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!