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Gary Knowles

Wisconsin Event Sampler


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

DECEMBER 2014 JANUARY 2015


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.

BEFORE YOU GO: Avoid disappointment. Always check for schedule changes before heading to events. For
more events- four good sources: www.WisTravel.com, www.Wisconline .com, www.TravelWisconsin.com or
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Ongoing events and travel news of note:
Bring on the Ice! Apostle Islands Winter Caves May Form Again! Plan now! - Bayfield
One of the Great Lakes most spectacular but rare - natural winter phenomena occurred in
the early months of 2014 as the snow pack and favorable weather conditions created dramatic
ice caves on the Lake Superior shoreline in the Apostle Islands area between Bayfield and
Cornucopia, Wisconsin. These ice caves dont develop every year and in 2014 it had been
about five years since viewing had been favorable. Word spread quickly and some 138,000
people from all over the world made the 1.25 mile trek through snow and lake ice to see the
natural wonders. The unexpected surge in visitors required a fast response by the National
Park Service to help with parking, sanitary facilities, interpretation, facilities and guides. This
years early weather patterns suggest the caves are quite likely to form again and the park
service expects many more visitors. To help offset expenses they will require a $5 daily (or $10
seasonal) visitor permit for access to the area. Anyone planning to visit should make lodging
reservations in Bayfield (www.bayfield.org), Washburn, Ashland or Cornucopia, check ice
conditions and buy a permit at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Office. (715) 779-3397
www.nps.gov/apis/
Meet Santa the Rock Star - House on the Rock Spring Green
Everything about the House on the Rock attraction in Spring Green is jaw-dropping amazing,
so its no real surprise that the Santa Show is the Super Bowl of Santa displays. More than
6000 Santas, Saint Nicks, Old Man Christmases and dozens of elves, helpers, reindeer,
sleighs and other holiday bling mark the season through January 4. This most awesome
display is in Sections 1 and 2 while Section 3 is closed for now. Allow 2 to 2 1/2 hours for your
visit, because, yes, its big! During Winter/Spring months, a special guided tour is available
featuring the House, Gatehouse, Millhouse, Streets of Yesterday and Alex Jordan Center. Nov
20-Dec 26: 9am-5pm, (Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays) Dec 27-Jan 4, 2015: Open daily
9am-5pm. PH: 608-935-3639 http://www.thehouseontherock.com/
Now 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! PH: 800-558-3417; www.grandgeneva.com
Sign-Up Now as a Voluntourist for the Apostle Islands Sled Dog Races (Feb 6-8) A
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once in a lifetime adventure, te CVB will take care of the details! The Apostle Islands Sled Dog
Race in Bayfield, Wisconsin, invites you to experience the Midwest's largest and most exciting
sled dog races as a participating volunteer. Up to 50 sled dog teams come to Bayfield to
compete in this top sled dog event. You can request your spot as a volunteer - handle dogs by
helping mushers hook up their teams or help bring teams up to the starting chute. Or, if you
choose, assist at check points and communicate via radio on teams' progress, guide teams to
stay on the trail or help enter times at the finish line. The Voluntourism Packages combine the
excitement of the sled dogs and the thrill of the race with magical evening snowfalls, warm
firesides and restful Northwoods nights. Spend your time experiencing everything the event
and Bayfield have to offer and the CVB will take care of the details. (Cost = $ 355-485 for 2 or
3 nights lodging for two, plus some meals, collector edition volunteer t-shirts and an
opportunity to help with the race.) "The best thing about a sled dog race is that you can feel
the excitement in the air! The dogs love it, the mushers love it, the volunteers love it and all
that energy ignites the crowd." -- John Thiel of Wolfsong Adventures in Mushing - Visit
http://bayfield.org/what-to-do/festivals-and-events/sled-dog-race-volunteer/ for more
information or call (715) 779-3335 to purchase a gift certificate or to reserve your space.
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 is 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. 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. www.mmam.org PH: (507) 474-6626
Wheres that Snow? Travel Wisconsin knows!
Skiers, snowshoe hiking enthusiasts, snowmobiler riders and all winter fans should visit
TravelWisconsin.com to get current reports on Wisconsins exciting snow scene. More than
150 local snow observers report from all 72 counties, virtually live - posting area conditions
with each falling flake. They also include timely information on nearby attractions,
accommodations, dining or events, so its easy to plan a complete weekend getaway.
Smartphone users can download a free mobile app on the site or sign-up for weekly email
updates. www.travelwisconsin.com
Here Comes the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum - Milwaukee
Sports fans everywhere are boldly shaking their heads yes as plans have been announced to
create The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Milwaukee. Expected to open
in 2016, the Hall of Fame and Museum will house the worlds largest bobblehead collection as
well as dozens of bobblehead-related exhibits, a gift shop, a bobblehead-themed restaurant
and special event space. Bobblehead enthusiasts are invited to become members by
supporting the Kickstarter funding campaign to build the facility or become charter members
and receive a limited edition bobblehead. Visit www.BobbleheadHall.com follow on Twitter
@BobbleheadHall or PH: 800-414-1482

