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MAY 2020

May. 2, 2020 - Oct. 28, 2020: Cambridge Historic School Museum Tour

Built in 1906 & listed on the WI Register of Historic Places – it is a beautifully maintained historic building filled with interesting, educational, and nostalgic displays detailing the local history of Cambridge, Wisconsin. Opening for season on Saturday, July 4th with hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and continuing each Saturday through October, or by appointment.  

12:30pm - 3pm

Cambridge Historic School, 213 South Street, Cambridge, WI 53523


May. 6, 2020 - Oct. 14, 2020: Lake Mills Artisan & Farmers’ Market

Every Wednesday from 2pm until 6:30pm, Commons Park in downtown Lake Mills comes alive with over 45 vendors selling fresh local produce, baked goods, crafts and more.

Make Commons Park your destination every Wednesday, from May through October . And don’t worry about making dinner on Wednesdays – our Farmers’ Market food vendors have it all! Pizza, barbeque, beverages and much more!

The Lake Mills Farmers’ Market is brought to you by the Lake Mills Main Street Program.

Hosted by Lake Mills Main Street Program

2:00pm - 6:30pm

Commons Park, Downtown Lake Mills, Commons Park, Lake Mills, WI


May. 9, 2020 - Oct. 31, 2020: Summer Fort Farmers Market


Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, Organic Cheese,  Grassfed Beef, Organic Chicken, Local Elk, Sausage & Fish, Shrimp Platters, Wheat Bread, Specialty Breads, French Artisan Baguettes, Honey, Jam, Mustard, Hot Fudge Sauce, Syrup, Pancake & Bread mixes, and more.

Enjoy over 10 additional arts and crafts vendors including woodworkers, knitters, quilters, jewelers, ceramists and more!

Each Saturday offers live music by regionally acclaimed musicians.  Special Community Programs include Arts Saturday with 15 additional arts producers, Dairy Days in June, monthly educational programs such as gardening and cooking demonstrations, Community Arts Projects, Hayrides, Bouncy House, Face Painting, Costume Contests, Wellness Programs and more!

Milwaukee St. Municipal Parking Lot
Across from the Post Office. 1 Block off of Main St next to the River Walk. Downtown Fort Atkinson.

Hosted by Fort Atkinson Area Chamber of Commerce

8am-12pm every Saturday

Milwaukee Avenue Municipal Parking Lot, Fort Atkinson, WI (across from the Post Office)

(920) 563-3210

May. 11, 2020 - Sep. 14, 2020: Canceled: Fort Atkinson Cruise Nights

Join us for the Fort Atkinson Cruise Nights for music, food, old cars, and more! Featuring over 400 vehicles including restored vintage trucks, tractors, and classic automobiles. The Fort Atkinson Generals will provide the food stand and Kent’s Ice Cream will have their famous Big Bar available for purchase.

2020 Dates:

  • May 11 @ 5:30-8:30pm
  • June 8 @ 5:30-8:30pm
  • July 13 @5:30-8:30pm
  • August 10 @5:30-8:30pm
  • September 14 @ 5:30-8:30pm


Jones Park, 600 Janesville Ave, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538

May. 26, 2020 - Oct. 27, 2020: Watertown Farmers Market

COVID-19 NOTE:  The Market will open on May 26, 2020.  Please follow CDC guidelines, including wearing a mask and social distancing.

Watertown’s Tuesday market is one of the area’s largest and longest-running markets. The market opens the first Tuesday in May and runs through October. (Closed Aug. 4, 2020) in Riverside Park. Market hours are 7 a.m. until Noon. The market offers healthy foods that include meats, cheeses, honey, produce and more. In addition, shoppers will find beautiful plants and flowers. Community programs and events will be planned throughout the year.

7am - 12pm

Riverside Park, Labaree St., Watertown, WI 53098


JULY 2020

Jul. 6, 2020 - Jul. 27, 2020: Touching the Earth: Mindfulness and Eastern Poetry (Register by July 1)

Join us for a writing workshop at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. We will celebrate the earth, both local and global, by working through the mindfulness practices offered to us by Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh, author of the well known Peace is Every Step, and draw on these insights to write our own daily meditations and poetry. Participants will cultivate a new practice of appreciation for the natural world and new insight into turning mindfulness to poetry.
Instructor: Troy Hess from On the Yahara Writing Center

Mondays, July 6-July 27, 6:30-8 p.m.
Registration Deadline: July 1

Adult workshop – ages 18 and up

6:30-8 p.m.

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Avenue, Madison WI 53704


Jul. 11, 2020 - Jul. 12, 2020: The Fireside In Concert

Our summer concert series continues with two more of our most dynamic and popular performers. Tommy Hahn worked extensively in Milwaukee and Chicago before making his Fireside debut in PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES and then starring in ROCKIN’ AT THE FIRESIDE and THAT’S WHAT I CALL ROCK AND ROLL. Bianca Horn has been seen in many of our productions including ALL SHOOK UP, SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE, A FIRESIDE CHRISTMAS, and six of our wildly popular live band revues. She has also been seen in the National Tour of THE COLOR PURPLE and Off-Broadway in THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG. Together they will present an exciting concert of Broadway, Jazz, and Rock and Roll. Join us for this magical time at the theatre!

Saturday arrivals at 11:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m, Sunday arrival at 11:00 a.m.

