• Dry, Fruit and semi-sweet wines from California, Chile, South Africa and Spain - all expertly blended by our Winemaker • Large collection of winery apparel, glassware and accessories • Diverse line of finest spirits: Vodkas, Rye, Irish and other whiskies, Silver & Gold Tequila, American Gin, White, Gold & Spiced Rums, Absinthe, Original & Apple Pie Moonshine • Diverse line of Yummiest Cream Liqueurs: Irish Cream, Horchata, Pumpkin Spice, Egg Nog, Cookies & Cream • Ready To Drink Cocktails: Margarita, Mojito, Cosmo, Old Fashioned, Manhattan & more • Non alcoholic items: Cocktail Syrups, Cocktail Mixers, Bitters • Large collection of distillery apparel, glassware and accessories
• World's largest beer memorabilia Museum "The Haydock Collection" • America's largest and most diverse selection of craft and regular beers, Hard Sodas, Seltzers, and other FMBs • Non Alcoholic Beverages: Non alcoholic beer, old fashioned sugar cane sodas • Country's largest selection of brewery apparel, glassware and accessories
Clothing Jewelery Furniture Located at the corner of Hwy 69 and 8th Street Hours: M-F 10am - 7pm Sat 9am - 5pm Sun 11am - 5pm 25-80% Housewares Collectibles Cheese Sausage Pastries/Candy Electronics Beauty
FUN STUFF INSIDE Hook Up for Awareness Universally Philanthropic New Glarus Celebrates 175th Remember and Reflect On the Farm with Dan Wegmueller Thrifty for a Cause
Here in Green County
we believe there’s artistry to living the great life— a way of life built on a proud Swiss heritage, with creativity and precision as hallmarks of all that we do.
OUTDOORS Badger State Trail 40
COUNTY ROAD MAP & BARN QUILTS MAP Pull-out map insert at page 60 • Road index • Township names • Cheese outlets
COMMUNITIES Albany 20 Brodhead 24 Monroe 34
Cadiz Springs Rec Area 45 Cheese Country ATV Trail 45 New Glarus Woods 14 Pearl Island Corridor 29 Sugar River Recreation 23 Sugar River Trail 23
Monticello 52 New Glarus 6 COMMUNITY MAPS Pages
• Recreational trails • Barn Quilt directory • Barn Quilt locations
SPECIAL INTEREST Bed & Breakfast
Calendar of Events 55 Cheese Factories & Direct Outlets 59 Lodging 31 Museums 13 Swimming Pools 59 Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin 32
PHOTOS AND CREDITS Front cover: Flag Throwing (Brenda Steurer), Enjoying Spotted Cow at New Glarus Brewing Company, Hannah Workman and Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker Bruce Workman of Edelweiss Creamery at Beer, Bacon & Cheese , Selfie with the Big Apple at Ten Eyck Orchard near Brodhead, and Madeline Kuhn – Cheesemaker at Emmi Roth in Monroe (Noreen Rueckert). Back cover: First Trip to the Green County Fair (Brenda Steurer). This page clockwise from upper left: Shake it Up at Minhas Kitchen (Brenda Steurer), Polka Lessons (Noreen Rueckert), Reflecting fall colors at Lake Montesian (Noreen Rueckert) and Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker Steve Stettler at Decatur Dairy (Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin). Left: Goat Race (Brenda Steurer).
Photos within guide: Brenda Steurer, Noreen Rueckert, Sue Moen, Lynn Lokken, Kim Tshudy Collection, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, New Generation 4-H Club, Dan Wegmueller.
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FEBRUARY 8 Wine, Chocolate & Cheese Walk featured events 2020 n featured events 2020 For more events see the calendar at the back of the guide, and for the latest updates follow "New Glarus Chamber of Commerce" on Facebook. JUNE 26-28 Heidi Folk Festival AUGUST 15 First Settlers Commemorative Church Service SEPT. 4-6 Wilhelm Tell Festival SEPT. 26 Swiss Church Kilby Supper JUNE 5-6 Polka Fest AUGUST 2 Volksfest AUGUST 1-2 Firefest AUGUST 2 Alphornman Triathlon JUNE 27 Blues, Brews & Food Trucks MAY 22-24 Music Fest JULY 30 – AUGUST 2 175 th Anniversary SEPTEMBER 13 New Glarus Family Fest SEPTEMBER 24-27 New Glarus Oktoberfest JUNE 6 New Glarus Beer, Bacon & Cheese
Start your visit with a step into the past. The statue on the front lawn of the Swiss United Church of Christ marks the site where the first New Glarus settlers built a shelter after their long journey from Glarus, Switzerland. The Swiss Historical Village & Museum offers a glimpse into the daily lives of the original Glarners . Sit at a desk in the one-room school house, check out the amenities in an original settler's cabin, picture yourself running with the other volunteer fireman to pull a 1902 ladder rig and hose cart, and see how cheese was made at a one-kettle factory. Downtown New Glarus is everything a downtown should be! It’s walkable - with plenty of benches for relaxing - plus lots of options for shopping, dining, and treats. You’ll find apparel and accessories, giftware, home and garden décor, bath and body, and toys and games. Unique tastes include bakery, sausage, cheese, buttercream fudge, wine and ice cream. The Swiss roots of New Glarus are evident today in festivals, cuisine, folk art and architecture, family and business names, and herds of Brown Swiss that graze the green hillsides. Jodlerklub, Mannerchor, Kinderchor: the Swiss heritage of New Glarus is truly something to sing about! Drink local! Visit New Glarus Brewing Company and Bailey’s Run Vineyard. Sit, sip, and enjoy the view. While downtown, stop in at the tasting room at Hawk’s Mill Winehaus, featuring fruit wines made locally at their flagship rural location Hawk’s Mill Winery near Browntown. Glarner Bier Haus offers more than 150 craft beers, including local brews. Eat local! Swiss favorites include cheese fondue (the Swiss national dish), roesti (ramped-up hash browns) raclette (melted cheese over boiled potatoes and pickles), kalberwurst (fresh veal sausage), and hearty Swiss artisan breads. You’ll also enjoy outstanding fare like pizza, pasta, and specialty salads (Sugar River Pizza), dishes with Mexican and Southwest influence (Kristi’s Bistro) signature burgers and mac-n-cheese of the week (Tofflers Pub & Grill) or Limburger cheese on rye served up with hearty soups (Puempel’s Olde Tavern). Outside dining is a seasonal favorite. Porches, patios, courtyards or sidewalk seating are available at many locations. And don’t miss Thursday night summer cook-outs (plus accordion tunes!) on the patio at Chalet Landhaus. The New Glarus Chamber (located in the restored railroad depot that doubles as trailhead for the Sugar River Trail) is your one-stop shop for maps and visitor information, plus friendly service from chamber employees Bekah and Annie. Bring your own wheels (or rent a bike at the chamber office) to ride the trail or explore the backroads and rolling hill countryside. Trailside parking is available at the Chamber. Join the festivities as New Glarus celebrates 175 years in 2020! Go to swisstown. com for updates on special events, festivals, exhibits, tours, a community picnic, and parade, all dedicated to the history of the village. fun facts + things to see and do
DECEMBER 5 St. Nicholas Day & Holiday Tree Lighting
OCTOBER 2 Wine Walk
OCTOBER 11 Swiss Village Harvest Fest
NOV. 13-15 Holiday Open House Shopping
NOV. 28 Tipsy Turkey Pub Crawl
Take a tour to discover why this original settler’s cabin is still in such great shape despite being built nearly 165 years ago.
