Sheridan Road Magazine

I’m very excited to be a part of the April 2014 issue of Sheridan Road magazine and to be interviewed by my friend, John Conatser.

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Things to Do with the Family in Lake Geneva for the Holidays

We all feel that very familiar feeling. The fall colors have gone and the chilly evenings have arrived. This can only mean one thing – holiday season has descended upon Lake Geneva.

So what can you possibly do for the holidays? How can you possibly enjoy the beauty that is Lake Geneva? Fret not my friend – we will list all the fun stuff you can do on Lake Geneva for the holidays. At this point in


time, I am guessing that you are still finishing your Christmas shopping or might be a bit busy with the Christmas decorations. This means you will have all the time in the world to take part in the many activities in and around Lake Geneva.bcceda90969bfde7ee33de428e324f50 (1)


For starters, if you are looking for unique gifts then The Cornerstone Shoppe and Gallery might interest you. They have beautiful hand-painted Christmas ornaments depicting various scenes around Lake Geneva.

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After doing some shopping, you can head down to Starbucks and other local cafes and other establishments for their yearly Santa and little elves show. Most of the time, Santa and his little elves (including Rudol

ph and the reindeers!) will take time to greet good boys and girls. Visitors may also take pictures.

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You can also take part in various Yuletide bonfire activities from some of the bigger establishments. Roast marshmallows, sing Christmas carols, and imbibe the festive holiday mood while enjoying the chilly Lake Geneva air.


Festival of Lights An uplifting Christmas in the Country with singing, dancing and a stroll down memory lane. Experience the bustling excitement and joy that is only found during the Christmas Season! Do you remember your first sleigh ride? How about that perfect gift under the tree? Let your heart relive these holiday moments and more as we present this timeless musical treasure for the whole family to enjoy.



For the kids, there is brunch with Santa at The Abbey Resort.   The Abbey Will host Brunch with Santa every Sunday in December before Christmas.  Families can enjoy a  lavish buffet and Santa will visit each table.  Santa will also invite little ones on his lap to share their Christmas wish list with him.

There are also regular shows during the Yuletide season such as the Dancing Horses Christmas Show and the At The Lake Winter Wonderland Weekend that seem to gather crowds yearly. This is aside the annual Downtown Lake Geneva Festival of Lights and the Lake Geneva Christmas Parade that seems to be part of local culture.

Don’t forget A Christmas Portrait -an entertaining and uplifting Christmas in the Country with singing, dancing and a stroll down memory lane. Experience the bustling excitement and joy that is only found during the Christmas Season! Do you remember your first sleigh ride? How about that perfect gift under the tree? Let your heart relive these holiday moments and more as we present this timeless musical treasure for the whole family to enjoy.


Lake Geneva Lakefront Realtors, the Melges Team shares their in-depth knowledge and experience around Geneva Lake with their clients and customers.  Listening to what your goals are, Hans and Michalene will help you formulate a specific marketing plan to get your home sold. When you work with the Melges Team, it’s more than just another real estate transaction, they work to  Qbuild your trust and confidence as your trusted real estate advisor for life. Contact the Melges Team at (262)745-3738 for real estate advice and to help your family make the best decision for your move!



Venetian Fest in Lake Geneva – August Activites Around the Lake

Things to do in Lake Geneva WIAugust around Geneva Lake is full of excitement, fun and offers lots of things to do in Lake Geneva.

