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Oshkosh Saturday Farmers Market

May 27, 2013 by braytonbb

 

 

Courtesy of Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau

Courtesy of Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau

 

 

It is finally almost here! The Oshkosh Saturday Farmers Market! Saturday, June 1 through October 8:00-12:30, rain or shine on the 400 and 500 blocks of Main St and also the 100 block of Church Ave. Hey, that’s our street. Just step out the front door, head to the right before or after breakfast and enjoy the splendor of what Oshkosh’s Farmers Market has to offer along with free  music every week.

In June, this is what you can come to find at the market. Asparagus, beets, broccoli, bunch onions, flowers, herbs, lettuce, parsley, peas, plants, radishes, rhubarb, spinach and strawberries.

Gus Macker and Irishfest all in the same weekend Downtown Oshkosh

May 20, 2013 by braytonbb

Wow, the first weekend in June has so  much going on!final logo1

First off,  Winnebago County voted Irish Fest the Best Family Event and Best Local Festival!!! Congratulations!

This is the fifth year that Oshkosh brings Irish Fest to the Leach Amphitheater May 30 – June 2. Come and enjoy the music, the food, the dancers, the presentations, the vendors, the 5K, the raffle, and, of course, the fun in the beautiful park on the water. Everyone is welcome – you don’t have to be Irish to have fun!!!

The Cultural Village area of the festival will focus on Irish and Celtic heritage. Storytellers will be on hand to illuminate the people and events that have shaped the history and culture of Ireland and the Irish people.

The Irish Fest 5K Charity Run/Walk takes place on Saturday morning at 8am. Both runners and walkers will receive a T-shirt, refreshments and, best of all, free admission to Irish Fest on Saturday.

One of the most fun features of the festival is the Irish Fest Idol Contest. Any amateur entertainer is welcome to enter. Singing, dancing, playing a musical instrument, comedy – any type of performance art is fair game. The contest takes place Sunday and there will be great prizes, including cash and stage time at the 2014 Oshkosh Irish Fest.

A special Irish Fest Mass will be held on Sunday morning, June 2 at 10am. Music will be provided by members of Kennedy’s Kitchen and the Oshkosh Irish Fest Choir. For attendees of the mass, admission to the festival is free with the donation of a non-perishable food item prior to the service.

Don’t miss the medieval banquet on Thursday, May 30. The festivities take place inside the Pub Tent at 6pm. There will be music from the Oshkosh West Madrigal Singers, a five-course meal that includes cream of corned beef and cabbage soup, a variety of flat breads, Guinness-braised beef ribs, Irish-whiskey chicken legs, shamrock pork cutlets, Irish vegetable and potato pancakes. For dessert, there will be Bailey’s Irish Cream brownies. Beverages will include mead, beer, wine and soda. And, of course, in the spirit of the low-tech medieval age, no utensils will be allowed.

If you’ve never been to Oshkosh Irish Fest before, you’re in for a real treat. And, if you’re an Irish Fest veteran, the 2013 festival promises to be better than ever.

On the same weekend, Oshkosh also welcomes the Gus Macker for the second year in a row for the 3-on-3 Tournament!

The Oshkosh Gus Macker will be taking place in the Streets of Downtown Oshkosh, just blocks away from us, covering the 100, 200 and 300 blocks of N Main St and down High Ave., surrounding Opera House Square! The streets have all been repaved, widened and landscaped, making this the optimal location for an exciting 3-on-3 weekend with a great downtown atmosphere!

Spectators coming to watch the Oshkosh Macker will enjoy a mix of great basketball, music, refreshments and contests, such as 3-point, hot-shots and the SLAM DUNK contest.

And while you are here, don’t forget to take advantage of all of the festivities that are taking place within walking distance of the Oshkosh Macker site!  You can stroll down Main Street to see what the Oshkosh Farmers Market and Downtown Businesses have going on Saturday or stop in and check out the Annual Oshkosh Irish Fest Festival at The Leach Amphitheater, just a few blocks from the Macker Tournament site!

 

Festival of Spring at the Paine Art Museum

May 13, 2013 by braytonbb

Many of you may be familiar with the Paine Art Museum for its wonderful exhibits throughout the year and with the Nutcracker over the holidays, but you may not have heard about Festival of Spring. This is a free outdoor festival featuring the Paine’s annual Spring Plant Sale and more than 200 vendors of original art, fine crafts, plants and garden supplies. There is also the corner flea market which is located at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Congress Street. there will be plenty of  great food and entertainment throughout the day as well. While there,  tour the Paine’s spring garden featuring more than 10,000 blooming spring wildflowers, tulips, daffodils and flowering trees.

Kick off the garden season at the Paine’s annual Spring Plant Sale widely recognized by gardening enthusiasts and master gardeners for its unique selection of rare and unusual plants. Choose from annuals including the “Perennial Plant of the Year” as well as a wide selection of unusual herbs and wildflowers.

Mingle with the Paine’s friendly staff and volunteers who are eager to offer recommendations and answer your questions. With more than 200 vendors of garden supplies, original art and crafts, it is a festival not to be missed, so plan on attending the Paine’s annual Festival of Spring on Saturday, May 18.

 

Lets go shopping!

April 29, 2013 by braytonbb

Downtown Oshkosh has so much to offer when it comes to shops and retailers and we are within walking distance to all there is to offer. Not only will you find some unique stores and finds, but  great deals are going on this May as well.

