Create a Valentine’s Day Adventure!

Valentine's Day
Spoiler alert – Valentine’s Day is almost here! The date never changes, with it always being February 14, so there’s no excuse in getting caught off-guard that it’s in the coming week. You could be lucky like me with a way to always remember the date – my youngest daughter was born on February 14 and she won’t let me forget it!

So now that you’re aware or reminded or whatever that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, what are you going to do about it? Surprise! I’ve got some ideas for you – like dining, dancing, music, trivia, gift making, gift buying, overnight and long weekend kind of ideas. All available here, in Delavan WI. Let’s get to it!

With Valentine’s Day, February 14, falling mid-week on a Wednesday this year, that opens up the weekend prior and the weekend after as being part of the holiday time. In my opinion, that makes it easier to plan and schedule when to celebrate, given how busy people are these days. Looking at the weekend prior, this coming weekend by the way, Rosewood has two offers for sharing the love of the holiday. Friday, February 9, 6 – 9 pm, is their Valentine’s Day Wine Dinner, and Sunday, February 11, 11:30 am – 3 pm, is their ‘Heart & Soul’ Show & Brunch. Score big points this Valentine’s and do both! Think you know all there is to know about your significant other? Test that theory at ‘The Not So Newlywed Game’, Friday, February 9, 6:30 – 9:30 pm, at Delavan Lake Store. Sure to bring laughs and maybe a secret or two out in the open! I love a good glass of wine, but have never been the kind to know what wine best goes with what food. With Staller Estate Winery’s Valentine’s Inspired Wine & Dine, Sunday, February 11, 12 – 3 pm, I don’t have to worry about it! Their expertise in wine and food pairing makes sure it’s perfect.

If you’re a purist and you only celebrate Valentine’s Day on the day itself, February 14, then there are a couple of options for you. Lake Lawn Resort hosts their Valentine’s Sweetheart Dinner, 5 – 10 pm, at the Frontier Restaurant, where Chef Ross has created a special 4-course menu for two, along with the full dinner menu also being available. Hernandez Mexican Restaurant is offering Valentine’s Dinner for Two, with an All-You-Can-Eat Fajita Buffet, two shots of Tequila and Valentine’s Dessert. Add in a margarita (or two) and I’ll come join you!

For Valentine’s Day gift giving, Lubick Gallery & Gifts has 20% off any item with a heart on it or that is heart-shaped during their ‘Have a Heart’ Sale. Neki’s Hope is offering ‘Buy 3 Items, Get 70% off the 4th Item’ on clothing, costume jewelry, and souvenir items. You can also bring a touch of nostalgia to the day with what will become a treasured item of glassware from Remember When Antiques & Collectibles during their February special and get 10% off. If you want to give a handmade gift, then Wine Glass Painting at Hernandez Mexican Restaurant, Sunday, February 11, 11 am – 2 pm, is the ticket. You can even choose to paint a pair of wine glasses so you each have a special memory of the day. If you would like to add a bottle of wine to that painted wine glass, but you’re not sure what to get, then head over to Sonoma Cellars, Saturday, February 10, 2 – 4 pm, for their February Frolic Tasting Event. You’ll learn about wine, and craft beer and spirits, too.

The weekend after Valentine’s Day offers some options for celebratory dining as well. Hernandez Mexican Restaurant continues their Valentine’s Dinner for Two on Friday, February 16, through Sunday, February 18, 4:30 – 9 pm; Rosewood has their monthly Dine & Dance, with a Valentine’s feel, on Friday, February 16, 5:30 – 10:30 pm; and Lake Lawn Resort again hosts their Valentine’s Sweetheart Dinner, Saturday, February 17, 5 – 10 pm, which could be capped off with the N.E.W. Dueling Piano Guys, 9 pm – 12 am. They are also performing Friday, February 16, 9 pm – 12 am, and are said to be a performance not to miss!

Since the calendar gods have allowed for the weekend prior and the weekend after to be available for extended honoring of Valentine’s Day, how about making an overnight, long weekend or full on getaway out of it? Talk about scoring points on the romance meter! Comfort Suites – Delavan, offers their Stay 2 Nights, Get 15% Off Each Night or Stay 3 Nights, Get 20% Off Each Night Packages for you to extend the Valentine’s Day spoiling. Lake Lawn Resort has their Winter Escape Package, as well as adding Calladora Spa options with their Couples Getaway or Rest & Relaxation Retreat Packages. Also happening at Lake Lawn Resort, and in Downtown Delavan as well, the weekend of February 16 – 18, is the 5th Annual Sky Circus on Ice. With professional kite team performances on Delavan Lake (how else does it get called ‘…on Ice?!), expert snow sculpting and ice carving exhibition both at Lake Lawn Resort and Downtown Delavan, and a plethora of activities all weekend long, it’s sure to keep you hopping. Take advantage of the Sky Circus on Ice 2 Night and 3 Night Packages at Lake Lawn Resort to make it an extended getaway.

In a nutshell, there’s no excuse for not making this a fabulous Valentine’s Day for your better half and for yourself! Delavan offers a great variety of things to do, a wide schedule of before and after the day itself, and ways to make an extended getaway of it all.

