Madison Classics Swap Meet & Car Show Celebrates 46 Years in Jefferson

Madison Classics –

Car shows are a way to reconnect with the past. In this electronic World full of tweets, posts, blogs and links, we forget how fun it can be to interact with people that have similar interests face to face. Most importantly, perhaps, is that a car show is full of people with a like interest. Our passion for car shows makes us feel like we are part of a culture. This ideal is the foundation behind our shows. We strive to create a venue that celebrates history, heritage, and our love for the car culture. With every year that goes by, it is important for all of us to share this culture with our neighbors, children, and friends in order to keep this vibrant tradition alive for years to come. We here at Madison Classics extend a grateful “thank you” to all our patrons who have supported us for 46 years. It has been our honor to provide you with an event that supports this culture we all love.

Spring is here and so is the 46th Annual Spring Jefferson Swap Meet & Car Show on April 28- 30. The Automotive related event will be held at the Jefferson County Fair Park located at 503 N Jackson Ave., Jefferson, WI, 53549 located just off Hwy 18 in Jefferson Wisconsin.

Madison Classics Spring Jefferson event will feature Mustangs. The feature vehicles will be displayed in the main Activity Center Building. Be sure to look for a larger display of vehicles in front of the main building lined up Saturday & Sunday morning behind the Show Car registration tent.

Madison Classics would like to thank the City of Jefferson and surrounding communities for their support for our events. We have made many lifelong relationships here. We greatly appreciate that and thank everyone for 46 years and many more to come.

The Swap Meet and Car Corral are all three days and the Car show is Saturday and Sunday. The spectator gates for the Swap Meet and Car Corral are open:

Fri. 10 AM – 5 PM | Sat. 6 AM – 4 PM | Sun. 6 AM – 3 PM

Admission $15 Friday & Saturday / $10 Sunday Free Parking. No pets please.

Madison Classics 2023 Events: Spring Jefferson April 28-30, 2023

Fall Jefferson September 22-24, 2023

For more information, call (608) 244-8416 or visit us online:

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Warren’s Cranberry Festival

Warrens is host to the annual, World’s Largest Cranberry Festival and 2023 marks the 50th celebration!!!  “50 Years of Tradition is the theme for the annual community celebration and the largest festival of its kind in the state. Founded in 1973, the village of Warrens with a population of 365 welcomes over 145,000 visitors. The festival draws people from around the world for small town fun with a big attitude!

The festival is perhaps best known for its shopping and boasts over 800 arts & crafts booths (unusual works of art), 300 flea & antique booths (primitives, pottery, and antiques), 100 farm market booths (fresh fall produce) and 100 food vendors that make for a three-mile shopping extravaganza!!!  A free walking Cranberry Marsh Tour is available on Friday & Saturday 9am-3:00pm and Sunday 10am to noon.  See the parade on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.  Our festival is admission free and includes a wide variety of events and activities for the entire family.

The Warrens Cranberry Festival looks forward to hosting the 50th annual festival to be held September 22-24, 2023.

Friday-Saturday 7am-5pm & Sunday 9am-5pm. Come and join us – It’s a Berry Good Time! for more information.

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BoneFish in the Berry Islands with Capt. Percy Darville

The Berry Islands is inhabited by not just eclectic wildlife, but also eclectic characters. If bonefishing is your game, then Captain Percy Darville is one such character that you need to meet on your Great Harbour Cay Adventure. As the winner of the “Cacique Award” for Sports and Leisure in 2007, Percy has a title to live up to and continues to provide exceptional seafaring service this side of the Caribbean. For over 100 years, his family has been living in the Berry Islands and catching bonefish. It’s in their blood and destiny, which makes Percy a true Man of the Sea.

It’s not just bonefishing that he’s known for. Percy can also provide you and your party with bottom fishing, snorkeling, deep-sea fishing experience and tours of the islands. But bonefishing seems to be the main event, as a cherished pastime on these parts.

Nestled to the north and east of Andros Island, you’ll come upon a backcountry side unlike no other, inhabited by the largest bonefish in the Bahamas, with an average size of 4-7 pounds.

Your bonefishing tour will commence on a beautiful home, perched 45 feet on a hill overlooking Great Harbour Cay. This comfortable resort-style home is where you will wait for your guide to pick you up. This guide is none other than legendary Percy Darville himself and his brother Joe. They’ll guide you out to the extremely fertile flatlands. These shallow lands are perfect for seeking out and tailing fish. You’ll bond with your peers, be educated on these miraculous sea creatures and find yourself getting a workout from this beloved sport.

For those who’ve never bonefished before, you can get free instructions during the late afternoons. You’ll learn how to pursue these pesky creatures and how to cast a proper line.

