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Friday, 23 September 2016 09:47

Music lessons for a new generation

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.

Friday, 16 September 2016 12:45

Whitewater's Jay Craggs is a music maker

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.

BLOOMFIELD -- A group of hungry ostriches approached the tour wagon looking for food. A few minutes later, alpacas, miniature horses and a miniature zebu joined them.

That’s just one of the things visitors will see as part of their visit to Safari Lake Geneva, which opened a 75-acre preserve last month off County Highway H, south of Lake Geneva. The park features a variety of animals representing five continents including rheas, zebras, llamas, blackbuck antelopes, bison and goats.

TOWN OF LINN—Hillcroft, the $16.45 million home currently for sale at W3245 Snake Road that stretches along Geneva Lake, not only has numerous luxurious amenities like a private dock, heated 8-car bay and two-bedroom guesthouse—it comes with a pedigree.
In 1927, the estate was the summertime residence of Phillip K. Wrigley, whose fortune at one time included the Wrigley Chewing Gum Company, the Chicago Cubs baseball team and Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

Friday, 02 September 2016 13:33

The great escape (room) craze

BELOIT -- You’ve uncovered a tomb in an ancient Egyptian pyramid, and in the midst of exploring it, you suddenly find yourself trapped. You have 60 minutes to escape, and as the clock ticks down and the hieroglyphic-covered walls seem to close in, you search for clues in the tomb that will point to a way out.

Friday, 02 September 2016 12:18

Crisscross the county for festival fun

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Music takes center stage on the village square when the East Troy Bluegrass Festival kicks up its heels Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10 and Sept. 11.

The East Troy festival is among one of four fun events planned next weekend. There’s also Darien Corn Fest, the Taste of Lake Geneva and the Whitewater Main Street Festival to squeeze into your social calendar.

Friday, 02 September 2016 12:07

Photographer reflects on his famous father

WALWORTH  COUNTY SUNDAY -- On the outskirts of Walworth, off the shoulder of U.S. Highway 14, just over the railroad tracks, across the road from a storage unit and pier service and sharing the lot of a propane gas distributor, sits a small nondescript building. The sign says “Thompson Art Gallery,” which is owned and operated by Bruce Thompson and his wife, Joan.

Upon entering the building, however, the space blossoms into a habitat of beautiful images of stunning landscapes: lakes, rivers, pastures and woods in every season. The far wall is covered with the works of renowned impressionist painter, and Bruce’s father, Richard Earl Thompson.

Friday, 26 August 2016 10:40

What's new at the Walworth County Fair

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- In between the creampuffs and the kiddie rides, people may notice some changes at the Walworth County Fairgrounds during the annual six-day spectacle.

Several additions and renovation projects have been completed over the past few months, just in time for the fair, which begins Wednesday, Aug. 31, and continues through Monday,

Sept. 5.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- About 20,000 boats travel on Geneva Lake throughout the summer. Besides the boaters, the lake also is busy with swimmers, sail boaters, wakeboarders and water skiers.

With all that activity, someone has to make sure the lake remains safe for users. That’s where the Geneva Lake Law Enforcement Agency comes in.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- There is just something exciting about a new home. Despite the packing, unpacking and deciding where the family’s precious memories go, a new locale gives new perspective. This was exactly the case for members of the Historical Society of Walworth and Big Foot Prairie as they moved their displays and artifacts into a permanent location just one block off the village square.

The move literally took a village, as society President Nancy Lehman can attest.

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