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Members of two local arts groups are putting their talents on display this month.

The Geneva Lake Arts Foundation’s Winter Show and Artsy Holiday Market opens Thursday, Nov. 9, at Gallery 223, 223 Broad St., Lake Geneva. The show and market continue through Jan. 8.

ELKHORN — Call it a fine art fair souvenir.

Visitors browsing the gallery of open class artwork being judged at the Walworth County Fair will have the opportunity to bid on that watercolor landscape or color photograph of a sunset at the Blue Ribbon Art Auction, held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, in the Arts & Crafts Building on the fairgrounds.


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 To purchase tickets please call 262-248-1888.

Monday, 14 November 2016 14:18

Lakeland Players presenting 'Broadway Santa'

ELKHORN -- Don't miss Lakeland Players' up-coming production of the children's holiday musical, "Broadway Santa."

Join this hilarious holiday excursion as Santa and Mrs. Clause and the rest of the North Pole gang make Broadway history performing  Santa's  stage play.

With show tunes and punch lines to spare, this production is sure to be a hit.

Thirty-three talented young actors will perform this delightful musical, singing and dancing their hearts out.  

Amberleigh Aller of Lake Geneva, is directing as well as choreographing and overseeing the musical direction of this fun filled show.  

Jessica Shaffer of Elkhorn will be assisting her. Linda  Kouzes of Delavan is the producer.


What: "Broadway Santa"

When: 4 p.m. Nov. 26 and Nov. 27; 4 p.m. Dec. 3 and Dec. 4

Where: Walworth County Performing Arts Center (The old Sprague Theater), downtown Elkhorn

Tickets: $10 and can be purchased at The Elkhorn Chamber of Commerce, or by calling 262-812-3866 to  reserve at the door, or order on line at

JANESVILLE -- Chalk artists from throughout the area will be showing off their creative drawings this coming weekend. The annual Art Infusion will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 at Firehouse Park, located on North Main Street in downtown Janesville.

Friday, 12 August 2016 14:49

New JPAC director has hometown roots

JANESVILLE -- A Janesville native has returned home from the bright lights of Los Angeles to lead a local arts program into the future.

Nathan Burkart, 30, recently was named the new executive director for the Janesville Performing Arts Center, replacing Beau Bisson, who left the job in February after being in the position for about a year.

Students from East Troy Middle and High School took ordinary sidewalks in the downtown square and created works of art.  East Troy celebrated the first "Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival" on May 5. With a canvas of cement and brushes of chalk, the students expressed their inner artistic creativity.

Friday, 26 February 2016 09:50

Chordhawks carry on a passion for singing

BELOIT -- Even though John Kalkirtz has been a member of the Rock Valley Chapter of the Badger Chordhawks Chorus for more than 20 years, he still considers himself the "new kid on the block."

Kalkirtz of Beloit said he enjoys being involved with the chorus and sharing his love for barbershop singing with others.

Where: The Beloit Fine Arts Incubator, 520 E. Grand Ave.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

STATELINE NEWS -- Ever since his latest book was published, Beloit author Tom Warren has been on a mission to help find a future for investigative journalism.

Warren said the focus of the book, "Discovering Beloit: Stories Too Good to be True?" is a fictionalized exploration of the decline of investigative journalism in smaller communities such as Beloit.

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