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Rooms of Blooms

March 3, 2014 by braytonbb

 

The Paine Art Museum brings back Rooms of Blooms for the fifth year. Rooms of Blooms is the greater Fox Valley floral show. The lead presenters will be House of Flowers, Hrnaks and Fleur Couture here in Oshkosh and Buds ‘n Bloom Design Studio from Green Bay.

If you have never been, March 6-9, talented designers and artists will showcase their talents in the interior of the Paine Art Museum. Interior rooms will be filled with fresh flowers in artistic arrangements from table settings, to large scale settings and entire room showcase filled with floral aromas. March 7th and 8th, educational programs will be held in the new carriage house.

This year, for the first time, The Paine will also offer the opportunity to have brunch among the floral display in the conservatory on Saturday, at 9:00. March 8th (reservation is required). On Sunday, musical ensembles will perform live music in the conservatory as well. For pricing and the brunch menu, you can visit the Paine Art Museum

25 things to do in Oshkosh for under $10.00

February 24, 2014 by braytonbb

25 things to do in Oshkosh that are under $10.00? How many times have you said there is nothing to do or I am broke. Well here is a list compiled by our wonderful convention and visitors bureau of 25 things to do this winter and upcoming spring. I thought it was so worthwhile that I had to share. Many items are available as a discount with the complimentary Convention and Visitors Bureau coupon book.

Bowling Sign

1. Enjoy our winter farmers market at the Washington Hall (formerly The Eagles Club)

2. Check out the WIOUWASH Trail ( walk, cross country ski, snow shoe or bike)

3. Visit the art galleries on the UW Oshkosh campus.

4. Sled down Garbage Hill at Red Arrow Park

5. Grab a day pass at the YMCA and go ice skating, rock climbing, swimming, and so much  more. ( Youth and high school $10.00, adults $14.00.

6. Enjoy a budget movie at the Time Community Theater.

7. Visit the Nativity collection inside the Algoma Blvd. United Methodist Church

8. Explore the Oshkosh Public Museum

9. Visit the Paine Art Center and Gardens

10. Enjoy Gallery Walk and AfterWalk inside the Grand Opera House.

11. Take your dog to the free dog park at  Winnebago Community Park

12. Get your laugh on at the Backlot Comedy House on Main St.

13. Tour the historic Morgan House

14. Catch a show at the Fredric March Theater on the UW Oshkosh Campus

15. When is the last time you went bowling? Oshkosh has 4!

16. Go to a parade, including the St. Patrick’s Day parade coming up soon.

17. Pick up a comic book or board game from House of Heroes

18. Pick up a book at the Oshkosh Public Library

19. Check out the EAA Air Museum.

20. Play some pool at The Magnet

21. Go treasure hunting at one of our thrift and antique stores.

22. Grab some coffee and a sandwich at Caramel Crisp, Planet Perk, New Moon or Piloras

23. Attend Tuesday night $5.00 movies at the Marcus Cinema

24. Grab some great chili at Dr. Benzie’s.

25. Enjoy a frish fry at South Shore Ice Yacht Club.

 

 

What to do for Valentines Day weekend?

February 10, 2014 by braytonbb

So you want to do something special for Valentines Day but have limited funds? Well lucky for you, Oshkosh has some great events going on that won’t cost you much but will score you some big points all close to the inn.

Big Heart of Art - 1000 Visual Mashups

Friday evening (Valentines Day), Chef Mike at Beckets restaurant on the Fox River, will be serving up some wonderful entrees exclusively for Valentines Day. Janet Planet, a jazz vocalist, will also be playing by the roaring fire. Sounds wonderfully romantic to me. Beautiful atmosphere on the river, great food and free live music!

Saturday from 9:00-12:30 the indoor Saturday Farmers Market at Washington Hall will be hosting Tin Sandwich. Enjoy great music while checking out beautiful crafts, canned goods, pottery, soaps, and so much more.

Saturday evening Dockside Tavern, just across the river from Beckets, will be hosting Piano Bar with Michael Massey at 6:00 PM. Free champagne with every entree purchase and two 4 one martinis all night long.

