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Where in the world are Scott and Nicole…Again!

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Take me home country road #bouldercreek #santacruz #road #driving #california #iphoneonly

Where in the world are Scott and Nicole…AGAIN? If you remember last year, we decided to take our first ever personal/business road trip. We posted pictures of some of the planned and spontaneous stops and you tried to guess where we were. Not only did we have a lot of fun with this, it seems like you may have too. So, we decided, why not try it again. The lucky winner who guesses the most stops correctly will get a gift certificate for 50% off their stay when we return.  Once again, one guess per person, per location.

We leave again January 1 and will be back sometime late February. This time though, we are spending some time out of the country. There is a little hint for you! Lucky for us, I have some good friends that don’t mind watching over the inn while we are away. With that being said, you are still more than welcome to make reservations, check availability and buy gift certificates on our website. We will try to get back via email at the end of each day. It will probably be our most consistent way of staying in touch.

Good luck and thanks for playing along!

Happy New Year!

Where in the world are Nicole and Scott?

Friday, December 30th, 2016

 Travel and play along

USA MAP

Where in the world are Nicole and Scott? That will be the question for several weeks this winter. This is a work and personal excursion rolled into one. Departing on January 1st and returning in February, we will be traveling this great country. A very gracious and dear friend will be watching over the inn while we are on the road. No worries though, you can still check availability and make reservations online.  I will also be available when and where reception is available.

To make this fun for all, I will be posting a picture of one or both of us at our planned and spontaneous destinations. Where do you come to play in this adventure? The person that can correctly guess the most locations we are at, based upon the pictures that we take, will win a gift certificate good for 50% off their stay at Brayton Bed and Breakfast this Spring. One guess per person per location please. The winner will be announced when we return.

This is the first year that Scott and I have decided to take a break from the snowy Wisconsin winter and see the country. We look forward to this road trip and can’t wait to see where the car takes us. I also look forward to seeing who follows us and the guesses that roll in. Good Luck and have fun!

Tell Scott and Nicole where to go!

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Road To Adventure

The road trip contest is back!  This time though, its Tell Scott and Nicole where to go! I am sure some of you are getting a pretty good giggle out of this.

That is right, Scott and I are going to hit the road this year again right after Christmas with our brand new pull behind travel trailer. Those that know us, realize that yes, Scott finally talked me into giving this camper thing a try.

If you have played along with us in past years, you know we have played, “where in the world are Scott and Nicole“. We post pictures, you guess, and the one who guesses the most correctly, wins a gift certificate to our inn.

This year though, it will be a little different. We are going to tell you are destination(s), but we want you to tell us where we should stop. Maybe you think think we need to drive over the longest bridge, stay the night at a certain RV park or try the tacos at ABC taco stand. Whatever your favorite memories are, we want to make them ours too, so start reminiscing about those hot spots and share them with us. If we choose your destination, we will take picture and post it on Facebook with a shout out to you. The person that tells us to stop at the most chosen locations ,will win a gift certificate towards a night stay in 2019.

We will be traveling down to Port Isabel, TX then off to Big Pine Key, FL and then finally back home by late February. Don’t worry about our route. If we want to see it or we stumble upon it, we will make the stop.

Let the fun begin and get this contest started! We will be taking suggestions until December 15th.

TEDx Oshkosh 2018 – Ideas Worth Spreading

Monday, October 8th, 2018

TEDx Oshkosh 2018You won’t want to miss a minute of the 2018 TEDx Oshkosh conference, scheduled for November 10th, 2018 at The Grand Oshkosh.

TEDx Oshkosh is back with a 3rd year of ideas worth spreading. The first two years of TEDx Oshkosh were so popular that the audience tripled in size. If you enjoy being intrigued, inspired, and enlightened, you’ll want to join in, too.

TEDx Oshkosh includes both TEDTalks videos and live speakers to spark deep thoughts, deep discussions, and foster community in a small group. The 9 hour program, includes a catered lunch and light snacks and beverages during breaks – all included in the ticket price!

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Northeast Wisconsin NEWGame 2018 Gaming Convention

Monday, September 24th, 2018

NEWGame 2018 Northeast Wisconsin Gameapalooza‎Why be bored when you can be board … gaming? Come to Oshkosh, October 26th through the 28th, for NEWGame 2018 – the Oshkosh gaming convention from Northeast Wisconsin Gameapalooza!

