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Winter Issue • November 2018–April 2019


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Winter 2018-19 Inside Features

SPECIAL EVENTS | 2

A select listing of public WISCONSIN weekender area activities, highlights and special events. Find out what’s happening.

Fact: About 90 percent of the milk from Wisconsin cows is used to make cheese. Wisconsin produces more cheese than any other state in the nation. And no, this does not include those foam cheesehead hats worn by Packers fans!

Welcome Wisconsin Weekenders!

Sports enthusiasts can find plenty of excitement through the cold winter months. Just dress in layers to keep warm.

Cross-Country Skiing: Get some vigorous exercise all while enjoying the winter trails on cross-country skis. Wisconsin offers many excellent groomed cross-country ski trails. Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding: Enjoy winter racing down one of the many exiting ski resort trails, always in peak condition...until the spring thaw. Ice Fishing: Anglers say there is nothing like walking on a frozen sheet of ice, drilling a hole, and pulling up a fish. I think they are right. Ice Skating: When the temperature drops, grab your scarf and lace up your ice skates for a day at the rink. They almost always have a warming room & hot cocoa. Snowmobiling: Wisconsin offers thousands of miles of designated snowmobile trails for your exploration. Many businesses are located on the trails and surely would love to have you pay them a visit. Snowshoeing: Explore the tranquil winter woods on snowshoes and you will discover which animals like to accompany you on your journey. Sleigh Rides: Something fun and yes, very romantic. Ride through the winter woods on a horse drawn sleigh. Tubing/Sledding: A popular activity every time the snow flies, especially at a tubing/sledding facility that takes you back to the top.

RECREATION & TRAILS | 4

Explore the vast trails, lakes and unique weekend recreation destinations enthusiasts have grown to love.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS | 5

Tidbits of planning and preparation for that outdoor adventure you have been waiting to get outside and do this winter.

AREA SNAPSHOT | 6

Area communities at a glance. All are enriched in hometown traditions and unique businesses that always welcome visitors.

DISCOVERED HERE | 32

Spotlighting destinations filled with interesting adventures for everyone who looks for variety and something new.

EXTRAS |

Just so you know info and more.

WHEN STUCK INSIDE| 36 Have fun indoorswhen winter keeps you from leaving the house.

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SPECIAL EVENTS

New special events added regularly throughout the season. For a complete list of area activities, highlights and events, go to www.wisconsinweekender.com

NOVEMBER

Tomahawk Annual Venison Feed 11/16 Fri. Downtown Tomahawk. Hunters head on downtown to the Annual Venison Feed on West Wisconsin Avenue in Tomahawk. Celebrate the opening of hunting season with this unique event! Free burgers, chips and soda are served starting at 11:30 a.m. until gone. Gather up your hunting party and kick off the season with a preview taste of the big one. For More Information Contact: Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce Phone: (715) 453-5334 • (800) 569-2160 E-mail: chamber@gototomahawk.com Website: www.gototomahawk.com Christmas Wonderland 11/24 Sat. Downtown Tomahawk. Visit Santa at Santa's Cabin located in the Tomahawk Community Bank garage. Listen to Bell Ringers and walk through the beautifully decorated Christmas trees in Winter Wonderland! Hot cocoa and a bonfire! For More Information Contact: Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce Phone: (715) 453-5334 • (800) 569-2160 E-mail: chamber@gototomahawk.com Website: www.gototomahawk.com ..................................................................................

DECEMBER

Merrill Christmas Parade & Tours 12/01 Sat. Downtown Merrill. The Christmas Parade starts at 5 pm at the Genesee Street and and ends at the Courthouse where Santa will turn the Christmas lights on. He is going to check on Merrill to see who has been naughty or nice! The Christmas Parade has all lite floats. After the parade head over to Bell Tower Residence - Assisi Hall for some music and refreshments from 6 to 8 pm. Take a ride around the neighborhood which will be lit up by candles. The O'Tannenbaum Tour runs from December 1st through 3rd, This festive event is in the St. Stephen's Church basement. Enjoy the feel of Christmas as you wander through the parade of Christmas trees, wreaths and baskets. Purchase raffle tickets and place them in the item that you would like to win. Money goes to the 4-H of Lincoln County. For More Information Contact: Merrill Area Chamber of Commerce Phone: (715) 536-9474 E-mail: director@merrillchamber.org Website: www.merrillchamber.org

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Candlelit Snowshoe 12/28 North Lakeland Discovery Center, Manitowish Waters. Enjoy an evening snowshoe hike on the Discovery Center’s 2-mile snowshoe trail with beautifully lit luminaries paving the way. Bring your own snowshoes or borrow ours for $3/pair (limited quantities available). Come join us for hot chocolate, s’mores, and a warm bonfire following your hike! $6 per person, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm.

For More Information Contact: North Lakeland Discovery Center Phone: (715) 543-2085 Website: www.discoverycenter.net

Granite Peak New Years Eve Celebration 12/31 Fri-Sun. Granite Peak Ski Resort, Wausau. Ring in the New Year at Granite Peak! BALLOON DROP AT MIDNIGHT! All new this year, we're coming into 2019 with a Big Bang! New Years Eve Party that will blow your socks off, and it's free to enter! HELLO WEEKEND IS CHICAGO'S FAVORITE DANCE BAND! WITH A PERFECT SET LIST, INCREDIBLE STAGE PRESENCE AND HIGH ENERGY, HELLO WEEKEND KEEPS THE PARTY GOING ALL NIGHT LONG! We'll have black lights, glow items galore and introducing our first ever... BALLOON DROP AT MIDNIGHT! Don't miss out on this epic party! For More Information Contact: Granite Peak Phone: (715) 845-2846 Website: www.skigranitepeak.com ..................................................................................

JANUARY

Moose Tracks Snowshoe Race 01/7 Sun. Minocqua Winter Park. Make your tracks on snowy single-track and ski trails in our popular snowshoe race. With 5K and 10K divisions, the Moose Tracks is one of the first snowshoe races of the season. Called one of the “most challenging,” “most scenic,” and “bestmarked” 5 km race courses, Moose Tracks is sure to keep you on your toes! Stay refreshed and safe with one on-course aid station and Ski Patrol coverage. Family members of racers may purchase Daily Passes for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snow tubing, and ice skating at half-price all race weekend! For More Information Contact: Minocqua Winter Park Phone: (715) 356-3309 E-mail: info@minocquawinterpark.org Website: www.minocquawinterpark.org

Badger State Winter Games January- March, Throughout Wausau area. Wisconsin's premier amateur sporting event! Competitors from around Wisconsin and Midwest states will compete in alpine skiing, nordic skiing, curling, figure skating, bowling, billiards, archery and more! Free public admission. For More Information Contact: Marathon County Phone: 715-355-8788 E-mail: info@badgerstategames.org Website: www.badgerstategames.org

Granite Peak Family Festival Weekends 1/04-6 Fri-Sun. At the Granite Peak Ski Resort, Wausau. Granite Peak will host family festival weekends throughout the new year with live music, horse drawn wagon rides and some spectacular fireworks on Sat night. Additional family weekends will be Feb. 2-4, and Mar. 2-4. For More Information Contact: Granite Peak

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Phone: (715) 845-2846 Website: www.skigranitepeak.com

Merrill Winterfest 01/26-27 Sat. & Sun. Merrill Area. Merrill Area Winterfest runs Friday through Sunday and will include skating, volleyball tournament and cardboard sled races. Sled dog races will highlight the fun. The International Sled Dog Racing Association-sanctioned races, sponsored by the Wisconsin Trailblazers Sled Dog Club, will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday at Pine River School for Young Learners, W4165 Highway 64. Admission is free. For More Information Contact: Merrill Area Chamber of Commerce Phone: (715) 536-9474 E-mail: director@merrillchamber.org Website: www.merrillchamber.org

Wausau Area Winterfest 1/26 Sat. Downtown Wausau. Hosting a variety of winter fun from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Located throughout downtown, the day entails free activities for the whole family including horse drawn carriage rides, a snow slide, ice sculptures, art projects, cookie decorating, ice skating and much more! For More Information Contact: Wausau Events Phone: (715) 297-9531 Website: www.wausauevents.org Mercer Sno-Goers Winter Blast Festival 1/19 Groomer Barn, Mercer. Mercer Area SnoGoers are having their Winter Blast Poker Run and Festival located downtown Mercer at the Groomer Barn. Watch for signs on the Railroad Grade, also called Corridoer 17. The event starts at 8 am and runs until 9 pm. They will be serving food and refreshments throughout the event. Special features will be a Pig Roast, Pancake Breakfast, Vintage Show, Kids Games, Raffles and Live Music by Strange Cru from 4 pm to 8 pm. For More Information Contact: Mercer Chamber of Commerce Phone: (715) 476-2389 Website: www.mercercc.com .................................................................................

