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The Matts House in Verona-Now The Purple Goose!


10-9-14

Al and I were in Verona, gathering photos for a blog post. We took a look at the businesses and buildings in town and discovered this. The Matts House in Verona, Wisconsin was vacant at that time and deemed an eyesore. It was one of the last historic buildings in town, built in the 1840’s. The only other building that is historic that is left is the Cahoots Bar, a former Stagecoach stop.

In my photo, you could see a sign that the house was for free to anyone who could get rid of it.  Thank goodness, nobody took up the offer.

We were shocked to see this and hoped somebody would save the house before possible demolition.


October 2016

Two years pass.  Building Rehabilitation Specialist Troy Rost persuaded the city alders to sell him the house for $1. Troy also restored the Stamm House in Middleton as well. He promised to have the house ready for occupation within two years. Read the article about this development here.  Also here.


October 19, 2017

The renovation was well underway at this point, we stopped by to take an interim picture of the house.

We attended a meeting in Verona that day called “What’s Up at the Matts House?”  Here is a video of the meeting you can also watch. It outlines the history of the house and showed some renovation photos. Troy Rost himself was the presenter.


2018

The building renovation is finished on schedule. Now, the next task is to find a tenant. The Purple Goose women’s boutique store jumped at the chance to move to this beautiful historical building. This was their building in 2017.

On October 13 of 2018, they reopened in their new building to an enthusiastic crowd. I was able to see it for myself on October 22nd. Very impressive!

This beautiful door is possibly from one of the previous businesses here, they kept it and it looks beautiful!

To the right of the register, step through the doorway for some beauty time at Makeup by Francesca. I am not skilled at all with makeup application. I will come here if I need her help!  Francesca Clemente will bring out your best features to look your best, whatever the occasion!

That’s not all, there is open space upstairs called the Brick House StudioTheresa Ann Stuesser holds many classes here.

Everyone interested in seeing the Matts House is welcome during business hours at The Purple Goose.  The citizens of Verona are grateful this beautiful building was saved for all to enjoy.  Thank you, Troy Rost, for taking charge and turning this dream into reality!

 

Wonewoc’s 20th Annual Old Fashioned Day


5-14-16 2nd Saturday in May

Wonewoc city sign

Old Fashioned Day schedule

Wonewoc is a community that celebrates simpler times with its annual Old Fashioned Day Festival.  Several blocks of Main St. are closed for many kinds of old-fashioned entertainment and activities.  We did visit Wonewoc last year, but on an ordinary day.

We got to town at 8:30. It was a cold day of around 40 and windy but that didn’t stop the fun, Wonewoc people are hearty!  The dunk tank was still there though, there were no takers. A large array of classic cars and tractors were on display.

Wonewoc Car Show

Tractors at Wonewoc Old Fashioned Day

We also enjoyed shopping at the stores downtown.  The Curiosity Shop should be one of your stops if you like antiques, collectibles and practical items. I found a durable backpack that will be used on future travels.

Curiosity Shop in Wonewoc

Curiosity Shop in Wonewoc inside

The Wonewoc Public Library had a great book sale and we got some books from there. There was also a raffle for baskets of goodies.

Wonewoc Public Library

There were a great many old-fashioned activities young and old enjoyed.  There was a bean bag toss,  Pinewood Car Derby, Kindschi Pedal Pull competition (never saw that before),  and crosscut saw competition.

Wonewoc Old fashioned Day activities

Kindschi Pedal Pulls in Logansville

Face painting by Clowns for Fun, $2.

Clowns for Fun face painting in Wonewoc

A bounce slide and house too.

Bounce Slide in Wonewoc

Enjoy the video of these activities at this wonderful festival.

The Wonewoc Bakery outdid themselves with their famous cream puffs. They sold so many that they ran out and had to make more.

Wonewoc Bakery and Old Blues Pizzeria

Wonewoc Bakery Cream Puff

Free wagon rides were given by Jenell Snyder of Horse Cartwheels, LLC. You can hire her out for one of your events too. The horse has a name, it’s Sugar and she was friendly and “talked” a lot during the ride.  here they are during the parade.

Horse cart Wheels info Wonewoc

Jenell and Sugar in Parade WM

Somebody horsing around.

Horsing around in Wonewoc

Our exciting day concluded at American Legion Post 206 for their famous post-Old Fashioned Day Chicken Supper.

American Legion Post 206 in Wonewoc Chicken supper

We had a great time and hope to return next year.

