What’s happening in August in Oshkosh?

July 14, 2016 by braytonbb

What’s happening in August in Oshkosh, you ask? Read on, because you won’t want to miss some of these annual events and some brand new events coming to Oshkosh in just a few weeks.

Everything Tuesday until August 16th.
LIVE at the Leach Concert Series is a FREE event held at the Leach Amphitheater in Oshkosh every Tuesday night until August 16th from 6:30-9:30 with different music each week. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. Concessions and beverages will be available for purchase.

At The Fair

The Winnebago County Fair is always a good time each year. Starting August 3rd and running through August 7th. Auto racing, tractor pulls, rodeo, fireworks, a demolition derby and new this year is Mr. Eds Magical Midway. 

midsummers nights dream paineIn August the Paine’s gardens will come to life with characters and scenes from Shakespeare’s fantastical play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The “theater-in-the-round” performances will engage you in a world of fairies, kings and queens, and magical spells. Especially intended for children, this fun and interactive theatrical experience will reveal the wonder of William Shakespeare’s lyricism, imagination, and brilliance.

Performances will last approx. one hour. Guests will be seated throughout the performance but afterwards, children will be invited to mingle with the fairies. Performances will be held, Sunday, August 7 at 5:30 PM and 7:00 PM, Wednesday, August 10th at 6:30 PM and Sunday, August 14th at 5:30 and 7:00. Reservations are a must!

Weekend of August 12-14

symco shakedownNew to Oshkosh this year, is the Symco Shakedown. Not a car show, not a music festival, but a “Summer Camp for Hot Rodders” August 11th -13th.

The Shakedown is Wisconsin’s largest and oldest traditional hot rod and custom multi-day car show.  It also features a huge music festival featuring over 20 bands each year. Cars are driven from all over the country.  This event is 1964 and older vehicles. Symco Shakedown brings Rockabilly, Surf Rock, Classic Country, Outlaw Country, Rock & Roll and whatever else fits in the theme.

The grounds are filled with cars that would have been seen cruising the streets of America pre-1965. If you’re building a car with parts that weren’t available at that time, it won’t get in. But the cars are really only half the story. The show grounds is a vintage style airport known as the Pioneer Airport, an airport museum setting with a park setting surrounding it. Two main stages for your listening enjoyment, playing until 11pm both Friday and Saturday nights. Mini-bike drags are scheduled about 11am on Sat. A raffle drawing is Saturday at 6pm. Also vendors and swap meet running all day, both days.

outdooer sportmans festivalThe state’s best outdoor sport show of it’s kind with the latest gear and equipment is being held at Sunny View Expo Center August 12-14th. Kids archery, fishing, rock climbing, training dogs and more will be offered. This is the time to get he season’s hottest prices on boats, RV’s, ATV’s, UTV’s and more. There will be new competitive events this year too with a 3D archery tournament.  Hunters are invited to test the skills of their favorite four legged hunting dog in a series of retrieving competitions throughout the weekend while getting some training and tips from the pros. A special appearance from Jeff Fuller from Cabela’s Sporting Dog Adventures TV will be available to offer training tips and demonstrations for your young or experienced hunting dog!

Iron Horse Bicycle Race Durango Men 2

Sunday, August 14th, Race the Lake is a 90 mile bike race around the majestic Lake Winnebago either as an individual or with a team.  The course will begin in Fond du Lac and journey through the west side of Lake Winnebago and traveling through Oshkosh, Neenah, Menasha, Appleton and to the half way point at High Cliff State Park. Riders then take the east shoreline of Lake Winnebago.  The course goes through Calumetville, Marytown, and St. Peter, and finishes at Lakeside Park (158 E. Harbor Drive) in Fond du Lac.


cornhole tourney

The Wisconsin Cornhole Tourney is a social bean bag toss tournament that includes music, side games, concessions, t-shirts, a free beer mug for participants and lots of cheering fans! Located this year at the Leach Amphitheater on Saturday, August 20th at 10:00 AM.

