Green Lake Magazine 2016

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PUBLISHER Towns & Associates, Inc. 126 Water Street Baraboo, WI 53913-2445 P (608) 356-8757 • F (608) 356-8875 ajohnson@greenlakemagazine.com greenlakemagazine.com EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Amy S. Johnson PUBLICATION DESIGNER Susie Anderson COVER DESIGN Deb Gottschalk CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jaye Alderson, Ken Bates, Berlin Chamber of Commerce, Jean Cornelius, Laura Deming, Chelsey Dequaine, Thomas L. Eddy, Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, John Hayashi, Todd Huggins, Jason Mansmith, Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce, Lauree Renaud, Ripon Chamber of Commerce, Wendy Schultz, Alison Theil, Thrasher Opera House, Suzi Zaiki, Kim Zills PHOTOGRAPHER Barbara Wilson ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS Jean Cornelius, Thomas L. Eddy, From the Land, Green Lake Conference Center, Green Lake Festival of Music, Deb Gottschalk, Green Lake Greenways, Green Lake Half Marathon, Green Team, Todd Huggins, Kelly Kernen, Ben Mott, Lauree Renaud, Tom Schultz ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Amy S. Johnson COPY EDITORS Kyle Jacobson, Krystle Naab DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION & DESIGN Jennifer Denman DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY & DESIGN Barbara Wilson GRAPHIC DESIGNER Crea Stellmacher ADMINISTRATION Jennifer Baird, Lori Czajka, Shayla Porter ADDITIONAL COPIES Green Lake Magazine 2016 is available free at select businesses. If you would like a copy sent to you, please send mailing information along with $3 for each magazine to Green Lake Magazine, c/o Towns & Associates, Inc., 126 Water Street, Baraboo, WI 53913. TO ADVERTISE To place an advertisement in this publication, please call (800) 575-8757x105 or email ajohnson@greenlakemagazine.com. 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 ajohnson@greenlakemagazine.com. 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 Berlin Fox Festival Big Adventures on Big Green Lake Calendar of Events Casual Living Outfitters Cookie Daze Cover Artist: Deb Gottschalk Crossroads Market 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 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 Peterson’s Happiness Acres Princeton Ripon Ripon College Ripon’s National Historic Site Thrasher Opera House Whooping Crane Festival Wisconsin State Chili Cookoff Woolbright’s River City Antique Mall

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2016 calendar of events April 22-23 Ripon—City Wide Rummage Sales 23 Green Lake—Green Team: Earth Day Conservancy Cleanup at Guskey-Miller Conservancy 30 Green Lake—Green Lake Bird Festival 30 Green Lake—Green Lake Bird Festival—Green Team: Birdwatching at Sunnyside Prairie 30 Ripon—Green Lake Area Animal Shelter Lucky Dog CaTsino Night at Royal Ridges

May

7 Green Lake—Caestecker Public Library Book Sale 7 Green Lake—City Wide Rummage Sale 7 Green Lake—Green Team: Mitchell Glen Tour 7 Ripon—Women on Watson 8 Green Lake—Mother’s Day Brunch at Heidel House Resort & Spa 14 Princeton—City Wide Garage Sale 14 Princeton—Friends of the Library Books and More Sale 14 Princeton—Garden Club’s Annual Plant Sale at City Park 29 Princeton—Cluck-a-Roo 5K Walk/Run 29 Princeton—Rubber Chicken Fling at City Park 29 Princeton—Spring Arts and Crafts Fair at City Park

June

1 Berlin—Boys & Girls Club Tri-County Area Drivin’ Fore the Club at Mascoutin Golf Club 11 Green Lake—Chalk Walk 11 Green Lake—Green Team: Canoe/Kayak at Norwegian Bay 12-26 Green Lake—Green Lake Festival of Music Chamber Music Camp 19-21 Green Lake—Lawsonia Family Golf Camp with former Wisconsin basketball coach Dick Bennett 25 Green Lake—Green Lake Greenways: Gear Up Green Lake Fundraiser Ride 26 Princeton—4th of July Celebration at City Park

July

2 Green Lake—Sunsplash at Heidel House Resort & Spa 4 Green Lake—Community Fourth of July Celebration 4 Green Lake—Fireworks Dessert Cruise on Escapade with Heidel House Resort & Spa 9 Green Lake—Green Team: Flowers and Insects of Dawson Prairie at Green Lake Conference Center 9 Princeton—Brew Ha Ha 9 Princeton—Run for Sam 10K Run/Walk 16 Green Lake—Green Team: Evening Paddle on CTH K Estuary 25-31 Oshkosh—2016 EAA AirVenture 30 Green Lake—Water Ski Show 30 Princeton—Que Syrah Syrah

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Green Lake—Green Lake County Fair at Green Lake County Fairgrounds Ripon—Cookie Daze at Barlow Park Green Lake—Green Team: Evening with the Bats at Green Lake Conference Center

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13 Princeton—Crazy Days 13-14 Green Lake—Fine Arts Show 20 Princeton—Festa De La Vespa 20 Princeton—VFW Golf Classic at Two Oaks Golf Course in Wautoma 27 Berlin—Berlin Fox Festival September 4 Green Lake—Green Lake Area “13dot1” Half Marathon and 5K Fun Run 10 Green Lake—Green Team: Mushroom Foraging Walk 10 Green Lake—Wisconsin State Chili Cookoff 10 Princeton—Water Street Plein Air 10 Princeton—Whooping Crane Festival 16-18 Princeton—Community Hall Rummage Sale 17 Princeton—VFW Horseshoe Tournament and Picnic 17 Ripon—Green Lake Area Animal Shelter Dog Walk at Village Green 17 Ripon—Septemberfest 18 Princeton—Harvest Faire at City Park 22-24 Green Lake—U.S. Hickory Open at The Golf Courses of Lawsonia 24 Berlin—Glow Ball Golf Outing at Mascoutin Golf Club 24-25 Green Lake—Harvest Fest

October

1 Green Lake—Green Team: Apple Orchard Tour at Becker Orchard 8 Green Lake—Green Team: Mitchell Glen Tour 15 Green Lake—Oktoberfest at Heidel House Resort & Spa 15-16 Green Lake—From the Land at the Toll/ Landowski Farm 22 Princeton—A Sweet Event 29 Ripon—Green Lake Area Animal Shelter Lucky Dog CaTsino Night at Royal Ridges 30 Princeton—Trick-or-Treat

November

5 Green Lake—Green Team: Falconry Demonstration 11 Princeton—Veterans Day Program 12-13 Ripon—Christmas in the Village 17 Berlin—Annual Lighted Christmas Parade 19 Green Lake—Wine Fest at Heidel House Resort & Spa 24 Green Lake—Thanksgiving Buffet at Heidel House Resort & Spa 25 Princeton—Friends of the Library’s Silent Auction & Cash and Carry 25 Princeton—Lights on Water Street Parade 25 Princeton—Pictures with Santa at Princeton Historical Society Museums 25-26 Princeton—Festival of Trees at Community Hall 26 Princeton—Christmas is Princeton - Craft Fairs 26 Princeton—Holiday Bounty Craft Faire at Princeton Public Schools

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Berlin—Annual Business of the Year/Citizen of the Year at City Inn Banquet Hall Princeton—City of Princeton Tree Board Bake Sale at City Hall

1-2 Princeton—City of Princeton Tree Board Brat Fry at City Hall 1-31 Princeton—City of Lights Extravaganza 2-4 Ripon—Dickens of a Christmas 9-10 Green Lake—Clauson Family Trio Music & Dinner Show at Green Lake Conference Center 10 Green Lake—Experience the Magic of Christmas at Heidel House Resort & Spa 10 Princeton—Friends of the Library Annual Cookie Walk 31 Green Lake—New Year’s Eve Festivities at Heidel House Resort & Spa Dates subject to change—please call ahead to confirm.

Ongoing Entertainment Green Lake—Thrasher Opera House. (920) 294-4279 or thrasheroperahouse.com. Princeton—Flea Market. Saturdays, Apr. 23–Oct. 15. Ripon—Little White Schoolhouse. Weekends in May, Sept., and Oct. Daily Memorial Day–Labor Day. Green Lake—Friends of the Library Book Sale at Caestecker Library. May 7, Aug. 13–14, Sept. 24–25, and Dec. 3. Green Lake—Farmer’s Market in downtown Green Lake. Fridays, May 20–Oct. 7. Princeton—Farm to Fork Farmers’ Market. Wednesdays, May 25–Oct. 5. Green Lake—Green Lake Festival of Music, June 10– July 30. (920) 748-9398 or greenlakefestival.org. Ripon—Ripon Farmers Market. Tuesdays & Saturdays, June–Oct. Green Lake—Grey Rock Dine & Sail Experience at Heidel House Resort & Spa. June 2 & 16, July 21, Aug. 4 & 18, and Sept. 1. Ripon—Village Green Concert Series. Friday evenings, June 3–Aug. 26. Green Lake—Wine Cruise on Escapade with Heidel House Resort & Spa. June 3, July 1, Aug. 26, and Sept. 23. Green Lake—Concerts in the Park. Wednesdays at Deacon Mills Park, June 8–Aug. 3. Green Lake—Pig Roast with Heidel House Resort & Spa on Daycholah Terrace. June 8 & 22, July 13 & 27, Aug. 10 & 24, and Sept. 14. Green Lake—Lobster Bake at Heidel House Resort & Spa. June 10, July 15 & 29, and Aug. 12. Green Lake—Beer Cruise on Escapade with Heidel House Resort & Spa. June 17, July 8 & 22, Aug. 5 & 19, Sept. 2, and Oct. 7. Princeton—Open House at Princeton Historical Society Museums. June 18, July 16, and Aug. 20. Green Lake—Green Team: Buckthorn Cleanup on Conservancy Properties. Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 and Nov. 5, 12, 19 & 26.


