Cambridge Visitor and Activity Guide 2020

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Life in Cambridge


Come and Discover Cambridge


Cambridge is a village for Families


Cambridge is a village for Business


Cambridge is a village for Recreation 14 Cambridge is a village that Celebrates 16 Cambridge is a village that Volunteers 18 Cambridge is a village with History


Advertiser Index

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When people ask me where I live and I answer, “Cambridge, Wisconsin,” the response is usually, “We love Cambridge! We’ve been there for the pottery!” or, “Isn’t that where Matt Kenseth, the NASCAR driver is from?” Yes, we are the self-proclaimed Salt Glaze Pottery Capital of the Midwest and also Matt Kenseth’s hometown, but we are so much more. Since 1847, people have been coming to Cambridge and the Lake Ripley area as a place to wander, to build and explore ideas and to craft.

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Life in

We aren’t just a small rural suburb of Madison, we are a unique blend of outdoor enthusiasts, artists and craftsmen, entrepreneurs and friendly folks who love to work hard, and play harder. | 5

Come to Cambridge and: PLAY golf at the area’s most affordable private 18-hole golf course at Lake Ripley Country Club.

VISIT galleries and art festivals featuring world-famous potters specializing in salt-glazed pottery and the ancient art of wood-fired pottery.

RIDE the fantastic and ever-

growing mountain bike trail system, open all year in Dane County Parks’ CamRock Park.

LEARN at our highly regarded public school system that prepares citizens to learn from the past, achieve in the present and envision the future.

MEET up with friends at

Cambridge Winery or Dancing Goat Distillery, and enjoy locally made wine and spirits.

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Pursuit of

All of these opportunities and more await you here in Cambridge. Come join us in your pursuit of happiness! | 7

Cambridge is a great place to call home for those looking for a small town that welcomes newcomers with open arms. The school system consistently receives very high reviews for all of its schools, Cambridge Elementary, Nikolay Middle School, Cambridge High School and Koshkonong Trails— our public charter school.

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The schools are supported by many very engaged groups, including (but not limited to) the PTO, Music Boosters, many different athletic booster groups and Cambridge Community Activities Program (CAP). CAP

not only offers many classes and activities for school-aged children, but also offers programs for adults throughout the year. There are also many options for older residents, with services offered by both CAP and the county. | 9

Enjoy a stroll down historic Main Street, visit the quaint shops, chat with local artists and enjoy a nice meal or a great cup of coffee. 10 | Cambridge Chamber of Commerce


Cambridge is a village for

Cambridge is home to a wide variety of businesses, both large and small. From a diverse group of boutique shops along our quaint Main Street to a winery and distillery to large-

scale construction companies, Cambridge is a good fit for all. The Cambridge Chamber of Commerce works diligently to promote and support the entire area business community. | 11




Karen Anderson 920.342.0496

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gifts 131 W. Main Street Cambridge, WI 53523 | 13

Cambridge and its surrounding areas offer many choices for getting outdoors, getting some exercise or just getting together with some friends to enjoy a local event.

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Cambridge is a village for

Access the CamRock bike/walking trail system here in town, rent a picnic shelter for a party by the shore at Lake Ripley Park and get in a good workout at the Cambridge Community Fitness Center. So many options abound in this growing village! | 15

The Midwest Fire Fest is a celebration of all things forged in fire.

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Cambridge is a village that The Fire Fest provides demonstrations of iron pours, pit-fired pottery and a hot reveal of a clay sculpture in a performance style art event—also an art show, fire performers, Fire Feast, concessions and smoking hot music.

Other annual events include: a well-attended Memorial Day parade, Girls Night Out events in April and October bringing people into our downtown shops and restaurants and Firemen Appreciation Day festival in September. | 17

Below is a list representing many of the volunteer groups and organizations you could choose to participate in here in our wonderful village.

