Get Your Foodie Fix in Delavan with Dine Around the Lakes!

DATL“10 Days of Delectable Dining” doesn’t even begin to describe the deliciousness that is the 4th annual Dine Around the Lakes, Walworth County’s official Restaurant Week! Held annually, it is November 3 – 12 this year, and has 21 area restaurants participating. The restaurants will offer a unique 3-course menu for lunch and/or dinner, available only during the Dine Around the Lakes time frame. You can enjoy a 3-course lunch for $10 or $15 person, then go again for a 3-course dinner for $20 or $30 per person. Needless to say, reservations are strongly encouraged as this is a popular event!

Making it easy for us to stay close to home here in Delavan, the following restaurants are participating:

  • Frontier Restaurant at Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan – lunch, $15 and dinner, $30
  • The Lookout Bar & Eatery at Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan – lunch, $10 and dinner, $20
  • The Trout House at Rushing Waters Delavan, Delavan – lunch, $10 and dinner, $30

This is an excellent opportunity to try The Trout House, being a brand new restaurant in Delavan, or return to the tried and true of the Frontier and it’s amazing lake view, or the casual, fun atmosphere of the Lookout. Make a weekend out of it and take advantage of the lodging special Lake Lawn Resort is offering, valid only during Dine Around the Lakes.

To help plan when and where you’re going first and to get a sneak peek at what you’re going to be eating, go to – peruse the menus, visit their websites, and plan, plan, plan your schedule to get to each of them! I certainly can’t think of a better way to keep me out of the kitchen then going to these great restaurants and letting their great chefs cook for me! And you can’t beat the prices for the quality of food and ambiance you’re getting! You could easily treat me to a lunch or dinner (or both) without breaking the bank – hint, hint, hint!







Halloween Happenings in Delavan

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I know it’s only October 5. I know that makes Halloween still 26 days away. Here’s the thing – there are retail establishments with, spoiler alert, CHRISTMAS stuff out already, so I’m thinking I’m almost behind in talking about Halloween! With that as the thought process, here is what’s happening for all things creepy, crawly, ghostly, ghouly, scary and spooky for Halloween in the Delavan area.


Get in the Halloween spirit right away this Saturday, October 7, at Snug Harbor Campground’s Halloween Party. If you choose to go camping this weekend, there is a decorated site contest, so pack appropriately with all your Halloween decor, with the theme being Gilligan’s Island/Tropical Paradise – just don’t then forget to pack your sleeping bag! The event is open to the public, so you can view the decorated sites while you trick or treat (drink?) from 3 – 5 pm, then participate in the pass a dish dinner at the Pub at 5:30 pm, followed by the costume contest with prizes at 6:30 pm.

October 21 offers two options to put on your Halloween finery (okay, easier word – costume!) and run around in it, literally. Miles for SMILES is a unique event that includes a 5K Fun Run/Walk with trick or treat stations and a costume competition. After the Fun Run/Walk there will be live music, Horse Bingo and free apple cider. Enjoy a cross country course, chance to “run with the horses”, crisp autumn weather, and fun with family and friends. The second option is Delavan’s annual Skeleton Scurry 5K/1K Fun Run/Walk held at Lake Lawn Resort. Awards will be given for best dressed, as well as top three placements for runners/walkers. I like the idea of being able to dress in costume and it’s not only okay, but I get possibly get a prize!

Aram Public Library and Delavan Parks & Rec pairs up for Spook-tacular on October 27 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Head on down to Phoenix Park for spooky, family-friendly festivities that include music, games, mini-pumpkin decorating, and the best part, oodles of candy! Don’t forget to wear your Halloween costume! If the weather isn’t the greatest, then the fun will move indoors to the Library.

You never know what you might find in the woods… Come if you dare to the Haunted Trail at Wildwood Park in Darien, hosted by the Darien EMS. From 4 – 6 pm, the Haunted Trail is child-friendly (not as spooky and scary), but then from 7 – 9 pm it’s teen/adult-oriented, so “friendly” probably isn’t a word being used so much anymore. Mmmwwwaaaaahhhaaahhaaahhaaahhaaa! Or maybe I should just say BOO!

This next part is what I look forward to – the actual trick or treating! I love seeing all the kids in costume, running around the neighborhood, having fun with friends on a beautiful fall day. It’s one of my favorite times of the year, and one added bonus is it’s candy corn time! Yes, I’m one of those that likes candy corn – the original flavored, orange/yellow/white kind, not the fancy flavored and different colored kind. I’m a candy corn purist! (I just made that up…!)

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October 29: 1 – 3 pm, Delavan Township, followed by their Halloween Party at Community Park, 3 – 5 pm, with hayrides, games, a magician, face painting, costume contest, snacks, (more) candy and tons of fun.

