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Dressing Downton

June 22, 2015 by braytonbb

Downton Abbey (PBS) Season 1, 2010, Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham, and Elizabeth McGovern as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham, ©Carnival Films / Masterpiece

Dressing Downton at the Paine Art Center and Gardens is probably one of those exhibits that have been long awaited since it was announced it was coming to town. We started getting reservations for this event last summer already. If you have not heard yet, this exhibit started this last weekend. Changing Fashion for Changing Times goes until September 20th so you do have some time, but don’t wait! The exhibit will feature 36 period costumes from the first four seasons of the acclaimed television series, Downton Abbey, which his on track to be the most successful British drama ever aired. The award-winning costumes showcase the styles of post-Edwardian England and the English country estate. Downton Abbey traces the lives and pursuits of the estate’s aristocratic inhabitants, the Crawley family, and their servants during the 1910s and ‘20s. Filming takes place at Highclere Castle, a country estate in Newbury, England.

Dressing Downton explores fashions in Britain from 1912, marked by the sinking of the Titanic, through World War I and into the early 1920s, the dawn of the Jazz Age.

The exhibit focuses on an era of great change, showing the progression of fashions from the bustle to the flapper dress. The variety of ensembles for the Crawley family and their servants range from country tweeds and riding outfits, to servants’ uniforms and footmen’s livery, to delicate afternoon dresses and lavish evening attire crafted of sumptuous fabrics and decorated with intricate embroidery, lace and beading.

The exhibition’s award-winning costumes were produced by the London costume house of Cosprop Ltd. Since 1986, when the Academy Award for Costume Design was awarded to a Cosprop designer for A Room with a View, the company has supplied costumes for 29 nominated films.

 

This amazing exhibit premiered in early 2015 at the renowned Biltmore estate in North Carolina before heading to Oshkosh where it will be exhibited throughout the rooms of the historic Paine mansion.

Waterfest 2015

June 15, 2015 by braytonbb

Can you believe Waterfest 2015 begins already this Thursday, June 18, on Summer Solstice? It should be a pretty good party starting the summer lineup with Pablo Cruise, Paul Sanchez and the Minimum Rage and Salsa Manzana with gates opening at 5:00 PM. Teachers are FREE on opening night with your school ID!

Waterfest is the perfect way to enjoy our Wisconsin summers with friends and family on the banks of the Fox River in a beautiful outdoor setting.  The location doesn’t get much better with it being situated in downtown Oshkosh where you have your choice of restaurants and outdoor patios to relax at before or after a show.  The riverfront is also a great way to hear your favorite bands as well which welcomes boaters and tailgaters. Since 1986, each summer Oshkosh is treated with groups from Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues and R&B.  Did you know that anywhere from 2,500-7,500 fans may be in attendance on any given evening depending on the entertainment? Eight evenings this summer, you are sure to find a group(s) that you love for a great price.

“Loos”en up On the Loos Cruises

June 10, 2015 by braytonbb

With so much going on, in and around Oshkosh, why not “Loos”en up and take a cruise On the Loos Cruises

Yeh, we have Scotty’s Pontoon boats for you to take out, but if you want something bigger, more people, and really cool, all summer long on Wednesday and Friday evenings, enjoy a two hour cruise with appetizers and a cash bar, departing from the Ground Round all for $19.95 per person. Experience the Fox River with a leisurely cruise to Lake Butte des Morts.

Looking for something fun and different for your wedding party, or just a gathering with your friends?  This stunning family owned and operated paddlewheel Riverboat can accommodate your party with a spacious upper and lower deck with seating area, kitchen amenities, bathroom facility, changing room.Why not take a sunset cruise, or moonlight cruise, Sunday stroll or find a day spend it on the boat cruising the lake and enjoying the sun and sand. It seems like they have thought of everything.
Talk to us about renting out the inn and incorporating a couple hours on the lake with On the Loos Cruises to  make your wedding or special event something to remember.

