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Candlelight hikes, bluegrass and more this weekend

Menopause The Musical 2 

Wednesday, 5/8 | Grand Theater, Wausau 

Menopause The Musical became a big Off Broadway hit in 2002, running for four years before being produced across the country. It followed four women shopping for lingerie, with lyrics parodying hit songs of the 60s and 70s to reflect the symptoms of menopause. The sequel picks up five years later, set during a cruise and featuring hit music from the 70s, 80s and 90s. Finally, a menopause that everyone can enjoy! 7:30 pm. $40-70. More at (DW)

Candlelight Hike Festival
Friday, 5/3 | Schmeekle Reserve, Stevens Point
With spring in the air, there is no better way to celebrate than a candlelight hike through the budding woods of Schmeekle Reserve, a 280-acre conservancy area on the UW-Stevens Point campus. The site features 5 miles of trails and boardwalks as well as a 24-acre lake. These trails will be illuminated by candlelight torches, and guests can arrive and walk for as long as they like. Family-friendly programs will be happening at 7:30 pm and 8:30 pm at the Pankowski Friends Amphitheater, and children’s craft activities will also be available all evening. Popcorn, hot chocolate and lemonade will be available for sale. The candlelight hike will be a wonderful way to ring in spring! 7 pm-9:30 pm. Suggested donation of $4/person or $10/family. More at (DW)

Pat Peckham Memorial History Ride

Saturday, 5/4 | John Marshall Elementary, Wausau

Many City Pages readers may have known Pat Peckham, or at least may recognize his name. Peckham was the longtime news editor for this newspaper. He retired in 2015 and was then elected to the city council, representing District 1 until he declined to run for re-election in 2022. Since Peckham enjoyed both cycling and the city of Wausau, Friends of Wausau Historic Landmarks is organizing a special bicycle tour of the city’s southeast side, the area Peckham represented on the city council. Beginning at John Marshall Elementary, the tour will cover Wausau Municipal Airport, Airport Park, North Central Health Care, Memorial Park and some residences. Dress for the weather and don’t forget your helmet! 1 pm. Free. More at Friends of Wausau Historic Landmarks on Facebook. (DW)

Heart of Wisconsin Gem and Mineral Show 

Sat-Sun, 5/4-5, Central Wisconsin Expo Center, Rothschild 

Are you ready to rock? Gem and mineral shows are a goldmine for people who are really into geology and collecting those items, but they’re pretty cool for everyone else too. This show put on my the Heart of Wisconsin Gem and Mineral Society at the Central Wisconsin Expo Center shouldn’t disappoint, with plenty of gem and mineral vendors in attendance. Besides that, there will be kids activities, door prizes, a silent auction, a snack bar, fossils, jewelry, people identifying rocks, demonstrations and much more. This is the first time the show has come to Wausau in about ten years, so be sure to check it out. Free. 10-5 Saturday, 10-4 Sunday.

Feed the Dog w/ The Kevin Troestler Trio 

Saturday, 5/4 | Whitewater Music Hall, Wausau 

I mean, you gotta love a band with a song called “Honky Tonkin Rib Mountain Shakedown” right? Feed the Dog is a local bluegrass act with a touch of blues influence that gives a little bit of a different feel than you would ordinarily hear in this genre. I love when groups transcend their genre and Feed the Dog does just that, making for a great listen. Adding to them is the Kevin Troestler Trio. Troestler’s style of country does well by the genre, and could be categorized as outlaw country. Their hard-driving style reminds me a little of Rattlesnake Milk, and that’s a good thing. 8 pm. $15. 

Wausau Dance Theater: Alice in Wonderland 

Saturday, 5/4 | Grand Theater, Wausau 

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Generally speaking, if you get a chance to see something by the Wausau Dance Theatre, you ought to take the opportunity to do this. This wonderful local dance troupe is putting on this version of Alice in Wonderland. Not only are there two performances of the dance version of this classic tale, but at 11 am there is a Mad Hatter Tea Party at the Great Hall that people can attend with their children. That includes arts, crafts and games. Tea Party $25, separate from performances. 1:30 and 5:30 pm performances, $25 adults, $22 children.