Wisconsin Dells Area Events | October

Baraboo, Reedsburg & Wisconsin Dells Area Events for 2011

Sept 24 -Oct 30th  Haunted Halloween. Day Activities: Inflatable Moon Walk, Pumpkin Painting, Hay Maze, Corn Maze, Petting Zoo, Hay Rides & Campfires: 10 am – 5 pm Daily. Haunted Hay Rides & Haunted Corn Maze: Oct 7-8, Oct 14-15, Oct 21-22, Oct 28-29: Starting Oct 7 from 6 pm – 10 pm. Horse Drawn Hay Rides to Pumpkin Patch: Sat & Sun Only from 11 am – 5 pm. Red Ridge Ranch Riding Stable, W4881 State Rd 82, Mauston, WI (608) 847-2273

Oct 1st- 2011 Harvest Fest Reedsburg Area Historical Society Scarecrow Contest, Reedsburg City Park, 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM.  Register on site between 9-9:30 AM or drop off registration form at the Chamber of Commerce.  Trophies awarded for Crowd Favorite, Judge’s Favorite, Most Unusual, and Best Use of Materials.  Proceeds to benefit programming at the Pioneer Log Village.

Oct 2nd- Vince, Life & Times of Vince Lombardi, 7 PM, People often told John Pinero that he looked like the late Vince Lombardi, a Fordham football player who planned to enter the priesthood but instead won six state championships as a high school coach, then became assistant to the famed Red Blaik at West Point, and finally took the cellar-dwelling Green Bay Packers to the first Super Bowl  Championships.  The one man play, “Vince : The Life and Times of Vince Lombardi” premiered  in 1996 in Studio City, California .  Since then, It has been shown at theaters across the nation. Al Ringling Theatre, 136 4th Ave, Baraboo, Wisconsin. 608-356-8864  www.alringling.com

Oct 2nd-19th Annual Camp Wawbeek Pancake Breakfast, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, You may have heard of a camp in Wisconsin Dells called Easter Seals Camp Wawbeek. Do you know that Camp Wawbeek offers programs to people with disabilities? We invite you to learn all about Easter Seals Wisconsin Camp and Respite services and help us raise important donations by attending the 19th Annual Camp Wawbeek Pancake Breakfast.
The cost includes all-you-can-eat pancakes & sausage breakfast, a tour of Camp Wawbeek on a relaxing tractor trail ride and the answers to any of your Wawbeek questions. There will be a raffle the day of the breakfast that will include some great prizes! Admission: $5. 1450 Hwy. 13, Wisconsin Dells, WI (800) 422-2324 www.eastersealswisconsin.com

Oct 2nd-Righteous Brothers featuring Bill Medley at Crystal Grand Music Theatre, 3:00 PMAdmission Fee: $27.95, $32.95, $37.95. 430 Munroe Street, Wisconsin Dells, WI (800) 696-7999  www.crystalgrand.com

Oct 4th-Event at Sauk County Historical Society, Greenfield to Host Town History Night, 7:00 – 9:00 PM. Former and current residents of Greenfield are encouraged to attend a night of history and sharing at the historic Greenfield town hall on County W. A short presentation on the history of the town will be given followed by an opportunity to share pictures, memorabilia and artifacts related to the town. Residents are encouraged to bring historic material they would like to share. A scanner will be on hand to copy items for the Society’s collections. Greenfield Town Hall on County W  www.saukcountyhistory.org

Oct 6th-Free Lecture – Life In The Slow Track, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, 3 bikes – 1300 miles – 1 incredible journey. In the spring of 1939 the Baraboo High School was abuzz with the rumor that Earl Wichern, Ken Harvey and Bob Shult were about to do something kind of crazy. They were going to ride bicycles from Baraboo to New York City to see the World’s Fair. But it wasn’t a rumor. The funny thing however was that the boys didn’t even own any bikes. But they soon did and set out on the adventure of a lifetime. More than fifty years later the story was recounted by Earl Wichern in his book, “Life in the Slow Track.” Now on the eve of their return seventy-two years ago the Society will hold an event to commemorate this amazing trip. Earl Wichern will recount parts of the trip and read selections from his book on Thursday, October 6 at 6 p.m. at the Sauk County Historical Museum. Pictures from the trip will also be shown. Copies of Wichern’s book are available at the museum for those that would like to read the story ahead of time. Sauk County Historical Museum 531 4th Ave, Baraboo, WI

