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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, Laura Deming, Joe Duff, Thomas L. Eddy, Green Lake Chamber of Commerce, John Hayashi, Jason Mansmith, Paul Meuer, Princeton Chamber of Commerce, Lauree Renaud, Ripon Chamber of Commerce, Wendy Schultz, Thrasher Opera House, Jan White Moon, Kim Zills PUBLICATION DESIGNER Jennifer Denman COVER DESIGN Allan Servoss DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION & DESIGN Jennifer Denman DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY & DESIGN Barbara Wilson GRAPHIC DESIGNER Susie Anderson, Sarah Hill COPY EDITOR Craig Stemen PHOTOGRAPHER Barbara Wilson ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS Jean Cornelius, Courthouse Kitchens, T. L. Eddy, From the Land, Green Lake Conference Center, Green Lake Festival of Music, Green Lake Greenways, Green Lake Half Marathon, Green Lake Sailing School, Green Lake School District, Lauren Landry, Lacy McBrair, Paul Meuer, Princeton Chamber of Commerce, Heather Ray - Operation Migration, Ripon Chamber of Commerce, Allan Servoss ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Amy S. Johnson ADMINISTRATION Jennifer Baird, Lori Czajka, Krystle Naab, Evelyn Mattison ADDITIONAL COPIES? Green Lake Magazine 2015 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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Antiques Area Poll Favorites Berlin Big Green Lake Adventures Calendar of Events Cookie Daze Courthouse Kitchens Cover Artist: Allan Servoss Dickens of a Christmas From the Land Folk Art Festival Golf Green Lake Green Lake Area Animal Shelter Green Lake Area Bike Adventures Green Lake Area Libraries Green Lake Concerts in the Park Green Lake Conference Center Green Lake Conservancy Green Lake County Fair 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 Maps of the Area Operation Migration Princeton Pumpkins on the Petunias Remembering Jan White Moon Ripon Ripon College Ripon’s National Historic Site Teak & Soxy Thrasher Opera House Vines & Rushes Wisconsin State Chili Cook-Off Whooping Crane Festival | 3

2015 calendar of events March 26 Green Lake—Green Team: Bat House Workshop at Green Lake School District 28 Green Lake—Brew Fest at Heidel House Resort & Spa 28 Green Lake—Green Team: Tap Into Sweetness Maple Syrup Tour 28 Ripon—Home Show at Royal Ridges 29 Princeton—Lion’s Easter Egg Hunt at Princeton City Park


5 Green Lake—Easter Brunch at Heidel House Resort & Spa 18 Green Lake—Green Team: Earth Day Trail Work 18 Ripon—Green Lake Area Animal Shelter Lucky Dog CaTsino Night at Royal Ridges 24–25 Ripon—City-Wide Garage Sale 25 Green Lake—Green Team: Bird Watching at Sunnyside Conservancy 26-May 1 Green Lake—Road Scholar: Exploring the Writer in You


8–9 Princeton—City Wide Garage Sale 9 Berlin—City Wide Garage Sale 9 Green Lake—Green Team: Mitchell Glen Tour 9 Princeton—Friends of the Library Books and More Sale 9 Princeton—Garden Club’s Annual Plant Sale at City Park 10 Green Lake—Mother’s Day Brunch at Heidel House Resort & Spa 16 Berlin—CHN Helping Hands for Cancer 5K Run/Walk at CHN Campus 16 Berlin—Friends of the Park Annual Plant Sale at Berlin Memorial Hospital Campus 16 Princeton—Nurture Her Event 23 Green Lake—Green Lake Greenways: Gear Up Green Lake Fundraiser Ride 23 Green Lake—Green Team: Parkelm Farm Tour 24 Princeton—Classic Car Show next to City Park 24 Princeton—Cluck-a-Roo 5K Walk/Run 24 Princeton—Rubber Chicken Fling at Princeton City Park 24 Princeton—Spring Arts and Crafts Fair at Princeton City Park 25 Princeton—Memorial Day Program 25 Ripon—Memorial Day Ceremony 30 Ripon—Abraham Lincoln at The Little White Schoolhouse


1 Berlin—Boys & Girls Club Tri-County Area Drivin’ Fore the Club at Mascoutin Golf Club 13 Green Lake—Green Team: Kayak/Canoe Tour at CTH K Estuary 14–19 Grandparents & Grandkids Golf Camp at Green Lake Conference Center 27 Green Lake—Green Team: Horse Farm Tour & Wagon Ride at Wellspring Farm 28 Princeton—4th of July Celebration at City Park July 4 Berlin—Independence Day at Riverside Park 4 Green Lake—Fireworks Dessert Cruise on Heidel House Resort & Spa’s yacht Escapade 4 Green Lake—Community Fourth of July Celebration 4 Ripon—Fireworks Display at Elizabeth Murray Park

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4–19 Green Lake—Green Lake Festival of Music Chamber Music Camp 11 Green Lake—Green Team: Beekeeping and Prairie Tour at Tuleta Hills Prairie 11 Green Lake—Sunsplash at Heidel House Resort & Spa 11 Princeton—Brew Ha Ha 11 Princeton—Run for Sam 10K Run/Walk 15 Green Lake—Concerts in the Park Family Picnic Night at Deacon Mills Park 18 Green Lake—Green Team: AQWEED Harvester Demonstration at Deacon Mills Park 25 Green Lake—Chalk Walk 25 Green Lake—Pewaukee Lake Water Ski Club Water Ski Show 25 Berlin—Bugle Mouth Bass Tournament at Riverside Park 20–26 Oshkosh—2015 EAA AirVenture


1 Ripon—Cookie Daze at Barlow Park 6–9 Green Lake—Green Lake County Fair at Green Lake County Fairgrounds 8–9 Berlin—Street Cruisers Car Cruze at Riverside Park 8–9 Green Lake—Fine Arts Show 14 Green Lake—Green Team: An Evening with the Bats at Green Lake Conference Center 15 Berlin—Green Lake Greenways: Movin’ on the Mascoutin Family Friendly Fundraiser 15 Green Lake—Battle of the Bands at Deacon Mills Park 15 Princeton—Crazy Days 16–21 Green Lake—Green Lake Christian Writers’ Conference at Green Lake Conference Center


5 Kingston—Lions & Lioness Krazy Legs 5K Run/Walk at Fireman’s Park 6 Green Lake—Green Lake Area “13dot1” Half Marathon and 5K Fun Run 11–13 Princeton—Whooping Crane Festival 12 Green Lake—Wisconsin State Chili Cook-off 19 Ripon—Green Lake Area Animal Shelter Dog Walk at Village Green 19 Ripon—Septemberfest 20 Princeton—Harvest Faire at Princeton City Park 25 Green Lake—Green Team: Moonlight Paddle on Silver Creek 26 Berlin—Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing at Mascoutin Golf Club 26–27 Green Lake—Harvest Fest


3 Berlin—Pumpkins on the Petunias 10 Green Lake—Green Team: Mitchell Glen Tour 16 Princeton—Bruce Williams Memorial Pulled Pork Sandwich Luncheon at American Legion Hall 17 Berlin—Historical Society Ghost Walk in Oakwood Cemetery 17 Green Lake—Octoberfest at Heidel House Resort & Spa 17–18 Green Lake—From the Land at the Toll/ Landowski Farm 24 Princeton—A Sweet Event 26–30 Green Lake—Rhythms of the Spirit at Green Lake Conference Center 31 Ripon—Green Lake Area Animal Shelter Lucky Dog CaTsino Night-Costume Party at Royal Ridges

November 19 Berlin—Annual Lighting the Park at Nathan Strong Park 19 Berlin—Annual Lighted Christmas Parade 26 Green Lake—Thanksgiving Brunch at Heidel House Resort & Spa 27 Princeton—Lights on Water Street Parade 28 Princeton—Christmas in Princeton Craft Fairs 28 Princeton—Holiday Bounty Craft Faire at Princeton Public Schools


1–31 Princeton—City of Lights Extravaganza 3 Berlin—Annual Business of the Year/Citizen of the Year at City Inn Banquet Hall 3–6 Ripon—Dickens of a Christmas 11–12 Green Lake—Clauson Family Trio Music & Dinner Show 12 Green Lake—Experience the Magic of Christmas at Heidel House Resort & Spa 31 Green Lake—New Year’s Eve Festivities at Heidel House Resort & Spa Dates subject to change—please visit for more information.

Ongoing Entertainment Green Lake—Thrasher Opera House. (920) 294-4279 or Ripon—Paws to R.E.A.D. at Ripon Public Library. Wednesdays, January 14–April 29. Princeton—Flea Market. Saturdays, April 25–October 17. Ripon—Little White Schoolhouse. Weekends in May, September, & October. Daily June 1–Labor Day. Green Lake—Friends of the Library Book Sale at Caestecker Library, May 2, August 8–9, & September 26–27. Princeton—Farm to Fork Farmers’ Market. Wednesdays, May 20–October 14. Green Lake—Farmers’ Market at Playground Park. Fridays, May 22–October 9. Berlin—Area Historical Society Museum. June 14 & 28, July 12 & 26, & August 9 & 23. Ripon—Village Green Concert Series. Friday evenings, June–August. Ripon—Ripon Farmers Market. Tuesdays & Saturdays, June–October. Green Lake—Concerts in the Park. Wednesdays at Deacon Mills Park, June 10–August 5. Green Lake—Lobster Bake at Heidel House Resort & Spa. June 12, July 10, & August 7 & 28. Green Lake—Beer Cruise with Heidel House Resort & Spa. June 19, July 17, August 14, September 4, & October 2. Green Lake—Pig Roast at Heidel House Resort & Spa. June 24, July 15, August 19, & September 23. Princeton—Open House at Princeton Historical Society Museums. June 13, July 18, & August 15. Green Lake—Green Lake Festival of Music, June– August. (920) 748-9398 or Princeton—Whooping Crane Training. July–September, early mornings, weather permitting. Green Lake—Dine & Sail Experience at Heidel House Resort & Spa. July 9 & 23, August 20, & September 3.

