Wisconsin’s Biggest Fan CLOSE TO HOME Though often known for its cheese and little else, I think our lovely state of Wisconsin is the best-kept secret in the Midwest. People living on the coasts who dismiss us as “flyover country” don’t realize that they’re spurning one of the best places in the nation to live and raise a family. At an American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine meeting in San Antonio, Texas, last month, I was surprised by the way my colleagues reacted to hearing I’d flown in fromWisconsin. Their main response was, “Oh, it’s so cold there!”Well, they are right on that count, especially recently, but there is something different about the Midwest. It’s subtle but noticeable. Traveling makes me more aware of this difference. When friends and family come to visit from the coast, they comment on how clean everything is, how friendly the people are, and what great food our restaurants have at an affordable price. We make eye contact, talk to strangers, or go out of our way to give directions or help in some way. It wasn’t until this was pointed out to me by several of my visiting friends that I started to notice it, as well. These little things help define what it means to come fromWisconsin. It is what I love the most about the Midwest, and it keeps me coming home. In that vein, I’m dedicating this month’s newsletter to the myriad summer delights the Badger State has to offer. Here are a few of my favorite ways to enjoy the season. I would love to know how you celebrate summer in Wisconsin. Ride the Hop The Milwaukee Streetcar, known simply as “The Hop,” is a fun and easy way to explore Milwaukee. Even better, thanks to a local hotel, rides are free for its first year running! I love free; don’t you? Wisconsin State Fair No matter your age, the fair is always fun! Along with enjoying the rides and entertainment, you can eat just about anything from a stick. The agriculture building, which showcases the products Wisconsin is known for, is my favorite. How they make a Wisconsin russet potato taste that delicious is a mystery to me. This year’s fair runs from Aug. 1–11, and Stumpf Dental is giving away free tickets! Lake Geneva School of Cooking This wonderful cooking school offers classes for people of all ages and abilities, and you can find a full schedule online. The entire office staff at Stumpf Dental enjoyed a class in January, so be sure to ask about it next time you visit us!
W in T ickets to the W isconsin S tate F air !
In the spirit of celebratingWisconsin, Stumpf Dental is giving away three pairs of general admission tickets to theWisconsin State Fair! To enter the drawing, simply leave a review of our practice on Google or Yelp and either include your name in the review or call the office to let us know you’ve left your opinion. The drawing will be held at the end of the work day on Tuesday, July 23, and winners can pick up their tickets in the office during business hours the following week.
The American Players Theater This outdoor theater is nestled in the beautiful landscape of Spring Green. While a matinee is a doable day trip, evening performances (complete with overnight stays if the play runs late) are my favorite. They never disappoint! Frozen Custard You just can’t do summer in Wisconsin without frozen custard. My favorite is the Kiltie Drive-In located on Hwy 16 in Oconomowoc, where carhops dressed in kilts serve your order on trays that they hang from your car window. It’s a 1950s original that your kids will enjoy and remember! Fawn Fest The Milwaukee Bucks just announced this weekly event for kids on the Fiserv Forum Plaza. It will be every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with lots of kid-friendly activities. In addition, if you missed the grand opening of the Forum last September, you can still get a tour of the Milwaukee Bucks’ new home at 2 p.m. Have a great summer, and I hope to see you enjoying some of the fun this great state has to offer. –Dr. Janelle Ferber-Stumpf
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