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. 😀
Alrighty 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.
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.
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
Swing Dance Lessons
6 – 7 pm | Phoenix Park Bandshell
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.
The 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!