Category Archives: Oshkosh, WI events

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.

Another big week in Oshkosh!

July 9, 2012 by braytonbb

July has got to be the busiest month I bet in Oshkosh. We have got LiFest going on, Rock Fest, US Open Grass Volleyball, plus Waterfest and our farmers market again.

LiFest which starts July 11 and goes through July 15 has been around since 1990. It started originally in Appleton as a run/walk fundraiser. Since then a Christian music festival was added and moved to Oshkosh at Sunnyview Expo Center in Oshkosh. Last year it hit is second largest attendance ever with over 16,500 people. Some music headliners include Newsboys, Skillet and Lincoln Brewster are just to name a few. There will also be a 5K run/walk, Zero Gravity which performs action sports with high energy music, petting zoo, art space, skatepark, basketball, volleyball and dodgeball tournaments, archery and a prayer journey.

Rock USA goes on from July 12-14 at Ford Festival Park in Oshkosh. A few bands you can expect to see there this year are Skid Row, Papa Roach, Shinedown on Thursday, Hinder, Tesla and Montely Crue on Friday night, and Kid Rock on Saturday.

July 11-15 is the World’s Largest Volleyball Tournament with over 200 volleyball courts with teams from around the world competing at every level of play from professional to recreational. Open to the public. Volleyball clinics run by Misty May-Treanor Gold Medalist.

4th of July already!

July 2, 2012 by braytonbb

Whenever we get to the fourth of July I feel like Summer is half way through and I am just not ready for that thought yet. With that thought though comes all the great things happening in Oshkosh.

First off, this week starting on July 3rd -July 7th  is Sawdust Days at Menominee Park on Lake Winnebago. This is a fun filled week for the whole family. There is a ton of stuff to do like ride all the wonderful rides, get your fill of funnel cakes, 4 stages of music including the rajun Cajun, Karaoke stage, and of course the parade and fireworks on July 4th.

We also can’t forget about the USA Junior Track and Field from July 5-8 at the UW Sports  Complext at UWO.

Saturday is the weekly farmers market downtown on Main St. from 8:00-12:30. Then head down to the annual Brews and Blues Festival at the Leach Amphitheater from 4:00-8:00 where the money raised goes towards local charities.  This year, all proceeds will go towards the Take 5 club which helps needy children in the community receive new school clothes so they fit in with everyone else and don’t get teased and bullied because the clothes they wear are too small, don’t fit or worn out. Brewers will be on hand and attendees have the opportunity to sample over 100 brews while enjoying background music from several local blues-esque bands.

Gallery Walk is also happening downtown Oshkosh from 6:00-9:00.

Sunday, rest? No way! Faire on the Green is taking place at the Paine Center and Gardens from 9:00-4:00. This is the largest, free outdoor arts and crafts fair in Oshkosh!  From whimsical mosaics to original art and fine crafts, enjoy the works of more than 200 talented artists and crafts-persons. The “Corner Market” features unique antiques, imported and retail items on the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Congress Street with great food and entertainment.

Where’s Waldo?

June 30, 2012 by braytonbb

Where’s Waldo? In OSHKOSH, of course. He’s turning twenty-five this year, and to celebrate, the famous fellow in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty different local businesses all through the month of July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including buttons, books, and more. From Brayton Bed and Breakfast, Crescent Moon Antiques, to Caramel Crisp Café.  Waldo figures are showing up in public areas of local establishments. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo in OSHKOSH!” search list with the names of all the businesses, and collect an “I Found Waldo at ___________” card for each Waldo they spot. Collecting cards in sixteen or more businesses and turning them in at Apple Blossom Books will win a Waldo button and an entry for other, larger prizes to be drawn at a Waldo party on July 31. The Grand Prize is a complete six-volume set of Waldo books. People who prefer a shorter version of the hunt can collect the cards from eight businesses and pick up a Waldo button at Apple Blossom Books.

Waldo is the creation of Martin Handford, whose entertaining drawings of crowd scenes swept the world in 1987. Since then, the Where’s Waldo books have held a cherished spot on bookstore shelves the world over. There are now over 55 million Waldo books in print worldwide and they’ve been translated into eighteen languages. An entire generation has grown up searching for Waldo and his cast of wandering companions.