You have to eat sometime, so why not choose one or both of these great restaurants on the Fox River, just blocks from the inn, hear some amazing music for free and check out the indoor farmers market if you have never been. I hear it is supposed to warm up here the next few days, so by this weekend it will be the perfect romantic weekend.

 

7 Re-Discovered Tiffiany Windows

January 27, 2014 by braytonbb

I am honored to present the The Oshkosh Public Museum this week. Beginning February 8 through May 11, the museum will showcase the full set of Tiffany’s stained-glass window series “Angels Representing Seven Churches,”.

Created by Tiffany Studios at the beginning of the 20th century, the windows once adorned a church sanctuary in Ohio but spent decades packed in crates, nearly forgotten, after the church was demolished. In 2001, the angels were found – miraculously, all seven survived intact.

This exhibit educates us about the historical and artistic significance of the works, and archives their evolution and journey. The real beauty though is when the windows are backlit and light streams through the stained-glass which reveals their real beauty.

The significance of this exhibit is that it is here in the historic 1908 residence of Edgar and Mary Jewell Sawyer. Their interior decorations and furnishings of the home were executed by Tiffany Studios, including the bronze grilles, light fixtures and tapestry wall coverings. One of the most recognizable and beautiful Tiffany features is the iridescent landscape themed stained glass window on the landing of the grand staircase.

The In Company With Angels exhibit includes not only the dramatic Tiffany windows, but is accompanied by Living With Tiffany, an exhibit showcasing a collection of lamps, desk sets and other decorative objects created by Tiffany Studios for the home and everyday living.

I am so excited to be able to tour this exhibit and proud that Oshkosh has brought this to our community

 

EAA Skiplane Fly-In

January 20, 2014 by braytonbb

EAA Airventure is months away as I am now thinking of warmer weather. If you are getting that itch though to catch a glimpse of a few planes, or should I say skiplanes, the annual EAA Skiplane Fly-In is approaching. Traditionally it has been in January, but the date has been moved to  Saturday, February 8, at EAA’s Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh, to increase the likelihood of sufficient snow to host flying activities.

This incredible winter event, which has welcomed more than 30 skiplanes in the past, celebrates  skiplane flying as well as the anniversary of the first-ever meeting of the Experimental Aircraft Association which was on January 26, 1953.

In the unlikely event that snow and weather conditions do not permit aircraft arrivals at Pioneer Airport on February 8, other activities will continue as planned, including complimentary chili and cake served beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The Skiplane Fly-In runs from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and is free of charge to the general public. Signs will direct visitors to the skiplane area upon arrival to the museum. Shuttle services will also operate from Basler Flight Service and Orion Flight Services for those landing at Wittman Regional Airport. Regular admission rates apply for guests visiting the museum itself.

 

Local Art Auction at the Underground

December 23, 2013 by braytonbb

 

Hey Oshkosh and those of you coming to visit. Check out the Underground. Personally, I have never heard of this until I noticed that there was a local art auction taking place on Saturday, January 18th from 2:00-5:00 PM at 321 Market St. in Oshkosh.

The Underground is located in a basement right next to the sundial on the square downtown, hence underground. They offer events that you might not see anywhere else. The Underground was created to make space for your dreams to become a reality. They feature many local artists, as well as touring bands that offer live art and music, performance art, interactive projects, open mic night, gallery space, spoken word and poetry, creative workshops, individual and group art classes, kids activity days, studio space, community-minded get-togethers, a place to hang out and even supplies to use. It is completely funded by donations and individuals working toward the same goal of creating a community based placed to enjoy the arts.

The art at this auction will go to the highest bidder! You never know, you might be walking away with a high quality, fine art piece for a very reasonable price. Proceeds will be going toward the UnderGround.

Artists featured in the auction are all local, and many have held exhibitions in galleries in the area. Previews of some art will be posted to the event website but there will be many works that will only be seen the day of the auction. If you are not able to attend the event, but you would like to place a bid on a certain item, you should email the undergound directly and inquire.

