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December 2017

Enjoy an Active Life after 50

Supper clubs ideal for a
night out


THURSDAY, NOV. 30 School, 105 S. Clinton Ave., Clinton-
Follow the Star: First Presbyterian ville. 2 p.m. Produced by the Phoenix
Church, 100 W. Presbyterian St., Players. Tickets $10, $5 for ages 12
Shawano. 4-8 p.m. Ninth annual and younger. Tickets available online
nativity walk. View over 250 different at www.phoenixplayers.eventbrite.
nativities. 715-526-3329. com

Seniors Cribbage and Sheepshead
League: Lakeshore Lanes, 210 FRIDAY, DEC. 8
Airport Road, Shawano. 1-4 p.m. “Christmas … On the Air”: Audito-
Tuesdays through Thursdays. Play rium, Rexford-Longfellow Elementary
one day or all three. Call Gary, 715- School, 105 S. Clinton Ave., Clinton-
584-7700. ville. 7 p.m. Produced by the Phoenix
Players. Tickets $10, $5 for ages 12
and younger. Tickets available online
FRIDAY, DEC. 1 at www.phoenixplayers.eventbrite.
Follow the Star: First Presbyterian com
Church, 100 W. Presbyterian St.,
Shawano. 4-8 p.m. Ninth annual
nativity walk. View over 250 different SATURDAY, DEC. 9
nativities. 715-526-3329. “Christmas … On the Air”: Audito-
rium, Rexford-Longfellow Elementary
Create Christmas Memories: An- School, 105 S. Clinton Ave., Clinton-
gie’s Main Cafe, 132 S. Main St., ville. 7 p.m. Produced by the Phoenix
Shawano. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cookies, Players. Tickets $10, $5 for ages 12
candy, crafts, specialty breads and and younger. Tickets available online
children can make an ornament free. at www.phoenixplayers.eventbrite.
Sponsored by the Church on the Hill com
United Methodist Church.
Joe Jencks: W9050 Broadway Road,
“Christmas … On the Air”: Audito- Shawano. 7 p.m. Part of the Cotter
rium, Rexford-Longfellow Elementary Creek House Concert Series. 715-
School, 105 S. Clinton Ave., Clinton- 853-6879
ville. 7 p.m. Produced by the Phoenix
Players. Tickets $10, $5 for ages 12
and younger. Tickets available online SUNDAY, DEC. 10
at www.phoenixplayers.eventbrite. “Christmas … On the Air”: Audito-
com rium, Rexford-Longfellow Elementary
School, 105 S. Clinton Ave., Clinton-
ville. 2 p.m. Produced by the Phoenix
SATURDAY, DEC. 2 Players. Tickets $10, $5 for ages 12
Follow the Star: First Presbyterian and younger. Tickets available online
Church, 100 W. Presbyterian St., at www.phoenixplayers.eventbrite.
Shawano. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ninth com
annual nativity walk. View over 250
different nativities. 715-526-3329.
“Christmas … On the Air”: Audito- Shawano Area Writers: Elsie Engel
rium, Rexford-Longfellow Elementary Reading Room, Shawano City-
School, 105 S. Clinton Ave., Clinton- County Library, 128 S. Sawyer St.,
ville. 7 p.m. Produced by the Phoenix Shawano. 10 a.m.
Players. Tickets $10, $5 for ages 12
and younger. Tickets available online
at www.phoenixplayers.eventbrite. FRIDAY, DEC. 22
com Senior Citizen Swim: Shawano Park
and Recreation Department, 220 E.
Division St. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free with
SUNDAY, DEC. 3 membership or $2 per day. 715-526-
Follow the Star: First Presbyterian 6171.
Church, 100 W. Presbyterian St.,
Shawano. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ninth
annual nativity walk. View over 250 SATURDAY, DEC. 30
different nativities. 715-526-3329. Goodtime Special Bluegrass Band:
W9050 Broadway Road, Shawano. 7
“Christmas … On the Air”: Audito- p.m. Part of the Cotter Creek House
rium, Rexford-Longfellow Elementary Concert Series. 715-853-6879


Shawano man crochets to relax
By CAROL WAGNER Retzlaff said it took him six years to
make both.

