Power of Produce Club for Kids at the Whitewater City Market through July 30!

The Power of Produce (PoP) Club was piloted at the Whitewater City Market in 2018.  Sponsored by W3, Inc. and UW-Whitewater Sustainability, this program is back for 8 weeks at the Whitewater City Market, starting June 11th.  This program was developed to teach kids about food and healthy eating, and to educate them about where their food comes from. Designed for 3-12 years of age, kids can participate in weekly games and activities and receive a coupon to spend at the market on fresh fruits and vegetables from local growers.

Parents and kids were surveyed at the end of last season.  When asked if kids tried any new fruits and vegetables after participating in the PoP Club, one kid replied, “Yes, honey dew! I loved it!” Other parent comments included, “The kids were more interested in picking out and eating healthy foods,” and “We have really enjoyed the activities and my daughter loves spending her coupon.”  Vendors were also surveyed and indicated that they noticed an increase in interactions with kids at the market. One vendor noted, “I like when kids get excited about buying vegetables.”

The 2019 season will bring new, fun education and activities for kids on nutrition, plant parts, and environmental education.  Kids can join the PoP club by visiting the W3 tent on market days through July 30, 2019. For more information, visit www.W3wellness.org or follow Facebook @WhitewaterWellness3.

About the organizations:

Working for Whitewater’s Wellness, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization. Founding members include UW-Whitewater, the City of Whitewater, the Whitewater Unified School District, and Fort HealthCare. Our Vision – A community where people live longer, happier, healthier lives.

Whitewater City Market, established in 2015, brings area farmers, artisans, food carts, craft beer, live music, and the community together at the historic Train Depot (301 W Whitewater Street) every Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. to create not only a unique shopping experience but a celebration of what is local. Hosted by Downtown Whitewater, this vibrant market includes free music, kids’ activities, and over 50 vendors.

For more information contact:

Lisa Dawsey Smith
Downtown Whitewater Inc Board President
Whitewater City Market Co-Manager
ldawsey06@gmail.com | (262) 473-2200

The Book Teller Makers Take Over Roberta’s Art Gallery

Take a step into the world of owning your craft. From rustic candle pedestals, to a new outfit, this exhibit has it all. Come check out The Book Teller Makers by artists from The Book Teller, now open at Roberta’s Art Gallery.

Roberta’s Art Gallery will be hosting The Book Teller Makers by artists from The Book Teller June 21-July 24, 2019. The gallery will be open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please join us for a free, opening reception with the artists on Monday, June 24 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. to learn more about The Book Teller and its artists’ specialties, products, and techniques.

The Book Teller is a quaint store found in the heart of Whitewater. As an old bank transformed, the store’s main attraction is the endless amount of books throughout the store and in the back safe vault. Outside of the books, local artists feature their businesses here – KMA Jewelry, The Krafty Kat, and many others. Some businesses include personal craft, such as Alice Hall’s Fiber Design using wool, and others include photography or stained glass pieces. Roberta’s Art Gallery has been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to share each of the artists’ personal crafts in which their talents are displayed.

Roberta’s Art Gallery is a full service gallery that focuses on numerous styles of art exhibits, workshops and aims to reach students, faculty and staff, alumni, community members, and other visitors. Art is believed to be a universal language, and being a resource for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Roberta’s Art
Gallery collaborates with students, campus departments, and student organizations.

All exhibits and receptions are free and open to the public. Roberta’s Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the James R. Connor University Center (UC) at UW-Whitewater. If you would like more information, feel free to contact Roberta’s Art Gallery via email ucart@uww.edu or via phone (262) 472-3193. We look forward to seeing you!

Representatives from Downtown Whitewater Inc. and PremierBank presented a $650 donation to the United Way of Walworth County.