Oct 7-16th Fermentation Fest. Workshops, demonstrations, farm tours, art tours, tastings, tailgate parties, cook offs. Reedsburg and surrounding communities. www.fermentationfest.com

Oct 7th- Reedsburg Uncorked, Reedsburg Fall Wine Walk 2011. 6:00- 9:00 PM. Tickets on Sale at the Blue Heron. Downtown Reedsburg

Oct 7 – 16th Candy For The Cure – Swiss Maid Fudge. Fundraiser for Breast Cancer research. Customers can buy chocolate Fudge, large Turtles and caramel apples specially made and decorated with the pink ribbon logo at a reduced price. 743 Superior Street, Wisconsin Dells, WI (608) 254-8529

Oct 7- 9th Autumn Color Train Rides. There’s nothing comparable to the beautiful brilliant hues of autumn in the scenic Baraboo River valley from the comfort of our restored vintage cars. Join us for leaf-peeping in style along the unspoiled right-of-way of our historic former Chicago & North Western rail line. First Class and Dining Services are available, reservations required. Mid-Continent Railway Museum, E8948 Diamond Hill Rd, North Freedom. Departure times: 10:00, 11:30, 11:40, 1:00, 1:10, 2:30, 2:40 & 4:00. www.midcontinent.org

Oct 8th- Fair on the Square, 9 AM – 4 PM, 24th annual art and craft fair featuring 150 vendors, food court, farmer’s market, live entertainment, children’s activities, and festival court with games, rides and more. Downtown Baraboo. Funny Bones Productions (608) 356-2937. FREE.  www.downtownbaraboo.com

Oct 8th- Crank it up for Kids Bike Ride, 8:00 AM- 12 PM, NAPA presents Crank It Up, a bicycle ride to raise money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of West-Central Wisconsin.  The ride starts and finishes at UW-Baraboo and offers three distances, 10 and 30 miles for beginner and intermediate riders, and a metric century ride (62 miles) for advanced riders. A bicycle helmet is required for this ride. The ride showcases some of the most beautiful scenery in the area and encompasses fascinating points of interest along the route.
Rest stops will provide riders with food, drink, medic and tech support, as well as entertainment.  Other points of interest and /or rest stops along the course include the Ho-Chunk House of Wellness, Aldo Leopold Legacy Center, International Crane Foundation, Rustic Road #49, Man Mound Park, Parfreys Glen, The Baraboo River, Devil’s Lake State Park, and Circus World Museum. UW-Baraboo/Sauk County. 1006 Connie Rd, Baraboo.  www.bikebaraboo.com

Oct 8th-Dells Chili Cook-Off, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. The Dells Chili Cookoff will take place in downtown Wisconsin Dells. Featuring a Texas Hold’em Tournament, Live Entertainment, Pony Rides, Stage Coach Rides, Bull Ride, Vendors and of course CHILI! Chili tasting open to public between 12:00-3:00 pm. Awards presentation at 4:00 pm. Chilis will be awarded by: People’s Choice, Judge’s Choice and Hottest Chili. Downtown Wisconsin Dells, Oak Street & Broadway, Wisconsin Dells, WI (608) 254-2993 www.dellschili.com

Oct 8th-Free Family Fun: Autumn Splendor at Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center, 1:00- 4:00 PM. Enjoy the colors of the season at Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center during a short hike on Blackhawk Island to explore the sandstone caves. We’ll also be learning about birds of Wisconsin in the Nature Center including a live raptor presentation, bird beak experiments, and even owl pellet dissection! Lastly, enjoy the weather outside with an autumn scavenger hunt, sure to be a challenge the whole family can enjoy. Free. Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center, N194 Cty N, Wisconsin Dells, WI (608) 254-6461 www.uwex.edu/ces/4h/uphamwoods/

