Ashland-Bayfield, May 20 -22, 2011
This weekend the highlight is the Chequamegon Birding & Nature Festival, being held at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland, Wisconsin. Not only is the center a great spot to watch migrating birds from its observation tower, they have several restored natural areas that host other species of birds. The facility also offers ample meeting and exhibit space for the event. Jo and I visit the Great Lakes Visitor Center often when we are in Ashland. The nature-hiking trail, the bookstore, museum & educational exhibits, and the view from their observation tower offer fun things to do almost any time of the year.
Birding Festival Program. In addition to tracking and watching migrating birds, the festival’s activities include field trips, workshops, guest speakers, and youth programs. Programs and activities on butterflies, bears, fish, wildflowers, cougars and the like round out the festival fulfilling the “nature” part of its title. There are several field trips scheduled to area natural attractions, such as Copper Falls, the nearby Whittlesey Creek National Wildlife Refuge, Meyers Beach National Lakeshore Trail, Big Bay State Park, and many other locations in the area.
Going on that same weekend is the tent raising for Big Top Chautauqua’s Bayfield’s most famous summer entertainment venue. Musicians, cast members, and many volunteers get together to raise the big blue and white tent for the 25th season of performances. The season opener will be June 18th. Go Here > Complete Schedule of Performances. Last weekend Bayfield kicked off its annual Bayfield in Bloom Festival at the Bayfield Pavilion live performances of two Wisconsin Public Radio shows: Larry Meiller and his “Garden Talk” show and Jean Feraca with “Here on Earth.” Over the next few weeks Bayfield’s gardens and apple trees will be blooming all over town.