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Beaver Dam Lake Days 2017


2nd Weekend in July

7-8-17

The water-loving people of Beaver Dam celebrate  every summer during their Lake Days festival. There is an $8 cover charge to enter the park, cost covers seeing the music and most of the other entertainment.  There is also a small carnival as well.

There were so many activities to do here all day long, and fireworks in the evening to close out the festival on Saturday night.

During the day, we enjoyed watching the Beaverland Must-Skis Water Ski Show Team. 

This was our first water ski show so we were not sure what to expect. I wish I chose a different vantage point to get the video though.  See the show here.

You could also take a ride in a large canoe, help paddle it too.

Enjoy the firework show at the conclusion of the festival, what a great day!

 

Mad City Ski Team-Entertaining Madison Since 1963!


Memorial Day Weekend Through Labor Day Weekend

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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.

2018

2019

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!

 

Bald Eagle Watching Days in Prairie du Sac


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

Regal Eagle

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.

1-18-2020

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!

 

2019-The Year in Review


Here is our summary of all the places we have been in 2019.  I also wish to apologize for so few blog posts being written. Unfortunately, this also ties in with the fact we did not get to many places last year. We, especially Al, has had many more commitments on my days off that we could not go any place. I have spent the last 6 months trying to catch up on making the videos that will be going into as-yet unwritten posts.  You can view these on our YouTube channel.

We still did have fun though, we did get back to some of the festivals we have not been to in a long time. That included Bald Eagle Days in Prairie du Sac in January. We are returning this year too.

We also returned to Woodstock for Groundhog Day on Feb 2nd. This is one of our Favorite festivals and the fact that the movie was filmed here makes it even better!

We also made it to Middleton’s Mustard Festival in August. Thanks again for all of you that saved your mustard bottles, they made a fabulous hat that I proudly wore!

In September we made our first visit to Weiner and Kraut Day in Waterloo in 7 years. The highlight of the festival is the Weiner Dog parade. See it here.

We also went to a festival new to us, the Sorghum Festival in Fall River, also in September.  Sorgum is processed as an alternative sweetener that tastes like molasses.

Sorghum

 

 

We also got video of processing the sorghum to make the syrup. Similar to making maple syrup.

 

 

Education also took a front seat this year for both of us. In November/December Al went to Kick’s Unlimited for Karate. We have become friends with the many instructors there and I shared with them my old videos that I got of them over 10 years ago. I also got new video as well. Al tested for his Gold Belt on December 2nd and earned it! I learned a lot about the many forms done by all of the skill levels from white to black belt.

I took a class introducing me to resin art at Meant to Bead, my favorite beading store, located in Sun Prairie.  Thanks Erin for teaching me a new skill, I have many resin projects in mind for 2020!

I made these pendants with extras to make later.

The weather was excellent this holiday season and we took advantage of all of the fun Holiday events that took place those three weeks. We enjoyed our 4th visit to see the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train. See video here.

We also enjoyed Sun Prairie’s fire truck parade, Baraboo’s Lighted Parade, Holiday fantasy in Lights in Madison. We also made it back to the Rotary Lights in Janesville, or first visit there since 2015. A great Holiday season!

One favorite highlight of 2019 is our continued partnership with the Fever River Puppeteers in Hazel Green. I have made a video of each of their shows since September 2018 to help preserve them. Chuck and Sandye Voight would love to see you! I look forward to our visits there!

This year looks quite exciting, as we are planning to spend a week in Door County in mid-July. This will be our first trip there since 2011 and we plan on seeing everything we can!

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