What’s Happening this Week!






Here is a list of activities that are happening this week in the Chequamegon Bay Area:

Area Activities:

Now – February 26: 

  • Annual BMO Harris Bank Art Exhibition is held at the bank from March 5-18, at 100 E. Main. Exhibition coordinators are now calling for artists. Artists’ reception will be March 18. For more information on applications click here or call 715-682-3422.

Now -24:

  • American Birkebeiner, on the 107-kilometer Birkie Trail from Cable to Hayward, for skaters, and 55K for classic skiers. North America’s largest cross-country ski marathon. For more information, call 800-872-2753 or visit www.birkie.com.
  • “Damn Yankees” performance at the Ashland High School, 1900 Beaser Ave, Ashland. February 22-24 at 7pm and February 24 again at 2pm. $5 per ticket (available at the door). For more information, call 715-682-7089.

February 23:

  • Live Music from Nick Parent at Freehand Lakeside at 6pm. For more information call 715-685-2583.

February 23-24:

  • Annual Father-Daughter Dinner Dance.  Calling all fathers and daughters, young and old! Hosted by the Lake Superior Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, from 6-9:30pm at the AmericInn Conference Center in Ashland. Tickets are $25.  Tickets will be on sale February 1 at the Lake Superior Elementary School 4:30-6pm.  For more information, call Tricia Lund at 715-682-7085.

February 24:

  • Claus Kraetke Memorial Ice Fishing Jamboree at Donner’s Bay Resort on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage, 2974 Hiawatha Rd., Butternut, from 7am-4pm. For more information, call 715-476-2555.
  • Mellen Rod and Gun Club Fishing Contest on Lake Galilee, from 8am-3pm. Prize drawings are from 12:00 to 3:00.  Sponsored by Mellen Rod & Gun Club. For more information, call 715-274-2136.
  • Making Wine & Fruit Vinegars at the Chequamegon Food Co-op from 10am-12pm. Cost: $20/$15 owner. Registration deadline: February 22. Hands On- Get a quick intro to the different types of vinegars, how they are made, and their different characteristics. You’ll learn an easy to follow procedure for culturing homemade and healthful vinegars and go home with a bacterial “mother” to make your own at home.  For more information call 715-682-8251.
  • WI Pollinator Protection Planning- Best Mngmt Practices in Beekeeing at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center from 10am-12pm. Brought by Northern District Of the Wisconsin Honey Producers. Presenting: Dan Ziehli from Wisconsin Department of Ag. For more information call 715-685-9983 or visit www.nglvc.org.
  • Saturday Fat Bike Adventure Safari Rides at 11am. NCCA sponsored weekly rides. Meeting locations will be announced via Facebook and email.  Bikes with 3.5″ tires or wider are highly recommended. No registration. Everyone welcome. Riders are asked to submit their email or contact information to John Murphy at murph007swat@gmail.com or call 715-209-8169 to receive weekly updates.
  • Ashland Ice Racing – Come on out for our King Of The Bay special event starting at 11am. First place in points is guaranteed $500 to win with a first place feature finish bonus! It’s a one day race that’s bound to be full of entertainment for all. Oh and don’t forget those ladies as we are having a powder puff race and the winner takes the trophy! We will be racing our normal Sunday on the 25th as well so drivers are more than welcome to grab a hotel and join us on Sunday. Ashland Ice Racing.
  • Sessions from the Martin Hanson theatre with “Chance” and Marlin Ledin at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center from 2-4pm. Ed Willett and Cheryl Leah of “Chance” present: “Sessions from the Martin Hanson”. This concert series now in it’s third season continues to feature Chance in collaboration with many of the areas gifted songwriters and on February 24th their featured guest will be the singer and songwriter Marlin Ledin . Marlin is a songwriter I had the pleasure of working with this last summer making a film to support launch his new E.P. His songs evoke a fresh idealism but with an added contextual layer of being a young adult in a struggling world. As Marlin puts it “he’s trying to find the crossroads where people, the wilderness,and music greet one another”, it’s hard to imagine a more appropriate sentiment for a guest in our series. – Ed Willett. Tickets at the door. For more information visit www.nglvc.org.
  • Neighborly Bar 2017 Ice Fishing Tourney. Cash prizes for 7 categories, including lake trout, walleye, northern, perch, and other trout and salmon. Along with crowning of “King of the Bay” to whoever catches the largest fish. Entry fee includes contest, food, and prizes. All Wisconsin rules apply.  All fish must be registered by 4:45pm on February 24. Event features Raffles – Music – Food.  Drink Specials.. For more information, call the Neighborly at 715-682-9908.
  • Youth Night at Mt Ashwabay (grades 6-12), 4-9pm.  715-779-3227.
  • White Winter Winery 7th Annual Cellar Jazz Concert.  A benefit for the Essentia Health Breast Cancer Primary Prevention and Early Intervention Program enjoy an evening of jazz music performed by acclaimed Chicago band, Serendipity at the White Winter Winery, 68323A Lea Street, Iron River, 6-9pm. Enter a Speakeasy themed concert hall including gaming and prizes, White Winter Wines, cider and spirits and light refreshments.   Tickets $40 single; $70 couple. Purchase tickets online at www.whitewinter.com or by calling 715-372-5656.

