Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Colorama and Beef-a-rama Coming Soon!

Leaves are beginning to turn colors and we are headed into the fun fall season of festivals!  This weekend St Gemain will celebrate its 52nd Annual Colorama event right in town at the Community Park. 

September 17, 2011

52nd Annual Colorama - St. Germain is the “Birthplace of Colorama”. Craft Show from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Silent auction, farmers’ market, wine tasting and pumpkin painting for the children. “Mums the Word” fall flower sale. A variety of great food will be available. Held in St. Germain Community Park.

September 23 - 24, 2011

46th Annual Beef-a-rama - Friday eve dance 6-9:30pm.  Saturday 9am - Rump Roast Run sponsored by the Lakeland Area Rotary Clubs.  The downtown Minocqua beef cook-offs begin bright and early in the morning along with live music and other tasty treats.  Early sandwich sales begin at 1pm.  Other all day activities include a craft show at Torpy Park from 9am to 5pm, kids activities, and of course the famous parade of beef at 2:45 down main street.  Cap off the day by purchasing one of these succulent beef sandwiches at 3pm at Torpy Park, Minocqua.  PS:  Don't miss the Parade of Beef!!!

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Summer's End Half Marathon-5K and Paddle Battle, 9/10/11, St. Germain, WI

New this season — a half marathon and kayak challenge in St Germain – hosted by the St. Germain Chamber of Commerce!

Summers End Half Marathon-5K & Paddle Battle

What better way to end your summer than a weekend of fitness events in the beautiful Northwoods of St. Germain? Sign up for one or both of the weekend’s events!

There will be canoe and kayak races on Saturday, September 10th starting at 12:30 pm at Fibber's Restaurant and Resort. Saturday night we will be having a free, live concert by Bret & Frisk at the town pavilion from 6-9 pm. Then on Sunday, September 11th runners and walkers will race to the finish in either a 5k or half-marathon beginning at 8:30 am. 

Events will include:

Saturday, 09/10/11
Choose from either a 3.5 mi. or a 7.5 mi. flat-water paddle. The race will start at Fibber’s Restaurant & Resort on the north shore of Big St. Germain Lake and continue along the scenic St. Germain River, then return to Fibber’s.

Sunday, 09/11/11
Get your feet ready for a 5K or half-marathon distance run or walk on our paved bicycle trail and St. Germain’s back roads.

A portion of the profits (after expenses) will be donated to the Vilas County Food Pantry.

Bret & Frisk
Don’t miss a live performance by the Midwest’s Finest Acoustic Duo – Bret & Frisk on Saturday, September 10 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the St. Germain Community Park pavilion.

2011 Entry Form

2011 Sponsors:

Chequamegon Adventure Company
Marshfield Clinic
Ministry Health Care-Howard Young Medical Center
Road ID

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

First fawn sighting of the year :)

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend updates

As we head into Memorial Day Weekend, we've got plenty to be thankful for. Veterans have fought over 200 years to defend this country and its freedoms and that we are most thankful for. On Sunday at Veteran's Park in St Germain there will be a service at 3pm to honor those who have served our great country and we urge you to attend.

Just south of the hotel along the highline, a newly paved trail has just been constructed for hiking and biking. It's a beautiful site and will give folks an wonderful opportunity to explore the northwoods right from our doors. The new 4 mile eastern leg of the trail connects at the St Germain Info Bureau then onto the existing paved route west along Highway 70 and north on Hwy C to SAyner and beyond... all the way to Boulder Junction and on to Arbor Vitae!

The new path can be used now and is slated for completion no later than June 30.

For more information and updates on the bike trail in St Germain and beyond, please check out these web pages:

St Germain Area Hike & Bike Trails: http://st-germain.com/recreation/trails.php
Existing Hike & Bike Trail that we're connecting to: http://vilaswi.com/maps/stgermainbike.pdf
Touring and Mountain Biking across Vilas County: http://www.northwoodsbiking.com/vilasmaps/vilasroads.htm
Vilas County Trail Map PDF: http://www.northwoodsbiking.com/vilasmaps/pdf/Vilas%20County.pdf

Follow the St Germain Hike and Bike Trail on Facebook as construction nears completion and share your trail stories and pictures there:

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Fun group of Corvette Lovers at Rustic

Corvettes arrived Friday in St Germain for a weekend club getaway.
Beautiful cars!!

