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First Fall Weekend In Baraboo Bluffs Sept. 25

The first day of autumn 2015 arrives Wednesday, Sept. 23. Celebrate by kicking off a long weekend getaway to see the Baraboo Hills beginning to glow. While many fall weekends at the Inn at Wawanissee Point are booked as of Aug. 23, the first weekend of fall, Sept. 25–27, has vacancies.

The Sept. 28 Harvest Full Moon suggests evening frolics for the first autumn weekend like a hike through the prairie or around Devil’s Lake on Tumbled Rock Trail, and stargazing with s’mores by our secluded terrace fire. If you’re feeling adventurous try the Fox And The Grapes Treinen Farm Corn Maze in Lodi, Wis., by moonlight, then watch the Wisconsin River shimmer as you cross in the Merrimac Ferry on your ride back to the Inn. On Saturdays the last admission is 9:00 p.m. Learn more at treinenfarm.com.

Fall whets all our senses. The foliage turning a palette of gold, crimsons and rusts against the azure sky; crisp fresh apples and sweet cider brimming at farmers’ markets and Ski Hi Fruit Farm down the road; birds abound sweeping southward; the sun warming your cheeks and rising the smell of soil and crispy beneath your feet, mingling with the cooler breezes. Mmm…come escape and invigorate.  Misty fall Sept 28 2014 breakfast 70 degrees copy

Consider Last Seasonal Visits To…

Flyways Waterfowl Museum, adjacent Devil’s Lake State Park’s north shore entrance. Fall hours until Oct. 31: Thursday–Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Closed Monday–Wednesday. 2015 New Exhibit: Ducks Of The Gulf Coastal Prairie. Learn more about at www.duckmusuem.com.

International Crane Foundation, Baraboo, open daily 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. through Oct. 31 Guided tours of the world’s 15 species of cranes that reside there weekends only 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Hike the Foundation’s restored prairie, wetland and oak savanna ecosystems. Visit www.savingcranes.org for more information.

Aldo Leopold Foundation And Center, nine miles northeast of Baraboo. Open six days a week through Oct. 31 to tour the Leopold Shack, hike interpretive nature trails and explore exhibits. Open weekdays only November–April. Great birding on the trails and along Rustic Road 49, which borders the Leopold-Pine Island Important Bird Area, 16,000 acres along the Wisconsin River, across the road from the Leopold Center, where 117 breeding species and at least 40 migrating bird species have been surveyed. Learn more at www.aldoleopold.org.

Mid-Continent Railway Museum, North Freedom, open weekends until Oct. 18 and then only for special events. 50-minute ride through the Baraboo Bluffs departing at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Browse indoor and outdoor restored, vintage railway equipment displays. Learn more at www.midcontinent.org.

H.H. Bennett Studio, downtown Wisconsin Dells, open daily 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. until Oct. 25. Tour this inventive photojournalist’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. Celebrating 150 Years of the H.H. Bennett Studio exhibit of photography and tourism in Wisconsin Dells. Learn more here.

Riverside & Great Northern Railway, Wisconsin Dells, open Saturdays and Sundays at 9:30 a.m. with seven rides on the hour 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. Details at dellstrain.com.

Historic Indian Agency House, Portage, open until October 15, Monday–Saturday 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., with guided tours of this Federal-style house built in 1832 by the U.S. government, one of the oldest in the state and is outfitted with period furnishings. Between the Fox and Wisconsin Rivers, at the end of Rustic Road 69, along the historic Portage Canal bordered on one side by wetland habitat. Across the road is a trailhead to the Ice Age Trail’s Portage segment, a 0.75-mile path of flat, easy hiking and bird watching in the woods and along the canal. Picnic tables on the grounds. Learn more at www.agencyhouse.org.

Fort Winnebago Surgeons Quarters Historic Site, Portage, open Wednesday–Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. until Oct. 15, 2015. One of the oldest French colonial log structures in Wisconsin, built in 1824, operated first as one of three U.S. Amry forts along the Fox-Wisconsin waterway, then became the U.S. Army surgeons’ quarters. The last remaining military installation building in the state. Winnebago is the name Sauk and Fox American Indian tribes gave to their neighboring tribe, the Ho-Chunk. Details at www.fortwinnebagosurgeonsquarters.org.

Fall Color Report

Monitor the fall-color change throughout Wisconsin by viewing this map at travelwisconsin.com.

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Events First Fall Weekend

Sept. 23–Nov. 1: Lombardi–The Play Dinner Theatre, The Palace Theatre, Wisconsin Dells, Wis. Dinner is served 90 minutes before the show at 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The inspiring story of American icon Vince Lombardi’s desire to be a champion no matter the cost, creating one of the greatest teams in NFL history. Written by Academy Award winner Eric Simonson. Learn more at www.dellspalace.com.

Sept. 25–Nov. 15: Treinen Farm Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch Fall Festival Season, W12420 State Hwy 60, Lodi, Friday 3:00 p.m.–10:30 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m.–10:30 p.m. with last maze admissions at 9:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m.–6:30 p.m., last maze admission 5:00 p.m. A 15-acre corn maze voted sixth-best in the nation on a 200-acre family farm where they grow memories. Horse-drawn wagon rides to its scenic pumpkin patch in October. Work the maze by flashlight and moonlight for an unforgettable evening experience. Details at treinenfarm.com.

Sept. 26: The Art Of Nature at the Aldo Leopold Center, nine miles northeast of Baraboo at E13701 Levee Rd. (Rustic Road 49), 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. An active, reflective, intense and engaging day of presentations by local artists and naturalists, hikes and creative exercises presented by the Aldo Leopold Foundation and the New Tree School. The art of seeing nature is a creative discipline. Nature, like art, is an outward reality and an inward process. Freeing the naturalist inside each of us is an act of creativity. Artistic expression expands, sharpens and deepens our perception of nature. Registration is limited and costs $85.00 for nonmembers, $75.00 for members. Learn more at www.aldoleopold.org.

Sept. 26: Guided Hike CCC/Balanced Rock Trail at Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Meet at the bird effigy mound adjacent the south shore parking lot, seven minutes southwest of the Inn. This is a challenging, steep hike straight up the south face of the east bluff with rewarding views at the top. Call 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.

Sept. 28: Harvest Full Moon, and Total Lunar Eclipse when the moon passes completely through earth’s dark shadow, or umbra. The moon gradually gets darker and then takes on a rusty or blood red color during this type of eclipse. The moon turns full at 10:51 p.m. EDT and just 51 minutes earlier it will arrive at its closest point to earth in 2015. In Wisconsin watch between 8:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. Learn more at NASA’s Eclipse Web site here.

Warbler Migration Peaks Early September

Wisconsin’s colorful and melodious summer bird visitors will start migrating to their winter habitat in Central and South America during the last week of August and the first two weeks of September. Warblers, vireos, thrushes and hummingbirds are the neotropical migrants on the move, often at night, in early September. Baltimore orioles leave ahead of them.

Warbler Habitat Surrounds The Inn

Cerulean Warbler cropped  Wisconsin hosts more than 30 of the 56 warbler species that breed in North America, according to the Wisconsin department of natural resources. Some like to nest in the Inn’s 42 acres of woods and prairie and the adjacent Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area, where the moist, narrow sandstone gorge in the Baraboo Hill’s south end often hosts two state-threatened songbirds, the cerulean warbler and Acadian flycatcher.

“Warblers are mostly insect-eaters, so they’ll be attracted to native plants that produce insects,” explains Ryan Brady, a Wisconsin department of natural resources research scientist who also coordinates monitoring for the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative. He says most warblers nest and forage in woodland habitats, and you can also see them near water, and shrubby or forested pond edges, especially on cooler days.

About 40 minutes west of the Inn is the Honey Creek State Natural Area (SNA) where more than 180 bird species have been recorded including more than 80 nesting species and 31 warblers. These 695 wooded acres with a Class II trout stream and rock escarpments were originally protected in 1971 as a bird sanctuary. There are two more SNAs nearby plus Natural Bridge State Park. Pick up a handout and maps at the Inn before departing.

Learn more about Wisconsin’s warblers here.

Where To Look During Fall Migration

Migration is a good time to see many species especially those passing through that nested farther north. The Baraboo Hills Important Bird Area (IBA), one of 88 in Wisconsin with habitat essential for bird populations, is a key stopover area during migration in addition to hosting more than 135 breeding bird species.

The best places to find fall migrants generally are shrubby, wooded edges with morning sun, which often offer the showy songbirds a mix of fruit and bugs, explains Wisconsin department of natural resources biologist Andy Paulios.

You’ll find this ecotone steps from your guestroom where the Inn’s prairie meets the woods. Look for native woody species with fruit like black cherry trees, viburnum and dogwoods.

Migraters like the petite warblers also seek water for drinking, bathing and an insect hatch, says Brady. The cold, spring-fed streams through the Inn’s woods and at the bottom of Parfrey’s Glen attract birds.

More Birding Spots Near The Inn:

Stop at Ski Hi Fruit Farm adjacent the west side of Devil’s Lake State Park for crisp, early apples, pie, cider and other sweet treats. It opens for the season Aug. 26, 2015.

Book an early birding getaway at the Inn at Wawanissee Point Sept. 8–13.

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Early September Events

Sept. 5–early November: Treinen Farm Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch Preview Season, Lodi, Saturday 10:00 a.m.–10:30 p.m., last maze admission 9:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m.–6:30 p.m., last maze admission 5:00 p.m. A 15-acre corn maze voted sixth-best in the nation on a 200-acre family farm where they grow memories. This year’s maze is Fox And The Grapes. Horse-drawn wagon rides to its scenic pumpkin patch in October. Open additional days Sept. 5 to early November, and extended hours in October, check the Web site for details. Work the maze by flashlight and moonlight for an unforgettable evening experience. Details at treinenfarm.com.

