Have you tried RUNNING?

Many runners describe a love/hate relationship with running. So why run? Many describe it as a significant way to relieve stress while also being a great form of exercise and a good way to stay fit. If you’re not a runner, but you’d like to become one - or maybe you’ve taken a break from running - we have some tips to help get you into the groove.

If you’re just starting a fitness program, the Couch to 5K program (There are apps to download, too!) is highly recommended. It’s a nine week program that slowly transitions you from walking into running over the course of the program. This helps to prevent injuries and small successes transition into larger accomplishments.

“The most difficult thing about running is pushing myself when I want to stop. What I do is tell myself I have to run until a road sign or telephone pole, and then once I get there it’s the next landmark I see ahead. I run my race in small increments rather than one large race.” Jerry, Hewitt

OCTOBER 2016

Wed & Fr
Splash of Red Cranberry Tours
Tours begin Sept 28 & continue to end of Oct (depending on harvest), 9:30am-noon, FFA/FFA Alumni, Pittsville, call to confirm: 715-884-6412
Every Thu
Bingo
7-9pm, Marshfield Eagles Club, Marshfield, 715-384-3000
Every Tue & Thu
Tae Kwon Do
6-7pm, Chestnut Avenue Center for the Arts, Marshfield, contact Gale at 715-387-2118, chestnutarts.org
Sep 16 - Oct 9
Clark County Harvest Moon Fall Tour
Loyal, 715-255-9100, clark-cty-wi.org
Sep 30 - 31
A Stained Glass Journey
Open House Fri, Oct 7, 5-7pm, LuCille Tack Center for the Arts, Spencer, lucilletackcenter.com
TBD
Vox Concert Series
Please visit voxconcertseries.com for this month’s performers.
TBD
Trap Event
Mid-State Tech College, mstc.edu/foundation
1
Central Wisconsin Horse Sale
9:30am, Horst Stables, Thorp, 715-570-7749, centralwihorsesales.com
1
Clark County Walk for Domestic Violence
Call 715-384-2971, pdcmarshfield.com
1
Eve of Destruction
Rain date Oct 2nd, Marshfield Motor Speedway, www.marshfieldspeedway.com
1
Fall Festival: Annual Chili Cook-Off & Car Show
10am-3pm, The Highground, Neillsville, 715-743-4224
1
Harvest Fest
Pumpkin Patch, wagon rides, petting zoo, free art projects, and more, downtown Wausau, wausauevents.org
1
Kiwanis Enormous Equipment Playground
(KEEP) 10-2pm, Marshfield Fairgrounds
1
Rock/Metal Concert
7-11pm, Chestnut Avenue Center for the Arts, Marshfield, chestnutarts.org
1
Thorp Pumpkin Fest
9am-4pm, downtown Thorp
1 - 2
13th Annual Model Train Show
Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm, Marshfield Community Center, 201 S Oak Ave, call 715-384-9823
1 - 2
Historical Encampment
Re-enactment, traditional crafts, food, and more, Historic Point Basse, Nekoosa, 715-325-1759, historicpointbasse.com
1 - 2
Neillsville Area Players & Falls
Players present “Beauty & the Beast”
Sat 7pm, Sun 1pm, 401 Center St, Neillsville, areaplayers.jimdo.com
1 - Nov 20
Out of the Vault
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, www. lywam.org
1 - Nov 27
Birds in Art
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, lywam.org
1 - Dec 31
Audubon to Wyeth: Paintings,
Drawings, & Sculptures
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, lywam.org
“I ran a race after getting back into running and felt so slow the whole way. At the end, another runner passed me. Later he came over and told me he thought he would never catch up to me. I learned running MY race is the most important aspect...to not compare myself to faster runners.” Jane, Marshfield
“I run for me, not for speed.” Randy, Marshfield

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TIPS FOR BEGINNERS:

  • Start slowly and don’t forget to stretch. If you are in pain - stop!
  • Make it fun - find a good area to run and download some good music. Don’t give yourself reasons NOT to go for a run.
  • Find properly fitting running shoes - you need them for comfort and to prevent injury.
  • Sign up for a race! The ambition to finish the race may inspire you to train, and you’ll feel accomplished when you are done.
  • Set small goals and build on your successes.

  • See our BIKING/WALKING MAPS behind this section.
2
American Legion
Pancake Breakfast
8:30am, American Legion Hall, Unity
2
Aspirus Color Fun Run
3pm start, 5K Fun Run/Walk, 103 S Gibson
St, Medford, aspirus.org/colorfunrun
2
Cruise for a Cause
Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells,
800-858-5220 or marshfieldclinic.com/giving
6
Candle Light Vigil
6pm, Strohman Park, Marshfield,
Call 715-384-2971, pdcmarshfield.com
6
Giving for LIFE Banquet & Silent Auction
5:30 pm, benefits The Hannah Center, RiverEdge Golf Course, www.hannahcenter.com
7 - 9
“Seussical the Musical Jr”
The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org
8
Annual Harvest Fest
11am-6pm, Munson Bridge Winery, Withee, munsonbridgewinery.com
8
Breast Cancer Awareness
Ride, Run, or Walk - 10am start, The Sports Den, Marshfield; call 800-858-5220
8
Tea on Chestnut: Fall Tea
2-4pm, Chestnut Center for the Arts, chestnutarts.org
8
The Other Half
Half marathon & 5k run/walk, registration at 7:15a.m, The Highground, Neillsville, thehighground.org
8
Trick or Treating
10am-2pm, toddler to 12 years old, $5 donation per family, Wildwood Zoo, Marshfield
8
Wreathes for Vest Ride
Harley-Davidson of Wausau, Rothschild, hdwausau.com
9
10th Annual Fall Polka Jam
12pm, free, Marshfield Eagles Club, visitmarshfield.com
9
Autumn Harvest Celebration
11am-4pm, Hewett St, Neillsville, 715-743-6444
9
Get Fired Up for Safety
Parade 12pm, 12-3pm fire truck display on N Central Ave (by Festival Foods), Marshfield

Courtesy of Columbus Catholic

TO RACE OR
NOT TO RACE?

There are many advantages:
  • Motivation to train consistently and challenge yourself by increasing endurance and/or speed
  • Camaraderie among fellow runners
  • Supportive and energizing atmosphere at the race
  • Interesting or unique races, like Color Runs, Mud/ Obstacle Runs, or races in fun locations (like the Green Bay Packers 5k)
  • Feeling of accomplishment at the end

OCTOBER

Have you been to a CORN MAZE or a PUMPKIN PATCH?

One of the best things about fall is the plethora of pumpkins available for cooking and decorating. Local roadside stands, farmers’ markets, and grocery stores offer all sorts of shapes and sizes of pumpkins and gourds. (Pro tip: gourds are largely ornamental, squash are highly edible, and pumpkins fall into both categories!) Whether you are excited to make your favorite pumpkin desserts, your children want to carve jack o’lanterns, or you want to dip pumpkins in glitter and artistically arrange them in your home, you’ll be able to find what you want.


Finding a local patch in which to actually pick your pumpkins is a little trickier; however, we do have some pumpkin patches in the area. Pumpkins Etc. in Thorp is known throughout the area. Owner Jerry Micke has had the patch on his farm for almost forty years, and when the family noticed that many families wanted to take photos of their families or children, they set up their own photo staging area to make it easier! Located right on the front yard of the farm, families enjoy seeing the animals as well as all of the pumpkins.


At Seehafer Acres in Marshfield, the pumpkins are in huts for you to choose and purchase. Seehafer offers a corn maze as well. Karen Seehafer told us, “My husband loves making that maze. We like giving back to the community. The farm is something we like to share.” Tender Shoots Greenhouse in

“It becomes a family tradition for many families… they come back year after year and we enjoy getting to know them very well.” Olivia, Helene’s Hilltop Orchard, Merrill See our PUMPKIN PATCH MAP behind this section.
9
Tufts’ Mansion Annual
Pumpkin Patch Party
11am-4pm, Neillsville, 715-743-3346, tuftsmansion.com
11
Vocalosity
7: 30pm, The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org
14
The Second City: Free Speech
7:30pm, The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org
15
Chilly Chili Ride
Harley-Davidson of Wausau, hdwausau.com
15
Fall Arts & Craft Show
10am-5pm, Marshfield Mall, marshfieldmall.com
19
An Evening with Travis Tritt
7:30pm, The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org
19
Community Senior Bingo
65+, 6pm, Bethel Ctr, 8014 Bethel Rd, Arpin
19 - 20
Fall Clean-Up Days
8am-5pm, The Highground, Neillsville, thehighground.org
18
“The Ugly Duckling”
The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org
21
Marshfield Domestic Violence
Awareness Walk/Luncheon
Call 715-384-2971, pdcmarshfield.com
22
CVA Wrap It Up: Art of Wine
The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org
22
National Make A Difference Day
Leaf raking event, Marshfield Area United Way, volunteermarshfield.org
22
The Wonder Bread Years
Starring Pat Hazell
7:30pm, LuCille Tack Center for the Arts, Spencer, lucilletackcenter.com
22
Wausau Dance Theatre
presents “Thriller”
The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org
23
Lyle Miller
7pm, Polka band, Pittsville Area Foundation for the Arts, Pittsville, 715-884-6502, Pittsville-performing-arts.org
24
Steak Feed
4:30-8pm, Marshfield Eagles Club, Marshfield, 715-384-3000
26
Working Women’s Wednesday
11am-1pm, marshfieldchamber.com
27
The Shanghai Acrobats
7:30pm, The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org
27 - 30
Harvest Days
Medford, 715-748-4729, medfordchamber.org
28
Downtown Trick or Treating
4-5:30pm, Marshfield, mainstreetmarshfield.com
29
Bone Shakin’ Bash
Chestnut Avenue Center for the Arts, Marshfield, chestnutarts.org
29
Pumpkin Derby Smash!
Marshfield Motor Speedway, marshfieldspeedway.com
29
Spooky Library Scavenger Hunt
10:30am-12:30pm, treasure hunt, costumes welcomed, Abbotsford Library
31
Trick or Treat Malloween
5-7pm, free games & costume contest, Marshfield Mall, marshfieldmall.com

FARMERS MARKETS

Farmer’s Markets are popular in many of our communities during the spring, summer, and early fall as harvests occur. (Please check with your local city government for locations and hours as details vary by city.) You’ll find local growers getting to know local buyers and offering tips on recipes, growing, and more.

Greenwood offers a scavenger hunt corn maze! Fun for the whole family, it’s sure to keep you entertained. Altenburg Farms in WI Rapids is all set for their 52nd season this year, offering free hayrides out to the pumpkin patch as well as several different activities for the whole family. They have a super tall corn maze corn maze as well as a straw play area, mini corn maze, corn cannon, and cornstalk tunnel, among many other options, for kids.

“Why are we at the farmer’s market? Our garden is not growing!” Megan

“Where I grew up, you would buy everything fresh at the market. I love coming to the farmer’s market to get the freshest produce; it’s healthier without chemicals and it tastes better. I like to get cooking tips from the Amish. I really love to make homemade pickles and sauerkraut.”

- Janet, Marshfield

“Where I grew up, you would buy everything fresh at the market. I love coming to the farmer’s market to get the freshest produce; it’s healthier without chemicals and it tastes better. I like to get cooking tips from the Amish. I really love to make homemade pickles and sauerkraut.”

- Janet, Marshfield

“My advice for a beginner is to start out
with a few classes that interest you.”
Emma, age 12, Marshfield

While the weekly dances our parents and grandparents enjoyed are mostly a thing of the past, local dancers know that you can have fun, get moving, and enjoy new friendships! (Still active, the Silver Dome Ballroom, located just outside of Neillsville, recently celebrated 83 years of music and dancing.) There are plenty of dancing options for all ages. Ready for a great polka? There are local polka dances during the summer. (Tip: check out the Willard Polka Fest in June each year - It’s huge! - or Milladore’s Polka Fest in July!) Keep active all winter long at the Sherriland Good Tymes Bar & Ballroom in Milladore where polka bands can be found entertaining crowds each Sunday from the end of August to the second Sunday of June.

Check out the DANCING INSTRUCTION heading in the YELLOW PAGES for related services.

Have you tried DANCING?

The Central WI Country Dancers are always looking for new dancers to join in their line dancing fun. Classes are held weekly from September to May in rotating locations. Anyone is welcome to join. All year long the group enjoys dances twice per month in different locations. During the summer months, the dancers can be found at local events holding demos to showcase their two-steppin’ moves.

Ballroom dancing lessons are available through UWMarshfield/ Wood Co. Continuing Education Department. Dancing gurus/instructors Dave and Karen Goggin offer classes each spring and fall in ballroom dance for all ability levels. The dances covered include Swing, Foxtrot, Waltz, and Rumba. “We took ballroom dancing lessons when my husband and I were dating. It was a lot of fun, and now we can dance, not just ‘stand and sway’.” Jen, Marshfield

“The hardest part about dancing is managing more than one class because you learn different dances and dance moves at the same time.” Bailey, age 11, Marshfield

NOVEMBER 2016

Every Thu
Bingo
7-9pm, Marshfield Eagles Club, Marshfield, 715-384-3000
Every Tue & Thu
Tae Kwon Do
6-7pm, Chestnut Avenue Center for the Arts, Marshfield, contact Gale at 715-387-2118, chestnutarts.org
TBD
Vox Concert Series
Please visit voxconcertseries.com for this month’s performers.
1
2016 Marshfield Iron Chef Event
5:30-8:30pm, RiverEdge Golf Course, Marshfield, shirleyshouseofhope.org
2
The Havana Cuba All-Stars
7:30pm, The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org
3 - 6
Campus Community Players
Fall Production
Thurs-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm, Helen Connor Laird Theatre, UW-M/WC, marshfield.uwc.edu
4 - 5
The Music Man
7:30pm, LuCille Tack Center for the Arts, Spencer, lucilletackcenter.com
4 - 25
A New Hope State of Mind
Open House Fri, Nov 4, 5-7pm, LuCille Tack Center for the Arts, Spencer, lucilletackcenter.com
5
Extra Life Gaming Marathon
Benefits Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, extra-life.org
5
Fire Department Annual Pumpkin Run
10am start, Hewitt, vi.hewitt.wi.us
5th
Snowflake Holiday Craft Sale
Greenwood High School Gymnasium, call 715-267-6718
6
American Legion Pancake Breakfast
8:30am, American Legion Hall, Unity
6
The Music Man
7:30pm, LuCille Tack Center for the Arts, Spencer, lucilletackcenter.com
6
Vendor Craft & Flea Market
4:30-8pm, Marshfield Eagles Club, Marshfield, 715-384-3000
8
Fall Election Day Cookout
10am-7pm, Arpin Fire Station, 8090 Church Rd, Arpin
10
Basket Weaving Class
5-9pm, Class held at Spencer High School Commons, Door 22, LuCille Tack Center for the Arts, Spencer, lucilletackcenter.com

Main Street Conservatory of Dance and Universal Dance Studio, both in Marshfield, offer lessons from ages 3 and up. Many different classes are offered, including creative movement, preschool/combination, ballet, jazz, tap, modern, hiphop, and acro. Sessions are held from September to May with a spring recital finishing out

the season. Summer camps are also available.

Heather Conrad, Main Street owner/ instructor, loves “sharing the art of dance with my students and seeing the good it brings to them: joy, confidence, freedom, discipline, focus, and an appreciation for the arts.”

