Thanks to everyone who participated in this year's wonderful Big Tap ChautauquaFest. The day was highlighted with great weather, great food, great brews, great music, and great FUN!
Several hundred guests enjoyed this favorite fall event, which benefits the Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua and the Ashwabay Outdoor Educational Foundation. Kevin and Terry with Big Top dubbed this year's fest as "the best Big Tap yet." Thank you!
Special shout-out to the Volunteers who went above and beyond to make this day special.
•Coke Lindsey •Paul Norris •Sue Radtke •Randy Fahrenkrog •Sara Sneed •Kjirsten Sneed Lee •Dr. John Telford •Holly Pierce •Steve Pierce
This year's 'Fatty 5k' featured delicacies from over 20 area restaurants, producers, and caterers.
•2nd Street Bistro •Bayfield Inn •Bodin's Fisheries •Coco's Cafe •Sixth Street Market •Village Inn •Good Thyme Catering •Frankie's Pizza •Fat Radish •Penokee Mountain Foods •Ashland Baking Co. •Happy Hollow Creamery •Delta Diner •Legendary Waters •Upper Lakes Foods •Erickson Orchards •Tetzner's Dairy •Harbor House Sweets •Big Water Coffee •Trinko's Sausage •Benoit Cheese
Under the 'Big Tent' guests enjoyed samples from breweries, wineries, distilleries, and distributors. •Coney Island Hard Root Beer •Leiny Harvest Shandy •Vikre Vodka and Gins •Perlick Vodka •Squatters Craft Beers •Wasatch Craft Beers •St. Ambroise Oatmeal •Forbidden Secret Mocha Cream •South Shore Brewery •Doane Beer •O’so •Capital Brewery •Goose Island •Sam Adams Fall Collection •New Glarus •Minocqua Brewing •Gray Brewing Co. •White Winter Winery •Bayfield Winery •All Sisters Winery •Dogfish Head •Bell’s •Schell’s •Big Wood •3rd Shift •Central Waters
Mt Ashwabay Ski and Recreation Area has been awarded a grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation for the addition of a Tubing Hill and other infrastructure improvements.
This grant includes a generous $45,000 gift from the Otto Bremer Foundation with an additional $25,000 gift when that amount is raised from the community.
Carol Fahrenkrog, General Manager of Mt Ashwabay, “The Otto Bremer Foundation grant requires a match of $25,000 from the community so we have started a campaign to reach this goal this Fall. We are calling it The Little Hill That Could $25,000 Grant Match.”
The project includes creating a dedicated Tubing Hill with tubes and a tube-lift system. The Beginner Hill will move to a more suitable place with an improved tow–rope system. The Terrain Park will also be relocated with a dedicated area. There will be improved lighting for evening and night operation. The Nordic Trail system will be upgraded with lighting of the Telford Training Loop for evening use of the Nordic Trail system.
Carol Lindsey, project manager, “This is an exciting opportunity for Ashwabay. We will get done as much as we can with the money raised this fall.”
Mt Ashwabay Ski and Recreation Area is operated by Ashwabay Outdoor Education Foundation (AOEF) a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. AOEF was established in 2002 with the Mission to provide year-round opportunities and programs to people of all ages promoting the enjoyment of the outdoors. The Foundation is a community-based, family-oriented organization. It seeks to create opportunities for citizens of the south shore of Lake Superior to participate in, and contribute to, the outdoor culture of the region.
With Mt Ashwabay Ski and Recreation Area as the base for activities, the Foundation has an outstanding venue for healthful recreation that enhances physical fitness. It also is a great place for community members and families to come together.
Carol Fahrenkrog, General Manager, “Many families in our community are in need of a fun and healthy winter excursion. The new tubing hill will be an exciting and refreshing venue for our south shore community and visiting guests.”
For more information contact Carol Fahrenkrog at 715-779-3227 or via email HERE
To contribute to this campaign, donations can be mailed to:
Mt Ashwabay Ski and Recreation Area
PO Box 1401
Bayfield, WI 54814
Further information about donations may be found HERE
Hosted by Big Top Chautauqua and the Ashwabay Outdoor Educational Foundation, Big TAP features brews under the big tent, local cuisine on the “Fatty 5K” trek, a commemorative tasting glass, live music, wagon rides, hammerschalagan and more.
Spend an autumn afternoon enjoying unlimited samples of local, regional, and craft brews from more than 30 breweries, wineries and distilleries beneath the Big Top tent. The stage will be featuring live music from Crescent Moon and Hoff Stevens. Take a break for the “Fatty 5K” gourmet tasting adventure featuring area restaurants, producers, and caterers. Participants can hike or take a leisurely wagon ride, winding up and around Nordic and alpine ski trails, before crossing the ridge of Mt. Ashwabay. The vista offers outstanding views of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands, with the Big Top tent in the foreground.
Brews and Special Craft include: Coney Island Hard Root Beer, Leiny Harvest Shandy, Vikre Vodka and Gins, Perlick Vodka, Squatters Craft Beers, Wasatch Craft Beers, St. Ambroise Oatmeal, Forbidden Secret Mocha Cream, South Shore Brewery, Doane Beer, O’so, Capital Brewery, Goose Island, Sam Adams Fall Collection, New Glarus, Minocqua Brewing, Gray Brewing Co., White Winter Winery, Bayfield Winery, All Sisters Winery, Dogfish Head, Bell’s, Schell’s, Big Wood, 3rd Shift, Central Waters + MORE TO COME!
Food from Local Vendors include: 2nd street Bistro, Good Thyme Catering, The Bayfield Inn, Cafe Coco, Bodin’s Fisheries, Sixth Street Market, Penokee Mountain Foods, Ashland Baking Company, Happy Hallow Cheese, Erickson’s Orchard , Trinko’s Sausage, Tetzner’s Dairy, Portside Restaurant, Harbor House Sweets, The Village Inn, Frankie’s Pizza, Big Water Coffee, Upper Lakes Foods, Legendary Waters, Fat Radish + MORE!
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