GREETINGS! On behalf of the citizens of Wisconsin, welcome to Green Lake, an area of beautiful, natural splendor matched only by the warmth 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 for 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, and 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. A memorable Wisconsin experience awaits you. Sincerely,

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A L K N E E E GR 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 on-the-water recreation to golfing or a nice hike in the woods. 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. It is one of the most beautiful historic properties around. Enjoy the natural scenery and varied terrain from one of the many

bike trails, then freshen up and partake of fresh local food served at one of the local restaurants, featuring everything from a deli-style atmosphere to fine dining. Green Lake will keep you busy with events and festivals such as Concerts in the Park all summer, the free Green Lake County Fair and the Fine Arts Fair in August, the Wisconsin State Chili Cookoff and Harvest Fest in September, and musical and cultural events at the historic Thrasher Opera House all year long. Be sure not to miss our weekly farmer's market, featuring locally grown organic products. Check our calendar of events at visitgreenlake.com for details. Visit Green Lake and live “The Good Life.”

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 www.visitgreenlake.com.

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Crossroads Grocery Market New Changes to Win Over Locals and Visitors by Chelsey Dequaine Nestled in the charming countryside of Green Lake at 762 Commercial Avenue, Crossroads Grocery Market is a one-stop shop for all. The store prides itself with its assortment of specialty items and essentials, offering dairy, fresh produce, deli, meat, bakery items, a wine cellar, and a pharmacy. New owners and management are ready to win over previous and new customers. In March, Crossroads Grocery Market announced Pat McConnell, CEO of FLASH Trucking, as the new owner. Also in March, FLASH Trucking teamed up with Crossroads Grocery Market to

donate more than 2,200 pounds of food to the Green Lake County Food Pantry. Mark Anderson joined as general manager in February. His goal is for everyone in the Green Lake and surrounding area to shop at Crossroads Grocery Market. “We are focusing on gaining trust from our guests,” Mark says. “We are working on building our stock, getting the shelves full, and keeping them full.” Mark, a Monroe, Wisconsin, native, enjoys working for a local business in a small community. “Green Lake is very

supportive of local shopping,” Mark says. “We have a lot of diehards here, and we hope to keep them.” He also says the friendly staff is what drives the store. “They have welcomed me with open arms.” The biggest priority is stocking the items customers want. “If we don’t have something on the shelf, we will try our best to order it,” Mark says. “We are working hard.” Out of stocks have been reduced by 75 percent since February. Part of the fresh start is getting a new supplier for goods and offering a wider array of items the store might not have carried before, such as more Wisconsinmade meats, cheeses, and beers. Guests also can expect more community involvement, including donations to the local food pantry and weekly brat fry fundraisers for local nonprofits. “We want to be an outlet of support for our community,” Mark says. They will begin a weekly farmer’s market to provide local produce, artists, crafts, and handmade goods in addition to the farmer’s market offered in downtown Green Lake. The summer season is

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Green Lake

Festival of Music by Laura Deming

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Whether you live in the Green Lake area or come on weekends, you know that in Green Lake you can do it all: swim, sail, fish, dine, shop, and hear world-class music performed at the 37th annual Green Lake Festival of Music. The season opens with a free Preview Concert in the beautiful, historic Thrasher Opera House. We’re delighted

to feature young musicians such as 12-year-old pianist Caleb Borick, an extremely gifted young artist who was one of the Festival Chamber Camp students last season and is already performing nationally. Other concerts include pianist Christopher Taylor in recital; the five-person German a cappella group CALMUS, with gorgeous

ensemble singing and unexpected humor; and the Green Lake Chamber Players (violinist Karen Kim, violist Renée Skerik, cellist Tom Rosenberg, and pianist Andrew Armstrong), who perform several concerts, and teach and coach outstanding young string players and pianists at the Festival’s two-week Chamber Camp.

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The Bergonzi String Quartet performs Peter & the Wolf at the Caestecker Public Library as part of the Thomas E. Caestecker Free Family Concert Series.


2015 GLFM Chamber Music Camp Students Emily Hauer and Caleb Borick performing at student recital. A capella vocal group, CALMUS, will be performing at the Green Lake Festival of Music in 2016.

This year’s Choral Institute is dedicated to Sir David Willcocks, choral conductor, and John Scott, organist/pianist, who both passed away at ages 95 and 59 in 2015. Sir David led the Choral Institute for 20 glorious years, many with John Scott’s seamless collaboration at the keyboard. The chorus members are passionate singers from all over the Midwest, and the final concert is with an orchestra.

Oberreich Foundation, the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, and other private and corporate donations. For more information about the performers and events, please follow us on Facebook, sign up for our newsletter at greenlakefestival.org, or call us at (920) 748-9398.

Laura Deming is the Interim Festival Director. Photographs provided by Green Lake Festival of Music.

Children will enjoy the free family concerts as part of the Thomas E. Caestecker Family Concert series at the public libraries in Green Lake, Ripon, and Princeton. With funding from the Oberreich and Oshkosh Area Foundations, the Festival adds free family concerts in the Berlin and Oshkosh Public Libraries and the Fond du Lac Children’s Museum. You’ll want to be in the audience for the Boston Barn concert, a Festival favorite. Jeannette and Jim Kreston are gracious hosts to this special performance at their century-old farm. The acoustics are incomparable, and somehow we manage to have picture-perfect summer evenings for these unique concerts. The Festival is supported in part by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional funding from the Wisconsin Arts Board, the Crane Group, and the General Mills Foundation. Other funding comes from the Horicon Bank, greenlakemagazine.com | 11


Big Adventures on Big Green Lake by Jean Cornelius

Big Green Lake has always drawn people to its shores, beginning with Winnebago Indians in the 1600s. The deepest inland lake in Wisconsin, at

237 feet, Big Green Lake remains the jewel of the region. Its size (7.3 miles long by 2 miles wide) and deep, clear waters are excellent for boating, waterskiing, swimming, fishing, and watching the sun rise and set. Sip your coffee lakeside in the quiet of the morning. Jump in on a hot afternoon. Cruise the shoreline in the early evening. Create an adventure to remember on Green Lake!

Sightseeing Cruises SIGHTSEEING CRUISES Learn how Green Lake became what it is as you listen to the captain tell stories of area landmarks and histories of local families on Heidel House Resort’s yacht, Escapade. Enjoy a morning or afternoon cruise from the yacht’s open top deck or enclosed lower salon. The Escapade is also available for private charters and special events, from cocktail receptions to dinner cruises. (920) 294-3344. heidelhouse.com.

Sailing SAILING Lessons LESSONS Sailing has been a prominent Green Lake summer activity since the earliest visitors discovered the area. The Green Lake Sailing School has been teaching children and adults to sail since 1960. Certified instructors show beginner to experienced sailors how to harness the power of the wind and allow it to carry them across the lake. 12 | Green Lake magazine 2016

The Green Lake Sailing School is located on County Highway A, directly north of Sunset Park/the Inlet on the east end of Green Lake. (920) 294-3592. greenlakesailingschool.com.

Boat Rentals BOAT RENTALS A variety of boats are available to rent in the area. Be sure to call ahead to reserve your preferred boat or personal watercraft during the busy summer season.

Public Launches PUBLIC Boat BOAT LAUNCHES There are seven public boat launches around the perimeter of Green Lake providing convenient access to the water. Canal Street, Deacon Mills Park, and Hattie Sherwood Campground are nearest to the City of Green Lake. Duering’s Landing is located on Illinois Avenue, and Sunset Park is on the east side of the lake on County Highway A. Horner’s Landing is on Spring Grove Road off County Highway A, and Dodge Memorial Park is on the west end of the lake on County Highway K. There are also launches at Spring Lake and Big Twin Lake.

Fishing FISHING Whether fishing from shore on a summer day or drilling a hole through the frozen lake, kids and adults like


the deep, clear waters of Big Green Lake for its excellent fishing. A variety of species native to Wisconsin inhabit the lake, including bluegill, brown trout, cisco, lake trout, muskellunge, northern pike, perch, smallmouth and largemouth bass, walleye, and white bass. Population management, water productivity, fish growth potential, higher minimum length requirements, and seasonal regulations allow the fish in Green Lake to reach large sizes. A fishing license is required. Check with local bait shops for tips, or take advantage of available guide services in the area (listed at visitgreenlake.com).

Fishing FISHING Seasons SEASONS Lake Trout: open the first Saturday of January through the end of September. Muskellunge: open the first Saturday of May through December 31. Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass, Brown Trout, Northern Pike, and Walleye: open the first Saturday of May through March 1.