Before you rush to the school supply aisle, there’s still time for a few last weeks spent on the water having fun in Lake Geneva.   August brings a whole host of fun things to do around town starting this week!  Here’s what you can find around the lake for the month of August:

Venetian Fest – August 14-18, 2013

Celebrating 51 years this year, Venetian Fest takes place along the Lake Geneva lakefront.  From live entertainment, a craft fair, rides, food, drinks and a great time!  For more information visit the Lake Geneva Jaycee’s website:

Art in the Park – August 10-11, 2013

If you love art, this is the event to attend.  Artists from across the country participate in this juried art show.  From painting, photography, jewelry, pottery and more you will see every art form you can imagine.  The Geneva Lakes Art Association hosts this annual event and continues to work to bring art appreciation into our communities and our schools.  For more information visit:

Water Safety Patrol Dance – August 9, 2013

Welcome to Nautical Night!  A huge fundraiser for the Water Safety Patrol, this annual party is a great time.  The WSP works so hard to keep Geneva Lake safe all year long, it’s great to be able to say thank you and give back.  Nautical night is a dinner, dance and auction all benefitting WSP.  For more information and to order your tickets, visit their website:

Williams Bay Fireworks – August 10,2013

Join your friends down in Williams Bay at Edgewater Park for a night of fun & fireworks.  Or grab a cocktail and dinner at Pier 290 or Café Calamari and get first class treatment and a front row seat for the show!

Music By the Lake – The Doobie Brothers – August 10, 2013

Settled on the lakefront at Aurora University, Music By the Lake offers an evening of great entertainment in a beautiful setting.  This week is the final show of the 2013 season featuring the Doobie Brothers.  To find out more about Music by the Lake or become a sponsor and get your tickets before they go on sale for the 2014 season, visit their website:

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 Maxwell Street Days in Lake Geneva – August 23-25, 2013

Enjoy shopping in Downtown Lake Geneva and pick up some great deals!  Maxwell Street Days brings out the best in our great downtown area.  No matter what you are looking for – home décor, art, food, gifts, jewelry & more – our local business owners have something for everybody!

Donate Blood – August 28, 2013

The City of Lake Geneva Police Department, in partnership with the Blood Center of Wisconsin, is hosting a blood drive on August 28, 2013, 2pm-7pm. The drive will be on the 2nd floor. Please bring a photo ID with your birth date. For more information contact Officer Nelson at the City of Lake Geneva Police Department or register online at

Lake Geneva Music in the Park – Every Thursday at Flat Iron Park in Lake Geneva

The summer nights in Lake Geneva are magical!  Every Thursday evening enjoy live entertainment across from the lake at Flat Iron Park.  Bring your own lawn chairs, have dinner or pack a picnic and relax.  Here’s the schedule for August:

August 8 – Peter Guerin Band
August 15 – live bands at Venetian Festival
August 22 – Geneva Middle School Orchestra – (2pm)
August 22 – Mark & Gretch – Summer Breezes
August 29 – Jeff Gordon Show
All concerts begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Lake Geneva Farmer’s Market – Thursdays 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Every summer local residents and smart visitors enjoy the Thursday morning Farmer’s Market at Horticultural Hall.  It’s a great place to get not only locally grown produce, but honey, herbs, flowers, soap, and local crafts.  The Farmer’s Market runs through October every Thursday morning, rain or shine!  Find Lake Geneva Farmer’s Market on Facebook to see who’s participating and what goods are available every week!

Have an event you’d like us to share?  Visit our Facebook Page  or and send us a message!  We love sharing community events and giving a shout out to our great local business owners!

From our family to yours, we hope you enjoy the remainder of your summer!  We love living in Lake Geneva and creating memories with our kids both on & off the water!  Walking to Yogeez or watching the boys learn to sail and golf, Lake Geneva has been an amazing backdrop for raising our boys.  We look forward to helping you plant your roots so you can create amazing memories with your family here too!

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Lake Geneva Lakefront Realtors, the Melges Team shares their in-depth knowledge and experience around Geneva Lake with their clients and customers. Listening to what your goals are, Hans and Michalene will help you formulate a specific marketing plan to get your home sold. When you work with the Melges Team, it’s more than just another real estate transaction, they work to build your trust and confidence as your trusted real estate advisor for life. Contact the Melges Team at (262)745-3738 for real estate advice and to help your family make the best decision for your move!

