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PUBLISHER Rachel Towns-Dingus Tamara Towns-Pozorski EDITOR Amy S. Johnson CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jaye Alderson, Ken Bates, Berlin Chamber of Commerce, Jill Carlson, Jean Cornelius, Thomas Eddy, Green Lake Chamber of Commerce, Jeffrey Harkins, John Hayashi, Jason Mansmith, Paul Meuer, Princeton Chamber of Commerce, Lauree Renaud, Ripon Chamber of Commerce, Wendy Schultz, Heather Steffen, Thrasher Opera House, Michelle Van Kirk, Jan White Moon, Bur Zeratsky PUBLICATION DESIGNER Susie Anderson COVER DESIGN Jonathan Wilde DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION & DESIGN Jennifer Denman DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY & DESIGN Barbara Wilson GRAPHIC DESIGNER Sarah Hill COPY EDITOR Craig Stemen PHOTOGRAPHER Barbara Wilson ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS Community Health Network, Jean Cornelius, Thomas Eddy, From the Land, Tom Folsom, Green Lake Conference Center, Green Lake Greenways, Green Lake Festival of Music, Green Lake Half Marathon, Green Lake Sailing School, Green Lake School District, Green Team, Cyndi Hanley, Heidel House Resort & Spa, Jonathan Wilde ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Amy S. Johnson ADMINISTRATION Jennifer Baird, Lori Czajka, Rose E. Lee, Krystle Naab, Evelyn Mattison ADDITIONAL COPIES? Green Lake Magazine 2014 is available free at select businesses. If you would like a copy sent to you, please send mailing information along with $3.00 for each magazine to Green Lake Magazine, c/o Towns & Associates, Inc., 126 Water Street, Baraboo, WI 53913. COMMENTS? We welcome your questions and comments. Please submit to Green Lake Magazine, c/o Towns & Associates, Inc., 126 Water Street, Baraboo, WI 53913 or email LIKE TO ADVERTISE? To place an advertisement in this publication, please call (800) 575-8757x105 or email ALL RIGHTS RESERVED No portion of this magazine may be reproduced without prior written permission by the publisher, Towns & Associates, Inc.

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All in Good Taste Antiques Area Poll Favorites A Well Feathered Nest Berlin Big Green Lake Adventures Caestecker Library Calendar of Events Community Health Network Cookie Daze Cover Artist: Jonathan Wilde Dickens of a Christmas From the Land Folk Art Festival Golf Green Lake Green Lake Area Animal Shelter Green Lake Area Libraries Green Lake Concerts in the Park Green Lake Conference Center Green Lake Conservancy Green Lake Festival of Music Green Lake Fine Arts Show Green Lake Greenways Green Lake Half Marathon Green Lake Sailing School Green Lake School District Green Team Harvest Fest Heidel House Resort & Spa Heidel House Resort Evensong Spa Maps of the Area Modern Rentals Princeton Pumpkins on the Petunias Ripon Ripon College Ripon’s National Historic Landmark Rubber Chicken Fling Summer Shindig Thrasher Opera House Wisconsin State Chili Cook-Off | 3

advertiser index Accommodations Bay View Motel & Resort............................... 27 Green Lake Conference Center......................36 Green Lake Inn............................................... 17 Heidel House Resort & Spa........................... BC The Keipe Hotel Vacation Rental.................... 25 Ridgewood Inn Motel.....................................40

Contractor Chris Miller Building & Design......................53 Future Roofing & Construction......................51 Gneiser Construction, Ltd...............................20 Surface & Surroundings, Inc........................... 41

Antiques Johnny Crow’s................................................ 20 Pastimes.......................................................... 21 Sidedoor Antiques.......................................... 47 Woolbright’s River City Antique Mall............23

Dentistry Kurt W. Piernot, DDS......................................45 Silver Creek Dentistry.....................................27 Waushara Dental Associates S.C.....................47

Association Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce..........8 Green Lake Arts Council.................................44 Green Lake Conservancy................................16 Ripon Chamber of Commerce......................... 41 Attraction Green Lake Area Half Marathon.....................48 Green Lake Festival of Music..........................32 Green Lake Fine Arts Show.............................44 Heidel House Resort & Spa Yacht Escapade..... BC Thrasher Opera House....................................64 Automotive Cliff’s Tire & Battery.......................................27 Bakery/Baked Goods All In Good Taste............................................22 Oven Fresh Bakery..........................................65 Pick ’n Save......................................................51 Sugar Lips..........................................................9 Banking Golden Rule Community Credit Union...........43 Horicon Bank..................................................59 Banquets/Conference & Meeting Facility Bloch’s Farm......................................................9 Green Lake Conference Center.......................36 Heidel House Resort & Spa............................ BC Sugar Lips..........................................................9 Bike Sales/Repair Mike’s Bike Shop.............................................61 Boat/Watercraft–Rental Action Marina................................................IFC Bay View Boat Rental.......................................27 Big Power Sports..............................................13 Green Lake Sailing School...............................39 Heidel House Resort & Spa Yacht Escapade..... BC Shoreline Boat Center......................................31 Boat/Watercraft–Sales & Service Big Power Sports..............................................13 Shoreline Boat Center......................................31 Books Pastimes...........................................................21 Campground Hattie Sherwood Campground..........................9 Clothing/Jewelry/Shoes/Accessories All In Good Taste............................................22 Fox River Glove Outlet Store...........................47 North Bay Sport & Liquor...............................56 Soirée Deux.....................................................39 Twister.............................................................14 W.C. Russell Moccasin Co...............................59 Coffee/Espresso/Tea Sugar Lips..........................................................9 Twister.............................................................14 Watson Street Tea & Treats.............................51

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Convenience Store Holliday Food & Sport....................................37

Fishing Charter Norton’s Fishing Adventures...........................12 Firewood Mirr of Green Lake Tree Care.........................28 Florist Endurance.........................................................9 Pick ’n Save......................................................51 Furniture/Home Décor Casual Living Outfitters, LLC.........................40 Endurance.........................................................9 Farrell’s Fine Furnishings, LLC.......................52 Johnny Crow’s.................................................20 Pastimes...........................................................21 Sidedoor Antiques...........................................47 Soirée Deux.....................................................39 Twister.............................................................14 Woolbright’s River City Antique Mall.............23 Garden Center/Nursery Bloch’s Farm......................................................9 Stuart’s Landscaping & Garden Center.............5 Gasoline Holliday Food & Sport....................................37 Gifts ACE Hardware.................................................56 All In Good Taste............................................22 A Well Feathered Nest.....................................10 End of the Trail Candy Shoppe.....................IFC Farrell’s Fine Furnishings, LLC.......................52 Fox River Glove Outlet Store...........................47 Pastimes...........................................................21 Soirée Deux.....................................................39 Twister.............................................................14 Watson Street Tea & Treats.............................51 Worldwide Gifts..............................................36 Golf Classic Carts....................................................54 The Golf Courses of Lawsonia........................15 Graphic Design Towns & Associates, Inc.: Graphic Design Services...............................49 Grocer/Market/Deli/Cheese All in Good Taste............................................22 Crossroads Market.............................................8 Pick ’n Save......................................................51 Hardware ACE Hardware.................................................56 Hospital/Medical Clinic Community Health Network...........................60 Ripon Medical Center......................................46 Ice Cream All In Good Taste............................................22 End of the Trail Candy Shoppe.....................IFC Pump House Parlor­­­­­— Heidel House Resort & Spa....................... BC

Landscaping/Lawncare/Treecare Bloch’s Farm......................................................9 Mirr of Green Lake Tree Care.........................28 Stuart’s Landscaping & Garden Center.............5 Library Caestecker Public Library................................30 Liquor/Wine/Beer Crossroads Market.............................................8 Holliday Food & Sport....................................37 Malchetske’s Liquor & Video..........................55 North Bay Sport & Liquor...............................56 Pick ’n Save......................................................51 Twister.............................................................14 Vines & Rushes Winery..................................63 Pet Care Peterson’s Happiness Acres, Inc......................61 Pharmacy Field Pharmacy................................................62 Photo Lab Pick ’n Save......................................................51 Plumbing Pinnacle Plumbing, LLC..................................51 Quality Plumbing, LLC...................................42 Radio Station WAUH FM.......................................................13 WISS AM/FM..................................................13 Real Estate Century 21 Properties Limited........................38 Lake Real Estate..............................................17 Schneider Real Estate......................................11 Special Properties..........................................IBC Rental Center Modern Rentals, Inc........................................42 Restaurant Adam’s Rib.......................................................57 BoatHouse Pub— Heidel House Resort & Spa....................... BC Captain Pete’s Pierogi Pit...............................IFC Christianos Pizza.............................................57 Grey Rock—Heidel House Resort & Spa....... BC Reilly’s Pub........................................................5 Sugar Lips..........................................................9 Sunroom—Heidel House Resort & Spa......... BC Treasury...........................................................33 Senior Living Facilities KindredHearts Senior Living..........................58 Spa/Massage/Fitness Evensong Spa............................................ 19, BC School Green Lake Sailing School...............................39 Green Lake School District.............................29 Ripon Area School District..............................32 Ripon College..................................................50 Sporting Goods ACE Hardware.................................................56 Holliday Food & Sport....................................37 North Bay Sport & Liquor...............................56 Video/DVD Rental Malchetske’s Liquor & Video..........................55 Winery Vines & Rushes Winery..................................63

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2014 calendar of events March 22 Green Lake—Brew Fest at Heidel House Resort & Spa

April 5 Green Lake—Green Lake Area Animal Shelter Lucky Dog CaTsino Night 19 Green Lake—Easter Egg Hunt 19 Ripon—Green Team: Earth Day Trail Work at Guskey-Miller Prairie 20 Green Lake—Easter Brunch at Grey Rock at Heidel House Resort & Spa 25–26 Ripon—City Wide Rummage Sale 26 Green Lake—Green Team: Bird Watching at Sunnyside Conservancy

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Green Lake—Road Scholar: Explore the Writer in You at Green Lake Conference Center Berlin—Citywide Garage Sale Green Lake—Green Team: Mitchell Glen Tour Princeton—City Wide Garage Sale Green Lake—Mother’s Day Brunch at Grey Rock at Heidel House Resort & Spa Berlin—CHN Helping Hands for Cancer 5K Run/Walk at CHN Campus Green Lake—Green Team: Buffalo Farm Tour Princeton—Rubber Chicken Fling Green Lake—Memorial Day Parade and Service Princeton—Memorial Day Program Green Lake—Green Team: Powell Spring Tour

12 Princeton—Brew Ha Ha 12–19 Green Lake—Conference for Church Musicians at Green Lake Conference Center 18 Green Lake—Beer Cruise at Heidel House Resort & Spa 19 Green Lake—Green Team: Green Lake Weed & Harvesting Tour 24 Green Lake—Grey Rock Dine & Sail Experience at Heidel House Resort & Spa 24–27 Green Lake—Green Lake Festival of Music Choral Institute 26 Green Lake—Chalk Walk 28–Aug. 1 Green Lake—Rhythms of the Spirit: Nurturing a Contemplative Life at Green Lake Conference Center 31–Aug. 3 Green Lake—Green Lake County Fair at Green Lake County Fairgrounds


