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The Woodson Art Museum, [1] (ad on page 25) celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2016 and continues to offer an exceptional variety of exhibitions, activities, and educational opportunities for all ages. As with the commemoration of the 40 years of the famed Birds in Art exhibition in 2015, the museum’s anniversary will undoubtably offer visitors many wondrous occasions to learn of its rich history and as well as the new and exciting things to come in the future. The Wausau Children’s Museum [2] (wausauchildrensmuseum. org) had coined itself as a “museum without walls” but now has a brick-andmorter location in the Wausau Center Mall, with free activities for children 0 to 4 years. Planning for the Children’s Museum of Marathon County [3] (childrensmuseum marathoncounty.org) is underway and the announcement of its permanent location is anticipated in 2016. The image is an rendering of a potential exhibit. The Cedar Creek Mall [4] (cedarcreekmall.com) in Rothschild is currently

undergoing a $6 million renovation. The project includes new exterior facades, interior upgrades and a redesigned parking area. Planet Fitness, a national franchise club, has recently opened a location in the mall. New retail and eatery additions to Downtown Wausau’s River District include the Violet Loft (theviolettrunk.com), a home decor store, Navieve Fromagerie (navieve.com), a European-style specialty cheese shop that boasts more that 150 different types of cheese, and J Gumbo’s [5] (ad on page 70), a restaurant serving classic Louisiana inspired Creole and Cajun dishes. The Rib Mountain shopping area will soon welcome a new national retailer and chain restaurant; Dick’s Sporting Goods and Red Robin [6] are estimated to open by June of 2016 on Rib Mountain Drive. Construction of a new Kayak & Canoe Boat Launch [7] at the corner of Ross Avenue and Babl Lane in Weston is expected to be completed by the summer of 2016, offering access to the Eau Claire River.

The Center for the Visual Arts [8] (ad on page 70) currently has renovations taking place, both to the exterior and interior of the building, including updates to classrooms, offices and the gift shop, which is now temporarily located in the west wing of Washington Square. Plans are underway to reopen the former Cedar Creek Family Fun Park Miniature Golf Course [9] located near the Cedar Creek Mall in Rothschild in the spring of 2016. The attraction will once again offer a fun, warm weather activity. Zingers & Flingers [10] (zingersandflingers. com), a new state-of-theart indoor shooting range, training facility, and retail store is now open west of Wausau. An exciting new annual event is scheduled to take place September 15-17, 2017. The International Wisconsin Ginseng Festival [11] (more information on page 21), will celebrate the special crop that is unique to Marathon County, Wisconsin.

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Specialty shops, boutiques, galleries and national name brand stores are waiting for you. Shop ‘til you drop! The Official Wausau/Central Wisconsin Visitors Magazine is published annually by the Wausau/ Central Wisconsin Convention & Visitors Bureau. Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication, prices, dates and facts are subject to change. For your convenience, please call ahead to confirm dates, times, and other information. The W/CWCVB assumes no responsibility for errors, changes, or omissions. For corrections or inclusion in the next issue, contact the W/CWCVB at 715-355-8788. Any reproduction or reprint of

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gREAT Events The Badger State Winter Games tradition continues in the Wausau area! This iconic sports series offers individuals and teams of all ages the opportunity to compete in a variety of amateur events in the style of the Olympic games. The 2015-2016 Winter Games (see ad on page 75) will be held over several weekends and will include Alpine and Nordic Skiing, Figure Skating, Curling, Bowling, Billiards, Fat Tire Bike competitions and many more events. For more information on all of the events and to register, visit www.badgerstategames.org. Insider Tip: One of the most popular events series is nordic skiing, or cross-country skiing competitions held at the Nine Mile Forest Recreation Area. Nine mile is one of Wisconsin’s premier facilities featuring 33km of groomed trails, spacioius chalet, rental equipment, cozy lounge with wood stove and more (see page 58 for more information).

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Exhibits & Performances No visit is complete without a stop at the Woodson Art Museum [2] (see page 25) and in 2016 this “must see” attraction celebrates its anniversary of 40 years. The English Tudor home and four-acre estate were donated in 1973 to be the community’s only art museum and one that would always be free to all. In the past four decades the museum has undergone several renovations, acquired numerous works of art, and expanded on its many activities and educational opportunities. Today the Woodson Art Museum is truly a local treasure and has garnered an international reputation for the finest collection of avian art, which continues to attract thousands of art enthusiasts each year. Inside the historic building is the permanent collection, the museum's latest rotating exhibit and the children’s Art Park. The outdoor sculpture garden features temporary installations and permanent pieces. Visit the website www.lywam.org to learn more about the museum’s history and present-day programming. [2] Bring along your smart phone to tour the 2012 addition that houses works by Owen Gromme, the famed Wisconsin artist and founder of the museum’s flagship exhibition, Birds In Art, now in its forty-first year. The museum has a device app, iPod Touches and headphones available for an audio experience that bring the artwork to life. Insider Tip: There is an exciting exhibition debuting this spring; Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos, and Toys in the Attic, is a retrospective of the photographic illustrator of the I SPY books. The exhibition, which includes large-scale photographs, Wick’s elaborate sets and models depicting visual riddles, puzzles, and optical illusions will be on display February 27 to May 29, 2016. The Grand Theater [3] (see page 24) offers an extensive schedule of musicals, national acts, and Broadway plays. This beautifully restored 1927 Greek Revival theater is a memorable venue for enjoying live performances including ballets, concerts and more. Located adjacent to the Grand Theater, the Center for Visual Arts [4] (see pages 25 and 70) offers regional and national art exhibits at the Caroline S. Mark Gallery and the Loft on the second level. Visit during the opening of a new exhibit and attend a Gallery Night to meet the artists, sample a glass of wine and view the artwork. The Andrew Warren Historic District is named after a sawmill owner who in 1853 bought all the land now comprising the heart of the Wausau Eastside. Some splendid and some plain, the 62 buildings in the district were built between 1868 and 1934. The district has a diverse yet harmonious blend of styles including Greek Revival, Italianate, Queen Anne, Classic Revival, and Prairie School architecture. Frank Lloyd Wright designed two homes in the Wausau Area. Insider Tip: Use the map and key on page 61 as you tour the district to learn more about the style, age and the architect. The Cyrus Yawkey House [5] (see page 60) under the care of the Marathon County Historical Society, resides in the historic district and has recently undergone a multi-million dollar renovation. Take a tour of this grand house and experience life as a lumber baron in the year 1901. Across the street is the Woodson History Center, featuring rotating exhibits that include memorabilia from bygone eras.

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Bring your boat and take advantage of the many access points onto the Wisconsin River and nearby lakes. Spend a day water skiing, tubing and fishing, or just cruise the river in a pontoon boat with friends. Bring your canoe or rent one to explore the remote channels and secluded backwaters of the Eau Claire River and Rib River at a leisurely pace. For the skilled enthusiast, Wausau is home to one of the top kayak courses in the world. Whitewater Park [6] holds open water sessions and hosts competitions during the summer months. The Wausau Area is a great location for fishing. Situated in the Wisconsin River Valley, there are a host of ideal places to find bass, walleye, northern, sunfish and musky. Pack your rod and other gear, or contact a local guide service to show you the best fishing holes. In the summer there’s lots of water to choose from, like the Dells of the Eau Claire Park [7], the Wisconsin River, area lakes, the Splash Pad at Marathon Park in Wausau, and the aquatic centers in Rothschild and Weston. Insider Tip: In the winter it has to be the 50,000 square foot indoor waterpark at the Grand Lodge Waterpark Resort (ad on page 44) in Rothschild. On select days passes can be purchased and you do not need to be a hotel guest to enjoy the waterpark. Call ahead to check on availability. See the full list of places to swim on page 53.

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The Wausau area truly is the best place in Wisconsin to play in the snow, with a quantity and quality of facilities unrivaled in the state. You could spend your entire trip just at Granite Peak Ski Area [9] (see pages 2 and 56-57). Wisconsin’s premier skiing destination has 74 runs, 8 chairlifts, state-of-the-art snowmaking, and two comfortable chalets. Insider Tip: Save time and money with lodging and lift packages available online for the entire family at www.SkiGranitePeak.com. Nordic skiing enthusiasts will find that it takes several visits to explore the 33km of cross-country skiing at the Nine Mile Forest. The spacious chalet offers rental equipment and 6.3km of the trails are lit at night. Snowmobile owners love to ride on more than 880 miles of trails in the Wausau area. The trail system offers extensive amenities that are expertly maintained by 29 snowmobile clubs operating 40 groomers. Insider Tip: A fantastic winter-time activity that is fun for all ages is tubing, and Sylvan Tubing Hill has some of the best tubing in Wisconsin. Speed down the longest tubing runs in the state, and then use one of the two tow lines to pull you back up to the top. Snowmaking equipment guarantees nearly perfect conditions all season and tubes are provided. The chalet, with its massive stone fireplace, concessions, lockers and restrooms is a great place to warm up.

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Whether you’re looking to take a short ride or a long trek, the Mountain-Bay Trail has a 14-foot wide trail with a crushed granite surface that stretches 83 miles from Weston to Green Bay. The Nine Mile Forest is another great place to bring your bike. Cruise the gentle paths or try to tame the maze of single-track trails cut into this heavily forested area. The newly completed road and paved trail system takes visitors to the top of Rib Mountain State Park [8] (see page 48). It’s a beautiful place to enjoy the scenery and explore the hiking trails year round. Insider Tip: Just a short drive away is the Dells of the Eau Claire Park [10] with picturesque trails along the Eau Claire River. Pack your camera for plenty of Kodak moments among the rocky outcroppings and several beautifully designed bridges that lead to other parts of the park. For a longer loop, the developed section of the adjacent Ice Age National Scenic Trail is 35 miles long and consists of five segments.

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From national brands to local favorites, you’ll find a diverse array of retail malls, antique stores and specialty shops. Wausau’s River District [11] (see pages 66-70) offers a pleasing blend of big-city style and smalltown atmosphere. A walk through the historic Washington Square and the Third Street Life Style Center (ad on page 63) is a must. From beautiful jewelry and custom artwork to delectable treats and fashions, the Square has wonderful specialty shops. There are also favorite brands at the Wausau Center Mall with over 60 national and regional stores, in addition to the specialty shops on Third and Scott Streets. Insider Tip: Take a window-shopping stroll in downtown Wausau. Park in one of the Wausau Center Mall ramps (parking is free for the first two hours, free on weekends and during the holiday season). Peruse the mall stores, then make your way out of the mall's main entrance onto Third Street. Here you'll find several blocks of shops and eateries to the north. On your way back, walk east on Scott Street to check out the Center for the Visual Arts and the Caroline S. Mark Gallery on 4th Street adjacent to The Grand. Rib Mountain [12] is another favorite shopping destination, with its many big box retailers like TJ Maxx, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, Bed Bath & Beyond and Wal-Mart - open 24 hours, it’s a good place to pick up spur-of-themoment necessities. Recent additions include Hobby Lobby and Ulta. The Cedar Creek Mall [13] also has a mix of shopping, services and a ten screen movie theater, all within walking distance of adjacent hotels.

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There’s always time to indulge and relax with a spa visit. DaySpring Spa [14] (see page 69) is a great choice for a bit of personal pampering. This upscale spa in downtown Wausau is located in Washington Square and adjacent to the Jefferson Street Inn hotel (ad on page 42). Insider Tip: The hotel has a spa package that allows guests to enjoy the boutique hotel’s special accommodations paired with the finest in relaxation including massages, body wraps facials and many skin treatments. The Hot Waters Spa (see page 74) is a favorite all year long and offers everything from secluded outdoor whirlpool soaks to traditional massage. They also have private manicure/pedicure suites. It is the perfect place to unwind after a day on the ski slopes, hours on the golf course or a long afternoon of shopping. 888-WI-VISIT www.visitwausau.com


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Martin Luther King Day - Monday, January 18 President’s Day - Monday, February 15 Memorial Day - Monday, May 30 Independence Day - Monday, July 4 Labor Day - Monday, September 5 Columbus Day - Monday, October 10 Halloween - Monday, October 31 Christmas Day (observed) Monday, December 26 New Year’s Day (observed) Monday, January, 2

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Check out some of the Wausau area hot spots for dining, drinks, nightlife and entertainment. Downtown Wausau has a number of pubs and lounges with live music playing regularly. Malarky’s Pub has a diverse band schedule and their own house band, The Townies. Hear the sounds of mid-size regional bands playing a variety of music - from rock and reggae to folk. Next door is Townies Grill; it’s a great place to enjoy dinner and the menu has a nice selection of pub fare. Another option in downtown Wausau is the City Grill Bistro (see pages 28 and 30). Here the menu offers delicious sandwiches, soups and salads, as well as upscale dinner entrees featuring steaks, chops and seafood. The bar has a great wine list and the impressive array of specialty drinks has won a “best of” award. The City Grill Bistro is an intimate setting for live music, including jazz, blues, and contemporary sounds. There are also other events throughout the year including special events, wine tastings and other party-style celebrations. The Grand Theater has a season long calendar of performances including concerts, like the internationally-acclaimed Cirque Ziva [15] coming to the stage in 2016. Insider Tip: Consulting Facebook pages is a great way to find upcoming performances. Or if you’re in the area, get a copy of City Pages, a free weekly newspaper with a schedule of area entertainment.

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Local Brews

The Wausau area has three breweries that carry on the local tradition of quality hand crafted beers. Bull Falls Brewery [16] (ad on page 3) takes pride in being Wausau’s first distributing micro brewery, featuring beers brewed in the German tradition. The tap room has regular hours offering seasonal brews, a calendar of events and occasional live music in the beer garden. Insider Tip: Take a tour at the newly expanded canning facility and take home some of their beers, now available for purchase in cans. Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company [17] (see page 31) has a long history as a Wisconsin establishment and offers a selection of artisan brewed ales and lagers. There’s also a substantial pub menu, billiards, outdoor beer garden and music regularly. Red Eye Brewing Company [18] (see page 37) offers one-of-a-kind beers, like the vanilla infused “Up Nort’ Brew-ski” bock beer. The wood-fired pizzas are the perfect accompaniment or try one of the beer infused menu items like the IPA Barbecue Ribs.

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Legends of Rock 1/8 Fri, Dale’s Weston Lanes welcomes four fantastic tribute artists to celebrate our greatest musicians. 715-574-0768 or www.legendsofrock.us Tietge High School Bonspiel 1/8 – 1/9 Fri-Sat, Featuring the best High School teams from across the state! 715-842-3614 or www.wausaucurling.com Granite Peak Family Festival Weekend 1/8 – 1/10 Fri-Sun, A weekend of festivities at Granite Peak Ski Area. Package includes: 2 nights lodging and 2 days of lift tickets for a family of four, two-day ski or board rental for the entire family, horse-drawn wagon rides, brat cookout, Saturday night skiing, Saturday night on-hill firework display and bonfire. 715-845-2846 or www.skigranitepeak.com EXHIBITION: 26th Annual Midwest Seasons 1/8 – 3/12, At the Center for the Visual Arts – Main Gallery. The 26th year of this signature exhibit features artists from across the country in all mediums and styles describing the seasons of the Midwest. 715-842-4545 or www.cvawausau.org EXHIBITION: WVAA 39th Annual Memorial Exhibit 1/8 – 3/12, 715-842-4545 or www.cvawausau.org Rib Mountain State Park Snowshoe Walks 1/9 Sat & 2/13 Sat, Enjoy a snowshoe hike from Noon to 2pm in January & 5-7pm in February at Rib Mountain State Park. Snowshoes and concessions will be available for a small donation. Of course there will be hot chocolate and a warm campfire. Admission is free to participate but a park admission sticker is required. 715-842-2522 or www.ribmountain.org

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Snekkevik Ski Classic 1/9 Sat, Event includes Adults 24K & 12K Skate, 12K Classic, 6K HS Classic, & 3.5K MS Classic. Registration starts at 8am, and races start at 9:30 at Nine Mile Recreation Area. Entry fees are 14K/$35, 12K/$25 (both add $10), HS/MS $8, with a free 1K children’s event. There will be a merchandise drawing for all paid registered skiers (age division recognition for HS & MS only). 715-359-7578 or www.wausaunordic.com Elvis Birthday Bash at Dale’s Weston Lanes 1/9 Sat, Celebrate the King’s birthday with Elvis tribute artists. 715-574-0768 or www.elvisbash.com Dog-Gone Snow Stomp 1/10 Sun, Off-leash dog romp at Marathon Park Splash Pad to raise funds for safe swimming opportunities for families who can’t afford lessons or pool passes. Dogs must be vaccinated and licensed. Prizes and doggie clean-bags provided. 1-4pm. $5 adults, under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. 715-261-1550 or www.ci.wausau.wi.us Leinenkugel’s Classic Pond Hockey Tournament 1/15 – 1/17 Fri-Sun, Join us for exciting 4-on-4 outdoor hockey action at Sunny Vale Lake in Wausau! Tournament consists of 12 divisions including a co-ed division with round robin pool play. Registration is $375 per team. 715-355-8788 or www.classicpondhockey.com Granite Peak Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend 1/15 – 1/18 Fri-Mon, 3-day lift ticket for the price of a 2-day ticket at Granite Peak Ski Area. 715-845-2846 or www.skigranitepeak.com Badger State Winter Games 1/16 Sat, Premier Olympic-style amateur sports event. Events include NASP Archery, Fat Tire Bike Racing, Figure Skating, Nordic Skiing, and more! Free to public to come and cheer on our athletes. 888-WI-VISIT or 715-355-8788, www.badgerstategames.org Ladies Highlander Bonspiel 1/16 – 1/17 Sat-Sun, Be one of the first to enjoy a weekend of curling, live music and dancing at the Wausau Curling Center. All food and beverages are provided as part of your team registration. 715-842-3614 or www.wausaucurling.com Gymnastics Starlight Invitational 1/16 – 1/17 Sat-Sun, More than 400 gymnasts from teams throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan will compete USA-Gymnastics Level 1- Level 10 routines in all four competitive events. Awesome raffles, gymnastics clothing and yummy concessions will be available at the Woodson YMCA. 715-845-2177 or www.woodsonymca.com Willow Springs Garden Open Sleigh Rides 1/17 Sun, Rides start at 10 am and leave every 30 minutes. You will be dropped off at the campsite for hot chocolate, hot cider, marshmallow roasting, snowshoeing and a campfire. Soup buffet from 10am-4pm. Soup buffet $6.00, sleigh ride $12; both $18. Children 5 and under free. 715-675-1171 or www.willowspringsgardens.net Luminary Snowshoe Walks in the Gardens 1/22 Fri, Luminary snow shoe walks. Bon fire, hot beverages, some snow shoes for rent. Canceled if too cold. Snowshoe rental available. 6-8pm. 715-261-6309 or www.rwmonkgardens.org Garden Visions 1/22 – 1/23 Fri-Sat, Master gardener regional conference open to the general public at the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County. Register at www.gardenvisions.org or 715-693-6446 Badger State Winter Games 1/22 – 1/24 Fri-Sun, Premier Olympic-style amateur sports event. Events include NASP Archery, Fat Tire Bike Racing, Figure Skating, Nordic Skiing, and more! Free to public to come and cheer on our athletes. 888-WI-VISIT or 715-355-8788, www.badgerstategames.org German Genealogy 1/23 Sat, Gary Gisselman explains how to research your German heritage. Learn about record, online information, and other handy resources available to help you with your search. 2 pm. Free, donations appreciated. 715-842-5750, www.marathoncountyhistory.org Wine, Cheese & All That Jazz 1/23 Sat, An evening of outstanding jazz music, Wine, Cheese and all that Jazz combines over 100 types of wine from abound the world, specialty cheeses, delicious hor d’oeuvres, silent auction and camaraderie to make this one of Wausau’s premier events. Tickets: $75. Must be 21 or over to attend. 715-845-2582 or www.bgclub.com

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Wisconsin Special Olympics Winter Games 1/23 – 1/24 Sat-Sun, State Competition. Granite Peak will host Alpine skiing and snowboarding, Nine Mile County Forest and Recreation Area will host cross country skiing and snowshoeing. 715-848-0550 or www.specialolympicswisconsin.org Wausau 525 Snowmobile Championships 1/23– 1/24 Sat-Sun, Annual memorial race. Professional snowmobile racing sanctioned by USSA. Drivers from the Midwest and Canada compete for the 525 cup trophies and also TLR Cup sanctioned points race. Exposition building with heated seating, beverages, food, and amenities. Gates open at 9am Saturday and Sunday with racing from 11am-4:30pm each day. 715-571-0540 or www.wausau525.com Badger State Winter Games 1/29 – 1/31 Fri-Sun, Premier Olympic-style amateur sports event. Come cheer on our athletes! Visit www.badgerstategames.com or 715-355-8788. Rocco Memorial Gun Show 1/29 – 1/31 Fri-Sun, Buy, sell, and swap guns, ammo, reloading supplies, NFA and more at The Central Wisconsin Convention & Expo Center. Friday 3pm to 8pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 9am to 3pm. Admission is $6. Vendor Fee $45/ 8’ table. 608-752-6677 or www.bobandrocco.com Winter Fest 1/30 Sat, Wausau’s Downtown comes to life for Winter Fest! Ice Sculptors will be carving creations into ice blocks, a snow slide will be constructed, a Mac-N-Cheese contest takes place in the Great Hall, crafts and games will be throughout the River District! Event runs from 10am-3pm. Admission is free. Mac-N-Cheese contest is $5 at the door 715-297-9531 or www. wausauevents.org Winter Brew Fest 1/30 Sat, An evening of live music, beer samples, and more from 6-9pm. For more information visit www.wausauevents.org or 715-297-9531 Winter Festival & Sled Dog Race 1/30 – 1/31 Sat-Sun, Dog races, sleigh rides, snowshoeing, concessions and an Alaskan dinner. Saturday 10am-8pm and Sunday 10am-2pm. Admission is free at the Willow Springs Garden. 715-675-1171 or www.willowspringsgarden.net Signs of Love Bridal Show 1/31 Sun, Brides, Grooms, family and friends can check out advice from vendors, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and more. See everything for your wedding: rings, caterers, gowns, tuxedos, photographers, DJ’s and more. 715-370-4170 or www.cwconventionexpo.com

February EXHIBITION: American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artist’s Colony Through 2/21, Lyrical landscapes of snow-covered hills and sundrenched harbors, portraits, and still-life paintings exemplify American artists’ varied approaches to Impressionism during the early twentieth century. Works included by William Merritt Chase, Frank W. Benson and more. 715-845-7010 or www.lywam.org EXHIBITION: Forest Folklore: A Multisensory Experience Through 2/21, This touchable fairy-tale forest comprises the tactile art of Colorado-based artist Ann Cunningham. All visitors will be encouraged to touch the artworks, helping to inform all about the needs of audiences who use other senses “to see.” 715-845-7010 or www.lywam.org EXHIBITION: Shoreline Symphony Through 2/21, Experience artworks from the Woodson Art Museum’s collection that portray the sights and sounds at the water’s edge. The hypnotic nature of water attracts artists, who observe and skillfully capture an ever-changing landscape while interpreting the rhythmic sounds. Challenge your senses. Hear the sounds, feel the wind, and imagine yourself transported to another place. 715-845-7010 or www.lywam.org EXHIBITION: Carved & Cast Through 2/21, Small-scale and medium-sized sculptures recently acquired by the Museum are featured, including maquettes by Gwynn Murrill and work by Willard Stone, Jason Stone, Simon Gudgeon, Hank Tyler, Hélène Arfi, and Tim Cherry. 715-845-7010 or www.lywam.org

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Luminary Snowshoe Walks in the Gardens 2/5 Fri, Luminary snow shoe walks. Bonfire, hot beverages, some snow shoes for rent. Canceled if too cold. Snowshoe rental available. 6-8pm. 715-261-6309 or www.rwmonkgardens.org Willow Springs Garden Hawaiian Dance 2/5 Fri, See ad on page 13. Granite Peak Family Festival Weekend 2/5 – 2/7 Fri-Sun, A weekend of festivities at Granite Peak Ski Area. Package includes: 2 nights lodging and 2 days of lift tickets for a family of four, two-day ski or board rental for the entire family, horse-drawn wagon rides, brat cookout, Saturday night skiing, Saturday night on-hill firework display and bonfire. 715-845-2846 or www.skigranitepeak.com UWMC Music Faculty Trumpet Recital 2/6 Sat, Event begins at 3pm. Admission is free. UWMC Center for Civic Engagement. 715-212-4181 or www.uwmc.uwc.edu 35th Annual MAAC Ice Fishing Jamoree 2/6 Sat, Over $3,000 in fish and door prizes. Fishing on Half Moon Lake in Mosinee. Regsiter at the event for $10. Event runs from 7am-3pm. 715-693-2275 or www.mosineeareaactionclub.org Wausau Symphony Chamber Orchestra 2/6 Sat, First English Luthern Church in Wausau. Performance at 7:30pm. 715-842-0988 or www.wausausymphonyband.org Dog-Gone Snow Stomp 2/7 Sun, Off-leash dog romp at Marathon Park Splash Pad to raise funds for safe swimming opportunities for families who can’t afford lessons or pool passes. Dogs must be vaccinated and licensed. Prizes and doggie clean-bags provided. 1-4pm. $5 adults, under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. 715-261-1550 or www.ci.wausau.wi.us 17th Annual Victorian Valentine Tea 2/11 Thu, This event highlights delectable treats from a variety of local shops, accompanied by an historic presentation. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 715-842-5750. Admission is $20 members/ $25 non. www.marathoncountyhistory.org Central Wisconsin Deer and Hunting Show 2/12 – 2/14 Fri-Sun, Family hunting and outdoor expo. Firearms, hunting gear, archery, guides and outfitters, power sports, taxidermy and much more. Friday 3-9pm, Saturday 10am-7pm and Sunday 10am-4pm at the Central Wisconsin Convention + Expo Center. 715-370-4170 or www.fishingboatingoutdoor.com Wausau Men’s Invitational Bonspiel 2/12 – 2/14 Fri-Sun, The Wausau Curling Club hosts this annual curling event. 715-842-3614 or www.wausaucurling.com

2016 Events Open Sleigh Rides and Buffet • Jan 17 Winter Festival and Sled Dog Races • Jan 30-31 Hawaiian Buffet and Dance • Feb 5 Open Sleigh Rides and Buffet • Feb 20 Caribbean Buffet, Dance and Pirate Challenge • Feb 26 Pancake Breakfast and Neighborhood Auction • April 24 Wedding Expo • May 1 Stick Pony Rodeo and Spring Festival • May 22 Independence Day Celebration and Car Show • July 3 Wine and Barley Festival • Sept 4 Tractor Pull • Sept 5 Corn Maze • Sept 16-Oct 23rd Harvest Festival • Oct 2 Haunted Maze • Oct 27-29 Trick and Treat Maze • Oct 29 Dryland Dog Races and 5k Run • Nov 12-13 Christmas Festival • Dec 3-4 Visit our website for event details