Spooktacular Chili Cook-Off

October 7, 2013 by braytonbb

This is the second year for the downtown Oshkosh Chili Cook-off and it promises to be better than the last. I was pretty impressed with last years event, but they did run short of chili very early on.  I think it may have been underestimated how much we love our chili and are so willing to try different types. I will suggest getting here right at 12:00 which is when sampling begins. Last year there was anything from cranberry chili to chocolate chili. I can’t wait to find out what there is this year.  This event was sponsored last year in hopes of continuing to support the Day By Day Warming Shelter  in Downtown Oshkosh. Please make a difference in the community event by giving back. 
Not only will you get to experience unique chili samples from over 30 amateur chefs, but local  beers will also be on tap, along with a DJ and children’s activities. This will also be the last outdoor Farmers Market for the year. The Farmers Market will go from 8:00-12:30 and sampling will begin at 12:00.  So come on down Opera House Square on Saturday, October 26th in hopes to grow our downtown community. Sampling begins at 12:00.

There is still room to register if you think you have what it takes to win or just have fun. Register here.

Amateur judges will be awarding in categories of “Best Traditional Chili”, Specialty Chili”, and a “5 Alarm Chili”.

 

 

Connecting Wisconsin

September 30, 2013 by braytonbb

It has been a long time coming, but Oshkosh is connecting Wisconsin one trail at a time.

Be the first to walk, run or bike across Lake butte Des Morts on Saturday, October 12th. from 11:00-2:30 as the Tribal Heritage Crossing of the Wiouwash State Recreation Trail crosses Lake Butte Des Morts along the Highway 41 Causeway.

This event will be held at the North end of the causeway near the driveway of Ecklund Motor Sports at 2794 Marine Dr. There will be street parking with people helping you on where to go.

At 11:00 AM there will be a formal dedication and ceremony with our own Governor Scott Walker being present. From 11:30-2:30 there will be an open house for a fun run/walk and dog walk. You can register the day of for a 5K non competitive run/walk with or without your pooch. You will receive “first across” commemorative pin, and be able to visit displays along the crossing, which includes one of each of the Wisconsin Indian Tribes.  Experts will also be on hand to talk about fishing opportunities on the trail as well.

EAA September Swing

September 16, 2013 by braytonbb

Saturday, September 28th from from 7:00-11:00, relive the excitement and glamour of the 1940s at EAA’s “September Swing!” This spectacular evening of big band dance located in one of the hangers at EAA will feature the sights and sounds of Ladies Must Swing, an all-female, 19-piece jazz band from Madison, Wisconsin. You can  learn to swing dance (or practice your skills) from 7:30 to 8 p.m. and then dance the night away amidst an authentic collection of World War II planes, vehicles, and artifacts.

There will be great music from the 40’s and  delicious hors d’oeuvres, which will make up this amazing evening event at the EAA AirVenture Museum. Vintage wear is encouraged, but not required. Prizes will be awarded for best period attire and best dancers.

Admission price includes museum entrance, hors d’oeuvres, live music, dance lessons, and much more. Wine, beer and cocktails will be available for purchase all evening. Tickets are available at http://www.airventuremuseum.org/activities/swing.asp

 

Fanny Pack Disco 5K

September 9, 2013 by braytonbb

If you have not heard about this event, tell me it does not intrigue you?

Saturday, September 28th from 10:00-1:00 Pm is the Fanny Pack Disco 5K. This is a benefit for the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer). Fanny Pack Disco is a 5k run, a dance party, and a fashion statement all rolled into one. Sport a Jammy Pack and a Silent Storm Sound System wireless receiver, you’ll help form a mobile, surround-sound mob as hit after hit is blasted through the speakers around your waist. A Jammy Pack is a fanny pack with speakers and the Silent Storm Sound System wireless receiver allows it to send music to the Jammy Pack over an FM airwaves. With your registration, you get to keep your Jammy Pack, as well as our participant t-shirt and race bib! All you need to do is run and they will take care of the tunes. They will keep your ears’ attention by changing up the genre several times throughout the course. Whether you’re into Top 40s, 90s, oldies or Hip Hop, you’re sure to hear something you’ll like! The trail will start at Menominee park. Registration is $35.00.