The Oshkosh Color Vibe 5 K run comes back to Oshkosh this year also, on Saturday, August 20th at EAA starting at 9:00 AM.


gus mackerSunday, August 28th is the 5th annual Oshkosh Gus Macker 3 on 3 tournament in downtown Oshkosh. The Oshkosh Farmers Market will also be going on just down the road on Saturday, August 27th.

Once again, the popular slam dun contest for the high flyers and a 3 point shot contest will be presented. New this year is the “Dream Court” where the youngest Mackers play games with an announcer doing play-by-play and receive prizes. The real charm of a Gus Macker tournament is that no matter your level of experience you get matched up with players of similar experience in a setting that is right for you! It is basketball in the streets made for everybody. The Macker Tournament is designed so that anyone can play: male or female, young and old, short and tall, the most experienced or no experience at all. Teams are computer-matched into male and female divisions within one of the following categories: Junior, Adult, or Top. The age, height and experience of all four (4) players are considered.

Teams receive at least three (3) scheduled games each tournament. The Macker is a double elimination tournament with a consolation bracket: the “Toilet Bowl” for teams losing their first two games.







We don’t meet people by accident

May 7, 2016 by braytonbb

“We don’t meet people by accident. They were meant to cross our path for a reason”.

This is the quote we have currently have as our new friends profile picture on our Facebook page. I have truly believed this my whole life. Sometimes we never realize it until later in life and sometimes, we recognize it right away. This is the case with Crystal and Gloria from Florida; Mother and Daughter that were not only here for a few days to celebrate Mothers Day, but to also put a dear friend to rest who was originally from Oshkosh. She had told them stories about Oshkosh, Lake Winnebago, the Pioneer, The Boys and Girls and Club and all the wonderful people that were associated with Oshkosh.  Crystal and Gloria had promised her that they would bring her back and witness all the glorious things she had told them about the city.

These two had set out everyday to visit the places their friend had told them about, where she had lived, worked and meet the people of Oshkosh. Now obviously, people have come and gone, but I was told that everyone was just as gracious to these two out-of-towners as their friend had told them we would be.

Not only had Oshkosh made an impact on their lives, they also made an impact on mine. I have been practicing yoga for quite some time, but have only been recently teaching for the past year.  I have seen and felt first hand the power of crystals. I am also a  firm believer in Young Living Essential oils and use them along with a technique called Indianhead massage in all my classes.  During breakfast on their last day here, I found out that Crystal and I have a lot in common, but it wasn’t until I talked to her more, that things started to fall into place about my future and where I can see it taking me.

I share this with you, as sometimes we may not know where our life will take us until we are presented with something that was already there all along. I love what I do because it gives me the opportunity to meet people like Crystal and Gloria that I would probably never get a chance to cross paths with. Crystal and Gloria, I will miss your cheerfulness, insightfulness and generosity. Until next time-


Holy Moly May Oshkosh Events

April 7, 2016 by braytonbb

Oshkosh events

Menominee Park zoo and amusement center

Holy Moly May! Oshkosh has got a lot of events in May as we get ready for another great Wisconsin summer!

First off, lets start off with Saturday, May 7th. There are four big event/activities all taking place this day.

 The Oshkosh Bird Fest and the Live Birds of Prey Presentation.  This is the “tailgate party” for bird lovers! Bird walks, bird banding, children activities, informative exhibits, native plant sale and concessions are all at shelter #1 in Menominee Park from 6:00 AM -2:00 PM, rain or shine!

No need to go much further since the Menominee Park Zoo and children’s amusement center opens at 9am for the season. Lake Fly Café will also be open for a variety of food, snacks, ice cream and gift shop items from 11-6. They will be kicking off the season with a FREE carnival from 11-3 with children’s games, face painting, balloons and of the train.  Don’t forget, you can rent canoes, kayaks, aqua bikes and mini pontoons!