Unfortunately the Swiss pioneers did not prosper. For 20 years, they attempted to raise wheat. But the soil was soon depleted. Cinch bugs in the 1860s ruined crop after crop – and depression again reached out to touch the colonists. They didn’t give up. Instead, they recalled the skills of their forefathers – and turned to dairying. The settlers bought cows at $12 a head, one for each family, and walked them in from Ohio. Cheesemaking was started immediately by the women. The soil not suited for wheat, was found to be perfect for pasture and hay. Trained cheesemakers from the valley of Emmen, Switzerland, were brought in. Small cheese factories appeared, and the co-operative factory plan was introduced by Nicholas Gerber. Descendants of the Swiss colonists now are found not only in New Glarus, but also throughout Green County. They are Americans and proud of it, but they are proud of their heritage, too. The sound of yodeling still can be heard, Swiss cowbells still ring across the fields and Swiss costumes still provide color at various festive times throughout the year. The New Glarus story may be 110 years old, but it’s a continuing story. And that’s as it should be.
From the Monroe Evening Times – 1955 Cheese Days Edition
The first Swiss settlers arrived here according to plan – a plan formulated five months earlier in Canton Glarus, an industrial county in Switzerland that was suffering from a general depression. It’s a story of hardship, determination, and perseverance. It’s the New Glarus story, and it began in 1844, with the formation of the Emigration Society of the Canton of New Glarus. Every family willing to leave Switzerland for America was to receive 20 acres of land. Approximately 200 agreed to make the move, so two scouts, Fridolin Streiff and Judge Nicholas Duerst, were dispatched March 16, 1845 with almost $2600 to buy a tract of land. They were urged to select a spot with climate and soil suitable for the raising of grain. One month after the messengers departed, with no word from them to indicate their whereabouts or the success of their mission, the impatient band of colonists started out. Had they known they faced a three-month journey by rocking ocean vessel, jostling train, creeping canal boat and on weary feet, perhaps the story would have a different ending. Theirs was a rugged experience that started the moment they began the trip. A blinding April snowstorm pelted them in an open boat sailing a canal to Zurich. At Zurich, the women and children transferred to covered wagons for an overland trip to Basle. The men continued by boat. The group traveled down the Rhine on a crowded vessel to New Dieppe, leading a gypsy life while waiting for a ship headed for America. Again taking to trains and canal boats, the hardy band made for St. Louis. Streiff and Durst, whom they expected to meet in St. Louis, failed to show up. So they selected two more scouts, Mathias Duerst and Jacob Grob, and sent them off in search of the missing men, who, of course held their money and their hopes.
Rumors that the original messengers had met death at the hands of Indians didn’t ease the situation, but the rumors soon proved unfounded when the searchers found the scouts laying the foundations for the New Glarus settlement. Claim for the 1200 acres had been filed by Streiff and Duerst on July 17, 1845. The colonists again become impatient. They had heard of the Sugar River site and had started for it. They had reached Galena when Judge Duerst finally located them. He picked 18 of the strongest men to go ahead with axes and building tools – a trip made on foot in three days – and helped the others obtain wagons and teams from lead miners to complete the trip. On August 15, 1845, they reached their goal. But New Glarus was only a name, not a community. Housing was completed by Christmas and communal laws drawn up with the aid of the judge, enabled the two dozen families to live together and decreed the manner in which land was to be divided.
A parade on August 16, 1915 marked the 70th Anniversary of the founding of New Glarus. The passenger is holding a sponsor flag from Citizens Bank - a building which still stands at the corner of 2nd Street and 5th Avenue (across from Tofflers Pub & Grill and Kristi's Bistro Restaurant & Bar).
For the last twenty or so years, Larry Klassy has led tours (and mowed the lawn) at the Swiss Historical Village. You might expect his given name to be Lawrence, but he really is just Larry. He was named after his great-great grandfather Hilarius Wild, who arrived here with the first settlers in 1845. Wild's wooden traveler’s trunk is on display at the village.
Larry’s favorite spot on the grounds is the collectibles building that was relocated from a rural corner to serve as the village’s old time general store. It just happens to be the one-room schoolhouse that Larry happily attended. "It was better to go to school than stay home", he says, "because if I stayed home my dad would find a job for me to do!"
