More so than in many team sports, good sportsmanship is an integral part of curling,” the website states. “The sport is equally strategic and social.”


Arlington Curling Club 207 Pierce St., Arlington 635-4013 arlingtoncurling.com

The Arlington Curling Club was established in the village’s old fire station in 1954. Since then, the club has developed a sense of camaraderie, history, tradition and a small-town atmosphere in its leagues, which are all open to any gender, age or skill level, vice president Jene Atkinson wrote in an email. “The games can be competitive, but a friendly competition,” she wrote. The club includes some multigenerational curling families that have carried on the tradition of the sport, she said. She stressed curling is “a game of honor,” in which players call their own fouls and where socializing with the opposing team after a match is common. The club hosts an “occasional” open house “so individuals can give it a try,” as well as offering to be on site to instruct during private events, Atkinson wrote. The public can also visit the club during two annual raffles, as well as two annual tournaments – or bonspiels – that “any level of experience are welcome” to compete in or watch. “To ease new curlers into the sport, we also have a mini, one day, bonspiel which we want to pair up new curlers with experienced curlers,” she explained. They also host a five-week Friday night league to allow those new to the sport to “get a taste of league play without making a big commitment,” Atkinson added. She said she’s seen those new to the sport find it “addicting,” with a challenge “similar to golf” in that “you make an incredible shot and you want to do it again.” “It seems the more you learn about playing the game, strategy and skill, you find there is always something more you can do to improve,” she wrote.

Madison Curling Club

4802 Marsh Road, McFarland 838-5875 | madisoncurlingclub.com

The Madison Curling Club hosts open houses and Learn2Curl sessions each fall before the beginning of the season, and it offers teaching opportunities for members new to the sport. The beginnings of the club go back to 1921 at Camp Randall, when some professors from the University of Wisconsin and other Madisonians made a sheet of ice under the stadium bleachers, according to the club’s website. Nine years later, they constructed a building at Burr Jones Field on East Washington Avenue for the club. In June 1997, the club moved to a $1.3 million, six-sheet facility in McFarland. Club secretary Dae Jean Jahnke wrote in an email the six sheets make the club “one of the largest in the country.” Jahnke wrote that people tend to “find curling is much more difficult than it looks” when they first try it, but there’s enough interest that the club has a waiting list for people who want to join. Full memberships range from $225 for those under 21 to $325 for new curlers and $375 for those with more experience. There are also specific league memberships at lower prices, such at $200 for Friday open league, $50 for a junior curler and $100 for a “social” membership that provides access to the clubhouse but not the ice.

Last year, a team representing the United States gave new and longtime curling fans plenty to cheer about – as well as a reason to stay up overnight.

Kettle Moraine Curling Club 2630 Oakwood Road, Hartland 262-367-8862 kmcurlingclub.com

An hour east of Madison, the nearly 60-year-old Kettle Moraine Curling Club mixes fun into the sport. Events like this February’s “animated series” tournament encouraging participants to dress as their favorite animated character for at least three games are on their calendar, along with the more traditional league nights and private events. The club’s website also strongly promotes sportsmanship and encourages those new to it to learn the rules, history and etiquette. “Curling games begin and end with a handshake and greetings of ‘Good Curling’ between each of the competitors,” the website states. The five sheets of ice in Hartland host school phy ed groups, as well. We have curlers who have curled a few months to curlers who have curled for 50-plus years,” member Tess Munich wrote in an email. “Curlers who are 5 and 6 years old and curlers approaching 90 years old. Annual dues for the club range from $70 for a social member to $480 for a regular who has been a member for more than two years. The all-volunteer club has members offer time to run various events at the club and keep it operating. It was founded by a group of people who were curling club members in neighboring communities like Milwaukee, Wauwatosa and Waukesha, according to the KMCC website. The club was constructed in a former horse barn and opened in October 1963, with the first ice made the week of March 6, 1964. Curling began a week later, on March 15, according to the website. l SPRING 2019 YOUR FAMILY 7


Teach good food judgment by keeping sweets neutral TO YOUR HEALTH BY KARA HOERR


hortly after Valentine’s Day, the store shelves once again get stocked with candy for Easter. That makes it almost impossible to walk into a store and not be bombarded with holiday treats. With rows upon rows of colorful candy lined up, if you have kiddos, you’ve probably heard the question, “Can I have (insert certain candy, dessert, something sweet here)?” Heck, you might have asked yourself this. You obviously don’t want your child to have candy all the time, yet you might find it difficult to say no without causing a meltdown or fight. The good news, all you have to say is, “We’re not having that right now.” Plain and simple. This might sound too simple, but the reality is, if you’re questioned why not, all you have to say is that sometimes we have those things and sometimes we don’t. You can let your kiddo know that he or she can have it another time. Just make sure to follow through. Sure, you might have some pushback in the beginning (especially if this is not something you typically say no to), but if you stay consistent, your kiddos will soon get familiar with this response and know that sometimes they can have the sweet foods they ask for and sometimes they can’t. The key is keeping your language neutral. Too often I hear parents say things like, “You can’t have that,” “You’ve already had too much sugar,” “That’s bad for you,” or “Mommy’s trying to lose weight.” 8 YOUR FAMILY SPRING 2019

Keep it neutral. Ice cream – or any dessert – can be allowed on an ordinary weekday just as much as on Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately, these offhand comments are anything but innocent or forgotten. Without even realizing it, you’re teaching your child judgment around food. It creates an unhealthy relationship with food, in which foods are seen as black and white, either “good” or “bad.” Not only this, but putting sweet foods off limits makes them even more desirable to kids and could lead to impulsive eating when they do get a chance to eat something sweet. It’s simply human nature to become obsessed about the things we can’t have. Instead, by keeping your comments around food neutral (whatever the situation is), it teaches them that everyone, kids and adults alike, can’t have food every time we see it. It also teaches kids to honor their bodies and listen for their hunger and fullness cues – not to just eat whenever we see something that looks good. It would be silly to stop for ice

cream every time you passed by an ice cream store. We don’t have the ability or finances to be able to do this. However, it is totally OK to stop for ice cream occasionally – and not just for special occasions. Keep it neutral. Ice cream – or any dessert – can be allowed on an ordinary weekday just as much as on Valentine’s Day. Start by including a small piece of chocolate or candy in your kiddo’s lunch box or at meals once in a while. It doesn’t have to be big – just a few M&Ms or chocolate chips is enough. This keeps these sweet foods neutral. They can eat it before, during or after their meal (and not as a reward). Keeping foods neutral allows kids to regulate their eating around sweet foods. While you might think they’d eat it every chance they can get, that’s actually our own diet-centric mind thinking. You, as an adult who has likely established and followed restrictive food rules the majority of your adult life, might want dessert any time you can get it, but by teaching kids early that sweet foods are offered on a regular basis and are allowed in everyday life, it gives them a sense of freedom to have the foods without the need to be impulsive around it. We could learn from our kids on this one. l Kara Hoerr, MS, RD, CD, is the registered dietitian at the Fitchburg Hy-Vee. This information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.


I’ve found love under pressure MY BLOOD TYPE IS COFFEE BY RHONDA MOSSNER


es, the rumors are true. I’ve been spending time with a new love. I can’t help myself. I tried to resist, but I finally gave into temptation and brought him home. I should tell you that a friend dropped him off one afternoon while my husband was away. No, it’s not a new man in my life. It’s my new Instant Pot. For those unfamiliar with the name brand, it’s a new-generation electric pressure cooker that was all the rage this holiday season. Of course, there are other brand names, but Instant Pot seems to be the common label most consumers identify with. Now, I know many of you have visions of explosions of hot water and steam from the pressure cookers of yesteryear, but those days are over. Some very smart engineer thought this through and decided it was a better idea to just plug it in, lock down the lid and not allow it to work if something was awry than to take their chances with Grandma’s old-time bomb on their stovetop. To be honest, I had watched the demonstrations of these pots many times before they piqued my curiosity enough to examine how one would benefit me in my personal kitchen. I mean, hey, I love to cook and bake, so I have a lot of gadgets. In addition to a stove, microwave and toaster oven, I’ve got just about any fancy little gimmick you can think of out there. Remember the mini pie and cake ball irons? Yep, have ’em. Who remembers the Salad Shooter and its cousin the Cookie Shooter? Yep, have them, too. I am a sucker for these types of appliances, but usually the ones I buy do not carry a price tag around $100, so if I was going to bring home an Instant Pot, I needed to get to know it a little better first. My first encounter with one of these electric pressure cookers was at a local Target. I was just waltzing up and down the houseware aisles, and there he was sitting so sleek and colorful on the shelf.

Once it lured me in with all its buttons I was hooked. So many options! He could cook rice in five minutes, make hard-boiled eggs in six minutes and go from frozen to cooked hamburger in 10 minutes. My heart started racing just thinking of all the ways it could shortcut my time in the kitchen. But I love to cook. And bake. Now, if it could bake a cake… Sure enough, it can bake a cake. OK, I’ll admit it takes a bit longer to bake one. However, in a crisis situation – and I’m not sure what crisis that would be – it actually could bake a cake. Yoo-hoo! Soon, I became obsessed with YouTube videos on cooking with electric pressure cookers. As the holidays approached, I knew my big chance was coming. I sat on my hands and waited for them to go on sale. I searched the local ads. I searched online. I knew the 6-quart one would be just right for my husband and me. I didn’t need all the bells and whistles. I was going middle of the road on this purchase. Eventually, it did, and a few weeks ago, my new Instant Pot arrived on my doorstep. I just must admit I’ve never been so happy with an appliance in my life. It can do so many things the YouTube videos promised. So far, I’ve made barbeque pork, chicken, chili, spaghetti, rice pudding, soups, roasts, oatmeal and popcorn – yes, popcorn! But I have to say my all- time favorite thing from my Instant Pot is chocolate cake! After many experiments, I created a recipe for it, and it’s moist and yummy. It might be overload, but I’ve recently started to wonder what it would be like to own two Instant Pots. Hmmm… time will tell. l In addition to her blog, TheDanglingThread.blogspot.com, Rhonda Mossner is a professional speaker, quilter and chef.

