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COVER DESIGN Diane Washa CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jaye Alderson, Berlin Chamber of Commerce, Jean Cornelius, Laura Deming, Thomas L. Eddy, From the Land, Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, Green Lake Association, Kyle Jacobson, Markesan Chamber of Commerce, Montello Area Chamber of Commerce, Alyssa Paulsen, Stephanie Prellwitz, Princeton Chamber of Commerce, Ripon Chamber of Commerce, Thrasher Opera House, Diane Washa, Kim Zills PHOTOGRAPHER Barbara Wilson ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS Jean Cornelius, daiseye, Thomas L. Eddy, Jacklyn Ewerdt, From the Land, Elizabeth Goodspeed, Goose Blind Grill & Bar, Green Lake Association, Green Lake Conference Center, Green Lake Festival of Music, Gary Hannabarger, Joe Koepnich, Matthew Falz Photography, Lara Roehl, Thrasher Opera House, Kate Triller, Diane Washa, Webster’s Marketplace SALES & MARKETING 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 DESIGNER Linda Walker ADMINISTRATION Lori Czajka, Debora Knutson ADDITIONAL COPIES Green Lake Magazine 2019 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., PO Box 174, Baraboo, WI 53913-0174. 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., PO Box 174, Baraboo, WI 53913-0174 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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61 Area Poll Favorites 43 Berlin 6 Calendar of Events 36-37 Cookie Daze 64-65 Cover Artist: Diane Washa 32-33 Cycling Through the Green Lake Area 22-23 daiseye 62-63 Dickens of a Christmas 60 From the Land 14-15 Fun at Big Green Lake Year-Round 18-19 Golf 12-13 Goose Blind Grill & Bar 10-11 Green Lake 49 Green Lake Area Animal Shelter 42 Green Lake Association 40-41 Green Lake Conference Center 26-27 Green Lake Conservancy 24 Green Lake County Fair 16-17 Green Lake Festival of Music 44-45 Green Lake Fine Arts Show 14 Green Lake Fish Chart 38-39 Green Team 8 Greetings from Governor Evers 56-57 Harvest Fest 34-35 Maps of the Area 48 Markesan 58-59 Montello 25 Music by the Lake 20 Princeton 28-29 Ripon 52-53 Ripon College 50-51 Thrasher Opera House 30-31 Webster’s Marketplace 54-55 Whooping Crane Festival 46-47 Wisconsin State Chili Cookoff

Calendar of Events 2019 APRIL



12 Ripon—Spring Wine Walk 26–27 Ripon—Ripon City Wide Rummage Sales 27 Green Lake—Green Lake Bird Festival 27 Green Lake—Green Team: Birdwatching at Sunnyside Conservancy 27 Montello—White Lake Brewgrass Festival at White Lake Beach Resort

4 Green Lake—July 4 Celebration 4 Ripon—Fireworks at Murray Park 13 Green Lake—Green Team: Moonlight Paddle & Bonfire at Tichora 13 Princeton—Run for Sam 10K Run/Walk at VFW Post 10452 22–28 Oshkosh—2019 EAA AirVenture

1 Ripon—Holiday Wine Walk 8–9 Ripon—Christmas in the Village 29 Princeton—Lights on Water Street Parade 29 Princeton—Unity’s Festival of the Trees at Community Hall 29–Dec. 1 Princeton—Christmas in Princeton 30 Green Lake—Shop Small/Local & Cookies for Santa




Green Lake—Green Lake County Fair 3 Green Lake—Green Lake Association Annual Gala 3 Ripon—Cookie Daze 6–9 Green Lake—Green Lake Conference Center 75th Anniversary Celebration 10–11 Green Lake—Fine Arts Show 17 Green Lake—Green Lake Area Conservancy Field Day 18 Princeton—St. John’s Polish Picnic and Annual Car Show 24 Princeton—Cemetary Walking Tour

3–5 Montello—Fish-n-Fun 4 Green Lake—Green Lake Citywide Garage Sale 4 Ripon—RC2 Half Marathon/10K/5K 10–11 Princeton—Community Hall Rummage Sale 11 Princeton—Citywide Garage Sale 26 Green Lake—Green Lake 100 Bike Ride Starting at Deacon Mills Park 26 Princeton—Cluck-a-Roo 5K Walk/Run 26 Princeton—Rubber Chicken Fling at Princeton City Park 26 Princeton—Unity’s 10th Annual Spring Arts and Crafts Fair at Princeton City Park 27 Berlin—Memorial Day Parade 27 Ripon—Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony 31–June 1 Green Lake—Green Lake Area Animal Shelter Rummage Sale


Green Lake—Green Lake Area “13dot1” Half Marathon and 5K Fun Run 7 Green Lake—Wisconsin State Chili Cookoff 7 Princeton—Puckaway Pigfest at Lake Arrowhead Campground 8 Princeton—Unity’s Annual Harvest Faire 13–15 Princeton—Whooping Crane Festival 15 Ripon—Green Lake Area Animal Shelter Dog Walk 21 Green Lake—Thrasher Party for the Arts 21 Ripon—Septemberfest 28–29 Green Lake—Harvest Fest


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OCTOBER Green Lake—Green Team: Mitchell Glen Tour 5 Montello—White Lake Oktoberfest Celebration at White Lake Beach Resort 13 Green Lake—Green Lake Tour of Homes 19 Green Lake—Green Team: Native Prairie Seed Collection at Dawson Prairie 19 Princeton—Fall Wine Walk 19–20 Green Lake—From the Land at the Toll/Landowski Farm 25 Princeton—Trick-or-Treat on Water Street 27 Ripon—Trick-or-Treat

ONGOING EVENTS Green Lake—Green Lake Festival of Music. (920) 748-9398 or Green Lake—Thrasher Opera House. (920) 294-4279 or Green Lake—Spring Market at Town Square. Saturdays in April. Princeton—Flea Market. Saturdays, Apr. 20–Oct. 12. Green Lake—Friends of the Library Book Sale at Caestecker Library. May 3–4, Aug. 10–11, and Sept. 28–29. Green Lake—Bingo at Town Square. May 25, June 29, July 27, Aug. 31, Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 30, and Dec. 28. Ripon—Summer Concert Series. Fridays, June 7–Sept. 6. Green Lake—Concerts in the Park. Wednesdays at Deacon Mills Park, June 12–Aug. 14.


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Green Lake—Green Team: Stream Bugs and Monitoring Tour at Dakin Creek Berlin—Boys & Girls Club Tri-County Area’s Drivin’ Fore the Club Green Lake—Green Team: Paddle and Hike at Ticorah Green Lake—Splash into Summer/Chalk Walk Green Lake—Celebrating 25 Years of the Library on Hill Street Princeton—Elim Hosta Gardens Open Garden Green Lake—Green Team: Mitchell Glen Tour

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DECEMBER 6–8 Ripon—Dickens of a Christmas 7 Princeton—Annual Cookie Walk at Princeton Public Library 13–14 Green Lake—Cody Clauson Trio Music & Dinner Show at Green Lake Conference Center Dates subject to change— please call ahead to confirm.

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Welcome from the Governor

Greetings! It is my pleasure to welcome you to Green Lake, an area of natural beauty and warm hospitality in our great state of Wisconsin. Peaceful lakes and lush forests help make Wisconsin home to a perfect mix of adventure and relaxation in the foreground of picturesque scenery. Green Lake serves up the best of the state with endless activities indoors and out, friendly faces, satisfying meals, and treasured shops. With its rural charm and diverse attractions, the Green Lake area has something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Experience the state’s deepest natural inland lake with boating, swimming, fishing, kayaking, and waterskiing. Explore on land with hiking, biking, and camping. The adventure doesn’t stop indoors, where you can visit art galleries and watch a performance at a historic opera house. Or see a whole new perspective of the area with a hotair balloon ride! Green Lake, along with all of central Wisconsin, is not only enjoyable for vacations, it’s also a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family with abundant business opportunities, affordable housing, and a serene community. We’re excited to host your adventure in Green Lake because when you’re having fun, we’re having fun. Sincerely,

Tony Evers Governor

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Memories made here. Plan your next getaway at

With all that Green Lake offers, visiting Green Lake easily becomes visiting the good life. With miles of shoreline, stunning sunsets, events, and activities year-around, we know your entire family will always have something to enjoy! Escape to the deepest natural inland lake in Wisconsin. Green Lake offers hours of experiences, from waterskiing, ice skating, and boating to fishing. The lake also offers hours of sightseeing and birdwatching. There are many different need-tosee sights that you’ll find hiking and biking the gorgeous trails at the Green Lake Conference Center. You’ll find towers that allow for peering over the entire lake, endless wildlife, and colorchanging leaves in the fall. Excite your senses by diving into a wood-fired pizza at a local winery or get together with some friends to try some microbrews. If you’d rather fill up at a local coffee or ice cream shop, or dine at a waterview restaurant, we have plenty

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of options. After a satisfying meal, feel younger and more relaxed with facial or massage therapy at the Evensong Spa. Along with many places to visit, there are also many events throughout the year. During the summer, you’ll find Concerts in the Park every Wednesday, featuring different bands in different genres. The historic Thrasher Opera House provides an array of live music downtown. Green Lake also has weekly farmer’s markets with colorful and flavor-packed foods! While the weather is still warm, the “best little fair around” comes to town on August 1. And once it begins to cool down in September, Green Lake becomes home to a Wisconsin State

Chili Cookoff. As the leaves begin to leave, Harvest Fest arrives—a festival all about handmade crafts! Once the leaves are gone and snow begins to fall, ice fishing and ice skating become popular activities all around town. With so much to enjoy in Green Lake, it’s a need-to-go vacation spot! You’ll also find plenty of smiling faces around town to welcome you to the good life. For help planning your next visit, go to or contact the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Provided by the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Photographs by Barbara Wilson.