LINE DANCING

Courtesy of CW State Fair

“I’ve grown lots and am excited to know and be able to compete with my dance friends.” Brianna, age 11, Marshfield

“We offer discounts to make dance an affordable activity for everyone!”
Rachael Tulickas,Universal
Dance Studio owner/instructor

10 - 12
Wausau Community Theatre
presents “Beauty and the Beast”
The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org
11
Central Chamber Chorale Concert
7:30pm, First Congregational Church, Wis. Rapids, centralchamberchorale.org
11
Veteran’s Day Celebration
3pm, The Highground, Neillsville, thehighground.org
11
Symphony Orchestra & UW-M/WC
Concert Choir “Veteran’s Day Salute”
7:30pm, Helen Connor Laird Theatre, UW-M/WC, marshfield.uwc.edu
11 - 12
Alpine Holiday
Columbus Catholic Schools, Call 715-387-2444
12
Central Chamber Chorale Concert
7:30pm, St. Bernard Catholic Church, Abbotsford, centralchamberchorale.org
12
Home Based Business Expo
Marshfield Mall, marshfieldmall.com
12
Grandma’s Oven Bake Sale
Marshfield Mall, marshfieldmall.com
13
Central Chamber Chorale Concert
3pm, First Presbyterian Church, Marshfield, centralchamberchorale.org
14
Ben Franklin & His Kite
The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org
17
17th Annual Main Street Holiday Parade
6:30pm, from 2nd St to 14th St, afterwards visit Santa & enjoy refreshments at the Holiday Inn, South Central Ave, Marshfield, mainstreetmarshfield.com

Nikita, age 8, Auburndale, said,
“You need to practice at home, plus stretch to help get flexible which will make dancing easier.”

Courtesy of Dave & Karen Goggin

BALLROOM

“The best part of ballroom dance is the social interaction. Learning to dance is a universal experience that brings people of all backgrounds and ages together.”

Dave Goggin,
Goggin Ballroom Dance

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NOVEMBER

Do you like CHRISTMAS LIGHTS?

Every December there are a few things that make most people think “Christmas is coming!” Decorated trees, holiday treats, festive music… and most of all, holiday light displays! If National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation has taught us anything, it’s that there is such a thing

as too many lights. (Please don’t blind your neighbors! Sunglasses at night should not be required.)

So how do you know what or how to decorate? Pinterest is a great place to get ideas. Try visiting local store displays to see all of the choices for large and small decorative items. Don’t forget to think about what lights you need. Will you go with white or color? Icicle lights or plain strands? A combination of the two? Whatever your choice, gather some helpers (many hands make light work!) and start

Courtesy of WAOW’s Rebecca Ribley

“The Rotary Christmas Lights are a tradition in our family. The kids see the importance of donating canned goods to help those in need when entering the grounds…we never leave without supporting the local organizations and purchasing cookies and hot chocolate.”

Tina, Marshfield

Courtesy of WAOW’s Rebecca Ribley

“The Rotary Christmas Lights are a tradition in our family. The kids see the importance of donating canned goods to help those in need when entering the grounds…we never leave without supporting the local organizations and purchasing cookies and hot chocolate.”

Tina, Marshfield

17
Warren Miller’s 67th Annual Ski Film
6:30pm, The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org
18 - 20
Hunter’s Widow’s Weekend
Stop in & start your Christmas shopping early at the Marshfield Mall, marshfieldmall.com
19
Wake-Up Santa
Cookies & milk with Mrs. Claus at 9:30am, visit with Santa every Fri, Sat, & Sun until Christmas, Marshfield Mall, marshfieldmall.com
23
8th Annual Festival Foods Turkey Trot
8am, 5 mile run/2 mile walk, Marshfield H.S., festivalfoodsturkeytrot.com/marshfield
24
AbbyColby Chamber Community
Thanksgiving Dinner
11:30am, VFW, Colby, 715-223-8509, abbycolbyareachamber.org
25 - 26
Christmas Open House
Munson Bridge Winery, Withee, munsonbridgewinery.com
25 - 26
Christmas Tour of Historic Homes
3:30-7:30pm, Neillsville, ccartcenter.org
26
Greenwood Chamber Holiday
Lighting of the Park
11am-3pm, Greenwood City Hall Park
26
Rock/Metal Concert
5-11pm, Chestnut Avenue Center for the Arts, Marshfield, chestnutarts.org
26
Small Business Saturday
carolers, food trucks, & more, downtown Marshfield, mainstreetmarshfield.com
26
Small Business Saturday
Thorp, cityofthorp.com
26 - Dec 19
10th Annual Hometown
for the Holiday
Thorp, cityofthorp.com
28
Steak Feed
4:30-8pm, Marshfield Eagles Club, Marshfield, 715-384-3000
28 - 29
Treasures of Tomorrow Quilt Show
East Gate Alliance Church, Marshfield
28 - Jan 2
Rotary Winter Wonderland
5pm-9pm, Wildwood Park & Zoo, Marshfield
29
A Darlene Love Christmas
7:30pm, The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org
30
Library Holiday Program
7pm, leave the kids at home & join Abbotsford Public Library for a craft demonstration with carols, prizes, and snacks

stringing. Pro tip: always, always test the lights before you start your project!

Many people chose not to decorate

“I really like the Rotary lights because they always add new things… I also like that volunteers run the gates during the event and collect food for the local food pantries. I volunteered last year and it was amazing to see how much food they took in and the joy that it brought to so many families.” Kay, Granton

their homes, but enjoy seeing Christmas lights. In Central Wisconsin, that means experiencing Marshfield’s Rotary Winter Wonderland (RWW) at Wildwood Zoo. The Marshfield Rotary Club began RWW about 10 years ago with volunteers stringing the lights every year. The park is open during the evening hours from the day after Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve. Admission is a nonperishable food donation for local food pantries or cash. Walk (or drive) through and enjoy the display of more than a million LED lights! In addition to the spectacular lights, you’ll be able to hear festive, coordinated music playing; visit with Santa and his reindeer; and purchase hot chocolate and cookies sold by local organizations.

Embracing the magic of Rotary Winter Wonderland, last year - with the help of local Rotarians Al & Danielle Nystrom - Joe Vance proposed to his girlfriend, Sarah Van de Loo. Joe wanted a local place that he could arrange for her family to meet and share the moment with them. Additionally, he “did not want her to expect anything coming, so her taking me to see the lights for the first time was a perfect cover for the proposal!” Sarah was definitely surprised, and said, “the fact that he orchestrated it all to include my family… I was blown away! Joe has always been fun and adventurous.” The happy couple plans to marry in late September 2016.

Courtesy of Barb Thidemann

CUT-YOUR-OWN CHRISTMAS TREES

Cutting your own tree is sure to create family memories! Does your family squabble or easily agree? Either way, be sure to:

  • Measure the space in your home first to avoid getting a tree too large or small
  • Use safety precautions with hand saws and/or chainsaws
  • Shake the tree gently; if a lot of needles fall, move onto the next
  • Bring something to secure the tree to your vehicle

Visit the map on page 619 to find a tree farm nearest you

5 convenient locations

510 E Willow Dr • SPENCER • 715-659-5514
507 N Central • MARSHFIELD • 715-384-8584
107 E Hwy 48 • BIRCHWOOD • 715-354-3361
104 Alfred St • ATHENS • 715-257-1600
122 S Main • MEDFORD • 715-748-2822

Do you know where to go for SLEDDING or ICE SKATING?

There’s nothing better for outside winter fun with kids (of all ages) than a couple of hours of quality sledding time! Sledding is an activity that all family members can enjoy - even younger toddlers might enjoy getting pulled around on a sled or sitting on a lap for a ride!

Pro tip: wear warm clothing in layers - if you get warm, you’ll want to be able to safely remove a layer but still stay protected from the elements. Thick, waterproof outer layers are a must, including warm gloves or mittens. Don’t forget a hat and scarf! Part of the fun of sledding is often just being in the snow, so you might be surprised just how snowcovered you are when you are done!

Sleds are available at many local stores. Or, you could get creative with easy, impromptu solutions - try old school lunch trays, garbage can and plastic tote lids, laundry baskets, inner tubes, or even a large piece of cardboard! Have fun with the whole family - you could race, make trains, or create jumps. (Disclaimer: To avoid recreating

the dangerous sled scene in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, please do not wax the bottom of your sled - safety first!) Once you have your sled chosen, all you need to do is find a nice hill!

Have you ever had a sledding day that turned into, well, a snowball fight, even among the adults? You’re not alone! Snowball fights are a fun, often spontaneous activity. When the weather is a little warmer, the snow becomes “packy” and you will be able to form great snowballs. Make a fort or use natural dividers (trees or bushes) and choose sides - let the snowballs fly!

“I like going fast! I like it when I go over jumps, too! My friends like to race down the hills.”

Owen, Marshfield

Courtesy of Nate Mueller

Courtesy of Nate Mueller

“I like going fast! I like it when I go over jumps, too! My friends like to race down the hills.”

Owen, Marshfield

DECEMBER 2016

Every Thu
Bingo
7-9pm, Marshfield Eagles Club, Marshfield, 715-384-3000
Every Tue & Thu
Tae Kwon Do
6-7pm, Chestnut Avenue Center for the Arts, Marshfield, contact Gale at 715-387-2118, chestnutarts.org
TBD
Vox Concert Series
Please visit voxconcertseries.com for this month’s performers.
1
9th Annual Thorp Christmas Parade
& Tree Lighting Ceremony
Thorp, cityofthorp.com
1 - 2
Children’s Christmas Corner
9am-1pm, Medford Middle School, 715-747-4729, medfordchamber.org
1 - 21
Spencer Elementary Student Art
An uplifting and delightful exhibit featuring young artists’ creations in a wide variety of mediums. LuCille Tack Center for the Arts, Spencer, lucilletackcenter.com
3
3rd Annual Firefighter’s
Pancake Breakfast
7-11am, Fire Station, 101 S. Wilson St. Thorp, cityofthorp.com
3
46th Annual Abbotsford
Christmas Parade
7:30pm, Abbotsford, 715-223-8509
3
Christmas in the Park
Stratford, stratfordwi.com
3
Dinner with Santa
12pm, Colby High School, abbycolbyareachamber.org
3
Memories Christmas Concert
7pm, Pittsville Area Foundation for the Arts, Pittsville, 715-884-6502, Pittsville-performing-arts.org
3
Santa in the Park
11am-2pm, Auburndale Park Shelterhouse, Auburndale, auburndaleparkassociation.org
3
YMCA Princess Date Night
6-9pm, Holiday Inn, Marshfield, mfldymca.org
3 - 4
Central Wisconsin School of Ballet
presents “The Nutcracker”
The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org
3 - 4
Children’s Christmas Corner
Medford Middle School, 715-747-4729, medfordchamber.org

Whether you are interested in hockey or figure skating, getting out on the ice is an enjoyable activity. O’Neill Ice Arena (Neillsville), Pickle Pond (Marshfield), Millpond Park (Owen), and Minnow Ponds Park (Edgar) are all outdoor arenas available to the public. If you aspire to keep your skills sharp year-round, Marshfield’s Indoor Ice Arena (on the Fairgrounds) is the place to go.

“Do NOT stop or give up when you can’t get a skill right away. It’s ok to be frustrated… but turn the frustration into motivation to work harder and get it.” Claire, Marshfield

For those who have a desire to take ice skating lessons, the Silver Laces Club (Marshfield) offers lessons from October to February; concluding with an Ice Show to show off what you’ve accomplished! Beginners or those wanting to practice skills - or just have fun on the ice for a couple of hours - should take advantage of Saturday Open Skates at the indoor rink. This is a great way to try the sport and see how much you like it.

Finding your balance and rhythm on the ice can be difficult, especially when you’re first starting out. Experienced skaters suggest that you not give up! Practice, practice, practice. Also, skate for fun, not as a competition. You might not be better than the person in front of you, but the person behind you might envy

your skills… don’t skate to be better than others, just focus on your own abilities and learning new skills.

“I learned to skate as a kid on Pickle Pond and skate once or twice a year to prove to my kids that I still can - but now I prefer skating at the indoor rink on Saturday night open skates.” Lisa, Marshfield

See our WINTER SPORTS MAP on page 623.

Also check out the HEALTH & FITNESS GUIDE & ICE SKATING headings in the YELLOW PAGES for related products and services.

See our WINTER SPORTS MAP on page 623.

Also check out the HEALTH & FITNESS GUIDE & ICE SKATING headings in the YELLOW PAGES for related products and services.

3 - 4
Christmas Open House
1-4pm, refreshments will be served, Governor W.H. Upham House, Marshfield
3 - Feb 26
Tiffany Glass: Painting
with Color & Light
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, lywam.org
3 - Jul 30
Enduring Beauty:
Art Nouveau Glass
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, lywam.org
4
American Legion Pancake Breakfast
8:30am, American Legion Hall, Unity
4
Holiday Showcase
12-4:30pm, vendors selling handmade crafts for the holiday season, Chestnut Avenue Center for the Arts, Marshfield, chestnutarts.org
5
Quilt & Furniture Auction
9am, Marshfield Fairgrounds, 715-570-7749, centralwihorsesales.com
7
The King’s Singers Christmas
7:30pm, The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org
9
Symphony Orchestra & UW-M/WC
Concert Choir “Celebrate the Season”
7:30pm, Helen Connor Laird Theatre, UW-M/WC, marshfield.uwc.edu
9 - 11
Wausau Community Theatre
presents “A Christmas Carol”
The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org
10
5th Annual Hot Chocolate
5k Fun Run/Walk
Downtown Marshfield, mainstreetmarshfield.com

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DECEMBER

How about SKIING, SNOWBOARDING, or SNOWSHOEING?

“Go with others who know the slopes and can help guide you, also, they can help you with some basic techniques to get started.” Jenna, Marshfield

Jenna, Marshfield

See our WINTER SPORTS & RECREATION & HIKING MAPS behind this section.

Also check out the HEALTH & FITNESS GUIDE, APPAREL, DEPARTMENT STORES, or SKIING CENTERS & RESORTS headings in the YELLOW PAGES for related products and services.

Skiing and snowboarding are fun winter sports that allow you to enjoy the beautiful winter scenery while you remain active. If you’ve never skied before, consider taking a lesson or two - in fact, it’s recommended! Learning how to get on and off the tow ropes or lifts safely, as well as how to slow down and stop, are skills that should be mastered before you really hit the slopes. Even those that know how to ski but may be out of practice should consider practicing some runs on the

‘bunny hill’ until you gain confidence and ‘get back in the groove’! Consider wearing a helmet and eye protection, and always remember to keep a look out for others.

Local enthusiasts can enjoy a day on the slopes at our local resorts: Bruce Mound just south of Neillsville and Granite Peak in Wausau. Both offer chalets, rental equipment, and lighted nighttime skiing for extra fun with your family or friends.

10
Arpin Christmas Parade &
Lighting of the Park
Kandy Kane Park, Arpin
10
Greenwood Chamber Santa Visit
Starts at 10am, Greenwood High School
10
Greenwood Chamber Tour of Homes
10
Jaycees Craft Show & Santa Day
9am-2pm, horse-drawn sleigh rides, Owen-Withee High School, Owen
10
Life Size Candy Land
10:30am-12:30pm, Abbotsford Public Library
10
Photos with Santa
Harley-Davidson of Wausau, hdwausau.com
10
Reindeer Day
9am-noon, meet Mr. & Mrs. Claus & their reindeer, Holiday Inn/MACCI parking lot, Marshfield, mainstreetmarshfield.com
11
Silver Bells & Diamonds
2pm, LuCille Tack Center for the Arts, Spencer, lucilletackcenter.com
12
Central Wisconsin Horse Sale
9:30am, Horst Stables, Thorp, 715-570-7749, centralwihorsesales.com
16
The John Altenburgh’s
Christmas Extravaganza!
7:30pm, The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org
17
Heritage Hollyday
3-7pm, Historic Point Basse, Nekoosa, historicpointbasse.com
17
Music with Jerry Teclaw
12-6pm, last day of the season, Munson Bridge Winery, Withee, munsonbridgewinery.com
20
It’s a Very Joe.e Christmas
Benefit for Toys for Tots, The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org
21
Lorie Line
The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org
26
Steak Feed
4:30-8pm, Marshfield Eagles Club, Marshfield, 715-384-3000

“Practice… snowboarding is not a sport where you can just pick up a board and go on the highest slope. Start slow and work your way up.” Alex, age 15, Marshfield

Cross-country skiers and snowshoers have several exquisite options to choose from when looking for a perfect route to trek. We recommend trying out Powers Bluff, Levis/Trow Mound Trail, Edgar’s Scotch Creek Woodland Preserve Trail, Greenwood’s Ski Trail, Richfield 360 Area Ski Trail, Auburndale Park, Owen’s Popple River Trail, or Stratford’s Heritage Trail.