Looking to spruce up your clothing wardrobe? Downtown Oshkosh has many great 2nd hand clothing store options. Atomic Katz is a fantastic store where you will find vintage clothing from the 20′s to the 80′s along with mid century modern furniture. Chic to Chic carries mall  and name brand items 1/2 to 1/3 of the original price.  Frugal Fashion and Klassy Kids are both great stores for men, women and kids.

How about taking home something truly unique. One of our favorite stores is Soiree which offers a few antiques, salvaged curb goodies, and retro funk.  This unique store  brings an eclectic shopping mix to downtown. Crescent Moon offers specializes in antique salvaged or reclaimed material provided for reuse in building restoration, new home construction and decorative arts from vintage flooring, doors or moldings and so much more.   Satori Imports has been in business for 44 years and offers everything from clothing, incense, jewelry to health and body products. A truly unique shopping experience.

How about a good book or music selection? Apple Blossom Books is an adorable shop that is independently owned and family oriented that offers fun special events, a general selection of new and used books and special orders. Just a fun place to shop. Exclusive Company is “Americas oldest full line record store”. Starting out from the trunk of his car to now owning 7 locations in Wisconsin, this store is must to visit.

All this shopping is probably making you hungry, right? Downtown has got that covered too. Gardinas wine bar and cafe offers an interesting and varied wine list, craft beer list, and a great selection of craft bourbons, single malt scotches and rare dessert wines available by the glass, along with pizza, paninis and sandwiches along with specials each and every day. Cranky Pats Pizza, makes a fantastic thin crust pizza piled high with mushrooms(if that is your flavor) along with pasta and a full bar. Caramel Crisp is another historic place to stop into. In business since 1933 they still use the same original recipe for the caramel corn but now offering a full lunch menu, ice cream and the best cookies ever.

Participating downtown stores are offering gift cards.  May 11 (Mothers Day Weekend), Destination Downtown will be happening where the ultimate ladies day is celebrated.  Start the day off on May 11 where you can enjoy lunch, a style show, & tons of prizes and a silent auction. In the afternoon there will be great sales and discounts at local downtown businesses.

Of course, downtown has so much more to offer, but that is just a sampling of the shops you will find just a few steps out our front door.

Hey, look we were mentioned!

April 22, 2013 by braytonbb

brayton_family-4Every once in a while, our name appears in an article, not necessarily promoting us specifically, but what may be around us or things to do in the area.  The first article is from Travel Wisconsin and as you can see Oshkosh made the list of things to do, see, and places to eat. The second article is a feature story for the Circus World Museum in  Baraboo. Though Baraboo is roughly a 2 hour drive from Oshkosh, it is an easy enough day trip for those who are looking for something different to experience. I hope you enjoy both articles as much as I did.

 

“Wisconsin’s Event City,” Oshkosh is home to over 1,000 events and festivals, including the famous EAA AirVenture and the Country USA music festival. The city on the western shore of Lake Winnebago also has more than its share of year-round fun. Here are our top picks for an Oshkosh weekend getaway, any time of year.

Where to brunch

Pilora’s Café dishes up the café essentials – friendly service and wholesome food – with a dash of originality. From jazz music in the background to some unusual menu items (like cornbread pancakes with Door County cherries and the Moroccan ham sandwich) Pilora’s makes a point of offering something different. They also brew Alterra coffee, so you can fuel up on a proper cup of joe before heading out for your Oshkosh adventures. 

Where to explore

The EAA’s AirVenture fly-in every August isn’t your only chance to experience Oshkosh’s world-renowned Experimental Aircraft Association. The EAA AirVenture Museum, open year-round, features over 200 historic airplanes, plus movie theaters, galleries, flight simulators, and two “hands-on” interactive galleries for all ages.

Where to shop

You’ll find a lot of unique shops on (and just off) Main Street. A few to get you started:

If big-name stores are more your style, The Outlet Shoppes at Oshkosh, across from the EAA, is home to 55 of the best. We recommend adding a whole day to your Oshkosh itinerary if you want to hit the outlets!

Where to get your culture on

The Grand Opera House, built in 1883, is the oldest operating theater in Wisconsin. It puts on a fun variety of entertainment, from the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra to musicals, rock ’n’ roll shows, and karaoke nights. The Paine Art Center and Gardens is a 1920’s estate with an amazing art collection and display gardens. Their Family Discovery Gallery offers hands-on art experiences for children. Admission: $9 adult/$5 youth. 

Where to go for dinner

Gardina’s Wine Bar & Café has a great menu of American/Mediterranean starters, cheese plates, salads and sandwiches, with nightly entrée specials. But it’s their pizza that steals the show. Bring an appetite and brace yourself for some tough decisions: there’s an impressive selection of wines, craft beers, and – bonus – individual-sized cheesecakes. Jam to live music Friday and Saturday nights. 

Where to stay

The Brayton Bed & Breakfast is just a short walk from Main Street. Warning: if you stay in this beautiful, friendly B&B, you might not want to leave…especially on the weekends, when you can enjoy an afternoon wine and cheese social in the living room, and homemade desserts later in the evening. Rates: $129.00-$299.00 nightly.

Learn more about all the fun Oshkosh has to offer here.

