ROCKTON -- Barn quilts aren’t just for barns anymore. If you don’t believe it, visit downtown Rockton.
The first barn quilt in the country was installed on an Ohio barn in 2001, and the colorful designs have swept through the Midwest ever since.
They are popular in the Stateline area, and the trend sees no sign of slowing down.
The Rockton Township Historical Society has a new twist on the trend, and since 2011 has installed barn quilts at several downtown businesses.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- “Music to me is like breathing,” said Ray Charles, American singer, musician and composer. “I don’t get tired of breathing. I don’t get tired of music.”
Almost everyone who breathes enjoys music -- whether that is listening to it, making it or moving to it. Of course, the style of music differs by person, peer group and regional and cultural affiliation.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Guitarist Jay Craggs has shared the stage, opened for or recorded with musicians as varied as Wynton Marsalis, Buddy Rich and Kansas. He’s also a self-described technology geek and has done sound engineering and studio work for dozens of performers, including Rush, Prince and David Bowie.
He still has a recording studio in the basement of his Whitewater home, but these days, he’s the facilities coordinator at the James R. Connor University Center at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, the school where he earned a degree in music education, and teaches an occasional class in audio recording for the communications department. He also plays with Cold Sweat and the Brew City Horns, an eight-piece band performing around Milwaukee, Chicago, Green Bay and Madison.
Photos by staff photographer Terry Mayer from the 2016 Darien Cornfest, with fireworks , parade, tractor pull , and corn.
BELOIT -- So what rocks in the city of Beloit? Orion Regenold of Boy Scout Troop 608 wants to find out.
For his Eagle Scout project, Regenold recently launched Beloit Rocks, where residents locate a decorated rock, take a photo of it, post it on the Beloit Rocks!! Facebook page and hide it in another location.