Gary Knowles’ Wisconsin Event Sampler

A smorgasbord of events with a bit of flavor from all over Wisconsin!

MAY 2014
by Gary Knowles © Gary Knowles is a freelance travel writer who is the author of the “Gary’s Getaways” feature for the Journal & Topics Newspapers in Northern Illinois, a consultant to travel businesses, and is the author of The Great Wisconsin Touring Book- 30 Spectacular Auto Tours.

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Ongoing events and travel news of note:
Now Open: Beyond the Drawing Board – FLW and Monona Terrace Exhibit – Madison It took sixty years for Madison to decide to build the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Monona Terrace Convention Center. Wright and his staff spent more than 63,000 hours over 21 years on the project and Wright’s compensation was $250. You might say it was a good buy. Wright’s time spent on the Monona Terrace was a testament to his passion for this area and his desire to bridge Lake Monona with downtown. Now Beyond the Drawing Board, the new multimedia gallery at Monona Terrace tells the controversial story of Madison’s long awaited “dream civic center” and the passion of America’s greatest architect. The gallery includes photos, videos, audio clips and artifacts, is free and open to the public on level 3 West, below the Gift Shop. The gallery is open daily during building hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PH: 608-261-4000 Now Open: Fond du Lac - Outboard Motor History at New Mercury Marine Museum Mercury Marine is a legend in the outboard motor industry and the manufacturing facility in Fond du Lac has a long proud history. Today it employs more than 3000 workers. The company story is now told in a new museum that opened in April 2014. It is located within the Fond du Lac Children’s’ Museum, 75 W. Scott Street. Inside you can trace the beginnings of Mercury Marine, learn about the secret testing facility in Florida, see dozens of motors and even the company’s venture into the snowmobile business. Admission is $1 per person or $5 for a family. The museum is closed on Monday and Tuesdays. PH: 920-929-0707 Plan Cruise Early and Save $$ on the SS Badger Carferry Across Lake Michigan – Act fast to save money on a laid-back cruise across Lake Michigan on the historic S.S. Badger carferry. If you book before the “sailing season” begins on May 16, the one-way adult fare (Ludington, MI – Manitowoc, WI, or reverse) is just $65 per passenger or $199 for two adults and an automobile. For a spectacular “lake loop” combine an S.S. Badger cruise with a drive from Manitowoc along the lakeshore through Green Bay, then Escanaba in the Michigan Upper Peninsula to St.Ignace, cross the Mackinac Bridge, stop for a visit to at Mackinac Island, then drive south through Traverse City, visit Sleeping Bear Dunes and hug the coast back to Ludington. The S.S. Badger made her first voyage in 1953 and is the largest carferry ever to sail Lake Michigan. A new multi-million dollar ash-retention system is being installed to make the coal powered boat much “greener.” PH 1-800-841-4243 1

Through May 25 Kenosha - Free Exhibit, Kenosha Public Museum, Estamos Aqui . Estamos Aqui, a vivid and compelling collection of contemporary prints, by Mexican-American and Latino artists, features brilliant colors, and sometimes startling imagery. Speaking from the Latino perspective, many of these artists share their personal experiences, celebrations, sorrows, challenges and pop culture through these impressive works of art. 5500 First Avenue. PH: (262) 653-4140. 1 - 3 Prairie du Sac - Coquard Brandy Release at Wollersheim Winery. Wollersheim Winery celebrates the release of their second batch of Coquard Brandy. Event will include a self-guided brandy tour featuring the copper still, their historic cave, a stroll through the vineyard, and sampling of the Coquard Brandy along with a selection of wines. Tours throughout all three days. Wollersheim Winery, 7876 Hwy 188. For more information call 1-800-VIP-WINE. 1-4 - Upper Great River Road/ Wisconsin & Minnesota “100 Mile Garage Sale” Who knows, you may find Mark Twain’s pencil, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s bonnet or a high school yearbook from Lake Woebegone! Fifteen historic river towns clean out their attics, garages and basements to create the most spectacular garage sale in the Midwest. Start anywhere along the river road – Minnesota or Wisconsin – rain or shine. The sale extends from Winona north to Hastings on the Minnesota side of the Mississippi River and Fountain City north to Prescott on the Wisconsin side. Thousands of individuals and businesses participate with their own garage sales, often whole neighborhoods. The fact that there are no “official maps” with exact locations adds to the adventure of discovery. But sales are easy to find as you cruise the area and are identified by signage and pink balloons or ribbons. 2 – Racine - Lakefront Art Fair Every year on the first Saturday in May Racine Montessori holds their biggest fundraiser of the year, the Lakefront Artist Fair. Running simultaneously with the Racine Kiwanis Pancake Day at Festival Park, it is an unofficial start to Racine’s summertime festival season. More than 125 Artisans from the Midwest showcase their talents including: Jewelry, Paintings, Pottery, Metal Art, Garden Art and Clothing – 8-4PM at 5 Fifth Street PH: 262-637-7892 2 Wisconsin Dells - Dells Rotary Club's Spring Fling. Come the the Dells Rotary Club's Spring Fling at Spring Brook for a fun-filled evening featuring food, fun, fundraising, raffles and prizes! Spring Brook Resort, 242 Lake Shore Drive. Event starts at 6:00PM. For more information call (608) 432-5123. 2 Tomahawk - Spring Swing Golf Outing. Putt your way to the Spring Swing Golf Outing at Edgewater Country Club. Event includes lunch , prizes, your chance to enter in a 50/50 raffle and so much more. Sponsored by the Tomahawk Chamber Of Commerce. Edgewater Country Club N10369 Echo Valley Road. Event starts at 12:00PM. For more information call (715) 453-5334. 2-3 Mineral Point – Clay in May Pottery Tours Celebrating the arrival of spring during the Clay in May Pottery Tour. Historic Mineral Point, Wisconsin is home to a diverse and growing community of potters known for their high-quality functional and sculptural work. During this self-guided tour, they will offer throwing demonstrations, kiln and studio tours, and time to meet and talk with artists. A wide variety of useful and distinctive pottery will be available for sale at each pottery. Maps and information are available at the Mineral Point Chamber of Commerce Office and at each pottery. Joe and Christy Cole at Windy Ridge Pottery: 3095 State Road 39; Frank Polizzi at The Mulberry Pottery: 14 Jail Alley; Bruce Howdle at Howdle Pottery: 225 Commerce Street; Tom and Diana Johnston at Brewery Pottery: 276 Shake Rag Street, Mineral Point, WI 53565 - PH: 608-987-3669


