BEFORE THEY ENJOY birthday cake, Caestecker Public Library Director Linda DeNell, left, and library assistant Stephanie Osheim pay homage to the man who made possible the library’s beautiful, multi-faceted facility 25 years ago: Green Lake philanthropist Thomas E. Caestecker. Joe Schulz photo by Joe Schulz Twenty-five years ago, people stood […]

Get Your Popcorn Ready


ABOVE, DAWN Toman holds Kyliee Baumgarten’s hand while Kyliee gets a glitter tattoo from tattoo artist Teri Mandel a couple years ago during the annual “Splash into Summer” and Chalk Walk in downtown Green Lake. The two events have been combined the past few years, offering double fun for residents […]

Splash into summer with chalk, fun June 8



FROM LEFT, Maggie Klung, Allison Disch and Caroline Kluge created their brand MAC Chocolates as an acronym that combined the first letter of each of their names. MAC Chocolates had the opportunity to present its brand at the Maker Faire in Milwaukee. submitted photo by Joe Schulz This June, children in […]

Choc(olates) full of good ideas


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?


Danielle Boerson, right, sells fresh, certified-organic produce at the farmers market. submitted photo by Joe Schulz The Farmers Market at Town Square offers locally grown organic produce, handmade crafts from local artisans, ready-to-eat food and live music Friday afternoons. The market opened its summer season May 26 and will run […]

Blossoming to new heights



Joe Schulz hikes along a paved trail at the Green Lake Conference Center. submitted photo by Joe Schulz The official first day of summer is June 21, but you could say that my summer started a month early. For me, the summer began Monday, May 20 when some friends and I […]

Pay no attention to the lost hiker


KRISTIN AND DENNIS Galatowitsch sit in their new 2017 Airstream trailer, which they will rent through Airbnb and HomeAway to give others a one-of-a-kind glamping experience. submitted photo by Hannah Tetzlaff Traveling where the weather might take her, from visiting friends in Maine or skiing in Colorado. This is Kristin Galatowitsch’s […]

Splash: Looking for a one-of-a-kind experience? Try ‘glamping’



THE PRUNE DEMONSTRATES that he is not tire-d despite biking for 75 miles. submitted photo by Todd Sharp Three days before I’m getting ready for the weekend, ready to ride the Green Lake 100. I’ve anticipated that one year this ride will expand well beyond the organizers’ capacity to handle […]

The Prune: Green Lake 100 ride? Taxing, but not overwhelming


Clean Boats Clean Waters volunteers will be out at boat landings around the state, including Green Lake, helping boaters inspect their watercraft and prevent the spread of invasive species. submitted photo By Jennifer Fjelsted Once upon a time, someone took their boat out fishing. After watching their bobber in a standstill […]

Who’s writing the story on Green Lake? We are!



MIKE NORTON holds a 10-pound lake trout that he caught Friday, May 10. submitted photo       by Joe Schulz Big Green Lake What’s hot: Occasionally lake trout What’s not: Mostly all other fish Guide’s Corner: Dennis Walker, Dennis Walker Pontoon Guide Service on Big Green Lake, 294-0611 According to Walker, […]

Fishing remains on the slow side on Big Green


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



Riders of the Green Lake 100 can ride through scenic Green Lake country. by Joe Schulz Bikers of all skill levels may test their stamina Sunday, May 26 at the third-annual Green Lake 100 bike ride. The event features not only a bike ride around Green Lake, but participants also […]

Green Lake 100


MEMBERS OF MARKESAN Community Band play during a past June Dairy Days parade. submitted photo by Joe Schulz June Dairy Days will return Friday, June 7 to Sunday, June 9 at Hein Park and will feature live music, a parade, carnival games, and ample varieties and quantities of food. June […]

March into summer at June Dairy Days



FREELAND FILM FESTIVAL Event Coordinator Evelyn Galster points towards the Thrasher Opera House stage, which festival films will be screened. Joe Schulz photo by Joe Schulz Lights … Camera … Action! The Freeland Film Festival will bring stories to inspire back to Green Lake Friday, Sept. 13 to Sunday, Sept. […]

Stage is ready for another film festival


SASSAFRAS OWNER CARRIE Nolen holds up a set of keys for her coffee shop’s new home at 509 Mill St., Green Lake. Hannah Tetzlaff photo by Hannah Tetzlaff Several years ago before Guth’s Candy Shoppe was located at 509 Mill St., a barista got her start there at Sugar Lips, […]

No java jive: Coffee shop Sassafras is brewing up business ...



JOE SCHULZ TAKES a break from his bike ride around Green Lake by checking out what’s happening in the area. He is excited to be the one to tell readers what fun there is to do as the new Green Laker reporter. submitted photo by Joe Schulz Green Lake. Before […]

Pedaling toward a fun summer


LAYLA AND KYLER Gragg, both of Milwaukee, sit at a painting station during Green Lake’s Splash Into Summer last year. The event will return June 8. Ariana Hones photo by Hannah Tetzlaff I am not an early bird. I do not enjoy cracking my eyelids open before dawn. Instead, I […]

Splash: This summer’s dilemma: Too much to do, not enough ...



A SUNRISE OVER Green Lake brings the promise of a new day and with it, personal renewal. Jeremy Stibb photo by Todd Sharp I’ve been living on Kale, water and powdered amino acid for the past 10 days. Besides a few light-headed spells and seeing the occasional blue dots, I’m […]

The Prune: Summer knocks on the door, promising opportunity


Sections of vertical banks on Dakin Creek will be repaired or armored with re-purposed Christmas trees as part of the Green Lake Association’s “balsam for brookies” project. The Christmas trees protect stream banks and provide habitat for brook trout, a native species that has not been documented on this trout […]

GLA restores brook trout habitat in Dakin Creek