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Prairie Clinic, S.C. is an independent clinic offering Family Medicine, Pediatric, Obstetrics and Gynecology services.In addition to acute care and medical consultation,the clinic offers programs for Asthma,Anti-Coagulation (ProTime) and Diabetes. Some laboratory tests are completed on site: lab, x-ray, ultrasound, electrocardiogram and bone density scans.
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Thank you for picking up this guide about Sauk County. There are so many things to see and do while you are in the area, and this planner can help you decide where to begin your visit so you won’t miss out on anything! We encourage you to visit all of Sauk County… you will find that every community is unique and welcoming, and they all have something special to offer! Look for the calendar of events listings for a complete guide to area events and activities, and then LET THE FUN BEGIN! Sauk County is known for its sunny weather and great outdoor recreation, but if it is raining or your plans change and you just want to slow your pace a bit, here are some other great activities that you may enjoy while you are here! •
See the latest releases at one of our theaters.
Take a drive into Amish Country and enjoy the view. Watch for horses and buggies along the way!
Check out all of the cool stuff happening at our libraries. You’ll be amazed!
Go to a café or coffee shop for a real treat.
Find a spot to enjoy free WI-FI and catch up on the news around the world.
Workout at one of our many fitness centers or spend the day getting pampered at an area spa.
Spend the day shopping at any one of our family owned shops or boutiques.
Send some postcards to friends and family back home. Everyone loves to get mail!
Visit an art gallery, antique shop or quilt shop.
Try a new food at a restaurant or pub!
Challenge your family to a game or two of bowling.
Share some favorite memories or great family stories with each other...you will be surprised at how quickly time passes!
Most of all, rest, relax, refresh and have FUN!
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Welcomes You! Baraboo Area Chamber of Commerce PO Box 442, 600 W. Chestnut St. Baraboo, WI 53913 800-227-2266 www.baraboo.com Downtown Baraboo Inc. PO Box 317 Baraboo, WI 53913 www.downtownbaraboo.com LaValle Village Hall 101 W. Main Street LaValle, WI 53941 608-985-8383 Loganville Village Hall 130 West Street Loganville, WI 53943 608-727-5981 North Freedom Village Hall 105 North Maple Street, P.O. Box 300 North Freedom, WI 53951 608-522-4550 Reedsburg Area Chamber of Commerce 240 Railroad St., PO Box 142 Reedsburg, WI 53959 800-844-3507 www.reedsburg.org Reedsburg Revitalization Organization PO Box 505 Reedsburg, WI 53959 608-524-6993 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Rock Springs Village Hall 110 E. Broadway Rock Springs, WI 53961 608-522-5700 www.rockspringswi.com Sauk Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce 109 Phillips Blvd. Sauk City, WI 53583 800-683-2453 www.saukprairie.com www.saukprairieriverway.com
Welcome to Sauk County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4 Amish Country . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Antiques & Collectibles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Area Nature Trails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Attractions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-8 Barn Quilt Heritage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38-39 Biking Trails. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Calendar of Events Spring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11-13 Summer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23-26 Fall. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34-36 Winter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44-45 Camping & Lodging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Circus World Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16-17 Devil’s Lake State Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Dining . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42-43 Fairs, Festivals & Parades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 Farmers’ Markets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11, 23 Golf Courses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Mirror Lake State Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Nature Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Rustic Roads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Sauk County Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28-29 Summer Concerts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Theatres & Performing Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Wisconsin Scenic Byway . . . . . . . . . . . . .32-33
Baraboo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Downtown Baraboo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19-20 Lake Wisconsin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Reedsburg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Sauk Prairie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47-48 Spring Green . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Wisconsin Dells . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Spring Green Area Chamber of Commerce Spring Green - Plain - Lone Rock - Arena PO Box 3, 259 E. Jefferson St. Spring Green, WI 53588 800-588-2042 www.springgreen.com Wonewoc Village Clerk 200 West Street Wonewoc, WI 53968 608-464-3114
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Attractions 400 STATE TRAIL 240 Railroad Street, Reedsburg 800-844-3507 A 22-mile former railroad bed is now a bike, horse and snowmobile trail from Reedsburg to Elroy, passing through LaValle. The trail connects to the prestigious Elroy-Sparta trail. Bike rentals available. State trail pass is required, and available for purchase. ABLEMAN’S GORGE Located on Hwy 136, just west of Rock Springs. The gorge was formed when the Baraboo River carved a path through Baraboo quartzite, Cambrian sandstone, and conglomerate. Shear cliffs rise about 200 feet above the river, and extend for three-quarters of a mile. “The site tells a fascinating geological story of changing conditions in an ancient sea that first rose quietly against a cliff of quartzite and then, as layers of sediments gradually decreased the relief between sea floor and land, surged against the top of the cliff, wearing away quartzite and depositing a layer of cobbles and boulders across its upturned edge,” notes a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources description. Thousands of years of weathering and quarrying during the last century, have exposed virgin rock which faces the gorge. Ableman’s Gorge is owned by the DNR and the University of Wisconsin and was designated a State Natural Area in 1969. AL. RINGLING MANSION 523 Broadway, Baraboo 608-448-7455 • ringlingmansion.com This spectacular red stone mansion was built in 1905 as the home of legendary circus showman, Al. Ringling. Al. was the eldest of the five famous Ringling brothers. The Ringling Bros. Circus was at its peak when the mansion was built. The Al. Ringling Mansion is currently undergoing extensive restoration to bring it back to its former opulence and will soon feature five guest rooms. It is currently open for guided tours. Guests will see original furnishings, amazing handcarved woodwork, leaded glass, ornate murals and hand-decorated ceilings. AL. RINGLING THEATRE 136 4th Avenue, Baraboo 608-356-8864 • alringling.com America’s Prettiest Playhouse! The American Theatre Historical Society says it was “the envy of Broadway.” Newly restored!
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ALDO LEOPOLD LEGACY CENTER E13701 Levee Road, Baraboo 608-355-0279 • aldoleopold.org An educational facility with a mission to inspire an ethical relationship between people and land through the legacy of Aldo Leopold. Leopold is best known for his book A Sand County Almanac (1949), in which he sets forth his most enduring idea, a concept he termed the “land ethic”—a moral basis for how people relate to the natural world. AMERICAN PLAYERS THEATRE 5950 Golf Course Road, Spring Green 608-588-2361 • www.americanplayers.org A professional, classic theatre located just outside Spring Green. Situated on 110 acres of hilly woods and meadows, APT boasts two theatre spaces, an 1148-seat outdoor amphitheater and the 200seat indoor Touchstone Theatre. From June through October, APT produces eight plays in rotating repertory – five Up the Hill and three in the Touchstone Theatre. Central to APT’s mission is a commitment to making these great works accessible to as wide and varied an audience as possible as well as educating younger generations in the joys of these classic plays. With annual attendance of over 100,000 and an annual budget in excess of $4 million, APT ranks as the country’s second largest outdoor theatre devoted to the classics. BARABOO RIVER - SAUK COUNTY Elroy to Baraboo canoeing, kayaking and rafting. Bring your own or rent in Reedsburg or Wonewoc. Main season- April thru October. River maps available at the UW Extension Office or the Chambers of Commerce. CAL CENTER THEATRE 1100 S. Albert Avenue, Reedsburg calcenterpresents.org The Communication, Arts and Learning (CAL) Center, located adjacent to the Reedsburg Area High School, is a 600 seat, state-of-the-art auditorium. Events at the CAL Center range from local programs to regional and international professional acts. For more information visit our website. CARR VALLEY CHEESE S3797 County Rd. G, LaValle 608-986-2781 • carrvalleycheese.com Owned and operated by the Cook family, Carr Valley Cheese Company is over one-hundred years old. Nestled amongst the rolling hills and
lush pastures of central Wisconsin, it remains one of Wisconsin’s traditional cheese plants, famous for making cheese the old-fashioned way. Great cheese is made early; visit the factory before 10:30 a.m. for the best viewing. CIRCUS WORLD 550 Water St., Baraboo 800-693-1500 • circusworldbaraboo.org Feel the rhythm, excitement and grace of high-stepping horses, high flying stars, elephants, clowns, dogs, jugglers and daredevil cyclists. Located in Baraboo at the National Landmark Site where the Ringling Bros. Circus began and ascended to be the world’s greatest outdoor amusement enterprise. A full day of live shows, tours, restored circus wagons, rides, musical concerts, and colorful new exhibits. DEVIL’S HEAD RESORT S6330 Bluff Rd., Merrimac 608-493-2251 • devilsheadresort.com Sitting on top of one of the highest bluffs in Wisconsin, Devil’s Head attracts skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels because of its 500 vertical feet of excitement. The resort also offers full restaurant choices, indoor and outdoor pools and golf in the summer. DEVIL’S LAKE STATE PARK S5975 Park Rd., Baraboo 608-356-8301 dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/devilslake Devil’s Lake is the third oldest state park in Wisconsin, the largest and the most visited. Offering magnificent views from 500’ quartzite bluffs overlooking a 360-acre lake. Enjoy lakeshore picnic areas, sandy swimming beaches, 29 miles of hiking trails, or ease into the backcountry solitude. Devil’s Lake is a beautiful year-round park with an intriguing natural history along the 1,000-mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail. DRIFTLESS GLEN DISTILLERY 300 Water St., Baraboo 608-356-4536 • driftlessglen.com The Driftless Area region provides the grains, water and temperature variations that give spirits produced here their distinct “terroir” and make the barrels unique in all the world. Tours go through every inch of the production area, from grains and mash, to the fermentation tanks and process stills…all ending with a leisurely tasting of spirits. Also featured is an array of olive oils and balsamic vinegars. The full service restaurant highlights many local and fresh ingredients. DURWARD’S GLEN RETREAT & CONFERENCE CENTER W11876 McLeisch Road, Baraboo 608-356-8113 • durwardsglen.org Nestled in the Baraboo Bluffs. The Durward family came here from Scotland in 1862 as a family of artists and poets. Today, the 40 acre non-profit property has beautiful walking trails, bubbling brooks, shrines, two chapels and picnic grounds. Retreat center is available to rent with halls, kitchens and can sleep 44. The Artists Cottage, built by artist Charles Durward in 1867, has a full kitchen and can sleep 4. Open year round. Call for more information or check out our website. Events and mass schedules listed online and on Facebook. FLYWAYS WATERFOWL MUSEUM S5780 Hwy. 123 • Baraboo 608-356-0084 • duckmuseum.com Let Flyways introduce you to all the North American migratory
waterfowl. Teach your kids about wildlife and habitat management. See world class exhibits housing more than 60 ducks, geese and swans. Hear the various calls that each species makes and even climb into a duck blind. See amazing art pieces from nationally renowned waterfowl artists. FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT & TALIESIN 5607 County Highway C, Spring Green 608-588-7900 or taliesinpreservation.org The Taliesin estate including Hillside School and other buildings. Open May - October for guided tours. Weekend tours available in April & November. Admission fee. H.H. BENNETT STUDIO & HISTORY CENTER 215 Broadway, Wisconsin Dells 608-253-3523 hhbennettstudio.wisconsinhistory.org/ Picture yourself making history in over 6,000 square feet of interactive exhibits. See the Dells of the past in stunning 3-D. Visit the only preserved 19th century photography studio in existence. May 2 October 25. A State of Wisconsin Historic Site. HISTORIC DOWNTOWN BARABOO downtownbaraboo.com The historic buildings which form “the square” around the Sauk County Courthouse, Baraboo’s downtown business district house a diverse mix of art galleries, gift shops, specialty stores, and restaurants. Customer-oriented merchants, many of whom were born and raised in the Baraboo area, are sure to make your shopping experience a delightful one. HO-CHUNK GAMING S3214 County Rd. BD, Baraboo 800-746-2486 • ho-chunkgaming.com Enjoy bingo, slots, blackjack, craps, roulette, various table games, video & live poker and off-track betting as well as exciting promotions for cash, vehicles and trips. The conference center offers many options for meetings, conferences, weddings or other special events. The hotel consists of over 300 first class deluxe guest rooms and luxury suites and there are five great restaurants on site providing a wide variety of venues from an extensive buffet to exquisite fine dining. HOUSE ON THE ROCK 5754 State Road 23, Spring Green thehouseontherock.com It is a place of mystery and intrigue- a place where one person’s imagination and dreams have become reality. Located near Spring Green the House on the Rock is a unique place where memories of a lifetime are truly made. INTERNATIONAL CRANE FOUNDATION E11376 Shady Lane Rd., Baraboo 608-356-9462 • savingcranes.org World headquarters located just outside of Baraboo. Detailed information may be found in the article on page 51. MERRIMAC FERRY 608-246-3806 • merr.com/ferry A free car ferry crosses the Wisconsin River at Highway 113. The ferry operates from mid-April to November. Popularity of the 7-minute trip can result in delays (24-hours daily, weather permitting).
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MERRY MAC’S CAMPGROUND E12995 Halweg Road, Merrimac 608-493-2367 • merrymacscampground.com This 40-acre facility offers activities for all age groups, including a Swim Zone, water inflatables, jumping pillows, bikes, skate park, game room, fully furnished cabins, beach front yurts, rustic cabins or tents. Daily passes are available! MID-CONTINENT RAILWAY MUSEUM E8948 Diamond Hill Rd., North Freedom 800-930-1385 • midcontinent.org An outdoor, living museum and operating railroad recreating the small town/short line way of life during the “Golden Age of Railroading,” spanning the years 1880-1916, with operating trains, educational exhibits, and displays. Take a 7-mile, 55 minute round-trip ride through a rustic rural setting in restored 1915 steel coaches. MIRROR LAKE STATE PARK E10320 Fern Dell Road, Baraboo 608-254-2333 Sandstone bluffs border a quiet lake. Hiking, picnicking, camping, swimming, fishing, boating (rentals available) & cross-country skiing. Guided hikes and nature programs. Frank Lloyd Wright designed Seth Peterson Cottage located in park (tours and overnight rental available). Admission fee. NATURAL BRIDGE STATE PARK Sauk City/North Freedom 608-356-8301 The highlight of this 560 acre park is a large sandstone arch. A rock shelter on the site is believed inhabited by humans over 11,000 years ago. Open Spring - Fall. Wisconsin State Park Pass required. NORMAN ROCKWELL DISPLAY 200 Viking Drive, Reedsburg Delight in every piece of this large art collection, showcasing the joys, sorrows and laughter found in ordinary life in America! This display can be publicly viewed at the Voyageur Inn and Conference Center in Reedsburg.