2 - 3 Germantown - H.I.S. Players presents "Number the Stars". Join us for a stage adaptation of Lois Lowry's "Number the Stars" in which two heroic girls, living in German-occupied Denmark during World War II, risk their lives to help their Jewish friend escape to Sweden. Friday, May 2 at 7:00 pm. Saturday, May 3 at 1:30 & 7:00 pm. Event is free. CrossWay Church, W156 N10041 Pilgrim Road. For more information call (262) 227-2265. 2 - 4 Wisconsin Dells - Family Camp for Veterans at Camp Wawbeek. Enjoy a free Veterans Family Camp for military veterans and their families at Easter Seals Wisconsin Camp Wawbeek. Activities at the camp will include fishing, archery, high-ropes coarse, arts and crafts, making s'mores and other "Dells" activities such as a trip to a water park. Two weekends are scheduled each year for the Veterans Family Camp, one in the spring and one in the fall. Camp Wawbeek, 1450 Highway 13. For more information call 1-800-422-2324. 2 - 4 Montello - Montello Fish N Fun Fest. Get hooked on Montello at the Fish N Fun Fest! Event will feature a dance and fish boil, live music, carnival, fishing, sporting events, monster truck crushing and much more! Downtown Montello. For more information call (608) 297-7420. 2 - 10 Rhinelander - Nicolet Players present Love Letters. Love Letters is a widely-acclaimed stage hit revealing the connection between two unlikely soul mates whose lives unfold through a heartwarming exchange of letters spanning 50 years. Visit Nicolet Live at Nicolet College for more details, dates and times. Nicolet College Theatre - 5355 College Drive. For more information call (715) 3654646. 2-11 Madison - Tap into Craft Brewed Beer “Week” There’s not much chance that beer lovers will be thirsty in Madison, Wisconsin May 2 -11. More than 175 events will celebrate “Craft Beer Week.” In fact they planned so many that they had to make a week last ten days! They’ll feature Dane County’s vibrant craft beer culture with beer dinners, festivals, rare bottle tastings, pairings, brewery tours, classes, movies and Friday Fish Fries. Among events planned are brewery parties, meet the brewer events, beer cook offs, chocolate & beer pairings, beer vs. wine night, real ale/bourbon barrel aged/barleywine sampling, home brewing demos, scavenger hunt and “Great Taste of the Midwest Craft Beer Festival” ticket sales May 4. or PH:608- 204-6258 2- Through Sept 27 Racine- Tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s S.C. Johnson Research Tower Wrightofiles, rejoice! Beginning May 2 the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed SC Johnson Research Tower in Racine will re-open for visitors. This 15-story structure was completed in 1950 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was last used in 1982 and now has enjoyed extensive interior and exterior restoration work. Visitors will see four main exhibit areas on two floors of the Research Tower, including a full mock-up of a 1950s laboratory. It’s part of a free, two-hour Landmarks Tour that includes the 1939 Wright-designed Administration Building, the Foster + Partners-designed Fortaleza Hall, SC Johnson Gallery and the Lily Pad gift shop featuring exclusive SC Johnson memorabilia and Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired items. Tours are Fridays and Saturdays from May 2 through Sept. 27. Register online at, call 262-260-2154 or email 3 Athelstane - Thornton's Rafting Pirates of the Peshtigo Plunge. It is going to be a high water spring, don't miss out on the fun rafting on the Peshtigo. Treasure Hunt and T-shirt. Raffles, prizes, food,music & beverages. Raft at 11am, 2pm trip 1/2 price. Thornton's Resort, W12882 Parkway Road. For more information call (715) 757-3311. 3 Baldwin - B-W's Blooming Boutique Art and Craft Fair. Benefit for the Baldwin-Woodville High School Art Club. Over 50 vendors, Breakfast and Lunch available. Baldwin-Woodville High School 1000 13th Ave. Event starts at 8:30AM and ends at 3:30PM. For more information call (715)-684-3321.


