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If walking the Geneva Lake Shore Path isn’t on your things-to-do List, and yes, that’s different than your bucket list, in my opinion, then you need to put it on now! And to make it that much easier to plan for and do, ‘Walk, Talk & Gawk’ has the guide to help. Let’s learn a little bit about ‘Walk, Talk & Gawk’ through the recent interview I did with Chris, one of the partners of the business.
Let’s start with a little bit about how ‘Walk, Talk & Gawk’ came to be, the original idea and conception.
In the early 1990s, Pat and I were introduced to the shore path by a colleague of mine who lived in Williams Bay. We all enjoyed walking and loved the scenery of the path. Often people stopped to ask us questions and we realized how much we didn’t know! when we went to the Lake Geneva Chamber of Commerce, they gave us a photocopy of two pages of a book about hiking trails in Wisconsin and there was misinformation about the length of the path. We decided to research and write a guide that was accurate.
We sent for official charts and physically walked sections with a measuring wheel and discovered that contrary to public opinion, the path is 20.6 miles, not 26! We decided to divide the path into seven sections ranging from 2 to 3.5 miles and adopted a format with inserts that a walker could choose from according to their plans, thereby eliminating the need to carry around a book. In 1995 we came out with our first edition. Subsequently, there have been others who have published guides. We believe that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery!
How many times have you walked the shore path yourself?
Over the last 25 years we have walked the path many times, generally, one to three sections at a time, although I did walk the entire path one time. We have published several updated editions because what you see along the way is constantly changing. Two of the estates mentioned in our 2012 edition were razed and, therefore, eliminated form our newest edition, for example.
What do you think it is about the shore path that draws so much attention and interest in having it on one’s bucket list?
The shore path is unique. There are not many places where you can walk next to the water around an entire lake! The beautifully landscaped mansions are surpassed only by the natural beauty of Geneva Lake! What began as an Indian trail has been protected as a public path over the decades.
What’s your favorite section or area of the Shore Path?
My personal favorite section is Black Point because of the new estates there, but it is also the most challenging. My Fitbit said we climbed 42 flights of stairs the last time we walked there!
If someone had limited time available with being in the area, and couldn’t walk the entire shore path, what section(s) would you suggest as the must walk section(s)?
If someone has limited time, but would like to get a feel for the experience of walking the shore path, it would depend on which town they were in to recommend a section. That’s when our guide would come in handy.
From your experience with walking the shore path, and even from any feedback you’ve received from others, what words of wisdom do you have to offer someone about to head out and walk the shore path?
For walkers I would recommend that they bring what they need with them and bring it back out. there are few places to get food or water. Also, very few public restrooms or trash cans are available. This practical information is included in our guide.
Is there anything you’d like to add, a question you’d like to answer that I haven’t thought to ask?
23 years ago there was very little awareness of this magnificent resource. Interest has grown in part because ‘Walk, Talk & Gawk’ has provided needed information. We have met incredible people throughout the years, including our business owners. We have received countless notes about what this area means to so many people. We have helped groups plan events also, ranging from “let’s celebrate mom’s successful cancer treatment”, to entertainment for weekend wedding guests. What a treasure to have in our backyard!
A treasure in our backyard is right! It’s always the things out our front door or in our backyard that we put off doing ‘coz we figure it’s always going to be there and we can do it tomorrow or do it later. Trick is, we never seem to get to doing any of it and we’re then missing out. Don’t miss out on walking the Geneva Lake Shore Path, even if it’s a section at a time, over a span of time!
For more details on ‘Walk, Talk & Gawk’, go to VisitWalworthCounty.com,
specifically using this direct link.
I wanna be a kid again! Can I be a kid again?! Please!!! If you read those opening words with a high pitched, whiny, almost belligerent, voice, you’d think I still was! The added beauty to letting me be a kid again is that I’m about to give you a whole bunch ways to then keep me busy this summer and the high pitched whiny, almost belligerent, voice goes away ‘coz I’m too busy having tons of fun!
It is absolutely mind blowing the opportunities for kids this summer in Walworth County when it comes to camps! There are at least 75 different camp options, from day camps, to overnight camps, to specialty camps of all types. Practically all ages and grade levels are covered, so there’s sure to be something for your kids to enjoy, no matter how varied their interests. I’ve found at least two dozen or more I’d go to, so you can see why I wanna be a kid again!
In no particular order, here is what’s happening this summer in Walworth County for youth camps. Some of these camps may have already started, be filled up, or even be done at the time of this writing, but I figure it’s better to know about all of them for future reference than to skip over any.
