Nordic Ski Club
of Milwaukee


Our current 4 month calendar: July thru October, 2016 Calendar of Events

The Nordic Ski Club of Milwaukee welcomes newcomers and prospective members to any of our events.

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The Nordic Ski Club will occasionally list events sponsored by other organizations. The Club and these other organizations are separate and distinct. The Club provides information without compensation about other events solely as a service to members or guests who may be interested in such outings. The Club has no control or voice in managing these events.  Members and guests should exercise their own judgment and participate in these events cautiously and at their own risk.

Upcoming events

    • Monday, July 04, 2016
    • 8:30 PM
    • State Fair Park
    Started by Gary Braun and Paula Brookmire the year they got married, 2006, this event gives you a 180-degree panorama of suburban fireworks in the distance while the West Allis display, starting at 9:30 p.m., looms large in front. At 8:30 p.m. the West Allis Suburban Concert Band will perform. Look for Gary and Paula, waving 2-foot flags, starting about 8:00 p.m. near the very top (upper five rows) in the center section of the bleachers.

    These blue seats have full backs, and restrooms are not far away. Note that this is Monday night, July 4, when most suburbs hold their fireworks. (Milwaukee’s downtown fireworks are July 3.) Call us to R.S.V.P.: (414) 527-0040. Parking is no longer free for this event. So we suggest you park near 85th St. and Washington St. (one-quarter mile north of Greenfield Ave.) and walk into the west entrance of the park and to the grandstand. Bring a flag, a hat or a glow stick.

    Good news: The I-94 East exit ramp to 84th Street is now open to northbound and southbound 84th Street, and the 84th Street entrance ramp to I-94 East is now open.
    • Friday, July 15, 2016
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Steaming Cup, 340 W Main, Waukesha
    Meet your NSCM friends at The Steaming Cup, 340 W Main Street, Waukesha (on the corner of Main & Clinton). Join Kayleen at 5:30 for a bite to eat at The Steaming Cup or across the street at People's Park. At 6:30 we will venture out to explore the streets of Historic Downtown Waukesha, including 10 stages of live music and a variety of restaurants and unique shops.

    The music plays until 9:00pm. For more info, check:

    Call or e-mail event leader Kayleen Kauffman @ (home) 262-549-2389 or Use (cell) 262-501-9280 on event day.
    • Saturday, July 16, 2016
    • 9:45 AM
    • Glencoe, IL
    Our annual summer outing to Ravinia Festival is Saturday, July 16 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra playing Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and two other works. There are two options:

    Earlier in the day, visit the beautiful Chicago Botanic Garden, which is a short distance from Ravinia. Meet at the College Avenue Park and Ride, southwest lot, at 9:45 am to carpool to the gardens. Vehicle parking fee is $25 online in advance, or $30 at the entrance; there are no individual admission fees. Bring or purchase lunch food.

    For those who only want to go to the concert, meet at the same Park and Ride at 3:30 pm to carpool to downtown Highland Park.

    Then we will all gather at the free parking lots (#14 and #15), just south of Central Avenue at the train tracks in Highland Park, to catch the free shuttle bus to Ravinia. Gates open at 5 pm and the concert begins at 7:30 pm. Lawn seats are $10 and are purchased at the gate. Bring a chair, side table, blanket, picnic food (a dish to share, if you want), drinks, etc. (It’s okay to take these on the shuttle bus.). Or, you can rent chairs and tables and purchase food and drinks.

    If you are interested in going-- to just the concert, or to the gardens and concert-- please call Cindy at 414-336- 8695. In case of rain, the alternate date is Saturday, August 20.
    • Sunday, July 17, 2016
    • 9:00 AM
    • Lapham Peak Unit of Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest

    The Waukesha/Milwaukee County Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance is offering a Prairie Wildflower Hike at Lapham Peak.

    We will be hiking for approximately 3-4 miles out and back through an extensive prairie restoration area. It includes burr and white oak savannahs and open meadows. Summer prairie flowers include prairie dock, rattlesnake master, cup plant, common evening and pale Indian primrose, lupine, and purple coneflowers. Our own Ice Age Trail and wildflower expert, Mike Fort, will guide and educate the hikers on some of the restoration efforts, while pointing out wildflowers and special areas of interest along the Trail.

    This is a very popular and beautiful section, which is family-friendly. Dogs are welcome, but they must remain leashed and under the owner's control at all times when in Lapham Peak or on the Ice Age Trail. Please be sure to dress appropriately with comfortable hiking boots. Bring along bug spray, sunscreen, a camera, water, and snacks.

    Please meet by 9 am at the Evergreen Grove Shelter just inside the entrance of Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest - Lapham Peak Unit in Delafield (driving directions). Watch for the yellow and black Ice Age Trail Event signs to guide you to the shelter's parking lot. A Wisconsin state park sticker is required in Lapham Peak.

    Contact IATA and NSCM member Becky White at 414-294-9619 with any questions.