Things to Do in Lake Geneva With Kids for the Holidays

shopping downtown lake geneva wiThere are so many things to do in Lake Geneva with kids for the holidays.

Gone are the fall colors and here are the chilly evenings.  Friday Football for our local schools is winding down and we’re going to start hearing Jingle Bells on XM before you know it!  That can only mean one thing… the holiday season is here in Lake Geneva.

To help you find what to do in Lake Geneva, WI, here’s a few ideas that can give you a jump start to planning your Lake Geneva vacation.

The Cornerstone Shop & Gallery Holiday Open House – November 9-11

Filled with gorgeous home decor, beautiful artisan crafted pottery, glasswork and art, one-of-a-kind limited edition Christmas ornaments and so much more.  The Cornerstone Shop had an open house this past weekend with HGTV designer Monica Pedersen on hand sharing her book and her love of decorating.  We stopped by to meet Monica and do a little early bird shopping and absolutley loved so many pieces in the store.  But not to worry, we left a few treasures for you to pick up to!  If you’re looking for something truly unique to give as a gift this holiday, you’ll find it at The Cornerstone Shop & Gallery at 214 Broad St (corner of Broad & Main) in downtown Lake Geneva.grand geneva light ceremony 2012

Grand Geneva Illumination Ceremony – Sunday, November 18

One of the most magnificent holiday light displays around Lake Geneva has to be at Grand Geneva on Hwy. 50.  Grand Geneva really pulls out all the stops to make the holidays something very special.  With a special illumination ceremony, this year Grand Geneva will again showcase thousands of lights.  They will also be collecting Toys for Tots, so bring an unwrapped toy or article of clothing to donate and know you’re making a difference.

The Dancing Horses Christmas Show – November 14 – January 15

The Dancing Horses provides a one-of-a-kind show that you won’t see anywhere else around Lake Geneva.  Located on Hwy. 50 west of Lake Geneva, you may recognize The Dancing Horses if you saw Echo, the talking parrot on America’s Got Talent earlier this year. This dazzling holiday show features an array of horse breeds who perform alongside their trainers in a fantastic display of equestrian artistry. Visually stunning, and performed in a state-of-the-art theatre, this live holiday show is truly a must-see for any horse lover.  To get more information or purchase tickets online visit:

At The Lake Winter Wonderland Weekend – November 16-18

Known as a great magazine that helps visitors navigate around Fontana, Lake Geneva and Williams Bay, At the Lake Magazine is celebrating 15 years.  To commemorate this milestone, they are hosting a Winter Wonderland to debut their winter issue of the magazine.  There will be a champagne gala at the Rivieria on Friday evening, shopping in downtown Lake Geneva on Saturday and at the Artisan Marketplace at Bella Vista Suites on Saturday as well!  Sure to be a fun weekend, this would be the perfect opportunity to grab your besties and make it a Girls Lake Geneva Getaway Weekend!

Downtown Lake Geneva Festival of Lights – Friday, November 30 & Saturday, December 1

This is a great weekend if you are looking for things to do in Lake Geneva with kids.  Friday they host the annual tree lighting ceremony complete with a visit from Santa at the Riviera.  Saturday Santa and his Reindeer will be at Starbucks downtown for kids to get their pictures taken!  Should be tons of fun and a great way to get the whole family involved.

Lake Geneva Christmas Parade – Saturday December 1

This year marks 37 years of having the Great Electric Children’s Christmas Parade in Lake Geneva! It’s a true holiday tradition to line the streets and celebrate the season.  The parade starts at 5:00 p.m. in Downtown Lake Geneva.

Lake Geneva is a special place to visit or live year around.  This holiday season, we’re excited to share in these local traditions with family and friends.  We have made several new friends throughout the year as new families have purchased homes on the lake.  Throughout the process of buying a home and moving in, many of those people have become dear friends. For those friendships and trust in us as professionals and now friends, we are incredibly grateful and so very blessed this holiday season.

