Month: July 2023 Articles

Statewide radio audience learns about Access for All in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Statewide radio audience learns about Access for All in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

“When you fall in love with a place, you look for ways to protect it, to share and to give back.” And that's exactly what Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Executive Director Jeff Rennicke encouraged a statewide Wisconsin Public Radio audience to do, during a live segment on the Larry Meiller show. Rennicke, Park Superintendent Lynne Dominy and Accessibility Advocate Janet Badura talked about efforts to make the park more accessibile to people of all abilities and how Meiller's listening audience can get involved.Dominy said, "Supporting accessibility is investing in...

WATERCOLORS: Five questions (+1) about painting in the Apostle Islands with watercolorist Dale Whittaker

WATERCOLORS: Five questions (+1) about painting in the Apostle Islands with watercolorist Dale Whittaker

Tinged with the colors of a morning sky, dotted with autumn leaves, reflecting the greens of pine needles and the soft orange of the sandstone walls, Lake Superior can seem like a work of art all by itself. The allure of those colors has long attracted painters seeking to capture even a glimpse of the natural beauty of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands. Recently, Executive Director Jeff Rennicke spent a morning in the Islands with watercolorist Dale Whittaker drifting, talking about art and light and mystery and inspiration.As they talked, a painting began taking shape under the artistry...

Marigolds, lighthouse keepers and perseverance – the rest of the story

Marigolds, lighthouse keepers and perseverance – the rest of the story

Several weeks ago, Friends of the Apostle Islands ran a story featurng the Edgar Guest poem connecting lighthouses, the age of automation and the end of an era for caretaker families who brought life, meaning, human touch, and memories to the stoic buildings that dot our shores.The poem ends with the line, “And will ever that automatic thing plant marigolds in early spring?” And the story noted my tradition of planting marigolds on my deck each spring, as homage to those families.Well, I have a new family to introduce to you. Ever get the feeling you’re being watched? From under the canopy...

In Focus: Friends welcomes Superior Photographic as a new Business Member

In Focus: Friends welcomes Superior Photographic as a new Business Member

Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands have long attracted artists – painters, poets, musicians, and photographers. That draw was particularly strong for the newest Business Member of Friends of the Apostle Islands, Peter Wagner, owner of Superior Photographic. For Wagner, his photographic journey began more than 53 years ago when he first picked up a camera to become the photography editor of his high school yearbook back in Guilford, Connecticut. From that moment, he set out to begin learning the art of photography. “Just as a guitar player must learn how to strum and fret a guitar,” he...