Due to the catch and release rules from out here, you’ll have to set these fish free, because it’s more about the artful skill of the catch, then about taking these fish from their homes. And because schools of bonefish are in the high thousands, you’ll never be short on catches in the vast islands of Berry. When you return from your Escape to Great Harbour Cay, you’ll be glad you met Percy to add to the long list of Berry Island locals that made your trip all the more colorful.

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Shrine of the Grotto of the Redemption

The Grotto is frequently considered the “Eighth Wonder of the World” and The Iowan magazine has described the Grotto as a “miracle in stone.” The location was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001 and has been included in such features as Roadside America and Disney’s The Straight Story. A composite of nine separate grottos, each portrait displays a scene in the life of Christ.

Father Dobberstein’s first and only account of the Grotto is undated but it is thought to have appeared around the year 1936. From the time that the structure began to attract attention, it was always called “The Grotto of the Redemption.”

Those who have traveled in parts of Europe are familiar with the religious atmosphere of grottos. Grotto differs from caves only in this that the openings near the surface of a vertical barrier are referred to as grottos. Cave or caverns may extend for miles under the surface and may or may not be high enough for a person to walk into comfortably. The builder of the Grotto hopes, by visualizing in stone the fundamentals of the Christian religion, to induce the visitors here, to be not only the idle hearers but also to contemplative thinkers and courageous doers of the word of Christ.

The heart of man is usually more quickly reached through the eye than through the ear. The builder was confident that the finished project would speak for itself.

Thus he was animated by the spirit of the psalm, “I shall be satisfied when Thy Glory cometh.”

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American Passion Play-Where Christian History Comes to Life! 100th & Final Performance

100th & Final Performance of the Passion of ChrisThe Performing Arts Theatre in Bloomington, IL will be hosting The Final Performance at 107 E Chestnut St # 2, Bloomington, IL.

The American Passion Play takes you to Palestine, 30 A.D. You’ll travel with Christ, seeing the world as He saw it. You’ll follow His ministry and life from the Sermon on the Mount to the Resurrection and Ascension. You’ll hear His words, as vital to you now as they were to the people of his time.

The American Passion Play, unlike other passion plays, dramatizes Jesus’ entire ministry, rather than just the events from the Passion Week onward. His teachings on faith, love, justice and righteousness are still our best hope for solving today’s complex problems. The message of his three-year ministry has a larger meaning for our daily lives than do the emotions of Passion Week alone.

The play is historically accurate. The settings and costumes re-create the first century Galilee. The bulk of the text is taken from the King James Version of the Bible & the performers bring this magnificent language to life.

The American Passion Play of Bloomington, Illinois was conceived by Delmar D. Darrah to show the life and ministry of Christ as a vital, living force. Although this is one of the oldest continuously performed Passion Plays in the United States, it is not a static drama. The production has changed to reflect modern historical knowledge of the era but has remained true to the teachings of Jesus.

The actors are non-professionals with a spiritual dedication to their parts and to the American Passion Play. As performers, they share in a community of faith with the audience and give testimony to the contemporary power of Christ’s teachings.

We would like to Thank our Sponsors for their generosity & patronage: The Scottish Rite and the Illinois Knights Templar Assistance Outreach

Thank you to our Patrons for their devoted support and our Performers, Staff & Crew who have worked so hard and sacrificed so much.  Thank you all so much. The Honor has been all ours!

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Pitlik’s Sand Beach Resort – Creating Family Tradition’s has become our Family’s Tradition – Since 1928!

Pitlik’s Sand Beach Resort is nestled on 1,500 feet of Sand Lake shoreline on the Sugar Camp Chain of 5 lakes.  Amongst the 15 cabins accommodations include log cabins with open-beam cathedral ceilings, large stone fireplaces and spiral staircases.  Pitlik’s Resort is located on the WI State Snowmobile Trail System and is near the annual World Championship Snowmobile Derby.  Cross-country skiers will want to visit nearby Nicolet National Forest, where trails are rated among the top ten in the USA.  And 90 minutes to the north are Upper Michigan’s famous downhill slopes.

Visit Joe’s Taproom and Rena’s Place Restaurant in the main lodge for panoramic lake-view relaxation, spirits and nostalgic lake lodge dining, warmed by 2 fireplaces.  Rena’s offers a full menu featuring freshly made options such as locally raised grass-fed burgers, gourmet sandwiches, housemade soups and nightly diner specials.  Friday night, year-round, features the popular Shore Lunch Fish Fry.  Joe’s Taproom offers a rotating lineup of craft brews on tap and is home to the skillfully handcrafted Ultimate Bloody Mary and made-from-scratch old-fashions.

Celebrating its 92nd year and the last resort remaining on the chain, Pitlik’s Resort has offered generations of guests a memorable Northwoods experience in lodging, ambience and relaxation.

“Creating Family Tradition’s has become our Family’s Tradition – Since 1928!”

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