NEWGame 2018 is Oshkosh’s annual gaming convention. The event was first held in 2013, a brainchild of the Polyhedral Underground, a group of gamers who felt Oshkosh really needed a gaming convention. Apparently they were right! While the event is only 6 years old, it grows larger every year. Hundreds of eager board game and RPG players from around the region now come to Oshkosh every October to attend the event.

The NEWGame 2018‎ gaming convention offers a wide variety of games to play and friendly opponents to challenge. The schedule contains dozens of board game and RPG events.

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Northeast Wisconsin Horror Film Festival 2018

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Northeast Wisconsin Horror Film Festival 2018It’s almost October and that means Northeast Wisconsin Horror Film Festival time! Come to Oshkosh October 13th and 14th, 2018 and scare yourself silly with over 20 scary movies at NEW Horror Fest 2018!

There’s nothing quite as fun as a good scary movie and Northeast Wisconsin Horror Film Festival 2018 is bringing 21 of them to Oshkosh this October.

The 3rd annual Northeast Wisconsin Horror Film Festival – aka NEW Horror Fest – brings great horror films to Oshkosh every October. The festival is more than just a celebration of Halloween. It also strives to bring attract new audiences to scary films.

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It’s Art and Jazz at Oshkosh Jazz Festival Meets The Arts

Friday, July 13th, 2018

IT HAS COME TO OUR ATTENTION THAT, ACCORDING TO A NOTICE ON THE EVENT SITE,
THE 2018 OSHKOSH JAZZ FESTIVAL MEETS THE ARTS HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 17, 2019.


Oshkosh Jazz Festival Meets The Arts 2018Enjoy an afternoon and evening of beautiful art, good food, and live jazz at the first annual Oshkosh Jazz Festival Meets The Arts. Saturday, August 18th, 2018, 12pm to 7:45pm in William Steiger Park.

Oshkosh Jazz Festival Meets The Arts is designed around Oshkosh’s vibrant art scene. The festival will include an art exhibition and sale as well as an evening of live jazz. This unique combination of art and jazz was organized by the Cultural Fine Arts and Jazz Society of Oshkosh in conjunction with Jambalaya Arts.

The event will take place in the new extension of William Steiger Park, near the old Boatworks. Vendors will have food and drink for sale with nearby restaurants providing further alternatives.

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Country USA 2018 Brings Keith Urban to Oshkosh!

Friday, May 11th, 2018

Country USA 2018Country USA 2018 is just around the corner and this year’s festival brings country-music superstar Keith Urban to Oshkosh, along with a host of others. Don’t miss this 5-day country music extravaganza: June 19th through the 23rd at Ford Festival Park in Oshkosh, WI.

Country USA, Oshkosh’s annual country music festival, attracts some country music’s biggest stars along with ever-growing audiences. In fact, the 5-day event is now one of America’s biggest country music festivals. The Country USA 2018 is no exception.

This year is expected to bring in even bigger audiences than before and with a lineup like this, who is surprised? Country Music superstar Keith Urban is headlining opening night, with Maren Morris, Brett Eldredge, Jason Aldean, and Brantley Gilbert headlining the following evenings.

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Alligator Records Blues Weekend at The Grand Oshkosh

Saturday, April 14th, 2018

Alligator Records Blues Weekend 2018Don’t feel down and in the blues. Get down with the blues during Alligator Records Blues Weekend in Oshkosh, WI!

Chicago-based Alligator Records artists Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, Toronzo Cannon, Tinsley Ellis, and the Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling will perform May 18th and 19th, 2018 at The Oshkosh Grand Opera House!

Whether you’re a longtime fan of blues music or are just getting introduced, you’ll want to attend Alligator Records Blues Weekend. The two-day event provides an opportunity to experience blues from talented musicians who have been playing it for decades. Alligator Records Blues Weekend is a very special event as you don’t often see this many Alligator artists performing together in one weekend.

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Are You Ready? It’s Almost Time For WineFeast 2018!

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

Dont miss WineFeast 2018 in Oshkosh, WI!Another Oshkosh sign of spring is rapidly approaching on the calendar: WineFeast 2018 is scheduled for Saturday, April 28th. Don’t miss this annual opportunity to sample fine wines and local cuisine – and all for a good cause!

