Opening weekend for Fox Valley Found + Collected at Standard Projects in nearby Hortonville. There's a lot happening there! (Kate's been doing a series about The Residents at Standard Projects at Young Space.)
A rare find at any local farmer market: artichokes! Our season isn't usually long enough. These were tiny, and also delicious.
Harvest Festival at Grignon Mansion. House tours, good food and beverages, pie eating contests, a pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorating and carving, face painting, blacksmithing and spinning demonstrations, live music, and more! It was chilly (October!) — we served up every last drop of hot cocoa — but not so cold that it kept people away. In fact, it was quite well attended for a first-ever event.
It's an amazing little house & property. Once upon a time, before soccer took over, this was the site of an annual Civil War Encampment. We attended it once before it ended, watching the cavalry thunder over that hill. Kate was probably 8 or 9, and was quite impressed (traumatized?) by the realistic acting of a wounded soldier about to have a leg amputated…
Built in 1837, the house was brought back from the brink some years ago and beautifully restored.