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Sure, Santayana told us those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it, but TRAVELER says those who can't repeat the past are missing out on a good party. Neglecting to celebrate history is the surest way to forget it, so get out there, observe and enjoy the passage of time.
Kenosha looks back to the 1800s – the era when tall-masted sailing vessels carried cargo and passengers to and from the city's harbor – during Kenosha Days of Discovery, August 10-12. Graceful replicas of the "tall ships" will once again ply the waterfront at 54th Street and take visitors back in time. This maritime festival features ship tours, exhibits, sailing excursions, and enough food and entertainment to keep a swabbo grinning for the entire weekend. See Kenosha Days of Discovery or call (262) 653-4444.
Don't let the title fool you: It may be just Another Dam Holiday, but residents of Hatfield (pop. 5,000 summer; 50 winter) intend to make a big splash on August 11 to mark the 100th anniversary of the creation of Lake Arbutus. Join in canoe and kayak races on the century-old waterbody; on shore, visit DNR displays and see the latest boat models.
Logging reshaped the landscape and economy of central and northern Wisconsin in the late 19th century. At Mosinee's LogJam Festival, August 18-19 in the city's River Park, visitors can explore exciting, interactive and educational exhibits highlighting the experiences of early settlers in Wisconsin River country. Watch loggers demonstrate sawing, splitting, and rolling techniques, see log raft races, and enjoy a lively gathering of street merchants, a flea market, an antique/art fair, and much more. Need another reason to celebrate? It's also Mosinee's sesquicentennial. See Mosinee Log Jam Festival or call (715)693-4336.
In our December 2006 story "Across the trestles of time" we featured Badger #2, the famous "fish car" built in 1912 to carry fish fry to stock Wisconsin lakes. The rail car will be restored by the Mid-Continent Railway Museum in North Freedom when enough funds are raised to match a grant from the Jeffris Family Foundation. Help Badger #2 get back on track at the Gandy Dancer Festival – Bluegrass for Badger #2 fund-raiser, August 12 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Madison's Central Park, 1100 East Wilson Street. The Wisconsin & Southern Railroad offers free train rides while fiddlers and pickers the Alan Munde Gazette, Nob Hill Boys, Round the Bend, Larry Penn, Jefferson County Water Street Hotshots, and Filisko & Noden provide the tunes. Enjoy food, beverages and crafts, and take in the displays on Wisconsin's fisheries history and the future of passenger rail in Madison. See Mid-Continent Railway Museum for further details.