Gary Knowles` - Getaway Sampler

Gary Knowles’ - Getaway Sampler
A selection of events loaded with Real Wisconsin Fun!
APRIL 2016
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
serving 16 Chicago suburbs, a consultant to travel businesses, and the author of The Great Wisconsin Touring Book- 30
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2 – Maple Syrup Fest & Pancake Breakfast– Poynette
Enjoy learning about the MacKenzie Center's sugar bush and how Native Americans, pioneers
and today's volunteers make maple syrup. Enjoy a pancake breakfast (8am-12noon), horse drawn
wagon rides and more! Event is free, concession stand, breakfast and raffles available at added
cost. MacKenzie Environmental Education Center, W7303 County Road CS & Q,
Poynette, WI 53955-9690 PH: 608-635-8105
2 – Maple Syrup Fun Fest –Phelps
This educational, family fun day will include: a tree tapping demonstration with tree identification, a
tour of various local sugar bushes throughout Phelps and food/entertainment at the Phelps
School. Wear weather appropriate clothing. Maple syrup and natural crafts will be available for
purchase during the festivities at the Phelps School. Wood carvings, fishing gear, pet accessories,
pottery, stone jewelry, Lake Superior agates – there will be a wonderful selection of handmade
items to browse! Try a Maple Syrup Latte, or take home some locally produced cheese or
homemade butter toffee. Visitors will also find popular products from vendors like Thirty One,
Younique, Pampered Chef, Tupperware, Mary Kay and Scentsy. 8AM-4PM Phelps School, 4451
Old School Rd., Phelps, WI 54554 715-545-3800
16 – Hearthside Dinner- Wade House – Greenbush
Enjoy a delicious hearth-cooked meal, prepared with your own hands, in the historic Wade House
stagecoach hotel. At this event guests prepare 19th-century dishes on a wood-burning stove and
over an open-hearth fire just as Mrs. Wade did more than 150 years ago. This event culminates in
a wonderful sit-down meal in the lovely Wade House dining room. 11AM – 3PM – (NOTE: Limited
seating; reservations required. $55 per person. Private Hearthside Dinners for groups of 10-20
may also be arranged. To make reservations or for more information, please call (920) 5263271.Wade House, W7965 State Highway 23, Greenbush, WI 53026 Information:
28 Taste of the North – Minocqua
The 9th Annual Taste of the North presented by the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce
Ambassadors. Over two dozen participants will be spread over two levels at The Waters of
Minocqua Resort on Hwy 51 south of downtown Minocqua. Meet the chefs, sample their signature
dishes, learn about their restaurants, taste the food and vote on your favorite in each category for
the “People’s Choice Award”. Chefs will also be judged by a panel of local judges, who will pick
the “Judges Choice Award”. Raffles will be held with proceeds from the event to benefit
scholarship funds and local organizations. The Waters of Minocqua, 8116 Hwy 51 S., Minocqua,
WI 54548 Tickets: $30 Information: 715-356-5266
May 2 – A Taste of Spring! - Monroe
Elegant five course dinner paired with wine, art auction, live music. Fundraiser for Monroe Arts
Center. Ludlow Mansion, 1421 Mansion Dr., Monroe, WI 53566 Information:608-325-5700
WISCONSIN – What the Heck? What’s Going on Out There?!
NOW to Dec.31, 2016 The Rhinestone Cowboy Home – Sheboygan
Aiming to style himself as a singing “rhinestone cowboy” modeled after Glen Campbell’s song, Loy
Bowlin of McComb, Mississippi, became the maker of a remarkable art environment. He
embellished his small home with glitter, cut paper, magazine pictures, ornaments, and spangles,
and people came from miles around to visit the “Holy Jewel Home,” and the Rhinestone Cowboy
who lived there. Today, the art environment and his fancy suits, hats, and furniture, stands as the
only comprehensively relocated environment in the JMK Arts Center's Permanent Collection. In
2016, the Arts Center will provide unprecedented access to our visitors as staff, preservation
professionals, and historians put the house back together again in our galleries. Mon, Wed, Fri
10am-5pm; Tues, Thurs 10am-8pm; Sat, Sun 10am-4pm John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 608
New York Ave, Sheboygan, WI 53081 PH:920-458-6144
NOW – 2016 “The Nose has it!” at special WWII Warbird Art Exhibit – Oshkosh
With the smoke barely cleared at Pearl Harbor, brave, young US servicemen took to the air to
take the war to the enemy. Many of the aircraft carried artist painted images and messages on
their noses. Now one of the finest collections of authentic, preserved, WWII “nose art” is on
display for the first time outside their Commemorative Air Force home museum in Dallas, Texas.
The collection honors the people and aircraft of World War II. The artifacts have been designated
by the National Trust for Historical Preservation as an official project of Save America’s Treasures,
which seeks to preserve historic structures, art and published works throughout the nation. It will
be on display at EAA throughout 2016. “This collection is simply incredible; there’s no other way to
put it,” said Bob Campbell, director of the EAA AirVenture Museum. “It tells a unique story of the
common soldier and airman during World War II, how this artwork was created, what it meant to
these young men mostly between 18 and 25 years old, and the individual tales of these aircraft
that returned along with those that didn’t.” As was the custom during World War II, some of the
nose art depicts slogans or places, but many of them included drawings of young women in poses
from chaste to extremely provocative. The EAA AirVenture Museum is located just off Interstate
41 at the Highway 44 exit in Oshkosh. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information,
call the EAA AirVenture Museum at (920) 426-6108 or visit
3 – Doktor Kaboom! –Sheboygan
Doktor Kaboom! is an interactive one-man Science variety show suitable for all audiences.