The Oshkosh gallery Walk is always the first Saturday of every month. Downtown comes alive from 6-9 PM with Oshkosh Galleries and businesses keep their doors open late to feature artwork of all varieties and genres from local artists.

I know if I had the morning off, I would request someone to take me to the Paine Art Center for Mothers Brunch from 10:00 to 11:30 AM.  This sounds like the best way to show Mom how special she is to you.  The Paine’s Conservatory is the perfect location to enjoy brunch prepared by Zuppas.  Reserve by April 25th though since spot books up quickly.  After brunch, wander the gardens and enjoy the beautiful spring garden display with tulips, daffodils and flowering trees. Afterwards, stop by the mansion to view The Audubon’s Birds of America.  This exhibit will feature the renowned large format prints (also called “Elephant folio” print) of American artist John James Audubon and his birds of America Series. These exceptional prints date back to the 1820s and 1830s and are among the most beloved wildlife imagery in the world.

The Winnebago Home Builders: Spring Parade of Homes begins May 13.  See the latest in construction and design as you tour 14 homes by area builders throughout Winnebago county.

Festival of Spring is always something to look forward to, which starts at 9:00 AM on May 21.  This is a free outdoor event featuring the Paine’s annual spring plant sale and more than 100 vendors of orginal art, fine crafts, plants and garden supplies.  Faire food and live entertainment will also be provided.

Ardy & Ed’s kicks off the first Cruise Night of 2016, Thursday, May 26th. just in time for Memorial Day Weekend.  This is an evening of great cars, music and food. WVBO radio will be present rocking hit oldies from 103.9. Enjoy this nostalgic setting across from Lake Winnebago and view some of the finest collective vehicles in the state.


February events in Oshkosh

January 14, 2016 by braytonbb

Check out all these great events in Oshkosh in February. I would like to see some of these frigid temps let up a bit but I know is good for the EAA SkiPlane Fly-In and for Battle on Bago, but I am not so sure the plungers are going to appreciate it,even if it is “freezing for a reason”.

EAA skiplane fly inSaturday, February 6 beginning at 10:00 AM and running until 1:30 PM is the annual EAA Skiplane Fly-In at the EAA AirVenture Museum.  This is a very special winter event in Oshkosh that has welcomed more than 30 skiplanes in the past. This event is free of charge to the general pubic and includes complimentary chili and cake, however regular admission rates apply for guests visiting the museum itself.





February 19-20 is the annual Oshkosh Polar plunge located at Menominee Park in Millers Bay.  Last year, 1,700 people took part in this great cause and after the donations were tallied, they raised more than $444,000 for Special Olympics Wisconsin. Take part in this event solely or put together a team.  If your team raises over $2500.00, you will earn your choice of team party at participating locations.

Starting Friday at 5:30 till 9:00 PM, enjoy happy hour inside the entertainment tent with live music and food and drink specials. Saturday at 9:00 begins registration and the 5K begins after.

Get the little ones started in this event early as the pee wee plunge begins at 11:00 AM. From 12-3 live music by RPM in the WIXX tent and Spitfire rodeo in the Y100 tent will be playing while the plunging takes place. I am sure you will be working up an appetite before and after so take part in the Buffalo Wild Wing eating contest in the entertainment tent at 1:45. Now if you are too chicken to plunge, that’s okay, You can still volunteer or donate. After all, its for a good cause.


Battle on Bago is starting its 9th season February 26-27th. at Menominee Park with free admission with live music both evenings! $275,000 worth of prizes are given away and you don’t even have to fish to participate. Just come down and enjoy great food, drink, entertainment and raffle prizes. Battle on Bago was created in 2007 by a group of five Oshkosh Southwest Rotarian in order to support area youth and conservation efforts throughout the state of Wisconsin. This is the Midwest’s largest ice fishing tournament of the year.







