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Devil’s Lake Candlelight Snowshoe Feb. 21

The Friends of Devil’s Lake State Park will host a Candlelight Snowshoe And Hike Feb. 21, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., in Baraboo, Wis., five minutes west of the Inn. Enjoy a self-guided snowshoe or hike through the Park and then warm by the campfire and enjoy some s’mores.

Meet at the Rock Elm Shelter at the Park’s north shore. If you have questions, call 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected]. Get your 2015 Wisconsin State Parks annual admission sticker or a daily pass at the Park entrance or beforehand here.

Guests may use complimentary our Redfeather Snowshoes for this winter-fun evening, and while exploring our 42 acres and miles of trails around the Inn at the Riverland Conservancy’s 1,900-acre Merrimac Preserve, which connects to Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area and Devil’s Lake State Park.

If spring arrives early this may be one of the last chances to enjoy the artistic beauty of the winter landscape, and easily follow critter tracks through the woods and prairies.

Even if there isn’t enough snow to cross-country ski or snowshoe, winter hiking refreshingly blasts away the winter blahs. And by the end of February the deep cold has passed and the sun shines longer each day, making outdoor excursions easier.

Immerse In Nature’s Artistry And Serenity

The white carpet illuminates the tree bark’s color and texture more vividly, and the bare branches sport new dimensions, both less noticeable in other seasons. It is especially peaceful in the woods this time of year as you look for rabbit holes, deer beds and sheds, and listen to the winter birds with the hope of spotting early spring arrivals or groups of cedar wax wings searching for remaining berries.

The Inn’s soaking tubs, sauna and massage chair pamper you after unwinding and rejuvenating treks through winter’s outdoor solitude.

Reserve your favorite guest room here or call us at 608-355-9899.

Music, Chili And Fellowship Nearby

Escape To Baraboo For Valentine’s Weekend

No matter the weather, packing a bag, driving out of town and anticipating a long weekend away from home chases the doldrums away. Then the crisp, fresh winter air, sparkling scenery and birds starting to sing their spring chorus in the Baraboo Bluffs are sure to rejuvenate you. Yes, the cardinals and chickadees have changed their tunes already.

At our mini snowshoe resort you’ll find solitude and warmth to pamper indoors, peace and invigorating fun in the snow outdoors, by hike, snowshoe, ski and sled.

Whisk your sweetheart away for a long, romantic weekend
to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2015 at the Inn at Wawanissee Point.
It falls on a Saturday this year.

Indoor Fun

Ride the Mid-Continent Railway Museum Snow Train™ through the snow-covered hills. Reserve a seat now on the Feb. 14 delicious dinner train for a romantic evening on the historic rails. Details here and below.

  • Soak together in the massage-therapy tub in the Bordeaux room.
  • Snuggle in our plush robes with love songs playing, enjoying each other in your favorite guest room.
  • Enjoy the birds feeding below the sunroom, and Bird’s Nest and Secret Garden guest rooms. Watch for pine siskins, redpolls and red-breasted nuthatches amid our hearty winter locals.
  • Rejuvenate in our sauna, hot tub and Shiatsu massage chair, especially after frolicking outdoors.
  • Pamper together at Baraboo’s exclusive day spa, Spa Serenity. Our guests receive a 10-percent discount.

Watch the eagles between the Inn and Sauk Prairie from your warm car, the best blind to avoid spooking the birds fishing along the Wisconsin River. You’ll find volunteers at the Ferry Bluff Eagle Council Overlook in downtown Prairie du Sac, Wis., on Saturdays and Sundays in January and February from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to answer your questions as you watch through the spotting scopes.

Outdoor Fun

We have sleds for sliding down our prairie hill. Work up an appetite for a romantic dinner and decadent dessert.

Indulge With Treats

We can arrange fresh flowers or roses, chocolate-covered strawberries, gourmet chocolates, a decadent cake, champagne and/or a balloon bouquet to surprise your sweetheart. See our romantic add-ons on our Specials & Packages page.

Reserve a guest room soon! Call 608-355-9899
or click Check Availability here and above.

Valentine’s Weekend Events

Feb. 12–15: Four Weddings And An Elvis Dinner Theatre at the Farm Kitchen, S5718 Hwy 123, Baraboo, Thursdays to Saturdays 6:30 p.m., Sunday 4:00 p.m. The Baraboo Theatre Guild presents a comedy of four of the funniest matrimonies Sandy has seen in her Las Vegas wedding chapel, herself four-times married and three-times divorced, concluding with the funniest ceremony, her fifth and final wedding with a hilarious twist. Tickets $38.95 for dinner and show, reserve by calling 608-356-5246 or purchase at www.barabootheatreguild.org.

Feb. 14: Eagle Watching Bus Tour, 10:00 a.m., Sauk Prairie. 50-minute informative and educational eagle watching bus tour with great views of the majestic bird, $5.00 per person. Reservations are required; tours fill quickly. Call the Sauk Prairie Area Chamber Of Commerce at 608-643-6625 to reserve. (Saturday mornings Jan. 10–Feb. 14, 2015) Learn more at www.ferrybluffeaglecouncil.org.

Feb. 14: Winter Wildlife On Snowshoes At Devil’s Lake Sate Park, Baraboo, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Meet at the north shore’s Nature Center, five minutes west of the Inn. Join the Park’s naturalist to discover the thrills of a snowshoe trek along the trails in winter’s silent world. The program will emphasize wildlife tracks and signs, and recreational snowshoeing to connect with winter surroundings. Use the Inn’s Redfeather snowshoes for this event. Call 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.

Feb. 14–15: Mid-Continent Railway Museum’s 40th Annual Snow Train™. Ride through Sauk County’s scenic winter wonderland by coach and first-class services both days, and a dinner train Feb. 14. All include a 55-minute ride in restored cars heated by steam or coal-fired stoves along seven miles of the former Chicago & North Western Railroad line that meanders through the snow-covered Baraboo Hills, seven miles west of Baraboo, Wis. Learn more at www.mcrwy.com.

 

Mirror Lake Candlelight Ski Feb. 7

As we write this blog article on Jan. 4 we just received the first snow of 2015 and more is forecasted in a couple days!

With cold temperatures upon us, there will be snow for the final Candlelight Ski, Hike And Snowshoe hosted by The Friends of Mirror Lake State Park on Feb. 7, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., in Lake Delton, Wis., 20 minutes north of the Inn. The Feb. 3 snow full moon will help illuminate two, one-mile trails, one for skiers and the other for everyone else, lit by torches.

