Surprising Stuff

Farmer’s Market last day.
Here’s a sure sign that the winter months are on their way out, and that sign is that the last day of the Lake Geneva Farmers Market for 2018 is right here. Thursday, October 25th from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. you have one last chance to support all the great vendors that come out every week to make Lake Geneva’s Farmers Market one of the best around.

Person of the Week

Glen Genac

Glen Genac is a craft vendor at the Lake Geneva Farmers Market. He’s finishing up his 14th season of crafting and selling his vibrant, quality bird houses, feeders, and lawn décor. Glen was nominated to be grandest person in the GSR by several neighboring vendors who think he’s great, and he is!


Halloween Fun.
This weekend is the weekend before Halloween and there will be plenty of spooky fun for everyone. The Ghost Walk will be held Friday the 26th and Saturday the 27th at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. This is an hour-and-a-half haunted history tour around Lake Geneva and meets in Seminary Park. There are no rent-a-ghouls involved, just some great local folklore.

If you’re looking for a bit of a scare, check out the Dan patch Stables in front of the Grand Geneva Resort for their Haunted Hayride Friday and Saturday night 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. and yes, you can expect “rent-a- ghouls” on the later hayrides.

If that’s not enough for you DR. SCARY’S Scream Park is open Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m.  This attraction is not for the faint-hearted because it’s definitely a great scare and much more.

For a more family and kid-friendly Halloween fun check out Boo In The Bay. The fun starts Saturday at 10 a.m. with pumpkin races, a welding event, and a soup cook-off. Friday they will have the enchanted walk for the younger kids from 6 p.m. through 7:30 p.m., and the spooky walk at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. with a campfire and S’mores.

Also, in Williams Bay don’t forget the Singing Pumpkins in Edgewater Park Friday and Saturday night from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. you can enjoy animated and real carved pumpkins that lite up to music, you can enjoy this from the park or your car. Last but not least, the 8th Annual Pumpkin Fall Festival at Lake Geneva Canopy Tours this Saturday and Sunday. They will have the great pumpkin drop from the zip line, food, live music, pumpkin painting, scavenger hunts, and more.

The Geneva Lake area knows how to have a spooky good time, so get out there and celebrate Fall.


Ice Castle Prices.
The excitement and anticipation builds as the Ice Castle on the Riviera beach continues to make progress. Local residents have started to notice and hear about the first ever Ice Castle in Lake Geneva, and questions are rolling in.

Who recruited the Ice Castle team from Utah? Where is the funding coming from for this project?
What is the cost for individuals and families to experience the castle?

After GSR investigative reporters did some digging, the conclusion is that the city of Lake Geneva invited the Ice Castle crew come to Lake Geneva. The actual person has not been named. Maybe the new part-time events coordinator hired by the city, Stephanie Kopsey (SK)?  Stephanie will coordinate events for Lake Geneva. What these events will be is not certain. Events are nothing new to SK, as she also runs a successful wedding planning company in town, and the plan is to run successful events for Lake Geneva, as well.

As for the Ice Castle, and the funding for this grand attraction, that’s on the Ice Castle Company. They will charge admission, and that’s not going to be cheap, but neither is building a half acre thirty-foot tall castle out of icicles. The plan is to be open by Christmas. You will need to plan ahead, as many people will be going online to reserve tickets. Online, Monday through Thursday general admission (12 +) will be $15.95 and children (4-11) will be$10.95. Walk up tickets will be a little more; general admission (12+) $20.00 and children (4-11) $15.00.

Also, the weekends will cost a bit more, online Friday through Sunday online general admission is$18.95 and children are $14.95, walk up prices are $25.00 for general admission and $20.00 for children. Not a cheap family day, by any means, if you have more than one child, and this has local residents frustrated and a bit unhappy. The idea was to bring a great attraction to draw more visitors in to support and help the downtown businesses.  That thought was well grounded. But what about the great people and families that live in and around Lake Geneva?  How about a local break?

Progress on Ice Castle

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