The throttling of the snowmobile engines that typically tears through Eagle River Derby Track gives way this May to the shredding of guitars for the Eagle River Mudfest. Billed as four days of music, movies, and mud, the fest shines its acoustical spotlight on Saturday's main stage, where Puddle of Mudd headlines with a catalog that spans more than a decade. Guitarist and lead vocalist Wesley Reid Scantlin scrapes a gritty edge onto lyrics in such hits as "Blurry" from 2001's multiplatinum album, Come Clean.
Since 1928, Camp Menominee has been making summers fun and memorable for kids who visit the family-owned camp. Suited for boys of all ages, the camp strives to teach young men the importance of a good attitude, determination, and leadership through a wide variety of fun activities. Stays range from four days to eight weeks, giving young men just enough time to make lasting friendships or forget that school exists. A traditional camp with plenty of individual and team sports, Menominee has a focus on good sportsmanship and healthy competition while also practicing acceptance and positivity.
Surrounded by tall trees, the lush grasses and groomed arenas of Great Northern Riding Club look like a paradise conjured up from the imagination of Black Beauty himself. Kimberly Jo Simac, the head trainer there, has more than 25 years of equine experience under the belt of her breeches, and puts it to use during interactions with both horses and students. Each summer, trainers welcome girls for overnight camps and kids ages 7 and older for daytime lessons that culminate in a refreshing swim.