February 22, 2003


Wisconsin - "The Badger State"

Sunidesus: "We have The American Players Theater an amazing "theatre in the round" outdoors in the middle of the woods. Incredible Shakespeare happens there.

There's Crystal Cave which is just a blast, and if you're brave enough you can go spelunking (sp?) in the tiny twists and turns there.

There's the amazing Chequamegon National Forest in the northern part of the state. Absolutely breathtaking.

Then we have the wonderfully quirky House on the Rock.

Caddie Woodlawn lived here. In fact her family house is open for tours. Frank Lloyd Wright lived here too, one of his "Prairie Houses" is in my city. And of course you can't forget the Cows! and the Cheese! And the Packers!"

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Posted by Lester on February 22, 2003 12:21 PM

And of course you can't forget Lake Superior, Ashland, Bayfield, the Apostle Islands....and the GREEN BAY PACKERS!!!! :D

Posted by: Synergy on February 22, 2003 09:49 PM

Not to mention that Laura Ingalls Wilder was born here, as was both MST3K's Joel Hodgeson and Mike Nelson (Man, I miss that show.).

There's also Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant in Door County, complete with a thatched roof and goats that eat the grass up there. There's also the Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh. The annual fly-in draws people from all over the world.

And you can't mention Wisconsin without mentioning Wisconsin Dells and riding the Ducks.

Oh, yeah and the GREEN BAY PACKERS!!!!!! :)

Posted by: Kathy on February 22, 2003 10:17 PM

I don't like polka music, snow, cheese or the Green Bay Packers.

What's left in Wisconsin?

Posted by: Acidman on February 23, 2003 11:07 AM

There are a respectable number of *famous* people from my neck of the woods.

Of course, those aren't really good things about Wisconsin, are they?

The really good thing about Wisconsin, as cheesy (har-har) as it sounds, is the general sense of good-heartedness. The willingness to help your neighbor when something goes bad or wrong. School bus drivers who wave at you. A general na´vetÚ, that's sometimes mistaken for ignorance but is really just a misplaced belief in their fellow human beings.

I make jokes about living in "Cheesehead Heaven", but in reality, I really love living here.

Posted by: jl on February 24, 2003 12:34 AM

No one mentioned:

--Door County, which (if you can get there when it's not too crowded) is quite beautiful. Good wine, too.
--An excellent state park system, well-maintained and (mostly) well-planned.
--Summerfest, the Wisconsin State Fair (smaller than MNs, but still excellent) and all of the ethnic festivals on the Summerfest grounds.
--The EAA and their massive yearly fly-in in Oshkosh.
--Beer, beer, beer. And did I mention beer?

Posted by: Steve Gigl on February 24, 2003 01:45 PM

Harley Davidson

Posted by: Fred Boness on February 25, 2003 09:51 PM

It's the trees! Nothing better than walking deep into the forest and justing down. No city noise.

Posted by: Joe on February 26, 2003 12:08 AM

I can't believe I forgot Door County! Such a cool place. That restaurant with the goats is a kick! I'd totally forgotten about it.

I've got more...
Madeline Island, although I've never been there it's supposed to be amazing.

The Birke which is the largest cross-country ski race in the world. It was just last weekend. People come from all over the world to participate.

Big Top Chautauqua a summer music festival in Washburn.

Posted by: Sunidesus on March 2, 2003 08:55 PM

No one mentioned the BADGERS...
An amazing public education system...
Georgia O'Keefe, born in Spring City...
The Norske Nook, home of the most world famous pies...
Leinies, New Glarus, Sprecher, Berghoff, Lakeside, and every other amazing micro-brew from Wisconsin (and those macro-brews too)...
And yes, JL, a general good-heartedness that is hard to come by anywhere else...but that makes you yearn for home whenever you're around cranky people...

Posted by: cjb on March 12, 2003 05:31 PM

One last thing, bar time and the ability to buy beer and liquor any day of the week, in virtually any store.

Posted by: cjb on March 12, 2003 05:37 PM

Born & raised in Green Bay but living in the south for many years... Wisconsin is a state with wonderful people and lots of outdoor recreation. Good indoor recreation, too, especially of the alcohol-assisted kind! And of course the GREEN BAY PACKERS!

Posted by: Tom Barnard on March 15, 2003 09:07 AM