Instant Pot Chocolate Cake (6 qt size) In a large mixer bowl, add the following dry ingredients: 1 c. all-purpose flour ½ c. cocoa ½ t. baking soda ½ t. salt ¾ c. sugar Whisk together and make a well in center of mix. Next, add the wet ingredients: 2 eggs ½ c. vegetable oil 2 t. vanilla extract ½ c. milk ½ c. boiling water Whisk until smooth. It will be a thin batter. Set aside. Meanwhile, spray 6-inch springform pan or a 6-inch glass Pyrex bowl with 3-inch sides, and be sure to wrap bottom of springform in foil to avoid leaks. Pour batter into prepared bowl. Place your trivet with handles up inside inner pot and add 1 cup of water. Set your pan or bowl on top. (To avoid water dripping on cake when opening lid, place foil over top of pan/bowl) Close lid. Check that stem valve in set on SEALING. Manually set timer on high pressure for 40 min. (I turned off the Keep Warm button) When it is done, allow to naturally release for about 45 min. Carefully open your lid and use hot pads to take out pan/bowl. Cake may have cracks on sides and top from pressure cooking, but it’s hidden once frosted. SPRING 2019 YOUR FAMILY 9


Rediscovering hometown history Da

. . . p i r T y Manitowoc’s attention to tradition brings out nostalgic charm

Photo by David Nelson. The Wisconsin Maritime Museum includes a gallery that features replicas of the streets of Manitowoc set more than 150 years ago.


Photos and story by Amber Levenhagen

t had been years since I returned to the city where my family grew up. So on a particularly cold winter day this January, I made the two-and-ahalf hour trip back north to visit my old stomping grounds. Manitowoc, set on Lake Michigan and home to over 32,000 people, is where my dad and his dozen siblings grew up in the 1960s to 1980s. Over my 25 years, I’ve heard myriad stories about the young rebels the Levenhagens were – skipping class at Lincoln High School, running around the marina and ditching bicycles on the side of the road to run through the woods. My experience with the city was much different. My mom would take my sister and me on day trips to the Lincoln Park Zoo and to Beernsten’s Confectionary for ice cream after we had enough of the heat. The Lincoln Park Zoo was established in 1935 after the city shut down a fish pond and a compromise with area


conservation groups was to establish the zoo. It’s free and hosts educational programs during the summer, which was great for me as a kid but wouldn’t have been as enjoyable during this winter trip. Less than 10 years after the zoo opened, one of the submarines built in Manitowoc was sunk in World War II. The Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company, which was established in 1902, built 28 submarines for the U.S. Navy. The shipbuilding industry was an important piece of the city’s history and economy and is recognized at the Maritime Museum. The Maritime Museum was supposed to be the center of our trip, but we weren’t able to put as much time into it as we’d hoped, so we ad-libbed another museum into our trip. Both of the museums are rich in history, something that’s dear to my heart, and so are the two places we ate. Getting familiar with it all again helped

me rediscover my appreciation for the history of the city itself, and I began to notice that Manitowoc still holds a soft spot in my heart.

12-cent hamburgers

On this frosty day, my traveling partner David and I headed out early so we could hit all of the hot spots by sundown. Our first stop was Late’s, the restaurant my aunt Joanne and her husband, Chuck, would visit at least once a week when they were first dating. The two have been married since 1969. Late’s is an unassuming diner on 9th Street, established in 1948. We actually had to turn around – twice – because we had missed it. It’s without a sign and across from Red Arrow Park; if you make it to the baseball diamond or the VFW mural, you’ve driven too far. Taking a seat at one of the two wrap-around counters, my eyes fell


Photo by David Nelson. Late’s is a charming diner that has been open since 1948. Its breakfast menu offers cheese curd stuffed omelettes and a build-your-own option.

immediately on the cheese curdstuffed omelette. David built his own omelet and we both shared an order of hashbrowns, all for $20, including drinks and a tip. And it was delicious – we had a list of places to try for lunch, but the meal was filling. If we had brought in U.S. Silver Coins dated 1964 or earlier, our prices would have been significantly lower. The diner pays homage to its history by preserving the prices of its time. With those coins, hamburgers are 12 cents or 10 for $1, coffee is 7 cents and a fourpiece chicken dinner is 36 cents. The wall is adorned with historic pictures of city buildings – the marina in 1891, Lincoln High School during construction in 1923 and even a group of youngsters dubbed the “Clean Plate Club” in 1943. There is a line of plaques on the wall identifying the most expensive meals served at the diner – among the top was a group of 13 that had a tab of just over $60.

Above and below water

I could almost hear my dad’s voice as we pulled up to the Maritime Museum. “Would you look at that!” That’s what he would say whenever we would pass the submarine near the parking lot in my youth, for what always felt like the 100th time, as if it hadn’t been there since 1970. That submarine – the USS Cobia – was the original focus of this story, but the painful cold had closed that part of the museum (cutting our admission cost in half to $5). The world’s most completely restored World War II submarine, according to the museum, has an above-ground exhibit dedicated to its history, including pictures and artifacts and a video sharing its story from some of the people who occupied it. Normally, the museum admission includes a 45-minute

Wisconsin’s Underwater Treasures, one of the temporary exhibits at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, highlights some of the shipwrecks of Lake Michigan.

guided tour through the vessel, and it also offers overnight programs for schools, scout groups and summer programs. The rest of the museum, filled with such things as model boats and wood-carved fish, is self-guided, with opportunities to watch minidocumentaries. Special events throughout the year feature documentary screenings, presentations from area experts, afterhours expeditions and programs with the Friends of the Manitowoc River Watershed, a local conservation group that had a hand in preserving pieces of the museum. One of my favorite parts was exploring the model ship gallery and car ferry exhibits, but I also liked visiting the maritime history gallery that threw me back to the 1840s. I got to see how shipbuilding and shipping were some of the first industries in Wisconsin, and Manitowoc in particular, highlighting the significance of the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company.

Steampunk sidequest

The hour-and-a-half we spent at the maritime museum didn’t quite quench our historical thirst, so we we drove about 5 minutes away to the Rahr-West Art Museum, located on 8th Street. The free museum is built around a Queen Anne-style Victorian mansion, built by Joseph and Mary Vilas between 1891 and 1893. While much of the mansion is closed off, the addition offers a chance for rotating exhibits to be featured throughout the year. The house, which cost between

The Rahr-West Art Museum, located at 610 N. 8th St., Manitowoc, is located in the Joseph Vilas Jr. House. The mansion was built between 1891 and 1893.

$35,000 and $50,000 to build – a fortune back then – is on the National Register of Historic Places and contains 13 bedrooms, seven full and partial bathrooms, hot-water heat with six fireplaces, gaslight and cistern water. Joseph was the mayor of Manitowoc from 1893-1895, and he lived in the house until his death by suicide in 1905. It remained empty until 1910, when the president of Rahr Malting Company, Reinhardt Rahr, purchased it. He died in 1921, and his widow donated the house to the city in 1941 to be used for educational purposes. In 1975, the City of Manitowoc took control of the mostly abandoned Rahr Civic Center and repaired and remodeled the house for creating exhibitions and displays. John and Ruth West donated from their respective foundations to purchase the land. The last renovation, in 2007, added space for an expanded educational program. Continued on page 12 SPRING 2019 YOUR FAMILY 11

REDISCOVERING HOMETOWN Continued from page 12

FAMILYFUN Joan Emmett, a Manitowoc artist, was featured

during our visit. Her steampunk machines with vintage video and creative creatures were mesmerizing. Throughout the next several months, exhibits will feature the Manitowoc Public School District and art from area high schools. An exhibit about Naval art created by Thomas Hart Benton during World War II is coming up in spring through fall, and expressionists Charles Dix and Doris White will be featured June through August.

Beernsten’s Confectionary, located on 8th Street, displays Valentine’s Day treats and sweets ahead of the holiday.

Sweet endings

The sun was starting to set, so we headed over to the final stop of the day to meet up with my childhood best friend and enjoy some ice cream. Beernsten’s Confectionary is a staple in Manitowoc. Located on 8th Street, the store features a candy shop in the front half and a restaurant in the back. I remember hating the hard, wooden benches when I was a kid, but sitting on them once again left me in a state of nostalgic bliss. Originally “Beernsten’s Candies,” the shop opened at its current location in 1932. Joe Beernsten previously had been involved with candy making in Green Bay, Chicago and Milwaukee before he became the first manager at Boston Store’s candy department in Milwaukee in 1927 and then branched out on his own. Several generations of Beernsten’s continued to own and operate the store until 2003, when it was sold to Dean and Chrissy Schadrie. A second location, which opened in 1984 in Cedarburg, sells almost all of the same candy available at the flagship location, but no ice cream. All of the candies are made with the same techniques the Beernsten family started using when the store opened – copper kettles and wooden paddles for the hard candy and old-fashioned handdipping techniques for the chocolates. In addition to the tall ice cream sundaes, the restaurant serves sandwiches and soups. I enjoyed the tomato bisque, which was an unusual choice for me. The night grew long as we overstayed our welcome – unintentionally, we stayed right until close and the restaurant locked the door behind us. Stepping out onto the chilly, almost deserted street, we said our goodbyes and headed home. l 12 YOUR FAMILY SPRING 2019


