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Cran-a-Rama is " Everything Cranberry " in Manitowish Waters
Posted by Eliason Realty of the North, LLC on September 30, 2014 in Market Trends Northwoods Market Trends Tourism Marketing Community Highlights
Cran-a-Rama is " Everything Cranberry " in Manitowish Waters 

The cranberry is king this weekend and the Manitowish Waters Cranberry Growers Association and the Manitowish Waters Chamber of Commerce have joined together for Cran-a-Rama (formerly known as Cranberry Colorama) this Saturday, Oct. 4.

Beginning at 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM, the Community Center near the airport in Manitowish Waters will host,”Everything Cranberry”. All day there will be the arts and crafts show – and so much more!

Know your way around the kitchen? Why not sign up for the 16th Annual Cranberry Cooking Contest? Pre-registration is required and there are four categories for the competition; breads/muffins, desserts (i.e. cakes, cookies, pies), main dishes/salads/appetizers and sauces/jams & jellies/miscellaneous (i.e. candies, beverages, soups). Contestants may enter as many as three categories but no more than one entry per category. For more details and the entry forms go to: http://manitowishwaters.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Cranarama-Contest-2014.pdf.

Here is a fabulous chance to sample dishes from some of the area’s outstanding restaurants and food vendors. The “Taste of Harvest” will be selling mouth-watering food from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM. A leisurely pontoon ride may just be the thing after feasting and the Manitowish Waters Lakes Association is offering free pontoon rides.

Of course, the day would not be complete without purchasing cranberries available at Cran-a-Rama. For a perfect take home treat, stop by the Lioness Cranberry Bake Sale. There is also a self-guided fall color tour. Don’t miss the opportunity to take a free tour of the area’s cranberry marshes exploding in seasonal colors. Hop on the free shuttle bus and enjoy the bustle in the marshes.

Just a reminder, there are free Cranberry marsh tours starting with a presentation at the Manitowish Waters Community Center from 10:00 – 11:00 AM every Friday. During the presentation there are an informational video, and question and answer session, educational displays and cranberry samples.

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Cranberry Fest 2014 - 35 years of delicious fun!
Posted by Eliason Realty of the North, LLC on September 29, 2014 in Market Trends Northwoods Market Trends Tourism Marketing Community Highlights
Cranberry Fest 2014 - 35 years of delicious fun!


For the third weekend in a row, visitors and locals can enjoy a fabulous festival that celebrates all that is the Northwoods. October 2 – 5 Eagle River puts on its party face for the 35th Cranberry Fest 2014.

Thursday, October 2, there will be cranberry marsh and Three Lakes Winery tours leaving the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center at 11:00 and 11:30 AM. On Friday, tours will depart 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30 AM and 12:00 PM. Tours on Saturday will depart every 20 minutes from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Sunday tours depart hourly from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Tours are $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Reservations are requested; please call 800-359-6315 or 715-479-6400 for more information and to make reservations.

The Vilas County Fair Grounds are home base for Cranberry Fest Festival Grounds and there are events scattered throughout the Eagle River downtown area. For a detailed map of the location for specific vendor activities and featured events, click here and go to the back page: http://etypeservices.com/SWF/LocalUser/Vilas1/Magazine64449/Full/index.aspx?id=64449#/1/. This is the Cranberry Town Crier, a publication of the Vilas County News that has details and feature stories of the events for Cranberry Fest 2014.

Friday, there is the early bird registration for the Berry Bog Bile and 5K Run registration at Riverview Park from 5:00- 7:00 PM.

On Saturday and Sunday, while they last, the “Make-a-Wish” Largest Cheesecake and cranberry and craisin sales will be available in the heart of the festival grounds on Saturday. Cranberries and craisins will also be sold at the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, and at the corner of Highway 70 and Railroad Street.

The first event is the Pancake Breakfast that will be held at the festival grounds from 7:00 AM until 10:00 AM on both Saturday and Sunday.

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Beef-a-Rama's 50th year
Posted by Eliason Realty of the North, LLC on September 26, 2014 in Market Trends Northwoods Market Trends Tourism Marketing Community Highlights History
Beef-a-Rama's 50th year



Life is golden in Minocqua, as the town launches the 50th year of the famous Beef-a-Rama. Downtown Minocqua will be filled, this Saturday, with the intoxicating scent of beef lovingly grilled over open flames. Each business features their own prize-winning combinations of marinades, spices, rubs and sauces.