  • October 31: 9 am – 8 pm, Aram Public Library, visit the Children’s Desk in costume to collect a treat
  • October 31: 4 – 6 pm, Delavan, following by the Goblin Walk at 6:30 pm from the Post Office to the Spook House at the American Legion that is 7 – 9 pm.
  • October 31: 4 – 6 pm, Darien

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No matter how you choose to celebrate Halloween, make sure it includes lots of candy corn! Okay, that’s how I like best to celebrate it, but I suggest you instead get in the Halloween spirit with any and all of the fun things above! Happy Halloween, all month long!


Let Your Creative Side Live a Little!

keep-calm-and-show-your-creative-sideFor kicks and giggles, I recently took one of those Facebook tests asking if I’m a right brain or left brain dominant person (translation, creative or logical). Not surprisingly, it came back with my being right brain dominant. I’d be further curious to know the percentage of one over the other to tell how strongly dominant, but give it time and someone will design that Facebook test, too! The results, though I took the test for pure amusement, added explanation as to why I gravitate so strongly towards the arts, reading, writing, sewing & crafts, etc.


Where would you fall if you took that same test? If you already know you’re right brain dominant (creative), what do you do for yourself and your brain to exercise that side? I personally enjoy arts & crafts, primarily sewing, but also re-purposing items. If it involves power tools, all the better! Yes, I’m one of those weird females that enjoys a hardware or DIY store more than a clothing or shoe store. Is it wrong I know all my local hardware store staff by name and they know mine? I don’t think so… Anyway, getting back on track. If it’s easier for you to feed your creative side by scheduling time to do so, then check some options coming up in Delavan.

A Glass of Art_Pour and SipIf you’ve ever wanted to do one of the multitude of Paint & Sips out there, but felt a little intimidated by them as far as skill set, being right brain and creative or not, here’s one that’s a little different. Pour & Sip is described as “a fun and fabulous technique that creates unique paintings you’ll love to do over and over again, with no two paintings ever being the same, and you’ll be amazed at the results”. This new workshop will allow you to create a beautiful 12″ x 12″ painting, while enjoying a cocktail or two and time with friends. It’s offered this Friday, Sept. 22, from 6 – 9 pm, at A Glass of Art & More, W8744 Lake Road, Delavan. Cost is $40/person, with discounts for groups of 4 or  more, but space is limited to 12 people overall. You can register on their Facebook page (A Glass of Art & More) by clicking ‘going’ under the event listing.

Watershed_Fall Harvest Paint and SipIf you’re not intimidated by the standard Paint & Sips, then The Watershed Saloon, 4009 S. Shore Drive, is offering a “Fall Harvest” version this Saturday, Sept. 23, from 12 – 3 pm. No experience is necessary, as you’ll be guided step-by-step through painting a 16″ x 20″ canvas that you can take home and proudly display that day. All supplies, aprons and first drink are included in the cost of $35/person. Reservations are required, so call them at 262.725.6445 and get your spot now! Suggestion is to plan for arriving 15-30 minutes early to get checked in, find a seat and get that first cocktail. Your creative time begins promptly at noon!

Whiskey Ranch_Pallet Painting PartyIf your schedule is already full for this weekend, then on Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 6 – 9 pm, Whiskey Ranch, at W9002 State Road 11, is having a Pallet Painting Party! How’s that for a canvas – a pallet! Specifically billed as a Packers/Bears Pallet Painting Party with the Packers/Bears football game being the next night, how fun to kick off the friendly rivalry like this! Cost is $35/person, includes supplies and a drink ticket for the game the next night. Come in your preferred team’s NFL wear, paint up a storm, take advantage of drink specials and win some giveaways! Call 262.882.2800 or stop in to reserve your spot!

If your creative side isn’t feeling the painting thing and might actually want more stimulation, then oh my goodness, this will do it! Thursday, Sept. 28 through Sunday, Oct. 1, is the 2017 Sisters Shop Hop. Seven area shops are participating, with Needles ‘n Pins Yarn Shoppe (W9034 County Rd. A) and Studio S Fiber Arts (W8903 County Rd. A) representing Delavan. There will be demos, food, prizes and fun! From each shop there will be the chance to win a $100 gift basket full of goodies with items handpicked from that shop to help you “Make It Simple”. One lucky person will win a new Janome 3160 sewing machine as the grand prize of the event by simply visiting all seven shops, getting their ‘passport’ punched and turning it in when completed. I’ll certainly take a new sewing machine if someone tells me I won it! Hours for the Shop Hop are 10 am – 5 pm, Thursday through Saturday, and noon to 3 pm on Sunday. Plenty of time to get to all seven shops! Besides Needles ‘n Pins Yarn Shoppe and Studio S Fiber Arts representing Delavan, the Shop Hop includes Sawdust & Stitches in Elkhorn, Kari’s Sew Unique and Woodland Quilts in Whitewater, The Quilt Patch in Fort Atkinson, and Loose Threads in Milton. What a fun way to shop local and get inspired with new creative ideas!

