Northwoods News

Northwoods News

Sixteen days and counting.  I'll be back up in the Northwoods in just over two weeks to enjoy the great fishing, scenery and visits with my good friends.  Right now, 3 other couples coming up with my wife and I for a week of fishing with a chance of a forth couple joining us.  Can’t wait.  What helps is getting the Northwoods news from Mark at the Forest Lake Country Store.  Let me share with you what he just sent over.

We have expounded on how long and difficult winter has been in the north woods this year.  In a large collective cheer, winter finally gave in.  Ice was off all lakes by May 12th or 14th.  Summer has leapt into the landscape and the sound of boat motors and lawn mowers fills the empty spaces between loon calls, hummingbirds and bicycle wheels.

Memorial Day was a wonderful holiday this year.  For so many people it was their first visit to the north country this year.  It is impressive to be on the edges of families enjoying a north woods family vacation.  Thanks to all that made an effort to make the Forest Lake Country Store a part of their vacation.  You have helped us rebound from a difficult winter. 

The area event list is growing.  We are thankful to have so many contributors for the newsletter.  We hope that you enjoy this months letter.

Events in the Store

Apologies first of all for some errant advertising in the Vilas County News Review.  An overzealous sales person used ad copy from last year to promote this years’ summer wine and beer events.  They will run the corrected version soon.  The 2014 schedule is also attached.  These are casual, open house events that give you an opportunity to try new wines and beers.  There is no admission and the goodies are available in flights, buy the glass or bottle.  Our Wednesday and Thursday events became very popular last summer and we look forward to repeating this year.

June 18th 4:30 – 7:30  LOLA Cheese and Wine Night 

We have partnered with Carr Valley Cheese to showcase five cheeses from their award winning selection.  Wine will be served as well thru the night.  

The staff at LOLA has arranged many silent auction and live auction items.  Tickets are $25 per person or just $50 for two people.  You can buy them at the Artistree Gallery or at the Forest Lake Country Store!  This is a fun event that helps a VERY worthwhile non-profit venture in the Land O’ Lakes community.  They offer a bright future for the business climate of Land O’ Lakes. 

August 8th and 9th Ride with Leinie

Friday night we will host a shore lunch fish fry behind the store.  Fish, beans and fried potatoes will be served.  Cost is $12 per person.  Saturday the Wilderness Lakes Trails will have the Ride with Leinie, hosted at the Country Store.  Last year, this annual event attracted over 300 riders from about 25 states.  Dick Leinenkugel will be our MC after the races conclude.  The self guided long ride leaves at 8:30, and the shorter ride, led by Dick Leinenkugel departs at 10:30.  The rides are followed by a brat lunch and festivities and culminates in the two separate drawings for a Trek Bicycle.  Each rider has one raffle ticket included in their ride package.  Additional tickets can be purchased at the store for $5 each or 3 for $10. 

Recurring Events

Flea Market Every Thursday in Land O’ Lakes. Located on the Town all grounds.   9 AM – 3 PM

Farmers Market Every Thursday in Land O’ Lakes  Located across from the LOL Public library.  Starts June 12th 8:30 – noon

Boulder Junction Flea Market Every Tuesday starting June 3rd 8 am – 2 PM at the Boulder Junction Community Center

 Events in the North Woods

June 14th Conserve School Land O’ Lakes WI Great Lakes Endurance 2014 Trail Running Series.

The Conserve School will host a 5K and 20K run on their pristine grounds.  The web site calls this series “ecologically mindful trail racing”.  This is a very unique event in the Land O’ Lakes area.  For more information on this great venue for a race, check out the web site at

June 14, and 15th Callie Rohr Memorial Canoe and Kayak Race

2014 marks the tenth anniversary of this incredible event.  This is a charity event with all proceeds benfitting to Pediatric Brain Tumor Research.  There is a pig roast, door prizes, auctions, prizes and awards.  Even if you do not paddle, stop at Rohr.s Wilderness Tours for the fun!  For mor information contact them by phone at 715 547 3639 or check their web site at

July 2nd Boulder Junction Music on Main Street; Every July Wednesday

July 2 – Nikki & The Nimrods. Playing a variety of rock and country tunes, with the steady rhythm of guitar and funky bass.

