Genuine beauty will save the world, a Mineral Point couple believes, and they are rescuing one of the nation’s oldest and still-operating commercial buildings to help prove that point.
The Walker House, built in 1836 as an end-of-the-line resting spot for train travelers and stagecoach riders, recently reopened with an additional purpose: The World Institute for Extreme Beauty.
The view from tall-as-me windows is of Millennium Park, Chicago’s near-Loop playground on Michigan Avenue. Home for the night is a corner bedroom, 20-some stories above ground.
I see ant-sized crowds sizing up their reflections in a shiny, 110-ton sculpture that resembles a drop of mercury. I watch one poker face after another fill the 50-foot-tall Crown Fountain, then dissolve from the twin glass towers. I admire the intense reds and yellows of autumn, enriched by morning light, and see headlights stretch for miles beyond dusk.
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“We just did a short trip around Wisconsin,” writes Barb Wesle of Stetsonville. “Go see the (architect Santiago) Calatrava addition at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The best show is at noon, when the wings close and reopen” on the iconic lakeshore structure. Joyce Carey of Madison seconds that motion. mam.org, 414-224-3200
Seventy miles southwest of New Orleans, thick fields of sugar cane are plentiful and even gas stations sell shrimp po’ boy subs that earn raves.
I am here to seek signs of redemption and find them between marshy waterways in Chauvin, population about 3,000 and true Louisiana bayou.
Chilly outdoor weather motivates me to turn on the oven or experiment in the kitchen through other means. A spa’s new recipe book, an event’s contest results and a hotel’s bold challenge provide just what I need to proceed.
Sundara Inn and Spa, Wisconsin Dells, celebrates its 10th anniversary with publication of the cookbook “Energize Your Soul: Wellness Cuisine for All Seasons” (Trails Books, $28). Executive chef John Williams provides at least 300 recipes (arranged by season) and cooking tips.
This out-of-the-blue challenge came from a stranger in New Jersey this month:
Soon, “three of us will be in Wisconsin for six days, intending to just drive around and see good things,” wrote Jim Elliott. “Could you please list 10 places/things that we absolutely MUST see or do in Wisconsin?”
In the thick sea of luxury RVs, scrappy trailers, tent awnings and dwindling daylight, I found Tom McIntosh of Appleton. The flapping Green Bay Packer flag at his base camp was a dead giveaway on these 20 acres of concrete in Kansas City.
McIntosh was here to cook this month but didn’t expect to smoke out almost all competitors at the annual American Royal World Series of Barbecue. No other barbecue contest in the world is bigger.
Gardens are about planting and growing, but most fruits of harvest on a two-acre plot in Sheboygan are not edible. What visitors reap are the words, characters and lessons that good books teach.
Bookworm Gardens, on the city’s outskirts at the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan, opened in 2010 as a way to inspire reading and make dozens of books for children seem real. Seven themed areas encourage exploration and illustrate book titles in a beautiful setting that is rich with color, especially during this time of year.
Recent reader mail contains all sorts of news and reflections. Let’s get right into it.
Several were in contact about the July 27 death of Dale Petkovsek, the owner of Sunset Pines Resort. Dale died within one month after I wrote about his property, whose design makes the needs of physically disabled travelers the top priority. Dale, a quadriplegic, took a fatal fall when his electric ramp at home malfunctioned or was disengaged.
A woman is dead and a 38-year-old man in custody after a 10-hour standoff in Kenosha Wednesday.
STURTEVANT — Gateway Technical College’s programs that seek to eliminate the “skills mismatch” between manufacturers and potential employees drew the praise of U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez Wednesday.
TWIN LAKES — Allied Plastics got the nods of approval it needed from the Plan Commission Wednesday to proceed with purchasing the Christmas tree lot on Holy Hill Road for use as a 140-stall parking lot.
The 2013 Crossing Borders Artist Market & Studio Tour this weekend provides an opportunity to see artists from southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois at work.
Entrepreneurs looking to open pawn or secondhand shops in Kenosha now have to abide by new rules dictating their location.
The spring election campaign for the Kenosha Unified School Board looks like it may be getting crowded.
At Bradford High School, about 350 kids will be getting a lesson in the Game of Life next week when — with the help of Educators Credit Union — the school holds Reality Check.
I may be exaggerating, but it feels like I’ve been eating cookies non-stop since mid-November.
SOMERS — A holiday boutique and bake sale will take place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Hawthorn Hollow, 880 Green Bay Road, Somers.
A Salem man stole a gun, police say, when he burglarized a home last month.
PLEASANT PRAIRIE — If two mobile home parks in the village fail to address outstanding zoning and building code violations, the owners’ licenses might not be renewed after their Dec. 31 expiration date.
The Kenosha County Board Tuesday authorized up to $1.7 million in bonds to pay for new software to replace an aging emergency dispatch system.
A plan to expand the Kenosha School of Technology Enhanced Curriculum received a unanimous committee recommendation Tuesday.
Women who have more breast milk than their babies can use are now able to become donors, dropping off their excess milk at a hospital in Racine so it can be pasteurized and used for premature and critically ill babies.
The city’s Commission on the Arts is hoping to improve communication between the group and the public.
A Beach Park, Ill., man arrested as part of a large drug bust this summer has been sent to prison.
KENOSHA — Students in grades K-6 are invited to make winter treasure bottles at the next “Cool Craft Fridays” event, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday at Northside Library, 1500 27th Ave.
SILVER LAKE — The village tax levy will increase 1.47 percent to help cover a 2.7 percent increase in expenses in Silver Lake.
SALEM — A pit bull killed a cat, then bit a teenager who tried to remove the animal from the dog’s jaws on Friday.
BRIGHTON — A 1.2 percent increase in the tax levy is needed to support a 2 percent increase in the Brighton town budget for 2014.
A popular mass transit tax credit — easing the pocketbook for many local Metra commuters — may be cut nearly in half starting Jan. 1.
Alderman Curt Wilson was talking to a constituent when he learned of a break-in in his district. An elderly woman awoke in the middle of the night and found an intruder in her home.
A man believed to be responsible for a spate of break-ins and attempted break-ins near Lincoln Park this fall has been charged.