Creatively blending theatre arts with the wonders of scientific exploration, Doktor Kaboom's
supercharged (and super safe!) science experiments will have you erupting with laughter and
bubbling with curiosity. Nothing says science like KABOOM!
Stefanie H Weill Center for the Performing Arts, 826 N 8th St.,Sheboygan, WI 53081
PH: 920-208-3243
3 Fondy Vintage Auto Club Swap Meet – Fond du Lac
Vendors from a four-state area sell antique and specialty auto parts and memorabilia.
Reservations are necessary for vendor swap spaces. Antique, classic, custom & performance
parts, new and used plus other related automobile items - magazines, model cars, auto parts,
signs, tools& food concessions available. FDL Co Fairgrounds Expo Center, State Highway 45 S
Fond du Lac, WI 54935 PH: 920-579-8450
3 Fond du Lac Lions Flea Market Come see vendors wares from all walks of life. Antiques, collectibles, beauty products, crafts,
rummage, and more. If you want to sell it, become a vendor! Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds,
Recreation Center, 520 Fond du Lac Ave.,Fond du Lac, WI 54935 Admission fee $1 for 13 &
older. 8am-2pm PH:920-204-6864
8-10 ComicCon – Madison
Come and check out your favorite artists, creators and celebrity guests. Join tens of thousands of
fellow fans as they converge on the Alliant Energy Center at Wizard World Madison to celebrate
the best in pop-fi, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, video gaming,
gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Wizard World Madison is also the place for
cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans
dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the
convention floor and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday night.
PH: 310-648-8410
22-24 Spring Jefferson Car Show – Jefferson
Come browse over 99 acres for classics, collectibles and parts to find that special piece for your
collection. The show features more than 3,100 vendor spaces and hundreds of cars for sale. The
Swap Meet and Car Corral is all three days and the car show is Saturday and Sunday only. The
feature car is all Convertibles!; however, all makes and models are welcome in the car show.
Admission is $8 per adult and kids 12 and under are free when accompanied by paying adult. No
pets, please. Jefferson County Fair Park, 503 N Jackson Ave., Jefferson, WI 53549
Information: 608-244-8416
29- May 1 Girls Getaway Weekend – Lake Geneva
Enjoy an exciting weekend in Lake Geneva of shopping, fun activities and your best gal pals.
There are various activities to participate in. Space is limited for some activities and preregistration is required. For complete information, including a listing of special hotel packages, instore specials, restaurant offers and to register online, visit our website. The Riviera, 812 Wrigley
Dr., Lake Geneva, WI 53147 Information: 262-248-8911 ext 224
May 1 – Opening of Wisconsin State Bike Trails – Sparta
The Opening of State Bike Trails on the Elroy-Sparta Trail. 8:30am – 3PM - The first Rails to Trails
conversion in the state. Ride through a mile long tunnel from Norwalk, back to Sparta, followed by
a ribbon cutting and open house at the Sparta Chamber Depot at noon. PH: 608-269-4123
WISCONSIN – It’s for the Animals!
1-3 Wisconsin Deer and Turkey Expo – Madison
The Field and Stream Deer & Turkey Expo offers a fun and educational experience for all
attendees, featuring How-to Seminars, Shooting Ranges, Contests and hundreds of hunting
products for sale. We are your Hands-On, Real-Gear, Hunting Information Headquarters!
Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, WI 53713
13-16 Wisconsin Horse Sale – Neillsville
Wisconsin's largest horse sale that attracts buyers and sellers from across the U.S. Friday: Selling
draft horses and mules. Haflingers will also sell, along with cross breeds. Sat: saddle horses,
ponies, mules, along with some miniature horses; Horses, mules, horse equipment, horse-drawn
vehicles, and tack of all types offered for sale. Clark County Fairgrounds, 1120 E Division St.,
Neillsville, WI 54456 PH: 715-570-7749
15-17 Great Midwest Horsefair! – Madison
The Midwest Horse Fair® is one of the top 3-day horse fairs in America. Whether you are a
horseless horse lover, new horse owner, or seasoned professional, there will be something that
you’ll enjoy at the Midwest Horse Fair! Non-horse owners, families and children can meet the
600+ horses up close by touring the two brand new, state-of-the-art, New Holland Pavilions. Shop
at one of over 500 vendors or attend one of hundreds of clinics, seminars and educational events
available throughout the weekend. Check online to get updates on this great event. Alliant Energy
Center, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, WI 53713 Information:920-623-5515
23-24 Wisconsin All Breed Dog Show – Fond du Lac
Fond du Lac County Kennel Club Dog Show with conformation, obedience, and rally trial
competition. Starts at 9:00AM Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds, Hwy 45-S, Fond du Lac, WI
54935 Information: 920-918-3805
23-24 – Wisconsin Alpaca & Fiber Fest – West Bend
The Wisconsin Alpaca & Fiber Fest is the premiere alpaca show in Wisconsin. WisAFF is the
Great Midwest Alpaca Fest and Spring Bling Alpaca show into one fantastic show. WisAFF is at
the Washington County fairgrounds in West Bend, WI just north of Milwaukee. Judge Sharon
Loner returns and there will be great vendors and fiber artists. Alice in Dairyland, Teyanna
Loether will be visiting on Saturday, April 23rd from 7:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. WisAFF will feature a
huge fiber arts display and crafter’s corner. Don’t know how to knit, spin or crochet? We will offer
classes throughout the weekend for ALL skills levels! Washington County Fair Park & Conference
Center, 3000 Highway PV, West Bend, WI 53095 Information: 608-219-6369
WISCONSIN – It’s History!
