The Hand Picked Bluegrass Band, based in Tomahawk, will perform at the 24th annual Midsummer in the Northwoods Bluegrass Festival in Manitowish Waters.
New & improved
The Lakeland Airport/Noble F. Lee Memorial Field will get a new snow removal equipment building, thanks to a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration.
The $435,000 project will be paid for with $405,000 from the FAA, $15,000 from the state, and $15,000 from the towns of Arbor Vitae, Lac du Flambeau, Minocqua and Woodruff.
Terry Ripp, airport engineering specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, said in a news release that the building is needed to store and maintain the airport's snow removal equipment. In addition, the project includes the development of a storm water management plan as part of a DOT agreement with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Design work is expected to begin in August and be completed by December.
Fairs & fests
Now in its fourth year, the WhyNotWausau? festival, which aims to highlight what is new and exciting in the Wausau area, will take place Saturday. The main event, an outdoor concert featuring the Charles Walker Band and headliners The Giving Tree Band, will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on The 400 Block. An Ice Age Trail upkeep event will run from 8 a.m. to noon on the Plover River Segment near the Dells of the Eau Claire County Park. Events are free.
Information: Call 715-845-1111 or visit www.whynotwausau.com.
The 24th annual Midsummer in the Northwoods Bluegrass Festival will return to Manitowish Waters this weekend, starting Thursday and ending Sunday at the Cozy Cove Restaurant, 32 N. Highway 51. Performers include The Heathens of Bluegrass, Nu Blu Bluegrass Band, Sawdust Symphony, Hand Picked Bluegrass Band, and Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike. Thursday tickets are $10 per person; Friday or Saturday tickets are $20 per person, Sunday tickets are $5 per person, and weekend tickets are $50 per person.
Information: Call 715-543-2166 or visit www.onemorebluegrassshow.com.
Detours & delays
Location: Kemp Street in Rhinelander
Schedule: Present through October
Cost: $6.5 million
Traffic impact: Kemp Street is closed to through traffic between Sutliff Avenue and Bruner Street. Traffic is detoured north of the construction onto Davenport Street.
Road crews are reconstructing the road and installing new sewer and water lines.