Michael Velliquette to Offer Mandala Paper Crafting Workshop

Madison artist Michael Velliquette shares technique in this one-day in-depth course

Nationally-known artist Michael Velliquette will share his mandala paper crafting technique with students at a one-day-only workshop held at the new Art School at Town Square in Green Lake on Saturday, July 8. The class will run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, with registration limited to 15 people. Mr. Velliquette is one of Wisconsin’s most prominent artists. His work is in the collections of the Art Museum of South Texas; the Museum of Wisconsin Art; the Racine Art Museum; The Progressive Corporation; Western Bridge, Seattle; The John Michael Kohler Art Center; The State of Wisconsin; Boston Children’s Hospital and the San Antonio Museum of Art. “We are very honored to welcome Mr. Velliquette to Green Lake,” said Fran Hill of Green Lake Renewal, the non-profit organization that operates the Town Square community center, where the workshop will be held. “The Green Lake area has always been known as a haven for artists, and so we are pleased to have the opportunity to offer this great program.” Mandala Paper Crafting is a hands-on workshop explores the recent renaissance in paper crafting and its astounding range. Participants can expect to learn the fundamentals of Velliquette’s paper crafting techniques and experiment with diverse approaches to paper construction inspired by mandala-based designs. Velliquette hand-cuts small, simple paper shapes and assembles them into complex forms akin to three-dimensional mandalas. The formal symmetry, balance, and order of these works are meant to evoke the rhythm and repetition of breath. Velliquette obtained a BFA from Florida State University in 1993 and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2000, where he is now a Faculty Associate. He has recently had solo shows at David Shelton Gallery, Houston, and DCKT Contemporary New York. His museum exhibitions include Slash: Paper Under the Knife at the Museum of Art and Design, New York; Art on Paper at the Weatherspoon Art Museum; and Psychedelic at the San Antonio Museum of Art. For more on Velliquette's work visit www.velliquette.com. Participants can register online HERE or by visiting the Town Square office at 492 Hill Street in Green Lake. This class is made possible in part by the generous donations in memory of Leslie Trewyn.  

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Hangers: It’s all about Resale Therapy

GREEN LAKE RENEWAL TO OPEN WOMEN’S-WEAR RESALE SHOP AT TOWN SQUARE Donations Now Being Accepted for “Hangers” Green Lake, WI, January 16, 2016 – Hangers, a new resale shop offering new and gently-used women’s clothing and accessories, is scheduled to open at Town Square on Thursday, May 4. The shop will sell quality, donated items and donors will receive a tax-receipt from the non-profit, 501(c)3 organization, Green Lake Renewal. Store hours will be Thursday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, and Sunday from 10 am to 1 pm. “This is going to be so much fun,” said Fran Hill of Green Lake Renewal. “We have so many cool women around here with so many cool things in their closets. Everybody seems to have something that they love, but that they never wear. Here’s your chance to do something good with it.” Hangers is the creation of an all-volunteer Green Lake Renewal team that includes Green Lake Renewal Board Member Brigid Yeomans, along with Linda Burkart, Mary Rowley, Mary Lofgren and Martha Pickrell. All proceeds from the shop will benefit the community revitalization projects of Green Lake Renewal, including Town Square, Green Lake Fitness 24/7 and Green Lake Kitchens. Donations of women’s clothing and accessories for Hangers will be accepted starting Saturday, January 21 at the Town Square front desk during normal business hours (Monday through Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-3).  All items must be in new or gently-used condition, clean and in good repair. For further information, or to volunteer for this project, please contact the Town Square front office at 920-807-0008. Hangers is a project of Green Lake Renewal, the non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing our communities.

