Wednesday, June 19
In 1884, Ringling Brothers began their first tour as a circus from Baraboo, WI. Over the years, the company delighted young and old alike throughout the United States always returning to their headquarters and wintering grounds in Baraboo.
Now owned by the Wisconsin Historical Society, the former wintering grounds are now home to Circus World Museum which opened in July of 1959. The museum holds one of the largest collections of circus materials in the world. While there, we’ll take a guided tour that will take us to exhibits and shows including the Circus Wagon Tour; Shake, Rattle, and Toot music show; Nothing But Nonsense comedy show; and end our visit with - of course! - a Big Top Circus Performance.
Lunch will be onsite when we arrive with choices from the Cookhouse Grill menu including corn dogs, chili cheese dogs, hamburgers, and wraps and will include chips or fries and a soda. There will be opportunities around the grounds to pick up snacks on your own. Popcorn! Peanuts! Cotton Candy! For Sure!
On the way home, we’ll make a brief stop at The Mousehouse Cheese Shop in Windsor for an opportunity to stock up on delicious cheese, sausage, and other Wisconsin-made items. We’ll be doing quite a bit of walking inside and outside, so wear your comfortable shoes and plan for the weather.
Cheryl's Birthday Surprise
Thursday, June 27
Guess who’s hitting a milestone birthday this June? That’s right - it’s Cheryl, and she’ll be turning 60! To celebrate her big 6-0, and the booming food scene in her hometown, she’ll be taking you on a tour of some of the hot spots in East Troy for a delicious day. Hop on the Birthday Bus for fun, food, and surprises!
In recent years, East Troy has enjoyed a rejuvenation of its ‘downtown’ area, fondly known as The Square, as well as their local food offerings. From the food trucks surrounding The Square during the seasonal First Fridays sponsored by the local chamber to nationally acclaimed and award-winning barbeque to traditional custard at Cruise Night at the local drive-in to honey mead at the local meadery, East Troy has become the place to gather and enjoy a variety of tasty foods.
We’ll zig-zag around town to visit - and eat! - our way through the day including stops at LDs BBQ in its new location for their famous mac & cheese with choice of pulled meats, 2984 on Main Cafe for a cup of homemade soup and a talk on their farm-to-fork philosophy of food, The Hive Meadery for a sampling of mead and a talk on brewing mead, and The Global Glass to sample a bit of wine. Also while at The Hive, the owners of Cozy Comb Honey will share their knowledge of beekeeping and harvesting honey. We’ll be making some other stops along the way, and there will be time to roam The Square and visit some of the surrounding shops. Wear comfy walking shoes, and bring a cooler for your purchases.
Annual Party: German Fest
Wednesday, July 17
Be ready to kick up your heels to favorite polka classics like Roll Out the Barrel or take a slow turn around the dance floor with a beautiful waltz.
The Tom Brusky Band is an authentic, third generation polka band from Milwaukee that carries on the tradition of the great bands from the past. Comprised of award-winning musicians, the band entertains regularly throughout Southern Wisconsin and wherever their music is desired, including abroad.
The chef at Cotton Exchange has created a delicious plated noon luncheon with a starter of Garden Salad with choice of dressings and an entree of Pork Schnitzel with Lemon Sauce accompanied by braised red cabbage, spaetzle, and almond green beans. Dessert will be classic German Chocolate Cake. Fresh rolls and butter and beverage choices of coffee, hot tea, or milk will round out the meal. Cash bar will be available.
Festivities between 11:30am and 3:00pm. Doors open at 11:15am.