Nordic Ski Club
of Milwaukee


Our current 4 month calendar: July thru October, 2016 Calendar of Events

The Nordic Ski Club of Milwaukee welcomes newcomers and prospective members to any of our events.

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The Nordic Ski Club will occasionally list events sponsored by other organizations. The Club and these other organizations are separate and distinct. The Club provides information without compensation about other events solely as a service to members or guests who may be interested in such outings. The Club has no control or voice in managing these events.  Members and guests should exercise their own judgment and participate in these events cautiously and at their own risk.

Upcoming events

    • Friday, July 29, 2016
    • 6:00 PM
    • 235 Bank St, Waukesha, wi
    Join your NSCM friends at Pewaukee's Taste of Lake Country that is celebrating its 20th anniversary with exceptional cuisine, great music, artwork and shopping, and for this year only, a Champagne and Wine Bar!

    The Pewaukee Area Arts Council is also hosting their Waterfront Art Festival in conjunction with Taste of Lake Country. Check it out at

    We will meet on the beach on Friday, July 29 at 6pm. Watch for a mylar balloon with identifying NSCM. Bring your chairs and enjoy a night of food, music, art and fellowship. Any questions, call Cathy Ward at 262 227-4551.
    • Saturday, July 30, 2016
    • 10:00 AM
    • County Road O, Ixonia, WI
    Join the Glacier State Paddlers for a fun day trip along a scenic section of the upper Rock River from Cty Road O to Kanow Park. Meet at 10:00 am at the Rock River on Cty O. Take the Hwy 67 bypass almost 10 miles north of Oconomowoc and turn left on Cty O in Old Ashippun. The Rock River is about 1 1/2 miles west of Hwy 67.

    The canoe trip will end at Kanow Park for a distance of 11 miles. This trip is suitable for beginners. Please bring a bag lunch, beverage, and gloves to protect your hands.

    Call Mike Craig, GSP trip leader and Nordic member, at 414-552-5011 to reserve a spot on the trip and to get trip details. Identify yourself as a Nordic Ski Club member. Canoe rental cost is a maximum of $6.00 per person. Money should be paid directly to Mike. There is no fee if you have your own canoe or kayak.
    • Wednesday, August 10, 2016
    • 6:30 PM
    • El Canaveral , 2501 W. Greenfield Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53204
    Exploring Cuisines' next destination is El Canaveral located at 2501 W. Greenfield Ave. It has been described as a casual, friendly dining establishment offering an attentive staff and a diverse menu. Some of the selections are Shrimp Soup ($13.95), traditional favorites like Burritos Mojados; Verde y Colorado ($7.95) and specialties like Costillas de Res en Salsa Verde ($9.95). El Canaveral does have a patio, so with some cooperative weather, we might be able to eat outside. We will meet at the restaurant at 6:30. This sounds like quite a find of a restaurant. If you would like to join us call Cindy at 414-336- 8695.
    • Friday, August 12, 2016
    • 6:30 PM
    • Kettle Moraine State Forest - Lapham Peak Unit W 329 N 846 Delafield, WI 53018

    The Who and Rolling Stones coming to Summer Stage at Lapham Peak!

    Now that I have your attention, have you thought about checking out summer activities at Lapham Peak, with the manmade snow only a memory until next ski season? Consider joining other Nordics at the Summer Stage to see a performance of two British rock tribute bands starting at 6:30 on August 12. "Shattered" is a Rolling Stones tribute band and "Substitute" plays music from The Who. It's a baby boomer's dream, so come and join the fun. Spontaneous dancing has been known to occur as well as singing along to well-known lyrics.

    Tickets are $15 ($13 for seniors 60 & over) and can be purchased by phone (262-337-1560); in person at the box office (650 Milwaukee St, Delafield from 11-3 Wed-Sat); on their website (; or the night of the performance. You will need a state park sticker or pay just $5 that evening for the event to park at Evergreen shelter area.

    If you would like to come early to hike or bike, the cost is $7 for a day pass. You could even ride your bike out to the theater. This is expected to be a very popular event, so either buy your tickets in advance or come early to avoid long lines (they open at 5:30).

    The theater is in a natural amphitheater area with lawn seating, so bring your lawn chairs (or rent them for $2) and stake out your place while we eat. Beer, wine, popcorn, and snacks are available for purchase and you can carry in whatever food and beverage you choose. There may also be a food truck that evening selling burgers and sandwiches. No pets are allowed.

    The area is sprayed for mosquitoes but bug spray is a handy option as well as a light jacket for later in the evening. Most people walk from the parking area to the Summer Stage (so don't bring too much stuff), but a golf cart does offer shuttle service if needed.