In celebration of Waldo’s longevity and popularity, his American publisher, Candlewick Press, is teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and 250 independent bookstores all across the country, including Apple Blossom Books here in Oshkosh, to have fun and encourage people to visit local businesses. There is no charge to participate, and the game lasts for the entire month of July. For more information about hunting for Waldo in OSHKOSH, call Apple Blossom Books at 920.230.3395.

Waldo is hidden somewhere on the front porch of Brayton Bed and Breakfast. If you find him, grab a card. If we are around when you are there, please find us and sign up for our drawing where we are giving a gift certificate for a percentage off your next nights stay with us. Please be courteous of other staying with us and only look for Waldo before 8:00 PM. Thank you!




Poker on the Fox

June 25, 2012 by braytonbb

Poker on the Fox is a fun weekend event that is going on its 3rd. year. The event is open to the public and is charity event and boat show

The poker run will start Friday, June 29th  night at Beckets with registration, live music and a lot of fun. Then on June 30, the Poker run will start shotgun style visiting over 14 locations around the Fox Valley. Final stop at Fratello’s highlighting live music, boat show, raffles, awards and much more.

The Poker Run itself is not a race and all are invited to causally visit the stop sponsors. If you are traveling by boat the size of your craft should be of no concern. If your are a motorcyclist this is a chance to run around the waterways by bike and enjoy the views of the countryside and water. Grab your buddies and make it a day of fun while helping a great cause.

Country USA hits Oshkosh

June 19, 2012 by braytonbb

June 19-23 are when all your big favorite country bands will be in Oshkosh. The Main entrance is located just off of the frontage road (Washburn Ave.) There are still tickets available! What a line up this year!

Tuesday is Thompson Square and the The Band Perry who won best new artist, sing and song of the year from CMA.

Wednesday is Joe Diffey, John Michael Montgomery and old favorite – Sawyer Brown.

Thursday is Jerrod Niemann, Phil Vassar and my favorite, Sugarland who was CMA’s duo of the year.

Friday is Lee Ann Womack and Brad Paisley

Saturday is Tracey Lawrence, Clay Walker and and another personal favorite, Keith Urban

Model A’s In Oshkosh

June 19, 2012 by braytonbb

If you were wondering what all those old cars were driving around Oshkosh all of last week, it was the national convention for Model A cars from all over the country. It is the first time it has come to Oshkosh and what a sight it was to see!

We were lucky enough to have a few of those owners stay with us. One gentleman has several and got his good friend and neighbor into the hobby as well.  They are so majestic to look at. Scott even scammed one of them into letting him drive it a bit. Thanks a lot Jim and Becky!



Miss Wisconsin Pageant and Midwest Fest

June 11, 2012 by braytonbb

Two wonderful events are being held in Oshkosh this weekend. Miss Wisconsin Scholarship Pageant and Midwest Fest. Miss Wisconsin is coming back for its 50th anniversary.  The current Miss Wisconsin Raeanna Johnson will transfer her crown to the new Miss Wisconsin on Saturday, June 16th. at the Alberta Kimball Auditorium at Oshkosh West High School.  We look forward to seeing some past contestants and fans.

The Midwest Fest is brand new to Oshkosh for its first annual event located at the Winnebago County Fairgrounds. Live music which includes headliners Eddie Money on Friday and Kansas on Saturday. Participate in the bike show and charity ride around Lake Winnebago on Saturday.

Waterfest 2012

June 5, 2012 by braytonbb


The Waterfest schedule is out and we are excited for opening night on June 14th. There are some new acts and some of our favorites like the BoDeans as well.  There are also several community nights which allow you to get in FREE! Located at the Leach Amphitheater on the Fox River, it is the ideal spot for listening to some great bands every Thursday through August.  Stop in at some great restaurants before or after the concert as well. Beckets, Brooklyn,Cranky Pats Pizza, Dockside, and Gardinas are just to name a few, but all within walking distance to Waterfest.