Old Fashioned Day in Wonewoc 5-14-16

Wonewoc Old Fashioned Day sign

 

 

Lodi – Home of Susie the Duck


4-29-16 / 8-8-15 and other visits

Lodi Signtree city usaByron Bickham plaque of Lodi

Duck into Downtown Lodi Collage

Lodi is a friendly city of 3,000 nestled in a valley about 1/2 hour north of Madison.  The name Lodi itself means “Peaceful Valley” so the name is apt.  Lodi is also a Tree City as of 2013. What an honor!  The Lodi Valley began to be settled as early as 1844, almost 100 years later incorporated as a city.  It was named after Lodi, Italy.  Susie the Duck is what really put Lodi on the map. Read the history of Susie here on this sign that used to be posted downtown by Spring Creek in 2006, for some reason it’s no longer there.

Susie the Duck history

Lodi Masonry Basket

This is the famous masonry basket.  On an October 2010 visit saw a couple of Susie’s kin in the basket.

Susie in Planter in Lodi

The rubber ducks you see floating down Spring Creek only happen on Susie the Duck Day, every 3rd Saturday in August. I have been to several of these festivals and had a really great time.  Spring Creek flows through the center of downtown, emptying out into the Wisconsin River.  Back in the early days of Lodi, Spring Creek once powered a flour mill, now beautiful Veterans Memorial Park.  The scene near the bridge has changed a little, this tree on the right is no longer there.

Veterans Memorial Park in Lodi

Veterans Park Bridge 2011 and 2015

The duck drop is done from this bridge. This is Emmy Fink, host of the program Discover Wisconsin.   They came to Lodi to cover Susie the Duck Day in 2013 and other fun attractions in the Lodi area. See the episode here.

Lodi has many historic homes going back to the city’s early history. This is the Daniel and Nellie Burns home on Mill Street.

Daniel and Nellie Burns House

 This MAY be the former home of Dr. Chval, but still need to confirm.

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 There is a stone fountain dedicated to him in Goeres Park.

Dr. Chval 1961 Fountain in Lodi

Overlooking the park is the beautiful Blessed Trinity Catholic Parish.  I was near the church when the chimes sounded at noon. I managed to record the music.

A little further down the street is the Lodi Curling Club. Read about the club’s history here. Also the Fairgrounds, complete with a historic one-room school house..

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 On Seminary Street is the John A. and Martha Robertson house. The smiley face in the window is cute!

John A. and Martha Robertson House

 Spend the night at the Victorian Dreams Bed and Breakfast.

Victorian Dreams Bed and Breakfast in Lodi

 The Frank T. and Polly Lewis House.

The Frank T. and Polly Lewis house

This beautiful house stands out, across from the Historic Hotel Lodi building on Main. See more historic Lodi and Columbia county here.

Lodi Historic House

 Across the street are a variety of art businesses in a former garage. The one I am familiar with is Gary N-Ski Photography.  He was the photographer for my brother’s wedding in 2008, great work. He also has prints for sale of pictures taken in the Lodi area. They participate in the Lodi Art Walk, between May and October.

Art Businesses in Lodi

Historic Hotel Lodi Building 2011

From here we turn back toward downtown on Main St. to see the many businesses there.  If you are here in August, you will find a self-serve Sweet Corn cart in the parking lot of Main Street Liquor, owned by the prominent Ness family. Their largest business is Ness Auto Sales and Service.  The sign inside the cart, you can get a large amount of corn too.

Main Street Liquor and Ness Corn CartScott Ness Sweet Corn for Sale in lodi

 On the right is the Kwik Trip and Fire Department. Also a gazebo with Lodi area information.

Lodi Information Center gazebo

 We now approach the main part of downtown at the intersection of Main and Portage Street (Highway 60).

Lodi Downtown at Main and Highway 60

Lodi Main Street Facing South

 Lodi Mini Mall at 105 Main on our left. The Lodi Enterprise newspaper is located here.

Lodi Mini Mall

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Directly across from here on the other corner is M of N Vapors, e-cigarette shop.

Downtown Lodi-2016

On this same side is Dulvia Barber Shop.

Dulvia's Barbershop in Lodi

 Just up from the Mini Mall on the left is Downtown Coffee Grounds (closed 12-13-19) and Dale’s Place, open in 2014.

Coffee Bistro and Dale's Place in Lodi

 Next to Dale’s Place is the Spring Creek Business Center.

Spring Creek Business Center

 Next door is the La Grotta Sull’acqua Wine and Spirits Lounge.

La Grotta sull'acqua Wine and Spirit's Lounge in Lodi

 Now we arrive at Spring Creek Park, relax by the water after a busy morning shopping 🙂  This is an archived photo from 2011, the corn dispensers are no longer there except for one, and it was empty. I brought my own dried corn to feed the ducks.

