A FOOTBALL AUTOGRAPHED by the Green Bay Packers will be one of the silent auction items at this year’s Harvest Fest. The silent auction will run Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Joe Schulz photo by Joe Schulz At the end of September each year, more than 100 […]

Celebrate Fall at Harvest Fest

A GROUP OF golfers gather around a green at Mascoutin Golf Club. submitted photo by Joe Schulz During the summer months, the Green Lake area has a reputation of being a golf haven. Even after summer ends, golf enthusiasts still have plenty of time to hit the greens before courses close […]

Swinging For The Fall

THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER, readers have submitted their photos taken in the Green Lake area for the 2019 Green Laker Photo Contest. Above is the first place winner: Erica Downes Koch took this photo of her daughter, Raina Koch, 14, and Jade Collar, 14, holding hands as they jump into the sunset. […]

Green Lake leap year

ABOVE, Princeton Historical Society President Marj Mlodzik flips through a book inside the Princeton Historical Society Museum. Left, from left, Tina and Jon Zodrow buy 50/50 raffle tickets from Karen March and Mlodzik at the Princeton Flea Market. Joe Schulz photos by Joe Schulz Princeton Historical Society President Marj Mlodzik isn’t […]

History Buff

Folks participate in a papermaking workshop at last year’s festival. submitted photo by Joe Schulz Those coming to Town Square this October will be treated to a variety of new artwork. Arnold Grummer’s third-annual Midwest Paper Fest brings paper artists and art enthusiasts together Friday, Oct. 4 and Saturday, Oct. 5 […]

For the love of paper

Thrasher Opera House fills before the opening night’s film begins. Joe Schulz photo by Joe Schulz Cars lined Green Lake streets and the Thrasher Opera House was packed last week Friday for the return of the Freeland Film Festival. Event Coordinator Evelyn Galster noted festival attendance was better the second […]

Let the film roll

Green Laker reporter Joe Schulz bids farewell outside of his 2001 Oldsmobile, which he routinely used to go from Oshkosh to Green Lake. submitted photo by Joe Schulz When the summer began, I was glued to my GPS the entire drive to Green Lake. Now I could drive from Oshkosh to […]

Reporter waves farewell to GL Country

DREW ENDERS OF West Chicago races his girlfriend, Gina Graff of Bloomingdale, Ill., whose family has a house in Green Lake. The two enjoyed spending time on the ice during Thunderfest in February. Hannah Tetzlaff photo by Hannah Tetzlaff Summer is winding down but Green Laker country is gearing up. […]

Splash: Summer’s ending but the fun is just beginning!

by Todd Sharp I love to come home after a long bike ride on a hot day, take a cool shower and lay on the bed spread-eagle and allow the natural cooling effect of the evaporating residual water to work its magic… and if I’m lucky enough, nod off for […]

The Prune: Best-laid plans? They can wait for next summer

MIKE GEDVILLE WAITS for a fish to bite as his dog, Bella, watches intently in this 2019 Green Laker Photo Contest entry submitted by Kari Gedville of Lindenhurst, Ill.  by Joe Schulz Big Green Lake What’s hot: Lake trout and smallmouth bass What’s not: Northern pike and walleye Guide’s Corner: […]

Lake trout are among the best bites on Big Green

Thrasher Opera House staff and board members dress in Mardi Gras finery to encourage folks to come to the venue’s 2019 Party for the Arts Saturday, Sept. 21. Playing a jazz tune in front are, from left, Jason Menting, Roger Gundlach, Tim Lyke and Steve Yeomans. Full of nonsense behind […]

Bringing the party to Green Lake

Despite the amputation of his right forearm, Joel Schultz has spent his summer golfing at Tuscumbia Golf Course. Joe Schulz photo by Joe Schulz When golf enthusiast Joel Schultz lost the use of his hands in 2011 due to complications from a bypass surgery, he didn’t know if he would ever […]


The Freeland Film Festival’s Opening Night Film will be “Children of Bal Ashram,” with filmmaker Leonard Morris attending. Morris has been an advocate for children before Congress and internationally. Morris will be available for questions from the audience once the film ends. submitted photo by Joe Schulz Parked cars line the […]

Marching back to Green Lake

Lifelong photographers Suzette Allen and Jon Yoshinaga set up camp outside their 1985 13-foot camper trailer that they have affectionately dubbed “Bubble Trailer.” submitted photo by Joe Schulz Lifelong photographers and California natives Suzette Allen and Jon Yoshinaga embarked on a coast to coast tour of the United States Sept. 6. […]

Picture this

The Grand River Valley Museum opened its doors to the public in August 1991 and is open Saturdays through September from 1 to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Joe Schulz photo by Joe Schulz Since 1991, the Grand River Valley Museum has been giving the community a blast from Markesan’s past […]

Central station for history

AUTHOR DIANE EGBERT moved postcards she had collected for more than a dozen years from their binders into a new coffee-table book. Tim Lyke photo by Tim Lyke timl@riponprinters.com If a picture’s worth a thousand words, Diane Egbert’s new history of Green Lake has almost 180,000 words of value. About 180 […]

Postcards now GL history book

MIKE AND JILL Havey smile, happy to see more than 1,000 people in attendance at the 2019 Community Street Bash they sponsored. Joe Schulz photo by Joe Schulz A sea of people flooded Water Street, between the Dartford Mill Pond and Town Square, as music echoed for blocks serenading an […]

Thanks to Haveys, GL hosts largest street bash

Mary Lou Neubauer describes Lena Baker’s life as a socialite in the roaring ’20s. Joe Schulz photo by Joe Schulz On Saturday Aug. 24, I decided to watch tombstones come to life at the city of Princeton’s Guided Cemetery Walking Tour. I’ve always been a bit of a history nerd, so […]

Lessons from the grave

Rachel Johnson of Madison and Xi Chen of China enjoy their visit to Green Lake. by Hannah Tetzlaff As a foodie, I love to cook and taste new recipes. And after experimenting with gluten-free meals for a beloved family I know, I’ve become pretty good at improvising and mastering some […]

Splash: The recipe for happiness; ‘What makes YOU happy?’

THE EVER-LOYAL Max, used to sitting beneath the beacon tree as he waits for his 8-year-old master, stands guard next to a maple. submitted photo by Todd Sharp When I was 8, I occasionally would run off to our 18-tree orchard and climb up in the beacon apple tree to hide […]

The Prune: A beacon tree once shown light on Prune’s ...