Northwoods Happenings

Northwoods Happenings

I’m heading north in a few days.   Glad my friend Mark Gostisha from the Forest Lake Country Store shares the latest news from the Northwoods.  It allows me to plan my trip since I’m able to know what’s going on in nearby communities in Vilas County.   Thanks Mark.    See you soon.

News, pictures and fun stuff from the north woods of Wisconsin,,,

Summer is starting, check out all the great reasons to be in the north woods!   Look at how diverse the activities are on the northwoods,,, We are thankful to the many organizations and communities that take the time to include us in the distribution of their information, With luck you find will find something entertaining, educational or exhausting to fill your time in the north woods,

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July 3rd at Dark
Fireworks are at the Land O’ Lakes Airport
Dr. (Painless) Pete Schindelholz leads a crew of pyro technicians for the biggest BOOM in the north woods. Non-stop Finale!  They start lighting fuses after dark, usually about 10PM. Get there early to get a good parking spot.
After the Fireworks avoid the traffic jam; just wander over to Brews Pub for live music. The band will fire up immediately after the fireworks. You know all your friends will be there, join the fun.

July 4th
For the July 4th Parade, Brews Pub will have a Bloody Mary Bar set up outside. Stop by for a Bloody before the festivities start.

Neat things for fun and education,,,
Ph 715 547 3950
Contact LOLA for information about events, volunteering or donation opportunities

LOLA Events
New this year,,, Porch Songs
Played on the LOLA Porch
Free music 7 PM – 8:30 PM

July Schedule
+ July 6th The Koze League
+ July 20th Trevor Moore
+ August 3rd Toddler Tuesdays, 10 AM – 11 AM
Special classes just for Toddlers!
Dance Classes for Youngsters
Dance Classes in many genre’s
Ages three to teen.
July 22nd A Town full of LOLA Events
Art impressions, a juried art show and sale 9 AM – 3 PM
Giant Kites flying at the Land O’ Lakes Airport 8 AM – 2 PM
Eagle River Wood Carvers 10 AM – 2 PM
July 23, 2017 Summit Players Theater Workshop w/Kids
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. – FREE EVENT!
LOLA has a giant schedule of education and events.
Line Dancing, Sculpting, Duct Tape Jewelry, and more;
click on the LOLA logo above for dates, times and more!

Land O’ Lakes Library
Serving kids from 6 to 96,,,
Questions on our services, please call us:  Ph 715 547 6006

Land O’ Lakes Library Events

June 28 Traveling Lantern Theatre Company 11:00 AM
Held on the Library’s front lawn. Join us for a LIVE performance by Traveling Lantern, a children’s theater company. This program is graciously sponsored by Conserve School of Land O’ Lakes

July 3rd Kids Monday Movie! at 10:30 AM
Showing Finding Dory. Free popcorn! Kids under 16 are asked to bring an adult to share the fun!

July 5th Water Party!! at 11:00 AM
Held on the Library’s front lawn. Wear your swimming suit and bring a towel, because you’re going to GET WET! We’ll have water games, water toys, water art, and lots of fun.

July 10th Kids Monday Movie! at 10:30
Showing: The Secret Life of Pets.

July 12th Birds of Prey from the Northwoods Wildlife Center 11 AM
Held on the Library’s front law. Bart, from Northwoods Wildlife Center in Minocqua, will be here to teach us all about Birds of Prey. He will bring along a few of his rescued birds to help him! This program is graciously sponsored by Conserve School of Land O’ Lakes.

July 13th Movie Afternoon! at 1:00 PM
We are showing: RED. Rated PG-13. When his peaceful life is threatened by a high-tech assassin, former black-ops agent Frank Moses reassembles his old team in a last ditch effort to survive and uncover his assailants. Starring Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman.

July 17th Kids Monday Movie! at 10:30.
Showing The BFG .
July 19th Tom Pease at 11:00 AM
Held on the Library’s front lawn. Rock out to the music of the legendary Tom Pease! Put on your dancing shoes and be prepared to sing, laugh, and shake your tail feathers. This program is graciously sponsored by Conserve School of Land O’ Lakes.

