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Wonewoc’s 20th Annual Old Fashioned Day

5-14-16 2nd Saturday in May

Wonewoc city sign

Old Fashioned Day schedule

Wonewoc is a community that celebrates simpler times with its annual Old Fashioned Day Festival.  Several blocks of Main St. are closed for many kinds of old-fashioned entertainment and activities.  We did visit Wonewoc last year, but on an ordinary day.

We got to town at 8:30. It was a cold day of around 40 and windy but that didn’t stop the fun, Wonewoc people are hearty!  The dunk tank was still there though, there were no takers. A large array of classic cars and tractors were on display.

Wonewoc Car Show

Tractors at Wonewoc Old Fashioned Day

We also enjoyed shopping at the stores downtown.  The Curiosity Shop should be one of your stops if you like antiques, collectibles and practical items. I found a durable backpack that will be used on future travels.

Curiosity Shop in Wonewoc

Curiosity Shop in Wonewoc inside

The Wonewoc Public Library had a great book sale and we got some books from there. There was also a raffle for baskets of goodies.

Wonewoc Public Library

There were a great many old-fashioned activities young and old enjoyed.  There was a bean bag toss,  Pinewood Car Derby, Kindschi Pedal Pull competition (never saw that before),  and crosscut saw competition.

Wonewoc Old fashioned Day activities

Kindschi Pedal Pulls in Logansville

Face painting by Clowns for Fun, $2.

Clowns for Fun face painting in Wonewoc

A bounce slide and house too.

Bounce Slide in Wonewoc

Enjoy the video of these activities at this wonderful festival.

The Wonewoc Bakery outdid themselves with their famous cream puffs. They sold so many that they ran out and had to make more.

Wonewoc Bakery and Old Blues Pizzeria

Wonewoc Bakery Cream Puff

Free wagon rides were given by Jenell Snyder of Horse Cartwheels, LLC. You can hire her out for one of your events too. The horse has a name, it’s Sugar and she was friendly and “talked” a lot during the ride.  here they are during the parade.

Horse cart Wheels info Wonewoc

Jenell and Sugar in Parade WM

Somebody horsing around.

Horsing around in Wonewoc

Our exciting day concluded at American Legion Post 206 for their famous post-Old Fashioned Day Chicken Supper.

American Legion Post 206 in Wonewoc Chicken supper

We had a great time and hope to return next year.

Old Fashioned Day in Wonewoc 5-14-16

Wonewoc Old Fashioned Day sign



Palmyra – The Heartbeat of the Kettle Moraine


Palmyra sign

 Palmyra is a village of 1,800 at the southern edge of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, founded in 1842. There is also a Town of Palmyra with 1,200 residents.  They have an airport in the town for you pilots to fly-in.  They would love for you to visit for their annual Fathers Day breakfast.

Town of Palmyra Airport

Palmyra Airport

Palmyra was named after a city in the Syrian Desert because of the large amount of sand that was found in the area. In fact, they do have a beautiful sandy beach on the shore of Lower Spring Lake. Also a Lion’s Club shelter that sells concessions in the summer.

Beach at Palmyra

 What made Palmyra THE destination to go to in the late 19th-early 20th century was the discovery of a natural spring by Colonel Davidson who called it Zenobia. A Sanitarium was built and people came to get relief from their ailments with “Water Cures” with water from the spring. The sanitarium is long gone, but people can still visit the site that made Palmyra famous in a beautiful park setting.  In this way, Palmyra has this feature in common with Beaver Dam. They also offered “Water Cures” in what is now called Swan Park.

Deep Rock Spring in Palmyra

We head downtown to their main street (County Road H) and see what is there.

Downtown Palmyra

Back behind us from here are the railroad tracks, and an old Purina Mill from long ago. No longer in use but now a beautiful backdrop in a quiet town.

Purina Mill in Palmyra

 Downtown is the Carlin House – Turner Museum, not open the day we went.

Carlin House-Turner Museum in Palmyra


Two historic homes.

Historic Palmyra homes

We enjoyed stopping in the Powers Memorial Library, built in 1927.  Read about the history of the library here.

Powers Memorial Library in PalmyraDavid J. Powers Picture and plaque

We also saw the Boy Scout Cabin near the Village Hall. It was built in 1937 from local materials. Portage has one of these cabins also.

Boy Scout Cabin in Palmyra

 More of the businesses downtown. Wings -N-Things for animal food and supplies and the Hot Rod Bar and Grill. Al had a chat with the owner and he told us the Main Street Family Restaurant was a favorite of the locals. We had lunch there and we agreed with that. Great food and friendly staff! Here are the hours. We highly recommend this place and we will be back when we return to this area.

Hot Rod Bar and Grill and Wings and Things in Paymyra


Main Street Family Restaurant in Palmyra


Main St. Family Restaurant hours in Paymyra

If you need a few groceries while you are in town, Jim and Judy’s Foods are happy to serve you!

Jom and Judy's Foods in Paymyra


Relax at Palmyra Bowling and strike a few frames.

Palmyra Bowling


Taft Square in Palmyra Also Taft Square for a variety of stores. These are just a few of the many businesses in downtown Palmyra. Palmyra is also an attraction for horse aficionados, many riding trails nearby in the Kettle Moraine. We saw some on a farm on the outskirts of town.

Palmyra horses


Enjoy a day in Palmyra, you will feel welcome here!

Paymyra Watertower and Banner

Beckman Mill-Heritage Day Festival in Beloit


Beckman Mill and Covered Bridge

Beckman Mill Marker

We time-traveled to the 1800’s to historic Beckman Mill in Beloit to enjoy some old-fashioned demos of skills used before high-tech and mass production.  The Amish help keep some of these crafts alive today. The centerpiece of this historic site is of course Beckman Mill, a grist mill that is still using the original millstones to grind mainly corn.  The covered bridge is a more recent addition and is quite popular!  The mill stream powers it, and this mill doesn’t use a waterwheel. Turbines inside do the turning of the grindstone. Enjoy this demonstration of the mill in action!

Buzz Beckman of the Beckman family was there and posed for a picture with us! The building behind us was where the Beckman family once lived, now it houses exhibits.

Buzz Beckman and us

We also enjoyed watching  the blacksmith making tools.

Beckman Mill Blacksmith

Another man was making flint arrowheads, wow!


Some vendors were also there that incorporated these 1800’s skills. A broom-maker had many beautiful brooms for sale.

Broom Maker

Another vendor,Terri Dodge of Double D’s B’s of Beloit (608-365-1646) sold wonderful hand-crafted soap that smelled wonderful!  We got some! They also sell honey.  Also some beautiful pottery, some was even being made as we watched! The little girl on the left won first-place in the Laura Ingalls Wilder contest at the festival.

Double D's B's

Pottery Demo at Beckman Mill, Beloit

President Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd were visiting the mill also.  They gave a 10-minute presentation in character.  They are played by Jerry and Judy Wubbena of South Beloit, Il.  Contact them for your event, 815-389-8829. 

Present Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd

We were also entertained by the Mill Road Band, playing tunes to get your feet tapping. Also dulcimer players, they played a song from Lincoln’s campaign before their presentation.

Mill Pond Band Beloit

Duclimer Players and Lincolns

The festival also featured a classic car show and wagon rides.

Horse -Drawn Rides

For an old-fashioned good time, come to Beckman Mill. They are open from May-October, mill tours on weekends.  Don’t forget a souvenier from the gift shop, your purchase supports the site’s continued operation!

Beckman Mill Gift Shop

Covered bridge at Beckman Mill

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