1 Green Lake—Lobster Bake at Heidel House Resort & Spa 2 Ripon—Cookie Daze 9–10 Berlin—Street Cruisers Car Cruze 9–10 Green Lake—Fine Arts Show 15 Green Lake—Beer Cruise at Heidel House Resort & Spa 16 Green Lake—Battle of the Bands 16 Green Lake—Green Lake Area Animal Shelter Open House 16 Green Lake—Green Lake Greenways: Movin’ on June the Mascoutin Family Friendly Fundraiser 4 Ripon—Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing at 16 Green Lake—Green Team: Winnebago Trail Mascoutin Golf Club Walk 8–13 Green Lake—Road Scholar: Golf on Lawsonia at 16 Princeton—Crazy Days Green Lake Conference Center 17–22 Green Lake—Green Lake Christian Writers 11 Berlin—Chamber of Commerce Community Conference at Green Lake Conference Center Steak Fry at Riverside Park 17–22 Green Lake—Road Scholar: Golf on Lawsonia at 13 Green Lake—Lobster Bake at Heidel House Green Lake Conference Center Resort & Spa 21 Green Lake—Grey Rock Dine & Sail Experience 14 Green Lake—Summer Shindig at Heidel House Resort & Spa 14–21 Green Lake—Shop Summer Solstice 29 Green Lake—Lobster Bake at Heidel House 20 Green Lake—Beer Cruise at Heidel House Resort & Spa Resort & Spa 31 Green Lake—Green Lake Area “13dot1” Half 21 Green Lake—Green Team: Kayak or Canoe the Marathon & 5K Fun Run Puchyan River 28 Green Lake—Green Lake Greenways: The Gear September Up Green Lake Fundraiser Ride 5 Green Lake—Beer Cruise at Heidel House 28 Princeton—Independence Day Celebration Resort & Spa 6 Green Lake—Wisconsin State Chili Cook-off July 7–12 Green Lake—Road Scholar: Mystery Loves 4 Berlin—Independence Day Celebration Company at Green Lake Conference Center 4 Green Lake—Fireworks Dessert Cruise with 11 Green Lake—Grey Rock Dine & Sail Experience Heidel House Resort & Spa at Heidel House Resort & Spa 4 Green Lake—July 4th Celebration 20 Berlin—Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing at 4 Ripon—Independence Day Fireworks Display Mascoutin Golf Club 5 Green Lake—Sunsplash at Heidel House Resort 20 Green Lake—Green Lake Area Animal Shelter & Spa Dog Walk Event 5–19 Green Lake—Green Lake Festival of Music 20 Green Lake—Green Team: Hickory Nut Chamber Music Camp Syrup Program 10 Green Lake—Grey Rock Dine & Sail Experience 20 Green Lake—Silent Retreat at Green Lake at Heidel House Resort & Spa Conference Center 11 Green Lake—Lobster Bake at Heidel House 20 Ripon—Septemberfest Resort & Spa 21 Princeton—Harvest Faire 12 Green Lake—Garden Walk 27–28 Green Lake—Harvest Fest

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October 3 Green Lake—Beer Cruise at Heidel House Resort & Spa 4 Berlin—Pumpkins on the Petunias 4–5 Green Lake—Art from the Barn 11 Green Lake—Green Team: Mitchell Glen Tour 18 Berlin—Berlin Historical Society Ghost Walk 18–19 Green Lake—From the Land 18 Green Lake—Oktoberfest at Heidel House Resort & Spa 25 Green Lake—Green Team: Falconry Field Demo 25 Princeton—A Sweet Event

November 20 Berlin—Annual Lighting the Park 20 Berlin—Christmas Parade 21–23 Green Lake—Journey Bible Seminars at Green Lake Conference Center 27 Green Lake—Thanksgiving Brunch at Grey Rock at Heidel House Resort & Spa 28 Princeton—Lights on Water Street Parade 28–29 Princeton—Festival of Trees 28–30 Princeton—Christmas in Princeton 29 Green Lake—Christmas Tree Lighting 29 Princeton—Christmas in Princeton Craft Fairs

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Princeton—City of Lights Extravaganza Ripon—Dickens of a Christmas Green Lake—Experience the Magic of Christmas at Heidel House Resort & Spa Princeton—Hometown Holidays Celebration Green Lake—New Year’s Eve Celebration at Heidel House Resort & Spa

Dates subject to change—please call ahead to confirm.

Ongoing Entertainment Green Lake—Thrasher Opera House. (920) 294-4279 or Princeton—Flea Market. Sat., Apr. 26–Oct. 18. Ripon—Little White Schoolhouse. Weekends in May, Sept. & Oct. Daily June 1–Labor Day. Green Lake—Friends of the Library Book Sale at Caestecker Library, May 3, Aug. 9–10, Sept. 27–28. Princeton—Farm to Fork Farmers’ Market. Wed., May 21–Oct. 15. Green Lake—Farmers’ Market. Fri., May 23–Oct. 10. Ripon—Village Green Concert Series. Fri. evenings, June–Aug. Ripon—Watson Street Farmers’ Market on Village Green. Tues. & Sat., June–Oct. Green Lake—Concerts in the Park. Wed. 6:30 p.m. at Deacon Mills Park, June 11–Aug. 6. Princeton—Live on Water Downtown Princeton Summer Concert Series. June 28, July 26 & Aug. 30. Green Lake—Green Festival of Music, June 15– Aug. 8. (800) 662-7097 or Berlin—Farmers’ Market & Artists’ Market at Nathan Strong Park. Every Tues. in July, Aug. & Sept. Green Lake—Green Team: Buckthorn & Conservancy Land Work. Sat. in Sept., Oct. & Nov.

GREETINGS! It is my pleasure to welcome you to Green Lake, Wisconsin, an area of stunning natural splendor matched only by the friendliness and hospitality of its people. From calm, plentiful lakes to radiantly colored autumn forests, our great state is home to truly breathtaking scenery. Green Lake is a noteworthy example of the many recreational opportunities available in our beautiful, natural environment. With its small-town charm and diverse attractions, Green Lake has something to please everyone. You can enjoy boating, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and waterskiing on the state’s deepest natural inland lake. If you choose to stay ashore, there are a variety of options for camping, biking, and hiking. You can also ride a hot air balloon, look in on art galleries, or visit an opera house. Home to welcoming people, striking landscapes, and countless activities, the Green Lake area and all of central Wisconsin are attractive travel destinations, as well as wonderful places to live, work, and raise a family. We look forward to hosting you in Green Lake and showing you why it is the perfect family getaway. Wisconsin’s lovely lakes and our signature Midwestern neighborliness are all here for you to enjoy. An unforgettable Wisconsin experience awaits you. Sincerely,

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Green Lake Green Lake, Wisconsin’s deepest natural lake, became a destination because of its natural beauty. Then known as Dartford, settlers created here the first permanent resort west of Niagara Falls, NY in 1847. Native Americans were the first to discover this remarkable green-toned lake teeming with fish and surrounded

by hills, cliffs, forests, and sheltered bays. Today’s Green Lake is a jewel, serving visitors and residents who seek a relaxed lifestyle. Family friendly throughout—retail shops, restaurants, services, medical facilities, parks, a library, churches, schools, industries, bed & breakfasts, motels, resorts, and conference centers meet needs and provide jobs. Big Green Lake is truly remarkable. It’s the state’s deepest natural lake with a depth of 237 feet, and boasts 27 miles of shoreline covering 7,346 acres. The lake is the reason people flock to this part of Wisconsin. First settled by the Winnebago Tribe two centuries ago, this region has continued to attract pioneers and tourists ever since. On the lake, you’ll find excellent boating, fishing, and swimming. Around the lake is over 36 miles of biking and

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hiking trails (paved and unpaved) with numerous picnic and camping spots. Lovely homes, resorts, and businesses dot the shore, including the City of Green Lake, which nestles up to Big Green, providing convenient shopping, dining, and lodging. Get acquainted with the lake. With a year-round calendar of community events celebrating everything from the longest day of summer to the start of the harvest season, Green Lake is a hot spot of culture, art, and leisure activities. Depending on your mood, dining choices range from five-star dining to a casual “show up in your flip-flops right from the lake” atmosphere—in Green Lake, ice cream IS lunch! Although a resort town, Green Lake welcomes you with open arms, open doors, and an atmosphere of a Norman Rockwell community. It’s a community that embraces creativity, welcomes all, and

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encourages a KCCO attitude. From the historic Thrasher Opera House to the Green Lake Festival of Music, to the free concerts in the park every Wednesday, entertainment and activity abounds on a daily basis. For you landlubbers, Green Lake also has four golf courses. Golf Courses of Lawsonia offers two 18-hole championship courses and was named “Wisconsin Golf Course of the Year 2008” by Wisconsin Golf Course Owners Association. Tuscumbia Country Club is the oldest golf course in Wisconsin, founded in 1896, and offers a challenging round for any golfer. These courses, along with Mascoutin Golf Course and Scharenberg's White Lake Resort, make up some of the finest golf venues in Wisconsin. All are within a driver and a few 3-woods of downtown Green Lake. If you are a biking enthusiast, the varied terrain of the Green Lake area offers the perfect palette for a variety of biking experiences. There are 140 miles and seven biking routes, as well as miles of historic Green Lake Conference Center trails just a short ride from downtown. There is a route for every level of cyclist.

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A Well Feathered Nest Nestled in Green Lake’s Downtown By Jan White Moon

What can you expect at A Well Feathered Nest? Owner Holly Walker’s shop will delight the senses with its eclectic décor, a blend of tempting items large and small, which are practical and pretty. Holly suggests, “These are all usable

things!” And they are. Holly adds, “I like classic things with enduring value.” To this end, she has brought in and arranged furnishings and accessories for the home in pleasing vignettes. “I like to incorporate new next to the

old to create ambiance.” Come in and witness her success. The boutique, at 524 Mill Street in downtown Green Lake, is meant to suggest how customers might combine looks and styles. Holly has merchandise from as early as the 1820s to brand new pieces. Her settings will change with the seasons and holidays. Ideas are yours for the taking. She enjoys helping people decorate and can offer clients her expertise on home staging and all aspects of decorating and window design. Holly is available for personal appointments, and says, “I try to discover what people need and want.” Holly offers well-priced items that have lasting value. New items carried in the shop are there to help customers

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learn to be adventurous with combining things they love. You’ll find vintage and antique furnishings, beautifully made napkins, lamps, wall décor, art, candles, winter mittens and Christmas stockings, garden décor, pillows and brass sconces. Holly also carries homemade candies. She enthusiastically supports other women in business by buying for the shop items which fit her eclectic but well-ordered environment. Other things to love are the “shabby chic” cabinet suitable for a condo, loft, or farmhouse. Discover the lovely rocker and handsome side table, high-end wallpaper, salvage items, clocks, and an Italian baker’s rack. There are pots of fresh herbs scattered throughout, reflecting Holly’s interest in growing herbs. A transplant from the West Bend/ Cedarburg area of Wisconsin, Holly has been here five years. “I love the Green Lake area,” she explains. “People are so nice. There is both a family sense and appreciation for tradition,” which Holly

values. She has two daughters, both in Wisconsin, along with a grandson. One daughter is renovating the eighth oldest home in the state which will become a bed and breakfast. Holly notes on her business card that A Well Feathered Nest offers “unique

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embellishments for your home and garden.” Explore those at the shop and on her website Open April–December. Call her at (920) 291-5470 for shop hours or for an appointment. Jan White Moon is a freelance writer.

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ADVENTURES By Jan White Moon

The most prominent feature of this beautiful south central Wisconsin destination is the lake itself, Big Green Lake. It is Wisconsin’s deepest natural lake, 237’ at its deepest, boasting 27 miles of shoreline. As you might expect, opportunities abound for swimming, fishing, boating, and sightseeing from the water.

Tour the lake on Heidel House Resort’s comfortable 60’ catamaran-style yacht. Make reservations for a private tour or party, or a scheduled cruise at (800) 444-2812 or (920) 294-0194. Boat rentals are available at Action Marina (three locations), Bay View Motel & Resort, Big Power Sports, and

Shoreline Boat Center. The Green Lake Sailing School offers private and group lessons for adults and youth. Fishing experts at Norton’s Fishing Adventures can guide you to a successful outing. Or helpful information, supplies, and licenses are available from North Bay Sport & Liquor.


LAKE TROUT Late May through mid-July, shallower water early, 40-60’. 100-140' later. Small spoons, small shiners. WALLEYE Ice out until early May, fish shorelines. Night crawlers, leeches. Last week in June until mid-July, fish weedbeds. Early August through autumn, 25-50’ on hardbottom dropoffs. WHITE BASS Early May, fish shoreline on windy days, lake surface on calm days. July 10 through mid-September, troll spinners with small minnows, surface down to 40’. NORTHERN First three weeks of June, troll the weedbeds. Large spinners, crank baits. July fish in 25-40’ of water on the dropoffs. Large chubs or suckers. BASS Early May, work the shorelines. Warmer weather, fish the rockpiles 15-20’. Spinner baits, tubes, crawlers, and leeches. PANFISH Late April through early May, fish the shorelines, the bays, and by the dam. Late July, fish the cribs. Waxworms or small worms (garden or angle).


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Early December, Cisco are spawning and can be caught in 40-60’ of water on rocky shoals, or through winter with jigs and glow spoons. Late December-March. Small shiners. Fish in 12-18’ of water near big weedbeds. Big shiners on tip-ups. Fish near big weedbeds 8-12’ of water, or in water up to 30’. Small shiners, jigs, small spoons. Plentiful in shallow water. Fish 30-40’ for larger fish. Small grubs and plastics.

