Big Event Blog: Get your fair fix or take flight in a balloon
Looking for something to do? It's the weekend of the Walworth County Fair, which runs through Labor Day at the fairgrounds in Elkhorn. You can also jam at a First Friday event in East Troy, or watch hot air balloons take flight in Harvard, Illinois.
Thursday, Aug. 31
Walworth County Fair, Aug. 30-Sept. 4, Walworth County Fairgrounds, 411 E. Court St, Elkhorn. 262-723-3228, WalworthCountyFair.com
Friends of the Library book sale, through Sept. 1, at Irvin L. Young Memorial Library, 431 West Center St., Whitewater. $3 for a bag of books; valuable or rare books are individually priced. CDs and DVDs are 50˘ to $1. 262-473-0530.
Legends and Landmarks Lake Geneva Walking Tour, Aug. 31, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., beginning at the Riviera, 812 Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva. Explore historic Maple Park neighborhood and the work of famous architects. Tickets at 262-248-1888, BlackPointEstate.org
Friday, Sept. 1
Nooks and Crannies Tour, Sept. 1, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Black Point Estate in Lake Geneva. Tickets at Lake Geneva Cruise Line, 262-248-1888, CruiseLakeGeneva.com
Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum hands-on family tour, Sept. 1, 9:30 a.m. to noon, 533 Milwaukee Ave., Burlington. Featuring 40 different hands-on tops and action games to try, an I Spy hunt, exhibits, live show and more. Call ahead for tickets at 262-763-3946.
First Friday event, Sept. 1 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., on and around the square, downtown East Troy. Jam session and open mic night with karaoke. 262-642-3770, EastTroy.org
Guided hikes with Harold, Sept. 1, and every Friday, 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., at the main entrance on Highway 67, Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy, Williams Bay. 262-903-3601, FriendsOfKNC.org
Second annual Harvard Balloon Festival, Sept. 1-3, with more than 20 hot air balloons, Harvard Milky Way Park, 300 Lawrence Road, Harvard. Music, entertainment, food. 815-943-6468, HarvardBalloonFest.com
Saturday, Sept. 2
Wine tasting, Sept. 2, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., The Bottle Shop, 617 W. Main St., Lake Geneva. 262-348-9463, TheBottleShopLakeGeneva.com
Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum hands-on family tour, Sept. 2, 9:30 a.m. to noon, 533 Milwaukee Ave., Burlington. Featuring 40 different hands-on tops and action games to try, an I Spy hunt, exhibits, live show and more. Call ahead for tickets at 262-763-3946.
Tuesday, Sept. 5
Tuesdays at 2, Sept. 5, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. with Chris Jacobson Brookes discussing the history of Northwestern Military and Naval Academy. Geneva Lake Museum, 255 Mill St., Lake Geneva. 262-248-6060, GenevaLakeMuseum.org
Rock River Valley Carvers open carving sessions Sept. 5,from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Ortmayer Hall, 419 E. Court St., Janesville. Enter through basement door, which is across the street from the church parking lot on Atwood Avenue.
Wednesday, Sept. 6
Crafts by the Lake, Sept. 6, at 6:30 p.m., Lake Geneva Public Library's Smith Meeting Room, 918 W. Main St., Lake Geneva. Loretta Moorhouse Nussbaum will demonstrate how to make a tiny book with the front and back cover made out of a sea shell. Supplies will be provided, and the program is sponsored by the Friends of the Lake Geneva Public Library. 262-249-5299, LakeGeneva.lib.wi.us
Limber Timers Square Dance club meets Sept. 6, from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m in the cafeteria of Elkhorn Middle School, 627 E. Court Street (Wisconsin Highway 11) Elkhorn. Bob Asp is the caller; Jerry Buckmaster is the cuer.
Thursday, Sept. 7
Legends and Landmarks Lake Geneva Walking Tour, Sept. 7, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., beginning at the Riviera, 812 Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva. Explore historic Maple Park neighborhood and the work of famous architects. Tickets at 262-248-1888, BlackPointEstate.org
The History of the Matheson Memorial Library program, Sept. 7 at 6:30 p.m., 101 N. Wisconsin, Elkhorn. The program will be held in the library Community Center. Artwork and library artifacts will be on display. 262-723-2678, Elkhorn.lib.wi.us
Thursday-Friday, Sept. 7-8
Home School Days, Sept. 7-8. Join Old World Wisconsin for a day set aside for home-schooled children. Old World Wisconsin, W372 S9727 Wisconsin Highway 67, Eagle. 262-594-6301, WisconsinHistory.org