THE RIVER ARTS CENTER 105 9th Street, Prairie du Sac 608-643-5636 • riverartscenter.org Established in 2000 as a comprehensive cultural center with a 500 seat proscenium theatre, gallery and meeting space. Available to host business and social events. RIVER ARTS ON WATER GALLERY 590 Water Street, Prairie du Sac 608-643-5215 • www.riverartsinc.org The River Arts on Water Gallery is a gallery and event space dedicated to the cultural and ecological vitality of the Sauk Prairie community. It features local and regional artists from all mediums. It is also the administrative office for River Arts, Inc. and a ticket outlet for River Arts, Inc. events. The gallery hosts monthly house concerts, as well as, gallery talks, classes and workshops. It is open Tuesday through Saturday 10am-5pm, and Sunday 11 am-3 pm. RIVERSIDE AND GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY N115 County Rd. N, Wisconsin Dells 608-254-6367 • randgn.com The R&GN is a 15-inch gauge living railroad museum offering fun for young and old. Ride the live steam trains along a 3 mile roadbed winding through scenic canyons, beautiful wooded areas, and majestic rock cuts beside the Dells of the Wisconsin River. SAUK CITY HISTORIC PARK 600 Block of Water Street, Sauk City saukprairieriverway.com The park consists of the Fair Valley Schoolhouse, Old Time Candy Shoppe, the Hahn House and one of the earliest Sauk City shops – The Boots & Shoes. Visitors can tour the buildings and purchase old time candy on Saturday afternoons in the summer. The park and riverwalk are open year-round. Historic Walking & Wheels Tour Guide available at www.saukprairieriverway.com
SAUK COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY 531 4th Ave., Baraboo 608-356-1001 • saukcountyhistory.org Located in the carefully preserved Van Orden mansion. Thousands of OCHSNER PARK AND ZOO artifacts relating to the pioneer, Native American, military, textile, and 903 Park St., Baraboo architectural history of Sauk County are displayed on two floors of 608-355-2760 the mansion. In addition to the museum, the SCHS has a new research cityofbaraboo.com/parksandrecreation facility, the History Center, which supports a research library with an This quaint zoo is located in the heart of Baraboo and is host to over 15 extensive collection of pictures, documents, genealogical resources, species of animals. One of the few free zoos in Wisconsin, it is a great newspapers and memorabilia relating to Sauk County and its place to take a time out. Ochsner Park and Zoo is open year round inhabitants. and offers ample parking, picnic areas, playground and special events SUMMERSET THEATRE throughout the year. 608-355-5300 REEDSBURG AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY Come and enjoy affordable, professional outdoor theatre overlooking PIONEER LOG VILLAGE the Baraboo Hills. Call for ticket information. E7882 Hwy. 33, Reedsburg 608-524-2850 This seasonal stop (June– October) will take you back to a time when there were no phones, bathrooms, running water or electricity. This collection of log buildings from the area is nestled in the pines just 3 miles east of Reedsburg at Hwy. 33. The village features fully furnished log homes, a church, school, general store, blacksmith shop, library and three museum buildings. The village is only open Saturdays or by appointment, but it is well worth fitting into your vacationing schedule.
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TIMBAVATI WILDLIFE PARK 2220 Wisconsin Dells Parkway, Wisconsin Dells 608-253-2391 • timbavatiwildlifepark.com Experience the thrill of learning about an array of wonderful animals, while developing a personal connection with them. Be entertained on the 15 acres with 55 species & over 200+ animals and exhibits to enjoy! Consider bringing a lunch or snack basket and enjoy spending the entire day at Timbavati Wildlife Park.
TRIPP HERITAGE MUSEUM 565 Water Street, Prairie du Sac saukprairiehistory.org The museum contains a substantial archive of photographs, historical information, rotating exhibits and one of the state’s largest collections of mounted birds. The museum is open Tuesdays 9 am-Noon; Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am-1 pm; and during special weekend and evening events.
Groceries &Gas 150 Vik ing Drive, Reedsburg, WI • (608) 524-6108
• Quality Meats Cut Fresh Daily • Fresh Bakery Items • Delectable Deli with Sit-down Seating • Farm Fresh Produce • Huge Variety of Gluten Free & Organic Items
WISCONSIN BIG CAT RESCUE 305 Pine St., Rock Springs 608-524-5466 • wisconsinbigcats.org Providing a safe place and a comfortable home for abused, neglected, and unwanted big cats. Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue is home to 28 big cats including lions, tigers and leopards. Offering a variety of tours and learning experiences for all ages. Some tours require advance reservations. WOLLERSHEIM WINERY 7876 Hwy. 188, Prairie du Sac 608-643-6515 or 800-VIP-WINE (847-9463) wollersheim.com Nestled on the bluffs above the Wisconsin River, historic Wollersheim Winery is known for its picturesque hillside vineyards and underground aging cellars. The winery makes traditional barrel-aged reds, innovative white wines, delicious red and white port wines and Wisconsin grown Coquard Brandy, as well as, innovative white wines such as its well-known Prairie Fumé. Guided tours and wine tastings available daily year-round 10 am-5 pm. Outdoor wine garden available spring through fall.
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935 8th Street • Baraboo • (608) 356-6969
1625 E. Main St Reedsburg • 524-3880
21 Wisc Dells Pkwy Lake Delton • 254-7646
935 8th St. • Baraboo, WI • 356-6969
The Area’s Largest & Best Variety of Cold Beer, Imports & Micros! Selection of Wines Assortment of LiquorIt’s Guaranteed to Amaze You! Walk-in Cigar Humidor inside Viking Liquor, Reedsburg
Mix & Match From Hundreds of Beer Varieties
FULL-SIZE TRAIN RIDES!
OPEN DAILY ..............June 6 - Sept. 2 OPEN WEEKENDS ....May 7 - June 5 and Sept. 3 - Oct. 16 DEPARTURES* ..........11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. MUSEUM HOURS......9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on days trains operate *Times may differ during special events.
RIDE INTO THE PAST! Take a 55-minute, 7-mile roundtrip journey through rural Sauk County aboard early 1900s railcars. Ride in coach cars, a caboose, locomotive cab, or reserve a seat for one of the onboard dining trains. DISCOVER THE RICH HISTORY of railroading through our museum filled with restored locomotives, railcars & more! Find the perfect souvenir in our railroad gift shop. Museum admission is FREE. Train rides require ticket purchase. Call or visit website for ticket prices. Free parking and picnic facilities.
EVENTS SCHEDULE WWI Encampment .............May 21-22 Stars & Stripes Special .......... July 2-4 Wooden Car Tours .............Sept. 17-18 Autumn Color Weekend™ ..... Oct. 7-9 Pumpkin Special™ ............. Oct. 15-16 Santa Express™ .................Nov. 26-27 Snow Train™ 2017.............. Feb. 11-12 ONBOARD DINING SCHEDULE Elegant Dinner Train May 7 Aug. 20 Oct. 1, 8, 15 Feb. 11 (2017) Pizza Train May 7 Aug. 20 Oct. 15 Brunch Train May 8 (Mother’s Day) BBQ Train June 18
NEW! Build a Burger Train July 16 NEW! Margarita & Taco Train July 16 Wine & Cheese Train Sept. 17 NEW! Beer Train Oct. 1 First Class Trains Oct. 8 & 9 Feb. 11 & 12 (2017)
MID-CONTINENT RAILWAY MUSEUM
For info & reservations call 608-522-4261 -or- 800-930-1385 www.midcontinent.org
E8948 Museum Rd., North Freedom, WI 53951
15 minutes from Baraboo 30 minutes from Wisconsin Dells
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Located in the rolling hills and driftless area of south central Wisconsin, the City of Reedsburg (pop.9,500) is the perfect place to shop, play, eat or stay! Reedsburg is like a breath of fresh air in the center of the state’s busiest tourist area, and offers great relaxation, affordable family events, and plenty of opportunities to get out and unwind! In addition to our strong agricultural heritage and progressive industrial and commercial base, Reedsburg has a growing food, arts and music scene and has become a four season destination. It is ideal for either a day trip, an overnight stay or a week long getaway! The community offers great indoor and outdoor recreation, several seasonal festivals and the chance to meet some of the friendliest people around. Your visit won’t be complete without taking some time to enjoy a home-cooked meal, to shop in our unique stores, or to stay in a room prepared especially for you. Our community is a special place… a place to have fun, a place to make memories and a place to visit year after year. Come join the fun… and Discover Reedsburg!
Big City Style & Home Town Services Lorraine’s Mini Mall
• Home Decor & Accessories • Specialty Wines & Artisan Spirits Call to • Unique Gifts find out about • Kitchen Gadgets & Cookware our next wine tasting event! • Children’s Books & Toys 170 E. Main St., Reedsburg (608) 768-7688 www.blueheronstore.com
Looking to downsize or clear out an estate? We offer Professional Estate Sale Services from Sort to Sold. We’d love to host your Estate Sale. Call for our availability!
Multi-Dealer Antique Mall Featuring a Large Variety of Furniture, Primitives, Glassware, Jewelry, Coins, & More! Visit Us In The Historic Hotel Stolte Cornerstone Building
200 E. Main Street, Downtown Reedsburg 608-524-0000
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We have everything a Quilter needs except more time!
www.qquilts.com We carry a variety of Patterns, Books & Notions. Classes offered for beginners to advanced.
9-10,000 bolts of fabric in stock everyday!
STYLISH CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES
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KITCHEN TOOLS & MIXES
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SPRING CALENDAR OF EVENTS
26 Saturday Reedsburg 11AM Easter Candy Hunt in City Park.
26 Saturday Sauk City 10AM EGGStravaganza Easter Egg Hunt. Join in the search for eggs at Meyer Oak Grove Park and all things Easter at the Harley-Davidson dealership., Sauk Prairie Harley Davidson and Meyer Oak Grove Park. 836 Phillips Boulevard, Sauk City, WI 53583, www.saukprairiehd.com 800-972-6895
27 Sunday Reedsburg 4-6PM Open Table Community Meal at St. John Lutheran Church.
1-17 Wisconsin Dells Always…Patsy Cline. A musical play, complete with down home country humor and true emotion. Includes many of Patsy’s unforgettable hits! Information at 608-253-4000 and www.DellsPalace.com
Friday Spring Green 5–7PM Made In The Valley Market – The Spring Green General Store An indoor market held the first Friday of each month for local handcrafted items (food and non-food). Jams, Pork, Beeswax Candles, Eggs, Honey, Body Care Products, Popcorn, Bird Seed, Baked Goods, Vegetables, Duck Eggs, Quilted Items, Dried Beans, Jewelry, Cards, Arts & Crafts.
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Saturday Baraboo Titanic Dinner. Visit the Al. Ringling Mansion for a one of a kind, first class experience and reenactment of the last dinner served aboard the Titanic 104 years ago! The evening will include an extraordinary feast served in the “First Class Dining Saloon” which will give guests a valuable insight into how first class passengers on the Titanic would have dined. Call 608-448-7455 for more information.
Saturday Reedsburg 8AM Reedsburg Vet Fest. Lions/ Jaycee Bldg. in Nishan Park.
10 Sunday Reedsburg 8AM-12Noon VFW Breakfast. 15 Friday Baraboo International Crane Foundation Season Opening 9AM-5PM. ICF opens for the season daily from 9AM – 5PM. Learn about cranes and ICF’s global conservation programs on a guided tour with a naturalist. Enjoy exploring our nature trails, visit our unique gift shop, and discover our interactive exhibits. Visit savingcranes.org or call 608-356-9462. 16 Saturday Baraboo Sauk County Fairest of the Fair Competition Clarion Hotel & Convention Center, Baraboo. The contestant chosen as Sauk County Fairest of the Fair will not only serve as hostess of the 2016 Fair, but will also work alongside the Fair Board to promote the Fair throughout the year by attending various community events. Visit saukcountyfair.com for details and application. 16 Saturday Baraboo Midwest Crane Count. Join over 2,000 volunteers spanning the upper Midwest for the 2016 Annual Midwest Crane Count as we monitor the return of Sandhill and Whooping Cranes to their northern breeding grounds. Visit cranecount.org for more information or call 608-356-9462. 16 Saturday Reedsburg 9AM-1PM Community Connection Day at Chamber of Commerce. 16 Saturday North Freedom 4-8PM North Freedom Walleye Feed at American Legion Hall. 23 Saturday Reedsburg 7:30PM Sweet Dreams and Honky Tonks (Country Music) at CAL Center.
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24 Sunday Reedsburg 4-6PM Open Table Community Meal at St. John Lutheran Church. 24 Sunday Baraboo Encore!! Art 8 Reuse, Recycle, Rethink. Where others see trash, these artists saw an opportunity to reassemble, renew or re-purpose to create artworks of lasting value. Held in conjunction with Sauk County Earth Day at the University of Wisconsin - Baraboo/Sauk campus. For more information go to saukcountyartassociation.com 24 Sunday Baraboo Sauk County Earth Day Event 10AM -3PM. Join in the celebration of Earth Day with a free family event and fun activities for all. UW-Baraboo Sauk County Campus, 1006 Connie Rd, Baraboo, WI 53913, saukcountyearthday.org • 608-355-4839.
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Friday Spring Green 5–7PM Made In The Valley Market – The Spring Green General Store An indoor market held the first Friday of each month for local handcrafted items (food and non-food). Jams, Pork, Beeswax Candles, Eggs, Honey, Body Care Products, Popcorn, Bird Seed, Baked Goods, Vegetables, Duck Eggs, Quilted Items, Dried Beans, jewelry, Cards, Arts & Crafts.
6-8 Friday-Sunday Baraboo Spring Swap Meet & Auction. Badger Steam and Gas Engine Club. Gas engines, tractors, farm primitives, collectibles, tools, cars, trucks, parts and more. Auction (absolute/no reserve) at 10am Saturday. Food available on grounds. Free admission and free parking! Vendor info at badgersteamandgas.com
26 Tuesday Reedsburg 4-8PM Reedsburg Fire Department Spaghetti Supper.
Saturday Loganville 8AM-4PM Loganville Community Wide Garage Sale.
29 Friday Baraboo Baraboo’s Arbor Day Celebration. Located at the future arboretum site in Maxwell-Potter Conservancy on Hill Street. Hear about plans for the new City Arboretum and participate in a ceremonial tree planting to celebrate Arbor Day and the City of Baraboo’s 24 years as a “Tree City USA” designation by the National Arbor Day Foundation. For more information call 608-355-2760 or visit cityofbaraboo.com
Saturday Reedsburg 10AM-1PM Kid’s Fit & Safe Day at RACA.
Saturday Sauk City Roxbury Rural Run & Kids Country Mile, Kids Country Mile 8:15AM; Half-pint Half Mile 8:30AM; Roxbury Rural Run 9:15AM, Roxbury Rural Run & Kids Country Mile, sponsored by the Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital Foundation. Dorf Haus Restaurant, 8931 County Road Y, Sauk City, WI 53578, www.saukprairiehealthcare.org 608-643-3311.
Saturday Spring Green Taste Of Spring Green & Wine Walk. Throughout Spring Green, merchants will be showcasing the best from local River Valley producers, growers and manufacturers of food and drink. Featuring everything from beer & wine, raw foods, and cheese to vegetables, beef, BBQ sauce and more! Pick up a map at any participating merchant, nibble your way around the great shops in the village.
Sunday North Freedom Mother’s Day at Mid-Continent Railway Museum. Show your MOM how special she is with a First Class experience at Mid-Continent Railway Museum. In addition to our regularlyscheduled coach trains, Brunch trains are offered. Saturday, May 7th Pizza Train or Elegant Dinner Train. Sunday, May 8th Mother’s Day Brunch Train. For more information call 800-930-1385 or visit mid-continent.org
29 Friday Reedsburg 6-9PM Reedsburg Uncorked Downtown Wine Walk. Tickets go on sale March 29 at the Chamber of Commerce.
Sunday Reedsburg “400” State Trail officially reopens for bicycles.
