Downtown Kenosha Blog

Ashleigh Henrichs

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Kenosha is lucky enough to have a long-distance race in its own backyard; on Saturday, May 6, the Wisconsin Marathon threads its way through downtown, north to Carthage, south to Carol Beach and back north again to finish along the lake. The race continues to grow each year, as more and more runners are drawn to the breezy lakefront course, beautiful scenery and post-race beer and brats! The race course showcases all that Kenosha has to offer. Whether you’re running the 5K, half or full marathon--or just cheering on your favorite runner--being part of the Wisconsin Marathon day is a great new way to experience Downtown Kenosha.

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Fire and Ice

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I recently attended a University of Iowa “Hawkeye visit day” with my 14-year-old daughter. Each student received a lanyard with a VIP pass. As we shopped our way through town after the tour and learning sessions, it was a nice surprise to receive discounts and specials when business owners spotted her VIP ticket. It definitely made our visit a little nicer and helped us feel welcome.

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The downtown area is as diverse as the people who live, shop and stroll there. Social media can (sometimes) be a wonderful thing. I recently asked several local friends of mine to share with me what they would do and where they would go, if they had two solid hours of “me time” in Kenosha. Their answers were creative, inspiring and frugal! Best of all, nearly all of the responses involved taking a walk along Kenosha’s lakefront—a beautiful and free activity available year-round—and they served as a good reminder of the many colors of Downtown Kenosha.

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While many know Kenosha for its expansive lakefront and recent additions like its museums, Sculpture Walk and unique shops and restaurants, there are also many hidden treasures. If you go for a walk along the winding lakefront path, you'll find yourself surrounded by beautiful flowers, boats, sculptures, monuments and fountains.  I thought I knew Kemper Center pretty well, but just stumbled upon the trail that moves behind its grounds and over to Anderson Arts Center

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Recently my children and I stumbled across Alpaca Art’s monthly family night. While we have been to the pottery painting wonderworld before, we really enjoyed the specials and the family-friendly atmosphere. (Tip: reservations are strongly encouraged—our group was lucky enough to snag an open table at the almost last-minute). My son, two daughters and a friend each picked a different object to paint and personalize. I enjoyed the last dregs of my coffee while sitting and grabbing paints, stencils and booklets as needed. What struck me was the quiet. It wasn’t silent at Alpaca Art, of course, but it was quiet as each of my children began to focus on his/her own art piece. They carefully selected colors and different-sized brushes, turned their piece over and around, cocked their heads and pondered different designs. There was no quick work done. Instead, over the course of two lovely, relaxing hours, each child sketched, painted, dotted, and painted some more—all without the need to be constantly connected to their cell phones. They even took inspiration from designs other patrons were painting. In the manner of true artists, they took the time to observe what they had painted and to determine if more or less paint was needed, if the initial design would work, if they needed more detail, etc. In the midst of all this artistry, there were free flowing conversations, suggestions and lots of smiles. It warmed this busy mom’s heart.

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