GREEN LAKE FISH CHART WHO THEY ARE | WHERE THEY ARE | WHEN | TOP BAIT

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. Last week in June until mid-July, fish weedbeds. Early August through autumn, 25–50’ on hardbottom dropoffs. Night crawlers, leeches. 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, suckers. BASS Early May, work the shorelines. Warmer weather, fish the rock piles 15–20’. Spinner baits, tubes, crawlers, leeches. PANFISH Late April through early May, fish the shorelines, the bays, and by the dam. Late July, fish the cribs. Waxworms, small worms (garden or angle).

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White Bass, Catfish, Panfish, and Cisco: open year-round.

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TROUT NORTHERN WALLEYE PANFISH

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 through 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, plastics.

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Concerts in the

PARK by Suzi Zaiki

The historic Starlight Stage at Deacon Mills Park provides a memorable setting for Green Lake’s popular Concerts in the Park series. Gather the entire family to enjoy a beautiful evening concert on the waterfront. A variety of bands are scheduled to perform on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer. Be prepared to find yourself tapping your toes, singing along, or even dancing in the park to polka, jazz, country, rock, and more. Concerts are held at 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday, beginning June 8 and going until August 3. Music fans should plan to bring lawn chairs or a blanket, or they may find a relaxing spot to sit on the many benches and picnic tables at the Wharf. Green Lake’s Chamber of Commerce, sponsor of the series, will offer light refreshments, such as soda, water, and popcorn. All sales help support future concerts. Dinner, ice cream, and other

Photograph by Jean Cornelius

Photograph by Jean Cornelius

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sweet treats can be found at any of the fine local businesses near the park. You won’t want to miss the most popular concert of the summer on July 13: Family Picnic Night. Volunteers will be grilling hamburgers, hotdogs, and bratwurst, and offering a traditional picnic dinner as an additional fundraiser for future concerts. The main highlight of the evening is a performance by members of the University of Wisconsin– Madison Marching Band. During the intermission of the scheduled concert, the audience quickly jumps to their feet as the energetic band marches into the park while playing crowd favorites, such as the “Beer Barrel Polka” and “Hey Baby.” The energy and enthusiasm of the Marching Band is contagious. You’ll see why many families make this very special evening an annual event. For more information or to check the concert schedule, go to visitgreenlake. com or call the Chamber office at (800) 253-7354 or (920) 294-3231.

Photograph by Jean Cornelius

Suzi Zaiki is a freelance writer.

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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 more. The area is a haven for those looking to relax and unwind in a pleasant, peaceful, smalltown 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,

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canoeing, birdwatching, 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,” Princeton offers views of 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 as they discover the beauty of spring wildflowers, summer prairies, and fall foliage.


Shopping Princeton, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, 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, earth-friendly 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 mid-October. Your stay isn’t complete until you’ve experienced our flea market in 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 each weekly visit a new experience. Daytrippers 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. For more information, contact the Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce at (920) 295-3877, chamber@princetonwi.com, or go to princetonwi.com. Provided by the Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Woolbright’s River City Antique Mall

by Chelsey Dequaine

It’s hard to believe it has been a decade since Pam and Dave Woolbright purchased the River City Antique Mall in Princeton. Pam and Dave are proud to be part of the unofficial antique town of Wisconsin. In January, the business began its 11th year. “We are always striving to be the best,” Dave says. “Our goal is to always improve.” Woolbright's River City Antique Mall offers something for everyone, from Victorian and primitive furniture to duck decoys, restored gas pumps, vintage glassware, buttons, clothes, and hats. Pam and Dave always try to

maintain their high level by replacing items that have sold with another item of the same quality or even higher. You truly never know what to expect when you walk in. The 11th year in business also means the 11th year of continuing customer service that goes above and beyond what is expected. You will always be greeted with a friendly smile when you walk in the door. The staff enjoys getting to know their customers and maintaining a relaxing, welcoming, and fun atmosphere. If you are looking for repurposed items, you won’t find them here.

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This year, Woolbright’s River City Antique Mall is getting involved with events. In March, it became a location on the third annual Vintage Shop Hop, a self-guided trip to 314 locally owned vintage businesses in Illinois and Wisconsin. Another side of the business that continues to gain popularity is one you might not expect: cookies. During the annual sale in February and the holidays, a family member to the staff, Linda, makes her homemade cookies for customers. Because of their high demand, the cookies have their own recipe section on Woolbright's River City Antique Mall’s website. The wall in the store even says “come for the antiques, stay for the cookies.” The future goal is simple: maintain great customer service where people can have fun, see unique quality antiques, and enjoy shopping at the store. Woolbright’s River City Antique Mall is open year-round seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. During the flea-market season, mid-April through mid-October, the store opens at 7:30 a.m. For more information, like Woolbright’s on Facebook, call (920) 295-3475, email rivercity000 @gmail.com, or visit rivercityantiquemall. com. Chelsey Dequaine is a freelance writer. greenlakemagazine.com | 19


GREEN LAKE COUNTY FAIR by Kim Zills

In recognition of the 2016 Olympic Games being held in Rio de Janeiro, the Green Lake County Fair would like to invite everyone to “Go for the Gold” August 4–7. The Fair offers something for everyone, from educational programming to musicians, and agriculture education to fascinating exhibits! This year the Green Lake County Fair offers two truck and tractor pulls along with the demolition derby. Exhibit

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judging will be held August 4, along with livestock/animal judging August 4 and 5, leading up to the Livestock Auction Friday evening. The schedule of events will be filled with children’s programming, including science and animal shows, demonstrations, and music. The annual Bike Giveaway will be held August 6. The Horse Show will be held July 30 at 8:00 a.m., the weekend prior to the Fair. And don’t forget the carnival and delicious food

the Fair has to offer throughout the weekend! The Green Lake County 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 through the Community Involvement Program, which includes area service organizations, businesses, and individuals.


For more information, visit greenlake. uwex.edu and click on the “Fair” link. You can also visit the Fair’s Facebook page, call (920) 294-4033, or email kim.zills@ces.uwex.edu. It’s Wisconsin at its best—the Green Lake County Fair is known as “the best little Fair around.” Visit and see why! Kim Zills is the Coordinator of the Green Lake County Fair.

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GREEN LAKE CONSERVANCY 2015 Land Trust of the Year by Thomas L. Eddy The year 2015 saw a watershed of accomplishments by Green Lake Conservancy (GLC) land trust, along with two momentous, noteworthy milestones. GLC observed its 20th anniversary, two decades preserving land that protects the lake by assisting landowners with their special places, and GLC was bestowed with the prestigious Wisconsin Land Trust of the Year Award by Gathering Waters, the state’s umbrella land trust affiliate. To date, GLC has helped to protect 17 properties and over 700 acres of land, including more than 20,000 feet of shoreland frontage. These properties are a showcase for native habitat restoration and management efforts, offering trails, boardwalks, and even a water trail for public access. The cultural services conveyed by conservancy lands enrich human lives through educational and scientific opportunities, as well as aesthetic and spiritual experiences. Apart from the vital ecosystem services that conservancy lands deliver, the economic benefits accrued cannot be overstated; peoples’ livelihoods, complemented by a sense of place, are dependent on and intertwined with Green Lake’s land and water capital. Over years working with landowners, I have witnessed the same narrative play out over and over again. People from all stations and walks of life are held sway by a profound emotional attachment to land and water. 22 | Green Lake magazine 2016

In 1997, GLC’s first property was a small parcel in the City of Green Lake donated by several adjoining neighbors who craved greenspace. Once a former gas station, the site was restored to oak savanna, the original vegetation cover circa 1830. Ten years later, by leveraging a GLC conservation easement, a second generation cranberry grower chose to relinquish development rights for two local adjoining farms to ensure they remained as such. Guided by a land ethic instilled by his father, he observes, “Dad would have wanted these to continue as two small working farms.” In another very poignant land legacy, GLC partnered with two sisters (former students of mine) to acquire Mitchell Glen in 2004, a renowned local natural area. They did so to honor the memory of their 17-year-old brother who died in a tragic accident. Daniel J. Boorstin, former Librarian of Congress, reflects, “You must


collect things for reasons you don’t yet understand.” Like books acquired and shelved, sometimes the ecosystem services conveyed to the human community by conservancy lands do not become fully recognized until later— sometimes much later. For example, on one conservancy property the rare prairie trillium, Trillium recurvatum, was discovered in 2005, eight years after the land was originally acquired. Adding to the local biodiversity, this Wisconsin special concern species is the only known population documented for Green Lake and surrounding counties. In another instance, a conservation easement on privately owned land ensures long-term protection for rare

plants that were previously unknown at the site, including the state-threatened tussock bulrush, Trichophorum cespitosum, and false asphodel, Triantha glutinosa. Science informs us that these lands deliver supporting and regulating services that underpin habitats and genetic resources which sustain Earth's biodiversity. Moreover, the high-quality wetlands aid in flood prevention and water purification, accompanied by carbon sequestration and climate regulation. And at Mitchell Glen, often cited as the crown jewel of local conservancy lands, ancient St. Peter Sandstone defines the steep-sided walls of this postglacial gorge. Elsewhere in Wisconsin, the sandstone is mined for its value as frac

Above and on facing page: The crown jewel of local conservancy lands, Mitchell Glen is a post-­ glacial gorge eroded by glacial meltwater 12,000 years before the present. Public access is only during spring and fall field trips.

sand. Essential for hydraulic fracturing to extract gas and oil from shale deposits, the sand serves a vital provisioning service. But who could have foreseen the potential for mining Mitchell Glen, thus losing this exclusive ecological and community treasure? “You must collect things for reasons you don’t yet understand.” Since 1995, GLC has offered sciencebased lake and watershed protection through land acquisition, gifting, and conservation easement. Following two decades of land trust solutions, GLC has stayed true to its mission for the common good, contributing to the ecological, social, and economic wellbeing of our communities. We look forward to the same for the next 20 years. To donate or learn more about the work of the Conservancy, go to greenlakeconservancy.org. To contact the Conservancy, call (920) 294-3592 or email info@greenlakeconservancy.org. Thomas L. Eddy is a founding member of Green Lake Conservancy and serves as VP for Conservation.

