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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Happy Holidays!                



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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Dine Around The Lakes is in full swing!


November 3 – 12, 2017

Dine Around The Lakes is happening RIGHT NOW, having begun Nov. 3 and going through Nov. 12, and you absolutely should not miss out on the local restaurants that are participating! Here’s the Delavan line-up of restaurants:



The Trout House at Rushing Waters Delavan

The Trout House, in Historic Downtown Delavan, is Delavan’s newest restaurant. If you’ve been meaning to try it and just haven’t gotten around to it yet, here’s your chance – lunch for $10 or dinner for $30, with a specially designed 3-course menu for each – there’s no excuse to make Dine Around The Lakes the time to go! At those prices, go to both lunch and dinner and do it again to make sure you’ve tried all the options on each menu… Sounds like a perfect reason to make a mini-getaway of it! Click here for details.



Frontier Restaurant at Lake Lawn Resort

The Frontier Restaurant at Lake Lawn Resort could be a tried and true favorite for you or maybe you’ve never been, but with the menu options specifically chosen for Dine Around The Lakes, get your foodie on and get there! With three entrée options for lunch and two for dinner, plan on multiple visits to work your way through each menu. And I think I already mentioned that making a mini-getaway of it is a great idea, so check out the  special Lake Lawn Resort has just for Dine Around The Lakes… Click here for details.



The Lookout Bar & Eatery at Lake Lawn Resort

As the football season comes to a head with thoughts already of playoff hopes and wild card spots, and then college basketball season starting soon, plus whatever other sports you’re interested in (these just happen to be my two favorites…), The Lookout Bar & Eatery is the place to hang out and watch your favorite teams. Adding to that in being able to partake in Dine Around The Lakes and what a combination! There are two delicious entrée choices for both lunch and dinner as part of the specially designed 3-course menus, so make a plan to incorporate each multiple times with watching football, basketball, or whatever trips your sports fan trigger. And as already suggested, make a mini-getaway out of it. Click here for details.


Alright – you’ve got food options galore, special packages for creating a mini-getaway, so all that is remaining is to put it on your calendar and make it happen! If you’re looking for dining company, I’m available!  😀

Bon Appétit!


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…!)

background trick or treat times signNow for the details of trick or treating :

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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