Old World Wisconsin, Eagle
Apprenticeship Camp | June 25 – 28, July 9 – 12, July 23 – 26, Aug. 6 – 9
Campers will spend four full days as part of the Old World Wisconsin Guest Experience Team. Dressed in historic clothes, they will learn techniques and facilitation skills, while being responsible for helping guests get hands-on with history. From school teacher, to blacksmith, to baker, Campers learn side by side with staff to see what it takes to bring history to life. Open to youth entering 8th – 12th grade in the fall 2018.
Gordy’s Marine, Fontana
Wake Up & Ride Wakeboard Camp | June 18 – 22, June 25 – 29, July 9 – 13, July 16 – 20, July 23 – 27, July 30 – Aug. 3
Gordy’s wakeboard and surf camps are the perfect and fun fit for anyone who enjoys water sports. The camps are suited for all skill ranges—from getting up, to hitting the wake, to learning your first spin or invert. Instructors are advanced riders and enjoy helping others take their skills to the next level. Whether you want to try camp out for one day, or experience for the whole week, everyone is encouraged to check it out!
Hawk’s View Golf Club, Lake Geneva
Kids Hooked on Golf Camp | June 11 – 15
This camp, for kids ages 6 to 12, is a 5-day long camp for beginner to intermediate level juniors and is designed to teach kids how to enjoy the game of golf. During the camp, kids will receive PGA-certified and supervised instruction. This instruction includes full swings with woods and irons, golf etiquette and rules, chipping, and putting. The last day of the camp each kid will be able to play in a tournament on the par 3 course, Barn Hollow, with a luncheon and prizes to follow.
Junior Boot Camp | June 25 – 28
Join Gary Brooks, PGA Professional and Director of Instruction for a Junior Boot Camp. This developmental program for boys and girls from the ages of 8-17 will teach juniors about rules, etiquette, course management, short game, and so much more! Gary Brooks will utilize the driving range, practice green, golf course, and classroom instruction to generate fun and creative scenarios.
Delbrook Golf Club, Delavan
Junior Golf | June 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25 and August 1, 8
Offering three levels of instruction based on age and skill level, the Junior Golf Program, featuring the PGA Sports Academy curriculum, will help your child learn to play golf and have fun in the process.
Country Club Estates, Fontana
Junior Golf | June 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25, and August 4, 8, 18
Offering three levels of instruction based on age and skill level, the Junior Golf Program will be instructed by a PGA professional, concentrating not only on the game of golf, but the rules, etiquette, sportsmanship, integrity and respect for others and property. A fun-filled program with lessons, time to play golf on the course, along with food and beverages.
Big Foot Summer Day Camps, Fontana
For youth going into 1st – 8th grade. Each week will have a different theme to keep things fresh, but will always be active, learning & exploring, crafting, socializing, playing, growing, and having a great time!
Campers in the Kitchen | June 18 – 22
Space is the Place | June 25 – 29
Settler’s Week | July 2 – 6 (no day camp July 4)
Animal Adventures | July 9 – 13
Wet & Wild Week | July 16 – July 20
Mad Scientist | July 23 – 27
Color our World | July 30 – Aug. 3
Water World | Aug. 6 – 10
The Best of the Best | Aug. 13 – 17
Geneva National Golf Club, Lake Geneva
Junior Golf Day Camps | June 4 – 8, 18 – 22, July 2 – 6, 16 – 20, July 30 – Aug. 4, Aug. 13 – 17, & 27 – 31
Junior Day Camp offers quality instruction with a maximum 6:1 junior-to-teacher ratio, thereby allowing instructors to address specific individual needs. Instruction will emphasize short and long game, rules and course management. Competitions will be held daily, rewarding character traits needed for golf and life. Several weekly camp dates are offered through the season; golfers may register for more than one. Open to the public (ages 7 to 15) and all skill levels are welcome.
Juniors on the Links | every Saturday, April 28 – Sept. 29
These weekly practice sessions are perfect for junior golfers (ages 7 to 12) who are ready to strengthen familiarity of fundamentals, as well as build friendships. Half the lesson will focus on a variety of different practice techniques and drills, then wrap up with creative competitions for juniors to showcase what they’ve learned.
YMCA Day Camps, Lake Geneva
Summer campers, ages 4 – 12, will have one adventure after another! Summer long activities, events and amazing experiences are planned that will promote confidence, character and self-esteem. Whether you come to camp for one week, or for the entire summer, friendships will blossom and memories will be made that will last a lifetime.