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Through Mar 30 Mauston - Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides at Red Ridge Ranch. Horse-drawn
sleigh ride through Wisconsin's winter wonderland! 250 acres of rolling countryside on a 40
minute tour. Each sleigh holds 10-15 people. Reservations are required, call for prices and
availability. Red Ridge Ranch, W4881 Wisconsin 82. PH: (608) 847-2273.
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26-28 Janesville - Holiday Light Show


Ignite your spirit during this spectacular walk-through show featuring more than 300,000
holiday lights, 200 luminaries and 100 displays of holiday cheer. Dont forget to take a selfie at
the new winter-themed selfie stops. Be on the lookout for a visit from Santa and his beloved
reindeer. 608-752-3885 ext. 19; www.rotarybotanicalgardens.org
29 - 30 St. Germain - Snowmobile Safety Class. DNR / Bo-Boen sponsored. Pre-registration
required. First class starts at 9:00 AM at the St. Germain Community Center. Lunch furnished
by Bo-Boen Snowmobile Club. St. Germain Community Center. PH: (715) 542-3548.
31 Portage - New Year's Eve at Cascade Mountain. Skiing and snow tubing until midnight.
Fireworks and music will be provided by Cascade Mountain. Cascade Mountain, Cascade
Mountain Rd. PH: (608) 742-5588.
31 Plymouth - The Big Cheese Drop Get cheesy this New Years Eve with the Plymouth
Arts Center! The star of the evening will be the "The Big Cheese Drop," adding a tasty twist to
the infamous Times Square ball drop. The countdown to 2015 will be taking place in the
parking lot right next to the Arts Center. 920-892-8409; www.plymoutharts.org
31 Prairie du Chien - Droppin of the Carp A wacky Wisconsin event you dont want to
miss. Celebrate the new year by watching a 30-pound frozen carp drop from 100 feet in the air.
At the stroke of midnight, spectators will watch in awe as Lucky takes a plunge to welcome in
2015. Beforehand, Lucky sits atop a throne, and folks can kiss the fish for good luck. Carpgoers can also enjoy a bonfire, entertainment, carp piata and more. 800-732-1673;
www.carpfest.org
31- Madison - Mickeys Tavern New Years Punk Celebration headlined by Fire
Retarded A cozy bar for celebrating, Mickeys should be chock-full of party animals this New
Years Eve. Madison punk brats Fire Retarded, still kicking it with 2014s Scroggz Manor,
return from last year and will be joined by instrumental rock vaqueros El Valiente, new garage
punkers the Minotaurs (featuring members of Double Ewes and the Wood Chickens) and oneman band Trin Tran. 1524 Williamson Street, Madison, WI 53703 PH: 608-251-9964
https://www.facebook.com/MickeysTavern
31 La Crosse - Skyrockers New Years Eve Fireworks Show See an incredible display of
fireworks on New Years Eve when the La Crosse Skyrockers launches its annual show from
atop Grandads Bluff. Hourly countdown salutes begin at noon, followed by a 10-minute show
at 6 p.m., perfect for the little ones who wont stay up until midnight. The real show begins
promptly at midnight. Ring in the New Year while enjoying this spectacular display.
800-658-9424; www.skyrockers.org