Museums & Local History
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Albany Historical Museum 117 – 119 N. Water St., Albany • 608.862.3240 Memorial Day thru Labor Day: Saturdays 9 am – 3 pm; rest of year Saturdays 9 am – noon. Local and Sugar River History, camera collection, toys, vintage hats. Brodhead Depot Museum 1108 – 1st Center Ave., Brodhead • 608.897.4150 Memorial Day through first Saturday in October: Wed, Sat, Sun, and holidays 1 pm – 4 pm. Housed in restored railroad depot with memorabilia, adjacent engine and caboose. Community band history, cheese & butter making equipment. Browntown Community Museum 110 S. Mill St., Browntown • 608.966.3273 Open 1st Sunday in June, July, August: 1 - 3 pm. Native American artifacts, band & school memorabilia, jail cell, farm tools. Open Saturdays from Memorial Day weekend through October; call ahead for groups and hours. Authentic Swiss chalet featuring unusual, rare and priceless collections of many kinds, including thousands of artifacts from all over the world. Carvings, tapestries, coins, jewelry, china and more. Green County Courthouse 1016 – 16th Ave., Monroe • 608.328.1838 Weekdays 8 am – 4:30 pm. Since 1891, this majestic building has been the cornerstone of Monroe’s downtown square. History Room upstairs. Civil War statue and restored cannons on the lawn. Green County Historical Museum 1617 – 9th St., Monroe • 608.558.4601 or 608.328.4301 May - October: Sat and Sun 1 - 4 pm. 1861 Universalist church showcasing local history, eclectic collections (like mustache cups!), and one-room country schoolhouse. Herb & Helen Haydock World of Beer Memorabilia (pg. 3) 1208 - 14th Ave., Monroe • 608.325.3191 Mon - Fri 8 am - 5 pm, Sat - Sun 11 am - 5 pm. Located at Minhas Craft Brewery - artifacts, antiques, lithographs, growlers, tap handles, toys. A must-see for history enthusiasts and beer lovers! Kelch Aviation Museum Brodhead Airport, N2463 Airport Rd., Brodhead • 608.897.1175 Open by appointment - please call ahead and most requests can be accommodated. Collection of antique airplanes, automobiles and artifacts - primarily from the 1920’s and 30’s. Chalet of the Golden Fleece 618 – 2nd St., New Glarus • 608.527.2614
Monroe Arts Center (pg. 41) 1315 - 11th St., Monroe • 608.325.5700 Tues - Sat 10 am - 5 pm. 1869 church built by Wisconsin architect Edward Townsend Mix. MAC hosts exhibits, concerts and special events. Monticello Area Historical Society 204 N. Main St., Monticello •608.938.4216 or 608.938.4383 April to December: Sat 10 am – 2 pm. Museum themed as early 1900’s community drug store, complete with soda fountain, plus exhibit on history and influence of the Sugar River. National Historic Cheesemaking Center & Imobersteg Farmstead Factory (pg. 43) 2108 – 7th Ave., Monroe • 608.325.4636 May - October: Daily 9 am - 4 pm except Sunday 11 am - 4 pm. Housed in restored railroad depot, cheesemaking and dairy farming equipment, cheese factory replica, cheese history and extensive archives. Swiss Historical Village & Museum (pg. 13) 612 – 7th Ave., New Glarus •608.527.2317 May - mid-October: daily 10 am – 4 pm. Replica of a traditional Swiss village, including Swiss Bee House, Cheese Factory, School House, Church and Cemetery, Blacksmith Shop, Print Shop, Smoke House and Sausage Shop, General Store, and Fire House with antique fire equipment. Hall of History showcases the journey of the original Swiss settlers in New Glarus. Toy Train Barn W9141 Hwy. 81, near Argyle • 608.966.1464 Daily 10 am – 5 pm. Walk into a miniature world filled with operating train layouts in an old Wisconsin Dairy barn painted Milwaukee Road orange and Argyle and Eastern Train Ride located outside. Turner Hall (pg. 40) 1217 - 17th Ave., Monroe * 608.325.3461 Tuesday - Sunday. Emmentaler-style chalet dating to 1937. Old World Rathskeller restaurant, Swiss folk art paintings and heritage displays.
- Pizza, Pasta, Sandwiches, Salads, Sweet Finishes - Made from scratch menu – local & fresh ingredients - Outside patio with fire tables – next to the bike trail O - 80+ micro beers – bottles, cans & tap 8 - Highlighting local wines, plus regional selections from H small farm wine cooperatives - 2019 Best of Madison!
Enjoy aTaste of Switzerland in New Glarus,Wisconsin
GENEALOGY Visit the website for information on resources: greencounty.org > Things to Do > Genealogy Research
Special summer & winter packages 66 comfortable rooms plus newly renovated whirlpool suites and family rooms A short drive from Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison We specialize in group tours — with special rates! Indoor pool, sauna, hot tub and fitness room plus conference / meeting / banquet rooms New extended stay units available Alpine restaurant serving Swiss and American cuisine featuring breakfast daily, Sunday brunch, gourmet evening dining Outdoor patio & dining —home of the Swiss Cookout Shops, attractions, and museums within walking distance , plus the New Glarus Brewery is nearby Bike or hike the Sugar River StateTrail — it’s right outside the back door Swissland 18-hole Mini-Golf Course across the street Where traditional Swiss hospitality and charm welcome you all year round. Chalet Landhaus is built in traditional Swiss style - with a per- fect blend of modern convenience and old-fashioned Swiss decor - to give you a touch of Switzerland close to home.
612 7th Ave., P.O. Box 745 New Glarus, WI 53574 (608) 527-2317 Open 10 am - 4 pm May 22nd to October 15th Swiss Historical Village & Museum Group tours and buses welcome by appointment. swisshistoricalvillage.org Memories Are Made Here
801 Highway 69, New Glarus,WI 53574 (800) 944-1716 or (608) 527-5234 email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.chaletlandhaus.com
New Glarus Woods State Park is just outside the village along Highway 69. A paved trail leads to the park from lodging at either Chalet Landhaus or the Swiss Aire Motel, and also from the New Glarus Chamber office (in the restored depot) where bike rentals are available. Wildlife Footprint Trail Picnic Shelter Playground for kids 5 miles of hiking trails through prairie and wooded areas Boardwalk (handicap accessible) into the tree canopy Walk-in or drive-in campsites WHOOO.. WANTS TO GET OUTSIDE?
