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The Heyday of Northwoods Resorts Recalled


The main lodge of Moody's Camp near Wake Robin, also located on Big Spider Lake, where guests and neighbors gathered for generations

The sights and sounds of enchanted summers spent in Wisconsin's Northwoods during the golden age of summer cabins and restorts make "Return to Wake Robin: One Cabin in the Heyday of Northwoods Resorts" a must-read for anyone who has spent summers "Up North" — or wishes they had. In "Return to Wake Robin," author Marnie O. Mamminga takes readers to the cabin her grandparents built in 1929 on Big Spider Lake near Hayward.

Recalling a Vanishing Era

The cover of "Return to Wake Robin"

Bookended by the close of the logging era and the 1970s shift to modern lake homes, condos and Jet Skis, the 1920s to '60s period covered in these evocative essays represents a time when retreats such as Wake Robin were the essence of simplicity. Along the way Mamminga preserves the spirit and cultural heritage of a vanishing era, conveying the heart of a place and the community that gathered there for generations.

About the Author

Marnie O. Mamminga has vacationed every summer on Big Spider Lake near Hayward. Born and raised in the Chicago area, she attended the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, where she earned undergraduate and master's degrees in English. Her publishing credits include the "Chicago Tribune," "Reader's Digest," "The Christian Science Monitor," "Lake Superior Magazine" and several "Chicken Soup for the Soul" books. She has been married to her high school sweetheart for more than 40 years and is so very grateful that her grandchildren love the Northwoods as much as she does.

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:: Posted May 10, 2012

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