Seven Ways to Celebrate Easter at Home

Celebrated around the world, Easter is one of the most important holidays and is a time for family gatherings, colored eggs, and celebrations. With the changes brought on by COVID 19, we are all going to be celebrating differently this year.

We won’t be going to our church services and food blessings.  We won’t be gathering at our favorite restaurants for brunches, or congregating at grandma’s house for dinner.  We won’t be visiting the Easter Bunny or hunting high and low in community Easter egg hunts.  But that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate on our own.  As we prepare for the holiday, check out our seven suggestions for celebrating at home:

1. Make a Classic Easter Recipe: White-Chocolate-Crockpot-Candy.jpgWith everything being so different, some things don’t have to change. Why not whip up your favorite family treat? There is nothing like a classic family recipe to make everyone feel a little closer! Plus, it’s an easy way to keep favorite traditions alive, even when the usual gathering has been canceled. Be sure to order your specialty grocery items from Lake Geneva County Meats for curbside delivery.

2. Attend a Virtual Worship Service: Many churches have now made their services available online, either through live stream events or prerecorded podcasts. First Lutheran Church in Elkhorn posts lenten scripture studies to Facebook daily, Calvary Community Church posts weekly services on their website, and First Congregational UCC in Lake Geneva live streams services to Facebook every Sunday. Head over to our website for a full list of local houses of worship.

3. Plan a Virtual Hangout With Loved Ones: family-facetiming.jpgWith technologies such as Facetime, Zoom, Houseparty, and Google Hangout, it has never been easier to feel close to loved ones when you’re miles apart. Organize a hangout with the cousins, or choose to tune in to the same worship service together. Just because we cannot be together in person doesn’t mean we cannot be together in spirit.

4. Give a Springtime Offering: Springtime is a season of renewal and new beginnings. If you are able to, consider donating to an organization meaningful to you.  Whether it goes to the local food pantry, or your own hairstylist who is out of work, a little generosity goes a long way.

5. Have a Backyard Egg Hunt: easter-egg-hunt-kids-photo.jpgKiddos will likely be disappointed that there won’t be a local easter egg hunt this year.  Bring the hunt into your own backyard with their own Easter Egg Hunt.  A little sunshine is a welcome distraction, plus you can raise the stakes with the special golden egg.  Check out some tips for a new twist on the classic Easter egg hunt here.

6. Make Candy Art: img_4733.jpgMom always told you not to play with your food, but now we’re giving you full permission! Candy art brings sweet treats and creativity to life with just a little bit of imagination. Using colorful peeps, bright jelly beans, and chocolate bunnies, you can create some festive and fun works of art to be cherished for years to come.

7. Establish a New Tradition: Rather than focusing on all of the ways the holiday is different this year, take this time to start a new tradition. Maybe try your hand at baking that layer cake you saw on Instagram.  Or hand paint eggs for a more flair.  Perhaps curl up with your kiddos to read The Tale of Peter Rabbit checked out from an online library.

We hope that these activities will help brighten your Easter activities amidst the uncertainty of the times.  What are your Easter plans this year? Tell us in the comments below!

 

Walworth County Coloring Pages

Did you know coloring can help to significantly reduce anxiety and stress? According to the Art Therapy Association of America, coloring can help to spark creativity, exercise your whole brain, and provide for a relaxing reset to your active thoughts.

Dig out your supplies and relax while coloring one of our Walworth County Coloring Pages.  Choose from designs featuring the Lake Geneva Cruise Line’s Mailboat, The Walworth County Fair, Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy, and the Yerkes Observatory.  Share your finished creations with us on our Facebook page to be featured in an upcoming post!