Find your Valentine’s Day adventure in Delavan WI… and any day!

Valentine’s Day 2018

For details or more ideas of things to do in Delavan, go to
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Come ‘Shop. Play. Stay. Save’ with the 2018 Coupon Book!

The Coupon Book is here! The Coupon Book is here! No specific number of lanterns needed to help make the announcement (you know, the “one if by land, two if by sea” thing, even though Paul Revere never really said the quote I’m playing off of…). In any case, the ‘Shop. Play. Stay. Save’ 2018 Coupon Books are available with dozens of savings opportunities!

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The most important thing to know is how to get one! You can do it a few ways: one, stop in to the Travel Information Center, 2375 E. Geneva St., Delavan (that’s the airport building directly across from Lake Lawn Resort at the airport); two, call 800.395.8687 and request that one be sent to you; or three, go to the ‘contact us’ page on our website ( and in the comments/message section, request one and provide your mailing address. It’s that simple to start saving while having fun in Delavan!

How does “10% off any spa service (Monday – Thursday only)” at Calladora Spa at Lake Lawn Resort sound? Or how about “Buy 1 Italian beef sandwich and regular drink, get any side order free” at Brodie’s Beef? Feeling like Mexican, then use “$5 off a minimum $30 purchase” at Hernandez Mexican Restaurant. Like to ice fish? Then take “10% off total purchase” at Lakeside Bait & Tackle. Looking to re-decorate a room and need wall decor? Lubick Gallery & Gifts has “50% off all open edition prints and posters”. Need a small gift for someone? Penny’s Scene II has “buy one pair of earrings, get one pair of earrings free” (you could get a gift for that someone else and one for yourself with this!). Valentine’s Day isn’t that far off, so how about “15% off retail sales purchase” at Utiger Jewelry? Only have a little bit of time, but hungry? The Trout House has “1/2 off appetizer with drink (alcoholic) purchase”.

There are so many offers, 48 to be exact, across 21 different businesses, that to list them here would take too long. Besides, it’s incentive to get the ‘Shop. Play. Stay. Save’ 2018 Coupon Book as soon as possible so that you can see for yourself all the great offers! It would be too easy if I just told you all of them… Even though the offers don’t expire until May 24, 2018, do not delay in getting your Coupon Book now so that you can start saving immediately!

Don’t forget to always check the events calendar for things to do when you visit our website. It’s a great way to help you find your adventure in Delavan WI! And then the ‘Shop. Play. Stay. Save’ 2018 Coupon Book let’s you save a little while doing it!

Alright! Time to stop reading this and use one of the three ways talked about to get your ‘Shop. Play. Stay. Save’ 2018 Coupon Book! Seriously… stop reading and go get it!






A Spin on the Usual New Year’s Resolutions

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Statistically, 80% of people fail with their New Year’s resolutions before the end of March. With things like ‘drink more water’, ‘cut back on caffeine’, ‘walk more’, ‘track my spending’, etc., it’s almost no wonder these annual phrases of torture don’t last (guess that sort of tells you which percentage I fall in). Taking a different perspective on New Year’s resolutions, with ones like ‘create a bucket list for your birthday’ (thing or things you want to accomplish before turning another year older), ‘take on a 365-day project’ (i.e., photo a day thing), or ‘follow a monthly 30-day challenge’ (for example, no complaints each day for 30 days or smile at a stranger each day for 30 days), might create more interest and therefore longevity. BUT… how about something closer to home, that by virtue of being out the back door makes it easier? Although actually, you don’t have to live in the area to do any of these things – come visit and do them! That could add a whole new dimension of interest with the fun of planning your getaway and the goal of accomplishing one (or more) of what I’m going to list. I’m liking that idea already!

So here you go – fun things to do in Delavan, be it you’re a local or you’re a visitor. How many can you accomplish in 2018? Let’s turn it into a challenge and see how many you do versus how many I do? Ready, set, go!   🙂

Attend a Wine Walk – Either held in Congdon Gardens (May and September) or in the  Downtown (April, November, December) or do ’em all. It’s wine, it’s outdoors, it’s a given to go!

SUP (stand-up paddle board) on Delavan Lake – The stand-up part of this should be interesting for me or maybe it’s more the staying standing up part!

Kayak on Lake Comus – Okay, on the water like with SUP, but sitting. More my style!

Visit every restaurant, in alphabetical order – When does Anchor In open for the season, ‘coz off the top of my head, I think they start the list alphabetically, right? And then who will be my personal trainer to help me work off all the weight I gain doing this?

Have a cocktail on every bar’s lakeside deck around Delavan Lake – Who wants to be my partner in crime for this one and then who will be our designated driver? And where do we start at? Inn Between? End Zone? Village Supper Club? So many to go to…

Hike the trails in the Arboretum – I could make this educational as well and say you need to learn the scientific name of five different plants along the way.

Attend a concert a month at the Phoenix Park Bandshell – And as an added thing, attend at least one movie under the stars there, too!

