On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, my friend and I finally found the time to go together to C&C Sales in Marion, Wisconsin. Now for those of you who don’t know what C&C Sales is, it is an Amish grocery/dry goods store, where you can buy things like flour and sugar and other baking stuffs and groceries for a very reasonable price. Once we arrived, and Tim was able to go in and “jones” around as we like to refer to it. We discovered that not only do they carry a variety of grocery items they also carry some furniture, handmade rugs and other items. One of those items being fresh fruit, it happened to be cherries that day. You can place your order and C&C Sales will contact you once the fruit arrives, and of course we had to order fruit, more on those adventures later.
The second part of our day was stopping at Pigeon River Brewing for a bite to eat. I have heard that their menu is very good, and we were not disappointed. The service as well as the food was outstanding. Blair and I split a black and blue burger and some of the best homemade fries I have ever tasted. Seasoned just right. Tim ordered a pizza, which of course I had to sample a piece and it was yummy as well. Tim’s brother Thomas ordered a burger and fries and his was very tasty as well. I am not a person who knows much about beer or the brewing thereof. However I know enough to know that when you find people who are passionate about what they do, so much so that they want to share it with the world, that is a winning combination, and that is what Pigeon River Brewing has in spades. So kudos to two gentleman for having a passion for brewing beer and let’s raise a toast to dreaming of big dreams. http://www.pigeonriverbrewing.com/
The third part of our day was to stop at Dupont Cheese on the way back to Manawa from Marion. I never tire of seeing all the different types of cheese and how delicious it is. Dupont is no exception. They have many varieties of beautiful cheeses to choose from. Many of the dairy farms surrounding Manawa and Marion is where the cheese begins its journey as milk. At Lindsay House Bed & Breakfast, we do our level best to keep the farmer’s in business. Dupont is just a few minutes from Manawa on Highway 110. http://www.dupontcheeseinc.com/
In the town of Marion, which is north of Manawa, they have a new museum building which was dedicated in 2009. There is an extensive collection of tools that were previously housed in the Marion Depot. The Marion Depot is an original Chicago Northwestern depot composed of waiting rooms and an office, which are both restored with original furnishings. Half of the depot stores many different items of interest, such as wooden toys from the Schoenhut Toy Co., circa 1910; WWI and WWII memorabilia as well as an extensive collection of memorabilia from the JFK era. A variety of items related to the town of Marion, which merchants gave away as what we now refer to as “promotional items” during the early 1900’s. Postcard photos and handcrafted scale model replicas of the Marion Band Stand, Perry’s Boat and the First National Bank, these items were created by the late Doug Johnson. There is also a Soo Line caboose, it is the last wooden, cupola-style caboose to be retired. There is also a switching station and semaphore on the grounds as well. The Marion Area Historical Society Museums are open every Saturday from Memorial Day until Labor Day 1 to 4 p.m.