Family Fun at Mulberry Lane Farm!

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Written By: Matt Ten Haken, Director of Sports Marketing

Now is the time to take your family to Mulberry Lane Farm!

We took our family and met some friends at Mulberry Lane Farm back in the beginning of June and had a great time. Located just east of Sherwood, it’s a great place for your little ones to get to know more about their favorite farm animals, but it is also a great time for parents and grandparents as well.

Led by Farmer Emma, our group chased chickens, held baby goats, played with the pigs, pet the lambs, rode the ponies, milked a cow, and took a hay ride.

After an hour long tour of the Matt's Fam-Mulberry Lanefarm, we were able to go back to the animals we really liked or explore some other areas of the farm at our leisure. We played with the goats some more because they were a lot of fun, then we also held baby kittens, bunnies, chicks, and ducklings. Afterwards, we had a nice picnic lunch and played on the tractors and the massive tractor tires that were stacked up like a fort.

After three hours of fun on the farm, our 4 year-old and 2 year-old were so tired they were asleep before we even got back into Sherwood. It was a great day on the farm and I would highly recommend taking your family there. For more information, go to: mulberrylanefarmwi.com

Appleton’s 65th Annual Flag Day Parade

Written by: Alison Hutchinson, Convention Sales and Marketing Representative

It is clear to see why Appleton’s Flag Day Parade has such a long running. I attended the parade this past Saturday with my daughter. Although the weather was a little overcast and rainy, the patriotic spirit was definitely in the air. We sat next to a family that was dressed in red, white and blue, proudly clapping and waving at everyone in the parade.

20150613_143125Parade attendees came out to honor the flag. The City of Appleton has been celebrating for 65 years. Their float displayed several American flags with many veterans in the crowd as well as in the parade. The Navy Reserves marched by, proudly displaying their banner recognizing 100 years for their branch.

Military bands and high school bands marched proudly while playing familiar patriotic songs. My favorite was the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band. They looked sharp and sounded great too.

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There were many modes of transportation that passed by, old and new. From horses to cars, fire engines to military vehicles. One of my favorites was the horse-drawn funeral coach. It was a silent symbol to recognize those who have sacrificed for our country.

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Although, you will not get candy from this Flag Day parade, you will get a sense of pride and patriotism that will resound with you for a long time. It is fantastic to have such an honorable celebration in our area.

Memorial Day Weekend in the Fox Cities

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Written By: Karen Treml, Visitor Services Coordinator

Looking for ideas to fill your Memorial Day Weekend? The Fox Cities has some great events happening that will keep your schedule full and fun! Plan your trip today!

Division 3 Baseball Tournament
Hoping to catch some sports on your Memorial Day weekend? The NCAA D3 Baseball Championship is in town! The top eight teams from across the country will compete to determine a national champion, taking place at Fox Cities Stadium. Check their website for details.

Appleton Downtown Farm Market
It might not be summer quite yet but you can enjoy Appleton’s Farm Market year-round! The Farm Market is held every Saturday in downtown Appleton, inside City Center. With more than 50 vendors selling fruits & vegetables, meats & cheeses, breads & baked goods, eggrolls, popcorns, specialty foods and handcrafted items, there’s something for everyone. And don’t forget to leave yourself some extra time to explore the rest of the downtown area. There are plenty of shops, boutiques, museums, and restaurants to fill your day with fun! Visit their website for more information.

When Neenah Came Marching Home – Remembering the Sacrifice of Neenah’s Civil War Soldiers
This new exhibit is featured at the Neenah Historical Society is honoring the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and focuses on local information and unique artifacts  that tell the story of Neenah’s own Civil War Soldiers and the community to which they returned to. You can view the exhibit on Sunday afternoons from 1-4pm, or by appointment. Visit their website for more details.

Spring Baby Farm Animal Tour at Mulberry Lane Farms
Looking for some family fun on your Memorial Day weekend?  Spring comes to life at the farm.  Baby chicks, baby ducklings, baby kid goats, baby lambs, baby piglets, baby calves, baby ponies, baby kittens, baby bunnies… oh baby, they have babies! Tours include: Milk a cow, ride a pony, enjoy a hay ride, catch a chicken, kiss a pig, cuddle a kitten & more! Check their website for details.

Appleton Memorial Day Parade
What’s Memorial Day without a parade?! The parade starts at 9am on College Avenue in Downtown Appleton and ends at Riverside Cemetery at approximately 11am, followed by a “Moment of Remembrance” Ceremony at The George D. Eggleston, G.A.R. Monument honoring our veterans. Visit the City of Appleton’s website for more details.

Calling All Grilled Cheese Lovers!

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Written by: Jeni Strom, Marketing & Visitor Services Coordinator

One of Appleton’s newest restaurants specializes in all things grilled cheese. Tom+Chee recently opened off of Cty Rd KK in Appleton and had an instant buzz. Whether you prefer amped up fancy versions with veggies and specialty meats, or if you’re perfectly happy with a good ol’ classic cheddar, they’ve got options for everyone.

My son and I went to see what all the hype was about and we were not disappointed. I opted to build my own;  fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil pesto on wheat berry bread with a small cup of their basil tomato soup. So delicious! My son kept it simple; classic cheddar grilled cheese with chips. He said, and I quote, “This is the best grilled cheese I’ve ever had!”