Fly a kite at Sky Circus on Ice – First time I’ll be told to ‘go fly a kite’ and it wasn’t said with “that tone of voice”…

Visit the Delavan Historical Society’s Exhibit & Resource Center – Learn at least two things about Delavan that you didn’t already know.

Find a hidden treasure at each antique store – Okay, so maybe adding to what my children will need to take care of when I’m gone, or I’ll have to decide what to do with if I ever move again, isn’t the best idea. I’ll be gone when the kids are shaking their head at some oddity that I found at Lauren’s Antiques or Remember When, so what do I care! It’s all about the search anyway.

Attend yoga at Boxed & Burlap – Coffee, yoga, relaxing surroundings. Need I say more?

Make a scarecrow for Scarecrow Fest – There’s even a contest with a prize for the best one, so let’s get planning now!

Attend a wine pairing dinner at Staller Estate Winery – Again, wine, plus now with really good food at a really cool location. So doing this!

Get something for each baked goods holiday, like International Donut Day – Which means of course that both Home Style Bakery and Cake Pastel will use their fabulous magic powers to take all the calories out of each item I get… Please!

Find that one-of-a-kind clothing item or accessory in any of the unique boutique stores that are Downtown – Put a whole ensemble together with something from each one, like a dress from Bradley’s, paired with a scarf from Neki’s Hope, and finished off with jewelry from Scene II.

Ring all the wind chimes at Lubick Gallery – First, I want to apologize to Jill for this one ‘coz of all the beautiful ‘noise’ this will make in her store. Second, I want to say I’m not really sorry as I love wind chimes and the music they make! Do not keep track of how many times I do this one, okay, Jill?

Buy veggies from a local farmer’s market – And then try a new recipe using them, of course.

Attend a concert at The Belfry – So many spectacular choices through the season that this could be a repeated resolution!

Operate a model train at the Delavan Train Show – If I can’t get behind the ‘wheel’ of a real train (I’ve tried…), then this is the next best thing!

Pick out my future mid-life crisis vehicle at the Cars Time Forgot Car Show – And then to pick out the generous person that’s going to buy it for me… Any volunteers?!


Okay, so there you go – a list of ‘resolutions’ that are way more fun than ‘exercise for 30 minutes each day’! There’s no excuse to fail before March on any of these ~ Enjoy 2018!

For more ideas of things to do in Delavan, go to
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Let’s Celebrate the Holidays!



Christmas and New Year’s are coming, which I’m sure is no news to anyone! But what might be news is all the happenings in Delavan for each holiday! Let’s get started on figuring out what your plans are going to be.

Kick off the day before Christmas Eve with Whiskey Ranch’s Ugly Holiday Outfit Party, Dec. 23 from 11 am – 2 pm. Pull out the ugly sweater, find the knit pants with the snowflakes and penguins on ’em, throw on the fuzzy boots and head on over for some lighthearted holiday fun. There’s even gonna be a winner chosen for the “best” ugly holiday outfit! Follow that fun with Rosewood’s “Listen to the Lights” outdoor light and music display, 5 – 11 pm nightly. Just turn your car radio to 92.9 FM and listen to the sounds and music of the holidays as every 20 minutes it rotates through. Seeing someone else’s lights, and especially put to music, is always a highlight of the holiday season ‘coz it’s someone else up on the ladder and not me! If you’ve still got your ugly sweater on, then you can finish off the night at The Watershed Saloon’s Customer Appreciation Christmas Party, 7 – 10 pm. If you’ve never been there, well first of all, shame on you, but don’t think that you don’t count as a customer to be appreciated since when you walk in the door on Dec. 23 for the party, you instantly are now a customer! Ain’t that easy peasy how that worked out? If you like live music, then head over to Lake Lawn Resort from 9 pm – 1 am for Kevin Kennedy, aka Special K, in the Lookout Bar & Eatery. The award winning entertainer will bring his powerful vocal styling as you listen to familiar songs from the 50’s to today.

Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 of course, can be kicked off at Lake Lawn Resort with their Champagne Brunch, 8:30 am – 2 pm. I even heard a rumor that certain someone might be paying a visit before he gets busy later on that night! If you left room after the Brunch, then stick around or if you’ve got last minute shopping to do, then come on back for Lake Lawn Resort’s Dickens-inspired Christmas Eve Dinner at The Frontier. Take a step back in time and enjoy one of the most famous holiday meals as shared by Bob Cratchit and his family. Chef David Ross has created a spectacular menu based on the food, design and spirit of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. After all that good food, dance it off at New Horizons with The Mike Stone Trio, 6:30 – 9:30 pm. I’m betting some hot swing jazz will be just the ticket to get energized for Christmas Eve. And that makes for good sleeping while you know who does his gift giving thing!

Christmas Day brings a Grand Yuletide Christmas Day Buffet at Lake Lawn Resort, 10 am – 6 pm, with traditional holiday and brunch favorites in abundance, at the beautiful and festively decorated Frontier Restaurant. After the presents are all opened and before the first toy is broken, let Chef David Ross and his staff do the cooking for Christmas Day. If you didn’t get enough of The Mike Stone Trio the night before, they’ll be back again at New Horizons, 6:30 – 9:30 pm, or if you couldn’t make it out then, you get a chance to see ’em now!

