The Dubuque Area Lifestyle Magazine
PLAN A FALL
ART ON THE RIVER
The Story Behind An Artist
MORE THAN MUSIC
AT THE IRISH HOOLEY
ROCK N’ ROLL REWIND
Pictured: Jon Cino,
Long Island, NY
ART AND MUSIC FESTIVITIES
John Cino on Art .................. 22
Rock n’ Roll Rewind III ........ 26
What a Long Strange
Trip it’s Been ........................ 29
the Hooligan in Us All .......... 34
Distillery Tours ..................... 35
HISTORY AND HERITAGE
The Pfeiler Brothers’
Heritage Farm ...................... 38
Art Toepel’s Story ................. 46
A Look Inside .........................................2
Stepping Out ..........................................3
Humane Society Events ......................21
Pet of the Month ..................................21
The Bluebell Orchard ..........................36
Dubuque Food Co-op Update ............37
Volume 37, Number 8 August 2012
ART AND MUSIC
HISTORY AND HERITAGE .......38
FALL WEDDING FASHIONS
AND VENUES .............................41
LITERARY PLACE ......................49
Golf Tips ...............................................33
Voice For Change ................................53
Health Wellness and Lifestyle ............56
Family Links .........................................57
Wine and Spirits ..................................59
The Tasty Travelers .............................60
FALL WEDDING FASHIONS
Fashions Dazzle ................... 41
Catfish Charlie’s American
Lady Wedding Cruise ........... 42
and Wedding Destinations... 44
The Snipe Hunt ..................... 49
August 1945 ......................... 50
Lisa and the Chipmunks ...... 52
The Bad Taste of Rubber ..... 54
Restaurant Review ..............................62
At Your Table ........................................64
Restaurant Guide ................................70
BUSINESS AND FINANCE
Dubuque Chamber Ribbon Cuttings .68
Subscription Form ...............................72
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Volume 37, Number 8 • August 2012
P.O Box 801, Dubuque, IA 52004
401 Locust Street, Dubuque, IA 52001
Please email all event listings at
All feature or literary submissions at
Ellen Gallogly Brown, Connie Cherba, Ryan
Michael Decker, Lea Droessler, David Hammer,
Abby McIntosh, Ed Pahnke, Betty Taylor,
Maurice Theisen, Tiffany Vance
COVER PHOTO: John Cino, an artist from
Long Island, N.Y. poses next to his sculpture.
Photographer John Moran.
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a look inside
Hurray for the Hooligans, rock on to the Dark Side . . . and the musicians
performing this year at Rock n’ Roll Rewind. Yes, easily recalled
are the memories of the Ramp Dances where many danced to the
music of The Dutch Uncle and felt the sway of the top ramp under
the rhythmic pressure of hundreds of young rockers. If you are a fan,
plan to attend this year’s musical revival at Courtside on August 10
and 11. As with many entertaining events, proceeds will go to a good
cause, in this case, Albreight Acres.
Yes, you can be entertained for a good cause. Our community supports
events with profits helping those in need. As I venture further into
this commitment of time and benevolence, I have to say, YES…. I’ll
commit, and why not? Most fund raising events (even those perhaps out of our comfort zone or
remote interest) open doors that promise the rewards of a great time, new and interesting people
sharing a common cause, and, of course, knowing the money personally contributed will help.
It’s not selfless sacrifice… it’s rewarding on all levels. And our August issue will highlight a few
examples of some extremely fun FUNdraisers.
A special event happening at the end of this issue’s coverage, on September 2, Labor Day Weekend,
will be a new venture for Julien’s Journal. We’ve taken the step to promote our own fundraising
event that I think many of you will enjoy. Along with 365Ink, we are introducing the Dubuque Bluegrass
Festival to benefit the Marine Corps. Toys for Tots. There will be a Santa Claus in September.
In a very round-about way, this festival came to my attention when a friend and promoter of the
Mud Lake Bluegrass Festival, Jimmy Zmudka, had doubts of doing another. After a decade of
promoting a month of Bluegrass Sundays, Jimmy and his volunteers were growing weary. Cutting
to the chase and without hesitation from Bryce Parks, Publisher of 365Ink, we said, “Hey, why not?”
Many of the details are still coming together, but I promise you a fun-filled family event of music,
dancing, good food, beverages (beer and wine included) and good times. Yes, this too will benefit
another good cause. Look for the event highlights under Labor Day events in our calendar and
see more details to come on www.juliensjournal.com and our Facebook page, www.facebook/
Finally, I want to wish John Cino, and all of the artists who brought their sculptures to grace Art
on the River, a fond farewell. It was our pleasure to make your acquaintance and listen to many of
your personal challenges in bringing your masterpieces to our area, as well as your experiences
here in the Dubuque region. I hope you all find the time and initiative to come back to experience
our community’s culture, people and of course the Mississippi River.
Anything else???? Hooley highlights… fall weddings… a heritage farm on the move and much more.
Please enjoy this issue as we dive into the personal story behind many of our events, people and
history. To me, each issue continues to get better. I hope you feel the same. Please let us know
your comments on our features and column writers. How are we doing in your eyes? What would
you like us to highlight in the future? You can respond on our Facebook or email us at email@example.com.
So much to do with so little time. Pick your favorites, and support all this community has to offer.
As always, thank you to all of our advertisers and readers who make it possible to bring our
interviews, articles and stories each month. I encourage you to support them all and buy local.
Subscribe to Julien’s Journal with the form on page 72, or look all of our issues online at www.
juliensjournal.com. We also include community events in our event calendar that do not make our
deadline, as well as pictures and videos of those people and places we go. Visit us there every day
and capture updates. and maybe see you business, family, employees... or yourself!
Best regards to a great month,
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DUBUQUE ROTARY ROCK N’ SOUL
Saturday - July 28
Don’t forget to add the Dubuque Rotary Rock
and Soul Beach Party to your calendar for
July 28th, from 5:00-10:00 p.m. at the Alliant
Put on your Hawaiian shirt, your deck shoes
or flip flops, and come enjoy some good good
music, food, drinks and fun. Music from the
60’s, 70’s and 80’s by Risky Bizness (from
Chicago) starting at 6:30 p.m. Food, beer, wine,
Lime-a-rita’s, and soft drinks available. (Sorry,
no carry-ins). Great games and fun for all ages.
You’re going to love the band. Risky Business is
fantastic. They play everything from the Beach
Boys, Van Morrison, Rod Stewart, and Elvis to
the Rolling Stones, Jimmy Buffet, Buddy Holly,
Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton, The Beatles
and more. This group has wowed Dubuque in
the past and you’re sure to have a great time.
$5 donation at the door. All proceeds go to
benefit Hills and Dales and other Rotary philanthropies.
Want to help get the word out? You can JOIN
the event on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/events/383740638356006/
share it with your friends.
THE GREAT CARDBOARD BOAT RACE
Sunday, July 29
From 1:00-5:00 p.m. enjoy the Dubuque
Marina and Yardarm’s cardboard boat race.
Located at Ext. 1201 Shiras Ave., Dubuque,
the event will also feature water games, food,
prizes, drinks, and a dunk tank. A raffle will give
away three overnight stays at Four Mounds.
Fort Myers-based band Yard Dogs will provide
music beginning at 3:00 p.m. The event is free
to attend and boat entries (open to everyone)
are just $10. For more information, visit www.
fourmounds.org or the Yardarm Facebook
DUBUQUE MUSEUM OF ART EVENTS & EXHIBITS
Iowa’s oldest cultural institution established in 1874 located in the heart of downtown Dubuque’s
cultural corridor. The Dubuque Museum of Art seeks to excite, engage, and educate constituents
through the presentation of collections, exhibitions, and programming; to form mutually beneficial
partnerships to enhance the role of the arts within our community; and to adhere to professional
museum standards in all operations.
The museum is located at 701 Locust St. in Dubuque and features a permanent Grant Wood
Gallery. For more information about any Dubuque Museum of Art events or exhibits, please visit
www.dbqart.com or call (563) 557-1851.
Lunch and Learn Series: An American Art Sampler - Wednesday, August 1
Explore a slice of American art history in this four part series taught by the Museum Educator
from 12:10-12:50 p.m. Approachable and informative, the sessions will examine facets of American
art including the early days of empire and exploration, representations of the untamed and
urban landscape, genre works of Americans at work and play, and a look at rebels, ex-patriots
and prophets. Relax, bring your lunch and learn about American history through its art. Free for
members and $5.00 per session for non-members.
Current Exhibits – Ongoing
The Dubuque Museum of Art has a number of summer exhibits that are concluding this month,
including: Landscapes by Edward S. Curtis from The North American Indian Collection (closing
August 5); Life on the River, watercolors of Dubuque and the Mississippi by Alda Kaufman
(closing August 5); Grand Canyon and Venice, two landscapes by Thomas Moran from
a private collection (closing August 26); and selections from Arthur Geisert’s Country
Road ABC: An Illustrated Journey Through America’s Farmland (closing August 29).
Don’t miss these great exhibits.
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JO DAVIESS COUNTY FAIR
Thursday-Sunday, August 2-5
The 152nd Annual Jo Daviess County Fair,
sponsored by the Jo Daviess County Agricultural
Society, will be held August 4-7 p.m. at the
County Fairgrounds in Warren, IL.
Thursday, August 2, the carnival will open at
6:00 p.m. and shortly followed by entertainment
at the Grandstand at 6:15 p.m. At 7:00 p.m.,
the Jo Daviess County Fair Queen Contest and
Little Princess will be held.
Friday, August 3, begins with the Junior and
Open Dairy Show and the Open Beef Show at
9:00 a.m. At noon, the carnival and Martial Arts
for Kids will open. The rest of the day’s events
include Kiddie Karpenters, a watermelon eating
contest, kids bicycle giveaway and the Badger
State Tractor Pull. The beer tent will open at
9:00 p.m. with entertainment provided by Long
Hard Ride DJ Service.
Saturday, August 4, kicks off with the Junior and
OUTSIDE THE LINES ART GALLERY EXHIBITS AND EVENTS
Outside the Lines Art Gallery is located at 409 Bluff Street in historic Cable Car Square, and
features the art of local and near-regional artists. The gallery offers fine art, jewelry, ceramics,
and sculpture and more. Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday at 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
and Sundays 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.. For more information please call (563) 583-9343 or
Jessie Rebik and Delores Fortuna Exhibit – Ongoing
Dubuque, Iowa artist Jessie Rebik’s paintings are photo realistic, figurative works - oil on
panel. Each painting portrays a striking, solitary
subject, and their pose suggests reflection and
self awareness. Exhibiting with Rebik is Galena,
Illinois ceramicist, Delores Fortuna. Fortuna’s
basic wheel thrown shapes are the starting
points for her functional porcelain pottery. She
alters the clay walls much like a seamstress
would cut, fold and dart cloth to make a garment;
Fortuna handles the clay as fabric. These
artist will be on display until the end of August.
Artists Take Over the Porch –
Saturdays, August 4, 11, 18, & 25
Each Saturday through August will offer up a different artist who
will demonstrate their artistry and spend quality time with the visitors
to the gallery and Cable Car Square. This is a terrific low-key,
free meet and greet opportunity for anyone who would like to learn
more about the creative processes firsthand. The artist will be on
the porch from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The artists and art, respective
to each Saturday, are: Darcy Horn, beaded jewelry; Regina Riley,
basketmaking; Tom Christopher, pastel drawing/painting; and Linda
Lewis, coil built figurative sculpture.
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Open Sheep Show at 8:00 a.m. followed by a
continued Dairy and Beef Show. The carnival
will again open at noon as well as a talent
show at the Grandstand. Following events
will include a Farmers Class Horse Pull, baked
goods auction, demolition derby, and martial
arts demonstration. The beer tent will again
open at 9:00 p.m. and feature Crimson Head.
Sunday, August 5, the final fair day events
will begin at 10:00 a.m., including a draft
horse/mule hitch show, mini-rods tractor
pull, and Iron Anchor Pullers LLC. The
carnival and beer tent will open at noon
with Red Bomber DJ.
For more details on the Jo Daviess County
Fair, call the Jo Daviess County Extension Office
at (815) 858-2273 or go online to www.
FUNNY, YOU DON’T LOOK
LIKE A GRANDMOTHER
Friday-Sunday, August 3-19
This humorous musical revue at Bell Tower
Theater looks at modern grandmothers in a
whole new light. Celebrate these new grandmas
as they navigate through jobs, friends,
shopping, and most of all, their relationship
with that incredible new baby. Call (563) 588-
3377 or visit belltowertheater.net for tickets or
Friday-Sunday, August 3-5
The Dubuque Regional Sports Commission
will host the second Mantastic Guyathlon.
The Mantastic Guyathlon will include teams
of 2 people and some skill level, if you wish,
in the four sports of golf, bowling, bean bags
and a softball hitting contest. A
perfect opportunity to participate
in a weekend filled with pure
competition and maybe
even a chance to prove
just how manly you really
are. Entry form and payment
must be received
by no later than August 2. For more
informa- tion, visit traveldubuque.com/
MUSIC IN THE GARDENS
Sundays, August 5, 12, 19, & 26
The Dubuque Arts Council Music in the Gardens
series brings a wide variety of professional
entertainment to the beautiful Dubuque
Arboretum and Botanical Gardens on Sunday
evenings. All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. and
are free. August concerts include: The Brewz
Brothers, a Blues Brothers tribute band on
August 5; Dukes of Dubuque directed by Paul
Hemmer on August 12; The Brass Quintet, a
professional Dubuque group on August 19; and
Soulsa, Latin music from salsa to mambo and
more on August 26. Check out the Dubuque
Arts Council website at www.dbqartscouncil.
org or visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dbqartscouncil.
TOAST AND JAM AT PARK FARM WINERY
Fridays & Sundays, August 5, 10, 12, 19,
24, 26, & 31
August is a music-filled month at Park Farm
Winery. Every Sunday and select Fridays from
5:00-8:00 p.m. features a different talent: Blue
Willow Duo on August 5, TBD musician on
August 10, Kevin Beck and Johnny Walker on
August 12, Boots Hefel Band on August 19,
Danika Holmes on August 24, Mississippi Band
on August 26, TBD musician on August 31, and
Finger Lickin’ Good on September 2. For more
information, visit www.parkfarmwinery.com.
The Carnegie-Stout Public Library at 11th and
Bluff in Dubuque offers many free programs for
children, teens, and adults. Kids’ and teens’
summer programs require registration with the
Children’s Help Desk one week in advance.
Visit the library for complete information or call
(563) 589-4225. You may also visit the library
online at www.dubuque.lib.ia.us, read the blog
at carnegiestout.blogspot.com or “like” the
library on Facebook at www.facebook.com/
Registration is not required for any story time,
however parental participation is a must.
Read-Aloud Crowd –
Wednesdays, August 1, 8, & 15
At 10:00 or 10:45 a.m., stories, sing-alongs,
movement activities, games, and lots of fun
– recommended for children ages 3-6 with a
Kennedy Mall Story Time –
Thursday, August 2
Not only does Carnegie-Stout Public Library
offer Kennedy Mall drop off and reserve pickup
of materials, the Library also presents Story
Times! At 10:30 a.m., take a break from your
shopping or plan a trip to join Library staff in
this unique setting. On the first Thursday of the
month, in partnership with Kennedy Mall and
Finley Hospital, we offer wellness themed stories
and songs at the Finley Play Area between
Sears and Younkers.
Pajama Story Time –
Thursdays, August 2 & 9
From 6:30-7:00 p.m., wear your jammies and
join us for stories, songs, games and fun for children
age 3 through the early elementary grades.
Toddler Time – Mondays, August 6 & 13
At 9:15, 10:00, or 10:40 a.m., these twentyminute
programs feature short stories, songs,
and movement activities for children ages 18
to 35 months with a favorite adult.
Mother Goose Time –
Tuesdays, August 7 & 14
At 10:30 a.m.. children ages birth to 18 months
and a favorite adult will learn rhymes, songs, and
action rhymes during this interactive program.
This program gives your child the opportunity to
hear diverse vocabulary while you get to know
other families. A fifteen-minute social time with
toys, and your friends will follow the sessions.
THIS MONTH AT CARNEGIE-STOUT PUBLIC LIBRARY
Reading with Rover – Saturday, August 11
Dogs love stories, but can’t read to themselves!
Reading with Rover, from 10:30-11:15 a.m., is a
partnership of the Dubuque Regional Humane
Society and Carnegie-Stout Public Library for
kids in grades K-3. Kids will get the opportunity
to read to a pet, or they can just listen to a pet
story along with some canine companions.
Please do not bring your own dog, a Dubuque
Humane Society Volunteer will provide a group
of kid-friendly dogs each month.
LEGO ® Club – Saturday, August 11
From 2:00-3:00 p.m., LEGO ® fans ages 7-12
are invited to come to the library to build, create
and have fun. The library provides the LEGO ®
sets, you provide the know-how! LEGO ®
creations will be exhibited in the library. The
program will be held in the Aigler Auditorium on
the 3rd floor. Space is limited and registration is
required. Please register by calling the Library at
(563) 589-4225 and ask for the Children’s Help
Desk at extension 2228. LEGO ® donations are
B’Tween Book Club –
Thursday, August 23
For ages 9-12, this book club meets once a
month from 4:00-4:45 p.m. Please register at
the Children’s Help Desk and pick up a copy of
the book, 100-Year-Old Secret by Tracy Barrett,
our August selection.
Teens “R” Reading Book Club –
Monday, August 20
For ages 12-18, this book club meets once a
month from 4:00-4:45 p.m. Please register at
the Children’s Help Desk and pick up a copy of
the book, Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman,
our August selection
Teen Advisory Board –
Thursday, August 30
What programs would you like to see for teens at
the Library? What music titles and graphic novels
should we add to our collection? If you are
ages 12 through high school you can help make
these decisions and become a part of the Teen
Advisory Board at 4:00 p.m. the last Thursday
of every month. This is a lot of fun and a great
opportunity to earn volunteer credit for school.
All adult programs are free of charge, and the
public is cordially invited to attend. For more
information, please call (563) 589-4225 and
ask for the Reference Desk or visit the Library’s
website at www.dubuque.lib.ia.us.
Chess Club – Wednesdays & Saturdays,
August 4, 7, 18, & 21
The Dubuque Chess Club meets on the
2nd floor of the Carnegie-Stout Public Li-
brary. Wednesday meetings are 6:00-9:00
p.m. and Saturdays 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
All ages are welcome to attend these free
sessions. Visit the Chess Club’s website at
dubuquechessclub.home.mchsi.com for the
current meeting dates and news about upcoming
Graphic Content – Tuesday, August 14
The Library’s graphic novel discussion group
meets every other month. Open to anyone 18
or older, registration is required. From 7:00-
8:30 p.m. we will discuss our August selection:
Tommy Taylor and The Bogus Identity by
Mike Carey, the first volume of his ongoing
series The Unwritten. Copies are available at
the Circulation Desk.
Movie Night @ Your Library ® –
Thursday, August 23
Carnegie-Stout Public Library in Dubuque
will show a movie suitable for adult audiences
at 6:00 p.m. Admission, snacks, and
friendly discussion are free. Movie titles will be
announced about three weeks before show
The Carnegie-Stout Public Library Adult Services
Department continues its series of free
computer classes. Each class is limited to nine
students, and advance registration is required.
Additional classes may be added based on
demand. To register, stop at the Reference
Desk or call (563) 589-4225. All classes are
held from 9:00-10:30 a.m. on the adult internet
computers on the second floor.
Computer Basics – Wednesday, August 1
This two-week class is designed for those with
little or no experience with computers. In this, the
second session, we learn the basics of Microsoft
Word, a common word processing program.
Beginners’ Internet –
Wednesdays, August 8 & 15
This two-week class is designed to follow
Computer Basics and teach fundamentals of
using the Internet. In the first session we discuss
the basics of getting online and using a
web browser as well as some simple computer
security tips. In the second session we learn
how to use Google to find web pages.
Intermediate Computing –
Wednesdays, August 8 & 15
This two-week class is designed for those
who wish to build upon a basic understanding
of computers. In the first session we use
Microsoft Word and the Internet to learn about
printing, copying and pasting text and images,
and file management. In the second session we
discuss email functions such as downloading
and sending attachments and maintaining an
electronic address book.
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ACOUSTIC AUGUST AT THE GRAND OPERA HOUSE
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of
Fleet Street –
Thursday-Sunday, August 2-5
The college/high school musical production,
Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s chilling,
suspenseful, heart-pounding masterpiece
of murderous barber-ism and culinary crime,
concludes its run this month. Performances
are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2:00
p.m. Sunday. Visit www.thegrandoperahouse.
com for details. (Rated R.)
The Music of Simon and Garfunkel –
Saturday, August 11
At 7:30 p.m., AJ Swearingen’s warm baritone
and Jonathan Beedle’s soaring tenor combine
flawlessly to capture the essence and magic of
Simon & Garfunkel’s sound of the early years.
With a quiet stage and an acoustic guitar,
their tribute re-creates the memories of the
The Iowa Opera House Project –
Saturday, August 25
At 7:30 p.m., enjoy a family-friendly, two-hour
program of acoustic music from four Iowa-
MUSIC ON THE MARCH 2
Friday, August 3
The Colts Drum and Bugle Corps’ traditional
“home shows” are not be in Dubuque this
summer due to the construction at Senior High
School’s Dalzell Field. Music on the March 2
(the Colt Cadet’s sponsored
show) is Friday, August 3
at the Oskaloosa, IA City
Stadium at 7:30 p.m.
Further information can
be found at www.colts.
org or by calling (563)
With chef aNdreW
executive chef andrew’s creative and
sophisticated style separates caroline’s from
the “typical” hotel restaurant and offers,
instead, a unique culinary “experience”.
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based singer/songwriter groups: Thankful Dirt,
John Waite, Sam Knutson and Milk & Eggs.
Cowboy Western Double-Feature –
Sunday, August 26
At 2:00 p.m., the Grand will take you back to
the days of the cowboy western with the 1937
western musical Billy the Kid Returns, featuring
Roy Rogers, followed by a live performance
by the award-winning cowboy yodelers KG &
The Ranger. They yodel in harmony and keep
the audience entranced with interesting bits
of history about the cowboy songs they sing.
Kids will love seeing Ranger Rick twirl his lariat
in a fascinating display of trick rope-spinning.
MIDWEST SCROLL SAW TRADE SHOW
Friday-Saturday, August 3-4
Make plans now to attend the 16th Annual
Midwest Scroll Saw Trade Show, the oldest,
largest scroll saw event in the U.S. These
two big days are filled with classes, seminars,
demonstrations, contests, door prizes & much
more at the High School Field House at 1996
U.S Hwy 14 West, Richland Center, WI – a
gorgeous, air-conditioned facility. Registration
opens at 8:00 a.m. both days. Trade show
hours are 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Friday and
8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Saturday. For complete
details, visit www.midwesttradeshow.com.
New features include:
caribbean Jerk fajitas
blackened chicken melt
chicken mac & cheese
Portabella and Parmesan
hearty Seafood bouillabaisse
creamy cheese Stuffed Peppadews
roasted Pork tenderloin
chipotle cider roasted chicken
SHULLSBURG MUSIC IN THE PARK
The City of Shullsburg’s free family concerts
are held 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Badger Park.
Food and beverage will be available for
purchase and concert goers are encouraged
to bring their lawn chairs or blankets.
The events are held rain or shine. For more
information, visit Shullsburg online at www.
Tak’n the Fifth – Thursday, August 2
Hailing from Platteville and Potosi, Wisconsin,
this talented trio of musicians has been
together since 2004, coming out of their
basement roots in full force to entertain
throughout the tri-state area. With a genre
of contemporary classic rock and a splash
of country, their wide range of covers span
from Neil Diamond and Johnny Cash to Eric
Clapton and The Eagles. A unique band,
with a unique sound. A hog roast will be
provided by Russell Law Offices, SC with
proceeds benefitting the Benton/Shullsburg
girls basketball starting at 6:00 p.m.
