Dubuque for wedding packages to fit your needs - Julien's Journal


Dubuque for wedding packages to fit your needs - Julien's Journal



The Dubuque Area Lifestyle Magazine

August 2012





The Story Behind An Artist




Pictured: Jon Cino,

Artist from

Long Island, NY



John Cino on Art .................. 22

Rock n’ Roll Rewind III ........ 26

What a Long Strange

Trip it’s Been ........................ 29

Hooley Highlights

the Hooligan in Us All .......... 34

Ireland’s Whiskey

Distillery Tours ..................... 35


The Pfeiler Brothers’

Heritage Farm ...................... 38

1st Lieutenant

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



FESTIVITIES ................................22



AND VENUES .............................41

LITERARY PLACE ......................49



Golf Tips ...............................................33

Voice For Change ................................53

Health Wellness and Lifestyle ............56

Family Links .........................................57


Chef’s Choice.......................................55

Wine and Spirits ..................................59

The Tasty Travelers .............................60



Fall Wedding

Fashions Dazzle ................... 41

Catfish Charlie’s American

Lady Wedding Cruise ........... 42

Special Events

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


Enterprises ...........................................66

Faces ....................................................68

Dubuque Chamber Ribbon Cuttings .68

Advertising Index.................................72

Subscription Form ...............................72

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Volume 37, Number 8 • August 2012


P.O Box 801, Dubuque, IA 52004

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Column Writers:

Tim Althaus

Yvonne Donels

Sherri Edwards

Will Hoyer

Jim Jelinske

Rod Steger

Heather Schuster

Michael Stewart

Bill Zmudka

Guest Writers:

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 juliensjournal@juliensjournal.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,

Gina Siegert


Julien’s Journal is published monthly by G.A. Publishing, Inc., in Dubuque, Iowa. Subscription rates are $26 per year or $47 for two years. Dubuque County residents

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located at 401 Locust, Dubuque,Ia, 52001. Our mailing address is P.O. Box 801, Dubuque, Iowa 52004-0801. Telephone 563/557-1914; website: www.juliensjournal.com

Copyright © 2012 Julien’s Journal. All rights reserved.








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.


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



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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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 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

visit www.otlag.com.

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.




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

more information.


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/



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.


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

favorite adult.

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.


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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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

classic duo.

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-


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.


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

Spaghetti Squash


hearty Seafood bouillabaisse

creamy cheese Stuffed Peppadews

Stuffed Quail

roasted Pork tenderloin

chipotle cider roasted chicken


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



Plenty of music and comedy is in store this August

at the Mississippi Moon Bar. The month’s

lineup includes:

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.


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


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

be provided.

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-

9:00 p.m.

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.



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-

4:00 p.m.

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

and owl.

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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.


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

to attend.

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

inventive mind.

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.


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, 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.


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.


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-


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.


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

grant fund.

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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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.


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.

on Sunday.

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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

block party.

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.


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.


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

Public Library.


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.


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.


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!

Find it all. Shop Downtown Dubuque

sleepwear and intimate apparel Sizes XS - 4X

Casual to refined

summer clothing

and footwear

The latest fashions

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Dansko, Earth

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Located across from the Hotel Julien in Dubuque 563-584-9100

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in the

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Celebrate Summer

lotions, body butters, soaps, bath salts,

essential oils and more

One block south of the Hotel Julien on 1st and Main 563 588 3160 figleafintimates.com

HJ’s Fashion Emporium

Something different for every price

563.556.3221 pjchapin@galenalink.net

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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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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

and encouraged

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.



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

trick photography.

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.



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.


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.


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

on Sunday.

You will find something for all ages. For the

most up-to-date information “like” Grant

County Fair on Facebook. Also visit the website

at grantcountyfairwi.org.


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 tpfohl@swls.org.

Beginning Reading Program –

Thursdays, August 16, 23, & 30

Details T.B.A.

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.


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

(563) 564-4565.


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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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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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.


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

a tournament.

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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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.




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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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 &

September 5

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.


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 info@shalomretreats.org.

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,

visit www.parkfarmwinery.com.

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

45 years.

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 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

Day traditions.

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;


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

(608) 568-7790.


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

www.juliensjournal.com and www.facebook/

juliensjournal for updates.

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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

press time.

This is typically one of Dubuque’s larger

parades with multiple units representing a

major cross-section of labor organizations

and businesses.

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.


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

extension 2224.

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Art Gallery

Heritage Exhibits


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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 humkehome@frontier.com.

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

are safer.

• 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

Adoption Center.

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-

3314 or e-mail brandi@dbqhumane.org.

Please look for more information regarding our

Fall Gala soon!