Prairie trillium, Trillium recurvatum Beck, a rare Wisconsin special concern species known from one location in the county: a conservancy property.

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Four Courses of Memorable Golfing By Jan White Moon

Four drop-dead gorgeous area golf courses steeped in history, and as challenging as you will find most anywhere. Get acquainted with each venue, all of which are open to the public and near fine food establishments and excellent lodging. In addition, the courses offer various packages, seasonal specials, and cordial service. Each also provides the expected golfers’ amenities, such as a pro shop, food, and drink. And yet, each has its own distinct character. Plan to play them all—you’ll have the experience of a lifetime!

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 Lawsonia.com or call (920) 294-3320. Ask about all-day rates and stay-and-play packages!

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Tuscumbia Golf Tuscumbia Golf and Country Club 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. tuscumbiacc.net.

GolfCourses Courses of Golf ofLawsonia 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 being a major factor, and had some restoration done 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 Golfweek, and was voted the 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) 294-3320. lawsonia.com. WhiteLake Lake Beach Beach Resort White Resort and Country Club 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 Highway 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 feet of White Lake beach, two dozen or so peacocks, and more. W1680 Country Club Drive in Montello. (608) 297-2255. whitelakegolf.com. Mascoutin Golf Club 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 9-hole course with very different characteristics was 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. mascoutingolf.com.


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Ripon’s Cookie Daze Celebration is a day of fun (and cookies!) for the entire family. Join the Cookie Monster at Barlow Park on August 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for this mostly free family event. Cookie Daze is a day to celebrate the fact that on July 11, 1992, Riponites worked together to successfully bake the biggest cookie the world had ever seen. Thirty-five-hundred pounds of

dough contained 3.8 million chocolate chips and took 2 1/2 hours to bake in a custom-made oven. The World’s Largest Cookie measured 34 feet in diameter! Kids of all ages have been attending this sweet celebration of all things cookie for over 20 years. Cookie Daze activities include cookie decorating, cookie bingo, cookie crafts, face painting, food booths, inflatable bounce house, cookie blaster rocket ships, and much more.

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The annual “Cookie Drop” is the event’s most anticipated activity. Children wait eagerly for the Cookie Monster to pull a rope that releases thousands of individually wrapped cookies from a large bucket at the top of an aerial fire truck. After the cookies fall to the ground, children rush in to gather as many as they can. Some of the cookie packages will be marked as prize winners, with the grand prize being a new bicycle. Every child participating is sure to go home with many cookies and many happy memories. For more information about this event, contact the Ripon Chamber of Commerce at (920) 748-6764 or visit ripon-wi.com. Suzi Zaiki is a freelance writer.

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Be sure to sample the many delicious cookies at the Bake and Taste Competition, or better yet, enter the competition with your best cookie recipe. Guest judges will determine the award-winning cookies based on taste, appearance, creativity, and uniformity. Spectators will vote for the coveted People’s Choice and Best Presentation Awards.

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PURE PRIDE School District of Green Lake by Ken Bates

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OH, THE PLACES WE’RE GOING... Listed on the America’s Most Challenging High School List—an honor achieved by only the top 11 percent of public schools in the country (2015)—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.

THEIR FUTURE. YOUR CHOICE. OUR MISSION. Find out more at www.glsd.k12.wi.us

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For decades, people associated America’s small towns with one-room schoolhouses, and true to that image, the Green Lake School District is a one-roof schoolhouse. Proudly referred to as a public school that feels like a private school, students from four-yearold kindergarten through twelfth grade attend classes in the same building. Divided by separate wings, this convenient arrangement encourages a family-friendly community atmosphere focused on innovative education. In 2012, the Partnership for 21st Century recognized the school as one of its exemplars, a model for schools around the country. In 2014, Green Lake High School was selected to America’s Most Challenging High Schools list and ranked in the top 6 percent of Wisconsin’s high schools.

Smaller Better Smaller is 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 4K–12 International World School Baccalaureate World School With the challenges of a new world economy, Green Lake has chosen a progressive path. The school district is the first 4K–12 International Baccalaureate (IB) World School 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 Innovative Enrichedand and Innovative Along with quality academics, the curriculum emphasizes health and wellness, athletics, and the arts. While many districts are cutting noncore 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. Seventyfive 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 fifth grade 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

Impressive Results The adage “good things come in small packages” certainly holds true. The District had a state report card rating of “Exceeds 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.

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

518 Hill Street, Green Lake (920) 294-3572 www.greenlakelibrary.org

2016 Summer Reading Program

June-July: “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!”

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

Public Meeting Room Available 2016 Library Book Sales

Sat, Feb 13 • Sat, May 7 Sat/Sun, Aug. 13 - 14 • Sat/Sun, Sept. 24 - 25

Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri: 9 am - 6 pm Tues & Thurs: 9 am - 7 pm Sat: 9 am - 1 pm Sun: 1 pm - 4 pm Books • Magazines • DVDs Lego Club • Books on CD Story Times • Book Discussions Free Programs for Children & Adults

For more information, call (920) 294-6411 or go to glsd.k12.wi.us. Ken Bates is the District Administrator.

AREA LIBRARIES BERLIN

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

GREEN LAKE

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

KINGSTON

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

PRINCETON

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

RIPON

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

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Experience

RIPON Experience Ripon, a friendly destination energized by community celebrations, eclectic shops, tasty cuisine, historic character, and natural beauty. A lively, friendly community, Ripon is surrounded by acres of parks, trails, rivers, golf courses, and lakes. Ripon is a charming and fun destination where all feel welcome. An adventure awaits you in Ripon, and we can’t wait to greet you.

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Alive with culture, history, and community celebrations, Ripon is that refreshing city where natural beauty blends with hip and fun restaurants, a winery, and brewery to provide an epicurean experience. Great educational opportunities provide exceptional offerings to students and families along with a robust business economy that delivers wonderful work places.

Community is at the heart of Ripon. It’s a place where people gather together to help others. Ripon boasts the vibrancy and amenities of a much larger city and the friendly feel of a small town. It offers the best of both worlds and is a great place to live, work, prosper, play, and visit! Provided by the Ripon Chamber of Commerce.

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Casual Living OUTFITTERS by Chelsey Dequaine

Casual Living Outfitters is a hidden gem at 1084 Mapes Drive in Ripon, directly behind Culver’s on State Highway 23 west. The patio furniture store is open six days a week and ready for the busy summer season. The large selection at Casual Living Outfitters includes brand names, such as Lloyd Flanders, Homecrest, Winston, Berlin Gardens LLC, Seaside Casual, Treasure Garden, North Cape, KingsleyBate, Ratana, Meadowcraft, O.W. Lee, and Woodard. Owner Heidi Semenske says the store recently expanded its accessory lines with items such as hammocks, rugs, hanging nests, and fire pits. “The hanging nests are popular with children, and it’s a new item we brought in this year.” Heidi says another popular product line is the recycled plastic furniture. “It’s probably the number one category of 30 | Green Lake magazine 2016

furniture I sell. It’s low maintenance, can be left outside all year, doesn’t blow away, and there is a 20-year warranty on those pieces.” When a customer says they have too much wind and nowhere to store the furniture, recycled plastic is Heidi’s first recommendation. “One of our manufacturers, Seaside Casual, has come out with modern designs, so you can choose more than just the traditional Adirondack look.” Casual Living Outfitters’ showroom welcomes customers with displays set up like they were ready for you to relax with a glass of iced tea. In the two warehouses, overstock or furniture samples are offered for a discounted price. See something you like but not in the right fabric or color for your home or cottage? Not a problem, custom orders can be placed. “Knowledgeable, friendly service is what you’ll find at Casual Living Outfitters,” Heidi says.


“Our tagline is ‘quality furniture at a great value,’ and that couldn’t be more true.” Thinking back to when the family business started in April 2002, Heidi says she is most proud of how the business has evolved into what it is today. “When a customer comes in and says ‘Wow, this isn’t what I expected,’ that gives me a sense of pride. We’re a fun place to shop.”

Casual Living Outfitters is open Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. from March through October, and anytime by appointment. Their yellow delivery trucks are ready to bring new furniture to your outdoor space. Free local delivery too! For more information, call (920) 748-9088 or visit patiosam.com. Chelsey Dequaine is a freelance writer.

