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Gary Knowles

Wisconsin Event Sampler

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

by Gary Knowles
Gary Knowles is a freelance travel writer who is the author of the Garys 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:

Through Nov 15 - Autumn Wheelin Through the Door! Segway Tours in Door County
Door County is a favorite Great Lakes destination any time of year, but in late autumn its really special!
The big crowds are gone and the air is crisp and fresh. And even into November the woods and water
are colorful and serene. You can cruise it in your car, ride a bike, hike and now for a real treat join a
Segway tour! You dont need experience riding these self-propelled vehicles because professional
Segway instructors can get you rolling, safely, after a basic lesion. Its one of the breeziest and most
enjoyable ways to scoot through this maritime wonderland. Fall is a great time for spectacular pictures
and you will get them on these tours which run to about November 15. The price is $89 for a 2 hour
session including instructions and touring. Participants must be at least 11 years and weight at least 70
lbs. PH: 920-376-0256 A variety of tours include Sturgeon Bay, Peninsula Park and Washington Island
(A 5 Hour Tour)
Now Nov 21 Platteville- Fur, Feathers and Fidelity: Military Mascots, which features photos and
information about the military mascots that are a large source of pride and morale for our troops. Part of
the Marching Across the State project which is funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin
Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The program aims to
make the museums exhibits more available to a broader audience. Organizations like universities,
nonprofit groups and other venues can rent the traveling exhibits free or for a low cost through the
museum. In addition, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater will host the Working Warriors:
Military Life Beyond Combat exhibit from Nov. 11 through Nov. 20. The exhibit will be on display at
the Roberta Fiskum Art Gallery at 800 W. Main Street in Whitewater and the public is invited to attend a
special reception Nov. 11 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. For more information about the traveling exhibits
program, visit or call 608-261-0542.

Now December 21 Fireside Theatre - "A Fireside Christmas" Fort Atkinson The
holiday season comes to life at the Fireside Dinner Theatre for its original revue Fireside
Christmas. This family performance features a new look and sound each season, promising to
delight audiences with holiday cheer and celebration. PH: 800-477-9505;
Now Jan 11, 2015 Winona, MN - See Master Works by Ansel Adams - Winona, MN

One of Americas favorite photographers was Ansel Adams (1902 1984) whose stunning black
and white images celebrated the American West. An exhibit of his photographs has just opened
at Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona, Minnesota. Classic Images: Ansel Adams
Photographs is a collection of more than seventy photos printed by the artist himself. The
exhibition spans two galleries and pays tribute to Adams life in photography. Included are several of his
most famous pictures, including Moonrise, Hernandez, Mount McKinley and Wonder Lake, and images
from his iconic Half Dome series. An environmentalist, pianist, lecturer, writer and master photographer,
Adams helped establish photography as a respected art form in the 20th century.
The Museum is at 800 Riverview Dr. Winona, MN and it is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10am 5pm. PH: (507) 474-6626

