On sweet friends, talented artists and secret recipes

When Vince met Laura

My grandma’s lapel pin

There’s a burr in the woods

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood several times this weekend, and, each time, we took the one less traveled by.

And that made all the difference.

The first accidental divergence happened during the beautiful Navarino Nature Center 5K Fall Color Run/Walk Saturday morning, when Vince unintentionally ran an extra 2 1/2 kilometers and still managed to score a second place medal.

The second accidental divergence happened during our post-game stop at Yoder’s, the Amish Bakery outside Cecil, when we stumbled into a farm auction and some of the best donuts we’ve ever tasted.

Knowing how way leads onto way, we made the less traveled path our theme for the weekend. With our friends Scott and Tami , we wandered happily around Shawano Lake, popping into the Sand Bar for lunch, and watching a few pivotal scenes from a vintage movie at the Berry Lake Club.

In leaves no step had trodden black, we took less travelled paths through woods just beginning to deck themselves out, strolled past quiet ponds and counted stars above an open corn field.

With Robert Frost on the mind, and Jack Frost on the toes, we enjoyed the first days of Wisconsin’s prettiest season.

I shall be telling this with a sigh, Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two road diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that had made all the difference.


Vince accidentally looped around a 2.5 kilometer path on the course twice, and still managed to take home the second place medal in his age category, a nod to both his training regimen and underpopulated division.


Al’s Taxidermy served as a silver sponsor of the race.


I’m not sure how they finished, but the Navarino Wonder Women rocked the starting line.


Ahhhh! Fall in Wisconsin is so beautiful!


These three sweet girls were among many people having fun off the beaten path at the Amish barn auction.


We stumbled onto this auction and enjoyed the best donuts we’ve ever tasted.


This roller organ was one of the many, many cool antiques for sale. We didn’t know how to bid, so we just sat back and watched for a little while.


Then we hit the road really less traveled.



Sometimes, this isn’t the best advice.

You are beautiful, Appleton

The Call of the Wild … bagpipes

Every day is perfect if you let it be one

Until I saw a small boy with “J-Council” carved into his haircut, I thought I had become the biggest J-Council fan.

Turns out, there are plenty of us. We gathered Sunday at Timber Rattler Stadium for “Keep it Wisconsin”, featuring Cory Chisel, J-Council, Adriel Denea and the Bodeans.

The weather, theme, music, talent and crowd combined to make it a perfect afternoon at the ballpark. Of course, according to J-Council’s “Sun to Sun,” every day is perfect if you let it be one.

But, really, yesterday we didn’t even have to try. We just sat back in the sun and let the music wash over us.

Opening act The Priggs got things rolling with a lively set, followed by Adriel Denea and J-Council. Fun fact: uber-talented keyboardist Alex Drossart and bassist Matty Day played in four of the five bands. That means they spent roughly three straight hours on stage.

Everybody joined in the fun once Cory Chisel got rolling, including the crowd. Special guest Hillary Reynolds jumped in for a few tunes and the whole stadium sang “I’ll Fly Away” and “You are my Sunshine.”

All that happened before the headliners even took the stage. The Bodeans used to be called Da Bodeans, which is another fun fact and one my sister Kathy did not believe when I told her yesterday. In any case, it was fun to head down to the field and cap off the afternoon/evening dancing to the Bodeans.

The whole event was a fundraiser for the Refuge and, if J-Council, the first product of the Refuge’s artist in residence program, is any indication, it’s a very worthy cause indeed.


We thought we were the biggest Jon Wheelock fans, until we saw this little boy with J-Council carved into his hair.


We’re not going to shave our heads, but we’re all J-Council fans too.


We like his unique style of music, and the passion with which he sings it.


We enjoy the whole band, two of which played four separate sets Sunday afternoon.


It was a perfect day for a Keep it Wisconsin concert.


We love that Jon Wheelock’s guitarist is also his dad and a legendary musician in his own right, Steve Wheelock.


Cory knows how to work a crowd and, at one point, had us all singing a spiritual on a Sunday afternoon.


It was pretty cool to see the Bodeans up close and personal. Molly especially enjoyed the accordion.


DJ Tra has his own gig this coming Thursday night..

Dear Pulse, thanks for the LOVE

Who stole the Kishka?