Thursday, 26 November 2020

A listing of home and garden events for the Milwaukee area (Fall 2018 edition)

Find home improvement and gardening classes for Milwaukee, Waukesha and the surrounding counties. Here is a roundup of home and garden events, craft and hobby shows, and where to find more information:

Amy Carman Design: A series of three lectures will focus on architecture & design and will be held at the historic ballroom of the Eschweiler Administration Building at 9810 Echelon Lane, Wauwatosa. Each event begins at 6 p.m.

  • The Intersection of Art & Architecture. Oct. 11.

Beulah Brinton House: Bay View Historical Society open house with tours of historic home, 1-4 p.m. Oct. 20. 2590 S. Superior St. (414) 744-5674;

Boerner Botanical Gardens: China Lights “Panda-Mania” (through Oct. 21). Hours are 5:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday; closed on Mondays. Admission: $20 adult; $12 senior age 60+ or child age 5 to 17. Closed on Mondays. Whitnall Park, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners. Information: (888) 733-1888;

Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion: Grand Tour Day allows visitors access to areas beyond the ropes on a self-guided tour, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 6. $15. No reservation required. Docent-led guided tours of three floors are offered on Sundays from noon to 3 p.m.; Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $12. 2000 W. Wisconsin Ave. (414) 931-0808;

Cedarburg Cultural Center: Gothic History Tours: The Lost Pleasures of Cedarburg, 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 19-20, 26. $18 advance; $20 at the door. Docents lead guests on a 90-minute walking tour of Cedarburg’s National Historic District and Zur Ruhe cemetery. W62-N546 Washington Ave., Cedarburg. (262) 375-3676;

Daylily Society of SE WI: Meeting and “Basic Tree Care” program, 1 p.m. Oct. 7. Free. Dennis Fermenich, city forester in Greenfield, discusses common trees, pests and diseases. Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners. Info: Ted Haasch, (414) 425-7465;

The Elegant Farmer: Autumn Harvest Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 21. Pick apples from the tree or pumpkins from the patch, or take a hayride, pony ride or train ride. Find homemade, fresh-picked offerings in the Farm Kitchen Bakery, Deli & Market, open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Highway ES and J, Mukwonago. (262) 363-6770;

Elm Grove School for Lifelong Learning: Register now for personal enrichment courses. Classes are held at 14700 Watertown Plank Road, Elm Grove. Pre-registration requested. (262) 782-4060  Ext. 221;

  • Beginning Crocheting. Oct. 10-Nov. 7. $30.
  • Beginning Ikebana: Friendship through Flowers lecture. Oct. 17. $8.
  • Beginning Ikebana: Friendship through Flowers – 8 hour workshop. Oct. 26-Nov. 16. $192.

Forest Home Cemetery: A Walk in Milwaukee History: Fall Colors walking tour, 2 p.m. Oct. 20. Good walking shoes are strongly recommended. Donation requested to the Forest Home Historic Preservation Association. Halls of History, 2405 W. Forest Home Ave. (414) 645-2632.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Burnham Block: Interior tours of the Model B1 at 2714 W. Burnham are led by trained docents. $15 per person. Tours start on the half-hour from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Greater Milwaukee Rose Society: Meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month in the lower level Community Room of Waterstone Bank, 6560 S. 27th St., Oak Creek.

Historic Milwaukee Inc.: Nonprofit educational organization provides walking tours, guided bus tours, slide shows and lectures. (414) 277-7795;

Holy Hill Art Farm: Art & Farm Market Weekend, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13-14. The show features a selected blend of fine art, crafts, vintage & antiques, on a farm homestead. While browsing the farm full of arts and crafts, guests can also enjoy farm fresh products and hot foods, freshly canned vegetables, fruits, jams, handmade toffee, sweets and fresh smoked fish. Located at 4958 Highway 167, Hubertus.

Lake Park Friends: Cirque du Lake Park benefit under the big top at Lake Park Bistro, 6-10 p.m. Oct. 20. $50. Wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and music. 3133 E. Newberry Blvd. (414) 962-1680;

Lynden Sculpture Garden: Fall Herb Walk, 1-3 p.m. Oct. 13. $15/ $10 member. Advance registration required. Part of the Garden Series of workshops that takes a broad view of what it means to garden. Explore art and nature in the beauty of living sculptures on display. 2145 W. Brown Deer Road. (414) 446-8794;

  • Harvest Moon Walk. Oct. 20.
  • Fall Tree Walk. Oct. 27.

Milaeger’s-Racine: Oktoberfest at the Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 14. Enjoy authentic German cuisine, pretzels, and local beer and root beer. 4838 Douglas Ave., Racine. (262) 639-2040;

Milwaukee Central Library: Free building tour every Saturday at 11 a.m. begins in the rotunda, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave. The library is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (414) 286-TOUR.