July 9 – Big Road. 5-piece group featuring R&B, jazz, funk and country.

July 16 – Dan Lincoln & Jimmy D. A little bit of bluegrass and a little bit of country.

July 23 – Bret & Frisk. Local duo performing hits of the 1960s to present day.

July 30 – The Spotlight Polka Band. Variety of music for all tastes, specializing in polka and party music.

All performances begin at 7pm and end at 9pm.  Come a bit early to visit Boulder Junction’s shopping district and have a bite to eat before the music begins. Performance location has a grassy area for sitting or dancing.  Feel free to bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy an evening of Music on Main Street.  For more information on this and other area events, visit or call the Chamber at 715-385-2400.

July 3rd Land O’ Lakes Fireworks Celebration  At dark at the Land O’ Lakes Airport

Dr. Painless Pete Schindelholz was at the store recently.  He mentioned that the Town had purchased 2,000 more shells for this years’ fireworks than last year!  2,000 MORE!!  Recommendations are to get to the airport early to get a great parking spot and to enjoy some food and beverages at the airport grounds.  This is the biggest bang in the north woods, and this year it will be bigger!

July 4th Boulder Junction celebrates Smoky the Bears 70th Birthday and Independence Day

We invite you to join us in wishing Smokey bear a 70th birthday and re-discover a classic Independence Day with the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce, residents, businesses and service organizations, for this year’s Star Spangled Jubilee Fourth of July Celebration on Friday, July 4th.  The festivities start at 12noon on Main Street with the American Legion Post 451 gun salute at the Veterans Memorial Triangle. Theresa Smith, Executive Director of the Boulder Junction Chamber, will kick off the parade by leading the crowd in the singing of the Star Spangled Banner.  The parade will begin at the Veterans’ Memorial Triangle, continue down Main Street, and end at St. Anne’s Catholic Church.  1st, 2nd and 3rd place floats will be awarded plaques sponsored by Achilles Foot & Ankle Clinic. Line up is on Ada Street the day of the parade by 11:30am.  No pre-registration is necessary. First come, first in line. Walkers and bicyclists in front.  Boulder Junction Lioness with be serving hot dogs and cold beverages beginning at 10am. Smokey Bear will be available before and shortly after the parade for a meet and greet with his friends from the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest Trout Lake Forestry Headquarters.

A dazzling fireworks show, sponsored by the Town of Boulder Junction, will be displayed at dusk at the Boulder Junction Airport. See you on the 4th!

For more information on this and other upcoming events please contact that Boulder Junction Chamber office at 715-385-2400 or by visiting

July 14th, 15th and 16th  Vacation Bible School

This year Vacation Bible School will be held at St. Albert's Catholic Church in Land O' Lakes.  Children 5 years old and older are welcome to attend.  Games, snacks and a hint of Scripture readings with other youths fill the three day schedule.  Visiting children and children that call Land O' Lakes home are all welcome to attend.  Contact St. Albert's for more information.

July 19th  Visit the Pearson Estate in the UP  Fund raiser for the Land O’ Lakes Historical Society

Visit the Pearson Estate outside of Watersmeet, MI.  This estate is surrounded by the Ottawa National Forest. 

Tours of the grounds will be provided on Polaris Ranger vehicles.  There are two pristine lakes on the property with pontoon boat tours available.  An introduction to five stand sporting clays is included as well as many other outdoor activities.  The house tour features trophy big game mounts from around North America. 

Beer, wines, soft drinks available followed with a camp dinner.  Cost is $100 per person, couples for $150.  All proceeds go to the Land O’ Lakes Historical Society!  Tickets are very limited, make your reservation now!

Contact Leslie Pearson at 906 358 3034 or Barb Hook at 715-547-6167 with questions.  Or send your check made payable to the Northern Waters Museum to Mary Thomas at 5738 South Black Oak Lake Road  Land O’ Lakes WI 54540.

August 2nd   St. Albert's Rummage Sale
August 2nd is the town wide rummage sale and St. Albert's joins the list of rummage sales.  If you are cleaning you basement, garage, closets or spare bedrooms the Church will accept donations for the sale.  All proceeds are used to assist local individuals and families in need.  Donations can be dropped off at the Church office, next to St. Alberts Church.  Sorry, they cannot accept large appliances, clothing or computers.

