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Chad Robinson (far left), the adult services librarian at Matheson Memorial Library in Elkhorn, and Pat Blackmer, of the Walworth County Historical Society, test audio recording equipment being used to document Elkhorn history for an eventual searchable database. Inset: Frank Eames is the first person recorded for an oral history project spearheaded by Robinson and Blackmer.

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Sisters from Richmond, Illinois – Kelly Jo (from left), Georgia Rae and Quintessa Grace Mussared – make up the Georgia Rae Family Band that will perform at Lake Geneva Middle School on May 8. See Page 12 for details.

It will feature voice recordings for searchable catalog The motive behind BY Heather Ruenz a new endeavor is STAFF WRITER clear: document Elkhorn history through the voices of local people and create what will eventually be a searchable database. Spearheaded by Chad Robinson, adult services librarian at Matheson Memorial Library, and Pat Blackmer, of the Walworth County Historical Society, the duo had its first interview with local historian Frank Eames a few weeks ago. “We started with Frank. Just think about how much he knows about Elkhorn history. It’s amazing,” Robinson said. Referred to as the oral history project, Robinson said one of the jobs of a library is to collect history and often, they team up with a local historical society. The equipment being used – two microphones and a digital audio recorder –

is very high quality and as such, sensitive so that it clearly records every word said. “We use broad questions but not traditional interviews. It’s more to get the subject talking,” Robinson said. “The first question will be the same for everyone – what is your earliest memory of Elkhorn?” Blackmer added. The duo is targeting people of a certain age group, many recommended by the historical society. Following Eames’ interview, the next person on deck was Bill Liner who is from Tennessee but moved to Elkhorn in the 1950s, was a local bartender at The Jury Room. In an effort to use the quietest location possible, the recordings are being done at the Doris Reinke Resource Center. Speaking of Reinke, she’s someone Robinson and Blackmer said they wish they could have recorded before she died. “It would’ve been nice to record her telling stories about what life was like in the Elkhorn community,” Robinson said. “She knew so many people and so much about this area,” Blackmer said.


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Diehard Brewers fan excited about 2018


e works as a to keep up with the players BY Todd Mishler ringmaster and and watch every game I can. COPY EDITOR performer and Keeping up with the team makes helps with sound/ me feel like I’m part of it.” lights at Circus World So, like the team’s other faithful Museum in Baraboo from brethren, he endured the roller coaster mid-May through mid-September. rides of teams that featured such sluggers Fun is the name of the game, but as Richie Sexson, Bill Hall and Geoff Robert Trader doesn’t clown around when Jenkins and pitcher Ben Sheets. it comes to baseball — he’s a serious He’s also enjoyed the highs of Milwaukee Brewers fan. watching guys such as C.C. Sabathia, Needless to say, he and thousands of Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder as the supporters from southeastern Wisconsin Brewers qualified for the postseason have endured many more downs than ups for the first time in 26 years in 2008 while riding the franchise’s bandwagon and reached the National League since it moved to Beertown in 1970 after Championship Series in 2011, falling one season in Seattle as the Pilots. short of their second trip to the World However, most of them, including Series (1982). Trader, are giddy about what this year’s “I grew attached to those players … squad could accomplish starting March 29 it was an exciting time to be a Brewers’ with its season opener in San Diego. fan,” Trader said. “They won the first “I think the team will do well and game of that 2011 NLCS, and I got to go contend for a playoff spot,” said Trader, to Game 2. And even though St. Louis 29, an East Troy resident. “Lorenzo Cain blew them out (12-3) and went on to the and Christian Yelich are great outfielders World Series, the Brewers were relevant offensively and defensively, so I like both again for the first time in a long time.” of those offseason pickups.” Despite that defeat, the experience Skipper Craig Counsell’s bunch battled stands out for Trader, who also works at for a National League wild-card spot last Edgewood Greenhouses in Mukwonago. year, but the big question remains whether “I went to the Packers’ playoff win General Manager David Stearns can keep over the (New York) Giants,” he said of them a contender. Green Bay’s 38-13 victory at Lambeau The Brewers finished with losing Field in January 2017. “That Hail Mary records 13 times in 15 years from 1990 pass from Aaron Rodgers (to Randall through 2004. But they’ve performed Cobb) was just incredible. The place went much better after losing 94 or more nuts. I was in the opposite end zone, so it games, including a team worst 106, the was kind of a ripple effect because fans at final four seasons of that span. my end had to process what happened for Milwaukee has finished at .500 or two or three seconds. Then we went out of better seven times since 2005, including our minds … it was crazy. two playoff appearances. “But even though the Brewers lost that Trader follows and cheers for the other second game in 2011, it was a really cool pro sports teams in Wisconsin — Packers, experience,” he added for perspective. Badgers and Bucks — but his heart “I never could have imagined a stadium belongs to the Brewers and America’s being that energized. It was just electric.” pastime. Trader possesses a lot of team apparel, “I think I was 7 years old when my but he’s not a big-time collector of mom and dad took me to my first game Brewers memorabilia. at County Stadium in the mid-1990s,” “I have a couple of bobbleheads, but Trader said. “Our seats were down the for me the fun is going to as many games left-field line and only four or five rows as possible,” he said. “I don’t keep a back, so you could see all the players.” scorebook, but I really pay attention to One of them, the talented and versatile what’s going on and like watching the B.J. Surhoff, quickly became his favorite games. Football fits so well with TV, but player. with baseball you pretty much just see the “I grew up knowing names like (Robin) pitcher and batter. But when you go to a Yount, (Paul) Molitor and (Jim) Gantner, game, you also get to see what the other but I wasn’t around for those awesome eight players on the field are doing … teams of the 1980s,” Trader said. their positioning, they’re talking to each “They didn’t have very good teams in other. It’s fascinating to me. the ’90s and early 2000s, but I continued “If the game gets out of hand, then

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From the left: Laura Brandt, of Elkhorn, an avid Chicago Cubs supporter, attends a Milwaukee Brewers game at Miller Park last season with her good friends and big-time Brewers fans Robert Trader and Tim West, of East Troy.

maybe I won’t pay so much attention. But it’s always a good time … I have a couple of beers and eat brats and nachos. “But the Brewers do a great job with all of the activities between innings, like the sausage races and playing ‘Roll Out the Barrel.’ And I have fond memories of tailgating with all of my cousins and other

family members.” And he’s hoping to add several more during the 2018 season. “I think this could be a great year,” Trader said. “They have a lot of talent, and I like the moves they’ve made. I believe they really can make a push for the postseason.”

