Nordic Ski Club
of Milwaukee


Our current 4 month calendar: July, 2015 thru October, 2015 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

    • Saturday, July 04, 2015
    • 8:00 PM
    • State Fair Park, 640 S. 84th St. West Allis, WI 53214
    Take an outing to Wisconsin’s State Fair Park on July 4 for a variety of fireworks and entertainment by the very professional Kids From Wisconsin, starting at 8 p.m. You can watch fireworks from about 20 cities to the east, north and south from the comfort of seats high in the bleachers at State Fair Park in West Allis. For the ninth year in a row Nordic Ski Club members will gather for this 180-degree view of suburban fireworks in the distance while the West Allis display looms large in front, starting at 9:30 p.m.

    Note that this is Saturday night, July 4, when most suburbs hold their fireworks. (Milwaukee’s downtown fireworks are July 3.) Gary Braun and Paula Brookmire will meet you at 8:00 p.m. in the center section of the bleachers, within the top five rows, in the blue seats. These seats have full backs, and restrooms are not far away. Look for our glow sticks.

    Call us to R.S.V.P.: (414) 527-0040. We were impressed with Kids From Wisconsin singers and dancers last year, and are happy they’re back for an hour-long show. Parking used to be free this night, but last year due to construction there was a parking charge. So we suggest you park around 85th St. and Washington St. (1/4 mile north of Greenfield Ave.) and walk into the west entrance into the park and to the grandstand.

    • Sunday, July 05, 2015
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Ottawa Lake Recreation Area, S59 W36630 County Road ZZ, Dousman WI
    Shakespeare comedy on a summer afternoon--what could be nicer? On Sunday, July 5, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" will be performed for free at the outdoor amphitheater on the shore of Ottawa Lake.
    Summit Players is a theatrical troupe of six recent Marquette University graduates who use minimal props. The group has been performing this play for free in state parks throughout Wisconsin since early June. Come catch the final performance of their summer road trip! See this link for more info.
    Arrive at 1:00pm for the workshop, if you'd like to hear about Shakespeare's words and his approach to nature in his plays. The performance runs from 2:30 to 3:45pm. You may wish to bring a lawn chair or a cushion, beverages, snacks, and sunscreen.
    Please call Ann in advance at 262-786-8539 so she saves you a bench seat or chair space, and in case of inclement weather.
    Directions: Ottawa Lake Recreation Area (same location as July 11 club picnic) is at S59 W36630 County Road ZZ in Dousman. On Highway 67 between Dousman and Eagle, take County ZZ WEST for 0.2 miles and go north/right at the entrance. After passing the park building, go left, and then turn right into the first parking lot for picnic shelters A & B. The amphitheater is off the far end of the parking lot, along the lake. See page 2 of this link for a map of the rec area. A state park sticker is needed for your vehicle.

    • Saturday, July 11, 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • Ottawa Lake Recreation Area, S59W37800 County Road ZZ, Dousman, WI
    Join your Nordic friends for a day of fun at our summer picnic at Ottawa Lake Recreation Area. Enjoy biking, hiking, swimming, kayaking or canoeing, or just visiting with friends. Shelter A is reserved from 8 am until dark and the potluck will be at 1 pm.

    A 30 mile bike ride will start at 10am from the shelter; this is a ride that can easily be tailored to do less miles if desired. There is a self­-guided nature canoe trail around Ottawa Lake for any interested. The beach is near the shelter for swimming. Hiking at the lake is limited, but there are many options nearby in the South Kettle Moraine.

    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, bike and helmet, canoe or kayak, you might want to bring sunscreen, a lawn chair, and outdoor games to share. A State Park admission sticker is needed for your vehicle ($25 annual ; $7 daily). Call Nancy Zoltowski at (414)254-­0523 if you have any questions.

    Directions: Ottawa Lake Rec. Area is 4 miles north of Eagle. Travel Hwy 67 north from the village of Eagle, or south from I­94. Then turn west on Hwy ZZ to the campground entrance. Location is: S59W37800 County Road ZZ, Dousman, WI.

    • Wednesday, July 15, 2015
    • 6:00 PM
    • contact trip leader
    Enjoy an early summer evening with a twilight paddle on the Milwaukee River.  Join other Nordics and Glacier State Paddlers members on Wednesday, July 15 starting at 6:00 pm and ending at dusk.  We’ll paddle the Milwaukee River through downtown Milwaukee and will end before it gets dark. 