or about 35 years, Ed Retzlaff Often people will bring him the col-
has crocheted afghans, slippers, or of yarn that they want him to make
caps, scarves, Packer hats, and something for them.
baby layettes. “I never work with a pattern,” Ret-
“It’s relaxing,” he said. “It’s a great zlaff said. “I can do it sleeping.”
hobby.” His wife verified that indeed he cro-
But he still likes to hunt and fish. chets while “resting” his eyes.
Retzlaff got started when an aunt Retzlaff and his sister, Brenda
tried to teach his wife, Vi, how to cro- Thomas, sell their crafts on their Face-
chet but she got stuck. Since then Ret- book page, One Guy, One Girl, Two
zlaff estimates he has made over 300 Hooks.
afghans. Every year he donates two of This was his first year at the St.
them to their family reunion. James Craft Fair. Retzlaff said he will
“I give most of it away,” he said. go back because, “I know what sells
“I find pleasure seeing the smile on and doesn’t sell.”
somebody’s face.” He was born and raised in Shawano,
Retzlaff got first place at the Sha- graduating from Shawano High School
wano County Fair with a crocheted in 1967. Retzlaff worked in Milwaukee
wall hanging of The Lord’s Prayer. He for two years and then returned to
donated it to a church in Racine where Shawano where he made garage doors

his nephew, Aaron Boerst, is the min- for Phenix Door Company for 23 years.
ister. When it closed he worked at Heritage
He also made a Psalm 23 crocheted Hardwoods for another 23 years..
wall hanging which he gave to a church He and his wife, Vi, have been mar-
in Green Bay where his son, Timothy ried 49 years and live in Shawano.
Retzlaff, is a member. Timothy is in the Along with their son, they have two
Army Reserves and has been in the daughters, Theresa Novitski and An-
military for 30 years and is a correc- gie Retzlaff, five grandchildren and five Ed Retzlaff crochets a pink afghan at his home in Shawano. He has made many items over
tional officer in Green Bay. great-grandchildren. the past 35 years.


Lighten up Shepherd’s Pie with beef, cauliflower
By MELISSA D’ARABIAN The changes were actually pretty simple, and of shredded cheese melted on top of the pie felt
the resulting recipe stayed quick enough to make cheesier than it actually was.

he weather is getting colder and we’re tuck- this easily a weeknight meal. I cooked the filling in I also tweaked the filling, relying on a bunch of
ing into comfort food over in our home. Doing a large oven-safe skillet, so rather than bother with vegetables more than meat for heft and flavor. On-
a recipe makeover on a tasty-but-less-than- transferring the filling to a new baking dish, I just ions, finely-chopped mushrooms, peas, carrots and
healthy dish is one of my favorite challenges. topped it and baked it right there in the saute pan, spinach all added enough complexity and texture,
Today, I’m taking on a wintertime classic with saving on cleanup time, too. Frozen veggies also so that one pound of ground meat easily stretched
my Lightened Shepherd’s Pie. Typically, shep- saved both prep time and money. to eight servings. Instead of traditional lamb, I
herd’s pie is made from fatty-and-filling lamb, The biggest recipe change: I swapped out po- used lean ground beef, but given how little meat
which is turned into a flavorful slow-cooked heady tatoes and used cauliflower puree instead. I sim- each serving has, I might be persuaded occasion-
stew, and is topped with creamy, cheesy mashed mered frozen cauliflower and fresh garlic in broth ally to use lamb, and why not — a dark ale for extra
potatoes, made lush by a nice-sized helpings of (for flavor) until tender and then blended it up into wintery comfort, since the recipe manages to have
butter and heavy cream. The resulting marriage is a puree with just a touch of cream cheese instead a ton of flavor even with only one cup of beer in it.
divine. How close could I get to the original, while of butter and cream. The cream cheese added a The Lightened Shepherd’s Pie is comforting,
making some healthier ingredient swaps? The an- marvelous silky texture and a hint of pleasantly- but not overly filling; a perfect weeknight meal to
swer is: pretty close. tangy cheesiness to the topping, so just a little bit get us through winter.

Servings: 8
Start to finish: 60 minutes
1 pound (16 ounces) frozen small cauliflower florets,
about 5 or 6 cups
1 1/4 cup chicken broth

3 cloves garlic
1 ounce cream cheese
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup shredded gruyere or cheddar cheese
1 slice bacon, chopped
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup chopped celery, about 2 stalks
1 cup chopped onion, about 1 medium onion
8 ounces finely chopped white mushrooms, about 2
1/2 cups
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound 90 percent lean ground beef
2 cups frozen peas and carrots
1 1/2 cups chopped frozen spinach
3 tablespoons tomato paste
Meanwhile, make the filling: and stir the meat and veggies together.
1 tablespoon flour Cook the bacon in the olive oil in a large oven-safe Add the tomato paste and flour and stir, cooking for a
1 cup ale or beer saute pan over medium heat. Once crisp, remove the minute or two. Increase the temperature to medium high,
1 1/2 cup beef broth bacon from the pan and reserve, keeping any fat in the and add the ale or beer, and allow to bubble for a minute.
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt pan. Add the teaspoon of olive oil, and the onion and Add the beef broth and let simmer a minute or two while
Make the topping: celery. Cook over medium heat until vegetables begin the sauce thickens. If the filling is too dry, add 1/2 cup
Place the frozen cauliflower floret, broth and garlic to soften, about 5 minutes. Scoot the onion and celery a water. Spread the cauliflower puree over the filling, top
together in a medium saucepan over high heat and little to side in the skillet and add the mushrooms to cook with the shredded cheese and bake until shepherd’s pie
bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium low, and them in the center of the pan. is heated and cheese is bubbling, about 10-15 minutes
let simmer until the cauliflower is very tender and most Once the mushrooms are tender, about 5 minutes, if everything is still warm. Allow to cool for 5 minutes
of the liquid is absorbed, about 12 minutes. Pour ev- add the four cloves of minced garlic and stir all the vege- before serving.
erything into a blender and add the cream cheese and tables together. Scoot them again to the side and brown Nutrition information per serving: 208 calories; 64
salt. Blend on low until very smooth, about 2 minutes, the ground beef, stirring, in the center of the pan until no calories from fat; 7 g fat (3 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 43
stopping to stir as needed. Set the cauliflower puree longer pink, about 8 minutes. Add the frozen peas, car- mg cholesterol; 508 mg sodium; 16 g carbohydrate; 4 g
aside. rots and spinach (no need to thaw), and reserved bacon fiber; 6 g sugar; 19 g protein.


