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Wade House hosts family fun weekend

Saturday includes ginger beer-making;Sunday hostingvintage team baseball

2:56 PM, Jul. 15, 2013  |  Comments
Guests visiting the Wade House on Sunday, July 21 are invited to cheer on the Greenbush Dead City vintage baseball team as they defend their home turf against the Milwaukee Grays.
Guests visiting the Wade House on Sunday, July 21 are invited to cheer on the Greenbush Dead City vintage baseball team as they defend their home turf against the Milwaukee Grays.
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? Saturday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Wade House kitchen, costumed interpreters will brew ginger beer, a soft drink which originated in Yorkshire, England in the mid-18th century and was introduced in the United States in the mid-19th, reaching a peak of popularity in the early 20th century.

Wade House visitors will get to experience the brewing process by watching as staff follow an original Victorian ginger beer recipe, mixing ginger, sugar, boiling water, lemon juice and ginger beer plant. Once all the ingredients are combined, staff will allow the mixture to ferment over a few days, turning it into ginger beer, an excellent beverage with a fine flavor to savor on a hot summer day. Guests will receive a copy of the period recipe to try at home.

"Ginger Beer Making" will take place at the Wade House Historic Site in Greenbush, WI. Visitors will begin the special experience at the new Wade House Visitor Center and Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum located at W7965 State Hwy. 23.

Admission: Adults $11; students/seniors $9.25; children (5-17) $5.50; family (up to two adults and two or more dependent children 5-17) $30. Admission includes a tour of the new Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum, a horse-drawn vehicle ride to the historic area, a guided tour of the stately, 27-room stagecoach hotel, a trip to the Herrling Sawmill to see and feel the rumble of an up-and-down, water-powered saw, and a journey to the blacksmith's shop.

? Sunday, July 21, at 1:30 p.m., guests to the Wade House are invited to cheer on the Greenbush Dead City vintage baseball team as they defend their home turf against the Milwaukee Grays. After the game, visitors will be encouraged to join the fun by participating in a rousing pick-up game. Guests will get to field and hit with the team and learn how to play base ball by the rules of 1860s.

Just last weekend, the Greenbush Dead City team played the AC Old-Timers at Johnsburg Athletic Club's annual Booster Game on July 14.

The mid-19th century game of baseball was considerably different than today's game. In the late 1800s, most players used their bare hands, rather than gloves. Pitchers or (hurlers) threw the ball underhanded to the batter or (striker). There was no strike zone. Foul balls did not count as strikes, and balls caught on the first bound were out.

Food and beverages will be available at the Butternut Café and at the field during the game. Bleacher seating is available, but guests are welcome to bring chairs and blankets as well.

"Vintage Baseball" will take place at the Wade House Historic Site in Greenbush. Visitors will begin the special experience at the new Wade House Visitor Center and Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum lo-cated at W7965 State Hwy. 23.

Admission: Adults $11; students/seniors $9.25; children (5-17) $5.50; family (up to two adults and two or more dependent children 5-17) $30.

Wade House Historic Site is one of 12 historic sites and museums owned and operated by the Wisconsin Historical Society.

For more information, call 526-3271 or visit: wadehouse.org

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