TRAIL RUN Join the fun on August 15: Alphorns, brats & beer, and even a polka band at the finish line!
More info: newglaruswoods.org
The best wines are the ones we drink with friends
You know it’s real when it’s cut from the wheel!
Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker Bruce Workman started with his very own award-winning EDELWEISS CREAMERY cheeses, and invited other local cheesemakers to share their favorites too! * Over 100 varieties of Wisconsin cheese * Cheese tools, cutting boards * Wisconsin beers * Sausages and meats
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608-496-1966 • N8523 Klitzke Road, New Glarus • baileysrunvineyard.com Open Daily - Year-Round • Wine, Beer, Food & Live Music NEW - Italian Wood-Fired Brick Oven Coming in Spring 2020!
Bruce and his son Ben with a 200-pound wheel of Edelweiss Emmentaler.
For Reservations: (608) 527-2138 Email: email@example.com www.swissaire.com • Located on the Sugar River Bike Trail connecting to the Badger State Trail • All rooms ground floor, non-smoking, in-room coffee, cable TV • New Glarus shops, dining and attractions within walking distance • Free wifi, hi-speed internet • Continental breakfast weekends • Pets welcome Your Hosts, the Gobeli Family. 1200 Highway 69, New Glarus, WI 53574
Glarner Bier Haus Liquor Store • Offering a large selection of beer, wine, liquor • 400 Sq. Ft. Beer Cave featuring 150 craft beers, including New Glarus Brewing Co. beers •We special order kegs for your parties and events • Cheese, Hoesly’s meats and party snacks • Follow us on Facbook for specials Open 7 Days/Week (608) 636-2121 Located next to the Swiss Aire Motel 1201 Highway 69, New Glarus,WI 53574 Like us on Facebook
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REMEMBER AND REFLECT - Veterans Memorials around Green County
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At Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Brodhead , a statue stands to honor the defenders of the union from 1861-1865 (Civil War). Among those credited for placing it is anti-slavery advocate W.W. Patton, who was working as editor of a magazine in Chicago at the time of the dedication in 1914. This park is the setting for Brodhead’s popular Twilight in the Park summer concert series. (next to Depot Museum,1108- 1st Center Avenue, Brodhead) In Albany , veterans are remembered at McDermott-Steindorf Post 144 American Legion – along the banks of the Sugar River. Bricks have been placed to remember locals who served, with the earliest being Ben Whitcomb 1776-1781 (Revolutionary War). There’s a big list under the Vietnam War – with surnames common to the Albany area: Blumer, Mauerman, Runaas, and Ringhand. The Legion invites everyone to their breakfast buffet on the third Sunday each month. (300 N. Water Street, Albany) Like the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington DC, the monument in Brooklyn uses shiny black granite to reflect a mirror image of the viewer. It is etched with a series of images representative of the various wars and conflicts, which are pairedwith images of elements significant to Brooklyn at those same times. An etching of the sign Brooklyn – population 1401 is on the final panel. (400 W. Main Street, Brooklyn) Belleville carved out space for their memorial in Community Park. It has a panel titled Gold Star Boys – a reference to the banners that were displayed by those with a family member in the military service during World War I. The blue stars originally placed would be replaced with a gold star if a family member died in the line of duty. The list begins with Private Walter Duppler who died in 1918 at age 22 (World War I) and ends with Corporal James Plecity, who died in Vietnam at age 19. Plecity is also recognized on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. (21 River Street, Belleville) Veterans from New Glarus are listed by conflict or war at a grey stone memorial near the elementary school. The Civil War era roster is reflective of the influx of immigrants from Switzerland – five from the Blum Family, five from the Hoesly Family, six Kunderts, plus some Leglers and Streiffs. (1420 2nd Street, New Glarus)
Another good reason to celebrate New Glarus… the best fine dining restaurant with a Mexican flair you are going to find in the area… - Samara Kalk Derby (Wisconsin State Journal)
Southern Wisconsin’s premier one-stop destination for cheese, chocolate, wine, ice cream a nd more. Open Daily 10 am - 5 pm, Mid-March through December (608) 527-2000 554 First Street, New Glarus, WI www.mapleleafcheeseandchocolatehaus.com
119 5th Ave., New Glarus 608.527.2012 kristisrestaurant.com
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New Glarus Home offers a full continuum of services including retirement living, assisted living, skilled nursing, wellness and rehabilitation services in both New Glarus and Monroe, Wisconsin. Whether you or your loved no longer wants to deal with the maintenance of home ownership, or needs assistance in meal preparation and bathing, New Glarus Home has a program that’s right for you. Our premier Wellness Center offers whole body wellness for older adults who live at New Glarus Home and throughout Green County.
Serving New Glarus, Wisconsin • Glarner Village (Independent Living) • Glarner Haus (Independent Living) • Glarner Lodge (Assisted Living) • New Glarus Home (Skilled Nursing) • Chalet at Glarner Village (Short-term Rehabilitation) • Chalet Wellness & Rehabilitation Center (Therapy and Wellness)
The Monticello Area Veterans Memorial is dedicated to those who have served or are currently serving. Large flags mark the location along the highway, and the reflective surface picks up the colors of the season from Montesian Gardens. (corner of Hwy. 69 and Coates Avenue, Monticello) At the Green County Veterans Memorial Park , a building designated as Hall of Honor includes a list of locals who have served. The impressive and recently installed "Star of Honor" takes center stage. There’s also a tank and a Huey helicopter that survived action in Vietnam. (corner of Hwy. 81 and County N, Monroe)
Serving Monroe, Wisconsin • St. John’s Apartments (Independent Living) • St. Clare Friedenshiem (Assisted Living)
In keeping with the ministry of the United Church of Christ, the mission of New Glarus Home is to serve older persons, responding to their social, physical, emotional, spiritual and economic needs.