JANUARY 2015
1 UW Football Badgers Outback Bowl VS Auburn Tigers - 11AM on ESPN2 TV
1 Burlington Start the Year with a Lie Liars Club The Burlington Liars Club accepts
entries for the "winning LIE of the year" all year long. The Championship Lie is announced
January 1. Watch the media for winning announcement. To submit your tall tale for 2016, send
$1.00 with your entry to Burlington Liars Club, P O Box 156, Burlington, WI 53105. PH: 262763-6044

1 Polar Bear Swims Take yer pick: Sheboygan Since 1973, hundreds of fearless
Sheboygan residents and visitors have been jumping into icy waters of Lake Michigan for the
polar bear plunge. Swimmers gather at Daves Whos Inn while spectators warm up with music,
a brat fry and refreshments 920-457-9491 Long Lake at 1PM at Harbor View Pub & Eatery
1094 N. Lake Ave / Hwy. 13 N, Phillips, WI 54555 PH: 715-835-0161 Benefit $35 gets you a tshirt too! Jacksonport in Door County Noon - Lakeside Park, Jacksonport, WI 54235
PH: 920-823-2288 http://www.jacksonportpolarbearclub.com/ Milwaukee - Kool Kites and
Polar Bear Swim Veterans Park - This 28 year Milwaukee tradition is free to the public and
will start at 11am just prior to the Polar Bears jump into Lake Michigan, and will run until we
can no longer stand the cold, probably around 5pm. Kites and hot food are available for
purchase or bring your own. FREE Hot chocolate, coffee, and snacks will be served while it
lasts, compliments of Bella Caffe. A group of local Milwaukee Ice carvers, The Quiet Ice
Carvers, will also be on hand, carving some great designs.PH: 414-305-3145
http://tinyurl.com/kqqn67q
3 Milwaukee - The SockiTumi Comedy Hour. This unique and contemporary experience will
be a perfect combination for the night out in Milwaukee's lively downtown area. Tickets start at
$10 (up to $30) 714 N MIlwaukee Street. PH: (414) 988-6968.
3 Baraboo - Candlelight Ski, Hike and Snowshoe at Mirror Lake State Park.Head to Mirror
Lake State Park for a fun-filled winter evening on the trails. They will have trails lit by torch for
skiers, hikers and snowshoers. The Friends of Mirror Lake will have the bonfires roaring and
food and beverages for sale as a fundraiser. Wisconsin State Parks sticker required. Mirror
Lake State Park, E10320 Fern Dell Rd.. Event starts at 6:00PM and ends at 8:00PM. PH: (608)
254-2333.
3 St. Germain - Fibber's 1st Annual Tundra Plunge. 1st Annual Tundra Plunge on behalf of
the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation starts at noon on Big St. Germain Lake. John Gillespie
will be the MC and along with lots of door prizes, there will be one winner that will appear on
John Gillespie's Wisconsin's Waters and Woods TV show. Fibber's Restaurant & Bar, St.
Germain, WI. PH: (715) 542-3810.
3 Madison Sing Along Sound of Music - Sing along to the most successful movie
musical of all time! Sing along with Julie, wave your edelweiss, dance in the gazebo with Liesl,
snuggle up with Gretel and join in earnest choruses of My Favorite Things and go home
happier than youve been in weeks. Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State St -53703 PH:
608-258-4141 http://www.overturecenter.org/
9-10 Fond du Lac - Foot of the Lake Synchronized Skating Competition - Come watch
nationally competing synchronized skating teams perform in this day long event. Concessions
available. Come and enjoy this exciting and beautiful team sport! This competition will host
approximately 85 synchronized skating teams from the East Coast to the West Coast. Come
and cheer the teams on! PH: 920-923-0717 http://www.fdlblueline.com/
9-11 Racine Warm up to The Big Chill - Racine
Winter artists will be at their best as they work to win the 25th Annual Wisconsin Snow
Sculpting Championship at The Big Chill January 9-11, 2015. One of the Midwests most
celebrated snow festivals, brings together 16 two-man snow sculpting teams from around the
state. The winners earn a trip to the 2016 United States National Snow Sculpting Competition.
This year snowboarders will also be on hand to enjoy a special snowboarding park with
portable ramps on Fifth Street, just north of Monument Square. Celebrity bartenders will be
stationed at downtown hot spots serving up icy cool creations to help- raise money for creative
downtown events. PH: 262-634-6002; www.racinedowntown.com
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9 Madison Majestic Theater Bluegrass Festival - Bluegrass seems to be reaching an


