Little Gems

Safari Lake Geneva.
This great operation is getting into the holiday spirit and offering hay rides throughout the month of December. This is not their regular hayride, instead, this is a forty-five-minute Jingle Bells Hay Ride on a custom-built wagon just for the holiday season, through the beautiful countryside, feeding the resident animals along the way. The hayride takes place every Saturday and Sunday through the month of December at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Tickets are just $14.95 for adults and $12.95 for children 3 and older. Sorry, no Grinches. Reservations are required and can be made online at

Ice Fishing early?

Ice Fishermen

Warning signs have been posted everywhere reminding people that the ice is not thick enough for ice fishing, but these fishermen are not heeding those warnings.

Santa Claus!
Santa will not be at his workshop on Main Street this Saturday, December 15th, instead he will be outside with a couple of his reindeer on the patio of the Thrift-In at 252 Center Street. This is a special treat and the kids love it. So, bundle up and get ready to make some great magical memories with your family.  Santa and his reindeer will be there from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, and on Sunday Santa will be back indoors at his workshop at 875 Main Street. Santa will also be bringing a 3 piece jazz band to play holiday music to make things a little more festive.

Christmas classic.
It’s a Wonderful Life is a favorite of many. The Geneva Actors Guild will be performing on the stage of the Geneva 4 Theater on December 19th at 7:30 p.m., and again on December 21st at 10 a.m. The Lake Geneva Actors Guild is a great group that loves to share their passion for performing and the stage. Admission is free, but any monetary donations will be accepted and given to the Holiday Home Camp.

There will be no helicopters at Winterfest this year.
Nor will there be a world record speed attempt by a hovercraft, at least not within the jurisdiction of the City of Lake Geneva. Out in the middle of the lake, the helicopter and the hovercraft operations can do what they want. The DNR has no authority way out there on the ice, and the communities can only act if there is a safety issue of imminent and violent proportion. So there still may be a world record speed attempt by the hovercraft people, somewhere mid-lake or in the vicinity, or space claimed by another jurisdiction. Next to the shoreline, where all the people will be gathered for Winterfest, however, the helicopters will not fly, and the only course allowed will be closely barricaded and set out with pylons.

Halverson and Skates were notable speakers and voters on these issues, closely monitored by Cindy “I have a thousand questions” Flower. Good questions. And then there was Tom Hartz working in tandem with city attorney Dan Draper. Masterful, clear, detailed and doing what they were elected to do, which happens to be quite uncommon in this day and age. Wonderful to see this council in action. The police chief was there to provide analytical clarity with respect to safety issues. He did the usual great Mike Rasmussen job. Over the top. He was there with everything researched, and then succinctly delivered. Thomas Magnum in a uniform and colder climate.

Business of the Week

Bar 55 on the Veranda

Bar 55 on the Veranda is a neat place to gather with friends. Bar 55 really neat, and the staff is great, always creating a fun experience, bringing people together in every season. This season is an “igloo experience” at Bar 55 at the Ridge on Highway 50.


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