Still can’t imagine what this could consist of. Check out this You Tube Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGMnFAY-cO4

Fall Fest on the Fox

September 3, 2013 by braytonbb

Trying to plan a weekend getaway for this Fall?  How about coming to Oshkosh the weekend of of October 20-22?  Everything is walkable from Brayton B&B. Leave the car parked all weekend and celebrate Fall Fest on the Fox.

Starting off on Friday is the 13th annual Friday Fish Fry on the Fox. The Fish Fry on the Fox is a community celebration featuring an all-you-care-to eat buffet dinner, live jazz, caricature artist, horse-drawn tours of campus, face painting and so much more.

Tickets for the fish fry may be purchased online at www.uwosh.edu/fallfest.  Tickets are $10/advance & $12/door for adults;  Beverage, gratuities, tax and included. Free parking at the Blackhawk Commons, UW Oshkosh from 4:00-7:00 PM.

Afterwards why not walk down to the Time Theater where admission is free for a series of classic horror films from 8:00-11:00 PM.

Saturday morning is the Oshkosh Saturday Farmers Market.  With over 130 vendors every Saturday morning. There is a wonderful variety of products from  fresh fruits and vegetables (exotic and heirloom), fish, meats, sausage, jerky, poultry, cheeses, eggs, honey, cut flowers, perennials, shoots, prepared foods including egg rolls, kettle corn, hot dogs and brats, crepes, breads and bakery, chocolate covered soy beans, and crafts. All from 8:00-12:30.

Starting at 9:00 until 4:00 PM is the 8th annual Dragonboat Race and Festival. This is a FREE family festival at the Leach Amphitheater and Riverside Park.  Watch 40-foot long canoe-like boats race down the Fox  River.  Family festival includes live performances every hour, arts and crafts, family activities, caricatures, concessions and more.

Sunday, awake at your leisure to a full breakfast. Not ready to go home? Hop on a bus just blocks away and let Ratch and Debs Pizza shuttle you to Green Bay to watch the Packers. It is away game against Cincinnati but you can hang out at the Curling Club and watch the game while they feed you in the comforts of big screen televisions and cozy chairs. All for $30.00 per person. Call for more details and reserve your room and space on the bus.

 

Tough Mudder

August 26, 2013 by braytonbb

If you have not heard about the Tough Mudder event coming to Oshkosh Air Venture grounds on September 6-8, where have you been?

Tough Mudder, you ask? What is such an event? Tough Mudder events are a hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle course designed to test your all around strength, stamina and mental grit. Only 78% of entrants successfully complete each challenge. Over 700,000 people to date have participated in this event worldwide. This is a fun event, not be compared to a marathon or triathlon type events.   As hardcore as the courses are, participants meet at the finish line with a beer, a sense of accomplishment with the new pals you make and a live band. Why not celebrate? You are covered in mud and just finished an obstacle called ‘Just The Tip’. There is  mud, fire, ice-water, and 10,000 volts of electricity that you will need teammates for, to pick you up when you think you had enough.  To get over 12 foot walls and through underground mud tunnels, you will need those teammates to give you a extra bit of encouragement. Tough Mudders are team players who make sure no one gets left behind. All tough mudder participants pledge the following:

  1. I understand that Tough Mudder is not a race, but a challenge
  2. I put teamwork and camaraderie before my course time.
  3. I do not whine-kids whine.
  4. I help  my fellow mudders to complete the course.
  5. I overcome all fears.

Wow, this sounds tough and fun all at once. We are currently full September 6-8 for this event but  if you are interested in giving this a shot, you have until August 31st. to register. You can also still volunteer and cheer on others as they crawl to the finish line.

We are overjoyed that this event has come to Oshkosh and hopes that they may be here to stay!

 

Phew… EAA…What a week!