Parks provide access to the lake. For swimmers, Hattie Sherwood Park (S. Lawson Drive entering Green Lake) offers a beach, benches, a pier, restrooms, camping, and ample parking. Deacon Mills Park (S. Lawson Drive at marina) has a bandshell with free summer concerts, picnicking greenspace, restrooms, a beautifully renovated wharf, and a boat launch and parking area adjacent to the park. Sunset Park (County Road A) offers boat launching lanes, ample parking, picnicking, and restrooms. Another is Dodge Park (County Road K). This facility has boat launching lanes, ample parking, picnicking areas, restrooms, and a large sandy beach. There are very modest boat launch fees charged. Additional launch sites include Deuring’s Landing (Illinois Avenue) and Canal Street Boat Launch (downtown). Hiking, biking, campgrounds, and playgrounds. Create your own adventure by taking advantage of numerous trails, many along the lakeshore. Additional parks include Friday Club Park (Mill Street), Highknocker Park (Highknocker Trail and Anchor Road), Playground Park (Mill Street), and Zobel Memorial Park (on Highway 49 one mile north off Highway 23). Please also see ads inside this issue for additional information on the businesses noted above. For more general information, contact the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at (800) 254-7354 or (920) 294-3231, or go to Jan White Moon is a freelance writer. | 13


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It’s Fling Time in Princeton! By Jan White Moon

Limber up your throwing arm, do some deep knee bends, touch your toes a few times. You don’t want to embarrass yourself by not making a good show of it. You may think this Rubber Chicken Fling Contest will be an easy 15 minutes of fame for you, but you’d be mistaken. The crowd has witnessed many a tough teen or burly biker weep when the hapless yellow fellow would drop yards in front of the coveted yellow goal post, sail off course onto a bystander’s head, or land up in a tree. That said, you are now better prepared for Princeton’s quirky contest. It’s held rain or shine just west of the City Park, home of the famous Princeton Flea Market, on the Sunday of Memorial Weekend, May 25. The brainchild of a retailers’ group looking to usher in the new summer season with something unique, this event celebrates its (lucky) 13th year. With separate age categories and an appreciative audience, flingers compete with confidence for fun prizes

or perhaps the grand prize, a cherished silver-toned rubber chicken. Chicken-themed items are for sale all over town, as you probably expect. Win or lose, you’ll still enjoy Princeton’s shopping bargains, good food, music, and general revelry. You may also be greeted by Chuck, the Fling’s official mascot, decked out in an Elvis- and chicken-inspired white outfit. Really. You will definitely want to enjoy other weekend events, including Princeton’s famous Saturday morning flea market, which is celebrating its 40th year. You might kayak on the Fox River or visit the city’s historical society. There is a craft fair and rummage sale adjacent the Fling field, too. For a detailed schedule of the weekend’s events, call the Princeton Chamber of Commerce at (920) 295-3877, or go to princetonwi .com or Jan White Moon is a freelance writer.

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GOLF Golf Courses of Lawsonia Golf Courses of Lawsonia Located on the historic grounds of the beautiful Green Lake Conference Center, Lawsonia offers two diverse golfing experiences at what Golf Week and Golf Digest recognize as one of “America’s Best” public golf facilities. Golf Week ranks the Links the No. 3 public course in Wisconsin and No. 55 “Classic” course in the nation. Golf Digest rates both courses in the top 10 in Wisconsin.

The Links has a wide open Scottish look and feel, with rolling fairways featuring large fairway bunkers and huge elevated greens that will test every club in your bag. The Woodlands is carved out of the thick forest that borders beautiful Green Lake. The course features treelined fairways that define each hole, along with severe elevation drops. Mascoutin Golf Club Mascoutin Golf Club Some 300 years ago, fire-worshiping Native American Indians lived in Mascoutin, a village just south of Berlin. It is in this gently rolling setting that Larry Packard, in 1975, carved out a magnificent 18-hole golf course through century-old trees. Giant undulating greens test your putting ability and sand traps galore wait to swallow an errant shot. Water hazards come into play on the final four holes.

In 1999, Mascoutin opened a new mystifying nine designed by Rick Jacobson. The “Blue” nine features waste bunkering, elevation changes, forced natural hazard carries, river views, water hazards, and even a “cliff” hole, making it a spectacular golfing experience. Play “Wisconsin's Best Kept Secret,” located an easy drive six miles north of Green Lake.

Tuscumbia turned 100 years old in 1996, giving it landmark status as the oldest golf course in Wisconsin. Bearing the slogan “Where History Lingers on Every Green,” Tuscumbia's 27-hole, public, 6,301-yard, par 71 layout has the reputation for being one of the best manicured courses in the state, providing golfers with a park-like setting of majestic evergreens and century-old hardwoods, thick rough, tight fairways, and rolling landscape. Golf here promises to be one of the most memorable rounds you’ll ever play whether you’re a novice or seasoned professional. Tuscumbia has all the amenities you expect from a fine classic golf course, and a courteous and professional staff to assist you. There is also a log clubhouse with a large rustic fireplace and charming décor to accommodate outing arrangements, dinner parties, banquets, and meetings.

White Lake Golf Resort White Lake Golf Resort This challenging 18-hole golf course is carved out of ancient glacier-formed land with an unusual western style that is apparent by exquisite natural landscaping and hilltop scenic views of rolling terrain, vast woods, sloped greens, free-roaming peacocks, and spring-fed ponds. The par 72 layout has 10 dog legs, sprawls over 200+ acres of natural paradise, and encompasses two separate circles of nine holes, which provide significant elevation changes.

Clubhouse amenities include a pro shop, practice green, bar, and sandwich shop. An adjoining multi-recreational vacation resort is surrounded by 35 modern, rustic rental units, a supper club and lounge, crystal-clear lake with sandy white beach. The property also features a game room, piers, rafts, diving board, water slides, and playground, and sits adjacent to the course. Play and stay at the “Home of the Peacocks,” just minutes from Green Lake between Montello and Princeton off Hwy. 23.

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The Links is one of America’s best classic courses, ranked #52 in the U.S. by Golfweek Magazine. A true links golf experience in Wisconsin! The Woodlands includes beautiful tree-lined fairways, stunning views of Green Lake, and a famous par 3 with a 65’ drop. Langford’s Pub (formerly the Caddyshack) offers great food and drink. Book your tee time today at or call (920) 294-3320. Ask about all-day rates and stay-and-play packages! | 15

From Bumblebees to Cranberries: The Folsom Land Legacy By Thomas Eddy

Tom Folsom is a successful Wisconsin cranberry grower. He knows more about the subject than anyone I know. I asked him once “who” pollinates cranberry flowers. “Bumblebees,” he replied, matter-of-factly. Without bumblebees and other pollinators there would be no cranberries and other fruits that require insect-pollination for a bountiful harvest. The ecosystem services that pollen-transferring insects convey help ensure a legacy of harvest and livelihoods for producers and

Bumblebee (Bombus sp.) foraging on common boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum). Of over 250 bumblebee species identified, 13 occur in Wisconsin. Photo by Thomas Eddy.

consumers alike. Together, the Green Lake Conservancy and Tom Folsom have established another kind of legacy—a land legacy that honors the memory of Tom’s father, Howard Folsom. In 1959 and 1960, with dollars earned from farming cranberries in northern Wisconsin, Howard acquired two small contiguous farms in mainly rural Green Lake County. Through a conservation easement over 500 acres of agricultural land, woods, and wetlands are now protected in perpetuity, a fitting tribute to a man who loved this bit of east central Wisconsin earth. Just imagine—for bumblebees that pollinate cranberry flowers, two farms bordering Silver Creek, the main tributary of Green Lake, were purchased and then protected forever.

Through a conservation easement, the Folsom land legacy was made permanent when Tom Folsom contacted the Green Lake Conservancy and requested assistance with protecting the farms his father acquired decades earlier. A conservation easement is a legally binding agreement between the landowner and the land trust, whereby specified development rights are relinquished to enhance and sustain the ecological services and value of the property. The landowner gains a tax benefit from the IRS and continues to hold title to the land. In fact, a conservation easement with the protection it conveys is perpetual, even when the land ownership is transferred. According to Tom, “If Dad lived longer he would have done the same thing as I did [conservation easement].”

(L-R) Brothers Robert and Tom Folsom and their father, Howard Folsom at Folsom Cranberry Marsh, Manitowish Waters, WI, circa 1990. Photo submitted by Tom Folsom. 16 | Green Lake magazine 2014

Given thoughtful deliberation by Tom, and with the Conservancy’s guidance, a covenant that imparts the stewardship values he learned from his father was finalized. The Folsom farms will not be divided and developed. Agricultural land is preserved and makes possible the livelihood for a small-farm operator who employs no-till practices on cropland and all the while contributing to the local economy. Besides cropland, the conservation easement protects native habitats and the biodiversity they sustain, bestowing further ecological services that benefit people and promote the common good. Since 1995, the Green Lake Conservancy has offered lake and watershed protection through acquisition, gift, and conservation easement. Trustworthy and experienced, the Conservancy is a recognized strategic lake partner, protecting distinctive places like Folsom farms, Mitchell Glen, Norwegian Bay Wetlands, Sugar Island, Sunnyside Conservancy, and Winnebago Trail Nature Preserve. Excluding the privately owned Folsom farms, all local

conservancy lands have some type of public access that includes trails and boardwalks. The Folsom land legacy is a gift to the future—it is an investment in hope for what will become. As former Vermont Governor James Douglas observed: “Our deep respect for the land and its harvest is the legacy of generations of farmers who put food on our tables, preserved our landscape, and inspired us with a powerful work ethic.” After nearly two decades of land trust accomplishments, the Green Lake Conservancy continues steadfast to this task, contributing to the ecological, social, and economic well-being of our communities. Thomas Eddy is a founding member of the Green Lake Conservancy and serves as VP for Conservation. To make a donation or to learn more about the work of the Conservancy, go to To contact the Conservancy, call (920) 294-3592 or email



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from an Adirondack chair on the dock or witness a fresh snowfall next to the fireplace in Evensong Spa’s relaxation room. Awaken with a walk through the freshly blooming gardens during spring, when you, too, will surely feel renewed.

Return to Simple Pleasures at Heidel House Resort & Spa By Michelle Van Kirk Heidel House Resort & Spa has built on the lakeside getaway tradition since welcoming its first guests on a snowy New Year’s Eve in 1945. Nestled on 20 wooded acres on the shores of beautiful Green Lake, Heidel House Resort began as a lakeside estate dining room, quickly grew into a family-run retreat, and by the 1970s had become one of the most popular destination resorts in the state. Today, visitors are welcomed with the same warm hospitality that began nearly 70 years ago. In the summer, an outdoor pool and sandy beach await swimmers and

sunbathers, while the tennis courts and nearby golf courses offer additional leisure activity. For more action, a variety of boats, bikes, and other recreation equipment are readily available for rent. Or leave the driving to the captain and journey aboard the 60-foot catamaranstyle yacht, Escapade. Public and private sightseeing cruises are offered, as well as specialty tours, including Beer Cruises and the Grey Rock Dine and Sail Experience. For a quieter retreat, experience life at the lake during autumn, winter, or spring. Watch the vivid fall color display

Enjoy relaxed lakeside dining at three on-site restaurants, each with distinctive offerings. Grey Rock serves up twists on classic steak, seafood, and pasta dishes, all freshly prepared using the finest ingredients. The BoatHouse Pub is a favorite summertime hangout, whether dining in to watch a game or grabbing a drink on the outdoor patio. Perk up in the café-style Sunroom while gazing upon the finest lake view on property. Save room for a specialty sundae or scoop of creamy Kemps ice cream from the Pump House Parlor, located near the main entrance. Passersby take note: you don’t have to stay overnight to enjoy a meal served with care. Work gatherings, conferences, weddings, and family reunions are graciously welcomed all year-round. With 18,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, an outdoor tent, and 190 guest rooms including lakeview suites and vacation rentals, Heidel House Resort specializes in creating the perfect ambiance for any occasion. Resort-hosted events throughout the year invite neighbors and visitors alike to join in the festivities. From the lakeside summer party at Sunsplash to German food and spirits at Oktoberfest, there is always some sort of celebration in the air. Families make it a tradition to return again and again. Couples escape to relax and reconnect. Professionals gather for conferences with panoramic views. Whether it’s beauty, relaxation, fun, or togetherness, Heidel House Resort allows you to return to the place you’ve always wanted to be. For more information, call (800) 4442812 or go to Michelle Van Kirk is the Marketing Manager at Heidel House Resort & Spa. Photographs provided by Heidel House Resort & Spa.