    • Sunday, July 17, 2016
    • 1:00 PM
    • Rome, WI (Hwy F)
    Join Glacier State Paddlers for canoeing on the Bark River from Lower Nemahbin Lake to Genesee Lake Rd on Sunday, July 17. The trip will begin with a 1:00 pm launch starting at Sugar Island Road off Cty P. This is an easy, scenic trip on a surprisingly clear “close to town” river.

    Cool off along the way with a swim in Crooked Lake. After we take out at Genesee Lake Rd, we will head to Cushing Memorial Park west of Delafield for a cookout. Bring your own entrée, drinks, and a dish to pass. Grills will be provided.

    Contact GSP trip leader Judy Liebl at 414-852-3945 or to reserve a spot on the trip and to get trip details. Identify yourself as a Nordic Ski Club member. Canoe rental cost is a maximum of $6.00 per person. Money should be paid directly to Judy. There is no fee if you have your own canoe or kayak.
    • Saturday, July 23, 2016
    • 9:30 AM
    • Kettle Moraine State Forest-Pike Lake Unit, Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive, Slinger, WI
    It's time for the Nordic summer picnic, this year at Kettle Moraine State Forest-Pike Lake's south shelter. Enjoy biking, hiking, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, or just visiting with friends. Depart at 9:30 am for a beautiful, though challenging, 25 mile bike ride through the Holy Hill area.

    Our famous potluck picnic will begin at 1 pm. Charcoal, napkins, paper plates, utensils, water, and basic condiments will be provided.

    Bring your own beverage, meat to grill, and a dish to pass. In addition to your swimsuit, hiking boots, bike and helmet, kayak or canoe, you may want to bring sunscreen, bug repellent if you want to hike, a lawn chair, and outdoor games to share. A state park admission sticker is needed for your vehicle. Call Nancy Zoltowski at (414) 254-0523 with any questions.

    Directions: Take Highway 45 north from Milwaukee to Highway 41 north and exit at Highway 60. Go west about 3.5 miles and turn left/south on Kettle Moraine Drive just west of Slinger. Go one mile south to the beach parking lot on the right. Look for the Nordics at the south shelter, which is to the left side after you enter the parking lot.
    • Friday, July 29, 2016
    • 6:00 PM
    • 235 Bank St, Waukesha, wi
    Join your NSCM friends at Pewaukee's Taste of Lake Country that is celebrating its 20th anniversary with exceptional cuisine, great music, artwork and shopping, and for this year only, a Champagne and Wine Bar!

    The Pewaukee Area Arts Council is also hosting their Waterfront Art Festival in conjunction with Taste of Lake Country. Check it out at

    We will meet on the beach on Friday, July 29 at 6pm. Watch for a mylar balloon with identifying NSCM. Bring your chairs and enjoy a night of food, music, art and fellowship. Any questions, call Cathy Ward at 262 227-4551.
    • Saturday, July 30, 2016
    • 10:00 AM
    • County Road O, Ixonia, WI
    Join the Glacier State Paddlers for a fun day trip along a scenic section of the upper Rock River from Cty Road O to Kanow Park. Meet at 10:00 am at the Rock River on Cty O. Take the Hwy 67 bypass almost 10 miles north of Oconomowoc and turn left on Cty O in Old Ashippun. The Rock River is about 1 1/2 miles west of Hwy 67.

    The canoe trip will end at Kanow Park for a distance of 11 miles. This trip is suitable for beginners. Please bring a bag lunch, beverage, and gloves to protect your hands.

    Call Mike Craig, GSP trip leader and Nordic member, at 414-552-5011 to reserve a spot on the trip and to get trip details. Identify yourself as a Nordic Ski Club member. Canoe rental cost is a maximum of $6.00 per person. Money should be paid directly to Mike. There is no fee if you have your own canoe or kayak.
    • Thursday, September 01, 2016
    • Monday, September 05, 2016
    • Hartman Creek State Park, N2480 Hartman Creek Rd, Waupaca, WI 54981
    Mark your calendars for a 5-day camping trip over Labor Day weekend at Hartman Creek State Park. Hartman Creek State Park is about 6 miles west of Waupaca and less than a 2 hour drive from Milwaukee. The area has something for everyone: great hiking and mountain biking trails and a beach on a lake in the park, the Chain of Lakes for paddling, beautiful country roads for road biking, and dining opportunities in Waupaca.

    We’ll be in a large group campsite in the park with access to shower facilities in the family campground. Campfires will be held nightly, and a group potluck dinner will take place on Saturday night. Look for further details and signup information in the August newsletter. Call trip leader Paul Keber at 262-547- 4827 with questions you need answered before the August newsletter.
    • Friday, September 16, 2016
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • New Berlin Community Center, 14750 West Cleveland Ave, New Berlin
    Save the date!
    • Friday, October 21, 2016
    • 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Greenfield Park Pavilion, 2028 S. 124th St., Milwaukee, WI 53227

    Annual Ski Trip Sign Up

    Includes a special music program featuring our talented members!
    • Friday, November 18, 2016
    • TBD
    45th-anniversary celebration for the club

    Save the date
    • Saturday, December 17, 2016
    • To be determined

    Save the date for this popular Nordic Ski Club Holiday Party

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