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”.
For more information: 715-445-4005 or www.IolaWinterSportsClub.org
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.
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Sitting here on a snowy morning it seems hard to believe just yesterday we saw people out walking around in shorts and t-shirts. How quickly things can change with regards to weather and life. In talking to guests and future guests the number one concern is finding that perfect time to get away, and how will we do it, the planning and so forth. Sometimes the best things in life are spur of the moment, opportunities that present themselves and if not grabbed right then will be gone as fast as they appeared. You may be asking yourself how is she tying this into the bed and breakfast?, and here it is. Purchase a gift certificate either for yourself or a friend, co-worker or family member today, and they can use them for those spur of the moment future stays. When you have what is essentially a day or 2 stay in your hand, your more likely to put yourself at the top of the list and take the time you need with one another to enjoy life and reconnect. You can purchase gift certificates on our website or you can call us directly, either way, you and your loved ones are worth the investment of time.
When asked if I enjoy being a business owner and Innkeeper, my answer is always the same YES! It is by far the best thing I have ever done. Meeting people right where their at in their life, helping them to destress, unwind, and reconnect with one another, that is a huge thing to be a part of. To be thanked at the end of a guest’s stay is always amazing to me, in the sense that I feel like it is we who should be thanking them for the privilege of meeting and getting to know them just a little bit. There is far more to this business than the cleaning and the cooking and all of the other things that go on. Because at the end of the day, it is first and foremost about our guests and how we can impact their life in a positive and non-intrusive way.
I wanted to take this opportunity to share the card which was given to me by one of our recent guests. Taking the time to make the card for us and really taking the time to show gratitude was so special. When we choose to go through life with an attitude of gratitude it can certainly make not only the person receiving, but also the giver’s life so much richer. So a special thank you to all of our guests, past present and future. For making our lives richer and brighter for being a part of our lives, and whether that is for a weekend or an evening, you become a part of our lives and business.
We were honored to have with us on Veterans Day this wonderful group of people. Some of them are retired, some continue to serve our country in the military. There is a special bond being a part of something bigger than yourself and the conversation flowed easily around the breakfast table. One of our guests was the featured speaker at the Veterans Home in King and she was honored to be asked. Even though most of our guests could only stay for one night, they commented on how rested and pampered they felt. I would like to take this opportunity to let them know and all veterans know that it is you who honor us when you choose to stay with us. Allowing us to serve those who have served others is the greatest compliment that we can be paid. So thanks to all who serve their country, their community and their fellow men and women.
I am so excited and looking forward to our annual Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association. It is a time for us to gather and receive continuing education and also what is current and cutting edge for our guests as well as for us as business owners. The networking and camaraderie that this conference affords us as Innkeepers is invaluable. To be among your peers whom you admire and respect, there is no greater teacher. So bring on the learning, and not to mention the party! We will be rockin’ The Osthoff Resort, and what a beautiful place to be able to learn and hang out with other Innkeepers.