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve got my eye on at least a few of these great ways to keep the creative side of me going! Maybe I’ll see you at one or more of them, too!








What Says Fall to You?

Cooler temps, windows open overnight but needing to pull up the comforter, picking clothes to wear from the other side of the closet, kids back in school, overabundance of zucchini… What has you thinking of Fall being near? The autumnal equinox is September 22, so it’s almost official no matter how we might want to deny it. So what else makes it Fall for you? Leaves changing? Corn mazes? Pumpkin patches? Finally needing to wear a sweater or socks? Whatever it is, Fall is coming and with it comes Fall Fun in Delavan!

This Saturday, September 16, is Scarecrow Fest in Downtown Delavan! Layout 1From 9 am – 8 pm there’s a plethora of things to do! (Do you like that word – plethora? Hahaha)  The Craft & Flea Market is in Tower Park from 9 am – 5 pm. Free pumpkin painting is from 1 – 3 pm (or until they run out of pumpkins). The petting zoo by Ge Funny Farm is outside the library from 10 am -noon. Build your own scarecrow ($10 fee) is at 2nd Street and Walworth Ave. from 11 am – 1:30 pm. Kids activities hosted by DAYS Foundation is happening by the post office from 10 am – 4 pm. Live music is happening in several spots – North 3rd Street, with New Image at 10:30 am – 3 pm; Tower Park, with Cheryl Niemo & the Down Home Boys, 12:30 – 3:30 pm; and Phoenix Park Bandshell, with Mike Stone & the Rockers, 6 – 8 pm. Watch the 20th Historic Walldog Mural being painted on the Delavan Fitness Center wall. Take a free narrated Walldog Mural wagon tour (tickets are required from the Info Center) or do a self-guided walking tour (brochure/map available at the Info Center). There is of course food, sales at the downtown businesses, the 2nd annual Quilt Show, and the always popular Duck Raffle. One of my favorite parts is the pie & cake auction – both the silent and the live auction – as there are some fantastic bakers around the area! Scarecrow Fest is guaranteed fun!

For a little more adult fun, Walk & Wine in the Gardens, at Congdon Gardens that isCongdon Gardens_walk and wine, is coming up Thursday, September 21. Enjoy a glass of wine and appetizers, 5 – 7 pm, while taking in the ever-changing scenery and learning about the exciting new projects taking place on site. With six different gardens, each featuring their own unique design and planted with Midwestern-hearty plants, you’ll find inspiration for your own gardens. Congdon Gardens is also a beautiful and tranquil place to relax and enjoy the surroundings.

Apple Fest at Apple Barn Orchard & Winery will be double the fun this year as it’s running for two weekends – September 23 & 24 and September 30 & October 1! A weekend of apple cider donuts, apple picking, hayrides through the orchard, Apple Barn_hayride in orcharda bounce house for the kids, live music entertainment, and so much more, and to be able to have that much fun two weekends in a row! Yowza! Parking and admission are free, but the memories are priceless! I’m making a list already of what to get – turtle caramel apple, bottle of wine, bag of apple cider donuts, bottle of wine, bag of baking apples, bottle of wine… Has anyone noticed a pattern in my list?!

Lake Lawn Resort welcomes the change in seasons with two events: Oktoberfest, September 30, and Fall Family Festival, October 6-9. Oktoberfest will include German, Seasonal and Craft beers, a variety of Bavarian Festival foods and live entertainment by Twin Lakes Trio Polka Band, all under a lighted tent at the lakefront, from 6 – 10 pm. Can you taste the Beer Cheese Soup, Grilled Bratwurst with Caraway Sauerkraut on a Pretzel Bun and Black Forest Cake, all washed down with a beverage?! Yum! Then to dance off all the calories by doing a few polkas… so viel Spaß! (Who can translate?)

Come back for Fall Family Festival, an extended weekend for family and friends to gather at the lake, that is packed with Fall-themed events, including scarecrow building, pumpkin decorating, donut making, hayrides, movie night, the Milwaukee Brewers’ Famous Racing Sausages, a delicious Fall Harvest Buffet, and many more family-friendly activities. Giant Jenga or pumpkin bowling anyone?!

This is only the start of what’s happening for Fall Fun in Delavan, so get ready for more to come and find your adventure in Delavan!

