It is time to join in the mid-winter festivities in and around Manawa. One of those events is the Ladies Night Out, happening Wednesday evening, February 25, 2015 from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Manawa Masonic Center. This event is for the 21 and over crowd, or the 21 and way over crowd in which I find myself. It is a time to shop, sip and socialize with long time friends and friends we have yet to meet. There will be drinks and food for sale, raffles, auctions, music, fun learn how to demos. 32 companies will be represented and have offerings of all kinds. The evening will also be featuring Llysa Callsen (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6s4vHTjf_YM) will be the evenings comedy emcee. Tickets are available for just $20.oo at Eastling Insurance in Manawa, Butch’s Piggly Wiggly in New London and at www.brownpapertickets.com and at the door. Come on out and enjoy a fabulous evening with a lot of fun and friendship, and be sure to bring a non-perishable food item to share the love with the Manawa Community Food Pantry.
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.
For those of you who may or may not know, The Wizard of Oz happens to be my favorite movie of all time. So I was really excited to learn of the Fall Fest theme this year. It will be up to you to decide if you see the Scarecrow, the Tin Man or the Lion, and if you see the Wicked Witch, keep it to yourself and any flying monkeys, your on your own. What a wonderful story, where a young girl can get a bump on the head and wind up in a totally different place, and still find people who look out and care for her, and ultimately she learns that she could take care of herself all along, however it was more of an adventure with friends and family along for the journey, a great movie I tell you. Come downtown with your friends and family, lots of things to see at this years Fall Fest. There will be vendors in Lindsay Triangle as well as on 2nd Street. There will be music sponsored by St. Paul Lutheran Church by The King’s Countrymen http://kingscountrymen.com/kc/about.html. There will be City Wide Rummage throughout Manawa as well. The chili cook off will be in front of the Food Pantry on 2nd street this year, just around the corner from where it was held in front of Eastling Insurance last year. The judging takes place at 11 a.m. and then after the winners are announced, the chili will be on sale for $1 per bowl, with the proceeds going to benefit the Manawa Food Pantry. You will also be able to learn more about the Manawa Food Pantry (donations of non perishable food items are always welcome) and tour the building as well. You will find all sorts of goodies at the Fall Fest for sale, as well as music and pumpkin bowling for the munchkins. Come out and see what the Fall Fest has to offer and support the events in your local area. Check out http://manawachamber.org/ for more local and County wide events!
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/
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!
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 email@example.com. 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.
Crosscut Solutions Greenhouse at E5763 County Rd B, just outside Manawa, is having a “Plant Pink” event, I participated in this event last year and what a great time. Planting flowers, which in my humble opinion is way more fun than weeding! I was able to meet and visit with people that I don’t get the opportunity very often to meet and visit with, and owner Amy Starr is always ready with a friendly smile, and that this is an event that benefits breast cancer research is a bonus. So give Amy a call at Crosscut Solutions at 920-596-2330 and sign up, it will give you a chance to take a breather and make yourself or someone you love a beautiful pot of flowers, and you get your name in a drawing for a hanging basket, what’s not to love about that!
Sign up now to support breast cancer research and go home with a pot of pink flowers!!
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.
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!