22 Behind the Scenes Tour – Villa Louis – Prairie du Chien
See Villa Louis from top to bottom. These popular extended tours of the mansion will give visitors
a glimpse into the life of a historic house museum and will highlight the care and keeping of a
unique object from the Dousman collection. Tours include visits to the nooks and crannies of this
restored mansion. 10:30AM – 2:30PM - 521 N Villa Louis Rd. Prairie Du Chien, WI 53821
Make Reservations: PH: 608-326-2721
WISCONSIN – Arts & Antiques !
2 – Gallery Night – Mineral Point
You will always find a remarkable assortment of fine art and quality hand-made craft: ceramics,
collage, furniture, glass, jewelry, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, fiber, and
woodworking – much of it made right in town. Most of the galleries are located in the downtown
business district filled with historic architecture, delicious dining venues, and engaging gallery
owners. Walking from gallery to gallery on these evenings is one of the best ways to enjoy Mineral
Point. All over town - Mineral Point Historic District -Mineral Point, WI 53565 PH608-330-3031
2 – Annual Tomah Antique Toy Farm Show - Old & New
Scale replicas of farm tractors & trucks, replicas of antique combines & threshers, plus any farmrelated equipment, past or present. $2 for Adults; $1 for Children 13-17; FREE for Children 12 &
Under. Tomah Recreation Building - 1625 Butts Avenue -Tomah, WI 54660 PH 608-372-6907
Or 608-344-0150
2 Spring Arts and Crafts Fair – Madison
Over 80 artists from the Midwest (mostly Wisconsin) will be selling their handmade goods. You
can expect to see a variety of jewelry, wreaths, ornaments, garden art, cards, pottery, woodwork,
baby gifts, soaps, balms, lotions, knitwear, home décor and more! It’s the perfect place to find a
unique gift for that special someone (or for yourself). Admission fee, free parking, live
entertainment. Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Dr., Madison, WI
53704 PH:608-245-3669
9- Wisconsin Gourds Society Show – Madison
The members of the Wisconsin Gourd Society are holding their annual festival with gourd artisans
and crafters instructing workshops and doing demonstrations for anyone who is interested in
learning gourd art and craft techniques. This is a family event with free admission and parking.
The artisans will be exhibiting their unique pieces - bowls, birdhouses, jewelry and beyond. Enjoy
the art exhibition and competition, silent auction, raffle, door prizes and live music. Gourd farmers
will be selling seeds for growing gourds as well as dried gourds used in making art pieces. Bring
the family! 9-5PM Olbrich Botanical Gardens & Bolz Conservatory, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison,
WI 53704 PH:608-873-1703
15 – Art Walk in Fond du Lac
Stroll historic downtown Fond du Lac. All manners of artists - from painters, to jewelry makers, to
mixed media artists, to cheese artisans, and every medium in between - grace our downtown's
venues with their wares for purchase. This event is always free! Downtown Fond du Lac PH: 920921-1144
15-16 Citywide Garage Sale – Mineral Point
Who knows what you might find at a garage sale in a Wisconsin community with roots back to the
1830s? You’ll never know, unless you go look! There’ll likely be well over 100 sales…and if there’s
nothing that strikes your fancy…go check out the artist galleries and shops on High Street.
There’s always some interesting treasure to be found! There’s a map to print here listing 75 sales: PH: 608-987-3201
16 - An Evening of Art and Wine: PAINTING DEMONSTRATION – Mineral Point
With classical realist painter Lisa Towers 5:30-8:30 p.m. Price: $35 includes a gourmet taco bar
provided by Tequila Point. Artist Lisa Towers will demonstrate how to paint a still life with flowers.
