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5 ways
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A cheesy date
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Day Trip:

Packers Hall of Fame

Say it twice:

My Child Has Cancer.

For Alyssa and Kindt Nielson of Clinton, Wisconsin, these words were hard enough to say the first
time. That was in 2011 when their son Channing (left in photo) was diagnosed with leukemia.
Three years later, Channings twin brother, Jakob (right), was diagnosed with the same type of cancer.
We were crushed, says Alyssa, but having been through it all with Channing, we knew that Jakob
would also receive incredible care at American Family Childrens Hospital in Madison.
Both boys, now 8, are doing great. Channing completed his treatment and Jakob is now in the less
intensive part of his chemotherapy.
The support and care we receive is incredible, Alyssa says. We are doubly grateful for everything
this hospital has done for our boys.


I Was Green
When Green Wasnt Cool

recently road-tripped with my Mom from

Texas to Michigan. It was great good
roads and great company, except for the
Mom likes to set her XM radio to Willies
Roadhouse classic country all the time. And
on our last day of travel, Merle Haggard died.
As a result, Willies Roadhouse rebranded
itself as Merles Roadhouse and then
proceeded to play all Merle, all the time.
Its a long enough trip from Texas to
Michigan, but with Merle along for the ride, it
seemed much longer.
A day earlier, Willies Roadhouse played a
song by George Jones and Barbara Mandrell,
called I Was Country When Country Wasnt
Cool! I remembered it from my youth, and as
I reviewed our story lineup for this issue of
Your Family, I realized that I was green when
green wasnt cool.
Early one winter, my father passed away
and left behind my mother and four children,
ages 11 to 17. Heading into spring that year,
Mom thought it would be good if we could
do something as a family that would help us
bond and move forward.
She had two possible ideas, and it went to
a family vote: a family vacation to Oklahoma
or an in-ground swimming pool.
It was no surprise to me that the vote was
4-1 for the pool. Mom was disappointed she
truly thought one of us would have opted
for the trip to Oklahoma and tried to sell it
by saying we could visit the Cowboy Hall of
Fame. But no one changed their vote, and the
new pool was installed.
Around this time, I had my own ideas for
keeping myself busy. I decided to become
an entrepreneur and build a small dog
kennel facility to open a boarding business.
There was an old chicken coop/shed on our
property, and it was in bad shape but did
have an awesome cement floor and running
My plan was to tear the old building down
and build a pole structure with six individual
dog kennels in its place.
Although I was only 15, I was prepared.

I was flush with cash, having saved every

nickel Id ever earned to that point. So Mom
approved my plan to move ahead.
I started by removing the wooden roof.
Some of the boards were rotten and had to be
disposed of, but the remaining boards were
all good. My siblings and I pulled out all the
nails and then set the boards aside.
The walls of the building were cement
block. They were heavy, dirty and had a
fair amount of mortar stuck to them. Using
a chisel and a hammer we cleaned up all
the edges. By the time we finished, we had
hundreds of cement blocks stacked up and
no real use for them.
At another family meeting, we decided to
run an ad in the local shopper and see if we
could sell our recycled materials. What an eye
opener! It turns out we could have sold 10

times the amount that we had. The proceeds

were used to purchase a diving board and life
preserver ring for the new pool.
This experience put me in the habit of
looking for the second possible use for
everything. I am proud of my small efforts to
recycle as a kid but have a lot more to learn
as an adult.
This issue is a perfect fit for anyone
interested in living the green life. Learn how
to line your pockets, not the landfills.
Maybe a swimming pool, diving board, and
life preserver ring is in your future. Or better
yet, maybe you can carpool on a road-trip to
the Cowboy Hall of Fame with my mom. l
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cells has dropped. Residential and business consumers are finding that a significant up-front investment
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Family Food
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Recipes Inside-out BLTs, Venison burgers,
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Family Health

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Family Life
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Story by Scott De Laruelle

n the not-too-distant past, Native Americans who lived in what is now Dane County referred to the area as Four Lakes.
Then, the lakes were an important mode for transportation of goods and people throughout the area. Today, theyre used
mainly for recreation and enjoy a reputation as one of the regions premiere outdoors destinations. There are plenty of
things to do on and around these area waterways everything from boating, fishing, camping and fishing to just enjoying a lazy
day on the beach.
And while its difficult to choose from the wide variety of destinations, here are five places to go to for your family to enjoy
the best of what the historic Four Lakes area has to offer.

Photo courtesy Dane County Parks

Mendota Park, just down the road from Governor Dodge State Park, offers
camping and a shallow boat launch.

Mendota Park

5133 County Highway M, Middleton

(608) 224-3730
Mendota Park, located off County Road M near the
intersection of County Roads Q and M in the Town of
Westport (just a few miles southwest of Governor Nelson
State Park), has plenty of activities and facilities for a wide
range of recreation.
For those interested in doing some serious camping, the
park features a 30-unit campground and a five-unit boat
camping area (all with electricity).
If youre into water recreation, the park has an
unsupervised swimming area with an accessible swimming
ramp, and a shallow launch for small boats, kayaks and
canoes. Its a designated lake access site from December
through March.
If staying on dry land is more to your style, Mendota Park
has volleyball courts, a softball field, play equipment and two
shelter facilities available for gatherings, even in inclement

Photo courtesy Dane County Parks

Capital Springs State Park and Recreation Area is connected to nearby Lake
Farm Park by the Capital City State Trail.

Capital Springs State Park

and Recreation Area

3101 Lake Farm Road, Madison

(608) 873-2100
Located on Lake Waubesa, Capital Springs State Park and
Recreation Area and Dane Countys Lake Farm Park are a
two-for-one special for people seeking any of a variety of
recreation opportunities, including camping, hiking and skiing
trails, picnicking, fishing and a boat launch. The Capital City
State Trail connects Capital Springs and Lake Farm Park to
the City of Madison.
The DNR and Dane County Parks cooperatively operate
and manage Capital Springs State Park and Recreation Area,
which is open year-round from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
At 3101 Lake Farm Road, the Lussier Family Heritage
Center and campground are on the left. The center is a
county-run facility used for hosting a variety of public and
private events, with a rustic-style lodge with banquet halls,
gallery and even a barn, with nature trails leading to and from
the main building.

The Jenni and Kyle Preserve is intended to serve children
and persons of all abilities and provides accessible fishing and
picnic areas, trails, wheelchair swings, and a shelter building
around two spring-fed ponds containing trout and panfish. It
is part of Capital Springs State Recreation Area, at 925 Post
Road, and its fishing ponds are for children 14 and under and
people with permanent disabilities. According to the Dane
County Parks website, the park project started in 1989 with a
donation from Harvey and Patricia Wilmeth as a memorial to
their grandchildren, Jenni and Kyle Geurkink, who both died
at the age of 4 due to a degenerative neurological disorder.

Photo courtesy Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Lake Kegonsa, which covers more than 3,000 acres, is famous for its fishing.

Lake Kegonsa State Park

2405 Door Creek Road, Stoughton

(608) 873-9695

Photo courtesy City of Madison

Tenney Park is one of the most famous and scenic spots in Madison.

Tenney Beach Lake Shore

Swimming Area

1300 Sherman Avenue, Madison

(608) 266-4711
If a beach is more to your style, then Tenney Park, located
on the shores of Lake Mendota the largest of the Madison
area lakes might have what youre looking for. Known as a
great place to socialize or just to hang out and relax, there
are a variety of activities to do, or just simply sit and have a
picnic on the lawn, watch the boats sail or catch up on some
Tenney Park is also a popular spot to toss out a line for
fishing, swim at the beach, or play a game of one of your
favorite sports such as soccer,
softball or volleyball. Take a stroll
down the winding paths by foot,
by bicycle, or rollerblades.
During swimming
season, the beach has
swim ropes and a
lifeguard on duty
from the middle of
June to the middle
of September from
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For boaters,
the nearby Tenney
Locks are owned and
operated by Dane County
Parks and are open from May

i s Go o d !

Lake Kegonsa State Park, open year-round from 6 a.m. to

11 p.m., offers a unique natural setting beside a glacier-hewed
lake. The lake, which covers 3,209 acres and is more than 30
feet deep, offers swimming, fishing, water-skiing, sailing and
Visitors to the state park are welcome to enjoy the lakes
excellent fishing (Kegonsa is very popular along ice anglers)
and prairie, forest and marsh habitats offer a variety of
camping, hiking, picnicking and skiing opportunities.
A concessionaire sells firewood on all weekends during the
camping season and daily during the Memorial Day to Labor
Day season. Hours are posted at the office, at the wood shed
and on the campground bulletin board.

Photo courtesy City of Madison

Wingra Park offers a great opportunity to explore the smallest, most secluded of the Madison-area lakes.

Wingra Park and Boat Livery

824 Knickerbocker St., Madison
(608) 233-5332

The 11.76-acre park on the shores of Lake Wingra is open

4 a.m. to 10 p.m. and has restrooms and drinking water
facilities. The park features play equipment and is popular for
hosting youth soccer games.
Wingra Boats offers canoe, kayak and paddle boat rentals
at the beach on Lake Wingra. Lessons, memberships and kids
camps are available. l



Sparked by
grilled cheese
by Scott Girard

Photo by Geri Girard

Abby Becker, left, and Scott Girard competed for the second straight year at the Wisconsin Grilled Cheese championships in Dodgeville in April.

owe my relationship to grilled

Gooey cheese packed between
two slices of bread may not be a normal
foundation for a romantic encounter,
but its pretty fitting for Wisconsin.
It became cemented at the states
annual Grilled Cheese Championships,
in which my girlfriend Abby and I
recently competed for the second
straight year.
The event, in its fifth iteration this
year, takes place in Dodgeville and has
seen attendance grow to the thousands
throughout the day, which includes
amateur and professional competition
in four sandwich categories. The familyfriendly atmosphere involves food carts
(all of which have something with, of

course, cheese) and booths to sample

locally-made goods like beer jam and
Abby and I first encountered the
competition three years ago, as just
friends after I had recently graduated
from UW-Madison, and she was a junior.
Wed met at The Daily Cardinal, a
student newspaper, and she took over
after my term as editor-in-chief.
Whenever I wanted to catch up on
the papers gossip or she needed some
advice, we would meet at a local coffee
shop and grab coffee and a grilled
cheese, if the time was right.
One of us luckily stumbled on the
annual festival online one day, and what
began as a joke of Lets go to this soon
became purchasing tickets for the two

of us and a mutual friend.

