Take Pie Off Your Plate: Top 6 Restaurants & Bakers in Whitewater Who’ve Got You Covered This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and we’re guessing you already have enough on your to-do list! So leave it to some of Whitewater’s best in-house and from-scratch pie makin’ restaurants and local bakers to complete your meal. Here are six of our favorite spots for yummy pies (and other desserts!).

Pie Spot One: Wood Street Bakery

409 E Cravath St. • (262) 720-6294 www.woodstreetbakery.com Wood Street Bakery is a local, family-owned business that makes “healthy” pies, made from scratch with lightly sweetened real fruit and a whole wheat crust.
📷 : Wood Street Bakery
Pie Flavors: Pumpkin Dutch Apple Cherry Strawberry Rhubarb Also available: Tarts & Tortes! Cost: Pumpkin – $8. Dutch Apple – $10. Cherry – $10. Strawberry Rhubarb – $10. All pies are 8”. To order: Place your order online. To receive: Pickup is at the Whitewater City Market (301 W Whitewater St.) on Tuesday, November 24th.

Pie Spot Two: Hoots Fruits & Vegetables

www.facebook.com/hootsfruits Hoots Fruits & Vegetables pies have a handmade, from-scratch crust made from Great Grandma Clara’s recipe. ❤️
📷: Hoots Fruits & Vegetables
Pie Flavors: Apple Apple Crisp Blueberry Blueberry Crisp Cherry Cherry Crisp Key Lime Pecan Pumpkin **Extra pies will be available the day of, but pre-order is strongly encouraged to guarantee flavor preference. Cost: $13 each or 2/$25. Proceeds go to the First United Methodist Church Benevolence Fund. To order: Email Sarah at hootyhoots@yahoo.com or submit online. To receive: Available for curbside pickup at First United Methodist Church of Whitewater (145 Prairie Street) Wednesday November 25th from 10am-2pm and 4pm-6pm.

Pie Spot Three: The SweetSpot Bakehouse

1185 W Main St. • (262) 473-5080 http://bakehouse.sweetspotwhitewater.com/ The Bakehouse is your local, one-stop bakery shop that strongly supports you “treating yo’self.”
📷: The Bakehouse
Pie Flavors: Cherry Pecan Chocolate peanut butter Pumpkin Apple Also available: Cherry and Apple Hand Pies and Cranberry walnut rolls w/ whipped honey butter Cost: All pies are $15 and are available in gluten free for $20! To order: Call (262) 473-5080 or email contact@sweetspotwhitewater.com with your order, name, phone number, and desired pickup day. To receive: Thanksgiving order pick-up is Tuesday, Nov. 24th or Wednesday, Nov. 25th. Want it sooner? They just need 72 hours notice!

Pie Spot Four: Fremont Sweets

259 N Fremont St. • (262) 384-1024 www.fremontsweets.com Fremont Sweets, a local, woman-owned business, makes their pies from scratch with quality, often locally-sourced ingredients.
📷: Fremont Sweets
Pie Flavors: Apple Apple Minis Pecan Pumpkin Also available: Cakes, Bundt cakes, Cheesecakes, and Cinnamon Rolls Cost: Apple – $15. Apple Minis – $5. Cherry – Pecan – $10. Pumpkin – $8. All pies are 9”. To order: Submit your order online. To receive: Becky will contact you with further details.

Pie Spot Five: The Black Sheep

210 W Whitewater St. • (262) 613-7119 www.eatatblacksheep.com The Black Sheep is a locally-sourced, farm-to-table restaurant that puts unique spins on all your favorite comfort foods…including your favorite desserts. 😉
📷: The Black Sheep
Pie Flavors: Apple Pumpkin & Squash Also available: Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake, Pumpkin Bars, Pot de Creme, and Pecan Pie Bread Pudding! Cost: Apple – $15. Pumpkin & Squash – $12. To order: Place your order via The Black Sheep’s website. To receive: Pickup available on November 20th, 24th, and 25th.

Pie (Actually Cake & Cheesecake) Spot Six: Fanatico

162 W Main St. • (262) 472-0747 www.facebook.com/fanatico.whitewater.33 Fanatico is a family-owned Italian restaurant with a bakery case always stocked with delicious classic Italian or Italian-inspired baked goodies.
📷: Fanatico
Cake Flavors: Caramel Apple Carrot Red Velvet Cheesecake Flavors: Spumoni Pumpkin Chocolate Also available: A wide variety of classic Italian desserts Cost: $7-$10 To order: Place your order online. To receive: Curbside pickup available during business hours. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! And happy pie eating! Enjoy!