‘Spare Tire’ provisions can be extra protection ESTATE PLANNING BY DERA L. JOHNSEN-TRACY


recently met with a new client whose previous attorney had suggested an outright distribution to his adult daughter by means of a simple will. After further discussion, it became clear the proposed strategy could have proven disastrous because it could have interfered with government benefits she might need. Well-drafted and comprehensive trusts should contain certain language that addresses this and other unforeseen circumstances, what we often refer to as “spare tire” provisions. For example, you might not have any beneficiaries now who are receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Medicaid government benefits, but the reality is we are all one accident away from disability. Therefore it’s good to include language providing that if any beneficiary is receiving government benefits only available to those individuals with limited income and/ or assets or needs to qualify for them in the future, your trustee can convert that share to a special-needs trust (also known as a supplemental needs trust). In the case of this client, his daughter, now in her late 40s, has lived with her parents for her entire life and

has been diagnosed with numerous disabilities and physical ailments, including Asperger syndrome and diabetes. Although she is not receiving any type of government assistance and holds down a part-time job, her father expressed concerns about whether she would be capable of caring for herself after his passing (he recently became a widower). Had his daughter inherited outright through a will, not only would a public probate proceeding allow predators to view the details of her inheritance online, but if she ever were to require nursing home care or other expensive medical procedures not covered by insurance, she would likely be required to spend down her entire inheritance before qualifying for government assistance. By including these provisions, you protect your beneficiary’s share by allowing the beneficiary to qualify for benefits when needed while also making the beneficiary’s inherited assets available for certain “luxuries” the government will not provide for in order to improve his or her life. Similarly, even if all of your beneficiaries are responsible adults

with no creditor issues, if one of them is involved in a future lawsuit due to an auto accident or a bankruptcy proceeding due to unanticipated family medical expenses, you can protect your beneficiary’s inherited assets from certain types of creditors. Finally, if one of your beneficiaries develops a substance-abuse problem or a gambling addiction, it might be dangerous to provide that beneficiary with any cash distributions. If your trust contains the necessary language, your beneficiary’s inherited assets could be used for rehab and for help with living expenses, but the trustee would not be obligated to distributed cash directly to the beneficiary until the issue is resolved. Your estate planning attorney hopes your “spare tire” provisions are never needed. However, when they are, families are relieved that their parents had the foresight to provide for these possibilities in advance. l Attorney Dera L. Johnsen-Tracy is a shareholder and co-founder of Horn & Johnsen SC, a Madison law firm dedicated to estate planning, business law, and real estate.

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Northern Lights offers more questions than answers Northern Lights By Raymond Strom Simon & Schuster ISBN 978-1-9821-0876-2 $26 Northern Lights, a debut novel by Raymond Strom, explores a young man’s sexuality as he searches for his mother in the Upper Midwest. The novel is scheduled for Feb. 12 release by Simon & Schuster. Strom was born in Hibbing, Minn., and lived in small towns across Minnesota, Wisconsin, the Dakotas and Montana. Shane Stephenson, who admits to his friend Russell that he’s attracted to both boys and girls, was kicked out of his uncle’s home after his father’s death. He finds himself alone, searching for a mother who left the home years before, and happens upon his mother’s last known address in the small town of Holm, Minn., an enclave of ethnic Swedes hit hard by the meth epidemic of the 1990s. It’s the summer before he’s to enter college, and Shane faces many transitions and challenges, not the least of which is his struggle with his sexuality. Shane soon strikes up some friendships, however. He meets Jenny, a beautiful artist who latches onto Shane not despite but because of his confused sexuality which makes

him interesting. He also meets “J” and his girlfriend Mary and Russell, a young man who awakens Shane’s repressed sexuality. Shane also meets up with Sven Svenson, the town bully, who is deeply involved in the drug trade and who embroils Shane in a turbulent web of violence. When Jenny buys Shane a bus ticket so he can search for his mother in Michigan, he makes a discovery that not only shatters his expectations of the person he had hoped to find, but also shows the new direction he must take if he is to succeed in life. After leaving his mother, he returns to Holm and unimaginable tragedy. Strom holds nothing back in the violence Shane faces. He depicts Shane’s adolescent sexual encounters realistically, but without dwelling on the explicit. The overriding theme of Shane’s search for his identity should appeal to both young adult and adult readers. Strom strikes a painful chord as he takes a hard look at the meth epidemic in the Upper Midwest. He also offers a heartwarming glimpse at the goodness of humanity that Shane encounters when he needs it the most. You come away from this novel feeling as though as though you’ve met real people and engaged with them in their lives. This is an incredibly well-crafted debut novel. l Michael Tidemann writes from Estherville, Iowa. His author page is amazon.com/author/michaeltidemann. SPRING 2019 YOUR FAMILY 17


Breaking the mold From hospitals to hallways, area artists ‘push boundaries’ to get exposure Story and photos by Mackenzie Krumme

Helen Hawley talks through her piece at Art + Literature Laboratory, a workshop and gallery to help artists in Madison.


ucked into a neighborhood on Madison’s east side lies a secluded art gallery known only to the avid art seeker. At 1853 Helena St., Stephen Perkins, the former curator for the Lawton Gallery at the University of WisconsinGreen Bay, has created an intimate art space. His Subspace Gallery, visible from the front porch, is the hallway inside his home between the spare bedroom, where guests can throw their jackets, and his


daughter’s room, where she sleeps when she visits from Minneapolis. Madison is full of unusual places to find art like this, beyond traditional museums and art galleries. Some demonstrate the entrepreneurial spirit and determination of artists who want to make things work, even when the support and financial backing is not there, Perkins told Your Family, or the dedication of small-business owners to provide a space for artists to display

their work. Others are educational spaces, dedicated to helping careers in art in the Madison area. Anne Katz, executive director of Arts Wisconsin, the only independent statewide art advocacy group, said there are so many community centers, social service organizations, businesses and people developing the arts in Wisconsin, she has trouble wrapping her mind around it. “It shows how much the arts are not

FAMILYLIFE just relegated to the corner but are really permeating all aspects of life,” she said. This is despite – or perhaps because of – the relatively low amount of arts funding coming from the State of Wisconsin. In 2018, the state Legislature appropriated $787,100 to the arts, according to Americans Stephen Perkins explains the significance of photos in his home for the Arts, a national gallery’s most recent exhibit. art advocacy group. That was No. 43 in the nation and less than 3 percent of the more than $35 million its neighbor, Minnesota, provides. Jolynne Roorda, the visual and performing art director at Arts + Literature Laboratory (ALL) in Madison, said ALL receives local grants through Dane Arts and the Madison Arts Commission in addition to support from the Wisconsin Arts Board. The majority of 2018 funding, however, came from individual donations and private foundations. “A lot of times, the arts are something that everybody will agree is important and that they love but they don’t always want to talk about the specifics of how to support it,” Roorda said. In the absence of more funding from the state, some larger institutions have taken it upon themselves to help expose people to art. Local examples include the Bubbler inside the Madison Public Library’s Central branch and eight different art spaces within UW Health facilities. UW Health hosts more than 70 exhibits a year, and its gallery areas are booked until 2021. The art, from local artists, art organizations and even former patients, is woven through different wings of the hospital. In all, there are thousands of public places to view art in Wisconsin, Katz said, from larger art institutions like the Overture Center for the Arts and the Chazen Museum of Art to high school auditoriums and community performing arts centers like the Stoughton Opera House, Richland Center City Auditorium and Darlington Arts Center. Look up from your latte next time you’re at the local cafe and you might notice a glass mosaic and the name of the local artist who created it, or when you’re at the local brewery or distillery, take a look at what’s hanging on the walls and who made it. All these alternative art spaces, Perkins said, allow artists a degree of freedom that isn’t often found in conventional galleries. And that makes art more accessible for the public and for artists. “I’m thinking people do things to experiment, do new stuff and push boundaries,” Perkins said. “I would like to think it is happening anywhere where groups of creative people aren’t being provided things that they want – so they come together to create it themselves.”

‘Co-working space’

In 2015, Roorda had been searching all over Dane County to find a suitable space for ALL. After consistently coming up empty-handed, she and her husband had a serious conversation one night about temporarily suspending the vision of the nonprofit organization, with hopes of revisiting it in the future. The next day, fate intervened. Roorda found a space online in the SchenkAtwood neighborhood, and it turned out the landlord is an artist and avid supporter of the arts. The building, at 2021 Winnebago St. is a former printing shop that’s more than a century old. The interior walls are gray-washed brick, holding up an exposed industrial-style ceiling. The result is a cohesive arts community space that encourages self-expression and helps artists and aspiring artists develop their work. Continued on page 20

Peter Steinmetz shows his work at Yahara Bay Distillery in Fitchburg as the January featured artist.

Portrait of an artist

Peter Steinmetz loves to paint. An art major in college, he pursued a career in technical marketing and science and later became an industrial electrician. After a long day at work, he would tape the end of his callused fingers so the brush would not slip out of his hands. Before his wife, Jill, passed away in 2005, she made him promise to retire and start painting more. Now 76, he knows he won’t likely make it on the world stage, but since people love his paintings, he was grateful for the opportunity to show off his work at Yahara Bay Distillery as January’s featured artist. Steinmetz primarily paints rural Wisconsin landscapes in watercolor, acrylic and oil, often driving country roads or stopping a round of golf to take pictures of streams or trees. From those, he creates pencil sketches and paintings. As he walks around the gallery, he can tell you the story behind every piece. “I like the middle one,” Steinmetz said as he pointed to a painting on the south wall of the building. “This (creek) is on Highway Q in between Middleton and Waunakee. Every day, hundreds of cars go by and nobody sees it.” Steinmetz has had several health problems, including rheumatoid arthritis and brain aneurysm that required a seven-hour surgery to fix, but he still paints nearly every day. When his arthritis won’t allow him to hold his paintbrush, he uses his other hand to stabilize his wrist so he can get the colors just right. “I have to really think about what it is that I’m doing through that whole process,” he said. “It’s a great challenge – I love challenges.”




