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Oshcars award ceremony, gallery walk and farmers market on tap this weekend

9:11 PM, Apr. 2, 2013  |  Comments
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April is a month of transition in Oshkosh as we say goodbye to some our favorite seasonal events, hope the weather is nice enough to enjoy some outdoor activity and look forward to all the new possibilities the change in season brings.

First we say congratulations to thousands of visitors who have participated in the Oshkosh Public Museum's Oshcar Awards exhibit by voting for their favorite museum artifact. Since November, visitors to the museum, 1331 Algoma Blvd., have had the pleasure of viewing and supporting their favorite nominees.

On Friday at 3:30 p.m., the official Oshcar Awards Ceremony, complete with golden trophies, will acknowledge the best examples from their collection. This has been a fun way to see many unique items not normally on display. Admission is free to museum members or $7 for adults and $3.50 for children at the door. Award winners will stay on display for a few more weeks before the museum transitions into their new Steampunk exhibit (opening June 8).

Saturday morning is the second to last installment of the Winter Farmers Market this season (their final date is April 20). It's been a wonderful addition to downtown during the winter months as it regularly featured an assortment of local produce and meats, as well as arts and crafts, entertainment and plenty of fun. The theme this week is "Shape up for Summer" with live music by Lois Gruetzmacher. It runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. inside the City Center Atrium, 2 Jackson St.

On Saturday evening, Gallery Walk returns to downtown from 6 to 9 p.m. In addition to the dozens of art galleries and businesses showcasing local talents, the Downtown BID has organized a "Peep into Downtown" concept where they will display unique and artistic creations made out of those marshmallow birds we all love this time of year. For a complete list of venues participating in April's Gallery Walk, visit www.OshkoshGalleryWalk.com.

Saturday night is also a great opportunity to catch some free live music at a historic venue in downtown. The Oshkosh Masonic Center, 204 Washington Ave., is welcoming the '50s rock sounds of the Kevin Fayte Rock and Roll Trio at 8 p.m. Admission is free.

This weekend Oshkosh is also welcoming the Wisconsin Special Olympics State Indoor Sports Tournament. Kolf Sports Center on the UW-Oshkosh campus will be home to action in artistic and rhythmic gymnastics, basketball skills and team basketball. It's an inspiring weekend of athletics and worthy of all of our support.

There's some great news coming out of downtown Oshkosh's "other" historic theater building. The Time Community Theater, 445 N. Main St., just announced a blockbuster, budget movie series starting with a screening of "Big Trouble in Little China" on Saturday, April 13.

Dubbed "Saturdays @ 7" the series runs every other Saturday night through Aug. 31. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the movie starting at 7 p.m. Admission is only $3.

While the Time may be best known for their Friday Fright Night events (classic horror movies) the new series is tackling some of the most iconic film titles in popular culture, including: "Spaceballs" (PG) on April 27; "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (G) on May 11; "Return of the Living Dead" (R) on May 25; "Sixteen Candles" (PG) on June 8; "Road House" (R) on June 22; "The Goonies" (PG) on July 6; "The Princess Bride" (PG) on July 20; "The Lost Boys" (R) on Aug. 3; "Ghostbusters" (PG) on Aug. 17; and "Back to the Future" (PG) on Aug. 31.

Things are getting busy in Wisconsin's Event City. To make your plans for some affordable fun, check out everything that is happening at www.VisitOshkosh.com.

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