Day 4 – American Barn Stories – Ft. Atkinson, WI
We woke to cooler temperatures and some rain but by early afternoon temperatures were in the 70’s and the sun was shining. Locals had their car windows down so they could enjoy the warm fresh air.
We stopped at an unique store in the “middle of nowhere” – down a dirt road, on a family farm. I had asked them a number of months ago, to open early for us. The owner is a lovely lady who was thrilled that a group of Canadians had invaded her large store which is filled with Amish products. Wisconsin products and even some antique.
This is the first “Travel With Bradley” group to visit to the “Fireside Dinner Theatre” in Ft. Atkinson, WI. Fireside Theatre has been on my radar for a few decades SO I am very pleased that I FINALLY fit this attraction into a “Travel With Bradley” itinerary. The complex accommodates 700 ticket holders – 2 separate areas for dining and theatre. The facility also features a massive gift shop plus a bustling bakery counter. If you arrive on a motor coach they assign plastic bins which holds the baking that the passengers on each coach purchases. These bins are then delivered to the coaches before show end. Their dining area has undergone a recent renovation and it shows – very classy. The servers are extremely friendly (the lady looking after the table where I was sitting at has worked at Fireside for 14 years). The 3 course plated meal received rave reviews. The theatre space looks a little dated but the theatre seats have recovered. The ceilings are low but that didn’t effect the production of “Menopause – the Musical” which was excellent. This hilarious show ran for 90 minutes without an intermission. I look forward to bringing more groups to Fireside Dinner Theatre.
After the show finished it took 2 hours to reach our overnight hotel which was located in an affluent Chicago suburb. We enjoyed plenty of room in our suite accommodations. Many of my passengers were so impressed they wished we could spend a few extra nights enjoying this property.
Dinner was a plentiful Italian affair – the “Pope” overlooked our banquet. The multi-courses of Italian specialties arrived on platters so we could help ourselves with as much or little as we wished.