2016

2016 Issue
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Antiquing: Treasures of the Past Found at Antique Shops

Antiques
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

Spotting, identifying, negotiating, and bargaining are all part of the fun of antiquing. Many treasures from the “good ol’ days” are uncovered every day in the Green Lake area.

Berlin

Berlin riverview
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

Nestled along the Fox River, Berlin will truly afford you ample opportunities to relax and refresh in a community that cares you’re here. Whether your interests are golf, riding the Mascoutin Trail from Berlin to Ripon, camping along the Fox River, a family day at the Berlin Aquatic Center, or walking along the Riverside Park river trail, you will find Berlin is a great place to live, work, and play.

Berlin Fox Festival

Festival booth
Photograph by Jean Cornelius

Join us at the 2nd Annual Berlin Fox Festival on Saturday, August 27, at Riverside Park in Berlin. To start the day, there will be a market with something for everyone paired with bounce houses and a money search for kids.

Big Adventures on Big Green Lake

Green Lake dock
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

Big Green Lake has always drawn people to its shores, beginning with Winnebago Indians in the 1600s. The deepest inland lake in Wisconsin, at 237 feet, Big Green Lake remains the jewel of the region.

Casual Living Outfitters

Patio furniture
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

Casual Living Outfitters is a hidden gem at 1084 Mapes Drive in Ripon, directly behind Culver’s on State Highway 23 west. The patio furniture store is open six days a week and ready for the busy summer season.

Concerts in the Park

Violist
Photograph by Jean Cornelius

The historic Starlight Stage at Deacon Mills Park provides a memorable setting for Green Lake’s popular Concerts in the Park series. Gather the entire family to enjoy a beautiful evening concert on the waterfront. A variety of bands are scheduled to perform on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer. Be prepared to find yourself tapping your toes, singing along, or even dancing in the park to polka, jazz, country, rock, and more. Concerts are held at 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday, beginning June 8 and going until August 3.

Cookie Daze

Cookie Monster
Photograph by Jean Cornelius

Ripon’s Cookie Daze Celebration is a day of fun (and cookies!) for the entire family. Join the Cookie Monster at Barlow Park on August 6 from 10:00 a.m.to 1:30 p.m. for this mostly free family event.

Crossroads Grocery Market: New Changes to Win Over Locals and Visitors

Produce Department
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

Nestled in the charming countryside of Green Lake at 762 Commercial Avenue, Crossroads Grocery Market is a one-stop shop for all. The store prides itself with its assortment of specialty items and essentials, offering dairy, fresh produce, deli, meat, bakery items, a wine cellar, and a pharmacy. New owners and management are ready to win over previous and new customers.

Cover Artist: Deb Gottschalk

Artwork
Photograph provided by Deb Gottschalk

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

Ripon’s Charming Tradition: Dickens of a Christmas

Meeting Santa
Photograph by Kelly Kernen

The first weekend in December, a charming tradition comes to life in Ripon when the city celebrates Dickens of a Christmas, inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. A quarter of a century strong, Ripon’s much-loved Dickens event is poised to flourish for many Christmases yet to come.

From the Land

Vendors
Photograph provided by From The Land

You are invited to the 15th Annual From the Land Folk Art Festival, October 15 and 16, held on the Toll/Londowski family farm: a working farm that raises cash crops and a flock of Suffolk sheep. The event hosts approximately 100 hand-selected artists, a tractor show, voyageur canoe, authentic Native American teepee and storytellers, and will feature an Anishinaabe Grandmother Turtle cleansing lodge.

Four Courses of Memorable Golfing

Golf ball

Four drop-dead gorgeous area golf courses steeped in history, and as challenging as you will find most anywhere. Get acquainted with each venue, all of which are open to the public and near fine food establishments and excellent lodging.

Green Lake

Green Lake Beach
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

Known as the oldest resort west of Niagara Falls, Green Lake is a picturesque community nestled on the shores of Wisconsin’s deepest natural inland lake, boasting 27.5 miles of shoreline. This quiet place to unwind is only 180 miles north of Chicago and 90 minutes from Green Bay, Madison, and Milwaukee, and offers spectacular scenery and on-the-water recreation in all seasons.

