7 Ways to Enjoy the Chippewa Valley this Spring
For those of us who live in the upper Midwest spring can be an elusive season. It is the time of year we start to feel cooped up and long to spend time outdoors without having to wear hats and gloves. There are days we look out the window to a beautiful sunny day, only to step outside and discover it is all an illusion. Even though the sun may be out, the temperatures are not spring-like at all and the wind gusts remind us of the wind chills we experienced in January and February. It seems every year at the beginning of April I come to the same conclusion, for hearty Midwesterners, spring is more a state of mind than a season we can count on to spend time comfortably outdoors. We are between seasons, there is no snow for skiing, snowmobiling or snowshoeing. Fisherman need to wait another month or so before they are able to fish for anything other than pan fish, and baseball season is just beginning. For the extra-hearty die-hard Milwaukee Brewer fans, their home opener is April 4th with projected high temps in the mid-30’s. Call me a wimp, but that isn’t my idea of fun. Don’t get me wrong, I love baseball, but if I am going to a game, especially at an outdoor stadium, I much prefer temps in the 70’s. I guess that just speaks to the hardiness of most upper Midwesterners. I have no doubt the Brewers will have plenty of support on April 4th, despite the cool temperatures and my absence. So what does all of this have to do with having fun in the Chippewa Valley this spring? Well, dress accordingly, because we have plenty of things going on indoors and outdoors!!
- 52nd Annual Spring Art Show at the Heyde Center for the Arts, Chippewa Falls, WI April 10-22. The Chippewa Valley Cultural Association/Heyde Center for the Arts and The Chippewa Herald will host over 100 artists during the 52nd Annual Spring Art Show. The non-juried, community art exhibition includes original paintings, sculptures, photos, stained glass, mosaics, ceramics and other creative art forms from artists in the Chippewa Valley and beyond.
There will be two demonstrators for the Spring Art Show. Julio Altamirano will demonstrate his art on the opening day, Sunday April 10th at 1:00 p.m. and Mary Hermanson will demonstrate on Sunday, April 17th at 1:00 p.m.
- RiverBend Vineyard & Winery, tasting room opens Saturdays and Sundays during April. those who visit RiverBend will enjoy complimentary wine samples and then purchase either a glass or a bottle of the wine they enjoyed the most. That is the most difficult part, how to choose?
- 50th Annual Eau Claire Jazz Festival, throughout the city of Eau Claire, April 22 – 23. The Eau Claire Jazz Festival is a two-day music festival featuring student competitions for middle school, high school, and college vocal and instrumental ensembles, as well as jazz events for the entire community to enjoy. The Eau Claire Jazz Festival is a production of Eau Claire Jazz, Inc., in partnership with the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, and brings jazz music and culture to Eau Claire area residents and visitors. It is one of the oldest and largest jazz festivals in the country.
- For the silent sports enthusiasts, runners in particular, you will find quite a challenge with the Chippewa 50k and 10k Trail Run in at the Ice Age Trail in New Auburn, WI. The Chippewa 50Km Ultra Marathon and 10k are beautiful trail runs along the Ice Age Trail in New Auburn, Wisconsin. the 10K is race #1 of the Dirty 30 Trail Running Series. For those not quite so enthusiastic about running, the Chippewa Moraine State Recreation area is home to the David R Obey Ice Age Interpretive Center, located 7 miles east of New Auburn. The Chippewa Moraine State Recreation area is less than a 30 minute drive from Pleasant View Bed & Breakfast. So convenient for the runners and whomever is traveling with them. For the runners we can prepare a small breakfast of oatmeal and 12-grain toast to give you staying power for the race.
- Chippewa River Distillery and Brewster Bros Brewing Co. just had their grand opening at the end of March. We are very excited to have one more venue for those traveling to Chippewa Falls to visit. Jim Stirn, one of the owners, has been creating his own brews for many years. All of the beers served at the brewery will be their own. Currently they are offering six standard beers and one specialty beer, ranging from stouts to pale ale. You will find a cocktail and tasting room along with indoor and outdoor seating.
- If you love to listen to live bands, then the 2016 Chippewa Rotary Foundation SpringFest is the place to be. The celebration begins on Friday, gates open at 4:00 pm. Not just for music lovers, SpringFest is a family friendly event with over 40 vendors to share their wares with you and lots of activities for the kids.
- Friday, April 29
- Shirts & Skins
- Saturday, April 30
- The Gators
- Sue Orfield Band
- Boogie & the Yo-Yoz
- Sunday, May 1
- Ari Madson
- Friday, April 29
Leinenkugel’s SpringFest 2016 Kubb Championship at Leinie’s Lodge, April 30, 8:30 am. Kubb teams from around the country will vie for monetary prizes and Leinie products. The Leinie Lodge will host the tournament, with Kubb Farm as the official set provider for the tournament. They have partnered with SpringFest to bring you the ultimate Kubb experience.