Wisconsin Life #306: "Skipper and Savannahs"

| November 5, 2015

A charter boat captain, family that clowns around and a very busy team of pastry makers are featured in this episode.

 

This collection of people sharing the story of their “Wisconsin Life” includes Door County charter fishing boat captain Don Grasse.  After retiring from his job as a Rhinelander school teacher, Grasse became a charter captain fishing the beautiful Lake Michigan waters around Gills Rock and Washington Island. He explains the changes he has seen in Lake Michigan since exotic species were introduced and the threat they present to fishing.

 

Also featured in this episode is the DeSanto family.  Greg, Karen and Emily DeSanto look like an ordinary family, but when visiting their Baraboo home, it doesn’t take long to notice all the clown memorabilia.  In fact, Greg and Karen are retired circus clowns, and now their daughter Emily has taken up the family business.

 

Next up, Wisconsin Life travels to Mineral Point, where - after retiring from a career as Mineral Point High School’s agriculture teacher - Don Hawkins set out to grow grass prairies and oak savannahs on school property.  Now, he takes students of all ages out into the prairie to teach them about nature, conservation, and the cycle of life.

 

Then it’s off to Kewaunee, where JoAnn Vogel and a crew of volunteers make 12,000 – yes, 12,000 - Czech pastries known as kolache in just two nights for the annual Kewaunee County’s Czech Festival.

Finally, hit the ice with long time Zamboni operator and Madison resident Art Schultz.  Whether it’s for practice or a UW Badgers playoff game at the Kohl Center, Schultz knows the importance of a flawless sheet of ice. 

Tags: fishing / lake michigan / Kewaunee / Czech / kolache / Zamboni / clown