Welcome to November

This month’s cover photograph was taken by Rob Steffen of the Highway 23 bridge over the Wisconsin River at Peck’s Landing. Rob is a retired ad guy who now spends his time dabbling in photography, music and cats from his home in Spring Green. Many thanks to Rob for his contribution to our cover and issue! To share art or photography in a future issue of Voice of the River Valley, contact us at info@voiceoftherivervalley.com.

Each season of the year, both residents and visitors alike have bountiful cause to be grateful for the nature, culture and events that make these Driftless hills and valleys such interesting places to live. In November we are even more focused than usual on giving thanks:

for the small businesses that provide goods and services in our rural region, in particular those listed as our advertisers on p. 3 whose financial support makes the printing of these pages possible;

for writers and thinkers like Michael Brandt, Cecilia Farran, Doris Green, Steve Fuller, John Heasley and Kathy Steffen, who shared their voices with us this month;

for photographers like Ric Genthe, Michael J. Smith and Rob Steffen, who capture the nature of our region so beautifully and whose work is featured in these pages;

for our volunteer distribution team of Joni and Rick Graves, Linda Kelen, Mark McCauley, Brian Richter and Nick Schweitzer, who helped distribute our November magazine throughout the region;

Erik Flesch & Sara Lomasz Flesch

for the people behind the scenes at the art and folk schools, galleries, historical societies, live-music venues, museums, studios and theaters that provide access to art, culture, education and entertainment, some of which you’ll find in our calendar listings this month;

for readers like you, who join us in celebrating life in the Lower Wisconsin and Sugar-Pecatonica River Basins.

Whether you enjoy this month’s issue in print or online, we wish you happy reading.

Sara and Erik Flesch