From all of us in the Melges Family, we hope you have a wonderful holiday season and get to enjoy time spent with your family!

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The Melges Team – Luxury Lakefront Realtors

As Lake Geneva Realtors, Michalene & Hans Melges enjoy supporting community events and local businesses. Part of their fond memories growing up around Geneva Lake are now being shared with their three boys. Their passion for sharing Lake Geneva with clients, friends and family is evident. If you have fallen in love with living at the lake and would like help finding the perfect home for your family to settle down in Fontana or Lake Geneva, WI, the Melges Team has years of experience on the water and are happy to help answer all your questions. Contact Michalene and Hans at (262) 745-3738 – text for immediate response.

Lake Geneva Venetian Festival 2012 – This Weekend

Every summer, residents and vacationers look forward to the Lake Geneva Venetian Festival!  The 2012 festival is celebrating a huge milestone!

Lake Geneva Venetian Fest 2012

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Organized by the Lake Geneva Jaycees, Venetian Fest is held the 3rd weekend in August every year.  This year however, is a milestone!  Lake Geneva Venetian Festival 2012 is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary!  We’re expecting over 50,000 attendees over the course of the 5 day festival!  Taking place along the lake shore parks (Library Park and Flat Iron Park) in downtown Lake Geneva, it’s the perfect backdrop for one final summer party at the Lake!

The five-day, Italian-style festival includes a water-ski show, carnival attractions, craft vendors, live music and local cuisine and will be capped off by a lighted boat parade and fireworks on the last evening of the festival.

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August 15-19, 2012

If you’re just visiting Lake Geneva, WI for a day to play at Venetian Fest, there’s several options for Free Parking if you have wrestled with the new parking meter system this year.  The free lots are located at Dennison Middle School (Wisconsin & Cook St.) Dunn Field (Dodge & Sage St.) and the lot directly across from the Lake Geneva Police Department and behind the Lake Geneva Museum.  There is also a free shuttle service that will take you to downtown Lake Geneva.  Located in the parking lot by Petco and Office Max on Edwards Blvd. it allows you to park & ride for free.

Fest Hours are Wednesday – Friday 5:00 pm – midnight.  Saturday & Sunday noon – midnight.  The Lake Geneva Venetian Festival fireworks will take place on Sunday evening at dusk.  For a full schedule of festival events, performance and things to do visit the Lake Geneva Jaycee’s website at:  

Is this the last big family weekend before your kids and grandkids go back to school?  While the kids are spending their hard earned allowances on games and rides at Venetian Fest in town, are you planning on starting to get your lake home ready for fall?  If you’re contemplating selling your home before the end of the year, this weekend is a good time to discuss your options with a trusted real estate advisor.  If you’d like an honest, straight-forward discussion about your home and the current real estate market conditions for your home, we’d love to talk with you.  Call or Text for an appointment so you can have our undivided attention (262) 745-3738.  As a team, we’re happy to discuss your situation and formulate a plan to market your home in this competitive buyer market.

Hope you and your family enjoy the Lake Geneva Venetian Festival 2012!


As Lake Geneva Realtors, the Melges’ share their in-depth knowledge and experience around Geneva Lake with their clients and customers. Listening to what your goals are, Hans and Michalene will help you formulate a specific marketing plan to get your home sold. When you work with the Melges Team, it’s more than just another real estate transaction, they work to build your trust and confidence as your trusted real estate advisor for life. Contact the Melges Team at (262) 745-3738 for real estate advice and to help your family make the best decision for your move!

Fun Things To Do at Lake Geneva this Weekend July 28-29 Edition

Music, Lobsters, Fireworks and Art – who could ask for more fun things to do at Lake Geneva than that?

This weekend is going to be a really fun weekend around Geneva Lake.  If you’ve come up to Lake Geneva on vacation or find yourself looking for things to do, here’s a few great options that you’ll enjoy!

