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Friday, June 23

Trinadora's U.S. Roots music, June 23, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Stockholm Inn, 2420 Charles St. Rockford

Old Time Radio Show, June 23, at 7 p.m., Phoenix Park Bandshell, 407 N. Seventh St., Delavan. PhoenixParkBandShell.com

The Holton Band, June 23, at 7:30 p.m. Sunset Park Band Shell, 200 Devendorf St., Elkhorn.

Ken Curtis, June 23, at 7 p.m., Northleaf Winery, 232 S. Janesville St., Milton. 608-580-0575, NorthleafWinery.com

Open mic, June 23, and every Friday, from 7 p.m. to midnight, Hilltop International Pub, 121 E. Milwaukee St., Janesville. 608-290-2769.

Classic rock live music Fridays, June 23, from 8:30 p.m.., Grand Avenue Pub, 132 W. Grand Ave., Beloit. 608-312-2363

The Home Fires, June 23, from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Cafe Carpe, 18 S. Water St. West, Fort Atkinson. 920-563-9391, CafeCarpe.com

Bobby Way performs June 23, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., on the patio, Evergreen Country Club, N6246 U.S. Highway 12, Elkhorn. 262-723-5722

Elmer and the Ceramic Trees, June 23, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., public event, Main Stage at Voigt Music Center, 34 S. Main St., Janesville.608-756-0081, VoigtMusic.com

Harlan Jefferson, Music at Harry’s Place, June 23, at 7 p.m. Harry Moore Pavilion, Riverside Park, Beloit. 608-362-0964, FriendsOfRiverfront.com

Genevieve Howard, June 23, at 7 p.m., Burlington Coffee House, 492 N. Pine St., Burlington. 262-661-4394, BurlingtonCoffeeHouse.com

Gary the Band June 23, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Merrill and Houston’s, 500 Pleasant St., Beloit. 608-313-0700, merrillandhoustons.com

Tom Stanfield, June 23, and every Friday from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Bar West, The Abbey Resort, 269 Fontana Blvd., Fontana. 262-275-9084, TheAbbeyResort.com

Back 40 Band, variety band, June 23, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Janesville Moose Club, 2701 Rockport Road, Janesville

 

Friday-Saturday, June 23-24

Diane Lewis, June 23-24, and every Friday and Saturday, at 6:30 p.m., Grandview Restaurant, Geneva Inn, N2009 S. Lake Shore Drive, Lake Geneva, 262-248-5680

 

Saturday, June 24

David Noll, June 24, from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Cafe Carpe, 18 S. Water St. West, Fort Atkinson. 920-563-9391,           CafeCarpe.com

Carole and the DV8’s, blues, rock and R&B, June 24, 8 p.m. to midnight, The Elkhorn Saloon 9 E. Walworth St. Elkhorn

The Windbreakers, June 24, at 7 p.m., Phoenix Park Bandshell, 407 N. Seventh St., Delavan. PhoenixParkBandShell.com

John Stano, June 24, at 7 p.m., Burlington Coffee House, 492 N. Pine St., Burlington. 262-661-4394, BurlingtonCoffeeHouse.com

Song Sisters, June 24, at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) ??Concerts On The Creek, 4500 Spring Creek Road, Rockford, 815-877-2576, SpringCreekUCC.org

John Stano, June 24, at 7 p.m., Burlington Coffee House, 492 N. Pine St., Burlington. 262-661-4394, BurlingtonCoffeeHouse.com

Sipos & Young Band, June 24, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Studio Winery, 401 Sheridan Springs Road, Lake Geneva. 262-348-9100, StudioWinery.com

Tom Stanfield, June 24, and every Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., 240 West, and from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. in Bar West at The Abbey Resort, 269 Fontana Blvd., Fontana. 262-275-9084, TheAbbeyResort.com

   Live jazz band, June 24, and every Saturday, from 7 p.m. to midnight, Hilltop International Pub, 121 E. Milwaukee St., Janesville. 608-290-2769.