Sunday Reedsburg 1PM Community “Bike and Hike” at 400 State Trail. Reedsburg Area Chamber of Commerce.
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Friday Baraboo Downtown Baraboo Spring Wine Walk. Join Downtown Baraboo merchants for a wine tasting tour along with delicious food, entertainment, in store promotions and a leisurely stroll around downtown with your friends! Tickets go on sale at 9am one month prior to the event
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Sunday Baraboo Mother’s Day at ICF. Mom gets in FREE on Mother’s Day. Treat your mom to a relaxing day in nature with guided tours and nature hikes. Visit savingcranes.org or call 608-356-9462 to learn more about our on-site and on-line opportunities throughout the year. Sunday Reedsburg 8AM-12Noon VFW Breakfast.
12 Thursday Reedsburg 12Noon Community Golf Outing at Reedsburg Country Club. 12-14 Thursday-Saturday Reedsburg Reedsburg Community Wide Garage Sale. 12-15 Thursday-Sunday Reedsburg Reedsburg Public Library Book Sale. 13 Friday Rock Springs 6-10PM Rock Springs Full Throttle Night. 13 Friday Prairie du Sac Around the World in 80 Days, 7PM, A Play by Mark Brown adapted from Jules Verne’s novel Presented by Driftless Area Repertory Theatre, River Arts Center, 105 9th St, Prairie du Sac, WI 53578, www.riverartsinc.org • 608-643-5215. 13-14 Friday & Saturday Sauk City Madison Magazine BBQ Festival, Fri. 5PM-11PM. Sat. 12PM-11PM; The Madison Magazine BBQ Festival is a Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) sanctioned contest. It will feature 24 BBQ pros to entertain and delight, two days of live music, delicious food and beer, children’s activities, demos, a poker run and more! Meyer Oak Grove Park, 780 Phillips Blvd, Sauk City, WI 53583 www.madmagbbqfest.com; 800-683-2453. 14 Saturday Wonewoc Wonewoc Old Fashioned Day 608-464-3114. 14 Saturday Baraboo Spring Fair on the Square 9AM-4PM. Rain or Shine. Admission is free. Over 150+ Artists and Crafters, “Eat Street” Food court, farmers market, kids’ entertainment and bounce houses, live music and performances. For more info about the fair or becoming a vendor: downtownbaraboo.com 20 Friday Rock Springs 6-10PM Rock Springs Full Throttle Night.
20-22 Friday-Sunday Baraboo Circus World opens for 58th Summer Season. The daring and dashing Ryan Easley showcases eight royal Bengal tigers in two shows, each and every day. Also new for 2016 is juggling sensation Eric Fernandes, dazzling hula hoops by Irina Chapay, Adilson Fernandez, precarious perch on a stack of chairs reaching to the top of the big top tent, the outrageous comedy of Steve and Ryan, America’s funniest clown duo, astonishing aerial agility by the Poema sisters, plus animal acts big and small. But wait… there’s more, with extreme danger on the Double Wheel of Destiny thrill act, the Wacky and Wonderful “Nothing but Nonsense” Vaudeville-styled Comedy Show, “Shake, Rattle & Toot Music Show, Exhilarating New Exhibits and Wagon Restoration Projects; all bringing the colorful world of the circus alive for children of all ages! Remember, IT’S BETTER LIVE! 608-356-8341 or circusworldbaraboo.org 21 Saturday Baraboo PAWS Pledge Walk and Fun Festival. PAWS Pledge Walk is the Sauk Co. Humane Society’s biggest fundraiser of the year. PAWS Walk is more than “just” a walk. It is a fun family event for young and old, with pledge prizes, games, live music, a raffle, demonstrations, vendors, activities, and food! Info: saukhumane.org or 608-356-2520 ext. 12. 21 Saturday Baraboo Family Day at the Leopold Center Every spring, we kick off our visitation season with our annual Famliy Day/ Open House at the Leopold Center! This is a free, family-friendly event, featuring hands-on activities for kids and families. The day has included hikes, live reptiles, hayrides, watercolor painting, and more! Food is available for purchase on-site. Come on out and bring the kids for an afternoon of fun! aldoleopold.org 608-355-0279. 22 Sunday Reedsburg 4-6PM Open Table Community Meal at St. John Lutheran Church. 27 Friday Rock Springs Rock Springs Full Throttle Night. 27-28 Fri. & Sat. Prairie du Sac FFA Alumni Spring Dirt Fling Truck & Tractor Pull, Friday 6:30PM start. Saturday 7PM start. The Sauk Prairie FFA Alumni kicks off another Tractor Pulling season on Memorial Day Weekend playing host to their annual “Spring Dirt Fling”. FFA Alumni Park located under the eagle water tower in the Prairie du Sac Industrial Park. Brad Kruchten 608-963-7293.
28 Saturday Baraboo Military Service Day at Circus World. Free admission for all Veterans, active duty military personnel, and their families. Arrive at 9:00 a.m. for a 9:30 a.m. program honoring all branches of the military. Help us honor these brave men, women and families while spending a fun-filled day at Circus World. circusworldbaraboo.org 29 Sunday Reedsburg 11AM Chicken BBQ at Historical Society Pioneer Log Village - Hwy. 33. 29 Sunday Reedsburg Pioneer Log Village Hope on a bus for a Historical Bus Tour around Reedsburg. Visit historic locations that are rich with history and great stories. For info visit reedsburg.org 29 Sunday Spring Green 19th Annual Bobfest Memorial Day Weekend An outdoor music festival celebrating the songs of Bob Dylan, held in the backyard of The Spring Green General Store. More than eight hours of live music, a special menu in the cafe & local beers on tap. This is a free event, but please do not bring carry-ins. Visit www.springgreengeneralstore.com 29 Sunday Baraboo The Corpus Christi Mass and Procession 11 AM at Durward’s Glen Retreat and Conference Center. This is the 103rd year that the feast of Corpus Christi has been celebrated at Durward’s Glen. This traditional Catholic Feast of Corpus Christi dates back to 1230 AD. The mass will be celebrated at the outdoor Holy Family Altar by Fr. Pedro Escribano, from Divine Mercy Parish. Followed by a picnic style luncheon. For more information visit durwardsglen.org, or call (608) 356-8113. 30 Monday Reedsburg Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony at Greenwood Cemetery. 30 Monday LaValle 11AM LaValle Memorial Day Ceremony at at Honor Roll Memorial. 30 Monday LaValle 11:30AM-2PM LaValle American Legion Chicken BBQ & Pork Chop Dinner. 30 Monday North Freedom North Freedom Memorial Day Program at Oakhill Cemetery.
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Baraboo welcomes visitors with the charm of a small town that has pristine vistas, colorful history and unlimited choices of things to do! You can browse in unique shops, visit our historic downtown square, explore some of the most scenic natural areas in Wisconsin, ride the rails on vintage locomotives, see a circus and learn its history, marvel at some of the world’s most beautiful birds, try your luck at the state’s largest casino, and so much more. It all begins here in Baraboo! Unleash the kid in you at Circus World Museum, located on the site of the original Ringling Brothers Circus winter quarters on the Baraboo River. This facility is recognized as the world’s premier circus history institution, and strives to keep the glamour of one of America’s favorite pastimes alive through the preservation of circus history, live circus performances, and educational outreach programs, including authentic horse-drawn circus parades. Join us on Saturday, July 23 for our Annual Baraboo Big Top Parade & Circus Celebration in Downtown Baraboo. The streets come alive with the sights and sounds of the circus. Come for the weekend and don’t miss the 2 pm parade start in our historic downtown.
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Circus World - Taking a Walk on the Wild Side! Circus World has gone WILD with new shows, new exhibits, new acts, and new performers. “Circus World has ramped up the thrills, the laughs, and the wild encounters – both human and animal; for an unforgettable day at the circus,” states Executive Director Scott O’Donnell. So step this way and discover what’s wild, fun, and new at Circus World for 2016. The tigers are back with Ryan Holder’s Tiger Adventures, featuring 8 Bengal and Siberian tigers. “Ryan and his tigers are a wonderful addition to our daily schedule,” says Scott O’Donnell. “After elephants, tigers are the number one request we get from our visitors.” In Tiger Adventures, Ryan demonstrates learned behaviors; talking about the lives of these majestic animals, and the threat of extinction they face in their homelands due to poaching and habitat loss. Using the Standardized Training and Reinforcement System (STARS), the tigers learn to repeat natural movements as a response to a variety of cues. Everything is created through reward and repetition; it all takes a lot of patience and a lot of meat treats. Tiger Adventure takes place in a new compound at Circus World created specifically for the tigers. They spend the majority of their day sleeping and playing in this secure enclosure. Guests can watch them play with “toys” provided for their enrichment, like logs for clawing, pools for swimming, cardboard boxes for destroying and even bowling balls. “The best part of every day,” states Ryan, “is watching the tigers be tigers.” American humorist Art Buchwald said, “There are two times when the circus means something
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to people. Once when they are children and see it through their own eyes and again when they have the opportunity to see it through their children’s eyes.” Watching the Big Top Show gives everyone the chance to be a kid again. Guests are drawn into the action taking place less than 30 feet away. “It’s impossible to ignore a circus performance,” says ringmaster Dave SaLoutos, “the action is right there, the performers dazzle and amaze, and you feel and smell the elephants as they waltz past you. It touches the soul and lifts you up… there is nothing like it on earth!” The 2016 Big Top Show will be accompanied by a live band led by Prof. Larry Stout, and features the razzle-dazzle juggling of Eric Fernandes, the gyroscopic hula hoops of Irina Chapay, the unabashed joy of Dallas Zoppe’s happy rescue dogs, the supreme hilarity of clown duo Steve and Ryan, a precarious tower of chairs stacked to the roof of the tent by acrobat Adilson Fernandes, the graceful Poema Sisters on the double trapeze, and those magnificent Circus World elephants. It’s no wonder that famed entertainer Jimmy Durante said, “I LOVE A CIRCUS… it pleases grandma and grandpa, ma and pa and the kids. I love the circus!” Hold the phone and hide the good china because Steve and Ryan, the Sultans of Slapstick, not only appear in the circus performance, but step out of makeup with Nothing But Nonsense. This brand new show is a comedic cavalcade of singing, dancing and visual gags that has people everywhere asking, “Who on earth hired these two?!” Growing up, Steve and Ryan were reared on a steady diet of The
Three Stooges, Looney Tunes, and the music of Spike Jones & His City Slickers. They didn’t let a lack of formal training deter them from learning, practicing and performing comedy. Since their first meeting at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey in 2003, Steve and Ryan have appeared all over the world with their unique brand of youthful slapstick, impeccable timing, and contagious enthusiasm. Nothing But Nonsense is a raucous romp jam-packed with music, magic, and a myriad of other underwhelming achievements. They’ll have you laughing so hard… rubber chickens shoot out your nose! This is one extravaganza you will never forget….no matter how hard you try. Want more wild? How about two guys walking the Double Wheel of Destiny, thirty-five feet up in the air… blindfolded. And that’s still not all… tours of the world’s largest collection of authentic wooden circus wagons, glorious concerts on the fully restored 1903 Royal American Shows Gavioli Band Organ, elephant rides, carousel rides, and a kid’s zone loaded with bounce houses, games and fun playground equipment. Let’s supersize that experience at the same low price with 8 buildings of colorful exhibits including a new installation of the splendiferous Seimor Bros. Miniature Circus, and the Gollmar Bros. Greatest of American Shows, and don’t forget those wacky antique musical novelty instrument concerts called Shake, Rattle and Toot! Take a walk on the wild side at the National Historic Site where the Ringlings created a circus dynasty. Discover Circus World in beautiful Baraboo, for a circus adventure your family and friends will never forget.
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Amish The Amish communities of Wisconsin are centered in three general areas: in the northeastern part of the state south and east of the city of Eau Claire; in the southeast region stretching from Whitewater down to Beloit; and in the south-central region, including our very own counties of Columbia, Green Lake, Marquette, Sauk and Vernon.
Generally, all the Amish in southcentral Wisconsin are Old Order Amish, with no tractors in the fields, few telephones except at an occasional shop or along a lonely lane, hookand-eye closures on clothing instead of buttons, and small one-room schoolhouses. One can find several Amish businesses, or businesses supporting Amish heritage, along many routes in the area. Most of these roads are very old and follow the "lay of the land", and were constructed using routes in existence in the 1700's and 1800's. Once into the interior of Amish country, take your time and enjoy the drive! Please slow down and show courtesy to horse-drawn wagons and buggies – we want everyone to remain safe. Besides, scenery is always more enjoyable when viewed at a slower pace. You will wind along bluff tops, down alongside rushing creeks and through uplands dotted with farms and country churches. The lodging and food choices here are fewer but perfectly fine; ranging from country inns to family motels to cabins. Enjoy a quiet drive through Amish country and discover a simpler time and an area rich in heritage. For a map of Amish treasures for sale, stop at a local Chamber of Commerce.
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SUMMER CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Farmers’ Markets DOWNTOWN BARABOO Wednesdays & Saturdays May - October 7:30 am - 1 pm Only Wisconsin-produced fruits, vegetables, meats, cheese, eggs, bakery items, flowers, plants, preserves, maple syrup, honey, herbs and herbal products offered directly from the people who make or grow them. Located in Historic Downtown Baraboo on Oak Street - between 3rd and 4th Streets. Sundays May 24 – October 18 10 am - 3pm includes antiques, collectibles, arts, crafts, produce and more. Located on the Courthouse Square on Oak Street in Downtown Baraboo between 3rd and 4th Streets. - Rain or Shine. downtownbaraboo.com
Wednesday Reedsburg 6:30PM Concert in the Park. Reedsburg Area High School Jazz Groups.
2-4 Thursday-Saturday Baraboo Baraboo Area Community Wide Garage Sales. Area Wide Garage Sales along with Sales and Specials from anyone in our community who wishes to participate: merchants, crafters, artists, bars, grills, cafes, restaurants, farmers, gardeners, wine makers and so on. For more information visit baraboo.com 3
REEDSBURG Fridays May - October
Some of the many items for sale at this market include baked goods, cheese, flowers, eggs, seafood, herbs, vegetables, honey, jams, maple syrup, meats, nursery, nuts, plants, poultry, prepared foods and soap. 2000 North Dewey Ave., Reedsburg at the Reedsburg Area Medical Center. SPRING GREEN Saturdays May 14 - October 15 8 am - 12 pm In the grassy area at the Spring Green Library. Tim Blum at 608-963-8849 or John Pate at 608-963-0874. 3-5 Friday-Sunday North Freedom North Freedom Community Wide Garage Sale.
3-4 Friday & Saturday Baraboo Southern Wisconsin ATHS Truck Expo & Show. Annual Truck Expo & Show hosted by the Southern Wisconsin Chapter of the American Truck Historical Society at the Sauk County Fairgrounds. All trucks welcome: old, new, working and show trucks! Free Parking, Free Admission and No Entry Fee. Concessions and Camping Available on Grounds. For more info contact:
SAUK PRAIRIE Saturdays Prairie du Sac May - October 8 am - 12 pm Variety of local goods and produce for sale. In the green space across from the Blue Spoon Cafe, 565 Water Street, Prairie du Sac, WI 53578. LAVALLE Saturdays June - October
Saturday Prairie du Sac Garden Bus Tour, 9AM- 1PM. Take a guided tour of Sauk Prairie’s favorite gardens, River Arts Center, 105 9th St, Prairie du Sac, WI 53578, www.riverartsinc.org 608-643-5215
Saturday Baraboo “Friends of the Grandstand” Truck and Tractor Pull. At the Sauk County Fairgrounds; 4:00 pm start time. Proceeds raised will be used to continue restoration and improvements of the historic grandstand at the fairgrounds. Visit saukcountyfair.com for more information.