River Bistro chef Maxcel Hardy prepares a Caribbean shrimp dish at his restaurant in Detroit. The city allows chefs and prospective restaurant owners to realize their dreams at a lower financial cost than
other places, like New York, according to chef Hardy. “If you had a passion and a dream to open a restaurant, Detroit is one of those areas where you can do it and at a decent price,” said Hardy.

Restaurant owners finding strong appetites in Detroit
By COREY WILLIAMS choosing from eating options that didn’t exist even a town has become home to Joe Muer Seafood and
decade ago. national chains like the Hard Rock Cafe and Texas de

resurgent downtown Detroit has become a “Detroit is a city that’s on the move right now. It’s Brazil steakhouse.
magnet for small startup companies, corpo- amazingly undervalued,” said Tyler Benson, a Galley Restaurants that opened over the past few years
rate headquarters and even fine cuisine. Group partner. “There is so much happening there. include the upscale Prime + Proper steakhouse
A Pittsburgh-based company that develops and There is a remarkable driving spirit behind the de- and neighborhood eatery Grey Ghost Detroit. Shake
manages food halls is eyeing the Motor City as one velopment.” Shack and Wahlburgers also opened their first Michi-
of the newest locations for the trendy food service After emerging from bankruptcy in late 2014, the gan locations downtown.
concept. former manufacturing and car-making city is to some More are expected when work is completed on a
The Galley Group provides kitchen space for chefs extent remaking itself into a technology hub attract- planned 50-block entertainment district anchored by
and is scouting spots in the downtown business dis- ing workers and visitors with varied dining tastes. a new professional hockey and basketball arena that
trict and Midtown and Corktown neighborhoods. It The Greektown neighborhood long had been De- opened last summer just north of downtown.
faces competition in satisfying the palates of people troit’s entertainment destination, but central down- “The restaurant scene is getting bigger and big-

ger it seems by the day,” said Deanna
Majchrzak, a spokeswoman for the
Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors
Bureau. “New restaurants are com-
ing on board soon. Others will be
opening in the new hotels coming this
year. They are believing in the come-
back that’s taking place. The fact that
all these people are investing so much
in the city, it means something. It
means they believe Detroit is moving
in the right direction.”
Lonely Planet Magazine recently
was in Detroit to recognize it among
Lonely Planet’s “Best in Travel Top 10
Cities” list. Detroit is No. 2 on the list,
but is the only city from the continen-
tal United States to make it. Seville,
Spain, topped the list.
Two decades ago, parts of down-
town Detroit mostly were still and

quiet after 5 p.m. on weekdays when
office workers went home.
“A lot of big chains didn’t want to
come to the city,” said Herasanna
Richards, director of the Detroit Res-
taurant Association.
Later, companies like Quicken
Loans moved their headquarters
and staffs downtown and encouraged
employees to live in or near the city’s
business center.
Now “you look at Detroit and it’s a
playground for culinary arts,” Rich-
ards said. “You see so many unique
chef-owned restaurants, creating Founders of the Galley Group, Ben Mantica, left, and Tyler Benson pose in their Smallman Galley in the Strip section of Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh-based
their menus.” company that develops and manages food halls is eying Detroit as one of the newest locations for the trendy food service concept.
Richards attributed much of the
change to economic development. ing local businesses with local talent.”
“You have an influx of people, espe- Detroit allows chefs and prospec-
cially young people, who are coming tive restaurant owners to realize their
to Detroit, going to Wayne State (Uni- dreams at a lower financial cost than
versity), working downtown,” Rich- other places, like New York, according
ards said. to chef Maxcel Hardy, owner of the
The Galley Group’s Benson and River Bistro in northwest Detroit’s

