[Original Airdate: April 5, 2018] In the southwest corner of Wisconsin you will find a city that is symbolized and memorialized with largest "M" in the world --- Platteville! Huh? Why not a big P? Turns out that the M is for "mining" which is how this city came to be. Platteville's past is truly interesting, but it's the present that made memories for John. He played sheepshead, pitched horseshoes, thought about climbing to the top of the M, visited an Amish tobacco farm, toured the most beautiful mansion in town while talking to a parrot, ate gooseberry pie at the Owl Café, and envied Kip as he flew his PPC (Powered Para Chute). AND, John met Tud - completely Wundoemus! By the time we left Platteville, John completely embraced the M, which he said is his stamp of approval on this wonderful town. Approved (and loved) by McGivern!
[Original Airdate: April 12, 2018] Everyone who works on this show loved Menomonie --- and that's sayin' something! It's situated in the northwest quadrant of Wisconsin, in the northernmost part of the driftless area, and it's gorgeous --- to everyone! Crew members who love the rural areas loved it because we covered 4 farm stories - an Amish farm, an agri-tourism farm, a trout farm and a 4th generation family farm. Those who love busy, small, American downtowns loved it because there's a lot to do in Menomonie --- food, quaint shops and the most beautiful Center for the Arts of the season. The people who like college towns were thrilled to find UW-Stout, the only polytechnic college in the state. And those of us who like big manufacturing stories (especially John) were thrilled to get inside Cardinal FG and see glass as long as three football fields! Menomonie: a place with something for everyone to love, and a great end to our 7th season!
[Original Airdate: March 8, 2018] Manitowoc is a city on the eastern shore of Wisconsin, north of Sheboygan and south of Green Bay that John McGivern LOVES! No, we mean it. Visits to the Wisconsin Maritime Museum and exploration of the SS Badger were the beginning of his enchantment. Then he was introduced to beach glass, reminisced with an Evergleam Christmas tree collector, and explored Jagemann Stamping and Briess Malt and Ingredients Co. He had a Diet Coke with Kathie at the Stage Door Pub, made a belt at Leatherwerks and checked in to Dead by Dawn --- not sure that he would ever check out! But the cherry on the top was provided by Beerntsen's Confectionary and Cedar Crest Ice Cream! Yum! What's not to love? Fair warning to those in Manitowoc: Don't be surprised if some day there's a Manitowoc mailbox with John's name on it. By being so inviting, you asked for it, Manitowoc!
[Original Airdate: March 22, 2018] A pastor, a rabbi and a Nepalese chef all walk into ... Mequon and/or Thiensville, every day! As do the pharmacy students and staff at Concordia University, a hardware store owner, consignment shop owners, a catering company family, a village president and a mayor. And for four days, John joined them. He also met people who shared their metal cutting business, a rice paddy, the fish ladder and their music. So what do you get when you cross Thiensville with Mequon? Too much to shoot in four days... And that's no joke!
[Latest Airdate: June 15, 2017] [Original Airdate: February 13, 2014] This is an old river town, so sometimes it's tough to sort the facts from the myths. Ghosts in old jails, fish that fall from the sky on New Year's Eve that people kiss, grannies who play basketball, and a man that makes jerky out of just about every creature he catches: Only in Prairie du Chien are those things facts. Also facts: You can absorb late 19th century family life at Villa Louis, sympathize with the British and American soldiers who fought the only Wisconsin battle of the War of 1812, contemplate the lives of Native Americans by visiting the Indian Effigy Mounds, and then consider the history of the entire universe with the Starsplitters! After that, rejoin life in the early 21st century and eat, shop, quilt, play cards, gaze at the Mississippi, and go to Mass at the oldest Catholic parish in Wisconsin. John Gurda told us that Prairie du Chien means "field of the dog." Since John McGivern took Spanish in high school instead of French, he thought it meant "a prairie of chins." See why we need John Gurda? Episode #306
[Latest Airdate: May 24, 2018] [Original Airdate: February 15, 2018] John came up with a new name for Mayville, this wonderful community in Dodge County Wisconsin, by accident. He couldn't help but think of Mayberry, what with the sheriff's car and the charming, old downtown buildings. So the combination of the "May" and the "berry" came out as Merry, and a "ville" is really a town, right? So John's new name for this idyllic community was born: Merrytown! Believe us, it's easy to be merry here. Sweet Ginger Vintage, the wonderful old buildings and historical sites, VFW Bingo, harness racing and the Mayberry Sherriff's car all harken back to a simpler time. Big companies like Mayville Limestone Quarry, MEC and Metalcraft energize this area. And the Natural Way, Open Door Coffeehouse, Flyway Clay Slayers, the Mayville High School Show Choir and Fit 4 You Bootcamp all brought smiles to John --- for different reasons. See? Mayville could be Merrytown because it really describes this charming place very well.