Spring Creek Park in Lodi

 Next is the Spring Creek Restaurant and Bar and Cottage House Primitives, a great shop for Colonial-style home decor. The City Hall is right next to it. On 4-29-16 we had dinner at the Spring Creek restaurant, great food and friendly staff! They also have a “duck cam” mounted to wall outside overlooking Spring Creek to watch for Susie on a big screen in the dining room. Great fun!

Lodi City Hall 2003Spring Creek Restaurant and Cottage House Primitives in Lodi

Spring Creek Restaurant and Bar

Spring Creek Restaurant Dining Room and logo

  Across from the Spring Creek Restaurant is Village Creek Quilting Fabrics & Home Decor, LLC.

Village Creek Quilting Fabrics and Home Decor

 We come to these buildings as we stay right, Sunfall on Main, an antique store.

Surfall on Main

 We now come near the end of South Main.  The former Bushnell’s Jewelery, closed November 2013, three months after my 2013 visit.  Next is Hamre Gunderson Funeral Home.  Also the former Weber Bakery, both closings due to the owners passing away. very sad about both.

Former Bushnell's Jewlery - Hamre Funeral Home- former Weber Bakery-Lloyd's and American Legion

Across from the funeral home is Nancy’s Floral and Gifts. The Lodi Enterprise Newspaper used to be here.  They kept the beautiful stained glass window.

Nancy's Floral and Gifts in Lodi

Nancy's Floral and Gifts for Lodi Enterprise

Tools of Freedom Nancy's Floral Stained Glass Window

 We then come to Lloyds Lower Level bar and the Lodi American Legion-Post 216.

American Legion Lodi year

It looks like they have a brat fry going on across the street, let’s get some lunch! They also served hot dogs, chips, a soda too.  $5 for a meal, the chips and soda included.  They don’t do this every Saturday, I got lucky!

American Legion Brat Fry in Lodi

The brats are made at Lodi Sausage Company and Meat Market, and it was delicious!

Lodi Sausage Company and Meat Market in Lodi

 After lunch, I was given a tour of the American Legion building which was recently renovated.  Beautiful work both inside out.  The front hall is large and can be rented out to host YOUR event, including the use of the kitchen.  They are also now participating in the Lodi Art Walk event as well.  Find them on Facebook too to see their latest events. Thanks very much for the great tour, it was fun!

American Legion Collage emblem

Be sure to see the Veterans Memorial at Veterans Memorial Park.

Veterans Memorial in LodiVeterans Memorial Plaque in Lodi

 Near the end of South Main, next to the American Legion is the Jolivette Memorial Home, owned by the Lodi Valley Historical Society. They are open 10-1 on Saturdays May to November.  I finally was able to be here for a tour when the museum was open!

  On the grounds is the historic Palmer Tree, been here since around the time Lodi was settled. It’s a Bur Oak.  It was officially dedicated on Arbor Day in 1997.

Jolivette House and schoolbell in Lodi

Palmer Tree and Plaque

On the grounds is also a school bell inside the little shelter above.

Lodi Grade School Bell and Plaque in Lodi

 We are now approaching the end of South Main, this is the view looking north. The remaining businesses at the top of the street…

Bushnell FordVern’s AppliancesPrairie Valley Resale Store, a non-profit helping those in need. We have been there and had a fun treasure hunt!

Downtown Lodi-South Main looking North 2011

 Schultz Insurance Services, the “house” at the top of the street.

Schultz Insurance Services in Lodi

 Other businesses just outside of downtown.

Three Bats in the Belfry, a great antique and gift shop.

Three Bats in the Belfry store in Lodi

 A major business is Lodi Canning.

Lodi Canning Company

 Lodi also offers camping at Smokey Hollow Campground.  They take a big part in the Susie the Duck Day parade and festivities.  Especially the parade! Here is their HUGE driving shopping cart, quite unique!

Smokey Hollow Campground Shopping Cart in Lodi

Piggly Wiggly Grocery Store

Piggly Wiggly Grocery Store in Lodi

Koltes Do-It Center hardware store and lumber

Koltes Do-It Center in Lodi

Lodi is a  great place to visit. Great shopping and beauty all year around and most of all, friendly people who say “Hi” back when you do.  Nearby is the Merrimac Ferry or Gibraltar Rock to add more fun to your day trip.

Merrimac Ferry

Gibraltar Rock

Wisconsin Dells – Part 2 – Attractions and More!


1-15-15 , 8-6-16 and other visits

Wisconsin Dells sign

We are fortunate living within 50 miles of this great area of Wisconsin with so much fun and beauty.  Here I am going to touch on other parts of the Dells,  Broadway being the main focus of our first excursion.   We have been to some of the attractions and hope to get to more of them when summer comes back around.

