June 2022
40th Portage Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing
Enter your foursome now in the 40th Portage Chamber Golf Outing! This annual event is happening on Wednesday, June 8 at the Portage Country Club with pre-game activities at 9am and a shotgun start at 10am. The outing is the largest fundraiser for the Chamber, helping us fulfill our leadership role in providing a healthy economy and high quality of life.

This is a terrific networking event where you can join other Chamber members, clients and friends for a great day on the course. Pre-registration is necessary for the outing. Tickets are on sale now and you can contact our office at 608-742-6242 for all the details.
Thank You to our Golf Outing Member Sponsors!
  • New Life Physical Therapy
  • Community Bank of Portage
  • Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home
  • Wisconsin River Title Consultants
  • H.G. Meigs/Meigs Trucking Inc.
  • Knight Barry Title Services
  • Pride of America Camping Resort
  • Rhyme
  • Miller Brussell Ebben & Glaeske, LLC
  • Roth Professional Solutions
  • Adams-Columbia Electric Cooperative
  • Ho-Chunk Gaming WI Dells
  • Don-Rick Insurance
  • General Engineering
  • Trecek Automotive
  • Cascade Mountain 
  • Zimmerman Plumbing
  • Culver’s Restaurant
  • WCCU Credit Union
  • Cardinal FG
  • NaturesWay Landscaping & Snow Removal
  • Edward Jones – Klay and Josh Vehring Financial Advisors
  • United Country Hamele Auction & Realty
Canoes on Parade is Here!
Come see the upright canoes painted with various themes by local artists. Nine fiberglass canoes are up around Portage. Locals and visitors alike can stand in front of the upright canoes -- creating a close resemblance to portaging a canoe -- and pose for pictures, then share them on social media.

Click Here to view the map locations of the colorful canoes.
Click Here to print a map of the canoes.

The canoe project is being sponsored by the City of Portage Tourism Commission and coordinated by the Portage Area Chamber of Commerce. More details at www.portagewi.com.
Business Luncheon -Tuesday, June 7
The Portage Area Chamber of Commerce is offering another way to network with your fellow Chamber members and make those important connections that can help you in your business or career. Bring your business cards, brochures, or anything you wish to share with other members.
Luncheon Information:
Our speaker will be Dr. Lance from Blau Family Chiropractic. Our posture is declining at the speed of technology, and we are getting more medical information from the internet than ever before. Dr. Lance will be talking about what Blau Family Chiropractic does differently to make healing simple and accessible for our community and why businesses like your own would want to work with them in helping to heal community members.
A thriving community starts with healthy and active participants, so it is our mission to Care, Educate, and Serve Portage Area Residents in any way that we can! Dr. Lance will talk about new and innovative technology, outreach, and service opportunities for your business, and all the fun they have been having supporting local organizations on their own missions to serve!
We are excited to share what Blau Family Chiropractic has to offer the Portage Community after 27 years of practice!

Location: La Tolteca Authentic Mexican Cuisine, 2756 New Pinery Road
Time: Lunch at 11:30AM, Presentation at Noon
Cost: order and pay for your lunch at the restaurant 
Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Click Here to Register! Please RSVP to this event.
Canal Days June 4, 2022
Come to Downtown Portage and celebrate Canal Days on Saturday, June 4. The Canal Days theme this year is Pirates! Come see MN Jack Sparrow, as Joshua Godfredson gives us an impersonation of Captain Jack Sparrow during the parade and after at Commerce Plaza. You might even learn some REAL pirate facts from Captain Jack Sparrow!

In downtown there will be live entertainment, kid's activities, food, walking tour, canoe rides and shopping specials during the event from 11am-2pm.

Enjoy the Civil War Encampment by The Historical Timekeepers from 10am-4pm both Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5 at the Historic Indian Agency House.

Click Here for a schedule of Canal Days events!
walking tour
Downtown Walking Tour June 4, 2022
Spend the morning learning about Historic Downtown Portage with a guided walking tour by Judy Eulberg on Saturday, June 4 at 10am.

The free, hour-long guided tour starts at the Portage Area Chamber of Commerce office at 104 W. Cook Street.
Elks Lodge Fisheree June 5, 2022
Come to Bridal Pond at Pauquette Park for the Annual Elks Lodge Fisheree on Sunday, June 5. The event is free and open to all kids age 12 and under. Must be accompanied by an adult. Bring your own pole and bait.
The pond is located at the corner of East Cook Street and Pierce Street. Bring your own pole and bait. For more information, call Portage Elks Lodge at 608-742-6040.

