Wausau events worth checking out for the week of May 25, 2023

Woodchucks Home Opener 

Tuesday, May 30 | Athletic Park, Wausau 

Play ball! Nothing marks summer like the start of baseball season, and the Wausau Woodchucks (finally, it’s “Wausau” Woodchucks and not Wisconsin Woodchuks – way to represent the city!) are ready to take the field. The first 500 fans through the gates will get a magnetic schedule for the season, and the Chucks are offering $3 brats, sodas and domestic beers for the evening. The Chucks will be taking on those dastardly Madison Mallards, so be sure to show up and show the Chuckies some support! Gates open at 5:05 pm, first pitch at 6:05 pm. northwoodsleague.com/wausau-woodchucks

Dreaming Big: Andrea Larson recaps her Barkley experience

Wednesday, May 31 | Whitewater Music Hall, Wausau 

Andrea Larson

Andrea Larson had already accomplished a number of feats that most people would hurt just to think about: Leadville 100, winning the WausaUltra Backyard race, the Marji Gesick 100. But Larson’s latest feat had her taking on the Barkley Marathons, a race so hard that many years no one finishes at all. What’s so hard about it? The race features a grueling, unmarked course through the back hills of Tennessee, allegedly 20 miles, but in reality closer to a marathon distance. Did I mention it’s not really marked? And by the way, that’s just one lap — the full race is five laps. Just accomplishing a “fun run” means finishing three laps, and most of the field gets cut off before that even. Larson will share her journey to the Barkleys and recap her experience at Whitewater Music Hall, where you get to sit back and sip a beer. 8 pm. Whitewatermusichall.com. 

Sam Ness 

Saturday, May 27 | Intermission, Wausau

Listening to the music of singer songwriter Sam Ness, you might not know he has won multiple show choir awards. But that’s not all that’s surprising about Ness. According to his website, he rejected a number of theater scholarships to travel the world with his guitar, starting with a one-way ticket to Scottland. Ness played his way through many European countries before returning to Wisconsin, eventually winning the Madison Area Music Award’s Alternative Album of the Year in 2018. Ness has a deep, but soft voice over his acoustic guitar and his writing is like poetry. Ness, with five albums under his belt, will make his way to the Intermission this Saturday. 9:30 pm. intermissionbar.com

Two options for yoga 

Thursday, June 1 | Monk Botanical Gardens and Woodson Art Museum, Wausau

Yoga isn’t quite what it once was in Wausau — for awhile, it seemed like there were tons of yoga studios and numerous pop up events. Since the pandemic, many closed and not as many took its place (SALT being a major exception). But next Thursday yogis have a couple of options. First, Monk Botanical Gardens has a Thursday morning option, at 9:15 am. $8. Then, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum will host a yoga session in its sculpture park on the museum’s grounds at 5:30 pm. That session is free. Check out monkgardens.org and lywam.org for more info on the classes. 

Kevin Troestler and Friends

Thursday, May 25 | Sconni’s Alehouse and Eatery, Schofield 

Kevin Troestler is a definitely a country singer, but in that rockabilly style that is starting to make its way back into the genre. But it’s not just those slide guitar pedal steel bends you’ll hear with Troestler — he mixes a blues style into his music that makes it all just a little different than you’ve heard before. Troestler counts Stevie Ray Vaugh and The Allman Brothers among his influences and when you hear the music he brings, it makes sense. Troestler will be performing at Sconni’s, known for its outstanding patio and outdoor bar, along with an extensive beer selection. With the weather heating up, that sounds just right. 5-8 pm. 

Memorial Day Parade

Saturday, May 27 | downtown Wausau

Wausau Memorial Day Parade

It’s just one of those you have to see every year — Wausau’s annual Memorial Day parade starts at Trinity Lutheran Church on Stewart Avenue and makes its way to Opportunty Inc. on River Drive. And since the Wausau Farmers Market happens to be located on River Drive as well, some people make a whole morning of it. There will be a ceremony at the Opportunity Inc building including speakers such as Mayor Katie Rosenberg and Army Captain Phil Southworth. Come watch the parade and honor U.S. service men and women who have fallen in the line of duty. Starts at 10:45 am.