Liven Up Your Vacation: Visit the Circus World Museum

If you have enjoyed luxuriating yourself in your suite at Brayton B&B, drinking fine wine, eating local cheeses, and visiting the occasional museum, take a vacation from your vacation. Plan a day of highly charged entertainment at the Circus World Museum. The Circus World Museum is a two hour drive from Oshkosh; far enough away to be a significant day-trip, but close enough that you can still make it back to your suite for an evening drink. A premiere Wisconsin attraction, the Circus World Museum is a historical site that attracts thousands of visitors a year, and is loved by both children and adults.

History

What sets the Circus World Museum apart from your average circus is its remarkable history. The circus, originally named ‘The Ringling Bros. Circus’, was founded in 1884 by the five Ringling brothers. The Ringling Bros. Circus ran for thirty-five years, and in that time expanded to an empire consisting of the three largest circuses in America. In 1959, after the circus industry had gone into decline and The Ringling Bros. Circus had long been closed, its gates once again opened. This time it was named the Circus World Museum, a museum with a mission to preserve the circus industry, so it could be understood and loved by future generations.

Sights

The Circus World Museum is home to several of the original buildings used by The Ringling Bros. Circus; these buildings are the largest groups of original circus buildings in North America. Located on the north bank of the Baraboo River, they date from 1897 and 1918, and the area they comprise is now a National Historic Landmark. As well as these historic buildings, artefacts from the old circus are displayed in the many exhibits on offer across the site. Here you can see everything from the cage wagons in which lions were kept, to original poster art advertising circus shows.

Performances

Of course it would be unheard of to go to a circus and not see a show. With the spirit of the original Ringling circus, there are a variety of shows on offer to suit a multitude of interests and tastes. Gymnastics, acrobatics, elephant shows, clown shows, and contortionist shows, are just a few of the performances on offer for visitors. Just make sure to look at the performance schedule on arrival so you won’t risk missing your favorite.

Eating and Drinking

If your trip to the Circus World Museum falls during the summer season, then their deluxe onsite restaurant, Cookhouse Grill, is open for business. If not, or if you would prefer to eat away from the circus, why not venture into Baraboo? Baraboo is a bustling city with a diverse range of eateries. Here you can sample the best burgers American cuisine has to offer, as well as some top-notch Mexican and Italian food.

Getting There

Driving is certainly the easiest, and most cost-effective, way of getting to the Circus World Museum, and will give you the chance to experience some of the beautiful scenery of Wisconsin between Oshkosh and Baraboo. It is important, however, that you consider safety before hitting the road. Whether you plan to rent a car or bring your own with you to Oshkosh, you must ensure that you are covered against breakdown in the Wisconsin area. Purchasing breakdown cover is simple, as it can be bought quickly and easily online, and there are many cheap deals to be found. While it is unlikely you will need to use it, breakdown cover is priceless for the piece of mind it will give you during your trip. Once you’ve got your breakdown cover in the bag, and have set a date for your trip to the Circus World Museum, simply jot down the directions below and you are ready to go.

Directions:

1.    Head northwest on Church Ave towards Central St(0.4 mi)

2.    Turn left onto Wisconsin St (0.5 mi)

3.    Continue onto Ohio St(0.9 mi)

4.    Turn right onto W South Park Ave(2.0 mi)

5.    Turn left to merge onto U.S. 41 S toward Milwaukee (2.4 mi)

6.    Take exit 113 for WI-26/County Rd N toward Waupun (0.4 mi)

7.    Turn right onto WI-26 S/WI-26 Trunk S/Co Rd N. Continue to follow WI-26 S/WI-26 Trunk S (21.5 mi)

8.    Take the Wisconsin 26 S/U.S. 151 S ramp to Waupun/Madison (0.4 mi)

9.    Merge onto US-151 S (1.0 mi)

10.  Take exit 147 to merge onto US-151 BUS S/WI-26 S/WI-26 Trunk S/Fond Du Lac St toward Waupun. Continue to follow US-151 BUS S/Fond Du Lac St.(1.6 mi)

11.  Turn right onto EMain St.(1.0 mi)

12.  Turn left onto WI-68 W/Fox Lake Rd. Continue to follow WI-68 W (9.5 mi)

13.  Continue onto State Hwy 33 W/W State St. Continue to follow State Hwy 33 W (44.8 mi)

14.  Turn left onto Washington Ave(0.6 mi)

15.  Turn right onto Water St. Destination will be on the left.

WineFeast 2013

April 8, 2013 by braytonbb

I have never been to this event. Every year I say I am going to go and I never do. Unfortunately, so far it looks like that is going to be the same this year too. This is the most talked about event in Oshkosh that is happening on Saturday, April 27 at the downtown convention center. It is only a few short blocks from us, so it would be so convenient. One of these years, I am in.

WineFeast, which is attended by over 750 people, gives guests the opportunity to sample fine wine from around the world, sip tantalizing brews and try tasty cuisine from area restaurants. 100% of proceeds raised will directly benefit almost 4,200 youth at the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh through membership and outreach. There are two parts of WineFeast. Guests can attend regular WineFeast, which begins at 7 p.m. or guests can purchase reservations to the elegant wine and dish tasting that happens before general WineFeast at 4 p.m. called Cellar Select. Cellar Select provides a richer,  more fine wine and dinner experience and is an opportunity to socialize with familiar faces in a relaxing environment. Doors open at 4 p.m. for a champagne reception and the evening program starts promptly at 5 p.m.