Elks Annual Flag Day Ceremony June 12, 2022
The public is invited as the Portage Elks presents their Annual Flag Day Ceremony on Sunday, June 12, beginning at 11am. The Portage Elks Lodge is located at 201 West Conant Street. This is a free event.
Welcome New Portage Chamber of Commerce Members

Tony Navone
Portage, WI 53901
Independent Associate for AFLAC and WFG (World Financial Group)
offering financial and investment services and insurance.
Portage Farmers Market
The Portage Farmers Market is back! The market happens every Thursday from Noon to 5pm, May through October, at Commerce Plaza in downtown Portage (corner of Hwy 16 & 33).

The market features homegrown produce items, homemade items, and handcrafted items. For questions, contact the Market Manager, Paul Howe at 608-745-8334. For a vendor application, click here.
Advertise in this Chamber newsletter
Having an event you want others to know about? Submit a one-time flyer insert in this newsletter for $25. Or place a year-long newsletter ad, which links to your website, for $250/year. Call the Portage Chamber for more information at 608-742-6242.
Classes at Beautifully Blemished
Sharon Wade walks you through the project of making Americana Signs from start to finish during this class on Thursday, June 2. Select either 1pm to 3pm or 6pm to 8pm. ​Paint and supplies are provided in all workshops. No skills required. $35 class fee applies. Registration is required. Click Here to Register.

A Decoupage Vase Class will be held with Sharon where you put together and design your own unique vase using decoupage on Thursday, June 23. ​Paint and supplies are provided in all workshops. No skills are required. $35 class fee applies. Select either class from 10am to 12pm or 6pm to 8pm. Registration is required. Click Here to Register.
Contact Sharon with any questions at 608-697-0297. Beautifully Blemished is located at 104 W. Cook Street. 
St. Mary Parish Rededication Festival Weekend
The entire community is invited to celebrate the rededication of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church, June 11-12, 2022.
Please visit the REDEDICATION FESTIVAL website for a complete itinerary of activities and events, including: a Run/Walk, kids games, a vendor fair, church tours, community dinner, raffle, a band and a Sunday morning pancake breakfast hosted by the local Knights of Columbus.

For more information, call 608-742-6998.
Ribbon Cuttings

A ribbon cutting was held at Suzy's Steak & Seafood House, 2711 County Highway CX, to welcome Jenny Mair as the new owner of the business.

She is the daughter of Sue and Dana Stover, previous owners who retired. Stop out for dinner as she continues the Supper Club tradition in Portage, serving 
top-quality steaks, seafood and all the classic Wisconsin cocktails you love.

Open for dining Wednesday through Sunday at 4pm. For more information call 608-742-8400.

A ribbon cutting was held at the Chamber office to welcome NaturesWay Landscaping & Snow Removal LLC as a new member of the Portage Chamber.

They are committed to making the world more beautiful one backyard at a time! They do everything from lawn care to retaining walls. Call 608-408-0585 to see your backyard dreams in full bloom.

A ribbon cutting was held to welcome Portage Café LLC and owners Tammy and Tara as new members.

They are ready to serve up a delicious breakfast and lunch to you at their cozy diner located in the heart of downtown Portage.

They are also grateful to the community and the other businesses that have helped support the process of getting the café opened again.

For more information, call Portage Cafe, 111 W. Cook Street, at 608-566-1543.
Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings
Saturday, June 11 at 10am - St. Mary Parish Rededication Festival Weekend is taking place and the community is invited to be part of the Ribbon Cutting. This will be the public's first opportunity to gather in the church.
Wednesday, June 15 at 9am - Join us for a ribbon cutting as we welcome Bexxys Hair Salon to downtown Portage, located at 105 West Cook Street. (former location of the Barber Shop). Bekah can help you with all your hair care needs, nails and waxing services. You can contact her directly at 608-369-3032. Come welcome her in this new location.

Wednesday, July 13 at 10am - Join us for a ribbon cutting as we welcome the Portage Craft Mall, 128 W. Cook Street, to the business community. The store offers a wide selection of products, gifts and crafts created by local vendors. Personalization and custom orders will also be available to make your items one of a kind. Quality local vendors are encouraged to contact June Lauter at 608-404-0163 for information regarding vendor spaces.
Adams-Columbia Electric Cooperative News
Attention parents with high school sophomore, junior and senior students: Don't miss out on an amazing opportunity! Register your students to attend Youth Leadership Congress (YLC), a three-day summer camp on a college campus. The best part? Adams-Columbia Electric Cooperative (ACEC) sponsors students to attend for free and provides transportation to and from the summer camp. YLC is available for ACEC members and non-members, so grab a friend and sign up today. What are you waiting for?! Click Here to learn more and to apply.

