Delavan Train Show…

Delavan Train Show“All Aboard” for the Annual Delavan Train Show!  This fun, affordable and family friendly event starts this Saturday, March, 12th and runs through Sunday March 13th at the Delavan American Legion Hall.  The event will showcase over 20 layouts (in multiple scales) designed and constructed by exhibitors and collectors.  This year, in addition to the American Legion Hall, you can stroll through the historic downtown area to see layouts and exhibits at a number of downtown businesses as well.

Bring the entire family because admission is free (but donations are always appreciated).  The show’s organizers have some amazing door prizes to give away this year courtesy of many local businesses, so make sure to get your “train tickets” punched at each location you visit for a chance to win.  Show hours are Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.   Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

The Delavan American Legion Hall is located at 111 S. 2nd Street in Delavan.  Parking is free and is available in the street and in the city lots.

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Sky Circus on Ice…

Sky CircusThe Lake Lawn Resort on the shores of Delavan Lake is hosting their 3rd Annual Sky Circus on Ice beginning today, February 12th and running through Sunday, February 14th.  Admission is FREE!

Don’t miss breathtaking kite displays, kite making workshops, kite flying lessons and lots of winter family friendly activities.  There is snow sculpting and ice carving in the downtown area as well as along the shoreline in front of the resort.

The “Kite Kick-Off” Event begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday as the performers begin to take the ice.  Opening ceremonies are at 11:30 a.m. both days as spectators and kite teams gather at the lake for our national anthem, followed by kite flying performances by world-class kite teams from across North America.  Watch as 400 kites take flight over the lake.   Kite flying performances will continue until 5:00 p.m.

There’s a kite making workshop both days from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.in the Lake Lawn Room at the resort.  Cost is $4.00 per person.  Make sure the kids get signed up for the “Kids Mad Dash” starting at approximately 2:30 p.m. each day.  The first 100 kids to sign up and participate will get a free kite.  If you plan to be around on Sunday evening, dress in comfy clothes and head to the Lake Lawn Resort Great Room for a screening of Mary Poppins at 8:00 p.m.

So bundle up and head to Lake Lawn for lots of affordable, family friendly events running throughout the weekend.

Lake Lawn Resort is located at 2400 E. Geneva Street (Hwy 50) in Delavan.

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Lego Weekend…

The Abbey ResortLego mini-fig in Fontana is celebrating everything “Lego” this President’s Day weekend when they host the “All Star Lego Show” beginning Friday, February 12th and continuing through Monday, February 15th.

Events are scheduled throughout the 4-day weekend, beginning at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow morning with the Lego Mini-Fig Rescue Mission which runs all 4 days from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Hunt for the mini-figs that are being held captive throughout the resort with the help of a guide that can be picked up in the Activities Office.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings offer “Mint S’Mores Under the Stars” at the resort bonfire from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Enjoy hot apple cider, traditional S’mores and mint S’mores (all complimentary).  Anybody know what a mint S’more is?  Imagine a traditional S’more treat made with Andes candies.  Sound good?

The 4th Annual “All-Star Lego Show” runs Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. where you can view amazingly intricate Lego exhibits designed by the Northern Illinois LEGO Train Club and their Midwest affiliates.

The weekend is packed with additional activities including crafts, workshops and an eye spy Lego Quest.  Friday and Sunday evenings bring a “Flick and Float” event where you can view a movie at the indoor pool.  The pool is also the venue for “Glow-In-The-Dark-Pool-Time” on Sunday evening from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Glow necklaces will be available for everyone.  Additional glow items will be available for purchase.

All activities this weekend are complimentary for resort guests.  Some of the events are fee-based for anyone attending that is not a guest at the resort.  Fee-based events are $2.00 per person/per event.  Tickets for concessions, workshops and fee-based crafts can be purchased at Rainbow Point on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

It’s a jam-packed Lego weekend offering something for everyone.  Don’t miss it!

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Pizza Making…

Oakfire PizzaAs part of Lake Geneva’s Winterfest celebration Oakfire is offering Napoletana Pizza Making classes this Thursday, February 11th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Classes are being offered at 6:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and will teach you how to make their Napoletana margherita pizza.  Registration is required and is on a first come, first serve basis.  To register, please email the manager at ManagerOakfire@gmail.com.

There is no fee involved, but Oakfire is asking that every participant please bring a canned good, which will be donated to a local food pantry.

Oakfire is located at 831 Wrigley Drive, across the street from the Lake Geneva Public Beach.

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And More Winterfest…

SnowmanYep, there’s more…

Monday, February 8th brings Bingo Night at Harbor Shores from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Buy a few cards, grab a seat and listen carefully for your numbers.  Bingo = great prizes!  Proceeds will be going to the Lions Club.

Tuesday, February 9th finds “Frosty’s Beach Bon Fire” at the Lake Geneva Public Beach from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with samples of Oakfire’s panzerottis and hot chocolate from Simple Cafe.  Come to watch the sunset and stay for some stargazing.  Invite your friends!

Plan to head to Harbor Shores again on Wednesday, February 4th for a “Soup-er Magical Evening” from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Enjoy hot soups from area restaurants, a magic show at 5:30 p.m. and an interactive music game for kids and their parents at 6:30 p.m.  All proceeds will benefit Lake Geneva’s local food pantry.

Don’t miss the Human Dog Sled Competition on Saturday, February 13th beginning at 10:00 a.m.  The event is being sponsored by Lake Geneva Canopy Tours and George Williams College.  Teams of 6 will compete in a double elimination competition.  Each team consists of four sled pullers, a sled rider and a sled pusher.  Sleds and harnesses will be provided.  Team costumes are strongly suggested and there will be a prize for the craziest attire.  The sled race course is approximately 135 feet long and this year’s races are being held on the Lake Geneva Canopy Tour’s 100 acre wooded property.  The registration fee is $125.00 and can be completed at Lake Geneva Canopy Tours.

