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PUBLISHER Towns & Associates, Inc. 126 Water Street, Baraboo, WI 53913-2445 P (608) 356-8757 • F (608) 356-8875 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Amy S. Johnson PUBLICATION DESIGNER Jennifer Denman COVER DESIGN Ching Kung CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jaye Alderson, Mary Allen, Berlin Chamber of Commerce, Jean Cornelius, Laura Deming, Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, John Hayashi, Hannah Kallio, Jason Mansmith, Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce, Lauree Renaud, Ripon Chamber of Commerce, Karen Gygax Rodriguez, Wendy Schultz, Rebekah Sell, Alison Thiel, Thrasher Opera House, Lindsie Wallenfang, Kris Wood, Kim Zills PHOTOGRAPHER Barbara Wilson ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS Adam's Rib, Jean Cornelius, From the Land, Green Lake Festival of Music, Green Lake Greenways, Green Lake Half Marathon, Green Team, Hannah Kallio, Ching Kung, Mascoutin Golf Club, Mike and Joanne Norton, Ripon Chamber of Commerce, Phil Sutterlin, Kate Triller, Austin Wallenfang, Brian Weis ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Amy S. Johnson SALES COORDINATOR Jacklyn Ewerdt SENIOR COPY EDITOR Kyle Jacobson COPY EDITOR Krystle Naab DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION & DESIGN Jennifer Denman DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY & DESIGN Barbara Wilson GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Susie Anderson, Crea Stellmacher ADMINISTRATION Jennifer Baird, Sandy Carlson, Lori Czajka ADDITIONAL COPIES Green Lake Magazine 2017 is available free at select businesses. If you would like a copy sent to you, please send mailing information along with $4 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 (920) 291-5005 or email 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 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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Adam's Rib Antiques Area Poll Favorites Berlin Berlin Fox Festival Big Green Lake Sparkling Tales Calendar of Events Cookie Daze Cover Artist: Ching Kung Dickens of a Christmas Farrell's Fine Furnishings 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 Mike's Bike Shop Norton's Fishing & Hunting Adventures Princeton Ripon Ripon College Ripon’s National Historic Site Thrasher Opera House Whooping Crane Festival Wisconsin State Chili Cookoff

Dining with floor-to-ceiling lakefront views and live piano entertainment every Saturday.

Offering pub style fare with seating indoors and out next to the fire. Seasonal weekend entertainment.

An oasis of relaxation featuring a meditation labyrinth, spa cafe and renewing services.

Perk up with one of the finest views on property at this bistro-style cafe serving breakfast and lunch.

Choose from a dozen creamy ice cream flavors, plus a variety of malts, floats and specialty sundaes.

The captain invites you to tour beautiful Green Lake aboard our 60-foot yacht, the Escapade.

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2017 calendar of events April 16 Green Lake—Easter Brunch at Heidel House Resort & Spa 22 Green Lake—Green Team: Earth Day Conservancy Cleanup 28-29 Ripon—City Wide Rummage Sales 29 Green Lake—Green Team: Birdwatching at Sunnyside Conservancy 29 Ripon—Green Lake Area Animal Shelter Lucky Dog CaTsino Night at Royal Ridges


5 Ripon—Relay for Life 6 Green Lake—City Wide Garage Sales 6 Green Lake—Green Team: Mitchell Glen Tour 6 Ripon—Women on Watson 13 Princeton—City Wide Garage Sales 13 Princeton—Friends of the Library Books and More Sale 13 Princeton—Garden Club’s Annual Plant Sale at City Park 14 Green Lake—Mother’s Day Brunch at Heidel House Resort & Spa 20 Green Lake—Green Team: Bison Tour at Bison Farm 28 Princeton—Cluck-a-Roo 5K Walk/Run 28 Princeton—Rubber Chicken Fling at City Park 28 Princeton—Spring Arts and Crafts Fair at City Park


3 Green Lake—Green Team: Stream Bugs and Restoration Tour 5 Berlin—Boys & Girls Club Tri-County Area Drivin’ Fore the Club at Mascoutin Golf Club 10 Green Lake—Green Team: Canoe/Kayak Spring Lake 10 Ripon—Green Lake Greenways: Movin’ on the Mascoutin 11-25 Green Lake—Green Lake Festival of Music Chamber Music Camp


2 Green Lake—Sunsplash Sunday 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 8 Green Lake—Green Team: Moonlight Paddle on Silver Creek 8 Princeton—Run for Sam 10K Run/Walk 13 Green Lake—Pig Roast at Heidel House Resort & Spa 15 Green Lake—Green Team: Beekeeping and Prairie Tour 15 Princeton—Brew Ha Ha 6 | Green Lake magazine 2017

24-30 Oshkosh—2017 EAA AirVenture 28 Ripon—Ripon Chamber Golf Outing 29 Green Lake—Water Ski Show 29 Princeton—Que Syrah Syrah


3-6 Green Lake—Green Lake County Fair at Green Lake County Fairgrounds 5 Ripon—Cookie Daze 6 Green Lake—Sunsplash Sunday at Heidel House Resort & Spa 6-10 Green Lake—Green Lake Christian Writers’ Conference at Green Lake Conference Center 12 Princeton—Crazy Days 12-13 Green Lake—Fine Arts Show 19 Princeton—Festa De La Vespa 26 Berlin—Berlin Fox Festival September

3 Green Lake—Green Lake Area “13dot1” Half Marathon and 5K Fun Run 9 Green Lake—Green Team: Shoreline and Forest Restoration Tour 9 Green Lake—Wisconsin State Chili Cookoff 9 Princeton—Whooping Crane Festival 16 Ripon—Green Lake Area Animal Shelter Dog Walk at Village Green 16 Ripon—Septemberfest 17 Princeton—Harvest Faire at City Park 23-24 Green Lake—Harvest Fest


7 Green Lake—Green Team: Mitchell Glen Tour 21 Green Lake—Oktoberfest at Heidel House Resort & Spa 21 Princeton—A Sweet Event 21-22 Green Lake—From the Land at the Toll/ Landowski Farm 29 Princeton—Trick-or-Treat


10-11 Ripon—Christmas in the Village 16 Berlin—Annual Lighted Christmas Parade 18 Green Lake—Wine Fest at Heidel House Resort & Spa 23 Green Lake—Thanksgiving Buffet at Heidel House Resort & Spa 24 Princeton—Friends of the Library’s Silent Auction and Cash and Carry Sales 24 Princeton—Lights on Water Street Parade 24-25 Princeton—Festival of Trees at Community Hall 25 Princeton—Christmas is Princeton Craft Fairs 25 Princeton—Holiday Bounty Craft Faire at Princeton Public Schools

December 4-5 Princeton—City of Princeton Tree Board Bake Sale at City Hall 8-9 Green Lake—Cody Clauson Trio at Green Lake Conference Center 9 Green Lake—Breakfast with Santa at Heidel House Resort & Spa 9 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 Princeton—Wisconsin's Best Brat Fry. Fridays and Saturdays, Apr.–Oct. Princeton—Flea Market. Saturdays, Apr. 22–Oct. 7. 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 6, Aug. 12–13, Sept. 23–24, and Dec. 2. Green Lake—The Market at Town Square. Fridays, May 26–Sept. 29. Green Lake—Green Lake Festival of Music. June 2–July 23 (920) 748-9398 or Ripon—Ripon Farmers Market. Tuesdays and Saturdays, June–Oct. Green Lake—Grey Rock Dine & Sail Experience at Heidel House Resort & Spa. June 29, July 20, and Aug.10 and 24. Ripon—Village Green Concert Series. Friday evenings, June 2–Aug. 25. Green Lake—Wine Cruise on Escapade with Heidel House Resort & Spa. June 9, July 28, Aug. 25, and Sept. 15. Green Lake—Concerts in the Park. Wednesdays at Deacon Mills Park, June 14–Aug. 16. Green Lake—Pig Roast with Heidel House Resort & Spa on Daycholah Terrace. July 13 and 27 and Aug. 17. Green Lake—Lobster Bake at Heidel House Resort & Spa. July 6 and Aug. 3. Green Lake—Beer Cruise on Escapade with Heidel House Resort & Spa. June 23, July 7 and 14, Aug. 18, Sept. 8, and Oct. 6.

GREETINGS! It is our pleasure to welcome you to Green Lake, Wisconsin, an area of stunning natural splendor matched only by the friendliness and hospitality of its people. From calm, plentiful lakes to radiantly colored autumn forests, our great state is home to truly breathtaking scenery. Green Lake is a remarkable example of the many recreational opportunities available in our beautiful, natural environment. With its small-town charm and diverse attractions, Green Lake has something to please everyone. You can enjoy boating, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and waterskiing on the state's deepest natural inland lake. If you choose to stay ashore, there are a variety of options for camping, biking, and hiking. You can also ride a hot-air balloon, look in on art galleries, 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 lakes and our signature Midwestern neighborliness are all here for you to enjoy. An unforgettable Wisconsin experience awaits you. Sincerely,

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Green Lake For generations, Green Lake has had the reputation of being one of the Midwest’s best-kept secret vacation spots. With a beautiful shoreline and boasting Wisconsin’s deepest natural inland lake, Green Lake is only hours from home, but seems worlds away.