Oshkosh Saturday Farmers Market- Opening Day

May 31, 2012 by braytonbb


Wow, so much going on this week. I try to limit my blog posts to once week for recipes and once a week for events, but there was so much to share this week that 4 times is worth it.

The Oshkosh Saturday Farmers Market opening day is this Saturday from 8:00-12:30 on the 400 and 500 blocks of Main Street. They are completely filled up this year so there will be so much more to choose from. Also new this year they will also be coming down a portion of Church Ave. offering EBT/Quest, Cheese, Olive Oil, Bison, BBQ, and Fish.

If  you have not been downtown for the Farmers Market, it is pretty incredible to see everyone coming out and buying locally harvested fruits, vegetables, meats, cheese, flowers, crafts and so  much more. Its a must see!

Ardy & Ed’s 2012 May Cruise Night

May 24, 2012 by braytonbb

How about a blast from the past. Looking for something to do on a Thursday night before Waterfest starts for the season? How about cruising out to Ardy & Ed’s on Thursday, May 31 from 5:00-9:00 for the 1st Cruise Night of 2012! Who is Ardy and Eds? What?, Well let me tell you. This business began way back in 1948 as the Southside A&W Drive in. In 1972 the name was changed to run as an  independent  drive in. They still feature the same famous draft root beer as they did in the past along with with other favorites such as hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, and so, so much more.  Ardy and Eds have been featured in many local and national publications and tv broadcasts, such as “Roker on the Road”  and “Roadside Drive ins”, just to name a couple.  They will be featuring live remote music from WVBO Radio and offering great cars, delicious food and lots of prizes.

Destination Downtown May 19th

May 7, 2012 by braytonbb

What a great way to celebrate with the girls! Get your daughters, mothers, and friends together and head downtown Oshkosh for Destination Downtown.  Start your day off at Becket’s at 10:30 with an amazing brunch, mimosas and an entertaining fashion show. You will then pick up your goodie bag, which will include special coupons for your shopping experience at all the unique shops downtown has to offer. After you have shopped til you’ve almost dropped meet everyone at Oblio’s at 5:00 for a wine tasting and prize give aways.

Open for Gallery Walk, Saturday, May 5

May 1, 2012 by braytonbb

A few times a year we open up our doors for Gallery Walk. We would love to be open every month, but we have found that people that do not know about us or have never visited us before, would like to tour the inn and all the rooms. Typically from June through October, this is very difficult for us, since we are full most weekends. Most guests don’t like people going through there rooms when they are not there. Go figure?? The winter months, sometimes get pretty messy with the weather, so we opt out of having a lot of people coming through with wet shoes and clothes. We like being open around the holidays since its such a beautiful time and then usually 1 or 2 others times if the right artist comes our way.

I am happy to say that we will be open Saturday, may 5 from 6:00-9:00. Some of you may know Jan Brantingham who is our local artist this month. She is graciously helping out the Ugandan community by selling their home made jewelry through her church through education and entrepreneurial efforts. The Jewelry is one of a kind made of recycled paper, horn, wood, beads and seeds.

100% of proceeds will go to build Amani School in Uganda.

Friday Fright Night

April 30, 2012 by braytonbb

If you have not been downtown lately, what are you waiting for? There are so many great finds, cool buildings and things going on.

The Time Theater is just one of the many great buildings that Oshkosh history has to offer. It is currently being utilized as  a multi-purpose theater established to provide an affordable venue for the theater, music, dance and film arts in the city of Oshkosh. By utilizing the vacant Time Cinema building at 445 N. Main Street,  contributions go towards the revitalization of downtown Oshkosh.

This Friday night, along with every other Friday night is the Friday Fright Night series. This Friday, The Time theatre is showing Plan 9 from Outer Space. Friday Fright Night presents classic 50’s and 60’s Sci-Fi + Horror movies in a theater setting. Admission is free. Soda, popcorn and beer are available with a donation. Doors open at 7:30 pm and the movie starts at 8:00 pm.

Some interesting historical facts about the theartre.