The Mississippi String Band –
Thursday, August 9
Spanning over four decades of experience
in the tri-state area music scene, this group
draws from their roots as the original Mississippi
Band out of Dubuque, Iowa. They were
awarded membership to the Iowa Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. This acoustic version
of the band accentuates the band’s raw
musical abilities on guitar, dobro, harmonica,
fiddle, mandolin and blended vocals. Classic
rock favorites, bluegrass, folk, country, original
songs and their crowd pleasing agenda
makes for the perfect show combination.
The Shullsburg Lions Club will be holding
their annual chicken dinner fundraiser that
evening, starting at 6:00 p.m.
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Mercy Hospital is located at 250 Mercy Drive,
Dubuque. Please call the respective numbers
listed below, or visit www.mercydubuque.com/
events to register or call (563) 582-4784 for
details about these August offerings.
Pediatric Genetics Clinic –
Thursday, August 2
This program, a Children’s Hospital of Iowa
Outreach, will take place from 8:30 a.m.-5:00
p.m. at the Mercy Ground Floor. Call (319)
356-2674 or 1-800-260-2065 to schedule an
Pediatric Cardiology Clinic –
Friday, August 3
This program, a Children’s Hospital of Iowa
Outreach, will take place from 8:30-11:00 a.m.
at the Mercy Ground Floor. Call 1-877-891-
5350 to schedule an appointment.
Birth Preparation for Expectant Parents –
ongoing beginning Tuesday, August 7
Join a three-session evening class offered for
Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 7:00-9:00 p.m.,
or participate in the one-session Saturday class
MISSISSIPPI MOON BAR
Plenty of music and comedy is in store this August
at the Mississippi Moon Bar. The month’s
Don Reese (Comedian) – August 1
Fritts & Baragona – August 2
Hard Salami – , August 3
Club 84: Grease is the Word – August 4
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators
– August 7
Nick Vatterott – August 8
Williams & Dougherty (Dueling Pianos) – August
Divas of Rock ‘n’ Soul – August 10
Exile & Juice Newton – August 11
Seaman & Baragona – August 16
Taylor Mason – August 17
Club 84: Down Under Night – August 18
DC Malone – August 22
The Wailers – August 23
Club 84: Back to School – August 25
Fryman (Comedian) – August
Tommy Roe – Friday, August 31
Information at www.diamondjo.com and at the
Diamond Jo Casino’s Diamond Club. Must be
21 or older to attend shows.
WELLNESS OFFERINGS AT MERCY HOSPITAL
from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Sessions are offered:
Tuesdays, August 7, 14, 21; Wednesdays,
August 22, 29, September 5; and Saturday,
August 11. Sessions include a tour of the Birth
Center. Early registration is recommended as
class size is limited.
Breastfeeding Class – Thursday, August 9
This class for expectant and new parents is
offered the second Thursday of every month
from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Sibling Class – Monday, August 13
For children 3-10 years of age and their expectant
parents, this class is offered the second
Monday of every month at 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Pediatric Gastrointestinal (GI) Clinic –
Tuesday, August 14
This program, a Children’s Hospital of Iowa
Outreach, will take place from 9:00 a.m.-1:30
p.m. at the Mercy Ground Floor. Call 1-877-
891-5350 to schedule an appointment.
Pediatric Cardiology Clinic –
Friday, August 17
This program, a Children’s Hospital of Iowa
Outreach, will take place from 8:30-11:00 a.m.
at the Mercy Ground Floor. Call 1-877-891-
5350 to schedule an appointment.
Child Safety Seat Check & Installation –
Saturday, August 18
Sponsored by Dubuque Child Passenger
Safety Coalition, Anderson-Weber at 3450
Center Grove Drive, Dubuque, will install and
DUBUQUE COUNTY LIBRARY EVENTS
Nook Workshop – Saturday, August 11
Are you tired of buying books for your nook?
At 3:00 p.m. at the Asbury Branch , stop by
for an informative session that will demonstrate
how to download library e-books to your nook.
Book Talk – Tuesday, August 14
Would you like to know what some of the hot
new books are in the library and learn new ways
for finding book recommendations? Stop by
at 10:00 a.m. at the Holy Cross Branch for an
informative book talk.
Girls and Books (GAB) –
Thursday, August 16
GAB is an adult book discussion group that
currently meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Peosta
Branch. New members are welcome.
Movie Night – Thursday, August 23
Join us, 7:00 p.m. at the Epworth Branch, for
a new release or requested movie. A snack will
check child safety seats from 10:00 a.m.-noon.
Reservations are required. Call (563) 556-3281
and ask for a Car Seat Fit appointment. Held
rain or shine. Bring your vehicle, car seat, and
child if possible.
Make Room for Baby –
Monday, August 20
For expectant & adoptive parents, grandparents,
& teenage siblings, this class is offered
the third Monday of every month from 7:00-
VNA Pediatric Immunization Clinic –
Thursday, August 23
From 1:30-5:30 p.m. at the Mercy Ground Floor
for children age 2 months to 18 years, on Title
19, or without private insurance coverage for
immunizations. Appointments are required. Call
(563) 556-6200 or toll free 1-800-862-6613.
MINES OF SPAIN RECREATION
The Mines of Spain Recreation Area and E.B.
Lyons Interpretive and Nature Center are located
on 1380 acres of beautiful wooded and
prairie land just south of
Dubuque, IA. The area
has been designated as
a National Historic Landmark
and includes Julien
Dubuque’s Monument at
a point just above where
Catfish Creek meets the
Mississippi. One of Iowa’s
“Watchable Wildlife Areas,”
it features the E.B.
Lyons Interpretive Center
which serves as the Visitor Center and the
Park Office. Come see the Horseshoe Bluff
Interpretive Trail, the 15-acre wetland, creeks,
forest, prairies, cropland, meadows and the
Mississippi River from a bald eagle’s view.
Picnic with us, go for a hike or cross country
ski on one of our many trails and maybe you
will capture a glimpse of a song bird, bobcat,
red-shouldered hawk, flying squirrel, whitetailed
deer, wild turkey or various butterflies
along the Mississippi River Bluffland.
All events are at the EB Lyons Center, 8991
Bellevue Heights, unless otherwise noted. For
more information, visit www.minesofspain.org.
Owl Pellets – Thursday, August 2
Children ages 6-9 can examine owl pellets
and learn about these creatures from 3:00-
Raptors! – Saturday, August 11
McBride Raptor Center comes to E.B. Lyons
Center at 1:00 p.m. to share knowledge about
raptors and the opportunity to see live hawk
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TASTE OF DUBUQUE
Saturday, August 4
An early August tradition sponsored by the Dubuque County Historical Society, Taste of Dubuque
offers more mouth-watering food favorites than you could possibly eat, plus live music, cold beer,
entertainment, kids games, and more all at the Port of Dubuque. Featured entertainment includes
Finger Lickin’ Good and Nashville recording artist Doug Allen.
Taste of Dubuque provides the perfect opportunity
to sample some of the city’s best food. Nearly
two dozen of Dubuque’s finest food vendors will
be on hand to satisfy any and all food cravings.
Finger Lickin’ Good is a four piece band that
plays classic rock, blues, and country music.
This is an accomplished group of musicians
who have been entertaining people in the
Tri-State area for the last three decades. The
attitude is fun, and the music is great. Bring
your dancin’ shoes!
Doug Allen’s good looks, smooth moves and powerful baritone will
have you swooning. He has toured over 85 countries, performing
nationally from the Las Vegas strip to major casinos and resorts
throughout the world. He has been an opening act for numerous
major American recording artists and has been awarded a Certificate
of Appreciation for entertaining the Armed Forces. He is entertainment
with a capital E.
Admission to the Taste of Dubuque is free, however, the Dubuque
County Historical Society will be accepting donations at the admission gate. All proceeds will
benefit the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, Mathias Ham House Historic Site, Old
Jail Museum and the National Rivers Hall of Fame — properties operated and maintained by the
Dubuque County Historical Society. For more information, visit www.mississippirivermuseum.com.
PROGRAMS AT HURSTVILLE INTERPRETIVE CENTER
The Hurstville Interpretive Center and surrounding
complex, located at 18670 63rd St.,
Maquoketa, IA, is open to the public with no
admission fee. It is a wonderful place to spend
a day viewing exhibits or watching wildlife and
learning more about Iowa’s natural resources
at your own leisure. Visit www.jacksonccb.com
for more information.
Youth Outdoor Skills Day &
Ultimate Outdoors Competitions –
Saturday, August 4
A day of outdoor recreation and challenges
begins at 9:00 a.m. at Hurstville Fishing Pond.
Put together a team of four to six people to
compete in canoeing, archery, fishing, camp
fire starting, tent pitching, and more. Great fun
for the whole family (ages 7 and up). For cost
or to register by August 1, call (563) 652-3783.
Prairie Hike – Sunday, August 12
The prairie is a beautiful place in late summer.
Join a naturalist at 2:00 p.m. at the Interpretive
Center in discovering all the living things that
inhabit the Hurstville Prairie. All ages welcome.
JCCB Board Meeting –
Tuesday, August 14
Summer meetings start at 6:00 p.m. at Pine
Valley with a tour of the grounds followed by
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the business meeting. The public is welcome
Coldwater Cave Adventure –
Saturday-Sunday, August 18-19
A great opportunity to explore Iowa’s longest
and most spectacular cave in Winneshiek
County! Coldwater has 17 miles of passageways
and only a limited number of people enter
the cave each year. This is a rugged trip. Participants
must be 18 years or older and must
be in very good physical shape. More details
to come. Limited space is available; sign-up by
calling (563) 652-3783.
Nature Did It First – Sunday, August 19
Velcro and wind turbine designs – what do they
have to do with nature? At 2:00 p.m., come
to the Hurstville Center and explore some of
the inventions and materials that have been
inspired by people who viewed nature with an
Bison: Supermarket of the Prairie –
Sunday, August 26
Food, shelter, tools, and toys. Join us at the
Interpretive Center to explore the many ways
Native Americans relied on the bison for their
needs. We’ll also play some games based on
Native American games.
Saturday, August 4
Missoula Children’s Theatre presents Rumpelstiltskin
, an original adaptation of the classic
children’s story, at the Ohward Fine Arts
Center in Maquoketa, IA. This heart-warming
tale of mischief and friendship answers more
questions than just “What is that little man’s
name?” For more information, visit www.
American Legion Tonnage Tournament –
Saturday, August 4
Registration from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. at Riverside
Park Boat Landing; Weigh-Inn at 3:00 p.m. at
the Lion’s Shelter, Riverside Park, Cassville, WI.
Contact Steve Kirschbaum at (608) 725-5394
for more information.
Stonefield’s Railroad Days –
Saturday-Sunday, August 18 & 19
“All Aboard” and take a trip back in time when
trains were the main source of transportation
for both people and goods. The day will feature
activities and displays related to railroading,
music, story telling, and a bank robbery. Visit
the Stonefield Depot, hop up into the caboose,
view model-railroading trains and stop at the
“End of the Line” Hobo Camp and more. Takes
place at the Stonefield State Historic Site, 2195
County VV, Cassville, WI; contact Peg Rewey at
(608) 725-5210 for more information.
Fall Classic – Saturday, August 25
Open to the public, the Fall Classic will take
place at the Conservation Club, 10310 Cadwell
Rd., Cassville, WI. Contact John Reding at
(608) 725-5017 for more information.
MUSIC IN THE VINEYARDS
Sundays, August 5 & 19
From 3:00-6:00 p.m., rain or shine, enjoy chilled
wines, Iowa cheeses, and barbeque pork sandwiches
at Tabor Home Winery. You are welcome
to bring a picnic, but no alcohol please.
There is no cover charge. The winery is one
mile north of Baldwin, Iowa. GPS (+42.0936,
-90.8556). David Zollo will be featured on
August 5 and Scott and Michelle Dalziel will
perform August 19. For more information, visit
HOSPICE OF DUBUQUE HAPPENINGS
Hospice of Dubuque, located at 1670 JF Kennedy
Rd., has been providing compassionate
care for terminally ill and their loved ones since
1983. For more information, visit www.hospiceofdubuque.org.
Bill’s Tap Fish Fry – Monday, August 6
Join us for some great food and fun at the
annual Bill’s Tap Customer Appreciation Fish
Fry for Hospice of Dubuque at Bill’s Tap, Main
St. in Farley, IA.
Custom Riders Inc., Tour de Dubuque –
Saturday, August 18
Everyone is invited to join Custom Riders,
Inc., in conjunction with the Dubuque Bicycle
Club and custom car clubs for the 14th annual
ride for Hospice of Dubuque. The scenic ride
will take the motorcycles, bicycles and cars
throughout the tri-states. For a pledge sheet or
for additional information on the route or how to
participate, visit www.hospiceofdubuque.org.
Irish Hooley – Saturday, August 25
Enjoy a day of music, food, Irish dancing and
cultural exhibits. Stay for the evening music
featuring celtic rock. Irish Hooley is featured in
this issue of Julien’s Journal.
BELLEVUE FARMERS’ MARKET
Saturdays, August 4, 11, 18, & 25
The Bellevue Farmers’ Market supports small
family farms by providing a viable place for
them to sell their farm-fresh produce directly
to the consumer and provides a community
event for Bellevue that is festive, educational
and beneficial. The market takes place from
7:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Bellevue’s downtown
gazebo. For more information or become a
vendor, visit www.bellevuefarmersmarket.org.
DUBUQUE FARMERS’ MARKET
Saturdays, August 4, 11, 18, & 25
The summer Dubuque Farmers’ Market
has been located in the Upper Main district
since 1845. Each Saturday morning, May
through October, local vendors gather to sell
homegrown or handmade items. Located in
downtown Dubuque, Iowa, in the area around
City Hall (Iowa, 12th, and 13th streets) from
7:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. For more information or
to become a vendor, visit www.dubuquemainstreet.org/fm.html.
Wednesday at the Movies: Secretariat –
Wednesday, August 8
1:00-3:00 p.m. at Kehl Diabetes Center, 1560
University Ave., witness the spectacular journey
of an incredible horse and the moving story
of his unlikely owner, a housewife who risked
everything to make him a champion. For senior
audiences, age 60 years and older. Please
register by calling (563) 589-4899.
Pre-Diabetes: What Can I Do Now? –
Thursdays, August 9 & 16
1:00-3:00 p.m. and 1:00-2:00 p.m. respec-
WELLNESS OFFERINGS AT FINLEY HOSPITAL
tively at Kehl Diabetes Center, 1560 University
Ave., this 2-part class will help you learn what
you can do to prevent or delay the onset of type
2 diabetes. Part 1 will focus on an overview of
diabetes and pre-diabetes management while
part 2 will focus on successes and barriers
met in the past week and will have you leaving
with an individual plan for success. For more
information or to register, call (563) 589-4899
or toll free at (888) 589-4899.
Diabetes Express – Monday, August 20
5:30-7:30 p.m. at Kehl Diabetes Center, 1560
University Ave., learn about type 2 diabetes
and the importance of healthy blood sugar
control and strategies to protect future health.
To register, please call (563) 589-4263.
SUMMERFEST WITH THE R FACTOR
Friday, August 10
What is the connection between a local festival and workforce development?
Summerfest Dubuque is the event that raises money for students entering
a skilled occupation with plans to stay in the tri-state area after graduation.
The versatile Minneapolis party band, The R Factor, returns to the Town Clock
as the headline attraction for Summerfest Dubuque 2012. The evening will
begin at 5:00 p.m. with some old time rock-n-roll with The Legends, and then
we’ll keep the party going at 7:00 p.m. when The R Factor takes the stage.
Join us under the Town Clock on Friday, August 10, from 5:00-10:00 p.m. to get the weekend
started. Admission to Summerfest Dubuque is free. Volunteers from the Dubuque County Deputy
Sheriffs’ will accept free-will donations at the gate to be included in the Education-to-Employment
Returning to headline the event is The R Factor.
They perform the musical gamut with a skill level
that is second to none. They have a repertoire of
400 songs covered by vocalists of unmatched
versatility, backed by rhythm and string sections,
which include some of the most experienced musicians
in the Midwest. This ensemble was a smash
hit at the last seven Summerfest Dubuque events.
The fabulous Legends of Rock ‘N’ Roll is one of the
tri-state’s top rockin’ dance bands. The Legends is
made up of four musicians with a common goal, to
share and enjoy the legendary music made famous in the rock & roll era of the 50’s 60’s and 70’s.
Come out and hear your favorites including: The Beach Boys, Beatles, Buddy Holly, The Crystals,
Stones, Patsy Cline, and many more of the all time greats.
Proceeds from this event, organized by the Dubuque Area Labor-Management Council with the
help of dozens of employers and unions, will fund the Council’s “Education-to-Employment Grant
Program” for students entering skilled occupations in demand in the tri-state area. Applications
for grants and more information can be found at www.dalmc.com.
Wednesday, August 8
PWI/Galena Chamber’s guest speaker, Deb Gauldin, will discuss women’s
well-being, morale and healthcare from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m at the DeSoto
House Hotel. Deb has contributed to The Princess Principle: Women
Helping Women Discover Their Royal Spirit and Humor Us: America’s
Funniest Humorists on the Power of Laughter. She will leave you feeling
valued, renewed and recommitted personally and professionally. To register
or for more information, visit www.pwigalena.org.
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RIVER LIGHTS BOOKSTORE
New Book Clubs Begin
Thursdays, August 9 & 16
River Lights Bookstore, 1098 Main St.,
Dubuque, has two new book groups forming.
Art Lovers are invited to join the Page & Palette
book group, first meeting August 9 at 6:30 p.m.
The read will be Luncheon of the Boating Party
by Susan Vreeland, led by art historian Julie
Schlarman. The Chow Bella group will focus
on books for people who love good food. Their
first meeting (and chocolate tasting), August
16, will be at Cookin’ Something Up, 1640 JF
Kennedy Rd., at 6:00 p.m. Their first book will
be Paris, My Sweet by Amy Thomas. There is
a cost for both book groups. The books are
available at River Lights Bookstore and more
information can be found at www.rlb2e.com.
Fall Writing Workshops
Monday, August 20-27th, 6-8 p.m.
A beginning Writing for Publication is designed
to jumpstart your writing and help you begin
your journey on the path to publication. This
event is given by Mary Potter Kenyon
Two sessions are offered – Cost is $15 each or
$26 for both. Pre-registration is required and
class size is limited.
NEW DIGGINGS MUSIC FESTIVAL
Friday-Sunday, August 10-12
The 7th Annual New Diggings General Store
Music Festival in New Diggings, Wisconsin
features an entire weekend of food, free live
music, and fun! This year’s lineup will feature:
Apple Dumplins at 8:00 p.m. on Friday;
Eugene Smiles Project at 2:00 p.m. and
Aaron Williams and the Hoo Doo at 8:00 pm.
on Saturday; and Blackwater Gin at 2:00 p.m.
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GETTING’ DOWN IN THE DISTRICT –
BLOCK PARTY SCREENING EVENT
Thursday, August 9
The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival,
in conjunction with The Millwork District and
Voices from the Warehouse, will host Gettin’
Down in the District – Block Party Screening
Event on Thursday, August 9 with a collaborative
The free Block Party will start at 4:00 p.m.
and feature artists from the upcoming Voices
from the Warehouse event. Other participants
include: the Dubuque Food CO-OP, Dubuque
Art Center, Dubuque Main Street, and Fly By
Night Productions. Gronen Properties will
host tours of the newly renovated lofts in the
Caradco Building. Live music will be provided
by Boomtangle. This event will coincide with
the Iowa Legislature visit.
The block party will culminate with a film
screening of the award-winning film A Million
Spokes – which won Best of Iowa at the
Julien Dubuque Int’l Film Festival in April. A
Million Spokes Producer, Susan Gorrell, will
be a guest at the event. The film screening will
kickoff with the announcement of the winner of
the Dupaco Credit Union ‘Shift Into Thrift’ Video
contest. Visit www.dupaco.com/videocontest
for more information. Submission deadline for
the contest is July 31.
This event was made possible by a grant from
the National Endowment for the Arts.
DISNEY’S MY SON PINOCCHIO
Friday-Sunday, August 10-12
Join the Blue Fairy, Stromboli and a lively cast
of characters as Geppetto journeys beyond the
Toy Shop to discover what makes the “perfect
child” in this Rising Star Theatre Company production.
Performances are 7:00 p.m. August
10 and 11 and 2:00 p.m. August 11 and 12 at
Five Flags Theatre. For more information, visit
Friday, August 10
The East Dubuque Lions Club is holding an
auction to benefit the East Dubuque community
at 6:00 p.m. at the Silver Eagle Event Center,
Hwy. 20, East Dubuque, IL. Auction items include
golf outings, restaurant
meals, gift certificates,
hotel stays and more.
Tickets are $15.00,
available from any
Lions Club member
or at the door
the night of the event.
Saturday, August 11
The City of East Dubuque, IL and the East Dubuque Warrior
Booster Club invite both cookers, eaters and wingmen to the
Seventh Annual Wingfest, August 11, 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. in
the downtown. Yes, indeed. Again it’s time to partake in those
scrumptious little tidbits of delectable white meat, prepared
in a myriad of taste bud tempting flavors – everything from
honey sweet to 5-alarm-tongue-terror – cooked right before
your eyes on historic Sinsinawa Avenue. The wing-cooking
contest entry fee is $50. Entrants are given 800 to 1000 wings
to cook, with several held back for judging, the rest will be distributed
(beginning at 2:00 p.m.) to individuals who purchase
$5 punch cards. The cook-off judging will encompass seven
categories: Best Traditional Wing Sauce; Best BBQ Wing
Sauce; Most Unique Wing Sauce; Restaurant Division; Back
Yard Chef’s; Showmanship; and People’s Choice. For the
“People’s Choice” Award, every cook will receive a container
to collect “ballots” in, but instead of giving people tickets to cast their votes, participants will
be asked to vote by donating a buck or two to their favorite cook(s). The team that collects the
most money for the Warrior Booster Club will be the winner of the “People’s Choice” Award.
There will be free inflatable rides for the kids from noon-5:00 p.m., kid’s fun and games
from1:00-4:00 p.m., and live entertainment featuring Boomtangle and other acts to be announced.
Beverages will be available for purchase and other food vendors will be set up as
well. There is no charge to attend. All proceeds from Wingfest benefit The East Dubuque
Warrior Booster Club.
For more information, call (815) 747-6249 or go to www.edboosters.com.
DOWNTOWN FRIDAY NIGHT, DYERSVILLE
Friday, August 10
Enjoy more Friday night festival fun in downtown
Dyersville sponsored by the Dyersville
Area Chamber of Commerce. Entertainment
at August’s installment are The Pinheads (formerly
Face for Radio). The event also features
children’s carnival games, food, and beverages.
Festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. and last until 9:00
p.m. on First Ave. next to the James Kennedy
ROCKIN ON THE RIVER
Friday, August 10
Cascade’s Rockin on the River continues. The
August event will feature Nutsy and Lor from
6:00-7:30 p.m. followed by The Mississippi
Band from 8:00-11:00 p.m. Food vendors and
the Cascade Girl Scouts will be there. Bring
your coolers and lawn chairs.
GREAT RIVER FILM INITIATIVE MEETING
Saturday, August 11
The mission of the Great River Film Initiative is
to promote the development of films and filmmakers
in the Mississippi River region of Iowa,
Illinois, and Wisconsin. Anyone is welcome
to join their monthly meetings, 10:00 a.m. at
Mindframe Theaters, 555 JF Kennedy Rd.
Saturday, August 11
This special event at Miller Riverview Park
and Campground will feature games for the
kids and prizes for the best dressed pirate
costumes. You need to have a camping reservation
to participate. For camping information
or reservations, please call (563) 589-4238.
MUSIC IN JACKSON PARK
Sunday, August 12
Free afternoon concerts in Jackson Park
celebrating the diversity of one of downtown
Dubuque’s North-end neighborhoods from
6:00-8:00 p.m. The family-friendly events feature
a different style of music for each concert
and free hot dogs and beverages!
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Something different for every price
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Saturday-Sunday, August 11-12
Willow means a lot of things. According to the
Willow Folk Festival organizers, Willow means
music, folks, history, and love. By definition,
Willow is a folk festival to help raise money for
the Willow Methodist Church. Music will be everywhere
and good folks all around at the 45th
Annual Willow Folk Festival, August 11-12. You
will find folk, bluegrass, country, acoustic pop,
and spiritual music both on the stage and in
the campground. There are over 100 amateur
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WILLOW FOLK FESTIVAL
and professional musicians and songwriters of
all ages who will perform. There is camping for
those who register ahead of time.
