Episode 18: Flying high over Lake Geneva: John Trione Owner and Chief Pilot of the Lake Geneva Balloon Company Offers his Unparalleled Views on a Special Lake Geneva Experience!

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A sun-splashed podcast about the people, places, and happenings that make the lake geneva wisconsin area so special, starring karen strey rappaport

Podcast music “Golden” by Hello Dave

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Loving Lake Geneva

If you can’t find fun in Wisconsin’s Geneva Lake area, you’re not looking. But Karen Strey Rappaport is. Mesmerized by its crystal clear waters since childhood, she loves to share the natural beauty and the warmth of its people. Her Loving Lake Geneva podcast offers “outside the wake” conversations with the dynamic and colorful characters behind the fun. Jump in!

In 2002, The Lake Geneva Balloon Co., LLC took flight. Through the years, their perfect safety record and unparalleled personalized attention to thousands of guests have made The Lake Geneva Balloon Company a highly respected and valued member of the tourist community in the Geneva Lakes area. John has more experience flying balloons over the Geneva Lakes area than any other pilot. When picking your company and pilot for your excursion, experience counts!

Learn more at lakegenevaballoon.com

Pedal and Cup has bike rentals for the entire family, just 5 minutes north of downtown Lake Geneva. Enjoy White River Trail roast from Blended House Coffee, Milwaukee Purple Door Ice Cream, smoothies, light lunch options, and snacks. Check out the unique collection of gift items handcrafted by local Wisconsin artists. Conveniently located at the mid-point of the White River State Trail.

In 1989 the Village of Williams Bay purchased this beautiful natural area on Geneva Lake. It has been a place for all to enjoy without any taxpayer money. All donations are always appreciated for the ongoing efforts and programs to keep KNC the pride of the community.

For more information please visit: friendsofknc.org

The Water Safety Patrol is a private, non-profit organization with the mission to keep Geneva Lake safe and enjoyable for all. A total of over 80 people make up the entire summer staff who must meet strict qualifications and participate in ongoing training. Join us as Director Ted Pankau, Chair of the 100 year committee Kelly Otzen and author Anne Morrisy discuss what it’s like to work for the Water Safety Patrol and how they are celebrating their 100th anniversary!

For more information on how you can support the Geneva Lake Water Safety Patrol, please visit watersafetypatrol.org

For over a century the mailboat has been delivering mail to the piers of lakefront homes on Geneva Lake. Every day the Walworth leaves the dock at the Riviera carrying  tourists who can learn about the mansions on the lake and watch the very athletic and courageous mail jumpers at work! Join us as 2 of these mail jumpers, Paige Aspinall and Molly McEneany, share their experiences!

For tickets please visit cruiselakegeneva.com

Gordy’s Lakefront Marine has grown from a small upstart business in 1955 to a diversified company consisting of a marina, boat sales, service and storage, boat rentals, boat clubs, ski and wakeboard schools, a pro shop specialty retail store the Boat House bar & restaurant, the Surf Shack and the Cobalt Lounge.  Gordy’s is located in Fontana where the views are incredible every day of the year!

Learn more at Gordysboats.com

What do you do when you see an injured animal? Fellow Mortals, one of the nation’s largest wildlife hospitals,  is here to help. Yvonne Wallace Blane gives us great advice as to what role we can play in keeping all of nature’s animals safe and tells us about the incredible work the staff at Fellow Mortals does every single day.

For more information visit: FellowMortals.org

Author Pamela Meyers is a native of Lake Geneva and has written several historical novels set in Lake Geneva:

Surprised by Love in Lake Geneva (set in 1933) and the Newport of the West Series which includes

Safe Refuge, Shelter Bay, Tranquility Point (releasing May 5, 2020), and Rose Harbor (releasing 2021)

Pamela’s novels are currently available for sale in print and kindle on Amazon as well as retailers in the Lake Geneva area, including:

  • Breadloaf in LG once they have found a new home
  • Geneva Lake Museum gift shop
  • Cornerstone Shoppe in LG
  • Dust Bunny on Center just south of Main
  • Lake Geneva Library has all my LG books
  • Angelus in Walworth

Other novel’s of Pamela’s include:

Contemporary Romances:

Rodeo Series (2 books)

Second Chance Love

Whatever is True

Cozy Mystery

Thyme for Love – Set in fictional town near Lake Geneva

Wally Bullard is the Sales Manager at Lake Geneva Canopy Tours.

Lake Geneva Canopy Tours offer Zipline Tours, High-Ropes Excursions, Biking and Team Building and is open year round!