But Beef-a-Rama is hardly just about grilling delectable roasts! There are myriads of activities and events to dazzle every fest attendee. Tonight the contestants will pick up their roast at the Chamber of Commerce after a kickoff day with an art showing of the “50 Cows for 50 years” and the Veggie Rama. Tonight, “Mama’s Little Hippies” will be performing at Torpy Park for the musical kick off. Saturday’s first event is the continuation of the “50 Cows for 50 Years" at the Lakeland Art Gallery from 6 AM until 4 PM. Rump roast registration begins at 7 AM at the American Legion.

At 7 AM the streets are closed to vehicle traffic and shuttles are available from LUHS, Island City Lanes and Hawks Ice Arena.

At 8:15 AM the "Calf Run" for the kids takes off, followed by the "Rump Roast Run", a 5 or 10 K walk/run that leaves from Minocqua Veterans Park at 9 AM. Music by Dan Lincoln and Jim DiDomenico also starts at 9 at Torpy Park.

Making a return appearance, the Oscar Meyer Wiernermobile will be located at the south end of Oneida Street. Beginning at 9 AM the Prime Choice Craft Show can be found on the lower level of Torpy Park. There is a Non-Profit Pasture at Island City Ice Cream’s lawn.

Need something to fix that dry throat? Head for the Lakeland Rotary Beer Garden on Chicago Street beginning at 10 AM until 8:30 PM. Music will be performed by Brian McLaughlin.

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A spectacular time of year to celebrate being in the Northwoods!
Posted by Eliason Realty of the North, LLC on September 18, 2014 in Market Trends Northwoods Market Trends Tourism Marketing Community Highlights
A spectacular time of year to celebrate being in the Northwoods!

The colors may be a little bit behind this year, but there has been a shift in the weather pattern to let us know fall is knocking on the Northwoods’ front door. Communities across the area will be celebrating a truly favorite time of year when steamy bowls of comfort food and comfy, soft sweaters become part of the daily routine.

Here are some of the featured events occurring in the next couple of weeks. Don’t put away the swimsuits just yet – Indian Summer may be warming things up soon!

St. Germain’s 55th Colorama

This long time fall tradition has something for everyone who wants to celebrate autumn in all its glory. Saturday, September 20, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., the Community Park and adjoining grounds will be filled with everything from a lavish Craft Show to horse-drawn wagon rides.

Fill your kitchen with the nature’s bounty at the Farmers Market. Local brewery, Tribute and Bulls Falls Brewery of Eagle River will be on hand as well as wines crafted by Brigadoon Winery from Tripoli. Brigadoon will also have wine tasting available to assist in making a perfect purchase.

Rocking W Stables will be giving the wagon rides around the grounds. The ever-popular “Mums the Word” Fall Flower Sale will showcase some of the most beautiful selections of these stunning fall blooms. The children (and adult spectators) have a ball at the Pumpkin Painting and come up with some pretty amazing designs.

What would a celebration be without food? Colorama attendees will have a great time feasting on menu selections from Taco Joe’s, JPN’s Concessions and Harka Greek Food.

Plan on a great time and bring all your friends and family to make an everlasting memory!

Lake Nokomis Cranberry Tours

The Northwoods takes time to celebrate its favorite fruit as the St.

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Labor Day 2014
Posted by Eliason Realty of the North, LLC on August 28, 2014 in Market Trends Northwoods Market Trends Tourism Marketing Community Highlights
Labor Day 2014

As hard as it is to believe, this coming weekend is the Labor Day holiday. We have been blessed with very beautiful weather this summer, not too hot - not too cool. Thousands of visitors have come to the Northwoods to enjoy the perfect weather and the unlimited number of fun events and activities.

While making our plans to celebrate the weekend, let's take a moment to think - what actually is Labor Day and when did it start? According to the History Channel, Labor Day started during the time of the Industrial Revolution where workers were working 12 hours a day, seven days a week just to eek out a minimal livelihood.

According to the Department of Labor, the first Labor Day celebrations were enacted by individual municipalities. It wasn't until after 12 years of these celebrations that Congress stepped forward and passed a bill making the first Monday of September the official Labor Day. Also included in that bill were stipulations that parades would be held followed by gatherings of workers and their families.

What the Department of Labor did not include was information that the History Channel used to explain why the Labor Day celebrations came to be in the individual cities across the country.

Specifically, the first Labor Day celebration was in New York City on September 5, 1882. It was sponsored by the Central Labor Union. The union sponsored a march where workers took an unpaid day off to participate in the first Labor Day parade in US history.

Labor unions were organized in the late 19th century to fight the horrible working conditions, particularly in poor and immigrant workers sectors.

In some States, there were no age restrictions and children as young as five or six were forced to work, usually at wages much lower than those of the adults.