This celebration of down-home music, fun
and storytelling is held at the Willow Methodist
Church, 6522 S. Willow Rd. Visitors can drive
about three miles east of Stockton, IL on Rt.
20 and take Willow Rd. south for five miles
to enjoy some of the best music in the valley!
Performers must have a valid admissions band.
Artists of all levels of proficiency are welcomed
to contribute. Registration for performing
begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and 11:30
a.m. on Sunday. On Saturday, open-stage
performances will take place from 11:00 a.m.-
10:00 p.m. On Sunday, breakfast will be served
in the Willow Church basement from 6:30-9:30
a.m. with a worship service starting at 10:15
a.m. Open stage performances will then resume
at noon until 5:00 p.m.
Admission (previously $5 per day) has yet to
be announced, but children 8 and under are
admitted free of charge. No dogs, drugs or
alcohol will be allowed on church grounds.
For more information, call Pauline at (815)
947-3789, or visit www.willowfolkfestival.com.
EAST DUBUQUE DISTRICT
The East Dubuque District Library is located
at 122 Wisconsin Ave., East Dubuque, IL. For
more information, call (815) 747-3052 or visit
Camera Club – Tuesday-Thursday, August 7-9
Camera Club for youth grades 4-8 will meet
from 3:00-4:00 p.m. these days and focus on
The Civil War – Wednesday, August 22
The East Dubuque District Library will host Tom
Emery who will discuss Illinois during the Civil
War at 6:30 p.m.
HONOR FLIGHT OF GREATER DUBUQUE
9 HOLE GOLF OUTING
Friday, August 3
Get a foursome together for the Honor Flight of
Greater Dubuque 9 Hole Golf Outing. Shotgun
start at 1:00 pm. Registration is $40 per player
which includes nine holes, cart and hog roast
and sweet corn boil. Raffle items, silent auction
and 50/50 raffle will be available the outing.
Register by calling Jeff Hyde Jr. at Galena Golf
Club, (815) 777-3599.
RIVER CRITTERS PUPPET SHOW
Sunday, August 12
Fever River Puppeteers will present the hand,
rod and shadow puppet show at 2:00 p.m. in
the Hazel Green Opera House, 2130 Main St.
An energetic otter and his quiet turtle friend
encounter a sneaky heron, a hungry catfish, a
thieving raccoon and a fishfly who likes to party.
For information, call (608) 732-6404.
GRANT COUNTY FAIR
Sunday-Sunday, August 12-19
The 159th Grant County Fair opens Sunday,
August 12 and runs through Sunday, August
19 at the fairgrounds in Lancaster, WI. It offers
a variety of things to do from activities, games,
rides, hundreds of animals, vendors, and lots of
fun fair food in addition to events in the grandstand
and offer free entertainment.
Entertainment includes the Larry Busch Band
and Country Tradition Band on Friday, Cook &
Belle Band on Saturdat, and the Texaco Country
Showdown Finals on Sunday. Grandstand
events feature Auto Racing by Simmons Promo
on Wednesday, Catch A Pig and Muttin Bustin
on Thursday, Tri State Tractor & Truck Pull
and Dairyland Antique Tractor Pull on Friday,
Numerous truck and tractor pulls on Saturday,
and a demolition derby and Night of Destruction
You will find something for all ages. For the
most up-to-date information “like” Grant
County Fair on Facebook. Also visit the website
BRICKL MEMORIAL LIBRARY EVENTS
Brickl Memorial Library is located at 500 East
Ave. in Dickeyville, WI. For more information
regarding activities at the library, stop by, call
(608) 568-3142, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beginning Reading Program –
Thursdays, August 16, 23, & 30
Outdoor Family Movie Night –
Friday, August 24
At the Dickeyville Community Center, a movie
will begin at sunset (approximately 8:00 p.m).
Bring your coolers and lawn chairs; popcorn
will be provided. In the case of rain, the movie
will be shown in the gym.
Ski Bellevue Show
Saturday, August 18
The Ski Bellevue Water Ski Show Team is an
all-volunteer organization that performs free
waters ski shows for the community of Bellevue.
They are one of only four water ski show
teams in Iowa, and the only one to perform on
the Mississippi River. Their next free show is
from 4:00-5:00 p.m. on Bellevue’s south riverbank.
For more info, visit www.skibellevue.com.
RIVER VIEW BARBEQUE
Thursday, August 16
Join the American Red Cross of the
Tri-States from 5:30-9:00 p.m. at the
Alliant Energy Amphitheater in the Port
of Dubuque for a smart-casual evening.
Enjoy picnic barbeque fare, live music,
and the chance to bid on unique silent
auction packages to raise funds to support
local life-saving programs and services.
For more information or to reserve
your place, visit www.arcdbq.org or call
ALL THAT JAZZ!: THE BUSINESS
Friday, August 17
Formed over 14 years ago by a group of long-time
friends. The Business is a sensational Chicago-based
horn band that is an experience in musical styles and
genres. The Business is equally comfortable playing
R&B/Soul, Funk, Big Band, Swing, Motown, Salsa,
and even Mariachi. They even offer a sampling of
their own original music. The Business will rock the
Town Clock Plaza in Dubuque from 5:00-9:30 p.m.
Check them out at thebusinesslive.com
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TAKING THE REINS
Friday-Saturday, August 17-18
Extreme competitions, food, and entertainment
are sure to make Taking the Reins presented by
the Midwest Horse Fair ® an event to remember
at The Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI.
Full Metal Jousting Armored All-Star Challenge,
will headline the event. Widely acclaimed
jouster, coach and trainer, Shane Adams, will
be bringing jousters from the Full Metal Jousting
series on HISTORY® to Madison for a live
competition. For more information, visit www.
Saturday-Sunday, August 18-19
Bellevue celebrates art, fish, and the Mississippi
August 18-19 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
with arts and activities for everyone including
a fish boil Saturday, DNR fish tours, hands-onchildren’s
art, a children’s bike parade along with
the display of original artwork and the presence
of working artists all on the riverfront. For more
info, call (563) 872-3388.
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DINNER AND DRUMS
Saturday, August 18
Help Global Goods continue their missions
by attending their fundraiser event featuring
African dinner drum music, silent and live auctions
and door prizes. Join them at 6:00 p.m.
at Grandview UMC, 3342 John Wesley Dr. (off
of JF Kennedy Rd.). Tickets are $30.00. For
ticket information, call (563) 588-3000.
SUMMER’S LAST BLAST
Friday-Saturday, August 24-25
The bookend to Music & More Production’s
Kickoff to Summer, Last Blast is a weekend of
live music from top local bands to touring national
acts. This year, Last Blast parties at the Town
Clock with two days of rock including party band
the Love Monkeys, Snidley Whiplash and Crystal
Leather on Friday night and ‘80s nerd-rockers
The Spazmatics with local rockers Johnny Trash
and Menace on Saturday.
2012 “KID’S DAY”
Saturday, August 18th
The mission of “Kid’s Day” is to pass on our
love of fishing to kids. Kids Day provides 100
students (Grades 4, 5, & 6) from the Tri-State
area (IA, WI, & IL) an opportunity to spend a
day on the river with a local angler. And to
add some extra excitement to it, we make it
To be eligible, each student is required to prepare
an essay on “Why I want to go fishing”.
The top 100 essay winners are teamed with
the club’s pros to fish for four hours on the
Mississippi River. Students are given a new rod
& reel combination, tackle box & tackle, Kid’s
Day T-shirt, continental breakfast and lunch.
Plaques are given to the top ten teams and
big fish plaques are also awarded.
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DUBUQUE FINE ARTS PLAYERS’
Friday-Saturday, August 24 & 25
Established in 1977, Dubuque Fine Arts
Players’ one-act play contest is the oldest in
the United States. The contest now receives
entries from around the country and around
the world. Each year, approximately 150 entries
are judged and the best three have their
world premiere productions in the fall. This year
three comedies will be premiered: I Can Feel It
Coming On by Carl Williams of Houston, TX,
directed by Melissa McGuire; Raising Zombie
Awareness by Christopher Morse of Idyllwild,
CA, directed by Michele McKinlay; and Divorce
First Class by Geophrey Craig of Great
Barrington, MA, directed by Bill Hoerstman.
The premieres will take place at 7:30 p.m. at
Mindframe Theaters, 555 JF Kennedy Rd. For
more information, visit www.dbqoneacts.org.
Saturday, August 25
Potosi Brewery hosts the fourth annual Potosi
Brewfest at the Holiday Gardens Event Center
in Potosi, Wisconsin on Saturday, August 25
from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Admission to the festival
includes an opportunity to sample the work of
several craft brewers, home brewers, wineries,
and Wisconsin cheeses, plus live music,
a tour of the National Brewery Museum, and
a commemorative tasting glass. This year’s
band is Mr. Baber’s Neighbors: The Solar
String Band. For more information, visit www.
DICKEYVILLE-KIELER LION’S CLUB
END OF SUMMER FEST
Saturday, August 25
The is year the event is at Jamestown Park in
Kieler. If the ban is lifted, the Fireworks Extravaganza
will take place. The Dickeyville-Kieler
Lion’s Club will also sponsor family-oriented
events in the afternoon starting at 4:00 p.m.
such as a magic show, face painting and
balloon animals. Food and beverages will be
available on the grounds. Live music and a DJ
will also be featured. The fireworks will begin at
dusk. For more information, call Scott Wright
at (608) 568-7907.
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• 100 camp sites with plenty of
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• On the shores
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• 1-mile trail for biking or walking
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Sinsinawa Mound, the Motherhouse for the
Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, located in southwest
Wisconsin, about five miles northeast of
Dubuque, is committed to study, education,
spirituality, and the arts. For more information
on these and other activities at the Mound,
contact Guest Services at (608) 748-4411
or visit our website at www.sinsinawa.org/
“To Praise, To Bless, To Preach,” –
Ongoing until Wednesday, August 8
The 6th Annual Heritage Art Exhibit features
hand-colored, linoleum block prints and woodcuts
of Sister Chiara Pauloni, OP (1922-2011),
and the pottery of Sister Toni Callahan, OP
“Through Christ Who Strengthens Me” –
Ongoing beginning Friday, August 10
Roger Scholbrock of Potosi, Wis., will exhibit
“Through Christ Who Strengthens Me:
My Journey with Christ through Art” at the
Sinsinawa Art Gallery. These images were
more focused on Christ’s Passion, as were
some of his earlier college works. An opening
reception will be held Sunday, August 19,
1:00-3:00 p.m. The art gallery is open 10:00
a.m.–5:00 p.m. daily.
Summer Organ Concert Series –
Wednesdays, August 1, 15, 22, 29 &
Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m., guest organists
from around the United States and Prague,
Czech Republic, will play the Casavant Opus
2847. The concerts are free and open to the
public. For information, contact Sister Marie
Juan Maney, OP, at (608) 748-4411, ext. 807.
A Circle of Drums: The Rhythms of Life –
Saturday, September 8
Bill Kehl, a former member of the popular
eclectic folk/acoustic group Northern Light,
will offer a drumming workshop from 9:00
a.m.-4:00 p.m. The workshop will provide an
interactive and hands-on opportunity to learn
firsthand about the power and joy of group
rhythmic dynamics and help encourage strong
confidence when participating in rhythmic
activities. The registration deadline is Friday,
August 31, and there is a fee.
Gourd Art: Making Jewlery from Naturals
– Saturday, September 8
Terri Schmit, the “Gourd Girl,” will lead this
workshop from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Participants
will use pieces of gourds and other
natural objects and learn to piece together
a beautiful pin, pendant, or earrings. Stains,
beads, wire, and natural embellishments will
be available. Participants should wear old
clothes as the stains might discolor garments.
The registration deadline is August 31, and
there is a fee.
EVENTS AT SHALOM RETREAT CENTER
Shalom Retreat Center, located at 1001 Davis
St., is a sacred space in a peaceful environment,
calling people to God and fullness of
life. For more information, visit www.shalomretreats.org
or email email@example.com.
To register for the events listed, call (563)
582-3592 or send a check payable to Shalom
Retreat Center with your contact information to:
1001 Davis St., Dubuque, IA 52001.
Taize Prayer – Thursday, September 6
The Shalom Retreat Center hosts taize (ta-ZAY)
prayer from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Taize prayer allows
people to worship with others and still have
a personal experience. It combines musical
chants of song refrains centered around a
monthly theme, a Scripture reading and intercessions
with shared silence around the cross.
Registration not required.
Serenity Retreat Weekend –
Friday-Sunday, September 7-9
Designed for those in AA, Al-Anon, or other
recovery, based on the themes of forgiveness
and reconciliation. Topics include powerful
hints on how to make relationships more life
giving and the consequences of not forgiving.
The retreat begins at 7:00 p.m. Friday and
concludes Sunday at 1:00 p.m. with Eucharist.
Call for offering or to register by August 31.
Days of Quiet & Prayer – Monthly
beginning Wednesday, September 12
Wednesdays, September 12, October 10,
November 14 and December 12, we will hold
days of quiet and prayer from 9:15 a.m.-2:30
p.m. These days include programs, materials,
meals, private rooms, and a copy of Jesus: Uncovering
the Life, Teachings and Relevance of
a Religious Revolutionary by Marcus J. Borg.
Call for offering or to register by August 30.
Saturday, September 1
Park Farm Winery in Bankston (15159 Thielen
Rd.) celebrates the fall harvest with Grape
Stomp, an afternoon festival of well, grapes,
stomping, wine, and live music including Bob
Door & The Blue Band. For more information,
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a
creation of the labor movement and dedicated
to the social and economic achievements of
American workers. The first Labor Day holiday
was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5,
1882, in New York City. In 1884 the first Monday
in September was selected as the holiday.
The working men and women of this country
have made great strides over the years, but
there is always room for improvement. So let
us keep our eye on the mountaintop while we
honor the progress of all workers, from the
kid flipping burgers to the guy retiring after
Many communities in celebrate the holiday with
some kind of end-of-summer festivities. From
food to fireworks, parades to performances,
there is no excuse for anyone to be a couch
potato this Labor Day.
The St. Joseph Parish Labor Day Pork
Roast in Bellevue, IA, billed as “Iowa’s Biggest
Church Pork Roast,” will be held on Sunday,
September 2 at St. Joseph Parish, 405 Franklin
The festivities start with a mass at 11:00 a.m.
After the mass you can indulge in the roast pork
dinner with all the trimmings and dessert served
from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pork sandwiches,
hot dogs, and dessert are available from 11:00
a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
A live auction and also a silent auction follows.
Shop at the country store, play a variety of
games for all ages, and enjoy refreshments.
Bands will provide music all day.
There is a raffle drawing for several prizes at
7:00 p.m. You need not be present to win. For
more information call (563) 872-3234.
ST. JOSEPH’S ANNUAL PORK ROAST
St. Joseph’s in Bellevue (405 Franklin St.) hosts
“The largest Pork Roast in Iowa!” from noon
to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 2. The
event features music and entertainment, live
and silent auctions, country store, and bingo.
A Polka Mass will be had at 11:00 a.m. Food
and beverages will be available.
Benton is the place to be on Labor Day
Weekend. The town virtually overflows with
people, as families and friends return home
for a weekend full of good times and Labor
The weekend typically kicks off on Saturday,
September 1 with the Alumni and Friends Golf
Tournament (four person best shot) at Cole
Acres Country Club near Cuba City from 7:00
a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The town’s museums, filled
with historical and educational memorabilia, are
all open; the Fever River Puppeteers perform;
THE TRI-STATES CELEBRATE LABOR DAY
and there’s a Saturday chicken barbeque for
anyone having too much fun to cook.
Sunday’s activities are capped off in the evening
by the annual BCDC Street Dance – a dance
drawing a crowd of between 1,200-1,500 revelers.
Benton’s old classmates and friends, as
well as huge numbers of people from neighboring
communities, look forward to “raising the
roof” at the annual dance. Dance-goers must
be 21 to enter.
Labor Day wouldn’t be Labor Day without
Benton’s parade, the best parade in the tri-state
area. Following the parade there are midway
rides, music, games, and a craft fair in the
park; duck races at the Horseshoe Bend; and
Benton’s famous pasty dinner—nothing says
“Benton” like pasty! (For those of you who’ve
never heard of the Cornish dish, pasty is savory
layers of delicious meat and potatoes that have
found a comfortable home inside a pie crust.)
Labor Day’s activities close with the firemen’s
raffle at 8 p.m. For more information, go to
The annual Labor Day Picnic will be held
again this year at the Holy Ghost Parish
Grounds on Main Street in Dickeyville on September
3. Events start at 11:00 a.m. and run
until the raffle drawing, which is at 6:00 p.m.
The chicken and ham dinner with salad bar,
mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, roll and pie,
is served from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Carryouts
will be available until 5:00 p.m.) Enjoy
games including Bingo, a garage sale, and
refreshments served on the grounds. There
are games like the fishpond for the kids, and
a Country Store. In fact, there is something for
just about everyone.
For more information please call Lois Dietzel at
SANDY HOOK LABOR DAY PARTY
Monday, September 3
The Sandy Hook hosts a party to keep the Labor
Day Weekend going. Monday, September
3, listen to live music by the Brews Brothers
Rhythm & Blues Revue from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The Dubuque Bluegrass Festival will take
place at A.Y. McDonald Park on the banks of
the Mississippi River, located off Kerper Boulevard
on Sunday, September 2. Formerly known
as Bluegrass Sundays and held at Mudlake
Park north of Dubuque, the festival has been
relocated and will occur only once this year.
Gates will open at noon for the Picker’s Picnic,
where local musicians can get together and
share songs, licks and harmonies. At 2:00 p.m.
the opening act will take the stage. At press
time the opening act has yet to be confirmed.
Bad Nicholas, featuring Amber Dawn formerly
of the Carter Family Band, will be playing. Bill
Monroe’s famous Bluegrass Boys Reunion will
be playing bluegrass the way Ole Bill wanted it
played. Each member of the Bluegrass Boys
Reunion Band has played with the Father of
Bluegrass Music at one time. Admission is
just $5.00 for adults. Food and beverages
will be available. No carry-ins, please. Check
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DUBUQUE LABOR DAY PARADE
Celebrate the end of summer with the
Dubuque Labor Day Parade on Monday,
September 3, and take a break before school
to honor the working men and women of our
great nation. This year’s theme had not been
finalized as this issue went to press.
A major parade is held in downtown Dubuque
every year. This year, the parade will again
begin at 9:30 a.m. and will take the usual route
from Jackson Park at 15th and Main, down
Main to Ninth Street, to Iowa Street, to Fifth
Street, to Locust, and end at Washington Park.
The Grand Marshal had not been chosen at
This is typically one of Dubuque’s larger
parades with multiple units representing a
major cross-section of labor organizations
City ordinance prohibits throwing candy from
vehicles, but those walking alongside the parade
will be free to hand out candy and other
treats to those children (and adults) watching
along the curb. Spectators are asked to stay
on the curb and adults are asked to watch their
younger children closely.
For more information or to participate in the
parade Jim Waller at (563) 583-3478.
Labor Day Weekend (September 2-3) festivities
in Gratiot Park begin with a 2K Run/Walk,
a Pancake & Sausage Breakfast, the Farmers
Stock Tractor and Truck Pull, a Talent Show,
and DJ Music on Sunday, September 6.
Monday’s events include a barbecue chicken
dinner 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The parade starts
at 1:00 p.m. followed by Bingo, a Chicken
Chase and a Greased Pig Chase, and DJ
In addition, there will be other activities such as
volleyball, softball and a variety of kids’ games.
For more information call (608) 922-6221.
NEW VIENNA, IA
The 71st annual Labor Day Picnic will be
held in New Vienna, IA at St. Boniface Catholic
Church on Monday, September 3 from 11:00
a.m. to 8:00 p.m. This event – always held
on Labor Day – is hosted by several parish
organizations and features chicken and ham,
potatoes, Cole slaw, other homemade salads,
cakes, pies, and vegetables.
In addition to the food, there is also a craft
fair, farmers’ market, and games. There are
multiple serving lines and seating under the
tents for everyone so, even though over 3000
people usually attend, there is minimal waiting.
For more information call the rectory at (563)
Tuesday, August 14, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Discuss Tommy Taylor and The Bogus
Identity by Mike Carey, the first volume of
his ongoing series The Unwritten.
The Library’s graphic novel discussion
group meets every other month on the
second floor mezzanine.
18 or older, and no registration is
required. Copies of the selected
book will be available at the
Circulation Desk one month
prior to each meeting.
For more information call the
Library at 589-4225 and ask
for the Reference Desk at
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AT ROUNTREE GALLERY
Rountree Gallery in Platteville, WI is a community
run, not-for-profit gallery that features the
work of local and regional artists and artisans.
Visitors are welcome to view changing exhibits,
peruse our Permanent Collection and Arts
Resource Library, and to browse the quality
artwork for sale in the Gallery Shop. Admission
is always free. Gallery hours and more information
are available by emailing rtgallery@yousq.
net or calling (608) 348-6719.
Bridging Generations Exhibit –
Ongoing until Saturday, August 25
This fun exhibit and workshop has been designed
to allow a venue where mentors and
youth can share their love of art and to encourage
young people to pursue a lifelong interest
in art. Bridging Generations is open to youth
age 3-12 years being mentored by a Wisconsin
Regional Artists Association (WRAA) member.
WRAA members can sponsor more than one
entrant. Exhibit details and entry forms are
available on our webpage. For more information
or questions, please contact the 2012 Bridging
Generations coordinator Lisa Humke at (608)
935-5010 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coffee Booth during Art in the Market –
Saturdays, August 4 & September 1
Join us for coffee, lemonade, and baked goods
at Art in the Market beginning 8:00 a.m. Art in
the Market is held the first Saturdays of the
month during the regular Platteville Farmer’s
Market held in the City Park. .
Creation Station – Saturday, August 4
From 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., drop by, stay for
as long as you like, and enjoy these fun, family
activities for all ages.
Fantasy Art Classes – Thursdays &
Fridays, August 2, 3, 9, & 10
Children ages 8-12 are welcome to join us for
sessions that develop drawing and structural
building skills while focusing on a different fantasy
art subject each session. The sessions this
month, respectively, feature: Fantasy Dragons;
Fantasy Castles; Fairy Furniture; and Fantasy
Fairy Houses. Each class runs 1:30-3:30 p.m.,
and there is a small fee.
A Painting in an Afternoon –
Sunday, August 12
From 1:00-4:00 p.m., students ages 16 to adult
will learn painting techniques and tips by following
the instructor’s demonstration. Students will
complete a painting in one afternoon using their
choice of acrylic or oil paints. This session will
focus on land- and seascapes. There is a fee.
Open House – Sunday, August 26
From 12:00-4:30 p.m., join free, public artist
demonstrations and activities.
Pets and Extreme Heat
A reminder from the Dubuque Regional Humane
Society. With the high temperatures in
our area, please do not forget that extreme heat
affects dogs and cats, too! Just like people,
companion animals can get heat stroke and
heat exhaustion. However, unlike us, they
cannot regulate their body temperature in the
same way and many dog breeds respond to
hot weather differently. The Dubuque Regional
Humane Society would like to remind the community
of ways to keep their furry friends safe:
• Never leave your companion animal in a parked
car, even with the windows down. The inside of a
parked car can reach 160º in just a few minutes.
• Walk your dog only during the cooler parts of the
day. Early morning and evening hours are best.
Leave your animal outside for only short periods
of time. Also, keep your cat indoors where they
• Never tie an animal outside in the sun! Always
make sure they have a shady spot when outside
in extreme temperatures, as well as plenty of
fresh, cool water.
• Allow access to the coolest part of your home.
If you don’t have air conditioning, or you turn it off
while at work, make sure your companion animal
can get to a cool place, such as a basement.
