Skydive Midwest's U.S. Parachute Association?certified instructors have completed an average of more than 4,000 skydives each. The instructors' ample explorations of gravity and comprehensive training sessions, which are held onsite, help them to securely guide thrill-seekers during tandem jumps, solo jumps, and bouts of spontaneous levitation. Skydivers leap from a sleek and speedy DeHavilland Twin Otter jump ship, which boasts a glitzy new paint job, lightweight bench seating for 23 people, and the ability to climb to 14,500 feet in only 18 minutes.
Tired of all the “stuff” buried in his basement and attic, Chuck Niles created a forum for neighbors and friends to swap their unused belongings with one another. Since its foundation in the late 1950s, Niles's forum has grown into a 40-acre farmer’s and flea market known as the 7 Mile Fair. Chuck's son Scott has since taken over operations, and the fair has expanded into both an indoor and outdoor space for vendors to sell everything from electronics and clothing to locally grown produce and real Wisconsin cheese. Shoppers can pick-up “As-Seen-on-TV” products, auto parts, and gift baskets every weekend of year—rain or shine—before strolling into one of several restaurants on the grounds, including the same coffee and donut shop that once fed Chuck and his pals.
Offering a full spectrum of heating and air-conditioning services and products, Airtek Systems sends a team of HVAC specialists to homes to maintain comfortable climates year-round. They specialize in designing and building systems, installing a range of traditional and energy-saving HVAC units. Green energy alternatives include rooftop heating systems that harness solar energy and geothermal systems that tap into the constant 55- to 70-degree temperature maintained underground by an air-conditioned sun at the core of the earth. The technicians also perform repairs and tune-ups to keep machines working efficiently and annual maintenance programs.
Melanie Aitken handcrafts small batches of truffles, brittle, and other dainties with expertise honed over 30 years as an acclaimed confectioner for parties and weddings. Clusters of cashews and caramel emulate turtles as they are dipped by hand into white- and milk-chocolate shells, and fragrant almonds flavor traditional dutch bonquet pastries, re-created based on a recipe from Melanie's grandmother. Lava-salted caramel strains to encase magmatic caramel drops within a sill of milk or white chocolate, and a sprinkling of black-lava salt hints at the eruption of flavor contained within. Melanie’s Country Confections delivers locally, and an online storefront facilitates orders throughout the country.
Golf shots soar high over the grounds of Raymond Heights Family Golf Center, looking down upon a beginner-friendly complex that encompasses a nine-hole, par-3 course, a driving range, and a miniature golf course. With five holes measuring in at 100 yards or shorter, the lilliputian links help beginners find their swings and give aces a chance to flaunt their short-game prowess without having to aim chip shots at next-door neighbors' mailboxes.
Open as early as 8 a.m., the 30-stall driving range—equipped with both artificial and natural-grass hitting areas—enables late-night practice sessions with lights that activate after sundown. Glowing balls trace the night sky or roll across turf runways during moonlight play, which Raymond Heights hosts at both the par-3 course and its 18-hole mini golf course, made possible by shimmering flagsticks and caddies that locate hazards using echolocation. After a day on the links, vintage vinyl barstools offer a respite for spiky-soled shoes at the Center's full-service restaurant and bar.