FEBRUARY

Chili Golf Open 2/02 Harbor View Pub & Eatery. 9am-4pm. Golf the 9-hole par 3 course with plowed fairways and greens, or enter a chili cook-off at this 17th annual fundraiser for Flambeau Hospice. Cash prizes for golfing; special prizes for most outrageously dressed golfers. The registration fee includes 9 holes of golf, a bowl of chili to warm you up after golfing, and other goodies. Continuous registration from 9am. Golfers can begin as soon as they are registered. Last registration time is 2 pm. Specific tee times are available. "Golf" balls are provided; golfers may bring their own clubs (only one club per golfer) or borrow clubs available on site. Corporate challenge


Find out what’s happening. SPECIAL EVENTS for teams sponsored by businesses with a trophy going to the winning team; trophy to be passed on each year. Chili cook-off for restaurants & individuals of all ages is also part of event; pre-register to donate a crock pot of chili to be judged! Call for more information. Sponsored by Flambeau Home Health & Hospice. For More Information Contact: Harbor View Pub & Eatery at Phone: (715) 339-4371

Ride with the Champs 02/16 Sat. St. Germain. Whitetail Inn. Presented by the Modine HotDawg Garage Heaters. Celebrating their 35th Year! There are six rides to choose from: A late model or Vintage Challenge which runs to Lake Gogebic in the UP for lunch at Fishtales. The Swamp Challenge and Yamaha 100 heading to the Tomahawk area with lunch hosted by Moran’s Landing. The Eagle River Track Ride with lunch at Boondocks and NEW this year the Arctic 101 heading to the Hazelhust area with lunch at Mama’s for the Snowmobile Club, Forest Riders. Hall of Fame Dinner (starting at 6:30 p.m.) followed by the Hall of Fame Induction. For More Information Contact: Snowmobile Hall of Fame Phone: (715) 542-4463 E-mail: info@snowmobilehalloffame.com Website: www.snowmobilehalloffame.com Pelican Lake Ice Fishing Derby 02/23 Sat. Pelican Lake. Held at Gerrits Lakeview. Fishing is from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cash and merchandise prizes for adults and children in designated fish categories will be awarded at 5:30 p.m. Raffles, hot food and

beverages will be available all day at Dockside Pub. Bring the entire family for a fun day of ice fishing! For More Information Contact: Pelican Lake Chamber of Commerce Phone: (715) 487-5222 E-mail: pelicanlakecc@frontiernet.net Website: www.pelicanlakewi.org ..................................................................................

MARCH

Taste of Tomahawk 03/16 Sat. Inshalla Banquet Hall. On Saturday, March 16, 2019, local area restaurants will amaze you with their delicious northwoods food and desserts. A microwbrew and wine tasting festival that includes cuisine from local restaurants, treats from our local cheese shop and much more. This year’s event will be located at Inshalla Country Club. It is sponsored by the Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce. The taste event runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and advance tickets may be purchased at the Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce. Tickets also available at the door. For More Information Contact: Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce Phone: (715) 453-5334 • (800) 569-2160 E-mail: chamber@gototomahawk.com Website: www.gototomahawk.com

Hodag Home & Lifestyle Show 03/23 Sat. Rhinelander High School. From construction companies, to plumbing and heating, to financial services and more businesses in the Northwoods will gather for a weekend that will help you line up all you need for your spring and summer projects! Registration information for businesses will be available in December. The Hodag Home Show will be held

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at Rhinelander High School from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and 10am to 3pm on Sunday. For More Information Contact: Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce Phone: (715) 365-7464 E-mail: info@rhinelanderchamber.com Website: www.explorerhinelander.com ..................................................................................

APRIL

WJJQ Radio Home Sport & Travel Show 04/06-7 Sat.-Sun. Tomahawk. Area School Complex. Health expo, crafts, products, services, door prizes and food. Outdoor display of new cars, boats and RVs. Free admission. Sat. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For More Information Contact: Albert Broadcasting/WJJQ Radio Phone: (715) 453-4482 Website: www.wjjq.com .................................................................................

MAY

Spring Fling & Art Walk 05/10-11 Fri. & Sat. Downtown Tomahawk. Downtown stores will host local artists with traditional art with everything from paintings and photography to homemade musky lures, soaps, basketry and much more. For More Information Contact: Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce Phone: (715) 453-5334 • (800) 569-2160 E-mail: chamber@gototomahawk.com Website: www.gototomahawk.com

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RECREATION & TRAILS "To ariate the beauty  a snowflake it is nary to stand out in the cold." NORTHWEST

Tuscobia Snowmobile Trail

This 74-mile trail on a former rail corridor is one of the longest rail trails in the state, running from Park Falls to the Wild Rivers State Trail just north of Rice Lake. The trail passes through part of the Flambeau River State Forest and the rugged wilderness of Wisconsin's Blue Hills. The trail connects seven small communities in Barron, Washburn, Sawyer and Price counties, each providing yearround accommodations and services.

Timm’s Hill Trail

This a 10 mile non-motorized trail connecting the Ice Age Trail to Timm's Hill, elevation 1951.5 feet, Wisconsin's highest natural point. The trail is groomed for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing and marked with blazes on the trees and arrows. Skis or snowshoes are required on the groomed trail. Except for the Timm's Hill County Park, the entire trail is on private property. The landowners have graciously allowed the trail to cross their property, so it's very important that all trail users respect the trail and the property it crosses. Stay on the marked trail. The trail is located in northeastern Taylor and southeastern Price Counties. Parking is available at numerous locations.

NORTHEAST

BoBoen Snowmobile Trail

Gateway to Wisconsin Northwoods Snowmobile Trails; from which you can ride to destinations throughout Vilas County such as Boulder Junction, Presque Isle, Winchester, Manitowish Waters, Land O' Lakes, Conover and Phelps; destinations throughout Oneida County such as Hazelhurst, Sugar Camp, Three Lakes, Harshaw, Woodburo, Rhinelander, Monico and Pelican Lake; and destinations in Iron County such as Hurley and Mercer. BoBoen trails connect with Eagle River, Lake Tomahawk, Minocqua, Woodruff, Arbor Vitae, St. Germain, Sayner & Star Lake.

Hiawatha-Bearskin State Park Trail

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Shimmering lakes and Wisconsin's beautiful Northwoods wilderness await you on the Bearskin State Park Trail and Hiawatha Trail. The two trails are now finally connected! Together they provide a splendid journey along an old Milwaukee Roadrail corridor that hauled white pine to the Midwest and later carried a passenger train named the "Hiawatha." The trail goes from Tomahawk to Heafford Junction along a smooth crushed gravel rail bed. As you go from the trailhead in Tomahawk at Sara Park on Somo Ave., going North, you'll cross over the Wisconsin River on a 544' low trestle which gives you expansive views of this mighty river. The tall pines along this trail makes it very scenic, and a feeling of being close to nature. The trail also passes between Lake Mohawksin and Clear lake giving some great views of these two inland lakes, and the small cottages nestled along their banks. Sections of the trail run parallel to and crosses Hwy. 51 and a few county roads, a number of times, making it necessary to watch for cross traffic.

Hodag Sno-Trails

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Rhinelander's original snowmobile club, has built and maintains over 140 miles of scenic, adventurous trails. The Hodags own and operate 3 pieces of grooming equipment: two tracked vehicles (Husky and Bombardier) and 1 Fendt 4wheel drive tractor. Our Trail Boss Drags put the finishing touch on our beautiful trails. The trails link Rhinelander, the "hub" of snowmobiling, with the following areas: Tomahawk, Lake Tomahawk, Minocqua, St. Germain, Eagle River, Three Lakes, Sugar Camp, Monico, Crandon, Pelican Lake, and Antigo.

Northwoods Passage Snowmobile Club Trails

The Northwoods Passage Snowmobile Club grooms trails from Rhinelander, West to Tomahawk, North to Minocqua, and South to the Gleason trails. The trails are well groomed and weather permitting, in peak condition throughout the winter riding season. Many businesses are located directly on the trail which offer easy access to restaurants, gas, convenience stations and ever popular recreational snowmobile rental, sales and service spots. Travel by snowmobile is great!

Underdown Recreation Area Trail System

Located in the Underdown Wildlife Area, a 8260 acre managed forest land of Pine, Aspen and Northern Hardwoods, containing numerous small lakes. The area is designated as a multi-use recreation area and contains trails for Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, Snowmobile, and (winter only) ATV trails. The Cross-Country Ski area consists of approximately 33 KM of one way marked trails, which traverse some 4600 acres of Lincoln County Forest. The Ski trail consists of three loops. The "Blue Trail" is a 20 KM loop which circles the perimeter of the Ski area. The "Red Trail" is a 12 KM loop. The "Green Trail" is about 5KM loop. Most winters the Loop Road is groomed from point 6 to point 38 for "Skate Skiing". The Snowmobile trail skirts the south and eastern perimeter of the Underdown Wildlife Area.

CENTRAL

Nine Mile Forest

The ski trails that wind through the Nine Mile Forest in Wausau are absolutely fantastic. Trails are identified by signs, letting you know which ones are more difficult. Nine Mile Forest is popular with local skiers, but also attracts many new visitors each year. The trails are used for the cross-country races of the Badger State Games each February. These races are among the most heavily attended events in the annual winter sporting events. All trails are groomed frequently with single tracked and skate lanes. Cover the entire 4.1 mile loop and you will be well on your way to becoming an expert.

Sylvan Hill Park

This is a popular Wausau trail featuring 3 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails adjacent to the park chalet and tubing hill portion of the park. Sylvan Hill Park is the longest tubing hill in the state at 1,200 ft. It offers six runs for a great ride down and two tow lines to pull you back up. The chalet offers a fireplace, open spacious area and restrooms downstairs with flush toilets.