7 Oconomowoc Arts Stroll Evening - Downtown Oconomowoc merchants and artists are
on display in this fun evening out in downtown. Downtown streets are aglow with stores open
late offering specials, entertainment and featured artists working on their crafts inside. Listen to
a strolling barbershop quartet or hop on a free horse and buggy ride throughout the downtown
area. 262-567-5755;
7-9 Fifth Annual Driftless Film Festival Mineral Point
The 5th annual Driftless Film Festival brings independent cinema magic to southwest
Wisconsin. Entertaining Wisconsin residents since 2009, this years film festival will take place
in the Mineral Point Opera House. Meet and greet independent filmmakers from all over the
country and enjoy the latest in cinema at the Driftless Film Festival.
PH: 608-987-3501;
7-9 Ashland - Big Water Film Festival Held at the Bay Theater, more than 20 films will be
presented by filmmakers from all around the world. From comedy to documentaries, the
Big Water Film festival celebrates the talents and vision of cinematic storytellers.
PH: 715-682-3555;
7-9 and 14-16 Racine - "Sweet Home Penguins" This cabaret-style show features toetapping musical numbers and touch of comedy. Loads of singing, dancing and home-grown
talent - at the Eagles Club ballroom, 319 Hamilton St., Racine. Tickets at the door are $9.
7 16 Wausau Birds in Art - See Birds in Art before it Flies Away! Woodson Museum
Wausau This annual exhibit is famous for displaying the finest in bird art. In 2014 Birds in
Art features 126 all-new artworks, including innovative perspectives birds on unexpected
perches and engaging in mischief through November 16 at Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum,
700 N 12th Street, Wausau. Wisconsin and regional artists are well represented as are
international artists from 14 countries, including the Netherlands, Scotland, India, and Japan.
Owls abound this year, from French sculptor Hlne Arfis bronze pair perched on a high tree
branch to Japanese pyrographer Nobuko Kumasakas trio of dozing barn owls. Admission is
free. Hours TuesFri 9am4pm, Thursdays through Nov 16, 9am7:30pm, SatSun Noon
5pm, closed Mondays & holidays. PH: 715-845-7010
7 Jan 11, 2015 Light the Candelabra Please! Its time for Liberace! - Milwaukee
He was one of the Midwests most well-known, and wildly flamboyant, musical sons
Milwaukees Liberace! Born about 10 miles from the Milwaukee Rep Theater, Liberace lived an
over-the-top life of flash, glitter and lavish costumes. Jack Forbes Wilson channels the famous
pianist in this funny and touching tribute as the man who defined four decades of music and
pop culture. In this Stackner Cabaret show, the virtuoso musician gets one last chance to tickle
the ivories with favorites like Ill Be Seeing You, Chopsticks, and The Boogie Woogie.
Milwaukee Rep Theater in the Milwaukee Center, 108 East Wells St. PH: 414- 224-9490 or

7, 8, 9 &10 - Delafield Evening Ice Age Trail Hike at Lapham Peak - a fun night of hiking in
the dark and then a warm bonfire afterwards. Meet at the Evergreen Grove Shelter parking lot
located at the Lapham Peak Unit of the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest in Delafield. Hike
on the Ice Age Trail for approximately 2 miles, before turning around to return to the parking lot.
From the shelter, we will head east toward the 45-foot observation tower. This hike has some
challenging hills and rocky terrain. Walking sticks and water are recommended. This hike will
take place after dark, so bring a headlamp or flashlight. Watch for the yellow and black Ice Age
Trail Event signs as you enter the park, to guide you to the meeting place. Dogs are welcome,
but must be leashed and under the owner's control at all times whenever using the Ice Age
Trail. A Wisconsin state park sticker is required. They will have a bonfire after the hike, so stick
around and bring a camping chair! PH: 262-646-4421 Starts 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
8- One Mans Civil War - A Performance- by Judy Cook Madison A renowned
international performer with Wisconsin roots, Judy Cook, will bring the American Civil War era
to life with songs, projected images, and excerpts from letters between a Wisconsin soldier and
his wife, in a Wisconsin performance tour. Cook is the author of the book A QUIET CORNER
OF THE WAR: The Civil War Letters of Gilbert and Esther Claflin, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin,
18621863 (University of Wisconsin Press). She has been a popular touring performer of
American and British traditional ballads since the early 1990s. A bundle of forgotten letters from
a Wisconsin farm drew Cook into the Civil War experiences of her great-great grandparents,
Gilbert and Esther Claflin. In 1863 Esther was running the family farm near Oconomowoc,
while Gilbert was serving with the Thirty-Fourth Wisconsin Infantry garrisoned in western
Kentucky along the Mississippi. FREE Sequoya Branch, Madison Public Library, 4340 Tokay
Blvd, Madison 3:00 PM
8- Bluegrass Jam at the Spring Green General Store, 1:30-4 PM, 137 S. Albany St, Spring
Green, 08.588.7070 Come to play, Come to Listen.
8 - Chick-uamegon & Garland City Women's Expo Ashland
Girls just want to have fun! Walk, run or bike in your best bling at the third annual Chickuamegon. Whether you take part in the 20-mile bike race or the 5K/10K, Ashland invites you to
a getaway weekend for the girls. Check out the Garland City Womens Expo during your visit.
8 Elkhorn - Holiday Affair "Round Robin" Craft Show. 15th Annual "Round Robin" Craft
Show. Located at Walworth Co Fairgrounds, High School, Middle School, Jackson School, St
Pat's School & The Monte Carlo Room. 250+ Crafters. Admission $2.00. Walworth County
Fairgrounds, 411 E Court Street. PH: (262) 723-3228.
8 Franklin - Cinnamon and Cider Craft Fair. Crafts, raffle, bake sale, concessions,
entertainment by the Franklin High School Music Department. Admission $2 children under 12
free. Forest Park Middle School, 8225 West Forest Hill Ave. Event starts at 9:00AM and ends
at 3:00PM. PH: (414) 218-5131.
8 - 9 Blue Mounds - Armed Forces Appreciation Weekend at Cave of the Mounds. Special
offers to those with military IDs. 2975 Cave of the Mounds Rd. PH: (608) 437-3038.
8 - 11 Milwaukee - Veterans Day Appreciation. On November 8-9, & 11 Harley-Davidson
Museum will offer free Museum entry for Military and their families. The Disabled American
Veterans mobile service unit will be at the H-D Museum Saturday, November 8 from 10am-6pm
providing free, professional assistance to veterans and their families. Harley-Davidson
Museum. PH: (414) 287-2789.

