Bits and Pieces for Sept. 14|
One of my great ideas for Bits this week fell apart on me at about 9:50 p.m. Monday.
During the evening, about 500 others joined us in the Volm Theater for a program with the “Unexpected Surfer Boys.”
It was the opening program in the 2013-2014 Antigo Music Association schedule and these four young men seemed to be having a very good time singing many of the Beach Boys hits dating back 50 years, and more modern Broadway tunes.
They started the show with the premise of a bachelor party and came out of the audience to perform Beach Boys and Broadway hits for about two hours.
The theater was full and those of us on hand, of various ages, seemed to be having a very good time.
The performers, known as “The Surfers,’’ repeatedly invited the crowd to join them after the show at The Refuge on Antigo’s north side to continue the party.
The Bits & Pieces lights came on — what a great story and picture for today. I came home to allow the Surfers time to visit with the crowd, sell their recordings and then pack up the equipment. At about 9:50 p.m., I was at the Refuge, and it was pretty lonely. It was shut down after a quiet Monday evening, which is a reminder that the sidewalks do roll up some nights here.
It was an opportunity missed and I don’t know if the Surfers found an alternative. Just imagine the potential for fun that lurked in those invitations.
Labor Day weekend, I took a ride through downtown Summit Lake and the hour I passed, there was no where to stop.
I can remember the day when Highway 45 went through the community and there was Rasmussen’s Service Station, Perry’s Grocery Store, two taverns and the Jones Hotel, which also had a bar. Now the hotel is Billy Timbers.
So Jim and Stephanie Kolpack’s front yard was graced by a very muddy off-road race buggy covered with mud, certainly Crandon Off-Road International Raceway mud.
I talked to Jim, his dad, and he had tons of information.
Logan, his son, is 15 and a student who is a sophomore at Elcho High School. He always loved motorized vehicles and developed a passion for off-road racing.
Logan found a buggy that belonged to a Missouri man stored in Crandon and with his father, a deal was struck.
And Logan and the family went racing, at 10 TORC events this summer.
He finished 17th in the summer series out of 30 drivers, and his dad speculates that without mechanical woes, it could have been in the top 10.
He and his father drew up an agreement on maintaining grades at school.
Racing has provided a “niche” which reflects in school and his general attitude. Parents of boys, 15, know that can be a challenge.
They drew sponsors and with the help of family and friends, made it work.
“Without them, we could not have done it,” Jim said.
He added what I think is the key to this story.
“He is an inspiration to other young adults wanting to pursue their dreams...with hard work and dedication,they can achieve their goals.”
Jim Kolpack is one very proud dad — in downtown Summit Lake.
Jackie Reynolds, an excellent Elcho historian, reminded me that I have not had a history article about the razing of the old Elcho High School, which occurred this week a quarter of a century ago before a new and modern addition was build.
First, a few words about Elcho.
The town of Elcho was formed in 1887, detached from the massive town of Summit, and became the northern Langlade County political unit
The community was surveyed by B.F. Dorr, the first city engineer in Antigo. Most cities among the Chicago and Northern line have Dorr Streets — just like Elcho and Antigo do.
The Frost Veneer and Seating Co., which had a huge mill in Antigo, located in Elcho in 1887. The people who already lived in the area were served by a store that opened in 1886.
ELCHO SXHOOL Pix
Charles W. Fish, a lumbering mogul, and a traveling salesman, Thomas Millen, built some lumber operations in the community. But eventually Fish took over in a very big way.
After that little history exercise, it must be noted that the high school was torn down in 1968 long after it was constructed in 1921,
It was spruced up, added to dramatically but eventually, 25 years ago, simply had to go.
Those are such fun tales to tell.
Times do change.
We had an article in the paper on Thursday that the Telemark Lodge had been abandoned. I simply have problems putting a fact like that in the proper perspective. The stunning resort could be broke, certainly, but simply abandoned?
When I was a lad, I first went skiing at Porcupine Mountain. Another early stomping grounds was Telemark in the early to mid-1960s. We stayed at the hotel at White Pine, a mine community southeast of Porcupine, and a good dash east of Telemark.
The Telemark downhill ski facility was built in 1947, one of the earliest in the Upper Midwest. The lodge was upgraded in 1972 with a huge hotel and later, a coliseum for big meetings and events was added.
Nothing worked, the place went broke on a regular basis. And as I said, the last owner simply walked away — which is troubling with all those bars, dining areas and more than 100 guest rooms. If the rooms in that building freeze, as we all know is coming soon, then there will really be a big problem.
There are no employees, no lights and the vandals and looters have been having a field day. Something has to happen in the next day or two, or this huge complex is material for a landfill.
It has been ages since I’ve tacked anything onto the end of Bits and Pieces. Today I feature a series of questions which are reportedly good to keep your brain active and alert.
You only need four correct out of 10 questions to pass.
1. How long did the Hundred Years’ War last?
2. Which country makes Panama hats?
3. From which animal do we get cat gut?
4. In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution?
5. What is a camel’s hair brush made of?
6. The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal?
7. What was King George VI’s first name?
8. What color is a purple finch?
9. Where are Chinese gooseberries from?
10. What is the color of the black box in a commercial airplane?
Remember, you need only four correct answers to pass.
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Answers to the Quiz
1. How long did the Hundred Year War last? 116 years
2. Which country makes Panama hats? Ecuador
3. From which animal do we get cat gut? Sheep and horses
4. In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution? November
5. What is a camel’s hair brush made of? Squirrel fur
6. The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal? Dogs
7. What was King George VI’s first name? Albert
8. What color is a purple finch? Crimson
9. Where are Chinese gooseberries from? New Zealand
10. What is the color of the black box in a commercial airplane? Orange (of course)
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