Green Lake Area Animal Shelter: Now 1,900 Square Paws (Feet) Larger

Animal Shelter
Photograph by Jean Cornelius

The tail end of a 2 1/2-year 1,900-square-foot addition project at the Green Lake Area Animal Shelter (GLAAS) is worthy of applawse! A $120,000 estate gift stimulated the $225,000 project and provided expanded space for cats, a stainless-steel dog bathing tub, extra storage for food and supplies, and easy-to-clean Extrutech plastic wall panels. There will also be two 10 x 14-foot cat colony rooms with large glass windows near an inviting reception and retail area. “Stepping stones to forever homes,” 20 x 20-inch engraved porcelain floor tiles, were funded and personalized by donors and community supporters.

Green Lake Area Bike Adventures

Bikers on Path
Photograph by Lauree Renaud

Abundant road routes and trails offer cyclists a great way to enjoy the Green Lake area. From casual tooling around the towns to rail trails to looping Big Green Lake, there is something for everyone.

Green Lake Conference Center

Green Lake Conference Center gateway
Photograph by Ben Mott

Victor and Jessie Lawson founded and developed the estate now known as Green Lake Conference Center (GLCC) in the late 1800s and early 1900s as a farm. Much of their European-inspired architecture remains today. The farm became a luxurious country club in the 1920s. In 1943, Northern Baptists purchased the estate for training and conferences.

Green Lake Conservancy

Mitchell Glen
Photograph by Thomas L. Eddy

The year 2015 saw a watershed of accomplishments by Green Lake Conservancy (GLC) land trust, along with two momentous, noteworthy milestones. GLC observed its 20th anniversary, two decades preserving land that protects the lake by assisting landowners with their special places, and GLC was bestowed with the prestigious Wisconsin Land Trust of the Year Award by Gathering Waters, the state’s umbrella land trust affiliate.

Green Lake County Fair

Antique dishware
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

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

Green Lake Festival of Music

Christopher Taylor
Photograph provided by Green Lake Festival of Music

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

Green Lake Fine Arts Show

Art Show
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

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

Gear Up Green Lake: Fundraiser Ride

Bike Path
Photograph by Lauree Renaud

Green Lake Greenways is a nonprofit volunteer citizens’ advocacy organization, which began in 2008. The organization’s mission is to facilitate the development of a regional network of trails and greenways to preserve the natural beauty of the area and advocate, educate, and encourage on behalf of safe biking and walking.

Ready…Set…Run!!!

Marathon runners
Photograph provided by Green Lake Half Marathon

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

Green Lake Sailing School

Sailing boat

One of the great privileges available to everyone living in or visiting the Green Lake area is the opportunity to recreationally use Green Lake. For those of us who live here year-round, we sometimes forget that so many options exist.

Pure Pride: School District of Green Lake

Student reading

For decades, people associated America’s small towns with one-room schoolhouses, and true to that image, the Green Lake School District is a one-roof schoolhouse. Proudly referred to as a public school that feels like a private school, students from four-year-old kindergarten through twelfth grade attend classes in the same building.

Are You Ready for Another Year of Outdoor-Inspiring Evens with the Green Team?

Bird watching
Photograph provided by the Green Team

No matter what time of year, the Green Team provides fun-filled, free educational activities for our community to enjoy.

Harvest Fest

Harvest Fest
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

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

Peterson’s Happiness Acres: Your Pet’s Home Away from Home

Happiness Acres Pet Resort sign
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

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

Princeton

Princeton Downtown
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

Nestled on the banks of the Fox River, Princeton is a hidden treasure full of abundant natural resources, shops, restaurants, the state’s largest outdoor flea market, and more. The area is a haven for those looking to relax and unwind in a pleasant, peaceful, small-town environment.

Experience Ripon

Downtown Ripon
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

Experience Ripon, a friendly destination energized by community celebrations, eclectic shops, tasty cuisine, historic character, and natural beauty.

Ripon College: Sharing Our Commitment to the Liberal Arts and Sciences with Students and the Community

Ripon College

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

Ripon’s National Historic Site

Little White Schoolhouse
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

Fifty-four Riponites gathered in their Little White Schoolhouse on March 20, 1854, and formed a new antislavery party. They became the first “Republicans” in the Union. The Birthplace of the Republican Party National Historic Site, also known as the “Little White Schoolhouse,” is open to the public as a museum that explains Ripon’s role in forming a major political party.