Can’t Stop Thinkin’ About FOOD!

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What does one think about when their food options are limited by being away from home for almost two weeks? Why FOOD, of course! That then put me to thinking about the variety of options there are once I was home again in Delavan. Let’s work through the “menu”, shall we?!

Brand new to Delavan is Rushing Waters Trout House at Delavan, their second restaurant location, with the first being in Palmyra. Trout-House-Logofarm-fresh-dining-trout-houseThe restaurant is in Downtown Delavan at 116 E. Walworth Ave., and literally just opened on Thursday, August 17. The schedule for the current week (week of August 21) is Monday through Friday, opening at 11am, kitchen closing at 9pm, and the bar then remaining open until 1am. Brunch begins on Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27, at 9am, the kitchen closing at 9pm, and the bar remaining open until 1am. While I haven’t been as of yet, I’m already hearing good things! The menus are said to be either the same or very similar to their menus at the original location, so it’s guaranteed to be fabulous. I’m sneaking away for lunch one day this week as the Maryland Crab Cake Sandwich sounds completely delicious! Then again, maybe it’ll be a couple of small plates to get a taste of more than one thing, like the Smoked Rainbow Trout Bruschetta and still be able to try the Maryland Style Fresh Crab Cakes. Yum…! If lunch doesn’t work into the schedule, then dinner would be the next thought and oh boy, the Seafood Stuffed Rainbow Trout is calling my name. If I find that brunch on the weekend is the first I’ll be able to get there, that’s okay, too, as the Buttermilk Banana Pecan Pancakes with Maple Syrup will make up for having to wait, thought the Scrambled Egg and Smoked Rainbow Trout Burrito sounds just as tempting. Thinking I’ll be filling my schedule for a bit with having to try a variety of things at all different meal times at the new location! Who’s coming with me?!

La Monarca Restaurant- Website ImageWhile not quite as new as Rushing Waters Trout House at Delavan, La Monarca Restaurant has been open in Downtown Delavan since February. As the many reviews it’s getting are saying, this is authentic Mexican cuisine in a lovely, quaint setting, being in one of the historic buildings that has been remodeled! Breakfast is offered on the weekends, with lunch and dinner being throughout the week. The weekend also brings specials like BBQ lamb, that comes with freshly made guacamole and tortillas and is fall-off-the-bone delicious. From tacos, to soup, to fajitas, to dessert, there are many interesting items and specials to keep coming back to try.

In a tried and true location in Downtown Delavan but with a new name and ownership, Ol’ Wisco Bar & Grill is the hang out place to try if you’ve never been. Casual, friendly atmosphere, with great food options. I’m a sucker for a really good bar burger, and I wasn’t disappointed! Perfect size with being just that smidge too big, but actually being just right to satisfy the appetite without being overboard. Absolutely right on the mark with being cooked to that dribble-down-the-chin-a-little-bit juiciness.  Have I got you headed there for your own burger yet?! Ol' WIsco Bar & Grill_fish fryFridays bring the traditional fish fry and all the right fixings to go with it. This is a great place to meet friends, have a cocktail, eat some good food and just hang out. I’ve got Saturday night open if anyone’s available!


There was a point while I was away from home for those two weeks that someone walked by me with a hot dog. Just a hot dog. It immediately put my head to Brodie’s Beef and their Vienna Hot Dog with EVERYTHING on it Chicago-style! Oh my goodness – I swear I couldn’t get home fast enough and go get one! Okay, so I got two, but then I’m not admitting that I got cheese fries, too… Had to be something to represent Wisconsin!  Hahaha  Get it – Chicago-style dog and cheese fries…? Brodie's Beef_Chicago style hot dogBrodie’s Beef is a simple, relaxed restaurant with the really good simple food and I personally think it’s a shame that it gets overlooked sometimes. Who doesn’t jones for a good hot dog, be it Chicago-style or Chili Cheese, once in a while? Don’t even get me started on their Italian Beef – it’s Brodie’s original recipe, and he ain’t telling what the secret is – but it’s out of this world. I get a chuckle at the ‘for the smaller appetite’ size option of the Junior Italian Beef, as once you’ve tried it, you can’t get enough!

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If I’m feeling a little more like I need some veggies, then I head to China Garden. Under new ownership, they’ve added Japanese fare to their menu alongside the Chinese they’ve always had. The variety this gives to suit any food mood you might be in is superb! Bonus for me and work if I forget to bring lunch is that they deliver! There are lunch specials available from 11am-3pm daily (except Sunday and holidays) that offer slightly smaller portions, but you can always order from the full out menu any time. There is so much to choose from, you’ll never run out of things to try. If you’re like me, you’ll have your favorites, but who doesn’t do that. Just remember to try other things, too, ‘coz they are all so good!

