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Melody with HeART set Thursday, Sept. 26

The Land O’ Lakes Chamber of Commerce recently announced Melody with HeART, a gala evening of gourmet dining, fine art and song presented by The Northwoods Singers will be held Thursday, Sept. 26 from 4:30 to 9 p.m. at the Gateway Lodge.

Lanny’s Fireside of Conover will be catering the event.  Tickets are $75 per person. To reserve tickets, contact Mary Dickson at (906)?366-0325 or marydickson343­@­

This event will benefit the Land O’ Lakes arts community.

Judging for the annual fall scarecrow

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 5:38 PM
Kemplin to teach class on Temari balls Oct. 1

Land O’ Lakes Area Artisans Inc. (LOLA) recently announced its upcoming art classes.

Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Mercer artist Virginia Kemplin will teach a class about the ancient Japanese decorative art of making Temari balls.

The class will focus on intricate embroidery using colorful threads. Kits for two ornaments will be utilized

Originally Temari balls were used to entertain children,

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 5:38 PM
Artist Geary to display paintings Friday, Oct. 4

The Land O’ Lakes Area Artisans (LOLA) recently announced its upcoming events for October, the last month of 100 Days of Art program.

Artist Tim Geary, portrait painter and caricature artist,  will display original paintings at Meyer Insurance in Land O’ Lakes Friday, Oct. 4.

Shakespearian scholar, Prof. David Hay, will speak on “Shakespeare for Any Town USA” Saturday, Oct. 5, at the LOLA Center for the Arts from 2 to 4 p.m.

Attendees will learn why the bard is still relevant today. Hay will also share

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 5:37 PM
Conover church welcomes new pastor
A welcome service will be held for new pastor Dr. Andrew Schwenk at Conover Evangelical Free Church Sunday, Oct. 6, at 9:30 a.m. A free potluck luncheon will follow. The Schwenk family are, from left, son, Noah, 13; Dr. Andrew Schwenk; daughter, Kaitlyn, 18; wife, Katie; son, Jonah, 11; and son, Joshua, 20.  —Contributed Photo

The Conover Evangelical Free Church announced it  will hold a welcome service for a new pastor, Dr. Andrew Schwenk, Sunday, Oct. 6, at 9:30 a.m.

He will preach for the first time in Conover at this service. A free potluck luncheon will follow.

Schwenk has served as an elder at Hope Evangelical Free Church in Roscoe, Ill., for the past nine years while operating a successful

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 5:34 PM
Awana sets kickoff event

The Conover Evangelical Free Church recently an­nounced that Awana will hold a kickoff event Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 5:30 p.m. at the church.

The event will feature a Hot Dog barbecue from 5:30 to 6 p.m., along with registration.

Awana Club meetings (age 3 through fifth grade) will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Family dinner nights will

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 5:33 PM
Reception for local artists planned Sept. 19
Local artists Jerry Urban, Terry Simeone and Rita Kickert will display their work at the Land O’ Lakes Chamber of Commerce Thursday to Saturday, Sept. 19-21. Urban is seen above in his lily garden which he uses for photographic inspiration. A reception will be held for the artists Thursday, Sept. 19, from 4 to 6 p.m. 	—Contributed Photo

Land O’ Lakes Area Artisans Inc. (LOLA) recently announced that three local artists, Jerry Urban, Terry Simeone, and Rita Kickert, will display their work in photography, quilt art and pottery Thursday through Saturday Sept. 19-21 at the Land O’ Lakes Chamber of Commerce located at highways 45 and B.

Hours of exhibit will be Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to noon.

An artist reception will be held Thursday, Sept. 19, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Each is an emerging artist, pursuing their earlier artistic passions.

Photographer?Jerry Urban of Conover has rekindled his love of photography.

Early in his career he received a degree in photography and worked as a photographer in the Milwaukee area.

It was while taking a plane ride to do some aerial photos that Urban thought flying was fascinating. This led to a 40-year career in flying.

After retiring, raising lilies became a hobby which led him back to the camera.

Starting with a simple point and shoot camera, Urban was able to capture the beauty of these exotic plants using a classic style of photography in a close focus format.

He is in the garden throughout the day to take advantage of natural light and is always searching for the perfect flower.

Friends and family became interested in the work and soon Urban was selling them in retail outlets.

His first showing was in Eagle River at the Olson Memorial Library as Artist of the Month in August.

Quilt artist Terry Simeone of Land O’ Lakes explored many art forms while raising her family and teaching home-schooled students.

In more recent years, she has focused on the art of quilting.

Simeone grew up in the northwest suburbs of

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 5:46 PM
Farmers market to feature cooking demonstration

Land O’ Lakes Area Artisans recently announced that The Taste of the Harvest, a 100 Days of Art event to celebrate summer’s bounty, will be held at Land O’ Lakes Farmers Market Thursday, Sept. 19, at 10:30 a.m.

The event will feature a cooking demonstration by bread and cheese artisan and chef Pete Martin from Hillbilly Hollow Farm in Conover.

Martin will select ingredients from various vendors at the market and create a harvest-season dish for attendees to sample.

The same ingredients used in the dish will be

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 5:46 PM
Trail foundation
The Conover Sno-Buddies Snowmobile Club held its seasonal kick-off meeting Sept. 10 at Twin Haven in Conover. Dave and Jen Payne, at left, owners of Club 45, presented a $500 check to Sno-Buddies President Bob Payseur. The funds were raised at Club 45’s  annual St. Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage dinner held last March. All proceeds will go toward trail maintenance. 	—Contributed Photo
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 5:45 PM
Gober to mime at Melody with HeART

The Melody with HeART gala fundraiser set Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Gateway Lodge recently announced that Benn Gober of Eagle River will perform as a mime at the event.

Melody with HeART is a combined effort benefiting the Land O’ Lakes Artisans Inc. and the Northwoods Singers.

A gourmet dinner, catered by Lanny’s Fireside in Conover, will be accompanied by music from the ’30s, ’40s, ’50s and ’60s performed by the Northwoods Singers.

Fine artworks commissioned by North Woods area

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 2:42 PM
Conover Oktoberfest set Sept. 21

The Conover Chamber     of Commerce recently announced it will sponsor Oktoberfest Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Conover Community Center on Hwy. K East.

Doors open and keg tapping begins at 5:30 p.m.  The Jim Pekol Orchestra will perform German music.

The cost will be $5 per person. The event will feature raffles and traditional German food will be available for purchase.

For more information, call Sharon Olander at (715)?479-5757. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 2:41 PM

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