Top 5 Haunted Places in Whitewater, WI (aka The Second Salem)

Whitewater, WI is notoriously known for its hauntings and haunted places, especially with legends of the Witches of Whitewater Lake and graveyards that create an isosceles triangle. Any stay, drive, or walk around the city at night in October will show you why Whitewater is The Second Salem. While haunted houses create a good scare, these 5 haunted places will surely make your hair stand on end.  

Haunted Place #1

Hamilton House B&B328 W Main St.

Not only is this big, beautiful Victorian built atop an underground tunnel, but legend has it that the house is haunted by the ghosts of Little Boy Posey and his mother, Sarah. Book a stay in Sarah’s old room, “the Pissarro”, to hear about a time that the house had a doll museum where dolls just wouldn’t stay put. And maybe, in the early morning hours, you’ll hear Sarah humming in the East Garden.  

Haunted Place #2

The Winchester House532 W Main St.

Chaos and mayhem erupt behind closed doors of the Tincher Realty office, formally the home of Lucius Winchester. Lucius, who was cursed by supposed witch, Mary Worth, now haunts the building regularly in anger. Take a drive by late at night and see if you can catch the strange flicker of lights or the ghost of Lucius move past a window.  

Haunted Place #3

Hillside Cemetery – South Wisconsin St.

This cemetery, built on a few small rolling hills, welcomes you through a grand limestone archway. As you meander the paved roads throughout the cemetery, the main road begins to disappear from view. You may find yourself immersed in peace amongst the stillness of those who’ve passed, or you may catch a glimpse of the ghost of supposed witch, Mary Worth, who’s mausoleum resides at the highest point of the cemetery. Enter at night at your own discretion.  

Haunted Place #4

Historic Starin Park Water Tower504 W Starin Rd.

Used as a place for witches to gather, chant, and perform rituals, the Starin Park Historic Water Tower (aka The Witches Tower) is legendary. One night, they noticed an iron fence was erected all around the tower with spikes pointing inward. Is it to keep something in rather than out? Visit on Halloween Eve and listen for noises from within the tower or wait for a spirit or two to emerge from the darkness.  

Haunted Place #5

UW-Whitewater Greenhill Center of the Arts (CA)950 W Main St.

An entity or two (or more!) haunts the CA, according to a number of students and staff. Late at night, you can hear hammering coming from the metals room. Chairs move around in various classrooms. A ghost roams the backstage of the Young Auditorium.  And in the basement (where you’ll find endless practice rooms), elevators descend from upstairs and open as you’re passing by… And you’re not greeted by another student.   Happy hauntings. Good luck out there.

Top 10 Activities and Resources for Distance and Homeschooled Learners to Unplug and Learn Outside

