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Portage Area Chamber of Commerce
September 2021
Taste of Portage 2021 Was A Blast!
Market Square was the place to be to catch the 30th year of the Taste of Portage Market Fair this past weekend.

Great food and live music from Best Practice, Copper Box and Road Trip were some highlights of this year's event, which also featured craft vendors, kid’s activities and car show.

The event, reconfigured to accommodate Wisconsin Street road construction, drew 74 classic cars to Edgewater Street. Craft vendors displayed their wares behind Wilz Hometown Pharmacy while the food vendors served patrons with their delicious dishes and cold beverages at Market Square.

Thank you to all the sponsors, vendors and volunteers!!
We'll see you next year on August 26 & August 27, 2022!!
2022 Portage Visitors & Community Guide
The Portage Chamber is pleased to offer an opportunity to promote your business in the 2022 Portage Area Chamber of Commerce Visitor & Community Guide. Reach visitors and residents of the Portage area in this enhanced publication.

Our sales representative, Jacklyn Ewerdt, will once again be reaching out to our members for an opportunity to advertise in the publication.

The features of the guide:
• 20,000 printed copies of Guide
• online digital version of Guide where one click links readers to your website
• distribution in rest area along Interstate 39/90/94
• comprehensive community information and highlights
• membership directory listing
• over 10,000 direct mailed to out of state residents for travel trips

Free design services are offered for the preparation of your display ad. We look forward to promoting your business! The ad reservation deadline is approaching. Don't wait! For more information or to reserve ad space, please contact Jacklyn Ewerdt at 920-291-5005 or
September Chamber Business Luncheon
The Portage Area Chamber of Commerce is offering another way to develop more customers and build relationships 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 at our Business Luncheons.
Luncheon Information
Morgan Pfaff of Habitat for Humanity will be our speaker to talk with us about all the programs they offer in our community. Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in approximately 70 countries. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Habitat works toward our vision by building strength, stability and self-reliance in partnership with families in need of decent and affordable housing. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.
There is limited seating; please RSVP to the Chamber at 608-742-6242.

Date: Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Location: La Tolteca Mexican Restaurant
Time: Lunch at 11:30AM, Presentation at Noon
Cost: Order your lunch at the restaurant
New Postcards Available
Long before vacation selfies existed, postcards were the popular way to let others know you were having a good time. Tourists, collectors and those longing for nostalgia rejoice! A new set of postcards has just arrived at the Portage Chamber.
There are four styles to choose from: Downtown Portage; Portage Canal; Silver Lake Beach; and one featuring museums and attractions.
The card dimensions are 4” x 6” with a full color image on the front side. The postcards are available free of charge. Get in the “Wish you were here!” mood and get yours! 
Welcome New Portage Chamber of Commerce Members

Freedom in Christ Assembly Church
409 Fourth Street, Baraboo WI 53913
Senior Pastor Randy Zeman at 608-434-0348
A non-denominational church affiliated with RiversEdge International Fellowship and
a place of new beginnings--a Spirit-filled, full Gospel church located in Baraboo.

Cafe Face, LLC
Greg Washington at 608-393-9764
Promotional products, printing, marketing, T-shirts and more.

Wild Wisco Waters
Elizabeth & Rick Hengel at 608-617-0998
Canoe, kayak & fishing outfitter for the Portage area.
Schedule a day paddle or an overnight camping trip on the Wisconsin River.    
Ribbon Cuttings
A ribbon cutting was held at Kinship Mentoring of Columbia County, to welcome this organization as a Chamber Member.

Kinship Mentoring of Columbia County is a private, non-profit organization that matches stable, caring adults with youth ages 5 -14 years old in Columbia County. Kinship Mentors can be individuals, couples or families that commit an hour a week to a child. 

They are looking for more mentors to join the fun! For more information, visit, email or call 608-697-3260.
Kids Historical Storytime at FWSQ
Bring your kids to Fort Winnebago Surgeons Quarters for a fun and educational reading of Lulu & Rocky in Milwaukee by Barbara Joosse on Friday, September 3 from 10:30am to 11am.
Yoga at FWSQ
Bee Alive Yoga will lead a yoga session outdoors on the Fort Winnebago Surgeons Quarters grounds starting at 9am on Saturday, September 4.

Artist in Residence Watercolor Classes
Local artist Barb McClain will come to Fort Winnebago Surgeons Quarters to teach a watercolor class on Saturday, September 11. There will be two classes, 10am to Noon and 1pm to 3pm. Materials will be provided. Dessert and beverages available for purchase. Add a tour of the museum for a discount price while you’re here. Tickets must be purchased in advance; Seating is limited.

Book Club at FWSQ
Members of the Fort Winnebago Surgeons Quarters Book Club will gather to discuss Journeyman: Matt Miller in the Colonies by Mark J. Rose on Wednesday, September 15 from 6pm to 7:30pm.