We're now hiring for the General Manager position. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 17. To learn more about the position and to apply, Click Here.
Art That Blooms
Opening reception is June 3, 2022 from 4pm to 7pm.
Onsite exhibit runs June 3-July 22, 2022.
Art that Blooms is a wonderful event, free and open to the public, featuring original artwork by area artists, along with fresh floral arrangements and poetry inspired by each individual work of art. All this comes together for a multi-sensory event the first full weekend in June!
Human Trafficking Awareness Presentation
CrossPoint Assembly of God Church is hosting a viewing of INNOCENCE SOLD on Thursday, June 2 from 6 to 8pm. Featuring three short films, INNOCENSE SOLD is the story of Sabrina, a high-school student lured into sex trafficking; her trafficker, Matt; and her friend, Andrea. INNOCENCE SOLD was produced and filmed in the Fox Valley to educate young people about the dangers of sex trafficking. The presentation is free and open to the public ages 12+.

CrossPoint Assembly of God is located at 2727 County Road CX. The event is free to attend. Call the church office at 608-742-2221 for more information.
Adult Technology Class
Join us for an Adult Technology Class at the Portage Public Library on Wednesday, June 8 from 1pm to 2pm. This beginner class will cover the basics of using technology including computers, smartphones and more. Registration is required. Call 608-742-4959. Portage Public Library is located at 253 West Edgewater Street.
concert at the Portage
Concerts at the Portage
Grab your lawn chair or blanket and come enjoy Concerts at the Portage, a Wednesday evening summer concert series that begins June1st. The concerts take place on a stage behind the Portage VFW located at 215 W. Collins Street (behind Walgreen's) at 6:30pm. Desserts are served by a local non-profit as a fundraiser.

Concert schedule by month is located at www.portagewi.com.
Festival Foods Brat Hut
Festival Foods will be hosting the United Way Brat Fry Fundraiser in the brat hut outside. Stop by Festival Foods, 2915 New Pinery Road, on Friday, June 10 from 10am to 4pm.
CASA of Dane & Columbia Counties Designer Purse Bingo!
CASA of Dane & Columbia Counttes will be holding Designer Purse Bingo! at Rock N Wool Winery on Thursday, June 30 with doors open at 5pm. Bingo starts at 6pm. $35/ticket (includes 3 cards per game, 8 games total and a raffle ticket). Tickets can be purchased here: https://canopycenter.org/events/upcoming-events/designer-purse-bingo.html
Sip & Chip event
Sip & Chip event held to benefit Portage Chamber of Commerce member Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin at the Meadows of Six Mile Creek in Waunakee on Wednesday, June 22. Shotgun start is at 11am. Golf package is $130, includes 18 holes and dinner at Rex's Innkeeper at 6pm. For those not golfing, dinner is $30. Silent auction opens at 4pm at Rex's Innkeeper.

To register, visit bit.ly/sipchip_registration. Direct questions to Rena Ripp at 608-228-6821 or Heather Holy at 608-206-5588.
Free Women's Self Defense Class
Register now for this free Women’s Self Defense Class on Thursday, June 30 from 6pm to 8pm. Doors open at 5:30pm at Plumer Karate America Portage, 2211 W. Wisconsin Street (Lower level of Jim's BP). For ages 15 and up. To register, contact Plumer Karate America – Portage at 608-469-5631 or email
Health Revival Series
June is Mens Health! John from The Grainery in Baraboo with be joining Dr. Blau in educating and advocating for men's health on Thursday, June 30 at 5pm! 

Health Revival Series at Blau Family Chiropractic is all about putting you back in your healthcare! They will be educating on an important health topic each month with area wellness leaders. The series is held at Blau Family Chiropractic at 641 Latton Lane. For more information, call 608-742-1300.
History Alive at FWSQ
Come to Fort Winnebago Surgeons Quarters for re-enactors, historical presenters, games and school in the 1800s during the History Alive event happening Saturday, June 18 from 11am to 4pm.
Click Here for more information.