• Take extra precautions for old, overweight or
snub-nosed dogs in hot weather. Dogs with heart
or lung diseases should be kept indoors with air
• Watch your animal for signs of heat stroke,
which include extreme panting, difficulty breathing,
vomiting, diarrhea, confusion, rapid pulse,
bright red gums and blue tongue or lips. Animals
exhibiting signs of heat stroke should be moved
to a cool place and have their body temperature
lowered with cool water (do NOT apply ice), then
taken to a veterinarian for further treatment.
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Humane Society News
Mark your calendars for Thursday, September
13, 2012 at the Diamond Jo Casino
for the Dubuque Regional Humane
Society’s Fall Gala, Woofstock!
This fun evening includes fine dining, live and
silent auctions and a raffle for a chance to win
a trip for two to one of the following locations:
Las Vegas, Cancun, Sonoma Valley, Rod & Reel
or NASCAR! Tickets for the raffle are available
now and cost $5 each, or 5 for $20! Tickets
are available at the main shelter located at
175 N. Crescent Ridge or at the Kennedy Mall
If you are interested in sponsoring our
Fall Gala, donating an item(s) to the silent
or live auction or have any questions,
please contact Brandi at (563) 583-
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and to stay updated on the latest news and events
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August 2012 ❖ Julien’s Journal ❖ 21
John Cino on Art
(and other topics) PHOTO
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Neried by John Cino of
Patchogue, New York,
carved from a single
piece of cherry to depict
an undersea organism.
BY JOHN MORAN
y Ryan Michael Decker
artist is someone
who can’t not make
art,” John Cino defines.
And, by his
own definition, John
Cino is an artist. “An
A resident of Patchogue,
New York, John was recently in
Dubuque installing a sculpture selected to
be a part of the 2012-13 Art on the River.
Julien’s Journal sponsored John’s brief stay
and we had the pleasure of dining, chatting,
and sharing our city with this man of art, music,
philosophy and math. John went out to lunch
with me at Vinny Vanucchi’s, taking a short
break from his installation.
The piece, on display at the river walk, is a
cherry wood and polyurethane sculpture that
inspired a tradition in John’s hometown. The
cherry wood comes from Patchogue River, a
mile-long waterway which John’s studio resides
against. In 2009, with the help of several friends
and a tug boat, John floated cherry logs up
river to his artistic dwelling. A year later, the
work-of-art was finished. To thank the community
for their support the year before, he
toted the 300 lb. cherry wood piece and other
eclectic sculptures to The Blue Point Brewery,
a micro-brewery one block from his studio, for
a celebration of music, poetry, and art. The
celebration was dubbed “Log Jam” and has
since continued as an annual Patchogue event.
“The piece is meant to express buoyancy and
the interplay between undersea organisms and
the fluid environment,” John articulated in his
At first untitled, John welcomed suggestions
from friends and Facebook acquaintances,
ultimately naming the piece Neried. Nerieds
are sea nymphs of Greek mythology. Distinct
from the mermaid-like Sirens, Nerieds accompany
Poseidon, God of the Sea, and aid
sailors in battle against dangerous storms. A
fitting name for the piece that itself endured a
With the last name Cino, it’s not surprising
that John is a man of both Italian ancestry
and culinary tastes. I ordered the Chicken
Parmigiano (the first chicken dish I read and
felt comfortable pronouncing). “You know
how you can tell a good Italian restaurant?”
John offered, without reply. “The lasagna.” A
verdict on Vinny’s was on the way.
Like tributaries to a river, John’s journey
as an artist was
not the most direct
art in college
because it was
he too wanted
to be creative.
There was, however,
obstacle to this
path. “I thought
I had no one to make art for – no reason.”
This perceived lack of purpose led John to
temporarily abandon his art studies. “I was an
ignorant kid.” He decided to leave college to
THE 2012-13 ART ON THE RIVER
Art on the River is The City of Dubuque’s temporary art exhibit. Located along the Riverwalk in the Port of Dubuque, everyone is welcome
to stroll the picturesque walkway alongside the Mississippi and enjoy the ten public art public art displays. This is the seventh year of Art on
the River, drawing the juried exhibit a record number of entries. 118 in all from 66 artists in 20 different states and one foreign country. The
free, accessible exhibit can be viewed sunrise to sunset year-round. The current exhibit will be on display through June 2013.
Chris Wubbena of Jackson, Missouri, for his sculpture
Selective Memory, won the $1,000 Cash Award for
Best of Show. The piece is a representation of the link
between geology, history and everyday life.
Honorable Mention went to Zachary Bowman
of Cedar Falls, Iowa, for Iowa, made
of steel and cedar shingles to represent
manufacturing and wind power generation
in the state.
…We need missteps.
If I tell you, you’ll
PHOTOS BY JOHN MORAN
Honorable Mention also went to Jeff Harms
of Chicago, Illinois, for Ganzfeld 2, a wooded
cornucopia-shaped structure of bent pine.
August 2012 ❖ Julien’s Journal ❖ 23
experience more of life, sans formal higher education,
and eventually returned to school with
the intention of delving into philosophy. It was
in his philosophical studies that John made an
important realization: “I do my thinking through
my hands.” This self-discovery returned John
to art, ultimately as a sculptor.
“The inspiration for Neried came while listening
to the improvisational music of the Grateful
Dead in which mul-
Artist William Grant
Turnbull was in an
accident on Hwy.
151 to Dubuque. “It
looked okay… until
some kid would’ve
climbed it.” Will took
the sculpture back
to studio in Madison,
WI, to make the
and returned to
the sculpture at
3:30 a.m. Despite
is thrilled it has a
play in and around
each other,” John
says. This is not an
for him to work.
His creative muse
from listening to
music (often Grateful
Dead, but not
always). “A lot of
music has weight,
has dance… I visualize
as form, I begin to
feel the form spatially,
and that then
becomes a sculpture
or a would-
Other sculptures winning a place in the competitive exhibit include:
Agrarian Thinking Space by Greg Mueller of
St. Peter, Minnesota, an interactive work with
reference to the Corn Belt work ethic.
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be-sculpture [a concept sketch or mental
While John is a “deadhead” (an endearing
name given to Grateful Dead fans), this band
was not the only influence on his approach to
Neried. “The branch of mathematical research
known as fractal geometry plays a role in the
repetition of curvilinear movements of multiple
scales.” Math is more a part of John than I
would have expected; in fact, he actually taught
the subject. “I got in trouble a bit teaching
math,” he revealed, “I taught creative math, and
not everyone liked it.” While mathematics tends
to lead us to just one answer for a question or
problem “…there are many paths to the one
answer.” After a sip of sangria, he explained to
me the dilemma, “Students wanted me to give
them the path, the way to find the answer, and
I wasn’t into that… We need missteps.”
I don’t think he was limiting this statement to
Unlike mathematics, art doesn’t always lead us
to the same place. “I think ambiguity is a part
of the appeal,” John spoke on being an artist.
“People will look at my sculpture and ask me,
‘What is it?’ I tell them, ‘You tell me. What do
you think it is?’ and they go away and think
about it.” He prefers it way. “If I tell you, you’ll
stop thinking about it.”
Metal Assisted Bramble Stack by V. Skip
Willits of Camanche, Iowa, constructed of
steel and found driftwood from Iowa floods.
“I am interested in
creating very large
spaces inside of
artist Jeff Harms
2 creates a feeling
a defined space. I
really had no idea
what it would look
like until we finished
building it.” Where
artists’ ideas come
from isn’t always
clear, but Jeff had
a simple reason for
creating this piece: “It
was next.” What next
for Jeff? “I’m going to
write a rock opera.”
In his artist statement,
what it is
that he strives to
do as an artist: “I
seek to find the
of human study.
The work I create is
where one person
might see fluids
in motion or living
might see music
and still another
may see a differential
out to explore the
dualities of natural
and artificial, geometric
order and chaos,
physical and meta-
physical I soon found out that these dualities
are really continuums created by a human mind
seeking order and differentiation in a universe
Anchorlily 2 by William Grant Turnbull of
Madison, Wisconsin, a large steel structure to
illustrate the overlap in the worlds of biology
John is an active member of the Patchogue
Arts Council (PAC), and serves as their
vice president and chair of the Patchogue
Arts Biennial. He was also instrumental in
bringing Artspace to Patchogue Village.
Artspace’s mission is to create, foster, and
preserve affordable space for artists and arts
organizations, creating communities for artists
to work and live. At the groundbreaking for
Artspace in Patchogue, John spoke about living
a secret life as an artist because Long Island
didn’t have opportunities for him to display his
work. However, through the creation of PAC
and the arrival of Artspace, John and others
are creating an exciting and vibrant destination
for artists and arts patrons.
John’s Dubuque stay was brief, but Neried will
spend a year in Dubuque in the company of
other uniquely created pieces in the Art on the
River exhibit. What’s next for John? He returns
to Patchogue to organize his next artistic outlet,
“Jerry Jam,” a musical event featuring seven
bands and named after (you guessed it) Jerry
Garcia of the Grateful Dead. Best of luck, John,
in all your future endeavors – Thank you for the
art and food-for-thought.
For more information and art by John Cino,
visit www.JohnCino.com. For more about Art
on the River, visit www.CityofDubuque.org/
Stanchion by Dan Perry of Waterloo, Iowa,
is a whimsical rendition of a portable landscape.
When you work in such a large scale, your studio fills up really quickly. You have
to find a home first, and then you build sculpture… This is a gorgeous venue – It’s
kind of a sculpture all by itself! It’s a phenomenal venue for art. I am impressed.
—Jeff Harms, Ganzfeld 2
SOMETIME WE ALL HOLD OUR BREATH
“Every year of Art on the River is a revelation,”
says Jan Stoffel, Arts and Cultural Affairs Coordinator
for the City of Dubuque. “The artists are
so interesting and creative and the judges very
excited and eager to put a great exhibit together.
Without exception, they are astounded at the
opportunity that the City offers for public art and
how welcoming and vibrant Dubuque is.”
While being a premier exhibit for artists, the Art on
the River competition runs on a very rare model.
“Art on the River is one of the few shows around
that accepts proposed works from artists, not just
existing works,” Jan explains, “The jury looks at
sketches, drawings and small models to make
their selection decisions, and sometime we all
hold our breath until the finished work is installed.
The artists welcome an opportunity to try something
new or create something site-specific for the
exhibit. Everything comes together beautifully. At
the end of the process, Dubuque gets an array
of wonderful contemporary public art that is the
envy of many communities.” ❖
Powerless by Dean Kugler of Davenport,
Iowa, is a figurative work of the human form.
The People’s Choice Award went to Sarah
Deppe for the sculpture Exhaling Dissolution
from the 2011-12 show.
Lullaby by Scott Wallace of Hendricks, Minnesota,
a sheet bronze sculpture involving
objects within our domestic culture.
August 2012 ❖ Julien’s Journal ❖ 25
Rock n’ Roll Rewind III
“Still like that old time
rock and roll
The kinda music just
soothes the soul
I reminisce about
the days of old
With that old time rock and roll”
— Bob Seger
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Again it’s time to turn back
the clock, crank up the
AM radio, and tune your
memories into the days of
Larry Lujak at WLS in Chicago
and Clyde Clifford at
Little Rock’s KAAY Beaker
Street – broadcasting with “50,000 watts
of music power.” The third manifestation of
Rock n’ Roll Rewind is taking the stage for
two days of “nothing but fun and music,” as
Max Yasgur of Woodstock fame would say.
On Friday, August 10 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:30
p.m., and Saturday, August 11 from 2:00 p.m.
to midnight at Courtside, Dubuque’s Rock
Veterans will strap on guitars, set up drums,
and put the bands back together for
another nostalgic trip into
the psychedelic days of
rock n’ roll.
For those of you who
perhaps have lived
in a musical vacuum
the last couple years,
Rock n’ Roll Rewind
is a two day music
festival and fundraiser
bands that entertained
the Tri-States back
in the 1960s, 70s
and early 80s.
The concept began
Greg Pekas contributed by Aaron Roeth
ly and assumingly at Annie Heinz’s (wife of John
Heinz, former owner of Betty Jane Candies)
garden party in the summer of 2008. Several
aging musicians – Greg Pekas, Vaughn Kray,
Ralph Kluseman, and Luis Moscoso among
them – got together to jam at the party. The
germ of an idea was bandied about. Wouldn’t
it be great to get the old bands back together?
About this same time Greg Pekas, drummer for
the classic Dubuque rock band, Dutch Uncle,
began a Facebook page. It seems Facebook
not only has the power to topple governments,
as in the Arab Spring, but it is also the catalyst
behind Rock n’ Roll Rewind.
“In the late summer or early fall of 2008, I
started a Facebook group entitled Dubuque
Rock Veterans (DRV),” said Pekas. “It was really
designed for guys in my old band just so
we could have a place to swap lies, tell tales
and reminisce. We had maybe 50 people join
over the next year. Then Eric Hogstrom at the
Telegraph Herald did an article in the Sunday
paper called Rock n’ Roll Rewind, put our
picture on the front and did a really nice article.
And the thing went viral and in two months we
had 500 people. Apparently more than just my
band and our circle of friends were interested.”
Vaughn Kray, veteran drummer from bands
like The Dark Side and Butterscotch Grove,
and also a photographer who documented
many of the Rewind bands in their early days,
came on board shortly after he heard about
the DRV Facebook site. He possessed nearly
a catalogue of old band photos and started
putting them up on Facebook. Soon many
others followed suit.
Julie Griffin and Vaughn Kray
PHOTO BY JOHN MORAN
Julie Griffin, who is a major proponent of live
music in the local area, got involved when the
Dubuque Rock Veteran’s Facebook site was
still in its infancy. “I had heard from some friends
that there was a group on Facebook that was
trying to gain some momentum and wanted to
bring together some bands from the 60s and
70s.” Griffin said. “I checked it out and then
started posting it out to my Facebook network.
Right away Greg Pekas noticed what I was
doing and responded, ‘Where have you been
and why don’t I know you.’ They appreciated
my efforts. At the time the only people involved
were Greg Pekas and Luis Moscoso (Luis had
also been a member of the Dutch Uncle) and
neither of them were in Dubuque nor had lived
here for a long time. They weren’t familiar with
the music venues in town, or the music scene,
or anything that had gone on here in Dubuque
over the last 30 years. I started filling them in
on things, sharing information and that’s how
I got involved.”
Plans were eventually made to put together
the first Rewind, which took place August of
2010 at the spacious sports bar, Courtside,
and included about 50 musicians in 17 bands.
The event was a success with more than 1,000
people in attendance.
Last year, Rewind was moved to the Mississippi
Moon Bar at the Diamond Jo Casino and
boasted an even bigger turnout. This year they
return to Courtside. “At courtside the grand
kids can come and see their grandparents
rockin’ and rollin’,” said Pekas.
“And Courtside is exactly like the places we
used to play, which were gymnasiums,” said
Kray. “We played all those high school dances.”
“That is definitely part of the charm of having
it at Courtside. The place has the feel of the
venues these musicians played back in the
day,” added Griffin.
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“One misconception people have about Rock
n’ Roll Rewind is that we go out and ask people
to play. That’s not the case,” said Griffin. “We
really just put the information out there, we want
people to come forward.”
“It’s not a closed group,” added Kray.
“We look for our musician friends and community
to pull together and bring their bands and
say, ‘we want to do this.’ The sign-up process
isn’t about us deciding if you are going to play.
That’s another misconception. If you sign up,
you’re on the show. We are going to find a
spot for you somewhere in this weekend event.
And even if you don’t have a band, we will find
someone you can play with. Sometimes you
can’t put your band back together, but you still
want to be a part of it. There might be a band
out there that needs a drummer or guitar player,
so if you come forward we definitely want you
to be a part of it. And it’s for a good cause.”
That good cause is Camp Albrecht Acres, 40
acres of wooded land that provides a unique
environment and camping experience for
people with special needs. Dick McGrane, retired
musician from the Mark IV and New Mark
IV bands, radio disc jockey at Superhits 106,
DRV member and, most importantly, President
of the Board of Directors at Camp Albrecht
Acres, explained how he became associated
ROCK N’ ROLL REWIND SCHEDULE
Friday, August 10
Melport Museum and
Gayle Grether - 7:00 p.m.
Hampton Road - 7:45 p.m.
Harry Steve Maule - 8:30 p.m.
Misbehavin’ - 9:15 p.m.
Janet Lieb - 10:00 p.m.
Petty Theft -10:45 p.m.
(Tribute to Roger Cruise and Pat Scott)
Saturday, August 11,
2:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.
Heartbeat - 2:00 p.m.
Eon of Time - 2:45 p.m.
Brat - 3:30 p.m.
Wheeler - 4:15 p.m.
5th Column - 5:00 p.m.
Harry Steve Maule - 5:45 p.m.
Mississippi - 6:30 p.m.
Melport Museum and
Gayle Grether -7:15 p.m.
Hampton Road - 8:00 p.m.
Blissfield Blues Band - 8:45 p.m.
Dark Side - 9:30 p.m.
Pandemonium -10:15 p.m.
Headstone - 11:00 p.m.
28 ❖ Julien’s Journal ❖ August 2012
“They came to me three years ago and wanted
me to do some radio promo for them and I said
I’d be happy to do that if it’s a nonprofit, but if
its for profit you’d have to buy radio time like
everybody else. They said, ‘Well maybe we’d
like to make it nonprofit. Do you have any idea
who we could do it for?’ That was like stepping
right into a hole,” McGrane laughed. Of course,
he recommended Albrecht Acres.
“I can’t thank them enough. The funds that
Rewind has provided for the camp has just
been fantastic. And it is such a great event,
really a Dubuque musician fun time – we are
proud to be associated with it. They’ve raised
almost $25,000 in two years for the camp.”
The money that comes in from Rewind goes
into a scholarship fund. If a camper can’t afford
to come to camp, Albrecht
Acres tries to pick up that
cost. The camp accepts
no federal or state funding,
although some of
their campers do, but in
recent years that funding
has been drastically
cut, so many campers
can’t afford it. “We make
a concerted effort to never
turn down a camper because
of financial need,”
added McGrane. 600 to
800 special needs campers
benefit every year by
visiting Camp Albrecht
Acres. “To me, it is one
of the most joyful places
Rock n’ Roll Rewind 2011 – The Natives: Roger Julian
(drums), Tom Bussan, Rad Wilcox, Ken Heim and Bill Eaton.
Dick McGrane PHOTO BY JOHN MORAN
PHOTO BY STEVEN SCHLEUNING
on Earth,” said McGrane. “You’ll never see as
many smiles or get as many hugs and high fives
as you will get at Camp Albrecht Acres.” The
funds from Rewind are a much-needed asset.
The final arrangements for Rock n Roll Rewind
are now underway. Ted Rolling, bass and
keyboard player for such bands as Hampton
Road and Waterfall has again accepted the role
as stage manager and director of scheduling
for the event. “George Rondinelli has pulled
through beautifully for us,” said Rolling. “He got
us a sound system with everything we need –
two soundmen – one for the main board and
one for the monitors. That will be nice because
lord knows never have we had a really good
main and monitor mix at the same time.”
New this year, Mediacom will be providing
cameras in order to record
The schedule for the line-up has
been completed and features
17 bands and a few new ones
this year including Eon of Time,
Heartbeat, Wheeler and Brat.
Tickets for the event are available
at the door at Courtside,
located at 2095 Holiday Dr., or
in advance at all Hartig Drug
locations. Cost is $7.00 for Friday
night, $10.00 for Saturday
or $15.00 for both nights.
Don your tie-dyed t-shirts, nehru
jackets and mini skirts, put
a fresh coat of polish on your
go-go boots and let’s party! ❖
Compiled by John Moran
Here are a few stories from the
road as told by the musicians
who lived through those crazy
days and, sadly, only barely
remember them. Discrepancies
in the teller’s story and the
way another band member
might remember the story
are inevitable. Below are
chronicles of long-haired
musicians’ run-ins with
rednecks and police officers,
stage mishaps, UFOs,
bar fights and unreliable
Greg Pekas, drummer for the Dutch Uncle.
Greg Pekas: When I was in the band, Dutch
Uncle, in 1969, we had a booking agent out
of Menomonee Falls, so we did a lot of work in
Wisconsin. Our van broke down in Dodgeville
one evening and we spent the night in the
Dodgeville County jail for our own protection. A
county supervisor and his cohorts were drunk in
a roadside tavern and really didn’t care much for
long hairs like us.
This county supervisor jumps on Luis Moscoso,
our lead singer. Luis is a Peruvian guy with long
hair. Well, Luis grabs one of those heavy sugar
shakers off a table and smashed it over the supervisor’s
head. The guy just said, “Now I’m mad!”
I’m thinking we are soooo in trouble.
We ended up scattering and diving for cover and
running for our lives. Our keyboard player and I
were literally under our van hanging on to the
drive shaft, while these drunks were circling the
van saying, “Were gonna get these guys, were
gonna kill ‘em, these freaking hippies!” Then
they decided to relieve themselves. So we’re
hanging on to the drive shaft watching the urine
flow under us.
Eventually, we eluded them and ended up skulking
around people’s backyards. Finally this kindly
old couple answers their door at two o’clock in
the morning and they let us call the police. The
police came and recommended that we spend
the night with them for our own protection. The
van was dead so that’s what we did. We spent
the night in the jail and lived to play another day.
—Robert Hunter (The Grateful Dead)
The Dutch Uncle: Myck Rabbett, Greg Pekas, Terry Kane, Luis Saul Moscoso and Kevin Kane
Vaughn Kray, drummer for Butterscotch Grove
and the Dark Side.
Vaughn Kray: We were on our way to a gig
in Iowa Falls. I think it was the band The Third
Story. We got pulled over by this policeman and
he hauls us all into the police station and throws
us in a cell. We’re all wondering, what are we
doin’ in here?
Pretty soon a policeman comes in with a young
lady, she’s crying and the policeman says, “Are
these the guys that did it to you, Michelle?” She
looks at us and says, “No, no, no, sir.”
Apparently she had been assaulted at a park
in town and since we all had long hair, we were
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The Dark Side: Steve Soltow, Vaughn Kray, James Pregler and Jim Barth
But they let us go and we continued on to the
gig. When we got there, we find out the place had
changed hands and the contract was useless.
We are not playing.
So we had driven all the way down there, we’ve
got no money and a quarter tank of gas left.
We had to pool whatever change we had in our
pockets just to barely make it home.
Vaughn Kray: Our most embarrassing story took
place when we were first getting started in the
Dark Side in 7th or 8th grade. Oxus Grotto sponsored
a talent show at Senior High School and
there was a $100 first place award. We played
something like Pipeline by the Ventures. They
had an applause meter doing the judging and
we did pretty well – thought we had it in the bag.
The last person that came up was a seven-yearold
girl. Her father escorted her to the stage. She
was blind. She played a song on the organ and
stopped in the middle of it and people clapped.
You could see her face just light up. Then she
played a little more and stopped, and waited for
the crowd to applause. She just milked it. People
are going crazy clapping.
We’re thinking, there goes our claim to fame, a
hundred dollars down the tube. Heck we were
only getting $25 playing at Teen Town. $100 is
a lot of money. So we were pretty devastated.
Our band ended up losing to a seven-year-old
Matt Wolf, bass player for The Press, Wheeler,
Neptune Blue, Bo Ramsey and the Sliders.
Matt Wolf: It was the early 80s and The Press
was playing a gig at Junnie’s. The band included
Ron Duccini on drums, John Moran and Dennis
Hoag on guitars, me on bass. Dennis was a great
singer, one of the few singers who could pull off
singing Journey tunes since he sounded a lot
like Steve Perry.
Anyway, Dennis had just purchased a wireless
guitar system, so he didn’t need a chord attached
to his amp. He was able to move all around the
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stage and the dance floor and anywhere he
wants. He climbs up on the bar, playing the guitar,
knocking over drinks, having himself a great time
with his new sense of freedom.
He returns to the stage and we start playing La
Grange by ZZ Top. Dennis decides he’s going to
jump off the stage to the dance floor. The stage at
Junnie’s was about three feet high, maybe a little
more. Well, Dennis attempts to jump off the stage
and his foot gets tangled in one of the monitor
chords. He belly-flops onto the dance floor and
lands on his guitar. Nobody tries to catch him,
like in a mosh pit. The dancers just move back
in a horseshoe shape around him. His guitar is
broken in half, he looks up at the stage, we’re
still playing the song and I can still remember the
look on his face. We couldn’t hear him cause of
the music, but we could read his lips. He said,
“Oh, damn. That hurt!”