Prairie du Sac Garden Thyme Sauk Prairie Garden Tour, 9AM-1PM, River Arts, Inc. is thrilled to invite you to enjoy some of our area’s premier gardens, attend one or all of our special events, and create your own “Fairy Garden”. , River Arts on Water Gallery, 590 Water St, Prairie du Sac, WI 53578, http:// www.riverartsonwater.org/ 608-643-5215
4-5 Saturday & Sunday Reedsburg National Trails and State Park FREE Weekend “400 State Trail”.
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4-5 Saturday & Sunday Reedsburg Civil War Life on the Homefront. Reedsburg Area Historial Society Pioneer Log Village. 5
Sunday Baraboo 33rd Annual Zoo Crew Day at Ochsner Park and Zoo, Baraboo. Annual fundraiser for the Zoo: Food and refreshments, children’s games and activities, live music, arts/crafts fair, animal demonstrations and more! Come out and support our local zoo with a fun-filled day of food and activities. cityofbaraboo.com
Sunday Baraboo 4th Annual Otter Run/Walk. Held at Ochsner Park Zoo. 9:30 am start time. Participate in the 8K (4.9 mile) Run or 1.5 mile walk with all proceeds going to support the Ochsner Park Zoo educational programs and facility improvements. Refreshments and t-shirts available to participants and medals to top runners in each age group. 608-355-2760 or cityofbaraboo.com/ parksandrecreation
3-5 Friday-Sunday Reedsburg Game Day USA Tournament at Nishan Park.
Friday Rock Springs 6-10PM Rock Springs Full Throttle Night.
3-5 Friday-Sunday North Freedom 37th Annual Chicken BBQ and Softball Tournament. Event is held at the North Freedom Village Park. Softball games, 5K run/walk, music and refreshments throughout the weekend. Proceeds are used for the purchase and upkeep of equipment. villageofnorthfreedom.com/NFFD.php
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Tuesday Sauk City “June Tunes” Riverway Concerts in the Park, 6:30PM – 8:30PM. Enjoy an evening of music in the park. Food available for purchase from nonprofits. Meyer Oak Grove Park, 780 Phillips Boulevard, Sauk City, WI 53583, www.saukprairie.com; 608-643-4168. CONTINUED ON PAGE 24
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Tuesday Reedsburg 10AM Musician Tom Pease at Reedsburg Public Library. Wednesday Reedsburg 6:30PM Concert in the Park. Ladies Must Swing.
10-12 Friday-Sunday Reedsburg Game Day USA Tournament at Nishan Park. 10 Friday Rock Springs 6-10PM Rock Springs Full Throttle Night. 11 Saturday Prairie du Sac Sauk Prairie Fly-In, Begins 7AM, Come out for the Sauk Prairie Fly-In at the Sauk Prairie Airport. Activities start at 7:00am with a trading post. Food vendors, tours of helicopters and airplanes, all types of free kids’ activities and more! Sauk Prairie Airport, E11398 County Road PF, Prairie du Sac, WI 53578, www.saukprairieairport.com 608-643-5270 11 Saturday Reedsburg Sauk County Dairy Breakfast. Kinnamon Ridge Dairy Farm, S3175 White Road, Reedsburg. Starts at 7AM. 11 Saturday Baraboo Duck Calling Contest & Brat Fry. Annual duck calling contest along with a brat fry to benefit the non-profit birding, habitat conservation and waterfowl art museum. Everyone is encouraged to come out to this fun, family friendly event designed to promote a love of waterfowling! Advanced registration is appreciated but not required. Not a sanctioned event - prizes awarded to the top 3 winners in each division: Open, Women &Youth. More information available at duckmuseum.com or call 608-225-7732. 12 Sunday Reedsburg 8AM-12Noon VFW Breakfast. 12 Sunday Rock Springs Rock Springs Celebration. 608-522-5077. 12 Sunday Valton 11AM-3PM The Painted Forest Enjoy sculptural automata, live music and woodfired pizza. 12 Sunday Baraboo Circus of the Chefs ….The Gala 2016! The annual event features over 30 exceptional chefs, vintners and brewmasters from the finest restaurants, wineries, breweries and bakeries in the Madison, Baraboo, Prairie du Sac, and Lake Delton/ Wisconsin Dells area. Live music, chef awards, a free martini bar and the best of the big top circus performance round out a festive evening of friends, food and
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fun to celebrate and benefit Wisconsin’s National Treasure - Circus World. circusworldbaraboo.org
Baraboo, or by calling (608) 356-8113. St. Joseph’s Catholic School, Baraboo, WI www.durwardsglen.org; 608-356-8113
13-19 Monday-Sunday Reedsburg Reedsburg Butterfest. Monday, June 13: Little Miss Reedsburg Contest. Tuesday, June 14: Miss Reedsburg Contest. Wednesday, June 15: Midway Opens Family Night. Thursday, June 16: Farmer’s Night. Friday, June 17: Truck and Tractor Pull. Saturday, June 18: Run for the Butter, Parade, Chicken BBQ, Craft Fair, Demolition Derby. Sunday, June 19: ATV/Tough Truck Races, Chicken BBQ.
18 Saturday North Freedom 1PM, 5:30PM, BBQ Train: Mid-Continent Railway Museum.
14 Tuesday Sauk City “June Tunes” Riverway Concerts in the Park, 6:30PM – 8:30PM. Enjoy an evening of music in the park. Food available for purchase from nonprofits. Meyer Oak Grove Park, 780 Phillips Boulevard, Sauk City, WI 53583, www.saukprairie.com; 608-643-4168 14-18 Tuesday-Saturday Baraboo Circus Models at the Museum International Model Builder’s Convention and Exhibition. Circus model builders demonstrate their love of everything circus by creating and exhibiting small-scale models of circuses. See perfect miniature representations of the American circus on exhibit right next to the actual circus wagons displayed in the Deppe Wagon Pavilion. Hosted by the Gollmar Bros. Ring #15 circusworldbaraboo.org 15 Wednesday Baraboo 4th Annual Strides Against Diabetes 5k Fun Run/Walk. An evening fun run/walk to raise awareness and to educate people on diabetes as well as to raise money for the Baraboo Lions Club’s eye and diabetes programs. Race begins at 6:00 pm from the Barn Restaurant. For more info firstname.lastname@example.org or baraboolions.org 15 Wednesday Spring Green Spring Green Area Chamber Of Commerce Golf Outing. Each year businesses and friends get out of the office and head to the beautiful greens of The House on the Rock Resort for a relaxing day of golf, fun, and sun! All are welcome. Come join the Chamber and play for the day. More information at www.springgreen.com. 17 Friday Rock Springs 6-10PM Rock Springs Full Throttle Night. 17-19 Friday-Sunday Reedsburg Game Day USA Tournament at Nishan Park. 18 Saturday Baraboo Durward’s Glen Gala, 7PM, Garden party gala event. Tickets available at Durward’s Glen and Oak Street Antiques,
18 Saturday Baraboo Baraboo Tour of Historic Homes. The Baraboo Tour of Historic Homes will highlight six historic homes of various architectural styles across the city. Guests will be allowed exclusive access to see the interiors of some of Baraboo’s most unique homes. 608-356-1001 or saukcountyhistory.org 18 Saturday Baraboo Clown Day at Circus World. P. T. Barnum once said, “Elephants and clowns are the pegs upon which the circus is hung,” and we couldn’t agree more. All “Joeys” (a circus term for clowns), who visit today in make-up and costume will be admitted free. circusworldbaraboo.org 18 Saturday Baraboo ArtJune. A fine art festival attracting artists from throughout the Midwest with juried artists selling sculpture, ceramics, paintings, jewelry, photography, glass, fiber art and more on the park-like lawn of the Sauk County Courthouse in downtown Baraboo. Food, children’s activities, and music on site. Free event held rain or shine. wi-scaa.org 18 Saturday Baraboo An Evening with the Cranes. Enjoy a magical evening with refreshments and food from local restaurants, live music, and of course – cranes! Tickets available for purchase on-line. Visit savingcranes.org or call 608-356-9462 to learn more about our on-site and on-line opportunities throughout the year. 20 Monday Reedsburg 6PM David the Rope Warrior at Reedsburg Public Library. 21 Tuesday Sauk City “June Tunes” Riverway Concerts in the Park, 6:30PM – 8:30PM. Enjoy an evening of music in the park. Food available for purchase from nonprofits. Meyer Oak Grove Park, 780 Phillips Boulevard, Sauk City, WI 53583, www.saukprairie.com; 608-643-4168 22 Wednesday Reedsburg 6:30PM Concert in the Park. Wheel House. 24 Friday Baraboo Summer Brew Ha-Ha. Taste fabulous micro-brews and other specialty beers as you wander through Downtown Baraboo. Participating merchants will each offer two CONTINUED ON PAGE 25
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unique beers for you to sample. Tickets go on sale at 9am ONE Month before the date of the event at Bekah Kate’s. downtownbaraboo.com
24 Friday Reedsburg 4:30-10:30PM Relay for Life. Reedsburg Area High School Millennium Field. 24 Friday Rock Springs 6-10PM Rock Springs Full Throttle Night. 24-26 Friday-Sunday Reedsburg Game Day USA Tournament at Nishan Park.
25-26 Sat. & Sun. Spring Green Spring Green Arts & Crafts Fair. Spring Green’s Jefferson Street will fill with more than 200 artists from all over the country. The art fair is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sunday. Take a leisurely four-block stroll where you will find creative works to view, enjoy and purchase! Aside from the artwork, there are special exhibits, live entertainment, and local non-profit organizations provide a variety of food and drink for fair-goers. 26 Sunday Reedsburg 4-6PM Open Table Community Meal at St. John Lutheran Church. 28 Tuesday Sauk City “June Tunes” Riverway Concerts in the Park, 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Join us on the Riverway for Red Hot Dixie Jazz Band. Food available for purchase by non-profits. Meyer Oak Grove Park, 780 Phillips Boulevard, Sauk City, WI 53583, www.saukprairie.com; 608-643-4168. 29 Wednesday Reedsburg 6:30PM Concert in the Park. Brian Brueggen and the Mississippi Valley Dutchmen.
Saturday Baraboo Bagpipes at The Glen. The Bernard Durward family was known for their love of the arts, environment, and their faith. This night honors the family’s Scottish roots with sounds from Scotland and Ireland. The annual open air concert, featuring a Bag Pipe Player and an Irish Band, on the front lawn of the Log Lodge. Free, donations appreciated. Food and refreshments will be on sale on the grounds. durwardsglen.org, or 608 356-8113.
Saturday Sauk City Sauk Prairie Harley Davidson MDA Freedom Ride, All day. 31st Annual Freedom Ride fundraiser for MDA. Family activities, food, entertainment and camping., Sauk Prairie Harley Davidson and VFW Park. 836 Phillips Boulevard, Sauk City, WI 53583, www.saukprairiehd.com; 800-972-6895
Friday Reedsburg 10AM-6PM Brat Bash-n-Dash at Reedsburg IGA.
1 Friday Rock Springs 6-10PM Rock Springs Full Throttle Night. 1-3 Friday-Sunday Reedsburg Game Day USA Tournament at Nishan Park. 2
25 Saturday Reedsburg 4PM-7PM Great Strawberry Dinner at Reedsburg United Methodist Church. 25-26 Saturday & Sunday Baraboo 32nd Annual Native American Artifact and Antique Show, Saturday: 9am-5pm; Sunday: 9am-3pm; Sauk County Fairgrounds. 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. Contact: John Welsch, 920-923-3842.Free admission and parking, trailer hook ups available. Food available on the grounds.
Saturday Sauk City Sauk Prairie Fire on the River, 12PM-11:30PM, Join us for a day of fun down by the river! Festivities include: games for children, food, beer tent, silent auction, & live entertainment all day, with a fabulous fireworks display to round out the evening. Sauk City Riverwalk, Water St., Sauk City, WI 53583, www.fireontheriver.org
2 Saturday LaValle Fireworks Over the Mill Pond at Dusk. 2-4 Saturday-Monday Reedsburg Founder’s Weekend. For a complete schedule of events, visit reedsburg.org 4
Monday Witwen Witwen 4th of July Parade, 10:30AM, Annual small-town July 4th parade and festivities. Witwen Main Street, WI 53583
4 Monday Reedsburg 3PM-Dusk Freedom Fest and Fireworks at Nishan Park. 4
Monday Merrimac Merrimac Firemen’s Fireworks, Dusk, July 4th fireworks in Merrimac. Merrimac, WI 53561, Village of Merrimac, 493-2122
10 Sunday Reedsburg 8AM-12Noon VFW Breakfast. 10 Sunday Valton 11AM-3PM The Painted Forest. Enjoy making crayon rubbings, live music and great food! 10 Sunday Loganville Ice Cream Social at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church of Loganville. 11-17 Monday-Sunday Baraboo Sauk County Fair. Come to the Sauk County Fair for some food, family and fun! Live entertainment, animals, project displays, midway rides, tractor pulls, and so much more await you at the Sauk County Fair! FREE Walk-in Gate; Grandstand Admission varies. Sauk County Fairgrounds, Baraboo. Fair Office 608-356-8707 saukcountyfair.com 13 Wednesday Reedsburg 6:30PM Concert in the Park. Late 4 Dinner.
6 Wednesday Reedsburg 6:30PM Concert in the Park: Just Plain Country.
15-17 Friday-Sunday Reedsburg Game Day USA Tournament at Nishan Park.
15 Friday Rock Springs 6-10PM Rock Springs Full Throttle Night.
Thursday Reedsburg 2PM Artist Mary Toole at Reedsburg Public Library.
8-9 Friday & Saturday Spring Green Community Wide Garage Sale. Visit dozens of garage sales at homes all over Spring Green and the surrounding area. Visit www.springgreen.com for more information. 8-10 Friday-Sunday Reedsburg Game Day USA Tournament at Nishan Park. 8 Friday Rock Springs 6-10PM Rock Springs Full Throttle Night.
16 Saturday North Freedom Build a Burger Train and Marguerita and Taco Train at MidContinent Railway Museum. 16 Saturday Reedsburg 8AM Run from the Cops - 5k Run/ Walk. 16 Saturday Reedsburg Airing of the Quilts - Quintessential Quilts. 20 Wednesday Reedsburg 6:30PM Concert in the Park. Copper Box. CONTINUED ON PAGE 26
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22-24 Friday-Sunday Reedsburg Little League 88 Team Tournament. 22 Friday Rock Springs 6-10PM Rock Springs Full Throttle Night.