3 Janesville - March For Babies Rock County. We`re getting ready to walk in March for Babies. It promises to be a fun day out with people who share our passion for improving the health of babies. Palmer Park 2501 Palmer Dr . For more information call (608) 243-7764. 3 Baraboo - PAWS Walk and Fun Festival. Come to the Sauk County Humane Society's largest fundraiser, the PAWS Walk and Fun Festival. Event will feature 1 and 3 mile dog walks, kids activities, demonstrations and much more! Sauk County Fairgrounds. Event starts at 9:00AM and ends at 1:00PM. For more information call (608) 356-2520. 3 Baraboo - Badger Steam and Gas Engine Club Spring Swap Meet and Flea Market. Swap meet and flea market featuring tractors, gas engines, farm primitives, collectables, tools, cars, trucks and much more! Show Grounds, S3347 Sand Road. Event starts at 7:00AM and ends at 5:00PM. For more information call (608) 522-4905. 3 Baraboo - Volunteer at Devil's Lake State Park for Earth Day. Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering at Devil's Lake State Park. Wear clothes that can get dirty. Devil's Lake State Park, S5975 Park Rd. Event starts at 10:00AM and ends at 1:00PM. For more information call (608) 356-8301. 3 Baraboo - Mud Hike at Devil's Lake State Park. Get nice and dirty on a fun-filled mud hike at Devil's Lake State Park on the trails through the Steinke Basin. Devil's Lake State Park, S5975 Park Rd. For more information call (608) 356-8301. 3 Madison - Walk to Cure Arthritis Dane County. The Walk to Cure Arthritis raises funds and awareness to fight the nation's leading cause of disability. We aren't just helping the millions of people who live with arthritis pain, we're funding research that's getting us closer to a cure. 1602 Vilas Park Drive. For more information call (608) 221-9800. 3 Marinette - March For Babies Marinette. We`re getting ready to walk in March for Babies!It promises to be a fun day out with people who share our passion for improving the health of babies. City Park Between Carney Avenue amd Mary St. . For more information call (920) 337-9099. 3 Pewaukee - Opening Day Kids Celebration. Come down to Smokey's Bait Shop from 9-4 and celebrate Opening Day! Fun for all ages! There will be many fun games and prizes for all kids! Smokey's Bait Shop. For more information call (262) 691-0360. 3 Phillips - The Art of Sharon Rotz. Sharon Rotz, will open her trunk of art quilts for a morning presentation showcasing ideas for going beyond traditional quilts. During the afternoon workshop, students will make samples of several of the three-dimensional accents seen during the morning presentation. Registration required and space is limited. Wisconsin Concrete Park N8236 South Hwy. 13. For more information call (715) 339-7282. 3 Reedsburg - Catch Me If You Can Fun Run/Walk. Come to the Catch Me If You Can Fun Run/Walk at Pineview Elementary School. Registration begins at 8:00 am. Run begins at 9:00 am. Register at Reedsburg Chamber. Pineview Elementary School, 1121 8th St. Event starts at 8:00AM. For more information call (608) 524-2850. 3 St. Germain - Martinis in May. Join us on May 3rd from 6 PM to 9 PM at the Whitetail Inn when the Northwoods will send their best bartenders to compete in the 1st Annual Martinis in May competition! Light hors d' oeuvres and live music by Tony Ocean. Sample & vote on Martinis! Whitetail Inn, 9038 Hwy. 70 West. For more information call (715) 477-2205. 3 Vernon - Spring Fling Benefit. Come celebrate the season with the KVR Friends' annual Spring Fling! Kickapoo Valley Reserve. For more information call (608) 625-2960. 4

3 Stoughton - Spring Fever Gift & Plant Fair. Artists, crafters and independent contractors with lots of spring gifts. Also annual plants. Proceeds benefit 30 youth making a summer mission trip. 320 N. Harrison Street; St. Ann School Gym. Event starts at 9:00AM and ends at 2:00PM. For more information call (608) 873-7633. 3 Wisconsin Dells - Amazing Race. Participate in an "Amazing Race" (based off the widely popular TV show) around Wisconsin Dells and Lake Delton for prizes! There will be up to 20 different teams in the race. Teams must be comprised of children and adults. Prizes will awarded to the three top teams. Register by April 25, 2014. Event sponsored by Big Foot Zip Lines. Wisconsin Dells and Lake Delton. Event starts at 1:00PM and ends at 5:00PM. For more information call (608) 254-2012. 3 West Bend - Living History Encampment Family Day. Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of early Wisconsin at the only outdoor history encampment in Washington County. Admission fee required. Old Courthouse Museum, 320 S 5th Ave. For more information call (262) 335-4678. 3 Wisconsin Dells - 23rd Annual Project Clean. Help make a difference by cleaning up trash around Lake Delton, Blass Lake, Mirror Lake, Wisconsin River and area streets at the 23rd Annual Project Clean. Volunteers in Lake Delton meet at 8:30am at Ralph Hines Park next to the Lake Delton School. Volunteers in Wisconsin Dells meet at the Kilbourn Public Library. Volunteers may also participate at Mirror Lake and Blass Lake. Volunteers who participate at any location can enjoy a free lunch at Hines Park beginning at 11:00am. Lake Delton/Wisconsin Dells Area. Event starts at 8:30AM. For more information call (608) 254-4123. 3- Sturgeon Bay – Shipyard Tour Day The only “tour day” of the year! From 9 am - 2pm tour 3 shipyards: Bay Shipbuilding, Palmer Johnson Yachts, and Great Lakes Yacht Services. This is the 22nd Annual Sturgeon Bay Shipyard Tour. Guided and semi-guided walking tours. Plan for approximately 3 hours to see all 3 shipyards and their current projects. Tickets are Adults, $12, students 11 to 17, $6. Advanced tickets available (but not necessary) at Door County Maritime Museum, Sturgeon Bay Vistor Center, and the Door County YMCA or get tickets at the gates on the day of the event. Entry gates marked with red, white, and blue balloons. Take Hwy 42/57 north towards Sturgeon Bay. Take the business exit to downtown Sturgeon Bay. Take a right at first stoplight on Maple Street and proceed across bridge. Take first left after crossing the bridge on 1st Avenue. All 3 shipyards are along the waterfront. 3 - 4 Oshkosh - African Violet Show & Sale. Come see hundreds of beautiful African violets on exhibit and for sale. Pots, soil, and fertilizer also for sale. Free admission. 551 Knapp St.. For more information call (920) 426-3764. 4 Hudson - Walk MS: Hudson. Walk MS connects people living with MS and those who care about them. This community event raises critical funds to support life-changing programs and cutting-edge research. It is an experience unlike any other - a day to come together, to celebrate the progress we've made and to show the power of our connections. Join friends, family and your community and walk to create a world free of MS. Hudson, WI. For more information call (800) 582-5296. 4 Wisconsin Dells - Maggie Mae with Leona Williams Live at Crystal Grand Music Theatre. country singers Maggie Mae and Leona Williams live in Wisconsin Dells! Crystal Grand Music Theatre, 430 West Munroe Avenue. For more information call (800) 696-7999. 6 Baraboo - Volunteer to Remove Garlic Mustard from Devil's Lake State Park. Volunteer to Remove Garlic Mustard from Devil's Lake State Park. Bring clothes that can get dirty and a pair of gloves. Meet at the park's nature center. Devil's Lake State Park, S5975 Park Rd. For more information call (608) 356-8301. 5