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Host An Outdoor Winter Party

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Why not host an incredible outdoor winter party for something different? And you thought your outdoor entertaining days were on ice until spring. Not so. You can have a great winter party – no matter where you live. Sure, it’s easier in the south, but think ice castles and twinkly lights on freshly fallen snow. You can make it an ice skating party or a tobogganing party. Light a big bonfire for people to warm up at – and provide blankets and benches. Lots of opportunity for hot chocolate, toasted marshmallows (with our without Baileys Irish Cream), hot toddies, warm spiced apple cider. A new snowfall can be magical and it can create a magical winter wonderland in your yard or on your deck. White is the theme of the day with a winter party – and snow is your backdrop. Candles and white lights go a long way to making your backyard an elegant stage.

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Take it outside: This winter, take the party outside! Bundle up. Build a crackling bonfire. Play winter games. Serve warm-you-up foods. And let the beauty of a snow-kissed landscape take center stage. That's the philosophy of the many who live in Wisconsin and gather on thier snow-coated land on special occasions. Dress warm, close in on the roaring fire and realize that you are truly hardier than you thought.

Circle around the fire: A bonfire provides the focal point for a snow-day party. Blanket-topped hay bales surround the flames and provide easy seats. Recycled-sweater koozies protect fingers from cold drinks. When the temperature drops party guests stay toasty by the fire, which blazes until people leave around midnight. No one minds when the sun sets and temperatures drop. In fact, it feels as if the party is just getting started. Hotdogs appear from the house to roast over the steady fire. Enamelware coffee cups are refilled with hot drinks. Chatter and laughter continue late into the night. Serve foods hot: Like a multicourse dinner, foods come out one-by-one: zesty chicken chili cooked in an iron kettle over the fire, loaded slider-style hamburgers, creamy beer-cheese fondue with chunks of crusty bread and sweet apple slices. Make fun finger food: Hamburger Steak Sliders, cooked inside the house and carried to the party, are easy finger food. Keep hamburgers warm on a pizza stone. Fondue

over the fire: Warm up outdoor parties with a bubbling pot of fondue. Have beer-cheese fondue simmering on top of a large iron griddle. You could also make some favorite hot-drink recipes. Simple cold drinks work too! Why bother with ice? Freezing temps keep bottled beverages cold. For a festive display, serve drinks in a partitioned vintage box and metal pail, cushioned with soft snow. Easy snacks: Paper-wrapped cups hold pretzel sticks -- a quick midparty snack. Hotdogs on a stick work well. Or mason jars filled with layers of granola, m&m’s and peanuts. Tins can hold graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolates. Have skewers with containers of treats to dip into fondue pot.

Double-duty decor: Vintage snowshoes, wooden skis, toboggans and sleds accent the party area as decor -- and double as activities. Serve hot foods in style grouped on a tray, vintage plaid insulated bottles offer steaming soups and drinks. A guest decides which coat to snag from a shovel "coat hook." Shovels, anchored in 3-foot-high drifts, act as holders offering tartan wool coats and nubby blankets. Vintage bushel baskets store fleece scarves, mittens and hats for those who need extra layers. Make heavy-duty luminarias, made from snow-filled metal pails and candleholders which can outline a path during the day -- and light it at dusk. Or hang jar lanterns crafted from mason jars and wire are lit as the sun sets.

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AREA SNAPSHOT

Favorite vacation destinations at a glance.

Mercer

“Loon Capital of the World!� ..................................................................

Come play in Wisconsin's Favorite Outdoor Playground and enjoy life in the outdoors. Come spend time with family and old friends, and even make some new ones!

From the frozen backwoods waters of the Turtle Flambeau Flowage or one of the other 214 lakes, you are sure to find a top notch ice fishing adventure. Mercer also has plenty of other winter outdoor activities such as snowmobiling, ATV/UTVing, snowshoeing, skiing, hunting, bird and wildlife watching all within our 378,000 acres of public forestland.

Mercer offers a variety of accommodation options, fantastic dining and watering holes, plenty of places to shop for amenities and gifts, and a wide variety of services for your convenience. It won't be long before you consider Mercer as your place to come "home" to.

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Nordic Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing & Hiking Trails: MECCA is a non-motorized multi-use trail system. In winter, the trails are groomed for classical and skate skiing, as well as foot trails for snow shoeing. The terrain is suited for both beginners and advanced skiers and there is a cozy log cabin shelter and privy. Watch for the annual moonlight ski in January. Wildlife watching is an added amenity to the beautiful The MECCA trail system can be accessed at either of two trail heads.

Snowmobiling: Snow blanketed forests filled with the sights and sounds of the Wisconsin North Woods is what allures many Snowmobilers to Mercer Wisconsin. Trails of interest are numerous and filled with wonderful scenery. Mercer is an excellent choice to spend a week or weekend exploring all this area has to offer. This is also the destination of choice for many snowmobile riders wishing to enjoy a delicious meal at one of our many fine eaterys, or rest after a long day on the trails in one of many comfortable lodging accommodations.

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PHILLIPS

“The Northwoods is Our Backyard� ..................................................................

Experience the unspoiled beauty of the Northwoods.... sparkling lakes, sprawling national forests, towering pines and birch trees... from welcoming resorts and hotels, friendly restaurants and taverns, wonderful shops, local businesses to a variety of services available to homeowners, you will find everything you need for your visit, and a lot more! Whether it's a day ice fishing on one of our lakes or riding the snowmobiling trails, an evening dining out, this is the Northwoods experience you've been looking for. Area businesses owners are dedicated to taking care of your lodging, dining, shopping and service needs.

The Phillips area boasts a chain of lakes (Elk, Duroy, Long and Wilson) that winds through town, plus several other large lakes (Musser, Solberg and Soo) nearby for ice fishing.

Other recreational opportunities include 550 miles of superb snowmobile trails, breathtaking snowshoe and cross-country skiing trail systems and picturesque back roads to enjoy on a carefree day. Hunt, hike or ATV in over 857,000 acres of public lands including the Chequamegon National Forest, or the 90,000-acre Flambeau River State Forest. Nobody ever gets bored here!

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PHILLIPS AREA SNAPSHOT Favorite vacation destinations at a glance.

Get Freezin' For A Reason Polar Bear Plunge!

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019 You are invited to participate in the coolest fundraiser ever! Plunge into the icy cold waters of Long Lake. The 2019 event will benefit local ATV and snowmobile clubs! Chance to win a $200 cash prize for the most pledges money by a group, $200 cash prize for the most pledge money by an individual; and $200 cash prize to the best dressed person or group. Submit a minimum of $35 in pledges to take the plunge; all jumpers receive a Plunge Tshirt. The event will run from10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Registration begins at 10 a.m.; plunge begins at 1 p.m. on Long Lake. Big bonfire on the beach, lots of fun, raffles (40" TV, 50/50 raffle & more), plus door prizes will be at Harbor View Pub & Eatery on Long Lake, 1094 N. Lake Avenue (Highway 13 N.) in Phillips. For More Information Contact: 715-339-2626

Musser Lake Association Ice Fishing Contest

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January 19, 2019 at the Musser Lake Boat Landing. Fishing 6am-3pm; awards & prizes at 4pm. Ice fishing contest, plus raffle and paddle-wheel contests, hot food & beverages throughout the day in the heated/carpeted tent on Musser Lake. All participants must be registered and a $10 entry fee paid by 9am. Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st & 2nd longest Northern, Walleye, Crappie, Blue Gill and Perch. 100% pay-out. All fish must be presented for judging by 3:30pm. Trophies, cash prizes and raffle prizes will be awarded at 4pm. There will also be a youth fishing contest for kids age 12 & under; no entry fee, trophies & prizes awarded for the longest fish in each category mentioned above. All proceeds go to the Musser Lake Association to improve & preserve Musser Lake. For more information call 715-339-6433.

Chili Golf Open

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Feb 2, 2019. 9am-4pm. Golf the 9-hole par 3 course with plowed fairways and greens, or enter a chili cook-off at this 17th annual fundraiser for Flambeau Hospice. Cash prizes for golfing; special prizes for most outrageously dressed golfers. The registration fee includes 9 holes of golf, a bowl of chili to warm you up after golfing, and other goodies. Continuous registration from 9am. Golfers can begin as soon as they are registered. Last registration time is 2 pm. Specific tee times are available. "Golf" balls are provided; golfers may bring their own clubs (only one club per golfer) or borrow clubs available on site. Corporate challenge for teams sponsored by businesses with a trophy going to the winning team; trophy to be passed on each year. Chili cook-off for restaurants & individuals of all ages is also part of event; pre-register to donate a crock pot of chili to be judged! Call for more information. Sponsored by Flambeau Home Health & Hospice. For More Information Contact: Harbor View Pub & Eatery at 1094 N Lake Ave - Phillips, WI 54555 715-339-4371 or call them at 715-339-2626.

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Favorite vacation destinations at a glance. EAGLE RIVER AREA SNAPSHOT

Eagle River Dinner Destination is “Where Good Friends Meet” ....................................................................