Saturday Merrimac Merrimac Community Festival. This is a family-friendly community festival at Memorial Park, featuring a Kids’ Superhero Fun Run, Water Ski Shows on Lake Wisconsin, Live Music, Beverage Tent & Raffle Sales, as well as an Arts/Crafts Fair, horseshoe Tournament and so much more! facebook. com/MerrimacCommunityFestival Merrimac Memorial park, 115 Austin Drive, Merrimac, WI 53561 , http://www.villageofmerrimac.org/Events.htm 608-493-2122
23-24 Saturday & Sunday Baraboo Baraboo’s Big Top Parade & Circus Celebration. Celebrate Baraboo’s colossal circus history with the 4th Annual Baraboo’s Big Top Parade & Circus Celebration. Two days of stupendous events celebrating all things circus, including the Big Top Parade in downtown Baraboo at 2:00 p.m. on July 23, featuring over 75 parade units. (608) 356-8333 bigtopparade.com
24 Sunday Baraboo Breakfast with the Ringlings 9AMNoon Join the hosts at the Al. Ringling’s historic mansion and feast on a spectacular breakfast buffet with “Al. Ringling”. Enjoy circus memorabilia, stories, entertainment and more. Call 608-448-7455 for more info.
7 Sunday LaValle Fire Department Celebration.
24 Sunday Reedsburg 4-6PM Open Table Community Meal at St. John Lutheran Church. 27 Wednesday Reedsburg 6:30PM Concert in the Park. Gin, Chocolate & Bottle Rockets. 28 Thursday Reedsburg 10AM Musician Duke Otherwise at Reedsburg Public Library. 29 Friday Reedsburg Reedikulus Day: Daytime Sidewalk Sales, Live Music in the evening at City Park. 29 Friday Reedsburg 5-9PM Reedikulus Day Art Crawl. 29 Friday Rock Springs 6-10PM Rock Springs Full Throttle Night.
3 Wednesday Reedsburg 6:30PM Concert in the Park: TBD 3 Wednesday Loganville 10AM Zoozort Live Animal Program with Noelle Tarrant at Loganville Community Center.
Saturday Baraboo Cranes of the World Festival, ICF’s one-day, family friendly Cranes of the World Festival from 9 am – 5 pm offers guided nature walks and special programs. Visit savingcranes.org or call 608-356-9462 to learn more about our on-site and on-line opportunities throughout the year. LaValle
10 Wednesday Reedsburg 6:30PM Concert in the Park. Reedsburg Area Community Band. 12-13 Fri. & Sat. Prairie du Sac Heroes for Honor, 7am-7pm, Food, music, and sports events to raise funds for the Badger Honor Flight. Wyttenbach Meats and Westwynde Park, 2011 County Road PF, Prairie du Sac, WI 53578, www.wmeats.com 13 Saturday Rock Springs Big Cat Car Show. Rock Springs Fireman’s Park. Classic Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles, Live Music, Food and refreshments, children’s activities, silent auction, cash raffle and Fireworks! For more info call (608) 524-LION wisconsinbigcats.org 14 Sunday Reedsburg 8AM-12Noon VFW Breakfast. 14 Sunday Valton 11AM-3PM The Painted Forest. Enjoy a plein air (outdoor) painting experience, live music and woodfired pizza. 17 Wednesday Reedsburg 6:30PM Concert in the Park. Swing Crew. 18-20 Thursday-Saturday Reedsburg Community Wide Garage Sale.
Seats and Implements. Take a step back in time and visit one of the Midwest’s largest antique shows featuring: antique tractors, steam engines, live field and other demonstrations, and displays of antique cars, trucks and snowmobiles, models/miniatures, woodworking and print shops. A wide variety of food is available on the grounds and a huge flea market for the treasure hunters. badgersteamandgas.com
20 Saturday Reedsburg Picnic and Outdoor Worship at Reedsburg United Methodist Church. 20 Saturday North Freedom Elegant Dinner Train or Pizza Train at Mid-Continent Railway Museum. www. midcontinent.org 20 Saturday Spring Green Spring Green Car Show. Charming downtown Spring Green becomes a huge showcase for prized automobiles. Classic Cars, Hot Rods, unique show cars and trucks – all types and models fill the streets. Fun for the whole family, and kids are welcome to vote for their favorite! For more information, please visit springgreen.com 20 Saturday Baraboo 7th Annual Doggy Dip. The Campbell Park Swimming Pool will be open for dogs to get wet 10am-2pm. Proceeds benefit the Baraboo Dog Park. Fee required. cityofbaraboo.com/ parksandrecreation or 608-355-2760 21 Sunday Spring Green 4Petesake Day In The Park – North Park, Spring Green. Celebrate life, and the spirit of community at this benefit for community members in need. Spend a day filled with activities, entertainment, food and refreshments for the whole family. Run, walk, dance, eat, bid. 4PeteSake’s 11th annual Day in the Park will have music from local bands, food and drink from local vendors, kid’s activities, a silent auction and a raffle drawing, it promises to be a full day of fun for a great cause. Runners, walkers and ramblers can start the day with the 4PeteSake 5k Run/Walk. “When you see a need, fill it!” For more information, please visit www.4petesake.com. 24 Wednesday Baraboo 3rd Annual Catch for a Cure 5K Fun Run/Walk. An evening fun run/walk to raise awareness and to educate people on breast cancer awareness as well as to raise funds in order to provide financial support to those dealing with and fighting breast cancer as well as the UW Carbone Center & scholarship programs. email@example.com baraboobreastsavers.org
6 Saturday Reedsburg 10AM Lazy Beaver Canoe Race (LaValle to Reedsburg).
19-20 Friday-Saturday Prairie du Sac FFA Alumni “Gearing up for Harvest” Fall Pull, 7PM start, both nights. The Sauk Prairie FFA Alumni finishes another Tractor Pulling season with the Badger State Pullers. FFA Alumni Park located under the eagle water tower in the Prairie du Sac Industrial Park, Brad Kruchten, 608-963-7293.
27 Saturday Loganville Loganville Fire Department Celebration.
6 Saturday LaValle LaValle - Up and Down the Hill Run. Registration at 7AM.
19-21 Friday-Sunday Baraboo Badger Steam & Gas Engine Club. 53rd Annual Show - 2016 features: Cast Iron
28 Sunday Reedsburg 4-6PM Open Table Community Meal at St. John Lutheran Church.
5 Friday Rock Springs 6-10PM PM Rock Springs Full Throttle Night (Last one).
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From the Empire Prairie to the Mighty Mississippi, Wisconsin’s 100-mile Scenic Byway 60 follows the graceful curves of the Lower Wisconsin River. This patch of our planet sparkles, by sunny day or starry night, with the wild beauty of nature left to its own devices for thousands and thousands of years. And nowhere so apt is Heraclitus’s adage that you can’t step into the same river twice. In constant flux, the “river of a thousand isles” continuously sculpts its sandbars, shifts its channels, varies its flows, and repaints its colors, according to the whims of the weather gods. Here golden bluffs crop out of emerald hills and valleys that roll into rushing streams to the lively river. These waters beckon fishermen, canoeists, kayakers, and boaters. Here birdwatchers and botanists can go bananas while, chances are, an eagle is watching them.
As transcendent as the ancient driftless area landscape itself is the history encoded in its formations. Hundreds of effigy mound earthworks, still alive to the touch, stand today as spiritual gifts and messages from those who occupied this land in the deep past. The more recent settlements on the Byway route from Lodi to Prairie du Chien have tried to complement rather than conflict with the pristine qualities of driftless nature. Each has its own enticing history and contemporary flavor. They offer a rich range of camping, lodging, dining, outdoor and indoor recreation, archeological pursuits, and other learning options. They welcome both the seriously energetic and those who seek serious relaxation. They invite families to experience together this special place, the magic of which has inspired a local goal: No child left inside.
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Sauk Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce 109 Phillips Blvd. Sauk City, WI 53583 www.saukprairie.com • www.saukprairieriverway.com 608-643-4168
Spring Green Chamber of Commerce 259 E. Jefferson St Spring Green, WI 53588 608-588-2054 • www.springgreen.com
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September 2-3 Friday & Saturday Prairie du Sac Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw and Festival, All day. Approximately 40,000 people attend the Wisconsin State Cow Chip throw each year. The current Wisconsin Cow Chip Throw state record is 248 feet. The “Cow Chip” offers two stages of free entertainment, arts and crafts fair, 5K & 10K Run and much more! Marion Park, Prairie du Sac, WI 53578 (located at Grand Avenue and First Street), www.wiscowchip.com; 608-643-4317 2-4 Friday-Sunday Baraboo Catch for a Cure. Women’s Over 30 softball tournament is Labor Day Weekend, annually, at Pierce Park in Baraboo. This is a fun-filled weekend with all proceeds going to local support groups, individuals, research and scholarships. For more information or to volunteer, donate raffle/auction items or play, contact email@example.com 4 Sunday Reedsburg Chamber Chicken BBQ at Nishan Park - 11AM until sold out. 4 Sunday LaValle 6-11PM LaValle Labor Day Dance at the Fire Station.
5 Monday Spring Green 8th Annual Beatlefest (Labor Day Weekend). An outdoor music festival at the Spring Green General Store celebrating the music of the Beatles. Live music, Furthermore Beer on tap, and a special menu available 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. No cover charge. For more information, visit their website www.springgreengeneralstore.com 10 Saturday Reedsburg 11AM-4PM Heritage Day at Reedsburg Area Historical Society Pioneer Log Village. 11 Sunday Valton 11AM-3PM The Painted Forest. Enjoy learning how to turn discarded or recycled materials into art projects. Live music and wood-fired pizza. 11 Sunday Reedsburg Sacred Heart Church Fall Festival. 11 Sunday Reedsburg 8AM-12Noon VFW Breakfast. 15 Thursday Reedsburg Reedsburg Area United Fund Kick-Off at Lions/Jaycees Building. 15-18 Thursday - Sunday Reedsburg Reedsburg Public Library Book Sale.
17 Saturday Prairie du Sac DAM Colon Cancer Ride, 7AM, Come ride in scenic Sauk Prairie. Listen to the whisper of the Wisconsin River and enjoy an inside tour of the largest of 26 Wisconsin River dams, ride the Colsac ll ferry, and challenge yourself with the Baraboo Bluffs, riding to raise funds for colon cancer research at UW Carbone Research Center. All rides start and finish at Marion Park in Prairie du Sac. Marion Park, Prairie du Sac, WI 53578, http://www.active.com/prairie-dusac-wi/cycling/races/dam-colon-cancerride-iii-2016?int= 17 Saturday North Freedom 1-5:30PM Wine and Cheese Tasting Train at Mid-Continent Railway Museum. 17 Saturday North Freedom 4-8PM North Freedom Walleye Feed at American Legion Hall. 17-18 Saturday-Sunday Baraboo Devil’s Challenge Triathlon Saturday: Devil’s Challenge Off-Road Triathlon - swim, bike ride and 5k run. Challenging yet fun for the entire family. Post-race festivities include entertainment, music and food. Sunday: Devil’s Challenge Sprint Triathlon - swim, bike ride and 5k run. Challenging and fun. Part of the Wisconsin Triathlon Series. CONTINUED ON PAGE 35
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25 Sunday Reedsburg 4-6PM Open Table Community Meal at St. John Lutheran Church. 28 Wednesday Baraboo/Reedsburg 9th Annual Great Steak Cookout Baraboo vs. Reedsburg! Come and support the team of your choice at their respective Viking Grocery Store! 3:00pm – 8:00pm; Dine-In, Carryout/Drive-thru. All cookout profits go to each school’s athletic department. In addition to the community selling the most meals, the winning school’s athletic department will receive an Extra $500 donation from Viking Village Inc. vikingvillagefoods.com 608-356-6969. 30 Friday Reedsburg 6-9PM Downtown Beer Walk. This is the kick-off to Fermentation Fest!
1 Saturday Reedsburg 8AM-3PM Harvest Fest Craft Show at Reedsburg Fire Station. 1 Saturday Reedsburg Elegant Dinner Train or Beer Train at Mid-Continent Railway Museum. www.midcontinent.org 1-9 Saturday-Sunday Fermentation Fest www.fermentationfest.com
7-9 Friday-Sunday North Freedom Autumn Color Weekends at MidContinent Railway Museum. There’s nothing comparable to enjoying the beautiful brilliant hues of autumn in the rural Sauk County countryside from the comfort of our restored vintage passenger cars. Take in the majestic views in style along the unspoiled right-ofway of our historic former Chicago & North Western rail. For more information call 800930-1385 or visit midcontinent.org 8-9 Saturday-Sunday North Freedom First Class Service Trains at MidContinent Railway Museum. 8 Saturday Baraboo Fall Fair on the Square 9AM – 4PM; Admission is Free. Over 150 crafters and artisans, “Eat Street” Food court, farmers market, kids entertainment and bounce houses, live music and performances. For information about the fair or to become a vendor: downtownbaraboo.com 8 Saturday Baraboo Fall Festival at Durward’s Glen, W11876 McLeisch Road, Baraboo, WI 53913 10am - 4pm. Enjoy the fall colors and
goods of the art vendors located throughout the grounds. Guided tractor tours of our historic grounds, flea market, artists and other vendors, bakery goods, brats and refreshments. Free event; donations warmly welcomed. durwardsglen.org or 608-356-8113. 8 Saturday Spring Green Fall Festival In The River Valley. Peak season for the beautiful Fall colors in Spring Green – come and enjoy the festivities! Chili Cook-Off, local beer and wine tasting. Post House Gardens. Live music, kids activities, horse and wagon rides, fun for the whole family. For more information, please visit www.springgreen.com. 9 Sunday Reedsburg 8AM-12Noon VFW Breakfast. 9 Sunday Valton 11AM-3PM The Painted Forest. Enjoy learning to make paper from native plants: from picking to pulping to pouring and pulling! Live music and great food! 12 Wednesday Loganville 4PM Loganville Annual Chili Supper at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. 14 Friday Prairie du Sac Adam Trent: The Illusionist 7PM at the River Arts Center. Straight from Broadway, this is more than your average magic show. 590 Water St., Prairie du Sac. 608-643-5215 www.RiverArtsInc.org 14-16 Friday-Sunday Baraboo & Spring Green Fall Art Tour 10AM – 6PM Daily. Combine spectacular fall color with visits to artists’ studios tucked away along the scenic byways of Southwestern Wisconsin. Dozens of area artists open their doors and demonstrate their techniques. Plan a leisurely day or devote the entire three-day weekend to this self-paced, well-mapped tour. A self-guided driving tour into private studios in Baraboo, Spring Green, Dodgeville and Mineral Point, and points in between. Fine artists and craftsmen - painters, sculptors, potters, weavers, jewelers, goldsmiths, glass artists, woodworkers, quilters and mixed-media artists - welcome you into their personal workplaces. Visit fallarttour.com 15 Saturday North Freedom 11:30AM-1PM Pizza Train at MidContinent Railway Museum. 15 Saturday North Freedom 4-8PM Walleye Feed at American Legion Hall. 15 Saturday Baraboo Good Neighbor Day at ICF. Bring a non-perishable food item donation to
the International Crane Foundation for the Baraboo Food Pantry and receive FREE admission to see the world’s cranes. Visit savingcranes.org or call 608-356-9462 Baraboo 15-16 Saturday-Sunday 12Noon-4PM Zoo Appreciation Weekend. Ochsner Park Zoo will have animal demonstrations and listen to educational talks from zookeepers, go on a zoo tour with behind the scenes opportunities, crafts for the kids and special prices on treats from the concession stand. Free admission. cityofbaraboo.com/ parksandrecreation or 608-355-2760 15-16 Sat.-Sun. North Freedom Pumpkin Special at Mid-Continent Railway Museum. What better way to pick out your Halloween pumpkin than riding the Pumpkin Special. Take a 55 minute train ride to the pumpkin patch & pick out your own pumpkin. Large selection of small, medium & large pumpkins. Price of pumpkins not included in train fare. www.midcontinent.org 22-23 Saturday-Sunday Baraboo Trick or Treat with the Big Cats. Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue will be hosting this one of a kind trick or treat experience. The big cats will be waiting to hand out candy. Lots of candy, plenty of Halloween decorations, spooky music & more! Food available on grounds for purchase. Free event - donations greatly appreciated. (608) 524-LION (5466) wisconsinbigcats.org 23 Sunday Reedsburg 4-6PM Open Table Community Meal at St. John Lutheran Church. 29 Saturday Baraboo Downtown Baraboo Kid’s Fall Festival. Enjoy Free Kids activities including face painting, pumpkin decorating, games, costumes and treats sponsored by local businesses and area non-profits. downtownbaraboo.com 29 Saturday Baraboo Art Discovery Day at the Leopold Center. Every fall, we end our visitation season with our annual Leopold Center Art Discovery Day event at the Leopold Center. Art Day is fun for the whole family! It features presentations, demonstrations, and time for individual interaction with each artist. Each year we select a group of inspiring regional artists and artisans that find inspiration in the land ethic and the natural world for their work. aldoleopold.org 608-355-0279 29 Saturday Baraboo All Hallows’ Ball. Live music, costume contest with cash prizes along with “creepy” mansion tours. Food and refreshments available for purchase. Cover charge CONTINUED ON PAGE 36
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includes access to the first floor of the Mansion which will be decked out in creepy Halloween décor. Call 608-448-7455 for more information. 29 Saturday Baraboo Tractors, Trunks and Treats. A family friendly Halloween Event that includes: trick-or-treating, activities for children and more! Some activities may have a nominal fee. Sauk County Fairgrounds - Concessions available on the grounds. Baraboo.com 31 Monday Baraboo ICF Closes for the Season. Stay in touch with ICF year-round. Sign up for our email newsletter and follow us on Facebook. Visit savingcranes.org or call 608-356-9462 to learn more about our on-site and on-line opportunities throughout the year. 31 Monday Reedsburg 4-7PM Trick or Treating.
