By Kayla Zastrow
Theatre in the Gardens: The Secret Garden
FRI.-SAT. 8/12-13 | MONK BOTANICAL GARDENS, WAUSAU
Bring your blankets or chairs and get comfortable for a lovely evening theater performance of The Secret Garden, performed by Out of the Woods Theatre. The enchanting, Tony Award-winning musical is based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 novel. It tells the story of 11-year-old Mary Lennox, who after being orphaned in India, returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his disabled son Colin. The estate’s many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies. Enjoy on-site food trucks for an entire evening of outdoor fun. 6 pm Fri. & Sat; 1 pm Sat. $20 adults, $15 kids, free for ages 2 and under. Details and tickets a outofthewoodstheatre.com.
Red Hot Chilli Pipers
WEDNESDAY 8/17 | CAMPANILE CENTER FOR THE ARTS, MINOCQUA
Yes, the name is a play on the popular rock band, but the Pipers’ sound is completely different: bagpipes with attitude. The nine-piece ensemble of bagpipers, guitarists, keyboards and drums play a fusion of traditional Celtic pipe tunes and pop rock anthems. They proudly call this infectious, feel-good music “bagrock.” This show is so hot, it has been described as needing its own health warning. Formed in Scotland in 2002, these guys play 200 shows a year, making them a global phenomenon. You’ll hear contemporary tunes such as “Clocks” by Coldplay, “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol and “We Will Rock You” by Queen. The show will also feature traditional folk songs such as “Flower of Scotland,” “Amazing Grace,” and “The Hills of Argyll” all remastered Hot Chilli style. Starts at 7 pm. $35 general admission. Details at campanilelecenter.com.
Log Jam Festival
FRI.-SUN. 8/12-14 | RIVER PARK, MOSINEE
This annual extravaganza celebrates local heritage, with lumberjack and frontier history, demonstrations, great food, local brews and impressive live music, all along the banks of the Wisconsin River. History re-enactors and the Living History Encampment create the atmosphere of life in the 1700s and 1800s. These 50+ groups demonstrate blacksmithing, paddle-making, weaving, cooking over a fire, candle-making and more. You’ll have a chance to ride a 28-foot Voyageur Canoe, a replica of the watercraft used on the Wisconsin and Fox Rivers. Free admission. More details and full schedule of events at Logjamfestival.org.
7 pm | Jerry Schmitt Band
1:30 pm | Hand-Picked Bluegrass Band
7 pm | Still Reckless
Noon | Richie Yurkovich and Polkarioty
SUNDAY 8/14 | PFIFFNER PIONEER PARK BUILDING, STEVENS POINT
If you’re a fan of the TV show Doctor Who this is the event for you. Actually, it’s for fans of anything sci-fi and fantasy. Sponsored by the North Eastern Wisconsin Friends of the Doctor, EgoCon is a science fiction, fantasy and gaming convention. A highlight will be full sized Daleks and a TARDIS on display. Listen to seminars, watch demonstrations, play games and trivia ,and more. Vendors will be available offering science fiction and fantasy books, toys, games, collectables and more. Youths must be accompanied by an adult. 10:30 am-4 pm. Free. Details at egocon.org.
SATURDAY 8/13 | DOWNTOWN WAUSAU
The premier wine and art walk returns for the first time in three years! Stroll through local downtown businesses that have been transformed into pop-up art galleries while sampling wine at each location. New this year, in collaboration with the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, internationally known artist Alyssa Monks will be jurying the art show in person. Local, regional, and national artists submitted their work this spring, and 40 pieces have been selected. Artists will be recognized with Best in Show, second and third prizes, as well as People’s Choice. Starts at 5 pm. $15 advance, $20 at the event. Details at wausauriverdistrict.org/exhibitour.
Oak Island-Skate Jam
SUNDAY 8/14 | OAK ISLAND PARK, WAUSAU
Wausau’s Oak Island Skate Park is in need of repair, so the Wausau & Marathon County Parks Department is hosting a fundraiser. All skill levels, from beginner to experts, should come on out for a day full of skate games, a skate jam with prizes, helmet giveaways, food, raffles, cornhole and more. In partnership with Central Board Shop, this is a great time to get kids who are interested in skating connected with local experts! From learning board set-up to fun ways to practice, this event is the perfect time to show the local skate community some love. 3-6 pm. Details at co.marathon.wi.us or on Facebook.