Friday, August 26, 2016

Weekly Public Works Improvement Update - August 29, 2016


To view the weekly Public Works Improvements for the week of August 29, 2016, please click the link below for more details:

Weekly Construction Project Update - Week of August 29, 2016

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Waunakee's Barn of the Day!

Today's Pick: "Barn Quilt/Quilted Barn"
Artist(s): Jane Vaughan
Materials: Fabric, adhesives, epoxy
Location on Main Street: In front of Waunakee Furniture, ETC
In their own words – Artist’s Inspiration: "After seeing the Goats on Main last year I wanted to have the fabric arts represented this year.  The barn shape was perfect to display the Barn Raising quilt pattern I used on one side of the barn.  There are over 80 pieced log cabin blocks on this side made with pieces that measure only 1" wide.  The squares are 2 1/2" each.  The remaining side is done in traditional fabrics except for the barn quilt which is painted wood.  The challenge was to find fabrics that would look realistic."
You're invited!
Join us for an afternoon full of Wisconsin tradition as we auction off 15 unique steel barns from the 2016 Barns on Main Waunakee Public Art Project! Stop by on Sunday, September 18 during
Wauktoberfest to take a one of a kind piece of Wisconsin art home with you!

This project brought together 15 artists, all from Waunakee, who created what Wisconsin meant to them on a 27" steel barn donated by Endres Manufacturing Co. The barns have been on display along Main St. in Waunakee since June, but now it's time they find a permanent home.

All proceeds from the auction will benefit local charities. This year the recipients of proceeds from the project are: Endres Manfacturing Co. Foundation, Schumacher Farm Park, and the Waunakee Creative Economy Initiative.

Stay tuned as we will feature a couple of barns each week leading up to the auction on September 18. Keep an eye out for the next installment of Barn of the Day. For more information on Barns on Main and to see photos of all 15 pieces of art, visit
www.waunakee.com/barnsonmain


For photos, click on the "2016 Barns Auction" tab on the left side of the page.

Hope to see you at the auction! 

 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Waunakee's Barn of the Day!

Today's Pick: "E Plurbus Unum. "Out of many, one"
Artist(s): Stephanie Agnew of Millie's
Materials: U.S. Currency
Location on Main Street: Corner of South St and Main St, next to Chamber of Commerce
In their own words – Artist’s Inspiration: "The inspiration for my barn design was to encourage creative economy; spend money! Hence "e pluribus unum" which thanks to Sr. Alma at St Teresa's Academy in Kansas City Missouri I believe it means "out of one there is many" it takes many to make a town flourish; one idea needs many to bring to fruition. It's no secret that I also believe very much in the other quote that is on every piece of money in our country. "In God we trust". 

I feel that encouraging people to spend money in our downtown area and on local art, art therapy, and the arts in general is one of the most important things in revitalizing any area. This bridges the gap between age, economy, race, religion, and lifestyle. 

All the coins are officially facing forward which means on the front of the barn you see the heads and on the back of the barn, since they're all facing forward, in the same direction, you see the tails. I think we all are looking forward to the future and enjoying many more exciting events in Waunakee."

You're invited!
Join us for an afternoon full of Wisconsin tradition as we auction off 15 unique steel barns from the 2016 Barns on Main Waunakee Public Art Project! Stop by on Sunday, September 18 during
Wauktoberfest to take a one of a kind piece of Wisconsin art home with you!

This project brought together 15 artists, all from Waunakee, who created what Wisconsin meant to them on a 27" steel barn donated by Endres Manufacturing Co. The barns have been on display along Main St. in Waunakee since June, but now it's time they find a permanent home.

All proceeds from the auction will benefit local charities. This year the recipients of proceeds from the project are: Endres Manfacturing Co. Foundation, Schumacher Farm Park, and the Waunakee Creative Economy Initiative.

Stay tuned as we will feature a couple of barns each week leading up to the auction on September 18. Keep an eye out for the next installment of Barn of the Day. For more information on Barns on Main and to see photos of all 15 pieces of art, visit
www.waunakee.com/barnsonmain
For photos, click on the "2016 Barns Auction" tab on the left side of the page.

Hope to see you at the auction! 
 