Download them below:

Cruise Line Boats Coloring Page

Riviera Beach Coloring Page

Bikes Coloring Page

Boats Coloring Page

Mailboat Coloring Page

Kishwauketoe Coloring Page

Walworth County Fair Coloring Page

County Fair 2 Coloring Page

Yerkes Observatory Coloring Page

What To Do When There Is “Nothing To Do”

While events have been postponed, schools closed, and local hot spots gone dormant, we are all finding ourselves #SaferAtHome.  Although staying inside to distance yourself from others to help “flatten the curve” is the best idea right now, it might be leading to some boredom and stir craziness.  What is there to do while stuck at home? We’ve come up with this list of 10 suggestions to help make your time quarantined as interesting—and perhaps productive—as possible:

1. Leave Inspiring Messages: fe48832cff76781bd367aba7d3dd2f04.jpgThe world could use a little kindness right now, and kindness is contagious! Whether its an online comment on your favorite boutique’s Facebook page or a colorful chalk doodle on the sidewalk of your neighborhood, leaving a nice note to someone will brighten anyone’s day. Pass kindness not germs!

2. Try Something New in the Kitchen: With all this time at home, now is the perfect time to play around in the kitchen and try something new.  Check out some fun and flavorful recipes from Lake Geneva Country Meats.  And speaking of LGCM, order your groceries and have them delivered curbside by calling ahead.

3. Utilize Library Resources: 90429945_10157967941488286_6741300171524538368_n.pngAs always, libraries are an amazing resource for everyone in their community. The Aram Public Library hosts digital programing daily for all ages.  With toddler dance parties, teen read-alongs, and adult DIY’s there is something for everyone.  And don’t forget, you can always check out e-books using the Wisconsin Digital Library with your local library card.

4. Enjoy the Great Outdoors: The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recently announced that State Parks and Trails will remain open to the public. Lace up your hiking boots and get outside.  Nothing beats cabin fever like a walk in the park.  Just be sure to remain mindful of others and continue to practice your social distancing.

5. Have a Date-Night-In: 2009-2.jpgThere is no stopping date night! Order takeout from your favorite restaurant and pick up a nice bottle of wine from Staller Estate Winery or Studio Winery (curbside, of course) for a relaxed night in with your sweetheart.

6. Enjoy Streaming Activities: We may not be able to go to the concert hall and enjoy an enchanting performance by the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra, we can always enjoy them from the comfort of our homes online. Stream previous performances by the LGSO on their YouTube Channel and fill your home with song.

7. Pretend You’re On Vacation: By now you’re probably dreaming of your summer getaway to the lake. Change up your scenery and pretend you’re sitting on the breezy lakeside patio with the Geneva Lake LiveCam at the Abbey Resort.  With coverage from sun-up to sun-down, the picturesque west end of the lake will bring a familiar warmth to your living room. abbey_fontana_lake-cam-HDOT-carousel.jpg

8. Go Disc Golfing: Love to golf, but still want to be out on the greens? Visit one of our county’s disc golf courses.  The game is played the exact same way but with a frisbee instead of clubs and a ball.  Get outside and get disc-golfing.

9. Get in Touch With Your Creative Side: 87809751_2978685492196948_6560489813663809536_o.jpgWith some extra time on your hands, now is the best time to pick up a new artistic hobby! Dig out your markers, scissors, glitter glue, and paint and get crafting. If you need a little inspiration, A Glass of Art & More is offering wonderful digital tutorials, craft ideas, and complete project kits for purchase on their Facebook page. We can’t wait to see what you’ll make.

10. Plan Your Next Vacation: While we may not know when things will settle back into place, starting to plan your next vacation can be a stress-relieving escape.  Get excited about the places to explore, restaurants to try, and attractions to visit.  Use our hand itinerary planner to help keep things organized.

We hope these ideas keep you healthy, safe, and entertained as we stay #SaferAtHome.  What activities are you leaning on during this time? Share with us in the comments below!

Six Ways to Support Small Business From a Social Distance

As we all prepare for COVID-19 through social distancing and other precautionary measures, keep in mind that there are still ways to have fun and stay healthy in Walworth County while also supporting our local businesses. Check out our top six ways to make the most of this time, while practicing safety and mindfulness:

1. Order deliveryTakeout and Delivery From Local Restaurants: Many restaurants have had to shut their doors to dine in patrons but continue to offer carryout and delivery options! Many of our favorite local restaurants such as The Black Sheep, East Troy Brewery, and Gino’s East amongst so many others are now offering takeout and curbside delivery options.  We give you full permission to order out tonight!