8 Racine - Holiday Dash and Downtown Racine Holiday Parade and Community
Christmas Tree Lighting This year's parade is preceded by the Holiday Dash, a nearly 1k fun
run/walk down Main and Sixth streets starting at 5 p.m. (register at The
annual parade, starting at 5:30 p.m., features more than 50 entries includes bands, floats and,
of course Santa Claus. Recording artists the Mears Brothers entertain at Monument Square
after the parade to help launch The Salvation Army red kettle drive. PH: (877) 651-2440.
8 Shiocton - Artfest at Navarino Nature Center. Original hand crafted items, paintings,
carvings, jewelry, sewing, photography, etc. All proceeds from vendor rental, food, and bake
sale go to NNC to help fund programs and activities associated with environmental education
W5646 Lindsten Road. PH: (715) 758-6999.
8 St. Germain - November Christmas Bazaar. Held at the St. Germain Community Center
from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, enjoy this craft show featuring fresh wreaths and garlands for sale,
bake sale, children's activities, a raffle and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. St. Germain
Community Center, 545 Hwy. 155. PH: (715) 542-2881.
8 Wisconsin Dells - Larry the Cable Guy Live at Crystal Grand Music Theatre.See Larry
the Cable Guy live at the Crystal Grand Music Theatre in Wisconsin Dells! There will be two
shows, one at 5:00pm and 8:00pm. Crystal Grand Music Theatre, 430 West Munroe Avenue,.
Event starts at 5:00PM. PH: (800) 696-7999.
10 One Mans Civil War A Performance- by Judy Cook Kiel - A renowned international
performer with Wisconsin roots, Judy Cook, will bring the American Civil War era to life with
songs, projected images, and excerpts from letters between a Wisconsin soldier and his wife,
in a Wisconsin performance tour. Cook is the author of the book A QUIET CORNER OF THE
WAR: The Civil War Letters of Gilbert and Esther Claflin, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, 18621863
(University of Wisconsin Press). She has been a popular touring performer of American and
British traditional ballads since the early 1990s. A bundle of forgotten letters from a Wisconsin
farm drew Cook into the Civil War experiences of her great-great grandparents, Gilbert and
Esther Claflin. In 1863 Esther was running the family farm near Oconomowoc, while Gilbert
was serving with the Thirty-Fourth Wisconsin Infantry garrisoned in western Kentucky along the
Mississippi. Cook draws on the Claflins letters for her Civil War performances. FREE 7PM Kiel
Public Library - 511 Third St, Kiel, Wisconsin 53042
12 Oct 31, 2015 - Appleton Exhibit - Neon: Darkness Electrified
Neon signs were once the primary form of storefront advertising in the United States from the
1920s to 1960s. During this period, these eye-catching and affordable signs were symbols of
modernity, consumerism and the excitement of travel on the open road. During neons heyday,
Appletons College Avenue was not immune to the lure of the colored lights, and the street was
once aglow with many neon storefronts. The exhibit explores the science behind the glow of
the tubes, the social history of neonits rise and fall as the premier advertising mediumand
neons legacy as both nostalgic popular culture and advertising history. This exhibit showcases
30 vintage neon signs from the collection of Jed Schleisner (Greenville, Wisconsin). Jed is a
leading neon collector and a neon sign artisan, one of the last in the Fox Valley. Highlighting
the best examples from his collection, the signs span five decades of restaurants, beer brands,
automobile dealerships, and fraternal lodges, several of which were once represented in the
Fox Cities. Other signs come from throughout the United States will illuminate an evolution of
popular cultural from Route 66 to main street Americana. History Museum at the Castle -330 E.
College Ave. Appleton, WI 54911 Hours: 11am-4pm Tu-Su PH: 920-735-9370