Your Locally Owned & Operated Grocery Store

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44th Annual Green Lake Fine Arts Show

One of the Midwest’s Finest Juried Art Shows

Saturday & Sunday August 13 & 14, 2016 Saturday 10am-5pm Sunday 10am-4pm

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Oil Paintings Watercolors Pottery Stained Glass Photography Sculpture Mixed Media and much more

Continuous Live Music, Food & Beverages

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It is easy to see why the Green Lake Fine Arts Show is eagerly anticipated by artists who exhibit their work and the thousands of people who will attend the annual two-day event. The beautiful setting of Green Lake’s Playground Park creates a perfect backdrop for the art that more than 100 select artists will bring to the show. Having the opportunity to visit with artists and to purchase a unique piece of art brings people back year after year.

The 44th Annual Green Lake Fine Arts Show will be held on Saturday, August 13, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, August 14, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at Playground Park, 547 Mill Street, downtown Green Lake. Stroll through the artist booths to admire works of art that include oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, drawings, photography, digital art, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, glass, wood, and mixed media. Talking with artists about their particular


work makes viewing the art even more enjoyable and meaningful. Organizers of the event, Ali and Mike Rossberg, along with an experienced selection committee, work carefully to choose a diverse selection of highquality, unique art for this juried show. With a 40 percent vendor switchover rate, the Fine Arts Show is different every year. Mike and Ali are proud to carry on the event that their late father,

Guy Rossberg, organized for over 30 years. Food and beverage booths are available both days of the show. Live music adds to the festive atmosphere. For more information or to receive an application to exhibit, contact Ali Rossberg at Wisconsin Gold & Gem, (920) 294-3955 or go to greenlakeartshow.com. Suzi Zaiki is a freelance writer.

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Gear Up Green Lake FUNDRAISER RIDE by Lauree Renaud

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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 to 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.

As part of the ongoing fundraising efforts and community education, Green Lake Greenways started The Gear Up Green Lake Fundraiser Bike Ride in 2009. Riders are offered the option of several routes on the region’s roads. Enjoy a beautiful day biking the quiet, scenic, rural roads.

The 2016 ride will offer routes varying in length using some of the same great routes people have experienced previously along with some new additions. New this year will be the Mascoutin Trail, offering a familyfriendly ride. This 12-mile trail connects the communities of Berlin and Ripon.

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 greenlakegreenways.org for additional information. Lauree Renaud is President of Green Lake Greenways.

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The Green Lake Region has gained a reputation for great biking experiences. The routes are filled with small farms, abundant wildlife, great birding, and opportunities to visit the small communities that make the area what it is.

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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. Newly laid limestone welcomes riders and walkers to the serenity, beauty, and safety that trails can provide.

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Green Lake Area

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ADVENTURES by Jean Cornelius

“There is no better way to see the Green Lake region than from the seat of your bike.”

Lauree Renaud, President Green Lake Greenways

Abundant road routes and 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 and maintaining road routes and trails for all to use is the focus of Green Lake Greenways, an organization that advocates, educates, and encourages safe biking and walking. Green Lake Greenways developed the City of Green Lake Trail. The 10-foot-wide, multiuse paved path runs alongside, but is 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. Green Lake Greenways’ annual Gear Up Green Lake Fundraiser Ride is Saturday, June 25. Riders can traverse quiet, scenic routes up to 62 miles long. Proceeds benefit future phases of the Green Lake Greenways bike path project, which will connect the communities of Green Lake, Ripon, and Berlin. Young, old, expert, and novice, all bicycling enthusiasts are invited to the ride headquartered at Riverside Park in Berlin. Expect scenic country roads, lake vistas, and gently rolling farm hills via the following area road routes and trails. 38 | Green Lake magazine 2016

ROAD ROUTES (on-road)

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Loop the Lake. 27 miles around Big Green Lake. Recommended for seasoned riders used to high-speed, high-traffic roads with little to no shoulders.

Mascoutin Valley State Trail. 12 miles of renovated surface passing farms, prairies, and wetlands in scenic Green Lake, Winnebago, and Fond du Lac counties. Built on a former railroad corridor, the trail travels between Berlin and Ripon. Vines & Rushes Winery, on the trail, welcomes bikers.

Huckleberry Loop. 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 Loop. 22 miles of blacktop and gravel roads. The winding White River crosses the path numerous times. Oxbow Loop. 8 miles of fairly hilly country winding along the Fox River. Tuttle Creek Trek. 30 miles. Halfway through, stop at Tuttle Lake's public beach to swim or picnic before touring more beautiful country on fairly level roads coming back. Mecan Crossing Loop. 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. VO2 MAX. 34 miles through the “Alps of Green Lake Country.”

Northwestern Trail. 3.5 miles of packed gravel base on a former railroad corridor. The trail begins at the Ripon Public Library and is a great way for trail users to extend their ride on the Mascoutin through the city of Ripon. Wonderful tree-lined streets take riders through the city of Ripon, around Ripon College, and past beautiful Victorian homes known as “painted ladies.” Ceresco Prairie Conservancy. Located next to Ripon College. A great trail for mountain biking. Trail maps can be found on local chamber websites and at greenlakegreenways.org.

Jean Cornelius is a freelance writer and pet photographer. jeancorneliuspawtography.com.

SOURCES: Green Lake Chamber of Commerce Green Lake Greenways Princeton Chamber of Commerce Ripon Chamber of Commerce Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources


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Berlin Fox Festival by Todd Huggins

Join us at the 2nd Annual Berlin Fox Festival on Saturday, August 27, at Riverside Park in Berlin. To start the day, there will be a market with something for everyone paired with bounce houses and a money search for kids. Enjoy a variety of food, from burgers and brats to unique independent food stands. Other entertainment throughout the day includes a Buffalo Wild Wings wingeating contest, a volleyball tournament, and live entertainment by the band Road Trip. You will be sure to end the night wanting more.

Since the event is along the beautiful Fox River, you can stay safe and walk to your tent or RV by camping at Berlin’s Riverside Campground. Otherwise, come by boat, bike, or vehicle and have a great day filled with something for the whole family. For more information, contact the Berlin Chamber of Commerce (920) 362-3636 or see the Berlin Chamber of Commerce Facebook page under Upcoming Events: 2nd Annual Berlin Fox Festival Event. We can’t wait to see you there!

Photograph by Jean Cornelius

Todd Huggins is a Berlin Chamber of Commerce Board Member.

Photograph by Todd Huggins

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GREEN LAKE SAILING SCHOOL by John Hayashi

One of the great privileges available to everyone living in or visiting the Green Lake area is the opportunity to recreationally use Green Lake. For those of us 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.

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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 six 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 where we


offer sailing education to students of the district’s summer school program. For the 2016 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 to children and adults. All are taught by experienced instructors. In addition to traditional multiweek sessions, we also offer mini-clinics, as well as private lessons. We now also 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 55 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.

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 greenlakesailingschool.com. Check us out on Facebook as well.

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Roger Williams Inn continued to be a favorite place to stay for decades. Memories abound of hymn songs in the lobby, swimming in the outdoor pool and off the island, boat rides on the Captain Bickel, and family-style dinners in the Crystal Dining Room. Baptist leaders, such as J.L. Kraft (founder of Kraft Foods), gathered at the Inn. It was the social center and focal point of many pictures and postcards.

Green Lake Conference Center by Jean Cornelius

Victor and Jessie Lawson founded and developed the estate now known as Green Lake Conference Center (GLCC) in the late 1800s and early 1900s as a farm. Much of their European-inspired architecture remains today. The farm became a luxurious country club in the 1920s. In 1943, Northern Baptists purchased the estate for training and conferences. Today, GLCC has 60,000 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, work-shops, and conferences, GLCC offers programs for adults, youth, families, and ministry leaders, and is a favorite destination for family reunions. One of the most iconic buildings at GLCC is Roger Williams Inn. Originally named Lawsonia Country Club Hotel, it was constructed by the H.O. Stone Development Company of Chicago in 1930. Because of its prominent location on the lake, it is a landmark for both the Conference Center and the community. The five-story hotel has lake views on three sides and the exterior is faced with brick painted white with green trim. Almost all of its 81 guest rooms face the lake, and it has a gorgeous lobby. The jewel of their development, it served as both hotel and clubhouse for the 18-hole Lawsonia Links golf course. 42 | Green Lake magazine 2016

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.

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. The website, rogerwilliamsinn. com, features a video about the vision for a rejuvenated Inn, as well as a video update, history, old photos, and restoration plan. Renovations 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 glcc.org. Jean Cornelius is the Communications Director at Green Lake Conference Center.


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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 the heart of Green Lake, near the waterfall across from the Chamber of Commerce office. 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.

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Clear your calendars and plan to test your legs in one of Wisconsin’s most scenic running routes: the Green Lake Area “13dot1” Half Marathon and 5K Fun Run!

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With corporate sponsorship from Community Health Network, this exciting Labor Day weekend event will celebrate its 7th year on Sunday, September 4, and is sure to please both

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 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, 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. The generous 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 greenlakehalfmarathon.com. Make it your summer goal and start training today. DO the DOT—the 13dot1!

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ARE YOU READY for another Year of Outdoor-Inspiring Events with the Green Team?

