It seems funny to me to see the weather forecast talking about snow and writing a blog post about a Spring Fling, such is life in Wisconsin I guess. The Spring Fling is at Cedar Springs Golf Course located just outside Manawa on Saturday evening March 3rd starting at 8:30 p.m. Entertainment by LED West featuring classic rock, blues, country and yes, even polkas too. No cover charge, so come on out and celebrate! Spring is just around the corner.
We love to blog about fun happenings in our area, and if they are fun and for a good cause so much the better. Dust off those prom dresses, bridesmaids dresses, powder blue tuxedo’s, suits and come on out to The Winter Wonderland Ball this Saturday February 25th @ Bear Lake Resort from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Perhaps you were never able to go to your prom, for one reason or another, don’t miss out on your chance to get dressed to the hilt and party and just think….no curfew. The proceeds are going to support Jurnie’s Shelter, the future domestic shelter in Waupaca County. Tickets are available for purchase at the door $17 for a single/$35 per couple. There will be 50/50 and paddle wheel raffles, as well as appetizers and free beer. Dreams West Photography will be available for pictures until 10:30 p.m. Grab a group of friends and come on out and have a ball. You can find out details and more information about Jurnie’s Shelter at http://www.wix.com/jurnies_shelter/home#!__events.
*The poster was designed by Shawn Buchholz owner/designer at Carbon Freckle located in Manawa. Check out more of Carbon Freckle’s unique designs on their Facebook page.
The 5th annual Beer tasting event is being held at Crystal Falls Banquet facility in New London. This year’s event will feature of course beer and wine, soda, and hors d’oeuvres the ever popular Sundrop slushy! The entertainment for the evening is Revolution they will be performing immediately after the beer tasting until midnight. Tickets will be available at the door for $25 each, $10 tickets are also available for purchase for those “designated drivers”. Double J shuttle will once again be helping to make this a safe event, they will be available for rides home for free for those living in the New London City Limits, if you live outside the New London City limits, they can shuttle you home for a small fee. Come on out for a fun event and enjoy some brews and wines that maybe you haven’t sampled before or to just enjoy the hors d’oeuvres and a slushy, and meet new people. Grab a group of friends and come on out and enjoy!
I grew up in the 60′s and 70′s, and fizzy beverages were a treat, not the every day occurrence they are now. I mean to tell you, that was a treat to go into Jack’s Grocery in the small town in Washington state where I grew up and go into the walk in cooler and grab a Coke in a glass bottle. Still one of my most vivid memories is when I walked into a store on a road trip and they had the old glass bottles, in a wash tub on ice, in the heat of the summer, oh yeah…it was awesome! Now some of you may be thinking to your self….really? How can anyone be excited about soda, or soda pop, or pop, however and whatever you grew up calling it, there are people out there who feel pretty strongly about their preference. We have a soda maker in New London, they have been there for a year, Dave Talo and John Mathison, the proud owners of Flavor 8 Soda Pop. There are as the name suggests 8 flavors, all caffeine free and made with real sugar, no high fructose corn syrup in their soda. You can choose from orange, grape, cherry, lime, black cherry, fruit punch, blue raspberry, cream soda. I was able to have a tour one evening, a couple of my friends and I were out for a walk and we passed by, my friend Ann had met John already and was able to get Diana & I ”in the door” for a tour, they currently offer tours of their facility. We met both John and Dave, and John gave us a tour of their facility and we were able to sample the soda as well, very delicious. One thing that John shared with us, was that because they use real sugar, they don’t have to heavily carbonate their soda to bring out the flavor. So if your looking for some “local flavor”, don’t hesitate to pick up some Flavor 8 Soda Pop at any one of the stores currently carrying it. Check out their website at http://flavor8bottling.com/index.html for a list of stores near you.
Although it certainly hasn’t seemed like winter here in our area, these last few days of bitter cold have reminded me that winter is just waiting in the wings to show itself yet again. The Northport Riders are ready to host Snodeo this weekend and pull off another fabulous event. Friday night will feature Vintage Oval racing under the lights, registration starts at 3 p.m. on Friday the 17th, practice from 4 to 6 and the event is from 7 to 9. Saturday is Lake Cross racing with registration starting at 7:30 a.m. There will be radar runs hosted by the Manawa Lions Club and lots of other things happening. There will be food and refreshments available on site as well. This will all be taking place at Bear Lake just a few miles South of Manawa. Come on down and check it out, this event is possible through generous sponsors and hard working volunteers. Check out http://www.northportsnowriders.com/index_files/Page371.htm for more information.