Book Club at FWSQ
Join us at Fort Winnebago Surgeons Quarters for their monthly book club discussion. This month we will be reviewing the book: The Lions of Lucerne by Brad Thor on Sunday, June 12 beginning at 3pm.

Fort Winnebago Surgeons Quarters is located at 1824 East State Road 33 For more information, visit www.fortwinnebagosurgeonsquarters.org or call Fort Winnebago Surgeons Quarters, 1824 East State Road 33, at 608-742-2949.
Portage Citywide Garage Sales
Garage Sales in Portage are scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, June 9-11. Great deals are waiting for you all over town!!

Whether you are having a sale or heading out looking for a sale, click here to get your sale posted or to view a map of garage sale locations.
Text PORTAGE to 51660
to receive information about upcoming Portage events
Flag Day Celebration at Agency House
On June 14, 1777, the USA adopted the stars-and-stripes as its official flag, which has flown as a symbol of our nation for 245 years.
Join us for the Pledge of Allegiance at the flagpole at 10am on Saturday, June 11 and receive a free tour today. Throughout the day, enjoy $3 off your gift shop purchase of $30 or more.

Dugout Canoe Project
Join in on the quest to experimentally create a fire-wrought dugout canoe using ancient methods and tools. The project commenced last year, and this year the process continues of carefully burning out a dugout canoe. Each time, new methods and ideas are tried. The project event dates are Fridays, June 10, 17 & 24 from 6pm to 8pm; Friday, July 8 from 6pm to 8pm; and Saturday-Sunday, July 30-31.

"The Historic Landscape" Speaker Series
The Historic Landscape” Speaker Series, part 1 of 4 (2nd Tuesday of each month June through September) will feature speaker Kathe Crowley Conn, biographer, author, educator, and place-based education advocate. This Speaker Series event is scheduled for Tuesday, June 14 at 6:30pm at the Agency House. Free to attend.

The topic: Juliette Kinzie: A Chronicler of Cultures on the Historic Landscape.
Juliette Kinzie traveled from high-society New England to the territorial wilderness in 1830. A keen observer of cultures, societal roles, and social relationships, Kinzie chronicled her adventures and experiences with a special interest in the lives and relationships of those around her.

Guided History Hike at Agency House
Enjoy an educational walk on Historic Indian Agency House trails led by Agency House director and curator Adam Novey. Learn about the rich and fascinating history that happened on the soil beneath your feet. Meet at the visitor center at 8:15am. Children may participate if accompanied by a responsible adult. Free event. (Donations appreciated). This walk is scheduled for Saturday, June 25 at 8:15 am. The Historic Indian Agency House is located at 1490 Agency House Road. For more information, please call 608-742-6362.
June Chamber Meetings and Events
7 Business Luncheon at LaTolteca at 11:30am
8 Chamber Golf Outing at Portage Country Club at 10am
15 Ribbon Cutting at Bexxys Hair Salon at 9am
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Want to submit an article for this newsletter?
The Chamber's monthly newsletter deadlines the 20th of the month. Members are always welcome to let others know: about new products and services; introduce new associates or promotions; provide updates about their industry or business; give helpful tips; promote a sale or event. For more information, call the Portage Chamber at 608-742-6242.
Submit your Events!
Are you planning an event this year? Get it posted on our web community calendar at www.portagewi.com. One of the most popular viewed of the Chamber website pages, the calendar allows you to submit your own events.

Simply click this link and submit your events. If you have questions, please call the Chamber office at 608-742-6242.
Job postings on portagewi.com
Check out these job postings on our Chamber site from our member businesses. You are welcome to post job openings your business may have at any time. Call the Chamber office at 608-742-6242 for more information.
Join a Service Club - Meetings subject to change
Rotary - Meets Mondays at Noon at Dino’s Restaurant, 2900 New Pinery Rd.
Lions Club - Meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 5:30pm at Dino’s Restaurant, 2900 New Pinery Rd., summer month meetings change locations
Kiwanis - Meets on Wednesdays at Noon at Pizza Ranch, 2905 New Pinery Rd.
Optimists - Meets on Tuesdays at 7am at Dino’s Restaurant, 2900 New Pinery Rd.
Elks - Meets 2nd & 4th Tuesday at 7pm; 2nd Tuesday only in July, August and December
Women's Civic League - Meets 2nd Wednesdays of the month at Dino’s Restaurant, 2900 New Pinery Rd.
*Please Note: Dino's Restaurant is temporarily closed. Please call Chamber office for meeting info at 608-742-6242.
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