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The Goose Blind Grill & Bar

by Kyle Jacobson Throughout Wisconsin, local bars and restaurants make an effort to be involved in their communities. The sense of gratitude these establishments show toward their customers comes across as authentic and heartfelt through meaningful contributions to the places they call home. Goose Blind Grill & Bar is definitely one of those restaurants, but it also does something a little subtle that, if you’re not a regular, you might’ve missed. It all starts inside the grill and bar. Owner Mary Rowley has set a mission for herself and her barstaff. “When you walk in the door, all we know is we

need to bring you up. We don’t know if you just had a bad day at work, you just had a fight with your wife, if you just came from a funeral, if you’re celebrating a birthday, if you just got married.” She doesn’t want to wait to see who comes back before building a relationship with her customers. Goose Blind treats tourists like locals and locals like family. And that’s not a slogan; that’s just what they do. It starts with their relationship to Green Lake. “We’re a constant. We’re involved in the community. We’re involved with the schools—having school dances here, fundraisers here.” In a town of 1,200, everything you do gets noticed, which is why I find the best thing Goose Blind has done for Green Lake lies in the decisions and expansions they’ve made in house. In the beginning, Goose Blind was just a bar. “I knew we needed to be a food eatery with the bar and everything else.” Mary wanted casual dining at a time when Green Lake was filled with 12 | Green Lake magazine 2019

fine dining. It might sound like filling a niche, but I think there’s more to it than that. Then consider her philosophy on beer. With 18 beers on draft, Goose Blind keeps its ear to the ground for what’s going on in the local craftbeer world, ensuring they’re rotating a handful of taps for seasonals and offhand varieties while preserving some year-round favorites. “You can’t be stagnant. ... We’re always reinvesting in the business.” Mary’s energy in keeping Goose Blind relevant has often placed her ahead of the eight ball. Her adventurous spirit translates well to the menu. “We always do food with a twist.” Little things like tequila in buffalo sauce and brussels sprout leaves on a burger make the food something that she seeks to keep evolving. But the staples of Goose Blind’s menu, like a white chicken chili from a recipe Mary got from her best friend, are some of their gems. Bit of a side note: as a Wisconsin native, I love good fish. I think those who like baked fish can agree that finding a place that knows how to fry fish while preserving the flakey texture and succulent taste can be tough. I’ll just say you won’t be disappointed here. From the unique to the familiar, Green Lake means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. And whether you’re a local or a tourist, Goose Blind fashions itself to make sure that never changes. Kyle Jacobson is a freelance writer and senior copy editor for Green Lake Magazine. Photographs provided by the Goose Blind Grill & Bar. | 13

F un at BIG GREEN LAKE Year-Round

by Alyssa Paulsen

Not many small communities can boast they have something for visitors yearround. This, however, is very true for Green Lake. Residents don’t even have to try to ensure their go-to attraction is ready for action every season. It just

naturally prepares itself for any day of the year. That’s right! Big Green Lake is ready for you no matter what the temperature outside. Its claim to fame as Wisconsin’s







Late May through mid-July, shallower water early, 40–60’. 100–140’ later. Small spoons, small shiners. Ice out until early May, fish shorelines. Last week in June until mid-July, fish weed beds. Early August through autumn, 25–50’ on hard-bottom drop-offs. Night crawlers, leeches. 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’. First three weeks of June, troll the weed beds. Large spinners, crank baits. July, fish in 25–40’ of water on the drop-offs. Large chubs, suckers. Early May, work the shorelines. Warmer weather, fish the rock piles 15–20’. Spinner baits, tubes, crawlers, leeches. 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 weed beds. Big shiners on tip-ups. Fish near big weed beds 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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deepest natural inland lake (237 feet at its deepest) makes this body of water usable for fishing, swimming, boating, kayaking, ice fishing, waterskiing, ice skating, and even ice boating. Green Lake is a hot spot in the late spring through the summer, and in early fall, visitors flock to test the waters of the 7,346-acre lake. You’ll catch fishermen anchoring their boats to their favorite spots as they prepare for a day of hooking the biggest fish. You’ll find families taking their children swimming off the shores of Hattie Sherwood Beach, Dodge Memorial County Park, and Sunset Park. The glistening waters will be disrupted by boaters as they pull a daring skier leaping over the waves behind them. There’s no place quite like it for a great time with family or friends or both! What’s better is that you don’t even need your own boat or equipment to enjoy a good time out on the lake. Green Lake is packed with boat and equipment rentals sure to make your visit memorable. Don’t know a whole lot about the lake and town but would like to learn more without wasting any action time? Head to Pierless Boat Rentals at Green Lake Conference Center to coast the lake in style aboard the 60-foot Escapade or the

J. Lawson respectively as you take a tour and learn the history of Green Lake. If bundling up and heading out to a frozen lake for activity is more your thing, load up the ice shanty because Green Lake is the place to be for ice fishing as well. Much like summer fishing, bait can be purchased downtown along with most other day-on-the-lake essentials. While ice conditions vary each year, most of the time ice fishers and their shanties dot the horizon of Big Green Lake. If you’re looking for another familyfriendly activity during the cold months, Deacon Mills Wharf area becomes a whimsical ice skating rink, perfect for spending a few hours or all day. With so much to do, it’s no wonder Big Green Lake is a destination many head to year-round. Whether in summer, when all the houses around the lake begin to fill up and downtown becomes vibrant with activity, or in winter, when most parts of town are barren and grey—Green Lake continues to cater to those who love action and sports as well as those who just want to curl up with a good book or warm their toes by a bonfire near the shores of Big Green. Alyssa Paulsen is a freelance writer. Photograph by Barbara Wilson.


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Green Lake Festival of Music


Magical Music by Laura Deming

Each summer, visitors and residents of Green Lake find its beauty enriched by the magical musical events of Green Lake Festival of Music, a celebration of classical music for the whole family. For 40 years, the Festival has hosted world-renowned musicians, conductors, composers, and rising young stars with concerts at intimate venues that allow audiences to be part of the experience. You’ll not only absorb the music, but also have the opportunity to interact with the musicians as they share their passion and craft through preconcert conversations. You’ll gain a deeper understanding and insight into the compositions. The Festival provides music mastery through concerts; the chamber music camp, with outstanding faculty artists and 24 select students; and choral activities, including a composer residency. From people who love singing and playing to those who simply enjoy listening to great music, there’s something for everyone. 40th Anniversary highlights include: • Internationally renowned violinist James Ehnes and pianist Andrew Armstrong performing an allBeethoven concert. • Shakespeare sung by world-class opera singers, inspired by American Players Theatre, which is also celebrating its 40th anniversary. And much more! The concerts are free, although contributions are appreciated to support artists and the education of the next generation of talented musicians. For a full schedule of events, concert information, and links to the artists’ music mastery, go to greenlakefestival .org, find us on Facebook, or contact us at or (920) 748-9398. Laura Deming is festival director for Green Lake Festival of Music. Photographs provided by Green Lake Festival of Music.

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Celebrating 40 years of magical music for all ages!


World renowned musicians in intimate and historic venues Visit our website or find us on Facebook for concert dates. @GreenLakeFestival • • • 920-748-9398 | 17

It’s a Golfer’s Paradise by Jean Cornelius

The Green Lake region has been a popular golfer’s paradise for generations. Multiple challenging courses attract players who stay and play more than one, enjoying some of the best golf in the country.

The Golf Courses of Lawsonia

Reputed as one of the most celebrated and challenging courses in the Midwest, Lawsonia’s two courses are distinctly different from each other. The Links Course was built by the H. O. Stone Company in 1930. Designers William Langford and Theodore Moreau traveled to Scotland to sketch and photograph famous golf holes at links-style courses. The seventh hole is arguably the most unique: a boxcar is buried underneath the green, giving it steep sides, with the right side about 20 feet almost vertical. The first nine of the Woodlands Course was added in 1983, and the second nine opened in 1991. On the second hole, a quarry protects the green, implying it might be best to hit a right-to-left shot when actually it’s best to stay right off of the tee to achieve a better angle into the protected green.

Photograph by Lara Roehl

Mascoutin Golf Club

Named for a village south of Berlin inhabited by fire-worshipping Indians, Mascoutin’s gently rolling hills are home to 27 holes. The first 18 holes opened in 1976, and the third 9 opened in 1999. Mascoutin offers numerous clubs and events for men, women, and couples.

Tuscumbia Golf Course

Tuscumbia reigns as Wisconsin’s oldest course. Founded in 1896, the course’s 18 holes feature majestic evergreens, maples, and oaks. Tuscumbia’s Family Links is a 9-hole, par-3 executive course with narrow fairways and small undulating greens providing an enjoyable experience for golfers young and old.