Nestled in the American Legion Forest, where you can enjoy a casual meal in a true Northwoods atmosphere, Bucktale Inn is bound to be your dinner destination away from city congestion. Whether you’re longing for a full meal, ribs, sandwich, haystack onion rings or perhaps a fabulous old-fashioned, Bucktale Inn has something for any appetite. Friday Fintastic Fish and more menu featuring cod, shrimp, walleye, perch and more with real homemade potato pancakes. Saturday full menu plus German fare, Beef Rouladen, Pork Schnitzel, pan-fried veal and red cabbage and spaetzels. Winter Hours – Thursday, Friday and Saturday Open @ 4pm Serving @4:30 Fishing and hunting tales appreciated. Share yours here. Even a little tale is better than no tale at all.

Favorite vacation destinations at a glance. LAND O’ LAKES AREA SNAPSHOT

LAND O’ LAKES–Fun Activities at Gateway Lodge

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Breakfast With Santa: Sat, Nov. 24, 8 AM, Sun, Nov 25, 11 AM Come for breakfast and enjoy a visit with Santa.Reservations required. Gifts for the children. Bring your camera for a special picture of your child with Santa. Live reindeer.

New Year’s Eve Party, Sat, Dec. 31 • 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Celebrate the New Year at the Gateway Lodge, 5pm to 9pm with a special dinner menu. Music by Borderline beginning at 10pm.

Or, simply enjoy the Gateway's warm comfortable atmosphere, reminiscent of a time gone by. The lobby features plenty of Northwoods nostalgia, with its massive hand-built fireplace, hand-hewn log construction and impressive animal mounts. This beautiful landmark resort has been hosting generations of vacationers from all over the world.

The Gateway Lodge offers customized and renovated suites and studios, an indoor pool, a steaming hot tub and a redwood sauna, the historic lodge is both a peaceful sanctuary and a convenient gateway to the vast number of area recreational opportunities. From trap shooting and golfing to waterfall chasing, skiing and shopping, it's all within reach.

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MANITOWISH WATERS

“An Original Up North Experience” .................................................................. Whether you are here for work, vacation or just passing through, our four season destination will provide you with an Original “Up North” Experience. Plan a day trip to shop, dine, and play. Extend your stay for adventure, relaxation, romance, business or pleasure. Either way, we know you’ll enjoy your time in beautiful Manitowish Waters. The Manitowish Waters area is the ideal spot to “get away

from it all.” Located in Northwestern Vilas County in Wisconsin’s Northwoods, Manitowish Waters is known for its quiet, less stressful surroundings perfect for a family vacation, reunion, romantic getaway, hunting or fishing excursion, or leisure day trip. With a year ’round population of roughly 700, Manitowish Waters sees quite an increase throughout the seasons from a combination of seasonal residents, second home owners and vacationers. For more information contact the Manitowish Waters Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 251, Manitowish Waters, WI 54545. Located in the Community Center at 4 Airport Road. For more information Phone: (715) 543-8488 or call Toll Free: (888) 626-9877, www.manitowishwaters.org

Exciting Turtle River Pursuit Race in February

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The Turtle River Pursuit skiing competition is a two day race, combining classic (diagonal stride) and skating (freestyle) techniques . The classic race will be at the MECCA Trails in Mercer on Saturday, February 9, and the skate ski race is at the WinMan Trails in Manitowish Waters on Sunday, February 10. The Pursuit will include individual skiers who ski both disciplines and two person teams. Saturday results determine the Sunday start times. The fastest skier on Saturday is the first out of the starting gate on Sunday. The first skier across the finish line on Sunday wins the two day race. MECCA and WinMan Ski Trails are among the best cross country trails in the upper Midwest. The trail systems enjoy the combination of skiing through

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the rolling terrain through northern pine and hardwood forests and great natural snowfall. To register or learn more visit our website online at www.turtleriverpursuit.com or contact us: info@turtleriverpursuit.com Friday, February 8th: 5pm – 9pm: Skier Packet Pickup and Welcome Reception, location TBD Saturday, February 9th: 9am – 10:30am: Day of Registration and Packet Pickup at MECCA Chalet, 11am – 2pm: 11K Classic Ski Race Sunday, February 10th: 7:30am – 8:30am: Packet Pickup at WinMan Chalet, 9am – 12pm: 11K Skate Ski Race, 12pm – 1:30pm: Awards Ceremony and Post-Race Meal

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MERRILL

“Just Park It In Merrill, City of Parks” ..................................................................

A bit of old fashioned small town charm describes our Merrill Community: population 10,146 located in North Central Wisconsin in Lincoln County. Mother Natures own bit of place perfection. The four seasons are fully appreciated and offers not only outstanding beauty, but abundant outdoor opportunities. Clean air and water and the natural environment makes Merrill a wonderful place to call home. When visiting Merrill, you will experience a friendly, small

town charm that will beckon you back again and again. With so much to offer it is easy to understand why Merrill has been dubbed a “Choice Destination” by the award winning television program Discover Wisconsin. Whether you are coming to Merrill for a visit or looking for a place to call “home,” stop by the Merrill Area Chamber of Commerce for a warm Northwood’s welcome. We are located at 705 North Center Avenue on the historic and scenic old Highway 51. Our information foyer is open 24-hours a day for your convenience. For more information feel free to call our toll-free number 1-877-907-2757 or visit us online at: www.merrillchamber.org

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Merrill Christmas Kick-Off Saturday, December 1, 2018

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The Christmas Parade Starts at 5 pm at the Genesee Street and and ends at the Courthouse where Santa will turn the Christmas lights on. He is going to check on Merrill to see who has been naughty or nice! The Christmas Parade has all lite floats.

Park Manor Luminaria After the parade head over to Bell Tower Residence - Assisi Hall for some music and refreshments from 6 to 8 pm. Take a ride

around the neighborhood which will be lit up by candles.

O'Tannenbaum Tour Tour runs from December 1st through 3rd, 2017. This festive event is in the St. Stephen's Church basement. Enjoy the feel of Christmas as you wander through the parade of Christmas trees, wreaths and baskets. Purchase raffle tickets and place them in the item that you would like to win. Money goes to the 4-H of Lincoln County.

Find Serenity On The Underdown Recreation Trail

.............................................................................................................................................. A 44,000-acre outdoor playground is located just North of Merrill. The Underdown Recreation Area is open to hikers, cross-country skiers and snowshoers in the winter.

There’s a new snowshoeing trail in the recreation area. It offers a good backcountry experience, with loops that can take as long as four hours. Snowshoers can explore a beautiful stretch of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, a 1,000-mile path that passes through Wisconsin. It cuts through the heart of the recreation area, through dense, forested land.

Cross-country skiing is a popular activity in the Underdown. There are more than 20 miles of trails with various loops to satisfy any skier. Trails are groomed every week during the snow season. The cross country ski area consists of 3, 7, and 11 mile loops of marked and groomed ski trails. Parking and restrooms are available on the recreation area’s north side.

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All Welcome to Merrill Winterfest & Sled Dog Races

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Merrill Winterfest runs Friday through Sunday and will include skating, volleyball tournament and cardboard sled races plus exciting Sled Dog Races! For more information, stop by the Merrill Chamber or visit www.ci.merrill.wi.us.

Sled dog races will highlight the fun. The International Sled Dog Racing Association-sanctioned races, sponsored by the Wisconsin Trailblazers Sled Dog Club, will begin on Saturday,

Exciting Merrill Ice Drags on Lake Alexander .......................................................................

January 26th, at 10 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Sunday, January 27th at Pine River School for Young Learners, W4165 Highway 64. ISDRA-sanctioned races with cash purse and trophies for the top six places. More than 100 mushers compete during the weekend event. Skijoring, kiddie and celebrity races too. Admission is free. For more information, visit them online at www.witrailblazers.org.

Head to Merrill this winter to watch spectacular Drag Racing on a 1/8th mile track for automobiles on ice in Jan-Feb. The Merrill Ice Drags were founded in 1965 so local men and women could continue to have automobile-type drag racing fun all during the winter months. In 1970 the sport became more competitive and well known. 5 decades later record spectator attendance continue to make this event a success each year!

Races are held annually on Saturdays between January and February on Lake Alexander in the Beautiful Council Grounds State Park. Pre-registration is accepted. Registration runs from 8:30am-10:30am. The Tech line closes at 11:00am with a Drivers Meeting at 11:30am and Racing beginning at Noon. No pets or alcohol are allowed in the pits.

Trophy and Money classes are run and awarded daily. Championship trophies and Championship pay-outs are awarded at the Awards Banquet following the final race.

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Merrill Ice Draggers Inc merchandise is available at every race and upon request in the off season. Special requests are always accepted and considered. Check our website for complete information: www.merrilicedrags.com

All Welcome! Admission is FREE! Registration begins at 9am, with races beginning at noon.

RACE DATES FOR 2019

Sat. Jan. 19-Test & Tune Day Sat. Jan. 26-Race Day- "Merrill Winterfest" Sat. Feb. 2-Race Day -"Mayor's Choice Award" Sat. Feb.9-Race Day- "MID Memorial " Sat. Feb. 16-Race Day-"Championship" Sat. Feb. 23-Bracket Race Sat. Mar. 2-Banquet/Raffle-Championship Awards Banquet RoadKill & 1320video came in 2018 & may return!!!

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MINOCQUA

“Natures original water park” ..................................................................