While you may not find the same adrenaline rush that you do with downhill skiing, cross country skiing is a lot of fun and an excellent workout. The “kick and glide” maneuvers not only build muscles but endurance as well. Mastering the technique can be difficult, lessons and practice are recommended. (Pro tip: the Wausau Nordic Ski Club offers free adult lessons.)

Likewise, snowshoeing is also a great winter activity for a good workout while taking in the sights of the wilderness. If you’re new to snowshoeing, Kristen in Phillips recommends starting out by purchasing lightweight, waterproof boots and snowshoes. She adds that when buying snowshoes you should, “choose size based on weight and type of snowshoeing. If you’re going to make your own trails, wider is better to help you stay on top of the snow. If you’re going on established trails, smaller and lightweight work well.” Poles can also be helpful in trickier spots or if you are going off trail. If you’re new to snowshoeing, using groomed trails will be much easier!

“I suggest reading a beginner’s handbook on snowshoeing or going to a sporting store and seeking a knowledgeable employee to help you choose the right equipment and apparel. The equipment and apparel are not a huge investment and many sporting stores also have rental equipment.” Marilyn, Marshfield

Whether you’re spending the day on cross country skis or snowshoes, there are several things you can do to ensure you have a great day:

  • Dress in layers. As the temperature changes you may need to remove or add extra layers to remain comfortable.
  • Make sure you have warm, waterwicking outer layers to keep your inner layers dry.
  • Consider goggles or sunglasses for comfort.
  • Be sure all of your equipment is in good condition.

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Have you tried ICE FISHING?

While the fish are little harder to come by in the winter, diehard anglers don’t let something like a frozen lake stop them. If you have never been ice fishing before, the mere thought of walking, let alone driving, on the ice can induce some anxiety. Rest assured knowing these safety tips will help ease your mind.

  • Know how thick the ice should be before heading out: 4” to walk on the lake, 6-12” for an ATV/snowmobile, and 12-18” for a vehicle - heavier pickup trucks require more ice.
  • Talk to local sports shops and fellow anglers before going - they are the best resources for current ice conditions.
  • Clear ice is generally stronger than ice with bubbles or covered by snow. The colder the temperature, the better the ice.
  • Although it sounds ominous, booming and cracking ice isn’t necessarily dangerous. It often means that the ice is contracting and expanding as the temperature changes.
  • When driving on the ice, put your windows down in case of a break through, and have a safety plan established with any passengers.
  • Avoid areas where there might be a current in the water, which can cause thinner ice.

“There are lots of electronics out on the market…I think as a beginner, you don’t need all the top equipment. I have seen many selling these items after winter is gone. Save your money and spend only what you can afford.” Rick, Stanley

JANUARY 2017

Every Thu
Bingo
7-9pm, Marshfield Eagles Club, Marshfield, 715-384-3000
Every Tue & Thu
Tae Kwon Do
6-7pm, Chestnut Avenue Center for the Arts, Marshfield, contact Gale at 715-387-2118, chestnutarts.org
TBD
Vox Concert Series
Please visit voxconcertseries.com for this month’s performers.
1
American Legion Pancake Breakfast
8:30am, American Legion Hall, Unity
6
Cantus
8pm, The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org
6 - 7
State Choral Convention
The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org
6 - 30
The New Pittsville Pottery Exhibition
Open House Jan 6, 5-7pm, LuCille Tack Center for the Arts, Spencer, lucilletackcenter.com
13
Stayin’ Alive: Tribute to the Bee Gees
7:30pm, The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org
14
35th Annual Marshfield Area
Bridal Fair Extravaganza
Marshfield Mall, marshfieldmall.com
14
Cloud Cult
7:30pm, LuCille Tack Center for the Arts, Spencer, lucilletackcenter.com
16
Russian National Ballet Theatre
presents “Swan Lake”
7:30pm, The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org

“I don’t think it is ever really too cold to ice fish, but that is personal preference.” Ethan, Marshfield

Ice fishing does require some unique equipment to help you catch the big one. Area sporting goods or bait shops have all the supplies that you need: ice auger and skimmer (to drill and clear holes), tip-ups/ice rod and reel, bait, lures, life vest, and a 5-gallon bucket with a lid. (Pro tip: the bucket can hold your catch and doubles as a chair!) What brands and exact items to buy all depends upon personal preference. Seasoned anglers suggest doing your research and buying only the basics - at least, until you are sure you love the sport.

As with any outdoor, winter activity, you should take typical precautions like wearing weather-appropriate gear, pay attention to weather conditions, and bring a safety ice kit as well as a spare set of clothing. Be sure to let someone know where you are going and when to expect you home. If you’re a first-timer, go with an experienced angler. Those who have experience ice fishing have a lot of knowledge and a willingness to share it. It’s also a great opportunity to swap stories of “the one that got away”!

“I love getting a group of family and friends together and making a whole day out of ice fishing.”

Jay, Mosinee

“I love getting a group of family and friends together and making a whole day out of ice fishing.”

Jay, Mosinee

FREE FISHING WEEKEND:

January 21-22, 2017

(No license needed)
18 - 22
Mall Winter Mad Market Days
Marshfield Mall, marshfieldmall.com
21
Curtiss Snowmobile Drag Races
12pm, Curtiss Boomtown Sno-Chasers Clubhouse, call 715-613-5353
23
Steak Feed
4:30-8pm, Marshfield Eagles Club, Marshfield, 715-384-3000
26
The Company Men
7:30pm, The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org
28
Vintage Snowmobile Show & Ride
Hosted by the Swamp Stompers, Spencer, spencerswampstompers.com
28
Winter Fest
10am-3pm, various activities, downtown Wausau, wausauevents.org
29
Wakely’s Ice Harvest
Historic Point Basse, Nekoosa, historicpointbasse.com
29
Winter Bowl Fundraiser
12pm, Rose Bowl Lanes, Marshfield, The Highground, Neillsville, thehighground.org

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JANUARY

Have you ever taken a ride on a SNOWMOBILE?

Winter can last a long time in Central Wisconsin - at least, it often feels that way! With flurries first making an appearance as early as October to some late-season blizzards into April and May, what better way to make the winter pass more quickly than to get outdoors and enjoy it?

Snowmobilers should exercise caution as they plan their trips. Some safety tips include:

  • Take a snowmobile safety course. (According to the Wisconsin DNR, if you were born in 1985 or later, you must take a course.)
  • Dress appropriately for the weather. Dress in layers, make sure that you have enough warm clothing (particularly on your hands and feet).
  • Carry a stocked first aid kit as well as extra food and water.
  • Have a plan of where you want to go. Make sure someone knows your plan and when to expect you home in case of trouble.
  • Keep your cell phone charged and accessible, but remember that you may not have service in the area.
  • Bring a tow rope, extra gas, lighter, compass, and trail and Wisconsin maps. Always keep an eye on the weather report to avoid storms or potentially dangerous weather.
  • If riding over lakes or other bodies of water, make sure the ice is thick enough and know where the current tends to flow. In these areas the ice is likely to be thinner or there could be open water.
  • Always stay on the trails and obey all trail signs.
See our SNOWMOBILE MAPS behind this section.
Also check out the SNOWMOBILES-DEALERS, SNOWMOBILES-REPAIR & SERVICE, & APPAREL
headings and the HEALTH & FITNESS GUIDE in the YELLOW PAGES for related products and services.

While out on a ride in the Neillsville- Granton Trailbusters trail system, you’re likely to find yourself on a trail named after someone who has demonstrated their passion and dedication to snowmobiling. One such trail is the Gene Bryan Memorial Trail. Clint, a member of the Neillsville-Granton Trailbusters, describes Gene as an avid snowmobiler who was always available to lend a helping hand.

“He always helped maintain the trails by installing and removing signs, brushing, and trail reworks. He was our main groomer operator for a number of years up until his sudden death several years ago.” Gene “brought his children up snowmobiling and carried the tradition onto his grandchildren.” The Gene Bryan Memorial Trail was named to honor him and runs from Neillsville to Hatfield (corridor 25).

TRAILS

Snowmobiling is a great way to delight in the winter scenery for kids and adults.

There are, quite literally, more than a thousand miles of trails in the area for snowmobilers!

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  • Clark County370
  • Jackson County300
  • Portage300
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Snowmobiling is a great way to delight in the winter scenery for kids and adults.

There are, quite literally, more than a thousand miles of trails in the area for snowmobilers!

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While out on a ride in the Neillsville- Granton Trailbusters trail system, you’re likely to find yourself on a trail named after someone who has demonstrated their passion and dedication to snowmobiling. One such trail is the Gene Bryan Memorial Trail. Clint, a member of the Neillsville-Granton Trailbusters, describes Gene as an avid snowmobiler who was always available to lend a helping hand.

“He always helped maintain the trails by installing and removing signs, brushing, and trail reworks. He was our main groomer operator for a number of years up until his sudden death several years ago.” Gene “brought his children up snowmobiling and carried the tradition onto his grandchildren.” The Gene Bryan Memorial Trail was named to honor him and runs from Neillsville to Hatfield (corridor 25).

Check out the CRAFT, YARN, & QUILTING SUPPLIES headings in the YELLOW PAGES for related products and services.

Have you considered taking an ART, CRAFT, or SKILLS CLASS?

If you’re interested in taking a class, there are lots of options in our area. From pottery and cardmaking, to knitting and quilting, to basket weaving as well as photography and first aid, odds are you’ll discover your hidden talent!

QUILTING, CROCHETING, OR KNITTING

If fabric or yarn is your calling, consider a quilting, crocheting, or knitting session. Many local stores have resources for teaching beginners, such as Janet’s Yarns and Crafts in Marshfield. Classes are held Thursday nights from fall through spring, and the cost is $5 per class. Beginners need only knitting needles or crochet hooks, a pattern, and yarn. Each summer Schoolhouse Press also hosts a knitting camp in Marshfield. This is often described as a “bucket list” trip for many knitters that visit from all around the United States. Internationally known Elizabeth Zimmerman was a highly published

knitter who lived in Pittsville with her family. Her daughter, Meg, now runs Schoolhouse Press. Local quilting shops are often a great resource for beginning quilters, helping you with fabric for your project as well as any other supplies needed. “We offer different quilting classes, including some for beginners.” Kym, Quilt Kits & Beyond (Marshfield).

RUBBER STAMPING

Rubber stamping is another popular craft and it’s easy to get started. Local rubber stamping consultants are great resources for workshops and help when you’re not quite sure what to do. Sometimes it’s easiest to take a project you made at a class and recreate it at home using your own supplies than it is to start from scratch! (Tip: try different products at workshops before you decide to purchase supplies of your own.) Unleash your inner artist with crafting watercolors, markers, inks, or simply pretty paper.

“Knitters are fiercely loyal to each other… the knitters at our camps are like family members, but they always welcome new members into the fold.”Michelle, Schoolhouse Press, Pittsville

FEBRUARY 2017

Every Thu
Bingo
7-9pm, Marshfield Eagles Club, Marshfield, 715-384-3000
Every Tue & Thu
Tae Kwon Do
6-7pm, Chestnut Avenue Center for the Arts, Marshfield, contact Gale at 715-387-2118, chestnutarts.org
TBD
Duel It Fore the Kids
Call 800-858-5220 for more information, marshfieldclinic.com/giving
TBD
Vox Concert Series
Please visit voxconcertseries.com for this month’s performers.
2 - 4
Continuing Education’s Annual
Musical Production, Title TBA
Thurs-Fri 7:30pm, Sat at 6pm, Helen Connor Laird Theatre, UW-M/WC, For tickets call 715-389-6543, marshfield.uwc.edu
3 - 27
Insightful Moments
Open house Fri, Feb 3, 5-7pm, LuCille Tack Center for the Arts, Spencer, lucilletackcenter.com
5
American Legion Pancake Breakfast
8:30am, American Legion Hall, Unity
9
Sheltering Hearts
(Mardi Gras) Fundraiser
For more information call 715-384-2971, pdcmarshfield.com

“I like to start beginners on simple dishcloths. They’re a smaller project and if you make a mistake, the dishes don’t care.” Janet Stellmach
Janet’s Yarns & Crafts, Marshfield

BASKET WEAVING

Basket weaving is a fun way to make decorative and very useful items for your home. Shirley Mount, owner of The Basket Patch, says “a lot of people say they’re not crafty, but they really enjoy basket weaving.” You can find information on classes at thebasketpatch.com or by calling the Lucille Tack Center.

EVENTS

  • Arpin Craft Club @ Arpin Library every Thursday evening
  • Colby Craft & Hobby Night @ Colby Library 3rd Friday of the month
  • Quilting in the Afternoon @ Stratford Library Sept-Nov last Tues of the month
PAINTING PARTIES

Painting parties and home décor/sign workshops have exploded onto the scene in recent months. Quite popular among women, these workshops are a practical way for women to create home décor while spending time with friends. Instructors say you should not be intimidated. Joann from Marshfield says, “I think painting is a lot less intimidating when you have an end product in mind, and the directions make it easy for anyone to paint.”

POTTERY

Pottery classes, held at the Chestnut Center for the Arts (CCA), are offered at all skill levels, as well as private lessons. It takes about 3-4 weeks for a piece to be completely finished. Working the clay into a usable or decorative item is very satisfying for many potters. Adam Smrcka, director of the CCA, encourages people to “be prepared to have fun. Try something new and you learn to appreciate the smaller things in life. That is what art is meant to do.”

PHOTOGRAPHY

Photography is another popular hobby. As technology has advanced, one of the major benefits is that you no longer need to develop your film to see how your photos will appear - saving money and time, as you can make adjustments to your camera settings and see the differences immediately as you are shooting.

LIFESAVING SKILLS

Lifesaving skills are a practical and very useful thing to learn. Whether you need to refresh your skills or want to learn the basics, our Red Cross chapter offers classes in Stevens Point and Wausau as well as online in first aid, CPR, babysitting skills, and more. There is no longer a local office; if you need assistance finding a class location, please call 800-RED-CROSS or visit redcross.org as there are many options available.

“My best advice is to take lots and lots of pictures. Don’t put your camera on the auto setting…as you learn, constantly adjust settings to see how it affects your shots. I don’t always delete the bad shots right away because studying those helps me learn what I needed to do to adjust and achieve a better shot.” Nathan, Marshfield

10
Symphonic Band Concert
7:30pm, Helen Connor Laird Theatre, UW-M/WC, marshfield.uwc.edu
11
Candy Hearts Bingo
10:30am-12:30pm, Abbotsford Public Library
11
Curtiss LeMans ATV & Snowmobile Races
Curtiss Boomtown Sno-Chasers Clubhouse, 715-613-5353
13
The Five Irish Tenors
7:30pm, The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org
15 - 16
37th Annual Farm Show
Marshfield Mall, marshfieldmall.com
17
Sons of Serendip
7:30pm, The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org
18
WinterFest
12pm, Fat Tire Bike & Snowshoe Races, RiverEdge Gof Course, Marshfield
18
Resurrection: A Journey Tribute
7:30pm, LuCille Tack Center for the Arts, Spencer, lucilletackcenter.com

TIPS

  • Don’t take your first efforts at any craft project too seriously. Keep practicing!
  • Start with small, less intimidating projects. Don’t tackle a quilt for your bed if it’s your first quilting project, or a mural for your first painting project. Starting small should be applied to any crafting endeavor!
  • If you make a mistake, try again.
  • Try several different things to see what you enjoy. There is no shame in trying a class and discovering it’s not for you. Sometimes trying something can spark an interest!
  • Ask a lot of questions or take the time to do research. Instructors, as well as other crafters, often have a wealth of knowledge and stories to share.
  • Don’t put off learning or refreshing lifesaving skills.