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Your Oasis Awaits at Evensong Spa

Set on wooded acres across the street from Heidel House Resort, Evensong Spa is a refuge for healing and for energizing your mind, body, and spirit.

Step into this oasis of relaxation and see how the experience is unlike any other day at the spa. Guests are encouraged to spend time before and after their services enjoying the serene atmosphere. Soak in the waterfall whirlpool. Breathe deeply in the herbal steam room. Cozy up in a plush robe in the Relaxation Room. The Spa Café serves a variety of healthy lunch entrées, and features floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the beautifully landscaped Tuscumbia Country Club.

By Michelle Van Kirk Evensong has received several awards and special mentions since opening its doors in 2006 as a new amenity of Heidel House Resort. Most recently, Evensong was ranked 45th of 100 globally according to Spas of America. Other recognitions include Wisconsin’s Top Spa Resorts and Top Girlfriend Getaway Package.

Single services, day packages, and overnight packages at Heidel House Resort are all available. Or stop in for a tour and access to the facilities. For more information, call (800) 4442812 or go to Michelle Van Kirk is the Marketing Manager at Heidel House Resort & Spa. Photographs provided by Heidel House Resort & Spa.

Particularly remarkable is the stunning indoor labyrinth, which all guests are welcome to experience. For centuries, labyrinths have been used as a tool for personal, psychological, and spiritual transformation. Walking a labyrinth can be a metaphor for the journey to the center of your deepest self, and back out into the world with a broadened understanding of who you are. Evensong offers a variety of services from massages and body treatments to facials, water therapy, and nail services. Signature treatments include the Green Lake Hot Stone Pedicure, Balinese Massage, and Advanced Repair Facial. “We value a natural, holistic approach to body care while also providing highly advanced skin care,” says Druellen Kosti, spa director. “It is our goal to not only provide a peaceful escape, but help guests improve their overall well-being.” | 19

Steeped in a history of the earliest trappers and river traders, the first settlers hit it on the head when they decided to call what is now known as Princeton, Pleasant Valley. Lush landscapes, isolated back roads, crystal clean streams, and an enchanting community dating back to the mid1800s are nestled in the sweeping bends of the Fox River between Lake Puckaway and Big Green Lake. A community of approximately 1,300 residents, Princeton prides itself in a

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comfortable “down to earth” way of life and friendly “come join us” atmosphere. Surrounded by over 40 square miles of lakes and hundreds of miles of rivers and streams of every depth and size, water sports of any kind are in abundance in the Princeton area. Boating, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, and fishing become a kiss with nature when sliding along the water of the mighty Fox, Mecan, Grand, Rock, and White Rivers or surrounding lakes.

Engage in an abundance of nature and, if you’re in the right place at the right time, get a close encounter of the “wildlife kind” that is uniquely enjoyed in Princeton and the surrounding area. Witness the ancient species of Sturgeon rolling on the rocks along the Fox River’s shoreline bordering the downtown as they spawn in early spring or view the endangered fledgling Whooping Cranes as they are taught to fly south just outside the city limits. Princeton is surrounded by wildlife refuges and public land perfect for watching wildlife of all kinds. Roads so rarely used that grass grows in the weathered cracks. Overhanging trees permit dappled sunshine to reflect on the blacktop, wildlife meanders across the road without a care. Princeton’s secluded back roads draw bicyclists from across the Midwest to explore eight mapped routes that offer back road biking for all types of riders. A destination in itself, Princeton’s Flea Market is the largest outdoor weekly flea market in Central Wisconsin. On Saturdays mid-April through midOctober, enjoy a stroll in Princeton’s City Park on Highway 23 to browse through hundreds of vendors’ goodies. Treasures abound each week as new and different vendors enter the mix, making each visit a new experience.

Also watch for fun activities, drawings, and souvenirs all summer long to celebrate the Market’s 40th year. Princeton is also known for some of the finest antiquing in the state. It’s easy to spend a full day surrounded by nostalgia in the many malls and shops bursting with exquisite artifacts from days gone by. Shopping downtown Princeton and the surrounding area is unique and diversified. With many crafters and artisans in residence, Princeton merchants pride themselves in offering unusual, one-of-a-kind or handcrafted goods. Delight in the atmosphere of shops restored to their 1800s origins, log-built from native pines or repurposed in their own unique style. The Princeton Chamber of Commerce and a network of community sponsors host good times all year long. From Princeton’s “silliest event around,” The Rubber Chicken Fling, to Christmas in Princeton, activities abound for everyone looking for engaging, friendly fun. For more information, call the Princeton Chamber of Commerce at (920) 295-3877 or go to Provided by the Princeton Chamber of Commerce.

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All in Good Taste Make All in Good Taste your stop for gifts, souvenirs, clothing, and items to add charm and beauty to your home or cottage. Owner Betty Wegner will make you feel right at home. Get a couple of scoops of Cedar Crest from her selection of 16 flavors of some of the best ice cream Wisconsin has to offer. Part

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ice cream parlor, part gift gallery, this shop will dazzle your senses. Nostalgia décor surrounds you, and there’s always something new to discover. Browse through the collection of great finds, including an array of well-known brands of collectibles and wearables.

Betty searches for as many USA-made things as possible. Product lines are numerous: Life is Good™ items, Wind and Willow™, Rabbit Creek™ mixes, Mary Meyer stuffed animals, wall décor, Princeton’s own yesteryear brewery Tiger Brew™ items, Coobie™ bras, Door County Coffee™, gourmet sodas and cheeses, grilling rubs, mulling spices, candy, cookbooks, garden décor, trays, hats and caps for all seasons, leather novelty coin purses, leggings and tights, piggy banks, postcards, ornaments, and specialty wood-carving tools. Some of the locally produced items include artisan breads regularly delivered by Princeton’s own Renard’s European Bakeshop, crocheted caps and hats, scarves of all types, exquisite pillows, mittens, inspirational items, soaps, jewelry, Amishmade jellies and sauces, aprons, nursing scrubs, dresses, and Christmas decorations. There are even a scattering of gently used household items.

Betty, celebrating her 14th season, is a great source of information about the City of Princeton and its environs, having lived in the area all her life and having served on the Princeton City Council. Content with a great business, a husband of 40 years, three sons and their families, and seven grandchildren, she explains, “My life is simple.” Her joy in running a funto-visit business and in spending time with family is evident. Easy to find, All in Good Taste Gift & Ice Cream Shoppe is located at 725 W. Main Street, which is Highway 23/73 at Princeton’s west end, right by the bridge over the Fox River. There is plenty of free parking. The shop is open Wednesday–Sunday, April–December. Summer hours are 11:00 a.m.–8:30 p.m. Call (920) 295-0344 for spring and fall hours. Jan White Moon is a freelance writer. | 23

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T here’s Music in the Air in Green Lake By Jan White Moon

There’s no better setting for summer’s free outdoor concert season than Deacon Mills Park on the banks of Green Lake. The beautifully renovated boardwalk, wharf, and park create an idyllic location for the city’s nine-concert series each Wednesday, June 11 through August 6, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Concerts in the Park June 11 June 18 June 25 July 2 July 9 July 16 July 23 July 30 August 6

The park is shaded by gorgeous oaks. Come over by boat and tie up at the wharf or park nearby. Musicians love the acoustics of the Starlight Stage and the interaction with the appreciative audiences. Dancing is encouraged, and peoplewatching is part of the fun. The line-up includes all Wisconsin-based groups.

Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Don Peachey Band The Dang-Its Madpolecats Whiskeybelles Mike McAbee Family Picnic Night (6:00 p.m. start) UW Marching Band/The Guilty Wanted Dead Horses Spanglish The Del Rays

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Musical styles range widely. The awardwinning Don Peachey Band plays it all, specializing in polka. The Dang-Its are four guys and a gal who are a “rare jewel in the otherwise cookie-cutter world of country music,” according to Madison Magazine. They are followed by the Madpolecats, a family band who takes their bluegrass roots to a whole new level. Then come the Whiskeybelles, a trio of female musicians who can blend country, folk, Americana, and more into something special. Mid-season, Green Lake welcomes Mike McAbee, a self-described “trucker, musician, and sensitive guy.” An original, playing his music for 12 years, you can expect a little bit of crazy from this singer-guitarist. With an early start at 6:00 p.m., don’t miss Family Picnic Night, a season highlight. Food is plentiful and the music doesn’t stop. You’ll be entertained by the summer University of WisconsinMadison Marching Band with their

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expert musicality and playful informal style. Also on the bill is the popular local group, The Guilty Wanted, who create a modern mood with exceptional arrangements and original compositions, described as “modern Americana.” Dead Horses is next with its four-piece band playing bluegrass, Americana, and folk. Vocals are accompanied by guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and string bass. Then Milwaukee’s Spanglish group sings in English and Spanish, offering innovative and original sounds. They embrace a global appeal and multiple cultures with upbeat salsa, reggae, funk, rhythm & blues, traditional, and more. The season ends with the ever popular Del Rays, who entertain with the best of the 50s, 60s, and 70s. For more information, contact the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at (920) 294-3231 or go to visitgreenlake .com. Jan White Moon is a freelance writer.

Available to rent by the week or weekend, our lovingly restored hotel features a spacious kitchen and family room and sleeping arrangements for up to twelve people. Just steps away from Green Lake’s restaurants, shopping and activities, guests enjoy spectacular views of the dam and Puchyan River and the best of Green Lake’s hometown hospitality.

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Zany fun abounds as Green Lake goes playful, paying homage to Shakespeare and his always timely play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This celebration, ushering in the summer season, takes place in the late afternoon and all evening on Saturday, June 14. Green Lake’s downtown teems with activities, retail sales, food offerings,

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music, a street dance, and general revelry. Won’t you join in? Notable nonsense includes bed races, a must-see, as words can’t properly describe this. Any team of three can sign up to compete. The team slips on nightwear, makes the bed, races down the street, has milk and cookies, and

then races back. Best time wins, but anyone willing to participate will be rewarded by the appreciative audience. You’ll be right at home if you are willing to wear your jammies. Young and old alike submit to being judged on their pajamas and slippers. Aim for cute and clever, if you’re looking to take a prize.

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Watch as adults tackle the challenge of squeezing into tricycles (adapted for adults), and then attempt to navigate around traffic cones and conquer the hill. Another over-the-top activity is the Howl at the Moon contest, where best howl wins, naturally. Other things to do may include body art, clowning, magical tricks, games for both kids and adults, carnival rides, inflatable activities, and a raffle, which offers valuable gifts and services to the winners. The Summer Shindig party, in its 17th year, would not be complete without a generous selection of food and drink, on sale by service organizations. Vendors offer their wares, including fresh farm produce, meats, coffee, handmade items, art, plants, and such. To put on an event such as this, the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce partners with numerous local businesses, golf courses, and health care organizations. Summer Shindig activities will follow other events earlier in the day on this Father’s Day weekend. For the latest information and schedule, contact the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at (800) 254-7354 or (920) 294-3231, or go to Jan White Moon is a freelance writer. | 27


SCHOOL DISTRICT OF GREEN LAKE By Ken Bates An Environment of Excellence For decades, people associated America’s small towns with one-room schoolhouses, and true to that image, the Green Lake School District is a oneroof schoolhouse. Proudly referred to as a public school that feels like a private school, students from four-year-old kindergarten through 12th grade attend classes in the same building. Divided by separate wings, this convenient arrangement encourages a family-

friendly, community atmosphere. In 2012 the Partnership for 21st Century recognized the school as one of its exemplars, a model for schools around the country.

throughout the entire education experience. Teacher-student ratio is the lowest in the area, allowing achievement to be closely monitored and personal attention to be provided.