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

Plan your Green Lake getaway today at

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Whether you decide to go swimming in the clean spring-fed water or rent

a pontoon boat for a party on the lake, there is plenty to do during our summer season to keep any visitor busy. Trails wind throughout the Green Lake Conference Center’s grounds, where a visitor could look forward to connecting with nature on foot or by bike—you may even see some wildlife! We have world-class fishing year-round, wonderful concerts hosted almost every week in our historic opera house, and restaurants for every taste and budget. Busy with events year-round, be sure not to miss our weekly summer concert series on Wednesday nights, the “best little fair around” in August, the statewide Chili Cookoff Contest hosted in September, and everyone’s favorite fall festival: Harvest Fest. Weekly farmer’s markets and beautifully catered Farm to Table Dinners are a part of what makes Green Lake special, so be sure not to miss out on our special local flavors. With so much to see and do, coming to Green Lake is a no brainer. For more information about what’s happening in the Green Lake area, please consult our website at or reach out to the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, where we’re always happy to help you plan your trip! Provided by the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Adam's Rib by Rebekah Sell

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If you are looking for a dining experience with homemade dishes and a friendly atmosphere, look no further than Adam’s Rib in Green Lake. A family-owned and -run business for nearly 39 years, Adam’s Rib has secured their place in the heart of Green Lake. Purchased in 1978 as a single-room bar called Spike’s, the Adams’ changed the name to Adam’s Rib in 1984 and expanded to offer a dining room in 1988. Since that time, their commitment to quality food and a comfortable atmosphere has never wavered. Dennis and Jean Adams have run the “best bar and restaurant by a dam site” together, and now include their daughter Rachel in the management of the business. Like her parents before

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her, Rachel is committed to great customer service, quality food, and working with her employees so that their families come first. “Some of our servers we’ve watched growing up right here at Adam’s Rib. It’s a true family atmosphere where people say it’s like Cheers—everyone knows their name!” Some of the dishes that keep people coming back for more include their Friday night fish fry and homemade beer batter. “We carve all our own fish in the back each week,” Rachel says. “You won’t find bar food here.” Saturday nights they serve classic supper club fare—deep-fried chicken, chicken and ribs, and prime rib—without the supper club prices. Sunday dinners include a baked half-chicken, roasted half-duck,

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

and roast pork. Every dish is made from scratch with recipes that have earned Adam’s Rib such titles as Best Burger in Town (2013), Best Dining on a Budget (2016), and Best American Cuisine (2015). Some of their more unique dishes include Beef Rouladen and spare ribs with sauerkraut. Their soups are homemade as well. 536 Mill Street | Green Lake | 920-294-6484

When people aren’t stopping in for food or a drink with friends, Adam’s Rib is also a favorite spot for local clubs and organizations to meet. Snowmobile club, cribbage club, and others are some of the frequent visitors to the dining room. Adam’s Rib hosts rehearsal dinners as well. When the family and staff aren’t serving hearty lunches and dinners, they are giving back to the Green Lake community through donations and events with the chamber of commerce, which is next door, and setting up booths at some of the many special occasions occurring in Green Lake.

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Adam’s Rib is located at 538 Mill Street, across from the Green Lake Dam. They serve lunch every day, except Sunday, and dinner every day, except Monday. While the kitchen is closed from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. daily, you can pop in anytime for a cool drink and casual conversation. It’s not easy keeping a food service business running for over 38 years straight, yet it’s clear the Adams are committed to the community they now think of as family. Rebekah Sell is a freelance writer and blogger in the Fox Valley. | 13

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Festival of Music Artistic Director Tom Rosenberg coaching Chamber Music Camp students

Summer in Green Lake means many things. For the Green Lake Festival of Music, celebrating its 38th season, it means: •  Hosting world-class musicians for our summer Concert Series. • The two-week Chamber Music Camp at Green Lake Conference Center featuring 30+ talented young string and piano students from around the country. •  The four-day Choral Institute at Ripon College for people who love to sing. •  The Thomas E. Caestecker Free Family Concerts. This year’s theme is Water. Water and music have some things in common, such as waves—sound waves and lake waves—as well as movement and reflection. We’re delighted to perform

Water Music on the first day of summer, June 21, on Green Lake’s Wednesday night Concerts in the Park at Deacon Mills Park. We’ll feature the brilliant young musicians of the Chamber Music Camp playing music inspired by water. We’ll celebrate Independence Day with music of American composers at another outdoor Concert on the Green at Ripon College outside Great Hall. Please visit for details. We love to perform in the intimate, historic Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake, Ripon College’s Rodman Center for the Arts, Caestecker Public Library, and Ripon and Princeton Public Libraries. We’re so grateful for the partners and friends at these institutions. We are also enjoying renewed friendships with the Green Lake Association, founded in 1951, to conserve Green Lake and



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by Laura Deming its watershed; the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce; and Town Square. Through the generosity of Thomas E. Caestecker, the festival offers free family concerts. The Thomas E. Caestecker Free Family Concert Series brings outstanding classical music to children and families of the Green Lake area through interactive, fun, and friendly concerts and stories. Concert Pianist Christopher Taylor performing at Thrasher Opera House

Save the dates: • Friday, June 2, at 4:00 p.m.: Movie & a Meal at Campus Cinema & Treasury Restaurant in Ripon • Friday, June 9, at 7:30 p.m.: Free Preview Concert at Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake • Wednesday, June 21, at 6:30 p.m.: Water Music at Deacon Mills Park in Green Lake

Thomas E. Caestecker Free Family Concert Series

Mr. Caestecker also generously supports annual performances by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra at Ripon College. MSO Concertmaster Frank Almond is touring with Green Lake Festival of Music’s pianist Andrew Armstrong. They will perform at Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake on Monday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m., and will be joined by The Green Lake Chamber Players, artists-in-residence for the Chamber Music Camp. The festival’s concert series also includes the Hilton Head International Piano Competition first-prize winner, ChangYong Shin, at Thrasher Opera House on Friday, July 7, at 7:30 p.m. On Friday, July 14, internationally acclaimed The Rose Ensemble will perform an eclectic concert of music they’ll perform a week later in Barcelona, Spain, as representatives of the United States for the World Choral Conference.

part of this workshop is Cabaret Night on Friday, July 21, featuring soloists in a program of arias and Broadway tunes, with Dr. Alltop at the piano and the audience gathered at round tables enjoying drinks at Thrasher Opera House. More events and information can be found at or you may contact Green Lake Festival of Music at (920) 748-9398 or Laura Deming is festival director for Green Lake Festival of Music. Photographs provided by Green Lake Festival of Music.

• Saturday, June 24, at 2:00 p.m.: Rising Stars Concert at Rodman Center for the Arts at Ripon College • Monday, July 3; Independence Day Outdoor Concert on the Green featuring American Composers at Ripon College. • Friday, July 14, at 7:30 p.m.: The Rose Ensemble • Friday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m.: Cabaret Night at Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake • Sunday, July 23, at 2:00 p.m.: Choral Institute Finale Concert at Rodman Center for the Arts at Ripon College

If you like to sing, we invite you to be part of the Choral Institute July 20 through 23 at Ripon College’s Rodman Center for the Arts. Festival Founder Douglas Morris invited Sir David Willcocks to lead The Choral Institute in 1982, which he continued for 20 years. Now Dr. Stephen Alltop conducts the Green Lake Festival chorus and orchestra with Ripon College’s Choral Conductor Dr. John Hughes. A favorite | 15

Big Green Lake Sparkling Tales

by Kris Wood

Mention Big Green Lake to anyone in the region and stories tumble one over the other as laughter and memories are relived. As the deepest inland lake in Wisconsin, at 237 feet, aficionados proclaim Big Green Lake perfect for fishing, waterskiing, swimming, boating, and a myriad of other water sports. It's among the largest lakes in the region, spanning 7.3 miles long and 2 miles wide.

Big Green Lake has lured people to the shore for generations. It's time to create a sparkling adventure of your own and let the stories begin.

Whether one is drawn to savor a favorite beverage at the water's edge or indulge in entering the clear waters,

One of the largest fish caught in Big Green Lake was a lake trout nabbed in June, 1957. It weighed 35 pounds 4


There are several great locations with public beaches. Three favorites top the list: Dodge Memorial County Park, Hattie Sherwood Park, and Sunset Park.



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).


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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ounces!1 If you want to try your hand at soaking a line, visitors have access to the lake from public boat landings and beaches. There are a great variety of fish, including panfish, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, trout, walleye, and catfish. A fishing license is required for most of the year, but there are two free fishing weekends: January 21/22 (winter) and June 3/4 (summer). Generally speaking, fishing seasons are as follows. •  White bass, catfish, panfish, and cisco seasons are open year-round. • L ake trout season is open the first Saturday of January through the end of September. • Muskellunge (muskie) season is open the first Saturday of May through December 31. •  L argemouth and smallmouth bass, brown trout, walleye, and northern pike seasons all open the first Saturday of May through March 1 of the following year. Thorough information about these seasons can be found online at the Wisconsin DNR website noted at the end of this article.

Boat Rentals and Launches

To be sure of the widest choice in boat rentals, it’s best to reserve your preferred watercraft ahead of time, especially before the busy summer season. When it's time to go boating, seven public boat launches in the Green Lake area provide easy access to the water.


If sailing across the surface of Green Lake is your chosen adventure, you're

not alone. Sailing is an area highlight and skimming the waves in a sailboat is a dream come true for visitors and residents alike. Should you want classes, the Green Lake Sailing School has offered training to children and adults since 1960. Certified instructors train everyone from beginners to experienced sailors, guiding them in the rigors of adjusting the sails to glide across the lake. The Green Lake Sailing School is located at the east end of Green Lake. (920) 294-3592.

Sightseeing Cruises

History buffs of all ages will enjoy listening to the captain tell tales of long ago while leisurely spotting area landmarks and hearing of resilient, local families who built a strong community. Escapade, Heidel House's yacht, is a delightful way to cruise during mornings and afternoons. The open top deck and enclosed lower salon of the vessel allow for all passengers to enjoy the voyage around the lake. Escapade is available for private charters and special events, including dinner cruises and cocktail parties. (920) 294-3344. Kris Wood is a freelance writer, retreat facilitator, and a giddy grandma to four darlings.

