Northwoods News and Events

Northwoods News and Events
Merry Christmas Everyone from Mark at the Forest Lake Country Store.

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

Summer is here, there are many August events in the north woods!

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LOLA  – Neat things for fun and education,,,

Ph 715 547 3950
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LOLA Events

August 12   Cooking Class – Cajun Cooking w/Arlene Coco
10:00 – Noon  $35.00

Students will learn classic Acadian recipes at the hands of an authentic Cajun ex-pat.   Recipes featured in this class have been passed down from Arlene’s mama.  Learn the secrets of this flavorful American cuisine and master new dishes that will amaze your family and friends.  You will also get to take home your own packet of Cajun Sensation Spice blend.

Indigo Dyeing & Shibori Bento Bag Making
Two Part Class
Monday, August 14 & Wednesday, August 16   10:00 –  2:00 Each date
Class is appropriate for adults and/or teens.
Cost $85 per person for the class.  $12.00 materials fee.

Instructors Terry Simeone & Debbie Jircik will teach students how to make an organic indigo vat and then indigo dye using basic shibori techniques on session 1.

In session 2, students will use dyed textiles to create a bento bag.  A bento bag is a small carry-all for lunches, groceries, produce, and many other items.  They can be washed and used over and over again.   A sewing machine is needed.  Students must know how to use their machine.

August 15 Landscape Art
10:00 am – 1:00 pm  FREE!!!

Held on the grounds of the Gateway Lodge, Downtown Land O’ Lakes   Art students from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts will be partnering with LOLA to hold this creative workshop.

The student artists are part of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee’s Student Artist in Residence (SAIR) Program. Created by Professor Anne Basting, recent recipient of the MacArthur ‘Genius’  Award, and funded by Bader Philanthropies, the Student Artist in

Residence Program pairs art students with organizations serving older adults.   Please reserve your space for this event by calling:  715-547-3950.

August 21 – Thursday, August 24th     WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP – 4 Seasons of Watercolor
Four Day Workshop 9:00 AM -4:00 PM each day
$325.00 w/ some watercolor experience & supply list is needed to attend.

Instructor, Guest Artist Jane Barnard of Stevens Point
Each day a different season will be used to explore classic watercolor techniques in new ways: wet-in-wet, dry brush, glazing, values and composition.  We’ll even listen to Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” to get us in the mood!  Examples from great watercolorists like Sargent, Homer, and Wyeth and others will be used.  A creative re-charge for your mind, spirit, and brush.

In the morning you’ll have lessons and demos.  In the afternoons, it’s your time to paint whatever you like, with individual attention and guidance  from the instructor.   In this class, you’ll grow, expand your technique, and have plenty of quiet time to get “in the painting zone.”   You’ll also have fun and enjoy the camaraderie if kindred spirits.

10:00 am – 1:00 pm  $50.00
Adults & Teens
All materials supplied. No experience necessary.
Eagle River artist, Debbie Jircik

Using locally sourced leaves, we will explore eco-printing and botanical contact printing on paper and use bundling techniques.  Students will create concertina folded paper bundles that may be used whole as a small  book or cut up for collage or note cards.  While our papers steam, we will  make covers for our books and learn basic leaf printing and bookbinding techniques such as the stab stitch and pamphlet stitch.  If the sun shines, we will also be doing sun prints on prepared paper that can be incorporated into your book.  All skill levels welcome!  Dress for fun mess!

August 24  Calling all Rug Hookers!  This one is for  you!
10:00 am – 1:30 pm
Adults with completed rug hooking project   $35.00 with Fiber Artist Ann Wichmann

Turn your completed hooked piece into a small purse.  This will be a fun way to put finished pieces to practical use.  You will make a lining,  hand sew in a zipper, and add a decorative button if desired.  Zippers, lining, buttons and thread will be provided.  You may bring your own lining material and embellishments if you wish.

August 28th – August 31st STAINED GLASS FOR BEGINNERS
10:00 am – 2:30 pm each day
Cost $200
Adults.  All Materials Supplied.
Instructor:  Barbara Friedman

In this four day workshop, students will learn the basics of working with stained glass and complete two projects. The projects will be a 7×8 Frank Lloyd Wright inspired window hanging and a small three-dimensional star.

Creating stained glass projects can be a fun and addicting hobby, but it can also be intimidating with all the tools needed.  Artist, Barbara Friedman will ease the fear of what is required by supplying all the special materials and equipment.  This is the perfect class to take if you ever had a desire to learn about stained glass.  Barbara will go over safety in working with the glass and specialty tools and get you started on the right track to create the interesting projects.

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Education and entertainment, they have it covered!