Saturday music, June 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Katie’s Cup, 502 Seventh St., Rockford, Illinois. 815-986-0628, Facebook.com/KatiesCup

Quackenbush Music, plays Jazz, blues, vintage tunes June 24, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., on the deck, Boathouse Bar and Grill, N2062 South Lake Shore Dive, Lake Geneva. 262-814-4124

Trinadora's U.S. Roots music, June 24, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Books On First, 202 W. First St., Dixon

Live music Saturdays, June 24, at 9 p.m.., Grand Avenue Pub, 132 W. Grand Ave., Beloit. 608-312-2363

Karaoke, June 24, and every Saturday, 9 p.m. till close, Snug Harbor, W7772 Wisconsin Parkway on Turtle Lake, Delavan. 608-883-6999

Terry Sweet, June 24, and every Saturday, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Frontier Restaurant, Lake Lawn Resort, 2400 E. Geneva St, Delavan. 262-728-7950

Tracy Beck, June 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., The Bottle Shop, 617 W. Main St., Lake Geneva, 847-712-9687, TheBottleShopLakeGeneva.com

SongSisters perform at Concerts on the Creek series, June 24, 7 p.m., Spring Creek UCC, 4500 Spring Creek Road, Rockford. 815-877-2576

Mike Stone Trio, June 24, from 8 p.m. to midnight, Ollie's, 7305 McHenry St., Burlington

 

Sunday, June 25

Mike Stone Trio, June 25, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., The Abbey Resort, Burning Down the Docks, Fontana

Sunday afternoon music June 25 from 3:30 p.m.., Grand Avenue Pub, 132 W. Grand Ave., Beloit. 608-312-2363

Live music, June 25, with Lisvette Duran at 2 p.m., Los Amales de Tejano at 3 p.m., Phoenix Park Bandshell, 407 N. Seventh St., Delavan. PhoenixParkBandShell.com

 

Monday, June 26

Blue Monday: Dave Potter with open jam night, June 26 at 6:30 p.m., Grand Avenue Pub, 132 Grand Ave., Beloit. DavePotterMusic.net

Monday Night Open Jam, June 26, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., all ages welcome, Main Stage at Voigt Music Center, 34 S. Main St., Janesville.608-756-0081, VoigtMusic.com

 

Tuesday, June 27

Adult Conversation/Blues & Jazz, June 27 at 7:30 p.m., featuring Big Mac, Grand Avenue Pub, 132 W. Grand Ave., Beloit. 608-312-2363

Birddog Blues, Main Street Entertainment, June 27, 7 p.m., Lower Courthouse Park, 51 S. Main St., Janesville. Rain location: Janesville Senior Center, 69 S. Water St. 608-755-3030

 

Wednesday, June 28

Groove Hotel, June 28, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (music starts at 6 p.m.), Rockton River Market, Settler’s Park, on East Harwick Street, one block off Main Street, downtown Rockton

Open mic night, June 28, at 7 p.m., featuring Russ Doeil and friends — all local talent welcome, Grand Avenue Pub, 132 W. Grand Ave., Beloit. 608-312-2363

Trinadora Duo featuring Ron Holm and Jannie Nelson, June 28, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., One Spirit Center, 1801 Charles Street, Rockford. 815-979-1949, Trinadora.com

Glenn Davis, June 28, and every Wednesday, 8:45 p.m. to midnight, blues jam, Harry’s Place, 808 W. Main St., Lake Geneva. 262-248-3494

Dave Potter Trio, June 28, and every Wednesday, from 7 p.m to 10 p.m., O’Riley and Conway’s, 214 W. Milwaukee St., Janesville. DavePotterMusic.net

Un-Hich’d, June 28, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., B.J. Wentker’s Fine Dining, 230 Milwaukee Ave., Burlington, 262-767-1514, BJWentkers.com, UnHichD.com

David HB?Drake presents music and storytelling program, June 28, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., and a Wiscon-Sing for all ages at 6:30 p.m.. Burlington Memorial Library,166 E. Jefferson St. Burlington. 262-763-7623.

