May 1-3, 2014 – Wollersheim Winery – “COQUARD Brandy Release” 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Celebrate the release of our second batch of COQUARD Brandy! Event highlights include a complimentary self-guided brandy tour featuring our copper still, a visit to our historic cave, a stroll through the vineyard to see where the grapes are grown and a taste of the Brandy along with a selection of our wines. Self-guided tours take place all three days. Admission Fee: Free. Wollersheim Winery, 7876 Hwy 188, Prairie du Sac, WI 53578. 608-643-6515 www.wollersheim.com
May 1,8, 2014 – ABC’s of Alzheimer’s and Dementia 2:00 – 4:00 pm. This two-part education series is geared toward families of persons with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, and it is a perfect starting point for gaining valuable insight by enhancing your understanding of the disease, learning how it affects your loved one and how to effectively deal with it day-to-day. Session One features Kim Peterson, M.D., a nationally known expert on the subject, and will focus on medical aspects of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Dr. Petersen will explain the various types of dementia, including symptoms, diagnosis, disease progression, and treatment options, in language we can all understand. Session Two focuses on the experience of dementia and how it affects a person’s functioning; how to best help the person maintain function and quality of life; and resources and support available to help. Carol Olson, who has more than a decade of experience with the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin will present this session. Oak Park Place, 800 Waldo St., Baraboo. 608.742.9055 Free. Call to register: 608.355.4111. www.alzwisc.org
May 2,3,4 2014 – Camp for Veterans and their Families. A free Veterans Family Camp Weekend will be held at Easter Seals Wisconsin Camp Wawbeek in Wisconsin Dells for military veterans and their families. Two weekends are held each year, one in the spring and one in the fall. These weekends are meant for families to reconnect with each other and network with other veterans while having a fun and relaxing weekend with many optional planned activities. Activities include: fishing, archery, high-ropes course, arts and crafts, making s’mores, and other “Dells” activities such as a trip to a water park. Easter Seals Camp Wawbeek, 1450 Hwy. 13, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965. 1-800-422-2324
May 2,3, 2014 – Death & Taxes Dinner Theatre, 6:30 pm. Death & Taxes, an original comedy murder-mystery, written by Bruce Bradley and presented by RAVE (rogues and vagabonds entertainment). Tickets are $35 and include dinner, show, tax & tip. Call Farm Kitchen for reservations. Farm Kitchen, S5718 Highway 123. Baraboo, WI 53913. 608-356-5246 Fees $35 www.farmk.com
May 3, 2014 – Earth Play Work Day – Devil’s Lake State Park 10am-12pm. Looking for a good way to celebrate Earth Day while giving back to and enjoying their favorite Wisconsin state park? Join us for Work*Play*Earth Day workday sponsored by the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks. We’ll work on the garlic mustard along the park’s entrance road. Dress for getting a little dirty and bring gloves if you feel you’ll need them. Meet at the Parks Entrance, S5975 Park Road, Baraboo. 608-356-8301 Admission: Park Sticker Required www.devilslakewisconsin.com
May 3, 2014 – Bowling Fundraiser for Children’s Day Center and Preschool 11am-2pm. Annual bowling fundraiser and silent auction. The event will feature a silent auction with items donated from area businesses, bowling and fun. This year’s fundraising proceeds will go toward updating the center’s kitchen, including purchasing new kitchen cabinets. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Thunderbird Lanes, 1117 8th Street, Baraboo. 608-356-4116 Bowling will cost $4.00 per game including shoe rental, Thunderbird Lanes will donate $2.00 per game to the Children’s Day Center & Preschool.
