The Chippewa Herald’s got the scoop on Mark McIlquham’s 3-room, $3,000 ice fishing shack out on lake Wissota – which is available to rent. From Chippewa.com:
- McIlquham’s shack is just one story, but it has three rooms. That includes an 8-by-18-feet main kitchen/fishing area, a 6-by-12-feet room with four bunk beds off to the side and the small bathroom.
- It’s big enough for a dining room table by the 6-feet-by-32-inch picture window (with tasteful drapes, or course). There’s a little kitchen area with an electric grill. Fish is on the menu a lot.
There’s even a high-def flat screen TV (local channels only). The shack is heated by propane, powered by “a 12-volt battery recharged by a 20-watt solar powered trickle charger, with a 750-watt inverter providing the 110 power.” McIlquham also installed hinged trap doors for, you know, ice fishing. Unfortunately, the Chippewa Herald doesn’t provide many pictures.
We almost called this thing "Snowcial Winteraction." You get it? It's "snow," "social," "winter," "interaction," and "action" all packed into two cumbersome and hard-to-pronounce words! Anyway, tonight we launch our latest experiment at Volume One, the new Winter After Hours (it's a little easier to understand) in Boyd Park on Eau Claire’s East Hill. As I wrote about in detail in the current issue of Volume One, we’re partnering with the city’s parks and rec department (and a few other local institutions) to make this thing go. There will be skating, snowshoeing, snow sculptures, a fire pit, hot drinks, kubb, music and more – every Thursday from 6-8pm. Get the full details here.
But the purpose of this post is not only to encourage you to check it out tonight, but to prime you for feedback. This winter it’s basically a test run. It’s likely things will get tweaked from night to night this year (and we already know a few things we’re going to improve for next year’s series) but we’re going to need to hear from you on what you think worked, what didn’t, and what should be added if possible. For one thing, you’ll see there are some white lights on the trees around the rink tonight. With Parks and Rec’s help on some changes to the park’s electrical infrastructure, we hope to amp that up a lot more next year. So if you do come out in the next few weeks and you have some thoughts, be sure to leave a comment or email me at email@example.com. See you at the park!
Also, a BIG thanks to the sponsors and partners that are making this new series a reality. They are: Hillside Dental, Xcel Energy, Metropolis Resort, Play It Again Sports, That’s Adorable, Quality Management Services, Beaver Creek Reserve, Infinitea, Wisconsin Kubb, and more.