I am currently going to school in Ashland, WI, way, way up north on Lake Superior. Near Bayfield and the Apostle Islands.
We are famous for the Lake, of course, except that it’s actually pretty filthy here in town, thanks to decades of nasty industy and being a major port city. Some time ago though, Duluth, MN, (about 70 miles W) became the big port city, so now they’ve got all the pollution and we’ve got tourism. It’s still filthy-nasty, though. I think the marina is a Superfund site, I know they were considering it…
But a mile or two out of town the Lake is beautiful. And nearby are Copper Falls State Park, Chequamegon National Forest, and miles and miles of still-wild wilderness. What I love best about living here is that from campus I can walk for 10 minutes and be lost in forest wonderland.
As for events, today, actually, there is the “Book Across the Bay” which is a snowshoe race across the frozen Lake from Ashland to Washburn. Plus there are lots of other typical small-town amusement festivals, but I don’t really pay attention.
About 4 seconds of the movie “A Simple Plan” was shot in Ashland. This was before my time here, but what I hear is that the movie people were here for months, but almost none of the Ashland scenes were actually included in the finished movie. I watched it and I didn’t recognize anything.
I’m originally from Almond, WI, famous for potatoes. Yup, that’s pretty much it. Every July there is a festival called, brace yourself, “Tator Toot.”
Also, about 5 miles from Almond is Plainfield, WI, home of creepy-guy extrordinaire Ed Gien. So that’s fun.