Irish Fest

June 8, 2015 by braytonbb

Oshkosh Irish Fest is back for its seventh year at the Leach Amphitheater this weekend from June 11-14th. Come down and enjoy authentic Irish music, food, dancing and presentations on Irish history and culture and watch the Currach boat demonstration.  There will be vendors selling merchandise, a 5K, raffle and even fun for the kids  where Little Leprechaun Land will be open. Irish Fest benefits many local charities.

Interested in the 5K? The Irish Fest 5K and One-mile Charity Run/Walk will benefit Cerebral Palsy of Mideast Wisconsin and Oshkosh Irish Fest, The two runs start at 9:00 Am and 10:00 Am. The one-mile route is new for 2015. Participants will receive an event t-shirt (guaranteed if registered before June 8), drinks and snacks, and FREE admission to Irish Fest on Saturday before 4:00 pm.

Raffle tickets are only $5 or 5 chances for $20. The drawing is guaranteed no matter how many tickets are sold and will be held Sunday, June 14, 12:00 pm on our stage at the festival. Grand prize is $1500.00, 2nd prize is a weekend getaway to St. Brendan’s Inn in Green Bay with a complimentary full Irish breakfast and a $75.00 bar/restaurant gift certificate, 3rd. prize is an Irish themed gift basket valued at $300.00, 4th prize is a new pair of running shoes donated by Run Away Shoes, and 5th prize is a $20.00 gift certificate donated by McGuinness Irish Pub. All the prizes sounds pretty terrific to me.

 

 

Opening Day

June 3, 2015 by braytonbb

Courtesy of Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau

Courtesy of Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau

 

Oh my gosh, I am so excited for this Saturday, which is opening day of the Downtown Oshkosh Saturday Farmers Market. The indoor winter market is great but I look forward to this every year being able to wander around downtown Oshkosh and shop all the great vendors that have crafts, bread, honey, jams, flowers and fresh fruits and vegetables and on and on on I could go. Opening at 8:00 AM and going until 12:30, don’t miss the entertainment  and cooking demonstrations as well that begins at 9:00 AM. Parking is plentiful on side streets, and nearby parking lots but stay with us and just walk out the front door 1 block and spending the morning browsing and shopping.

Ultimate Ladies Day

May 26, 2015 by braytonbb

Its back! Ultimate Ladies Day, downtown Oshkosh this Saturday,May 30th. Registration begins at 1:00 at Opera House Square. Hopefully this rain will give us a little break but if not, The Backlot Comedy House at 424 N. Main St is where you will register. This is your chance to shop local! $40.00 and your ticket includes a buy local bag with a coupon sheet, downtown directory and gift card for downtown area Oshkosh businesses worth $10.00 or $20.00. You will also receive two drink and food tastings, one art activity and one entertainment venue. Included is also a 20% off your food purchase at either Beckets, Ground Round or Manila. So, grab your sisters, daughter, your Mom and/or friends and head downtown and show your appreciation for our local businesses.

 

What to do in Oshkosh this weekend

April 27, 2015 by braytonbb

What to do in Oshkosh this weekend?

Beautiful Bird

Well, there are three very different events that will take you around the city on Saturday, May 2nd. Staring off with Bird Fest beginning at 6:00 AM at Shelter #1 in Menominee Park going to 2:00 PM, rain or shine. There will be Live birds of prey presentations, The “Big Sit” which is a tailgate party for birders, Bird walks and childrens activities with informative exhibits along with a native plant sale and concessions. Later on in the evening, during Gallery Walk from 6:00-9:00 PM at the Masonic Center there will be a Student  birds art exhibit plus photography and art displays throughout downtown Oshkosh.

The Natural and Organic Expo is a FREE event that will be taking place on Saturday as well at the Sunnyview Expo center starting at 9:00 AM. This Expo brings together local and national companies that specialize in natural and organic foods and products. Learn what it is to buy direct from local, organic farmers and vendors. Snatch up early seedlings, innovative new products, specialty, meats, cheeses, sauces, olive oils, jams, nuts, dried fruits, wine, beer, baked goods fresh greens, free-range meat and eggs. Learn to grown your own garden. Not enough space, learn where community gardens are at in your area. Also, health products, art and Eco Sustainable items will be at the expo. Try different products from area restaurants that are all locally and organically purchased and prepared.