    The performances are held rain or shine, but will be cancelled for electrical storms. If the weather is "iffy" that day you can call their number for an update; otherwise, "the show must go on."

    Please call Joanne Ziarek @ 262-821-2064 by noon on Friday, August 12, if you have questions or to let me know you are coming. We can try to "stake out" an area with our chairs to eat and party together.
    • Sunday, August 14, 2016
    • 10:00 AM
    • Eagle Springs Pub, W345 S10463 County Rd E, Mukwonago, WI 53149
    Join the Glacier State Paddlers on Sunday, August 14 for an easy, social canoe trip. This trip will start and end at the Eagle Springs Pub on Eagle Spring Lake, so no car shuttling will be needed. The canoe trip will begin at 10:00 AM and will cross Eagle Spring Lake, traverse a marshy channel, and enter Lulu Lake. We will take a lunch break on a nice sandy beach, so please bring along a bag lunch and beverage and wear your swimming suit for a dip in the lake.

    After a nice break, we will return to our starting point where you can get refreshments at the pub. Eagle Spring Lake is on County E southeast of Eagle, WI. From I-43, take the Hwy 83 Mukwonago exit and follow it thru town a little over 1 mile to County LO. Turn left on LO and go about 5 mi to County E. Turn left and go a short distance to Eagle Springs Pub.

    Call GSP trip leaders Maureen Quinn at 414-324-7261 or Marge Brewer at 414-873-4565 to reserve a spot on the trip, or for more information. Please hurry if you need to rent a canoe since this is a popular trip. Identify yourself as a Nordic Ski Club member. Canoe rental cost is a maximum of $6.00 per person. Money should be paid directly to Marge. There is no fee if you have your own canoe or kayak.
    • Wednesday, August 17, 2016
    • 6:00 PM
    • 1515–1555 Rivercenter Dr, Milwaukee WI
    What better way to enjoy a late summer evening than a twilight paddle on the Milwaukee River with dinner at the Milwaukee Ale House? Join other Nordics and GSP members Wednesday evening on August 17 starting at 6:00 pm.

    We’ll paddle the Milwaukee River from the Schlitz Office Park to downtown Milwaukee where we will dine at the Milwaukee Ale House. After dinner we will return to our starting point. Please bring a light for your canoe since it will be dark on the return trip.

    Contact GSP trip leader Debbie Luetzow at 414-333-0064 to let her know you are attending and to get trip details (where to meet, etc.). Identify yourself as a Nordic Ski Club member. Please contact Bill Ross at 414-332-1889 or if you wish to rent a canoe. Canoe rental cost is a maximum of $2.00 per person for this trip. Money should be paid directly to Bill. There is no fee if you have your own canoe or kayak.
    • Friday, August 26, 2016
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Steaming Cup, 340 W Main, Waukesha
    Meet your NSCM friends at The Steaming Cup, 340 W Main Street, Waukesha (on the corner of Main & Clinton). Join Kayleen at 5:30 for a bite to eat at The Steaming Cup or across the street at People's Park. At 6:30 we will venture out to explore the streets of Historic Downtown Waukesha, including 10 stages of live music and a variety of restaurants and unique shops.

    The music plays until 9:00pm. For more info, check:

    Call or e-mail event leader Kayleen Kauffman @ (home) 262-549-2389 or Use (cell) 262-501-9280 on event day.
    • Saturday, August 27, 2016
    • 11:30 AM
    • Hwy Q , Monches, WI

    Join the Glacier State Paddlers on Saturday, August 27 for an easy, social canoe trip. This trip will start and end on Hwy Q at the bridge over the Oconomowoc River just east of the town of Monches, so no car shuttling will be needed. The canoe trip will begin at 11:30 am and will follow the Oconomowoc River for several miles until it reaches Lowes Lake, part of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. 

    After a nice swimming break, we will return to our starting point followed by an optional barbeque dinner at the home of Lynn and Diane Pagenkop after 3 pm. Please bring your meat to grill and alcoholic beverages, plus a dish to pass. A swimming pool is available. Contact Diane Pagenkop at 414-540-1161 or to RSVP for the picnic. Contact GSP and NSCM trip leader Mike Craig at 414-552-5011 or to reserve a spot on the trip for the paddle and for more information. Bring something to drink and snacks for the canoe trip. Identify yourself as a Nordic Ski Club member. Canoe rental cost will probably be $6.00 per person. Money should be paid directly to Mike. There is no fee if you have your own canoe or kayak.

    • Sunday, August 28, 2016
    • 7:00 AM
    • Waterford Union High School 100 Field Dr, Waterford, WI 53185
    This is the 33rd Anniversary CCCC Century Ride, with terrific routes like last year's, but with an updated 100 mile route. There are four distance options - 32, 53, 68, and 100 mile routes beginning and ending at Waterford Union High School. Many quiet country roads, with some rolling hills. Shady lanes. Dairy air!

    Full-service rest stop at every 16-25 miles on all routes. Four rest stops on the 100 mile route. Great food, Home-baked goods. Full sag support. Post-ride showers, pasta dinner, ice cream, and beverages at Waterford Union High School.

    Adult Registration Fee is $30 through August 20, or $35 after August 20. Go to the CCCC website at for more information or sign-up on Look for Nordics on the route!

    Any questions? Contact Paul Keber at 262-547- 4827 or email at
    • Thursday, September 01, 2016
    • Monday, September 05, 2016
    • Hartman Creek State Park, N2480 Hartman Creek Rd, Waupaca, WI 54981
    Join us for a 5-day camping trip over Labor Day weekend at Hartman Creek State Park. Hartman Creek State Park is about 6 miles west of Waupaca and less than a 2-hour drive from Milwaukee. You can arrive on any of the 5 days and stay as many days as you wish. Enjoy great hiking on either the park trails or 1 ½ miles of the newly rerouted Ice Age Trail through the park. The park also has separate mountain bike trails, a beach on a park lake, and the Chain of Lakes for paddling.

    The surrounding area has beautiful country roads for road biking. There are also dining opportunities in Waupaca. We’ll be in group campsite 2 in the park, with access to shower facilities in the family campground. Campfires will be held nightly, but do not bring firewood from home. Our traditional group potluck dinner will take place on Saturday night, so bring your favorite dish to pass.

    The trip cost for the entire weekend is only $14 (non-members $15.50). Please make checks payable to NSCM and mail to Paul Keber; 2000 Cobblestone Ct; Waukesha, WI 53188. Also include your email address where I can send a trip letter shortly before the trip. Only 30 spots are available, so don’t delay! A Wisconsin State Park admission sticker is required for your vehicle (annual $28, daily $8).

    Contact Paul at 262-547-4827 or for more information. Check out the following links for more park information:
    • Friday, September 16, 2016
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • New Berlin Community Center, 14750 West Cleveland Ave, New Berlin
    Save the date!
    • Saturday, October 01, 2016
    • 5:00 PM
    • Bavarian Bierhaus, 700 W Lexington Blvd, Glendale, WI 53217
    Wilkommen und Prost! Join your Nordic Ski Club friends on Saturday, October 1, 2016 5 pm at the Bavarian Bierhaus, 700 Lexington Blvd., Glendale, to celebrate Octoberfest. Admission is $5.00 at the door. Tickets can be purchased for $4.00 in advance by calling 414-236-7000.

    Join us as we celebrate the oldest and most authentic Bavarian Oktoberfest in the Midwest right here in Glendale, Wisconsin. Oktoberfest is modeled just like the one held in Munich, Germany. Continuous entertainment includes traditional German brass bands, Schuhplatter folk dancing, singing, yodeling, sing-alongs and dancing for everyone.

    Delicious and authentic German food is available at Oktoberfest. Dinners of broiled chicken, Oktoberfest bratwurst or spanferkel (young pig spit roasted over an open pit), include potato salad, coleslaw and bread. Rollbraten (sliced pork roast on a Kaiser roll), hot dogs, pretzels and sweet roasted almonds are available. Desserts include fruit strudel, tortes and assorted homemade cakes. Get in line early for your Bienenstich or "Bee sting” cake. Of course there's plenty of beer on tap - imported and domestic - as well as other drinks. There are traditional German imported gifts and souvenirs sold at the park as well. The main festivities take place in the Bavarian Fest Garten - an Alpine style pavilion equipped with weather curtains on the open sides.

    Check it out at Click on the Octoberfest link in the upper right corner for details, pictures, etc. Two tables have been reserved for us in the covered Octoberfest pavilion, so we can enjoy the festivities regardless of the weather. We must occupy the tables by 6 pm. For those who plan to attend, please e-mail Cathy Ward at by Sept. 14 so a count of the number attending is obtained. One table will be cancelled if necessary after that date.

    • Friday, October 21, 2016
    • 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Greenfield Park Pavilion, 2028 S. 124th St., Milwaukee, WI 53227

    Annual Ski Trip Sign Up

    Includes a special music program featuring our talented members!
    • Friday, November 18, 2016
    • TBD
    45th-anniversary celebration for the club

    Save the date
    • Saturday, December 17, 2016
    • To be determined

    Save the date for this popular Nordic Ski Club Holiday Party

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