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.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- There are stories in Geneva Lake. Some are fascinating, others a little creepy.
Ask Dan Johnson, owner of Loves Park Scuba, an Illinois diving school, and the Lockwood Pioneer Scuba Diving Museum. Johnson has been diving in Geneva Lake since 1974, systematically covering most of the shoreline in search of antique bottles -- of which he’s found dozens.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Tristan Crist was about 6 years old when he began exploring the world of magic and illusion.
“My grandfather showed me a card trick, and that was the start,” Crist said. “My parents got me a magic kit for Christmas, and I learned all these tricks. I went to the library, and there were a lot of magic books in the library.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Local historian, author and former archivist Patrick Quinn not only is steeped in the history of Lake Geneva and the states of Wisconsin and Illinois, he’s been part of history’s fabric himself, including a march for civil rights in Selma, Alabama, during the tumultuous 1960s.
History is part of his genealogy; Abraham Lincoln used to drink at Quinn’s great-great grandfather’s tavern in Greenview, Illinois, just west of Springfield.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- You went the whole nine yards this Valentine’s Day: a dozen lipstick-red roses, dinner at a restaurant that doesn’t have a dollar menu, a movie with enough onscreen action and romance to make you forget the popcorn you’re holding.
Or maybe you stopped short on Feb. 14: the kids caught the flu, you pulled a weekend shift at work, the maître de laughed when you called for reservations yesterday, or you, um, forgot.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Spectators at the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition will have a little bit more breathing room this year.
The snow sculpting competition, set for Wednesday through Saturday, will be held at two locations this year, the Dreihaus Plaza in front of the Riviera and at Flat Iron Park.
Welcome to the redesigned Walworth County Sunday, Stateline News and Janesville Messenger.
The new look papers will arrive at your home this weekend.
We hear a lot of talk about the decline of the printed newspaper and what the news business will be like a few short years from now.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The $3 million residence for sale on South Shore Drive in Delavan is a 10,000-square foot house with 120 feet of frontage along Delavan Lake.
The home features six fireplaces, a gourmet kitchen, first- and second-floor laundry rooms, a billiard room, theater room, wet bar, full beauty salon, a great room with soaring ceilings and an exercise room just off the first floor master bedroom suite.
There is a separate, 300-square-foot enclosed screened porch overlooking the lake, an attached three-car and a detached two-car garage as well as a boat shed. There’s even an optional gatehouse -- designed by Frank Lloyd Wright -- available for an additional $260,000.
The home was once part of a large estate owned by the late Edward Brennan, who was the CEO of Sears, Roebuck and Co. Brennan is just one in a long list of tycoons, business magnates and families with names like Borg or Wrigley who have been drawn to lakeside summer homes in the Delavan and Lake Geneva areas for more than 100 years.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- A local mother and a group of like-minded citizens are ready to move forward with a proposed all-inclusive playground in Veterans Park. Dusti Ocampo, 35, didn’t set out to be an activist, however, she does have one good reason to push for the park -- her 16-year-old special needs daughter, Kameron.
Ocampo, who was instrumental in obtaining similar playground equipment at Wheatland School, said there is a genuine need for such a facility in Walworth County.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Sometimes it seems like the days take forever, but the months fly by.
In a year that seemed to pass in the blink of an eye, some of the most notable stories of 2015 clearly illustrated how quickly things can change in our communities.