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Summer fun at Lake Nebagamon

Beginning with the big Fourth of July celebration, the summer is full of family fun in Lake Nebagamon.

The annual Dragin' Tail Run/Walk sponsored by the Lake Nebagamon Volunteer Firefighters begins at 9 a.m. Saturday in front of the historic Lake Nebagamon Auditorium. There is still time to register. Call Swan Dawson at (715) 374-3101 or Dan Morey, (715) 374-2559.

Those who aren't running or walking can enjoy the festivities at the finish line with firefighters serving refreshments and a special Chinese Auction all day at the auditorium.

Louis Daniel Brodsky will be signing his newest book of poetry, "At Water's Edge, Volume One, Poems of Lake Nebagamon," in front of the auditorium from noon to 2 p.m., sponsored by the Kids In Nebagamon organization.

This year's Miss Nebagamon and Little Miss Nebagamon will be crowned at 8 p.m. Saturday at the auditorium. Contestants are now selling buttons and the girls who sell the most buttons in each category will be crowned. The contestants will also be appearing during Sunday's Fourth of July Parade.

A downtown Street Dance sponsored by Bridge's Indianhead Tavern and the Waterfront Bar & Grill features music of "The Bugs" from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Sunday kicks off with the annual free Games for Children at 1 p.m. on the public beach. The games are sponsored by Rose's Bakery & Coffee Shop and the Waterfront Bar & Grill.

Floats, music, marchers and fun are on the agenda for the annual Fourth of July Parade at 4 p.m. downtown. Participants in the parade should call Dawson for lineup information.

The holiday weekend will wind up with a great fireworks display at 10 p.m. at the public beach, sponsored by the Lake Nebagamon Lions Club assisted by other local organizations and businesses.

The Summer Lecture Series, arranged by Jan Conley and sponsored by the Friends of the McGrath Memorial Library, begins Wednesday and continues each Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the auditorium.

Local author Judith Liebaert reads excerpts from her book, "Oatmeal for Breakfast," in the first of this summer's free lecture series sponsored by the Friends of the McGrath Library at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium.

Liebaert's book is a fictional account of the Superior Children's Home, which was located in the Fairlawn Mansion 1920-1962.

The mansion was donated to the Superior Children's Home and Refuge Association by Grace Pattison after the death of her husband, Martin. It was the home for approximately 2,000 children over its 42 years. "Oatmeal for Breakfast" is a tribute to those children and the staff who cared for them.

The annual Garden Tours sponsored by the Lake Nebagamon Garden Club runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 10. Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. at the fire hall.

The popular Pancake Breakfast at Trinity Lutheran Church begins at 10 a.m. July 11.

The free Summer Family Night Entertainments sponsored by the Nebagamon Community Association are scheduled for 7 p.m. three Monday nights during July at the Auditorium: Admission is free for the Chequamegon Cloggers & Lake Effect Dance Performer July 12; the Superior Singers, "100 Years of Pop," July 19; and Jacob the Magician July 26. The Monday night entertainment concludes next month with Bingo Bonanza Monday on Aug. 2, and the Jarvenpaa Finnish Singers on Aug. 16.

The Summer Lecture Series continues at 6:30 p.m. July 14 with "The Summer's Hottest Books." Janet Jennings, director of the Superior Public Library, will talk about what everyone is reading this summer. She will also explain how you can access any book in the state as well as other new ways to use the public library system.

The Lake Nebagamon Lions Club hosts "Classics by the Lake Car Show & Craft Festival July 18. Classic cars, trucks and tractors will be displayed along the downtown streets.

"Enjoying the Dragonflies & Damselflies of Northern Wisconsin" presented at 6:30 p.m. July 21 by Bob Dubois of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. He will be showing a slide show focusing on the dragonflies and damselflies of northern Wisconsin including many fascinating aspects of their biology, ecology and behavior. The July series concludes at 6:30 p.m. July 28 with "Eat Chocolate & Stay Healthy" presented by Louise Curnow PA of Community Health Center, Iron River.

The McGrath Library also offers a story time for children at 2 p.m. each Wednesday at 11622 E. County Highway B, east of downtown Lake Nebagamon.

The annual Kids In Nebagamon "e Bay at the Beach" and wine tasting is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, July 29, at the Auditorium.

A wide array of fun items will be put up for bidding. Proceeds benefit children in need in the Northwestern School District.

Seats may now be reserved for this year's concerts by the Duquesne University Tamburitzans. The "Tammies" will be performing at 3 p.m. Aug. 8, and 7 p.m. Aug. 9, in the Lake Nebagamon Auditorium. To reserve seats call (715) 374-2283 or (715) 374-3101. Tickets are $20 for all seats.

Lake Nebagamon is located about 25 miles southeast of the Twin Ports.