Fontana Lobster Boil – Every year on the last weekend in July, the Village of Fontana hosts it’s annual Lobster Boil!  Each year the event gets bigger and bigger!  Organized by the Bigfoot Lion’s Club, this year marks 29 years serving up this great event!  Saturday, July 28th the Lobster Boil takes place at Reid Park on Fontana’s Lakefront.  It’s the perfect spot to get a great meal and support the community if you are staying at The Abbey Resort, just across the street!  Dinners are served starting at 2:00 pm and run $34 for a lobster dinner and $22 for steak dinner.  Last year the Bigfoot Lions served over 2,400 people and this year they are hoping to add another 200 dinners to the event.

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Driehaus Estate on Lake Geneva

Richard Driehaus Birthday Party – Every July well-known philanthropist Richard Driehaus holds his birthday party for his closest friends and fellow philanthropists at his Lake Geneva lakefront estate.  It has become an event that many locals look forward to as he has a spectacular fireworks display after dark.  Many people stay out later on their boats to watch the display.  Others book a late dinner at the Grandview Room at the Geneva Inn for one of the best seats in the house!

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Arrive at the Geneva Inn on Lake Geneva by Boat

Art in the Bay – If you’re looking for great art this weekend, Saturday and Sunday Williams Bay is holding their annual Art in the Bay.  You’ll find everything from oil paintings to pottery and glass-work.  It’s a great opportunity to meet the artists and see where their inspiration comes from.  As a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, art events are something I love sharing about locally!  Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. stop by Edgewater Park (On Geneva Street, across from Cafe Calamari) you never know if you’ll find the perfect piece of art for your new lake home.

Tom Chapin Music by the Lake Williams Bay WI

Coming Sunday, July 29 - Music by the Lake Welcomes Tom Chapin and Friends

Music by the Lake – This Sunday, Music by the Lake will be featuring Tom Chapin & Friends!  The show is at 4:00 p.m. at George Williams College in Williams Bay.  We are taking our boys there and are excited to see the show!  If you are there with your family, we’d love to meet you in person!  Call or text (262) 745-3738 to connect!

Part of why we love living in Lake Geneva so much is because there are so many fun things to do in Lake Geneva with kids.  Whether it’s in Lake Geneva or just a short ride along the lake to Fontana or Williams Bay, all of our surrounding communities are so active in bringing families together.  It’s really a great place to live and we’d love to share it with you!

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The Melges Team - Lake Geneva Lakefront Luxury Home Specialists

Michalene and Hans Melges with Keefe Real Estate specialize in lake access and lakefront real estate on Lake Geneva. Being familiar with each neighborhood and shoreline around the lake allows them to help you find the perfect location for your vacation home based on what your needs are. If you’ve been thinking about investing in lakefront real estate and would like to discuss your options, contact the Melges Team at (262) 745-3738 – call or text. They will discuss your search in confidence and help you find the right home in the right location for your family’s maximum enjoyment!


Summer Movie Night In Fontana WI

Big Foot Recreation District has set up a great summer line up for Movies Under the Stars!

In Fontana, WI going to movies at the beach is a great time if you are looking for fun things to do around Geneva Lake.  Throughout the year, Big Foot Recreation District puts together lots of activities for kids and families around our area to enjoy!  From a fitness center at Big Foot High School to little league youth sports and adult sports programs.  Big Foot Recreation District is committed to making the West End of Geneva Lake an active enjoyable destination whether you live here or are on vacation!

Throught the summer months, Big Foot Recreation District puts together a series of Movies Under the Stars.  The movies take place at Fontana Beach at dusk.  They also host a few movies at Goodland Park in Sharon, WI.  Admission is just $1 and it’s bring your own lawn chairs or blankets for seating.  Concessions are available if you can’t watch a movie without popcorn! 😉

Here’s the line up of movies for the remainder of summer:

Saturday, July 21 – Super 8
Saturday, August 4 – The Muppets
Saturday, August 18 – The Lorax

All of these are playing at Fontana Beach at dusk!  Should be a great time and a wonderful way to enjoy summer on Geneva Lake.  For more information about the recreational activities Big Foot Recreation District organizes and provides, visit their website at: We’re really fortunate to live in an area that the community goes to such great levels to provide safe, fun activities our kids can participate in.