He wasn’t hurt that bad, though, except for his
pride. I can’t remember if he also broke the wireless
transmitter. He picked up a spare guitar and
we kept on playing. I don’t think he jumped off
the stage anymore that night.
Dave Hummel, guitar, and Bill (Cricket) Davis,
bass, of the Mississippi Band
Dave Hummel: We were on our way to the
Playboy Club in Lake Geneva in the late 70s to
check out the recording studio and maybe record
our album back then. We came across a pickup
truck parked on the side of the road and this
blond girl walking down the middle of the road.
So we stopped to see what was going on. We
were driving a big white step-van and this drunk
driver came up behind us at 55 or 60 miles an
hour and plowed right into the back of us. The
driver wasn’t hurt too badly, and neither was our
van cause we had this big steel bumper in back,
but the guy’s dog, a golden retriever, was killed
in the accident.
Meanwhile, cops pull up and I get in the front seat
and the drunken guy gets in the backseat and all
he’s saying is, “Gawd, I was just at the best party
to and now my
dog’s dead and my cars
Cricket: That guy was drunk.
Dave: Oh yeah, he was stinky drunk! And the cop
is looking out the window saying, “I saw it. I saw it.
Cricket: We were trying to talk to the cops and
they’re just staring up at the sky.
Dave: And I’m sitting in the cop car trying to tell
the cop how the accident happened, that we
were stopped for this girl in the road. and this
guy just plowed right into us, but all the cop is
saying is, “I saw it land.” So I asked him, “What
are you talking about?” He says, “The UFO. It
landed out in the field. I saw it land.”
The cops were so freaked out about the UFO
they saw that they didn’t even give the drunk guy
a ticket. I remember looking back as we pulled
away and seeing the drunken guy just staggering
down the highway. Anyway our van could still run,
but Charlie Troy had hurt his arm
in the accident so we couldn’t
record at the Playboy Club. We
just headed back home. Never
knew what happened to that
Cricket: Maybe the UFO got
Dick McGrane, guitar player for
the Mark IV and New Mark IV.
Dick McGrane: Nutsy Turtle
and I have been friends since
he was 16 and I was 21. We
played in a band at Nooks in
East Dubuque. He was known
as Jim Leick then and he was a
guitar player. Later he became
a drummer. We were the house The Mississippi Band: Dav
band at the Club 26 in the Mark
Davis and Charlie Troy
The New Mark IV: Jim (Nutsy Turtle) Leick, Bob Griffin, Dick
McGrane and Milt Phohl
IV Band, but guys came and went. John Piper
would be their one week, Tom Bussan from the
Natives would play, Rocky Androssio – a lot of
guitar players from that era came and went.
But I was there all the time. Nutsy was one
of our drummers.
Nutsy is pretty much his own guy; he does
what he wants to do. Well he wanted to
go to a party one Saturday night when
we were playing, so he called me and
said he wanted the night off. I said I
don’t have anybody to play drums.
And he said, “I really want to go to
this party.” I said I don’t care; I don’t
have anybody to play drums. You’re the drummer
you gotta show up.
He came to the gig and about 11:30. He walks up
to me, hands me his sticks and says, “I’m going
to the party. I’ll see ya.” And walks out the door.
Sooo. I have to stumble through the rest of the
night playing drums and I’m not a drummer, but
I could somewhat keep a beat. I managed to do
that. Then at 2:30 in the morning I packed up all
his drums, put them in cases and carried them
out to my car. As I’m just getting ready to leave,
Nutsy pulls up with this friend of his right next to
my car, rolls down the window and says, “Hey,
Dick, where’d you get all those drums?”
Honest to god, if I could have gotten out of the
car fast enough I would have turned his car right
over on its side. Of course, he took off like a shot.
But I had a lot of fun playing. It was just a good
time. And that’s why Rewind is such a treat for
John Moran, guitar and harmonica player for
Longshot, Saddletramp and The Mississippi
John Moran: One of my most memorable experiences
as a musician came in 1980. I was playing
e Hummel, Duane Fudge, Mark Oberfoell, Bill (Cricket)
in the Saddletramp band with Mike Mason on
bass and the late Andy Krayer on drums and
the late Bruce Brezeale on guitar, peddle steel
and fiddle. We were the opening act for Hank
Williams Jr. at three concerts – one in LaCrosse,
Wisconsin, one in Cedar Rapids and the final
night on a Monday at Five Flags here in Dubuque.
We were the house band at the Club 26 in East
Dubuque at the time and announced from the
stage at Five Flags that the Club 26 would be
open that night and we would be playing. We
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had hopes that Hank would come over and
jam with us.
Sure enough, his bus shows up and parks behind
the club. The club was packed and there
was a little trepidation about getting Hank to the
stage, but some makeshift security guys were put
together and Hank was escorted to the stage.
Sadly, I only got to play one song with him and
then handed my guitar off to Hank’s guitar player.
Hank played for about a half hour or more. It
turned out to be one rockin’, unforgettable night
at the Club 26.
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Linda and the Classics: Beth Schmitt, Nick
White, Don Beck and Linda White
Nick White, guitar player for Dick Buscher and
the Clichés, Shaft, Bands of Gold and Linda
and the Classics.
Nick White: This is the story of a melee that
broke out in the Hilltop Night Club in East
Dubuque around 1971 or early 1972. The band
I was in at the time was called Shaft, it included
Ronnie Miller, lead singer; Don Beck, lead guitar;
Paul White, bass guitar; Nutsy Turtle on drums;
Tim (Muskrat) Habel on the Hammond Organ;
and myself on lead guitar. The place was packed
to the walls.
There was always a pretty strong rivalry between
the small towns in eastern Iowa – Farley, Cascade,
Peosta, Epworth and Dyersville. On this
particular evening one of the lads from Cascade
decided to ask one of the gals from Farley to
dance. The guys from Farley took offence at that,
and a little shoving began. This escalated to a little
punching between two guys. Pretty soon it was
four guys and then eight, probably up to 20 guys
on the dance floor just beating the begeeses out
of each other all because of this girl. The police
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were called in. When they arrived they opened the
door and saw this melee taking place and realized
it was more than two police officers could handle.
They decided to go back and wait in their car until
things died down a little bit before they came in.
At the peak of the fight there were beer bottles
being broken and chairs being thrown much like
a western TV show.
The bar owner at the time was our lead guitar
player, Don Beck, who used a mike stand to try
to break things up. Louis Jones, a drummer from
that time period was involved in the fight with one
of the Cascade boys, trying to choke him to death
on the dance floor.
Things finally died down, I don’t really think there
were any lasting injuries. The cops never did
come back in and the only fear we had was that
at the end of the night, the fight would reestablish
itself in the parking lot. But that didn’t happen and
we all lived happily ever after.
Nick White: I’m sure other band members could
tell stories about the vehicles used
back in the 60s to haul equipment
to gigs. When I first came home
from the army in 1971, I started
a trio with my friend Nutsy Turtle
and my brother Paul on bass. After
having a few beers at an establishment
on Central Avenue, we drove
by this car lot and saw a 1961
Volkswagen Microbus sitting there
and thought, wow, that would be
the perfect vehicle for our trio.
We went in and paid $115 for it.
Drove it home with this gawdawful
clunking sound all the way, but we
made it up to the house.
We used that vehicle to transport
our equipment for about a year.
Every two weeks we had to take
it up to Kim’s 76 on the corner of
7 am - 12 noon
University and Gilliam in Dubuque. Kim would fill
the transaxle with lubricant and we would have
no trouble with that clunking noise for another
couple weeks. It had a six-volt electrical system,
which wasn’t very compatible with the cold Iowa
winters. So we always had to park it noise down
on a hill so we could roll it down the hill to restart it.
Volkswagens were also notorious for having no
heaters, so in the winter in order to get to the gigs
we had to hold a propane fired heater up to the
windshield to defrost the window.
My mother hated this vehicle worse than any
vehicle any of us had ever owned and it finally
sat in her driveway after we joined another band.
It was sold to the Mississippi Band for $50
where it went to Duane Fudge’s farm. They put
snow tires on the back and used it to get up and
down the hill on the farm lane for several years
before it finally died. I’m pretty sure to this day it
resides near Duane’s lane in the state of some
Saddletramp: Mike Mason, (Hank Williams Jr.), John Moran,
Andy Krayer and Bruce Brezeale.
Par for the course
How to Get the Ba l in the Air
By Michael Stewart
If you’re a new golfer then you’re probably keen
to know how to get the golf ball up in the air.
Well, in this article I’m going to give you three
golf tips to help you get some nice air on your
Golf Air Tip # 1: To make the ball go up your must
hit down. This sounds strange to new golfers, but
it’s true. To make the golf ball go up you need to
hit down on the golf ball. Why? Because it’s the
downward motion that creates backspin and
backspin is what makes the ball get up in the
air. However, this is truer when you’re hitting your
irons and woods. With your driver you should
have more of a sweeping motion. But every other
club (apart from you putter) should be swung
down into the back of the ball.
You should contact the ball first and then take a
divot after you hit the golf ball (with the exception
of playing bunker shots, where you should hit the
sand first). So don’t try to lift the ball up in the
air. Instead, hit down on the ball to make it go
up. A good way to practice this is to get a 7-iron
and hit shots from old divots. By doing this it will
force you to hit down on the back of the ball.
Golf Air Tip # 2: Use the right golf club. If you’re
trying to hit a high shot from 150 yards and you
are using a 4-iron, chances are that you’ll hit a
low shot that will run a lot. From this distance
most good golfers would use a 7-8 iron. The
more loft on the golf club the higher your shots
Apple Canyon Lake Golf Course
14A200 E. Apple Canyon Rd., Apple River, IL
(815) 492-2477, www.applecanyonlake.org
Bellevue Golf Club
32292 395th Ave., Bellevue, IA
(563) 872-4262, www.bellevueiagolfclub.com
Birchwood Golf Course
3976 Eagle Point Rd., Kieler, WI
(608) 748-4743, www.birchwoodgolfcourse9.com
Bunker Hill Golf Course
2200 Bunker Hill Rd., Dubuque, IA
(563) 589-4261, www.golfbunkerhill.com
Cole Acres Country Club: 9 Holes in Cuba City
Darlington Golf & Country Club
17098 Country Club Rd., Darlington, WI
(608) 776-3377, www.darlingtoncc.com
Derby Grange Golf & Recreation
13079 Derby Grange Rd., Dubuque, IA
Dodge Point Golf Course: 9 Holes between Mineral
Point and Dodgeville
will go. So if you’re after more golf air, use higher
Golf Air Tip # 3: Improve your golf swing. The
best golfers in the world are always looking to
improve their golf swings to make them simpler
and more consistent. You should do the same if
you want to improve. Not everyone has the time
a pro has to devote to the sport, but nevertheless,
you should still try to improve your swing.
Look to improve your setup first. Setup has a
huge effect on your golf shots. For example, if
you’re finding it hard to get the golf ball up in the
air, you should check your ball position. If the
ball is positioned too far back in your stance,
you’ll find it very hard to get much golf air. The
ball should be positioned off your left heel for
almost every shot. Simple things like this in your
setup and swing will make a big difference in
your ball striking.
So there you go – three pointers that will help
you get more golf air. Try them out and let me
know how they work for you.
Tips for Staying Cool on the Course
Early Tee Times: Early tee times are an excellent
way to avoid the heat of the day. It’s also an ideal
time to stay ahead of the mid-day foursomes that
creep in and slow down the course.
Hydration: Make sure you drink plenty of water
throughout your game of golf, especially if you are
Dubuque Golf & Country Club
1800 Randall Place, Dubuque, IA
(563) 583-9158, www.dubuquegolf.org
Dubuque Driving Range
10740 Highway 52 N , Dubuque, IA 52001
Dyersville Golf and Country Club
1010 20th, Dyersville, IA
(563) 875-8497, scherbring.com/dyersvillegolf
Eagle Ridge Golf Club
10 Clubhouse Dr., Galena, IL
(800) 892-2269, www.eagleridge.com
North Course: 18 holes, par 72
South Course: 18 holes, par 72
East Course: 9 holes, par 34
The General: 18 holes, par 72
Fillmore Fairways Golf Course
21655 Highway 151, Cascade, IA
(563) 852-3377, www.fillmorefairways.com
House on the Rock Resort: 27 Holes in
Spring Green, WI
drinking alcohol, too. It’s recommended to have at
least one bottle of water to every alcoholic drink.
Vitamin Water and Gatorade are recommended
Clothing: Moisture-wicking and UV protectant
fabrics are the best way to reduce your body heat
during a round. Wear golf shorts, golf skorts or
short-sleeved shirts in light colors.
Wet Towel: A great way to cool your body temperature
is to bring a water-soaked towel with you.
You can wipe your brow and cool your neck with
this, and you will definitely appreciate it.
Umbrella: The best way to stay cool is to stay
out of the sun. Not all courses are lined in trees,
so consider bringing an umbrella with you on the
Editor’s note: Michael Stewart is Eagle Ridge
Resort’s Golf Operations Manager. A Dubuque
native, Stewart spent seven years with the International
Management Group as the Director of
Golf in 15 different countries managing worldclass
AREA GOLF COURSES
Take advantage of the beautiful weather and head for the links to enjoy a round of golf! Below is a sampling of the area’s golf courses, both private and
public. Call ahead or check the website before you go. If you wish to see your area’s golf course added email firstname.lastname@example.org
Lacoma Golf Club
8080 Timmerman Dr., East Dubuque, IL
(815) 747-3874, www.lacomagolf.com
Maquoketa Country Club
17961 33rd St., Maquoketa, IA
Meadows Golf Club
15766 Clover Lane, Asbury, IA
(563) 583-7385, www.meadowsgolf.com
Platteville Golf-Country Club
6729 N Water St., Platteville, WI
(608) 348-3551, www.plattevillegolf.com
Thunder Hills Country Club:
16682 Thunder Hills Dr., Peosta, IA
(563) 556-3363, www.thunderhillscc.com
19858 E. Pleasant Grove Rd., Peosta, IA
Yellowstone Golf Course: 9 Holes in Blanchardville,
August 2012 ❖ Julien’s Journal ❖ 33
Hooley Highlights the
by John Moran
The Irish... Be they kings,
or poets, or farmers,
They’re a people of great worth,
They keep company
with the angels,
And bring a bit of heaven
here to earth.
THE IRISH CONTINUE TO PARTY
For those who cannot get enough Irish
Festivals, here is a list of festivals occurring
throughout the Midwest.
Iowa Irish Fest,
Waterloo, IA — August 3 - 5
Minnesota Fest — August 10 - 12
La Crosse Fest — August 10 - 12
Milwaukee Irish Fest — August 16 - 19
Dubuque Fest— August 24 - 26
Peoria Fest— August 24 - 26
Kansas City Fest — August 31- Sept. 2
Pittsburgh Fest— September 7 - 9
Michael Lange stated that, “Many
bands come in from Ireland or the coast
and will play several of these festivals
back to back so we have become a
part of this Irish festival summer series
and this has allowed us to bring bands
like Gaelic Storm and the Red Hot Chili
Pipers to Dubuque. This year, in fact,
Derek Warfield will play in Peoria on
Friday night before coming to play for
us. And the Canadian band Searson will
be playing at the Irish Cottage in Galena
on Thursday night as part of their summer
showcase before playing for us on
Saturday – we have been able to work
with Basil Conroy at the Irish Cottage
several times now to share acts or do
some cross promotion.
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in Us All
The eighth annual Irish Hooley, a
grand celebration of Dubuque’s
Irish heritage, is slated to take
place on Saturday, August 25
at the Alliant Amphitheatre, Port
of Dubuque, 600 Star Brewery
Drive. A Hooley, as we’ve come
to know, is an Irish term for a gathering of friends
and family coming together for the purpose
of sharing songs, dance and merriment. And
since it is an Irish festival, there will certainly be
a modicum of tippling allowed. You don’t need
to be Irish to partake.
Aside from the stellar line-up of Irish and Celtic
entertainment – there will be five bands entertaining
this year – the Dubuque Fire and Drums
will present a salute to our armed forces and
the lovely and colorful Claddagh/McNulty Irish
Dancers, always a crowd favorite, will perform
their high stepping and toe tapping jigs and reels.
Michael Lange, who works in the Higher
Education department of McGraw-Hill, has been
involved with the Hooley since its inception. “I
actually worked a little bit with John Finn when he
had his Irish Festival,” said Lange. When Finn’s
festival ended, “Ken Siegert and I started talking
about doing another one. The first two we did at
the fair grounds on a Sunday afternoon and had
about 500 people show up.”
After the second Hooley at the fair grounds,
Lange thought that if they moved it to the riverfront
on a Saturday and brought in a major
headliner, they might be able to attract 5000
people. “There was a little skepticism about that
at the time. But we did move it down to the amphitheater
and it did take off. It was our third year
and we brought in Gaelic Storm. People showed
up and we’ve had a great success ever since.”
Lange says they try to do something new at the
Hooley every year. “Last year we added the Irish
whiskey tasting,” said Lange, “and we’ll be doing
that again.” The tasting is done in conjunction
with Tim Althaus, who manages Family Beer and
Liquor in East Dubuque, and the Star Restaurant.
Four different types of Irish whiskeys were
sampled last year and the people who signed
up were also educated in the art of Irish whiskey
making. The whiskey tasting is limited to a certain
number of people so sign up early, and you too
can say, as the Irish do of fine whiskey, “I felt it like
a torchlight procession going down my throat.”
This year the Hooley will be bringing in a traveling
exhibit from the Ward Irish Music Archives
located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Established
in 1992, the Ward Irish Music Archives houses
the largest public collection of Irish music in
America. It is named after John J. Ward Jr.,
father of the Milwaukee Irish Fest founder Ed
Ward. The archive currently consists of more
than 40,000 Irish music recordings and pieces
of memorabilia ranging from rare 78 rpms, LPs
and sheet music to song books, instruments,
and concert memorabilia.
“They have a series of traveling exhibits,” said
Lange. “We’re looking at either doing one on
Irish American celebrities or possibly one on the
Irish in the Civil War. One of our bands coming
in, Eric Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones, has
a new CD out about the Irish and the American
Civil War, which would be a pretty good tie in.
“We’ve been trying to expand the cultural aspects
of the festival,” Lange explained. “This
year we also have someone coming in who will
give lessons in speaking Gaelic.”
Lange said they are also attempting to introduce
some activities for children this year so they can
have as much fun as the adults seem to have.
At the time of this printing, plans had not yet
“We’re very pleased to be able to bring two great
international acts to the Irish Hooley for the first
time in the form of Searson from Canada and
the legendary Derek Warfield direct from Ireland,”
said Lange. “We’re also excited to welcome
for the first time the Wild Colonial Bhoys from
The festival will be headlined this year by two
huge national music acts. The Young Dubliners
from California have produced a series of acclaimed
albums including 2007’s With All Due
Respect: The Irish Sessions and 2009’s Saints
and Sinners. The Elders from Kansas City will
take top billing and are one of the premier touring
Irish/Celtic bands from the Midwest and have
produced nine albums of traditional and original
Irish music so far. They will return to Dubuque
before leading two castle tours through Ireland
The Irish Hooley is a day-long event presented
y the Irish Hooley, Inc. and the Dubuqueland
Irish and is sponsored in part by Premier Bank.
Music and entertainment is featured on stage
from noon until 10:30 p.m.
The Hooley has raised over $125,000 for charity
over the last five years. Some of the money has
gone to the Dubuqueland Irish for their causes,
but the majority of the proceeds have gone to
Hospice of Dubuque.
Despite the fact that the Mississippi River will
not be dyed green again this year, I still plan to
attend. I’ll be the guy wearing the green tinted
Ireland’s Whiskey Distillery Tours
A Prelude to the Hooley Whiskey Tasting
by Tim Althaus
“Too much of anything is bad, but
too much of good whiskey is barely
enough.” Mark Twain
When traveling around the Emerald Isle, I
highly recommend a stop at one of the
few remaining distilleries that are left
in this land where over two-thousand distilleries
(both legal and illegal) once thrived. The Irish
claim that distilled spirits were introduced by
missionaries around 700 AD. In the late 1800s,
Irish whiskey was the most popular whiskey in
the U.S., with over 400 brands imported. By
the mid 1940s, the Irish whiskey industry was
decimated by several factors, including prohibition,
The Great Depression, World War II, and
greatly increased competition from Scotland. By
1966, only three distilling companies remained
in Ireland. Today, Irish whiskey consumption is
seeing a global resurgence, and a few smaller
craft distilleries have opened.
There are a few key differences between Irish
whiskey and other whiskies produced around
the world. The Irish use pot stills for distillation,
which emphasize complexity. They also use a
triple distillation process compared to most other
sunglasses – the river will at least look green
Irish Hooley Highlights
Irish Whiskey History and Tasting — 2:00, 3:00,
and 4:00 p.m. Fee is $10.00. Limited number.
The Gathering — 11:30 a.m
Dubuque Pipe and Drums — Noon
Searson — 12:15 p.m.
The Claddagh Irish Dancers —1:45 p.m.
Derek Warfield & Young Wolfe Tones —2:15 p.m.
The Claddagh Irish Dancers — 3:45 p.m.
The Wild Colonial Boys — 4:15 p.m.
Scotch, which are
only distilled twice.
Distilling three times
gives Irish whiskey
a lighter body,
lighter color, and
a smoother feel.
of pot stills,
aging in barrels
(Bourbon, Port or Sherry barrels are
common) can impart notes of toffee, spice,
wood, leather, fudge, vanilla, nuts and sherry.
While in Dublin, be sure to visit the Old Jameson
Distillery, open for tours daily, but long since
closed for actual whiskey production. The buildings
on the tour sit on the location where Scottish
businessman, John Jameson, first began his
production in Ireland back in 1780. By the turn of
the 19th century, Jameson was producing more
than a million gallons annually. Guests who take
this tour are treated to a Jameson sample at the
end of the tour along with a faceoff between
Jack Daniels, Dewars Scotch and Jameson Irish
Whiskey for a few lucky volunteers.
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO MIKE IRONSIDE/365INK
Salute to Our Armed Forces — 5:45 p.m.
Young Dubliners — 6:30 p.m.
Trip to Ireland Winner Announced —8:00 p.m.
The Elders — 8:30 -10:30 p.m.
Tickets and Information:
Adult Admission: $10 in advance /$15 at the gate
Child Admission (10 & under): FREE!
Advanced Tickets available at: Shamrock Imports,
391 Bluff Street, (563) 583-5000; Hospice
of Dubuque, 1670 JFK Road, (563) 582-1220,
Premier Bank locations or call (563) 588 -1000
For more information, call (563) 583-5000. ❖
The site where Jameson is currently
distilled, The New Midleton Distillery
in County Cork, is currently the world’s
third largest single-distillery producer.
The Jameson Experience, Midleton,
located next to the new facility, offers
guided tours of the Old Midleton Distillery
followed by an Irish whiskey tasting.
The Old Bushmills Distillery located in
Bushmills, Northern Ireland, sits in the
middle of the picturesque Antrim coast, a
short drive from the Giants Causeway and
Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. The Bushmills
Distillery is considered the world’s oldest licensed
distillery, with documentation from King James I
dating back to 1608. This is a working distillery
with guided tours that show guests every aspect
of production, from barley to bottle.
Please join us at the 8th Annual Irish Hooley on
Saturday August 25, 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
There will be an Irish Whiskey History and Tasting
sponsored by Family Beer & Liquor, the Star
Restaurant and Jameson Irish Whiskey. $10.00
per person. Tasting times are 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00
p.m. This is a “First Come, First Served” event.
Sign up at the Irish Hooley only. Slainte! ❖
August 2012 ❖ Julien’s Journal ❖ 35
by Will Hoyer
The Bluebe l Orchard
When most people think of Iowa farms they traditionally think of vast monocultured
fields of corn or soybeans, or livestock. Certainly there are plenty of
farms in the Dubuque area but the fact is that there is a diversity of farmers
spread across our hills. Some are small and some are large. Some grow corn
and beans, but many grow a much greater variety of crops. Some use “conventional”
chemical pesticide and fertilizer applications while others do not.