6 Madison - Wright Design Series. The Wright Design Series was inspired by master architect Frank Lloyd Wright who, although known for his architectural designs, also created designs in furniture, clothing, textiles and tableware. The free lectures and discussions highlight a wide array of design topics, including the fields of architecture, interior design, graphic design/visual communication and industrial design. Monona Terrace; One John Nolen Drive. For more information call (608) 261-4000. 8 Lake Delton - Dan Wenkman Memorial 3rd Annual Spring Fundraiser. Come to the Dan Wenkman Memorial 3rd Annual Spring Fundraiser for a fun-filled night featuring appetizers, drinks, door prizes and more! Del Bar, 800 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy. For more information call (608) 253-1861. 9-12 Horicon - Horicon Marsh Bird Festival Come to the Horicon Marsh Bird Festival May 9-12, bring your binoculars and discover Mother Nature’s “Original Tweeters!” Bird lovers know that this is the peak time for the spring bird migration and this festival is the perfect time to observe more than 300 species of birds. There’s a birding bus, a boat tour, bring your bicycle or hoof it on a hiking tours. And when the sun goes down join one of the exciting “night sounds” tours. PH: 920-210-4663 or 10 Sturtevant - Mom & Me Tea at Borzynski's Farm & Floral Market. Join us for this special tea celebrating moms. Includes a delightful selection of finger sandwiches, desserts and your choice of specialty teas. Children will be able to decorate a mini pot to give to mom. Tea attire encouraged! Reservations & advance purchase required. 11600 Washington Ave. For more information call (262) 886-2235. 10 Two Rivers - Lakeshore March for Babies . We`re getting ready to walk in March for Babies! It promises to be a fun day out with people who share our passion for improving the health of babies. Aurora Medical Center 5000 Memorial Dr.. For more information call (920) 337-9099. 10 Wausau - The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia. Join us for a family friendly 1 mile walk with fun activities, silent auctions and drawings! The walk supports the mission of the Preeclampsia Foundation. The event begins at 9am. Cost is $10 per child, $20 per adult or $25 per adult/day of walk. For more information, please visit Doepke Park, 2200 South Mtn. Rd., Rib Mountain. For more information call (715) 359-5039. 10 Baraboo - Hike the East Bluff at Devil's Lake State Park. Hike the East Bluff at Devil's Lake State Park with local geologist Kevin Olson. Bring water and snacks the hike will be over 3 miles long. Devil's Lake State Park, S5975 Park Rd. Event starts at 10:00AM and ends at 1:00PM. For more information call (608) 356-8301. 10 Baraboo - Frog Safari at Devil's Lake State Park. Come to a frog safari at Devil's Lake State Park and take a nocturnal hike while listening for the different frog species of the park. Bring a flashlight. Devil's Lake State Park, S5975 Park Rd. Event starts at 8:00PM and ends at 9:30PM. For more information call (608) 356-8301. 10 - Aug 10 Kenosha - TWSA's 38th Annual National Juried Exhibition. The Transparent Watercolor Society of America, presents its 38th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Kenosha Public Museum, May 10 - August 10, 2014, Opening Reception Sunday, May 11, 1-4 pm. Watercolors on display by artists from around the country. 5500 First Avenue. For more information call (262) 6534140. 10 Kenosha - Care Net Bike Ride. 10, 25 & 50 mile bike ride in Kenosha & Racine counties. All proceeds bless moms and babies in Racine/Kenosha. There is a $25 registration fee. Petrifying Springs. For more information call (262) 658-2555. 6

