Thursday, July 31, 2008

Monroe Theatre Guild is almost ready to unveil their newest production. Fiddler on the Roof opens tomorrow, August 1 at 7:30 pm at the high school Performing Arts Center. With an extensive cast and another fantastic set designed by Suzanne Miller, this is a show not to be missed.

Shows will be on August 1, 2, 7, 8, and 9 at 7:30 pm or on August 3 and 10 at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the door.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Wisconsin Market Statistics, July 2008

Browsing through the Wisconsin Realtor Association website recently, I came across a number of very interesting facts about the current real market in Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin real estate market is more stable than many in the nation, and we continue to outperform many states. During 2007, the average home price in Wisconsin remained essentially stable, rising .2 percent. There are areas of declining prices in Wisconsin, but as a rule, home are worth more than they were three years ago, even in the areas of decline.

Locally, the statistics show this stability. During the first quarter of 2008 in Green County, 62 homes were sold for an average price of $140,000. During the first quarter of 2007, 67 homes were sold for an average price of $135,300. Slightly lower sale, slightly higher prices.

This stability in prices with the softening sales is good news for buyers. It demonstrates that our real estate market is still vital and alive, still holding steady in value despite what the nation media is saying. There is no such thing as a national housing market. As with weather, the forecast can only be local and site-specific. In our area, as a general rule, the market is not experiencing the declines of other parts of the nation.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Get your Cheese Curds!

If the temperatures are soaring, it must be the time of year for the Green County Fair again.

Follow the scent of fried cheese curds and the sound of screaming kids, and you know are heading the right direction. There is something for everyone at the fair. Spend time browsing the 4-H projects in the main pavilion. The kids put many hours into the various photography, woodworking, sewing, cooking and gardening projects.

Stop over in the stock pavilions to see the many varieties of animals out for judging. From rabbits and chickens to yearling cattle all the way up to full sized pigs and milking cows, everything is here. Children are fascinated by the many breeds of each animal.

After seeing the animals, come to the Grand Stand for to listen to Little Texas on Friday evening or Lori Morgan on Saturday evening. There will be Harness Racing and two Demolition Derbies on Sunday.

All week long, the midway will be filled with fun for the kids. Ride the Ferris Wheel, run through the fun house or spin around on the Whizzer. Wristbands for unlimited rides are available each day.

The fair means time for fair food! As always, the local service organizations will be out with local options, so you can at least know your purchase is going to a good cause. Optimist Club fried cheese curds are hugely popular, but don't forget the Green County Ag Chest's cream puffs, the Noon Optimists' brats or the Kiwanis for burger and chips.

Come on down to the fair!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Property of the Week

This week's featured property is a three bedroom home in Browntown.

Space, space and more space. Need more space for the family? How about space for the workshop and big boy toys? This three bedroom home on 1.13 acres has everything you need. The rambling ranch has a unique floor plan that includes the all the basics - living room, dining room, bathroom, bedrooms - along with an eat in kitchen and an enormous rec room that has a wet bar and half bath.

Privacy is yours when you relax on the the secluded back porch. Overlook a landscaped yard and miles of valley without seeing the neighbors.

The enormous detached garage is large enough to park two semis with room for more, so bring on the big boy toys! You are near the Cheese Country trail for riding an ATV or snowmobile and only minutes from Cadiz Springs for fishing. Trailer the boat a short drive up to Yellowstone or take the camper and spend the weekend. This garage has room to store all of these and more, more, more!