co-owner Ben Mantica envision a Rosedale Park neighborhood.
“high-volume food hall space” once a “If you had a passion and a dream
location is found in Detroit. to open a restaurant, Detroit is one of
They’re also looking to open a simi- those areas where you can do it and at
lar food hall model in Cleveland. Each a decent price,” said Hardy, 33.
will act as a restaurant incubator with River Bistro opened this summer.
new chefs coming on every 12 months. Hardy plans to open another restau-
Each kitchen space would be run by rant, Coop Detroit, in January in Mid-
a chef-owner and connected to a cen- town. He is a Detroit native and has
tral bar. A new class of chefs also will partnered with restaurants in places
be joining the company’s Smallman like Harlem and Miami.
Galley in Pittsburgh. Calls for applica- “Detroit truly is a community and
tions already have gone out online. family-based,” Hardy said. “Everyone
“It’s a revenue share. We get 30 says it’s a ‘small big city.’ For chefs, it’s
percent and cover all the overhead,” really hot. There’s a new synergy and Caribbean honey spiced wings are seen in a carryout at the River Bistro Restaurant in Detroit. After
Benson said. “The whole essence of energy in the city. The city never has emerging from bankruptcy in late 2014, the once dominate manufacturing and car-making town
our place is driven by community and been known as a food Mecca. Now, it’s is — in a sense — remaking itself into a technology hub attracting workers and visitors with varied
creating new businesses. We’re grow- a revolving culinary community.” dining tastes.


Diners love history, camaraderie, good food and ambiance

t the aptly-named Antlers supper club in to their spouse because they went on their first date
Bonduel, the rows of antlers over the bar and here,” Olson said. “It’s a very nice feeling that they
the historic photos on the walls tell some- want to include us in their special occasions.”
thing of the establishment’s long history in If you ask people what sets a supper club apart
the town. from a restaurant or bar and grill, invariably you’ll
The stuffed mounts tell part of its recent history: hear phrases like “atmosphere,” “relish tray” and
The black bear displayed in a case is the reason Ant- maybe both “old-fashioned” and “Old-Fashioneds.”
lers owners Lance and Vicki Olson met in the first The book “Wisconsin Supper Clubs” by filmmaker
place, Lance Olson said. Ron Faiola says the most common trait among sup-
“I shot the bear in 1999, and offered to display it per clubs is they are family owned. They also offer
here at the supper club,” Olson said. “That was dur- large portions of steak and seafood and are consid-
ing the ownership of (Vicki’s) parents, so during that ered an evening-long experience rather than a place
time we got to know each other.” to grab a quick bite.
Lance and Vicki got married in 2006 and bought Shawano Mayor Jeanne Cronce, who grew up in
the supper club from her parents, Bill and Sandy Shawano, likes to visit local supper clubs with her
Springstroh, in 2008. husband, Dennis, for that experience.
Antlers is one of many supper clubs in Shawano “It’s the relaxing atmosphere — you can sit back
and Oconto counties that have remained popular and relax and listen to music or have a quiet conver-
through the years, retaining the special Wisconsin ex- sation with whoever you’re with,” she said.
perience that is found only at supper clubs. Club 22 between Shawano and Clintonville “has an
“I like to think it’s the friendly atmosphere and the old world ambiance to it, I love their décor and the
good food,” Olson said. “We strive very hard for main- food is great,” she said. The scallops are her favorite.
taining a very high quality of food, and we’ve been told “I also like going to Anello’s (Torch Lite). That has
by many that our prime rib is one of the best in the a whole different vibe now that they have their new
area, if not the best in Northeast Wisconsin.” facility. It’s much more modern and up-to-date, and
The Olsons’ two children work with them in the again, their food is great. We are not at a lack of good
supper club, and customers have been able to watch places to eat around Shawano,” Cronce said.
them grow just as the Olsons have watched some of The Cronces also enjoy Classic’s and Lake Aire.
their young clientele grow into adults.
“We’ve had people make arrangements to propose CONTINUED ON PAGE 10