For details and updates for these and other events, visit or Fort Winnebago Surgeons Quarters is located at 1824 State Highway 33. For more information, call 608-742-2949.
1830's Living History Day at Agency House
Have you ever wondered how people entertained themselves on a remote corner of the frontier? Find out at our Living History Day on Saturday, September 18! Discover the amusements of times gone by and participate as you watch a melodrama by booing at the bad guy and cheering for the hero.

Stories of Wisconsin: Dugout Canoe Project
Enjoy a relaxing evening at the Historic Indian Agency House while listening to stories of Wisconsin's days of old around a unique "camp fire" at the next Stories of Wisconsin event, Friday, September 24 beginning at 6pm. Each evening's story will be accompanied by progressing work on a fire-wrought dugout canoe! Working together, we will learn about and experiment with this ancient historical skill. A hot dog fundraiser will be held concurrently with each event, so come with an appetite for history and fun!

Scouts BSA Weekend at Agency House
Calling all Scouts BSA (Boy Scouts of America) troops! Join us for a terrific weekend of history, camping, hiking, and river exploration. The story and location of the Historic Indian Agency House provide a great backdrop as your troop works toward camping badge requirements. Troops from across the state will have the opportunity to learn, camp, and socialize at the ancient gathering point of the Fox-Wisconsin portage. Take part in this great weekend event, happening September 24- 26.
For more information about these and other events, visit or call 608-742-6362. The Historic Indian Agency House is located at 1490 Agency House Road.
Days of Harvest Outreach
In these uncertain times, can you use some encouragement? Come for a time of healing and refreshment for your soul. Our new Chamber Member, Freedom In Christ Assembly Church, located in Baraboo is joining to preach the Gospel and you are invited.
Days of Harvest Outreach is scheduled for September 10, 11, and 12 at the Sauk County Fairgrounds at 7pm. Live Worship from “Freedom Worship” and “New Life Worship” teams will be lifting up the name of Jesus Christ. This will be followed by powerful preaching from Pastor Randy Zeman, Pastor Leonard Wells, and Pastor Clark Peterson. These powerful speakers will be speaking great insights into our current situation within our country and offer compelling hope and encouragement with the life-changing message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
For more information, click here.
Looking for a little outdoor adventure?
Wild Wisco Waters is a new Portage Chamber member and a canoe, kayak & fishing outfitter that runs day and overnight trips on the Wisconsin River. Enjoy their Sunset Park Day Paddle or Pine Island Overnight Paddle. They also offer canoe and kayak rental services so you can head on a paddle adventure of your own.

Guided kayak fishing, birding, and eco-tours are available with the option to create your own unique paddle to fit your needs. Get outside! Call owners Elizabeth or Rick Hengel today to arrange your adventure! 608-617-0998 or visit
608 Nutrition Fitness Boot Camp
Join for a Fitness Boot Camp at 608 Nutrition on Saturday, September 4 at 9am. 608 Nutrition is located at 2800 New Pinery Road, Unit 3.

While you are there, be sure to try one of their delicious teas or shakes!

For more information, call 608-566-1276.
Portage Police Department K-9 Golf Outing
The Portage Police Department K-9 Unit will host the 6th annual K-9 Golf Outing on Sunday, September 11 at the Portage Country Club. Proceeds will go to support the K-9 Unit to pay for vet bills, equipment, and training.

The golf outing event is for everyone. Participants will enjoy food, hole prizes, and silent auction. For details, click here. Contact Sgt. Ben Neumann at 608-742-2174, ext. 401 or
9/11 Remembrance Ceremony
Area first responders and military honors will provide memorial honors during this 9/11 remembrance ceremony featuring the High School Band and Choir and a Silent Candle Light Walk.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 11 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm at the Portage High School Football Field.
Winter is around the corner. Be prepared!
Although the weather is beautiful now as summer is winding will change soon enough. Be prepared. If you know you will be needing a driveway and sidewalk snow removal & salt application service this winter, call the Reliable Handyman Service today!

Don't wait until winter. Call Lance for a quote at 608-235-1431.
News from Adams-Columbia Electric Cooperative
Do you know of an individual or organization that could use some extra funding for a specific project or item? Look no further than our Operation Round-Up Grant! The Portage Curling Club is a recent recipient of our grant and we’re here to help our community grow and thrive. Visit our website to learn more and to apply. Deadlines are quarterly and the next deadline is October 15. Encourage those you know to apply.

