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Return to Wake Robin: One Cabin in the Heyday of Northwoods Resorts

SKU: 978-0-87020-491-3
By: Marnie O. Mamminga

Five generations of Marnie O. Mamminga’s family have been rejuvenated by times together in Wisconsin’s Northwoods. In a series of evocative remembrances accompanied by a treasure trove of vintage family photos, Mamminga takes us to Wake Robin, the cabin her grandparents built in 1929 on Big Spider Lake near Hayward, on land adjacent to Moody’s Camp. Along the way she preserves the spirit and cultural heritage of a vanishing era, conveying the heart of a place and the community that gathered there. More details...
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By: Marnie O. MammingaFive generations of Marnie O. Mamminga’s family have been rejuvenated by times together in Wisconsin’s Northwoods. In a series of evocative remembrances accompanied by a treasure trove of vintage family photos, Mamminga takes us to Wake Robin, the cabin her grandparents built in 1929 on Big Spider Lake near Hayward, on land adjacent to Moody’s Camp. Along the way she preserves the spirit and cultural heritage of a vanishing era, conveying the heart of a place and the community that gathered there.

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 essays represents the golden age of Northwoods camps and cabins—a time when retreats such as Wake Robin were the essence of simplicity. In “Return to Wake Robin,” Mamminga describes the familiar cadre of fishing guides casting their charm, the camaraderie and friendships among resort workers and vacationers, the call of the weekly square dance, the splash announcing a perfectly executed cannonball, the lodge as gathering place. 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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192 pages, 85 b/w photos, 5˝ x 8˝

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"Oh, so good!!!"

Patt Wagner on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 10:36:32 AM

Comments: Thanks to Marnie for writing this book, for anyone who has spent time in the northwoods in the "good old days" this will bring back memories of your own trips to a "little bit of heaven".


"Return to Wake Robin"

Karen Johnson on Saturday, June 02, 2012 8:38:38 PM

Comments: I read about this book in the newspaper in Elgin, IL. The next day I was in Hayward, WI and found the book. Today, I couldn't put it down, except for when I swept the cabin and put out the dock with my husband. It's a wonderful book! I will be recommending it.


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