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CONCERTS in the Park

by Hannah Kallio What's better than summer evenings relaxing at the lake with friends? A summer evening relaxing at the lake with friends and live music. Mark the dates for the Green Lake Concerts in the Park series on your calendar. The concerts are held Wednesday evenings starting June 14 and ending August 16. They take place on the Starlight Stage at Deacon Mills Park, and admission for the entire series is free for the whole family. Each concert starts at 6:30 p.m. and lasts about two hours. Refreshments are available in the park, with the proceeds going to support future concerts. You can also grab dinner, an ice cream cone, and other classic summer treats at several local businesses nearby. Bring your lawn chairs or a blanket, or get comfortable at one of the picnic tables or benches. Then just sit back and savor the music while the breeze blows off the lake. You may find yourself tapping your feet, singing along, or even dancing. 18 | Green Lake magazine 2017

There's something in the series for all ages and for a wide range of musical tastes. Over the course of the summer, you'll hear jazz, country, rock, polka, and more. For many concertgoers, the highlight is Family Picnic Night on July 12, featuring the University of Wisconsin–Madison Marching Band. Once you've experienced their rousing

performance, you'll understand why many families look forward to this special evening year after year. For more information or to check the concert schedule, go to or call the Chamber at (800) 253-7354 or (920) 294-3231.

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Hannah Kallio is a freelance writer, speaker, and coach. Learn more at Photographs by Hannah Kallio.

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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, 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.


NEW: Brew loft & sidewalk garden!

You’ll find antiques, locally made pottery, jewelry, boutique clothing, candles, kitchen gadgets, wine and cheese, Amish furniture, home décor, stylish floral arrangements, earthfriendly items, custom framing, books, baked goods, folk art, handcrafted art, a spa, and much more! We have it all in our quaint shops, cafés, taverns, and restaurants. Eat fresh and local when you prepare food from Princeton’s Farm to Fork Farmer’s Market, located in the Princeton City Park every Wednesday afternoon from the end of May to midOctober. Your stay isn’t complete until you’ve experienced our flea market in treeshaded 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.

Shop or chill with your favorite beer, wine or espresso drink: light or dark, skinny or loaded—enjoy in our new brew loft or sidewalk garden.

CLOTHES Come see what hidden treasures you can enjoy in our town. For more information, contact the Princeton Chamber of Commerce at (920) 2953877,, or go to


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No matter the season, Mike and Joanne Norton have an adventure waiting for you. Serving outdoor enthusiasts has been a passion of theirs for 40 years, and they don’t plan to quit any time soon.

began giving fishing tours in the mid1800s. The next two generations of Norton men continued the tradition, each adding their own nuance, such as ice fishing and pioneering pontoon boats.

The Norton’s family business is twofold: serving anglers with their Green Lake business, Norton’s Fishing Adventures, and working with hunters on their 275-acre Princeton farm, Pheasants by the Fox.

Mike has been guiding fishermen since he was a boy and took over the family business in his late 20s. He charter fishes off a large pontoon that anyone can enjoy fishing from May 1 through October 1. Guided tours can be as small as a few people to as large as a whole group. “We get people here with their kids and families, businesses

Mike’s history in fishing runs as deep as Green Lake. His great-grandfather

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having an outing or just a couple guys wanting a day on the lake,” says Mike. He welcomes all sorts of clients, from experienced fishermen to those who’ve never fished before. People catch lake trout, brown trout, white bass, and cisco, to name a few. Joanne is just as instrumental in keeping the anglers and hunters happy. Together, they annually raise 4,000 pheasants for Pheasants by the Fox. The birds are minimally handled to reduce stress and kept safe from predation by extensive fencing and netting. “Pheasants have such a hard time breeding in the wild,” Joanne says. “There is so much predation.” On their farm, the Nortons plant different crops to give the hunter and his dog just the right amount of challenge. Because it’s a privately operated game farm, no hunting license is required. The Nortons see a large variety of clients during their October through April hunting season—everyone from age 10 to over 90. “It’s a wonderful way for friends and family to get out and enjoy nature,” says Joanne. Their experience and passion is not only evident in the way they talk about fishing and the land, but also in how much Mike and Joanne care for the Green Lake community. Mike is active in the Green Lake Cold-Water Fishery Council. “I advocate for the average guy

who wants to go fishing. I work with people in the [Green Lake] conservancy, the Fishery Council, and those just trying to keep the water clean. It’s about the whole community.” Joanne has planted the entrance to their farm with edible herb gardens, and many of their hunting acres double as prairie restoration. Best of all, the Nortons will welcome you to their home as if you were old friends. “We have some clients that have been coming since my father was guiding,” Mike says. You can find current rates, maps, guidelines, and recipes at and You can also call (920) 295-3617 or email Rebekah Sell is a freelance writer and blogger in the Fox Valley. Photographs provided by Mike and Joanne Norton.

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carnival rides. The Fair will host truck/ tractor pulls and a Demolition Derby. An admission fee applies to track events.

There is something for everyone, from educational programming to music, and agriculture education to fascinating exhibits by county youth and adults. And don’t forget the livestock judging leading up to the Livestock Auction on Friday. Food vendors will provide visitors with great experiences at affordable prices, and excitement awaits on the midway with more food and

Oversight is done by the county’s UW– Extension Office and the Green Lake County Board of Supervisors, along with assistance from many volunteers. Support for the Fair is shown

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Photograph by Kate Triller

by Kim Zills

Ahoy mateys! It’s time to weigh anchor and set sail with a pirate adventure you won’t want to miss. Welcome to Green Lake County and “arrr” Fair. Thar be treasures and grub for ye all who attend August 3 through 6 in downtown Green Lake, and free admission and parking. The 2017 Green Lake County Fair will hold fun events based on the pirate theme, and fairgoers will be able to pillage, plunder, and loot for treasures.

Photograph by Jean Cornelius

Photograph by Jean Cornelius

Photograph by Jean Cornelius

Green Lake County Fair

The Fair showcases the county’s youth and adults who plan all year for the Fair entries. The youth work on projects to expand their skills and knowledge and share what they’ve learned with fair-goers through conversation and exhibits.

through the Community Involvement Program, which includes area service organizations, individuals, and businesses. For more information, visit or contact Kim Zills at (920) 294-4033 or It’s Wisconsin at its best, and it happens all around the state in every one of our 72 counties— come and see why the Green Lake County Fair is known as “the best little Fair around.” Kim Zills is the Coordinator of the Green Lake County Fair. Photograph by Jean Cornelius

COOKIE DAZE by Hannah Kallio It’s a hands-on celebration with something for kids of all ages. This year's Ripon Cookie Daze festivities take place on Saturday, August 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Barlow Park, off County Road E in southern Ripon. Ripon has been called one of the "Coolest Small Towns in America," and Cookie Daze is a fabulous way to experience that with the whole family. The youngest members of the family will love having their picture taken with Cookie Monster, and can participate in the cookie hunt. For ages 3 to 12, the highlight is definitely the series of Cookie Drops, when thousands of individually wrapped Rippin’ Good Cookies are suspended high above the crowd by a fire truck crane. As the cookies drop from the sky and hit the ground, children scurry to collect as many as they can. Several of the packages are labeled prizewinner, and can be redeemed for small prizes. Each Cookie Drop also has a grand-prize winning cookie that can be redeemed for a new bike. There are several different Cookie Drops throughout the event for different age groups so everyone gets a chance to participate.

so there's always a new twist on favorite recipes along with new recipes you've never tasted before. It’s more than just cookies. There's a bounce house, a huge activity tent full of free make-and-take crafts, and a food and beverage tent with lunch available at very reasonable prices. And don't miss the rocket shop and launchpad, where you can make and launch your own rocket using recycled materials. For more information, contact the Ripon Chamber of Commerce at (920) 748-6764 or visit Hannah Kallio is a freelance writer, speaker, and coach. Learn more at Photographs by Hannah Kallio.

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Camper Claire Walker pausing to take a closer look.

Camper Raymond Ellis and Jr. Camp Counselor Jacob Siebert enjoying the waters of Green Lake.

Over the past 20 years, the Green Lake Conservancy has been building a legacy of stewardship by working to “preserve the lands that protect the lake” and promote public conscientiousness when it comes to our beloved body of water.

GREEN LAKE Conservancy

While many picturesque trails and native prairies have been established and restored by the Conservancy, the members also recognize the tremendous need to actively encourage a sense of stewardship amongst our youth. And what better way to get kids to fall in love with nature than by getting them out there and allowing Mother Nature to work her magic. In July 2016, the Conservancy piloted our first-ever youth camps for children ages 7 through 11. Two three-day/twonight camps were held at the Green Lake Conference Center campground, where we were surrounded by several of the Conservancy’s trails. In this beautiful setting, our youth campers were presented with a simple, yet powerful, opportunity to connect with nature and learn by doing. While numerous nature-based activities were scheduled for our campers, we made sure to allow the magic of summer to seep into every possible moment. We couldn’t have possibly planned for thousands of fireflies to light up the night or to spot a doe and her fawn foraging in a glowing field. We couldn’t have coordinated with the birds to sing to us on cue or for a fish to jump the moment we looked across Norwegian Bay. And while we did plan a camp session during the Full Beaver Moon,

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by Lindsie Wallenfang

we couldn’t have planned a cloudless night so that our awestruck campers felt compelled to howl at it. By allowing the time and space for our campers to just be in nature, nature came through and allowed us to experience all of her magic. And that magic is the seed that fosters the love and respect for lands and waters. It’s probably safe to say that people only truly care about what they feel connected Happy campers and camp staff!

