For Valentine’s Day whisk your sweetheart into the early 1900s for a romantic evening on the historic rails. Reserve tickets now for the Feb. 11, 2017 elegant dinner Snow Train™ at the Mid-Continent Railway Museum, an outdoor living-history museum in the hamlet North Freedom, Wis., seven miles west of Baraboo and 25 minutes west of the Inn at Wawanissee Point bed and breakfast.
Savor an expertly prepared, five-course meal by Elite Catering of Baraboo, elegantly served first-class in a restored 1914 diner-lounge train that departs at 5:30 p.m. for a 2.5-hour trip. Meander the Baraboo Hills winter wonderland as the Full Snow Moon rises, making the snow sparkle like diamonds.
Enjoy 55-minute rides along seven miles of the former Chicago & North Western Railroad in restored cars lined with windows and comfortably heated by steam or coal-fired stoves. Ride coach or first-class.
Coach Class: $21.00 at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. in a restored 1915 steel coach. Conductors ride with you to answer questions about railroad history.
First Class: $40.00 at 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. includes a beverage and hors d'oeuvres served in a restored 1914 dinner-lounge car or 1929 business car. Reservations are recommended.
Currently diesel locomotives power the train while volunteers restore the massive steam engines. All trains depart from the restored wooden depot built in 1894. Docents dress in authentic, period attire.
This museum recreates and preserves Midwestern small towns’ short-line railroad experience from the 1880s to 1916, railroading’s golden age. From 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. browse indoor and outdoor restored, vintage railway equipment displays and artifacts.
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.
Feb. 9–11: The Highwaymen: A Tribute Dinner Theatre at The Palace Theatre, Wisconsin Dells, 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Arrive 90 minutes before showtime. The original Highwaymen country-music group formed in 1985 was Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash. Today three accomplished musicians and performers recreate the friendship, comradery and music of the legends Willie, Johnny and Waylon. Learn more about the tribute group at www.highwaymenlive.com. Tickets vary per show $34.97–$56.32 and include a three-course dinner but not gratuity, taxes or service fee. Show-only tickets are available and you may order appetizers, desserts and specialty drinks. Purchase tickets by calling 608-253-4000 or at www.dellspalace.com, where you can learn more about this special performance.
Feb. 11: Eagle Watching Bus Tour, 10:00 a.m., departing from the Cedarberry Inn, Sauk City. A one-hour, educational eagle-watching bus tour by Ferry Bluff Eagle Council volunteers with great views of the majestic bird at the Ferry Bluff Eagle Council Public Overlook (with spotting scope), VFW Park and Alliant Hydroelectric Dam in Prairie du Sac. Reservations are required; tours fill quickly. Call the Cedarberry Inn at 608-643-6625 to reserve tickets, $5.00 per person. Repeats Saturday mornings Jan. 7–Feb. 18, 2017. More at ferrybluffeaglecouncil.org
Feb. 11: Blend at the Performing Art Series at the Portage Center For The Arts and Drury Gallery, Portage, 7:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m. An a cappella, doo-wop quartet from southern Illinois mixing great music of yesteryear with today's comedy and lots of fun! Tickets $15.00 at the door. Learn more at www.portagecenterforthearts.com . The center and gallery are open Wednesday to Friday 1:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., and Saturday 10:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.