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687 Lights

Hi everybody, Check out this totally fantastic project - completed with the help of our generous Green Lake Renewal donors!   GREEN LAKE RENEWAL COMPLETES GOING GREEN PROJECT New LED Lighting Installed Throughout Former Courthouse Buildings Decemphil-burkart-jeff-oconnor-and-immanuel-millsber 12, 2017, Green Lake, WI – Following an energy audit and a successful “Go Green” campaign that raised more than $17,500, Green Lake Renewal last week replaced 687 lights with energy-efficient LED lamps at its Town Square Community Center, Green Lake Fitness 24/7 and Green Lake Kitchens. The project, which was launched with the help of Green Lake Renewal Board Member David Armstrong, was paid in part by a grant from the State of Wisconsin Focus on Energy program, which will fund up to one-third of energy-saving project costs if the recipient can fund the other two thirds. “We are so grateful to Dave and to everyone who made this project possible. It was extremely cool to see so many people stepping forward to be part of it,” said Fran Hill of Green Lake Renewal. “Reusing these old buildings was our first major environmentally-friendly project. Adding these new lights takes us another step toward reducing our footprint.” “Plus,” added Hill, “Every light that was removed for replacement is being recycled.” The new system emits whiter light, requires fewer lamps per fixture and takes just 20 percent the wattage to light the same area. In addition, the lamps themselves last up to five years. The project is expected to pay for itself in energy bill savings within two years. “Besides being environmentally friendly, this is a budget-friendly project,” explained Hill. “We are right now in the midst of our Annual Appeal, our year-end campaign which raises the funds to pay for our buildings and grounds throughout the coming year. Over time, this lighting project will significantly reduce our operating expenses.” Green Lake Renewal is the 501(c)3 non-profit community revitalization organization that operates Town Square, Green Lake Fitness 24/7, Green Lake Kitchens and Hill Street Station. For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation, call 920-807-0008, stop at the Town Square front desk at 492 Hill Street in Green Lake, or write to info@greenlakerenewal.org. # # #  

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Big News from Our WHITE HOT NIGHT!

Hi Everybody, Are you sitting down? I hope so, because you've never heard news like this before. Members of the Green Lake community are like people nowhere else on the planet. Read all about it: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE COMMUNITY MEMBERS INVEST NEARLY $100,000 IN GREEN LAKE AREA FUTURE AT GREEN LAKE RENEWAL’S WHITE HOT PARTY Barry and Ann Rogers Donate Certified Commercial Kitchen July 18, 2016, Green Lake, Wisconsin—In an unprecedented outpouring of support for the Green Lake Area’s future sustainability and vibrancy, community members on Saturday night stepped forward with pledges and donations totaling nearly $100,000 to support growing new business that will create jobs and grow our economy. The funds will initially be used to fund business support for culinary enterprises that have been launched by entrepreneurs at Courthouse Kitchens of Green Lake. Courthouse Kitchens was opened at Town Square in 2012 as a business incubator by Barry and Ann Rogers. The kitchen has been an integral part of Green Lake Renewal’s mission—through Town Square—to develop and promote the arts, education and small business development. At the White Hot Party on Saturday night, the Rogers donated the Kitchen to Green Lake Renewal, so that all funds pledged at the event could go toward helping the entrepreneurs develop their businesses. The White Hot Party, held at a new Maplewood Estates home developed by David Armstrong and Mike and Karen Streit, celebrated Green Lake Renewal’s commitment going forward to invest in people. “There is only one thing that can make a community vibrant, and that is PEOPLE,” said Fran Hill. “We are investing in people who build businesses, create jobs, and make Green Lake a place where more people can live and work on a year ‘round basis.” Already, in Courthouse Kitchens, seven people have launched new culinary businesses. “Barry and Ann started this kitchen, built it from an empty shell, and helped these entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground,” said Hill. “Now, it is time us, as a community, to step in and support the project.” “It turns out that Barry and Ann had been considering their donation for some time, but they wanted to be sure that there was enough support in the community to help grow and expand it,” said Hill. “They told us that they were astounded by the outpouring of support at the party, and they were convinced that Green Lake Renewal had the talent, the financial strength and the passion to grow and expand the commercial kitchen into a small business incubator, unique to our area.” “We received news of the donation on a cocktail napkin,” said Hill. “Barry told us the next day that the pledge cards only had enough space to write a dollar amount, so he used what was handy and dropped it into the pledge bucket.” Green Lake Renewal will officially begin operating the kitchen in October of this year. In the interim, programs to assist the kitchen entrepreneurs are being developed, including mentoring and marketing services as well as assistance with distribution and production. Green Lake Renewal, the 501(c)3, non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing our communities, operates the Town Square community center, Green Lake Fitness 24/7 and Hill Street Station, the former safety building which houses the certified commercial kitchen. # # #

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Green Lake Renewal to Expand Commercial Kitchen

This just in!