For more information, visit our website at www.nghome.org or call us at (608) 527-2126 today!
Albany’s first settlers were drawn to the area by the Sugar River, which by the 1850’s was powering flour mills, a saw mill, and a woolen carding machine. Today’s visitors enjoy the water for fishing, kayaking, and canoeing. Hot summer days get a little sweeter with cool float trips down the river. Several outfitters offer tube rentals and shuttle service. A once-thriving pearl button industry (buttons made from the shells of oysters and clams in the river) led to the community’s designation as Pearl of the Sugar River. Learn more at the Albany Historical Society Museum on Water Street – open year round on Saturdays. Albany is small in size but big on community pride. Many activities are centered on school and church. Community volunteers step up to make a difference with groups like the Fire Department and EMS, Lions Club, FFA Alumni, Albany PTO, and Albany Community 1st – an organization that works to provide awareness of events and natural resource assets. Albany demonstrates a commitment to forestry and environment, and has been on the official Tree City USA list since 2004. Take a selfie at one of Albany’s favorite scenic spots: Sugar River Overlook Park (near the post office and library), on the downtown bridge overlooking the Sugar River and dam, or from the vantage point of a kayak right on the river. Albany Wildlife Area is just west of the village. This wooded and marsh area is ideal for public hunting, fishing, and wildlife watching. Monroe Clinic SSM Health offers a primary care clinic at the east end of the village. Just south of Albany is a small Amish community. You’ll find stores offering spices, bakery, quilting supplies, and handcrafted items. Proceeds from the annual quilt and consignment auction help to offset expenses for the Amish school. fun facts + things to see and do
Village of Albany • albanywi.org • 608.862.3240
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For more information: dlmra.org/things-to-do JULY 25 Amish Quilt Auction featured events 2020 n featured events 2020 For more events see the calendar at the back of the guide, and for the latest updates follow "Village of Albany" on Facebook. “Return on investment” doesn’t usually come up when you’re talking about a charity. But listen to this success story: Twenty-five years ago, four churches in Albany each put $25 toward rent so a group of volunteers could open a thrift and resale store. Today, the proceeds from that store result in gifting back to the local community in the amount of $15,000 to $20,000 each year! Benefactors have included Albany Fire and EMS, Albany Historical Society, Belleville Food Pantry, Green Cares Food Pantry, local churches, and Shop with a Cop, to name a few. Jim Graves, president of the Albany Thrift Store, says that the mission of the organization has always been to own a store location rather than continuing to pay rent. That mission was achieved this year, when they moved to their new home in the former Lutheran church. “We worked with the Lutheran Synod and they were more than reasonable with the price,” says Jim. “They understand community and what giving is all about.” Albany Thrift Store’s new digs offer more space in a visible, stand- alone location, with plenty of parking. A playroom will be added so kids can stay busy while adults shop. The store is sponsored by Albany Lutheran Church, Albany United Methodist Church, Hilltop Community Church, and St. Patrick's Catholic Church. A small group of dedicated volunteers take in the donations (no furniture and no appliances are accepted) and run the store. Among them is Lillian. Just Lillian. Like famous entertainers Pink, or Cher – no last name is needed. Lillian turned 100 last year. She carpools in with some other volunteers from the Belleville area. Shoppers come from all over, and business is brisk. With no more rent to pay, the Albany Thrift Store is ready to generate even more – for those in need. THRIFTY FOR A CAUSE MARCH 21 EMS Fundraiser JUNE 20 GAP Church Rummage Sale MAY 9 Fireman's Fundraiser APRIL 18 Community Garage Sales JUNE 28 Lions Car Show MAY 22-25 Yesteryear's Weekend
SUGAR RIVER STATE TRAIL The Sugar River State Trail follows the route of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad. Due to the thousands of pounds of cheese that were being shipped from the area, trains using the line were called the Limburger Special. From New Glarus, the trail crosses 14 trestle bridges over the Sugar River and its tributaries as it rolls southeast 24 miles, connecting the communities of Monticello, Albany, and Brodhead. Along the way you’ll travel through farmland, woods, meadows, rocky bluffs, and remnant prairies. Between Monticello and Albany, the trail shares a section of the Ice Age Trail, a hiking path spanning 1,200 miles across the state. An intersection with the Badger State Trail is just east of Monticello. A three-mile stretch of the Sugar River Trail passes through the Albany Wildlife Area, where seasonal hunting is allowed. At mile 14, the trail crosses the Sugar River on a long, curved bridge. At mile 21 (just north of Brodhead) the trail passes through the Clarence Covered Bridge. Trail users include bikers, hikers, geo- cachers and snowmobilers.
SUGAR RIVER Recreation on the Sugar River got a little bit sweeter last year when local water enthusiasts took on a project to mark off a canoe and kayak trail. Twenty landing stations were designated starting in Harrison, Illinois (where the Sugar River meets up with the Pecatonica River) and continue north through all of Green County to Belleville. Wooden kiosks mark each landing. Each includes a map with a you are here location, estimated paddling time to the next landing, and information on the wildlife sharing the river corridor. You'll also find visitor tips, like the river from Attica to County EE can be challenging due to low water, or watch out for tuber traffic in the summer. The waterway trail project was led by volunteers with Brodhead’s Decatur Lakes Mill Race Association.
For more information: 608.527.2335 or dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/sugarriver
AUGUST 16 GAP Church Hymn Sing
AUGUST 1 Lions Club Pig Out
AUGUST 30 FFA Alumni Tractor Show
N7298 CR-X Albany, Wisconsin (608) 862-3272
Attica Bar Along the beautiful Sugar River
✰ Fun atmosphere with live music, raffles and special events - like our 4th annual Turkey Testicle Festival! ✰ Bring a canoe, kayak, or tube to explore the river.
