There is fun for the whole family in Freeport and Stephenson County. Enjoy our parks, museums and other indoor and outdoor activities for kids and families. Krape Park Explore beautiful Krape Park, awarded “Outstanding Multi-use Facility” by the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association. Heavily wooded Krape Park features a picturesqueContinue Reading

Seeking winter joy?  As the drifts build up and the sidewalks ice over, you’ll find the perfect antidote in southern Wisconsin’s Green County.  Instead of layers of fleece, the odds are stacked in your favor with layers of cheese.  And nothing says “comfort food” better than a dish featuring meltyContinue Reading

So, what’s your story? How long have you been here in the Driftless, Were you born in the Driftless? What keeps you here in the Driftless?A native Illinoisan, I have visited the Driftless area since childhood.  I’ve lived in the area since 1992 and love the beauty, nature, and allContinue Reading

By Rick Pedersen –  Finding a passion for the outdoors can occur at any age, and the inspirational story of Dana Sacia is a great example to prove that point. Dana is a self-described city girl gone country. She was born and raised in the city and graduated in 1993.Continue Reading

7th Annual Writing Retreat Join us for the seventh annual Writing Retreat at Shake Rag Alley, open to writers of all levels. Explore storytelling, narrative, flash forms, and working across genres with retreat faculty Patricia Ann McNair (Explorations in Flash Forms; Retreat Artistic Director), Christine Maul Rice (Writing Fiction), andContinue Reading

There are more than a million reasons to support Brat Fest! Since 1983, the World’s Largest Brat Fest has sold more than 4 million brats to help raise almost $2 million to benefit 100+ local charities. Brat Fest brings the community together each Memorial Day weekend—rain or shine—for 3 daysContinue Reading

Historic Hixon House Museum Historic Hixon House was built in 1858 by pioneer Gideon Hixon, who went on to become a wealthy lumber baron in La Crosse. He and his wife Ellen raised their five sons in this home and expanded it to the size it is today. The familyContinue Reading

Wisconsin is home to 50 state parks, 15 state forests, 44 state trails, 84,000 miles of rivers and streams, roughly 15,000 lakes and so much more. For the first weekend every June, you can explore it all with state park admission fees, fishing licenses and trail passes waived. Here’s whatContinue Reading

Celebrate Minnesota’s sweet-tart favorite, in Lanesboro – the Rhubarb Capital of Minnesota – recognized by the Minnesota State Legislature by proclamation in 2008. The heart of the festival takes place in Sylvan Park in downtown Lanesboro. Enjoy free rhubarb games and contests including the Tasting Contest where you’ll taste aContinue Reading

Oil and Cold Wax Annual Retreat Spend four inventive days painting with other oil and cold wax artists! Shake Rag Alley is pleased to host this annual non-instructional retreat. With Mineral Point’s Gallery Night corresponding with the retreat, gallery field trip opportunities abound! Previous attendees have found the retreat anContinue Reading

The Winding Roads Art Tour, with headquarters in Viroqua, Wisconsin, is an invitation to meet with artists in their studios.​ Treat yourself to a weekend of creativity and inspiration on this self-guided tour through the beauty of the Driftless landscape.  As you wind your way through the springtime rolling hills youContinue Reading

Join us for a “full” evening The WCO presents Concerts & Cuisine on June 2, 2024, 5:00 PM at the Madison Marriott West. Featuring over 30 chefs showcasing their best signature appetizer, entrée, or dessert, attendees can expect to experience a “full” evening of everything we love about Concerts on the Square –Continue Reading