July 22nd Friends of the Library’s Annual Book Sale & Silent Auction
Opens at 9 am. We have an awesome book sale and many lovely silent auction items donated from our local businesses. This year we are holding a raffle to win a Weber grill and other items the day of the sale.

July 26th Truly Remarkable Loon at 11 AM
Held on the Library’s front lawn. Our favorite crazy juggler is back! He’ll be juggling everything but the kitchen sink. You don’t want to miss this one! This program is graciously sponsored by Conserve School of Land O’ Lakes.
Any questions please contact the Land O’ Lakes Library at 715-547-6006.

Headwaters Food Pantry
6516 Olympic 76 Road
PO Box 561
Land O’ Lakes WI 54540
Serving families in Conover, Phelps and Land O’ Lakes Wisconsin.
First and third Wednesday of each month.
PH 630 306 9189

Food Pantry Wish List
The Headwaters food pantry is always in need of food.
Over 80 families in Phelps, Conover and Land O’ lakes rely on the supplements they receive from the Headwaters Food Pantry.  Tax deductable donations can be sent to the PO Box above.
All monetary donations are always used to purchase food.
donations of dry goods are also welcomed;
Dish or Laundry soap, paper towels or toilet paper.

Ottawa Visitor Center
Watersmeet, Michigan

Ottawa Thursday Events
All events FREE, start at 7:00 PM

July 6 — Honey Bees and Beekeeping
Join Leslie McBean from White Birch Apiary to learn about the role honey bees play in our everyday lives; from commercial pollination of fruits and vegetables to the role of today’s hobbyists. He will also discuss the disappearance of the feral (wild) bees, various kinds of honey, and provide a brief overview of the history of beekeeping!

July 13 — Ontonagon River Lake Sturgeon
Ottawa National Forest Fisheries Technician John Pagel will be here to talk about an ongoing project taking place in Gogebic and Houghton counties to reestablish spawning populations of lake sturgeon in the Ontonagon river system and supplement the population in the natal Sturgeon River. Learn more about this project and sturgeon that are raised locally throughout the summer and released in the early fall.

July 20 — Weasels of Michigan
Are you familiar with members of the weasel family? Join Damon Haan, Ottawa National Forest Biological Technician, for a fascinating look at the ecology of the rarely seen and often poorly understood members of the weasel family.

July 27 — Edible Plants
Ian Shackleford, Ottawa National Forest Botanist, will share information about many of the edible plants and mushrooms available in the northwoods.
Click on the U.S.F.S. Logo above for more information,

Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce

Events around Boulder Junction
July 4th!!! The Musky Capital of the World is celebrating the Boulder Junction Snowmobile Club’s 50th Anniversary this year with a “Winter in July” themed Star Spangled Jubilee parade on Tuesday, July 4th.
The Star Spangled Jubilee parade starts at 12noon on Tuesday, July 4 on Main Street with the American Legion Post 451- gun salute at the Veterans Memorial Triangle. Theresa Smith, Executive Director, will kick off the parade, by leading the crowd in the singing of our national anthem. American Legion Post 451 color guard will lead the parade, followed by decorated bicycles, North Lakeland Marching Band, Boulder Junction Fire Department & EMT, a variety of floats, and other community entries.
Later that evening, Tuesday, July 4, fireworks will be displayed at dusk at the Boulder Junction Airport. Boulder Junction’s fireworks are easily accessible and views are unsurpassable both at the Airport and by boat on Boulder Lake.
But don’t wait until the fireworks start to make your way to the airport. Barb Boston will DJ starting at 7:30pm and follow with an interactive dance party for all ages at 8:30pm. The dance party, located at the front of the runway facing Boulder Lake, will highlight popular dances of the decades from the ‘50s to now, featuring children’s favorites the Hokey Pokey, Chicken Dance as well as Limbo and hula hoop contests! How low can you go?!? Prizes will be awarded. Come early, get a great parking spot, and enjoy some tailgating.

July 8th 27th Annual Volunteer Fire Department Giant Chicken BBQ
Held at the Fire Station from 12PM- 6PM.
Full buffet chicken dinner open to the public.
Tickets available in advance or at the door.
Contact: Boulder Junction Fire Department (715) 385-2002
July 18th Community Church of Boulder Junction
Annual Strawberry Social
Come and enjoy a fun filled day from 8 AM-2 PM at the Community Center in Boulder Junction. Bake Sale and White Elephant sale, as part of the flea market, will open at 8AM, the BBQ lunch with strawberries, shortcake and ice cream will begin at 10 AM.
Contact: Community Church of Boulder Junction, (715) 385-2146.

