‘Experience Northwoods Traditions’ in Wisconsin

A Series of Family-Friendly Tourism Events Planned for This Fall

SHAWANO, Wis., Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ — Four north central Wisconsin communities are joining together to offer a series of fun, family-friendly events this fall. The Shawano Country Chamber, the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians, the Menominee Nation and the Village of Gresham are working together to offer “Experience Northwoods Traditions.” The weekend events begin Saturday, September 10, 2005 and continue each weekend through October 8, 2005.

“There are so many great traditions to be found in Wisconsin and our communities, as neighbors, decided to join together to offer visitors the opportunity to come and enjoy what we have to offer,” said Stockbridge-Munsee Tribal President Bob Chicks.

The schedule of events includes:

Farm Heritage Day: Saturday, September 10 in Gresham

The Village of Gresham celebrates life on the farm. Activities include an antique tractor parade, the FFA Barnyard Olympics, a farmer’s market and free demonstrations. If you’re from the city, you won’t want to miss the Firemen’s “Cow Drop.” There will also be an Old Fashioned Barn Dance on Main Street, featuring “The Morgan Creek Band.” No admission charge.

European Heritage Tribute: Saturday, September 17 at North Star Casino

Learn more about the German or Polish heritages found throughout the Wisconsin Northwoods, while traditional polka music fills the air of the Indus Room at the Mohican North Star Casino. Ethnic dining specialties can be found from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at area restaurants including The Woodland in Gresham, Pine Hills Golf Club, and Menominee Casino’s Forest Island Restaurant. No admission charge.

Apple Traditions: Thursday through Sunday, September 22-25 in Shawano

There’s no other way to celebrate fall in Wisconsin than to enjoy the beautiful outdoor colors while taking in the smell of a warm apple pie. During Apple Traditions, make sure you stop in downtown Shawano for sidewalk sales and prize drawings. On Saturday, watch the fall parade at 10 a.m. Enjoy apple-liscious fun on Sunday at the Everything Apple Fest, featuring apples, live bands, and food.

Woodland & Logging Heritage: Saturday, October 1 – Menominee Indian Reservation

Enjoy an all you can eat Lumberjack Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($5 per person) at the Menominee Logging Museum Grounds and Cook Shanty. Free activities throughout the day: Listen to old time fiddlin’ by Wimpy and Chopper Waupoose, learn about Native American foods, medicinal plants, and rustic furniture making. The museum will also be open (there is a charge for museum tours).

Mohican Cultural Day: Saturday, October 8 at Wea Tauk Village, located on the Stockbridge-Munsee Reservation

Join the Mohican community for a day at Wea Tauk Village (which means a place of wigwams), to gain a unique look at the history and culture of the Stockbridge-Munsee Indian Tribe. Interact with Tribal members in traditional dress, participate in Chaw-haw, a traditional game similar to lacrosse, and watch singing and dancing demonstrations. When you need a break, you can shop at the Native American Arts and Craft Fair and visit the Arvid E. Miller Historical Library-Museum. Admission is $5 per person or $15 per family.

“The line-up of events and activities really gives people a choice in what to do and see,” said Jim Reiter, General Manager of the Menominee Casino and Tourism Manager for the Menominee Nation. “Not to mention, the fall in north central Wisconsin is beautiful. The trees should be in full, fall colors and that is an added bonus for any visitor.”

For more information, go to: http://www.northwoodstraditions.com/ .

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