Lake Lawn_Frontier logoNot wanting to point out that Fall is almost upon us, so let’s just put it as September is around the corner, which means that Lake Lawn Resort’s Frontier Restaurant will be showcasing their new dinner menu as of September 5. I’m thinking the plan should be to work my way through the appetizers, then do some soup/salad combos, then tackle the entrées one by one. Might take a month or more to accomplish it, but it so looks worth it! Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese Croquettes? Rustic Artichoke, Olive, and Goat Cheese Bruschetta? Blue Crab Fondue? Wild Mushroom Wisconsin Cheese Soup? Grilled Fresh Lemon, Thyme, and Salmon Salad? Cherry Wood Smoked Baby Back Ribs? Butter Broiled Maine Lobster? Five Pepper Beef Medallions? Are you kidding me?! And that’s not even all the options! Oh my! Good thing they have the VIP Dining Card, which entitles the bearer to ten “2 for 1” entrées or buffets, along with first choice invitations to select special events, all for a really reasonable price. So…who should my “plus one” be to help me work through the menu?


This, of course, is not nearly the end of the restaurant options in Delavan, but I’m drooling so much with the taste of all this great food as I write this that my keyboard isn’t working properly and I need to take a break! Let me know about your favorite restaurant and tell me why, and if you want to join me in trying the ones I’ve talked about, let me know that, too!

Bon Appétit!

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Summer begins in Delavan WI this Memorial Day Weekend!

Keep Calm Summer is ComingI’m not convinced Mother Nature knows this, as it’s 60 degrees out and raining while I write this. Maybe she hasn’t changed her calendar over to May yet – you know how sometimes that just doesn’t get done in a timely manner each month…? I’m trying to give her some leeway with the fact that Memorial Day is considered the start of summer, but we’re not necessarily feeling it based on the weather we’ve been having lately. Regardless, it is Memorial Day weekend coming up and there are a variety of activities and events to help you enjoy the 3-day weekend, including tributes to our nation’s fallen heroes who made our freedom to celebrate possible, as well as the start of summertime fun.

With respect to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country, the American Legion Memorial Day parade will start at 9am, on Monday, May 29. It starts at Walworth Avenue and Main Street in Downtown Delavan, and heads east to St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, then north on 7th Street to the Spring Grove/St. Andrew’s Cemetery, with a ceremony taking place at the Civil War monument. A rifle squad will attend and taps will be played, plus the Delavan-Darien school band will perform before and during the ceremony. The speaker will be Dr. Jeff Scherer, former Lt. Commander of the Navy, and the Poppy Princess is Vittoria Reshkus. From there, the American Legion and the school band will visit Old Settlers Cemetery at McDowell Street and N. 3rd Street. The rifle squad and two buglers will visit Roselawn Cemetery and East Delavan Cemetery, at Highways 50 and 67 and at Bailey Road and Theatre Road, respectively. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at 9:15am in the auditorium at Delavan-Darien High School, 150 Cumming Street.

Come take a spin around the dance floor with me as Phoenix Park Bandshell kicks off its 2017 season on Saturday, May 27, with the Eddie Butts Band at 7pm. Enjoy an evening of entertainment, dancing and fun with this must-see band. Eddie is well known as a premier vocalist and when you combine his smoky baritone with the sweet tones of the band’s female singers and the fantastic musicianship that emits a delicious blend of jazz, pop and R&B, it’s easy to see why the Eddie Butts Band has been such an icon for so many years. Then on Sunday, May 28, at 3pm, the Basin Street Boys will have you stomping your feet, clapping your hands and on the dance floor in no time all over again. They are an award-winning, 6-piece Dixieland group that plays both jazz standards from the 1920s and 30s, as well as more modern tunes played in the Dixieland style. New Orleans will certainly feel closer when you hear them play!

After shaking your booty Saturday night and before doing it again Sunday afternoon at the Phoenix Park Bandshell, let’s meet up at Rosewood and get refueled by joining their three Culinary Institute of America chefs as they celebrate Memorial Day on Sunday, May 28, with a unique chef-attended, farm-to-table brunch. Brunch includes a chef-attended pasta station, omelets made-to-order, a carving station, displayed hot and cold buffets, and fresh baked pastries. There is also an unlimited Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar. Brunch seating times are 11:30am and 1pm, with reservations required. If you haven’t been to Rosewood, then where have you been? Add all this delectable food and drink options to the casually elegant space, tastefully designed in a modern refined rustic décor, and you’ve got an extraordinary environment to enjoy besides enjoying the food. Don’t forget to wander in to the gift shop to peruse and purchase some of the unique items found there. I’ve got a wish list, so if you need help deciding what to get, ask me!

