Annual Party - Christmas in July **CANCELED**
Wednesday, July 15
Baby, it’s hot outside! Why don’t you drop in to the cool scene at Cotton Exchange for some festive food and fun?
Entertainment will, once again, be provided by the Tom Brusky Band. Tom and his bandmates will get toes tapping and fingers snapping with a cool mix of hot tunes. We’ll make sure there is room for dancing should you wish to cut a rug! Prizes will be given for the best theme outfits - think Ugly Christmas Sweater meets Hawaiian Shirt.
Delicious plated luncheon includes Garden Salad with choice of dressing, entree of Cranberry-glazed Chicken Breast served with Rice Pilaf and Honey Roasted Carrots, and Pineapple Upside-Down Cake for dessert. Fresh rolls and butter, and beverage choices of coffee, hot tea, or milk will round out the meal. Cash bar will be available. Please advise of any dietary restrictions with your reservation.
Backyard Treasures **CANCELED**
Wednesday, July 29
By the onset of the Civil War, Wisconsin residents had already assisted more than 100 escaping slaves make it to freedom in Canada by providing shelter and transportation through the Underground Railroad network.
While the territory of Wisconsin had abolished slavery in 1787 under the Northwest Ordinance, the federal Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 made harboring and assisting runaway slaves or refusing to help authorities a crime that came with heavy penalties. Despite this risk, the Underground Railroad network continued to function in secret. One stop along this route to freedom was a busy stagecoach inn called Milton House.Now a museum, Milton House is a Backyard Treasure that preserves the history of the Underground Railroad and its role as a Station during that time. We’ll take an hour-long guided tour while at Milton House that includes a history of the town of Milton and its progressive roots, as well as ‘going underground’ to walk along the path of history ‘through the same secret passageway that ushered freedom seekers to shelter.’After our tour, we’ll visit another Backyard Treasure for a home-style buffet lunch and a unique shopping experience at The Fuzzy Pig in Whitewater. Once a family farm, The Fuzzy Pig is full of charm and has a little bit of something for everyone!And, you can’t end an adventure in the heat of the summer without custard! Our last stop will be to revisit another Backyard Treasure for a cone at Gus’s Drive-In in East Troy.
Come From Away **CANCELED**
Wednesday, August 26
In the midst of the unexpected and unimaginable tragedy of 9/11, the power of human kindness, adaptability, and resiliency blooms in the small town of Gander in the province of Newfoundland, Canada.
On September 11, 2001, our lives were rocked by the coordinated terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center towers, The Pentagon, and Washington, DC which resulted in over 3000 fatalities. Through the event, we came to know heroes – firefighters, police officers, first responders, and a plane full of passengers who refused to allow their hijacked plane reach our Capitol.
One group of unsung heroes is the 700 residents of Gander, Newfoundland who unexpectedly found themselves hosts to 3000 strangers whose flights were diverted out of American airspace. Come from Away is the award-winning musical that shares how Gander and its residents welcomed and embraced the passengers with open arms and ingenuity. Performance will be at Broadway in Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theater.
Prior to the performance, the group will stop for lunch at Mon Ami Gabi French Bistro located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Luncheon will begin with a Fruit and Berry Coupe appetizer, followed by entree with choices of Croque Monsieur Sandwich with warm ham, cheese, and mornay sauce, Bacon Asparagus Brie Quiche served with simple greens, or Lemon Chicken Paillard served with seasonal vegetables. A sweet finish to the meal will include a trio of mini dessert classics for each guests - Chocolate Mousse, Crème Brulée, and a Profiterole. Meal includes coffee, tea, and soft drinks. Cash bar will be available.