That year, we went as VIPs, which
meant we paid $10 to get a tote bag
with goodies and the opportunity to try
four samples of the competition grilled
cheese sandwiches. A cameraman
from Fox 47, a competition sponsor,
interviewed us for a story (probably
because of our Say Grilled Cheese
custom shirts) and we got on the news
as Grilled Cheese Enthusiasts.
That made it official: We had to go
back every year.
Months later, we ate grilled cheese
on our first date as more than friends,
and by the time January 2015 rolled
around, we knew we wanted to be more
than bystanders at the competition. We
were ready to compete.

We signed up to compete in the Classic category, which
limits competitors to cheese, butter and bread. Because of
some busy schedules, we ended up purchasing our cheese the
morning of the competition from the Farmers Market on the
Capitol Square and showed up at the competition crossing our
fingers it would taste good with our bread.
Despite our passion for the artful craft of grilled cheese
sandwich-making, we didnt win.
But we vowed to be better prepared a year later, and with
some help from extended family, we certainly felt ready
heading into the April 23 event.
This year, we entered both the Classic and Classic Plus
One categories. The latter allows for one additional ingredient
beyond cheese, butter and bread.
As it turned out, my sister-in-laws brother-in-law (not me)
works at a cheese factory and decided giving me and Abby
about 20 pounds of quality cheese would be a nice thing to do.
That made planning a lot easier.
To prepare for the stiff competition, we made about 10
practice sandwiches in the week leading up to the competition,
and settled on gouda for the Classic entry, with a cheddar
jalapeno cheese and bacon for the Classic Plus One.
While we still did not place in the top three in either
category on competition day, we made new friends over
making grilled cheese, and continued a tradition that Abby and
I have vowed to take part in every year from now on.
If you havent made it to Dodgeville for the competition, Id
strongly encourage you check it out next April.
Maybe itll spark your relationship, too. l

What do you think makes the best

grilled cheese?
Give Scott and Abby a tip on what they
should make next year by emailing

Photo by Scott Girard

Contestants in the professional and amateur competitions got creative with
their ingredients in the Classic Plus Extras category.

See a recap video of the 2016 competition at

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Exploring nature with

John Muir
by Samra Teferra

State celebrating native son,

100th anniversary of National Park Service

o nature lovers everywhere, John

Muir is a giant, one of the leaders
of the conservation movement
that still carries his name.
Muir, who worked to establish
the national parks system, spent his
childhood and much of his life in
Wisconsin, and his presence can still
be felt, more than a century after his
To commemorate the 100th
Anniversary of the National Park Service
and to honor the groundbreaking
environmentalist, the Wisconsin
Historical Society is featuring an exhibit
on his life and works at public libraries
in 25 communities throughout the state,
running through January.
The exhibits will provide
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environmental philosopher and advocate
is a homegrown hero of sorts, growing
up near Portage and attending the
UW-Madison. Muir co-founded the Sierra
Club and greatly influenced the passing
of legislation to establish and preserve
national parks. Later, he founded

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Ages 9-12 | July 25 28, 9 am 12 Noon $150


Yosemite National Park, Sequoia

National Park and other wilderness
Muir and his family immigrated to
Wisconsin from Scotland and started a
farm near Portage called Fountain Lake
Farm, which is still standing and has
been declared as a National Historic
Landmark. He credited that family farm
as the place where he discovered his
love for nature and UW-Madison as
where he became interested in its many

In his autobiography, The Story

of My Boyhood and Youth, he recalls
his days at the school when a fellow
classmate showed him a grand locust,
saying it was part of the pea family and
related to the pea plant.
This fine lesson charmed me and
sent me flying in the woods with wild
enthusiasm, he later wrote.

Muirs studies fulfilled some of his

desires, but they couldnt supersede the
fulfillment he found in nature, and his
writings reflect this adoration and his
spiritual insight into the natural world.
Some say his strict religious background
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forced to memorize bible verses daily or
else face a whipping from his father, a
In Cruise of the Corwin he wrote,
Gods love is manifest in the landscape
as in a face.
Muirs writings also resound in the
work of nature photographers, such as
Ansel Adams who often paired Muirs
writings with his photos.
Historian Kathleen McGwin of the
Wisconsin Friends of John Muir, who
co-wrote a book on Muir called Muir
is Still Here, said his story can still be
used today to positively link people
back to nature.
It is about preserving nature but it
also tells the story of early settlement in
Wisconsin, she said.
McGwin believes that not only do
people need to be led back to nature,
but guided back in an eloquent way. To
illustrate this, she echoed Muir himself.
The clearest way into the universe is
through a forest wilderness, she said. l


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Visit to the newly

Packers Hall of Fame
is a sure score

Story and photos by Scott De Laruelle

A life-sized statue of legendary defensive end Reggie White stands guard; one of many new items on display at the newly renovated Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.

n the nearly 100 years since the

Green Bay Packers were founded
over a couple of beers by a
newspaper editor and former prep
star, the team from the small town has
somehow survived to become one of
the most iconic in all of sports.
The only community-owned
franchise in American major sports,
the Packers are a true throwback to
the days before the National Football
League was even formed. But the
team wouldnt have survived without
winning, and the team has done plenty
of that.
Since joining the NFL, the Packers
have won 13 NFL Championships
more than any other and that
success, as well as the teams unique
story, has spawned a fanatic following
that reaches around the world. How
did tiny Green Bay come to be widely
known as Titletown?
Its a story as much about history
as it is about sports, and from the

most die-hard follower of the Green

and Gold to someone whos never ever
heard of football, you can learn about
all of it under one roof.
A big, big roof.
Now, not everyone grew up in
Green Bay like I did (and had a
great-grandfather who was childhood
friends with team founder Curly
Lambeau). But even for folks like me
who have had a lifetime membership
to Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame
since the 80s, theres now plenty of
new things to learn and experience at
the newly remodeled facility.

Modern look at history

Opened last year after extensive

renovations, the 15,000 square foot,
two-level museum is located on the
main floor of the atrium attached to
historic Lambeau Field, which opened
in 1957.
The new hall is an interactive
tribute to the greatest story in

sports, according to the Packers

website, with latest technology,
enhanced interactive displays and a
treasure trove of artifacts to educate
and inspire visitors about the rich
history of the Packers, as well as the
teams of today.
As you walk through, you can
click on screens to find archived
information, stats and videos, with
Packers legends describing historic
games in their own words.
You can admire trophies from the
Packers 13 world championships
(including four Super Bowls), test
your athletic abilities in an NFL
Combine area, compare a variety
of uniform and equipment changes
over the years, view videos of classic
games or sit down in a replica of
Vince Lombardis office.
The exciting and historical
galleries appeal to visitors of all
ages, and you dont even have to be
a Packers fan or a football fan,


for that matter to enjoy the

visit. The tour begins with a
short video on the history of
the team in Green Bay, and how
it managed to survive over the
That background sets the
historical importance of the
team to the area, and the state in
general. Not surprisingly, the hall
is filled with a variety of unique
and vintage memorabilia that
has been gathered for nearly a

Telling the story

As with other museums,

Packers Hall of Fame curator
Brent Hensel said the hall rotates
items in and out of display to

A two-story display that dominates the

new-look hall shows the teams uniforms
going back nearly a century.

of the Year and was
given the football by Bart Starr
at event honoring him.
Hensel said the two-year
renovation was undertaken
with the idea of mixing old and
new, with two major points
of emphasis: Does the artifact
represent a great moment in
Packers history and help tell that
story, and does it have a great
story behind it?
We wanted to use the
artifacts as another element to
tell the great story of the Green
Bay Packers, he said, citing
an example of a set of unused

We wanted to use the artifacts

as another element to tell the great
story of the Green Bay Packers.
Brett Hensel, curator
keep things fresh for visitors.
Of course, it helps when you get
a couple donated items a month
from fans, which he said keeps
the list of artifacts ever-growing.
They sometimes come in
spurts, (though) its probably a
little more active during the NFL
season, he said.
A recent donation, last
week, was an autographed 1961
Packers team football that had
the majority of the 1961 NFL
Championship teams signatures
on it. The donor familys father
won it at the time for being the

tickets from the famous 1967 NFL

Championship Ice Bowl game
played in sub-zero temperatures.
The family driving up from
Milwaukee got stuck on the
highway in heavy traffic going to
the game and did not arrive until
right before the second quarter,
he said. Since they went into
the gate so late and there was a
big rush of people going in, the
attendant did not even bother
tearing up their ticket and let
them pass.
And the rest is history.
Continued on page 18






9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday Saturday;

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays
(game weekend hours vary)


$12 youth, students, military
$9 ages 6-11
free ages 5 and under


Call (920) 569-7512 or visit,


By the numbers
Cost of 2015 atrium renovation
$140.5 million

Square footage of hall of fame


Year the Packers were founded


Inductees since 1970


NFL championships

Super Bowl trophies





Continued from page 17


Banners hang in the Lambeau Field Atrium, honoring the six Packers to have their numbers retired. Above are: Don Hutson (14) Tony Canadeo (3) and Bart Starr (15); be

Enjoying the day

A statue of former Green Bay Packers coach

(1959-1968) Vince Lombardi stands watch in front of the
Lambeau Field Atrium, looking out at Lombardi Avenue.

Unless youre coming to Green Bay on a gam

traffic or parking isnt something to worry abou
having a major sports team in a city of around 1
From the Madison area, the trip to Titletown
Interstate 41 (I recommend taking Hwy. 26 at W
but watch your speed in Rosendale), takes arou
Once in Green Bay, there are plenty of other
including museums, zoos, parks, boating (depen
and other recreation, but the spacious Lambeau
Packers fans year-round Mecca is designed to b
The 1919 Kitchen and Tap also redesigned i
a wide variety of food and beverages, including
Personally, I dont like to visit my hometown wi
and their famous butterburgers (conveniently lo
but either way, your stomach will be in good ha
Back at the atrium, youre going to want som
to bring home and remember the trip by, and th
everything imaginable for the sports and Packer
Want to go behind the scenes at Lambeau Fie
are also available, allowing people to a unique l
complex, both old and new. l



elow: Ray Nitschke (66), Reggie White (92) and Brett Favre (4).

me day (or night), heavy

ut one of the advantages of
via U.S. Hwy. 151 and
Waupun to save some time,
und two-and-a-half hours.
things to do on a day trip,
nding on the time of year)
u Field Atrium that serves as
be one-stop shopping.
in the past year serves
many local favorites.
ithout a trip to Krolls West
ocated across the street),
me memorabilia of your own
he Packers Pro Shop sells
rs fan.
eld? Tours of the stadium
look at the historic




Once in
Green Bay...

Packers co-founder Earl (Curly) Lambeaus larger-than-life statue

points east toward where the Packers first played,
near the current grounds of his alma mater, Green Bay East.