Welcome to the Minocqua area known as Nature's Original Water Park because of it's location in the middle of Northern Wisconsin's vast Lake Country. Here there are thousands of lakes, rivers and streams that literally saturate the nice geography. Vacationers have long been visiting the Minocqua Area to enjoy all this water by ice fishing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and so much more!

Ice Fishing

If you enjoy fishing, don't let the snow and ice slow you down. Ice fishing in the Minocqua area is a great way of enjoying the outdoors during the winter months. Whether you take pleasure in the solitude of being out on a frozen lake, the challenge of the sport, or the friendship and good times found in an ice shanty town with your friends and family, ice fishing is an activity for everyone. You must carry your license with you when you're fishing, summer or winter. Be sure to get a copy of the current Wisconsin Fishing Regulations to find out about restrictions, special regulations, new changes and general statewide regulations. Ice fishing in the Minocqua area is also a great way to have an outdoor adventure with your children and to create memories that will last a lifetime. Remember to dress accordingly and bring plenty of hot chocolate. In Minocqua, the ice fishing possibilities are endless so bundle up, grab some bait and have fun.

Ice Skating

Make family memories teaching the little ones to skate for the first time or glide around hand in hand on a chilly date night. Ice skating around a rink or frozen pond is a Northwoods winter must-do activity. Torpy Park, in downtown

Minocqua is great outdoor public ice rink. Restrooms are available, as well as picnic tables and a warming house. Brandy Park is an outdoor public ice rink just off Hwy 51 North on Lemma Creek Road. The Woodruff Town Hall rink is a perfect opportunity for your family to skate, and watch the fireworks on New Year’s Eve.

Snowmobiling

Thanks to the hard work of our area snowmobile clubs and volunteers, an extensive network of professionally groomed trails — more than 1600 miles — are maintained in the Minocqua area. These trails traverse a magnificent natural environment that includes 1,300 glacial lakes and 233,000 acres of public forest land. This, combined with our 65-inch annual average snowfall, makes for some of the Midwest's best sledding. Area snowmobile trail maps are available at the chamber office or can be mailed to you upon your request.

Area Snowmobile Clubs

Cross Country Cruisers Snowmobile Club P.O. Box 733 • Woodruff, WI 54568 Maintaining 135 miles of scenic and well-groomed trails throughout the Arbor Vitae, Woodruff and Minocqua area. Memberships are $30 for families.

Minocqua Forest Riders Snowmobile Club P.O. Box 1161 • Minocqua, WI 54548 Come ride away from the crowds on 190 miles of Bombadier groomed trails, extending to the Willow Flowage and Price County. Food and gas are available throughout the trail system.

New Tom Sno-Fleas Snowmobile Club P.O. Box 45 • Lake Tomahawk, WI 54539 Maintaining extensive snowmobile trails south of Minocqua. Lake Tomahawk is the center for going north, south, east or west. We are known for keeping our trails in great condition.

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Spend The Day at Minocqua Winter Park

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Winter with a kick! Over 100 kilometers of cross country ski and showshoe trails, snow tubing and sledding and ice pond. Day lodge with ski shop and café.

Minocqua Winter Park is a community of winter sports enthusiasts that runs a multi-sport park which creates opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to experience unforgettable winter fun.

Minocqua Winter Park is one of the most popular Nordic Center’s in the Midwest. 80+ kilometers (about 50 miles) of trails are impeccably groomed by an experienced staff using state of the art equipment including a new Pisten Bully groomer! 10,000 visitors come to the park each season to cross-country ski, and snowshoe amid the solitude and beauty of 6,500 acres of wilderness area. Right outside the

heated Chalet is the 600ft., lift assisted, Squirrel Hill Snow Tubing Runs and our new and improved ice skating pond making Winter Park a true winter park! MWP’s edge on the competition is its center on the family, a professional staff and most importantly, it’s superior grooming. The Park still relies on a solid base of volunteers, a foundation laid back in the 1950’s by a circle of adventurous friends. PARK INFORMATION: Minocqua Winter Park 7543 Squirrel Hill Rd • Minocqua, WI 54548 Open 9-5 Daily During Winter Season

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MINOCQUA AREA SNAPSHOT Favorite vacation destinations at a glance.

WELCOME TO THE WATERS It’s close proximity to downtown Minocqua makes it perfect for a quick, easy and affordable getaway. With indoor-outdoor pools, slides and a kiddie play area, our year round fun waterpark is the largest in the Northwoods and complimentary for all hotel guests. Other perks of our resort include The Waters Pub & Grill, Redemption Arcade, complimentary continental breakfast and Wi-Fi throughout the resort. We have excellent meeting facilities for all occasions.The Waters Coffee Shop proudly serves Starbucks Coffee. The Waters is situated near boating, fishing, golfing, shopping, snowmobile, hike & bike trails plus much more!

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ACCOMMODATIONS Whether you are traveling on a family getaway or on a business trip, our spacious rooms and suites offer affordable accommodations with a host of modern amenities. Beautiful Northwoods decor like handcrafted log furniture throughout our guestrooms capture the spirit and style of the north. Guests can choose from a range of room types from loft fireplace suites to our whirlpool suites that all come with a private balcony or deck. Pet-friendly rooms are also available. New Plush Top Beds, Bedding and LCD TV’s in all rooms. Waterpark passes are included with your stay.


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AMENITIES INCLUDED IN ALL ROOMS: Complimentary Wi-Fi • Plush Top Beds • Charming Rustic Style • LCD TVs • Refrigerator • Coffee Maker • Microwave • Private Balcony or Deck Hairdryer • Ironing Board & Iron • Voice Mail Service • Premium Cable Channels

THE WATERS ARCADE & REDEMPTION CENTER With over 40 games to choose from, you're sure to have fun in our arcade. Exchange tickets for prizes at our redemption center. NEW - Paint It Pottery is now open daily next to the Arcade. THE WATERS GIFT & COFFEE SHOP The Waters Gift Shop is located right off the lobby and features northwoods gifts, unique homemade items, local artwork, jewelry, candles, clothing and much more. Whether you would like a remembrance of your visit, or something to decorate your home or cabin, you're sure to find it here! The Waters Coffee Shop proudly serves Starbucks Coffee. Choose from a Latte, Expresso, Frappuccino, Mocha and much more. THE WATERS PUB The Waters Pub offers a made-to-order pizza menu Monday & Tuesday nights, and a full-menu Wednesday through Saturday nights serving a delicious variety of burgers, made-to-order-pizza, appetizers & nightly specials. Eat-in or carry-out!

THE WATERS WATERPARK Bring the family to swim and slide in the only indoor waterpark of its kind in Northern Wisconsin. This 10,000-square foot attraction offers aquatic thrills, whatever the weather is outside. There's an indooroutdoor pool, hot tub, a kiddie play area, and two 3 -story body sides. Use of the indoor waterpark is free for hotel guests, and lockers are also available. Party packages are available for group birthday celebrations and social outings.

Daily Waterpark Admission Prices - When the slides are open are $15.00 per person over 48" tall and $5.00 per person under 48" tall. When the slides are not open the admission fee is a flat $5 per person. Swimmers under the age of 2 years old are free. NonSwimmers admission is $5.00 per person. All guests staying at our hotel will receive complimentary passes to the waterpark upon check in.

WEDDING VENUE, MEETINGS & BANQUETS Facilities can accommodate 20 to 400 people. Group rates, Birthday Party Packages, On-site dining and full bar, firepit and much more. Call for more info.

THE WATERS OF MINOCQUA 8116 US 51 South, Minocqua, WI 54548 Call: 877-992-8377 or Visit www.watersofminocqua.com

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41st Annual Ice Fishing Derby Join Us for the Pelican Lake

Saturday, February 23, 2019!

........................................................................................................... The Pelican Lake Ice Chamber of Commerce will be hosting an ice fishing derby on Pelican Lake Saturday, February 23rd. It will be held at Gerrits’ Lakeview Inn, 656 County Road G, Pelican Lake. Fishing is from 7:00 am until 4 pm. Cash and merchandise prizes for adults & children in designated fish categories will be awarded at 5 pm. Raffles, hot food & beverages will be available all day at Gerrits’ Lakeview Inn. $5 tickets are available for pre-purchase at all area businesses or on the day of the derby. There's no registration, just present a ticket stub when registering a fish. Bring out the entire family for a fun day of fishing!

Area Winter Events

Dec. 1, 2018–United Church of Christ Christmas Craft Fair, Elcho Community Pavilion, 9 AM. Food & Beverages Available.

Jan. 11, 2019–United Church of Christ Men’s Club Fish Fry, Elcho Community Pavilion, 5 PM.

Feb. 8, 2019–United Church of Christ Men’s Club Fish Fry, Elcho Community Pavilion, 5 PM.

Feb. 16, 2019–Post Lake Improvement Association Ice Fishing Jamboree, PLIA Building Feb. 23, 2019–Pelican Lake Ice Fishing Derby

March 2, 2019–United Church of Christ Men’s Club 21st Annual Pastor Jack’s Wild Game Feed, drawings on baskets & raffles. Elcho Community Pavilion, 4 PM.

March 2, 2019–Vintage Snowmobile Poker Run, Gerrits’ Lakeview Inn.