Once five or so interviews are completed, Robinson said he will begin uploading and cataloging them with hopes of having the first batch of recordings available to the public early this summer at the library. “I also hope to catalog information by topic and date ranges to help narrow down subjects of interest,” Robinson said. Robinson and Blackmer said the project is important.

“We feel strongly it’s an important project, we have the perfect partner with the historical society and it’s good use of the library’s time,” Robinson said. Those interested in volunteering for the project or who may have recommendations on people that can be approached as possible interviewees are asked to contact Robinson at 262-723-9142 or crobinson@, or Blackmer at

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There will not be any editing other than to splice the recordings together if more than one is needed for any of the guests. There is a request for people with stories about local history to come forward if they’re willing to be recorded. “From the county fair to people who held an office, lawyers, judges and school teachers, the list of possibilities is endless. We are looking for volunteers and are leaning toward recording the earliest

history first, if possible,” Robinson said. “And we hope to record an equal amount of men and women, “ Blackmer added. They also said nothing is trivial and are interested in hearing stories about sports, agriculture and farming, criminal history, fires and even local family stories worth sharing. Participants are required to sign a legal release form basically stating the recording is for public use.



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Ferro Pavilion on the campus of George Williams College of Aurora University in Williams Bay is host to the Music by the Lake performances. Tickets for the 2018 concert season go on sale April 24 at musicbythelake. com. The Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra will open the concert series on June 24.

The sounds of summer Music by the Lake lineup announced The 2018 Music by the Lake summer season will feature weekend entertainment from June 24 to Aug. 11 on the shore of Geneva Lake in Williams Bay. Events include the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra showcasing film soundtracks; Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers; a family show with Ralph’s World; Wynonna and The Big Noise; international superstar baritone Nathan Gunn with the Chicago Philharmonic presenting an evening of love songs; and Three Dog Night. The outdoor concerts take place at George Williams College of Aurora University and are in their 18th season. Genres include orchestral music, contemporary and nostalgic pop and rock, country and family programming. Tickets for all events went on sale to festival donors April 10. Donors who support the festival at the Friend level or above receive early access to tickets. Donations can be made at musicbythelake. com/support. Public ticket sales begin at 9 a.m. April 24. Patrons can purchase tickets exclusively at or by contacting the Music by the Lake ticket office at 262-245-8501. Music by the Lake does not charge a service fee on ticket orders.


Bruce Hornsby

Singer, pianist, composer and bandleader Bruce Hornsby will make his festival debut with his band, The Noisemakers. Hornsby has built a career in contemporary music in genres including pop, jazz, bluegrass and soul. He takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. July 7. Hornsby’s hits include “The Way It Is,” “Mandolin Rain,” “Look Out Any Window” and “Every Little Kiss.” His three Grammy wins include Best New Artist in 1986, Best Bluegrass Recording in 1989 and a shared award with Branford Marsalis in 1993 for Best Pop Instrumental for “Barcelona Mona,” a song written and performed for the 1992 Olympic Games. Hornsby’s albums have sold more than 11 million copies worldwide. Hornsby participated in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opening concert in September 1995; Farm Aid IV and VI; and Woodstock II in 1994 and Woodstock III in 1999. He performed the national anthem at an NBA All-Star game, four NBA finals, the 1997 World Series Game 5 and on the soundtrack to “Baseball: A

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Film By Ken Burns.” He also had a long involvement with the Grateful Dead, performing as a member of the group on tour for two years. Most recently, he was a special guest of Bon Iver for its set at the Coachella Festival in April 2017. Hornsby has composed and performed for projects with a long-time collaborator, filmmaker Spike Lee. His latest score, for Lee’s Netflix production “She’s Gotta Have It,” was completed last year.

Wynonna Judd

Wynonna Judd and her band, The Big Noise, will bring country, Americana, blues, soul and rock music to the stage at 7:30 p.m. July 14. Wynonna has sold more than 30 million albums spanning a 34-year career from her time with mother-daughter duo The Judds to her latest sound with her band, The Big Noise. Wynonna has received more than 60 industry awards including charting 20 No. 1 hits such as “Mama He’s Crazy,” “Why Not Me” and “Grandpa.” During her time with The Judds, Wynonna was dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline.” In August, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will open an exhibit exploring the lives and careers of the famous duo. Wynonna and her band the Big Noise, led by her husband, drummer and producer Cactus Moser, released their debut album in 2016. The album features special guests Derek Trucks, Jason Isbell, Susan Tedeschi and Timothy B. Schmit. Wynonna has described the new sound as “vintage yet modern” and a “return to the well.”

Three Dog Night

Three Dog Night will perform classic rock at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11. With a legacy spanning close to five decades, the Grammy-nominated group Three Dog Night will make its Music by the Lake debut to close out the 2018 summer season. From 1969 through 1974, no other group received more Top 10 hits or sold more concert tickets than Three Dog Night. The group has 21 consecutive Billboard Top 40 songs such as “Shambala” and “One” and No. 1 singles “Joy to The World,” “Mama Told Me” and “Black and White.” Tens of millions of Three Dog Night records have been sold through the years. Three Dog Night recorded music of the best new songwriters of their time including Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, Elton John, Laura Nyro, Paul Williams and Hoyt Axton. Since 1986, these music icons have performed more than 2,200 shows including two Super Bowls.