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Stampers and Scrapbookers Unite at Sayner Stampede - May 6-7

We look forward to seeing guests return in May for this year's Stampede!  We'll again be offering the Cristine Room at Rustic Manor for evening scrapping and stamping camaraderie:)

The Sayner-Star Lake Lioness Club
invites you to attend the 14th annual


12:30  PM to 10 PM Classes held at Shepherd of the Lakes
Lutheran Church, 2903 Main St. (2903 State Hwy 155
 for Map Quest & GPS users)


9 AM to 4 PM Stampede Convention at the Sayner Community Building AND Town Hall at 3755 Lake Street in downtown Sayner--Get Directions

* 16 Stores & Manufacturers exhibiting * demos *
* Make 'n Take Its * On site sales *  Door Prizes *

8 AM to 2 PM New/Used Stamp Sale & Concessions at Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church in downtown Sayner

TRADES! The Lioness Club is encouraging convention participants to make trades to exchange during the convention and will sponsor a contest for a $25 gift certificate. The format is Artist Trading Cards. (click on "Trades" for more info)
Admission $5.00 per person at the door or pre-register for only $3.00 per person. To pre-register for the convention only, mail a check payable to Sayner-Star Lake Lioness Club along with a SASE by April 15 to:

8579 Camp Highland Road
Sayner, WI 54560

5 PM to 9 PM Classes held at the Community Building & Town Hall


8:30 AM to 1 PM Classes at the Community Building
and Town Hall (3755 Lake Street)

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Rest in Peace Charles Vogel

St Germain, WI - Chuck Vogel, former Rustic Manor Motor Lodge hotelier, contractor/owner of Charles Vogel Enterprises, Inc., and owner and operator of Arrowhead Groomers, passed away April 13th, 2011 at 3:30pm of cancer.

Both he and his wife, Mary, were very large supporters of many St Germain community efforts including the Bo-Boen Snowmobile Club and snowmobiling in general.

His funeral information is:
  • Visitation  Friday April 15th at Gaffney's Funeral Home in Eagle River from 4-8pm
  • Saturday at Holy Family Church on Hwy J.   Visitation/ Showing from  9:30am-11am
  • 11:00am Funeral at Holy Family Church
  •  He will be buried after the church service at the St. Germain Cemetery
  •  Lunch will be served at the St. Germain Community Center following the Cemetery 

Your condolescences can be mailed to the Vogel Family, PB Box 279, St. Germain, WI  54558

Obituary in the Lakeland Times:  http://www.lakelandtimes.com/main.asp?SubSectionID=17&ArticleID=13031&SectionID=17

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

March 12-13 Weekend - Snowmobiling

We woke to a beautiful snow Saturday morning...

We hit the trails that afternoon...
this is the bridge across the Wisconsin River along Highway O:
Trail heading toward Sugar Camp...

Monday at Rustic Manor...
trails still snow-covered but temps quite warm.

Highline trail behind the Rustic Manor in St Germain:
taken Monday, March 14.

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all!

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Klondike Days Highlights

Klondike Days continues today - Sunday, March 6 - in Eagle River at the Northland Pines High School. Lumberjack competitions, horse and dog pulls, historical encampment, vintage sleighs, and inside the NPHS Field House you'll find unique gift items by many vendors, demonstrations, and much more!

WJFW - NBC12 - News Video of Klondike Days in Eagle River: 


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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

21st Annual Klondike Days in Eagle River this weekend!

Wisconsin's #1 Family Fun Winter Festival - Klondike Days - is underway this weekend in neighboring Eagle River, WI! 

March 5-6, 2011 marks this event's 21st annual showing - and the event has grown into quite a festival of uniquely historical and winter related themes including:
  • historical encampment
  • vintage sleigh rally
  • chain-saw carvings 
  • snowshoe races
  • educational demonstrations
  • dog weight pull
  • craft show
  • horse weight pull
  • entertainment for all
Link to event details:  http://www.klondikedays.org/

History of Klondike Days

Klondike Days, a family-oriented gala event featuring a variety of turn-of-the-century activities, is planned for Eagle River Saturday and Sunday, Mar 5 and 6, 2011. Making our new home the first weekend of March. Highlights of the weekend long festival will be River Country Red's Rendezvous and Living History, North Woods Championship Dog Weight Pull, the one and two-horse  Log Pull Classic, Hayward style lumberjack competition, the First National Bank chain-saw carving competition, the Native American cultural exposition and a huge winter craft show.

The entire event was developed to encourage families to enjoy the Northwoods in February, according to sponsoring organizations. The festival is billed as Trig's Klondike Days due to the sponsorship of Trig's food stores in Eagle River, Rhinelander, Minocqua, Wausau and Stevens Point. All the Klondike Days activities will be headquartered on the Eagle River High School and Rocking W Stable off Highway 45 North. Food will be available at two locations.

