I must open with a correction. It is too late for the primary election; however, my readers should know for the November vote: You contact your municipal clerk for clarification on your voting status, not the clerk of courts as I stated in my last column. The League of Women Voters had a voter services meeting recently where I learned of my error. Hope I caused no trouble for anyone. The committee made final plans for the voter forum on the referendum in Ashland County. Feedback is that it went well. You can access voting information on the league website at www.vote411.org.
We had a small meet-and-greet for Margaret Engebretson who ran for Sean Duffy’s position. It is always meaningful to be able to ask a candidate’s position on issues important to you. She endorses the legalization of marijuana and feels there should be Medicare for All. Please do your homework before the main election on Nov. 3.
Our guests from Kenosha just left after a fun weekend. Faye Liberty was my weaving teacher years ago, and we quickly became friends. She and her son Nate drove up Friday. Saturday, she held a trunk show her visiting artist to all visitors who entered. Her work is amazing. If you missed the show, you can see her wearable handwoven art at her website: www.libertyweaving.com. I was wearing the blouson she once gave me. Despite the heat, I was quite comfortable (and fashionable). Nate kayaked to the sea caves then the four of us had dinner together downtown.
It is so good to see Bayfield filled with tourists (except when you need a parking spot). Our shops are unique and visitors seem to enjoy them. One couple from Minneapolis who came to Bates told us that they were told in Ashland, “Go to Bayfield. That is where all the action is.” Very true.
The AquaFit women had a remarkable send-off party for Marlene and her son, Bob, who are soon moving to Minneapolis. I dug into our gift cabinet and found a set of fins for Bob who loves the water and is beginning to swim. For Marlene I found Don Albrecht’s black-and-white photo book. All who saw it were so impressed with the natural scenes, like the famous Sally selling her raspberries on the corner downtown. I had purchased the book at Bates a few years ago when they were the last ones left. So, I asked about the supply when I was there Saturday. Jennifer showed me they have single page photos and are hoping to receive a new book of Don’s work at any moment.
Events continue to abound. The Ashland County Fair runs this weekend in Marengo. My friend Wendy Young brought a flyer to the meet-and-greet. White winter Winery is hosting an Emergency Pig-Out on Sept. 2 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is a celebration and thank you fundraiser for Iron River Emergency Services and Fire Department. There will be a pork BBQ meal, live music, raffle prizes, games, and camaraderie.
Cornucopia has its Summer Concert series outside of the Sweet Shop on Aug. 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Folks are encouraged to picnic on the lawn (a tiny Ravinia). On the 17th the NGLVC will host an invasive species day from 1 p.m. to 4 pm. There will be an introductory lecture then an opportunity to bring your “plant” to be identified. The Herbster Studio Art Tour will take place on the 18th and 19th. This was the event that introduced me to Jane Herrick, fiber artist, and her lovely home studio. I subsequently took an exciting class from her.
On Aug. 24 there is a bat festival at 7 p.m., continuing Saturday until 5 p.m. We do have a few outstanding bat experts in our area. We once learned how to make bat-breeding houses from them. There is always Big Top and concerts/comedians at Harbor View in Washburn. Bayfield has its own Concerts in the Park near the Gazebo. Sailing abounds, and we have news of a new tall ship coming to us via Gordy Ringberg. We are not a sleepy community (well, sometimes in winter when we need to recover). Enjoy all these sunny moments and the visitors who come to share them.
Oops! Gotta go and change sheets for Mike’s best friend who arrives tomorrow…….