May 3,10, 2014 – Walk Around The Lake – Devil’s Lake State Park 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. Plenty of migrating birds will be filling up the landscape as we wander through wetlands, forests and talus fields, while lapping the lake. Bring plenty of water and snacks to enjoy at our mid-morning siesta that hopefully will include sunning on the rocks and listening to the sweet sounds of winter wrens. Plenty of migrating birds will be filling up the landscape as we wander through wetlands, forests and talus fields, while lapping the lake. Bring plenty of water and snacks to enjoy at our mid-morning siesta that hopefully will include sunning on the rocks and listening to the sweet sounds of winter wrens. 608-355-5220 Fee $12 per hike. www.baraboo.uwc.edu
May 3, 2014 – Paws Pledge Walk and Fun Festival! 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. PAWS Walk is the Humane Society’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Last year over 200 participants and their canine companions, 65 sponsors, and 22 vendors helped us raise over $23,000 for the shelter! PAWS is more than just a walk. It is a fun family event for young and old, with kids games, live music by Old Gray Cats, demonstrations, vendors, activities, and food! Sauk County Fair Grounds; 700 Washington Ave, Baraboo. Registration Starts at: 8am, Walk Starts at: 9am for 3 mi/9:30am for 1 mi, Festival Starts at: 10am-1pm. (608) 356-2520 $25 Registration Fee for the Walk; there is no fee for the Fun Festival.
May 3, 2014 – Go On A Storywalk - Devil’s Lake State Park 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Try out this new, fun way to enjoy a story – go on a StoryWalk®! The pages of the book will be placed on a trail right by the Nature Center. As you stroll down the trail, you’ll find the next page of the story. Drop-in anytime to read the story, but make sure to stop back inside for a fun activity to do. The stories are best for kids ages 3 to 8 years old. Devil’s Lake State Park – The Nature Center, S5975 Park Road, Baraboo. 608-356-8301 Park Sticker Required. www.devilslakewisconsin.com
May 3, 2014 – Owl Prowl – Devil’s Lake State Park 8:00 – 9:30 pm. A late spring evening is a perfect time to go in search of owls! Bring your flashlight and wear shoes or boots that can get muddy as we’ll head down the trails of Steinke Basin and Johnson Moraine in search of barred owls. Devil’s Lake State Park – Meet at Steinke Basin Parking Lot, S5975 Park Road, Baraboo. 608-356-8301 www.devilslakewisconsin.com
May 10, 2014 – 8th Annual Healthy Family Fun Run/Walk 9:30 am. 5k, Kid’s Race and Dog participants – Forms can be found at milebluff.com. All proceeds will be doanted to Hope House. Admission Fee: $5-$20. Mile Bluff Delton Family Medical Center, 28 Commerce St, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965. 608-254-5888 www.milebluff.com
May 10-11, 2014 – Mother’s Day Weekend At Mid-Continent Railway Museum. Treat mother to a 5-course dinner served in first class cars by uniformed waiters. Dinner Train departs Sat evening at 5:30pm. On a smaller scale, treat Mother to First Class Service, trains depart Saturday at 11:00 am & 1:00 pm. Don’t miss the Sunday Mother’s Day Brunch Trains. Brunch trains depart at 10:00am & 12:45pm. The regular coach trains will be running at 11:00am,1:00pm & 3:00pm. E8948 Museum Road, North Freedom, WI 53951. 800-930-1385 Fees: Adults 20, Seniors 18, Students 15, Children 10, under 3 free. http://www.midcontinent.org
May 10, 2014 – Downtown Fair On The Square 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Expected to attract 8,000-10,000 visitors. It features live music, interactive entertainment, superb food, farmer’s market, and a Kidz Zone. Downtown Baraboo Square. Admission is Free.