Get warmed up for the New Year’s Eve celebrations with live music options on Saturday, Dec. 30! Kevin Kennedy, aka Special K, will again be at Lake Lawn Resort in the Lookout Bar & Eatery, 9 pm – 1 am. You can start off the night with Grammy award winner Terry Sweet, 6 – 10 pm, playing all your favorites from Billy Joel to Jerry Lee Lewis in The Frontier Restaurant at Lake Lawn Resort. Delavan Lake Store is hosting SIMPLE, a local artist offering soft acoustic and folk music in a relaxed environment.

New Year’s Eve of course brings on the celebration! Start the morning by building up for the night with the Champagne Brunch at Lake Lawn Resort, 8:30 am – 2 pm. If staying up ’til midnight CST isn’t your thing, Rosewood offers New Year’s at Noon, 11:30 am – 3:30 pm,  rolling out the red carpet for 2018 with cocktail reception, dining with their signature Chef-attended dinner stations, and at 2 pm, ‘Fabulous!’ featuring Mark and Gretch Hladish with Jo Hodgins performing a colorful, floor-show styled production of legendary musical standards by such artists as Tony Bennett, Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra, Patsy Cline, Elvis, The Andrews Sisters, and more. There will be the special feature during the show of Rosewood’s New Year’s Eve Countdown and Champagne Toast to properly usher in the New Year in style.

For those of you that will take a nap during the day on New Year’s Eve to allow for being up late… Okay, that’s probably gonna be me doing that, but I know I’m not the only one that does it! Rosewood again rolls out the red carpet for 2018, 6:30 pm – 1 am, with cocktail reception, dining with their signature Chef-attended dinner stations, and at 9 pm, ‘Fabulous!’. Midnight of course brings on the Countdown and Champagne Toast. Delavan Lake Store tests both your staying power (take a nap during the day! I’m tellin’ you, it helps!) and your brain power with their New Year’s Eve Games & Trivia, 7 pm – midnight. Whiskey Ranch Bar & Grill hosts their New Year’s Eve Customer Appreciation Party, 9 pm – 1:30 am, with $50 All-You-Can-Drink wristbands available from 9 – 10:30 pm (only 500 being sold; good for any rail, beer or call drink), 50/50 drawn hourly, and then at 1:30 am a wristband number will be drawn for a $500 cash prize. Of course at midnight, cheers to the New Year with champagne toast and party favors happens, too! Bring in the New Year at New Horizons with music by BCT, 9:30 pm – 1:30 am, that will have you pumped, dancing and partying ’til the cows come home! If you didn’t get enough of The Mike Stone Trio through the Christmas holiday, here’s your chance to ring in the New Year with them at Wally Wheelz Inn, 9:30 pm – midnight (or a bit later, what with the champagne toast and all for welcoming in 2018). The End Zone hosts their Steak & Shrimp New Year’s Eve Dinner, with none other than, steak and shrimp, starting at 7 pm! Dance the night away to Chicagoland DJ ‘Funky J’ and a $5 raffle winner takes all at midnight after the champagne toast and balloon drop.

So what’s there to do for New Year’s Eve when you’ve got family and kids of varying ages? One word, Lake Lawn Resort – okay, so that’s technically three words, but it’s one place so, yah, go with it. Lake Lawn Resort will again be hosting it’s annual New Year’s Eve festivities complete with multiple exciting parties for all ages. There are adult-only areas, then the wild family party complete with movies and crafts, so everyone of every age is covered. Activities and parties are happening all over the Resort, from The Frontier Restaurant and Lounge, to the Lookout Bar & Eatery, to the Geneva Ballroom, to the Great Room and in between. You’ll find movies, balloon drops, indoor 9-hole mini-golf (yes, indoor!), and carnival games, 7 – 11 pm. You can make this New Year’s Eve night whatever you want it to be with dining choices, activity options, entertainment selections, etc. If you can’t find something to suit everyone for celebrating New Year’s Eve at Lake Lawn Resort, then you’re probably not actually at Lake Lawn Resort.

And so now it’s New Year’s Day… New Year’s Brunch is all that comes to mind and luckily there’s two wonderful options for just that on New Year’s Day. Rosewood has their Signature Chef-attended Brunch, featuring the complimentary Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar, and then at 2 pm, ‘Fabulous!’, once again featuring Mark and Gretch Hladish with Jo Hodgins performing a colorful, floor-show styled production of legendary musical standards by such artists as Tony Bennett, Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra, Patsy Cline, Elvis, The Andrews Sisters, and more. Lake Lawn Resort hosts their  New Year’s Day Bloody Mary Brunch, with Chef’s Custom Omelette and Waffle Bar, plus a Brunch Buffet to make your head spin with the selections. Why is it called the ‘Bloody Mary Brunch’ you ask? Because you can customize your own Bloody Mary at the Bloody Mary Bar with a wide variety of ingredients to create your own one-of-a-kind drink!

