Its beginning to look a lot like…in Oshkosh

October 4, 2016 by braytonbb

Well, its beginning to look like…in Oshkosh. Well, not quite but it will if you can start looking ahead and planning for the holidays. In case   you don’t want to move that quickly, you can click back on our events for October and take it a day at a time.

For those of you that would like to plan to ahead, check into what Oshkosh has going on starting Saturday, November 12th. Free admission into the Holiday Wonders Shopping Expo & Craft Fair from 10:00-4:00 at Sunnyview Expo Center. There will be over 75 vendors selling a wide variety of hard to buy and custom wares. Toys for Tots will also be raising money for all NE Wisconsin kids. Drop off any new, unwrapped toy to make this a special Christmas. Cash donations are also welcome.

November 17-19th is going to be one busy weekend in Oshkosh. Starting Thursday, November 17th, come downtown Oshkosh for the annual tree lighting and holiday parade. This years theme is Whoville holidays, where the downtown businesses will have their windows adorned with decorations. The tree lighting begins at 6:00 PM in Opera House Square. The Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce Holiday Parade that travels from the 100 to 700 blocks of Main St. will follow after.

NutcrackerThe well anticipated Nutcracker in the Castle at the Paine Art Museum begins Friday, November 18th and will go through January 9th. You may take a self guided tour, candlelight tour or guided tour with each style offerd at separate times. See website for tour types, dates and times.

The 7th annual Handmade for the Holidays Urban craft show takes place, Saturday November 19th. at Beckets.  40 artists and crafters from all over Wisconsin will be available for you to find that special gift from 10:00-3:00.  Goody bags will be handed out the first 50 adult shoppers filled with donations from the artists and the Oshkosh community.

Also, starting on Saturday, November 19th is the Deck the Halls exhibit at the Oshkosh Public Museum going through December 31st. This annual extravaganza features the historic Sawyer home decorated as only the wealthy could do. Holiday “dressings” as reported in periodicals and newspapers of the decades from 1880 to 1919 are recreated to delight and perhaps provide inspiration. The life-size Christmas Village exhibit windows will be filled with toys representing a different decade from 1930 to 1990.  At the center of it all will be the unbelievably-detailed Magnusen family wooden toy circus.

Starting Tuesday, November 22nd through December, The Celebration of Lights in beautiful Menomonee Park, transforms the park into an illuminated holiday wonderland. Come see the 100 foot tree, sculptured scenes and animated light displays with holiday music. With over 13,000 vehicles annually, this is no longer the “best kept secret in Oshkosh”.

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.


Oshkosh April Events

March 9, 2016 by braytonbb

Courtesy of Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau

Courtesy of Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau

Coming to Oshkosh this April? Listed below are some annual events along with things you shouldn’t miss out on.

April 9-10 Special Olympics Sports Tournament celebrates its 39th year in Oshkosh on the UW- Oshkosh campus, the State Indoor Sports Tournament hosts basketball skills, team basketball and gymnastics competition to more than 650 athletes from across the state.

April 23 is the annual Oshkosh WineFeast, one of Oshkosh’s most popular events of the year with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Oshkosh Boys and Girls Club .  Guests can attend the general WineFeast, which begins at 7 p.m. and gives guests the opportunity to sample fine wine from around the world, sip tantalizing brews and try tasty cuisine from area restaurants. Guests can also choose to 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 fine wine and dinner experience and is an opportunity to socialize with familiar faces in a relaxing environment. Doors open at 4 p.m. for a champagne reception and the evening program starts promptly at 5 p.m.

April 23-24 is the annual Oshkosh Marathon, half marathon and 5K race. With the weather kicking off March to such a great start, we can only hope for the best weather conditions next month. Starting at 7:00 AM, on Sunday April 24, the race will begin just a few blocks away from the inn. Proceeds from the event benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Oshkosh, Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, Inc. and the Oshkosh Area Humane Society.

Other events that you can check out at your leisure are listed below.

Joye Moon Watercolors features a selection of work by acclaimed watercolorist and Oshkosh native Joye Moon, through April 17th.

Be the Dinosaur at the Oshkosh Public Museum through May 16th where you will find out what it would be like to be a dinosaur, through virtual technology in this new, innovative exhibition.

Rare WWII Nose Art through December 2016 where more than 30 pieces of nose art from actual World War II combat aircraft made their first-ever trip outside their home museum, with the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh chosen as the first public display location for this rare collection.

For a broader list of things to do in Oshkosh in April and beyond check out Visit Oshkosh.com.

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.

Mother’s Day Brunch

April 13, 2015 by braytonbb

Purple tulips

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


Nutcracker in the Castle

November 17, 2014 by braytonbb

“Land of Sweets” courtesy of the Paine Art Museum

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




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

Nutcracker in the Castle

November 4, 2013 by braytonbb

Starting out as a one time event, The Nutcracker in the Castle has turned into the event of season each and every year. Guided tours are sold out every year, so make sure you reserve early.  This truly remarkable exhibit is a must see once if not every season. The Nutcracker story unfolds in the Paine “castle” with the historic rooms elaborately decorated as the scenes of the beloved ballet. Special actor-guided tours with live music and youth ballet performances further bring the fantasy to life.

The Paine Art Center and Gardens presents the traditional Nutcracker story within the historic estate’s ornate interiors. Beginning from the opening party scene with one of many giant Christmas trees and the enchanting Sugar Plum Fairy, that brings the magical Land of Sweets to life. This tale unfolds throughout each decorated rooms with mesmerizing array of sights and sounds.

Candlelight Tours are also available and a spellbinding way for people of all ages to view the Nutcracker on display. On special evenings, visitors go through darkened rooms of the mansion illuminated by the glow of the Christmas Trees.

Self guided tours are available from November 16-January 7th. Monday- Saturday from 11:00 AM -4:00 PM.

Candlelight tours are self guided by an electric candle November 21-January 4th. Wednesday and Fridays from 4:30-7:30 PM

$11 Adult, $7 Youth (5–17)
(Members FREE)
No reservation necessary

Guided Tours are Led by an actor and featuring live music and ballet
Nov 17–Jan 6: Sat, 5–8 pm & Sun, 12–3:30 pm
(No guided tours on Dec 1)
Tours begin every 30 min and last 1 hour

$21 Adult ($17 Member)
$17 Youth (17 and under; $14 Member)
For reservations, call the Paine Art Museum at  (920) 235-6903 or let us handle everything for you.