Sondalles White Lake Country Club

This 18-hole, par-72 golf course is carved out of more than 200 acres of ancient glacier land. Nestled among hills, woods, and ponds with 6,382 18 | Green Lake magazine 2019

The Links is Ranked #59 America’s Top 100 Greatest Public Courses by Golf Digest, is one of America’s best classic courses, ranked #60 in the U.S. by Golfweek and #2 in the state. A true links golf experience in Wisconsin! The Woodlands includes beautiful tree-lined fairways, stunning views of Green Lake, and a famous par-3 with a 65’ drop. Langford’s Pub offers great food and drink. yards of course, the grounds include significant elevation changes, doglegs, sand traps, and water hazards. A dozen or so free-roaming, friendly peacocks add an unexpected touch of elegance to the experience.

Book your tee time today at or call (920) 294-3320. Ask about all-day rates and stay-and-play packages!

Jean Cornelius is a freelance writer.

The Golf Courses of Lawsonia

in Green Lake Conference Center W2615 Valley View Drive Green Lake (920) 294-3320

Mascoutin Golf Club W1635 County Trunk A Berlin (920) 361-2360

Tuscumbia Golf Course 680 Illinois Avenue Green Lake (920) 294-3381

Sondalles White Lake Country Club W1680 Country Club Drive Montello (608) 297-2255 | 19


Princeton’s many antique stores. From finely crafted dressers to delightful novelty signs, Princeton stores are a homemaker’s dream. Participate in one of the many weekend events that the town has to offer, from Wine Walks to our Rubber Chicken Fling to our Whooping Crane Festival. Visit us Thanksgiving weekend, away from the rat race of Black Friday. This time shop local: stroll from store to store while taking photos with Santa and picking up hot chocolate, personalized cookies, and more. Stay for our Christmas in Princeton parade and feel childlike wonder again.

Princeton Wisconsin invites you in. With its charming local shops, its bustling antique stores, and the famous Flea Market, you can spend a day, a weekend, or a week here completely

• Friendly restaurants • Fun and memorable camping • Distinct lodging • Scenic bike routes • Unique birding opportunities • Over 10,000 acres of public land • And much more!

The Shops of Water Street & Renowned Antique Shops

Wisconsin’s Largest Weekly Outdoor Flea Market

The Beautiful Fox River & Nearby Lakes & Streams

Princeton Chamber of Commerce (920) 295-3877

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transported to small-town life bursting with appeal. Plan a day: visit Princeton’s Famous Flea Market, held outdoors from April to October. It’s the largest of its kind in the state and full of treasures homemade, antiqued, and new. From booth to booth, you will find the perfect thing you have been looking for and the thing you never knew you needed until then. Following your robust treasure hunting at the Flea Market, treat yourself to lunch. Relax in cozy restaurants, enjoy the sunshine at the American Legion’s award-winning brat fry, or support a local organization by picking up a burger at the Flea Market’s food stand. Once full, take yourself on a date in downtown Princeton and discover the many local shops, which offer everything from American-made clothing, hand-blown glass ornaments, and local wines to specialty crafted soaps. Say hi to one of our many shop dogs, and find a gift for everyone on your list, from birthdays to Christmases to weddings. Plan a weekend: meet up with friends, or take the kids and enjoy a couple days exploring more that Princeton has to offer. Spend the afternoon discovering the hidden wonders in each of

Plan a week: take your time and discover the beauty of central Wisconsin and spend a week in Princeton. Stay at one of our local campgrounds, motels, or Airbnbs. Reacquaint yourself with nature. Teach the kids how to canoe while discovering the historic Fox River. Relish the peace and quiet while spending the day golfing, fishing, or hunting. Look back in time and enjoy the slow sweet pace of small-town life. Take Princeton’s Historical Walking Tour or visit a cemetery reenactment. And when you want to explore some more, have a tour of a local winery or family farm and savor the taste of food and drink crafted by real people for you. Make sure to bring your bikes and traverse one of the five bikes paths stretching out through the hills and woods of the surrounding area. And there is a winter wonderland waiting for you in Princeton with our snowmobiling trails, ice skating, and cross-country skiing. Princeton is waiting for you, whether you are hours or minutes away. Come and see for yourself and make each day an adventure. For more information contact the Princeton Chamber of Commerce at (920) 295-3877 or visit Provided by the Princeton Chamber of Commerce. Photographs by Gary Hannabarger.


Shop or chill with

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“Favorite Gift Shop”

- Green Lake Magazine Readers’ Poll


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by Kyle Jacobson

As per their mission statement, Jessica and Matt Greget of daiseye offer unique, earth-friendly, and fair-trade products while educating shoppers about global

responsibility. Whether a piece of wall art or a bamboo/organic cotton-blend Santorini skirt, there’s no question that the product was created with the environment in mind. Their products are organic, made from recycled and reclaimed materials, and always come from a manufacturer utilizing energy-efficient practices. In addition, no animal, human or otherwise, was knowingly exploited when creating the products daiseye enthusiastically places for sale. And that enthusiasm comes through in talking with Jessica. “I don’t think my store is really cookie cutter. It’s got a creative side to it.” She’s very proud of the store’s selection and appreciates the

525 W. Water Street Princeton, WI

Photograph provided by daiseye

An individual’s morals have forever been an edge held by the consumer over the seller. That edge is mitigated when there’s lack of competition in the area, forcing consumers to shop in places they might fundamentally disagree with on ideas concerning best practice. This is why it’s so important to support local businesses that listen to consumers over pushing market trends. And for those who value sustainability and the preservation of our environment, historic downtown Princeton has a gem in daiseye.

opportunity to put her personal tastes on display. Through chosen clothing lines, Jessica is able to reflect her admiration for the countries of Peru, Nepal, and India. The apparel, alongside an eclectic mix of jewelry and accessories as well as dog and cat items, highlights a palpable theme in daiseye, but to give it a name... Bohemian? Hippie chic?

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Photographs by Barbara Wilson

Either way, it works, and that’s because Jessica and Matt complement each other’s strengths. “Matt is more of the business side, and I’m more of the fun and creative side,” says Jessica. Matt’s been running the numbers behind daiseye since its inception in October 2002. He’s a Princeton native, born and raised. From the community and his education at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay, Matt’s environmental awareness

Photograph by Barbara Wilson

played no small role in defining the vision of daiseye. It’s always been about reclaimed items, and when Jessica joined the team six years ago, clothing and a global cultural element was added to the mix. If it happens to be the month of April while you’re in Princeton, Jessica invites you to stop by and see the sturgeon spawning just off the back porch. It’s something she loves sharing with customers and visitors alike. There’s a lot of value consumers add to Princeton by supporting daiseye. As part of Travel Green Wisconsin, the store brings eco-minded tourists to the area. And money spent in the city’s shops often recirculates back into Princeton’s economy. Every purchase means something different for the customer, but for Jessica and Matt, it means the opportunity to continue sharing their message of conservation and preservation through wares that are fashionable and mindful to cultures around the world. Educational, sustainable, and a bit irie, daiseye pairs well with Princeton. Kyle Jacobson is a freelance writer and senior copy editor for Green Lake Magazine. | 23

Green Lake County Fair


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by Kim Zills

Green Lake County fairgoers can “Travel the World at the Fair” in 2019. Get ready for a holiday close to home with sights and sounds from around the world, August 1 through 4. Free admission and parking! The 2019 Green Lake County Fair will hold fun events based on the travel the world theme. The Fair offers something for everyone, from educational programming and musicians to agriculture education and fascinating exhibits by county youth and adults. And don’t forget the livestock judging leading up to the Livestock Auction on Friday, August 2. Food vendors will provide visitors with great experiences at affordable prices, and excitement awaits on the midway with more food and carnival rides. The Fair will host truck/tractor pulls and a Demolition Derby. An admission fee applies to track events. 24 | Green Lake magazine 2019

Just a few of the events planned for 2019 include science shows; free face painting; meet-and-greet-style animal/ reptile shows; free balloon animals; and comedian/hypnotist and U.S. Army veteran Kellen Marson will be taking the stage for two shows on Saturday, August 3. Also planning a visit are the Agri-Puppets, a fun family puppet show that teaches the importance of farming, animals, and agriculture. The Agri-Puppets will be taking to the Big Farm Show Stage three times each day along with Boomer, who will be driving his farm delivery truck all over the fairgrounds talking to fairgoers. The Fair is a showcase for the county’s youth and adults who plan all year for their entries. The youth work on projects to expand their skills and knowledge and share what they’ve learned with fairgoers through conversation and exhibits. The Fair is overseen by the

county’s University of Wisconsin Extension office and the Green Lake County Agriculture, Extension Education, and Fair Board with the assistance of many volunteers. Support for the Fair is shown through the Friends of the Fair Partnership Program, which includes area service organizations, individuals, and businesses. Visit us at, call (920) 294-4033, or email for more information. It’s Wisconsin at its best, and it happens all around the state in every one of our 72 counties. The Green Lake County Fair is known as the “best little fair around.” Come and see why. Adventures and family memories await! Kim Zills is the coordinator of the Green Lake County Fair.

Music by the Lake by A lyss a Pau lsen

Picture your favorite area band performing live right in front of you as you sip a cool drink in the park with your friends. The calm waters of Big Green Lake lap at the wooden pier of the Wharf only about 100 feet away from your chair. The hint of a glorious sunset plays at the lake’s horizon. Now stop imagining! Music in Deacon Mills Park is the perfect way to spend summer in Green Lake, and it’s a very real event! Whether country, bluegrass, rock and roll, polka, jazz, or something else entirely is your favorite type of music, the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce’s Concerts in the Park series is sure to please. Kicking off its first night on June 12 and continuing every Wednesday night through August 14, Concerts in the Park offers an eclectic mix of genres based off of favorites from previous years of the series, recommendations to the chamber, local and area bands known to rock your socks off, and much more!