Sept. 8–Oct. 31: Flyways Waterfowl Museum fall season, Baraboo, adjacent Devil’s Lake State Park’s north shore entrance. Fall hours: Thursday–Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Closed Monday–Wednesday. 2015 New Exhibit: Ducks Of The Gulf Coastal Prairie: rice fields, prairie wetlands and coastal marshes along Texas’ gulf coast are a winter home to more than 37 species of ducks, geese and swans, plus hundreds of songbirds and shorebirds. See and learn more about these species. Learn more about the new museum at www.duckmuseum.com.

Sept. 10–13: 2015 Whooping Crane Festival: Celebrating The Return Of An Endangered Species by the International Crane Foundation, Green Lake, Ripon and Princeton, Wis., 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Sept. 11, 12 and 13 at 7:00 a.m. are public flyover watches of the 2015 class’ training session with their pilots. Sept. 11 at 10:00 a.m. brunch and bus tour of Horicon National Wildlife Refuge and at 5:00 p.m. is the kickoff dinner and presentation by featured speaker Stan Tekiela. Sept. 12 daylong festival at the Princeton School with displays, seminars and a marketplace. Sept. 12 guided bird walk at White River Marsh, 45-minute Voyageur Canoe Paddles of the Fox River at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., and at 11:00 a.m. bird Horicon Marsh by a narrated boat ride. Admission is free. Some events require registration. More details here.

Sept. 11: Curt Meine And Don Greenwood Folk-Blues Concert at the River Arts On Water Gallery, Prairie du Sac, 7:00 p.m. Delightful, funny, inspirational and rich is this duo of a conservation biologist, historian, writer and musician with a mail carrier and song writer with 50 years experience in rural blues and folk traditions who use to play set breaks for John Prine. No advance ticket sales for these casual, intimate house concerts, but donations are appreciated to benefit River Arts Inc. programming. Learn more at www.riverartsinc.org.

Sept. 12: Wedding At The Portage Historic Re-enactment at the Historic Indian Agency House, Portage, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. A talented group of historic re-enactors feature 1830s frontier-style nuptials. Re-enactments begin at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., when visitors tour the House while the wedding party decorates the parlor and wedding cake, and dresses the bride and groom. Then the wedding festivities begin at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. with a Run for the Jug followed by the ceremony and period dancing. Admission is $7.50 and includes a guided tour, cake and punch, but is free for active duty military and their families and veterans. A Federal-style house built in 1832 by the U.S. government, one of the oldest in the state and outfitted with period furnishings. Guided tours for a nominal fee during regular hours. Between the Fox and Wisconsin Rivers, at the end of Rustic Road 69, 0.75 paved miles along the historic Portage Canal bordered on one side by wetland habitat. Across the road is a trailhead to the Ice Age Trail’s Portage segment, a 0.75-mile path of flat, easy hiking and bird watching in the woods and along the canal. Learn more at www.agencyhouse.org.

Sept. 12: Aldo Leopold Foundation Brown Bag Lunch: Adapting To Extreme Rainfall: Using The 2008 Baraboo River Flood To Prepare For Climate Change, nine miles northeast of Baraboo at E13701 Levee Rd. (Rustic Road 49), 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. Learn how extreme rainfall may be more common, and how communities can use what we learned from the 2008 storm to reduce risk from future floods from David Liebl, U.W.-Madison department of engineering professional development faculty associate, U.W.-Cooperative Extension statewide stormwater management specialist and Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts co-director. Admission is free. Stay afterward to tour the Shack, hike the interpretive nature trails and explore exhibits in the Leopold Center. Learn more at www.aldoleopold.org.

Sept. 12: Monarch Tagging at Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Meet at the Steinke Basin parking lot on County Road DL, five minutes south of the Inn. Monarch butterflies are starting to migrate west for winter, an ideal time to catch and tag them. The results will be recorded with MonarchWatch.org. We provide nets and tags. Call 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.

Sept. 13: Seth Peterson Cottage Tour at Mirror Lake State Park, between Baraboo and Lake Delton, 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Enjoy a 20-minute guided tour and learn the history of this Frank Lloyd Wright-designed cottage in the woods on a cliff overlooking the Lake. Tickets $4.00 support upkeep and park support. The Cottage is at E9982 Fern Dell Road, west of the Park office, marked by a red gate. Learn more at sethpeterson.org. Call 608-254-2333 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.

Summer Finale Weekend Aug. 28-30, 2015

Many special summer events around the Inn at Wawanissee Point in Baraboo, Wis., will occur for the last time the weekend of August 28–30, 2015. While we have Labor Day weekend in early September and a couple weeks of summery warmth afterward to look forward to, plan a last-chance summer weekend getaway now to enjoy:

  • a guided kayak paddle of Devil’s Lake
  • Circus World Museum’s Summer Big Top Performance
  • A weekday train ride at Mid-Continent Railway Museum
  • Wednesday night Concerts At The Portage in Portage, Wis.
  • Thursday night Baraboo’s Concerts On The Square
  • Friday Night Fish Fry at Devil’s Lake State Park
  • Witwen Concert At The Campground
  • Music In The Park at Devil’s Lake Sate Park

The final summer Big Top performances At Circus World Museum are Aug. 28–30, your last chance to see aerialists, electrifying hula hoop artistry, jaw-dropping contortionists, clever canines, liberty camels, and circus animals and clowns in the Big Top Show under the 85-foot European-style tent at 11:15 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily. There are also guided tours of the world’s largest circus wagon collection and demonstrations. Enjoy tasty sandwiches and soft drinks at the Cookhouse Grill, along with cotton candy, ice cream and other circus treats. The Museum is open daily 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. through Aug. 30. The Fall Performance Season with daily operations runs Sept. 1–Oct. 30, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. See the daily schedules at www.circusworldbaraboo.org.

Experience a guided kayak tour at Devil’s Lake State Park Aug. 25, 26, 27 & 29. A guided paddle of Devil’s Lake explores for birds, fish, mammals, geology and history. The tour begins at the park’s north shore boat launch, five minutes west of the Inn, with a brief introduction to kayak paddling. Space is limited and registration is encouraged. Kayak rental is $25 single, $45 double. Register by calling the Nature Center at 608-356-8301 ext. 140. E-mail [email protected] with questions.

  • Aug. 25: 7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m., paddle the building light of the Aug. 29 full moon and glow sticks illuminating your craft to explore the lake. Bring your kayak, canoe or boat for this tour.
  • Aug. 26, 27 & 29: 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Reserve a rental craft or bring yours for these tours.

Nestle in beside fire in our secluded prairie terrace with your sweetie for a weekend of stargazing. Saturday, Aug. 29 is the Sturgeon Full Moon. The American Indian tribes called this the Full Sturgeon Moon because the large sturgeon fish of the Great Lakes and other major lakes were more easily caught at this time of year. This moon has also been known as the Green Corn Moon and the Grain Moon. Watch the fireflies dance and sparkle across the prairie.

  • Order a s’mores kit!

Savor a quiet escape atop the Baraboo Bluffs:

  • Read and snooze in the sun in the hammock
  • Birdwatch along our three miles of cool, wooded trails. Warbler migration will just be beginning.
  • Watch the humming birds stock up before they head south
  • See butterflies feeding on the late-summer prairie flowers glowing brilliantly

The Inn at Wawanissee Point is the only bed and breakfast adjacent Devil’s Lake State Park.

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End Of August Events

  • Aug. 25: Night Paddle at Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, 7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Details are above.
  • Aug. 26: Concerts At The Portage, Portage VFW Hall, 215 West Collins St., behind Walgreens Portage, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Bring chairs or blankets, and a picnic supper if you wish. Desserts for sale by local nonprofit groups. Performing tonight: Tony Rocker.
  • Aug. 26: Aldo Leopold Memorial Reserve Guided Hike at the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center, nine miles northeast of Baraboo at E13701 Levee Rd. (Rustic Road 49), 6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Five like-minded neighboring landowners created the Reserve in 1967, which allowed Leopold to implement his pioneering ecological restoration experiments. Leopold once wrote, “Conservation is a slow and laborious process unfolding of a new relationship between people and land.” Hike this property with the Center’s stewardship staff to learn about its history, land, plants and wildlife, including critical bird habitat. Admission is free. Learn more at www.aldoleopold.org.
  • Aug. 27: Baraboo’s Concerts On The Square, Courthouse lawn in downtown Baraboo, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Performing tonight: Gardenia Big Band from Rockford, Ill.
  • Aug. 28: Friday Night Fish Fry at Devil’s Lake State Park, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m., at the north shore Chateau by Baraboo’s Elite Catering. $11.50 per person for two pieces of fish, one piece of chicken, and a choice of side dishes. Dine inside or outside.
  • Aug. 28: Last weekday ride at Mid-Continent Railway Museum, North Freedom. Weekend rides only Aug. 29–Oct. 18. Enjoy a 50-minute ride through the Baraboo Bluffs and browse indoor and outdoor restored, vintage railway equipment displays. Train rides commence at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily regardless of weather. Museum grounds open 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Learn more at www.midcontinent.org.
  • Aug. 29: Tanya Tucker and Jack Ingram at Ho-Chunk Gaming, between Baraboo and Wisconsin Dells, S3214 County Rd. BD, Baraboo, upper ballroom, 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Tickets $40.00 general admission in advance purchased here or $50.00 at the door, VIP tickets $20.00 more. Each ticket includes $15.00 of free play. Learn more at www.ho-chunkgaming.com/wisconsindells or call 1-800-746-2486.
  • Aug. 29: Witwen Concert At The Campground, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., County Road E, Witwen. Performing tonight: The Larry Busch Big Band returns for its 13th season. Its music centers around swing and ballroom-dance styles with a few other styles added. Learn more about the band at www.buschband.com. Grounds open at 4:00 p.m., food for sale at 4:30 p.m. and you are welcome to bring a picnic supper. Bring lawn chairs. If raining the concert is held in the tabernacle on the grounds. More details at www.witwenpc.com. A pretty, 25-minute drive from the Inn.
  • Aug. 29: Universe In The Park, Devil’s Lake Sate Park, Baraboo, 9:00 p.m.–10:45 p.m. Meet at the north shore’s Rock Elm Shelter, five minutes west of the Inn. Explore the night sky with University of Wisconsin-Madison astronomers. Rain location is the Nature Center. Call 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.
  • Aug. 30: Music In The Park at Devil’s Lake Sate Park, Baraboo, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. A free concert along the north shore sponsored by the Friends of Devil’s Lake State Park. If it rains the concert will be in the Chateau. Performing: Holy Sheboygan, an eclectic and youthful group that describes itself as garage folk.