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

The Magic of Laughter
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Jeff McMullen is everyone’s favorite clown!

Trained at the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Clown College, he combines comedy and magic to charm kids of all ages.  (Jeff does NOT wear traditional clown facepaint!)

Bill Jamerson Presents “It’s Daylight in the Swamps!”
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Journey back to the days of sawyers, skidders and swampers! True stories, tall tales along with authentic songs to create a program that entertains and informs.  Stories about hardy immigrants and how they logged the mighty pine, slept in bunkhouses and feasted on lumberjack-sized meals.  Hilarious stories and toe tapping songs will put a smile on your face!

August 7th
Movie “Sing”
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

When an eternally optimistic koala puts on a singing competition  to save his failing theater, animals across the city gather to step into the spotlight and chase their dreams! Rated PG.

August 9th
Giant Lawn Games
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Play giant versions of your favorite board games on the library’s front lawn. Yahtzee, Connect Four, Jenga and More!!!

August 14th
Movie “Storks”
10:30 AM – 12:15 PM

Storks have moved on from delivering babies to packages.  But when an order for a baby appears, the best delivery stork must scramble to fix the error by delivering the baby. Rated PG.

August 17th
Movie Afternoon: “Going In Style”
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Join us for a Movie Afternoon at the Library. We’ll be showing “Going In Style” starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin. This movie is rated PG-13. Movie popcorn will be served. This movie, as all library events, is free of charge and open to all community members and visitors. Children must be supervised.

For more information on any event at the Land O’ Lakes Library  CLICK HERE

Headwaters Food Pantry
6516 Olympic 76 Road
PO Box 561
Land O’ Lakes WI 54540
PH 630 306 9189

Serving families in Conover, Phelps and Land O’ Lakes Wisconsin.  First and third Wednesday of each month.

Food Pantry Wish List

As you close your cabin for the season, consider dropping off any full boxes or cans of food at the food pantry. Or drop them off at the Forest Lake Country Store.  The Headwaters Food pantry is also in need of paper goods and soap products.  Paper towels and toilet paper are always appreciated as well as laundry and dish soap.

Again you are welcome to deliver them to the Pantry on the first and third Wednesday of the month or drop them off at the Forest Lake Country Store.

Ottawa Visitor Center
Watersmeet, Michigan

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

August 3 — Cutover
An interpretive play using short, theatrical presentations and historical photographs to look back into local area history. Get a firsthand look at what the area looked like in the late 1800’s through the 1930’s via photos and historical props used throughout the play.

August 10 — North Country Trail
Join Connie Julien, President of the Peter Wolfe Chapter of the North Country Trail Association, to learn more about the North Country Trail: a 4,600 mile hiking trail which runs between North Dakota and New York. Some of the most remote, rugged, yet beautiful sections of this trail are in the Ottawa National Forest.

August 17 — Black Bear
Join Kevin Swanson, Wildlife Management Specialist for Michigan Department of Natural Resources, to learn about the biology and management of Michigan black bear!

August 24 — History of White Pine Trees
From pre-settlement to present day, Ottawa National Forest Silviculturist Ted Frank, will talk about the historical and ecological existence of white pine in the Western Upper Peninsula.  Learn how past and present events changed the landscape and affected the abundance of white pine on the Ottawa.

August 31 — Sylvania Wilderness
Sylvania, once private, now public, and what makes it unique and worth inclusion in the USDA Forest Service Wilderness system. Join Bonnie Peacock, author of the book Sylvania, for a look at the history and characteristics of this beautiful, wild area.

Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce
Boulder Junction website CLICK HERE

Events around Boulder Junction

August 11-13 Boulder Junction’s Musky Jamboree
The Musky Capital of the World® is celebrating 61 years of Musky Jamborees this summer, from Friday, August 11 thru Sunday, August 13, 2017, with a variety of activities happening each day:

Friday August 11th the DNR is holding a Learn to Fish Musky Workshop at the Community Center from 8:30am-12pm.  The public is welcome to attend the morning workshop, free of charge.  After the workshop, they will head out with a mentor (local guide, musky club member, or WDNR staff) to fish in the afternoon.  Attendance at the classroom workshop is a prerequisite to attend afternoon fishing. Space is limited to 12 to 15 participants for the mentored outing. Gear will be provided; participants are welcome to bring their own gear if they have it.  For questions or to register please contact:  Kelly Crotty, Conservation Warden, (715) 528-4400 Ext. 111. or Bradley N. Dahlquist, Conservation Warden, (715) 478-5610.

The festivities kick off on Friday night, August 11, from 7pm-10pm, with live music by Hip Pocket at our street party at Coontail Corner. American Legion Post 451 will serve beverages.