Most events are held from 9 AM to 4 PM both Saturday and Sunday. The Native American Cultural Exposition will be at 12:30 PM and 2:30 PM. The Northwoods Championship Weight Pull is 11 AM to 4 PM. The Lumberjack Competition is from 11:00 AM to 3 PM Saturday and NOON to 3 PM Sunday. The Horse Pull is from 11 AM to 3 PM. Saturday is the One-Horse Pull; Sunday is the Two-Horse Pull. Competition event times are subject to change.

While Klondike Days is an outside event with many animals, we ask that you leave your pets at home.

Klondike Days History

The year 2011 marks the 21st year of Trig's Klondike Days in Eagle River, Wisconsin -- "One of the most multi-faceted winter events in the nation."

Klondike Days got its start in the late 1980's when Eagle River residents and business professionals Perry Pokrandt, Sue Mirwald (then Eagle River Chamber of Commerce President), and the late Pete Maurer thought it would be a great idea to start a winter festival in Eagle River which would be good for business, as well as showcase the community's decades-long reputation for providing outstanding, family-oriented experiences in its pristine environment.

The first name considered for the event was "Ice Fest," but Conover resident, John Jaspar, told organizers he believed the name should reflect the history and pioneering spirit of Eagle River's original settlers and Native American culture, and suggested "Klondike Days," which was immediately adopted.

Eagle River stalwart and business owner, Trig Solberg, of Trig's Stores has been a major sponsor and supporter of Klondike Days right from the beginning. The first event featured dog sled races and dog-pulls at Eagle River's World Championship Snowmobile Derby Track.

According to long-time volunteer Larry Snedden, "the dog racing and pulling were great attractions, but the dogs didn't always want to cooperate, crossing over each other, and being, at least, somewhat independent." Nevertheless, Klondike Days was an instant success, and, unlike so many other like events, broke even its very first year, with a budget of $69,000 and 250 dedicated volunteers.

Today, the budget is measured in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, there are many loyal sponsors, and hundreds of equally loyal volunteers, many working year-round to make Klondike Days a success.

"Since the dog mushers and owners also noticed difficulty in keeping things on track, we started to look for additional events," Snedden says. Pokrandt suggested a "History of Logging" event, where loggers would cut, split, and stack wood. "People loved it, as did the participants," Pokrandt notes, and it went from there.
Then, when Pokrandt (whom many credit with being the primary driving force in establishing and nurturing the event, and, in the words of one local resident, "a visionary in the truest sense of that word") was in Wausau attending a summer outdoor event, he noticed a group of hobbyists/recreators who were providing a voyageur-type encampment.

Since he knew one of the group's principals, Pokrandt soon convinced the powers-that-be to do a full winter encampment at Klondike Days -- something never done before. Thus came about the world-famous and historically faithful Klondike Days Voyageur Encampment put on by the River Country Red's Rendezvous group to this very day.

Pokrandt remembers that after the initial funding and donations from businesses like Trig's, "personal sponsors and volunteers came out of the woodwork, and we never looked back."

"We also strived to include the rich culture and heritage of the Native Americans who were an integral part of the settling and expansion of the Eagle River area, fur trading, logging, fishing, hunting, and commerce," Pokrandt adds. "To this day, the Klondike Days Native American Exposition relates in
ever-growing detail the culture and heritage of our Native American brethren."

And each year, Klondike Days draws more people -- from around the world. The weekend crowds now approach 10,000 visitors, and Klondike Days venues include the High School, Rocking W Stables and adjacent surrounding fields, and other locations around Eagle River.

The events continue to expand, including the authentic Voyageur's encampment, with recreations of authentic period foods, clothing, housing, and activities; dog and horse pulls; the only winter competitive lumberjack event in the Midwest; chainsaw carving; live bluegrass, and local music;  sleigh rides; educational lectures and exhibits, from making a drum to blacksmithing, and popping authentic kettle corn; Native American Cultural Expositions; a permanent, original fur trader's cabin; a fabulous juried craft show featuring over 100 exhibitors whose works are for sale; foods including buffalo burgers, Paul Bunyan brownies, and wild rice soup; snowshoe demos; dogsled rides, and our newest addition to Klondike Days; snowshoe races and the list goes on.

When asked why he did it in the first place, Pokrandt (who is no longer directly involved in administering Klondike Days) simply says, "I wanted to leave a mark -- a mark that would tell the wonderful story and history of our Eagle River area, and our wonderful local people. I hope I've helped do that."
Proceeds from Klondike Days help fund college scholarships for local high school graduates, as well as improving local infrastructure of all types.

And what does the future hold?

Klondike Days' current Executive Director, Christine Schilling puts it this way: "We want to continue our quest to bring joy, fun, and education to those thousands of families who come to Klondike Days -- and that means even better and more meaningful family events in a warm, affordable, and constantly upgraded and comfortable setting."