Land O’ Lakes Library Events

All events will be at the Library.  Children’s programs will be outside weather permitting.  No charge for any of these events.  If you have any questions please contact the Library at 715-547-6006.  You can also see our events on or our new website:

June 3rd 10:30 AM Container Gardening with UW Horticulturalist Mary Stys
Learn how to make container gardens; from simple to elaborate!

June 18th at 10 AM YOUTH PROGRAM!! Lawn Games
School is out, let your kids learn how to have fun outside!

June 23rd 10:30 AM Movie Day  Frozen
Free popcorn for all attendees! 

June 23rd 1:00 PM  Middle Class Philanthropist How anyone can leave a Legacy!!
Attorney and author Melinda Gustafson Gervasi will discuss her book that is designed to educate and inspire anyone!  No matter the size of your wallet it is possible to leave a final gift to a favored cause or non-profit.  Book signing and treats provided.

June 25th 10:00 AM YOUTH PROGRAM The Magic of Laughter
Circus Graduate Jeff McMullen will have you rolling in the aisles with laughter!

June 30th 10:30 AM Movie Day  Despicable Me 2
Free Popcorn for all attendees

July 1 at 6 PM Brian Benson Book Reading  Land O’ Lakes Town Hall
Brian will be reading from his new book called “Going Somewhere” at the Land O’ Lakes Town Hall.  Brian is the son of Barb and
Dan Benson.  He was born and raised in the Land O’ Lakes area.
For more information check out Brian’s web site at

Land O’ Lakes Artisans (LOLA) and Artistree Events
LOLA is pleased to have with us this summer, Olivia Heitz of Merrill, WI as our teaching intern. 

Olivia is attending school at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa as a fine arts major.  She is excited to be back in the north woods for the summer and teaching with LOLA.  Her parents have a cabin at Ballard Lake and have been summer residents for many years. 

With a strong interest in painting and print making, Olivia will help to energize imaginations while teaching paint and printing techniques.  Students will also have some creative fun working with recycled materials and Olivia will also lead classes inspired by artists that influence her, such as Gustav Klimt, Dale Chihuily, Charlie Harper and Matisse.  Art is everywhere and especially in the LOLA art room this summer!  
Stop by, welcome Olivia, see what's happening at LOLA and catch a creative bug!

Summer Dance Program 2014
Held at Land O’ Lakes elementary School Commons

One Four week session (8 classes for each age group.)
June 30 – July 24 final Recital – Friday, July 25 @ 3:30 PM
FEES: Children ages 3 – 15 $40.00 for 8 classes.
Ages 16 – Adult $56.00 for 6 classes.

Summer Musical Theatre Classes 2014
Held at Land O’ Lakes Elementary School Commons

FOUR weeks of class & rehearsals, ending with a stage performance at the school.
JULY 7 – AUGUST 1, 2014
Performance on Friday, August 1 3:00 p.m. @ LOL Elementary
Commitment is four days a week. One hour on Mon., Tues., Wed. and two hours on Thursday.
FEES: $40.00 for four weeks.

June 10 1-3 PM Making Faux Birch Bark
Hands-On Demonstration with Artist Shirley Battin

Time: Adults Cost: $10 each
Held at Brush with Nature Studio
E23493 Crystal Lake Road  Watersmeet, MI (1/4 mile E of BP Station)
Learn a unique way to create “birch bark” for use in home décor. Watch, learn and give it a try!

June 17 10-12 or 1-3 Klimt Tree of Life
Ages: 7+

Cost: $15 or $12 each for Adult & Child
Paint in the style of artist Gustav Klimt on canvas board.

June 19 Time: 10-12 or 1-3  Skull Necklaces
Ages: 10+

Cost: $12 or $10 each for Adult & Child
Learn about Dia de Muertos and make your own “sugar” skull.

June 23 10 – 3:30 Watercolor Workshop  with Artist Peg Sandin
Adults. Cost: $45.00

For intermediate painters, day long workshop.
Call 715-547-3950 for full details.

June 24 10-12 or 1-3  Leafy Impressions
Ages: 7+

Cost: $12 or $10 each for Adult & Child
A study of leaves in monoprints with a twiggy finish.