Summerset Festival of the Arts Aug. 22 On The Square

The University of Wisconsin Baraboo-Sauk County’s annual Summerset Festival of the Arts moves to the historic courthouse lawn in downtown Baraboo this year on Aug. 22, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. This daylong interdisciplinary arts celebration of interactive, expressive and creative art experiences lets artists and visitors immerse and engage, now outdoors and in the historic Al. Ringling Mansion adjacent the square at 623 Broadway St.

Admission is free to outdoor arts performances and workshops from 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Enjoy live music and performances, visual art, theatre, dance, film, literature, creative writing and refreshments.

Summerset Festival of the Arts moves to the historic square in downtown Baraboo this year for a day of celebrating interactive and interdisciplinary arts outdoors and in the Al. Ringling Mansion. Live performances, creative workshops, games, surprises, food and fun, morning through evening.

At 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. festivities move to the Mansion for the Summerset Surrealist Soiree Fund-raiser, a treat for your senses:

  • 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.: artist reception by Jen Quilty: Why Are You Afraid Of The Dark?
  • 6:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.: one-of-a-kind delectable edibles, variety entertainment, creative games of chance, manifesto declarations, surrealist silent films, elbow rubbing, surrealist surprises, surrealist photo booth and cash bar featuring surrealist specialty drinks.
  • 9:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.: concert by Madison’s Modern Mod, winner of the 2015 MAMA Awards’ Best Alternative Album and Song.

Soiree tickets are $30.00 and available at Con Amici Wine Bar, 126 Third St., and The Village Booksmith, 526 Oak St., Baraboo, or online here.

Learn more about the Festival here and at www.baraboo.uwc.edu.

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Other Area Events

Aug. 19, 20 & 22: Kayak Tour at Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. A guided paddle of Devil’s Lake to explore for birds, fish, mammals, geology and history. Tour begins at the park’s north shore boat launch, five minutes west of the Inn. Space is limited and prior registration is encouraged. Kayak rental $25 single, $45 double. To register and reserve a kayak call the Nature Center at 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.

Aug. 19: Concerts At The Portage, Portage VFW Hall, 215 West Collins St., behind Walgreens Portage, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., Wednesday nights. Bring chairs or blankets, and a picnic supper if you wish. Desserts for sale by local nonprofit groups. Performing tonight: Mouthful of Minnows For more information visit www.portagewi.com.

Aug. 20: Baraboo’s Concerts On The Square, Courthouse lawn in downtown Baraboo, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., Thursday nights through Aug. 27, 2015. Performing tonight: Brent Johnson, New Orleans blues-rock guitarist.

Aug. 21: Friday Night Fish Fry at Devil’s Lake State Park, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m., at the north shore Chateau by Baraboo’s Elite Catering. $11.50 per person for two pieces of fish, one piece of chicken, and a choice of side dishes. Dine inside or outside.

Aug. 21: Explore The Night Sky, Devil’s Lake Sate Park, Baraboo, 8:00 p.m.–10:30 p.m. Meet near the north shore boat launch parking lot, behind Rock Elm Shelter, five minutes west of the Inn. Join the Madison Astronomy Society to learn about the night sky. Telescopes will be available to view the moon and winter constellations. Catch glimpses of the last of the Perseid Meteor Shower, one of the best meteor showers to observe, and the Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower. Informal program, come anytime. Call 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.

Aug. 21: Movies On The Square: Happy Feet, courthouse lawn in downtown Baraboo. Preshow entertainment begins at 8:00 p.m., movie plays at dusk. Bring a blanket for front-row seating or lawn chairs. Admission is free.

Aug. 21–22: Taste Of Portage Market Fair, downtown Portage along Hwy 33 and in the Market Square parking lot at the corner of Hwy 33 and Adams St. 24th year of this downtown event with food, live music, art and craft show, sidewalk sales, and classic car and truck show. Friday 5:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Questions: call the Portage Area Chamber of Commerce at 608-742-6242. Find details at www.portagewi.com.

Aug. 21–23: 52nd Annual Badger Steam & Gas Engine Show, Baraboo. This year’s features are Ferguson Enthusiasts of North America (FENA) and the National Graham Bradley Show & Sears Related Equipment. See antique engines and tractors in action. Flea market, crafts, antiques and food, including homemade ice cream and pie. Learn more at www.badgersteamandgas.com.

Aug. 22: Big Band Dance In The Park at Devil’s Lake Sate Park’s north shore Chateau, Baraboo, 7:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m. Dance to the big-band sounds of The Hal Edwards Orchestra in Wisconsin’s most romantic dance pavilion. Tickets: $10.00.

Aug. 23: Movie Under The Stars At The Glen at Durward’s Glen Retreat & Educational Center, at dusk, five minutes east of the Inn. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Snacks for sale. Admission is free, donations benefit the friends group that recently purchased and saved the Glen from development, to preserve its natural beauty and spiritual heritage. For more information visit www.durwardsglen.org.

Aug. 25: Night Paddle at Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, 7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. By the building light of the Aug. 29 full moon and glow sticks illuminating our crafts, we’ll explore the lake. Paddle begins at the park’s north shore boat launch, five minutes west of the Inn. Register by calling the Nature Center at 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions, to ensure there are enough glow sticks available. Bring your kayak, canoe or boat.

Wollersheim Winery Opens Its Distillery Aug. 14-15, 2015

Wisconsin’s award-winning winemaker Philippe Coquard, owner of Wollersheim Winery in Prairie du Sac, Wis., has returned one of America’s oldest wineries to its roots by constructing a new spirits distillery. Join the Wollersheim- Coquard family to celebrate its dream realized at Wollersheim Winery’s Distillery Grand Opening Aug. 14–15, 2015, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Enjoy a self-guided tour through the still house to see the winery’s original Portuguese copper-pot still, which it continues to use to distill the wine for brandy, beside the new, larger still, and tank and fermentation rooms. Taste newly released distilled spirits: Coquards And Their Brandy

  • the third batch of Coquard Brandy
  • Wisconsin Apple Brandy
  • Apple Eau de Vie brandy
  • Garden Gate Gin
  • Dancehall Absinthe Blanche

Cody Wood of Wood BBQ in Sauk City will offer his 2015 Madison Magazine BBQ Festival’s People’s Choice award-winning barbeque. Wrenclaw and Derek Pritzl play a blend of Wisconsin country soul stew from 12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. on Saturday. Spirits will be available for purchase. Wisconsin law doesn’t allow Wollersheim to ship its spirits, so you must purchase them at the winery.

The winery will also be open for regular tours and flight tastings. You may also see the newly renovated historic wine cave, originally constructed in 1847 by the winery’s founder, Hungarian nobleman Agoston Haraszthy. Admission is free. Learn more at www.wollersheim.com.

Read about the distillery’s construction process at this National Historic Site here.Wollersheim DistilleryUpdate

Wine And Spirits Tangled History

During the 1800s wineries used brandy to fortify wine for transport. Wollersheim Winery made wine and brandy since 1876, shipping its wine as far as Maine. The winery stopped making wine and brandy in 1919 due to the Prohibition. After the Prohibition’s repeal in 1933, Wisconsin allowed wineries to resume making wine only.

After a long-sought change to a Wisconsin law in 2009 allowing wineries to again have licenses for wine and distilled spirits, Wollersheim Winery began distilling brandy for the first time in nearly 100 years. It released its first vintage of 100-percent Wisconsin Coquard Brandy in 2013, rapidly selling out the six barrels.

Terroir Key To Wollersheim Spirits

This French-raised winemaker who embraces new technologies to enhance the winemaking process but still personally tastes all vintages to not rely entirely on machines, is applying the same attention to detail and authenticity to his spirits.

He required his coopers to use only Wisconsin-grown oak to make Wollersheim’s brandy barrels though American oak typically isn’t ideal for brandy making. To augment the terroir achieved from using locally grown grapes, Coquard wanted a local wood to impart its flavor in the spirits. He worked with the coopers to devise a new method for curing the Wisconsin oak to create a barrel that yields unique, appealing flavor nuances as it ages the brandy for two years, imparting an amber color.

Wollersheim produces a white-grape wine from LaCrosse and St. Pepin grapes grown in Wisconsin to make its Coquard Brandy. Its brandy has a delicate and floral aroma from the local grapes.

Besides brandy, gin and absinthe, Coquard intends to distill whiskey and bourbon, and ferment an apple sparkling cider.

Eagle Viewing From The Vineyard

Wollersheim Winery is on highway 188 across the Wisconsin River from Prairie du Sac. In the winter the winery is a designated eagle-viewing area, but now that more eagles are nesting in the area, you may glimpse them feeding year-round.

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

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More Mid August Fun

Aug. 12: Concerts At The Portage, Portage VFW Hall, 215 West Collins St., behind Walgreens Portage, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., Wednesday nights. Bring chairs or blankets, and a picnic supper if you wish. Desserts for sale by local nonprofit groups. Performing tonight: Eric Diamond. For more information visit www.portagewi.com.

Aug. 12 & 13: Kayak Tour at Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. A guided paddle of Devil’s Lake to explore for birds, fish, mammals, geology and history. Tour begins at the park’s north shore boat launch, five minutes west of the Inn. Space is limited and prior registration is encouraged. Kayak rental $25 single, $45 double. To register and reserve a kayak call the Nature Center at 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions. Repeats Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m.

Aug. 12 & 13: Perseid Meteor Shower peaks. Come stargazing on the prairie terrace at Wawanissee Point. The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak, even 90. The thin crescent moon rising just before daybreak will be no match for the bright Perseids this year; be prepared for a great show. Best viewing from a dark location after midnight. Order a s’mores kit to indulge by the campfire.