Warm beside the roaring bon fires and purchase refreshments, if you wish. Meet at the beach picnic area. If you have questions, call 608-254-2333 or e-mail them to [email protected].

Purchase a 2015 Wisconsin State Parks annual admission sticker or a daily pass beforehand here or at the Park entrance.

Guests may use our Redfeather Snowshoes, made in Wisconsin, for this snow-sparkling evening, and here on our 42 acres, or on miles of trails around the Inn.

We have two cross-country ski rental choices nearby, next door at Devil’s Head Resort or at Wildside Adventure Sports in Baraboo. Wildside rents ski sets, and snowshoes and poles, by the day or weekend. It will also wax your skis.

Moonlit snowshoeing is an enchanting experience everyone should try once. It will be possible a week before and after the Feb. 3 full moon, either at the Inn or through the prairies and woods at the Riverland Conservancy’s 1,900-acre Merrimac Preserve and at Devil’s Lake State Park.

After playing in the snow, warm in our sauna and cleanse away toxins to start the new year refreshed and with glowing skin. Then soak in a long bubble bath for two in the Bourdeux guest room.

Call us at 608-355-9899 or book your guest room here.

More To Do

  • Feb. 5–15: Four Weddings And An Elvis Dinner Theatre at the Farm Kitchen, S5718 Hwy 123, Baraboo, Thursdays to Saturdays 6:30 p.m., Sunday 4:00 p.m. The Baraboo Theatre Guild presents a comedy of four of the funniest matrimonies Sandy has seen in her Las Vegas wedding chapel, herself four-times married and three-times divorced, concluding with the funniest ceremony, her fifth and final wedding with a hilarious twist. Tickets $38.95 for dinner and show, reserve by calling 608-356-5246 or purchase at www.barabootheatreguild.org.
  • Feb. 6: Dueling Pianos at the Dorf Haus, 8931 County Road Y, Roxbury on the outskirts of Sauk City, 7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. A River Arts Inc. fund-raiser to support arts in the community, featuring Chicago Keys, a quartet of four working pianist-vocalists from Chicago, Ill., who will play your requests and offer beautiful harmonies, stellar musicianship, energetic renditions of many songs ranging from jazz to current chart toppers, and appropriate humor, plus the Traveling Photo Booth and a silent auction. Tickets $20.00. Details at www.riverartsinc.org.
  • Feb. 6: Jupiter at Opposition. The best day of the year to view Jupiter. It will fully reflect light from the sun as it makes its closest approach to Earth. See its four largest moons: Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto, with a good pair of binoculars.
  • Feb. 7: Eagle Watching Bus Tour, 10:00 a.m., Sauk Prairie. 50-minute informative and educational eagle watching bus tour with great views of the majestic bird, $5.00 per person. Reservations are required; tours fill quickly. Call the Sauk Prairie Area Chamber Of Commerce at 608-643-6625 to reserve. (Saturday mornings Jan. 10–Feb. 14, 2015) Learn more at www.ferrybluffeaglecouncil.org.
  • Feb. 7: Photography Art Workshop at the River Arts Center Gallery in the Sauk Prairie High School, 105 Ninth St., Prairie du Sac, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Professional photographer Ania Fields teaches the art of capturing a child’s precious moments from a point-and-shoot camera, sharing professional tips, examples of work and discussing the experience of creating a strong child portrait. Each attendee will develop a better understanding of capturing a great image. Bring a notebook and camera. Admission is free. Learn more here: www.riverartsinc.org.

Wollersheim Port Wine Celebration Jan. 31

Watch the bald eagles, learn how Port wine is made on a behind-the-scene tour, and sample Port and other wines during Wollersheim Winery’s Port Wine Celebration Jan. 31, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Make it a winter getaway with Wollersheim and Wawanissee Point.

Tour Wollersheim’s modern fermentation facilities, learn insights about making Port wine from winemaker Philippe Coquard, and taste Wollersheim’s red and white ports, and other wines, as you meander to the historic, stone wine cellars where he ages the port in barrels. You’ll also see the Brandy pot still and Philippe’s custom-painted Port Harley motorcycle. Philippe will also answer your questions about the wines and the winery.

Enjoy live music and light food. Purchase a Port plate of Wisconsin cheeses, chocolate truffles, freshly baked bread, almonds and apricots that complement the red and white Ports. All wines will be available to purchase and enjoy by the glass. Admission is free. Learn more at www.wollersheim.com.

Eagle Viewing From The Vineyard

Wollersheim Winery along the Wisconsin River and highway 188 is one of the designated eagle-viewing areas in Sauk Prairie.

Enjoy a guided eagle-watching bus tour at 10:00 a.m. Jan. 31, hosted by Ferry Bluff Eagle Council volunteers with stops at ideal viewing locations. Tickets are $5.00 per person and sell quickly. Call the Sauk Prairie Area Chamber Of Commerce at 800-683-2453 to reserve a seat. Tours occur Saturday mornings Jan. 10 through Feb. 14, 2015.

You’ll find volunteers at the Ferry Bluff Eagle Council Overlook in downtown Prairie du Sac, Wis., on Saturdays and Sundays in January and February from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to answer your questions as you peer through the spotting scopes.

The Inn at Wawanissee Point, located 15 miles northeast of Sauk Prairie, is the closest bed and breakfast to Wollersheim Winery.

Click here to book your favorite guest room or call us at 608-355-9899.

Area Events

Jan. 31: Open Studios by Cool Boo Arts & Fun Fest, Baraboo, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Baraboo artisans open their workshops, studios and creative spaces for the public to see how they create. Find a list of participating artists at www.coolbooartsfunfest.com. The Fest celebrates Baraboo’s creative arts community and Wisconsin’s winter recreational fun with an array of activities. See Web site for a full list of events.

Jan. 31: Winter Phenology Hike At Devil’s Lake Sate Park, Baraboo, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Meet at the north shore’s Nature Center, five minutes west of the Inn. Phenology is the seasonal changes in flora and fauna from year to year, such as bird migration, plant bloom and insect emergence. We’ll spend the afternoon hiking the Park to record nature’s signs for the National Phenology Network’s program, Nature’s Notebook. Use the Inn’s complimentary Redfeather showshoes for this event, if you wish. Call 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.

