Cars take over Motor City, Lake Geneva celebrates winter and more Midwest events

The Ford exhibit at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The Ford exhibit at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
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Here are some of the more interesting events, deals, websites and other travel tidbits that have come across our desk recently:

•Car buffs will want to motor over to Motor City for the North American International Auto Show, open to the public Jan. 19-27 at the Cobo Center in Detroit. Hundreds of new model cars and trucks will be on display along with prototypes.

•The popular getaway spot Brown County, Ind., is promoting winter fun with Winter in the Woods on Jan. 18-21. Activities include a wellness retreat, visits to wineries and breweries, winter hiking and an outing to view birds.

•The 132nd Annual Suicide Ski Hill Ski Jumping Tournament will be Jan. 22 at the Ishpeming Ski Club in Negaunee, Mich. A 3.1-mile Nordic race will be held prior to the ski jumping, which begins with trial runs at 6 p.m.


•Who says carnivals are for warm weather only? Winterval 2019 will be Jan. 26 in downtown Fort Wayne, Ind., offering outdoor activities, such as ice carving and rugby, and indoor fun, too, like building bird feeders at the Botanical Conservatory and dancing to live music in an adults-only heated tent.

•The McHenry County Historical Society and Museum displays quilts from its collection Jan. 4-31 at the Woodstock Opera House in Woodstock. Nine quilts from the 1870s through 1940s will be on display.

•The Betty Brinn Children’s Museum in Milwaukee has a new exhibit that’s dedicated to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. Innovations, Inc. is part of the museum’s Home Town exhibit and includes a kid-sized research and development office that has children explore the influence of science and math on our everyday lives. It also shows how scientists, engineers, designers and others work together to develop innovative products.

•Winterfest will be celebrated Jan. 26 to Feb. 3 in Lake Geneva, Wis. Among activities will be the National Snow Sculpting Championship, live music and entertainment, human dog sled races, a wine pairing dinner and much more.


•The Kickapoo Valley Reserve in La Farge, Wis. hosts hikes to explore ice formations in the reserve on Jan. 19 and 26 and Feb. 2 and 9. Expect steep, slippery and strenuous hiking. Registration is at, and info on the ice formations and reserve trails is at

•Winter Jam, billed as Christian music’s largest annual tour, will be Jan. 25 at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Headlining will be Newsboys United, a band that has four Grammy nominations in its three-decade career.

•The 2019 Wisconsin State Snowshoe Championship Race will be held during Phillips Flurry, Jan. 26 in Phillips, Wis. There will be 3.1- and 6.2-mile courses for teams and individuals, and the action is for both competitive and non-competitive snowshoers.

•Traverse City Escape packages are available from participating lodgings in the Traverse City, Mich., area at


•The Michigan tourism folks have advice on where you can go fat-tire biking in their state this winter at

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Phil Marty is a freelancer.

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