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 quaint 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 landscapes 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 Known as the oldest resort west of Niagara Falls, Green Lake is a picturesque community nestled on the

shores of Wisconsin’s deepest natural inland lake, boasting 27.5 miles of shoreline. This quiet place to unwind

is only 180 miles north of Chicago and 90 minutes from Green Bay, Madison, and Milwaukee, and offers spectacular scenery and on-the-water recreation in all seasons. You’ll find plenty to see and do, from water-, jet-, and cross-country skiing, to golfing The Golf Courses of Lawsonia, voted “Wisconsin Golf Course of the Year 2008” and Tuscumbia Country Club, Wisconsin’s oldest golf course. Charter a fishing trip on Big Green Lake or wait for a snowfall to join the ice shanty villagers on the “hard water.” The Green Lake Conference Center offers breathtaking views of the lake and fall colors from Judson Tower, as does Majestic Balloons, a hot-air balloon ride not to be missed. Or enjoy the natural scenery and varied terrain from one of many bike trails, then freshen up and partake of fresh local food served at one of our local restaurants featuring everything from deli-style atmospheres to fine dining.

reconnect with the good life It’s time to leave the overscheduled world behind, grab your loved ones and start making memories in beautiful Green Lake. With clean, fresh waters to play in, miles of biking and hiking trails to explore and vibrant festivals filled with activities, there is simply no better place to reconnect with the good life!

Plan your Green Lake getaway today at

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Green Lake will keep you busy with events and festivals such as Concerts in the Park all summer; the free Green Lake County Fair, Fine Arts Show, and Battle of the Bands in August; the Wisconsin State Chili Cook-off and Golden Days

Harvest Festival in September; and musical and cultural events at the historic Thrasher Opera House all year long. Be sure to check the calendar of events for details. Visit Green Lake and live “the Good Life.” Submitted by the Green Lake Chamber of Commerce.


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Courthouse Kitchens of Green Lake By Jean Cornelius

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There’s a kitchen in Green Lake where staff once prepared and served food for inmates. That kitchen now functions as a certified commercial kitchen for foodies of all kinds: chefs, bakers, caterers, and food processors. Courthouse Kitchens of Green Lake is located in the lower level of Town Square (formerly the Green Lake County Jail). Retired local resident Dr. Barry Rogers and his wife Ann remodeled the old kitchen in 2012 to provide a place for people in the area to start or expand an existing food-related business. Barry says the project was a labor of love. “The kitchen is now so bright and airy with the new porcelain tile floor, all the new stainless steel appliances, and the openness of the prep room.” The kitchen boasts over 1,250 square feet of cooking and prep space, a half ton of stainless steel, a full-size commercial convection oven, 10-gallon tilt brazier, commercial gas range, proofer/hot hold, Robot Coupe 3-quart continuous feed food processor/dicer, and a 30-quart Hobart mixer.

Does this sound like a dream kitchen to you? If so, the kitchen and prep room may be rented for $12 per hour. Refrigerator or freezer shelf space is $10 per month per shelf. One 4-foot shelf is provided for dry storage at no charge (additional shelves are available for an extra fee). Three caterers operate out of the kitchen on a seasonal basis. Chef Lynn Bult’s Peppercorn Catering business creates premier and casual catering for parties and events of up to 120 people. Greg MacDonald cooks up a storm in the kitchen for his Mac’s BBQ food truck. This mobile catering service provides pig roasts and chicken barbecues onsite for special events. And Barry Rogers’ Fire Engine Pizza uses the kitchen to prepare pizzas he sells at parties, receptions, and events from a converted 1969 American LaFrance pumper fire truck.

organically locally grown tomatoes into specialty sauces and salsas.

Two food processors are also busy in the kitchen. Wisconsin Hickory Syrup produces fresh syrup and fudge from locally grown and collected hickory nuts. Fresh for Life Organics processes

Interested in starting your own food business? Courthouse Kitchens can help you with some of the details like licensing, labeling, and insurance. For more information about using

Courthouse Kitchens of Green Lake, visit or call (920) 294-3203. Jean Cornelius is a local freelance writer and photographer.

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Come to Green Lake for a day, a weekend, or longer. Relax on the shores of Wisconsin’s deepest inland water. Hundreds of rooms, suites, and cottages are here to suit every taste. Shop and dine in our area stores and restaurants. | 9

Sweet Sounds of Summer CONCERTS IN THE PARK

on the green at Deacon Mills Park, blankets and lawn chairs in tow, to listen to live bands of a variety of genres. Starting June 10 and continuing

through August 5, musicians entertain on the historic, quaint green and white Starlight Stage band shell. The lakeside setting is perfect for a relaxing summer Photo by Jean Cornelius

The sweet sounds of Green Lake’s popular Wednesday night concert series is a much-anticipated summer tradition. Visitors and residents love to gather


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Photo by Jean Cornelius

Photo by Jean Cornelius

night of music. The free concerts are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. It’s a time for all ages to refresh existing friendships and make new ones! Music fans arrive by foot, bike, car, and of course, boat. Those arriving by boat can gain easy access to the park by entering the beautiful Dartford Bay wharf, tying up near its 270’ boardwalk. A commemorative brick sidewalk, picnic tables, beautiful landscaping, and soft lighting adds charm to the perimeter of the park. Grab a hand-dipped ice cream cone from one of many local businesses near the park or purchase refreshments at the park to support the Chamber and future concerts. The most popular night is Family Picnic night, July 15. In addition to the usual snacks and drinks, traditional cookout fare is available for purchase. The crowd

Concerts in the Park Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. June 10 Ripon High School Jazz Band­— Jazz

jumps to their feet as soon as a segment of the high profile University of WisconsinMadison Marching Band enters the park during intermission of the scheduled band. With their excitement and energy, they entice the crowd to sing and dance to favorites including the Fifth Quarter, Beer Barrel Polka, and Hey! Baby (If You’ll be My Girl). It’s a highlight of the entire summer season for many.

Check the Green Lake Chamber of Commerce’s website, VisitGreenLake .com, for the concert lineup or call (920) 294-3231. Jean Cornelius is a local freelance writer and photographer.

June 17 Madpolecats—Ratsabilly June 24 Karen Wickham— Patsy Cline Tribute July 1 Mike McAbee—Humor, Guitar July 8 Don Peachy—Polka July 15 Family Picnic Night (6:00 p.m. start) UW Marching Band/ Bourbon Cowboys— Classic and Southern Rock July 22 Andy’s Automatics— Smooth Hillbilly Music July 29 Georgia Rae Family Band­— Foot-Stomping American Music August 5 The Del Rays—50’s/60’s (Lineup Subject to Change) | 11

Big Green Lake


By Jan White Moon Beautiful scenery along with great boating, fishing, water skiing, and swimming all await you. Green Lake County is bisected by the deepest natural lake in Wisconsin, and you’re invited to join in the fun.

Get acquainted with the lake at either of two large county parks, which provide boat launching, picnic facilities, restrooms, and ample parking. Sunset Park is at Green Lake’s east end on County Road A. Dodge Park is on

County Road K at the lake’s west end, and also has a large sandy beach. Hattie Sherwood Park is in downtown Green Lake on South Lawson Drive. It provides plenty of parking, benches, a pier, a shelter with restrooms, and a swimming


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.

beach. Modest boat launch fees apply at these and other launch sites. Deacon Mills Park is on South Lawson Drive at the marina. It is home to free summer concerts in the band shell under a canopy of tall oaks. Facilities include picnicking, restrooms, greenspace, landscaped walkways by the shore, launch ramps, parking, and nearby shops and restaurants. Additional launch sites are Canal Street Boat Launch in downtown Green Lake and Deuring’s Landing on Illinois Avenue. Tour the lake in comfort on the Heidel House Resort’s Escapade, a 60’ catamaran-style yacht. Make reservations for a public or private tour by calling (800) 444-2812 or (920) 2943344. Or rent from Action Marina, Bay View Motel & Resort, Big Power Sports, or Cove Marine. They provide a wide range of services for boaters. Or you may take sailing lessons from the Green Lake Sailing School. If you love fishing, contact Norton’s Fishing Adventures for professional guide service or Dennis Walker’s Pontoon Service. Green Lake is 237’ deep and boasts a shoreline of 27 miles. You’ll probably appreciate some local expert advice. For additional information, contact the above businesses. They each have additional information in this magazine. Or you may call the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at (800) 253-7354 or (920) 294-3231 or go to Jan White Moon wrote for Green Lake Magazine since 2006. | 13

Bergonzi Quartet

The Green Lake Festival of Music

Jupiter Quartet

By Laura Deming Every spring a dear friend invites us to one of the many summer concerts of the Green Lake Festival of Music. She treats us to dinner beforehand, introducing us to other concertgoers who are friends and supporters of this gem of a music festival. She makes

careful study of the offerings—will it be Shen Lu, the young Concert Pianist and winner of the Hilton Head International Piano Competition; the Jupiter String Quartet, a Festival Chamber Ensemble of outstanding musicians from all over the country; jazz or Celtic concerts; or the founding jewel of the festival since 1979—the Choral Institute? Stephen Alltop, Music Director of the Apollo Chorus, the Elmhurst Symphony, longtime member of the conducting faculty

June - August including


Family Concerts & Master Classes

We love to drive along Green Lake and then stroll through town before dinner. Then we step through the doors of the historic Thrasher Opera House for a pre-concert lecture to hear Photo by Lauren Landry

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at Northwestern University, and a sought-after keyboard soloist, directs the large chorus, vocal soloists, and festival orchestra, carrying on the rich tradition of his predecessor, Sir David Wilcox.


of the Green Lake Magazine Readers’ Poll for Favorite Attraction!

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Akropolis Reed Quintet

the artists speak informally about the music we’re about to hear and about themselves. Finally, the moment we wait for all year—poised fingers over the keyboard or other instrument, a hush of anticipation, and a communal feeling that, for the next two hours, all is right with the world. I may choke up with emotion at a beautiful phrase or laugh out loud at a musical joke expertly tossed off by a soloist or between chamber players having a musical conversation. The composer seems to be in the room. Often the sound is so powerful my heart begins pounding, and other times I hold my breath that a human being can command such exquisitely soft and intimate sounds. We’re ten feet from the performer, among friends.

Recipient of the Governor’s Award for the Arts and support from the Wisconsin Arts Board and area Foundations, the Green Lake Festival of Music runs late June to early August. For schedule and ticket information, go to, Facebook, or call (920) 748-9398. We look forward to seeing you in 2015! Laura Deming is the Interim Festival Director. Photographs provided by The Green Lake Festival of Music.

Shen Lu, Hilton Head International Piano Competition Winner

At intermission we flow into the adjacent, newly renovated Art Gallery to have a drink and visit. The audience is from all over, many who have enjoyed Green Lake since they were children. Dress is come as you are. Last summer we purchased a season ticket, not wanting to miss any performance (and getting a lovely discount), and I had a more personal stake in the festival because my niece was part of the two-week Chamber Camp—one of 25 students selected. Tom Rosenberg, noted cellist, teacher, coach, and Artistic Director of the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, directs the program. He forms chamber ensembles of students, and joins colleagues to coach chamber music, teach private lessons, and give master classes. Open to the public, individual students perform and are given a lesson in front of the audience. A number of performances and classes are held in Rodman Auditorium at Ripon College, the birthplace of the Green Lake Festival of Music. Imagine hearing Shen Lu or the Jupiter String Quartet in concert and the next morning having a one-on-one session with these world-class artists! For families, there are three free Thomas E. Caestecker Family Concerts, established in 2006 to introduce children to the world of music. | 15

Photo by Heather Ray, Operation Migration

Operation Operation Migration pilot Brooke Pennypacker leads the Class of ‘14 Whooping cranes on an early morning training flight over the White River Marsh in Green Lake County.