Jan. 31: Better Than Your 80s Prom by the CABin Fever Theatre at the Baraboo Arts Banquet Hall, 323 Water St., Baraboo, 6:00 p.m. Creative Alliance of Baraboo (CAB) Theatre is an all-ages theatre company promoting and enriching theatre arts in Baraboo, as a nonprofit. Hors d’oeuvres included with a cash bar. Attendees are encouraged to wear 1980s attire for this fun evening. Tickets $20.00 and more details at www.cabtheatre.org. Part of the Cool Boo Arts & Fun Fest, celebrating Baraboo’s creative arts community and Wisconsin’s winter recreational fun with an array of activities Jan. 16– Feb. 1, 2015. See a full list of Fest events at www.coolbooartsfunfest.com.

Jan. 31: Candlelight Walk Along The Baraboo River Walk from the Mary Roundtree Evans Park, four blocks west of the downtown square along Second Ave., to the the Kiwanis Park Gazebo at 100 Water St., Baraboo, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Refreshments and a bon fire at the Kiwanis Park Gazebo. Part of the Cool Boo Arts & Fun Fest. Find more details about and a map of the Walk, and a full list of the Fest events at www.coolbooartsfunfest.com.

Snowflake Ball Jan. 24

Dance away the pounds you gained indulging throughout the holidays at Baraboo’s Annual Snowflake Ball Jan. 24, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Clarion Hotel Conference Center in West Baraboo, Wis. During this royal evening where everyone is a king or queen, dress in formal or casual attire to this year’s black-and-white theme, and enjoy live music by Bo Deans paired with delightful appetizers.

The St. Clare Hospital & Auxiliary sponsors this event as part of the Cool Boo Arts & Fun Fest, celebrating Baraboo’s creative arts community and Wisconsin’s winter recreational fun with an array of activities Jan. 16– Feb. 1, 2015. See a full list of Fest events at www.coolbooartsfunfest.com.

Ball tickets are $25.00 by calling 608-356-1430 or at Unique Boutique at St. Clare Hospital, Corner Drug in downtown Baraboo or at the Clarion.

More Winter Fun:

Jan. 22: Ken Lonnquist, at the River Arts Center in the Sauk Prairie High School, 105 Ninth St., Prairie du Sac, 7:00 p.m. A funny and enjoyable songwriter performs with his guitar as he has done professionally since he attended college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning him numerous awards. Tickets $10.00 and more details at www.riverartsinc.org.

Jan. 24: Eagle Watching Bus Tour, Sauk Prairie, 10:00 a.m. Ferry Bluff Eagle Council volunteers will guide this 50-minute tours with stops at ideal viewing locations. Tickets are $5.00 per person. Call the Sauk Prairie Area Chamber Of Commerce at 800-683-2453 to reserve a seat. Tours are popular and fill quickly. Tours occur Saturday mornings Jan. 10 through Feb. 14, 2015.

Jan. 24: Winter Wildlife On Snowshoes At Devil’s Lake Sate Park, Baraboo, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Meet at the north shore’s Nature Center, five minutes west of the Inn. Join the Park’s naturalist to discover the thrills of a snowshoe trek along the trails in winter’s silent world. The program will emphasize wildlife tracks and signs, and recreational snowshoeing to connect with winter surroundings. Use the Inn’s complimentary Redfeather showshoes for this event. Call 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.

Jan. 24: Pinot and Picasso at Con Amici, Baraboo’s wine bar, 125 Third St., 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Artist Whitney Robarge will guide you through creating an original piece of artwork. Reservations are required, tickets $46.00 includes supplies and a glass of wine. Details at www.conamiciwine.com or by calling 608-355-9563.

Reserve a guest room here or call us at 608-355-9899.

Bald Eagle Watching Days Jan. 16-17, 2015

Learn about the nation’s majestic bird the third weekend in January when Sauk Prairie and the Ferry Bluff Eagle Council hold the annual Bald Eagle Watching Days, Jan. 16–17, 2015. Seeing eagles is often possible December through March as they seek open water with undeveloped shoreline for fishing and perching, but during this weekend you’ll find guest speakers, displays, an eagle release and experts at the overlooks to answer questions.

Event headquarters is at the River Arts Center at the Sauk Prairie High School, 105 Ninth Street, Prairie du Sac, Wis. Visit here, www.ferrybluffeaglecouncil.org, to see the schedule and map of the best locations to view the eagles.

The Ferry Bluff Eagle Council has two overlooks with spotting scopes and eagle experts, one is the municipal parking lot in downtown Prairie du Sac next to the Ruth Culver Community Library at 560 Park Avenue, the other is along the River Walk in Sauk City near the highway 12 bridge, just behind Water Street.

Wollersheim Winery on highway 188 along the Wisconsin River is another designated eagle-viewing area. It will also host an Eagle White wine tasting from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Jan. 17.

Eagle Watching Bus Tours

Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m., Jan. 10 through Feb. 14, 2015, Ferry Bluff Eagle Council volunteers will guide 50-minute eagle watching bus tours. Tickets are $5.00 per person. Call the Sauk Prairie Area Chamber Of Commerce at 800-683-2453 to reserve a seat. Tours are popular and fill quickly.

On Jan. 17, 2015, additional tours depart from the River Arts Center at 9:30 a.m. and 2:40 p.m., first-come, first-served.

Respect The Birds

It’s a rare opportunity to encounter the eagles as close as we do in Sauk Prairie along the Wisconsin River, sometimes only 100 feet away. Yet the eagles only tolerate our presence because they are hungry. Whenever possible, use your car as a blind and stay inside it to view them. Close car doors softly and be quiet. A frightened eagle may leave its perch and return to its evening roost in the deep, sheltered valleys away from the river with an empty stomach.

Please don’t walk along the river, especially at the hydroelectric dam on the north end of Prairie du Sac, the eagles most active feeding area. On foot you will scare them, which is of greatest concern for the immature eagles that need to conserve their energy during the cold days to survive the winter.

Call us at 608-355-9899 or book your favorite guest room here!

Jan. 16–Feb. 1, 2015: Cool Boo Arts & Fun Fest, Baraboo. Celebrating Baraboo’s creative arts community and Wisconsin’s winter recreational fun with art shows, concerts, theatre, open studios, candlelight hikes, a sledding party, fishing tournaments, a skating party and more. See the list of events at www.coolbooartsfunfest.com.

Candlelight Ski, Full Moon Snowshoe Jan. 3, 2015

The first weekend in January 2015 is for snow lovers and sky watchers, an enchanting combination! Come play in the snow with us.

The wolf full moon on Jan. 3, 2015 will illuminate the wooded and prairie trails at the Inn and all around for evening adventures in the snow. You choose: sledding, hiking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing through the peaceful night as moonbeams shimmer off the snow. It’s a breathtaking experience everyone should try once!