Taking in the natural beauty of Sunnyside Prairie, the group identifies various bird species inhabiting the woods, differentiating between resident and migrant species.

by Alison Thiel No matter what time of year, the Green Team provides fun-filled, free educational activities for our community to enjoy. Who are these outdoor superstars who make it happen? The Green Team is made up of staff and volunteers

from the Green Lake Association, Green Lake Conservancy, Green Lake Sanitary District, and Green Lake School District, who, in 2008, came together to celebrate the special, unusual, and unknown natural features of the Green Lake area.

While Green Lake is most famously recognized for Big Green, the deepest natural inland lake in Wisconsin, it is also the home of countless other ecological features ready to explore.

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Moonlight Walk at Sugar Island (February) Sugar Island (February) Discover the splendors of Green Lake in the winter on a moonlight walk with the Green Team. Candles illuminate the path as participants make their way across the ice to Green Lake’s beautiful conservancy property, Sugar Island. Following a short hike, participants can warm up and chat with friends and neighbors in front of a roaring bonfire while sipping hot chocolate. Hot chocolate will be provided by the Green Team, but please be sure to bring along 46 | Green Lake magazine 2016


A member of the Roeper family leads a discussion and demonstration of the annual process of making maple syrup for Green Team participants.

your own cup or thermos. Make the experience complete by bringing along your own sandwiches, s’mores, and hot dogs to cook over the fire.

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As temperatures begin to warm, maple sap starts flowing. Experience the process of making maple syrup in the woods with the Green Team. 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.

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Birdwatching at Sunnyside Prairie Sunnyside(April) Prairie (April) Start your day early with the Green Team and discover the sights and sounds of Green Lake’s birds. Birder Tom Schultz will share birdwatching tips, and the group will look for resident and migrant species that utilize these wood and stream-side habitats. Participants will walk the trails through this 40+ acre Conservancy Partnership property located along the Silver Creek Inlet and several dug channels. Be sure to bring your binoculars for better views and bird guides for reference. This small sampling just scratches the surface of what the Green Team has in store for 2016. To view the complete calendar, register for events, and stay up to date on event details, please visit greenlakeassociation.com/glaw/index .php/calendar-of-events. Alison Thiel is the Project Manager for Green Team. Photographs provided by the Green Team. greenlakemagazine.com | 47


WISCONSIN STATE

CHILI COOKOFF by Suzi Zaiki

Do your friends and family ask for your chili recipe? Are you looking for a fun, competitive event for your family or work team? If so, consider entering the Wisconsin State Chili Cookoff. The event will take place on September 10 at beautiful Deacon Mills Park in Green Lake. See if your team can create a pot of chili that has what it takes to impress the judges! If eating chili, listening to live music, and enjoying a relaxing day on the waterfront is more your style, you’ll find yourself in good company as over 1,000 chili enthusiasts will attend.

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Sponsored by the Green Lake Rotary Club and the International Chili Society, the Wisconsin State Chili Cookoff is an annual event that provides food, music, and entertainment for the entire family. As early as 11:00 a.m., the delicious aroma of simmering onions, garlic, peppers, and other special ingredients will greet you as you join the fun at Deacon Mills Park. Throughout the afternoon, you will enjoy visiting with chili chefs as they prepare their unique recipes. Teams are happy to offer cooking tips and advice, as well as freshly prepared salsa, chips,

drinks, or other delicious appetizers, while their chili is cooking. To add to the festive atmosphere, most teams will decorate their preparation areas with a unique theme, and display any previously awarded trophies and prizes. At 3:00 p.m., chili samples will be collected and delivered to a team of judges.

Teams eagerly await to hear Green Lake Rotarian and event emcee Bill Munsey announce first-, second-, and third-place winners as well as the Sportsmanship and People’s Choice winners. Along with $750, first-place winners earn the opportunity to compete in the International Chili Society World Championship.

Fourteen judges will spend a considerable amount of time determining the winning chili based on six major characteristics: flavor, texture, consistency, aroma, blend of spices, and color. During this time, spectators may buy tasting cups to sample the many versions of chili and to do some judging of their own; a People’s Choice award is highly prized by competitors.

To learn more about this event, contact the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at (800) 253-7354 or (920) 294-3231, or go to visitgreenlake.com. If you are interested in competing, contact Bill Munsey at (920) 294-6504. Suzi Zaiki is a freelance writer. greenlakemagazine.com | 49


Ripon’s National Historic Site by Jason Mansmith

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,” is open to the public as a museum that explains Ripon’s role in forming a major political party.

What sparked their political activism was the introduction of the KansasNebraska 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.

The Little White Schoolhouse was named a National Historic Landmark in 1974 in recognition of its “national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America.” From 2005 to 2007, the building underwent a complete restoration in accordance with the guidelines to preserve historic buildings. 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, go to ripon1854.com.

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The Whooping Crane Festival, on September 10, will really put the “special” in Princeton’s special events schedule. Beth Pelland, director 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 seven to nine 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 is packed with activities for all ages and interests. Wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy seminars, demonstrations, exhibits, birding walks, special speakers, a marketplace, potential crane-viewing 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. With the ultralight program ending, this will be a transition period, and the Whooping Crane Festival Committee, led by Carol Bielski, is looking forward to a fun year filled with many new traditions and events. Green Lake County’s scenic beauty boasts rolling farmlands and glaciated hills and vales. Area pastimes include biking on excellent 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 princetonwi.com or by calling the Chamber at (920) 295-3877. You can also visit operationmigration.org or call Operation Migration at (800) 675-2618. Provided by the Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce. greenlakemagazine.com | 51


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 remains strong. U.S. News & World Report ranked Ripon 24th among “Great Schools, Great Prices” and 116th among “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges.” The Princeton Review ranks Ripon a “Best 380 College” and on the “2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region” list for the Midwest. Washington Monthly ranks Ripon 17th based on economic value students receive per tuition dollar among Midwest liberal arts colleges. CollegeNET’s 2016 SMI, measuring the extent to which a school educates more economically disadvantaged students at lower tuition, ranks Ripon 153rd of 931 colleges and universities.

Since 1851, Ripon College has been a good neighbor to surrounding communities while providing a worldclass, affordable liberal arts and sciences education to students from around the world. The 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. Ninety-five percent of students are satisfied or more than satisfied with

the amount of attention they receive from faculty. Ninety-six percent of 2013 graduates were employed, student teaching, or in graduate school within six months of graduation. The 2015 acceptance rate for students applying to medical school and veterinary school remains at more than twice the national average. Recently, Ripon College standout students helped faculty create an interactive probability applet, had a communication published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, and won second place at the 2014 UTEP Campus Office of Undergraduate

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Research Initiatives symposium. The Ethics Bowl team were the Upper Midwest Regional Champions for three consecutive years. Athletes included Ripon’s first student athlete to win more than one national championship, a baseball player with the highest career scoring average of any player in the NCAA, the sixth consecutive Division 2 conference championship for the cycling team, and a fourth national title for the dance team. Eighty-one percent of students volunteer, with many service hours supporting community efforts. 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 ripon.edu. Jaye Alderson is an editor at Ripon College.

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Nestled along the Fox River, Berlin will truly afford you ample opportunities to relax and refresh in a community that cares you’re here. Whether your interests are golf, riding the Mascoutin Trail from Berlin to Ripon, camping along the Fox River, a family day at the Berlin Aquatic Center, or walking along the Riverside Park river trail, you will find Berlin is a great place to live, work, and play. Berlin’s accessibility to the Fox River provides 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 Berlin Fox Festival. 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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Peterson’s Happiness Acres Your Pet’s Home Away from Home by Chelsey Dequaine

This year marks Peterson’s Happiness Acres’ 20th anniversary. The pet boarding facility opened in 1996 and since has been a temporary home for birds, cats, dogs, ferrets, and even a pig (among other domestic animals) from 45 states and overseas. Owner Scott Peterson says reaching 20 years feels good. “It’s a mile marker a lot of places don’t hit. Even through the hard times

we are still here. We are thankful for all the business and animals we’ve cared for since we’ve opened.” Located on 65 acres in Berlin, Scott and his wife, Mindy, who are celebrating their five-year anniversary, enjoy getting to know the people as well as their pets. “I’ve been all around the world through the owners,” Scott says. “There

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is always a moment where I can ask how their trip or vacation was instead of just saying, ‘here’s your pet,’ and they are out the door. That’s been the standard we’ve had.” One person Scott was able to meet was a Vietnam vet from Georgia who shared a story of his troop befriending a gorilla. “He said they lived in the trees and the gorilla would let them know when someone was coming, and they knew it was time to move. Sometimes it’s about just having the ears to sit and listen. That’s what make our business unique.” An upcoming project Scott and Mindy will tackle is updating the nature walk and turning it into a wildlife prairie. The nature walks at Peterson’s Happiness Acres are a mile-and-a-half round-trip, and an owner can elect for their dog to take two or three a day. Scott says, with the updates, the walk will have more wildflowers and cornflowers, instead of grasses, to attract more hummingbirds and butterflies. “Things a city dog doesn’t get a chance to experience and a country dog will feel more like at home.” Because nature walks are year-round, Scott spent the winter strapping on snow shoes and even cross-country skis for dog walks. “There are some days where I would put on 20 miles a day walking,” he says. Peterson’s Happiness Acres has been a member of the Green Lake Area

Chamber of Commerce since 1997. Scott says he continues to be a member to stay connected with networking opportunities and to help with the tourist season. The facility also has incorporated a pick-up and drop-off service in Green Lake and the surrounding areas. Scott believes in going the extra mile, and then some. “I’ve picked up in Appleton and at the airport in Chicago,” he says. “It becomes personable. There is a face to the name and the business.” An ongoing struggle for Peterson’s Happiness Acres is advertising. As the years go by, Scott says business dynamics are changing. “We try to let people know the quiet secret that we are. It’s something we hope to be more successful with.” For more information or to make reservations, call Scott at (920) 361-1757, go to happinessacres.com, or see them on Facebook. Chelsey Dequaine is a freelance writer. Pet photographs provided by Peterson’s Happiness Acres. greenlakemagazine.com | 57


pumpkins are expertly carved into scary and happy works of art. The youngest festival enthusiasts will have fun at Playground Park with activities such as a petting zoo, inflatable activity zone, and carnival games. The Harvest Fest parade takes place at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. With over 75 entries that include hand-decorated floats, marching bands, antique cars, fire trucks, and boats, this charming parade is sure to put a smile on your face. Sunday’s lineup includes two additional crowd favorites. Beginning at 10:30 a.m., area restaurants set up booths on Mill Street for “Taste of Green Lake.” The delicious aroma of gourmet food fills the air with butternut squash ravioli, pulled pork sandwiches, and seafood chowder.

