Friday, May 22, 2009

New Glarus Community Fest

New Glarus Community Fest

May 22-25, 2009
All activities are at the New Glarus Village Park unless otherwise noted

Face Painting
Inflatable rides
Climbing Rock Wall
Western Shooting Gallery

5pm - Concessions Open
5pm - Festival Rides Open
6:30pm - Music by “New Glarus High School Jazz Band
8:00pm - Music by “2nd ThoughtClassic Rock

7:15am - Registration Fun Run/Walk
8:30am - Kids Community Fest Mile
9am - 5K Run/Walk
9am - Co-ed Volleyball Tournament (with cash prizes!)
9am - Battleball Tournament
Noon - 4H Petting Zoo
1:30pm - Music by “Cold Ground & Low SkyAlternative Rock
4:15pm Music by "Raindogs" Blues/Rock
8:00pm Music by "Super Tuesday" Rock

10am - Kickball Tournament
Noon - 4H Petting Zoo
Noon - Music by “Jug Prairie” Country Rock
1:45pm - Music by "The Invaders" Classic Rock
4:00pm - Music by "4xDaily Pop & Rock Cover
8pm - Music by "Copper Box" Blend of everything! Rock, Zydeco, Polka with a little Blues, Country & Tejano

9:30am - Memorial Day Parade
Veteran's Day Program at the High School Following Parade
Noon - Variety of Local Talent –Kinderchor 10th Reunion

Ronald McDonald House Celebrates 16 Years in Madison

Sweet Sixteen Open House at the Ronald McDonald House

Date: May 23, 2009
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
City: Madison
Location: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Madison

After sixteen years of providing a 'home away from home' for families with children receiving treatment at Madison area hospitals, Madison's Ronald McDonald House celebrates this anniversary with a Sweet 16 Open House.

The community that so generously helped build the House 16 years ago can take pride in knowing the House has offered a place of respite for thousands of families who understand the anxiety of dealing with a child's serious medical condition. We invite the community to re-connect with our mission and ask them to join us in celebrating 16 years of service.

The Sweet 16 Open House will take place on Saturday, May 23, 2009, from
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Ronald McDonald House, 2716 Marshall Court in Madison, WI.

Ronald McDonald himself will be on hand to sing “Happy Birthday” and visit with the crowd. Activities will include House tours, Care Mobile tours, face painting, balloon animals, red noses for the kids, Oscar Mayer hot dogs, Coca-Cola and, of course, what is a birthday party without cake and ice cream for everyone?

Memorial Day Parade - Monona

Everyone enjoys the thrill and pageantry of a parade! Join the Celebration of 54 years for Wisconsin's largest and longest running Memorial Day Parade which will consist of more than 100 units. For everyone's enjoyment, there will be military color guards, clowns, marching bands, live animals, fire trucks, scouts, floats, antique autos, local elected officials, dance groups and much more.

The 1.5 mile parade route will start just past Monona Grove High School and travel south on Monona Drive disbanding at Owen Road.

After the parade brief Memorial Ceremonies will be held at Blooming Grove, Roselawn Cemeteries and Highland Memory Gardens. To honor those who have and are serving our country.

Friday, May 15, 2009

At Work and at Play at Wade House

At Work and at Play at Wade House

Saturday, May 16, 2009 - Sunday, May 17, 2009 10 am-5 pm

Come help Wade House get ready for spring. Prepare and plant the gardens, fill straw ticks, air out quilts, make beds, black the stove, and sweep floors. Experience behind-the-scenes tours of the Herrling Sawmill, making an "S" hook project in the blacksmith shop, candle dipping, and log skidding. On Sunday only, take in the sights and sounds of vintage base ball as it was played (and spelled) in the 1860s. Come celebrate the household duties, the trades, and the fun that helped shape this 160-year-old community.

Ticket Info:

Adults $11; children (5-17) $5.50; students and senior citizens (65 and over) $9.25; family (two adults and two or more dependent children 5-17) $30. Horse-drawn transportation on the site included in ticket cost.

Location Info:
Venue: Wade House

Wade House, an 1860s stagecoach inn built to serve traffic along the plank road that connected Fond du Lac and Sheboygan, tells the story of frontier entrepreneur Sylvanus Wade and his family during the Civil War years. In addition to the inn, the historic site includes the recently reconstructed Herrling sawmill, one of the few working, water-powered sawmills of its kind in the nation. Wade House is also home to the Wesley Jung Carriage Museum, which houses the state's largest collection of antique carriages and working wagons.