Back row from left - Rick Hengle/Camp Counselor, Jacob Siebert/Jr. Camp Counselor, Lindsie Wallenfang/ Camp Director & Counselor, Elizabeth Vind/Volunteer Bottom Row - The second round of the Conservancy's youth campers!

Making friends was a unanimous favorite part of camp for our campers. New pals Paddy Wallenfang and Raymond Ellis enjoy the simple pleasure of walking sticks as they trek back to camp.

to. And in a world of technology, the masses are slipping further and further away from the notion that our very lives depend on the health of our planet, much less that it is our inherent responsibility to care for it. So, by creating this opportunity to connect kids with nature, we are able to inspire environmental conscientiousness and empower the next generation as guardians of the lake, the land, and all Earth’s creatures. We are looking forward to making camp an annual tradition and welcoming an ever-growing number of youngsters to come and enjoy the wonders of nature we have right here in Green Lake. We welcome you to help us celebrate this joyous occasion for our community as we brighten our future by encouraging our youth as leaders of stewardship and sustainability. Do you know children in need of a remedy for “nature deficit disorder” (a la Richard Louv)? Contact the Green Lake Conservancy for information on future camps and how you can help make camp possible for even more children. Lindsie Wallenfang is a Green Lake Conservancy board member who develops and facilitates the Conservancy’s youth camps. Photographs by Austin Wallenfang.

A Poem to Inspire

From Wisconsin’s deepest inland lake Some friends and I would like to take Just a moment or two And share our mission with you ‘Cause believe it or not, you’re part of it too. We’re propelling a movement, a dance if you please, To share information and put our systems at ease. We live on a planet sustaining more than its weight. And the signs have all told us Mother Nature’s irate. Yet we’re caught in a system seeming to keep us down. It extends ‘round the world in every village and town. Our hearts say fix this, there’s a better way to live, But I’m only one person, just my two hands to give. Well fear not, dear friends! For we have a solution! A cure, it’s true, for this senseless pollution! We’ll gather outside with the wind in our hair, And we’ll share information ‘bout how to take care Not just of ourselves, both inside and out, But the planet we live on, the one forgotten about. So help us help you, and we’ll all help each other. And in turn we’ll help Nature and reconnect one another. Yes, it’s a big job, but you know what they say, Many hands make light work at the end of the day. So come stand beside us and we’ll continue this dance. After all, shouldn’t we give these children’s children a chance?

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Green Lake A Hub of Excellent Golf Golf Courses of Lawsonia Photograph by Brian Weis

The Green Lake area has been a draw for golfers since 1896, when Wisconsin’s oldest course, Tuscumbia, was founded. Today, golfers play several or all of the area’s outstanding courses during a single visit.

The Golf Courses of Lawsonia Lawsonia is comprised of two separate 18-hole courses: The Links and The

The Links is one of America’s best classic courses, ranked #52 in the U.S. by Golfweek Magazine and #2 in the state. A true links golf experience in Wisconsin! The Woodlands includes beautiful treelined fairways, stunning views of Green Lake, and a famous par-3 with a 65’ drop. Langford’s Pub (formerly the Caddyshack) offers great food and drink. Book your tee time today at or call (920) 294-3320. Ask about all-day rates and stay-and-play packages! 28 | Green Lake magazine 2017

Woodlands. Both have been ranked 4 1/2 stars out of 5 by Golf Digest. The Links is one of the most celebrated and well-regarded courses in the country, offering links-style golf in the tradition of courses in Scotland. A railroad boxcar was buried by the A. F. Gelhar sand mining company under the seventh green to create its elevation. The Links is ranked by Golf Digest as #13 of their

by Jean Cornelius

Top 50 Most Fun Golf Courses to Play in America. Golfweek ranks The Links #3 on their Top 10 Golf Courses in Wisconsin. The first nine of The Woodlands Course was built in 1983, and the second nine opened in 1991. The Woodlands includes beautiful tree-lined fairways, stunning views of Green Lake, and a famous par 3 with a 65-foot drop! Lawsonia is located within Green Lake Conference Center at W2615 S. Valley View Drive. (920) 294-3320.

Mascoutin Golf Club Some 300 years ago, fire-worshipping Indians lived in Mascoutin Village, just south of Berlin. In this gently rolling setting, a magnificent 18-hole championship golf course was carved through centuries-old trees. All 27 holes appeal to adult and junior golfers and offer equal challenges to the professional or novice. Located just south of Berlin and six miles north of Green Lake at W1635 County Road A in Berlin. (920) 361-2360.

Tuscumbia Golf and Country Club Tuscumbia offers a challenging round. Its 18 holes are dotted with majestic evergreens, maples, and oaks. Tuscumbia attracts both novice and seasoned players, and includes an executive par-3, 9-hole course. Located east of downtown Green Lake across

Mascoutin Golf Club

from the Heidel House Resort & Spa at 680 Illinois Avenue in Green Lake. Pro Shop: (920) 294-3381, Office: (920) 294-3234 or (800) 294-3381.

White Lake Beach Resort and Country Club This 18-hole golf club has been 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.

Mascoutin Golf Club

Jean Cornelius is a freelance writer and pet photographer. Above Photographs provided by Mascoutin Golf Club



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Pure Pride School District of Green Lake by Mary Allen An Environment of Excellence

TOP-QUALITY ‘IB’ EDUCATION– RIGHT HERE IN GREEN LAKE “We are unbelievably fortunate to have an International Baccalaureate school in our area. The study habits our daughter developed and the independence granted to her during these formative years will pay dividends to her throughout her life. She was pretty much able to write her own ticket when it came to choosing a university. Green Lake School District is a hidden gem.” — Jennifer, parent of a 2016 Green Lake High School graduate

Learn more at or call 920-294-6411 to schedule a personal tour.

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 is Better Research supports that with small, personalized class sizes in the lower grades, students benefit. The Green Lake School District goes above and beyond this to provide smaller classes throughout the entire education experience. Teacher-student ratio is the lowest in the area, allowing achievement to be closely monitored and personal attention to be provided.

4K–12 International Baccalaureate World School With the challenges of a new world economy, Green Lake has chosen a progressive path. The school district is the first 4K–12 International Baccalaureate World School (IB) in Wisconsin. Green Lake High School is 30 | Green Lake magazine 2017

the state’s first all-IB high school. The school district is currently authorized to provide the Diploma Program (grades 11–12), the Middle Years Program (grades 7–10), and the Primary Years Program (grades 4K–6). These three programs combine to offer each student a well-rounded, internationally minded, and inquiry-based approach to learning. What does IB offer? IB is for every student, and provides a style of learning that encourages thoughtful understanding of what is being studied. Expectations are high, and students enjoy a challenging approach that promotes critical thinking and reflection. Students no longer need to ask, “Why do I have to learn this?” Each lesson, at all levels, is clearly defined and made relevant to the world. Starting in second grade, a second language is taught and is required until tenth grade.

Enriched and Innovative Along with quality academics, the curriculum emphasizes health and wellness, athletics, and the arts. While many districts are cutting 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 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. For more information, phone (920) 294-6411 or go to Mary Allen is the district superintendent.

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

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

2017 Summer Reading Program June-July: “Build A Better World”

Free WiFi & Computer Use Free Library Cards for Non-Residents

Public Meeting Room Available 2017 Library Book Sales

Sat, Feb 11 • Sat, May 6 Sat/Sun, Aug 12 - 13 • Sat/Sun, Sept 23 - 24

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 Free Downloadable Books & Audio Many Free Programs for Children & Adults


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


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


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


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


Ripon Public Library 120 Jefferson St. | (920) 748-6160 | 31

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. Alive with culture, history, and community celebrations, Ripon is that

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Antiques – Glassware – Collectibles – Furniture Women’s Clothing – Baskets – Lamps – Books & More!

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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.

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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Fine Furnishings The three-story structure of Farrell’s Fine Furnishings towers above Watson Street in Ripon. Since 2001, the historic building has housed furniture and accessories that the people in the area have come to associate with distinction and quality.

Owner Troy Farrell dreamed of a furniture store that would be eclectic and fresh. After he managed his family store for two years, he took ownership in 1999 and immediately began incorporating his own personality. The ground floor of Farrell’s Fine Furnishings is full of best sellers: sofas and chairs. Scattered among the beautifully displayed living rooms are lamps, rugs, artwork, knick knacks, and room accessories. With shipments coming in up to once per week, customers can visit several times per month and always find something new, and everything is for sale. On the second floor, the mood changes with bedrooms, dining tables, chairs, and a vast array of recliners. Because most of the furniture is hand picked by Troy, there are very few duplicates.

by Rebekah Sell Finally, the third floor consists of odds and ends and clearance items. Part of the reason the furniture selection is so eclectic is that over half of what Farrell’s Fine Furniture sells is made from a custom order. Customers can page through thousands of fabric swatches to design exactly what they need for their home. “We carry furniture from Hooker, Rowe, Craftmaster, Hammary, and, most recently, Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines,” says Troy. The companies he buys from manufacture handmade furniture and some, like Craftmaster, are made in the United States. He is also committed to purchasing items made only from sustainable wood sources.


