September 11 to October 26, 2014 – Les Miserables

Les MisThe Fireside is proud to present the world’s longest running musical!

LES MISERABLES has won 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical as well as over 100 international awards. Seen by over 65 million people in 42 different countries, this epic tale of love and courage, commitment and loyalty celebrates the unassailable strength of the human spirit. The Fireside’s spectacular new production will be filled with magnificent singing and dancing as we bring to life one of the greatest, most ambitious, soaring musical scores in the history of the stage. This is a Fireside premiere that you can’t afford to pass up!

Seven shows weekly Wednesday through Sunday

Fort Atkinson – The Fireside Dinner Theatre, 1131 Janesville Avenue



September 12-14, 2014 – Gemuetlichkeit Days

Gemuetlichkeit Days – – Held at the Jefferson County Fair Park, Gemuetlichkeit means good times, good fun, good fellowship.  Celebrating 44 years. Join the fun & enter the contest going on throughout the weekend.  Enjoy great music for your dancing & listening pleasure.  German food, a Craft Fair on Saturday, and enjoy the beautiful German costumes.

A huge parade on Sunday, Sept. 14th at noon.

Begins at 5pm Friday

Jefferson – 503 North Jackson Avenue


September 13, 2014 – Paint the Town 

Help celebrate the annual Paint the Town event, hosted by the Lake Mills Main Street Program and the Arts Alliance of Greater Lake Mills.

Silent auction items include something to get everyone excited! Due to the generosity of several of the artists who attended the recent Lake Mills Arts Festival, there are over a dozen great art pieces to add to the auction this year. All of the popular annual raffles – the Wall of Wine from Lewis Station Winery, and the Wall of Beer from Tyranena Brewing Company – are back again, and this year’s “themed” raffle – “Happy Hour” – will showcase a wonderful spectrum of “things that make us happy” (not necessarily a tavern’s version of “happy hour” – but some of them might be!). As always, raffle tickets are available at the Legion on the evening of the event – in $10 and $20 quantities – and the raffle winners will be announced about 9:45pm that evening.

The 2014 Live Auction items include the following: A 6-course dinner, paired with wine, for 8 guests in a local private home; a hand-crafted coffee table, a one-of-a-kind vase created by Ephraim Faience Pottery, and a December Holiday Cocktail Party for 12 at the Fargo Mansion Inn.

The 2014 Open House portion of the evening will run from 5:30-8pm and will feature these new and/or newly renovated businesses: Sound Haven Learning Center, Calamity Janes, Sanft Accounting & Tax, Café on the Park (if they are able to reopen by that date), and our newest downtown business in the old Oral Health Building – Lapis&Moss.

The main event begins at 7:30pm at the American Legion Hall, 129 South Main Street. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available all evening long. The raffle winner announcements and the Live Auction will begin about 9:45pm.

This year, the theme is the 80’s, and we encourage attendees to dress in their finest 80’s threads, although you can still have a great time that evening if you choose not to travel back in time for your wardrobe! Tunes from the 80’s will be spun from DJ Hal and DJ Little Ray along with their Magic Mirror Ball. Tickets are $25, and can be purchased online at Lake Mills Main Street Program or at the Legion on the evening of the event.

Lake Mills – American Legion Hall – South Main Street


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September 16, 2014 – History of the Hess Cooperage 

Hess Cooperage

Katie Otto is a freelance writer who provides JCTC with some spectacular content and information. She's previously held the role of Secretary for the Jefferson County Tourism Council, has assembled our Monthly Newsletter and was the Executive Director for the Lake Mills Main Street Program, a non-profit community organization that is dedicated to the preservation, growth and vitality of Lake Mills through public events and active community involvement.