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Have Your Photo Struck at H.H. Bennett Studio in the Wisconsin Dells


7-25-18

Our last old-fashioned picture was in 2008, also on Broadway but not here. It was at Professor Samuel S. Porter’s Old-Time Portraits.

To treat ourselves for our 19th wedding anniversary that occurred the day before, we arranged to get a tintype picture at the famous H.H. Bennett Studio on Broadway in the Wisconsin Dells.  Our Photographer was David Rambow, expert in wet-plate photography since 2001. He is also Site Director for Wisconsin Historic Sites under the umbrella of the Wisconsin State Historical Society. We booked it well in advance at the H.H. Bennett website, deposit is $50. From there you can choose your package and complete your payment during your sitting.

We arrived at 10:30 for our 11 AM sitting, ready to be impressed! I had picked out clothing we had that looked sufficiently “period”, late 1800’s. My lace collar that I wore over my blouse was crocheted by my Grandma Tauchen when they were in style in the 1980’s!

Dave greeted us warmly and invited us to the very studio where Bennett made the Dells famous in the 19th and 20th centuries. This is how the backdrop looks in color.

Behind the chairs are head braces to help you hold still while the picture is taken. This is a long exposure photo.  The darker the studio, the longer the exposure. Since it was a bright sunny day, it only took 6 seconds.

 Photographer Robert Squires was there too and documented our visit. Thanks for the great photo!  He got a picture of Dave installing the prepared wet plate into the camera.  It takes 3-minutes to get it camera-ready after exposure to the chemicals. There is no going back once it is preparing!

 

Dave graciously allowed us to shoot video of getting our photo “struck” so we could show everyone how it’s done! See it below.

We had a great time doing this amazing photo, and they said Al looked like a Civil War vet. We were sent a digital copy ahead of the photo that would be sent in the mail to us.

On August 1st we received our photo in the mail.  It was varnished to help protect it from scratches.  It was beautiful! On the back was David’s info about the photo.

Also some information on how the photo was made.

I already had a frame to put the photo into that looked good with it.

Don’t pass up your opportunity to get a tintype photo taken by David at THE H.H. Bennett Studio!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

River Dawgs-A Taste of Chicago in the Wisconsin Dells!


Closed October 18, 2018

In 2017, Chicago came to the Dells in the form of a great new restaurant called River Dawgs, just off Broadway on River Road. We went for the first time on 7-7-18 and had a great meal! We saw their gyro special posted outside the door and couldn’t pass it up.

 

We went in and it smelled so delicious! Inside is small but not a problem in the summer. Owner Ken Nelson’s only goal is that you leave happy with a great meal that will make you want to come back for more, and we will!

 

Our lunch was ready in about 10 minutes, yum!  The fresh-cut fries were great too.

On another visit, I enjoyed Polish Sausage and Al had a lobster roll, both delicious!

Ken is from Chicago originally. He knew the Dells needed a restaurant with great Chicago tastes, and he filled that niche very nicely, as well as many hungry tummies! View the rest of the menu, we can’t wait to try the many other offerings on future visits!

Stop by River Dawgs, tell Ken we sent you!

 

Stand Rock Indian Ceremonial Reawakened


8-22-15

Stand Rock Indian Ceremonial SignCrystal Grande Music Theatre sign 8-22-15

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This event has a proud history, going back 80 years. This used to be a nightly performance at Stand Rock in the Upper Dells until the 1990’s, when it was discontinued.  We first heard about this special event when we visited H.H. Bennett Studio in June, they gave us this flyer.

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This event ties together all the journeys we experienced this summer. Many of our experiences touched upon Native American events and places. Especially our trip to Lac du Flambeau in July. Now in August, we got to see a performance that has not been done in years for the public. Photos without flash were allowed during the show, no video.

We arrived at the Crystal Grand Music Theatre at around 1:00 to see some of the native crafts for sale and perhaps enjoy some of the food they provided for guests.

Stand Rock Indian Ceremonial Marketplace

The food tent was especially busy, they couldn’t keep the fry bead in stock.  Al got one piece of fry bread that we shared. Being a cook has its advantages though, a few days later I learned how to make the Indian tacos at home following this recipe. See result above. It was delicious!