Smaller is Better Research supports that with small, personalized class sizes in the lower grades, students benefit. The Green Lake School District goes above and beyond this to provide smaller classes

4K–12 International Baccalaureate World School With the challenges of a new world economy, Green Lake has chosen a progressive path. The school district is the first 4K–12 International Baccalaureate World School (IB) in Wisconsin. Green Lake High School is the state’s first all-IB high school. The school district is currently authorized to provide the Diploma Program (grades 11–12), the Middle Years Program (grades 7–10), and the Primary Years Program (grades 4K–6). These three programs combine to offer each student a well-rounded, internationally minded, and inquirybased approach to learning. What does IB offer? IB is for every student, and provides a style of learning that encourages thoughtful understanding of what is being studied. Expectations are high, and students enjoy a challenging approach that promotes critical thinking and reflection. Students no longer need to ask, “Why do I have to learn this?” Each lesson, at all levels, is clearly defined and made relevant to the world. Starting in second grade a second language is taught and is required until tenth grade. Enriched and Innovative Along with quality academics, the curriculum emphasizes health and wellness, athletics, and the arts. While

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many districts are cutting non-core classes, Green Lake elementary students are taught by specialists in vocal music, band, art, computers, and have daily physical education. At the middle and high school level, students are very involved. 75 percent of students participate in a minimum of three extracurricular activities. The philosophy is that while in middle and high school, students should have the opportunity to play a sport if they wish. The performing arts are valued, and from grade 5 on students are given the opportunity to play an instrument and become members of the band or choir. Both the performing and visual arts have excellent participation rates and outstanding community support. Hands-on learning takes place in technology education where students can learn marine technology or take preengineering courses from the Project Lead the Way program. One example of this is a team-taught project between math and technology education where the students learn math by building a boat. Impressive Results The adage, “Good things come in small packages,” certainly holds true. The District had a state report card rating of exceeding expectations. Green Lake High School graduates are a measure of the success of the school district—85 percent of graduates continue on to higher education. Alumni have enrolled in undergraduate and graduate work at institutions such as the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Marquette, Amherst, Cornell, Duke, Northwestern, University of Chicago, Stanford, and Purdue, to name a few. In a beautiful, serene lake environment, the Green Lake School District has distinguished itself by providing a world-class educational experience for its students. For more information, phone (920) 294-6411 or go to Ken Bates is the District Administrator. Photograph provided by Green Lake School District. | 29


LOVE AFFAIR Caestecker

th 20 ANNIVERSARY By Thomas Eddy

Photo courtesy of Cyndi Hanley

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In 1982, a library was constructed and presented to the city on behalf of the Charles and Marie Caestecker Foundation, a tribute by Tom to his parents. An increase in library patronage prompted a second library to be constructed just over a decade later and, likewise, was donated to the City in 1994. It is this second library gift that we recognize for its 20 years Photo courtesy of Thomas Eddy

A joint library of the City of Green Lake and the Town of Brooklyn

As a shy young boy who summered in Green Lake, Tom Caestecker was a bibliophile—a book lover who filled pleasurable hours reading at the local public library. That love for books and the library portal never diminished. So much so that later in life, Tom directed the construction of, and then generously donated to the City of Green Lake, two public libraries!

of service to the City of Green Lake, Town of Brooklyn, and surrounding communities. Supporters and volunteers of the local library are indispensable. The Caestecker Library Foundation has generously funded significant capital improvements, while the Friends of Caestecker Public Library have donated thousands of volunteer hours and monies earned from successful book sales to purchase new materials and underwrite programs for all ages. This 20th anniversary of the Caestecker Public Library, arguably the City’s most valuable asset, is cause for celebration for all, including shy people who read and think and learn for life. Thomas Eddy is past President of the Caestecker Public Library Board. Visit Caestecker Public Library’s extensive and up-to-date book and digital collections at


Berlin Public Library 121 W. Park Ave. | (920) 361-5420


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MUSIC “Our 35th season promises to be more exciting and musically diverse than ever before,” says Festival Director Jeffrey Harkins. Concerts and other events are planned to run from mid-June through early August, and will again be among the “cultural and social highlights of the summer you won’t want to miss.” Enjoyable, intimate, and come-as-youare concerts are the name of the game for the Green Lake Festival of Music

this season, June 15–August 8, at Green Lake’s historic Thrasher Opera House or Ripon College. Having received state recognition with a Governor’s Award for the Arts, the Green Lake Festival has continued to develop its series of summertime concerts, featuring internationally renowned artists performing classical string and wind music, supplemented by cabaret, jazz, Celtic, and other popular

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BETTER RESULTS: Students Consistently Rank in the Top Ten Percent in Wisconsin

styles. Since 2006, the free Thomas E. Caestecker Family Series, coordinated with programs at local libraries, continues to introduce children and adults to various styles of music. Additionally, two other well-established programs will be offered again. The Festival’s two-week Chamber Music Camp, July 5–19, will be under the direction of renowned Midwest cellist Thomas Rosenberg. The Chamber Music Camp is an invaluable experience open to teens and young adults. Stephen Alltop returns to serve as musical director of the Festival’s Choral Institute that runs July 24–27. The Choral Institute is a wonderful interactive experience open to amateur and professional adult singers alike. “This Festival serves as a great source of musical and cultural enrichment for the Green Lake County area,” thenWisconsin Governor Jim Doyle wrote in a letter commemorating the Festival. “The Green Lake Festival of Music fosters a lively spirit of community involvement through a wide variety of musical performances.” For more details, call (800) 662-7097 or go to Jeffrey Harkins is Festival Director of Green Lake Festival of Music. Photographs provided by Green Lake Festival of Music. | 33

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Green Lake Conference Center By Jean Cornelius

Victor and Jessie Lawson founded and developed the estate now known as Green Lake Conference Center (GLCC) in the late 1800s and early 1900s as a farm. Much of their European-inspired architecture remains today. The farm became a luxurious country club in the 1920s. In 1943, Northern Baptists purchased the estate for training and conferences.

Today, GLCC has 30,000 square feet of meeting space and accommodations for 1,000 in hotel rooms, suites, lakefront and forest houses, dorms, cabins, and campsites. In addition to hosting retreats, workshops, and conferences, GLCC offers programs for adults, youth, families, and ministry leaders, and is a favorite destination for family reunions.

One of the most iconic buildings at GLCC is Roger Williams Inn. Originally named Lawsonia Country Club Hotel, it was constructed by the H.O. Stone Development Company of Chicago in 1930. Because of its prominent location on the lake, it is a landmark for both the conference center and the community. The five-story hotel has lake views on three sides and the exterior is faced with brick painted white with green trim. Almost all of its 81 guest rooms face the lake, and it has a gorgeous lobby. The jewel of their development, it served as both hotel and clubhouse for the 18-hole Lawsonia Links Golf Course. Chauffeur-driven cars would bring guests around the circle to stroll into the lobby. On Saturday evenings, an ensemble conducted by C. Oscar Adler (who had played at the Waldorf Astoria) led dancing in the lobby. The Northern Baptists renamed the hotel Roger Williams Inn after the English Protestant theologian (1603-1683), an early proponent of religious freedom and the separation of church and state. Williams started the first Baptist church in America窶認irst Baptist Church of Providence, RI.

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Roger Williams Inn continued to be a favorite place to stay for decades. Memories abound of hymn sings in the lobby, swimming in the pool and off the island, boat rides on the Captain Bickel, and family-style dinners in the

Crystal Dining Room. Baptist leaders such as J.L. Kraft (founder of Kraft Foods) gathered at the Inn. It was the social center and focal point of many pictures and post cards. Today the Inn sits brimming with potential on the shores of Big Green Lake. It is clamoring for a new lease on life in which the original design elements that worked so well are reintroduced in a manner that works well in the 21st century. The website,, features a video about the vision for a rejuvenated Inn as well as history, old photos, restoration plan, and timeline. Restoration has begun on its exterior and interior so that this classic hotel will continue to be a wonderful place to renew guests for decades to come!

and being at Green Lake every summer reminds me of his blessings and the incredible life he has given me. “I like to lie in the grass and look at the stars, walk through the prairie trails, and hike in the woods. I can talk and laugh with my parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, and not worry about what they think of me. Everyone recognizes the

special time and place that we are sharing.” For more information about Green Lake Conference Center, go to Jean Cornelius is the Communications Director at Green Lake Conference Center. Photographs provided by Green Lake Conference Center.

In this excerpt from her paper called A Place I Call My Own, high school student Elle shared, “In the very short months of summer, right after school ends, my family heads to Green Lake Conference Center. I look forward to this one week because it’s like my home away from home. It’s my favorite time in the summer because I’m simply at peace. This is my special place and everyone should have a place that is special to them. Whether it’s a place hours away or even in your backyard, the benefit of having a place of your own keeps everyone grounded. As I grow older and make more memories at Green Lake, I find myself looking forward to it more every year. God has truly blessed me | 37

Fundraiser Ride By Lauree Renaud

Green Lake Greenways is a nonprofit volunteer citizens’ advocacy organization started in 2008 to facilitate the development of a regional network of trails and greenways to preserve the natural beauty of the area, and provide safe recreation and transportation opportunities for people throughout the Green Lake Region. In its commitment to community education, Green Lake Greenways founded and continues to take an active role in community projects such as The Walking School Bus Program, Bike to School Day, Bicycle Safety Training, and Police Officers Training. Greenways also leads the way in fundraising for the first-ever multi-

use path in Green Lake County, but additional funds are needed. The first phase of the 10-foot-wide paved path is located in the State Highway 23 corridor, connecting the Green Lake Conference Center and the City of Green Lake. Future phases of the path project will connect the communities of Green Lake, Ripon, and Berlin. Phase one was completed in 2012. The Mascoutin Valley State Trail, located between Ripon and Berlin, has been an ongoing renovation project. The 12-mile trail, once known only for snowmobiling, has been completely re-surfaced and now has something for everyone to enjoy: birding, wildflowers, and cows. There is even a new winery located on the trail inviting you to visit.


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As part ongoing fundraising efforts and community education, Greenways started The Gear Up Green Lake Fundraiser Ride. Enjoy a beautiful day biking quiet, scenic rural roads. The Green Lake region has gained a reputation for great biking experiences. Routes are filled with small farms, abundant wildlife, and great birding opportunities, and one includes a flea market. Gear Up Green Lake Fundraiser Bike Ride celebrates its 5th year with three routes from 14–62 miles. The ride starts and ends in the City of Green Lake on Saturday, June 28. Registration is 7:00 to 8:30 a.m., and the fee is $30 for adults and $15 for children under 16. The ride includes route map, rest stops with goodies and restrooms, lunch, and t-shirts commemorating the 2014 ride (while supplies last). Green Lake Greenways also offers bicyclists and walkers an opportunity to enjoy the trail at the “Movin’ on the Mascoutin Family Friendly Fundraiser Event.” Ride or walk the trail on Saturday, August 16, starting in Berlin. We invite you to visit the Green Lake region, support a great cause, and enjoy the natural beauty the area has to offer. Go to for additional information. Lauree Renaud is President of Green Lake Greenways. Photographs provided by Green Lake Greenways.

One of the great privileges available to everyone living in the Green Lake area or visiting is the opportunity to recreationally use Green Lake. For those who live here year-round, we sometimes forget that so many options exist. Perhaps one of the best uses of the lake is that of the sport of sailing. It can be almost a year-long opportunity to enjoy the lake in both summer and winter.

that myth over the last 53 years. Whether you are a parent looking for a confidencebuilding experience for your children, or a visitor looking for a relaxing way to get to know Green Lake, the Sailing School can help you achieve your goals, as they have with thousands of students over the last half of a century. Everyone can learn how to sail, and it is something you will remember for a lifetime.

Catering to summer visitors is a natural inclination for Green Lake Sailing School. However, we also strive to expose the craft of sailing to the youth of the Green Lake Community. In the last five years, the Sailing School has hosted a sailing experience for students of the Green Lake Global and Environmental Academy, the local Charter School. We are currently involved in a partnership with the Green Lake School District by offering sailing education to students of the district’s summer school program.

Green Lake Sailing School, a non-profit organization, has been teaching people to sail on the waters of Green Lake since 1960, and offers lessons to suit every skill level, from first-time beginners to experienced sailors looking for a refresher course. Courses are offered for children and adults, and are taught by experienced instructors. In addition to traditional multi-week sessions, we also offer weekly mini-clinics, as well as private lessons and even limited sailboat rentals by the day or week.

