The Bog Blog

The Bog Blog

For nearly all of the 10 years I have been writing this blog, I have wanted to write a post about cranberry bogs. Wisconsin produces more than half of the world's cranberry supply, but all the bog action takes place on the western side of the state. So, until yesterday, I had never been to [...]

One Saturday in Appleton

One Saturday in Appleton

Appleton rocks, especially this past Saturday where, within a two mile stretch, you could watch a National Tree Climbing Championship, attend the first annual Irish Fest, walk through a peak-season Farmer's Market and enjoy Rhythms of the World, a celebration of multi-cultural generosity and transcendent beauty. After all of that, we were also lucky enough [...]

Good day Sundrop

Good day Sundrop

I took myself to Sundrop University Saturday and had a sweet time. I learned, for instance, that a circus strongman named Charles Lazier developed Wisconsin's famous soft drink, the first citrus soda ever marketed. Bottled in Shawano, Wisconsin since 1951 by Twigs Beverage, Sundrop remains the beverage of choice in bars and ballfields around Wisconsin [...]