The entire northern portion of the 400 block was destroyed in the July, 1874 Second Great Fire and was consequently rebuilt. 445 N. Main shows year built as 1874, according to the city assessor.

The building was first a theatre in 1908 – called the Superba Theatre.

1911 – Changed to the Rex Theatre

•1912 First Motion Picture show in Oshkosh at the Rex

•1914 – Changed to New Peoples Theatre (Northside) during the “People’s Theatre Movement”

•1915 – Changed back to the Rex Theatre until 1949 when it became the Time Cinema

•1980s – one of only 4 “piggyback” twin cinemas in the state of WI (Northwestern)

•1990s – Rebel Alliance Theatre

•2007 – Community Theater Group of Oshkosh

The Time Community Theater was crafted by people interested in developing a place for community activity and creating a platform for local talent to perform.

WineFeast 2012

April 23, 2012 by braytonbb

Oshkosh’s most popular event of the year – WineFeast 2012. New this year, 100% of WineFeast proceeds will be directly benefiting over 3,600 youth at the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh.

The event which is held on Saturday, April 28  at the Oshkosh Convention Center  is attended by nearly 750 people – gives guests the opportunity to sample fine wine from around the world, sip tantalizing brews and try tasty cuisine from area restaurants.

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 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.


The Magic of Bill Blagg at the Grand Opera House

April 16, 2012 by braytonbb

The Grand Opera house has brought The MAGIC of BILL BLAGG LIVE! for two shows only!

The USA Today and the Chicago Tribune both say “Simply Amazing” and “Unbelievable”.

Critics and audiences alike rave about this incredible high-energy, grand-scale magic & illusion that will have you rubbing your eyes in disbelief.  Blagg’s show is packed with new mind-blowing illusions and his trademark off-the-cuff personality that make this show a great family event! Audience volunteers will levitate in mid-air, others will vanish in the blink of an eye and so much more! This is one show you can’t afford to miss! Witness live over 90 minutes of interactive, action-packed magic & illusion performed by the country’s most prominent magical star, Bill Blagg!

The Grand Opera House is walking distance from Brayton Bed and Breakfast and many shops and restaurants in downtown Oshkosh!


Oshkosh Half Marathon and 5K

April 10, 2012 by braytonbb

It is the eighth annual Oshkosh half marathon and 5K coming up on April 22nd. I always get the feeling that Spring is here when the half marathon comes around. Although the weather sometimes does not prove it to be Spring. Our winter has been so mild hopefully the day will be wonderful. We are always lucky to get some runners who stay with us being that we are so close to the event.

Our daughter Chase is the kind of the girl that likes to be involved in as many things as she can handle. She likes to stay busy and challenge herself as well. Chase has taken cross country and track and field, but I would  not call her a runner. In fact, I don’t really think she likes to run, however she does like to know that she can beat her time from before. So last year, I remember the half marathon quite well. Chase asked me if she could participate about 1 week before. I said of course, reluctantly, since she had not trained at all.  Now before I tell you the rest of the story, Chase is 14. She is a teenage girl that likes to dress like it is Spring and Summer out year round. Coats are NOT COOL. They should make a fashion statement and only be worn if it looks good with the rest of the outfit.

The day of the half marathon last year, it was drizzling snow and rain slightly. I could not convince her to wear a coat, since I have no idea what I am talking about.  I am not a runner either, so therefore,  yes I am a horrible  mother and sent her out with yoga pants and a long sleeve shirt. Four hours later, she finished in the snow, rain and sleet with wet clothes, purple fingers and chattering teeth. I brought blankets to pick her up, turned on the heat as high as I could get it and wrapped my arms around her while trying to make hot chocolate at the same time.

This year, she  has decided only to do the 5K and started training slightly to not at all mid March. This year she will probably dress warmer than she will have to because hopefully it will be 70 degrees out.

The route will start on Main and Ceape and continue past the historic Paine Art Center and Oshkosh Public Museum. It catches the Wiowash Trail, then heads south on the river-front trail to the Wisconsin Avenue Bridge. It continues on Ohio St., proceeds through South Park onto 12th Ave turning left on Knapp, onth 18th and Main. The final mile goes through the heart of downtown Oshkosh, catches the river trail behind the Convention Center and finishes inside the Leach Amphitheatre. The 5K course starts and ends at the same points as the Half Marathon.