Contact information:

Lake Geneva Canopy Tours

Website:  lakegenevacanopytours.com
Address:  N3232 CR-H, Lake Geneva, WI 53147
Phone:  (262) 248-9271

Dieter Sturm is an Academy Award winner and the owner of Sturm’s Special Effects and All Seasons Extreme in Lake Geneva. Dieter has provided special effects and snow-making for over 100 motion pictures and commercials. Dieter has been a Lake Geneva resident for 40 years! Listen in as he talks about his unique and exciting career which included appearances on David Letterman and 60 minutes!

Laura Kelsey is the owner and founder of Fresh Salad Club as well as the  Connoisseurs Wine Club. Visit these websites for more information:



Kathie Perkins is the founder of Fontana Home, carrying timeless home furnishings, vintage and gifts

Visit their site for more information:


Award winning Neal Aspinall has captured the heart of Lake Geneva through his illustrations, which can be found just about everywhere you look. His work expands way beyond the area with clients such as Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Coca Cola, Corona, Facebook, Harley Davidson, Miller Brewing Co., Nordstrom and Target. Neal’s work includes logos, posters, icons, illustration, and portraits.

Check out his extensive portfolio at NealAspinall.com

Hans Melges is the founder and Managing Broker of Melges Real Estate in Lake Geneva. Having grown up in Lake Geneva, he is an expert in the lakes area. Hans has built a real estate team who also has been loving Lake Geneva for decades. The Melges Crew has extensive knowledge, expertise and most importantly specializes in top-notch service, assisting you with your buying and selling needs.

Dianna Colman, Chair of the Yerkes Future Foundation, shares exciting news about the ongoing efforts to keep historic Yerkes Observatory part of our community.  Dianna also shares her involvement in Rock Central, Holiday Home Camp, Melges Rowe Sailing Team, Lake Geneva Garden Club and the Geneva Lake Association.

She is proof positive of the impact one committed resident can make for the benefit of all of us.


Yerkes Future Foundation

PO Box 346

Williams Bay, WI 53191

Meghan Quist is the author of a blog “Candidly Meg” where she writes candidly about lake life, motherhood, marriage, and her local “picks”. Meghan moved to Lake Geneva three years ago from Illinois. She’s been married for almost six years to her husband Nathan and has one daughter who is 16 months old named Wynter She has a good pulse on what’s going on around the lake, from boating and beaches to restaurants and events. Meghan says that living in a lake community has been such a unique experience that she really hopes to capture it for you through her writing.

Check out Meghan’s blog at candidlymegblog.com

With the Geneva Lake breeze blowing the wind chimes on the front porch of the 100+ year old house he grew up in, I chatted with historian Patrick Quinn. His upbringing and career are completely fascinating in their own right, thinking his father was dead for most of his life..but wasn’t, to his near death experiences during his activist Civil Rights times in Selma, to his 34 years as an archivist at Northwestern University.  But today we focused on his vast knowledge of the Lake Geneva history, much of it firsthand.

Join us for a truly “magical” episode as illusionist Tristan Crist talks about how a young boy with a vision ends up with a consistently packed house for his own live show in his own beautiful new Lake Geneva theater. Find out why his up close and personal show was voted #1 Lake Geneva attraction on Trip Advisor and why he continues to get rave reviews!

Harry Melges IV and Finn Rowe are two talented sailors from Lake Geneva who have spent their entire lives passionately pursuing sailing excellence. They are members of the U.S. Sailing Team with their current goal to compete in the 2020 Olympic summer games in Tokyo. And by the way…they are 18 years old.

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Tristan Crist Lake Geneva

Tristan Crist


A young boy with a vision ends up with a consistently packed house for his own live show in his beautiful new Lake Geneva Theater. Find out why his up close and personal show as voted #1 Lake Geneva attraction on Trip Advisor and why he continues to get rave reviews.


Harry Melges IV

THe Melges Rowe Team

Harry Melges IV grew up sailing on Lake Geneva ever since he was about six years old. The first boat he ever sailed was Melges 24. Ever since Harry was 13 years old, he has wanted to compete in the Olympic games for sailing. Along with Finn Rowe, he is currently a member of the U.S. Sailing Team at 18 years old.

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Finn Rowe

The Melges Rowe Team

Finn Rowe grew up spending his summers in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin ever since he was born. He started sailing around the age of 7 years old. As he grew older he began to develop his sailing in both involvement and the overall variety of boats. Along with Harry Melges IV, he is currently a member of the U.S. Sailing Team at 18 years old.

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