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Friday, November 2, 2012

Halloween Blogfest: Alison Chambers


Fall Festivals in Full Swing
Love fall? Those brightly colored leaves, the crisp bite in the air, all those opportunities to buy those cute fall wreaths and tasty homemade jams and jellies. Here are a few of the festivals I’ve attended in Wisconsin recently that have been truly memorable.

Trimborn Farms: With proceeds benefiting the Milwaukee County Historical Society, the Historic Trimborn Farms and Lime Kilns hosted the 30th Annual Harvest Festival of Arts & Crafts, September 8 & 9. The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is also a State Historic Site and Milwaukee County Landmark. The event drew over 100 artists and craftspeople from the upper Midwest who displayed their unique wares in the surrounding stone and threshing barns, the granary, root cellar and lime kilns. Featuring such great items as handmade birdhouses, stained glass windows, gourmet dip mixes, Chinese brush paintings, high fired stone ware and seasonal floral wreaths, the festival attracts thousands every year. I loved it!

Cedarburg’s Wine & Harvest Festival: The abundance of Wisconsin’s homegrown produce and artisan food products plus the award-winning wines of Cedar Creek Winery are what created this free, family-oriented event, held September 15 & 16. The food booths featured grilled corn, caramel apples, kettle corn, apple cider, homemade ice cream, turkey legs, Wisconsin brats, and juicy cheeseburgers. We dined outside (during the last warm weekend of the summer) at the historic Anvil restaurant, nestled in the Cedar Creek Settlement’s restored 19th century blacksmith’s shop overlooking the beautiful Cedar Creek waterfall. The highlight of the afternoon was watching the Giant Pumpkin Regatta featuring gigantic, decorated, hollowed-out, floatable pumpkins, piloted by intrepid paddlers attempting to race across Cedar Creek. Super fun!

Sister Bay’s Fall Festival: Arts and crafts galore, food booths, live music, and a parade packed the streets of picturesque Door County October 12-14. Door County is located one hour and a half north of Green Bay, Wisconsin and has been called “the Cape Cod of the Midwest.” 2012 marked the 67th annual Fall Fest in Sister Bay. What began as a celebration for the local tourist workers after a busy summer season has evolved into one of the largest weekend celebrations on the peninsula! The real fun lies in one of the Fest’s oldest traditions – the famed Ping-Pong Ball Shoot when 10,000 Ping-Pong balls were released on Sunday afternoon, with a one in ten chance of winning a prize from a participating Sister Bay business!

Fall is also the time to cuddle up by the fire with a fun book. Today’s e-readers made it easy to curl up with more than one! Check out my latest romantic suspense release Prisoner in his Arms available on This is the sequel to The Secret Sentinel you've been waiting for! Lexie O'Shea is kidnapped by masked men who give her ten days to find the mysterious Virgo Stone or her father will be killed and terrorist attacks will be unleashed upon the Capitol during the Presidential inauguration. A sexy masked bodyguard accompanies her on the hunt. But is he only her jailer or something more? Visit my website, for an excerpt. Please leave a comment about your favorite fall festival to win a free e-copy of Prisoner in his Arms! Happy fall!

About the Author:
Sandra Koehler, who writes under the pen name of Alison Chambers, was Vice-President of Executive Director, Inc., the largest association management company in Wisconsin. She has traveled extensively and served as Executive Director of several national medical associations, where she was responsible for marketing, communications, and public relations, as well as overall management. She has been quoted in USA Today, the Los Angeles Times and other national media and has received four awards for excellence and dedicated service. She has also written for newspapers.

Koehler, who majored in political science and history, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She first started writing when she was a teenager, sparked by an interest in Nancy Drew books and a desire to tell a good story. She enjoys keeping her hero and heroine in dangerous and exciting situations against a backdrop of exotic settings, lost treasure and unsolved historical mysteries and conspiracies. She has written seven novels and besides writing, enjoys reading, playing piano and Green Bay Packers football. She lives in Greendale, Wisconsin, where she is working on her next romantic suspense novel.


Jean MP said...

Those festivals sound like a lot of fun. We don't have any very close to us where we live right now. Miss going to things like that.
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Debby said...

We have a bunch of festivals here that are fun and for charity.
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pc said...

love fall festivals...thanks for sharing about these!