When you unplug and get your kids out of the house to play, you strengthen their bodies and spirits, but when you get out to learn as well as play, that strengthens their minds! The following resources and outdoor activities benefit distance and homeschooled learners in a variety of ways. First, they get to observe what’s around where they live and appreciate the land, especially who (or what!) was here before them. Second, they get a chance to understand topography and interact with wildlife. Finally, they have a chance to view extracurricular outdoor activities with a completely different perspective. Big thanks to some lovely area homeschooling mommas and one extremely passionate elementary school teacher for the suggestions!
1. Play Disc Golf at the UW-Whitewater Disc Golf Course
899 Schwager Dr. Whitewater, WI Located on Hoffman Field, this course is open to the public and kids can use regular frisbees too. This activity could be their physical education for the day, enhance their mapping skills, help them learn angles and forces, and is good practice for adding up scores! The course sits atop a drumlin (glacial hill) and is moderately wooded– a perfect educational opportunity to teach them about glaciers and help them identify the types of trees around the course.
Photo by: Robbie Elsbury Jr. of Royal Purple News
2. Hike Lone Tree Bluff
Parking off Esterly Rd. Whitewater, WI As the highest point in Walworth County, this .5mi hike up 89 steps and over a 1/4mi trail to the overlook provides kids a great physical activity/feat, perspective of the glacial land they live on, and an opportunity to learn more about the Kettle Moraine State Forest and the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.
Photo courtesy of WI DNR
3. Meander the trail from Brewery Hill Park to Ray Trost Nature Preserve
W. North St. Whitewater, WI First and foremost, this stretch of trail follows Whitewater Creek which offers kids a chance to do wildlife/creek study. Second, it’s a perfect outing for tree and wild flower identification. Also, Brewery Hill Park houses the Rotary Skate Park that can help kids learn about forces in motion and ramps. 4. Learn about gardening at Lincoln Elementary School Community Garden 242 S Prince St. Whitewater, WI Established in 2015, this garden helps kids learn about healthy eating, where their food comes from, and lets them explore the natural world. 
Photo courtesy of Lincoln Elementary School
5. Visit the Little Red School House on UW-Whitewater Campus
243 N Prince St. Whitewater, WI This 145yr old historic landmark provides a wonderful opportunity to teach kids, not only about UW-Whitewater and college in general, but also what schools were like in the past. They can discuss what a school day may have been like and compare that to their school day.
Photo courtesy of Travel Wisconsin
6. Whitewater Historic Loop Walking Tour
402 W Main St. Whitewater, WI Starting at the Birge Fountain in Flat Iron Park, this 1.7mi walk will teach kids about the history of Whitewater, the variety of architecture, and would even be an opportunity to allow kids to practice 3D drawing of their favorite building. Take this a step further and purchase the book Whitewater from the Discover Whitewater office and have your kids match up old photographs in the book with the current buildings. 7. Visit the Town of Cold Spring With a population of less than 1,000, Cold Spring in Jefferson County offers a few historic routes to drive down with your kids to learn tree identification and observe/draw the rural landscapes. For any history buff kids, head over to the Cold Spring Historical Marker and teach the kids about Cold Spring’s connection to Abe Lincoln!
Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Historical Markers
8. Tour of Whitewater’s Community Services
First, walk or drive around Whitewater and have the kids identify businesses or organizations that serve the community: Wastewater Utility Plant, Police Station, Fire Station, the Irvin L Young Memorial Public Library (take advantage of their craft kits to do crafts outside!), the local banks, and the grocery store. Then, ask them to explain how each one of these community services benefits Whitewater as a whole!
Image courtesy of Whitewater Fire Department
9. Hike the Whitewater Effigy Mounds Preserve
288 S. Indian Mounds Parkway Whitewater, WI This sacred land is home to one of the largest collections of effigy mounds in the country. It’s a perfect opportunity to teach kids about the Native Americans who inhabited the land prior to us. They could also draw the effigy mounds and what artifacts may be buried there or interpret the information on the signs throughout the Mounds. 10. Visit @raisinglittleshoots on Instagram Print off @raisinglittleshoots Exploring Nature With Children. This full year curriculum offers ideas for each season and is centered around nature study. With this inspiration, take the kids out to visit the Bark River Rd. wetlands, Natureland Park, the Ice Age Trail, Whitewater Lake Beach, or UWW Nature Preserve and study what Exploring Nature with Children suggests!
Photo courtesy of Raising Little Shoots
Now get out and explore! The world awaits.

Southern Jefferson County, WI Scenic Drive

With a lot of love given to southern Whitewater, WI and its vast trail system throughout the Kettle Moraine State Forest, there are other hidden gems to the north that deserve a day trip. Pack up your car and explore the outskirts of Whitewater and south-eastern Jefferson County on scenic drives, Rustic Roads, and through rolling countryside with plenty of pull-off points to hike, picnic, or explore.

Scenic Point #1:

Kettle Moraine Oak Opening

Grab a coffee and breakfast sandwich from SweetSpot Cafe to-go and enjoy a leisure drive on Bluff Rd. through Whitewater’s woods and countryside. Once you reach the Kettle Moraine Oak Opening (an area of glacially-formed kettle holes, kames (conical mounds), and gravelly hills and ridges), plop down in the prairie grasses of the ridge with your coffee or meander the path of the Blackhawk Segment of the Ice Age Trail to immerse yourself in a forest of burr and black oaks.

Scenic Point #2:

Bark River Rd. Wetlands

Hop back in the car and take off toward Palmyra for WI-106. This 20min drive toward the Bark River Rd. wetlands passes rolling farmland and crosses over the Bark River. If you call and order before your day trip, pick up some cupcakes from KC’s Cupcakes and Cake just off 106. Once on County Rd. N toward Cold Spring, take a right on Bark River Rd. (Rustic Road #84) in Fort Atkinson and stick with it until the glorious end. Countryside suddenly becomes wet meadows, and then you’ll find yourself driving through a floodplain-wetlands forest between the Rock and Bark rivers. There are a few spots where you can park so you can get out and mosey for great photo ops. Mid-spring, look for geese and ducks with their babies. And if you happen to venture here around golden hour, you’re in for a treat!

Scenic Point #3:

Burnt Village County Park

Turn around at the Rock River Bait Box and head back to N for a short drive to Burnt Village County Park, a two acre spot on the banks of the Bark River where you can grill out, drop in a lure or kayaks, or simply picnic and enjoy the scenery.

Scenic Point #4:

Rustic Road #88

The Rustic Roads system in Wisconsin began in 1973. This system offers numerous options for scenic drives on a slow afternoon or weekend. As you begin your trek back to Whitewater for dinner at Taco Fresco or La Piazza Pizzeria, enjoy Rustic Road #88 through countryside and woods with glimpses of beautiful barns and farmhouses under a canopy of oaks. Be safe. Have fun! And happy driving!

Walk-About Whitewater and Rice Lakes

During this time of social distancing and uncertainty, you may be feeling anxious, scared, sad, and perhaps stir-crazy at the thought of holing up for the next three or more weeks. We have your back, and plan to bring you a number of inspiring outdoor escapes where you can retreat to alone or with only your family to get some fresh air. Our first escape is a simple walk-about (.5mi) providing beautiful views of Whitewater and Rice Lakes. This walk is not strenuous, but does have one hill, and has so much to look at that it can occupy you and your loved ones for an hour or two.

What to Do First

•Pack a picnic! •Pop over to the Whitewater Lake Visitor Center to purchase a day pass for your car. WI visitors are $8. WI visitors over 65 are $3. Out-of-state visitors are $11. •Park your car in the parking lot of the Parkside Marina. •Grab your backpack and kids (if you’re bringing the fam).
The beginning of the paved Whitewater Lakeside Trail in Whitewater, WI

The Whitewater Lakeside Trail

Begin your walk on the paved sidewalk near the picnic table under the big oak. Right away, you’ll pass over the dam. Watch for Egrets and Herons. As you mosey, you’ll have ample opportunities to sit on the fishing docks (once they’re in the water for the warmer season) and soak up the sun. This trail also offers a number of native plant species to admire. Read the signs along the trail to learn about the various plant and animal species!
INSIDER TIP
A third of the way down the trail, you’ll notice a footpath on your left that heads up a hill. Do yourself a favor and take that path to the top of the hill. Especially if you appreciate a little whimsy and the mystical side of nature. You’ll find a large tree with a low-hanging branch to sit/play on. In the summer, when there’s a lot of growth, you’ll be completely hidden from the paved trail. But in the cooler months, take in a gorgeous view of Whitewater Lake from above. Both are perfect times to take a much needed deep breath.
Low-hanging branch perfecting for sitting and enjoying the view atop a hill off of Whitewater Lakeside Trail in Whitewater, WI
As you head back down the hill and continue on the paved trail, take moments to pause at the waterside to count minnows or collect rocks. Kids and adults alike find joy in this!
Whitewater Lake Beach
Near the end of the trail, you’ll start to see tall grasses and a glimpse of Whitewater Lake Beach. If it’s warm, relax in the sand with your picnic or simply wade in the shallow waters of Whitewater Lake for a few minutes. There’s nothing more refreshing than cool water on bare feet.
Whitewater Lake Beach with local UW Whitewater Sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta’s symbols carved into the sand.
After wading or resting on the beach, turn around and follow the trail back to your car or continue following the paved trail up to the Whitewater Lake parking lot and bathrooms. From here, you’ll head left on Kettle Moraine Scenic Dr. down the hill toward Dr. O.R. Rice Memorial Picnic Area Peninsula. Stay on the left side of the road to ensure you can see oncoming traffic and remain safe!

The Dr. O.R. Rice Memorial Picnic Area Peninsula

At the bottom of the hill, cross over to the right side of the road and make your way toward the oak-filled peninsula. You may want to set your picnic up here. With honestly breath-taking beauty and a wonderful view of the Kettle Moraine State Forest from the right side of the peninsula, you’ll find yourself lingering a little longer in the peace and quiet.
Entrance to the Dr. O.R. Rice Memorial Picnic Area in Whitewater, WI
After packing up the picnic, wading in the water or collecting rocks, and following the edge of the peninsula for all the best views, turn right out of the picnic area and back to Parkside Marina for your car. Take deep breaths. Enjoy the walk. Soak up the beauty that Whitewater and Rice Lakes offer.

Bakery Talk with Therese McKenzie of Wood Street Bakery

As entrepreneur capital of Southern Wisconsin, Whitewater is home to a number of artists, business owners, and freelancers who decided to do things their way. This group of talented people have an abundance of skills to share with the world, and we’re excited to bring their ideas and stories to you! Our second entrepreneur, Therese McKenzie of Wood Street Bakery, is deeply passionate about baking. Her desire to provide wholesome, nutritious baked goods for her community has not only inspired innovative engineering by her husband, Jim, in their at-home bakery, but has taken her baked goods to six locations in Whitewater and the surrounding areas. We cozied up with McKenzie in her bakery as she prepared a few pie-sized pot pies and learned all there is to know about the bakery many know and love.
Therese McKenzie of Wood Street Bakery preparing pot pies: Whitewater, WI
The Bakery
Discover Whitewater: What’s the history of Wood Street Bakery? McKenzie: We wanted to have a business that combines my passion for baking with Jim’s passion for problem solving. We also wanted to use his gift in engineering to build things from scratch so I can bake things from scratch. With Ma & Pa bakeries going out of business everywhere, because it’s labor intensive and people want to buy baked goods with their other groceries at the grocery store, we decided to make a semi-automated home-based bakery. We use some automated processes because we want to make things in higher volumes. We started in 2016.
Large mixing drum and double conveyer belt engineered by Jim McKenzie of Wood Street Bakery for making their granola: Whitewater, WI
DW: What do you bake? McKenzie: Granola, artisan breads, European tarts, scones, muffins, marzipan braids, and specialty cookies. DW: What’s the most challenging baking project you’ve ever had? McKenzie: Trying to figure out the sourdough is challenging. I remember some big flops in there.
Wood Street Bakery sourdough ready to leave the oven: Whitewater, WI 📷Wood Street Bakery
DW: Is there a recipe you’ve improved over the years that customers have really responded well to? McKenzie: Again, probably the sourdough. I’ve worked the most on this to improve it. We do that with a lot of products, but this has had the most iterations.
“We’re community oriented. We’re intentional. Wholesome comes to mind because we look at the whole picture.” -Therese McKenzie, Owner and Baker of Wood Street Bakery
Wood Street Bakery scones: Whitewater, WI 📷Wood Street Bakery
DW: On a similar note, what’s the most loved baked good you sell? McKenzie: Seems like people are really into the scones lately. I have a customer who loves our savory scones. Their whole family eats them for breakfast every day. DW: How would you describe your business? McKenzie: That’s a good question…good thing for me to think about. To really sell and bake for our community and interact with the community, that’s a big part of the heart of our bakery. We’re community oriented. We’re intentional. Wholesome comes to mind because we look at the whole picture: meet the needs of the community, not be too expensive, offer nutritious goods. That distinguishes us from other bakers.
Therese McKenzie, owner and baker of Wood Street Bakery, in her at-home bakery.
The Baker
DW: How would you describe yourself? McKenzie: Mmmm…analytical. I like to analyze projects, people, and my own feelings even. Personalities. Families. *laughs* DW: What do you love baking the most? McKenzie: I really like making the tarts. They’re beautiful. They’re colorful. I’m a big colorful food person. DW: What are you inspired by most? McKenzie: Previous to starting our business, we lived in Germany for four years. While there, we were very inspired by their baked goods and bakeries. Our tarts and multigrain breads are inspired by what we tried while living there.
Therese McKenzie of Wood Street Bakery creating pie crusts: Whitewater, WI
DW: Any advice for bakers just starting out? McKenzie: Oh boy… *laughs* …don’t spread yourself too thin. DW: What’s your favorite thing about Whitewater? McKenzie: I love the mixture of having the university and industry. It’s an interesting mix. I like that the University helps us reach into a more global perspective.
“We try our best to be clean, wholesome, and nutritious.” -Therese McKenzie, Owner and Baker of Wood Street Bakery
Jim McKenzie of Wood Street Bakery at the Whitewater City Market: Whitewater, WI 📷Wood Street Bakery
The Present and The Future
DW: Where do you sell? McKenzie: Whitewater City Market on Saturday mornings at the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library during the winter months and Tuesday evenings spring through fall outside the Whitewater Historical Society old train depot, Jones Market (granola and sourdough on weekends) in Fort Atkinson, Fort Farmer’s Market on occasion, The Book Teller, Partners’ Gift Shop at Fort Health Care Hospital, and 2nd Time Around Resale Shoppe in Milton. DW: What can people expect from your goods? McKenzie: We try our best to be clean, wholesome, and nutritious. I want people to know we’re safe and trustworthy, to trust what we’re doing with our products- no additives, chemicals, or artificial colors.
Pi(e) Day pie in honor of Pi Day coming up March 14th! Wood Street Bakery, Whitewater, WI
DW: What’s your greatest dream regarding your business? McKenzie: We’d like to see the business grow enough that it could support our household. DW: Anything else you wish to share about your work or this industry? McKenzie: Hmmm…well, something lately that God is putting on my heart with our bakery is that I really want to focus on being generous with what we have. Like and follow Wood Street Bakery on Facebook or pop over to their website!
Jim and Therese McKenzie of Wood Street Bakery in their at-home bakery: Whitewater, WI

Whitewater, WI Named Choice Destination for 2020

We’re pleased to announce that Whitewater, WI has been chosen as one of Discover Wisconsin’s (the nation’s longest running tourism show) Choice Destinations for 2020! We’re even more pleased to announce that a DW crew visited our city numerous times last year with cameras in tow to document all there is to love about Whitewater for an episode airing on March 21 and 22.  FUN FACT: On Monday, March 9th, you can watch the beautifully produced episode on the big screen at Whitewater Cinemas before it airs to the public! 5p. Admission, soda, and popcorn are all FREE! Want a little taste of what’s featured in the episode? Keep reading for clues.  

Three Special Activities at the University

1. A little something naturey
2. A little something emotive
“If music be the food of love, play on…” – William Shakespeare
3. A little something rough and tumble (no photo needed) 😃

Hang Gliding Fun!

It’s no surprise that they’ll be featuring Wisconsin Hang Gliding since we shared some behind the scenes action back in August. Check it out!

Outdoor Exploration

From the lakes to the trails, what specific outdoor recreational activities do you think they highlighted?  ? ? ?

Three Local Restaurants

We have many beloved restaurants in our city, but they found 3 that stood out as the most unique.    

One Local Store

It’s unexpected and has something for everyone.

A Little Something Extra

An interesting piece of our city’s history that many enjoy digging into: We look forward to sharing this milestone with you and continuing to be, as the narrator in the episode states, “a community that embraces the oddities and stays true to itself and its history.”  Want to join us? RSVP here or email tourism@discoverwhitewater.org

An Evening with Graphic Designer, Stefan Sagmeister

My Dreams Have No Meaning, 2008 Client: Sagmeister Inc.; Art director: Stefan Sagmeister; Designers: Gui Borchert, Joe Shouldice
Sagmeister Life Lessons
“Money does not make me happy.” “Worrying solves nothing.” “Everyone always thinks they’re right.” “Keeping a diary supports personal development.” These are lessons that Stefan Sagmeister, New York-based graphic designer, typographer, and storyteller, has learned in life so far. Aside from learning them, he’s turned them into large scale pieces of art. This is the man who’s designed album covers for Lou Reed, OK Go, The Rolling Stones, Jay Z, and Aerosmith. He’ll be onstage at the Young Auditorium, Tuesday, March 3rd at 7p. It’s free to attend and brought to you by the Annette & Dale Schuh Visiting Artist Endowment.
The Visiting Artist Endowment
Annette Schuh was a student at UW-Whitewater and took many art classes that allowed her to hear prominent artists speak. Those artists changed her way of thinking about art so much that she wanted future students to experience that, too. So, she and her husband gifted the art department a million dollars to use toward speakers. They’ve hosted printmakers, Kiki Smith and Dan Welden, artist and Soundsuits creator, Nick Cave, five Chinese artists who hosted a paint-along with university students, and now Stefan Sagmeister.
“He’s been on our list for years. Sagmeister’s one of the best in the world and an exciting person to bring in. He’s quite well known.”-Leslie LaMuro, Associate Director of Marketing and Events for the UW-Whitewater College of Arts and Communications
Nick Cave critiquing art with UW Whitewater students.
Artists Work With UWW Students
Like Sagmeister will do, artists often stay a few days to a week to work with university students before their public lecture. After working with students on printmaking, Kiki Smith gifted nine prints to UW Whitewater. Students visited Nick Cave’s studio in Chicago, and before they left, he gave them various objects and told them to create an exhibit inspired by them that he critiqued when he visited for his lecture. LaMuro shares, “These have been great experiences for students. They’re able to say, ‘I worked with Stefan Sagmeister and got to go to Nick Cave’s studio and then he critiqued my work!’ That’s pretty cool.” LaMuro believes these lectures are for art lovers of all kinds and that attendees of the lectures walk away inspired. 
“We’ve had a wonderfully intense time with these artists. People come away saying, ‘Fascinating’. They’re often overwhelmed because these artists are larger than life.” -Leslie LaMuro, Associate Director of Marketing and Events for the UW-Whitewater College of Arts and Communications
Visiting artist Zong Gu, painting with UW-Whitewater lecturer, Bethann Handzlik, students, and members of the public. 📷Craig Schreiner
What To Expect at Lectures
-Intros and thank you’s -A possible slideshow of the artist’s work -The artist talking about their subject -Q&A following the lecture
“All the lectures have been fascinating. It’s interesting to hear their perspective…how they approach their work and life. It’s interesting to hear what sparks their artistic journey.” -Leslie LaMuro, Associate Director of Marketing and Events for the UW-Whitewater College of Arts and Communications
According to Steven Heller in this biography on Sagmeister, he’s “…a cunning trickster [who] turns convention upside down, stretches the bounds of propriety, stomps on mores and taboos and alters popular perceptions.”
Aizone FW11 Campaign, 2011 Client: Aizone; Design firm: Sagmeister & Walsh; Creative director: Stefan Sagmeister; Art director and designer: Jessica Walsh; Photographer: Henry Hargreaves; Body painter: Anastasia Durasova; Creative retoucher: Eric Jonasson; Hair Stylist: Gregory Alan
If THAT doesn’t convince you to see Stefan Sagmeister, here’s a taste of what he’s like onstage:
Reserve seats now and prepare to be inspired!

Art Talk with Leah Jurgens

Art Talk with Leah Jurgens

As entrepreneur capital of Southern Wisconsin, Whitewater is home to a number of artists, business owners, and freelancers who decided to do things their way. This group of talented people have an abundance of skills to share with the world, and we’re excited to bring them to you! For instance, our first entrepreneur, Leah Jurgens, of She Arts with Feathers, is nothing short of artistically wonderful. Her eccentric style and bold approach to life have landed her gigs dancing at festivals, displays at art galleries, and venues that sell her “wearable arts.” As Jurgens describes herself, “I am a Creator, and I dance to the beat of my own drum.” So what makes Jurgens tick? We talked art with her and learned all about her process and what’s coming up.
Leah Jurgens, Owner of She Arts With Feathers: Whitewater, WI Artist
The Artist and Her Work
Discover Whitewater: Who are you and what do you do? Jurgens: I am, and always have been, an Artist and lover of the Arts. I have braved criticism, confused looks and misunderstandings for the sake of what I love. I am a Creator and I dance to the beat of my own drum. DW: Why wearable art? Jurgens: I love all forms of art, but I came to focus on “wearable arts” as this seemed to be a medium through which the larger population could relate to my unique artistic style.
A piece of “wearable art” on display and for sale at SweetSpot Cafe: Whitewater, WI
“I have no preconceived notion of what I am going to create; I allow the pen to lead the way.” -Leah Jurgens, Owner of She Arts With Feathers
DW: Tell me about your drawings. Jurgens: My drawings are very in-depth and rich with detail. When I draw, I sit with a pen or marker and allow the image to form on its own. I have no preconceived notion of what I am going to create; I allow the pen to lead the way. Eventually, an image will form and I may play off of that image, or I may turn the paper ninety degrees and continue to draw from another angle.  DW: What’s your favorite piece you’ve ever created? Jurgens: I would say my drawing from 2019 titled “Plutonian Shores” where I explored combining many different mediums on paper and drew jelly fish and an Alien for the first time.
Details of a recent drawing by Leah Jurgens on display and for sale at SweetSpot Cafe: Whitewater, WI
The Process and Themes
DW: What’s your process with any of your creations? Jurgens: My process is generally to sit, surrounded by my supplies, and allow the creativity to flow. I will intuitively know what to do so there’s no need for me to think about it. There have been times that I have finished a project only to look at it and marvel, wondering how I managed to create something so BEAUTIFUL. I find myself in awe of my own talent. DW: What themes do you often pursue? Jurgens: I generally do not pursue a theme, though I do find myself attracted to mythological creatures, surrealist styles, and anything that gives me pause and makes me feel something deeply.
Recent work by Leah Jurgens
“I think Artists have a very important role that can be felt when you are in their presence. We are peacemakers and deep thinkers. We encourage you to ‘think outside the box’.” -Leah Jurgens, Owner of She Arts With Feathers
DW: What role do you believe artists have in society? Jurgens: I think Artists have a very important role that can be felt when you are in their presence. We are peacemakers and deep thinkers. We encourage you to “think outside the box”. We inspire you to follow your dream- by continuing to create and follow our own dreams. We contribute to the well being of our community by allowing our passion to be seen and experienced through our various mediums.
Leah Jurgens, Owner of She Arts With Feathers: Whitewater, WI Artist
 The Present and Future
DW: Tell me about your show at First Citizens. Jurgens: I love displaying at the bank. I get to showcase many pieces at once and people really become familiar with me on a local level. Displaying at First Citizens has opened me up to new opportunities and connected me with a lot of great people. DW: What’s on your bucket list for this year? Jurgens: I plan on attending more festivals that I can share and sell my work at as well as network for larger projects and ideas. I have been hired to create a logo for this years Wise Fest in Elkhorn, and I am excited to see my work printed on their flyers. 
WIP at SweetSpot Cafe: Whitewater, WI
“For other Artists who have thought of giving up hope- keep at it.” -Leah Jurgens, Owner of She Arts With Feathers
The Extra Tidbits
DW: What’s your favorite thing to do in Whitewater? Jurgens: I like to sit with a coffee at the SweetSpot and draw. They like me being there so much- that I was offered an entire wall to display my artwork there for year of 2020! DW: Anything else you want to share with me about yourself or your line of work? Jurgens: For other Artists who have thought of giving up hope- keep at it. You may not feel appreciated, understood or valued, but that will pass one day.  You create because it is a part of who you are. The World NEEDS the beauty that you have within you. I have been creating for nearly 25 years and have made it my life’s mission and soul purpose to always be that which I am. 
Leah Jurgens Art Show at The SweetSpot Cafe Gallery: Whitewater, WI
You can find Jurgens’s work up/for sale at First Citizens State Bank and The SweetSpot in Whitewater as well as in Milwaukee at Riverwest Co-op, Sparrow Boutique, and Serendipitous Designs. Like and Follow She Arts With Feathers on Facebook or visit the website for pricing and questions.

Indoor Play for Family Fun Day at Young Auditorium

Escape the blustery weather and head indoors, Saturday, February 22nd from 1:30p-4:30p, for Family Fun Day at Young Auditorium. This free, open-house style event offers anything from obstacle courses and play zones to hands on learning and fun for all members of your family including a brand new Sensory Play Space. At 2p, catch the Kohl’s Wild Theater performance Welcome to the Zoo! Young Auditorium Director, Shannon Dozoryst shares all about this day with us.

Inside Scoop:

1:30 -4:30pm – Family Fun Day Open House Activities (*Free – No ticket required)

-Fort Health Care Railyard Obstacle Course System:
Fort Railyard Obstacle Course at Young Auditorium’s Family Fun Day 2019
“The Fort Railyard System is an indoor obstacle course – a series of ramps that are connected at different heights.  It is for all ages and physical ability, and encourages individuals to climb, crawl, duck and jump. It is fitness disguised as fun!” -Shannon Dozoryst, Young Auditorium Director
-GIANT Games & Face Painting
 
-Hands On Activity Table ‘Nutrition & Movement’
 
-Collaborative Art Projects and Exploratory Play Zones:
Sensory wall example from sensoryone.com
“Exploratory play involves using all your senses.  In an exploratory play zone, children examine objects by looking, touching, listening and moving to learn about how they can influence the world around them.  Thanks to a generous grant from the Whitewater Community Foundation, we have just opened a brand new Sensory Play Space. This space includes a variety of “loose parts” or objects for imaginative and creative play, a weaving wall to explore different textiles, a magnetic wall, and a Lego wall.  The UW-W Children’s Center will also have other sensory play activities available in this space on Family Fun Day.” -Shannon Dozoryst, Young Auditorium Director
-STEM kits from Irvin L. Young Memorial Library -Amazing Blender Bike! Dozoryst shares, “In a nutshell, the Blender Bike is a human powered bicycle that blends smoothies!”
“Last year was our first event of this kind.  One moment that I remember vividly was watching a mom and dad sit on the floor in front of the puppet theater while their child performed a puppet show for them.  It was a quiet and special moment in a room where there was a lot of other activity going on.” -Shannon Dozoryst, Young Auditorium Director

2:00 -2:45pm – Kohl’s Wild Theatre presents Welcome to the Zoo! (*Free, but requires a ticket. Reserve/pick up tickets here: Ticket Services – 262-472-2222 in Greenhill Center of the Arts)

Puppetry in Welcome to the Zoo 📷Zoological Society | Paul Ruffolo
Dozoryst says, “Kohl’s Wild Theater is a program made possible by a partnership between Kohl’s, the Milwaukee County Zoo, and the Zoological Society of Milwaukee.  This educational and fun-filled program provides theater performances with a conservation theme, using drama, songs and puppetry.”

The Goal:

Initially, the idea of Family Fun Day was born out of partnering with Fort Healthcare on the Fort Railyard Obstacle Course System. That expanded into an open house with various activities offered by other partners: UW-W Children’s Center, UW-W CARE (student organization), Irvin L. Young Memorial Library, Festival Foods, Kohl’s Wild Theatre, Premier Bank, UW-W Athletics (Willy Warhawk), Whitewater LEADS (Dolly Parton Imagination Library), and W3. You can enjoy concessions (cash only) and explore the resources available for families at Young Auditorium.
“The main goal is to promote healthy activities for families to live a well balanced lifestyle.  We believe that the arts are a core component of living your best life!” -Shannon Dozoryst, Young Auditorium Director
Grab the family and enjoy! For more details or to reserve tickets, head here.