Music runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and features not only live entertainment, but also beverages sold by the chamber, cotton candy and popcorn by Guth’s Candy, and burgers and brats sold by North Bay Sport & Liquor. The Chamber has announced several key dates for the 2019 series. Back by popular demand is Cajun Strangers on July 17, and local favorite Rock River Band on August 7. And no one can resist the big sounds of the University of Wisconsin Marching Band and the Ricochettes as they take the stage during Family Picnic Night on July 10. The full Concerts in the Park schedule will be updated in 2019, and can be found by heading to or by calling the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at (920) 294-3231. Alyssa Paulsen is a freelance writer. Photographs by Barbara Wilson. | 25

The Tichora Takeaway Conserving Natural Capital Photograph by Thomas L. Eddy

by Thomas L. Eddy

Relic oak savanna community on south shore of Tichora Conservancy.

The real estate transfer was a historical event, although the moment was anticlimactic given the no-smallfeat accomplished by generous donor pledges, a WDNR grant award, and an unwavering faith that common good would prevail. For the Green Lake Conservancy’s all-volunteer land trust, the transfer meant realizing its largest land acquisition to date, Tichora Conservancy, on July 10, 2018. But what is known before then? How did the landscape appear prior to settlement? And who were the earlier people that inhabited the

prairies, oak openings, and shorelands along Wisconsin’s deepest natural inland lake? When the original land surveys were conducted circa 1830, most of the land bordering Green Lake did not appear as it does today. Far from it. It was oak opening, a transitional community between prairie and forest. Back then one would have witnessed scattered, open groves of randomly sprouted copses of young bur and black and white oak trees, “shock troop” oaks that managed to conquer the prairie fires and animal predation to appear park-

like to the first Euro-Americans who settled here. And long before settlement, the Ho-Chunk tribe plied the local resources and made their living here. The evidence is recorded in the original land surveyor field notes and anecdotes gleaned from journals and letters of intrepid pioneers and travelers. Early historian Donald McLoid observed, “There are beautiful prairies, oak openings, woodlands, lakes, abounding springs, clear swift streams, soil so fertile that you have but to turn it up to make it yield grain to any extent. This land can be purchased through the land office at Green Bay at $1.25 an acre.”

Photograph by Elizabeth Goodspeed

That’s why we came here.

Green Lake Conservancy board members during Tichora Conservancy dedication. 26 | Green Lake magazine 2019

Roughly 80 years following early settlement, beginning in 1920 to 1958, a property on Dickinson Bay off Green Lake’s south shore was operated as a Boy Scout camp, Camp Tichora. The camp was endowed with the Ho-Chunk word Ti-cho-ra, Tira meaning “lake” and cho meaning “green,” referring to Green Lake because of the distinctive emerald hue imbued in the water. Then in 1959, Camp Tichora was acquired by the American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago, with major funding provided by the Fred Grow family. Thereafter, Camp Grow became established as a ministries camp for

young people, particularly urban youth, operating from 1959 to 2017. In short, the land called Tichora Conservancy has a protracted history of providing hundreds of visitor campers, Boy Scouts, and church camp youth a place to learn about nature and cultivate lifelong friendships and spiritual growth.

Tichora Conservancy dedication with camp kitchen and mess hall in background.

June 19. The land, once called Camp Tichora then later Camp Grow, turned a new leaf: Tichora Conservancy. Tichora Conservancy’s natural capital, 40 acres­— 800 feet of shore frontage on Green Lake and 1,200 feet bordering Spring Lake, is preserved in perpetuity accompanied by public access, lake protection amenities, and restored native habitat for future generations to contemplate and enjoy.

Thomas L. Eddy is a founding member of the Green Lake Conservancy and serves as vice president for Conservation. To learn more about the work of the Conservancy, visit them at

The takeaway? Collective action. Tichora Conservancy is testament that land, water, and people benefit when we are at our best—striving together for the common good.

Photograph by Elizabeth Goodspeed

Partnering with the Green Lake Sanitary District, the Conservancy saw a fundraising campaign commenced in August 2017. By June 2018, approximately $2 million was pledged collectively by over 600 donors. In addition, a $1.7 million Wisconsin DNR Knowles-Nelson Stewardship grant was awarded to the Conservancy on

Photograph by Thomas L. Eddy

Photograph by Thomas L. Eddy

Hand-dug canal by Boy Scouts that opens to Spring (Spirit) Lake.

Camp boat house tour on Green Lake during Tichora Conservancy dedication. | 27

Ripon Experience Ripon—this isn’t just a message for nature enthusiasts who want to surround themselves with acres of parks, trails, rivers, and lakes. Ripon has long been a friendly destination energized by community celebrations, eclectic shops, tasty cuisine, and historic character. All who visit feel welcome by the city’s charm and natural beauty. For the epicurean we have hip restaurants, a dog-friendly winery, and a brewery featuring handcrafted

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artisan beers. The outdoors person will find what they’re looking for in one of our many parks, on our one-mileloop mountain bike trail, and along the renowned Mascoutin Valley State Trail. And if you’re a golfer, you’re in for a treat on some of the state’s top-rated courses. Community is at the heart of Ripon. Those living here know the great educational opportunities offered to students and families and the robust business economy that delivers

wonderful work places. Ripon is a place people not only gather, but come together—a friendly small town that offers the vibrancy and amenities of a much larger city. An adventure awaits you in Ripon, and we can’t wait to greet you. Provided by the Ripon Chamber of Commerce. Photographs by Barbara Wilson.

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Rob and Kathy’s grocery beginnings started when they bought a supermarket in Spencer, Wisconsin, the year Candie was born (1978). Growing up in the business, Candie bagged groceries, cleaned bathrooms, and later worked summers in the bakery while in college.

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In 1987, the Websters purchased the Shop-Rite supermarket in Ripon. In 1989, they opened Pick ‘n Save, which was expanded and modernized in 2005. Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc. eventually acquired all the Pick ‘n Saves except for Ripon’s. The store remained independent while carrying the Pick ‘n Save name. When Kroger bought Roundy’s in 2015, the Ripon store

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that the community is here to support them and they are here to support the community. Webster’s has a strong presence at local events and a history of giving back—their foundation has given more than $1 million in community grants, matching funds, and scholarships. Fun is an important part of the business too, from Saturday Surprise Specials announced on Facebook to Kid’s Sunday Fun Days in-store activities to a free piece of fruit for shoppers under 12. Last year, they introduced a store mascot, Webbie the Duck—a mallard named after Candie’s grandfather, Robert Webster III. A great grocer needs a great team, and Candie says her team is second to none and not easily replaced. “Our team members live our mission daily: To WOW our guests and associates with enthusiasm and willingness to serve,” she says. Webster’s was named 2019 Ripon Business of the Year by Ripon’s Chamber of Commerce. The best part of Candie’s job? “Helping people. From helping and serving our guests here at Webster’s to helping our community through volunteering or donating to helping grow members of our team from their first job experience to expanding their career in the industry, the grocery business is all about people, and I love that!” Webster’s Marketplace, located at 1188 W. Fond du Lac Street in Ripon, is open seven days a week from 5:00 a.m. to midnight. And check out their new online ordering system, Webster’s Express, as an option for ordering groceries for pick up or delivery.

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Cycling Through the Green Lake Area by Alyssa Paulsen Biking is unique because it’s not just a sport for those who want a relaxed exercise with scenic, wide-open spaces to ride, it’s for those who want to race against the wind alone or with

other hardcore cyclists. It’s for families looking for an outing that gets their kids away from the TV and computer just long enough to bond in nature. It’s all of these things and more. A

sport so unlike any other that it’s gaining traction everywhere you visit. Cyclist-friendly roads are popping up all over. Biking lanes are being added to construction projects. Law enforcement is being better trained to look out for the safety of bike riders on the road with other vehicles and motorcycles. It’s indeed a sport gaining popularity, and the area that seems to have everything is also already a haven for cyclists. Each community in the Green Lake area has something special to offer cyclists, from the rolling hills, flat farmlands, and scenic beauty of the countryside that weave between each community to the breezy routes that loop the magnificent Big Green Lake. In Green Lake, the local routes include 27 miles surrounding the lake, a twomile paved trail that runs alongside Highway 23 from North Street to the Green Lake Conference Center, as well as a number of other routes that take riders on tremendous adventures through natural areas, farmland, Amish Country, and so much more. Sunnyside Conservancy and GuskeyMiller Prairie Trail right outside of Green Lake are also amazing offroading destinations for those looking for a nature-seeking ride.

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Heading out to Berlin, the Mascoutin Valley State Trail is 11 miles and stretches from Berlin to Ripon. It’s a crushed-limestone and grass pathway that weaves among the picturesque sights of wooded areas and vast lands. It remains mostly shaded throughout the summer. Ripon is also home to the Northwestern Trail, 3.5 miles of gravel base along an old railroad bed that begins behind the community’s public library. Princeton offers the area a number of routes, with three of them boasting new signage from Green Lake

Greenways to mark the way. One of these routes is the Huckleberry Loop, a 15-mile road route featuring blacktop and gravel roads. Nature lovers will be thrilled to notice the Fox River popping up several times along this route. Rustic River Loop is also an adventure to tread. It’s 22 miles along the territory of the White River and White River Marsh area. Oxbow Loop is a slightly smaller 8-mile route consisting of hills along the Fox River.

