Stand Rock Indian Ceremonial Reawakened


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This event has a proud history, going back 80 years. This used to be a nightly performance at Stand Rock in the Upper Dells until the 1990’s, when it was discontinued.  We first heard about this special event when we visited H.H. Bennett Studio in June, they gave us this flyer.

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This event ties together all the journeys we experienced this summer. Many of our experiences touched upon Native American events and places. Especially our trip to Lac du Flambeau in July. Now in August, we got to see a performance that has not been done in years for the public. Photos without flash were allowed during the show, no video.

We arrived at the Crystal Grand Music Theatre at around 1:00 to see some of the native crafts for sale and perhaps enjoy some of the food they provided for guests.

Stand Rock Indian Ceremonial Marketplace

The food tent was especially busy, they couldn’t keep the fry bead in stock.  Al got one piece of fry bread that we shared. Being a cook has its advantages though, a few days later I learned how to make the Indian tacos at home following this recipe. See result above. It was delicious!

Went inside to see more exhibits and crafts and people. Saw two familiar faces there, H.H. Bennett’s Great-granddaughter Betsy Grant was there, whom we met at the June event.  Angela R. Davis was also there, we met her at the State Historical Museum in Madison when we went to visit.

Betsy Grant, H.H. Bennett Great-grandaughterWisconsin State Historical Museum

Crystal Grand native art display

It was now 3:00 and time for the performance after being introduced by Melanie Tallmadge Sainz, Director of the Little Eagle Arts Foundation. Also by Cheryl Boehmke,  President of the Friends of H.H.Bennett Studio.  She also is a colleague of Ms. Sainz and together they produced this historic program.  Thank you!

Stand Rock Indian Ceremonial Introduction

The show begins, three drummers form the framework and provide the beat for each of the dances performed.

Ho-Chunk Drummers

Each of the dances were more exciting than the last, the audience of nearly 500 was mesmerized.

Indian Ceremonial Dance

The Sunrise Call of the Zuni was beautiful.

Sunrise Call of the Zuni

It was sung during the performance, here is a flute version.

The Eagle Dance

The Eagle Dance

We also heard a rare recording of Chief Evergreen Tree imitating birds and other animals.

Chief Evergreen Tree

The performance concluded with the performers exiting the stage with the crowd enthusiastically cheering. In the lobby we got to talk to them and take pictures.

Indian performers

You could tell the performers were having as much fun as the audience.

Indian Dancer Feather headdress

We had a great time and hope it will be repeated.  This would be a great tradition to bring back to the Wisconsin Dells, which is far more than water parks.

Hot Website Links

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Wisconsin Historical Society

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Ho-Chunk Gaming

Video Demo on how to Make Indian Fry Bread and Tacos.

Marquette County History Museum in Westfield


After our visit to Montello we went to Westfield to see the Marquette County History Museum. It was a Wednesday and they were open. It is the former Cochrane-Nelson House, it has been a museum since 1979. There are several other buildings on the grounds. The Riverside School building, Henry Ellis Memorial Railroad Exhibit Building, and the Kerst Exhibit Building.


Marquette History Museum buildings

Also a beautiful yard with a gazebo and picnic tables.

Gazebo and Yard at Westfield Museum

We went in the house first, the tour was self-guided. The exhibits downstairs on the main floor.  Some information in the entryway.

Westfield Museum admission and house history

A picture of he founder of Westfield.


T. Henry Cochrane in a group photo with his business in Westfield.

T.H. Cochrane Co. photo

A view of the parlor and dining room, viewpoint is from wall right of entry looking left.


Looking toward the player piano from the entry.

Westfield Museum parlor

The Nelsons lived there from 1906-1979, before becoming the property of the Marquette County Historical Society.

Nelson family at Cochrane House 1906-1979

The dining room, table elegantly set. The Nelsons always enjoyed Sunday Dinner together here.

Sunday Dinner at Nelsons Westfield Museum

Westfield Museum Dining Room

The China cabinet in the dining room.


The next room is the kitchen, love the rooster wallpaper!


Rooster Wallpaper at Westfield Museum

An early microwave oven from the 1970’s.


This concludes the tour of this building, by this time another person from the volunteer staff had arrived and he pointed out that is is the original doorknob on the door.


The house is not the only building on the grounds. There is the Riverside School building as well, another docent who showed us around rang the bell for us.  it was one of the earliest school buildings in the county and the oldest that is still standing.

Let’s go inside. So realistic, complete with a dunce cap in the corner for the misbehaving student.



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Henry Ellis Memorial Railroad Building in Westfield

The railroad was very important to commerce in the 19th and early 20th centuries and here you will find artifacts from this era. This was a Tool House building you would find in a train yard.

Railroad Tool House history


 The Kerst Exhibit Building was the last one we toured,  and the largest one at the museum.  It seems they have a strawberry social in June, maybe we can come to that next year!

Kerst Exhibit Building in Westfield

Red Rock Cola used to made in Westfield.


Also a dairy.

Westfield Dairy exhibit

One of the big industries in Westfield is Brakebush, specializing in chicken products. They have a display, complete with a chicken costume.

Brakebush Chicken display in Westfield

Thanks for the great tour and hope to return next year.  We saw a few other things in Westfield while we were there. Here is downtown.


The millpond and dam which generates power for the community, Pioneer Power and Light.

Pioneer Power and Light Millpond and Dam in Westfield

Their Vet’s Memorial in a beautiful park with gazebo and running water, possibly from a spring.


Vet's Memorial in Westfield

A mural is also visible there.

Mural in Westfield

We had a great visit here and hope to come back soon to Westfield, “Where the Pioneer Spirit Lives On!”

Dalton – Amish Country Shopping

8-22-15 and other visits

Barry Rd in Dalton

Dalton is located just north of  Pardeeville and Portage and in the heart of Wisconsin’s Amish country.  It is about 45 minutes from Madison. There are several Amish stores in Dalton and I will tell you about the two we frequent, both for groceries at a deep discount.

Our first visit is usually at Mast’s Bent and Dent, known to the locals as Lizzie’s.  The address is W2086 Barry Road, Dalton, WI 53926. There they sell outdated (but still good) groceries, bent cans and boxes.  Going there is a fun treasure hunt!  Remember, there is no phone number to call for either store. As they use no electricity, the ceiling has many skylights but is still dim by “English” standards.  Bring a light if needed. Only cash or check for payment.


Hours open.
Mast's Bent and Dent hours in Dalton

Inside the store, you will find name brand food for far less cost. It was very crowded when we were there with non-Amish. We stocked up well, we may not be back until late winter.

Check out and aisle at Dalton's

Our next stop often is Mischler’s Country Store. It’s located on W5115 Barry Road, Dalton, WI 53926.   This store doesn’t have bent and dent, they specialize in bulk goods.  The also have some Amish cookbooks and  kitchen equipment like spatulas, bowls, etc.

Mischler's Country Store

Mischer's Country Store hours

A look inside the store. That’s a skylight too, brand new and bright.


Mishler's Country Store Aisle 2

Mischler's Country store check out

We had a great shopping trip and got months of staple items we use regularly.  Give it a try!