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Volo Auto Museum
Wednesday, May 17
In 1960, William, Sr and Gertrude Grams bought a piece of property in Volo, Illinois with a vision to start a business to provide for themselves and their five children. Their original resale shop has grown into a destination stop!
The Volo Auto Museum is now in the hands of third and fourth generations of the Grams family and continues to be a delight to those who enjoy unique and classic vehicles of all kinds. Even though the museum says “Auto” in the title, the museum is more than just a car collection. There are thousands of Mechanical Marvels from the first motorcycle to a self-playing orchestra all displayed in over 30 unique exhibits filled with artifacts and housed in several buildings on the property. Across the parking lot from the museum buildings is their antique mall ready for shopping and browsing.
To fuel up for our visit to the Volo Auto Museum, we’ll enjoy a hearty breakfast at Bob’s Barrel in Volo. Meal choices include Homemade Blueberry Pancakes with butter and syrup served with a side of bacon; Denver Omelet packed with ham, cheese, green peppers, onions, and tomatoes; or The 90’s Potatoes Casserole packed with fresh roasted vegetables over hash browns with Cheddar and Mozzarella cheese. Meals include coffee, hot tea, and soft drinks.
Later on, if you need to take a break or your hearty breakfast doesn’t last you through the visit to the museum, you can pick up a slice of pizza at Showtime Pizzeria or a hot dog or Grams Central Station Ice Cream and Coffee Parlor which are both on site. Purchases here will be on your own.
On the way home, we’ll make a stop at Lester’s Bison Farm in Salem, WI to visit their Country Store where both domestic and exotic meats can be found - including bison, of course! The store also features farm fresh eggs, Wisconsin cheese, and other local products.
Garden Under Glass
Thursday, June 15
The third largest conservatory in Illinois, the Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens brings 11,000 square feet of plants, water features, seating areas, and sculptures in a tropical plant setting.
The Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens is named in honor of William and Ruby Nicholas. They raised their three sons in Rockford, Illinois during the 1940s and 1950s where the boys spent much of their time outdoors. The Nicholas brothers contributed over 2 million dollars towards the conservatory project to honor their parents and as a reminder of all the time they spent as children enjoying the Sinnissippi Park and the Rock River. After marveling at the tropical splendor inside, you might like to move outdoors to take a stroll along the Eclipse Lagoon and to the walkway that leads to the Sinnissippi Rose Garden.
Once we’ve taken in the beauty of the exhibits at the conservatory, we’ll head over to Lydia’s Cafe for a delicious lunch. Choices include the Fairview Cubano Sandwich with pork, ham, pickles, and swiss cheese on a toasted hoagie bun; Lydia’s Burrmont Burger - 1/2 lb Angus beef burger with avocado, bacon, tomato, chipotle mayo, and Cheddar cheese; or Cobb Salad with grilled chicken breast, avocado, tomato, onion, bacon, hard boiled egg, and Cheddar cheese.
Finally, in case you are inspired by the amazing displays and gardens, we’ll make a stop at Village Green Greenhouses and Education Center to purchase some plant life or garden art to take home. There’s plenty of room under the bus!
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, April 11
Did you ever wonder about how acupuncture or chiropractic might help you? Do you have questions about essential oils, or hemp and/or CBD products? Have you heard about biometrics? April’s Tuesday Talk features a panel of practitioners and experts sharing their knowledge and answering those questions.
Tuesday, June 13
Dementia 101 is a basic overview of warning signs and symptoms, diseases that cause dementia, the prognosis of dementia, and how to positively interact with dementia. Jake Sawyers, a Dementia Care Specialist with the Walworth County ADRC, believes that there is no doubt that everyone will encounter dementia at some point in life and to have knowledge is power. When that time comes for a person as an individual or their family member or friend, it will benefit all to be prepared.