HARVEST FEST by Suzi Zaiki

The word is out: Green Lake’s Harvest Fest has become one of the premier fall festivals in the region. Approximately 10,000 people will attend the two-day celebration, which includes activities and entertainment that will interest every member of the family. The moment that you drive into Green Lake you will be greeted with a very festive autumn atmosphere created by the abundant displays of pumpkins, cornstalks, and beautiful fall, floral arrangements. The much-anticipated event takes place on Saturday, September 24, and Sunday, September 25.

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Saturday’s scheduled events begin at 10:00 a.m. Shop for a wide variety of handmade art and craft items at over 100 booths. If you’re hungry, many local service organizations will be on hand to serve up a delicious assortment of sweet and savory treats. Enjoy a leisurely lunch while listening to live music in Deacon Mills Park or downtown on Mill Street.

The Jack Taylor Memorial Classic Car Show is a popular event that grows in size each year. Over 500 classic cars are on display throughout the streets, parking lots, and fairgrounds of Green Lake. The wide variety of show-condition vehicles draw crowds of spectators from throughout the Midwest. The car show is held on Sunday only, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For a complete schedule of Harvest Fest events, contact the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at (800) 253-7354 or (920) 294-3231, or go to visitgreenlake.com Suzi Zaiki is a freelance writer.

As you make your way through town, you’ll find Green Lake Farmer’s Market filled with pumpkins, apples, seasonal produce, and more. Watch as giant


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GREEN LAKE AREA ANIMAL SHELTER Now 1,900 Square Paws (Feet) Larger by Jean Cornelius The tail end of a 2 1/2-year 1,900-squarefoot addition project at the Green Lake Area Animal Shelter (GLAAS) is worthy of applawse! A $120,000 estate gift stimulated the $225,000 project and provided expanded space for cats, a stainless-steel dog bathing tub, extra storage for food and supplies, and easy-to-clean Extrutech plastic wall panels. There will also be two 10 x 14-foot cat colony rooms with large glass windows near an inviting reception and retail area. “Stepping stones to forever homes,” 20 x 20-inch engraved porcelain floor tiles, were funded and personalized by donors and community supporters. 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. The shelter also offers low-cost spaying, neutering, and microchipping. Partnering with licensed veterinarians at the Spay Me! Clinic in Madison, GLAAS has facilitated the spaying and neutering of over 6,000 animals, making a tremendous impact on the overpopulation of pets. Every day, shelter staff examines, assesses, and provides veterinary care for pets. They talk with potential adopters to create successful matches. Most animals end up in shelters not because of abuse or bad behavior, but because of “people” reasons: divorce, a move, lack of time, or finances. GLAAS relies on donations for vaccinations, medicines, heat, utilities, payroll, building maintenance, and veterinary services. A wish list of needed items on their website includes cleaning, pet, and office supplies. Donations can be made online.

Volunteers are needed for cat and dog socialization, cleaning, office work, and event assistance. The popular fundraiser Lucky Dog CaTsino Night is an evening of casual gaming and raffles at Ripon’s Royal Ridges. Two CaTsino nights are scheduled in 2016: April 30 and October 29. Another fundraiser, the Dog Walk, is held during Ripon’s Septemberfest event (September 17). Dogs, their owners, and people who love to see dogs in costume are welcome at Ripon’s Village Green for dog contests, raffles, and a walk on the Northwestern Trail. Top pledge earners for the walk win prizes. Finally, an open house will be held in August (date TBD). Stop by, meet the pets, and check out the addition. A house is not a home without a pet! Many are waiting at GLAAS to be loved and to bring comfort, happiness, wonder, and laughter to your life. Visit 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) 2943042 and Like the shelter on Facebook to stay up to date. Jean Cornelius is a freelance writer and pet photographer. jeancorneliuspawtography.com. greenlakemagazine.com | 59


ANTIQUING Treasures of the Past Found at Antique Shops by Jean Cornelius

Spotting, identifying, negotiating, and bargaining are all part of the fun of antiquing. Many treasures from the “good ol’ days” are uncovered every day in the Green Lake area. A WellA Feathered Nest Well Feathered Nest Nestled in downtown Green Lake at 495 Hill Street, A Well Feathered Nest offers home and garden embellishments and a unique variety of antique and vintage gifts and collectibles.

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Acquisitions include furniture, folk art, tableware, lighting, and wall art. Owner Holly Walker also offers home and office décor services, real estate staging, and personal shopping. Open spring through Christmas and by appointment. Call (920) 291-5470 or visit awellfeatherednest.com. Johnny Crow's Johnny Crow’s Born with a love and desire for handling antiques and artwork, Bonnie MacLagan presents a collection of unique and interesting items at Johnny Crow’s, 103 Water Street in Princeton. She actively purchases antiques, fine art, and collectibles of all kinds. She also coordinates estate sales, certified appraisals, and expert assessments on art, antiques, collectibles, and any item. Bonnie loves to help customers find one-of-a-kind, beautiful antiques and artwork. She will do the searching for you, making it easy to add something wonderful to your collection. Open year-round. Call (920) 291-6919 or visit johnnycrows.com.

Pastimes BooksBooks & Antiques Pastimes & Antiques Open April through December, Pastimes has an abundance of new and used books, antiques, Williraye collectibles, lake and river décor, handmade jewelry, signs and other wall art, things for children and pets, textiles, and seasonal decorations. Owners are Sharon and Ken Kallestad and Mary Elliot and her daughter, Claire. Opened in 2000, Pastimes has grown to occupy two turnof-the-century buildings in downtown Princeton at 511 W. Water Street. Call (920) 295-4801. SidedoorSidedoor Antiques Antiques Adjoining the Fox River Glove Outlet Store at 113 W. Fond du Lac Street in Ripon, Sidedoor Antiques is loaded with vintage and antique items for every room in your house. Owners Mary and Michael Reinsch offer their collection of baskets, dishes, housewares, books, toys, handloomed rugs and runners, linens, clothing, and furniture. Open 360 days a year. Call (920) 748-5845.

Woolbright’s River City

Woolbright's River City Antique Mall Antique Mall This spacious antique mall has over 50 dealers showcasing merchandise, including clocks, coin-operated collectibles, dishes, glassware, gas pumps, toys, artwork, pictures, jewelry, clothing, purses, lamps, furniture, stoneware, and vintage advertising signs. Open seven days a week, yearround. Owners are Dave and Pam Woolbright. Located at 328 S. Fulton Street in Princeton. Call (920) 295-3475 or visit rivercityantiquemall.com. Jean Cornelius is a freelance writer and pet photographer. jeancorneliuspawtography.com.

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From the Land You are invited to the 15th Annual From the Land Folk Art Festival, October 15 and 16, held on the Toll/ Londowski family farm: a working farm that raises cash crops and a flock of Suffolk sheep. The event hosts approximately 100 hand-selected artists, a tractor show, voyageur canoe, authentic Native American teepee and storytellers, and will feature an Anishinaabe Grandmother Turtle cleansing lodge. This year’s educational program, taught by Becky Weiss from Aves Rehabilitation Center, features live birds at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday only. Also join us at 1:00 p.m. both days for a foraging walk presented by Kyle Denton, a natural herbalist.

For the gourmet shopper, the show offers hickory nuts, honey, specialty cheeses, garlic, leeks, dry seasonings, brussel sprouts, potatoes, squash, organic beef, chicken, buffalo, pork, and eggs. Renard’s European Bakery offers a large selection of specialty bread and pastries. The Pie by the Slice Shoppe offers fresh baked pumpkin, pecan, caramel apple nut, peachberry, and fruit of the farm pie slices.

The artisans will offer a variety of unique wares, including pottery, soaps, home-spun yarns, recycled fashion accessories, folk art paintings, metal art, carvings, Amish rocking chairs and furniture, canes, photography, woven rugs, antique china shard jewelry, grapevine and birch baskets, felted wool items, and some surprises!