Nathan Gunn


Baritone Nathan Gunn will perform love songs with the Chicago Philharmonic at 7:30 p.m. July 21. Gunn is billed as America’s leading in-demand baritone and Grammy Awardwinning superstar. He will present “An Evening of Love Songs” with the Chicago Philharmonic under artistic director Scott Speck. Gunn has performed in international opera houses and as a distinguished soloist with symphony orchestras worldwide. The New York Times writes: “Nathan Gunn commands an operatic baritone whose mighty heft and richness confer an outsize authority on everything it touches.” Gunn has appeared in opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Royal Opera House and Paris Opera. He supports new works and has created roles in 21st

century operas most recently collaborating with teams at the Pittsburgh Opera, with Beth Morrison Projects and with some of today’s leading and cutting-edge composers. The Chicago Tribune calls the Chicago Philharmonic “one of the country’s finest symphonic orchestras.” It is a collective of more than 200 musicians of the highest level performing in the Chicago area today. Through a community of musicians and community members, the Chicago Philharmonic aims to excite, engage and transform diverse audiences with the beauty and power of great music.

Family events

Events for the family include Ralph’s World at 4 p.m. July 29 and a community showcase with the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra at 4 p.m. June 24. Ralph’s World features indie rocker Ralph Covert and his band with highenergy tunes and a silly atmosphere. Covert transforms his former band’s original songs with fun, age-appropriate lyrics that will have the kids dancing and laughing. Before venturing into the kid-friendly music circuit, Covert was a member of the Chicago-based rock ‘n’ roll band the Bad Examples. In addition to making music and touring his live children’s show, Covert is a songwriter, playwright and children’s book author. The Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra will present an afternoon of movie music for the entire family. The orchestra performs the scores to award-winning films such as “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Forrest Gump,” “Superman,” “Lord of the Rings,” “Frozen,” “Gladiator” and “Star Wars.” Now in its 18th season, the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra, under the leadership of music director David Anderson and concertmaster Lisa Gauslow, boasts musicians from southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

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All events are performed in the Ferro Pavilion on the campus of George Williams College of Aurora University in Williams Bay. Performances take place rain or shine. Free parking and shuttle service for all events are located close to campus at Williams Bay High School at 500 W. Geneva St., in Williams Bay.

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• 4 p.m. June 24 – Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are $15 for reserved pavilion seats or for lawn seats. The campus will open at 2:30 p.m.; • 7:30 p.m. July 7 – Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers. Tickets are $65 to $80 for reserved seats, $45 for terrace seats and $25 for lawn seats. The campus will open at 6 p.m.; • 7:30 p.m. July 14 – Wynonna and The Big Noise. Tickets are $65 to $80 for reserved seats, $45 for terrace seats and $25 for lawn seats. The campus will open at 6 p.m.; • 7:30 p.m. July 21– “An Evening of Love Songs” with baritone Nathan Gunn and the Chicago Philharmonic. Tickets are $65 to $80 for reserved seats, $45 for terrace seats and $25 for lawn seats. The campus will open at 6 p.m.; • 4 p.m. July 29 – Ralph’s World. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for kids 4 to 10 years old and free for children 3 years old or younger. The campus will open at 2:30 p.m. • 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11 – Three Dog Night. Tickets are $65 to $80 for reserved seats, $45 for terrace seats and $25 for lawn seats. The campus will open at 6 p.m.

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Hitting the Trails SPRING 2018


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Horseback riding enthusiasts enjoy myriad options around Walworth County area


ara LeRoy is biased, but By Todd between Palmyra and Sullivan. most horse enthusiasts “We also boast one of the best Mishler across southeastern COPY EDITOR (horse) campgrounds in the state Wisconsin agree with and the only one with showers … her. and nobody gets dirtier than horse people.” LeRoy was named That latter statement may be true, and president of the Southern they’ve got plenty of territory to prove it. Kettle Moraine Horse The state park’s southern unit features Trail Association on Jan. 87 miles of equestrian trails, including 54 13 after two years as the miles strictly for horseback riding and 33 organization’s treasurer. more that are shared with snowmobilers. Club members and volunteers are Enthusiasts can enjoy winding major caretakers — in collaboration with through scenic hardwood forests and pine the Wisconsin Department of Natural plantations while viewing oak savanna Resources – of the horseback riding trails prairies and myriad beautiful lakes. and equine facilities in the Southern Unit The area between Palmyra and of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. And Eagle often is the hub, with Horseriders they’ve turned them into jewels among Campground near Palmyra located along such setups in the Badger State. the main thoroughfare in an effort that has “The northern and southern Kettle grown by leaps and bounds since only 5.5 Moraine trails make up the biggest horse miles of volunteer paths existed in 1967. riding system in Wisconsin,” said LeRoy, a “Our facilities are a huge draw,” LeRoy Jefferson High School graduate who lives said. “We host four three-day endurance

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• Horseback riding terrains to cover and landscapes to marvel at. “Some of my favorite trails are in the Ottawa and Scuppernong areas, I ride the Eagle trails quite a bit and the section between Palmyra and Rushing Waters (off County Highway H),” LeRoy said. “Riders can see lots of wildlife, including baby deer and turkeys … it’s a unique experience to view them in that environment, where you have a variety of grassy meadows and the oak savannas around Bald Bluff. And there’s nothing prettier than the fall colors in Wisconsin.” However, it takes a lot of time and energy from DNR employees and local/ area club members and volunteers to make it such a great destination for horse lovers as well as other fans of the outdoors. The SKMHTA was formed in August 2003 after the fledgling club had been a chapter of the Glacial Drumlin Horse Trail Association, an advocacy group headquartered in Dane County. The association’s membership roll featured a little more than 100 households to end 2017, and LeRoy is excited about the future. “We’ve provided the labor and raised funds for many special activities and facilities, such as the electricity at the campgrounds,” LeRoy said. “We’ve received lots of donations and support from local businesses in Eagle and Palmyra, and not just places related to the horse riding community. Restaurants, gas stations and other businesses have been heavily involved, but at the same time our facilities and events bring them a lot of business. So, it’s been all about building strong community relationships.” While that tri-county region of



