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






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.

Rosewood_Legends and Love Songs

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!

National Bike Month - let's ride

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!
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6, not 5, Must Do Things for Spring!

John Muir quote - nature's peaceLooking for ways to get out now that spring has finally decided to show itself? And do not remind me of the forecast for this weekend and ruin the thought process…! Okay. Moving on. Research shows that being outdoors can help reduce stress levels, improve physical health, ease anxiety and brighten one’s overall mood. To briefly quote John Muir, “Allow nature’s peace to flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.”

Here are six ways of getting out and about in Delavan.

  1. You don’t need to be a history buff to enjoy learning about Delavan’s varied history. Take a self-guided walking tour of the 20 murals adorning buildings throughout the Downtown area, with a few out and beyond. In June 2015, the Walldogs, a group of talented sign and mural artists from all over the world, gathered in Delavan to paint the original 18 murals, each depicting an aspect of Delavan’s storied history. Since then two more murals have been added. Walldog-PT Barnum Circus
  2. Get ready to be amazed by the dazzling equestrian show at the Dancing Horses Theatre. Marvel at the pageantry and beautiful blend of skill and communication between horse and human, through the majesty of the exquisitely trained horses. Be sure to make time for the full adventure, which includes the 40-acre Animal Gardens, home to 16 species of exotic creatures and 60 hay-eating animals, and then watch the always entertaining Exotic Bird Show, featuring Echo, the singing bird from America’s Got Talent.
  3. Take a leisurely stroll along the historic brick street through the Downtown, checking out the unique, one-of-a-kind shops. You’ll easily find that treasured item you didn’t even know you needed! Don’t forget to stop and see the largest collection of cookie jars in the Midwest, found at Remember When Antiques. A visit Downtown isn’t complete without shopping at Bradley’s Department Store, one of the oldest, continuously operating department stores in the country.
  4. Take in the view of Delavan Lake while golfing a round at Majestic Oaks at Lake Lawn Resort or help Delbrook Golf Club celebrate their 90th anniversary with a round at their 27-hole golf course. Make sure to grab a bite to eat at a local favorite, Greenie’s Clubhouse at Delbrook Golf Club, even if you don’t golf!
  5. Enjoy Delavan Lake in other ways than just with the view while golfing, by paddle boarding, kayaking, boating, swimming, fishing, or go ahead and just sit and relax along the lake shore.
  6. Do you have a green thumb and love gardening? Congdon Gardens will offer beauty and inspiration with its ever changing display of flowers, shrubs and trees surrounding a serene pond. Walk through the various gardens, snap some photos, get inspired, or just enjoy the peace and serenity. You could even pick up some carry out treats at any of the local eateries and have a picnic in the gazebo. Congdon Garden 2.jpg

Whatever you choose to do to find yourself out and about in Delavan,
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Easter Baskets, the Bunny and Brunches – Oh My!

Easter spelled out on eggs

It’s no foolin’ that Easter is coming soon! On April 1, in fact, which as we all know is also April Fools’ Day. How many parents have a sense of humor like I do, so that you’re going to tell the kiddos that the Easter Bunny forgot to come this year, wait for their crestfallen look, and then say “April Fools’!!”? Come on – admit I’m not alone in having that prank idea! My kids are all 20-something and living on their own, so should be beyond the Easter basket and candy hunt around the house thing, but no… I’ll get the look if I pull this prank and then I’ll watch as the look becomes such that I know they’re thinking of what prank to pull on me as payback.

Easter in Delavan brings the fun of the Bunny, the Easter egg hunt and Easter brunches.

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First off, let’s start with how Lake Lawn Resort is making it easy for you to host Easter with their ‘Easter Dinner to Go‘. Pre-order by Monday, March 26 (call 262.725.9155) and pick it all up on Easter Sunday. The menu includes: Easter Dinner to Go 2018
citrus-jalapeño glazed pit-style ham
Italian-style cheese tortellini salad
toasted garlic three cheese au gratin potatoes
seasonal spring vegetables
fresh baked rolls & butter
pastel Easter cupcakes
petite chocolate éclairs

Bring the family and have breakfast with the Easter Bunny at United Methodist Church, Saturday, March 31, 8 am – 12 pm. This annual event is sponsored by the Delavan Lions Club and this year the proceeds benefit the Special Olympics of Walworth County. The menu includes scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits & gravy, pancakes, orange juice, coffee and milk. Tickets are available at Piggly Wiggly in Delavan or at the door, with adults $7 , children (ages 5 – 10) $5, and children under 4 free. Good eats and a good cause, along with lots of great raffle prizes! Head across the street to Phoenix Park at 9:45 am for the annual Easter Egg Hunt, hosted by the Delavan-Delavan Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. It’s always a fun time finding the Easter eggs filled with goodies hidden all over the park.