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2012 Schedule for Movies Under the Stars from Bigfoot Rec District

Don’t forget next weekend on Delavan Lake is the ILYA Championship Regatta!  It’s another great family event that allows our kids to meet other young sailors from around the country.  It’s a great learning experience and really teaches the kids great sportsmanship!  Stop out if you’re in the area and see what it’s all about!

This Summer Event Update is provided by Hans & Michalene Melges with Keefe Real Estate in Lake Geneva. Not only do they have great memories from growing up around the lake, Hans & Michalene are raising their family here. With such great opportunities to be involved both on and off the water, as well as so many things to do in Lake Geneva, the Melges’ have a passion for sharing their love of Lake Geneva with their real estate clients and friends. If you’ve fallen in love with Lake Geneva and are considering planting your family roots here, contact Lake Geneva Realtors Hans & Michalene Melges to help you find the perfect home in the ideal location! (262) 745-3738

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Lake Geneva Concerts in the Park – Thursdays all Summer

Being in the middle of summer in Lake Geneva WI brings tons of fun things to do with kids around the area!

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Thursdays throughout Summer - 7 p.m. Flat Iron Park, Lake Geneva, WI

Thursday nights mean great music, beautiful sunsets and fun times in downtown Lake Geneva!  If you like music of all varieties, then you’ll want to put Thursday evening on your calendar for the remainder of summer!  Starting in July and running every Thursday for the rest of summer, Flat Iron Park hosts a free concert each week.  With unique bands, musicians and performers ever week offers a different flavor.

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Flat Iron Park is located on the triangle between Wrigley Drive and Center Street!  This year they built a brand new gazebo at Flat Iron Park and have created a special stage area just for performances.   Flat Iron Park is the perfect location to watch the sunset behind the Riviera over Geneva Lake.  If you’re making it a date night, Sprecher’s Pub (attached to The Cove in Lake Geneva) or Gino’s East Pizzeria are just across the street.  You can also enjoy outside dining at Scuttlebutts, Popeye’s or Speedo’s Harborside Cafe overlooking the lake on Wrigley Drive.

Lake Geneva Concerts in the park start at 7:00 p.m.  Bring your own lawn chairs or picnic blankets as seating is on a first come-first served basis.  Here’s the entire line up of performers for the remainder of the summer!

Lake Geneva Concerts in the Park – Lakefront at Flat Iron Park, 7PM Thursdays – FREE

7/12 Rockford Pipe Band – mix of traditional & not so traditional Pipe Band
7/19 Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra – performing world’s greatest music
7/26 Saturday June Band – eclectic mix from the 60s, 70s, 80s, & 90s
8/02 KBP (Kal Bergendalh Project) – smooth, edgy jazz with soulful pop music
8/09 Into the Woods in Concert – musical play (John Powers narrating)
8/23 Lake Geneva Middle School Orchestra – 2:00 PM
8/23 Groundspeed Bluegrass Band – a mix of bluegrass and newgrass
8/30 Peter Guerin Band – the Crooners, Frank & Dean, Juke Box Days & Elvis

Flat Iron Park isn’t the only host venue providing great concerts this summer!  Music by the Lake in Williams Bay also showcases great performances for families to enjoy in a beautiful lakefront setting at George Williams College.

Whether you are in town on vacation, or you enjoy living here year-round, one thing is certain, there’s never a shortage of things to do in Lake Geneva.  Visit for a full list of activities going on around the area all summer long!

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The Melges Team - Sharing Their Passion for Lake Geneva One Home at a Time!