There are plenty of other

things to do on a day trip,
including museums, zoos,
parks, boating (depending on
the time of year) and other
recreation, but the spacious
Lambeau Field Atrium that
serves as Packers fans yearround Mecca is designed to
be one-stop shopping.



Solar Surge

PV trend looks bright for homeowners, designers and installers

by Bill Livick

nstalling photovoltaic solar panels

is a big initial investment for most
But even though it can save money in
the long run, thats not the only reason
many people invest in solar energy. It
might not even be the primary one.
For Gordy Kopke, owner of Kopkes
Greenhouse in rural southern Dane
County, its more about reducing his
carbon footprint and being mindful of a
bigger picture.
I have sort of an ideological
commitment that as an energy
consumer, if I have the financial
resources to do such, I should give
up some of my financial proceeds to
promote the long-term benefit of the
earth that we inhabit, explains Kopke.
Im an energy consumer, but unlike a
lot of people who take the money and
run, I decided to take the money and
stick it back into something thats going
to help us later on.

Photo submitted
Homeowner Bryan Tippens roof hosts 35 solar panels, or modules, and overlooks Foxboro golf course.

His is a common sentiment among

solar energy advocates.
Village of Oregon resident Bryan
Tippens says he and his wife, Clara,
recently installed a renewable energy
system 35 panels on the roof of their
home to offset some interests that arent
so environmentally friendly.
Sustainability has been important to
Tippens and his wife for many years,
he told Your Family magazine. When
they moved to a home last year with
a relatively new roof, they saw an
opportunity to invest in a way that felt
ethically satisfying.
I have an interest in things that
arent very sustainable, like motor
sports, which consumes a lot of fuel
and tires, he explains. I also travel
a lot for my work; I fly frequently. So
when I think about the impact those
things have on the environment, I think
about how I can offset those things on a
personal level?

Tippens found the answer in buying

a system that would reduce his carbon
footprint by harnessing the suns energy
instead of relying on gas- or coalgenerated electricity, which requires
burning fossil fuels that emit carbon
dioxide a heat-trapping greenhouse gas
into the atmosphere.
Although solar energy accounts for
less than 1 percent of the countrys total
electric power supply, installation of
solar systems is booming locally and
across the United States.
Solar energy contractors in the
Madison area have witnessed the trend
and say they get busier each year, as the
cost of photovoltaic panels has dropped
by 70 percent in the past seven years.
We thought sales would be slightly
higher than last year, but its been more
than double the same time last year,
said Burke ONeil, co-owner of Full
Spectrum Solar in Madison.
He said the first quarter of the year

is usually a slow sales time for PV solar

panels, which harness the suns power
and convert it into useable electricity.
I wish I could predict these things,
ONeil says, but its not a bad problem
to have.


Lower prices lead to more demand, jobs

by Bill Livick

Home improvement

As a new homeowner, Tippens had

plenty of ideas for improving his home
on Autumn Woods Lane in Oregon. But
he and his wife chose to delay those
improvements and invest in a solar
energy system instead a net cost of
about $24,000.
Overall, they spent $37,000, but a
$2,400 Focus on Energy rebate and
federal tax credits cut that cost.
The Tippenses hired Full Spectrum
to design and install a fairly large
12-kilowatt system on the roof of their
home the average is a 7- or 8-kilowatt
Full Spectrum did a great job, Bryan
Tippens says. They came up with an
estimate of 12,000 kilowatt hours a year,
based on what we needed.
ONeil designed the system using
Tippens previous year utility bill
and taking into account things like a
backyard swimming pool and an electric
The Tippens had moved to their large
home on Oregons south side in May 2015
and didnt have a full year of utility bills.
So ONeil got records of the previous
owners electric bills and combined
them with Tippens usage information to
provide an estimate of how much energy
the Tippens would need.
He also factored in our electric
vehicle, Tippens recalls. He came up
with a design that would support that,
plus the home usage.
Once youve gone solar, he adds,
you really start looking at your usage.

Growing market

While the majority of Full Spectrums

work is for private homes, the business
and institutional end of the operation
is also increasing, said ONeil, who
co-founded the company with his
brother, Mark, on East Washington
Avenue in Madison in 2002.
Full Spectrum designed and installed
20 to 25 systems last year, most of them
residential projects. But a couple of
the companys larger solar installations
recently took place in the Oregon School
Full Spectrum installed a system at
Oregon Middle School last fall, at a cost
of $144,200, and another at Brooklyn
Elementary School early this year, which
cost roughly $113,600.
Continued on page 22

Photo by Jeremy Jones

Workers from Full Spectrum Solar in Madison install a system at a home on Regent Street.

Legacy Solar Cooperative was launched in November 2014, and although

the business is still developing, managing director Kurt Reinhold says the
organization has about 19 projects in the works around the state.
Hes experienced growing demand in the past 12 months, and the co-ops
business plan calls for doubling its size each year for at least the next five
The cooperative doesnt install solar panels but focuses on project
development and a little bit of design for commercial customers, although it has
worked on residential projects as well.
Reinhold, Burke ONeil, owner of Full Spectrum Solar Madisons largest and
most established solar contractor and another solar system installer, Ryan
Harkins, owner of Synergy Renewable Energy Systems in Stoughton, all say
the time is right to go solar because of a 70 percent drop in solar panel prices in
about five years and a technology that has matured.
Much of that price reduction is due to increased market penetration and
availability, but also the Chinese kind of dumping solar panels into our market,
Harkins explained. That really forced everybody else to fall in line or go below
the line and out of business.
Reinhold asserts that now is the best time ever to get into the solar market.
He said theres no guarantee that waiting six months will bring lower prices, and
only a marginal likelihood that waiting six months will bring an advance in the
quality of the product.
Harkins agrees.
With the way that solar prices have really dropped over the past seven years
or so, it almost doesnt make sense in most cases to put in a wind system, he
said. Thats usually where we steer people if they need steering.
He said growing consumer demand has led to a surge of new jobs in renewable
The Midwest Renewable Energy Association, one of the countrys leading solar
energy organizations, has launched well-advertised solar training programs
throughout the state in the past few years, promising to teach people how to
design, install and troubleshoot solar energy systems in weekend courses over a
six-month period.
The Solar Energy Industries Association reports that in the first half of 2015,
solar accounted for 40 percent of all new electrical generating capacity in the
The dramatic increase in solar installations means a corresponding increase in
jobs, the MREA said in a recent news release. Nearly 174,000 people worked
in the solar industry in 2014, a 20 percent increase from the previous year as
stated by the Solar Foundation.


Continued from page 21

Both projects were completed for
less than what the school district had
budgeted, said OSD business manager
Andy Weiland.
OMS science teacher Nate Mahr said
the system has been a great teaching
tool. He and his students monitor and
discuss conditions in the atmosphere
and how they relate to the generation of
Full Spectrum has about 600
customers in the state and is installing
systems at about half the total cost
from five years ago, ONeil said.
Most of the cost is labor, he added
(about 70 percent on a residential
The sharp decline in the price of
modules (or solar panels) resulted in
some pretty big savings, ONeil said.

Business sense

Kopke had the first of three solar

systems installed at his business on Sand
Hill Road outside the Village of Oregon
five years ago. Since then hes added two
more to the greenhouse and a separate

system on his house.
Hes committed to renewable
energy, and while going solar is the
environmentally responsible thing to do,
he said, it also makes financial sense.
Kopke figures with a 30 percent tax
credit, accelerated depreciation on his
solar systems, and a Focus on Energy
rebate, hes seen a great rate of return
on my investment.
Im a big supporter of solar
energy, he says. The actual return on
investment came back between six to
eight years, depending upon the system.
He says the system on his house will
pay for itself in about eight years. The
systems that provide electricity to his
greenhouses will have an even shorter
payback, because theyre stationary
panels and cost less than the modules on
his home, which have a tracking device
that allows them to rotate to follow the
sun, maximizing the energy they can
If I were to take the same $25,000
that it ended up costing out-of-pocket
on my house and left the money in the

Photo by Scott Girard

Gordy Kopke had the first of three solar systems
at his business, Kopkes Greenhouse, installed
five years ago.

bank at .5 percent interest, Id be getting

squat. And then whatever squat I got
from the bank, Id have to pay taxes on
top of that interest, Kopke said. But
if Im saving $2,500 a year on a $25,000
investment, Im getting 10 percent return
on my investment. And I dont even have
to pay income tax on it because it comes
out of my net.
When I figured out the mathematics
of this thing, I said, Where do I sign?
Im not a math genius, but I could see
financially it was a good move. l

Making solar pay is all in the system

Story and photo by Bill Livick

Homeowners can realize big

reductions in their electric bills or
have no bill at all if they find a
company that can design a system
that matches their energy use.
Almost all modern systems are
developed as a grid system (or a
distributive system) as opposed
to a battery system. That means
if a solar system is generating
Bryan Tippens adjusts a solar
more electricity than a customer is
panel data system that Full
Spectrum Solar installed in
using, their utility meter can run
his home.
backwards and the utility may
end up owing the customer. Its a process known as net
metering, or time-of-use metering.
Full Spectrum Solar co-owner Burke ONeil explained the
process and said that in most cases, with a well-designed
system, people will realize enough savings to cover their
investment in about a decade.
With Madison Gas and Electric, where weve got fairly high
electric rates, and where they offer time-of-use metering
and they havent rigged the system yet to prevent solar
people from taking advantage of that metering we usually
get people in positive cash flow in less than 10 years, which
is pretty amazing for distributed renewable energy, he says.
Thats with a 30 percent federal tax credit but a much smaller
Focus on Energy incentive than weve had in the past.
The trick is to design a system that wont produce a lot more
energy than the customer uses, because utilities will credit

them at full retail cost about 12 cents per kilowatt hour up

to the amount of energy they consume.
The utilities pay a much smaller amount, probably three or
four cents per kilowatt hour, for any surplus electricity thats
generated, ONeil says.
The system has worked well for Tippens, who last month
received his first utility bill since his solar modules have been
operating and paperwork filed with his utility.
He said his average monthly electric bill had been around
$300. But on his bill for the March 3 - April 15 period, he
received a $1 credit.
Thats after the utilitys standard fees, and even after driving
1,000 miles on electric, he explains. So our actual credit on
our bill is $200-$300.
Thats on a $24,000 system, meaning a payback of about
7-10 years.
Our generation is about 1,500 kilowatts per month, over the
average, he adds. But were not running the pool pump yet,
so I wont know what our surplus would be until then.
Tippens has an app on his computer that continually
shows the amount of energy that each panel on his roof is
generating, in real time. He can also access the data on his
smartphone and said if theres a problem, it will identify the
specific diode in a module thats not functioning properly.
He appreciates that the new solar system has resulted in
big savings on his electric bill, but he and his wife are even
happier about reducing their carbon footprint.
We didnt burn gas or pollute, so thats an additional benefit
and value, Tippens said.


