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Banquet fundraiser 2017

The Blue Hills Trail Association, Inc. holds a fundraising banquet each fall. This provides a fun opportunity to renew acquaintances and share in anticipation of the upcoming winter cross country ski season. Whether you've attended past fundraisers, or are new to this event, we hope you will enjoy this year's gathering that includes a cash bar, a delicious buffet meal, two major raffles, plus thousands of dollars in prizes offered as many silent auction items including donations from: The Birkie, Christie Mountain, Fast Wax, Gear West, Green Bay Packers, Lehman's Supper Club, Michael Perry, New Moon Bike & Ski, Out There, Patagonia, Scheels, Spring Street Sports, Toko Nordic, Walmart, Winter Greenhouse, Winter Woodworks - among others.


TO ASSIST THE CHEF, RESERVATIONS ARE MANDATORY! Please make your reservations no later than Tuesday, October 31st. For reservations after October 31st, call Tom 715-532-6595.



Saturday, November 4th, 2017

5:30 p.m. - social hour & review available prizes

6:30 p.m. - dinner

7:30 p.m. - Storytelling - featuring Julie Buckles, the author of "Paddling to Winter: A Couple's Wilderness

Journey from Lake Superior to Northern Canada"

8:30 p.m. - prize distribution


Lehman's Supper Club in Rice Lake

The Menu

Buffet featuring chicken and hand cut prime rib

Vegetarian option - pasta primavera

The cost

$26 per person - paid in advance

(Children 12 & under - $10 each)

Who's invited?

Members and non-members are all welcome

RESERVATIONS ARE MANDATORY (click here for registration)

[After October 31st, reservations may be possible by phoning Tom 715-532-6595]

Payment is required prior to the banquet

Major prizes

The two major raffles are $250 gift cards - one for New Moon Ski & Bike in Hayward, the other for Spring Street Sports in Chippewa Falls (the Spring Street Sports raffle is available only to banquet attendees). The many silent auction items include more than $200 worth of Fast Wax, a sweater chest, and a 2019 Birkie entry.

Smoking allowed?

Outdoors only

Our Evening's Entertainment

Julie Buckles is the author of "Paddling to Winter: A Couple’s Wilderness Journey from Lake Superior to Northern Canada", a memoir about the time Buckles and her husband paddled 1,700 miles to northern Saskatchewan, then stayed the winter chasing caribou, snowshoeing, hanging with locals, and watching the northern lights.


She continues to paddle each summer with her family, from the Marias River in Montana to the Churchill River in northern Saskatchewan, and the Boundary Waters and the Quetico in between. She has presented to groups around the Midwest about her canoe trips, dogsledding adventures, travels with kids, and girl empowerment.


Julie lives in Wisconsin, near Lake Superior, with her husband, two children, and a recreational kennel of huskies. She studied history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. With twenty years of reporting experience, Buckles has taught writing and journalism at Northland College in Ashland and is the director of communications. She is a regular contributor to WPR’s Wisconsin Life.