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What are your plans for Halloween?

October 20, 2014 by braytonbb

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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.

 

 

Oshkosh Chili Cook-off

October 6, 2014 by braytonbb

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The Oshkosh Chili Cook Off is one of my favorite events that takes place in downtown Oshkosh. It is always the last Saturday in October, which just happens to be the last outdoor Farmers Markets as well for the year. This year, it is Saturday, October 25th. Proceeds from Oshkosh Chili Cook Off help to support the Day by Day Warming Shelter.

For just $10.00 for adults, you can enjoy all the chili you can handle. With over thirty different amateur chili cook-off teams, you can sample your favorite traditional chili or brave some of the unique flavors that are created each year and then voting on your favorites.  Some popular unique flavors in the past have been pineapple chili, chocolate chili, vegan chili, meat lovin’ chili and MANY more chili samples!

Whether you you plan to register or you just want to enjoy the day by hanging out downtown for the Oshkosh Saturday Farmers Market and Chili Cook off, it is sure to be a day of great smells and fun.

 

Oshkosh Oktoberfest

September 22, 2014 by braytonbb

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The temps have dropped so that must mean its time for the fifth annual Oktoberfest on the corner of 6th and Oregon on Saturday, October 4th. with great German music, dancers , food and culture.

To start off the activities at 11:00 AM, there will be a beer run/walk utilizing the new River walk which runs for 1.25 miles. You are encouraged to dress in German costume. Prizes will be awarded for best costume for individuals and groups.   There will be four beer stops of course along the way and yes, you do have to be at least 21 to participate. Next join Oshkosh, Mayor  Burk Tower for the annual tapping of the keg at 2:00 PM.

Running of the wiener dogs is always a favorite as Dachshunds only are allowed to compete. Race starts at 3:00 followed by the Oshkosh Oktoberfest Olympics with several competitive games including barrel rolling, keg bowling, Masskrugstemmen (Beer stein holding) and stein relay races with a Frankfurter eating contest.

Copper Box will also be performing from 9:00-11:00 PM. This is a free community event, so enjoy the start of October at the annual Oshkosh Oktoberfest.

 

Oshkosh Irish Fest

June 9, 2014 by braytonbb

The first festival of the summer season begins this weekend, June 12-15th with the 6th annual Oshkosh Iris Fest at the Irish FestLeach Amphitheater on the Fox River.  Winnebago county voted Irish Fest as the Best Family event and best local festival!  With music, food, dancers, presentations, a 5K and a raffle there will be plenty of fun for everyone.

Beginning on Thursday night, enjoy Celtic Rock Night with three bands from 6:00-9:30.

Friday night is VIP and Sponsor night with Richards School of Irish Dance performing at 6:00 PM along with three bands that will perform until 9:30. The cultural tent will also be open.

Saturday is a full day of fun with the 5K beginning at 8:00 AM. A lot of music will happening the rest of the day including the very popular band Gaelic Storm performing at 9:00 PM. The cultural tent will be open starting at 12:30 with the sport of hurling. You will learn about Irish culture, music, instruments and some story telling lasting until 7:00 PM.

Sunday is a shorter day from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM with more music, dancing and cultural activities.

Come for four days and get your fill of Irish food, music, and culture.

Oshkosh Saturday Farmers Market

June 2, 2014 by braytonbb

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Photo courtesy of Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau

 

 

It is finally here! The Oshkosh Saturday Farmers Market is making its summer comeback this Saturday, June 7th. starting at 8:00 Am-12:30 PM on the 400 and 500 blocks of Main St. and the 100 block of Church Ave. Remember last year, Oshkosh was voted 1 of 101 best farmers market in America. Wow, that is quite an honor!

Not only will you enjoy over 130 vendors every Saturday morning with fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables, eggs, honey, syrups, ciders, cheeses, pasture-raised meats and poultry, fish, jams, preserves, cut flowers, and nursery stock but also a  wide variety of handcrafted items. A new sign ribbon cutting and music will be taking place as well. Of course, don’t forget about about Pie on the Porch. Enjoy a slice of homemade pie with all proceeds benefiting the Oshkosh Historical and Archaeological Society, stewards of the historic Morgan House.

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.

 

 

Big Weekend in Oshkosh

March 31, 2014 by braytonbb

 

April 11-13 is a big weekend in Oshkosh. You know when multiple events start happening in Oshkosh on the same weekend, that the weather must be warming up, right? Please tell me Spring is on the way!

Friday, April 11 is Dancing with the Little Stars. At 6:30 at the convention center registration, cocktails, Hors d’ oeuvres and a silent auction kicks off the night, followed by an award presentation and then a friendly competition among couples and groups of “local celebrity” dancers. Tickets are $50.00 pp and all proceeds from Dancing for Little Stars support Parent Connection, a parent education and early learning program that encourages, strengthens and supports families throughout Oshkosh and the Fox Cities.

Saturday, April 12 start your day at the Paine Art Center with the Maria Pinto Fashion Event. Maria Pinto, a Chicago based designer, is a Contemporary American designer and artist who creates beautiful, versatile fashions with a modern urban edge. She is best known for designing for First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey. The fashion show will be held in the Paine’s conservatory at 12:00 with lunch consisting of a plated cheese course, marinated grilled chicken on a bed of greens with blood oranges, pomegranate, feta cheese, pine nuts and a citrus vinaigrette followed by dessert and wine choice. An interview and runway show will follow. Reservations can be made by April 7 at a cost of $60.00/$50.00 Paine members.

Later that evening from 7:30-10:00 PM, check out Oshkosh on Broadway at the Grand Opera House. In its eighth year, Oshkosh on Broadway continues to be the most talked about fundraiser for the community. Just under 100 community/celebrity members sing and dance, all to raise funds for the Grands educational and free community programs.

 

 

 

Photo provided by the Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau

Photo provided by the Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau

 

Sunday, April 13th is the annual Oshkosh Half MarathonThis is the 10th season for the Oshkosh half marathon/5K run/walk and kids run which takes participants around scenic area, historic homes and by the river. There will be themed water stations and massage therapists at the finish line.The course begins on Ceape/Main, taking you past the historic Paine Art Center,  catches the Wiowash Trail, then heads south on the river-front trail. 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 point. This event benefits the Boys and Girls Club of Oshkosh, Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, Inc. and the Oshkosh Area Humane Society.

 

Local Art Auction at the Underground

December 23, 2013 by braytonbb

 

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

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

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

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

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. 

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