This Summer Event Update is provided by Hans & Michalene Melges with Keefe Real Estate in Lake Geneva.  Not only do they have great memories from growing up around the lake, Hans & Michalene are raising their family here.  With such great opportunities to be involved both on and off the water, as well as so many things to do in Lake Geneva, the Melges’ have a passion for sharing their love of Lake Geneva with their real estate clients and friends.  If you’ve fallen in love with Lake Geneva and are considering planting your family roots here, contact Lake Geneva Realtors Hans & Michalene Melges to help you find the perfect home in the ideal location! (262) 745-3738

Music By The Lake Concert Series Starting in Williams Bay WI

Every summer residents and visitors alike look forward to the Music by the Lake Concert series in Williams Bay, WI.

Music by the Lake offers a variety of selections this year that will appeal to multiple audiences.  This week the first performance of the season is scheduled for July 7th at 7:30 p.m.  This show is featuring Steve Lippia in “Simply Sinatra.”  The “Singer’s Singer” and his 16-piece orchestra sizzle in an opening night of Sinatra’s greatest hits.

What Can You Expect at Music by the Lake?

First, the setting is breathtaking!  The concerts take place in the Ferro Pavillion at George Williams College Williams Bay, WI campus.  As you listen to the concert, you’re overlooking our beautiful Geneva Lake.  With the soft lapping of waves, the melodic rhythms of the performers and the overall air of an intimate concert, Music by the Lake sets itself apart from any other outdoor performance series in the Geneva Lake Area!

What is the schedule for Music by the Lake for 2012?

July 7, 2012 – Steve Lippia in “Simply Sinatra” at 7:30 p.m.

July 14, 2012 – The Four Freshmen and The Lettermen at 7:30 p.m.  Two of the most talented men’s vocal groups of all time present their signature standards in stunning vocal harmony.

July 21, 2012 – “Music in the Air” at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday July 22, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.  A revival of the 1932 musical includes the lush orchestral arrangements of Robert Russell Bennet, with score by Jerome Kem and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II.

Sunday July 29, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. Tom Chapin and Friends – Back by popular demand with Michael Mark and Jon Cobert in a concert of original songs designed to delight audiences of all ages.

Sunday, August 5, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. Anderson and Roe – Two of the finest young pianists on the scene taking the world by storm with their spectacular keyboard creations.

August 11, 2012 – Million Dollar Quartet at 7:30 p.m.  A concert version of the musical celebrating the recording session that brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.

August 18, 2012 – Cheap Trick at 7:30 p.m. Combining British pop songcraft, crunching power chords and a flair for the absurd, Cheap Trick takes the stage delivering a mix of ’60s pop, heavy metal and punk. Buckle your seat belts for the electrifying final concert of the 2012 season!

For more information about Music by the Lake in Williams Bay, or to obtain tickets for the 2012 concert series, visit their website at: Planning a vacation to Lake Geneva, WI?  The Music by the Lake website has lodging and dining options locally.  Also, you can find other things to do while you’re visiting via Twitter or Facebook!

From our family to yours, we hope you have a safe and memorable 4th of July!  For a list of fireworks and other celebrations going on in Fontana, Lake Geneva and around our area, click here!

Michalene & Hans Melges are Realtors with Keefe Real Estate Lake Geneva. They specialize in lakefront and vacation homes in Lake Geneva, Linn Township, Fontana and Williams Bay. Michalene and Hans always go above and beyond making sure their clients are always the priority and all their questions get answered. Contact Michalene or Hans for exceptional real estate service and in-depth market knowledge to help advise you as to your unique real estate situation.

4th of July Activities for Fontana and Lake Geneva WI

4th of July in Lake Geneva, WI and surrounding communities is really a big deal!  Why?  Because it celebrates our freedom, but also because it’s the height of the summer for residents and vacationers alike!