The good, bad and ugly about GMOs


Since becoming commercially

available in 1996, GMOs have taken
over much of our food supply with
about 90 percent of the corn and
soybeans produced in the U.S. being
genetically modified. Over half of the
sugar produced in the U.S. is genetically
modified and 80 percent of processed
foods have ingredients made from GMOs.
However, very few of the whole foods we
eat are genetically modified.
There are as many studies stating that
engineered foods are safe to consume as
there are studies that say theyre not.
Most of the GM crops in the United
States either have been modified to
resist herbicides (meaning farmers can
spray fields without killing their crop)
or have been modified to resist planthungry insects by naturally producing an
On the plus side, the resistance to
herbicides has helped farmers skip the
need for tilling their soil, which prevents
erosion and helps maintain the nutrients
in the soil. With naturally occurring
insecticide, crops have less dependency
on the sprayed pesticides, which can be
toxic to us.
All good things dont come without
their cons, though. Due to the herbicideresistant crops, more herbicide is being
applied, most of which is glyphosate,
the main ingredient found in Roundup.

& remodeling

Brian Cornell
1928 Koshkonong Rd.,
Cell 608.669.3017

Glyphosate, an antibiotic can hinder our

healthy microbiome in our gut and may
be a carcinogen for humans.
On top of that, with 20 years of
herbicide use and insect-resistant plants,
were now dealing with herbicideresistant weeds and insects resistant
to the GM crops, meaning stronger
herbicides and pesticides are being
applied to crops.
The struggle is real, and it lies mostly
in the gray area. How can we help the
most poverty-stricken people who most
need this technology in order to prevent
blindness or to stay in business while
on the other hand, realize that the direct
benefit to the consumer isnt as well
defined when most of the crops in the
U.S. are genetically modified corn and
Genetically modified organisms,
while developed over 20 years ago,
are still in their infancy in research
standards. Long-term studies still need
to be conducted and more knowledge
needs to be gained. For now, the debate
continues. l
Kara Hoerr, MS, RD, CD, is the
registered dietitian at the Fitchburg
Hy-Vee. This information is not
intended as medical advice. Please
consult a medical professional for
individual advice.

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enetically modified organisms

(GMOs) have been a popular topic
of debate in the news for several
years now, but just this year, its seen
more attention in the media and has been
gaining momentum with a new labeling
law coming into effect in Vermont in
Vermont will be the first state to make
it mandatory for all products containing
GMOs to be labeled. While some argue
this unnecessarily creates a fear in the
consumer and will increase food costs,
others believe consumers have the right
to know whats in their food.
I think its safe to say nobody knows
the answer. Like anything debatable,
there are pros and cons. But its also
safe to say that its a term few actually
understand. Consumers have gained
a vague fear of GMOs without even
knowing why, simply because of what
theyve heard through the media and
opinionated sources.
We do have a right to know whats
in our food, but its also important to
have a good understanding of what that
label means in order to form our own
Genetic modification is a process
of taking genes from plants, animals,
insects, or bacterium and transferring
them into another species for a desired
outcome. Rather than breeding plants
or animals the traditional way, which
took years, the discovery of genetically
modifying organisms made it much faster
to get the desired result.
GMOs made their first appearance
in the mid-1990s as a way to do good
when researchers found a way to
genetically modify rice to resist the
floods in Eastern India. Rather than
losing acres of crops, the modified rice
survived the harsh conditions and was
able to provide food for millions.
Several more possibilities have been
developed since, such as Gold Rice,
which produces a precursor to vitamin A
to help prevent blindness in developing



on the lake
with author
Don Sanford

Recreational sailor tells stories

of Lake Mendota
by Bill Livick

on Sanford didnt set out to

write a social history when
he began his book about Lake
Mendota. Originally hed planned to
write a guidebook of the lake from the
perspective of being on the Madison
areas largest body of water.
But as he worked on the project and
began collecting memories and stories
of the lake, a friend pointed out that
Sanford wasnt writing a history, but a
social history.
They said that because I was not
writing about things, he recalled. I
was writing about people.
Sanford began working on On
Fourth Lake: A Social History of Lake
Mendota in late 2003 and completed
it just prior to its publication in July
The book is replete with personal
stories, memories and photographs
related to the lake.
What sets my book apart as you
read through it are the personal
anecdotes, Sanford explained. Its not
just this story about what you see as
you go around the lake.
Sanford, who moved to Madison
from New York in 1976, said he had no
idea that the book would take 12 years
to write and publish.
Sanford is not a professional
historian. He retired from a career at
Wisconsin Public Television in 2006,
where over the years he worked in all
aspects of the operation.
His book consists of 15 chapters,
each focusing on a particular area on
the lake and lakeshore.
He conducted hundreds of
interviews with people who grew up
on Lake Mendota, have been frequent
users of it or are experts in some

Don Sanford is the author of On Fourth Lake: A

Social History of Lake Mendota.

way. He also did extensive research

at the Wisconsin Historical Society,
along with digging into newspaper and
magazine articles.
I interviewed these people and
decided to let the eyewitnesses tell the
story. Its a lot better than a reporter
telling it, he said.
Sanford is a lifelong sailing
enthusiast and said he got the idea
for his book in September 2003, while
traveling to Lake Superior with a group
of friends for their annual sailing
A member of the Mendota Yacht
Club and Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club,
Sanford loved exchanging stories
about Lake Mendota. He recalled his
sailing pals suggesting that he write the
stories down sometime, and when the
group returned from Bayfield, Sanford
announced to my wife, Barb, that I
was going to write a book about Lake
He spoke with Your Family about the
book and the lake.
YF: Its interesting that you chose
to write a social history. I dont think

Ive ever seen anything quite like this

Sanford: The original concept was
this was going to be a users guide.
When you go sailing on Lake Superior,
theres a wonderful book called The
Superior Way, that I have on my
bookshelf here. Its a guidebook to
every nook and cranny of the coast
of Lake Superior. It has a little bit of
history in it, but mostly its a guidebook
to tell you where to anchor.
So I was thinking of a book for
people afloat on Lake Mendota to learn
about the places you can easily go and
maybe other places you dont want to
go because its too shallow or its a
dangerous place to go when the winds
blowing from a certain direction.
And then I was going to frame that
with a little bit of historical anecdote
to have it make sense.
Im a visual guy, so I thought every
chapter should have a map that shows
that chunk of the shoreline, with the
idea that if youre out on the lake, you
could just take a pencil and write a
note about it: we anchored here on
such and such a date, or something
about the fish or whatever.
So the original concept was to have
this description of the shoreline and
the lake, and have a map with it so you
could connect the two.
My book designer, Nancy Zucker,
picked up on that right away and found
the maps from the DNR and improved
them a little bit.
YF: Visually its just stunning. It
draws you right in.
Sanford: A couple of people said
this is not what they were expecting.
They were expecting a dull history

YF: One reason this is a great read
is because its easy. Its one of those
things that you could go back to time
after time because theres so much
information. Its not a narrative story
from beginning to end that you read
and youre done.
Sanford: Right, my idea was a
guidebook with enough history in it
that it would be interesting and not
just a dull guidebook saying go here,
go there. It would give you a sense of
place and maybe what happened there.
And then it began to morph. As I
would start reading about some place,
I kept discovering new things. If a
person spends any time on the water,
they discover its a magical place. I
think every body of water has a magical
When youre afloat, youre really
responsible for yourself and the people
on your boat. And your ability to come
back from some adventure out there
shapes your life.
YF: So there are lots of primary
Sanford: I had all these interviews
and was working on the manuscript,
and it just struck me one day, why
dont I just let this guy tell the story?
Rather than repeating and paraphrasing
his words, Ill just let him tell it.
The other thing that youll see if you
dig into it: I did include references to
if there was a story in the newspaper,
I really wanted to make sure that
this book was historically accurate.
Because many of the stories I got from
people, and your mind has a funny way
of playing tricks, and a fact or a detail
or a location could be shifted by five
miles or 10 years or include different
So if Id hear a story, if someone
would tell me something, Id go to see
if I could find it.
Years ago, newspapers had a lot of
pages to fill to occupy the places where
the ads werent, and so there were
stories about somebody catching a
fish or swimming across the lake or
things like that would often make their
way into the newspaper and if I could
find it, I felt that gave the book a little
more credibility than just hearsay.

who work at the university and the

university is on the lake. I think as
Madisonians, we kind of take it for
In its history, I think its unique
because of the synergy that sometimes
happens out there.
Tommy Barletts first water ski
show was on Lake Mendota, so its
been a staging ground for a lot things.
An iceboat was invented on the lake
that became known everywhere as the
Madison style.
In the southern part of the state, a
lot of homes on lakes like Lake Geneva
and Delevan Lake are the homes of
the rich and the famous huge estates
with housefuls of servants and helpers.
Lake Mendota was a very rural kind
of place. Even as late as the late 1960s,
there was farmland that you could see
from the lake, and there were only
two big estates

on the lake. I dont know

why there was not a lot
of settlement carving it
up into huge tracts of
land that would be
developed into huge
homes. l

YF: Do you think Lake Mendota is

unique in some ways?
Sanford: Well, its certainly unique
in terms of its science and the amount
of study thats been conducted. Lake
Mendota is the most studied lake in
the world because there are scientists


Medical innovations targeted

for elders

ecently a friend of the family was

hospitalized after he passed out
three times in 20 minutes.
After extensive workup, the doctors
discovered he had aortic stenosis a
narrowing of the aortic valve that keeps
the valve from opening fully, reducing
blood flow to the body and making the
heart work harder. As a result, the heart
weakens, causing chest pain, fatigue,
and shortness of breath.
Under normal conditions, the
physicians would perform open heart
surgery on him, but, due to his age, he
was a very high risk for such surgery,
thus making his condition inoperable.
Fortunately, his cardiac physicians
had been working with a new procedure
that was less than four years old in the
United States transcatheter aortic
valve replacement.
TAVR is one of many new minimally
invasive procedures that accomplish
major feats. These include knee
cartilage restoration, spinal surgery and

a long list of other commonly needed

Although it carries some risks like
any procedure, TAVR can be an effective
option to improve quality of life in
patients who otherwise have limited
choices when their aortic valve is
Because TAVR does not stop the
heart or require putting the patient
on a heart-lung bypass machine, it
has allowed treatment for aortic valve
conditions accessible to thousands of
patients, mostly elderly, who would
otherwise have been too risky for
open heart surgery and left with no
other options. And compared to open
heart surgery, the recovery period after
TAVR is much less difficult.
During a TAVR procedure, the aortic
valve replacement is inserted via a
catheter through one of four access
points, without requiring open heart
surgery. The doctors access point
with this family friend was the femoral

artery, the most common access point.