Don’t forget about Afterwalk starting at 8:00 at the Grand Opera House Lounge.  Never any cover and a full service bar and bar menu. After Gallery walk, enjoy music Rob Anthony.

 

 

 

Festival of Spring

April 20, 2015 by braytonbb

 

Plant On Sale

Festival of Spring at the Paine Art Museum and Gardens is awaited by many each year. Saturday, May 16 from 9:00 to 4:00, this FREE outdoor event features the Paine’s annual spring plant sale which includes thousands of “tried and true” plants as well as new and hard to find varieties. The festival also includes more than 150 vendors displaying and selling their art, crafts, plant and garden supplies and plenty of activities for the kids with fair food and live entertainment.

The Paine mansion and gardens are also open for FREE during the festival where the exhibit of Winslow Homer in America is taking place, and outdoors, the gardens feature more than 10,000 blooming tulips and spring flowers. Bring on summer!

Mother’s Day Brunch

April 13, 2015 by braytonbb

Purple tulips

I will probably be making breakfast for other Mom’s on Mother’s Day weekend and that is okay, however, if I wasn’t, I would want someone to treat me to a Mother’s Day Brunch at the Paine Art Museum and Gardens on Saturday, May 9th. at 10:00 AM.  The Paine is an amazing setting and inside the Paine’s conservatory is the perfect location to enjoy this scrumptious brunch prepared by Zuppa’s. Some of the items being offered for brunch are chilled asparagus with strawberries, goat cheese and balsamic vinaigrette
watercress salad, brown sugar bacon, rhubarb glazed ham, dauphinoise potatoes, vanilla crème brulee, assorted muffins and scones, coffee, orange juice, champagne and mimosas.  Why not splurge on your Mom, Grandma, Aunt, Sister or friend this year who means so much to you. Afterwards, wander through the gardens and enjoy the wondrous display of tulips, daffodils and flowering trees coming to life as we enter into summer.

 

WPA Homeschooling Conference

April 6, 2015 by braytonbb

 

researching and taking notes

The WPA Homeschooling Conference is being held once again at the UWO campus May 1st and 2nd. There is so  much here for everyone.  If you do not have children but are considering homeschooling or unschooling, than this is the the conference for you. Maybe you are new or are a long time homeschooler, than this is the conference for you as well. Whether you have toddlers, teens or grown children, there is something for everyone. You can purchase curriculum, create or your own or share ideas with others. Many have walked away with a sense of relief just feeling that this is the place to connect with other parents that are asking themselves questions or going through some of the same things that you may have.

WineFeast

March 30, 2015 by braytonbb

WineFeast I would have to say is probably one of Oshkosh’s greatest social events of the year. Each year over 750 attend this event to sample fine wine, sip cold brews and try appetizers from area restaurants. The best part of this event is that 100% of the proceeds raised go to directly benefit almost 4,000 youth at the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh.  Guests can either attend WineFeast at 7:00 PM on Saturday, April 25th or you can purchase reservations that take place before the general admission. Come at 4:00 Pm for Cellar Select which provides a enhanced wine and dinner tasting.

WineFeast tickets cost $75/person, Cellar Select Reservations (which includes a ticket to WineFeast) cost $125/person.

WPS Farm Show

March 23, 2015 by braytonbb

The WPS (Wisconsin Public Service) Farm Show starts tomorrow at 9:00 Am and goes through March 26th at the EAA AirVenture Grounds. As an attendee, your admission is FREE!  With over 400 vendors will be at the show to answer any questions you may or help with any purchases you may be considering. You will be able to see the latest farm equipment, machinery, tools and services. There will be onsite agricultural consultants from WPS to answer any energy management questions you have and show you the latest energy efficient equipment and techniques. A three silent auction will also be held to help benefit the FFA organization. along with the a kiddie tractor pull on Wednesday.

Oshkosh Marathon

March 16, 2015 by braytonbb

 

Oshkosh Half Marathon, courtesy of the Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau

 

For the past ten years, Oshkosh has hosted a half marathon and 5K but this year with the completion of Hwy 41, a full marathon (26.2 miles) has been scheduled for April 19th along with a two person half marathon relay. This is a certified marathon qualifier for Boston.

