Update: The Light Up the Parks Holiday Parade has been rescheduled due to the weather forecast. The 2014 parade will be held Nov. 30. The story has been updated below.
With Thanksgiving on Thursday, the holiday season begins in earnest. For many of us, that means long shopping trips to load up on gifts, but it doesn’t all have to be all work and no play.
There is no better way to ring in the holiday season than to get out and experience the great seasonal events going on throughout the Stateline. Yes, meteorologists agree it will be cold, but this time of year relies on the warmth of family, community and hot chocolate. These things can be found in abundance at our top five holiday events this year.
BELOIT -- More than 1 million Germans celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall last Sunday, marking the symbolic end of the long Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union.
The wall, built in 1961 at the height of the Cold War, divided Berlin until coming down Nov. 9, 1989, paving the way for German reunification a year later.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Bill McCoy is happy to report that Delavan-area Salvation Army bell ringers raised $8,000 more in 2013 than they did in 2012.
STATELINE NEWS -- The next generation of "Shark Tank" entrepreneurs could very well come from Hononegah High School.
STATELINE NEWS-- When Veteran’s Day arrives next month, the country will again renew its pledge to our armed forces to never forget the sacrifice they’ve made for our country. While the day is marked to observe our many living veterans, sometimes the best way to do that is by helping them honor those that served beside them that didn’t make it home. This is the goal of the Wall of Faces project.
ELKHORN -- Linda Godfrey, a noted local investigator, author and artist, has written 16 books on strange creatures, phenomena and people. Residents will have the chance to enjoy a spooky, pre-Halloween evening with Godfrey at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Matheson Memorial Library community center.
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ELKHORN -- The Walworth County Association for the Prevention of Family Violence has signed on to a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell urging the league to take a leadership role in domestic violence prevention efforts.
"We asked them to come up with a strategy that shows this will not be accepted and puts it out there for America to see; this is a really important issue and you can help," said APFV Executive Director Heidi Lloyd. "It’s not just the players and what their expectations should be, but putting it out there for the fans, too."
STATELINE NEWS -- For the past several months, and for the next few to come, the partnership between AmeriCorps, the Rock County UW-Extension and the Farm to School, or F2S program, is ramping up its efforts in the Stateline.
The Beloit Fine Arts Incubator will feature the work of prolific local artist Marek Kossiba for the fourth time since 2002 starting Friday, Oct. 3.
The BFAI’s Kossiba exhibition, titled "With the Wind," will hold its opening activities from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., complete with a presentation by the artist, free admission and complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. The opening night is a great chance to meet Kossiba and discuss his work, but the exhibit will be on display until Oct. 31.
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"One of the goals of BFAI is to bring local art to the local population, and Marek is a prolific artist who works in a number of different styles," BFAI’s Ben Hawthorn said about the exhibition. "His artwork, specifically his abstract work, is very unique. But also his background is very unique compared to a lot of the local artists -- he’s a retired Polish merchant marine and he spent quite a number of years on the seas. His seascape paintings are just incredible, and that comes from his years in the service."
WHITEWATER -- As any NCAA Division III team can tell you, it’s bad enough playing against the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawks, currently ranked first in the division, on their home field, but nothing punctuates that feeling better than the booming cannon fire that erupts right after they’ve scored on you.
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Mike Lesko, affectionately known as "The Cannon Man," has been making that victory blast possible for the past 20 years. Lesko, at the command of his 2 1/2-inch-bore confederate mountain rifle replica, has fired a powerful 6-ounce gunpowder shot to celebrate every single Warhawks touchdown during a regular season home game over his long tenure as the team’s artilleryman. The university’s football tradition is so entrenched that it predates much of the current athletic department’s staff.