Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

Photo of 1860s base ball simulation © Old World Wisconsin

Watch the hurler hum the apple to the striker under the rules of 1860s base ball.
© Old World Wisconsin

August 2010

Wisconsin Traveler

Let's play shoots and batters

Brandon Russell

Summer is coming to an end but not without several chances to get out to the ballpark, the range or The Ledge for one last hurrah.

Batter up on Aug. 21 at 1:30 pm when the Eagle Diamonds face their nemesis, the Greenbush Dead Citys in a vintage baseball game played at historic Ward School field at Old World Wisconsin. The game's rules will be similar to that of 1860s "base ball." Admission to the game is free for those who have purchased a museum admission; otherwise, $16 adults, $9 children (5-17), $14 students and seniors (65 and over), $43 a family (two adults and two or more dependent children 5-17), and children under five are free. Fees include an all-day tram pass. Old World Wisconsin is located on Highway 67 in Eagle. Visit Old World Wisconsin.

From Little League to the Tavern League, the Sports and Spirits Exhibit in Appleton at The History Museum at the Castle, 330 E. College Ave., gives visitors the feel of organized sports in the 19th and 20th centuries through hands-on activities. Try on jerseys and equipment in the "locker room," learn cheers from the 1920s through today demonstrated by Appleton West cheerleaders, play "guess that smell," and compare your vertical leap to basketball players of the past. The exhibit runs through Dec. 31, 2011. Contact: (920) 735-9370 or visit The History Museum at the Castle.

Join the Fox Valley Practical Shooters as they hold their USPSA match at the Ripon Rifle & Pistol Club on Aug. 7. Set up begins at 8:30 a.m. and the match begins at 10 a.m. Cost is $15/club members and $20/nonmembers. Bring 150-200 rounds of ammunition. New shooters are welcome. Visit the Ripon Rifle & Pistol Club. The outdoor range is a mile northwest of Ripon on County FF (Old Berlin Road) on the north side of the road.

The Hartford Conservation and Gun Club hosts its annual "Shoot for a Cure" event Aug. 28-29 at the club's outdoor range, 6000 State Highway 60 in Hartford. The range is about five miles west of Highway 41 at the north end of Pike Lake. Last year 132 teams participated. The event benefits the Women for MACC (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer) and has raised over one million dollars over the past 18 years for this organization. For more information call (262) 673-9919 or visit Hartford Conservation & Gun Club, Inc..

Celebrate a unique geologic feature, the Niagara Escarpment, or The Ledge as it is commonly referred to. This unusually hard rock is found in an arching pattern that runs 650 miles from south central Wisconsin through Fond du Lac, Door County, across portions of Michigan and ending near Niagara Falls in New York state and Canada. Many talks, walks and festivals will celebrate 2010 as the Year of the Escarpment. One such festival, the Food and Energy Festival, runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the Ledge View Nature Center, W2348 Short Road in Chilton. Learn secrets of the ages with a guided geological tour and take part in cave tours and a fossil hunt. Cost is $3/ carload. Call (920) 849-7094 or visit Friends of Ledgeview Nature Center.

Writer Brandon Russell interned with Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine.