Stuffed full of fun at Scarecrow Fest 2018!

 

 

If you have driven through Delavan lately, you have seen the scarecrows popping up on the light posts downtown. Scarecrow Fest is Delavan’s annual tradition that celebrates the beginning of the fall season with the best dressed scarecrows you ever did see! Scarecrows will be “On Parade” along the historic brick road through October hoping that you’ll vote for them as your favorite! Local business and citizens create each scarecrow with a theme and name…and I’ll tell ya, the creativity NEVER ceases to surprise me! Local merchants will join their scarecrow friends for special sidewalk sales and full fledge festivities on Saturday, September 15th, 2018.

SCF_Pumpkin-Painting-2014-300x225This festival spans along the brick road and into multiple parks throughout historic downtown Delavan. Begin at Water Tower Park for the craft fair & flea market, demos hosted by local businesses, food, and music by Cheryl Niemo & the Down Home Boys. Bring the kids to paint pumpkins, or say hello to the animals at the petting zoo at the Aram Public Library. A scarecrow festival would not be complete without making a scarecrow of your own! Build a Scarecrow and take it home. We’ll have the supplies to make a scarecrow and helpers. This is great for the whole family!

Other activities that you can take part in throughout the day are a narrated Walldog SCF_duck raffleWagon Tour, a pie and cake sale outside of Remember When, and the 3rd Annual Quilt Show throughout merchant store fronts. At 2:30pm, an endloader will dump the duckies into a pool for the pickin’ at the Duck Raffle. The rubber ducks that land in the middle of the circle of kiddy pools are drawn by the kids and the numbers are written down in order. The first matching ticket number wins the $150 cash, followed by other great prizes!! Tickets can be purchased 3 for $5 or $2 each.

As the grand finale for the Scarecrow Festival and the season at the Phoenix Park Bandshell, Andrew Sedlak will open for the infamous Pink Freud, harmonized with vibrant laser lights by the Laser Fusion Light Show. This is a sensory wonder that you don’t want to miss! Find out more about this amazing show here.

Check out the schedule below to make sure you don’t miss out on one bit of the fun!

Water Tower Park Activities:

  • 9am – 5pm :  Craft Fair & Flea Market
  • 10am – 4pm : Food – brats, chips, soda and water sold to support Delavan Cheer
  • 11am – 11:30am : Demo
  • Noon – 12:30pm : Dance Factory
  • 1pm- 4pm : Music by Cheryl Niemo & the Down Home Boys
  • 1pm- 3pm : Free Pumpkin Painting

Aram Public Library:

  • 10am – noon Petting Zoo by Gee Funny Farm LLC

Green Space by Post Office:

  • 10am – 4pm : Activity Center for Kids.


South Corner of Second & Walworth Activities:

  • 11am – 1:30pm : Build a Scarecrow & Take It Home – Nominal $10 Fee.
  • 11:30am & 1:30pm : Narrated Walldog Wagon Tour
  • 2:30 : Duck Raffle – 3 tickets for $5 or $2/ each


Other Activities:

  • All Day 3rd Annual Quilt Show
  • All Day Sidewalk Sales by Delavan Merchants
  • 11am – 1pm Community Bike Ride
  • 11am – 3pm 8th Annual Pie & Cake Sale- Outside of Remember When
  • 11am & 1pm Quilt Bed Turning- at Bradley’s
  • Grill out by St. Andrews Church in from of Utiger’s Jewelry

Phoenix Park Bandshell

• 7pm – 8pm Andrew Sedlak
• 8:15pm – 10pm Mike Stone Pink Freud with LASER FUSION Light Show

This is one of many fall festivities going on in Delavan!
Plan a weekend full of fun at VisitDelavan.com!

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Shake the Lake Music Festival

You know it’s the prime time of summer when Shake the Lake Music Festival returns to the shores of Delavan Lake for a weekend of “fun, food and drink”! This sensational festival at Lake Lawn Resort never fails to deliver a lineup of rocking bands along with delectable food and drink to create a weekend of revelry that you will never forget.

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The mix of retro rock bands on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will draw you into the best decades of rock music with the tunes of Led Zepplin, KISS, Tom Petty and the Beatles. 

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On Friday, take part in the tribute by becoming a part of the band! A KISS costume contest will take place before the nation’s top touring KISS tribute band, Strutter, takes the stage. The winner of the contest gets a $100 Lake Lawn gift card and will be chosen based off crowd’s reaction.

During the day on Saturday, kids can take part in a bunch of additional activities on the lake lawn like taking on the rock climbing wall, wrecking ball & obstacle course inflatables, bubble soccer, human foosball and so much more. While this may not be the main event, there will be no shortage of fun with these unique games.

Adults get to have their fun too… with a special ticket purchase you can compete in the 3rd Annual Walworth County Bags Championship.  There will be cash payouts for the top 3 teams as well as other great prizes! The deadline to sign up your two-man team is Thursday, July 26.

FOOD

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Great music and games are not the only thing to be enjoyed this weekend however. A fleet of food trucks will be arranged on the lawn to satisfy that craving for all of your summer favorites! Hot off the grill, Lake Lawn will be serving the backyard barbecue standbys like hot dogs, brats, hamburgers and cheeseburgers. The truck lineup will offer anything your heart desires, from BBQ to Polish sausages, Italian beef or steak sandwiches, Mexican dinners, and what I am most excited to try….Wood-Fired Pizza!

DRINK

Whether you’re a beer, wine or spirit drinker, Shake the Lake will be honoring the variety of  flavors and talent that are available locally! Along with festive cocktails, the event’s Craft Beverage Experience will bring together local and craft beverage brewers, distilleries and wineries; including Geneva Lakes Brewing Company, Studio Winery, Lakefront Brewery, Driftless Glen Distillery and more! Festival-goers who are of legal drinking age will even have select opportunities for FREE samples.  

With so much fun, food and drinks to be had at Shake the Lake, grab your tickets and make this your weekend getaway!

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For more information on Shake the Lake and other festivities, begin planning your adventure at VisitDelavan.com

 

Lake Fun in Delavan, WI

Fun on the lake is the greatest way to beat the summer heat! Whether you like to swim, fish, cruise, or enjoy time on the beach; Delavan has it all. Did you know that Delavan has not one, but two lakes to have fun in? While Delavan Lake may be the most popular, Lake Comus is a natural wonderland nestled a few blocks away from historic downtown.

DSCN1432.jpgVeteran’s Park on Lake Comus is the threshold to two fun watering holes.  You can enjoy the calm and relaxing water of the lake by renting a kayak or paddle board from Delavan Paddle Sports. Or take a take a splash in The Mill Pond‘s natural spring fed swimming pond that features a beach house with changing rooms and a concession stand.

If you’re like me, I have always wanted to get out on the lake in a wave runner! That’s why you should meet me at Lake Lawn Resort, because they offer so many activities that everyone can enjoy. You can rent pontoons, wave runners, kayaks, paddle boards, and more. Or if being in the water is not your thing, you can lounge by their indoor or two seasonal outdoor pools and enjoy the sun rays.

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If you’re like my dad and love to fish, then you definitely want to head to Lakeside Bait & Tackle. Rent one of their fishing boats or canoes and head out on Delavan Lake to find that prime spot to catch musky, bass or walleye. If you have a boat of your own, Community Park is your place to launch yourself into a day of fun whether you’re using the boat launch or paddling around on the beach.

This is only a sampling of all the water fun you can have in Delavan. Check out the list below for contacts to plan your aquatic adventure:


Community Park
1220 South Shore Drive
Delavan, WI 53115
(262) 740-2335

Delavan Lake Boat Rentals at Lake Lawn Resort
2400 E. Geneva St.
Delavan, WI 53115
(262) 728-7950

Delavan Lake Sailing School
1501 Cedar Point Drive
Delavan, WI 53115
(262) 728-0501

Delavan Paddle Sports
109 Waterworks Drive
Delavan, WI 53115
(262) 728-6397

Lakeside Bait & Tackle
3542 State Road 50
Delavan, WI 53115
(262) 725-7007

Mill Pond
109 Waterworks Drive
Delavan, WI 53115
(262) 728-5585



Start planning your fun today at VisitDelavan.com!

Delavan Salutes the 4th of July!

Not to shock anyone, but it’s practically the end of June already, and July follows June, and in July is Independence Day, or the 4th of July or whatever your personal preference is in calling it. Delavan takes advantage of the holiday itself being on a Wednesday by starting things early the weekend before and carrying through ’til July 4. How cool and fun is that?! Group of People Waving American Flags in Back Lit

Lake Lawn Resort celebrates the holiday with their 4th of July Getaway package, good for arrival between June 29 and July 4, which includes a two night stay, unlimited mini-golf per person, two 140th Anniversary Celebration beach towels per room, and the All American Grill-Out Lawn Party Buffet with live music either on June 30 or July 4, per person, if staying either of those nights. The All American Grill-out Lawn Party Buffet is also open to the public each day it’s offered (again, June 30 and July 4) to be able to dine lakeside on the lawn, choosing from the traditional summer fare of Wisconsin brats and kraut, honey BBQ grilled chicken, hamburgers and hot dogs, bi-color sweet corn, baked beans, a variety of salads, pink lemonade, and create-your-own strawberry shortcake and s’mores cupcakes to finish it off. On June 30, enjoy the fireworks which begin at dusk (five or take 9:30 pm), by the Town of Delavan over Delavan Lake.

As far as those fireworks, they are the icing on the cake of the Town of Delavan’s  Independence Day Celebration, June 30. Beginning at 2 pm in Community Park, there will be live music by Razzmatazz, then at 3 pm it’s an Echos of Camp Randall UW-Madison Marching Band performance, and then from 7 – 11 pm BCT plays. Concessions are open from 2 – 11 pm and the fireworks already mentioned are at approximately 9:30 pm.

Delavan shows their patriotic side with the annual ‘Let Freedom Ring’ celebration on July 4. Start the morning with the pancake breakfast at the Delavan Fire Station, 7 – 11 am; keep cool (positive assumption the weather will be nice) at the Mill Pond, open 12 – 2 pm; watch the parade at 3 pm through the downtown; then head to Phoenix Park for the UW-Madison Marching Band performance with the Delavan Youth Cheer group, 4 – 5 pm; then stick around for the Booze Brothers Review in the Bandshell, 5 – 8 pm. Finish the day at Veterans Park with the flag ceremony, 9 pm, and fireworks, 9:30 pm.

It’s almost time to celebrate the Red, White & Blue, and now you’ve got numerous ways to accomplish that in Delavan, from the weekend before through the 4th of July itself!

Happy 4th of July! 

For more happenings in Delavan, go to VisitDelavan.com

 

Brick Street Days & the circus & fun…Oh my!

Yah, well, trying to do a play on “lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my” from the Wizard of Oz with the title of this blog… It’s Friday afternoon, it’s fairly hot out and therefore a bit muggy in my office, and you get what you get under those conditions! Besides, if you’re a reader of this blog, you should pretty much have my personality and/or sense of humor figured out by now.  😀

Brick Street Days_logo - croppedAlrighty then! So Brick Street Days is happening next weekend, Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23. With that is the celebration of the arts, history, music and culture of Delavan. This annual event stems from the original weekend in 2015 when Walldog mural artists descended on Delavan and painted the first 18 murals depicting various aspects of Delavan’s history. There are now 20 murals, with the most recent having been painted during last year’s Brick Street Days. There will be two guided tours (by wagon) of the downtown Walldog murals offered on Saturday, at noon and 1:30 pm. The tour can be picked up at the corner of 2nd Street and Walworth Avenue. It’s first come / first serve, with limited space, so plan accordingly.

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Brick Street Days will officially kick off on Friday night at the Phoenix Park Bandshell. The LoveMonkeys, a Milwaukee band known best for entertaining the heck out of their audiences (I can attest to that, in having seen them multiple times over the years), are performers of rock, pop, reggae, country and original music. Synonyms used to describe them include entertaining, charismatic, fun and energetic. I agree with that list of words!

Saturday morning begins early at 9 am with brick laying dedication as commemorative bricks are being placed throughout the Downtown. 11 am brings arts and craft vendors, artists and art demonstrations, music, food, demonstrations by local businesses, kids activities, guided mural tours, live music, and much more. The Information Center will be open 10 am – 4:30 pm on Saturday only, located at 303 E. Walworth Avenue.

SCHEDULE:

Friday, June 22
The LoveMonkeys | 7 – 9 pm | Phoenix Park Bandshell

Saturday, June 23
Brick Laying Dedication | 9 am | Downtown Delavan
Artists’ Demos & Sales | 11 am – 4 pm | 2nd St. & Walworth Ave.
Children’s Activities | 11 am – 4 pm | Tower Park
Arts & Crafts Vendors | 11 am – 4 pm | Downtown Delavan
Food Vendors | 11 am – 4:30 pm | Downtown Delavan
Business Demonstrations | 11 am – 4 pm | 2nd St. Stage
Live Music featuring Most Wanted | 11:30 am | 3rd St. Stage
Guided Mural Tours | 12 pm, 1:30 pm | 2nd St. & Walworth Ave.
Live Music featuring Cheryl & The Down Home Boys | 2 pm | 3rd St. Stage

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6 – 7 pm | Phoenix Park Bandshell

Jack Farina Swing Band

The Jack Farina Swing Band
7 – 9 pm | Phoenix Park Bandshell

 

Also happening on Saturday is the Carson & Barnes Circus at Lake Lawn Resort’s Airport grounds with shows at 1:30 pm, 4:30 pm, and 7:30 pm.
CircusThe family of the Carson & Barnes Circus is proud to present the World Debut of CircusSaurus! With the dawn of a new day comes a new era under the Big Top, and those that were once extinct will re-emerge again – right before your eyes! Watch as the Big Top is transformed into a time machine and embark on an adventure of a lifetime! Be amazed as dinosaurs shake the very ground we walk on. The trio of Deinoychus – Rumble, Rascal and Rebel – will transport you back in time and show you why dinosaurs ruled the land!

With so much to do next weekend, and more to choose from on Sunday, make it a weekend getaway of family fun, filled with memories in the making!

For even more happenings beyond next weekend,
go to VisitDelavan.com

The Farmers’ Markets are Open!

Being vegan, I look forward to this time of year with the variety of fresh, locally grown produce. No offense to my grocery store’s produce department, which I love, but there’s just something about farmers’ markets that has me trying veggies I wouldn’t even glance at in the grocery store (like Brussels sprouts!). Not that you care about my eating habits, but fresh, locally grown produce – fruits, veggies, jams, honey, etc. – even has me being more creative in my cooking.

Lucky for all of us, the farmers’ markets in Delavan begin this week and go through the end of September.
Farmers' Markets


Fresh Market
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Thursdays, 3 – 7 pm
Tower Park, E. Walworth Ave.
Downtown Delavan
June 7 – September 27


Boxed and Burlap
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Fridays, 8 am – 2 pm
Boxed and Burlap,
2935 State Rd. 67, Delavan
June 8 – September 28

Personally, I’m loving the timing of one being on Thursday and the other being on Friday, so that I can easily attend both!

How about you? Will I see you there, meaning at both of them, of course?! If not, that just means more fresh, locally produce for me! Come join me and we can swap recipes and ideas for how to use the great stuff we’ll be getting.

For complete listings, go to VisitDelavan.com

 

Movies in the Park, Under the Stars

It’s summer and as a kid that meant going to the movies to beat the heat ‘coz the theater had air conditioning! Well how about the option of watching a movie outdoors, in the park, under the stars? And how about if it was free to do?! Got your attention, don’t I…?

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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

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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

This is such an easy decision to make in, so get these dates marked on your calendar!

For other family-friendly events going on in Delavan this summer,
go to VisitDelavan.com

Memorial Day Remembrances and more in Delavan

Yes, it’s going actually going to be summer! The grass and trees are finally green, the farm fields are planted and the weather is getting progressively and consistently warmer. Patience in waiting it out is being rewarded! Memorial Day weekend is a time of both remembrance and the unofficial start to summer, with activities encompassing both.

Memorial DayPeople have come together to honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country since the earliest ceremonies following the Civil War. As it was done then with the laying of wreaths and placing of flags, so it is still done today on this national day of remembrance. Another tradition is a Memorial Day parade, so as Washington, D.C., and Chicago for example, hold a Memorial Day Parade, so does Delavan. It will be on Monday, May 28, and begins at Main St. and Walworth Ave., in the Downtown, at 9 am. The parade goes to Spring Grove Cemetery for a ceremony that includes a rifle salute and taps.

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The unofficial kick-off to summer has a wide variety of activities to go along wit this weekend. Start the weekend at N.E.W. Dueling Piano Guys on Friday, May 25, at 8 pm. It’s a fun night of music ranging from Billy Joel to Britney Spears to Bruno Mars and whatever you can think of to challenge them to play! The Piano Guys are the perfect combo of concert, comedy and creativity that will have you tapping your toe, laughing out loud and singing along! If you can’t make it Friday, they play Saturday as well, same time.

Skewer Bloody MarySaturday, May 26, at Delavan Lake Resort, from 2 – 4 pm, will help kick-off summer with Sangria and Saxophones. Hang out on the ‘patio’, sipping the first specialty sangria of the summer, Pineapple Moscato Summer, and listen to the cool sounds of live saxophone music. Other specials include $2 Affogatos (that’s a shot of espresso over a scoop of ice cream), $2 Rootbeer floats, and a free Delavan Lake souvenir with any apparel purchase. Sunday, May 27, from 9 am – 2 pm, start the day off with a Bloody Mary at the Build-Your-Own Skewer Bar! Bring out your inner bartender by putting together your own skewer from the variety of fun ingredients that will be provided.

Congdon Garden 2Memorial Day weekend is typically when the bulk of the outdoor beautification happens, with hanging baskets, flowers, gardens, etc. are being thought of. Congdon Garden‘s will those their annual garden sale, this year titled ‘Through the Garden Gate’, on Saturday, May 25, from 9 am – 3 pm. Come browse the garden art and unique shrubs & trees for sale, as well as books, food, and various garden vendors attending. Get ideas from the variety of different areas at the Gardens to then do at your own home.

Rosewood also brings you a Bloody Mary and a Mimosa with their unlimited Bloody Mary & Mimosa Bar as part of their Memorial Day Sunday Brunch, held on Sunday, May 27. Seatings are at 11:30 am and 1 pm, offering up a unique, farm-to-table brunch with a chef-attended pasta station, omelets made-to-order, carving station, displayed hot & cold buffets, all finished off with their delectable sweets table.

Sunset on the Patio.pngRosewood also begins this weekend their ‘Sunset on the Patio‘ event. Imagine Sunday afternoons from 5 – 10 pm, gathering with friends on a rustic and elegant patio with wine, beer and the summer beverages of your choice. Add grilled vegetable and meat kabobs, multiple fire pits, live music, dancing and special entertainment features, all as the sun sets over the beautiful Wisconsin country side. This is so the place to be with the expansive 4,000 square foot patio, cabana bar, raised gardens with flowers and herbs, a wood bonfire pit as well as gas fire pits, and comfy Adirondack chairs you’ll want to try and sneak home for your own deck or patio!

Lake Lawn - Memorial DayFor a lake view on Sunday, May 27, find your way to Lake Lawn Resort and the Lakeside Lawn Party & Sizzling Pig Roast Buffet, 4:30 – 7 pm. Live music by Triple D will also be happening so your ears as well as your taste buds will be happy! The menu will leave you both satiated and wanting for more as you won’t be able to stop eating – it’s so good! Enjoy pulled whole rotisserie roasted pork sandwiches with smoked apple bourbon barbecue sauce, KC style cracked black pepper barbecue chicken, or Wisconsin grilled bratwurst burgers and this comes with all the summer buffet fixings of greens, pasta, potato, and fruit salads, brisket baked beans, jalapeno cheddar chive corn bread muffins with honey butter, and then there’s the desserts of make-your-own spring berry shortcake and chocolate peanut buttercream cupcakes. Oh my goodness…!

No matter how you choose to spend Memorial Day weekend in Delavan, there’s something to do, and so much in fact, you’ll just have to come back! To help plan that return trip, go to

VisitDelavan.com

 

 

 

 

Celebrate Mom!

Kid: Mom! I need to take a treat to school for the entire class.
Mom: When do you need this treat?
Kid: Today! And it needs to be gluten-free, no nuts, no dairy,
and one kid is allergic to strawberries, so no strawberries.

Anyone been there with that scenario? How about your kid needing money that very day for some registration deadline or another, it has to be cash as checks aren’t accepted, and you’re certainly not handing over your debit/credit card to your kid to take to school, and you’ve got no cash on you? I know you know what I’m talking about.

Mother's Day 2018
Well, it’s Mother’s Day this weekend, Sunday, May 13, and now’s the time to get some appreciation shown for those and other scenarios we as moms have lived through. Here’s some ideas happening in Delavan to make Mom’s day stand out.

Tree climbing - House in the WoodSo this first idea might be a little unorthodox, but it’ll certainly be memorable. Take Mom tree climbing! It’s a great way to get out in nature, get a little exercise and have some definite fun. House In The Wood, offers tree climbing from 12 – 2 pm on Sunday, May 13. After a how-to and safety tutorial, tree climbers use ropes and harnesses to climb in to the towering trees. Once there, you can sit or stand on the branches, swing or hang upside down! I personally loved tree climbing as a kid and would be game to give it a go around again.

Dancing HorsesThinking maybe something a little closer to the ground might be better for Mom? Then head over to Dancing Horses Theatre! The current show, “The Power of a Dream”, has been crafted to evoke memories that many of us have from our childhood. What better timing than doing this with Mom? The show features an array of horse breeds, performing alongside their trainers in beautiful equestrian artistry. It’s an absolute must-see, horse lover or not. The performance is Sunday, May 13, at 1 pm. Come early to see the Exotic Bird Show at 11 am or stay later and see it at 3 pm.

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If Mom is a music lover, then show her some lovin’ at Rosewood with their Mother’s Day Brunch and ‘Legends & Love Songs’ show. The ‘Legends & Love Songs’ features unforgettable voices, that are timeless and ageless, with such artists as Elvis, Barbara Streisand, Tom Jones, Diana Ross, Barry Manilow, Aretha Franklin, Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline, Frank Sinatra and Celine Dion.Brunch includes an unlimited Bloody Mary & Mimosa Bar, with chef-attended pasta-made-to-order, omelet-made-to-order, and carving station, as well as displayed hot and cold buffet, fresh baked pastries and Rosewood’s delectable Sweet Table. Brunch and show are Sunday, May 13, with seatings at 11:30 am and 1 pm, and show at 2 pm.

Lake Lawn _ Mother's DayIf food and food only is Mom’s thing, then Lake Lawn Resort has a Mother’s Day Brunch to suit. Featuring everything from chef-prepared omelets and malted Belgian waffles, to cider-brined breast of turkey and BBQ rubbed roast beef at the chef’s carvery, with so much more besides. Mom will also receive a freshly cut flower and an entry in a special Mother’s Day drawing where she could win a Calladora Spa 50-minute Glo Facial. Brunch is served on Sunday, May 13, from 9:30 am – 4 pm, with the last seating at 3 pm.

Another option is The Trout House of Delavan and their Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet. Serving on Sunday, May 13, 9 am – 3 pm, Mom will enjoy choices of baked salmon in a lemon dill butter sauce, honey glazed ham, baked chicken with raspberry glaze, scrambled eggs and cheddar cheese bake, potato O’Brien, potato pancakes, fresh vegetable medley, baked macaroni and cheese, shrimp cocktail, smoked fish platter, cheese trays, garden salad, fresh fruit salad, apple pie, cherry pie, and assorted cheesecakes.
Busy B's Garden Center

With the weather having gotten warmer and looking like it will stay that way, take Mom over to Busy B’s Garden Center. Open from 10 am – 3 pm on Sunday, May 13, let Mom pick out a beautiful hanging flower basket or choose individual plants and flowers for a container or all the above and then some! You can then head home and help Mom put it all together, finally making it seem like winter is for sure gone and spring / summer is here.

 

 

 

No matter what you choose to do with Mom on Mother’s Day, it’s the time spent together that’s the most important and meaningful. Happy Mother’s Day to all my fellow moms!
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Get Ready for Biking – May is National Bike Month!

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Sure signs of spring – a robin, a motorcycle, top down on a car, snowfall from 4 days ago melted… And with May being National Bike Month! That last part has to seal the deal with there being no more snow, right? Please and thank you to Mother Nature…!

FAt Tire Delavan Lake signsA great way to get back in the saddle, and have it be both physically beneficial for you and financially beneficial for students at St. Andrews Parish School, a local school, is the Fat Tire Delavan Lake Ride. This is the 8th annual occurrence of this 12 mile ride around scenic Delavan Lake, with designated stops: Start at The Waterfront, then Inn Between Bar & Grill, Scoop’s, End Zone Sports Bar & Grill, Watershed Saloon, Village Supper Club, and finish back at The Waterfront. Proceeds all go to support technology at St. Andrews Parish School and past Rides have allowed the school to install WiFi, and purchase iPads, smart boards, computers and Chrome notebooks. The Fat Tire Delavan Lake Ride is Saturday, May 5, and is a guaranteed fun day with friends, all for a good cause. Registration opens at 10:30 am, ride starts at 11 am and ends by 5:30 pm. Raffle and poker winners (riders are collecting a poker card at each stop) will be announced starting shortly after 5:30 pm (must be present to win). The registration fee is $25 if paid in advance or $30 the day of. Follow this link for registration and further details.

Swan Creek Trail signSwan Creek Corridor Trail System is a community-wide, recreational corridor system that runs along Swan Creek. This graveled pedestrian and bike path currently connects Lange Arboretum, Veteran’s Park, Terrace Park, Rudy Lange Sledding Hill, Lower Springs Park and Upper Springs Park. The winding trail provides various benches/rest areas, several restroom facilities, and is complete with periodic signs and maps to guide its users. The Swan Creek Corridor Trail System may be one of Delavan’s best kept secrets!

Barn Quilts of WalCo logoTake a leisurely 8.6 mile loop starting and ending in Downtown Delavan to view the serenity of the countryside, three barn quilts and over 400 rose bushes. At just a smidge over a mile out on County Highway P, you’ll find the Duesterbeck Farm proudly displaying their Carpenter’s Wheel barn quilt on the end of their barn. You might also notice their obvious love of certain sports teams, displayed on the silo and side of the barn! 0.8 miles up the road, is the Schmaling Farm and their Corn & Beans barn quilt. I wonder if they chose it specifically to have a secondary excuse for sporting green and yellow (Go Packers!). Keep going out to Hazel Ridge Road, take a right, and for kicks and giggles, count the number of solar panels in the field as you wander by. amon_homesteadTake a right on County O, where you’ll then find Doug Amon’s home. Doug’s home offers a quiet getaway where everyone is welcome to ‘Stop and Smell the Roses’. Doug can frequently be seen outside pruning and nurturing the over 400 rose bushes he tends. There are 14 raised beds among the trellises, along with a pond that includes a waterfall and bridge, and a gazebo. Doug also has a ‘Smell the Roses’ Rose Path barn quilt, so you’re getting 2-for-1 enjoyment here. It’s then a casual 3.4 miles back to Downtown.

In June 2015, the Walldogs, a group of talented sign and mural artists from all over the world, gathered in Delavan and transformed the city with beautiful murals bringing to life the varied history of Delavan. While 14 of the 20 existing murals are all within walking distance Downtown, they are also easily accessible by bike, and then you’re ready to roll with seeing the other 6 that are outside the Downtown, the furthest being 3.6 miles from the Downtown, while the others are closer in and on the way to that mural. You can easily pick up the self-guided tour brochure at the Tourism Information Center (2375 E. Geneva St., Delavan, across from Lake Lawn Resort at the airport).

There’s plenty to explore in and around Delavan,
on two wheels or otherwise, so come find your adventure!
Go to VisitDelavan.com