By Joe Duff

Before mass communication was at everyone’s fingertips, people thought there were too many buffalo or passenger pigeons to ever be extirpated. But the limits of our natural resources are now

Photo by Heather Ray, Operation Migration

Although we are all familiar with the concept of conservation, it has really only been widely understood and practiced by our generation. Our grandparents and great-grandparents believed everything wild was theirs for the taking, and as the quarry became harder to find, you simply had to be a better hunter.

The young Whooping cranes quickly learn to ‘surf’ the vortices spilling off the trailing edge of the wing of their aircraft guides.

clearly in sight, and more people are taking action. Wildlife agencies are surveying animal populations, and hunting groups like Ducks Unlimited are protecting habitat. In our new enlightenment, we are beginning to understand the wildly complex interconnection of species that evolved to be dependent on each other, and how even one extinction has consequences that ripple through the system we depend on for our own existence. When we attempt to safeguard Whooping cranes using a novel method like leading them on their first migration with an ultralight aircraft, it provides an unprecedented education opportunity. The worldwide attention this project generates is almost as important as saving the birds it was designed to protect. In order to save Whooping cranes, you must protect remnants of its disappearing habitat. In doing so, it is also saved for all the less engaging creatures that make it function. The wetland complexes that 16 | Green Lake magazine 2015

When we moved from the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in 2011, the Wisconsin DNR worked hard to find wetlands where the birds could breed and a place for us to train them to migrate. Eventually we developed a site at the White River State Wildlife Area in Green Lake County. Part of that cooperative agreement was to engage the locals and ensure that farmers knew we were not introducing another species like Sandhill cranes that damage crops or that our project would not interfere with hunting or the use of public lands. We conducted school presentations and provided opportunities for the public to watch flyovers at Mile Road and County D. The DNR constructed a spacious blind so people could watch the daily training of the birds. Our website provided daily updates and a live camera so audiences around the world could check in and see the birds 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from June to October.

Photo by Heather Ray, Operation Migration

are saved because we love Whooping cranes are critical to our survival. They absorb water during floods, yet hold it in reserve like a sponge during droughts. They remove heavy metals and pollutants and provide a filter for the water that replenishes the aquifers from which we drink. As the human population grows and climates change, water is increasingly important. Like the vast herds of buffalo or the clouds of passenger pigeons, the Mississippi River and Great Lakes are no longer considered limitless resources. At the other end of the water pouring from our taps stands a Whooping crane drawing worldwide attention to the marsh it protects.

The 4-month old cranes are nearly fully grown and have a wingspan approaching 8 ft.

cranes winters in Texas and nests in Wood Buffalo National Park in the Northwest Territories of Canada. That breeding ground is inaccessible to the average tourist so Green Lake County and Necedah will become world birding areas where people will be able to see Whooping cranes with their young. When we are asked why it is important to safeguard these amazing birds the answer is simple. Whooping cranes, taught to migrate by following ultralight aircraft, generate tourism dollars for central Wisconsin, provide worldwide education on the importance of conservation, and promote cooperation

between citizens, State, and Federal agencies and private non-profits. Additionally, they protect wetland complexes so important to our water supply. All of that is in addition to the beauty of the five-foot-tall, pure white guardians of the wild, whose sonorous call will lift your spirits and tell you that at least one thing is right with the natural world. For more information, visit or call (800) 675-2618. Joe Duff is the Co-founder and CEO of Operation Migration.

In 2014, we worked closely with Princeton, Berlin and Green Lake. We formed a partnership with the Green Lake Country Visitors Bureau to organize the 4th annual Whooping Crane Festival in Princeton. It drew visitors from 27 states and Canadian provinces, including Ontario, California, Texas, and Florida. Each year we introduce a new generation of birds that will eventually make the Green Lake/Marquette County area their breeding grounds. The only natural flock of Whooping | 17

Princeton Nestled on the banks of the Fox River, Princeton is a hidden treasure full of abundant natural resources, shops, restaurants, the State’s largest outdoor Flea Market, and so much more. The area is truly a haven for those looking to relax and unwind in a pleasant, peaceful, small-town environment.

Princeton, and the surrounding area, is rich with natural resources, streams, and lovely landscapes. The outdoor enthusiast can enjoy an abundance of activities, including hunting, fishing, canoeing, bird-watching, cycling, and camping. Along the downtown shoreline, witness the ancient species of Sturgeon rolling on the rocks as they spawn in early spring. Designated “Bird City,” view the endangered fledgling Whooping Cranes in White River Marsh as they are taught to fly south. Princeton’s secluded bike routes draw cyclists from across the United States looking to explore the beautiful scenery, discovering the beauty of spring wildflowers, summer prairies, and fall foliage. Shopping Princeton (listed on the National Register of Historic Places)

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offers some of the most distinctive experiences. With many crafters and artisans in residence, Princeton merchants pride themselves in offering unusual, one-of-a-kind goods, many of them handcrafted. You’ll find antiques, locally made pottery, jewelry, boutique clothing, candles, kitchen gadgets, wine and cheese, Amish furniture, home décor, stylish floral arrangements, earthfriendly items, custom framing, books, baked goods, folk art, handcrafted art, a spa, and much more! We have it all in our quaint shops, cafés, taverns, and restaurants. Eat fresh and local when you prepare food from Princeton’s Farm to Fork Farmer’s Market located in the Princeton City Park every Wednesday afternoon from the end of May to midOctober.

Your stay isn’t complete until you’ve experienced our Flea Market in the tree-shaded City Park. Princeton is the home of the State’s largest outdoor weekly Flea Market; open mid-April through mid-October every Saturday. Treasures abound every week as new and different booths enter the mix, making a weekly visit always a new experience. Day-trippers come from Milwaukee, Madison, the Fox Cities, and all points in-between to enjoy this Flea Market and all that Princeton has to offer. Come early—it opens at 6:00 a.m. and wraps up early afternoon— then wander around town for more shopping and great food. Come see what hidden treasures you can enjoy in our town—we hope to see you soon! For more information, contact us at the Princeton Chamber of Commerce at (920) 295-3877, chamber@princetonwi .com, or go to Submitted by the Princeton Chamber of Commerce.

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Teak & Soxy As Unique as its Name!

By Jan White Moon Teak & Soxy joins other Princeton businesses, which are one-of-a-kind originals, both in merchandise and store history. This charming shop opened May 2012, and is a delightful addition to West Water Street, Princeton’s historic retail hub. Owner Matt Trotter is not a newcomer. He is the last of four generations of his family living and working in Princeton. What will you find at Teak & Soxy? An eclectic mix of high-quality vintage, new, offbeat, and totally appealing items for home, cottage, gifting, or personal use.

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Merchandise is acquired from all over the United States and the world, and even from personal contacts with interestingly odd items to offer Matt. He is particularly eager to promote merchandise produced by local artisans. His exciting displays compete most favorably with big-city specialty markets and boutiques. Matt says, “I’m a sucker for good design and love well-done products. That works with my aesthetic.” Teak & Soxy occupies two storefronts, one featuring older merchandise and the other more modern items. Matt describes

the former room as filled with “indigenous, vintage and found objects,” and the latter as offering “international statement accessories.” Among the collection are an eight-foot carved Indian, polished stumps to use as end tables, a model sailing ship, unique candles and soaps, bikes, windmills, textiles, glass, lighting, flags, wall art, and even a safe. Above the retail space is a charming 50s-style rental apartment, which he calls The Merchant Room, available to area visitors. Matt has had a lifelong interest in the retail world. In fact, he even worked for a number of the retailers in Princeton before heading off to college. “I’ve always been interested in the downtown,” he says. His great-grandparents at one time owned well-known Princeton businesses producing knitted goods, socks, and leather items including Muk Luks, now immortalized in the Muk Luks Museum, also on West Water Street. Its story was syndicated and drew national attention as a result, Matt explains. Matt’s connection with Princeton remains strong. He’s involved with the Shops of Water Street group, which seeks to increase traffic to the downtown, and which owns the Muk Luks Museum. He’s also part of the new group, Young Professionals, organized by the Green Lake Country Visitors Bureau, who share a common interest in the success of the region’s small businesses.

And the store’s name? Teak & Soxy were beloved horses, equine “family members” whom a young Matt had to retrieve often from Water Street when they escaped from his family’s nearby property. Teak & Soxy is at 440/444 W. Water Street in Princeton, and also boasts a terrific website from which you can purchase anything. The store is open early May through October, and opens again for Princeton holiday celebrations in late fall. Hours are Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday,

11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or by appointment. Visit for the latest acquisitions and special events, or call (920) 980-2572. Jan White Moon wrote for Green Lake Magazine since 2006.

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Green Lake County Fair

By Kim Zills

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The Fair will appeal to all ages with programs ranging from educational sessions to musicians, and children’s programs to fascinating exhibits, animals, and hands-on activities. Food vendors will provide visitors with great experiences at affordable prices. While most everything is free, including general admission and parking, there are modest admission charges for track events that include a Truck & Tractor Pull and Demolition Derby. Plans are in the works this year to bring a National Truck Pull (NTPA) event to the Fair on Friday evening. The schedule of events for August 6–9 include a “hacky sack” demonstration, comedy science show, rocket workshop, balloon animals, face painting, science shows on bugs and reptiles, Magician @ Play (mentalist/manipulator/magician), and Uncle Ozzie’s Memory Sounds. Follow the Fair’s website as more specific details will be posted as they become available. The Green Lake County Fair is also a showcase for the county’s youth and adults who plan all year for Judging Day. The youth work on projects to expand their skills and knowledge and share what they’ve learned with fairgoers through conversation and exhibits. The Fair is overseen by the county’s University of Wisconsin-Extension office, Green Lake County Board of Supervisors, and many volunteers. Support for the Fair is shown in the Community Involvement

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Program (CIP), which includes area service organizations, individuals, and businesses.

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It’s Wisconsin at its best and it happens all around the state in every one of our 72 counties. The Green Lake County Fair is known as “the best little Fair around”— come and see why! Kim Zills is the Coordinator of the Green Lake County Fair.

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For more information, visit greenlake and click on the link to the Fair. You can also visit the Green Lake County Fair Facebook page, call (920) 294-4033, or email



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Conservancy Lands Keep ‘P’ Out of Green Lake By Thomas L. Eddy

View to the east from Norwegian Bay on Green Lake during late summer. Note the remarkable water clarity.

