Tag Archive | Cedarburg

Summer 2013


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Wow, what a great summer! I don’t think we could have packed much more in. Wisconsinites tend to start summer in May since there is so much going on and warm days don’t last long. We were no exception. Our summer began May 13 with our trip to Cedarburg.

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May 16 – Milwaukee sightseeing 

 

May 18 – Muscoda Morel Mushroom Festival.

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May 27- World’s Largest Brat Fest

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June 1 – Cows on the Concourse  and Cars on State Street

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June 11 – Paoli and Stoughton

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June 15 – Cottage Grove (Fireman’s Festival)

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June 20 – Waterloo

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June 23-Cedarburg  and Hartford

June 28 – Pendarvis and Shake Rag Alley

Mineral Point Pendarvis House

Mineral Point Pendarvis House

6-30 Sauk City  Wollersheim Winery

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7-4 Independence Day in DeForest

DeForest WI DepotDeForest July 4th Parade 2013

7-8 Marshall

Blaschka Mill

Blaschka Mill

Marshall Wisconsin Train Track

Marshall Wisconsin Train Track

7-13 Le Fete de Marquette and Art Fair on/off the Square

Ferris WheelLa Fete de Marquette Festival picture

7-18  Madison Mallard’s Baseball  and Waunakee

Waunakee Depot and train

7-22 Oregon

Downtown Oregon Wisconsin

7-27 Greek Fest , Clean Lake Festival and Atwood Summer Fest 

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7-28 Fennimore

Fennimore Railroad Museum

8-3 Middleton Mustard Festival

National Mustard MuseumDuchess de Mustard and us

8-9 Algoma and Green Bay and Rosendale

Algoma lighthouseGreen Bay Packer Game

8-10 Susie the Duck Day in Lodi

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8-15 Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival

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8-18 Triangle Ethnic Fest 

8-23 Orton Park Festival

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8-24 Town of Burke Picnic 

8-25 Circus World Museum

Circus World Museum Hippodrome

8-31 Taste of Madison

Fraboni's Italian Specialties

Whew!  🙂

 

Wollersheim Winery Rewind – Wine Cave Open!


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After nearly three years (9-27-2010), Al and I are back at Wollersheim Winery in Prairie Du Sac for a visit.  We took the tour again, which is $5 and includes a wine tasting at the end. They have done many exciting upgrades and we wanted to see them.  It was a perfect summer day, a little cool with lots of sunshine.  We arrived in time for their 12:15 tour. Just arriving to the winery the scenery is quite pretty. They also recently won a major competition in California.  Napa Valley better watch out! A huge wine barrel greets visitors at the entrance.

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The path up to the main building has changed.  There is now a historical sign, installed in 2011.

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We reach the top of the steps, it’s always breath taking to see the grounds of the winery and lots of happy people also enjoying the view.

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A view of the cave on the right, now fully enclosed.  On the inside, in the back looking out. Also looking in toward the back. There is now a Sensory Garden next to the cave. It features plants that add to the flavor notes of the wines.  There is a chart also detailing the correlations to the wines.

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The tour also took us to one of the rooms where the wine is processed.  We went below in the main building where many barrels of wine were being stored. We found out that cream of tartar is a by-product of wine production, very interesting! Wollersheim now produces brandy, new addition to their offerings.  The batches are not yet very large so pre-ordering is a good idea.

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We concluded the tour with some wine tasting of their most popular wines. Our guide Morgan was happy to take a picture with us at the conclusion of our time with her.  Thanks Morgan!

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Wollersheim Winery  has a connection to Cedar Creek Winery in Cedarburg as well.  They bought Cedar Creek in 1990 and have a separate vineyard. Al and I were just there in May.

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We enjoyed our visit even more than in 2010.  If you ever have a chance to try their wine or Cedar Creek, don’t pass it it up.  A great taste awaits you!

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Hartford-A City With Heart


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Hartford is a city of over 14,000 that was incorporated in 1883. The early settlers found potential for industry and comfortable living. Today its a great destination for visitors with its many parks and proximity to other nearby attractions.. It’s also close to Holy Hill Basilica and Cedarburg, which Al and I have also visited.

Some views of downtown:

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In 2011 the Jack Russell Memorial Library was being built.

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Our most recent visit being yesterday in 2013, we see a library finished and in operation.

Jack Russell Library

We had dinner at The Mineshaft, a popular restaurant in the area.

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We had a great time in Hartford, and had a beautiful sunset last night at 8:40 PM.

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Related Sites

*  Chamber of Commerce

* Downtown Hartford Business Improvement District

*  Pilgrimage to Holy Hill

History is Kept Alive in Cedarburg


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This was our first time in Cedarburg together, my first in about 17 years. It’s in Ozaukee county, 20 miles north of Milwaukee. We arrived at 8:45 AM and our first stop was Covered Bridge Park.  This is the last covered bridge of this design in Wisconsin, crossing Cedar Creek.

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After the park we went to their Washington Ave. Historic District. Over 200 buildings in Cedarburg have been preserved and restored, bustling with many interesting businesses.

The city used to have a train called the Interurban that took workers to Milwaukee. The train is long gone, but the original train depot is still there. There was a Little Free Library designed to look like the depot. The train track corridor is now the Interurban Trail for bikes and pedestrians. It’s 30 miles long.

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Interurban bridgeWashington Ave Historic District sign

Cedarburg Historyclock

Two impressive structures are side-by-side on Columbia  Road. First is  Landmark Feed, Seed and Supply, first a grist mill constructed in 1855. It’s 5 stories high and towers above Cedar Creek.

Grist Mill

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Next to it is The Pagoda Fine Jewelry store.

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Here is some interesting history on the mills and Cedar Creek.

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Mills on the CreekOrigins of Cedar Creek

The nearby Fire Department and Municipal Building are also in historic structures.

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We continue down Washington Ave to the Cedar Creek Settlement.. It’s a group of historic industrial buildings that now house about 30 shops including three restaurants.

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We had lunch at the Anvil Pub and Grille there. It is the former blacksmith shop, and anvils were scattered throughout the restaurant.  Our food was delicious!  A stone hearth oven cooks the food now instead of softening iron for blacksmiths. They had historic pictures of when it was a working blacksmith shop.

Anvil BarStone Hearth Oven

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We had a great visit here, this summary barely scratches to surface of our 5 1/2 hour visit.  I encourage you to come if you can, the shopping is fantastic!  I leave you with this mural I found painted on a wall.

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