Cambridge Arts Council: The Cambridge Arts Council brings together artists, writers, musicians, educators and art enthusiasts to provide support for area artists. In doing so, we seek to enrich the quality of life and contribute to the economic and cultural development of Cambridge and surrounding towns. Contact: or visit Cambridge Community Activities Program (CAP): Encouraging and promoting life-long wellness by providing a variety of high-quality recreational activities, learning opportunities, aquatics programs and other services to the broad Cambridge area community. Contact: or visit Cambridge-Deerfield Players Theater: The Cambridge-Deerfield Players Theater, Inc. offers the Cambridge, Deerfield, Jefferson, Lake Mills, Marshall and other Wisconsin-area communities the opportunity to participate in and enjoy all facets of community theater. The mission for the CD Players, Inc. is to support productions and projects that augment and enhance the artistic experience for all who participate whether on stage, behind the scenes or in the audience. These productions are understood to be occasions to refine skills, learn new ones and have fun! Contact: (608) 212-0672 or email or visit Cambridge Food Pantry and Resource Center: The Food Pantry provides food assistance, resources and emergency aid to residents of the Cambridge School District. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Contact: (608) 423-8142 or visit -resource-center

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Cambridge Tree Project: We are a Cambridge, Wisconsin-based non-profit organization offering affordable trees and shrubs for your home. All profits help landscape Cambridge schools, streets and parks. Contact: or visit Friends of the Cambridge Community Library: We are a non-profit community organization dedicated to supporting the Cambridge Community Public Library. Our purpose is to assist the library in developing programs to meet current community needs; to assist in promoting knowledge of, and participation in, library services; and to aid in providing funds to meet special library needs. Our members are book lovers, information seekers, readers, listeners and music and movie buffs. We come from varying backgrounds and age groups! We all treasure ideas and value the public library as a vital community resource. Our annual meeting is held in January of each year. Contact: (608) 423-3900 or or visit Friends of CamRock Dog Park: We are working with Dane County Parks to create a dog park in our community. Dane County has land allotted and they are 100% on board. Our group’s purpose is to provide community support, promote and advocate for the success of the future dog park. The dogs can hardly wait! Visit Lions Club: To create and foster a spirit of understanding among all people for humanitarian needs by providing voluntary services through community involvement and international cooperation. Contact: Our House Senior Living: Volunteers are always welcome to bake, do arts and crafts or visit and play music with the residents. Contact: Ryan at (608) 423-9961 Village of Cambridge – Senior Services: The Village works with McFarland Outreach Center as well as the Friends of the Cambridge Library to coordinate such services as transportation, nutrition programs, foot care, a local shopping bus, library services and a sewing group. Contact: (608) 838-7117

We are home to a whole host of volunteers. Name a cause and we most likely have a volunteer group dedicated to helping it!


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Founded in 1847 with saw, feed and flour mills, Cambridge was legendarily named by one of our founding fathers, Alvin B. Carpenter, after the hometown of his sweetheart.

Cambridge’s past is filled with bustling 19th century commerce, crop and tobacco farming and Lake Ripley recreation. Visitors today can tour the Cambridge 1906 Historic School to learn about our past with museum displays reflecting our interesting history.

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Uniquely located on the Dane and Jefferson County line next to beautiful Lake Ripley, Cambridge remained an “inland” town, untouched by railroad development. Despite lacking local rail


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access, Cambridge thrived and even became a birthplace of innovation as Cambridge resident Ole Evinrude developed the outboard motor inspired by Lake Ripley. Arthur Davidson, founding partner

in Harley-Davidson, was the Cambridge resident who personally delivered one of his new motorbikes to replace the mail delivery bicycle at our post office. | 21

Avid Gardener


Cambridge Foundation


Cambridge Winery


Drews Tax Plus


Fort HealthCare / Cambridge Family Practice


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Kaleidoscope Fibers


Keystone Grill


Lee Recreation, LLC


Marc’s Garage


Mink Farm Tavern


Mountain Man Guns


PC Alternatives


Re/Max Property Shop


Risen Lawn Care Service


Ruby Rose Gallery


School District of Cambridge


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