Our first trip together to the Dells was the Dells Boat Tour.  We enjoyed this trip on 6-30-02.  This is one of the oldest attractions and most popular. It’s two parts, Upper and Lower Dells. You can choose just one or do both in a day. We did both and sure had a lot of fun! This view is where you begin the upper Dells tour. We did the tours again on 6-17-15.

Upper Dells boatlanding

 The Lower Dells, this is Kilbourn Dam.

Lower Dells view and Kilbourne Dam

At the top of the landing you get a great view of the boats below.

Lower Dells Boat Landing in the Dells

The boat tours and many other attractions are located on the Wisconsin Dells Parkway.  This is one of the Wisconsin Ducks, another tour venue, this time on an amphibious vehicle enabling it to traverse both water and land.  There is also an Army Duck tour.  We have not taken those tours yet. You can take a selfie by an Army Duck on the Parkway.

Wisconsin Dells Parkway

Army Duck selfie at Dells

Also on the parkway is Paul Bunyan’s Cook Shanty and recently added, the Lumberjack Show. We ate there once (yum!) but not yet seen the new show. The food was great! Open spring through fall.

Paul Bunyan in the Dells

We enjoyed a great lunch at Sprecher’s on 6-17-15 before out Lower Dells boat ride.

Sprecher's in the Wisconsin Dells

 Also on the Parkway is Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park. This is quite a big theme park. Complete with a Trojan Horse.  They also have a hotel too.

Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park in Dells

Top Secret is a thrill-based attraction.

Top Secret at the Dells

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In 2012 we enjoyed a long-time music venue since the 1970’s, The Wisconsin Opry.  If you like Classic Country music with a bit of gospel, you will enjoy coming here. We plan on returning this summer.  Before the show, you enjoy a turkey dinner.

Wisconsin Opry Sign back at Dells

Wisconsin Opry in Dells

Wisconsin Opry Ensemble at Dells

 There is more to see here than the Wisconsin Opry though.  There is also Cindy’s Café (we’ve eaten there), also an antique and craft store. You will have a great time here! The Dickinson Family welcomes you!

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Not far from the Opry is one of the  Ho-Chunk Gaming resorts. We don’t gamble, we go there to have a great meal, also entertainment! Something for everyone there, including a hotel. They often have live music performances as well. Summer of 2016 we went back to watch Wasira Ho-Chunk dancing for one hour. It was a free show it was great! Enjoy an excerpt here.

Ho-Chunk Casino in the Dells

Inside Ho-Chunk Casino

Inside Ho-Chunk 2

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 There are many themed hotels in the Dells to give your overnight stay a special touch.  Our favorite one on 223 Wisconsin Ave, the Parkway Motel with a train theme. You can stay in the 1966 Soo Line Caboose ($85 per night, $105 weekends), or the main hotel.

Antoni Wolan (owner) passed away on June 20, 2015.  We are not sure if the stand or motel will be re-opening.

Parkway Motel in the Dells

Soo Line Caboose hotel room in Dells

 Take a look inside, very nice!

Inside Soo Caboose in Dells

Spring through fall, you can also get a Vienna Hot Dog and other great food at their Raildog stand, served from a historic 1956 caboose. We plan on coming back in the spring for a great lunch here!

Parkway Motel and Raildog in Dells

Listen in on their low power radio station, it may not be on the air any more.

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You can even get married  Las Vegas-style at the Dells Bells Wedding Chapel. Located across from the Amtrak station.

Dells Bells Wedding Chapel

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On our visit in January, we went bowling and had pizza for lunch at Knuckleheads Bowling and Indoor Amusement Park. We sure had fun and the pizza was delicious!

Knuckleheads at the Dells

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If shopping is your thing, there is plenty to be had here.   On Broadway is plenty of shopping, though some stores are closed in the winter. Another store near Broadway is Aunt Jenny’s Got It All Store.

Aunt Jenny's Got It All Store in Dells

 If you like the name-brand stores, stop by Tanger Outlets mall.

Tanger Outlets Mall in Dells

 We hope you enjoyed this brief overview of the Wisconsin Dells.  There is much to see and do here. Wave goodbye to the Sinclair dinosaur in Lake Delton as you leave Tanger Outlets at this nearby Citgo Dino Stop. View more Dinos around the country here.

Citgo Dino Goodbye in Dells

Hot Website Links

Wisdells.com

Explore Downtown Dells

Dells.com

Chamber of Commerce

Wisconsindells.com

Dells Country Historical Society

Parkway Motel and Raildog

Ho-Chunk Gaming – All Locations