Hogs & Paws

Join Dubuque Regional Humane Society and

Dubuque Harley Davidson for Hogs & Paws!

Sunday, September 15, 2012. Mark your

calendars and visit www.dbqhumane.org,

our Facebook page and local media outlets

for upcoming information on this great event!

Other Happenings

Petco Offsite - Saturday, August 11 and Sunday,

August 12, 2012 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00


Volunteer Orientations: First Saturdays from

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. (except the September orientation,

which will be held on September 8th.)

Third Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Reading with Rover at the Library every second

Saturday 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Visit our website at www.dbqhumane.org to see

pets and critters we have available for adoption

and to stay updated on the latest news and events

happening at Dubuque Regional Humane Society.

And be sure to “like” us on Facebook!

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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.


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

artist statement.

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

watery journey.

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

route. He

began studying

art in college

because it was

creative, and

he too wanted

to be creative.

There was, however,

a significant

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


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

stop thinking

about it.

—John Cino


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

structural repairs,

and returned to

Dubuque installing

the sculpture at

3:30 a.m. Despite

the overnight

installation, Will

is thrilled it has a


tiple instruments

play in and around

each other,” John

says. This is not an

uncommon way

for him to work.

His creative muse

frequently comes

from listening to

music (often Grateful

Dead, but not

always). “A lot of

music has weight,

has dance… I visualize

the sound

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.

24 ❖ Julien’s Journal ❖ August 2012

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

small spaces,”

artist Jeff Harms

explained, “Ganzfeld

2 creates a feeling

expansiveness within

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,

John articulates

what it is

that he strives to

do as an artist: “I

seek to find the

connections between

diverse field

of human study.

The work I create is

often ambiguous:

where one person

might see fluids

in motion or living

creatures another

might see music

and still another

may see a differential


Originally setting

out to explore the

dualities of natural

and artificial, geometric

and organic,

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

of interconnectedness.”

Anchorlily 2 by William Grant Turnbull of

Madison, Wisconsin, a large steel structure to

illustrate the overlap in the worlds of biology

and engineering.

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


“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

26 ❖ Julien’s Journal ❖ August 2012

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

featuring local

bands that entertained


the Tri-States back

in the 1960s, 70s

and early 80s.

The concept began

quite innocent-

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


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

with Rewind.


Friday, August 10

7:00-11:30 p.m.

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.



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 event.

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


August 2012 ❖ Julien’s Journal ❖ 29

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

30 ❖ Julien’s Journal ❖ August 2012

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


ever been

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

blond girl.

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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August 2012 ❖ Julien’s Journal ❖ 31

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

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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

disassembly. ❖

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 shots.

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

(563) 556-4653

Dodge Point Golf Course: 9 Holes between Mineral

Point and Dodgeville

will go. So if you’re after more golf air, use higher

lofted clubs.

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

(563) 556-5420

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

as well.

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

course. ❖

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

golf resorts.


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 feature@juliensjournal.com

Lacoma Golf Club

8080 Timmerman Dr., East Dubuque, IL

(815) 747-3874, www.lacomagolf.com

Maquoketa Country Club

17961 33rd St., Maquoketa, IA

(563) 652-4515

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


(563) 876-3422

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.


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

been finalized.

“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

this fall.

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

to me.

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.

whiskies, including

Scotch, which are

only distilled twice.

Distilling three times

gives Irish whiskey

a lighter body,

lighter color, and

a smoother feel.

The complexity

of pot stills,

combined with

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.


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.


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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

the Winesap.

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

County, Illinois.

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

possible. ❖



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

donations. ❖

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The Pfeiler Brothers’

Heritage Farm by John Moran

Jim and Mary Pfieler with blueprints of their

new house.


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

family home.

“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. ❖

August 2012 ❖ Julien’s Journal ❖ 39

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

was taken.

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

entire family.

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“We estimate that every photo of a farmstead is

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“People get excited when they can see the farm at

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y Ellen Gallogly Brown

Fall 2012 is a season designed

to sparkle, with exciting

wedding fashion trends that

will let the bride shine on her

special day. Lavish beading and

crystal accents highlight lots of

lace, from Alencon, to Chantilly,

even to a return to the 70’s

macramé lace.






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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o n t o

the most





flow of

tulle. Birdcage

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

about the wedding cruise, who were amazed at

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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.”

Let us help you make a memory

that will last a lifetime!

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,”

he added.

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

diane@americanladycruises.com and the web

site for the American Lady Yacht Cruises is www.


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?”

No. But it’s close.

