Whether you’ll rise before dawn or snuggle til noon, you’ll appreciate the path less taken in Waupaca County. Don’t follow the crowd, follow your heart while you recharge in our peaceful neck of the woods. Do what you like, because in Waupaca County, it’s always your day.
County Looks to Generate Buckets of Business
Author: Bill Zeinert, Waupaca County Tourism Task Force
Waupaca County Businesses are invited to apply to be part of the first annual Bucket List. Sponsored by the Waupaca County Tourism Task Force, the bucket lists are designed to highlight the tastes and experiences in Waupaca County that everyone needs to checkout, before they “checkout”.
This Year’s Categories:
1. Best Burger
2. Best Bloody Mary
3. Best Fish Fry
4. Best Parade or Festival
5. Best Day on the Water
6. Best Coffee Shop
7. Best Old Fashion
To apply for participation in the FREE contest a business must do the following:
2. Submissions must be received no later than June 15th, 2012.
3. Attach at least one picture (but not more than five) to the email
4. Participants receive promotional materials on or before June 21st, 2012.
5. Use the promotional materials in your business, encouraging patrons to vote. Voting is open to anyone and begins June 22nd. To cast a vote, patrons can visit the Waupaca County Facebook page at www.facebook.com/visitWC or scan a QR code from their smart phone. Voting will continue through July 22nd with one voter being randomly chosen to receive a grand prize of $500 worth of gift certificates from county businesses.
You might want to ask me….what is Guts Frisbee, well to the average person, they might inaccurately call it “Frisbee or Disc Golf”, however don’t let a die hard Guts Frisbee player here you categorize it like that. To those folks it is altogether different, Guts is a sport played between two teams of one to five players each. The objective is to be the first team to score 21 points. To start play, each team lines up facing each other 14 m apart. Play is accomplished by a player attempting to throw the disc toward or at the opposing team and within the reach of at least 1 player of that team, in such a manner that the opposing team cannot make a clean catch. Scoring is contingent on the success or failure of the throwing team. A good throw, without a catch, results in a point for the throwing team and a bad throw results in a point for the receiving team. It seems pretty straight forward, but nothing is ever as simple as it seems, or at least not in my world. At the Wisconsin Guts Championship to be held at Hatten Park in New London, there will be Team from all over the Midwest, and teams with names like “Appleton Assassins” or “Blame the Dog”, you just wanna check it out. There is going to be a Players Party Saturday night at The Waters, featuring live music by the ever popular and incredibly talented Mike & Brian Experience from 9 p.m. to 1 p.m., and just in case there are some of you out there who haven’t heard Mike & Brian before, come out and hear them, it is a good time to be sure. For more information on exactly what Guts Frisbee is and where you can play or how you can get started check them out on the web at www.gutsfrisbee.com.
There are lots of things happening in Manawa the weekend of June 2nd. Manawa’s annual city wide rummage, a right of passage for anyone who loves a good rummage sale, there will be things for sale all over Manawa and even beyond. Just remember one person’s cast off’s are another person’s treasures. Those living in the Manawa area can sign up at Baylake Bank, the cost is $10 and your name will go into a drawing for Chamber Bucks to be spent right here in Manawa, and your location on a map. Many people don’t know that we have a large Amish community between Manawa, Clintonville and Marion, they will be having their 8th Annual Spring Quilt & Consignment auction at Lester Lambright’s farm, 4 miles south of Marion, or 12 North of Manawa on Hwy 110, or from Clintonville, west on Highway C to 110, then right on 110 to the farm. They are also having a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and a bake sale to support their school. If you want to look at or even purchase some beautifully handmade quilts, and have an awesome breakfast, this should definitely be one of your planned stops on Saturday June 2nd.
Another happening here in Manawa will be at Keglers Bowling Center from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. a beer, wine and appetizer festival, the cost is $10 per person. In case there are some of you who are unfamiliar with Kegler’s, they have a very good selection of beers, many different microbrews and some very nice beers on tap as well. So you can taste a selection of beers and wine while enjoying some appetizers. So grab some friends and take a break from the activities of the day and step in for a cold one.
I am very excited that a group of ladies will be having a bridal luncheon here also, the woman who is hosting this luncheon has just some fabulous ideas and I am excited to see how it all comes together. Perhaps they will allow us to have some photos that we can post. The Lindsay House is an intimate and beautiful place to hold baby showers, bridal showers, gift openings, or simply to have your out of town guests stay. Enjoy whatever you plan to do on June 2nd , but always keep in mind, there is always something happening in Waupaca County!
So as some of you know, Manawa is a Rodeo town, a very fitting place for a “Mustang Round Up” car show, don’t you think? On August 4th, 2012 and for those of you who may be wondering “what if it rains?”, there will be a rain date of August 5th, 2012. It will be held at the Manawa Masonic Center located on the north end of Manawa at 520 N. Bridge St. There is no admission for either the show cars or the spectators, all they ask is that you bring non perishable food items that will be donate to the Manawa Food Pantry. So bring that mustang that your so proud of, either for just owning it or having restored it to it’s formal glory! There will be different classes listed below, there is also vendor space available inside and outside. This really is one of the premier spots in Manawa for events, definitely worth it to bring your car and come on out for an awesome day with other Mustang enthusiasts, so mark your calendars and we will see you there! Check out their website for further updates! http://www.manawamasoniclodge.org/home/mustang-roundup
Now let me tell you something, it continually surprises me how much people, yes and I do really mean me, who have no idea what is happening in their own backyard. So as I drive on Highway 54 heading towards New London, between Northport and New London, you see a sign that says Wilderness Springs and you wonder what it is, and maybe even ask around however it doesn’t quite resonate with me, because why would it, I am not a fisherman. Turns out that it is a very cool place, and talk about living a dream. Kathy Foster’s Dad, Reverend Wally Lange first began the business back in the 60′s with 4 ponds and it has now grown to 30 ponds and hatching over 30,000 trout per year, and even I know that’s a lot of trout. Kathy and her husband Mike have worked the business while raising their 4 children and working full time. Imagine how great it is to hear from folks when they come to fish, that they fished there as children and are now coming back with their children and even their grandchildren. They are open for public fishing from May through September 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are located at N4923 Lange Drive New London, WI , their phone number is (920) 982-2386. The fishing areas are handicap accessible. A fishing license is not required and there are no limits. Bait and tackle are provided or you can bring your own fly rod, or your favorite fishing pole and your favorite lure, no live bait is allowed. Charges apply to trout caught by weight, cleaning is available and packaged and iced at no charge. There is a picnic area, and even your dog is welcome as long as it’s on a leash. The trout are in pure artesian fed ponds. You can check out their website at www.wilderness-springs.com and check out their Facebook page and be sure to click the like button while your their.