People have been asking for this, and so Oshkosh delivers once again. All races will start in downtown Oshkosh beginning at 7:00 AM and will continue through the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus before joining the WIOUWASH Trail. It is a flat, scenic route that should appeal to a lot of runners. I am not a runner, and try to avoid it whenever possible, so no, I will  not be participating, however many of our past guests tell us that it is a great course and they enjoy coming to Oshkosh each and every year.

St. Patricks Day Party

March 2, 2015 by braytonbb

Oshkosh brings it when it comes to St. Patricks Day. Starting on Friday, March 14th is the ShamROCK  the court fundraiser for Cerebral Palsy at The Bar. Rest up, because then its time for the Shamrock Shuffle at 10:00 AM at UW Oshkosh. Barley & Hops will then be hosting an Irish Cider School at 2:00 PM, followed by the St. Patricks Day Tent Party and Night parade on Saturday evening. 

This is family affair that starts at 4:00 PM. Oshkosh’s very own Irish bands Dornan and Sheamus Fitzpatrick and the McNally Boys will perform in the gigantic, heated tent at 547 Main St. Dancers from Richard’s School of Dance, Kinsella Academy of Irish Dance, bagpipers will keep you entertained all afternoon and into the night.  There is a fun contest for the “reddest hair and most freckles contest for the kids. There will be Irish cusine, Guinness beverages and displays on St. Patrick and Ireland’s history, with several fundraising activities as well, such as raffles, and a silent auction.  The well anticipated parade with start at 6:30 PM from Ceape Ave. and head North on Main St. to Iriving.

 

Hops and Props

February 16, 2015 by braytonbb

hopsprops limelite

Photo thanks to Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau

 

Hops and Props is an annual event that has been going on at EAA  to support museum activities. This years event takes place Saturday, March 7th from 7:00-10:00 PM at the EAA Air Museum.

This is an evening sampling more than 250 beverages from around the world with fine food being offered. Micro-breweries and distributors are on hand to teach you about the brewing process, history and techniques to become a beverage taster. You will be able to meet master brewers and learn to distinguish different characteristics of ales, lagers, and mixed style of beers from wheat, fruit, stouts, porter and meads. You may even find a new favorite.

To round out this evening, great music from several live bands, coffee, and sweets along with hot and cold hors d’oeuvres will be served. Of course you must be 21 years old to attend and admission price does include museum entrance, a commemorative beer glass and a professional prepared tasting guide. 

 

 

Jim Belushi at the Grand

February 9, 2015 by braytonbb

When I first heard that Jim Belushi was coming to the Grand, I couldn’t believe it. I am a big fan of his and his comedy.  If you have ever wanted to see Jim and the Board of Comedy, which consists of Megan Grano, Larry Joe Campbell, Brad Morris and Joshua Funk, this is the time.  Jim Belushi has more than thirty years of experience as an alumnus of Saturday Night Live and Chicago’s famed Second City and has been on the hilarious comedy “According to Jim” for 8 seasons. They are bringing an improvised comedy sketch to the Grand stage. The performance is Sunday, March 1, 7:30 PM at the Historic Grand Opera House in Downtown Oshkosh. This show is friendly with a PG rating as they pretty much “make stuff up” along the way and invite audience  members to particpate. Buy your tickets now before they are sold out.

 

Echos of the Past

February 2, 2015 by braytonbb

 

Civil War Days, Naper Settlement, IL

Photo by Mark Kaletka – Flickr

 

 

Echos of the Past historic trade fair is one of the Midwest’s large indoor historical trade fairs. Taking place at Sunnview Expo Center February 28th.  If you are a history buff,  you will love this event that has been going on for over thirty years, featuring supplies for the historical re-enactor, muzzle loading enthusiasts, and just general public curiosity. You will be able to meet merchants and craftsmen stocking historical clothing, books patterns, tinware, pewter, beads, leather, fur forged iron, pottery, firearms, knives and hundreds of other  items.  Civilians and soldiers alike will be representing time periods ranging from the mid 1700’s through the American Civil War, and western frontier.  This interesting and educational experience will disguised as fun for the whole family.  Enjoy demonstrations, music, shopping, fashion shows, and festive atmosphere. On-going seminars daily. Food is available on site.  Admission $5.00 for adults, children 10 and under free with an adult.

