Hikes & Excursions

UW-BSC Continuing Education offers a variety of hikes and excursions for students and community members.

Excursions

 

MESO ART & CHICAGO’S PILSEN NEIGHBORHOOD

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Known for its vibrant murals, turn-of the century architecture and countless
taquerias, Pilsen has become a popular destination for its art scene in the last
few years. Join Continuing Education Director Cindy McVenes along with
Edgewood College Professor Lisa St Louis Allaman as we explore the Pilsen
neighborhood area of Chicago. Professor Allaman will guide us with a globally
educated presentation as we tour a variety of art forms in Pilsen, a workingclass
neighborhood thick with riches in art and historic architecture.
Our first stop on our journey will be a visit to the National Museum of Mexican
Art where 3,000 years of creativity from both sides of the border, connect
museum visitors to the diversity of Mexican culture. Home to one of the
country’s largest Mexican art collections, the exhibits include more than 7,000
seminal pieces from ancient Mexico to the present. The museum curators are
experts in Mexican art and their stories will guide you through the galleries as
you are exposed to art, culture and history.
We will enjoy lunch at nearby La Cebollita, well known for their authentic
tamales made fresh daily. Tamale choices will include pork, chicken, or cheese/
peppers. And if you are feeling less adventurous, taco or quesadilla lunches will
also be an option. All lunches will include rice and beans and chips as well as
rice water, and tamarind juice.
After lunch, Helene Achanzar from the Resurrection Project of the Pilsen
neighborhood will guide us on an area tour of street art as she shares the
history of the waves of immigration that have influenced the culture and
architecture of the neighborhoods.
We will also have some free time to explore the trendy shops in the 18th
Street area, which include a bakery, chocolatier, 52-year-old family-owned
grocery store with spices, seasonings, hot sauces, organic soaps, artisanal
sodas, and locally made piñatas, as well as jewelry and artwork shops, botanica
shops, and St. Adalbert’s Church which was modeled after St. Paul’s Basilica
in Rome and originally built to serve the Polish community. Come join us to
explore an area of Chicago rich with history and culture.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Depart Reedsburg 6 am & Baraboo 6:30 am
Return to Baraboo approximately 7 pm
Fee: $69 (includes tour guides, lunch and motorcoach)

 

A SWEET & SAVORY SAMPLE OF KENOSHA’S HISTORY

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For those with a sweet tooth and a love of history…our trip will begin at
the Jelly Belly Center located in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. The Jelly Belly
Warehouse Tours are a unique and fun experience, featuring a mini train ride
around the warehouse, stopping for candy history lessons on candy corn, jelly
beans and much more; with of course some taste testing of “The Original
Gourmet Jelly Bean” along the way. For those of you craving more candy, we
will visit the Jelly Belly Candy Store which features a sample bar where you
can try each and every flavor! Or visit the fudge counter for free samples,
including their specialty Red Velvet Fudge.
After our sweet stop at the Jelly Belly Center, our next stop will be lunch at
Circa on 7th, a renovated and restored theatre in harbor-side Kenosha. With
original 22-foot high ceilings and exposed brick walls, this venue brings back
century-old classic detailing, with a sophisticated contemporary twist. Our
lunch, catered by Culinary Infusion, 2014’s best caterer in Kenosha County,
will include an herb roasted pork loin with gravy, red skin-on mashed potatoes
and green beans with tarragon & shallots.
After lunch, we will explore Kenosha’s Civil War Museum, which opened in
2008. The exhibits concentrate on personal stories of people from all walks
of life and circumstance. The centerpiece of the exhibits will be a new hightech
digital movie experience; 360 degree movie technology to give visitors a
historically authentic and accurate portrayal of a Civil War battle. Historical
photos and special visual and sound effects augment the reenactment of battle.
We’ll make one last stop at the Mars Cheese Castle, which attracts a number
of celebrity visitors each year so we will take our own peek to see what the
fuss is all about! Opened originally in 1947, the current building, designed to
resemble an actual castle, features a watchtower holding the store’s wine and
an entrance which resembles a drawbridge. Selection includes imported food
products from Europe, chocolate mixed with any ingredient you can think of,
and a large selection of cheese, meat and bakery…with many opportunities
for sampling.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Depart Reedsburg 6 am & Baraboo 6:30 am
Return to Baraboo approximately 6 pm
Fee: $69 (includes tour guides, museum entrance fees, lunch and motorcoach)

 

HISTORIC PLACES, WOODEN WAGONS & BEAUTIFUL
GARDENS OF JANESVILLE

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We’ll begin our adventure with a tour of the historic Milton House Museum,
which is nationally recognized as a stop on the Underground Railroad. The
Milton House Inn, which originally opened in the mid 1800’s as a stagecoach
inn by Joseph Goodrich, was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1998.
The Inn was built in the shape of a hexagon and is one of the oldest standing
poured grout buildings. The Milton House was threatened with demolition in
1937 but instead was restored and opened as a museum in May of 1954. Our
tour will take us into the Milton House Hexagon Stagecoach Inn, and through
the 45 foot long tunnel connecting to the Goodrich Pioneer Cabin.
Next we’ll visit The Wisconsin Wagon Company. Rich in history starting in
1915, The Wisconsin Wagon Company had the reputation for building quality
buggies, carriages, sleighs and cutters. With the invention of the automobile,
the company moved their efforts into the design and manufacturing of coaster
wagons, “skudder” cars and other sidewalk toys. We’ll learn the history and
follow the current manufacturing process from lumber delivery area, through
manufacturing and assembly, ending in the display and shipping area. Currently
the company builds and sells about 13 different, handmade wooden products.
During lunch, we’ll enjoy soup and salad at the Armory Restaurant, whose
exterior façade has been preserved to retain its historical significance. Built
in 1930 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Armory
features a stunning array of brickwork, terrazzo floors, and decorative iron.
Soldiers trained at the Armory prior to World War II. The facility served as
a mustering center for soldiers who were deployed to the Philippines in 1941
and ultimately forced into the infamous Bataan Death March.
A trip to Janesville wouldn’t be complete without stopping at The Janesville
Rotary Gardens. This 20-acre non-profit botanic garden features 24 distinctive
garden areas including gardens themed with international focus, such as the
Japanese, Scottish, French Formal, Italian and English Cottage Gardens. Also
included are less formally-structured gardens including one of very few Fern
and Moss gardens, as well as Shade, Prairie and Woodland Gardens.

Thursday, May 28, 2015
Depart Reedsburg 7 am Depart Baraboo at 7:30 am
Return to Baraboo approximately 5 pm
Fee: $69 (includes tour fees, lunch and motorcoach)