Oct 8th-Wynonna Judd at Crystal Grand Music Theatre, 8:00 PM. 430 Munroe Street, Wisconsin Dells, WI (800) 696-7999 www.crystalgrand.com

Oct 12th-Ice Wine Release at Wollersheim Winery. 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Celebrate the release of Wollersheim Winery Ice Wine 2010! Enjoy a taste of this “Nectar of the Vines” along with a few other sweet Wollersheim wines, plus take a self-guided Ice Wine tour with visit to the vineyard where the Ice Wine grapes hang until they freeze hard as marbles. A cheesecake plate and all Wollersheim wines by the glass will be available to purchase. Live harp music will enhance this tasting experience. The Winery Store will be open extended hours until 6:00 pm. Free. Wollersheim Winery, 7876 Hwy 188, Prairie du Sac, WI (608) 643-6515 www.wollersheim.com

Oct 14th-MONROE CROSSING- Regional Bluegrass Favorites (Part of the Lively Arts Series)7:30 PM, Named in honor of Bill Monroe, “The Father of Bluegrass Music,” Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals.  Their airtight harmonies, razor sharp arrangements, and onstage rapport make them audience favorites across the United States and Canada. Al Ringling Theatre, 136 4th Ave, Baraboo, WI 608-356-8864

Oct 14- 16th Autumn Color Train Rides, There’s nothing comparable to enjoying the beautiful brilliant hues of autumn in the scenic Baraboo River valley from the comfort of our restored vintage cars. Join us for leaf-peeping in style along the unspoiled right-of-way of our historic former Chicago & North Western rail line. First Class and Dining Services are available, reservations required. Mid-Continent Railway Museum, E8948 Diamond Hill Rd, North Freedom. 800-930-1385. Departure times: 11:40am , 1:10 pm, 2:40 pm. www.midcontinent.org

Oct 14- 16th Fall Art Tour, 18th annual event. 10 AM – 6 PM, A select collection of some of the best-known artists in southwest Wisconsin invites you on a self-guided driving tour into their private studios in Baraboo, Spring Green, Dodgeville and Mineral Point and points in between. Sixty-five fine artists and fine craftsmen – painters, sculptors, potters, weavers, jewelers, goldsmiths, glass artists, woodworkers, quilters and mixed-media artists – welcome you into their personal workplaces, tucked among the dramatically scenic hills, valleys and quiet small-town streets of Wisconsin’s geologically unique, unglaciated Driftless Area.  Excellent maps and signs will guide your way through glorious wooded countryside at the height of the fall color season as you meet and talk with the artists, watch them demonstrate their work, see new artworks being created, and gain insights into the creative process. A wide variety of artwork is available for purchase in every price range. Baraboo, Spring Green, Dodgeville and Mineral Point. 608-356-9048 www.fallarttour.com

Oct 15- 16th Autumn Harvest Fest. Saturday 9 am – 6 pm; Sunday 10 am – 2 pm. A celebration of the autumn harvest season. Events include: craft fair, clowns for the kids, straw dig, scarecrow stuffing, pumpkin decorating, Kid’s Cookie Corner, petting zoo, hayrides, pony rides, caricatures and face painting. Live entertainment on Saturday 10:30 am – 6 pm. Also featuring a microbrew beer tasting on Saturday. For more information and a complete event timeline, click on link. Free spectator admission and parking. Select activities require fee. Wisconsin Dells Festivals Site, La Crosse Street – Dells River District, Downtown Wisconsin Dells, WI (800) 223-3557

Oct 15th-Dells On Tap, 12:00 – 5:00 PM. Once a year, Wisconsin Dells takes a moment and honors Wisconsin’s proud brewing heritage. We invite you to join us and sample a full spectrum of beer and speak to the brewmasters themselves. Advance Tickets – $30; Day of Event – $35. Wisconsin Dells Festivals Site. La Crosse Street – Dells River District. Downtown Wisconsin Dells, WI (800) 223-3557