Jan. 3, 2015 is the Candlelight Ski, Hike And Snowshoe at Mirror Lake State Park in Lake Delton, Wis., from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Candlelight illuminates two 1-mile trails, one for skiers, the other for everyone else. The Friends of Mirror Lake State Park will have bon fires roaring, and you can purchase food and refreshments. The Park is an easy 20-minute drive north of the Inn at Wawanissee Point. Meet at the beach picnic area. If you have questions, call 608-254-2333 or e-mail them to [email protected]. This event repeats Feb. 6, 2015, coinciding with the snow full moon Feb. 3.

Also, Jan. 3, 2015 is a Full Moon Snowshoe at Devil’s Lake State Park in Baraboo, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Meet at the south shore parking lot, seven minutes southwest of the Inn, for an easy and flat 2-mile hike on the Grottos trail along the south shore. Look for animals active at night. Bring a flashlight. Call 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.

Get a 2015 Wisconsin state park vehicle admission sticker or a daily pass beforehand here or as you arrive at the parks.

  • Use our Redfeather Snowshoes, made in Wisconsin, here at the Inn, for these events or on miles of trails around the Inn.
  • Wildside Adventure Sports on the west side of Baraboo rents snowshoes and poles, and cross-country ski sets by the day or weekend. It will also wax your skis.
  • We have sleds if you’d like to play on our prairie hill or at the north shore campground at Devil’s Lake State Park, near the Nature Center.

The Quadrantids Meteor Shower Jan. 1–5, 2015 will peak the evening of Jan. 3 into the early morning of Jan. 4. Though the full moon will shade all but the brightest meteors this year, this above-average shower with up to 40 meteors per hour could still yield a surprise radiating from the constellation Bootes, or anywhere in the sky. Seeing even one falling star is icing on a special evening in the fresh air of the Baraboo Hills.

After refreshing snow excursions pamper each other.

  • Rejuveniate in our Shiatsu massage chair.
  • Relax in the sauna.
  • Warm beside the fire in the Great Room.
  • Indulge in a private in-room massage in the Bourdeux and Secret Garden guest rooms.

Reserve your guest room here or call us at 608-355-9899.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve In Baraboo

After the holidays, refresh yourself with a relaxing weekend at our secluded snowshoe resort to welcome 2015. Celebrate New Year’s Eve on Wednesday, Dec. 31 with us and make it a long weekend.

Bring your friends for a private party at the Inn decorated for the holidays.

  • For dinner we can suggest a restaurant or arrange it catered for you to enjoy in our dining room.

New Year’s Eve we’ll have wine and cheese in the Indigo Lounge, then sit beside the fireplace in the Great Room for a warm, skybox view of Devil’s Head Resort’s fireworks at midnight.

Reserve your favorite guest room here or call us 608-355-9899.

Downhill ski at Devil’s Head, or rent its cross-country skis to skim the golf course and explore trails nearby.

Use our complimentary Redfeather snowshoes to walk on snow on our private trails and 42 acres, or discover expanses of solitude at the Riverland Conservancy’s Merrimac Preserve. We’ll be one week before full moon, perfect for a moonlit excursion.

The snowy owls have been spotted just east of here in Columbia County, so we’re hoping to see them nearby.

We look forward to greeting 2015 with you.

Baraboo New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Dec. 26–28, Dec. 30–Jan. 3:  Mary Poppins Dinner Theatre, The Palace Theatre, Wisconsin Dells, matinee at 11:30 a.m. and evening at 5:30 p.m. This 1964 classic Walt Disney flim offered as a Broadway musical by an award-winning team will launch this new theatre’s first season. Tickets start at $49.95 which includes a three-course dinner but not gratuity, taxes or service fee. Purchase by calling 608-253-4000. Learn more at www.dellspalace.com.

Dec. 26: Boxing Day With Wrannock at the Village Booksmith, historic downtown Baraboo, 7:30 p.m. The Mossman family performs traditional British Isles music and shares tales of their travels. An eclectic, used bookstore with used, new and rare books and more. Fellowship and refreshments. Admission is free. Call 608-355-1001 for more information or visit www.villagebooksmith.com.

Dec. 27: Christmas Ball at the Al. Ringling Mansion, 623 Broadway St., Baraboo, 5:00 p.m. Limited seating is available for this dinner and evening of fun to benefit restoring the mansion into a Ringling museum. Tickets $25.00 available at the Corner Drug Store, downtown Baraboo.

Dec. 31: 2014 New Year’s Eve Party at the Village Booksmith, historic downtown Baraboo, 8:00 p.m. Mingling begins at 8:00 p.m., bring a dish to pass for a potluck supper at 9:00 p.m., and enjoy an evening of fellowship, live music, horns and hats in the cozy, candle-lit bookstore. An eclectic, used bookstore with used, new and rare books and more. Call 608-355-1001 for more information or visit www.villagebooksmith.com.

Dec. 31: An Elegant New Year’s Eve at Con Amici, Baraboo’s wine bar, 126 Third St., downtown, 9:00 p.m. Dress in your finest and join us for an exclusive chic soiree with hot hors d’oeuvres, champagne toast at midnight, live music and fun. Limited seating, tickets: $20.00. Reserve by calling 608-355-9463 or visiting www.conamiciwine.com.

Jan. 1, 2015: First Day Hike at Mirror Lake Sate Park, Lake Delton, 12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. Celebrate the new year outdoors with America’s State Park’s First Day Hikes. Join the Friends of Mirror Lake State Park for a guided hike or snowshoe to some of the Park’s highlights and learn some history along the way. Meet at the beach picnic area. Bring water and camera, and snowshoes if you wish. Use the Inn’s complimentary Redfeather showshoes for this event. Call 608-254-2333 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.

Jan. 1, 2015: First Day Hike at Devil’s Lake Sate Park, Baraboo, 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Celebrate the new year outdoors with America’s State Park’s First Day Hikes. Join us for a twilight hike and snowshoe through Roznos Meadow. Meet at the parking lot on Highway 113. Bring a flashlight, and snowshoes if you wish. We’ll have a few pairs of snowshoes to loan, too. Call 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.

Get A 2015 State Park Vehicle Admission Sticker or day pass here or at the park entrance.

 

Meet In The Middle Winter Solstice Gathering

If you’re still wrangling about when and where to gather for the holidays, reserve the Inn for your family for a winter solstice and holiday celebration. Winter arrives Dec. 21, 2014, and most years Mother Nature has blanketed the bluffs with snow by then.

