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.
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.
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:
FEDERATION OF WOMEN’S CLUBS
708 W. Main St.
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.
VICTORIA ON MAIN
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.
(GEORGE W. ESTERLY
604 W. Main St.
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
BED AND BREAKFAST
328 W. Main St.
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
445 W. Center St.
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
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.
We hope to see you at our 2nd Annual Food Truck Festival. We are excited that this year’s event is connected to the first Whitewater Heritage Day with walking tours and events throughout town, so we are hoping for a bigger crowd this year! We know there may be a little unfavorable weather in the forecast but as of Friday afternoon everything is still a GO. Just bring your ponchos and appetite!
Please join us Sunday June 23 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library parking lot. We hope this will be a great fundraiser for our library. A percentage of the proceeds from the food truck sales will be donated to the library. We received a nice donation from our vendors last year and it went toward library programming. Join the event and have some great food!
Food Trucks scheduled to attend: Kona Ice Lefty’s Chicago Style Hot Dogs Gourmet Kettle Corn WeGo Waffles Route 26 Hamburger Stand Mr. P’s Grilled Cheese Jolly Frog Steve’s Deli Dog House Jakarta Cafe
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater will feature Summer on the Mall on Wednesday June 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event takes place on the North Mall at UW-W. Casual Joe’s will be catering, and there will be live music, art workshops, BINGO, a silent auction, and other activities to help raise money for United Way.
A memorial service to
celebrate his life will be held at First English Lutheran Church at 2
PM on Saturday June 15th, with
a visitation from 1-2PM.
John was born on May 23rd,
1958, in Richfield Minnesota, as the youngest of three siblings.
Growing up he was known for being the quintessential helper, a trait
that earned him the moniker “Doctor John” even at a young age.
John would go on to earn his B.A. in Communication from Gustavus
Adolphus College, and would go on to earn his M.A. and PhD in Speech
Communication from the University of Minnesota.
He married his wife,
Sandra, in June of 1988, which marked the beginning of a close and
happy marriage that would last more than 30 years. The same
open-heartedness and boundless supportiveness that made him a
favorite of his many students as a Professor of Rhetoric at
UW-Whitewater, also endeared him to his many close friends, and most
of all to his wife with whom he would share an uncommonly loving
His joie du vivre for his
life in Whitewater was reflected in his many hobbies and interests he
would share with those around him. He was a lifelong fan of tennis,
golf, and biking, activities he would go on to share for decades with
his family. The peals of laughter from the family’s backyard patio
would signal the deep and unique humor he could bring to even the
most casual of gatherings.
His son, Ian, would be
born in 1993, as another fortunate person who would share an
indelibly close bond with John and his worldview. Ever the patient
and supportive father, John inspired a lifelong curiosity and love of
learning in his son, with whom he would read to every night and make
breakfast for every morning. More than just a dedicated father and
husband, he was a close friend and emotional anchor for the Stone
family, where he made an often uncertain and intimidating world feel
intriguing, embracive, and hopeful. His absence will be long felt,
as will the influence of his unique mind and quick wit on those who
were closest to him.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra, and his son, Ian, as well as his older sisters Leslee Lund and Lynn Holt.
The Whitewater Plan and Architectural Review Commission at its regular meeting on June 10 approved a Conditional Use Permit for a drive thru at a proposed Arby’s at 1415 W. Main Street. The restaurant would be located on the northeast corner of the current Winchester True Value parking lot. Mike Breitfelder of ALB Restaurants Properties indicated that his company is the developer of the property, with plans to turn the restaurant operations over to the Arby’s franchisee, DRM. “Our goal is to begin construction very soon with the store ready in the coming months,” stated Mr. Breitfelder.
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 the VooDooHoney Brass Band as the second 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 20. Attendees may bring their own lunch or purchase lunch from Rocky
Rococo’s, the participating vendor, while they enjoy music.
enjoying the music and lunch, attendees are invited to explore the exhibits at
the Cultural Arts Center. For June’s exhibit, the Wisconsin Regional Artists
Association is sponsoring the WRAP exhibit that features the works of
non-professional Wisconsin artists. July features photography by the community
to honor the late Fran Achen with the Tenth Annual Fran Achen Photography
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:
Amanecer Y Mas
The Brothers Quinn
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.