Events Calendar

SOLD OUT! Clandestine Killings:
A Valentine’s Day Murder Mystery at Fairlawn
Tuesday, February 14 at 6 p.m. at Fairlawn Mansion
Written and produced by Gary Banker
Spend an evening wrapped up in mystery as you savor a multi-course dinner* catered by Duluth Grill.

Soup: Red Curry Sweet Potato
Salad: Mixed Greens with Parmigiano Chips
Entrée: Sweet and Sour Cherry Beef Tenderloin
(with Sautéed Asparagus and Cipollini Onions)
and Duchess Potatoes
Dessert: Red Velvet Cheese Cake

*BYOB – Bring your own white, rose or beer.
(No red wine please– we have a terrible time
removing unsightly stains from the carpets.)

Admission is $58 per person.
We are sold out!

With her husband away on business, it was the perfect time for Christine DeMoore to spend time with her lover, Damien Arnold. After all, it was Valentine’s Day – the day for lovers. No one would know; at least, that is what they thought. When the manager answered the complaint about the television volume in room 214 the last thing he expected to find was two bodies. Who would take the lives of lovers on the day set aside for them? Was it Bertram Fleece, the man with the secret? Was it Adaline Avis, the woman in love with her boss? Was it Felicity Ferris, the over-looked co-worker? Was it Brynn Evans, the jilted lover?

Fairlawn’s Garden Talks:
Co-Existing with Pests
Thursday, January 26, 6-8 p.m. at Fairlawn Mansion
Unfortunately, this talk has been canceled. But stay tuned as we work to add a new presentation!

Fairlawn’s Garden Talks:
Roses: A to Z

Margaret Anderson, Lake Superior Rose Society, ARS Consulting Rosarian, Horticulture Judge Thursday, February 9, 6-8 p.m. at Fairlawn Mansion

Have you ever thought about growing roses? Margaret is past president of the Lake Superior Rose Society. She grows 125 roses and shows them as single stems and in arrangements. Margaret will de-mystify the process of growing our National Floral Emblem, the rose. Whether tender or hardy, you’ll learn how to choose the ‘right’ rose for your site, along with how to plant, prune, water and fertilize your rosebush. Come and enjoy an evening learning about this versatile, colorful and beautiful flower.
Garden Talks include a presentation from an expert and a snack catered by “The Sweet Guys,” with a question and answer session at the end of the evening. The cost to attend a presentation is just $10. For more information or to reserve your seat, call 715-394-5712.

Fairlawn’s Garden Talks:
Growing Orchids: It Isn’t As Hard as You Think

Dr. Robert Jan Quene, Ph.D., Director of Plant Breeding at Orchids Limited, Author
Thursday, February 23, 6-8 p.m. at Fairlawn Mansion

There are so many kinds of orchids – tropical varieties for indoor growing in cold climates, and hardy orchids that one can grow even in Northern Wisconsin. Robert will show examples of many of these beautiful plants, and will cover the basics of growing orchids successfully. He has registered more than 200 new orchid hybrids, and has written many articles for orchid magazines, along with co-authoring a publication about two Phragmipedium species. This presentation will be helpful if you’ve never owned an orchid, or if you’ve grown some but want to learn more.
Garden Talks include a presentation from an expert and a snack catered by “The Sweet Guys,” with a question and answer session at the end of the evening. The cost to attend a presentation is just $10. For more information or to reserve your seat, call 715-394-5712.

Fairlawn’s Garden Talks:
Invasive Plants of the Northwoods and How to Get Involved

Dr. Mark Renz, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Extension Weed Specialist at UW-Madison
Thursday, March 9, 6-8 p.m. at Fairlawn Mansion

Join Dr. Mark Renz as he overviews the biology and control of invasive plants that are impacting the northwoods of Wisconsin. Dr. Renz will share about how to identify these species and what impacts they are having on the landscape. He will also provide insight as to new invaders that may appear in the future. Resources available to assist in identification, mapping, and managing will be highlighted. He will also discuss opportunities to help report invasive species as part of a citizen scientist network like Wisconsin’s First Detector Network.
Garden Talks include a presentation from an expert and a snack catered by “The Sweet Guys,” with a question and answer session at the end of the evening. The cost to attend a presentation is just $10. For more information or to reserve your seat, call 715-394-5712.

Fairlawn’s Garden Talks:
Aspects of Healing Horticulture

Mike Maddox, UW-Extension Horticulture Educator, ISA Certified Arborist, AHTA Certificate in Horticultural Therapy
Thursday, March 16, 6-8 p.m. at Fairlawn Mansion

Gardening is often called someone’s “personal therapy,” and science now reveals how interacting with plants benefits an individual’s emotional, physical, intellectual, and spiritual well-being. In this presentation, you’ll be introduced to the research behind horticultural therapy and see examples of it in action with a variety of populations. The program will also include garden tool tips and tricks to ensure your own ability to garden throughout life. Mike’s personal garden is a collision of posh plants alongside compost pile salvages creating a chaotic collection of lawn, woodies, perennials, vegetables, herbs, and annuals—oh, and weeds!
Garden Talks include a presentation from an expert and a snack catered by “The Sweet Guys,” with a question and answer session at the end of the evening. The cost to attend a presentation is just $10. For more information or to reserve your seat, call 715-394-5712.

Fairlawn’s Garden Talks:
Beyond Pollinators, Other Beneficial Insects in the Landscape

Patrick (PJ) Liesch, Director of the UW-Madison Insect Diagnostic Lab, UW-Extension Entomologist
Thursday, April 6, 6-8 p.m. at Fairlawn Mansion

Pollinating insects are important beneficial creatures in the landscape. However, it’s easy to overlook the many other beneficial insects around us, including the predators and parasites providing biological control, and the detritivores helping break down animal and plant materials. Come take a closer look at the many “other” beneficial insects that help humans. PJ has been involved with insect-related research, outreach and Extension since 2005. He is an avid insect collector and has an inordinate fondness for beetles.
Garden Talks include a presentation from an expert and a snack catered by “The Sweet Guys,” with a question and answer session at the end of the evening. The cost to attend a presentation is just $10. For more information or to reserve your seat, call 715-394-5712.

SS Meteor Work Weekend
Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day

Join a hearty group of volunteers from around the Midwest for this annual clean-up of the historic whaleback ship. Bring your painting clothes! Pre-registration is recommended. Lunch is provided both Saturday and Sunday. Call 715-394-5712 for more information.