As farmers’ markets expand and the city is poised to welcome the local and
organic-focused Dubuque Food Co-op later this year, it is clear that there is
growing interest in the food that these non-traditional farms can provide. Each
month this summer Julien’s Journal will profile a local farm whose operation
is outside the traditional view of what agriculture is in the state. This month’s
profile is Bluebell Orchard and owner Pete Henkels.
Author Will Hoyer CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS BY WILL HOYER
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It might be the dog days of August, but fall is
just around the corner and few foods signify
the arrival of fall better than a crisp, juicy apple.
Pete Henkels grew up on a farm with some
apple trees on it planted by his grandfather
so perhaps it is no surprise that Henkels ended
up growing apples, too. Of course back then,
“Everybody had a small orchard,” according to
Henkels. Not many people who had orchards
back then have orchards today and even fewer
have an orchard with 1,500 trees.
Henkels, who retired from John Deere in the early
1990s, is the sole operator of Bluebell Orchard,
located off Seippel Road. He first planted a few
trees on his property in 1972, as he missed having
the opportunity to pluck an apple from the
tree and eat it fresh as he had done as a kid. A
few trees became a few more and a few more,
and by 1980, as he started to think about retiring
he was finding that he was growing enough to
sell. By 1985 he had expanded his orchard to
its current 12 acres.
A visitor to Bluebell Orchard could find about 30
different varieties of apples. Henkels points out
that each apple variety is distinctive, having its
own unique flavor, texture and appearance. The
most popular apples he grows are Jonathans,
Red Delicious and Ida Reds each with hundreds
of trees. Some other varieties are grown from
only a couple of trees. One unique apple he
grows is the Russet apple, which has a brownish,
rough skin like that of its namesake potato.
Another lesser-known variety Henkels favors is
Apples are not the only fruit Henkels grows – he
also has a few pear trees and some Concord
grapes as well as traditional vegetable garden
goodies – but apples are his favorite and what
he is best known for in the area. He is a Dubuque
Farmers’ Market fixture at his 13th Street spot
mid-block between Iowa and Central and
becomes more popular with the arrival of early
apples in August and remains so through the
fall as new varieties ripen and are brought each
week. He supplements his garden produce in the
first half of the market season with produce he
buys from out of state and brings back with him
to Dubuque, like blueberries from Michigan and
peaches that he buys from a grower in Calhoun
Henkels notes that the popularity of the Dubuque
Farmers Market has exploded in the last five
years due to what he says is a heightened, “Consciousness
about buying local and eating fruits
and veggies.” The excitement building around
the Dubuque Food Co-op is further evidence
of this sentiment as area residents demand
more local options. “There’s some money to be
made now,” he notes, “but it’s still a lot of work.”
Henkels has tried to sell through grocery stores
in the past but was dissatisfied with the results
and has since relied on the farmers’ market and
visitors to the orchard.
Henkels’ orchard is not organic and he uses
chemicals, primarily insecticides and fungicides,
but according to him, not nearly to the extent
that large scale commercial growers would.
Early on, Henkels made a trip into Wisconsin
to visit an organic orchard. He was told by the
producer that making a living on an orchard
was tough, but making a living on an organic
orchard was even tougher. One reason is that
consumers are used to seeing unblemished
produce at traditional grocery stores and cast a
skeptical eye on anything else. Henkels believes
in organic methods but balances his belief with
the demands of consumers who want to see the
perfect apple they are used to seeing at HyVee.
Henkels is already on his second career and
will not be growing apples forever. He notes
that none of his children have an interest in, or
disposition for, taking over the orchard so until
the right person comes along he will keep on
doing what he enjoys. For now he is still having
fun and enjoying the challenges and rewards
that the orchard offers. He loves the seasonality
of the operation – the early and late pruning, the
blooming trees in the spring, the summer growth
and then, of course, the harvest.
Agriculture in the state takes many forms and it
would be a mistake to talk about Iowa farmers
and their farms as though they were all cut from
the same mold. It’s easy to drive around the tristate
region and see lots of corn and beans and
come to the conclusion that that is all there is
around here, but the truth is that there is a huge
variety if you look closely, and that contributes to
a stronger, more vibrant food system. The farms
and growers profiled in this summer’s series,
while different in many respects, share a strong
work ethic and an almost all-consuming passion
for what they are doing. Being successful
growing food is not easy and every time we sit
down to enjoy a good apple, some terrific pork
or produce grown close to home, we should
take a second and recognize the hard work of
the men and women who made our enjoyment
The Dubuque Food
Co-op held its first Annual
Meeting on June
28th and approximately 150 members
showed up to get updates and hear from the
Oneota Community Co-op’s, Steve McCargar,
who has been advising the DFC Board,
and Jude Becker (profiled in the July Julien’s
Journal) who spoke about the importance of
the DFC in serving as a catalyst for the growing
local food movement in the Dubuque
area. The DFC continues to recruit new
members, having raised their pre-opening
membership goal to 1,500 thanks to the
early response from community members,
and to raise funds through the member
loans, the purchase of preferred stock and
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The Pfeiler Brothers’
Heritage Farm by John Moran
Jim and Mary Pfieler with blueprints of their
PHOTO BY JOHN MORAN
Last August at the Iowa State Fair,
the Pfeiler Brothers Farm, located
a few miles off Highway 52 near
Rickardsville, Iowa, was recognized
as a Heritage Farm. Jim Pheiler and
wife Mary Hanley along with Jim’s
brother Joe and wife Cathy Hanson
are the proprietors and operators of the farm. For
this distinction, the farm must cover at least 40
acres and be owned and operated by members
of the same family for 150 years. The Iowa Department
of Agriculture and Land Stewardship in
conjunction with the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation
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established the Heritage Farm Program in 2006.
Since then, a total of 514 farms in the State of Iowa
and 22 in Dubuque County alone have achieved
this significant accomplishment.
Maintaining a family farm for a century and a half
is no easy task. One can only imagine the trials
and tribulations faced over the years: drought,
extreme heat, extreme cold, the Civil War, the
Great Depression, two world wars, several recessions,
fluctuations in crop and livestock prices, the
transition from horse drawn equipment to diesel
tractors and the ever present truth that a farmer’s
work is never done. And inevitably, the need for
begets and begots of near Biblical proportions.
The story begins in 1857, when Adam Brecht
and wife Maria left Trier, Germany to migrate to
the United States with their three children. They
settled in the Holy Cross area of Dubuque County.
After signing an affidavit renouncing any loyalty to
the King of Prussia, Adam became a U.S. citizen
in 1860, making him eligible to own land. For the
purchase price of $420, Adam bought 40 acres
in section 15 of Concord township east of Holy
Cross on March 3, 1861, just a few weeks after
the Civil War began.
In 1898, Adam and Maria retired and, as was the
German custom, gave the farm and personal
property to their son Philip with the understanding
that he would care for them, pay them $100
per year and pay each of his three sisters $400
upon the death of Adam and Maria. Philip and
his wife Barbara Rausch raised six daughters
and eight sons on the farm. They added more
buildings to the farm and expanded the number
of acres to 240.
On March 1, 1940, Philip’s daughter Lorraine and
her husband Aloysius Pfeiler bought the farm and
continued operating it as a dairy and hog farm.
Lorraine managed the large flock of laying hens,
which was quite a lucrative operation in those
days. Al and Lorraine raised their three children
on the farm and in the 1950s they upgraded the
dairy herd to registered Brown Swiss cattle.
In 1965, Al and Lorraine formed a partnership
with their son Lyal and his wife Melita Wolf. This
partnership operated for the next 10 years, milking
the Brown Swiss cows, raising hogs farrow
to finish, and farming the crop ground. The laying
hens had departed some time before this.
On November 1, 1975, Lyal and Melita purchased
the farm, becoming the fourth generation to own
and operate the property that Adam and Maria
Brecht had originally purchased. Lyal and Melita
raised four daughters and three sons and eventually
added confinement buildings for the hog operation
and a freestall/parlor setup for the Brown
Swiss dairy herd. All seven children helped on the
farm throughout their childhood and teen years.
Two of their sons, Joe and Jim, expressed an interest
in farming on the home place and on January
1, 1990, the Lyal Pfeiler and Sons partnership
was established. This partnership continued for
many years until Joe with his wife Kathy Hanson
and Jim with his wife Mary Hanley had purchased
all the livestock and equipment from Lyal and
Melita as Pfeiler Brothers Farm, Inc. Lyal retired
in 2002 (at least as much as any farmer retires),
and Pfeiler Brothers Farm purchased the 240 acre
home farm on March 1, 2007.
Joe and Jim, along with their families, continue to
operate the farm. Jim and Mary have two sons,
Chandler and Garrett, and live on the farm. Joe
and Kathy have twin sons, Aaron and Adam, and
a daughter, Livia. All of the kids help with chores,
as is the family tradition.
Jim is responsible for the dairy cattle, milking an
average of 80 to 85 Brown Swiss cows twice
daily. Joe handles the hog finishing operation
where they raise 7200 hogs a year. “Major management
decisions,” said Jim, “my brother and
I make together. Six or seven years ago we sold
the sows and bought into a sow unit with 14 other
producers. Now every nine weeks it’s our turn to
get 1200 pigs from the unit. Decisions like that
we make together.” He added with a smile, “But
labor goes wherever it needs to go.”
The pigs weigh around 17 pounds when they
arrive at the farm and are finished out at approximately
275 pounds, which takes about five and a
half months. The pigs are all raised in confinement.
“The biggest issue with confinement,” said Mary,
Jim’s wife, “is the manure. Around here, Iowa is
pretty good about having manure management
plans.” All of the manure is stored in pits underneath
the hog confinement building.
“The nutrients in manure include nitrogen, phosphorous
and potassium, which are the main
sources of plant food,” said Jim. “The manure
management plan states you can only apply as
much manure onto the land that the crop is going
to use. So for corn, if you are going to produce
180 bushels an acre then you apply X amount
of manure per acre.” Once or twice a year the
manure is pumped out and sprayed on the fields.
“All of it is applied to the land,” said Jim.
Jim and Mary’s son, Garret, who is 13, is in charge
Jim and Mary with son, Garret, on the front porch of the house to be moved. PHOTO BY JOHN MORAN
of the hen egg laying operation. Jim said, “He’s
on the ten year plan.” At this time, Garret plans
on staying on to farm.
The Pfeiler brothers also plant around 260 acres
of corn a year and harvest another 100 acres of
alfalfa. They still need to purchase approximately
40,000 bushels of corn a year to feed the livestock.
“If the price of corn jumps another $1.00
a bushel, you can do the math in your head. It
costs us another $40,000,” said Jim.
Jim and Mary live in and own the original farmhouse
that Great Grandfather Philip Brecht built.
An addition was built onto the old farmhouse in
1906 and the house was completely gutted and
remodeled in 1997. The house is located, as our
most old farmhouses, very near all the other farm
buildings, and these buildings and property are
all co-owned with Jim’s brother, Joe. The twist
to this Heritage Farm is saving and moving the
“We can’t sell this farmhouse separate from the
farm, because its right in the middle of the farm
buildings we are using.” And they don’t want to
rent it out to a third party. “It has to be located on
five acres of land and the property line has to be
at least 100 feet from any buildings. The idea is
to move it to a five-acre parcel, so if some time
down the line we determined we had to sell it
for whatever reason, it would be separate from
the farm.” They will be able to expand the living
space by placing the home on a new walk-out
basement foundation. Moving the house is actually
cheaper than building a new home. “And we
like this house,” added Mary.
The house will be jacked up, slid on to a trailer
and moved some several hundred yards down
the lane from its present location.
“We will have a bulldozer handy since the wheels
on the trailer used to move the house are 30
feet wide and there are some places on the lane
where it’s too narrow. We will need to add gravel
on one side or the other to create a 30-foot road
bed,” said Jim.
The new basement foundation will be dug out
and poured after the house is set in place upon
railroad ties. Plum lines will be dropped from the
corners of the house in order to mark the edges
of the foundation. Since old houses are not always
square, this is the best way to ensure the foundation
will match up to the house.
The moving of the house will take place between
August 15 and September 15 and will be done by
the Aylsworth Brothers House Movers located in
Wadena, Iowa. Julien’s Journal plans on keeping
our readers up to date on the move with a pictorial
placed on our website and Facebook network.
Some of Joe and Jim’s children have expressed a
great interest in farming, so odds are pretty good
that a sixth generation will some day operate the
farm started by Adam and Maria Brecht in 1861.
Iowa may have to begin a Bicentennial Farm
program if that’s the case. ❖
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You’ll never know what you’ll
find in an old aerial photo.
Recently, one happy customer
called to order three more prints
of the same image for presents.
Why? Upon receiving his framed
photograph, he saw for the first
time the image of a girl on a
bicycle. It turns out that the girl
was his 8-year-old sister, who
died the same year the picture
This was probably the last known
picture of her. Our customer
ordered the additional three prints
to give as a gift to each of his
three brothers. Needless to say,
it was a special Christmas for the
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“People get excited when they can see the farm at
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Fall 2012 is a season designed
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Sheer backs, often plunged low, shine with bejeweled accents and elaborate draping
of the cowled back or neckline have been introduced.
Probably one of the most interesting wedding gown trends this fall is the welcoming of
color. White and ivory gowns have always been the mainstay of bridal gown fashions,
but this fall, color swept in with abandon. Rumor has it that the rush to color this fall
was in part inspired by Reese Witherspoon’s blush pink gown. Prevalent were shades
of peach from faint nudes to deep peaches to full-on pinks; the warm colors flatter
every skin tone, and turn each bride into a glowing beauty. Vera Wang took color a bit further with
her “Witchcraft Collection,” which features only nude or black wedding gowns. From the strapless,
corseted bodices down through ruffled lace or tulle skirts, the glamorous and ultra-feminine gowns
were definitely designed for the bride who likes drama. Black also arrived as accents to white gowns
in ribbons and lace that added interest and elegance.
Emulating last year’s corset-inspired bodices that began a trend of innerwear coming out, horsehair
trim, usually restricted to underpinnings in a gown, have been brought out from under to appear as
bodice detail, or hemline or sash accents. The heavily textured fabric adds immense volume and
depth, while retaining the modern textural mood. Corset bodices are still popular, with a lingerie look
that trims the torso and accentuates curves. Also still in evidence, mermaid gowns sleekly trim the
silhouette to the knees, then flare out into tiers of ruffles. Lots of ruffles, tiered skirts and even pleats
add drama to a flared skirt that flows rhythmically into a self train.
Sheer illusion necklines add romance and shine with crystals and beads floating above a delicate,
peek-a-boo neckline. It’s this season’s answer to the ubiquitous strapless top, with a more demure
cover that adds elegance. Often sequins and bugle beads edge a bateau neckline above the sheer
top. Sparkle appears on everything from illusion necklines to bejeweled straps, to the focus of this
season’s wedding gown, the bared back. Intricate lace patterns glitter with crystal
accents dropped low on slender backed gowns, and new this season is the low,
bare-backed plunge of a fabric-draped cowl. Not to be outdone by the glamorous
backs, thigh-high slits, popular in day wear this spring, have surfaced in wedding
gowns with slits that reach high up to the thigh, adding a leggy walk up the aisle.
Designed to meet the best of both worlds are the two-tiered skirts that start out
short, and then add a full-length drop to the floor in a separate skirt. They range
from the peplum – a simple ruffle around the waist – all the way into two separate
tiers of lace-bedecked, crystal-accented fabric, giving the bride the advantage of
leggy short and glamorous long, all in one dramatic fashion. Often, the top skirt
is detachable, allowing the bride more freedom of movement at the reception.
Layered skirts are everywhere, from the modestly peplumed, simply designed
floor-length skirt into the most lavish, dramatic tiered gown covered in fairy tale
lace and sparkling across a train of flowing ruffles.
Topping off the gowns are sheer lace or sheer tulle capelets which create an illusion
of sleeves. Capelets replace last year’s shrugs and boleros and add cover
to strapless fashions.
Head covers run the gamut from a simple netted tulle, lace or feather clip, to a single
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veils, short and sassy netting
caught to the hair with sparkly jewelry
have been revitalized for both vintage fashions
and modern gowns. A dramatic spray of feathers
or tulle, a sparkly comb, or even a small hat
are all popular choices for nuptial head wear.
Even a beautifully bejeweled comb or barrette,
catching long, loose hair low and to one side is a
flattering ornament, as are all the varieties of hair
jewelry. Waterfall veils, trimmed with beribboned
edges and cascading to the fingertips, can be
custom designed to the bride’s fingertip length
and is an easy style to wear again to the reception.
Embellished bridal headbands continue
as a strong trend for headpieces and can be
decorated with Swarovski crystals, feathers or
flowers. Bridal hairstyles this fall are looser and
casually styled. While veils are still often created
from tulle, English netting, which is softer and
more modern, or Russian netting, which is more
like fishnet, are popular alternatives to traditional
tulle. The bride’s choice allows her to make the
look her own.
It’s a season of sophistication and fantasy
blended together and sparked with color for the
bride whose future starts with falling leaves. ❖
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Catfish Charlie’s American
Lady Wedding Yacht Cruise
by Ellen Gallogly Brown
Catfish Charlie’s Restaurant and the
American Lady Yacht Cruise combine
to create a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable
wedding day. Charlie Cretsinger,
owner and chef of Catfish Charlie’s, stated in an
interview, “We will work with you to customize the
menu and your wedding day to exactly what you
want. We will create your special day, your way.”
He mentioned a couple that had come to inquire
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the extensive menu. They said that all the other
wedding cruises they looked at had pre-planned
dinners they would not alter. Charlie grinned and
said, “We can do anything you want from the
menu or from any other source you want. If your
family has a special recipe handed down from
your Gramma, just give me a little time to learn
it and we’ll prepare it for your wedding day. One
client,” he added, “wanted a full lamb cooked
in the same way it’s cooked in his native India.”
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Charlie learned the recipe and on their wedding
cruise, they had the exact meal they requested.
Charlie insisted that all wedding cruises are made
to order according to the wishes of the bride and
groom, and the friendly and professional crew
will do everything in their power to make the day
special. At one wedding cruise, as the couple
began the celebration on the restaurant’s party
deck, Charlie stood in the distance and took
photographs. The images were quickly blown
up, printed and placed on board the American
Lady before the couple went on board the
yacht. “We like to do something special for every
couple,” he said.
The American Lady will accommodate up to
100 guests on board for a sit down dinner. “If
the couple just wants to join a scheduled cruise,
they can do that, or they can take over the yacht
for a five hour cruise,” said Charlie. While there
are suggested pre-planned wedding packages,
any plan can be modified to meet the couple’s
needs and budget. “There is no detail overlooked,”
Diane, who coordinates all wedding cruises,
has worked as a professional wedding planner
and is well versed in every wedding detail. There
are several packages offered which include
customized menus, wedding cake, an officiant,
entertainment, floral decorations, wedding
favors, photographer and decorations. Food is
either prepared at Catfish Charlie’s and brought
to the yacht, or it can be grilled on board.
The couple can decide to have their wedding
meal on board or they may decide to take the
cruise, then dock at Catfish Charlie’s and enjoy
the party deck area for their meal and dancing.
The restaurant boasts an extensive seafood
menu, including such delicacies as the popular
alligator nuggets – tender alligator in a seasoned
tempura batter – or battered and fried firecracker
shrimp. Midwest Living, a monthly travel, food,
home and garden magazine, listed Catfish Charlie’s
as one of the Best of the Midwest, specifically
touting their Cajun catfish, and Outdoor Life
stated that Catfish Charlie’s was ranked #2 in the
United States as one of the top 10 restaurants
you can reach by water. Catfish Charlie’s has
the largest variety of seafood in the Tri-States.
Located at 1630 East 16th Street in Dubuque,
Iowa, you can reach Catfish Charlie’s at (563)
582-8600 or The American Lady Yacht Cruises
at (563) 557-9700. Diane Averkamp’s e-mail is
email@example.com and the web
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As the bride and groom, family and friends drift
down the Mississippi River on a warm, sunny
day, listening to the songs of birds and the gentle
splashing of the river, you may well ask yourself,
“Is this Heaven?”
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Special Events and Wedding
Destinations in our Area
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Whatever you’re celebrating – engagements,
rehearsal dinners, couples, bridal or
baby showers, bachelor or bachelorette
parties – Galena Cellars will be glad to
help you plan it, perfectly. Every detail. Making it
Their scenic vineyard offers picturesque views
across the gently rolling hills of northwestern Illinois.
Not only is the vineyard home to 22 varietals
of grapes where they
create award-winning wines, it’s a place where
friends come together to celebrate and raise a
The vineyard, barrel room and spacious wraparound
porch provide a wonderful setting for your
intimate rehearsal dinner, ceremony or celebration.
The site also offers comfortable, convenient
lodging including the Tasting Room Suite and
Galena Cellars can provide the perfect setting for
your special day along with suggesting a varietal
to compliment your event, creating custom wine
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labels and unique gifts, and, of course, offering
lodging for your honeymoon.
Please call (800) 397-9463 (WINE) to make an
appointment to tour their facility and discuss
your day or visit their website at GalenaCellars.
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Galena, Illinois, conveniently located between
the Galena Territory and
Galena, Illinois, just off of Stagecoach
Trail. The Tasting Room is located
at 515 South Main Street, Galena,
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The Inn offers eight private
rooms, a suite and two cottages,
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relatives and friends. LeFevre also boasts a lake
with gazebo, pool, fireplaces, and is pet friendly.
Create unforgettable moments in their Amishbuilt
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1st Lieutenant Arthur
by Connie Cherba
Lady Liberty stands
in Washington Park
as his memorial
and serves as a
reminder of his
PHOTO BY CONNIE CHERBA
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An eight-foot, cast bronze
replica of the Statue of Liberty
stands in Washington Park. A
slight smile on Lady Liberty’s
lips beckons passersby to
come closer and examine the
plaques on her concrete base.
The inscriptions on the plaques tell us that William
V. Toepel purchased the statue in 1950
and presented it to the Northeast Iowa Council
Boy Scouts of America as part of their 40th
Anniversary Crusade to “strengthen the arm of
liberty.” Toepel made the donation to honor the
memory of his son, 1st Lt. Arthur C. Toepel, “a
Scout who gave his life June 29, 1944, in helping
to preserve our liberty.”
Who was Arthur Toepel? And what terrible event
during World War II took his life?
Using Arthur Toepel’s obituary from the August
4, 1944 Telegraph Herald and bits of information
from digitized newspapers at Google News
Archive, we can construct a fairly detailed
Arthur was born in Dubuque on July 7, 1917,
the third son of William V. and Verena Traut Toepel.
He received his education in the Catholic
school system. Arthur graduated from Loras
Academy in 1935 and worked one year at the
Dubuque Foundry Corporation. He was next
employed at General Dry Batteries, Inc., where
he advanced to the position of inspector in the
Arthur was drafted into the Army on August 1,
1941. He joined eight other selectees at the Old
Post Office Building in downtown Dubuque, filling
the first of the Dubuque County Draft Board’s
August quotas. He traveled by bus to Fort Des
Moines to undergo final examinations for enlistment
in the Army infantry as a gunner.
After six months basic training at Fort Bragg,
North Carolina, Toepel applied for and received
a transfer to the United States Army Air Forces
and began instruction as an aviation cadet in
February 1942. He trained in Mississippi, Florida,
California, and Alabama before being commissioned
a second lieutenant. Toepel received his
bombardier’s wings at Deming Army Air Field,
New Mexico, in August 1943.
Toepel received additional training in Arizona,
Oklahoma, and Kansas before he flew overseas
with a B-24 crew in March 1944 to be stationed
with a heavy bomber group “somewhere in Eng-
land.” Soon, he was promoted to first lieutenant.
In a letter postmarked the day of his death, he
told his parents he had been awarded the Air
Medal “for exceptionally meritorious achievement
while participating in aerial flight.” Sometime
after the arrival of Toepel’s last letter, his parents
received the dreaded wire informing them that
their son had been killed in action on June 29,
1944 over Germany.