March 8, 2019–United Church of Christ Men’s Club Fish Fry,Elcho Community Pavilion, 5 PM.

March 16, 2019–Chili Cook-Off at Gerrits’ Lakeview Inn.

April 12, 2019–United Church of Christ Men’s Club Fish Fry, Elcho Community Pavilion, 5 PM.

April 24, 2019–United Church of Christ Men’s Club German Night, Elcho Community Pavilion, 5 PM.

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May 10, 2019–United Church of Christ Men’s Club Fish Fry, Elcho Community Pavilion, 5 PM.


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PELICAN LAKE AREA

“Serenity for those who deserve a relaxing vacation!” ..................................................................

The lakes are sure to be full of musky, walleye, northern and panfish to keep ice fishermen busy all day. Cross-country ski or snowshoe the large areas of the lake or enjoy a slow scenic tour of the beautiful winter area on your snowmobile. With so many trails surrounding Pelican Lake, you are guaranteed a great outdoor experience. Located east of Rhinelander. Ski & Snowmobile rentals nearby. Find abundant lodging, dining & area recreational attractions nearby. Come feel the charm Pelican Lake has to offer.

Cross-Country Skiing Moccasin Ski and Snowshoe Trail is a beautiful and challenging trail with over 6 miles of groomed tracks. Trail facilities include parking area, restrooms, fire pit, and warming hut. The trail weaves its course through ever changing scenery dominated by maples, then birch, pine and hemlock. Also oversees two river basins and has a great overlook of a vast black spruce swamp. Located 2 miles west of Elcho on Moccasin Lake Road, then south one-quarter mile on Bear Road. There are also 15 miles of groomed trails located at the Veteran’s Memorial Park just south of Summit Lake. Visit trails at: www.langladecounty.org

Snowmobiling Snowmobile on hundreds of miles of scenic, adventurous trails. The Hodag Sno-Trails include a Trail system which takes you to all corners of Oneida County and connects beyond. For trail information: www.hodagsnotrails.com The Elcho Sno Devils Club Trails reach far into Langlade County. All trails are connected for even more fun! For trail info visit www.langladecounty.org

Pelican Lake the route has access to Musky Mart gas & convenience station & from there you can go east towards Post Lake, Pickerel, Mole Lake onto the Forest County trail system. The area offers diverse & scenic glacial moraines, upland hardwoods, cedar swamps, small rivers & lakes with the terrain being slightly rolling to very hilly for both beginner & experienced riders. There are plenty of businesses to stop & relax at along the way & you'll find your welcome second to none. Most trails close December 1st, opening is in May dependent on the weather. Check with each county for details or get updates on the Pel-Cho Mudd Nutz Facebook page.

Casino & Bingo Mole Lake Casino Lodge is nearby and offers gaming, lodging, food, refreshments and entertainment year round. Visit www.molelake.com or call 1-800-236-9466.

ATV/UTV Hub of the North The recent opening of County Roads B, G, Q & all town roads surrounding Pelican Lake, Shingle Mill & Bass Lake Roads in the Oneida County Forest now give the avid ATV/UTV rider a perfect destination to come visit & enjoy! By using County Roads G & Q you have easy access west to both Oneida County & the Langlade County Forest Road, Parrish Highlands Trail System in Langlade County & also the Harrison Hills Trail System in Lincoln County. If you take County B on the southeast corner of

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RHINELANDER

“Home of the Hodag” .................................................................. Rhinelander has been rightfully voted as the ice fishing capital of the world. It is surrounded by 232 awesome lakes & 11 trout streams. When winter rolls around and the lakes freeze

over, it’s ice fishing time. Each winter, anglers catch trophysize walleye and northern pike from the vast amount of area lakes. Many families have been visiting Hodag Country for annual summer and winter fishing trips for several generations. It is here where you’ll find everything you need for a great ice fishing trip. For more detailed Rhinelander area information and accommodations, visit the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce at www.rhinelanderchamber.com

2018-2019 Winter Area Events

11/16-11/17 Downtown Rhinelander Holiday Open House 11/17 Show and Sell Craft Show

12/1 Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting

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2/9 Taste of Chocolate 2/9-2/10 Lions Fisheree and Winter Festival

3/23 Hodag Home & Lifestyle Show

4/20 Hops & Vines Beer and Wine Tasting


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Great Central WI Snowmobile Trails in Rhinelander

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The Rhinelander Area is the perfect hub for snowmobiling the Northwoods. More than 1,000 miles of trails run throughout Hodag Country and the surrounding area, and these trails link to thousands more miles of trails throughout northern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Throughout the win-

ter, the area’s excellent snowfall and consistently low temperatures help keep trails covered and in top condition. Local snowmobile clubs like the Hodag Sno-Trails groom regularly throughout the winter. Many restaurants and lodging properties have easy access to area trails.

Lion’s Club Fisheree & Winter Festival

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Feb 9, 2019 - Feb 10, 2019. 7am-3pm. This annual ice fishing tournament will once again include activities for the entire family! Fishing will be from 7am-3pm both days. Tons of great prizes, raffles and of course the famous paddle wheel will be held. Held at Hodag Park, Hodag Beach Dr - Rhinelander, WI 54501. For More Information contact 715-365-7464.

Hops & Vines, Wine & Beer Tasting in Rhinelander ......................................................................

Apr 20, 2019. 4-8pm. Join us for a night of spectacular beer and wine tasting from local breweries and wineries right here in WI. Enjoy a night out with friends or a significant other while discovering new beers and wines, new food and new entertainment! Must be at least 21 years of age to purchase tickets and attend event. Held at the Hodag Banquet Center, 1540 Pueblo Drive - Rhinelander, WI 54501. For more information please call 715-365-7464.

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ST. GERMAIN

“A great place to live, a great place to visit” ..................................................................

Since the late 1800s, the Northwoods has been a prized destination among all the finest top anglers & avid sportsmen. You'll find mile after mile of trails for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing & snowshoeing. And year-round, you'll find top-notch accommodations and friendly restaurants. In many ways, the winter months are the best time to explore St. Germain. Dozens of groomed cross-country trails and endless acres of wilderness make St. Germain a favorite with cross-country skiers and snowshoe enthusiasts. The woodlands take on an entirely different character in the wintertime, and a large selection of trails are available. Most of the area’s numerous

cross-country skiing trails serve as bicycle or hiking trails during warmer months—so don't forget to visit them again in the spring. St. Germain is ideally situated between the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest and the well known Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Some say the golden age of the Northwoods is a thing of the past, but we know it's still here. For an authentic Northwoods experience you're sure to remember, look no further than St. Germain. For more information and events contact the St. Germain Chamber 715-477-2205, E-mail: info@st-germain.com or visit their website at: www.st-germain.com

February 16, 2019 Annual Ride with the Champs

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For 2019 The Ride with the Champs will officially become a two day event conducting rides through the Northwood’s of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan while we honor the four latest Snowmobile Hall of Fame inductees.

You can start the day off Friday by joining one of our three poker runs each with it’s own format which will leave from the Hall of Fame at 9:00 AM. Following the poker run you’ll return to the HOF where you can grab an appetizer, Poker Run awards will be presented and you can check out the new addition that you made possible. The Hall of Fame will be closing at 5:00 PM so we can head over to the Whitetail Inn where we will meet at 5:30 PM to start the fish fry. The cost of the fish fry will be $35.00 which will include a fish/chicken dinner buffet followed by a presentation by Snowmobile phenom Levi Lavallee.

On Saturday there are six different rides to choose from. These rides will be divided into both vintage and late model groups, as well as by how far or at what pace you would like to ride. As a bonus you will be riding alongside some of the snowmobiling’s most legendary racers, engineers, tuners and pioneers.

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THERE’S SOMETHING HERE FOR EVERYONE! Your day begins at 7 AM at the Whitetail Inn with a buffet breakfast that will be followed by celebrity introductions and

a group photo. You will then hit the trail with your chosen riding group. At the halfway point you will break for lunch and a little bench racing before you finish your adventure through the Northwood’s. You will arrive back in St. Germain between 3-4 PM to prepare for the evening’s events. The festivities at the Whitetail Inn begin at 5 PM with an autograph session featuring snowmobile legends of the past, present and future. Following the autograph session there will be dinner, a live auction and our annual induction ceremony.

It’s a great way to get out and enjoy a winter’s day, support the Hall of Fame and have a great time applauding some of the legends who have made this sport so great!

Snowmobile Tour Rides There are SIX different rides to choose from. Whether you ride vintage or late model, want to travel local or are up for a CHALLENGE, you’ll have your choice of a great day’s ride.

NEW from last year is the EAGLE RIVER TRACK RIDE which is hosted by Don Amber. This is a shorter ride that will include a tour of the historic Eagle River Derby Track as well as touring the World Snowmobile Headquarters.

The VINTAGE CHALLENGE led by Joe Rainville is a 150 mile vintage ride to Lake Gogebic in the UP and is an all day adventure. Also riding to Lake Gogebic is the traditional late

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model group which is led by Bob Anderson. This ride travels at a brisk pace and meets the vintage group at FishTales for lunch. Another adventure is the SWAMP CHALLENGE led by Craig Marchbank. This is a 100 mile venture heading south to the Tomahawk area.