August 6, 2013 by braytonbb

I look forward to EAA every year. I get to see a great group of people usually only once a year and get to meet some amazing new people in the process. We get calls for lodging for Air Venture up two years in advance to the day of to before the week is through already for next year. Our process is somewhat different than most for EAA. The people that stay with us for instance this year, already get dibs for next year. I call each and everyone in January to confirm. If plans change for them at that time, I pull the next person on our waiting list. However, if someone that stayed with us cancels anytime after January, and they want to come back lets say in 2015, they would have to go on our waiting list. Therefore, they lose their spot. It gives our regulars priority, but also gives someone new a chance to come.

For instance, this year we had a new couple from Austria visit us for the week. Dr. Helmut Huber and his lovely wife Petra. They have never been to Oshkosh before and loved it! They were on the bus by 9:30 AM and were never home before 12:00, I don’t’ think.  They are already thinking about their trip next year and we can’t wait to see them again.

We also had a guest that had to depart early, so I opened up their room online and it was immediately filled by a wonderful couple from Arkansas. They have always wanted to come and had  never had the chance. At the last minute they said, “lets try getting into Oshkosh for AirVenture” which is how they found us. We are overjoyed to make new friends and enthusiasts of EAA.

Paul is a Kitfox vendor who stays with us every year. We have become wonderful friends and plan on visiting him hopefully next Spring or Fall in Idaho where he flies people  into dude ranches. He has totally convinced us that this is what we need to do, so our next years family vacation is being planned as we speak. Paul introduced us to the owners of the company of Kitfox who are equally amazing! So much in fact that they took us up in their plane. I have to admit, I was a little leery at first since I had never been up in such a small aircraft. I really had to convince our daughter Chase that she should really experience this adventure as well.  Needless to say, we both loved it! A video was also shot of us landing on a grass air strip near Neenah. Thanks Tom for doing that!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were also blessed to be able to be on the EAA grounds this year to experience the sound of Chicago and Gary Sinise and the Lieutenant Dan Band along with the Premier of the movie Planes, witness the night air show and hot air balloons. Whew… I am exhausted, but flying high!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following are a few of our other guests that frequent us with their planes. I love showing them off. They are beautiful!

 

Keep it up, Paine Art Museum and Gardens

July 29, 2013 by braytonbb

I am always bragging up our convention and visitor bureau for how hard they work to bring so many great events to Oshkosh. I also give kuddos to our city for keeping it clean, beautifying it with flowers and putting Oshkosh on the map when it comes to our riverwalk and expending our waterways with new business.

This week though, I would like give a big thumbs up for the Paine Art Museum and Gardens. First off, the Chihuly exhibit that they have featured is utterly amazing. The pieces are exquisite, unique and  I can’t even imagine how they were shipped and set up. Wow! If you have not seen this exhibit, get in there now before it leaves on October 13th.

I have also received two other events at the Paine that made me want to be a part of what they are offering and go so badly that I just had to share it with everyone.

The Paine is launching a new group to foster the next generation of cultural enthusiasts. The group is called “The Contemporaries” and focuses on connecting people ages 21-45 with the Paine and one another to enjoy and learn about art and gardens. The group’s first gathering is Saturday, August 10. Guests will enjoy a private viewing of the Chihuly exhibition followed by croquet and cocktails in the gardens. Tell me this does not sound like so much fun! RSVP by August 5.

Next is the Swing So Cool, and Sway So Gentle Jazz in the Gardens on September 7th. from 5-9

Set amidst the Paine’s radiant gardens, the evening is inspired by the style and sounds of Palm Beach and features fine wine, seasonal foods by Zuppas and live jazz by Lighthouse Big Band, an eighteen piece ensemble. Reservations are now being accepted.

 

AirVenture 2013

July 22, 2013 by braytonbb

It is that time of year again when the sound of the jet engines fly high above the Oshkosh skys. You will be noticing as each day passes this week, the sky will become more brilliant with the different types of planes coming in for AirVenture which begins July 29th for one week.   Many air enthusiasts, arriving in Oshkosh, say that it is a thrill to be one of more than 10,000 aircraft flying into Oshkosh and landing at what becomes the busiest airport in the world for one week. Whether you have never been to AirVenture or have been coming for many years, there is something for everyone whether its an informational group session, or entertainment such as daily air shows, aerobatics, pyrotechnics and even an opening day concert from the well known group, Chicago and a Saturday night air show. There are activities such as workshops, demonstrations, Theater in the Woods and even KidVenture to give everyone something fun to do.  All this is included in your daily admission.