14 - 16 Baraboo - Open House at Wisconsin Dells Antique Mall. Come to an Open House
at Wisconsin Dells Antique Mall that will feature a well-known toy appraiser and buyer,
gold/coin/paper money buyer and appraiser and much more! There will be activities going on at
all three locations: Wisconsin Dells Antique Mall, Wisconsin Dells Craft Mall and Cindy's Cafe
and Gifts. Wisconsin Dells Antique Mall, S2279 Timothy Lane. PH: (608) 356-7600.
14-16 Racine - "Sweet Home Penguins" This cabaret-style show features toe-tapping
musical numbers and touch of comedy. Loads of singing, dancing and home-grown talent - at
the Eagles Club ballroom, 319 Hamilton St., Racine. Tickets at the door are $9.
15 Mineral Point - Shake Rag Art Lottery, Show, & Win An Original Piece of Art Work by a Local
Artist for Every Ticket Purchased, 6:30 PM Social Hour & Viewing of 50 canvases. Also Included
with the ticket: Beer from Brewery Creek, Wine from MP Dining, Plus a Performance at 7:30 PM
by Sam Murn as Crumpet the Elf in Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris. (Exclusive One-Time
performance). After the performance, there will be a drawing and one by one, each attendee chooses
one of the 50 canvases to take home. Just 50 Tickets Available & they are on sale now for $50 per
person. Held at Shake Rag Alley's Quonset Hut, 411 Commerce St. Mineral Point, WI (up the hill where
Rt. 23 & Route 39 meet). FMI & to reserve your ticket, Call 608-987-3292 or order online at