10 Lake Delton - 8th Annual Healthy Family Fun Run/Walk. Bring the whole family for a fun-filled day at the 8th Annual Healthy Family Fun Run/Walk in Lake Delton. Delton Family Medical Center, 28 Commerce St. Event starts at 9:30AM. For more information call (608) 254-5888. 10 - 11 North Freedom - Mother's Day Special at the Mid-Continent Railway Museum. Treat Mother to a 5-course dinner served in first class cars by uniformed waiters. Dinner train departs Saturday evening at 6:15pm. Or treat Mom to first class service, trains depart on Saturday at 11:00am and 1:00pm. There will also be Sunday Mother's Day Brunch Trains at 10:30am and 12:45pm. MidContinent Railway Museum, E8948 Diamond Hill Rd. For more information call (800) 930-1385. 11 Prairie du Sac - Salute to Mothers at Wollersheim Winery. In honor of Mother's Day Mother's will receive a free winery tour when accompanied by their family! Wollersheim Winery, 7876 Hwy 188. Event starts at 10:00AM and ends at 5:00PM. For more information call 1-800-VIP-WINE. 11 Sturtevant - Mother's Day Brunch Borzynski's Farm & Floral Market. Sunday May 11th 10:30 and 12:30 Come celebrate Mother's Day with us. Enjoy a delicious brunch including Chicken, Ham, Fish, assorted salads, and homemade pastries, and much more. Moms receive a corsage. Reservations & advance purchase required. 11600 Washington Ave, Mt. Pleasant, WI 53177 . For more information call (262) 886-2235. 11-18 Wisconsin –Museums Week Wisconsin Museums Week is May 11-18. To commemorate this week, many museums throughout the state will host special events, contests, exhibits, workshops and offer free or reduced admission. Follow this link for a complete listing of Wisconsin Museums Week events and promotions: ampaign=April022014&utm_medium=email 12 - Jun 26 Oxford - Maggie Mae's Barn Dance. If you like good old country music, dancing, eating and just having good old fashion fun, you're sure to enjoy our barn dances. Barn Dances are Monday's and Thursdays from May 12-June 26. For more information call (608) 586-4881. 13 Baraboo - Film about Ho-Chunk Life shown at House of Wellness. Come to the film "Wisconsin Dells Indians: Ho-Chunk Life at the Dells Park Trading Post" by Miriam Bennett at the House of Wellness. Event is free to the public and is sponsored by the Little Eagle Arts Foundation and the Friends of H.H. Bennett Studio. House of Wellness, S2845 White Eagle Rd. Event starts at 7:00PM. For more information call (608) 477-4704. 13 Lake Delton - Bowl for Kid's Sake at Knuckleheads. Support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County by attending their annual Bowl for Kid's Sake Fundraiser. Knuckleheads Bowling & Indoor Amusement Park, 150 Gasser Road. For more information call (608) 661-4393. 13 Lake Delton - Going Fishing on Lake Delton. Come fishing on Lake Delton at this free event. Bring a pole if you have one but no bait or equipment necessary. Chaperones are are encouraged to attend. Kaminski Park, Cty Rd A & Dam Rd. Event starts at 4:00PM and ends at 6:00PM. For more information call (608) 254-7458. 15 Neenah - Artisan Reception & Opening. Please join us for our opening night at The Fine Fox Artisan Collective and celebrate our Local Artisans at the opening of our brand new collective boutique! Enjoy demonstrations, refreshments and support local independent Artisans. 214 W. Wisconsin Ave. For more information call (920) 659-0833.


15 - Sep 25 Milwaukee - Bike Night. Every Thursday Night, All bikes unite at the Harley-Davidson Museum. Harley-Davidson Museum. For more information call (414) 287-2789. 15 -17 Ashland - Chequamegon Bay Birding & Nature Fest Revered one of the top birding destinations in the Midwest, Chequamegon Bay hosts the annual Birding & Nature Fest for three days of top-notch bird sightings. Guests visit the beautiful shores of Lake Superior during the peak of spring migration to spot upwards of 300 bird species. Don’t miss other outdoor activities like bird-banding trips, guided day and night hikes and edible wild mushroom foraging. 800-284-9484; 15 - 17 Wisconsin Rapids - "Morning's At Seven". Gentle, offbeat family portrait set in small town America, circa 1938, shows us laughter, fears and despair that accompany aging and the binding ties of family connections are timeless. 7:30 pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Wisconsin Rapids Community Theatre, 220 3rd Ave. S. For more information call 715-421-0435. 16 - 17 Reedsburg - Community Wide Garage Sale. Come to Reedsburg for their Community Wide Garage Sale. Find something for everyone! Reedsburg Commity Wide. For more information call (608) 524-5392. 16-18 Muscoda - Morel Mushroom Festival They’ve become the “gold standard” fungi for foodies –Morel Mushrooms that seem to grow almost overnight in the dense hardwood forests of southwest Wisconsin. Some say they are perfect with steak, while others prefer them in soup and others swear they deserve to be featured in a pan with butter and nothing more. May 16 to 18 mushroom lovers will gather at the annual Morel Mushroom Festival in Muscoda, Wisconsin. It’s a great place to sample mushroom brats or “just fried.” There’ll be live music, a horseshoe tournament, arts, crafts and a dazzling fireworks display. But there’s no contest here. The Morel is the King! PH: 608-739-3182; 16-18 Door County – Door County Wine Weekend Eight wineries in Door County open their doors to welcome wine lovers and salute spring May 16-18. “Door County Wine Trail” is composed of wineries that lie between Lake Michigan and the Bay of Green Bay, showcase the beauty of Door County and the charm of its small towns. Each winery features different wines and pairings. Among the stops this weekend is Door Peninsula Winery celebrating its 40th anniversary. It offers five wines paired with Renard’s Door Country Cheeses from 10am-4pm for $10 per person. Winemakers and cheesemakers will be on hand to offer tips and answer questions PH:800-551-5049 16 - 18 Lake Delton - Consignment Sale Featuring Baby, Kids and Crafting Supplies. Come to the Poppy Waterman Ice Arena for a huge Baby & Kids Consignment sale. There will also be a special Crafting/Scrapbooking Supply area. Free admission, everything 1/2 off on Sunday! Poppy Waterman Ice Arena, 104 Miller Dr. For more information call (608) 620-5205. 16- June 15 – Bayfield in Bloom Each year, Bayfield’s month-long celebration of spring invites guests to swoon over 50,000 blooming daffodils, lupine and apple blossoms that bring the town back to life. Lining the shores of Lake Superior, Bayfield in Bloom offers an array of spring-time color and fun activities like a lighthouse tour, hiking, fishing and exquisite dining. The event kicks off with a live Wisconsin Public Radio broadcast of “Garden Talk” on Friday, May 17. And don’t miss Bayfield’s Annual Garden Tour for the chance to see Bayfield’s best gardens on June 7-8. 800-447-4094; 17 Appleton - Spectrum Saturday. A monthly, special sensory experience for children on the autism spectrum and their families. 100 W College Ave . Event starts at 8:30AM and ends at 10:00AM. For more information call (920) 734-3226. 8