From sun up to sun down, AirVenture brings back attendees year after year and is something everyone needs to experience.

Photo courtesy of Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau

Photo courtesy of Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau

 

Rock USA 2013

July 15, 2013 by braytonbb

 

Compliments of Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau

Compliments of Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau

Get ready for another great weekend of music in the Event City at the Ford Festival Grounds for Rock USA! I have to admit some of these groups I have never heard of, but others I am big fans of. Some of the headliners are Van Halen and Twisted Sister.  Some of the sideliners are just as good though like Buck Cherry, and Great White. Saturday should be a kick butt day though with Ratt, Jackyl, Dokken and Road Trip. I only hope they have better weather than Country USA when it got pretty wet most days and muddy in the beginning.

There is plenty of parking, great camp grounds and is only a short 10 minute drive from us. I don’t know if we will be able to make it this year, but I am sure I will hear all about it. Last year was fantastic!

Have you seen the “Scene”?

July 10, 2013 by braytonbb

I am a big fan of the Scene newspaper that comes out on a monthly basis, but this month I feel like I hit the jackpot. It is filled full of Oshkosh events, festivals, new retail shops that have opened and new ones that will be opening soon, plus tons of great news worthy articles and advertisements.

Let me start out by pointing out the great picture on the front cover. It shows a group of people at Country USA having a great time. After 18 years, this was the strongest year ever with opening day bringing in over a record number of 30,000 people. Expect to see Luke Bryan, Gary Allen, and Carrie Underwood in 2014.

As you open the cover there is another music festival being promoted in downtown Oshkosh. It is known as the Oshkosh Main Street Music Festival with over 100 musicians, artists, comedians and entertainers, many local to Oshkosh and Northeast Wisconsin. They will playing at over 15 venues on Main Street and the surrounding streets.  Just a few to be named are Dead Horses, The Traveling Suitcase, Jazz Orgy and many others. All this music is FREE from August 1-4th playing at great downtown locations like Peabody’s Ale House, Becket’s , Oblios and the Time Community Theater are just to name a few. http://oshkoshmainstreetmusicfestival.com

Want more music? How about coming to the historic Masonic Temple at 204 Washington Ave, downtown Oshkosh on July 20 and 21. Musicians will be coming from across the country to bring together different genres of music. Meeting the musicians will also be promoted with valuable workshops and demonstrations. Go to http://clawhammerfest.com for more info.

Turn to page 38 and you will see what all the buzz is about in downtown Oshkosh. Our Downtown Saturday Farmers Market has been going strong now for a couple of years, Live at Lunch concerts in the Opera House Square where you can grab a bite from a local restaurant and hear some great music and then there is the Time Community Theater showing many great FREE movies in the evening. We have to welcome some new comers now to the area. First off, Oshkosh Community Church located on the corner of Main and Merritt. Jackie’s Sweet Memories on the corner of Main and Parkway. Finally a small grocery store downtown where I can quickly run in and out to get those items I forgot for breakfast. Backlot Comedy House at 424 N. Main will focus on sketch and improv comedy on the weekends and offer acting classes for kids and teens.  Winnebago Bicycle on the corner of Main and Merritt will be opening  mid July and offering new and used bikes and related accessories with a service department. Renting bicycles, is that yet to come? Let us know!

Courtesy of Oshkosh Convention and Visitors BureauLets not forget EAA. We always talk about planes, but Chicago returns to AirVenture this year on opening day, Monday, July 29th. Chicago is only second to the Beach Boys as the most successful rock band, in terms of both albums and singles states Billboard chart statistics.

I could literally go on and on, but why don’t you just pick up a copy yourself. Check out all the restaurants that are offering great daily specials and some of the other great articles. Enjoy!

