This Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. you can enjoy a crisp, fall day and tour some stunning historical homes in the Village of Rural, just outside of Waupaca, very near the Chain o’ Lakes and home to the Crystal River, which meanders through this picturesque, historic Village. Tour 6 Homes on the National Register of Historic Places .The village of Rural was settled in 1850 by settlers of British heritage that migrated here from the Eastern United States. Visit the homes of the first settlers in a “New England Village in the heart of Wisconsin”. There will be narrated tours of the following homes: The Radley House (1886, The Halfway House (1852), The Dake House (1860), The Ashmun House (1854), The Millinery Shop and The Potts Farm (1853). Food and Beverages will be available.
It is hard to believe that it is that time of year already for the annual fall colors, and here in Central Waupaca County they are magnificent. This has been an odd year for weather to say the very least, which does impact the fall colors, how early or late they change and how brilliant they are as well. There are several sources to find out when the fall colors will be at their peak http://www.travelwisconsin.com/fall-color-report is a great resource to utilize for travel any time of year.
Also http://www.foliagenetwork.net/ for travels not only within the State of Wisconsin, but also for any “leaf peeper” travel throughout the U.S. There are country roads with brilliant colors on either sides of the roads meandering through quaint small towns and villages, dotted with coffee shops, bakeries, the quintessential supper club and parks, rivers, lakes, bike trails and much, much more. Come out and explore all that Waupaca County has to offer, stay with us right here in Manawa, located “in the heart of Waupaca County” at Lindsay House Bed and Breakfast, where the joy of living is served daily.
The Chain O’ Lakes Blues Festival is coming up on Friday, September 28th and Saturday, September 29th at the famous (or infamous, depending on your viewpoint) Indian Crossing Casino set on the shores of the beautiful Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes.
The Indian Crossing Casino is in its eighty eighth year, having opened as a dancing and entertainment “hot spot” on July 4, 1925. Today, it is one of the most significant landmarks on Waupaca’s Chain O’ Lakes.Even with changes in popular musical over the decades, big band to rock & roll, the Casino’s interior has remained virtually the same. The large stage, the velvet stage curtains, and the original wooden dance floor still here as they were in 1925.
At that time, it was illegal to dance on Sundays in Waupaca County so folks quit dancing at midnight on Saturday night. During WWII, programs for soldiers were featured, with 10 cent dances, three for a quarter. In 1930, there was the Battle of the Bands which was broadcast on WLS Radio in Chicago.
Some of the popular musical bands and entertainers featured at the Casino over the years included Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Jimmy Dorsey, Les Brown, Lawrence Welk, Beach Boys, Everly Brothers, Woody Herman, Neil Young, Bobby Vinton, Herman’s Hermits and Ricky Nelson, who shortly after appearing at the Casino, was killed in a plane crash.
The legend of the Indian Crossing Casino is still alive today, become part of the history and join us at 2012 Chain O’ Lakes Blues Festival. Your chance to see a beautiful area right here in Central Wisconsin…and enjoy the last blast of summer on the Chain O’ Lakes, with bands with some great names, Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys, Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns, Shaker and the egg…love it! For other details check out http://www.waupacaareachamber.com/event/chain-o-lakes-blues-festival/
Saturday – September 29th
3:00 p.m. Alex Wilson Band (2011 Wisconsin Blues Band of the Year) Video
5:00 p.m. Shaker and the Egg
7:00 p.m. Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys
9:30 p.m. Otis and the Alligators
Or at least that is what I keep telling myself. I realize there are those of you out there who may be frowning at someone who is hoping for a bit of cooler weather, after all this is Wisconsin and it’ll be here sooner then any of us wants it. However, I must confess that Fall is one of my favorite seasons, the crispness in the air and of course those foods that we enjoy as the days and nights turn cooler. I mean I just can’t say that I can’t wait to dig into a bracing hot bowl of soup….when it’s 90+ degrees outside. My dear friend and neighbor (when we lived in our last home), we would joke that it wasn’t officially Fall until Miss Lisa made her pumpkin bars, which if I may say are completely scrumptious. So I realize Lisa may not have made her pumpkin bars, but I decided to throw caution to the wind on this beautiful labor day weekend morning and try a new recipe that I found on Pinterest. It turns out that these pumpkin poppers are absolutely fabulous and quite easy and to answer your next question…our guests enjoyed them. One woman even asked to take the 2 she couldn’t eat with her and enjoy them tomorrow. Personally for me I am sure if I had those in the car with me, they wouldn’t make it all the way home (; So here is the Pumpkin Popper recipe that I first discovered on a blog called Just the Little things, and it turns out who we have to ultimately thank for this delicious recipe is a blog called Domestically Speaking, either way these are a winner and give them a try……your family and friends will thank you.
Pumpkin Poppers recipe from Domestically Speaking and Just the Little Things
- 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp. allspice
- 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup pumpkin
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 stick unsalted butter, melted (I used salted butter, I don’t usually have unsalted butter on hand)
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 tbsp. cinnamon (I used Penzey’s Spices Cinnamon)
Preheat oven to 350 F and spray mini muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray.
Combine flour, baking soda,salt, and spices in a bowl and whisk until combine.
In another bowl, mix oil, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, pumpkin, and milk. Pour in flour mixture and mix until just combined. Fill mini muffin tins until almost full and bake 10-12 minutes.
