Eliason Realty Updates
Once again it looks like it's going to be a picture perfect white Christmas in the Northwoods. After a very scary meltdown, the plummeting temperatures turned the thermometer around and brought several inches of white beauty to the Northwoods. The forecast for the next 10 days looks like it will be even a whiter and a more glorious Christmas!
To add to the festivities, here are a few holiday events some of the communities are offering the public to make the season even merrier!
Eagle River: On Dec. 18, Thursday night from 5:00 - 7:00 PM, the Northwoods Chlidrens Museum invites children and their fathers to attend the free "Fun with Fathers" evening. There will be a dinner and planned activities so it is requested that reservations be made no later than the day before. Call 715-479-4623 or visit www.northwoodschildrensmuseum.com to make reservations.
Don't forget to take a break from shopping in downtown Eagle River and hop on a sleigh ride offered by the downtown businesses on Saturday, Dec. 20 from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM.
The Sno-Eagles, weather permitting, will leave the Old Train Depot at 9:00 AM for a Christmas Eve ride. This is a superb time to snowmobile pristine trails at a very low traffic time.
Presque Isle: What child doesn't want to spend time with Santa Claus this time of year? A Children's Christmas with Santa begins with a sleigh ride at the intersection of County highways B and W at 6 PM. It's onto the Presque Isle Community Center where the Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce and Library host the children's party complete with caroling, an Advent walk and, of course, a visit by Santa! For more details call 715-686-2910 or 888-835-6508 or check out the website at: www.presqueisle.com.
Minocqua: For last minute shoppers, The Gaslight Square shops will be open until 7:00 PM on Friday, Dec.
The Christmas season is in high gear and, while the communities do a fabulous job with their special events, there are several activities that don’t require a specific time and date.
Rocking W Stables and Sleigh Rides: What is more memorable than taking the family and friends on an authentic sleigh ride in the woods? Dean Nolan, and his staff of drivers, beautiful horses and cozy warming hut, deliver everything that is magical about a sleigh ride. The ride traverses 120 wooded acres populated by deer and other wildlife. Halfway through the hour-long ride, there is a stop at a toasty roaring bonfire complete with delicious hot cocoa or other steamy drinks.
Sleigh rides began on Dec. 12 and continue until Jan. 4. You can hop on a group sleigh or reserve a private one for your group’s size. The price is $10 per person on the group sleigh ride and $100 for a private sleigh for up to 10 people. For more than 10 people, it is an additional $10 per person.
Call for reservations at 715-617-6779. Rocking W Stables is located behind Northland Pines Schools off Highway 45 north on Pleasure Island Road. You can also find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kartway-Rocking-W-Stables/165105380344576.
Minocqua:The Holiday Model Train Show is open Dec. 13, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 29, 30 2014, at the old train depot in Downtown Minocqua from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. The display features O gauge trains, a large scale that was popular before World War II. The display reflects old fashioned Christmases of a bygone era.
Before heading out, you might want to consider throwing your ice skates in the back seat and make a visit to the rink at Torpy Park in Minocqua. There are bathrooms, picnic tables and a warming house at the rink.
December 12, 2014 at 4pm, snowmobile trails officially open in Vilas County!
If you've ever considered buying a getaway property up north where you could keep your snowmobiles and ride from your door... here are some ideas for you!
The joy of Christmas is easily discovered through the eyes of a child. What better place to celebrate the Christmas season than at a children’s program at one of the area’s schools? Here are the schools and available information about upcoming programs and concerts. There are plenty of parents that would love to share their experience with a friend – just ask!
Arbor Vitae- Woodruff Elementary School: Grades 6-8 will have two Holiday Concerts on Tuesday, Dec. 16. The first is 1:00 – 2:30 PM and that evening from 6:30 – 8:00 PM. Grades K-5 will have theirs on Thursday, Dec. 18 also an afternoon Holiday Concert 1:00 – 2:30 PM and again that evening 6:30 – 8:00 PM.
Eagle River Elementary School: The Kindergarten Concert will be held Friday, Dec. 5 beginning at 2:30 PM at the Northern Pines High School Auditorium. Grades 2 and 4 will perform Friday, Dec. 12 at 2:30 PM at the Northern Pine High School Auditorium.
Lac du Flambeau Public School: Friday, Dec. 5 "Pow Wow" in the Big Gym 1:30 - 3:00 PM. Friday, Dec. 12, "Ugly or Favorite Christmas Sweater Day".
Lakeland Union High School: “Carols in the Commons” and “Seasons of Sound” featuring the LUHS Treble Choir, Concert Choir, Thunder and Lightening Choir and Culinary Arts. The event will be held in the LUHS Commons on Dec. 8 starting at 7:00 PM with music, food and plenty of Holiday cheer for all attending.