This minimally invasive surgical
procedure repairs the valve without
removing the old, damaged valve.
Instead, it wedges a replacement valve
into the aortic valves place. Similar to a
stent placed in an artery, TAVR delivers
a fully collapsible replacement valve to
the valve site through a catheter.
It is absolutely mind-boggling (to me)
that physicians can thread a tiny valve
replacement through the femoral artery,
into the heart and place it precisely,
allowing the patient to receive the
benefits of what used to require openheart surgery.
As cardiologist James Beckerman
told medical trade publication MDDI
Online, TAVR is a game-changer.
It may not be (the cardiology
equivalent to) landing a man on the
moon that will be the day we figure
out how to prevent aortic stenosis. But
in the meantime, TAVR will help more
patients with critical aortic stenosis live

Minimally invasive procedures


Pancreatic cancer, benign pancreatic lesions, hernias, severe

gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), liver tumors (benign and
malignant), gallbladder cancer, obesity (gastric bypass, bariatric
surgery, gastric banding), gastrointestinal/rectal conditions,
hernias (paraesophageal, ventral, hiatal or incisional)


Some lung tumors, esophageal cancer and diseases


Gynecologic cancer, benign tumors, endometriosis, uterine

fibroids, ovarian cysts, benign cervical disorders, conditions
requiring hysterectomy, removal of ovaries and staging of
lymph nodes

Head and neck

Skull base brain tumors, anterior cranial fossa (front skull

base) tumors, posterior cranial fossa (back of the skull base)


Atrial septal defects, aortic regurgitation, aortic

insufficiency, aortic stenosis, mitral valve repair


Spine conditions, cervical disc hernias, lumbar disc

hernias, degenerative disc disease, spinal trauma: skull
base brain tumors, anterior cranial fossa (front skull base)
tumors, posterior cranial fossa (back of the skull base)


Varicose veins, venous insufficiency, peripheral vascular



Kidney disorders, kidney cysts, kidney stones, kidney

blockage, kidney donation, prostate cancer, incontinence.
(Johns Hopkins University, 2015)

longer, fuller lives, he said.
Americas elders undergo 20 percent
of all surgical procedures, yet elders
comprise only 13 percent of the U.S.
population. Thats why its important
that we understand the special needs of
the elderly as they face the prospect of
As we age, we undergo more
surgeries on average, and we have
a greater chance of experiencing
complications after surgery. That is why
many clinical trials today are looking at
less or minimally invasive procedures
for elders, like TAVR.
Minimally invasive surgery (also
known as endoscopic, laparoscopic,
thoracoscopic or keyhole surgery)
allows the surgeon to see inside the
patients body and operate through
a much smaller incision than would
otherwise be required in traditional
open surgery.
A surgeon uses an endoscope to
reach internal organs through very
small incisions. The surgeon inserts a
thin, flexible tube with a video camera
through a small incision or a natural
orifice like the mouth or nostrils.
The tube has a channel to utilize tiny
surgical instruments, which the surgeon
uses while viewing the organs on a
computer monitor.
Many other procedures fairly new.
TAVR was first done in France in 2002
and has been commonly used in Europe
since 2007. It was first approved in the
United States in 2011 for people with
aortic stenosis who are considered a

high risk patient for standard valve

replacement (open heart) surgery.
In my family friends case, he was
hospitalized, underwent a minimally
invasive cardiac catheterization where
he had stents placed in some of his
veins that were occluded. Nearly a week
later, he had the TAVR procedure.
In addition to TAVR, there are many
other mind-boggling procedures that
are minimally invasive and oriented to
elders. Two of them are cartilage plugs,
which repair articular cartilage in the
knee of patients, and spinal surgery to

alleviate back and neck pain.

In the near term, you can expect to
see many, many more minimally invasive
procedures being devised for elders,
leading to improved quality and quantity
of life. l
Stephen P. Rudolph is the owner
of Comfort Keepers of South Central
Wisconsin, a home care agency that
provides skilled nursing and personal
care services for aging adults, those
with disabilities and others needing


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W i s c o n s i no k s
The Hidden Kennedy Daughter



by Kate Clifford Larson

c.2015, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
302 pages
The King has spoken.
And in pretty much every fairy tale,
thats all it takes for a Happy Ending (or
a not-so-happy one): He decrees, and
it is so. And in Rosemary: The Hidden
Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford
Larson, youll see how that affected
the oldest girl in what many say was
Americas Royal Family, who died in nearobscurity in a small town in Wisconsin.
When Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy went
into labor on Sept. 13, 1918, the doctor
was delayed in caring for Bostons
Spanish Flu victims, so the nurse,
unauthorized to deliver the child, held
the baby in place in the birth canal for
two excruciating hours.
By the time little Rosemary Kennedy
was a year old, it was obvious something
was amiss. Rosie was delayed in all
milestones, and no matter how much
parental attention she had, her younger
siblings quickly overtook her both
physically and mentally. It became

apparent she was going to need more

than the family could offer.
Doctors diagnosed her as mentally
retarded; she might also have suffered
from epilepsy. Inwardly, she struggled;
outwardly, she was charming and funloving. Many thought she was just shy.
Desperate for a cure that would never
come, Joseph and Rose Kennedy sent
Rosemary to a succession of schools
until, in 1938, a good fit was found in
Great Britain.
But World War II intervened. Nineteenyear-old Rosemary was pulled from that
school for her safety, and her stateside
return sent her into a tailspin.
By 1941, Joseph Kennedy was
searching for new methods of treatment
for his daughter and considered lobotomy
(a radical brain surgery). Family
members recommended against it, but
hed been assured it would work,
so sometime in early November 1941,
without telling his wife or children, he

authorized the surgery.

Stunned. Absolutely stunned. That was
me, as I read this sit-still book. Yes, I was
aware that Rosemary lived until relatively
recently, tucked away in a care center for
the mentally challenged in Jefferson, but
the rest?
I had no idea.
That story, however, isnt all that lies
inside Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy
Daughter. Larson lays out plenty of
history, both of the family as a whole,
and of the world. She reaches back to
the earliest Kennedy years and, as she
pulls us forward, she puts into context
each phase of Rosemarys life, plunging
us into the way things were early in the
last century. Then, believe it or not, in
Larsons hands, this tragic tale culminates
in an oddly happy ending.
I couldnt get enough of this
astounding book and, especially if you
like a splash of historical biography in
your scandal, youll love it, too. l

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Inside-Out BLTs

Venison Burgers

Japanese Potato Salad

Kiwi Fruit Sorbet


Venison Burgers
Serves 8

2 pounds venison meat

12 pound pork shoulder
12 pound slab bacon
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
12 teaspoon onion powder
Pinch of cayenne pepper
12 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons hot sauce
1 teaspoon kosher salt
12 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Optional toppings
Cheddar cheese
Clean the venison well and remove any fat or connective tissue. Cut the
venison, pork shoulder and bacon into large chunks. Combine all ingredients
together in a large mixing bowl and let marinate for 1 hour in the refrigerator.
Grind everything together using the small plate on your grinder. Form into
burger patties by hand, and grill or pan-sear. Cook to medium (135 internal
temperature), then remove from the grill and top with your favorite cheese or
burger toppings.
Chefs note: Venison is an incredibly rich meat but also quite lean. Its
extremely important to take proper care of your venison in the field, as well as to
trim away all fat and connective tissues when processing. Adding pork and pork
fat helps give a somewhat dry meat more juice and gives a more approachable
texture to these burgers.

Inside-Out BLTs
Yields 12 bites

8 strips premium bacon, sliced crosswise into 18 strips

8 firm Roma tomatoes or green (unripe) tomatoes, cut into 14 thick slices
1 cup flour
3 eggs, beaten
2 cups bread crumbs or panko
3 or more tablespoons olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
1 4-ounce log goat cheese, approximately 1-12 in diameter,
sliced 18 thick
24 arugula leaves, lower stems discarded
Cook bacon over medium heat until crispy. Drain on a paper towel.
Select the 24 most uniform tomato slices and save the rest for tomorrows
lunch. Dredge slices in flour, then in eggs, then pat down in bread crumbs.
Reserve on plates, but do not stack.
In a saut pan over medium-high heat, add 3 tablespoons oil. When oil is
hot, add as many breaded tomato slices as the pan can accommodate without
them touching. Fry for approximately 2 minutes per side, or until browned and
crispy. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Add more oil if necessary for
subsequent batches.
To assemble, line up 12 fried tomato slices. Season with salt and pepper, then
top each with 1 cheese slice, a mound of bacon shrapnel and 2 arugula leaves.
Cover with a second fried tomato slice. Secure with a toothpick. Let cool for a
minute before serving (Tomatoes have a surprising ability to hold the heat).

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Kiwi Fruit Sorbet

Japanese Potato Salad

2 teaspoons grated lime or lemon zest

34 cup sugar, divided
34 cup water
2 pounds kiwi fruit (about 8 kiwi fruit), peeled and quartered
6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice
2 limes, quartered
In a small bowl, mash the zest with 1 teaspoon of the sugar to release the
oils. Combine the remaining sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a
boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Cook until the syrup is clear. Remove from the
heat and let cool to room temperature. In a food processor or blender, pure the
kiwi fruit with the juice, syrup and sugared zest. Transfer to a container, cover and
refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, about 3 hours.
Freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturers instructions.
Or, to freeze without an ice cream maker, pour the mixture into a 9 nonreactive
square pan. Cover with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and freeze just until solid,
2-3 hours. Scrape out into an electric mixer or food processor and process briefly
until light and fluffy. Serve at once or transfer to a container, cover, and freeze
until firm, about 2 hours. At serving time, garnish with a lime wedge to squeeze
over each serving.

