BY BILL CLOW
RACC Executive Director
As the weather and activities move decisively toward the autumnal, there is still a lot going on around town and at the Chamber. It seems as if there is a fishing tournament and an art fair in the area almost every weekend, including the Hodag Musky Challenge next weekend, Sept. 23-25. We’ve had a lot of people come into the visitor’s center asking about biking and hiking trails, of which there are many in and around Rhinelander. It also seems like we have more people coming up for long weekends or weekday visits, who are interested in visiting our amazing restaurants and retail shops.
Next week we are celebrating the 80th anniversary of the incorporation of the Chamber of Commerce. There is more detail below, but I invite everyone to stop by for a cup of coffee and a piece of the delicious cake to be donated by Trig’s, swap some chamber tales and look through some of the old photos and documents we will have on display.
City improvements are continuing as well. The city Streetscape project in the 21 block downtown area is progressing and nearing its seasonal end. More and more streets are getting paved and new sidewalks and curbs. Work continues on the “Chamber of Commerce Trail” which is a walking and biking trail that runs along Kemp from the Marathon station, past the Chamber to the bridge and up Sutliff Avenue.
Leadership Oneida County registration deadline extended
There is still time to sign up for the 2016-2017 class of Leadership Oneida County. Classes will start on Oct. 20 and will run once a month on the third Thursday of the month through June of 2017.
Classes are open for anyone who lives or works in Oneida County. Participants in the program will get an opportunity to learn about important leadership concepts, meet and/or visit a wide range of businesses and organizations and some of the leaders who make them work. Participants will get an opportunity to make a positive impact in Oneida County through the service project they will do with a team of fellow participants. R
egistration is $375 and includes all program materials, meals, group transportation when used, and all other program expenses. Two 50 percent scholarships are available. More information and application forms are available by contacting the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce or by visiting our website at www.rhinelanderchamber.com.
Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce 80th Anniversary Celebration
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 9-11 a.m.
Join us for cake and coffee, a brief presentation around 10, followed by a group photo of all current and former chamber staff and board members. We will also have some photos and memorabilia for visitors to peruse.
2016 Fishing Hot Spots Hodag Musky Challenge
Sept. 23-25 Rhinelander Quality Inn
Musky anglers from around the country will come to Rhinelander to compete in one of the most historic Musky tournaments in the nation. The catch-and-release tournament will be headquartered at the Quality Inn Rhinelander and fishing will take place on area lakes. Cash purse to the winning teams, as well as prizes for the first 50-inch musky, the largest musky, the largest northern pike, and more. If you’re a musky fisherman or just someone interested in the sport, don’t miss the Fishing Hot Spots Hodag Musky Challenge. Information and registration forms are at the Chamber. We are also looking for people who are interested in manning judge boats for the Saturday, Sunday or both. Contact the Chamber office for details.
Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016
noon – 6 p.m. at the Woodpecker Bar & Grill
Join in some old-fashioned fun for this harvest-themed event to benefit the Rhinelander Food Pantry and NATH/Frederick Place. Pig roast, live music, line dancing, horse-drawn wagon rides, pumpkin patches, face painting, and more- the Harvest Hoedown will be fun for the whole family!
The Haunted Hodag Howl
NEW LOCATION! Saturday, Oct. 22 – Hodag Banquet Center.
This adult Halloween party will feature raffles, games, music, hors de oeuvres and a cash bar. There will also be an auction for the remaining Hodag statues that have been painted by local artists. This is a not to be missed event!
CORRECTION: Downtown Trick or Treating
Saturday, October 29 Downtown Rhinelander 2-4 p.m.
CORRECTION: City-wide Trick or Treating
Monday, October 31 4-7 p.m.
Contact the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce for information about area businesses, restaurants, attractions, lodging or events. The Chamber is open from 9 a.m. to 5p.m. Monday through Friday. You can reach me at 715-365-7464 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.