Mother’s Day weekend May 11–13, 2018 is spring’s glory in the Baraboo Bluffs: peak birding and tree color, blooms abound, awakening to the dawn chorus, breakfast on the deck with humming birds and falling stars during fireside stargazing. Enjoy a pink wine tasting, Baraboo’s Spring Fair On The Square and more. Treat Mom to a refreshing getaway at the Inn at Wawanissee Point bed-and-breakfast.
During the during the Spring Fair On The Square Saturday, May 12, 2018 more than 150 artists and craftspeople will sell their work around the historic courthouse square in the Downtown Baraboo Historic District, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In the center Eat Street offers an array of savory and sweet street food with live music and performances throughout the day.
Learn more about the Spring Fair On The Square at www.downtownbaraboo.com.
Migrating birds arrive almost daily in early May: chatty catbirds, wood thrushes, Baltimore orioles, indigo buntings, ruby-throated hummingbirds, scarlet tanagers and more.
The first two weeks in May warblers return to the critical breeding habitat in the wooded bluffs around the Inn www.wisconsinbirds.org, when temperatures are warm enough for the insects they feed upon to emerge.
The Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower runs annually from April 19 to May 28, peaking May 6–7, 2018, just as it’s warm enough to enjoy your first campfire of the season on our secluded prairie terrace listening to the romantic frog chorus. Jupiter will be closest to Earth May 9 and shining brightest of the year as an evening star all night every evening for the rest of May. Order a s’mores kit and snuggle under a blanket!
May 12–13: Wisconsin Gospel Music Festival at the Crystal Grand Music Theatre, Wisconsin Dells, 7:00 p.m. Details and tickets at www.crystalgrand.com.
May 12: The Mid-Continent Railway Museum, an outdoor living-history museum in North Freedom, 10 minutes west of Baraboo, opens for the season with a Pizza Train at 11:00 a.m. and an Elegant Dinner Train at 5:30 p.m. Reserve tickets now at www.midcontinent.org.
May 12: Think Pink Spring Wine Tasting at Wollersheim Winery & Distillery along the Wisconsin River, Prairie du Sac, 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Celebrate everything pink with a casual, seated tasting of our favorite pink wines paired with light snacks in our historic Sugarloaf room. Reserve your seat, learn more at www.wollersheim.com. Repeats May 19.
May 12: Lawn Chair Bird Watching at Devil’s Lake State Park www.devilslakewisconsin.com, Baraboo, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Meet at the Steinke Basin parking lot, five minutes west of the Inn, with lawn chairs to watch with the park’s naturalist for meadow larks, sandhill cranes, red-winged black birds, maybe woodcocks and more. The Friends of Devil’s Lake State Park will grill brats for snacking. Call 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail SusanA.Johansen@wisconsin.gov with questions.
May 12: Flyways Waterfowl Museum opens for its spring season, adjacent Devil’s Lake State Park’s north shore entrance, Baraboo. Spring hours: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. duckmuseum.com
May 12: I Love The 90s at Ho-Chunk Gaming north of Baraboo, 7:00 p.m. Featuring Salt N Pepa, Kid N Play, All for One and Rob Base & Young MC. Tickets and more at www.ho-chunkgaming.com, click on Entertainment in the top menu bar, 1-800-746-2486.
May 15: Historic Indian Agency House At Fort Winnebago opens for its season, Portage, 25 minutes from the Inn, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., on 225 acres with a nature trail and at the trailhead of the Ice Age Trail’s Portage segment. www.agencyhouse.org
May 16: Fort Winnebago Surgeons Quarters Historic Site opens and celebrates 200 years in 2018, Portage, 25 minutes from the Inn, Wednesday–Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. www.fortwinnebagosurgeonsquarters.org