Welcome to May 2020

Our worlds have been turned upside down over the past six weeks, but we’re still here, and we have a terrific magazine full of regional voices for your reading pleasure.

This month’s magazine features the voices of columnists Ainsley Anderson, Leslie Damaso, Mary Friedel-Hunt, Doris Green, Heather Harris, John Heasley, Patrice Peltier, Kathy Steffen, Denise Thornton and Etienne White, and photography by Josh Thompson and Paul Zillgitt.

Erik Flesch & Sara Lomasz Flesch

We’re continuing to publish online only through June — except for print copies we’re mailing to advertisers, contributors and subscribers — and are grateful to the advertisers who continue to support us. Please see p. 14, a special section with information on advertisers’ coronavirus-related operational updates.

We’re also deeply appreciative of our first Adopt-a-Business sponsors: Michael and Janet Brandt have adopted not one but three businesses for the next three months. For information about how you can support a current or prospective advertiser, or become one of Voice’s “magnificent seven” website sponsors and display your logo at the bottom of the homepage, email info@voiceoftherivervalley.com or call (608) 588-6251. Our website now also offers two sizes for digital advertisements. 

If you miss reading our pages in print, for just $22 a year you can subscribe to Voice or give a gift of subscriptions to your friends. To place an order for your own or a gift subscription, see our website or contact us at info@voiceoftherivervalley.com or (608) 588-6251.

We may not be able to indulge in morel mushrooms at the Muscoda Morel Mushroom Festival, or participate in other beloved local events this month. While our hearts go out to all who have been impacted by coronavirus, we hope you can still make the most of these spring days in our nook of the Driftless Area. As Heather Harris advises in this month’s “Driftless Terroir” — “Making time each day to disconnect and enjoy the outdoors has become a necessary act of self-care.”

Happy reading, and take good care,