Representatives from Downtown Whitewater Inc. and PremierBank presented a $650 donation to the United Way of Walworth County. Pictured left to right, Lisa Dawsey Smith, Board President of Downtown Whitewater, Inc., Ray Bucholtz, Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer, PremierBank, Meghan Hartwick, Executive Director United Way of Jefferson and North Walworth Counties, and Kristen Burton, United Way Board Member.

Due to inclement weather, this year’s Half-a-ween event, scheduled on Saturday, April 27th, was cancelled but still resulted in a donation to the United Way. 

Half-a-ween is a 0.5K fun “run” born out of the committed partnership of Downtown Whitewater, Inc and PremierBank to support the United Way of Walworth County. The event was to feature coffee, donuts, beer, and costumes and intended to be a nod to the local lore of Whitewater in a Christmas-in-July sort of way. 

“The United Way supports projects and people in our community and our organization will continue to find collaborative endeavors that allow us to support the United Way because what matters first in any community are the people that make up the community,” says Lisa Dawsey Smith, the Board President of Downtown Whitewater, Inc. Half-a-ween will return in 2020 to further support the United Way of Walworth County.

About the organizations:

The mission of United Way of Jefferson and North Walworth Counties (UNJNWC) is to unite communities, increase and focus resources and inspire people to measurably improve citizens’ lives in our area. UWJNWC focuses on three building blocks of EDUCATION, INCOME & HEALTH in order to create long-lasting changes by advancing the common good. Everyone strives for the opportunity to have a good life; everyone deserves a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.

Downtown Whitewater, Inc. is a volunteer-driven organization spearheading community efforts to re-energize and enhance our historic downtown. We are community advocates and volunteers who share a passion for Whitewater. We bring people from all walks of life together to celebrate Whitewater’s history and traditions, to care for our downtown neighborhood, and to inspire confidence and investments that are flowing toward an economically vibrant, engaging and exciting place in the heart of Whitewater – a place we love, a place we’re proud to call home, and a place where future generations can grow and take pride in calling their own.

Whitewater High School Class of 1954 to Hold 65th Class Reunion on July 6

**Please note the correction in the name and location of the event.**

The Whitewater High School Class of 1954 will be holding their 65th class reunion  at the Willow Brook Golf Course on Hwy. 89 on July 6, 2019. 

The festivities will start with getting together at noon for a “meet and greet,” get re-acquainted, followed by lunch (ordering off the menu a meal of their choice). 

Reservations need to be made by June 24th to Evelyn Schneider 262-473-2661.  For more information, please call Evelyn.

Whitewater Arts Alliance Summer Concert Series Savory Sounds Will Feature Tapestry on June 27

The Whitewater Arts Alliance, in partnership with Fairhaven Senior Services, First Citizens State Bank, Fort Community Credit Union, Olm & Associates, PremierBank, and John and Sandra Heyer will present Tapestry as the third performance of the 2019 concert series Savory Sounds at the Cultural Arts Center, 402 West Main Street from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, June 27. Attendees may bring their own lunch or purchase lunch from Subway, the participating vendor, while they enjoy music.

After enjoying the music and lunch, attendees are invited to explore the exhibits at the Cultural Arts Center.   July features photography by the community to honor the late Fran Achen with the Tenth Annual Fran Achen Photography Competition.

Following are the remaining dates for Savory Sounds, which runs 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Whitewater Arts Alliance’s Cultural Arts Center near the Birge Fountain at 402 West Main Street:

Date Artist Food Vendor
July 11 Amanecer Y Mas La Preferida
July 18 The Brothers Quinn SweetSpot

The Cultural Arts Center is located on 402 West Main Street in the historic White building near the Birge Fountain. Parking is behind the building. An elevator is available for access from the parking lot entrance. 

“Isn’t It Romantic” – Tues., 6/25, 12:30 p.m. at Seniors in the Park

OK, all of you fans of Hallmark Channel romance comedies: this one’s for you! A plus-sized young woman (Rebel Wilson) disenchanted with love finds herself trapped inside a “rom com” from which there is no escape. A hilarious take on all of the conventions.

