Big Event Blog: Welcome fall with festivals and walks
What are your plans this first autumn weekend? Why not walk for an animal shelter in Delavan, sit down to a fish boil in Elkhorn, or enjoy a fall festival in Lake Geneva?
Walk and Wine in the Gardens, Sept. 22, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Congdon Gardens, 1424 Hobbs Drive, Delavan. Enjoy a glass of wine and tour the gardens in full bloom. Learn about the gardens and upcoming projects.CongdonGardens.org
Memory Cafe held Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Peoples Bank, 101 N. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn. This is an opportunity for individuals with mild cognitive impairment/early-stage Alzheimers and their care partners to meet in a safe supportive environment. Bring some small piece of memorabilia to talk about and share with the group. For more information, contact Wendy Betley at 414-479-8800.”
Guided walks with Harold or other volunteers, Sept. 23, and every Friday through October, at 8 a.m. at Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy, 251 Elkhorn Road, Williams Bay, For more information contact Harold Friestad, 262-903-3601, HaroldF43@gmailcom or go to Kishwauketoe.org.
FishFest, Sept. 23, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lakes,319 Broad St., Elkhorn. Fish boil fundraiser. 262-723-74440
S.M.I.L.E.S. Superstar Student Horse Show, Sept. 24, a therapeutic riding center at N2666 County Highway K, Darien. 262-882-3470, SmilesTherapeuticRiding.org/
Whisker Walk and Family Fun Day, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register for the walk at 10 a.m., walk at 11:30 a.m. Lakeland Animal Shelter, 3615 Wisconsin Highway 67, Delavan. Register at LakelandAnimalShelter.org — walkers raising $40 or more receive a T-shirt and goody bag plus top fundraiser will receive a $750 gift card. Enjoy photo booth, dog activities, raffles, pet costume contest. 262-723-1000
Oktoberfest at Lake Lawn Resort, Sept. 24, from noon to 4 p.m. Polka band, German food, beer. 2400 E. Geneva St., Delavan. 262-728-7950, LakeLawnResort.com
Dinner Train, Sept. 24, boarding at 5 p.m. at the East Troy Depot, 2002 Church St., East Troy. Train goes to Phantom Lake, pauses on the shoreline, then proceeds to Indianhead Park. Dessert and after dinner drinks are served on the return trip. Tickets: 262-642-3263, EastTroyRR.org
Riverport Chorus Craft and Vendor Fair, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Immanuel Church, 700 N. Bloomfield Road, Lake Geneva. 262-889-8293
Third annual Hope Walk and 5K Run, Sept. 24, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., along the White River Trails, in Burlington. Register at HopeWalkBurlington.Zapevent.com, 262-206-9574
175th Anniversary Celebration, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m., with window walk and reception: Costumed docents will bring to life the stories of the people memorialized in the ancient church with chamber music by Delavan/Darien string quartet. St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church, 13 South Church St., Elkhorn. Contact Sue Bell for more information, 262-203-2945.
“End of the Season” garden seminar Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Hoard Historical Museum, 401 Whitewater Ave. in Fort Atkinson. For more information, call 920-563-3776 or go to hoardmuseum.org.
Autumn Harvest Festival, Sept. 24-25, with orchard hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Apple picking, pumpkin picking, tractor-pulled hayride, pony ride or train ride, plus corn maze. Elegant Farmer, 1545 Main St., Mukwonago. 262-363-6770, ElegantFarmer.com
28th annual Apple Festival, Sept. 24-25 at the Apple Barn Orchard and Winery, W6384 Sugar Creek Road in Elkhorn. 262-728-3266, AppleOrchardAnd Winery.com
St. Charles 56th annual Fall Festival, Sept. 24-25, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., St. Charles Parish, 449 Conkey St., Burlington. Music by Benny B and the Blues Commission on Saturday; music by the St. Charles Hispanic Community from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday. 262-763-1696,
Geneva Lakes Boat Show, Sept. 24-25, an annual event held in the Abbey Resort's harbor, presented by the Blackhawk Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society. Features classic and vintage boats from all over the country. GenevaLakesBoatShow.com
Willow Glen Farm open house, Sept. 24-25, 21000 Leroy Center Road, Capon, Illinois. Meet the farm's herd of 40 alpacas. Plus, alpaca items for sale from rugs to socks to teddy bears and natural and naturally dyed yarn. No admission fee — just a few minutes from Edwards Apple Orchard at 21000 Leroy Center Road. 815 979-3072, [email protected]
Elkhorn Antique Flea Market, Sept, 25, Walworth County Fairgrounds, 411 E. Court St., Elkhorn. Rain or shine, 35th annual event, more than 500 dealers, open at 7 a.m. 414-525-0820, NLPromotionsLLC.com
Annual Fall Fest, Sept. 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 148 W. Main St., Lake Geneva. Frank Whiting & Friends Band play from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Magician Nino from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. plus karaoke, kids' games, silent auction, raffle and dinner. 262-248-8524
Discover Lake Geneva Bridal Showcase, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., Lake Geneva Cruise Line, Riviera Docks, 812 Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva. Six of the eight boats operated by the Cruise Line will be decorated in wedding themes to showcase the endless possibilities available to those looking for a venue for their wedding celebration. Other celebrations include showers, rehearsal dinners, receptions, next-day brunches and bachelor and bachelorette parties. 262-248-6206, CruiseLakeGeneva.com.