FEBRUARY

Do your children enjoy BOOKS or MUSIC?

For parents of young children, libraries are excellent resources, not only for learning opportunities and the ability to borrow books, cds, dvds, magazines and other materials at no cost, but for enrichment activities and socialization. Library story times are a great way to meet other parents with small children. They give children an exposure to a semi-structured activity while providing an outlet for parents to talk to other adults.

Most of our local libraries offer story time, consisting of typically a half-hour program of read-aloud stories,

songs, fingerplays, and a craft. Each program is a bit different and registration may be required due to space constraints. Additionally, some programs are structured just for preschool age children while others welcome children of all ages.

Many libraries also offer book clubs or reading programs for adult readers. This is a good way to enjoy popular literature and classics while in the company of others. Arpin, Abbotsford, Colby, Marshfield, Spencer, and Stratford all have programs for adults. Colby offers

“I love taking the girls to the library to promote early literacy, spark an interest in reading, have fun in a group setting, and to explore creative, hands-on projects.”

Hanni, Thorp

“I really like listening to the stories.” Avery, age 6, Thorp

“Everyone was so nice.” Raelyn, age 8, Thorp

“I like to dance and paint.” Macy, age 4, Thorp

22
MAPS Paws & Pancakes Breakfast
8-11:30am, Knights of Columbus Hall, marshfieldpetshelter.org
24
Everybody’s Hero:
The Jackie Robinson Story
The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org
24 - 25
Destination Medford
Women’s Weekend
Medford, 715-748-4729, medfordchamber.org
24 - 26
Neillsville Winter Carnival
variety show, Polar Bear Plunge, Neillsville Area Players’ production, and more, neillsville.org
25 - Apr 2
40th Annual Student Art Exhibit
Featuring artwork of students in grades 5-8, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, lywam.org
25
Friends of The Highground Dinner
5pm, The Highground, Neillsville, thehighground.org
25
Sweaty Yeti Fat Tire Bike Race
11am, Levis Mound Trail, Neillsville
27
Steak Feed
4:30-8pm, Marshfield Eagles Club, Marshfield, 715-384-3000
28
Brown Bear, Brown Bear
The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org

“Music is so important in terms of musical, language, fine, and gross motor development…. and it’s fun! I want the children in the class to enjoy music.” Julie Christ,
Music in the Key of Fun

both an afternoon and an evening book club, while the Abbotsford Wild Cookies Book Club makes us want to visit just because of the name.

Let your imagination run wild and become a ‘Master Builder’ at the library! Spencer Library offers a Lego club for kids, while Stratford offers a family Lego club - Fun for everyone, no matter what your age! - and a guaranteed good time. Everett Roehl Marshfield Public Library also offers Lego nights. All libraries request that you leave your personal Legos at home so there is no mixup while everyone is building.

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Another option for preschool age children is musical exploration classes. There are two such classes held in Marshfield: Music in the Key of Fun, starting at age 2 (held at Faith Lutheran Church) and Making Music Together, starting at age 1 (held at Chestnut Center for the Arts). Children are introduced to music through songs and instruments as well as musical concepts such as rhythm, pitch, and tempo in a fun, upbeat, and highly interactive class.

Most storytime programs and music exploration classes follow the school year calendar with classes from September into May. Often the storytime programs expand into part of a larger summer program to include older children, which may include tracking reading hours and special events. Additionally, a majority of libraries offer craft workshops and other fun activities throughout the year. (Note: please see your city in our government section in the yellow pages for the number and address of your local library to inquire about what’s available for your family.)

Courtesy of Julie Crist
& Amanda Renkas

“Music in the Key of Fun provides the base for a lifelong love of music, and the loving structure needed in a classroom setting.”

Christy, Marshfield

“Music brings joy to the whole family. Children are natural lovers of music.”

Edie Smazal,
Making Music Together

Do you know how to find the best deal at a GARAGE SALE?

For many, the thrill of finding just what you need (or often, that thing you just had to have but didn’t even know about yet) at a great price ensures that the local garage sale events are well-attended. They offer a variety of different names: garage, yard, thrift, and rummage sales. Yet no matter what

you call it, locals know they’re often the best places to find items in good condition at a fraction of the price.

Garage sales are so popular that many smaller cities in our area, as well as some neighborhoods, have annual areawide sales. You can often pick up a list of the area sales with addresses and sometimes even short descriptions of what’s available at some of those sales. (Pro tip: try searching local papers, Facebook, Craigslist, or even take a quick drive along busy streets to find sales - watch for signs!)

Ask several garage salers, “What are you looking for?” and you’ll often hear some of the same items. Some of the most popular garage sale items include baby gear and clothing, as well as children’s clothing, toys, and books. Other popular items include home décor, kitchen items, books, and movies.

“A long time ago my husband and I were at a garage sale in Neillsville and bought a heap of wood table parts. The owner said all the parts were there and my husband knew it was solid oak, so we bought it and put a lot of time and effort into refinishing it. Today this table is set up in our house and is used as an extension to our dining table when our whole family gets together during the holidays and other times during the year.”
Londa, Granton

MARCH 2017

Every Thu
Bingo
7-9pm, Marshfield Eagles Club, Marshfield, 715-384-3000
Every Tue & Thu
Tae Kwon Do
6-7pm, Chestnut Avenue Center for the Arts, Marshfield, contact Gale at 715-387-2118, chestnutarts.org
TBD
Home Based Business Expo
Marshfield Mall, marshfieldmall.com
TBD
Vox Concert Series
Please visit voxconcertseries.com for this month’s performers.
TBD
Wind & Cheese & Micro Brew Event
Mid-State Tech College, mstc.edu/foundation
2 - 4
Wausau Community Theatre
presents “The Who’s Tommy”
The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org
3 - 5
Curling Lobstein-Spiel
For more information please contact Steve & Pam Schmidt, 715-387-3720
3 - 27
Curtiss Corners Quilt Exhibit
Open House Fri, Mar 3, 5-7pm, LuCille Tack Center for the Arts, Spencer, lucilletackcenter.com
4 - May 28
M.C. Escher: Reality & Illusion
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, lywam.org
5
American Legion Pancake Breakfast
8:30am, American Legion Hall, Unity
5
Owen-Withee Lions
15th Annual Ice Fishing Contest
Owen, cityofowen.com

“My favorite sales are the Stratford sales because the provide a map and listing of what’s at each house. So you know which ones to stop at if you’re looking for kids clothes, tools, etc.” Andrea, Marshfield

Haggling is a debated practice. Some will say that you shouldn’t, while others insist that there is nothing wrong with it, especially if you think you are making a fair offer or want to buy several items at once. (Pro tip: be polite if you do ask, and allow the seller to accept or decline gracefully.)

If you’re planning to have a garage sale, here are some tips from shoppers that might make your venture more successful: advertise your sale a

few days before, make sure you have visible signs from major roads, especially if you are on a side street or in a hard-to-find location, have plenty of change and bags, make sure prices are clearly marked, and organize alike items together. Use creative solutions if you are short on table space, such as utilizing boxes or other containers on the ground, and make sure items are clean.

For a hint of nostalgia, along with some excellent customer service and math training, supervise your little ones at a small lemonade or bake stand.

“My best find was a wood and iron buffet where the guy hadn’t marked it yet. I asked how much and he said, “My wife will kill me, but $10.”’ Angie, Thorp

PRO TIPS:

  • Plan your route before you leave home.
  • Search for sales that specifically have items that you need.
  • Check clothing items for stains, rips, missing buttons, or broken zippers.
  • Have plenty of smaller bills.
  • Test electronics to make sure they are in working condition.
8
Senior Bingo
12-1:30pm, free, all ages welcome, Marshfield Mall, marshfieldmall.com
8
Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles
7:30pm, The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org
10
Symphony Orchestra Concert
7:30pm, Helen Connor Laird Theatre, UW-M/WC, marshfield.uwc.edu
11
“The Frog Prince”
by Missoula Children’s Theatre
3pm & 5:30pm, LuCille Tack Center for the Arts, Spencer, lucilletackcenter.com
11
Soup or Socks’ Empty Bowls
11am-2pm, Hotel Marshfield, 715-387-1796
11
Wausau Dance Theatre presents
“Alice in Wonderland”
The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater .org
13
Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater .org

“Don’t forget to peek under the sale table. Many people miss great buys by not looking on the floor!” Carol, Granton

“Go early, when they open. That’s when they have all the good stuff.” Will, age 10, Marshfield

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MARCH

Does the idea of FRESH FRUIT sound good to you?

Nothing quite says harvest time in Wisconsin like fresh fruit, including strawberries, blueberries, and apples. The opportunity to go fruit picking is a chance to enjoy nature’s abundance as well as a way to feed the family and enjoy local produce at it’s freshest. For families with children, the opportunity to show and discuss how food grows is also fun and interesting!

Local strawberry and blueberry patches can be found in many of our small communities. Picking seasons and hours often depend on the springtime and summer weather, so be sure to call ahead. (Pro tip: have a stable place in your vehicle where you will place the fruit - bring old blankets or towels to lay down first.) If it’s a warm day, plan to go earlier in the morning before the sun is high overhead. We recommend wearing older clothing, sturdy shoes, a hat, and sunscreen.

“We’ve always had a good crew of people who work for us. We’ve had a lot of compliments on how friendly and helpful they are.” Rae - Roehrborn’s Berry Patch, Marshfield

Apple lovers will tell you few things are as fun as taking your family or friends out to pick your favorite varieties. It seems as though everyone has a favorite type of apple, and ask any baker and he or she is sure to tell you which ones have the best, sweetest flavor. Many of us enjoy just eating them fresh off the tree. Whether it’s the red delicious, jonathan, mcintosh, pink lady, jazz, honeycrisp, golden delicious, or some other variety that you love, you can pick your own or just go purchase fresh, local apples at several orchards.

Now, what will you do with all of your fresh produce? Besides just washing and eating, consider dehydrating or canning some of your efforts. All UW-Extension offices

17
Central Chamber Chorale Concert
7:30pm, First Congregational Church, Wisconsin Rapids, centralchamberchorale.org
17
The Young Irelanders
7:30pm, The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org
18
Central Chamber Chorale Concert
7:30pm, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford, centralchamberchorale.org
19
Central Chamber Chorale Concert
3pm, Christ Lutheran Church, Marshfield, centralchamberchorale.org
19
Yesterday & Today:
The Interactive Beatles Experience
2pm, LuCille Tack Center for the Arts, Spencer, lucilletackcenter.com
20
12th Annual Teen Character Awards
Marshfield Area YMCA, KC Hall, mfldymca.org
21
Porch Greeter Luncheon
12pm, The Highground, Neillsville, thehighground.org
23
Home Free
7:30pm, The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org
25
Half is Good Enough For Me
Half marathon & 5k, The Highground, Neillsville, thehighground.org
25 - 27, 31
Marshfield Youth Actors
present “Footloose”
Chestnut Avenue Center for the Arts, Marshfield, chestnutarts.org
27
Steak Feed
4:30-8pm, Marshfield Eagles Club, Marshfield, 715-384-3000

“Kamenick Farms in Edgar used to tell our kids, ‘Eat as many strawberries as you want while you’re picking!’ We loved it.” Tammy, Edgar

offer canning information, including classes; the office in Wood County also offers food dehydrators, pressure cookers, and Nesco roasters on loan for one week. This is a great way to try canning without having to purchase the equipment. Alternately, you could ask a friend or family member that cans if you could help; perhaps you could can your items at the same time or borrow the equipment. Learning hands-on is the best way, and you’ll love not wasting the food you worked so hard to pick.

See our FRUIT-PICKING MAP
behind this section.

CONTAINER
GARDENING

Growing things doesn’t come easily to everyone. Though many of us enjoy flowers and gardens, growing them yourself isn’t quite so simple. From intimidation to a simple lack of knowledge about how to grow and care for different flowers and plants, many budding gardeners never get started or begin with plans that are too complicated or intricate to be successful.

For this reason, container gardening is an often suggested tip given by Mill Creek Gardens (Marshfield). Danielle said, “we really encourage people to start small, and suggest plants that are fairly hardy. We want people to be successful and build on that success. Container gardening is a great way to do so.”

CONTAINER
GARDENING

Growing things doesn’t come easily to everyone. Though many of us enjoy flowers and gardens, growing them yourself isn’t quite so simple. From intimidation to a simple lack of knowledge about how to grow and care for different flowers and plants, many budding gardeners never get started or begin with plans that are too complicated or intricate to be successful.

For this reason, container gardening is an often suggested tip given by Mill Creek Gardens (Marshfield). Danielle said, “we really encourage people to start small, and suggest plants that are fairly hardy. We want people to be successful and build on that success. Container gardening is a great way to do so.”

See our ATV TRAIL MAPS
behind this section.

Do you have a need for SPEED?

One of the most popular spring, summer, and fall activities in our area is ATVing. There are clubs devoted to the sport and families that will take trips specifically to enjoy the trails in our area. Why is ATVing such a popular activity? For many, the idea of being outside to enjoy Wisconsin’s weather and beauty is a great deal of the allure. We have a lot of natural beauty in the hills, lakes, rivers, forests, and sandstone bluffs in the area, all of which provide a scenic and enjoyable tour.

If you’re newer to ATVing, consider joining a club in your area. It’s a great way to learn about the sport. You’ll gain a lot of knowledge and experience, as well as establish instant friends and camaraderie! Many ATV clubs welcome extra riders for those who want to go for a day but don’t have an ATV. You can find clubs by visiting the Wisconsin ATV-UTV Association at www.watva.org.

“Have your headlights on at all times. Use bicycle hand signals to communicate with other riders when you will be stopping or turning.” Central WI ATV Club member

“Go with an experienced rider, know your machine, and always be prepared for where you plan to go.” Jeannie, Phillips

APRIL 2017

Mon & Wed
16th Annual A Dramatic
Recreation of “The Last Supper”
7pm, Every Monday & Wednesday during Holy Week, Wesley United Methodist Church, Marshfield, 715-384-2292
Every Thu
Bingo
7-9pm, Marshfield Eagles Club, Marshfield, 715-384-3000
Every Tue & Thu
Tae Kwon Do
6-7pm, Chestnut Avenue Center for the Arts, Marshfield, contact Gale at 715-387-2118, chestnutarts.org
TBD
Healthy Kids Day
Marshfield Area YMCA, Marshfield, mfldymca.org
TBD
Vox Concert Series
Please visit voxconcertseries.com for this month’s performers.
1
Easter Bunny
12-4pm, Marshfield Mall, marshfieldmall.com
1
Food for Thought
6-9pm, Laird Fine Arts Building, UW-M/WC, 715-384-1703, marshfield.uwc.edu
1 - 2
Marshfield Youth Actors
present “Footloose”
Chestnut Avenue Center for the Arts, Marshfield, chestnutarts.org
1 - 2
Spring Arts & Crafts Show
Marshfield Mall, marshfieldmall.com
2nd
Easter Bunny
12-4pm, Marshfield Mall, marshfieldmall.com
2
The Willis Clan
2pm, LuCille Tack Center for the Arts, Spencer, lucilletackcenter.com
4
Spring Election Day Cookout
10am-7pm, Arpin Fire Station, 8090 Church Rd, Arpin
5
Dr. Suess’ Cat in the Hat
The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org
5
Spencer Lions Smelt Fry
Spencer, contact Richard Schultz at 715-659-5327
7 - 28
Challenging the Inner Soul
Open House Apr 7, 5-7pm, LuCille Tack Center for the Arts, Spencer, lucilletackcenter.com

“Always count the number of ATVs when riding in a group. When you’re on the trails, the leader can tell ATVers coming in the opposite direction how many will pass before they are clear to proceed.” Sally, Auburndale

Check out the ATV- or UTV-DEALERS, ATV-REPAIR & SERVICE, & APPAREL headings and the HUNTING & FISHING GUIDE in the YELLOW PAGES for related products and services.

