May 04

Crandon and Wabeno Statewide Open House

Saturday, May 14, 2016


The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s (WEDC) Wisconsin Main Street program is pleased to announce a new collaborative event designed to showcase unique historic and cultural assets of Wisconsin downtowns. With more than 15 communities and 80 sites participating in the event, the public will enjoy the opportunity to visit and explore local attractions, many of which are not usually open to the public.

For one day only, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 14, owners and operators of unique and iconic properties statewide will open their doors to the public for free viewing, tours and interpretive events. Communities large and small and venues old and new, including rooftops, museums, dungeons, forts, churches, theatres, event venues, residential lofts and other properties, will open their doors to Wisconsin residents and visitors free of charge.

With locations across the state, visitors can take advantage of the opportunity to get to know their local community better or plan a road trip to explore new Wisconsin destinations. Many of the participating communities also feature complementary activities for visitors, ranging from local business specials to food and music demonstrations and tastings. A list of participating communities and sites are listed at www.wisconsindowntown.org/open-house to view an interactive map of participating sites and download additional information on the event.

Crandon Sites:

Crandon Public Library · Forest County Courthouse · Forest County Museum · Hotel Crandon Restaurant & Bar · Masonic Hall Vintage Map Display · Vintage Gas Station Garage · Complementary activities: historic walking tour · Vintage Map Display at Masonic Hall · Log Cabin Café

Wabeno Sites:

Arts Emporium & Essenhaus · Barrier Free Boardwalk · Big Easel Gallery & Bistro · Crystal Bell Inn & Spa B&B · Wabeno Logging Museum · Wabeno Public Library · Complementary Activities: Historic Walking Tours

Businesses in both communities are encouraged to offer specials to capitalize on this event. It would be a great time to clean yards, sidewalks and streets in preparation for this event. She our community pride and welcome those coming to see our community and heritage.

One project some businesses in the communities are doing is displaying old photographs of the buildings they are occupying and sharing the history on display next to the photographs. If you need help researching or writing your building history please contact Katrina at (262) 914-0748 or email at kkoski08@yahoo.com. You can also contact your local library for help or historical society.

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact Joshua Jameson at Forest County Economic Development Partnership (715) 478-3450, email director@forestcountywibusiness.com.

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