The U.S. War Department’s Missing Air Crew
Report from July 1944 provides details of Toepel’s
June 29th bombardment mission. His
squadron departed from Shipdham, England,
on a day described as “clear with haze.” Their
destination was Magdeburg, Germany. At 0952
hours, Lt. Toepel’s B-24 Liberator “was hit by the
right wing of [another bomber] as it left formation
and exploded when struck.”
Radio Operator Fred A. DuBose, Tail Gunner
Joseph I. Morris, and Left Waist Gunner Walter
V. Lawrence survived. Pilot Gerald S. Westcott,
Co-Pilot Robert H. Reeves, Navigator Thomas
L. Hine and Bombardier Arthur C. Toepel along
with two enlisted men - Engineer Edward J.
Thompson (a former Dubuquer) and Right Waist
Gunner Frank Artym, Jr. - were killed. Staff Sargent
Joe Gorski did not fly with the crew on their
final mission as he was on assignment taping a
radio broadcast in London.
Walter Lawrence is the only living survivor. On a
website dedicated to the 44th Bomber Group,
he provides an account of the events leading up
to the final mission and a gripping narrative of
what happened over Magdeburg.
Lawrence writes, “The crew was brought together
in September of 1943 at Davis Monthan
Army Air Base, Tucson, Arizona. Upon completing
our first phase of training, we were sent to
Blythe Army Air Base, California.” From California
the crew went to Oklahoma on a troop train
and later, on to Topeka Army Air Base the last
of January 1944.
In Kansas, the crew received more training and a
new B-24 bomber. Lawrence wrote, “We agreed
to name the bomber ‘LYNDY’ after our pilot’s
wife.” In February 1944, the crew flew the LYNDY
overseas via the southern route through South
America, Africa, and on to England where they
became replacements in the 506 Bomb Squadron
of the 44th Bomb Group. Here, much to the
crew’s dismay, the LYNDY was taken out of their
care, to be modified for combat. The majority of
their missions would be flown on another B-24
Liberator named My Everlovin’ Gal.
Lawrence describes preparations for their final
mission. “As usual we were rudely awakened
early in the morning. We dressed, headed for
the trucks waiting for us to go to breakfast. After
breakfast we went to briefing. The briefing room
commanded its own veil of mystery, anxiety, fear,
and respect. It was here the mission for the day
was revealed. At the front [of the room] was a
large map that could not be viewed until the
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Toepel receiving the Air Medal shortly before his death.
briefing officer pulled the curtain to reveal the
mission for the day. There would be a red ribbon
showing the route we would fly to the target and
back. Today when the curtain was pulled (the
ribbon) stretched quite a ways, as Magdeburg
is located just southwest of Berlin. It was not a
“I do not recall any fighter attack on the way to
the target. The flak was light until we were on
the IP (Initial Point for the bomb run) when it
was very evident they had our range. We were
hit just before and over the target. We were
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all flying in close
the bomb run.
Lt. Toepel had
just dropped the
bombs and we
were hit again,
this time in the
bomb bay area.
me on the intercom
position in the
waist to see if
I could check
in the bomb
bay. I opened
the door into
the bomb bay
that the hydraulicreservoir
been hit and
bad I could not see to get into the bomb bay
with the wind coming in through the open doors.
I reported to our pilot that as soon as the doors
were closed I would try to get in there to do
what I could. That is the last thing I heard, as Lt.
Landahl’s ship, in formation next to My Everlovin’
Gal, was now out of control and his right wing
tip hit our ship about at the top gun turret and
crashed on top of us causing the Gal to explode
and disintegrate. I was thrown out. My first
thought was to pull the ripcord and somehow
the chute did not catch fire or hit any debris.”
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DuBose, and Morris - parachuted out of the
flaming plane at 21,000 feet, were captured
by the Germans, and taken to a POW camp.
Today, 88-year-old Walter “Bud” Lawrence lives
in Arkansas City, Kansas, where I visited him in
When I asked Mr. Lawrence what he thought
happened to Lt. Arthur Toepel, he reflected
that Lt. Toepel would not have been wearing a
parachute when the Gal exploded, because the
bombardier’s space in the nose turret was too
limited. It was his opinion that Lt. Toepel went
down with the plane and died in the bombardier’s
seat. He added that a German interrogator told
DuBose that the body of Lt. Toepel had been
identified in the wreckage of the plane.
The Germans buried the deceased crew members
on July 1, 1944 in the Prisoner Cemetery at
Gerwisch near Magdeburg, but the final resting
place for 1st Lt. Arthur C. Toepel would be the
Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial in
St. Avold, France. A memorial mass was said
for Lt. Toepel on August 4, 1944 in Dubuque.
His cousin, the Reverend Paul Traut, conducted
the service in Toepel’s home parish, the Church
of the Nativity.
A few months later, Lt. Toepel’s parents received
The Purple Heart, awarded posthumously to their
son. Lt. Toepel also received The European-
African-Middle Eastern Theater Medal, The Air
Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, The WWII
Victory Medal, and The Good Conduct Medal.
Art Toepel was one of the many young men from
Dubuque who left home “to help preserve our
liberty” during World War II. Lady Liberty stands
in Washington Park as his memorial and serves
as a reminder of the sacrifice 1st Lt. Arthur C.
Toepel made when he died in a blaze of glory
over the German city of Magdeburg on a fine
June morning in 1944. ❖
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The Snipe Hunt
by Ed Pahnke
The big man at the Shape-Up Club in
Dubuque was Jim Bagg. All muscle
from the top of head to the tip of his
big toe, he kept the workouts going
and ran the show. “Yo, there on the
treadmill. Stopping to blab on the cell won’t put
on muscle.” He took special delight in giving puny
Chief among those that he took pleasure in giving
a very hard time was little Carl Sotear. Carl
graduated from college when he was eighteen.
Wanting to fit in somewhere, Carl began a fitness
regime at Shape-Up.
After a workout, he’d sit down alone at a table,
holding a Gatorade. He’d smile and say, “Hi,” to
a couple of guys at the next table. After a greeting
grunt, they returned to their fiber bars and banter.
Fitting in was not going to be easy. Carl sighed,
wondering what else he could try.
Not much - if at all - into reading and writing,
Jim Bagg looked for ways to show up anyone
he thought of as a geek. Carl headed the list of
“geeks” who were the butt of Jim’s hazing.
Thinking up new practical jokes or thinking in general
was not Jim’s specialty, but he remembered
stories his father – also a practical joker – told him.
One that he had never used was the snipe hunt.
The Dog Days of summer would be a perfect time
to pull off this stunt. Jim chuckled and rubbed his
hands together recalling the details. His cronies
should get a kick out o’ this one even more than
when they pulled off practical jokes on each other.
“Get a green guy,” his father had said, “and invite
him to join in a snipe hunt in the meadows or fields
after dark. Tell him it’ll get him in solid with the
crowd. Put the fellow in an out-of-the-way spot
holding a burlap bag.” Tell the chump to wait there
and not move while the other’s scared the snipe
towards him and into the bag. Instead, the others
leave the sap waiting in the dark holding the sack.”
Now to choose somebody to hold the bag. Jim
rubbed his chin. At that moment, a broad smile
on his face, Carl walked past. He said, “Hi, Jim.
How goes it today?”
“Perfect,” Jim Bagg thumped Carl on his back,
propelling him forward a step. “You been doin’
good with your workouts. I always liked you,
ah . . . pal. Would you like to team up with me
tonight in a snipe hunt? I’ll show you what to do.
How about it?”
Nodding and smiling, Carl quickly said, “Yes!”
What a break, he thought, being accepted with
the fellows. He shot out his hand and grasped
the big fellow’s beefy mitt, shaking it.
All smiles for the first hour standing in the dark,
overgrown meadow with the sack ever ready,
Carl soon began to suspect all was not legit. No
thudding of footsteps approaching came to his
ear, only sounds of the breeze rustling leaves and
tall grasses. No flashlight beams cut through the
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gloom alerting him. Fireflies provided the only
light. His shoulders slumped, and his smile
evaporated. An hour later, his head sunk on his
chest, Carl trudged along the rutted trail. Like
a black ribbon, it wound through the meadow
to where he’d parked his car. So he was the
butt of a joke. “Ha.” While starting his car, he
muttered to himself. “I’ll get even with that no
good Jim Bagg.”
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Carl’s brain whirled, thinking up ways to get even.
Each one seemed more hazardous than the one
before. “Maybe with other people present, I’ll be
less likely to be punched out. That’s it I’ll…”
More than a trifle nervous about facing Jim Bagg,
Carl walked into the Shape-Up Club. He took a
very deep breath and tried to keep his hands from
shaking. Maybe he should just forget the whole
thing. No, someone else would try another stunt
with me as the goat.
Carl walked through the maze of workout machines,
peering here and there. Could it be Jim’s
day off? Finally, Carl saw him at the trainer’s table
in his workout clothes.
“Hi,” remembering his lines, Carl said, “To show
you there are no hard feelings about the snipe
hunt, I got a present for you.” He handed Jim a
package wrapped in bright paper. “I learned a
lot last night.”
Jim turned about on his chair and said, “That’s big
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of you. You geeks ain’t so bad after all.” Smiling,
he tore the bright colored wrapping off. The bottom
of the box dropped down, and a mass of raw
eggs landed on Jim’s lap. The smile evaporated;
anger reddened his face. “What the…” he yelled,
“I ought to…”
Knowing of Jim’s prowess, they sucked in their
laughs, but they stood, waiting for Jim to lash
out with a fist.
Jim fastened his hands onto the table as though
to stand, but the onlookers made him hesitant
while considering his next move.
Carl spoke up quickly and without stumbling
over the words, he said, “Those are snipe eggs
from the hunt. Big of you to go along with my
Jim managed a minuscule smile while Carl continued,
“Now we’re even.” His hand shaking slightly,
he handed Jim a slip of paper with bold writing on
it, “Beware of geeks bearing gifts.” ❖
by Maurice Theisen
What is so rare as a day in June? I’ll
tell you something much more difficult
to find – a bad day in August.
I know there are a number of masochists
out there who glory in the ill-conceived
pleasures of winter. I will gladly forego the runny
nose, chapped lips and fingers and toes slowly
losing all sensation. The joy of shoveling heavy wet
snow and careening along ice slickened roads is
totally lost on me.
No, give me the joy of stepping outside in the
morning and feeling the soft balmy air caressing
me. The day lies before you like a pile of gold to
be spent as you will.
Oh, to be ten again! It was the perfect age. I was
too young to have a lot of farm chores, but old
enough to be trusted to take care of myself all
day. As long as I completed my assigned tasks
and showed up for meals, my parents felt I had
met my obligations.
I got up, had breakfast, and helped with feeding
the hogs and chickens. Then I usually spent some
time in the garden before the day got too hot. I
didn’t consider that to be an obligation to be met,
but rather was something I enjoyed. Planting little
seeds and watching them grow into delicious
vegetables was always as wonderful to me as
a magic show. I especially liked raising large
watermelons. I babied them, made hills loaded
with fresh cow manure, and carried water from
the cistern for them.
Now there’s a word that will be foreign to many.
A cistern was a pit four to five feet in diameter,
and seven to ten feet deep. Early ones had either
mud or stone walls and bases. Ours was cement
lined. All the eaves spouts from the house roof
emptied into it. This was our source of soft water
for laundry and bathing. Our farm didn’t have
plumbing, so rather than carry water from the
windmill stock tank, I opted for soft water. Maybe
that’s why the watermelons did so well.
When the garden was tended for the day, I usually
found a good spot to read until dinner, (not
lunch). The main meal during the summer was at
noon, and a light supper was the evening meal.
I usually had several books started at the same
time, placed in strategic spots around the house.
My favorites were Tarzan, the Zane Grey Spirit
of the Border series and any pulp magazines
my uncles might leave around, be it western,
science fiction or gangster stories. I would often
find a comfortable tree branch and perch there
for an hour or two.
When dinner was served, I always did it justice,
and in August would consume inordinate amounts
of sweet corn. It is really at its best when you wait
for the water to boil before you pick it the ears
from the garden. Drenched with real butter, it’s a
food to make the Olympians renounce ambrosia
When that last piece of pie was consumed
and the last glass of cold, un-pasteurized, unhomogenized
milk was drunk, I was off for my
bicycle with fishing rod. We lived only a mile and
a half from a small river, and I spent three or four
afternoons a week there. I tried a small catfish,
which I more or less dressed out, put on a stick
and roasted over an open fire. It was edible, but I
wouldn’t want to have it on a daily basis. Or even
a monthly basis – it was pretty gross! Most of my
time was spent waiting for the big one to bite,
As I sat on the riverbank, in my mind I was fishing
for trout with Hemingway in Michigan, sail fishing
with Zane Grey out in the gulf stream, or rafting
down the Mississippi with Huck and Jim, pulling
in huge catfish. Once in a great while dad would
take us fishing if it was too wet to work the fields
and there were no fences to be repaired. We didn’t
have a boat, so we’d go bank fishing on one of
the Mississippi backwater sloughs. It was fun of
course, but also was an effort to catch enough
for a change of menu. We caught mostly bluegills,
but occasionally got some crappies, bullheads
When I cycled home in the late afternoon once
again, I didn’t just pedal a bicycle. In my flights
of fancy I was driving the Grand Prix with Juan
Fangio, or speeding around the Indianapolis brickyard
with wild Bill Vukovitch. When I got home,
or crossed the finish line, I would remedy the fact
that there were no fish to fry by going frog hunting.
A small creek ran past our farm, and in a pond
near our driveway, a colony of frogs had taken
up residence. I stalked them with my Red Ryder
BB gun, and would pick off four or five of the
biggest ones. I would skin out the legs and make
my mother aware of the fact that I had provided
my own supper fare. I never had to share with
my sisters, because when the legs dropped in
the frying pan they would twitch, and move a bit.
With supper over and chores done, while there
was still daylight, dad would give me a lesson in
the art of pitching horseshoes. The rest of the
evening would be spent listening to the radio
Yes, we did both at the same time. My grandson
was amazed – he said, “Do you mean that all
of you sat and looked at the radio?” The whole
concept of an audio only adventure is totally
alien to him.
I watch my grandkids with their I Pads, X Boxes,
Wi systems and cell phones, and I feel sorry for
them. All the imagination is being stripped from
life. Everything is spelled out in minute detail,
and displayed in total to them. They will roll their
eyes, sure that grandpa is “out of it,” but I would
trade a year of their structured, explicit, electronic
existence for one more August day as a ten year
old on the farm. ❖
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Lisa and the Chipmunks
by David Hammer
We live in a semi-wooded
area where the deer, the
fox and smaller animals
abound. None had become
so abundant one summer
as the chipmunks, and
either the chipmunk baby
boom came 40 years later
than the post-war human
baby boom or else there
was a general exodus with
our neighborhood as the
Their chipmunk bible had apparently
commanded them to go forth, be
fruitful and multiply, and they had – all
over our neighborhood. Or perhaps
there had actually been a stern
chipmunk Moses who led his flock across the
deserts of the pavement into the Canaan of our
woods. For whatever reason, the yards were
awash with chipmunks.
Early one summer Saturday afternoon in this Year
of the Chipmunk, I was asleep on the davenport
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in the study. Daughter number two
– the number is not pejorative but
an order of birth – Lisa, then six or
seven, shook me into a minor form
of wakefulness, sufficient at least
to understand that there existed
a problem of monumental proportions
requiring immediate parental
“Okay, Lisa, what’s the matter?” I
inquired in the discouraging tones
of an awakened parent.
“Daddy, Daddy, Mr. Deininger has
traps and he’s caught little chipmunks
and he’s going to kill them.”
Our children had inherited their
mother’s strong sense of essential
rightness. “Make him stop, Daddy.”
I tried to explain to her that my authority stopped
somewhere this side of the Deininger hedge and
if she was looking for omnipresent, unbridled
power she should refer the matter to her mother.
Lisa was disconsolate. “He’s got no right to kill
the little animals.”
I tried to explain to her the law of ferae naturae
and how if a wild animal was caught it becomes
the property of the person who holds dominion
over it. It was a fairly learned legal dissertation for
somebody still substantially asleep, but it didn’t
help, and as a matter of fact it had never much
helped when I had given similar disquisitions to
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Lisa was unimpressed and was
not to be put off by the wisdom of
those anciently learned in the law.
“But Daddy, what can we do? He’s
going to kill them!”
Now George Deininger was a good
neighbor and a good friend. It was
not very courageous but I suggested
to Lisa that she should talk
to her mother. To Lisa’s credit she
refused, and it was then that a kindly
providence beneficently intervened,
offering a heaven-sent solution. Usually
my inspiration follows sufficiently
after the fact that its occurrence is
only an affront.
“Lisa, you must exercise your First
Amendment rights.” She looked puzzled. We had
not discussed rights much with our children, not
because we were trying to conceal anything, but
they were children who never seemed to need
help in asserting what they regarded as their
rights. Lisa looked puzzled.
“Picket him,” I suggested. “Make signs, get up
a petition, that sort of thing.”
Satisfied with my timely, providentially-assisted
brainwave, I turned over and went back to sleep.
Perhaps it was an hour or so later when Audrey,
Lisa’s mother and my wife, shook me
into wakefulness and suggested I come to the
1491 Main St. Dubuque
window. There was Lisa with a band of five or
six other children, a couple of them Deininger
children, and Lisa’s brother and sister, walking
in front of the Deininger home next door carrying
child-printed signs. They were crudely lettered
and were done in assorted crayon colors, but
their message was unmistakable: “Mr. Deininger
hates little animals,” “Don’t kill,” “Animals are our
friends,” and the conclusory clincher, “God dam
Audrey, gesturing toward the signs, observed,
“That has your handiwork – did you tell them to
do that?” Although there was a question mark
at the end of the statement, it was not really a
question. It was a time when a wise husband
mumbles some inaudible reply.
Fortunately just then George Deininger appeared
at his front door. “Come on, kids; that’s enough.
You win. Now put down your signs. First we’re
going downtown and have the largest malted
milks we can get. Then we’ll come back here and
let the animals out and I’ll throw the traps away.”
The response was a large and enthusiastic hurrah.
The children threw down their signs with an
unbecoming fervor and got into George’s car.
An hour or so later the little party returned,
satiated with ice
cream and satis-
fied with principle.
The animals were
freed and the
I obtained this
Audrey, who reawakened
from my sleep to
advise me, “The
pickets are back. I
thought you ought
to know.” I went to
the window with
“That has your
handiwork – did
you tell them
to do that?”
some trepidation and there indeed were the
children picketing again, and carrying the same
signs but with certain significant emendations.
The sign which had carried the message “Mr.
Deininger hates little animals,” had the verb
crossed out and “loves” substituted, and the sign
so laboriously lettered “God dam Mr. Deininger”
had the imprecation to God run through with a
line and “bless” substituted above. The faces of
the picketers, previously dour and determined,
were now blissful and well-satisfied. Victory, they
say, carries its own rewards.
And why should the children not be pleased?
They had learned about an important right, which
our republic confers on its citizens and they had
exercised it successfully. More than that, they
had triumphed in the constant internecine war
of children against the adult world. And they
received the largest malts in town. ❖
by Jim Jelinske
life span is
about 80 years.
Bottom line, life
is short. In fact,
it is extremely
short. We all
want to make
time count by
focusing on what is truly important in our lives.
The three things that I would recommend are
pursue your dreams, hug your family and keep
the faith. Here is an approach to all three.
Pursue your dreams
Schooling at times misses the mark. The
schools you attended throughout your youth
wanted you to address your weaknesses and
make them stronger. You followed their principals
and you ended up with a lot of strong
weaknesses. Research shows that you will be
happier, healthier and richer if you focus on your
talents and make your weaknesses irrelevant.
First, take care of your core tasks and find innovative
ways to leverage your talents. If you
like to teach, find ways to coach, train and get
in front of others. If you like to plan and execute
projects, volunteer to take on a project and give
it your all. Your talent base is a blessing so use it.
Second, a wise child care worker once told me
that children need to have something in both
the short and long term to look forward to.
They need to feel the excitement of anticipation.
I thought about that and concluded that
adults need the same things. Life is fifty percent
planning and fifty percent reacting to change.
Make the time to plan and put uplifting events
Voice for change
The Rudders of Life
and dreams on your radar screen. Keep this
process going forever.
Hug your family
I attended a seminar once on the importance
of family. The notes I had at the conclusion
• Family is the organizational framework for
• Family is the basic unit of knowledge, growth,
• Family is the support group and purpose for
why I do what I do.
• Family is what I leave behind when I’m gone
and has brought me to what I am today.
Families can’t be fixed. They are what they are.
The ability to accept, embrace and celebrate
your roots is a key to mental health.
Keep the faith
Not having some form of faith is not an option
for most human beings. You might not have a
formalized religion, but everyone has a god. It
might be a quest for power and wealth. It may
be a cause like achieving world peace. It could
be one of the isms – like capitalism, socialism,
conservatism, environmentalism, etc. The point
is that you do adhere to some form of faith.
Continually examine your faith and see it not as
static but dynamic and a springboard for growth.
Buckminster Fuller, the prolific inventor and
author, noted, “God is a verb.” Success fades
away; significance does not. Find significance
in serving others.
These are great rudders to keep your life going
in the right direction. I invite you to give them a
try. Safe travels! ❖
Editor’s Note: The author has an undergraduate
degree in Social Work, a graduate degree
in Business Management, and has over 30
years of experience in the human service field,
primarily working with youth and their families
in a variety of different settings.
August 2012 ❖ Julien’s Journal ❖ 53
The Bad Taste of Rubber
By Betty Taylor
Telephones have definitely
changed through the years.
What would Alexander
Graham Bell think of the
phone’s evolution since the
day he called, “Watson,
come here, I want you?”
For that matter, what would my father
think? He used to tell stories about
how inhibited people were when
phones first appeared in homes and
general stores. He witnessed one old
German fellow who came into the store to call
his wife. He had news that their son had arrived
on the train after being gone for a long time.
When the operator connected him, he hollered,
“Yon iss on the vay home.” Then he hung up
with no further ado and went about his business.
An old telephone with an extended mouthpiece,
crank, bells, receiver on the side, generator on
the inside and a place for batteries, can be found
in antique shops. Variations will be priced at two
to three hundred dollars or more. When the dial
system evolved, hundreds of the old phones
were happily trashed. A more modern era had
arrived. The ones that survived that purging
have become rather valuable. Even the dial
phones that followed are now relics. The one
in my basement fascinates young people who
are surprised that it actually works.
There was no phone in our house in my early
years. My parents had survived doctor bills
and the depression era. Virtues like getting by,
scrimping and saving, were almost as sacred as
attending worship services on a regular basis.
It was exciting when the Kellogg phone finally
came to hang in our dining room. It seemed a
great luxury and source of fascination. We could
call the six neighbors on our party line by using
a series of short and long rings for each house.
If we wished to call the operator, we used just
one ring. She could connect us with those on
lines other than our own. Dad showed us how
to turn the crank to make it ring while giving
“You can use the phone when necessary,” he
cautioned, “but don’t talk too long, and there
will be no rubbering in this household. That’s for
nosey people with bad manners.”
Rubbering was a term used to describe listen-
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ing to someone else’s call. Dad’s
firmness made me feel that God
would strike me dead or at least
give me a siege of the boils if I
committed such an invasion of
The neighbors did not all have the
same ethics. Catching up on what
was happening up and down our
gravel road was commonplace for
some. Most phone conversations
were rather general; personal
matters were discussed face-toface.
Teen-age boys were likely
to come to the house to ask for
dates rather than call on the
phone, and the idea of a girl calling
a boy was considered as tasteless
Our phone number was 8 F 3-5, indicating that
we were on line eight and could be summoned
by three short rings and one long one. Numbers
one through four indicated the shorts, and five
indicated a long. Turning the crank on our own
phone activated rings in every home on the party
line. My piano teacher’s ring was 8 F 1-5-1. I
could call her with a short, a long, and another
short. (One day I called to say I was not coming
back.) While I learned to crank out calls on the
telephone, I never could crank out a decent tune
on the piano.
We called Minnie, the telephone operator to connect
us to people on another line or infrequent
long-distance calls. She knew much of what
was going on in the community and served the
purpose of the 9-1-1 of that era. If a tragedy
struck, she would give a general ring, which was
one continuous long ring. Everyone would rush
to the phones to hear what had happened and
where help was needed. We could also give a
general ring on our own party line.