LEFT: Whether winter or summer, happy hour begins at 4 p.m. at the Studio Lounge. The glow of the supper club contrasts the twilight over
Shawano County.
ON THE COVER: An update on a classic, the new and improved Anello’s Torch Light still has the captivating supper club lighting and
classic cocktails.
8 9
Looking for a good place to eat,
Each of the local supper clubs has a different atmo- meet your friends and maybe
sphere and “their food is good, their service is good, and have a favorite Wisconsin cock-
the people that are running them are hardworking and tail somewhere in Shawano and
very friendly,” Cronce said. “It’s always a good experi- Oconto counties? Don’t worry; it
ence.” will take a while to work your way
Like Antlers, Classic’s is one of those places where through them all. Here are some of
the décor matches its name, this time with the theme of
the popular supper clubs you can
classic rock. The walls in the hallway between the bar
try throughout the area. Call for
and dining room are covered in vinyl LPs, and the dance
hours or to reserve a table for large
floor is made up of about 440 album covers. Owner Robin
Himebauch said they took up a collection for months be-
Oconto County
fore they refinished the floor with Elvis, Janis Joplin, the
XX Anderson’s Supper Club, 15695
Beatles, the Doobie Brothers and many others.
Himebauch opened Classic’s in 2006, and before that State Highway 32, Lakewood, 715-
the establishment was The Ribs and then The Ribs Again. 276-6570.
Popular at Classic’s is the daily happy hour, featuring do- XX Bavarian Inn, 104 E. Main St.,
mestic beer, rail drinks and the supper club perennial, the Lena, 920-829-5168.
Old-Fashioned, for $2. The restaurant also features a $7.99 XX The Boarding House Supper
basket meal that includes a drink. Club, 632 E. Main St., Suring, 920-
“For somebody that wants a good dinner but doesn’t 842-2490.
want to spend money on a steak or a sit-down meal, I think XX Hillcrest Lodge, 16704 Nicolet
those specials appeal to the older clientele,” Himebauch Road, Townsend, 715-276-1500.
said. XX Maiden Lake Supper Club, 15649
On the flip side, for a special evening out, each month Maiden Lake Road, Mountain, 715-
the restaurant also does a wine-pairing dinner, a five- 276-6479. maidenlakesupperclub.
course gourmet meal with five different wines for $59.95. com
XX Waubee Lodge Resort Motel &

“That’s a real nice dinner and entertainment,” Himebauch
said. “We have a wine sommelier that comes and he talks Supper Club, 18398 Waubee Park
between each course about the wine and the food.” Lane, Lakewood, 715-276-6091.
Like many of the supper clubs in the region, Classic’s XX Weatherwood Supper Club,
has its own long history, including when Lombardi-era 12898 State Highway 32, Mountain,
Packers would come in to celebrate a win. 715-276-6329.
“There are some people that still come in and they Shawano County
Daily specials are displayed on the erasable neon board greet diners at
were waiters as teenagers, and they would say how they XX Anello’s Torch Lite, 1276 E. Green
Anello’s Torch Light in Shawano.
waited on Bart Starr and Vince Lombardi and that whole Bay St., Shawano, 715-526-5680.
gang,” she said. “That particular building used to sit on the old rail- XX Antlers, 120 E. Green Bay St.,
Jackie Baldwin, administrative assistant for the Clin- road line,” Maletzke said. “It’s now the Nicolet Trail.” The Bonduel, 715-758-2190.
tonville Chamber of Commerce, worked with her mother Boarding House used to be an inn, and now the main floor XX Club 22, N3925 Friendship
at a supper club in the late 1960s and early 1970s called houses a bar and restaurant with a “an awesome salad bar Circle, Shawano, 715-526-3800.
Fisher’s Riviera Supper Club, which later became Em- — I think it’s one of the best in the state.” XX Classic’s, W6026 Lake Drive,
bers, and then closed. Her mother cooked while Baldwin As visitors drive up state Highway 32 into the Mountain Shawano, 715-524-8711. www.
washed dishes. Since then, the supper club experience area, they’ll find the Weatherwood Supper Club, which has classicsshawano.com
has remained the same. one of the best salmons up in the Northwoods.
XX Cotton Patch, W4890 Lake Drive,
“I don’t think they’ve changed much,” Baldwin said. The Maiden Lake Supper Club offers a higher-end
Shawano, 715-745-2101.
“The menus have probably changed, but as far as the at- experience, and “the view from the front window is
XX Lake Aire Supper Club, County
mosphere goes, I don’t think that has changed at all.” beautiful,” Maletzke said. “In winter, you can watch the
Road Y, Clintonville, 715-823-2355.
Baldwin later worked at the Landmark and Mathew’s, deer out on the lake, because they kind of walk across
XX Meyer’s Clint-Mar Supper Club,
where she and her husband Lee still like to have dinner. the lake.”
N11720 U.S. Highway 45, Clinton-
She also recommends Triple O and Meyer’s Clint-Mar Anderson’s Supper Club at the edge of Lakewood is a
Supper Club, each of which have a different kind of atmo- newer offering done in a log motif. ville, 715-754-5500.
sphere. “Supper clubs are very unique to Wisconsin,” Maletzke XX Studio Lounge & Dining W7703
“We like to go just because the food is good, the drinks said. “You don’t find supper clubs in a lot of other parts of County Road M, Shawano, 715-
are good, the atmosphere, the lighting, and everything is the country.” 524-5883.
good — you can hear a conversation,” Baldwin said. Out-of-state visitors might be surprise to find that XX Triple O Bar & Supper Club,
Ann Maletzke, who owns Spur of the Moment Ranch in you often order at the bar and then sit down for the meal N8818 County Road OO, Clinton-
Mountain with her husband, Skip, often direct their guests later. ville, 715-752-3357.
to local supper clubs when they’re seeking an enjoyable “There’s a kind of a timing flavor to the whole thing,” XX Washington Inn, 101 S. War-
evening out. Oconto County has a number of places that Maletzke said. “It’s a place for people to sit and chat and rington Ave., Cecil, 715-745-2900.
the Maletzkes enjoy, including The Boarding House in Su- talk. It’s a little bit more relaxed atmosphere, then say, go- XX Woodland, 420 Main St., Gresh-
ring. ing to Outback steakhouse. It’s a lot more laid back.” am, 715-787-4700.