More info here:

Old World Wisconsin Rituals of Spring

Rituals of Spring at Old World Wisconsin

Just as Wisconsin's 19th-century farmers did when spring rolled around, farmhands at Old World Wisconsin will be busy in the fields on Saturday, May 16, during the outdoor museum's annual Rituals of Spring event. Visitors can expect to see farmers readying the farmsteads for planting, using stock dogs to herd sheep, and hand shearing them before farm women card, spin and dye the collected wool — all as it was done in the late 1800s. At 1:30 p.m. outside Caldwell Farmers' Club Hall, visitors can take in a sheep shearing contest between a father and his son.

Displays of woolen articles and artifacts related to sheep will showcase the animals' importance on 19th-century farms. The value of wool will be further underscored during a quilt turning — in which quilt historian Kathleen Lashley will peel back and discuss samples from a stack of the museum's vintage quilts.

Activities Range from Planting Sorghum to Beekeeping

Meantime, farmhands will be hard at work planting sorghum, a crop that was grown as a less expensive substitute for sugar. The historic gardener will be on hand, too, discussing herbs and their medicinal and culinary uses. Another activity will involve using our newly acquired rope-making machine to make rope that could be used as leads for the sheep, There will also be a demonstration of a small animal-powered treadmill, and visitors can join in activities ranging from soap making to shingle shaving.

Another completely new site feature will also be unveiled — an observation beehive that will allow visitors to see bees in action. The Children of the American Revolution, Wisconsin Chapter, has been instrumental in raising funds for this project. The observation hive was donated by Lapp's Bee Supply, and the Milwaukee-Waukesha Beekeepers Association provided the bees.

For complete details on admission, location and contact information, visit the Old World Wisconsin visitor information pages.


Sun Prairie Library Anniversary & the Sassy Cow Creamery Celebration

Thanks to Pamela for the two events below! Happy Friday!

Sun Prairie Library Anniversary
The Sun Prairie Public Library will celebrate its 10 year anniversary on May 16 with balloons, cake, games, read to the dog, scavenger hunts, and an art exhibit. There will even be fire engines, police cars and an ambulance on display in the library parking lot. All are welcome to attend the event, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

At the Sassy Cow Creamery!
Sassy Cow Creamery, a family-owned farmstead milk bottling business, announced May 11 it will celebrate its one year anniversary with a Celebration Event open to the public on Saturday, May 23 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
"We have had an outstanding first year here at Sassy Cow with overwhelming support from all of our customers and community," said James Baerwolf, owner, Sassy Cow Creamery. "Our anniversary event is a great way to follow last year's successful grand opening, and is our way, at Sassy Cow, of saying 'thank you' for your business. We are happy to open our doors and raise awareness about the source of dairy products."

Featured anniversary events
• Farm and creamery tours
• Music by local musician David Cox
• Sassy Cow product specials
• Samples of local products
• Pedal tractor races
• The chance to meet the newest Sassy Cow dairy calf
• A variety of fun contests for adults and kids

Sassy Cow Creamery is located at W4192 Bristol Rd., Columbus. From Hwy 151, take the Bristol Street (Hwy N) Exit. Head North on Hwy N and travel seven miles. Look for the big red barn on your left.

Sassy Cow Creamery is a farmstead milk bottling business owned and operated by brothers James and Robert Baerwolf and their families. Sassy Cow provides organic and traditional bottled milk, heavy cream, churned cream, ice cream, milkshakes and ice cream cakes to the local area, all derived from farm-fresh, rBGH-free milk produced on both on the Baerwolf dairy farms. Sassy Cow believes in hosting a variety of informational and educational events to encourage awareness about the source of dairy products.
For more information, visit

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Numerous Madison Area Kids Events!

Family Trailside Backpack Program at Aldo Leopold Nature Center

Enhance your exploration of nature with our Family Trailside Backpack Program. This self-guided program is designed for families to learn together, at their leisure, as they wander the trails at the Nature Center. To help you explore we provide a Backpack with an easy-to-understand Exploration Guide and tool-kit. Activities may be used with children of all ages. Seasonal backpacks allow your group to explore nature as it changes with the seasons. Backpack themes are Spring is in the Air, Crawling Critters, Amazing Adaptations and Snug in the Snow. We also have a Fabulous Forests theme that is loaded with facts and fun.