Family Movie Night at the Oshkosh Public Library

April 3, 2012 by braytonbb

When I first came upon this, I was so surprised and excited. Not only have I been wanting to see this movie (Dolphin Tale), but its FREE and at our very own downtown Oshkosh library.What a great thing to do with the kids before Spring break!

Dolphin Tale is inspired by the amazing true story of a brave dolphin and the compassionate strangers who banded together to save her life. Swimming free, a young dolphin is caught in a crab trap, severely damaging her tail. This Free event is being held on Thursday, April  5, 2012 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.  The Oshkosh Public Library has wireless internet access, onsite parking, is family-friendly and is handicap accessible.

Yoga Anyone?

March 13, 2012 by braytonbb

My sister introduced me to yoga about 3 years ago. I went twice and decided that it was not for me. I was doing pilates and zumba at the time which I really liked the pace of both of them and yoga just seemed a little to slow for me . I couldn’t get my head in it. About a year later, I was having a hard time sleeping well. I have always talked and did a little walking in my sleep, but it seemed to take over my life recently.  I tried a new mattress, herbal teas, vitamins, and went to the doctor who said I should get a sleep apnea test. I had insurance, but apparently my insurance didn’t cover the cost, and the cost was not worth it to  me to take the test.  I knew that I could figure this out on my own.  Not long after, I was at a women’s group that I below to and I was talking to some other women about my condition. It just happened that the women from Inner Sun Yoga studio was there and she suggested I try yoga. I listened to what she had to say and said I would come. Even though I knew that it was not for me, I knew that I needed some sleep and so did my husband, so I decided to try again.

Inner Sun Yoga studio is just one block away from us. I liked the convenience so I decided to walk to class one day. I am sure you know where this is going, but after class I felt great. I felt like I got a good workout in and I felt more relaxed. I tend to be a pretty high energy person and have to remind myself to relax more often than not. Anyway, that evening, I slept a little bit better and so did my husband so I decided to go back. After the second session, I was hooked. I did try other instructors and noticed that each one conducted their class a little differently which meant that I was getting something different from each class and instructor.  The longer I went, I learned which classes and which instructors were giving me what I needed.

It has now been three years since the first time I have gone and though I still do a little talking in my sleep once in awhile, I do sleep much more soundly, I need less hours and I have learned to relax throughout my day. I am so thankful for Deb at Inner Sun Yoga Studio for convincing me to come back.

If you have never taken a yoga class or even if you have and thought that it was not for you, try it again. Inner Sun Yoga studio awakens your senses the minute you walk in the door with relaxing smells and an intimate atmosphere that takes you into a different place. Deb and I have put together a package deal for a couple of her workshops coming up. You save money on her workshop and on your stay with us as well. You can view more details about her workshops and the package deal on both of our websites.



Rooms of Blooms

February 27, 2012 by braytonbb

The Third Annual Greater Fox Valley Floral Show
March 2-4 & 9-11

The Paine Art Museum and Gardens is a wonderful Gem to Oshkosh. There are so many reasons to visit the museum during the year, and this is one of those times with the sights and and smells of Spring throughout the museum of the best florists in the area.

This is the third annual Rooms of Blooms at the Paine Art Museum. As in the initial two years, the Paine’s interiors will be bursting with floral arrangements and creations. From single artistic arrangements to elaborate table settings and entire room installations, the show will be an extraordinary delight of spectacular sights and aromas. The show will be on view for two weekends. A special “after hours” admission of $1.00 off regular rates will be offered on Fridays and Saturdays from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.

The annual “Rooms of Blooms” presentation celebrates the art of floral design within the ornate rooms of the historic Paine mansion. The show features over one hundred artistic fresh flower arrangements and more floral creations by the most talented designers in the region. The beautiful floral creations are inspired by artworks on display at the Paine and the exquisite décor of the mansion.