It’s holiday weekend and isn’t there some rule that calories are all null and void on a holiday? If so, and even if not, Lake Lawn Resort’s Lakeside Lawn Party & Pig Roast on Sunday, May 28, from 12-7pm offers another great option for putting the feedbag on. The Pig Roast is from 4-7pm and besides offering pulled whole rotisserie roasted pork sandwiches with blackstrap molasses BBQ sauce, there’s also KC-style BBQ chicken, grilled brats and burgers, slow roasted smoked brisket, baked beans, pasta salad, potato salad, fresh broccoli salad, seasonal fresh fruit salad, jalapeno cheddar chive corn bread muffins with honey butter, watermelon slices, make-your-own spring berry shortcake, M&M brownies, and all washed down with Lake Lawn’s famous pink lemonade. If you walk away hungry, there’s something wrong! Live music will be provided by Triple D from 12-4pm, performing current Top 40 dance, classic rock, 80s hair band, country, smooth jazz and much more. I don’t know about you, but I’ll need to do some shaking and grooving to build up the appetite that will allow me to eat all that great food!

No matter how you choose to spend this Memorial Day weekend, enjoy it in Delavan and come find your adventure!

Let the Spoiling of Mom Begin: Mother’s Day 2017

mothers-day-child-giving-flowersI know you’re probably still finishing off the Easter candy, unless you have no willpower like me, especially when it comes to black jelly beans (yes, I’m one of those and I’m pretty sure you already know this about me from the Easter blog…!). Just to keep you in the real world and on real time, Mother’s Day is coming soon, specifically on Sunday, May 14. Are you ready? Do you have your plan in place for showing Mom how special and appreciated she is? To help you out, here are some ideas of things happening in Delavan to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Getting things warmed up a week early, Staller Estate Winery is hosting a Mother’s DayStaller Estate Winery Inspired Wine & Dine event on Sunday, May 7, from 12-2pm. Chef Tyler from Black Sheep of Whitewater is preparing a 5-course meal of absolute deliciousness with fresh, local foods, and then excellently pairing them with Staller Estate wine. What a perfect way to spoil Mom and get her away from the kitchen. Think of all the meals she’s prepared for you…! How many “All I want is mac ‘n cheese” nights in a row did she have to go through when that was all you’d eat?

How about rocking some entertainment along with fabulous eats? At Rosewood, they believe Mother’s Day is that one special moment where we all take time to recognize the wonderful contributions of the great women in our lives, of the hours and days dedicated to loving and caring for us. With that, Rosewood is offering fresh, farm-to-table cuisine, with reserved seating at both 11:30am and 1pm, followed by a musical cabaret performance at 2pm. Brunch includes a chef-attended pasta station, omelets made-to-order, a carving station, hot and cold buffets, and a delectable sweets table. Did I mention there is also an unlimited bloody mary and mimosa bar?!Rosewood_LegendsThe “Legends” show features unforgettable voices in popular music, with the melodies of Elvis, Diana Ross, Barry Manilow, Frank Sinatra, Patsy Cline, Aretha Franklin, Tom Jones, Barbara Streisand, Roy Orbison and Celine Dion, and offers a succession of hits spanning 30-40 year long careers of performers that have carved a unique space in the history of modern music. I’m thinking between lip smacking tasty food and toe tapping good sounds, Rosewood is going to be happening on Mother’s Day!

Go with this next thought – Mother Nature, by virtue of being a mom (otherwise why is her name Mother Nature?), will guarantee that the weather is beautiful for Mother’s Day. Not even questioning the validity of that statement, plan on a walk through Congdon Gardens with your mom! Enjoy the treasury of gardens that feature unique designs that will inspire Mom to add to her own garden, all planted with Midwestern hardy plants suitable for the area. Sounds like ideas for gifts to go get Mom after the walk…! Congdon GardensVisit the Gazebo Garden that frames the gazebo and overlooks the pond. This is a nice place for a picnic, so maybe that’s part of the day’s plan with Mom. Rotary Peace Garden features the fountain made of seven granite boulders, representing the seven continents of the world united by the water of the oceans. The Peony and Daylily Exhibition Garden offers examples from world-renowned breeders from Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. The peonies, which take several years to mature, will continue to become more beautiful each year. The Willemsen Pergola Garden was designed, built and funded by the Willemsen Family as a memorial to Roger Willemsen. It’s a sheltered spot to just sit back and enjoy its plantings, peeking into the adjoining gardens, and perhaps viewing some of the wild life that exists in the gardens. Independence Garden has, of course, red, white and blue plantings that surround the courtyard of crushed blue granite. This is a nice gathering spot for music and other group activities. Linden Garden was designed to showcase sustainable, native plant communities. Finally, the Signature Garden is a work in progress. It contains the main signage for Congdon Gardens, the fourteen individual letters spelling out the name that will eventually be solar-lit. The area is complemented with distinctive plantings that act as a preview of what’s found within Congdon Gardens. Congdon Gardens’ vision is to create a sanctuary through horticulture and art to fulfill the basic human need of achieving inner peace. What a wonderful idea, and therefore a perfect place to take Mom, as a haven for relaxation, reflection and beauty – all things Mom deserves for all she does.