Bike rentals can also be found at Pierless Boat Rentals in Green Lake, where riders can find the beauty throughout the Green Lake Conference Center property.

Bring your own bikes to enjoy the Green Lake area at your leisure.

Alyssa Paulsen is a freelance writer.

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Cookie Daze Tradition has Never Tasted so Sweet

by Alyssa Paulsen

Made up of a series of small towns, the Green Lake area has no shortage of activities and events during the summer months.

summers. The 24th annual Cookie Daze will take place on Saturday, August 3, at Barlow Park. Festivities run from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., rain or shine.

For over 20 years, Ripon’s Cookie Daze has been a highlight of many families’

The best part? It’s free! There’s nothing better than free entertainment for the whole family. The event will also have a food and beverage stand for your convenience. With a variety of activities, such as decorating cookies, Kookie Cookie BINGO, and Rocket Shop & Launch Pad, there’s never a dull moment! Kids can get their faces painted or explore in the Children’s Activity Tent, and there will be a bouncy castle and so much more. The big events include the Cookie Hunts and the Cookie Drops. Attendees

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will watch in awe as thousands of cookies are raised above their heads when a Ripon Area Fire Department truck heaves them into the air. And of course, what goes up, must come down. When the cookies drop, children scurry to collect as many as they can. Some cookies can even be redeemed for prizes! Each Cookie Drop has a grand prize winner, with this year’s prizes including a PlasmaCar or a new bike. Test out your baking skills with the annual Bake & Taste Competition, which encourages area bakers to showcase their recipes for a chance to win prizes or the infamous People’s Choice Award. For more information about the Bake & Taste Competition as well as Cookie Daze, go to the Ripon Chamber of Commerce website at Alyssa Paulsen is a freelance writer. Photographs by Barbara Wilson. | 37

Explore Nature with

THE GREEN TEAM Calling Green Lake and nature enthusiasts to embark on another year of free, fun-filled activities with the Green Team! Each year, volunteers and staff from Green Lake Association, Green Lake Conservancy, Green Lake Sanitary District, and the Green Lake School District plan Green Team events. Celebrating their 11th year, the team’s mission is to get families, community members, and visitors to explore the special, unusual, and often unknown natural features within the Green Lake area. Stream Bugs and Monitoring Tour at Dakin Creek (Saturday, June 1) What classifies a stream as healthy or unhealthy? What impact do our streams have on larger bodies of water,

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hikers. Go your own pace, race your friends, and meet other Green Lake nature enthusiasts.

like Big Green Lake? This stream tour allows you to use your detective skills to discover the answers through a handson experience fit for all ages. You’ll learn about stream health through a sampling session with Tom Wagner on Dakin Creek. The tour will include an exploration of the creepy crawly critters that live in streams and tell us a thing or two about stream health. Paddle and Hike at Tichora (Saturday, June 8) Acquired by the Green Lake Conservancy in 2018, this 40-acre parcel of undeveloped land was formerly operated as Camp Grow. Located along Green Lake’s unspoiled south shore in Dickinson Bay, it also borders Spring Lake to create a riparian habitat for a large diversity of wildlife. An exceptionally scenic property with sandstone cliffs, shallow caves, and towering trees, Tichora features hiking and other allowable uses under the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Grant program. This leisurely tour is good for all skill-leveled paddlers and

Mitchell Glen Tour (Saturday, June 29, and Saturday, October 5) Explore Mitchell Glen for a rare trip when the limited-access property is opened to the public. Local biologist and educator Thomas L. Eddy will lead participants down 80 steep steps to the glen featuring 12 acres of maple-basswood climax forest, unique geological formations, outstanding biodiversity, and a spring-fed waterfall that flows into Green Lake. Space is limited and reservations are required. Save your spot by contacting the Green Lake Sanitary District at (920) 295-4488.

Moonlight Paddle & Bonfire at Tichora (Saturday, July 13) Join the Green Team on a nighttime paddle to Tichora Conservancy. Paddling by moonlight is a beautiful and exhilarating experience with diverse sounds of nature and a nearly full moon as your guide. Bring your canoe or kayak and paddle your way over to Tichora for a bonfire.


This event is weather dependent, so if conditions are unsuitable, it will be rescheduled. To view the complete calendar, register for events, and stay up to date on event details, visit Provided by Green Lake Association. Photographs provided by Green Lake Association.

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“We got it! We got it!” - Celebrating 75 Years in 2019

by Jean Cornelius

“We got it! We got it!” Dr. Luther Wesley Smith exclaimed to James Kraft upon learning that the Northern Baptists’ offer to buy the bankrupt Lawsonia Country Club was accepted on December 7, 1943. Dr. Smith, executive secretary of the Northern Baptist Board of Education and Publication, had been looking for a national conference center for Northern Baptists. He enlisted the aid of James

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Kraft of Kraft Foods, Inc. as well as leaders of the denomination about acquiring a “fabulous former estate”— Lawsonia Country Club, which had closed in 1942. Lawsonia was purchased in December 1943, and the Northern Baptist Assembly was born. Baptist youth held the first conference in June 1944, and the slogan “For a Closer Walk with God” was adopted. Hundreds of Kansas Baptist youth were

inspired to present the lighted cross on Judson Tower in 1945 in gratitude for the hallowed grounds and their meaning for generations to come. The conference center became a key meeting place for great Baptist leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who spoke at Green Lake in 1956 and 1957. The conference center is an officially associated ministry of American Baptist Churches USA and is managed by a

board of directors. When the Northern Baptist Convention changed its name to American Baptist Churches, the conference center followed suit and became known as the American Baptist Assembly. In the 1980s, its name changed again to Green Lake Conference Center (GLCC) to more fully describe the scope of guests and groups served. Its founding purpose statement is an ecumenical vision for Christian leadership training. While GLCC continues to be the warm spiritual home for American Baptists, it’s also treasured by many other denominations, nonprofits, and educational groups. GLCC relies on financial and volunteer support from individuals and churches as it continues to invest in improvements to its great facilities for guests. The year 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of the conference center. Celebratory events are planned for the week of August 6 through 9, 2019. Check GLCC’s Facebook page and website for details. GLCC is a place where God moves and the Holy Spirit works. Connections are made at this place and space of re-creation for people to discover God’s better version of themselves and their worlds. For more information visit Jean Cornelius is the communications director at Green Lake Conference Center. Photographs provided by Green Lake Conference Center. | 41

Supporting Clean Water Through Pillar Projects by Stephanie Prellwitz In the summer of 2018, residents throughout Wisconsin awoke to the news that blue-green algae blooms rendered their lakes temporarily toxic. Green Lake was not part of this infamous list, but the same culprit fuels its weed and algae growth: phosphorus, a naturally occurring element found in eroding soil, excess fertilizer, and a host of other urban and rural sources. Various human impacts concentrate phosphorus loading to nearby waterways, accelerating natural lake aging from centuries to years. This process of lake degradation stimulates

indicators that range from moderate, like excessive weed and algae growth seen on Big Green Lake to severe, like blue-green algae blooms seen this summer on Little Green, Monona, and Winnebago Lakes. Although Big Green remains safe and swimmable, the lake’s long-term trends of high phosphorus levels and a lowoxygen dead zone indicate that its water quality is not what it once was. It’s critical to get ahead of moderate lake degradation before Green Lake reaches an ecological tipping point, when water quality success becomes much harder. Green Lake Association (GLA) is a notfor-profit organization that commits all of its resources to improving Big Green Lake’s water quality. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources listed Big Green Lake as an impaired water body in 2014 because it does not meet optimal conditions. GLA and other members of the lake management planning (LMP) team have developed a long-term rehabilitation plan to improve the lake’s water quality. The goal is to implement a suite of conservation efforts that outpace Green Lake’s decline. The GLA is advancing three pillar projects in support of the team’s rehabilitation plan aimed at collaborating with local farmers, restoring degraded streams and battling

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the harmful pollutants in them, and defending Big Green’s waters against invasive species. These initiatives include, among others, restoring 5,700 feet of degraded streambank on Dakin Creek and restocking the creek with brook trout, an indicator of clean water; installing a network of demonstration farms; continuing the aggressive removal of invasive carp; and installing two decontamination stations at public boat launches to prevent additional invasive species from infecting the lake. Green Lake did not have beach-closing blue-green algae blooms like many other lakes this year, though the lake’s large volume and depth can mask its water-quality challenges. For GLA and members of the LMP team, the most effective way to ensure a clean and safe lake for current and future generations is to be proactive now. For more information on the initiatives visit greenlakeassociation .com, call (920) 294-6480 or email Stephanie Prellwitz is the executive director at Green Lake Association. Photographs provided by Green Lake Association.


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Despite the chilly Midwest temperatures, Berlin embraces Wisconsin winters with festivities galore. In the last few years, these events have included The Biggest Little Parade in the Valley, Lighting the Park, and the Taste of Berlin beer and wine event. With so much to offer, the Berlin community provides a plethora of unforgettable experiences year-round. Provided by the Berlin Chamber of Commerce. Photographs by Barbara Wilson.

