Classic cars, Harleys, mazes, container bar


Lovers of nostalgia and simpler times, this one’s for you.

Grand Geneva Resort and Spa, Lake Geneva, has partnered with American Classic Rental to loan out popular American cars from the 1940s through 1970s.

That includes a 1965 Ford Mustang, 1969 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, 1980 Chevrolet Corvette, 1968 Pontiac GTO, 1965 Shelby Cobra Tribute and 1972 Oldsmobile 442 W-301.

Rentals, possible spring through fall, began at $299 for four hours. That’s enough time for a leisurely lakeside or country drive. Licensed drivers must be at least 25 years old.

Maybe motorcycle is a more alluring mode of transportation? Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee, has expanded ways for you to get acquainted or stay connected with its globally iconic, two-wheeled brand.

Download a PDF at for reference during a self-guided outdoor tour of the 20-acre museum campus. Or consult for a Google Arts and Culture explanation of this museum and 15 other city highlights.

On Saturdays, through Sept. 26, licensed motorcycle drivers can take a demo ride of a 2020 Harley, including Touring, Softail and Sportster models. Follow a predetermined, scenic route through the Menomonee Valley.

Earth Day’s 50th anniversary is the theme for this year’s corn maze at Richardson Adventure Farm, Spring Grove, Ill., about 50 miles southeast of Janesville.

In the 28-acre maze design are two hands holding a globe, flowers, trees, a waterfall, mountains, clouds and more. The Richardsons introduced their first corn maze in 2001. Now the farm, in the same family since 1840, shares 40 acres for the maze, wagon rides, zip lining, pig races and picnicking.

A small train follows tracks through the agricultural attraction, which also contains a vintage carousel and food trucks. Admission varies by month, day and age. The farm is open Thursdays through Sundays and Columbus Day, Sept. 12 through Nov.8.

The founder of Earth Day was Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. senator and environmentalist from Wisconsin who died in 2005.

Lowlands Group in Milwaukee is making good use of a parking lot in Milwaukee’s Third Ward by opening the new Lux Container Bar and Socially Distant Terrace. It is south of Café Benelux and kind of an annex to that neighborhood hangout.

About 100 additional diners can be seated at tables and Adirondack chairs in the area. The actual bar is a refurbished storage container. For sale are walking sandwiches (roast beef, turkey pesto, veggie wraps) and adult beverages. Closed on Mondays.

Open less than one month at Miller Park was The Restaurant to Be Named Later, which replaced Friday’s Front Row Sports Grill in March. A wall of windows gives diners a great view of the ballpark from left field.

The space opened in early March and closed because of the pandemic.

So forget any thought of Double Player Burgers or Game Day Beer Chili, for now. The Milwaukee Brewers have decided the restaurant will be reopened “on a date to be named later” because of Major League Baseball directives.

The menu of Adam Miller, executive chef, included street tacos and sly spins on comfort foods, like tater tots with pulled pork, cheddar and barbecue sauce. Vegetarian fare included cauliflower in tacos and as an appetizer with Korean flavors.

Wisco-centric author Jerry Apps has updated “Cheese: The Making of a Wisconsin Tradition” ($28, University of Wisconsin Press), and this second edition look at 150 years of cheesemaking will be released in September.

Farmhouse kitchens, megafarms and artisanal efforts get attention for their impact. Milk haulers and cheese graders, as well as farmers and cheesemakers, are interviewed.

Apps, a longtime expert on rural life in the Upper Midwest, has written more than 40 books, appeared in five Wisconsin Public Television documentaries and is professor emeritus at UW-Madison.

Treat yourself by subscribing to the author’s weekly e-newsletter at It will remind you of all that remains good in this unwieldy world.

A recent topic: sunsets. Apps writes that they are “a time to reflect on the day just passed, what happened that was memorable, what happened that was best forgotten, what was learned that would be useful for another day.” 

Take time to enjoy them, the writer advises, especially “during these days of challenge and change.”