Fish Boil dinner set for Sept. 5

The annual West Koshkonong Lutheran Church Norwegian Fish Boil will be held Friday, Sept. 5, with dinners at 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Entertainment for the evening will be provided by The Promised Band.

The menu will include boiled cod, red potatoes, carrots, onions, coleslaw, bread, lefse, coffee and milk. Traditional Norwegian goodies, such as Krumkake, Rosettes and Sandbakkels, will also be available.

Advance tickets are $13 and will be on sale until 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at Old Deerfield Antiques in Deerfield, The Nordic Nook in Stoughton or by contacting the church office at 873-9456.

Tickets at the door are $14 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12 and free for those under 5.

West Koshkonong Church is handicap accessible, and carry outs are also available. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Luke House community meal program and church projects. Supplemental funding is provided through Thrivent Financial.


Summer music ends Aug. 28

Photo by Samantha Christian. The band Paul Otteson and Faux Fawn performed at the Stoughton Rotary Park Gazebo on Thursday, Aug. 14. Pictured from left are members Otteson, vocals and guitar, and Audre Rae Krull, autoharp and vox.

Those wishing to spend another summer evening listening to live music outside on lawn chairs or blankets can do so at the final show of the Summer Music Series at the Stoughton Rotary Park Gazebo.

Mike and Jamie McCloskey will perform from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28, for the sixth and final Gazebo Muzikk show of the season. This performance is presented by Edward Jones.

The father-son duo will play acoustic swing, country, folk, jazz, rock and Irish tunes. Mike, the guitarist, vocalist and ukulele strummer, has played in the rock and roll band Moondance for the past 30 years. His son, Jamie, the string bass player, vocalist and guitarist, also keeps musically busy juggling gigs with the rock and roll band Bipolar Orange and the country band The Rusty Hearts.

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Kids Chef strawberries photos

Kids Chef Lily Kilfoy of Madison taught a dozen children how to make healthy snacks using ripe strawberries at the Stoughton Area Youth Center on Aug. 9. The group learned to make salad, dressing, quesadillas and salsa with fresh ingredients. Her goal is to expose children to the many benefits of cooking through hands-on experiences that develop skills to be used for life.


Viking Dog Park fence completed

Photos by Samantha Christian. Supporters of the Viking Dog Park recently gathered near the Thrivent Fence sign to see the efforts of their hard work. Friends members Andrea Dean, Karla Gander and her dog Sparky, Mike Dean, Jane Dean and Dennis Borman and his dog Rosie are pictured with Thrivent Financial representatives Tammy and Terry Niedfeldt.

Dogs and their owners have a safe place to play together now that a fence has been completed at Viking Dog Park. The half-mile fence, known as the Thrivent Fence, separates the park from a trench on the east side that fills with stagnant water and leads to Hwy N., where dogs were often hurt or killed by traffic. The Yahara River creates a natural border for the west side of the park.

Dane County Parks Department and the East Dane County Chapter of Thrivent Financial helped match funds raised by The Friends of Viking County Park. The community also stepped up to make the fence a reality. The group exceeded its goal this spring following dog wash-fundraisers and simply by the generosity of local supporters, said member Dennis Borman. Other businesses that helped with the fence project included Claws 2 Paws Animal Supply, Stoughton Lumber and Ace Hardware.


Coffee Break Festival 2014 photos

Stoughtonites and coffee-enthusiasts headed to Mandt Park Saturday, Aug. 16, to get their fill at the annual Coffee Break Festival. The event, which celebrates Stoughton as the “where the coffee break originated,” included five coffee roasters from around Wisconsin, a morning 5K “Java Jog,” a kids play area, a coffee bean-spitting contest, a car show and, for the first time, a pig roast. Coffee fans could purchase a mug and try their choice from all five roasters and vote on their favorite. Door County Coffee (represented Saturday by Cheeser’s) took home the top prize.


Jeff Daniels gets real with singing, songwriting

Photo submitted. Actor and singer-songwriter Jeff Daniels returns to the Opera House next Saturday with a five-piece band led by his son, Ben.

Jeff Daniels has made his mark on American culture appearing in more than 60 films, stage performances on and off Broadway, and winning a 2013 Emmy for his starring role in the HBO series, “The Newsroom.”

The 59-year-old actor has been nominated for more than a dozen awards for his work in television, film and on stage.

Daniels is also an accomplished guitarist, singer and songwriter who’s released five full-length albums. He’ll demonstrate that aspect of his talent Saturday, Aug. 23 when he performs with his son’s blues-rock band – the Ben Daniels Band – at the Stoughton Opera House.

The five-piece band and Daniels are embarking on their first tour together, performing 15 shows in 18 days. It will be Jeff Daniels’ second appearance in Stoughton.

In a telephone interview with the Hub, Daniels said he’s excited about opening another creative chapter in his long career. He sees it as pulling together all of his professional experience.


‘Harvest Fest’ to showcase budding park

Photo by Seth Jovaag. At the Aug. 23 festival, these wire-framed corn cribs will house original art created by regional artists.

More than a decade after her death, a former Edgerton teacher’s dream of turning 284 acres of beautiful farmland into a public park in the Town of Albion is gaining traction.

Irene Silverwood, who taught business education for more than 40 years, donated the land along Rice Lake, about 11 miles east of Stoughton, to Dane County a year before she died in 2003.

Her dream was that the land, woods and waterfront property would remain a working farm but also be used as an educational center to teach others about sustainable agriculture.

Silverwood’s dream is slowly taking shape, and next weekend, volunteers are inviting the public to Silverwood Farm Park to see the progress they’ve made.


Fete de Famille photos

The Stoughton Area Youth Center held a family festival, Fête de Famille, inside the Mandt Community Center on Saturday, Aug. 9 for more than 250 people of all ages. The event featured many games, bounce houses, a dunk tank and concessions.


Wendt receives historic preservation award

Photo submitted. One of Art Wendt’s photos takes an eastward look at Stoughton’s downtown.

Art Wendt, a longtime Stoughton Landmarks Commission volunteer, received the city’s Historic Preservation Award this year.

The award was given during a brief presentation ceremony at a Common Council meeting last month, according to a news release from Alan Hedstrom, vice chair of the city’s historic preservation committee.

“A new category of award for service to the community in historic preservation was created by the commission this year, and it was named the Art Wendt Historic Preservation Service Award to honor

Wendt’s many years of service to the commission and community,” Hedstrom said.

Wendt, a retired professional photographer, has been either a member or volunteer to the commission for more than 25 years.

During that time, he has produced hundreds if not thousands of images in various formats in support of the commission’s historic preservation work.  


Agora Art Fair returns Saturday

More than 100 Wisconsin artists will be showcased in the 6th annual Fitchburg Agora Art Fair on Saturday.

The fair takes place amid the unique architecture of Agora and the natural prairie landscapes of southern Wisconsin.

The event, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature local and regional artists from almost every medium: painting, ceramics, jewelry, photography, glass, metals, woodwork, mixed media, fiber and sculpture.

Along with the art are plenty of other activities during the day, including live music on two stages, a Capital Brewery beer and wine garden, a Children’s Art Yard, local food and beverages, retailer specials and, new this year, the Adult Art Experience.