Let us host your holiday gathering so you can relax,

and enjoy Trudy’s beautiful decorating and delightful breakfasts.

Come immerse in our peaceful snowscape to sled, snowshoe, play games and enjoy long conversations with loved ones by the fireplace at our secluded mini resort. Have dinner catered in. Or we’ll recommend a nearby restaurant. Meander all the holiday lights brightening the darkest day of the year on your drive back.

Downhill and cross-country ski next door at Devil’s Head Resort, where you can rent both kinds of skis. Use our complimentary inventory of Redfeather snowshoes to walk on snow through our 42 acres or miles of trails at the Riverland Conservancy’s Merrimac Preserve and Devil’s Lake State Park, also next door.

Reserve the guest rooms here.

Or call us at 608-355-9899 so we can help you plan.

Check our Live Webcam for snow updates here or bookmark http://valleybluffview.dynalias.org:81

Dec. 19: Caroling at the Village Booksmith, 7:30 p.m., historic downtown Baraboo. Share your voice with friends and family as we sit around the piano and sing old carols. Admission is free. An eclectic, used bookstore with used, new and rare books and more. Fellowship and refreshments. Call 608-355-1001 for more information or visit www.villagebooksmith.com.

Dec. 20: Oak Ridge Boys at the Crystal Grand Music Theatre, Wisconsin Dells, 3:00 p.m. Country group of four-part harmonies and toe-tapping songs. Tickets at crystalgrand.com.

Dec. 20: Winter Solstice Celebration at Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Meet at the north shore’s nature center, five minutes south of the Inn, to celebrate the first day of winter and shortest day of daylight of the year. Guided hike from 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m., then roast marshmallows and warm around the fire. Call 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.

Very Merry, Musical Weekend Dec. 12 & 13

Downtown Baraboo, Wis., sparkles every November and December when the historic square is decorated for Christmas and filled with song by strolling carolers. But it’s at its most special during the Very Merry Weekend, Dec. 12–13, 2014. Schedule a weekend for fun and holiday shopping, and enjoy live performances.

The annual Edwardian Christmas Celebration is Dec. 13, 12:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. This festive Christmas extravaganza encompasses two of downtown Baraboo’s historic properties, the Sauk County Historical Society’s Jacob Van Orden Mansion at 531 Fourth Ave., and America’s prettiest playhouse, the Al. Ringling Theatre at 136 Fourth Ave., built in 1904 and 1915, respectively. They remain nearly as they were originally crafted.

The mansion will be decorated for the holiday season from the Edwardian era, including 12 fresh trees uniquely dressed by local designers, businesses and volunteers. This year’s celebration theme is Christmas literature, and one room will recreate a 1930s Christmas. Enjoy live holiday music by local musicians and vocalists, horse and carriage jingle-bell rides from 2:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., and the dinning room filled with holiday goodies.

The Theatre will be similarly adorned, including 25 Christmas trees. Every half hour enjoy Christmas music played on the mighty Barton organ, and every hour on the big screen Edwardian-ear Christmas shorts, most of which were produced at Thomas Edison’s studios, plus popcorn treats. Tickets $5.00 for either location or $8.00 for both. Learn more at www.saukcountyhistory.org.

Dec. 11: Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra And Chorus at the Al. Ringling Theatre as part of the Lively Arts Series, Baraboo, 7:00 p.m. Visiting performers from Madison, Wis., led by maestro Andrew Sewell, treat us with their exceptional skills as they celebrate the holidays with the classical favorite, Handel’s Messiah. Joining the WCO and Chorus are the University of Wisconsin Madrigal Singers and Festival Choir of Madison. Tickets $28.00, and more details at www.alringling.com or call 608-356-8864.

Dec. 12: A Child’s Christmas In Wales at the Village Booksmith, 7:30 p.m., historic downtown Baraboo. Part of the centenary tribute to Dylan Thomas, the iconic Welsh poet, with Welsh music, refreshments and reading. Admission is free. An eclectic, used bookstore with used, new and rare books and more. Fellowship and refreshments. Call 608-355-1001 for more information or visit www.villagebooksmith.com.

Dec. 12–13: Very Merry Holiday Fair, Baraboo Arts Building, 323 Water Street, Baraboo, Friday: 12:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. with a Very Merry Hour 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., and Saturday 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. 60 artisans, authors and food purveyors, wine tasting by Fawn Creek Winery, dine at the show in the West Room and more. Details at www.theverymerryholidayfair.com.

Dec. 12–14: Sorry, Wrong Chimney Dinner Theatre at the Farm Kitchen, S5718 Hwy 123, Baraboo, five minutes from the Inn, Friday and Saturday 6:30 p.m., Sunday 4:00 p.m. RAVE (Rogues And Vagabonds Entertainment) of Baraboo presents a husband who moonlights as a department store Santa so he can buy his wife a fur for Christmas, but tells her he’s working late at the office. She discovers he isn’t at the office. The suspected woman, a notorious Santa burglar Kris Kreigle and his gun-toting fiancé, a confused policeman and hypnotism combine for a rollicking Christmas tale of mistaken identities and more. By Jack Sharkey and Leo W. Sears. Tickets $38.95 for dinner and show. Reserve tickets by calling 608-356-5246. More details at www.farmk.com.

Dec. 13: Historic Living Windows, Main Street, Portage, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 pm. Dozens of decorated storefront windows in vintage vignettes depicting holiday seasons of old. Hot beverages and treats on the streets will keep you warm. Call Rita Briant and Prairie Flower Beads at 608-742-5900 for more information.

Dec. 15–23: Shop Till You Drop for unique gifts in Baraboo’s beautifully decorated downtown where most businesses are offering extended hours until 7 p.m. See the historic square dressed for the holiday season and encounter strolling carolers as you shop.

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Holiday Shopping Around Baraboo Dec. 5-7

Avoid crowded malls and parking lots—shop for unique gifts amid the beautiful, festive downtown Baraboo, Wis., during the first weekend of December 2014. The historic square’s restored Victorian storefronts are decorated for the Christmas season. Strolling carolers enliven the atmosphere and lighten your heart.

Ride a horse-drawn wagon around the square to select your next stop on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. It’s free.

Shop For The Grandkids And Nieflings at Just Imagine Toys. This locally owned toy store is known for its eclectic array of children’s games and toys. You’ll find uncommon options that are engaging, challenging and sure to create fun, and none are mass marketed. Plus you can’t leave without a smile on your face from succumbing to the infectiously happy spirits of the owners and their staff.