Easter Dusting event

If you’re an adult and feeling left out of the Easter egg hunt thing, did you forget I mentioned that my kids are all 20-something and still expect an Easter basket and goodies? Seems you’re never too old… Staller Estate Winery knows how we feel and takes care of the need to still be a kid in searching for Easter eggs to a whole new level. Their ‘Easter Dusting‘ allows adults (ages 21 and older) to search for an egg (one per person) and then trade it in for a prize. Prizes vary from discounts, to wine & chocolate flights, to bottles of wine. If you’re wondering what the ‘dusting’ part is all about, well, some of the eggs are easy to find and others might not be, such that you could be ‘dusting’ the floor or a hard-to-reach shelf to find an egg. With prizes being wine-related, all I say is that it’s great being an

Easter brunch is not to be missed! It knocks the socks off any brunch, any day, in my opinion!

Lake Lawn Resort’s Easter Brunch starts at 9:30 am and the last seating is at 3 pm. Reservations are required, so call 262.725.9155 to make yours now. The brunch selection includes:

Southern Wisconsin Cheese Board
Cured Meats and Sausage Display
Crudités of Fresh Vegetables with Three Herb Dip
Pimento Cheese with Flat Breads & Cracker Bread
Spring Fresh Fruit and Berries

Garlic and White Wine Marinated Green Lipped Mussels
Spotted Cow Beer Boiled Shrimp
Smoked Whole Lake Trout
House Cured Citron Vodka Gravlax

Artisan Spring Salad, Variety of Spring Dressings
Italiano Cheese Tortellini Salad
Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan & Black Garlic
Spring Potato Menage Salad
Pastel Ambrosia Fruit Salad

Pink Peppercorn Herb Crusted Roast Beef
Red Wine Beef Demi Glace
Rosemary Garlic Pesto Rotisserie Leg of Lamb, Lamb Reduction Sauce


Chocolate Chips
Strawberry Sauce
Whipped Cream
Breakfast Syrup

Poached Eggs with Lemon Basil Hollandaise & Capicola
Farmstead Scrambled Eggs
Sugar-Cured Bacon
Country Sausage Links
Bavarian Cheese Blintzes with Blueberry Sauce
Citrus Jalapeno Glazed Pit-Style Ham
Tuscan Rice with Zucchini
Yellow Squash & Carrots
Au Gratin Potatoes
Miso Ginger Glazed Atlantic Roasted Salmon
Creamy Baked Ziti Printaniere
Seasonal Spring Vegetables
Lemon Oregano Roasted Chicken

Grand Display of Tortes, Cakes, Pastries and Confections

Easter brunch


Rosewood’s Easter Brunch has seatings at 11:30 am and 1 pm, with reservations required. The brunch selection includes:

Penne, Spaghetti, Angel Hair, Rigatoni, Fettuccine
Red Bell Pepper, Green Bell Pepper, Tomato, Zucchini, Yellow Squash,
Green Peas, Mushrooms, Artichokes, Kalamati Olives, Green Olives,
Bermuda Onions, Capers, Spinach, Broccoli, Basil, Crushed Red Hot Peppers,
Garlic, Italian Sausage, Char-Grilled Chicken, Ground Sirloin, Gulf Shrimp,
Smoked Ham
Tomato Basil Sauce, Pesto Sauce, Alfredo Sauce, Tomato Vodka Sauce,
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Parmesan Cheese, Goat Cheese


Roasted Rare Garlic Crusted Steamship Round with Horseradish Cream Sauce
Baked Molasses Glazed Virginia Ham

Buttermilk Belgian Waffles, with Fresh Strawberries, Maple Syrup and Vanilla Whipped Cream
Crispy Applewood Smoked Bacon
Griddled Country Sausage Links
Rosewood Hash Brown Potatoes

Sweet and Sour Coleslaw
Cranberry Chicken Walnut Salad
Italian Antipasto Salad
Crab Salad with Lemon Aioli
Country Pasta Salad
Dijon Mustard Potato Salad
Baby Field Green Salad
Tomato Caprese Salad
Fresh Seasonal Melons and Berries

Assorted Danish, Muffins, Bagels, Croissants and Sweet Breads
Delectable Desserts

Happy Easter

Easter in Delavan – you can’t beat it, but you better get hoppin’ to put your plans in place!

Where’s the Green Happening?!~

The 2016 Denver St. Patrick's Day Parade takes place in downtown Denver.It’s a rule that everyone’s a little bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, so what will you choose to do this holiday in Delavan to celebrate?

Kick things off a wee bit early on Friday, March 16 ~

St. Patrick’s Day Dine & Dance | 5:30 – 10 pm
How’s your Irish Jig?

St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail Workshop | 6 – 9 pm
Delavan Lake Store
There’s more than just green beer!

Trivia Night Fundraiser| 6:30 – 9:30 pm
St. Andrew Parish School
Chance to try your luck!
St Patrick's Day ribbonKick up your heels on the day itself, Saturday, March 17 ~

Pancake Breakfast | 7 – 10:30 am     Delavan Christian School
Nothing about being green, but it’s pancakes…!