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Mother and Child Tea 2/13 Sat, Mothers (or grandmothers, aunts) and their little Valentine to enjoy a special Valentine Tea. Spend the afternoon sipping tea and punch, nibbling on treats and creating handmade Valentines for a special someone. Brush up on your tea etiquette with a presentation filled with reminders about basic manners. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 715-842-5750. Admission is $20 per adult and child, with each additional child $5. wwwmarathoncountyhistory.org Wausau Antique Show 2/13 – 2/14 Sat-Sun, Over 50 quality booths plus a Clock Specialist & a Crystal and China Repairer on site at D.C. Everest. There will be 1000s of antiques on sale! Admission: $4.50 (good for both days), kids under 16 are free. Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm. 715-355-5144 or www.antiqueshowsinwis.com High School State Championship 2/19 – 2/20 Fri-Sat, The Wausau Curling Club hosts this event. See their site for more details. 715-842-3614 or www.wausaucurling.com Central Wisconsin Sports Show 2/19 – 2/21 Fri-Sun, Fishing, boating, hunting and outdoor exhibits, seminars and family activities geared to the Spring and Summer seasons. Friday 3-9pm, Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday 10am-4pm at the Central Wisconsin Convention & Expo Center. 715-370-4170 or www.fishingboatingoutdoor.com Una Notta Bella: A Taste of Jazz 2/20 Sat, Come and enjoy a taste of jazz (several styles, with performances by WCM students and faculty) with great food, great music, and signature drinks. 100% of proceeds raised are set apart for our Tuition Assistance Program. There will be opportunities to bid on wonderful auction items as well. $50 per person, or $375 for 8 tickets. Event will start at 5:30pm. 715-845-6279 or www.wausauconservatory.org Willow Springs Garden Open Sleigh Rides 2/20 Sat, See January 17 for more information. Granite Peak German Fest 2/20 Sat, Enjoy German food, beer, and live music in the afternoon at Granite Peak Ski Area. 715-845-2846 or www.skigranitepeak.com Lincoln and His Generals 2/20 Sat, UWMC’s Brett Barker takes an in-depth look at one of America’s most beloved presidents and the men who fought under his command in the Civil War. Following the presentation will be a special showing of two rare Lincoln artifacts from the Marathon County Historical Society’s collection. 2 pm. Free, donations appreciated. 715-842-5750, www.marathoncountyhistory.org Wausau Noon Optimist Boys Invitational Basketball Tournament 2/20 – 2/21 Sat-Sun, Hosted by the Wausau Noon Optimists. For grades 5 through 8. Games to be held at Wausau East & West High Schools, Horace Mann & John Muir Middle Schools, Newman Catholic High School. 715-370-0772 or www.wausaunoonoptimists.com Stomp the Swamp Snowshoe Event 2/21 Sun, Event is a 6k or 12K snowshoe race or 6K walk held at Nine County Forest. Run & walk start time is 10 AM. Registrations forms are online. Cost is $25.00 and includes long sleeve t-shirt. 715-348-6230 or www.revelsports.com Father Daughter Sweetheart Dance 2/26 Fri, Share a fun-filled evening with your little girl and support our annual Community Partners Campaign. We’ll have a DJ, photographer, crafts, door prizes and refreshments. Semi-formal attire required. Admission/Registration Fee: $12 per person for members, $17 for non-members. Advance tickets available at either Woodson YMCA or $20 per person at the door. 715-845-2177 or www.woodsonymca.com Willow Springs Garden Caribbean Buffet 2/26 Fri, The cash bar will have truly tropical drinks for all! Dressing for the occasion is half the fun. Those who do will receive a free drink on the house. Dig in the sand from the islands for treasure. Finders, keepers. Special appearance from the Pirates of Willow Springs. Compete in their pirate challenges for a chance to shoot the cannon! 715-675-1171 or www.willowspringsgardens.net Wausau Area Builders Association Home Show 2/26– 2/28 Fri-Sun, See the latest in demolition, home design, plumbing, windows - everything you need from building supply vendors to contractors, demonstrations and workshops at the CW Convention & Expo Center. 3-8pm Friday, 9-5pm Saturday & Sunday 9-4pm. $5 admission. 715-842-9510 or www.wausauareabuilders.com Polar Plunge 2/27 Sat, Support local Special Olympics athletes by jumping into the frigid lake at Sunny Vale Park. Plunging from noon to 1:30pm. Proceeds benefit Wisconsin Special Olympics. 715-848-0550 or www.specialolympicswisconsin.org Men Who Cook - A Special Dinner Event 2/27 Sat, Local celebrity cooks prepare their specialties in this dinner event to benefit the Wausau YWCA at the Grand Theater Arts Block at 6pm. Live music and auctions. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 715-842-3381 or www.ywca.org/wausau

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EXHIBITION: Student Art Exhibit 2/27 – 4/3, This 39th annual exhibition at the Woodson Art Museum celebrates Youth Art Month and the artistic endeavors of north central Wisconsin students in grades 9-12. 715-845-7010 or www.lywam.org EXHIBITION: Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos, and Toys in the Attic 2/27 – 5/29, A retrospective of the photographic illustrator of the “I SPY” books published by Scholastic Press, the exhibition includes large-scale photographs and Wick’s elaborate sets and models depicting visual riddles, puzzles, and optical illusions. 715-845-7010 or www.lywam.org

March Spring Craft Show Dates TBD, Craft vendors and an Easter Bunny Hunt with luncheon. 715-693-4330 or www.mosineechamber.org Bull Falls Brewery Bock Fest Dates TBA, The Bulls Falls Bock Fest will kick-off with the tapping of the Bull Falls Bock, a traditional dark beer. Bock Fest food will be available throughout the afternoon. Attendees can have their beer warmed and caramelized by the fire. 715-842-2337 or www.bullfallsbrewery.com Storybook Weekend 3/4 – 3/5 Fri-Sat, Wausau Dance Theatre presents their annual Storybook Weekend that offers free events to the public, including performers, activities, crafts and arts in The Great Hall prior to the show. Performances at 1:30pm and 7:00pm. Tickets TBD. 715-842-0988 or www.wausaudancetheatre.com Granite Peak Family Festival Weekend 3/4 – 3/6 Fri-Sun, A weekend of festivities at Granite Peak Ski Area. Package includes: 2 nights lodging and 2 days of lift tickets for a family of four, two-day ski or board rental for the entire family, horse-drawn wagon rides, brat cookout, Saturday night skiing, Saturday night on-hill firework display and bonfire. 715-845-2846 or www.skigranitepeak.com Wisconsin Musky Expo 3/4 – 3/6 Fri-Sun, Check out the latest equipment, tackle, seminars and instructional panels during this three day expo. Friday 2-9pm, Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 9am-3pm at the CW Convention & Expo Center. 715-370-4170 or www.wimuskyexpo.com EATS 3/5 Sat, UWMC Foundation’s Educational Assistance Through Scholarships (EATS) fundraiser featuring culinary samples from dozens of chefs and live music. Advance reservation suggested. Tickets: $40 in advance/$45 at the door/$55 patrons /$75 gourmet patrons. 7pm. 715-261-6221 or www.uwmcEATS.com Dating Photos by Photo Type & Clothing Style 3/6 Sun, Have some old family photos that you need to know more about? With a closer look at the people and items in the photo you can discover clues about the date it was taken. Learn what clues to look for with Curators Linda Forbess and Kathy Volkmann. 2 pm. Free, donations appreciated. 715-842-5750, www.marathoncountyhistory.org The Music Man 3/10 – 3/12 Thu-Sat, In 1957, THE MUSIC MAN became a hit on Broadway, Best Musical. Almost 60 years later this spectacular show about a fast talking traveling salesman and a pretty, no-nonsense librarian is still one of the most beloved musicals of all time. With its rousing score and high-spirited dancing, THE MUSIC MAN will march its way straight into your heart! Thursday at 6:30pm and Friday-Saturday at 7:30pm all at the Grand Theater. 715-359-3972 or www.wausaucommunitytheatre.org Central Wisconsin RV & Camping Show 3/11 – 3/13 Fri-Sun, RVs, camping equipment, campgrounds, seminars and family activities geared to the RV and camping experience. Friday 3-9pm, Saturday 10am-7pm, and Sunday 10am-4pm at the Central Wisconsin Convention & Expo Center. 715-370-4170 or www.fishingboatingoutdoor.com UWMC Music Department Spring Concert 3/17 Thu, Presents a free concert at the UW Center for Civic Engagement at 7pm. 715-261-4181 or www.uwmc.uwc.edu EXHIBITION: The Flowers Are Burning 3/18 – 5/14, Along with an exhibit in the Loft Gallery: K-12 Visual Expressions. Opening Gallery Gala is March 25 from 5-7pm. 715-842-4545 or www.cvawausau.org Granite Peak German Fest 3/26 Sat, Take a break from the slopes and hunt for Easter eggs at 9am at Granite Peak Ski Area! 715-845-2846 or www.skigranitepeak.com Spring Egg Hunt 3/26 Sat, Kids hunt for eggs at Monk Botnaical Gardens and everyone enjoys a prize! 1-3pm. Admission is $1 per person. 715-261-6309 or www.rwmonkgardens.org Granite Peak Avalanche Days 3/28 – 4/10, Two-week spring festival with some of the season’s best skiing at Granite Peak Ski Area! 715-845-2846 or www.skigranitepeak.com

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April Granite Peak Family Festival Weekend 4/1 – 4/3 Fri-Sun, A weekend of festivities at Granite Peak Ski Area. Package includes: 2 nights lodging and 2 days of lift tickets for a family of four, two-day ski or board rental for the entire family, horse-drawn wagon rides, brat cookout, Saturday night skiing, Saturday night on-hill firework display and bonfire. 715-845-2846 or www.skigranitepeak.com American Girl Themed Party 4/6 Wed, Girls and boys ages 5-12 are invited to spend the day in the Yawkey House Museum Gardens with their American Girl Doll or other favorite doll/stuffed animal. The Marathon County Historical Society is hosting their annual American Girl-themed Garden Party from 1-3pm. Reservations required. 715-842-5750, www.marathoncountyhistory.org Children’s Festival 4/9 Sat, 42nd annual event with activity booths for children ages 3-12. Try wood-working, face painting, clowning, games, health screening, button making and more! 9am-3pm at the East Gate Hall at Marathon Park. FREE admission. 715-261-1550 or www.co.marathon.wi.us Dancing For The Paws 4/17 Sun, An evening of good friends, good food and ballroom dancing competition for our version of the mirrored ball trophy from 5:30pm-10pm at the Central WI Convention + Expo Center. 715-845-2810 or www.catsndogs.org Craig Williams: Concert Organist 4/17 Sun, Organ recital begins at 3pm at the Zion Luthern Church. Free admission but free-will is received. 715-848-7286 or www.zionluthernwausau.com Wausau Symphony, Symphonic Band & Jazz Band Concert 4/17 Sun, Free concert held at the Rothschild Pavilion in Rothschild. For details call 715-842-0988 or visit www.wausausymphonyband.org Wausau Area Business Expo 4/21 Thu, Area businesses showcase goods and services at the Central Wisconsin Convention + Expo Center. Largest business-to-business expo north of Milwaukee. 11am-5pm. 715-845-6231 or www.wausauchamber.com UWMC Vocal Jazz Festival 4/22 Fri, An all-day festival of vocal jazz groups from throughout the state, with vocal clinics by guests artist groups. www.uwmc.uwc.edu Wausau Lyric Choir: Spring Concert 4/30 – 5/1 Sat- Sun, Performance location to be determined. Please watch website for details. Adults $12. Seniors and students $10. Email at: wausaulyricchoir@gmail.com or visit their website at www. wausaulyricchoir.org

May EXHIBITION: Generations of Progress: The Industrial History of Marathon County Through 5/31, The exhibit focuses on the history of over 40 manufacturers who had humble beginnings and grew to become large employers and leaders in the industries. Woodson History Center. 715-842-5750 or www.marathoncountyhistory.com Bull Falls Brewery Mai Fest Dates TBA, The beginning of our Summer Festival Series. Traditional ceremonial keg tapping at noon, followed by live music, festival food, door prizes and a great time for everyone in the beer garden. 715-842-2337 or www.bullfallsbrewery.com Mosinee Community Sale Days Dates TBD, Area business, community groups and residents are invited to participate in community wide garage, yard, estate and sidewalk sales. 715-693-4330 or www.mosineechamber.org Willow Springs Garden Wedding Expo 5/1 Sun, You are invited to experience this annual event from 10am to 4pm at Willow Springs Garden. Vendors featuring outdoor specialties and unique ideas for wedding enhancements. Enjoy some time at one of the bridal tea tables featuring hot tea, cool beverages and light snacks for sampling. 715-675-1171 or www.willowspringsgardens.net First Thursdays: Wausau’s Downtown River District 5/5 Thu, First Thursdays is a retail event that takes place on the first Thursday of every month from May to December in the Wausau River District from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Each month, a new theme will take over both the streets and the stores downtown. There will be live music from local musicians, themed activities, special in-store deals and giveaways and a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to any of the participating businesses. 715-297-1829 or www.wausauriverdistrict.com UWMC Spring Jazz Concert 5/5 Thu, Spring Jazz Concert featuring Jazz Ensemble, Vocal Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Central Voices. Admission is free. Make sure to check out the rest of their schedule for the year. 715-261-6246 or www.uwmc.uwc.edu

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American Heart Association Heart Walk 5/7 Sat, Take the pledge to live healthier lifestyles while raising the monies needed to fund life-saving research and education, advocate for health and save lives! The Wausau Heart Walk has a 1 and 3 mile route available for all walkers. No fee, however if you raise $100 or more you receive a Heart Walk T-shirt. www.wausauwiheartwalk.org Run For Hospice 5/7 Sat, The event features chip timing 5K run/walk and a 10K run, a free kids fun run, food, family-friendly activities and entertainment, and a balloon release. Families and friends can honor a loved one and support hospice care. 715-847-2470 or www.runforhospice.net UWMC Spring Mother’s Day Concert 5/8 Sun, Free Spring Mother’s Day concert with concert choir and vocal show ensemble. Performance begins at 7pm at the UW Center for Civic Engagement Theater. Admission is free. 715-261-6246 or www.uwmc.edu UWMC Music Majors Recital 5/9 Mon, Featuring music majors perform solo vocal repertoire. Performance begins at 7pm. 715-261-6246 or www.uwmc.uwc.edu EXHIBITION: The Garden of Eaten 5/20 – 7/16, Along with an exhibit in the Loft Gallery: 7th Congressional District Art Competition. Opening Gallery Gala is May 27 from 5-7pm. 715-842-4545 or www.cvawausau.org Wausau MDA Charity Ride 5/20 – 5/21 Fri-Sat, Scenic motorcycle ride through Central Wisconsin with proceeds benefiting local MDA charities. Powered by Harley-Davidson of Wausau. 715-355-4464 or www.wausaumdaride.com Spring Plant Sale and Garden Flea Market 5/21 Sat, Perennials and herbs on sale, as well as gently used garden equipment and items. Part of the Wausau area Green Saturday Event. 8am-2pm. 715-261-6309 or www.rwmonkgardens.org Bird Walk at Monk Botanical Gardens 5/21 Sat, Early morning bird walk with birding expert. Many species. Bring your camera. No dogs please. Admission is free. 715-261-6309 or www.rwmonkgardens.org Willow Springs Garden Stick Pony Rodeo 5/22 Sun, Children are encouraged to bring their own stick ponies and western attire. Pre-registration required for all rodeo events. Breakfast in the morning and a pig-roast in the afternoon until gone. 715-675-1171 or www.willowspringsgarden.net Rib Mountain Adventure Challenge 5/28 Sat, An adventure race in which teams of 2-4 members will run, bike, and paddle their way through the rugged and beautiful Central Wisconsin wilderness using only a map and compass to find the way. Choose either the 3-hour or 8-hour challenge. 715-630-6444 or www. ribmountainadventurechallenge.com Memorial Day Parade 5/30 Mon, Parade will start at Memorial Park in Wausau at 11am and travels east into downtown Wausau. Come out to celebrate and honor our veterans and fallen comrades. Call for more details 715-842-0388.

June “King of the River” Musky Tournament Dates TBD, Calling all Musky nuts from Merrill to Stevens Point : Do you have what it takes to earn the title “King of the River”? Tournament hosted by the Wausau Area Chapter of Muskies Inc. www.wausaumuskies.com Wausau RiverFest Dates TBA, A wet and wild day at Whitewater Park in downtown Wausau! Riverfest Rodeo, Hooligan Race, freestyle paddling, and a 5K Fun Run/ Walk. For more information visit www.wausauwhitewater.org Run For Their Lives! 5K/ Children’s 1K Fun Run 6/4 Sat, 5K competitive chip-timed run with or without your dog. The area’s FIRST dog include 5K! Also a children’s 1K! www.catsndogs.org EXHIBITION: The Art of Seating: Two Hundred Years of American Design 6/4 – 8/28, This survey of exceptional chair design explores chairs as art – functional and sculptural objects. Experience nineteenth-century to contemporary chairs chosen for their beauty and historical context, as well as social, economic, political, and cultural influences. 715-845-7010 or www.lywam.org Central Wiscosnin Water Walker Shows 6/5 – 8/28, Free water ski show performed by costumed skiers set to music and announcing. Bring a chair to sit on. Concession stand and raffle tickets available. Shows are free and donations are accepted. See www. facebook.com/cwwaterwalkers for up to the minute information. Shows start at 6 p.m. every Sunday on Lake Wausau. See page 17 for more informtation. Wausau Area Builders Association Parade of Homes 6/7 – 6/12 Tue-Sun, See the latest in home designs by area builders. Adnmission is $10. 715-842-9510 or visit www.wausauareabuilders.com

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Stratford Heritage Days 6/10 - 6/12 Fri-Sun, Annual celebration of the diverse ethnicity of the community. Festival includes: ethnic foods and entertainment, carnival rides and games, bed races, historical display, and youth events. Klemme Park in Stratford. 715-687-2411 or www.stratfordheritagedays.com Badger State Summer Games 6/10 - 6/12 Fri-Sun, Individuals and teams of all ages compete in amateur events in the style of Olympic Games at various Wausau area locations- now also at select locations throughout the state of Wisconsin. 888-WI-VISIT or 715-355-8788, www.badgerstategames.org Raptor Education Group Education Displays 6/11 Sat, The Raptor Educational Group from Antigo, WI brings birds in to view, learn about their natural habitat and how REGI rehabilitates birds from 10am-3pm. Family activities will be offered. Admission is free. 715-261-6309 or www.rwmonkgardens.org Wausau Lyric Choir: Summer Serenade 6/12 Sun, Annual fundraiser dinner/concert for Wausau Lyric Choir. Event kicks off at 5:30pm at The Great Hall. Tickets $60 per person or purchase a table of 8 for $420. www.wausaulyricchoir.org Car Show 6/12 Sun, Dale’s Weston Lanes features a car show partnered with the Road Knights. 715-359-8488 or www.westonlanes.com Concerts on the Square 6/15 – 8/17, Join your neighbors, friends and family for Wausau’s Wednesday get-together, Concerts on the Square! 10 nights of live bands playing at the beautiful 400 Block. Carry-ins are welcome. Please no pets and no smoking. Events are free and run from 6-8pm. 715-297-9531 or www.wausauevents.org Marketplace Thursdays 6/16 – 9/15, Wausau’s hard working farmers join together on the 400 Block for a day of selling fresh produce, flowers and crafts to the people of Wausau. There is lunchtime entertainment on select dates. 715-297-9531 or www.wausauevents.org RENT 6/16 – 6/18 Thu-Sat, Based loosely on Puccini’s LA BOHEME, Jonathan Larson’s RENT follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, RENT has become a pop cultural phenomenon. Thursday at 6:30pm and Friday-Saturday at 7:30pm all at the Grand Theater. 715-359-3972 or www.wausaucommunitytheatre.org Forrest Goetsch Memorial Run 6/17 – 6/18 Fri-Sat, On Friday from 5 to 8pm is the Race registration & packet pick-up at Dales Weston Lanes. Also, a Weston Style Fish Boil at Dale’s Weston Lanes along with music by Chad Brecke. On Saturday, from 7:00 – 8:30 am is the race-day registration & packet pick up, 8:55am pre-race instruction & National Anthem and at 9:00am the race starts. Scholarships, Awards, and Post Race Ceremony follows the finish of the race. Check out www.forrestsrun.com for additional details. 715-355-8587 Badger State Summer Games 6/17 – 6/19 Fri-Sun, Premier Olympic-style amateur sports event. Come cheer on our athletes! Visit www.badgerstategames.com or 715-355-8788. Summer Kick Off Weekend 6/17 – 6/19 Fri-Sun, 715-297-9531 or www.wausauevents.org Summer Kick Off 6/17 Fri, Start your summer with the many fun-filled events we’ve planned for the evening. There is food, music, and art projects for all ages to create. After the nights’ activities the park is transformed into an outdoor movie theater. Event starts at 5pm at Oak Island Park. Caribbean Market 6/18 Sat, A Caribbean Market on the 400 Block hosted by The Good News Project. Caribbean Food and Drinks, Live Music, and More! Event runs from 11am-3pm. Father’s Day Car Show 6/19 Sun, A Father’s Day car show down on the 400 Block. Over 50 Classic Cars, Food Vendors, and Music! Event runs from 10am-3pm and admission is free. Screen On The Green 6/24 Fri, An outdoor movie on the 400 Block! Each month’s movie has a different theme: Family, Date Night, and more! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and take in the summer air. Events are free and start at dusk. 715-297-9531 or www.wausauevents.org Badger State Summer Games 6/24 - 6/26 Fri-Sun, Premier Olympic-style amateur sports event. Come cheer on our athletes! Visit www.badgerstategames.com or 715-355-8788.

July Independance Day Festival and Car Show 7/3 Sun, Food, crafts, petting zoo, horse rides, blue grass music and fireworks! Free admission. Live music in the barn and tractor parade. All About You Karaoke. Fireworks will end the event at 10pm. 715-675-1171 or www.willowspringsgarden.net

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4th of July Festival, Parade, & Firework Show 7/4 Mon, A family event with activities for the children, great food and beverages, live music. Also a fabulous parade at 6pm and fireworks at dusk. Admission is free. Event will be held at River Park in Mosinee. 715-693-4330 or www.mosineechamber.org Balloon and Rib Fest 7/7 – 7/10 Thu-Sun, Wausau’s favorite event is back for 2016 and bigger and better than ever! Hot air balloons will grace the sky for the 4 days of this festival. Rib vendors from all over the country serve 1000’s of pounds of ribs and you are sure to find a favorite. There are also kids games, animals, a pancake breakfast, kites, airplanes on display and the BEST fireworks in the region on Friday and Saturday night! Also returning is the Balloon Chase 5K Run/Walk on Saturday morning. 715-297-9531 or www.wausauevents.org Downtown Wausau Sidewalk Sale 7/7 – 7/10 Thu-Sun, Beginning Thursday morning at 9 a.m., downtown Wausau River District will be transformed into an outdoor marketplace. Sidewalk Sales offer great sales and promotions, perfect for the bargain hunter. The best deals of the year can be found Thursday through Sunday, when apparel, shoes, accessories, sporting goods, books, artwork and so much more are discounted to an all-time low for one weekend only. Sidewalk Sales is one of the four events that make up Wausau’s Big Weekend. You don’t want to miss Sidewalk Sales in Wausau’s River District! 715-297-1829 or www.wausauriverdistrict.com Balloon Chase 5K Run/Walk 7/9 Sat, Join us in the Balloon Chase 5K Run/Walk 2nd year! It is a flat, fast, scenic course winding through the Southeast Neighborhood. All participants receive a t-shirt, goodie bag and a pancake breakfast. $25 Pre-registration. Race at 7:30am. 715-297-9531or www.wausauevents.org Chalkfest 7/9 – 7/10 Thu-Sun, This ever popular event is for young and old. Watch as the 400 Block is transformed into an outdoor museum with chalk drawings created over this 2-day event. You will be amazed and inspired by the drawings! Admission is free. Saturday 8am-8pm and Sunday 8am-4pm. $20 to enter. 715-297-9531 or www.wausauevents.org Iola Car Show and Swap Meet 7/9 – 7/12 Thu-Sun, Midwest’s largest Car Show and Swap Meet is held annually the 2nd weekend of July. Feature exhibit this year will be “Trucks & Chargers”. Show cars 1990 and older will be classified as Post-War, Pre-War, Modified, All-Original and Blue Ribbon Concours. The show has a “Teamed to Learn” education tent. 4,430 Swap Meet Spaces, Car Corral area with vehicles 2000 and older. Great food and camping is available. Gates open daily at 6am. Admission is $10 daily, 3 Day Pass $18. Ages 10 & under are free. 715-445-4000 or www.iolacarshow.com EXHIBITION: Competitive Blind Jury Exhibit 7/22 – 9/17, Along with an exhibit in the Loft Gallery: Wisconsin regional Art Program. Opening Gallery Gala is July 29 from 5-7pm. 715-842-4545 or www.cvawausau.org Screen On The Green 7/22 Fri, An outdoor movie on the 400 Block! Each month’s movie has a different theme: Family, Date Night, and more! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and take in the summer air. Events are free and start at dusk. 715-297-9531 or www.wausauevents.org AKC Paper Cities Kennel Club Dog Show 7/22 Fri, This year’s dog shows will showcase over 100 different breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club. They come from all over the country to compete in the weekend events. Open to exhibitors, spectators and the public. Vendors offering a variety of pet-related products will also be present in the atrium outside the show area, and an admission fee is not required to visit the vendors. 715-842-1098 or www.papercitieskc.org Wausau 24 7/30 – 7/31 Sat-Sun, 24-hour competitive mountain biking race at Nine Mile County Forest and Recreation Area in Wausau. Additional classes including a 12-hour venue, 6-hour venue and a kid’s race. The 6-hour race will begin with the 12-hour and 24-hour events. 715-497-8800 or www.wausau24.com

August EXHIBITION: Audubon to Wyeth: Paintings, Drawings, and Sculptures Through 8/7, This dazzling, historic array of bird imagery in artworks spanning the early-nineteenth through late-twentieth centuries includes work by John James Audubon, Martin Johnson Heade, Jasper Cropsey, Albert Bierstadt, Frank W. Benson, N.C. Wyeth, and Andrew Wyeth. 715-845-7010 or www.lywam.org EXHIBITION: Capturing Nature: The Art of Owen J. Gromme Through 8/7, Oil paintings, watercolors, and sketches reveal Gromme’s lifelong passion for nature and wildlife. Admission is always free. 715-845-7010 or www.lywam.org

Midwest Freestyle Championships Dates TBA, Kayak event with freestyle paddlers showing off the latest moves and competing to win the top place in a variety of classes. Whitewater Park in Wausau. More information and dates to come. www.wausauwhitewater.org Wisconsin Valley Fair 8/2 – 8/7 Tue-Sun, Excitement with carnival rides, commercial exhibits, thousands of youth exhibits, headlining entertainment in our grandstand nightly, a variety of national musical acts and a demolition derby! Fun for the whole family. For the full schedule of events and entertainers please call us at 715-261-1539 or www.wisconsinvalleyfair.com Wausau Triathlon 8/6 Sat, Returning to the Sunny Vale Park in Wausau participants have the option to choose from three courses: Long Course, Short Course or the Mini Tri. Each event consists of swimming, running and biking. The Triathlon is open to anyone over 16. 715-845-2177 or www.woodsonymca.com Screen On The Green 8/12 Fri, An outdoor movie on the 400 Block! Each month’s movie has a different theme: Family, Date Night, and more! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and take in the summer air. Events are free and start at dusk. 715-297-9531 or www.wausauevents.org

Little Bull Falls LogJam Festival 8/12 – 8/14 Fri-Sun, Step back in time along the Wisconsin River with free lumberjack shows, re-enactments, canoe races, Little Bull Falls Woodsman 5K Run/Walk, food and more at River Park! Fireworks at dusk. Make sure to check out their complete list of event details. 715-693-4330 or www.logjamfestival.org Iola Vintage Military & Gun Show 8/13 – 8/14 Sat-Sun, 25th Annual. Show Vehicles include Military Vehicles, Military Equipment, Professional Vehicle Exhibits, Tractors and Machines. In the area of the Vintage Tractors and Equipment: Battle Re-enactments for World War II and Vietnam era with pyrotechnics. Living History Encampments, Swap Meet, Parades of Vehicles and Speakers are scheduled. Family Camping is available. Admission is $8 daily. Children 12 & younger are free. 715-445-4005 or www.iolavms.com Big Bull Falls Blues Fest 8/19 – 8/20 Fri-Sat, Wisconsin’s LONGEST running Blues Fest celebrating 24 years of fantastic regional and national acts. Located on beautiful Fern Island in Wausau featuring beer tents, food and merchandise vendors, and the coveted VIP section. Check the website for the line-up and ticket information in March. Fri: 5-11pm and Sat: 1-11pm. 715-297-9531 orwww.wausauevents.org

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Wausau Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K 8/20 Sat, This 4th annual race starts and finishes in Marathon Park in Wausau. Marathon starts at 7am, Half Marathon starts at 7:30am, and the 5K starts at 8am. Certified by USA Track & Field, this event is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. 715-355-8788 or www.wausaumarathon.com Rock the 400 Block 8/26 Fri, Pepsi will once again bring the biggest and best concert to the 400 Block! 715-297-9531 or visit www.wausauevents.org North Central WI Antique Steam & Gas Engine Show 8/26 – 8/28 Fri-Sun, See ad below for more information.