Aug. 13: Baraboo’s Concerts On The Square, Courthouse lawn in downtown Baraboo, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., Thursday nights through Aug. 27, 2015. Performing tonight: Madisalsa, a Latin-jazz band. Learn more here.

Aug. 14: Friday Night Fish Fry at Devil’s Lake State Park, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m., at the north shore Chateau by Baraboo’s Elite Catering. $11.50 per person for two pieces of fish, one piece of chicken, and a choice of side dishes. Dine inside or outside.

Aug. 14: Movies On The Square, courthouse lawn in downtown Baraboo. Preshow entertainment begins at 8:00 p.m., movie plays at dusk. Bring a blanket for front-row seating or lawn chairs. Admission is free. More details at www.downtownbaraboo.com.

Aug. 15: 9th Annual Gandy Dancer Festival, on the Westland promenade in Mazomanie, Wis., 11:00 a.m. (A short drive from Wollersheim Winery.) A daylong music festival of bluegrass and folk music with Gandy Dancer, juggling and stilt walking demonstrations, mini train rides, horse-drawn carriage rides, food and farmers’ market. Admission is free. See a schedule of events here and learn more here.

Aug. 15: Elegant Dinner Train, Mid-Continent Railway Museum, E8948 Museum Rd., North Freedom, 5:30 p.m. First-class service and fine dining with a five-course meal and beverage choice by Elite Catering of Baraboo. Reservations required, tickets $75.00 and $85.00. Arrive 25 minutes before departure. The trip lasts about 2.5 hours. Reserve and details at www.midcontinent.org. Museum grounds open 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Aug. 15: Witwen Concert At The Campground, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., County Road E, Witwen. Performing tonight: The Barley Jacks, original vocals with jaw-dropping instrumentals by masters of the fiddle, guitar, bass and drum who meld diverse backgrounds of blues, bluegrass, classical, Celtic, R & B and bebop to collectively inspire new creations. Learn more about the band at www.barleyjacks.com. Grounds open at 4:00 p.m., food for sale at 4:30 p.m. and you are welcome to bring a picnic supper. Bring lawn chairs. If raining the concert is held in the tabernacle on the grounds. More details at www.witwenpc.com. A pretty, 25-minute drive from the Inn.

Aug. 16: Movie Under The Stars At The Glen at Durward’s Glen Retreat & Educational Center, at dusk, five minutes east of the Inn. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Snacks for sale. Admission is free, donations benefit the friends group that recently purchased and saved the Glen from development, to preserve its natural beauty and spiritual heritage. For more information visit www.durwardsglen.org.

Aug. 18: Author Presentation: Song of Place: A Natural History Of The Baraboo Hills, at the Ruth Culver Community Library, 540 Water St., Prairie du Sac, 6:30 p.m. Local writer and retired 30-year naturlist of Devil’s Lake State Park Ken Lange speaks about his most recently published book. If you love the Baraboo Hills you won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to hear Ken speak. Admission is free. Learn more by calling Meagan Statz at 643-8318 or visiting www.pdslibrary.org.

Indian Ceremonial Returns To Wisconsin Dells

After an 18-year absence the Ho-Chunk Nation has this summer resumed its renowned Stand Rock Indian Ceremonial renamed the Wasira Show (Wa-she-rda), which is the Ho-Chunk word meaning dance, at its Ho-Chunk Gaming facility between Baraboo and Wisconsin Dells, Wis. At 6:00 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings until Sept. 3, 2015, in the Ho-Chunk Gaming hotel’s award-winning atrium, the public can again see this rich cultural ceremony, and there is no admission.

Stand Rock Indian Ceremonial Drummers, singers and dancers entertain with the beauty and pageantry of traditional and modern regalia. You’ll learn about the Ho-Chunk people’s culture and heritage, through their deep respect for Mother Earth reflected in their songs and dances. Elliott Funmaker Sr., the show’s coordinator and master of ceremonies, will describe the regalia and explain the cultural history. This is the only American Indian show in central Wisconsin.

The Ceremonial includes a grand entry, military song, men’s and women’s dances, grass dancers, the Fancy Dance and the ever-winding Snake Dance. A two-step show where dancers invite partners from audience concludes the event.

The Ho-Chunk Nation, once known as the Winnebago tribe by the European fur traders, began its Stand Rock Indian Ceremonial in 1919 at the tribe’s traditional gathering place Stand Rock in Wisconsin Dells to address tourists’ curiosity, who were coming to the area in part due to H. H. Bennett’s remarkable landscape photography that promoted the area’s natural beauty. For 78 years until 1997 the public observed highlights of dances from the Ho-Chunk, Sioux, Kiowa and southwestern American Indian tribes. Read more about the Ceremonial’s history here and this article by the School For Advanced Research.

Ho-Chunk Gaming – Wisconsin Dells executive manager James Webster said the Nation decided to host the cultural dance again to address the public’s renewed and growing interest in American Indian culture and to transfer its culture from its elders to the younger tribe members. Learn more about the event in this article in the Nation’s newspaper, Hocak Worak.

The Ho-Chunk Gaming-Wisconsin Dells facility is at S3214 County Rd. BD, Baraboo, about 15 minutes north of the Inn. Learn more about the facility and the event by visiting http://www.ho-chunkgaming.com/wisconsindells/ or calling 1-800-746-2486.

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July 29–Aug. 2, 2015 Area Events

July 29: Aldo Leopold Memorial Reserve Guided Hike at the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center, nine miles northeast of Baraboo at E13701 Levee Rd. (Rustic Road 49), 6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Five like-minded neighboring landowners created the Reserve in 1967, which allowed Leopold to implement his pioneering ecological restoration experiments. Leopold once wrote, “Conservation is a slow and laborious process unfolding of a new relationship between people and land.” Hike this property with the Center’s stewardship staff to learn about its history, land, plants and wildlife, including critical bird habitat. Admission is free. Learn more at www.aldoleopold.org.

July 30: Baraboo’s Concerts On The Square, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Mad City Jug Band, hokum-jug favorites from the 1920s to 1960s. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/barabooconcertsonthesquare

July 30: Kayak Tour at Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. A guided paddle of Devil’s Lake to explore for birds, fish, mammals, geology and history. Tour begins at the park’s north shore boat launch, five minutes west of the Inn. Space is limited and prior registration is encouraged. Kayak rental $25 single, $45 double. To register and reserve a kayak call the Nature Center at 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions. Also July 29 at 6:30 p.m. and Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m., repeating weekly Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday through summer.

July 31: Friday Night Fish Fry at Devil’s Lake State Park, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m., at the north shore Chateau by Baraboo’s Elite Catering. $11.50 per person for two pieces of fish, one piece of chicken, and a choice of side dishes. Dine inside or outside. Every Friday night through summer.

Aug. 1: Merrimac Community Festival, Merrimac Memorial Park on the shore of Lake Wisconsin, 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. Arts and crafts, live music 3:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., chicken barbeque 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., beverage tent, food venders, horseshoe pitching tournament, chicken drop game, live music by Cool Front, and waterski shows at 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Admission is free.

Aug. 1: Concert at Mirror Lake State Park, E10320 Fern Dell Road, between Baraboo and Lake Delton, 7:00 p.m., hosted by the Friends of Mirror Lake State Park. Tim Southwick Johnson performs in the new amphitheatre. Bring a blanket or a chair, and arrive early for the short, easy hike to the amphitheatre. Handicap parking is available. Admission is free but donations are welcome. A 2015 Wisconsin State Park admission sticker is required to enter the Park. Call 608-254-2333 or e-mail [email protected] with questions. For more information visit here.

Aug. 1: Songwriter Showcase at the Wisconsin Opry Theatre, E10964 Moon Rd., between Baraboo and Lake Delton, 8:00 p.m. An evening of original music performed by three Wisconsin musicians, singer-in-the-round style with each artist sharing stories and inspiration, featuring Shawndell Marks from Reedsburg, Beaumont James and Mark Croft. Tickets $10.00 in advance by calling 608-254-7951 or e-mailing [email protected], or $12.00 at the door.

Aug. 2: Movie Under The Stars At The Glen at Durward’s Glen Retreat & Educational Center, W11876 McLeisch Rd., Baraboo, 8:00 p.m. story hour, movie at dusk, five minutes east of the Inn. A family-friendly movie under the stars amid. Local author Pam Quinlan reads from her books about the Glen with wonderful animal characters. If it’s raining the event will be held in the main dining hall. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Snacks for sale. Admission is free. For more information call 608-356-8113 and visit www.durwardsglen.org.

Pizza And Elegant Dinner Trains July 18 at Mid-Continent

The Mid-Continent Railway Museum, an outdoor living-history museum in the small, rural crossroads of North Freedom, Wis., 25 minutes west of the Inn at Wawanissee Point, is offering two new train rides on Saturday, July 18, 2015. Enjoy a Pizza Train or an Elegant Dinner Train, or both!

Pizza Train At 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Besides the regularly scheduled daytime coach trains, choose from two Pizza Trains. It includes the regular 55-minute ride in a 1915 steel coach along seven miles of former Chicago & North Western Railway track through the Baraboo Bluffs but with a choice from four kinds of 9-inch pizzas and beer or soda. Reservations are required. Tickets are $35.00. Learn more about this new offering at www.midcontinent.org.

Elegant Dinner Train At 5:30 p.m.

Indulge in first-class service and fine dining with a five-course meal and beverage choice presented by Chef Mike Althen of Elite Catering in Baraboo. Reservations are required. Tickets are $75.00 and $85.00. Arrive 25 minutes before departure. This trip lasts about 2.5 hours. Learn more about this dinner train at www.midcontinent.org.

Reserve tickets online at www.midcontinent.org or by calling 800-930-1385.

Daily Train Rides

Ride the train daily regardless of weather at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., coach, caboose and locomotive services, through Sept. 7, 2015, thereafter during weekends and special events. All trains depart from the restored wooden depot built in 1894, with docents dressed in authentic, period attire.

Reservations are not necessary for the daily summer rides.