Fine sea salt

2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, scrubbed
1 cup Japanese mayonnaise
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 large carrots, peeled and thinly sliced diagonally
1 cup fresh or frozen shelled edamame
1 Japanese or English cucumber, halved lengthwise and very thinly sliced
4 green onions, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced
Fill a large saucepan two-thirds full with water and season generously with
salt. Peel the potatoes, cut them into 2 chunks, and drop them into the water.
Bring the water to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to maintain a gentle
simmer and cook until the potatoes are very tender, 10-15 minutes. Drain in a
colander and set aside for 5 minutes to steam dry. While the potatoes are still hot,
mash them using a ricer, food mill or potato masher. Add the mayonnaise, vinegar
and 12 teaspoon salt to the warm potatoes and whip with a wooden spoon until
light and fluffy. Set aside to cool.
Meanwhile, fill a small saucepan with water, season it generously with salt
and bring it to a boil over high heat. Add the carrots and edamame and cook until
crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Drain, rinse under cold water and dry well.
Put the cucumbers in a bowl and sprinkle with 12 teaspoon salt. Toss to coat
evenly and set aside for 15 minutes. Wrap the cucumbers in a kitchen towel or
paper towels and squeeze out as much liquid as you can.
Add the cucumbers, carrots, edamame, and green onions to the cooled potato
mixture and stir to combine well. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Cover and
refrigerate for up to 2 days.

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Makes about 1 quart


Serves 4 to 6


Cherished rhubarb is first sign

of spring

visited my first farmers market of

the season earlier this month. As
expected, not many vendors were out
force peddling their produce, but it still
was glorious.
Although we didnt have a terrible
winter season, it sure seemed to drag on
forever. The sightings of fresh veggies
and beautiful flowers lined up on tables
just got me in the mood to buy whatever
I could get my hands on.
I found a parking spot, stuffed a little
cash in my back pocket, grabbed my cup
of coffee from the cup holder and I was
off to discover the offerings.
As always, my plan going in was to
just walk around and look at what was
available. I should change that strategy,
because it never works. I am always
overwhelmed to the point I cant just
pick from one vendor and be done. I
like to spread the wealth and buy a little
from as many vendors as possible.
And unfortunately, I couldnt find
what I was really hoping for. But it will
be there soon, I know, and I cant wait.
Im a small food producer myself. I
know what its like to stand or sit behind
a table and hope someone buys your
wares. However, I will say that I refuse
to sit outside at a market when its
snowing, raining, too windy, too hot, too
humid or yeah, you get the picture.
Im an indoor girl. My products live
inside the stores on shelves.
With that being said, I admire the
tough souls who go out in the wee hours
of the mornings to pick the produce
while customers like me are still fast
asleep. I am willing to support this kind
of work ethic by attending as many
markets as possible during the season.
My husband and I are also members
of a local CSA (community supported
agriculture program). There is nothing
more exciting than not knowing the
fresh earthy treasures that await me in
our weekly box. I can hardly wait until
the month is over for our program to
start up again!
I have a secret love for green onions,
garlic, carrots, peppers and rhubarb. I

cant get home fast enough when I get

them in my bag. The thought of chopping
these crunchy delights into tiny bits
on my kitchen counter just sends me
into orbit. I have a special knife that is
kept just for this purpose. I am in my
element when I am chopping, chopping,
By June, I am forced to come up
with all kinds of meals requiring large
amounts of vegetables from my freezer
so I can use them up and have a reason
to buy more and start the vicious cycle
all over once again.
Rhubarb is my all-time favorite stalk
to chop. It stays in place on the cutting
board, cuts neatly into tiny pieces and
is very versatile in baking. The fact it is
only available for a short time makes it
more exciting for me.
Just the other day I was thinking
buying some at a local store. It was $5.99
a pound! Not at the farmers market.
I bought six sturdy red stalks banded
together for only $2 this morning! What
a bargain. If only our condo association
would allow me to plant my own!
We always had rhubarb in our yard
back home in Iowa while I was growing
up. My sister and I would wait in great
anticipation for the day when my mother
announced she had enough to make her
famous Rhubarb Cake. It was delightful.
The cake is best right out of the oven.
The crunchy cinnamon crust topping
will put you over the edge and force you
to take just one more bite until youve
consumed all you can possibly handle
in one sitting. Its also great with a
little vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped
cream on the side.
Im sharing my mothers recipe today.
Its a little bit of home to me every
Springtime. I hope you enjoy it! l
In addition to her blog,,
Rhonda Mossner is a professional
speaker, quilter and chef. She is
known as The Quilter Cook and travels
throughout the area sharing her quilts,
stories and recipes.

2 cups brown sugar
2 cups of all purpose flour
cup softened butter
teaspoon of salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of baking soda
2 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
1 cup of milk with
1 Tablespoon white vinegar
2 cups of rhubarb
cut into inch chunks
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream together the brown
sugar and butter. Add eggs and
milk mixture and mix until well
combined. Set aside. In another
bowl, combine the flour, salt, soda
and cinnamon. Gradually add the
dry ingredients to the wet batter by
hand. When well incorporated, fold
in the rhubarb.
Pour into a greased 9x13 pan.
Mix together 1 cup of white sugar
and 3 teaspoons of cinnamon.
Sprinkle over the cake batter in
Bake at 350 degrees for 35
minutes. Serve warm or room
temperature. Serves 12.



May 28
Breakfast on the Farm, Wegmeuller Farm, Monroe: arts and crafts, airplane
display and breakfast,
May 29
Rock Aqua Jays Water Ski Show, Traxler Park, Janesville, each Sunday and
Wednesday through Labor Day,
May 31
Art Walk, Watertown,
June 1
Learn to kayak, Devils Lake State Park,
June 2-5
Guided kayak tour, Devils Lake State Park,
Hometown Days, Verona: Festival celebrates communitys nickname, Hometown
USA, with a carnival, parade, music, food, free activities for kids, fireworks,
June 2-July 17
Rockin At The Fireside, Fort Atkinson,
June 3
Cars on the Square, Historic Courthouse Square, Monroe: Classic cars on display,
prizes, food,
Night hike, Kettle Moraine State Forest, Northern Unit,
June 3-4
Motors and Music, Firemens Angell Park Speedway, Sun Prairie: cars, trucks,
tractors and motorcycles as well as a beer tent with live music,
Artistry in Motion, Janesville: two evenings of dance performances for all ages,
June 3-5
Festa Italia, McKee Farms Park, Fitchburg: Italian food and culture, live entertainment, bocce tournament, spaghetti-eating contest, carnival,
Spring Art Tour, Mount Horeb, Black Earth, Blue Mounds, Cross Plains,
Mazomanie and Verona: Open Art Studios exhibit variety of media,
June 4
Friends of the Grandstand Truck & Tractor Pull, Sauk County Fairgrounds,
Dragon Art Fair, hand-crafted works of more than 90 artisans, Market Street,
Super Hero Cows kickoff, Monroe: Cow sculptures, tractor parade, games,
farmers market, steel drummers,
Tour de Marsh, Horicon: bike ride, guided tours,
Yellow Brick Road 5K Run/Walk, Oconomowoc,
National trails day, statewide: Activities and free admission at all 42 Aldo
Leopold Legacy trails,
Komen Race for the Cure, Alliant Energy Center, Willow Island: Fundraiser
for breast cancer research includes a 5K run, 5K walk and 1-mile course,
Cars on State, State Street, Madison: Classic cars on display up and down
Madisons most famous street,
Iowa County Dairy Breakfast, Nels-Vale Farm, Arena: Live entertainment and
kids activities,
Yellow Brick Road 5K run/walk, Oconomowoc,
June 4-5
State parks open house and Free Fishing weekend, statewide,
Burgers and Brew, Capital Brewery, Middleton: REAP fundraiser with local chefs,
Green County Pickers Flea & Antique Market, Green County Fairgrounds,
Monroe: Over 140 vendors and growing,
Civil War Re-enactment weekend, Reedsburg: Artillery/infantry drills, skirmish
on the battlefield,
June 5
Drop in on snakes, wildlife education, Devils Lake State Park,
Aztalan guided tour, Aztalan State Park,
Zoo Crew Day, Oschner Park, Baraboo: Petting Zoo, Animal Demonstrations,
games, music, face painting, food, arts and crafts fair,
June 6, 20, July 4, 18, Aug. 1
Monroe City Band Concert, Twining Park Bandshell, Monroe: performing since 1949.
June 9-12
Summer Frolic, Mount Horeb: Craft beer tent, food, entertainment, fireworks,
parade, carnival, lumberjack competition, dog show, tournaments, Norsk Run,
June 10
Concert on the Square, Downtown Square, Monroe: Rockabilly Junction Band,
starts at 6:30 p.m.,
June 10-11
Taste of Wisconsin Dells:
Wallys Music Fest, Milton: cover bands, Rock & Wheels car show, beer tent,
WIAA Boys team tennis state tournament, Madison,


June 10-12
Roger Bright Polka Festival, downtown New Glarus: Polka plus beer, bacon and
PrideFest, Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee: Largest gay/lesbian, bisexual
and transgender festival,
Rockerbox Motofest, Plymouth: Motorcycle show and party, 920-892-4576
Walleye Weekend, Fond du Lac: Live music, childrens entertainment, sports and
national walleye tournament,
C Scow National Championships regatta, Monona: Four Lakes Yacht Club
Facebook page.
June 11
Hike Back in Time, Devils Lake State Park,
Wildflower walk, Kettle Moraine State Forest, Southern Unit,
Archery Day, Devils Lake State Park,
Grogg 5K run/walk, Watertown,
Downtown Beach Party, Middleton: Art fair, music, kids activities,
Art in the Barn Benefit for Haiti Allies, Oregon: picnic and purchase Haitian art,
Sauk County Dairy Breakfast, Reedsburg: Live entertainment and kids activities,
Sauk Prairie Airport fly-in, Prairie Du Sac: open-air exhibits, music, food, kids
Dane County Breakfast on the Farm,Hi-Way Holstein Ranch, Blue Mounds: Music,
kids activities, education, face painting, wagon rides,
Southern Wisconsin Duck Calling Contest, Flyways Waterfowl Museum,
Taste of the Arts Fair, Sheehan Park, Sun Prairie:
Old time cheese making, National Historic Cheesemaking Center, Monroe,
June 11-12
Horse and Carriage Festival, Columbus: Driving show with multiple breeds and
carriage types, as well as barbeque and pies, popcorn and burgers,
Marquette Waterfront Festival, Yahara Place Park, Madison: several bands, run,
food, kids activities,
Taste of the Dells, downtown Wisconsin Dells: American and ethnic delicacies,
beer tent featuring Wisconsin microbrews and live entertainment,
June 12-13
Circus of Chefs, Circus World, Baraboo: Sample food from various restaurants,
live music, auction,
June 13-16
Wisconsin FFA Festival, Alliant Energy Center,
June 14
Music in the Gardens, Janesville Rotary Botanical Gardens,
June 15
Story Time with the Animals, MacKenzie Center,
June 16
Strawberry Fest, Agora Pavilion, Fitchburg: music, strawberry-themed offerings,
June 16-19
Circus Model Builders show, Circus World, Baraboo: Demonstrations of gardenscale circus models,
Baseball Festival, Jones Park, Fort Atkinson,
Old Settlers Days, Beloit: festival and carnival,
Firemans Festival, Cottage Grove: Carnival, beer tent, water fights, tractor pull,
baseball, all to benefit the fire department and youth groups,
June 17
Stoughton-McFarland-Oregon Relay for Life, Stoughton High School Collins Field:
Overnight activities honoring cancer victims and survivors,
June 17-18
Isthmus Jazz Festival, UW-Madison Memorial Union: Includes swing, orchestra,
big band from students to professional bands and solo performers,