WineFeast is THE Oshkosh social event of the year. The annual celebration of food and drink draws well over 800 people – and who is surprised? Your WineFeast ticket spells an evening of more then 100 fine wines from around the world and a variety of specially prepared dishes. Add 100% of the event proceeds going towards the Oshkosh Boys & Girls Club and you have what some would call a no-brainer.

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Take a Taste of Oshkosh Craft Beer Breweries

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Discover Oshkosh Craft Beer Breweries and Tasting RoomsThe recent craft beer revolution has seen craft breweries popping up all over the U.S. and Wisconsin is certainly no exception! Fans of fresh, local beer will be happy to hear that the Oshkosh craft beer scene offers opportunities for both tastes and tours.

The recent Hops & Props event at the EAA Aviation Museum got us to thinking about the explosion of microbreweries here in Wisconsin and beyond. While most of the mega-breweries that once made Wisconsin famous are gone, the craft brewers who’ve replaced them are reinvigorating that fame.

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September events going strong in Oshkosh

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Just because the weather is cooling does not mean Oshkosh slows down. September events are going strong in Oshkosh.

In the mood for some Octoberfest fun?  Docktoberfest kicks off Friday, September 22 at 5:00 PM at Dockside Tavern. Enjoy a good old fashioned Friday night fish fry while listening to the very popular Copper Box band. Saturday the festivities continue with the WI Cornhole Tourney, 2K Bier Run, masskrugstemmen, costume and frankfurter eating contests. Make sure to wear your Dirndls and Lederhosen! All Proceeds going towards the Oshkosh Boys and Girls Club.

Take the activities from drinking, dancing and tossing to flying high. The US National Aerobatics Championships are taking place at EAA air grounds Sept. 23-29th.  Nine power and glider categories participate and are crowned at this competition. Oshkosh offers the best facilities for an aviation event in the world the past 45 years as the site for EAA AirVenture. IAC has invested heavily in upgrading its own pavilion there and it will serve as headquarters for the contest. Activities during the week such as an evening social event at the EAA Nature Center and closing ceremonies and awards banquet at the EAA museum’s “Founder’s Wing” will also take place.

EAA Museum is a happening place for events. Relive the excitement and glamour of the big band era with a 1940’s style dance for the annual September Swing on Saturday, September 30th. from 7:00-11:00 PM at the Eagle Hanger. Start your nostalgic celebration with delicious era-inspired hors d’oeuvres and featured signature drinks from the bar.
Take to the dance floor to show your swing dance skills or learn how with lessons from professional dance instructors. Then showcase your new moves and dance the night away with your sweetheart.  You will be surrounded by an authentic collection of World War II airplanes, vehicles, and artifacts in our extravagant Eagle Hangar. It will truly be a celebration of the end of an era! Vintage wear is encouraged, but not required. Prizes will be awarded for best period attire and best dancers.

September weekends are booking up fast, so check on availability soon at Brayton Bed and Breakfast.

Céad Míle Fáilte! It’s the 9th Annual Oshkosh Irish Fest!

Friday, May 12th, 2017

Oshkosh Irish Fest 2017Oshkosh Irish Fest 2017 is just around the corner, scheduled for June 10th at Leach Amphitheater. Come help celebrate all things Irish with music, food, and much more at a beautiful park on the water. Céad Míle Fáilte – a hundred thousand welcomes!

9 years in and Oshkosh Irish Fest has become an anticipated local tradition. And why not? Who wouldn’t look forward to a day filled with world class musicians, delicious Irish food, and an Irish marketplace?

2017 also sees the addition of a beer sampling area to the festival. Great Irish beers along with a few regional craft beers will help you to get further into that Irish Fest spirit.

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WineFeast 2017 – A Great Evening For A Great Cause!

Friday, March 24th, 2017

WineFeast and Cellar Select 2017- April 29th in Oshkosh, WIOshkosh’s annual WineFeast is your opportunity to sample fine International wines and tasty local cuisine with 100% of the proceeds donated to the Oshkosh Boys & Girls Club.

WineFeast is the Oshkosh social event of the year – and why not? Not only does it combine excellent drink with fabulous fine food, it’s also a chance to get together with friends and community. That all the proceeds from this beloved annual event go towards the Oshkosh Boys & Girls Club is just the cherry on top!

This beloved annual event has two distinct parts: WineFeast and Cellar Select.

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Attend the 2017 EAA Skiplane Fly-In in Oshkosh, WI!

