EAA drones, park beer gardens, Robie reopens

Night. Show. Airshow. AV18. Airventure. 2018.
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Daily air shows are a highlight of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual AirVenture convention in Oshkosh. Aerobatic precision is crucial, regardless of the type of aircraft that takes flight.

That includes at least 100 LED-lit drones, to fly simultaneously at night on July 24 and 27 at Wittman Regional Airport. Music will accompany the 10-minute show.

Great Lakes Drone Company, based in Michigan, is orchestrating the aerial spectacle of synchronicity. “We cannot imagine a more appropriate venue to perform with our self-built fleet than at the home of homebuilt aviation,” says Matt Quinn, president of the drone company, which is one of two authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration to present such displays.

Drones are just one part of the lineup for nighttime air shows, which begin at 8 p.m. Schedules are subject to change, based on weather or operational conditions.

The July 22-28 AirVenture is the EAA’s 67th, and the 50th in Oshkosh. This is the Year of the Fighter, as in historic military aircraft. Astronaut Michael Collins marks the golden anniversary of Apollo 11, and 2019 also is the 50th anniversary for the Boeing 747.

AirVenture admission for non-members starts at $24. eaa.org/airventure

Humboldt Park in Milwaukee has gained a seasonal wine and beer garden, called The Vine Humboldt. The park is in the Bay View neighborhood at 3000 S. Howell Ave.

On tap are two red and three white wines. Beer comes from Milwaukee craft brewers, plus rotating guest breweries. Triciclo Peru sells empanadas with chicken, steak and vegetarian fillings.

Beer garden hours are 5-10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays. thevinehumboldt.com

Milwaukee County Parks also operates Whitnall Park Beer Garden, 8831 N. Root River Parkway, Greendale; South Shore Terrace, 2900 South Shore Dr.; and two beer gardens whose locations change frequently because of converted firetrucks that hold beer and travel.

Two additional beer gardens, Estabrook (4600 Estabrook Dr.) and The Landing at Hoyt Park (1800 N. Swan Blvd., Wauwatosa), are managed by partners of the parks department.

Hours of operation vary by location. The open-air beer garden season ends in October. county.milwaukee.gov

Peninsula Players Theatre recently opened its 84th season of Broadway-quality performances. It is the oldest professional resident summer theater in the nation.

On stage until July 7 is “A Trick of the Light,” a comedy by Peter Moore about a middle-aged guy who learns he can become invisible.

“A Murder is Announced,” Leslie Darbon’s adaptation of an Agatha Christie whodunit, is performed July 10-28.

Then comes “Ghost: The Musical,” a love story and fantasy, by Bruce Joel Rubin, July 31 to Aug. 18. The plot of “Silent Sky” by Lauren Gunderson, revolves around a scientific discovery, Aug. 21 to Sept. 1.

Closing the season is a new comedy by Mark St. Germain, “George Washington’s Teeth,” Sept. 4 to Oct. 20.

Most tickets are less than $40 and can be purchased online. Performances at the open-air theater happen at 4351 Peninsula Players Rd., Fish Creek. Beautiful sunsets are a part of the 16-acre setting. peninsulaplayers.com

The 1910 Frederick C. Robie House in Chicago, a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece, has reopened after the first phase of an $11 million restoration.

The Prairie-style building was considered modern at the time of its construction and ranks as one of the 10 most significant structures of the 20th century. It is in Hyde Park at 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave. and owned by the University of Chicago.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust operates tours and programs at Robie House and other significant Wright sites in Chicagoland: Wright’s Home and Studio and Unity Temple, Oak Park; The Rookery Light Court, in The Loop; and Emil Bach House, Rogers Park. flwright.org

If you equate “camping” with “roughing it,” think again. New near South Haven, Mich., is luxury glamping at The Fields.

On 30 acres are 10 fancy tents (each with en suite bathroom), a fishing pond, hiking trails and a 10-acre blueberry farm that produces 40,000 pounds of the fruit. Pick your own (July into August) or just enjoy blueberries in meals. (Breakfast is included; lunch and dinner are available a la carte.)

Room rates start at $329. The pet-friendly, western Michigan destination is open until the last weekend of October. A revamped barn for events has chandeliers and room to seat 100 for a meal. thefieldsofmichigan.com

Last: If you’re feeling bold and uninhibited, maybe it’s time for a “nakation” – time at a nudist resort. ’Tis the season.

Although a press release in front of me is datelined Florida, Wisconsin has seasonally operated nudist clubs too.

That includes Badger Naturists in Madison and Valley View Recreation Club in Cambridge See badgernaturists.org and vvrc.org for details about nude camping in central Wisconsin on July 1-2 and a 30th annual nude car show in Cambridge on Aug. 9-11.

“Nude recreation and nude travel represent a $550 million global industry,” the press release asserts. aanr.com