Winslow Homer in America

January 19, 2015 by braytonbb

 

 

The dinner horn

 

 

The Paine Art Museums newest exhibit is Winslow Homer in America which starts February 14th and goes until May 31st. The exhibit features 125 original wood engravings by one of the great American nineteenth century painters and print makers.  He created dozens of images which depicted politics, war and everyday life in America from the late 1850’s to the mid 1870’s. After serving as a field correspondent in the Civil War, his war scenes are among the most powerful and accurate records of the Union troop experiences. When the war ended, Homer turned his attention to post war experiences. 

For  more information about Winslow Homer, click here.

 

EAA Skiplane Fly-In

January 14, 2015 by braytonbb

Piper Cub on ski

When you think of EAA, you may think of the the incredible air show that takes place in Oshkosh the end of July each year. However, another pretty amazing event that EAA hosts is the annual EAA Skiplane Fly-In which is being held this year on Saturday, February 7th at the EAA Airventure Museums Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh.  Though not as large as the event in July, this spectacular winter event has welcomed more than 30 skiplanes in the past which began in 1953.

If you have never been, this would be a great event to take the family to.  The event begins at 10:00 AM and goes until 1:30 PM and is FREE of charge, which also includes complimentary chili and cake served starting at 10:30. If you do plan on visiting the museum, regular admission rates do apply.

 

 

Nutcracker in the Castle

November 17, 2014 by braytonbb

“Land of Sweets” courtesy of the Paine Art Museum

The Nutcracker in the the Castle at the Paine Art Museum starts this Friday, November 21st and goes through Friday, January 5th.  We couldn’t be more excited. The Paine “castle” is decorated elaborately throughout each of its historic rooms with scenes from the Nutcracker fairy tale. If you have never done the candlelight tour, the magic happens before your eyes with the shimmering glow of more than seventy Christmas trees through the home. There is also special actor guided tours with live music and the youth ballet performances which bring this fantasy even more to life. Make sure you make your reservations though soon, since sell out is very likely. After your tour, stopping in the enchanted cafe is a must, where the Sugar Plum Fairy will serve up hot chocolate and home made cupcakes from the Cake Guru.

 

 

 

What are your plans for Halloween?

October 20, 2014 by braytonbb

Smoke art  - Animated Jack-o-lantern

Halloween falls on a Friday this year, so what are your big plans? Oshkosh is the place to be with two very spooky but fun things to do and all within walking distance from the inn.

On Friday, October 31st, the Grand Opera House with host the Spirits of the Grand at Tunnel 24: The speakeasy for only one night from 7:00-7:30. Tickets prices are $15.00 with include a specialty cocktail. In case your wondering, it is PG-13 rated.  This is an annual haunted history tour but new this year is Tunnel 24 taking you right back to 1928. The jazz birds and  mobsters will take you through the “underground tunnels of Oshkosh” where you will hear stories of haunted history  and end up at The Golden Peacock Club for a haunted happy hour. The drama will continue though at the Grand Lounge with charleston, jazz, blues and brawling. Something you will not want to miss!

On Saturday, November 1, Casks and Caskets will be holding the best home brew contest from 7:00-10:00 at the Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau to benefit the Oshkosh Hunger Force. With live music from Sly Joe and the Smooth Operators, a costume contest, a wide variety of beer, wine, mead and cider styles, a huge silent auction and door prizes with a post event party at  Beckets, this is a great weekend to celebrate here in Oshkosh.

 

 

Oshkosh Chili Cook-off

October 6, 2014 by braytonbb

Chili Cook-Off

The Oshkosh Chili Cook Off is one of my favorite events that takes place in downtown Oshkosh. It is always the last Saturday in October, which just happens to be the last outdoor Farmers Markets as well for the year. This year, it is Saturday, October 25th. Proceeds from Oshkosh Chili Cook Off help to support the Day by Day Warming Shelter.