(Continued from page 7) Walworth, Jefferson and Waukesha counties provides the largest and arguably the most popular venue(s), it’s not the only location in the Southern Lakes area offering options for horseback riders. Richard Bong State Recreational Area, located about eight miles southeast of Burlington in northwestern Kenosha County, features more than 13 miles of equestrian trails, plus 4.5 miles of horse riding/snowmobile routes. Beth Goeppinger is a naturalist at the 4,515-acre recreational area, where the horse trails closely follow park boundaries south of Wisconsin Highway 142. “I’ve ridden on the trails once, but I’ve walked them many times,” said Goeppinger, who has worked at Bong for nearly 24 years. “They’re not super busy, but I know a group of people south of here comes over a lot … they own homes near an access point.” She said the trails aren’t open during the spring if it’s too wet. However, riders take advantage of the trails most other seasons. “Fall usually is the busiest time,” Goeppinger said. “The park offers nice wooded areas and a lot of beautiful prairies. You won’t see the hills and things like at the Kettle Moraine, but they’re nice trails.” Another, much shorter riding opportunity is available on a 2-mile stretch from Springfield to Lyons, a trail that runs adjacent to the White River State Trail, a 19-mile hiking/biking jaunt that travels from Elkhorn to Dover, with a two-mile gap in Burlington. Numerous stables also offer guided trail rides, including Dan Patch Stables in Lake Geneva and Dream A Horse, Wild 3L Ranch and Kettle Moraine Ranch, all near Eagle.

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At left: Southern Kettle Moraine Horse Trail Association junior rider Bailey LeRoy rides Odie through one of the obstacles at the loop trail on Highway S near Eagle. Below: Bingo gives Joan and Adam Zittnan an enjoyable sleigh ride on the trails near Eagle. PHOTO COURTESY OF TARA LEROY Wonders of Walworth County


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Ride the rails back inEasttime Troy Railroad opens season Saturday

he East Troy Railroad Museum opens its 111th season Saturday with weekend trips from the East Troy Depot to Mukwonago until Nov. 4. The living-history museum runs electric trolleys and interurban railcars on the last remaining piece of the original interurban network that operated in the state. The railroad has more than 30 refurbished railroad cars, 15 of which are in operation. The cars include Chicago, South Shore and South Bend interurban cars, a Sheboygan interurban car and streetcars from Milwaukee and Minneapolis. The railroad’s summer schedule includes two beer trains, several dinner trains, special events and charter service. “The beer train was a big hit when we did it at the end of last year,” said Steve Thomas, marketing coordinator for the railroad. “It went so well we’re having two this year.” The railroad is teaming up with Lake Geneva-based Black Point Estate for the beer trains, which ride the rails on May 26 and Sept. 8. Michael Rehberg, the lead interpreter at Black Point Estate who also is a trained expert on types of beers, will lead the tasting and discussion during the 2-1/2 hour events. Toothpicks Catering in East Troy will provide the appetizers. Toothpicks also caters the railroad’s many dinner trains and charters. “They do such a wonderful job; we’re happy to have them back again this year,” Thomas said.

Railfan Weekend

New this year is the expanded Railfan Weekend, which is now a two-day event on June 23 and 24. “Railfan Day is when we pull all our trains out and put them on display,” Thomas said. “Last year, we added several family-friendly activities to the day to see if we could attract more visitors. It worked; we doubled our attendance. So this year, we’re holding it over the whole weekend. “Along with all our equipment people can see, we have face painting, free popcorn in the depot, miniature train rides, model railroad car building and the speeder rides on the East Troy industrial spur.”

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The East Troy Railroad Museum operates interurban railcars like this one and electric trolleys from its depot in East Troy to the Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago on Saturdays and Sundays. The trains run hourly during the day and daily tickets are good for unlimited rides.

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East Troy Railroad regular schedule The East Troy Railroad runs on Saturday and Sunday from April 7 to Nov. 4. Friday operations begin on June 1 and go until Oct. 26. Train tickets are good all day for unlimited rides – the railroad does not sell one-way tickets. Cost is $12.50 for adults, $10.50 for seniors and $8 for kids age 3 to 14. Children 2 and younger ride for free. Passengers can pick up the train at the East Troy Depot, the Elegant Farmer or Indian Head Park in Mukwonago. Passengers who take the train from Indian Head Park can board without a ticket and purchase fares once in East Troy or at the Elegant Farmer. Weekend boarding times and location include: Departing East Troy Depot 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. (last roundtrip if starting here) Departing Elegant Farmer Depot 10 a.m., 11 a.m., Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. (last round-trip if starting here), 3 p.m., 4 p.m. Departing Indian Head Park 10:40 a.m., 11:40 a.m., 12:40 p.m., 1:40 p.m. (last round-trip if starting here), 2:40 p.m., 3:40 p.m.

on Aug. 25, Indian Summer on Sept. 15, Oktoberfest on Sept. 29, Fall Harvest on Oct. 6, Sweetest Day on Oct. 20 and the Pumpkin Express on Oct. 27. Bar service also is available on the dinner trains for an added cost. Prices for the dinner trains range from $40 to $80 per person. Menus and prices can be found at the railroad’s website. The railroad will have four Pizza Trains this year on May 12, June 2, Aug. 4 and Aug. 18. Cost is $54 for a table for two or $82 for a family of four. Coupons to J. Lauber’s Ice Cream Parlor, which is adjacent to the East Troy Depot, are handed out at the end of the train for dessert. The railroad also books charters, which they had 60 of last year. “It’s not as expensive as people think,” Thomas said. “For a 15-person charter, it’s only $250. Of course, if you want lunch or dinner, it’s more. But if you just want to ride the train down to the park and have a picnic, that’s all it costs.”