4-5 Friday & Saturday Spring Green 5–7PM Made In The Valley Market – The Spring Green General Store. An indoor market held the first Friday of each month for local handcrafted items (food and non-food). Jams, Pork, Beeswax Candles, Eggs, Honey, Body Care Products, Popcorn, Bird Seed, Baked Goods, Vegetables, Duck Eggs, Quilted Items, Dried Beans, Jewelry, Cards, Arts & Crafts. 4 Friday Spring Green Sounds Of Spring Green. Stroll from store to store and listen to live music at every stop. Nearly a dozen musical acts of all varieties liven up this autumn Friday Night in the village. 5 Saturday Baraboo Community Christian School Craft Fair. Annual fall craft and vendor fair featuring hand-craft items, home based businesses, student crafts, baked goods and much more. Free and open to the public. 608-448-2191 or barabooccs.com 12 Saturday Sauk City Veteran’s Day Event, 11AM, Celebrate our nations’ veterans. Sauk Prairie Harley Davidson and Meyer Park. 836 Phillips Boulevard, Sauk City, WI 53583, http://www.saukprairiehd.com/ 800-972-6895 12 Saturday Reedsburg 2-5PM Bi-lingual Music Festival at United Methodist Church. Meal to follow. 13 Sunday Reedsburg 8AM-12Noon VFW Breakfast.
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17 Thursday Prairie du Sac Wollersheim Winery Ruby Nouveau Day, 11AM, Join winemaker Phillipe Coquard in a special toast as he taps the barrel of the new vintage of Wollersheim Ruby Nouveau 2014. Wollersheim Ruby Nouveau is an estate-grown dry red with enticing fruity flavors and a zesty finish. It is the perfect holiday wine meant to be enjoyed young and pairs with holiday foods. Wollersheim Winery, 7876 State Road 188, Prairie du Sac, WI 53578, www.wollersheim.com; 800-847-9463 18 Friday Prairie du Sac Holiday Light Parade and Tree Lighting Event, 6-8PM, Come watch the 2016 Holiday Light Parade and stick around for the Tree Lighting Event, featuring performances by local youth and a grand finale of Fireworks! Marion Park, Prairie du Sac, WI 53578 www.saukprairie.com; 608-643-4168. 18 Friday Baraboo Downtown Baraboo Winter Wine Walk. Join Downtown Baraboo merchants for a wine tasting tour along with delicious food, entertainment, in store promotions and a leisurely stroll around downtown with your friends! Tickets go on sale at 9am one month prior to the event date at Bekah Kate’s. downtownbaraboo.com 19 Saturday North Freedom 4-8PM Walleye Feed at American Legion Hall. 19 Saturday Baraboo Christmas Light Parade 6PM start time - See glittering lighted floats, reindeer and equestrian units, marching bands, and novelty units. After the parade, children and families are invited to visit with Santa on the theatre stage and have their pictures taken. For parade tips, a map of the parade route, and float application, visit our web site: downtownbaraboo.com. 24 Thursday Reedsburg 12-1PM Reedsburg Masonic Lodge Free Thanksgiving Dinner for Seniors at Reedsburg United Methodist Church. 25 Friday Baraboo Downtown Baraboo Black Friday Shop Downtown Baraboo for once a year unheard of sales! From 8am-10am only! Visit downtownbaraboo.com on Wednesday, November 23rd to see a listing of specific shop promotions. 25 Friday Black Friday Sales.
25 Nov - 11 Dec Spring Green Spring Green Country Christmas – Light Up The Season! The Christmas spirit is contagious in Spring Green where everybody-- shops, schools, churches, the library, musicians, artists and civic organizations—join together for a month-long, community-wide celebration. Visit us the last weekend in November for our Holiday Tour of Homes, Nina’s Fashion Show, and luncheon at The Shed, then spend your weekend shopping and dining your way through Spring Green. Then beginning December 2nd experiences Christmas Festivities galore…activities include horse-drawn wagon rides, light parade, tree-lighting ceremony, “Breakfast with Santa” at the fire station, fireworks, concerts, bake sales, distinctive, locallysourced gifts and eateries. Visit the Driftless Depot Café (December 2nd) for their 5th Annual German Christmas Market and find unique old world holiday specialties. Visit springgreen.com for more dates and activities. 26 Saturday Prairie du Sac A Vintage Christmas, Wollersheim Winery, 10:00am – 4:00pm, Experience old world charm as you prepare for Christmas. Taste Wollersheim wines paired with festive foods, find unique gifts, plus Christmas carolers will be on hand to set the mood. The winery is a picturesque place to take your family Christmas card photo, so be sure to bring your camera. Wollersheim Winery, 7876 State Road 188, Prairie du Sac, WI, 53578 www.wollersheimwinery.com; 800-847-9463 26 Saturday Baraboo Small Business Saturday. Support your local, independently-owned businesses as you rediscover why you love Downtown Baraboo! Downtown Baraboo is home to many coffee shops, specialty retail shops, antique stores and art galleries. Visit with Santa, take a free horse and carriage ride, and enjoy our historic downtown. downtownbaraboo.com 26 Saturday Reedsburg Small Business Saturday. 26-27 Sat. & Sun. North Freedom Santa Express at Mid-Continent Railway Museum. 10AM, 11:30AM, 1PM, 2:30PM. Celebrate the holiday season in a uniquely festive way aboard the Annual Santa Express. Santa will visit as you take in the spirit of Christmas past on our early 1900’s adventure. All cars are kept comfortably warm using the over century-old tradition of steam heating or coal-fired stoves, just like at the North Pole. midcontinent.org 27 Sunday Reedsburg 4-6PM Open Table Community Meal at St. John Lutheran Church.
Join Us For Great
Summer Concerts! BARABOO
Concerts on the Square 7 pm Thursdays June through August Courthouse Lawn 515 Oak Street, Baraboo, WI 53913 www.baraboo.com
Devil’s Lake Music in the Park 6 pm Last Sunday of the month through Summer Outdoors on the North Shore, in the North Shore Chateau if it rains S5975 Park Road, Baraboo WI 53913 www.devilslakewisconsin.com
Devil’s Lake Big Band Concerts 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm 2nd & 4th Saturdays through Summer North Shore Chateau S5975 Park Road, Baraboo WI 53913 www.devilslakewisconsin.com $10 admission
Concerts in the Park 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Wednesdays June through August City Park 222 N. Park Street, Reedsburg, WI 53959 www.reedsburg.org
Riverway Concerts in the Park 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Tuesdays in June Meyer Oak Grove Park 780 Phillips Boulevard, Sauk City, WI 53583 www.saukprairieriverway.com
Acoustic Jam 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm First Sunday of the Month Spring Green General Store 137 S. Albany Street, Spring Green, WI 53588 www.springgreengeneralstore.com
Bluegrass Jam 1 pm 2nd Saturday of the Month Spring Green General Store 137 S. Albany Street, Spring Green, WI 53588 www.springgreengeneralstore.com
Concerts at the Campground 6:30 pm Select Saturdays in July and August Witwen Campground S9855 Hwy E, Witwen WI 53583 www.witwenpc.com SAUK COUNTY VISITOR’S GUIDE • 37
Breunig Barn Quilt
Alumni Barn Quilt
Frey Barn Quilt
Celebrating Barn Quilt Heritage!
Cook Barn Quilt
The history of barn decoration dates back to the mid 1800’s. Painting symbols on barns originated from traditional folk art passed along from the German and Swiss immigrants who settled the Pennsylvania Dutch region in southeastern Pennsylvania. Once these groups built their family farms and communities, they would paint small patterns on their barns to celebrate their heritage and bring good fortune. Today’s barn decorating revival became popular with a woman named Donna Sue Groves, from Adams County, Ohio. She wanted to honor her mother by hanging a colorful painted quilt square on her barn. Instead of just one quilt square, she began a community project with twenty quilts being displayed along a driving trail to encourage visitors to travel through the countryside. This was the start of our first quilt trail in America. Quilt trails are now being organized all across the country. Barn quilts are displayed around communities and then mapped out for tourists to follow these amazing works of art. They promote tourism and help draw visitors into our rural communities. Traditional stars and various quilt patterns are now being displayed on barns, homes, sheds and sides of buildings. For a complete map of Barn Quilts in Sauk County please contact a Chamber of Commerce. Alumni Barn Quilt The barn quilt was constructed in honor of their son, BJ Chrisler, who served as the State FFA President in 2009-2010, State Vice President in 2008-2009 and the National FFA Officer “NOMCOM” Chairman in 2010. The FFA President’s symbol in the FFA emblem is “the Rising Sun’ which is depicted in their quilt. The border consists of blue corn kernels also from the FFA symbol. Badger Steam & Gas Barn Quilt S3347 Sand Rd. Baraboo, WI 53913 These 4 small barn quilts are on the Women’s building at the Badger Steam and Gas Property. Earl Sprecher’s four daughters Jean, Judy, Janet and Joanne chose patterns and painted them for the building. They represent the following: #1 – Sunbonnet Sue - Jean Sprecher Brew chose this pattern as she collects Sunbonnet Sue quilts. #2 – Windmill - Judy Sprecher Wehler chose this pattern as she lives on the Sprecher family farm which has a windmill. #3 – Log Cabin - Janet Sprecher-Bruski chose this pattern as she hopes to live in a log cabin some day. #4 – Schoolhouse - Joanne Sprecher Welty of Milwaukee, chose this pattern as she is the youngest in their family and is always a student of some sort.
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Brian Bender Barn Quilt S40654 State Road 136, Reedsburg, WI 53959 The pattern for this quilt is a triple star, and it was painted by the Reedsburg Middle School Art Class. It was placed on the barn when the farm hosted the Sauk County Dairy Breakfast in June 2012. Breunig Barn Quilt E9430A County Road PF Prairie du Sac, WI 53578 The Breunig farm has a historical house on the farm dating back to 1869. It’s architectural style consists of the “block and stack” construction. The limestone is very popular in this area and you will notice some homes made this way. The block walls are 2 ft. thick and provide the natural insulation. Mike and Jodi Cook-Husom Barn Quilt Denzer Road North Freedom, WI 53951 This barn quilt is a rail fence pattern that was picked out by their mother on the Mike and Jodi CookHusom farm in North Freedom on Denzer Road. It was a gift to their mother and father, Monte, for their anniversary in 2011 from daughters Sara and Jodi.
Eberle Barn Quilt
Bender Barn Quilt
Getschman Barn Quilt
Enge Barn Quilt Badger Steam & Gas Barn Quilt Eileen and Lawrence Eberle Barn Quilt 2577 Cty. Hwy. B Lone Rock, WI 53556 This quilt has a bear claw pattern and was painted by family members . It is on County Road B in Spring Green. Mike and Rhonda Enge Barn Quilt S9106 Hager Road Prairie du Sac, WI 53578 The quilt pattern chosen by Rhonda Enge is called the “Harvest Sun”. The Enge operation has an extensive amount of crop land and it is truly the harvest sun that assists them with their success each year. The red, blue, white and yellow colors are visible from many miles around as you head East toward their farmette on Hwy. PF or South on Denzer Road (Gasser’s hill). Take a drive and enjoy the beautiful agricultural landscape as you look for this bright quilt on their white barn with their donkey and sheep relaxing beneath the quilt. Jenny and Dennis Frey Barn Quilt Hwy. 60 and B Sauk City, WI 53583 The Frey Barn Quilt installed on a restored barn represents their love of the Allis Chalmers colors so that is where the colors of their barn quilt came from. She chose the “Hunter’s Star” quilt pattern using Allis Chalmers orange and gray along with some white as they are big hunters in the fall. As you drive down Hwy. 60 or Cty Rd B, Sauk City, you will see their barn sitting on the corner and the quilt installed right above their shop entry. Gale and Nancy Getschman Barn Quilts 1805 W. Pine St. (Cty Rd. BD) Baraboo, WI 53913 This barn quilt pattern is the Wisconsin Star and was
painted green and yellow honoring Gale’s John Deere tractor collection. Two years ago Nancy painted the smaller barn quilt and placed it on their garage. On their way to the Old Threshers Reunion in Mt. Pleasant, IA they admired the many barn quilts along the route and decided to paint one for their barn. Not knowing what to do they looked up directions on the internet. Next year they plan on making another one for the other side of the barn which can be observed from the new four lane Hwy. 12. Every year Gale and Nancy sponsor a Tractor Ride the second weekend in June. They chose this weekend because their first stop is the Sauk County Dairy Breakfast. Information on the ride can be found at www. tractorride.org/ Kevin and Barbara Jantz Barn Quilt Hwy. T Baraboo, WI 53913 As you travel down Hwy. T in the Fairfield Township past what used to be known as the Leopold Shack and Leopold Center you will come upon a beautifully painted, bright colored barn quilt on the Kevin and Barbara Jantz barn. Their farm is the first in that township with the first owner purchasing the land in 1847. Directly across the road from the barn you will see the original house where their parent’s reside today. (E12450 Cty Rd T). It is believed this barn was moved from Levee Rd in the mid 1920s to its present location. The pattern chosen by the Jantz family is known as the Ohio Star. Barbara said there is no real reason for it other than they liked the design for the colors they wanted to use. Over the winter months the family painted the quilt in their basement and had it adhered to the barn in early May. Going past their property during the summer are large annual bicycling events so we know the quilt adorning this barn will be appreciated by many throughout the year.