Audience members will be invited to take 5 minute turns at a separate easel next to the artist, to
try to mimic her steps. The resulting painting by the audience will be given away by drawing at the
end of the event. The painting created by Lisa Towers will be sold by silent auction. For
reservations call: Tequila Point at (608) 987-6556 or Lisa Towers at (608) 574-7258 To see more
work by Lisa Towers go to [email protected]
16 D.R.A.W! Downtown Racine Art Walk
Explore and experience art at nearly 30 locations throughout Downtown Racine. Artists, events
and demonstrations - free. Art Walk maps at Downtown Racine Corp. office, 425 Main St. PH:
16-17 Fox Cities Antique Show and Sale – Neenah
Featuring quality antique deals of furniture, home & garden decor, glassware & china, quilts &
linens, toys & sports, country primitives, paper & textiles, advertising & signage, jewelry &
collectibles. Admission $6, children under 16 free, good for both days. Free parking. Sat 10am5pm, Sun 11am-4pm. Tri County Ice Arena, 700 E. Shady Ln., Neenah, WI 54956 PH:
22-23 30th Star Antiques Benefit Auction – Eagle
Attend Friday Night's Preview Party (reservation only) for a dinner and a private viewing of
antiques to be auctioned Saturday. There is no admission charged for Saturday's "No Reserve" all
antique-and-vintage auction. Hundreds of treasures, from classic to kitschy, will be available to
view the day before the 30th Star Benefit Antiques Auction. Proceeds from this auction, produced
by the FRIENDS of the Wisconsin Historical Society, benefit primarily, the H. H. Bennett Studio in
Wisconsin Dells. The Wisconsin Antiques Dealers Association generously sponsors the 30th Star
Benefit Antiques Auction. Friday night Preview Party, including dinner, is by reservation only: $40
per person. The (no reserve, 10% buyer’s premium) auction is free to the public and begins at
10am on Saturday, with viewing at 9am. At: Old World Wisconsin historic site; W372 S9727 State
Road 67, Eagle, WI 53119 Information: 262-594-6300
29-May 1 Arts and Antiques Sale & Show – Waukesha
Over 70 antique dealers from across the country displaying for purchase American and English
furniture, accessories, folk art, jewelry, oriental rugs, lighting, clocks and more. Waukesha, County
Fair Grounds, 1000 Northview Road, Waukesha, WI 53188
29-May 1 Rites of Spring: Fiber Frolic! - (A Road Trip)
New Holstein,Appleton,Neenah,Stockbridge,Valders,Malone,Fond du Lac,Sheboygan Falls,Cedar
Grove,Two Rivers,Kaukauna
Gas up your car, grab a fiber friend or two, stop for tea and a treat along the road and come frolic
with new lambs and kids and the fabulous fiber they provide for us as 11 area fiber businesses
and 6 cafes open their doors for... Rites of Spring: Fiber Frolic. The fiber shops and cafes are all
located around Lake Winnebago and east to Lake Michigan. Bleating Heart Haven, W1993 Thede
Road, New Holstein, WI 53061 Information: 920-286-0971
30-May 1 Clay Collective Spring Show – Cambridge (Road Tour)
An all clay, driving tour of seven area studio potters, with over 250 years combined experience,
displaying new works from their spring firings. Potters will be on hand demonstrating and
discussing their works. PH: 608-423-4507
30-May 1 WISCOPEX – Stamp Collectors’ Show – Fond du Lac
Postage stamp show open to the public. Judged stamp exhibits, dealers, free stamp collection
appraisals, seminars, beginners room for youth and adults, door prizes, commemorative show
cover and cancel. Annual convention and exhibition of the Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs.
Sponsored by the WFSC in cooperation with the Fond du Lac Stamp Club. Free parking on hotel
ramp levels 4 to 7. Holiday Inn, 625 W. Rolling Meadows Drive, Fond du Lac, WI 54937 PH:920929-9194
WISCONSIN – Music, Movies & More!
5- Overture Hall Pipe Organ Recital by Ahreum Han – Madison
Ahreum Han thrilled the audience in her debut performance during the 2014 Farmers’ Market
Concerts. She returns for a full solo recital on the colossal Klais in a program of works by Bach,
Mozart, Mendelssohn, Dupré, Vierne and others. She has appeared in recital on many of the
world’s major organs in addition to solo performances at national and regional conventions for the
American Guild of Organists. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, her facile
playing will amaze and fascinate you. Share Ms. Han’s triumphant return to Overture Hall as we
close out our 11th season of recitals with the Overture Concert Organ. Overture Center for the
Arts, 201 State St., Madison, WI 53703 PH:608-257-3734
7 – Ray Wylie Hubbard - Stoughton
At 68, Ray Wylie Hubbard is a Texas original. He’s old enough to collect retirement, but he’s still writing
songs, recording, performing, producing, touring, and scoring movies, and he still has the same wily spirit
that has been his trademark since he wrote “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother.” The reviews describe
Ray Wylie as “one of the most strikingly original musicians in the country.” He’s a presence you won’t soon
forget, and his songs have a gritty intensity that will stay with you for a good long while. Stoughton Opera
House, 381 E Main St., Stoughton, WI 53589 PH:608-877-4400
8-10 Roots and Blues Fest – River Falls
The River Falls Roots and Bluegrass FestivalTM is a FREE three-day musical festival in downtown River
Falls, Wisconsin. The weekend will kickoff with the 3rd Annual Beer & Wine Tasting at Junior's Bar and
Restaurant. Move from venue to venue to experience both regional and local roots and bluegrass music all
weekend long. Enjoy free workshops and participate in free jam sessions. Don't miss over 50 hours of footstomping bluegrass! Foot stompin' Bluegrass, Roots & Cajun at this free music weekend in the heart of
downtown River Falls. Headliners this year include Kind Country, Dead Horses, Art Stevenson and High
Water. Sample craft beers and local wines at the Third Annual Beer & Wine Tasting (ticketed event). Sign
up today to compete in the Singer/Songwriter Competition or the Roots and Bluegrass Festival Band
Contest--new this year! Experience musical workshops, open jam sessions and more! River Falls Area
Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau and Fulton Brewing Company. Downtown, 214 N.
Main St., River Falls, WI 54022 PH:715-425-2533
9 – Big Top Annual Concert in Richland Center
NHS of Southwest Wisconsin & Community Partners proudly presents the 8th Annual Lake Superior Big
Top Chautauqua collaborative fundraiser performance. This year's performance will feature "Big Top Opry!"