Explore The Grounds

Step into railroading’s golden age from the 1880s to 1916 at the Mid-Continent Railway Museum, where the short-line railroad experience of Midwestern small towns is recreated and preserved. Browse indoor and outdoor restored, vintage railway equipment displays daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The grounds feature the depot, the Coach Shed filled with award-winning restored wooden passenger and freight cars, and displays from the turn of the 20th century in a historically accurate, rural railroad environment. In and around the Coach Shed are 13 steam locomotives; dozens of cabooses and passenger and freight cars; and service equipment, some restored and others in process or awaiting work.

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Some Of The Area’s Events

July 16: Baraboo’s Concerts On The Square, Courthouse lawn in downtown Baraboo, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., Thursday nights through Aug. 27, 2015. Performing tonight: Red Hot Dixie Jazz Band. Learn more at www.facebook.com/barabooconcertsonthesquare

July 16: Early American Medicine at Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Join Mark Tully, one of Baraboo’s history enthusiasts, to learn about medicines and health practices from the early turn of the century. Many modern pharmaceuticals and medical procedures date back many centuries. Tully will explore causes of death from disease and how treating these diseases has changed society. Meet at the north shore’s Rock Elm Shelter.

July 17: Aldo Leopold Foundation Brown Bag Lunch: Food Activisim In Your Community, at the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center, E13701 Levee Rd. (Rustic Road 49), Baraboo, 12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. Ali Berlow, author of The Food Activist Handbook; Big & Small Things You Can Do to Help Provide Fresh, Healthy Food for Your Community, will present. More details forthcoming; check here www.aldoleopold.org. Admission is free.

July 17: Friday Night Fish Fry at Devil’s Lake State Park, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m., at the north shore Chateau by Baraboo’s Elite Catering. $11.50 per person for two pieces of fish, one piece of chicken, and a choice of side dishes. Dine inside or outside. Every Friday night through summer.

July 18: Military Service Day at Circus World Museum, open daily 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. A touching tribute honoring all military branches featuring patriotic-themed circus wagons, special guest speakers, vocalists and more. All current active duty, reservists, veterans, spouses and families are admitted free for the day. See the daily schedule and Big Top performances here.

July 18: Kayak/Canoe Tour of Mirror Lake State Park, Lake Delton, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. A geological and historical paddle through time on this peaceful lake with your park guide. Meet at the boat launch. Variety of rentals are available from the concession stand, please arrive 15 minutes early to arrange. Call 608-254-2333 or e-mail [email protected] with questions. Learn about the Park at here.

July 18: Witwen Concert At The Campground, County Road E, Witwen, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. The Dang-Its perform, its 17th year presenting bluegrass, country blues, originals and honky-tonk gems. The Dang-Its award-winning, off-the-beaten-track repertoire and soaring vocal harmonies connect with a wide audience. Grounds open at 4:00 p.m., food for sale at 4:30 p.m. and you are welcome to bring a picnic supper. Bring lawn chairs. If raining the concert is held in the tabernacle on the grounds. More details at www.witwenpc.com and www.dang-its.com. A pretty, 25-minute drive from the Inn.

July 18: Kayak Tour at Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, 7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. A guided paddle of Devil’s Lake to explore for birds, fish, mammals, geology and history. Tour begins at the park’s north shore boat launch, five minutes west of the Inn. Space is limited and prior registration is encouraged. Kayak rental $25 single, $45 double. To register and reserve a kayak call the Nature Center at 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions. Also July 15 and 16 at 6:30 p.m., repeating weekly Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday through summer.

July 18: Wisconsin Bears at Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Carl Anderson from the North American Bear Center will talk about the misunderstood black bear, its role in the ecosystem, relationship with humans and clear misconceptions about this large mammal. Meet at the north shore’s Nature Center.

July 19: Movie Under The Stars At The Glen at Durward’s Glen Retreat & Educational Center, W11876 McLeisch Rd., Baraboo, 8:00 p.m. story hour, movie at dusk, five minutes east of the Inn. A family-friendly movie under the stars amid. Local author Pam Quinlan reads from her books about the Glen with wonderful animal characters If it’s raining the event will be held in the main dining hall. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Snacks for sale. Admission is free, donations are welcome to benefit the friends group that recently purchased and saved the Glen from development, to preserve its natural beauty and spiritual heritage. For more information call 608-356-8113 and visit www.durwardsglen.org

Guided Hikes, Paddles, Garden Tours And Music July 10-12

If you’re opting to stay home for the Independence Day weekend, join us the second weekend in July for an array of adventures around the Inn at Wawanissee Point.

The River Arts Inc.’s annual Garden Thyme Tour, a self-guided tour of five area gardens July 11, 2015 includes a special stop at the Lodde’s Mill Bluff State Natural Area just west of Sauk City, Wis. This small property with a shaded cliff community is home to a number of rare and unusual plants and is thus normally closed to the public. For the Garden Thyme Tour it will be open 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with U.W.-Madison Arboretum ecologist Brad Herrick answering questions about the property and its plants. See more information below.

From historic downtown guided walking tours and a guided hike at Mirror Lake State Park to bagpipes at Durward’s Glen, the Big Band Dance in the Park and an evening paddle, plus two area county fairs, there are activities to awaken all your senses.

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A sampling of area events…

July 6–12: Sauk County Fair, Baraboo. Visit saukcountyfair.com for the schedule of events.

July 9–12: 150th Lodi Agricultural Fair and special anniversary celebration, Lodi. Visit www.lodiagfair.com for the schedule of events.

July 10 & 11: Live Music On The Verandah at the Al. Ringling Mansion, 623 Broadway St., downtown Baraboo, as Al. and Lou Ringling enjoyed it, across from Little Village Café (our favorite Baraboo restaurant), 7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Admission free, beverages for sale. Questions, call 608-448-7455. Learn more about the mansion at www.ringlingmansion.com.

July 11:

Garden Thyme Tour by River Arts Inc., Prairie du Sac, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Self-guided tour of five of the area’s premier gardens where you can linger as long as you wish, plus Lodde’s Mill Bluff State Natural Area normally closed to the public will be open 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with U.W.-Madison Arboretum ecologist Brad Herrick answering questions about the property. You’ll find it about four miles west of Sauk City along State Hwy 60 and Baum Road. Tickets $8.00 advance, $10.00 day of. Purchase tickets at the River Arts On Water Gallery, 590 Water St., Prairie du Sac, or online HERE where there are more event details. Call 608-643-5215 with questions.

Guided Hike at Mirror Lake Sate Park , E10320 Fern Dell Road, between Baraboo and Lake Delton, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Location to be determined. Call 608-254-2333 or e-mail [email protected] with questions. Learn about the Park at www.mirrorlakewisconsin.com.

Downtown Portage Walking Tour, Portage Area Chamber of Commerce, 104 West Cook St., Portage, 10:00 a.m. A guided one-hour tour to learn the downtown’s history. For more information call 608-742-6242 visit www.portagewi.com.

Historic Downtown Walking Tour Of Baraboo by Baraboo Tours, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Stroll through Baraboo’s historic downtown following the Ringling Brothers footsteps. Meet at the Al. Ringling Mansion, 623 Broadway St., Baraboo. Tickets $8.00. Call 608-963-2821 with questions. Other tours available. Learn more at www.barabootours.com.

Witwen Concert At The Campground, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., County Road E, Witwen, 25 scenic minutes from the Inn. Harmonious Wail performs, a local jazz trio with intoxicating vocals and enticing arrangements that push the boundaries of Gypsy swing with a mandolin, guitar, female vocals and drums. Grounds open at 4:00 p.m., food for sale at 4:30 p.m. and you are welcome to bring a picnic supper. Bring lawn chairs. If raining the concert is held in the tabernacle on the grounds. More details at www.witwenpc.com and www.dang-its.com.

Bagpipes At The Glen at Durward’s Glen Retreat & Educational Center, W11876 McLeisch Rd., Baraboo, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., five minutes east of the Inn. An open-air concert honoring the Durward family’s Scottish roots. Live music from Scotland and Ireland, including a piper. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, and picnic to enjoy amid the natural beauty and music. Food for sale. Admission free, donations welcome. For more information call 608-356-8113 and visit www.durwardsglen.org.

Big Band Dance In The Park at Devil’s Lake Sate Park’s north shore Chateau, Baraboo, 7:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m. Dance to the big-band sounds of The Hal Edwards Orchestra in Wisconsin’s most romantic dance pavilion. Tickets: $10.00.

Kayak Tour at Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, 7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. A guided paddle of Devil’s Lake to explore for birds, fish, mammals, geology and history. Tour begins at the park’s north shore boat launch, five minutes west of the Inn. Space is limited and prior registration is encouraged. Kayak rental $25 single, $45 double. To register and reserve a kayak call the Nature Center at 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions. There are also guided paddles July 8 and 9 at 6:30 p.m.

Movie Under The Stars At The Glen at Durward’s Glen Retreat & Educational Center, W11876 McLeisch Rd., Baraboo, 8:00 p.m. story hour, movie at dusk, five minutes east of the Inn. A family-friendly movie under the stars amid. Local author Pam Quinlan reads from her books about the Glen with wonderful animal characters If it’s raining the event will be held in the main dining hall. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Snacks for sale. Admission is free, donations are welcome to benefit the friends group that recently purchased and saved the Glen from development, to preserve its natural beauty and spiritual heritage. For more information call 608-356-8113 and visit www.durwardsglen.org

Universe In The Park, Mirror Lake Sate Park, Lake Delton, 8:30 p.m. Explore the night sky with University of Wisconsin-Madison astronomers. Slideshow presentation, discussion and a large telescope for viewing the night sky. Meet at the beach shelter. Call 608-254-2333 or e-mail [email protected] with questions. Learn about the Park here.

 

Peaceful Fourth Of July At Wawanissee Point

Enjoy the holiday in seclusion at our nature retreat in the Baraboo Hills. After exploring the woods and prairies, if you can leave your respite in the hammock overlooking our blooming prairie, snuggle by the campfire with a s’mores kit while you stargaze, watch the fireflies dance and see panoramic fireworks.