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In-Store Bakery & Deli Featuring Homemade Goodies Hot or Cold • Eat-In or Take-Out Lunch or Dinner Fresh “You Build It” Salads Homemade Fresh Bakery Baked 7 Days A Week Ice Cream Cakes • Birthday & Special Occasion Cakes Always Available

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Troy prides himself on his employees’ excellent customer service. “We are a friendly, down-home furniture store with great prices. You’ll always find a kind face when you walk in our doors.” Not only that, Farrell’s Fine Furnishings delivers furniture to wherever you live. “We regularly make deliveries throughout the Green Lake area, and also to Green Bay, Milwaukee, and even Chicago,” says Troy. When Troy is not working hard to keep his inventory fresh and new, he prides himself on opening up his doors for Ripon’s annual Dickens of a Christmas

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Floral Expressions For All Your Floral Needs 7 Days A Week - 5am To Midnight Fresh Flower Arrangements Greens & Blooming Plants • Helium Balloons Delivery Available

In-Store Smokehouse Ripon’s Only Smokehouse, featuring a Large Variety of Freshly Smoked Sausage We do Custom Smoking of Fish, Poultry and Boneless Venison

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Payroll Check Cashing • Money Orders Western Union • US Postal Hub Photo Copying - Self Service .07 ea. or Full Service Available Hwy. 23 West, Ripon • 920-748-5498 celebration. Every year, his store hosts the gingerbread house contest. People visit the creations and vote for their favorite house while admiring the beautiful Christmas décor as they warm their hands and feet.

Ripon. You can contact them at (920) 748-6370 or For more information, visit Rebekah Sell is a freelance writer and blogger in the Fox Valley.

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45th Annual Green Lake Fine Arts Show

One of the Midwest’s Finest Juried Art Shows

Saturday & Sunday August 12 & 13, 2017 Saturday 10am-5pm Sunday 10am-4pm

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

Continuous Live Music, Food & Beverages

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Green Lake Fine Arts Show by Hannah Kallio Heralded as one of the Midwest's most esteemed art shows, the 45th annual Green Lake Fine Arts Show takes place August 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and August 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event is held at beautiful Playground Park, and there is no admission. Discover something for every taste and budget as you stroll through the exhibit area and discuss with the artists what inspires them. Be sure to ask about the creative process, how long it takes to create each piece, and how long they've been honing their skills. There is an incredible array of fine art, craft, and gift items. You'll find a little of everything: oil paintings, sculptures, watercolors, ceramics, photography, metalwork, glass, wood, jewelry, and mixed media. The show offers a rare opportunity to purchase a one-of-a-kind work of art after personally meeting the artist who created it. The event showcases over 100 booths displaying the work of hand-picked artisans and craftspeople. Each year, over 600 artists apply to exhibit their work, but only those who meet the

rigorous selection criteria are invited to participate in the show. Organizers Ali and Mike Rossberg are following in the footsteps of their late father, Guy Rossberg, who spearheaded this event for over 30 years. They've assembled an experienced selection committee and chosen to implement a 40 percent exhibit turnover rate, ensuring a unique experience for the visitors who look forward to coming back year after year. Refreshments are available from several vendors both days of the show. There's also live music to complement the visual art on display. To complete the whole experience, the park will be in full bloom and Mill Pond will serve as the perfect backdrop for this celebration of creativity. For more information or to receive an application to exhibit, contact Ali Rossberg at (920) 294-3955 or go to Hannah Kallio is a freelance writer, speaker, and coach. Learn more at


Fundraiser Ride 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.

routes on the region’s roads. Enjoy a beautiful day biking the quiet, scenic, rural roads for which the Green Lake area 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.

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.

The 2017 Movin’ on the Mascoutin, ride, run, walk will start and finish at Vines & Rushes Winery on County Road E three miles north of Ripon on June 10. Movin’ is family friendly, and lunch and t-shirts will be offered as part of the event. This beautiful packed-gravel, 12-mile trail connects the communities of Berlin and Ripon.

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 was 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. The Mascoutin Valley State Trail has been an ongoing renovation project for Greenways. The trail, 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.


We invite you to visit the Green Lake area, support a great cause, and enjoy the natural beauty the area has to offer. Go to for additional information. Lauree Renaud is President of Green Lake Greenways. Photographs provided by Green Lake Greenways.

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Green Lake Area Bike Adventures by Jean Cornelius

"Keep it simple and enjoy the ride.” 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.

and Berlin. Young, old, expert, and novice—all bicycling enthusiasts are invited to the ride.

Can you imagine a better incentive for riding your bike 50 miles round trip than freshly baked donuts? That's what Dr. Tom and his wife Linda tell themselves when they take one of their regular Saturday morning rides. They enjoy a route that leads to an Amish bakery full of fresh baked goods. The ride includes quaint towns and rural landscapes, well-known characteristics of the southern part of Green Lake County.

Road Routes (on-road)

Developing and maintaining road routes and trails 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 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. New routes and great rest stops are planned for Greenways’ annual Gear Up Green Lake Fundraiser Ride. Visit the Greenways website and the Gear Up Ride Facebook page for details about the event. Proceeds benefit future phases of the Green Lake Greenways bike path project, which will connect the communities of Green Lake, Ripon, 40 | Green Lake magazine 2017

Expect scenic country roads, lake vistas, and gently rolling farm hills via the following area road routes and trails.

•  L oop the Lake. 27 miles around Big Green Lake. Recommended for seasoned riders used to some highspeed, high-traffic roads with little to no shoulders. •  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 thru the "Alps of Green Lake Country.”

Trails (off-road)

•  M ascoutin 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. •  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 treelined 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 Jean Cornelius is a freelance writer and pet photographer. Photographs provided by Green Lake Greenways. Sources: Green Lake Chamber of Commerce Green Lake Greenways Princeton Chamber of Commerce Ripon Chamber of Commerce Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Berlin Fox Festival by Hannah Kallio

The 3rd annual Berlin Fox Festival takes place at Riverside Park on Saturday, August 26. Held in Berlin's largest and most beautiful park, right along the beautiful Fox River, the celebration begins at 10:00 a.m. and continues until well after dark. It's a great way to enjoy the end of summer. There will be fun activities for the kids, a large vendor's fair full of colorful and flavorful treats, and live local music and dancing until late into the evening. The park offers a playground for children

right next to the main activities and plenty of open spaces to play and run. Don't miss the opportunity to take a boat ride and explore the Fox River by pontoon. The Berlin Boat Club members volunteer their time and boats every year. They also share from their wealth of knowledge about the history of the river and its importance in the region.

something for everyone in Berlin on the Fox. And admission for this event is completely free! Hannah Kallio is a freelance writer, speaker, and coach. Learn more at Photographs by Hannah Kallio.

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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 seven 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 2017 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 over the last two years 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 to 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 57 years. Whether you are a parent looking for a confidence-building experience for your children or a visitor looking for a relaxing way to get to know Green Lake, the Sailing School can help you achieve your goals, as they have with thousands of students over the last half of a century. Everyone can learn how

to sail, and it is something you will remember for a lifetime. Green Lake Sailing School is a nonprofit organization and has been teaching

people to sail on the waters of Green Lake since 1960. Green Lake Sailing School is on County Highway A at the north entrance to Sunset Park. Our facility offers easy access for sailors to learn how to sail, and our fleet of instruction boats are optimized for all ages. For more information, call (920) 229-5256 or go to Check us out on Facebook as well. John Hayashi is President of Green Lake Sailing School.

MEDICAL SERVICES Berlin Memorial Hospital

225 Memorial Dr., Berlin, WI 54923 (800) 236-1283

CHN Medical Center Green Lake

670 Cty. Hwy. A, Green Lake, WI 54941 (920) 294-0100

Ripon Medical Center

933 Newbury St., Ripon, WI 54971 (920) 748-3101 24 Hr. Emergency Care (920) 748-9126 | 43

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, workshops, and conferences, GLCC offers programs for adults, youth,

Photograph by Phil Sutterlin

families, and ministry leaders, and is a favorite destination for family reunions.

as both hotel and clubhouse for the 18-hole Lawsonia Links Golf Course.

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 Northern Baptists renamed the hotel Roger Williams Inn after the English Protestant theologian (1603– 1683), an early proponent of religious freedom and the separation of church and state. Williams started the first Baptist church in America: First Baptist Church of Providence, RI.

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

Roger Williams Inn continued to be a favorite place to stay for decades. Memories abound of hymn sings in the lobby, swimming in the outdoor pool and off the island, boat rides on the Captain Bickel, and 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. The Inn is in the midst of a major renovation. Damaged bricks on the exterior have been replaced and repainted. Terrace walls are being repaired and rebuilt. Many guest rooms have been refurbished. The website,, features a video about the vision for a rejuvenated Inn, as well as history, old photos, and restoration plan. Renovations ensure that this classic hotel will continue to be a wonderful place to renew guests for decades to come! For more information about Green Lake Conference Center, go to Jean Cornelius is the Communications Director at Green Lake Conference Center. Photographs provided by Green Lake Conference Center.

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Ready…Set… RUN! by Wendy Schultz Mark your calendars and start training for one of Wisconsin’s most scenic race routes: the Green Lake Area “13dot1” Half Marathon and 5K Fun Run. This exhilarating Labor Day weekend event will celebrate its 8th year on Sunday, September 3, and is sure to please both beginner and seasoned runners. With over 500 participants coming from many parts of the country, the excitement is obvious as runners, friends, and families make their way to the starting line, located in the heart of beautiful 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 to provide plenty of cheering and cowbell action as their favorite runners head out.

Talk about eye-catching scenery! The half marathon route takes runners through the City of Green Lake and west along wooded lanes and 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. Manicured emerald-green golf courses and magnificent lake homes are part of the eye candy in this race. The 5K route (3.1 miles) also includes gorgeous views of the lakeshore. Runners/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 Make it your summer goal and start training today. DO the DOT—the 13dot1! Wendy Schultz is chair of the Green Lake 13dot1 Committee. Photographs provided by Green Lake Half Marathon. | 45

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Calendar! by Alison Thiel Each year, volunteers and staff from the Green Lake Association, Green Lake Conservancy, Green Lake Sanitary District, and Green Lake School District come together and plan an action-packed year of activities for our communities to enjoy.