7
Adam Trent: The Futurist
7:30pm, The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org
8th
Easter Bunny
12-4pm, Marshfield Mall, marshfieldmall.com
8
Easter Egg Hunt
12pm, followed be activities at the Arpin Fire Dept., Kandy Kane Park, Arpin
8
Maggie May: The Highground
Benefit Concert
2pm, Pittsville Area Foundation for the Arts. Pittsville, 715-884-6502, Pittsville-performing-arts.org
13
Art Stevenson & Highwater
7:30pm, Bluegrass band, Pittsville Area Foundation for the Arts. Pittsville, 715-884-6502, Pittsville-performing-arts.org
15
Easter Bunny
12-4pm, Marshfield Mall, marshfieldmall.com
15
River Valley Harmonizers
The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org
15
Stock Car Show
Marshfield Mall, marshfieldmall.com
19
Owen-Withee Jaycees Pitch, Hit, & Run
3:30pm, Owen-Withee High School
19 - 22
Central Wisconsin Horse Sale
Clark County Fairgrounds, Neillsville, 715-570-7749, centralwihorsesales.com
20
Pippin
7:30pm, The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org

SAFETY TIPS

(Thanks to the Central WI ATV Club!)
  • Wear a helmet. By law, all children under 18 must wear a helmet, and some trails require riders of all ages to wear one.
  • Consider taking a safety class. By law, children must take a safety course. However, they are open to all ages and many people say that you will definitely come away a smarter, savvier ATV rider having had the course.
  • Take emergency supplies for your ATV with you: tow ropes, fix-a-flat, air compressor, tools, and extra spark plugs.
  • Take along emergency supplies for yourself and riders: first aid kits, extra water and food, additional clothing, flashlights, etc.
  • Think ahead. Know where you are going/trails you are taking. Keep your phone charged and accessible, but remember that you might not have service in the area.
  • Let others know your plans and when to expect you home in case of trouble.
  • Call for help or ask for help from other riders if you need it. Know your limits.

APRIL

Do you want to develop your HUNTING or FISHING skills?

Fishing is a very popular activity in Central Wisconsin, with good reason - we are blessed with an abundance of ponds, lakes, and waterways from which to catch the next big one! While some prefer fishing from shore, others prefer to be out in a boat. It’s all individual preference, so no matter what you like, the important thing is to get out and start casting!

When it comes to beginners, Ethan from Marshfield recommends taking “advantage of the free fishing weekends the DNR offers every year/season, where you can fish without a license and see if you enjoy it or not.” Our local anglers also suggest that you go with an experienced fisherman your first time out, and that you don’t buy every piece of fishing equipment available on the market...at least, not right away. Start with a basic rod and reel and upgrade when you are sure fishing is

the activity for you. (Pro tip: some Wisconsin state parks loan fishing equipment!)

“My advice for a beginner is just to enjoy it, you’ll have a blast!” Jim, Edgar

If you like archery, you might want to give bowfishing a try; where instead of using a rod and reel you use a bow and arrows to fish. According to Matt Schillinger from AMS Bowfishing, “The sport of bowfishing is the fastest growing outdoor sport right now...it helps remove invasive species like the common carp, silver, big heads, and others.” One thing that is important to know is you cannot bowfish in some areas, so be sure to check the Wisconsin DNR website before heading out.

Check out the HUNTING & FISHING GUIDE in the YELLOW PAGES for related products and services.

FREE FISHING WEEKEND: June 2-3, 2017

(No license needed)

APRIL 2017

20 - 23
Campus Community Players
Spring production, Title TBA
Thurs-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm, Helen Connor Laird Theatre, UW-M/WC, marshfield.uwc.edu
22
Pine Line Marathon
6:30am-2pm, Medford, 715-748-4729, medfordchamber.org
22
Reunion/Education Afternoon: Vietnam
2pm, Learning Center, The Highground, Neillsville, thehighground.org
22
Sports Card Show
Marshfield Mall, marshfieldmall.com
22 - 23
Clark County Spring Into
The Arts Tour
Loyal, 715-255-9100, clark-cty-wi.org
24
Steak Feed
4:30-8pm, Marshfield Eagles Club, Marshfield, 715-384-3000
26
Colby Lions Smelt Feed
Colby, contact Kevin Hanson at 715-223-8509, abbycolbyareachamber.org
26
Mayhem Poets
The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org
26
Working Women’s Wednesday
11am-1pm, marshfieldchamber.com
27
The Time Jumper
7:30pm, The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org
27 - 29
Bloomin’ Greenhouses
of Clark County
Loyal, 715-255-9100, clark-cty-wi.org
28
Symphonic Band Spring Concert
7:30pm, Helen Connor Laird Theatre, UW-M/WC, marshfield.uwc.edu
30
Striking Out Domestic Violence
12pm, Rose Bowl Lanes, Marshfield, call Shirley’s House of Hope to register 715-486-9000, shirleyshouseofhope.org

Archery is another popular sport in Wisconsin, especially for those who enjoy bowhunting in the fall. If you’re looking to get started, local sports shops have a wealth of knowledge to share. (Pro tip: quite a few offer lessons and have indoor ranges in which to practice.) They are also the best place to ensure you have the proper equipment and that your bow is set to the correct draw-length and poundage - this is important to avoid developing bad habits.

As with any sport, the more you practice, the better you get. If you live in the country, you may even be able to practice archery in your backyard. Roger from Neillsville points out that

“Fit of the bow is very important; length, pull weight, peep setting.” Scott Schoenherr - Bull’s Eye
Sports Shop, Marshfield

you should “always remember to shoot in an area where no damage will occur to bystanders or property.” Additionally, Kate in Stratford advises you to “start out with someone that knows what they are doing; it is not a toy and this sport should be taken seriously.”

While some may view archery as a solitary sport, it doesn’t have to be. All throughout Wisconsin there are archery clubs to join. (Visit www. wisconsinoutdoor.com/archery.htm to find a club near you!) Benefits include meeting people who share your interest and offering each other helpful suggestions. It’s important to note that you don’t have to hunt to enjoy archery or join a club. Many archers have no desire to hunt, but relish in the mental challenge and concentration the sport requires. In Stratford, this is the case for sisters Bailey and Brooke who participate in tournaments all over the United States and enjoy meeting “all the different people.”

HELPFUL FISHING TIPS

  • Check weather forecasts; be mindful of changing weather conditions.
  • When bowfishing, start out on a small body of water where there is less of a current.
  • • Don’t overload your boat.
  • Bring along life jackets, polarized sunglasses, and sunscreen.
  • Be prepared to troubleshoot in case of emergency or if the boat motor malfunctions.
  • Let someone know where you will be fishing and when to expect you home.

Visit www.dnr.wi.gov to obtain your fishing license and to check regulations as well as the weight and size requirements of different species.

Do you know where to find the best SWIMMING spots?

Nothing quite beats the heat like a visit to the pool or beach in the summertime. Whether you like to swim laps, ride around a lazy river, or just dunk your toes while the kids are swimming, there are several popular spots in our area for families to go. In Marshfield, Hefko Pool is open from the time school ends to the start of school. An outdoor pool, Hefko offers both a small wading pool and a regular pool with diving board for the whole family. They offer a free swim, thanks to local businesses, Monday through Saturday from 11-11:45 a.m., available to anyone.

“My favorite part of Vista Royalle is the inflatables in the water. The slide is my favorite inflatable!” Kailyn, age 8, Marshfield

There are several other communities that have outdoor pool areas. The Weston Aquatic Center was designed for “kids of all ages.” With a shallow walk-in area, water tower slide and climbing structures, water rides, a sandy play area, and picnic area, there’s something for everyone. It’s also handicap accessible. Merrill just opened the brand new Bierman Family Aquatic Center at their Merrill Area Recreation Complex. With a splash pad, inflatable area, lap swim and diving board area, playground, and rock climbing wall, there’s adventure to be had for all. You can also pay a visit to Thorp’s Aquatic Center which boasts a 155-foot water slide, a fishy slide for the little ones, water basketball, and more.

“Young or inexperienced swimmers should always wear a life jacket and remain supervised.”

Jenna, Phillips

MAY 2017

Every Thu
Bingo
7-9pm, Marshfield Eagles Club, Marshfield, 715-384-3000
Every Tue & Thu
Tae Kwon Do
6-7pm, Chestnut Avenue Center for the Arts, Marshfield, contact Gale at 715-387-2118, chestnutarts.org
TBD
Vox Concert Series
Please visit voxconcertseries.com for this month’s performers.
5 - 31
Spencer High School Art Students
This collection of artwork celebrates student accomplishments with new techniques and
personal creativity. LuCille Tack Center for the Arts, Spencer, lucilletackcenter.com
6:
Central Wisconsin School of Ballet
Student Showcase
The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org
10
Health Expo
10am-6pm, free Bingo & prizes, Marshfield Mall, marshfieldmall.com
11
Mama Mia!
7:30pm, The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org
12
Symphony Orchestra &
UW-M/WC Concert Choir
7:30pm, Helen Connor Laird Theatre, UW-M/WC, marshfield.uwc.edu
13
2nd Annual Downtown Wine Walk
Marshfield Area United Way, marshfieldareaunitedway.org
13
Helicopter & Military
Vehicle Expo
10am-3pm, The Highground, Neillsville, thehighground.org
13
MAPS Paws for Brittany Dog Walk/Run
9am, Wildwood Park, marshfieldpetshelter.org
13
National Assoc. of Letter Carriers
Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
Leave a bag of non-perishable food items, supports local food pantries, nalc.org

“Coon Fork County Park has crystal clear water and a beautiful beach area.” Debbie, Marshfield

If you’re an avid swimmer looking to practice your strokes year-round, in Wisconsin that means you need access to an indoor pool. (Pro tip: many hotels with a pool allow area residents to swim for a small fee; hours and rates vary so please call ahead.) Abbotsford, Colby, Granton, Marshfield, Neillsville, and Stanley all have an indoor pools that are available for public use (please

call ahead to verify seasons). The Marshfield Area YMCA is also a popular choice. Non-swimmers may take group or individual swimming lessons.

If you’re looking for a “real” beach, in Edgar, locals like to swim at Minnow Ponds Park. It’s a great place to cool off after a softball game! Likewise, in Arpin you can swim at the North Wood County Park. Climbing on rocks in the water and catching crayfish are popular pastimes when swimming is finished! In Augusta, Coon Fork Lake County Park is a popular swimming spot for those on the western edge of our area. Lake Arbutus is just south of Neillsville is a popular swimming and camping area.

We would be remiss not to mention nearby Wisconsin Dells, which is a popular year-round getaway. With many resorts offering large indoor pools, rides, and water activities, you can enjoy a day in the water even during winter’s coldest weeks. Additionally, several area campgrounds offer a pool for campers, including Stoney Creek RV Resort (Osseo) and Vista Royalle (Bancroft).

SWIMMING MAP : see page below

14
Hmong Appreciation Day
Ceremony & Legacy Stone placement, The Highground, Neillsville, thehighground.org
17
Community Senior Bingo
65+, 6pm, Bethel Center, 8014 Bethel Rd, Arpin
20 - Sep 2
Wisconsin Flying
Hamburger Socials
For individual event dates contact Duffy’s Aircraft Sales & Leasing, 715-387-2211, duffysaircraft.com
22
Steak Feed
4:30-8pm, Marshfield Eagles Club, Marshfield, 715-384-3000
26 - 27
Continuing Education & Prairie
Fire Children’s Theatre, Title TBA
Fri 7:30pm, Sat 2pm, Helen Connor Laird Theatre, UW-M/WC, marshfield.uwc.edu
27
American Legion Truck & Tractor Pull
11am, American Legion grounds, Unity
29
Fun Run Motorcycle Ride/
Memorial Day Celebration
ceremony at 2pm, The Highground, Neillsville, thehighground.org
29 - 30
Dance Magic
The Grand Theater, Wausau, grandtheater.org

PARKS & PLAYGROUNDS

Here in Central WI we are fortunate to have a wide variety of parks in which to spend some free time. Local community parks offer a mix of natural waterways, playground equipment, and shelters with picnic tables, as well as other fun activities such as skateboarding parks or disc golf courses. If you’re taking a day trip or just traveling through the area, ask the locals which parks they prefer or plan ahead and visit each community’s website (listed in our Government section under “G” in the yellow pages)!

If you’re bringing your pet, take note - some cities do have dog parks where your pet can run and play off leash! Marshfield, Wisconsin Rapids, Stevens Point, and Weston are the closest cities to our area with facilities for our canine companions.

“We love, love, love camping at Lake Arbutus (Hatfield) - they have so much for the kids to do!” Amber, Colby

STATE PARK MAP KEY

Map courtesy of
Travel Wisconsin
State Parks & Recreation Areas
State Forests
State Trails
Lake Michigan State Water Trail
Ice Age National Scientific Reserve Unit
Ice Age National and State Scenic Trail
North Country National Scenic and State Trail

MAY

How would you like to take a CAMPING trip?

“If you have children, bring enough changes of clothes. We let our kids play in the rain, ride their bikes through water, “wade” in the water with their clothes on (they always end up swimming). That’s what camping is all about!” Tracey, Marshfield

For many families, camping is a fun way to spend many warm, summer weekends. Camping typically doubles as a recreational activity, as many campgrounds also offer activities (including swimming pools/ beaches, fishing, hiking, etc) on the premises. It’s a way to relax, get outside and enjoy nature, and spend time with loved ones. Some families often go camping with friends, or take an annual camping trip with

extended family. Many look back on their childhoods with fond camping memories and are anxious to make similar ones with their own children.

After finding a campground - There are hundreds in Wisconsin alone! - there are a few things you should remember to take along with your tent or camper:

  • Bug spray, anti-itch cream, first aid kit
  • Comfortable bedding (extra if the nights are chilly)
  • Car and/or solar chargers for phones (in case of emergency)
  • Activities to do inside in case of rain
  • Extra clothing - for layers if it gets cold or clothes get wet/dirty
  • S’mores or ‘pudgy-pie’ ingredients

Look under RECREATIONAL VEHICLES in the YELLOW PAGES for related products and services.

“I highly recommend you find a campground with things you already enjoy and rent a cabin or something before you jump in full force... if you like to fish, find a place near a river or pond. Many campgrounds have different offerings.”

Liz, Marshfield

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Do you live for a rush of ADRENALINE?

If you’re the adventurous type, there are several activities in the area that will give you the thrill you are seeking. Ziplining, ropes courses, and skydiving are all activities that you can do in Wisconsin.

SKYDIVING

There’s no thrill quite like that of skydiving. Skydive Wissota in Chippewa Falls and Skydive Adventure in Omro both offer tandem jumping to anyone over 18 and in good health; Skydive Wissota also offers static-line jumping. Perfect for beginners, tandem jumping means that you are connected by harness to an instructor, who guides you through the entire jump. It’s a great way to get started with very minimal expectations of knowledge from the jumper!

ZIPLINING

Ziplining adventures are located both north and south of our area. Northwoods Adventures Zipline is one of the biggest in the area with over 13 ziplines including one for children as young as three years old! Their canopy tours are built and designed not only for thrill seekers but for those who want to overcome a fear of heights. Their staff accompanies the entire tour and adds to the experience.

