About 100 university staff and faculty enjoyed a free picnic lunch sponsored primarily by A’viands (our on-campus food service provider) held at Shorewood last Thursday (Oct. 29). “Thank you, A’viands!” Highlights included Phoenix-shaped cookies, tasty hamburgers and a special appearance of the Fiat 500 Pop vehicle being given away to one lucky donor through the Brown County United Way campaign.
UW-Green Bay Brown County United Way campaign opens with a new wrinkle this year, a complimentary kickoff lunch, served picnic-style, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Thursday (Oct. 29) at the Shorewood Clubhouse. Sponsors are corporate partners A’viands, Pepsi and the Shorewood Golf Course. Campaign director Rick Warpinski emphasizes the event “is a FREE, no-obligation, no-hard-sell lunch” meant to drum up awareness of the United Way’s good work locally. “Please join your fellow colleagues at this new event in support of our collective efforts to strengthen our local community through Brown County United Way programs, services, and agency-funding support,” he writes. “We will have materials about Brown County United Way programs and services and the fundraising campaign if you are interested.” RSVPs are requested.
— Here’s information about United Way and its role in the community
— Make a pledge and you enter the drawing for a FIAT 500 Pop, which will be onsite for your viewing pleasure
— Green Bay Athletics is also helping to encourage participation in the campaign: A $25 pledge gets you a Women’s Basketball BOGO ticket offer. Pledge $50 and receive two 2015-2016 Women’s Basketball tickets for free. To check out the schedule of games.
If ever a joyous reunion can be
Let us share what we’ve gained and lost in between
We’ll find that the years, both kindly and cruel
Have failed to put distance between you and me
And a joyous reunion it will be on Friday, October 16, 2015, when the friends of the former BlueWhale Coffeehouse gather at the Shorewood Golf Course Clubhouse for the return of Claudia Schmidt, Mark Dvorak, Skip Jones and Randal Harris. The event is in celebration of both Alumni Days and UW-Green Bay’s 50th anniversary celebration.
While the reunion cannot take place in the original Shorewood Club building that housed the BlueWhale Coffeehouse (it was torn down years ago), the concert will take place nearby in what was formerly the Shorewood Annex, directly across the sidewalk from where the former Shorewood Club stood.
And while there won’t be the knotty pine paneling, large stone fireplace, well-worn couches or frost-covered windows that gave the coffeehouse its unique ambiance, the original BlueWhale sign (painted by Mike Tincher and Teresa Bargielski in the late 1970’s) will grace the stage. It was rescued from a dumpster after the Club was torn down, and has been hanging in a barn in Bowler, Wis. for the last 35 years.
The showcase artist of the evening will be Schmidt, one of the premiere performers from the BlueWhale days, now an international performer known for her lively folk, jazz and blues and playful humor.
Schmidt, a student at UWGB for a time, played her 12-string guitar and dulcimer to standing-room-only crowds for many years, and went on to a remarkable career traveling the world as a folk singer and spoken word performer. The master of ceremonies for the evening will be folk singer Jones, a UWGB alumnus and BlueWhale regular. He will be joined by Harrison, a remarkable jazz violinist from Madison and Dvorak, a member of the faculty at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago and popular guitar and banjo player who has toured throughout the Midwest and East Coast.
Many alumni have fond memories of Saturday evenings at the BlueWhale — in the 70s and early 80s considered one of the premiere folk music venues in the upper Midwest. Artists from all over the country would come through on tour, playing at Café Extempore in Minneapolis, then at the BlueWhale in Green Bay, and then on to venues in Madison or Chicago.
Some of those acts became folk music icons (Utah Phillips, Bill Staines, Gordon Bok and John McCutcheon all played at the Whale) and many others achieved regional and national acclaim (Greg Brown, Paul Cebar and Jones, among them).
It wasn’t just the music that drew students and community members to the BlueWhale, however. There was something magical about the place in its heyday — the music, the fireplace and the fellowship all flowed together to create a warm and friendly gathering place for a particular crowd of people who shared some common values and interests — the environment, folk music, art and social justice.
As that crowd reunites on Friday October 16, perhaps a few pounds heavier and with a little more gray, maybe a little of that magic can be recreated.
Doors open at 6:15 p.m. for socializing and reminiscing. The public is asked to bring memorabilia from the BlueWhale days (posters, programs, handbills, photos, etc) to share, and perhaps contribute to the UWGB archives. The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. Price of admission is $15 (cash or check only—no credit cards), or free to those purchasing an Alumni Days admissions bracelet (entrance for two for $25) for all Alumni Days activities.
Feature written by Mike Stearney, a former BlueWhale patron and former UWGB Dean of Enrollment Services
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will host its second annual Alumni Reunion Days on campus Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24 and 25.
The 2014 celebration will pair some of the more popular elements from last year’s inaugural weekend — sporting and entertainment events, an all-campus brunch — with new offerings including an afternoon gathering at Shorewood clubhouse, hayrides, an outdoor campfire and indoor social at historic Lambeau Cottage, an alumni photography show and more.
Friday night’s events from 6 to 11 p.m. at Lambeau Cottage could draw one of the largest public gatherings at the facility since its refurbishing nearly a decade ago. NFL Hall of Fame coach and Packers founder Curly Lambeau had the small home designed and built in 1941. He often entertained there, especially when the Packers held training camp at Rockwood Lodge (now Bayshore County Park) near Dyckesville, about 10 miles away. It was acquired by the state in 1978 to complete campus holdings along the bay. In recent years the University has used the cottage as a campus-community gathering space for staff retreats, donor entertaining, informal receptions and meetings.
