Time is running out on summer
Never mind the economy.
Never mind that it’s already August.
It’s not too late to have a good summer.
Yes, you still have time for one last blast before the end of summer; time to do at least one of those things you meant to do but never got around to.
But let’s make one thing clear: “Things you meant to do” should not include to-do list items such as “cleaning the garage,” “reseeding the lawn” or “building an addition off the kitchen.”
We’re talking about something fun, something like …
Movies under the stars
Your parents—or your grandparents—remember the days when going to the drive-in was about as exciting as it got. And that was in the days before cars had air conditioning.
It’s still a good time, especially now that outdoor movies are significantly cheaper than going to a regular theater.
Local drive-in choices include:
-- Highway 18 Outdoor Theatre, W6423 Highway 18, 2 miles west of Jefferson. It’s located on the corner of Highways 18 and 89.
Tickets are $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 5 to 11; $5 for seniors ages 65 to 99. Children 4 and younger and seniors 100 and older are admitted for free.
The menu includes everything from hamburgers and hot dogs to veggie burgers and breaded pork tenderloin. Moviegoers also can get more traditional fare including popcorn, candy, funnel cakes, hot pretzels and nachos.
For more information, go to www.highway18.com or call (920) 674-6700.
-- Sky-Vu Drive-In Theatre, N1936 Highway 69, Monroe, features an extensive concession stand selling homemade pizza and a variety of other treats, an all-gravel lot and the occasional triple feature.
For more information, call (608) 325-4545 or go to www.goetzskyvu.com.
No carry-ins are allowed at either venue, but concession stands feature reasonably priced food. And by reasonably priced, we mean way cheaper than regular theater food.
A classic summer pastime
What better way to celebrate the summer than with a ballgame?
If you’re concerned about spending two hours in the August sun, remember most Beloit Snappers games start at 7 p.m., and at this time of year, sunset is shortly after 8 p.m. Besides, the $6.50 reserved seats are located in the well-shaded top eight rows of the grandstand. Reserved seats for kids and seniors are $6. Children 4 years old and younger get in for free.
Many of the Snapper games feature post-game fireworks, giveaways and other fun events.
General admission tickets are $5.50 for adults; $5 for children.
For more information, go to www.snappersbaseball.com or call (608) 362-2272.
Horsing around in Lake Geneva
Remember Janesville’s collection of miniature ’57 Chevys? The little cars, which were painted by local artists, took over downtown for a summer.
Lake Geneva has embraced horses as its public art project.
From now through September, more than 80 life-sized colts are spread throughout the city’s downtown.
The colorful herd includes colts created by Janesville artists including Vicki Cottam, Allison Hokinson, Dee Dee Golberg, Sue Van Galder and James Ritcher.
At the end of the tour, take the family to one of the many beaches around Geneva Lake. Beaches are located in Lake Geneva, Fontana, Williams Bay and Big Foot Beach State Park.
Water adventures, inside and out
If the kids want a water park and a trip to the Dells is out of the question, Magic Waters in Rockford, Ill., is right off Interstate 90/39. The park is open daily through Aug. 17 and then is open Aug. 23, 24, 30, 31 and Sept. 1.
Tickets are $19.95 for adults, $14.95 for children, $3 for children ages 1 to 2 and free for children younger than 12 months.
An even less expensive option—and one good for a rainy day—is a trip to Mercy Fitness & Whitewater Aquatic Center, 580 S. Elizabeth St., Whitewater.
The aquatic center features a 3,000-square-foot indoor Leisure Pool with lazy river, 120-foot water slide and a variety of interactive play structures. Admission is $8 during the week and $10 weekends for adults; $5 during the week and $6 weekend for children and seniors. Whitewater residents receive a discount during the summer.
Between now and Labor Day, families can spend almost every weekend at a festival.
Aug. 9-10: Covered Bridge Days, downtown Brodhead. Event includes two days of food and fun including antique tractors and engine show, threshing and plowing demonstrations, antique engine pulls, sidewalk sales, music, a flea market and sports tournaments.
Aug. 16: Rotary Corn Roast and Mud Volleyball, UAW Local 95 Grounds, 1795 LaFayette Street, Janesville. Ticket to this annual event are $1 in advance and $2 at the gate, and children younger than 14-years-old get in for free if accompanied by an adult.
The ticket price includes free sweet corn, other food and drink vendors, children’s games, golf chipping contest, live music, and, of course, mud volleyball.
The Rotarians have this event down to a perfectly organized science, so it’s always a lot of fun—and the mud volleyball competition is fierce.
Aug. 24: Rock Around the Block, North Main Street, Janesville, noon to 9 p.m. Nine hours of rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, blues, and lots of other music and fun.
August 28 to September 1: Rock River Thresheree, Highway 51 between Janesville and Edgerton. Now in its 52nd year, the Thresheree practically has become the official end-of-summer event.
This year’s featured engines will be the Wade family collection of more 80 items, including a number of Nichols & Shepard steam traction engines.
Organizers also plan to attempt a world-record breaking ring of more than 20 threshers.
If mechanical stuff doesn’t interest you, the Thresheree has a huge flea market.
Aug. 30 to Sept. 1: Labor Fest 2008. Another one of those events that marks the end summer, Labor Fest is a mix of food, family activities, live music and co-ed volleyball.