"Wisconsin-Happy Festival State", by Eve Phillips. My husband and I love to travel in the state of Wisconsin where we live and get great pictures on the way. My name is Laurie Kutil and photography has become a great passion of mine since 2010. One thing I have learned in researching each town before visiting it is that, "Every town has it's story". When I do uncover those stories by connecting with local residents, our experience becomes so much richer. In turn, sharing the stories with you brings me joy :)
Gresham is a small close-knit Village of 586 located just northwest of Shawano. On our way home from our visit to Shawano we decided to have a quick lunch here. On the city limits we saw the Miles of Art sign, the event going on this weekend. See the MAP of where art is on display in Shawano County.
Delightful view downtown, their maroon clock sets the scene.
Lunchtime! We heard about this delightful place called Pa’s Ice Cream Shoppe and wanted to try it.
Their menu, how do you choose?
That dipped ice cream cone was amazing. Good thing it was a cool day!
After lunch we looked at some of the other businesses nearby. Shanti’s Art Studio near the clock is across from the ice cream shoppe.
With Halloween on the way, an old building becomes a haunted house called Panic Chambers Hotel. Looks scary!
We usually aren’t night people, but sometimes the most fun happens at night. On Halloween for example. This year we went to the Edgewater Hotel for their Halloween Badger Tailgate Party held in the big tent in the Plaza.
Photo above by The Edgewater
The Ryan McGrath Band played a lot of great music too. Here is a good example of their performance.
There was great food too, We enjoyed Duck Jambalaya and Pork Spare Ribs. We picked up our food in The Icehouse near the tent. Al is sure enjoying the ribs! There was a beanbag game going on too.
This was the 22nd year of this popular and free haunted house. The parents of a friend of ours do this just because they love celebrating Halloween. There are also a great many children around, and to hear them saying “trick or treat” all around was something I have not heard a lot of since the 1980’s. They kept the spirit of Halloween alive here. Lets go through the “haunted house” on this exclusive tour I recorded when we went there. There are no people jumping out at you in the dark, just many creepy decorations and black and red lights. One section of the video also has a flashing strobe light, making sure those sensitive to strobes are informed. Lets go, if you dare!
We managed to make it through alive, and we had a great time. The house has a Facebook page if you want to see when you can go next year. This was a great old-fashioned Halloween that brought back memories of celebrating it as a child.