Or enjoy small-town celebrations, numerous open-air evening concerts and fireworks displays in nine nearby communities. We highly recommend the charming Witwen parade and chicken-barbeque dinner.

From the prairie terrace, Great Room skybox or the Teepee guest room’s private deck you’ll see Sauk Prairie’s Fire On The River, Merrimac’s fireworks and Madison-area displays.

The Inn at Wawanissee Point is the bed and breakfast closest to Sauk Prairie’s Fire On The River and the Witwen parade.

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Independence Day 2015 Fun Around Baraboo

July 2: Kayak Tour at Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. A guided paddle of Devil’s Lake to explore for birds, fish, mammals, geology and history. Tour begins at the park’s north shore boat launch, five minutes west of the Inn. Space is limited and prior registration is encouraged. Kayak rental $25 single, $45 double. To register and reserve a kayak call the Nature Center at 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.

July 2: Baraboo’s Concerts On The Square, Courthouse lawn in downtown Baraboo, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., Thursday nights through Aug. 27, 2015. Rain site is the Al. Ringling Theatre. Performing tonight: Illusive Sound, a do-wop and 1950s and 60s band.

July 2: Buck Full Moon. Named by early American Indians because the male deer, bucks, begin growing new antlers at this time. Also the Full Thunder Moon and the Full Hay Moon.

July 3: Merrimac Firefighters’ Fireworks, at the Wagner property north of the village, S7116 Bluff Rd., Merrimac. Gates open at 5:00 p.m., fireworks dusk.

July 3: Portage Concerts In Park And Fourth Of July Celebration, Pauquette Park, corner of State Hwy 33 and Pierce St., 5:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m., Wednesday nights. Bring chairs or blankets, and a picnic supper if you wish. Culver’s Custard treats available during the performances. Performing tonight: 5:30 p.m. 132nd Army Badger Brass Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and 9:00 p.m. Madison Malone followed by fireworks over the Wisconsin River at 9:30 p.m. For more information visit www.portagewi.com.

July 4: Kayak Tour at Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, 8:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. See the July 2 description above.

July 4: Witwen Fourth Of July Parade, Witwen, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. An old-fashioned parade with hundreds of entrants, stretching longer than the bucolic village, includes Jean Powell’s saxaphone band performing on the Concerts At The Campground float. The parade starts at the intersection of county roads E and O, passes through the tiny village of Witwen and finishes at the Witwen Park and Campground. People arrive before 8:00 a.m. to find parking along highway E. The Black Hawk and Denzer United Methodist churches sponsor their famous chicken-barbeque dinner at the Campground after the parade. Learn more at www.witwenpc.com. Bring lawn chairs. A pretty, 25-minute drive from the Inn.

July 4: Sauk Prairie’s Fire On The River, 12:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m, Sauk City Riverway, between the Phillips Blvd./Hwy 12 bridge and Polk St., along the riverwalk behind/east of Water St. Music and dance on the main stage, food court, beer and wine garden, Flavors of Sauk Prairie Food Tasting in four categories 4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. while supplies last at $1.00 per sample or $5.00 for six, PaintNite Drink Creativity (register in advance), mural creation, a silent auction and games for adults and children. Learn more and see a map of the grounds at www.fireontheriver.org.

July 4: Artisan Woodcarving Show And Sale at Flyways Waterfowl Museum, adjacent Devil’s Lake State Park’s north shore entrance. Fine works of art, handcrafted by some of the Midwest’s most talented woodcarvers. Admission is free. Learn more by calling 608-225-7732 and visiting www.duckmuseum.com.

July 4 Area fireworks displays at dusk:

  • Reedsburg Freedom Fest, Nishan Park, 1700 Eighth St./County Road H, Reedsburg, also events throughout the day. Details at www.reedsburg.org.
  • Wisconsin Dells Fourth of July Extravaganza at the municipal pool on Superior St.
  • Chula Vista Resort, 2501 River Rd.
  • Olympus Theme Park, 1701 Wisconsin Dells Parkway
  • Great Wolf Lodge Freedom Howls, 1400 Great Wolf Dr.
  • Kalahari Hotel & Resort, 1305 Kalahari Dr.
  • Wilderness Hotel & Resort, 511 E. Adams St.

Musical Weekend Around Baraboo June 26-28

After hiking, birding, biking, paddling and exploring summer’s natural beauty in the Baraboo Hills the last weekend in June 2015, enjoy an array of evening musical performances. Plus learn about pollinators, see Native American artifacts and enjoy three evening guided paddles of Devil’s Lake.

June 24 & 25: Kayak Tour at Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., and June 27 at 7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. A guided paddle of Devil’s Lake to explore for birds, fish, mammals, geology and history. Tour begins at the park’s north shore boat launch, five minutes west of the Inn. Space is limited and prior registration is encouraged. Kayak rental $25 single, $45 double. To register and reserve a kayak call the Nature Center at 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.

June 24: Concerts At The Portage, Portage VFW Hall, 215 West Collins St., behind Walgreens Portage, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., Wednesday nights. Bring chairs or blankets, and a picnic supper if you wish. Desserts for sale by local nonprofit groups. Performing tonight: Mecan River Ramblers. Visit www.portagewi.com for more information.

June 25: Baraboo’s Concerts On The Square, Courthouse lawn in downtown Baraboo, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., Thursday nights through Aug. 27, 2015. Rain site is the Al. Ringling Theatre. Performing tonight: details to be announced. This week’s concert also commemorates the original Al. Ringling Appreciation Day held 100 years ago on the courthouse lawn. Concerned that Al. Ringling would not live long enough to see his theatre completed (he died six weeks after the Theatre opened Nov. 17, 1915), the community held a ceremony that many state dignitaries attended to thank Al. for all his contributions to Wisconsin life. Enjoy a re-enactment of this day 100 years ago, including circus music, preceding the concert. Learn more about the concerts here.

June 15–Aug. 29: Ring Of Fire Dinner Theatre, The Palace Theatre, Wisconsin Dells, Wis. Dinner is served 90 minutes before the show at 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. A unique musical celebrating Johnny Cash’s soul-stirring music. His classics of love, faith, struggle, redemption and family are arranged and choreographed in a foot-stomping and pleasing salute. This is not an impersonator performance. 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.

June 26–27: Live Music On The Verandah at the Al. Ringling Mansion, 623 Broadway St., downtown Baraboo, across from Little Village Café, 7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Admission free, beverages for sale. Questions, call 608-448-7455. Learn more about the mansion at www.ringlingmansion.com.

June 26: Planning For Pollinator Protection In Wisconsin Aldo Leopold Foundation Brown Bag Lunch, E13701 Levee Rd. (Rustic Road 49), Baraboo, 12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. University of Wisconsin-Madison post-doctoral entomology researcher Christina Locke, who is chair of the Dane County Pollinator Protection Task Force and working for the Wisconsin department of agriculture to create a pollinator plan for the state will share a background about pollinators, their challenges and work underway to address the concern of their decline. Admission is free. Learn more at www.aldoleopold.org.

June 26: Scott Wilcox performs at Ques Bar & River Deck, 612 Water St., Prairie du Sac, June 8:00 p.m. An award-winning Midwest songwriter, signer and guitarist and Madison’s Overture Center’s Rising Stars 2014 finalist. Learn about Wilcox here. Come enjoy his music and supper while overlooking the scenic Lower Wisconsin Riverway. Admission $5.00. Learn more at www.quesbarwi.com.

June 27: Big Band Dance In The Park at Devil’s Lake Sate Park’s north shore Chateau, Baraboo, 7:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m. Dance to the big-band sounds of The Hal Edwards Orchestra in Wisconsin’s most romantic dance pavilion. Tickets: $10.00.

June 27: Scott Wilcox performs at Con Amici, Baraboo’s wine bar, 125 Third St., 8:00 p.m.–10:15 p.m. An award-winning Midwest songwriter, signer and guitarist and Madison’s Overture Center’s Rising Stars 2014 finalist. Learn about Wilcox here.

June 28: Music In The Park at Devil’s Lake Sate Park, Baraboo, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. A free concert along the north shore sponsored by the Friends of Devil’s Lake State Park. If it rains the concert will be in the Chateau. Performing: Swing Crew, a fun, interactive, acoustic band playing classic rock, country, pop, swing, island beat and more, with jokes, stunts, toasts and audience participation. More about the Park and its events at www.devilslakewisconsin.com.

June 27–28: 31th Annual Native American Artifact & Antique Show, Sauk County Fairgrounds, Baraboo, Saturday 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Sunday 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Antique stone, copper artifacts, beadwork, textiles, baskets, jewelry, pottery, fossils, Civil War, antique guns, swords, knives, pre-Columbian, antique decoys, ethnic art and Eskimo artifacts. Free admission. Call John Welsch at 920-923-3842 for details.

June 30: Sauk Prairie Riverway concerts in the park, Meyer Oak Grove Park, 780 Phillips Boulevard, Sauk City, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Food is available from nonprofit stands. Performing tonight: Swifkick, five area musicians offering a variety of new top-40 country with some classic rock. Learn more at www.swifkick.com.

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Baraboo’s August Fine Art Festival Becomes Art June

For 50 years the Sauk County Art Association held its annual Summer Art Classic Fine Art Festival the second weekend of August on the historic courthouse square lawn in downtown Baraboo, Wis. This year the organization renamed the juried show Art June and moved it to Saturday, June 20, 2015, from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.images-3

Enjoy the 51st visual-arts and fine-crafts fair with music, entertainment and food, regardless of weather. Selected artists from throughout the Midwest display and sell their work in a variety of mediums: fine sculpture, ceramics, paintings, jewelry, glass, photography, fiber art, wood and more. Learn more at www.saukcountyartassociation.com.

Join us for an eventful summer solstice and Father’s Day weekend June 19–21, 2015.

Spend the weekend or a week.

