FORT ATKINSON, WI–“Let’s wait another hour,” suggested the crew boss from General Party Rental of Watertown, WI. By 9:00 a.m. the showers had subsided. Fueled by an extra hour of coffee, the seven man and one woman crew made short work of erecting the 2,400 square foot tent with festive green pennants which a local couple had rented for a picnic wedding reception planned for Saturday evening. “The wind on Saturday will be from the south, so how about we hang side walls on that side?” suggested the crew boss. “The forecast on Saturday calls for a 60% chance of rain, better hang the walls on all four sides,” observed the man hosting the reception.
Wedding Reception Tent on Farm
A closer reading of the weather forecast indicates a 58% chance of rain in the afternoon, falling to about 20% in the evening with the temperature in the low 70s. Humidity is expected to be very high. The recommended attire for the affair is “smart casual.” Under the circumstances, “smart” will be “comfortable” in sticky conditions. Wonderful.
The Buggy Shed
FORT ATKINSON, WI — When Madison’s party band, The Red Hot Horn Dawgs, march into town on August 27th, the gig will be at a small venue known locally as The Buggy Shed. The white shiplap clad post and beam structure with red cedar roof shingles (which has not seen a horse carriage in more than a century) is hosting its first musical act of the millennium to entertain the guests of a newlywed couple at their reception. Horn Dawgs bookings manager, Mike Steen, expressed interest in performing at the intimate venue the same night Mr Burgundy and Zac Matthews are playing across town at Rhythm on the River suspecting, perhaps, the town knows how to party.
Red Hot Horn Dawgs Concert in Central Park (Edgerton, WI) 10 August 2016
Horn Dawg’s music director, Jamie Sercombe, indicated the band’s repertoire spans multiple genres and decades, reflecting the tastes and enthusiasms of the band members, many of whom were members of the world class University of Wisconsin Badger Marching Band. Rock & roll, funk, R&B, latin, calypso–pretty much anything with a horn section and gets people dancing. “Perfect,” said the bride-to-be “we don’t need any slow songs–we want to boogie!” The groom allowed that maybe one slow song in each of the three sets planned for that evening might be okay. The couple is accepting song requests which will be carefully reviewed and then shared with Sercombe and the band. There is a remote possibility the band will revert to the Badger’s signature “Stop at the Top” high stepping style.
Music at The Shed may mark the beginning of a trend as another Madison-based act, We Are, the Brown brothers conga drum and guitar duo, has allegedly expressed interest in the space.
Updated on August 15th to reveal the real name of the Brown brother’s band and provide an active link to their Jones Market jingle.
Chef Shaun Edwards
FORT ATKINSON, WI–Shaun Edwards ran off and joined the circus in 2006, putting a recent bachelor’s degree in business and finance from Lipscomb University to use as a roadie with Cirque de Soleil. While on the road, a concession job selling hot dogs soon became one managing the Cirque’s VIP bistro dining tent. A decade later, with a degree from The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, stints working with Certified Master Chef Rich Rosendale at the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, WV and Top Chef Masters winner, Floyd Cardoz, at the North End Grill in Battery Park, NY, Edwards has become a chef in his own right. Chef Shaun is now responsible for product development at Jones Dairy Farm, a packaged food company located in Fort Atkinson. He also makes many of the artisan delicacies offered in the company’s retail market.
At the end of August, Shaun will be working the tents once again. On Thursday the 26th, he and his crew will cook for the guests of a local couple at an informal supper following their wedding rehearsal. The bride is of Spanish descent; the food served will include many of her favorites. To ensure authentic flavor, imported Spanish olives, cheese, almonds, saffron, pimenton and Calasparra rice will be used for the tapas and paella. The next evening Shaun will be responsible for the picnic reception after the wedding ceremony. The menu will feature local favorites. Shaun has been encouraged by the groom to offer new interpretations of family recipes. The groom accepts full responsibility for the decision to mess with tradition; full credit for any magic goes to the chef.
Fort Atkinson Club
FORT ATKINSON, WI–Following a rehearsal for those in the wedding at St Peter’s Episcopal Church on Friday, August 26th, a local couple will host an informal supper for adult family members and guests travelling from afar at the Fort Atkinson Club at 6:00 pm. Carmen, the bride-to-be, has found Spanish cheeses, olives, almonds and other delicacies for tapas. Fresh locally-grown tomatoes, onions and peppers will be used to make gazpacho. Paella will be offered as a main course. Invitations to the affair will be delivered by the United States Post Office the week of August 8th.
The Fort Atkinson Club was built in the early 1900’s. Its design was inspired by the prize winning Arts & Crafts Wisconsin Pavilion at the 1904 St Louis World’s Fair. Originally conceived as a men’s club, the building was converted into a Masonic lodge in the 1920’s. More recently, a group of civic minded individuals raised money to renovate and fully modernize the structure, making all three levels accessible and adding a commercial kitchen. The original manual pin set two lane bowling alley on the River Level was preserved without modification. In 2015, the Fort Atkinson Club was rededicated as a community center and event space.
FORT ATKINSON, WI–In consideration of Carmen and Cole’s relaxed approach to event planning, Fort Atkinson’s leading hotel, the Holiday Inn Express, has extended the booking deadline for those who may share that trait. Hospitality manager, Tammy Koebler, noted there were still rooms available in the block held for the couple’s wedding on August 27th. “We are happy to extend the deadline until Sunday, August 7th,” she explained.
Fort Atkinson River Walk
FORT ATKINSON, WI–On Saturday June 4, 2016 at 5:00pm the Fort Atkinson Police received a report of a suspicious man taking pictures along the River Walk. A K-9 officer was dispatched and found a man who matched the description of the suspect taking pictures of the depot on the Glacial River Bike Trail.
Rest Depot on Bike Trail
Officer Boeve and Dino
The suspect was questioned and made statements that he was a photographer and had taken pictures of the River Walk; he held a Fujifilm XT-1 digital camera with a 27mm pancake lens. The K-9 officer determined the suspect was abiding the law and no further action was taken.