The $25 registration fee is good for one or two people. Each additional guest is $5. Pre-registration is strongly advised so tickets can be included when guests arrive to pick up their packets at the University Union’s Alumni Room. To learn more or to register.
Friday, Oct. 24
3-9 pm Registration, Alumni Rooms in the Union
3-6 pm Shorewood social (1970s prices on select beverages)
6-11 pm Campfire and social at Lambeau Cottage
6:30-11 pm Chancellor’s Scholarship Dinner*
6:30, 9 pm CheapSeats movie (‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’)
7:30 pm UWGB theatrical event ‘Uncommon Women and Others’*
Saturday, Oct. 25
7:30 am-7:30 pm Registration , Alumni Rooms in the Union
8 am-4 pm Shorewood golf (9 holes with power cart)*
8-11 am: Intramural Co-Rec Volleyball Tournament
9 am-1 pm Balloon making and face painting
9 am-4 pm Historic UWGB exhibit with “Phorever Phoenix” scan-a-thon
11 am-12:30 pm SchmoozaPalooza Lunch with faculty, staff
12:30-1 pm Phoenix Pride T-shirt unveiling and alumni photo
1-3 pm Alumni ‘Photographs with a Purpose’ photo show, wine and cheese tasting
1-3 pm Phoenix Women’s Soccer vs Youngstown State
1-5 pm Guided, indoor walking campus tours (on the hour)
1-5 pm Hayrides through campus (on the 1/2 hour)
1-5 pm Phoenix Fan Fest
1-5 pm Interactive kids zone
1:30, 4, 6:30 pm CheapSeats movie (‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’)
3-5 pm Green and White Scrimmage, dunk contest, 3-point contest, Phlash’s birthday celebration, alumni/student competition and more
5 pm Specific reunions for student orgs, affinity groups (TBA)
7 pm Comedy City performance
7:30 pm UWGB theatrical event ‘Uncommon Women and Others’*
7:30 pm 360 All Stars ‘urban circus’ show at the Weidner*
8 pm Bingo and ice cream
Events with an asterisk (*) are available at an additional charge
Shorewood Golf Course is now hosting “Mexican Mondays” with nachos, chicken tacos and beef burritos for $1.50 each, and special beverage offers, as well.
After a wet and cold spring (likely not done yet) Shorewood is now “OPEN”. Hours are 8 a.m. until dark seven days a week, and this includes the popular Clubhouse Restaurant. “Sharon, Nate, and Lee are the supporting cast of students and staff ready to help make your golfing and restaurant experience the best it can be. On the course or in the clubhouse Birdies and Par Fives are available upon request!” To contact Shorewood call (920) 465-2118, email email@example.com or visit the website www.uwgb.edu/shorewood (for the restaurant menu, www.uwgb.edu/shorewood/restaurant/), or https://www.facebook.com/golfshorewood.
Fitting for “Spring Break,” UW-Green Bay’s Shorewood Golf Course plans to open for golfers this Wednesday (March 14) in what will be one of the earliest opening days in recent memory. Watch for the flagstick to be placed on the #1 Green – a surely welcome sign that spring has arrived. The course will be open every day from here on out, weather permitting, until next winter. Watch for news on the opening of the Clubhouse Restaurant in futures LOGs, emails, and postings on the course’s web, Twitter, and Facebook sites.
The Green Bay Press-Gazette and WBAY, Channel 2, both picked up the news this week that a proposal to remove 180 trees from the Shorewood Golf Course has been shelved. We told you Tuesday (Jan. 24) that course director Rick Warpinski relied partially on campus and community input in deciding not to pursue the removal. Warpinski held several meetings on the plan before making his recommendation.
Coverage: Green Bay Press-Gazette / WBAY Channel 2
Shorewood Golf Course will continue the longstanding practice of removing dead or diseased trees in playable areas, but a proposal for more extensive tree removal across the 60-acre property has been set aside.
Course Director Rick Warpinski announced the decision Tuesday (Jan. 24).
A tree-management plan drafted by an outside forestry consultant would have removed approximately 180 mature trees from the heavily-wooded nine-hole course. The plan suggested that limited, selective thinning could enhance the golfing experience; reduce maintenance and cleanup; and provide an opportunity to plant new native species within the forested areas of the course.
In recommending that the University reject the proposal, Warpinski said he relied in part on campus and community input from golfers, naturalists, neighbors and others who spoke up at four public forum sessions and shared thoughts via emails and phone calls.
“The feedback from everyone — whether for or against the project — was truly appreciated,” Warpinski said. “As a state-owned property that also has to generate its own operating revenue, we value that feedback. We have responsibilities not only to our playing customers but to the larger campus and community, as well.
“The oak savanna forest here pre-dates the course itself (built in the early 1930s), and the University and Shorewood management will always value the integrity of that property. We have always been, and will continue to be, the best possible stewards of that resource for current and future generations.”
Originally an 18-hole private course, Shorewood was acquired in the late 1960s by the state of Wisconsin and Brown County. About half the course, along with adjacent farmland and bayshore holdings, became the building site for the new UW-Green Bay.
Warpinski says crews will under take several course-improvement projects this winter and spring, including work to extend the tee boxes on holes Nos. 3, 7, and 8. Any work in those areas that includes tree removal will be properly evaluated prior to moving forward, he added.
NBC 26 news featured shots of a very snowy Shorewood Golf Course during its evening broadcast Thursday (Jan. 12), as it covered a proposed landscape plan for the grounds. Course officials are still accepting feedback on the plan, which includes select tree removal, through Friday, Jan. 20. You can see the story, and read more about the plan, here:
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