Art Galleries Offer One-of-a-kind Gifts

Cornerstone Gallery at the corner of Oak and Fourth Streets in Baraboo features art and designer craft primarily by Wisconsin artists. More than 50 artists are presented providing an array of mediums, tastes and prices for stocking-stuffers to magnificent gifts. Open Tuesday, Thursday–Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., and Wednesday 12:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

A.R.T. Gallery by the Sauk County Art Association at the Stage III Gallery in the Al. Ringling Theatre Complex, 136 Fourth Avenue, Baraboo, presents 22 member-artists’ work. Open Wednesday–Friday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

River Arts On Water Gallery in downtown Prairie du Sac offers art by more than 30 artists; most are local. Open Tuesday–Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Browse downtown Baraboo’s unique collection of locally owned shops here.

Wrap Up Shopping With Performances

Dec. 5–7:  Let All The Town Be Merry! Concert at the Village Booksmith, 7:30 p.m., historic downtown Baraboo. The Cheddar Chicks and friends perform, a six-person acappella group. Admission is free. An eclectic, used bookstore with used, new and rare books and more. Fellowship and refreshments. Call 608-355-1001 for more information or visit www.villagebooksmith.com.

Dec. 5–7:  Sorry, Wrong Chimney Dinner Theatre at the Farm Kitchen, S5718 Hwy 123, Baraboo, Friday and Saturday 6:30 p.m., Sunday 4:00 p.m. RAVE (Rogues And Vagabonds Entertainment) of Baraboo presents a husband who moonlights as a deparment store Santa so he can buy his wife a fur for Christmas, but tells her he’s working late at the office. She discoveres he isn’t at the office. The suspected woman, a notorious Santa burglar Kris Kreigle and his gun-toting fiancé, a confused policeman and hypnotism combine for a rollicking Christmas tale of mistaken identities and more. By Jack Sharkey and Leo W. Sears. Tickets $38.95 for dinner and show. Reserve tickets by calling 608-356-5246. More details at www.farmk.com

Sunday, Dec. 7:  Madison Brass Band at the Al. Ringling Theatre, Baraboo, 2:00 p.m. 30-piece ensemble plays old and new Christmas songs in dazzling brass-band arrangements. Admission is free but donations are welcome to benefit the Theatre. Details at www.alringling.com.

Sunday, Dec. 7:  Maggie Mae Christmas presentation at the Crystal Grand Music Theatre in Wisconsin Dells at 3:00 p.m. This favored country artist offers a down-home, old-fashioned show full of holiday cheer. She has packed the Al. Ringling Theatre in past years with this presentation. Tickets are available at crystalgrand.com.

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Black Friday Shopping In Baraboo

Freeze the Thanksgiving 2014 turkey leftovers and come shop for the holidays in Baraboo, Wis., sans crowds. The Inn at Wawanissee Point will be open for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, tweaking holiday decorations while you experience the finest gift shopping in one of the prettiest and festive, historic downtowns in southern Wisconsin. Afterward celebrate with us during our wine-and-cheese hour and enjoy an evening performance nearby.

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Nov. 28 Black Friday Shopping In Downtown Baraboo

From 8:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. more than 20 downtown merchants offer once-a-year sales to get you started.

Nov. 29 Shop Small Business Saturday

Downtown Baraboo is known for incubating start-up shops—Yarns At Fifth And Oak and Lillian Verrall Consignment and Gifts—so you’ll find new stores and enthusiastic merchants amid the historic downtown’s one-of-kind anchors like Just Imagine Toys, Cornerstone Gallery and Bekah Kates Kitchen, Kids & Home. Join millions across America to support small, locally owned businesses while you shop for unique holiday gifts in Baraboo.

  • Victorian storefronts beautifully decorated and merchants offering warm treats.
  • Saturdays: horse-drawn wagon rides around the square, Nov. 22 through Dec. 20, 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Free.
  • Strolling carolers serenade downtown shoppers.

Learn more about holiday shopping in downtown Baraboo in the article below and at www.downtownbaraboo.com.

Nov. 28–29: Hand crafted gifts at A Country Christmas Fourth Annual Arts & Fine Crafts Fair at the Clarion Hotel & Convention Center in west Baraboo. Friday 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Local artists and craftspeople with recycled and repurposed art, natural body care products, jewelry, paintings, photography, mixed media, pottery, wood crafts and more.

Fun After Shopping

Nov. 28–30: The Odd Couple (Female Version) Dinner Theatre at the Dorf Haus, 8931 Co. Rd. Y, Sauk City, times vary. RAVE (Rogues And Vagabonds Entertainment) of Baraboo presents this famous update of Neil Simon’s contemporary classic, beginning with a group of women playing Trivial Pursuit. A divorcee self-described slob offers her fuss-budget friend who’s recently separated from her husband a place to stay and their habits hilariously clash despite a visit by a pair of brothers from Barcelona. Tickets $39.00 for dinner, show and gratuity. Reserve tickets by calling 608-643-3980 or click here.

Nov. 29–30: Santa Express at the Mid-Continent Railway Museum, North Freedom, seven miles west of Baraboo, 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Ride restored 1900s train cars dressed for the holidays and heated by steam or coal-fired stoves. 55 minutes along the seven-mile former branch line of the Chicago & North Western Railroad. Special visit by St. Nick.

Nov. 29: Wollersheim Winery’s Vintage Christmas, Prairie du Sac, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Old-world Christmas charm envelopes you as you stroll a special holiday wine tour sprinkled with displays between the Sugarloaf and Vineyard rooms, taste Wollersheim’s wines paired with holiday recipes, shop for unique gifts and enjoy Christmas carolers performing throughout the day. Bring your camera for our staff to take your family photo at a picturesque indoor setting or outdoors by the vintage wagon. Visit www.wollersheim.com.

Nov. 30: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas By Chip Davis at the Crystal Grand Music Theatre, Wisconsin Dells, 3:00 p.m. Tickets at crystalgrand.com.

 

Unique Holiday Shopping, Entertainment In Baraboo This November

Baraboo, Wis., offers one of the most beautifully decorated historic downtown squares in southern Wisconsin for enjoyable holiday shopping. Its array of locally owned shops and galleries are sought for memorable gifts, a festive atmosphere and an escape from crowded malls.

By mid November the downtown merchants have decorated their restored Victorian storefronts for the Christmas season. They set out warm drinks and treats, offer promotions and coordinate strolling carolers who serenade through the downtown.

