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This entry was posted on 5/13/2010 1:37 AM and is filed under Strip club academic critique.

    Believe it or not, I have never been in the Sugar Shack. That strip club so "infamous" (tongue-in-cheek) in Southern Wisconsin with all its history, national fame, Playboy Club connections, and female and...male dancers.  My wife's relatives live all over the Elkhorn, Lake Geneva landscape and in 35 years I have driven by the location hundreds of times.  

    I am not going to even hazard an attempt to tell the local folklore about Dana Montana and her Sugar Shack. You might be better served to buy her book - Sugar Shack: The Dana Montana Story (2000).  My quick Google check tells me the book came out around 2000.  It seems like I have been hearing about it longer than that.  But the book and the club have overlapped in time.  I am sure she can do a much better job of telling her story than anything I can piece together.  

    Suffice it to say, Dana was once a Playboy Bunny.  After that gig she landed in the club business.  They tell me she also has quite an interest in raising horses.  

    The building that stands on the rural county road just on the edge of the lake cottage community of Como is not the first one.  This newer presentation looks humble and utilitarian from the outside.  But, once inside it is clear someone put a great deal of thought into the design.  

    On the lower level, the bar area is actually quite small, perhaps encouraging customers to move closer to the dancers.  There is a theater-esque stage even with a curtain and back-stage area the girls emerge from.  It reminds me of an old burlesque setting.  On each side of the stage is a level-up bar-counter seating area to look down on the dancers.  A dancer told me from their dancing vantage point they will be able to see the upstairs male dance crowd through a window.  As well, a female customer mentioned that from upstairs in the male performance area they could see down to the female strippers.  From the bar I did not notice this upstairs dance area. 

    On each side of the stage there is a perhaps 12-foot-across kaleidoscope stained glass window fixture.  Between that and the stage will be a gigantic flat screen to watch the music video on.  That television screen competition I would find distracting if I were a dancer - no rude comments please. 

    One of the dancers told me lap dances are 20 Bucks.  That's nothing unusual.  But she implied the V.I.P. area would require one to bust out some cash - 200ish Bucks, assuming she had her story correct.  She explained the Champaign area on the other side of the room would cost even more. 

    At the blue-collar level of life I peruse around in, the cover charge to get in was 10 Bucks.  A bottle of Miller Lite cost me five Bucks - not unusual for a strip club.  The girls dance a couple dances and basically "bare" their whole portfolios rather quickly.   Getting their early as I have been doing lately to these gigs, there were eight girls to three guys.  Early in the Lake Geneva world is 7 p.m.  Remember I used to bartend in Lake Geneva.  No one comes out until 11:00 p.m. some nights.

    I should mention that even with few customers, the girls gave professional dances.  They looked to be well coached.  Read some of my past reviews on other strip clubs and the trend is that the dancing gets rather lame when there is only a couple guys in a place.  The Sugar Shack girls seemed to maintain some sort of professionalism even though I bet they were bummed out with the few customers and tips.  The dances almost exhibited a show-must-go-on ethic.  

    If you want information on the male strippers upstairs you better call the place.  Naked dudes ain't my gig.  It sounds like they mostly dance on the weekends.  Also there is an indication that the cover up there is 25 Bucks barring any specials. 

    You really should get to this place at least once in your life before you are old and the nurse is wiping applesauce off your chin.  If nothing else, insist to your detractors you are going in the interest of preserving local history. 

    Find the Sugar Shack at N3429 County Road H, just on the north side of the Lake Como community and just west of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.  Call (262) 723  -  8456 for more information. Or, visit their Web site at: .

                   Wisconsin Military Service Person Special Mention of the Week
    (each week Cooldadiomedia mentions a Wisconsin service person killed in Iraq or Afghanistan

    Army Private First Class Anthony Alexander "Alex" Gaunky, 19, of Sparta, Wisconsin died at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, on Friday, November 18, 2005, of injuries he sustained when his Humvee was involved in an accident during convoy operations in Bayji, Iraq, on November 17, 2005. He was injured when the Humvee he was riding in was struck by a vehicle that came across a road and crashed into his convoy. Wisconsin 2005 Joint Resolution 66 indicated the convoy had been under attack from enemy fire. PFC Gaunky was a combat engineer with the Army's 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, based out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Alex Gaunky had enlisted in the Army after graduation from high school and had been in Iraq for about two and a half months. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel indicated Gaunky's family requested that any viable organs be harvested for donation. According to Joint Resolution 66 his heart was donated to an 11−year−old girl in Germany. The Journal Sentinel went on to mention Alex was a 2004 graduate of Sparta High School, where he played French horn in the school band, managed the Spartans football team, and was voted the best dancer in his graduating class. He was known for his infectious smile, enjoyed bicycling, fishing, horseback riding, chess, and acting. He was known for being a Monty Python aficionado. Everyone called him "Alex." The Journal Sentinel also said Alex had three brothers with military background. Brother Adam choose the Navy; brother Don also served in the Army in Iraq; and, brother Bob served in the Navy in Iraq. At the time of his death Alex Gaunky was survived by his mother, Lori Friske, father, David Gaunky, and brothers Adam, Don, and Bob. Private First Class Alex Gaunky was the 50th member of the Armed Forces from Wisconsin to be killed in Iraq since the spring of 2003. 

                        As of this blog entry's posting date:

    96,050 Iraqi civilians have been killed in Iraq since Spring, 2003.
    9,458 Iraqi Security Forces have been killed in Iraq since Spring, 2003.

    4,402 Americans have been killed in Iraq since Spring, 2003. 

    1048 Americans have been killed in Afghanistan since October, 2001.

    317 Coalition soldiers have been killed in Iraq since Spring, 2003.

    689 Coalition soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since October, 2001. 

    31,809 U.S. troops have been wounded in action in Iraq since Spring, 2003. 

    5,730 U.S. troops have been wounded in action in Afghanistan since October, 2001. 

    102 Wisconsin soldiers have been killed in Iraq since Spring, 2003.

    18 Wisconsin soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since October, 2001.

    142 journalists (several nationalities) have been killed in Iraq since Spring, 2003.

    21 journalists (various nationalities) have been killed in Afghanistan since October, 2001.

Wisconsin military service person special mention of the week, military casualty, and journalist casualty information sources: Committee to Protect Journalists;; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel;;;
Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs;; and,


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