The Blue Canvas Orchestra re-creates the music of The Opry’s legendary performers such as Hank
Williams, Patsy Cline, Marty Robbins and The Carter Family. Debuting in 2014, this show was a
resounding hit. Severin Behnen wrote the show and leads the band. Corey Carlson, our own musical
chameleon, assisted Behnen in the creation of the show and is featured along with guests Randy Sabien,
Joe Savage, Danielle Diamond, and Emily Belanger in this nostalgic and entertaining romp through the
best Western songs from the heydays of The Grand Ole Opry. Advance Tickets are $15 at the door $17.
Advance tickets can be purchased online through Big Top Chautauqua's website, or in Viroqua, WI at the
Food Coop or in Richland Center at ACE Hardware, Gordy's Market, or The Richland Center Shopping
News – At Richland Center High School - 1996 US Hwy 14, Richland Center, WI 53581
PH: 608-647-4949
9 – Riders in the Sky – Stoughton
America’s favorite singing cowboys are still saddled up and singing after 30+ years. The quartet of madcap
cowpokes consists of Ranger Doug, Idol of American Youth; Too Slim, the Fastest Wit in the West; Woody
Paul, King of the Cowboy Fiddlers; and Joey, the CowPolka King. Perpetual crowd-pleasers, this Grammywinning quartet mixes authentic Western music with yodeling, rope tricks, and a whole heap of crackpot
humor—in the timeless tradition of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. In addition to winning two Grammys and
being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, Riders are in the Western Music Association's Hall of Fame, the
Country Music Foundation's Walkway of Stars, and the Walk of Western Stars. With these and countless
other awards and accolades, it comes as no surprise that Billboard magazine's Jim Bessman counts them
as one of "the most historically significant acts in the history of American music." Stoughton Opera House,
381 E Main St., Stoughton, WI 53589 PH:608-877-4400
14-16 – UW Varsity Band Concert – Madison
On March 21, 1975, Professor Michael Leckrone created a monster...the UW Varsity Band's
Annual Spring Concert. On that day, before an unexpectedly large audience of about 450 family,
friends and fans in Mills Hall, the UW Band got everyone together to put on one final performance
for the year and then ... have a party! But, no one would have guessed that the concert performed
that night would turn into what it is today - a three-night extravaganza complete with professional
staging, lighting, sound and pyrotechnics performed for 25,000 Badger fans each year. Tickets will
go on sale February 1st at 9:00 am and can be purchased online by using the link on the home
page or by phone (very busy the first few days). Tickets are priced at $23 unless you attend the
Thursday concert with 8 or more in your party, then the price is $18. All seats are reserved and
orders are filled in the order received with the best available seats. Kohl Center, 601 W Dayton
St., Madison, WI 53715 PH: 608-265-4120
14-21 Wisconsin Film Festival – Madison
The Wisconsin Film Festival is presented by the UW-Madison Arts Institute in association with the
Department of Communication Arts. Founded in 1999, the Festival presents an average of 150
film screenings over 8 days every spring, making it the largest university-produced film festival in
the nation. The Festival is known for its diverse film offerings: American independent, international
cinema, documentaries, experimental and avant-garde, resorted classics, the Wisconsin’s Own
Competition (selections featuring Wisconsin filmmakers, themes, or settings) and Children’s
Cinema. PH: 608-262-9009
15 – Masters of Hawaiian Music -Hartford
Hawaii’s Renaissance man George Kahumoku, Jr. is a multiple Grammy Award-winning slack key guitarist,
teacher, storyteller, and writer. His roots in rich Hawaiian cultures reflect both traditional and contemporary
music. Joined by the charismatic duo, Da Ukulele Boyz, and a hula dancer, George’s vocals and
instrumental interludes on the delightful 12-string slackkey playfully blendstories, songs, and good fun.
Schauer Arts & Activities Center, 147 N Rural St, Hartford, WI 53027 Ticket Office:
262-670-0560 ext 3
16 – Duck Soup Cinema: Buster Keaton in “The Cameraman” – Madison
Several times a year, we reclaim the silent-film heritage of the Capitol Theater. Local acts open for
the screening of a classic silent film. Each show features a skilled organist on the magnificent
Grand Barton Organ, just as it was done in 1928. The Cameraman was Keaton’s first film with
MGM, and tells the story of a photographer trying to get his foot in the door at — where else? —
MGM. Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State St., Madison, WI 53703 608-258-4141
16 – Wisconsin Area Music Industry Awards – Appleton
With live performances from acts that hail from all around the state, the Wisconsin Area Music
Industry (WAMI) Awards celebrates its 36th year recognizing area musicians. WAMI is a volunteer
organization whose purpose is to educate and recognize the achievements and accomplishments
of individuals in the Wisconsin music industry. 7PM Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, 400 W
College Ave., Appleton, WI 54911 Information: 920-730-3760
22 – Peter Yarrow (of Peter Paul & Mary Fame!) and Mustard’s Retreat - Stoughton
As a successful artist and activist, Peter Yarrow’s talent is legendary. Known for his songwriting,
sound quality, and commitment to excellence, he comprises a third of the popular folk group
Peter, Paul & Mary. His gift for songwriting has produced hits such as Puff, The Magic Dragon,
Day Is Done, The Great Mandala, and Light One Candle. His musical creativity has always gone
hand in hand with his commitment to social justice and equity in society. Mustard’s Retreat is a
Michigan-based duo comprising David Tamulevich and Michael Hough. For over four decades,
the two have developed a reputation as top-notch interpreters of traditional and contemporary
songs and stories. An MR show is packed with enthusiasm, good humor, and fine musicianship.