July 18th Sidewalk Sales Day
Held throughout the Boulder Junction downtown area,
enjoy a bargain extravaganza at all participating shops from 9am-5pm.
Contact: Boulder Junction Chamber, (715) 385-2400 or
July 20th Northwoods Hamburger Social Fly-In 5PM-7PM
Join us at Payzer Memorial Field located 2 miles north of town on Airport Road. Drive in, or Fly in,,,
Everyone is welcome, rain or shine!!
Contact: Kirk Cavanaugh, (708) 772-7202

July 26th Trinity Lutheran Church Ladies Guild Salad Luncheon
Held at the Boulder Junction Trinity Lutheran Church
Sale including jewelry, attic treasures, and baked goods starting at 10am.
Salad luncheon from 11am-1pm.
Contact: Betty Snyder, (715) 476-2074

July 27th Wine in the Woods Beer in the Bog
5 PM – 8:30 PM
A wonderful evening of wines and craft beers, dinner, appetizers
and desserts along with live music at the lakeside amphitheater and a live auction.
This signature annual fundraiser provides support for the Discovery Center’s mission.
Advance tickets $30 ($40 day of event)
Contact: North Lakeland Discovery Center, (715) 543-2085 or

July 28-30th Northwoods Summer Art Tour
10am-5pm daily. A self-guided tour of artist owned galleries and studios.
Artist demonstrations and art available for purchase.
Brochures available at area Chambers of Commerce or
Contact: Arlene Bozicnik, (715) 385-3334

August 11-13th 61st Annual Musky Jamboree
Three days of festivities in the Musky Capital of the World!
Watch for more on this event or contact the Boulder Chamber.
Click here for more information,,,

Ph. 715-545-3800

Events around Phelps

July 2nd 3 PM -11 PM Phelps independence Day Celebration
America’s Independence Day Celebration. Held throughout downtown Phelps with parade and celebration including food, refreshments, live music, inflatables and games for kids.
Fireworks over North Twin Lake at dusk.
July 6th What’s Happening at the Phelps Library This Summer?
Watch out Paul Bunyan! Starts at 10:00 AM, lasts 45 – 60 minutes
After a glimpse of early logging camp life, students swing into logging events such as crosscut sawing, match splitting with a small hatchet, and the wood cookie roll.
Questions? Contact:
Phelps Public Library
4495 Town Hall Road
Phelps, WI 54554

July 11th 20th Annual Picnic in the Park
Held at Wavering Park, 5 PM-8:30 PM
Enjoy a chicken and rib barbeque, baked beans, potato salad, fresh fruit and homemade dessert.
Music by The Hits and entertainment for children.
Advance tickets are $17/adults and $6/children 10 and younger
At the gate: $19/adults and $7/children
Proceeds benefit Northwoods Living Care Foundation, Inc.
Info: 715-545-2879
Wavering Park, 2223 East Hill Rd., Phelps, WI 54554

July 13th 10:30 AM What’s Happening at the Phelps Library This Summer? Bees – Learn how bees build hives and how you can help make the world a better place for bees.
Questions? Contact:
Phelps Public Library
4495 Town Hall Road
Phelps, WI 54554
July 19th 21st Annual Steak in the Park
Held at Wavering Park, 5 PM – 8 PM
Enjoy a great filet mignon dinner with potatoes, salad, roll and dessert.
Dinner is served along with live music.
Presented by the Phelps-Land O’Lakes Lions Club with proceeds for local Lions projects.
Wavering Park, 2223 East Hill Rd, Phelps, WI 54554
Advance tickets available from Club members and Phelps businesses.
Info: 715-545-2142 or 715-891-1025
Lions Club, 2518 Lahti Lane, Phelps, WI 54554