Accessibility to the Fox River provides the Berlin area with an extensive amount of leisurely day activities, like canoeing, kayaking, boating, fishing, and laying out in the warm sunshine. The local campground offers riverfront sites, cozy fire pits, and a conveniently close proximity to well-maintained baseball fields and sandy beach volleyball courts. The Berlin community hosts several events during the summer months, and concludes vacation season with the perfect wrap up at the Annual Berlin Fox Festival held at Riverside Park.

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Tradition of Excellence

at Green Lake Fine Arts Show by Jean Cornelius

Skill and imagination come to life midAugust every year at the Green Lake Fine Arts Show. Artists and art lovers will gather again August 10 and 11 to express and appreciate a variety of art forms at Playground Park in downtown Green Lake.

Art of every medium—oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, drawings, photography, digital art, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, glass, and wood—is exhibited under white tents along Dartford Mill Pond. A walk through the art on these summer days

stimulates thinking; aesthetic awareness; cultural exposure; creativity; emotional expression; an appreciation of diversity; and, most importantly, originality. Each piece is an original design crafted by the artist exhibiting, and all artists’ pieces are for sale. A renowned juried show, it’s one of the Midwest’s best! Its quality, diversity, and 40 percent vendor switchover rate guarantee a unique show every year. “The Green Lake Fine Arts Show continues its tradition of excellence by showcasing returning awardwinning artists and welcoming new outstanding artists,” says show organizer Ali Rae Rossburg.

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47th Annual Green Lake Fine Arts Show

One of the Midwest’s Finest Juried Art Shows

Saturday & Sunday August 10 & 11, 2019 Saturday 10am-5pm Sunday 10am-4pm

Featuring Awards of Excellence: Gary Barone Strum, WI, wood Mike Murray Deforest, WI, photography William Millonig Campbellsport, WI, oil painting Charlotte Fung Miller Mukwonago, WI, watercolor Howard Von Ruden Cashton, WI, sculpture

Honorable Mention: Gretchen Wood Appleton WI, acrylic painting Kim Russell Spring Green, WI, pen & ink

the show. Be inspired and appreciate the joy of art in beautiful Green Lake! For more information, contact Ali Rae Rossburg at Visit to apply as an exhibitor. Jean Cornelius is a freelance writer and photographer. Photographs by Barbara Wilson.

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Chili COOKOFF by Alyssa Paulsen

Green Lake is definitely the place to be all summer long, but there’s also a lot going on in the fall. While Harvest Fest may be the area’s premier event each year in late September, you won’t want to miss the fun that rolls around earlier in that same month. The spices and juicy aromas wafting throughout the town from Deacon Mills Park will draw you in. If you are a chili enthusiast, the annual cookoff is perfect for you and the whole family! Each year on the Saturday after Labor Day, Green Lake becomes home to the hottest competition out there, the Wisconsin State Chili Cookoff, and it’s right on the shores of beautiful Big Green Lake. Head down to the park on Saturday, September 7, to give your taste buds a treat. Hosted by the Green Lake Rotary Club and the International Chili Society, the Wisconsin State Chili Cookoff has been growing steadily for over 30 years. Over 30 chefs and their teams from throughout the Midwest meet under the 46 | Green Lake magazine 2019

big tent in the park around 10:00 a.m. to begin cooking their signature chili recipes. It’s all about finding the perfect combination of just the right ingredients to wow the panel of judges. With cooking complete by 3:00 p.m., the judges take turns trying each chili as the tent opens to the general public to also sample each masterpiece and vote for the People’s Choice Award. As the public make their way through, they feast upon not only delicious chilis, but also take delight in festively clad chefs and homemade salsas and desserts. Let’s not forget about the live music! A band will entertain festivalgoers as they enjoy their chilis and the judges

tally their results. Raffles will also be available for attendees to try their luck. Once the judges have tried all the chilis and determined the contest winner, the top 10 places are announced, with the first place team moving on to compete at the International Chili Society World Championship Chili Cook-off. For more information regarding the Wisconsin State Chili Cookoff, please go to wisconsinstatechampionshipchili Alyssa Paulsen is a freelance writer. Photographs by Barbara Wilson. | 47

markesan Photograph by Jacklyn Ewerdt

We’re not part of the urban sprawl and shopping malls; we’re something the big cities and suburbs want. Markesan offers true community living for everyone. With state-of-the-art education facilities and Markesan Resident Home, Barrett House, and Samuel’s Grove for senior citizens, families here make homes that last a lifetime.

variety of events sponsored by our local service organizations help to keep weekends active. Our hometown business district is complete with medical facilities, financial institutions, a public library, and unique shopping. We have clean

streets, good schools, churches, and stores within walking distance. “A Grand Community” is not just the city motto, it’s a way of life. Provided by Markesan Chamber of Commerce.

For those interested in our rich past, the Historical Society Museum shows the dedication this community has in its heritage. Visitors come here at their leisure to visit a city that was once the richest in the nation. For the outdoorsman, the Markesan area provides sports and recreation of all kinds. Little Green Lake will satisfy your fishing and boating desires, while excellent hunting opportunities, numerous snowmobile trails, and a


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Enhancing the Lives of Animals and People Through Education, Adoption, and Compassion by Jean Cornelius to help the shelter by cleaning out your closets and basement and donating to an early summer rummage sale. The Dog Walk, held during Ripon’s Septemberfest event, is September 21. 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.

Fundraisers are key to supporting the shelter. There’s a win-win opportunity

Photograph by Jean Cornelius

The vision of the Green Lake Area Animal Shelter (GLAAS) is a community in which all pets are considered part of the family; are provided with compassionate care, companionship, and training; and are spayed or neutered.

Adopting from GLAAS saves the lives of two animals—the one adopted and the one moving into the empty space. An open admission shelter, GLAAS accepts and places primarily dogs and cats, but can help with any animal issue. If they can’t take an animal, they can find a rescue that can.

needed items is on their website and includes cleaning and pet and office supplies. Donations can be made online. Volunteers are needed for cat and dog socialization, cleaning, office work, and event assistance.

Photograph by Jean Cornelius

Staff examines, assesses, and provides veterinary care for pets daily. 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, and finances.

Many pets 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!

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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 is a ready participant in the history that is yet to come.

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.

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.

The renovation was complete in 1997. Thrasher Opera House reopened that summer, hosting several artists for the annual Green Lake Festival of Music, a highly regarded summer series of classical concerts that now makes the opera house its home base. In 1998, Thrasher Opera House began presenting its own events, thereby reestablishing itself as home to community and cultural events. Registered on the National, State, and City Registers of Historic Places, 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.

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

Since its reopening, Thrasher Opera House provides 50 to 60 nights each year 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, one in January and one in 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 are exchanged. The 2019 season offers another year of high-caliber performers, including musicians The Barefoot Movement, Nicholas David, Velvet Caravan, JigJam, Skerryvore, Willy Porter, Albert Cummings, Session Americana, The Paul Thorn Band, Missoula Children’s Theatre, the improvisational comedy of The Second City, and more. Visit for dates, times, and tickets. Submitted by Thrasher Opera House. Photographs provided by Thrasher Opera House. | 51


OFFERS A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITY by Jaye Alderson Established in 1851, Ripon College is Wisconsin’s best-value private college and a national leader in liberal arts education. Ripon is devoted to ensuring that every student realizes his or her unique potential. Ripon’s five-course Catalyst curriculum rigorously develops the 21st century skills employers seek while streamlining the path to graduation. Every graduate earns a concentration

in applied innovation, which demonstrates mastery of the skills that today’s employers seek: oral communication, writing, critical thinking, collaboration, quantitative reasoning, information literacy, integration, and intercultural competence. At the same time, Catalyst streamlines the path to graduation by ensuring that students can complete multiple majors and minors, study abroad, and hold

internships in four years. As a matter of fact, we guarantee it. Willmore Center, a $23.5 million expansion and renovation of the college’s athletics and health and wellness facility, opened in August 2017. It features a variety of fitness spaces, classrooms, gymnasiums, lounges, a pool, performance courts, and a 65,000-square-foot field house with NCAA-regulation indoor


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Our beautiful, historic campus, with its modern amenities, advanced technology and on-site housing, is the perfect location for weddings, camps, special events or group functions. Now accepting housing reservations for EAA 2019.


track, featuring pit and field events. Memberships are open to members of the surrounding community. Within six months of graduation, 98 percent of Ripon graduates are employed, student teaching, or pursuing graduate studies. What’s more, an analysis of the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard’s data found that Ripon College produces the highest-earning graduates in the state of Wisconsin. In addition, Ripon is the top liberal arts school in Wisconsin and eighth in the nation for colleges that promote social mobility, according to U.S. News & World Report. One hundred percent of current and incoming students receive financial aid. Our average cost per student is comparable to many of the larger public universities. Students benefit from Ripon’s small class sizes and the individual attention they receive from faculty who serve as mentors, advisers, and collaborators. Graduates include winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, Academy Award, Grammy Award, and Emmy Award; bestselling 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 Speech and Debate Association. In 1953, the college was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, placing it among a select group of the nation’s top colleges. For more information, visit Jaye Alderson is an editor at Ripon College. Photographs by Barbara Wilson. | 53


WHOOPING CRANE FESTIVAL Continues Mission to Raise

Awareness of Endangered Species by Alyssa Paulsen

You’re walking peacefully along a beautiful winding marshland trail. Wildflowers meander along the path’s edges, and a light breeze plays at the tips of the cattails. The only sounds are tiny birds singing and the slosh of your feet in the damp soil of the marsh. Suddenly, a piercing, bugle-like call breaks the silence. You go on high alert—scanning the air and holding your breath. This is the moment you’ve been waiting for. You see them. First, the black tips of their wings become clearer as their sleek white bodies fill the horizon. You see a dash of red from their scarlet crowns. And that unmistakable heartstopping call once again. You know you’re looking at three endangered whooping cranes, and you’re well aware that 70 years ago this sighting wouldn’t have been possible.