Our safety program comes to you, for free! Electrical safety can be taught in a classroom, outdoors with our hotline trailer, or both. These presentations draw attention to the purpose of lineman safety gear, ACEC equipment, and the harmful or potentially fatal effects of coming into contact with energized power lines. Share this information with local fire departments, first responders, schools, and other organizations you think would benefit from a safety presentation. Give us a call at (800) 831-8629 or email us to schedule a safety presentation.

We need your help! We’re asking for your help in locating members who have moved off of our lines. On our website is a listing of former members with unclaimed patronage capital (a.k.a. money!) Members accrue patronage capital while they have service with us. Over time, our board of directors retires (refunds) this patronage back to our members. Members may move during the time and forget to keep us updated with their current address. Please take a moment to look through this list. If you see a name you recognize, please ask them to contact us directly. We appreciate your help.

Haley Melby, Marketing Coordinator | Adams-Columbia Electric Cooperative
Free Rummage Event
Come for the Free Rummage Event at Portage Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2100 E. State Road 33,
Wednesday through Friday & Sunday, September 1-3 & 5, from 10am to 6pm. Donations received are given to the Portage Food Pantry. For more information, call 608-742-4695.
2021 Pregnancy Resource Center Golf Scramble
2021 Pregnancy Resource Center Golf Scramble at Saddle Ridge Golf Course on Saturday, September 18. Registration is at 10:30am with 11am shotgun start and 1:15pm lunch/raffle.
$50 per person for 9-hole, scramble format. Cart included. Form your own team or be paired with others. Lunch included and cash bar. Hole prizes, 50/50 Raffle, Raffle Baskets. Golfers and non-golfers welcome! Non-golfer lunch is $10.
Hole in one contest. All golfers will have a chance to win $1000. To register, please call Saddle Ridge Golf Course, 100A Saddle Ridge, at 608-742-2181.
Sponsors, donations and golf registration, click here.
Alzheimer's Walk
The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Walk will be held on Sunday, September 12 from 1pm to 4pm and will leave from Pauquette Park, 800 W. Conant Street. This is a local event that recognizes people impacted by dementia and raises funds for ADAW programs and services. The walks are family-friendly and open to all - children, adults, grandparents, students, corporate teams, and more.
Can’t make it to the main event? Join us as a virtual walker! Simply register as a “Virtual Participant” on the walk registration website.
To volunteer during this event, please contact Janet Wiegel at or 608-697-2838. Follow the link to register as a team captain, join an existing team, or as an individual. All your donations to ADAW stay right here in Wisconsin. We serve you, your family, your neighbors, and your friends.
1pm: Registration, Team Photos, Entertainment, Silent Auction
2pm: Welcome
2:25pm: 2-mile Walk begins
3:15pm: Awards and Commemorative Program

American Legion Celebration of Freedom Event
The 3rd Annual Celebration of Freedom will be held September 24 & 25 at Legion Headquarters, 2930 American Legion Drive. This is a state-wide Legion Family community event that will feature New York's 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit, live entertainment, food and drink, obstacle course and more.

Join the Legion Family, 1st Responders and the community in welcoming the 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit with an official escort to Legion Headquarters on Thursday, September 23. The Exhibit will be open Friday and Saturday and features 1100 square feet of 9/11 history. Tours are given by 9/11 Firefighters who will lead you through the 9/11 attacks and the months and years that followed.

For more information about the Celebration of Freedom, click here. For more information about the American Legion, click here.
Opening Reception
The Opening Reception for artist Gail McCoy and her exhibit will be Friday, September 3 from 4pm to 6pm at Portage Center for the Arts. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The onsite exhibit runs September 3-24.

For more information, call Portage Center for the Arts, 301 E. Cook St., at 608-742-5655.
Bean Bag Tournament at VFW
VFW Post 1707 will host their 7th Annual Bean Bag Tournament on Saturday, September 25. Registration is from 11am to 11:45am with a start time of Noon sharp. The entry fee is $20 per two person team. 100% payback- double elimination. First 20 teams will get a free can koozie and one free drink.

Come for raffles, food and fun! For more information, visit VFW Facebook page or call 608-333-4583.
River Haven Golf Scramble
River Haven Homeless Shelter is holding a golf scramble on Saturday, September 25 at the Portage Country Club. All proceeds benefit River Haven. Sign up your team today.

This is a four-person scramble with a shotgun start at 8am. Click here for details.
September Chamber Meetings and Events
2 Ribbon Cutting at Plumber Karate America at Noon
7 Business Luncheon at LaTolteca at 11:30am
15 Ribbon Cutting at MBE CPAs at 4pm
Submit your Events!
Are you planning an event this year? Get it posted on our web community calendar at 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.
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Use #portagewi in your social media posts.
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Job postings on
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.
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.
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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; 4th Tuesday only during July and August
Women's Civic League - Meets 2nd Wednesdays of the month at Dino’s Restaurant, 2900 New Pinery Rd.
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