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Students at the Teen Bubbler have a painting session with professional artists. Photo courtesy Bubbler staff.

Helen Hawley’s work was displayed at ALL earlier this year. It is influenced by her time in Senegal and covers several mediums, including moving water and the animate quality in inanimate objects. She noted that artists are allowed to curtail and alter the space to best fit their exhibitions. “I was going to cut a hole in a piece of mine to fit it around a pipe,” she said. “But (Roorda) said, ‘No don’t do that; we’ll just remove the pipe.” ALL welcomes all disciplines of artists, including musicians, writers, sculptures, painters and still and film photographers. It also encourages people of different skill levels to use its services, which include workshops, readings, talk groups, youth classes, open studio times and, of course, a gallery to display artists’ work. The acronym ALL was intentionally inclusive, Roorda said. “We want to help improve the sustainability of being an artist or musician or writer here in Madison,” Roorda said. “To try to make it so that they are understood as professionals and need to be fairly paid for their work and for their contributions to our community.” The largest part of ALL’s budget goes to paying artists who perform and show work there. It also helps direct artists to other affordable art spaces and organizes political events. In January, for example, ALL joined Tone Madison in hosting a Madison mayoral candidate forum focused on arts and arts funding at the


nearby Barrymore Theatre, and 400 people showed up, Roorda said. This spirit of community is present in ALL’s programs, Roorda said. “I think art-making can be a lonely practice sometimes,” she said. “It is the same reason other people have co-working space, I think artists also want to work together.”

‘Free access for anyone’

Madison Public Library’s Bubbler program, at the Central library branch, opened in 2013, and since then, other public libraries around the nation have looked at it as a successful example of hands-on making and learning. It features a flagship artist-inresidence program, in which aspiring artists learn and connect to the community for one to two months and a media lab that is free and open to the public and allows participants to use a sound studio, explore graphic design and use green screen video technology. The Bubbler programs reaches beyond the downtown library walls and into the greater Madison community, aiming to make art accessible to people in shelters, juvenile detention centers and public schools. Trent Miller, the Bubbler program coordinator – or head “bubblerian” – has a master’s degree in painting but has worked in libraries for 15 years. “(We are) free access for anyone who wants to engage in the arts, focused toward media arts, visual arts and education,” he said. “There are hurdles:

‘How do I do this?’ ‘How do I start this?’or ‘I don’t have money.’ We can give that type of access and be that type of hub.” In the Teen Bubbler, kids create or design screen prints, music, graphic designs and even video games. In “This My Life. This My Art,” teens spent 15 weeks last year using several art forms and technologies to express themselves and their optimal future self. The final products were displayed at a reception on the third floor of Madison Central Library and are permanently displayed in the game room at the Dane County Neighborhood Intervention Program headquarters. Miller hopes these types of programs, where teens work with an artist and learn what it is like to be a maker and seller of art, will have a deep impact. Plus it has the advantage of being less scary and intimidating than other spaces, Miller said. “We are an art space that is working out of a public library, and the library, it is trusted already,” he said.

Where the heart is

Most places artists show their work are designed to help the artist in that effort, but the exhibits at UW Health are intended to help the viewer, too. On a narrow hallway at the UW Health University Hospital transplant clinic, 17 framed pictures of Scott Kirkpatrick’s story lined the walls throughout the month of February. It’s one of the eight spaces to display art in the UW Health system. The sketches are self-portraits, displaying his range of emotions as a heart transplant patient. His wife Carrie’s favorite depicts the scene 10 minutes before his heart transplant surgery, with his deceased parents looking over him. She said this is when her husband – who died in a car accident before his work could be displayed – finally felt a feeling of calmness. Mandy Kron, arts coordinator at UW-health, said she received emails from doctors and staff members saying how Kirkpatrick’s exhibit – which opened nearly one year to the date of his transplant -- helped them understand the patient experience. “Those exhibits can be especially meaningful for patients who are going through something,” Kron said, “but staff also see something from the patient’s perspective and see (that) what they do

FAMILYLIFE matters.” The arts program at UW Health has been around since the late 1970s, and Kron said it’s grown a lot. It contributes to the healing environment for patients, their families and staff members, Kron said. It helps people maintain a positive mindset and is a great distraction for patients who are at the hospital long term or who have a lot of appointments, Kron said. “The relationship between a caregiver and a patient can get stressful and strange because it often revolves around health issues,” Kron said. “An art exhibit can provide something for them to do together and to talk about.” The exhibit can be beneficial for the artist as well. There is high visibility, it doesn’t cost the artist to display their work (just a requested donation) and sales are high. Since June 2018, $32,770 worth of art has been sold through the program Kron said.

‘to denounce social injustices and to fight against the economic and political difficulties that affected almost every country in Latin America.’” Pictures of political protests line the narrow hallways, along with works by exiled political refugees and a famous print of Che Guevara smoking a large

cigar. The yellow-mimosa walls were not bright enough to drown the artwork nor dull enough to go unnoticed. “Something in the home environment is totally different (from) an institutional environment, and I’m hoping the intimacy of the home will rub off with Continued on page 29

Feeling at home

When Perkins made his home into a gallery, he had been there before. In Green Bay, he ran exhibits out of the family bathroom, just off the kitchen. It was called the WC Gallery – making a reference to the British slang for bathroom – and displayed some 22 exhibits over 12 years. Perkins created Subspace and the WC galleries so he could be more experimental, he said, because there weren’t many places showing “interesting” art. He wanted to display work that was harder to get, transgressive, weird or sexy. As the curator at the UW-Green Bay art gallery, he was often constrained by its budget and had to present exhibits that resonated with large audiences. Now, he has the flexibility and connections to do it himself. “If there isn’t a gallery in town – we’ll just start one,” Perkins said. “Convert that garden or that room and see what happens. It’s more kind of a tendency to do it yourself.” To see Subspace, visitors need to email Perkins (perkins100@gmail.com) and set up a time to meet. For those visitors, Perkins creates an explainer pamphlet for every exhibition. The most recent was “Latin American Art and the Decolonial Turn,” works he’s collected over the years. According to his pamphlet, it “traces how artists and the people, coupled with solidarity from north of the border, risked everything

Scott Kirkpatrick created the Loving Life graphic before he died in August. His wife, Carrie, incorporated the phrase into the exhibit.

A journey in sketches

After he survived a heart-attack induced car crash in 2017, Scott Kirkpatrick was told he needed a new heart. He got that Feb. 10, 2018. Exactly one year later, his selfportraits were displayed at the UW Hospital transplant center, showing his range of emotions while waiting for a new heart. A sequence of 17 framed pictures, each is accompanied by brief explanations written by Kirkpatrick’s wife, Carrie. She helped ensure the exhibit, “Loving Life Lessons,” made it to display and tried to communicate to viewers what her husband was going through. It started off with a the car accident and moved through the waiting period, the excitement and anxiety for finding a heart and the healing process afterwards. One of Carrie’s paragraphs explains how he used his hands

when he could not visibly smile. “To protect his precious gift of a new heart from infection, Scott often wore a mask when out and about in the early days after treatment. Without the use of his smile, he was unable to let people – especially little kids and babies around him know he was a nice guy. Scott is signing ‘I love you’ in this self portrait,” it reads. On Aug. 29, Kirkpatrick died in another car accident, at age 57. One of the framed photos in the sequence is blank, representing all the sketches lost in the accident. The timeline at the beginning of the exhibit reads, “On a stormy night, Scott gets lost while driving home and accidently takes a wrong turn into the Wisconsin River at the Merrimac Ferry Bridge site. Scott makes it out of the car before it sinks to the bottom of the river but he doesn’t have the strength to swim to shore and he drowns.” SPRING 2019 YOUR FAMILY 21


A sappy tradition Story by Kimberly Wethal

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Appreciation of nature, family drives maple tappers’ passions

Excess water is being evaporated off of the sap to make syrup. On average, it takes 40 gallon of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup.


helley Peterson and her husband Pete started tapping maple trees 35 years ago so her husband would have a safe way to get rid of his cabin fever. One spring in the early 1980s, Pete had decided that he needed to get out of the house. He headed to the river near where the couple live in Land O’ Lakes, near the Wisconsin-Minnesota border, to canoe the rapids. His canoe flipped, and from that next spring on, Shelley and Pete decided they’d revive their family tradition 22 YOUR FAMILY SPRING 2019

of maple tapping to give him a more productive – and less life-threatening – way to get outside in the late winter and early spring months. The third-generation tappers and owners Windsong Sweetwater Tappers Maple Syrup now tap around 500 trees each spring on their property. Pete’s grandfather was a logger in the sawmill industry, and Pete’s uncle carried on the tradition. In 1985, when they made the decision to start logging, they retrieved tree taps and other pieces of equipment belonging to his

grandfather that had been loaned to another family, she said. The process of tapping maple trees begins between March and April, depending on the weather, explained Jeremy Solin, co-owner of Tapped Maple Syrup LLC in Stevens Point, although in the last few decades, the seasons have changed somewhat. The season can last from six to 10 weeks. Solin and his family, along with three children, aged 16, 13 and 8, tap 1,200 maple trees each year. Holes are drilled into the maple trees for taps to


Children on a field trip to Pete and Shelley Peterson’s Windsong Sweetwater Tappers Maple Syrup help with tapping the tree.

be placed, and buckets are placed below the taps to collect the sap that drips out, sometimes moving as fast as 120 drips a minute, Peterson said. Once collected, excess water in the sap is boiled out, leaving the syrup behind. It usually takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup, Solin said. Both Peterson and Solin sell their maple syrup to make a living. Peterson uses hers in “a little piece of Americana” Dari Maid ice cream stand, while Solin creates seven types of flavor-infused syrups, with more in development. Both enjoy is the time they get to spend outside. Solin, who has his children involved in every part of the process, said their dedication to protecting to the woods on their land and their desire to keep it in the family, is one of the largest reasons why they tap their maples for syrup. “It’s kind of always been a part of our spring tradition,” he said. “We wanted to stay involved with it as a way to introduce our kids to it and keep that tradition alive … we’re really connected to that land and want to make sure it’s well cared for into the future, so we want our kids to carry on that work and maintain the land in our family.” Peterson, who has lived in the Northwoods her entire life, wouldn’t want to watch the seasons change any other way. “You start in snow shoes, down coats and wool pants, and you end up in tennis shoes, shorts and a T-shirt,” Peterson said. “You’re a part of spring and witness everything. You’re so aware of the changes. “I couldn’t think of anything better to do.” l

Maple sap freezes in the cold weather as it comes out of the tap.