Best Summer Ever | June 4 – 8
The Great Outdoors | June 11 – 15
Crazy Concoctions | June 18 – 22
Camp Carnival | June 25 – 29
Red, Y & Blue | July 2 – 6 (no camp July 4)
Shipwrecked | July 9 – 13
Color Games | July 16 – 20
Y’s Got Talent | July 23 – 27
Decades of Fun | July 30 – Aug. 3
Pay It Forward | Aug. 6 – 10
Splashtopia | Aug. 13 – 17
Final Fling | Aug. 20 – 24
Adventure Camp (Inspiration Ministries, Williams Bay) | June 11 – 15 and June 18 – 22
Adventure Camp is filled with fun and freedom of the outdoors while learning new skills and making great friends. Campers learn to respect and appreciate nature through hiking, exploring, arts/crafts, camp songs and more. Fun will continue indoors through projects and games.
Sports Spectacular (Veterans Park, Lake Geneva) | June 11 – 14, July 16 – 20 and Aug. 6 – 10
Sign-up for a week of fun-filled sports activities and games each day! Enjoy baseball, softball, soccer, flag football, basketball, kickball and more! Each week of camp will be a little different. Register for one, two or three weeks of sports fun!
Drama Camp | Aug. 6 – 9
Lights! Camera! Action! Spend a week doing fun improv activities, as well as learning about the different aspects of theatre. Camp will be indoors and out working on team building and self-confidence to perform. Parents will be able to see what their children have learned during this camp with a live performance on the final day!
Lutherdale Ministries, Elkhorn
Each week has its own unique and awesome theme! Special activities, crazy characters and more than a few surprises await you, so pick your week and join the fun!
Disney Week | June 10 – 15
Water Week | June 17 – 22
Holiday Week | June 24 – 29
Mix & Match Week | July 1 – 6
Super Hero Week | July 8 – 13
Wilderness Week | July 15 – 20
Olympics Week | July 22 – 27
Movie Week | Aug. 5 – 10
Elementary Camp (3rd – 5th graders) | June 10 – 15, July 8 – 13, July 22 – 27, Aug. 5 – 10
Explorers (2nd – 3rd graders) | June 10 – 15, June 24 – 29
Junior High Camp (6th – 8th graders) | June 10 – 15, July 8 – 13, July 22 – 27, Aug. 5 – 10
Elementary Weekend | June 15 – 17, June 29 – July 1
Junior High Weekend | June 15 – 17
Confirmation | June 17 – 22, June 24 – 29, July 8 – 13
Night Owls Camp | June 24 – 29
Young Pioneer Weekend | June 29 – July 1
Team USA | July 1 – 6
Family Camp | July 1 – 5
Young Pioneer (K – 2nd grade) | July 8 – 10, July 22 – 24
Mini-Elementary | July 11 – 13, July 25 – 27
‘Camp 24’ Family Camp | July 14 – 15
‘Hooked’ Fishing Camp | July 15 – 20
High Adventure Camp | July 15 – 20
Horse Camp | July 15 – 20
M.A.D. Camp (Music, Art, Drama) | July 15 – 20
Senior High | July 22 – 27, Aug. 5 – 10
Timber-Lee, East Troy
For over 70 years, Camp Timber-lee has led the Midwest in providing incredible camping experiences for youth. Our 600 acre campus is the perfect setting to learn about the outdoors, create significant memories, discover meaningful relationships and grow spiritually.
The flagship program, summer camp, is packed to the brim with activities at the waterfront, ranch, zip-line, science education center, climbing tower and much more. Choose a week long Classic Camp session to have an opportunity to try it all, or a specialty camp to concentrate on improving your skills in areas such as horsemanship, music, zoology, photography and others. There are even a two-night, three-day Camp Start option for the youngest campers! All on-site camps include chapel sessions with awesome speakers and an amazing worship band. For those wanting an even larger dose of adrenaline rush, Timber-lee has Adventure trips. These camps provide an opportunity to travel off-site and try your hand at some whitewater rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, sea kayaking, exploring and sleeping under the stars. Camps are co-ed and available for students entering grades 2 – 12.
Classic Summer Camp
Adventure awaits you at camp this summer as you come for a week spent with your cabin mates and counselor. As a cabin community, you will explore camp grounds, make new friends, and participate in a variety of Classic Camp activities. Daily chapel with interactive worship and an energetic speaker will challenge you to develop your relationship with Jesus. Let the adventure begin!