On Saturday, August 12, the Boulder Junction Historical Society will hold activities including historical presentations, a brat and BBQ luncheon, raffles and a bake sale, from 11am-3pm at the Community Center along with guided tours of our Historical Museum and Depot.

Guides and Fisherman alike will enjoy Buckshot Anderson’s stories of fishing and fishing guides in Boulder Junction area.  The Northwoods Wildlife Center will also be present to show turtles and talk about rehabilitation of turtles when brought into the Wildlife Hospital. Talks begin at 11:30am.

Proceeds benefit Boulder Junction Area Historical Society.  Donations appreciated.

New this year on Saturday is the Best Fish Fry Cook-Off at various outdoor downtown locations.  From 3pm to 5pm or until the fish runs out, vote for the best Fish Fry prepared by local residents!

Winner will be announced Sunday at 11:30am  at the Main Street Stage at the Musky Jamboree.   Grab a bite to eat and head back out to Coontail Corner for our Polka Fest,  featuring Spotlight Polka Band from 6pm to 9pm.  Boulder Junction Lions Club will be serving beverages.

Sunday’s tradition of closing Main Street for a full day of activities continues. Handicapped parking and shuttle service is available from 9am-4pm. The schedule of events for August 13 is as follows:  The day will begin at the Boulder Junction Baseball Park with the Musky Fun Run 5k and 10k race with registration at 6am and the race begins at 7:30am. Advanced registration is recommended.  Registration is $25 through July 30 and $30 beginning July 31.

Kid’s races are free.  From 9am-4pm over 150 artists fill Main Street and Hwy M South at our Musky Jamboree Arts & Crafts Show including furniture, fine art, jewelry and many other handcrafted items.

Additionally, the Lions Club Flea Market will be held on the Community Center grounds.  Local service groups and area restaurants will line the streets with food and beverage concessions.  Be sure to vote for your favorite automobile at the 26th Annual Musky Day Car Show, sponsored by Boulder Beer Bar, the 4×4 Mafia and O’Reilly Auto Parts.  This show is an opportune chance for new and experienced competitors to shine. Many new categories added this year, including a motorcycle class!  Early bird registration, through August 1, is just $12 and $15 beginning August 2. Car Show awards will be announced at 2:30pm  with the 50/50 raffle winner following the awards.

In The Musky Capital of the World®, fishing takes center stage with a Kids Casting Contest  presented by Northern Highland Sports & WE Energies from 10:30am-2pm. All children 14 or younger are encouraged to show off their casting skills and compete for prizes.  Prizes awarded at 2:15pm.

Be sure to stop by the Meet the Guides booth located next to the Kids Casting Contest area for tips on fishing.  Meet some of the local guides as well as the Musky Classic Tournament coordinators who will be displaying Musky art work submitted by North Lakeland Elementary School students for the fall tournament’s logo.  Children will also enjoy the Kid’s Zone on Highway M South with rides and games will including a Bungie Jump, Shoot & Shower Basketball Game, Bounce House, Goldfish Toss, Dunk Tank and Train Rides.

Make sure to look up between 10am to 2pm for the Musky Day Fly-In.  Held at the Payzer Memorial Field located 2 miles north of Main Street, watch the numerous colorful planes of all varieties take off and land at the airport on Boulder Lake Live music by Sharon Iltis and the Musky Jam will grace the Main Street stage from 11:30am to 2:30pm and a DJ Ty will be outside the Boulder Beer Bar all day.

Boulder Junction, WI … We’re bringing classic back, August 11-13. See you at the 61st Annual Musky Jamboree!

For detailed information about the Musky Jamboree or for general information about Boulder Junction visit or call 715-385-2400.

Phelps Chamber
Ph. 715-545-3800
Phelps Chamber Website CLICK HERE

Events around Phelps

August 5th 61st Annual Fireman’s Picnic & Pig Roast Noon – 11 pm  A full day of fun:  Live music, kids activities, picnic and pig roast followed by fireworks at dusk.  All proceeds benefit the Phelps Volunteer Fire Department.  Wavering Park, 2223 East Hill Rd., Phelps, WI  54554    Info:  Steve – 715-617-5552

August 12th Great Headwaters Trail
Conover – Phelps Pedestrian/Bicycle Trail Fundraiser
11:30 AM – 2 PM
Sunrise Lodge   5894 West Shore Road in Land O’Lakes  715-547-3684

Lunch:  Salad, fruit, sandwich and soup buffet ; includes dessert and beverage  $10 cost, All ticket proceeds go to build the last two miles of the Conover-Phelps Community Biking and Hiking Trail.  Tickets are sold at various locations, including Phelps Chamber of Commerce.  For trail info:

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