Eagle River, in northeastern Wisconsin, is about 241 miles north of Milwaukee; about 327 miles north of Chicago; and about 239 miles northeast of the Twin Cities.

For more information, contact the Eagle River chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center at 800-359-6315; e-mail them ; or visit Eagle River's Web site: www.eagleriver.org .

Rustic Manor will hold a drawing at midnight Friday -- all hotel guests are eligible - for two weekend passes to Klondike Days.  Check-in today and enjoy a fun weekend exploring the pioneering spirit of the north!
Check availability and ask for Kd2011 special rate to save 15% off already reduced March rates!

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Snowmobiling Continues... conditions fair/poor

Guests at the hotel headed out riding again today -- telling us that conditions away from town are considerably better then what we see from the highways. Warm temps have caused softening and melting on the trail, leaving a crusty base and deteriorating conditions. Here are photos from Tuesday afternoon on the Bo-Boen snowmobile trail right behind the hotel:

We are watching forecasts and hoping for more snow. At this point snowmobile trails are still rideable and many considered decent, although some have parked their sleds waiting for conditions to improve. Check out the Bo-Boen reports on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/boboen as well as links to various club reports around the area: http://rusticreports.blogspot.com/p/bo-boen-snowmobile-club.html

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Ice Masters 3-on-3 Hockey Tournament March 18-20, 2011

Plan now for a weekend of hockey up north!  The Eagle River Recreation Association (ERRA) to host the Ice Masters Tournament March 18-20, 2011. 

Ice Masters 14th Annual 3 on 3 Tournament
March 18 - 20, 2011

Our 14th Annual Ice Masters Classic 3 on 3 Tournament is rapidly approaching. This fast paced half ice game is a real hit among the players and spectators. This is our 14th YEAR and it is the biggest and longest running 3 on 3 tournament you can find. Come and join the over 4000 previous participants of this one of a kind event. This year we will again target 70 - 75 teams for the largest 3 on 3 tournament anywhere.

We anticipate having Mite, Squirt, Pee Wee, Bantam, and Girls divisions. The deadline for registration is March 1. However, each of the previous tournaments filled quickly, and we are anticipating a full tournament again this year. Submission prior to the deadline DOES NOT GUARENTEE you will be in the tournament. Registration applications are processed in the order received. Submit your registration early to assure your spot and confirm with an email that your registration has been sent and received.
Girls’ teams please note: Girls teams should register as U12, U14, U16 or U19, by February 25. The age divisions for the girls will be will determine by the registration response and teams will be contacted at that time. It is very doubtful that there will be 4 girls divisions, but if any given age group at least 4 teams, a tourney will be held for that age group. We may also merge age groups as needed. Feel free to go out and recruit additional teams for your age bracket.

The game is an amazingly fast half ice game similar to half court basketball. Upon change of possession, the puck must be cleared outside the blue line with all offensive players touching up prior to becoming involved in the play. The goalies compete as individuals and stay extremely busy. Our record to date is a PeeWee goalie facing 62 shots during the three six-minute minute periods.

All teams are guaranteed 3 games, with the possibility of playing 5, 6, or even 7 games in this modified double elimination format. Individual trophies are awarded to teams for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Thumper Bowl champs and for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place goalies in each division. Last year nearly a third of the participants left with individual trophies.

Additional information along with complete tournament rules will be sent to you upon receipt of your registration form. If you would like additional information, feel free to call me at (715) 891-1431 or email to: 3on3@erra.com.

Todd Monge - Tournament Coordinator

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

USA Pond Hockey National Championships this weekend

6th Annual Labatt Blue
USA Adult Pond Hockey Championships
February 11-13, 2011

USA Hockey and Labatt Blue invites you, your teammates and families to enjoy the experience at this year's 4 on 4 Pond Hockey Championships held on Dollar Lake. (Eagle River, WI just 15 minutes from Rustic Manor).   

Online scores and scheduleEvents Schedule
Pond Hockey Trivia Droid App | Facebook page

Videos:Morning Skate | Day 1 Highlights | Ice Repair 101
Photos:Volunteers plow the ice
Features:Prolific growth continues | Family atmosphere takes hold

More about pond hockey | 2010 Recap | Rules & Information

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Snowmobile Trail behind Rustic Manor

Bo-Boen and neighboring snowmobile trails throughout the WI northwoods are in great shape - photos taken February 10 right behind the Rustic Manor Motor Lodge:

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Snowmobile Trail Update - Feb 2

St Germain area snowmobile trails are lookin' good!

The Annual Vogel Groomer Show is currently underway - Feb 2-3, 2011: 

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011