Mah boo and I spent the weekend in the home of Ringling Bros. circus.
Baraboo, WI doesn’t just have the circus museum, with over 200 restored antique circus wagons and the largest library archives relating to circus and sideshows in the entire country. It also has the International Crane Foundation (dedicated to crane conservation and rehabilitation), the Aldo Leopold foundation (dedicated to restoring tall grass prairie and green living education), a big cat rescue organization, Taliesin (Frank Lloyd Wright’s estate), Devil’s Lake state park, and spittin’ distance, The House on the Rock.
We won’t discuss the nearby presence of the Wisconsin Dells. Nobody’s perfect. But despite the damp, tacky Disney of the upper midwest being near enough to cause a shudder, Baraboo is wicked rad. It’s also one of the hubs of the Fall Art Tour (http://fallarttour.com/), easily one of my top five favorite things to do in October. Second only to Halloween, y’all. I mean, srsly.
Something like 40 studios spread out over and between five or so towns within a 50 mile radius in some gorgeous countryside. You just drive around all day looking at fall leaves and art. How awesome is that.
We saw some kickass art, drank a bunch of wine and did some shopping. Because Baraboo is also the home of my two favorite places for art supplies, Raven House Antiques (http://ravenhousebaraboo.blogspot.com/) and Oak Street Antiques (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Oak-Street-Antiques-and-Yarn-Nook-in-Downtown-Baraboo-Wisconsin/135851039808983). Where I found heads!
Heads! So many heads…
I may need an intervention….