Memorial Day Weekend Through Labor Day Weekend
The Mad City Ski Team formed in 1963 and perform on Sunday nights at Law Park all summer long. We finally started going there in 2017 and realized how much fun we have been missing! They arrive early in the afternoon and set up camp, there is so much to get ready by 5 PM!
It’s important to get there early if you want to get a bleacher seat, otherwise you can bring your own chairs and blankets to sit on. Since I am getting video with two cameras, I get there by 4 to set up. Parking is available in the Monona Terrace ramp, some in the parking lot to the left of the park. I usually park on Williamson and walk over from there.
Metcalfe’s Market also has a concession so you can get food there too, part of the proceeds supports the ski team. They are a major sponsor of the team and of course put on the World’s Largest Brat Fest every Memorial day weekend.
Before the main show begins, the Junior members of the ski team get a chance to demonstrate their skills from 5:15 to 5:45 PM. Some are as young as 4 or 5.
6:00 PM begins the Competition Team show. There is a different theme every year. In 2017 it was the Grinch, 2018 Alice in Wonderland, and in 2019 it was the Wizard of OZ. If you can get there early enough in the afternoon, you can get a group photo of the team.
It’s 6 PM and it’s time for the show to begin! The MC is Adam Schaller of the Burish Group. His daughter Anika plays the main character of each show. In Alice in Wonderland she was Alice. In the Wizard of Oz she played Dorothy. Quite the talent, and she also goes out with the team to perform as well.
Let’s enjoy the shows. Below is the 2017 show.
During intermission, be sure to put some money in the bucket as the skiers go through the crowd. It’s much appreciated and you can get a program book too!
We are looking forward to the next season, join us at Law Park next summer for some great entertainment on Lake Monona in Madison, WI!
Third Weekend in January
1-14-12, 1-19-19, 1-18-2020
This is the first festival of the year for us. The Ferry Bluff Eagle Council is the main sponsor of this exciting event. We went for the first time in 2012, then came back in 2019 and 2020. This event is free to the public, donations are gratefully accepted! The base of operations is at the River Arts Center.
River Arts Center, Sauk Prairie High School
105 Ninth Avenue
Prairie du Sac, WI 53578
The festival includes presentations by authorities in eagle care, a bus tour to eagle watching sites in town. Inside there are exhibits from many agencies.
You can even get an eagle hat!
We took the bus tour and had a great time! We learned a lot about Eagles from the tour guide on board. We stopped at 3 sites,the view across from Eagle Island.
Eagle lookout platform
We also stopped at the dam and the VFW park. See the video of the tour.
After the tour we went down the the VFW again to see Marge Gibson release an eagle back into the wild. There were many people there to see it, so beautiful!
After the eagle release we came back and saw a Birds of Prey presentation put on by the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Milwaukee. See it here.
We were able to return this year. We didn’t do the bus tour since we did that last year. We stayed at the center and attended two presentations. The first one was the Birds of Prey presentation by the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center. All these birds are imprinted on people and no longer “wild”. L-R Barn Owl, Turkey Vulture, Peregrine Falcon, Red Tailed Hawk, and Bald Eagle.
Our second one was by David Stokes, educator and naturalist.
Laughing With Animals
Have a great day learning about eagles at Bald Eagle Watching Days!