Sheboygan to host first-ever NAMIWalks Wisconsin event for mental health, and more news in weekly dose

FILE - File photo of a NAMIWalk in Green Bay in 2016.
FILE - File photo of a NAMIWalk in Green Bay in 2016.

SHEBOYGAN - The first-ever NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) statewide walk will be held in Sheboygan Oct. 7 at Kiwanis Park, 726 Kiwanis Park Drive.

A news release states: “As the American public increasingly understands the critical nature of accessible, affordable mental health care, so do the demands on NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, known locally as NAMI Wisconsin.

“To support its free educational programs, power its advocacy efforts and strengthen outreach to the community, NAMI presents its largest mental health awareness and fundraising event of the year, NAMIWalks,” the release added. “This fall, six NAMIWalks will take place across the state including walks in Appleton, Beloit, Eau Claire, Madison, Milwaukee and Sheboygan.”

To join NAMIWalks Wisconsin, visit or visit a local NAMI affiliate’s website. There is no registration fee, but fundraising is encouraged.

Participants raising at least $100 in the walk receive an event T-shirt.

All funds raised stay local, supporting NAMI Wisconsin and surrounding NAMI affiliates’ free mental health programs, resources and services.

The NAMIWalks are scheduled as follow:

  • Sept. 30 in Eau Claire supporting NAMI Chippewa Valley;

  • Oct. 7 in Beloit supporting NAMI Rock County;

  • Oct. 7 in Madison supporting NAMI Dane County;

  • Oct. 7 in Milwaukee supporting NAMI Southeast Wisconsin;

  • Oct. 7 in Sheboygan supporting NAMI Wisconsin, NAMI Dodge County, NAMI Fond du Lac, NAMI Ozaukee and NAMI Manitowoc County; and

  • Oct. 14 in Appleton supporting NAMI Fox Valley.

NAMI Wisconsin is part of the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization. For more information, go to

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Wade House plans ‘Autumn Celebration’ Oct. 14-15

Wade House historic site, W7965 State 23, Greenbush, will hold an “Autumn Celebration” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 14-15.

During the event, guests will learn about the traditional harvest season in Wisconsin as well as early traditions of Halloween.

The event includes a variety of family-friendly activities like turnip and pumpkin carving, snap apple, storytelling, apple cider tasting, open-air horse-drawn wagon rides and more.

On the Wade House lawn, visitors will get the chance to carve pumpkins and turnips into jack-o-lanterns.
On the Wade House lawn, visitors will get the chance to carve pumpkins and turnips into jack-o-lanterns.

The experience will begin on the first floor of the 1850 Wade House stagecoach hotel. Costumed staff will greet visitors inside the historic tap room and share the history of how Americans adapted Irish customs to celebrate Halloween in a new and unique way.

In the hotel’s 19th-century kitchens, visitors will discover how apple peels and hazelnuts were used to tell fortunes as well as enjoy a taste of warm apple cider.

Guests to the Wade House will learn about the fall harvest.
Guests to the Wade House will learn about the fall harvest.

Outside on the Wade House lawn, visitors will get to carve a turnip into traditional Irish jack-o-lantern, or a pumpkin into the better-known North American lantern.

In the blacksmith shop, guests will have the chance to play snap apple, a traditional Halloween game. Snap apple participants will try to take a bite of an apple as it dangles in front of them.

The celebration continues in the candlelit Herrling sawmill, where visitors will not only hear the rumble of an up-and-down water-powered saw but also spooky, family-friendly accounts of tales from the past.

Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for students and seniors, $8 for kids 5-17 and free for kids younger than 5.

Wade House historic site is one of 12 Wisconsin Historical Society historic sites and museums. For more information, call 920-526-3271 or go to

Dare to Dream Theatre to present ‘Fancy Nancy the Musical’

Tickets are on sale for Dare to Dream Theatre’s upcoming production of “Fancy Nancy the Musical.” The show will be staged at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 6-7, 2 p.m. Oct. 1, 11 a.m. Oct. 7, and 2 p.m. Oct. 8. It is recommended for ages 4 and older.

Performances are at Sheboygan Lutheran High School’s Center for Arts and Performance. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for students, $12 for seniors and $9 for children younger than 12. They can be purchased online at

In addition to the performance, the matinee performances will also include a Fancy Tea Party with Nancy and her friends. Wear your fanciest attire and arrive in style through the VIP entrance where you will be escorted to the Tea Room, receive your Fancy Swag Bag and select your seats for the party.

