Magical Musings of Lake Geneva

This Saturday, Lake Geneva is having a witching and wizarding event you won’t want to miss! Magical Musings of Lake Geneva is an event for people of all ages who enjoy all things magical. Have you ever wanted to play Quiddich, find out which house your would be sorted into, or visit platform 9 ¾? Now is your chance! Magical Musings brings the worlds of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts together for a magical experience like no other!

Magical Musings has something for everyone!

  • Quiddich Lessons
  • House Sorting
  • Fortune Telling
  • Face Painting
  • Potions Classroom
  • And so much more!

Info:

When: Saturday, November 3rd

Where: Downtown Lake Geneva

Time: 10am – 5pm

For more information on The Magical Musings of Lake Geneva click here!

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Halloween Movies

What’s October without spooky Halloween movies? From family friendly to horror filled, there is a Halloween movie for every mood. Here are our top ten favorites from the last 60 years (in no specific order) to get you in the spooky spirit!

#1 Hocus Pocus (1993)

  • PG, Fantasy/Horror

#2 Beetlejuice (1988)

  • PG, Fantasy/Horror

#3 It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)

  • Unrated (family friendly)

#4 Halloween (1978)

  • R, Mystery/Slasher

#5 Ghostbusters (1984)

  • PG, Fantasy

#6 The Conjuring (2013)

  • R, Supernatural Horror Film/Mystery

#7 The Blair Witch Project (1999)

  • R, Mystery/Psychological Horror

#8 Casper (1995)

  • PG, Fantasy/Comedy-Drama

#9 Halloweentown (1998)

  • PG, Fantasy/Comedy

#10 Paranormal Activity (2007)

  • R, Thriller/Indie Film

Did your favorite Halloween movie make the list? Tell us what your favorites are in the comments below!

For more Halloween movie recommendations click here!

Don’t Miss These Fall Festivals!

Don’t miss out on these fun fall events!

8th Annual Pumpkin Drop & Fall Festival

There will be all kinds of family fun at the 8th Annual Pumpkin Drop & Fall Festival. The festival has food, live music, pumpkin painting, arbor trail access, and of course the pumpkin drop! Can you hit the bulls eye and win the pumpkin drop grand prize?

When: October 27th& 28th

Where: Lake Geneva Canopy Tours & Outdoor Adventure Center

For more information or to sign up today click here!

Beer & Spirits Festival

Trick or Treat? This year you don’t have to choose! Enjoy unlimited tastings from 35 Midwest craft breweries while you see what tricks The Ridge Hotel has up it’s sleeve. There will be a photo booth, silent auction, entertainment, and more!

When: October 27th from 1pm – 5pm

Where: The Ridge Hotel

For more information or to reserve your ticket click here!

Lake Geneva Ghost Walk Tours

Looking to start the Halloween season the right way? Spend your Friday or Saturday night at a Lake Geneva Ghost Walk! This isn’t your average spooky experience. Unlike the haunted houses and forests you’ve been to, nobody is paid to jump out and scare you. The Ghost Walks are full of local folklore, legends, and Lake Geneva history.

The Details

  • Every Friday and Saturday until Halloween
  • 1 ½ – 2 hours long
  • Only $20 per person

Every town holds its own unique ghost stories, paranormal experiences, and haunting history. Discover the spooky secrets of Lake Geneva this fall during a Lake Geneva Ghost Walk!

For more information, or to sign up today click here!

Cocktails through the Decades

Everyone has a favorite cocktail. It may be a classic like the Old Fashioned or maybe it’s one that was recently invented and hasn’t quite caught on yet. New cocktails are made every day. It has even become a trend to create your own drink for a wedding or bridal shower! Do you know when your favorite was invented? Or how it made its claim to fame? Keep scrolling to see if it was the most popular of its decade.

1900’s/10’s – Old Fashioned

People began throwing sugar and bitters into their whiskey in the 1900’s and the Old Fashioned was born. This classic was one of the first popularized cocktails and introduced an entirely new era of drinking.

1920’s – Singapore Sling

The term “sling” simply means the mix of alcohol, flavor, and water. Although the original mixture of this drink is unknown, we know it is simple and inexpensive because it was created during prohibition.

1930’s – Bloody Mary

This drink originated in a club in New York and is known as the perfect morning pick me up. It is still popular today and every restaurant or bar makes it their own with garnishes.

1940’s – Daiquiri

The Daiquiris we know and love today aren’t quite the way they were originally made. They originated during WWII when anything but rum was hard to come by. It began as a simple lime drink and slowly evolved into the fruity flavors we see today.

1950’s – Martini

Vodka based cocktails were born in the 1950’s. The most popular and arguably classic of them was the martini. Do you take yours classic or dry?

1960’s – Mai Thai

The Mai Thai was one of the most popular drinks at the time when fruity drinks made their claim to fame. In the 1950’s people started to care more about the flavor of drinks and began mixing them with fruit juices.

1970’s – Harvey Wallbanger

The 1970’s brought diversity to the liquors many places offered. What used to be gin, rum, vodka, and tequila now included more exotic flavors like Galliano, a key ingredient in the Harvey Wallbanger.

1980’s – Pina Colada

It’s no shock that the Pina Colada was the most popular cocktail of the 1980’s. It was featured in Miami Vice shortly after it made a musical debut in Escape’s “Do You Like Pina Coladas?”.