No matter how you choose to spend both Christmas and New Year’s, doing it in Delavan is the easiest choice you can make!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year’s to you all!


Santa Sightings: Dec. 23 & 24

He’s got a bag that’s filled with toys
for boys and girls again
Hear those sleigh bells jingle jangle
What a beautiful sight
Jump in bed and cover up your head
Because Santa Claus comes tonight


Santa’s not coming tonight exactly, but with 5 days remaining until Christmas that’s pretty close enough to being the last chance of getting on the ‘other’ list. Check out this weekend’s opportunities for seeing Santa before he gets busy on Christmas Eve night.

Saturday, December 23


Santa at Bradley’s | 11 am – 1 pm
222 E. Walworth Ave., Downtown

Santa will be visiting at Bradley’s, so come let know what your holiday wish list is all about. Don’t forget to bring your camera for a photo op!

Sunday, December 24

Champagne Brunch with a Visit from Santa | 10 am – 1 pm
Lake Lawn Resort – Frontier Restaurant, 2400 E. Geneva St.

Santa will be paying a visit during the Champagne Brunch, so be sure to say hello!


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Santa Sightings in Delavan: Dec. 16 & 17

Visit with Santa

He sees you when you’re sleepin’
He knows when you’re awake
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!

10 days and counting ’til Christmas, but who’s counting! To me, that still translates as plenty of time to prove to Santa how good you’ve been this year or for at least these last 10 days! Here is where Santa will be this weekend in Delavan. Make sure to check back next week for what will be the last opportunity before Christmas for Santa Sightings!

Saturday, Dec. 16 ~

Breakfast with Santa | 8:30 – 10 am and 10:30 am – 12 pm
Lake Lawn Resort – Frontier Restaurant, 2400 E. Geneva St.

Santa Claus is planning two visits for breakfasts at Lake Lawn Resort, along with holiday-themed crafts to make and Christmas carolers. There’s even a life-size gingerbread house for photo opportunities. Sit on Santa’s lap and share your wish list!

Santa Visits the Library | 10 – 11:30 am
Aram Public Library, 404 E. Walworth Ave.

Santa is coming to the Library! Bring the family for a chance to sit on St. Nick’s lap and tell him your holiday wishes. There are also holiday ornaments to make and cookies to munch! Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Sunday, Dec. 17 ~

Champagne Brunch with a Visit from Santa | 10 am – 1 pm
Lake Lawn Resort – Frontier Restaurant, 2400 E. Geneva St.

Santa will be paying a visit during the Champagne Brunch, so be sure to say hello!

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Santa Sightings in Delavan: Dec. 8 – 10!

Santa visit“He’s making a list and checking it twice.
Gonna find out who’s naughty and nice.
Santa Claus is coming to town!”


With 17 days ’til Christmas, there is still plenty of time to let Santa know how good you’ve been this year (or explain why maybe you’ve been not so good…) and let him know what’s on your wish list. Make a plan to visit with Santa at any one (or all) of this weekend’s opportunities. Check back weekly for more Santa Sightings in the coming weekends.

Friday, Dec. 8 ~ 

Santa at La Monarca Restaurant | 6 – 8 pm
239 E. Walworth Ave., Downtown

Saturday, Dec. 9 ~

Santa at Bradley’s | 11 am – 1 pm
222 E. Walworth Ave., Downtown

Dancing Horses: Holiday Magic Show | 1 – 3:30 pm and 7 – 9:30 pm
5065 Highway 50

Sunday, Dec. 10 ~ 

Champagne Brunch with Santa Claus | 10 am – 1 pm
Lake Lake Resort – Frontier Restaurant, 2400 E. Geneva St.

Dancing Horses: Holiday Magic Show | 1 – 3:30 pm
5065 Highway 50

Santa Visiting Kohl’s | 1 – 3 pm
1921 E. Geneva Street

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‘Tis the Season & It’s Happening All Around Delavan!

Let me preface this with a spoiler alert – I’ll be mentioning how many days are remaining until Christmas. If you’re good with knowing, continue on. If not, my apologies. 🙂

Good Old Days Forest Christmas Winter Shopping Car Wallpaper For DesktopEven though the unseasonably warm temperatures of late aren’t making it feel like Christmas is 21 days away, there it is – three weeks from today is December 25. So how to get in the spirit of the season when Mother Nature isn’t helping with the visual aspect? Get out and do all the holiday-related things that are happening around Delavan, of course! And are there things happening… Lights and Santa and shows, oh my!

music note lightsRegardless of having a white covering of snow, viewing holiday lights should always be on the list of activities. Head to Rosewood, turn your car radio to 92.9 FM, and enjoy ‘Listen to the Lights’ nightly, offered every 20 minutes from 5 – 11 pm. Watch as Rosewood’s entire facility lights up to the sounds and music of the holidays. Can’t get enough of it? Then it’s a good thing ‘Listen to the Lights’ is available from now ’til Jan. 2!