If you arrive early, you can create a Fancy Accessory for the performance and the tea party. After the performance, return to the Tea Room for the party to partake in tea and treats served by cast members. The Tea Party is available for the 2 p.m. Oct. 1, 11 a.m. Oct. 7 and 2 p.m. Oct. 8 shows.

Sheboygan County Quilters Guild's 2023 show coming Sept. 30

The Sheboygan County Quilters Guild has announced its 2023 quilt show, “Rock Around the Block,” will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 30 at Sheboygan County Christian School, 929 Greenfield Ave., Sheboygan.

On display will be more than 150 quilts and quilted items.

Vendors and Guild members will be selling new and gently-used quilting-related items from sewing machines to fabric.

Also, a dozen quilts and quilted items will also be raffled off at the show. People need not be present to win.

Lunch will be available on site.

For more details, go to or the Sheboygan County Quilters Guild Facebook page.

Sheboygan Theatre Company preps for second annual Murder Mystery fundraiser

Sheboygan Theatre Company will host its second annual Murder Mystery fundraiser, “Sleuth, Rattle & Roll: Murder at the Sock Hop,” from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at Sheboygan Elk Lodge No. 299.

The fundraiser is a 21-or-older event. Guests are invited to dress up and mix and mingle with the eight actors playing suspects to find the killer.

The event will also include a silent auction, raffle baskets and a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds will help support STC in its 90th season.

Individual tickets ($40 for early bird or $50 regular, plus $3 convenience fee) include entrance into the event, a ballot to vote for the murderer, heavy hors d’oeuvre and dessert bar, and two drink tickets. VIP tables of eight are also available for $500 each (plus $5 convenience fee), which guarantee a seat for each person, a complimentary themed toast to start off the night, and an extra clue to help solve the mystery. Seating is only guaranteed with VIP tables.

For more information or to purchase tickets, go to

‘Secret Wisconsin’ authors to stop in Sheboygan Nov. 18

Cover of ‘Secret Wisconsin: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure,’ by Tom Manus and Kristi Flick Manu.
Cover of ‘Secret Wisconsin: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure,’ by Tom Manus and Kristi Flick Manu.

Authors of the newly released “Secret Wisconsin: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure” will make a stop in Sheboygan Nov. 18 for a presentation and book-signing at WordHaven BookHouse, 923 N. Eighth St. Their visit will run 2-3 p.m. and is free and open to the public. People can call the bookstore at 920-395-2375 for more information.

The book is written by Tom Manus and Kristi Flick Manus.

A news release states: “Wisconsin is known for its outdoor recreation, supper clubs and being ‘America’s Dairyland,’ but intriguing wonders and obscure events lie hidden in plain sight.

“Why does a temporary circus billboard from 1885 still exist on a building? Did someone really exchange water with aliens for extraterrestrial pancakes? Where can you honor deceased postal letter carriers? Have you been eating brats the wrong way? ‘Secret Wisconsin: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure,’ takes you on an unforgettable trip to discover the state’s quirkiness and some of its best kept secrets.”

Learn more about the book at

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Blue Harbor, entertainment venues offer ‘An Evening of Wonders’ giveaway package

Blue Harbor Resort and Spa towers over the crowd at Freedom Fest on south pier. Friday, July 2, 2021, in Sheboygan, Wis.
Blue Harbor Resort and Spa towers over the crowd at Freedom Fest on south pier. Friday, July 2, 2021, in Sheboygan, Wis.

Blue Harbor Resort is joining forces with Weill Center for the Performing Arts, Above & Beyond Children’s Museum, Bookworm Gardens and The GameBoard to give away “An Evening of Wonders” in Sheboygan.

The “An Evening of Wonders” prize package, valued at $1,000, will include the following:

  • a two-night stay at Blue Harbor Resort Oct. 20-21 that includes waterpark passes;

  • four tickets to see “Vitaly: An Evening of Wonders” at the Weill Center for the Performing Arts Oct. 21;

  • a one-year family membership to Above & Beyond Children’s Museum;

  • four general admission tickets to Bookworm Gardens for Oct. 21 or 22; and

  • The Neil Patrick Harris Theory 11 Playing Cards and Ocean Shashibo puzzle from The GameBoard.

Here’s how to enter: The contest will run through Sept. 24 with online registrations accepted at or in person at the Blue Harbor Resort booth at the Harbor Centre BID’s River Fest, a one-day festival along Riverfront Drive boardwalk in Sheboygan Sept. 23. One winner will be selected the week of Sept. 25 by random drawing. Registrants must be at least 21 years old.

Blue Harbor Resort is also offering 15% off resort room rates for any visitors attending a Weill Center show this season. Visitors can use promo code WEILL when booking rooms to take advantage of the offer.

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