Grades 4 – 6 | June 17 – 23, July 8 – 14, Aug. 5 – 11
Grades 6 – 8 | July 15 – 21, July 29 – Aug. 4
Grades 7 – 9 | June 24 – 30
Grades 9 – 12 | July 22 – 28
Specialty Summer Camps
Specialty Camps let campers focus on their specific interests. These camps range from music, to sports, to ministry, to animal lovers, to science and many more. Campers spend two or three hours each day participating in their chosen specialty camp based on grade level and session. Specialty campers participate in all chapel sessions, meals, and evening activities with our Classic Campers and also have the opportunity to enjoy many of the other Timber-lee activities, though on a limited basis. Choose from:
Target Sports, Grades 4 – 6 | June 17 – 23, July 8 – 14, Aug. 5 – 11
Animal Adventure, Grades 4 – 6 | July 8 – 14, Aug. 5 – 11
Photography, Grades 7 – 9 | June 24 – 30
Zoology, Grades 7 – 9 | June 24 – 30
Zoology, Grades 6 – 8 | July 29 – Aug. 4
Action Sports, Grades 7 – 9 | June 24 – 30
Action Sports, Grades 6 – 8 | July 15 – 21, July 29 – Aug. 4
Action Sports, Grades 9 – 12 | July 22 – 28
Discovery Camp, Grades 4 – 6 | June 17 – 23, July 8 – 14, Aug. 5 – 11
Visual Arts, Grades 4 – 6 | Aug. 5 – 11
Music Camp, Grades 7 – 9 | June 24 – 30
Music Camp, Grades 9 – 12 | July 22 – 28
Performing Arts, Grades 4 – 6 | June 17 – 23
Performing Arts, Grades 6 – 8 | July 15 – 21
Horsemanship, Grades 4 – 6 | June 17 – 23,
July 8 – 14
Horsemanship, Girls, Grades 4 – 6 | Aug. 5 – 11
Horse Trainers, Grades 7 – 9 | June 24 – 30
Horse Trainers, Girls, Grades 6 – 8 | July 15 – 21,
July 29 – Aug. 4
Horse Wranglers, Grades 9 – 12 | July 22 – 28
Designed to give the youngest campers an opportunity to experience camp at a level that is just right for where they are physically and emotionally. These two-night sessions are a taste of what a one-week camp has to offer without being away from home for that long! Each cabin group will have time for tower climbing, learning about and holding small animals in our Science Education Center, fun outdoor games, waterfront activities, leather shop, craft shop, and more.
Grades 2 – 3 | June 17 – 19, June 21 – 23, July 8 – 10, July 12 – 14, Aug. 5 – 7, Aug. 9 – 11
Adventure Summer Camps
Timber-lee Adventure Trips take campers, families, and groups off Timber-lee property for a unique experience with limited distractions and high-quality, highly trained staff that will challenge them physically, relationally and spiritually. The Timber-lee Adventure team is made up of caring guides, 21 and older, that have specific training in safety and emergency procedures associated with the various activities. Some of the certifications held by Timber-lee guides include American Red Cross Wilderness and Remote First Aid/CPR, American Red Cross Lifeguarding, and American Canoe Association Swiftwater Rescue. Choose from:
Leadership Camp, Grades 10 – 12 | July 5 – 14
#GetOutside, Grades 7 – 9 | June 17 – 23, July 8 – 14, July 22 – 28, Aug. 5 – 11
#GetOutside, Grades 8 – 10 | June 24 – 30
#GetOutside, Grades 9 – 12 | July 29 – Aug. 4
Whitewater Trip, College+ | July 1 – 3
Navigators, Grades 6 – 8 | June 24 – 30, July 15 – 21
Smokey Mountains National Park Trip, Grades 9 – 12 | July 11 – 21
Canoe & Climb, Grades 7 – 9 | July 29 – Aug. 4
Pictured Rocks National Park, Grades 9 – 12 | Aug. 5 – 11
Covenant Harbor, Lake Geneva
Covenant Harbor offers camp experiences for children and teens of all ages! From the Summer Day Camps to the Alpha Camps, your camper will experience Jesus in unique ways that only camp can present, and at the same time grow personally in life skills.
Summer Day Camps, Grades 1 – 9
The Day Camps are a great opportunity for young campers to experience the best of camp without staying overnight. Each day of the Day Camp is unique. Special activities and a new Bible lesson everyday make Day Camps the perfect choice for one week or more.
Kishwauketoe, Grades 2 – 4
Affectionately called Kish, this is a smaller camp of about 40 campers entering grades 2 to 4. Kish is intentionally designed for a camper’s first camp experience. The program has a cozy feel, helping campers to feel right at home.
Kish Partial Week | June 12 – 16, July 1 – 4, July 5 – 7, July 15 – 18, July 18 – 21
Kish Full Week | June 17 – 23, June 24 – 30, July 22 – 28, July 29 – Aug. 4
Pier 30, Grades 4 – 9
Pier 30 is the largest and most traditional camp, with over 200 campers a week, serving campers entering grades 4 to 9. Pier 30 builds the schedule around the campers’ desire to explore and try new things.
High School Camps
BaseCamp | July 8 – 14
This is a traditional, but more intense, camp experience for campers entering grades 10-12 or recent high school graduates
Alpha Team | June 12 – 23, June 24 – July 7, July 8 – 21, July 22 – Aug. 4
This is for students 15 and older who are ready for a transition experience that helps prepare students for working on summer staff. The two week Alpha programs balance fun and service, while focusing on personal spiritual development.
There is something to keep kids busy every day, every week, all summer long, and have it be something different each week! I so want to be a kid again…!! It’s even tempting to borrow the two munchkins (my niece and nephew) for the summer just to put them in some of these day camps to hear about the fabulously fun time they’d have! Okay, now I’m getting a little carried away, but seriously, the options are, as I said, mind blowing!
Get planning and registering now so you don’t miss out!
Have a great fun-filled summer!
I unfortunately lost my father way too young, for him at age 52 and for me at 24, let alone my brother and sister being even younger. It’s now been more years than I care to admit that he’s been gone (besides that would give away how old I am) and I still wish him a happy Father’s Day each year.
For those that are lucky enough to still have their father around, here’s some ideas of how to celebrate him, with Father’s Day coming up on Sunday, June 17.
My dad was a collector and restorer of classic cars, with me as his assistant mechanic, so the 4th Annual Pride & Joy Car Show, Saturday, June 16, 10 am – 2 pm, would be right up his alley. Held at Babe Mann Park in Elkhorn as part of Elkhorn Community Days, there will be live music and food available as you admire the variety of makes and models of cars.
Old World Wisconsin and the Museum of Beer and Brewing are partnering and bringing to life 19th-century brews with the Historic Beer Brewing event on Saturday, June 16, 10 am – 4 pm. Watch brewers use equipment and techniques from the late 1800s and learn about heirloom hops and barley as they brew an Amber ale. The brewing process begins by 10 am and concludes by 3 pm. Ale Asylum is the featured brewery, so make sure to stop by ‘Life on the Farms’ Picnic Area to treat Dad to a cold brew while learning more about Wisconsin’s rich brewing history.
Another option related to beer and history is the Beer Baron’s Beer Tasting Cruise & Tour, hosted by Black Point Estate, Saturday, June 16, 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Leaving from the Riviera Dock in Lake Geneva, enjoy a lake cruise and tour of Black Point Estate while learning about the history of six beer barons that vacationed and lived along the shores of Geneva Lake. Dad will most likely know some by name, and others will surprise him. Now learning about the history of beer has to entail tasting beer and so the sampling of beers from Wisconsin breweries, as well as a few farther afield, is part of the program.
If hitting a little white ball around green grass into a little hole, better known as golf, is Dad’s favorite pastime, then Grand Geneva Resort is the place to be. Take Dad golfing on Saturday, June 16, or Sunday, June 17, where he can play the Brute or the Highlands for $89 and replay for $49. Make a day of it, as both rounds must be played on the same day. Dad will even get a special gift.
Let the East Troy Electric Railroad provide dinner for Dad, Saturday, June 16, 5 – 7 pm! Enjoy an elegant four-course gourmet meal while traveling round trip in the luxury of a first-class railroad car the way people did a generation ago. This is definitely something different and memorable as a way to spend time with Dad.
Other options for golf on Sunday, June 17, abound for Dad. Geneva National Golf Club believes that Dad doesn’t necessarily want to be grilling, but instead drilling down the fairways! Offering a Father’s Day special rate of $79 during prime time or $50 for after 2 pm, what a great way to spend quality time with Dad. Hawk’s View Golf Club will give all players in your group a $10 voucher to be used at Tail Feathers Bar & Grill for booking a tee time to play with Dad on Como Crossings before 1 pm. Think about making memories with Dad and book a tee time for 18 holes at Evergreen Golf Club before 1 pm and receive a $10 voucher voucher to be used at The Bunker Grill, Bar & Que that same day. Outdoors, sports, Dad, food and beverage – a combo not to be beat!