Experience the Magic of Live Performance in a Cool Historic Venue

Thrasher
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake holds true to its original purpose as a gathering place for the community. Built in 1910, the opera house remains a symbol of the history that has already passed through Green Lake, and since its extensive remodeling and grand reopening in the summer of 1998, it serves as a ready participant in the history that is yet to come.

Whooping Crane Festival

Whooping Crane Festival
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

The Whooping Crane Festival, on September 10, will really put the “special” in Princeton’s special events schedule. Beth Pelland, director of the Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce, is involved in the planning and shares her enthusiasm, saying, “This is a wonderful event.” Whooping cranes (Grus americana), once nearly extinct, are making a comeback due to the congressional Endangered Species Act and many concerned citizens.

Wisconsin State Chili Cookoff

Wisconsin State Chili Cookoff tent
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

Do your friends and family ask for your chili recipe? Are you looking for a fun, competitive event for your family or work team? If so, consider entering the Wisconsin State Chili Cookoff.

Woolbright’s River City Antique Mall

Antique dishware
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

It’s hard to believe it has been a decade since Pam and Dave Woolbright purchased the River City Antique Mall in Princeton. Pam and Dave are proud to be part of the unofficial antique town of Wisconsin. In January, the business began its 11th year. “We are always striving to be the best,” Dave says. “Our goal is to always improve.”

Issues

2019

Berlin
Cookie Daze
Cycling Through the Green Lake Area
Diane Washa
Dickens of a Christmas
From the Land
Fun at Big Green Lake Year-Round
Golf
Goose Blind Grill & Bar
Green Lake
Green Lake Area Animal Shelter
Green Lake Association
Green Lake Conference Center
Green Lake Conservancy
Green Lake County Fair
Green Lake Festival of Music
Green Lake Fine Arts Show
Green Team
Harvest Fest
Markesan
Montello
Music by the Lake
Princeton
Ripon
Ripon College
Thrasher Opera House
Webster’s Marketplace
Whooping Crane Festival
Wisconsin State Chili Cookoff
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2018

Berlin
Concerts in the Park
Cookie Daze
Dickens of a Christmas
Four Seasons on Big Green Lake
From the Land
Golf
Green Lake
Green Lake Area Animal Shelter
Green Lake Area Bike Adventures
Green Lake Conference Center
Green Lake Conservancy
Green Lake County Fair
Green Lake Festival of Music
Green Lake Fine Arts Show
Green Lake Greenways
Green Lake Tours
Green Team
Guth’s
Hamilton’s
Harvest Fest
John Ribble
Markesan
Montello
Princeton
Ripon
Ripon College
Thrasher Opera House
Twister
Whooping Crane Festival
Wisconsin State Chili Cookoff

2017

Adam’s Rib
Antiquing
Berlin
Berlin Fox Festival
Big Green Lake Sparkling Tales
Ching Kung
Concerts in the Park
Cookie Daze
Dickens of a Christmas
Farrell’s Fine Furnishings
From the Land
Golf
Green Lake
Green Lake Area Animal Shelter
Green Lake Area Bike Adventures
Green Lake Conference Center
Green Lake Conservancy
Green Lake County Fair
Green Lake Festival of Music
Green Lake Fine Arts Show
Green Lake Greenways
Green Lake Half Marathon
Green Lake Sailing School
Green Lake School District
Green Team
Harvest Fest
Mike’s Bike Shop
Norton’s Fishing & Hunting Adventures
Princeton
Ripon
Ripon College
Ripon’s National Historic Site
Thrasher Opera House
Whooping Crane Festival
Wisconsin State Chili Cookoff

2016

Antiquing
Berlin
Berlin Fox Festival
Big Adventures on Big Green Lake
Casual Living Outfitters
Concerts in the Park
Cookie Daze
Crossroads Grocery Market
Deb Gottschalk
Dickens of a Christmas
From the Land
Golf
Green Lake
Green Lake Area Animal Shelter
Green Lake Area Bike Adventures
Green Lake Conference Center
Green Lake Conservancy
Green Lake County Fair
Green Lake Festival of Music
Green Lake Fine Arts Show
Green Lake Greenways
Green Lake Half Marathon
Green Lake Sailing School
Green Lake School District
Green Team
Harvest Fest
Peterson’s Happiness Acres
Princeton
Ripon
Ripon College
Ripon’s National Historic Site
Thrasher Opera House
Whooping Crane Festival
Wisconsin State Chili Cookoff
Woolbright’s River City Antique Mall


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