Over 50 new documentaries will be screened across 3 days, Friday, June 15 thru Sunday, June 17, attracting local and international audiences to Green Lake, WI. They are the stories of vulnerable people, wildlife and ecosystems that are making a comeback, against extraordinary odds. Many films are already gaining attention on the awards circuit, some tipped as serious Oscar and BAFTA contenders. More importantly, the films are inspiring positive changes in public behavior and in political and corporate decisions that are leading to recoveries of endangered wildlife, vulnerable communities, and ecosystems.
Fresh produce, pasture-raised pork, grass-fed beef, farm-fresh eggs, fresh-baked breads, and made-to-order foods are just some of the signature goods being offered at Town Square’s Friday markets this summer. The Market will feature weekly yoga on the lawn with Marla Mockus, bounce houses for kids every first Friday of the month, a weekly beer tent serving local brews from Knuth Brew Company, and more!
Hangers, Town Square’s resale shop for women, will be accepting donations during Green Lake’s annual Citywide Garage Sale on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5. In exchange for their tax-deductible donations, donors will receive a 10% discount on their total purchase when they make shop at Hangers that weekend.
After approval early this year of the plan for the new multifunctional space known as Mill Pond Terrace, area contractors began breaking ground Monday, April 30. The first phase of the Mill Pond Terrace project will focus on hardscape, highlighting the center circle overlook as the focal point, and includes excavation, construction of a retaining wall, and the addition of decorative concrete, gravel and electrical.
With prom around the corner, the Hangers resale shop at Town Square is seeking dresses to help young girls live out their dream of a memorable high school prom. New and gently used gowns, shoes and accessories can be dropped off at Town Square’s front desk between 9 am and 5 pm on weekdays, and 9 am to 3 pm on Saturdays through the month of March.
In her film “The Last Animals,” photographer turned filmmaker Kate Brooks traces the deadly trade of illegally poached rhino horn and elephant ivory across four continents, traveling from protected areas in Africa to wildlife markets in Asia and North America in order to illustrate the complex web of global consumer demand, transnational criminal syndicates and the local conflicts and political problems that contribute to the current poaching epidemic. Along the way, Brooks also meets with investigators, scientists, zookeepers and rangers engaged in an all-too-often life threatening struggle to preserve the last remaining elephants and rhinos.
“We are big believers that more is more,” said Kate Salas of Green Lake Renewal. “The Market at Town Square creates special pop-up retail opportunities that promote business at times when the most people are seeking to shop. It’s really a win-win for the customers, vendors and other retail businesses around town.”
The plan, envisioned by a local team and designed by the engineering firm Graef, incorporates green and paved spaces, multiple levels and curved lines to create a series of user-friendly and flexible spaces to accommodate markets, events, and mobile vendors.