For a twist on brunch, Sunday, June 17, 9:30 am – 4 pm, take Dad to Lake Lawn Resort’s Father’s Day Ribfest Beer Brunch. As the newest addition to their brunch traditions, this chef-inspired, rib-centric menu is a celebration of Wisconsin’s craft beer, the endless preparations of a variety of ribs, and of course, Dad! Dad will even receive a gift certificate for a free round of golf to play at some point in the future at Lake Lawn’s Majestic Oaks Golf Course. Beef short, pork baby backs, St. Louis-style, rubs, seasonings and sauces – make Dad’s taste buds explode with joy this Father’s Day.
Show Dad a wild time, Sunday, June 17, 10 am – 5 pm, at Safari Lake Geneva, Wisconsin’s only conservation-focused park with a variety of animals such as Brahman cattle, antelope, miniature zebu, camel, greater rhea, and African spurred tortoise, to name a few. Dads will receive a complimentary cup of animal food and embark on an animal adventure that the whole family will enjoy. I’ve done this tour and it’s so much fun being right up close to the animals!
Maybe Dad has a more refined palate and wine instead of beer is his preference. Northleaf Winery has their Wine & Cheese Obsession event to take care of that! A flight of four wines, paired with four of their newest gourmet cheeses is being offered, Sunday, June 17, 11 am – 4 pm. A nice way to spend some casual, quiet time with Dad, reminiscing over fun memories, talking about dreams for the future, or wondering if LeBron will exercise his right at free agency and go to the Celtics.
Let Dad get his inner groove on at Studio Winery’s Father’s Day Blues Show, featuring Frank Falduto and the Patio Daddios, Sunday, June 17, 2 – 5 pm. Enjoy a glass or bottle of wine, or have a beer, along with a selection of light bites to munch on. Make a game of it, seeing how many of the songs Dad knows the lyrics to!
There are plenty of other great things happening that weekend as well – Walworth County Dairy Breakfast, Elkhorn Community Days, a plethora of live music, and more!
Go to VisitWalworthCounty.com for details.
Fresh, locally grown produce – fruits, veggies, jams, honey, flowers, etc. – it’s time for the farmers’ markets! With no disrespect to the produce department at my grocery store, this is the time of year I look forward to with being able to go weekly to the area farmers’ markets and having my pick of goodies. For some reason, I find myself being more creative with my cooking when I’ve got the variety available of fresh, locally grown produce. Being vegan, that’s a good thing, and it even has me trying veggies I might not normally give even a glance to at the grocery store, like Brussels sprouts.
Anyway, you don’t care about my eating habits, so let’s get right to where to find all these wonderful goodies! Personally, I’m thinking of planning out a weekly schedule of how many I can get to since there are choices for any and every day of the week, and in just about every community in Walworth County!
Summer is a great time to enjoy the special treat of watching movies under the stars! I know the loungers in the movie theaters are nice, but there’s just something about being outside, kicking back, hanging with family and friends, and watching a movie! And did I mention they’re free, or at the very least only a dollar?!
Head to West Park with blankets and lawn chairs for a relaxing evening watching a movie under the stars! Admission is free and the movie begins at 8:45 pm.
June 15 – Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
Bring the whole family, all your friends and the neighborhood to Phoenix Park and enjoy a fun night watching a movie on a cinema-sized screen. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs for getting comfy. Feel free to bring your own snacks, or don’t worry about it and enjoy the concessions that will be available. Admission is free and the movies begin at either 9 pm or 8:30 pm (see the listing above).
June 8 – The Greatest Showman
July 20 – Ferdinand
August 3 – Coco
East Troy ~
From the beach at Booth Lake Memorial Park during the day to the movie at night! You’ll already have your blankets and lawn chairs, so it’s pretty much a no brainer than you’re staying and making a day of it. Admission is free and the movies begin 8:30 pm.
June 21 – Jumanji
June 22 – Beauty & the Beast Sing Along
July 20 – Coco
August 17 – The Lion King
Sunset Park – even the name evokes the idyllic-ness of summertime and movies in the park under the stars! By now you should just have your blankets and lawn chairs stashed in the trunk of the car to make it that much easier to get relaxed. Admission is free and the movies begin at 9 pm.
July 20 – Coco
August 3 – Despicable Me 3
August 17 – Cars
Here you are again at the Fontana Beach already, so I ask you – why not stick around for the movie? How often do you get to see a movie on a 16′ x 9′ inflatable screen outdoors under the stars? Not very often! Admission is $1.00, concessions will be available, and the movies begin at 8:30 pm.
June 8 – Despicable Me 3
June 22 – Paddington 2
July 6 – Jaws
July 20 – Coco
August 3 – Jumanji
Lake Geneva ~
Again and again it’s made so easy for you! A day at Riviera Beach and then a movie on it! Wow! Admission is free, concessions will be available and the movies begin at 8 pm.
