Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

Photo of musicians and audience © Bill Jacobs

The Clearing is one of 25 venues where you can enjoy a summer series of classical concerts in Door County.
© Bill Jacobs

June 2010

Wisconsin Traveler

Summer music to our ears

Natasha Kassulke

This year's Door County Midsummer Music Festival begins June 11 and continues through July 11 capped by a special Labor Day Series from September 1-6. Not only does the 25-show festival feature top chamber music performers from the region, shows are held in such intimate venues as a 100-year-old boathouse, a Nordic Viking Hall and a church built in 1859.Most concerts are $25 or $50. All concerts include a reception and chance to meet the musicians. Visit Midsummer's Music Festival or call (920) 854-7088.

Just south of Door County, take in the sights and sounds at the Flying Pig Gallery & Green Space in Algoma. This art gallery and 15 acres of surrounding natural gardens is creative and sustainable. Visitors enjoy the catch-learn-and- release resident wildlife population. The Flying Pig was Wisconsin's first Travel Green Wisconsin certified retail business to incorporate a geothermal passive solar system. A wetland on the grounds has marsh marigolds, cattails, dragonflies and frogs in a natural symphonic ecosystem with a windmill-powered aeration system. For more information visit Flying Pig Gallery & Green Space or call (920) 487-9902. The Flying Pig is located at N6975 Highway 42 two miles south of Algoma.

Celebrate 46 years of fish and fun on July 17 at Port Washington Fish Day. Music, parade, fireworks and arts and crafts festival are held in conjunction with the "world's largest one day outdoor fish fry." Admission is free to the Fish Day grounds. However, to enter the Main Stage area for concerts, you will need a Fish Day button ($3). Purchase fish and chips for just $5 at Upper Lake Park. The event kicks off at 11 a.m. Call (920) 994-1104 or visit Port Washington Fish Day.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Days comes to Old World Wisconsin in Eagle on July 24-25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Step into the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder at this hands-on celebration of her life and experiences. Dress like her, try her games and help do Ma and Pa's work, too. Tickets are $16 adults; $9 children (5-17), free for children under 5; $14 students and senior citizens (65 and over); $43 family (two adults and two or more dependent children 5-17). Then stay later on Saturday, July 24 for an After-hours Barn Dance from 6 to 9 p.m. at Old World Wisconsin. Enjoy a rollicking evening of live music and dancing – no prior knowledge required! Another barn dance will be held on September 18. Tickets are $7 adults and $5 children 5-17. Call (262) 594-6300.

If gunfire is more music to your ears, you'll enjoy the wild-and-wooly re-enactment of the original Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World. The show comes to Circus World in Baraboo July 24-25 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and recreates the time Buffalo Bill's show visited Sheboygan in 1896 with cowboys doing trick riding, roping and shooting. Legendary sharpshooter Annie Oakley will be on hand along with other Wild West adventures including a stagecoach hold-up and a territorial bank robbery. Tickets are $14.95 adults, $7.95 children 5-11, and $12.95 senior citizens (65 and older). Circus World is located at 550 Water Street, Baraboo. Call (866) 693-1500 or visit Circus World.

Natasha Kassulke is Creative Products Manager for Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine.