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Parting Thoughts: July / August 2013

Jul 15, 2013 11:04AM, Published by Erik Dittmann, Categories: In Print



By: Jim Dittmann

Well here we are – Volume 2 Issue 4

Wie geht es dir?

It’s summertime and I’m thinking about all the good stuff goin’ on:  the Farmer’s market is getting into full swing – the food is wonderful – locally produced, not trucked in from half way around the planet – makes a lot of sense to me.  From two rods away you can already smell the strawberries.  Onions – Lettuces – there are even Cucumbers that have no bitter taste!  Pastries for breakfast – breads and flowers…  Recently I was introduced to a menu-planning service (Local Thyme) designed for “Ending Veggie Guilt One Box at a Time!” – specifically designed for those of us who shop farmer’s markets or are CSA members.  Check it out at http://www.localthyme.com 

You’ll find many recipes and great suggestions for making the most of those wonderfully fresh foods – and do to tell them LocaLeben sent you.

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” opens July 26 at the Beaver Dam High School Auditorium.  Our Community Theater is producing some awfully good shows – did you see “Next to Normal” – I think it was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen in Beaver Dam. 

Ever hear of Chelli Bri – that very talented local girl with a Modern Country Rock & Roll band.  She’ll be  “Rockin’ the Range” August 3 at 6:00 p.m. at Old Hickory Golf Club – a fabulous outdoor event that you won’t want to miss.  Some time from now you’ll be able to say you saw her show while she was on her way to the big time!  Admission is only $5 and that includes a golf coupon.  Check it out – tickets at the door or online www.oldhickorycc.com

I had the wonderful opportunity to meet some very nice folks from Waupun this past week – organizers of the “Volksfest” – If you have not yet experienced the fest – you absolutely gotta’ go.  They will “tap the keg” at 4:30 p.m. on Friday September 6, 2013, Spatten – real German bier – one of only six brands served at Oktoberfest in Munich.

Admission is always free – portions of the proceeds go to local non-profits

And the Stumpf Fiddle – a rhythm stick invented by a few local boys over in Sheboygan – they named it after a mythical peg leg – one Harry Stumpf.  If you are unfamiliar with the fabled stick – here is a good start.  http://www.stumpffiddle.net click on the video tab – enjoy.

Or visit Grandpa – he’s right over in Sussex, Wisconsin – http://www.grandpas-stumpf-fiddles.com there’s a video from Volksfest.  You’re going to get hooked…(I did)…

There is much to do in our little part of the world – these are just a few.

One can never say Thank You often enough – we owe it to the advertisers who make this magazine possible.  To all the readers who tell us how much they like the magazine – here’s where you get to help.   Support the locally owned businesses that advertise – and when you do, please tell them you saw their ad in the pages of LocaLeben.  Your feedback confirms their marketing dollars are being well spent – it’s very simple economics.  Advertisers make the magazine possible.  A living Local economy gives us our personality… 

We are very pleased that LocaLeben is now available at www.localeben.com - near and far you can now enjoy each issue on your computer – tablet or mobile device. 

While enjoying fireworks the other night, the wandering man says, “Hey, got a joke for you.  There’s these two fireflies watching the fireworks when one leans over, nudges her mate and says quietly – ‘How come you can’t do that?’” 

Cheers! 




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