Find unique gifts from children’s toys and games, kitchen and home appointments, books, antiques, artwork, yarn and knitting supplies, gourmet coffees and teas, beer- and wine-making supplies, and more.

The holiday shopping season kicks off Nov. 22 with:

  • Downtown Baraboo’s Christmas Open House
  • Free, horse-drawn wagon rides under a warm blanket around the square to help you select your next stop. Saturdays, Nov. 22 through Dec. 20, 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
  • Christmas Light Parade around the square at 6:00 p.m. with glittering lighted floats, equestrian units, marching bands and novelty units. Hot beverages and snacks are sold. Afterward gather at the historic Al. Ringling Theatre where Santa will light the official Downtown Baraboo Christmas tree.

Learn more at www.downtownbaraboo.com.

Holiday Fun:

Thursday, Nov. 20:  Wollersheim Winery’s Ruby Nouveau Release Day, Prairie du Sac, 11:00 a.m. Join winemaker Philippe as he taps the Ruby Nouveau 2014 barrel and for a toast with Wisconsin cheese and wine. Ruby Nouveau is Wisconsin’s version of a Beaujolais Nouveau, traditionally released the third Thursday in November. Wollersheim’s is made from its estate-grown Foch grapes and Winemaker Philippe follows the traditional methods of whole berry fermentation. Visit www.wollersheim.com

Friday, Nov. 21:  Sauk Prairie Holiday Light Parade, Tree Lighting & Fireworks Extravaganza, Marion Park, Sauk City, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. The magical evening begins at the Sauk Prairie Middle School where the parade commences along Sycamore Street, Grand Avenue, First Street and concludes at Marion Park where the tree lighting event begins at 7:30 p.m. The park will be transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, local youth talent and fireworks. Refreshments for sale at Marion Park.

Friday, Nov. 21:  Corey Hart House Concert at the River Arts On Water Gallery, 590 Water St., Prairie du Sac, 7:00 p.m. A vocalist with incredible range and unique styling and cathartic intensity that entrances and draws you inside the music. He’s earned Madison Area Music Association’s best male vocalist and best Folk/American album awards, and recently the Overture Risings Stars accommodation. Compared to Jeff Buckley and Ray LaMontagne. No ticket sales, but donations at the door are recommended to benefit the River Arts Inc. programming. Visit www.riverartsinc.org.

Friday, Nov. 21:  John McCutcheon at the Al. Ringling Theatre as part of the Livey Arts Series, Baraboo, 8:00 p.m. One of America’s most respected and loved folk signers and a master of a dozen different, traditional instruments. Critics and singers around the glove praise his songwriting. Tickets $28.00 at www.alringling.com or call 608-356-8864.

Nov. 21–23:  The Odd Couple (Female Version) Dinner Theatre at the Dorf Haus, 8931 Co. Rd. Y, Sauk City, times vary. RAVE (Rogues And Vagabonds Entertainment) of Baraboo presents this famous update of Neil Simon’s contemporary classic, beginning with a group of women playing Trivial Pursuit. A divorcee self-described slob offers her fuss-budget friend who’s recently separated from her husband a place to stay and their habits hilariously clash despite a visit by a pair of brothers from Barcelona. Tickets $39.00 for dinner, show and gratuity. Reserve tickets by calling 608-643-3980 or click here.

Saturday, Nov. 22:  Harvest Tasting At Wollersheim Winery, Prairie du Sac, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. In lieu of the regular guided tour, enjoy a special self-guided tour and tasting of the new harvest wines with Wisconsin cheeses and fall foods, with festive displays. Admission is free. Get the new 2014 Ruby Nouveau, which pairs perfectly with Thanksgiving. More information and recipes at www.wollersheim.com.

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The Inn will be dressed for the holidays.

Early November Peak Bird Migration

Southerly bird migration in Wisconsin peaks the first two weeks of November. By then the fall colors blanket hiking trails, adding more beauty and new dimensions to outdoor treks through the Baraboo Bluffs. It’s a peaceful time to rejuvenate before the chaotic holiday season.

Great Birding Near The Inn

Favored birding spots around Baraboo, Wis., besides our 42 acres of woods and prairie, are:

Nov. 7 and 8: Annual Crane Congregations at the Aldo Leopold Center, 20 minutes from the Inn. View thousands of cranes gathering along the Wisconsin River adjacent the 16,000-acre Leopold-Pine Island Important Bird Area (IBA). Renowned ornithologist and University of Wisconsin-Madison professor emeritus of conservation Stan Temple narrates limited-access tours behind the Leopold Shack and Farm for prime viewing. Tickets are still available, $25.00 for members and $50.00 for nonmembers, here.

11 miles of Rustic Road 49, Levee Road, abuts the Leopold-Pine Island IBA and Leopold property. There is some public land accessible, but birding along the road is good. Around 40 species pass through during migration.

1,800-acre Riverland Consevancy-Merrimac Preserve with the Ice Age Trail transecting it and connecting it to Devil’s Lake State Park. Two miles south of the Inn, you’ll find prairie, woodland and wetland habitats for birding, and little human company.

Devil’s Lake State Park, five minutes west of the Inn, and the two state natural areas contained within, Devil’s Lake Oak Forest and South Bluff/Devil’s Nose. The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology considers the Park one of Wisconsin’s top 10 birding sites. Migrations can offer excellent waves of songbirds. Read about and see area photographer Derrick Mayoleth’s lucky observation of a great blue heron, osprey and bald eagle wrestling for dominance along the shore, at www.devilslakewisconsin.com.

Mud Lake Wildlife Area south of Rio, Wis., and east of Portage, Wis., 45 scenic minutes from the Inn, offers 2,283 protected acres of upland, woodland and wetland habitats, listed among the top 50 birding locations in the state by the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology. It provides excellent habitat for migrating birds and an array of wildlife, and off-trail hiking.

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Early November Events Around Baraboo

Oct. 31–Nov. 2: The Odd Couple (Female Version) Dinner Theatre at the Farm Kitchen, Baraboo, 6:30 p.m., but 4:00 p.m. Nov. 2. See full description in the article below. Tickets $38.95; reserve by calling 608-356-5246.

Nov. 1: Artist Gallery Reception at Con Amici, Baraboo’s wine bar, 125 Third St., 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Local artist Carol Cratochwill shows and discusses her whimsical work. Snacks will be served.