Sailing is often perceived as a difficult sport to participate in. Green Lake Sailing School has made a mission of dispelling

Green Lake Sailing School is on County Highway A at the north entrance to Sunset Park. Our facility offers easy access for sailors to learn how to sail,

and our fleet of instruction boats are optimized for all ages. For more information, call (920) 229-5256 or go to John Hayashi is President of Green Lake Sailing School. Photographs provided by Green Lake Sailing School. | 39

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CRAZE! By Jan White Moon

Who doesn’t love cookies? The place to be on Saturday, August 2 is Ripon’s Barlow Park, on the city’s south side. The fun begins at 10:00 a.m., rain or shine, when anything you can think of to do with cookies is turned into an activity, contest, or major event. In just 3.5 hours, hundreds of cases of cookies are devoured or otherwise disposed of in

a variety of fun ways. You can decorate, bake, judge, hunt, or play with them. Most notable is the dramatic Cookie Drop, thanks to the Ripon Fire Department, which generously lends their 80’ ladder truck to accomplish the task of dropping 80 or so cases of wrapped cookies down upon an eager crowd. Scrambling for the goodies are young cookie lovers, divided into age groupings. These anxious little ones will find not only cookies but also certificates for a variety of prizes. While many activities are free of charge, attendees may purchase food and beverages to go with their cookies. The Bremner Food Group and the Ripon Area Chamber of Commerce are sponsors of this fun community event, along with service organizations and businesses.

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Cookie-loving history buffs will be interested to know that Ripon’s own cookie maker, the Rippin’ Good Cookie Factory, created the world’s largest cookie in 1992, thus earning an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records. Measuring 907.9 square feet, that cookie is responsible for Ripon’s nickname as “Cookie Town.” Be assured, whatever your age, you’ll have a “rippin’ good” time at Cookie Daze. What’s more, this event coincides with Ripon’s Maxwell Street Days sidewalk sales, when the Cookie Town becomes Bargain Town. For more information, contact the Ripon Chamber at (920) 748-6764 or go to Jan White Moon is a freelance writer.

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By Jason Mansmith

The City of Ripon offers a wide variety of experiences and activities. Whether you are interested in shopping, cultural and community events, dining, outdoor activities, or history, Ripon is the place.

some of the 249 species of birds that are regular to common sighted species within 25 miles of Ripon. A checklist is available from the Ripon Chamber of Commerce.

The Historic Downtown area boasts beautifully preserved architecture dating from the 1860s. Intriguing shops and restaurants occupy downtown storefronts and offer visitors distinctive shopping and dining experiences. Everything from clothing to home furnishings, gifts and treats, casual to leisurely upscale dining can be found in Ripon’s downtown and outlying areas. During summer months, the downtown Village Green hosts openair concerts on Friday evenings and a Farmers’ Market on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings.

Ripon is proud to be home to the Little White Schoolhouse. Built in 1853, this National Historic Landmark is the birthplace of the Republican Party. On March 20, 1854, a historic meeting took place—the first grassroots meeting by members of three existing political parties to form a new party called Republican, which ignited a national movement. The museum contains artifacts that tell the story of the meeting, as well as others that tell about the founding of Ripon and what school-life was like for children in the 1850s. Contact the Ripon Chamber for details and museum hours.

Ripon College, a private liberal arts school, is just west of the downtown. The college offers many cultural and sporting events, as well as the opportunity to stroll the campus to see its striking 19th century architecture. For those who enjoy nature, Ripon has six hiking/biking trails and areas. These nature areas give birding enthusiasts the opportunity to view

There are other attractions and activities as well, including self-guided walking tour brochures which will take you past buildings of architectural interest and through historically significant neighborhoods. We are home to the Rippin’ Good Cookie Outlet store, Larson’s Clydesdales, and Vines and Rushes. Contact the Ripon Chamber of Commerce at (920) 748-6764 or go to for more information. Jason Mansmith is the Marketing & Events Coordinator at Ripon Chamber of Commerce.

Join in Ripon’s festivities! In August, Cookie Daze treats children to a day of family fun that includes thousands of cookies falling from the sky; Septemberfest combines food, music, a car and motorcycle show, and many activities for a fantastic fall festival; and Dickens of a Christmas on the first weekend in December celebrates the holidays with a step back into the past. | 41

Modern Rentals, Inc. Ripon’s Complete Rental Center and More By Jan White Moon

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Your Complete Rental Center Party Tents Wedding Tents • Backhoes Pressure Washers Tables • Chairs Trenchers • Towable Lift Construction Equipment Homeowner Equipment Skid Loaders • Concrete Equip. Complete Lawn & Garden Repair Complete Lawncare Service Visit us at our Web site:

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If you don’t own it, rent it from Modern Rentals. If you own it and break it, have it fixed at Modern Rentals. If you want it and don’t own it, buy it from Modern Rentals. If you need help with tasks, get that help from Modern Rentals. And customer service is what this fine company is all about. Owner Doug (“Jake”) Jacobson believes, “Taking care of the customer is our number one goal.”

To this end, there are ten full-time employees and more than a dozen part-time summer workers. These knowledgeable staff members will make your life simpler. “No job is too large or too small,” Jake assures customers. They will pick up and deliver equipment. Mechanics are certified for most major brands. New machinery is set up and ready to use. Modern Rentals can also meet most contractors’ needs.

Located at 456 N. Douglas Street at Oshkosh Street (Hwy. 44) in Ripon, Modern Rentals, Inc. serves the lower Fox Valley area, including Fond du Lac and Green Lake Counties. Jake, a lifelong Ripon resident, has always enjoyed working with his hands and been able to follow his dreams. He shares these values with his children, too. A sponsor of Ripon’s Cookie Daze, Jake is also committed to community involvement.

care of your lawn and property in all seasons, including spray and fertilizer applications. Call for quotes. Contact Modern Rentals at (920) 748-3100 or (866) 748-RENT(7368). For complete information, go to Open year-round, call to confirm hours or to make an appointment. Jan White Moon is a freelance writer.

At this location since 2000, Jake has a plaque commemorating the expansion and move. It features a full page of newspaper coverage and includes family history, picturing Jake, Jake’s wife Shari, and their three children. The building, with 12,000 square feet, made it possible to expand from just offering rentals to offering a full line of products and services. Modern Rentals has earned noteworthy recognition as Wisconsin’s leading dealer of Husqvarna products, carrying chainsaws, lawn tractors, and snowblowers, along with other outdoor equipment. Other important brands include Toro and Echo. An important service offered is complete assistance with wedding and party planning. Available for rent are tents, table linens, china and glassware, tables and chairs, and dance floors. Other party décor for indoors or out is also offered. Homeowners can also rent equipment for numerous clean-up projects. An expanding part of Modern Rentals, Inc. is its J & S Enterprises. This branch of the business can take complete | 43

42nd Annual Green Lake Fine Arts Show

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The Green Lake Fine Arts Show welcomes artists from around Wisconsin and throughout the country on Saturday and Sunday, August 9–10. Over 100 artists exhibit at the juried show, and all mediums are represented, including acrylic, oil, and watercolor paintings, drawings, jewelry, ceramics, digital art, photography, sculpture, glass, wood, and mixed media. “It’s a great time to think about Christmas gifts because there is something for everyone here,” Guy Rossberg, chairman of the show, explains. All of the works are for sale at the show in Playground Park. Guy, who has been chairing the event for over 30 years, added that over 200 artists apply to participate each year, and a selection committee determines the artists who will be invited to exhibit their works. Because of a 40% vendor switchover rate, the show is different every year.

The show provides attendees the perfect opportunity to purchase something made in the USA. Attendees can also meet and talk with the artists to learn what inspired them to create the art they are selling. “When you buy a piece of artwork, you get to meet the person who made it,” says Guy. “It’s more meaningful when you can talk to the artist and learn how they created the piece.” The Fine Arts Show hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free. Hot food and cold beverages are available for purchase at the booth sponsored by the Green Lake Rotary. Other food booths will also be open and live music is performed both days. For more information about the Fine Arts Show or to apply to be an exhibitor, contact Guy Rossberg at the Green Lake Arts Council (920) 294-6950 or go to

Jill Carlson is a freelance writer.

Photo taken at A Well Feathered Nest

Antique Stops Something for Everyone

By Jan White Moon Whether you are on the hunt for a specific treasure or just browsing, following are suggested stops. You’ll meet friendly sales staffs and find a wide selection of items. Let the search begin! A Well Feathered Nest Holly Walker’s delightful shop features vignettes with antiques, décor of all kinds, and wonderful gift items. In downtown Green Lake, you’ll be surrounded by well-designed displays of furniture, original art, large and small objets d’art, and lovely things for holiday decorating. A Well Feathered Nest is at 524 Mill Street. (920) 291-5470. Open April– December.

Pastimes Another favorite where treasures from the past abound, Pastimes has 10 rooms of vintage, reproduction, and antique items. It is also a great destination for books and gifts, including themed items for lake and river lovers, rustic décor, and for holiday items. At 511 W. Water Street in downtown Princeton, owners are Mary and Glen Elliot and Sharon and Ken Kallestad. (920) 295-4801. Open April–December. Sidedoor Antiques A longtime fixture in Ripon and a must-see, Sidedoor Antiques offers a mixture of vintage and antique home and kitchen furnishings, which carries you nostalgically back to your youth. Toys, baskets, books, clothing, and much more fill this multi-room shop.

Owners Mary and Michael Reinsch also operate the Fox River Glove Outlet Store next door. Find them at 113 W. Fond du Lac Street, downtown Ripon. (920) 7485845. Open year-round. Woolbright’s River City Antique Mall Dave and Pam Woolbright have welldisplayed vignettes showing off collections from more than 50 dealers. Uncluttered and bright, this showroom is filled with collectibles, vintage and antique furniture, textiles, housewares, sports memorabilia, art, workshop and kitchen tools, crystal, books, magazines, and more. 328 S. Fulton Street (State Road 23/73) in Princeton. (920) 2953475. Open year-round. Jan White Moon is a freelance writer.

Johnny Crow’s This classy store gives you much to look at and love. Tastefully displayed items range from furniture, art, collectibles, pottery, Black Americana, trunks, garden décor, and memorabilia about Princeton. Knowledgeable owner Bonnie MacLagan will provide you with excellent customer service at 103 W. Water Street (corner of State Rd. 23/73) in Princeton. (920) 295-4425. Open year-round, weekends only January–February. | 45

Left: Norwegian Bay Canoe/Kayak Tour. Paddleboarding along the sandstone bluffs of Green Lake.

Above: Moonlight Walk. Participants roast s’mores and keep warm by the fireside during the Green Team’s Moonlight Walk.

There are many natural, unknown sites that Green Lake visitors and residents have yet to discover. In 2008, representatives from the Green Lake Association, Green Lake Conservancy, Green Lake Sanitary District, and Green

Lake School District decided it was time those unique features were highlighted and so began the Green Team. Each year the Green Team fills the calendar with events that are free,

family-friendly, informative, and fun. Green Team representatives plan events that capture their mission to “introduce and share with the public, through the talents of volunteers, those special, unusual, or unknown natural features in the Green Lake area.” The calendar includes new events each year, as well as the return of popular events from the previous year. Explore with the Green Team A Green Team staple, Tap into Sweetness: Maple Syrup Tour is held each year in March. Maple syrup is dependent on the weather so the date will be announced about two weeks prior. Led by the Roeper Family, learn about the annual process of tapping Maple trees for sap, then boiling the sap into syrup right in their family’s woods. A popular event and guaranteed hit for families; those interested in attending must make a reservation—space is limited. Call (920) 294-6480 or email The tour is from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., and participants will be contacted with the date of the event when it is determined. Another popular event that fills up quickly is the Mitchell Glen Tour. Each year the Green Team takes two tours of Mitchell Glen, a private property of the Green Lake Conservancy. This year the tours are at 8:00 and 10:00 a.m.,

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Saturday, May 10 and Saturday, October 11. Local biologist and educator Tom Eddy leads participants down to the Glen, which features 12.2 acres of maple-basswood climax forest, unique geological formations, outstanding biodiversity, and spring-fed waters draining into Green Lake. The tour includes walking steep, descending steps into the ravine. Space is limited and reservations are required. Contact Paulie at the Green Lake Sanitary District at (920) 295-4488 for more details and reservations. Get your boots wet with the Green Team! Larry Behlen leads participants via kayak or canoe through Green Lake's outlet, the Puchyan River. What's so interesting about that? A new path of the Puchyan River was re-channelized during Green Lake's historical development to facilitate the flow of water through mills, so boaters are able to make a circular route from the city park to the dam. Learn more about the fascinating history of the development and function of the Puchyan River for Green Lake. Date set for Saturday, June 21, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. These are only a small sample of the many events that the Green Team puts on throughout the year! To view the complete calendar, register for events, and stay updated on event details and contacts, go to greenlakeassociation .com/gla/calendarofevents. Paul Meuer is the Interim Outreach Coordinator for Green Lake Association. Photographs provided by the Green Team.