Book: “Wisconsin Supper your leftovers cool on the ride an Old-Fashioned to go. Sold in
Clubs: An Old-Fashioned home. Extra insulation means the packs of four, Arty’s takes the
Experience,” by Ron Faiola cooler is a top performer even in guesswork out of mixing your
The companion to the docu- the summer, keeping your food own. Choose Brandy Old-Fash-
mentary film shown on Wisconsin chilled for up to five days. ioned Sweet or Whiskey Old-
Public Television, Ron Faiola’s Suggested retail value $31.56-$54. Fashioned Sweet or Sour.
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supper clubs unlike other dining Old-Fashioned Glass es in Shawano and Oconto counties.
experiences elsewhere. You’ll You’ll need something snazzy
learn about the regional specialties to pour your drinks into, right? Book: “The Old-Fashioned: The
unique to each club and the long This handmade 9 oz. glass from Story of the First Classic
history of the “supper club experi- Crate and Barrel rises to the Cocktail, with Recipes and
ence,” getting you revved up for occasion, featuring a decora- Lore,” by Robert Simonson
a road trip to try your new favorite tive bubble in its weighty base, It’s one of the most popular
places. with exceptionally clear glass, a and iconic Wisconsin drinks, and
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Dining at a supper club means Arty’s – The New history of the cocktail’s inception
that you will likely have more food Old-Fashioned to its modern revival. Includes
than you can handle. Don’t let it Want the at-home supper recipes and variations.
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and pop it in the Coleman Xtreme ing with recipes and mixes? The (Kindle/hardcover). Available at Ama-
50-Quart Wheeled Cooler to keep Clintonville-based Arty’s makes zon.com.


Simple home modifications
for seniors to age in place
Dear Savvy Senior, like papers, shoes or clothes. easier access. And get her a
What tips can you recom- In the bathroom, buy some kitchen stool so she can sit
mend to help make a home non-skid rugs for the floors, down while she’s working.
safer for aging-in-place? My and a rubber mat or adhesive In the bathroom for easier
76-year-old mother wants to nonslip strips for the floor of and safer bathing, consider
stay living in her own home the tub or shower to prevent purchasing a shower chair
for as long as possible, but slipping, and have a carpen- and install a hand-held
she doesn’t have the money ter install grab bars in and shower so your mom can
for any big renovations. around the tub/shower and bathe from a seated position
Concerned Son near the toilet for support. if need be.

There are dozens of small Good lighting is very If your mom has hand
adjustments and simple important for safe aging-in- arthritis or problems grip-
modifications you can do to place, so check the wattage ping, install lever-style door
help make your mom’s home ratings on your mom’s lamps handles (or doorknob lever
safer and more fit for aging- and light fixtures, and install adapters), which are easier
in-place that won’t cost her the brightest bulbs allowed. to use than doorknobs. The
much, if anything at all. Here Purchase some nightlights same goes for twist knob
are some suggestions to get for the bathroom and in the kitchen or bathroom faucets,
you started. hallways that are used after which you can replace with a
dark. And consider adding single lever, touch or sensor-
ELIMINATE TRIP under-cabinet task lighting style faucet. Consider replac-
AND SLIP HAZARDS in the kitchen, and motion ing knobs on cabinets and
Since falls are the leading sensor lights outside the front drawers with easier-to-grip
cause of home injury among and back doors and in the D-shaped handles.
seniors, a good place to start driveway.
is by arranging or moving ACCESSIBILITY
your mom’s furniture so EASIER LIVING SOLUTIONS
there are clear pathways to To help make your mom’s If your mom uses a walker
walk through. Position any kitchen easier to use, or- or wheelchair, you can adapt
electrical or phone cords ganize her cabinets so the her house by installing
along the wall so they won’t things she uses most often ramps on entrance steps, and
be a tripping hazard. If she are within easy reach with- mini-ramps to go over high
has throw rugs, remove them out a lot of stooping or using thresholds. You can also in-
or use carpet tacks or double- a step stool. Also, consider stall “swing-away” or “swing-
sided tape to secure them. installing pullout shelves clear” hinges on her doors to
And pick up items on the floor beneath the counter and Lazy add two inches of width for
that could cause her to trip Susans in corner cabinets for easier access.