Not just for pancakes

The usage of syrup could go far beyond your breakfast table. Maple syrup can used to substitute into recipes, Jeremy Solin, co-owner of Tapped Syrup explained, because its sugars are less refined and have a lower glycemic index than sugar and include additional nutrients. To substitute in baked goods, use 3/4 cup of maple syrup for every cup of white sugar and reduce the liquid content of the recipe by three tablespoons to balance out the ratio of dry and wet ingredients. Solin’s favorite use of maple syrup is on plain yogurt, he said, because it gives control of the amount of sweetness to each individual. “Maple syrup, and especially infused syrups, are an amazing food onto themselves,” he said. “We like to talk about maple syrup not being for just pancakes, but we really like using them in cocktails and using them to cook with to replace sugar.”



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n certain spring and summer days, drivers passing Breese Stevens Field in downtown Madison might be treated to a strange sight: plastic discs flying high above the nearly century-old brick walls and tall lights beaming down on a thousand fans rising and falling with the on-field action. Folks around Madison have a few options for family-friendly sports events with the Badgers, Mallards and


Capitols all calling the area home. But a younger franchise has been vying to win over local fans in a sport that’s just entering the mainstream: the Madison Radicals, reigning champions of the American Ultimate Disc League. Owner, general manager and coach (not to mention marketing director and occasional sign-putter-outer) Tim DeByl founded the team in 2012 and began playing in 2013 in the AUDL’s

second season, drawing about 550 fans to each home game to watch professional ultimate frisbee. Seven years later, the Radicals have won their first championship after coming close several times and are averaging over 1,000 fans at each home game. They are the first and only AUDL team to break even financially in a league that’s just starting out. But DeByl says he’s “bullish” on the

FAMILYFUN league and the sport. “The NFL went through this, too,” DeByl said, referring to the early days of his hometown Green Bay Packers. “It’s really hard to start something like this from scratch.” DeByl said he imagines the pitch to a player back then as something like, “Hey, here’s a job with a meatpacking plant. On the side, we’re gonna practice and you’re going to play football.”

“It isn’t like football, where it’s a really big hit – it’s a really athletic play or big throw. The game’s got some neat stuff.” Tim DeByl,Radicals founder DeByl’s pitch to a potential Radical is a little different. There’s no meat packing and no job offers beside the stipend players are paid to take the field. Still, the team’s infamous overnight combine has drawn nearly 100 players to fight for about 30 roster spots. The Radicals are the most successful AUDL franchise in the Midwest division by many metrics – wins, crowd size, finances – and they can draw on a growing pool of homegrown talent. Madison West, Memorial and East finished 1-2-3 in last year’s high school boys state championships. One thing DeByl said is in the AUDL’s favor is its schedule: With baseball’s popularity on the decline, he said, no sport “owns the summer.” The AUDL will play its 12 games between April and July. The other thing is the game itself. Frisbee is fast, DeByl said, with long throws that hang in the air and players sprinting to catch up, defensive players throwing their bodies sideways to attempt a block and downfield action similar to a wide receiver taking on a defensive back in football. “We’ve been on ESPN’s Top 10 plays 40 times in the last few years,” DeByl said. “It isn’t like football, where it’s a really big hit - it’s a really athletic play or big throw. The game’s got some neat stuff.”

Fun for fans

DeByl proudly points out the number of average fans at home games has grown each year. Part is surely due to his marketing chops – DeByl owns Distillery Marketing and Design – but another factor could be how fan-friendly the games are. Kids under 12 get in free, there’s plenty of food and beer and ice cream, and the Radicals run around the perimeter of the field highfiving fans after each game, win or lose. Tickets cost $7 ($9 at the door), and prices for food and drinks are comparable to typical area restaurants. After each game, fans pile onto the turf field at Breese Stevens to throw a frisbee around, and many players stay, too. Though it’s decidedly a “small-market team,” as DeByl put it, the Radicals fit perfectly at Breese Stevens Field. The team was instrumental in the stadium’s resurgence, DeByl said, remembering when players and coaches used leaf blowers to clean areas that hadn’t been touched in years and hand-cleaning the bathrooms. “At the time, Breese was empty. We were really the first to revitalize it and show you could use it,” DeByl said. “In 2012, we were the main draw there with the (Madison) 56ers (soccer club). All of a sudden, we were filling the stands up.” The Radicals have been working with Mallards’ event crews to staff the stadium and sell food and drinks, and the city has funded improvements to the stadium’s infrastructure. More renovations are coming this spring to prepare the stadium to host Madison’s new professional soccer team, Forward Madison FC. There’s on-field entertainment in between quarters like smearing a sponsor’s product – “YumButter” – onto kids’ hands and having them try to catch frisbees. There isn’t a T-shirt cannon, but team staff throw giveaways into the stands often. There’s a guy who runs – sprints, actually – back and forth with a giant Radicals flag after every goal, blowing on a noisemaker to cheers from the crowd. Continued on page 26

What is ultimate frisbee?

Combining elements of soccer, football and basketball, ultimate frisbee is fast, action-packed and full of highlight-reel plays.

Ultimate frisbee is played seven-on-seven and teams score when a player catches the disc in the end zone. It is a non-contact sport, with elements of soccer, football and basketball, played on a football-sized field with 20-yard end zones. Last year in the American Ultimate Disc League, teams averaged 23 points per game, and the Madison Radicals gave up a league-low 18 points per game. Each point starts when the defense “pulls,” or throws the disc, to the offense, similar to a kickoff in football then runs downfield with teammates to cover the offense. Once a player catches the disc, he or she has seven seconds to throw it to a teammate or it’s a turnover called a “stall,” a rule that functions like a shot clock in basketball. The offense tries to move the disc toward its end zone by throwing from one teammate to another, and players can’t run with the disc. Once a throw has been caught, the player has to establish a pivot foot and throw to a teammate. It therefore requires two people to score – one to throw and one to catch. Broadly speaking, there are two positions: handlers, who run the offense and are relied on to throw the disc, and cutters who focus on downfield receiving. Teams will often pass the disc back and forth between handlers to reset their offense. Players work to get open by sprinting to open spots on the field and attempting to fake out their defenders, as a wide receiver in football might. If a disc touches the ground, possession changes and the offense becomes the defense. Rules are enforced in the AUDL by referees, who also keep track of timing the 12-minute quarters. SPRING 2019 YOUR FAMILY 25



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The ultimate sport

West grad Graffy’s switch from defense keyed 2018 championship Peter Graffy is a star player on the Radicals whose midseason switch from defense to offense catalyzed the Radicals 2018 championship run. The Madison West graduate and current West coach is one of many Radicals who attended Madison-area high schools, a hometown talent pipeline that has yielded enough athletes to mark up with the nation’s best. The Radicals have long prided themselves on their defense, influenced, coach Tim DeByl said, by University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (and later UWMadison) basketball coach Dick Bennett. “We’re going to play super-hard defense, and you’re going to hate playing us,” DeByl said of their philosophy. Luckily for the fans, a great defensive play in ultimate frisbee can be just as exciting as a long completed pass. In a sport where generating turnovers is key, Graffy holds the AUDL record for the most blocks in a season (49), mostly generated from his spot as the deepest person in a zone. But last year, over 17 games, Graffy threw or caught 87 of the team’s 419 goals, a whopping 21 percent. That’s including two regular-season games he missed, and he didn’t make the switch to concentrating on offense until halfway through the season, after a blowout loss to one of the league’s top teams. That switch gave some of the younger players a chance to grow in their roles, Graffy said, and freed up an offense that was “getting stuck.” The Radicals are known for playing a patient zone defense, frustrating opponents by only allowing short throws until they think they can get one past Graffy. That’s when he sprints from his deep position toward the disc, sizing it up and leaping to snag or deflect the disc before the opposing team catches it. Graffy has been known to bait certain throws when, relying on his athleticism, he covers more ground than a thrower expects. When Graffy switched to offense, opponents never found an answer for his give-and-gos, and his confident handling of the disc opened up the Radicals offense and forced opponents to cover the entire field. Graffy has coached the West boys’ team since 2014, winning the USA Ultimate-organized state championship tournament every year he’s been at the helm. He said he’s been building a program that focuses on teaching the players “to be good people before being good players.” “I love the aspect of being a mentor to the younger kids,” Graffy said. “They’re great kids and great players. (We try to teach them to) respect each other, respect their opponents, go out and play hard, learn how to be leaders, to be followers, to reach Peter Graffy gets up for the goal during the end of your limit and keep on the 2018 AUDL championship game, held at Breese Stevens Field. going.” 26 YOUR FAMILY SPRING 2019