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

For more information visit their website.

2013 Oshkosh Half Marathon

April 1, 2013 by braytonbb

Its that time of year again when the Oshkosh half marathon and 5K  run/walk  begins. In the 9th season the route will offers scenic diversity from the historic homes to the river. There will even be themed water stations to get you motivated and massage therapists to ease those aching muscles after you cross the finish line!

The race will begin again downtown on Sunday, April 20th at 8:00 AM.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Oshkosh, Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, Inc. and the Oshkosh Area Humane Society.

Why not, make a weekend of it and plan your weekend with us and get to know the trail. See you soon. Special rates for runners.

When is Spring going to get here?

March 18, 2013 by braytonbb

Are you tired of hearing this or thinking this? I know I am . Boy, this time of year spring fever is really kicking in. More snow is even expected today. Our season starts picking up a little this time of year when people are ready to get out of their homes and start doing something. That might mean traveling, shopping, going to a movie or just getting together with friends.

I have put some things to do in the Oshkosh area in the next couple of weeks that you might not have heard of or thought about. They all sound like fun and are all a little bit different.

 

  Becket’s Jazz Orgy Wine Wednesday – One of our personal favorites!

Every Wednesday Beckets offers $13.00 bottles of wine and free live music. Hang out in the lounge area and soak it all in with the sounds jazz, and the beauty of the surroundings with large glass windows that overlook the river and lighted bridge.

 

 

 

 

      Get Hot, When its Not - Great music, food and friends

Warm up with the sounds of Latin music and delicious authentic cuisine as the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra hosts a night of music, food and fun at The Waters.  The Waters is Oshkosh’s Premier waterfront property to have any type of function. “Get Hot, When It’s Not” highlights the music of Salsa Manzana, food by Lara’s Tortilla Flats, a wine and beer wall, and live auction – all in support of the educational programs of the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra. Cost is $75 per person or $135 per couple on Thursday, March 21st.

 

 

 

  74th Annual Dartball tournament

The 74th Annual Wisconsin State Dartball Tournament is coming to Oshkosh this weekend at Lourdes Academy. March 23-24. More than 1,000 people will be in Oshkosh for this tournament. Dartball is basically a baseball game played with darts. The player throwing the darts is the ”batter”. Darts are thrown 20′ from the board and are thrown underhand.  Each dart thrown is the same as a pitch in baseball. Where the dart lands on the board determines the
outcome of each pitch. The batter continues to throw darts, or bat, until they are safe or out, just like in baseball. The game can be played with as  many as 9 players per side, though less can play as well, each representing a team. The board is placed on a stand, 2′ off the floor, and on a slight angle.  Each section on an official dart board has a
wire surrounding it, so there is never a disagreement about where the dart lands on the board.

 

Oshkosh on Broadway 2013 - Just a few blocks away from us

It’s the most talked-about fundraiser in the Valley! Long before people were “dancing with the stars”, Oshkosh was singing and dancing for The Grand!

You’ve seen them around the community– but you may not have seen them like this! Don’t miss the fun as Oshkosh “celebrities” and friends take to the stage, in an evening of song and dance, to benefit The Grand Opera House educational and free community programs. 8:00 at the Grand Opera House.

 

2013 WPS Farm Show

March 26-28 at the EAA grounds.

Farming has become a high-tech business, and the WPS Farm Show is the ideal place to get a taste of what’s happening in modern agriculture. For three days, farmers from around the Midwest will flock to the EAA Grounds to check out the latest in farm machinery, tools and services.

Each year, the event attracts around 20,000 people. This year’s show will feature more than 400 exhibitors, including everything from Accelerated Genetics to Ziegler Ag Equipment. In the farming world, this show is a big deal.

In addition to visiting exhibitors and checking out farm equipment, attendees can take part in seminars on energy-efficient equipment and techniques.

A sign of the changing face of agriculture can be seen in the fact that this year’s WPS show will be powered by energy from wind and biomass. If you’re interested in farming or if you’re just curious about what a farm show looks like, don’t miss the WPS Farm Show.

Packer Alumni stay at Brayton Bed and Breakfast

March 4, 2013 by braytonbb

What, you say? Yes it is true! It was also my birthday on the 22nd and I have to say that I could not have dreamed up a better 40th birthday weekend.

Okay, let me start from the beginning because it only gets better as the story goes on. I found out about a 8 weeks ago that some of the Green Bay Packer Alumni were coming to town for Battle on Bago that took place Feb. 22-23. Glenn Curran who is one of the founders of Battle on Bago does an amazing job of putting everything together. There is so much to get done to pull off something of this magnitude.  Proceeds from this event have primarily benefited over 20 Youth Fishing Events and the purchase of fishing poles, tackle boxes, and bait for kids.

We  are so close to the event that took place at Menominee Park and we were able let the guys have the entire inn to themselves. It’s nice to be able to be away from home and still feel like your at home.  I didn’t really have any idea what to expect, but it was beyond my wildest dreams.

Five Packer alumni and alumni coordinators were expected to arrive on Thursday night, but because of the snow storm, Lynn Dickey who played for the Packers as quarterback from 1977-1984 and Paul Coffman as a tight end from 1978-1985 were stranded in Kansas City and would not be able to make it.