Stoughton Opera House, 381 E Main St., Stoughton, WI 53589 Information: 608-877-4400
22-23 Eau Claire Jazz Festival
The Eau Claire Jazz Festival was created to promote appreciation and a continuation of Jazz
music in perpetuity, in the Midwest, through the integration of the arts and by providing a world
class festival to draw visitors to the Chippewa Valley. Jimmy Heath & Connie Evingson as the
Guest Artists for the Friday Headline Concert and Jimmy Heath & Stefon Harris as the Guest
Artists for the Saturday Headline Concert. Visit the web site for full details of the event
times/locations. PH: 715-836-4092
22-24 Central Wisconsin Concertina Fest – Merrill
More than 100 concertina artists from around the state and beyond play and enjoy their fellow
musicians. Food and refreshments, free parking, concertina display. Fri 5-11pm, Sat 11am-11pm,
Sun 10am-5pm. Les & Jim's Lincoln Lanes, 1208 North Center Ave., Merrill, WI 54452
Information: 715-536-9405
29-30 Asleep at the Wheel – Stoughton
Since the early '70s, Asleep at the Wheel has been the most important force in keeping the sound
of Western swing alive. In reviving the freewheeling, eclectic sensibility of Western swing
godfather Bob Wills, the Grammy-winning Wheel has earned enthusiastic critical praise
throughout its lengthy career; not only has it preserved classic sounds that had all but
disappeared from country music, but it has been able to update the music, keeping it a living,
breathing art form. Typically featuring eight to 11 musicians, the group has gone through myriad
changes (at last count, over 80 members had passed through the ranks), but frontman Ray
Benson has held it together for four decades, keeping Asleep at the Wheel a viable recording and
touring concern and maintaining their devotion to classic-style Western swing. PH: 608-877-4400
WISCONSIN – That’s The Spirit!
8-10 Lake Geneva Festival of Wine –
Welcoming all wine lovers! Join us for the 2016 Lake Geneva Festival of Wine at Grand Geneva Resort.
We have an entire weekend of vintage entertainment planned for all you enthusiasts, from social wine
drinkers to sommeliers. Enjoy Friday night wine dinners at our premier restaurants to kick off the weekend
then don’t miss the Grand Tasting on Saturday - our main event - as well as informative seminars and
room packages too. Tickets range from $80-$106. Packages for resort stay are also available to reserve
and purchase **Must be 21 years old to attend** Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, 7036 Grand Geneva
Way, Hwys 50 E & 12, Lake Geneva, WI 53147 PH:800-558-3417
16 Rare Barrel Affair – Wisconsin Dells
Featuring rare and barrel aged beers alongside the classic Wisconsin beers that you know and
love, the Dells Rare Barrel Affair brings Wisconsin brewers together for a springtime celebration of
the brewer's art. The boldest of bocks, the finest of funk, and the trust of tradition is all on display
for the craft beer novice and the rare beer seekers alike. Featuring unlimited sampling from over
40 Wisconsin breweries and brewpubs. Ticket includes beer, food and tasting glass. Make plans
in advance for safe travel. Mount Olympus Water & Theme Park, 1881 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy.,
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 PH: 608-441-1992
23 – The Shepherd Express “Stein & Dine” Stein & Dine is back for another year of beer, cheese, sausage and fun! Saturday, April 23, 2016,
from 2-6 p.m. at Wisconsin State Fair Expo Center. More than 100 of the state’s finest breweries,
cheese and sausage makers along with a variety of local restaurants, wineries and distilleries.
Don’t miss Lakefront Brewery , Karben Four Brewing, and Angelic Brewing in matched pairings
with specialty cheeses. Guests will receive a keepsake sampling glass to sip brews from, all while
enjoying unlimited samples.Vote for your favorite cheese maker! All guests will have the chance to
vote for their favorite cheese maker. The winning cheese maker will be given a commemorative
Stein & Dine “Best Cheese” plaque. General admission: $40 in advance, $50 day-of -- Limited VIP
admission: $75 in advance, $90 day-of *VIP admission includes entrance into the event an hour
early, starting at 1 p.m. Exposition Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park, 640 S 84th St., West Allis,
WI 53214 PH: 414-292-3823
23 – Craft Brews and Chicago Blues Fest – Lake Geneva
Join us for the ultimate beer tasting and music event! Featuring unlimited sampling of craft beer
from around the US, live blues music and concession stand. 1-5pm. Joining us at the 2016 Brews &
Blues Festival will be Kevin Purcell and the Nightburners! Geneva Ridge Resort
W4240 State Hwy 50, Lake Geneva, WI 53147 Information: 262-245-1000
23 – Dairy State Cheese and Beer Festival – Kenosha
The Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha is proud to present the 9th Annual Dairy State Cheese & Beer Festival
at the world famous Brat Stop. This fun-filled event features a variety of Wisconsin cheeses, some of the
most sought after beers from Wisconsin and beyond and awesome live music from Random
Maxx, The New Vinyls and The Music Venders! Must be 21 to enter; valid identification required.