Nov. 1–2: Pumpkin Train at Riverside & Great Northern Railway, N115 County Road N, Wisconsin Dells, hourly rides beginning at 10:00 a.m., weather permitting. A 15-inch gauge railroad with three miles of track through canyons, rock formations and wooded areas beside the Wisconsin River, and a living museum of preserved historic engines (steam and diesel) and passenger cars built by the Sandley Light Railway Equipment Works from 1950–1980. Hand-operated turntable turns the locomotive twice during the ride. Exhibits and learning center, Museum Store and picnic area. More at www.dellstrain.com.

Nov. 3: Bavarian Smorgasbords at the Dorf Haus, 8931 Co. Rd. Y, Sauk City, 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Questions visit here or call 608-643-3980.

Nov. 6: Beaver Full Moon. Also watch the South Taurids meteor shower Nov. 4–5 from the Great Room or by the fire on the terrace. Though mostly masked by the full moon, this shower is well known for a high number of fireballs, exceptionally bright meteors.

Nov 6–9, 13–16: Scrooge: The Stingiest Man In Town at the Al. Ringling Theatre, downtown Baraboo, 7:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m. on Sundays. Presented by the Baraboo Theatre Guild. Tickets $16.00 at www.alringling.com or call 608-356-8864.

Nov 7: Dylan Thomas at the Village Booksmith, downtown Baraboo, 7:30 p.m. Celebrate the 100th birthday of the iconic Welsh poet with a special presentation and poems. Admission is free. An eclectic, used bookstore with used, new and rare books and more. Fellowship and refreshments. Call 608-355-1001 for more information or visit www.villagebooksmith.com.

Nov 8: Parfrey’s Glen Trail Trek, Merrimac, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Meet at the Parfrey’s Glen parking lot, two minutes south of the Inn, for a guided nature hike. Wear shoes that can get wet for stream crossings. Call 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.

Nov. 15: West Bluff Trail Trek at Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Meet at the north shore’s nature center, five minutes south of the Inn, for a guided nature hike. Visit what was to be the Palisades Park, the Catskills of the Midwest, and learn why it didn’t become a resort. See the remaining signs of the cottages and 85-foot viewing tower. This can be a challenging, steep hike in places. Call 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.

Nov. 15: Rick Wilcox Magic Show Featuring Animated Illusionist Ardan James at the River Arts Center in the Sauk Prairie High School, 105 Ninth St., Prairie du Sac, 7:00 p.m. Illusionists Rick and Susan Wilcox have entertained year-round since 1999 in their large Wisconsin Dells theatre with magic, comedy and exceptionally grand illusions. The spontaneous James, a ventriloquist, pantomime and illusionist, joins them for a special performance that may include audience participation and is assured to leave you engaged and entertained. Tickets $25.00 at www.riverartsinc.org.

Art Discovery Day, Candlelight Hike, Dinner Theatre Oct. 25-26

As fall bird migration nears its early November peak, the weekend of Oct. 24–26, 2014 offers many cultural activities to complement your birding getaway in the Baraboo Bluffs.

Saturday, Oct. 25, the Aldo Leopold Foundation holds its Annual Art Discovery Day at the Aldo Leopold Center, nine miles northeast of Baraboo on Levee Road, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Admission is free.

Annually the Center invites different artists from the Midwest to conclude the Center’s season by highlighting people’s connection to the natural world, which is the foundation of their inspiration and artwork. Aldo Leopold feared the spiritual danger of people becoming disconnected from the land that sustains us with food, fiber, heat and beauty. Art by its nature, from its techniques and materials, creates a deeper understanding of and respect for the land, strengthening our connection to it. Fall’s glory and the harvest is an ideal to explore this realm.

Enjoy presentations, demonstrations and interactions with artists that will inspire you to think about your relationship with the land. Art will be for sale, so start your holiday shopping. Also browse the Center, tour Leopold’s shack and hike the interpretive trails. Learn more at www.aldoleopold.org.

If tickets are still available, join the Oct. 25 annual crane congregation visit with internationally renown ornithologist Stan Temple at 4:30 p.m. to see thousands of sandhill cranes staging on the Wisconsin River sand bars by the Center before their southern flight. Tickets $25.00 members, $50.00 nonmembers available here. Read more in the article below.

More Enriching Fun Around Wawanissee Point

Oct. 1–26: Soul Of The River Exhibit at the H. H. Bennett Studio, Wisconsin Dells. A collection of stunning contemporary photographs by Wisconsin Dells photographer Joseph Leute who has spent 10 years creating a Wisconsin River series in large format. Tour inventive photojournalist H. H. Bennett’s second studio and see his original work, equipment and inventions. It is believed to be the oldest operating photography studio in the United States. One of the Wisconsin State Historical Society’s 10 sites. The Studio closes for the season Oct. 26 at 4:00 p.m. Learn more here.

Oct. 24: Wilder Deitz Trio at the Village Booksmith, 7:30 p.m., historic downtown Baraboo. An exciting, young trio returns to Baraboo for an evenng of jazz standards and inventive orginials.Admission is free.An eclectic, used bookstore with used, new and rare books and more. Fellowship and refreshments. Call 608-355-1001 for more information or visit www.villagebooksmith.com.

Oct. 24–26: The Odd Couple (Female Version) Dinner Theatre at the Farm Kitchen, Baraboo, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24 and 25, 4:00 p.m. Oct. 26. RAVE (Rogues And Vagabonds Entertainment) of Baraboo presents this famous update of Neil Simon’s contemporary classic, beginning with a group of women playing Trivial Pursuit. A divorcee self-described slob offers her fuss-budget friend who’s recently separated from her husband a place to stay and their habits hilariously clash despite a visit by a pair of brothers from Barcelona. Tickets $38.95 for dinner, show and gratuity. Reserve tickets by calling 608-356-5246. Repeats Oct. 31–Nov. 2.

Oct. 25: Annual Halloween Candlelight Hike at Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, 6:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Meet at the north shore’s Rock Elm Shelter, five minutes west of the Inn, for a one-mile torch-lit hike, then show us your costume by the campfire while roasting marshmallows, listen to songs by Campfire Kevin and more. Tasty treats will be for sale. Hosted by the Friends of Devil’s Lake State Park. Meet at the north shore’s Rock Elm Shelter. Call 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.

Oct. 26: Good Neighbor Day at the International Crane Foundation and Aldo Leopold Foundation, Baraboo, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Bring a nonperishable food item for the Baraboo Food Pantry and receive free admission. At ICF enjoy a guided tour, hike the nature trails, browse the gift shop and more. At ALF enjoy a guided public Shack tour at 1:00 p.m., and browse the Leopold Center and hike the interpretive trails.

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