‘P’ is the elemental symbol for phosphorus, a vital nutrient for all life. In plants, P helps build strong roots and flowers. In freshwater ecosystems, P is the main rate-limiting nutrient—it is the nutrient which limits growth over time. So, what do plant nutrients, notably P have to do with Green Lake? Lake ecosystems require nutrients for plant growth. Through photosynthesis green plants release oxygen and form the base of the food chain that all other organisms depend on for survival. However, too much P promotes excessive aquatic plant growth and algae blooms, which can lead to a decline in water quality over time and premature aging of a lake (cultural eutrophication). Fortunately, Green Lake’s current nutrient state is classified as mesotrophic with moderate amounts of plant nutrients present. Aquatic plant growth in Green Lake, like many lakes in the southern half of Wisconsin, is partially mitigated by mechanical aquatic plant harvesting, a labor-intensive and costly operation. 24 | Green Lake magazine 2015

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Prevention of eutrophication requires diligent and long-term watershed management. According to lake science, a lake ecosystem is better balanced, more biodiverse, and exerts greater resiliency to environmental changes when protected from nutrient-loading. Through precipitation events exacerbated by climate change, water transports P into Green Lake from agricultural fields, city lawns, and stormwater runoff, and wastewater treatment effluent from the City of Ripon. Prolific plant growth, followed by dieback and bacterial decay consumes dissolved oxygen (DO), thus potentially adversely impacting fish and invertebrate populations. In 2014, lowered DO in Green Lake’s “metalimnion” or thermocline prompted the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) to classify Green Lake as “impaired for DO” because it does not meet present water quality standards. At approximately 30 feet depth the thermocline is a narrow stratum where temperature change occurs more rapidly with depth than it

does in the layers above or below. How substantial a contribution by P toward Green Lake’s impaired metalimnetic DO status is currently unknown, but it is the subject of ongoing research. How do we keep P out of Green Lake? Historically, numerous best management practices have been implemented by the Green Lake County Land Conservation Department and Green Lake Sanitary District (GLSD) throughout the watershed to keep soil and P on the land. Since 2011, a core team of lake partners has developed and carried out a WDNR-approved lake management plan that facilitates lake and watershed health. Strategies that reduce P include establishment of agricultural and tributary buffers, retention basins, minimal and no-till farm practices, aquatic plant harvesting, and promotion of a comprehensive city stormwater management plan. A proven approach that minimizes P is establishment of “conservancy lands” by the Green Lake Conservancy (GLC) land trust and its main partners—the

GLSD and WDNR. Preserved and mostly undeveloped conservancy lands that minimize nutrient runoff and non-point pollution into Green Lake include Mitchell Glen, Norwegian Bay Wetlands, Guskey and Miller Prairies, Wick Nature Preserve, Blackbird Point Wetlands, Tuleta Hill Prairie, and Sunnyside Nature Preserve. Since 1995 the GLC has offered sciencebased lake and watershed protection through land acquisition, gift, and conservation easement. Following 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 L. Eddy is a founding member of the Green Lake Conservancy and serves as VP for Conservation. To pledge a donation to the Conservancy or to learn more about the work of the Conservancy, visit them at To contact the Conservancy call (920) 294-3592 or email


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By Jan White Moon Four area golf courses are steeped in history, drop-dead gorgeous, and as challenging as you’ll find most anywhere. Interested? For a memorable golfing holiday, get acquainted with these venues, all of which are open to the public, and near fine food establishments and excellent lodging. All levels of players are welcome, including junior golfers. In addition, all these courses offer various packages, seasonal specials, and cordial service. Each also offers the expected golfers’ amenities such as a pro shop, food, and drink. And yet, each has its own distinct

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!

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character. Plan to play them all—you’ll have an experience of a lifetime!

Tuscumbia Golf and Country Club

Wisconsin’s oldest course, founded in 1896, is located just east of downtown Green Lake. This lovely and wellmanicured course dotted with beautiful trees offers 18 holes, plus an executive par 3, 9-hole course. Tuscumbia is just across from Heidel House Resort & Spa at 680 Illinois Avenue in Green Lake. Pro Shop: (920) 294-3381, Office: (920) 294-3234, or (800) 294-3381.

Golf Courses of Lawsonia

Outstanding and very challenging golf on either of the two 18-hole courses provides you with completely different experiences. The Links, built in the 1920s as part of a country club, gives the feel of a course in Scotland with wind a major factor, and had some restoration in the early 2000s. In contrast, the 1980s Woodlands is truly a wooded wonderland of classic Wisconsin scenery including gorgeous views of Green Lake. Lawsonia has won and retained high ratings by Golf Digest and Golf Week, and was voted in 2008 Wisconsin Golf Course of the Year. The area boasts fascinating history, too. Enter through the elegant brick and iron gateposts of Green Lake Conference Center, and follow the main road to Lawsonia. W2615 S. Valley View Drive in Green Lake. (920) 2943320.

White Lake Beach Resort and Country Club

This 18-hole golf club is part of Scharenberg’s Resort, an institution for more than 85 years in Marquette County, just west of Green Lake County between Princeton and Montello and just a bit off of State Road 23. Glaciated hills and valleys, woods, and ponds make up the scenic beauty of this course. Because of resort facilities, this may be an ideal destination for families as well as avid golfers. You’ll also enjoy 600’ of White Lake beach, two dozen or so peacocks, and more. W1680 Country Club Drive in Montello. (608) 297-2255.

Mascoutin Golf Club

The youngest of the courses is Mascoutin, on the site of fire-worshiping native Americans many moons ago, which offers wonderful play. Ancient trees, rolling hills, and classic Wisconsin vistas across moraines distract golfers from the challenging 18-hole course, opened in 1976, plus a newer additional 9-hole course with very different characteristics added in 1999. This club is just south of Berlin, west of the Fox Valley and six miles north of the City of Green Lake. W1635 County Road A in Berlin. (920) 361-2360. Jan White Moon wrote for Green Lake Magazine since 2006.

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Cookie Revelry

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By Jean Cornelius

“C” is for cookie that’s good enough for me, “C” is for cookie that’s good enough for me, “C” is for cookie that’s good enough for me, Oh! cookie, cookie, cookie starts with “C”! --Cookie Monster

Cookie Monster stirs up pandemonium annually in Ripon at a sweet celebration—Cookie Daze. The free festival at Barlow Park August 1 (10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) includes cookie drops, a bake and taste competition, cookie bingo, cookie decorating, a Rippin’ Good Cookies tent sale, and recognition of the event’s milestone.

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Jason Mansmith, Executive Director of the Ripon Chamber of Commerce, says “We are excited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Cookie Daze festival. The number of people who attend this

unique community event is amazing. Some who attended Cookie Daze as a kid are now bringing their children to the event. The success of the event is due to the generous support of great sponsors, committee members, and the community.” Four age-segmented cookie drops for children ages 3–12 are the main attraction. Cookie Monster releases hundreds of Rippin’ Good cookies by pulling a long rope tethered to a large bucket atop the fire department’s aerial ladder truck. Frenzied children gather the individually wrapped cookies, some containing certificates for prizes. A bicycle is the grand prize for the oldest three age groups. Riponites have been celebrating cookies for a long time. They made claim to

cookie fame in the Guinness Book of World Records on July 11, 1992 when community members and the Rippin’ Good Cookie Factory worked together to construct an oven and bake the biggest cookie in the world at Barlow Park. Thirty-five hundred pounds of dough, measuring 34 feet in diameter and filled with nearly four million chocolate chips, took 2 1/2 hours to bake. It was a community success, devoured by thousands! For more information about Cookie Daze, contact the Ripon Chamber of Commerce at (920) 748-6764 or visit Jean Cornelius is a local freelance writer and photographer.

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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 familyfriendly, community atmosphere. In 2012 the Partnership for 21st Century recognized the school as one of its exemplars, a model for schools around the country. 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 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. 4K–12 INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE WORLD SCHOOL With the challenges of a new world economy, Green Lake has chosen a progressive path. The school district

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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 inquiry-based 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 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. Photographs provided by Green Lake School District.

OH, THE PLACES WE’RE GOING... Listed on the America’s Most Challenging High School List—an honor achieved by only the top 9 percent of public schools in the country (2014)—the Green Lake School District is equipping our children with the education and tools they need to succeed. As the first 4K-12 International Baccalaureate (IB) World School in the state, we offer high quality coursework that enhances student’s international perspective in a global society. All this in a community-minded atmosphere that is second to none.


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Ripon In February 1849, settlers Captain David P. Mapes and sons traveled toward the state of Wisconsin to find a place to call home, clearing land for a settlement in what is known today as Ripon. Soon to follow the Mapes with their resettlement,

Alvan E. Bovay, a lawyer from New York, also made his residency in Ripon. In 1973, due to historical impact that the building had held with creating the new political party, the Little White Schoolhouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places. A year later in March 1974, on the building’s 120th anniversary, the schoolhouse was then declared as a Historic Landmark. This signified the first founding and meeting held at the schoolhouse for the political party. Known now as the Birthplace of the Republican Party National Historic Site, this historic building is a time capsule nestled in Downtown Historic Ripon. Today, this site is open to visitors and group tours to provide a rare glimpse

into the past with the various aspects of early life in Wisconsin, including the founding of the Republican Party. In the town of Ripon, two schoolhouses were established and built. The second schoolhouse, known then as the Little White Schoolhouse, was built in 1853 and established as a free school when built in the Ripon area. A year later, the United States Senate passed the Kansas-Nebraska Bill, which threatened the use of slavery in the states further west. Anti-slavery activists of Ripon felt the need to act and call upon those who agreed in abolishing slavery and to stop the bill. So in the same year the bill was passed, in the town of Ripon, politicians of the Whig, Democrat, and Free Soil parties met in

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High-Quality Wines Done Right! By Jan White Moon Winery owner Ryan Prellwitz developed an interest in wines while in college. Piqued by his roommate’s studies in the hospitality industry, Ryan enjoyed learning about food and wine pairings. Although an Information Technology major, Ryan had a strong interest in growing the grapes and says, “There are challenges, but you can do it.” Now there are 2,000 vines on the four-acre Ripon-area property, which is adjacent to the area’s well-known Prellwitz Farm, producers of remarkable strawberries and more. Ryan grew up on that farm. He and his wife Megan are Ripon residents and have two young daughters, so the winery exhibits a decidedly personal side. Two of the wines are named for his daughters, and when construction of the winery began in early 2012, family members chose to do the work themselves and used

wonderful repurposed materials. The year then culminated in the opening of Vines & Rushes on New Year’s weekend. With regular hours year-round, free wine tasting, and numerous special events, the winery has become a delightful local attraction. The tasting room provides flexible space for the varied activities, which have included musical performances, yoga, pizza sales, art fairs, farm markets, sales for nonprofit groups, an antique show, and craftmaking. Wine 32 | Green Lake magazine 2015

lovers will find gift items for sale, along with artisanal cheeses and more than a dozen of their own wines. “And I have the right staff,” Ryan says. They are all able to inform guests about the wines and products carried in the tasting room. Of great importance is proper care of the land itself. Ryan explains, “There are no better stewards of the land. We intend to be here a very long time, and we have an understanding of how to grow grapes in a sustainable way.” At Vines & Rushes they grow three varieties of grapes: St. Pepin, Marquette, and Petite Pearl with 12 more in trial. Those first three were planted in 2007. Additional grapes needed for production are purchased from Wisconsin-only vineyards. Ryan adds, “The whole process takes place here, from crush to bottling.” And that process yielded 20,000 bottles in 2014. You’ll be impressed by the fine quality of each and every selection.