June 6 – Finding Nemo
July 11 – The Sandlot
August 8 – Back to the Future
For other family-friendly events throughout Walworth County this summer,
be sure to visit the events page at VisitWalworthCounty.com.
The snow has melted – don’t seem too surprised by that, as we had snow in mid-April, which thankfully is rare – and it’s finally beginning to feel like summer is actually going to happen. Memorial Day weekend is always the unofficial kick-off to summer, with parades and services to honor those who died in active military service, and various other activities as well. This weekend is no exception in Walworth County, so let’s get started on filling in the to-do list!
Since the earliest ceremonies following the Civil War held in small towns, people have come together on Memorial Day to honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. The laying of wreaths and placing of flags occurred then as it does now on this national day of remembrance. While the Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., hosts an audience of over 250,000 people, it’s a little more intimate at the parades and services held in the various communities of Walworth County. Here’s a listing of communities and times for parades and services held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28:
The event that is a must on everyone’s to-do list for this weekend is to attend the StarLight Festival at Yerkes Observatory, Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27, from 10 am – 11 pm each day! This is a free public event (with online registration suggested – go to https://starlightfestival.com/collections/tickets), that has Yerkes Observatory, Chicago’s Adler Planetarium, the Astronomy Outreach Network and the WI Dept. of Tourism joining forces to bring astronomy, science and technology to students, young adults, families and the ‘scientifically curious’ together, all while celebrating the 150th birthday of the founder of Yerkes Observatory, George Ellery Hale, and the “Father of Modern Astrophysics”. I think there will even be birthday cake! StarLight Festival includes hands-on experiences in astronomy, science and technology; guided tours of the historic building for a nominal fee (discounted online through Friday, May 25 at noon, otherwise available on-site; a free open house each day, 4:30 – 7:30 pm; programs by scientists, astronomers and experts; science exhibits, demonstrations and a few surprises; star party telescope viewing on the North Lawn (8:30 – 11 pm, weather permitting); amazing space art by Carlos Hernandez; and observing with the Yerkes Observatory telescopes (nominal fee, first come/first serve with a limited amount of tickets available, 8:30 pm – midnight each night, weather permitting). The telescope is the 40-inch “Great Refractor”, the world’s largest lens-type telescope! The entire event is sure to amaze, entertain and educate those of all ages, backgrounds, interests, etc., and absolutely should not be missed!
Put your feet back on the ground and take them to ChocolateFest in Burlington, May 25 – 28 — your taste buds will love it! Since 1987, Burlington has been hosting a chocolate carnival celebration in Chocolate City USA, with rides, food, entertainment and, of course, tons of chocolate. You will find wall to wall fun from games, rides, entertainers, chocolate carving and great food, including chocolate samples, sweets, fair food and great chefs. If for some reason chocolate isn’t totally your thing, one why not (!), and two, no worries – there are food vendors from all over the country serving up their specialties of classic barbecue, Greek, Italian, Mexican, and a variety of sweet treats and beverages as well.
When in Wisconsin / Walworth County, what’s more traditional than having a brat and corn? Okay, maybe having some cheese curds – with the brat and corn! The East Troy Area Chamber of Commerce will once again host their annual Corn & Brat Roast, and when I say once again, I mean it’s their 42nd annual! Held every Memorial Day weekend, so this year it’s May 25 – 28, it features sweet roasted corn, brats, hot dogs, burgers, soda and beer, as well as live entertainment to keep your toe tapping while you are eating. Also included in the weekend activities, is the Chamber’s annual East Troy Community-wide Rummage Sale. Find that treasured item you never knew you needed!
Memorial Day weekend is typically when it’s thought that if you weren’t able to get your hanging flower baskets, flowers and garden plants earlier in the month (thank you Mother Nature…), then it’s time now. There are two wonderful opportunities to get stocked up at – the Fontana Garden Club Fair at Pearce’s and Congdon Garden’s ‘Through the Garden Gate’ Sale. The Fontana Garden Club Fair, held Saturday, May 26, from 9 am – 3 pm, features perennials, shrubs and annuals from Pesche’s and Jurg’s, as well as herbs and lettuce, Kool Kontainers, homemade pies, garden treasures, a Book Boutique, garden tool sharpening (shovels and pruners) and a cash raffle. Proceeds are devoted to providing college scholarships to local students, along with supporting outdoor education curriculum and environmental programs.
Congdon Garden’s in Delavan will host their annual ‘Through the Garden Gate’ sale on Saturday, May 25, from 9 am – 3 pm, and features garden art and unique shrubs and trees for sale, plus food, books, and there will also be various garden vendors. Schedule your time appropriately to attend both events as you can never have too many plants and flowers around!