For the third year the YAMAHA 100 is led by Jon Bertolino. This ride runs the same trail as the Swamp Lake Challenge in reverse meeting for lunch. Both vintage and late model Yamaha’s are welcome to join this ride.

Saturday, February 16, 2019 • St. Germain, WI

NEW this year is the ARCTIC CAT 101. This ride will travel to the Hazelhurst area led by Cody and Tom Ryden. Lunch is at Mama’s to support the Forest Riders Snowmobile Club.

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Sunday May 26, 2019 • St. Germain Town Park

No where on earth is there a larger collection of historically significant snowmobiles. There are many championship sleds from the oval track, drag strip, cross-country, water cross, enduro and hill climbs. There are also historically significant prototypes, consumer machines, memorabilia, photographs, one-of-a-kind pieces and much more. The Snowmobile Hall of Fame museum is the place that history comes alive, legends are remembered, memories are made and a way of life is celebrated! MUSEUM HOURS Thursday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Saturday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Give us a call if you need to schedule an off hour tour.

Museum & Gift Shop Hours Thur-Fri 10AM to 5PM • Sat 10AM to 3PM

SNOWMOBILE HALL of FAME 1246 Sled World Blvd. St. Germain, WI 54558 info@snowmobilehalloffame.com

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TOMAHAWK

“Life the way it’s Meant to be” ..................................................................

Come as you are to Tomahawk and experience life the way it’s meant to be. Tomahawk is truly the gateway to the Northwoods, and the local folks are proud to share their community, surrounding lakes and woods with vacationers. Tomahawk offers many natural resources and welcomes the free spirited to take advantage of their abundant area rivers, lakes, and trails open and easily accessible by the public.

Many hunters migrate to Tomahawk in the fall for the big hunt. Tomahawk has numerous resorts and cabin rentals along with plenty of hotels and motels open through hunting and winter seasons. If your vacation plans include trying out the vast trail systems, then you have found the right place. Everything from ATVing, snowmobiling, cross-coun-

try skiing and snowshoeing are popular and you will certainly appreciate the well groomed trails. The Northwoods Passage Snowmobile Trail & Hiawatha State Trail runs through Tomahawk along with the Lincoln County Snowmobile & ATV Trails. Most lead right to accommodations front doors.

Perhaps you had some ice fishing in mind. The Tomahawk region is home to more than 15 lakes and flowages offering great recreational and ice fishing opportunities for walleye, musky, northern pike, bass and panfish. Local bait shops & guides keep visitors posted on the best spots to drill a hole. You will discover ice shanty’s scattered across the lakes and rivers as a good indication where the hot spots truly are. Make it a point to spend a weekend here to unwind and meet up with all the area has to offer. For more information visit the Tomahawk Area Chamber of Commerce online at www.gototomahawk.com

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NOVEMBER Annual Venison Feed, Christmas Wonderland DECEMBER Win The Window Contest Downtown JANUARY Annual Polar Bear Plunge FEBRUARY Alice in Winterland Ice Fishing Tournament, Somo Fish & Game Club Ice Fishing Jamboree MARCH Taste of Tomahawk APRIL WJJQ Radio Home Sport & Travel Show MAY Spring Swing Golf Outing, Spring Fling & Art Walk www.wisconsinweekender.com


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Annual Tomahawk Christmas Wonderland

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Bundle up the family and head to downtown Tomahawk Saturday, November 24, 2018 for the Annual Christmas Wonderland. The Tomahawk Regional Area Chamber of Commerce, with the help of the Rodeo Saloon & Tomahawk Police Department are excited to bring you this event aimed at reaching families and encouraging consumers to shop locally this holiday season. The event will include traditional Wonderland favorites with the added bonus of being held in the afternoon from 4 pm to 7 pm so that more business and

families with young children can participate. There will be great special in-store sales, events and promotions by businesses as part of Small Business Saturday.

There will also be a Matinee, family-friendly movie, Horse drawn wagon rides, Live events and entertainment and the children’s favorite, Santa's Grand Entrance escorted by the Tomahawk PD Families can visit Santa's Cabin until 7 p.m. Goody Bags, tree display plus free cookies and hot cocoa!

10th Annual Win The Window Prizes on Display

Shop Local Area Businesses & Submit Entry at Main Street Office to Win! ........................................................................................................................................

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Shop downtown Tomahawk starting Friday, November 16th through Wednesday, December 19 and qualify for a chance to Win the Window! Grand Prizes will be awarded this year including adult, child and family windows, and one cash prize window. While shopping downtown, stop by the Tomahawk Main Street office and downtown businesses to view prizes which will be on display in the windows! Entry forms and contest information will be at select participating businesses and the Main Street office. Simply circle which prize window you wish to win, comply with the contest rules, and submit your entry at Main Street office, Trigs Tomahawk, Bambinos or Shopko Hometown. The Tomahawk Main Street,office is located downtown at 223 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Tomahawk. Winners for prizes will be drawn on WJJQ radio on Thursday, December 21, 2017. For more information call (715) 453-1090 or visit their website: www.tomahawkmainstreet.org

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Resort Lake-Aire

On Beautiful Lake Nokomis

•King & Queen Beds•High Speed Internet • Kitchenettes• Lake Views • In Room Whirlpool • Microwaves • Continental Breakfast

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Pontoon Boats • Kayaks • Paddle Boards

Reservations: 715-453-5189 • 1-800-984-5400 E-mail: nokomis@lake-aire.com N11925 Cty Rd L • Tomahawk, WI 54487

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11th Annual Ice Fishing Tournament on Lake Nokomis ............................................................................................................................................................................. Make plans to join us for our 11th Annual Ice Fishing Tournament January12, 2019. Registration is from 7 AM to 9 AM, fishing starts at 8 AM and ends at 2 PM, Fishing awards and Bucket Raffles will be drawn at 2:30 PM. All Proceeds Support Military Members & Programs

Cost: Adults $15.00 - Children 9 yrs and younger $5.00. 1st thru 4th Place awards to follow: Longest Walleye, Pike, Crappie, Perch and Blue Gill. Alternate Location Due to Thin Ice Will Be At The Nokomis Town Hall For Door Prizes. Food and Beverages will be on site, plus door prizes and raffles all day.

We will provide a heated ice shack, drilled holes, minnows, and tip-ups for any Purple Heart Recipient. Must call for reservations no later than Jan 1, 2019for arrangements please call POC Dan Keck at 715-490-0531

Major Event Sponsors Include: GOLD ($700+) Louisiana Pacific, Rocky’s Roadhouse, Twin Bay Resort, Prairie Rapids Bar SILVER ($500-699) Town & Country, Peoples State Bank, WJJQ Radio, Amerigas, Keck Construction, McNaughton Correctional Facility BRONZE ($250-499) A1 Septic, Myre Electric, Ace Hardware, Touch of Gold, General Beverage Distribution, Bear Construction, Hodag Country Festival, Central Beer Distribution, IAM Local 1713, United Steel Workers Local 2-0248, Sew Pieceful Quliting

Driving directions from Tomahawk WI: Take HWY 51 to HWY 8 (West). Go 2.9 miles and turn right on CTY Road "L", go.3 miles and turn right on CTY Road "N", go1.3 miles on CTY Road N to boat landing on Lake Nokomis Just before Maday's Fish Trap Bar and Resort. Note: Ice Fishing Tournament signs will be posted a long CTY Road "N".

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Thank You for visiting beautiful Tomahawk!

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Taste of Tomahawk

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On Saturday, March 16, 2019, local area restaurants will amaze you with their delicious northwoods food and desserts. A microwbrew and wine tasting festival that includes cuisine from local restaurants, treats from our local cheese shop and much more. This year’s event will be located at Inshalla Country Club. It is sponsored by the Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce. The taste event runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and advance tickets may be purchased at the Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce. Tickets also available at the door.

Home Sport & Travel Show with Health Expo ......................................................................

WJJQ Radio Northwoods 92.5 hosts it’s 36th Annual Home Sport & Travel Show on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7, 2019held at the Tomahawk. Area School Complex. Visitors can view a Health expo, crafts, products, services, door prizes and food. There will also be an outdoor display of new cars, boats and RVs. Admission is free. Sat. Doors open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m on Sunday.

For More Information Contact: Albert Broadcasting/WJJQ Radio Phone: (715) 453-4482 • Website: www.wjjq.com

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Welcome To The Midwest’s #1 Family Ski Resort Destination

With 75 Runs, 4 Terrain Parks, and 3 High-Speed Lifts, it’s not surprising why Granite Peak is the Number 1 ski resort vacation destination in Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan. But that’s only the tip of the mountain. Toss-in a legendary ski school, a charming chalet village, night skiing, mogul runs, tree-skiing, family specials all season long including our popular Family Festival Weekends, and you’ve got the perfect blend of great skiing and wonderful entertainment. 

.............................................................................................................................................. Dropping temperatures heat up excitement First ski area in Midwest to implement for opening day at Granite Peak Ski Area electronic gate system Wausau, WI (October 25, 2018) - While Mother Nature has already dusted the ground with snowflakes this month, Granite Peak is firing up the snowguns to ready the slopes for the winter opener on Saturday, Nov. 17.