1990’s – Long Island Iced Tea

This cocktail originated in Long Island long before it was popularized in the 1990’s. The issue of balancing flavor with alcohol content was over and people began prioritizing the amount of alcohol a cocktail contained.

2000’s – Cosmopolitan

Just like the Pina Colada, the Cosmopolitan also made its claim to fame on a TV show. Manhattan’s Sex and the City began the Cosmo craze when Carrie Bradshaw made them her signature drink.

Cocktails have changed a lot since they were first invented and went through many different phases to get to where they are today. Whether you like the classics that have been around for over 100 years, or you prefer the new trends, there is a cocktail for everyone. Did your favorite make the list?

Want the recipe’s for these cocktails? Follow this link!

Bridal Trends through the Ages

Brides are told that their wedding day is “their day”. They get to plan the whole day to be absolutely perfect, including their dream wedding dress! From boho to ball gowns, there is a style out there for everyone and, like a snowflake, no two dresses are the same. No wonder tv shows like “Say Yes to the Dress” have become so popular!

But when did all the styles that we have available to us today become fashionable?

The 50s – sweetheart necklines popularized by Elizabeth Taylor

The 60s – high waisted empire lines

The 70s – diversity was in style, everything from princess gowns to pantsuits were worn

The 80s – cathedral trains, lace, and big bouquets

The 90s – minimalistic styles

The 00s – strapless gowns

The 10s – curve hugging styles like the mermaid

For more styles through the ages click here!

 

The Discover Lake Geneva Bridal Showcase is coming up fast! There will be vendors from the Lake Geneva area ready to help you plan your perfect day from food to florists! You don’t want to miss out on this incredible opportunity.

Cost: FREE

Date & Time: September 30th from 10am – 1pm

Location: Rivera Docks, Lake Geneva, WI

For more information, or to register for the event click here!

 

Music Through The Decades

In the last 100 years music has changed a lot. Musicians have been given the unique ability to completely change a culture and leave their mark on history. Influencers like Elvis, Madonna, The Beatles, and Jimi Hendrix are just a few of the names that come to mind when considering who led the transitions from one genre to the next. Here are the top songs and genres from each decade over the last 100 years.

1910’s

Top Song: Alexander’s Ragtime Band – Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan

Known For: Blues, Jazz

1920’s

Top Song: My Blue Heaven – Gene Austin

Known For: Jazz

1930’s

Top Song: Over the Rainbow – Judy Garland

Known For: Pop

1940’s

Top Song: White Christmas – Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers

Known For: Jazz

1950’s

Top Song: We’re Gonna Rock Around The Clock – Bill Haley & His Comets

Known For: Rock & Roll

1960’s

Top Song: Hey Jude – The Beatles

Known For: Hard Rock

1970’s

Top Song: Imagine – John Lennon

Known For: Disco

1980’s

Top Song: Every Breath You Take – The Police

Known For: Rock

1990’s

Top Song: I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston

Known For: Rap, R&B

2000’s

Top Song: Hey Ya! – OutKast

Known For: Hip Hop, Alternative Rock

2010’s

Top Song: Rolling In The Deep – Adele

Known For: Alternative Rock, Pop

Music has given musicians the ability to influence fashion, politics, and culture worldwide and has become a multi-billion dollar industry. With all the opportunity music has to offer we are left to wonder, who will step up to the mic and be the next major influencer?

To see more songs that made the top 10 list of their decade click here!

Local Craft Market

The Bottle Shop is a great supporter of local artists! The works of these artists are displayed on the walls of The Bottle Shop and are for sale. This Sunday, The Bottle Shop is hosting a local craft market. Crafters from the Lake Geneva area will be there showcasing their one of a kind products and crafts to the public.

The Details

  • Sunday, September 16th from 10 am to 2 pm
  • Hosted by The Bottle Shop (617 W Main St.)
  • Free and open to the public!

Stop by, support your local crafters, and enjoy a mimosa or bloody mary while you shop!

Click here for more information!

How To Make School Lunches Your Kids Will Love

Packing a delicious and healthy school lunch for your kids can be difficult when you’re in a time crunch. Here are some tips to make your kids love the lunches you pack for them!

1. Switch it up.

Eating the same meal every day isn’t fun. Try and switch up what you send with your kids. Monday can be a PB&J, Tuesday can be leftovers they enjoy, and Wednesday could be a microwavable soup or spaghetti and meatballs. This will keep your kids from getting tired of having the same meal every day.

2. Try and pack one of their favorite foods every day.

Think about some of your child’s favorite foods. What is their favorite fruit, veggie, snack, or meal? Try and include at least one item a day that they really like. This will make them look forward to eating lunch every day because they know they are getting one of their favorites!

3. Don’t forget dessert!

Packing a healthy lunch is great, but don’t forget to pack a little treat. After all, one cookie can’t be that bad can it?

Packing lunches doesn’t have to be boring, keep your kids guessing with these helpful tips. If you aren’t sure what your kids want, ask them. Their suggestions might save you some time and from an unnecessary headache. Happy packing!

Labor Day at the Lake

Go back to school with a splash! Spend your last Monday of the summer on the water at Geneva Lake!

Tips for the Lake

  1. Stay hydrated – bring a cooler with you for water to help you beat the heat!
  2. Sun Screen – don’t forget to re-apply as directed!
  3. Bring Snacks – Cut up some apples, strawberries, and throw in some grapes for the perfect fruit salad!
  4. Safety first – if you are going out on a boat don’t forget your life jackets!

For more activities to do on Geneva Lake you can visit this website!