Sunday, Jun. 27th, 2010

To Do Today: Stroll Some Gardens

GROWTHS: Garden Stroll 2010 | Enjoy a leisurely stroll through someone else's garden without getting threatened for trespassing! This tour benefits the western Wisconsin chapter of the American Red Cross and features seven different gardens in the Lake Wissota area.  The seven gardens showcase different styles and gardening interests while including one feature in common: they all sit on the waterfront of Lake Wissota. Strollers (get it?) are invited to enjoy complimentary refreshments at the Lafayette Town Hall. Tickets are available for sale at Mega Foods in Chippewa Falls, Gordy's County Market and True Value in Lake Wissota, and the American Red Cross offices in Chippewa Falls and Altoona. (Lake Wissota; Sun., 11am-4pm; $10)

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Saturday, Jun. 26th, 2010

This Weekend: Country Fest 2010

Hundreds of country music fans will be making the annual pilgrimage to Cadott this weekend for Country Fest 2010. Headlining this year are fest veterans Tim McGraw, Toby Keith and Reba McEntire. Other crowd-drawing acts include Lady Antebellum, Neal McCoy, Pat Green, and Hootie himself, Darius Rucker. Country Fest 2010 has implemented some logistical upgrades this year, so pay attention!Wristbands will be required this year for all fest-goers, checks will no longer be accepted (much like everywhere else on the planet), and there's a fancy new entrance gate to get you to your festing faster. Details: 24447 County Highway S Cadott, WI 54727; Thurs-Sun, all day

HUZZAHChippewa Valley Renaissance Faire | Don't put your jousting lance away just yet. By royal decree, the Chippewa Valley Renaissance Faire has added one more weekend! If you haven't been yet, make the time to check out the performing troupes and musicians, handmade crafts, and some sweet trebuchet action. (117th St., Chippewa Falls; Sat/Sun, 10am-6pm; $15, $13, $5)

STEPMOTHERSRodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella | Cinderella: For family fun and a little culture, come see CVTG's performance of Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. (Remember the movie with Brandi and Whitney Huston?) This classic musical will have you singing, or at least humming, all the way home. (State Theatre; Sat, 7:30pm-9:30pm; Sun, 1:30pm-3:30pm; $18 general, $8 students)

DOCUMENTARY: Decadent Cabaret: The Story Behind the Festival | The film will premiere on Saturday with a showing at the House of Rock. This DVD documentary follows the story of Decadent Cabaret from a one-night, one-band festival to the three-day extravaganza we know today. The film feature interviews with the festival founders and clips from the 31st Decadent Cabaret. (House of Rock, 422 Water St.; Sat, 10:00pm; doors open at 8pm)

The rest of Saturday here. More of a Sunday person? This link's for you.

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Thursday, Jun. 24th, 2010
Wednesday, Jun. 23rd, 2010

Honey Weiss is now a teenager

This year marks the 15th anniversary of Leinenkugel's most famous cash cow, and by cash cow I mean beer: Honey Weiss. The beer that launched a thousand bright yellow canoes was commemorated at the 7th Annual Leinie Lodge Family Reunion last weekend.

With just a dash of "real Wisconsin honey," Honey Weiss tastes sweet, while still being heavy enough to avoid one's manliness being called in to question (as one might with, say, a “Summer Shandy.”)

While it all started with what we now know as Leinie's Original, Honey Weiss is the more appealing and successful younger sibling. It’s the Charlie Sheen to Original's Emilio Estevez if Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez were beers.

It's also the most widespread of the Leinie's line up. When you stop for gas outside Omaha, Neb. and you wander past the beer cooler on the way to the restroom, if you find some Leinie's, odds are, it's Honey Weiss.

In my experience, Honey Weiss is the crowd-pleaser, the old standard, the compromise of Leinie's spectrum of flavors.

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Tuesday, Jun. 22nd, 2010

Anyone got a cool cubicle?

Listen up, Chippewa Valley Workforce. We want to see where you work. And by “where you work,” we pretty much mean your desk. If you don’t work at a desk, then we’re talking about where ever it is you spent time toiling away for the man (yo).

For our annual Jobs special section, we're looking far and wide for the coolest work spaces in the Chippewa Valley. If any of you working stiffs out there think you've done some especially awesome decorating or workspace-hacking, making your your cubicle/desk/studio/truck cab/tollbooth a more pleasant place to be, snap a digital photo and email it to our editor, Trevor ( We’ll feature the best ones in the magazine, and if we really like it, we might even come out and take our own photos. We need photos by July 2!

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