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2015 Summer Solstice Fun Around Baraboo

June 17–21: Circus Model Builders Show, Circus World Museum, Baraboo, 9:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m. An exhibition of small-scale circus models depicting how historic circuses operated from the first train’s or truck’s arrival in town until fading lights signaled the show was moving to the next town. More details at www.circusworldbaraboo.org.

June 19: Brew Ha Ha, downtown Baraboo, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. A Wisconsin craft beer tasting tour with tasty treats through the historic courthouse square. Tickets $20.00 started selling in May. Check at Bekah Kate’s Kitchen, Kids, Home for availability. Learn more at www.downtownbaraboo.com.

June 20: Sixth-annual An Evening With The Cranes, International Crane Foundation, E11376 Shady Lane Rd., Baraboo, 5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. An earthly elegant outdoor event: stroll trails with live music mixed with crane calls, wine, craft beer and local gourmet food, while visiting with the Foundation’s staff to support the organization’s global crane and wetland conservation efforts. Reserve tickets $50.00 for members and $75.00 for nonmembers by calling 608-356-9462 ext. 171 or at www.savingcranes.org.

June 20: Kayak Tour at Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, 7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. A guided paddle of Devil’s Lake to explore for birds, fish, mammals, geology and history. Tour begins at the park’s north shore boat launch, five minutes west of the Inn. Space is limited and prior registration is encouraged. Kayak rental $25 single, $45 double. Register and reserve a kayak by calling the Nature Center at 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.

June 20: Universe In The Park at Devil’s Lake Sate Park, Baraboo, 9:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Meet at the north shore’s outdoor amphitheater in the Northern Lights Campground, five minutes west of the Inn. Explore the night sky with University of Wisconsin-Madison astronomers. Rain location is the Nature Center. Call 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.

June 20–21: Columbus Horse & Carriage Festival, Fireman’s Park, Columbus. One of the largest horse and carriage pleasure driving shows in the country recognized by the American Driving Society. Enjoy a variety of turnouts from miniature horses to drafts, elegant antique and sleek modern carriages, a parade, and sumptuous burgers and tempting treats for sale. Details at www.columbuscarriagefestival.org.

June 21: Summer Solstice. The earth’s North Pole will tilt toward the sun in its northernmost position in the sky, over the Tropic of Cancer on this first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

June 23: Sauk Prairie Riverway concerts in the park, Meyer Oak Grove Park, 780 Phillips Boulevard, Sauk City, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Food is available from nonprofit stands. Performing tonight: The Red Hot Dixie Jazz Band brings the joy of Dixieland with light to red-hot jazz. Learn more at www.redhotdixiejazzband.com.

Devil’s Lake Big Band Dances Start June 12

Twice a month during the summer you can kick up your heels to big-band music in Devil’s Lake State Park’s historic Chateau along the Lake’s north shore. The Hal Edwards Orchestra enlivens this romantic dance pavilion from 7:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m. on six Saturdays.

Hal Edwards Orchestra Devil's Lake State Park

Our guests thoroughly enjoy dancing to the 1940s music during these summer evenings, or watching and listening with a little toe tapping.

Mark your calendar to catch this favorite local band:

  • June 13 and 27, 2015
  • July 11 and 25, 2015
  • Aug. 8 and 22, 2015

Tickets are $10.00. You’ll need a state park vehicle admission sticker available online here or at the Park’s north shore entrance.

Then rest peacefully at the only bed and breakfast adjacent Devil’s Lake State Park, the Inn at Wawanissee Point. We are five minutes from the Park!

Reserve a guest room EARLY. Summer weekends fill fast!

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More Music In The Park

Music will echo across Devil’s Lake at three free concerts sponsored by the Friends of Devil’s Lake State Park from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on June 28 and July 26, and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Aug. 30, 2015.

Check the Devil’s Lake State Park Visitor Guide at www.devilslakewisconsin.com for more details, and to learn about other events at Devil’s Lake State Park.

Kayak Tours Resume

Guided kayak tours of Devil’s Lake resume May 30, 2015, but will occur less often than in 2014, most Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings from mid June through August, plus a few others. Learn about the Lake and the Park’s wildlife, geology and history while gaining paddling experience. Rent single or double kayaks at the Park for $25.00 and $45.00, respectively. Visit www.devilslakewisconsin.com for paddle dates.

To register for a kayak tour, reserve a kayak or learn more about Park events, call the Nature Center at 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected].

Second Weekend Of June 2015 Events

June 12: Guitarist John Masino performs at Ques Bar & River Deck, 612 Water St., Prairie du Sac, June 7:00 p.m. A former CBS recording artist, writer and producer who performed in New York City in the 1980s before settling in Madison, Wis., has won a number of awards. Enjoy his music and supper while overlooking the scenic Lower Wisconsin Riverway. Admission is free. Details at www.quesbarwi.com.

June 12–14: Dinner Theatre: Nunsense, Amen!, by Driftless Area Repertory Theatre Company at Northwoods Banquet Hall, N6510 U.S. Hwy 51, Portage, dinner at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. The familiar Nunsense story that has delighted theatre audiences for years but with a comic twist, all the nuns are played by men. Think Mr. Doubtfire goes to the convent. A fundraiser benefitting Northwoods Inc. Tickets $28.95 plus tax. Call 608-566-7138 to reserve. Learn more at www.nwdswi.org.

June 13: Southern Wisconsin Duck Calling Contest at Flyways Waterfowl Museum, adjacent Devil’s Lake State Park’s north shore entrance. An official duck-calling contest in the front lawn for youth, intermediate and adult competitions. Spectators may enjoy for free. Learn more at www.duckmuseum.com.

June 13: Kayak Tour Of Devil’s Lake, Baraboo, 7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. A guided paddle to explore for birds, fish, mammals, geology and history. Tour begins at the Park’s north shore boat launch. Space is limited and prior registration is encouraged. Kayak rental $25 single, $45 double. See contact information above.

June 13: Shakespeare In The Park: A Midsummer’s Night Dream at Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, 8:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Meet at the north shore’s outdoor amphitheater in the Northern Lights Campground. Details are pending.

June 14: Flag Day Luncheon at Historic Indian Agency House, 1490 Old Agency House Rd., Portage, 11:30 a.m. social hour, 12:00 p.m. catered luncheon. Following lunch author Kathe Crowley Conn will discuss and sign her book, Juliette Kinzie: Frontier Storyteller. In its 83rd year of conserving and sharing Wisconsin’s rich history at this Federal-style house built in 1832 by the U.S. government, one of the oldest in the state and is outfitted with period furnishings. Between the Fox and Wisconsin Rivers, at the end of Rustic Road 69, along the historic Portage Canal bordered on one side by wetland habitat. Across the road is the Ice Age Trail’s Portage segment trailhead for flat, easy hiking and bird watching in the woods and along the canal. Learn more at www.agencyhouse.org.

June 14: Seth Peterson Cottage Tour at Mirror Lake State Park, E10320 Fern Dell Road, between Baraboo and Lake Delton, 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. A 20-minute guided tour and history of this Frank Lloyd Wright-designed cottage in the woods on a cliff overlooking the Lake. Tickets $4.00 support upkeep and park support. The Cottage is at E9982 Fern Dell Road, west of the Park office, marked by a red gate. Learn more at www.sethpeterson.org. Call 608-254-2333 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.

June 14: Paint Nite Fundraiser at Durward’s Glen Retreat & Educational Center, W11876 McLeisch Road, Baraboo, 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Five minutes east of the Inn. Paint with artist Sarah Hill, but come early to hike and enjoy the grounds, open daily dawn to dusk. Sandwiches, sides and desserts will be sold in the main dining hall kitchen during the lunch hour. Bring your favorite wine. Tickets $45.00 and more information at www.durwardsglen.org.

June 14: Circus Of Chefs: The Gala 2015, 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., at Circus World Museum. Featuring more than 30 exceptional chefs, vintners and brewmasters from the finest restaurants between Madison and Wisconsin Dells. Tastings, a gargantuan array of silent auction items, chef awards and more amid soft jazz by Gem City Combo for a festive and lovely evening that culminates with a circus show by Circus World’s galaxy of outstanding professional circus stars. An annual event benefitting the Museum and its 130 years of preserving Baraboo’s Ringling circus heritage. Tax-deductible tickets start at $160. Call 608-356-8341 to reserve. More details at www.circusworldbaraboo.org.

Taste Wisconsin Dells, Blooming Art & More June 5-7

Visit the first weekend of June 2015 for an array of events around Baraboo, Wis.: blooming art show, tasting festival, antique truck show and a moonlight paddle of Devil’s Lake.

For the tenth year Wisconsin Dells, Wis., will begin summer with its downtown Taste of Wisconsin Dells, June 6–7, 2015, from 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. Saturday and 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Sunday. Sample fare from more than 20 area restaurants serving ethnic and American cuisine while enjoying live variety entertainment, an arts and craft show with more than 75 vendors, an antique tractor show, a corvette display and parade, and a library book sale. Admission is free. Visit www.tasteofthedells.com for the full schedule of events and menu. It’s 20 minutes from the Inn at Wawanissee Point.

From Wisconsin Dells travel 20 minutes southeast to Portage for a colorful experience for all your senses at the Portage Center For The Arts’ Annual Art That Blooms, June 5–7, 2015, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. The Center’s Drury Gallery transforms into a flower fantasyland featuring an array of original art submissions by area artists, which local poets of all ages use as inspiration to write original poetry that is displayed. Then amateur and professional florists create fresh floral arrangements that complement the artwork. Admission is free. Learn more at www.portagecenterforthearts.com.

In Baraboo you’ll find the Southern Wisconsin Chapter of the American Truck Historical Society’s Vintage Truck Expo, June 5–6, 2015 at the Sauk County Fairgrounds. This free-admission show of old, new, working and show trucks is held in conjunction with a truck-and-tractor pull June 6 at 7:00 p.m. sponsored by the Sauk County Fair. Concessions will be available at the show.

Make It A Long Weekend

Come early to enjoy Baraboo’s first Concert On The Square or a moonlight guided paddle of Devil’s Lake June 4 and stay late to ride the train at the Mid-Continent Railway Museum as it begins its daily operations June 8. Order a s’mores kit to enjoy by the fire on the prairie terrace as you snuggle under the Strawberry Full Moon.