 

Thursday, June 29

Mike Stone Trio, June 29, from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., Bar 240 West at the Abbey Resort, Fontana

   East Troy Community Band, a Patriotic concert, Thursday Night on the Square, June 29, at 7:30 p.m., on the square, County Highway ES and Wisconsin Highway 120, East Troy.

Main Street Big Band, June 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Savory Sounds concert, with lunch available, held at the Birge Fountain in front of the Cultural Arts Center, 402 W. Main St., Whitewater.

The Boogie Men, June 29, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monona Terrace, One John Nolen Drive, Madison, 608-261-4000, MononaTerrace.com

Patriotic concert with the East Troy Community Band, June 29, at 7:30 p.m., East Troy çoncerts on the Square, highways ES?and 120, downtown East Troy.  

Blues and BBQ?Night with Glenn Davis and Pops Fletcher, Thursdays, June 29, from 7 p.m to 10 p.m.., Grand Avenue Pub, 132 W. Grand Ave., Beloit. 608-312-2363

Open mic night, June 29, and every Thursday, with 6 p.m. signup, music from 6:30 p.m. through 9 p.m., Burlington Coffee House, 492 N.         Pine St., Burlington. 262-661-4394

Monday Morning Dixie Band, June 29, and every Thursday, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Fibs, 105 W. Main St., Rockton, Illinois. 815-624-6018, MrFIBS.net

Jack Williams, June 29, from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Cafe Carpe, 18 S. Water St. West, Fort Atkinson. 920-563-9391, CafeCarpe.com

 

Friday, June 30

Tricia Alexander, Donna Frost, Cassandra Vohs-Demann, June 30, from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Cafe Carpe, 18 S. Water St. West, Fort Atkinson. 920-563-9391, CafeCarpe.com

Joey LaVie performs June 30, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., on the patio, Evergreen Country Club, N6246 U.S. Highway 12, Elkhorn. 262-723-5722

Music at Harry’s Place Little Vito & the Torpedoes, June 30, at 7 p.m. Harry Moore Pavilion, Riverside Park, Beloit. 608-362-0964, FriendsOfRiverfront.com

Parkside Range, June 30, at 7 p.m., Burlington Coffee House, 492 N. Pine St., Burlington. 262-661-4394, BurlingtonCoffeeHouse.com

The Holton Band, June 30, at 7:30 p.m. Sunset Park Band Shell, 200 Devendorf St., Elkhorn.

Trinadora's U.S. Roots music, June 30, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., McEachran Winery, 1917 Wyman School Road, Caledonia

   Rainbow Bridge, variety band, June 30, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Janesville Moose Club, 2701 Rockport Road, Janesville

All Hopes Deceit, June 30, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., public event, Main Stage at Voigt Music Center, 34 S. Main St., Janesville.608-756-0081, VoigtMusic.com

Open mic, June 30, and every Friday, from 7 p.m. to midnight, Hilltop International Pub, 121 E. Milwaukee St., Janesville. 608-290-2769.

Classic rock live music Fridays, June 30, from 8:30 p.m.., Grand Avenue Pub, 132 W. Grand Ave., Beloit. 608-312-2363

Steve and Theresa Doiel, June 30, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Merrill and Houston’s, 500 Pleasant St., Beloit. 608-313-0700, merrillandhoustons.com

Bill Hill, June 30, at 7 p.m., Northleaf Winery, 232 S. Janesville St., Milton. 608-580-0575, NorthleafWinery.com

Tom Stanfield, June 30, and every Friday from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Bar West, The Abbey Resort, 269 Fontana Blvd., Fontana. 262-275-9084, TheAbbeyResort.com

Quackenbush Music plays jazz/ easy listening, June 30, 5 p.m. till 8 p.m., Geneva Inn N2009 South Shore Drive, Lake Geneva 262-248-5680

 

Friday-Saturday, June 30-July 1

Diane Lewis, June 30-July 1, and every Friday and Saturday, at 6:30 p.m., Grandview Restaurant, Geneva Inn, N2009 S. Lake Shore Drive, Lake Geneva, 262-248-5680

 

Saturday, July 1

Tom Stanfield, July 1, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., 240 West, and from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. in Bar West at The Abbey Resort, 269 Fontana Blvd., Fontana. 262-275-9084, TheAbbeyResort.com

Hobie and the Leftovers, blues and funk, July 1, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Studio Winery, 401 Sheridan Springs Road, Lake Geneva. 262-348-9100, StudioWinery.com

   Live jazz band, July 1,from 7 p.m. to midnight, Hilltop International Pub, 121 E. Milwaukee St., Janesville. 608-290-2769.