17 – Lancaster - HillBilly Hustle Race The Hill Billy Hustle is unlike other races, because this 5k adventure challenges runners to endure farm-themed obstacles throughout the course. This non-competitive race starts and finishes at Vesperman Farms in Lancaster and offers plenty of rewards to finishers. Participants receive a free t-shirt, post-race food and beverages and a DJ to kick-start the hill billy party. 608-723-2820; 17 Chippewa Falls - Muscle Car Restorations 2014 Open House. Come and view a large number of completed and in-process restorations covering many makes and models of muscle cars. 11371 20th Ave. For more information call (715) 834-2223. 17 Milwaukee - Armed Forces Day Celebration and Ride. Support our troops. Join with the Milwaukee Armed Services Committee, Hal's Harley-Davidson and the Harley-Davidson Museum for Armed Forces Day Celebration and the 11th Annual Support the Troops Ride. Harley-Davidson Museum. For more information call (414) 287-2789. 17 Oconomowoc - Acoustic Concert Fundraiser. Performance by Keith Pulvermacher. 10% donated to I Back Jack Foundation. Inclusive tickets, drinks, signed cd, food by Saz's and more! Loft 24 at 24 S. Main Street,. For more information call (262) 354-8304. 17 Phillips - Heritage Days. Enjoy interactive history stations for the kids, tools & skills used by early European settlements, an authentic Fur Trade Era re-enactor's camp, ethnic food booths, stage performances with traditional music, ethnic dancers & singers, musical instrument makers, storytellers, working blacksmith & demonstrations of many old skills, tools and weapons. Wisconsin Concrete Park, N8236 South Hwy. 13. For more information call (715) 339-7282. 17 Waukesha - Wisconsin Zombie Mud Run. The Wisconsin Zombie Mud Run is a thrilling endurance race for your life that pits you against pandemic (obstacle course) and successfully navigate the 5K course and all 13 obstacles, while attempting to avoid the multitude of zombies and losing all 3 of your life lines. 1000 Northview Road. For more information call (262) 844-5611. 17 West Bend - Corks & Canvas. A celebration of the arts. Plein air painting, art vendors, live music, wine, beer, food & more. Accepting applications for painters and vendors. 215 N Main Street. Event starts at 10:00AM and ends at 6:00PM. For more information call (262) 338-3909. 17 - 18 Janesville - Janesville Renaissance Faire. A step back in time, a leap forward in fun! Join us for music and merriment, shopping and delicious treats, cannon fire and fire juggling, children's crafts and family fun. Traxler Park, Main Street. For more information call (608) 289-0699. 17 - 18 Wisconsin Dells - Wisconsin Dells Automotion Festival If you like cars, you’ll love Automotion, at Noah’s Ark Waterpark. Some 1200 pre-1989 automobiles and there’s a huge swap meet. Admission is free. Park at the Tommy Bartlett Show lot, 560 Wisconsin Dells Parkway. Shuttle service is sponsored by the Original Wisconsin Ducks® and Dells Boat Tours®. PH: PH:800-223-3557 18 – Appleton - Chocoholic Frolic Two enemies (chocolate and cardio) will partner up at this unique national event that combines running with chocolate for a choc-inspired 5k and 10k race. Embark on the competitive race and celebrate after with tons of chocolate and race swag. Registration for the sweet and sweaty event is available online. Hurry, spots are limited.


