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Greg Peck: Entertainment options pack holiday punch

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Greg Peck
Friday, June 27, 2014

The calendar is packed with plenty of options for summertime fun the next nine days, what with the Fourth of July holiday a week from today. I’m almost at a loss as to which way to turn.

What about you and your family?

I’ll be honest, Cheryl and I have never attended Freedom Fest,  which is Saturday at the grounds of New Life Assembly of God in Janesville. Many festivalgoers reasonably argue it’s Rock County’s best Fourth of July event.

Speaking of Saturday, Madison’s Rhythm & Booms is that evening, now launching from Lake Monona, and spectators will be packing John Nolen Drive to watch. Cheryl and I have never gone there either—probably because the thought of parking and traffic snarls are too daunting. Have you? I'm not sure if the venue change will reduce or add to traffic snarls. Does the switch make you more or less likely to attend?

The Milwaukee Brewers are at home this weekend and playing winning ball, and Cheryl and I have yet to make a trip to Miller Park this season.

Speaking of baseball, the Beloit Snappers are in town through Thursday, and they have promotions planned every night, including post-game fireworks tonight and Thursday.

This weekend, the town of Turtle puts on its annual festival in Shopiere, culminating with fireworks Sunday evening. It has been many years since I’ve ventured down to that event, but those folks know how to put on a fun fest for a little community.

Cheryl and I have an item on our Bucket List we’d like to check off, and that’s to make one of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra’s Wednesday evening Concerts on the Square in Madison.

On Thursday, there’s the annual Concert in the Park at Lower Courthouse Park in Janesville. The Rock River Philharmonic—formerly the Beloit Janesville Symphony—will be performing patriotic music starting at 6:30 p.m. We’ve enjoyed this concert previously and might do so again.

Then there’s Rock Aqua Jays’ Independence Day on the Rock event next weekend.

Then, of course, there’s Summerfest in Milwaukee. Again, years have passed since Cheryl and I last attended.

And these are just a few of the bigger area options. Will you and your family be enjoying one or more of these activities? Something else?

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook.





Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

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