The mission since 2008 has been to celebrate the special, unusual, and often unknown natural features within the Green Lake area by getting families, community members, and visitors outdoors and exploring. Whether it’s a moonlight paddle through Silver Creek, a mushroom foraging walk within South Woods, or a maple syrup tour that includes tasty treats, each event is fun filled, free, and educational. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the exciting activities awaiting you in 2017.

Moonlight Walk at Sugar Island (January)

Discover the splendors of Green Lake in the winter on a moonlight walk with the Green Team. Candles illuminate

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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 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.

Lake Trout Rearing Facility Tour (March)

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especially known for its quality laketrout fishery. Join the Green Team on a tour of the Green Lake Sanitary District’s Rearing Facility and learn about the life cycle of Green Lake’s prized lake trout and their impact on the ecosystem.

Mitchell Glen Tour (May) Explore Mitchell Glen for the first time or revisit this popular Green Lake Conservancy Partnership Property with the Green Team. Local biologist and educator Tom Eddy will lead participants down to the glen that features 12.2 acres of maple-basswood climax forest, unique geological formations, outstanding biodiversity, and spring-fed waters flowing into Green Lake. Space is limited and reservations are required. Save your spot by contacting the Green Lake Sanitary District at (920) 295-4488. To view the complete calendar, register for events, and stay up to date on event details, please visit greenlakeassociation .com /g l aw/ i nde x .php /c a le nd a r- of -events. Alison Thiel is the project manager at the Green Lake Association. Photographs provided by the Green Team.

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

River City Antique Mall (Princeton) Webster's Marketplace (Ripon) Pastimes (Ripon) Norton’s of Green Lake (Green Lake) Adam’s Rib (Green Lake) Sea Critters Cafe Harbor Lights (Green Lake)

Pizza (Dine In)

Christianos Pizza (Green Lake)

Pizza (Delivery)

Christianos Pizza (Green Lake)

American Cuisine

Norton’s of Green Lake (Green Lake)


Sunroom–Heidel House Resort & Spa (Green Lake)

Ice Cream/Dessert

All in Good Taste (Princeton)

Upscale Dining

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

Special Occasion Dining

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

Dining on a Budget

Adam’s Rib (Green Lake)

Gift Shop

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Green Lake Festival of Music (Green Lake) Golf Courses of Lawsonia (Green Lake) Thrasher Opera House (Green Lake) Green Lake Conference Center (Green Lake)

Place to Hike

Green Lake Conference Center (Green Lake)

Cocktail Lounge

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Heidel House Resort & Spa (Green Lake)

Place to Bike Place to Watch Sports

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

Coffee House

Sassafras (Green Lake)

Grocery Store

Webster's Marketplace (Ripon)

Liquor Store

Webster's Marketplace (Ripon)

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Wisconsin State It's not surprising that the Wisconsin State Chili Cookoff has a lot in common with a savory bowl of chili. It's not just great ingredients that count, it's how you combine those ingredients. And it takes time to get all the flavors to blend just right. Over the years, the event has grown from a few dozen people gathering to a partnership between the Green Lake Rotary Club and the International Chili Society. The Wisconsin State Chili Cookoff now attracts over 1,000 chili enthusiasts and as many as 40 chili-making teams from all over the Midwest.

Photograph by Jean Cornelius

After the judging, the first, second, and third place winners will be announced and a $750 cash prize will be awarded. The winning team will also be eligible to compete at the International Chili Society World Championships.

Green Lake Chamber of Commerce at (800) 253-7354 or (920) 294-3231, or go to Hannah Kallio is a freelance writer, speaker, and coach. Learn more at

To learn more about this event or how your team can compete, contact the

The event blends just the right combination of colorful people, delicious food, ice-cold beverages, and live music in a beautiful waterfront park. And there's no charge for admission. The party starts at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 9, at Deacon Mills Park in Green Lake. That's when each team of competitors turns the heat up on their batch of chili. As you visit each booth, you can chat with the cooks about their secret recipe and sample the chili-themed appetizers and desserts. You'll find everything from familiar Tex-Mex favorites, like chips with homemade salsa, to unexpected delicacies, like chili dark chocolate bark. While the chili simmers, kick back and enjoy the live music.

Photograph by Jean Cornelius

At 3:00 p.m., the team of judges will evaluate each batch of chili on the flavor, texture, consistency, aroma, blend of spices, and color. Then it's your turn to judge for yourself. Buy sample cups to taste several batches of chili and vote to decide which team will take home the coveted People's Choice Award. | 49


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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 Jason Mansmith is the Executive Director of the Ripon Chamber of Commerce.

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WHOOPING CRANE The Whooping Crane Festival is a truly unique celebration of community, crafts, and conservation. This year's festival takes place on Saturday, September 9, on the grounds of the Princeton public schools. First and foremost, this festival celebrates the return of the whooping crane from the brink of extinction. From an all-time low of only 23 birds in 1941, the population has rebounded to over 600. Central Wisconsin serves as the summer home for one of only two wild populations worldwide. Princeton is privileged and proud to play a part in this success story. The event gives you and your family an opportunity to learn about a broad spectrum of wildlife conservation efforts from experts from around the state and the world. Even more importantly, they can suggest lots of ways you can be involved in conservation wherever you live and no matter your age. You can hear from a wide variety of experts speaking on different environmental topics from wolves to turtles and, of course, whooping cranes. You'll gain a greater appreciation for all kinds of wildlife. The fun starts with a pancake breakfast at 8:00 a.m. There will then be an amazing assortment of activities indoors and out


by Hannah Kallio until 4:00 p.m. Admission and activities are free, and wonderful Wisconsin food is available for purchase. Several local artists and craftspeople will also be on site throughout the day sharing handmade crafts and gift items. There is a silent auction, guided tours, a trivia challenge, and activities for the kids. The festival is made possible through a partnership between the Princeton Area Chamber of

Commerce, Operation Migration, local bird lovers, and other nonprofit organizations. You can find out more at or by calling the Chamber at (920) 295-3877. You can also visit or reach Operation Migration by phone at (800) 675-2618. Hannah Kallio is a freelance writer, speaker, and coach. Learn more at Photographs by Hannah Kallio.

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RIPON COLLEGE by Jaye Alderson During a gentle snowstorm in early 1851, on a hillside overlooking the village of Ripon, Ripon College’s first building was staked out. Today’s campus still reflects that early beauty, with 250 tree-covered acres including 130 acres of restored prairie and oak savannah. The three original limestone buildings and seven other campus buildings were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1995. Still adjacent to downtown Ripon, Ripon College affords applied learning opportunities and meaningful interaction between students, faculty, staff, and the broader community. Ripon College remains rooted in the liberal arts, with students being nurtured to have curiosity about the world and others in it, being engaged critically

with ideas and society, evaluating moral and ethical implications of choices, and having confidence in their ability to do and understand anything. Yet the College also responds to the needs of the future. The rapidly changing world of employment now emphasizes flexibility and adaptable skills. In the fall of 2016, Ripon College launched its unique and innovative Catalyst curriculum, in which students will earn a concentration in Applied Innovation, demonstrating their mastery of 21st century skills. The College is a leader among the nation’s top liberal arts colleges for delivering a transformational educational experience and focusing on individual needs of each student as they

move on to lead lives of meaning and accomplishment. Acknowledgement of this strength is borne out year after year as Ripon continues to place highly on numerous national rankings. The college dream remains attainable for most families at Ripon College. The vast majority of students receive financial aid, and nearly 40 percent of students are the first in their families to attend college. Thirty-five percent are Pell-Grant eligible—from families with an annual income of $30,000 or less— and Ripon outpaces all other schools in Wisconsin in graduating students who received Pell Grants. Students benefit from small class sizes and individual attention from faculty, who serve as mentors, advisors, and


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collaborators. Within six months of graduation, 96 percent of Ripon graduates are employed, student teaching, or in professional school. Ripon’s five-year acceptance rate to medical school is 71 percent, nearly twice the national average. Graduates include winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, Academy Award, and Grammy Award; best-selling authors; three Rhodes Scholars; and major contributors in business, education, and medicine. The College also established Pi Kappa Delta, now a national honorary society for debaters and orators, and the National Forensic League. In 1953, the College was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, placing it among a select group of the nation’s top colleges. Jaye Alderson is an editor at Ripon College. | 53

Berlin 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

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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 ample opportunities for a leisurely day of canoeing, kayaking, boating, and fishing. Its campground offers riverfront sites, fire pits, baseball fields, and volleyball courts. Summer events include the Great Berlin Grill Out, Independence Day Berlin Style, the Bugle Mouth Bass Tournament, the Street Cruisers Car Show, the Bruce Williams Softball Tournament, and 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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Since 1984

Trek Bicycles • Bicycle Accessories Clothing • Professional Repairs 117 East Huron Street • Berlin, WI 54923 Mikes-Bike-Shop


When you walk in the door of Mike’s Bike Shop in Berlin, you are surrounded by bicycles, biking gear, and the subtle scents of metal and wood. It’s obvious that the owner has a heart for bicyclists. Mike Radke appears from the back workshop, cup of black coffee in hand, and greets you with a warm smile. You immediately know your bike will be in good hands. Mike began his love of business when he still worked in his parents’ store, Arrow Service Center, as a teenager. A few years later, in 1984, he founded Mike’s Bike Shop. “When I opened up, I said I’d give my new shop five years,” Mike says as he sips his coffee, hiding a smile. “It turns out, I’ve been able to support a wife and three children with this business.” There are helmets and clothing; balance bikes for the youngest cyclist; and mountain, racing, and road bikes for older enthusiasts. Mike’s passion is clear; he only sells the best models, including Trek, Surly, and Sun recumbent and adult tricycles.