Karaoke, July 1, 9 p.m. till close, Snug Harbor, W7772 Wisconsin Parkway on Turtle Lake, Delavan. 608-883-6999

Terry Sweet, July 1, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Frontier Restaurant, Lake Lawn Resort, 2400 E. Geneva St, Delavan. 262-728-7950

Trinadora's Jazz and Blues. July 1, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Baci's Kitchen 2990 N. Perryville Road, Rockford IL

Sweet Adelines, July 1, at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) ??Concerts On The Creek, 4500 Spring Creek Road, Rockford, 815-877-2576, SpringCreekUCC.org

Palmyra/Eagle Community Band, July 1, at 7 p.m., Phoenix Park Bandshell, 4m07 N. Seventh St., Delavan. PhoenixParkBandShell.com

Mike Stone Trio, July 1, at 9 p.m., DJ's Inn the Drink, W3860 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Geneva

John Ludy Puleo, July 1, at 4:30 P.M., ars Resort Shore Bar, W4098 South Shore Drive, Lake Geneva

Mark Dvorak and Kaia Fowler, July 1, at 7 p.m., Burlington Coffee House, 492 N. Pine St., Burlington. 262-661-4394, BurlingtonCoffeeHouse.com

 

Sunday, July 2

Mike Stone Trio, July 2, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tammy's Pizza & Pasta, 6817 State Park Road, Spring Grove, llinois

Jack Farina Big Band, plays for Sunday dance, July 2, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Birch Room ?(former Marine Corps League) Beloit.

Reverend Raven &?the Chainsmoking Alterboys, July 2, at 3 p.m., Phoenix Park Bandshell, 407 N. Seventh St., Delavan. PhoenixParkBandShell.com

Jack Farina Big Band, plays for Sunday dance, July 2, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Birch Room ?(former Marine Corps League) Beloit.

 

Monday, July 3

Monday Night Open Jam, July 3, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., all ages welcome, Main Stage at Voigt Music Center, 34 S. Main St., Janesville.608-756-0081, VoigtMusic.com

Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra Independence Day concert, July 3, 6:30 p.m., Courthouse Park, 51 S. Main St., Janesville. Free. BYO chairs. BeloitJanesvilleSymphony.org.

Friday, 16 June 2017 09:04

Young racer learning fast

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WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Ava Hanssen already has made winning circles around the Midwest her second home. And she doesn’t turn 7 until July 15.

The Elkhorn youngster began racing snowmobiles and go-karts at age 4.

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Growing up east of Janesville’s Traxler Park, Rob Bier, 51, explored the city by bike, stopping to hike along the banks of the Rock River downtown where the foundations of a brick building stood, or trek wooded lots dotted with old bottles behind Mercy Hospital or the ice arena.

Years later, as he learned more about the city’s past, he realized his childhood adventures shared a common denominator.

Friday, June 9

Lara Bell, June 9, at 7 p.m., Burlington Coffee House, 492 N. Pine St., Burlington. 262-661-4394, BurlingtonCoffeeHouse.com

Open mic, June 9, and every Friday, from 7 p.m. to midnight, Hilltop International Pub, 121 E. Milwaukee St., Janesville. 608-290-2769.