Celebration of Lights

November 23, 2015 by braytonbb


The Night We Met The Town Quack

The Celebration of Lights is a truly magical sight to see. Beginning tomorrow, November 24th through December 31st. in Menominee Park, on the shores of Lake Winnebago, the park will be transformed into a mile of illuminated holiday wonder from 5:00-9:00 PM daily.  Just 14 years ago when this began, it started out with a few lighted trees, a couple of displays and not  many people knowing how this would grow in just a few short years. This event now attracts over 13,000 vehicles filled with family and friends ooohing and aaaahing over nearly a million twinkling lights.

A 100 foot tree with sculptured scenes  and animated light displays will be scattered throughout the park. Fill the car up and bring your camera to take pictures with the reindeer and Santa. Don’t forget to bring a non perishable food item to get a $1.00 off.



Christmas is in the air

November 16, 2015 by braytonbb

Christmas is in the air! Can you sense it? I have always said, one holiday at a time. I feel like Thanksgiving doesn’t get enough credit. As soon as Halloween is over, the Christmas decorations are up in all the stores.I mean our annual parade was just last week, so I felt that it was important to let you all in on a couple of my favorite exhibits each year in Oshkosh. Nutcracker in the Castle at the Paine Art Museum and Deck the Halls at the Oshkosh Public Museum. Both of these exhibits are right across the street from each other, so its easy to go right from one to the other.

NutcrackerThe Nutcracker in the Castle begins this Friday, November 20th and goes through January 4th. The Paine Art Museum transforms this historic mansion into an original production of the Nutcracker Fairy Tale with scenes from the holiday story.  Starting out with the opening party scene with a giant Christmas tree to the Magical Land of Sweet and the enchanting Sugar Plum Fairy, with the tale unfolding throughout each of the elaborately decorated rooms.  There are three different way to visit and enjoy the experience of the Nutcracker. You can take a self guided tour, candlelight tour or a guided tour each offered at separate time.  Whatever you decide, do not forget to visit the Sugar Plum Fairy’s Cucpake cafe for one of Tamaras Cupcakes scrumptious treats.



christmas balls

Deck the Halls begins this Sunday, November 22nd and goes through January 3rd. This is the third year for the Oshkosh Public Museum to be open for this amazing experience with holiday decorations reminiscent of the times that the Sawyer family resided here. The second floor gallery exhibits a life size Christmas village that showcases toys representing difference decades from 1930-1990. At the center of it all is the unbelievable detailed Magnusen family wooden toy circus. Be sure to watch out for the museum elves as well and they have come up with some new hiding places.



Chili Cook Off

October 7, 2015 by braytonbb


Compliments of the Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau

Oh boy, oh boy, o boy! I look forward to the Oshkosh Chili Cook off every year in downtown Oshkosh on the square. Two more weeks, on Saturday, October 24, which happens to be the last outdoor farmers market of the year, some local chefs will be whipping up and serving samples of some great chili recipes. You name,  you can usually find it. Hot and spicy, Mild and  mellow or how about a little fruit or chocolate in your chili? It may sounds strange, but don’t knock it until you try it. $10.00 for adults will give you a cup that you can make your way around and sample until your heart is content. Trust me, your belly will full and thanking you.  They are still looking for more teams, so don’t be shy. Typically there is about 35 booths and they run out of chili in about 2 hours, so the more booths, means more chili and the event can last a little longer. We have had such an unbelievable Fall, so grab your pumpkins from the market and come on downtown for some lunch.




Dressing Downton

June 22, 2015 by braytonbb

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

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

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

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

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


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

Waterfest 2015

June 15, 2015 by braytonbb

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

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

Opening Day

June 3, 2015 by braytonbb

Courtesy of Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau

Courtesy of Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau


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

Discover Wisconsin

June 1, 2015 by braytonbb

pergola20713We are so honored that Discover Wisconsin will be filming at the inn and around Oshkosh in just a couple of days. In search of an urban B&B where you can get away from it all and still be within walking distance to all that the city offers is exactly what they were looking for when they contacted us. Watch for them around the city as they will be dining in area restaurants, enjoying the riverwalk, shopping in our amazing downtown retail shops and visiting the Grand Opera House. Of course after a long couple days of enjoying our city, they will have plenty of time to decide what they would like for breakfast as we give them a few choices, enjoy a glass of wine under the pergola, and get to know some of our guests staying with us. This won’t air for almost a year, but I promise we will let you know when it does as it will show a few times over the next two years.