    Call GSP trip leader Bill Ross at 414-332-1889 to reserve a spot on the trip and to get trip details (where to meet, etc.).  Identify yourself as a Nordic Ski Club member.  Canoe rental cost is a maximum of $2.00 per person for this trip.  Money should be paid directly to Bill.  There is no fee if you have your own canoe or kayak.
    • Sunday, July 19, 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • Call Mike Craig, trip leader
    Join the Glacier State Paddlers for a fun day canoeing on the final stretch of the Fox River in Wisconsin before it enters Illinois. Meeting at 10:00 am, the trip will begin at Cty JB about 5 miles southeast of Burlington on Hwy 83. Turn left (east) on Cty JB and go a short distance to a small parking lot on the right at the Fox River. We will follow the quiet, meandering Fox River through farmland for 12 miles until it reaches the Wisconsin/Illinois border near Wilmot, WI. 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 (where to meet, etc.). Identify yourself as a Nordic Ski Club member. Canoe rental cost will probably be $6.00 per person. Money should be paid directly to Mike. There is no fee if you have your own canoe or kayak.
    • Thursday, July 23, 2015
    • 6:30 PM
    • Taylor’s People’s Park, 337 W Main St, Waukesha WI
    Our summer Cuisines will be at People’s Park located at 337 W Main St in Waukesha. Their menu includes appetizers like Thai Picnic Chicken ($7.95), sandwiches like Tenderloin and Tarragon ($10.95) entrees like Pork Tenderloin ($15.95) as well as salads and desserts. They also have rooftop dining which we hope to take advantage of.

    The date is Thursday July 23. We will meet at the restaurant at 6:30 PM. Please let Cindy know at either 414-336-8695 or if you are coming.
    • Saturday, July 25, 2015
    • 7:30 PM
    • Kettle Moraine State Forest - Lapham Peak Unit W 329 N 846 Delafield, WI 53018
    Have you been thinking about checking out summer activities at Lapham Peak now that the man-made snow is but a memory until next ski season? Consider joining other Nordics at the Summer Stage to see a performance of "Moon Over Buffalo" at 7:30 on July 25.

    The play is a comedy about two fading stars of the 1950's in a theater in Buffalo, NY, who grasp at one last chance for stardom when Frank Capra comes to town to see their play. Of course, lots of things go wrong and hilarity ensues.

    Tickets are $18 ($16 for seniors 60 & over) and can be purchased by phone (262-337-1560), in person at the box office in Delafield, on their website or the night of the performance.

    You will need a state park sticker or pay just $5 that evening for the event to park at Evergreen shelter area. If you decide to come early to hike or bike then it's $7 for a day pass. You could even ride your bike out to the theater!

    The picnic shelter behind the admission tent has been reserved for our group starting at 6:30 so plan to come early and bring your picnic supper and beverages. The theater is in a natural amphitheater area with lawn seating, so bring your lawn chairs (or rent them for $2) and stake out your place while we eat. Beer, wine, popcorn, and snacks are available for purchase and you can carry in whatever food and beverage you choose. No pets are allowed. The area is sprayed for mosquitoes but bug spray is a handy option as well as a light jacket for later. Most people walk from the parking area to the Summer Stage (so don't bring too much stuff), but a golf cart does offer shuttle service if needed.

    The performances are held rain or shine but will be cancelled for electrical storms. If the weather is "iffy" that day you can call their number for an update; otherwise, "the show must go on."

    Please call Joanne Ziarek @ 262-821-2064 by noon on Saturday, July 25, if you have questions and to let me know you are coming.
    • Saturday, August 01, 2015
    • 2:30 PM
    • Ravinia, IL - Take the train
    Our annual summer trip to Ravinia will be on Saturday, August 1. We will meet at the Southwest College Ave. Park and Ride to carpool to Highland Park to catch the free shuttle to the park.

    The program is all Tchaikovsky, complete with live cannon! This is the night of the annual Gala so the gates open at 4:00. We are looking at leaving the Park and Ride about 2:30. As always, you bring chairs and blankets. You can bring or buy food, or do both. The lawn seating tickets are $10.00 and are purchased at Ravinia. In case of rain, our alternate date is August 8 to hear Ramsey Lewis. If you would like to join us call Cindy at (414) 336-8695 or email her at
    • Thursday, September 03, 2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Wednesday, October 07, 2015
    • Peninsula State Park 9462 Shore Rd Fish Creek, WI 54212
    Bike. Hike. Paddle. Swim. Explore. Learn. Ranger Programs. Nature Centers. Bird watch. Music. Lighthouses. Theater. Ice Cream. Cherries. Shop. Apples. Relax. Laugh. Campfires and stories. There is something for everyone in Door County.

    A group site is reserved in Peninsula State Park (Fish Creek) for Thursday September 3 to Monday September 7. Check in/out time is 3 PM. This is a non-electric group site with water spigots and vault toilets. All cars must have a valid state park sticker. Check in at the park office on the day of arrival.

    The trip fee for NSCM members is $14 and non-members $15.50. What a deal! Saturday night we will have a potluck so bring a dish to share.

    Send a check payable to NSCM for the appropriate amount and an emergency contact number (someone not on the trip) to Barb Johnson, 3643 East Kimberly Avenue, Cudahy, WI 53110.

    Questions? 262.385.8102

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