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Enjoy Your Stay
Camping & Lodging Come on Down by the River. FOR RESERVATION CALL:
608-356-8505 Or Log On To:
www.baraboohillscampground.com E10545 TERRYTOWN ROAD BARABOO, WSCONSIN 53913 Between Devils Lake State Park and Wisconsin Dells
Bender’s Bluffview Canoe Rental
Free Wireless Internet Free Expanded Continental Breakfast Meeting/Conference Rooms Indoor Pool Heated to 89° Whirlpool • Whirlpool Suites Wine Packages Available Hwy. 12 • Sauk City • 608-643-6625 1-800-342-6625 (Wisconsin Only) www.cedarberryinn.com
Canoeing & Camping 608-588-2826 S13220 Shifflet Rd firstname.lastname@example.org www.wiriverside.com Spring Green WI 53588
Relaxing Dells Camping! • Convenient, Pull-Thru Sites (W/E/S) • Charming Log Cabins • Spacious Wooded Campsites • Heated Pool, Game Room, Playground • Free Shuttle to Ho-Chunk Casino
1-888-236-9445 www.foxhillrvpark.com E11371 North Reedsburg Rd., Baraboo (1 mile east of Ho-Chunk Casino)
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E10032 Huerth Rd. Sauk City, WI 53583
Open Year Round Family Fun
W9935 McGowan Rd Lodi, WI 53555
Theatres and Performing Arts Centers Al. Ringling Theatre
136 4th Avenue Baraboo www.alringling.com
1100 South Albert Avenue Reedsburg www.calcenter.org
American Players Theatre
Reedsburg Players Inc.
5950 Golf Course Road Spring Green www.americanplayers.org
1100 South Albert Avenue Reedsburg www.reedsburgplayers.org
Baraboo Theatre Guild
River Arts Inc
UW-Baraboo Sauk County
6348 State Road 23 Spring Green www.angefou.co.uk
105 9th Street Prairie du Sac www.riverartsinc.org
564 Water Street Prairie du Sac www.bonhamsp.com
The White Church Theatre Project
1006 Connie Road, Baraboo www.baraboo.uwc.edu
Hit The Green!
IENDLY GOLF FAMILY-FR Golf Shop 356-8195 Restaurant 356-6141 We invite you to visit us at www.baraboocountryclub.com
• 18 Hole Championship Golf Course • Practice Facility • PGA Staff • Audobon Certif ied
WE ARE OPEN DAYS A WEEK
(APRIL THROUGH OCTOBER)
❢ Golf Outings ❢ Weddings ❢ Business Meetings
❢ Golf Memberships ❢ Marina
9 Hole Par 30 Golf Course Area’s Largest Practice Range
❢ Friday Fish Fry ❢ Holiday Brunches
S3308 Fox Hill Rd. Baraboo 608-356-5524
LAKEWISCONSIN COUNTRY CLUB N1076 Golf Rd. Prairie du Sac, Wi 53578 608-643-4554 restaurant • 608-643-2405 golf shop www.lakewisconsincc.com | email@example.com
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Classic Restaurant & Bar Between T he Merrimac Ferry & Lodi Open Daily Lunch & Dinner Breakfast Sat & Sun, 9am–11am
W11602 Hwy V • Lodi, WI 53555 608-592-3302 • fitzsonthelake.com LIKE US ON FACEBOOK
Breakfast Lunch - Dinner
OPEN 10am to 10pm
304 Broadway St., Baraboo, WI
Sunday-Thursday 7am-3pm Friday & Saturday 7am-8pm
Sundays: Breakfast 9-12:30 pm Lunch 12:30-4 pm Dinner 4-close
Delicious Chinese & American
Located at the corner of Hwy. 78 & 12, Sauk City
Buffet in Baraboo!
Bar opens at 3 pm. Dinners served at 4 p.m. Enjoy our large outdoor patio & bar. Fresh cut steaks • Fish Specials • Friday fish fry experts Pasta • Pizza • Fish Tacos • Tequila Shrimp • Prawns • Wine • Specialty Drinks & 40 Imported, Domestic and Seasonal Beers Weekday $10.00 Full Dinner Deals
30 Item Buffet plus Dessert/ Salad Bar
Full Service Fresh Sushi Buffet for Lunch & Dinner
1204 8th St, Baraboo, WI 53913
W12690 Hwy 188 Lodi Open 7 days a week (May - October) 608-592-4266 • www.fishtalesrestaurant.com
Dine-in, Carry-out and Delivery!
Serving Times Sunday 4:30-9:00pm Monday-Thursday 5:00-9:00pm Friday & Saturday 4:30-10:00pm Bar Open 4:00pm Daily
Monday: Stuffed Orange Roughy Tuesday: Fish Fry Wednesday: Pork Madeira Thursday: One-Half Roasted Duck Friday: Fish Fry Saturday: Prime Rib Sunday: Frog Legs Prime Rib available everyday but Friday
The Finest in Steaks & Seafood
608-566-1750 608-768-5555 2670 E. Main St. • Reedsburg,WI
2905 New Pinery Rd. • Portage,WI
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Buffet Served M-Th 11-2 & 4:30-8; F-Sun 11-8
any Full Buffet with the purchase of soda (limit 4 per coupon)
Celebrating 57 Years!
Bavarian Smorgasbord 1st Monday of each month & 1st & 3rd Mondays in June-Oct Authentic German & Classic American Entrée’s, Senior & Kids Menu, German biers on tap, German wines, Cocktails
Dinner Theatre Banquet Facility for 450 Guests Voted 2016 Best of Madison
• Fresh salads • sandwiches • Fish Fry • Broasted chicken • Pizza (thick & thin crust) • Pasta
SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER DAILY
S-Th 11-9; F-Sat 11-10
All-You-Can-Eat Chicken, Pizza, & Salad Bar
701 Hwy 12, Baraboo WI 356-6313
Open Mondays 11am - to close • Tuesday through Sunday 8am - Close Come enjoy a Beautiful Setting in downtown Lodi at
118 S. Main St. Lodi, WI 53555 • 608-592-0600 LOCATED IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN LODI, NEXT TO SUSIE THE DUCK. SpringCreekRestaurant.com • SpringCreekRestaurant@gmail.com Facebook.com/SpringCreekRestaurant @SpringCreekLodi
Your New Hosts: Ryan yan and Rebecca Quindt Weekly Lunch W and
Nightly Happy Hour 3pm - 6pm Quindt’s
441 South Blvd • Baraboo 608 / 356.6950 Hours: M-Th 11am-9pm | Fri-Sat 11am-10pm Closed Sundays
Visit your local Culver’s restaurant today:
Culver’s of West Baraboo
420 Linn St., Baraboo, WI 53913 (608) 356-2650
Culver’s of Sauk City
716 Phillips Blvd., Sauk City, WI 53583 (608) 643-6620
Electronic versions of this coupon are not accepted. Shown: The Culver’s® Double Deluxe Value Basket Expires 12/31/16. Based on purchase at regular menu price. Please no substitutions. Not valid with any other offer. Value 1/200 cent. Limit one coupon per person per visit.Valid only at Culver’s® of Baraboo and Sauk City, WI. 003/001-01/16
• Pizza • Wings • Salad Bar • Dessert • Lunch buffet
Portage: 401 E.Wisconsin St. • 608-742-8829 Baraboo: 422 Pine St. • 608-356-9500 Sauk City: 805 Phillips Blvd • 608-643-4343 SAUK COUNTY VISITOR’S GUIDE • 43
WINTER CALENDAR OF EVENTS
December 2-5 Friday-Monday Spring Green 5-7PM Made in the Valley Market - The Spring Green General Store. An indoor market held the first Friday of each month for local handcrafted items (food and non-food). Jams, Pork, Beeswax Candles, Eggs, Honey, Body Care Products, Popcorn, Bird Seed, Baked Goods, Vegetables, Duck Eggs, Quilted Items, Dried Beans, Jewelry, Cards, Arts & Crafts. 3 Saturday Reedsburg 10AM-1PM Holiday Cookie Walk. Downtown Reedsburg. 3 Saturday Baraboo Furry Friends Holiday Fun Run/ Walk, Join the Sauk County Humane Society for this 5K Run/ 1 Mile Walk! Help homeless animals and spread some holiday cheer by joining us for this merry romp through historic downtown Baraboo. After the race, enjoy a soup lunch, awards, and more! All proceeds from this race will go towards our homeless, neglected and abused animals in need. saukhumane.org or 608-356-2520 9 Friday Reedsburg 6-8PM Living Windows. Downtown Reedsburg. 9-10 Friday-Saturday Baraboo The Very Merry Holiday Fair. 60 area artist/craftsmen, authors and purveyors of good thing to eat. Artisan quality gifts and goods. Held in the Historic Baraboo Arts and Banquet Hall on Water Street in conjunction with many other holiday events going on in Baraboo on this weekend in December. theverymerryholidayfair.com 10 Saturday Wonewoc 6pm Wonewoc’s Lighted Christmas Parade. 10 Saturday Baraboo 12Noon-7PM Edwardian Christmas Celebration. The historic Van Orden Mansion at 531 Fourth Ave. in Baraboo comes alive each Christmas season during the Edwardian Christmas Celebration. The mansion is all decked out for the holidays with twelve fresh Christmas trees which are decorated to a specific theme each year. Guests are also able to enjoy live Christmas music throughout the day and sample holiday baked goods in the dining room. Jingle bell carriage rides will be given from 2 until dusk. saukcountyhistory.org 608-356-1001. 10-11 Saturday & Sunday Baraboo Annual Stories with Santa at the Zoo. Held at Ochsner Park. Kids enjoy crafts, cookies and cocoa in front of a live
Landowner Appreciation Party Baraboo River Runners Snowmobile Club Pumphouse Sports Bar & Grille, Hwy 123 – Baraboo. Food, Live Music, Activities for Children, Raffles, Auctions and Door Prizes. Everyone is Welcome; come by car, truck, sled or foot! barabooriverrunners.com
fire while Santa reads holiday animal stories. Make gifts for the zoo animals and hear zookeepers talk about animal winter habits. Call 608-355-2760 or visit cityofbaraboo.com/ parksandrecreation 11 Sunday Reedsburg 8AM-12Noon VFW Breakfast. 17 Saturday LaValle 9AM Santa visits the LaValle library. 17 Saturday Reedsburg 4-8PM North Freedom Walleye Feed at American Legion Hall. 19-23 Monday-Friday Baraboo Extended Holiday Shopping Hours Downtown. Take advantage of special extended shopping hours for your last-minute shopping needs. Most shops are open until 7:00 pm. downtownbaraboo.com 19-23 Monday-Friday Reedsburg Extended Holiday Shopping Hours. Most stores open until 7PM. 24 Saturday Baraboo Durward’s Glen Christmas Eve Mass. Join us in the Immaculate Conception Chapel at Durward’s Glen for Christmas Eve Mass at 11 PM. Bring a plate of cookies to share at the social after mass. 608-356-8113 durwardsglen.org 25 Sunday Reedsburg 4-6PM Open Table Community Meal at St. John Lutheran Church.
13-14 Fri.-Sat. Prairie du Sac 8AM-4PM Eagle Watching Days. Each year, dozens of eagles winter at Prairie du Sac to fish the open waters of the Wisconsin River. Enjoy Birds of Prey shows, guided bus tours, seminars, and family activities at this free, family-friendly event., River Arts Center, Sauk Prairie High School, 105 Ninth Avenue, Prairie du Sac, WI 53578, http://www.ferrybluffeaglecouncil.org 608-643-4168 20 Friday Prairie du Sac UW MadHatters 7PM at the River Arts Center. Men’s a cappella group featuring oldies to top 40. 590 Water St., Prairie du Sac. 608-643-5215 www.RiverArtsInc.org 21 Jan - 4 Feb Baraboo SCAA Membership Show. Sauk County Art Association Members “strut their stuff.” A themed show, members of the Association are encouraged to stretch their boundaries and interpret a statement. Details at saukcountyartassociation.com 21 Saturday Baraboo 7th Annual Ride In and
28 Saturday Prairie du Sac 10AM-4PM Wollersheim Port Release day. A break from Wisconsin’s winter! Join Wollersheim Winery to celebrate their original red Port and new White Port. Take a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Wollersheim Ports. Sample both Ports and other Wollersheim wines available for tasting and by the glass. Enjoy live jazz, light food, and winemaker insights., Wollersheim Winery, 7876 State Road 188, Prairie du Sac, WI, 53578. www.wollersheimwinery.com; 800-847-9463 28 Saturday Baraboo 32nd Annual Winterfest Fun Run 5K run that starts and ends at the Civic Center. Proceeds go to support Civic Center recreational programming. T-shirts and refreshments for all participants with trophies to top finishers in each age group. Call 608-355-2760 or visit cityofbaraboo.com/ parksandrecreation
3 Friday Sauk City 7-10PM Dueling Pianos at the Dorf. Presented by River Arts, Inc. Enjoy a night of live music where you can request your own songs, bid on incredible silent auction packages, and take fabulous photos in the original Traveling Photo Booth. This is the party you don’t want to miss! Dorf Haus Restaurant, 8931 Hwy Y, Sauk City, WI 53583. Tickets available from River Arts, Inc., www.riverartsinc.org, 608-643-5215 4
Saturday Prairie du Sac 6AM-2:30PM Sauk Prairie Live Bait & Tackle Carl Welke Memorial Fisheree. Fisheree includes an Adult & Child Division (12 & under), $10 per person. Tournament limited to 150 fisherman, only the first 150 registered are eligible for fishing prizes. Tickets sold are for the tournament and door prizes. Door prize drawing at 3pm. Registration at Sauk Prairie Live Bait & Tackle or Fish Lake boat landing. All profits to benefit charity. Fishing on Fish Lake & Mud Lake., Sauk Prairie Live Bait & Tackle, 509 Water Street, Prairie du Sac, WI 53578 or Fish Lake boat landing. www.saukprairiebait.com, 608-643-3700
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indoor and outdoor competitions for a chance to be the champion. If you would like to volunteer, donate raffle/auction items, or play, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
11-12 Sat.-Sun. North Freedom Snow Train™ at Mid Continent Railway Museum. A tradition for over 40 years Snow Train™, a unique and unforgettable train ride experience. Enjoy Mid-Continent’s sevenmile, 55-minute round-trip ride on a former branch line of the Chicago & North Western Railroad, through a Winter Wonderland at the foot of the Baraboo Hills. All cars are heated by steam heat or coal-fired stoves. Choice from a First Class Train or Elegant Dinner Train; visit midcontinent.org for details.