In Lake Geneva, you can experience either the High Ropes Excursion or the Zipline Canopy Tour. The zipline tour is a guided canopy tour, starting out with a short zipline and ending with the 1200 foot dual zipline raceway as the grand finale! Built in the trees of their 100 acre forest, it’s an ecological sightseeing adventure with a bird’s eye view of Lake Como, the picturesque countryside, and wildlife.

“My advice would be to get a friend to come along skydiving and don’t think twice about not going! It was a very cool experience that I would recommend to anyone.” Lynn, formerly of Marshfield

JUNE 2017

Every Thu
Bingo
7-9pm, Marshfield Eagles Club, Marshfield, 715-384-3000
Every Tue & Thu
Tae Kwon Do
6-7pm, Chestnut Avenue Center for the Arts, Marshfield, contact Gale at 715-387-2118, chestnutarts.org
TBD
30th Annual MSTC Foundation
Golf Outing
Mid-State Tech College, mstc.edu/foundation
TBD
Drive-in Style Movie in the Park
Marshfield Fairgrounds, marshfieldchamber.com/movies
TBD
Neillsville Dairy Breakfast
Neillsville.org
TBD
PDC’s “NO MORE” Golf Event
For more information call 715-384-2971, pdcmarshfield.com
TBD
Stratford Heritage Days
stratfordheritagedays.com
TBD
SummerFest
Milwaukee, summerfest.com
TBD
Vox Concert Series
Please visit voxconcertseries.com for this month’s performers.
2
Kid’s Fun Run
Marshfield Area YMCA, Marshfield, mfldymca.org
2
Mayor’s Breakfast
Central Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, Marshfield, visitmarshfield.com/dairyfest
2
Dairyfest Movie in the Park
Columbia Park, Marshfield, marshfieldchamber.com/movies
2 - 4
36th Annual DairyFest
Marshfield, visitmarshfield.com/dairyfest
2 - 4
Edgar Firemen’s Celebration
Edgar, vil.edgar.wi.us
2 - 4
Thorp Dairy Days
Northside Park, Thorp
3
Pie & Ice Cream Social
10am-3pm, Governor W.H. Upham Mansion, Marshfield
3
Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
12pm, The Highground, Neillsville, thehighground.org
3
YMCA’s 25th Annual Cheese Chase
8am, Marshfield Fair Park, mfldymca.org

OBSTACLE COURSES

Heightened Adventures in Wisconsin Dells is an aerial adventure park. The course is described as a big obstacle course in a tree - a lot of people compare it to “American Ninja Warrior.” Participants must be at least 8 years old and 54” to complete the adventure.

CLIMBING WALLS & ROPES COURSES

The Marshfield Area YMCA, Marshfield High School, and the UW-Stevens Point campus each offer a climbing wall that is available to the public. (Call for more details.) Marshfield is also fortunate to have an outdoor ropes course at the Middle School. Groups are able to use the course from April to October (reservations required).

“I’ve done over 19,000 jumps in the past 35 years. A friend once made arrangements for several of us. We had a 5 jump static line package and the goal was to freefall… once I did that, I was hooked!” Mary, Chippewa Falls

3 - 4
Outdoor Craft & Flea Market
East Town Mall, Abbotsford, 715-223-8509, abbycolbyareachamber.org
3 - Aug 27
Nature, Tradition & Innovation: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, lywam.org
6 - Sep 26
Farmers Market
Every Tues 8am-1pm, Pick ‘n Save parking lot, Marshfield, mainstreetmarshfield.com
8 - 10
Auburndale Area Wide Garage Sales
All day, Auburndale
9 - 10
Vintage Show & Swamp Meet
There will also be crafts, hosted by the Swamp Stompers, Spencer, spencerswampstompers.com
9 - 11
Spencer Community Days
Lion’s Park & Arc Park, Spencer, spencerwi.org
10
Flag Day Ceremony
Stone placements at 9:30am & 1pm, The Highground, Neillsville, thehighground.org
10
Renaissance Race Against Cancer 5K
Run/Walk
9am, Renaissance Learning in Woodlands Business Park Wis. Rapids, renaissance.com
15
Third Thursdays
5-7pm, shop, dine, & enjoy downtown Marshfield, Farmers Market 3-7pm, mainstreetmarshfield.com
15 - 18
Cranberry Blossom Festival
Chalk It Up sidewalk event, June Dairy & Berry Breakfast, 50/50 Raffle, carnival, quilt show, & more! Wisconsin Rapids, blossomfest.com

TIPS

  • Make reservations - some activities do not accept walk-ins; also, check requirements first (height/weight/ability).
  • Wear sturdy, closed toe shoes.
  • Tie long hair back securely.
  • Avoid wearing dangly earrings or a lot of jewelry.
  • Wear long pants or kneelength shorts (you’ll wear a harness).
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JUNE

How is your balance?

Would you try ROLLER SKATING or SKATEBOARDING?

“I like roller skating because I get to listen to music, laugh, and hang out with my friends.” Hailey, age 8, Marshfield

If your wheels of choice are attached to roller skates, inline skates, or a skateboard, there are several places where you can practice your skills and tricks. For many, roller skating is nostalgic, with memories of skate nights with friends. Could you skate backwards or Limbo lower? Central Wisconsin has only a few indoor rinks, like Melody Gardens Skateland (Marshfield) which first opened its doors in 1974. It continues to be a popular hangout for family and friends.

“It’s just what we did every Sunday night. We met up with other neighborhood kids and just had a blast. We all became really good skaters through the years - not to mention the great exercise we got and friends we made.”Debbie, Marshfield
16
Summer Block Party
300 Block, Marshfield, mainstreetmarshfield.com
16 - 18
Dorchester Days
Carnival, tractor pulls, parade, & more, dorchesterwi.com/dorchester-days
16 - 18
Withee Days
Lion’s Pavilion, Withee, 715-229-2782
18 - 24
Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre,
Title TBA
Shows Fri 7pm & Sat 2pm, Pittsville Area Foundation for the Arts, Pittsville, 715-884-6502, Pittsville-performing-arts.org
21
Community Senior Bingo
65+, 6pm, Bethel Ctr, 8014 Bethel Rd, Arpin
22 - 25
Country Fest
Cadott, countryfest.com
23 - 25
Auburndale Music Fest
Auburndale Park, auburndaleparkassociation.org
23 - 25
Small Town Baseball
Wisconsin State Tournament, Marshfield, smalltownbaseball.com
24
Freedom Celebration Activities
10am start, fireworks at dusk, The Highground, Neillsville, thehighground.org
24
Mike’s Run
2-mile Fun Run/Walk, 5-mile Run, 7:30am registration, Hackman’s Field, marshfieldclinic.org/giving
24 - 25
Speciality Car Enthusiasts
Show & Graffiti Weekend
Marshfield Mall, marshfieldmall.com
25
Abby/Colby Chamber Dairy Breakfast
715-223-8509, abbycolbyareachamber.org
26
Steak Feed
4:30-8pm, Marshfield Eagles Club, Marshfield, 715-384-3000

If you enjoy roller skating, you might want to also try inline skating. (Fun fact: inline skates were actually invented before the quad skates commonly used at roller rinks!) Skating outdoors opens up your options; we recommend trying one of the many local biking/walking trails (choose paved for your safety)!

“I enjoy skating because you can go at your own pace and isn’t a team sport where there are rules. You just have freedom on a skateboard.” Brett Urban,
The Sports Den, Marshfield

There’s no need to build your own skateboard ramp these days, since there are several area skateboard parks. These parks provide a fun, safe spot for skaters to practice their skills and tricks on a variety of ramps and rails.

Many skateboarders will tell you they first got into it because a friend encouraged them to try it. Watching those with more experience can be a bit intimidating; however, being around more seasoned skaters is a great way to pick up ideas and

suggestions, as well as new tricks. Brett of Marshfield says, “If you’re just starting out, don’t get frustrated trying to learn. It’s not an easy thing to do right off the bat.”

See our ROLLER SKATING/ SKATEBOARDING MAP behind this section.

ROLLER DERBY

Roller derby is increasing in popularity. There are several teams in Wisconsin, including Central WI’s Mid-State Sisters of Skate. They are always looking for new members - skating and non-skating. Stop by to see their next Bout!

TIPS FOR BEGINNING SKATERS

  • Bend your knees (lowering your center of gravity makes you more stable)
  • Practice stopping safely and quickly
  • Always keep your head up and watch for other skaters
  • Use safety equipment (helmet and elbow, wrist, and knee pads)

TIPS FOR BEGINNING BOARDERS

  • Wear protective gear: knee pads, elbow pads, and a helmet
  • Skate with more experienced skaters
  • Ask for suggestions on how to safely perform tricks you are attempting
  • Practice, practice, practice

Check out the HEALTH & FITNESS GUIDE in the YELLOW PAGES for related products and services.

Have you been on any of the numerous
HIKING or BIKING trails in the area?

The advantage to living in a mostly rural area is that all of our communities are surrounded by truly spectacular landscapes. For many, there’s no better way to get out and enjoy nature than to simply take a walk. By going at your own pace, making chitchat easy, walking is the perfect activity to engage in with family and friends. If you’re taking children along, frequent stops to marvel over new discoveries such as bugs, butterflies, flowers, plants, stones, and more are a must!

“I like getting to enjoy nature. It’s lots of fun climbing and playing with rocks and sticks.” Maverick, age 11, Chili

Central Wisconsin has an abundance of beautiful walking/hiking trails, giving you numerous opportunities to get “up close and personal” with all that the great outdoors has to offer, including a variety of wildlife. (Tip: several trails are handicap accessible.) It’s important to note that some trails also share biking access, so if you’re not on a bike, be sure to stay alert for approaching cyclists, especially in hilly or curvy areas where it might be difficult to see in the distance.

Please exercise caution on trails that are new to you; do your research or ask locals for tips in advance of your hike. Due to changing weather and trail conditions you should always wear supportive footwear and exercise caution on any rocky or muddy areas. If you are trying a new trail, please investigate to see if the trail is rated with

“In this digital age, it is so important for ALL of us to disconnect, even for only a few hours. What better way to do that than to immerse yourself in nature?” Tina, Marshfield

JULY 2017

Every Thu
Bingo
7-9pm, Marshfield Eagles Club, Marshfield, 715-384-3000
Every Tue & Thu
Tae Kwon Do
6-7pm, Chestnut Avenue Center for the Arts, Marshfield, contact Gale at 715-387-2118, chestnutarts.org
TBD
Movie on Main Street
Loyal, loyalwi.com
TBD
SummerFest
Milwaukee, summerfest.com
TBD
Vox Concert Series
Loyal, 715-255-9100, clark-cty-wi.org
3
Heart & Sole Run/Walk
7pm, Pittsville Volunteer Fire Department, Pittsville, pittsvillefiredepartment.com
3 - 4
Medford 4th of July Celebration
Medford City Park, Medford
4
Independence Day Celebration
10am, The Highground, Neillsville, thehighground.org
4
Pittsville’s 4th of July Celebration
12pm parade, carnival, food, entertainment, fireworks at dusk, Pittsville
5 - 26
Concerts in the Park
Every Wed at 7:30pm, George Scherer Athletic Park/Grassland Bandstand, Greenwood
6 - 8
45th Iola Old Car Show
Intersection of State Hwys 49 & 161, Iola, 715-445-4000, iolaoldcarshow.com
6 - 8
Owen Citywide Garage Sales
Owen, cityofowen.com
7 - 9
Neillsville Heritage Days
For more information, contact Dan Herbrand at 715-743-6655, neillsville-wi.com
7 - 9
Owen Junior Fair
Owen, cityofowen.com
8 - 9
Old School Marketplace
Owen, cityofowen.com

a difficulty level. Many unrated trails are likely to be an easy hike, but some trails may be moderate or advanced.

“As our kids learned to ride, we started teaching them bike safety as well. When we go on family rides, we let the kids take the lead to show us that they follow safety rules.” Becky, Marshfield


Helpful walking/hiking tips:

  • Carry water and/or small snacks (nuts, granola bars, and beef jerky are all high in protein) if you plan to be gone for a while.
  • If you’re in a wooded area, you may want to use bug spray or wear long sleeves/pants.
  • Stretch before you begin; at the very least, start slowly and increase your speed after warming up.
  • Wear sunscreen and/or a hat to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Stay alert to changing weather conditions; never take shelter under trees during a thunderstorm in case of lightning strikes. You are safest inside of a building or a vehicle.
  • Stay alert for wildlife such as snakes, bears, skunks, and wolves.
  • Plan your route/trail in advance and walk with others or let someone know where you are going and when to expect you home.

Biking is another a fabulous way to get out and traverse the trails, one that offers a whole new perspective of your surroundings. Whether you’re a recumbent enthusiast, road cyclist, trail rider, or fat tire biker, biking is a great way to get some exercise while enjoying the scenery. From toddlers in a pull-behind or in a bike attachment seat to a child’s first bike with training wheels to adults, people of all ages can enjoy biking.

If you decide you’d like to ride in the winter, consider fat tire biking! Levis Mound in Clark County is one of the best areas in the state for biking with 15 miles of groomed (packed) trails and a warming chalet (currently being rebuilt). Other groomed areas are Sunnyvale Park and Greenwood Hills Country Club (both in Wausau), which are also groomed for winter riding.

See our BIKING/TRAIL MAPS behind this section.

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12
Senior Bingo
12-1:30pm, free, Marshfield Mall, marshfieldmall.com
13 - 15
Rock Fest
Cadott, rock-fest.com
13 - 16
Balloon & Rib Fest
Hot air balloons, rib vendors, pig racing, fireworks, and more, Wausau Downtown Airport, wausauevents.org
13 - 16
Hodag Country Festival
Rhinelander, hodag.com
14
Annual Parish Pull
Gates & concessions open at 5pm, pulling starts at 7pm, hosted by St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Marshfield Fairgrounds
14 - 16
Colby Cheese Days
Main St, Colby, 715-223- 4435, abbycolbyareachamber.org
14 - 16
Small Town Baseball
World Series, Marshfield, smalltownbaseball.com
15
Balloon Chase 5K Run/Walk
Balloons set up and launch 6-6:30am, race at 7:30am, Wausau Downtown Airport, wausauevents.org
15 - 16
ChalkFest
The 400 Block, Wausau, wausauevents.org
19
Community Senior Bingo
65+, 6pm, Bethel Ctr, 8014 Bethel Rd, Arpin
19 - 23
Mall Summer Mad Market Days
Marshfield Mall, marshfieldmall.com

BIKING TIPS

  • Find a properly fitting helmet.
  • Teach children when they are young - the sooner they learn, the better!
  • Start slow your first time out - bike for a mile, not ten. Increase distance as you become comfortable and build endurance.
  • Know your body and limits.
  • Find a local group for summer rides. Many communities have started bicycling groups that meet and ride weekly.

“Riding in the winter can require attention to keeping feet and hands warm, but otherwise, fat tire biking is just like riding a regular mountain bike.” Steve, Neillsville

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JULY

How about traveling the open road on a MOTORCYCLE?

On a warm, sunny day in Wisconsin, you’ll notice that motorcyclists, anxious to feel the wind on their faces, are unable to avoid the allure of the open road. From trikes to bikes, sidecars and caravans, there are options for all motorcyclists...and one just might be perfect for you.

As with any new adventure, knowledge and safety are key. If you find yourself tempted to join the motorcyclists that pass you by, do your research and take a safety class to aid in obtaining your Class M motorcycle license. Visit wisconsindot.gov for a list of places to take a course. (Tip: your local technical college likely offers one!)

