PHELPS - A group of small business owners decided to start a new tradition this weekend.
It included shopping and a special soup.
The Holiday Lodge in Phelps hosted its Christmas Booyah Bazaar Sunday.
19 local vendors selling everything from jewelry to gourmet foods drew shoppers to the small community.
Hunters also stopped by for some Booyah.
It's a hearty soup.
"Send the hunters off - this is the last day of hunting - with a nice bone-warming bowl of soup, maybe take it home to their families. And with the proceeds, [it] will help the community out," said Holiday Lodge Christmas Booyah Bazaar Sarah Wirtz.
But the event wasn't just about shopping and eating.
Shoppers and vendors donated money and goods for a local food pantry and the Vilas County Humane Society.
"If you ever went to one of the shelters or the food pantry and see the empty shelves, they are in need...there's a lot of people out there that don't ask," said Wirtz.
The Holiday Lodge will be collecting donations for the food pantry and Vilas County Humane Society through the end of the week.
Organizers expected a couple hundred people to come to the event.
RHINELANDER - The initial emergency call -- someone screaming for help on a lake near Rhinelander Thursday afternoon -- sounded bad, but it appears it was a false alarm.
Search and rescue crews called in Newbold's air boat to search Lake Thompson around 1:45 p.m.
Pelican Deputy Fire Chief Norman Peterson said first responders first searched the west bay shoreline on foot. They then used the air boat to sweep the entire lake, but didn't find anyone, any tracks, or any places someone might have gone through the ice.
RHINELANDER - It costs nearly $240,000 to run Rhinelander's homeless shelter every year.
Frederick Place got an extra boost this month to help cover those costs with two grants totaling $8,000.
"With our just shy of $240,000 annual operating budget, we typically only get $40,000 from the state and federal government. So we are raising that $200,000 every single year," said NATH Executive Director Tammy Modic.
RHINELANDER - Thursday Rhinelander turned into the city of lights. The Light of the Northwoods kicked off its drive-through light show at Hodag Park today. "We never got to do anything like this when I was a kid," said volunteer Corey Passmore. However, Passmore's son will get the chance to experience a Christmas in a way his father was never able to. "As far as I can think back we've never had anything like this in Rhinelander," said Passmore. Months of preparation, hundreds of hours setting up, and more than a dozen creative minds helped create magic in Rhinelander. "Symbolizes an opportunity for community to come together," said YMCA of the Northwoods CEO Ryan Zietlow.
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