General Admission: $45 in advance / $50 at the door. Designated Driver: $15 at the door only. VIP
Admission: $75 in advance. Hotel packages are available which include a hotel room and festival
tickets. A FREE shuttle bus provided by Big K Limo will run from the METRA train station in
Downtown Kenosha to the Brat Stop. Space is limited and reservation is required. Visit the listed
website for more information. Brat Stop, 12304 75th St., Kenosha, WI 53142 PH: 262-653-7304
23 – Winefeast – Oshkosh
WineFeast is Oshkosh’s social event of the year! Over 750 members of the community gather
together at the Oshkosh Convention Center to enjoy the company of friends and colleagues and
to sample scrumptious food and beverages. WineFeast also benefits a great cause. 100% of
proceeds raised from the event go toward fulfilling the mission of the Boys & Girls Club of
Oshkosh. There are two parts of WineFeast. Guests can attend regular WineFeast, which begins
at 7pm or guests can purchase reservations to the elegant wine and dish tasting that happens
before general WineFeast at 4pm called Cellar Select. Cellar Select provides a richer more fine
wine and dinner experience and is an opportunity to socialize with familiar faces in a relaxing
environment. Doors open at 4pm for a champagne reception and the evening program starts
promptly at 5pm. Oshkosh Convention Center, 2 N. Main Street, Oshkosh, WI 54901 Information:
29 – May 1 8th Annual Kohler Festival of Beer!
Better plan now if you want to sip some of the country’s finest craft and specialty brews! Tickets
are on sale for The Kohler Festival of Beer April 29-May 1 – and they go fast! Premiere craft
brewers and beer enthusiasts from around the nation have this one on their “must do” lists.
Signature events include the Hops to the Shops party, 5k Beer Run, the Shorts & Chefs grilling
event, the popular Cheers to Beers tasting gala and a Sunday beer-themed breakfast. The entire
Village of Kohler gets in the spirit with music, food pairings, a college kegger-themed party,
sessions on home-brewing, beer-infused cooking, craft beer trends, grilling classes, and, yes,
flowing taps. Hotel packages and a la carte ticket options are available online
at or 1-800-344-2838
29- May 8 Madison Craft Beer “Week” - Madison
It’s an annual celebration promoting Madison's thriving craft beer culture, enhancing beer
knowledge and appreciation by sponsoring a ten-day (two weekend) countywide festival that
attracts beer tourism, fosters knowledge of our regional brewing heritage, and serves as a
showcase for the Madison area's breweries, restaurants, pubs, caterers, retailers, entertainers,
and other businesses with ties to the craft beer community. Craft beer lovers will have the
opportunity to attend events ranging from beer dinners and food pairing to beer walks, bar
promotions, brewery parties and plenty more! Includes: Saturday, April 30th, 2016 - Isthmus Cask
Ale Fest which features exclusive cask conditioned ales from regional breweries. This year's fest
will be held Breese Stevens Field from 2-5pm PH: 608-251-5627
WISCONSIN – Competition Capital!
15-17 Big Whopper Weekend –New London
Fish the Wolf River during the annual walleye run. Contest prizes in many fish categories.
Hamburgers, hotdogs, and beverages. Live music and a huge raffle. Held at Riverside Park where
there are boat launches, docks, and restrooms. Riverside Park, 1215 W. Wolf River Ave. New
London, WI 54961 Information: 920-779-6346 Tourism Office: 920-982-5822
21-24 Wisconsin Brown Trout Tournament – Baileys Harbor
One of the premier fishing contests on Lake Michigan with fishing allowed in Door & Kewaunee
County waters. A $25 entry fee entitles participants an opportunity to win generous cash prizes for
the top 40 heaviest fish. The first place fish wins a $1,500 prize package including $800 cash and
a Door County Vacation Package. Participants can fish in both Door & Kewaunee county waters
on the bay and lake side. Fish can be caught from a boat or from the shore. There is a weigh in
station at the Baileys Harbor Fire Station and Howie’s Tackle in Sturgeon Bay. The BHCA will be
selling drinks & there will be a food truck selling all kinds of food at the Baileys Harbor weigh in
throughout the weekend. Tickets will be for sale until close of business Friday April 22 and can be
purchased ahead of time using a credit card. For more information or to purchase tickets, please
visit, email [email protected] or call 920.839.2366. Over $7,000 in
prizes!! Baileys Harbor Town Marina, 8132 Hwy 57, Baileys Harbor, WI 54202 Information: 920839-2366
23 – MadRollin Dolls Roller Derby – “Malice in Wonderland” - Madison
Madison's premier flat-track roller derby league, the Mad Rollin' Dolls, are gearing up for their
season of hardhitting, fast skating action! Roller derby is a full-contact game on a flat, oval track
with teams facing off to see who can score the most points. Jammers furiously skate to make the
most laps, passing members of the opposing team to score. Blockers clear the path for their
jammers to score while trying to keep the opposing team’s jammer from getting past them. Triple
header doors open 3:45pm, Bouts at 4:15pm. Alliant Energy Center,1919 Alliant Energy Center
