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winter runners; La Crosse Area Family YMCA

Run for your heart.
©La Crosse Area Family YMCA

February 2013

Wisconsin Traveler

Great Valentine's Day adventures.

Ellen Corso

Valentine's celebrations vary worldwide. In Norfolk (eastern England), "Jack" Valentine knocks on doors and leaves sweets and presents for children. In Wales, people celebrate St. Dwynwen's Day, commemorating the patron saint of Welsh lovers. Closer to home, Wisconsin also offers adventures to embrace the season of devotion. Take time to get outdoors and enjoy the Valentine's season with loved ones.

Shape up your heart with Seroogy's Valentine 15K Run/5K Walk on Saturday, February 9. The course begins and ends at Seroogy's Chocolates on Broadway at 144 N Wisconsin Ave, De Pere. Race starts at 8 a.m. Participants receive a long sleeve shirt, Seroogy's chocolate meltaway bar, coffee and hot chocolate. Call (800) 429-8044, (920) 338-8741, or (920) 562-1885 (evening). Visit Midwest Sports Events

Kick off your New Year's resolution to do your heart some good at the Valentine's Heart Throb Run/Walk (5-mile fun, 5K run/walk) on February 9. Race starts at 8 a.m. at 400 Mason Street, Onalaska. Entrants receive a long sleeve shirt. Call (608) 782-9622, or email visit La Crosse Area Family YMCA

Light up your evening by heading to the Sheboygan Valentine Candlelight Ski & Hike 6 to 9 p.m. on February 9. Ski or hike the two-mile cross country trail lit by almost 200 tiki torches. Please, no pets, snowshoes or sleds. Vehicle admission sticker is required. Stop at the office for a map: Kohler-Andrae State Park, 1020 Beach Park Lane, Sheboygan. Call (920) 451-4080 or visit Wisconsin State Park System

Head to Hartford for the Pike Lake Unit-Kettle Moraine State Forest Candlelight Ski/Hike with over 300 luminaries lighting two 0.75-mile trail loops from 6 to 9 p.m. on February 9. Skiers, hikers and snowshoers will share the trails. Members of the Northern Cross Science Foundation will share telescopes with visitors. If there is no snow, a candlelight hike will be held. Call (262) 670-3400, or visit Wisconsin State Park System

Take part in the sweeter side of Valentine's Day traditions at Death by Chocolate. Downtown Appleton becomes a dessert lovers' paradise as local restaurants feature chocolate treats. From 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 14 sample desserts whipped up by some of the area's best chefs. Buy a ticket to allow you to taste a treat at each location. For more information contact Anne Wiegman by email or call (920) 954-9112.

If that doesn't sweeten you up, head to Brillion for the Wine, Cheese, Beer and Chocolate Tasting 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, February 16. Sample some of the area's finest from local vendors. There is a fee to attend. The event is held at Cobblestone Creek, 740 W Ryan St., Brillion. Call (920) 875-0125.

The Madison Winter Festival has something for everyone to love February 16-17. Enjoy ski races, snowboard and ski competition, Frosty 5K Run & Walk, Cyclo Frost Cyclocross Race and the Frosty 1 Mile Dog Jog, as well as snow and ice sculpting, sled hill rides, winter-themed museum tours, snowshoeing, disabled sit ski programming and more. Over 90 truckloads of snow will transform the Capitol Square into a race and recreational venue. Call (608) 385-8864, email or visit Madison Winter Festival

Bring your cowbells to show you have caught Birkie Fever in Hayward. The 40th Annual American Birkebeiner Cross Country Ski Event runs February 21-23. It is North America's largest and most prestigious cross country ski marathon and includes ski equipment demos, music and more. Skiers of all ages and nationalities participate. Call (715) 634-5025, email or visit American Birkebeiner

Historical pottery © Echoes of the Past-Historical Trade Fair
Pottery from the past.
© Echoes of the Past-Historical Trade Fair

History lovers won't want to miss Echoes of the Past-Historical Trade Fair February 23-24 in Oshkosh. See historical clothing, books, firearms and more. Seminars are topped off with a Military Unit History and Parade of Uniforms, civilian fashion show and more. Admission is $5; free for children under 10 with an adult. Location: Sunnyview Exposition Center, Winnebago County Fair Grounds. Call Brian Bradley at (920) 233-5332, email or visit Bradley Company of the Fox

Fall in love with spring at Maple Fest March 23-24 in Amery 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sample free pancakes, "sap to syrup" farm tour and petting zoo. Food Shelf donations will be collected. Location: Glenna Farms, 1333 120th St., Amery. Call (715) 268-4702 or (800) 310-5050, or visit Glenna Farms

In Chilton on Sunday, March 24 celebrate Maple Syrup Sunday by tapping a maple tree, collecting sap and enjoying pure maple syrup on pancakes or ice cream. Pancake breakfast is served 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: $3 ages 6-12; $6 ages 13 and up. Sugar bush tours and demos are free. Location: Ledge View Nature Center W2348 Short Road, Chilton. Call (920) 849-7094, email or visit Ledge View Nature Center

Ellen Corso is Circulation Manager for Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine.