Trailing Off

tour through art and spaces of western Wisconsin

Mike Seitz

PRIZE PACKAGE. You can win this jeweled infinity scarf hand-spun by Lisa Murray of Ruby Slippers Studio, one of 24 items to be given away to visitors as part of the Yellowstone Art Trail Sept. 19-20.
PRIZE PACKAGE. You can win this jeweled infinity scarf hand-spun by Lisa Murray of Ruby Slippers Studio, one of 24 items to be given away to visitors as part of the Yellowstone Art Trail Sept. 19-20.

Feel like taking a nice drive with the family or some friends, following a trail dotted with local artists and various attractions to fill your day? You will get that chance during the inaugural Yellowstone Art Trail on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 19-20. It’s a self-guided tour featuring more than 20 artists from Cadott, Boyd, and Stanley, as well as a wide variety of locations to visit along the way. There is no charge, so bring along as many people as you want!

Artists will showcase their work and demonstrate their crafts at a number of homes and participating businesses. This will give people a chance to visit those who are involved and to purchase items that artists have placed for sale. There will be a wide variety of work showcased, including hand-crafted log furniture, hand-sewn memory bears, stained glass, and much more. The wide variety means you’re bound to find something that piques your interest.

Besides the artists and their work, there will be plenty of other spots to visit along the way, including historical points of interest and sponsors. The Cadott Area Historical Society will give tours Saturday, and the Bohemian Hall in Cadott will be open both days. If you get hungry on Saturday, stop by Cadott’s Booya Days for a bowl of booya (the soup is a regional specialty) and join in the fun activities taking place downtown throughout the day. Whether seeking a bite to eat or just stopping to explore, you’re bound to have some fun and learn about the history of the area while you do it.  

The tour will take people along the Yellowstone Trail – today that’s County Highway X – which was a transcontinental auto route from 1915-30. Since the national park attracted tourists from across the nation, the trail was given the name “Yellowstone.” Being an art tour, it’s only appropriate that it be named Yellowstone Art Trail.

Be sure to grab a brochure when you hit the trail. If you get it stamped or initialed by 13 tour artists, you’ll be eligible for a drawing. For more information, including a tour map, visit www.yellowstonearttrail.blogspot.com

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