A professional feel

Despite the family feel, the games are competitive, and the players are professionals who hone their craft with weight training, track workouts and hourslong practices in all kinds of weather. The league has had deals with various media companies, including ESPN, and last year the games could be seen on Stadium, which is broadcast over the air in the Madison market and can be streamed online. The league has franchises from San Diego to Montreal, and four regional conferences. Traveling to away games with 20-plus people can get expensive, DeByl said, and the Radicals had over $100,000 in expenses in 2018. The players “aren’t getting rich” playing, DeByl said, but they shared the $20,000 awarded to last year’s champion. The on-field action is captivating, too, and the layout of the stadium allows fans many vantage points, including standing on field level to see the players up close. And the stadium’s size makes the thousand or so fans feel like a big crowd. There’s a tendency for new fans to stare at the person with the disc, DeByl said. But that means they might miss the downfield action of players jockeying for position or sprinting in on cuts or trying to juke someone like a point guard in basketball. The game is officially non-contact, and calls are made by on-field referees, a departure from ultimate frisbee’s proud self-officiated heritage. Delays caused by long conversations between players and the untimed nature of playing to a certain score proved incompatible with TV requirements, so the AUDL uses 12-minute quarters and the games last about 2 hours. Madison has hosted the championship twice, and this year it will hold the league’s first all-star game. It’s always nice when the home team wins, and that happens pretty often for the Radicals. They’ve made the championship final four every year and had a 30-game winning streak in Madison. The Radicals have lost four games total at Breese Stevens Field, for an overall record of 86-15. There’s a good chance the person cheering next to you at a Radicals game might know a player – maybe that explains why it feels like such a family affair. l

Fish and Sweet Potato Soup

Sunday Gumbo

Roasted Black Bean Cod


Sunday Gumbo

Fish and Sweet Potato Soup

1 lb. Italian sausage links, cut into 1/4-inch pieces 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped 3 celery ribs, chopped 1 tsp. dried marjoram 1 tsp. dried thyme 1/2 tsp. garlic powder 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper 3 cans (14.5 ounces each) chicken broth 2/3 cup uncooked brown rice 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained 1 lb. uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined 2 cups frozen sliced okra In a Dutch oven, brown the sausage and chicken in oil. Remove with a slotted spoon and keep warm. In the drippings, saute the red pepper, onion and celery until tender. Stir in the seasonings; cook for five minutes. Stir in the broth, rice and sausage mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, or until rice is tender. Stir in the tomatoes, shrimp and okra; cook for 10 minutes, or until shrimp turn pink, stirring occasionally.

6 oz. white fish fillet, skinned 1/2 onion, chopped 1 sweet potato, about 6 oz., peeled and diced 1 small carrot, about 2 oz., chopped 1 tsp. chopped fresh oregano or 1/2 tsp. dried 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 5-1/2 cups fish stock 5 Tbsp. light cream Chopped fresh parsley, to garnish Remove any bones from the fish and put it in a pot. Add the onion, sweet potato, carrot, oregano, cinnamon and half of the stock. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked. Leave to cool, then pour into a food processor and blend until smooth. Return the soup to the pot, stir in the remaining fish stock, and gently bring to a boil. Reduce the heat. Stir the cream into the soup, then gently heat it through without boiling. If the soup boils, the cream will curdle. Serve hot, garnished with the chopped parsley.

Yield: 16 servings

Serves 4

Roasted Black Bean Cod Serves 2

1 large garlic clove 1/2 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled 2 tsp. teriyaki sauce 1 tsp. rice wine vinegar 1 cod fillet, about 3/4 lb. Freshly ground black pepper Spray made of water-diluted oil 1 recipe of Black Bean Tomato Sauce (see below) Salsa of choice Black Bean Tomato Sauce 4 cloves garlic, peeled 1 inch fresh ginger 6 to 7 scallions, chopped 1-1/4 cups stock 1/4 cup dry sherry 1 tsp. oyster sauce 1 tsp. Chinese chili sauce 2 tsp. Chinese black bean sauce 1/2 cup passata Juice of 1 lime 2 Tbsp. fresh cilantro

Make the black bean sauce and set aside: Crush together the garlic and ginger; put in a wok with the chopped scallions, stock and sherry. Simmer briskly until the liquid has almost evaporated. Stir in the oyster, chili and black bean sauces and bring to a boil. Continue to boil, stirring for a few seconds. Stir in the passata, and then simmer for 30 seconds. Stir in the lime juice and chopped cilantro and simmer for a few seconds longer. Make the cod: Crush together the garlic and ginger and put in a bowl with the teriyaki sauce and vinegar. Put the cod on a plate and cover with the ginger-garlic mixture. Grind some pepper over the cod. Marinate at room temperature for approximately 20 minutes. Mist a baking sheet with the oil-water spray. Put the cod on the sheet, pour all of the marinade over the fish. Spray with oil and oven-roast for nine to 10 minutes per one-inch thickness of fish. Spoon the heated Black Bean Tomato Sauce onto a plate. Set the roasted fish on top, then surround with salsa as garnish.

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When Yahara Bay Distillery opened in a South Madison industrial park in 2007, co-owner Catherine Forde-Quint advocated for a separate space for artists to display their work. The painter and former art teacher at Madison West High School was always the person fighting for the gallery to be in existence, explained her daughter, Kristin Forde, the distillery’s production assistant. Three years ago, it moved to a new location in Fitchburg, with a separate art gallery attached that features different artists nearly every month. When an artist sells a piece, the distillery receives a commission, which is typical of galleries big and small. “We want to be surrounded by beauty, it is just human nature,” said Kristin Forde. “We take that for granted, especially when we are focusing on the dollar. We forget about the live humans and the creative minds and everything that is required for them to make the art.” Co-owner Mike Pratzel does the same at the Manna Cafe & Bakery, on the North Side of Madison. There, customers can admire beautiful artwork as they meander through tables and sip their coffee. Pratzel said displaying artists’ work is important for the community and it also puts something beautiful on the walls. For more than 10 years, the popular coffee and dining spot has been displaying the works of local creators. The artists hang their work in the back room on two long walls and surrounding a fireplace. Every month, the art changes, and customers look forward to it, Pratzel said. They make comments, wander through the space looking at the paintings, photographs or 3D art and occasionally buy a piece. “It’s just fun – it keeps (the space) fresh and our customers enjoy it. It’s good for the community,” Pratzel said. “There are a lot of coffee shops around town where people can display their art, which is important. Art is an important thing to support.” Pratzel said he gets frequent requests


from artists and the space is already booked through the end of 2019. Peter Steinmetz was Yahara Bay’s featured artist for January. He’s had his work on public display, but in a much more intimate setting – on the outside of his door at his senior apartment. “This is kind of a relief, because I have a place to put (the paintings) besides hanging them up on my wall,” Steinmetz said. “There are a lot of people out there like me, that have no place to show their stuff.” Perkins said that sort of arrangement

is mutually beneficial to both artists and businesses that provide space for their work. “You are talking about businesses realizing how you can really enhance your environment with nice art and maybe help out an artists by selling their work,” Perkins said. “On one hand, that is good business because you are providing an environment people want to come back to, and on the other hand you are supporting the arts. That is a conscious choice.” l


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SPRING 2019 CALENDAR February 28-March 2 WIAA boys and girls hockey tournaments, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, wiaawi.org Decadent Cabaret 40, music festival, Eau Claire, visiteauclaire.com March 1 Read across America book drive, Eau Claire: giant book giveaway, visiteauclaire.com March 1-2 WIAA team state wrestling tournament, University of Wisconsin-Madison Fieldhouse, wiaawi.org Coulee Region Polar Plunge, La Crosse, music, 5k, fundraiser for Special Olympics Wisconsin, polarplungewi.org March 1-3 Aldo Leopold Weekend, UW-Madison Arboretum: Various events celebrating the works of Aldo Leopold, arboretum.wisc.edu March 2 Saturday Science: Spring in Your Step, Discovery Building, Madison: Free event features interactive exploration stations, discovery.wisc.edu Story Saturday, Wisconsin Historical Museum, Madison: Wisconsin stories geared toward kids and families, visitmadison.com Music Can Beat MS benefit festival, High Noon Saloon, Brass Ring and Brink Lounge, Madison: Features over 30 musical acts, benefits medical research, charityjamboree.com World’s Largest Weenie Roast, Cable, annual snowmobile race and polar plunge with the longest line of hot dog cookers over one fire in the world, lakewoodsresort.com Wollersheim Winery open house, Prairie du Sac: wollersheim.com Bald Eagle Day, Ferryville programs and family activities, visitferryville.com March 2-3 Spring Into the Arts, Watertown: visual, musical, theatrical, literary arts, watertownartscouncil.com Madison Kids Expo, Alliant Energy Center: Exhibitors on family health care, education, recreation, food, fitness, safety, entertainment, madisonkidsexpo.com March 3 Madison Comic Con, Monona Terrace, Madison: Featuring comic book collectibles and artists, mightyconshows.com Bridal Decor Resale and Wedding Show, Alliant Energy Center, Madison: Wedding rummage sale, Search Bridal Decor Resale and Wedding Show -- Madison on Facebook March 3-5 Freedom Unbound, La Crosse, arts festival at UW-La Crosse, uwlax.edu/creative-imperatives/ March 7-9 WIAA girls basketball tournament, Resch Center, Green Bay: wiaawi.org March 8-10 Midwest Bicycle Show and Sale, Alliant Energy Center: Test ride, accessorize and more, bikeorama.com Bike-o-Rama, Alliant Energy Center, Madison: Thousands of bicycles to test ride and buy, bikeorama.com Rutabaga’s Conoecopia, Alliant Energy Center, Madison: One of the largest paddlesports consumer events in the world, canoecopia.com March 9 YMCA Celtic Run Before You Crawl, Monroe: Annual Run Before Y ou Crawl 5K and Kid’s Fun Run event, ymcaceltic5k.weebly.com March 10 Mad City Bridal Expo, Monona Terrace, Madison, madcitybridalexpo.com Kids’ Art Adventures: Mirror Image, MMoCA, Madison: Explore the museum and make art, mmoca.org 32nd annual FFA Farm Toy Show, Monroe: Pedal pull, silent auction, food stands, facebook.com/MonroeFFAToyShow/ March 12 Oregon Chamber Spring Business Expo, Firefly Coffeehouse & Artisan Cheese, oregonwi.com March 14-16 WIAA boys basketball tournament, Kohl Center, Madison, wiaawi.org March 15 Comedy on Main, Janesville: laugh with nationally acclaimed comedians and superb up-and-comers, janesvillecvb.com March 16 Hooley in the Hollows, Cave of the Mounds, Blue Mounds: Adults-only, at-your-own-pace tour, music, food and St. Patrick’s theme reception, caveofthemounds.com 32 YOUR FAMILY SPRING 2019