Tues., 6/25, 12:30 p.m. at Seniors in the Park

Rated PG-13; 1 hour, 29 minutes

Today (Sunday) is Whitewater Heritage Day Tour of Homes

      Hear Ye, Hear Ye!   You are invited to a once in a lifetime event!  Sunday, June 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Whitewater Federation of Women’s Clubs and the Whitewater Landmarks Commission will cohost the Whitewater Heritage Day tour of homes. The event, which is a fundraiser for the Bassett House, built in 1858, will contribute to the major restoration taking place at this local landmark and include a tour of the significant homes in the Whitewater Main Street Historic District.

     Partnering in this event are the Whitewater Historical Society, Downtown Whitewater and the Whitewater Arts Alliance. The Whitewater Arts Alliance will sponsor a pop-up, one day art exhibit at the Cultural Arts Center showing contemporary and historic artwork featuring Whitewater places, people, and events. Whitewater Heritage Day is not to be missed!

      In addition, you will find the 2nd Annual Food Truck Festival at the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library parking lot, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. All proceeds there will benefit the library.

      If you wish to become a true “history lover” you may purchase a ticket for a nominal $15.00 which will allow entrance into the five historic homes on the tour that have not been open to the public for a number of years. Tour tickets are available for purchase only the day of the tour, at the Bassett House, at 708 W. Main Street, and at the Smith-Allen House, at 445 W. Center Street. There is no limited number of tickets.

You may either stroll through Whitewater’s Main Street Historic District which is celebrating its 30th anniversary or use the shuttle van which will drop people off and pick them up at strategic points on the tour.

       Homes on the Heritage Day Tour include: 



708 W. Main St.

Built 1858

     The focal point of the tour has belonged to the Whitewater Federation of Women’s Clubs since 1926 when member Florence Bassett bequeathed her family home to this longtime community organization.  Local merchant Thomas Bassett had this home built in 1858, when the site was at the far western edge of the village. 

     The two-story cream brick house is an example of transitional Greek Revival architecture with Italianate details.  The west wing and rear wing of the house were added after 1878.  Remodeling in 1930 removed walls on the first floor to create a large meeting space.  The second floor has recently undergone a major restoration, including new wiring and plumbing.



622 W. Main St.

Built in 1895

     Nancy and Jerald Wendt have owned and operated this home as a bed and breakfast inn since the 1980s.  Edward Engebretsen had the home built in 1895, according to a design by George Bradley & Son.  Engebretsen was a local dry goods merchant and served as mayor of Whitewater.

     The stately Queen Anne Revival style house has a single-story classic front porch, a three-story octagonal turret, and leaded stained-glass windows.  Each room features a different type of Wisconsin hardwood including yellow pine, birdseye maple, red and white oak, sycamore, and cherry.  It was the first house in Whitewater to be wired for electricity. 



604 W. Main St.

Built 1876

     The Delta Zeta Sorority has occupied this home since about 1978. George W. Esterly had the home built in 1876, from a design by architect Henry Koch.  George W. Esterly worked with his father, inventor George Esterly, who founded the Esterly Reaper Works.  Mr. Koch also designed the Milwaukee City Hall.

     Built of cream brick, the two-story Italianate house has a basic rectangular plan.  Projecting bay windows accent it.  On the first floor, a central black walnut staircase separates rooms arranged on either side.  The home features the original and ornate marble fireplace mantels in the first-floor rooms.  Recently the sorority has done extensive remodeling to the basement, adding a kitchen, dining and lounge area, laundry and restrooms.  The art glass in the inner set of entry doors is of special note.  The front porch was added to the house in the 1950s.



328 W. Main St.

Built 1868

     Current owners Kathleen and Jim Fleming operate this home as a bed and breakfast featuring eight guest rooms with private baths.  Dr. H. H. Greenman, one of Whitewater’s early dentists, had this house built in 1868.