Seventy years ago, the number of living whooping cranes in the wild was down to only 15 birds worldwide. With assistance from numerous organizations and other entities, this number has reached over 700 and continues to grow. While the species’ future remains unknown, many continue to fight to raise awareness of the importance of these gorgeous cranes. 54 | Green Lake magazine 2019

Despite the closing of one of the cranes’ biggest allies, Operation Migration in mid-2018, those living in and near Princeton are proud to still be the organizers of the area’s Whooping Crane Festival. The Princeton Whooping Crane Festival committee and Princeton Chamber of Commerce are excited to announce

their 2019 Whooping Crane Festival will commence on Friday, September 13, and run through Sunday, September 15. The main festival will take place Saturday, September 14, at Princeton Public School.

For more information regarding the festival, please head to or the event Facebook page at

While it may be small, the city of Princeton packs a punch when it comes to hosting events; the Whooping Crane Festival can attest to that!

Photographs by Barbara Wilson.

Alyssa Paulsen is a freelance writer.

Some details still remain in the planning phases, but the 2019 festival will feature presenters speaking on topics regarding conservation, nature, and animals that share their habitat with the cranes; children’s entertainer David Stokes; kids’ activities, such as face painting and birdhouse painting; a craft and vendor fair; food prepared and sold by the Princeton Lions Club; a pancake breakfast; and more! The festival will also include pre- and postfestival events, such as field trips to local and area destinations, Friday night dinner with keynote speaker, and a Saturday night wrap-up party. | 55

Celebrate Autumn in Style with 31 Years of Green Lake’s

Harvest Fest Green Lake has been home to one of the area’s premier harvest festival events for 30 years. Once known as Green Lake’s Golden Days Harvest Fest, now dubbed simply Harvest Fest, the two-day event is heading into its 31st year with activities the whole family can enjoy.

29. Organized by the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce with assistance from volunteers and local organizations and businesses, Harvest Fest will once again be a bounty of fun.

each year. Woodworking, crocheting, knitting, jewelry, candles, pottery, artwork, crafts, and so much more are sure to be found within the rows of vendors.

The event features an art and craft fair spanning Playground Park, Deacon Mills Park, and Town Square’s lawn. Over 100 crafters will be showcasing and selling their wares to the over 10,000 people who attend the festival

A farmer’s market also makes its home along Water Street, packed full of delicious produce, jarred foods, baked goods, mouthwatering organic meats, vibrant fall plants, pumpkins, and more. Head to Thrasher Opera House for the

Photograph by Jean Cornelius

Photograph by Jean Cornelius

Harvest Fest will take place in downtown Green Lake on Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September

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Photograph by Jean Cornelius

Photograph by Jean Cornelius

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annual Harvest of Bargains, where they fill the entire opera house with a huge rummage sale! And at Playground Park, join in the fun of the children’s area with entertainment, a petting farm, and bouncy play equipment. Live music is played in the square throughout both days, and delectable fall foods can be found whenever you turn around. Mill Street is closed to host a long line of restaurant or localorganization favorites to eat throughout the event. And be sure to visit the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce booth for a raffle and silent auction. When 4:00 p.m. on Saturday rolls around, clear the street because the annual Harvest Fest parade is coming! It’s almost an hour long and features over 65 entries, including local high school bands, business and organization floats, the Harvest Fest prince and princess, a grand marshal, local veterans, law enforcement representatives, emergency service vehicles, entertainment, and everything else that makes a parade big and spectacular! Sunday’s big event is the Jack Taylor Memorial Car Show and motorcycle show. The Green Lake County Fairgrounds and Hill Street are lined with antique and collectible vehicles and are quite the sight to be seen. While there are no awards per se, entries will be placed into a drawing that takes place later in the day. Most of the action commences around 10:00 a.m. both days and runs until 5:00 p.m. For more information, please contact the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at (920) 294-3231.

Photograph by Jean Cornelius

Alyssa Paulsen is a freelance writer.

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Montello Just minutes west of Princeton on Highway 23, a stop in Montello is a must! You’ll find an array of shopping, services, and natural beauty. Unique craft and gift stores, an old-fashioned candy and ice cream store, a vintage movie theatre, and cafés, pubs, and supper clubs fill the historic downtown district in addition to a pharmacy, grocer, hardware store, sporting goods store, golf course, massage studio, bookstore, bank, auto repair shop, realtors, and more.

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Enjoy the beauty of waterfalls cascading over the Montello Granite Quarry, home to the hardest granite in the world, situated downtown at the intersection of State Highways 22 and 23. Or you can take in the scenic beauty from atop Observatory Hill, the highest point in Marquette County, which is just minutes south of downtown. Nature abounds at John Muir Park, where trails lead you through the area around Ennis Lake that John Muir and family called home during his boyhood. Surrounded by Buffalo Lake, Montello Lake, the Montello River, and the Fox River, fishing and water activities are abundant. In addition to several public launches, many shore fishing opportunities exist at Krakow Park as well as the scenic Sunset Road, which is a pet-friendly walking trail. Montello City Park is on Montello Lake and offers a playground, volleyball and horseshoe courts, softball diamond, and picnic and beach areas. With acres of nearby public hunting land and plentiful populations of geese, turkey, and deer, the Montello area

may just become your new favorite hunting spot. Whether your preferred transportation is two or four wheeled, we have you covered! Several area bike trails start in or near downtown Montello. Looping along lakeshores and scenic country roads, the trails will inspire and invigorate you. Numerous ATV routes connect and cross through Montello for hours of scenic riding. By cycle or auto, be sure to take in Wisconsin Rustic Road 104, located just minutes south of Montello, for a backroad experience you won’t soon forget. At the end of the day when it’s time to rest and unwind, relax with a beverage at one of the many local pubs and taverns before enjoying a meal. Dining options range from light salads and sandwiches to steaks and seafood. Lodging choices are also plentiful. No matter your mood, you’ll find accommodations just right for you with peaceful cabins on a lake, motels within walking distance of the downtown, and campgrounds offering everything from tent sites to cottage rentals.



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Plan a day trip with your friends and family to the 19th annual From The Land Folk Art Festival in Green Lake on Saturday, October 19, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or Sunday, October 20, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Enjoy the scenic drive and fall colors to shop at approximately 100 artist tents. There will be clothing, jewelry, purses,

pottery, candles, felted items, yarn, folk art painting, wood carving, nature photography, metal sculpture, and many other items. The show is held rain or shine. Lunch is offered in the pole shed and includes old-fashioned hot dogs, Ray’s fried sauerkraut, pulled lamb

sandwiches, mac and cheese, hot coffee, and cider. You can also enjoy a piece of homemade pie in the pie shop and take home fudge, caramels, Chippy’s Kettle Corn, and artsian bread and pastries from Renard’s European Bakeshop. There will also be local produce, such as garlic, leeks, squash, onions, and brussel sprouts along with salsa and pickles. Farm-raised pork, beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, and hempoil products. Other weekend attractions include an ongoing live blacksmithing demonstration, antique tractor show, voyageur canoe, and Native American tepee and healing lodge with sweats around 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. “Fungus Among Us” will be the topic for Matt Normansell at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Please bring your mushrooms for identification and to share with the audience. Along with nice weather, the show has endured rain, wind, and snowsquawls; please dress for the weather. From the Land is located on the Toll/Londowski Family Farm, north of Green Lake on Highway 49 and west on County J. For more information about From the Land, please call Jan at (920) 216-1729 or go to Photograph provided by From the Land.

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BUSINESS NAME River City Antique Mall (Princeton) Webster’s Marketplace (Ripon) Goose Blind (Green Lake) Norton’s of Green Lake (Green Lake) Adam’s Rib (Green Lake) Adam’s Rib (Green Lake) Christianos Pizza (Green Lake) Christianos Pizza (Green Lake) Norton’s of Green Lake (Green Lake) Sunroom-Heidel House Resort (Green Lake) All in Good Taste (Princeton) Grey Rock-Heidel House Resort (Green Lake) Grey Rock-Heidel House Resort (Green Lake) Adam’s Rib (Green Lake) Twister (Princeton) Pastimes (Princeton) Hamilton’s (Berlin & Ripon) Heidel House Resort & Spa (Green Lake) Green Lake Fine Arts Show (Green Lake) Golf Courses of Lawsonia (Green Lake) Thrasher Opera House (Green Lake) Green Lake Conference Center (Green Lake) Green Lake Conference Center (Green Lake) Goose Blind (Green Lake) Norton’s of Green Lake (Green Lake) Sassafras (Green Lake) Webster’s Marketplace (Ripon) Webster’s Marketplace (Ripon)

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Dickens of a Christmas by Alyssa Paulsen

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How can Ripon make the holidays even better than they already do? By filling the weekend with even more! Visit the one and only Santa Claus as you eat a delicious breakfast, get your Christmas

Photograph by Jean Cornelius

Every year, Dickens of a Christmas features a variety of events and activities throughout the City of Ripon. Favorites include creative wonders at the Dickens of a Quilt Show at Horicon Bank, taking a magical walk through the Enchanted Forest of beautifully decorated Christmas trees, viewing Christmas

crèches from around the world, and getting creative (and hungry) at the Gingerbread House Contest.

