AN INTIMATE CROWD gathers for a concert by Craig Baumann and the Story at the Thrasher Opera House. The opera house will be able to host up to 30 people who may not have reliable internet for a virtual game night fund-raiser. Ric Damm photo by Joe Schulz For more […]

Virtual Party for the Arts set for Oct. 16

SCHYLER GARZA, CO-OWNER of The Pad in Berlin, displays some of the pop culture memorabilia offered at the shop. Garza opened the Berlin location earlier this year with his lifelong friend, Peter Ozminkowski. Joe Schulz photo by Joe Schulz Schyler Garza and Peter Ozminkowski are lifelong friends, who have loved […]

Sharing a passion

Freeland Director Steve Galster discusses COVID-19’s link to wildlife trafficking during a global webinar in April that Freeland co-hosted with Foreign Correspondent Club of Thailand in Bangkok. by Joe Schulz This September, cars were set to line Green Lake streets as people walked between the Thrasher Opera House, Town Square […]

Freeland Film Fest at the touch of your hands

Among the classes will be cooking ones taught by celebrity chef Ace Champion (above). He is the host of Cook Like A. Champion,” which airs Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on CW 14 (WCWF-TV). Joe Schulz photo by Joe Schulz When Amy Reese became the program and event manager for Town Square […]

Town Square goes digital to provide community programming

The Craig Baumann & Joe Burbach Duo perform in front of a near empty crowd May 22 at Thrasher Opera House. Thrasher hasn’t been able to fill its 200-seat venue in months due to the coronavirus pandemic. To continue to provide music to the community, the opera house sends out […]

Feel good Friday’s

FIREWORKS ERUPT OVER Dartford Bay last year. As of right now, the Fourth of July celebration in Green Lake is still scheduled. Joe Schultz photo by Joe Schulz The coronavirus pandemic has forced event planners and community leaders across Green Lake County to tear up their initial plans for this summer. […]

Local leaders provide tourism outlook

  by Joe Schulz As the Green Lake community isolated at home and small businesses felt the strain of the coronavirus pandemic last month, Angela Zodrow concocted a plan that would give local residents something to do while supporting local businesses. Zodrow, an organizer for the “Green Lake WI Rocks” […]

Green Lake WI Rocks organize scavenger hunt to uplift spirits, ...

Levee Contemporary co-owner Andrew Blanchard has a tape measure in one hand and coffee in another as he prepares for the work that needed to be done to transform the space into what it is now, top. The space is described by its owners as “clean and comforting, offering a […]

A work of art

Folks of all ages gather behind Town Square for the grand opening of Mill Pond Terrace. Joe Schultz photo by Joe Schulz Folks of all ages gathered behind Town Square July 2 for Mill Pond Terrace’s grand opening. The celebration gave patrons their first look at the venue and conjoined […]

‘There’s so much joy with this project’

OUROBOROS’ Lead Guitarist Nick Czar rocks out. submitted photo by Joe Schulz After forming last fall, the 1970s inspired rock group Ouroboros is set to debut its first album Saturday, June 29 as part of the first-ever Wharf Fest at Deacon Mills Park. Wharf Fest is free with doors opening at […]

Ouroboros will rock Wharf Fest June 29

THE TOUR DE Ripon, which is organized by Advance Physical Therapy, rewards bicyclists for pedaling to local businesses. submitted photo by Joe Schulz Twenty-one local businesses are coming together to reward physical fitness all summer. The second annual Tour de Ripon is an event being put on by Advanced Physical Therapy […]

Biking for food & beverages

THE UNIVERSITY OF Wisconsin marching band performs for a full crowd at Deacon Mills Park in a recent year. The band will return Wednesday, July 10 and is one of many music options Green Lake has to offer this summer. submitted photo by Joe Schulz Music lovers can unplug their headphones […]

What’s that sound in Green Lake?

Irvin, left, greets former Executive Director Alan Hagstrom, who returned to Green Lake from Hugo, Minn. to honor his successor. by Joe Schulz Whether it’s a first date, performing with the Missoula Children’s Theatre or rocking out to Poco or Jim Messina, the Thrasher Opera House has been helping the […]

Building memories through music

by Hannah Tetzlaff Before ThunderBoss Bar & Grill in Green Lake was a twinkle in an eye, owners Chris Barbin and Lori Csaszar knew they wanted to create ThunderFest. “I’ve been on this project [planning ThunderFest] since November before we opened up the doors of ThunderBoss,” ThunderBoss head chef Trent […]

New festival thunders into Green Lake

Green Lake Community members work to decorate downtown Green Lake with festive fall decorations in preparation for the city’s biggest event of the year, Harvest Fest. Maic D’Agostino photo by Hannah Tetzlaff When the sky turns gray, the air becomes crisp and the trees are decorated in splashes of red, […]

Splash: End of summer? No worries! Fall fun has just ...

Members of the Davidson County band play the night away during last year’s Street Bash. submitted photo by Ariana Hones The last days of summer drenched in a Green Lake atmosphere of camaraderie and music. The Mill Pond-lined streets blocked off as hundreds flock for a final evening of jubilee. […]

A bash to remember

Dan Solberg REMOVES a pizza from a wood fire at Vines & Rushes Winery. The pizza stove, which bakes pizzas at 750 degrees, was imported to Vines & Rushes from a father-son business in Salerno, Italy. Ariana Hones photo by Ariana Hones The year was 2007. Ryan Prellwitz, a Ripon […]

No sour grapes at Vines & Rushes

Performing Native American folk music before the start of “The Last Animals” are, from left, Annie Humphrey, Wade and Quintin Fernandez. Ariana Hones photo by Ariana Hones What invokes dialogue? What inspires action? These questions served as guide for the creation of “The Last Animals,” the premiere film of the […]

White Rhi-no!

FREELAND FILM FESTIVAL Event and Development Coordinator Evelyn Galster shows off her director’s chair in front of the festival’s headquarters: Town Square. For more information on the event, see the story on pages 14-15 of the Green Laker Issue 1. Reagan Zimmerman photo by Ariana Hones Green Lake will soon […]

Lights, Camera, Action

Event Coordinator Evelyn Galster shows off her Freeland Film Festival director’s chair in front of the future festival headquarters: Town Square. Reagan Zimmerman photo by Reagan Zimmerman Green Lake has a population of 952. The world has a population of 7.5 billion. Little Green Lake hopes to make a big […]

Script coming together for Freeland Film Festival