May 10,24, 2014 – Frog Safari - Devil’s Lake State Park 8:00 – 9:30 pm. If you are a frog fanatic, you will want to join us for this nocturnal trip to the park’s kettle ponds. We’ll listen for spring peepers, wood frogs, and chorus frogs. We’ll also explore what other night sounds we can hear as we hike the Johnson Moraine Trail. Bring your flashlight as we’ll be hiking right around dusk. Meet at the Steinke Basin Parking Lot. 608-356-8301
May 11, 2014 – Wollersheim Winery – “Salute to Mothers” 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Open for tours and tasting, plus Mothers can receive a complimentary tour when accompanied by their family. Wollersheim Winery, 7876 Hwy 188, Prairie du Sac, WI 53578. 608-643-6515 www.wollersheim.com
May 11, 2014 – Mother’s Day at International Crane Foundation. Treat your mom to a relaxing day in nature with guided tours of the world’s cranes, arts& crafts and nature hikes. All moms get in Free! International Crane Foundation, E11376 Shady Lane Road, Baraboo, Wi 53913. ICF is open to the public every day between April 15 and October 31 from 9 am to 5 pm. Adults (ages 18 and over) $9.50, Seniors/Students (ages 62 and over and students with valid I.D.) $8.00, Youth (ages 6-17) $5.00, Children (ages 5 and under) Free, School and adult group rates $7.00/Adult (ages 18 & over) $2.00/Youth (ages 6-1). www.savingcranes.org
May 13, 2014 – Bowl for Kid’s Sake 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dan County Hosts Annual Bowl for Kid’s Sake. At Knuckleheads Bowling Center in Wisconsin Dells. As the premier mentoring organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County’s mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally-supported one-to-one mentor relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Supporting Bowl for Kid’s Sake is a great way to make a big difference for the kids in our community. Forming of joining a team is easy! Visit www.bbbsmadison.org/bfks2014 to get started. Plus, we have super cool raffle prizes to give away based on how much you raise as a team of individual. Prizes include pre-season Packer games, iPad, gift cards and more! Additional questions can be directed to Sandy Morales at 608-661-4393. Knuckleheads Bowling, 150 Gasser Rd, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965. 608-661-4393
May 15, 2014 – FLYWAYS Waterfowl Museum and Eco- Gift Opens for the Season. Come explore new displays, Duck stamp collections, wildlife art and so much more! S5780 Highway 123, Baraboo, WI. Hours of operation from May15 – June 14: Thurs – Sat: 10 am – 5 pm; Sun: 10 am – 3 pm. 608-356-0084 Admission: $7, adults; $6, seniors; $5, students w/ id; children under 6 are free. Group discounts available. www.duckmuseum.com
May 16-18, 2014 – Baby, Kids & More Consignment Sale with Crafting Supplies Too! 10:00 am – 7:00 pm. Huge Baby & Kids Consignment Sale! With special Scrapbooking/Crafting Supply area! Hosted by Green Whimsy. Fri-Sat: 10am to 7pm, Sun: 10am to 3pm (Everything 1/2 on Sunday!). Poppy Waterman Ice Arena, 104 Miller Dr, Lake Delton, WI 53910. www.greenwhimsy.com
May 16, 2014 – Baraboo Rotary’s 5th Annual “Kegs & Corks” 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Sample from more than 40 different Wines and Beers with complimentary hors d’oeuvres & desserts. Rotary Raffle: Take a chance or two or an arms span of tickets to win a variety of exciting prizes! Wine will be raffled too! Every participant will receive a commemorative wine or beer glass! Kegs and Corks is one of two major Rotary fund drives held each year. Major beneficiaries of this year’s event will be the Baraboo Big Top Parade and the AL Ringling Theatre Restoration in addition to many other local programs. Baraboo Arts & Convention Center, 323 Water Street, Baraboo. Fees: $30 per person. Tickets available at: Allstate Insurance, Baraboo National Bank, BMO Harris Bank, Community Home Medical Equipment and Pierce’s Marketplace Foods.
