Old-time breakfast, base ball, big draws at Wade House

On Saturdays, July 8, August 19 and Oct. 21 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Wade House historic site in Greenbush will host Breakfast at the Inn, a foodways program in which participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious hearth-cooked meal, prepared with their own hands, in the historic Wade House stagecoach hotel.

Authentic recipes from late-19th-century cookbooks will be referenced as guests chop and stir, season and roast, preparing their morning meal.

Once breakfast is prepared, participants gather family style in the lovely Wade House dining room for a wonderful sit-down meal with lively conversation. The menu will feature a delectably abundant feast of New England pancakes, eggs and tomatoes, toad-in-the-hole, quick biscuits, fried potatoes, baked apples, apple cider and coffee.

This satisfying encounter with central Wisconsin’s past concludes with everyone pitching in to clear the table, wash dishes (19th-century style) and sweep the hearth.

“Breakfast at the Inn” pricing, which includes access to the entire Wade House Historic Site, costs $45 per person, and reservations are required. If you have any questions about the program or would like to reserve your spot at the table, please call Kathy Dimig at 920-526-3271. Private Breakfasts for groups of 10 to 20 may also be arranged.

On Sunday, July 9, at 1:30 p.m., guests to the Wade House are invited to cheer on the Red Jackets historic base ball team as they defend their home turf against the Milwaukee Grays. Guests will get to field and hit with the team and learn how to play base ball by the rules of 1860s.

Historic base ball is a game that gives us a glimpse into the past and portrays the admirable qualities of sportsmanship, gentlemanly behavior, courtesy, and respect for others. Spectators will be transported back in time to witness what base ball was like during and just after the Civil War. The ball players are not re-enactors, but actual base ball (two words) players who play a full schedule of matches from May through September. The matches are not scripted, and each has a different outcome depending on the abilities of each club.

Food and beverages will be available at the Butternut Café prior to the game. Bleacher seating is available, but guests are welcome to bring chairs and blankets as well.

“Historic Base Ball” will take place at the Wade House Historic Site in Greenbush, WI. Visitors will begin the special experience at the new Wade House Visitor Center and Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum located at W7965 State Highway 23. Admission, which includes access to the entire Wade House Historic Site, is: Adults - $12; Students/seniors (65 & older) - $10; Children (5-17) - $6; family (up to two adults and two or more dependent children 5-17) - $33.

Wade House Historic Site is one of 12 historic sites and museums owned and operated by the Wisconsin Historical Society. For more information, please call (920)526- 3271 or visit: wadehouse.org

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