Some Wisconsin destinations — like Summerfest in Milwaukee or the EAA AirVenture in the Oshkosh — become annual traditions because of their magnitude and ever-fresh approach, but these one-time or first-time events and attractions also aim to earn your attention.
Centennial celebrations for two native sons happen this year. Orson Welles (responsible for the 1941 film “Citizen Kane” and 1938 “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast) was born May 6, 1915, in Kenosha. Les Paul, father of the solid body electric guitar, was born June 9, 1915, in Waukesha.
Maybe we should count the return of food trucks and food carts right up there with robins as sure signs of spring.
“Mobile food is not a new concept in the United States,” notes PasteMagazine.com. “From the chuck wagons of the Old West to the hot dog stands of New York City, quick, inexpensive food on the road has been a part of our nation’s history.”
Much of what happens during the annual Midwest Foodservice Expo is insider advice and networking for the hospitality industry and others whose work involves the preparation and delivery of good food.
Vendors hawk food trucks to chef uniforms, digital advertising systems to slush machines. Also in the mix at this Wisconsin Restaurant Association event are food and beverage samples from tiny to major manufacturers.
When pelting rain wakes me at 4 a.m. on a Monday, about all I can do is listen and wonder. The closest weather forecast online is for a city 70 miles away and 3,300 feet higher in elevation.
This is the day. There is no rain date. Our train leaves in mid afternoon.
I sometimes welcome the unexpected in travel because that’s the foundation for fond and lasting memories, even though you might not think so at the time.
An overnight at a Buddhist temple north of Busan, South Korea, had us fumbling with chopsticks, in fear of an order to swig a slosh of wasted food, then sleeping on (heated) floors and waking to 3 a.m. gongs for worship.
Time to lighten the reader mailbag — thanks for taking the time to write with your questions, ideas, critiques and praise about destinations close to home and abroad.
I certainly am not the only one whose Danube River cruise was interrupted by flooding. Kathy Thomas of Pleasant Prairie says her trip was rescheduled from summer to autumn because of high water. “I had a very similar experience to yours,” she writes. “I expected a more scenic cruise but still totally enjoyed the trip.”
Up to 2,500 bald eagles winter near the Mississippi River’s locks and dams because open water makes it easier to fish for dinner. That’s why we consider this the time of year to seek out the once-endangered raptor.
The population estimate comes from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and most bald eagles head north to nest as weather warms toward the beginning of spring.
So many travel stories concentrate on exotic and extravagant destinations that have huge budgets for marketing and promotion. We all know they are off-limits to average people because of the excess and expense.
Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel columns, magazines and books are a longstanding exception. His guidebook “Europe on $5 a Day,” published in 1956, was the first title of almost 180 that bear his name. (“Europe on $95 a Day was published in 2007.)
Cooking with alcohol used to mean little beyond a splash of beer in a crock of cheese soup or tub of simmering brats. Now ales, stouts and spirits show up in almost all courses, if you know where to look.
The Brown Bottle, a tasting room and tavern for Milwaukee’s Schlitz Brewing Co. since 1938, recently reopened after four years of closure.
Cancer survivors and their supporters stepped out at Carthage College Friday for Relay for Life to help the American Cancer Society.
STURTEVANT — Commercial leasing agents are actively seeking a tenant for the first phase of the 87-acre Enterprise Business Park that is scheduled for completion by the end of the year in Stutevant.
BRISTOL — Doug O’Reilly announced Friday he would not take the Bristol School Board seat he earned by one vote, in a race from which he unofficially withdrew.
A man who drove drunk and crashed into a squad car after striking several other vehicles was sentenced Friday to three years in prison.
Kenosha police said a man was repairing a basement when he discovered what appeared to human bones buried underneath the flooring, according to the police report.
After a tough night of bingo at Potawatomi Casino in Milwaukee, Jill Bien, of Norridge, Ill., was dealt even more adversity on the drive home.
Dan Madrigrano found an old Spaghetti Station matchbook cover and, as a bit of nostalgia, decided to share it on Facebook. As the “likes” began pouring in by the thousands, a light bulb appeared above his head.
KENOSHA — The Kenosha Chamber Choir’s spring concert begins at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 5900 Seventh Ave.
Picture a farmer.
The 35th annual Kenosha County Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Awareness Week kicks off on Saturday. This year’s program is titled: “Being Drug Free … Oh the Possibilities!”
Middle school students in Kenosha may get an early start to their weekends next year.
The pay for Kenosha County employees could increase over the next year as a result of a report examining salaries, wages and benefits.
PLEASANT PRAIRIE—- Crews will be breaking ground Friday on a new $4.4 million roundabout and reconstruction project for 39th Avenue in front of the Village hall.
Kenosha Velosport Cycling’s junior development racing team donned their gear Thursday night, straddled their saddles and pedaled their last laps around the Washington Park Velodrome for 2015.
BRISTOL — A recount of the ballots Thursday did not change the results of the Bristol School Board race. Doug O’Reilly remains the winner by one vote.
An Indian Trail High School and Academy teacher and coach was placed on administrative leave after a spring trip with the school’s varsity softball team, Kenosha Unified School District spokeswoman Tanya Ruder confirmed Thursday.
Karlos Hamilton came from a good family.
An alarming trend of vehicle break-ins continued with incidents reported outside an I-94 hotel early Wednesday morning and another incident on 10th Avenue Wednesday night.
A 40-year-old Wilmot man was charged with felony child abuse and strangulation on Thursday following a fight with his teenage son.
Today’s problem: In the course of regular duties here at the Kenosha News, Fix It has been to more than a few motor vehicle accidents. In the past few weeks, Fix It has been to three crashes where a traffic control signal or a light pole took it in the shorts, ending up being knocked down or damaged. Sometimes they even end up on top of someone’s building.
Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, will hold five listening sessions in his district over the next two weeks to gather public input on the state budget.