May 17-18, 2014 – Automotion. When spring rolls around in Wisconsin Dells so does the hottest car show of the year. It’s a fun-filled weekend on wheels where over 1,200 cars will be on display. Rare antiques, vintage classics, a car corral for selling cars, swap meet and much more! Live entertainment & great food put the finishing touch on this classic show. Free Spectator Admission. Noah’s Ark Waterpark, 1410 Wisconsin Dells Parkway, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965. (800) 223-3557
May 17, 2014 – Arts And Bloom Festival at Durward’s Glen Retreat Center 9:00am -3:00pm. Guided Tractor Tours of our historic grounds, flea market, artists and other vendors, french bakery, brats and refreshments. Durward’s Glen Retreat Center, W11876 McLeisch Road, Baraboo. 608-356-8113 Admission: FREE. Donations Warmly Welcomed. www.durwards glen.org
May 17, 2014 – Mud Hike at Steinke Basin 1:00 – 3:00 pm. It’s spring and the trails are full of mud! Join us for a slippery, wet, and definitely muddy hike as we traverse the trails at Steinke Basin – the muddiest trails in the park. Make sure to wear clothes and shoes/boots that can get full of mud; we’re not being delicate on this hike! You may want to bring extra pants and/or shoes to change into afterwards to save your car’s interior. This is a great hike for kids to participate in! Meet at Steinke Basin Parking Lot. 608-356-8301 www.devilslakewisconsin.com
May 22, 2014 – Bat Capture – See Scientist At Work – Devil’s Lake State Park 8:30 – 10:30 pm. Ever wonder how scientists and biologist study bats? Here’s your chance to come and watch them at work. Biologists from the Bat Program of Wisconsin will be studying the bats at Devil’s Lake and you can come and get an up close look at what they do. The bats will be captured in mist nets then weighed, measured, tagged and released. Come and ask questions, learn more about bats, or just have fun watching the bats! Rain Date Thursday, May 29. 608-356-8301 Park Sticker Required.
May 24, 2014 – Animal Feeding Day – Devil’s Lake State Park 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Watch the animals in the Nature Center have lunch! Watch the box turtles munch on some salad. See the gartersnake slurp down a fish. Look at the treefrogs as the tackle a cricket or two. Meet at the Nature Center, S5975 Park Road, Baraboo. 608-356-8301
May 25, 2014 – Downtown Baraboo Sunday Market 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. The Downtown Baraboo Sunday Market includes Antique Dealers, Collectors, Artisans and Crafters selling their work on the streets of Downtown Baraboo. Historic Downtown Baraboo, Around the Courthouse Square. Memorial Weekend thru October 19th, 2014. Spectator Admission is Free, Vendors please contact Event Coordinator. www.downtownbaraboo.com/area-attractions/sunday-market/
May 25, 2014 – Historical Society Chicken BBQ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. The Chicken BBQ is our largest fundraiser serving chicken barbecued on the grounds by the Knights of Columbus accompanied by potatoes, coleslaw, applesauce and bread. Slices of pies baked by the members are for sale for dessert. The cabins and grounds are open for strolling.
May 30-31, 2014 – Baraboo Area Community Wide Garage Sales 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. There will also Sales and Specials from anyone in our community who wishes to participate: merchants, crafters, artists, bars, grills, cafes, restaurants, and so on. Baraboo, West Baraboo, Surrounding Townships. 608-356-8333 Nominal Fee to List a Sale or Special. http://www.baraboo.com
May 30, 2014 – Friday Night Fish Fry! at Devil’s Lake State Park Chateau 5:30 – 8:00 pm. Enjoy a Friday Fish Fry in the beautiful setting of the Park’s North Shore. Food is served outside of the Chateau. If there is rain, food service will be moved into the Chateau. Provided by Elite Catering. North Shore Chateau, S5975 Park Road, Baraboo. 608-356-8301 Adults $11.50, Children’s Prices Available. http://www.devilslakewisconsin.com
May 30, 2014 – Lawn Chair Bat Watch – Devil’s Lake State Park 8:00 – 9:00 pm. It’s a great time to bring a comfy lawn chair and watch the bats! We’ll park our chairs by the bat condo (North Shore) and watch the bats emerge from the houses. We’ll have fun bat information and a bat scavenger hunt for the kids to do while the wait to the bats to emerge. S5975 Park Road, Baraboo. 608-356-8301 Park Sticker Required.