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10 things to do in Vilas and Oneida Counties this weekend
Posted by Eliason Realty of the North, LLC on August 21, 2014 in Market Trends Tourism Marketing Community Highlights
10 things to do in Vilas and Oneida Counties this weekend

Admit it. We are spoiled up here. The towns do a fabulous job of creating big events throughout the summer. Guess what? We have an open weekend this weekend! There are lots of smaller events sprinkled throughout the area. So we used a few of these mixed with some great recreational resources to help you decide what you want to do with your free time this weekend!

We are so blessed to have hundreds of activities at our disposal. Now is the time to get out and discover why this is the greatest vacation area!

Color Dash – You have been hearing and reading about it – what is it? This is a 5 K fun run; meaning it is not timed. It is partnered with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin – Northwoods branch.  Packet pick up starts at Rhinelander High School Saturday, August 23 at 8 AM and the Dash starts at 10 AM. Throughout the race runners will be showered with a rainbow of colors making for some eye-popping ensembles at the end of the race. The registration fee is as follows: $40 Individual, $35 Team Member (min 4, max 16), and $85 Family* *For 3, $15 ea. additional (Up to 6). There are advance purchase prices. The Day of the event prices are $10 more. 5 & Under Are Free. Check out the Facebook site at https://www.facebook.com/events/654217117957478/. Kartway, Little Falls Miniature Golf and Rocking W Stables in Eagle River on Highway 45 N. There is something for every member of the family here! Go Karts, bumper boats, mini golf, horseback rides and even a thrilling ZIPLINE! This is a great place for parents and kids alike! Check it out at http://www.northwoodsattractions.com/. Deer, and donkeys and alpacas – OH MY! Take a trip up Highway 155 north of St.
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Pedaling into the future
Posted by Eliason Realty of the North, LLC on August 16, 2014 in Market Trends Northwoods Market Trends Tourism Marketing Community Highlights
Pedaling into the future

There are a few people in life that are truly, remarkably memorable. In St. Germain, we are lucky to have several personalities at this level. One such individual passed away last year but he still has a very tangible presence.

This past August 3, 2014 would have been Steve Pulec’s 58th birthday. Sadly, though he successfully won the battle against his lung cancer, the cancer in his brain claimed victory. November 4, 2013, he left this earth to begin his new life in the next dimension.

Steve was never one to shy away from making a new friend. His infectious smile was rarely absent and his raspy, Chicago South side drawl punctuated his many stories. His work life centered on serving the public. He began working as a youth for his father, Tony, and continued in the hospitality business in the St. Germain/Sayner area.

The New Twilight Bar and Grill is an extremely successful business venture he entered into with two Milwaukee friends, whom he eventually bought out. Through the many years in the bar business, he was able to combine both the local and tourist trade into a continually thriving and growing business concern.

A devoted father, Steve welcomed daughters, Tara and Kelly, who worked for him. But it was the new love of his life, Sheila Boland that was the crowning touch. He reveled in that he had it all – a great business, a wonderful family and a woman he adored. That was when he was told he had cancer and that the prognosis was not very good.

Steve and Sheila married on a snowy day in February, 2013, a true celebration of their love and dedication to each other. Sheila was a natural at helping Steve run the Twilight and today, she and Tara still manage the booming business.

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Freestyle Jet Ski Competition on Lake Minocqua - Saturday, August 9, 2014
Posted by John and Diane Misina on August 9, 2014 in Family Fun Daytrips

Head over to Lake Minocqua today to see Jet Skis in action on Lake Minocqua! 

They gave a preview last night during the intermission of the Min-Aqua-Bats Water Ski Show. 

Today there are races as well as freestyle jet ski competitions at the Great Lakes Watercross Jet Ski Racing Series Round 3. 

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A tale of Everett Road - the Colony and the tycoons
Posted by Eliason Realty of the North, LLC on August 6, 2014 in Market Trends Northwoods Community Highlights History
A tale of Everett Road - the Colony and the tycoons

Without a doubt, the heart of the Northwoods was built by hearty individuals who made a living doing backbreaking labor. Some stuck it out through the frigid months; some went to warmer climates to do seasonal work.

While forests disappeared as lumber barons cleared the lands, there were some who viewed the incredible beauty of the natural landscapes of waters and wildlife as a resource to build upon.

Such an individual was Chicago hotelier Edward A. Everett who deigned to open the Everett Resort as the area’s most elegant and exclusive resort. This vacation escape was frequented by the elite businessmen and their families from Milwaukee, Chicago and St. Louis who left behind the heat and dust of city life to enjoy Northwoods pastimes such as fishing, boating, tramping, and hunting, swimming and socializing.