“My best suggestion for anyone that wants a motorcycle is to study the bike you want and then test drive it. I was going to get a certain bike… when I test drove it, I knew it wasn’t for me.”Rebekah, Marshfield

“Ride, ride, ride, and ride some more before you take on a passenger or ride in a pack.”Travis, Marshfield

20
Third Thursdays
5-7pm, shop, dine, & enjoy downtown Marshfield, Farmers Market 3-7pm, mainstreetmarshfield.com
20 - 22
Country Jam USA
Eau Claire, countryjamwi.com
20 - 23
Annual Wisconsin State Water Ski Show Championships
Wisconsin Rapids, www.aquaskiers.org
22
Sherry Tired Iron Classics Tractor Show
10am-11pm, parade at 1pm, townofsherry.com
24
Steak Feed
4:30-8pm, Marshfield Eagles Club, Marshfield, 715-384-3000
27
Hot Time in the City
Marshfield, mainstreetmarshfield.com
28
Hub City Days Kids Duathlon
For more information, visit marshfieldclinic.org
28
Hub City Days Movie in the Park
Downtown Marshfield, marshfieldchamber.com/movies
28 - 29
Hub City Days
Live music, food, crafts, car & antique tractor show, brew-fest & more, downtown Marshfield, mainstreetmarshfield.com
29
Amazing Race: Marshfield Edition
For more information call 715-384-2971, pdcmarshfield.com
29
Hub City Days Duathlon
For more information, visit marshfieldclinic.org
29
Reunion/Education Afternoon
2pm, Korean War, Learning Center, The Highground, Neillsville, thehighground.org

“Look at all circumstances during a ride as a learning opportunity. Practice as a beginner - find an empty parking lot and practice your quick stops. Knowing the skills and being confident in them helps on the road.”Mark, Marshfield

It might be easy to park your bike once winter hits and not think about it much until the springtime; however, it’s extremely important for you to complete all preventative and routine maintenance on your machine. If you do not know how to do this yourself, find a mechanic that you trust and make sure you have it checked over routinely. After all, it’s not much of a road trip if your machine breaks down.

In Wisconsin, helmets and protective gear are not required by law for adults (all minors are required to wear helmets). However, if you are planning a long distance road trip, do your research before you leave

See our MOTORCYCLE TRAIL MAP behind this section.

regarding helmets, protective gear, and concealed carry laws. As the laws may vary by state, it’s wise to be prepared if you’re traveling outside Wisconsin.

Whether you are riding with just one other person or a whole group, motorcyclists say you should “ride your ride.” Know your own limits; know how much risk you are willing to take. Some cyclists are willing to take more risk than others. Always be alert to what others in your group are doing when you’re riding together.

“I don’t think I have favorite places to ride. Any place is great when I’m on a motorcycle!”Robin, Pittsville

Check out the MOTORCYCLE & MOTOR SCOOTER DEALERS/REPAIRING & SERVICE headings in the YELLOW PAGES for related products and services.

TIPS FOR BEGINNERS

  • Take the two-day safety class (classroom and coursework).
  • Obtain your Class M motorcycle license.
  • Purchase protective gear including eye protection (protective gear is highly recommended).
  • Find a helmet with a DOT symbol, meaning it meets federal safety regulations (all riders under 18 must wear a helmet at all times).

TIPS FOR BEGINNERS

  • Take the two-day safety class (classroom and coursework).
  • Obtain your Class M motorcycle license.
  • Purchase protective gear including eye protection (protective gear is highly recommended).
  • Find a helmet with a DOT symbol, meaning it meets federal safety regulations (all riders under 18 must wear a helmet at all times).

In Wisconsin, helmets and protective gear are not required by law for adults (all minors are required to wear helmets). However, if you are planning a long distance road trip, do your research before you leave

See our MOTORCYCLE TRAIL MAP behind this section.

regarding helmets, protective gear, and concealed carry laws. As the laws may vary by state, it’s wise to be prepared if you’re traveling outside Wisconsin.

Whether you are riding with just one other person or a whole group, motorcyclists say you should “ride your ride.” Know your own limits; know how much risk you are willing to take. Some cyclists are willing to take more risk than others. Always be alert to what others in your group are doing when you’re riding together.

“I don’t think I have favorite places to ride. Any place is great when I’m on a motorcycle!”Robin, Pittsville

Check out the MOTORCYCLE & MOTOR SCOOTER DEALERS/REPAIRING & SERVICE headings in the YELLOW PAGES for related products and services.

GEOCACHING: what exactly is it?

While driving or walking around town, you might see people seeming to search around using their smartphones or a GPS. It’s possible they are playing Pokemon GO! (a fun new game/app), but they may actually be geocaching. Geocaching is an activity that got its start in the 1990s with the introduction of handheld GPS machines. It quickly caught on and is now a worldwide adventure. Using popular apps, you can locate “caches” that others have hidden. While many are easily found, some are extremely small/difficult to locate and others require solving questions or a puzzle to find.

“Our kids love the adventure of finding treasures. We never realized there were several caches just within blocks of our house! It makes family bike rides more fun.”Stuart, Marshfield

AUGUST 2017

Every Thu
Bingo
7-9pm, Marshfield Eagles Club, Marshfield, 715-384-3000
Every Tue & Thu
Tae Kwon Do
6-7pm, Chestnut Avenue Center for the Arts, Marshfield, contact Gale at 715-387-2118, chestnutarts.org
Every Wed
Music in the Park
Lions Park, Spencer
TBD
LITE Foundation Glow Run
7pm, takes place during Park Fest, Medford, call 715-748-2100 ext 3057
TBD
Movie in the Park
Columbia Park, marshfieldchamber.com/movies
TBD
Vox Concert Series
Please visit voxconcertseries.com for this month’s performers.
TBD
Wisconsin Valley Fair
Wausau, 715-261-1539, wisconsinvalleyfair.com
3 - 5
Spencer City-Wide Garage Sales
Spencer, spencerwi.org
3 - 6
33nd Annual Bicycle Tour
Celebration picnic at 12pm, The Highground, Neillsville, thehighground.org
3 - 6
Taylor County Fair
Medford, witaylorcountyfair.wix.com/witaylorcountyfair
3 - 13
Wisconsin State Fair
West Allis, 800-884-3247, wistatefair.com
4 - 6
Arpin ATV, Truck, & Tractor Pulls
Kandy Kane Park, Arpin
5
Chili Annual Street Dance
4pm-midnight, live band, chicken, beer tent

Most apps rate the difficulty of the cache. If you’re a beginner, start with the easiest caches until you gain experience and confidence. (Pro tip: read all of the details for each cache - sometimes there are clues that will help you!)

“We didn’t know anything about geocaching initially, but thought it might be fun, free entertainment while on a vacation. We did a couple of ‘test’ caches and the family was hooked!” Patty, MarshfieldPatty, Marshfield

One of the advantages of geocaching is that locals are often the ones placing them, so it’s common for caches to be placed next to unique local spots. Geocaching allows you to explore new and interesting areas. Marshfield alone has over 100 geocaches; there are some in all communities so you need not travel far!

9 - 13
Clark County Fair
Clark County Fair Grounds, Neillsville
11 - 13
First City Days
Antique Stock Tractor Pull, food, music, Charcoal Chicken Dinner and more, Red Arrow Park, Abbotsford, 715-223-8509, abbycolbyareachamber.org
12
Columbus Classic Golf Outing
Benefits Columbus Catholic athletics, columbuscatholicschools.org
12
Kids Expo & Back-to-School
Fashion Show
Fun, games, prizes, displays, & more! Marshfield Mall, marshfieldmall.com
16
Community Senior Bingo
65+, 6pm, Bethel Ctr, 8014 Bethel Rd, Arpin
17
Third Thursdays
5-7pm, shop, dine, & enjoy downtown Marshfield, Farmers Market 3-7pm, mainstreetmarshfield.com
17 - 20
Athens Fair
Athens, athenswis.com

“I like geocaching because it takes me places that I otherwise would not see.”
Jim, Auburndale

HOW TO START

  • Download an app (Many are free - c:geo is a popular one!) or use a handheld GPS.
  • Remember that the estimated distance shown to the cache may not be exact.
  • Bring a pen to mark the log inside the cache to record your visit.
  • Bring swag: small items and trinkets like tiny toys, erasers, stickers, etc. Some caches offer swag, but never use food, as many caches are located outdoors.
  • Remember to put the cache back just as you found it (sealed tightly)!

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AUGUST

Does DISC GOLF or GOLF pique your interest?

“It’s something you can do at any level. My son is 8 years old and joins me on some courses!” Ed, Wisconsin Rapids

For a break from golf, you could try disc golf, which is similar to golf but uses discs instead of golf balls. As most courses are free, it’s a sport that’s fairly inexpensive to play and it can be an activity for the whole family, as all ages and abilities can play. If you’re a beginner, you may feel intimidated visiting a course as you watch others throw with distance and accuracy.

Don’t be! Just be sure to practice and focus on throwing with accuracy. As your form and skills improve, you will be able to throw longer distances and try advanced techniques (and fancier discs!).

With over 250 courses just in Wisconsin, it’s not hard to find one - and traveling to different courses is a common theme. (Some people even travel the country to participate in tournaments.) Most disc golfers we talked to said they initially went with a friend, and got hooked on the sport because it was fun, inexpensive, and a good way to remain active. Like regular golf, most courses vary in terrain and obstacles. Open courses are easier for beginners and for those that need handicap accessibility.

“I started playing disc golf in college… we would call our own holes. ‘That tree over there, the corner of the science building,’ etc.”Kay, Granton
18 - 19
16th Annual Ride to
Remember Motorcycle Rally
The Highground, Neillsville, thehighground.org
18 - 19
Big Bull Falls Blues Fest
Fern Island Park,Wausau, wausauevents.org
18 - 20
Brad Bauer Memorial
5K/Fun Runs, softball, volleyball, cornhole, Spencer, bradbauermemorial.com
19
Owen Main Street Car Show
& Burnout Contest
Owen, cityofowen.com
24 - 27
Annual Loyal Corn Festival
Loyal, 715-255-8722, loyalcornfest.com
25 - 27
44th Annual Edgar Antique
Steam Show & Flea Market -
W4255 Hilldale Drive, Edgar, edgarsteamshow.com
28
Steak Feed
4:30-8pm, Marshfield Eagles Club, Marshfield, 715-384-3000
30 - Sep 4
Central Wisconsin State Fair
Marshfield Fairgrounds, www.centralwisconsinstatefair.com
Abbotsford - Red Arrow Park
407 W Hemlock
Arpin - North Wood County Park
7500 Park Ln
Auburndale Park
16042 Park Ave
Dorchester Disc Golf
Park Dr
Loyal - West Side Park
Park Ave
Marshfield - Braem Park
905 N Cedar Ave
Marshfield - Wildwood Park
1800 S Roddis Ave
Mosinee - Big Eau Pleine County Park
3301 Eau Pleine Park Rd
Neillsville - Schuster Park
511 E Division St
Owen - Madman’s Course
W8943 Pine Ave
Pittsville - Riverside Park
Bower St
WI Rapids - South Wood County Park
6411 S Park Rd
Marathon - Pine Valley Golf Course
301 136th Ave; 715-443-2848
Marshfield - Marshfield Country Club
11426 Wren Rd; 715-384-4409
Marshfield - RiverEdge Golf Course
10191 Mill Creek Dr; 715-676-3900
Medford - Black River Golf Course
W5205 Cty Rd O; 715-748-5520
Medford - Tee Hi Golf Course
580 Tee Hi Place; 715-748-3990
Mosinee - Indianhead Golf Course
966 Indianhead Dr; 715-693-6066
Neillsville - Neillsville Country Club
603 E Division St; 715-743-3780
Owen - Meadowview Golf Course
800 W 3rd St; 715-229-2355
Stevens Point - Wis. River Golf Club
705 West River Dr W; 715-344-9152
Wausau - Trapp River Golf Course
T12102 Cty Rd WW; 715-675-3044
Wausau - Tribute Golf Course
1001 Golf Club Rd; 715-675-3663
Wisconsin Rapids - Ridges Golf Course
2311 Griffith Ave; 715-424-3204

DISC GOLF TIPS

  • Purchase a basic putter and one mid-range disc.
  • Don’t keep score! Play for fun only, and don’t compare yourself to others.
  • Bring bug spray (if it’s a wooded course) and water.
  • Have fun!
  • Write your name and number on your discs in case you lose one.

GOLF TIPS

If you try traditional golf, here are a few tips:

  • Take lessons to learn the proper stance, club grip, and swing.
  • Research the sport and learn when to use each golf club.
  • Rent golf clubs before purchasing your own set to ensure you like the sport.
  • Practice hitting at a driving range to increase distance and improve accuracy.
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  • Mobile Banking
  • Mobile Check Deposit
  • Remote Deposit Capture
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Have you ever considered HORSEBACK RIDING?

When people think of Wisconsin, they tend to think of three things: Green Bay Packers, cheese, and cows. While we certainly have a lot of cows, you’ll find that we have a lot of horses as well. For most equestrians, their love of horses is deep-rooted, typically going all the way back to childhood.

If you long for a horse of your very own, before making the leap to purchasing, our local horse experts highly recommend taking some lessons first. Lessons will not only teach you how to ride safely, but also how to groom and properly care for a horse. Horseback riding is more than just saddling up a horse for a couple of hours, and anyone who is considering purchasing a horse should

ask a lot of questions, do research, and continue taking lessons in order to learn all aspects of horse care as well as to understand the cost involved. The expense required to board and care for a horse can be major investments on your time, energy, and financial resources.

M&M Stable & Arena in Greenwood boards horses and has an indoor arena for those riders who like to practice year-round (8 a.m. - 8 p.m.). M&M owner, Maria Bendixen, asks that if you have never been there before, “...that you make an appointment to be introduced to the facility, but after that, you can come anytime.” The arena is insulated, so the temperature stays moderate even on the coldest or

“Beginners should take lessons and spend a lot of time with experienced riders and older, well-trained horses. Green on green = black and blue!” Bekke, Neillsville

SEPTEMBER 2017

Every Thu
Bingo
7-9pm, Marshfield Eagles Club, Marshfield, 715-384-3000
Every Tue & Thu
Tae Kwon Do
6-7pm, Chestnut Avenue Center for the Arts, Marshfield, contact Gale at 715-387-2118, chestnutarts.org
TBD
Abbotsford Fall Festival
Held at Abbotsford City Hall & 1st St, Abbotsford, abbycolbyareachamber.org
TBD
Auction of Champions
Benefits National Farm Medical Center, Marshfield, marshfieldclinic.com/giving
TBD
Harvest Fair
10am-5pm, Historic Point Basse, Nekoosa, 715-459-1722, historicpointbasse.com
TBD
Heritage Walk/Run
Stratford, www.stratfordwi.com
TBD
Venison Sampling Night
6-8pm, Abbotsford Sportmen’s Club, 715-223-4855
TBD
Vox Concert Series
Please visit voxconcertseries.com for this month’s performers.
7
Mingle: Memorial Medical
Center Fundraiser
5:30pm, silent auction, raffles, 1950s band, food, dancing, and drinks, Silver Dome Ballroom, Neillsville, call Shelley Janke for more information 715-743-8456
8
Medford City Wide Garage Sale
8am-5pm, Medford, 715-748-4729, medfordchamber.org
8 - 9
54th Annual Wisconsin
Fur Trappers State Rendezvous
Marshfield Fairgrounds, www.wistrap.org
8 - 10
Llama & Craft A-Faire
Red Arrow Park, Abbotsford, abbycolbyareachamber.org
8 - 10
Granton Fall Festival
Granton, 715-238-7440
9
4th Annual ALS Steps for Hope Walk/Ru
Wildwood Park & Zoo, Marshfield, for registration or more information, call 262-794-7114

muggiest days, making it comfortable for y’all.