Milwaukee County Sports Complex: re:Craft and Relic Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 10-11. Shopping event features a mix of artisans, makers, up-cyclers, and collectors, with furniture, vintage clothing, garden items and home decor. 6000 W. Ryan Road, Franklin,

Milwaukee NARI: Home & Remodeling Show, noon-8 p.m. Oct. 12; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 13; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 14. $10. Daily presentations and demonstrations by home improvement specialists. Wisconsin Exposition Center, State Fair Park, 640 S. 84th St., West Allis. (414) 771-4071;

Minor’s Garden Center: Enjoy a free class every Saturday at 9 a.m. 7777 N. 76th St. (414) 354-4830;

  • Plants for Difficult Site Conditions. Sept. 29.
  • Native Plants. Oct. 6.

Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory: “Where the Coleuses Grow” Fall Floral Show, (through Nov. 4). View more than 30 varieties of coleus with sculptures of forest animals hiding amid the foliage. Dinos Under Glass exhibit, (through Oct.). 524 S. Layton Blvd. (414) 257-5600;

  • Dia de los Muertos, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 26.

New Berlin Historical Park: Applefest, 1-4 p.m. Oct. 7. Learn about New Berlin’s agricultural past, with pumpkins, cornstalks and squash available for purchase. 19765 W. National Ave., New Berlin.

North Point Lighthouse: The museum exhibits a wide variety of artifacts about the lighthouse and its keepers. Open to the public Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. throughout the year. Private tours and education tours by appointment. 2650 N. Wahl Ave. (414) 332-6754;

  • Full Moon Tour At The Light, 7:30-10 p.m. Sept. 24 and Oct. 24.

Ozaukee County Pioneer Village: Autumn at the Village, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 6. New this year is German Kuchen, with pumpkins, squash, gourds, and apples for sale. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for children over age 5. 4880 County Road I, Saukville.

Polish Center of Wisconsin: Historian and author John Gurda disscusses “Milwaukee: A City Built on Water,” 7 p.m. Oct. 2. $5. 6941 S. 68th St., Franklin. (414) 529-2140.

  • Craft Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 21.

SC Johnson Golden Rondelle Theater: Community Interest Programs, RSVP requested. 1525 Howe St., Racine, (262) 260-2154;

Southport Light Station: Tour maritime museum inside the 1867 house, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Restored 1860s lighthouse and keeper’s residence with fishing and shipping exhibits. 4th Ave., Kenosha. (262) 654-5770;

Tippecanoe Library: Green Home: Putting the Garden to Bed, 6 p.m. Oct. 8. Free. UW Extension Master Gardener Ted Haasch answers your questions. 3912 S. Howell Ave.

Urban Ecology Centers: Year-round educational programs for kids, families and adults of all ages that foster ecological understanding and provide outdoor science education at three locations: Riverside Park, 1500 E. Park Place, (414) 964-8505; Washington Park, 1859 N. 40th St., (414) 344-5460; and Menomonee Valley, 3700 W. Pierce St., (414) 431-2940;

Wade House Historic Site: Civil War Weekend, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 29; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 30. See battle re-enactments, military drills, medical care demonstrations and educational presentations. W7965 Highway 23, Greenbush. (920) 526-3271;

Wandering Foot Quilters Guild: “All That Scrap!” 2018 Quilt Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 13; noon-4 p.m. Oct. 14. $6. Features quilts, demonstrations, vendors, concessions and a raffle quilt. Oak Creek Salvation Army, 8853 S. Howell Ave.

Waukesha County Green Team: The Waukesha Green Drinks meeting is held on the fourth Thursday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Good Harvest Market Cafe, 2205 Silvernail Road, Pewaukee. Join an informal gathering each month to promote environmental and economic sustainability.

Waukesha County Technical College: Register now for Fall semester personal enrichment courses. Classes are held at 327 E. Broadway, Waukesha. Registration: (262) 691-5578;

  • Garlands, Swags and Wreaths. Oct. 4-18. $63.

Wauwatosa Historical Society: Tour of Homes, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 6. $18 advance; $25 day of tour. Tour five Wauwatosa homes, including an Eschweiler-designed building being converted to a 7,200-single-family home. Proceeds support the society’s preservation and education missions. (414) 774-8672;

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts: Lectures and classes for all adults, beginner to advanced, on a variety of fiber arts topics. N50-W5050 Portland Road, Cedarburg. (262) 546-0300;

Zoological Society of Milwaukee: Conservation Education department offers environmental education classes for children and families. Information: (414) 258-5058;

Please submit your event three weeks before the event or registration deadline to, with “Attention Fresh calendar” in the subject line. Or mail to Fresh calendar, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, P.O. Box 371, Milwaukee WI 53201.

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