North Fondy Fest, Fond du Lac: Music, crafts, model train display, games,
Stoughton-McFarland-Oregon Relay for Life, Mandt Park, Stoughton: Overnight
walk/activities honoring cancer victims and survivors,
Balloon and Blues Festival, Monroe: Hot-air balloons and music return after a
year away, along with a car show, food, beer,
June 17-19
Lakefront Festival of Arts, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee: Takes place
inside and outside museum,
June 18
Canoe trip around Mauthe Lake and up the Milwaukee River, Mauthe Lake
Recreational Area,
Strawberry Fest, Colonial Club, Sun Prairie,
All-American Soap Box Derby, Ashwaubenon,
Duck Dash, Vilas Beach, Madison: Paddle a canoe, kayak, or paddle board
across Lake Wingra, then return with 3K or 10K,
Capital Lakes Dragonfest, Vilas Park, Madison: Dragon boat racing,
Juneteenth Day, Penn Park, Madison: A celebration of freedom for AfricanAmerican communities,
Robert Wellnitz Memorial Air Show, Fond du Lac,
Taste of Wisconsin, Beaver Dam: Craft beer and cheese tasting of Wisconsinmade products only,
Waterslide-athon, Wisconsin Dells: Benefits Ronald McDonald House,
Pie Ride, Janesville: Family-friendly bicycle event featuring 20K, 50K and 100K
Horribly Hilly Hundreds, Blue Mounds: Grueling bike ride results in 10,000-foot
elevation gain in Driftless Area,
June 18-19
Arts in the Barns, Fitchburg and Oregon: fine arts and crafts fair,
June 19
Explore butterflies, Devils Lake State Park,
Pops Knoll Fathers Day Picnic, Donald County Park, Mount Vernon: Music,
Fathers Day Antique Car and Truck Show, Fond du Lac,
June 20
Concerts at McKee, Fitchburg: Music in the park,
June 20-21
Badger Booster Days, Monroe: Colony brans hosts a fundraising golf tournament, dinner and entertainment,
June 21-July 26
Concerts in the Garden, Olbrich Gardens, Madison: Music in an outdoor garden
every Tuesday night,
June 23
Cranes of the World Festival, International Crane Foundation, Baraboo: Guided
nature walks, live animal shows,
June 23-25
Village Auto Tour, Mount Horeb:
June 23-26
Town and Country Days, Lake Mills: Carnival, parade, sidewalk sales, live entertainment, chamber brat stand,
Oregon Summer Fest, Oregon: carnival midway, live music, food and the annual
June 24
Downtown Baraboo Brew-Ha Ha, Bekah Kates, Baraboo:
June 24-25
Rock the River, Watertown: outdoor movie, live entertainment,
June 24-26
Heidi Festival, New Glarus: Festival oriented around classic play about a Swiss
girl includes Heidi drama performances, chicken BBQ, run/walk, auction, volleyball tournament, craft fair and mini expo,
June 25
Birds of prey education program, Kettle Moraine State Forest, Northern Unit,
Mason Jar Jamboree, Fort Atkinson: live music, nature walks, demonstrations,
historical entertainment, kids activities,
Green County Dairy Day Parade, Brooklyn: Food, tractor pull,
City Camp Out, Rockport Park, Janesville,
Shake the Lake fireworks festival, downtown Madison: Fireworks over Lake Monona
following a music festival, roller derby, bike polo, etc.,
Taste of New Glarus: Downtown merchants offer samples of foods and beverages
Citywide garage sales, Stoughton:
Road Apples Car Show, Angell Park Speedway, Sun Prairie,
June 25-26
Native American Artifact and Antique Show, Sauk County Fairgrounds, Baraboo,
Arts and crafts fair, Spring Green: More than 200 artists, all original, plus
Midwest Log Rolling Championships, Wingra Park, Madison: The best log rollers
and oom runners in the world compete,
Worlds Fair, Cross Plains: Music, kids games, tournaments, fireworks,



June 26
Lions car show, Albany: food, music,
June 29-Aug. 3
Concerts on the Square, Capitol Square, Madison: live music and food vendors
every Wednesday night,
June 29-July 4
Stoughton Fair, Mandt Park: Displays, petting zoo, carnival, contests, fireworks,
June 30-July 3
National Womens Music Festival, Middleton: workshops, concerts, comedy,
theater reflects many points of view,
July 1-3
8 Miles of Ag-tiques, Orangeville: Tractor show spanning eight miles of road
between Orangevill and Monroe on Highway 69 south.
July 2
Flags of Freedom Parade and Field Show, Main Street, Sun Prairie,
Fire on the River, Prairie du Sac: Music, food, free balloon rides, fireworks, art
festival, mural creation, kids games,
Reptiles and Amphibians program, Merrick State Park,
Dual lives of frogs, toads and salamanders, Saturday evening event, Kettle
Moraine State Forest, Northern Unit,
July 3
Lions Club fireworks, Racetrack Park: Music, truck pull, horseshoe pitching, car
July 3-4
Monona Community Festival, Monona: Wife carry championship, fireworks, taste
of Monona, art fair,
July 4
Fourth of July music festival, Monticello:
DeForest Fourth of July Celebration, Firemens Park, DeForest,
Patriot Tournament, Race Track Park, Edgerton: horseshoes,
Independence Day on the Rock, Traxler Park, Janesville: beer tent, helicopter
rides, fireworks,
Mineral Point Celebrates the Fourth: parade, run, music, fireworks,
Witwen Fourth of July Parade, Sauk City:
Pops on the Rock Festival, Beloit: concert and fireworks,
Fireworks in Brooklyn, Maple Bluff, Shorewood Hills, Monroe, Baraboo,
Wisconsin Dells, Sauk City, Brodhead, Fort Atkinson, Janesville
July 6-10
Jefferson County Fair, Jefferson: Midway rides, grandstand entertainment, tractor and truck pulls, demolition derby, exhibits, demonstrations, and country
July 7-9
Beaver Dam Lake Days, Beaver Dam: community festival with music, fireworks,
water ski show, refreshments and carnival rides,
July 7-10
Lodi Agricultural Fair: Music, food, demolition derby, tractor/truck pull, exhibits,
horse pull, carnival rides,
Homecoming, Monticello: Music, fish boil, carnival, tug-of-war, fireworks,
Woodlanders Gathering, Mineral Point: Over 50 workshops with rustic crafts and
traditional knowledge,
July 8
Lawn Chair Bat Watch, Devils Lake State Park,
July 8-9
Olbrich Home Garden Tour, Madison: Arbor Hills and Nakoma neighborhoods,
Maxwell Street Days and Community Wide Garage Sales, New Glarus
July 9
Bagpipes at the Glen, Durwards Glen Retreat Center, Baraboo,
July 9-10
Art Fair Off and On the Square, Capitol Square, Madison: Hundreds of independent artists from across the country, with several stages of live music and free
kids activities,
July 10
Drums on Parade, Middleton: Wisconsins longest running drum corps show
(62nd year) features drum and bugle corps,
Farmers Appreciation Days, Dodgeville: parade, pig- and cow-calling contests,
petting zoo, kids activities,
July 11-17
Sauk County Fair, Sauk County Fairgrounds, Baraboo,
July 12
Music in the Gardens, Janesville Rotary Botanical Gardens,
Windsor Area Garden Club annual garden tour,
July 14
Finding Bigfoot Night Hike Devils Lake State Park,

July 14-17
La Fete de Marquette, Central Park, Madison: Four days of free music, dancing,
food and crafts vendors,
July 14-Aug. 7
Olbrichs Blooming Butterflies, Olbrich Gardens, Madison: Stroll through a tropical forest on a search for butterflies in the Bolz Conservatory,
July 15-16
Tomorrows Hope Festival, Jefferson County Fair Park,
9th Biennial Quilt Show, Belleville:
July 15-17
Tobacco Heritage Days, Edgerton: activities include a car show, arts and crafts
July 16
Universe in the Park, Mirror Lake State Park,
Bike for Boys and Girls Club, McKee Farms Park, Fitchburg,
Sundae Fun Day Scamper, Janesville: fun run, obstacle course,
July 16-17
Hickory Knoll Combined Driving Event, Fitchburg: horse driving competition,
American Girl annual benefit sale, Middleton:
Art fair, Kaffe Stue, Mount Horeb: Fire truck rides, games, food, music, traditional Norwegian foods, and
July 16-22
Adaptive Sports USA junior nationals, Middleton:
July 17
Ride for Kids, Lake Geneva: Scenic motorcycle ride to benefit Pediatric Brain
Tumor Foundation,
July 17-23
Flavors of Wisconsin bicycle tour, Fitchburg; Moderately challenging route takes
riders through scenic vistas, sampling craft cheese and beer, bed and breakfasts,
July 18
Concerts at McKee, Fitchburg: Music in the park,
Edgerton Rotary Rascal Run/Walk and Relay, Edgerton,
July 19
Fireworks on Lake Koshkonong, Edgerton,
July 20-23
Maxwell Street Days, Watertown,
July 20-24
Green County Fair, Monroe: Carnival, rodeo, tractor pull, music, demolition
Dane County Fair, Alliant Energy Center: more than 1,200 Dane County youth
participate in the fourth largest county fair in the state. Lots of carnival rides,
food and entertainment,
July 21
Kids Fest at the Farmers Market, Agora Pavilion, Fitchburg: food, face painting,
July 21-24
Hardanger Fiddle Association of America festival, Dodgeville: Music and dance
workshops and performances,
July 21-Sept. 4
Singin in the Rain, Fort Atkinson,
July 22-23
Relay for Life, Mount Horeb: Raising money for cancer research through overnight relay,
July 23
Taste of Sun Prairie, Cannery Square Plaza,
Opera in the Park, Garner Park, Madison: free concert,
July 23-24
Circus Celebration Days, Downtown Baraboo: circus-themed performances,
historic circus wagons, activities for children, music, circus displays,
walking tours, food, farmers market, antique sale, big top parade,
July 22-24
Heavy Bombers Weekend, Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport, Janesville:
WWII reenactors, music, food, aircraft tours and rides,
July 24
River Rat Picnic, Prairie Du Sac: Music, food, tube/kayak/float rentals, shuttle,