25 Saturday North Freedom Annual AYCE Smelt and Chicken Feed. Hosted by the North Freedom Fire Department. Event serving begins at 4:00 pm at the fire station. Proceeds are used for the purchase and upkeep of equipment. villageofnorthfreedom.com/NFFD.php 25 Saturday Prairie du Sac David Pendleton: Anything Can Talk 2PM at the River Arts Center. Family friendly ventriloquist. 590 Water St., Prairie du Sac. 608-643-5215 www.RiverArtsInc.org
funds for classical Christian education at Community Christian School. Purchase tickets online or through the school office 608-448-2191 or barabooccs.com
9 Sunday Prairie du Sac Neophonic Jazz Orchestra 2PM at the River Arts Center. 24-piece large ensemble dedicated to the preservation of the bod, sophisticated music of Stan Kenton and composer Johnny Richard. 590 Water St., Prairie du Sac. 608-643-5215 www.RiverArtsInc.org
Friday Baraboo Community Christian School Gala for Education. Annual gala with dinner and live and silent auctions raising
Area Nature Trails! 400 State Trail 240 Railroad St, Reedsburg The 22-mile 400 State Trail offers beautiful scenery, bountiful wildlife, sandstone outcroppings, rolling farmland and runs parallel with the Baraboo River. The 400 State Trail is part of the 101 State Trail System from Reedsburg to Trempealeau, linking with the Elroy-Sparta State Trail, the La Crosse River State Trail, and the Great River State Trail. Devil’s Lake State Park County Highway DL, Merrimac and Baraboo Devil’s Lake has over 29 miles of trails for any skill level including amazingly scenic sections of the national Ice Age trail. Trails vary in difficulty from easy to quite challenging. Trails are not maintained in winter. Ferry Bluff State Natural Area Ferry Bluff Road, Sauk City Ferry Bluff and the adjacent Cactus Bluff tower more than 300 feet above the confluence of Honey Creek and the Wisconsin River. Ferry Bluff is open to hiking only and is closed from November 15-March 31st to protect bald eagle roosting sites. Ice Age National Scenic Trail County Highway DL, Merrimac and Baraboo The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a thousand-mile footpath that highlights incredible landscape features as it travels through some of the state’s most beautiful natural areas. The trail is entirely within Wisconsin and is one of only eleven National Scenic Trails. The Ice Age Trail in Sauk County travels from Merrimac to Baraboo. The Ice Age
Trail in this region passes through some unique geological features and diverse ecological habitats, giving hikers an excellent experience of glacially shaped valleys, bluffs and drumlins while passing through prairies, savannas and woodlands. The trail also wanders though the historic City of Lodi, where you may be tempted off the trail by our restaurants, pubs, German bakery and specialty shops. For more information visit www.iceagetrail.org Kiwanis River Walk Baraboo The Baraboo Kiwanis River Walk is a 3 mile paved trail along the scenic Baraboo River. Lower Wisconsin Riverway Blackhawk Unit 6950 Hwy 78, Sauk City The Blackhawk Unit area contains miles of hiking, horseback riding, and cross country ski trails and features the Blackhawk Indian battlefield and Native American effigy mounds. Mirror Lake State Park E10320 Fern Dell Road, Baraboo Mirror Lake State Park features sandstone bluffs surrounding the lake and offers 28.4 miles of hiking trails, 17.4 miles of cross-country skiing trails, 9.2 miles of mountain biking trails, and 1.2 miles of snowshoeing trails. Natural Bridge State Park County Highway C, Leland Natural Bridge State Park features Wisconsin’s largest natural arch. Directly beneath the arch is a rock shelter once used by Paleo-Indians. Natural Bridge State Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area County Highway DL, Merrimac Parfrey’s Glen is Wisconsin’s first State Natural area. At its uppermost part, the glen reaches a depth of nearly 100 feet and embraces a mountain-type stream flowing through its floor. The Glen contains rare flora of the Driftless Area. Pewit’s Nest Kessler Road, Baraboo Pewit’s Nest is natural gorge cut by a small stream. Pewit’s is between 30 and 40 feet deep and the trails are not maintained. The walking trails take you over the deep gorge. If you visit use caution as there are no railings. Sauk City Riverwalk Sauk City The Sauk City Riverwalk is a 1 mile paved path along the Wisconsin River below the Prairie du Sac dam. Spring Green Preserve State Natural Area Jones Road, Spring Green Spring Green Preserve, known as the ‘Wisconsin Desert’, features a rolling sand prairie on an old Wisconsin River terrace and harbors a unique flora and fauna that are adapted to the hot, droughty environment. Bird life is diverse and includes large numbers of rare open country birds. Tower Hill State Park 5808 County Hwy C, Spring Green Tower Hill offers a fascinating glimpse of Wisconsin history. Hike to the top of the bluff where an old shot tower and smelter house have been reconstructed. You will find an exhibit explaining the shot-making operation. The park has 11 campsites, hiking trails, picnic areas and a canoe landing.
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Levee Road travels through the Aldo Leopold reserve along the Wisconsin River. Motorists, bikers and hikers can see prairie grasses, wildlife, trees and marsh along the river’s south shore.
Location: Sauk and Columbia counties. Levee Road, beginning at County T in Sauk County east to WIS 33 in Columbia County. Length: 9.8 miles Surface: Paved
Rustic Road 21 Ruff Road, Orchard Drive and Slotty Road are narrow, gravel roads. They wind through rolling rugged terrain near Natural Bridge State Park. The park is the location of the Raddatz rock shelter, the oldest documented site of primitive man in the upper Midwest. Schara Road extends along a ridge bordered by oaks, maples, basswoods and hickories. Remains of an old barn and home foundation are visible from the road. A walk during the spring and summer reveals many wildflowers along the roadside and in the open fields. Location: Sauk County. Just off County PF, follow portions of Schara Road, Ruff Road, Orchard Drive and Slotty Road. Length: 8.6 miles Surface: Gravel
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Sauk Prairie! Stay & Play In The Sauk Prairie Riverway... A mecca for those who enjoy outdoor activities, the Wisconsin River and Lake Wisconsin feature many varieties of fish, making it a fisherman’s paradise year-round. Try canoeing or tubing the Wisconsin River for an extraordinary FUN experience. Year round events, wintering bald eagles, unique attractions, diverse
retail, history, hiking, skiing & more, the Sauk Prairie Riverway has something for everyone. Visit the Sauk Prairie Riverway Welcome Center located at 109 Phillips Blvd. in Sauk City to learn more, or to develop your Sauk County itinerary, and receive a FREE Stay & Play tee-shirt, Additional information can be found by visiting www. saukprairieriverway.com Share your experience with #saukprairie2016.
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Where Art & Nature Meet
Spring Green and the River Valley area are special. Somehow, this land escaped the last great Ice Age, as well as, the one before that. What you see here, and nowhere else in the Upper Midwest, is a landscape sculpted at least a half million years earlier than anything else around it. The results are breathtaking: rolling hills and bluffs looking over the Wisconsin River Valley and infused with an ageless beauty. Spring Green was founded in 1857 by Welsh, English, Norwegian and German immigrants whose main industries were dairy and produce farms, lumbering, and cheese production. Today, agriculture remains integral to the area economy and its residents.
Another tradition has grown on this land as well. The landscape and the people who have settled here have nurtured a dynamic and spirited arts scene. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin, American Players Theatre and The House on the Rock collectively attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Their experience is heightened by a host of artists, musicians and crafts people who live and work in the River Valley.
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Beyond all this, what makes Spring Green and the River Valley stand out is an infectious sense of community. The residents of this area are dedicated to helping their neighbors, serving their community and welcoming its visitors. We hope you’ll feel welcome and become part of the River Valley community as well - whether you’re visiting for a day or staying here permanently.
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International Crane Foundation Tours
Aldo Leopold Tours
Open to the public every day between April 15 - October 31 from 9 am to 5 pm. From Memorial Day through Labor Day guided public tours are offered daily at 10 am, 1 pm and 3 pm and on weekends ONLY in April, May, September and October. Public tours are free with general admission and there is no need to pre-register. We suggest visitors plan to stay at least two hours.
Self-guided tours of the Shack are offered during all months without significant snow cover, during our public open hours. Self-guided visitors will explore with a brochure that includes a trail map, historic photos of the land, and background information on Aldo Leopold’s history and legacy. The trail loop at the property is approximately one mile in length. A side trail leads to the banks of the Wisconsin River through beautiful floodplain forest, where bald eagles, cranes, and other wildlife are frequently spotted. The Shack itself is shuttered and locked during self-guided tours.
Reservations for our guided tours are not required, but please call ahead to confirm our weekly tour schedule at 608-356-9462 ext. 127.
International Crane Foundation
and Leopold Shack & Farm
Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Saturday 10am-4pm (April 16th-October 29th, 2016)
Visit our website for directions and a calendar of events! www.aldoleopold.org 608.355.0279
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Take a Walk on the WILD Side! Open Daily 9 - 5 (April 15 – October 31) Guided Tours Nature Trails • Gift Shop www.savingcranes.org • 608-356-9462 SAUK COUNTY VISITOR’S GUIDE • 51
Fairs, Festivals &
May 7, 2016
Taste of Spring Green & Wine Walk
May 13-14, 2016
Madison Magazine BBQ Festival
Meyer Oak Grove Park, Sauk City
May 14, 2016
Fair on the Square
Downtown Square Baraboo
May 14, 2016
Wonewoc Old Fashioned Day
May 21, 2016
PAWS Pledge Walk & Fun Festival
May 29, 2016
19th Annual BobFest (Memorial Day Weekend)
May 30, 2016
Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony
Greenwood Cemetery, Reedsburg
June 18, 2016
June 13-19, 2016
June 24, 2016
Summer Brew Ha-Ha
June 25-26, 2016
Spring Green Arts & Crafts Fair
Jefferson St., Spring Green
July 2, 2016
Fire on the River
Sauk City Riverwalk, Sauk City
July 2, 2016
Fireworks Over the Mill Pond
July 4, 2016
Witwen 4th of July Parade
July 4, 2016
Freedom Fest & Fireworks
July 4, 2016
Merrimac Firemen’s Fireworks
July 11-17, 2016
Sauk County Fair
Sauk County Fairgrounds, Baraboo
July 23-24, 2016
Baraboo’s Big Top Parade & Circus Celebration
Downtown Square, Baraboo
July 29, 2016
Reedikulus Day and the Reedikulus Art Crawl
August 6, 2016
Merrimac Community Festival
August 7, 2016
LaValle Fire Department Celebration
August 12-13, 2016
Heroes for Honor
Westwynde Park, Prairie du Sac
August 13, 2016
Big Cat Car Show
Fireman’s Park, Rock Springs
August 19-21, 2016
Badger Steam & Gas Show
August 20, 2016
Spring Green Car Show
August 21, 2016
4Petesake Day In The Park
August 27, 2016
Loganville Fire Department Celebration
September 2-3, 2016
Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw and Festival
Marion Park, Prairie du Sac
September 5, 2016
8th Annual Beatlefest (Labor Day Weekend)
September 10, 2016
Heritage Day - Pioneer Log Village
October 1-9, 2016
October 8, 2016
Fall Fair on the Square
Downtown Square, Baraboo
October 8, 2016
Fall Festival In The River Valley
October 8, 2016
Fall Festival at Durward’s Glen
October 29, 2016
Downtown Baraboo Kid’s Fall Festival
November 12, 2016
8th Annual Bilingual Music Festival
United Methodist Church, Reedsburg
November 18, 2016
Holiday Light Parade & Fireworks
Marion Park, Prairie du Sac
November 19, 2016
Christmas Light Parade
Downtown Square Baraboo
November 25 - December 11, 2016
Spring Green Country Christmas
December 9-10, 2016
A Very Merry Holiday Fair
December 10, 2016
Wonewoc’s Lighted Christmas Parade
January 13-14, 2017
Eagle Watching Days
Prairie du Sac
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Lloyd Wright Tour ➊ Frank Distance: 20 miles for the long route on paved and gravel roads. The 10 mile short loop is entirely on paved roads. Difficulty: Difficult or moderate. The long route has five steep hills. The short route has two.
State Trail ➊ 400 The entire 22 miles of the 400
State Trail follows the Baraboo River valley from Reedsburg to Elroy. The trail is named for the Chicago-Northwestern passenger train that once operated on this grade. The train traveled the 400 miles between Chicago and Minneapolis/St. Paul in 400 minutes. The renovated Reedsburg Depot is the trail headquarters and the office of the Reedsburg Area Chamber of Commerce. The trail links to the Elroy-Sparta State Trail at Elroy Commons on the west end and to the Hillsboro State Trail in Union Center. A daily or annual State Trail Pass is required for riders 16 and older. For more information call 800-844-3507 or visit reedsburg.org
Head Resort Area ➌ Devil’s In the winter months, Devil’s Head
Ski Resort attracts skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels to its 500 vertical feet of ski slopes. In the warmer months, those same slopes become challenging singletrack mountain biking trails that provide some of the most exhilarating mountain biking in the Midwest. As you can expect being that these are ski hills, you’ll encounter plenty of ups and downs, plus a lot of challenging features for riders of all abilities. Fast downhills and technical singletrack make this one of the best mountain bike destinations in the state. For more information call 608-493-2251 or visit devils-head.com or Sauk Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce 800-683-2453 or 608-643-4168 www.saukprairie.com
For more information: Spring Green Area Chamber of Commerce 800-588-2042 or 608-588-2054 or www. springgreen.com Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center 608-588-7900 www.taliesinpreservation.org
Ferry Tour ➋ Merrimac Distance: 45 miles total; 26 for the north loop, 19 for the south loop. Difficulty: Moderate to difficult. The northern loop has long, steep climbs. Caution: The entire route is on public streets and roads open to shared bicycle/motor vehicle use. Riding the separate bike trail along Hwy. 123 south of Baraboo is advised.
For more information: Baraboo Area Chamber of Commerce 800-227-2266 or 608-356-8333 www.baraboo.com Lodi Chamber of Commerce 608-592-4412 www.lodiwisconsin.com
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Your Getaway Awaits! Wisconsin means dark waters in a Native American language. The dark water of the Wisconsin River and Lake Wisconsin comes from the very dark roots of the Tamarack trees which line its banks in the northern part of the state and bleed a natural dye into the river. Many varieties of fish thrive in these waters, making Lake Wisconsin and the Wisconsin River a fisherman’s paradise. The 9,500 acre lake has 57 miles of shoreline, and the lake and river have more than 18 miles of navigable waterway with a depth that varies to a maximum of 40 feet. Boaters love to dock at the many sand bars for a swim, picnic or even to camp overnight. Tourists from all over the world come here to relax and
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enjoy this beautiful area. Once a favorite hunting and fishing ground of the early tribes, it is now a popular tourist destination for camping and water sports, as well as, more leisurely activities and family adventures. The Merrimac Ferry, named “Colsac” because it bridges Columbia and Sauk counties, is a highlight to experience and the only free ferry in the state. It crosses the Wisconsin River from Highway 113 in Merrimac south to the junction of Highways 188 and 113 just north of Lodi. Trip time is 10 minutes, and 15 cars (trailers too) can cross at one time. It runs 24 hours a day during the months the lake is not frozen. Top it off with a stop at a nearby restaurant or ice cream stand.
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county taste the difference!
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Published on Mar 14, 2016