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Walk right in! Walk In Care Monday – Friday 8am to 6pm Saturday & Sunday 8am to 2pm

At Mike’s Bike Shop, you will find a few things that make the store stand out. Not only can you order any shape and style bike in production, you can order the shape and style bike that fits your body type and bicycling needs exactly. Mike has a custom bicycle measuring machine that allows people to order an exclusive frame from Waterford

Precision Cycles, a Wisconsin company. In this way, people with unique needs or those who desire the perfect fit for their cycling will come away fully satisfied. “Every bicycle I sell is the nicest bicycle anyone has ever owned, and I treat it that way.” Additionally, Mike’s Bike Shop is a fullservice repair shop. Mike can rebuild anything from spokes and forks to bent frames and wheels. “I have many repeat customers; people come back to me year after year because we’ve built that level of trust. Everyone gets the same attention to detail whether it’s a simple kid’s bike or a top-of-the-line triathlon bicycle.”


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those three things very well. Mike’s Bike Shop is open year-round, but the busy season is March through October. The store is located at 117 E. Huron Street. You can also call (920) 361-3565 or find his shop on Facebook. Rebekah Sell is a freelance writer and blogger in the Fox Valley.

When he’s not working in his shop, Mike contributes to the local community as assistant chief to the Berlin Volunteer Fire Department. He has faithfully worked accidents and emergencies since 1989. If a call comes in, he locks the shop and races to the fire. His customers have been extremely understanding during the times he’s had to unexpectedly shut the doors. “The way I see it, a person can only do three things really well; I choose my family, this shop, and the fire department.” It’s evident in his care for his bicycle clients, his family, and the Berlin community that Mike is indeed doing | 57

Harvest Fest by Karen Gygax Rodriguez Wisconsin hospitality welcomes you to one of the best small-town festivals of the Midwest, Green Lake’s Harvest Fest. Sponsored by the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, crafters, chefs, musicians, artists, carvers, farmers, service organizations, residents, and many more harvest and share their best in this late-September festival. With parking and shuttle service around the perimeter of the city, the inner streets overflow with creativity, opening up to a slow-paced stroll inside and out. If you seek connection with kindhearted people and you want to be in the energy of fun and fiesta, Harvest Fest accommodates you.

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an oasis of relaxation

Experience a Friday night musical kick-off and, on Saturday, a pancake breakfast at the American Legion. Shop for jewelry, art, home décor, clothing, used treasures, and outdoor adornments. Stock your pantries at the farmer’s market with delicious areaproduced fruits, vegetables, and meats. Enjoy activities for all ages: music and dancing in the street; petting farms; games; face painting; Sinking the Bismarck; and, new this past year, Duck Races on the canal. There will be a huge parade filled with fun—marching bands; Jazz on a boat; tractors; big trucks; and representatives from smalltown, as well as state, life. Taste organic produce, specialty restaurant entrées, favorite festival snacks, and savor the chicken BBQ and pork roast following the parade.

Re-energize your mind, body and spirit with a selection of rejuvenating treatments and unmatched amenities. Soak in the waterfall whirlpool. Journey through the meditation labyrinth. Savor lunch in the spa café and linger in the relaxation room. Your oasis awaits.






Come to town early and enjoy seeing the parade of cars making their way to display spots. Feed your soul with worship at Deacon Mills Park, followed by a huge variety of musical acts that will entertain the musical palates of all.

using your harvested foods, as well as a chain-saw carver creating unique works of art on the spot.

New for 2017, the Chamber includes classes on creating culinary delights

Karen Gygax Rodriguez is a freelance writer.

Enjoy community at its best at Harvest Fest.

The Harvest of Bargains in Thrasher Opera House is a treasure seeker’s dream. Whether you seek a gently used musical instrument, need to furnish an apartment, enjoy antiques, want to acquire beautiful high-valued gifts at reasonable prices, wish you could find an item you remember having as a child, or just wonder if something you’ve been seeking for a long time is anywhere to be found, the harvest of bargains will not disappoint. Books? The Caestecker Public Library holds a huge sale. Sunday boasts the Jack Taylor Memorial Car Show, one of the area’s largest. | 59

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Two 10 x 14-foot cat colony rooms with large glass windows and an inviting reception/retail area greet visitors as they enter the expanded Green Lake Area Animal Shelter (GLAAS). The shelter wrapped up a major three-year expansion in 2016, launched by a large estate gift received in 2014. Expanded space for cats, a stainless-steel dog bathing tub, extra storage for food and supplies, and easy-to-clean Extrutech plastic wall panels are just a few of the improvements that enable the shelter to better serve the community and pets in need of homes. 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 7,000 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 is on their website and 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 on April 29.

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Another fundraiser, the Dog Walk, is held during Ripon’s Septemberfest event on September 16. 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. 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 The shelter is located near Green Lake, just east of the intersection of Highways 23 and 49 on Busse Drive. Call (920) 294-3042 and like the shelter on Facebook to stay up to date. Jean Cornelius is a freelance writer and pet photographer. Photograph by Jean Cornelius

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On the Hunt

Antique Treasures in Green Lake by Kris Wood

Whether you're a collector or scoping out the best deals on vintage charmers, the Green Lake area offers classic antiques in the shops that line its streets. Abundant treasures await discerning visitors and residents alike.

items, signs and pictures, and the largest selection of locally designed Williraye collectibles in the area. Treasure hunters will observe that greeting cards, journals, and educational toys are featured.

Johnny Crow’s

The store is open daily throughout the summer, closed in the winter, and has varied fall and spring hours. Unique and colorful items await your visit in this cozy and charming store. Call for more information or visit Facebook for regular posts and interactions with customers. 511 W. Water Street, Princeton. (920) 295-4801.

What delights await you at Johnny Crow's? Eclectic items, concierge service, appraisals, and more! The everchanging stock of antiques at the store will enchant you and beckon you to linger a bit longer to find one more item on your list. Owner Bonnie MacLagan actively buys antiques and collectibles and provides expert assessments and certified appraisals. She is masterful at coordinating estate sales and loves to help clients find a longed-for gem. Along with an easy to navigate website, Bonnie posts current treasures on Facebook. Come explore the unique items available or call her for assistance yearround. 103 Water Street, Princeton. (920) 291-6919.

Pastimes Books & Antiques Quaint and classy describe Pastimes Books & Antiques. Pastimes is owned and operated by two sisters and their families. The Elliot and Kallestad families founded this business in 2000 and have grown to occupy two turnof-the-century buildings. They sell a wide variety of new and used books, vintage linens, textiles and dishes, rustic antiques for home and garden, handmade jewelry, a plethora of kitchen

major holidays. Owners Dave and Pam Woolbright love to help clients find treasures and offer an online store to help facilitate shopping. Find out more by visiting the store or website today. 328 S. Fulton Street, Princeton. (920) 295-3475. Kris Wood is a freelance writer, retreat facilitator, and a giddy grandma to four darlings.

Side Door Antiques If you're looking for vintage and antique items for your home, Side Door Antiques should be on your must-see list. Neighboring the Fox River Glove Outlet store, owners Mary and Michael Reinsch have tastefully appointed Side Door Antiques with an imaginative collection of books, baskets, dishes, housewares, toys, handmade rugs, clothing, and furniture. 113 W. Fond du Lac Street, Ripon. (920) 748-5845.

Woolbright's River City Antique Mall This antique mall offers over 50 curators that specialize in a wide variety of collectibles. On any given day, guests will discover antique toys, glassware, stoneware, artwork, gas pumps, clothing and accessories, and vintage advertizing signs. The mall is open year-round, though closed on | 61

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It finally happened! Fifteen years after the inception of the annual show that had been plagued by iffy weather at least one of the two days, we had two absolutely gorgeous fall days. The weather was great and the crowd the largest ever. Parking lots were brimming, artists were busy, and sales were brisk. The popular, unique root heads sold out on Saturday, so if this is something you wish to purchase, come early. The marble-blowing demonstration was a popular pausing point for visitors. Wildlife birds of prey was presented by AVES and enjoyed by young and adult fairgoers. Kyle Denton led the plant walk, identifying many familiar and unfamiliar plants.

This year’s speaker is Pat Ehrenberg, quilt and teaching artist, presenting Remembering Grandmother—30s era at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 21, and Sunday, October 22.

Local farmers offer pasture-raised beef, lamb, pork, chicken, and buffalo. Apples, honey, leeks, hickory nuts, garden vegetables, and gourds are popular commodities.

There is always some new artist that joins the show late, offering a surprise. Last year it was Jesse Messa with her hand-painted barn-board quilts. She will be returning this year. The show offers pottery, rugs, and weaving; Amish rockers; log and barn-board furniture; jewelry; wearable art; folk-art painting; metal sculpture; yarn; wool felting; stained glass; candles; soaps; and baskets. So many choices for that unique gift for your special someone.

