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Elvehjem Neighborhood: Best of 2015

Best of 2015

Wouldn’t it be great to re-live some of the fun events and memories we all experienced this year with a Best of 2015 list? I’m listing events and things in no particular order and you’re more than welcome to provide your feedback on things I missed or add to the descriptions I’m providing.


I’m including this on the Best of 2015 list because right now we might be living through the warmest Christmas Season in my lifetime and I think it will be one to remember! Here’s a screen cap of the weather channel page for December 23, 2015.

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Spring time is just around the corner in the neighborhood and kids can’t resist a good egg hunt, especially when the Easter Bunny is around.

easter bunny and friends

Easter Egg Hunt


This was held at Orlando Bell Park the weather was nice so many families came to enjoy the bonfire, tell Santa what they want for Christmas, and eat cookies and drink hot chocolate. We collected LOTS of food for the food pantry as well!!

Santa and helper

Holiday in the Park


This was kind of a last minute addition to our calendar of events, but people got on their bikes with their families and explored our neighborhood on August 30. This is a picture of the Madison PD on a horse in my driveway on Starker Avenue.

ride the drive

Madison PD at Audra’s house


There wasn’t a whole lot of variety with the food cart options but people liked to come early with their kids and play in the yard. Sometimes there was even live music!

eat out music

Let’s Eat Out Live Music


It was time to enjoy the neighborhood garden harvest by taste testing all the lovely dishes made with ingredients from the community garden. The event didn’t last as long as planned because we all had to watch the Packers win!


Food and tables in front of the garden


People really get into their Halloween Decorations around here. Our neighbors really love their holiday decorations. But which holiday is responsible for the most decorations? Christmas or Halloween? Too close to call?

halloween house

Halloween Contest House


What’s a Fourth of July neighborhood celebration without a parade with fire trucks. Its no kind of parade I want to go to. Its a good thing our 4th of July parade has firetrucks every year!

4th of july

Fourth of July Parade

That’s it for the Best of 2015 list. It was eventful and memorable. Honorable mention goes to the critter trouble we had this year with the foxes and the coyotes. Since that topic is thoroughly discussed on our Facebook page I thought I would skip it, and leave it to the Facebook group since the topic is on-going.

So Many October Events So Little Time!

There are so many events and types of October events in the fall because its the season universally loved by most people who live in this part of the Midwest. I personally think its the best smelling season too. The food + falling leaves + cool weather = Yummy. I thought I would look around for a variety of events and make some recommendations to you. Hopefully there’s something for everyone represented here. If you have an event you want to include, please hit the reply button and let me know.


Corn Mazes

Skelly’s Farm Market – Janesville, WI – Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday during October. Click through for hours and location.

Creek Bed Country Farmacy – Poynette, WI 30 miles north of Madison. Corn maze, hayrides, and gift shop. Open Tuesday through Sundays.

Treinen Farm – This is my favorite! 20 miles north of Madison. Named one of the ten best fall corn mazes by USA Today. Corn maze, hayrides, food, farm, animals, gift shop. Zompocalypse is on October 24 for all you zombie fans, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Haunted Houses

Screamin Acres – Stoughton, WI There’s four attractions ‘The Last Resort’, ‘The Slaughter House’, ‘Side Effects’, and ‘Crawl Space’. Judging by the website, these guys know what they are doing. Open 7-11pm weekends.

Wisconsin Scaryland – 5305 County Hwy M Waunakee, WI between Northport Dr. and Hwy M. Legend says its the site of a gruesome murder at a meat packing plant; is there any other kind? Open Th-Sunday 6:30-11:30pm.


Green Lake Octoberfest October 17, 2-10pm – Heidel House Resort & Spa. Polka dancing contest, Klement Sausage races, Das Boot Relay, food, beer, live music.

Fall Festival Weekend Wisconsin Dells October 16-18 – Pumpkin decorating, scarecrow stuffing, face painting, live entertainment and more! It’s the Dells!

Wisconsin Book Festival Madison October 22-25 – There’s a book sale at the new library and authors fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks, memoirs, and many local authors talk about their books. More than 70 events to choose from.

DON’T FORGET Elvehjem Neighborhood Bonfire October 31 6:30-8:30pm at the Elvehjem Park Shelter, candy and hot chocolate for all!