Annual Bus Tour Heads to Baraboo in 2016
Who doesn't like a circus? The Spring Bus Tour offers an opportunity to spend a day basking in the aura and majesty of the "Greatest Show on Earth" as the destination for 2016 is Baraboo, WI.
On Thursday, June 16 the New Holstein Historical Society's bus tour will head to Wisconsin's Circus City to learn about and enjoy the two of the world's primary circus attractions. The story of the Ringling Brothers Circus of Baraboo is legendary and on full display throughout the community. The day will begin with a tour of the the historic Al Ringling Mansion. This spectacular red stone mansion was built in 1905 as the home of the legendary showman, Al Ringling. He was the eldest of the five famous Ringling brothers. The Circus was at its peak when the home was built and that will be evident when visitors view lavish original furnishings, amazing hand carved woodwork, leaded glass, ornate murals, and hand-decorated ceilings of the mansion. Displays on the mansion itself and the lives of the Ringling family are also featured at the site.
The day's lunch stop will be the Driftless Glen Cafe. The menu will offer a choice of one of the following: BURGER (steak burger with smoked cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion and includes a pasta salad); BBQ PORK PANINI (Grilled pork tenderloin sliced thin and tossed with Rivershine BBQ sauce, topped with caramelized onions and smoked cheddar cheese, and includes a pasta salad); CHOPPED SALAD (blend of chopped Bibb lettuce and hearts of Romaine tossed in Ranch dressing with candied Nueske's bacon, hearts of palm, heirloom tomato, red onion, watermelon radish, and Feta cheese. Sprinkled with cocoa nibs and Vermont maple balsamic reduction). Coffee, tea, or milk accompanies the meal.
Following lunch, the highlight of the day will be a visit to Circus World Museum and all of its wonderful circus related displays, performances, and treats. Acrobats, jugglers, circus animals, and clowns will bring the "greatest show" to life in all new Big Top Shows. New for 2016 is Tiger Adventures featuring majestic royal Bengal tigers. There will also be tours of the world's largest circus wagon collection, a carousel, the original Ringling Bros Circus buildings, demonstrations, and fascinating new exhibits.
The comfortable Nichols' Five Star Coach will be available for boarding at 7:00 AM with departure planned for 7:15 AM. Return time to New Holstein, at the end of the day, will be approximately 6:30 PM. The tour fee of $85 for NHHS members, or $90 for non-members, includes coach fare, lunch, admission to both attractions, snacks on the bus, and all gratuities. Space is limited, so please reserve a seat as soon as possible so that you do not miss this great opportunity. Checks can be mailed to: Bus Tour, New Holstein Historical Society, PO Box 144, New Holstein, WI 53061. Please note your lunch menu choice when making your reservation. Full refund will be made only if entire trip is cancelled. Partial refund is available if you need to cancel prior to June 10.