15 Milwaukee - Rock the Rumble IV with Guitars for Vets. The Harley-Davidson Museum
and Guitars for Vets will host Rock the Rumble IV, a benefit rock concert featuring DoryDrive,
The Black Saints and the Guitars for Vets band - FNG, to raise funds and awareness for G4V.
Harley-Davidson Museum. PH: (414) 287-2789.
15 Phillips - Holiday Evergreen Decorating . Learn how to make & decorate a fresh holiday
evergreen wreath as well as trying your hand creating an evergreen swag. Wreath or swag
packages with all necessary greenery & decorative supplies are available for $10. Make some
great gifts this holiday season. Registration required. Wisconsin Concrete Park. PH: (715)
15-16 Madison Give the Gift of Art! - Winter Art Fair Off the Square Madison
Winter Art Fair Off the Square is the late autumn counterpart to Julys very popular Art Fair Off
the Square. The show is held in the Exhibition Hall of the spectacular Frank Lloyd Wrightdesigned Monona Terrace Convention and Community Center, three blocks off Madison's
Capitol Square on Nov. 15-16. Hours are 9:00 to 5:00 Saturday and 10:00 to 4:00 Sunday. The
fair features 144 Wisconsin exhibitors displaying pottery, paintings, fiber, glass art, wood,
photography, graphics, sculpture and jewelry. Special music is featured throughout the fair with
performances by advanced piano students. PH: 608-261-4000
15 - 16 Stoughton - Holiday Gift Fair. Artists, crafters and independent contractors will have
booths with holiday gift options and ideas. Proceeds benefit parish youth ministry activities. 320
N. Harrison Street. PH: (608) 873-7633 .
18 & 20 Step Afrika! Sheboygan Like musicians without instruments, Step Afrika! uses
kicks, stomps, claps and chants to express African and modern dance traditions. Step Afrika!,
the first professional company devoted to stepping, is visiting the John Michael Kohler Arts
Center in Sheboygan. PH: 920-458-6144;

19 Madison - Tunes at Monona Terrace- Line Dancing Instruction. Monona Terrace is

hosting its first Line Dancing Party! You dont need a partner for this evening of dancing,
socializing and overall good time. The event is FREE and will begin with easy to learn line
dances, progressing to more advanced dances. A cash bar and light fare are available for
purchase at 5 p.m. 5:30-7pm Monona Terrace, One John Nolen Dr. Event starts at 5:30PM and
ends at 7:00PM. PH: (608) 261-4000.
20- Appleton - Beauty Beyond Nature: the Glass Art of Paul Stankard - The exhibition
(runs through Feb 15, 2015) features 70 exquisite glass pieces spanning the illustrious and
influential career of this artist. The exhibit presents a testament to a collector/artist relationship
that has opened the world of glass art and the thoughts of one artist to a broad spectrum of
participants. On Nov. 20 Jan Mirenda Smith will give an introduction to the work of Paul
Stankard. She will discuss his career path and give an overview of the current exhibition which
is organized and supported by The Robert M. Minkoff Foundation. Smith will also highlight the
role Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass has played along this career path. Also, Jason Mills,
professor of botany at UW-Fox Valley will take a look at the exhibition through the eyes of a
scientist. In addition, there will be discussion and a viewing of the exhibition, The Artistry of
Rick Ayotte from the Collection of Gordon Park. This exhibit is an example of flameworking at
its finest. The events are free and open to the public. Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass, 165
N. Park Ave, Neenah, 54956 PH: 920.751.4658
20 Madison - PechaKucha Night. This evening of ideas and inspiration will explore Madison's
own "Dynamic Duos" and hear how talents, ideas and resources come together to create
wholes that are greater than the sum of their parts. Event begins at 7pm. Monona Terrace, One
John Nolen Dr. Event starts at 7:00PM. PH: (608) 261-4000. Free admission. Cash bar.
20 Prairie du Sac - "Ruby Nouveau Day" at Wollersheim Winery. Savor the harvest and
celebrate Ruby Nouveau Release Day at Wollersheim Winery. Ruby Nouveau 2014 is the first
taste of the new harvest! Reflecting the French tradition of releasing the new vintage the third
Thursday in November, Winemaker Philippe Coquard taps the Ruby Nouveau 2014 barrel
Thursday, November 20 at 11:00 am. Everyone is invited to join in a celebratory toast with
Ruby Nouveau, Wisconsins version of a Beaujolais Nouveau. Wollersheims wine is made
from estate-grown Foch grapes in the traditional whole berry fermentation method. No
admission fee. Open to the public. PH: 800-847-9463 Wollersheim
Winery, 7876 Hwy 188. PH: (608) 643-6515
21 Baraboo - John McCutcheon Sings John McCutcheon has emerged as one of America's
most respected and loved folksingers. People of every generation and background seem to
feel at home in a concert hall when John McCutcheon takes the stage! Enjoy the historic
venue, the Al Ringling Theatre 136 4th Ave.. Event starts at 8:00PM. PH: (608) 356-8864.
21-23 Holiday Folk Fair International West Allis The Holiday Folk Fair International in
West Allis celebrates the diverse cultures of southeastern Wisconsin. This years theme
Celebrate the Culture of the Artisan, offers attendees the opportunity to create handmade
goods and see performances by international dance groups. Stop by the International Bazaar
for a unique shopping experience. PH: 414-225-6225;
21 - 23 Johnson Creek - Deer Widow's Weekend at JCPO - Welcome Reception. Register
at Columbia by 4 p.m. to win prizes. Join the welcome reception at Harry & David from 1-5 p.m.
Door prizes drawn at 4:30 p.m. Pick up a Bargain Hunting Guide with special savings at
favorite stores. Johnson Creek Premium Outlets, 575 W. Linmar Lane. PH: (920) 699-4112.