What to do in Oshkosh this weekend

April 27, 2015 by braytonbb

What to do in Oshkosh this weekend?

Beautiful Bird

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

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

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




WPA Homeschooling Conference

April 6, 2015 by braytonbb


researching and taking notes

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

WPS Farm Show

March 23, 2015 by braytonbb

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

Oshkosh Marathon

March 16, 2015 by braytonbb


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


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

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

What are your plans for Halloween?

October 20, 2014 by braytonbb

Smoke art  - Animated Jack-o-lantern

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

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

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



Autumn in Wisconsin

September 29, 2014 by braytonbb

fall 2011There is nothing like Autumn in Wisconsin! Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a warm weather kind of girl. I love the hot temps, summer breezes and spending the day on Lake Winnebago on Scotty’s Pontoons. However, digging out those jeans, cozy sweaters, taking in the early morning sunrises, brisk walks in the evening and admiring the beautiful array of colors on the trees is a close seconds to those warm summer days.

We are so fortunate here in Oshkosh to have beautiful tree-lined streets that showcase the wonders of Fall and reflect off of Lake Winnebago. Menominee Park and South Park both showcase the colorful sanctuary that we should be so proud to display to our guests that come to our city.

Want to take a road trip though and experience all the colors of Wisconsin. Check out the Travel Wisconsin website to know how locally we are progressing along with the rest of the state.

We are heating up the apple cider and bringing out our pumpkin recipes for breakfast and desserts.Get all our latest and greatest recipes by following us on our Facebook page or on our blog.

Oshkosh Events

April 28, 2014 by braytonbb

Courtesy of Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau

You should not have any problems this weekend finding something to do in Oshkosh. With the vast array of events taking place, there sure will be something to do for everyone. UWO, Sunnyview Expo Center, Menominee Park,  and St. Jude Church all have great events happening.

UWO has two large events taking place. First is the WIAC Outdoor track and field and the other is the WI Parents Association Conference at Gurenhagen for home schooling.

For the second time in four years and fourth time overall, the UWO will host the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships, May 1 and 2 at JJ Keller Field at titan Stadium at the Oshkosh Sports Complex.

The UW-La Crosse men will strive for their 19th consecutive title after winning last year’s championship, whereas Oshkosh came in third last year. On the women’s side, UW-La Crosse goes after its third straight title after winning last year’s meet with Oshkosh in third place as well.  

If you just had a child or have toddlers and are thinking about if home schooling is right for you, this is the conference to be at. Maybe you have children already in public school elementry or high school and are thinking about switching over.  Maybe you are a veteran to all of this and you just want to learn from others or purchase a curriculum, create your own or want to look into unschooling, you don’t want to  miss this.

Saturday,  May 3 at Sunnyview Expo Center is The Natural & Organic Food Expo from 9:00-4:00. This is the time to connect with the  farmers who grow organic food and the chefs who transform it.  It is time to connect with the people behind one of the most productive and distinctive food producing regions in the Midwest! This one-of-a-kind event that gives the attendee the opportunity to connect with other food enthusiasts and sample recipes prepared by some of the state’s finest restaurants while shaping the future by changing the way Wisconsin eats.

From 6:00 AM -2:00 PM at Menominee Park, come and see the Oshkosh Bird Festival. They call it the tailgate party for bird watchers! Bring your binoculars and a chair and sit, watch and listen. There will be demonstrations, exhibits, a bird walk, concessions, kids activities followed by Gallery Walk which will also have bird inspired events. The Oshkosh Birdfest headquarters will be at the Oshkosh Masonic Temple at 204 Washington Ave. Bird photographers, artists, a falconer, and bird-related fare at participating retail shops.