apex right now in Wisconsin. This years fest bill is strong, with Dead Horses, Last Revel,
Chicken Wire Empire and Sloppy Joe connecting for a boot-stomping, whiskey-slamming good
time. 115 King St. PH: (608) 255-0901 www.majesticmadison.com
9-11, 15-18 Eagle River - Start your engines! AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile
Derby Talk about your heart-stopping thrills get to Eagle River for this! The Eagle River area
is home to the exciting 52nd World Championship Snowmobile Derby again this year, January
15-18. But racing action will begin a weekend earlier (Jan. 9th-11th) with the Vintage World
Championships featuring some 1000 sleds built in the 1960s and 70s. Then Jan. 15-18 they
drop the flag at the Derby Track for the biggest, most competitive snowmobile races in the
world. Of course theres shopping at snow markets, great food, trail rides and impressive award
ceremonies. Let it snow! PH: 715-479-4424; http://www.derbytrack.com
10 - Winter Festival La Farge Jan. 10, 2015 - Bring the whole family to take part in fun
winter activities like ice skating, sledding, skiing, archery, snow sculpture slide, ice cave hikes,
birds of prey presentation, face painting, horse-drawn bobsled rides, snowshoe exhibit, TriState Malamute Club sled dog race, weight pull and mutt race. Also, the annual chili and bread
contest, auction, dinner, barn dance and Candlelight Hike/Ski & Winter Astronomy.
PH: 608-625-2960 www.kvr.state.wi.us/winterfest
10 - Jack Frost Fest Spooner Participate in a toilet seat toss or turkey bowling competition.
Cast a line for the ice fishing contest and lace up for the pond hockey tournament. With indoor
and outdoor adventures, a rib and chili contest and marshmallow roasting theres snow much
fun to be had at Jack Frost Fest. PH: 800-367-3306; www.spoonerchamber.org
10 Ashland - The Horse Knows the Way! - 29th Annual Sleigh & Cutter Rally
Before automobiles and highways opened access to the north, winter travelers often used
horse drawn sleighs to get through the snow. On January 10, 2015 the Northern Great Lakes
Visitors Center at Ashland will turn back the pages of time to the 1800s as spectacular
costumes, antique sleighs and sleek cutters recreate the look of a by-gone era in the
Northwoods. Everyone is invited to be a part of history at the 29th Annual Northwoods Sleigh
and Cutter Rally. Free sleigh rides are sponsored by Northern State Bank from 11 a.m.-12:30
p.m. and a parade will start at 1:00 p.m. There will be concessions for sale (hot food), to
support the Center and its friends. Hook-up time begins at 11a.m. and the rally runs to 3 p.m.
Admission is free. The Northern Great Lakes Visitors Center is west of Ashland off Highway 2
on County Highway G. PH: 715.685.9983 http://nglvc.org/sleigh-and-cutter-parade-2
10-11 Janesville MidWinter Antique Show & Sale - Whether youre looking for that hard to
find furniture piece, a distinctive item to decorate your home or office, a special gift, or that
difficult to get to item to add to your collection, the 38th Annual Janesville Mid-Winter Antique
Show and Sale is the place to be! 35 quality dealers will be on hand offering a wide variety of
interesting antiques and collectibles including furniture, fine costume and estate jewelry, glass,
fine art, dolls, toys, sterling silver, primitives, art pottery, advertising, post cards, linens, sporting
items, vintage clothing, and much more. There are several new dealers at this years show,
including dealers featuring wearable vintage clothing and antique dolls. Best Events Catering
will provide food and spirits. Admission is $4.50 which covers both days of the show. Ages 16
and under free. 608-385-3598 Pontiac Convention Center, 2809 N Pontiac Dr, 53545,
16 - Feb 1 Baraboo - Cool Boo Fest in Baraboo. The Cool Boo Arts & Fun Fest includes art