July 25-31
EAA AirVenture, Oshkosh: One of the largest air shows in the world,
July 26
Animal Feeding Day, Devils Lake State Park,
July 26-31
Rock County 4H Fair, Janesville: carnival midway, live music in the grandstand,
animal exhibitions and more,
July 28-31
WaunaFest, Waunakee: food, music, sports, family events,
July 29-30
Christmas in July, Fort Atkinson: sidewalk sales, brat stand,
Prairie Dog Blues Festival, Prairie du Chien, Saint Feriole Island,
July 30
Eclipse Mania: observing the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, Wildcat Mountain State
Paddle and portage canoe race, James Madison Park: Starts on Lake Mendota
and finishes on Lake Monona, with a post-race party in Olbrich Park,
Loop the Lake Celebration, around Lake Monona: Ride your bike to celebrate
clean lakes,
Disability Pride Festival, Brittingham Park, Madison: Childrens activites, adaptive
bike demonstrations, wheelchair sports,
Wright Stuff Century Ride, Mount Horeb: Scenic bicycle ride 30-100 miles,
July 30-31
Atwood Summerfest, Atwood Avenue, Madison: Live music, food, kid-friendly
games and lots of vendors,
July 31
Ride the Drive, Madison: Major streets are closed to cars so bicyclists
rule the day, with games, food and music along the route,
Aug. 2
Run Against Crime 5K, Janesville: demonstrations, police car tours, food,
National Night Out, Middleton, Verona, McFarland, Monona, Madison
Aug. 4-14
Wisconsin State Fair, State Fair Park, West Allis:
Aug. 4
Under the water, grab some nets and head down to the lake to discover whats
under the surface, Devils Lake State Park,
Aug. 5
Bookn It Run, Sun Prairie Rotary and Library foundation, Sheehan Park, Sun
Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26
Dane Dances, Monona Terrace: Free entertainment and dancing, ethnic food and
cocktails for sale every Friday night,
Aug. 5-6
Street Dance and Celebrate Weekend, Downtown Beloit: sidewalk sale, farmers
market, concessions,
Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival, Lake Farm County Park, Madison:
Two days of live traditional music, rain or shine,
Maxwell Street Days, Cambridge: sidewalk sales, community wide garage sale,
Maxwell Street Days, Monroe: sidewalk sales, community wide garage sale,
Aug. 5-7
Utica Festival, Utica Community Park: Tractors pulls, entertainment, baseball,
Aug. 6
Drop in on pond critters, Devils Lake State Park,
Lake Country Carvers Annual Show and Sale, Oconomowoc,
National Mustard Day, Mustard Museum, Middleton: Games, free hot dogs, mustard tasting, visiting celebrities, live music, cook-off,
Firefest, New Glarus: 112th anniversary of the fire department with inflatable
rides, music, raffles, firetruck rides and more,

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Aug. 7
Swiss Volksfest, Tell Shooting Park, New Glarus: Celebrating Swiss independence
from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. with yodeling, folk music, flag throwing, alphorn
playing, music, triathlon,
Aug. 9
Music in the Gardens, Janesville Rotary Botanical Gardens,
Aug. 10
All about spiders, Devils Lake State Park,
Aug. 11-14
Riverfest, Watertown: live music, craft fair, raffle, 5K run/walk,
classic car show, carp classic, casting contest, raft race, tennis tournament,
Aug. 12
Pack N the Park, McKee Farms Park, Fitchburg: Carnival games, inflatables,
kids movie, prizes, food,
Aug. 12-14
Field Days, Black Earth: Reliving pre-harvest celebration with music,
family-oriented activities,
Aug. 13
Susie the Duck Day, Veterans Memorial Park, Lodi: parade, run, Duck Derby,
kids adventure
Spring Green car show:
Covered Bridge Days and Wildflower Art Festival, Brodhead: includes artists,
vendors, food, dancing, horse show, car show, tractor pulls and more,
Kids Triathlon, Jaycee Park, Oregon: Ages 5-17,
Great Taste of the Midwest, Madison: Over 100 brewpubs and microbreweries,
Kayak with a naturalist at Ottawa Lake, Kettle Moraine State Forest, Southern
Aug. 13-14
Art in the Park, Lake Geneva: 34th annual event,
Aug. 15
Concerts at McKee, Fitchburg: Music in the park,
Aug. 17-21
Venetian Festival, Lake Geneva: carnival, craft fair, water ski show, music, local
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Summer Fest at the Farmers Market, Fitchburg: pig roast, live music,
Aug. 18-21
Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival, Angell Park,
Aug. 19-21
Badger Steam and Gas annual show, Baraboo: Semis from all over, road trip,
music, camping on site,
Aug. 20
Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show, New Glarus:
Spring Green car show:
Agora Art Fair, Fitchburg: more than 100 artists showcase work,
Coffee Break, Stoughton: Stoughtons claim as originator of the coffee break celebrated with car show, arts and crafts, entertainment, food,
Light up the Lake, Oconomowoc: boat parade and fireworks,
Beloit Dirty Dash, Beloit: youth run/walk and obstacle course,
Madison Mini-Marathon, Memorial Union:
Tri4Schools kids triathlon, Middleton:
Aug. 20-21
Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts, Oconomowoc: juried art fair, music, food, art
Aug. 25-28
Orton Park Festival, Madison: Eclectic music and food designed to spread culture
and support local neighborhood,
Aug. 26
Explore animal tracks, Devils Lake State Park,
Aug. 26-28
Good Neighbor Festival, Firemens Park, Middleton: Carnival, arts and crafts fair,
parade, live entertainment, food,
Aug. 27
Rhythm on the River, Fort Atkinson: music, dancing, food,
Wisconsin Pottery Association show and sale, Alliant Energy Center, Madison:
Fifty dealers from the Midwest sell antique/collectibles,
Aug. 28
Lakefest, Belleville: River boat and pontoon rides, canoes, music, food, wildlife
walking tours, photo contest, triathlon,
Aug. 30
Monarch tagging, Horicon Marsh Education Center,
Sept. 2-3
Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw, Prairie du Sac: Flying cow pies, music, parade,
pedal pull,
Sept. 2-4
Labor Day Truck and Tractor Pull, Brooklyn: music, pancake breakfast, tractor
pulls, monster trucks,
Wilhelm Tell Festival New Glarus: Celebrating Swiss independence story with
theater, yodeling, alphorns, dancing, art fair, lantern parade, camping, food,
Baraboo River Rendezvous, Spirit Point, Baraboo: Fur-trade re-enactment,
Labor Fest, Janesville: teen mud volleyball, rock climbing walls, petting zoo,
puppet show, co-ed volleyball, live music, beer garden, craft fair and bike
Sept. 2-5
Rock River Thresheree, Edgerton: steam engines parade of power, family entertainment,
Sept. 3-4
Taste of Madison, Capitol Square: 80 local restaurants, 20 beverage stands,
three entertainment stages,
Sept. 4
Fire Muster, Mount Horeb: Fire equipment display and parade, firefighter competitions, games, food, music,
Sept. 8-10
Quilt Expo, Alliant Energy Center, Madison: For pro and amateur quilters,
this is an opportunity to learn and draw inspiration from quilting masters,
Sept. 8-11
Sheep and Wool Festival, Jefferson Fair Park: fiber arts classes,
sheep and dog demonstrations and workshops, lambing barn,

Sept. 9-10
Festival on the Rock, Beloit: Rides, live music, arts and crafts, kids entertainment, horseshoe tournament, food vendors, bingo, games, raffles,
Sept. 9-11
Sustainability Festival, Folklore Village, Mount Dodgeville: Holistic, hands-on
learning of old-time music and dance, architecture, historic preservation,
energy-efficient building, homesteading,
Sept. 10
Yahara Riverfest, DeForest: 5K Trail Tromp, Rubber Duck Race, pumpkin
painting, wine and beer tasting, bonfire,
Fall Festival, Oconomowoc: shopping, music, dancing, food,
IronKids Triathlon, Madison: Interactive weekend focuses on ages 6-15, fitness,
fun, safety,
Thirsty Troll Brew Fest, Mount Horeb: 25 brewers serve over 100 beers, live
Sept. 11
Heritage Festival, Schumacher Farm Park, Waunakee: Learn how things were
done in the old days with domestic chores and demonstrations, wagon
rides, music, kids activities,
Ironman Wisconsin Triathlon, downtown Madison and surrounding areas: Cheer
on more than 2,000 athletes as they swim, bike and run. Swimming begins
at 7 a.m. at Monona Terrace and the finish line is near Capitol Square,
Sept. 16-18
Wo Zha Wa Days Fall Fest, Wisconsin Dells,
Wauktoberfest, Waunakee: Live music, inflatables, pumpkin decorating,
storytellers, beer taste, frau carry, dachshund dash, limburger cheese-eating
contest, free movies and games,
Gemuetlichkeit Days, Jefferson: food, fellowship, parade and music,
McFarland Family Festival, McFarland: entertainment, carnival, parade, triathlon,
Green County Cheese Days, Monroe: Old-world traditions, cheese, beer, entertainment, parade, contests:
Sept. 17
RockMan Challenge, Watertown: paddle, bike, run, obstacle course and sack
Hill & Valley Antique Auto and Americana show, Cross Plains: Music, food, craft
fair, tour, steam engine, old-time crafts,
Sept. 17-18
Willy Street Fair, Williamson Street, Madison: Six music stages, street
performances, foods and drinks from across the globe, arts and crafts,
a legendary parade, a community raffle and a kids stage,
Middleton Beer Festival, Craftsman Table and Tap,
Sept. 18
Walk for Wishes, McKee Farms Park, Fitchburg: 5K walk, music, prizes, photos,
Autorama, Downtown Beloit: car show, swap meet, arts and crafts fair,
Mexican Independence Festival, Alliant Energy Center, Madison: music, food,
Aztec and folk dances, historic exhibit, children activities, crafts,
Dogtoberfest, Capital Brewery, Middleton: Music, food and pets,
Sept. 23
Oktoberfest, Beloit,
Sept. 23-25
Fall Auto Swap Meet and Car Show, Jefferson:
Cranberry Festival, Warrens: About 10,000 take part in worlds largest, with
food, shopping, education, tours, parade,
Oktoberfest, New Glarus: Music, games, rides, food, tractor-drawn wagon rides,
historical displays and events,
Cornish Festival, Mineral Point: Music, dance, pub night, kids activities,
Autumnfest, Downtown Square, Brodhead: chili contest, hay rides, food, vendors
and more,
Sept. 24
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