Road E (Eureka Street in Ripon becomes County Road E). Hours are Monday to Thursday, noon to 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5:00 p.m. For further information and a schedule of special events, call (920) 748-3296 or visit Jan White Moon wrote for Green Lake Magazine since 2006.

Schedule your own special event or just drop in for free wine tasting or to chat with Ryan and staff. New wines are under development, including an ice wine made from grapes frozen on the vine and harvested in winter. Other future plans include an expansion of the building to increase both production and warehouse space. Vines & Rushes Winery is north of Ripon, about four miles at 410 County | 33

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Over 100 Midwest artists will exhibit and sell their work at the Green Lake Fine Arts Show at Playground Park (547 Mills Street) on Saturday, August 8, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 9, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The art show, which is juried, offers two- and three-dimensional art in acrylic, oil, and watercolor paintings, and drawings, jewelry, ceramics, digital art, photography, sculpture, glass, wood, and mixed media. “I’m always pleased at the quality of the work, and the affordability of the pieces,” says Guy Rossberg, who has been chairman of the Fine Arts Show for over 30 years. Each year, over 200 artists apply to participate in the show.

A selection committee determines the artists invited to participate in the show. The show is different every year because 30 to 40 percent of the artists are new each year. Guy mentions the camaraderie of the artists. “We had two artists whose booths were next to each other at one show and they ended up getting married.” He also spoke of how the show provides attendees the opportunity to purchase something handmade in the USA, and “they can talk with the artists to learn how they created the work. It makes the piece more meaningful.” 2015 marks the 43rd year, which has free admission. Live music is performed both days, and the Green Lake Rotary


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Club sponsors a hot food and cold beverage booth. Other food booths will also be available. For more information or to apply to be an exhibitor, contact Guy Rossberg at the Green Lake Arts Council at (920) 294-6950 or visit greenlakeartshow .com. Jill Carlson is a freelance writer.

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2014 favorites A joint library of the City of Green Lake and the Town of Brooklyn

518 Hill Street, Green Lake (920) 294-3572

2015 Summer Reading Program In July — “Every Hero Has a Story”

Free Internet Access/Wireless Hotspot Free Library Cards for Non-Residents

GREEN LAKE MAGAZINE POLL Antiques Bakery Burgers Steaks Sandwiches/Subs Fish Fry

River City Antique Mall (Princeton) Pick 'n Save (Ripon) Sharkz Brewz n’ Bitez (Green Lake) Norton’s of Green Lake (Green Lake) Blue Moon (Princeton) Norton’s of Green Lake (Green Lake)

Pizza (Dine In)

Christianos Pizza (Green Lake)

Pizza (Delivery)

Christianos Pizza (Green Lake)

American Cuisine

Norton’s of Green Lake (Green Lake)


680 North (Green Lake)

Ice Cream/Dessert

Grey Rock–Heidel House Resort & Spa (Green Lake)

Special Occasion Dining

Grey Rock–Heidel House Resort & Spa (Green Lake) Twister (Princeton)


Pastimes (Princeton)

Attraction Golf Course Local Music Venue

Heidel House Resort & Spa (Green Lake) Green Lake Festival of Music (Green Lake) Golf Courses of Lawsonia (Green Lake) Thrasher Opera House (Green Lake)

Place to Bike

Green Lake Conference Center (Green Lake)

Place to Hike

Green Lake Conference Center (Green Lake)

Place to Watch Sports Cocktail Lounge

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Adam’s Rib (Green Lake)

Gift Shop Accommodations

2015 Library Book Sales

All in Good Taste (Princeton)

Upscale Dining Dining on a Budget

Public Meeting Room Available

Goose Blind (Green Lake) Norton's of Green Lake (Green Lake)

Coffee House

Sassafras (Green Lake)

Grocery Store

Pick 'n Save (Ripon)

Liquor Store

Pick 'n Save (Ripon)

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


Caestecker Public Library 518 Hill St. | (920) 294-3572


Mill Pond Library 140 N. South St. | (920) 394-3281


Princeton Public Library 424 W. Water St. | (920) 295-6777


Ripon Public Library 120 Jefferson St. | (920) 748-6160

Gear Up Green Lake Fundraiser Ride

By Lauree Renaud Green Lake Greenways is a nonprofit volunteer citizens’ advocacy organization, which began in 2008. The organization’s mission is to facilitate the development of a regional network of trails and greenways to preserve the natural beauty of the area, and advocate, educate, and encourage on behalf of safe biking and walking. 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 is also leading the way in fundraising for the first-ever multiuse 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 2014.

Lake Greenways started The Gear Up Green Lake Fundraiser Bike Ride. Enjoy a beautiful day biking the quiet, scenic rural roads. The Green Lake Region has gained a reputation for great biking experiences. The routes are filled with small farms, abundant wildlife, and great birding opportunities. One route includes a small-town flea market well known in the region for great finds. The 2015 ride will offer routes varying in length, some of the same great routes people have experienced in the past with some new additions. New this year will be a route with a distance of 100 miles, known as the century ride. The Gear Up Green Lake Fundraiser Ride starts and ends in the City of Green Lake on Saturday, May 23. Registration is 7:00 to 8:30 a.m., and the fee is $30 for adults through April 30 (guarantees t-shirt), $35 May 1–23, and $15 for

children under 16. The ride includes route map, rest stops with goodies and restrooms, lunch prepared by the Heidel House culinary staff, and t-shirts commemorating the 2015 ride (while supplies last). 2015 Green Lake Greenways offers bicyclists and walkers the opportunity to enjoy the trail at the “Movin’ on the Mascoutin Family Friendly Fundraiser Event.” Come ride or walk the trail and experience all it has to offer, Saturday, August 15 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.

The Mascoutin Valley State Trail has been an ongoing renovation project for Greenways. The trail, which is located between the cities of Ripon and Berlin on a former railroad corridor, allows a variety of users to experience nature firsthand. New is the Vines and Rushes Winery located on the trail. The 12-mile trail, with its newly laid limestone bed, welcomes riders and walkers to the serenity and safety that trails can provide. As part of the ongoing fundraising efforts and community education, Green | 39

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Bike Adventures

By Jean Cornelius

Abundant trails offer cyclists a great way to enjoy the Green Lake area. From casual tooling around the towns to rail trails to looping Big Green Lake, there is something for everyone. Developing trails and keeping them safe is the focus of Green Lake Greenways, an organization established in 2008 that advocates, educates, and encourages safe biking and walking. Their mission is to facilitate the development of a regional network of trails and greenways that preserve the natural beauty of the area and provide safe recreation and transportation opportunities for people throughout the Green Lake region. One of their achievements is the development of the first-ever multi-use path in Green Lake County, the City of Green Lake Trail. The 10-foot-wide paved path was built alongside and safely separated from State Highway 23. It connects the City of Green Lake to Green Lake Conference Center, where bikers can ride along tree-lined roads and Shore Drive for beautiful views of the lake and historic houses. The Gear Up Green Lake Fundraiser Ride Saturday May 23 offers riders beautiful, quiet, and scenic routes of up to 100 miles long. Organized by Green Lake Greenways, proceeds benefit future phases of the Green Lake Greenways bike path project, which will connect the communities of Green Lake, Ripon, and Berlin. Trail maps can be found on local chamber websites and at GreenLakeGreenways .org. Jean Cornelius is a local freelance writer and photographer. Sources: Green Lake Chamber of Commerce Princeton Chamber of Commerce Ripon Chamber of Commerce Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

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Expect scenic country roads, lake vistas, and gently rolling farm hills via the following area trails: Loop the Lake

27 miles around Big Green Lake.

Huckleberry’s Trail

15 miles of mostly flat, secluded back roads with a couple of challenging hills and a couple fishing spots along the Fox River.

Rustic River Trail

22 miles of blacktop and gravel roads. The winding White River crosses the path numerous times.

Oxbow Trail

Eight miles of fairly hilly country winding along the Fox River.

Tuttle Creek Trek

30 miles. Halfway through stop at Tuttle Lake’s public beach for a swim or picnic before touring more beautiful country on fairly level roads coming back.

Mecan Crossing Trail

An easy 19-mile ride through farm country. Cross over the Mecan River, noted for its canoe trips and waterfowl.

Northwest Passage

Scenic 28-mile ride along ridges, lowlands, and creeks leading to neighboring Neshkoro and back.

Little Northwest Passage

A shortened version of Northwest Passage with 11 miles of beautifully secluded roads leading back to Princeton.


34 miles thru the “Alps of Green Lake Country.”

Mascoutin Valley State Trail

21 miles past farms, prairies, and wetlands in scenic Green Lake, Winnebago, and Fond du Lac counties. Built on a former railroad corridor, the western section travels between Berlin and Ripon, and the eastern section travels between Rosendale and the city of Fond du Lac (the gap in the two sections, between Ripon and Rosendale, is in private ownership). Vines & Rushes Winery, along the western side of the trail, welcomes bikers.

Northwestern Trail

3.5 miles of packed gravel base on a former railroad corrider. The trail begins at the Ripon Public Library.

Ceresco Prairie Conservancy

Located next to Ripon College. Trails wind through wetland areas and connect with South Woods Crystal Creek. A great trail for mountain biking.

Ready…Set…RUN!! By Wendy Schultz 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 6th year on September 6, 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 located in Green Lake near the waterfall across from the Chamber of Commerce office.

past Hattie Sherwood Park and beyond, before returning to the finish line at Deacon Mills Park. A free Kids Race for children ages 10 and under takes place near the finish 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. DO the DOT—the 13dot1! Wendy Schultz is chair of the Green Lake 13 Dot 1 Committee. Photographs provided by Green Lake Half Marathon.


