It is good to see so many visitors to our beautiful Chequamegon Bay. The sparkling waters are so welcoming. We chatted with Mayor Gordy Ringberg and learned that in addition to the Abbey Road, Bayfield will soon have a new tall ship. If you are interested, contact him. The shops are humming. The visitors are coming. As you already read, I had a wondrous time with my dear friend Tara simply “pottsing” about like two teenagers. Memory Lane is a great road to travel.
Saturday, we saw the train show at the Big Top Chautauqua. It was excellent, and we were thrilled to hear Warren Nelson back on stage. When selling the raffle tickets, I chat with so many tourists who love that tent and its music. The Native American Longhouse is being constructed now. One can watch and also see the display as to the stages of building.
Friday night, Rufus Wainwright had requested a voter registration table at the tent near his show. The League of Women Voters quickly responded. We even handed folks blueberries with their information as to how to register, where, and the documents that are necessary. Remember that if you have not voted for four years, you may want to reregister via your Clerk of Courts. If you have moved recently this is also necessary. The primary alection is Aug. 14. We also had a table at Brownstone Days and focused as much as possible on the young voters.
Speaking of registration, the Point-to-LaPointe Swim will be held this weekend. There are already 400-some swimmers signed up! That registration will take place at the new Wild Rice Retreat the afternoon of Aug. 3. If you have not seen the center, stop in to view it. It is beautiful.
A week from then, on Aug. 10 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Baileys are hosting a Reception for Margaret Engebretson who is running for representative for the 7th Congressional District. You readers are all invited to meet her. (We live 1.5 miles off of Highway 13 on Whiting Road.) Margaret is a retired veteran (three years active duty with the Navy) who, after some years as a union railroad worker, put herself through college and the University of Wisconsin Law School. She has a small-town law practice in Balsam Lake focusing on advocating for children and disabled adults. She stands for environment (water) and for single-payer Medicare for all that will cover everyone for a lifetime. Come and chat with her.
CORE, the agency for Aging in Place (your home, for instance) has hired a new program manager. Robin Whittaker called me to introduce herself, as she did for all CORE volunteers. This was a meaningful outreach. She can be found at CORE each weekday. Stop in at 14 S. Broad St. in Bayfield and welcome Robin.
Events for summer are going strong. Ladysmith Black Mambazo will play at Big Top this evening. I heard them in Duluth years ago and loved them. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band performs on Aug. 18. The Ninth Annual Port Wing Plein Air Painting Festival will take place from Aug. 2-5. You can watch 40 artists paint in the open air. Bayfield Summer Concerts are held each Thursday evening and are followed by a meet-and-greet. Berries are abundant in Bayfield orchards. Blueberries are enormous this year. Madeline Island remains fascinating. The two parks are beautiful to visit. The recently remodeled Woods Hall now holds outstanding weaving plus glassware, art, clay sculptures, cards, and more. It is within walking distance, next door to St. John’s Church. By the way, their famous rummage sale will be held this first weekend in August.
Enjoy your last months of summer in an amazing place. Hope to see you Aug. 10.