shows, concerts, theatre, vintage snowmobile show and ride, trap shoots, fundraisers, 5k
run/walk, candle light walks/hikes, fishing tournaments and so much more!! Various Locations.
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16 Madison - The Weight of Weather Opening Reception. The Weight of Weather is a solo
exhibition of painter and master print maker Andy Rubin. Rubin's modern landscapes offer a
surreal, geometric atmosphere featuring vivid color palettes and weather phenomena entwined
with mathematical linework. Join us for an evening celebrating Rubin's work. 2345 Atwood Ave,
Madison, WI 53704. PH: (608) 709-1454.
16 -17 Prairie du Sac - Bald Eagle Watching Days
Keep an eye out for our countrys national bird while in Prairie du Sac for Bald Eagle Watching
Days as youre sure to see at least one flying overhead. Eagle watching can be found along the
Wisconsin River from the hydroelectric dam through Prairie du Sac down to Sauk City. Other
events, including a live bird of prey show and fun kids activities, will take place during the
weekend.PH: 800-683-2453 or 608-643-4168; www.ferrybluffeaglecouncil.org
16-17 Waukesha JanBoree -Bundle up! It's time for the annual Waukesha JanBoree. This citywide celebration of winter, snow and all things outdoors, invites families to take part in a variety
of winter sports like hockey, cross-country skiing, ice bowling and more. There's even an ice
sculpting contest with carvers from around the world who travel to produce their best ice
sculpture from a 300-pound block of ice. This event will go on with or without snow.
PH: 262-524-3737; www.janboree.org
16 - 17 Oconomowoc - Cabaret Cafe presents Copperbox. Danny and Michele Jerabek
front Copperbox, an Oshkosh based band. They are known for their accordion fueled, genreblending roots music that features 70's, rock, folk polka, Cajun and zydeco music. They have
won numerous WAMI awards and have been featured at fairs, festivals and even on national
television (The Early Show). 641 East Forest Street. PH: (262) 560-3172 .
16 - Mar 15 Milwaukee - The Beautiful Music All Around Us. Legendary musician and 2013
Grammy-nominee Stephen Wade, who has delighted audiences from the White House to
Broadway, brings his exploration of Southern musical traditions to the Stackner. This
exhilarating theatrical concert features spoken word, projected images, and live music-making.
Milwaukee Repertory Theater. PH: (414) 224-9490.
17 St.Francis - Chili Cats by Cats Rule Cat Club - Ten judging rings all day long on '1 Day'
from 9am-7pm. Many Purebred cats (British Shorthair, Ragdolls, Maincoons, Persians &
Household pet cats/rescues. 'Second Hand Purrs',' Purebred Cat Rescue' & '2 Crazy Cat
Ladies/BRATS'. 'SHP' will have cats/kittens entered in the show for the judging competition.
Come cheer them on!!! Lots of vendors display their cat related items & other works. Find
some of the 'BEST' made cat trees, toys, beds & more. $6 per person, $5 seniors 65+ & $3
youth 8 & under. Free parking. Enter back door in parking lot. Cudahy Kennel Club, 3820 S
Pennsylvania Ave, St. Francis, WI 53235 PH:414-218-8815 http://www.catsrulecatclub.com/
17 Baraboo - 5th Annual Ride In & Landowner Appreciation Party. This event is sponsored
by the Baraboo River Runners Snowmobile Club. Food, live music by Troye Shanks and the
Trailer Kings, raffles, auctions and door prizes. Everyone is welcome; come by car, truck, sled
or foot! Pumphouse Sports Bar & Grille, Hwy 123.
17 Briggsville - Annual Winter Fisheree. This event is sponsored by the Lake Mason Lions
Club. Prizes will be awarded to the heaviest fish caught as well as large, non-fishing prizes as
well. Food and beverages will be available on site. Wagon Wheel Boat Landing. Event starts at
7:00AM and ends at 3:00PM. PH: (608) 253-6567.