With a loud air horn blast, the Half Marathon (13.1 miles) starts at 8:15 a.m. followed by the 5K Run/Walk at 8:30 a.m. Crowds of enthusiastic spectators line the streets for plenty of cheering and cowbell action as their favorite runners head out. 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 the breathtaking shoreline. A good portion of the race route includes a tour through the lovely Green Lake Conference Center, with its 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 | 41

By John Hayashi 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. 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.

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For the 2015 season, we look forward to being able to offer even more instruction. We are looking to build on our nightly sailing lessons for adults. They were well attended last year and we look forward to becoming the premier adult instruction program in central Wisconsin, as our large fleet of boats is accommodating to all skill levels. We offer 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 mini-clinics, as well as private lessons. New this year we plan to offer the sailing experience to children ages 5–7 with their parent attending as well,

as an introductory sailing experience for both parent and child. Sailing is often perceived as a difficult sport to participate in. Green Lake Sailing School has made a mission of dispelling that myth over the last 54 years. Whether you are a parent looking for a confidence-building 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. Green Lake Sailing School is a nonprofit organization, and has been teaching people to sail on the waters of Green Lake since 1960. 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 Check us out on Facebook as well. John Hayashi is President of Green Lake Sailing School. Photographs provided by Green Lake Sailing School.

Discovering our Past, Inspiring our Future Discover history and the stories told through a lively, diverse blend of permanent and temporary exhibitions that offer unique visitor encounters with the past. Connect with the region’s heritage, explore the natural history of the Winnebago waterways and experience life on the frontier and the great logging days of Wisconsin. Inspire learning through innovative programs, the stunning artistry of the historic Sawyer home and a vast collection of art and artifacts that stimulate creativity.


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Green Lake

Conference Center

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

By Jean Cornelius

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

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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. The Northern Baptists renamed the hotel Roger Williams Inn after the English Protestant theologian (c. 1603–1683), an early proponent of religious freedom and the separation of church and state. Williams started the first Baptist church in America—First Baptist Church of Providence, RI. Roger Williams Inn continued to be a favorite place to stay for decades. Memories abound of “hymn sings” in the lobby, swimming in the outdoor pool and off the island, boat rides on the Captain Bickel, and familystyle 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 is in the midst of a major renovation. Some guest rooms have been refurbished. Damaged bricks on the exterior have been replaced and refreshed with fresh white paint. The website,, features a video about the vision for a rejuvenated Inn as well as history, old photos, and restoration plan. Renovation will ensure that this classic hotel will continue to be a wonderful place to renew guests for decades to come! 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.

Remembering Jan White Moon 1945-2015 The Green Lake area lost a local champion with the sudden passing of Jan White Moon on February 10 due to an automobile accident. Jan was born in upstate New York, the daughter of an American Baptist minister. At age nine she camped with her family at the American Baptist Assembly (now known as Green Lake Conference Center). She fell in love with the area and eventually settled there. She wore many hats at the Conference Center, including conferee, advocate, staff member, instructor, and director of the Green Lake Christian Writers’ Conference. In a style all her own, Jan blended her passions for writing, music, traveling, painting, floral arranging, cooking, and the Green Lake area. One of Green Lake Magazine’s most prolific contributors, she wrote articles about events, businesses, and the area for the last 10 years. Jan was the epitome of “support local.” Frequent diner, shopper, and cheerleader for the Green Lake area, she never let an opportunity slip by to promote it. After all, one of her license plates read LUVN GL. She chaired Green Lake’s Friends of the Festival of Music, took painting classes taught by Green Lake artist Pat Dobrinska, and supported the Downtown Green Lake Renewal Project when she bought a commemorative brick for the Deacon Mills Wharf path, surprising her groom Tom with a message to celebrate their 2012 wedding. Her favorite destination was France. As a teacher, she took numerous groups of students there. Eventually mastering French cooking, she donated French dinners for four in her home to area fundraising auctions. She proudly peddled fresh artisan bakery for Renard’s European Bakeshop (based in Princeton) at Green Lake’s summer farmer’s market and Oshkosh’s winter market. Jan was active in several area churches and held state leadership positions with both the United Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church. “With great sadness we lost a terrific woman and a true friend. Jan White Moon worked with us these last two years, enlivening the bakeshop and keeping all positive with a relentless cheerfulness. She was intelligent, sophisticated, oh-so-personable, a joy to work with, and we were grateful to know her.”—Executive Pastry Chef Brian Taylor, co-owner of Renard’s Bakery Jean Cornelius is a former colleague, fellow freelance writer, and friend of Jan. | 45

Wisconsin State

CHILI COOK-OFF Bring 1,000 chili lovers and 29 chili chefs together and you have the ingredients for the Wisconsin State Chili Cook-off. The cook-off is held in Deacon Mills Park in Green Lake on Saturday, September 12. The cook-off is always the Saturday after Labor Day and is sponsored by the International Chili Society, and membership in the ICS (visit and a fee to the Green Lake Rotary Club is required to compete. Chili chefs prepare their special recipes starting at 11:00 a.m. Noodles and beans are not allowed; any combination of meat and spices are allowed. Each chef has a specific way they like to prepare

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By Jill Carlson their chili. Some use beef, some venison, and some have used elk or ostrich. While the chili is cooking, spectators enjoy the festivities, and sample salsas and other zesty items. The Green Lake Rotary Club sells chili, brats, hot dogs, and nachos at their booth. Live entertainment starts at noon. At 3:00 p.m., the public is cleared from the tent and the official chili samples are collected. The judges consider six major characteristics when tasting: good flavoring, texture, consistency, blend of spices, aroma, and color. While the judges determine the winners, the tent is reopened and tasting cups

are sold to the public. By 5:00 p.m., the winners have been determined and awards for first, second, and third place are announced. First place prize is $750 cash and a trophy, and monetary awards are given for second and third place. The 2014 winners, husband and wife team Bob and Julie Dethloff, are from Green Lake. “Our chili is special in that all of the ingredients came from Green Lake County. We grew all of the veggies, and the beef came from a local farmer,” says Julie. It was the third year the couple competed. Julie explains that every batch of chili is a little different, but they thought the winning batch was their best effort. Bob and Julie represented Wisconsin at the world championship chili cook-off sponsored by the ICS, which was held in Las Vegas in October. They were excited to win second place in the people’s choice category out of 100 teams. If you are interested in competing in the Wisconsin cook-off, contact Bill Munsey at (920) 294-6504.

Jill Carlson is a freelance writer.

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Exploring Natural Wonders

Explore Mitchell’s Glen in an exclusive tour with the Green Team, often led by local biology and conservation expert, Tom Eddy. Reservations are required for this tour, so sign up today.

The Green Team Explores the Special and Unique Natural Places of the Green Lake Area By Paul Meuer

Many people may have experienced, perhaps as children, the profound sensation of discovering a small corner of the world that is seemingly secluded from the busyness of daily life. You may have found this special place to be relaxing, perhaps with a bubbling stream flowing through, or you may have found it inspiring, perhaps a lookout across a rolling valley. It often seems that those places and the experience they provided us are more difficult to come by these days. Yet for those who visit Green Lake that sensation can be rediscovered through exploring the many natural and often unknown sites that many 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 48 | Green Lake magazine 2015

and special places were shared and highlighted. So began the Green Team.

to offer, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

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.

Moonlight Walk and Campfire Cookout at Pools Hill (December)

There is certain to be a Green Team event that appeals to every interest, with many events also being family friendly, but also engaging for adults. Whether you want to learn more about the natural or social history of Green Lake, identify native plants and animals, or simply take a stroll through some of the most beautiful areas that Wisconsin has

Discover the splendors of Green Lake in the winter with a moonlight walk. Candles illuminate as participants make their way across the ice to the Pools Hill summit. During the walk, participants can warm up, chat with friends and neighbors in front of a roaring bonfire, and sip hot chocolate. Hot chocolate will be provided by the Green Team, but be sure to bring along your own cup or thermos. Make the experience complete by bringing your own sandwiches, s’mores, or hot dogs to cook over the fire. A nearly full moon and candlelit trail will provide light, but participants should bring a flashlight for additional light. The walk to and from Pools Hill is about 0.8 miles. Have snowshoes or want to bring a sled for children? Bring them along!

Photo by Paul Meuer

Enjoy a bit of Irish tradition while overlooking the shores of Green Lake!

Participants hike across the frozen waters of Green Lake to be greeted by a warm bonfire and hot chocolate during the Green Team’s Moonlight Walk.

Tap into Sweetness: Maple Syrup Tour (April)

As temperatures begin to warm, maple sap starts flowing. Experience the process of making maple syrup in the woods. Led by the Roeper Family, this annual process includes tapping Sugar Maple trees for sap collection, then boiling the sap into syrup right in the middle of the woods. Taste-test dark and light maple syrups and other maple syrup treats!

Mitchell Glen Tour (May and October)

Explore Mitchell Glen for the first time or revisit this popular Green Lake Conservancy Partnership Property. Local biologist and educator Tom Eddy will lead 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. This tour includes walking steep, descending steps into the ravine. Space is very limited and reservations are required by calling the Green Lake Sanitary District at (920) 295-4488. Please call if you need to cancel to make room for others to attend. This is just a small sampling of the many events 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 /gl aw/i ndex.php/c alend ar- ofevents. Paul Meuer is the Communications and Project Manager at Green Lake Association.

