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Going green for St Patrick’s

Celebrate St Pat's with us at Trail's Lounge and experience all things green!  Take a look at some of our previous St Patrick's day restaurant photos

Green drinks, Corned Beef & Cabbage with rutabaga, potatoes, onions, and carrots, soup or salad.

$10.99.  Seniors - $9.99

Thursday, March 10th and for St. Pat's day on March 17th.  Serving from 4:30 to 9:00 PM.

Lenten Specials every Wednesday: Blue Gills - $8.99 and Seafood Platter - $9.99.

Photography exhibition

A brother and sister show is currently on display: the photographs of Cheryl Ryan Lynch of Portage, and Patrick M. Ryan of Sheboygan Falls. It is a comprehensive exhibit with approximately 30 pieces.


Cheryl focuses on bird and animal shots, and Wisconsin landscapes. Her pictures of robins were featured in Birds and Blooms magazine. She also has some lovely snow scenes shot in Portage. “After being a camper for a few years, I started to notice the different textures, colors, and shapes that nature has to offer. The changes in trees and clouds communicate with us, warning us about changes in the weather or the seasons. Animal instincts also started to amaze me. How do birds know when to build a nest and how do they make them so strong?”

cranberries-photosPatrick’s shots are of landscapes including a striking waterfall scene in Marinette County. He also has included abstract nature photos with an emphasis on the patterns found in subjects such as waves, trees, and a group of sprigs and gourds. “Although I could say I mostly shoot nature, I wouldn’t say it’s a niche of mine. I try to shoot a variety of subjects and experiment with different techniques."


The photography show will be up until January 1st, 2011, and can be seen daily from 4:00 P.M.- 10:00 P.M. (Closed Sun. & Mon.)


Matt Loomans Art Show

During September and October, "food" themed Oil paintings from Matthew Loomans are on display at Trail's Lounge Supper club in Portgage.

Artist Profile: Matt Loomans

Oil painting Matthew Loomans

I’m happy to be showing my artwork here at Trail’s Lounge in my hometown. My enjoyment of oil painting started here in Portage as I took several art classes with Mary Ann Germanson at Portage High School, graduating in 1993. I now live in Milwaukee, and occasionally get inspired enough to pull out my set of paints and get to work.

The art on display here is mostly my “food” paintings. For the last few years I’ve been working on a series where I create still-life compositions of foods that begin with different letters of the alphabet. It started when I realized that most ofmy favorite foods begin with the letter “B”…bacon, blueberry pie, bananas, barbecue… and I decided to paint some of those foods. It’s a little bit silly, but it combines foods in ways you might not usually see, and I enjoy trying to capture the wide variety of colors and textures and shapes that can be found in a produce aisle.

Take my name-that-food challenge as you view the series.

Blueberries and bacon Oil painting

I loved growing up in Portage where my mother, Mary, was the children’s librarian at the public library for many years, and my father worked for Crawford Oil.

My sister, Krista Loomans, lives in Mineral Point and is a ceramic artist, specializing in wood-fired pottery. Her work is currently on display at the Portage Center for the Arts, along with the pottery of her partner, Aaron Weaver. I hope you will stop and see their show.

Thanks to my good friends the Madani’s for showing my work.

If you have any feedback, I’d love to hear from you:  mattloomans @ hotmail.com (remove the spaces to email Matt)

Art show at the Trail’s

From July 1st to August 31st, don't miss the chance to see Patricia Madani's art on show at Trail's Lounge.

Portage Artist Pat Madani Art Show

Patricia Madani has been drawing and creating art since childhood. She holds a B.S. in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She taught Elementary and Junior High Art for seven years. Wisconsin-artist-pat-madani



She then quit to raise her three children, and ended up in the restaurant business with her husband, Manoucher Madani for the last 35 years. Having a love for figure drawing, and wanting to improve her technique, Patricia studied several semesters with nationally famous artist, Robert Schultz of Madison.

"I like to draw the human figure because it gives me infinite chances to draw line movement and the play of light on form. I believe that art and music are so essential in the stressful society in which we live today.

By offering artists the chance to display their work at our restaurant for our customers and staff to enjoy, I hope to make a small contribution to a pleasant environment for us all."

Restaurant Art show Portage Wisconsin