St. Patrick’s Day | 11 am – 2 am  Seaver’s Parkside Pub
Giveaways and raffles, too!

Saint Patrick’s Day Super Bash | 1 – 11 pm    New Horizons
Added bonus of being a fundraiser!

St. Patrick’s Day at The Ranch | 3 – 7 pm
Whiskey Ranch Bar & Grill
Celebrate early and then relax!
Make it a full weekend of Irish Food favorites at Lake Lawn Resort ~ featuring:

* Lunch & Dinner at Lookout Bar & Eatery | Friday – Sunday
* AYCE Luncheon Buffet at Frontier Restaurant| Saturday | 11 am – 2 pm
* Corned Beef Sandwich choices at Fireside Lounge | Saturday | 11 am – 10 pm
* St. Patrick’s Day themed Cupcakes at Isle of Capri Cafe | Saturday & Sunday
* Breakfast at Lookout Bar & Eatery | Sunday

St Patrick's Day Irish Blessing

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Climb on board for the Delavan Train Show this weekend!

Delavan-Train-Show-Facebook-Image-500x500-#2_montageThe second weekend of March, annually for the last 10 years and now this coming weekend for the 11th year, Delavan opens its arms for the Delavan Train Show. This year there are 35+ exhibits at 18 locations throughout Downtown Delavan to help fulfill your fantasy of being a train engineer! There’s even engineer caps, bandanas and wooden train whistles for sale to add to the feel and have as a souvenir. Also available are t-shirts for purchase in kids’ sizes and some adult sizes.

The Train Show is Saturday, March 10, 9 am – 4 pm, and Sunday, March 11, 10 am – 4 pm. I would suggest starting at the Delavan American Legion (111 S. Second Street) to pick up your ‘train ticket’ and map, see all the exhibits there, and then head on out for the other 17 locations. Make sure to get your ‘train ticket’ punched at each location, fill out the back of it, and drop it in the entry form box at any location for a chance to win a Delavan Train Show Getaway Package.

The 35+ exhibits feature train layouts in multiple scales, showcasing some of the most exciting layouts you see at the ‘big’ shows, as well as beautiful local area layouts, but all within the feel of a small town festival atmosphere. The majority of the layouts are interactive, and some even allow you to take control with switches and buttons to make things happen on the layout. One exhibit has an “I Spy” game you can play with finding specific characters and details in the large layout. All the exhibitors do their utmost best to make the exhibits entertaining and kid-friendly for all to enjoy.

All 18 locations are within walking distance from each other and Mother Nature is showing the weather this coming weekend as being sunny and in the low 40s. Should you wish, there’s a trolley you can ride as well, from one end of the Downtown to the other, with three stops available to catch it – Rosebuds Floral & Gifts, Pet Pals and Aram Public Library. Again this year is the ‘trackless’ train ride for the kids – okay, make that kids of ALL ages – at Tower Park. No need to make an excuse as an adult to ride it, ‘coz we know you want to!

The 18 locations include:

Delavan American Legion
City of Delavan Municipal Building
Patty’s Deli
Rushing Waters Trout House
Renew Chiropractic
Rosebuds Floral & Gifts
Baymont / Arcadia Bar & Grill
LSJ Music Company
Pet Pals
World Finance
Bradley’s Department Store
Jan’s Hallmark
Beall Jewelers
Elizabeth’s Cafe
Lauren’s Antique & Art Centre
Ol’ Wisco Bar & Grill
Aram Public Library
Old Bank building (Walworth Ave. & Third St.)

Grab a bit to eat along the way at any of the numerous restaurants in the Downtown, some of which have exhibits, too. Makes taking a break for lunch an easy decision when you can view an exhibit at the same time. You just have to decide where to eat! Beyond getting any souvenirs and something to eat, this event is FREE! Free admission, free parking, free door prizes, free ‘trackless’ train ride, free trolley…FREE! How many family-friendly, fun events like this do you know of that are FREE?!

New this year is the Center for Railroad Photography & Art’s (CRP&A) exhibit titled “Faces of Railroading: Railroads & the Making of Madison and Dane County”. The exhibit consists of 36 framed exhibit quality digital prints and will be on display at Aram Public Library. The CRP&A is committed to telling railroading’s stories, by collecting, preserving and making available imagery that portrays the nearly 200-year history of railroads. The Delavan Train Show Team was lucky enough to learn about this organization and is pleased to bring this particular exhibit to the Train Show this year.

If you don’t have plans for this coming weekend, then you do now with attending the 11th Annual Delavan Train Show! Again, it’s Saturday, March 10, 9 am – 4 pm, and Sunday, March 11, 10 am – 4 pm. See you there!



Create a Valentine’s Day Adventure!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Valentine’s Day 2018

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Come ‘Shop. Play. Stay. Save’ with the 2018 Coupon Book!

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

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

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

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

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

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






A Spin on the Usual New Year’s Resolutions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

For more ideas of things to do in Delavan, go to
or call 800.395.8687.