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

2017 EAA Skiplane Fly-In in Oshkosh, WIThe EAA Skiplane Fly-In, one of the Oshkosh region’s most colorful winter events, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. February 18, 2017 at the EAA AirVenture Museum’s Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh.

Whether you’re a fan of airplanes or just enjoy a festive atmosphere,  you’ll get a real charge out of the EAA Skiplane Fly-In! Held every year in mid-February since 1992, the EAA Skiplane Fly-In is a fascinating spectacle of tens fo skiplanes landing and taking off, along with warm food, and a plethora of fun activities for all ages.

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Guests with a past

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Shirley and Dutch RennartI could post a picture and a story about nearly every guest we have ever had. Lets face it, we all have a past and some juicy stories to tell, but some of them never get told. I have had the greatest opportunity and pleasure to get to know two people that will forever leave an impression on my heart. Shirley called me late spring inquiring about a 10 day stay in Oshkosh at our inn. Originally from Oshkosh, now living in Florida, Shirley and her husband Dutch would be coming for a family reunion, possibly being the last one. After talking to Shirley for several minutes, I wanted nothing more than to have this sweet couple, I had not met yet, stay with us. I was eager to meet, what I knew would be a spunky gal, but would have to wait until mid July for their arrival. Over the next several months, Shirley called me with all sorts of questions from parking, to payment, to the timing of their arrival. Needless to say, I felt like I had already knew her.

Since I had talked to Shirley so often, I knew the exact time they would be coming, who was dropping them off and what they would be driving. I saw the car pull up and I rushed out to meet this incredible lady. She was exactly how I had expected. The grandmotherly type that you just wanted to spend your days with. She hopped out of the car and I rushed to introduce myself.  I didn’t hesitate once to give her a big old hug. I mean, why wouldn’t I? I felt like I had known her for years. You know what, she gave me the same old big bear hug back.

I knew they would be tired from their travels, so I showed them to their first floor room, went through all the ins, outs and questions and gave them some time. Not too long had passed though, when Dutch comes out of the room looking for a place to sit outside and relax. I should him to a couple of chairs right off of the back porch where they both made themselves comfortable during their stay. I had this opportunity to find out a little more about Dutch since Shirley and I had already hit it off.

Dutch Rennart is his name and this is a man with a past. Originally from Oshkosh and finally making it big as an umpire in the National league from 1973 to 1992. He was most known for his animated loud strike calls. Dutch is one charming, cool cat, that is laid back and easy going with just a little bit of spunk to his step that lets you know that he has still got it. How could you not though, with three world series under your belt.

My husband and I not baseball fans, so this name really didn’t mean a lot to us, but then again it didn’t matter. These two people had already warmed our hearts even before they arrived. Word started getting out though that this legend was back in Oshkosh. So my husband took it upon himself to set up a small gathering at a place called Jerry’s Bar, which is not only one of the oldest bars in Oshkosh, but also pays tribute to Dutch by displaying photos on their wall. Thinking that my husband was just taking him out for beer, Dutch walked into a place where nearly 50 plus people were waiting see and talk to him about the “good ole days”.

I hated to see this adorable couple that had been married for 50 plus years and still showed such warmth and compassion towards each other, leave our home after nearly 2 weeks, but I knew the time had come. I hope on our journeys this winter, we will see them again. I would hate to think this was the first and last time of seeing them,but if it is, I know that they have left an impression that will forever change my life.

What’s happening in August in Oshkosh?

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Holy Moly May Oshkosh Events

Thursday, April 7th, 2016
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

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016
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.

Birthday Bash at WI inns

Monday, February 29th, 2016

 

Happy Birthday! (1)

So what does an innkeeper do when they want to get away? That’s easy, they find a Wisconsin bed and breakfast and get pampered themselves.

That is exactly what my husband and I and another couple did last week for my birthday. Our first stop was in Kohler, where we toured the Kohler museum. It was no charge to tour, but of course I took away a lot of ideas which I will be implementing in the next year, so as my husband put it, it really wasn’t free. We then headed over to Sheboygan and hit the John Michael Kohler Art Center. Another museum that was free of charge with a lot going on.

By this time, we were ready to check in at Lake Orchard Farm Bed and Breakfast which is also a working farm located on the shores of Lake Michigan. First off Mary and Nate, the owners, are fantastic hosts and our accommodations were beautiful, cozy yet spacious and very historic. There are 6 generations that have lived and worked on this farm. In fact, the inn was the old chicken hatchery, but you would never guess that unless you look at all the amazing photographs that they have placed around the inn. Mary serves up a wonderful breakfast in the morning as well, situated by the fireplace.