March 15-17 Norwegian music and dance weekend, Folklore Village, Dodgeville: folklorevillage.com March 16 Irish Jig Jog, Watertown: 5K, kid’s run, food, live music, watertownjigjog.com St. Patrick’s Day parade, La Crosse: Irish dancers, live music, food and drink, irishfestlacrosse.org St. Patrick’s Day parade, Prairie du Chien, downtown parade with celebrations at local restaurants and businesses along the route, prairieduchien.org St. Patrick’s Day parade, Monroe: Led with Irish flag, bagpipers and plenty of green, mainstreetmonroe.org Madison Shamrock Shuffle, downtown: 5K/10K run/walk benefiting Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, visitmadison.com Shamrock Shuffle 5k and Little Leprechaun 1k, Eau Claire, all ages, visiteauclaire.com March 17 Natural Family Expo, Monona Terrace: Venue for families to explore local resources, naturalfamilyexpo.com St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Capitol Square, Madison, stpatsmadison.org Fondy Vintage Auto Club Swap Meet, Fairgrounds, Fond du Lac, fondyvintageautoclub.weebly.com March 20 Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Barrymore Theater, Madison: Films highlight and celebrate nature, wisconsinrivers.org March 21-23 Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail Studio Tour, Baraboo: Workshops, runway, history, baraboo.com March 22-23 Wisconsin Kids Folkstyle Wrestling Tournament, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, wiwrestlingfederation.com March Madness 3-On-3 basketball tournament, Eau Claire, visiteauclaire.com Fitch-Rona Art Crawl, Fitchburg-Verona: Artists complete live work at a variety of local businesses, yaharabay.com March 22-24 U.S. Speedskating Short Track Nationals, Verona Ice Arena: teamusa.org March 23 Madison Area Doll Club Show and Sale, Alliant Energy Center, Madison: Appraisals, repairs, consultations, displays of dolls, Madison Area Doll Club Facebook page March 23-24 Art Glass and Bead Show, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, beadshowmadison.com Gem Mineral and Fossil Show, Janesville: Displays, speakers, presentations, plus vendors selling specimens, carvings and jewelry, badgerrockclub.org Jefferson Home Expo, Jefferson: jcfairpark.com March 28 Milwaukee Brewers home opener (day game), Miller Park, Milwaukee: brewers.com March 29-31 Field and Stream Expo, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, deerinfo.com Cajun music and dance weekend, Folklore Village, Dodgeville: folklorevillage.com March 29 through May 5 Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, Palace Theater, Wisconsin Dells: travelwisconsin.com March 30 Mushing for Meals, Horace White Park, Beloit: 5K and 10K run, beloitmealsonwheels.org April 4-11 Wisconsin Film Festival, various Madison theaters: Around 150 film screenings in various genres, wifilmfest.org April 5-7 UW-Madison Science Expeditions, UW-Madison campus: Campus-wide science open house, science.wisc.edu English Country Dance Weekend, Dodgeville: Dance and music workshops, folklorevillage.org April 5-6 Quilt the Day Away, Prairie du Chien: share quilting techniques, prairieduchien.org

April 6 Saturday Science, Discovery Building, Madison: Free event features interactive exploration stations, discovery.wisc.edu Story Saturday, Wisconsin Historical Museum, Madison: Wisconsin stories geared toward kids and families, visitmadison.com Maple Syrup Festival, MacKenzie Center, Poynette: travelwisconsin.com Seasonal scavenger hunt, Devil’s Lake State Park: dnr.gov.wi April 6-7 Annual Spring Powwow, Alliant Energy Center, Madison: cultural demonstrations, exhibitions, intertribal dances and more, crazycrow.com April 6-7, 13-14, 19-20, 27-28 Lambing Days, Eugster’s Farm Market, Stoughton: Weekends through April, eugsters.com April 10 Winter Writers Reading Series, Platteville, reading/discussionn with Ronnie Hess, platteville.org April 11 Fitchburg Chamber Spring Business Expo, Wyndham Garden, fitchburgchamber.com April 11-13 UW Varsity Band Concert, Kohl Center, Madison, badgerband.com April 11 through May 26 “Menopause, the Musical,” Fireside Theatre, Fort Atkinson: firesidetheatre.com April 12-14 Midwest Horse Fair, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, midwesthorsefair.com April 13 Dane Handmade, Madison: Upcycled materials and a variety of art vendors, danehandmade.com Dane County Farmers Market opens outdoor season, Capitol Square, Madison, dcfm.org Family Wild Day Out, geology, hiking and outdoor fun, Devil’s Lake State Park, dnr.gov,wi Behind the scenes at Villa Louis, Prairie Du Chien, tour focuses on the historic home’s music and instrument collection, travelwisconsin.com April 13-14 Spring shearing day, New Glarus: Sheep shearing on the hour, programs, displays, demonstrations, rainbowfleecefarm.com April 14 Midwest Gourd Fest, Olbrich Gardens, Madison: Classes, lectures, vendors, raffle, kids’ activities, art competition, music, wisconsingourdsociety.org April 19 Climb and hike at Devil’s Lake State Park: dnr.gov.wi April 20 Cottontail Classic and Easter Egg Hunt, Fitchburg: 5K and 10K run, runsignup.com/Race/WI/Fitchburg/CottontailClassic Frog Safari, Devil’s Lake State Park: dnr.gov.wi April 26 Jazz Festival, Eau Claire, visiteauclaire.com April 26-28 Wisconsin Dells Polka Fest & Expo, Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells: dellschamber.com Spring Car Show and Auto Swap Meet, Jefferson County Fair Park, Jefferson, madisonclassics.com April 27 Rockin’ for a Cure, Wyndham Garden Hotel, Fitchburg: live music event supporting ALS patients, rockinforacure.org Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Championship, Dodgeville: grilledcheesewisconsin.com Maggie Mae Military Benefit Concert for the Brooklyn Veterans Memorial, Oregon High School: brooklynveteransmemorial.org April 28 Springtime at the Farm, Schumacher Farm Park, Waunakee: waunakeechamber.com May 2 Artful wine walk, downtown Sun Prairie: sunprairiechamber.com May 2-4 Lions Trout Days, Cross Plains: Fishing contest, garage sales, food, kids’ activities, music, hikes, crossplainschamber.net May 3 Downtown Baraboo Wine Walk, downtown Baraboo: travelwisconsin.com


SPRING 2019 CALENDAR May 3-5 Badger Steam and Gas Engine spring swap meet and auction, Baraboo: travelwisconsin.com Historic Preservation Weekend, Mineral Point: Home tours, presentations, mineralpoint.com May 4 Saturday Science, Discovery Building, Madison: Free event features interactive exploration stations, discovery.wisc.edu Story Saturday, Wisconsin Historical Museum, Madison: Wisconsin stories geared toward kids and families, visitmadison.com PurpleStride Madison, Warner Park: 5K run and 2-mile walk raising money to fight pancreatic cancer, secure.pancan.org Janesville Farmers Market begins, Janesville: Weekly farmers market in downtown Janesville, janesvillefarmersmarket.com Celebrate the Earth at Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, janesvillecvb.com Maypole Dance Family Evening, Dodgeville: Live music and led dances, folklorevillage.net May 9 Madison Night Market, downtown Madison: Explore shops, live music and food carts, madisonnightmarket.com May 9-13 Horicon Marsh Bird Festival, Horicon, horiconmarshbirdclub.com May 10-12 Magic the Gathering Grand Prix, Alliant Energy Center, Madison: Open Magic card game event and festival, magic.wizards.com May 11 Downtown Baraboo Fair on the Square, downtown Baraboo: travelwisconsin.com River Prairie Festival, Altoona, visiteauclaire.com Kids Building Wisconsin, Fitchburg: Interactive exhibits run by local trades, kidsbuildingwi.org May 17-19 Syttende Mai festival, Stoughton: celebrating Norwegian culture with art exhibits, demonstrations, live music, dancing, kids activities, stoughtonwi.com May 18 Bubble Run, Alliant Energy Center, Madison: A three-mile run/walk, bubblerun.com Rock River Wine Walk, downtown Janesville, janesvillecvb.com Civil War Days Historic Pub Crawl, Milton House Museum, janesvillecvb.com Waunakee Depot Days, Waunakee, waunakeechamber.com Art Walk, Middleton: Demonstrations and music, visitmiddleton.com May 18-19 Automotion, Noah’s Ark Waterpark, Wisconsin Dells: Swap meet of 1989 and older cars, parts and more, dells.com Janesville Renaissance Faire, Traxler Park, janesvillecvb.com Morel Mushroom Festival, Muscoda: Events revolving around sales of the hard-to-find delicacy; carnival, games, flea market, fireworks, muscoda.com May 19 Big Ten Rowing Championships, Devil’s Lake State Park: dnr.gov.wi Invention Convention STEM Fair, Eau Claire, chippewavalleyfamily.org May 24-27 World’s Largest Brat Fest, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, bratfest.com Rock climbing at Devil’s Lake State Park, dnr.gov.wi May 25-26 Run Madtown, Madison: Half marathon, kids run and twilight 5K and 10K, runmadtown.com Fort Koshkonong Rendezvous, Fort Atkinson: 1800s re-enactment, black powder shooting, pioneer demonstrations, horse-drawn carriage rides, fortchamber.com Great Wine and Chocolate Trail, Highland: Self-guided tour, southwestwisconsinwinetrail.com May 27 Memorial Day Parade, Janesville, janesvillecvb.com Cambridge Memorial Day Parade, Cambridge: Firemen’s all-you-can-eat breakfast, parade, memorial service, enjoyjeffersoncounty.com Memorial Day Chicken BBQ, Cross Plains: Parade, memorial service, food, kids’ activities, DJ, crossplainschamber.chambermaster.com