Once you’ve got the green going with the plants and flowers, how about heading out to the green for a round of golf or two? At the Grand Geneva Resort, play The Brute or the Highlands for only $89 and replay for $49, with both rounds needing to be played on the same day. Geneva National Golf has ‘Conquer Three Courses in Three Days’, so what a great opportunity to play the Palmer, Player and Trevino courses! It’s only $75 Friday through Monday or $45 after 2 pm. Don’t have to ask me twice to play that much golf! Evergreen Golf Club has their annual Memorial Day Scramble on Monday, May 28. It’s open to the public, is a 2-person team, with shotgun start at 10 am. Proceeds benefit the ‘Fisher House’ in support of military veterans in Milwaukee.
I could go on about things to do this weekend, but you need to be planning your to-do list of activities for it, and goodness knows that there is so much to do in Walworth County that one weekend isn’t enough anyway, being a 3-day weekend or not! That means you just have to come back for all the other marvelous offerings. To help with planning for later on or for whenever, go to:
Last minute notification of needing money or having to bring a treat to school. Forgetting the permission slip at home that has to be turned in right now. Two bags of laundry brought home from college. The car broke down on the side of the road. In bed, but awake, until you hear the front door open and close. Just a few examples of things that happen as a mom. Makes you wonder why there’s only one Mother’s Day a year! With all that Walworth County has to offer for ways to make Mom feel special, there should be more than one day.
Let’s get to it, as Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 13.
With the weather finally not looking like winter any more, how about getting out in nature at Camp Timber-Lee with Mom. Stay overnight Friday, May 11, and enjoy a snack, campfire, hayride and stargazing. Then on Saturday, May 12, enjoy a day that includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus activities galore, like nature hikes, boating, archery, farm animals, tower climb, high ropes, animal encounter, creation experience, and a family photo shoot. Sounds like a great way to take a step back, relax and have fun hanging out with Mom.
For a little more sedate and refined, Cornerstone Shop has a Mother’s Day Tea-tasting Party on Saturday, May 12. Practice the pinkies up move while sampling a variety of teas for spring and learning about each of them! Enjoy a Lizzy James Trunk Show, with Mom getting a special goody bag if she’s one of the first 50 to purchase a Lizzy James item (or you purchase a Lizzy James item for Mom).
Mother’s Day itself, Sunday, May 13, is filled with choices of what to do! Does Mom golf? If so, get out to Hawk’s View Golf Club or Grand Geneva Resort, where Mom plays free and you then follow up the round of golf with brunch. If the golf course isn’t Mom’s thing, then how about a Bird Hike? Start the morning at Beulah Bog State Natural Area for a leisurely walk full of bird songs and sights. Test Mom’s escape skills at the Lake Geneva Clue Room where she gets in free as part of a group of 4. Mom will also get an Anderson’s chocolate treat and a flower. Celebrate other remarkable women, those of Geneva Lake, while taking a voyage with the Lake Geneva Cruise Line to Black Point Estate. The narrated tour will focus on many of the women that have lived along the shore of Geneva Lake, including a tour of Black Point Estate and learning about the women there. Added fun – mimosas will be served at Black Point Estate before returning to the ship! Another option is seeing the ultimate show-biz musical, “42nd Street”, being performed at The Fireside Theatre. With two performances on Sunday, one at 10:30 am and the other at 2:30 pm, a great meal and a great show are easy to choose. Rosewood also offers a great meal and a great show, with their ‘Legends & Love Songs’ show and brunch. There are two brunch seatings, 11:30 am and 1 pm, with the show at 2 pm.
When it comes to Mother’s Day brunches, buffets, and dinner the choices are amazing!
Crafted Americana | 9 am – 2 pm
The Ridge Hotel
Evergreen Country Club | 9 am – 2 pm
The Trout House at Rushing Waters | 9 am – 2:30 pm
The Abbey Resort – 240° West | 9 am – 5 pm
Old World Wisconsin | 9 am – 5 pm
Lake Lawn Resort | 9:30 am – 4 pm
Grand Geneva Resort | 10 am – 3 pm
The Geneva Inn | 10 am – 4 pm
Red Geranium | 10 am – 4 pm
Hawk’s View Golf Club | 10 am – 2 pm
The Hunt Club Steakhouse | 2 – 9 pm
So with all the choices given of activities and dining happening in Walworth County for Mother’s Day, there’s no excuse in being able to make it memorable for Mom. Happy Mother’s Day!