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The Whooping Crane Festival, September 11–13, really puts the “special” in Princeton’s special events schedule. Beth Pelland of the Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce is involved in the planning and shares her enthusiasm, saying, “This is a wonderful event.” Whooping cranes

(grus americana), once nearly extinct, are making a comeback due to the congressional Endangered Species Act and many concerned citizens. In 1937, there were only about 27 birds. Today they number about 600. Princeton

plays a part in this success story, making the Whooping cranes’ story a reason to celebrate in a big way. One of only two populations, these elegant five-foot birds with a wingspan of 7–9 feet make central Wisconsin their summer home and winter in the southeastern United States. The other population summers in northwestern Canada and winters along the Texas Gulf Coast. The entire festival weekend is packed with activities for all ages and interests. Wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy seminars, demonstrations, exhibits, birding walks, special speakers, a marketplace, craneviewing sites and more. Events will be held all over town and in nearby communities; children’s activities and food will be available throughout; and parking is plentiful and free. The historic Fox River meanders through Princeton, making possible a special canoe trip on Sunday to the delight of birders and voyageur aficionados alike. Guides will share 17th century history of the trappers and first explorers in this area. Reservations are recommended. Contact Glen (920) 293-8206 or Jerry (920) 229-3360 or the Princeton Chamber. While the main focus of the crane festival is in September, the public is invited to be a part of the Whooping crane training period, which takes place July

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through September. Just after sunrise, onlookers can watch these rare birds as they are trained to migrate for their seasonal journey. Photographer, trainer, and caretaker Doug Pellerin works with the cranes’ “Class of 2015” as they learn with the assistance of an ultra-light aircraft nicknamed the Yellow Mama. For reservations and details, contact Doug at Green Lake County’s scenic beauty boasts rolling farmlands and glaciated hills and vales. Area pastimes include excellent bike trails, hiking, boating on historic lakes, canoeing and kayaking, world-class golfing, museums, historical

societies, unique shops, guided fishing trips, and so much more. Lodging and restaurants are legendary. The festival is sponsored by the Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce, Operation Migration, local bird lovers, and other nonprofit organizations. Additional information may be obtained at or by calling the Chamber at (920) 295-3877. You may also visit or call Operation Migration at (800) 675-2618. Jan White Moon wrote for Green Lake Magazine since 2006. Photographs provided by Princeton Chamber of Commerce. | 51


Fifty-four Riponites gathered in their Little White Schoolhouse on March 20, 1854 and formed a new antislavery party. They became the first “Republicans” in the Union. The Birthplace of the Republican Party

National Historic Site, also known as the “Little White Schoolhouse” (LWSH), is open to the public as a museum that explains Ripon’s role in forming a major political party.

the United States of America.” From 2005 to 2007, the building underwent a complete restoration in accordance with the guidelines to preserve historic buildings.

What sparked their political activism was the introduction of the Kansas-Nebraska Bill, introduced in Congress in January 1854 by Senator Stephen Douglas of Illinois. The bill threatened to extend slavery into the newly opening territories of Kansas and Nebraska, repealing the 1820 Missouri Compromise, which limited slavery’s geographical reach.

Tour the Birthplace of the Republican Party National Historic Site and participate in an interpretive program that reviews local and national events of the 1850s that led to Ripon’s role in creating national political history. The site is open daily Memorial Day through Labor Day and weekends in May, September, and October. For more details, please visit

The Birthplace of the GOP, the Little White Schoolhouse was named a National Historic Landmark in 1974 in recognition of its “national significance in commemorating the history of

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Jason Mansmith is the Executive Director of the Ripon Chamber of Commerce. Photograph provided by Ripon Chamber of Commerce.


Harvest Fest is two days full of fun, kicking off the fall season. Scheduled for Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27, the event is held at Deacon Mills Park, Playground Park, and on Mill Street in Green Lake. A craft fair, car show, food, live entertainment, farmers’ market, parade, petting zoo, carnival games, and so much more make up Harvest Fest, which marks its 27th year. The craft fair is both Saturday and Sunday at Deacon Mills and Playground Parks, and features crafters from around the Midwest selling handmade jewelry, glass art, copper sculptures, wood signs, and many other items. It’s a great time to start shopping for the holidays. Harvest Fest has something for the whole family. Kids’ games and activities, including a petting zoo and pony rides, are at Playground Park. Kids will also enjoy bouncing on giant trampolines and the inflatable activity zone. The Farmers’ Market will be located on Water Street by Mill Pond, and features

By Jill Carlson dozens of vendors selling locally grown seasonal produce and locally raised goods. Meet the local farmers and bring home apples, a pumpkin, a decorative mum plant, or fall produce. Live entertainment is featured on two stages both days at Deacon Mills Park. Harvest Fest is the place to be if you’re hungry. Starting at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, 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 for the organizations. Green Lake’s largest parade with over 75 entries starts at 4:00 p.m. The parade features decorated floats, clowns, antique cars, jugglers, marching bands, stilt walkers, and fire engines. Sunday morning, wander down 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 earlier. Hours for the car show are 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Starting at 10:30 a.m., enjoy the Taste of Green Lake Food Faire. 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. For more information, call the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at (800) 253-7354 or (920) 294-3231, email, or go to Jill Carlson is a freelance writer. | 53

Ripon College Sharing Our Commitment to the Liberal Arts and Sciences with Students and the Community By Jaye Alderson The national reputation of Ripon College has grown by leaps and bounds. U.S. News & World Report listing of “Great Schools, Great Prices” ranked Ripon College 30th, and it was one of only two Wisconsin colleges to meet the publication’s criteria of high quality academics at an affordable cost. Overall, Ripon College rose to 113th on the Best National Liberal Arts Colleges listing, and placed 23rd in the nation on Washington Monthly’s yearly list of “Best Bang for the Buck” colleges. Since 1851, Ripon College has been a good neighbor to surrounding

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communities while providing a worldclass, affordable liberal arts and sciences education to students from around the world. The value of a broad-based education is increasingly important in today’s rapidly changing marketplace. Ripon College teaches students how to learn, think, adapt, and communicate, which helps them evolve in today’s job market. Ripon College’s commitment to undergraduate education yields great results. 95 percent of students are satisfied or more than satisfied with the amount of attention they receive from

faculty. 96 percent of 2013 graduates were employed, student-teaching, or in graduate school within six months of graduation. The 2014 acceptance rate for students applying to medical school and veterinary school remains at more than twice the national average. Last year, Ripon College’s Speech and Debate team finished in the top five at five different tournaments, ranked 26th nationally, and had a state champion in Extemporaneous Speaking. Three history majors published the book Ripon (Images of America series). The Ethics Bowl Team qualified for nationals for

the third consecutive year and placed 11th. And one student helped bring about a city ordinance change to allow Ripon College to compost a significant percentage of its solid waste. Athletes included the Midwest Region Rookie of the Year in basketball; a finalist for the Jostens Trophy; and a shotput qualifier for the NCAA DivisionIII Outdoor National Meet. Ripon College conscientiously interacts with the community. 80 percent of students volunteer, with many of their service hours supporting community efforts throughout the greater Ripon area. 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 free of charge. For more information, go to Jaye Alderson is an Editor at Ripon College.

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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. Submitted by the Berlin Chamber of Commerce.

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Pumpkins on the Petunias

On this day of family fun, Berlin’s main street (Huron and Broadway) is open to foot traffic only to accommodate the activities. Local and regional restaurants, as well as professional food vendors supply a variety of tasty food and drink. Crafters sell their wares in booths. Pumpkins of many shapes and sizes, gourds, squash, and Indian corn are available for embellishing fall décor in homes and businesses. Painted pumpkins decorated like witches and cats are popular. Big pumpkins are welcome at the Great Pumpkin contest. Their length and width are added together to determine the winner. After judging, growers may contribute their pumpkins to the Great Pumpkin Drop. At this humorous event, over 1,000 pounds of pumpkins are dropped from a 100’ crane onto an old car below! The Great Pumpkin Drop is not the only antic at this festival—Polly Pooper’s 58 | Green Lake magazine 2015

Cow Drop always draws smiles. Each $5 donation buys a number that’s randomly placed along the parade route. If Polly the cow makes a “drop” at the number on the ticket while moo-ving up and down the main drag, the ticket holder wins a cash prize. Kids delight in carnival rides, a coin dig, pedal pull, hayrides, making crafts, and playing games at the Kidz Zone. A tractor pull on pavement and a parade with fire trucks, a steam engine, bands,

and large tractors are highlights of this fall day. For more information about Pumpkins on the Petunias, contact the Berlin Chamber of Commerce at (920) 3613636 or visit PumpkinsOnThePetunias .com. Jean Cornelius is a local freelance writer and photographer.

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The first Saturday of October brings people downtown to Berlin’s annual fall festival, Pumpkins on Petunias. Held on October 3, the daylong festival has something for everyone. Crafters, food vendors, musicians, farmers, shoppers, and the community come together and celebrate fall.

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Green Lake Area Animal Shelter in the Midst of Major Expansion Phase 1 of the Green Lake Area Animal Shelter (GLAAS) expansion is complete! A $120,000 estate gift kick-started the $225,000 project in December 2013. A few of the new features in place include expanded space for cats, a stainless steel dog bathing tub, extra storage for food and supplies, and easy-to-clean Extrutech plastic wall panels. Beautiful 20” x 20” engraved porcelain tiles, funded and personalized by donors, have been installed on the floors. These “stepping stones to forever homes” are still available to help fund the remainder of the project. Donations can be accepted online at Adopting from GLAAS saves the lives of two animals—the one adopted 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. They also offer low-cost spaying, neutering, and microchipping. Partnering with licensed veterinarians at the Spay Me! Clinic in Madison, GLAAS

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has facilitated the spaying or neutering of over 6,000, making a tremendous impact on the overpopulation of pets.

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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.

Royal Ridges (April 18 and October 31). The Dog Walk is another fundraiser (September 19). Dogs, their owners, and anyone who loves to see dogs in costume is 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. Stop by to meet the pets and see the building improvements at their open house in August (date TBD).

GLAAS relies on donations for vaccinations, medicines, heat, utilities, payroll, building maintenance, and veterinary services. A wish list of specific items that are needed 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 fundraiser, Lucky Dog CaTsino Night, is an evening of casual gaming and raffles at Ripon’s

There are pets waiting to be loved and welcomed into your home. Visit anytime in person or online at glaas .org. 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! Jean Cornelius is a local freelance writer and photographer.

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Connecting Today with Yesteryear and items for gifting. Holly also works with designers, helps stage homes, and sells online. Open spring through Christmas and by appointment. Call (920) 291-5470 for hours or visit 495 Hill Street in Green Lake.

By Jan White Moon These antique shops are as unique as the items they carry. You’ll be enchanted by the beauty and utility of the treasures created by craftsmen and artists of bygone eras. Enjoy the adventure of searching out something special for home, cottage, or gift giving. A Well Feathered Nest Around the corner from its former location, Holly Walker’s well-designed shop welcomes you into a world of lovely home and garden décor, holiday displays, florals, art, antique furniture,

Johnny Crow’s Bonnie MacLagan’s delightful shop has much to offer: furniture, pottery, Princeton memorabilia, art, garden items, trunks, clocks, Black Americana, collectibles, and seasonal décor—all beautifully displayed. New this year are her website (, a different phone number of (920) 291-6919, and rooms to rent. Open year-round, weekends only January– February, and by appointment. Call for hours. 103 W. Water Street (corner of State Roads 23/73) in Princeton. Pastimes Books & Antiques Filling 10 rooms are antique and vintage treasures, author-inscribed books, new and well-arranged used books, lake and river décor, gift items, Willie Raye collectibles, handmade jewelry, rustic décor, signs and other wall art, reproduction pieces, special things for children and pets, textiles, and seasonal decorative pieces. Owners are Sharon and Ken Kallestad and Mary Elliot and her daughter Claire. Open April–December. Call (920) 295-4801 or check Facebook for hours. 511 W. Water Street in Princeton.