17 Madison - Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest. Annual festival celebrating the great brews
and cheeses of Wisconsin, and now featuring neighboring guest brewers! Alliant Energy Center
- Exhibition Hall. PH: (608) 256-2273.
17-18 West Bend Antiques Show - 50 professional dealers of quality antiques & older
collectibles, luncheon served by Catering by Bryan. Admission is $5.00, free parking.
Washington County Fair Park & Conference Center, 3000 Highway PV, West Bend, WI 53095
PH: 414-525-0820 http://www.nlpromotionsllc.com/shows.html
17, 23-25, 30-Feb 1 Wausau - Badger State Winter Games Break out that competitive
spirit for Wisconsins largest winter sports festival where the states top sports and activities
really shine. Top competitions include Nordic skiing, curling, figure skating, bowling and archery
just to name a few. 715-355-8788; www.badgerstategames.org
23-25 Elkhart Lake Schnee Fest - A winter weekend that kicks off on Thursday evening with
Rib Night and a Beer Dinner in celebration of Street Food. Friday night's talent show and disco
will be fun for the entire family. Saturday includes the Annual SchneeLauf (5K Run), children's
activities, Wine Tasting, Wait Staff Races, Pub Crawl and evening dance. Sunday's Chili-Cook
off at Siebkens Resort. PH: 920-876-2922 http://schneedays.com/
23-25 Kohler Food Favorites - Destination Kohler celebrates the favorite foods of Wisconsin
- not just brats, beer and cheese-- but also the farm fresh products, wine and more. Enjoy
specialty dinner and brunch, cooking demonstrations and a tasting event at the Kohler Design
Center. PH: 888-974-5431 http://www.americanclubresort.com/calendar/2015/01/wisconsinfood-favorites
24 LaFarge - Dam Phunski Cross-Country Ski Race Break out your skis for this scenic
classic and freestyle cross-country ski course along scenic Old Highway 131 Trail. Courses
include a 1k loop for youth, a 5k point-to-point for juniors and phunskiers of all ages, and a 10k
point-to-point for adults.PH:608-625-2960; kvr.state.wi.us
24 Baraboo - Kathy Griffin at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells. Come see Kathy Griffin
at Ho-Chunk Gaming in Wisconsin Dells Event starts at 8:00PM. PH: 1-800-746-2486.
24 Manitowoc - Second City Hits Home. Chicago's legendary sketch and improv comedy
theater returns with a new show featuring hilarious sketches, songs, and improvisation about
Wisconsin, Packerland, and the Lakeshore. 7:30 pm Capitol Civic Centre, 8th Street. PH:
(920)683-2184.
24 - Phillips 5k and 10k Snowshoe Race/Walk Trek on over to this snowshoe race/walk as it
serves as the host of the Wisconsin State Snowshoe Championships, as well as a qualifying
race for the USSSAs National race. The competition is real and some of the states most
experienced snowshoers will race to the finish line where a chili feed and bake sale await.
PH: 715-339-6254; www.phillipsflurry.com
24 Waupaca - Oso Pond Hockey Classic The former Wintervergnugen Pond Hockey
Classic is back with a new name and even more fun. This 4-on-4 tournament has three
divisions with first place distinctions for the taking: open, 40 and over, and womens-only.
Skates hit the ice bright and early Saturday morning. PH: 715-258-7343;
www.waupacaareachamber.com