     Built of cream brick, the house started out as a simple gabled ell with Italianate details.  The mansard roof with arched dormers completely changed the look of the house when added in 1881.  Another exterior remodeling took place in 1887.  The home now features Second Empire style bay windows and two Queen Anne style porches, one with turned posts and spindle work, as well as a two-story Queen Anne style bay window. 


445 W. Center St.

Built 1856

     Dan Richardson and Pat Blackmer are the thirteenth owners of the house.  Whitewater Normal School President, Robert Williams, owned this home from 1946 to 1956, when he had an indoor kitchen and plumbing installed.

     The E.A. Smith family, who owned a local hardware store, had the Italianate Villa style house built in 1856 by Porter and Hunter.  Constructed of Whitewater cream brick, the house features a second floor as well as a three-story tower which dominates the front of the home and distinguishes it from all others in the city.  Architectural details include low pitched hipped roofs, tall narrow arched floor to ceiling windows, wide eaves, and cornices with dentils.

      The tour will also include historical reenactors who will share the exciting history of the city.  Chances are you may be able to meet Mattie Hull of the Pratt Institute, Florence Bassett, or Mary Flavia White, donor of the historic library.  You definitely will be able to learn the history of the Birge Fountain, the Morris Pratt Institute and tour both the White Memorial Library which is now the Whitewater Cultural Arts Center and the Depot Museum which is home to the Whitewater Historical Society all free of charge.

     The Bassett House will also feature a Silent Auction from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. where people may bid on a variety of items that have been donated to the fundraiser.  It is a one stop shopping venue with winners of the auctioned items to be announced at 3:01 p.m.

     Stop by the Bassett House from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. for the old-fashioned Ice Cream Social featuring a slice of pie and ice cream with your favorite toppings.  Cash donations will be gratefully accepted to enjoy the ice cream social, with all proceeds going towards the restoration of this historic home.

     Mark your calendars for this Sunday, June 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Remember, the purchase of your $15.00 tour ticket to visit the historic homes is a fundraiser for the Bassett House.

Do you Have the Best Chocolate Cake in Walworth County?

Do you think you bake the best chocolate cake? Do your friends rave about it? Then you need to enter your cake into Studio 84’s Chocolate Cake War!

The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Studio 84. All cake baker entry forms must be received by Aug. 1. For details and an entry form visit www.studio84inc.org, email info@studio84inc.org or call 262-473-9845.

The entry fee is $25 with prizes being awarded for the Best Chocolate Cake and honorable mentions. Cake bakers will bake their cakes and serve bite sized pieces to cake tasters (members of the greater community.) Tickets for the tasters are $5 per person and $15 for family of four or more. The tasters will be given a ticket to cast their vote for the best cake after tasting all the entries.

Get your entry form in early as space is limited to the first 20 entries!

Studio 84 is at 121 W. Center St. in Whitewater. It’s a non-profit art studio that provides experiences in the arts for the community. The studio specializes in the creative and vocational development of people with disabilities, including those with autism, physical disabilities, cognitive limitations and mental illness.

To learn more visit www.studio84inc.org or check them out on Facebook.

Whitewater Student Receives Bachmann Construction Scholarship

Six students training in the construction field received scholarships from Madison-based Bachmann Construction at the company’s annual summer event. The Fred Bachmann Sr. Scholarships are presented in memory of the founder of Bachmann Construction. Allan Bachmann, president of Bachmann Construction, Madison, and son of the founder, presented the awards, which have been an annual tradition for 22 years.

Scholarship recipients include Tanner Gillitzer, Wauzeka; Dylan Raether, Columbus; Andrew Laufenberg, Madison; Morgan Brux, Shiocton; Jack Hazen, Barneveld and Emmanuel Raul Rodriguez-Cano,Whitewater.

Bachmann Construction, general contractors specializing in design/build, commercial construction and restoration is celebrating 65 years as a family-owned, third-generation business.