September Bull Falls Brewery Oktoberfest Dates TBD, Oktoberfest food, tapping of the 2016 Oktoberfest Brew, live German music, door prizes, and more! PROST! 715-842-2337 or www.bullfallsbrewery.com Irishfest Date TBA, Come out and experience Irish culture with good food, music, and plenty fun of for the whole family. Visit Facebook for dates and details. Marathon Fun Days 9/2 – 9/5 Fri-Mon, Carnival, games, music, Fun Run, fireworks and more. The festivities begin Friday at 6:30pm. Saturday at 7am. The Marathon Fun Days parade kicks off at 1pm on Sunday featuring polka bands and high school marching bands. Monday features the OldTimers slow pitch softball tournament. 715-443-2351 Labor Day Parade 9/5 Mon, Parade starts at 4pm by the corner of West Wausau Ave. Over 40 floats. Entertainment and refreshments at the Labor Temple immediately following the parade. 715-370-8908 or www.marathoncountylaborcouncil.org Wausau’s ARTrageous Weekend 9/10 – 9/11 Sat-Sun, Two days of art hopping and shopping: the Festival of Arts in downtown Wausau, Art in the Park in Marathon Park and Birds in Art at the Woodson Art Museum. Artist demonstrations, musical performances, children’s activities and more! Shuttle buses provided at all three events. 715-845-7010 or www.lywam.org Festival of Arts 9/10 – 9/11 Sat-Sun, Annual free event features 120+ fine artists. Food stands, live entertainment, family art areas with hands-on kid’s projects, a young collector’s area and a silent auction. Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm. 715-842-1676 or www.wausaufoa.org

Art in the Park 9/10 – 9/11 Sat-Sun, Fine arts and crafts show at Marathon Park inside the historical Exhibition Building and East Gate Hall. Free admission from 9am-5pm. 715-675-1094 or www.wivalleyart.org/artinPark.html EXHIBITION: Birds in Art 9/10 – 11/27, Talented artists from throughout the world strive to be among those chosen for the internationally renowned Birds in Art exhibition; the resulting depictions are breathtaking. The 41st annual exhibition celebrates avian marvels through fresh interpretations in original paintings, sculptures, and graphics created within the last three years. 715-845-7010 or www.lywam.org Corn Maze and Haunted Corn Maze 9/16 – 10/23 & 10/27 – 10/29, Children’s maze and petting zoo, challenging maze, pumpkin patch, campfire, wagon rides, picnic area, concessions and games! Open every weekend. Trick or Treat Maze on October 29th. 715-675-1171 or www.willowspringsgarden.net Big Eau Pleine Park Trail Run/Walk 9/17 Sat, This is a 4.4 mile, 7 mile, 9 mile trail run or and 4.4 mile walk. Held at Big Eau Pleine Park in the west unit. Mosinee WI. Race and Walk start time is 10AM. Registration is online. All proceeds from this event go to Wausau and Marathon County Parks. www.revelsports.com EXHIBITION: Ancestral Women 9/23 – 11/12, Along with an exhibit in the Loft Gallery: CVA Students and Volunteers. Opening Gallery Gala is September 30 from 5-7pm. 715-8424545 or www.cvawausau.org Autumn Fest in the Gardens 9/24 Sat, Great family event. Free pumpkins for the kids. Lots to do. Refreshments. Fall bake sale. Reading in the treehouse. Tours. Math in the Garden. Face painting. And more. Admission is $1 and runs from 11am-3pm. 715-261-6309 or www.rwmonkgardens.org CommUNITY fest 9/24 Sat, Free family friendly activities for kids of all ages including games, crafts, face painting and more; 5K run/walk; United We Can sculpture competition; food vendors, music and more. Free admission. Located at Marathon Park in Wausau. For more information contact 715-848-2927 or www.unitedwaymc.org Fall Colors: Comet Sky Ride at Granite Peak 9/24 - 9/25 Sat-Sun, Experience the beautiful fall colors while being whisked to the top of Rib Mountain State Park! 11am-4pm. $9 per person for the round trip. 5 and under are free. See page 55 for more details. 715-845-2846 or www.skigranitepeak.com

October Healthy Haunting Dates TBD, A scary time at Mosinee High School in Mosinee. Sponsored by the Mosinee Area Chamber of Commerce. A family friendly, healthy, Halloween option. Free admission and costumes are highly recommended. 715-693-4330 or www.mosineechamber.org Harvest Fest 10/1 Sat, A celebration of Autumn comes to the 400 Block! Pumpkins will be available for those 10 and under. A kids tractor pull takes place as well various crafts, games and more! 10am-3pm. 715-297-9531 or www.wausauevents.org The WRUT’n Run Ultra Trek and 5K Run 10/1 Sat, The WRUT ‘n Run consists of a youth 5K, the Race the Base 5K – a more level running area, the Conquer the Mountain 5K – a little more challenging race course, the 10K Adventure Run and the 4-hour WRUT relay – teams of 1-4 runners take on the ultimate challenge to complete as many of the 2 mile loops as possible in 4 hours. 715-5510966 or www.wrutnrun.com Wausau Snowmobile Grass Drags & Swap Meet 10/1 – 10/2 Sat-Sun, NSRA-sanctioned heats and finals will be held all weekend mixed with vintage snowmobile classes both days. Buy, sell or swap snowmobiles, ATVs, UTVs and other products and gear all weekend. This motorsports-fueled, family friendly event also features a kids activity tent, vendors, food areas. Factory displays and authorized dealers for parts, clothing and various powersports accessories. 715-571-9768 or visit www.wausaugrassdrags.com Fall Colors: Comet Sky Ride at Granite Peak 10/1 – 10/2 Sat-Sun & 10/8 – 10/9 Sat-Sun, See September 24 - 25 information and page 55. 715-845-2846 or wwwskigranitepeak.com

November The “Park” Antique Show & Sale 11/12 – 11/13 Sat-Sun, The sale has 35 Select booths selling antiques, vintage and eclectic designs. See Native American and advertising items to diamonds and everything in between ! Win a $50 Gift Certificate ! Lunch by the Humane Society of Marathon County. Donations of gently used pet toys are appreciated. Admission is $4.50, for both days, under 16 is Free! 715-355-5144. www.antiqueshowsinwis.com Festival of Trees 11/22 – 11/27 Tues-Sun, Stroll through a glittering forest of over a hundred holiday trees, wreaths, mantels and specialty items decorated and donated by people in our community for raffle and silent auction. Visit with Santa, enjoy a complimentary cookie and beverage while you listen to a variety of local entertainers performing holiday music. All proceeds benefit the Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services. 715-847-2470 or www.wausaufestivaloftrees.org

December Christmas on First Open House Dates TBD, Get a start on your holiday shopping while getting to know the shops on the Wausau River District’s west side, located on First, Second and Third Avenues! Enjoy great giveaways, refreshments and holiday specials this year for the 24th annual Christmas on First Open House. 715-297-1829 or www.wausauriverdistrict.com Holiday Parade 12/2 Fri, Families have been making it an annual tradition for decades. Bundle the family up and join us for one of Wausau’s longest running traditions, the annual holiday parade! Join us after at the Great Hall for the Warming Party with hot chocolate, live music and a special appearance from Santa! Admission is free. Event starts at 6:30pm. Parade route runs from Marathon Park to The 400 Block, Wausau. 715-297-9531 or www.wausauevents.org Christmas Craft Show & Annual Parade 12/3 Sat, All day family festival, craft show and parade. 9:00am-3:30pm artisan craft & small business show. Mrs. Klaus’ Cafe with food and refreshments. 5:45pm Downtown Tree Lighting and 6:00pm Parade. 715-693-4330 or www.mosineechamber.org Christmas Festival 12/3 – 12/4 Sat-Sun, Join us Saturday for a Christmas Feast. Serving all you can eat buffet. Come Sunday and enjoy a Cozy Christmas Brunch. The weekend will feature crafts, horse drawn wagon rides, coloring contests, food, lantern loft and whole lots more. 715-675-1171 or www.willowspringsgarden.net Christmas at the Houses 12/3 Sat, Celebrate the holidays with a traditional twist! Costumed actors share a variety of holiday traditions as you tour the Yawkey home filled from railing to rafter with holiday finery. Tours run every 1/2 hour, starting at 1:00 pm $5/members, $7/non-members, $5/students. Enjoy seasonal treats and a visit with St. Nickolas at the Woodson History Center. Activities at the Woodson History Center are free. 715-842-5750, www.marathoncountyhistory.org

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Central Wisconsin Water Ski Show Team The Water Walkers perform in-line formations, pyramids and more. Performances are held on Sundays, June through Labor Day, at DC Everest Park in Wausau, and on Thursdays, July through August, at Lake DuBay. All shows start at 6pm. Donations accepted. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, concessions available. Call 715-409-9267 or visit www.cwwaterwalkers.org for more details. Mosinee Papermakers Hockey One of ten teams in the Great Lakes Hockey League, the Papermakers play from November through March at Mosinee Recreation Center. Call 715-693-3095 or visit their website www.mosineehockey.com dates. All home games start at 8:00 pm. Admission is $4 adult/$2 for 18 and under/ages 5 and under free/$10 for a family. State Park Speedway For over 35 years guys like Dick Trickle, Dave Marcis, Bobby Allison, Mark Martin, and Scott and Chris Wimmer have all competed at the track. Known for great late model and stock car racing action. Weekly Thursday night races from May to September. Located two miles west of Exit 190 from I-39/51 on County NN. Call 715-212-9006 or visit www.stateparkspeedway.com for race information and ticket prices. Wausau Kayak/Canoe Corporation One of the top whitewater programs in the United States, based at Whitewater Park in downtown Wausau. This course is carved out of the Wisconsin River and has dam-controlled water flow. Catch one of the national competitions, watch kayakers navigate the rapids during open-water days or participate in one of their training or practice events. Visit www.wausauwhitewater.org for more details. 200 River Drive, Wausau, WI 54403. Recreational Water Release Dates: Recreational releases occur on select weekends May through September. Visit www.wausauwhitewater.org for more information. Wisconsin Woodchucks Baseball Games One of seventeen teams in the Northwoods College League, the Woodchucks play at historic Athletic Park in Wausau. The Northwoods League has more teams, plays more games, and draws more fans than any other Summer Collegiate Baseball League in North America, providing great family-friendly entertainment. Weekly game promotions, daily on-field promotions and the regular antics of Woody the Woodchuck will keep you coming back for more! Contact 715-845-5055 or www.woodchucks.com for dates, group rates and tickets. All Monday through Saturday games start at 6:35pm. Sunday games begin at 5:05pm. See ad on page 16.

Kronenwetter Farmers Market Hours: Sundays 9am to 2pm Months: June to September Location: Sunset Park, Kronenwetter Contact: Village of Kronenwetter, 715-693-4200 Ext. 30 www.kronenwetter.org Mosinee Weekly Farmers Market Hours: Tuesdays 12pm to 7pm Months: May to October Location: River Park, Mosinee Contact: Mosinee Area Chamber of Commerce, 715-693-4330 www.mosineechamber.org Wausau Farmers Market Hours: Wednesdays and Saturdays 7am to 3pm Months: May to November Location: River Drive near Oak Island Park in Wausau Visit: www.wausaufarmersmarket.com Wausau Winter Market Hours: Saturdays 8am to Noon Months: November to April Location: 212 River Drive near Oak Island Park in Wausau in the UW-Extension Building Visit: www.wausaufarmersmarket.com Wausau River District Marketplace Hours: Thursdays 9am to 2pm Months: Mid June to early fall Location: City Square (400 Block) downtown Wausau Contact: Wausau Area Events, 715-843-0748, www.wausauareaevents.org Weston Farmers Market Hours: Tuesdays 7am to 1pm, Saturdays 7:30am to 1pm Months: Mid June to early fall Location: Farmers Market Park, Weston Contact: Village of Weston, 715-359-6114, www.westonwisconsin.org

Summer Concerts

A number of outdoor concerts are organized at various locations in the Wausau Area for evening summertime enjoyment. Free admission. Concerts at River Park River Park in Mosinee Concerts held mid June – mid August, Tuesdays at 7:30pm. Mosinee Community Band: 715-693-3735 Concerts in the Clouds Rib Mountain State Park Amphitheater Concerts are held in June and July. Please call for dates and times. 715-842-2522 www.ribmountain.org Concerts in the Park Marathon Park Band Shell Concerts held June – August, Thursdays at 7pm. Wausau Concert Band: 715-842-4447 Concerts on the Square The 400 Block in downtown Wausau Concerts held mid June – August, Wednesdays from 6pm to 8pm. Wausau Area Events: 715-843-0748 www.wausauareaevents.org Live@Lunch The 400 Block in downtown Wausau Entertainment from June – September, Thursdays from 11am to 1pm. Wausau Area Events: 715-843-0748 www.wausauareaevents.org

Seasonal Produce and Activities Black Creek Strawberry Farm Months: mid June to early July Items for sale: Pick your own and fresh picked strawberries. Location: 5 1/2 miles northwest of Athens Contact: 715-257-7177 Helene’s Hilltop Orchard Months: Mid September to late November Items for sale: McIntosh, Cortland and Honeycrisp apples, apple pie and homemade ice cream. Activities: Corn maze, playland, pumpkin patch and a hayride on weekends. Location: N1189 Quarter Road, Merrill Contact: 715-536-1207, www.heleneshilltoporchard.com Lakeview Berry Farm Months: July-September Items for sale: Pick your own and fresh picked gold, red, purple and black raspberries, plus strawberries and blueberries. Also available are gooseberries, currants, and rhubarb. Several flavorful homemade jams for sale too. Location: 1746 Bergen Road, Mosinee Contact: 715-457-2704, www.lakeviewberryfarm.com Mike’s Berries Months: Mid June to early July Items for sale: Pick your own and fresh picked strawberries. Location: 4 miles northwest of Wausau, intersection of Cty O and U. 3708 North 108th Avenue, Wausau Contact: 715-675-3188

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Rock Ridge Orchards Months: Mid September to mid October Items for sale: 25 varieties of bagged apples, pumpkins, plus a store. Activities: Kid friendly activities, store with over 25 varieties of locally grown delicious apples, and pumpkin patch. Location: 4994 W State Hwy 153, Edgar Contact: 715-370-4083, www.rockridgeorchard.com Starwood Rides Winter months: Mid November to February Activities: Sleigh rides and hayrides with reservations Location: R5271 Town Hall Road, Ringle Contact: 715-446-2485, www.starwood-farm.com Stroik's Lake DuBay Berry & Vegetable Farm Months: Mid June to early July Items for sale: Pick your own strawberries and fresh picked blueberries. Location: 1836 Cty Hwy C, Mosinee Contact: 715-693-3943 Utech’s Rainbow Farm Months: Mid July to early August Items for sale: Pick your own and fresh picked corn and blueberries. Location: 3880 Rainbow Drive, Wausau Contact: 715-536-7271, please call for produce availability. Wilke’s Xtra Sweet Acres Months: July to late October Items for sale: Sweet corn, peas, beans, onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, pumpkins, corn stalks, ornamental corn, gourds and straw bales. Activities: 10 acre corn maze, kiddie’s corn maze, playground, and scenic hayrides. Flashlights available for evening corn maze walks. Location: T8417 Cty Road W, Wausau Contact: 715-675-6748, www.wilkefarm.com Willow Springs Garden Months: Mid September to late October Items for sale: Pumpkins, corn stalks and gourds. Activities: Corn maze including haunted maze with trick or treating, children’s maze, petting zoo, picnic area, hayrides and games. Dogs are welcome. Flashlights available. Location: 5480 Hillcrest Drive, Wausau Contact: 715-675-1171, www.willowspringsgarden.net

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John Hart - State Journal 1 Historic photo of gingseng berries being crushed . 2 Dried ginseng root. 3 Mature ginseng plant . 4 A variety of products are made from ginseng roots. 5 Ginseng roots stored in a massive cooling unit to be shipping around the world.

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ginseng Ginseng cultivation began in the late 1800s at the turn of the 20th century in Marathon County, by the Fromm Brothers; four impoverished farmers who happened upon the native wild ginseng plants and sought out a variety that could be grown commercially. Yet, this plant has been used since antiquity in eastern cultures for over 5,000 years for its healing properties.

tarp-covered fields protecting ginseng plants from direct sunlight. The care of ginseng is labor intensive, with most of the work done by hand. The berries turn red in August and are harvested in September. The roots are harvested in October and are sorted by grade into classifications. Most roots are dried in a special process to be used in a variety of products including health and beauty products, teas, beverages, candies and more.

Today, the capital of the United States ginseng industry is in Marathon County, Wisconsin. There are over 1,000 ginseng producers in the county and 95% of the ginseng root exported from the United States comes from Central Wisconsin.

A new annual event will now celebrate this special crop and its history in Marathon County: the International Wisconsin Ginseng Festival will be held September 15-17, 2017 and will offer ginseng field tours, foods and beverages made with ginseng, historic tours and exhibits, reenactments, entertainment and much more.

The rolling hills, virgin soil and cool summers grow unique roots very high in ginsenosides (the active compound in ginseng). These properties make Wisconsin ginseng known as the premier cultivation in the world. As you drive around Marathon County in the warm weather seasons, you’ll see

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The Arts Center for the Visual Arts Located in downtown Wausau at 427 North Fourth Street, the Center for the Visual Arts has a gallery and gift shop. Hours are Tuesday through Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm. Closed Sunday, Monday and holidays. Gala Gallery dates offer the opportunity to view the exhibition and meet the artists at the opening reception from 5pm to 7pm. 715-842-4545 or www.cvawausau.org. See ad on page 70. Woodson Art Museum The Woodson Art Museum, located at 700 North Twelfth Street, offers changing exhibitions, lectures, concerts and educational programs for children and adults. A sculpture garden with both permanent and installation exhibits lies adjacent to the museum. Please call to receive a current list of activities for specific dates. Free and open to the public, donations accepted. Hours are Tuesday through Friday 9am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday noon to 5pm. Open Thursdays until 7:30pm during Birds in Art. Closed Mondays and holidays. 715-845-7010 or www.lywam.org. See ad on page 25.

#1 Ginseng grower in US Since 1974

Theater The Grand Theater The crown jewel of the downtown and The 400 Block at 415 North Fourth Street, The Grand offers a schedule of performances that includes national touring productions, local concerts and theatre productions, plays and ballets. For more information on events coming to The Grand check out our calendar of events, call the Performing Arts Foundation box office at 715-842-0988 or 888239-0421 or visit them online at www.grandtheater.org. See ad on page 24. Wausau Community Theatre Wausau Community Theatre performs five or six shows each season at The Grand or at one of the University of Wisconsin – Marathon County theatres. For more information on show and auditions check out our calendar of events, call 715-359-3972 or visit them online at www.wausaucommunitytheatre.org.

History Marathon County Historical Society The Marathon County Historical Society, located at 410 McIndoe Street, has numerous events and organizes several exhibits throughout the year at the Woodson History Center and the Yawkey House Museum. Hours are: Tuesday-Thursday 9am to 4:30pm, Saturday and Sunday 1pm to 4:30pm. For more information please call 715-842-5750 or visit their website at www.marathoncountyhistory.com.

College University of Wisconsin – Marathon County Located at 518 South Seventh Avenue, the UWMC offers a variety of workshops, shows, concerts, sports, lectures and fine art exhibits. The college has an extensive schedule of activities to enjoy. Call 715-261-6100 or check out their website at www.marathon.uwc.edu to see what’s happening.

For a Fun Educational Experience! We welcome you to our Farm and Corporate office from Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Come and see how ginseng is grown here in the heart of ginseng country, even sample and purchase some ginseng products! Please call to set the date with our tour director.

Guinness World Record 2.04LB

The world’s Largest American Ginseng Root. Owned by Hsu’s Ginseng Enterprises, Wausau, Wisconsin. Certified by Guinness World Record, London.

Hsu’s Ginseng Enterprise. Inc

T6819 County Road W Wausau, WI 54403

Please visit our FaceBook Page for more info

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Library Marathon County Public Library The main branch of the Marathon County Public Library is located in downtown Wausau at 300 North First Street and offers a number of ongoing educational programs, events and story times. Hours are Sunday 1pm to 5pm, Monday–Thursday 9am to 8:30pm, Friday–Saturday 9am to 5pm. Story times are Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30am, and Family story time is Saturday at 10:30am. In addition to the Wausau location, library branch locations can be found in Athens, Edgar, Marathon City, Mosinee, Rothschild, Spencer, and Stratford. Call 715-261-7200 or visit www.mcpl.us for a complete calendar of events and branch locations. Find more online at www.visitwausau.com

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Winter Wonderland

Wausau/Central Wisconsin is The Best Place to Play in the Snow! Sylvan Hill Tubing Park has the longest tubing runs in the state and tow lines to take you back up to the top. There’s snow making equipment to keep the hill covered all season and a beautiful chalet with fireplace and snack bar. No need to bring your inner tube, they provide everything for you. Learn to snowboard and ski at the state’s premier ski facility, Granite Peak Ski Area (pages 2 and 56-57). Come explore the supervised children’s center in its own special yurt, the Enchanted Forest tree skiing area for children, and the Sun Kid Wonder Carpet near the Santa Beginners’ Lift.

A Grand Time

Each season the Grand Theater (ad on page 24) hosts several productions designed to be fun for the whole family. Don’t miss this special performances geared specifically for younger audiences and families. Just a few of the upcoming performances including Mummenschanz, February 18, The Stinky Cheese Man, March 14 and Amber Brown is Not a Crayon, April 18, 2016. Experience the great costumes, performers and other activities during Wausau Dance Theatre’s Storybook Weekend in May, Thriller in October and The Nutcracker in December. See the calendar of events on pages 12-17 for details.

Let’s Bowl!

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Not just pools, these are water parks complete with slides, fountains and all kinds of cool water fun. Choose from the Rothschild/Schofield Aquatic Center or the Weston Aquatic Center. For year round fun, the Grand Lodge Waterpark Resort (ad on page 44) offers day passes to the 50,000 sq. ft. water park on select days. More information on page 53.

When the mood strikes, take the fun indoors to one of our many bowling centers (listed on the Area Map). There are plenty of special events during the year including moonlight bowling with great music and cool special effects lighting, bumper bowling, pizza parties, tournaments and much more! Refreshments and other games like billiards, foosball and arcade games add to the fun.

▲ Extreme Sports Area skate parks, located at Oak Island Park in Wausau, Recreation Center Park in Mosinee, Kennedy Park in Weston, and Doepke Park in Rib Mountain have plenty of room and lots of great obstacles to challenge your skills. 888-WI-VISIT www.visitwausau.com

Traveling with Spot The Dog Park in Weston (see Area Map) is the perfect place for you and man’s best friend to enjoy some fresh air. Here you’ll find plenty of open space to get some exercise.


Creative Outlet

From glass to clay, the area has fun places to get your creative juices flowing! In addition to their terrific gallery and gift shop, the Center for the Visual Arts has an ongoing schedule of classes featuring painting, pottery and more. And, speaking of pottery, Clay Corner has a whole studio full of pre-cast items that you can decorate. They also offer glass fusing and silver jewelry design. The Woodson Art Museum has art-related programs throughout the year. Center for the Visual Arts (ad on page 70)

715-842-4545 ● 427 4th Street, Wausau

Clay Corner

715-848-2607 ● 305 N 3rd Street, Wausau

715-298-0862 ● 221 Scott Street, Wausau

Clay House

715-355-9999 ● 2111 Schofield Avenue, Weston

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Awesome Antique Autos

Stroll around Alfa Heaven Auto Museum and view more than 400 antique and vintage vehicles on display, including race cars, army trucks, odd cars, motorcycles and more. Many have been restored to their original glory, others are in various states of repair, and some reside in the Old Car Boneyard collection. The museum is open seasonally May through October. Hours: Tue-Sat 9am to 5pm. Admission: adults $10, kids under 16 free. Event space and guided tours for groups are available.

Art Park is an activity-filled learning area for children and families at the Woodson Art Museum (ad on page 25). Here you'll find art and naturebased activities set into trees and rolling hills that invite downtime with a book or playing a game of I Spy. Try on bird costumes, make puppets come alive, find the mystery in the unfinished paintings, build a bird’s wing and more! It’s an interactive area designed to spur the creativity of younger museum-goers!

Woodson Art Museum (ad on page 25)

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Catch a Flick!

Alpha Heaven Auto Museum

Located at exit 185 off I-39/Hwy 51 in the Cedar Creek Mall, the Cedar Creek Cinema has 10 screens offering a great variety of shows from which to choose. Take in an affordable midday matinee; a perfect indoor entertainment option. A large buttered popcorn is calling you right now! Cedar Creek Cinema

715-355-1080 10101 Market Street, Rothschild

▲ Wisconsin Woodchucks

Help Woody the Woodchuck cheer the home team on to victory! The Wisconsin Woodchuck Baseball Team (ad on page 16) plays evening games throughout the summer at historic Athletic Park in Wausau. Woody keeps the crowd entertained and, of course, there’s plenty of hot dogs, peanuts and cold beverages.

Arcade & Gaming Action

715-449-2141 ● www.alfaheaven.com 4381 Stradale Lane Aniwa, WI 54408

45 x 90 Club

Join visitors from all over the world who ventured to the small community of Poniatowski (Poy-nee-ya-tahskee) to stand on the exact point half-way between the Equator and the North Pole and half-way between Greenwich Meridian and the International Date Line. To become a member, sign the official 45 x 90 guest book kept at the Wausau/Central Wisconsin Visitor Center and you’ll receive your very own commemorative medallion.

There are several places in the Wausau area offering some of the coolest arcade and interactive games around along with food and other entertainment. Johnny Cee's Cards

715-843-9632 536 Grand Avenue, Wausau

The Blue Ox Arcade

Open Thursday through Sunday. 715-241-6300 Located in The Grand Lodge Waterpark Resort 805 Creske Avenue, Rothschild

Reitbrock Geological Marker

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Stoned & Wired Bead Shop (ad on page 69)

Marathon Junction

Located within the tall pines of Marathon Park, Marathon Junction has been a favorite summer stop for over 50 years. Cool off in the Splash Pad under the fun water-misting umbrellas and geyserlike spouts of water. You can also book passage on the North Woods Hiawatha, a miniature-train ride, pack a picnic or go for a stroll among the park's tall pine trees. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Marathon Junction

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George W. Mead Wildlife Area

Nestled in the valley of the Little Eau Pleine River, the George W. Mead Wildlife area encompasses over 30,000 acres of open marshes, hardwood forests and grasslands that are home to an abundance of wildlife. The area is an ideal place for bird watching, with 248 species that can be found at some point during the year; 126 of which are known to breed in the wildlife area. The Stanton W. Mead Education and Visitor Center offers a starting point for exploring the wildlife area’s 80+ miles of hiking and biking trails. The center features engaging interpretive exhibits and a knowledgeable staff that is happy to assist visitors. The center is open Mon-Thu 8am to 4:30pm and Sat-Sun 11am to 3pm (weekend hours from mid May to mid October). Visit www.meadwildlife.org for maps and more. George W. Mead and McMillan Marsh Wildlife Areas

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Feathered Friends

Raptor Education Group is a non-profit organization dedicated to the care and rehabilitation of injured and orphaned native bird species, and public education on wildlife issues. REGI is open to the public on specific days for guided tours and also has a number of outreach programs during the year at public and private events. For bird patients REGI is open 7 days a week. Call or log onto www.raptoreducation.org for more information. Raptor Education Group (REGI)

715-623-2563 Education 715-623-4015 Rehabilitation W. Rollwood Road, Antigo

Books and More

At the Marathon County Public library you can find a good book and a quiet place to read, view the 650 gallon salt water aquarium, check out a video game or a movie. There is also an ongoing calendar of events including family fun nights, story times, movie nights, activities, games, and educational programming for all ages. All nine branches offer public computers with internet access, WI-FI, and e-readers and tablets that can be checked out. Visit www.mcpl.us for hours and locations.

