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Thursday, 10 August 2017 00:00

Black Point hosts plein air art event

LAKE GENEVA--Black Point Estate and Gardens is hosting its inaugural Plein Air Art invitational on Friday, Sept. 1. Visitors may choose one of two sessions, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. or from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A trolley will depart from Reek School, W4094 South Lakeshore Drive, Lake Geneva.

This event will feature live painting by Mary Beth Bellon, Bethann Handzlik, Martha Hayden, Frankie Johnson, Gary Kincaid, Nancy Newcomb, Cora Rafe, and Thomas Trausch.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Vacationing tourists are starting to fill Walworth County, and Black Point Estate and Gardens is ready to welcome them. Of course, Black Point has been opening its doors to guests for well over a century.

This season visitors will see a major restoration of the covered veranda that wraps around the house after it was meticulously rebuilt from top to bottom.

WALWORTH COUNTY TODAY -- Black Point Estate is partnering with Horticultural Hall once again on their popular winter lecture series, Veranda Views from the Hall. Kicking off the series this year is a program by Wisconsin author and storyteller Rochelle Pennington on the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald .

No other Great Lakes shipwreck is more well-known than the Edmund Fitzgerald, which disappeared into a stormy Lake Superior on Nov. 10, 1975, when wind gusts peaked at nearly 100 miles per hour and waves reached the height of three-story buildings. The Edmund Fitzgerald remains the largest shipwreck on the Great Lakes.

Pennington delves into the various theories and opposing views of dive detectives who are still trying to solve the mystery of what led to the demise of the 29-man crew.

Audience members will be led from the launch of the ship to its final radio broadcasts, and from the Fitz's discovery on Superior's bottom to the raising of artifacts from its watery grave.

This program also includes a complete circle tour of Lake Superior's extraordinary shorelines.

Pennington is an award-winning newspaper columnist and bestselling author of ten books including "Highlighted in Yellow" co-authored with H. Jackson Brown, "The Historic Christmas Tree Ship," "An Old-Fashioned Christmas," and more. Her work has been included in multiple bestselling series over the past two decades.

“Rochelle is both a lively storyteller and an entertaining lecturer so we are thrilled to bring her back to the Lake Geneva area,” Black Point Director David Desimone was quoted as saying in a news release.. “Last year’s program on maritime archeology drew over 150 people and we expect a similar turn out for this program on the fascinating story of the Fitzgerald."

Additional programs in this year’s series include Doll Play, A History of Doll Houses with Wisconsin Historical Society curator Leslie Bellais; Wisconsin Supper Clubs with author Mary Bergin and filmmaker Holly Deruter; Pabst: The Man and The Mansion with Pabst Mansion executive director John C. Eastberg and The Impact of World War One on Milwaukee with Milwaukee County Historical Society archivist, Kevin Abing. More information about each event will be released as the program date approaches.

If you go

When: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016
 
Cost: $5. Reservations can be made by calling Black Point Estate at 262-248-1888.
 
Where: Horticultural Hall, 330 Broad Street, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin 53147
 
For more information on any of these programs, please visit Black Point Estate at www.blackpointestate.org. To purchase tickets please call 262-248-1888.

LAKE GENEVA -- "What gets saved is often more by chance than by merit, and I think that’s true whether it’s buildings or photographs," says David Desimone, the director of Black Point Estate, the Queen Anne-style summer home of 19th-century Chicago beer baron Conrad Seipp, that lies along the shores of Geneva Lake.

Desimone became director of the Wisconsin historical site in 2013, some eight years after the property was donated to the state by a Seipp descendant.

Friday, 11 December 2015 11:22

Putting winter weather in perspective

JANESVILLE MESSENGER --  Other than the snowstorm that quickly moved through the area last month, the weather of late has been anything but winterlike.

That’s been no surprise to John Frye, associate geography professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, who said a strong El Niño weather system is enveloping the northern states this winter.

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