Oct 22 – 23rd, Train Rides on the Pumkin Special. What better way to pick your pumpkin for Halloween than from a train ride through the beautiful countryside of Sauk County! Trip includes a stop at the Quartzite Lake Pumpkin Patch, where pumpkins may be purchased. The train conductor will help you load your pumpkin on the train for the trip back to North Freedom. Price of pumpkin is extra in addition to train fare. Dining Services (Sat night) and First Class Services are available, reservations required. Mid-Continent Railway Museum, E8948 Diamond Hill Rd, North Freedom, 800-930-1385. Departure times: 10:00, 11:30, 1:00, 2:30 & 4:00. www.midcontinent.org

Oct 22th-Benefit Concert for Kids Ranch. Sing Out for Kids with Love  Kid’s Ranch. Presented by local church choirs & musicians and “The Glory Train” . 5PM Buffet and 7PM for Concert. All proceeds to: The Kid’s Ranch. Donation at the door. Chuck Wagon Buffet precedes concert at the First United Methodist Church. Advance Tickets Available at the Corner Drug Store or Baraboo Music Store and Recycled Sally’s  First United Methodist Church, 615 Broadway Street, Baraboo. Advance Tickets  $10- $ 5 (12 and under)

Oct 22nd-Tour of Historic Baraboo Haunts, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Is there still an embalming room in downtown Baraboo? What tragedy struck the first performance of the Ringling Brothers’ Circus? Were books really burned in the streets of Baraboo? These questions and more will be answered during the Society’s sixth annual Tour of Historic Haunts. The tour will start this year on the courthouse square where groups will be guided to stops on Second and Third Avenues, Broadway and Oak Street. This area was one of the earliest parts developed after a village was platted in 1847 and originally named “Adams.” Tickets are $8 per person and can be purchased the night of the tour. Guests are encouraged to bring a flashlight and wear comfortable shoes. Parking will be available on the square. Courthouse Square, Baraboo. (608) 356-1001   www.saukcountyhistory.org

Oct 23rd-Wisconsin Dells Marathon & Half Marathon at Chula Vista Resort, 8:00 AM. Join us for the 2nd Annual Wisconsin Dells Marathon & Half Marathon! Run through the scenic roads of the gorgeous Wisconsin Dells. All runners receive giant finisher medals, customized hat, gloves and goody bag. Half Marathon runner get a long sleeve t-shirt and marathon runners get a jacket. There’s also a pre-race expo Saturday, October 22. $55 Half Marathon; $90 Marathon. Chula Vista Resort, 4031 N River Road, Wisconsin Dells, WI (847) 829-4538 www.dellsmarathon.com

Oct 25th-Event at Baraboo Area Senior Citizen Organization Inc, 4:30 -9:00 PM. Ice Cream Social Raffle Drawing. Menu: Salad, Pickles, Lemonade, Bars, cookies, Ice Cream $5.00 per person. Raffle drawings at 6:00. Quilt, Meat Market  Gift Certificate and Pierce’s Grocery Followed by cards (500, Sheepshead, Euchre, & Bridge) and other inhouse drawings (must be here to win) Baraboo Senior Center at Civic Center, 356-8464 www.barabooseniorcenter.org

Oct 29th- Halloween Candlelight Hike. 6-9 PM, Walk a 1.5 mile candlelit trail. Bonfire follows with refreshments available for purchase. Costumes will be optional. Devil’s Lake State Park, North Shore. 608-356-8301 (WI State Parks vehicle sticker required) www.wiparks.net

Oct 29th- Snowmobile Show & Swapmeet, 1 – 6PM, Everyone Welcome! Hooty’s in Baraboo, WI  on Hwy 123. Call 608-963-4193 for Dealer Swapmeet and Show Spots

Oct 29th-Yakov Smirnoff at Crystal Grand Music Theatre, 8:00 PM. 430 Munroe Street, Wisconsin Dells, WI (800) 696-7999 Admission: $31.95 & $36.95 www.crystalgrand.com

Oct 31st- BOO! FEST, 3:00-5:00 PM. Safe Halloween trick or treating for area children. Participating stores will have people in their doorways giving out treats.

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