EAGLE RIVER - The Northwood's hasn't been the winter wonderland we all know and love. While it's no fun for winter sportsmen, tourism-focused businesses might have the most to complain about. It's not easy to fill hotel rooms in winter when the snow isn't falling.
Eagle Waters Resort in Eagle River is finding innovative ways to bring people its way.
"We decided to create this obstacle course for the holiday season, to give our guests something to do, something fun, a group fun activity out in the out
doors. Because alot of people didnt have the opportunity to go snow mobiling or cross country skiing." Said Resort owner, Laura Koranda.
Quick thinking and beautiful scenery help Eagle Waters Resort stay busy. But it might not be the same story for other businesses.
"We don't have anymore football, so we're definitely going to want that white gold. So if everyone can go out tonight and do a snow dance that would be great for all of us."
At least with the World Championships coming back to Eagle River this week--area businesses will feel some relief from the lull.
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
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