July 20th What’s Happening at the Phelps Library This Summer?
10:30 AM Wisconsin Birds of Prey; 45 – 60 minutes
Power Point program Introduces students to birds of prey,
including general characteristics of raptors,
threats facing birds of prey and conservation efforts.
Live bird of prey will be presented this program.
Phelps Public Library
4495 Town Hall Road
Phelps, WI 54554

July 21 – 23rd 39th Annual Phelps Slow-Pitch Softball Tournament
Enjoy all day softball tournaments the Weekend of 7/21-7/23/2017
Starts Friday at 5 pm till Sunday 3 pm.
Sponsored by the Phelps Recreation Association, this tournament benefits the Phelps Youth Sports Programs.
The tournament is held at Wavering Park, 2223 East Hill Rd., Phelps, WI
Entry Fee: $175.
First Place: $1000 Plus Team Trophy
Second Place: $650 Plus Team Trophy
Third Place: $350 Plus Team Trophy
Info: Ron – 715-891-4433; email:
Send in your entry by June 30 with contact info.
Mail to: Ron Buell, PO Box 200, Phelps, WI 54554

July 27th What’s Happening at the Phelps Library This Summer?
10:30 AM Gardening
Learn about gardening, composting and healthy eating.
Get your hands dirty and help plant a container garden.
Please wear clothing that can get dirty, and sign up in advance for this program.
Phelps Public Library
4495 Town Hall Road
Phelps, WI 54554

July 29th Salute and Home Tour 4 PM – 8 PM
Salute to Lt. Colonel Joe McCarthy – Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient
And other Phelps Military men and women
Original Lakefront property of J. C. Higgins of Sears Company
Tour of the Home and Boathouse on North Twin Lake
History presentation and memorabilia display
Fabulous hors d’oeuvres and music
Wine, Beer and Soft Drinks
$50 in advance; $65 at the door
Children under 12 – half price
Shuttle bus from downtown Phelps
Hosted by Phelps Historical Museum
Payleyn Nystrom – 715-545-3012
Click on the Phelps Logo above for more information!

Presque Isle Chamber of Commerce
Phone number 715-686-2910

Events in Presque Isle
July 4th Independence Day Celebration 5 PM – 10:30 PM
Fun foodies on Main Street until 9pm. View the fireworks display from Main Street, or move to the American Legion to watch.
50/50 drawing with guaranteed $2,500 and up to $20,000. Proceeds benefit the Wilderness Veterans Memorial Flame Foundation.

July 15, 2017 Lions/Lioness Loggers Breakfast 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
All-you-can-eat breakfast for the family. Enjoy deliciousness and
friendly service from the Presque Isle Lions & Lioness.
Adults $7, Youth ages 5-12 $5, Young Ones under 5 eat free.
Proceeds support local families and individuals in need.
Held at Presque Isle Community Center
8305 School Loop Rd
Presque Isle, WI 54557

Manitowish Waters Chamber of Commerce
Phone 715-543-8488

Manitowish Waters Events
It’s that time of year again – family, friends, sunshine and longer days.

But there is just one day every year everyone in the country comes together to celebrate. Come celebrate our Independence in Manitowish Waters!  Throughout the day on the Fourth of July, we have a ton of events, for all ages!  Starting at 9 AM the Manitowish Waters Community Center is holding an Arts and Crafts Fair.
No worries about where you’ll be able to grab a bite to eat!

The Manitowish Waters Lioness and Lions will be serving ice cold beverages and strawberry shortcake along with the MW Sno-Skeeters having a food booth; all at the Community Center!
There will also be raffles and loads of fun!

Don’t worry about how you will keep the kids entertained!  The Manitowish Waters Lake Association has sponsored a trout pond at The Community Center, and a huge game tent filled with prizes and fun for the whole day.

The parade will start at 1 PM, from the Discovery Center to the intersection of Hwy 51 and County Hwy W.
Greer’s Pier Boat Parade will follow that starting at 4:30pm.
If you prefer to relax by some live music, there will be Music in the Park 4pm to 6pm at Koller Park, featuring the Allen Brothers Band!

After a day full of prizes, entertainment, and time spent with family enjoying all of the above, you won’t want to miss the Skiing Skeeters Water Ski Show at 7pm at the Rest Lake Park. FREE ADMISSION. There will also be a concession stand for food and drinks during the show.

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