Safety Improvements in the kitchen. stores, home improvement stores, pharmacies
To keep your mom safe, set her hot water For more tips, get a copy of AARP’s “Hom- or medical supply stores, or online at Amazon.
heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or below to eFit Guide” that’s filled with dozens of aging- com.
prevent scalds. If she has stairs, put handrails in-place recommendations. You can access it at
on both sides. Also, install smoke and carbon AARP.org/homefit, or call 888-687-2277 and ask Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443,
monoxide detectors on all levels of her house, them to mail you a free copy. Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a
contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy
and place a lightweight, easy-to-use ABC-rated Also note that all the previously mentioned Senior” book.
fire extinguisher in an easily accessible location products can be purchased either in local retail


Melding of crafting, activism having a moment

olleen Haraden-Gorski uses her embroidery
skills these days to embellish quilts made by
students at school and community-center
workshops on themes of social justice and working
together to make a difference.
Recently, she embroidered images of barbed
wire and the serial numbers of concentration-camp
victims on a square about the Holocaust. Another
time, she worked on a square exploring prejudice
within the African-American community about
skin tone. Working on quilts that address historical
injustices and current controversies provides her
an outlet to communicate about issues important
to her, and she is inspired by the work of the young
“I found my voice. It makes me feel hopeful,” said
Haraden-Gorski, of Richmond, California, who also
expresses her concerns by calling and emailing leg-
islators. But “getting an automatic reply to an email
or hearing a message that the legislator’s voicemail
is too full — that’s not hopeful,” she said.
The combination of crafting and activism —
sometimes called craftivism — is centuries-old.
African-American slaves relayed information about
the Underground Railroad through quilt squares.

Suffragettes used sewing circles as a means of shar-
ing political views. Women on both sides of the Civil
War knit socks for soldiers to support the cause.
Early this year, women knit “pussy hats” ahead
of Women’s Marches in Washington and around the
country to protest Donald Trump’s election as presi-
dent. This undated photo shows the “Welcome All” sign, center at bottom, created by Marcy Davy, on a classroom office door at the Early
That post-election surge of activism is combin- College Alliance on Eastern Michigan University’s campus in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
ing with a years-long trend toward do-it-yourself
crafts and a step back from technology, said Eliza- “It appeals on different levels,” she said. “Some the momentum of resistance forward.”
beth Garber, a professor of art at the University of women want to be strident, but you could also do Seeing how upset and confused many women
Arizona in Tucson. Handmade goods also have new this in your own home and contribute something were after Trump’s election, yoga teacher Tracey di
visibility because of online sites like Etsy.com and good.” Paolo wanted to do something. After knitting herself
photo-sharing platforms like Instagram. Danielle Christensen of Eagle River, Wisconsin, a pussy hat, she decided to host a knitting circle af-
Time spent crafting often leads to problem-solv- didn’t attend the Women’s March in Washington but ter one of her classes at the studio where she works
ing because it stimulates creativity and provides an wanted to do something to show her passion for the in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.
opportunity to process emotions, said Betsy Greer, cause. An avid knitter, she began making pussy hats The get-togethers quickly became about more
founder of the website Craftivism.com. Handiwork and selling them online. Profiting from the sales than knitting, she said. The women shared concerns
can be a “softer” way to start political discussions, didn’t feel right, so she began donating her earnings about politics and their community.
she said: “It can provide a way to talk about things to Planned Parenthood. “While we knitted, we talked. It created a sense
that are hard to talk about.” “It felt really good,” she said. “I’m not the type of of community,” di Paolo said. “It’s very easy to feel
Haraden-Gorski volunteers for the Social Justice person to approach someone to try and change their alone when you’re feeling frightened by what’s go-
Sewing Academy in Antioch, California. The orga- political viewpoints.” ing on in the world.”
nization mails the quilt squares to her and other Attending a women’s march in Lansing, Michi- The group, which routinely was calling legisla-
volunteers to embellish. The finished quilts are dis- gan, led screen printer Marcy Davy to add products tors about national issues, started looking for other
played to promote awareness and activism. to her line that promote feminism and tolerance. ways to make a difference. They organized a com-
“We’re reclaiming these crafts,” said academy She’s currently working on a poster for restaurants munity cleanup and raised funds for hurricane vic-
founder Sara Trail. to hang in their kitchens outlining the rights of for- tims. Now, they are knitting hats for babies and che-
Some crafters seek out such projects to become eign-born workers. motherapy patients at the local hospital.
part of a public effort, while others might knit or sew “This was a big decision. This is how I make “The pussy hats and knitting — it created an op-
items that they quietly donate to a homeless shelter, my living,” said the resident of Ypsilanti, Michi- portunity to create and talk and figure out how we
Garber said. gan. “I want to use the skills that I have to carry could be useful to our community,” di Paolo said.