Memorial Day is the milepost we all look for to begin our summer fun, lots of cook outs, boating, camping, motorcycle rides, chasing fireflies, swimming and smores and a lot of other wonderful things that we enjoy. Memorial Day is also a time for us to remember the military men and women who serve all over the world so that we may take part in that freedom. Join the Disable American Veterans Manawa Chapter #53 in celebration and remembrance of those that continue to serve and those that have gone before us. The Memorial Day Activities begin at the Royalton Cemetary at 9 a.m. followed by the Symco Cemetary at 10 a.m. A parade in Manawa is at 11 a.m. come on downtown and see the pride on the faces of our Veterans and show them we support them.
It is one of the things I enjoy most about owning my own business, networking and working together with other businesses. It makes me so proud to see people who enjoy doing what they do and the pride and love of community that they express everyday through what they do. I saw one example of this on Facebook recently. Crosscut Solutions and The Flower Pot right here in Manawa are doing a bit of cross marketing with one another. Bring in a receipt from your purchase at The Flower Pot to Crosscut Solutions and vice versa and be entered into a drawing for a free flat of flowers or vegetables. What a great idea. So go out to Crosscut Solutions and see the creative and beautiful things that Amy Starr has to offer and be sure to like them on Facebook. For more examples of creativity stop downtown to see Lori Ferg at The Flower Pot, she has many gift items as well as she is incredibly creative in floral design, check out some of her creations on Facebook and click the Like button while your at it. Do you have weddings, graduations, family gatherings in the coming months? Check out all that Amy and Lori have to offer at their businesses to get your outside and inside spaces looking beautiful.
Remington Quality Food’s right here in Manawa is celebrating their 5 year anniversary, starting next week. These are the moments to celebrate in our community, Dean and Wendy brought a grocery store back to Manawa after we had not had one for almost a year. Such a monumental task at the time, and they really are such a cornerstone of our community and work to preserve this small town way of life that we all appreciate and cherish. So to celebrate there will be free cake, coffee and kool-aid offered all week long, along with many other tasty samples. On Wednesday May 2nd, there will be a chicken brat demo and a visit from Cooper the Gold n Plump chicken. On Friday May 4th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a Kornucopia popcorn demonstration, and at 5 p.m. Dave & John will be there with Flavor 8 soda, you may remember we did a blog post a few weeks ago about them and their sodas. On Saturday May 5th, the American Legion Manawa Post 226 will be passing out free flags while they last, there will also be a Brat Fry from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and in Wisconsin, there isn’t just about anything more American than the Flag and a Brat Fry. For Sunday May 6th from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. our neighbors from Dupont cheese will be at Remington’s offering samples of their fine cheese, and let me just say fresh Colby cheese from Dupont is a very fine thing indeed, you can check out more about their cheese at www.duponcheeseinc.com. So come on out next week and help Dean and Wendy and the friendly staff at Remington’s Quality Foods celebrate 5 years in our community, stop by and let them know how much we appreciate them!
How would you like to trade some work for a 2 night stay with all the perks of a paying guest? It’s spring time in Central Wisconsin and it’s “project time” around here. There are flower beds to be spruced up and cleaned out, weeds to be pulled, plants to be moved. Even a few “light repair” type projects can be had. What is your expertise? Perhaps we have a project that is suited to your expertise, or to get your hands dirty doing something a bit different. Either way, it’s a wonderful time to be working outside and a beautiful time in Central Wisconsin, especially for a 2 night stay! Enjoy working for your 4 hour time slot, and then the rest of your time is your own. There will be a snack each afternoon for you to partake at your leisure, and a full breakfast each morning, and access to the coffee bar just outside your bedroom door 24/7. Call today to arrange your “Gardening Getaway”!
Waupaca County is a very large artisan county. Many potters, painters, fabric arts, quilters, glass and metal artisans call Waupaca home. Not only for it’s beauty but also for the vibrant art scene as well. Here is just one more example of that. Opening Sunday April 29th from 1 until 7 and running until the following Friday May 4th. Their opening night premier is on April 30th from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. , there will be appetizers, a cash bar and music from 3 Clowns/No Circus. Enjoy an evening of art and contemplation. The artists are from the Upper Midwest, Wisconsin and also our local area. For additional information visit their website at www.fineartsfestival.org or contact Bill & Lee Schultz at 715-258-5060 for more information. This is what is known as a “juried show”. Which if I understand correctly, a juried show means there is a committee that is choosing the art for the show. So there is a selection process and the art you will see at this particular show is from professionals to students and in between. So come to the Waupaca Expo Center and enjoy a taste of the Waupaca Art scene, and once again immerse yourself in one more reason people love Waupaca County.