After breakfast, Nate and Mary were kind enough to take us through their newest venture in aquaponics, which refers to any system that combines conventional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as snails, fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks), with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. In Nate and Mary’s case though, they raise tilapia in the old cattle barn and have added a large greenhouse where there are(well I can’t even tell you) how many different forms of lettuce that they harvest along with tomatoes, beans, peas, cucumbers, etc. Lucky for us, they were generous enough to send us home with some samples of tilapia and vegetables that we snacked on in the car after we left. Once we got home, what do you think we had for dinner? You guessed it, baked tilapia with some brown rice and vegetables. Yum!

Our next stop was in West Bend, which is only about forty five minutes away from Sheboygan. We had several stops along the way before arriving at our next inn for the evening. Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast is nestled deep in the woods. We just felt ourselves  relax as we crept down the long driveway to the inn. Each of their rooms are decorated  beautifully but we stayed in the Timber Trails room which had this mirror that transformed into a TV ( I may have to steal that idea), and a grand two person shower with numerous jets and showerheads, custom tile and a heated floor. If you decide to leave this amazing room, there is plenty to do at the inn. They have an impressive DVD library, game room with pool table and even an old tabletop Galactica video game.

Breakfast in the morning was also amazing. Let me tell you, I do not eat mushrooms. On my plate that morning was a Portobello mushroom top. I know what you probably thinking, but I grew up having to try everything. To my amazement, this mushroom tasted like steak. Sally did an amazing job and my husband was even more amazed that I ate the whole thing. We could have sat around all morning talking to Sally and Chris, but we both had things to do, like getting back at our own inn to check in new guests.

There are a ton of great Bed and Breakfasts in our state and all over the world for that matter. Why not check out these two or any other Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast.

Think Spring

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Think Spring, huh?  Its a little tough to imagine right now, but Its a little easier to do when I see what is going on in Oshkosh starting in March.

First off, starting off with Rooms of Blooms at the Paine Art Museum, March 3-6 and 10-13th.  If that doesn’t make you think spring I don’t know what does.

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Rooms of Blooms showcases the art of floral design inside the exquisite settings of the historic Paine estate. This event features more than one hundred artistic fresh floral creations by the most talented designers in the region.  Each creation is inspired by the beauty of the Paine and artworks on display. Inside the rooms of the Paine, floral arangements will adorn the castle with large scale displays to smaller singular arrangements that create beautiful table settings and create spectacular aromas.

 

hopsprops limeliteSaturday, March 5th at EAA Air Venture Museum from 7:00-10:00 PM, Hops and Props is the premier beer-tasting event which is going into its 12th year. Your taste buds will thank you as you are sampling some of the finest beers in the world and enjoying delicious food and live music that will keep you on your feet all night long. Spend an evening sampling more than 300 extraordinary beverages from around the world while the master brewers you love are on hand to answer any and all questions you have about their craft. Plus, the 2015 People’s Choice winners return to share their award-winning beers that you voted for. Getting excited just thinking about this, maybe you should upgrade to VIP status which includes early admission to a five course meal featuring food and beer pairings. Dinner begins at 5:30 and tickets are limited.

St. Pats Parade and partyOshkosh’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Tent Party returns to downtown Oshkosh on Saturday, March 19.
Irish bands will entertain inside the tent. Following the parade, there will be special meet and greet opportunities with the Ice Queen, her sister, and all their Princess friends. You can also expect Irish Dancing performances by Richard’s School of the Dance, Kinsella Academy of Irish Dance, bagpipers, and other entertainment. We will have children’s contests for “Most Freckled Face” and “Reddest Hair”. Several fundraising activities will take place including raffles, a silent auction, and the opportunity to add your name to Irish Fest’s Welcome or “Fáilte” Door with a tax-deductible donation.

 

 

 

Dressing Downton

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

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.