▲ Black Bear Education

Wisconsin Black Bear Education Center is a not-for-profit private sanctuary presently housing three black bears. The bears are allowed to roam freely throughout the six acre center which features a fresh water waterfall and pond, natural vegetation for foraging, open meadows and numerous hibernation dens. Tours are available by appointment only, either by phone or via their website www.wisconsinblackbears.com

Marathon County Public Library

715-261-7200 ● 300 N. 1st Street, Wausau

Wisconsin Black Bear Education Center

715-573-7663 ● 2900 E. Sell Street, Wausau

The Sky’s the Limit

Explore the universe at the Wausau School District Planetarium. The stars, moon, sun and the planets are all on display in a series of five narrated programs. The planetarium is open to the public on most Sundays for three viewings at 12pm, 1:30pm and 3pm. Cost is $3 per person and tickets can be reserved in advance (recommended). Private programs for groups are also available. Visit www. wausauspace.org for more details.

The Robert W. Monk Public Gardens are an urban sanctuary filled with lovely plantings, a tranquil pond, gazebos and benches all connected by a series of pathways. It’s a wonderful place for bird watching, finding one of four geocaches and enjoying nature. There are also a number of events throughout the year, including guided tours. Visit their website www.rwmonkgardens to learn more. ■

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Robert W. Monk Public Gardens

Super-sized Dairy

This four generation dairy farm has evolved into 4,000 acres of cropland and 3,000 holstein dairy cattle; one of the largest in the state and a testament to the area’s agricultural heritage. The entire milking operation can be viewed from a “catwalk” above the cattle. The dairy welcomes tours when scheduled 72 in advance during their business hours Mon-Sat from 8am to 5pm. Van Der Geest Dairy

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Exhibits & Performances You can always count on a fascinating exhibition at the Woodson Art Museum, now celebrating its 40th anniversary. With a permanent collection of historic and contemporary paintings, graphics, and sculptures primarily focusing on birds, the museum is the ideal place to get in touch with art and nature. The Woodson Art Museum’s brightest star is the annual Birds in Art exhibition, with more than 120 all-new original artworks from around the world interpreted in oil, watercolor, the graphic arts, bronze and stone. In the fall of 2012, a 9,000 sq. ft. addition was completed, which showcases the Owen J. Gromme collection of paintings and a re-creation of the artist’s Briggsville, Wisconsin studio. A total of ten to twelve exhibitions throughout the year bring the world of art to north central Wisconsin at this always free museum. Art Park offers a please-touch area and provides hands-on learning related to art and nature, all in a family-friendly environment. Children can’t resist the large magnetic puzzles, costumes, puppets, books, games and other fun interactives. Save time for a stroll through the Woodson’s grounds and numerous gardens, where more than twenty sculptures offer surprises at every turn. Kent Ullberg’s impressive whooping cranes at the parking lot entrance welcome you to the Woodson Art Museum.

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The Grand, the area’s performing arts center, features a season full of wonderful entertainment. The Grand Theater brings an incredible variety of performances to the stage, including Broadway shows, music, comedy, dance and family programs. This season features the sensational Get the Lead Out March 2, 2016 Roseanne Cash May 8, 2016, Blue Man Group June 1, 2016, and much, much more. The Center for the Visual Arts has rotating exhibits that showcase the works of local and regional artists in the Caroline S. Mark Gallery. The annual Midwest Seasons is the gallery’s signature exhibit on display mid January through mid March 2016 showcasing artworks from regional and national artists. Don’t forget a tour of the gift shop; it’s just the place to find handmade creations. More on page 24...

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Wausau's arts scene has regional and national exhibitions, art fairs, theatre, ballet, musical performances and more. The Woodson Art Museum has plenty of activities for young and old, including outdoor events at the Woodson Art Museum Sculpture Garden [1] and the kid-friendly Art Park [2]. This historic block in downtown Wausau is home to the Center for the Visual Arts, Caroline S. Mark Gallery and the Grand Theater [3]. Local and regional art in many different mediums are showcased in exhibits at the Caroline S. Mark Gallery [4]. Wausau Dance Theatre's annual performance of The Nutcracker [5] ballet features guest dancers from well-known theatre ballet corps. The Grand Theater [6] is host to a number of nationally-acclaimed performances, including the musical Once, February 24, 2016. 888-WI-VISIT www.visitwausau.com

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4 1 Roseanne Cash comes to the Grand Theater May 8. 2 Cirque Ziva at the Grand Theater April 8. 3 The Woodson Art Museum. 4 The Great Hall at the Grand Theater. 5 The Loft on the upper level of the Caroline S. Mark Gallery.

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Allegro Regional Dance Theater is dedicated to exciting audiences of all ages with the wonders of dance, music and storytelling. Allegro has pioneered a close collaboration with the Wausau Symphony Orchestra and their unique bedtime story concept has now become an annual tradition. All productions are appropriate for pre-school through adult audiences. 715-212-0627, www.allegrodance.org. Central Wisconsin Children’s Theatre brings monthly events to children of all ages with mainstage productions, fun-filled drama camps and educational workshops. Collaborative performances and field trips are also planned to create opportunities for young people to explore the world of artistic expression. 1485 Village Way Drive, Mosinee, 715-842-4416, mycwct.org. Grand Theater is a beautiful Grecian-revival structure that represents a truly “grand” era for performing arts. Originally opened in 1927, the theater contains classic examples of colonnades, marble statues and the original solid Bedford limestone facade. As part of the downtown arts block, the theater has expanded performance areas, backstage spaces and a twostory multi-purpose hall. Offering a season full of entertainment, the Grand Theater brings an incredible variety of performances to the stage, including Broadway shows, music, comedy, dance and family programs to its main stage as well as to the Great Hall. 415 Fourth Street, Wausau, 715-842-0988 or 888-239-0421, www.grandtheater.org. See ad below. Wausau Community Theatre has a passion for bringing the Wausau area season after season of wonderful theatrical entertainment. From the indoor stage to the outdoor arena, WCT performs a variety of shows thanks

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5 to the many talented volunteers from the area. WCT features several productions, including big hit plays, musicals and dinner theater performances. Individual and season tickets and vouchers redeemable for the show of your choice are available at the WCT box office. 136 Summer Street, Schofield, 715-359-3972, www.wausaucommunitytheatre.org. Wausau Concert Band offers a great way to spend part of a summer by attending an outdoor performance. Every Thursday at 7pm in June, July and August the band plays at an area park. Pack a picnic, bring a lawn chair or blanket and relax as you listen to music in a beautiful setting. Locations for outdoor concerts include Marathon Park, The 400 Block in downtown Wausau and Rothschild Pavilion. 715-842-1117, www.wcb.pekolvil.com. Wausau Conservatory of Music enriches the lives of everyone who lives in or visits North Central Wisconsin with quality musical instruction, performance and opportunities to support and participate in music. 404 Seymour Street, Wausau, 715-845-6279, www.wausauconservatory.org. Wausau Dance Theatre creates productions that fascinate audiences both young and old. Their highly acclaimed Storybook Weekend series of performances including this year’s 45th annual gala performance, continue to entertain all ages. Central Wisconsin School of Ballet is the official school of Wausau Dance Theatre. The school has been reviewed by many publications, most notably Newsweek Magazine, which called their production of The Nutcracker “...one of the nation’s nine most notable Nutcrackers...” 124 N. Third Avenue, Wausau, 715-843-4447, www.wausaudancetheatre.com.

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Wausau Lyric Choir is a local ecumenical community choir of adults dedicated to the performance of sacred choral music. The choir offers several performances during the year, each of high artistic merit that exemplify the values expressed in the music. www.wausaulyricchoir.com. Wausau Symphony & Band is comprised of community musicians that perform a number of concerts each year, including symphony, band, jazz band and choral productions. Celebrating its 109th season, the Wausau Symphony, Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble showcase a variety of musical arrangements. 715-845-2100, www.wausausymphonyband.org.

Visual Arts

Center for the Visual Arts is located in a neo-classical style building designed by Henri J. Van Ryn in 1908. It has been entered in the National Register of Historic Places, and has since undergone a major renovation as part of the Arts Block project. The Caroline S. Mark Gallery was created to provide exhibition space for local and regional artists. The Center for the Visual Arts features thematic showings throughout the year, and offers classes in a variety of media to all age groups. Tue – Fri: 10am to 5pm, Sat: 10am to 4pm. Closed Mondays, Sundays and major holidays. Free admission. 427 Fourth Street, downtown Wausau, 715-842-4545, www.cvawausau.org. Woodson Art Museum has a permanent collection of historic and contemporary paintings, graphics and sculptures primarily focusing on birds, making the Museum the ideal place to get in touch with art and nature. Elegant gardens dotted with sculptures take on a new look with each season. The Museum is housed in an English Cotswold-style residence, which has undergone a series of expansions since 1976. A stimulating roster of educational programs makes it fun for young and old alike. Hours: Tue – Fri: 9am to 4pm, Sat – Sun: Noon to 5pm. Closed Mondays and major holidays. Free admission. Franklin and 12th Streets, Wausau, 715-845-7010, www.lywam.org.

Woodson Art Museum 40th Anniversary Year

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American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony December 5, 2015 – February 21, 2016

Forest Folklore: A Multisensory Experience Charles Webster Hawthorne, A Study in White, oil on canvas

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Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos, and Toys in the Attic

Walter Wick, In Suspense from Walter Wick’s Optical Tricks

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The Art of Seating: Two Hundred Years of American Design

Left to right: designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Johnson Wax Company Chair; designed by Herbert von Thaden, Adjustable Lounge Chair

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Birds in Art

From Birds in Art 2015: Don Rambadt, Wings When You Fall, bronze (detail) and Barry Van Dusen, Romance in the Hood, watercolor

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You don’t have to look far in the Wausau area to find wonderful, handcrafted meals prepared by chefs with a real passion for food. The use of locally-sourced ingredients including high quality meats and seafood, fresh dairy and cheese products and organic vegetables are sought out by many local chefs.

Chef and co-owner of the Back When Cafe, Jolene Lucci expresses her attention to detail in the kitchen through the menu, which features seasonal ingredients like walleye, pheasant, wild mushrooms and herbs. At The Hills Restaurant, Executive Chef Dan Dillabough creates masterful flavor combinations and he relies on local produce for the menu’s entrees. The sesame crusted, fresh Atlantic salmon with saffron rice and house made teriyaki sauce is served on a bed of shoestring carrots; a very colorful presentation. The City Grill Bistro has signature entrées like the sous vide beef short ribs, which are hand seasoned, infused with jus de veau and slow braised for hours, and then served with sides such as smashed Yukon Gold potatoes. At the Wagon Wheel Supper Club, genuine charcoal-broiled cuisine has been a tradition since 1946 and the restaurant specializes in hand cut, dry-aged steaks grilled to perfection over wood fire coals.

1 Jolene Lucci of the Back When Cafe holds a decadent cake. 2 Fish tacos, maple salmon and craft beers at Sconni’s Alehouse & Eatery. 3 Seasame crusted salmon with saffron rice at The Hills Restaurant. 4 Chicken oscar with shrimp and at the Pinewood Supper Club.

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The Red Eye Brewing Company continues to incorporate environmentally friendly initiatives to create wonderful food and artisan beers. From solar panels atop the roof, which are utilized by the brew house to heat water, to 100% organic house made buns. Red Eye sources food from local farmers markets for maximum quality and sustainability. The Pinewood Supper Club uses the freshest seasonal ingredients, seafood and meats available for their menu. They also maintain a herd of Myotonic (or fainting) goats that help their sustainability efforts. The goats consume the organic materials that would otherwise be destined for the landfill. In turn, they provide nutrients for the restaurant’s flower beds. Delicious food made with care and the best ingredients is on the menu at many Wausau area dining establishments. If you don’t already consider yourself a “foodie,” you just might after sampling some great local cuisine.

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Wausau area cuisine has menus based on family recipes, locally purveyed products and continental influences. Housemade pasta, like the linguine with shrimp and fresh-from-the-oven garlic bread, are a family tradition at Carmelo’s Italian Restaurant [1]. Authentic south-of-theboarder flavors can be sampled at Jalapeño’s Mexican Restauranté & Bar [2]. A “gold mine” complete with cavernous interior at the Wausau Mine Company [3], wellknown for their pizza and Italian Fries™. Generous portions of Louisiana style Creole and Cajun dishes like jambalaya are served at J Gumbo’s [4]. IPA Barbecue Ribs at Red Eye Brewing Company [5] combine house-brewed beer with smokey barbeque. The Mint Cafe [6] is famous for many items on the menu including their scrumptious pies.

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5 If your visit with friends or business colleagues in Wausau includes plans for a memorable dining experience, it’s a good bet your local hosts will suggest Lucci’s Back When Cafe. Located on historic 3rd Street in Wausau’s lively Downtown River District, the Back When Cafe has built an excellent reputation for providing seasonal farm-to-table fare in a casual, welcoming environment. When proprietors Glenn and Jolene Lucci came to Wausau from San Francisco, they immediately fell in love with the community’s small-town charm, and they saw a downtown packed with potential. With their extensive backgrounds in food and wine, the Luccis soon opened the Back When Cafe in a vintage storefront. The success of the restaurant over the past 23 year has been marked by numerous changes, including several additions and renovations, all the while maintaining the historic feel that adds to the Back When experience.

6 1 The extensive wine list complements the seasonal menu 2 Delectable desserts with fresh, seasonal fruits 3 Outdoor dining on the cafe's patio 4 Steak and bacon-wrapped scallops prepared with the freshest ingredients 5 Back When Cafe's quaint and comfortable dining room and interior 6 Jolene's father, an accomplished farmer, has influenced her cuisine and use of locally-grown produce

An original tin ceiling, dating to the late 1800s, overlooks the bar and main dining room, dubbed “The Old Room,” with walls lined with historic photographs that go back to Wausau’s logging days, along with an interesting collection of antiques and paintings. The recently renovated ‘Green Room’ features an open, atrium-style ambiance. A through-wall fireplace adds a cozy touch to both dining rooms, while the garden patio offers al fresco diners gentle summer breezes, beautiful flora and the sound of nearby church bells. Glenn and Jolene take great pride in their high-quality cuisine: fresh fish, 100% certified Angus beef, prime game bird and organic vegetables, with much of their 888-WI-VISIT www.visitwausau.com

produce grown locally. Menus tempt taste buds with innovative, healthy choices featuring Italian, French and American influences. There are two dinner menus, one offering year-round favorites including, walleye, beef tenderloin, salmon, and pastas (the meatball pasta is “to die for”). A seasonal dinner menu is constantly changing, with specials like a 28-oz bone-in ribeye named “The Tomahawk”, wild pheasant, Chilean sea bass, duck, and free-range chicken. For smaller appetites, numerous appetizers and light dinners are also available. For oenophiles, Glenn has amassed an excellent wine list, with varietals from California, Oregon, Washington, South America and Italy. And when you stop in, be sure to try one of Glenn’s best-in-town Cosmopolitans or Lemon Drop Martinis. If a martini isn’t your thing, you might consider sampling from the extensive collection of micro-brews. The restaurant has several rooms on an upper level that are frequently used for business gatherings, birthdays, anniversaries, showers, or for those who just want an intimate dinner. The Luccis’ catering services are in demand for events from small in-home gatherings to large weddings. Find out more at backwhencafe.com, on their Facebook page, or by calling 715-848-5668. Details: Back When Cafe and Catering 606 Third Street, Wausau 715-848-5668, www.backwhencafe.com Tue-Sat 5pm to 10pm Closed Sun and Mon Online reservations 24/7 via Open Table

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3 Memorable meals and stunning country side views await at this celebrated east side restaurant Overlooking the picturesque Greenwood Hills Country Club, The Hills Restaurant has a classy yet comfortable atmosphere, and a distinctive menu featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients. Start your evening with a cocktail or a selection from the extensive list of wines and 14 craft beers on tap in the lounge. Then, sample one of the appetizers like the wood fired pizzas, lightly breaded Mediterranean calamari, bacon wrapped scallops or fresh spinach and artichoke dip with fried pita chips.

a medley of seasonal vegetables. Fire-roasted steaks are a house specialty, like the grilled sirloin surf & turf that is paired with succulent jumbo gulf shrimp beautifully presented on a bed mashed Yukon potatoes. Also tempting are The Hills pasta dishes, like the steak Lombardy with sun- dried tomatoes, baby spinach, shallots, a creamy Gorgonzola sauce and balsamic reduction. The chef also incorporates interesting and exotic spices in dishes like the wok-fried red shrimp curry with a coconut sauce served over saffron jasmine rice.

Executive chef Dan Dillabough works closely with purveyors to source high-quality, yet affordable products and craft creative entrees. The pork tenderloin is roasted on a cedar plank, glazed with a bourbon barbeque sauce and served with

Honoring a Wisconsin tradition, The Hills has superb Friday night fish fry options, like the butterflied Lake Michigan perch with a delicate panko-crusted breading, accompanied by house made tartar sauce and coleslaw with fresh herbs.

Kid’s will find yummy dishes on the menu too, like the cheesy pizza; familiar flavors with a twist! The homemade desserts, like the decedent flourless chocolate cake (a gluten-free indugence), are the perfect ending to dinner. A memorable dinner is in store at The Hills; whether you are gathering with family and friends for a casual evening or with a group for a private party, and as they like to say, “Everyone is welcome at our table.”

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Sophisticated restaurant and lounge in the heart of downtown Wausau If you are new to the Wausau area, the City Grill Bistro is THE place to enjoy a meal or have a drink. Located in the thriving River District of Downtown Wausau, the City Grill Bistro has an upbeat urban appeal that is fueled by its contemporary food and eclectic décor. The City Grill Bistro features upscale dining with menu items made from scratch. Popular selections include the Fresh Hawaiian Sea Bass, French Cut Pork Chops, Chicken Piccata, and the Mixed Grill. The lunch crowd has plenty of options including the Lahvosh Pizzas, Paninis, Salads and Burgers. Even the lightest appetite can still find room for the Bleu Chips, a perennial favorite.

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The bar is known for its hand-muddled Old Fashioneds, Jimmy Luv’s® Bloody Marys, and Martinis. The City Grill Bistro offers a diverse calendar of live music, comedy nights, wine tasting events, and special dinners. To find out what’s happening this week, visit www.citygrillbistro.com. Also at the website you can find City Grill Bistro’s full menu and monthly specials. The City Grill Bistro is designed with intimate spaces and open areas to accommodate its diners. For larger groups, try one of the private dining rooms that offer views of the 400 Block and surrounding historic buildings. Separate spaces provide a variety of options from fun to formal.

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Take advantage of complimentary amenities including a projection screen, high speed internet access, and a knowledgeable staff to assist you. Convenient parking is available at the Jefferson Street Ramp. Simply walk through the skywalk to the restaurant or private dining rooms. Join travelers from all over the world at the City Grill Bistro; THE place to be for dining, drinks and good times. Details: City Grill Bistro 203 Jefferson Street, Wausau 715-848-2900, www.citygrillbistro.com Lunch: Mon-Sat: 11am to 4pm; Dinner: Mon-Thu: 4pm to 10pm, Fri-Sat: 4pm to 11pm, Sun: 9am to 9pm; Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 4pm-7pm, Sat-Sun 11am to 4pm

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1 Sharing the plate with a wild rice and quinoa pilaf is a pork ossobuco 2 Wild Gulf shrimp on toasted French bread crostinis with a tomato relish and braised kale chips 3 Roasted butternut squash and tomato soup 4 Crisp, flat bread pizza with locally-smoked sausage, roasted peppers, fresh greens and balsamic vinaigrette

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Modern American cuisine shines in a restored historic building at this exciting new restaurant Located near the newly refurbished Athletic Park on Wausau’s northeast side, Thrive Foodery is the endeavor of two talented area chefs, Elizabeth Hinner and David Lorio. To create the perfect locale to showcase their food, they renovated an old warehouse and sought out local crafts people for the project. The result is a true destination restaurant and the transformation is a must-see.

are everywhere. The lower level custom bar, with its butcher block counter and restored light fixtures, is not only a thing of beauty, but an ideal place to sample a selection of micro-brewed beers from Wisconsin. A collage of vintage doors lend a real sense of history to the space and a juxtaposition against the modern concrete and steel beams.

Their open minded approach to food is a Modern American style cuisine. The pair strives to include a locally-sourced ingredient in every dish. Entrees like fork-tender ossobuco, featuring pork shanks slow braised with vegetables and herbs in a flavorful broth, are crafted with care. The décor has a chic, industrial vibe, yet the atmosphere is fun and approachable; elements of old and new

The upper level has a Chef’s Bar featuring an open kitchen concept that promotes interaction between guests and chefs and supports the philosophy of transparent food preparation. A second dining room features opaque glass panel doors that can be closed for private parties. Thrive’s outdoor patio, once a loading dock, is the ideal place to meet for a refreshing summertime

drink and to dine al fresco. The warm weather also brings a wealth of fresh ingredients. Try the wild Gulf shrimp on toasted French bread with a tomato relish, braised kale chips and kalamata olives. Community minded and involved in many events, the chefs take great pride in contributing to area fundraisers. Thrive Foodery is a testament to the efforts of two chefs with a vision to renovate a historic building and a passion to create fantastic food with local flair. D etails : Thrive Foodery 2105 N. Second Street, Wausau 715-393-4040, www.thrivefoodery.com Mon-Sat 4pm to Close

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Using the traditions of Wisconsin as the inspiration for its newly renovated location, Sconni’s Alehouse & Eatery aims to celebrate the best food and drink the state has to offer. “Sconni’s,” a colloquial word for Wisconsinite’s, welcomes guests with warm northwoods hospitality. The interior has an eclectic collection of vintage and industrial inspired art. Tables are fashioned from oak barrels and repurposed tin objects and sheeting now serve as ceiling and wall decor. Deer mounts, canoes and birch log installations are reminiscent of a walk through the forest. As its name suggests, Sconni’s Alehouse & Eatery is the ideal place to take a tour of Badger State breweries, and offers an extensive selection of 48 tap beers to chose from seasonally. Sample a flight of beers, served on a wooden tray in the

shape of Wisconsin and ask about the beer events including takeovers, market intros, and specialty beer tappings happening on a regular basis. You can also find the latest postings for tastings, live music, football parties and other events on their Facebook page. Sconni’s menu centers on made from scratch, locally procured ingredients, with a nod to the state’s classic cuisine. The fish tacos, with tender, flaky fish, fresh shredded cabbage, pico de gallo and a cilantro lime avacado cream sauce are a favorite. Many dishes are prepared with locally crafted beers, like the Wisconsin cheese curds; beer battered and fried until golden - a Wisconsin original and a great starter. There are also salads, third-pound burgers, and pizza selections

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1 Meat lovers flat bread, grilled maple salmon, and Cajun shrimp penne 2 Eclectic, vintage decor and 48 beers on tap seasonally 3 Fish tacos and a flight of beers 4 The outdoor patio’s bar and fireplace

The spacious outdoor patio is the most recent addition and features the same rustic industrial feel, with a canapied full service bar supported by massive timber posts. The outdoor fireplace and water feature create a fun and festive atmosphere for drinks, dinner and dancing. There’s also the 12 table billiards hall; a great place for a friendly game of pool. Sconni’s northwoods experience awaits with drinks, food and gathering spaces that are perfect for intimate get togethers and large groups too. D etails : Sconni’s Alehouse & Eatery 1239 Schofield Avenue, Schofield, WI 54476 715-241-7665, www.sconnis.com Mon-Sun: 11am to Bar Close

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town Seasonal farm-to-table cuisine is the hallmark of the Back When Cafe, located in downtown Wausau. Owners Glenn and Jolene Lucci take great pride in their menu selections, all carefully prepared with high-quality ingredients, organic vegetables and fresh herbs. There are two dinner menus featuring Italian, French and American influences; one offering year-round favorites and an ever-changing seasonal menu. There is an extensive list of wines and micro-brew beers, along with cocktail service from the bar. In the summer diners can partake outside on the patio, and when the leaves turn crimson, guests can enjoy the warmth of the fireplace. Catering and private party service is also available for groups.

Located on the Rib Mountain Golf Course at the base of Rib Mountain, Carmelo’s offers some of the finest scenery in town. A local favorite, Carmelo’s prepares authentic Italian dishes and has been voted as having the best Friday night fish fry. In the summer, enjoy drinks on the patio and take in the view before sitting down to dinner.

Be our guest for casual, contemporary dining in downtown Wausau’s River District. Offering lunch and dinner daily, the bistro specializes in great American fare such as fantastic steaks, crisp salads, homemade soups, fresh seafood and pastas, with a menu to satisfy all appetites. The bar remains open past the restaurant hours and features great wines, martinis, beers and specialty drinks. Find a list of special events including live music, wine tastings and more on the website. The City Grill has private dining, meeting and catering available. Call for reservations and more information.

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606 Third Street, Wausau 715-848-5668 Online reservations 24/7 via Open Table www.backwhencafe.com Tue-Sat: 5pm to 10pm Closed Sun and Mon

3607 N. Mountain Drive, Rib Mountain 715-845-5570 www.facebook.com/CarmelosItalian Sun-Sat: 5pm to Close

203 Jefferson Street, Wausau 715-848-2900 www.citygrillbistro.com Mon-Thu: 11am to 10pm, Fri-Sat: 11am to 11pm, Sun: 9am to 9pm Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 4pm to 7pm, Sat-Sun 11am to 4pm

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219 Central Bridge Street, Wausau 715-845-6994 Exit 185 I-39/Hwy 51, Cedar Creek Area 715-355-0909 www.culvers.com 10am to 10pm Daily

607 N. Third Street, Wausau, WI 54403 715-848-9800 www.downtowngrocery.com Mon-Sat 8am to *8pm Sun 11am to *5pm *Food Bar serves until 7pm Mon-Sat, 4pm Sun

2305 Sherman Street, Wausau 715-845-3000 www.greatdanepub.com Sun-Thu: 11am to 12am, Fri-Sat: 11am to 2:30am. Food served Sun-Thu until 12am, Fri-Sat until 1am. Sunday brunch served 11am to 2pm.

For over 19 years, our guests have been treated to cooked-to-order food made with farm-fresh ingredients, served with a smile. Oursmall-town, Midwestern values, genuine friendliness and an unwavering commitment to quality is what makes Culver’s special. Our ButterBurger uses fresh, never frozen, 100% Midwest beef, seared to perfection and served on a lightly buttered toasted bun for that extra touch of goodness. Perfectly paired with our Fresh Frozen Custard made fresh throughout the day in small batches right in the restaurant. For more information about our Wausau locations, visit www.culvers.com

Downtown Grocery is an old-fashioned grocery offering local and organic foods, an Everyday Farmer’s Market, and prepared foods “made in our kitchen” served from our walk-around food bar! The world-inspired, seasonal, and vegetarian menu offers soups, entrées, appetizers, salads, olives, and sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Several bakeshops (Be Well, Blue Dot, and Downtown Grocery) create madefrom- scratch bakery. Our kitchen uses many local and organic ingredients, and allergen-friendly methods to provide items that are made without gluten and dairy. Downtown Grocery, Dine-in, Carry-out, it’s Healthy Food, Fast!