Honda Fit, Kia Rio have advantages

riving a small hatchback offers many advan-
tages. They’re efficient, maneuverable, prac-
tical and, above all, affordable. Sometimes
they’re even fun to drive. Kia and Honda have each
updated their cars in this segment for 2018. The Kia
Rio is all-new, while the Honda Fit has received a
number of minor upgrades. Each has its own appeal,
so how do Kia and Honda’s updated small cars com-

DRIVING This photo provided by Honda shows the 2018 Honda Fit, a This photo provided by Kia shows the 2018 Kia Rio, which has
One of Kia’s objectives with the 2018 Rio redesign subcompact car with impressive cargo capacity and versatility. been completely redesigned. The Rio features mature design,
was improving handling and stability, and the com- This year, the Fit has been updated with more technology, active sporty handling, and a range of trim levels from budget-minded
pany has succeeded. Handling is sporty, and the car safety features and driver aids. to full-featured.
is rock steady at freeway speeds. Steering is precise,
and on-center feel has improved tremendously over COMFORT AND INTERIOR Both cars feel well put-together, even with the ex-
the previous generation. Even with its 2018 updates, The Rio and Fit are surprisingly roomy on the in- tensive use of plastics throughout their cabins. The
the Fit doesn’t feel as sporty. In turns and at freeway side, offering comfortable seats with ample space for Rio’s smart interior design and quieter cabin give a
speeds, the Fit feels less planted and isn’t as engag- adults in both the front and rear. There’s more rear more upscale impression than the utility-oriented
ing or confidence-inspiring as the Rio. legroom in the Fit, and the rear seats recline slightly, Fit. Though the Rio has a firmer ride, it’s more set-
Both cars use efficient four-cylinder engines but tall passengers will find that reclining costs them tled over broken or uneven pavement. By compari-
that produce 130 horsepower, which is sufficient for a little headroom as the roofline dips down behind son, there’s more jitter from the Fit’s suspension on
such small cars. Both offer a choice of manual or the seat. rough surfaces.
automatic transmission. Honda’s continuously vari- In keeping with its sportier character, the Rio’s
able automatic transmission maintains peak power driving position feels lower than the Fit’s, which is UTILITY
without changing gears. Kia’s six-speed automatic upright and almost SUV-like. We appreciate the Rio’s Not only do the Honda Fit’s rear seats fold flat to
has to spend more time shifting, although it does so well-placed armrests and its steering wheel’s wider
smoothly and quickly. range of adjustment. CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 15 On the safety front, the 2018 The Honda Fit, meanwhile,
Rio is available with forward col- starts at $17,065 for a base LX
open up 52.7 cubic feet of stor- lision warning and automatic with a manual transmission,
age space, but the front passen- emergency braking, but the Fit and it runs to $22,395 for an
ger seat can fold flat to accom- offers those features and a bit EX-L with leather upholstery
modate longer items. The rear more. Adaptive cruise control and navigation. The base Fit is
seat bottoms can also be folded and lane departure warning more well-equipped than the
up to create extra space to fit tall with lane keeping assist are also base Rio, with features such as
items. available for the Fit, along with a power windows and a rearview
The Rio’s rear seats don’t fold passenger-side blind-spot cam- camera, but it lacks smartphone
perfectly flat so, unlike in the era. integration. Honda’s suite of
Fit, you don’t get a perfectly flat safety features is available on all
load floor. Still, the Kia’s cargo PRICING trim levels, but for lower trims
area offers up to 32.8 cubic feet The Kia Rio starts at $15,095 it’s an optional extra that re-
of space, so it is capable of swal- for a base LX 5-Door hatchback quires the continuously variable
lowing a solid amount of gear. with a manual transmission, and transmission, a total of $1,800 in
it tops out at $19,595 for a top-tier added cost.
TECHNOLOGY/SAFETY EX 5-Door hatchback. (All pric- Similarly equipped, the Rio
Both cars are available with es include destination fees.) The and Fit are close price competi-
7-inch touchscreen systems that LX is a basic commuter with a tors, but buyers looking for a
support Apple CarPlay and An- sparse feature set. Only the EX no-frills subcompact can save
droid Auto, along with HD and receives smartphone integra- money on the Rio while getting
satellite radio and Bluetooth tion, though the midrange S gets the good design and driving dy-
music streaming. The Fit offers a rearview camera, Bluetooth namics that set the Rio apart.
navigation as an option, but Kia music streaming and most ba- Deciding what features you
figures most people would rath- sic amenities you expect from a want and how much you’re will-
er rely on their phones via Apple modern car, such as power win- ing to spend for them will be an
CarPlay or Android Auto. dows and keyless entry. important part of the decision.