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Summer 2013

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Wow, what a great summer! I don’t think we could have packed much more in. Wisconsinites tend to start summer in May since there is so much going on and warm days don’t last long. We were no exception. Our summer began May 13 with our trip to Cedarburg.

grist-mill altered

May 16 – Milwaukee sightseeing 


May 18 – Muscoda Morel Mushroom Festival.

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May 27- World’s Largest Brat Fest

Brat Tent

June 1 – Cows on the Concourse  and Cars on State Street

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June 11 – Paoli and Stoughton

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OH 3 Clocktower CenterCoffeeBreakMug

June 15 – Cottage Grove (Fireman’s Festival)

Cottage Grove Wisconsin signFlynn Hall

June 20 – Waterloo


June 23-Cedarburg  and Hartford

June 28 – Pendarvis and Shake Rag Alley

Mineral Point Pendarvis House

Mineral Point Pendarvis House

6-30 Sauk City  Wollersheim Winery

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7-4 Independence Day in DeForest

DeForest WI DepotDeForest July 4th Parade 2013

7-8 Marshall

Blaschka Mill

Blaschka Mill

Marshall Wisconsin Train Track

Marshall Wisconsin Train Track

7-13 Le Fete de Marquette and Art Fair on/off the Square

Ferris WheelLa Fete de Marquette Festival picture

7-18  Madison Mallard’s Baseball  and Waunakee

Waunakee Depot and train

7-22 Oregon

Downtown Oregon Wisconsin

7-27 Greek Fest , Clean Lake Festival and Atwood Summer Fest 

Greek Assumption Church MadisonPericles Productions

7-28 Fennimore

Fennimore Railroad Museum

8-3 Middleton Mustard Festival

National Mustard MuseumDuchess de Mustard and us

8-9 Algoma and Green Bay and Rosendale

Algoma lighthouseGreen Bay Packer Game

8-10 Susie the Duck Day in Lodi

Susie and Maynard

8-15 Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival

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8-18 Triangle Ethnic Fest 

8-23 Orton Park Festival

Orton Park GazeboMarquette Waterfront Festival dancing

8-24 Town of Burke Picnic 

8-25 Circus World Museum

Circus World Museum Hippodrome

8-31 Taste of Madison

Fraboni's Italian Specialties

Whew!  🙂


Cottage Grove-Where Everyone is Your Neighbor

Cottage Grove Wisconsin sign

Cottage Grove is a community of  3,700  sixteen miles from Madison.  Not only does my brother and his wife live here,  they have many fun events we enjoy going to. It also has an active Historical  Society located in Flynn Hall, a historic building adjacent to Fireman’s Park. Its main function was Town Hall, it was built in 1900 and in 2010 celebrated its 110th Anniversary.  The building now houses the Cottage Grove Lions Club and the Cottage Grove Historical Society.

Flynn Hall

For appointments to see the historical society room and its contents, call her at 839-4470.

Flynn Hall Centennial CrockFlynn Hall Cottage Grove Museum

The Granger Movement also had a foothold here, a political group that formed after the Civil War.

Wisconsin Granger Movement

One of Cottage Grove’s big events is the Hog Day Breakfast in Flynn Hall on or close to Groundhog Day.  It’s a fundraiser for the Lions Club.  A black pig named Sir Arthur predicts spring’s arrival. A yummy breakfast is also served.

Potbellied Pig Sir Arthur Hog Day Breakfast Cottage Grove Lions Club

A couple friends of ours in the Lion’s club, Tod and Darlene Bernarde, act as the VIP’s at this event and take Sir Arthur outside to see if he sees his shadow.  We posed for a picture together too that showed up in a newspaper article about this fun event.

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Photo by Herald-Independent

Boss and Queen Hogg-Darlene and Tod Bernarde

In the early summer, the Fireman’s Festival is a big draw.   It kicks off with the Hot 2 Trot Run/Walk to raise money for the volunteer fire department.  We ran in 2012 and Photographer Mindy ? took our picture near the finish line (gave permission to use).  Then a big parade was next.  Here is the parade from 2013.

Then festivities at Fireman’s Park, including a Calkin’s Midways carnival and music.

Al and Laurie run 2012

Zor Shrine Clowns Cottage Grove WI


The fall brings the community together again during Olde Town Days in September at Olde Town Center. It features wagon rides, food by the 1855 Saloon (great place to eat!) and live music.

Olde Town Center in Cottage Grove WI

Al and Laurie Wagon RideJerry Stueber

Another great place to eat is also at Olde Town Coffee House, also at Olde Town Center.  Great way to start your day with breakfast or lunch, and a hot cup of coffee.

Olde Town Coffee House in Cottage Grove WIOlde Town Coffee House in Cottage Grove WI Dining RoomOlde Town Center banner

2010 photo-No longer stands.

Enjoy your stay in Cottage Grove, where everyone is your neighbor!

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Groundhog Day 2013 in Sun Prairie and Cottage Grove


This day is pretty popular in the USA, especially Punxatawney, Pennsylvania and right here in Wisconsin. Nearly every year we go to Sun Prairie which is only a few miles from where we live in Madison. They have a real groundhog named Jimmy, it was the 65th year of Jimmy predicting how the rest of winter is going to go.  My husband I went and had a lot of fun! He predicted an early spring.

Jommy the Groundhog

Going hog wild 🙂   Not to be outdone by the Sun Prairie festivities, we headed south down to the town of Cottage Grove for their Groundhog day Lion’s Club fundraising breakfast.  It’s held at Flynn Hall, which also houses the town historical society.

Flynn Hall in Cottage Grove

They have their own weather prognosticator, a black teacup pig named Sir Arthur. Here he is resting after his prediction of an early spring.


The hosts of this event are Boss Hog and Queen Hog (Darlene and Todd Bernarde, members of the Cottage Grove Lions Club. They were gracious to take a picture with us, and the picture got into their newspaper!

 Boss and Queen Hogg

We had a great time and hope to go next year. We had a snowstorm last night so I hope it’s spring soon!