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June 2–8 Events

June 2: Sauk Prairie Riverway concerts in the park, Meyer Oak Grove Park, 780 Phillips Boulevard, Sauk City, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Food is available from nonprofit stands. Performing tonight: Midlife Crisis.

June 2: Strawberry Full Moon. Known by American Indians as the Full Strawberry Moon because it signaled the time to gather ripening fruit, often coinciding with peak strawberry season.

June 4: Baraboo’s Concerts On The Square, courthouse lawn in downtown Baraboo, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., Thursday nights through Aug. 27, 2015. Rain site is the Al. Ringling Theatre.

June 4: Night Paddle at Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, 8:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m. By the lingering light of the June 2 full moon and glow sticks illuminating our crafts, we’ll explore the lake. Paddle begins at the park’s north shore boat launch, five minutes west of the Inn. Register by calling the Nature Center at 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] to ensure there are enough glow sticks. Bring your kayak, canoe or boat.

June 6: American Player’s Theatre opens for the season. Enjoy a beautiful drive along the Lower Wisconsin River Road, Scenic Byway 60, before taking in classical theatre in the outdoor amphitheater. A 55-minute drive from the Inn. See the schedule and purchase tickets at www.americanplayers.org.

June 7: Seth Peterson Cottage Tour at Mirror Lake State Park, E10320 Fern Dell Road, between Baraboo and Lake Delton, 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Enjoy a 20-minute guided tour and learn the history of this Frank Lloyd Wright-designed cottage in the woods on a cliff overlooking the Lake. Tickets $4.00 support upkeep and park support. The Cottage is at E9982 Fern Dell Road, west of the Park office, marked by a red gate. Learn more at sethpeterson.org. Call 608-254-2333 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.

June 8: Mid-Continent Railway Museum opens its 52nd daily season, North Freedom, June 8–Aug. 28, 2015. Train rides commence at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily regardless of weather. Enjoy a 50-minute ride through the Baraboo Bluffs and browse indoor and outdoor restored, vintage railway equipment displays. Museum grounds open 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Learn more at www.midcontinent.org.

Bike The Baraboo Hills

The Baraboo bluff’s rolling topography appeals to road and mountain bicyclists, especially those training for triathlons and distance races. But if you’ve only begun biking recently don’t let the steep hills keep you away. There are biking options for all skills levels surrounding the Inn at Wawanissee Point in Baraboo, Wis. Biking is our guests’ second-favorite activity.

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From the Inn you can ride several miles in a loop before encountering challenging hills. At Devil’s Lake State Park, five minutes west of here, ride 8 miles of off-road bike trails plus several miles of paved roads winding through the park and its campgrounds. Mirror Lake State Park 20 minutes north of here has 9 miles of off-road trails and its meandering roads. Both parks offer easier terrain.

Reedsburg’s Wisconsin 400 State Trail is a 22-mile flat rails-to-trails trek of crushed limestone 40 minutes northwest of the Inn. The trail follows and crisscrosses the Baraboo River offering wildlife viewing and driftless-region landscape as you peddle. Get a trail pass and rent bikes at the historic railroad depot two blocks south of the pretty, historic downtown Main Street. Learn more here.

Two Weekly Group Rides

Road bicyclists may join the local Tuesday or Saturday weekly group rides coordinated by Baraboo’s award-winning bicycle shop and full-service outdoor outfitter, Wildside Adventure Sports. Both rides depart from Wildside at U.S. highway 12 and County Road W in west Baraboo. Tuesday rides at 5:30 p.m. are a faster pace for 25 miles to 40 miles. Saturday rides begin at 8:00 a.m. and offer a little slower pace for about 20 miles in 1.50 hours.

Find ride updates at Wildside’s Facebook page here and visit www.wildbaraboo.com for service and product options.

Best Bike Shop In Baraboo

The National Bicycle Dealers Association recently honored Wildside Adventure Sports with its 2014 America’s Best Bike Shops Award. Of 300 eligible bicycle shops in the country, Wildside was one of five shops in Wisconsin to achieve this recognition, with a 92-percent rank. Congratulations!

Mountain Bike Next Door

Devil’s Head Resort a mile east of the Inn offers miles of some of the most challenging mountain biking trails in the Midwest through its ski slopes. Rent mountain bikes and helmets by the day here to use on property or to ride the area roads. Peddle two miles into Merrimac and ride the ferry across Lake Wisconsin for more scenic riding along gentler terrain. Details are at www.devilsheadresort.com.

Distance Rides

From the Inn meander past Sauk County’s 27 state natural areas for fantastic scenery and birding by bike. In the center of the county, 28 miles west of the Inn, you’ll cruise past Natural Bridge State Park and Natural Area as you reach Rustic Road 21: Slotty, Orchard, Schara and Ruff Roads, which take you past some renown birding locations (and bucolic farmland) in the Baraboo Hills: Honey Creek, Hemlock Draw and Pine Hollow State Natural Areas.

Nine miles northeast of the Inn, Rustic Road 49 Levee Road along the Wisconsin River, Leopold-Pine Island Important Bird Area and the Aldo Leopold Foundation offers a different landscape and pretty ride with excellent birding.

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Let us reserve an in-room massage for you afterward if you stay in Secret Garden or Bordeaux, or schedule one at Baraboo’s day spa, Spa Serenity, and receive our guest discount.

Circus World Museum Opens Memorial Weekend

The summer vacation season begins Memorial Day weekend, May 22–25, 2015. As the crush of frenzied people depart to camp in northern Wisconsin, slip into the quiet Baraboo Bluffs for a peaceful, secluded weekend at Wawanissee Point.

We’ll have the hammock out. Let the busyness melt away as you snooze in the sun or read a new book.hammock

Savor Trudy’s fantastic breakfast from the Inn’s main deck freshly decorated with summer blooms and humming birds. Daydream as you linger in front of that mesmerizing view.

Watch for the neotropical migrants like the scarlet tanager and indigo bunting, just starting to nest in the protected, contiguous forest canopy. Or go looking for them and warblers on our trails and at the adjacent Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area.

Planet and Stargazing May 23

The ringed planet Saturn will be at its closest approach to earth (at opposition) and the sun will fully illuminate its face on May 23. This is the best time to view and photograph Saturn and its moons. A medium-sized or larger telescope (5”–8”) will allow you to see Saturn’s rings and a few of its brightest moons. Learn more here.

Plus Venus will be especially brilliant and visible until around midnight, more here.

Watch the sun set and stargaze as you snuggle by the campfire in the privacy of our secluded prairie terrace. We can provide a s’more’s kit!

Big Tent Performances

Enjoy the first Big Top performances of Circus World Museum’s (CWM) 56th summer season, again under the 85-foot diameter European-style tent ,unveiled in 2014.

The big tent means close-up gripping aerialist performances, plus electrifying hula hoop artistry, jaw-dropping contortionists, clever canines, liberty camels, and circus animals and clowns daily at 11:15 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. beginning May 22, 2015.

Circus World’s magical entertainer, Tristan Crist, stars in a brand new Theatre of Illusion show, celebrating his 10th season. Take a guided tour of the world’s largest circus wagon collection, browse the original Ringling Bros. Circus buildings, and see demonstrations and fascinating new exhibits.

The lively entertainment at this engaging history museum occurs daily 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. through June 14, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. June 15–Aug. 30, 2015.

The grounds are the original Ringling Bros. Circus winter quarters, one of Wisconsin Historical Society’s 10 historic sites and a National Historic Landmark. Besides the authentic wagon collection you’ll find advertising posters, memorabilia from past Big Top performances and more.

Circus World is open when it’s raining since many activities are under tents or in buildings.

Learn more at www.circusworldbaraboo.org.

The Inn at Wawanissee Point is 10 minutes south of Circus World Museum.

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Memorial Day Weekend Events

May 16–June 7: Mid-Continent Railway Museum, North Freedom, open for weekend rides (daily season begins June 8). Enjoy a 50-minute ride through the Baraboo Bluffs and browse indoor and outdoor restored, vintage railway equipment displays. Train rides commence at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily regardless of weather. Museum grounds open 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Learn more at www.mcrwy.com.

May 23: Aldo Leopold Guided Shack Tours, Baraboo, Saturdays May 23–Oct. 31, 2015, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m., unless a special event is scheduled. Guided tours are the only way to see the inside of the Leopold Shack. Self-guided tours, and hiking and birding the new upland interpretive trail system, are available any time the Leopold Center is open. Pick up a trail map before departing. Learn more at www.aldoleopold.org.

May 23: Riverside & Great Northern Railway, N115 County Road N, Wisconsin Dells, switches to its daily season, open at 9:30 a.m. with eight train rides on the hour beginning at 10:00 a.m., May 23–Sept. 7, 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. Learn more at www.dellstrain.com.

May 23: REO Speedwagon at Ho-Chunk Gaming, between Baraboo and Wisconsin Dells, S3214 County Rd. BD, Baraboo, upper ballroom, 8:00 p.m. Live show, general admission only. Tickets $50.00 in advance purchased here. Each ticket includes $15.00 of free play. Learn more at www.ho-chunkgaming.com/wisconsindells/ or call 1-800-746-2486.

May 24: The Sunday Market on the historic downtown square in Baraboo, Wis., begins. Stroll every Sunday through Oct. 18, 2015, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Antiques, vintage collectibles, art and crafts. For more information stop at the Raven House on the Square, e-mail [email protected] and visit www.downtownbaraboo.com.

May 25: Al. Ringling Theatre Guided Tours With Organ Demonstration begin daily at 1:30 p.m., 136 Fourth Ave., downtown Baraboo, Memorial Day through Labor Day. One-hour tour of American’s prettiest playhouse built in 1915 by the eldest of the five Ringling brothers offers a unique mix of entertainment and education, including the lobby, auditorium, a rare peek backstage and a demonstration of the historic and mighty Barton organ. Learn more at www.alringling.com.

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