February 24-25:

February 25:

  • Mt. Ashwabay 16th Annual King & Queen of the Mountain, 32525 Ski Hill Road, Bayfield, from 9am-4:30pm. For more information, call 715-779-3227  or www.mtashwabay.com.
  • Ice Racing on Chequamegon Bay Sundays at 11am, conditions permitting.
  • Winterfest 2018 at Northern Pines Gold Course & Event Center from 12-4pm! Free family fun games, 50/50 raffle, free snowshoeing, free sledding, free face painting & cookie decorating, and meet retired & rescued sled dogs!! Food will be available for purchase.
  • NASTAR Ski Racing at Mt Ashwabay. 1-4pm  715-779-3227.
  • Ashland High School Pops Concert in the High School gym at 1:30pm. For more information call 715-682-7089.
  • Ice Cave Programs at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center from 2-3pm. Retired teacher, Tom Gerstenberger will be providing a slideshow of the ice caves that have been drawing huge audiences in the past years when they have been accessible. For more information visit www.nglvc.org.

February 27:

  • Wisconsin Technology Council holds a meeting at WITC– Ashland Campus. Hear about progress and challenges in building a stronger infrastructure for broadband in Northern Wisconsin at the meeting of the Tech Council Innovation Network in Ashland.  This Tech Council Innovation Network event is in partnership with the Ashland Area Development Corp. and the Bayfield County Economic Development Corp.  The event will be at the WITC Ashland campus, 2100 Beaser Ave., conference rooms 306-307. Angie Dickison, Wisconsin state broadband director, will outline emerging broadband strategies across northern Wisconsin. Tom Still of WITC will moderate as panelists discuss examples of progress and their hopes for the future. Panelists are: Jason Douglas, CEO, Memorial Medical Center., Jeff Lee, director of operations, Norvado, and Chuck Porter, managing partner/owner, Superior Sauna & Steam.  Networking and hors d’oeuvres start at 5 p.m., the presentation at 6 p.m. The cost is $10.  Register at   http://www.cvent.com/d/9tqwwr/4W.
  • Bagel Basics at Chequamegon Food Co-op from 5:30-7:30pm. Cost: $20/$15 owner. Registration deadline: Feb. 23. Hands On- Soft, chewy bagels from scratch can be yours. You’ll learn how a little bit on flour, yeast, water, salt, and sweetener can be turned into a delicious dough. Plus, try your hand poaching, shaping, and baking. For more information call 715-682-8251.
  • Our Lady of the Lake BINGO at 7pm in the Social Hall.  Progressive Blackout!  Everyone is invited.

