All tagged Driftless Area
Close to twenty-five years ago, Dr. Jeff Menn, Russell Hansen, and Leroy Perkins felt the city of Viroqua needed an affordable, family oriented, and fun event that also would serve as a history lesson of sorts. Looking to the 1800’s as a theme, Viroqua’s Wild West Days was born.
It was 2002 when Dena Eakles bought the property now called Echo Valley Farm located just Southeast of Ontario, Wisconsin.
Originally a working dairy farm until the late 60’s early 70’s, Rick Sebranek, his wife Amy, and daughters Emma and Kaitlyn, continue a legacy on their farm located just a few miles Northwest of Hillsboro, Wisconsin.
In the past couple years, streams and creeks throughout the Driftless region in Southwestern Wisconsin have been reshaped and seen bank erosion due to severe storms and more than average flooding.
With the worst flooding hitting the Driftless last summer, conservationists are beginning restoration efforts that are crucial to the health and management of the area’s waters. Read more at DriftlessNow.com
While the Driftless area has no lack of amazing and beautiful scenery, flora, fauna and a rich diverse culture, there are as many unique small businesses as well.
In digging in deeper to the endless very cool stores and shops on my weekly travels, I continued to hear about a store that many told me I had to do a short story on, Driftless Books and Music in Viroqua, Wisconsin and its owner Eddy Nix.
Tucked away in a breathtaking deep valley, that could arguably look like topography in Norway, is a historically rich gem of the Driftless region.
The Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center located just outside of Coon Valley, Wisconsin, despite continued work to restore flood damage from last year, held their 36th annual Midsummer Fest. Midsummer is the second most important yearly celebration in Norway.
I normally write my stories in third person, but this one would be better versed in first with a dash of third. My wife and I have been spending our weekends and some weekdays traversing the Driftless area, visiting events, meeting people, and listening to issues important to them.
The Historium museum, part of the Mt. Horeb Area Historical Society, in collaboration with Little Eagle Arts Foundation of Wisconsin Dells, played host to the 2nd Annual Native American Marketplace last Saturday.
Held inside the Historium museum, artists offered creations for sale, including different types of paintings, jewelry, beadwork, quillwork, and baskets.