May 3 and 4, visit the hundreds of beautiful African violets and related plants on exhibit and for sale at St. Jude Apostle  Church Hall at 551 Knapp St. Designs using African violet plants as well as blossom will be on exhibit. Pots, soil, and fertilizer will also be for sale. Club members will be on hand to answer your violet related questions. Free admission and parking. Hours are 10:00-4:00 on Saturday and 11:30-3:00 on Sunday.








Celebrity sighting

April 21, 2014 by braytonbb

I am not really someone who gets crazy over seeing or being around a celebrity. I mean, they are not any different than you or I. However, that does not mean that I don’t enjoy getting the opportunity to spend some time and get to know someone that I might have never had the chance to meet. I have said this before and I will say it again. The best part of my job is getting to meet so many wonderful people. Honestly, a lot of the time I don’t even know that someone is a celebrity until we start a conversation and realize that we have  more in common that either of us knew. The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is very generous at sending people are way. A couple of weeks ago, I had the honor of meeting Ms. Kara Laricks . I loved her style from the moment she walked in our door and her energy filled the inn and lifted my spirits. We sat for for nearly two hours during breakfast, just her and I talking freely and exchanging thoughts. I walked away feeling very lucky to have met her and inspired by her story of taking chances.  I hope one day, she may be back in Oshkosh again.  

Pina Colada Cupcakes

April 17, 2014 by braytonbb

Pina Colada Cupcakes. Just the sound of them sounds too good to be true. This is fun recipe that you can get pretty creative with. I thought about coloring the icing or topping them with tidbit pineapple pieces, but I like to keep it simple most of time. I figured this would be a great little recipe to feature right before Easter. If you do not like to use alcohol, you can always use an extract. They actually taste very similar.

pina colada 2Pina Colada Cupcakes – 12 jumbo cupcakes

1 box yellow cake mix, 1/3 C vegetable oil, 1/4 C water, 1 tsp. rum, 1 Can(8oz) crushed pineapple, drain but save juice and set aside), 3 eggs, and 1 tsp. coconut extract, 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place muffin liners in cupcake tin. I like using jumbo, but use whatever size you have. In a large bowl beat cake mix, oil, water, 1 tsp. rum, pineapple(not juice), and eggs with an electric mixer. Divide batter among muffin cups. Bake 20-25 minutes for jumbo muffins. Cool for a few minutes before removing from pans. Cool completely, before frosting.

Buttercream Icing – 1 1/2 C powdered sugar, 3 TB butter, 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract, 1 tsp. rum, 1 tsp. pineapple juice, and milk.

Mix all ingredients except milk together. Slow add milk, 1 tsp at a time until you get a smooth, thick consistency. Whip until creamy  and easy to spread or pipe on. Garnish with coconut flakes, or pineapple, colored sugars or whatever you like.


Friday nights in Oshkosh

April 14, 2014 by braytonbb

Two great ways to spend your Friday nights in Oshkosh. Now that the weather is finally warming, we can get outside and experience even more ways to enjoy Oshkosh.


FREE Fridays at the Time Community Theater at 445 N Main.  Doors open at 7:30 and movie at 8:00. Cheap concessions and  great mix of movies from frightening, to family oriented to just plain fun. Check out the Times Facebook page for updates and movie presentations.



Picture courtesy of Oshkosh Convention and Visitors BureauStarting on Friday, April 25 through August 29th from from 7:00 PM -11:00 PM, at Sunnyview Expo Center, weekly racing every Friday night. Pit gates open at 4:00 with grandstands opening at 5:00. Regular races featuring IMCA modifieds, IMCA stock cars, IMCA sport modifieds, Grand Natioinals, Street Stocks and Dirt Devils. Admission is $10.00 for adults and Students (11-15) $5.00 and 10 and under are FREE with a paid adult. Pit admission is $25.00 and special races take place periodically.