For those who are interested in riding for just a few hours, or maybe even overnight, venture to Neillsville to Wilderness Pursuit. Owner Lynette Engevold says that they are “a family run business since 1982. Offering guided trail rides on gentle, well-trained horses, with the best guides we can find through the beautiful, scenic Clark

County Forest.” While a last minute riding session might be possible, it’s best to call a few days or weeks in advance to reserve a spot.

So, if you’ve wanted to learn or even just refresh your skills, don’t let fears hold you back from getting in the saddle. What better way to see Wisconsin’s beautiful countryside or enjoy sunshine and fresh air than on horseback?

“My favorite memories are the ones I’m currently making with my daughters… to be able to share my passion and love of horses with my children is so special to me. Watching them groom, bathe, ride, and show a horse that we all love is such a gift.” Julie, Marshfield

9
Greenwood’s End of Summer Fest
10am, car show, street dance, free inflatables, antique tractor pull, movie at dusk, & more! Main Street, Greenwood, 715-267-6205
9
McMillan Fall Festival
McMillan Fire Department, townofmcmillan.com
9
Blue Heron BrewPub OktoberFest
Presentations, food, beer, & live bands, 11am-10pm, 9th St, Marshfield, call 715-389-1868 for more information
9
Pittsville City Wide Garage Sales
All day, Pittsville
9 - Nov 26
Birds in Art
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, lywam.org
10
Annual Loyal Car & Motorcycle Show
10am-3pm, American Legion parking lot, Loyal, 715-255-8656
13
Senior Bingo
12-1:30pm, free, Marshfield Mall, marshfieldmall.com
13 - 16
Central Wisconsin Horse Sale
Clark County Fairgrounds, Neillsville, 715-570-7749, centralwihorsesales.com
15 - Oct 8
Clark County
Harvest Moon Fall Tour
Loyal, 715-255-9100, clark-cty-wi.org

“We offer beginner lessons where you learn to groom, saddle, and care for the horse… it’s all about horses. We place a major emphasis on safety.” Kim Sievers,
Royal T Ranch, Auburndale

See our HORSEBACK RIDING TRAILS AND LESSONS MAPS behind this section.

Check out the HORSEBACK RIDING, STABLES, & APPAREL headings in the YELLOW PAGES for related products and services.

SEPTEMBER

Do you like going for SUNDAY DRIVES?

“The drive around Powers Bluff is very nice. We take our parents and kids through there in the fall when the colors are at their peak.” Eric, Marshfield

The changing of the seasons presents the opportunity for spring, summer, and fall drives. Ask anyone that enjoys going for a leisurely weekend drive which route is a favorite and you’ll get a few different answers; the one thing people have in common is the simple enjoyment of the beauty of our area.

“Personally, road trips are an enjoyable way to pass the time as well as learn about different areas of the state and all they have to offer… I enjoy learning new things, and there is something to be learned each time I turn down a new road.” Mike, Marshfield

With our area’s rich forests and plentiful lakes and streams (particularly in northern Wisconsin), simply ‘taking a drive’ often means you’re viewing forests, fields, and nature no matter which direction you go. Barb in Thorp says, “We usually find neat little places just by driving around randomly. We also like to check out any state or county parks that we see as we drive around. Wisconsin has the best state parks. They’re like finding hidden jewels all over the state.”

16
3rd Annual “Light Up the Night”
Glow Walk
Begins in Pick ‘n Save’s parking lot, Marshfield, marshfieldchamber.com/events
16
Art in the Park
Pfiffner Pioneer Park, Stevens Point, 715-344-8901, artintheparkstevenspoint.org
19
Lift Up the Arts Fundraiser
Chestnut Center for the Arts, chestnutarts.org
16 - 17
25th Annual Maple Fall Fest
Wildwood Park & Zoo, Marshfield
17
Marshfield Cranberry Century Bike Tour
7-11am, UW-M/WC Fine Arts building, benefits the Ronald McDonald House, Marshfield, rmhc-marshfield.org
20
Community Senior Bingo
65+, 6pm, Bethel Ctr, 8014 Bethel Rd, Arpin
21
Third Thursdays
5-7pm, shop, dine, & enjoy downtown Marshfield, Farmers Market 3-7pm, mainstreetmarshfield.com
22 - 24
Warrens Cranberry Festival
Warrens, cranfest.com
23
Beer & Bacon Festival
1-4pm, Fern Island Park, Wausau, wausauevents.org
23
Sports Card Show
Marshfield Mall, marshfieldmall.com
25
Steak Feed
4:30-8pm, Marshfield Eagles Club, Marshfield, 715-384-3000
26 -27
Diversity Days
9am-3pm, The Highground, Neillsville, thehighground.org

“Many of our town roads provide a scenic route to slow down and see nature.” Rosie, Sherry

Our other local experts tell us that these are just a few additional popular destinations in our area and elsewhere in Wisconsin.

  • Powers Bluff area (Arpin)
  • Copper Falls State Park (Mellen)
  • Wildcat Park (south of Neillsville)
  • Lonely Road, Swedish Road, and Arpin-Sherry Road (Sherry)
  • Hwy 35 along the Minnesota River (near LaCrosse)
  • Prairie Du Chien area (south of La Crosse)
  • Around Duluth or Bayfield/the Lake Superior shoreline
  • Turtle Lake (north of Eau Claire)
  • Green Bay/Door County area

“The area is full of natural beauty no matter which season. Wildlife viewing is a favorite pastime around Sportsman’s Lake and along the Black River... taking in a sunset at the Millpond Park is a great way to end the day.” Tim, Owen

“Wisconsin’s Rustic Roads were established in 1973. There are 117 designated Rustic Roads spanning more than 669 miles through 59 counties!” wisconsindot.gov

VIEW FROM ABOVE

Interested in a new perspective? A hot air balloon ride, which is done in the morning or near sunset when the air is usually the calmest, is said to be a beautiful and peaceful experience - or contact Duffy’s Aircraft Sales and Leasing (Marshfield), Central Wisconsin Airport (Mosinee), or Wings Air Charter (Wisconsin Rapids); all of which offer 30 to 60 minute sightseeing flights.

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POWERS BLUFF

Courtesy of Wood County Parks & Forestry

SCOTCH CREEK PRESERVE

Courtesy of Edgar Area Trail Supporters & Village of Edgar

MARSHFIELD SCHOOL FOREST

Courtesy of Marshfield School District

LEVIS MOUND

Courtesy of Clark County Forestry & Parks Dept

Be HIP

Courtesy of Pittsville Fire Department

HERITAGE TRAIL

Courtesy of Village of Stratford

Handicapped accessible

RICHFIELD 360

Courtesy of Wood County Parks & Forestry

KNOBBY RIDGE

Courtesy of Clark County Forestry & Parks Dept.

CLARK COUNTY SUMMER ATV TRAILS

Courtesy of Clark County Forestry & Parks Dept.

CLARK COUNTY SNOWMOBILE TRAILS

Courtesy of Clark County Forestry & Parks Dept.

JACKSON COUNTY SNOWMOBILE TRAILS

Courtesy of Jackson County Forestry & Parks Dept.

MARATHON COUNTY SNOWMOBILE TRAILS

Courtesy of Marathon County Parks, Recreation, & Forestry

TAYLOR COUNTY SNOWMOBILE TRAILS

Courtesy of Taylor County Forestry & Recreation Dept.

ADRENALINE JUNKIES

Courtesy of Google Maps
Chippewa Falls - Skydive Wissota
6482 Cty Rd K; 715-289-4440
Lake Geneva Canopy Tours
N3219 Cty Rd H; 262-248-9271
Minocqua - Northwoods Zip LIne
7849 Hwy 51; 844-947-7464
Marshfield Middle School - Ropes Course
900 E 4th St; 715-387-1249
Marshfield High School - Climbing Wall
1401 E Becker Rd; 715-387-8464
Marshfield YMCA Climbing Wall
410 W McMillan St; 715-387-4900
Omro - Skydive Adventure
4028 Rivermoor Rd; 920-685-5122
Stevens Point - UWSP Climbing Wall
2050 4th Ave; 715-346-2501
WI Dells - Bigfoot Zipline Tours
1550 WI Dells Pkwy; 608-254-5555
WI Dells - Heightened Adventures
1000 Chula Vista Pkwy; 608-678-2277
WI Dells - Vertical Illusions
2433 Dells Pkwy; 608-253-2500

TREE FARMS

Courtesy of Google Maps
Granton - Vine’s Christmas Trees
W3579 Ridge Rd; 715-651-5386
Marathon Schumacher’s Family Tree Nursery
3759 State Hwy 107; 715-443-3777
Mosinee - Our Tree Farm
1801 Hickory Rd; 715-828-1276
Neillsville - R&S Tree Farm
N4361 Cty Rd G; 715-743-3622
Neillsville - Kopp Forest Products
1401 E Becker Rd; 715-387-8464
Marshfield YMCA Climbing Wall
N3410 Sidney Ave; 715-937-0636
Plover - Holiday Creek Tree Farm
438 State Hwy 54 W; 715-341-2252
WI Rapids - Wolosek Christmas Trees
2400 Tower Rd; 715-325-3254

FRUIT PICKING

Courtesy of Google Maps
Auburndale - Berryland Farm
6702 W Hwy 10; 715-652-6171
Colby Garman’s Berries
W1179 Colby Factory Rd; 715-223-0800
Edgar - Rock Ridge Orchard
4994 W State Hwy 153; 715-370-4083
Humbird - Grampa Glen’s Certified Organic Strawberries
W11280 Cty Rd B; 715-964-8663
Neillsville - Kopp Forest Products
1401 E Becker Rd; 715-387-8464
Marathon - Kamerick Farms
3710 Cty Rd B; 715-443-2134
Marshfield - Cournoyer Orchards
10116 Eagle Rd; 715-305-0385
Marshfield - Roehrborn’s Berry Patch
10389 Pine Lane; 715-384-4847
Merrill - Helene’s Hilltop Orchard
N1189 Quarter Rd; 715-536-1207
Mosinee - Gering Gardens Blueberry Farm
3682 W Cty Rd C; 715-457-3010
Mosinee - Lakeview Berry Farm
1746 Bergen Rd; 715-457-2704
Rudolph - Arnold’s Strawberries
343 Cty Rd PP; 715-435-3322
Wisconsin Rapids - Altenburg’s Farm
7020 Plover Rd; 715-421-2943
Wisconsin Rapids - Glacial Lake Cranberries
2480 Cty Rd D; 715-887-4161
Withee - Black River Orchard
N14252 Cty Rd O; 715-229-4494

HORSEBACK RIDING LESSONS

Courtesy of Google Maps
Arpin - New Leaf Farm
8203 Cty Rd T; 715-570-5179
Arpin Riata Ranch
6317 Richfield Dr; 715-652-3494
Arpin - Tracy Schonfeldt
715-305-1907
Auburndale - Royal T Ranch
10198 Brookside Rd; 715-305-4641
Marshfield - Birche Valle Farm
8160 Heggelund; 715-572-7172
Marshfield - Sunny Meadows Farms
M426 Cty Rd E; 715-387-0565
Marshfield - Wenzel Country Stable
M345 Cty Rd E; 715-384-2221

GUIDED HORSEBACK RIDES

Courtesy of Google Maps
Arkdale - Bighorn Ranch
1183 Bighorn Ave; 608-778-5551
Eagle - Dream A Horse
Cty Rd S; 608-403-1972
Lake Delton - Canyon Creek
60 Hillman Rd; 608-253-6942
Neillsville - Wilderness Pursuit
W7448 Chili Rd; 715-743-4484
Mauston - Red Ridge Ranch
W4881 Hwy 82; 608-847-2273
Mauston - Woodside Ranch
W4015 State Rd 82; 800-626-4275
Minocqua - Holiday Acres Rec. Park
7994 US Hwy 51 S; 715-356-4400

HORSEBACK RIDING TRAILS

Courtesy of Clark County Forestry & Parks Dept

PUMPKIN PATCH/CORN MAZE

Courtesy of Google Maps
Auburndale - Berryland Farm
6702 W Hwy 10; 715-652-6171
Bancroft - Trzebiatowski’s Farm & Corn Maze
7580 Cty Rd BB; 715-347-5442
Edgar - Rock Ridge Orchard
4994 W Hwy 153; 715-370-4083
Greenwood - Tender Shoots Greenhouse
N8276 Hwy 73; 715-267-7870
Marshfield - Cournoyer Orchard
10116 Eagle Rd; 715-305-0385
Merrill - Helene’s Hilltop Orchard
W11032 Cty Rd N
WI Rapids - Altenburg’s Country Gardens
7020 Plover Rd; 715-421-2943

ROLLER SKATING & SKATEBOARDING

Courtesy of Google Maps
Marshfield - Marshfield Skatepark
905 N Cedar Ave; 715-384-4642
Marshfield - Melody Gardens Skateland
1200 S Oak Ave; 715-384-3326
Merrillan - Lake Arbutus Pavilion (Roller Skate) N9501
Thunderbird Ln; 715-333-7465
Mosinee - Skatepark
West 11th & Fremont St;
Neillsville - Skate Park
511 E Division St; 715-743-2400
Plover - Skatepark
2401 Cedar Dr; 715-295-0040
Stevens Point - Bukolt Park
Bukolt Ave across from boat launch; 715-346-1531
Wausau - Skateboard Park
500 River Dr; www.ci.wausau.wi.us
Weston - Skatepark - Kennedy Park
6002 Alderson St; 715-359-9988
Wisconsin Rapids - Skate Park
8th St S & Chestnut S; 715-421-8240
Wisconsin Rapids - Skate City
2211 36th St N; 715-423-4040

SWIMMING POOLS

Courtesy of Google Maps
Abbotsford - Abbotsford High School
307 N 4th Ave; 715-223-0118
Colby - Colby High School
705 N 2nd St; 715-223-2301x2
Granton - Granton School District
217 N Main St; 715-238-7292
Marshfield - Hefko Pool
1805 S Roddis Ave; 715-384-4642
Marshfield - Senior High School
1401 E Becker Rd; 715-387-8464
Marshfield - YMCA
410 W McMillan St; 715-387-4900
Merrill - Bierman Family Aquatics Center
1100 Marc Dr; 715-536-7313
Neillsville - Neillsville Middle School
504 E 5th St (Entrance 13); 715-743-2400
Thorp - Aquatic Center
301 S Conway St; 715-669-5371
Stanley - Stanley-Boyd School District Aquatic Center
507 E 1st Ave; 715-644-5715 x177
Weston - Aquatic Center
5815 Alta Verde St; 715-241-7946

WINTER SPORTS AREAS

Courtesy of Google Maps
Arpin - Powers Bluff
6990 Bluff Dr
Auburndale - Park
16042 Park Ave
Edgar - Minnow Ponds Park
West Chesak Rd
Marshfield - Area Ice Arena
405 E 17th St
Marshfield - McMillan Hill
W McMillan St near Good Shepherd Church
Marshfield - Pickle Pond
Corner of Arnold & Peach St
Marshfield - School Forest
11450 Cty Rd N
Marshfield - Washington School playground area
1112 W 11th St
Medford - Perkinstown Winter Sports Area
N4168 Winter Sports Rd
Merrillan - Bruce Mound Winter Sports Area
N791 Bruce Mound Ave
Neillsville - Levis Mound Trail Center
N1589 Fisher Ave
Neillsville - Mount Moldy
410 2nd St
Neillsville - O’Neill Ice Arena
901 E 15th St
Richfield - Richfield 360 Area
8183 Heggelund Ln
Stratford’s - Heritage Trail
Lot/shelter just off Parkview Dr in the Industrial Park
Thorp - Ice Skating Rink
Yellowstone Trail Park on Cty Rd X/East Stanley St
Wausau - Granite Peak Ski Area
3605 N Mountain Rd
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Marshfield, WI 54449

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