Treats for Adults this Halloween!

Trick or treat may be the most exciting thing about Halloween…for the kids. That’s why I’d like to break this misconception that the little ones are the only ones that get to have fun for Halloween. Dressing up, playing tricks and enjoying treats are fun at any age. In Delavan, many businesses are hosting fun Halloween activities, showing that you can still have Halloween fun, even if you’ve gotten too big to knock on your neighbors’ doors for candy. Think this is a trick? Take a look for yourself…

Dr.S.Cary'sFor those of you looking for that good fright in the night, the two haunted houses of Dr. S. Cary’s Scream Park are not for the faint of heart. The horror starts immediately as you venture through the crypts and swamps of the Ghoulish Realms and the remainder of your wits will be feasted upon in the Dungeons of Terror. Dr. S. Cary’s  will be open every Friday & Saturday in October and will remain open for their Black Out Weekend, November 2nd & 3rd, from 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm.

Aram Library_ofrenda_dia_de_muertos_with_candlesCandy and good scares are not all that Halloween is about. Join Rosa Zamora as she creates a Dia de los Muertos altar and explains the cultural significance of Day of the Dead. The importance of memorializing deceased loved ones, along with a brief explanation on Mexican paper cutting will be apart of the Dia de los Muertos Ofrenda Presentation on October 17.

LLR_BoosAndBrews_2018_Asset_11_Website-230x175There will be a smashing good time at Lake Lawn Resort’s Boos & Brews Halloween Bash with live music, spooky spirits and wicked brews under our large beer tent. Come in your spookiest costumes to win the costume contest! Or to enjoy some unique seasonal tasties like Apple Pie Fries and Smoked Turkey Legs with Pumpkin Pie BBQ sauce. If that doesn’t speak to the foodies out there, I don’t know what will!

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Dance the night away in your best costume at Ol’ Wisco Bar and Grill’s Latin Halloween Party. Cash prizes will be awarded to the Best Costume Contest. Drink specials and music DJ’d by Martyn DeLaFunQ & Rude Minor will carry you into a night of fun that you will never forget. Dress up and get out to Ol’ Wisco on Saturday, October 27.

llr_halloweenonthegreen_2018.jpgLast but not least, golfers get one last hurrah by adding a little twist to the normal golf outing at Majestic Oaks’ Halloween on the Green Golf Outing. Compete for best costume and decorate a golf cart if you choose. Take on these challenges along with tackling the course for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winnings. Everybody wins with Bloody Mary Bar at the start and lunch at a relaxing finish.

No matter your definition of fun, you’ll have a blast this Halloween, just as much as the kids!!

For more Halloween activities, check out the Eerie Affairs of Halloween
or visit our events calendar at VisitDelavan.com.

 

Eerie Affairs of Halloween

 

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Top 10 Halloween Happenings in Delavan!

As nights grow longer, spooks and specters have more time to venture out into the night. Which, if you’re not careful, can give you quite a good fright! But at this time of the year….isn’t that half the fun!? There are so many places to explore in Delavan to get you into the Halloween spirit. Adult and kid fun has infested the city. Make sure you check out one of these great Halloween Haunts!

FamilyFallFestival_2018_Asset_12-230x175-c-default1. Come and decorate pumpkins or build a scarecrow to ward off the spooky spirits at Lake Lawn Resort’s Family Fall Festival. A weekend packed with fall-themed events including donut making, hayrides, Fall Harvest Buffet, movie nights, unlimited mini golf, lots of games and activities for the whole family! – October 5-7

2. Create fun Totems of Terror using your favorite Halloween characters to hold multi-seasonal flowers from A Glass of Art & More – October 6

3. Out on the edges of Delavan, lie the two realms of Dr. S. Cary’s Scream Park. Over 70 rooms of terror await those brave enough to endure more horror, more screams, and more evil. – Fridays & Saturdays in OctoberDr.S.Cary's

4. Learn the cultural significance of the Day of the Dead as you watch an honorary altar being made to memorialize the dead at Dia de los Muertos Ofrenda Presentation at Aram Public Library – October 17

5. Visit the House in the Wood’s make believe forest to meet a talking owl, a scaredy-cat skunk, a singing spider and other creatures of the forest at Halloween in the Woods . Fun for the whole family – October 24

6. Little witches, ghosts and ghouls should come donned in their finest costumes for bunches of candy, pumpkin decorating & more at Delavan’s Spooktacular – October 26

7. Spooky spirits and wicked brews will be paired with seasonal specials like Apple Pie Fries and Smoked Turkey Legs at Lake Lawn Resort’s Boos & Brews Halloween Bash. Expect to rock the night away at the adult costume party, so bring your spookiest for a chance to win the costume contest – October 26-27LLR_BoosAndBrews_2018_Asset_11_Website-230x175

8. To follow the Town’s trick or treating hours, bring your little monsters to the Town of Delavan’s Halloween Party at the Community Park pavilion for continued food, treats and games – October 28DgCK41FGVfzJwEWjVJBpf9Hj

9. Miniature ghosts, goblins, and witches will swarm the Delavan Post Office on Halloween Day for Delavan’s Goblin Walk to the Legion’s Haunted House – October 31

10. Of course, the greatest part of Halloween, Trick or Treat: Town of Delavan on October 28 & City of Delavan and Aram Public Library on October 31.

 

 

For more Halloween activities, check out the Events Calendar.
Find your next adventure in Delavan!

Stuffed full of fun at Scarecrow Fest 2018!

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

Water Tower Park Activities:

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

Aram Public Library:

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

Green Space by Post Office:

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


South Corner of Second & Walworth Activities:

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


Other Activities:

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

Phoenix Park Bandshell

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

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

Shake the Lake Music Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

DRINK

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

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

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

 

Delavan Salutes the 4th of July!

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

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

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

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

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

Happy 4th of July! 

For more happenings in Delavan, go to VisitDelavan.com

 

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

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

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

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

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

SCHEDULE:

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

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

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6 – 7 pm | Phoenix Park Bandshell

Jack Farina Swing Band

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

 

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

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

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

The Farmers’ Markets are Open!

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

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


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


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

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

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

For complete listings, go to VisitDelavan.com