The Great Dane has built its success by offering our guests a wide variety of award winning beers and hearty pub fare served quickly at a friendly price. If the weather is nice enjoy your meal in our 100 seat Beer Garden. We offer late night dining and a tempting Sunday brunch menu. The stylish pool hall bar includes shuffleboard, darts, games, pool tables, and a dance floor. A great nightlife venue, the Great Dane has entertainment regularly, including live music, DJs and other events. Our large banquet facilities can accommodate groups of up to 300 guests. Conveniently located at the Sherman Street exit 191, off Highways 51 and 29.

Something for Everyone! From one of the largest selections around featuring award-winning pizza and wings to our familiar, fun and relaxed atmosphere, Green Mill continues to be everyone’s favorite place to meet and eat. Also, stop in and check out our happy hours featuring awesome drink and appetizer specials. 1000 Imperial Avenue, Rothschild 715-355-9200 www.greenmill.com Restaurant: 7am to 10pm Bar: 11am to Close

Adjacent to the Holiday Inn www.facebook.com/greenmill001 www.twitter.com/greenmill001 Extraordinary food & genuine service!

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Located at Dale’s Weston Lanes, the Northwood’s Bar and Grill has a menu served daily from 11 am to close that starts with mouth watering appetizers and moves right in to the main course of specialty sandwiches, burgers, wraps, pressure fried chicken, salads and home made pizzas. On Fridays enjoy our hearty BUFFET both at lunch and dinner; our award-winning buffet will never leave you go home hungry! Relax in our bar, enjoy a game or two of bowling, billiards, or enjoy the large game room! Weston Lanes is the LARGEST indoor recreation center in Wisconsin, and it’s great for weddings, corporate parties and other special gatherings!

The Pinewood Supper Club is located on the shores of beautiful Half Moon Lake in Mosinee. The oldest section of the building dates to the early 1900s. The original stone fireplace dominates the dining room. Original thick pine planks and huge beams crossing the ceiling give the dining area an authentic northwoods ambiance. Enjoy fresh fish selections daily, and a wide array of steaks, seafood, chicken and barbequed ribs. You can find the Pinewood’s menu on their website, www.the pinewood.com. A family tradition for over 40 years. Recipient of the "Wisconsin Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year" award.

Come experience what sports fans from all over the state have known since 1972. The Bar of Wausau is the most exciting place to watch your favorite sporting events on numerous HD TVs. The Bar has a full menu to satisfy any appetite, from a juicy Roadhouse burger to a fresh Chicken Cobb Salad. Or feast on 18 flavors of mouth watering buffalo wings from mild to hot and spicy. The extensive party menu can fulfill any occasion, whether you would like a rockin’ birthday party or a business meeting in one of the two private rooms. Relax with a refreshing happy hour cocktail around our two outdoor fire tables in the beer garden, or dance the night away with a live DJ playing today’s biggest hits.

The Hills Restaurant focuses on fresh ingredients with simple, creative plates prepared to your liking. Enjoy the scenic views overlooking the rolling hills just outside Wausau while your appetizers and entrées are created from scratch. While we are a private golf course, the restaurant is open to the public and has a casual and comfortable atmosphere. As we like to say, “Everyone is welcome at our table.” Executive Chef Dan Dillabough has inspired our menu and mentored our staff. His vision and experience makes any night at The Hills Restaurant one to remember.

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5902 Schofield Avenue, Weston 715-359-8488 www.westonlanes.com/bargrill Mon-Sun: 11am to Close Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 3pm to 6pm Menu available at the website

1208 Half Moon Lake Drive, Mosinee 715-693-3180 www.thepinewood.com Serving Tue-Sat at 5pm, Sun at 4pm, Closed Mon

10302 Market Street, Rothschild 715-355-7001 www.meetatthebar.com Mon-Fri 11am to 2am Sat-Sun 11am to 2:30am Food Served 11am to 12am Daily Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 3pm to 7pm Late Night ½ off Appetizers Daily 10pm to Close Carry Out/Delivery: 11am to 12am Daily

2002 Poplar Lane, Wausau, WI 54403 715-849-4877 www.headforethehills.com Dinner Wed-Sat: 5pm to 9pm Reservations requested

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Sconni’s Alehouse & Eatery 1239 Schofield Avenue, Schofield, WI 54476 715-241-7665, www.sconnis.com Mon-Sun: 11am to Bar Close

2105 N. Second Street, Wausau, WI 54403 715-393-4040 www.thrivefoodery.com Mon-Sat 4pm to Close Private dining space for groups available

3901 N. Sixth Street, Wausau 715-675-2263 wwww.wagonwheelsupperclub.com http://bit.ly/WagonWheelSupperClub Mon-Sat: 5pm to close, Closed Sun

39th and Stewart Avenues, Wausau 715-845-7304 www.wausaumine.com 11am to Close Daily

Wisconsin traditions are the inspiration for the newly renovated Sconni’s Alehouse & Eatery. The new eclectic decor has a vintage atmosphere and welcomes guests with its own brand of northwoods hospitality. “Sconni’s,” a reference to a Wisconsin resident, is a true alehouse and features an assortment of 48 taps to chose from seasonally. The menu’s made from scratch dishes emphasizes locally procured ingredients, and reflects Wisconsin’s classic cuisine. The fresh salads, burgers, and pizzas are all made to order. Main entrees like the grilled maple salmon and Cajun shrimp penne show the chef’s creative use of seasonal produce. The northwoods ambiance flows to Sconni’s outdoor patio, with a full service bar and open air fireplace, it’s the perfect gathering place for drinks, dinner and good times.

The newly opened Thrive Foodery, located on Wausau’s northeast side near Athletic Park, is the creation of chef owners Elizabeth Hinner and David Lorio. Searching for the ideal place to showcase their food, the pair revitalized an old building while retaining much of its original character and incorporating many salvaged elements. Their food is a Modern American style cuisine – with a twist. With a passion for food that celebrates local products, the chefs take advantage of the the local farmers’ bounty of fresh ingredients. Entrees like fork-tender ossobuco, featuring pork shanks slow braised with vegetables and herbs in a flavorful broth is one example of what tempting flavors await.

The Wagon Wheel Supper Club is famous for many things. Their award-winning wine list has been featured in Wine Spectator Magazine for seventeen consecutive years, and was recently featured in Chalk Hill Wine’s fifth edition of the Sommelier Guide to Restaurants in America. The genuine charcoal broiled cuisine offers specialties like dry-aged steaks and butterball tenderloins. Visit the relaxed atmosphere and discover fireplaces in the lounge and dining room...it’s the perfect place to enjoy great wine and food. A Central Wisconsin tradition since 1946. Find us on Facebook.

Virgil, our resident miner invites you to visit central Wisconsin’s most unique dining atmosphere. At the Mother Lode Eatery you’ll enjoy homemade soups and salads, the area’s finest pizza, pasta, hand cut Angus steaks, Mexican and seafood entrées. In the true mining tradition, everything is made from scratch, including the world famous original Italian Fries®, family specials on Saturdays and Sundays, and pan-fried and deep-fried cod on Friday. Swap a mining story with Virgil at the Rusty Nail Saloon, featuring Happy Hour, nightly drink specials and big screen TV.

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Mon-Fri 7am to 5pm, Sat: 8am to 3pm, Closed Sun; House, Breakfast: Mon-Fri 9am to Coffee American 11am Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am to 2pm

Austin’s Restaurant & Lounge 201 N. 17th St., Wausau, WI 54401 715-845-4341 www.plazawausau.com

Located inside The Plaza Hotel & Suites, Austin’s Restaurant serves traditional American fare. Relax in Brewski’s Lounge or the poolside terrace and enjoy a meal with a drink in a relaxing atmosphere.

Mon-Sat: 5pm to 9pm, Closed Sun

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Back When Cafe 606 Third St., Wausau, WI 54403 715-848-5668 www.backwhencafe.com

Farm-to-table cuisine, fresh pastry, extensive dinner menu and fine wines list. Quaint, historic atmosphere and warm weather outdoor patio.

Tue-Sat: 5pm to 10pm, Closed Sun and Mon

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Bull Falls Brewery 901 E. Thomas St, Wausau, WI 54403 715-842-BEER (2337) www.bullfallsbrewery.com

Wausau's first distributing micro-brewery featuring quality craft-brewed beers in the German tradition. Choose from ales or lagers, from light to dark. Newly expanded canning facility.

Mon-Fri: 4pm to close Sat: 1pm to close

Micro brew beers

Carmelo’s Italian Restaurant 3607 N. Mountain Dr., Wausau, WI 54401 715-845-5570 www.facebook.com/CarmelosItalian

Italian cuisine, with homemade pastas. Notable Friday fish special. Enjoy spectacular views of the golf course and Rib Mountain.

Sun-Sat: Open at 5pm Closed on holidays

Italian, Steaks, Seafood

City Grill Bistro 203 Jefferson St, Wausau, WI 54403 715-848-2900 www.citygrillbistro.com

Experience downtown Wausau’s finest in casual, contemporary dining. Unique, upscale surroundings combined with exceptional cuisine.

Mon-Thu: 11am to 10pm, Fri-Sat: 11am to 11pm, Sun: 9am to 9pm; Happy Hour: Mon-Fri: 4pm to 7pm, Sat-Sun: 11am to 4pm

Steaks, Seafood, Pasta

Country Fresh Meats 9902 Weston Ave., Weston, WI 54476 715-359-1311 www.countryfreshmeats.com

Take out lunch grill featuring a selection of sandwiches, sausages and meats made to order. Store has a full line of fresh cut meats, also cheeses, snacks and spices.

Lunch Grill: Mon-Fri: 10am American, to 2pm. Store: Mon-Wed: Grill, Butcher, 8am to 5pm, Thu: 8am to Specialty Foods, 7pm, Fri 8am to 5pm, Sat: Picnic Items 8am to 3pm

Culver’s Frozen Custard Cedar Creek Area 715-355-0909 www.culvers.com

Home of the Butter Burger™. Full sandwich menu, fish and chicken dinners, plus fresh frozen custard made daily.

10am to 10pm Daily

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Culver’s Frozen Custard 219 Central Bridge St., Wausau, WI 54401 715-845-6994 www.culvers.com

Home of the Butter Burger™. Full sandwich menu, fish and chicken dinners, plus fresh frozen custard made daily.

10am to 10pm Daily

American

Downtown Grocery 607 Third St, WI 54403 715-848-9800 www.downtowngrocery.com

Dine-in, Carry-out, it’s Healthy Food, Fast! Food bar offers a world-inspired menu with soups, entrées, salad bar, and olive bar for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and bakery from several bakeshops.

Mon-Sat: 8am to *8pm Sun: 11am to *5pm *Food Bar serves until 7pm Mon-Sat, 4pm Sun

Vegetarian, International, World-Inspired

Granite Peak Ski Area 3605 N. Mountain Rd., Wausau, WI 54401 715-845-2846 www.skigranitepeak.com

During the ski season, the lounge in the upstairs level of the Historic Chalet features live entertainment weekly, two stone fireplaces, microbrews, cocktails, appetizers, and flat screen TVs..

Please see website for seasonal hours.

Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. 2305 Sherman St., Wausau, WI 54401 715-845-3000 www.greatdanepub.com

Wisconsin’s #1 brewery/restaurant concept offering hearty pub fare and award winning ales & lagers. Enjoy the pool hall, outdoor beer garden, and late night dining. Sun Brunch 10am to 2pm.

Green Mill Restaurant and Bar 1000 Imperial Ave., Rothschild, WI 54474 715-355-9200 www.greenmill.com

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Located in the Holiday Inn. Awardwinning pizzas and wings, daily lunch specials and extensive menu, full bar. Food and fun!

Restaurant: 7am to 10pm. Bar: 11am to Close

American, Italian

Jalapeño’s Mexican Restauranté & Bar 300 N. St., Wausau, WI 54403 715-842-9206 www.jalapenosrestaurante.com

Newly Expanded with street level entrance and outdoor seating. Authentic Mexican food served in a festive atmosphere. Lunch and dinner menus feature seafood, steak and house specialties. Daily drink specials, Cinco-De-Drink-O the 5th of every month.

Open Mon-Tue 11am to 9pm, Wed-Sat 11am to Bar Close.

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J Gumbo’s Cajun & Creole Cooking Co. 316 N. Third St., Wausau, WI 54403 715-848-6267 www.jgumbos.com

Real down-home Louisiana cooking and decor inspired by a New Orleans street scene. Lunch and dinner menus offer homemade Cajun and Creole dishes. Full bar, daily specials, live music, meeting room..

Sun-Sat: 10:30am to 10am

Cajun, Creole

Lil’ Ole Winemaker Shoppe 602 Jefferson St., Wausau, WI 54403 715-845-6170 www.lilolewinemaker.com

Coffee bar featuring specialty coffees and pastries. Wine bar offering over 30 housemade wines to sample by the glass and purchase by the bottle. Gifts, wine-making supplies and classes.

Mon 8am to 6:30pm TueThu 8am to 8pm, Fri 8am to 6:30pm, Sat 10am to 6pm, Sun call for hours

Coffee and Wine Bar

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Coffee house features espresso bar, teas, pastries, and fine wine. Offering delectable breakfast and lunch menus including gourmet sandwiches, soups and salads. Art on display, special events, private parties

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American, Pizzas, Seafood, Steaks, Sandwiches

Mullin’s Cheese 598 Seagull Dr., Mosinee, WI 54455 715-693-3205 www.mullinscheese.com

Over 100 varieties of cheese, deep fried and fresh cheese curds, take & bake pizzas, Soft serve ice cream (seasonal April-Oct), sausages, gourmet food items, Wisconsin souvenirs.

Mon-Sat: 8am to 5pm Sun: 9am to 6pm

Cheese, Take & Bake Pizzas, Soft Serve Ice Cream

Northwoods Bar & Grill 5902 Schofield Ave., Weston, WI 54476 715-359-8488 www.westonlanes.com

Located in Dale’s Weston Lanes. Burgers, homemade pizza, broasted chicken. Daily lunch buffet, Friday fish buffet, Saturday prime rib buffet.

11am to Midnight Daily

Pine Valley Golf Course 301 136th Ave., Marathon, WI 54448 715-443-2848 www.golfpinevalley.net

Lounge with full cocktail service and snack bar in clubhouse. Golf club and cart rentals, driving range, pro shop, and lessons are available.

Please see website for seasonal hours.

Pinewood Supper Club 1208 Half Moon Lake Dr., Mosinee, WI 54455 715-693-3180 www.thepinewood.com

Relaxed dining with a view of Half Moon Lake. Steaks, seafood, nightly specials. Affordable elegance!

Pizza Ranch 2715 Schofield Ave., Weston, WI 54476 715-298-5378 www.pizzaranch.com

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Pizza buffet offers many varieties and if you don’t see your favorite, we will make it for you.

Buffet: Mon--Thu 11amto 2pm and 4pm to 8pm; Fri-Sun: 11am to 8pm. Dine In: Mon-Sun 11am to 9pm

Pizza Buffet, Chicken Buffet, Salad Bar, Dessert Pizzas

Red Eye Brewing Company 612 Washington Street, Wausau, WI 54403 715-843-REDI (7334) www.redeyebrewing.com

Artisan beers, wood fired pizza, unique paninis, locally sourced beef, ribs, creole selections and special salads.

Mon--Sat 11am- to Close, Sun: 11am to 5pm with a limited menu

Hand Crafted Beers and Artisan Food

Sconni’s Alehouse & Eatery 1239 Schofield Avenue, Schofield, WI 54476 715-241-7665 www.sconnis.com

Eclectic northwoods atmosphere with 48 taps to chose from seasonally; menu features locally sourced ingredients; spacious outdoor patio.

Mon--Sun: 11am to Bar Close

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Ski’s Meat Market 4516 Rib Mountain Drive 715-870-2136 www.skismeatmarketwausau.com

Offering high quality meats, poultry, seafood and housemade bratwurst. 100 types of cheeses, deli salads, and a vartiey of hard-to-find grocery items.

Mon-Fri: 10am to 6pm Sat: 9am to 6pm Sun: 10am to 4pm

Butcher, Specialty Foods, Picnic Items

Smokey’s Grill 805 Creske Ave., Rothschild, WI 54474 715-241-6300 www.staygl.com

Located in the Grand Lodge Waterpark, Smokey’s Grill has a fun, family-friendly menu offering variety of made to order food, ice cream, candy, snacks and beverages. Perfect for birthdays & parties!

Open during waterpark hours and for groups and parties.

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The Bar of Wausau 10302 Market Street, Rothschild, WI 54474 715-355-7001 www.meetatthebar.com

Whether it’s Sports, Food or Fun, The Bar has it. Enjoy a great grill menu, catch the game on one of the big screen HD TVs, listen to a live band, enjoy a drink in the outdoor beer garden or have a private party.

Mon-Fri 11am to 2am; SatSun 11am to 2:30am;Food Served 11am to 12am Daily; Delivery/Carryout 11am to 12am: Happy Hour Mon-Fri 3pm to 7pm

Sports Bar, American, Grill

The Hills Restaurant & Knickers Lounge 2002 Poplar Lane, Wausau, WI 54403 715-849-4877 www.headforethehills.com

Casual dining in a comfortable atmosphere overlooking the Greenwood Hills Golf Course. Freshly prepared specialties include pasta entrées, steaks, seafood, gourmet burgers, soups and salads.

Wed-Sat: 5pm to 9pm

Steaks, Seafood, Pasta

The Mint Café 422 Third St., Wausau, WI 54403 715-845-5879 www.mintcafewausau.com

With a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, The Mint Café offers homecooking in a retro diner setting. Daily specials, great food and prices. *Delivery in downtown Wausau.

Mon-Fri: 6:30am to 8pm Sat: 7am to 3pm

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Thrive Foodery 2105 N. 2nd St., Wausau, WI 54403 715-393-4040 www.thrivefoodery.com

New chef-owned restaurant on Wausau’s northeast side. Community driven menu features seasonal dishes with locallysourced ingredients. Renovated historic building with artisianal designs, chef’s bar, private and outdoor dining areas.

Mon-Sat: 4pm to Close

Modern American

Wagon Wheel Supper Club 3901 N. Sixth St., Wausau, WI 54403 715-675-2263 Find us on Facebook

Genuine charcoal-broiled cuisine. Famous for dry-aged steaks, butterball tenderloins and more. Award winning wine selection.

Mon-Sat: 5pm to Close Closed Sun

Steaks, Seafood

Wausau Mine Company 39th and Stewart Ave., Wausau, WI 54401 715-845-7304 www.wausaumine.com

Wausau’s most unique dining atmosphere! An extensive menu, featuring handmade pizzas, world-famous Italian Fries® and more.

11am to Close Daily

Pizzeria, Mexican, Seafood, Italian, Steaks

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Meyer’s Landing Restaurant 1770 State HWY 34., Mosinee, WI 54455 715-457-6397

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A great place to start is the River District in downtown Wausau. Plenty of restaurants and nightclubs have night life, like City Grill Bistro (see page 28 with a calendar of events and entertainment and live music venues including Malarkey’s Pub (malarkeyspub.com), Intermission Bar (intermissionbar.com) and Limericks Public House (limerickswausau.com). Enjoy a concert in the square during the summer months or catch a show at the Grand Theater (ad on page 24) throughout the year.

During the winter months, you can play in the snow even after the sun goes down. Depending on the day, you can stay outside right up to 9pm on lighted runs and trails at Granite Peak Ski Area (see ad on page 2), Sylvan Tubing Hill, and while cross country skiing at the Nine Mile Forest. At Granite Peak, you can hang out after a day on the slopes at the 10th Mountain Chalet or the Sundance Chalet. Check their website www.skigranitepeak.com for an entertainment schedule. There are also a number of evening snowshoe hikes at Rib Mountain State Park and Robert W. Monk Gardens. Check the calendar of events begining on page 12 for dates and times.

3 1 Weekly live performances at Malarky’s Pub. 2 The 400 Block is the center of night life in Wausau. 3 Dale’s Weston Lanes is the place for billiards and bowling. 4 Screen on the Green and Concerts on the Square at The 400 Block.

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During the summer months, take in a Wisconsin Woodchucks baseball game at historic Athletic Park (see ad on page 15 and more information on page 17). Featuring the best collegiate players from across the nation, the Woodchucks play 33 evening home games. Available anytime of the year, bowling is a fun indoor activity that everyone can play because success is not based on how much weight you can bench press. There are several bowling centers (see listing on page 20) to choose from including Dale’s Weston Lanes (see ad on page 37), where they have “moonlight bowling” that features music, prizes, and glow in the dark bowling balls. More on page 42..

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Make a point to stop at the Visitor Center to find out what’s happening while you’re in town. Tell our dedicated staff what you’re interested in, and we can point you in the right direction. The Visitor Center is a great resource for information about Wausau/Central Wisconsin, Marathon County, and the State of Wisconsin. Located two miles from exit 192 off Hwy 51 at 219 Jefferson Street in downtown Wausau, the Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 9am to 5pm (see area map). You can also call us toll free at 888-WI-VISIT (888-948-4748) or find us online at www.visitwausau.com. Our central location has made Wausau/Central Wisconsin a favorite destination for meeting and conference planners. Our staff can help you plan a business meeting for 10 or a conference for 1,000. We’re fortunate to have a great selection of meeting facilities that can handle tradeshows, seminars, demonstrations, special events and more. Call us today for our Meeting Planners Guide, a comprehensive resource that contains all the information you need to hold a successful function in the Wausau area.

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Strong local sports organizations and some of the finest sports facilities in the state keep the competitive spirit thriving in Wausau/Central Wisconsin. The Wausau area has been the host destination for events and competitions of all sizes and we are here to help with the bid process, site tours, and questions through the conclusion of the event. We can help with special requests, troubleshoot problems and provide creative solutions to ensure the event’s success.

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715-355-0077 800-634-3444

4115 Barbican Avenue, Weston

Best Western Plus Hotel

715-355-8900 800-780-7234

803 Industrial Park Avenue, Rothschild www.bestwestern.com

Budge Inn

715-359-5986

1106 E. Grand Avenue, Rothschild

www.budgeinn.com

Country Inn & Suites

715-359-1881 800-456-4000

1520 Metro Drive, Schofield

www.countryinns.com/schofieldwi

Courtyard by Marriott

715-849-2124 800-321-2211

1000 S. 22nd Avenue, Wausau

www.courtyardwausau.com

Days Inn & Suites - Rib Mountain

715-355-5501 800-DAYS-INN

4700 Rib Mountain Drive, Wausau

www.daysinn.com/hotel/10201

EconoLodge

715-355-4449 877-424-6423

1510 County Hwy. XX, Rothschild

www.econolodge.com

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott

715-241-8400 800-228-2800

7100 Stone Ridge Drive, Weston

www.fairfieldwausau.com

Grand Lodge Waterpark Resort

715-241-6300 800-659-2220

805 Creske Avenue, Rothschild

www.staygl.com

Hampton Inn

715-848-9700 800-HAMPTON

615 S. 24th Avenue, Wausau

www.wausau.hamptoninn.com

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites

715-359-1280 800-HOLIDAY

4210 Barbican Avenue, Weston

www.hiexpress.com/wausauwi

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites

715-355-1111 888-272-2792

1000 Imperial Avenue, Rothschild

www.holiday-inn.com/wausauwi

Jefferson Street Inn

715-845-6500 866-855-6500

201 Jefferson Street, Wausau

www.jeffersonstreetinn.com

La Quinta Inn

715-842-0421 800-SLEEPLQ

1910 Stewart Avenue, Wausau

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Motel 6

715-355-3030 800-4MOTEL6

904 Industrial Park Avenue, Rothschild www.motel6.com

Nite Inn/Interim Lodging

715-355-1641

425 Grand Avenue, Schofield

www.theniteinn.com

Plaza Hotel & Suites

715-845-4341 800-754-9728

201 N. 17th Avenue, Wausau

www.plazawausau.com

Ponderosa Motel

715-842-3388

2101 Grand Avenue, Wausau

Quality Inn Central Wisconsin Airport

715-693-9000 877-747-8713

400 Orbiting Drive, Mosinee

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Quality Inn Midway

715-842-1616 877-424-6423

2901 Hummingbird Road, Wausau

www.midwaywausau.com

Rib Mountain Inn

715-848-2802 877-960-8900

2900 Rib Mountain Way, Wausau

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Rothschild Inn

715-359-7133

1114 E. Grand Avenue (Bus. Hwy 51), Rothschild

Stoney Creek Hotel

715-355-6858 800-659-2220

1100 Imperial Avenue, Rothschild

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Super 8

715-848-2888 800-800-8000

2006 Stewart Avenue, Wausau

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Weston Inn & Suites

715-355-9955

5810 Schofield, Avenue, Weston

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Everest Inn Bed & Breakfast

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601 McIndoe Street, Wausau

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Rosenberry Inn

715-842-5733 800-336-3799

511 Franklin Street, Wausau

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Three Day Weekend is a special lodging package where Sunday night is free with paid Friday and Saturday nights at regular published rates. Turn any ordinary weekend into a "Three Day Weekend" with a call to a participating hotel. Complete details for “Three Day Weekend” can be found at www.visitwausau.com/threedayweekend.

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This 1908 late Queen Anne offers warm hospitality, seven antique filled rooms, fabulous breakfast and more. Guests have use of living room with fireplace, kitchen, three-season room and sun porch. Price Range: $63 - $149 Located in downtown Wausau are two historic homes with eight guest rooms that provide romance and charm from a bygone era. Gracious bedrooms with antiques, queen size beds and private baths, some with fireplaces, and king size whirlpools. Packages available, including massage. Whole house rental for weddings, reunions, family gatherings, meetings and events. Pet friendly. Price Range: $90 - 150. See ads on pages 42 and 74.

R Accommodations Key $ Price Range is for comparison purposes only and subject to change • Kitchenette offers wet bar with sink, microwave, mini fridge, and coffee maker • Full Kitchen offers full size refrigerator/freezer, stove top, sink, microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker, pots/pans, glassware/dinnerware, and utensils. 888-WI-VISIT www.visitwausau.com

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For billiards, you can stay at Dale’s Weston Lanes, home to the Weston Cue Club, or check out the newly renovated Sconnie’s Alehouse & Eatery in Schofield. Sconnis’ billiards hall features 12 pool tables and a decor with a rustic, yet modern take on northwoods Wisconsin style. Sconni’s also has a full menu and 48 beers on tap seasonally . This is Wisconsin, after all, so there are plenty of watering holes and authentic taverns to explore. Many places offer a grill menu, and some have live music and karaoke. For comedy, try the new Koos Coo’s Nest Comedy Club (wausaucomedy.com), offering a great line up of regionally and nationally touring comedians. The Koo Coo’s Nest also has a full service bar/lounge, a grill menu and packages for company parties. While there’s more than one place to catch the “big game,” there’s always something happening at The Bar of Wausau (see page 32), located in Rothschild near the Cedar Creek Mall. Plenty of HD TVs to watch your favorite sport plus an outdoor beer garden, sand volleyball and live bands make it a great location to meet friends. Maybe you’ve just seen the latest movie trailer and want to catch a good flick. See all the best the big screen has to offer at the recently renovated Marcus Movie Theater in the Cedar Creek Mall (more on page 21). Handcrafted Beers.

Local Brew Pubs At one time, brewing beer was a thriving industry in the Wausau area. Today you can still enjoy a great selection of handcrafted beers. Bull Falls Brewery (ad on page 3), Wausau’s first distributing micro-brewery, features quality craft-brewed beers using authentic German ingredients. Sample beers in The Tap Room enjoy live music and special events held in the beer garden or take a tour of the newly expanded brewery and canning facility. More on page 45...