June 26 4:00 - 6:00 PM Author Reception - Mary Uihlein
You may have seen the articles written about Little Owl and her adventures in the Border Bulletin.  Meet author and illustrator of the "Little Owl" series of books for children. 

Light refreshments served.

Learn the inspirations behind the series:  Hello Little Owl (book one), Hello Little Owl, I Am Hermit Crab (book two), Hello Little Owl, Chipped Munk (book three) and Hello Little Owl Book of Poems (book four). 

Mary is a part-time resident of both Land O' Lakes, WI and Sarasota, FL.   With her great love of the natural world within these regions and much of her time spent outdoors, she has learned a great deal about the flora and fauna.  These elements of nature show up in her detailed and whimsical illustrations. 

The message of these books are of learning, friendship, adventure and love, sure to delight young and old alike.  Join LOLA as we host Mary Uihlein.  Books will be available for purchase and author signing.

June 26th 10-12 or 1-3  Funky Puffy Fish
Ages: 5+

Cost: $12 or $10 each for Adult & Child
Colorful drawing techniques will complete this fun & funky fish hanging.

Questions or to Register for all Classes.........CALL  715-547-3950.

LOLA is hosting its first ARTventure in Spring Green, Wisconsin!
Join us for this unique opportunity to travel with a group for learning and experiencing art venues outside the north woods area. 

The September 5-7, three-day tour is by deluxe motorcoach through the beautiful Spring Green countryside.   Pick-ups available in Land O' Lakes, Eagle River & Minocqua.

Features will include: Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin home estate tour, American Players Theatre featuring the Chekov play "The Seagull", Wollersheim Winery tour and tastings, Forevertron Sculpture Park.  Shopping in Spring Green specialty shops and galleries.

This tour is provided by Progressive Travel.Register early!  This tour will fill fast.  Call Bonnie at Progressive Travel for more information and registration:  1-800-231-4391

People around Land O’ Lakes
Sandy Seymour has asked us to let people know that her father Bill Berg Sr. passed away on April 6th.  Bill Sr was comfortable with Sandy and her brother Bill with him when he passed peacefully.  He was a classy guy and will be missed in Land O’ Lakes.  The apples did not roll far from the tree and the community enjoys several generations of the Bergs all summer long!  There will be a local Memorial Service this summer.

Regrets on the late sending of the newsletter.  We are late for a few early milestones!

June 1 is Ken Brown and Vince Radecke’s birthday
June 2 is Ralph Tuttles birthday and also Barb and Ken Brown’s anniversary
June 3rd is Linda Bogdala’s birthday
June 4th  Janet Mowrey and Danny Simeone share a birthday
June 6th is Karen Weber Mendham’s birthday
June 7  Silas Beattie’s celebrates his birthday
June 8th Meridith Bawden enjoys her birthday
June 10th Rita and Mark Bawden celebrate a wedding anniversary.
June 11 is busy.  Phyliss Rasmussen, Dianne Schindelholz and Maggie Delong all share their birthdays.
June 13th Greg Dietrich celebrates his birthday
June 14 is our daughter Olivia’s birthday
June 15th Sara Beedie and Mary Jo Zane share their birthday.  This is also Fathers Day!!
June 16 Cindy Geib
and Sandy Seymour enjoy their birthday.

June 17 Mark’s mom Jean Gostisha and Sudy Wattson celebrate their birthday.
June 18th is Steve Heinrich’s birthday
June 21st Bob Wills and Jim Achuff share their birthdays.
June 22nd Shelley Peterson celebrates her birthday.
June 23rd  Dan Adams, John Akins and Mike Saad celebrate their birthday.
June 24th is Bud Schlack’s Birthday.
June 25th is Michele Rein’s and Jody Buergey’s birthday
June 26th Sue Marcus, Dick Melhop and our grand-daughter Riley Grace celebrate a shared birthday!
June 29th is Tim Gerend’s birthday
June 30th Karen Dowd celebrates her birthday.

Thanks for enjoying the Land O’ Lakes area. We look forward to seeing you in the Forest Lake Country Store, serving great food and a whole lot more,,,

Kris and Mark Gostisha and girls
Lake Country Store
6256 County Road
B     Land O’ Lakes WI 54540     715 547 8222

Store Hours
Monday thru Sat 7 AM – 8 PM
Sunday 7 AM – 2 PM

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