Way Madison, WI 53713 Information:608-267-3976
23 – Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Championships – Dodgeville
Amateurs and professionals compete in 4 "heats" to determine the best grilled cheese sandwiches
in Wisconsin and compete for fabulous prizes. Listen to live music, drink some beer and wine,
sample outstanding grilled cheese sandwiches. Kyle Chereck is the MC. Dine at food trucks by
“The Gouda Girls,” “Food Truck,” “Grey Dog Deli,” “Pots and Tots,” and “JJs Famous BBQ.” Fun
for all ages. Free admission Ley Pavillion at Harris Park, 600 Bennett Road, Dodgeville, WI 53533
Information: 608-935-9200
30 – 35th Annual Crazylegs Classic – Madison
The Crazylegs Classic celebrates the late, great, legendary UW football hero, Los Angeles Ram, movie
star, panty-hose model, UW Athletic Director, and nice guy in town, Elroy Hirsch. It has been voted “One of
the 20 top ‘Great Races, Great Places’ by the Road Runners of America.” The first race in 1982
attracted 1,525 runners and raised $9,500. The event grew in popularity and the walk was added
in 1987 with 676 walkers the first year. The event has grown substantially reaching a record high
of 20,415 in 2010. Since the inaugural race 34 years ago, it has attracted over 316,300 runners
and walkers. The Crazylegs Classic has become a time-honored tradition of the University of
Wisconsin, as well as a much anticipated event to kickoff spring in the Madison community. The
8K run/2 Mile walk has become a must-do spring-time tradition in Madison. The 8K run features
the ChronoTrack Timing System and a wave start. Both the run and walk follow a scenic course
starting in downtown Madison at Capitol Square, through the UW campus and ends near the 50
yard line in Camp Randall Stadium. PH: 608-261-5347 REGISTER IN ADVANCE
WISCONSIN – Celebrate the Season !
1-3 Granite Peak Family Festival Weekend -Wausau
A weekend of festivities at Granite Peak Ski Area. Package: 2 nights lodging and 2 days of lift
tickets for a family of four, two-day ski or board rental for the entire family, horse drawn wagon
rides, brat cookout, Saturday night skiing, Saturday night on-hill fireworks display and bonfire.
Granite Peak Ski Area, 3605 North Mountain Road, Wausau, WI 54401 PH 715-845-2846
16 – Annual Crane Count – Baraboo
Join over 2,000 volunteers spanning the upper Midwest for the Annual Midwest Crane Count as
we monitor the return of Sandhill and Whooping Cranes to their northern breeding grounds. This
annual survey of Sandhill and Whooping Cranes spans over 90 counties in six states of the upper
Midwest (Wisconsin and portions of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, and Minnesota).
The citizen science project allows the International Crane Foundation to monitor changes in the
abundance and distribution of cranes throughout their range in the Midwest. In addition, the
survey is an opportunity for participants to learn about cranes and the important role that wetland
protection plays in their conservation. Sandhill Cranes nearly disappeared from Wisconsin, but the
species has successfully recovered and is continuing to expand. Observations of Sandhill Cranes
can lend insight into threatened cranes, including the endangered Whooping Crane. To get
involved: New volunteers interested in taking part in the survey should first contact their local
County Coordinator for instructions. Contact Sara Gavney Moore, Communications
Specialist, 608-356-9462, x155 Headquarters - International Crane Foundation, E11376 Shady
Lane Rd., Baraboo, WI 53913 PH: Information-608-356-9462
FREE GUIDES: “Activity Guide” Campground Directory, Lodging Directory, Highway Map, Golf, Birding, Attractions
Calumet County Guide – 920-849-1442
Chippewa County Travel Guide – 866-723-0331
Door County Visitors Guide – 800-527-3529
Fox Cities Area Guide – 800-223-6667
Grant County Travel Guide – 608-348-8888
Green Bay Visitor’s Guide – 888-867-3342
Green County Travel Guide – 888-222-9111
Kenosha Area Visitors Guide – 800-654-7309
Kewaunee County Guide – 800-290-4299
Madison Area Visitor Guide – 800-373-6376
Mineral Point Travel Guide – 888-764-6894
Minocqua Area Destination Guide – 800-44-NORTH
Racine – Real Racine Guide - 800-272-2463
Sauk Prairie Visitors Packet – 800- 683-2453
St. Croix Valley & Polk County Guides (ask Sue for both) 800-222-7655
Superior & Douglas Country Travel Guide - 800-942-5313
Chicago Office of Tourism: Free Guide & App -
Illinois Travel –
Iowa Tourism – 888.472.6035 or 515.725.3084
Lake Michigan Circle Tour and Lighthouse Map – 1-800-442-2084 or at
Lanesboro, Minnesota Visitor Guide 800-657-4972
Michigan –
Minnesota Tourism Travel Counselors at [email protected], or 1-888-TOURISM (1-888-868-7476).
Minnesota – Mississippi Valley Bluff Country (on-line)
Mississippi Valley Partners (WI-MN) 1-888-999-2619
Red Wing, Minnesota 1-651-385-5934 800-498-3444
Wabasha-Kellogg, Minnesota – 1-800-565-4158
West Michigan Travel Guide - 616-245-2217
Winona, Minnesota Visitor Guide – (800) 657-4972
BEFORE YOU GO: Avoid disappointment. Always check for schedule changes before heading to events. For more
events- good sources: www.Wisconline .com, XXXXX