As we conclude the third week of February with winter gripping the Baraboo Bluffs, we’re thinking about spring’s arrival in four weeks, March 20, 2014. Our neighbors spotted a small but hearty group of robins on Feb. 19, so we are hopeful!
Plan your final winter getaway now for the last snowshoeing, skiing and winter hiking. Our snowshoe special of $50.00 off your stay runs through March 31. With ample snow cover and no melting temperatures forecasted yet, we may still be snow walking as spring arrives.
A week before and after the March 16 full moon is the last chance to snowshoe by moonlight, a magical and peaceful experience. Use our snowshoes to explore for signs of spring.
- Sandhill cranes usually return before the spring equinox to begin searching for nest sights in the marsh across the road.
- Spring peepers usually first emerge from the thawing mud around the first day of spring, filling their air with a romantic chorus.
- Robins and geese arrive in the first wave of spring migration often before the spring equinox.
Whether we have snow or warming soil on our trails, mid March is a peaceful time of transition to recharge your batteries on the Bluff.
- Relax in our warm sunroom to watch the arriving birds and chasing squirrels at the feeders.
- Hike at Devil’s Lake State Park, the state natural areas or the Merrimac Preserve. Bring your boots or use our snowshoes!
- Drive Levee Road, which is Rustic Road 49 , nine miles northeast of Baraboo, to see cranes and other migrating birds stopping at the 16,000-acre Leopold-Pine Island Important Bird Area along the Wisconsin River, across the road from the Leopold Center. Bring your binoculars.
Join us in March for a winter farewell and spring break. Reserve a guest room today. Call us at 608-355-9899 to save $50.00.
March 13: Wings & Water Public Reception, River Arts Center in the Sauk Prairie High School, 105 Ninth St., Prairie du Sac, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. A national juried exhibition of 2D, 3D and mixed-media. Juror Martha Glowack selected 61 pieces to display from hundreds of submissions. Tonight she will announce the Best of Show award. Exhibit admission is free and artwork is for sale. Exhibit open for viewing March 7–May 6, 2014, school days 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m., and Saturdays 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. beginning March 22. Details at www.riverartsinc.org.
March 14: Cosmographie at the River Arts Center in the Sauk Prairie High School, 105 Ninth St., Prairie du Sac, 7:00 p.m. Media performance for our time with live music, interactive video, audio mash-ups, poetry, dance and natural landscapes for a moving and thought-provoking event about earth and the environment. Tickets $15.00 at www.riverartsinc.org or by calling 608-643-5215.
March 15: Jerrod Niemann & Charlie Worsham at the Crystal Grand Music Theatre, Wisconsin Dells, 7:30 p.m. Niemann is an atypical young country artist and Worsham is a talented multi-instrumentalist with a unique modern country sound built around traditional acoustic instruments, www.crystalgrand.com.
March 17: Circus World Museum’s spring performance season opens weekdays 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., March 17 through May 16, 2014. Magician Tristan Crist offers live weekday performances of his Theatre of Illusion show at 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Also see the Circus Cinema giant screen theater, Ringling exhibits, circus poster gallery, and tour historic buildings. Learn more here.
March 21: Graminy at the River Arts On Water Gallery, 509 Water St., Prairie du Sac, 7:00 p.m. From Madison, Wis., this pioneering group fuses classical and grassroots traditions from Bach to bluegrass, Copland to Celtic, Gershwin to Native American and more. It composes and arranges all its music, including many quick changes, generous improvisations and occasional singing, calling this class-grass. Donations at the door are recommended to benefit the River Arts Inc. programming. Learn more here or about the group at www.graminy.net.
March 22: Honeybees and Beekeeping, Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Meet at the north shore’s Nature Center, five minutes west of the Inn. Learn about these critical insect pollinators, their impact on our food supply and how to keep them. Call 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.