Christ Lutheran ‘sock hop’ set for Saturday

Christ Lutheran Church will host a “Happy Days Sock Hop” at its location at 700 Cty. Hwy. B. on Saturday, May 9.

The event begins at 5 p.m. with DJ Scott Newman providing music. The Soda Jerk Diner and Dairy Bar will offer a wide menu of classic foods for kids and adults, including shakes, burgers, chili dogs and sundaes.

In addition to the food and music, visitors will also be able to partake in contests, including a “twist” dance competition and a karaoke contest with over $400 in cash prizes.

The parking lot will also be lined with classic cars. The classic car show promises the muscle cars “your grandparents talk about.” With prom season in full swing, the classic cars will also be offered as a backdrop for photos.


St. Ann to present ‘The Lion King, Jr.’

Photo submitted. Scar (Jackson Talbert) is up to no good with his band of hyena helpers (Zach Wahlin, Chloe Neumeyer, and Joey Waldorf).

As students at St. Ann School gear up for their May 8-9 drama club production of “The Lion King, Jr.”, afternoons in Healy Hall sound more like life on the African Savanna than life in Stoughton.

DeeDee Bouzek, director of the St. Ann’s drama program, said there is extra excitement as the school is one of the first in the country to put on the musical, the rights of which were released in January. 

“It’s very exciting for the kids and all of us,” she said. 

“The Lion King, Jr.” is closely based on the 1997 Broadway musical and 1994 Disney film.  Bouzek said staging a show for the first time presents a lot of challenges, like creating new costumes, sets, and choreography, but this musical has its own unique task.  


Stamp Out Hunger food drive May 9

The 23rd annual National Association of Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive is Saturday, May 9.

Each year on the second Saturday of May, letter carriers across the country collect non-perishable food donations from their customers in a national effort that provides assistance to millions of Americans struggling to put food on the table. The NALC, United States Postal Service, Feeding America and other partners are asking local residents to contribute to the nation’s largest single-day food drive.

Customers are asked to place non-perishable food items in a sturdy bag in or by their mailboxes that Saturday, and their carriers will pick up the food. The food will then be donated to local food pantries.

Any customers who receive plastic bags in their mail are encouraged to use those bags. Items may include, but are not limited to, canned soup, canned vegetables, peanut butter, pasta, rice and cereal. 


Cantus Choir photos

The Norwegian choir Cantus performs at the Stoughton High School Performing Arts Center last Friday. The all-female choir from Norway spent time with the Stoughton High School choir program earlier in the day. 


Disc golf rally Saturday

Some sunshine and warm weather appear to be in the forecast for Saturday’s annual disc golf rally at Amundson Park.

The Stoughton Area Key Club and Kiwanis Club of Stoughton will host the family-friendly event Saturday, May 2, at Amundson Park at the north end of Amundson Parkway in Stoughton.  

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by 9 a.m. tee off. 

Players of similar ability and age play for prizes, so all are encouraged to join in the fun.  

The entry fee is $5 per individual, with a maximum of $10 per family. The first 20 students registered will receive a free tournament quality disc and there will be a variety of door prizes offered. Parents bringing a paid kindergarten through 12th grade entrant play for free. 

Players can register into one of five categories:

• Beginners 12 years old and younger

• Beginners 13 to 18 years old


Stoughton Festival Choir photos

The Stoughton Festival Choir presented “Songs for the Liturgical Year” Sunday at Covenant Lutheran Church. The musical selections took listeners through the different festivals and seasons associated with the theological calendar. 


A paddler’s story

Photos submitted. Lynne Diebel takes a break from constant paddling against the Wisconsin River current and decides to pull the canoe upstream.

Lynne Diebel didn’t set out to become the author of five books after retiring from teaching English at Stoughton High School in 1998.

“Things just evolved that way,” she said.

Her latest book, “Crossing the Driftless: A Canoe Trip Through a Midwestern Landscape,” was published in March by University of Wisconsin Press. It recounts Lynne and her husband Bob’s 359 river-mile paddling journey from Faribault, Minn. – where the family has a summer home – to their home in Stoughton.

The couple spent 12 days in the summer of 2009 making the trip because it’s the sort of thing they do for fun and adventure. They didn’t initially think of it as an opportunity for Lynne to write another book.


Quilt Faire photos

About 175 people attended Skaalen Auxiliary’s annual Quilt Faire on Saturday. 

Nearly 200 quilts were on display at Christ Lutheran Church, including new and antique quilts, patriotic quilts that will be donated to the VA hospital, Relay for Life quilts and Lutheran World Relief quilts. 

The event also featured guest artists Judy L. Nelson from Bettendorf, Iowa, and Susan Luers of Evansville. More than $2,000 in proceeds from the event and raffles will be applied to auxiliary projects.


Bowersox returns to ‘one of my favorite rooms’

Photo by Meg Bitton Photography. Singer-songwriter Crystal Bowersox, of American Idol fame, will perform two Opera House shows Saturday with singing partner Rachel Coats.

Crystal Bowersox became something of a household name in 2010 during her performances on American Idol.

The dreadlocked, raspy-toned singer-songwriter performed for an audience of 30 million and finished runner-up in the wildly popular singing competition series that began airing on Fox Television in 2002. That success launched her professional recording and performing career. 

Now 29, she released her first album, “Farmer’s Daughter,” in 2010, and followed with her second album, “All That for This,” in 2013.

In a telephone interview days before returning to the Stoughton Opera House, Bowersox described the show’s concept as “strange,” but acknowledged it was a big boost to her career.


River trail cleanup is Saturday

Working with Stoughton Parks and Recreation director Tom Lynch, volunteers with the city’s River and Trail Task Force have organized the annual Yahara River Trail cleanup Saturday morning. Any one interested can meet the group at the pedestrian bridge near Cooper’s Causeway at 9 a.m. 

Lynch will coordinate the cleanup effort with maps and directions for volunteers, who are asked to wear “grubby clothes” and bring work gloves.

Along with cleaning up the trail, volunteers will help gather scrub trees and bushes that have already been cut.

“We’re hoping to get rid a lot of the dogwood and junk trees along the pedestrian bridge, and ask our volunteers to haul them out and place them in piles to be picked up,” Lynch said. “The trees will already be cut, and then we’ll come and pick them up.”


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