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The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (ad on page 31) brings 17 years of experience from Madison to the location on Wausau’s west side. The Great Dane is known for its wide variety of award winning ales and lagers, hearty pub fare, and outdoor beer garden. There’s also a pool hall and event space for private parties and gatherings.

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Casinos & Gaming

Just east of Wausau on Highway 29 are three casinos offering some of the best gaming in Wisconsin. Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg (see ad on page 37) is the area’s newest casino with 14,000 square feet of gaming entertainment. Conveniently located off of Hwy 45, 1 mile north of Hwy 29, Wittenberg, Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg has specifically designed the gaming floor to satisfy the desires of many types of players. Enjoy countless hours of entertainment with over 500 slot games and 100+ progressive machines. North Star Mohican Casino is located on Cty Rd A in Bowler. The casino’s 66,000 square foot gaming floor has 1,225 slots and progressives. You can also try your luck at one of the 14 table games like black jack, craps, roulette and poker. Menominee Casino in Keshena (ad on page 38 is located off exit 225, just eight miles north on Hwy 47/55. The casino has 33,000 square feet of gaming space including a 400-person bingo hall. Choose from more than 850 slots, progressives and video machines, plus table games including blackjack, poker, craps and roulette. 888-WI-VISIT www.visitwausau.com

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148 beautifully decorated rooms including whirlpools, mini-suites and whirlpool suites. All rooms have a wet bar with a microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, iron & ironing board and hair dryer. Free high-speed internet. Recreational facilities feature an indoor pool, whirlpool, children’s pool and fitness center. Over 7,000 square feet of flexible conference space for groups from 5 to 600.

This beautiful property features 103 well appointed guestrooms, indoor pool, whirlpool,  fitness center, gameroom and meeting space.  Guests will find all the comforts of home and more, including a delicious, complimentary hot  breakfast, laundry facilities, high-speed internet, 4210 Barbican Avenue and shuttle service. Conveniently located in Weston at Exit 173 on Hwy 29, the hotel is minutes Weston, WI 54476 away from Wausau Area attractions, shopping, 715-359-1280 dining, airports, and downhill skiing. www.hiexpress.com/wausauwi.com

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The Dells of the Eau Claire County Park truly has it all! From picturesque nature trails, to fantastic camping and fun spots to cool off in the river on a warm summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s day. 1 The Wausau area is home to a multitude of rivers and lakes for a variety of water sports, including Whitewater Park in downtown Wausau. 2 Not only are there miles of mountain biking trails in Marathon County, but plenty of organized biking events for all ages. 3 Set in the Wisconsin River Valley, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find numerous bodies of water that are perfect for boating and personal watercraft.

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1 3 1 Taking in the autumn view from one of the observation areas. 2 Just a few of the many quartzite formations throughout the park. 3 Enjoying a stroll and the fabulous view of the Wausau area. 4 The Comet Sky Ride is a great way to take in the fall colors! 5 The observation tower provides unparalleled views of the entire area.

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One of the oldest rock formations on earth, Rib Mountain stands proudly in the middle of Wausau/Central Wisconsin, offering a place to enjoy nature and wonder at its spectacle. The name “Rib” comes from a combination of the mountain’s history and the area’s Native American heritage. There is evidence that rock formations, estimated to be a billion years old, were at one time submerged below a great inland sea. A great upheaval, caused by tremendous pressures within the earth formed Rib Mountain, as well as other hills in the area. As the fourth highest peak in Wisconsin, Rib Mountain has a lot to offer visitors. The view is particularly breathtaking from the observation tower, a 60-foot structure that serves as a perch for those who climb its winding stairs high above the tree tops.

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With 1,500+ acres, the park boasts a well-maintained network of hiking and nature trails throughout the wooded area. The nature trails meander through the park’s rocky outcroppings, offering fun places to climb or sit and enjoy the views. The park is also a wonderful place to observe deer, woodchucks and a variety of birds at close range. 4200 Park Rd, Wausau, WI 54401, 715-842-2522 Additional information about Rib Mountain State Park can be found at www.uwmc.uwc.edu/geography/ribmtn/ribmtn.htm

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Comet Sky Ride The Comet Sky Ride at Granite Peak Ski Area is a novel way to view the beautiful Wisconsin River Valley. It’s particularly spectacular during the fall season when the colors change. The Comet Sky Ride features a six seat chairlift that encloses its passengers with a safety bar. The chairs move slowly for easy loading and unloading. Cost is $ 9 per person (must be purchased that day) with the purchase of a daily or yearly state park pass receive a $2.00 of coupon at the top of Rib Mountain State Park. The price is good for a round trip ticket and you can start at either the Base Village at the Granite Peak Ski Area or at Rib Mountain State Park. You can get off at the midway point of the round trip and walk around, then resume the ride back to your starting point. A state park sticker or daily pass is required at the top of Rib Mountain State Park. The Comet Sky Ride is open 11am to 4pm on September 24-25, October 1-2, and October 8-9, 2016.

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1 1 Bridge crossing the Eau Claire River in the Dells of the Eau Claire County Park. 2 Camping amongst the large pines of Marathon Park in the center of Wausau.

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Experience the great outdoors of Wausau and Central Wisconsin

Roughing it has never been so enjoyable. Especially if you have the opportunity to spend time in one of our area camping facilities. From the fantastic views of the Dells of the Eau Claire County Park to the many conveniences available at Lake DuBay Shores Campground, you’re sure to find a great site to set up camp. If you travel by RV and are looking for campground accommodations, there are also several area facilities that have parking, as well as electricity and sanitary stations.

Big Eau Pleine County Park The largest facility with 2,050 acres, this campground offers 106 sites located on the 6,830 acre Big Eau Pleine Flowage. There are three boat landings, swimming beach and several picnic areas with play structures and shelters. Nine miles of winding trails are available for walking and mountain biking through this expansive, forest-like park. Camping Availability: May 1 to October 31 Location: 3301 Eau Pleine Park Road, Mosinee Contact: 715-261-1566 www.co.marathon.wi.us

Dells of the Eau Claire County Park Consisting of 193 acres, 28 campsites and the adjacent Ice Age Trail, this park offers visitors a number of nature trails right on the banks of the Eau Claire River along with swimming beach, spectacular waterfalls and rapids. The beautiful rock formations are a magnet for summertime nature enthusiasts. Who can resist climbing among the water-worn rocks or cooling off in one of the many swimming holes? Camping Availability: May 1 to October 31 Location: P2150 CTH Y, Aniwa Contact: 715-261-1566 www.co.marathon.wi.us

Lake DuBay Shores Campground This campground has 40 acres with 200 RV and traditional camping sites. Additionally, you’ll find many other activities here including canoe and paddle boats for rent, cabins for rent, recreation hall, game room, free WI-FI, campstore and gift shop. They have all the comforts of home! See ad on this page. Camping Availability: open year round Location: 1713 DuBay Drive, Mosinee Contact: 715-457-2484 www.dubayshores.com

Marathon County Park Located on 78 acres with 28 campsites just outside downtown Wausau. Conveniently situated, it is within walking distance of shopping, attractions and dining. The park feels like an oasis within the busy city, offering broad picnic areas with grills, playgrounds, tennis courts and ball fields. It also has several walking trails, a children’s splash pad and Marathon Junction, with food, a miniature train, and a dumping station. Camping Availability: May 1 to October 31 Location: 1201 Stewart Avenue, Wausau Contact: 715-261-1566 www.co.marathon.wi.us

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Visit Beauty... ...in the Monk Botanical Gardens ❧ Walk or snowshoe our trails ❧ Relax in the Memory Garden ❧ Visit the new Meditation and Kitchen Gardens ❧ Take great photos ❧ Watch for birds and turtles ❧ Marvel at the plantings ❧ Attend our events Free and open every day, dawn to dusk 1800 N. First Ave. on Wausau’s west side www.monkgardens.org

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1 1 The clubhouse and restaurant at Greenwood Hills Country Club 2 Views of Rib Mountain from the practice green of the Rib Mountain Golf Course 3 Scenic approach at Pine Valley Golf Course

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Hitting the Links Take a closer look at three of the area's many golf courses

Golfing in the Wausau area is convenient, affordable and offers spectacular scenery. The rolling hills and heavily wooded area of this Wisconsin River Valley provide a forest setting for several 9 and 18-hole courses, with both public courses and private country clubs from which to choose. Rib Mountain Golf Course There's always time for nine holes of golf, and the Wausau area offers several picturesque courses that allow you to get a round in before your other obligations. One of these courses is the Rib Mountain Golf Course, which allows you to work on your short game and enjoy the view as you golf at the base of Rib Mountain State Park. This 32 par, 1,900 yard course is nestled at the foot of Rib Mountain and is one of the more scenic around. A driving range is available for use, as are club and golf cart rentals. The clubhouse is home to Carmelo’s Restaurant – one of the area’s premier dining destinations – featuring fine Italian cuisine and a full service lounge year round. In the summer, relax after your round of golf with a cocktail on the outdoor patio! Pine Valley Golf Course If you're looking for 18 holes of golf, the area has several courses to try. One course of note, a few miles west of Wausau, is Pine Valley Golf Course in Marathon. Warm up your clubs at the driving range before trying this 71 par, 6,110 yard course, offering a wooded front nine and a back nine that opens up and is a bit more forgiving. Situated among undulating hills and valleys, this championship course offers

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club and golf cart rentals, a driving range, a pro-shop and lessons. A lounge and snack bar are located within the clubhouse. Greenwood Hills Country Club The Greenwood Hills Country Club enjoys a reputation as one of Wisconsin’s premier private golf courses with rolling hills, beautiful water hazards, and scenic views. The golf course is open to everyone on select Mondays and there are also Stay & Play Golf Packages available with select area hotels - visit www.greenwoodhillscc.com for more information. Greenwood Hills is also an ideal place to have a corporate outing. Let their professional golf course staff and executive chef assist you in planning the ideal business outing, meeting or fundraiser. Whether your group is small or large, Greenwood Hills can customize golf course set up, beverage service, meals and other amenities to fit your needs. This 72 par course is built on some of the most beautiful terrain in the area, and has multiple sets of tees ranging from 4,800 to 7,015 yards. Club and golf cart rentals are available. The clubhouse is home to The Hills Restaurant (see page 32) and Knickers Lounge, all of which are open to the public. Enjoy the scenic views as you dine on fantastic cuisine in a casual, comfortable atmosphere.

Other Area Courses Indianhead Golf Course 966 Indianhead Drive, Mosinee 715-693-6066 Public 18-hole course 72 Par/6,179 Yards Trapp River Golf Course Hwy WW, Wausau 715-675-3044 Public 18-hole course 72 Par/6,335 Yards Tribute Golf Course 1001 Golf Club Road, Wausau 715-675-3663 Public 9-hole course 34 Par/2,900 Yards Wausau Country Club 208 Country Club Road, Schofield 715-359-6161 Private 18-hole course 71 Par/6,388 Yards

Crane Meadows Golf Course Since 1992, Crane Meadows Golf Course has offered the public affordable golf, located 3 miles southeast of Wausau. This scenic nine-hole course provides a challenging experience and has matured into a challenging course with a good mix of hazards. The course’s casual nature makes it a comfortable fit for the novice and the recreational golfer, while the woods, water, and sand provide plenty of challenges for the most experienced and sophisticated golfer. Crane Meadows Golf Course also provides a platform driving range, which accommodates 12 golfers, plus a separate grass range area, and “practice” sand trap. 888-WI-VISIT www.visitwausau.com


Featured Golf Courses

Greenwood Hills Golf Course Private 18-hole club • 72 Par/6,839 Yards 2002 Poplar Lane, Wausau www.greenwoodhillscc.com 715-848-2204 Have your corporate business outing or fundraiser with us; small or large. Restaurant and meeting space available. Golf is open to everyone on select Mondays.

Pine Valley Golf Course

Public 18-hole course • 71 Par/6,110 Yards 301 136th Avenue, Marathon www.golfpinevalley.net 715-443-2848 Club and cart rentals, driving range, proshop, and lessons are available. Lounge and snack bar in clubhouse.

Disc Golf

Another challenging way to take advantage of our great outdoors

Rib Mountain Golf Course

Public 9-hole course • 32 Par/1,900 Yards 3607 N. Mountain Road, Rib Mountain www.facebook.com/RibMountainGolf 715-845-5570 Club and cart rentals, driving range, and the clubhouse featuring Carmelo’s Restaurant with a full service lounge. See ad on page 30.

Here’s your chance to play golf in a whole new way! Disc golf is played much like traditional golf but instead of a ball and clubs, players use a flying disc or Frisbee®. Start at the tee area and land your disc with the fewest throws possible in the Pole Hole, an elevated metal basket. The parks can be found on the area map in the centerfold. Although there is no green fee to pay, golf cart to rent, or tee time, disc golf shares the same joys and frustrations of traditional golf, whether it is sinking a long putt or hitting a tree halfway down the fairway. More information on area disc golf courses can be found at www.dgcoursereview.com.

Big Eau Pleine County Park 18 Holes • 3,740 Yards • Par n/a 3301 Eau Pleine Park Road, Mosinee

Horace Mann Middle School 9-hole course 3101 N. 13th Street, Wausau

John Muir Middle School 9-hole course 1400 Stewart Avenue, Wausau

Yellow Banks Park

12-hole course 3903 Northwestern Avenue, Weston

Memorial Park

9 Holes • 2,228 Yards • Public Par 37/Pro Par 27 505 Memorial Park Road, Wausau 888-WI-VISIT www.visitwausau.com

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1 Record catch by Jeremy Nowak guided by local guide service Hooksetters. 2 There are some bountiful area trout streams. 3 Fishing area waters is a great family activity. 4 Exploring the shoreline of the Wisconsin River. 5 Waterskiing on Lake DuBay. 6 Paddling the serene waters in Wausau/Central Wisconsin.

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There is nothing better on a warm sunny day than finding a great fishing hole. Be it on the rippling water or from a grassy river bank. There are plenty of line dipping opportunities on the Wisconsin River that flows between the banks in six of our seven communities. The Eau Claire River and the Rib River merge with the Wisconsin River to form the uniquely shaped Lake Wausau, home to many trophy fish, right in the heart of the Wausau area. Picturesque Half Moon Lake just a few miles down river is a fishermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s haven, surrounded by the beauty of nature and loaded with a variety of fish species. musky, walleye, crappie, northern pike, catfish, bluegill, bass, sunfish and yellow perch are present in most of the lakes, rivers and reservoir in the central Wisconsin area. So whether you are on the hunt for a massive musky that will fight you to the end or slabs of crappies and bluegills that will keep your bobber diving under water, you will not be disappointed with fishing in central Wisconsin. There are over 16 boat landings between Wausau and Knowlton giving you access to The Wisconsin River, Rib River, Eau Claire River, Lake Wausau, Half Moon Lake, Mosinee Flowage, Big

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Eau Pleine Reservoir and Lake DuBay. See locations of boat landings marked on Wausau Area Map. Some area boat landings require a daily landing fee and seasonal landing permits are available from the Marathon County Parks Department, 212 River Dr., Wausau, WI, 715-261-1550. Favorite spots for pitching a line from shore include handicap accessible piers to parks with playground equipment just in case little fishermen get antsy. Fishing Piers with handicap accessibility are located at DC Everest Park (the south end of 3rd Ave.), Gilbert Park (North 6th St. 9 blocks north of Hwy 52 intersection, on the west side of the street) and along the west side of the McCleary Bridge which connects Rib Mountain Dr. and 17th Ave. Some of the best shore fishing in the Wausau Area is below the Schofield Dam (just off Drott St.), Bluegill Bay Park (Rib Mountain Dr. to Parrot Lane to the east), Oak Island Park (River Dr.) and Gilbert Park (North 6th St.) You may fish from shore at any boat landing or park in the Wausau Area, Mission Lake or Eau

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Pleine County Park. Remember to always have permission to cross private property when seeking your destination. Hard water fishing is phenomenal and very popular on these same bodies of water during the winter months. The progression from clotheladen bodies on buckets, to little communities of ice shanties appear as soon as the ice is solid. This is a totally different fishing experience. Cook outs, football passing, TV watching, until the flags pop up. Life stops as everyone rushes to the hole in hopes of pulling out a whopper. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to miss this fun.

Trout Fishing If solitude, nature, clear cool water and hip boots are your main agendas for landing a colorful trout then you will want to explore one of the many streams in Marathon County. For a listing of over 33 trout streams with classifications and maps go to www.dnr.wi.gov For more information on regulations and buying a license contact the Department of Natural Resources by calling 715-359-4522 or visit www.dnr.wi.gov

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Wausau is home to a world-class canoe and kayak competition site at Whitewater Park in downtown Wausau. The park hosts some of the world’s largest competitions, including 3 major events, 10 recreational releases, paddling camps, training clinics, learn-to-kayak classes and volunteer opportunities (see Ongoing Calendar of Events on page 17).

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Dells of the Eau Claire County Park P2150 CTH Y, Aniwa 715-261-1550

May to October Sun up to sun down

Public swimming beach

Grand Lodge Waterpark 805 Creske Avenue, Mosinee 715-241-6300

50,000 sq. ft. indoor water park. Call or visit www.loggerslanding.com for information on costs, hours and availability. See ad on page 39.

Kaiser Pool 900 E. Bridge Street, Wausau 715-261-1550

Public swimming pool. Youth and adult - $1.00. Free swim on Wednesdays from 6pm to 7:50pm.

Marathon Park Splash Pad 1201 Stewart Avenue, Wausau 715-261-1550

Noon to 7pm Daily

Open to children 10 and under. Closed during WI Valley Fair.

Memorial Pool 505 Memorial Park Road, Wausau 715-261-1550

Noon to 7pm Daily

Public swimming pool. Youth and adult - $1.00. Free swim on Wednesdays from 6pm to 7:50pm.

Mission Lake County Park 400 County Park Road, Hatley 715-261-1550

May to October Sun up to sun down

Public swimming beach

Rothschild/Schofield Aquatic Center 1004 Park Street, Rothschild 715-359-3660

11am to 8pm Daily June - August

At Rothschild Park. 225 ft. waterslide, lily pad walk, zero depth entry.

Schulenburg Pool 1533 Summit Street, Wausau 715-261-1550

Noon to 7pm Daily

Public swimming pool. Youth and adult - $1.00. Free swim on Wednesdays from 6pm to 7:50pm.

Sunny Vale County Park 1000 S. 72nd Avenue, Wausau 715-261-1550

May to October Sun up to sun down

Public swimming beach

Weston Aquatic Center 5815 Alta Verde, Weston 715-241-SWIM

11am to 8pm Daily Memorial Day to Labor Day

At Kennedy Park. High tower water slide, and other play structures.

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Facility Big Eau Pleine County Park 3301 Eau Pleine Park Road, Mosinee 715-261-1550

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Paddlers of all ages, abilities, and experience now have an easier way to launch on the Wisconsin River in Wausau. A new handicapped-accessible launch was installed on the east shore at 1700 River Drive off of East Wausau Avenue, just north of Bridge Street.

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Whether you’re interested in an all-day canoe or kayak trip or just want a few hours out on the water, the Wisconsin River is the place to be. That all-day trip starts in Merrill and ends in Wausau. All along, the water moves slowly, shallow in some places, very deep in others. Only a few minor rapids lay along the way and those can be portaged if necessary. The trip is about 20.5 miles. Select one of several alternate starting points. A rule of thumb to determine travel time is to figure two miles per hour on the river.

The scenic Wisconsin River and Lake Wausau are part of a major canoe route and the city of Wausau has one of only two urban whitewater race courses in the country. The Domtar canoe portage around the Rothschild project allows canoeists to continue down the river to enjoy some of Central Wisconsin’s finest canoeing.

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If you are looking for a place to drop anchor and fish, make sure to check with Hooksetters Guide Service at www.hooksetters.biz. They can point out all the best places to find different varieties of fish. Visit www.visitwausau.com for additional information on fishing and boating.

Please note that areas adjacent to the landings may be private property. Please be respectful of landowners’ property and privacy. Find more information online at www.wvic.com.

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The area lakes provide plenty of enjoyment for waterskiing, especially in the open waters of Lake Wausau, Lake DuBay and the Eau Pleine Flowage. Take an evening to learn a few pointers from the Water Walkers Waterski Team when they perform at

two area lakes (see our Ongoing Calendar of Events on page 17).

Swimming Beach

Set in the Wisconsin River Valley, Wausau 6 and Central Wisconsin has great water recreation. There are many boat landings that provide convenient access to the water on the Wisconsin River, its tributaries and area lakes. The area map between pages 38-39 shows the landing locations.

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Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area Open for mountain biking from May 1st through October 15th, the cross-country ski and snowmobile trails are marked and mowed during the summer months to provide over 43 km of varying terrain. The trail system that includes open tracks with minimal to moderate grades, as well as single-track routes through heavily forested areas. These trails offer a challenge for all ages and abilities. Address: 8704 Red Bud Rd, Wausau, WI 54401. For more information or trail maps, contact the Wausau and Marathon County Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department on the web at www.co.marathon.wi.us/parks.asp or phone 715-261-1550 .

Mountain Biking The variety of trails at the Nine Mile Forest offer fun and adventure for all skill levels, whether you are looking for a casual ride or a serious workout.

Wausau and Central Wisconsin has miles and miles of great mountain bike trails offering beautiful scenery, challenges for every skill level and lots of fresh air!

Mountain-Bay Trail Created from a former railroad corridor that stretches from Weston to Green Bay, the Mountain-Bay State Trail is an 83-mile scenic trail. The Marathon County portion contains 18 miles for hiking and biking in the summer. The trailhead is located behind the Weston Municipal Center at 5500 Schofield Avenue. Parking and restroom facilities are available. Daily or season passes are required for trail use for bicycles. More information is available at www.mountain-baytrail.org.

Sunny Vale County Snow Bike Park With the Fat Tire Biking sensation taking off it is only natural that the Wausau area is getting involved. The 2015 Badger State Winter Games once again has a 7 mile trail race that runs through Sunny Vale County Park which includes a groomed course that takes the riders through several dips, turns, and scenic views. Visitors can also experience this intense sport for themselves riding the same course and feeling the thrill of the run. The trail is open to the public for snow bikes with tires of 3.7â&#x20AC;? or wider from December 15th through March 15th.

Nine Mile Recreation Area Easy Moderate Difficult Extreme Extreme Single Track

Organized Bike Rides Wausau Wheelers The Wausau Wheelers is a bicycle club consisting of road riders, mountain bikers and commuters. Riders of all age groups and skill levels are welcome to participate. The club leads road and mountain bike rides every week from mid-May through September. All rides have a group leader and last 1 to 3 hours depending on the daylight and the preferences of the group. Riders meet and depart at the Aspirus YMCA parking lot on the corner of Cty Hwy X & Howland Ave. in Weston. Helmets are required for all riders. Visit their website for more specific information about their weekly or special event rides, www.wausauwheelers.org.

Central Wisconsin Offroad Cycling Coalition (CWOCC) Central Wisconsin Offroad Cycling Coalition (CWOCC), an IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association) chapter, holds group rides for all levels of mountain bike riders and other events at the Nine Mile Recreation Area. Beginner, moderate and experienced groups are led through Nine Mileâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s single track trails by an appointed group leader. There are a variety of distances and terrain skill levels from which riders can select. Additionally, CWOCC and its members also contribute to the development of area trails, including the Sunny Vale County Snow Bike Park trail. See the ad on page 12 and visit their website www.cwocc.org for more details.

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Trail passes are available at the trail head or at the Marathon County Parks Dept. 212 River Drive, Wausau WI 54403

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Fall Colors

1 A beautiful fall vista overlooking Lake Wausau as seen from Rib Mountain State Park. 2 The gorgeous autumn view from the Dells of the Eau Claire park.

Enjoy the splendor of autumn in Wausau/Central Wisconsin

A tradition for fall color enthusiasts is the pilgrimage to Rib Mountain State Park. Each year the faithful take in the spectacular views from one of the highest points in the entire state. Take your time and stop at the numerous observation points or head straight for the 60-foot observation tower. At the top, miles and miles of beautiful color unravel before you. If you prefer to appreciate nature at ground level, there are several opportunities for you to crunch through fallen leaves or shoot some awardwinning pictures. The photo above was taken at Rib Mountain State Park. On a clear day, the brilliant waters of Lake Wausau set against the vibrant colors of the trees create a fantastic scene, perfect to enjoy during a fall picnic. In Mosinee, the place to visit is River Park located on the Wisconsin River. Just a few blocks from the downtown area, River Park has a new gazebo and walking trails by the water. The Big Eau Pleine County Park can be found a short drive southwest of Mosinee. At 2,050 acres, the park is a heavily wooded peninsula that runs two miles into the Big Eau Pleine Reservoir. Big Eau Pleine Park offers miles of gorgeous hiking trails.

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Downtown Wausau has several places to enjoy the colors of fall. The River Walk, which is a paved path along the Wisconsin River, follows the whitewater course to Oak Island Park. Here you can enjoy your traditional park amenities or cross the bridge to the Fern Island Park which has a trail system along its heavily wooded shoreline. If vibrant colors are your goal, then a short drive to the Dells of the Eau Claire County Park will be a memorable addition to your autumn adventure. Take the winding hiking trail past breathtaking rock formations and the soothing babble of the rapids of the Eau Claire River. A particularly colorful area exists on the hills between Wausau and Merrill, and in Brokaw just north of Wausau on Hwy 51. The hills and valleys in this area offer wonderful scenic driving opportunities.

The Comet Sky Ride at Granite Peak Ski Area features a six seat chairlift that encloses its passengers with a safety bar. The chairs move slowly for easy loading and unloading. A roundtrip ticket allows you to start at either Granite Peak Ski Area or at Rib Mountain State Park. You can get off at the midway point of the roundtrip and walk around, then resume the ride back to your starting point. Cost is $9 per person (must be purchased that day) with the purchase of a daily or yearly state park pass you receive a $2.00 off coupon at the top of Rib Mountain State Park. The Comet Sky Ride is open 11am to 4pm on September 24-25, October 1-2, and October 8-9, 2016.

When to come...

For a real adventure, take a mountain bike excursion on the Mountain-Bay State Trail located in Weston. You can ride for miles and see amazing autumn colors as well as several lakes and streams along the way.

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Comet Sky Ride at Granite Peak

The fall color season generally begins in mid-September and ends in early to mid-October. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to plan a fall color getaway with color updates just a click away at www.travelwisconsin.com. You can also phone Wausau/Central Wisconsin Convention & Visitors Bureau at 888-WI-VISIT to get the latest area information or visit our website www.visitwausau.com.

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Granite Peak Ski Area offers snowboarders and skiers 74 runs of varied terrain for all abilities. As the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier ski and snowboard destination, Granite Peak is the highest skiable peak in all of Wisconsin. 1 With over 880 miles of groomed trails, Marathon County is a snowmobilerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paradise, featuring some of the most scenic vistas in the state. 2 Cross-country skiing at the Nine Mile Forest offers 33 km of groomed trails and 6.3 km of lighted trails for nighttime skiing. 3 Explore the serene winterscapes by snowshoe on miles of trails throughout the Wausau area all winter long!

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Granite Peak Ski Area has quickly become Wisconsin’s premier ski destination, and reaches new heights every year. The tallest vertical drop in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula, Granite Peak has the ability to make snow early and keep it late with superior snowmaking equipment. With the recent improvements at Granite Peak, it’s getting harder to make a distinction between skiing out West and skiing close to home. Granite Peak has the terrain variety, the long runs and the reliable snow that you’d expect to find only after spending a few hours in an airplane. Luckily, it’s close to home, and easy to reach with a short drive on well-maintained interstate highways – no airport hassles, no rental car, no long travel day... just great skiing.

With 100% snowmaking capacity provided by one of the most powerful snowmaking systems in the Midwest, Granite Peak now offers a five-month ski season that can last from mid-November to mid-April. Eight full-time Snowcat groomers roll seven days a week, along with 500 advanced technology snowguns. All Granite Peak trails are groomed and buffed daily, and the half-pipe moguls and terrain park are groomed by their very own staff. Granite Peak also offers night skiing from 4pm to 9pm.