Tom Stanfield, June 9, and every Friday from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Bar West, The Abbey Resort, 269 Fontana Blvd., Fontana. 262-275-9084, TheAbbeyResort.com

Mike Williamson, June 9, and the first, second, third Friday of every month, The Butterfly, 5246 E. County Highway X, Beloit. 608-362-8577

Saturday, June 10

Kayla Arbet and the Rogue Hounds, June 10, at 7 p.m., Burlington Coffee House, 492 N. Pine St., Burlington. 262-661-4394, BurlingtonCoffeeHouse.com

Tom Stanfield, June 10, and every Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., 240 West, and from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. in Bar West at The Abbey Resort, 269 Fontana Blvd., Fontana. 262-275-9084, TheAbbeyResort.com

Karaoke, June 10, and every Saturday, 9 p.m. till close, Snug Harbor, W7772 Wisconsin Parkway on Turtle Lake, Delavan. 608-883-6999

Terry Sweet, June 10, and every Saturday, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Frontier Restaurant, Lake Lawn Resort, 2400 E. Geneva St, Delavan. 262-728-7950

Emily Hurd, June 10, at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) ??Concerts On The Creek, 4500 Spring Creek Road, Rockford, 815-877-2576, SpringCreekUCC.org

Sunday, June 11

Trinadora's U.S. Roots, June 11, 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., Firehouse Pub,10670 Main St., Roscoe

Monday, June 12

Blue Monday: Dave Potter with Quique Gomez, June 12, at 6:30 p.m., Grand Avenue Pub, 132 Grand Ave., Beloit. DavePotterMusic.net

Monday Night Open Jam, June 12, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., all ages welcome, Main Stage at Voigt Music Center, 34 S. Main St., Janesville.608-756-0081, VoigtMusic.com

Readers Theater, June 12, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., held on the second Monday of the month, featuring actors reading from African American plays and literature, at the The Listening Room at JustGoods Fair Trade Marketplace, 201 Seventh St., Rockford, Illinois. 815-965-8903

Wednesday, June 14

Open mic night, June 14, at 7 p.m., featuring Russ Doeil and friends — all local talent welcome, Grand Avenue Pub, 132 W. Grand Ave., Beloit. 608-312-2363

Glenn Davis, June 14, and every Wednesday, 8:45 p.m. to midnight, blues jam, Harry’s Place, 808 W. Main St., Lake Geneva. 262-248-3494

Dave Potter Trio, June 14, and every Wednesday, from 7 p.m to 10 p.m., O’Riley and Conway’s, 214 W. Milwaukee St., Janesville. DavePotterMusic.net

Bill Vink, June 14, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., B.J. Wentker’s Fine Dining, 230 Milwaukee Ave., Burlington, 262-767-1514, BJWentkers.com

Peter Mulvey, Bill Camplin, Sista Strings,?June 14, from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Cafe Carpe, 18 S. Water St. West, Fort Atkinson. 920-563-9391, CafeCarpe.com

Thursday, June 15

Hitunauts, aka the occasional quartet, June 15, from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Cafe Carpe, 18 S. Water St. West, Fort Atkinson. 920-563-9391,           CafeCarpe.com

Transit Authority, June 15, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monona Terrace, One John Nolen Drive, Madison, 608-261-4000, MononaTerrace.com

East Troy Community Band, Thursday Night on the Square, June 15, at 7:30 p.m., on the square, County Highway ES and Wisconsin Highway 120, East Troy.

Blues and BBQ?Night with Glenn Davis and Pops Fletcher, Thursdays, June 15, from 7 p.m to 10 p.m.., Grand Avenue Pub, 132 W. Grand Ave., Beloit. 608-312-2363

Carl Cole &?Co., June 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Savory Sounds concert, with lunch available, held at the Birge Fountain in front of the Cultural Arts Center, 402 W. Main St., Whitewater.

Open mic night, June 15, and every Thursday, with 6 p.m. signup, music from 6:30 p.m. through 9 p.m., Burlington Coffee House, 492 N. Pine St., Burlington. 262-661-4394

Monday Morning Dixie Band, June 15, and every Thursday, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Fibs, 105 W. Main St., Rockton, Illinois. 815-624-6018, MrFIBS.net

Tyler Farr/Walker McGuire, Main Stage, June 15, 8 p.m., Old Settler’s Days, Rockton, Illinois. OldSettlersDays.com

Friday, June 16

Open mic, June 16, and every Friday, from 7 p.m. to midnight, Hilltop International Pub, 121 E. Milwaukee St., Janesville. 608-290-2769.