Melt butter in small bowl. Mix sugar and cinnamon in a separate small bowl. After popper cool for a few minutes, dip them in the butter and roll them in the sugar mixture.
We have learned of a spot within several miles of our bed and breakfast that is a true “climax” forest. The climax forest is the final growth stage showing the most mature trees. As the trees grow older, they die and topple to the ground, which adds more layers to the already thick decaying matter on the floor of the woods, which gives life to the next round of flowers and trees. The trees can range up to 120 feet high and 200 years in age, and beneath the trees lay beautiful woodland wildflowers. Trillium, Dutchman’s breeches, the Trout Lily, Hepaticas and Bishops Cap to name a few. There are rare tree frogs, and red backed and blue spotted salamanders as well. Tellock’s Hill Woods was designated a State Natural Area in 1972 by the Tellock family. Another treasure in our own backyard, what else will we discover just over the next hill or around the next curve right here in our own Waupaca County?
We have just the best guests, meet Abby and Bre! Friends getting ready for a night of fun at the Symco Shakedown 2012. There is a Miss Symco Pinup contest that celebrates the era of the 1940’s and 50’s and that style. The ladies come from everywhere and get their “glam” on for the contest, some don’t even enter the contest, just for the fun of dressing the part and it is just a guess but I get the sense there is a bit of a rock-a-billy vibe at the Shakedown as well. The people who plan the Shakedown and all the volunteers that make it a success are to be commended. People from many states and many walks of life come to the Shakedown to experience fun, catch up with old friends and most importantly see a lot of great rides. So thank you to Abby and Bre for not only staying with us, but allowing us to take your photograph and make for a fun blog post! To checkout more about the pinup contest, to purchase a pinup calendar or just find out more about a great hot rod show….head to www.symcoshakedown.com!
I haven’t blogged in awhile as have been busy with work, life and the Inn, not necessarily in that order. That got me to thinking about our guests and friends and family and how crazy busy their lives get as well. What a unique situation we find ourselves in as Innkeepers, in that we are able to help people to reconnect and unplug….we can only help them if they will let us. I have often said that reconnecting and relaxing are becoming harder and harder to come by these days. Oh sure, we have the internet, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and all manner of ways to keep in touch with those we care about. That one on one, face to face time is what is seemingly lost through our life. I believe that people are looking for that way to reconnect, even if they don’t think that is what is missing. That time to unwind with those we love and care about, and just chat about the things that are happening within our world and our lives. A Bed and Breakfast is a perfect place for just such reconnecting, we offer a calm, quiet place to do just that. Whether it’s sitting on the front porch, laughing and enjoying the evening, or it’s having a friendly game night in the parlor or watching a movie together, it is all time well spent. You also have space to get away by yourself and hang out and rest. All of that, plus snacks and a full gourmet breakfast and what a wonderful time can be had. I also wanted to share with you some musings from an email that I received from a very dear friend. These thoughts are those of 90 year old Regina Brett, these are just some of the 45 lessons that life has taught her, something to learn from those around us for sure.
1. Life is too short, enjoy it!
2. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
3. Don’t compare your life to others, you have no idea what their journey is all about.
4. Take a deep breath, it calms the mind.
5. Whatever doesn’t kill you, really does make you stronger.
6. It’s never too late to be happy, but it’s all up to you and no one else.
7. When it comes to going after what you love in life, never take no for an answer.
8. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie, don’t save it for a special occassion, today is special!
9. The best is yet to come.
Believe in Miracles!
I hope you make it a great day!
So you have to admit, the thought of being able to attend Lobsterfest in a small town in Central Wisconsin, is a pretty unique thing. Yes of course, we all know that there are other Lobsterfest’s around the country, and even national chain restaurants have them occasionally. Shaunie B’s, in Ogdensburg ( affectionately called “The Burg” in these parts) is going to be having their first annual Lobsterfest July 14th, from 4 p.m. to ?. There will be live music, a corn roast, steak and the stars of the show, steamed and grilled fresh, whole, Maine lobsters and I am sure plenty of delicious, melted Wisconsin butter for dipping. I will also say that Maine lobster is absolutely succulent and flavorful and just downright yummy, the thought of it is making my mouth water. Enjoying it in a very relaxed and fun atmosphere is also part of the fun. Bring your friends and come on out to Shaunie B’s on July 14th and relax with a lobster and a brew, and not necessarily in that order, after all this is Wisconsin!
*Contact them at 920-244-7816 ,they are located at 408 Main Street in Ogdensburg
You have to love any event that is associated with the phrase “the music goes on forever, the party never ends”. This is the mantra of the Little Creek Music Festival, this Saturday June 9, 2012, from Noon until Midnight. See The Arkdale Ramblers, Loose Strings, The Heartland String Band, and of course my personal favorite, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, which is such a great name and who else would or could put out their latest CD “Pig Tails and Coffin Nails”! Little Creek Music Festival is held at Steingraber’s Farms located at N7098 Bestul Road just outside Manawa. Even some local favorites, Jeanne Bauer, Tammy Drath, Bourbon Creek, John & Cindy Evans. There is “rough camping” available for $5.00 per person, please call in advance if possible 920-596-3607/920-538-2072 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Bring a chair, bring a friend to The Best Little Music Festival and enjoy some wonderful music and time to sit and enjoy the beauty of Central Wisconsin.