Frank Winters was the first to check in. Frank played for the Packers as a center for 9 consecutive seasons. This guy is HUGE but he is also a big teddy bear too. I don’t know if he would appreciate me saying that, but he’s a really nice man. We had the opportunity to chat for a couple of hours before Dave Whitehurst arrived.

Dave Whitehurst was a quarterback for the Packers who played for 7 seasons. Dave was  probably the most humbling man I have ever met. I felt like I knew him for years. He could be anyone’s best friend. His son Charlie now plays for the San Diego Chargers as a quarterback as well.

Jerry’s Bar was the place to be Thursday night if you wanted to say hello to the boys. They got to experience a little bit Oshkosh history.

It looked like I would have to wait for rest of the crew to come in the following night. Friday night was my birthday which my parents drove up 21/2 hours to come and share with me. My husband, daughter, parents and some close friends dined out in Appleton and were back at the inn by 11:00.

At which time Bill Schroeder was waiting in my living room relaxing with Dave.  Bill Schroeder played for Packers for 7 seasons as a wide receiver. He was born in Eau Claire, attended Sheboygan High School and went to college in LaCrosse where he starred in track and field. I didn’t have much of an opportunity to talk to Bill since he was here such a short time, but I hope that I get the chance to meet him again someday. He couldn’t have been nicer in the time I did have with him.

Casey Rabuck who played for the Wisconsin Badgers stayed for a short time, but I never go the chance to meet him. The guys were up early on Saturday morning to do some ice fishing and head down to Battle on Bago where I got to spend most of my afternoon hanging out with some of them.

Later that evening, my husband and I had the pleasure of dining out with Dave. We decided to take him to Ratch and Deb’s for some great pizza and show him the shrine of Packers legends.

By Sunday, I was beat but still grinning from ear to ear. I only hope that we will get this opportunity again someday. If not though, this will be something I remember for many years to come.

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I am in 7th heaven with Dave Whitehurst and Frank Winters

Battle on Bago

February 18, 2013 by braytonbb

Lake Winnebago137,700-acre fresh water lake in our backyard. Did you know that it is the largest lake in the state and one of the largest inland lakes in the United States? That’s pretty cool!  It shouldn’t surprise you then either why Oshkosh holds so many well known fishing tournaments.

Battle on Bago was created in 2007 by a group of five Oshkosh Southwest Rotarians in order to support area youth and conservation efforts throughout the state of Wisconsin. This money has primarily benefitted over 20 Youth Fishing Events including Kids For Fish, Reelin’ The Youth, Eagle’s Club Kids Fisheree, Pony Creek Fisheree, Otter Street Youth Fisheree, and many more in which we funded the purchase of fishing poles, tackle boxes, and bait. In 2009 we began working with area High Schools to either form or enhance outdoor programs within each school resulting in Wisconsin’s first ever High School State Ice Fishing Championship last year at our event where 14 High Schools participated. Donations of over $5,000 were made to these schools in fishing gear or cash to support future outdoor programs. Aside from supporting youth outdoor activities, Battle on Bago has supported a number of conservation projects throughout the Lake Winnebago system thru Walleyes for Tomorrow, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and a number of conservation clubs that are now actively involved in our event.

Battle on Bago is hosting its 6th annual tournament on Saturday, February 23rd at Menominee Park. There is over $130,000 in prizes, great fun for the kids, food and entertainment all day long.

Fox Valley Polar Plunge

February 11, 2013 by braytonbb

You know, I have always considered doing this, but then after about 2 seconds I remind myself that winter is not my season and their slogan “Freezin for Reason” doesn’t really resonate well with me.  I am however, all about donating and watching others have an invigorating time. Besides,  getting a t-shirt that says too chicken to plunge  would okay with me.

Saturday, February 16th at Menominee park in Oshkosh is when the big event takes place. Registration begins at 10:00 and plunging starts at 12:00, followed by live music and  Buffalo Wild Wings wing eating competition. Afterwards will be a post plunge party. You know, come to think of it, they have “toss your boss” and “toss your teacher”, but  how about toss your partner? That would be a memorable Valentines Day weekend.  All proceeds go towards  Special Olympics.

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

January 21, 2013 by braytonbb

What better title is this? It caught my attention.

Looking for something fun and different to do for Valentines Day this year. How about catching a show at the Grand Opera House this year. They are only a few blocks away from the inn. Park the car for the weekend and catch and show and do some shopping downtown Oshkosh.

 

This musical celebration of the mating game takes on the truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum know as ‘the relationship.’ Act I explores the journey from dating and waiting to love and marriage, while Act II reveals the agonies and triumphs of in-laws and newborns, trips in the family car and pick-up techniques of the geriatric set. This hilarious revue pays tribute to those who have loved and lost, to those who have fallen on their face at the portal of romance, to those who have dared to ask, ‘Say, what are you doing Saturday night?’ The perfect “date show” for all ages, and on Valentine’s Day weekend!

Oshcar Awards at the Oshkosh Public Museum

January 14, 2013 by braytonbb

When I first heard about this exhibit, I got really excited and couldn’t wait to tell you about it. It started November 3rd.  and will be here until April 28th. at the Oshkosh Public Museum.  This is the first-ever Oshcar Awards, a red-carpet exhibit and awards ceremony to honor outstanding artifacts from the museum’s collections.

