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.
STOUGHTON - Police in Stoughton are investigating a threatening letter that was sent to a black teenager, with a photo that depicted him as the victim of a lynching.
The letter had a Madison postmark but no return address. The family told the newspaper it contained a photo showing two men hanging from a tree, with a mob watching. A picture of the 18-year-old was superimposed onto one of the men.
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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