Went inside to see more exhibits and crafts and people. Saw two familiar faces there, H.H. Bennett’s Great-granddaughter Betsy Grant was there, whom we met at the June event.  Angela R. Davis was also there, we met her at the State Historical Museum in Madison when we went to visit.

Betsy Grant, H.H. Bennett Great-grandaughterWisconsin State Historical Museum

Crystal Grand native art display

It was now 3:00 and time for the performance after being introduced by Melanie Tallmadge Sainz, Director of the Little Eagle Arts Foundation. Also by Cheryl Boehmke,  President of the Friends of H.H.Bennett Studio.  She also is a colleague of Ms. Sainz and together they produced this historic program.  Thank you!

Stand Rock Indian Ceremonial Introduction

The show begins, three drummers form the framework and provide the beat for each of the dances performed.

Ho-Chunk Drummers

Each of the dances were more exciting than the last, the audience of nearly 500 was mesmerized.

Indian Ceremonial Dance

The Sunrise Call of the Zuni was beautiful.

Sunrise Call of the Zuni

It was sung during the performance.

This is the Eagle Dance.

The Eagle Dance

We also heard a rare recording of Chief Evergreen Tree imitating birds and other animals.

Chief Evergreen Tree

The performance concluded with the performers exiting the stage with the crowd enthusiastically cheering. In the lobby we got to talk to them and take pictures.

Indian performers

You could tell the performers were having as much fun as the audience.

Indian Dancer Feather headdress

We had a great time and hope it will be repeated.  This would be a great tradition to bring back to the Wisconsin Dells, which is far more than water parks.

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Lower Dells Boat Tour – Wisconsin Dells


6-17-15

After our Upper Dells Boat Tour, it was time for the Lower Dells. It begins at the place where we caught the shuttle earlier. We were on the 2:30 tour on the Chief.  This tour is about 1/2 hour-long. The Upper Dells tour is just over 2 hours.

Dells  Boat Tour ticket Office

Dells Boat Tour Schedule 2015

Waiting area before coming aboard, we are ready for part 2 of our adventure!

Lower Dells Boat Tour entry WM

The landing, time to get aboard!

Lower Dells Boat Landing WM

Lower Dells Boat Landing  WM

We are on our way, the dam is on our left. It separates the Upper and Lower Dells.

Lower Dells Boat Tour launch in Dells WM

We soon reach the area of the rock formations and this is the first one, Cow in the Milk Bottle. And the whole rock face.

Cow in Milk Bottle Rock Face WM

Cow in the Milk Bottle Rock at Lower Dells WG

Shortly after this we were shown the last known “rafter’s hook”. A man would drift down the river on a raft of logs to be sold further downstream. He lived on this log raft and when he needed a rest,  he would tie up to this hook to keep stationary.

Rafters Hook inset at Lower Dells WM

 

Here are a couple of rafter photos from back then.

Rafter on WI River H.H. Bennett 1886

Next we saw the Baby Grand Piano rock structure. It sure looks like one! It’s the lower rock on the right.

Baby Grand Piano rock in Lower Dells WM

 We didn’t just see great rock structures, we also saw development along the river. This is Rivers Edge Resort.

Rivers Edge Resort in Wisconsin Dells WM

 

We come across a Streamflow Gaging Station, used to measure water levels in the river. Nothing unusual so far this year.

Streamflow Gaging Station in Lower Dells WMStreamflow Gaging Station sign

Here comes the Sugar Bowl, and we go right between them. Ahead of us is a Jet Boat about to do just that!

Sugar Bowl and Jet Boat WM

 

Here is Lone Rock, the Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) believe a spirit of the Dells live in a cave inside this rock.

Lone Rock in Lower Dells WM

We conclude our tour with a look at the Ink Stand. That green growth is called lichen.

The Ink Stand in Lower Dells WM

 We made our way back to shore and thanked the crew, Captain Trent and Kaylee and the other young man for the great tour.

Captain Trent and Kaylee-Chief Crew

 

This is classic Dells fun, we hope you get to take both tours when you come here to visit.