2. Tip Extra: With fewer customers visiting restaurants, wait staff, delivery drivers, and even owners are experiencing a shift in their pay. If you can afford it, try to tip generously to help front-line hospitality staff through this difficult time.

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3. Purchase Gift Certificates: giftcardHelp your favorite boutique now, and shop later! Even better? Buy online gift cards and email them to friends for a small pick-me-up. It’ll be a little something to look forward to when all the craziness dies down again. Pick one up online or or in person! (pssst…we really like the Cornerstone Shop).

4. Shop Online: jayneSwap out your amazon order for something a little more local.  It’s a great way to shop small and practice social distancing. So take a few minutes and treat yourself to something nice from your favorite small business or even order groceries.  JAYNE is featuring 20% off new merchandise with the code EARLYSPRINGSALE and River Valley Ranch just launched their online store.

5. Buy Groceries From Local Grocers: Shopping at smaller grocery stores allows you to get locally sourced ingredients while supporting your community! Lake Geneva Country Meats is offering call-in orders with curbside pick-up for all of your protein needs. While you’re at it, check out their website for recipes to try something new.

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6. Say Thank You: A little bit of Kindness can go a long way.  Whether it’s with a co-worker over a webinar or a text to your delivery driver, take the few extra seconds out of your day to say “thank you”.  It can make a world of difference.

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Be safe out there everyone and don’t forget to shop #shopsmall!

Distance Dining in Walworth County

Keep checking in here for the latest Walworth County restaurant additions and updates. Clink the Menu button to view each menu.

Restaurants

841 Brewhouse(262) 473-8000Menu

Hours: Daily: 11 am-2 pm & 4-8 pm

Pickup / Curbside Delivery / Delivery 

Baker House – (262) 248-4700 —Menu

Hours: Wednesday-Saturday: 5pm-9pm Sunday- 9:30am-2pm

Curbside Pickup / Deliveries to Select Lake Geneva Hotel Lobbies

The Black Sheep(262) 613-7119Menu

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: Bagged lunch 9:30-10:30am, Dinner: 4:30-9:30 pm

Pickup / Curbside Delivery / Delivery

Cafe Latte at The Abbey Resort(262) 275-9000 — Menu Based on Availability

Hours: Friday-Saturday: 6:30 am-6 pm; Sunday: 6:30 am-4 pm; Monday-Thursday: 6:30 am-2 pm

Pickup 

Champs(262) 248-6008 — Menu

Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 10:30am-2am, Friday-Saturday: 10:30am-2:30am

Pickup / Curbside Delivery

The Cheese Box(262) 248-3440 — Menu Based on Availability

Hours: Monday: 9am-5pm, Wednesday-Saturday: 9am-5pm, Sunday: 11am-5pm

Pickup / Curbside Delivery / DoorDash

Dockside Pizza at The Abbey Resort – (262) 275-1458 — Menu

Hours: Daily 11am-8pm

Pickup / Curbside Delivery

The Duck Inn – (608) 883-6988 — Menu

Hours: Friday and Saturday Only (4pm – 9pm)

Pickup / Curbside Delivery

East Troy Brewery(262) 642-2670Menu

Hours: Thursday-Sunday: Thursday 4pm-8 pm; Friday-Saturday: 11:30 am-8 pm

Pickup / Curbside Delivery

Fitzgerald’s Genoa Junction  – (262) 248-1207 — Call for Avaliability

Hours: Thursday: 5pm-8:30pm, Friday-Saturday: 5pm-9pm, Sunday: 3pm-7pm

Pickup

Gino’s East(262) 248-2525 Menu

Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 11am-9pm, Friday-Saturday: 11am-10pm