The Cinamunks, June 16, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., public event, Main Stage at Voigt Music Center, 34 S. Main St., Janesville.608-756-0081, VoigtMusic.com

Kassi Ashton, The Cadillac Three, Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibbles Jr., Main Stage, June 16, 7:30 p.m., Old Settler’s Days, Rockton, Illinois. OldSettlersDays.com

Hitunauts, aka the occasional quartet, June 16, from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Cafe Carpe, 18 S. Water St. West, Fort Atkinson. 920-563-9391,           CafeCarpe.com

Kassi Ashton, The Cadillac Three, Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibbles Jr., Main Stage, June 16, 7:30 p.m., Old Settler’s Days, Rockton, Illinois. OldSettlersDays.com

The Holton Band, June 16, at 7:30 p.m. Sunset Park Band Shell, 200 Devendorf St., Elkhorn.

Stateline Playboys, polka band, June 16, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Janesville Moose Club, 2701 Rockport Road, Janesville

Classic rock live music Fridays, June 16, from 8:30 p.m.., Grand Avenue Pub, 132 W. Grand Ave., Beloit. 608-312-2363

Duane Worden, June 16, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Merrill and Houston’s, 500 Pleasant St., Beloit. 608-313-0700, merrillandhoustons.com

Tom Stanfield, June 16, and every Friday from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Bar West, The Abbey Resort, 269 Fontana Blvd., Fontana. 262-275-9084, TheAbbeyResort.com

John Ludy Puleo entertains for Dine & Dance, June 16, beginning at 5:30 p.m., Rosewood, 2484 County Highway O, Delavan. 262-725-7286, RosewoodWI.com

Mike Williamson, June 16, and the first, second, third Friday of every month, The Butterfly, 5246 E. County Highway X, Beloit. 608-362-8577

Friday-Saturday, June 16-17

Diane Lewis, June 16-17, and every Friday and Saturday, at 6:30 p.m., Grandview Restaurant, Geneva Inn, N2009 S. Lake Shore Drive, Lake Geneva, 262-248-5680

Saturday, June 17

Tom Stanfield, June 17, and every Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., 240 West, and from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. in Bar West at The Abbey Resort, 269 Fontana Blvd., Fontana. 262-275-9084, TheAbbeyResort.com

Trinadora's U.S. Roots music, June !7, 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., Boone County Fairgrounds, 8791 Illinois HIghway 76, Belvidere

Live jazz band, June 17, and every Saturday, from 7 p.m. to midnight, Hilltop International Pub, 121 E. Milwaukee St., Janesville. 608-290-2769.

Hitunauts, aka the occasional quartet, June 17, from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Cafe Carpe, 18 S. Water St. West, Fort Atkinson. 920-563-9391,           CafeCarpe.com

Jackie Lee/Jake Owens, Main Stage, June 17, 8:45 p.m., Old Settler’s Days, Rockton, Illinois. OldSettlersDays.com

Saturday music, June 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Katie’s Cup, 502 Seventh St., Rockford, Illinois. 815-986-0628, Facebook.com/KatiesCup

Live music, June 17, and every Saturday, at 7 p.m., Burlington Coffee House, 492 N. Pine St., Burlington. 262-661-4394, BurlingtonCoffeeHouse.com

Live music Saturdays, June 17, at 9 p.m.., Grand Avenue Pub, 132 W. Grand Ave., Beloit. 608-312-2363

Karaoke, June 17, and every Saturday, 9 p.m. till close, Snug Harbor, W7772 Wisconsin Parkway on Turtle Lake, Delavan. 608-883-6999

Terry Sweet, June 17, and every Saturday, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Frontier Restaurant, Lake Lawn Resort, 2400 E. Geneva St, Delavan. 262-728-7950

Frank & Co. band playing June 17, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Janesville Farmers Market on Main Street, downtown Janesville.

