Friends hosts “A Taste of the Apostles” fundraiser for Access for All

Taste of the Apostles - group heads for Twilite fishing boat display

June 6, 2023

What better evening than enjoying a place you love with good people for a good cause and topping it off with fine food? On Saturday, June 3rd, Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore teamed with Wilderness Inquiry to host a fundraising event called “A Taste of the Apostles.”

Held at the Wilderness Inquiry Outpost near Little Sand Bay, the event featured a tour of Meyers Beach, the site of the proposed accessible ramp project replacing the 45-step stairway that now impedes easy access to the beach. “Of all the places we run trips, this project at Meyers Beach would go the furthest towards opening up access to prime paddling sites for people with mobility issues,” said Erika Rivers, Executive Director of Wilderness Inquiry. “It is an important project that we are fully committed to.”

Taste of the Apostles - group views Little Sand Bay display

The group also toured the existing accessible features at Little Sand Bay including the ramp access to the Twilite fishing tug exhibit, the tactile and audio interpretative displays, and the all-accessible viewing platform Friends helped to fund on the Little Sand Bay dock. In addition, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Superintendent Lynne Dominy laid out plans for future projects both at Little Sand Bay on the mainland and at nearby Sand Island.

From there, the group returned to the Wilderness Inquiry Outpost, an accessible facility developed using the principles of Universal Design including tent pads with ramp access, boardwalks, accessible showers and restrooms, and more. There, the group enjoyed fine wine, beer, and food prepared by renowned chef Beth Dooley. The menu included smoked fish spread from Bodin’s Fishery, local Chevre, House Made Rhubarb Conserve, Focaccia Sliders, macaroons, and more.  (Click to enlarge the photos below.)

“The event showcased both what a beautiful area the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore really is, and what we can do if we work together to make that beauty more accessible for everyone,” said Friends Executive Director Jeff Rennicke.

Taste of the Apostles sponsors

Proceeds from the event will support our Access for All program. If you are interested in joining us for future events including our Annual Cruise to Stockton Island on August 10th, register on our website.

Friends would like to thank our sponsors for this event, including Wilderness Inquiry.

Learn about our Access for All initiative and how you can make. a difference. Or donate now.

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