Winter events January 7 and 8

What do I suggest this weekend? Well… I’ll just mostly go with ‘enjoy the warmth!’ Winter is not biting too much yet; even as it cools off after Friday, temps will still be around a dozen degress above average for the next handful of days. A good chance to do some things – wear your lighter outfits, go golfing (at Milwaukee County Parks courses), plan a lengthy outdoor activity – which you might not have expected to do at this time year.

Some of the thoughtfully-planned events at local parks and nature centers – introductions to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, for instance – are losing out due to the lack of snow, alas. But its still worth checking the Urban Ecology Center out on Sunday, 2-4, for the opening reception for a show of unique prints from Nancy Aten and Dan Collins, who use art to communicate vision and challenges for landscape restoration projects on which they work. (And to check out what else the UEC and Riverside Park have to offer, this weekend and for snowier times!)

But we’re coming up on the coldest average week of the year here, so expect things to be colder next weekend. We’ll have more cold-appropriate events to enjoy then, including a competition for title of Wisconsin State Snow Sculpting Champions at the Big Chill in Racine.

About MilwaukeeSnow

Dr. Jeffrey Filipiak, Milwaukee's Ambassador of Snow, loves winter, Milwaukee, and environmental history! He has taught college courses on topics including history, writing, environmental ethics, food studies, the Great Lakes, and sustainability. You can contact him at
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