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Paoli Fall Festival

10-1-16      Visit Paoli


Paoli is the happening place to be for fall festivals.  The colors were peaking now, especially by the gazebo.

Fall tree backdrop behind gazebo in PaoliWe heard music nearby behind the old mill, sounded like one of our favorite kind of music, the Blues!

Mill and pumpkins in Paoli

It was coming from The Hop Garden outdoor stage in the backside of the mill.  The sign was out near the street, they also had a Chili contest contest, good on a cool day like today.


The wonderful music we were hearing was being performed by  Old Black Joe And The 3rd Rail Sparks Blues Band.  They are regulars here, performing most Thursdays between 6-8 PM since 2014. Let’s listen in!

We also enjoyed lunch at the Paoli Brat and Bread Haus.   We had the Chicken Pot Pie,  very delicious!  We enjoyed the music at The Hop Garden while we ate.  The Cherry Pie A la Mode was wonderful too. Owner Cherri Bell makes everyone feel like an old friend upon meeting.  Thanks for the great lunch in such a festive atmosphere!




Quite an enjoyable afternoon was had by all, we took a stroll up the street to check out other fall scenes. The Paoli House Inn had many pumpkin sculptures out front.

Paoli House

The Paoli Schoolhouse Shops &  Café  stood out against the grey skies.

Paoli Schoolhouse

Paoli Secret Garden has the perfect item for you or for a gift.


Paoli Secret Garden inside store

Paoli is beautiful any time of the year, stop in for a fun relaxing day by the Sugar River!

Sugar river in Paoli

Fall Maple tree in Paoli

Shawano Octoberfest 2016

October 1, 2016

Shawano Octoberfest sign


Shawano really knows how to celebrate autumn with their family-friendly Octoberfest.  We didn’t see the parade since we were in Keshena for dinner that night.  We were there bright and early on October 1 and enjoyed some Polka music by Polka Dynamics.

Many crafters were selling cute autumn-themed decor too.

Autumn crafts in Shawano

crafts at Shawano Octoberfest

Themed towels in Shawano

A favorite part of the festival were all the scarecrows and decorations on Main Street. Here are some of them!


Tasty treats too from Spiral Gourmet by Freedom Foods, LLC.



What a wonderful time in Shawano, we will be back soon!

Barn Shed in Shawano


14th Annual AppleFest – Madison Northside


Madison Northside sign

Warner Park Community Center

 This is another great event, hosted by the NESCO (North/Eastside Senior Coalition), just like the Warner Summer Concert series that we attended in June. It is held at the Warner Park Community Center inside. It was a cold rainy day so that worked out well.

Apple Fest poster

The first thing we see is the apple tent outside the community center with apples for sale. Yes, it was raining at the time.

Apple tent at AppleFest in Madison


Upon going inside was lots of activity, food and a silent auction to help raise money for NESCO.

AppleFest main area

Inside the gym are lots of great kid attractions. First thing at 9:30 AM was a fun drum circle, Let’s listen in.

Drum Circle leader at AppleFest

After the Drum Circle was Doodlebug the Clown making balloon animals for the kids. We have seen her at the Columbus July 4th celebration also.

Doodlebug the Clown at AppleFest

We also brought home a bag of books from their book sale. It was time for some more entertainment. We went to the snack bar room for some lunch and a performance from  Dance Dimensions from Stoughton.

Dance Dimensions with logo

Following them were Just Too Accordions, wonderful! Lets hear them perform a favorite, “On Wisconsin”.

Just Too Accordions at AppleFest

The last performance we saw was Madison College Big Band perform jazz and big band music, two of our favorites! Lets hear some of their performance!

Madison College Jazz

What a wonderful day, we hope to enjoy this great festival again next year.

Apple Fest Collage