March 2024

RAM Peeps

(Photo: Jon Bolton; Bill Reid, "Peeped Peeanos")

RAM's Annual PEEPSĀ® Art Exhibition Opens Soon

The Racine Art Museum (RAM) will present the 15th Annual International PEEPSĀ® Art Exhibition from March 21 to April 13. This untraditional exhibition showcasing art made from or inspired by colorful marshmallow PEEPSĀ® candy.


Entrants have become experts in marshmallow candy as a material over the last 15 years, using methods like carving, painting, hole punching, gluing, and melting to manipulate PeepsĀ® into incredible shapes. While the seasonal candies are the most common material, entries can take inspiration from the candy while using various other media.


Visitors throughout the run of the show will have the opportunity to vote online for their favorite creation, naming one popular artwork worthy of the coveted PEEPles Choice Award.

Get Ready to Meet the Peeps
River Bend Nature Center

Celebrate Maple Sugar Harvest with "Sugarin Off" Pancake Breakfast

River Bend Nature Center will once again host its springtime tradition of "Sugarin' Off" Pancake Breakfasts to celebrate the maple sugar harvest. Breakfasts will be held the first four Sundays in March from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.


Enjoy as many homemade pancakes as you like with 100% pure Wisconsin maple syrup and a variety of toppings along with sausage and orange juice, coffee, tea, or milk. Advanced ticket purchase encouraged.


Following breakfast, hike through the woods to observe and learn the process of maple sap collection and syrup production.

Life is Better with Pancakes
Group Photo Kathi Wilson

Local Artists Selected for Wisconsin Governor's Conference on Tourism

The Wisconsin Governor's Conference on Tourism, one of the nation's largest state tourism conferences, will kick off the 2024 conference with a multi-media experience to honor the Art of Tourism that includes music and entertainment, creative culinary delights, a hands-on group art project, and plenty of time to spin a good yarn.


Racine County artists, Caye Christensen, Kathi Wilson and Pat Levine, will be Artists-in-Residence at the conference and designed a new quilt pattern, "Sugar Robin Blues" Ā©, for the event. Conference participants will be able to celebrate the Wisconsin tourism industry by coloring this pattern during the opening reception on March 10.

Celebrate the Art of Tourism
St Patrick's Day Parade

Kick-Off Spring with Downtown Racine St. Patrick's Day Parade

The downtown Racine St. Patrickā€™s Day Parade, presented by the Downtown Racine Corporation, returns Saturday, March 16 with a spectacular parade lineup.


The parade begins at 12 p.m. on the corner of State Street and Main Street. The route will proceed south on Main Street, turn west onto Sixth Street, and end near City Hall.


After the parade, treat yourself to a delicious bite or refreshing drink from the variety of bars and restaurants offering exclusive St. Patrick's Day specials all day long. It's a feast for the senses, and everyone is invited to partake in the festivities.

Paint the Town Green
Bravo's Top Chef

Bravo's "Top Chef" in Wisconsin Premieres March 20

Season 21 of Bravo's Emmy-winning series "Top Chef" will take place in Wisconsin and premieres March 20!


The show will serve up new flavors this season when host Kristen Kish joins head judge Tom Colicchio and perennial judge Gail Simmons at the judges' table as they call Wisconsin home. Cheftestants will compete against each other in some dairy-filled challenges in Madison and Milwaukee.


Episodes will air every Wednesday at 8 p.m. on Bravo and will be available the following day on Peacock.

Get Your Knives Ready
Quad Con Comic & Toy Show

Quad Con Comes to Racine

The Quad Con Comic & Toy Show is all about coming together and enjoying different aspects of pop culture. Video games, sci-fi, role playing, comics, toys, board games, vintage magazines, posters, and more make up Quad Con.


This family-friendly event will be held April 7 at Festival Hall in Downtown Racine. Many vendors will be selling pop culture collectibles from 1900 to today.


At Quad Con, you will find treasures you thought were lost forever!

Go Pop Culture Treasure Hunting
Sketch Racine

Sketch Racine 2024

Mark your calendar for Sketch Racine on September 6-7.


On Saturday, artists will sketch alpacas and the farm at the Eco-Justice Center, and the public butterfly art, harbor and boats, city skyline, and Racine Breakwater Lighthouse in Downtown Racine. Then at East Park, a Preservation Racine docent will give a presentation and walk around of the Southside Historic District, which includes a Frank Lloyd Wright house. The day will conclude with catered Old Madrid Tapas and a sketch party.


On Sunday morning, artists will sketch the historic and peaceful DeKoven Center grounds and St. John's Chapel.

Sketch Your Way Through Racine County

Ongoing Watercolor Wisconsin 2023, Racine Art Museum

Ongoing RAM's First 20 Years: A Visual History of the Art and Architecture, Racine Art Museum

Ongoing Wright Before the 'Lloyd,' Racine Heritage Museum

Ongoing Racine: Drum and Bugle Capital of the World, Racine Heritage Museum

Through Mar 10 "Now and Then," Racine Theatre Guild

Through Mar 10 "2024 SnowdanceĀ® 10 Minute Comedy Festival," Sixth Street Theatre, Racine

Through Apr 13 Wisconsin Black Art & Culture Expo, Racine

Mar 1 Explore Waterford Gala, Waterford

Mar 1 Andrea Bell-Myers "African-American Firsts in Wisconsin 1600-2006" Book Signing, Racine Heritage Museum

Mar 2 Racine County Youth Sports Expo, Mount Pleasant

Mar 2 Kiwanis Club of West Racine Raffle Night 2024, Racine

Mar 6 & 20 Racine Chess Club Open Play, Racine Public Library

Mar 8 Winter Paint & Sip Series, Caledonia

Mar 8 Free Family Hands-On Art Activities, Racine Art Museum

Mar 8 Racine Symphony Orchestra Musical Flights, Racine

Mar 9 The Ember Lodge Spring Maker's Market, Caledonia

Mar 9 St. Paddy's Pub Crawl, Downtown Racine

Mar 10 The Ember Lodge Open House Wedding Showcase, Caledonia

Mar 14 Fox River Summit, Burlington

Mar 16 Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, Caledonia

Mar 16 St. Pat's Day 5K Run/Walk, Racine

Mar 16 St. Patrick's Day Parade, Downtown Racine

Mar 16 St. Patrick's Day Parade & Food Drive, Downtown Waterford

Mar 19 Gateway Hospitality Career Day, Elkhorn

Mar 21 Free Drop-in for Art, RAM's Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts

Mar 22 Women in Manufacturing Day, Sturtevant

Mar 24 Strike Out Big for Youth Bowling Fundraiser, Racine

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