Santa visitWanting to make sure Santa knows you’ve been good this year and what’s on your wish list? There are plenty of opportunities to see Santa, so no worries! Check out the options:


Dec. 8 |6 – 8 pm | Visit with Santa at La Monarca Restaurant, Downtown Delavan
Dec. 9 & 23 | 11 am – 1 pm | Visit with Santa at Bradley’s, Downtown Delavan
Dec. 16 | 8:30 – 10 am and 10:30 am – 12 pm | Have breakfast with Santa at Lake Lawn                      Resort
Dec. 16 | 10 – 11:30 am | Visit with Santa & make Holiday ornaments at Aram Library,                      Downtown Delavan

Sounds of the SeasonHoliday shows of so many different types are happening, that there’s sure to be one, or more, that gets you in the holiday spirit! Remember all the songs, hymns, and carols that make this a magical time of year with Rosewood’s ‘Christmas Remembered’ show. Add to each performance delicious food, be it brunch, lunch or dinner, and what a combination! Below are the options:
Lunch & Show: December 5, 14, 15, 18, & 21 | 12:30 pm
Brunch & Show: December 10 & 17 | 11:30 am & 1 pm
Dinner & Show: December 7 & 20 | 5 pm cocktails, 5:30 pm dinner

Is tinsel and glitter one of your favorite things about decorating for the holidays? Then the rhinestones and glitter of the ‘Holiday Magic’ show at the Dancing Horses Theatre will be sure to captivate you! Billed as possibly their most spectacular show of the year, it includes both a visit from Santa and their resident unicorn. Show days/times are available from now through mid-January:
Wednesdays, Dec. 6 – Jan. 10 | 1 pm
Saturdays, Dec. 9 – Dec. 30 | 1 & 7 pm
Sundays, Dec. 10 – Jan. 14 | 1 pm
Saturdays, Jan. 6 & 13 | 1 pm

Forget about iHeart Radio or Sirius XM, and let’s go old time radio! ‘The New Andy Williams Holiday Show’ will mimic the old time radio shows of the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, complete with actors and sound effects. Performed and broadcast in real time at Lake Lawn Resort on Dec. 9 at 10:30 am, go early to partake of the breakfast buffet package that includes the show. Inspired by the true stories of former Wisconsin School for the Deaf students and based on ‘The Night Before Christmas’ by Clement C. Moore, attend the original production of ‘It Happened at WSD’, on Dec. 14 at 7 pm. See a fun twist on a holiday favorite, as edited by Nell Fleming, WSD staff member. Another holiday classic,  ‘The Nutcracker Suite Ballet’, will be performed by the Dance Factory, a local dance school, at Lake Lawn Resort, on Dec. 17 at 2 pm. Make a day of it, with the Champagne Brunch Buffet and Show option.

Looking for unique gifts and enjoy making things yourself? There’s plenty of time and several opportunities available to make one-of-a-kind gifts for the people on your gift giving list. Gifts in a jar is a tried and true favorite in creating something homemade and Aram Library will help you in making one on Dec 5 from 5:30 – 7 pm. There are two different options (spa experience or dessert delicacy) to choose from, with all the materials and directions provided. If painting is more your thing, experienced or not, check out these options:
Dec. 9 from 12 – 2:30 pm | ‘Christmas Cheer’ Paint & Sip | The Watershed Saloon
Dec. 12 from 6 – 8:30 pm | ‘Let It Snow’ Paint ‘n Sip | Ol’ Wisco Bar & Grill
Dec. 12 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm | Wine/Pint Glass Painting | Pirate’s Cove

Whiskey Ranch_ugly Christmas outfit partyAs it gets closer to the Christmas, how about an opportunity to blow off a little holiday steam? Whiskey Ranch Bar & Grill is having an ‘Ugly Holiday Outfit’ party on Dec. 23,  from 11 am – 2 pm. If you feel the magic and mystique of the holiday has faded with maturity and age, then go enjoy some lighthearted fun and maybe even win a prize for your ugly holiday outfit.



live music neon lightIf your desire in wanting to listen to Christmas music is limited to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but you still love music in general, then you’re not to be disappointed in the options for live music. The hardest part of this will be choosing whom to go listen to! Here are just a few options:
Dec. 9 from 7 – 9 pm | Open Mic Night at Delavan Lake Store
Dec. 9 from 8 pm – 12 am | Exit Plan at Whiskey Ranch Bar & Grill
Dec. 9 from 8:30 pm – 12:30 am | BCT at New Horizons
Dec. 9 from 9 pm – 1 am | Kevin Kennedy at Lake Lawn Resort
Dec. 16 from 7 – 9 pm | Ken E. Curtis at Delavan Lake Store
Dec. 16 from 9 pm – 1 am | Don Collins & the Night Shift at Lake Lawn Resort
Dec. 16 from 9 pm – 1 am | The Brothers Quinn at The Watershed Saloon
Dec. 23 from 9 pm – 1 am | Kevin Kennedy at Lake Lawn Resort

No matter how you choose to get out and partake of the many holiday happenings
going on in Delavan, have fun most of all while doing it! Holiday happenings

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Can’t Deny It Any Longer… It’s the Holidays!