The Oshcars brings the stardom and glamour of Hollywood to Oshkosh with more than 100 star-quality artifacts will compete in 20 historically themed categories, with an intense mêlée expected among favorites in categories such as Faces from the Past and Keeping Warm.

The individual artifacts up for awards represent a diverse background of trades, talents and times. Rumored to be in attendance are noted icons and other luminaries, including Historic Art Glass and Unique Uniforms. Aside from bumping elbows with renowned relics, the awards gallery will feature individual memoirs and personal interviews with VIP artifacts. Meet the character behind the object with moving personal interviews detailing early upbringings, first gigs and stories of their rise to fame.

This clever and engaging exhibit grants red carpet access to all museum guests and invites the entire community to participate in the awards show by casting votes for the prestigious awards. As members of the Academy, each museum visitor will receive an official Oshcars ballot to submit for voting in each category. A formal Oshcars Awards ceremony will be held in February to announce winners.

Color my New Year 5K Run/Walk

December 24, 2012 by braytonbb

Are you kidding  me this?  This sounds like so much.

Ring in 2013 with a little color! Jan 1 from 10:00-1:00, starting at the 20th. Ave. YMCA, you will be fitted with a white event T-shirt and runners and walkers will begin on their 5-kilometer course. At each kilometer mark, runners will receive a dose of brilliant color, decorating their white shirt and spurring them on. By the end of the race, runners will be painted in crazy colors.

“Color runs” are a new phenomenon. Races focus on fun rather than competition.  What a great event for kids, families and anyone that wants to bring in the New Year colorful and festive. Good luck to all those participating and Have fun!

Plans for New Years Eve?

December 3, 2012 by braytonbb

I don’t know about you, but every year I say I going to do something fun, something different this New Years Eve, but its always the same, usually sleeping before 12:00 even gets here. How about this year, really mean it.

A New York style, New Years Eve Gala at Becket’s City Center Court where you will enjoy evening tunes of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and big city sounds. Feast on tantalizing appetizers, dancing, festive libation and midnight bubbly to bring in 2013.  This Gala starts at 8:30 and is only $50.00 per person or $475.00 for a table of 10.

We are only a a 4 block walk from Beckets, so celebrate in style with a stay at Brayton B&B and festive fun this New Years Eve.

Buy Local

November 19, 2012 by braytonbb

As the weather has gotten colder, we have brought out the sweaters and have probably started planning for that  Thanksgiving dinner we are about to prepare or enjoy elsewhere. The day after Thanksgiving means the start of holiday shopping.

Your local retailers and service professionals play an important role in Oshkosh’s economic development. You are investing in your city’s growth and vitality.  There are so many unique retail stores in our back yard from consignment shops to boutiques to non chain type restaurants to your neighbor who specializes in electric and plumbing needs.  Another way to help Oshkosh businesses grow is to purchase Oshkosh Chamber gift certificates which are good at hundreds of different locations in the area. They can be purchased in several denominations at a variety of financial institutions. They make great gifts and the receiver can use them at many Oshkosh businesses.

Your downtown businesses will be open Saturday,  November 24 from 10:00-4:00 for Small Business Saturday.  This is the perfect opportunity to buy local!

Holiday Open House is also Saturday, December 1 from 6:00-9:00 through the downtown Oshkosh. Gallery Walk will be going on with food and refreshments at area businesses along with horse carriage rides

FYI – Did you know that for every $100.00 spent at a local small business, that $68.00 returns to the community? Just one more reason to shop small and support your local economy.

 

Celebration of Lights

November 12, 2012 by braytonbb

 

 

November 21-December 31, Oshkosh will feature the Celebration of Lights at Menominee Park for its 11th year  from 5:00-9:00. Each year it gets bigger, brighter and better as the entire park is lit up by over a half million holiday lights for more than a mile through the park on the shores of Lake Winnebago.  The park also features live reindeer and a 100 foot holiday tree. Don’t miss this Oshkosh holiday tradition.

 

Nutcracker in the Castle

November 5, 2012 by braytonbb

The Nutcracker story unfolds in the Paine “castle” with the historic rooms elaborately decorated as the fantastic scenes of the beloved ballet. Special actor-guided tours with live music and youth ballet performances further bring the fantasy to life.

Revered as an “American Castle,” the Paine Art Center and Gardens presents the traditional Nutcracker story within the historic estate’s ornate interiors. The Paine’s original presentation of the holiday fairy tale immerses audiences in the fantastic scenes of the beloved ballet. From the opening Party Scene with a giant Christmas tree to the magical Land of Sweets and the enchanting Sugar Plum Fairy, the tale unfolds throughout elaborately decorated rooms with a mesmerizing array of sights and sounds. Available by reservation, Guided Tours are led by a character actor and feature live music and youth ballet performances during the magical journey.

Candlelight Tours are an especially spellbinding way for people young and old to view the Nutcracker display. On special evenings, visitors go through darkened rooms of the mansion illuminated by the glow of the Christmas Trees.

November 16-January 7

Oshkosh Saturday “Winter” Farmers Market

October 29, 2012 by braytonbb

Boy, summer flew by and Autumn seemed to sneak through so quickly as well.  New to Oshkosh this year though is the Saturday “Winter” Farmers Market.  The community demanded more locally grown food and hand made products beyond the summer season.  Did you know that the Oshkosh Saturday Farmers Market is 100 percent volunteer run.  Wow, that is a lot of work every Saturday in the summer and now the Winter Market will run the first, third and fifth Saturdays from November through April at City Center, 2 Jackson St., at the Becket’s Atrium, in downtown Oshkosh. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. I can’t wait to get out and see what winter items are available and shake the hands of the people that made this come together.