Photograph by Jean Cornelius

There’s nothing more magical than a small town getting ready for the winter holidays. Swoop back to the time of Charles Dickens and head to Ripon as they celebrate their 30th annual Dickens of a Christmas from Friday, December 6, to Sunday, December 8. One of the most well-known Christmas events in the area, Dickens of a Christmas never ceases to amaze and continues to get bigger and better each year.

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shopping done with a number of art and craft shows, and see inside some of Ripon’s greatest residences with the Tour of Homes.

As you walk downtown, be sure to enjoy not only the Living Windows and sights to see, but also treats, holiday music, and festive food and drink. For more



Alyssa Paulsen is a freelance writer.

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One of Dickens of a Christmas’ most popular events is the Living Windows displays. This is a favorite for many Ripon residents, visitors, and college students. On Saturday, beginning at 5:30 p.m., watch as downtown shop windows come alive with holiday spirit! Most years feature a historical time period theme, and you may get lucky and see some of the beloved characters from Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. | 63

Cover Artist


Artist Diane Washa is an awardwinning painter who takes inspiration from the changing landscapes she has had in view since road trips with her family as a child. Diane creates paintings in an intriguingly abstract style that is rich in detail. She most often works en plein air. Painting in sight of the prairies, streams, rivers, and bluffs of Wisconsin’s countryside and the sweep of dramatic skies overhead, Diane’s brush captures the movement of color and light, and time and place. In still-life studies, she sometimes extracts a single intimate element of the landscape that catches her eye.

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Diane came late to her now-productive life as an artist. A business executive by day, she got serious about her lifelong passion for painting in 2005. Several years later, she was exhibiting in galleries and at art exhibitions. And over the past decade, Diane has exhibited in dozens of art shows, some as a featured artist. Diane has a degree in fine art from Milton College and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. She continues her quest to learn and grow in her art through studies with a number of admired painters and is part of a network of artists dedicated to the en plein air approach.

Experimentation excites Diane’s art. Her continuing education in painting includes working side-by-side with artists doing nonrepresentational images in oil. Diane is represented by Abel Contemporary Gallery (

2018 Awards and Exhibitions Charles Allis Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI—juried exhibition Forward 2018: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now Bluff Strokes, Dubuque, IA—Artist Choice and Poetic First Place Theodore Robinson Plein Air Event, Evansville, WI—First Place Taliesin Plein Air Event, Spring Green, WI—Artist Choice Paint the Point, Mineral Point, WI— Second Place BoldBrush Painting Competition FAV15%—March and November  Lower Sugar River Watershed Association, Monroe, WI—juried art exhibition Seasons of the Sugar River Submitted by Diane Washa. Photographs provided by Diane Washa. | 65

Advertiser Index


Sidedoor Antiques....................................... 29 Woolbright’s River City Antique Mall........ 23


Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.. 10 Green Lake Arts Council............................ 45 Green Lake Conservancy............................ 27 Montello Area Chamber of Commerce....... 58 Princeton Chamber of Commerce.............. 20 Ripon Chamber of Commerce.................... 28


Escapade — Heidel House Resort & Spa..... 5 Grand River Valley Museum....................... 48 Green Lake Festival of Music..................... 17 Green Lake Fine Arts Show........................ 45 Green Lake Tours.......................................... 3 Thrasher Opera House................................ 50

Automotive Repair

Cliff’s Tire & Battery................................... 53

Bakery/Baked Goods

Guth’s........................................................... 13 Sassafras Coffee & Treats........................... 63 Webster’s Marketplace................................. 30


Ergo Bank.................................................... 48 “Golden Rule” Community Credit Union.... 33

Bike Sales/Repair/Rentals

Mike’s Bike Shop.......................................... 43


Action Marina............................................. BC Cove Marine Services LLC.......................... 21 Escapade — Heidel House Resort & Spa..... 5 Norton’s Dry Dock...................................... 15 Pierless Boat Rentals..................................... 3 Shoreline Marine Contracting.................... 47


Our Saviour’s United Church of Christ...... 36


Fox River Glove Outlet Store...................... 29 Gysbers Jewelry........................................... 18 Holliday Shopping Center........................... 59 Twister......................................................... 21

Computer Sales/Service

Badgerland Computer Systems................... 57

Convenience Store/Gasoline

Holliday Food & Sport................................ 53 Holliday Shopping Center........................... 59


Hillside Dental Associates.......................... 37 Silver Creek Dentistry................................. 53


Mirr of Green Lake Tree Care..................... 23 Premium Firewood...................................... 23

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Fishing Charter

Norton’s Fishing Adventures...................... 11


Bloch’s Farm.................................................. 7 Chris’ Floral & Gifts................................... 48 Crossroads Market.................................... IFC Webster’s Marketplace................................. 30

Garden Center/Nursery

Bloch’s Farm.................................................. 7 Stuart’s Landscaping & Garden Center..... 39


ACE Hardware............................................. 33 Casual Living Outfitters, LLC.................... 29 Chris’ Floral & Gifts................................... 48 daiseye......................................................... 22 Farrell’s Fine Furnishings, LLC.................. 31 Fox River Glove Outlet Store...................... 29 Guth’s........................................................... 13 Gysbers Jewelry........................................... 18 Hounsell’s.................................................... 29 Sidedoor Antiques....................................... 29 Twister......................................................... 21 Woolbright’s River City Antique Mall........ 23 Worldwide Gifts.......................................... 40


The Golf Courses of Lawsonia.................... 19


Crossroads Market.................................... IFC Webster’s Marketplace................................. 30


ACE Hardware............................................. 33


Bloch’s Farm.................................................. 7 M.P.B. Builders, Inc..................................... 31 Stuart’s Landscaping & Garden Center..... 39 Superheat & Cooling Inc............................ 48 Surface & Surroundings, Inc...................... 29

Home Décor/Furniture

Casual Living Outfitters, LLC.................... 29 Farrell’s Fine Furnishings, LLC.................. 31 Sidedoor Antiques....................................... 29 Twister......................................................... 21 Woolbright’s River City Antique Mall........ 23

Hospital/Medical Clinic/Senior Care

Core Rehabilitation..................................... 61 Montello Care Center.................................. 61 The Residences on Forest Lane.................. 61 Ripon Medical Center................................. 37

Ice Cream

Guth’s........................................................... 13 Pump House Parlor — Heidel House Resort & Spa............................................. 5

Landscaping/Lawn Care/Tree Care

Bloch’s Farm.................................................. 7 Mirr of Green Lake Tree Care..................... 23 Stuart’s Landscaping & Garden Center..... 39


Caestecker Public Library........................... 57


Crossroads Market.................................... IFC

Photo Lab

Webster’s Marketplace................................. 30


Quality Plumbing LLC................................ 37

Real Estate

Adashun Jones Real Estate............................ 9 Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Metro Realty....................................... 19, 63 Coldwell Banker Cotter Realty................... 59 Emmer Real Estate Group........................... 60 Special Properties, Ltd.............................. IBC


Holliday Shopping Center........................... 59 Modern Rentals Inc..................................... 57

Restaurants/Food and Beverage/Catering

Adam’s Rib................................................... 19 Boathouse Pub — Heidel House Resort & Spa............................................. 5 Christianos Pizza........................................ 13 Crossroads Market.................................... IFC Goose Blind Grill & Bar.............................. 12 Grey Rock — Heidel House Resort & Spa... 5 Guth’s........................................................... 13 Holliday Food & Sport................................ 53 Holliday Shopping Center........................... 59 Malchetske’s Liquor & Video...................... 43 Reilly’s Pub.................................................. 55 Sassafras Coffee & Treats........................... 63 Sunroom — Heidel House Resort & Spa..... 5 ThunderBoss Bar and Grill......................... 11 Twister......................................................... 21 Vines & Rushes Winery.............................. 32 Walker’s Bar and Grill................................. 32 Webster’s Marketplace................................. 30


Ripon College.............................................. 52


Evensong Spa — Heidel House Resort & Spa............................................. 5

Sporting Goods/Sportsman

ACE Hardware............................................. 33 Holliday Food & Sport................................ 53 Holliday Shopping Center........................... 59


Hounsell’s.................................................... 29 Twister......................................................... 21 Worldwide Gifts.......................................... 40

Video/DVD Rental

Malchetske’s Liquor & Video...................... 43


Vines & Rushes Winery.............................. 32 Photograph by Gary Hannabarger


Green Lake Lodging and Sport, LLC.......... 11 Greenway House Bed & Breakfast.............. 47 Hattie Sherwood Campground................... 10 Heidel House Resort & Spa.......................... 5 The Keipe Hotel Vacation Rental................ 13 ’Tween The Lakes Motel.............................. 58


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First Home

2.5 first-time traditions 1,572 sq. feet of laughter

Summer Cottage

4 full mornings of fishing 154,704 feet of pristine shoreline

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3 full family generations 50+ years of memories to come

What’s so Special? Deeply rooted in our community, we pride ourselves in making home buying and selling personal, stress-free and professional. GREEN L AKE, RIPON, PRINCETON, MARKESAN

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Green Lake Magazine 2019  

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 2019  

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...