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Tom+Chee aims to use fresh quality ingredients. They roast their own meats and make all their sauces, dressings and soups from scratch. If you’re feeling adventurous, a must-try is their grilled cheese donut. Yes I said donut. A classic glazed donut sliced and grilled with your choice of cheese, or choose from their list of specialty grilled donuts; like the Blueberry Blue that was featured on an episode of Man V. Food! If you’re feeling really ambitious, try your luck at their Baker’s Dozen Challenge: 13 Grilled Cheese Donuts! They also have plenty to offer for lighter fare, and gluten free and vegan/vegetarian options as well!

Head to Tom+Chee for your grilled cheese experience! You can also visit their website and place your order online!

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers: A Suite Experience

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Written by: Adam Schanke, Sports Marketing Manager

Myself and our Director of Sports Marketing, Matt Ten Haken, recently had an opportunity to enjoy one of the six 2-year-old suites at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium for a Wisconsin Timber Rattlers game. The experience was, pun intended, SUITE!

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The suite featured ten outdoor stadium seats, four indoor high-top chairs with table surface facing the field, and a lounge area complete with sofa, chairs, and big-screen television (with cable, of course). With the suites being on the second level, we had a great view of the entire field and could see plays develop.

There was no shortage of food choices to choose from. We chose the Cactus League Favorites combo that included build-your-own chicken fajitas, salsa and chips, seven layered taco dip, fruit tray, and dessert tray. The food was excellent. Nearly everyone in our suite went back for seconds.

While the amenities, food, and view were incredible, the best part about the suite may have been the service. Our suite attendant was very welcoming and checked in about every 15 minutes to see how everyone was doing. When someone wanted a beverage refill or additional food item, she would place the order and bring it right to our suite. Not having to worry about these things allowed us to relax and spend the evening with our guests.

To book a suite for your next corporate event, family outing, bachelor(ette) party, etc. visit the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers VIP Suites page.

Get Outdoors in April!

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Written By: Alison Hutchinson, Convention Sales & Marketing Representative

Warmer weather is coming…we hope! Time to get out in nature and experience spring. The Fox Cities has plenty of parks to enjoy the spring weather, and our nature centers are always offering some great classes and programs for all ages! Below are some of the upcoming spring activities you can find around the Fox Cities. From bird watching to playing in the mud, we’ve got you covered!

Mayhem in the MudSaturday, April 11 from 12:00pm-1:30pm OR 2:00pm-3:30pm at Heckrodt Wildlife Preserve. Dress for the weather as we spend a day in the MUD going on a Dinosaur Dig!  We’ll also be MUD artists, biologists, builders, chefs, and explorers.  By the time we’re done with this medley of mud, you’ll be covered from head to toe.  This activity is great for kids age 2-10.  Bring extra clothes! Please call (920) 720-9349 to register or email at lukes@heckrodtwetland.org.

Spring Clean-Up – Saturday, April 25 from 9:00am-12:00pm at 1000 Islands Nature Preserve. Wrap up your Earth Day celebrations by helping to beautify the 1000 Islands Conservancy Zone. Clean up litter, bark trails or help battle invasive species. Bring work gloves if you have them! Lunch will be provided after the clean-up.

Guided Bird HikeSaturday, April 25 & 26 from 8:00am – 10:00am at Heckrodt Wildlife Preserve.  Join volunteer birder, Larry Riedinger, for a guided walk on HWR’s trails to catch the spring migration.  No birding experience necessary.  Bring your own binoculars of borrow a pair of ours.  Meet at the Nature Center.  Dress for the weather.  Register by April 24 at (920) 720-9349 or by email at traceyk@heckrodtwetland.org.

Annual Arbor Day Event and Spring Park Clean-Up – Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at High Cliff State Park. Volunteers will meet at the Pavilion for a short program and instructions for tree planting. Trash bags and trail maps will be provided for litter pick-up and lunch to follow! Click here for details.

Birds of a FeatherApril 28, 2015 8:00am-10:00am at Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve. Join us as we go on a morning bird hike. Spring is great time to see many species migrate through the preserve. Hear warblers sing and red-winged blackbirds call. We will be looking, listening, and discovering many of the birds at Bubolz. Please call (920) 731-6041 to register. 

For a full list of events visit our Events Page!

Get Your Kids in the Garden!

Written By: Jeni Strom, Marketing & Visitors Services Coordinator

Spring is arriving and it’s time to start thinking about gardening! You can start most of your seeds indoors so when it starts to really warm up your plants will be ready to move outside!

Last week my kids and I headed out to 1000 Islands Environmental Center for a gardening class for kids. The class was free and held inside their nature center. 1000 Islands, in combination the Kaukauna Public Library, provided the seeds, dirt and egg cartons for planting. They started the class by reading two short children’s books about gardening and composting, and asked the kids questions about starting seeds and what plants need to grow. They also included a cheat sheet for us that included information on starting and germinating your seeds. This was really all about getting the kids involved in gardening and showing them the importance of being able to grow your own plants and vegetables! They had so much fun!

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Be sure to check out 1000 Islands Environmental Center for more classes like this, take a visit to the nature center, there’s plenty to see (check their site for hours), or just head out for some hiking along the river! It’s always free and such a beautiful spot!