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Event City Guide: Oshkosh blooming with events

Event City blossoming with activities, from floral show to aviation antics

10:52 PM, Feb. 27, 2013  |  Comments
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It's still looking a lot like Christmas in Oshkosh, but don't worry because as the calendar turns pages so too does Wisconsin's Event City.

We had our fun ice fishing, jumping in freezing Lake Winnebago and celebrating the season. It's been a wonderfully white winter here in Oshkosh, but it's safe to say we are all more than ready to trade in our boots and ice scrapers for sandals and beach balls. Physically we are not anywhere close to spring weather, but mentally we can get a jump start on the season this weekend.

Nothing will help put you in a more seasonable mood than a visit to the Paine Art Center and Gardens for their fourth annual Greater Fox Valley Floral Show. Dubbed "Rooms of Blooms," the historic mansion will have each room expertly decorated with fresh arrangements and creations by a floral artist. They'll even have a large-scale floral arrangement inside their brand-new conservatory building.

"Rooms of Blooms" is on view today through Sunday and again March 7 to 10.

Floral designers and expert gardeners will present educational programs on Fridays and Saturdays and on Sundays, musical ensembles will add an extra special touch to the exhibit.

Another new addition is a Saturday morning preview and brunch. From 8 to 9 a.m., you will receive a special preview reception inside the mansion followed by a seated brunch inside the conservatory. Cost is $50 per person (or $45 for Paine members) and reservations are required by calling (920) 235-6903, ext. 28.

Regular admission to "Rooms of Blooms" is $11 for adults, $7 for youth and free to Paine members. The show runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. There is a $2 discount between 4 and 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For complete details, including a list of educational and family programs, visit www.thepaine.org

If aviation is more your thing than flowers, head to the EAA Family Flightfest this weekend at the AirVenture Museum. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, children of all ages will enjoy interactive and hands-on activities that will help them explore the fun and science of aviation.

Events include flying in the Wright Flyer and Hot Seat simulators; a parachute egg drop challenge; paper airplane design and flight contests; a scavenger hunt; family friendly movies; radio-controlled flying and model-making; and all the regular displays inside the KidVenture Gallery.

Admission is $12.50 for adults, $10.50 for seniors, $9.50 for students or the family rate of $31 for two adults plus their children.

The Winter Farmers Market and Gallery Walk return to downtown Oshkosh on Saturday.

The Farmers Market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. inside the atrium at City Center, 2 Jackson St. This week the theme is "Kids Day" and will feature special activities for children. Live entertainment will be provided by Railroad Ron.

Gallery Walk runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at various locations in downtown Oshkosh. Make sure to pay a visit to Folklore LLC, 582 N. Main St., for their "Grand Re-Opening" celebration featuring various artists and extend your night at the Grand Lounge (second floor of the Grand Opera House) for their monthly AfterWalk series of free music starting at 8 p.m.

Finally, good luck to the talented young women competing for the title of Miss Oshkosh on Saturday night at the Alberta Kimball Auditorium. This year 14 women are competing for the crown, title, a chance to represent Wisconsin's Event City in the Miss Wisconsin pageant and a ton of scholarship dollars. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and $20.

For more ideas on how to think spring, head to www.VisitOshkosh.com

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