18-24 Durand - Fresh Paint This event brings artists from throughout the state to the small town of Durand, nestled along the Chippewa River, Artists are encouraged to put the outdoor landscape to their paintbrush and submit their creations to win a cash prize. The original works of art will also be available for purchase. 715-672-8188; 18 - Jun 15 Kenosha - TWSA's Gallery Talks. Join members of the, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, for, Sunday Galley Talks, May 18th and June 15, 2014, at the Kenosha Public Museum. Discuss displays and techniques used in the, Transparent Watercolor Art, displayed in the 2014 Exhibit. Held May 18 & June 15 at 2:00 PM. 5500 First Avenue. For more information call (262) 653-4140. 20 Madison - Wright Design Series. The Wright Design Series was inspired by master architect Frank Lloyd Wright who, although known for his architectural designs, also created designs in furniture, clothing, textiles and tableware. The free lectures and discussions highlight a wide array of design topics, including the fields of architecture, interior design, graphic design/visual communication and industrial design. Monona Terrace; One John Nolen Drive. For more information call (608) 261-4000. 20 - Jun 26 Madison - T'ai Chi at Monona Terrace. A Madison tradition, T'ai Chi on the rooftop offers a time to de-stress during the workday. In case of inclement weather, class will be cancelled; call 2614000 after 11a.m. the day of the event for cancellation information. Monona Terrace; One John Nolen Drive. For more information call (608) 261-4000. 20 West Bend - United States Flag History presented by Kettle Mor. Learn the turbulent and triumphant history of how the familiar stars and stripes came to be. Free and open to the public. Old Courthouse Museum, 320 S 5th Ave. For more information call (262) 335-4678. 22 - Aug 28 Crivitz - 2014 Flea & Farmer's Market. Thursdays and July 4th only. 8am - 4pm. Arts & crafts, antiques & collectables, wood products, vegetables, canned Items, plants and more! There is something for everyone! Come visit local businesses and chat with our vendors. For vendor info please call Barb at (715) 854-2030. Across from the Village Hall-800 Henriette Ave. For more information call (715) 854-2030. 24 Baraboo - Family Day at the Aldo Leopold Foundation. Come to Family Day at the Aldo Leopold Foundation for a fun-filled afternoon featuring nature hikes, hands-on activities, games and crafts! Aldo Leopold Foundation, E13701 Levee Rd. Event starts at 12:00PM and ends at 4:00PM. For more information call (608) 355-0279. 23-25- Cassville – Steampunk Festival at Stonefield Join us in a world that might have been at the Stonefield Wild West Steampunk Festival. During this weekend at Stonefield Historic Site in Cassville, WI, you will see the plot for control of Tombstone unfolding with a Steampunk twist! There will be Steampunk lawmen armed with guns and blasters, along with the Clantons trying to take control of Tombstone while Buffalo Bill Cody, Annie Oakley, and the Earps stand their ground against them. Join in the search for hidden silver, watch amazing feats of bravery and cheer on your favorite hero – or villain! But it isn’t all shootouts and prospecting. Be part of the patron’s Steampunk Fashion Exhibition and learn about historical fashions at the Hoops & Bustles program. Bring your musical instruments and voices to participate in an old fashioned hootenanny. Pull up a chair and compete in the Tombstone poker tournament. Learn about the weapons that won the West or talk to the people building the latest in Steampunk weapons and widgets. Hear panel discussions about the development of Steampunk literature and film. Watch the milliner make hats and the quilter plying her needle. Walk the streets of town, shop the many shops, and visit the Country Fair and Market. At the square dance on Friday and the Grand Ball on Saturday, you can dance all night with your Steampunk swain, ride home ‘neath the light of the moon! Event tickets can be purchased on line at For more information call (608) 725-5210 or visit or 10

23-26 Madison - World’s Largest Brat Fest Madison is cooking up some fun Memorial Day weekend and a whole lot of brats. At the World’s Largest Brat Fest, guests gather in the heart of downtown Madison to enjoy brats, live music, and even more brats. But this festival isn’t all about the delicious cooking. The annual event raises money to benefit more than 75 local charities that help staff the event. Come join the fun to see what the fest is grilling up this year. 608-236-2031; 23-26 – Burlington - ChocolateFest If you love creamy milk chocolate, sweet dark chocolate or any other delectable chocolate treat, then look no further than the Chocolate Fest in Burlington. This tasty festival offers a weekend of fun, games, cooking demonstrations, chocolate carving and more chocolate than you could ever imagine. Enjoy events like chocolate eating contests, the Chef Meltdown competition, a Chocolate City Flash Mob, Family Feud: Choco-style and so much more. This year’s theme, “The World of Chocolate” is baking up a surplus of samples and sweet fun. 262-763-3300; 24 Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Day – Spooner Did you know back in 2010 Wisconsin State Legislature proclaimed the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend be hailed as Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Day? Each year to celebrate this state holiday, the one and only Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum hosts a festival on its front lawn. Patrons can enjoy live music, a canoe and wooden boat show, museum tours and a splash of other fun activities. 715635-2479; 24 Milwaukee - Photographing Your Motorcycle Shop Class. A new addition to our HarleyDavidson Museum Shop Class offerings, these photography workshops, taught by professional photographer Colleen Swartz, are for amateur and pro photographers alike. Harley-Davidson Museum. For more information call (414) 287-2789. 24 Phillips - Garden Trellis Workshop. Make your own garden trellis by learning to identify & cutting branches of poplar, buckthorn or honeysuckle at the park. Sally Punzel will show you how to gather the materials & to construct the trellis using the collected materials, a hammer and nails. Registration is required. Wisconsin Concrete Park, N8236 South Hwy. 13. For more information call (715) 339-7282. 24 Phillips - Plant Swap & Sale. Bring your plants to swap or sell during the trellis workshop and be sure to check out the selection of plants available at the Friends of Fred Smith Studio all summer long. Wisconsin Concrete Park, N8236 South Hwy. 13. For more information call (715) 339-7282. 24 Spooner - Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Day & Wooden Boat and Canoe Show. Come to Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Day and Canoe Show for a fun-filled event featuring live music and great wooden boats and canoes. 312 N Front St. Event starts at 11:00AM and ends at 4:00PM. For more information call (715) 635-5002. 24 - 25 Burlington - Burlington Jaycees Arts and Crafts Fair. Fair will take place during Chocolate Fest weekend. Chocolate Fest is the largest festival that the Burlington Area offers and visitors to the city during the weekend usually total around 35,000. (The Burlington Jaycees are not affiliated with Chocolate Fest). Echo Veterans Memorial Park, 595 Milwaukee Ave. Event starts at 10:00AM and ends at 5:00PM. For more information call (262) 374-1817. 24 - 25 Danbury - Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park Opening Weekend. Activities include guided tours of Northwest Co. & XY Co. fur trading posts and the Ojibwe Indian Village. View the Fur Trade Museum, Ojibwe Exhibit, Logging Museum, Karlsborg School House, Black Smith Shop, Gift Shop and Spring Encampment. There will also be a plant sale and a Pancake breakfast on Sunday. Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park 8500 Cty Rd U . For more information call (715) 866-8890. 11

