Hello Clam Lake!
Fall is definitely here! Once the temps dropped, they dropped and we are in full fall mode. The leaves are turning slow but, sure. The hummers have left us for another year and so we march on. Let’s hope it’s a while before snow enters our landscape. I can wait…..
SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, September 23rd is the day to be in Clam Lake! Lots going on. The day will start with the Elk Fest beginning at 8:00 am and running till 5:00. Features of the event will be a Snowmobile and ATV “Show and Shine” along with several vendors lining the area displaying their wares and homemade products for purchase. Remember vendor space is free of charge. The Elk Country ATV Club has once again agreed to provide the food for the day. The menu will be the ever popular Flip Chicken, potato salad, baked beans and chips. Beer, soda and water will also be available. The ATV Club is a very hard working and generous club whom have contributed countless dollars to the Glidden Area Ambulance Service. By supporting them you are allowing them to “pay it forward” to other worthy causes which benefit us all. We thank them for that! There will also be two bands playing at different times throughout the day. Josh Spiegel, our elk biologist, will be on hand to present the DNR Elk Information Talk at 9:30. Due to the loss of the Community Center and the new one not quite ready for group activities, Josh will hold his talk outside, if the weather is good, or within a tent set up in town if not. Keeping with the theme of “Elk and more Elk” Josh’s talk will be directly followed by an Elk Walking Tour with a Kid’s Antler hunt at 1:30. I wish to personally thank Rob Sparhawk for organizing much of this event. Way to go Rob!
MEAT RAFFLE: Also on the 23rd the Forest Riders Snowmobile Club will be having their first meat raffle of the season running from 3:00 to 5:00 at Ransoms Place. This is another hard working club that spend many hours grooming and maintaining trails for the enjoyment of the many that come to our forest area to enjoy the winter sport. All the meat for the raffles comes from Rondeaus of Cable whom are known for their high quality product. So, time to come out and support a great organization and win some delicious meat in the bargain. Thank you and good luck!
COMMUNITY CENTER UPDATE: Once again the new Clam Lake Community Center was a flurry of activity over this past week. Early in the week saw the installation of foam insulation, followed by more wiring with some of the lighting done. The two back doors arrived and were put in place allowing for siding and trim to be put up on the back wall. We are definitely making progress! Often times, as with any building project, it becomes a matter of waiting for materials to arrive that slows the progression. So, if you see we are in pause mode for a bit, that is more than likely the reason. As material arrives work continues. We thank all those that have been working diligently both on the planning and labor. Thank you!
HISTORY MOMENT: From a September 18th edition of the 1952 Glidden Enterprise: “Dance at Clam Lake Saturday – A Square Dance is scheduled for the Clam Lake Community Hall on Saturday night September 20th. Young and old are invited to come and join in the fun. There will be a variety of dance tunes, including waltzes, schottisches, polkas, reels, jitterbugs, etc. as well as the featured square dancing. The Masoner’s Orchestra will be present to provide the musical background for the fun and merriment, and Harry Snyder, our known caller, will be there in complete cowboy regalia, ready to stir up some lively square dancing and two-stepping. If you’re looking for a good time Saturday night, here’s the place to come to. Refreshments will also be sold.” As always, Clam has provided a place for fun times. The Square Dance era is a very fondly remembered time by many.
Until next week…..
Pictured is a bull elk walking about the mighty Chequamegon. (Snap Shot photo courtesy of Chris Frasch.)