Our 59th Walk took place in New Holstein at Kiwanis Park. I was greeted by many friendly faces and the American Legion upon my arrival. Before we started out our short walk through the Kiwanis Prairie, the American Legion posted the colors and everyone participated in a Walk with Walker group picture. During the walk, I was able to visit and see the stunning Butterfly and Bur Oak gardens. I learned that the prairie and gardens are maintained by LuAnn Buechel, who is a Prairie Naturalist, along with Master Gardeners and volunteers in the community.
Following the walk, we had a wonderful lunch at the Altona Supper Club.
When we were finished with our lunch, we continued our tour of New Holstein.
Our first stop was the Bleating Heart Haven owned by Cindy Elenbacker. She started her business because she has a love for spinning and knitting. She told us that all the fiber offered for sale in the gallery on the farm was “donated” by the 4 breeds of sheep: Cormo, Corriedale, Shetland, and Blue-Faced Leicester! She also spins the hair from the Angora bunnies, and Angora (mohair) goats that she raises.
The Herman C. Timm House, located in downtown New Holstein was our final stop. This beautiful historic home belonged to Ginny Curry’s Great Grandparent’s and it is also a significant example of Queen Anne Style architecture called stick style architecture. The home was initially constructed in 1873 with an addition completed in 1892.
Many thanks to Mayor Diane Reese and the entire Calumet County Department of Tourism and the New Holstein Chamber of Commerce staff for making the day absolutely wonderful!!
I would also like to thank Jack Blattner and Blattner's Piggly Wiggly Staff for providing the refreshments and tasty snacks!!!