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Winter Carnival…

Winter CarnivalCelebrate Winter in Wisconsin…

The Grand Geneva Resort & Spa will be hosting their annual “snow celebration” at the Mountain Top this Saturday, February 6th.  The Winter Carnival runs from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and includes a full day of scheduled events.

The morning events include a Cross Country Ski Race at 10:00 a.m. and Snowman Decorating at 11:00 a.m.  Beginning at Noon and running until 4:00 p.m. there is something for everyone with human bowling, a football toss, Bucky buckets, ball blaster and chip shot golf.  Also beginning at noon, you’ll find Snowcat pictures until 1:00 p.m. and face painting until 2:00 p.m.

At 1:00 p.m. the slalom races begin for both skiers and snowboarders.  Races will be run in all age groups.  3:00 p.m. brings the toboggan competition followed by the Candy Scramble at 3:30 p.m.  Also planned are kayak races at 5:00 p.m. (ski school vs. ski patrol) and a tug of war (ski instructors vs. ski patrol) at 6:30 p.m.

Please note that the chair lifts will close at 8:00 p.m. so everyone can enjoy the highlight of the entire carnival with the torch light parade, sky lantern release and fireworks.

For information on specific events or to inquire about room rates and availability, contact The Grand Geneva Resort & Spa at 1-800-558-3417.

It’s Winter in Wisconsin – so embrace it and celebrate…

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Band Together for Kids…

TreehousePlan to join the Walworth County Alliance for Children this Friday, February 5th as they welcome “Buffalo Gospel” for a musical fundraising event benefiting The Tree House in Elkhorn.

The event promises great Country Western and Americana music, along with food and drinks.  It is being held from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at the Lake Como Beach Clubhouse.  Buffalo Gospel is a Milwaukee based band made up of local and national musicians.  Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online.

The Tree House was opened in 2013 by the Walworth County Alliance for Children (WCAC) as a facility that provides a safe environment for county children that have been neglected, exposed to domestic violence, or physically or sexually abused.   The Tree House assisted over 1,000 children (and their families) in 2014.

The Lake Como Clubhouse is located at W3730 Clubhouse Drive in Lake Geneva.

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More Winterfest…

Fire and Ice LoungeOver the years, Winterfest has become so much more than just the snow sculpting competition.  Each year seems to feature more events not only for families, but for adults as well.

When you venture into town on Friday, February 5th to take a look at the ever evolving sculptures, consider taking part in the Cocoa Crawl from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Stop at 729 Main Street in downtown Lake Geneva to pick up your map and then head out to taste test your way through the downtown area.  Plan to be back at your starting point by 7:00 p.m. to vote on your favorite recipe and possibly win some great prizes.  The event is FREE, so we encourage you to bring the whole family.  Oh, and did we mention that it’s FREE?

Friday, February 5th marks the opening of the 6th Annual “Fire and Ice Lounge” on the lakefront garden of the Baker House.  The Lounge contains a bar made entirely of ice, seating for gathering with friends and warm throws to protect you from the chilly weather.   “Ice Angels” will serve you cocktails in cups made of ice or hot toddies if you find the need to warm up.   The lounge is open 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. February 5th through the 7th and again on February 12th through the 14th.  It truly is an experience not to be missed.  The Baker House is located at 327 Wrigley Drive.

Saturday, February 6th and Sunday, February 7th will allow you an opportunity to see the lake from above as MF Helicopter Rides provide 5 minutes rides over the lake for $40.  There is a maximum of 3 people per trip.  Rides depart from the Lake Geneva Public Beach (next to the Riviera) and tickets can be bought on site.

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Lake Geneva Bald Eagle Sighting

Eagle Sighting in Lake Geneva WisconsinThis doesn’t really have anything to do with real estate in Lake Geneva, but one of the enjoyable things to do around Lake Geneva these days is to see if you can spot some of the elusive Bald Eagles in the area. I spotted this one this morning in Williams Bay. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of rhyme or reason as to where they are and when they appear, but it is rather exciting when it happens.

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Winterfest…

WInterfest 2016What do you get when you combine a 9’ cylinder of snow with some talent and imagination?

Lake Geneva has been hosting the only National Snow Sculpting Competition in the country for over 20 years and this year the tradition continues. Winterfest is right around the corner folks! The difference this year is they have added more events to the festival, making it even better than ever!

This year, in addition to the area in front of the Riviera, they have added a sculpting venue in Flat Iron Park (in front of Sprechers) allowing for more sculptors in the competition. Work on the snow cylinders will begin on Monday, February 1st when city workers begin filling the 9’ cylinders. Those cylinders soon become the focal point of the celebration when the National Snow Sculpting Competition gets underway at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday. Teams consisting of 3 members will begin working at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday and will continue to work from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. until dark through Friday, February 5th. They will then have until 11:00 a.m. on Saturday to complete their entry.

Votes for the people’s choice award can be cast on Saturday, February 6th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The awards presentation will take place at 3:00 p.m. at the Riviera on the Lake Geneva lakefront.  Awards will be presented for the people’s choice, second and third place along with the coveted Champion’s Award.

Plan to head to the Riviera on the shores of Geneva Lake on Saturday, February 5th and Sunday, February 6th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to enjoy the Riviera Marketplace featuring children’s entertainment, music, food, exhibitor information, ice skating and raffles.

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