MHLT: The Holiday concert for grades 2-5 will be Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 6:30 PM. For grades K-2 the Holiday Concert will be Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 1:30 PM. For grades 6-8 the Holiday Concert will be Thursday, Dec. 18 at 6:30 PM.
North Lakeland Elementary School: The Winter Concert for grades K-4 will be held Tuesday, Dec.
Happy Thanksgiving to all and to all you hold dear! The weather certainly makes it feel like the Holiday Season and several area communities are making sure there are many “Christmas-y” things to do on this coming Friday and Saturday. So dig out your snuggly, warm festive finery and make some great memories in the Northwoods!
Boulder Junction: It’s a busy weekend in Boulder Junction. Friday, November 28, starts off with the 21st Annual Craft Fair hosted by the Lioness Club from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Crafters will be selling their handmade items and lunch will be served by the Lioness Club at the Community Center. A drawing will be held for the cash raffle as well.
Once again, the Library Cookie Walk will be held at the Acorn Lodge from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on the same day. The Friends of the Boulder Junction Library will be selling a huge selection of beautiful cookies and sumptuous candies until all the goodies are sold out.
Can it be 26 years already? You betcha! Also that day, the 26th Annual Christmas Walk will fill downtown Boulder Junction with happy shoppers along the luminary-lined walkways of the brightly lit stores and businesses from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM. Stores will have treats for the shoppers who, later, can take an old fashioned sleigh ride. Carolers will fill the streets with Christmas music - all adding to the festivities. See the lighting of the town’s Christmas tree where Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will stop in to delight young and old alike.
On Saturday, November 29, bring the children to the Community Center where they can have lunch with Mr. and Mrs. Claus after visiting the Christmas shopping house. There will also be activities – all this from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM.
Only three more days remaining until the start of gun deer season. The DNR has made many changes to this season’s regulations and hunters can site in only the bucks in the Northern Forest Region this year.
One question many hunters are keyed in on - what will the weather be this year? Hunters recall a pretty cold nine days last year. Looking at the records from last year for Eagle River from Weather Underground, on the whole, temperatures this year will be about 10-12 degrees warmer than last year. This is true for most of the period with the exception of the last weekend. AccuWeather is showing a 10 degree cool down for the last weekend. This year there are no below zero temperatures forecasted for the entire hunt.
Last year it snowed six of the first nine days with little or no accumulation. AccuWeather is forecasting snow for Saturday and Monday with snow and rain forecasted for Sunday. There is also snow forecasted for Thursday. No significant accumulations are being called for.
Prior to this season, the area has received in excess of 25 inches. Last year nearly three inches of snow fell on the Wednesday before hunting season opened but temperatures were in the mid-30s. Bottom line – there is definitely better tracking snow for this year.
With deer herds being down in the region, this is good news for the hunters. There are a couple cold days but the start of the season looks very tolerable. But still the same – keep those coffee and hot chocolate thermos close by!
Below are the daily highs and lows recorded in 2013 for Eagle River as reported by Weather Underground:
Nov. 23 12 / 5
Nov. 24 21 / -1
Nov. 25 32 /2
Nov. 26 28/ 7
The snow is a perfect mood setter for the upcoming week. Yes , ladies and gents – gun hunting season is this week and businesses are planning to launch everything from entertainment to shopping spectaculars for all the hunting widows.
If you haven’t made plans yet, here are a few events to inspire this festive time of year!
Eagle River – Holiday Bazaar and Cookie Sale will be held at the Kalmar Center, Saturday, Nov. 22 from 9 am until 3 PM. Shop for Christmas gifts from the array of crafters while enjoying refreshments and raffles. Proceeds from the homemade cookie sale go to Headstart and Warm the Children. Admission is one food pantry donation. Call 715-479-5850 for more details.
Manitowish Waters – Now here is a great idea! Head up to the North Lakeland Discovery Center from 1 PM until 3 PM and make your own Christmas wreath! Naturalist Licia Johnson will be showing participants how to make their own one-of-a-kind felt flower wreath. The cost is $20 for members of the Discovery Center and $25 for non-members. All materials are provided. For more details check out the website at www.discoverycenter.net or call 715-543-2085.
Lac du Flambeau – It’s a night of great county music as Jo Dee Messina comes to the casino hall to delight her fans with a show beginning at 8 PM on Saturday, Nov. 22. Ticket prices are $20, $30 and $40. To purchase tickets online go to http://www.lakeofthetorches-tickets.com/reservation?event=8539 or call 800-25-TORCH. Hurry – they are almost sold out!
Conover– Wisconsin Badgers Tailgate Party will begin at 10:00 AM at Club 45 Sports Bar and Grill, off Old 45. The popular Badger Tailgate Trailer will be on hand making sure there is plenty of food and refreshments on hand. Proceeds go to the Headwaters Food Pantry in Land O’Lakes.
