Taste of Fennimore – March 5
Join in the fun while sampling food and beverages from 26 regional vendors Saturday March 5 from 1:00 to 5:00 during the 3rd Annual Taste of Fennimore at the Fenway Tavern / Silent Woman. This year’s lineup includes seven NEW vendors coming from Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota.
The Taste of Fennimore will be held at The Silent Woman/Fenway House Tavern. Tickets are $15 in advance and are selling quickly so be sure to purchase your ticket soon. Tickets are still available at area banks thru 3 p.m. on Friday, March 4. After that tickets are available at The Silent Woman/Fenway House Tavern, Carr Valley Cheese or Promotions Coordinator’s office. A limited amount of tickets are expected to be available at the door for $20.
Each ticket includes entry, a free sampling glass, music and ballot for the “Peoples Choice” award along with unlimited sampling of food and beverages from vendors. Enter through either the main door of The Silent Woman or the side door off 11th Street. This room will also serve as a coat room.
See the Taste of Fennimore 2016 poster.
Vendors include: BD’s Eagles Nest, Carr Valley Cheese, Castle Rock Inn, Cottonwood Supper Club, Creative Appeal & Bakery, Creature Comfort Sauce, Frank Distributors, Hammerand Farm Market Store, Head 2 Toe, Hostetlers Coffee, Just Like Home, Karla’s Kitchen, Old School Brewing, Potosi Beer, Rural Route 1 Popcorn, Second Shot, Spurgeon Vineyards & Winery, Saputo (Woolwich Dairy), Sugar and Spice Bulk Foods, The Butcher Shop, The Cottage Baker, The Silent Woman, Toppling Goliath Brewing Company from Decorah IA, Whispering Winds Winery, Hickory Hill Organic Farm and Whispering Bluffs Winery.
Thank You to the Taste Sponsors!
Members of the Taste of Fennimore committee would like to recognize the generous sponsors who help make the “Taste” so successful.
Platinum Sponsors: Fenway House Hotel and Tavern, Fennimore Times/Reminder, Frank Distributors, Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics, QueenB Radio/WGLR/WPVL, Livingston State Bank/Investment Center at Livingston State Bank.
Gold Sponsors: American Bank, Crossing Rivers Health Clinic, Grant Regional Health Center, Midwest Builders Inc., WebWise Design & Marketing, Wood Law Firm
Silver Sponsors: Badgerland Financial, Bard Materials, Birkett Chiropractic, Carr Valley Cheese, City of Fennimore/Utilities, Clare Bank, Fennimore Lumber and Design Center, Fillback Family of Dealerships, FirstMerit Bank, Hall Automotive, Head 2 Toe, Hometown Florist, Kwik Trip, Immuno-Dynamics, Inc, Livingston State Bank, Nelson Properties, Town and Country Sanitation.
People’s Choice Award
Chamber member businesses who offer sit down dining are eligible to participate in the Peoples Choice competition with bragging rights for 2016. Businesses taking part in the friendly “Peoples Choice” competition and their entries include: BD’s Eagles Nest – assorted pizzas; The Cottonwood Supper Club & Sports Bar – bread pudding with caramel sauce; The Castle Rock Inn – tips and noodles; The Cottage Baker – Cheesecake, pie and soup; Second Shot – Jerry’s Deluxe Burger; The Fenway Tavern – pizza.
Businesses who previously received “People Choice” bragging rights include Hickory Grove Golf Course in 2014 and Second Shot in 2015.
The Fenway Tavern has also hired the Wundo band to provide music in the bar area following the Taste. So bring family and friends out Saturday to enjoy a fun filled day in Fennimore.
Chamber to Hold 1st Membership Meeting of the Year
The Fennimore Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their first membership meeting of the year on Thursday, March 10 at The Cottonwood Supper Club and Sports Bar. Featured speaker will be Brock Waterman, the new SBDC consultant for the region. Brock will lead an interactive talk sharing information and ideas with attendees.
Waterman’s previous work has allowed him to work with hundreds of companies who have given him a unique perspective to what makes a business efficient and effective. While the type of business changes, the lessons stay the same and it is important to know that small changes in practice can have a huge impact. The following topics and more will be discussed in his interactive conversation: expectation setting (self, employee, customer); task responsibilities and dividing; enjoyable versus needed work; contracts and policies and lead times.
Waterman provides no charge business consulting to businesses considering starting a new business or managing and growing an existing business in Southwest Wisconsin. He serves the following counties: Crawford, Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, and Richland. To schedule an appointment with Waterman contact him by any of the following ways: 608-574-1757 (Cell); Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; linkedin.com/in/brockwaterman; facebook.com/swwisbdc; twitter.com/swwisbdc; www.wisconsinsbdc.org
Taco Supper Fundraiser – March 7
The Friends of Fennimore Elementary School will be holding a Taco Supper Fundraiser on Monday, March 7. Serving between 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Memorial Building/Legion Hall. Prices are Adults $7, Children (4-12) $4, and Children 3 and Under are Free. Carry-outs are available.