Volunteers Kathy Loften and Eunice Clark
OCTOBER 2-4 Pop's Country Barn Sale
DECEMBER 5 Sugar River Christmas
Albany Thrift Store is located at 601 N. Mechanic Street. Hours are Monday through Friday 9:30 AM - 4 PM and Saturday 9 AM - 2 PM. All funds above and beyond those necessary to operate the store are designated for charitable causes.
✰ Large outdoor, pet-friendly deck area. ✰ Watch the big game on the big screen. ✰ Daily menu specials - house made pizza, prime rib sandwiches, tacos and more.
fun facts + things to see and do A visit to Brodhead offers ample opportunities for your adventurous soul – kayaking, fishing, biking, and hiking along the Sugar River. New this year is a pedestrian bridge over the Mill Race waterway leading from Putnam Park to the Pearl Island Recreational Corridor. Exchange Square is the setting for community events. New in 2019 was the multi-cultural Day of the Dead celebration. Brodhead kicks off the holiday season with the Fire & Ice Festival held annually in December. The Sugar River State Trail begins downtown. You’ll see a wildflower garden and the trailhead building just west of the Square. A short bike ride leads to the Clarence Covered Bridge. Large murals around the city reflect iconic themes. There’s a bustling old time depot scene (by the restored Depot Museum), a salute to aviation (at Piggly Wiggly), and a tribute to volunteer firefighters (at the fire station). The Brodhead Airport is home to three grass runways and the Kelch Aviation Museum. The recently completed Bill & Sue Knight Memorial Vintage Aviation & Automotive Building is a 12,000 square foot airplane hangar which will house vintage aircraft from an era known as the golden age of aviation – including a Pietenpol Air Camper built in 1937. Reminisce: Brodhead’s Historical Society offers an excellent and searchable online archive at brodheadhistory.org. The Brodhead Depot Museum offers railroad memorabilia and a glimpse into local history. There’s a special focus on Knight Manufacturing – the company that set the stage for the community as home to today’s leading international ag equipment manufacturer Kuhn North America. Say Cheese! Brodhead is home to Decatur Dairy – featuring award-winning cheese crafted by Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker Steve Stettler. Stop in for fresh curds or a made-to-order grilled cheese. Other local tastes are apples from Ten Eyck Orchard and homemade pie from Country Lane Bakery.
Exceptional Apples MAY 17 Pancake Breakfast & Airport Fly-In featured events 2020 n featured events 2020 For more events see the calendar at the back of the guide, and for the latest updates follow "Brodhead Chamber of Commerce" on Facebook. Our Family Farm Since 1839 Ten Eyck Orchard 2 miles west of Brodhead 10 miles east of Monroe Hwy. 11 & 81, Brodhead Open end of August through mid-November 608.897.4014 teneyckorchard.com Bip a e Rides & Sce icTours JUNE 21 - AUGUST 9 Twilight in the Park Concerts Sunday Evenings AUGUST 7-9 Covered Bridge Days JULY 19 Optimist Pig Roast AUGUST 11 Brodhead Night Out SEPT. 12 Fall Fish Boil MAY 23 Depot Museum Open for the Season
TRACTOR FANS HOOK UP FOR COMMON PURPOSE Brodhead is a community with strong rural roots, and tractors many knew someone dealing with dementia. They combined their collective love of tractors not only with a way to raise awareness of dementia, but also to raise funds for the cause. Brodhead’s first Tractor Drive and Ride for the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin was held in 2014. Through sponsorships, entry fees, and a silent auction, the group raises an average of $5000 each year.
SEPT. 27 Tractor Drive & Ride
OCTOBER 31 Dia De Los Muertos
often take center stage. Tractor shows, tractor pulls, and tractor parades are common. Tractors power everything from sawmills to corn shelling machines at the community’s annual Covered Bridge Days Thresheree. Tractors pull hay wagon floats in the homecoming parade, and there’s a drive your tractor to school day at the high school. It’s a Sunday afternoon in September, and a crowd of tractor enthusiasts have gathered in the picnic shelter at Brodhead’s grass runway airport. At first glance, this gathering looks like something that might happen at any small town where residents like to celebrate their rural roots and agricultural past. But many are wearing t-shirts that say hook for awareness along with an illustration of a tractor hitch. This event isn’t just about remembering. It’s about using a shared interest in tractors to host a very special Tractor Drive and Ride and to forge ahead in the fight against Alzheimer’s and dementia. Fritz Wenger and his wife Sarah are two key organizers of the Tractor Drive and Ride event. Sarah spends most weekends with her mother, eighty-six year old Therese (Terry) Zimmerman, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2006. She needs round- the-clock care, and it is difficult to get home care workers for weekends and overnight. Tractor enthusiasts tend to find each other, and when these collectors connected, they found another common thread:
BRODHEAD AIRPORT & AROUND THE MIDWEST
MAY — OCTOBER Weather Permitting ✦ Gift Certificates Available ✦ The biplane seats two passengers. Flights start at $60 per person with two passengers.
The most visible part of the event is the tractor parade, which includes wagons for riders. The route passes by assisted living and memory care facilities, with the staff bringing residents outside or to the windows to watch. The hope is that the procession will spark a memory of days gone by – when the residents or their neighbors were using tractors to till the soil, harvest the crops, and earn a living from the land. At the 2019 event, Dementia Outreach Specialist, Teena Gerber, stopped by to talk about resources for those with dementia and their caregivers. She also shared tips for a brain- healthy lifestyle. Don’t stop moving. Change your routine – if you usually go left when you get into the grocery store, instead go right. Stay connected with other people. And finally – find a purpose. Brodhead’s Tractor Drive and Ride event raises awareness, raises funds, and raises the bar in making dementia research a priority. The organizers and participants are moving, they’re connecting, and yes – they have surely found a purpose.
NOVEMBER 7 Jaycees Holiday Market
GYPSY AIR TOURS | 608-215-7896 www.gypsyairtours.com Experience the majestic beauty of the skies from the open cockpit of a vintage 1930 WACO Taperwing.