Dennis Johnson (Two Less Tenors), June 17, at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) ??Concerts On The Creek, 4500 Spring Creek Road, Rockford, 815-877-2576, SpringCreekUCC.org

Beats, Rhythm and Soul Showcase, June 17, fundraiser, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., public event, Main Stage at Voigt Music Center, 34 S. Main St., Janesville. Three age groups.?Signup:?608-756-0081, VoigtMusic.com

Jackie Lee/Jake Owens, Main Stage, June 17, 8:45 p.m., Old Settler’s Days, Rockton, Illinois. OldSettlersDays.com

Music on the Patio, June 17-18, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., The Waterfront Restaurant on Brown’s Lake, 31100 Weiler Road, Burlington. 262-763-9989

Sunday, June 18

Sunday afternoon music June 18, from 3:30 p.m.., Grand Avenue Pub, 132 W. Grand Ave., Beloit. 608-312-2363

Peter, Paul, Willy and Billy, June 18, from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Cafe Carpe, 18 S. Water St. West, Fort Atkinson. 920-563-9391,CafeCarpe.com

Smithfield/Trace Adkins, Main Stage, June 18, 6:45 p.m., Old Settler’s Days, Rockton, Illinois. OldSettlersDays.com

Monday, June 19

Blue Monday: Dave Potter with Lil’ Davy Max, June 19, at 6:30 p.m., Grand Avenue Pub, 132 Grand Ave., Beloit. DavePotterMusic.net

Monday Night Open Jam, June 19, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., all ages welcome, Main Stage at Voigt Music Center, 34 S. Main St., Janesville.608-756-0081, VoigtMusic.com

TOWN OF LYONS — It’s a dueling exercise of labor and love. Kayaking creates a physically challenging activity but offers a soothing mental break from work and life’s daily grind.

Several Walworth County residents said that combination is what keeps them searching for any excuse to hit area waterways.

Lyons Township resident Jack Hawkins turns 80 in July and isn’t about to quit paddling.

“I started kayaking in the early 1990s before it really became a popular sport in the Midwest,” Hawkins said.He has been active all of his life, whether downhill skiing, sailboating, hiking, fly fishing or working as a ski patroller, a role he played for 15 years at the American Birkebeiner and at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

The Illinois native moved to Walworth County nearly 20 years ago and owns a place in Door County, a frequent destination to quench his kayaking thirst.

However, much of his time is spent on Geneva Lake.

“ClearWater Outdoor does a social paddle Monday mornings … we usually hit the water by 8 and are off the lake by 10,” Hawkins said of beating the heavy boat traffic of the county’s largest and busiest lake. “Sometimes I’ll start at Big Foot Beach and go to the north shore and back, about a 7-mile roundtrip. You get quite a workout.”

But that’s nothing new for Hawkins.

“I’ve always been a ‘quiet’ sports kind of guy,” Hawkins said of his many outdoor recreational pursuits. “I was trying to decide which kind of watercraft that I would get more use out of.”

Kayaking it was. And now Hawkins proudly talks about the three wooden kayaks — 12-, 14- and 18-footers — he has built himself.

“I like the idea of using something that’s self-propelled but light enough that, unlike a canoe, I can maneuver myself,” he said. “Although, it feels at least 5 pounds heavier every time.

“It’s fun zipping around to all the different places, maybe stopping somewhere for lunch,” he said of his many Geneva Lake excursions.

“It gives you different looks and perspectives. They’re all challenging, but yet they’re refreshing. It’s nice to have something close by like this.”

Picking up the paddles

Polly Marzahl and her husband, Jim, took up kayaking about three years ago thanks to CSI Media co-worker Katie Busateri.

“Katie posted a picture on Facebook with her feet sticking up with lily pads and everything in the background … it was such a pretty picture, and the next day I said, ‘I can do that. I want to do that,’” Marzahl said.