March 24, 2014 by braytonbb

WineFeast! What more can you say. Sign me up. 100% of the proceeds from WineFeast directly benefit over 4,000 youth at the Boys and Girls club of Oshkosh.

Saturday, April 5, starting at 7:00 PM at the Oshkosh Convention Center, sample a diverse selection of over 150 wines, domestic and imported beers, a wide variet of non-alcoholic beverages and delicious appetizers and entrees from over a dozen local restaurants.

A silent auction will be head with over 50 sought after items along with a wine raffle with a chance to win a bottle from an assortment of 1450 different bottles of wine ranging from $5.00 to $100.00.  You will also receive a complimentary Riedel white wine glass and be able to hear music from Janet Planet.

Tickets are $75.00 a piece or 2 for $125.00 or 4 for $200.00.

Want a little more out of this experience. Elect to be a cellar select. For $125.00 pp,  you will receive a champagne reception starting at 4:00, a full access pass to WineFeast, a relaxing five course dinner, live auction, complimentary Riedel red wine glass and entertaining harp music by Virginia Rogers.

There are also several other packages as an upgrade or for a group. You can purchase your tickets at Festival Foods in Neenah and Oshkosh, Blue Moose convenience stores in Oshkosh or at FNB Fox Valley.

St. Patricks Day Parade and Tent Party

March 10, 2014 by braytonbb

Monday, March 17th is St. Patricks Day, but Oshkosh is celebrating it this Saturday all day and into the night with a tent party and parade.  Starting at 2:00 kick off Irish Cider School at Barley and Hops, who will introduce you to the wonderful world of cider from 2:00 pm – 3:00. Registration includes commemorative glassware, multiple samples of Irish and other UK Ciders, and a presentation on these tasty drinks and their popularity in America. Products to sample include Magners Original, Magners Pear, Hornsby’s Amber, Hornsby’s Crisp, and Blackthorn. Price is only $15 per person. Must be over 21 to attend. Sign-up at Barley & Hops 663 N Main St or online at www.OshkoshStPats.com.

At 4:00, just down the block at 547 N Main enjoy the beginning of a fun filled night tent party starting with the Irish band Dornan. For the next couple of hours have fun with the childrens reddest hair and freckled face contest, meet the Irish wolfhounds and join the Kinsella Academy of Irish Dance for a little fun.

At 6:30 starts the parade beginning on Main going to Ceape and ending at Irving. Watch for the Oshkosh and Convention and Visitors Bureau brand new Oshcar. You can’t miss it.  Richards School of Irish Dance will be performing around 7:30, follow by Sheamus Fitzpatrick and the McNally Boys.

Bagpipers, cultural displays, Fox Valley hurling Club, Irish food, merchandise, silent auctions and raffles will be held throughout the day.

Want to celebrate even more? Meet up at the Roxy every Sunday in March for an authentic Irish breakfast.

Hops & Props at EAA

March 4, 2014 by braytonbb

Hop & Props

Photo provided by Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau

Hops & Props is back again for another year at the EAA grounds. Hops & Props is the premier event for beer connoisseurs and fine food tasting this Saturday, March 8 from 7:00-10:00 PM. You can be part of a VIP experience prior to the general session. More information coming soon.

If you have never had the chance to attend this event, there is sampling of over 250 different  beverages provided by micro-breweries and distributors from across the world. You will learn about the brewing process, history, and become a distinguished  beverage taster.  You will also have the opportunity to meet master brewers and understand the different characteristics of ales, lagers hybrid or mixed styles of beers, wheat beers, fruit beers, stouts, English Bitter, porter and meads. You will defiantly get a chance to try something new and perhaps find a new favorite. 

Great music from several live bands, food, coffee and sweets also add to this incredible event!

Funds raised support  museum activities offered by EAA. Admission price includes museum entrance, commemorative beer glass, tasting guide, hors d’oeuvres, live music and a lot of fun.

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.