Whether we’re talking sculptors, painters, authors, musicians, or any other creative, decade after decade, the Midwest produces some of the most profound artists in the world. In recognition, this year we’re zooming out from Wisconsin to celebrate ceramicists in our neighboring states. Next stop: Iowa.
Clay, Glaze and Firing: Iowa
Julie Wolfgram: Roots in the Ground
We like to think we know how to listen. How to agree, disagree, laugh, help, and empathize. But not every voice is speaking so directly. Our worlds are filled with voices, but so many perpetually screaming go ignored because we don’t know how to hear them. If the squeaky wheel gets the grease, what of the silenced ecosystem once home to humming bumblebees, seeting chickadees, and chattering wood ducks?
Unintentional or Unconscious Bias
Welcome back to the “us” in inclUSion. This series discusses how we’re responsible for the culture we live in and for the changes that need to be made. We are in this together, but we all have to do some work individually too. It’s our responsibility, and it will take all of us contributing to make real change.
In late winter 2020, restaurants watched their reservation books go from full to empty to legally closed within a few weeks. As capacity rules and mask mandates were tossed about between the legislature and governor, most establishments closed their dining rooms.
All Up In Your Ale: Jalapeo Beers
Sick and tired of bland cheese dips? Is your nacho party full of no-shows? Do you want to hurt yourself just a little bit on the inside? Then you need jalapeños. That’s right, say goodbye to uneventful bowel movements, and say hello to a new way to compare yourself to people you barely know. Wanna spice up that burger? Add jalapeños. Kick up that cornbread? Peño. Turn a beer into a sinus cleanser?
Agricultural Dean's Residence at Allen Centennial Garden
To ensure that the first dean of the College of Agriculture at the University of Wisconsin–Madison would not be lured away by another institution of higher education, the regents built him a house in 1896. Today, that Queen Anne-style house stands at 620 Babcock Drive on the UW campus. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in September 1984.
International Crane Foundation: One Health of the Land
International Crane Foundation’s (ICF’s) history is one that carries over the years and across different countries. Not many are aware of the work they do for cranes and the impact they have until they are introduced to cranes in some way, and visiting the 15 species of cranes at their headquarters in Baraboo, Wisconsin, is a good way to understand these large, impressive birds.
More than JustDane
Local voices are key for nonprofits to make an ongoing impact in any community. Though other regions can inspire efforts in our area, an initiative that works halfway across the country won’t necessarily translate over 1,500 miles. And even in cases where only part of a program works, the rest can’t be forced through. What JustDane is doing for Dane County continues to be effective because of the time they spend seeking out relevant perspectives before filling in the gaps surrounding services for people who need them most, all while empowering other visionaries and volunteers. In the best cases, those empowered individuals grow into their own nonprofits.
Dog Days of Summer
Summer is the busiest time at a veterinary clinic, with increased visits mainly due to summertime maladies and emergencies. We don’t see many allergic reactions to insect stings in the winter, but they greatly increase in late summer, when yellow jackets are most active.
From the Publisher
It’s a beautiful 74-degree spring day. The sun’s out, the grass is greening and growing, and the birds are chirping and flittering in delight. I love this time of year. While some can’t understand why anyone would be willing to live through Wisconsin winters, I can’t imagine the feeling of a day like today would be as sweet without the invigoration that comes from spring’s rebirth.
Fontana Sports: Navigating the Challenges of Small Business Ownership
Small businesses are recognized annually the first week of May during National Small Business Week for a reason. Life is hard for small businesses. A week of recognition for the significant contributions of entrepreneurs and small business owners seems hardly enough to acknowledge their value to our economy. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, which creates nearly two out of every three new jobs in the United States each year. Over the past year, new start-ups and established businesses alike had to think on their feet, prioritizing the urgent while constantly pivoting to adapt to customer needs to stay in business.
Doing a GoFundMe campaign is never an easy decision. However, if doing one today means we can give back more tomorrow, then that’s what we’ll do. Every dollar raised to help us continue to exist in our current capacity will be returned to small businesses, nonprofits, artists, and everything that enhances our community in the form of advertisements and donations. All of this will be in addition to the monthly and annual donations and sponsorships we already take part in.
Please share if you feel comfortable, and even if you can’t donate now, thank you so much for supporting us throughout the years. Click HERE to donate.
Living In Uncertain Times
NEW PODCAST COMING SOON. Sandy Eichel shares the knowledge she gained from her personal experiences in living a life of “should”—being the person you think you should be rather than the person you want to be.
Back of the House
- Abel Contemporary Gallery
- Avid Gardener
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- Baraboo Area Chamber of Commerce
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- Cheesers Market
- Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream
- Clasen's European Bakery
- Dane Buy Local
- Dane County Humane Society
- Deconstruction Inc.
- Ember Foods
- Firefly Coffee House & Artisan Cheese
- Fitchburg Center
- Fontana Sports
- Four Lakes Veterinary Clinic
- Fraboni's Italian Specialties & Delicatessen
- Green Lake Chamber of Commerce
- J. Henry & Sons
- Monroe Street Framing
- National Mustard Museum
- The Nitty Gritty
- Olbrich Botanical Gardens
- The Old Feed Mill Restaurant
- Old Sugar Distillery
- Otto's Restaurant
- Our Lives Magazine
- Paoli Schoolhouse American Bistro
- Porta Bella
- Sauk Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce
- Sugar River Pizza Company
- Tadsen Photography
- Tempest Oyster Bar
- Tornado Steak House
- Town of Merrimac
- Tradition Market
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