March 23, 2010

Four Fun Ways to Wake Up Wisconsin

These Wisconsin communities each have their own unique way of welcoming the buds, blossoms and birds of spring

The long winter has most Midwesterners itching to get outside and have some fun. For those looking to stretch their wings this spring, there are great events happening in communities throughout the Badger State. Whether you’re an athlete, artist, nature enthusiast or music lover, you’re sure to find the perfect excuse for a spring getaway.

Catching Spring on the Run
In Vilas County, winter lasts a long, long time. When spring finally comes to the Northwoods, it’s a real sight to behold.

A great way to experience the natural wonders of springtime in Wisconsin’s most beautiful woodlands is the annual Journeys Marathon. The marathon is run on the second weekend in May. The course winds around Vilas County’s lakes and forests as it takes runners from Boulder Junction to Eagle River. The mild spring temperatures are ideal for the race.

For those looking for a shorter race, there’s also a Half Marathon, a 13.1-mile power walk, a 5k and a Kids Fun Run. Put on your running shoes and hit the woods.

Learn more about other Vilas County spring events.

Fantastic Feathered Festival
The Horicon Marsh Bird Festival is held Thursday to Monday over the first full weekend in May. It is an annual gathering of bird and nature lovers from around the country for four days of birding tours by boat, bus and foot through the incredible Horicon Marsh in Dodge County.

Learn about the mind-boggling migrations of neotropicals. Learn to identify nocturnal birds by sound. Learn firsthand from biologists and birding experts. Presentations, hands-on demonstrations and fascinating speakers are scheduled throughout the festival, including a presentation by naturalist, author and photographer Stan Tekiela.

Get more festival information and find other area events.

Be the Artist!
Those looking to encourage the blossoming of their own inner artist should learn about the Artists Interactive series of exhibits, classes and hands-on demonstrations in Price, Vilas and Oneida counties of northern Wisconsin.

During the late spring, artists who live and work in the Northwoods will be showcasing and sharing their talents with visitors. Through classes and hands-on demonstrations, you’ll have a chance to enrich your own artistic abilities and learn new skills. Artists Interactive classes include painting, woodworking, ceramics, quilting and more.

Learn more about Artists Interactive and register for classes and events.

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