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Grand Geneva Fireworks - July 3rd, 2012

With the 4th of July comes fireworks, parades, bar-be-ques and great times on the water!  The communities around Geneva Lake really go all out to make sure the holiday is celebrated and enjoyed by all.  This year the 4th of July falls on a Wednesday.  We anticipate people taking the entire week off work to make it a full vacation for their families, or taking the following Thursday and Friday off for an extended weekend in Lake Geneva.

If you’re looking for things to do in Lake Geneva with kids for the 4th of July, here’s a list of local activities:

Grand Geneva Fireworks Celebration – Lake Geneva, WI

Locally, The Grand Geneva Resort & Spa has become known for their festive, fun Independence Day celebrations!  This year the Grand Geneva’s Fireworks is on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012.  Highlights including picnic food, games, kid’s activities, a water ski show and their Grand Fireworks display. New this year, all guests are invited to a party in the Grand Ballroom to enjoy live entertainment after the fireworks.

Grand Geneva invites the residents of the surrounding communities and travelers alike to their spectacular events on July 3 that will support a great cause. They will once again partner with the Lake Geneva Area Food Pantry by asking each attendee of the fireworks show to donate two non-perishable items that will be used to help the local community members in need.

In addition, Grand Geneva Resort has additional activities planned throughout the week.  Sunday, July 1, enjoy a concert by Trippin Billies outside at the ski chalet (Community also invited, $10/person). Monday, July 2, be amazed by David Seebach’s Wonders of Magic Show.  If you’re interested in reserving a room for the 4th of July at Grand Geneva, visit their website at:

Fontana, WI 4th of July Fireworks

Fireworks display presented by the Village of Fontana Wednesday, July 04, 2012 Dusk to 10:00 p.m. Show starts at dusk on the beach in Fontana.

In addition to the Village of Fontana’s celebration The Abbey Resort in Fontana has it’s own 4th of July celebrations planned.  With activities planned for the whole family beginning at 2:00 pm and concluding with a festive party to the music of Big Al Wentzle and the Bushwood All Stars at 9:30 at the Waterfront!  To check on room availability and their seasonal packages, visit The Abbey Resort’s website at:

Geneva National 4th of July BBQ and Fireworks

Enjoy a traditional holiday picnic and fireworks at Geneva National! Taking place on Wednesday, July 4th, Geneva National will have inflatable games for the kids and more will be available on the driving range. A BBQ picnic and bar is open to the public in the pavilion behind the Clubhouse. The fireworks start around 9:15pm and are one of the best displays in the area. Fireworks are free and food and beverage ala carte.

Additional Communities in the Area 4th of July Celebrations:

Elkhorn – Star Spangled Celebration at Sunset Park (Devendorf St) Friday, June 29th starting at 5:00 p.m. with Fireworks at dusk

Delavan Lake – 4th of July Celebration at the Community Park (Hwy 50 & S. Shore Drive) Saturday , June 30th at 9:00 a.m. Horseshoe Tournament, Crafts, Bingo & more with Fireworks at dusk

DelavanCancelled due to dry weather!  Stay Safe everybody! Let Freedom Ring Parade takes place on July 4th at 3:00 p.m. with fireworks over Lake Comus in Veteran’s Park at dusk.  Additionally there are activities through out the day beginning with a pancake breakfast from 7-11:00 a.m.  For the full schedule of Delavan 4th of July Activities, visit their website:

If you’d like to see our local fireworks displays from the water, Lake Geneva Cruise Lines have set up special boat tours for the 4th of July!  Click here for more info!

As we start this wonderful holiday week, we hope you and your family have a wonderful 4th of July!  Please remember to be careful with the fireworks if you are using them around your homes as we’ve had an incredibly hot and dry summer thus far.  Several of our local volunteer fire departments have shared concerns and warnings for home firework displays because of dry, brittle lawns.  So enjoy the time, make memories and plan to make it a tradition to visit Lake Geneva, WI every year for the 4th of July!

4th of July Lake Geneva

Happy 4th of July!