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RUN! Schu By Wendy


Clear your calendars and plan to test your legs in one of Wisconsin’s most scenic running routes: Green Lake Area “13dot1” Half Marathon and 5K Fun Run. With corporate sponsorship shared between Community Health Network and CenturyLink, this exciting Labor Day weekend event, celebrating its 5th year on August 31, is sure to please both beginner and seasoned runners. With participants hailing from many parts of the country, the excitement is palpable as runners and families make their way to the starting line in Green Lake near the waterfall and the Chamber of Commerce. With a loud air horn blast, the Half Marathon (13.1 miles) starts at 8:00 a.m., followed by the 5K Run/Walk at 8:15 a.m. Crowds of enthusiastic spectators line the streets for plenty of cheering and cowbell as their favorite runner takes off. Woot-woot! Talk about eye-catching scenery—the half marathon route takes runners through the City of Green Lake, and west along wooded lanes and a breathtaking shoreline. A good portion of the race route includes a tour through the lovely Green Lake Conference Center, with its 48 | Green Lake magazine 2014

many historic structures and extensive stone walls dating back to the Victor and Jessie Lawson era in the early 1900s. Emerald green manicured golf courses and magnificent lake homes are part of the eye candy in this race. The 5K route (3.1 miles) also includes beautiful views of the lakeshore. Runners and walkers head west along the lake past Hattie Sherwood Park and beyond, before returning to finish at Deacon Mills Park. A free Youth Race for children ages 10 and under takes place near the finish line at 10:00 a.m. Great music, food, and an awards ceremony follow. Sponsors and the “13dot1� committee are committed to promoting wellness in our community. To register for the run, or to find out how you can support this effort through sponsorship or volunteering, go to Make it your summer goal and start training today. Just do the dot—the 13dot1! Wendy Schultz is chair of the Green Lake 13Dot1 Committee. Photographs provided by Green Lake Half Marathon. | 49

Ripon College By Jaye Alderson

sharing our commitment to the liberal arts and sciences with students and the community Since 1851, Ripon College has been a good neighbor to surrounding communities while providing a worldclass, affordable liberal arts and sciences education to students from around the world. The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Barron’s, The Chronicle of Higher Education and other national publications all regularly give Ripon College high honors for being one of the finest places in the nation to study and work.

to shift gears and evolve along with the world—is a prized trait in modern employees. Ripon College teaches students how to learn, think, adapt, and communicate.

The value of a broad-based education is increasingly important in today’s rapidly changing marketplace. Career agility—the aptitude and willingness

This commitment brings great results. 95 percent of Ripon students are satisfied or more than satisfied with the amount of attention they receive

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Ripon is 100 percent dedicated to undergraduate education. As a result, students enjoy a high level of attention from faculty, who serve as mentors, career advisers, and even co-authors on serious research pursuits.

from faculty. 96 percent of 2012 graduates were employed, studentteaching, or in graduate school within six months of graduation. The acceptance rate for students applying to medical school and veterinary school in 2013 was 100 percent. Last year Ripon was home to one of only eight national finalists for the Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Fellow, a forensics district honoree, and a Top 8 national Ethics Bowl Team. Athletes included the 2013 indoor high jump national champion; the third

consecutive basketball All-American, Midwest Conference Player of the Year, and a finalist for the Jostens Trophy; the Midwest Conference baseball champions; and an All-American honoree in hammer throw at the Outdoor National Championships. Ripon also conscientiously interacts with the community through service within and beyond the campus. All athletic competitions, as well as various art, theatre, and music performances and internationally acclaimed performers and speakers are open to the public, and often are free of charge. This summer, the community will be invited to connect with Ripon College during the Summer Heritage Lecture Series, designed to provide an avenue for lifelong learning on a variety of current topics. For more information, go to Jaye Alderson is an Editor at Ripon College.

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RIPON'S NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK By Jason Mansmith For a glimpse into our nation’s political history, tour Ripon’s National Historical Landmark, located at 303 Blackburn Street near downtown Ripon.

operated as a museum related to both 19th century one-room schoolhouse education and to the founding of the Republican Party.

On March 20, 1854, citizens gathered in this one-room building to organize against the spread of slavery into the north by creating a new political party, naming it the “Republican Party.” The party was well received, and with the help of the influential newspaper editor, Horace Greeley, the name “Republican” was accepted. The first national Republican Convention was held in Pittsburgh in 1856, and in 1860 the party elected its first President, Abraham Lincoln.

Open Memorial Day through Labor Day, special appointments and group tours may be arranged for anytime during the year by calling the Ripon Chamber of Commerce at (920) 748-6764. Visiting Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily in season. The building is also open weekends in May, September, and October. Admission is $2 for adults; children 12 and under are free. Proceeds are used to assist with building maintenance, and souvenirs are available for purchase. For more information, go to

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Jason Mansmith is the Marketing & Events Coordinator at Ripon Chamber of Commerce.

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Wisconsin State CHIL I COOK-OFF If you love chili (and who doesn’t?), plan to attend the Wisconsin State Chili Cook-off, Saturday, September 6 in Green Lake. In 2013, there were 33 participants and over 1,000 people in attendance.

Chili chefs prepare their special recipes in Deacon Mills Park starting at 11:00 a.m. Pasta, beans, and other fillers are not allowed. Spectators enjoy the festivities, and sample salsas and other hot items. At 3:00 p.m. the public is

cleared from the tent and the official chili samples are collected for the judges. While the judges determine the winners, the tent reopens to the public and tasting cups are sold. By 5:00 p.m. the winners have been determined and awards for first, second, and third place are announced. The first place prize is $750 cash and a trophy. Monetary awards are given for second and third place. Judges consider six major characteristics when tasting the chili: good flavor, texture, consistency, blend of spices, aroma, and color. The cook-off is sponsored by the International Chili Society. Membership in the ICS ( along with a fee to the Green Lake Rotary Club is required to compete. If you are interested in competing in the cook-off, contact Bill Munsey at (920) 294-6504. Chris Wilbricht and Mark Schwenn won the 2013 cook-off using grilled steak, trimmed bacon, and lean pork sausage. “There are hints of sweetness, smokiness, and delayed spiciness that is strong, but not overwhelming. We say the spiciness takes you to the edge, but doesn't push you over the cliff. Our goal was to make you want more once you tasted it,” Chris explains. Both are from Wisconsin—Chris lives in Belleville, and Mark lives in Fitchburg.

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Chris and Mark use V8 for the base, a blend of five or six chili powders, and high-quality meat from Miller's Grocery in Verona, Wisconsin. “It’s a combination of chuck, round, and tritip steaks, and we grill them over charcoal to get a smoky flavor in the chili. The sausage we use is a special grind of lean Italian sausage that gives us the texture we desire.” As winners of this competition, Chris and Mark attended the 47th World Championship Chili Cook-off in Palm Springs, California where they won second place in the People's Choice Award. The Green Lake Rotary Club will also sell chili, brats, hot dogs, and nachos at their booth. Jill Carlson is a freelance writer. THE AREA’S ONLY FULL SERVICE LIQUOR STORE Since 1976

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By Jean Cornelius

A $120,000 gift from the estate of Lucille Miller enabled the Green Lake Area Animal Shelter (GLAAS) to break ground on the first phase of a major expansion in December 2013. Lucille was a lifelong Green Lake resident and supporter of many organizations, including the shelter. The $200,000 renovation will add 1,900 square feet to the shelter. Nearly double in size when finished, the shelter will provide housing for more cats and dogs, an improved entrance, and expanded meeting space for staff, potential adopters, and pets to gather. Adopting from GLAAS saves the lives of two animals—the one you adopt and the one moving into the empty space. The shelter’s focus is on enhancing the lives of animals and people through education, adoption, and compassion. An open admission shelter, GLAAS accepts and places primarily dogs and cats. If you already have a pet, they offer low-cost spaying, neutering, and microchipping. Partnering with licensed veterinarians at the Spay Me! Clinic in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, GLAAS has facilitated the spaying or neutering of over 4,200 local animals since 2009. This practice is making a tremendous impact on the overpopulation of pets!

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Large Estate Gift Empowers Green Lake Area Animal Shelter to Move Forward with Major Expansion Photo by Jean Cornelius

In their daily work, shelter staff examines, assesses, and provides veterinary care for pets. They talk with potential adopters to create successful matches. Most animals end up in shelters not because of abuse or bad behavior, but because of “people” reasons: divorce, a move, lack of time, or finances. GLAAS relies on donations for vaccinations, medicines, heat, utilities, payroll, building maintenance, and veterinary services. A wish list of specific items that are also appreciated is on their website, and includes cleaning, pet, and office supplies. Volunteers are needed for cat and dog socialization, cleaning, office work, and event assistance. One of their annual fundraisers is the Lucky Dog CaTsino Night (April 5). It’s an evening of casual gaming and prize raffles with professional and “local celebrity” dealers at Ripon’s Royal Ridges. Their other major fundraiser is the Dog Walk (September 20). Dogs, their owners, and anyone else who loves to see dogs in costume are welcome at Ripon’s Village Green for dog contests, raffles, and a walk on the Northwestern Trail. Top pledge earners for the walk win prizes. Check out the pets and building improvements at the Open House August 16.

Ready to love and welcome a pet into your home? There are pets waiting to be your new best friends at GLAAS! Visit in person or online at The shelter is located near Green Lake just east of the intersection of Highways 23 and 49 on Busse Drive. Call (920) 294-3042 and “Like” the shelter on Facebook to stay up-to-date and get involved. Jean Cornelius is a freelance writer and pet photographer. | 57

are at Playground Park. Kids will enjoy bouncing on giant trampolines and the inflatable activity zone. And you can support the Boys and Girls Club while playing carnival games.

Harvest Fest By Jill Carlson

Celebrate the fall season at Harvest Fest in Green Lake, Saturday and Sunday, September 27–28. Harvest Fest has something for every member of the family, and is a great way to end summer. 2014 marks the 26th year, and the event is so large, it’s held at Deacon Mills Park, Playground Park, and on Mill Street.

Visit the craft fair, featuring crafters from across the Midwest selling hand-made jewelry, wooden signs, glass art, copper sculptures, and more. The craft fair is at both Deacon Mills and Playground parks, and is a great opportunity to shop for the holidays. Kids’ games and activities, including the popular petting zoo and pony rides,

The Farmers’ Market on Market Street offers locally grown seasonal produce, including apples, squash, and pumpkins. Sample homemade dips and spreads, and take home a decorative mum, a loaf of sourdough bread, and many other items. Live entertainment takes place on two stages downtown and at Deacon Mills Park. A used book sale at the Caestecker Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Harvest of Bargains sale at the Thrasher Opera House are also popular attractions. Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m., Green Lake service organizations line both sides of Mill Street with booths selling cream puffs, homemade pies, and many other foods and beverages as a fundraiser. Starting at 10:30 a.m., on Sunday, enjoy the Taste of Green Lake Food Faire as area restaurants sell samples of their delicious menu selections on Mill Street. Selections for sale include a brat-burger, butternut squash ravioli, tenderloin sandwich, and seafood chowder. At 4:00 p.m., the food booths make way for the Harvest Fest parade down Mill Street. With over 75 entries, Green Lake’s largest parade features decorated floats, clowns, antique cars, jugglers, marching bands, stilt walkers, and fire engines. Sunday morning, wander the streets to look at the hundreds of classic cars at the Jack Taylor Memorial Classic Car show. The cars are parked along the streets of downtown Green Lake and are from 1989 or older. For more information about Harvest Fest, call the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at (800) 253-7354 or (920) 294-3231, email info@visitgreenlake .com, or go to Jill Carlson is a freelance writer.

