Antiques With Inn
Workshops - Workshops in our kitchen are held whenever the desire arises. Guest instructors lead small groups in an intimate setting, teaching a variety of practical skills, some of which are on the verge of becoming a lost art! Sessions have included canning salsa with Lisa... sewing a lap blanket with Sally... making an apple pie with Henry... learning health living tips from Mary... and making cut-out cookies with Peggy... basic wood-carving with Ruth...scrap booking with Tricia... stamping your own greeting cards with Cheryl... candy making with my sisters-in-law... darning socks with Granny. If you'd like to spend a day away from your own routine, learn a new skill and have fun at the same time, call to inquire about setting up a class.
Annual Art Exhibit - The Wolf River Art League hosts an annual Midwinter Art Exhibit for the pleasure of the viewing public. Its a professionally judged show, with entrants in professional and non-professional categories. Its a classy, two-day event featuring local pianists as a musical backdrop for art contemplation. The weekend varies from year to year, so ask your hostess for the upcoming dates, and plan to linger at the beautifully displayed show. I'll be happy to share some of my favorite dining spots with you to complete your relaxing getaway in the bleak midwinter.
Irish Week - Every year in March, New London drops her English name to become New Dublin for one week. Yes, its legal! The leprechauns begin on Monday by changing the street signs from "London" to "Dublin" and the Irish merriment begins. Green shamrocks are painted on the city streets, restaurants serve Irish fare, local entertainers croon and jig, and on Saturday afternoon, we host the largest Irish parade north of Chicago. This parade goes on in spite of sleet, snow, rain, and all the normal adverse weather conditions Wisconsin is famous for. Ask your hostess for details... she's the one who proudly asks the city council for the name change on an annual basis. View a schedule.
Fishing - The rivers in New London host their own special events, beginning in mid-April, with the annual Sturgeon migration and spawning. There are great spots along the shores of the Wolf and the Embarrass Rivers to view the ancient phenomenon. The ice has left the rivers, the air has just begun to warn and people crowd the riverbanks to catch a glimpse of the huge fish as they roll and frisk in the water. Its a thrilling sight. The annual Walleye Run each spring tempts many to try their luck on the Wolf. An old-time fisheree, the Big Whopper Weekend, is a great time to fish or simply to observe the fishing and telling of fish tales. You haven't lived until you've tasted a buffalo burger fried by members of the Fish & Game Club under the tent at Riverside Park. Yum Yum!
Car Show - Early June brings the New London Car Show to New London's historic Hatten Park. The cars are displayed under beautiful trees and on the lawns of the park, with refreshments offered by the New London Jaycees, who host the annual show.
Nature Center - Mosquito Hill Nature Center, a state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor facility celebrating all aspects of nature, is not only the location of solitary hiking trails and a museum of Wisconsin critters! The center offers a wide range of wonderful programs - staff escorted bird hikes - snowshoe building workshop - beeswax candle making workshop and lectures ranging from the magic of mushrooms to the world of the ruffed grouse and photography workshops! The outdoor trails are open during daylight hours year round (except gun deer season) and the indoor exhibits are open weekends. Each year in late June, the center hosts a colorful outdoor nature art show. Don't miss the famous butterfly house, one of the best in the Midwest. View their whole schedule.
Performing Arts - New London's performing arts community, the Wolf River theatrical Troupe, has been providing live theatre to the New London area since 1982. The Troupe presents five full play productions per year, ranging from comedy to thriller, and ends each season with a family holiday classic. I offer a memorable holiday package including a before theater dinner, play reservations, overnight and breakfast at Antiques With Inn, and a trip to a real Wisconsin Christmas tree farm to cut your own tree.
Cheese & Sausage Fall Family Fest - Two of New London's oldest factories are the basis for the annual fall Cheese and Sausage Festival. They are Hillshire Farm and Saputo Cheese, both major employers of our city's residents. One Saturday in late September, the entire street from the Dairy Queen to the Old City Hall is closed to traffic and becomes a bustling hub of activity for all ages... craft sales, food vendors, and music... a fun time to sample New London.
Local Events Calendar - The New London tourism calendar provides a schedule of many local events. Also provides links to other local events and activities calendars.
These are some of the activities that make New London (or New Dublin) an interesting city to visit. But remember, you don't have to rely on an organized event to enjoy a stay at Antiques With Inn. I provide a peaceful setting for a quiet retreat from the hustle (and hassle) of our everyday, overbooked lives. Keep me in mind, call for a reservation, and settle in. Bring your family or just bring yourself. You're always welcome!