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Granite Peak staff is planning for another epic season after last year’s longest running season in history. “We were able to stay open until May last year and according to the highly accurate Farmer’s Almanac, above-normal precipitation is predicted again with a majority of the snow falling in January and February. Excitement is definitely building around here,” said Lisa Zilinsky, Marketing Director.

Skiers and riders can look forward to some changes at The Peak as they enter the gates. The new Axess key card system will allow returning guests to go right from the parking lot to the slopes as they pass through various access points to get on the lifts. The flap gates are equipped to recognize RFID (radio frequency identification) chips in key cards that guests simply keep in their pockets. No need for paper tickets or fumbling around to show them to lift operators. Axess will eliminate waiting lines to purchase tickets and decrease congested areas. It also lets season pass holders pay for their meals in the chalets with just a swipe of the pass. Single-day skiers can reload passes


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online at www.skigranitepeak.com and avoid a trip to the ticketing office upon returning.

“This will greatly improve our guest experience as they’ll be able to get to their destinations faster,” said Zilinsky. “It will also free our lift operators from having to repeatedly check for tickets and allow them to constantly focus on safety and customer service.”

Sundance Concert Series drums up live music and dancing on the weekends

Live music will be back by popular demand in the Sundance Chalet with a jam packed line up of big hair bands, country, R&B and pop music to heat up the dance floor. Many events are free to the public including a fantastic New Year’s Eve party. Check out

our website at www.skigranitepeak/events or follow Granite Peak Ski Area on Facebook for a list of events and updates.

“We’ve asked our guests to name their favorite bands and are thrilled to be having some of them back for more great times,” said Zilinsky. The Breakfast Club will kick off the Sundance Concert Series in December and back by popular demand with Horseshoes and Handgrenades lighting up the stage in March of 2019.

Brand new rental equipment

Rental equipment is all new this year as hundreds of boots, skis and poles have been upgraded and replaced with ample sizes of new Rossignal equipment.

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WAUSAU AREA

“The Best Town For Outdoor Activities� ................................................................

Located in the middle of north central Wisconsin, the Wausau area includes the communities of Wausau, Rib Mountain, Schofield, Rothschild, Mosinee, Kronenwetter and Weston. Surrounded by woods, lakes and hills, the Wausau area enjoys the fortunate combination of big-city amenities with the look and feel of the great Northwoods and small-town hospitality. Four seasons of fun outdoor recreation, a thriving arts community, many entertaining festivals and events, diverse shopping and dining are just

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some of the many things to discover in the Wausau area.

Visit us in Winter to see why we are the BEST place to play in the snow! Winter in the Wausau area is much like a snowcovered playground filled with all the very best activities and plenty of recreation options for everyone to enjoy. Downhill skiing and snowboarding, snowmobiling, crosscountry skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, curling, tubing and sledding, skating and more provide scores of winter options to make this our premier season! For the latest in snow conditions call our toll-free snow conditions hotline at 888-575-SNOW (7669).

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January 26, 2019 Family Fun at Wausau Winter Fest

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Located throughout downtown, our annual Winter Fest offers a day of free activities for the whole family. All Events are from 10am to 3pm unless noted. Snow Slide, Ice Carving, Curling, Ice Skating & Spudmobile The 400 Block Ice Skate Rentals - Shepard & Schaller $10 Mac-n-Cheese Tasting (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.)- Great Hall (cost is $5 per punch card) Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.)- The 400 Block Face Painting - Great Hall Sponsored by Rasmussen College Hot Chocolate - Great Hall, Yawkey Park, 400 Block Dog Weight Pulling Competition - The 400 Block Sponsored by Basic Dog and the Tri-State Alaskan Malamute Club Fat Tire Bike Demos - The 400 Block by Trek Bicycle Store Wausau Live Owls (12 p.m. - 3 p.m.)- CitySquare Office Center by REGI sponsored by Compass Properties/CitySquare Office Center The Neighbors' Place Iced Tee - The 400 Block hosted by The Neighbor's Place STEM Activities/Demos - hosted by the Wausau EGL Academy at the CitySquare Office Center. Story Time & Crafts - Marathon County Public Library Story Hour at 10:30am with arts & crafts from 11am-3pm Storyhour with Sonja & Cooper the Therapy Dog at Noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. - Janke Book Store Lower Level "Frozen" Crafts & STEM/Sensory Activities - Wausau Children's

Museum in the Mall (FREE Admission all day for Winter Fest) Crafts & Art Projects - CitySquare Office Center by the Marathon County Historical Society Model Magic Project - Center for the Visual Arts Beach Party - Wausau Center Mall, Featuring Music/Dancing, hula hooping, hopscotch, beachball races, and a chance to win (2) Front Row VIP Tickets to the Beach Boys Show at The Grand Theater in June. Cupcake Decorating (11 a.m. - 3 p.m.) - St Paul's United Church Of Christ Guild Hall - Downstairs (Use 5th Street Entrance) Make a Snowflake Craft and Donate a nonperishable food item for the local food pantry and be entered into a drawing to win a $10 lunch certificate!- La Prima (Also featuring food and drink specials including, $.50 off a $2.50 pastry!)

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WESTFIELD

“Where the Pioneer Spirit Lives On!� ..................................................................

Westfield, established in 1902, is a traditional, small town community population of 1230 in central Wisconsin. It is conveniently located, north on I-39 in Marquette County, between Madison and Stevens Point. This town evokes a quiet and comfortable charm and a rural quality of life while still being able to access quality entertainment, business and

industry. Westfield offers peaceful residential neighborhoods, quality schools (public and parochial), a variety of churches and recreational opportunity's. Westfield is a great place to live and work.

While traveling, stop by the local favorite, the Pioneer Family Restaurant on Hwy 51, off of exit 113. This is a great place that has a menu to suit all tastes with all the favorites for breakfast and lunch. Bring your appetite with because they have large portions and good fast service!

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When You Are Stuck Inside

It's

all too familiar during the winter. You are stuck inside, yet again, due to the latest snowstorm, bitterly cold polar vortex, or gloomy freezing rain. But it doesn't need to be an all-day drag when there are many fun activities at hand. Try any of these entertaining ideas, and note that catching up on extra work and doing chores are not on the fun list! You may need to skip this if you view organizing as a chore, but for many who get pure satisfaction after it's done, it's a rewarding task when you're not rushed. Pick a spot you have always wanted to organize, like the junk drawer, your jewelry drawer, or the laundry room closet, and go to town.

............................................................................................................................................ Home Fix-Ups or Redecorating A day off due to the weather can give you the opportunity to try that home improvement project you have been wanting to do, but could never find the time to get done. Just be sure you have all your materials and can safely do the task. Or just moving things around in your home can be fun and refreshing if you are into decorating. Try hanging your pictures in different places, rearranging your furniture, or dreaming up new ideas online.

Take a Luxurious Bath Get your bubble bath going and make it extra luxurious with nice music, candles, and perhaps a nice book or beverage. And, if you have kids, an extra fun daytime bath with plenty of toys and bubbles can be a fun change from the usual nightly routine.

Pajama, Popcorn and Movie Day Turn your day inside into the ultimate time to do nothing but relax. Get on your most comfortable pajamas, gather some cozy blankets, and round up reading materials or watch TV, all while you do some serious lounging. Sort of a given on any winter day, but pop up some popcorn and get comfy on the couch with your favorite movies.

Mail a Letter Spend some time writing a letter to someone special, which you can mail later on. Everyone loves to get a handwritten note, and it will be a nice surprise.

Scrapbooking Even if you've never scrapbooked before, now is a great time to make a book of the kids' art or your accomplishments, or a gift for a friend's special occasion.

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Create Something Get creative and make something with your hands. Crafts can be super simple, like paper crafting, to more skilled things like knitting, sewing, and jewelry making. Check out Joann's and Michaels for some great craft projects you can do at home based on skill level. Break out your knitting needles, woodworking gear, or model trains, and enjoy some time

working on your favorite hobby. Check out some suggestions for new indoor hobbies if you are in need of finding something entertaining.

Cook Up a Fancy Dinner and Bake Something Special Since there is time to actually enjoy cooking and eating a quality meal, why not make yourself or the family a delicious dinner? You can set the table with fancy dinnerware and make it like a restaurant for a change from the usual. Making good old chocolate chip cookies is an entertaining winter's day activity, as is making other delicious recipes like warm pies and fresh-baked bread. Or, try some easy winter treat recipes that the kids can help with, too.

Plan Your Summer Vacation What better time to get excited for your summer vacation than on a cold winter's day? Check out warm weather websites and magazines, and plan a future getaway with friends and family while you have the downtime.

Brain Teasers or a Good Read Games like Sudoku, crosswords, and word finds are great ways to relax and enjoy your time. Get cozy with a warm blanket and do some games from the newspaper, online, or any collections you may have. Or just curl up with a good book on the couch or by the fire while the winter weather keeps you inside.

Plan Your Next Get-Together or Just Catch Up Take the time to plan some upcoming fun events for you and your friends by thinking up a great dinner party menu, wine tasting, theme party, or a fun pub crawl. You can have fun planning the menus, looking up details, and coming up with the guest list. Or just getting in touch with the grandparents or a long-lost friend over the phone or Skype makes for a great indoor activity and can be a lot of fun for all. Board Games Break out the Monopoly, Life, Scrabble or other great board games you may have on hand for a game day marathon with your family.

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