February 28:

  • Chamber Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening at Wilson Physical Therapy, SC,.  The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce would like to encourage Ambassadors, Chamber Members and Guests to attend the Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening, of the new Pelvic Health and Pediatric Specialties to “Wilson Physical Therapy”, 400 3rd Ave West, (Depot Building),  at 5pm. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served during the ribbon cutting. For more information call the Ashland Chamber at 715-682-2500.
  • Mt Ashwabay Womens Cross Country Ski Group 5:30-7:30pm.  715-779-3227
  • Open Skating at the Bay Area Civic Center 7-9pm.  715-682-2221.
  • Aqua Zumba Pool Party! At the Bayfield Recreation Center with Linda Warren. $10 per date 6-7pm. Instead of scheduling a series of Aqua Zumba this winter, we are offering stand-alone pool party dates. Beat the winter blahs with a little Zumba and follow up with some time in the hot tub! No need to preregister. For more information call 715-779-5408.
  • Ashland’s Parks Help Make it a Bird City at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center from 7-9pm. Presented by Sara Hudson City of Ashland Park and Recreation Director. Sponsored by Chequamegon Audubon Society, Friends of the North Pikes Creek Wetlands. For more information visit www.nglvc.org.

March 1:

  • Kinder Kritters Zoo Mobile at Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center from 11-11:45am. For more information call 715-685-9983 or visit www.nglvc.org.
  • Renewable Energy Workshop Series- Geothermal at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center from 6:30-8pm. Doors open at 6pm. Using latent heat in the ground is a simple way to reducing heating and cooling costs. For more information, please visit https://bayfield.uwex.edu/2017/11/09/renewable-energy-workshop-series/.

March 2:

  • Ashland Parks and Recreation’s Annual LEGO Contest. Drop off your awesome LEGO creation at Moore’s Army Navy,  505 Main St W, Ashland. Drop off on Thursday, March 1 from 3:30-5pm. Judging on Friday, March 2 at 4pm. Contest is open to children ages 3-13. For more information, call 715-682-7059.

March 2-3:

  •  World Telemark Day at Mt. Ashwabay. On Friday there will be night skiing from 4:30-9pm and the fundraising party from 7-11pm. On Saturday there will be free lessons at 10:30pm, pinhead party, human slalom, Chinese gear & gift raffle and more!

March 2-4:

  • Bayfield Winter Festival – Celebrating Snow, Ice & Cabin Fever! Join Bayfield for a wild weekend of winter fun, with a variety of exciting and crazy activities to celebrate the end of winter. Hit the slopes at Mt. Ashwabay, shop and wat in charming downtown Bayfield, take the plunge into icy water or bike ride on it, and more! For more information, call 715-779-5408.

March 3:

  • Wisconsin Loyalists, Explorers, and Discoverers Embrace Potatoes, Slumgullion, and Sassy Salmon at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center from 11am-2:30pm. Three newly released books that all worked closely with the Wisconsin Historical Society Press will be featured at a reading event. 11:00-11:45am Life in a Northern Town: Cooking, Eating and Other Adventures Along Lake Superior, Mary Dougherty. 12-12:45 Break for snacks and mingling. 12:45-1:30 The Great War Comes To Wisconsin, Rick Pifer. 1:45-2:30 Border Country: The Northwoods Canoe Journals of Howard Greene, Martha Phillips. For more information visit www.nglvc.org.
  • Saturday Fat Bike Adventure Safari Rides at 11am. NCCA sponsored weekly rides. Meeting locations will be announced via Facebook and email.  Bikes with 3.5″ tires or wider are highly recommended. No registration. Everyone welcome. Riders are asked to submit their email or contact information to John Murphy at murph007swat@gmail.com or call 715-209-8169 to receive weekly updates.
  • Polar Plunge at the Bayfield Lakeside Pavilion from 2-4pm. Take the plunge or come to watch! For more information visit
  • Youth Night and Winter Flash at Mt. Ashwabay from 4-9pm. $10 for lift ticket and rental for youth (under 18) from 4-9pm. Fireworks at dark! Lift runs from 9:30am-9pm. For more information visit www.mtashwabay.org.
  • Swing into Spring at the Bayfield Lakeside Pavilion from 7-11pm. Celebrate the sesonal transition into spring by seinging, shaking, and shimmying to “Room 2 Groove’s” eclectic mix of funk, Latin, Afrobeat, Hip Hop, Rock, and Soul. Advanced tickets are $8 and tickets at the door are $10.
  • Ashland Chamber Music Society presents “Ensemble Nouveau” at 7:30pm, at the Presbyterian-Congregational Church. For more information visit www.ashlandchambermusic.org.