Not all of the neighbors had phones. One day
two children from the next farm came running
breathlessly down the road.
“We need Mr. Hembd to come over,” they
gasped, “Alan fell in the well.”
For one of the few times in his life, I saw Dad
look insecure. I could see that he hated to load
the ladder and get in the car. While I had my first
experience at spontaneous prayer, my mother
cranked out a general ring to announce the
problem to the neighbors.
Alan’s parents had dug a small well using a post-
made me feel that
God would strike me
dead or at least give
me a siege of the
boils if I committed
such an invasion
hole auger, continuing to extend the
handle until they reached water. The
toddler of the family slipped into it.
Since the well was narrow he was
not totally immersed, but was stuck
part way down, up to his waist in
water and just out of reach. The
ladder was useless.
While my mother was looking worried,
his mother was lying on the
ground with a cane hooked under
Alan’s arm, which he lifted over his
head as he fell. Dad recounted later
that the men decided to dig a ditch
deeply enough for someone to lie
down, grasp the little hand and pull
him free. The digging caused dirt to
fall on his up-turned face and they
had to quit. Someone suggested
putting a bucket over the hole, but the darkness
frightened the crying child.
Soon Dr. Thayer arrived. He was not the stereotypical
country doctor. He was often seen
in his off-white pants, wing-tip shoes, shirt, tie
and blazer. He stood out amongst the farmers in
their Osh-Kosh-B’Gosh bibbed overalls and blue
chambray shirts. But when he saw the distraught
mother, he knelt in the dirt beside her and offered
comfort and reassurance.
Dad suggested they start at the backside of the
needed ditch, dig away from the hole, and pull
the last bit of dirt away with their hands. He and
two others quickly dug the ditch; Alan’s father
lay in it, grasped the little hand and pulled his
son to safety. He was cold from being partly
submerged and dirty from soil falling on his face,
but alive and much relieved. The doctor checked
him over, found him to be sound and prescribed
that he be bathed, coddled and put to bed to be
warmed and recover from the shock.
But Alan didn’t take to the coddling very well.
He soon threw off his covers and announced, “I
want something to eat.”
Probably the parents and the neighbors took
longer to recover from the shock that Alan did.
The well was covered and life went on as usual.
When peace was signed at the end of the war,
the general ring brought the message and the
good news. My oldest brother came home from
World War II after being gone for four and a half
years. He was quite handsome and much sought
after. Men had been scarce for many years and
Bob Hembd was considered a great catch.
It did not take long before he met the woman
he would soon marry, but the other women of
Ocheyedan did not give up easily. Listening in to
calls, summoned by three shorts and a long on
line eight, became quite interesting. One night
the phone rang about five times while we enjoying
our evening meal. The nerve of the women
who were so brazen as to call him scandalized
my mother. The clicks on the line from rubbering
neighbors scandalized my father. I don’t think
Bob thought much about being scandalized.
He just grabbed his hat, stomped out of the
room, turned to my mother and groused, “Just
say I’m not home.”
It was a piece of neighborhood gossip for a while
until they went on to the next thing.
Three shorts and a long was a source of neighborhood
curiosity again a few years later. My
sister had recently moved to Nebraska for her
first teaching job. It was not long before she
called to say that she was making wedding
plans. As the calls became more frequent, the
neighbors became more interested and could
not resist picking up the phones to rubber. Too
many lifted receivers weakened the signals and
it became harder and harder for my parents and
sister to hear each other. I watched Dad’s growing
frustration during one such conversation.
Finally he announced, “Maybe if all you rubbernecks
would hang up, I could have a conversation
with my daughter.”
He heard a click, click, click, click, up and down
the line, and the conversation resumed. No
one argued much with Dad face-to-face, and
it seemed they did not cross him on the party
One Sunday we were invited out to dinner. Some
out-of-town friends were in the area and decided
to make an impromptu visit. They called the
operator and gave our number so they could
call us for directions to the house.
Minnie quipped, “Oh they aren’t home today,
but I can hook you up with the people they are
We never found out how she knew where we
were, but she certainly provided a service that
dial phones never offered.
Today, I call friends just to talk. We often discuss
personal matters. I run up my phone bill with
long conversations instead of cryptic messages.
However, privacy is not guaranteed for
everyone as rubbering has been replaced with
wire-tapping. I appreciate being able to reach my
children or grandchildren at any time. There is a
great value in the calls people are able to make
in times of personal and national crises. We
appreciate the skilled rescuers so immediately
available following a 9-1-1 call. In our global
world, the general ring is no longer adequate.
I wonder if Dad and Alexander Graham Bell have
had a conversation about this. ❖
Caroline’s Restaurant in Hotel Julien Dubuque Gets
Taste of Fame on TripAdvisor.com
learned in late
June that it received
properties that consistently achieve outstanding
traveler reviews on the popular review site. To
qualify, a business must maintain an overall rating
of four or higher out of a possible five, with the
volume of reviews received in the last 12 months
also part of the criteria. Caroline’s Restaurant
serves a menu described as American cuisine
with a twist. It is open for breakfast, lunch and
dinner, and is famous in the city for its holiday
and special occasion brunches served in the
hotel’s meticulously restored grand ballroom.
Caroline’s also has private dining areas suitable
for business meetings, and a full catering
menu. The hotel, which dates back to 1915,
was returned to its original grandeur following
a massive $33+ million renovation completed
in fall 2009. For dining reservations, call (563)
588-5595. To view menus, log on to www.
TripAdvisor guest reviews for Caroline’s Restaurant
consistently mention the stellar service
along with favorite signature dishes including
the banana bread French toast at breakfast,
the artichoke fritters appetizer, and the mini loaf
of banana bread gift wrapped and presented
at the end of the meal as a special treat to take
along. The restaurant is named for Caroline
(Rhomberg) Fischer, great-great-grandmother to
the three cousins who today manage the Fischer
Companies and the Hotel Julien Dubuque. According
to family archives, Caroline Fischer was
considered a driving force in the community and
businesswoman much ahead of her time.
This news for Caroline’s Restaurant comes on
the heels of the hotel also being named a TripAdvisor
Certificate of Excellence award winner
in the accommodations category. According
to TripAdvisor, just 10% of accommodations
listed on the site receive the award. The hotel is
ranked #1 in Dubuque and consistently ranks in
the top 1% of all hotels in Iowa which number
more than 650.
Those posting comments on the hotel offered
rave reviews for the extensive restoration, highend
amenities, small town charm and views to
the Mississippi. Along with the restaurant and
ballroom, other hotel amenities include Potosa
Spa, Riverboat Lounge, and sunlit pool and fitness
area. This independent boutique hotel has
133 luxury rooms and suites.
TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel review
site, offering advice from real travelers with more
than 60 million posted reviews and opinions. It
has operations in 30 countries.
Caroline’s Restaurant – Famous
The artichoke fritters at Caroline’s Restaurant at
the Hotel Julien Dubuque are a tasty riff on the
more typical artichoke dip. Perfected by Chef
Drew Weis over a period of years, his version is
especially flavorful with four kinds of cheeses.
“This appetizer really took off when we started
offering it at banquet functions like weddings. It’s
always the first item to run out,” said Chef Drew.
Generously sized and four to an order, the
artichoke fritters are served with a dollop of
zingy garlic mayo aioli (Chef Drew says it has a
little heat to it, but nothing to be afraid of) and
sprinkled with fresh chopped greens.
Two 14 oz. cans artichoke hearts
8 oz. cream cheese
2 ¼ oz. shredded cheddar cheese
2 ¼ oz. shredded Parmesan cheese
1 wheel Boursin cheese (Boursin cheese wheels
come in a standard weight of 5.2 oz. and can be
found in the “gourmet” cheese section)
8 oz. Japanese bread crumbs
1 T. salt
½ T. black pepper
Slice scallions. Shred cheddar and Parmesan
cheeses using a fine blade shredder. Drain juice
off of artichoke hearts. Combine all ingredients in
a mixing bowl and mix until completely incorporated.
Do not over mix. Portion mix into 1-ounce
balls. Toss in flour, then dip in egg wash, then
roll in Japanese bread crumbs. To cook: Deep
fry in 350 degree Canola oil until golden brown.
Then place in 350 degree oven for 3-4 minutes.
Serve with your favorite dipping sauce; mayobased
sauce is perfect. This recipe yields about
10 portions at 4 fritters per portion. ❖
August 2012 ❖ Julien’s Journal ❖ 55
health, wellness& lifestyle
Survivor Shares Story
It only takes one lightning strike to change a
person’s life forever. Tamara Pandolph-Peary
of Chatham, Illinois learned this the hard way
After work on a rainy day, Tamara, a store manager,
offered to get her van and take employees
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to their cars. As Tamara put her hand on the
van door, she saw a bright light bounce off of
her umbrella. The next thing she remembers is
sitting in her van and being confused about how
she got there.
Over the next few days, it became clear that all
was not well with Tamara. When people talked
to her, their words sounded garbled and did not
make sense. She had difficulties remembering
people and how to do simple things like preparing
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Tamara recovered her ability to understand
speech but struggles with other effects of the
lightning strike. She has found hope by supporting
other lightning strike survivors and is working
with the Safe Electricity program to share her
story and educate others. “It’s changed my life.
It’s changed the lives of everyone around me. It
may seem like a one in a million chance, but it
is not a risk worth taking,” she says.
Lightning can strike up to 10 miles away from a
thunderstorm, so if you can hear thunder, you
are within striking distance. The best policy is to
plan ahead so you do not get caught outside in
a storm. However, if you cannot take shelter in a
building, take the following precautions:
Take shelter in a vehicle with a solid metal roof.
Close the windows, and avoid contact with
electrical conducting paths, such as the steering
wheel, gear shifter, or radio.
Avoid water, high ground, and open spaces.
Do not seek shelter in open-frame shelters or
vehicles such as golf carts.
Do not stand near poles, metal fences or bleachers,
trees, or even other people (spread out 20
If your skin tingles or your hair stands on end,
lightning may be about to strike. Squat down
low to the ground with your head between your
Wait until 30 minutes has passed without lightning
or thunder until you return outside.
For more information on electrical safety, visit
For more information and videos on electrical
safety, visit www.SafeElectricity.org. Safe
Electricity is a program of the Energy Education
Council, a non-profit organization dedicated
to promoting electrical safety and energy efficiency.
Finley Named a 100 Great
Community hospitals are a critical component
to the American healthcare continuum. These
hospitals are often the anchors of health and
employment within their communities, providing
patients with top-quality care close to home.
The Finley Hospital was selected along with two
other Iowa Hospitals as a 100 Great Community
Hospital for its commitment to the health of their
local population through clinical excellence,
community involvement, and patient attention.
In 2010 The Finley Hospital was recognized as
a Top 100 Hospitals in the U.S. by Thomson
Reuters and in 2011, Becker’s Hospital Review
recognized The Finley Hospital in their 65 Great
Community Hospitals. “To compile this list of the
100 Great Community Hospitals, the Becker’s
Hospital Review editorial team analyzed information,
recognition and rankings from a variety
of industry sources, including iVantage Health
Analytics, Thomson Reuters, HealthGrades and
the American Nurses Credentialing Center. All
hospitals selected had fewer than 550 patient
beds and minimal teaching programs.
The Finley Hospital was established in 1890,
and ever since then has offered a helping hand
in the community. Today, the hospital has 126
beds, 875 employees and provides more than
$5 million in annual community benefits. Finley
Hospital recently opened its Heart Center, adding
heart disease preventative services such
as nuclear cardiologic imaging to the hospital.
HealthGrades ranked Finley Hospital in the top
five percent of U.S. hospitals for general surgery
in 2011 and 2012. The hospital also received an
Outstanding Patient Experience Award in 2011
and 2012 and a Patient Safety Excellence Award
in 2010, 2011 and 2012. ❖
Myths : Water &Health
By Yvonne Donels
• Two quarts of water a day is all adults need to
be well hydrated.
Actually the recommended amount is 1/2 ounce
per pound of body weight. The larger the person
the higher the metabolic load, thus more water
• Thirst is the best indicator of dehydration.
Your thirst mechanism does not break in until
you are mildly dehydrated. Monitor the color of
your urine. Clear to pale yellow urine denotes
adequate hydration while dark yellow to gold
urine indicates a need to drink more water. Urinating
every two hours is a good sign that you
are drinking enough water.
• It is unhealthy to drink too much water.
With the exception of certain health conditions
your body will use what it needs and eliminate
the rest. It is recommended to sip water slowly
instead of gulping it down, which could lead to
• Drinking a lot of water is taxing to your kidneys.
Water is required for good kidney function. When
water intake is insufficient the kidneys must take
over by excreting more concentrated urine,
which could lead to kidney stones.
• If you have a problem with fluid retention, drink
In fact the opposite is true. When your body is
deprived of water it will perceive this as a threat
to survival and it will compensate by conserving
water. Remember you are to drink 1/2 ounce of
water per pound of body weight. This will help
flush out excess sodium.
• Sports drinks are better than water during
In exercise lasting less than 60 minutes water
is the preferred choice of beverage. Electrolyte
replacement is not necessary during short-term
exercise. You must always replenish fluids lost
during exercise or you will become prematurely
fatigued and your performance will be diminished.
Weigh yourself before and after exercise.
Drink at least 16 ounces of water for every
• You need more water in the summer than in
It may appear that water is more important in
by Sherri Edwards
“Facebook is over,”
my teenage daughter
says. She was
deciding on new
school clothes, and
I was lamenting
over not being able
to “post” pictures.
She controls her
internet image –
at least, that’s my
modern guideline for parenting teens. As long
as she does it according to my conservative
See there was no Facebook when my daughters
were babies. Otherwise, they would have grown
up accepting of moms who frequently post cute
pictures of their little ones – Moms who write
embarrassing comments to garner the most
“likes.” Those younger moms are so lucky to have
“How can it be finished?” I ask. “Practically millions
of people joining Facebook every day.” She
pronounces, “Only older people.” Like the mature
crowd is flocking in droves to Facebook networking.
So the younger generation’s only cool choice
is to exit the system.
I’ve been on Facebook for two years. In internet
terms, that’s an experienced user. Back then, my
daughters persuaded me to join because they
wanted “personal pages.” I felt compelled to
monitor such activity (“lurking” according to my
kids). My organization also wanted to be socially
To do all that, I had to sign up. Facebook is like
high school – to be in, one must join the club.
Personally, I didn’t need another time-consuming
endeavor. Something else I would feel guilty about
neglecting, like scrapbooking. (Don’t look for
nicely organized albums when visiting my home.)
However, I wasn’t about to let my daughters join
without me. So, I decided to go online to observe.
I would create a Facebook account; view how
people use the system; watch my daughters’
activities; design a work page – that’s all. I would
be the flower on the Facebook wall.
But there wasn’t a chance of anonymity. Within
five minutes of joining Facebook, I already had
friend requests from people I knew… in the
the summer than in the winter, but keeping
your body well hydrated during winter is just as
important. Water is always a must when doing
athletic activities. ❖
Editor’s Note: The author is the owner of Artic
Fusion DBQ (The Healthy Alternative Place).
You can reach her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
middle of the day, nonetheless. Just what were
my “friends” and “family” doing on this site? And
what had I been missing?
After making a few connections, I started to look
around. People of all ages posted – a steady
stream of life in constant motion. Their posts
were not just from home, but from work, on the
road (yikes), at the doctor’s office, on vacation,
and so on.
Some “status updates” were interesting. I liked
seeing photo albums and videos of school music
performances. I actually found several almostlost
cousins – those favorite childhood buddies
usually heard from only during the holidays.
Facebook can shorten the distance miles and
busy lives divide.
But really, what mom can post in real time? On
the weekdays, I’m racing to get everyone to work,
school, and activities. A productive weekend
means I finished all the laundry. If I posted often,
my page might read, “I’m tired.” “Tired again.”
“Did I mention I’m tired all the time?”
Luckily, my Facebook usage has improved since
then. Now I occasionally compose posts, like
family reunion news or happy birthday to a dear
friend. Though, I continue to ask my daughters’
permission before posting their pictures. They are
not babies anymore and know how to find/scan
embarrassing pictures of mom.
True, I don’t have the most friends and won’t
win the Facebook popularity contest, but I’m not
planning on leaving the club any time soon. It’s
too much fun. Even if this qualifies me as “old” in
the growing evidence pile in my daughter’s mind.
I’ll admit, I am older, but remain always curious.
So I ask my daughter, the communication guru, “If
Facebook is about to go, what’s left?” She quips,
“Twitter,” and then immediately leaves the room,
somehow sensing that my next comment might
be, “Ooh, let’s try that out.” ❖
Editor’s Note: Sherri Edwards is a freelance
writer, mother of two, and married to a golf pro.
She also works as a nonprofit director helping
to strengthen local families. Share your family
stories with Sherri at email address sedlinks@
August 2012 ❖ Julien’s Journal ❖ 57
health, wellness& lifestyle
Pain Free Acupuncture
In Joel Thielen’s
senior year of
his post graduateacupuncture
he was introduced
to a senior Acupuncturist
with seemingly remarkable
of healing. Being
a natural skeptic
Joel needed to see this for himself. He went to
Dr. David Milbradt’s clinic in a small town north of
Madison, WI and was transformed to a believer.
Milbradt’s patients have story after story of how
acupuncture had transformed their lives.
Thielen was also surprised with how efficiently
the clinic ran and the staggering number of patients
treated on a daily basis. This experience
was nothing like he had ever seen in school.
Additionally, the needling techniques were like
none he had ever seen, including the doctors/
professors from China. Thielen then made the
most important decision of his career to study,
under this master Acupuncturist from Madison,
WI. for a year beyond schooling. This turned out
to be a very good decision as Joel was trained
in the most advanced Acupuncture Medicine
available, far beyond anything he had learned
What is acupuncture? Acupuncture is thought
to originate in China and dates back over 3,500
years. The practice involves the insertion of fine,
thread-like needles into neural-vascular nodes
(acu-points). What happens biologically from
there has been researched extensively for nearly
50 years. Through many complex regulating
systems within the human body, acupuncture
strongly influences circulatory patterns. Many
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health conditions that aren’t healing on their own
involve decreased blood flow to tissue areas,
joints or organs and glands. By normalizing
blood flow and decreasing pain, the body regains
its ability to self-heal.
Does Acupuncture hurt? Many people think
of acupuncture as a painful experience that they
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at how painless acupuncture needles actually
are. Acupuncture needles have evolved and
have greatly improved. Elements Acupuncture
utilizes the most advanced painless needles,
and adjusts the technique to your comfort level.
Additionally, many non-needle techniques have
been added for the faint of heart. Acupuncture
points can be simulated with lasers and magnetic
pulses with great effect, when utilized by
someone with proper training.
Is acupuncture safe? Yes. In fact, the National
Institute of Health (NIH) points out that
“the occurrence of adverse events in the practice
of acupuncture has been documented to be
How do I choose an Acupuncturist? Licensed
Acupuncturists have one of the lowest
incidences of malpractice suits among medial
professions. Be sure to ask your Acupuncturist
about their training (how many academic and
clinical hours they trained) to ensure the best
quality of care.
Nationally, Acupuncturists are required to complete
a minimum of three-four years of academic
and clinical training or five years of apprenticeship.
They must also pass five national board
examinations much like a medical physician’s
board exams in order to practice. In Iowa, those
who meet this standard are designated as a
Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.).
Joel Thielen is a State Licensed (L. Ac.) and
Nationally Certified (Dipl. Ac. NCCAOM) Acupuncturists.
Joel graduated with honors from
the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in
Chicago, IL/Racine, WI.
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What health conditions can Acupuncture
treat? Acupuncture is recognized by the
National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World
Health Association (WHO) as effective in treating
these conditions: Addition to alcohol, drugs
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“Many people come to see us as a last resort”
says Joel. “They’ve been to every doctor,
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They’ve given up hope of improvement, they’re
depressed, and many times they’ve simply gived
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The Best Can Come
by Rob Steger,
Galena Cellars Events Manager
This summer is proving to be one for
the record books. The primary topic
of conversation at Galena Cellars
Vineyard in 2012 is how the drought
will impact the grapes and the quality
of this year’s harvest. Here’s the short answer
from our winemaker Christine Lawlor-White,
“Often times distressed grapes can produce
some of the best wines. Grapes need to struggle
occasionally to improve their quality.”
Sunshine makes sweet grapes.
While many parts of Iowa and Illinois are considered
to be in extreme drought, grape growers are
not complaining. Grape growers are pleased with
these difficult weather conditions. The grapes
also thrive from prolonged exposure to the sun.
The more sun exposure, the sweeter the grapes
become. But the true test this year comes at
harvest time in late August or early September.
A prolonged drought through the summer could
cause some vines to wilt. Rain that falls around
harvest time can benefit the flavor of the grapes.
Finally, one of the primary issues Midwest Grape
Growers face year in and year out is too much
moisture, which can cause fungus and mold.
It’s clear that this year that won’t be an issue.
Looking ahead, harvest time may only be a few
weeks away, according to Galena Cellars Vineyard
manager Ed Strenski. “Due to the early start
to spring, we are definitely ahead of schedule.”
Galena Cellars Vineyard was fortunate to have
dodged any major frost damage in April, which
has put the harvest ahead of schedule. Typi-
Photo credits: Luminous Life Photography,
Galena Cellars Harvest 2011
Photo credit: Luminous Life Photography
Ed Strenski, Galena Cellars Vineyard manager, Harvest 2011
cally we begin harvesting our LaCrosse grapes
in late August. This year we’re projecting a
mid-August harvest. LaCrosse grapes are used
for our award-winning Daffodil wine. As far as
the rest of the vineyard, which includes our St.
Croix, Marechal Foch and Frontenac grapes, we
expect to be in the vineyard in early September
picking away. The exact time to harvest is a
science. The optimum levels of sugar and acid
must be reached to determine when the harvest
will take place.
Immediately after harvest the crushing and
pressing of the grapes takes place. Crushing
the grapes also involves a de-stemming process.
The freshly picked grapes will be loaded
into the crusher/de-stemmer and the machine
does all the work, separating the grapes from
the stems and crushing the grapes to begin
extracting the juice. The next series of steps
will depend on the type of grape. In the case
of our LaCrosse grapes—which are white wine
grapes—they will next head to the press where
the juice is extracted and is then pumped to the
fermentation tanks. With our red grapes, on the
other hand, such as our Marechal Foch and St.
Croix, the process is not quite as simple. After
de-stemming and crushing, often times we will
transfer the grapes to our open-air fermentation
tanks where the grapes with their skins are literally
fermented for weeks. The reason for this is to
allow the grape and skins to “marry.” This allows
the flavor and color of the skin to become part
the wine. After this, the semi-finished product will
then be pressed to remove the skins. Finally, the
juice is then placed in oak barrels to begin aging.
It is then closely monitored for months or years
until it’s ready for bottling. Does this seem like a
great deal of work? It is. “But it’s a labor of love”
as Christine Lawlor-White puts it.
Stop at Galena Cellars Vineyard for a tour and
discover the art of winemaking for yourself! Our
tours are conducted daily and can be followed
up with a wine tasting or a glass of wine on our
patio – one of the best places to view scenic Jo
Daviess County. Or better yet, attend Galena
Cellars Fall Harvest and Arts Festival where you
can participate in on our famous “Grape Stomp
Contest” and enjoy the vineyard at its finest.
The festival includes live music, great food,
pumpkin painting for the kids, hayrides and an
art exhibition sponsored by the Galena Cultural
Arts Alliance. It’s fun for the whole family! This
year’s Fall Harvest and Art Festival will be held
September 29 and 30 from 12:00-6:00 p.m. Visit
our events page at www.galenacellars.com for
more the details. Cheers! ❖
August 2012 ❖ Julien’s Journal ❖ 59
SEPTEMBER 8 - OPENING RECEPTION
Attend the opening night at Voices Gallery!
Relax with a drink, enjoy fantastic art, and chat with the exhibiting artists!
7- 11 PM | $10 COVER
SEPTEMBER 8 – OCTOBER 5, 2012
10TH & JACKSON STREET