[Latest Airdate: January 4, 2018] [Original Airdate: March 9, 2017] Fish Creek and Ephraim are just minutes away from each other in Door County. While these communities are really different, they are both part of the same wonderful Door County experience. We're on the bay (west) side --- also known as the "busy" side. Indeed, John had a full agenda, as do most tourists who come to this part of Door County, but this turned out to be one of the most relaxing episodes because that's how Fish Creek and Ephraim are. You can't help but walk a little slower, talk a little less and smile a little more. Well, John didn't follow suit on the "talk a little less" part because he's a television host and talking to people is what he does. And what fun conversations he had at Lautenbach's Orchard Country Winery and Market, Edgewood Orchard Galleries, Wilson's, and with everyone he met. And since John spent a good deal of time here acting, he couldn't wait to catch up with both famous theater groups. The busy side of the Door in September. We highly recommend it!
Music: pomking leaf - Pomking Music Free https://youtu.be/hB_gEEUdcpE John Cena John Felix Anthony Cena Jr. (born April 23, 1977),West Newbury, Massachusetts, U.S. John Cena is an American professional wrestler, rapper, actor, and reality television show host. He is signed to WWE, where he performs on the SmackDown brand. Cena started his professional wrestling career in 1999 with Ultimate Pro Wrestling (UPW) and won the UPW Heavyweight Championship the following year. Cena signed a developmental contract with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, later renamed to World Wrestling Entertainment, or simply WWE) in 2001, debuting on the WWE main roster in 2002. Years active: 1999–present (wrestler) 2000–present (actor) 2004–2005; 2014 (rapper) 2016–present (TV host) John Cena Movies List: 2000: Ready to Rumble 2006: The Marine 2009: 12 Rounds 2010: Legendary 2010: Fred: The Movie 2011: The Reunion 2011: Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred 2012: Fred 3: Camp Fred 2014 Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery 2015: The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age SmackDown! 2015: Trainwreck 2015: Sisters 2015: Daddy's Home 2016: Surf's Up 2: WaveMania 2017: The Wall 2017: The Pact
[Original Airdate: February 22, 2018] When John said, "Let's get straight to the point," we're so glad we took him literally because Stevens Point earned tons of brownie points! Everyone in this fabulous city pointed us to a great episode, and stayed on point throughout with their pointed remarks. Point Brewery was an obvious (and great) choice, and you can't talk about Stevens Point without pointing out the trivia contest. But we are so glad when we can point to the not-so-obvious community stars, too. What do governors for dams, wheelchairs, potatoes, toys, tea, women's clothing, Father Fat's food, Iroquois raised beadwork and art paper have in common? Yep. All pointed out in this episode. But it's pointless to continue with our list because after watching this episode, you will completely get the point. Stevens Point IS the point!
[Latest Airdate: May 25, 2017] [Original Airdate: January 30, 2014] Like John says, this little pocket of Wisconsin is everything a Mainstreet Community ought to be! He went from longingly exploring the American Club and the Design Center in Kohler, to walking in awe through the aisles of Evans in Sheboygan Falls. (And if we wouldn't have threatened him, he'd still be in Evans!) And while John Gurda was researching the history of the area, the ladies at the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center were digging into John McGivern's history. This episode offers pickelball, music, vinyl, popcorn, great food, golf, churches and more. It's no coincidence that the world's best known manufacturer of toilets is just miles down the road from the world's largest manufacturer of toilet seats. See? These two towns really do go together! Episode #304