Logging camp museum opens this weekend

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Bob Brown completes repairs on the logging sled at Holt and Balcom Logging Camp Museum in Lakewood. (Contributed photo)

After a deep clean of the Holt and Balcom Logging Camp Museum in Lakewood in early May, the site is ready for what looks to be another excellent year.

“Our staff volunteers Dave Zulegar and George Richards helped us spruce up the camp in anticipation of a very busy school tour schedule with six schools booked for May and June,” said Bob Brown, camp manager. “We begin our regular public tours on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.”

School visits began May 14 with a new participant in 2018, Maranatha Seventh-Day Adventist Christian School, Lena. Other schools coming for their annual field trips are Suring, White Lake, Oconto, Wabeno and Gillett.

“It’s always fun to watch the excitement as the children enjoy a hands-on interactive look at their logging heritage,” Brown said.

In other camp news. last year’s fundraiser show, “Wine, Women and Song,” was a grand time and a great financial success. Two capacity crowds turned out for the zany comedy written and directed by camp curator Kathleen Marsh.

“This was a new show after a very successful five-year Red Light Saloon series,” Marsh said. “I had no idea if people would like the new concept, but it turned out they really did,” says Marsh.

“Wine, Women and Song” featured an all-female cast, and this year, the guys get their turn. “Whiskey Jack’s Deer Camp” is a new musical comedy set in 1918 Townsend that reprises some of the characters from the Red Light Saloon. “Whiskey Jack’s Deer Camp” debuts Oct. 6 at the Townsend Town Hall.

The museum is excited to welcome a new volunteer in 2018. Joining the staff is George Richards, a Townsend retiree who says he is eagerly anticipating the chance to share his time and talent at the oldest logging camp in America still situated on its original spot. If you would like to get involved, contact Bob Brown (715-276-3505) or Kathleen Marsh (715-276-6515).

The museum will be open for tours 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. summer Saturdays, now through Labor Day. Special visits can be arranged by calling Brown or Marsh. No admission, but donations are very much appreciated.

Send (tax-deductible) contributions to: Kathleen Marsh, curator; Holt and Balcom Logging Camp Museum; 16965 Nicolet Road, Townsend, WI 54175.