24 - 25 Eagle River - Strawberry Craft and Gift Festival. 22 year old festival in resort area of Northern WI. Festival features attendance of 4 to 5,000 people per day. Tons of items on sale for purchase. Hwy. 70. For more information call (715) 675-6201. 24 - Oct 4 Coloma - Coloma Craft & Flea Market. Shop for crafts, antiques, collectibles, flea market items, seasonal organic produce, baked goods and more. Sale dates: May 24, June 7, June 29 (Sunday of Chicken Chew festivities), July 5, Aug 2, Aug 30 and Oct 4(Coloma Fall Festival downtown). Food and beverage available. Market sponsored by Coloma Area Historical Society. Coloma Community Park, 232 S. Front St. For more information call (715) 228-2109. 25 Neshkoro - Neshkoro Lions Annual Chicken BBQ. Support the Neshkoro Lions Club by attending their annual Chicken BBQ. They will serve food from 11:00AM until it runs out. St. James Parish, 315 North Main St. Event starts at 11:00AM. For more information call (920) 293-8445. 25 & July 5 Fifield - Lawn Mower Races In Fifield, lawn mowing is no chore. Each year the town proves its quirky nature and fun spirit by hosting Lawn Mower Races. Just as you’d imagine, drivers race their lawn mowers around a 1/6-mile oval track in a fast-paced competition. This event is so popular it now has two summer dates. PH:715-762-4739; 25 St. Germain - Classic Sled Round-Up. Held at Community Park from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Enjoy vintage and antique sled show and swap. Music and food all day. Sponsored by Arctic Cat, Inc of Thief River Falls, MN. Hwys. 70 & 155. For more information call (715) 542-4463. 26 Oxford - Memorial Day Parade and Oxford VFW Ceremony. Come to Oxford for their Memorial Parade and VFW Ceremony. Floats start lining up at 9:45AM and the parade starts at 10:30AM. Downtown Oxford. Event starts at 10:30AM. For more information call (608) 586-6598. 26 - Sep 1 St. Germain - St. Germain Flea & Farmer's Market. 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM at St. Germain Community Park (Memorial Day through Labor Day) rain or shine. Presented by the St. Germain Fire Department Association. New for 2014, a farmer's market will be held in conjunction with the flea market! St. Germain Community Park, Hwys. 70 & 155. For more information call (715) 891-7333. 26 West Bend - Old Courthouse Museum Free Admission-. Join local Veterans for a morning of remembrance and tribute. After the service, stay and visit with Veterans to learn about their experiences and dedication to their Country. The Old Courthouse Museum will be free and open to the public until 1:00 p.m. Old Courthouse Museum, 320 S 5th Ave. (262) 335-4678. 29 - Aug 20 Hartford - Adult Visual Art. Our visual art classes will show you how to express yourself through the medium of art. Whether its Plein Air Painting, Painting Studio, Drawing, or Garden Art with clay, you can be sure to come away with a masterpiece that is uniquely yours! 147 N Rural St. For more information call (262) 670-0560. 29 - Aug 6 Mequon - Lakeshore Chinooks. The Lakeshore Chinooks are a summer collegiate baseball team that plays in the Northwoods League. The ownership includes Robin Yount and Bob Uecker. Home games are played at Kapco Park at Concordia University in Mequon. The Chinooks will be hosting the 2014 Northwoods League All-Star Game on July 22nd. 12800 N Lake Shore Drive. For more information call (262) 618-4659. 30 - 31 Hubertus - Holy Hill Art Farm Spring Barn Boutique. Featuring art, crafts, vintage, fresh bakery and produce. Enjoy a day on the farm! 4958 Hwy 167 Hubertus, Wisconsin. For more information call (262) 644-5698. 12

31 - Jun 1 Minocqua - June Bloom Arts & Crafts Festival. Two day art and craft show. Featuring live music, artist demonstrations, food and Unique handcrafted items by over 50 exhibitors. Torpy Park, Downtown Minocqua. For more information call (715)-356-5266. 31-June 1 Mineral Point – Driftless Fibre Fair – Turn a Sheep into a Shawl! You can watch the entire process of turning a sheep into a shawl! Well, actually, the sheep’s wool. It will be sheared, cleaned, carded, combed, spun and knit beginning May 31 and finishing on June 1. 10am-5pm at Historic Shake Rag Alley, School for Arts and Crafts in Mineral Point, WI. Join de la Pear fiber art gallery & over 20 artisans for an exciting and creative weekend celebration of fibers, marketplace and much more in a magical setting. “Sheep to Shawl” demonstration with an artful twist. Alpacas and sheep on hand as well as music, food and beverages while you enjoy several artist demonstrations - Dedicated to the promotion of natural fibers and local artisans the Driftless Area Fibre Arts Faire is a unique opportunity to see and learn about natural fibers and the animals and plants that produce them. Visit them at or Open to the public - No fee PH: 608-987-2200 XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX BEFORE YOU GO: Avoid disappointment. Always check for schedule changes before heading to events. For
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