SUMMERS UP NORTH
The raucous family car rides, the call of the weekly square dance, the splash announcing a perfectly executed cannonball - all are familiar sounds during the summer at lake resorts and cabins. In "Return to Wake Robin: One Cabin in the Heyday of Northwoods Resorts" (Hardcover: $22.95, ISBN: 978-0-87020-491-3), Marnie O. Mamminga takes us to the cabin her grandparents built in 1929 on Big Spider Lake near Hayward, Wis.
Bookended by the close of the logging era and the 1970s shift to modern lake homes, condos and Jet Skis, the 1920s to 1960s period covered in these evocative essays represents the golden age of Northwoods camps and cabins - 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. By tracing the history of one resort and cabin, she recalls a time and experience that will resonate with anyone who spent their summers "Up North" - or wishes they had.
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