- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
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 ...
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.
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.
“With liberal doses of gratitude, humor, and charming period details, Mamminga, a contributor to Jack Canfield’s Chicken Soup for the Soul series, recounts her family’s more than 60-year history vacationing on Big Spider Lake in Wisconsin’s Northwoods region…. Wake Robin’s old-fashioned routines continue to bring joy to a fifth generation.” (Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review)
"Mamminga's memoir will make readers wish for a cabin of their own to call home for a couple of months out of the year. (Andi Diehn, ForeWord Reviews)
"What wonderful memories from my almost forgotten youth this book stirred. Slamming screen doors at first light; sunrises that only God could orchestrate and people. Wonderful, outsized, loving, adventurous people fill Return to Wake Robin." (Jim Peck, Host of Milwaukee Public Television's I Remember)
"All thanks to Marnie Mamminga for her splendid collection of recollections about the heyday of Northwoods resorts. She has caused a flood of memories of some of the best times of my life. In the 1940s and '50s, for my family, Up North was a magical, almost mythical place where we spent three weeks every summer. We always stayed at Ross' Teal Lake Lodge. The cabins and lodge were rustic and simple, perfect for Up North and so different from our home in Madison. Here the air seemed fresher and the sky seemed bluer." (Howard Mead, former editor of Wisconsin Trails magazine)
2012 Midwest Connections Pick from Midwest Independent Booksellers Association
Passing the Torch 1
Ted and Myrtle Moody Create Their Camp: 1922-1955 5
Erie T. Oatman Rediscovers an Old Friend: 1922-1938 13
Clara and the Cabin She Designed: 1923-1957 21
Sourdough Sam Sails On: 1923-1975 31
Wake Robin Welcomes Woody: 1938-2008 41
Heading Up North: A Journey in Five Acts: Circa 1959 55
Moody's Camp Changes Hands: The Dick and Lucile Seitz Era, 1955-1967 79
The Lodge Beckons: 1923-1967 89
The Fishing Guides Cast Their Charms: 1940s-1960s 99
The Square Dance: A Song of Summer, Circa 1959 121
Dock Day Delight: 1920s-1960s 129
Bring on the Rain: 1950s-1960s 139
Cabin Girls Catch the Cleaning Spirit: 1964 145
Born to a Northwoods Birthday: August 15, 1949 155
Romance in the Woods: A Summer Sweetheart Finally Arrives, 1965 165
Lake Lights 173
Leaving the Lake 177
Posted November 11, 2012
My family has a cabin in Hayward that has entertained three generations. I enjoyed this book very much and plan on buying a copy for my mom to read (and then take up to the cabin).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 23, 2012
This is an autobiography about the summers a woman spent with her family near the town of Hayward, WI. I loved the book and circulated it to my family, as we have a summer place about 20 miles from "Wake Robin".I'm not sure if the book would be as appealing to readers with no connection to that part of the country.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 11, 2012
Posted January 13, 2014
No text was provided for this review.