21-23 Madison - Holiday Art Fair The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art features more
than 90 artists and food vendors for an extraordinary holiday shopping experience. Feast on
gourmet goodies and listen to local performers as you peruse arts and crafts youll find
nowhere else thos holiday season. Its all at MMoCA and Madisons Overture Center. PH: 608257-0158 (Ext. 229);
22 Spring Green - "Dark of the Moon Contra Band" Playing at the Spring Green General
Store, Old time, Celtic & Scandinavian music with Inna Larsen on Hardanger fiddle. 2-4 PM,
137 S. Albany St, Spring Green, 08.588.7070 Come to play,
Come to Listen! Free.
22 Manitowoc - Dear in the HeadlightsAll Women Revue
When deer season begins, deer widowers of Wisconsin need a comedic escape. Dear in the
Headlights is the solution. Now in its second year, Dear in the Headlights is an all female
comedy showcase to kick off the holiday season with the best collection of female talent in the
Midwest, featuring local performers and talent from Madison and Chicago. There are three
different shows for three hours of laughs. The mission is to be the ultimate women comedy
venue of the year in Northeast Wisconsin. PH: 920-860-0160;
22 Monona - Families on the Frontier. Celebrate fall and the harvest season by going back in
time to a world much different than today! We'll visit the Children's Shack to do pioneer chores
and play games, churn butter, sing songs, and learn about living off the land. 330 Femrite Dr..
PH: (608) 216-9370.
22 Phillips - Lugerville School Pie Auction & Raffle. 8 pm Pies will be up for auction
followed by raffle drawings for guns, flat-screen TV and other items. All proceeds earned go
directly into maintaining the Lugerville School/Community Center building.Everyone is welcome
to attend and bid on the pie of their choosing or participate in raffle drawings. Crane Chase
Tavern, N10105 County Road F,. PH: (715) 339-2254.
22 Prairie du Sac - Harvest Tasting at Wollersheim Winery. The Harvest Celebration is Sat.
Nov. 22 from 10am - 4pm as guests taste all the new harvest wines paired with Wisconsin
artisan cheeses and fall foods. Take a complimentary self-guided tasters-tour through the
winery featuring a combination of touring and tasting with festive displays. Live music adds to
the festive occasion! Wollersheim Winery, 7876 Wisconsin 188. Event starts at 10:00AM and
ends at 4:00PM. PH: 1(800) VIP-WINE Or PH: (608) 643-6515
22 Milwaukee - Holiday Parade Now in its 88th year, the Milwaukee Holiday Parade
features award-winning bands, huge self-propelled floats, helium balloons, costumed
characters, live animal entourages and a live nativity. This year, the parade is supporting the
Hunger Task Force by asking parade attendees to donate non-perishable food items.
PH: 262-377-5935;
22 Baldwin - 4th Annual Doe on the Go Art and Craft Fair. Sponsored by the B-W Art Club.
One stop shopping for the holidays! Over 125 vendors with unique arts and crafts. Last year we
had over 4,000 shoppers come through the door! Don't miss it, there is sure to be something
for everyone! Breakfast and Lunch Served. B-W High School, 1000 13th Ave.. Event starts at
8:30AM and ends at 3:00PM. PH: (715) 684-3321 .