It’s the American Lady Yacht Cruise making this

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Special Events and Wedding

Destinations in our Area



Whatever you’re celebrating – engagements,

weddings, receptions,

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

uniquely yours.

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

Guest Farmhouse.

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.

com. They are located at 4746 North Ford Road,

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,


LeFevre Inn & Resort

LeFevre Inn & Resort is a romantic

country inn one and a half miles

from downtown Galena, featuring

amazing tri-state views and unforgettable

sunsets. The perfect

venue for your wedding, reception,

engagement, shower and


The Inn offers eight private

rooms, a suite and two cottages,

which provide ideal

lodging and a great get-away for your family,

relatives and friends. LeFevre also boasts a lake

with gazebo, pool, fireplaces, and is pet friendly.

Create unforgettable moments in their Amishbuilt

“floating” gazebo while viewing breathtaking,

panoramic sunset. ❖

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1st Lieutenant Arthur

Toepel’s Story

by Connie Cherba

Lady Liberty stands

in Washington Park

as his memorial

and serves as a

reminder of his



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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

superintendent’s office.

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

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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

pleasing sight.

“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

formation over

the bomb run.

Lt. Toepel had

just dropped the

bombs and we

were hit again,

this time in the

bomb bay area.

“Lt. Westcott

(pilot) called

me on the intercom

at my

position in the

waist to see if

I could check

the damage

in the bomb

bay. I opened

the door into

the bomb bay


and noted

that the hydraulicreservoir


been hit and

fluid was

leaking so

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

January 2012.

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

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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

people problems.

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

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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

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muttered to himself. “I’ll get even with that no

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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

practical joke.”

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.” ❖

August 1945

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

and nectar!

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,

and daydreaming.

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

or catfish.

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

and reading.

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

Promised Land.

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

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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

Mr. Deininger.”

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

traps junked.

I obtained this

information from

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

Audrey, gesturing

toward the

signs, observed,

“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

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The averageAmerican

life span is

700,000 days,

which estimates

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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,

and awareness.

• 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

strict orders.

“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

as rubbering.

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-

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 privacy.

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

line either.

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. ❖

Chef’s Choice

Caroline’s Restaurant in Hotel Julien Dubuque Gets

Taste of Fame on TripAdvisor.com

The culinary


at Caroline’sRestaurant

in the

historic Hotel

Julien Dubuque

learned in late

June that it received

a 2012

TripAdvisor Certificate

of Excellence


The accolade

honors those

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

Artichoke Fritters

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.

Ingredients include:

Two 14 oz. cans artichoke hearts

Five scallions

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

Lightning Strike

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

in 2010.

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

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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

ft. apart).

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.

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Finley Named a 100 Great

Communty Hospital

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

is required.

• 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

gastric distress.

• 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

less water.

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

pound lost.

• You need more water in the summer than in

the winter.

It may appear that water is more important in

Family Links

Family Networking

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

oblivious children.

“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

present online.

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 ydonels@hotmail.com.

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@


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health, wellness& lifestyle

Pain Free Acupuncture

Joel Thielen


In Joel Thielen’s

senior year of

his post graduateacupuncture


he was introduced

to a senior Acupuncturist


captivated him

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

in school.

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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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

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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

extremely low.”

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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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

and smoking, anxiety, asthma, bronchitis, carpel

tunnel syndrome, colitis, common cold, constipation,

depression, diarrhea, digestive trouble,

dizziness, emotional problems, eye problems,

facial palsy/tics, fatigue, fertility, fibromyalgia,

headaches, incontinence, indigestion, irritable

bowel syndrome, low back pain, menopause,

menstrual irregularities, migraine, morning

sickness, nausea, osteoarthritis, pain, PMS,

pneumonia, rhinitis, sciatica, seasonal effective

disorder (SAD), shoulder pain, sinusitis, sleep

disturbances, stress, tennis elbow, tonsillitis,

tooth pain, trigeminal neuralgia, urinary tract

infections, vomiting and wrist pain.

“Many people come to see us as a last resort”

says Joel. “They’ve been to every doctor,

specialist, and other alternatives such as massage

therapy, chiropractors, and acupuncture

is almost always the last rung on the ladder.

They’ve given up hope of improvement, they’re

depressed, and many times they’ve simply gived

up. That’s what makes my job so rewarding,

helping those that have given up all hope of

getting better. The stories I hear and the improvements

I’ve witnessed are what keeps me

going every day.”

If you would like to find out if acupuncture may

be able to help you, call to schedule a free consultation

($90 value) with Elements Acupuncture

at 563-359-7878. Elements Acupuncture is located

at 1880 Radford Rd., Dubuque, IA 52002.

The Best Can Come

from Distress

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


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





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