So what category do you fall under? The one where your Christmas shopping was all done by mid-July and wrapped by mid-August (and you’ll remember where you hid everything!) or the one that hates to be told how many days ‘til Christmas ‘coz you know you’ll wait to the last minute regardless? Not admitting which one I am, though I got grumpy when I realized Thanksgiving was only a week away which meant Christmas wasn’t too far behind it… And yet, as I’m sure you’ve all noticed (and I’ve been trying to ignore), Christmas stuff has been popping up all over the stores since before Halloween. So then of course I figure that talking about holiday shopping for the next blog is a good idea despite my personal preference. If it’s any consolation, I’m inwardly shaking my head with a ‘no, let’s not, as it’ll force me to come out of the Land of Denial and I’m pretty comfortable living there’, but alas, that’s not how it works.

It’s funny that I procrastinate on the whole gift thing, as really do like searching for and giving gifts that are absolutely targeted to the person receiving them and the more different they are the better. Typically these gifts just pop out at me in the least expected places, like in Nashville at a flea market. Wanting to stick closer to home and shop local, how about those really cool places for gifts that might not come to mind as quickly as a big box store? Did you know Delavan is full of unique stores and shops with that one-of-a-kind item just waiting for you to find it? I won’t even tell anyone if you buy it for yourself instead of as a gift! Or if you buy it for me!

Holiday Shop Local Reasons

Having raised my girls in Delavan and with both of them now living elsewhere, getting a Delavan logo item is a great reminder of home. Bradley’s and Delavan Lake Store are two places to make that happen. If a book on the history of Delavan is more their style, that can be found at Remember When Antiques & Collectibles. Artwork by a local artist can be found at Lubick Gallery & Gifts and you can get it framed there, too! I personally like the selection of wind chimes at Lubick’s. Hint, hint for those getting me a gift!

Antiques of all sorts can evoke memories for just about anyone. Lauren’s Antiques & Art Centre, JMJ Antique & Trading, Pac-Ratz, Don’s What Not Shop and Remember When all offer endless possibilities of items to bring forth a special memory or something to make new ones. What about refurbishing a piece of furniture, big or small, or some other household item, with the guidance of Pipe & Board and it becomes a treasured family heirloom? Or check out Everything Homespun, where around every corner and in every nook and cranny there is something unique and different to choose from with primitive, farmhouse, rustic, and handmade items.

Speaking of treasured family heirlooms…jewelry absolutely comes to mind, and easily when I look at my own hands and see the ring with my children’s birthstones in it or the ring my youngest me bought with her own money (other than not taking in to account sales tax and having to ask me for it). Beall Jewelers and Utiger Jewelry are two family-owned jewelry stores that can assist with whatever you have in mind and can even help design something.

Got foodies on your list? Then a gift certificate to a local restaurant would be perfect! There are a variety of types to choose from to suit all taste buds and moods – fine dining, café, supper club, sandwich shop, family-style, ethnic, mom & pop, franchise, bar & grill, etc. You can’t go wrong with any of them and consider trying something new, such as The Trout House, as well as the tried and true favorite, like Sweet Aroma or Elizabeth’s Cafe. Don’t forget Lake Geneva Cannery, conveniently located next to Riga-Tony’s, and you’ve got two gifts taken care with an easy stop at each! Not listing all the restaurant and food-related options in town is in no saying that those I have mentioned are better than others – it’s only that there are too many to list them all in the blog! How long do you want me writing for and then how long do you want to be reading?!

I try and go with the ‘something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read’ format in gift giving with my girls and it works pretty well, besides helping tremendously with the budget! Focusing on the ‘something to wear’ portion, Neki’s Hope offers unique boutique items and one-of-a-kind jewelry creations. Bradley’s may be 165 years old, but their up-to-date fashions for women and men certainly aren’t! From a complete outfit, to that favorite piece, to the perfect accessory, and as I say, a girl can never have too many Erin London jackets in her closet! For the new-to-you experience and finding that just right item, be it a Christmas sweater, purse, jewelry, jacket or scarf, or whatever else you didn’t know you needed, Scene II is one of the area’s oldest established consignment shops carrying brand name women’s, men’s and kid’s clothes. Got a special occasion or event where a blinged out dress is required? Alexa’s Boutique is the place to find the perfect dress for any occasion needing some pizzazz and sparkle!

Someone too far away to easily send their gift to them? How about sending flowers instead? Both Rosebuds Floral & Gifts and Treasure Hut Flowers & Gifts can help you design the perfect floral arrangement or pick the plant that even someone with no green thumb at all can keep alive and well. Still one of those that sends Christmas cards out to friends and family, and if so, do you wanna do mine for me…? Jan’s Hallmark is the place to find a great variety of seasonal cards to choose from, along with a huge selection of year-round cards and gifts.

For someone with a very specific interest, then think about LSJ Music for the music lover, Yoga Hohm and Delavan Nutrition Store for the health and wellness follower, Lakeside Bait & Tackle for the fisherman, The Stitchery for the quilter, Pet Pals for the animal lover, Caleta Western Wear for the cowboy or cowgirl, and Boxed & Burlap for the coffee lover. You could be feeding an existing interest or starting a new one!