Spooktacular Chili Cook-Off

October 22, 2012 by braytonbb

Saturday, October 27th, from 9:00-3:00 downtown Oshkosh will be kickin’ off its annual Halloween Festival! Similar to previous events, this will be a family fun for all ages.  This year downtown will be filled with an entire block of art & craft vendors, Halloween/autumn harvest vendors, pumpkin painting,  and plenty of other goodies will await.  Of course, I am sure there will be lots of candy too.

New this year though there will be a Spooktacular Chili Cook Off! Looking for all amateur chili lovers to make up their favorite dishes. I would love to join in on the fun, but breakfast comes first and I don’t know if Chili counts as a breakfast item.  I plan on doing some sampling though around lunchtime. Teams of 3 are encouraged to apply; registration is 50 dollars per team. Awarded 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place prize. Also an additional prize will be given to the team with the best themed décor! Teams may fill out registration forms at Caramel Crisp Café.Don’t really feel like registering a Chili Cook Off team? No worries! For $5 bucks you can sample ten recipes! Talk about a deal, plus they money you spend is going to an excellent cause! Chili tasting will start off at high noon! Too spicy? Wash it down with local micro brews also rumored to be on site!We are extremely excited for this year’s event and hope that you will join in on the fun and tell everyone you know to come on downtown. !! Remember profit from this event will be sent over to the Day By Day Warming Shelter! So come on down, try some chili, and have a spooktacular time!

Essential Information:
Halloween event will be taking over Opera House square, the immediate surrounding roads, & the 400 block of N. Main Street. Grounds open around 9am. Chili Tasting Begins at NOON. Best dishes awards will be chosen at 3:00pm or when the chili runs out. Event also ends at 3:00pm.

Spirits of the Grand

October 15, 2012 by braytonbb

 

The Grand is such a cool place to go for concerts and performances, but have you ever wondered more about the history of Grand, like is it haunted? Or have you ever gone where the general public doesn’t get to go see like under the stage, dressing rooms, etc? Well now you can.

More than 130 years of stories are held within the walls of Oshkosh’s Grand Opera House. This annual festivity takes courageous visitors on a walk through a building which is thought by many to be one of the most haunted in the state.

Actors will lead you through the auditorium, dressing rooms and some of the secret rooms beneath the historic theater. Along the way, you’ll meet the spirits of those who helped write the history of the Grand, including a stagehand, a former manager of the Grand and a mysterious audience member.

All these ghostly appearances take place amid the splendor of the Grand Opera House, which will be adorned with spooky lighting and decorations to set the mood for the tours. Each night in the Grand Lounge, there will be a “Haunted Happy Hour” featuring a full array of beverages.   SPIRITS OF THE GRAND is open for public tours at selected times, October 18-31, 2012.

Grand Line up!

August 13, 2012 by braytonbb

The Grand Opera House in Downtown Oshkosh has announced its 26th performance season at the beautifully restored 1883 venue. Representatives from the Oshkosh Opera House Foundation, Oshkosh Community Players, and Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra announced their seasons Friday, August 3.

The Grand’s season features a mix of comedy, nostalgia, and music, and is highlighted by the first appearance by Wisconsin humorist John McGivern. McGivern’s “Summer Stories” is the season finale. Rising country star Katie Armiger opens the performance season with her trio in November. Lamb Chop, the world’s most famous sock puppet thanks to the late ventriloquist and television star Shari Lewis, is the star of a holiday show. Lamb Chop is now voiced by her “sister” and Shari Lewis’ daughter, Mallory Lewis. Other highlights include the return of the Second City comedy/improve troupe, this time with their “Dysfunctional Holiday Revue”; the return of last year’s favorite Jim Witter with It’s Still Rock ‘n Roll to Me, his popular sequel to his tribute concert to the music of Billy Joel and Elton John. New to The Grand in 2012-13 are the Barley Jacks, who mix blues, bluegrass, celtic and classical into their music; and the Harmonious Wail, who combine jazz, swing and gypsy music into their performance. Rounding out the season is a return of the popular Missoula Children’s Theater which gives 60 local students the chance to perform. This season, MCT will present “Blackbeard the Pirate”. The Oshkosh Community Players will present a three-production season which opens in October with the thriller The Woman in Black. Valentine’s Day weekend brings the popular musical I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, and the season closes in May with the award-winning farce Lend Me a Tenor. The Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra will also present three concerts in the subscription series. The orchestra will ring in the holiday season in late November with “Sounds of the Season”, will once again present it’s popular New Year’s Eve gala, this season at Becket’s City Center Court, and will close the season in early June with “Theater Music at The Grand”. The season announcement also spotlighted some non-subscription highlights like The Grand’s SPIRITS OF THE GRAND tours and OSHKOSH ON BROADWAY fundraiser, a visit by the legendary Arlo Guthrie, and the Symphony’s “Brunch with Santa” and “Remembering 9/11” events. A new series in the Grand Lounge was announced as well. The AFTERWALKseries will take place on Gallery Walk nights in Downtown Oshkosh, and feature regional artists in a cabaret setting.

