Big Event Blog: Remembering Wisconsin at war

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Margaret Plevak | July 31, 2014

What are your plans this weekend? How about discovering the impact of the Civil War on Wisconsin in Eagle, enjoying festivals in Genoa City and Whitewater, or taking a vineyard walk in Delavan? The choices are yours. 

Concerts in the Park, July 31, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Flat Iron Park, 201 Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the music. 262-248-4416,

Paint N Scoop, July 31, with painting activity facilitated by an artist for kids and families alike. Create a painting, then take a trip to the ice cream sundae bar Abbey Resort, 269 Fontana Blvd., Fontana. 800-709-1323,
Civil War Encounters, during the month of August, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Old World Wisconsin, W372 S9727 Wisconsin Highway 57, Eagle. Experience the profound impact the Civil War had on Wisconsin's soldiers and civilians as you explore life on the home front and in a reconstructed army camp.262-594-6300,

Hike with Harold at Kishwauketoe Nature Center, Aug. 1, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., at the main entrance on Wisconsin Highway 67, Kishwauketoe Nature Center, Williams Bay. 262-903-3601,

32nd Annual Genoa City Days, Aug. 1-3, sponsored by the Genoa City Lions Club. Entertainment includes Big Noise at 8 p.m., Friday; Nashville's Chasing Amy at 8 p.m. Saturday. Plus parade at noon on Saturday; car show at 2 p.m. Saturday; Mud bogs at 9:30 a.m. Sunday and ice cream social at 10 a.m. Sunday. Plus bingo, and more live entertainment, Veterans Memorial Park, Fellows Road, Genoa City.
First Fridays, Aug. 1, a celebration of local arts and food, downtown Delavan.

Senior Travel Club of Walworth County meets Aug. 1, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.,  Community Room at Matheson Memorial Library, 101 N. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn. Sign up for the Sept. 26 trip, to Cashton, and the Amish settlement. Liz Friemoth, president of the Delavan Congdon Gardens, will speak and have a slide presentation on the gardens.

“Narnia,” performance, Aug. 1-3, Christian Arts Center, Highway 50 at Cisco Road. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays with matinees at 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets: 262-245-9122,

32nd Annual Genoa City Days on Friday, Aug. 1-3. Chasing Amy performs Saturday, plus food, fun, kid's games, bingo, mud bogs during the annual event sponsored by the Genoa City Lions Clubs

Book signing, Aug. 2, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with Glenn D. Hettinger, author of “Distinctive Homes of America Vol. IV - Lake Geneva,” at Cornerstone Shop & Gallery, 214 Broad St., Lake Geneva. 262-248-6988,

Second annual Whitewater Main Street Festival, Aug. 2, with arts and crafts, activities for the whole family, including “For the Birds” activities and music. Info at Studio 84, 121 W. Center St., Whitewater. 262-812-7560

Brick Church School Reunion, Aug. 2, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the school, Walworth. Bring snacks, photos and memories to share. 715-479-1429

Madison Classic Car Show, Aug. 2-3, at the Walworth County Fair Grounds, 411 E. Court St, Elkhorn. 262-723-3228,

Hands of Faith Sixth Annual Fundraiser Corn Boil Sunday, Aug. 3 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Rock Bar and Grill, 101 Maple St. in Beloit. Great food, entertainment by Karl Bell, pontoon rides, silent auction, raffle and more to benefit Hands of Faith, which works to help homeless families secure permanent housing. For more information, call 608-363-0683.

Southeast Wisconsin Vineyard walk, Aug. 3, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Staller Estate Winery, S8896 County Road A, Delavan, The event is hosted by owners Joe and Wendy Staller. $40 registration fee includes a four-course wine-local food pairing prepared by Chef Tyler Sailsbery from Black Sheep Restaurant in Whitewater. Register at and send payment in advance to the Walworth County UW-Extension Office, attention Vineyard Walk, PO Box 1001, Elkhorn, WI 53121. If you have questions, contact Peg Reedy 262-741-4951 or

Fifth annual Deligo Valley Country Market, Aug. 3, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., W814 Bell School Road, East Troy. Features 24 vendors of distinction, Terry Murphy and friends Band, food by Ivans on the Square. Donate a nonperishable food item for your to win a one night stay at the Deligo cottage.

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