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Nestled along the Fox River, only 20 minutes west of Oshkosh, a drive to Berlin will truly afford you ample opportunities to relax and refresh in a community that cares that you’re here. Whether your interests are golf, riding the Mascoutin Trail from Berlin to Ripon, camping along the Fox, a family day at the Aquatic Center, or maybe just a walk along the Riverside Park River Trail, you will find Berlin is a great place to live, work, and play.



Berlin’s accessibility to the Fox River provides ample opportunities for a leisurely day of canoeing, kayaking, boating, and fishing. Its campground offers riverfront sites, fire pits, baseball fields, and volleyball courts. Summer events include the Great Berlin Grill Out, Independence Day Berlin Style, the Bugle Mouth Bass Tournament, the Street Cruisers Car Show, the Bruce Williams Softball tournament, and Pumpkins on the Petunias.

During the winter, Berlin hosts The Biggest Little Parade in the Valley, Lighting the Park, and the Wine and Beer Extravaganza. For more information, contact the Berlin Chamber of Commerce at (920) 361-3636 or go to Article provided by the Berlin Chamber of Commerce.

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Community Health Network By Heather Steffen

Not many things make it past 100 years—except your community hospital! Since 1911, Berlin and surrounding communities have had healthcare right at their fingertips. Although numerous changes, relocations, and advancements have taken place, Community Health Network’s (CHN) commitment to improving the health of people remains the top priority.

To that end, CHN is proud to be a part of many health and wellness initiatives in our communities. The CHN Helping Hands for Cancer 5K Run/Walk takes place each year in May, benefitting the CHN Foundation cancer fund. This fund provides monies for individuals who have had a cancer diagnosis and require a little extra help financially. The event, now in its 13th year, has

raised tens of thousands of dollars for deserving recipients, all of whom are our neighbors, friends, and family. CHN takes pride in knowing that every single dollar raised at the event goes into the fund. In addition to the Run/Walk, CHN also hosts a golf outing each year in June to benefit another Foundation fund—the Lucille Schultz Caring for Kids fund. Monies in this fund are held for families whose children have a catastrophic illness and need financial help paying for medical or travel bills. Like the run/ walk monies, the golf outing raises tens of thousands of dollars each year and can provide the help that families need in a difficult and scary time. CHN also engages the community in other education and wellness initiatives, which have become a huge priority in the past few years. In addition to diabetes and pre-diabetes support groups,

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CHN also provides sleep wellness, fitness, and stress relief seminars for local businesses, a women’s health symposium, a diabetes health fair, and a half marathon, as well as partnering with local school districts to provide fitness opportunities for area children. CHN isn’t just another hospital and clinic system—we are a part of your community, not just treating illnesses, but helping improve the health of those we serve! Heather Steffen is the Community Relations Manager at Community Health Network.

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Fall Fun at Pumpkins on the Petunias

By Jan White Moon

Everything’s coming up pumpkins at Berlin’s fall festival Saturday, October 4. This delightful event provides you with tons of laughs, surprises, bargains,

music, food, and more. So gather the gang and head downtown. The party is along Berlin’s main road (Hwy 49/ Broadway/Huron) beginning at 10:00 a.m., and continues into the evening. Harry Kwidzinski, Executive Director of the Berlin Chamber of Commerce, notes the tractor parade and pull are audience favorites, along with the steam- and kerosene-powered antique tractors and the steam sawmill. “People really enjoy seeing these old machines,” Harry says. Shops offer sidewalk sales and may extend their hours. Dozens of vendors add their wares. Food and beverage booths provide treats to the crowd. Musical entertainment fills the air from several groups, including the popular Whiskey River Band. Expect a polka band, too. Children’s activities include a carnival, Kids’ Zone with lots of things to do, a “pedal pull” (the pint-

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size version of the tractor pull), and a bike rodeo. You can also enter various contests, which may include pumpkin rolling, pumpkin painting, weigh-in for the largest pumpkin, and scarecrow creations. Another crowd-pleaser is the Great Pumpkin Drop from 100’, which shatters a vehicle below and splatters the environs with pumpkin pulp and seeds. And then there’s the “cow drop” contest, where Polly the Pooper leaves her “deposits” along a path. If you’ve purchased the spot upon which Polly makes a drop, you’ve won a prize. This fun festival is designed to please the whole family. Take a tour of last year’s event and receive up-to-the-minute information at or call (920) 361-3636. Jan White Moon is a freelance writer.

We can’t promise the best of weather, but From the Land can promise a great selection of unique, creative, one-of-akind gifts for the discerning shopper. Whatever your budget, you will find that special item. The show offers about 100 artists individually selected for their quality of workmanship and originality. Artists will exhibit felted penny rugs; papier mâché; homemade soap; pottery; hand-spun yarn and knitted items; carved gourd art; wheat weaving; chalkware santas; photography; junk art; metal garden art; woven rugs; spoon bug art; recycled fashion accessories; concrete bugs and snowmen; folk art paintings on screens and glass; painted glassware; Amish rocking chairs, footstools, and canes; recycled barn board furniture; sweatshirts; denim purses; candles; antique China shard jewelry; copper and beaded jewelry; grapevine and birch baskets; recycled tire mats and mirrors; turned wood bowls and vases; brooms; and original wildlife paintings. For the gourmet shopper, the festival offers hickory nuts, English walnuts, flavored pasta, honey, specialty cheeses, dry seasonings, organic produce, including garlic, leeks, brussel sprouts, potatoes, cabbage, and squash to name a few; organic beef, buffalo, pork, chickens, and eggs grown by local farmers. Smoked chickens are also available.

Also in the pole shed are pulled pork and hot ham and cheese sandwiches. A favorite is the old-fashioned hot dog with Ray’s fried sauerkraut. Enjoy a cup of spiced apple cider, coffee, or hot cocoa. Renard’s European Bakery offers French toast and a large selection of specialty European breads and pastries. Don’t forget to purchase a bag of Chippy’s caramel or cheese kettle korn to take home or nibble while browsing the grounds. Also available are butterfly fries and beef jerky and sausage. Anishinaabe Al Goodheart Baker will speak at 1:00 p.m. on indigenous cultures, virtuality, and inspired prophesies. Jim Anger, folksinger and songwriter, will stroll the festival grounds playing his banjo, guitar, or harmonica. The 13th annual From The Land is Saturday, October 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Sunday, October 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Toll/Landowski Farm is located 1/4 mile west off Highway 49 on County J at W1648. Spend the day on the working family farm that raises a flock of Suffolk sheep, and dress appropriately for the autumn weather. Admission is $1.00 with plenty of parking in the adjacent hayfields. See you in October! Photographs provided by From the Land.

Artisans will demonstrate spinning, corn-husk dollmaking, grapevine basket creations, broom construction, and felting. Both days offer a glimpse into the past with an authentic Native American tepee with story tellers, voyage canoe, stone chipper, and an Anishinaabe drummer. A big hit is the pie by the slice shoppe, which offers home-baked pumpkin, cherry, pecan, peachberry, caramel apple nut, and fruit of the farm pies. | 63

passed through Green Lake, and since its extensive remodeling and grand reopening in the summer of 1998, it serves as a ready participant in the history that is yet to come.

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Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake today holds true to its original purpose as a gathering place for the community. Built in 1910, the opera house remains a symbol of the history that has already

Thrasher Opera House has been serving the communities all around since 1910 when Charlie Thrasher saw to it that there would be a place in town where many kinds of events could bring people together. The fact that the opera house was originally the hub of community activity is no surprise. When Charlie built it over a century ago, the facility hosted school dances, basketball games, town meetings, and town lectures. Before television and radio, the days of vaudeville brought traveling theatrical companies to Green Lake. As time evolved, so did the opera house. Charlie operated his namesake opera house until 1939. However, by WWII the building languished into a warehouse and eventually fell into a severe state of disrepair, slated for condemnation. In 1994, Ron Hagstrom, a prominent real estate broker in Green Lake with a

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lifelong interest in broadcasting, music, and theater, purchased the opera house and immediately began drawing up plans for a complete restoration. Rather than tear it down, he wanted to bring Thrasher Opera House back to life. The renovation was complete in 1997. Thrasher Opera House reopened that summer, hosting several artists for the annual Green Lake Festival of Music, a highly regarded summer series of classical concerts that now makes the opera house its home base. In 1998, Thrasher Opera House began presenting its own events, thereby reestablishing itself as home to community and cultural events. Registered on the National, State, and City registers of Historic Places, the vision was realized. The community was once again enthralled with its opera house: children were laughing and people gathered to listen, watch, and be entertained. Since its reopening, Thrasher Opera House provides 50–60 nights of diverse programming that includes music and theater performances, comedy, educational workshops for youth and adults, and school plays, as well as community forums and debates. The opera house annually hosts two week-long residencies by the Missoula Children’s Theatre, each involving 55–60 area children, in January and June. The opera house is also used for weddings, business meetings, fundraisers, movies, parties, memorial services, and other events limited only by the imagination of the public, thus continuing Thrasher Opera House’s important and historic function as a community gathering place where emotions and ideas have been exchanged for over 100 years. The 2014 season offers another year of high-caliber performers, including musicians The Duhks, Willy Porter, Lúnasa, Harry Manx, David Wilcox, Red Molly, Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett (guitarists of Little Feat), The Paul Thorn Band, Chris Hillman & Herb Petersen, Missoula Children’s Theater, the improvisational comedy of The Second City, and more. Go to for dates, times, and tickets. Provided by Thrasher Opera House.

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Dickens of a Christmas By Jan White Moon

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Santa never misses visiting Ripon the first weekend in December. That’s when the city hosts its cherished Dickens of a Christmas celebration. The whole town turns out, and visitors are treated like family. The nostalgic Victorian party is December 5–7, its 24th year. On Friday, stroll down Watson Street to discover cleverly designed Living Windows in the shops’ storefronts, filled with charming themed vignettes. Roasted chestnuts, hot chocolate, and hot cider warm up the appreciative walkers. There’s a living nativity scene, a bake sale benefiting the Green Lake

Area Animal Shelter, and a Mexicanthemed Christmas parade and party. Don’t miss crafters in several locations. All three days you can visit the extensive display of handcrafted quilts at Horicon Bank, where projects are judged in numerous categories. Also visit Ripon’s Historical Society nativity sets on display at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and the Enchanted Forest at the historic First Congregational Church. There you’ll find row upon row of large decorated trees and live musical presentations. Meals and snacks are readily available all over the city.


Saturday features include the Dickens Dash, a two-mile run/walk, breakfast with Santa himself, a tour of homes, two readings of Dickens’ A Christmas Story at Ripon’s Little White Schoolhouse (birthplace of the Republican Party), a quilters’ workshop, gingerbread houses, games and activities for children, excellent shopping at Ripon’s shops and boutiques, and more. Enjoy a Sunday afternoon concert performed by Ripon College student musicians before heading homeward. And keep a watchful eye out for a glimpse of Tiny Tim. If you see him, it’ll really be a Dickens of a Christmas, won’t it? Many events are free, while a few have modest changes. Parking is free and plentiful. The events are sponsored by businesses, churches, local nonprofit groups and organizations, and medical centers, all coordinated by the Ripon Area Chamber of Commerce. Call (920) 748-6764 or go to chamber@ for a full schedule. Jan White Moon is a freelance writer. | 65


Cover Artist JONATHAN WILDE Jonathan Wilde was born in Madison, Wisconsin on September 22, 1948, and grew up in Evansville, Wisconsin. He studied zoology at the University of Wisconsin for four years, but found that he was spending too much time painting and not enough time studying. He has been painting full-time since May, 1970. He paints in both watercolor and oil, concentrating on birds in their habitat. His paintings have been published in National Wildlife and Ducks Unlimited magazines and several other publications. He has had many one-man Winter Beginning—Chickadees

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shows and his work has been displayed in the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, Saint Joseph, Missouri; Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum; Bird Art: Exhibit, Wausau, Wisconsin; and has won “Best of Show” at Midwest Wildlife Art Show in Kansas City. Jonathan Wilde has his paintings in private collections in many of the States and several foreign countries. Public collections include Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Smithsonian Institution, University of Wisconsin, University of Iowa, Hiller Art Center, World Center for Birds of Prey among

many others. He has illustrated several books including books written by Frances Hamerstrom. As a dedicated conservationist, Jonathan has donated many originals which were auctioned off for fundraising to organizations such as Ducks Unlimited, Prairie Chicken Societies, The National Audubon Society, The Peregrine Fund, The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, and other organizations. Photographs provided by Jonathan Wilde.

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