The Main Lodge at the resort was initially built by Fred Morey as a two-story structure in 1896 on the Chain of Lakes on a strip of land between Catfish and Cranberry Lakes. He also is credited with the construction of what was eventually known as the Everett Clubhouse. Everett and his wife, Helen, purchased the property in 1897 and added 20 cottages.

According to Eagle River Historians, Craig Moore, Susie Wilkinson and Jodi McKeever, most of the vacationers came to the area by train. Many of the visitors became seasonal residents and developed “close-knit relationships”, a community that became known as the Everett Colony.

Everett continued to develop the resort that consisted of more than a dozen core buildings to provide entertainment and comfort at the resort. The resort was known for its fine dining, excellent fishing guide staff, first-class boats and a selection of superb cottage offerings. There was daily mail and telegraphs were available by telephone.

Everett’s reach extended into Eagle River when he and a group of well-to-do individuals from the Everett Resort each contributed $5,000 to start the Everett Golf Course.

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Dollar Lake's Legacy
Posted by Eliason Realty of the North, LLC on July 30, 2014 in Tourism History Community Highlights
Dollar Lake's Legacy

Picture courtesy Jake Alward of Toboggan Hill onto Dollar Lake

This lake is as famous for a destination as the events that it hosts. Where was the first World Championship snowmobile races held? Want to play world class pond ice hockey, where do you head in February? Where is Chanticleer resort? There you go – Dollar Lake in Eagle River.

Dollar Lake is located between Dollar Lake Rd. and E. Dollar Lake Rd., just to the north of Highway 70, east of Highway 45 and just east the Eagle River Ice Arena. This 105 acre lake is a seepage lake and is 15 feet at its deepest point.

There is no public ramp on the lake; however, there is good fishing featuring Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass and Bluegills that inhabit the lake. According to the DNR, it is a moderately clear lake.

Without a doubt, the owners of the Chanticleer Inn, the Alwards, are responsible for creating the events that launched this lake into prominence. The first official World Championship Snowmobile Races were held in 1963/64 and current owner Jake Alward’s parents, John and Betty, were responsible for organizing the races on Dollar Lake. In 1966, the races were moved to what is now the current Derby track.

This time it was Jake Alward who invited the US Adult Pond Hockey Championships to Dollar Lake in 2006. This coming February 6 through the 8, the 2015 10th Annual Labatt Blue USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championships will be held again on Dollar Lake.

For a lake of rather diminutive size, Dollar Lake has spawned two events that rapidly gained national reputations. Since 1951 the Chanticleer Inn has been in the Alward clan. Jake and wife, Sue, purchased the resort from Jake’s parents, John and Betty, in 1972. The luxurious resort features first rate accommodations and offers superb, award- winning dining along with generous Northwoods hospitality.

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Local veteran organizations filling the void
Posted by Eliason Realty of the North, LLC on July 16, 2014 in Community Highlights
Local veteran organizations filling the void

Headlines are filled with stories about how poorly government agencies are taking care of our veterans. Here in the Northwoods there are several local groups who have stepped up to the plate to assist veterans and their families. In today’s feature, we spoke to John Brandenburg, president of Vietnam Veterans of America, Minocqua Chapter 256.

Founded in 1976, this organization was and is open to any veteran who served in any branch of the military from 1960 to 1975. The founding president, C.W. “Chick” Caywood’s memory is honored at the Caywood Shooting Range in Arbor Vitae. Caywood passed away immediately after the VVA’s annual spring trip to the Porcupine Mountains in Michigan’s U.P.

Initially, the shooting range was managed by Vilas County and was, for all intensive purposes, a dump. When the County announced they intended to close it, VVA stepped forward and said they would run the shooting range if the County cleaned it up.

Today, the range is owned by the DNR. However, the VVA has a 20-year lease to manage the shooting range. Annually, about $900-$1,500 in donations is collected at the range and that money goes into improvements and maintenance. Currently, Brandenburg said, the archery range is being redesigned.

In addition to the shooting range, Brandenburg said the organization awards an annual $1,000 scholarship at Lakeland Union High School, donates annual to Social Services for gifts for 12 to 15 needy children and makes donations to Camp American Legion and King Veterans Home.

Members also give talks at local schools telling students what it was like in Vietnam. They also assist the American Legion with the Honor Guard duties at military funerals.

Brandenburg invites anyone who served anywhere in the military from 1960-1975 to drop in at the monthly meeting held at 6 p.m. at the American Legion in Minocqua the first Tuesday of every month.

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