Pipes and nozzles for Ripon’s new splash pad wait to be unwrapped and squirt back as they sit in the rain May 17.  Maic D’Agostino photo by Maic D’Agostino A couple weeks ago, my 5-year-old daughter and I stepped outside on our way to school. “It’s warmer than I thought […]

Splash: Warm up to summer by cooling off in Laker ...

THE MUMM FAMILY of Ripon and others enjoy the musical offerings of a singer in downtown Ripon during the most recent “First Friday” event, held in early August.  Ian Stepleton file photo  By Ian Stepleton For years, when I’ve visited the town in which my parents live these days, I’ve […]

First Fridays looking up in downtown

A DAY OUT by the lake is a great way to enjoy the waning days of summer.     Green Laker file photo  By Ian Stepleton Ahhh … Labor Day is nearly here! Those two words inspire a variety of emotions in people. For you, maybe they bring thoughts of […]

How will you avoid labor on Labor Day?

CLYDE OLSON HANGS out on the lanes at his bowling alley, Prairie Lanes, back in 2010. It closed permanently recently as Clyde and wife Darlene have retired.       Jonathan Bailey photo  By Ian Stepleton Over the years, I’ve really tried to dedicate this space to telling you about […]

Say goodbye to two Laker country legends

THE GOOSE BLIND is owned by Mary Rowley, who is the current state Restaurateur of the Year.   Ian Stepleton photo by Ian Stepleton Let’s play a game. I’ll call it, “Can I make your mouth water?” Close your eyes, and imagine … … Fresh basil on a pizza. … […]

Chef Modrow, how does your garden grow?!

A SPEEDBOAT RACES past the Heidel House Resort & Spa. submitted photo by Ian Stepleton How did you first learn of Green Laker country? Was it from family, because they’ve always  come here? Was it from a friend, recommending a great place to go relax? Or, perhaps, have you been […]

Grand Canyon, Catskills … and Heidel House

STANDING NEXT TO the grave of War of 1812 Veteran Amos Dike are Princeton VFW members, from left, Vern Calbaum, Ken Licht, Jim Pifher, and Princeton VFW Commander Clint Rudesill. submitted photo by Ian Stepleton This may or may not be up your alley, but for a certain group — […]

Caring for the dead adds life to Princeton

A SPLASH PAD in Ripon will be among the new features visitors to the area will be able to enjoy by mid-summer at Riggs County Park. submitted graphic by Ian Stepleton Just a couple weeks ago, I was driving down Lake Street in Green Lake. It was an unusually still evening. […]

Green Lake Country cities (literally) will make a splash

HARVEST FEST PRINCESS and prince Felicia Ciukaj and Max Kelly wave to spectators in the hour-long parade while being driving by Lee Baird at Harvest Fest in Green Lake last year. Aaron Becker photo Laker communities have great events, activities planned by Ian Stepleton So long … farewell … It’s […]

Good-bye summer, hello to more fun

ABOVE, TUBERS Ariana Griffin, left, and Aiden Moreland smile in this photo shot by Amanda Moreland of Markesan. Many late photo contest entries don’t get published by Ian Stepleton One of my favorite parts about The Green Laker each summer is our photo contest. For the contest, we make a […]

Early birds get the shutterbugs?

HEIDEL HOUSE RESORT and spa managers Alex Jakovljevic and Craig Summers dive into Green Lake after Alex made an ill-advised friendly wager earlier this summer.  submitted photo Staff is having fun at Heidel House Resort & Spa by Ian Stepleton Dear guests to Green Laker country. I’ve got a secret […]

A safe bet

ARTISTS GATHER AT the Town Square co-op. Pictured are, from left, Tanya Schwartz-Roeper, Becky Andersen, Connie Willett and Kristian Andersen, all of Ripon.  Aaron Becker photo Town Square offers an alternative to the usual fare by Ian Stepleton Has it been a long summer? Have you spent too many hours […]

The cure for the creative itch

CHILDREN DASH IN for cookies during one of several cookie drops while at the 2014 Cookie Daze celebration.         Ian Stepleton photo It’s just another August in Green Laker country by Ian Stepleton Dear Green Lakers, welcome to festival season around Laker country! Historically, July isn’t a […]

Cookies, Cruizers, Vespas, Bands

CUSTOMERS AT chicken Scratch grin as they find goodies to take home with them.  submitted photo by Ian Stepleton It’s midsummer … time for a road trip! I’m not suggesting you should ditch Green Laker country to find fun elsewhere. In fact, a few local businesses have set up a […]

Area ‘social’ is a mid-summer day’s dream

FIREWORKS ARE LOADED onto a boat in preparation for launching them during a past Independence Day celebration.  submitted photo by Ian Stepleton This weekend, it’s time for us all to say, Happy Birthday, America! Many — maybe even most — of us will be celebrating this auspicious day in similar […]

Go 4th 4 fireworks fun on the 4thcoming 4th of ...

SAM LLANAS, A favorite at the Village Green Summer Concert Series, livens up the Village Green during his performance there in 2013. The former lead singer of the BoDeans will perform Friday, July 10 at 7 p.m.  Ian Stepleton photo by Ian Stepleton It’s summer! And, with the coming of […]

GL Country is alive, with the sound of (free!) music

(Hint: Look above this headline and add the words, ‘… into Summer’) STEVE GUTH AND Carrie Nolen, organizers of Splash into Summer in Green Lake, show off examples of the popcorn and “summer splashers” that will be given away June 13 at Playground Park. Ian Stepleton photo by Ian Stepleton It’s […]

What’s the name of Green Lake’s newest festival?!

by Ian Stepleton Ever been away for a week or two during the summer and said, “Gee, I wish I knew what was going on in Green Laker country these days.” Well, wonder no more! This week, we introduce our brand-spanking-new website, just for the Green Laker area: TheGreenLaker.com What […]

Get onboard with us, now online, too!

OTHER THAN SOUTH Lawson Drive in Green Lake, you shouldn’t have many problems getting around Laker country this summer. Aaron Becker photo by Ian Stepleton Welcome back, Lakers! I’ll bet you’re as excited for summer to get in gear as I am. It seems like it’s been ages since I wrote […]

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