You would think by now I wouldn’t be surprised to meet yet another small business owner who is passionate about their products and what they do, however I find myself continually and pleasantly so. I recently met the owners of Silver Wings Honey, Kent and Susanna, and was able to talk with them about the products that they offer and also see the products first hand. They not only sell honey from their own honeybee hives, but also their own handcrafted soaps, bath bombs, lotion bars and lip balms. The lotion bar I have been trying is Vanilla Oak, and it glides onto the skin and has a very luxurious feel and a nice scent as well, not too overpowering as is the case with some lotions. We are so fortunate to have so many wonderful products being made right here in our own local areas as well as the entrepreneurial spirit that is alive and well in our great state. Take a moment to find Silver Wings Honey LLC on Facebook , as well as check out their blog http://silverwingshoney.blogspot.com/, I think you’ll be glad you did!
We have had the good fortune and fun to have these ladies playing here at our Inn, and they will once again be featured on March 17th at Smith’s Manawa Steak House. Joyce, Ann and Laurie have alot of fun together and that really shines through in their music. It is not only a treat to hear music live, but knowing that they have so much fun doing it is what sets these ladies apart. It is wonderful to have them playing at a local restaurant right here in Manawa. So come on out and enjoy a delicious, ample dinner at the Steak House while enjoying the musical selections of Ivory Winds with Strings Attached!
For those of you out there who maybe have never thought of a bed and breakfast, or have only thought that it’s just for women…think again. There are lots of things to do that are geared for men as well as women. So ladies here is something that you can do for the man in your life and have fun with him as well, doing things that he likes to do. There are many other things in our area to do as well, such as cross country skiing, snow shoeing, snowmobiling, or simply hanging out with one another. Enjoy some time away with each other with beer, bowling and bar food. Kegler’s Bowling Center has lots to offer for a night of fun, 3 games of bowling each along with drinks and food ($35 value). In the morning enjoy a cup of coffee, cocoa, hot tea or cider at our coffee bar located just outside your door, followed by breakfast in the dining room fit for a King. 1 night stay $160 + tax, 2 night stay $280 + tax
In the quaint city of Iola the 1st weekend in February is the Iola Winter Carnival, with such offerings as an Ice Sculpture carving, an authentic Norwegian Lutefisk dinner and even an indoor craft sale. The Ice Sculpture carving will take place near the infamous Vidar the Nordic Viking near the center of town on the corner of State Street and Chet Krause drive. Norwegian Lutefisk Dinner, 1 pm – 6:30 pm. Serving Lutefisk and fresh cod with drawn butter, meatballs, potatoes, vegetable, lefse and Norwegian pastries,you can enjoy the meal family style. There will also be an indoor craft sale at the Iola-Scandanavia High School, stop on in and enjoy seeing what all the different crafters in the area have to offer.
New this year will be an Iola Twilight Snowshoe Race at the Iola Winter Sports Complex – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 5th — Nordic Combined cross-country race-9:30 a.m., Central Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Championships begin at 12:00 p.m. Central Wisconsin’s Finest Ski Jumping Facility in the state. Iola Winter Sports Club is located 5 miles northwest of Iola – County Trunk “MM”.
Even though I am challenged to pronounce this, it is an event sponsored by the Waupaca Chamber of Commerce and a host of passionate volunteers, I wanted to post this event. The snow today is a hopeful sign of all the wonderful winter activities that Waupaca County is known for, come on out and experience Waupaca county!
Shadow Lake at Lower South Park – 5 blocks south of Downtown Waupaca (921 S. Main Street, Waupaca)
Parking available in either the upper or lower parking lots.
Sponsored by: Element Mobile General Beer RE/MAX – Shambeau & Lyons Real Estate First National Bank Orthopedic & Spine Therapy Waupaca Realty
Schedule of Events for January 27th & 28th
Friday beginning at 4:00pm
Join in the Clearing of the Ice to prepare the Wintervergnügen grounds. Bring your shovel to help clear pathways and rinks and enjoy FREE chili and hot chocolate. Chili donated by Klismet’s Three Squares Restaurant of Waupaca.
