For your amusement: Snippets of fresh, noteworthy and sometimes unique ventures to enrich travel within Wisconsin.
New at Redline Milwaukee, a community art gallery, is “Bobbleheads: Real and Fantastical Heroism,” a free peek at collectibles for the proposed National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum.
Phil Sklar and Brad Novak intend to open their museum this year but have not announced the location. Until then, you can see what all the fuss is about at the Milwaukee gallery.
In the co-founders’ collection are at least 5,000 bobbleheads, no two alike and many donated by individuals and sports teams. Under design is a museum mascot; the duo also manufacture customized bobbleheads for businesses and special events (that includes a rabbi headed for retirement).
Besides sports figures, the co-founders have bobbleheads of politicians (including U.S. presidents), other celebrities (such as the casts of “Big Bang Theory” and “Duck Dynasty”), animated characters (Ninja Turtles, for example) and others (even Superman, and Flo from Progressive).
The bobblehead exhibit at Redline Milwaukee, 1422 N. Fourth St., Milwaukee, stays until the end of April. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. redlineartmke.com, 414-491-9088
Want to expand your own collection? Phil and Brad recently released limited-edition bobbleheads of Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker, the two Wisconsin Badger basketball players drafted by NBA teams in 2015.
These new NBA Draft Day Bobbleheads are $40 each and 10 inches tall. To order, or for more about bobblehead museum plans, memberships and sponsorships, consult bobbleheadhall.com, 800-414-1482.
El Baul de mi Abuelita means “my grandmother’s trunk,” and that is the title of a new exhibit of work by Latin American quilters at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts in Cedarburg. The show stays until April 17.
One part of the exhibit showcases Patricia Sanabria-Friederich’s Costa Rican dolls, traditional attire and quilts whose design is influenced by mosiac tiles. Alicia Avila celebrates her Mexican-American lineage in quilt designs and uses vibrant colors in her works.
The museum is at N50 W5050 Portland Rd., Cedarburg, and open Wednesday through Sunday. Visits on Monday or Tuesday are arranged by appointment. wiquiltmuseum.com, 262-546-0300
Trek Travel, associated with Wisconsin-made Trek Bicycles, has added seven new destinations for guided cycling vacations that last five nights or longer.
Locations and starting costs are Asheville, N.C. (in May, June and September, $2,399); Glacier National Park, Montana (February to April, $2,799); Chile (Februrary to April, $4,399); Italy’s Piedmont (August, September, $4,599); Portugal (April, May, $3,299); Canary Islands, Spain (February, March, $3,299); and Annecy to Alpe d’Huez, France (June to August, $3,599).
Prices include a Trek bike to ride and almost everything else, except airfare to the biking destination. trektravel.com, 866-464-8735
The Harley-Davidson Museum just opened two new exhibits. “Race Day: Photos from the Flat Track” shows off photography by Dave Hoenig, who has shot at least 1,000 races. “Racing Machines from the KR to the XR,” in the museum’s renovated Design Lab, explains how Harley engineers created motorcycles that would dominate racing in the 1950s to 1970s.
The museum is on a 20-acre campus at 400 W. Canal St., Milwaukee, and is open daily. Admission is $20 (less for seniors, students, military and children). h-dmuseum.com, 414-287-2789
A former Cadillac dealership in downtown Green Bay this month opened as The Automobile Gallery. William “Red” Lewis shares a 40-car collection – including a 1917 Milburn electric car – that covers each decade of the past century, and the exhibit doubles as an unusual event space with catering kitchen and wet bar.
Gallery hours at 400 S. Adams St., Green Bay, are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekends and 4-8 p.m. Monday. Admission is $10 (less for seniors, students, military, children). theautomobilegallery.com, 920-437-9024
Under development at 1 N. Webster St., Madison, is a new luxury hotel expected to open in early 2017. The AC Hotel will be one block from Capitol Square downtown and have a 10th floor restaurant and lounge with lots of windows and widespread city views.
AC Hotels are part of the Marriott portfolio and described as “European-inspired,” boutique lodging. The closest is in Chicago. achotels.marriott.com
Milwaukee’s long-respected Bartolotta Restaurants is working as a food and beverage service consultant at The Edgewater Hotel in Madison, a lakefront lodging option since 1948 with a bigtime renovation completed in 2014.
The hotel has four restaurants, casual to fine dining, and this is the first known Bartolotta venture into Madison. The launching of new restaurant concepts is expected in April.
The hotel, at 1001 Wisconsin Place, overlooks Lake Mendota and has an ice-skating rink. theedgewater.com, 608-535-8200
In Sheboygan, 3 Sheeps Brewing Co. is expanding production by leasing a former Coca-Cola distribution plant that will be refurbished to include a taproom and outdoor beer garden.
Beer production at 1837 North Ave. will increase from 28 barrels to 200 barrels per day. An early 2016 opening is expected. 3sheepsbrewing.com, 920-395-3583
Cabin Fever Fest is not a new event for Beaver Dam, but this year’s activities on Jan. 30-31 celebrate the city’s 175th birthday. That means ice fishing, ice skating, sledding, wagon rides, music, games for children and birthday cake. Expect ice sculpting on Jan. 30, chili and cooking demos on Jan. 31. beaverdamchamber.com, 920-887-8879