The 40th annual Art in the Park sponsored by Geneva Lake Arts Foundation will take place this weekend.
The event will be held Saturday, August 8th, and Sunday, August 9th, in Flat Iron Park. Visitors will have the opportunity to view and purchase art, plus enjoy live music and Lake Geneva’s many great restaurants. Art in the Park is a fine art show held annually in downtown Lake Geneva, and features more than 80 artists from all over the country, presenting different types of art, ranging from watercolor, wood, clay, pottery, jewelry, fiber, glass, printmaking, metal, painting and more.
An area designated “just for kids” will be set up in the gazebo in Flat Iron Park, where kids can make an art piece using a variety of materials. Free parking shuttle will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., with pick-ups available at the Home Depot parking lot, and in front of the US Bank. It will run continuously every 20 minutes. This year will be a little different than previous years, to help keep everyone safe and healthy. Social distancing will be observed, masks are encouraged and will be available for anyone who needs one. Sanitizing stations will be placed through the event, surfaces will be sprayed and sanitized, and gloves will be used.
What a wonder of a place. Located quietly, and tucked away into the farm landscape, is this ‘Brigadoon’ kind of place where cats can heal up physically and mentally. There’s a hundred and ten of them there right now, a mile west of Pierce’s Farm Stand on that road locals drive out during the Christmas season to acquire or cut down trees for the holidays. It’s a baby blue colored farm on the left as you head west, and if you pull in the drive you’ll immediately know where you are because the five or six barns and structures on the property are all named for certain cat attributes. “Cool Cat Shed” is the name of one structure. If you should go in, guess what, you will be met by a few truly cool cats, coming over to check you out and get as much affection as they can purr out of you.
The woman that runs the place, who, a few years back, while running her small farm, was visited by a few feral cats. She fed them. They propagated and she fed their kittens too, until she saw a problem of scale developing. She trapped the cats, one and all, took them to a wonderful vet in Madison and had them spayed and neutered, treated with shots and vaccinations, and then brought them back home. She told her friends about the cats and they came in droves to adopt them. She started charging fifty bucks for all the care she gave them, not to mention giving the people adopting them a month’s worth of cat food, and also a guarantee that the adopting people could bring the cats back at any time for any reason. What is this place and who is this unmasked woman (when she’s alone with her cats)?
The woman, sent onto the planet by the great Cat God in the sky, is named Kris Toledo, and her cat place, as it is now, is called “The Toledo Keeping the Faith Cat Rescue,” and the address is W6189 North Walworth Road, Walworth, WI. 53184. Phone is: 262-949-4789 and her email is: Toledo@genevaonline.com. She needs donations of just about everything, including volunteers to help her care for the cats. Anyone doing that will simply love the wonderfully happy and gentle cats living with her, not to mention the spotless cleanliness of the place.
Cool Cat Shed