Miss Wisconsin 2013

June 17, 2013 by braytonbb

I really feel like summer has arrived. Finally!  Other than the warmer temperatures, Oshkosh gets into full swing starting with the Miss Wisconsin scholarship pageant.

We are very excited that the Miss Wisconsin judges will be staying with us this year. They will have privacy of the entire inn to themselves for business and hopefully some relaxing time as well. Several of these judges have spent years in the pageant industry judging, volunteering, competing and or serving on the scholarship committee. They come from all over the country and we couldn’t be more excited that they are here with us.

The Miss Wisconsin competition will represent women from Wisconsin who will make their way to the Miss America pageant.  Winning the competition is not only a great milestone, it also provides the winner with a chance to get out and advocate for a cause that she feels very strongly about. Last year’s winner, Kate Gorman, promoted her platform ‘Take a Healthy Bite out of Childhood Hunger’ which helped to advocate for better nutritional habits. All the ladies receive an incremental amount of funding for the school of their choice for the effort they put forth for the show. Scholarships are given out by the Miss Wisconsin Scholarship Foundation as well as by other sponsors that are proud supporters of the event. The pageant will be taking place in Oshkosh, at the Alberta Kimball Auditorium, starting June 19th – 22nd. 

Waterfest is back!

June 10, 2013 by braytonbb


Waterfest is truly described as a celebration of the Quality of Life that exists here in the Fox Valley. The name was chosen to help highlight one of the most valuable assets here, which are our waterways. What happens at Waterfest though, is much more than a celebration of the Quality of Life, it is a time where friends and family can get together for a great time out and get treated to a great line-up of music.

The concert series takes place at the Leach Amphitheater in Riverside Park, which is in Downtown Oshkosh and runs for 10 Thursdays all summer long starting on June 20 and ending August 29. Most nights will run from 6 pm to 10:30 pm with an exception of a few days starting at 5 pm. In the past, Waterfest has drawn in some great musical acts such as REO Speedwagon, Eddie Money, Alice Cooper, and many more! This year looks likes it is no exception to some great acts that include Kenny Loggins, Survivor, The Tubes, and others. So get out to the Fest for an evening and enjoy some fantastic tunes with our great community!

Below is a list of who what we can expect to see and hear this summer.

 

HEADLINERS:

June 20 – Hairball!

June 27 – Vic Ferrari

July 11 – Little River Band

July 18 – American English

July 25 – Survivor

August 1 – Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

August 8 – Spin Doctors

August 15 – The Tubes

August 22 – Rusted Root

August 29 – Kenny Loggins

 

FOR MORE INFO ON BANDS, ADMISSION, OR ALUMNI CHECK OUT THIS SITE:

www.waterfest.org

Live at Lunch

June 3, 2013 by braytonbb

One of my favorite downtown things to do in the summer is Live at Lunch.  I try to get down to the square a little early for a chair and relax in the sun while listening to FREE local artists performing.  Hosted by the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce, the series runs nine weeks every Wednesday throughout the summer from 12:00 – 1:00. Each Wednesday there will be a downtown restaurant catering lunch. You can bring your own lawn chairs and/or blankets or grab a seat on the square. This is the 10th year that the Chamber of Commerce has been putting this event on, and it is a great way to get out and get connected with the Oshkosh community. This free event is family friendly, and provides a variety of genres for all to listen to. Every performance brings something new, so grab your blankets and chairs and head out to enjoy the weather, food, and great tunes! I have listed the performances below. Hopefully I will see you there.

Live at Lunch Schedule:

June 12, Cookie

June 19, John Kelley & Friends

June 26, Connor La Mue

July 10, Patchouli

July 17, D. Ruzicka Trio

July 24, Sly Joe

July 31, Erin Krebs & Jeff Johnston

August 7, Joe & Janice Marie Scheibinger

August 14, Rob Anthony

July 17, D.Ruzicka Trio

July 24, Sly Joe

July 31, Erin Krebs & Jeff Johnston

August 7, Joe & Janice Marie Scheibinger

August 14, Rob Anthony

 

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.

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