“We went out with them and floated around Lake Comus and loved it … then we bought our own kayaks, a cheaper set,” she said. “But we quickly realized we wanted something better and bought new ones the next year.”

And Marzahl can be found paddling somewhere every chance she gets from spring through fall.

“I try to get out every weekend, sometimes twice, and sometimes even during the week,” she said. “So that’s probably at least 30 times a summer.”

Busateri got her first taste of kayaking during a trip to Maine in 2002, enjoying a sea kayaking adventure in the Atlantic Ocean.

“I fell in love with it on that first trip,” said Busateri, who tools around in her 12-foot Wilderness Systems kayak, nicknamed “The Hulkster” because it’s big and green.

She used to kayak on a lot of lakes and has enjoyed the waters of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with relatives and her late husband, Jason Chase, including a short jaunt on Lake Superior.

“Polly really got me into doing the creeks and rivers around here,” Busateri said. “I still do Geneva Lake, but you have to get out early to avoid all of the boats. We have seen more and more people, but it’s still not as busy on the creeks.”

She enjoys Turtle Creek and the Yahara River and has traveled sections of the Sugar and Kickapoo rivers.

The Marzahls, Sugar Creek Township residents, own 13-1/2-foot Jackson Journeys.

“They could be overkill … they’re like a sea kayak, which start at about 14 feet long,” she said. “So ours are on the edge of being too long for creeks.”

But as far as she’s concerned, there is no going back.

“A lot of people think about the little hole (cockpit) and if they capsize they’ll not get out and drown, but gravity usually sucks you right out,” Marzahl said. “If you take the proper precautions and are all geared up you’ll be completely safe. But it’s always safety in numbers — I never go alone because crazy things can happen.”

Turtle Creek and the Yahara River are Marzahl’s favorite destinations, although she has navigated the Sugar River near Brodhead and has tackled the Fox River in Waukesha County, the Kickapoo River and even a section of the Wisconsin River.

“Turtle Creek is a favorite because it has a lot of different sections you can do,” she said of its great scenic and natural variety. “You can do the School Road section, the Oriley Road section, the Highway 140 section to Sweet Allyn Park. Each part offers something a little different.

“Sometimes we go from County C to Oriley Road, what some people call the Fairfield section. We always see a lot of wildlife, birds and turtles.”

They also typically run into one of their special acquaintances, a customer they’ve nicknamed Larry the Heron.

An important thing for novices to know is that kayaking can be time consuming because of loading, unloading, transferring to vehicles, etc.

Many of the Marzahls’ escapades cover about four hours, but they’ve done six-hour adventures.

“I just love it,” said Marzahl, who when properly fitted for inclement weather has paddled in the rain.

She also enjoys the Yahara, often doing a stretch north of Janesville from Stebbinsville Road to Fulton.

“The Yahara is our favorite,” Marzahl said. “It’s so beautiful and more secluded, and it’s wider, faster and the water is clearer. We often see multiple eagles along that stretch.”

Marzahl recommends that veteran and novice kayakers alike check out Timothy Bauer’s website www.milespaddled.com or www.usgs.gov for detailed information about whatever waterway you’ll be using.

She keeps a diary of her outings, jotting down such information as where they went, what they encountered as far as downed trees, what they saw, water levels, etc., to use as reference the next time.

But the main thing is getting away and communing with nature.

“It’s like an emotional de-fragmenting of your hard drive,” Marzahl said. “Your mind needs to get out where you can listen to everything going on around you … like the sound of your paddle going through the water. It’s so peaceful and soothing. It’s therapy.”

Busateri couldn’t agree more.

“I would recommend the Kickapoo because it’s the most scenic with all of the rock formations,” Busateri said. “But regardless of where you go, you see all kinds of birds … like the time we went on Cravath Lake in Whitewater. I didn’t even know what it was at first, but it was a huge crane. You see duck hunters, who stir up different birds and things. But you see different kinds of nature every time. All of the places we go have their own little attractions.

“And it’s so relaxing and takes away all of the stress,” she added. “We’ve seen more and more people on the various streams, but it’s still a pretty peaceful experience.”

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