Personally, being a mom, I’m kind of thinking one day isn’t enough to celebrate the awesomeness of what we all are as Moms, right? Lake Lawn Resort seems to agree with this thought as they have a Mother’s Day Getaway turning the one day into the entire weekend! The Getaway (based on 2 adults and 2 children) includes a 2-night stay, Mother’s Day Brunch and a $50 Resort credit to be used at any Lake Lawn Resort outlet. DCIM101MEDIADJI_0046.JPGThe extravagant Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet at the Frontier Restaurant, from 9:30am-3pm, features everything from chef-prepared omelets and malted Belgian waffles, to peach cider-brined breast of turkey and gaucho spiced roast beef at the Chef’s Carvery, to a variety of tempting culinary choices that will please everyone’s taste buds. The best part is that Mom doesn’t have to lift a finger! Another added bonus, is Mom will also get both a fresh cut flower and entry into a special Mother’s Day Drawing where she can win a fabulous pampering in the Calladora Spa. I want that ~ somebody tell my kids! Seriously!

With all the fabulous Mother’s Day ideas in Delavan, which one, or two or more, are you going to choose to show your mom how much she means to you? I think I know what I’m going to make sure my kids are aware of…! Happy Mother’s Day!

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If it’s spring, it must be construction season…

AKA “The rehabilitation of Highway 50 within Delavan” ~

So while some think the first sign of it being spring is seeing a robin, or the sound of a motorcycle, or playing their first round of golf, for those of us in Delavan right now, it’s the sight of orange cones. And I’m not talking about some weirdly colored ice cream cone (though why aren’t those colored, too…?), but the orange traffic cones that have popped up in the last week or so in Delavan around Highway 50 at the interstate intersection and moving west into the city.

Well, here’s the scoop – hahaha – I didn’t even intend for that to be a pun off the cone reference, but I’ll go with it! According to a press release by the City of Delavan and using an image provided by the Gazette/Tony DiNicola, this is what’s happening:

Highway 50 roadwork

  • Blue on the map:

Major work is the widening and reconstruction of Geneva Street (Highway 50) from Park Avenue (by Wileman Elementary School) east to the median area between Shopko and Tractor Supply, along with the widening and reconstruction of Borg Road and Wright Street from Phoenix Street north to the driveway into Slumberland.

This main construction work area will be done “under traffic” with one lane in each direction for through highway traffic being maintained at all times. There will be median “islands” installed in this entire project area, with left turn bays for most existing commercial driveways.

The Geneva/Wright/Borg junction will be rebuilt as a full signalized intersection, but will feature two eastbound straight lanes and two southbound left turn lanes to relieve the traffic delays. Work on this reconstruction area is planned to begin April 10 and extend to Nov. 1.


  • Gold on the map:

The second work area is the repaving of Geneva Street from Park Avenue west to Wisconsin Street. While this paving work will not require closing the road to traffic, the replacement of the water mains under nearly all of this roadway segment will require the through highway traffic to be detoured using Wright Street to connect Highway 50 and 11.

While the portion of 7th Street is closed, the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Company has scheduled their replacement of the railroad crossing and installation of traffic gates. This second work area and the Highway 50 detour is planned to being April 24 and finish by July 17.


  • Dashed line on the map:

The third work area will be along the north side of Geneva Street for the construction of a concrete walkway connecting Wright Street to the existing walkway on the east side of the interstate freeway. Construction of this walkway will require installation of a large retaining wall for the interstate underpass, which will require some construction closures of the northernmost westbound traffic lane.

So, does this mean avoid Delavan at all costs this summer? NO! Does this mean plan a little bit ahead to take in to consideration the construction and detours? YES! It’s no different than knowing there’s going to be construction on any given highway across the state/country during the spring and summer seasons and planning for it accordingly.

What it does mean is, as I said already, plan ahead a little bit to get to where you’re going in the city. All the businesses are still open and welcoming you to visit them. All the activities are still happening and waiting for your participation. A smidge of patience to get there and an understanding of how to get around is all that’s needed while we work to make things easier and better for the near future and beyond.

Alright, this is an insider’s perspective on how to get around: coming from the east on Highway 50 (or getting off the interstate at the Highway 50 exit), if you want to reach the businesses on Geneva Street/Highway 50, Dealz of Delavan, for example, then I would suggest turning left on Wright/Borg Road and then right on Phoenix Street to run behind and parallel to the businesses on Geneva Street. At almost any point along Phoenix Street, you can take a right to get out to Geneva Street again. For example, if you turn right on 7th Street, it’ll bring you to Delavan Lanes, which also gets you to Dealz of Delavan and Delavan Family Restaurant. If you’re trying to get to McDonald’s, then there’s an entrance off Phoenix Street to easily access both the drive-thru and their parking lot. Turning right on 7th Street off of Phoenix Street also allows you to continue through to Downtown Delavan or any of the businesses along the way on 7th Street, such as Hernandez Mexican Restaurant or Pipe & Board Designs or then downtown with Bradley’s or Lauren’s Antique & Art Centre.

Another way to get downtown easily is to take a right on Wright Street and either continue to Racine Street/Hwy. 11 and take a left as Racine Street/Hwy. 11 then becomes Walworth Avenue through the downtown, or turn left on Ann Street and then turn right on 7th Street to continue to the downtown. Taking Ann Street allows you to see the Walldog mural on the side of the Fire Station, to stop at the Delavan Historical Society and to get your car washed at Jet Wash, too, where you can see another Walldog mural. For that matter, turn right on Hobbs Drive off Wright Street and take a stroll through Congdon Gardens. If you do go all the way to Racine Street/Hwy. 11, then be sure to stop at Lopez’s Anchor In before you make the left turn to go downtown.

As I’m sure you’ve experienced, construction is a nuisance, but by no means a reason to not visit any place that it’s happening. Why miss the adventure you can find just because it might take a few minutes longer? The detours might actually allow you to see things you might not have seen otherwise. Come find your adventure… in Delavan Wisconsin.

Delavan is a hoppin’ place for Easter!

Delavan puts a twist on all things Easter, offering the traditional, but also having a few surprises, too.

The first surprise is the Fabric Egg Hunt at Aram PublEgg-Hunt-2017-1.pngic Library the entire month of April! Nothing like whetting the whistle for a good ol’ Easter Egg Hunt! Kids are invited to find and count all the fabric eggs hidden at the library and take their answer to the Children’s Desk for a special treat. Everyone that participates will also have their name put in a drawing to win a quilt!

Saturday, April 15 brings the annual Easter Egg Hunt in Phoenix Park at 9:45am. Always an egg-citing time, it’s not to be missed! (Did you catch that egg word pun?!) Follow it up with breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Delavan United Methodist Church across the street – can’t get any more convenient than that! Oh wait, I should say instead about how egg-ceptionally close it is!

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny is from 8am-12pm and is hosted by the Delavan Lions Club. The menu includes scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, biscuits & gravy, juice, milk and coffee. All the yummy things needed to give energy for the Easter Egg Hunt if you go to the breakfast first, or to rebuild energy if you come afterwards. Tickets are $7/adults, $5/ children 5-10, and free for kids 4 & under. Tickets are available at the door or at Stinebrink’s Piggly Wiggly. Don’t forget to have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny! Many great raffle prizes will also be available and proceeds from the Breakfast benefit the Special Olympics of Walworth County.

If you’re thinking Easter Egg Hunts are only for the younger generation, like those 3 feet tall and less, then think again! Staller Estate Winery has an adult Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15, 11am-6pm. “Easter Dusting” is what they call it: you search for an egg – limit one per person, and you must be 21 years or older, which right there tells you it’s gotta be good being for adults only! – then trade in the egg you find for a prize. Three guesses what it might be since you’re doing this at a winery or at least I’m hoping it’s wine-related. The “dusting” comes in to play in that while some eggs are easy to find, others maybe not so much, so they say to come prepared to help “dust” the store in search of your egg! New twist on Spring cleaning, I guess! (Think you could come to my house when you’re done as it could use some Spring cleaning…)

So now your Easter basket is full and it’s time to think about filling your stomach with an egg-stravaganza of food choices, which can be found at none other than an Easter Brunch, of course! You can go out to one or both of the locations shown below or Lake Lawn Resort is offering “Easter Dinner to Go” – just pre-order by no later than noon on April 12 by calling 262.725.9155. So many choices…so much food… what a truly egg-cellent problem to have!

Easter 2017 2

Delavan is egg-sactly where you want to be for Easter, so be there! Don’t make me use another egg word pun…