"Dr. Mike Richie and Mr. Tony Duffek explain the new Northland Pines Montessori Learning Center and discuss the SOAR charter schools." - NPSD
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One of the truly great opportunities Northern Wisconsin offers is the widespread diversity available to hunters during hunting season. From renting a rustic cabin to purchasing acreage for personal hunting advantages, the Northwoods not only has a vast array of game, it offers the best atmosphere to enhance every hunting experience.
It’s only a few weeks until deer gun hunting season opens and the DNR has made quite a few changes to the program this year. Perhaps the most interesting (and the one that makes the most sense) is the dissolution of the Deer Management Units (DMUs). Now county lines will be used to establish rules applying to boundary limitations.
There are Deer Management Zones and the map for these zones is included in the webpage link; http://dnr.wi.gov/files/PDF/pubs/wm/WM0554.pdf.
More than half of the counties in the state have a ban on baiting and feeding deer. The counties where Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been found as well as areas within 10 miles of the area known to have CWD are included this area. The bottom third of the state, with the exception of Ouzakee County, has the ban and that ban reaches as far north as Marathon and Shawano counties. In the northwest part of the state, Burnett, Washburn, Polk and Barron counties also have the same ban.
The laws for feeding or baiting deer are quite extensive and hunters may want to refresh their memories or pick up more information at http://dnr.wi.gov/files/PDF/pubs/wm/WM0554.pdf. For example, baiting can only be done no sooner than 24 hours prior to deer archery season in counties where it is allowed.
This year there is no T-Zone hunt in December in the Northern Forest Zone. There is a four-day antlerless hunt-only in the Central Farmland and Forest Zones Dec. 11-14. This year’s bonus tags are for bucks and the rules, taken from the DNR website, are as follows:Bonus buck opportunities will be offered in the Southern Farmland Zone units only.
It’s the spookiest party time of the year and area towns are pumping it up for Halloween. Here is a listing of area towns and their times for trick or treating. Many communities suggest leaving the front porch light on to let the little hobgoblins know you are part of the fun. We have included some information on great Halloween celebrations and events. Have the spookiest weekend ever!
Arbor Vitae – Trick or Treating is 4-7 PM
Boulder Junction – Seeking a really ghostly adventure? The Fox Valley Ghost Hunters will be hosting a presentation and a tour of the Summerwind Mansion in Land O’Lakes, beginning at the Boulder Junction Community Center on Thursday, Oct. 30, starting at 7 PM. The cost of the tour is $15 and funds go towards the restoration of the mansion. Hear authentic stories from the present owners around a campfire while toasting marshmallows.
Trick or Treat is Oct. 31 from 5-7 PM.
Conover – The Lions Club will be sponsoring a Halloween Party, 6-8 PM, at the Community Center. There will be a costume contest, games, food and beverages for the children. Call 715-479-6673 for more information.
There are no set hours for trick or treating.
Eagle River – Halloween weekend wraps up the month-long fright nights at the Evil Falls Haunted House. Hours are 7-11 PM, Oct. 31 and Nov 1. Admission is $10. For more details call 715-477-0808 or visit their website at www.evilfalls.com.
The Lions Club will be celebrating the 65th Hallogras Party at the Northland Pines Middle School from 6-8 PM on Oct. 31. This is an indoor Trick or Treat event.
There are no set community hours for Trick or Treat but it is asked that the goblins and ghosts visit only homes with the front porch lights on.
It’s almost inconceivable that St. Germain has lost another one of its community family members. Last night Jenny Craig Bernsteen died and we offer our deepest sympathies to her husband, Mark, her parents, Mary Anne and Mike Craig, her brothers and her whole family.
For those who weren’t fortunate enough to meet her, Jenny owned a hair salon in downtown St. Germain, Jenny’s Hair Design, on the corner of Holiday Dr. and Sunrise Ln. She ran the shop by herself and made it feel very homey. She always had a pot of coffee on to share with her customers or whoever stopped in for a visit.
Her shop was decorated in that cozy Northwoods style. She had a gorgeous scene comprised of miniature houses and greenery that she attributed to her mother’s hand. There were figurines and other decorative items that were gifts from her clientele/friends that filled the walls, shelves and corners in the shop.
She even had a small library of books she made avaialble to friends and her clientele. She would encourage people to drop off books they were finished with so there were always new selections to share.
It was almost never too early or too late for her to accommodate that last minute drop in appointment. She made sure that if it wasn’t possible for someone to get in when they wanted, she would find an equally good time for them to come in.
If Jenny knew the word for “No”, it was something she tucked wayyyyyy in the back of her vocabulary. She had many “adopted” moms in town, among them Marlene Bartelt, who also passed away a year and a half ago. Marlene lived across the street from Jenny’s shop and Jenny kept an eye out for Marlene and her critters.
She had many, many friends in town and had a knack for making each one of them feel like they were special in her life.