May 28 Art Walk, Watertown: Stroll historic downtown and take in art displays by local talent, enjoyjeffersoncounty.com May 30 The Bodega at Breese Stevens Field, Madison: An outdoor market at a classic Madison venue, search The Bodega-May Edition on Facebook May 30-July 14 “That’s What I Call Rock and Roll,” Fireside Theatre, Fort Atkinson, firesidetheatre.com May 31-June 2 Pokemon Regional Competition, Monona Terrace, Madison, topcutevents.com Festa Italia: Live music, Italian food, cultural exhibits, sporting events, McKee Farms Park, Fitchburg, iwcmadison.com Spring Art Tour, Mount Horeb area: Demonstrations at a variety of locations, springarttour.com Hometown Days, Verona: Food, music, beer, carnival rides, kids’ activities, veronahometowndays.com June 1 Yellow Brick Road 5K run/walk, Oconomowoc, oconomowoc.org Dragon Art Fair, Market Street, DeForest: Arts and crafts from dozens of area artisans. Dragonartsgroup.org Tour of Fairy Homes, Mineral Point: shakeragalley.com Children’s Community Fest, Mount Horeb: Kids’ activities, live entertainment benefits Children’s Community School, ccsmounthoreb.com June 1-2 Wisconsin’s Free Fun Weekend, State residents and visitors alike are able to enjoy free fishing, free admission to state parks and trails and free ATV riding on public trails, americanhiking.org June 2 Ride the Drive, John Nolen Drive, Madison: The street is closed for biking with fun activities along the route, cityofmadison.com Rob’s Sugar River Ramble, Mount Horeb: Bike, canoe to Paoli, return by bus for drinks and food, usrwa.org 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 7 Cars on the Square, Historic Courthouse Square, Monroe: Classic cars on display, prizes, food, travelwisconsin.com June 6-9 PrideFest, Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee: Largest gay/lesbian, bisexual and transgender festival, pridefest.com Cinder City Days, Altoona, rides, parade, good, drinks, music, cindercitydays.com Summer Frolic, Mount Horeb: Music, entertainment, food, rides, fireworks, mthorebsummerfrolic.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 June 7-9 Chamber music festival, Mineral Point: College ensembles each perform a full program, artsmp.org Walleye Weekend, Fond du Lac: Live music, children’s entertainment, sports and national walleye tournament, fdlfest.com June 8 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 Taste of the Arts Fair, Sheehan Park, Sun Prairie: Arts and crafts, food vendors and entertainment. Sunprairiechamber.com Beer, Bacon and Cheese, New Glarus: Craft brewers, cheese artisans, cured meats, music, swisstown.com Sauk County Dairy Breakfast, Prairie du Sac: education, historical displays, entertainment dairydaysofsummer.com 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 Ironman 70.3 Wisconsin, Madison and surrounding communities, ironman.com June 13 Madison Night Market, downtown Madison: Explore shops, live music and food carts, madisonnightmarket.com June 13-16 Blue Ox Music Festival, Eau Claire, upper Midwest’s biggest acoustic/ bluegrass music festival, blueoxmusicfestival.com 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 North Fondy Fest, Fond du Lac: Music, crafts, model train display, games, fdl.com Taste of Wisconsin, Beaver Dam: Craft beer and cheese tasting of Wisconsin-made products only, tasteofwisconsin.net 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 June 16 Father’s Day Chicken BBQ, Blanchardville: Ecumenical church service, music, softball tournament, blanchardville.com June 17 Concerts at McKee Farms Park, Fitchburg, facebook.com/ConcertsAtMcKee June 20 Strawberry Fest, 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 Downtown Baraboo Brew-Ha-Ha, downtown Baraboo: travelwisconsin.com June 21-23 Lakefront Festival of Arts, Milwaukee: festival features more than 100 national artists who display and sell, lfoa.mam.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 Celebrate Onalaska, Onalaska Omni Center/Van Riper Park, all-American festival, celebrateonalaska.com June 22 Tour da Goose, Watertown: Bike ride offers 100-, 62-, 42-, 22- and 12-mile routes, food and live music, watertownchamber.com Big Blue Dragon Boat Festival, Copeland Park, La Crosse, boat race supporting Center for Breast Care and Boys and Girls Clubs, explorelacrosse.com Midsummer fest, Coon Valley, highlighting Norwegian culture by celebrating the longest day of the year, norskedalen.org June 22-23 Waterslide-athon, Wisconsin Dells: Benefits Ronald McDonald House, wisdells.com Heidi Festival, New Glarus: Drama performances, craft fair, mini expo, swisstown.com La Follette Day, Argyle: Historical re-creation, tours of Bob La Follette’s boyhood home, food, drink, music, historicargyle.org June 27-29 Wisconsin State Button Show, Middleton: wsbs.org June 29 Insane Inflatable 5K, Alliant Energy Center, Madison: a 5K on an inflatable course, insaneinflatable5k.com Blues, Brews and Food Truck Fest, New Glarus: Live music, beer, swisstown.com

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More than meets the eye ‘Wayne the Wizard’ combines magic and fun for kids of all ages


A pre-teen Wayne Peterson with his trusty ventriloquist pal Scotty perform in a church basement, one of “Wayne the Wizard’s” first gigs as a magician.

Story by Scott De Laruelle Photo submitted

fter watching magic shows on TV as a child growing up outside of Deerfield, Wayne Peterson was transformed, and since then, he’s helped create a world of wonder for nearly 50 years as a professional magician. He started by performing magic tricks and a ventriloquist act for friends and relatives, and soon, “Wayne the Wizard” was performing all over the area, always learning new tricks and refining his family-oriented act to keep it entertaining. And after he lost his “day job” as a commercial artist in in 1992, he

Name: Wayne the Wizard Website: waynethewizard.com Contact: magic@waynethewizard.com or 608-274-9411 decided to go all in on his magic career. “I got tired of being downsized, so I said, ‘I’m going full-time,’” Peterson said. “I got into it and luckily it worked out – I was able to get enough jobs to keep

working and keep doing this.” “Wayne the Wizard” performs all over the region, even traveling far up into the Northwoods, where he particularly enjoys the people and their love of a good time. “Getting around Wisconsin is a lot of fun,” he said. “I’m booking a ton of summer shows now.” Available for “festivals, parties, banquets, family events, you name it,” Peterson will be a featured performer in the lobby at the “Duck Soup Cinema” silent movie shows at the Overture Center this year. l

YF: When did you first get interested in magic? Peterson: I started out at a pretty young age. On television, there was a show called Mark Wilson’s Magic Land of Allakazam, and he did magic for a half-hour every Saturday morning, and it blew me away. On the Ed Sullivan Show, there were magicians and ventriloquists on all the time, so TV was a big influence. I was just a farm kid, and that got me the bug. When I was 11 or 12, I saw in a Boys’ Life magazine how to be a ventriloquist, so my parents let me order this mail order course. They sent me a dummy, and every month they sent a lesson. YF: How did you get your start as a magician? Peterson: My dad worked as a maintenance person at the state Capitol, and he used to take me downtown to a place on King Street called Snappy’s, kind of a novelty shop. They had a little line of magic tricks at the back of the shop; beginner tricks. So I bought all their tricks and was amazing my relatives and had fun with that and got into it more and more. I started putting on shows in my elementary schools and for churches. YF: When did you start getting serious about taking magic from a hobby to eventually a full-time career? Peterson: I joined the International

Brotherhood of Magicians in 1970, and I got mentored by Ben Berger and other magicians, so I learned more magic and started attending magic conventions throughout the country. Later, I became a member of the Houdini Club of Wisconsin, and found some more local magicians, and basically I’ve been doing magic ever since, everything from birthday parties to county fairs. YF: How are magicians different now than when you started? Peterson: It’s a whole different world now. A lot of young guys, the big thing is just card tricks. Card tricks, card tricks, card tricks. And that’s great, but you have to learn other things to entertain, like magic with handkerchief and rope and flowers. I like all that stuff. There’s so many options to learn magic. YF: How do you learn new tricks these days? Peterson: I’m kind of “old school.” I’m really a visual guy, so I learn by seeing drawings, but I like my videos, and I look at YouTube for presentations. When I was learning, it was all just books and illustrations, and basically, you looked at the drawings and read the instructions to learn your tricks, and it’s changed a lot. There are still plenty of books out there to learn magic, but it’s become a digital world, and you can learn about any trick you want

to learn online. You can definitely get a lot of ideas by going on YouTube and searching. You can play it over and over again, “Oh, how did they do that?” YF: How do you keep things fresh as a magician, both for yourself and your audience? Peterson: You can always be learning. I’m always learning new skills or just studying a little bit on how to present tricks or make the act better, so I go to a lot of conventions. YF: Why is magic still popular in this digital age? Peterson: I think kids feel it empowers them to be able to do something no one else can do. Maybe a person who’s not so great in athletics, or might not be a big athlete, but if they become good at doing magic and entertaining their friends, they can have something that makes them stand out from the crowd. That’s a fun thing for kids. YF: From your experience, what’s the key to being a successful magician? Peterson: You have to put some personality into the tricks and entertain and make them your own. Don’t just do it by the book. “Just pick a card, any card” – boring. You have entertain, you have to come up with something that will entertain people. You have to make it fun. That’s what I’ve learned over the years.

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