Other happenings

The railroad is returning several other popular events this year, including the July 7 Chicago Day celebration. The event features the railroad’s six operating South Shore cars, originally built in the

1920s, and the 1924 Chicago Elevated Cars. Several National Park Rangers from Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore will be on hand to explain the history of the South Shore Line. The annual Night Photo Shoot is set for Sept. 8. The railroad stages its historical cars for 30 photographers to take photos of. Milwaukee Day will be Sept. 22. The East Troy Railroad Museum is home to one of the last streetcars built by The Milwaukee Electric Railway & Light Company still in operation and this day celebrates the history of the Milwaukee rail system.

Run by volunteers

The East Troy Railroad is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit run by volunteers committed to the operation and preservation of historic trolleys and interurban railcars. “We’re always looking for new volunteers,” Thomas said. “If anyone has an interest, we can teach them to operate the trains or to work in the depot or the dinner trains. They can use their talents for one day a month or 10 days, whatever their schedule allows.” For more information or to make reservations for one of the dinner/pizza trains, visit

The speeder rides allow people to race around the industrial spur on the small work cars that are mostly used for maintenance, Thomas said.

Dinner trains

The railroad’s dinner trains have become popular and often sell out weeks in advance. This year the gourmet meal trains include the Burger Train on May 19, Father’s Day on June 16, Surf ’n Turf on July 7, Family Pasta Nite on July 21, Summer Delight

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Don’t forget to stop by J. Lauber’s Ice Cream Parlor next to the East Troy Depot for a sweet treat before or after riding the train.

Striking different chords

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Area folk band to play concert with middle school students By Ryan Spoehr

The concert will be a culmination of work between Georgia Rae, Klement and her he Georgia Rae Family Band, students. based in Richmond, Ill., will “I started doing workshops first with bring its folksy, jazzy sound to Lauren’s orchestra,” Georgia Rae said. Lake Geneva Middle School for That was about two years ago, when an upcoming concert. But band one of Klement’s fourth-grade students members will not appear onstage was taking music lessons from Georgia alone. Rae. After the student introduced her and Orchestra students in grades Klement, the latter saw the band perform four through eight in Lauren locally and asked if Georgia Rae would like Klement’s classes will join them. to collaborate and do any workshops. Klement is a teacher and orchestra director Georgia Rae said yes. at the middle school and Eastview and Star “I was so stoked,” she said. “I was like, ‘It Center elementary schools. sounds so fun.’” “This is going to be a first,” said Georgia Since then, Georgia Rae has been a guest Rae Mussared — known in most circles instructor in Klement’s classes at the three simply as Georgia Rae. schools. Georgia Rae plays the fiddle and is “It’s a one-of-a-kind experience for the joined by sisters Kelly Jo, the lead singer, students,” Klement said. “We can get stuck and Quintessa Grace, who plays mandolin in our own ways with music and not do our and banjo. Their mother, Roni, plays guitar, own thing. How she teaches is different than while Joe Burie plays bass for the band. what we typically learn in the music room.” The first for Georgia Rae and her band is Klement said what makes Georgia Rae that they’ve never performed with students at effective is that she allows students to see a concert like this. what they can do with music outside the It is something of a first for the district, music room, and Georgia Rae gives them a too. About four years ago, Klement’s glimpse of what hard work can do for them. students played with a jazz musician, but “I think it’s really inspiring for them (the never with a band. students) to see someone who has dedicated STAFF WRITER


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Georgia Rae Mussared of the Georgia Rae Family Band gives lessons as a guest instructor in Lauren Klement’s class.

so much time to music,” Klement said. “For the students, it’s important for them to see that for music or anything. They can see if you apply yourself to anything, with a little hard work you can be successful.” Georgia Rae’s success includes seven combined state fiddle championships in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota. She also has won a total of five twin fiddle championships in Minnesota and Colorado. “At 10 or 11, I decided to go for it,” Georgia Rae said. Although she would like to be seen as more than just an award-winning musician and as someone who cares about more than just music, she is appreciative of her successful background. “I’m glad I had all those opportunities to take these challenges on at these concerts,” Georgia Rae said. Growing up in her family, Georgia Rae always has been around fiddle music. At 9 years old, she started going to music festivals. Her musical life took off from there, including performing with family members. The Georgia Rae Family Band has brought its sound to concert venues since 2011. That sound is inspired by Americana, contemporary folk and roots, mixed with jazzy swing and flavored with family harmony and youthful energy. The band has four independently released albums, the latest in 2016. Another one is expected this spring. Georgia Rae also hosts two radio shows, “Kicking Back With G Rae and Jacks” on WHIW 101.3 in Harvard, Ill., and “Women in Rock” on WBSD 98.3 in Burlington.

Broadening teaching experience Working with students was part of Georgia Rae’s desire to expand her musical abilities. She had been giving kids lessons since age 13, but she wanted to teach with larger groups.

“I wanted to get more experience and see if I wanted to do a bigger orchestra,” Georgia Rae said. “I really do love to teach. It’s really fun getting to do that with a whole group of kids. “It’s really fun because you get to see kids who are scared to improvise become students who are not afraid to be weird and not afraid of doing something different. It’s cool to see kids be more fearless.” The fiddle is a violin, but referring to it as a “fiddle” generally is when it is played in folk tunes and while presenting unique sounds. “When I first started doing the workshops, I told them (the students) that it’s good to have orchestra as a backbone, but don’t be afraid of going outside the box and don’t be afraid of your instruments and the weird noises they make,” Georgia Rae said. “Don’t be afraid of playing different music on instruments you like.” Georgia Rae,19, hopes that teaching and performing with the Lake Geneva students is just the beginning. Not only does she want to go to college for music and eventually tour and make albums, but also continuing the workshops is on her mind. “Yeah, this has been very exciting, so I definitely want to try it with more schools,” Georgia Rae said. The concert will be at 6 p.m. May 8 at Lake Geneva Middle School, 600 N. Bloomfield Road. Admission is free. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. The band also will hold a separate performance. “I think everyone should come out to this concert. If they like to see kids play music and play unique music, this is the concert for them,” Georgia Rae said. “I am really pumped and excited for this.” She will host a clinic for the Lake Geneva Schools orchestra students and the Fiddle Club before the May 8 concert. Students will perform Georgia Rae Family Band pieces with the group at the concert.