Program Fee:
Members: FREE
Non-members: $5/ family
$10 for Daycare and Scout groups

Drop-in hours are Monday through Friday, typically 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. To ensure availability, please call in advance to reserve the backpacks. Backpacks were generously donated by REI.
More info here:


Badger Trolley Tours at the Arboretum

Sunday, May 17 • 1 pm – 3 pm

Free narrated tours aboard the Badger Trolley begin at the Visitor Center at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. See what’s in bloom in Longenecker Gardens, view our prairies and woodlands in spring color and learn more about the Arboretum’s history and purpose.

More info here:


Remarkable Rubber Ducky River Race - May 16th

The Madison Mallards Baseball Team,Madison Parks, and the Madison Parks Foundation are teaming up to host the first ever ‘Remarkable Rubber Ducky River Race’ at Tenney Park on the Yahara River. The fun-filled event will be on May 16 from 2pm – 4pm and all proceeds of the event will benefit the Goodman Pool scholarship fund.

To enter a Rubber Ducky in the Remarkable River Race, there is a $1 entrance fee. There will be a limited number of Rubber Ducky’s available for purchase so we encourage eventgoers to get there as early as possible. Based on the turnout for the event there may be several “heats” with a final race pitting the top contestants against each other. All age groups are welcome to participate. The first 500 participants will get to keep a Rubber Ducky as a keepsake from the event. Prizes for the Remarkable Rubber Ducky River Race will range from passes to the Goodman Pool, to Mallards tickets & more. The grand prize for the winner of the Remarkable Rubber Ducky River Race will be a party for 10 at the Duck Pond on Opening Day (June 1) including the opportunity to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, 10 great seats for the game & a $100 gift card.

“Madison Parks is excited to team up with the Madison Mallards and the Madison Parks Foundation for this event,“ says Kevin Briski, Madison Parks Superintendent. “Strong partnerships, such as this, make for a vibrant Madison park system."

In addition to the Rubber Ducky Race, Maynard G. Mallard will be on hand to greet fans, and kids can test their skills with the Mallards Speed Pitch, T-Ball game & Maynard’s Bounce House. The Mallards 2009 Season opens up with an exhibition game vs. the Swedish National on May 27 & the Regular Season Home Opener is June 1 at 7:05 vs. the Rochester Honkers.


Critter Club at the Dane County Humane Society

May 24, 2009
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Dane County Humane Society, Madison

DCHS introduces a new club for preschool age children and their parents. The third Sunday of every month, children are invited to come listen to an animal story and related craft.

Sign up today for the next session - space is limited.

More info here:

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Family Horticulture Day - May 9th

Family Horticulture Day

  • Date May 9
  • Time 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • LocationWest Madison Agricultural Research Station, 8502 Mineral Point Rd., Verona
  • Description: Families can learn how to develop a backyard kitchen garden in a small space: tomatoes, peppers, broccoli and eggplant seedlings will be provided, along with instructions for growing them and directions for sowing vegetable and flower seeds will be available from master gardeners. Horticulture will be a Technicolor experience at Family Horticulture Day. Purple, red and yellow potatoes, red popcorn and green caterpillars will be the features of the day.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

LEOPOLD LEAP hosted by Physician's Plus - 5/9

Leopold Leap! Saturday May 9, 10 am - Noon - Aldo Leopold Nature Center
300 Femrite Drive

Get outside and have fun this Spring at the LEOPOLD LEAP! Kids 12 and under can do the Jackrabbit Jump, Lily Pad Leap, Lizard Lunge and more! Plus, enter to win a Travel Green Wisconsin weekend getaway at the Bayfield Inn in Bayfield, WI and other great prizes.

The Leopold Leap is the second of four GO! seasonal events hosted by Physicians Plus to encourage families to stay active outdoors. So come on out, enjoy the Raccoon Romp scavenger hunt and do the Prairie Chicken Prance!

More info here:

Registration form here:

The next Go! event will be held this July at the Henry Vilas Zoo!