March 3-4:

  • Ashland Youth Hockey Association “Half Ice Mite and Mini Mite” jamboree, at the Bay Area Civic Center, 320 W. 4th St. Times will vary due to the amount of teams registered. Please visit the website for updates on estimated times. Mini Mites Cross Ice Jamboree Free! Medals to all who participate. For more information and to register at www.ashlandhockey.org, email calybeal@yahoo.com.
  • ICE-O-RAMA – Contestants can fish anywhere in the Chequamegon Bay. Begins Saturday at 5am, ends Sunday at 12pm. All fish must be registered by 12pm on Sunday. No frozen fish registered. $10 entry fee. 1st place: $2,500, 2nd place: $1,000, 3rd place: $250, 4th place: $200, 5th place: $100. Additional cash prizes for 2nd and 3rd place. Tickets are available at River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, Neighborly Bar, Anglers All, Bay Area Pawn, NWRGC Members  & The Safari. For more information, call 715-682-4683.

March 3-28:

  • Washburn Cultural Center, 1 E. Bayfield St., Washburn, presents CBAC Spring Art Show: Metamorphosis from 10am-3pm. For more information, call 715-373-5591.

March 4:

  • 4th Annual Red Cliff Volunteer Fire Department Pancake Breakfast at Legendary Waters Resort and Casino, 3 miles north of Bayfield on Hwy 13, from 7am-noon. Only $7 all-you-can-eat fundraiser. Kids under 3 eat free. Pancakes, sausage, juice, and raffle prizes. For more information call 800-226-8478.
  • Ed’s Dual GS Race at Mt. Ashwabay, Ski Hill Rd, from 12-4pm. Open to all ages and skill levels. Registration at 12pm, race start at 1pm. For more information, call 715-779-3227 or visit www.mtashwabay.org.
  • NASTAR Ski Racing at Mt Ashwabay. 1-4pm  715-779-3227.
  • “Cash is King” Raffle Drawing and Celebrations sponsored by the Ashland Elks Lodge #134. Celebrations will be held at the AmericInn Hotel in Ashland. Doors open at 2pm and drawing at 4pm. Need not to be present to win! 97 cash prizes awarded! For more information call 715-682-5215.

Month Long Activities February

  • Snowshoeing at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center – Check out a pair of snowshoes,at the center, free of charge, Monday-Sunday between the hours of 9am-5pm.
  • Ice Skating at the East End Skating Rink 
  • Apostle Islands Ice Cave Update 02/13/2018
    The Ice Caves are not accessible.
    Most years, the caves aren’t accessible until mid- to late February.
    For the most up-to-date information about ice caves in the Park, check any of these options:
    1) The Official Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Facebook page at www.facebook.com/apostleislandsnationallakeshore;
    2) The park website www.nps.gov/apis; and/or
    3) Call the Ice Line at 715-779-3397 Ext. 3 for updates
    Although the Ice Caves are not currently accessible, the mainland trail is always open to hike out along the top of the sea caves. The trail starts at Meyers Beach Road (A daily parking fee of $5 for vehicles 20 feet or less and $8 for vehicles that are more than 20 feet). It is about a 4 mile round trip hike to the caves. During the winter the trail does get icy from all the people hiking in the snow, so wear boots that have good grips, and a ski pole or hiking stick is always good.
  • Ice Road: 02/02/2018:  The ice is open  Please stay towards the middle of the road, away from the snow banks. Travel at your own risk and please be safe.   Due to constantly changing road and weather conditions is important to check before traveling. Stay informed.  Check the Ice Road Facebook Page or call 715/747-5400 for the most up-to-date information.
  • Vaughn Library Activities.  Click the link to see all that wonderful things happening at the Library in February!

If you would like to receive the Ashland Chamber Newsletter click here to submit your email address.

« Back to event list