0 Seasonal & Holidays Here's how much Wisconsinites can expect to spend on Thanksgiving dinner amid inflation. John Quinnies , Patch Staff Posted Reply WISCONSIN — While the cost of Thanksgiving dinner across America is up nearly 20 percent this year on average, Wisconsinites can expect to largely be spared from the worst of it , according to the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation's latest survey. In Wisconsin, the price of a Thanksgiving meal is 4.3 percent more. The survey from is an informal look at the price of popular foods to feed 10 people, the WFBF said in a release, compared to the national average of 18.3 percent. For a dinner of 10 people, Wisconsinites can expect to spend around $74.54. Nationally, the same size dinner will cost just over $80, according to the WFBF release. The estimated cost is still a pretty good bargain, costing about $6.50 a person nationally. The cost increases are driven in … [Read more...] about Thanksgiving Dinner Cost: Survey Shows Price For Wisconsin Families
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0 Seasonal & Holidays Here's what you need to know to meet Santa Claus around the Milwaukee area ahead of Christmas 2022. John Quinnies , Patch Staff Posted Reply WISCONSIN — The big man Santa Claus is back in the greater Milwaukee area ahead of Christmas 2022 for kids to make their cases that they've been good over the past year. Visits and pictures with Santa are at the heart of many families’ holiday traditions, but the coronavirus pandemic gave them a lump of coal over the past couple of years. Malls and other places took social distancing measures in both 2020 and 2021 to help contain the spread of the virus, moving Santa meet-ups largely online. Virtual visits are still an option in many places, but there’s nothing quite like seeing jolly old St. Nick live and in person. Kids have several chances to see Santa around the Milwaukee area, including at some malls and other stores. Here are some spots to check: … [Read more...] about Where To See Santa Around The Greater Milwaukee Area In 2022
0 Seasonal & Holidays Here's when you should hit the road in Wisconsin for Thanksgiving 2022, and the construction you should be aware of. John Quinnies , Patch Staff Posted Reply WISCONSIN — As Wisconsinites hit the road to visit family near and far this week for Thanksgiving, they should take notice of the expected traffic surges and ongoing construction in the Badger State. Key travel corridors in the state could see heavy traffic during the week, with the busiest travel periods on Wednesday and then again on Sunday from 12-8 p.m., according to a news release from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. So, if you’re among the estimated 54.6 million Thanksgiving travelers this year, timing your travel in Wisconsin and beyond could make the trip less stressful. The auto club AAA said in its Thanksgiving travel prediction released last week that nearly 49 million Americans will travel by car during the … [Read more...] about Thanksgiving Travel 2022: When To Hit The Road In Wisconsin
If you’re lucky enough to have a wood-burning fireplace, cold weather comes with a silver lining: an excuse to build a roaring fire. “Fire becomes this really amazing focal point for a room, whether it’s traditional or modern,” said the New York-based interior designer Thom Filicia . “There’s just something poetic, sexy and inviting about gathering around a fireplace.” But before you build that first fire, make sure you’re ready. That means not just decorating the mantel — which, of course, steals attention during the holidays — but choosing the right tools and accessories to ensure that your fireplace looks good and works well. We asked Mr. Filicia and other designers for advice. Assess the Situation Not all fireplaces are attractive. In older homes, some have beaten-up mantels and damaged surrounds; in newer homes, they may not have much personality. In either case, a simple change — or a few tweaks — can give a fireplace a new look without tearing everything … [Read more...] about Is Your Fireplace Ready for Winter?
This is the season when television turns all misty and saccharine. Or not. For every viewer who finds comfort in the outpouring of heartwarming holiday specials, there is another who cannot switch the channel fast enough. Both "The Wool Cap," on TNT on Sunday, and Hallmark's "Back When We Were Grown-Ups," on CBS on Sunday, try to split the difference: the creators mute the bathos built into each story and amplify workaday dignity. Neither film is perfect, but at a time of wretched sentimental excess, both show admirable restraint. And they could not be more different. "The Wool Cap" casts William H. Macy ("Door to Door") as a mute building supervisor in a slum who befriends an abandoned child, a plot adapted from "Gigot," a 1962 movie that starred Jackie Gleason, also one of its co-authors. "Back When We Were Grown-Ups," based on an Anne Tyler novel, showcases Blythe Danner as Rebecca Davitch, a well-bred widow who finds that the selfless, nurturing life she has led is utterly … [Read more...] about Lives That Didn’t Go According to Plan
California is home to 279 state parks, which cover more than a million acres combined and stretch from 230 feet below sea level at the Salton Sea to more than 10,000 feet above at the snowy San Jacinto Peak . The state park system, the biggest in the nation, preserves impressive waterfalls and wildlife reserves , some of the world’s largest trees and the state’s most stunning flowers . Today I have some recommendations for state parks to visit in the winter, no matter what sort of vacation you’re craving. And you can now check out free vehicle day-use passes for most of California’s state parks from your local library. Happy traveling. See elephant seals Roughly 20 miles north of Santa Cruz, Año Nuevo State Park is one of the few places in North America where you can see elephant seals up close. The massive animals, each about the size of an S.U.V., can be viewed at the park year-round, but winter tends to be the busiest and most exciting season, as it’s when … [Read more...] about Five State Parks to Visit This Winter