Participate in the Snowman Building Competition - registration available in advance or near the Lower South Park shelter building beginning at 4pm. Top three castles will win a Waupaca Area Chamber Gift Certificates; 1st – $40, 2nd – $15, 3rd – $5. $5 entry fee per team. Pre-registration available by contacting the Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce. Click here for rules and guidlines. Sponsored by First National Bank.
Register for Saturday events including the Kids Ice Fishing Derby and the Snow Castle Building Competition from 4-6pm.
Open Skating once the rink is cleared until 7pm.
Saturday beginning at 10:00am
Ice Sculpting Demonstrations by Fox Valley Technical College Culinary Arts Students from 10am to 3pm.
Ice Bowling - See if you can get the highest score of the weekend! FREE event with no advanced registration required. In cooperation with the Waupaca High School Bowling Club. Sponsored by Orthopedic & Spine Therapy.
Broom Ball Tournament - Gather a team of eight people and participate in this double elimination tournament. $10 registration fee per team. Tournament will begin at 10:00am. To register e-mail the completed registration form to email@example.com or call 715-258-7343. Registration deadline – Monday, 1/23/12 at 5pm. Click here for tournament rules and regulations. Sponsored by RE/MAX – Shambeau & Lyons Real Estate. Team and individual trophies for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place teams; donated by New Direction Embroidery & Engraving of Waupaca.
Open Skating – 10:00am – 5:00pm
Boot Hockey - Bring your stick and participate in a friendly pick-up game throughout the day.
Kid’s Ice Fishing Derby – Bring the kids out for ice fishing on Shadow Lake. Registration available from 10:00am until noon for children 12 years and younger. Prizes for all participants as well as trophies for the biggest bluegill and biggest northern. Pre-registration available by contacting the Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce. Trophies donated by New Direction Embroidery & Engraving of Waupaca.
Snow Castle Building Competition – Get a group of family or friends together and build your best snow castle on the ice. Registration at 10:00am and judging begins at 3:00pm. Top three castles will win a Waupaca Area Chamber Gift Certificates; 1st – $50, 2nd – $25, 3rd – $10. $10 registration fee per team. Pre-registration available by contacting the Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce. Click here for contest rules and guidelines.
Snowshoe Races – Grab a partner and join in the fun of snowshoe race relays! Sign up for either the competitive division or the family fun division. Snowshoes will be provided for all participants. Same day registration available beginning at 10:00am with competitive division races at 11:00am and family fun races at noon. Registration will benefit the Waupaca Area Food Pantry. Bring a minimum of 5 can goods or $5.00 per team to participate. Advanced registration encouraged, click here for a registration form. Wintervergnügen Snowshoes Races are sponsored and organized by TNT Personal Training and Signature Events by Shelly.
Food & Beer Tent – Service from 11:00am until 6:00pm. Several seasonal microbrews available. Sponsored in part by General Beer. Culver’s of Waupaca will have roast beef sandwiches, chili, hot chocolate and coffee available for purchase.
Firework Demonstration at Dusk – Firework training demonstration will be viewable from the Wintervergnügen grounds. Exciting 10-15 minute show over Shadow Lake! Please park in South Park lots and exit vehicles to view the show. Viewing prohibited from Lakeside Parkway. Estimated show start time of 5:30pm.
Other Area Activities – Candlelight Ski & Hike at Hartmann Creek State Park. January 28th from 5pm – 8pm. Skiers and hikers can enjoy illuminated trails, a campfire, treats, hot cocoa and apple cider. Both the ski and the hike will begin at the Hartman Lake Shelter building. The hike is about 1 mile round-trip and the ski is about 2.5 miles round-trip. Guest can attend the event any time between 5pm and 8pm. A hot grill will be available for use. Dress warm and bring your own skies, snowshoes or boots. Park vehicle admission sticker will be required. The event may be canceled due to inclement weather. Contact the park office at 715-258-2372. – Shopping at over 40 unique retailers in Downtown Waupaca, King and in Between! – Men’s Bonspeil at the Waupaca Curling Club – On Sunday, the First Annual Mid-Winter Extravaganza at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King – Campus Tours, The Justmann Band, kid’s entertainmnet, food and hot chocolate.