Pickup / Curbside Delivery / Delivery / DoorDash

Gordy’s Boat House – (262) 275-6800 —Menu

Hours: Friday: 5pm-8pm, Saturday-Sunday: 11:30am-8pm

Curbside Delivery

Greenie’s Clubhouse at Delbrook Golf Course(262) 728-1339 — Menu

Hours as of 3/20-3/21 4-7 pm; 3/23-27 11 am-1 pm; 3/23-3/28 4 pm-7:30 pm

Pickup / DoorDash

Lake Geneva Pie Co – (262) 248-5100  — Menu Varies Daily Call for Availability

Hours: Monday-Saturday: 6am-6pm

Pickup 

Sperino’s Pepperoni Pub(262) 723-2222  — Menu

Hours: Monday-Saturday: 11am-8pm

Pickup / Delivery / DoorDash

turf. kitchen + tap – (262) 245-7300Menu

Hours: Daily 11am-7pm

Pickup / Delivery Within Geneva National

The Village Supper Club – (262) 728-6360Menu

Hours: Friday-Saturday: 3pm-8:30pm

Pickup / Curbside Delivery

The Waterfront at The Abbey Resort (262) 275-9000Menu

Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 11am-11pm, Friday-Saturday: 11am-1am

Pickup 

Whiskey Ranch – (262) 882-2800 — Menu

Hours: 11am-6pm

Pickup / Curbside Delivery / Delivery

 

What’s Happening This Weekend in Walworth County | Mar. 13-15

Home & Garden Show – POSTPONED / will be rescheduled

Home & Garden Show

You know it’s springtime when it’s time for the Burlington Chamber of Commerce’s Home & Garden Show at the Burlington High School on Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm. Showcasing a large variety of products and services, indoor and outdoor living, camping solutions home entertainment, roofing and structural, landscaping, and so much more! The perfect event for those in all stages of remodeling, landscaping, and decorating their homes. Get inspired and excited about those honey do lists.

Irish Beverage Sampling

Irish Beverage Sampling

Some may think of shamrocks this time of year – I think of Irish beverages! Lake Geneva Country Meats is having an Irish Beverage Sampling on Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm. There will be a variety of Irish beverages including Five Farms Irish Cream Liqueur, Guinness Beer, and Magner’s Hard Cider. The best part – it’s a free tasting.

All You Can Eat Corned Beef & Cabbage

All You Can Eat Corned Beef & Cabbage

Speaking of St. Patrick’s Day… The Delavan Lions Club is hosting an all you can eat Corned Beef and Cabbage Fundraiser at The Village Supper Club on Sunday from 11:30 am to 7 pm. Tickets in advance are $12 or $13 at the door for adults. Children 6 to 12 are $6 and 5 and under are free.

For information on these events and more, go to VisitWalworthCounty.com/Events.

What’s Happening This Weekend in Walworth County | Mar. 6-8

Seed Swap

Seed Swap

I promise, spring is coming!  And, to help you feel springy, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in East Troy is hosting a Seed Swap on Saturday from 9 am to 12 pm.  So, if you are dreaming about your garden, bring your extra seeds and your friends and go home with a whole new variety of seeds.  Don’t have seeds to share, no problem – come anyway. There will also be a kids coloring corner, so bring the little ones.

Rock The Barns: Kashmir & Who’s Who

Rock The Barns

It’s time to Rock The Barns on Saturday at the Walworth County Fairgrounds in Elkhorn. The Led Zeppelin Tribute Band – Kashmir and The Who Tribute Band – Who’s Who will be performing – the doors open at 6 pm. This show sells out, so get your tickets in advance for $20 online, or $30 at the door – if there are any left. Food and beverages will be available.

Murder Mystery Dinner

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Who done it! Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan is having a Murder Mystery Dinner on Saturday at 7 pm. Interact alongside a cast of characters to figure out who committed the crime. Wives, ex-wives, business partners, children, step-children, neighbors, tawdry affairs, a body found in the trunk of a car, and a baseball bat… Seats are limited, so reservations are required.

For information on these events and more, go to VisitWalworthCounty.com/Events.