A couple tucked away spots that you might not think of unless you’re already at the businesses where they are located are Rosewood’s Gift Shop and Lake Lawn Resort’s General Store & Gift Shop. Talk about finding that one-of-a-kind, and not-everyone-is-going-to-have-it item! It also gives you the chance to get a gift certificate to Rosewood for someone on your list that likes dining and entertainment combined, or for someone that wants a spa getaway at the Calladora Spa at Lake Lawn Resort.

Holiday Shop Local gifts under tree

If I’ve missed mentioning something or someone or whatever, my sincere apologies! There’s just so much to offer in Delavan, that to not only keep track of it all, but to write about it can be mind-blowing sometimes! Get out there, wander around and find all these wonderful businesses and more! I guarantee you’ll find that perfect gift for everyone on your list, including for me, and even something for yourself.

Enjoy the adventure!


Are Your Plans Made for Thanksgiving?

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As much as I’m trying to live in the Land of Denial about the holiday season being upon us, it’s just not working. Spoiler alert for my fellow Land of Denial cohorts – Thanksgiving is two weeks away as of tomorrow and Christmas is following right behind a month later. It’s how it goes every year and I shouldn’t be surprised each year at how quickly it comes around.

So, two weeks away… Got your plans made yet? Are you typically the host or the bringer of food to someone else’s hosting? Is it family that gets together or friends or a combination of each? Whatever your tradition, let me put a few ideas in your head for something different to consider and maybe a new tradition can begin. Coincidentally enough, I’ve personally done three of the four of what’s to follow!

Get your taste buds going for the big day at Delavan Lake Store on the eve of Thanksgiving with their Thanksgiving Eve Pie & Trivia Night, Nov. 22, 6:30 – 9 pm. Enjoy some yummy treats and test your brain power with trivia questions. A perfect place for your sweet tooth and your competitive side for a fun night with friends and family! Admission is easy – $10 for a team or bring a pie of your choice.

Love all the fixings and turkey for Thanksgiving Dinner, but don’t necessarily like all the prep and time it takes to make it all yourself? Not a fan of Aunt Susie’s scalloped corn dish or have never understood Cousin Bob’s idea of stopping at the local gas station for roller-grill hot dogs as his contribution? Here’s the solution – let Lake Lawn Resort do it all for you with their Turkey To Go option! The culinary professionals at the Frontier Restaurant will prepare Thanksgiving Dinner and you take all the credit! Dinner includes a whole roasted turkey (or whole roasted maple-brined breast of turkey), wild rice bread dressing, natural turkey giblet gravy, fresh orange-port cranberry sauce, fresh mashed potatoes, fresh green beans with pecans and bell peppers, fresh baked dinner rolls, and your choice of pumpkin, apple or chocolate bourbon pecan pie. Pre-order by Monday, Nov. 20, and pick up at your scheduled time on Thursday, Nov. 23, between 10:30 am and 4 pm. Whether you have 8 or 20 guests for dinner, there is an option that fits. Think about it – leftovers without the dishes to wash! For details, click here. I’ve attended Thanksgiving at a friend’s and they did this instead of cooking and having the guests bring certain things. It was delicious, plenty of food, a great variety of items, and so convenient! I’d do this in a heart beat for the ease of it all!

If you don’t want to have to clean the house for company, let alone cook, or travel too much to go to someone else’s home, then celebrate with family and friends while still enjoying a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner at the Frontier Restaurant at Lake Lawn Resort. Their abundant Thanksgiving Feast Buffet will sprawl out in endless goodness! Reservations are strongly recommended, with the Buffet being served from 11 am to 7 pm and the final seating is at 6 pm. There is so much food that will be on the Buffet that it’s too much to list, but trust me when I say you won’t go away hungry! For the menu, click here. I’ve also had opportunity to attend this when I had family from out of town and we made a mini-getaway of their visit by staying at Lake Lawn Resort. Like I said, so much food! If you can’t find something you like, and more than one thing you like, then you’re walking the Buffet with your eyes closed and your nose is stuffed so you can’t smell the goodness!

Not that anyone should be alone for Thanksgiving, but sometimes situations come in to play where being together with family or friends just isn’t possible. If that’s the case, be it for you or for someone you know, then make plans to attend the Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Thursday, Nov. 23, 11 am – 3 pm, in the Community Building at Town Park (Hwy. 50 & South Shore Drive). The Friends of the Park, a not-for-profit 501(c)3, are providing a complimentary traditional Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings so no one has to do without. All food is being donated, cooked and served by volunteers. There’s even delivery that can be scheduled for the elderly or homebound, compliments of local Boy Scout troops. For contact details, click here. I’ve attended this event as a delivery volunteer in the past and can attest to it being phenomenal, both from the deliciousness of the food and the loving atmosphere of people coming together in celebration of thankfulness.

Thanksgiving Contest - What Are You Thankful For?

As the above question asks, what are you thankful for? While thinking of the answer, also consider some of the options given for maybe a different take on Thanksgiving this year or maybe as the start of a new tradition. And with that thought:

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