The second weekend in March welcomes silent-sport enthusiasts to Madison, Wis., for two of the largest adventure sport shows in preparation for spring’s arrival. March 7–9, 2014 at the Alliant Energy Center you’ll find Bike-O-Rama, southern Wisconsin’s largest bicycle expo, and Canoecopia, the world’s largest paddlesport show.
This paddling and bicycling exposition weekend is a terrific opportunity to gear up for biking and paddling while enjoying the last of winter’s outdoor fun. The events run three days, Friday through Sunday, leaving time to play and rejuvenate at the Inn.
Seasons In Transition: The sandhill cranes usually return to the Baraboo Bluffs the first week of March. Some years geese, turkey vultures, robins and bluebirds do, too. Occasionally the roads in the Baraboo Bluffs clear enough from warming temperatures and an early rainfall for hardy bicyclers to enjoy their first ride, but we’ll have to wait and see if that becomes feasible. But with as much frost as we have in the ground and a decent snowpack, you can expect to enjoy what may be the last snowshoeing, skiing and winter hiking of the season.
Use our Redfeather Snowshoes to snowshoe the Inn’s 42 acres and numerous trails nearby, including at Devil’s Lake State Park. Rent skis at Wildside Adventure Sports in Baraboo or at Devil’s Head Resort to cross-country ski around the Inn, or at Devil’s Lake and Mirror Lake State Parks.
Reserve your favorite guest room here for winter’s finale and a stop in Madison for bicycling and paddling mania. Call 608-355-9899 or click Check Availability above.
March 5: DOWNTOwN ABBEY at the Village Booksmith, 6:00 p.m., historic downtown Baraboo. Watch season four episode eight of this wildly popular British drama followed by a discussion. Bring a brown-bag supper. Cookies and beverages for sale. Admission is free. An eclectic, used bookstore with used, new and rare books and more. Call 608-355-1001 for more information or visit www.villagebooksmith.com
March 6: Date Night at Con Amici, Baraboo’s wine bar, 125 Third St., 5:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. For you and your sweetheart, $25.00 for a bottle of wine, crackers, cheese, nuts and locally produced chocolates from Roots Chocolates.
March 7–May 6: Wings & Water, River Arts Center in the Sauk Prairie High School, 105 Ninth St., Prairie du Sac, open school days 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. Beginning March 22: Saturdays 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. A national juried exhibition of 2D, 3D and mixed-media art. Juror Martha Glowack selected 61 pieces to display from hundreds of submissions. Exhibit admission is free and artwork is for sale. Details at www.riverartsinc.org.
March 8: Explore The Winter Night Sky, Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Meet at the north shore’s 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. Informal program, come anytime. Call 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.
March 8: Fabulous 50s Gala For Education, at the Baraboo Arts Building, 323 Water St., Baraboo, 6:00 p.m. Chef Michael of Elite Catering & Bakery in Baraboo will serve an extensive and creative gallery of hors d’oeuvres. Business casual attire or in 1950s costume; prizes in several categories. Live and silent auctions. Tickets $50.00 in advance. Details at http://barabooccs.com.
March 9: Downtown Baraboo Sunday Market, at the Al. Ringling Mansion, 623 Broadway and the corner of Fifth Ave., Baraboo. Antiques, vintage collectibles, handmade items like art and crafts, farm produce and food, and live music. 30 vendors. For more info contact Mary via email: [email protected] or visit www.downtownbaraboo.com.