More Terrain, More Variety, More Lifts Granite Peak has the largest and best maintained parks in the Midwest with over 35 jibs and 15 jumps and has been named as the Top Midwest Snowboarding Park by Transworld Snowboarding Magazine for several consecutive years. This season the Granite Peak park’s crew will be continuously moving and adding features to the parks. Granite Peak is dedicated to keeping the terrain parks fresh and innovative. Granite Peak now has eight chairlifts and 74 runs, including several new expert chutes with 60 to 70° grades and glade skiing. Choose from steep chutes at the top or Western-style, treelined runs meandering through gorgeous stands of sugar maples and red oaks. There’s plenty of fun in store for younger skiers too, with the supervised children’s center, family-friendly ski lessons for all ages and abilities and the Enchanted Forest tree skiing area. Now your ideal family ski vacation is only a short drive away! 888-WI-VISIT www.visitwausau.com

Mountain Music In addition to great skiing and snowboarding, this year Granite Peak is offering an exciting schedule of live music concerts featuring national and regional bands playing rock, reggae and high-energy country. The Sundance Chalet and 10th Mountain Chalet now in the upper level of the original historic chalet will be the sites for these bands as well as weekly music by local entertainers. Granite Peak has its usual long list of special events, holiday celebrations and family packages scheduled, as well as cookouts, fireworks and sleigh rides. For rates, events and trail conditions call 715-845-2846 or visit the website www.skigranitepeak.com. See ad on page 2. 3605 North Mountain Rd., Wausau, WI 54401.

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Snowmobiling

It stands to reason that the state’s largest county would have the most trails, over 880 miles for snowmobilers to enjoy. The trails are maintained by 29 snowmobile clubs and a fleet of 47major pieces of grooming equipment to create one serious sledding destination. There are miles of great snowmobiling adventures that await you.

With over 880 miles of trails, every trip out is sure to be a new adventure!

Information and Licensing Out-of-state snowmobile licenses are required for non-residents and can be purchased at the Department of Natural Resources and any retailer authorized to sell state recreational licenses. Visit the Marathon County website: www.co.marathon.wi.us or call 888-WI-VISIT to request an Official Marathon County Snowmobile Map.

ATVs Welcome Many of the snowmobile trails are open to ATV use as long as the temperature is below 29° and snow conditions are favorable. More ATV trail information is also included in the Marathon County Snowmobile Trail Map. There are also 11 miles of ATV trails at the Burma County Forest that are open from May through September.

Get On The Trails! Below are the jumping off points for snowmobile trails throughout Marathon County. This numbered list coincides with trail markers on the Marathon County Snowmobile Map. Be sure to check locally on conditions before making any ice crossings. For trail conditions or a copy of the Marathon County Snowmobile Trail Map, call 888-575-SNOW (7669) or 715-261-1550.

Cross-Country Skiing

Choose from four courses that accommodate all levels of expertise. Beginners will enjoy classical skiing across gently rolling terrain on the Ringle Trail. The Sylvan Hill Trail has a popular in-town location and is serviced by the Wausau and Marathon County Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department. Intermediate skiers will enjoy the remote Big Eau Pleine Park Trail, a scenic trail along the Eau Pleine Reservoir, featuring rolling and wooded terrain. The best facility in the area is at the Nine Mile County Forest and Recreation Area, offering 33 km of trails to choose from and even lighted trails so you can ski at night. Visit www.co.marathon.wi.us or call 888-575-SNOW (7669) for updated snow conditions and other trail information.

Cross-Country Skiing Locations Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area

Big Eau Pleine Park

Sylvan Hill

Ringle

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7 miles (11km)

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Frequently groomed 8’ wide skating lane and machine set double tracks

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Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area This is one of the top cross-country skiing facilities in Wisconsin and offers: ■ 20 miles (33 km) of trails including loops from .5 mile to 9.6 miles. ■ 6.3 km of lighted trails. ■ Well groomed trails accommodate both skaters and diagonal skiers. ■ Spacious chalet offers concessions, restrooms, changing facilities, lockers, a lounge with a wood stove and panoramic views. Chalet phone: 715-693-3001 ■ Lighted trails for nighttime skiing. ■ Rental Equipment. ■ Nordic Ski Patrol on duty. ■ Adjacent snowshoeing trails. ■ Centrally located within minutes of lodging, dining and shopping.

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N. Sixth Street Exit 179 from (CTH W) on Wausau’s I-39/US 51. West east side to on STH 153 7.5 miles. Horseshoe Spring South on Big Eau Road. Turn right on Pleine Road. Sylvan Street.

STH 29 east of Wausau. North on Hwy O, east on Poplar Lane 1.2 miles.

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Ice Skating

The Wausau area has three fantastic skating facilities that bring this favorite winter activity indoors. Each offers both skating and hockey rinks, rentals and heated seating areas. For outdoor locations, visit www.visitwausau.com. Indoor skating facilities: Greenheck Field House 6400 Alderson, Schofield Marathon Park 1201 W. Stewart Avenue, Wausau ■ Mosinee Rec. Center 701 11th Street, Mosinee ■ ■

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Wisconsin is the geographic center of curling in the United States and Wausau’s newly completed state-ofthe-art Wausau Curling Center located at 1920 Curling Way is home to the largest curling club in the state. Opened in late 2012, the Wausau Curling Center is the largest curling specific facility in the U.S. and houses eight Olympic regulation sheets. The Wausau Curling Club and its approximately 350 adult members also provides access to the sport for over 150 local high school student athletes. The Center’s spectator area is open for public viewing during high school play and adult leagues held Monday-Friday and Sunday evenings and mornings (except Thursday) from early November through March. Wausau Curling also hosts many state-wide, national and international events and bonspiels (tournaments) during its season. Visit their website at www.wausaucurling.org for more information.

Snowshoeing

Wausau/Central Wisconsin has several scenic areas to go snowshoeing. In addition to the places listed below, snowshoeing is also allowed at Sunny Vale Park and Big Eau Pleine Park trails.

Rib Mountain State Park Five miles of trails have been developed specifically for snowshoeing enthusiasts. Varied terrain provides a challenge for every skill level. Trails are clearly marked and trail maps are available at the park entrance. For a special nighttime experience, Candlelight Snowshoe Hikes are organized, complete with hot chocolate and snowshoe rentals, which area available during scheduled snowshoe hikes. 4200 Park Rd., Wausau, WI 54401.

Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area Not just a place for cross-country skiing, visitors will find some of the area’s best snowshoeing, too! There are 7.5km of snowshoe trails and rentals are available, making this the perfect place to experience this fun wintertime activity. There’s always the comfortable chalet with plenty of space to relax after a trek through the woods. 8704 Red Bud Rd., Wausau, WI 54401. Chalet phone: 715-693-3001

Dells of the Eau Claire Park Winding along the Eau Claire River, trails at this scenic park lead snowshoers through magnificent rock formations, spectacular scenery and other Kodak moments. Adjacent to the Dells of the Eau Claire is the Ice Age Trail, offering additional trails to explore. P2150 Cty Hwy Y, Aniwa, WI 54401.

Tubing & Sledding

Sylvan Hill Park is home to the longest tubing hill in the state at 1,200 feet. It offers six runs for a great ride down and two tow lines to pull you back up. For safety reasons, only tubes provided by Sylvan Hill may be used, there is a minimum height requirement of 42”and tubes are for single riders only. Sylvan Hill Park is located at 1329 Sylvan Street in Wausau and features a chalet with snack bar, restrooms, lockers and fireplace. Sylvan Tubing Hill is open the week between Christmas and New Year’s Monday through Saturday from 1:30pm to 5pm and 6pm to 9:30pm and Sunday from 1:30pm to 5pm. Regular weekend hours are Fridays from 6pm to 9:30pm, Saturdays from 1:30pm to 5pm and 6pm to 9:30pm and Sundays from 1:30pm to 5pm. Private hill rentals are also available. Contact the Wausau and Marathon County Parks, Recreation, and Foresty Department at 715-261-1550 for more information. The following sledding areas are open as soon as snow cover permits. Hours are sunrise to 11pm daily: ■ Pleasant View Park* 1221 Sumner Street, Wausau ■ Riverside Park 100 Sherman Street, Wausau ■ Scholfield Park 606 E. Randolph Street, Wausau ■ 3M Park* 405 Park Boulevard, Wausau *Lighted hills 888-WI-VISIT www.visitwausau.com

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Few people had as great an impact on Wausau/Central Wisconsin as Walter McIndoe. When McIndoe arrived in the late 1840s, the area was called Big Bull Falls. He played a major role in renaming the town Wausau, The first automobile in Wausau was a one cylinder 1901 Winton. a Chippewa word meaning a far away place, and became known himself as the Father of Wausau. McIndoe was also instrumental in establishing Marathon County on February 9, 1850. At that time, the county stretched all the way to Lake Superior, and Wausau was named the county seat. Today, Marathon County is the largest of Wisconsin’s 72 counties and continues to prosper from the efforts of those in the past. Yawkey House Museum

The Cyrus and Alice Yawkey house, a 1900/1901 Classical Revival styled house, was designed by Milwaukee architects Van Ryn and de Gelleke. In 1907 the Yawkeys hired architect George W. Maher to remodel and add to the house.

The Andrew Warren Historic District

The private home was donated to the Historical Society in 1954 by their only child, Leigh and her three daughters. A recent fundraising effort enabled a multi-million dollar renovation to be completed in the spring of 2008. The first and second floors of the home, the carriage house and the formal gardens have been returned to their original splendor. The Yawkey House is a fine example of a wealthy lumberman’s house between the years 1908– 1915. It features beautiful stained glass windows, art glass lighting fixtures and many original Yawkey furnishings. A small entrance fee is charged for non-members of the Society. The house, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, is open year round. The formal garden, complete with pergola, pond and fountain is open to the public from April to October. The garden is the site for many weddings.

Its namesake is Andrew Warren, a sawmill owner, who in 1853 bought all the land now comprising the heart of the Wausau Eastside. Today, the district owes its charm to the fine houses and homes maintained by people who care deeply about this neighborhood.

Located on the northeast edge of downtown Wausau, The Andrew Warren Historic District has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1984.

Of the 62 buildings in the 10-block Warren District, all but four are houses. Some splendid and some plain, the houses were built between 1868 and 1934. Styles include a diverse yet harmonious blend of late 19th century and early 20th century homes. Walk this District and you’ll find examples of Greek Revival, Italianate, Queen Anne, Classical Revival, and Prairie School architecture.

The East Hill

East of the Warren District begins an even larger historic district, the East Hill District, named for the hill rising abruptly on the east side of the Wisconsin River valley. More than 100 houses covering a 30-block radius went up between 1874 and 1930, a time frame nearly the same as for the Warren District. There are Queen Annes, Colonial Revivals, Classical Revivals, Georgian Revivals and Tudor Revivals among the many styles found here. Today, the Benjamin and Josephine Alexander House at Twelfth and Franklin Streets is the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Built between 1929-32 the architect chose to combine aspects of two styles: Tudor and Elizabethan.

Woodson History Center

Across the street at 410 McIndoe Street is the Historical Society’s administrative building. This lovely brick house was built in 1914 for the Yawkey’s daughter Leigh and her husband Aytchmonde P. Woodson. This house was also designed by George W. Maher. After both of the Yawkeys had died, the Woodsons moved to Highland Park Boulevard and sold their house to the Immanuel Baptist congregation. The church added a bell tower and a sanctuary to the back of the house in 1956. The Historical Society purchased the Woodson House in 1995, and today it contains the library and archives, artifacts and exhibits. Hours for both locations are: Tue-Fri 9am to 4:30pm and weekends from 1pm to 4:30pm. 715-842-5750, www.marathoncountyhistory.com.

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A walk up and around and down East Hill can be done at a leisurely pace but Franklin Street is especially steep so you may prefer to drive. Except for the widely recognized Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, the houses are private homes.

Maps of the Andrew Warren District, and additional information on the history of Wausau and Marathon County, are available at the Marathon County Historical Society, 715-842-5750, on their website www.marathoncountyhistory.com or by contacting the Friends of Wausau Historic Landmarks, 715-848-6143. History by Donald M. Aucutt. Research by Mary Jane Hettinga, Mary Malaguti and Maryanne Norton. 888-WI-VISIT www.visitwausau.com


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Claire B. and Laura Bird

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Frank and Maiy Pettric

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Charles and Frankie Bardeen

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Ely Wright

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403 McIndoe Street Built: 1900-01 Style: Classical Revival Architect: Van Ryn & de Gelleke, Milwaukee 2

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Charles and Dorothy Manson

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Michael and Clara Hurley

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529 Franklin Street Built: 1875 Style: Italianate Architect: Sidney Haynes, Wausau

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William and Mae Gamble

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Neal Brown

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Charles and Victoria Gilbert

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William LaSelle

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Edwin K. and Margaret Schuete

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Perry and Ruth Wilson

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513 Grant Street Built: 1910-17 Style: Italian Renaissance Architect: unknown

Hiram and Irene Stewart

521 Grant Street Built: 1906 Style: Prairie School Architect: George W. Maher, Chicago

Charles and Helen Winton

710 North Sixth Street Built: 1883 Style: Queen Anne Architect: unknown

830 Franklin Street Built: 1893 Style: unknown Architect: unknown

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720 Grant Street Built: 1902 Style: unknown Architect: Charles S. Frost & Alfred Granger, Chicago

904 Franklin Street Built: 1894 Style: Colonial Revival Architect: George W. Maher, Chicago

Benjamin and Josephine Alexander

700 North Twelfth Street Built: 1929-32 Style: Tudor/ Elizabethan Architect: Russell Walcott, Chicago

Charles H. and Emma Wegner

906 Grant Street Built: 1922-24 Style: Colonial Revival Architect: Eschweiler and Eschweiler, Milwaukee

930 Franklin Street Built: 1922 Style: Colonial Revival Architect: Eschweiler and Eschweiler, Milwaukee 801 North Tenth Street Built: 1927 Style: Tudor/Elizabethan Architect: Urban S. Peacock & Armin C. Frank, Milwaukee

Lyman and Catherine Thayer

812 Grant Street Built: 1883 Style: Italianate Architect: William LaSelle, Wausau

903 Franklin Street Built: 1883 Style: Queen Anne Architect: William LaSelle, Wausau

511 Franklin Street Built: 1908 Style: Prairie School Architect: unknown

929 McIndoe Street Built: 1929 Style: Neo-Elizabethan Architect: Eschweiler and Eschweiler, Milwaukee

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504 Franklin Street Built: 1887 Style: Queen Anne Architect: William LaSelle, Wausau

609 & 613 McIndoe Street Built: 1896 Style: Late Queen Anne Architect: Henry Van Ryn, Milwaukee 10

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504 Grant Street Built: 1914 Style: Tudor Revival Architect: Alexander Eschweiler, Milwaukee

821 Franklin Street Built: c. l883 Style: Italianate Architect: unknown

1224 Highland Park Boulevard Built: 1938-41 Style: unknown Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright, Spring Green

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1222 Highland Park Boulevard Built: 1930 Style: Norman Architect: Walter Thom

910 Sixth Street Built: 1878 Style: Greek Revival Architect: unknown 7

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726 Franklin Street Built: 1874 Style: Second Empire Architect: Sydney Haynes, Wausau

1206 Highland Park Boulevard Built: 1925-28 Style: English-Spanish Baroque Architect: Eschweiler and Eschweiler, Milwaukee

530 McIndoe Street Built: 1919 Style: Spanish Colonial Revival Architect: unknown 6

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John and Lucia Ross

604 Franklin Street Built: 1919-20 Style: Period Colonial Revival Architect: George W. Maher, Chicago

1100 Highland Park Boulevard Built: 1953 Style: International Architect: George Foster, Wausau

507 McIndoe Street Built: 1894 Style: Classical Revival Architect: unknown 4

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815 North Tenth Street Built: 1909 Style: Mediterranean Revival Architect: H. H. Waterman, Chicago

410 McIndoe Street Built: 1913-14 Style: Prairie School Architect: George W. Maher, Chicago 3

Russell and Fannie Lyons

Granville D. and Evelyn Jones

915 Grant Street Built: 1904 Style: Prairie School Architect: George W. Maher, Chicago

Joseph and Mary Smith

707 Gray Place Built: 1917 Style: Colonial Revival Architect: unknown

Duey and Julia Wright

904 Grand Avenue Built: 1957-59 Style: Wrightian-late Usonian Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright, Spring Green

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We’ve mapped out the places where you can find the best shopping in Wausau/Central Wisconsin. For those who truly enjoy shopping, nothing is more satisfying than finding exactly what you’re looking for and returning home with fantastic bargains. If you’re new to the area, you may not realize the extensive 1 retail terrain; it can test your shopping stamina. In fact, you may find it challenging to visit all of the shopping hot spots. So grab your “wish list” and slip on your comfortable shoes.

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1 The Cedar Creek Mall in Rothschild is undergoing a renovation 2 Specialty shops, eateries and the Wausau Center Mall in downtown Wasuau 3 Barnes & Noble is just one of the big box stores you’ll find in Rib Mountain 4 Target is located in Weston

Rothschild is another area that continues to expand its retail stores and businesses. Shopko Plaza Mall features Shopko as its main anchor, and you’ll also find Harbor Freight Tools, and Hallmark Cards, to name a few. Currently undergoing a major renovation is the Cedar Creek Mall with famous names like Dress Barn .You will also find Gander Mountain, one of Wisconsin’s largest Harley-Davidson dealerships and Wickersham Jewelry in the same area.

Conveniently located at exit 179, downtown Mosinee has renovated its downtown area to take you back in time. A growing number of merchants invite you to stop in as you stroll down Main Street on brick sidewalks lined with antique-styled streetlights. Just minutes away is the Central Wisconsin Airport, the perfect place to purchase a souvenir reminder of your visit. Rib Mountain Drive is one of the largest and fastest growing retail districts in the area. Home to major anchors like Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Best Buy, Kohl’s, Petco, Dunham’s Sports and TJ Maxx, you could spend a better part of the day going from store to store. The area also has Old Navy, Pier 1 Imports, Michael’s Crafts, Barnes & Noble Bookstore, PetSmart, Gordman’s and Bed, Bath & Beyond.

The City of Schofield features the Metro Center, Walgreens and Advanced Auto Parts along with locally owned shops like Krueger Floral and Gifts and Goal-Line Golf & Hockey. More on page 64....

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Whether you’re looking for a special gift, a souvenir or the latest fashion trend, Wausau area shops are have a lot to offer. You’ll find one-of-a-kind handcrafted jewelry along with beads and supplies at Stoned & Wired [1]. Center for the Visual Arts Gift Shop [2] has a wonderful variety of handcrafted pottery, jewelry, textiles, paintings and more (temporarily located in the west Wing of Washington Square. The newest men’s fashions and tuxedo rentals are available at Campbell Haines Menswear [3]. There’s a great selection of pet foods, toys and gifts at Katzenbarkers Natural Pet Food [4]. Nicole’s Boutique [2] offers stylish clothing, shoes and accessories for fashion-conscious gals. The knowledgeable staff at Shepherd & Schaller Sporting Goods [6] will assist you in finding the perfect gear and accessories for your outdoor adventures.

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Handcrafted works of art can be found at specialty shops in downtown Wausau. At The Northwoods Goldsmith (see ad on page 68), custom jewelry creations are a specialty and goldsmith Mary Beth Moberg has crafted a number of exclusive lines like Cool Beans, inspired by the coffee bean shape. There are also carefully chosen selections of pearls, Canadian diamonds, specialty pendants, watches and northwoodsthemed accessories. At Stoned & Wired Boutique and Studio, you can select from an array of custom and handmade jewelry and shop for beads, and supplies to create your own designs. More handcrafted jewelry and paintings, pottery, glass, and fiber art are available for purchase at the Center for the Visual Arts (see ad on page 70). It is home to a gift shop showcasing art created by local and regional artists working in a wide array of mediums.

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Wausau invites you to visit its beautiful downtown. Explore the brick paved streets lined with renovated 19th century buildings that make for a relaxing atmosphere. The River District (see pages 66-70) offers boutique and specialty stores, dining and entertainment. A long time fixture in downtown Wausau, Janke Book Store has a vast selection of books and magazines, an engaging children’s section, art supplies and greeting cards. The Wausau Center Mall offers over 60 stores and restaurants including, Younkers, Sears, and Victoria’s Secret. Washington Square is adjacent to the Wausau Center Mall and has a charming atmosphere. Visit this historic building offering unique retail and specialty stores, professional offices and eateries. From beautiful jewelry, to custom artwork and delectable treats, Washington Square and Third Street abound with shops to visit. Nicole’s Boutique offers all the latest trends in designer denim, accessories, jewelry, shoes and evening wear, offering luxury at affordable prices. High quality pet foods, treats, toys and accessories can be found at Katzenbarkers Natural Pet Food. Campbell Haines Menswear features fine suits, sportswear, accessories and formal wear. Evolutions in Design is well known for distinctive fresh flower arrangements, and gifts.

The variety of stores in Weston continues to grow. Schofield Avenue is dotted with large retailers such as Target, Dollar Tree, Ace Hardware and Goodwill, as well as specialty shops, restaurants and more. The new Weston Lifestyle Center features a number of up and coming businesses and restaurants close to area lodging and attractions.

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Delicious local products

Specialty Foods Consider some of these sources of local produce and other organic, fresh ingredients for your next get-together. Just south of Wausau in the town of Knowlton is Mullins Cheese (see ad on page 65), the largest family-owned cheese factory in Wisconsin. Mullins has a large retail store offering over 100 varieties of cheese, showcasing many from the Dairy State. Here you can also view a video of the cheese making process, pick up Wisconsin souvenirs and sample deep fried and fresh cheese curds - a Wisconsin tradition. If you’re planning to grill out, or just looking for the freshest selection of meats and poultry, two area stores have great options. Country Fresh Meats (see ad on page 64) in Weston has a full line of hand-cut, farm-raised meats, spices, marinating sauces and sausage party trays. Ski’s Meat Market (see ad on page 65) in Rib Mountain also has an excellent variety of select meats, seafood, poultry and specializes in house-made brats. Ski’s also has 100 varieties of cheeses, deli salads and specialty foods. The Wausau area is fortunate to have a number of seasonal farmers markets, pick-your-own berry and vegetable farms and apple orchards. Check out the times and availability (see page 17) to pick up fresh-from-the-field ingredients. Open year round is Downtown Grocery (see ad on page 68), offering an “everyday farmers market” of local organic produce. There’s also house made baked goods, ready-to-go entrées, organic wines and spirits along with pantry items.

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Equipment for outdoor adventures

Get Your Gear Here Sports enthusiasts gear up here

Sporting Goods There are a number of stores in the area offering a wide selection of sporting goods sales and services. ■

Builer’s Cycle & Fitness Center

Bikes and accessories, cross country ski packages and snowshoes. Winter equipment rentals also available. 715-842-4185 • 245 S Third Ave, Wausau, WI 54401 ■

Central Board Shop - Ad on page 68

Skateboards, snowboards, apparel, shoes, accessories, snowboard tuning services. 715-848-0400 • 426 Third St, Wausau, WI 54403 ■

Chase Outdoors

Archery, firearms, fishing and accessories sales and service. 715-298-5118 • 21 Brown Blvd, Rothschild, WI 54474 ■

City Bike Works

Bicycle and accessories sales and service. 715-845-1656 • 1908 N Third St, Wausau, WI 54403 ■

Divepoint Paddle & Adventure Center

Kayak rentals, lessons and sales; group outings; accessories. 715-845-3483 • 106 E Wausau Ave, Wausau, WI 54403 ■

Dunham Sports

Fishing and hunting equipment and accessories, sporting goods, paintball accessories, athletic equipment, apparel. 715-359-9995 • 3806 Rib Mountain Rd, Wausau, WI 54401 ■

Located at exit 185 off I-39 in Rothschild is Harley-Davidson of Wausau, and for motorcycle enthusiasts it is a must see. Here you’ll find a showroom filled with all the latest genuine Harley-Davidson and Buell gear, clothing, accessories, a full-service department and a full line of Arctic Cat snowmobiles. If you’re looking to pick up other winter gear, there are a number of national retailers and specialty shops in the area to make playing in the snow fun and comfortable. Several stores offer top-of-the-line skis and snowboards, including Granite Peak’s ski shop (see ad on page 3) in the base village. Shepherd and Schaller Sporting Goods in downtown Wausau also carries an extensive selection of skis and equipment, custom fitted to get the most out of your time in the snow. Shepherd and Schaller (see ad on page 69) also sells and services, bikes, canoes and kayaks, camping equipment and golf clubs. Want to get out on the water around Wausau? Divepoint Paddle & Adventure Center

(divepointscuba.com) offers kayak rentals, lessons and sales as well as organized group outings. Located along the Wisconsin River in Wausau, Divepoint has ACA certified instructors to get you in the water and paddling in no time. With their “try before you buy” philosophy, you can make sure that you get the kayak and equipment best suited for you. Riverside Canoe Rental (see ad on page 74) also rents canoes, kayaks and paddleboats from the shores of their location near the Eau Claire River and Lake Wausau in Schofield. Rentals are available for several hours at a time or for day-long excursions on the water. Riverside also has live bait available for your fishing needs. Whether you are cruising the runs at Granite Peak Ski Area or hitting the Weston Skate Park, Central Board Shop (see ad on page 68) in downtown Wausau has you covered with the latest in snowboards, skateboards, footwear, accessories and apparel. Their knowledgeable staff also provides snowboard tune up services to get you set before hitting the slopes.

Eastbay

Footwear, athletic equipment, apparel and accessories. 715-261-9218 • 211 S First Ave, Wausau, WI 54401 ■

Fleet Farm

Hunting and fishing licenses, equipment and accessories; camping equipment; general sporting goods; apparel. 715-675-2312 • 1811 Badger Ave, Wausau, WI 54401 ■

Gander Mountain

Hunting and fishing licenses, equipment and accessories; camping equipment; general sporting goods; apparel. 715-355-5500 • 1560 County Rd XX, Rothschild, WI 54474 ■

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Goal Line Golf & Hockey

Sun 9-5pm, Mon-Sat 8-5pm

Golf and hockey equipment, accessories and service; inline skates; hunting accessories. 715-355-1790 • 1430 Grand Ave, Schofield, WI 54476 ■

Harley-Davidson of Wausau

Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Arctic Cat snowmobile and ATV sales and service. 715-355-4464 • 1570 County Rd XX, Rothschild, WI 54474 ■

Marathon Endurance

High performance shoes, bicycles and gear. 715-301-1234 • 4002 Schofield Ave Ste 2, Weston, WI 54476 ■

Rib Mountain Cycles

Servicing all brands of bicycles; from department store to shop quality bikes. 715-359-3925 • 4001 Rib Mountain Dr, Wausau, WI 54401 ■

Riverside Canoe Rental

Canoe, kayak and paddleboat rentals; group outings; live bait. 715-574-1771 • 223 Drott St, Schofield, WI 54476 ■

Shepherd & Schaller Sporting Goods - Ad on page 69 Ski and snowboard rentals and sales, general sporting goods, equipment, footwear, apparel, accessories. 715-845-5432 • 324 Scott St, Wausau, WI 54403

Trek Bicycle Store

Bicycle equipment, accessories, service. 715-845-7433 • 2601 Stewart Ave, Wausau, WI 54401 ■

Wal-Mart

Hunting and fishing licenses, equipment and accessories; camping equipment; general sporting goods. 715-359-2282 • 4300 Rib Mountain Dr, Wausau, WI 54401 ■

Zingers & Flingers

Archery and firearms sales, service, training and shooting range. 715-261-2211 • 145 Cty Rd O, Marathon City, WI 54448 ■

Zumiez

Snowboard and skateboard equipment and apparel.. 715-848-8674 • 336 Wausau Center, Wausau, WI 54403

Our Quality is Worth the Stop! • Steaks - fresh hand-cut 1855 aged to perfection • Brats - 18-24 different flavors made in-house • Fresh seafood and chicken • 100 types of Wisconsin artisan cheeses • Boars Head deli meats • Homemade deli salads • Hard-to-find grocery items

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Largest Family Owned Cheese Factory in WI! Factory Direct, Gifts, Sausages, Over 100 varieties of cheese, Fresh & Deep Fried Curds, Our own Take & Bake Pizzas, Instant Whey Protein Isolate Powder

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The Northwoods Goldsmith Wisconsin’s unique Custom Design Jewelry Repair Shop features owner and goldsmith Mary Beth Moberg’s original designs, including Cool Beans® silver and pewter coffee bean jewelry, and designer Native American jewelry. Also: a great selection of Canadian diamonds, precious gems, opals, pearls, Faberge egg pendants, Bertucci outdoorsman watches and fossils. In-house repairs and appraisals. 314 Scott Street, Wausau, WI 54403 .866-645-GOLD • 715-848-5000 www.northwoodsjewelry.com www.coolbeansjewelry.com. 2 on map.