22 Baraboo - Downtown Baraboo Christmas Light Parade. See glittering lighted floats,
reindeer and equestrian units, marching bands and novelty units. A coloring contest is available
for K-5th for the opportunity to ride with Santa on his float. Gather at the historic Al. Ringling
Theatre to witness Santa as he lights the Official Downtown Baraboo Holiday Tree. Downtown.
Event starts at 6:00PM. PH: (608) 356-2528.
22 Hortonville - Holiday Bazaar. Annual holiday craft show with home made items from
crafters from all over the state. The family-friendly event will also have games and coloring
contest. Booyah luncheon available! Opera House, 312 W Main St. PH: (920) 660-4402.
22 - 23 Jackson - It's A Stitch Quilt and Craft Fair. The 38th annual Its A Stitch Craft & Quilt
Fair, New Hope United Church of Christ, 4360 Jackson Drive, Jackson. Located 1 1/2 miles
north of Hwy 60 on Jackson Drive. Over 4,000 square feet filled with unique handmade items
from talented crafters & quilters. 4260 Jackson Drive. PH: (262) 339-7520.
23 Dec 31 Christmas in the Country Lake Geneva
The Grand Geneva Resort hosts this holiday season for Christmas in the Country. See more
than 2 million twinkling lights and enjoy live music. Explore the tasty creations at the
gingerbread house contest and welcome Santa to this winter party! PH: 800-558-3417;
24 - 25 Johnson Creek - Deer Widow's Weekend at JCPO - 300 Scratch Cards.Johnson
Creek Premium Outlets will open at 9 a.m. and give away 300 scratch cards worth thousands
in gift cards or a free VIP book - available at Tommy Hilfiger or Under Armour. Bargain Hunting
Guide available all weekend. Johnson Creek Premium Outlets, 575 W. Linmar Lane. PH: (920)
25 Appleton - Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade Welcome the holiday season at the
Midwests largest nighttime parade. Last year more than 80,000 spectators came to see the
decorated floats, dazzling lights and spirited bands. After the fun-filled parade, Santa the
guest of honor lights up downtown Appleton with Christmas magic.PH: 920-954-9112;
27 Racine The Dan and Ray Rendering Thanks Community Meal will again be served at
Festival Hall 5 Fifth St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 27. Everyone is welcome to join
a Racine Thanksgiving Day tradition! This free meal is made possible by the generous
donations of hundreds of community volunteers. Details at
27 - Jan 1 Racine - Holiday Mile Virtual Run. Pledge to run/walk at least one mile every day,
from Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 27, 2014 through New Year's Day, Thursday January
1, 2015 anywhere, usa. PH: (877) 651-2440.
27 Trego - Thanksgiving Buffet Train Ride. Experience a delicious buffet meal while enjoying
the scenery along the beautiful Namekagon River through Wisconsin's Northwoods. Wisconsin
Great Northern Railroad Train Depot. PH: (715) 635-3200.
28-30 Green Bay - Garden of Lights at Green Bay Botanical Garden - Fri-Sun only
The Garden of Lights has been a tradition of the Green Bay Botanical Garden for 18 years.
Watch as the garden transforms into a twinkling winter landscape. With over 250,000
lights, the light display will showcase the communitys tallest holiday tree, a glowing fountain
and 60-foot caterpillar. Top off your visit with a cup of hot cocoa from Mrs.
Claus. PH 920-490-9457;