White Hot Party Launches Kitchen Acquisition Plan

Green Lake, Wi, June 6, 2016 – As part of its ongoing strategy to create a community that speaks directly to the way that today’s young people want to live, Green Lake Renewal today announced plans to acquire and expand Courthouse Kitchens of Green Lake, the commercial kitchen business incubator that was the community center Town Square’s first tenant when it opened its doors in 2012.

“For our communities to thrive, we need young, talented people to live and work here,” said Fran Hill, CEO of Green Lake Renewal. “Those 20 and 30 somethings are our future and will keep Green Lake vital. So we need to create a community that addresses the needs and desires of this new generation.”

The commercial kitchen acquisition is Green Lake Renewal’s first step in a three-pronged approach to creating a millennial-friendly community—a plan which will also include expanding fitness and wellness opportunities and developing an angel-network-supported business incubator. The strategy was developed following a series of “Think Tanks,” gatherings of area residents to discuss best uses for Hill Street Station, the former Green Lake County Safety building.

“We looked very closely at the millennial mindset, and we sought ways to match it to our community’s strengths,” explained Hill. “We picked three ‘perma-trends’—fundamental changes in the way people live their lives—where we saw a very clean fit: Wellness and Fitness; Entrepreneurism; and Local/Artisan Foods.”

The commercial kitchen, now called Courthouse Kitchens of Green Lake, was created by Dr. Barry Rogers to help new food businesses by providing a state-certified workspace, as required by law to sell products on the retail market. With the acquisition of the kitchen, Green Lake Renewal will offer kitchen participants additional services and expertise to take their businesses to the next level.

In addition to growing businesses and jobs, the commercial kitchen is an important component of a growing “Food Hub,” which includes cooking classes, farm-to-table dinners, and two outdoor markets at Town Square. “Today’s young people are all about experiences—more than possessions. So that’s what we are designing,” said Hill.

Green Lake Renewal will launch its fundraising campaign to purchase the kitchen equipment at The White Hot Party, to be held on Saturday, July 16 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm at 440 White Oaks Court—a new home developed by David Armstrong and Mike and Karen Streit in Green Lake’s Maplewood Estates. The event will offer an opportunity to meet six successful culinary entrepreneurs who have launched their businesses at Courthouse Kitchens, as well as to sample their creations.

"The White Hot Party is going to be the coolest event of the summer, and you sure don’t want to miss it,” said Green Lake Renewal Development Chair Jo Ellen Madden. “The house is cool. The drinks are cool. And we know the people who will attend are cool, as they will be supporting an important growth opportunity for our community.”

Tickets for the all-white attire evening are $100 per person, and may be obtained By Mail or On Line Registration or by phoning the Town Square main office at 920-807-0008. Green Lake Renewal is the 501(c)3, non-profit organization which operates the community center, Town Square; Green Lake Fitness 24/7; and Hill Street Station (the former safety building where the commercial kitchen is located). It is dedicated to revitalizing our communities by providing people who are passionate about the Green Lake area with opportunities to make a difference. For further information, please call 920-807-0008.

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Christine Murphy Joins Green Lake Renewal

October 27, 2015--Christine Murphy has joined Green Lake Renewal as Manager of Programs and Marketing for Town Square and Green Lake Fitness 24/7. In this newly created position, Murphy will handle creating and marketing all community center and fitness center programming, expanding offerings and reaching out to new audiences. (more…)

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