24 Feb 1 Cable - 2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships the International
Paralympics Committee (IPC) Nordic Skiing World Championships. The competition begins
with Opening Ceremonies, much like the Olympics and Paralympics Games, complete with a
parade of nations, flag ceremony and torch lighting. Cable will host athletes from all around the
world, including athletes who will be representing Team USA, many of whom are wounded
warriors or veterans. PH: 715-798-3833; www.paralympic.org/cable-2015
28- Feb 7 - Lake Geneva - Winterfest & National Snow Sculpting Championships Head to
Lake Geneva for the 20th annual Winterfest and National Snow Sculpting Championships.
Take part in the days festivities including: live music, sled dog races, helicopter and hot air
balloon rides, sleigh rides, a reindeer run and Winterfest dance. PH: 262-248-4416;
www.lakegenevawi.com
30-Feb 1 Mount Horeb - Scandihoovian Winter Festival - Shake off the winter blues at the
Mount Horeb Area Scandihoovian Winter Festival in and around Mount Horeb. Stroll, shop, eat,
and play at one of Dane Countys most unique and charming villages. Most events are free,
while some have a modest charge. Friday nights big events include a community mixer and
social at the Norsk Golf Bowl with music by the Pool Boys, bonfire, and nighttime XC skiing and
snowshoeing. Saturdays events include a vintage snowmobile show and ride, an old-fashioned
spelling bee at the District #1 School House, sledding, ice skating, cross-country skiing
demonstrations, a Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe at Blue Mounds State Park, readings by two
area authors. The Festival ends Sunday with the Rotary Clubs Annual Pancake Brunch and
Optimist Club Silent Auction, Kick Sledding at Liberty Park. PH: 608-437-4376
www.scandiwinterfest.com
30-31 Westby - Snowflake Ski Jumping Tournament This annual competition has a new
twist this year with the introduction of a brand new hill design. Watch ski jumpers as they fly
down the slope and launch themselves into the air in competition to land the weekends longest
standing jump. PH: 608-634-3211; www.snowflakeskiclub.com
30 - 31 St. Germain - Snowmobile Radar Run. Discover Wisconsin proudly presents the St.
Germain Radar Run featuring Divas SnowGear and Fly Racing. Held on the West Bay of Little
St. Germain Lake with Friday practice runs; Saturday trophy and bikini runs. Race your
snowmobile against the gun - 660' & 1000' distance! West Bay of Little St. Germain Lake. PH:
(715) 477-2205.
31- Downtown Oconomowoc Chili Fest Enjoy winter in southeastern Oconomowoc during
Chili Fest in downtown from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31. Theres plenty to do and see
including a chili-tasting contest, ice carvers, a snow softball tournament and pond hockey
tournament. Warm up inside shopping downtown where chili-tasting is offered and then head
outside to skate on Fowler Lake or listen to the DJ while grabbing a beer or hot cocoa. Also
offered is an ice fishing clinic and visit from Roscoe the Milwaukee Admirals mascot. 262-5675755; www.downtownoconomowoc.org
31 Baraboo - Aladdin. Showtimes are 3 and 7:00 P.M. The Missoula Children's Theatre
residency brings over 50 local children of all ages together with two trained tour directors to
produce a full stage production in just one week! All kids are welcome to audition. Al. Ringling
Theatre 136 4th Ave.. PH: (608) 356-8864.
31 - Feb 2 Blue Mounds - Under the Earth Groundhog Days. Enjoy a warm, underground
cave tour, or some above ground outdoor winter fun! Learn about groundhogs and other
underground critters, winter/spring nature topics, or take a hike on the beautiful, snowy trails!
Cave of the Mounds, 2975 Cave of the Mounds Rd. PH: (608) 437-3038.
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31 Oconomowoc - OAC Film Series . The fascinating story of Brad Williams. Featured on 60
Minutes and dubbed "the Human Google" by Good Morning America, Brad is only the second
person ever studied for Hyperthymesia (also known as superior autobiographical memory), an
uncanny and detailed recall of his entire life. 641 Forest Street. PH: (262) 560-3172 .
31 Prairie du Sac - Port Wine Celebration at Wollersheim Winery. A break from
Wisconsins winter! Celebrate with both Red Port and White Port. Take a behind the scenes
look at the making of Port wines. Sample both Red Port and White Port, along with other
Wollersheim wines which are also available for tasting and by the glass. Enjoy live music, light
food and insights on Port wine by winemaker, Philippe Coquard. Tours & Tasting: in lieu of the
regular tour, take a stroll behind the scenes and learn how Port wines are made. Wind around
from the modern fermentation facilities to the historic stone wine cellars where the Port ages in
barrels. On display: Winemaker Philippes custom-painted Port Harley motorcycle and the
Brandy pot still. Coquard will talk about Port and answer questions about the wines or winery.
A Port plate combination is available for purchase that complements the Ports with a choice of
flavorful Wisconsin cheeses, chocolate truffles, freshly baked bread, almonds, and apricots No
admission fee. Open to the public. Wollersheim Winery, 7876 Wisconsin 188. 10:00AM to
4:00PM. PH: 1(800) VIP-WINE www.Wollersheim.com
31- Bloomer World Rope Jumping Championships - 20-35 participating schools and
approximately 240 jumpers try to break the records in the Jump Rope Capital of the World.
Preliminaries at 12:30pm; finals at 7pm. Bloomer High School, 1310 17th Ave., Bloomer, WI
54724 PH:715-568-3339 http://www.bloomerchamber.com/annual-rope-jump-contest
31,Feb 14, 28, March 7 LaFarge Ice Cave Hike Series Discover hidden gems of Wisconsin
by visiting the several rarely seen ice caves and frozen waterfalls around La Farge. This
snowshoe hike takes visitors through some of the most beautiful parts of the Kickapoo Valley
Reserve and offers opportunities to discuss winter wildlife ecology, geology, biology and the
fascinating history of the region.PH: 608-625-2960; kvr.state.wi.us/event
31 St. Germain - Fibber's Annual Ice Fishing Tournament. Ice fishing tournament featuring
great fishing, fun and prizes. Big St. Germain Lake. PH: (715) 542-3810.
BEFORE YOU GO: Avoid disappointment. Always check for schedule changes before heading
to events. For more events- four good sources: www.WisTravel.com, www.Wisconline .com,
www.TravelWisconsin.com or http://hwy23events.wordpress.com
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FREE TRAVEL GUIDES:


WISCONSIN DEPT. OF TOURISM- Free: 800-432-8747 (TRIP)
http://www.travelwisconsin.com
FREE GUIDES: Activity Guide Campground Directory, Lodging Directory, Highway Map, Golf, Birding,
Attractions

OTHERS IN WISCONSIN: (all free)


Calumet County Guide 920-849-1442 www.travelcalumet.com
Chippewa County Travel Guide 866-723-0331 www.ChippewaCounty.com
Door County Visitors Guide 800-527-3529 http://www.doorcounty.com/web/contact.asp
Fox Cities Area Guide 800-223-6667 www.foxcities.org
Grant County Travel Guide 608-348-8888 www.Platteville.com
Green Bay Visitors Guide 888-867-3342 www.GreenBay.com
Green County Travel Guide 888-222-9111 www.GreenCounty.com
Kenosha Area Visitors Guide 800-654-7309 www.KenoshaCVB.com
Kewaunee County Guide 800-290-4299 www.VisitKewauneeCounty.com
Madison Area Visitor Guide 800-373-6376 http://www.visitmadison.com

Mineral Point Travel Guide 888-764-6894 www.MineralPoint.com


Minocqua Area Destination Guide 800-44-NORTH www.minocqua.org
Sauk Prairie Visitors Packet 800- 683-2453 http://www.saukprairie.com/visitorspacket.html
St. Croix Valley & Polk County Guides (ask Sue for both) 800-222-7655 www.VisitrSCF.com
Superior & Douglas Country Travel Guide - 800-942-5313 www.VisitSuperior.com

OTHERS NEIGHBORING STATES, REGIONAL, ETC


Chicago Office of Tourism: Free Guide & App - http://www.choosechicago.com
Illinois Travel http://www.enjoyillinois.com/brochures/
Iowa Tourism http://www.traveliowa.com/ 888.472.6035 or 515.725.3084
Lake Michigan Circle Tour and Lighthouse Map 1-800-442-2084 or at www.WMTA.org
Lanesboro, Minnesota Visitor Guide 800-657-4972
Michigan http://www.michigan.org/
Minnesota Tourism Travel Counselors at explore@state.mn.us, or 1-888-TOURISM (1-888-868-7476).
Minnesota Mississippi Valley Bluff Country (on-line) http://www.ExploreMississippiBluffs.com
Mississippi Valley Partners (WI-MN) www.mississippi-river.org 1-888-999-2619
Red Wing, Minnesota www.redwing.org 1-651-385-5934 800-498-3444
Wabasha-Kellogg, Minnesota www.wabashamn.org 1-800-565-4158
West Michigan Travel Guide - 616-245-2217 www.wmta.org/publications-24/
Winona, Minnesota Visitor Guide (800) 657-4972 www.VisitWinona.com

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