DEC. 4-5 Fire & Ice Festival
DECEMBER 12 Cookie Walk – Frosty's Workshop
Vintage biplane trip for two with Gypsy Air Tours! Go to greencounty.org/contest to enter the contest.
PEARL ISLAND RECREATIONAL CORRIDOR
Hike, bike, fish, canoe, kayak, pontoon, paddle board, and picnic.
NEW in late 2019 - the gateweay bridge to Pearl Island from Putnam Park.
Homemade Pies Breads & Sweet Rolls Pickles & Preserves Cakes & Cookies Special Orders Welcome! Brodhead Harnesses (new, used, & repair) Mon-Sat: 8 AM -6 PM
Bakery Open Friday &Saturday 8 AM - 6 PM
Home cooked Amish dinners for larger groups, by reservation. 1602 ScotchHill Rd., Brodhead 608.897.3820
just a little bit longer... STAY
Preferred Lodging in GREEN COUNTY
Albany House B&B
Chalet Landhaus Inn
424 - 4TH Ave. MONROE
801 Hwy. 69 NEW GLARUS
Comfortable, quiet & relaxing - plus pillow top mattresses - all at an affordable price! Smoke free property. Family-owned since 2014, friendly and local. Bike trail, ATV trail, restaurants and shops. Extended stay rooms available. Easy to find on Hwy. 69 south. gasthaus-motel.com 608.328.8395 685 - 30TH St. MONROE
405 S. Mill St. ALBANY
Rest easy and start your day with free homestyle breakfast. Indoor pool and hot tub. Easy walk to restaurants, grocery store & cheese outlet. Access to Cheese Country ATV trail via designated route. Badger Trail is nearby. Also wineries, brewery, and downtown Monroe. americinn.com 608.328.3444or 608.352.6406
Traditional Swiss charm and hospitality. Restaurant, bar, pool, whirlpool, gym, sauna & steam. Breakfast included. Located along the Sugar Riv- er Bike Trail. Easy walking to downtown shops and pubs. Meet friendly goats at the mini golf course across the street. chaletlandhaus.com 608.527.5234
Elegant, historic home with five-star breakfast and private baths. Set on a quiet street surrounded by trees, flowers and gardens. Nearby to bike trails and Sugar River. Short drive to either Monroe or New Glarus. Great for fall color get- aways and cozy in winter too! albanyhouse.com 608.862.3636
Sugar River Loft
Go-Inn Home B&B
Hidden Bluff Lodge
Sawmill Creek Farm
Waterfront home along the Pearl Island Recreational Corridor. Comfortable rooms and home-cooked breakfast. Near public swimming pool and park, with quick access to Sugar River State Trail and covered bridge. Easy walking to downtown shops and dining. go-innhomebedandbreakfast.com 608.897.8138 707 W. Third Ave. BRODHEAD
7972 Gould Hill Rd. BLANCHARDVILLE
929 W. Exchange St. BRODHEAD
Escape to peace and solitude! Five-bedroom farmhouse in the driftless area - near New Glarus & Yellowstone Lake. Ideal for retreats or family getaway, with large kitchen. Stunning valley & vista views; hike the trails on 60 acres with majestic oaks. Enjoy coffee on the front porch. Self check-in, Superhost property! airbnb.com/rooms/20927535 608.444.1255
Moments from New Glarus - the rustic charm of a log cabin with all the amenities! Four bedrooms, full kitchen with double oven and breakfast bar area, four-season room, family room, and loft. Walking trails, wildlife watching, firepit. Horse pasture available. hiddenbluff.com 608.225.8866
Wegmueller Dairy Farm Five well-appointed, spacious rooms - all with private baths. Ideal location in beautiful and historic downtown Brodhead. Kitchen common quarters with refrigerator, sink and dining table. Private outdoor deck. Coffee shop, restaurants and bike trail are just moments away. airbnb.com/rooms/31016699 608.214.6851
Swiss Aire Motel
Victorian Garden B&B
500 - 6TH St. MONROE
In the heart of America’s Little Switzerland. Clean rooms and friendly local owners. Along the Sugar River Bike trail. Easy walking distance to downtown shops and restaurants or New Glarus Woods State Park. Brews & snacks next door at Glarner Bier Haus. swissaire.com 608.527.2138 1200 Hwy. 69 NEW GLARUS
1720 - 16TH St. MONROE
Be pampered with a gourmet breakfast at one of Monroe’s most charming and historic homes. Four bedrooms; three with private bath; outdoor hot tub. Stroll the flower gardens and have a cup of tea on the wrap-around porch. Romance, retreat, or girlfriend’s get-away. victoriangardenbedbreakfast.com 608.328.1720
Experience the rural way of life on a 4th generation Brown Swiss dairy farm. Up to nine guests. Relax...or get involved -your choice! Feed a calf, milk a cow, pet a donkey. Owners are happy to answer questions about cows, living on a farm, and sustainable ag practices. Book through Airbnb airbnb.com/rooms/27985010
Award winning hotel in the heart of Cheese Country. Pool, whirpool, meeting & con- ference facilities, free break- fast. This property takes great pride in being both handicap friendly and accessible. Bike storage available. City route from parking lot to the ATV trail. monroesuper8hotel.com 608.325.1500
Meet the Award-Winning Cheesemakers of Green County Green County is home to the largest concentration of cheesemakers in the nation. Together, these cheesemakers produce over 50 varieties of Wisconsin Cheese, and year after year, take home top honors at national and international competitions.
