Is the wine acidic? How does the body feel? Is it more aromatic or closed? How strong is the bouquet?
Such wine-tasting words, and more will be utilized at the Lodi & Lake Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce 2017 Wine Walk on Nov. 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Wine samplers from the Lodi area and from surrounding communities are invited to enjoy a stroll through downtown Lodi, while tasting red and white wines and appetizers at select chamber businesses – 20 to be exact.
According to Chamber Coordinator Taryn Latour, 275 tickets for wine-sampling sold out in as little as 40 minutes. Due to this demand, the chamber has made 100 additional tickets available online from Friday, Nov. 10 at noon to Saturday, Nov. 11 at noon, at eventbrite.com.
Each wine taster must be 21 years of age or older and will be carded upon receiving their wristband for sampling. Safe rides will be offered via Kobussen Buses or designated drivers signified by wristbands from 8:30-11:30 p.m., though businesses will only serve wine up to 9 p.m. When leaving a stop, wine glasses must be empty.
Christmas by the Creek
Latour said the true meaning of Christmas lies not in what is found under the tree, but in the love a family, neighbors or a community shares for one another.
Christmas by the Creek, an all-day shopping event on Nov. 18, will begin when Lodi businesses open for the day and conclude when they close their doors.
Community members and visitors will “join together in holiday spirit,” Latour said, as they browse for holiday finds, deals, discounts, food and more.
And some businesses will put on their own activities to showcase their brand for prospective shoppers and customers.
For instance, a breakfast with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, presented by the Lodi Rotary, will be held at the Masonic Temple on Nov. 18 and 19 from 8 a.m. to noon, though the breakfast may end at 11 a.m. on Sunday.
In addition, the Dane American Legion Hall will host a bake sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Lodi Women’s Club jewelry sale taking place the same time at the Lodi Library.
From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be a cookie walk, holiday pie sale and holiday arts and crafts sale at Reach Out Lodi, all proceeds from which will go to the Community Store.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Lodi Valley Historical Society will put on an “Old Time Toys Display,” and free Trienen Farms horse wagon rides will pick visitors up in front of the ReSale Store. Bread ETC will showcase Scandinavian treats and a bunad, a Norwegian festive outfit.
Around the holidays, as the days get shorter, colder and darker, some might wish for warmth and light.
Enter the third annual Holiday Lights Parade, which will illuminate the community of Lodi on Dec. 2 from 6 p.m. to around 7 p.m. This year’s parade theme is “Christmas around the World.”
“It’s a feel-good celebration to bring our community together,” Latour said. “It definitely draws a lot of people.”
The parade route starts on Clark Street and the corner of North Hill Street, continues down to Millston Street, then to Fair Street, ending at the Curling Club.
All parade entries must sport a banner on the passenger side of their vehicle or carry it on the right side of a walking group as they face it forward. They must also have flashlights if they are walking or lights on their float vehicles.
Participants must fill out and submit a parade application by Nov. 22, which can be found on the chamber’s website. There is no fee to enter the parade.
After the parade, there will be curling demonstrations and refreshments like hot chocolate and popcorn available at the Curling Club. Beforehand, the big tree across from the club will be lit by Santa. For $5, anyone can have a light from the tree, as long as it is in the memory or in the love of someone they hold close. Santa will also visit the Town of West Point Historical School House.
For more information about parade guidelines and how to be a part of the parade, visit the chamber’s website at lodilakewisconsin.org
This article was updated from the print edition to reflect that the wine walk will have a limited number of additional tickets available.