In the Pole Shed, a pulled pork sandwich, old-fashioned hot dog with or without Ray’s fried kraut, ham slice on a bun, and coffee or hot cider will stave off the stomach grumbles.

Chippy’s Kettle Corn, in original, caramel, or cheese flavor, is available to snack on while browsing the fair or to take home. Butterfly fries and fried cheese curds also make for some good nibbling.

W1648 County Road J, Green Lake. The farm is located 1/4 mile west of State Highway 49. Parking is available in the adjacent hayfield. Dress appropriately for the autumn weather. Hope to see you there! For more information about From the Land, please call Jan at (920) 216-1729 or go to fromthelandfestival.com. Photographs provided by From The Land.

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Experience the Magic of Live Performance in a Cool Historic Venue Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake 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 Green Lake and the surrounding communities since 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

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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 theatre, purchased the opera house and immediately began drawing up plans for a complete restoration. Rather than tear it down, he elected to bring Thrasher Opera House back to life. The renovation was complete in 1997. Thrasher Opera House reopened that summer, hosting several artists for the annual Green Lake Festival of Music, a highly regarded summer series of classical concerts that now makes the opera house its home base. In 1998, Thrasher Opera House began presenting its own events, thereby reestablishing itself as home to community and cultural events. Registered on the National, State, and City Registers of Historic Places, the vision was realized. The community was once again enthralled with its opera house; children were laughing and people gathered to listen, watch, and be entertained. Since its reopening, Thrasher Opera House provides 50 to 60 nights of diverse programming that includes music and theatre 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 to 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.

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The first weekend in December, a charming tradition comes to life in Ripon when the city celebrates Dickens of a Christmas, inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. A quarter of a century strong, Ripon’s much-loved Dickens event is poised to flourish for many Christmases yet to come. This year’s celebration is December 2–4. Festivities include chestnuts roasting on an open fire, horse-drawn wagon rides, a gingerbread house contest, live reindeer, breakfast with Santa,

an enchanted forest, a quilt show, a crèche display, and a tour of homes showcasing the area’s most historic, modern, and beautiful houses. The weekend’s signature event is Living Windows. Downtown twinkles when storefront windows turn into themed live window scenes. Traditionally held on Friday night, Living Windows will take place on Saturday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Dickens of a Christmas got a boost in 2015 when the Wisconsin Department

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of Tourism presented the Ripon Area Chamber of Commerce with a $10,000 Joint Effort Marketing grant that helped expand the event. And the city sparkled brighter when downtown’s new iconic skyline lights were unveiled at a lighting ceremony to kick off Living Windows. Ripon Main Street, Inc., a nonprofit downtown revitalization organization, raised over $16,000 in three months from 134 donations to replace over 3,000 linear feet of lights and approximately 3,000 LED bulbs. “We are excited about changes for the Dickens festival in 2016. They will provide an opportunity for more people to attend the event, creating holiday and family memories,” says Jason Mansmith, executive director of the Ripon Chamber of Commerce. Most of the weekend’s events are free. Contact the Ripon Chamber at (920) 748-6764 for a schedule or visit ripon-wi.com for more information. Jean Cornelius is a local freelance writer and photographer. jeancorneliuspawtography.com.


T H E M I D D L E O F T H I N GS

Deb Gottschalk

Her paintings have appeared in numerous shows and galleries over the years, especially during her highly

productive 10-year association with the Madison-based collective Artbite. She is currently represented by the Artisan Gallery in Paoli, though she does take on additional commission projects. Deb takes hundreds of reference photos over the course of a year. Clouds, streams, lakes, and prairies photographed around Wisconsin and Michigan make their way into her paintings with sublime accuracy, underpinned,

WAT E R S PE A KS T H E S K Y

Deb Gottschalk was born and raised in rural Wisconsin and spent much of her childhood exploring the fields, forest, and marsh converging on her family’s land. She attended college to major in art at University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, got her degree, and has been creating and showing her art ever since.

always, by a sense of passing time and the mutability of the natural world. Her intent is to recapture that single resonating moment of light, air, water, and sky as remembered and felt. Though she has worked for many years almost exclusively with an oil on board approach, Deb has recently begun working with colored pencils on paper, as well as acrylics. She lives and works from a home studio in Madison, Wisconsin, and frequently returns to her family home near Waterloo, where her parents live to this day. Photographs provided by Deb Gottschalk.

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Florist Crossroads Market.......................................8 Pick ’n Save................................................ 31

Antiques A Well Feathered Nest.............................. 61 Johnny Crow’s.......................................... 61 Pastimes.................................................... 60 Sidedoor Antiques.................................... 60 Woolbright’s River City Antique Mall....... 18

Garden Center/Nursery Prairie Nursery..........................................63 Stuart’s Landscaping & Garden Center.....15

Association/Club Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.....6 Green Lake Arts Council...........................32 Green Lake Conservancy...........................22 Ripon Chamber of Commerce...................28 Ripon Rifle & Pistol Club..........................19 Attraction Green Lake Area Half Marathon................45 Green Lake Festival of Music.....................10 Green Lake Fine Arts Show.......................32 Thrasher Opera House..............................62 Automotive Repair Cliff’s Tire & Battery.................................51 Bakery/Baked Goods All In Good Taste...................................... 17 Oven Fresh Bakery....................................55 Pick ’n Save................................................ 31 Banking Golden Rule Community Credit Union.....53 Horicon Bank............................................27 Bike Sales/Repair Mike’s Bike Shop.......................................36 Boat/Watercraft Action Marina........................................... BC Bay View Boat Rental.................................63 Green Lake Sailing School.........................40 Shoreline Marine Contracting...................13 Books Pastimes.....................................................60 Clothing/Jewelry/Shoes/Accessories All In Good Taste...................................... 17 Fox River Glove Outlet Store.....................60 Twister.......................................................16 W.C. Russell Moccasin Co.........................55 Coffee/Espresso/Tea Twister.......................................................16 Convenience Store Holliday Food & Sport..............................21 Dentistry Ripon Family Dentistry Danielle L. Pike, D.D.S...........................64

Gasoline Holliday Food & Sport..............................21 Gifts A Well Feathered Nest...............................61 ACE Hardware........................................... 31 All In Good Taste...................................... 17 Farrell’s Fine Furnishings, LLC.................28 Fox River Glove Outlet Store.....................60 Johnny Crow’s...........................................61 Pastimes.....................................................60 Sidedoor Antiques.................................... 60 Teak & Soxy..............................................16 Twister.......................................................16 Woolbright’s River City Antique Mall........18 Worldwide Gifts........................................42 Golf The Golf Courses of Lawsonia...................24

Library Caestecker Public Library..........................27 Liquor/Wine/Beer Crossroads Market.......................................8 Holliday Food & Sport..............................21 Malchetske’s Liquor & Video.....................54 Pick ’n Save................................................ 31 Twister.......................................................16 Vines & Rushes Winery............................50 Pet Resort Peterson’s Happiness Acres, Inc.................56 Pharmacy Crossroads Market.......................................8 Photo Lab Pick ’n Save................................................ 31 Plumbing Pinnacle Plumbing, LLC............................58 Quality Plumbing, LLC.............................29

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Real Estate Adashun Jones Real Estate...........................9 Century 21 Properties Unlimited..............18 Emmer Real Estate Group...........................7 Green Lake Real Estate..............................55 Lake Real Estate.........................................33 Schneider Real Estate................................ 41 Special Properties....................................IBC

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Rental Center Modern Rentals, Inc..................................56

Home/Contractors Future Roofing & Construction LLC........46 Galaxy Lighting......................................... 17 Jankowski Construction, Ltd...................IFC Prairie Nursery..........................................63 Ripon Electric, Inc. ...................................25 Stuart’s Landscaping & Garden Center.....15 Surface & Surroundings, Inc.....................30 Tile Perspectives, LLC...............................57

Restaurants/Catering Adam’s Rib...................................................6 Christianos Pizza.......................................40 J’s BBQ.......................................................48 Sharkz Brewz ’n Bitez............................... BC Treasury.....................................................53

Graphic Design Towns & Associates, Inc.: Graphic Design Services.........................21

Home Décor/Furniture A Well Feathered Nest...............................61 Casual Living Outfitters, LLC...................30 Farrell’s Fine Furnishings, LLC.................28 Johnny Crow’s...........................................61 Pastimes.....................................................60 Sidedoor Antiques.....................................60 Teak & Soxy..............................................16 Twister.......................................................16 Woolbright’s River City Antique Mall........18

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Hospital/Medical Clinic CHN ThedaCare........................................33 Ripon Medical Center..................................7

Fishing Charter Norton’s Fishing Adventures.....................12

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Landscaping/Lawn Care/Tree Care Mirr of Green Lake Tree Care.................... 14 Prairie Nursery..........................................63 Stuart’s Landscaping & Garden Center.....15

School Green Lake Sailing School.........................40 Green Lake School District........................26 Ripon Area School District........................29 Ripon College............................................52 Senior Living Facilities KindredHearts Senior Living.....................11 Sporting Goods/Sportsman ACE Hardware........................................... 31 Holliday Food & Sport..............................21 Video/DVD Rental Malchetske’s Liquor & Video.....................54 Winery Vines & Rushes Winery............................50