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Downtown Grocery

Campbell Haines Menswear Located in the heart of downtown, Campbell Haines is Wausau’s top choice for suits, sportswear, accessories and formal wear. Voted "Best Menswear Store" by City Pages readers four years in a row. Open Mon-Wed 9:30am to 5:30pm, Thur-Fri 9:30am to 7pm, Sat 9:30am to 5pm. Closed Sunday. 350 N. Third Street, Wausau, WI 54403 715-842-9520 www.campbellhaines.com. 3 on map.

Downtown Grocery is an old-fashioned grocery offering local and organic foods! We’re an Everyday Farmers Market with cheeses, meats, beer, wine, wellness and household products. Enjoy world-inspired, seasonal, and vegetarian prepared foods from the food bar and several bakeshops. Open Daily Mon-Sat 8am to 8pm, Sun 11am to 5pm. 607 N Third Street, Wausau, WI 54403. 715-848-9800 • www.downtowngrocery.com. 4 on map.

Central Board Shop Central Wisconsin’s only skateboard and snowboard specialty shop! Offering quality skateboards, snowboards, shoes, and apparel. Sold by a knowledgeable staff that is active in the skateboard and snowboard industry. Open Mon-Fri 11am to 8pm, Sat 11am to 6pm, Sun noon to 5pm. 426 N. Third Street Wausau, WI 54403 715-848-0400 www.central-boardshop.com. 6 on map.

Nicole's Boutique This stylish boutique offers all the latest trends in designer denim, accessories, jewelry, shoes and evening wear. The seasonal and ever-changing collections are selected with care to offer luxury at affordable prices. Nicole’s knowledgeable staff also assists customers in building on classic styles to create a fantastic wardrobe. Open M-W, Sat 10am to 6pm, Thu-Fri 10am to 7pm. 620 N. Third Street, Wausau, WI 54403. 715-359-8487 • www.shopnicoles.com. 5 on map.

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Mint Café Soak up a classic diner experience at The Mint Café. The Mint Café is known for its great food, retro atmosphere, reasonable prices and famous Greek salad. The Mint offers daily specials and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Take advantage of the delivery service available in the downtown area or try their full service catering for your next group or special event. Open from 6:30am to 8pm weekdays and 7am to 3pm Saturdays. 422 N. Third Street, Wausau, WI 54403. 715-845-5879. 7 on map.

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Jalapeño’s Mexican Restauranté & Bar Newly expanded with a street level entrance in Washington Square and warm weather outdoor seating, Jalapeño's has delicious Mexican cuisine and a festive atmosphere. Try our fresh salsa, corn chips and a margarita in the bar. Lunch and dinner selections feature chicken, beef, and seafood entrees made with fresh ingredients. Daily lunch and drink specials, weekend DJ entertainment and dancing, and Cinco-DeDrink-O on the 5th of every month. Open Mon-Tue 11am to 9pm, Wed-Sat 11am to Bar Close. 300 N. Third Street, Wausau, WI 54403. 715-842-9206 • www.jalapenosrestaurante.com. 9 on map.

Dayspring Health Spa Wausau’s World Class Spa celebrating 20 years of exquisite spa services. Full Spa Menu, specials and gift cards available at the spa or online. Located in the same building as the Jefferson Street Inn Hotel. Open Mon 11am to 9pm, Tue-Thu 9am to 9pm, Fri-Sat 9am to 7pm. 300 N. Third Street, Suite 109, Wausau, WI 54403. 715-849-3772. www.dayspringhealthspa.com. 8 on map.

Stoned & Wired

Shepherd & Schaller Sports

Indulge in the lovely addiction of bead work at Stoned & Wired. The boutique offers a beautiful array of custom and handmade jewelry and accessories, a large selection of specialty beads, supplies, and jewelry repair. Classes and private instruction are available, and special events such as trunk shows and guest artist workshops are held during the year. Open Tue 11am to 6pm, Wed-Sat 11am to 5pm. 221 Scott Street, Wausau, WI 54403. 715-298-0862 www.beadswausau.com. 10 on map.

Central Wisconsin’s largest selection of quality sporting equipment and active apparel since 1949. Offering skis and snowboards, snowshoes, bikes, kayaks, camping gear, waterskis and wakeboards, snorkeling, tennis, yoga and more. Sales, repairs and rentals. Open daily. 324 Scott Street, Wausau, WI 54403. 715-845-5432 Shop online at www.shepssports.com. 11 on map.

Lil’ Ole Winemaker Shoppe Taste the wine experience! This quaint shop has a wine bar offering over 30 house-made wines to sample by the glass and purchase by the bottle. There's also a coffee bar featuring specialty coffees and pastries. Enjoy the cozy fireplace, outdoor patio and free WI-FI. You'll also find a selection of gifts, wine-making supplies and classes are available. Open Mon 9am to 6pm, Tue-Thu 9am to 8pm, Fri 9am to 6pm, Sat 10am to 6pm, Closed Sun and holidays. 602 Jefferson Street, Wausau, WI 54403. 715-845-6170 www.lilolewinemaker.com. 12 on map.

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Katzenbarkers Natural Pet Food Fun. Unique. Awesome. Just a few words to describe Katzenbarkers, the special place for pets…and the people who love them. Besides offering the finest selection of human grade food and treats in central Wisconsin, you will discover a unique assortment of collars, toys, bakery items, gifts, T-shirts, and so much more. Open Mon-Fri 9am to 7pm, Sat 9am to 4pm. 406 S. 2nd Avenue, Wausau, WI 54401. 715-845-9191 • www.katzenbarkers.com. 13 on map.

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Allister Deacon’s

Rib Mountain

Purveyor of fine coffees, teas, pastries and wine, Allister Deacon’s is an upscale coffee house located in Washington Square. Artisan-roasted coffee beans, espresso bar, exquisite baked goods and select wines are featured, and the cozy atmosphere showcases art on display from The Bauhaus, LLC. The breakfast and lunch menus offer homemade award-winning oatmeal, sandwiches, soups, and salads. Special events include wine tastings and art receptions. Mon-Fri 7am to 5pm, Sat 8am to 3pm. Extended hours coming soon. 300 N. Third Street, Wausau, WI 54403. 715-845-5888. 14 on map. Travel Budget Friendly

Information & Visitor Center Make a point to stop at the Visitor Center to find out what’s happening while you’re in town. Our staff can assist with directions, ideas for things to see and do, and provide information about the Wausau area and the State of Wisconsin. Open seven days a week 9am to 5pm. Located two miles from exit 192 in downtown Wausau. 219 Jefferson Street, Wausau, WI 54403. 715-355-8788 888-WI-VISIT • www.visitwausau.com. on map.

J Gumbo's

Center for the Visual Arts

J. Gumbo’s offers real down-home Louisiana cooking, served up in bowls as big as the bayou in decor reminiscent of a New Orleans street scene. Try one of the authentic Creole or Cajun dishes like Gumbo, Jambalaya, or a Po' Boy sandwich; all house made and slow cooked with fresh ingredients like plump crawfish and smoked sausage. Full bar, daily specials, live music and meeting room. Open Sun-Sat 10:30am to 10pm. 316 N. Third Street, Wausau, WI 54403. www.jgumbos.com • Find us on Facebook. 715-848-6267 15 on map.

If you're looking for a gift with a story, visit the Center for the Visual Arts at 427 N 4th Street and our Gift Shop in the Third Street Lifestyle Center (Washington Square) in downtown Wausau. In the gift shop, over 100 local and regional artists sell their original artworks. The adjacent Caroline S. Mark Gallery features six thematic exhibits during the year and artwork is also for sale. Classes are available in variety of media to all age groups. Open Tue-Fri 10am to 5pm & Sat 10am to 4pm. 427 N Fourth Street, Wausau, WI 54403. 715-842-4545 • www.cvawausau.org. 16 on map.

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Three Day Weekend

A great way to stretch your discretionary dollars is to take advantage of a special lodging package called “Three Day Weekend.” It’s simple. Pay for Friday and Saturday night and Sunday night is free. Pick any weekend and choose from the participating hotels. Read more about Three Day Weekend by going online at www.visitwausau.com. Planning a vacation is a lot easier when all the details have been researched in advance. But, searching for the right place to stay and finding the best rates of the season can be rather tedious and take the fun out of the trip. We’ve taken the guesswork out of making all the arrangements and offer a number of packaged getaways designed with fun in mind. From an adventurous downhill skiing vacation to a waterpark weekend, you’ll find great accommodations and activities that will have you trying to getaway more often. Wrap it up, I’ll take it.

Packaged Getaways

Many of the properties listed in the accommodations chart on pages 40-41 have enticing packages available throughout the year. Be sure to check www.visitwausau.com for other package opportunities. So go ahead and dust off your golf clubs (see Greenwood Hills Country Club Stay & Play information on page 50), fishing rod, skis and other gear for a year full of good times with friends and family. With a Three Day Weekend package, vacations are affordable and flexible.

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Emergency Contacts Fire Department/Rescue . . . . . 9 1 1 Sheriff/Police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 1 1 State Patrol . . . . . . . . 715-845-1143 Medical Facilities Aspirus - Wausau Hospital 715-847-2937, www.aspirus.org Marshfield Clinic - Wausau 800-847-0016, www.marshfieldclinic.org 715-847-3000 St. Clare’s Hospital - Ministry Health Care 715-393-3000, www.ministryhealth.org

Emergency Departments Aspirus - Wausau Hospital . . . 715-847-2160 St. Clare’s Hospital - Weston . 715-393-2950

Walk-In Clinics Aspirus - Wausau . . . . . . . . . . . . 715-847-2472 Aspirus - Weston . . . . . . . . . . . . . 715-241-5404 Marshfield Clinic - Wausau . . . 715-847-3281 Marshfield Clinic - Weston . . . 715-393-1482

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Number of Hotel Rooms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,220 Largest Room Block . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 8 0 Largest Single Meeting Facility . . . . . . 19,000 sq. ft. Largest Exhibition Facility . . . . . . . . . . . 75,000 sq. ft.

Courthouse - Marathon County 500 Forest St, Wausau, WI 54403 715-261-1000, www.co.marathon.wi.us County Clerk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 715-261-1500 District Attorney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 715-261-1111 Health Department . . . . . . . . . . . 715-261-1900 Highway Department . . . . . . . . . 715-261-1800 Register of Deeds . . . . . . . . . . . . . 715-261-1470 Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 715-261-1150 United Way’s 2-1-1 (formerly First Call) 705 24th Ave., Suite 400B, Wausau, WI 54403 211 or 715-848-2255, www.unitedwaymc.org

Chambers of Commerce The Chamber Wausau Region 200 Washington St, Suite 120 PO Box 6190, Wausau, WI 54402-6190 715-845-6231, www.wausauchamber.com Mosinee Chamber of Commerce 201 Main St, Mosinee, WI 54455 715-693-4330, www.mosineechamber.org

Employment Resources Dept. of Workforce Development - Job Center 364 Grand Ave, Wausau, WI 54403 • 715-261-8700 888-258-9966 toll free from 8am to 4pm www.jobcenterofwisconsin.org

Higher Education Globe University (2 and 4 year, masters) 715-301-1300, www.globeuniversity.edu Northcentral Technical College (2 year) 715-675-3331, www.ntc.edu Rasmussen College (2 and 4 year) 715-841-8000, www.rasmussen.edu State College of Beauty Culture 715-845-2888, www.statecollegeofbeauty.com Upper Iowa University (4 year) 715-675-2775, www.uiu.edu UW-Marathon Center (2 year and 4 year) 715-261-6100, www.uwmc.uwc.edu UW-Stevens Point (4 year) 715-346-0123, www.uwsp.edu

Parks/Forests/Recreation Rib Mountain State Park . . . . . . . . 7 1 5 - 8 4 2 - 2 5 2 2 www.uwmc.uwc.edu/geography/ribmtn/ribmtn.htm Wausau & Marathon County . . . . 715-261-1550 Park, Recreation & Forestry www.co.marathon.wi.us WI Department of . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 1 5 - 3 5 9 - 4 5 2 2 Natural Resources Open Mon-Fri 11am-2pm, www.dnr.state.wi.us

Transportation Airports/Airlines Central Wisconsin Airport (CWA) 200 CWA Drive, Mosinee I-39/Hwy 51, at Exit 179 715-693-2147, www.fly-cwa.org Commercial airlines service to Minneapolis, Detroit, and Chicago daily. Rental cars on site. American Eagle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 0 0 - 4 3 3 - 7 3 0 0 Delta Airlines . . . . . 715-693-2147, 800-221-1212 United . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-864-8331, 715-693-8202

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Wausau Municipal Airport 725 Woods Place, Wausau 715-845-3400, www.flywausau.com Serving private and charter flights. Two lighted runways, 3,085 & 5,200 ft. in length. Jet fuel, car rentals, lounge and restrooms available. Automobile rentals AVIS Rent A Car . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 715-693-3025 Budget Rent A Car . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 715-693-6991 Enterprise Rent A Car Wausau 715-848-8799 • Mosinee 715-693-1240 Hertz Rent A Car . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 715-693-0017 National Rent A Car . . . . . . . . . . . . . 715-693-3430 Bus Service Wausau/Lamers Bus Depot 2415 Trailwood Lane, Rothschild Lamers - Service to Greyhound and Amtrak 715-241-7799, 800-261-6600 • www.golamers.com Jefferson Lines - Service to Minnesota 800-451-5333 • www.jeffersonlines.com City Buses/Wausau Transit System (WATS) 715-842-9287 Department of motor Vehicles 5310 Rib Mountain Dr, Wausau, WI 54401 800-924-3570, www.dot.wisconsin.gov Road Conditions 511, 866-511-9472, www.511wi.gov Taxi Cab Service All American Taxi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Executive Cab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Metro Cab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Taxi Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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City of Mosinee

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Centrally located at the cross roads of I-39/Hwy 51 and Hwy 29, the Wausau/Central Wisconsin area includes the communities of Kronenwetter, Mosinee, Rib Mountain, Rothschild, Schofield, Wausau, and Weston. Surrounded by natural beauty, the area enjoys the fortunate combination of city amenities and the look and feel of the Northwoods. Maybe you first heard of the Wausau area from a Wausau Insurance ad and their

Wausau train depot logo. Maybe you’ve been to Rib Mountain State Park. Or maybe you had no idea of what you were missing as you drove through this pretty part of the state. What was once a thriving logging community is now a thriving destination full of wonderful attractions. From winter recreation to your favorite summer pastimes, the Wausau area has everything you’re looking for in an “Up North” experience.

Kronenwetter, incorporated in 2002, is Wisconsin’s largest village at 52 square miles. Residential neighborhoods in the village’s northwest, a part of the Wausau urbanized area, give way southeastward to Central Wisconsin’s back road rural beauty. Bordered on the west by the Wisconsin River, Kronenwetter is home to eagles, osprey, turkey, deer, occasional bear and even peregrine falcons. Snowmobiling opportunities abound with trails through scenic countryside and the pristine Kronenwetter Unit of Marathon County Forests. Bisected by I-39 and located adjacent to all that Cedar Creek Village has to offer, Kronenwetter is among the fastest growing communities in Central Wisconsin.

Population: 7,266 1582 Kronenwetter Drive  Mosinee, WI 54455 Phone: 715-693-4200  Fax: 715-693-4202 Website: www.kronenwetter.org Police: 715-693-4215  Fire: 715-693-4200 Post Office: 715-693-2315

The first city to greet you as you travel north on I-39 was originally known as Little Bull Falls. In 1857 the settlement was renamed “Mosinee” in honor of Chief Mosinee of the Chippewa Indians. In addition to being home to the Central Wisconsin Airport, Central Wisconsin Business Park, and the Wausau/Mosinee Paper Mill, the City of Mosinee has redeveloped its downtown and continues to attract exciting new shops that welcome travelers. Stroll the brick sidewalks of Main Street to find restaurants and specialty stores. The Wisconsin River runs through the city and offers a wide array of recreational opportunities including fishing, boating, and canoeing.

Population: 3,997 225 Main Street  Mosinee, WI 54455 Phone: 715-693-2275  Fax: 715-693-1324 Website: www.mosinee.wi.us Police: 715-693-2000  Fire: 715-693-2059 Post Office: 715-693-2315

Known for its wealth of recreational opportunities, the Town of Rib Mountain has evolved into a destination for shopping as well. Rib Mountain Drive is dotted with retail developments featuring national chain stores. Situated between Rib Mountain State Park and the Wisconsin River, Rib Mountain is synonymous with outdoor fun. Hit the slopes at Granite Peak Ski Area, put your boat in on Lake Wausau, or enjoy some great mountain biking. The Nine Mile Forest Recreation Area is popular for hiking, biking, archery, crosscountry skiing and snowmobiling. Rib Mountain is also home to State Park Speedway, a championship oval race track that has given NASCAR legends like Dick Trickle a start.

Population: 6,825 3700 N. Mountain Road  Wausau, WI 54401 Phone: 715-842-0983  Fax: 715-848-0186 Website: www.townofribmountain.org Police: 715-261-1200  Fire: 715-355-6763 Post Office: 715-261-4221

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North Kronenwetter D.C. Everest School District Phone: 715-359-4221 www.dce.k12.wi.us

South Kronenwetter Mosinee School District Phone: 715-693-2530 www.mosinee.k12.wi.us

Mosinee School District Phone: 715-693-2530 Website: www.mosinee.k12.wi.us

Wausau School District Phone: 715-261-2500 Website: www.wausau.k12.wi.us

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Village of Rothschild

City of Schofield

City of Wausau

Village of Weston

Rothschild was established in 1909 when a group of Wausau businessmen built a pulp and paper mill on the Wisconsin River. Today, this paper industry heritage is still represented by the impressive Domtar Paper Company. Rothschild is convenient to both Interstate 39 and Highway 29. Rothschild’s western boundary is the Wisconsin River and offers opportunities for boating in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter. During the summer months cool off at the Rothschild/Schofield Aquatic Center. The Village of Rothschild has enjoyed exciting growth in recent years. The most visible part of that growth is the Cedar Creek Mall area featuring restaurants, retail stores and hotels.

Population: 5,384 211 Grand Avenue  Rothschild, WI 54474 Phone: 715-359-3660  Fax: 715-359-7218 Website: www.rothschildwi.com Police: 715-359-3879  Fire: 715-359-5100 Post Office: 715-359-3444 D.C. Everest School District Phone: 715-359-4221 Website: www.dce.k12.wi.us

In the middle of it all is the City of Schofield. Just south of Wausau, Schofield is bordered by the Eau Claire River and Lake Wausau. With its convenient access to the Wisconsin River, Schofield is attractive to boating, fishing and canoeing enthusiasts. Like most of these communities, Schofield’s existence was determined by where a sawmill was built. Dr. William Scholfield erected a sawmill known as the Scholfield Mill in the 1840s. Later on, as a village, the “l” was dropped. Schofield is home to a successful Business Park on Ross Avenue while Grand Avenue and Schofield Avenue offer visitors a choice of specialty stores, restaurants, and lodging.

Population: 2,175 200 Park Street  Schofield, WI 54476 Phone: 715-359-5230  Fax: 715-359-5973 www.cityofschofield.org Police: 715-359-4202  Fire: 359-3500 Post Office: 715-359-3464

The largest of the seven communities, Wausau has more to offer than other communities several times its size. Watch a kayak competition on a course cut from the Wisconsin River. Take a walk through the Andrew Warren Historic District. Visit the Woodson Art Museum, or the latest exhibit at the Center for the Visual Arts. For a real treat, take in a show at the historic Grand Theater. Wausau’s most noted shopping area is the River District. Located downtown, it has undergone a major transformation. The Wausau Center Mall anchors one end of Third Street and you’ll also find plenty of specialty stores, restaurants, and attractions in the River District, as well.

Population: 39,213 407 Grant Street  Wausau, WI 54403 Phone: 715-261-6500  Fax: 715-261-6626 Website: www.ci.wausau.wi.us Police: 715-261-7800  Fire: 715-261-7900 Post Office: 715-261-4221

The Village of Weston is an emerging community experiencing strong growth in both its residential and commercial development. Located along Highway 29, the state’s busiest east-west route, Weston’s Business Park has expanded to include the recently completed St. Clare’s Hospital and Marshfield Clinic complex. Weston is proud to be the western entry point to the Mountain-Bay Trail: the longest bike trail in the state’s “Rails to Trails” program. The Weston Aquatic Center is located at Kennedy Park and features fun slides and other water structures perfect for splashing around on a hot summer day. If you’re traveling with Spot or Rover, then a visit to the new Weston Dog Park is in order.

Population: 15,051 5500 Schofield Avenue  Weston, WI 54476 Phone: (715) 359-6114  Fax: (715) 359-6117 Website: www.westonwisconsin.org Police: 715-359-4202  Fire: 355-5419 Post Office: 715-359-3464

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D.C. Everest School District Phone: 715-359-4221 Website: www.dce.k12.wi.us

Wausau School District Phone: 715-261-2500 Website: www.wausau.k12.wi.us

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business & service listings Brewery Tours

Here’s a handy section to help you locate the services you need. Get that unique gift, plan your next party, and find the perfect piece of sports equipment. These local businesses are standing by ready to help.

Brochure distribution

Canoe/Kayak Rentals

B ull F a l l s B r e we r y

B r o c h ure D istri bu tion S ervice

R iverside C anoe R ental & B ait S hop

901 E. Thomas St, Wausau, WI 54401 ■ 715-842-BEER (2337) www.bullfallsbrewery.com ■ facebook.com/bull.brewery The Bull Falls Brewery Tap Room is open Mon-Thu 4pm to Close and Fri-Sat 1pm to Close. The Bull Falls Brewery Gift Shop is open Mon-Thu 4pm to 7 pm and Fri-Sat 1 pm to 5pm. Call us to schedule a brewery tour today at 715-842-BEER (2337)

219 Jefferson Street, Wausau, WI 54403 ■ 715-355-8788 info@visitwausau.com ■ www.visitwausau.com Showcase your attraction, restaurant, store, lodging or festival brochure within 45 miles of the Wausau area. Sign up for as little as three months or for an entire year, with pricing based on a 4”x 9” slot. Brochure displays are maintained on a weekly basis by CVB staff. Inquire today!

223 Drott St., Schofield, WI 54476 715-574-1771 ■ www.wausaukayakrentals.com Offering full service canoe, kayak and paddleboat rentals. Nestled between the banks of the beautiful Wisconsin and Eau Claire Rivers and located one block off Grand Ave./Bus. Hwy 51 next to the Schofield Dam. The area's oldest outfitter with shuttle service and live bait and tackle also available.

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908 Grand Avenue, Ste B, Schofield, WI 54476 ■ 715-370-5818 wausaucrossfit.com ■ www.facebook.com/WausauCrossFit Wausau CrossFit offers high intensity, core strength and conditioning programs based on a workout of the day or WOD. Programs are customized to challenge and to develop stamina and agility. Wausau CrossFit also has group yoga, weight lifting and other classes, and a number of competition style events are also held throughout the year including the Badger State Games WOD Fest for individuals and teams.

2110 Robin Ln, Wausau, WI 54401 ■ 715-849-8827 www.HotWatersSpa.com ■ Located in Rib Mountain conveniently off of Hwy 51/I39. Hot Waters Spa is a day spa offering Massage Therapy, Facials, Body Treatments, Manicures/Pedicures, Exclusive Outdoor Whirlpool Soaks, Sauna, Tanning & Waxing. Call for appointment.

4381 Stradale Lane, Aniwa, WI 54408 ■ 715-449-2141 www.alfaheaven.com ■ Find us on Facebook View more than 400 antique and vintage vehicles on display, at Alpha Heaven Car Museum , located northeast of Wausau. Many vehicles have been restored, others are in various states of repair, and some reside in the Old Car Boneyard. Open seasonally May through October. Hours: Tue-Sat 9am to 5pm. Admission: adults $10, kids under 16 free. Event space and guided tours for groups are available.

Historical Society

Natural Food store

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Marathon County Historical Society

Red C lover M arket

410 McIndoe Street, Wausau, WI 54403 ■ 715-842-5750 www.marathoncountyhistory.org ■ Open: Tue-Fri 9am to 4:30pm, Sat-Sun 1pm to 4:30pm. Tour Yawkey House Museum ($). 2016 FREE Exhibits: Generations of Progress – Industrial History of Marathon County (closes May 2016) and Our Stories – History of Marathon County. Research and Genealogy Library. Room Rentals.

5009 Schofield Ave, Weston, WI 54476 ■ 715-359-7250 www.redclovermarket.net ■ Find us on Face Book Mon-Fri 8am to 6pm ■ Sat 8am to 4pm ■ Sun 9am to noon We offer organic products including: Natural and organic food ■ Vitamins and supplements ■ Bulk foods and spices ■ Herbs ■ New Roots and Alterra Coffee ■ Burich Bunch Bakery ■ Local maple syrup and honey ■ Natural beauty and cleaning supplies

Party & event Rentals

sporting RENTALS

T otal R e nta l C e nte r 5009 Schofield Ave, Weston, WI 54476 ■ 715-359-7259 www.totalrentalweston.net Since 1974, Total Rental Center in Weston has served North Central Wisconsin and surrounding area with unmatched customer service and quality equipment. Whether you need something for your special event, tradeshow/expo or party, Total Rental has it and much more...and self storage too!

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S h e p h e rd & S challer 324 Scott St, Wausau, WI 54403 ■ 715-845-5432 Shepherd & Schaller features central Wisconsin’s largest selection of quality sporting equipment and active apparel. Located in downtown Wausau, our store offers rentals for: Snowboards ■ Snowshoes ■ Downhill & X-Country Skis Ice Skates ■ Tennis Racquets ■ Water Skis ■ Wake Boards. Ad on page 69.

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T he N eedle W orkshop T he Q uilti ng W orkshop 321 & 314 S. First Ave, Wausau, WI 54401 ■ 715-848-5546 We are North Central Wisconsin’s headquarters for fine needlework and quilting supplies. You’ll find specialty fabrics, fibers and accessories for needlework, hardanger, quilting and more in a beautifully restored historic setting.

WINE and Beer Making

L il ’ O le W in emaker

602 Jefferson Street., Wausau ■ www.lilolewinemaker.com 715-845-6170 ■ 888-355-9701 ■ Follow us on Face Book Coffee bar featuring specialty coffees and pastries; and a wine bar offering over 30 house-made wines to sample by the glass and purchase by the bottle. Cozy fireplace, outdoor patio and free WI-FI. Unique gifts, wine and beer making supplies and classes are available. Open Mon 9am to 6pm, Tue-Thu 9am to 8pm, Fri 6am to 6pm, Sat 10am to 6pm.

888-WI-VISIT www.visitwausau.com


219 Jefferson Street Wausau, WI 54403

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