Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Tiny Bayfield, Wis., strikes improbable gold with Big Top" from the Chicago Tribune
Imagine a time when musical artists — not circus barkers or snake-handlers — held summertime sway over crowds under a big top.
And if you can't get a toward-the-front seat to hear the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Delbert McClinton, Ricky Skaggs, Ziggy Marley or the Beach Boys, the sides of the 11,200-square-foot tent do roll up, and you can sit on the grassy hill with crickets chirping to your sides, the headliners just down in front, and a stunning evening view of Lake Superior beyond that.
Welcome to Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua (www.bigtop.org), on Wisconsin's northern coast. It's one of the few canvas-clad performing arts centers in the country, and you'll find it in what is officially the smallest city in Wisconsin, with 487 year-round residents.
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