Exploring new worlds SPRING 2018


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Families find their way through challenging maze of autistic children


By Todd Mishler COPY EDITOR

ick Bursh loves politics and philosophy. He watches games and cartoons on his iPad mini, using dozens of the characters in his wonderful drawings and paintings that dominate the refrigerator and numerous walls in his parents’ Fontana home. Dexter Johnson religiously researches biology and human anatomy. He wants to finish his associate degree at Gateway Technical College with hopes of working in the medical profession someday. He also enjoys music and playing the drums. An estimated 1 percent of American children ages 3 through 17 have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Nick was a toddler, while Dexter was 18. The 11th annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, established to foster acceptance and understanding of the many struggles these individuals and their families face while celebrating the small but sometimes glorious victories along their challenging journeys. The Burshes and Johnsons can relate to the emotional and physical peaks and valleys of life with an ASD child.

Can you hear me now?

Illinois natives Laura and Dick Bursh spent 10 years in Sharon and have lived in Fontana the past 15 years. A pediatric psychiatrist diagnosed their son, now 30. At age 10, with the onset of puberty and increasingly dangerous behaviors, Laura and Dick reluctantly placed Nick in the foster care system. Later he lived in adult group homes in Walworth County and attended Lakeland School in Elkhorn at various times. But Nick moved back with his parents permanently in 2014. And while the family dynamics remain demanding, they’ve improved markedly. That’s because after being locked inside his body for 25 years, Nick finally “talked” with the outside world and let everybody get to know him. Labeled according to his behavior and lack of social and communication skills — one professional estimated his IQ at 34 — Nick is changing those perceptions while proving daily that he is so much more. That’s because his mother, part-time caregiver Theresa Larsen and two professional facilitators in Madison have helped Nick explore a whole new universe through computer-assisted learning. They place their hand under his right arm, and that prompts the magical thoughts to spew forth from Nick. He uses a pencil in his close-fisted hand to draw while painstakingly but joyfully pointing with his forefinger or a pencil to type — and that allows others to “hear” what he has to say. And amazingly, his actual speech has increased and improved. “His thoughts come so fast that he’s always trying to catch up to them,” Laura said. “The greatest challenge is capturing them in the moment. He wants to communicate more than anything and keeps telling us, ‘I am in here.’” The Burshes have known that all along but didn’t know how to help him escape,

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Nick Bursh’s mother, Laura, helps him with his computer-assisted typing in which he communicates. He wears headphones a lot to block out noises that often trigger negative responses related to his autism.

having spent most of Nick’s life on waiting lists, trying to find support and answers for themselves and their son. “At one point somebody gave him an IQ of 34, and I’m like, ‘You people are full of it,’” Laura said. “I knew that I was the expert on my child because he was smart about things he was interested in and loved to do.” But now that the door has been opened, it will never close again. “The words started spilling out of him,” Laura said. “And his behavior changed dramatically. All of a sudden, he knew he was being accepted and that he would be heard. One of the first things he typed was, ‘I love you. Thanks for your support.’ “It’s been a long period of adjustments, but he’s been locked up in a misbehaving body, which are Nick’s words, for a long time.” Certain noises and situations still trigger negative responses, and he suffers from headaches. But the Burshes know their son and their lives have changed forever. “People always see the behavior, and that’s what makes them uncomfortable,” Laura said. “But they don’t understand the reasons behind these behaviors or outbursts.” But with headphones, Nick can navigate the world because they enable him to filter out excess noise.

began to blossom. “There is so much love in these people,” Laura said. “I believe their brains are just wired differently than ours. In Nick, I see a different way of thinking, and that’s very cool. “You have to see the gifts of autism instead of the negatives,” she added. “They know what people think of them and what they look like … they cannot help having meltdowns sometimes.” And now Nick’s mantra is “Mom Love,” in which his writing focuses on inclusion, community and healing, and which was symbolized when he and Laura participated in a Women’s March in Walworth in late February. “He’s always understood almost everything, but for so long it was ‘poor me,’” Laura said. “But now there are so many things he can do that were buried. If five years ago you would have told me where he is now … he’s teaching us and that’s something that should be explored and embraced. I asked for a miracle, and I got one.”
 Laura runs several online groups, including an international mothers supporting autism forum. Contact her at lbursh@gmail. com or on her Facebook page at Laura Granbur Bursh.

For the past two years, Nick has improved upon his talents once a week at Studio 84 in Whitewater, continuing to grow at the nonprofit organization that specializes in the creative and vocational development of people with disabilities. It’s another avenue in which Nick learns and is free from his silence. But then again, Nick has been communicating for a long time through his art, especially visible in collections of colored squares that nobody understood. That is, until family members deciphered that each color represented a letter of the alphabet — a form of the neurological condition called grapheme-based synesthesia — and the code was cracked. Still, it wasn’t until the facilitated typing that the real Nick

Linda Bocanegra-Johnson, of Silver Lake, is a mother of a 22-year-old son, Dexter, with Asperger’s syndrome, a neurobiological disorder on the higher-functioning end of the autism spectrum. The developmental disorder is characterized by an inability to understand how to interact socially. He lives in Walworth County and was attending Gateway Tech when anxiety issues forced him to take a break just a few credits away from earning an associate degree. He was looking to work in the sustainable energy field, but he has switched his attention to biology and the world of medicine. “He is so knowledgeable about biology and how the human body works. That’s where his laser focus is … he spends all day doing research,” Linda said. “But that’s one