 




Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Cars in the Park

Waunakee Village Park
410 E. Main Street
Saturday, September 17, 2016
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

All makes, models and years.  This eighth annual event is open to car enthusiasts entering their vehicle in the show and community members simply interested in checking out all of the top-notch entries. Cars can be registered on site beginning at 8:00 a.m. for a fee of $10.00.  There is no fee for spectators, but donations for the local food pantry are encouraged.  Cars will be judged by participants choice and awards will be presented at 3:00 p.m.
For more information contact Chris Neumaier at 608-849-7760 or Sheldon Hamilton at 608-712-5994.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Waunakee's Barn of the Day!


Today's Pick: "Repair, Reuse, Make Do"
Artist(s): Liese Pfeifer
Materials: Steel, fused glass, and paint
Location on Main Street: Corner in front of Acker builders, Endres Plaza

In their own words – Artist’s Inspiration: "I had the opportunity to be on the board of Schumacher Farm Park for several years, so I know well the story of Marcella Schumacher and her hopes of educating the public on the humble rural life in the 1920-30’s. Recently I have worked at the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection at UW-Madison, where I was immersed in how textiles tell stories. The story of feed sacks used for clothing is the subject of my barn.

Many know of the colorful patterns feed and food companies put on their storage bags. What I discovered in my research was that two things helped to bring this about. In 1857 Gibbs designed and built the first sewing machine that created a chain stitch; one where you pull one thread and the entire seam unravels. Also in the late part of the 19th century, our old growth forests were cut. Feed companies that used to store corn in barrels started to switch to heavy cloth bags.

My barn replicates the designs used on various feed sacks. This era gave us many sayings such as: “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

You're invited!
Join us for an afternoon full of Wisconsin tradition as we auction off 15 unique steel barns from the 2016 Barns on Main Waunakee Public Art Project! Stop by on Sunday, September 18 during Wauktoberfest to take a one of a kind piece of Wisconsin art home with you!

This project brought together 15 artists, all from Waunakee, who created what Wisconsin meant to them on a 27" steel barn donated by Endres Manufacturing Co. The barns have been on display along Main St. in Waunakee since June, but now it's time they find a permanent home.

All proceeds from the auction will benefit local charities. This year the recipients of proceeds from the project are: Endres Manfacturing Co. Foundation, Schumacher Farm Park, and the Waunakee Creative Economy Initiative.

Stay tuned as we will feature a couple of barns each week leading up to the auction on September 18. Keep an eye out for the next installment of Barn of the Day. For more information on Barns on Main and to see photos of all 15 pieces of art, visit
www.waunakee.com/barnsonmain. For photos, click on the "2016 Barns Auction" tab on the left side of the page.

Hope to see you at the auction! 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Waunakee Police Kick Off K-9 Fundraiser

The Waunakee Police Department is starting a community wide fundraiser to replace K-9 Alex. We want to thank everyone who has donated to the K9 fund thus far. We have had numerous people stop at the police department to donate, so we will now be accepting donations at the Waunakee Police Department during normal business hours on Monday - Thursday 6:30 AM - 6:00 PM and Friday 6:30 AM - 4:00 PM.

Click the link below for more details:

K-9 Fundraiser
 

 

 

A Tribute to John Laubmeier

Waunakee lost one of its treasures Sunday when John Laubmeier passed away. John was a teacher, mentor, leader, friend, and true family man. There is no way to describe all of the contributions to the Waunakee School District and Village of Waunakee that John made in this short tribute. I will just share one of the lessons John taught me, which was to try to find a win/win for each situation that presents itself. Treat both sides with respect and be able to shake hands at the end of the conversation. John was presented with the worst kind of news about two years ago, and when I think back over this time, a few things come to mind. John really didn't have an opportunity to win his final battle. From my perspective, he did manage to find some wins along the way. The biggest was using his time to focus and accomplish a few things he may not have otherwise. He also battled this terrible disease and beat the expectations. He seemed to get some satisfaction from that. I never saw him quit, and he always had a positive attitude. I'm very fortunate, as are many in the community, to have been given the opportunity to be a part of John's life. Our community is a better place because John chose to share himself with us. I will end this with what I think John was most proud of, his family. If you wanted to see pride in John, all you had to do was bring up and hear him talk about his wife Nancy and his children John and Angela. He would say they are his legacy.

Thank you John!

Chris Zellner
Waunakee Village President