For just $10.00 for adults, you can enjoy all the chili you can handle. With over thirty different amateur chili cook-off teams, you can sample your favorite traditional chili or brave some of the unique flavors that are created each year and then voting on your favorites.  Some popular unique flavors in the past have been pineapple chili, chocolate chili, vegan chili, meat lovin’ chili and MANY more chili samples!

Whether you you plan to register or you just want to enjoy the day by hanging out downtown for the Oshkosh Saturday Farmers Market and Chili Cook off, it is sure to be a day of great smells and fun.

 

Oshkosh Oktoberfest

September 22, 2014 by braytonbb

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The temps have dropped so that must mean its time for the fifth annual Oktoberfest on the corner of 6th and Oregon on Saturday, October 4th. with great German music, dancers , food and culture.

To start off the activities at 11:00 AM, there will be a beer run/walk utilizing the new River walk which runs for 1.25 miles. You are encouraged to dress in German costume. Prizes will be awarded for best costume for individuals and groups.   There will be four beer stops of course along the way and yes, you do have to be at least 21 to participate. Next join Oshkosh, Mayor  Burk Tower for the annual tapping of the keg at 2:00 PM.

Running of the wiener dogs is always a favorite as Dachshunds only are allowed to compete. Race starts at 3:00 followed by the Oshkosh Oktoberfest Olympics with several competitive games including barrel rolling, keg bowling, Masskrugstemmen (Beer stein holding) and stein relay races with a Frankfurter eating contest.

Copper Box will also be performing from 9:00-11:00 PM. This is a free community event, so enjoy the start of October at the annual Oshkosh Oktoberfest.

 

Fun with our EAA guests

August 25, 2014 by braytonbb

This picture was a memorable evening out with some of our EAA guests. Yes, it should have been posted a month ago, but we have been pretty busy around here. Thank you so very much for that by the way! We love it!

We usually have the same guests every year, for the exception of one room that sometimes rotates out with new guests. That being said, we have become great friends with these guests, that unfortunately, we only see once a year. They are usually so busy working that they have little time to play, but this year, some of them made the exception. We introduced them to the best cheese curds in town and yummy burgers.

Don’t ask me what is going on with Scott. He always has to be the unique one in the photo.

petes 2014

 

Oshkosh Waterfest

June 16, 2014 by braytonbb

waterfest Waterfest is back for another season on the Fox River in Oshkosh with a great lineup and additional nights. Not only with great bands be performing on Thursday nights, there are a few Friday and Saturday nights to enjoy as well. Some of your favorites have come back along with some new bands well.

Kick off the summer solstice this Thursday, June 19th with Vic Ferrari, Sam Llanas and the Cool Waters Band. Gates open at 6:00 PM for opening night. 2 for 1 admission before 6:00 and teachers also get in free all night with a school ID.

Thursday, June 26th. Los Lonley Boys, Copper Box, Paul Sanchez & Minimum Rage and Tin Sandwich are in the line up. Gates will open at 5:00 PM. 2 for 1 admission again before 6:00 PM.

There will be a break over the Fourth of July holiday and will start again Thursday, July 17th with the Under the Sun Tour with Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, Blues Traveler and Uncle Kracker. There is a reserved special patio access available in advance for $30.00 pp. Gates open at 6:00 PM with general admission being $20.00 for the hot lineup.

Waterfest Weekend includes a Thursday, Friday and Saturday night show July 24-26 with Sister Hazel, Road Trip, Gin Blossoms and Ted Nugent, just to name a few. 2 for 1 admission on Friday and Saturday night and special patio access available in advance for $40.00 for Saturday. General admission prices are also $20.00 for this night as well. Gates open at 5:00 PM.

One more weekend of back to back shows and the last of the concert series begins on Thursday, August 21 and Friday, August 22nd. Hairball, which is a salute to the 80’s is back with 2 for 1 admission before 6:00 PM. America, sly Joe and the Operators, and The Presidents with be performing on Friday.

Veterans are FREE all season at the will call window.

 

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