Roth USA See the making of award-winning Roth ® cheeses firsthand–from World Champion Roth ® Grand Cru ® Surchoix made in a traditional Swiss copper vat, to Roth ® Butterkäse, Gouda, Havarti and more in Monroe.* Silver-Lewis Cheese Cooperative This small cheese factory was founded by the Silver and Lewis families in 1897. Today, milk from 23 farms, including the Silver Family Farm, is used to make a variety of cheeses including Brick, Muenster, Cheddar and Vegetable Monterey Jack.* Klondike Cheese Company Fans of Wisconsin Feta, Brick, Muenster and Havarti can find this family-owned Monroe-based company’s cheeses at local and national retailers under the Odyssey® and Buholzer Brothers™ brands. Chula Vista Cheese Company Chula Vista Cheese Company is the oldest Hispanic family-run cheese manufacturer in the U.S. The company’s Browntown plant produces Oaxaca and Chihuahua Queso Quesadilla for the V&V Supremo brand. Wisconsin Cheese Group The Wisconsin Cheese Group produces a variety of authentic Hispanic-style specialty cheeses including Queso Fresco, Oaxaca and Cojita at their plant in Monroe. These cheeses are sold under the El Viajero, La Morenita, and Reynaldo’s brands.
W&W Dairy, Inc. W&W Dairy, Inc. makes delicious Mexican-style cheeses including Quesadilla Cojita and Queso Fresco at their Monroe plant. In 2012, the company took top honors at the World Championship Cheese Contest for its Queso del Rey brand cheese. Grande Cheese Company Grande Cheese Company’s factory in Juda makes authentic Italian-style cheeses for foodservice applications. Varieties include Ricotta, Fresh Mozzarella, Parmesan, Romano and more. – denotes Master Cheesemaker ® * includes retail store For more information about Wisconsin Cheese and the award-winning cheesemakers
Chalet Cheese Cooperative Green County’s Chalet Cheese Cooperative is the only place in the country that produces Limburger, the famous surface-ripened “stinky” cheese.* Decatur Dairy, Inc. This Green County Swiss cheese cooperative is the perfect place to pick up squeaky-fresh cheese curds, specialty Swiss cheeses like Swiss-lace, Stettler Swiss and Colby-Swiss–or Wisconsin favorites like Muenster, Brick, Fontina, Gouda and European-style Havarti.*
Edelweiss Creamery The Edelweiss Creamery in Monticello, Wisconsin is the only artisan cheese factory in the U.S. that makes traditional 180-pound Emmentaler in a traditional Swiss copper vat. The retail store is in New Glarus.* Maple Leaf Cheese Established in 1910 by a group of local family farmers, Maple Leaf Cheese produces a variety of award- winning Wisconsin Cheddar, Fontina and Gouda cheeses in Juda, Wisconsin.*
of Green County visit WisconsinCheese.com.
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Monroe Chamber • monroechamber.org • 608.325.7648
Main Street Monroe • mainstreetmonroe.org • 608.328.4023
MARCH 17 St. Patrick's Day Parade featured events 2020 n featured events 2020 For more events and latest updates follow "Monroe Chamber" and "Main Street Monroe, Inc." on Facebook. MAY-JULY Best Burger Contest JUNE 5 Cars on the Square MAY 29 First Concert on the Square MAY 4 Taste of Spring Dinner - Monroe Arts Center APRIL 4-5 Home & Business Expo JUNE 6-7 Pickers Flea and Antique Market JUNE 6 Main Street Monroe Summer Kick Off JULY 4 4th of July at Twining Park MAY 6 First Outdoor Farmers Market of season
Monroe’s cheesy story began once upon a time when farmers made their own cheese from the milk of their own dairy herds. Learn more by taking a guided tour at the National Historic Cheesemaking Center. Your visit includes the Imobersteg Farmstead Cheese Factory – an original one-kettle factory where giant wheels of Swiss were made with the equipment you will see. Back in the day, cheese varieties produced in the area were Limburger, Brick, Block Swiss, and Wheel Swiss. Today, cheese factories in the area churn out more than 100 different kinds, including those of Hispanic, Greek, Dutch, and Danish origin, as well as Swiss, of course! In addition to wheels, you’ll find wedges, blocks, and curds. Monroe’s Chalet Cheese Cooperative stands as the only Limburger producing factory in the entire United States. Buy it factory direct, or enjoy it in a sandwich with onion and mustard at Baumgartner Cheese Store and Tavern, or Suisse Haus – both in downtown Monroe. If you’d like to see cheese being made, go to Alp and Dell Cheese Store – the showcase for artisan cheese from the adjacent Emmi Roth factory. Operated by yodeler Tony Zgraggen, the store stocks local cheeses as well as Swiss imports. Nothing goes better with cheese than beer! Take a tour at Minhas Craft Brewery, and while you’re there check out the collection of brewery-related memorabilia as well as their distillery just across the street. Also in Monroe – Bullquarian Brewhouse, a two-barrel nano brewery often featuring live music in the taproom. The bell in the clock tower of the Historic Green County Courthouse has been striking the hour since 1891. Visit on weekdays for a self-guided tour and a peek into the past in the History Room. In the former Courtroom you can wear the judge's robe, bang the gavel, and declare that everyone is guilty. For outdoor enthusiasts: the Badger State Trail (bathrooms and picnic tables available at the trail shelter immediately east of Twining Park), plus disc golf, swimming pool, skater’s ramps, tennis courts, handicap accessible playgrounds – on 110 acres of parkland. Sniff the air! It smells delicious when chocolate is melting at the Swiss Colony Bakery at Colony Brands. No visit to Monroe is complete without a stop at the Outlet Center, where you’ll find an assortment of tasty treats like their famous petits fours. A designated route takes you from the ATV trailhead to motels, camping at the Green County Fairgrounds, and downtown for dining and shopping. Stay awhile: lodging includes motels, B&B, campground, and a unique farm-stay option complete with a herd of Brown Swiss cows. For the best of the area’s visual and performing arts – it’s Monroe Arts Center. Stop in and check out the latest exhibit in the galleries. Visit MAC online to get your tickets for the next show. Follow Monroe Arts Center on Facebook for the latest arts news. fun facts + things to see and do
JUNE 13 Old Time Cheesemaking Day AUGUST 8 Toru de Cheese Bike Ride