The Fireside Dinner Theatre, 1131 Janesville Avenue, Fort Atkinson, WI, USA


Jul. 13, 2020 - Aug. 17, 2020: ZOOM Virtual Tai Chi Meditation (6-week classes)

These series will take place virtually on Zoom and will NOT meet in person. Internet connection required. Register for one or more 6-week classes as a series.
“Move like a great river; sit like a mountain” instructs the centuries-old description of the physical and meditative practice of Tai Chi. This class offers standing, moving, and seated practices rooted within the Chinese tradition of Tai Chi Ch’uan for the enrichment and wellness of body, mind, and spirit.

Mondays, July 13 – August 17, 6-7 p.m.
Registration Deadline: July 5


This class takes place every Monday for 6-weeks from 6-7 p.m.:

July 13

July 20

July 27

August 3

August 10

August 17

6pm - 7pm

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave, Madison WI 53704


Jul. 13, 2020: Fantastic Ferns & How to Grow Them

Ferns are an ancient plant lineage, with many contemporary garden uses. Take a walk through the Gardens while we discuss the biology and culture of this large and varied group, and how to use and care for them in your own garden.

Monday, July 13, 6:30-8 p.m.
Registration Deadline: July 5

Hosted by Olbrich Botanical Gardens


Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave, Madison WI 53704


Jul. 13, 2020: Canceled: Fort Atkinson Community Band Concert: Earth, Air, Fire and Water

Sit back and enjoy the Fort Atkinson community band in the Barrie Park bandshell.  This show’s theme: “Earth, Air, Fire and Water”.

  • 6:45pm ice-cream social begins and continues through the concert
  • 7:30pm concert begins

In case of inclement weather the social and concert moves across the street to Trinity Lutheran Church


Barrie Park, 210 Robert St Fort Atkinson, WI 53538


Jul. 15, 2020: Underutilized Perennials

Expand the palette of plants you use to color your landscape. Learn about herbaceous perennials and dieback shrubs that have not been used to their fullest potential, but offer unique color, fruit, and form. Culture, care, and use of each species will be discussed.


Wednesday, July 15 6-8:30 p.m.
Registration Deadline: July 5

6pm - 8:30pm

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave, Madison WI 53704


Jul. 17, 2020: **CANCELLED** Cambridge Summer Concert Series (7/17)


The Cambridge Arts Council presents Summer Concert Series 2019 at Veteran’s Park Downtown Cambridge, Friday evenings. Concerts are free.

  • June 5, 2020, 6:30-8:30
  • June 19, 2020, 6:30-8:30 (Plus the Cambridge Lions Club Pizza and beer tent)
  • July 3, 2020, 6:30-8:30
  • July 17, 2020, 6:30-8:30 (Plus the Cambridge Lions Club Pizza and beer tent)
  • August 7, 2020, 6:30-8:30 (Plus the Cambridge Lions Club Pizza and beer tent)

Bring a picnic and make a night of it!


Hosted by Cambridge Arts Council

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Veteran's Park, Cambridge WI, 100 E Main St, Cambridge, WI 53523, USA

(608) 423-3780

Jul. 18, 2020: Lake Ripley Ride **Cancelled**

The Cambridge Lake Ripley Ride features three distances: a family friendly 18 mile route, a longer and slightly hilly 40 mile route, and a more challenging 62 mile metric century route. You will ride quiet country roads and visit Cambridge, Rockdale, Deerfield, and Lake Mills. Registration includes a shirt, map/cue sheet, scenic rest stops, sag wagon, a sandy swimming beach, and a FANTASTIC post ride celebration featuring live music, refreshments, and a tasty dinner provided by the Cambridge Lions Club. A vegetarian and gluten free option is available. Help us support the JDRF (cure diabetes!) and CAP!

Hosted by Cambridge Area Chamber of Commerce

7am - 4pm

Lake Ripley Park, N4310 Park Rd. Cambridge, WI


Jul. 18, 2020: Pollinator Photography

Summertime is a great opportunity to photograph some of the most colorful insects around. During the lecture portion of the class, we will discuss macro concepts and equipment, and focus on the problems associated with fast moving small subjects. Photography of butterflies and other pollinators will take place in the outdoor gardens. Suggested equipment: DSLR or mirrorless camera, flash with off camera cord (unless your camera is equipped to fire flash wirelessly), macro or close focusing lens. Tripod is NOT needed.


Saturday, July 18, 12-3 p.m.
Registration Deadline: July 8

12pm - 3pm

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave, Madison WI 53704


Jul. 22, 2020 - Aug. 26, 2020: Mindful Flow Yoga (6-week classes)

A slow, mindful practice that emphasizes aligning breath and movement, slowing down and paying attention, and relaxing into your own body. All abilities are welcome as we enjoy the beauty of Olbrich’s outdoor gardens and the benefits of yoga. Classes will take place virtually on Zoom in case of rain; please provide your email upon registration. Register for one or more 6-week classes as a series.

Wednesdays, July 22 – August 26, 6-7 p.m.
Registration Deadline: July 12


This class takes place every Wednesday for 6-weeks from 6-7 p.m.:

July 22

July 29

August 5

August 12

August 19

August 26


6pm - 7pm

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave, Madison WI 53704


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PO Box 243
Jefferson WI 53549
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