QueenB Radio Sponsors Home, Outdoor and Agriculture Show – March 12
QueenB Radio will sponsor their Annual Home, Outdoor and Agriculture Show Saturday, March 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Eckstein Exhibit Hall located on the Grant County Fairgrounds in Lancaster. Over 30 booths will feature items for Home and Farm. Special features: 10 a.m. Grant County Maser Gardeners; 11 a.m. Timmerman’s Talents; 1 p.m. Gary Cannalte – Channel 3 Chief Meteorologist.
FFA Pancake Breakfast – March 13
FFA students will be cooking up their famous pancake breakfast on Sunday, March 13 at the Fennimore Memorial building, serving runs from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost of the breakfast is $6 for adults, children ages 6 to 9, $3; youth 5 and under are Free. The menu includes all you can eat pancakes, eggs, sausage patties, cheese curds and applesauce. Beverage option of milk, coffee or orange juice.
Dairyland Donkey Basketball – March 14
The Fennimore FFA Alumni will hold two Donkey Basketball games on Monday, March 14 starting at 7:30 p.m. The first game will be Fennimore School Staff vs Fennimore Community members The second game will be Fennimore FFA vs Boscobel FFA. Tickets are $6 in advance or $8 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased at FHS Ag room.
Fundraiser to Benefit BD’s Safe Ride – Sat. March 19
A special fundraiser is planned for Saturday, March 19 to benefit BD’s Safe Ride. Activities begin at 2 p.m. at BD’s Eagles Nest in Fennimore. Activities include meat paddles, 50/50 raffles, entertainment and much more. 100 percent of the proceeds from raffles will go toward funding BD’s Safe Ride.
Safe Ride offers rides home for a small fee to area residents and visitors to the community when they don’t have a designated driver available. At one time the Wisconsin Tavern League helped cover expenses with operations like Safe Ride. Those fees have dwindled over the years and no longer cover all the expenses involved with keeping the vehicles insured, fueled and serviced.
Fennimore Police Chief Chris French, told Fennimore City Council members that since its beginning Safe Ride has helped reduce drunk driving offenses. However the recent trend shows these offenses are increasing while funding for Safe Ride continues to decline.
If you would like to make a donation of a prize or cash, please call 608-822-6510 for details.
Kiwanis Pancake Supper March 21
Fennimore Kiwanis Members will hold their famous pancake supper on Monday, March 21. Serving begins at 4:30 at the Legion Annex in the Fennimore Memorial building.
Easter Egg Hunt – March 19 – New Start Time!
Members of the Fennimore Optimist organization will hold their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 19 at Marsden Park. The event is free and is for youth toddler through 8 years. Please note there has been a change in time registration begins at 10:30 and runs through 11:15 a.m. The Easter Egg hunt begins promptly at 11:30 a.m. so don’t be late! The hunt will be divided into four age categories as follows: 0-2 years, 3 and 4 years, 5 and 6 years and 7 and 8 years. Youth should bring along their Easter basket or bag to collect the eggs.
Community Invited to Join in Easter Celebrations at Bethany Alliance Church
Members of Bethany Alliance Church are sending out a warm welcome to community members to join them as the celebrate Palm Sunday and Easter. Those who gather will experience Spirit filled Worship, live music and God’s word become alive. They will be serving an Easter Brunch at the church at 9:15 a.m. Check out the Bethany Alliance Church website for more details.
Fennimore Area Foundation Grant Cycle
The Fennimore Area Foundation is pleased to announce its semi-annual application period for awarding grants in Spring 2016. In making this offering, the Foundation is interested in providing assistance to groups, projects or activities promoting community wellness, services to or facilities for Fennimore’s children or other endeavors falling within its charitable mission. Total funds to be granted will be up to $2,500 to one recipient or divided among any number of recipients.
The Fennimore Area Foundation will not fund the following: individual travel expenses or seminars; salaries, wages, benefits or other employee related costs; recurring expenses, except “start-up costs”; operating expenses including staff, rent payments, lease payments, and utilities; participation in capital campaigns or endowment funds; political causes, candidates and lobbying efforts; individuals, including scholarships and personal benefits; debt incurred or purchases made prior to grant award notification.
Because the Foundation is a non-profit organization, grant awards must follow certain guidelines and grants may only be awarded to qualifying non-profit organizations. Applicants receiving awards will be expected to submit a brief report or summary of the completed or on- going project or activity receiving a grant within six months of its receipt. The Foundation sees part of its purpose being an incubator of community-wide participation in making Fennimore a better place to live, work and play. When ideas or visions focused on this goal require nurturing, the Foundation sees itself as a source for assistance to the extent it can assist.
To be considered, applications must be received by the Foundation or postmarked no later than April 15, 2016. Please contact the following board members if you have questions Pam Kreul 608-822-7300, Jon Miles 608-822-4700 or JoAnn Wiederholt 608-822-3420. Grant applications must be completed and submitted to the Fennimore Area Foundation (FAF) at P.O. Box 134, Fennimore, WI 53809.