In the Pole Shed, we offer pulled pork, ham, and old-fashioned hot dog sandwiches with Ray’s famous fried sauerkraut as an optional condiment. The Pie Shoppe sells pumpkin, apple, pecan, and farm-berry pies by the slice. Renard’s European Bakeshop sells artisan breads and pastries to take home. Don’t forget to get your bag of Chippy’s Kettle Corn, available in three flavors. Artisan cheeses available for a gourmet taste. Fairgoers enjoy the folk music of Jim Anger and an antique tractor show both days. The Voyageur Canoe & Tepee is a must-see. Native American Healing Lodge times will be announced at the show. This year, From the Land is Saturday, October 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the Toll/Londowski Family Farm, located one mile west on County Road J off State Highway 49 North. Dress for the weather and come and enjoy the 16th annual From the Land gathering of traditional arts and crafts with demonstrations held on the family farm that raises a flock of Suffolk sheep. Enjoy the beautiful fall scenery on your drive to the show! For more information about From the Land, please call Jan at (920) 216-1729 or go to 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 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 World War II 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,

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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, Thrasher’s 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. The 2017 season offers another year of high-caliber performers, including musicians Richie Furay, Ana Popovic, Dervish, Ten Strings and a Goatskin, Jeffrey Foucault, Willy Porter, The Paul Thorn Band, Missoula Children's Theatre, Catie Curtis, the improvisational comedy of The Second City, and more. Visit for dates, times, and tickets. Submitted by Thrasher Opera House. | 63

by Jason Mansmith Ripon’s Dickens of a Christmas weekend will celebrate its 27th anniversary December 1 through 3. The weekend holiday kickoff offers a variety of events to provide countless memories and lay the foundation for new family traditions. It also offers opportunities for all ages, including the Dickens of a Quilt Show, Enchanted Forest, Christmas Crèche Display, Gingerbread House Contest, Dress A Doll Contest, and great shopping and dining experiences. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through downtown Ripon as the skyline shines with thousands of twinkling lights over the busyness of one of Wisconsin’s most iconic holiday weekends. The highlight of the Dickens weekend happens during Living Windows, when downtown shops and storefronts come alive to tell the story of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. See your favorite characters, like Fezziwig, Tiny Tim, ghostly apparitions, and Ebenezer Scrooge himself as community groups and organizations portray the scenes through historic Downtown Ripon. Visit with Victorian

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era guests, sing along with carolers, and perhaps even dine on a roasted chestnut.

your style or your taste, Ripon makes your holiday amazing, enjoyable, and stress free.

Santa Claus is always an important part of the Dickens of a Christmas weekend with numerous stops during the event. Saturday morning features Breakfast with Santa, where kids, young and old, can tell Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick their wish list items. It also features a variety of holiday craft shows, a chance to meet live reindeer, and opportunities to tour homes during the Dickens of a Christmas Tour of Homes. The Tour of Homes showcases homes from many different decades and centuries as you get a look inside some of the most uniquely designed and exquisitely decorated homes around Ripon.

The holidays are about family, and Ripon’s Dickens of a Christmas provides the chance to create family traditions and memorable experiences that can continue for generations. Come spend some time in Ripon during Dickens of a Christmas and throughout the year, and learn to love Ripon.

Dickens of a Christmas also offers the chance to enjoy the unique shopping and dining opportunities available in Ripon. Explore the one-of-a-kind shops and great local eateries that give guests the best experience ever. From locally made wine and beers to delectable dishes with global palates, whatever

Photographs provided by Ripon Chamber of Commerce.

For more details on Dickens of a Christmas and other events in Ripon, please call (920) 748-6764 or go to Jason Mansmith is the Executive Director of the Ripon Chamber of Commerce.

Cover Artist

Ching Kung Ching Kung is the Vilas Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics, emeritus, at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He has drawn and painted for more than 40 years, and his paintings have been exhibited at several local venues and in private collections. Ching’s work has won several awards, including the 2012 Ada Biddick Award and 2014 Joseph E. Burk Memorial Award of the Wisconsin Regional Art Program’s Annual State Art Exhibit. One painting was selected and exhibited for the 2013 Museum of Wisconsin Art Members’ Show, and another was a

selected entry for the Northern National Art Competition at the Nicolet Art Gallery in 2013. Ching has also exhibited his work with the poems by Donna Carnes and Blair Mathews at the Pyle Center at UW–Madison in 2015 and 2016. Proceeds from the sale of those paintings went to the James F. Crow Institute for the Study of Evolution and the James F. Crow Professorship, administered through the Department of Genetics, UW–Madison. Images of his painting can be found at Photographs provided by Ching Kung. | 65

advertiser index Accommodations/Campgrounds Bay View Motel & Resort..............................42 Hattie Sherwood Campground.....................10 Heidel House Resort & Spa............................5 The Keipe Hotel Vacation Rental..................13 Antiques Butterfly Antiques Resale Shop....................56 Johnny Crow’s..............................................61 Pastimes........................................................20 Sidedoor Antiques........................................32 Woolbright’s River City Antique Mall...........20 Association/Club Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.....10 Green Lake Arts Council..............................38 Green Lake Conservancy..............................26 Ripon Chamber of Commerce......................32 Attraction Escapade—Heidel House Resort & Spa.........5 Green Lake Festival of Music........................14 Green Lake Fine Arts Show..........................38 Thrasher Opera House.................................63 Automotive Repair Cliff’s Tire & Battery....................................53 Bakery/Baked Goods All In Good Taste.........................................21 Guth's...........................................................18 Oven Fresh Bakery.......................................62 Webster's Marketplace..................................37 Banking Golden Rule Community Credit Union........50 Horicon Bank...............................................43 Bike Sales/Repair Mike’s Bike Shop..........................................56 Boat/Watercraft Action Marina.............................................. BC Bay View Boat Rental....................................42 Cove Marine Services LLC...........................51 Escapade—Heidel House Resort & Spa.........5 Shoreline Marine Contracting......................17 Books Pastimes........................................................20

Firewood Mirr of Green Lake Tree Care.......................31 Premium Firewood.......................................46 Fishing Charter Norton’s Fishing Adventures........................22 Florist Bloch's Farm...................................................7 Crossroads Market......................................IFC Webster's Marketplace..................................37 Garden Center/Nursery Bloch's Farm...................................................7 Stuart’s Landscaping & Garden Center........55 Gifts ACE Hardware..............................................53 All In Good Taste.........................................21 Butterfly Antiques Resale Shop....................56 Farrell’s Fine Furnishings, LLC....................36 Fox River Glove Outlet Store........................32 Guth's...........................................................18 Gysbers Jewelry............................................41 Hounsell's.....................................................25 Johnny Crow’s..............................................61 Pastimes........................................................20 Sidedoor Antiques........................................32 Twister..........................................................21 Woolbright’s River City Antique Mall...........20 Worldwide Gifts...........................................44 Golf The Golf Courses of Lawsonia......................28 Grocer/Market/Deli/Cheese All in Good Taste..........................................21 Crossroads Market......................................IFC Webster's Marketplace..................................37 Hardware ACE Hardware..............................................53 Home/Contractors Bloch's Farm...................................................7 Galaxy Lighting............................................12 M.P.B. Builders, Inc......................................33 Stuart’s Landscaping & Garden Center........55 Surface & Surroundings, Inc........................33

Clothing/Jewelry/Shoes/Accessories All In Good Taste.........................................21 Fox River Glove Outlet Store........................32 Gysbers Jewelry............................................41 Twister..........................................................21 W.C. Russell Moccasin Co............................54

Home Décor/Furniture Butterfly Antiques Resale Shop....................56 Casual Living Outfitters, LLC......................33 Farrell’s Fine Furnishings, LLC....................36 Johnny Crow’s..............................................61 Pastimes........................................................20 Sidedoor Antiques........................................32 Twister..........................................................21 Woolbright’s River City Antique Mall...........20

Coffee/Espresso/Tea Guth's...........................................................18 Twister..........................................................21

Hospital/Medical Clinic Ripon Medical Center...................................50 ThedaCare....................................................57

Computer Sales/Service Badgerland Computer Systems.....................45

Ice Cream All In Good Taste.........................................21 Guth's...........................................................18 Pump House Parlor— Heidel House Resort & Spa.........................5

Church Our Saviour's United Church of Christ........49

Convenience Store/Gasoline Holliday Food & Sport.................................53 Dentistry Silver Creek Dentistry..................................53 66 | Green Lake magazine 2017

Landscaping/Lawn Care/Tree Care Bloch's Farm...................................................7 Mirr of Green Lake Tree Care.......................31 Stuart’s Landscaping & Garden Center........55 Library Caestecker Public Library.............................31 Liquor/Wine/Beer Crossroads Market......................................IFC Holliday Food & Sport.................................53 Malchetske’s Liquor & Video........................55 Twister..........................................................21 Vines & Rushes Winery...............................39 Webster's Marketplace..................................37 Pharmacy Crossroads Market......................................IFC Photo Lab Webster's Marketplace..................................37 Plumbing Pinnacle Plumbing LLC................................64 Quality Plumbing LLC.................................60 Real Estate Adashun Jones Real Estate..............................9 Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Metro Realty..............................................27 Century 21 Properties Unlimited.................36 Emmer Real Estate Group............................11 Lake Real Estate............................................29 Schneider Real Estate...................................19 Special Properties, Ltd................................IBC Wisconsin Special Properties, LLC................3 Restaurants/Catering Adam’s Rib....................................................12 Boathouse Pub— Heidel House Resort & Spa.........................5 Christianos Pizza..........................................15 Grey Rock—Heidel House Resort & Spa.......5 Sunroom—Heidel House Resort & Spa.........5 School Green Lake School District...........................30 Ripon College...............................................52 Spa Evensong Spa at Heidel House Resort...................... 5 & 59 Sporting Goods/Sportsman ACE Hardware..............................................53 Holliday Food & Sport.................................53 Toys Hounsell's.....................................................25 Twister..........................................................21 Worldwide Gifts...........................................44 Travel Agency Ambassador Travel LTD...............................58 Video/DVD Rental Malchetske’s Liquor & Video........................55 Winery Vines & Rushes Winery...............................39

Green Lake Magazine 2017  

There are three important decisions to be made for a trip away from home, whether it’s for business or pleasure: Lodging, Dining, and Leisur...

Green Lake Magazine 2017  

There are three important decisions to be made for a trip away from home, whether it’s for business or pleasure: Lodging, Dining, and Leisur...