Nick’s colorful world

Making his way

of the things about Asperger’s. Many kids have one or two areas of intense interest. That’s his genius area. He’s into only eating organic foods and preserving his body.” His usual daily routine starts with an intense workout at a local gym and eating the same sandwich at the same restaurant. “Most Asperger’s kids don’t have many friends, at least not any close ones,” Linda said of Dexter, who graduated from Wilmot High School. “Dexter always was a great student and made the high honors list, but he struggled to pick up on any social cues,” Linda said. “He had seen therapists since early in grade school, but like with many of these kids who do everything else right, doctors didn’t pick up on Asperger’s until he was a senior. “He kept complaining about stomach pain, and I took him to specialists all over, and then one gastrointestinal specialist said it was anxiety,” she added. “I took him to a psychiatrist and she said right away that it was classic Asperger’s. “We didn’t know what was going on, even when he was hanging out with kids we felt comfortable with,” Linda said. “But then he finally shared some stories … he endured some really traumatic situations.” But trying to smooth out those many bumps in the road have been a way of life for Dexter and his parents. “A lot of these kids never leave the house, so a big thing is bringing opportunities into the home, and that opens them up a little and maybe even enough for them to get out,” Linda said. “You have to find what makes their eyes sparkle, something that gives them a purpose. They need a purpose.” And so the goal remains for Dexter to return to Gateway this summer or fall. Through Society’s Assets, Linda recently hired a UW-Whitewater student to visit and work with her son a couple of hours twice a week. “It’s the companionship,” she said. “To find somebody his age who has so much in common … their first session was great.”

A better future

Linda works at Dementia Care Coaching LLC. She and her husband are divorced, but Linda said they form a strong team when it comes to meeting their son’s needs. “Thank God we work well together in supporting Dexter Linda Bocanegra and each other. Johnson Without that, I don’t know if we could handle the load parents must carry with an Asperger’s child. “There is an anger component, and he still has meltdowns once in awhile,” Linda said. “He gets too much stimulation and gets out of control. But now we know his tendencies and some of the triggers. One thing we’ve learned, and he’s learned, is to think of them like a storm – all storms must pass. It’s just that he gets so tired from these meltdowns because they take so much out of him.”

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Calendar of Events



19-29 Invitational Photography Show from 12 to 5 p.m. at Whitewater Arts Alliance, 402 W. Main St.

2 Square dancing – Limber Timbers Square Dance Club dances from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Elkhorn Area Middle School, 627 E. Court St., Elkhorn. www.limbertimbers. org.

20 Pregnancy Helpline of Walworth County banquet and silent auction, 5 to 8 p.m., Calvary Community Church, N2620 Harris Road, Lake Geneva. Cost: $25. Info: 262-723-7068 20 Jazz Ensemble II – 7:30 p.m. at Greenhill Center of the Arts – Light Recital Hall, 132 N. Prince St., Whitewater, features a large jazz ensemble that emphasizes on classic jazz repertoire, directed by Brad Townsend. Free and open to public. 21 Earth Day Celebration – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gateway Technical College, 400 Hwy. H, Elkhorn, featuring a recycling center, live entertainment, door prizes, child-friendly activities, farmers market, workshops and demonstrations. earthday 21 Brews and Blues Festival, 1 to 5 p.m. at The Ridge, W42440 Highway 50, Lake Geneva. Unlimited craft beer samplings, live music and food samples. Info: 800225-5558, 24 Jazz Ensemble I – 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Greenhill Center of the Arts – Light Recital Hall, 132 N. Prince St., Whitewater. will premiere a new commissioned work by composer Dean Sorenson as part of the 150th Anniversary celebration of University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. Free and open to public. 24 Walworth County Business Expo and Career Fair, 12:30 to 6 p.m., Grand Geneva Forum, 7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva. Expo on Tap, a business-tobusiness networking event will run from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Cost: $5 25-28 Strong Poison – 7:30 p.m. at Greenhill Center of the Arts, 930 W. Main St., Whitewater. The performance is adapted from Dorothy L. Sayers’ “Strong Poison.” $12 general public, $10 seniors ages 65 and older, $7.50 people ages younger than 18 and $5.50 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater students with ID. 262-472-2222 or 26 Big Foot Fine Arts presents: David Thoreson, 7 to p.m., Big Foot High School auditorium, 401 Devils Lane, Walworth. Cost: $20 for adults, $5 for kids. Info: 262275-2117, 26 UC Entertainment Presents: Live Music: Haley Klinkhammer – 7:30-9 p.m., University Center, Down Under, 228 Wyman Mall, Whitewater. Free admission. 27 Dinners at the Lake, 4:30-7 p.m., at Lutherdale Ministries, N7891 Highway 12, north of Elkhorn. Tickets: $16 for adults, $8 for children 10 and younger. Reservations suggested for groups of eight or more. Info: 262-742-2352 27 Dinners at the Lake – 4:30-7 p.m., Lutherdale Ministries, N7891 Highway 12, north of Elkhorn. Tickets $16 for adults, $8 for children 10 and younger. Reservations suggested for groups of eight or more. 262-742-2352.

3 UC Entertainment Presents: Comedian JR DeGuzman from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at University Center, Down Under, 228 Wyman Mall. Free admission. 4 East Troy Area Chamber of Commerce’s First Fridays – May the 4th Be with You, 5 to 8 p.m., East Troy Village Square Park. Star Wars fans are invited to turn up from far-away galaxies for a light saber class, face painting craft station, make you own foam lightsaber and plenty of other Star Wars themed activities. 4-6 Lake Geneva Festival of Wine, multiple activities and various locations and businesses throughout Lake Geneva. 11-13, 18-20 Lakeland Players production of “Sugar” at the Walworth County Performing Arts Center, 15 W. Walworth St., Elkhorn. 262-728-5578 11 Second Chances Dinner, 6-10 p.m., The Abbey Resort, 269 Fontana Blvd., Fontana. Dinner will feature a night of fine food, drinks, auction and raffles while raising funds for homeless animals. 262723-1000. 16 Elkhorn Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual golf outing at Evergreen Golf Club, N6246 Highway 12, Elkhorn. Open to the public. 262-723-5722, 16 Square dancing – Limber Timbers Square Dance Club dances from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Elkhorn Area Middle School, 627 E. Court St., Elkhorn. 19 Whitewater City Wide Rummage Sale 19 Cello Day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Greenhill Center of the Arts, 132 N. Prince St., Whitewater, is a massive gathering of cellists from throughout the world for a day of cello-related talks and performances. Open to the public. Registration is required. For more information, contact Benjamin Whitcomb at whitcomb@uww. edu. 20 Big Open Cup – Evergreen Golf Club, N6246 Highway 12, Elkhorn – $45 per person includes: 18 holes golf with eight inch putting cup, three-person teams paired as six-somes, men first nine from back tees and second nine from forward tees, women play forward tees twice, tailgate lunch, team prizes, hole event prizes, optional team skins game. 262-7235722 or 20 Antique Flea Market, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Walworth County Fairgrounds, 411 E. Court St., Elkhorn, featuring vendors offering a variety of treasures. Admission is $5. 414-525-0820 or nlpromotionsllc@ 25 Dinners at the Lake – 4:30-7 p.m., Lutherdale Ministries, N7891 Highway 12,