Oct. 6                    Grand Opera House                        AFTERWALK series debuts- Rob Anthony

Oct. 11-13            Community Players                        THE WOMAN IN BLACK

Oct. 18                  Grand Opera House                        SPIRITS OF THE GRAND tours open

Oct. 25                  Grand Opera House                        U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors

Nov. 17                 Oshkosh Symphony                        “Sounds of the Season”

Nov. 20                 Grand Opera House                        Katie Armiger Trio

Dec. 8                    Grand Opera House                        Mallory Lewis and Lamb Chop

Dec. 20                 Grand Opera House                        Second City’s “Dysfunctional Holiday Revue”

Dec. 31                 Oshkosh Symphony                        New Year’s Eve Gala- “Bright Lights, Event City”

Jan. 25                  Grand Opera House                        The Barley Jacks

Feb. 14-16           Community Players                        I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE

Mar. 16                 Grand Opera House                        Missoula Children’s Theatre- BLACKBEARD THE PIRATE

Mar. 23                 Grand Opera House                        OSHKOSH ON BROADWAY

Apr. 13                  Grand Opera House                        Harmonious Wail

Apr. 26                  Grand Opera House                        Jim Witter’s  It’s Still Rock ‘n Roll to Me

May 2-4                Community Players                        LEND ME A TENOR

May 11                  ACG presents                                    Arlo Guthrie—“Here Comes the Kid” tour

May 17-18           Grand Opera House                        John McGivern’s SUMMER STORIES

June 1                   Oshkosh Symphony                        “Theater Music at The Grand”

EAA Celebrities

August 6, 2012 by braytonbb

In a previous post I talked about how excited I get every year for EAA. We tend to usually have the same group ( or mostly) the same each year. This year though we had a couple from Australia looking to buy a plane. I think he was more confused when he left though then when he first got here. It was a lot more than what he bargained for. I hope we will see them again though or least hear from them because I am very interested to fine out what he settled on. We also had another young couple here from Brazil. They have been in the States for a couple months and will be for a couple more, but his Grandfather wanted to experience EAA, therefore they got to as well. They were exhausted by the time they left from so much to see.

As for our regulars we have a couple that worked for American Airlines when we first met them 5 years ago but who are now retired and loving life with their new puppy. We also have a couple from California that fly out each year in their Long-EZ which I find absolutely beautiful! Every other year though, Mom and Dad come along for the fun. You see there is a race known as The Airventure Cup Race which is flown to unite aviation’s rich history with its promising future. The competition is a timed race with 11 or more classes of aircraft based on engine size and landing gear configuration, thus enabling aircraft to achieve best times according to class. The goal is to combine aviation history with innovation, new technologies and individual craftsmanship into a fun filled race that partcipants and spectators alike enjoy. After a mass arrival at the Oshkosh Whittman Regional Airport, the race aircraft were on display during EAA week in the homebuilt parking area. You can visit http://www.airventure.org/ for more information.

We want to say congratulations to Paul and Pam who took first place, AGAIN, in the experimental class with their Lancair IV and Jenny and Klaus who took 2nd in the Formula FX Blue Class in their Long-EZ. We look forward to seeing everyone next year and good luck to those who participate in the race.

Oshkosh Area Triathlon

July 30, 2012 by braytonbb

August 5th will be the annual event of the Oshkosh Area Olympic and Sprint Triathlon held in Winneconne.

Depending if you are decide to go for the sprint challenge or the olympic challenge the swimming portion will go from 1/4-3/4 of  a mile swim in Lake Winneconne. The next challenge is then a a 16-32 mile bike ride which goes along the lake and then heads north and east on quiet, paved country roads with a few small hills. The final part of the course is a 3.1-6.2 mile run through a residential area in Winneconne and then heads out to quiet, flat, country roads and back.  If you are up for the challenge, you still have time to register or if you just want to watch someone you know they are still looking for volunteers.

EAA has arrived in Oshkosh

July 22, 2012 by braytonbb

Airplanes, campers, vendors and enthusiasts have already arrived. Some weeks ago, some are waiting until the end of the week. We will get last minute calls though all week long. Some folks waited until the last minute and sometimes campers get tired of rain, cold or this year, possibly the heat. Either way, we are sure glad you are here. The noise of the engines and the spectacle in the sky is AMAZING! Every year, the thrill of the people from all over the world in Oshkosh is a feeling that is hard for me to express. One week, it is a place for so many to gather and enjoy with others their passion.

There is so much happening everyday at Air Venture like the daily afternoon air show at 3:30.

Monday is warbirds in review, along with the opening night concert. Steve Miller Band! Tuesday, pays tribute to the 75th anniversary of the Piper J-3 Cub.  Wednesday, pays tribute to The Greatest Generation in the Air, which salutes the Doolittle Raiders and the Tuskegee Airmen along with the Spirit of the Goodyear blimp arrival.  Thursday is Jet Day where there will be special performances by Jets along with an air show.  Friday is the salute to Veterans Day, with a free breakfast, parade and concert by Phil Vassar. Saturday is is super Saturday with a massive hot air balloon launch at 6:00, the annual 5K run/walk and Boogie Knights playing in the evening. Sunday wraps up the week with  family day, where kids from 6-18 can get in free with an adult.

If you have never been, come up for the day to check it up. Staying overnight might be a bit of challenge, but if you plan ahead for next year, you may just get lucky.

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