Diet…

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Diet? Wait, your thinking where is my recipe that she usually posts! Its not that I don’t have one this week, its just

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that I thought this was just as important and since diet is based on food, I figured this was along the same lines. So, what comes to mind when you hear that word? I know mine use to be thinking that if you were on a diet, you must be trying to lose weight. Then about ten years ago when we started the B&B, the word diet took on a whole new meaning because we always asked about our guests dietary restrictions or allergies. So then, restrictions took on that similar meaning. These restrictions usually meant trying to lose weight, but most of the time it was for health, usually Dr. advised. As of recent though, dietary restrictions have taken on more of a different meaning with not only myself but our guests as well too. Now, if I hadn’t gone through these “dietary restrictions”, that by the way, I had put on myself, then I might be asking the same question that I hear from those that question this word, diet.

So, let me try to explain. Diet can mean you are trying to lose weight, but we have always been told that we shouldn’t deprive ourselves when trying to do so. Everything in moderation, right? So, you can be on a diet and still have that chocolate chip cookie. Yes, there are those that can’t because of no self control or the Dr. says No. For those people, skip over this part. I am not trying to change the world, just show a different perspective.

Now days, people are gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, lactose intolerant and everything in between and more. You can call yourself whatever you want. Maybe you are vegetarian, but you decided this morning, you wanted sausage. Now, true vegetarians out there will say you are not a “real vegetarian”. Depending how you went into this new diet of yours, who is to tell you what you are and what you are not unless it was Dr. advised.  Most of us have a our cheat days. If  you are like me, I consider myself a vegan, more so a travel vegan. I am really good when I am at home but when I am dining out or at a friends home (hence traveling), I am much more casual about the word. I made this change for myself to feel better, not because I am against anything. Therefore if I tell you I am vegan, it just means that I prefer to lead a vegan lifestyle, however I do not want to put anyone out or if I decide, because I am an adult, that I want a cheese pizza, I am going to enjoy it.

So, whether you agree with me or not, give your friends, family and acquaintances a break if they tell you they are on a diet and have that piece of cake or sneak that slice of bacon.  We are all trying are best.

Vegan Peanut Butter Caramel Truffles

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Don’t be scared about by the word vegan. It just means healthier and you can still enjoy the flavor especially when you add peanut butter. These truffles are not made with caramel but an alternative. Since I am still somewhat new to the vegan world I am always looking for new recipes so I am really excited to share this 5 ingredient recipe, since we all need a little chocolate after dinner, in my opinion. This one came from the minimalist baker which I find myself using a lot. Hope you enjoy.

Vegan Peanut Butter Caramel Truffles – serves 20 Caramel peanut butter truffles

16oz. Medjool dates, pitted, 2.5 TB melted coconut oil, divided, 3/4 tsp. sea salt, 1/4 C all natural creamy, salted peanut butter, 1 C dairy free dark chocolate chips.

Add dates to food processor. Add 1 TB melted coconut oil and mix. ( do not melt coconut oil in the microwave. Heat in a bowl over a gas range or add to a saucepan for electric range).  If it doesn’t look like it is forming a paste, add a little bit of warm water. Not too much though other wise it won’t stick together. Add 3/4 tsp. seal salt and mix more, scraping down the sides.

Form into ball the size of a superball or a bit larger and place on parchment paper and freeze for 30 minutes.

While they are freezing, combine peanut butter and 1/2 TB melted coconut oil. Right before your 30 is up, heat peanut butter mixture in microwave for about 20 seconds. Remove truffles from the freezer and pour peanut butter mixture over the tops of the truffles. Freeze again for another 30 minutes.

About 5 minutes before you are ready to take the truffles out of the freezer,  warm the chocolate chips with remaining 1 TB melted coconut oil in the microwave until melted and dip truffles into the melted chocolate. Sprinkle with more sea salt if desired and place back on the parchment paper.  Put in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

 

 

Hops and Props

Monday, February 16th, 2015
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Photo thanks to Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau

 

Hops and Props is an annual event that has been going on at EAA  to support museum activities. This years event takes place Saturday, March 7th from 7:00-10:00 PM at the EAA Air Museum.

This is an evening sampling more than 250 beverages from around the world with fine food being offered. Micro-breweries and distributors are on hand to teach you about the brewing process, history and techniques to become a beverage taster. You will be able to meet master brewers and learn to distinguish different characteristics of ales, lagers, and mixed style of beers from wheat, fruit, stouts, porter and meads. You may even find a new favorite.

To round out this evening, great music from several live bands, coffee, and sweets along with hot and cold hors d’oeuvres will be served. Of course you must be 21 years old to attend and admission price does include museum entrance, a commemorative beer glass and a professional prepared tasting guide. 

 

 

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