September 5 through October 27, 2013 – ONCE UPON A MATTRESS 

Once Upon a MattressMany moons ago in a far off place, lived a handsome prince with a gloomy face . . . For he could not find a bride.

The Princess and the Pea is one of the best known fairy tales of all. You may think you know this time honored tale but let us tell you the real story in one of Broadway’s happiest shows and one of The Fireside’s most popular productions in our history  – ONCE UPON A MATTRESS. This show turns that well known fairy tale on its ear with the story of Princess Winifred of the swamps and Prince Dauntless the Drab and their up and down, inside-out love story. Naturally the course of true love never runs smoothly when you have a domineering mother, a conniving wizard, a mute king, and a court full of knights and ladies desperate to get married. Delightful music, beautiful period costumes, and knee-slapping, rib-tickling comedy will fill the theatre with happiness and joy! This is the show that made Carol Burnett a star. When you see ONCE UPON A MATTRESS you’ll understand why it has become our most requested show!

Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday Matinee arrival 10:30am, Thursday & Saturday Evening arrival 5:00pm, Sunday midday 2:30pm.

Fort Atkinson – The Fireside Dinner Theatre
1131 Janesville Avenue – 800-477-9505



Throughout September, 2013 – Cows: A Closer Look – Photographic Exhibit 

Paul Thoreson CowsWisconsin fine art photographer, Paul Thoresen, shares his striking black and white photographs of the Holstein dairy cows living on three family farms within a mile of Thoresen’s home near Paoli, Wisconsin, south of Madison. These photos are part of a ten year study of these animals. This exhibit is an invitation to know and appreciate cows more deeply. These photos will show in the museum’s Jones Family Gallery through Saturday, October 26, 2013. AT that time, many if not all of the photos will be relocated on the museum’s second floor, in the Luella Hoard Gallery through the close of 2013.

Hoard Historical Museum – 401 Whitewater Avenue – Fort Atkinson  920-563-7769



September 6-8, 2013 – Sheep & Wool Festival 

Sheep and Wool jpgOn the first Friday after Labor Day, check out the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival in Jefferson, WI.  It is THE festival in the midwest for all things sheep, wool and fiber arts related.  The three day festival is celebrating its 12th anniversary in 2013.  We are expecting over 600 sheep to be on the fairgrounds this year, over 100 dogs running in the Stock dog trial and more than 130 vendors with gifts, yarn, cheese, etc – and last year’s “people” attendance was over 6000.

In addition to the sheep, there are herding dog trials, classes for shepherds (from novice through experienced), classes for fiber artists (spinning, knitting, basket weaving, rug hooking and more), vendors selling fleeces, yarns, finished products, baskets, spinning wheels, looms and more, sheep shows, shearing demonstrations, food, the state Make it Yourself with Wool competition – take a look at the web site for more information.

Friday 9am to 6pm, Saturday 8am to 6pm, and Sunday 8am to 3:30pm

Jefferson – Jefferson County Fair Park

503 N. Jackson Ave., Jefferson, WI 53549 – 920-623-3536 – 608-868-2505



September 7, 2013 – United Way BBQ Contest 

The kickoff to our annual campaign begins in September with a grilling competition. Grillers create their best BBQ from their choice of ribs, brisket, pork loin or chicken and compete for best of class.

Competitors can begin at 6am and must be ready to serve the judges at 3:45pm. There is also a hamburger creation competition with judging at noon. The event is held at Glenn’s Market on West Main St, Watertown. Public tasting begins at 4pm. Vote for your favorite and help them win the coveted People’s Choice Trophy! For more information or to register to compete, call Glenn at 920-261-2226.


Watertown – Glenn’s Market – 722 W Main St – 920-261-2226



September 7, 2013 – Rock River Winery Wine Fest 

This wine festival features an extensive selection from Wisconsin wineries for tasting, over 100 crafters and artists, great food and entertainment, contests and prizes located in Riverside Park. Contact Edna at Calico Cottage or visit their website for more information.


Watertown – 850 Labaree St


Calico Cottage 2013


Katie Otto is a freelance writer who provides JCTC with some spectacular content and information. She's previously held the role of Secretary for the Jefferson County Tourism Council, has assembled our Monthly Newsletter and was the Executive Director for the Lake Mills Main Street Program, a non-profit community organization that is dedicated to the preservation, growth and vitality of Lake Mills through public events and active community involvement.