Backyard Treasures: Old World Wisconsin
Wednesday, August 17
One of twelve Wisconsin Historical Sites, Old World Wisconsin is a Backyard Treasure that allows visitors to step back in time and explore the lifestyles of the different ethnic groups who were the earliest settlers of the area.
Opened in 1976, in time for the United States Bicentennial, Old World Wisconsin is the largest open-air museum of rural life in the United States. The separate areas representing the early ethnic groups of settlers contain authentic structures and show the traditions and lifestyles of each. Don’t worry about having to cover the entire 480 acres on foot! Trams run between the villages all through the day, and there are many areas to rest and enjoy refreshments including the newest ‘old’ building to be brought to the site - a tavern built in 1906. It was recently moved to Old World to serve beer that is brewed in the new brewery next to the tavern.
When we arrive at Old World Wisconsin, we’ll have a picnic lunch of sandwiches from Sandwich Sisters, chips, and cookies. Sandwiches will include lettuce, tomato, cheese, and a meat option of Turkey, Ham, or Chicken Salad. Beverage choices will include lemonade, iced tea, and water.
On the way home, we’ll make a stop at the Eagle Public Market. Another Backyard Treasure, the market is committed to bringing locally sourced, high quality food and products at fair prices with over 90 local vendors.
Backyard Treasures: The Duck Inn
Thursday, September 15
During Prohibition which lasted from 1920 to 1933, bartenders requested that patrons ‘speak easy’ when ‘ducking in’ for a drink to make it more difficult for police to find their illegal drinking establishments.
Although named for the practice of ‘ducking in’, the Duck Inn in the Township of Richmond is a Backyard Treasure well-known for its roast duck and other classic dishes and traditional supper club atmosphere. For our supper club-style lunch, choices include Roast Half Duck a’ la Orange with wild rice, Trout Almandine with baked potato, or Beef Tips Burgundy with fettuccine. A tossed salad will begin the meal with cheese & crackers and relish trays on the tables to round things out. Coffee and soft drinks included. Cash bar for anyone wanting an Old Fashioned or other cocktail will be available.
After lunch, we’ll make a short hop down the road to another Backyard Treasure, Staller Estate Winery, for a visit to their retail store and a sampling of their award-winning wines. Non-alcoholic beverages will be available.
Should time allow, we’ll venture just a bit further down the road to visit the Antique Farmer - a working farm that has a barn full of antiques and other fun items to browse through.
Thursday, October 27
Frank Lloyd Wright (1867 - 1959) was a home-grown Wisconsin boy whose environmentally influenced building styles are easily recognized and admired by fans worldwide. Yet, he always called Wisconsin and Taliesin his home.
The design and construction of Taliesin (Welsh for radiant or shining brow) was inspired by Wright’s ancestry and love of nature. Built into a hill, the house is a classic example of Wright’s Prairie Style that includes bands of windows to allow nature into the house. His philosophy of organic architecture allows transitions from exterior to interior that are fluid to emphasize the oneness of house and nature. NOTE - while we will be taking a tram from location to location during our two-hour tour, there will be quite a bit of walking, no place to turn back, uneven paths, and very few areas to sit and rest. Please keep this in mind!
To fuel up for our tour, we’ll lunch at Shifflet’s Wisconsin Riverside Resort. Meal choices include Unlimited Soup and Salad Bar for featured soup of the day and fresh salad fixings (no sharing, please!), Fish Sandwich with two deep-fried 4-oz haddock fillets on a bun with lettuce, tomato, and tartar sauce, 1/2 lb. Cheeseburger served with Cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion, Grilled Chicken Caesar Wrap includes lettuce tomato, onion, shredded Parmesan cheese, black olives, croutons, and Caesar dressing in a garlic herb tortilla. Sandwiches all served with chips. Soft drinks and coffee included. Cash bar will be available.
A visit to the Spring Green area would not be complete without a stop at Peck’s Farm Market East to shop for farm-fresh seasonal items.
Good Life Club will host a gathering at Brooklife Church in Mukwonago on the second Tuesday of every other month from 10:00AM - 11:30AM. Tuesday Talks will bring in a speaker - or two - to present various topics of interest. Or, we may just have a fun activity. The talks will be free of charge and open to members and their guests.
Tuesday, October 11
The Victorian Undertaker
Steve Person, The Victorian Undertaker, will present an informative and enlightening talk about the beginning and development of undertaking. The Victorian Undertaker will have an interesting and unique display of funerary related items from the 1800s to share, as well.