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Sidedoor Antiques This eclectic multi-room shop is packed with vintage and antique items for every room of the house. You’ll hear yourself say, “Grandmother had one of those.” Owners Mary and Michael Reinsch have collected a wide variety of baskets, dishes, extensive housewares, books, toys, hand-loomed rugs and runners, linens, collectibles, clothing, and furniture. Sidedoor Antiques adjoins Fox River Glove Outlet Store. Open 360 days, Monday–Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 113 W. Fond du Lac Street in Ripon. (920) 748-5845. Woolbright’s River City Antique Mall You’ll enjoy browsing charming vignettes of merchandise from more than 50 dealers in this spacious showroom. Collections include clothes and hats, primitive to Victorian furniture, textiles, decoys, fishing lures, collectibles of all kinds, kitchen and other housewares, toys, sports memorabilia, art, tools, books, and more. Open year-round, seven days a week 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on flea market Saturdays 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Owners are Dave and Pam Woolbright. 328 S. Fulton Street in Princeton (State Rds. 23/73). (920) 2953475,, and Jan White Moon wrote for Green Lake Magazine since 2006.

From the


The 14th annual From the Land festival is held on the working Toll-Londowski family farm that raises Suffolk sheep, and will host about 100 artists individually selected for their originality and workmanship and to the Anishinaabe Native Americans. A glimpse into American history and Native American ancestry will be provided. The artisans offer a wonderful selection of unique, creative one-of-a-kind gifts for the discerning shopper. Whatever your budget, you will find that special item: pottery, carved gourd art, Amish rocking chairs, footstools and canes, home-spun yarn and knitted items, photography, felted penny rugs, recycled barn board furniture, folk art paintings on screens and glass, homemade soap, wheat weaving, sweatshirts, chalkware santas, recycled fashion accessories, turned wood bowls and vases, woven rugs, spoon bug art, junk art, painted glassware, metal garden art, concrete bugs and snowmen, antique China shard jewelry, denim purses, candles, copper and beaded jewelry, grapevine and birch baskets, recycled tire mats and mirrors, brooms, and original wildlife paintings. Some of the artisans will also be demonstrating spinning and grapevine basket creations.

buffalo, pork, chickens, and eggs grown by local farmers are available. A big hit is the Pie by the Slice Shoppe with homebaked pumpkin, pecan, peach berry, caramel apple nut, and fruit of the farm pies. Renard’s European Bakery offers a large selection of specialty European breads and pastries. If you get hungry, in the pole shed are pulled pork and hot ham sandwiches. A favorite is the old-fashioned hot dog with Ray’s fried sauerkraut. Enjoy a cup of spiced apple cider, hot chocolate, or coffee. 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, beef jerky, and sausage.

Anishinaabe drummer will be present. Folk singer and songwriter Jim Anger will stroll the festival grounds playing his banjo, guitar, or harmonica. And an antique tractor show will be held each day. It’s a beautiful drive to the festival located at the Toll-Londowski farm located on W1648 County J, 1/4 mile west of Highway 49. All takes place Saturday, October 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Admission is one dollar, with plenty of parking in adjacent hayfields. Dress appropriately for the autumn weather. See you in October! Photographs provided by From The Land.

A special presentation, Fur Trading from 1600 through 1838, will be presented by Jerry Disterhaft, Glenn Gorsuch, and Sena DeJesus at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Anishinaabe Al Goodheart Baker will guide events around the Grandmother Turtle Lodge, a traditional healing lodge. An authentic Native American tepee with storytellers, a voyage canoe, stone chipper, and an

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Experience the Magic

of Live Performance in a Cool Historic Venue

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 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. 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 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

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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 2015 season offers another year of high-caliber performers, including musicians Willy Porter, Peter Yarrow, Dervish, Livingston Taylor, Tuck & Patti, Solas, The Paul Thorn Band, Eric Bibb, The Alley Cats, Missoula Children’s Theater, the improvisational comedy of The Second City, and more. Visit for dates, times, and tickets. Submitted by Thrasher Opera House.

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Photo by Jean Cornelius

Dickens of a Christmas

Ripon’s Beloved Celebration Turns 25

By Jan White Moon

What’s more, this year marks the 25th anniversary weekend’s (December 4–6) signature event, Living Windows. Shops all along Watson Street come alive with vignettes depicting holiday merriment or sacred themes. Young and old don costumes and take to these mini-stages to the delight of throngs of viewers just outside the shop windows’ glass. Whether snowy, rainy, or a perfect starry night, this event is always a grand success and not to be missed.

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The whole community embraces the excitement of recreating bygone days. Area churches, organizations, and businesses participate. Mainstay events include the 21st annual Dickens of a Quilt Show, a tour of homes, open house at the Ripon Historical Society, Las Posadas, a Christmas crèche display, a reading of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, craft shows, a gingerbread house contest, breakfast with Santa, and other activities focusing on children and more. Music will, of course, fill the air and food is available at restaurants, shops, and additional locations. Most shops offer extended shopping hours during the festival. Over the years, creative souls have continually added events and new venues, so there’s fun for all ages and interests. When looking ahead to the

2015 celebrations, Jason Mansmith, Executive Director of the Ripon Chamber of Commerce, promises, “We always have something new up our sleeves.” A detailed schedule is available from the Ripon Chamber’s website or at participating businesses. While most events are free, a few have modest charges. Contact the Chamber at (920) 748-6764 or visit Jan White Moon wrote for Green Lake Magazine since 2006. Photo by Jean Cornelius

Visitors and residents delight to see Ripon transform into a mid-1800s community to usher in the holiday season. Scheduled for the first weekend each December, this year’s celebration actually starts Thursday evening, December 3, with a chili supper, a fundraiser for Ripon’s family-fun Cookie Daze (held in August each year).

Allan Servoss

Allan Servoss has been working in several mediums, including watercolor, casein, colored pencil, and silver point for over 30 years. His work has been shown in galleries, museums, and juried exhibitions, and numerous group and solo exhibitions. His paintings and drawings have appeared in American Artist magazine, The Artist’s Magazine, American Artist’s Drawing, International Artist and the French publication Artist’s Practique. Allan’s color pencil work is reproduced in 15 books on drawing, and he has illustrated several books. Allan has twice been invited to conduct workshops for the Colored Pencil Society of America’s annual convention, and has conducted workshops coast to coast. He is a signature member of CPSA. Allan lives and works at his home and studio in rural west central Wisconsin. His work can be seen at Artisan Gallery, Paoli, WI and Fine Line Design Gallery, Ephraim, WI, Seasons on the St.Croix, Hudson, WI, and Up North Gallery, Lindstrom, MN. He can be reached at | 65

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Dentistry Ripon Family Dentistry Chris Welch D.D.S.......................................52 Waushara Dental Associates S.C.....................57 Fishing Charter Norton’s Fishing Adventures...........................12 Firewood Mirr of Green Lake Tree Care...........................7 Florist Crossroads Market...........................................39 Pick ’n Save......................................................31 Garden Center/Nursery Prairie Nursery................................................25 Stuart’s Landscaping & Garden Center...........16 Gasoline Holliday Food & Sport.................................... 17 Gifts A Well Feathered Nest.....................................60 ACE Hardware.................................................31 All In Good Taste............................................18 Back Porch Gatherings....................................31 Farrell’s Fine Furnishings, LLC.......................33 Fox River Glove Outlet Store...........................30 Guth’s End of the Trail Candy Shoppe........... BC Johnny Crow’s.................................................60 Pastimes...........................................................19 Readers’ Realm................................................37 Teak & Soxy....................................................20 Twister.............................................................19 Walter J’s Vintage Custom Soft Goods............31 Watson Street Tea & Treats.............................52 Worldwide Gifts..............................................44 Golf The Golf Courses of Lawsonia........................26 Graphic Design Towns & Associates, Inc.: Graphic Design Services...............................50 Grocer/Market/Deli/Cheese All in Good Taste............................................18 Crossroads Market...........................................39 Pick ’n Save......................................................31 Hardware ACE Hardware.................................................31 Home/Contractors Chris Miller Building & Design....................IFC Future Roofing & Construction......................53 Galaxy Lighting...............................................19 Jankowski Construction,ltd.............................63 Prairie Nursery................................................25 Stuart’s Landscaping & Garden Center...........16 Surface & Surroundings, Inc...........................55 Home Décor/Furniture A Well Feathered Nest.....................................60 Back Porch Gatherings....................................31 Casual Living Outfitters, LLC.........................55 Farrell’s Fine Furnishings, LLC.......................33 Johnny Crow’s.................................................60 Pastimes...........................................................19 Sidedoor Antiques...........................................30 Teak & Soxy....................................................20 Twister.............................................................19 Walter J’s Vintage Custom Soft Goods............31 Woolbright’s River City Antique Mall.............51

Hospital/Medical Clinic Community Health Network...........................10 Ripon Medical Center......................................55 Ice Cream All In Good Taste............................................18 Guth’s End of the Trail Candy Shoppe........... BC Landscaping/Lawncare/Treecare Mirr of Green Lake Tree Care...........................7 Prairie Nursery................................................25 Stuart’s Landscaping & Garden Center...........16 Library Caestecker Public Library................................38 Liquor/Wine/Beer Crossroads Market...........................................39 Holliday Food & Sport.................................... 17 Malchetske’s Liquor & Video..........................56 Pick ’n Save......................................................31 Twister.............................................................19 Vines & Rushes Winery..................................32 Museum Oshkosh Public Museum.................................43 Pet Resort Peterson’s Happiness Acres, Inc......................56 Pharmacy Crossroads Market...........................................39 Photo Lab Pick ’n Save......................................................31 Plumbing Pinnacle Plumbing, LLC..................................10 Quality Plumbing, LLC...................................23 Real Estate Century 21 Properties Limited..........................8 Green Lake Real Estate....................................25 Lake Real Estate..............................................23 Schneider Real Estate......................................47 Special Properties..........................................IBC Rental Center Modern Rentals, Inc........................................21 Restaurants/Catering A Spoonful of Sugar...........................................8 Adam’s Rib.......................................................28 Christianos Pizza.............................................49 Fire Engine Pizza & Bear Necessities................8 Mac’s BBQ..........................................................8 Peppercorn Catering, LLC.................................8 Reilly’s Pub......................................................49 Sharkz Brewz ‘n Bitez..................................... BC Treasury...........................................................55 Senior Living Facilities KindredHearts Senior Living..........................11 School Green Lake Sailing School...............................42 Green Lake School District.............................29 Ripon Area School District..............................27 Ripon College..................................................54 Sporting Goods/Sportsman ACE Hardware.................................................31 Holliday Food & Sport.................................... 17 Video/DVD Rental Malchetske’s Liquor & Video..........................56 Winery Vines & Rushes Winery..................................32