28 - 30 Green Bay - The Polar Express. The train...the story...the MAGIC. Find out if you truly
believe in Santa during this traditional family Christmas event at the National Railroad Museum.
Dramatic reading of the Polar Express - ride the Polar Express to the North Pole! Sip the best
hot chocolate there is. National Railroad Museum, 2285 S. Broadway. PH: (920) 437-7623.
29- Spring Green - Special Musical Evening Performance by The McDouglas, Madison's
Mike & Patty McDougal, 6:30 - 9 PM, Playing guitar, harmonica, accordion & vocals. Spring
Green General Store - Special Chili Menu available. At 137 S. Albany St, Spring Green,
08.588.7070 Come to play, Come to Listen
29 Stoughton - Christmas the Cowboy Way You may smell the sage brush blooming
and hear the coyotes call as The Riders in the Sky bring their wacky Western wit and downhome charm to the heart of fish boil country in the Door County Auditorium at 8:00PM,
November 29. Fans of traditional American Western Films with Roy Rogers and Gene Autry will
love this concert by the singing cowboy quartet as they celebrate Christmas the Cowboy Way.
They have performed more than 6,100 concerts in 50 states and 10 countries, appearing in
county fairs, the Hollywood Bowl, and singing in the hit Pixar film Toy Story 2. Tickets: PH:
920- 868-2728 or
29 New London - Winter Spectacular. Come out and shop over 40 vendors and crafters. Nov
29th from 10am-3pm. Free admission. New London High School 1700 Klatt Rd . PH: (920)
29 Prairie du Sac - A Vintage Christmas at Wollersheim Winery. With picturesque views,
old world charm and Christmas carolers to set the mood, its easy to get into the holiday spirit
at A Vintage Christmas. Enjoy complimentary wine tastings paired with holiday treats, followed
by a self-guided tour. Its a great place to find a special gift for the wine lovers onyuor list! Or
just relax with a glass of wine while listening to the sounds of carolers who perform throughout
the day. Bring your camera and take your Christmas card photo at this historic winery. 1-800VIP-WINE (847-9463);
29 St. Germain - 21st Annual Town Tree Lighting. Starting at the St. Germain Chamber with
the lighting of the town tree at 6:30 PM then enjoy riding around town to view the local
Christmas decorations. St. Germain Chamber, 473 Hwy. 70 East. PH: (715) 477-2205.
29 Trego - Santa's Pizza Party Train Ride. A family favorite. Enjoy a train ride with Santa
including pizza, holiday cookie, hot chocolate and a special gift for each child. Train departs the
Trego depot at noon. Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad Train Depot. PH: (715) 635-3200.
29 - 30 North Freedom - The 20th Annual Santa Express at Mid-Continent Railway
Museum. Ho, ho, ho! Join Santa as he climbs aboard the Santa Express. Ride in steamheated coaches built in 1915. See the scenic Sauk County countryside in early winter. The 55
minute train rides are far away from the North Pole and you stay warm and toasty in a train car
heated by the original steam heating system. Santa makes rounds through the coaches to
bring good holiday cheer. Trains depart Sat and Sun at 10am, 11:30am, 1pm and 2:30pm. MidContinent Railway Museum, E8948 Diamond Hill Rd. PH: 1(800) 930-1385.
30 Wisconsin Dells - Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis at Crystal
Grand. See Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis at Crystal Grand Theatre in
Wisconsin Dells Crystal Grand Music Theatre, 430 West Munroe Avenue,. Event starts at
3:00PM. PH: (800) 696-7999.

30 Wisconsin Dells - KIDZ Fest. Kidz Fest is an interactive event for families with children of
all ages 100% of the entrance money will be donated to Boys and Girls Club of Baraboo and
Kops for Kids of Wisconsin Dells. You can watch shows at the activities stage, get your face
painted, take pictures with Santa and so much more. Vendor Spaces Available Just A Game
Fieldhouse, 200 LaCrosse St. Event starts at 11:00AM and ends at 4:00PM. PH: (608) 4324624.

BEFORE YOU GO: Avoid disappointment. Always check for schedule changes before heading
to events. For more events- four good sources:, www.Wisconline .com, or


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