north of Elkhorn. Tickets $16 for adults, $8 for children 10 and younger. Reservations suggested for groups of eight or more. 262-742-2352 25-28 East Troy Area Chamber of Commerce’s Memorial Day Weekend on the Historic Village Square. Village-wide rummage sale May 25-27. Roasted sweet corn, brats, hot dogs, burgers, soda, beer and live entertainment. 262) 642-3770, 26 Fontana Garden Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Pearce’s Farm Stand, highways 67 and F, Walworth. Perennials, shrubs and annuals from Jurg’s and Pesche’s plus herbs, lettuces and more. 26 Through the Garden Gate garden sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Congdon Gardens, 1424 Hobbs Drive, Delavan. Garden art sale, unique shrub and tree sale, food, books and various garden vendors. All proceeds go towards the growth, development and maintenance of Congdon Gardens. 27 Junk In the Trunk Fundraiser, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., East Troy High School parking lot, 3128 Graydon Avenue. 28 Memorial Day Parade – downtown Elkhorn, 10:30 a.m., followed by a special memorial service in Veterans Park. 262203-2434.

JUNE 6 Square dancing – Limber Timbers Square Dance Club dances from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Elkhorn Area Middle School, 627 E. Court St., Elkhorn. www.limbertimbers. org. 8 Night Under the Lights – a free, community event hosted by the Elkhorn Parks and Recreation Department, featuring baseball games under the lights, concessions and raffles, inflatable fun and a variety of child-friendly activities, 5 p.m. at Harris Park, Wright Street. 262-741-5114 8-9 Elkhorn City-Wide Rummage – explore and shop area rummage sales. Maps of rummages that place ads will be available at the Elkhorn Area Chamber of Commerce. Businesses may also be offering specials. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 262-7235788 or 8-9 Williams Bay Community-Wide Garden Sale, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central sale at Lions Field House. 15 Family Fun Night, 7 to 9 p.m., Cravath Lakefront Building, 341 S. Fremont St., Whitewater. 15 Elkhorn Area High School All Sports Booster Club Golf Outing in partnership with the Elkhorn Rotary, 11:30 a.m. at Evergreen Country Club, N6246 Highway 12, Elkhorn. Day includes 18-holes of golf, special event holes, lunch and fish fry dinner. 262-723-3444 16 Elkhorn Community Days – a celebration of all things Elkhorn featuring a water ski show by the Lauderdale Aqua Skiers, a movie in the park, a car show and more. 262-723-5788 or elkhornchamber. com.

16 Walworth County Farm Bureau Dairy Breakfast, 6 to 10:30 a.m. at the Walworth County Fairgrounds, 411 E. Court St., Elkhorn. Event features full breakfast, crafters, live animals and a tour of a Walworth County farm. 262-723-3228 16 Pride and Joy Car Show, 11 a.m. at Babe Mann Park, 960 Proctor Drive. 262723-5788 or 20 Pork Chop Cookout, Walworth County Fairgrounds, 411 E. Court St., Elkhorn, 4 to 7 p.m. 262-7233228. 22 East Troy Cycling Classic, all day in on the East Troy Village Square. The race is part of the Tour of America’s Dairyland, the largest competitive cycling event in the United States. 262-642-3770 or www. 23 Muddy Maniacs Adventure Mud Run, 9 to 11 a.m., Veterans Park/Mill Pond Recreation Building, 109 Water Works Drive, Delavan. 262-728-5585, ext. 2 29 Dinner at the Lake – 4:30-7 p.m., Lutherdale Ministries, N7891 Highway 12, north of Elkhorn. Tickets $16 for adults, $8 for children 10 and younger. Reservations suggested for groups of eight or more. 262-742-2352. 24 Antique Flea Market, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Walworth County Fairgrounds, 411 E. Court St., Elkhorn, featuring vendors offering a variety of treasures. Admission is $5. 414-525-0820 or nlpromotionsllc@ 29 Star Spangled Celebration – 5-11 p.m. at Sunset Park, 200 Devendorf St., Elkhorn, featuring music from the Holton Band, food and snacks and a fireworks show at dusk. 262-723-5788 or 29-July 4 Whitewater 4th of July Celebration – Cravath Lakefront, 341 S. Fremont St., Whitewater, features parade, fireworks, live music, food, vendors, car show and carnival.

JULY 6-8 Partners for Progress Horse Show, Walworth County Fairgrounds, 411 E. Court St., Elkhorn. 262-723-3228. 12-15 – Elkhorn RibFest, 3 to 11 p.m. on Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday at the Walworth County Fairgrounds. Event will feature a competition, live entertainment, food vendors, a beer garden and camping. Admission is free 262-723-3228. The calendar of events is compiled from a variety of sources including Discover Whitewater, the Elkhorn Area Chamber of Commerce and the Walworth County Visitors Bureau and contains events available as of press time. Although we make every attempt to provide accurate information regarding area events, dates and times may change or events may be cancelled. We suggest you visit, elkhornchamber. com or prior to making travel plans.



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Pictured left to right: Heather Kluck, PA, Betsy Press, NP, and Tejesh Patel, MD.

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Meet Betsy and the care team at the Darien Clinic Open House April 30 from 4–7 PM.

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