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Turtle Flambeau Flowage

Life is Outdoors in Mercer, Wisconsin

From the vast water wonderland of the 14,300 acre Turtle Flambeau Flowage to the far-reaching wilderness of the 74,500 acres of public forestland, Mercer offers authentic outdoor adventures that you will remember long after you’ve returned home.

Whether you choose to explore on snowmobile, ATV, car, camper, bike, boat, skis, or by foot, you are sure to discover the unending, unique fascination of the Northwoods.

Every season offers a new way to experience our natural beauty. The quiet of winter snow is broken by the sounds of spring peepers that fade as the loon’s calls fill the lakes in the summer. Finally, the woods explode in a riot of color in autumn and then the cycle begins again. That’s the beauty of Mercer.  You can’t go wrong . . .  life is outdoors.






Trail Riding


Artist in Residence: Sandra Cashman
Sep 1 – Dec 29 all-day
Enjoy the work of our first-ever Artist in Residence, Sandra Cashman, whose oil paintings and prints will be on display at the library from September 1 to about December 29, 2023. The exhibit can be viewed during normal library hours. As part of her residency at the Mercer Library this fall, Sandy will share her work at an Opening Reception on Tuesday, September 19 at 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Mercer Public Library. She’ll be teaching an Introduction to Landscape Oil Painting workshop on October 17 and an acrylic painting workshop for kids and their grown-ups on November 4. She’ll also hold a Closing Event on December 16.

About the Artist

Sandra Cashman is an oil painter living in Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin. Growing up in the Hudson River Valley in New York, Sandy began painting at age 11 with encouragement from her mother and other artistic mentors. She passionately pursued art classes and workshops throughout her formal schooling and beyond. With a bachelor’s degree in Communications and TV Production, she spent 28 years as a managing partner at a leading Wisconsin advertising agency and production company. Her career took her to top golf courses throughout the country and she was moved to photograph and paint them. She received numerous commissions to paint “Top 100” courses and soon became recognized in golf circles, where her art was featured in several golf publications. Recently retired, Sandy and her husband and their two basset hounds now live on Little Manitowish Lake where she converted a horse barn into a dedicated art studio. She contributes her business skills to the local art community as treasurer of the Manito Art League and member of the Northwoods Art Tour. An avid hiker, kayaker, gardener, chef and golfer, she feels she has finally come “home” to where she was always meant to be. Her focus today is to continue to be an “endless learner,” to grow and refine her skills as a painter, and to capture and share those magic moments that can only be found in Wisconsin’s beautiful Northwoods.

Artist’s Statement

Moving to Northern Wisconsin has put me under a spell. I see a grove of birch trees, reflections from a kayak or even a simple a puddle in the road, and I am moved to paint. Here, more than anywhere else on earth. I paint in oils with a limited color palette for harmony. I frequently let a complementary color “underpaint” of orange or red peek through in places to bring life and vibration to the colors. Ever inspired by the simple everyday beauty surrounding us, I choose subjects that touch my heart – or more accurately – they choose me! My goal is to share an appreciation for those magic moments that can easily escape us in our busy everyday lives.

About the Artist in Residence Program

The Friends of the Mercer Library are sponsoring this new Artist in Residence program at the Mercer Library. Each Artist in Residence will serve a three-month term and will share their work through exhibits at the library, receptions, classes for the community, and other events. Applications for 2024 Artists in Residence will be accepted in late 2023, and all local artists will be welcome to apply. For more information, contact the library at 715-476-2366.
Tech Tuesday – Mercer Library
Dec 12 all-day

The Mercer Public Library offers one-on-one technology assistance on “Tech Tuesday.” FREE 30-60 minute appointments for help with your laptop, smartphone, tablet, e-reader, or other tech device are available on most Tuesdays and on other days as necessary. This service is open to any residents, visitors, or property owners in Mercer or to library cardholders from any library in the Northern Waters Library Network area, including Iron and Vilas Counties. Call the library at 715-476-2366 for more information or to set up an appointment.

Mercer Food Pantry Open
Dec 12 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

If you are in need and cannot come in during open hours, please call 715-476-7655 to set up an appointment.

Healing Journeys – DOVE
Dec 12 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Established in a comfortable and confidential setting, the group discussion is lead by a trained professional to aid in the empowerment of those affected by domestic and sexual violence. The support/empowerment group meets once a week with available child care (24 hour notice requested).


Dove Inc. Michigan Business Office


Crisis Line

800-711-6744 or 906-932-0310

Text Us


Iron County Wisconsin Program

Wisconsin Case Manager


Wisconsin Sexual Assault Victim Advocate

Sourdough Wreath or Tree
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

For this class we will be learning how to make a sourdough bread wreath OR tree pull apart just in time for Christmas! You will have the opportunity to learn how to make, shape, and bake the pull apart and get to take one home for you to bake and enjoy!

Through hands-on practice and demonstrations, you will have the opportunity to develop your skills and gain confidence in making sourdough bread.

Additionally, you will take home an active sourdough starter and dough that will be used to bake your own pull apart bread to either bake and freeze for Christmas or bake and enjoy now! Due to time constraints we will not be baking anyone’s in class only the one we use to demonstrate the shaping so we can all try it.


Please bring the following items to class:

  1. A JAR to take home your starter in! A glass mason jar is easy, but anything clean with a lid. Check out this link here.
  2. A large rimmed cookie sheet, pizza stone, cast iron skillet, or baking steel. Something to take home your formed turkey sourdough on, minimum size 12”..a large circular pizza pan works too!


  • If you would like to pay with cash or check, please call LOLA Arts at (715) 547-3950 to reserve your spot in class.
  • Refund Policy – No refunds will be given after the registration deadline. Classes will only be canceled due to weather if Northland Pines School district cancels.

Instructor’s Bio: Gabbie LaCount is a mom of a 2 year old working full time and running my bakery business part time out of my home! We live just outside of Phelps, love all things outdoors and of course baking!

AA Meeting – Mercer Library
Dec 14 @ 6:30 pm

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

For more Information and Upcoming events please visit:
Mercer Food Pantry Open
Dec 15 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

If you are in need and cannot come in during open hours, please call 715-476-7655 to set up an appointment.

Friends of the Library Holiday Cookie exchange
Dec 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Friends of the Mercer Public Library invite you to join them for a holiday Cookie Exchange on Friday, December 15th at 2:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome!

How does it work?

Bring in about three dozen homemade cookies, candies, or other holiday treats to share, and you’ll exchange them for a variety of treats brought by others. It’s a great way to add some variety to your holiday table, and to enjoy a nice afternoon of holiday cheer with library friends old and new. Everyone is welcome!

There’s no cost to participate, other than bringing your goodies to share. For more information, call the library at 715-476-2366.