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My husband, Rex, and I hit the road recently for an old-fashioned road trip in Wisconsin and our close neighbors, Michigan and Minnesota, with a quick jaunt to Canada. Here are some observations from the road:

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A Kenosha live music mainstay returns Saturday when Rock the Block returns to the 50th to 52nd Street areas and beyond.

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You had better be a pretty big show to call yourself the Giant Paddy O’s Show. Well, I looked into it and sure enough, it is pretty Giant indeed. On Saturday, Paddy O’s will host eight bands, all a bit different for only five bucks.

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Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum will present the 27th annual “Walk in the Woods” Art Fair on Saturday (Sept. 7.) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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The 2019 Kenosha Classic Cruise-In car show — also known as “The Downtown Car Show” — will once again take over the streets of downtown to kick off Labor Day Weekend in Kenosha.

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Laborfest, the annual celebration of the importance of organized labor, is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday (Sept. 2) at the picnic grounds east of St. Therese Church, 2020 91st St.

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Here it is, the final “official” summer weekend. Have you eaten your quota of funnel cakes? Did you catch a baseball game? Attend a lakefront festival? Enjoy a bike ride?

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Blue House Books — Kenosha’s independent bookseller — is hosting a Local Author Weekend on Friday and Saturday (Aug. 23-24) at Kenosha Creative Space, 624 57th St.

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There are only a couple more chances to catch Peanut Butter & Jam concerts at Veterans Memorial Park before the free concert series wraps up. Today’s concerts, at 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., will feature Chicago hit makers 7th Heaven.

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The Fleeing Artists’ theater group, which kicked off its second season (and its sixth season of Summer Shakespeare) with the bloody revenge tale “Titus Andronicus” last month, turns to the lighter side of playwright William Shakespeare with the comedy “The Taming of the Shrew.”

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The Bristol Renaissance Faire — where many tankards of beer are consumed and visitors have been known to gnaw on giant turkey legs — has blossomed into one of the premier Renaissance-themed festivals in the country.

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When I talked last week with Alexandria Binanti Robinson, executive director of Downtown Kenosha Inc., about the organization’s Pop-Up Beer Garden on Simmons Island Beach, she was looking forward to the bonfires on Saturday night and the artisan markets.

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There are several activities that are perfect for families looking for late-summer fun, including the Kenosha County Fair (see pages 4-5), the Downtown Kenosha Pop-Up Beer Garden (see page 6) and children’s theater (see page 7).

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The Downtown Kenosha Pop-Up Beer Garden — kicking off its two-weekend run today — is ready to go, according to organizer Alexandria Binanti Robinson.