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

    • Thursday, September 01, 2016
    • 3:00 PM
    • Monday, September 05, 2016
    • 3:00 PM
    • 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:
    • Saturday, September 10, 2016
    • 7:30 PM
    • Kettle Moraine State Forest - Lapham Peak Unit W 329 N 846 Delafield, WI 53018
    Plan to join other Nordics for an evening under the stars to watch the well-known Neil Simon comedy "The Odd Couple" at the Summer Stage at Lapham Peak at 7:30 on Friday, September 9.  This is the last play in their Broadway series for the season.

    Tickets are $20 ($18 for seniors 60 & over) and can be purchased by phone (262-337-1560), in person at the box office in Delafield 11-3 Wed-Sat, on their website ( or the night of the performance (they will be open at 6:30). You will need a state park sticker or pay just $5 that evening for the event to park at Evergreen shelter area.  If you decide to come early to hike or bike then it's $7 for a day pass. You could even ride your bike out to the theater.

    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.  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, September 9, if you have questions and to let me know you are coming. We can try to "stake out" an area with our chairs to eat and party together.
    • Friday, September 16, 2016
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Celtic MKE, 1532 Wauwatosa Ave, Wauwatosa, WI
    Welcome Back!

    Hope everyone has had a lovely summer and is looking forward to (dare I say it?) Skiing! Okay, the weather is still a bit warm but let's gather, reconnect and have some fun.

    Cathy Ward has invited us to meet at Celtic MKE in Wauwatosa. This is the new home of the Irish Heritage Center.

    There are tons of options for bike rides or a hike before the meeting. And yes, we will have Ice Cream with all the fixin's.

    Friday, September 16

    6pm -  Meet in parking lot for hiking/biking
    7:30 - Short Meeting & Ice Cream Social

    Location - Celtic MKE, 1532 Wauwatosa Ave, Wauwatosa, WI. Just a few blocks south of North Avenue on the east side of the street. Wauwatosa Ave is also 76th St.

    See you there!!!

    • Saturday, September 17, 2016
    • 11:00 AM
    • N9084 County Road H, Walworth, WI 53190
    Join other Nordics for a scenic hike on the rolling hills of the Nordic Trails in the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest. The hike will begin at 11:00 am at the trailhead and will be about 9 miles, although a shorter distance can be chosen. After the hike we will head to the La Grange general store for refreshments.

    To get to the trails, take I-43 southwest to Hwy 20 (East Troy) and go west on Hwy 20 to Hwy 12. Go west on Hwy 12 to County H (La Grange), then head north on County H several miles to the parking lot on the east (right) side of the road. Those people who live in Milwaukee may wish to carpool from the south lot of the Watertown Plank Rd Park & Ride. Plan to leave the Park & Ride by 10:00 am. Call Mike Craig at 414-552- 5011 if you have any questions or to let him know you are coming.
    • Sunday, September 18, 2016
    • 7:00 AM
    • Waukesha Expo Center, 1000 Northview Rd, Waukesha, WI 53188
    25th Annual Pedal The Kettle bicycle tour sponsored by the Spring City Spinners. There are three distance options - 35, 67, and 100 mile routes. All rides start at the Waukesha Expo Center Arena Building (the building with the dome roof), 1000 Northview Rd, Waukesha, WI. Exit on Hwy. J off I-94, then South on Hwy J (Pewaukee Rd), then West on Cty Rd FT (Northview Road) for ~0.8 miles, the Expo Center will be on the Right (North side) of Northview Rd. Parking is available in the Expo grounds. The registration and post ride meal will be in the Waukesha Expo Center Arena. Sorry, no shower facilities available this year.

    The Kettle is a fully supported bicycle tour exploring the back roads of scenic Waukesha and Jefferson Counties. Routes will be clearly marked and there will be cue sheets and maps provided. Sag wagons will be available to provide emergency and mechanical assistance. Rest stops will be well stocked with water, Gatorade and an assortment of snacks, cookies, fruit, etc. After the ride a delicious meal will be served, back at the Expo Center where you picked up your packet/registered. BICYCLE HELMETS ARE MANDATORY.

    Adult Registration Fee is $30 through August 31, or $35 after August 1. More information can be found at Look for Nordics on the route!

    Any questions? Contact Paul Keber at 262-547-4827 or email at
    • Saturday, September 24, 2016
    • 8:15 AM
    • Park & Ride Lot, Holz Pkwy, Mukwonago, WI 53149 (off I-43 south and WI-83)
    Enjoy a guided nature hike into Vernon Marsh.

    Save the Date…The Friends of Vernon Marsh is organizing a guided nature hike into Vernon Marsh on Saturday, September 24. 8:30am to 10:30am. Feel free to check out the Friends of Vernon Marsh home page website at

    We will meet at the Holtz Pkwy park and ride lot in Mukwonago off I-43/WIS 83). We will leave the park & ride at 8:15am and travel to the trail head (a short distance away).

    Please call or text Barb Tremel @ 262-894-4700, to let her know you are coming or if you have any questions.
    • Sunday, September 25, 2016
    • 1:00 PM
    • Nashotah Park, W330 N5113 County Road C, Nashotah, WI 53058
    Join fellow Nordics for a Sunday afternoon hike at Nashotah Park on September 25th, 1pm. The Gullen family donated the land in 1972 to ensure that this area would be a home for native plant preservation and recreation. We will hike the 3.5 mile Green Trail. 1.5 hrs estimate. The Green Trail is rated intermediate (skiing and hiking) and includes both woods and prairies, hills and flat stretches.

    Meet at the shelter/restrooms of Picnic Area 2. There is a $4 vehicle entrance fee, if you don't have an annual Waukesha County Park System sticker.

    Park Entrance: ½ mile north of U.S. Hwy 16 on State Highway C

    Afterwards we will plan for food and beverage at nearby Picnic Basket Restaurant in Nashotah. If you have questions, email Dennis Drake at or call 414-481-0967
    • 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
    • Friday, December 30, 2016
    • 8:00 AM
    • Monday, January 02, 2017
    • 9:00 PM
    • Houghton, MI

    Detailed information will be posted in late September.

    • Friday, January 20, 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • Sunday, January 22, 2017
    • 9:00 PM
    • Ironwood, MI

    Detailed information will be posted in late September.

    • Friday, February 10, 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • Sunday, February 12, 2017
    • 9:00 PM
    • Minocqua, WI

    Detailed information will be posted in late September.

    • Friday, March 03, 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • Sunday, March 05, 2017
    • 9:00 PM
    • Munising, MI

    Detailed information will be posted in late September.

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